New action to tackle anti-social drinking in public spaces

Worcester City Council is introducing tougher powers to curb the consumption of alcohol on streets and in public places. Members of the Council’s Communities Committee voted last night (Wednesday 25 July) to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), requiring any person in a designated public place not to drink alcohol and to surrender to a police or civil enforcement officer any...
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Portrait of long serving Worcester Sword Bearer unveiled

An oil painting portrait of one of Worcester’s most recognised civic figures has been unveiled at the city’s Guildhall. As official Sword Bearer to the city of Worcester, Frank Southam has contributed a striking sense of pageantry and occasion to hundreds of civic functions during his 28 years’ service in the role so far. The role of Sword Bearer dates back to the Royal Charter bestowed...
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Councillors to consider report on use of Parsonage Way as Worcester City Football Club ground

Following extensive investigations work by Worcester City Council into the potential for using the Parsonage Way site as a new ground for Worcester City Football Club (WCFC), a report is set to be considered by councillors. The report to the Policy and Resources Committee recommends that no more work is done to investigate the site’s suitability.  It says making the site usable...
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Worcestershire’s Dementia Dwelling Grant wins National Innovation Award

Worcestershire’s partnership adaptations service has received an Innovation Award by the national body for home improvement and handyperson services, Foundations.  Representatives of the partnership organisations received the award at a ceremony, held in London on Wednesday 18th July at the House of Lords. Nina Warrington, Head of Strategic Housing at Worcester City Council,...
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Three Worcester parks recognised as some of the best in the UK

For the second year running three of Worcester’s favourite parks, which are all maintained by the City Council, have been named in an award scheme recognising the very best parks and green spaces in the UK. Fort Royal, the centre of the final battle of the English Civil War in 1651, Gheluvelt and Cripplegate parks have all been awarded prestigious green flags, during Love Parks Week (13 –...
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Worcester is a city of love, not hate

Representatives of Worcester’s different communities have come together for a tea hosted by the Mayor, and to send a message that there is more that binds them together than drives them apart. The Mayor, Councillor Jabba Riaz, invited representatives of faiths and local organisations to discuss the strength of Worcester’s community bonds. Cllr Riaz said: “I wanted to bring...
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New garden of solace opened at Worcester Crematorium

A new look garden of solace has been officially opened at Worcester Crematorium. The garden is next to the Crematorium’s chapel and is visible through the large picture window. It is designed to provide a tranquil and calming environment, helping mourners to say goodbye to their loved one. Worcester City Council has invested £14,000 in revamping and improving the garden over nine months,...
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Chance to be Mayor’s Companion for the day

The Mayor of Worcester is offering a special opportunity for under 18 year olds in the city, who have a recognised medical condition, to accompany him on his official duties for a day. The Mayor, Cllr Jabba Riaz, is hoping to recruit an official Companion for one day per month throughout his mayoral year, which ends in May 2019. Last month 17-year-old Jessica Burden, who has Asperger’s...
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Mayor of Worcester calls for Freedom of the City for cricket legend Basil D'Oliveira

The Freedom of the City of Worcester could be posthumously awarded to local cricketing legend Basil D'Oliveira CBE, 50 years on from the so-called D'Oliveira Affair, which prompted a sporting boycott of apartheid South Africa. The Mayor, Cllr Jabba Riaz, will propose the award – the highest that Worcester City Council can bestow – at an extraordinary meeting of the City Council on July 17. ...
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Fabella gives colourful welcome to rail passengers

Rail commuters and visitors to Worcester did a double-take this morning as they were greeted outside Foregate Street station by Fabella the giraffe, in her full pink, orange and red glory. Fabella is one of 30 giraffes newly created for the Worcester Stands Tall public art trail (July 9 – September 16), which launched today.  Sponsored by the City Council, she has been painted by local...
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