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During the week commencing 7th April Humphrey Perkins welcomed students from Johaneum Gymnasium, Saarland for their 8th annual trip. I was delighted to be asked to join the school for a morning of sporting competition for girls and boys football and athletics. It was a great way for young people from Leicestershire and Saarland to enjoy time together, and to enjoy a bit of competition! I am really pleased to say that Humphrey Perkins won everything and for the first time in 8 years Humphrey Perkins received all 3 trophies! Well done everyone.
The schools meet up again in July when Humphrey Perkins travel to Saarland – so a re-match will no doubt be in the offing!
Here I am presenting the well-deserved trophies.
On the evening of 11th April I attended the 2013/14 Speak Out creative competition Awards Ceremony supported by Harborough District Council.
The Speak Out competition is in its third year
this year, and once again attracted entries from a wide range of young people between the ages of 8 and 18 years who live or go to school in Harborough District.
The Speak Out entries covered topics ranging from bullying, environmental concerns, dance, and animal welfare, and featured pictures, poems, stories, slideshows, animation and film entries, some of which were shown on the night.
Well done to all the young people who took part – their contributions were inspiring!
On 15th April I attended an Innovation Fund Bursaries Projects Celebration event, at County Hall, organised through our Adults and Communities Service. The Innovation Challenge Programme empowers providers of services to develop new and innovative ways of supporting people’s independence.
I was pleased to be able to open the event and to present certificates to the successful projects.
Please visit http://www.leics.gov.uk/innovation#bursary for more information on the scheme.
Taking to the Ashby Canal
On 17th April I joined the Chairman of North West Leicestershire at the Ashby Canal cheque handover presentation. The Canal trust was receiving £250,000 from UK Coal to enable the trust to start works on the next phase of the restoration of the Ashby Canal towards Bridge 62.
A Government Transport and Works Act Order gave the County Council the go-ahead to restore the Ashby Canal to the centre of Measham, about 2½ miles distant, and this current element of the scheme will see completion of a significant length.
We hope, in the future, to be able to truly say that this canal is the ‘Gateway to the National Forest’, as we cross the Gilwiskaw Brook, and the National Forest boundary about half a mile from here.
In the long term of course, the aspiration is to secure funding to see the canal terminating at the proposed new ‘Measham Wharf’ right by the High Street, which will give the village a wonderful focal point.
So, why did I get the heavy load!
St George’s Day
I was delighted to attend the Royal Society of St George’s celebratory dinner just ahead of St George’s Day. On the day itself the Flag of St George was flown from the flagpole at County Hall, to mark the day when we honour the Patron Saint of England.
Easter celebrated at Leicester Cathedral
As you will probably be aware, the
BBC broadcast the Easter Sunday Eucharist live from Leicester Cathedral.
It was a privilege to be a part of the service, which was so beautifully put together by the Cathedral team. The Cathedral was full for this moving and joyful Easter Eucharist.
The service featured wonderful music from the Cathedral Choir, a moving personal sermon from the Dean, and beautiful colorful dancing by Asian Christians from All Saints’ Church.
Leicester Rowing Club again staged their regatta at their club on Upperton Road. I attended the event for a packed programme of racing and was delighted to present medals to the winners of the De Montfort University and Leicester University Mixed 8’s, Leicester’s very own ‘Boat Race’. This year the honours were taken by De Montfort University, after a most exciting race. So well done to both teams.
For more about Leicester Regatta visit: http://www.leicester-rowing.co.uk/
St George’s Day Parade
After awarding medals at the Leicester Regatta I headed off to join Leicestershire’s scouting movement for the annual St George’s Day Service and Parade. Following the service at the O2 Academy, hundreds of people turned out to see the parade of scouts, cubs and beavers parade proudly through the city to the saluting dais. I was delighted to be a part of this year’s celebrations.