Pilgrimage 2009: Thursday 12 March

March 13, 2009 at 12:45 pm 1 comment

Today back to Earl Shilton to meet people at the Age Concern Centre and the Community College.  Age Concern runs a significant centre for the elderly in South West Leicestershire, with some of the users coming from as far away as Leicester itself.  There was generally a sense of cheerfulness as they gathered for lunch and I had the opportunity with the Vicar, Graham Gittings, to serve the lunch and clear it away for them!  There was much laughter and comment at this sight and it was good to see how some 60 or 70 elderly people were coming each day to the Centre for a meal, a chat and some recreation.  After lunch I went into the Day Centre where some elderly folk with mental health issues, including dementia were gathered.  It is distressing to see how these diseases of old age affect more and more people, but encouraging to see how much effort is put into sustaining people in their own homes.  The William Bradford Community College was an encouraging visit in the afternoon.  Over 500 14-18 year olds from Earl Shilton attend.  There are people from very different backgrounds, some with very challenging behaviours.  But the school was providing excellent support in its inclusion centre for some of the children who need the most intensive help with their education.  This college is changing under its new Principal and the mood of the staff and students everywhere was positive.


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  • 1. Lesley  |  March 27, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    I am disappointed that you think that the school is improving under the new principal at William Bradford Community College. You obviously didn;’t look closely. Half the staff walked out at the end of last year, other staff are being bullied, GCSE grades are at their lowest level ever!
    The woman is cruel, bullying and without honour. If you can’t recognise evil when you stand next to it then G-D help you.

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