Charity Calendar Success

A calendar of kindness and support.

I am thrilled to announce that my calendar in support of The REME Charity has raised £150 to date! The REME Charity exists to support REME (Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineering) operational casualties, including surviving service personnel with life changing injuries, bereaved families who have been left to continue when the worst happens, and as a point of contact for welfare support, regardless of the time frame required.

This is a charity close to my heart, as not only was my father a member of REME in his younger years, my eldest son is currently serving with the Corps. The REME itself exists to act as technical advisers on the design of new Army equipment and provides support directly sustaining forces and equipment at combat readiness, both at home and in the field.

The calendar has been designed to keep ourselves motivated and supported in these challenging times, and includes beautiful photography by local artists, with uplifting and thoughtful poems for each month by local poets and myself as Worcestershire Poet Laureate. The Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe and Time to Change have kindly supported its publication, collaborating with this venture to promote mental and emotional well-being.

There are still a few copies left, but these are very limited so if you didn’t receive a calendar for 2021 get your order in quickly (despite coronavirus restrictions, it’s still worth having one to count down the days until we can get together again, and in the meantime the words and pictures will help you through these dark and challenging times)!

Still priced at £7:50 (free p&p) email

Festive Tales & Poetry – WPL at The Commandery

As featured in the WPL blog

CHRISTMAS at The Commandery PROMO

© Philip Halling / The Commandery, Worcester / CC BY-SA 2.0

Catch Leena Batchelor performing in one of the few LIVE events to take place since March, this week at The Commandery in Worcester.


30 Dec 2020 


11:00 am – 11:45 am

Join our Poet in Residence for a morning of Festive Tales and Poetry in our beautiful herb garden.

The pieces will all be brand new and written specially for the Commandery.

Speaking of the opportunity to collaborate with The Commandery as their Poet in Residence from 2020, Leena says
‘As a lover of history, the chance to explore the layers of lives that have walked among the walls of this beautiful building is a dream come true. I am honoured to be The Commandery’s first Poet in Residence, and am excited beyond belief to be able to present these stories to visitors through both written and spoken word!’

This is a free event but museum admission applies. The event may be postponed in particularly bad weather.

© Museums Worcestershire 2020

Please note this event is outdoors, wear a mask and follow Covid Protection Guidelines, you may also like to take your own chair.