The Greatest Show heads for Worcester

It’s the final countdown to the city’s unmissable Worcester Show!  Here’s a flavour of what’s on offer. This popular annual event, which attracted over 10,000 people in 2017, is coming back to Gheluvelt Park, Barbourne on Sunday 12 August (10.00am – 5.00pm). One of the highlights of the event will be the judging of 120 competitive classes, which range from growing a wide variety of...
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Worcester recognised for efforts to be dementia-friendly

The Alzheimer’s Society has formally recognised the city’s efforts to help people living with dementia to have independent, fulfilled lives.  The Society has designated Worcester as a place ‘which is working to become dementia-friendly.’  Based on current figures, it is estimated that at least 1,725 Worcester residents will have been diagnosed as living with dementia by 2030...
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New facilities by Gheluvelt Park Splashpad now open

As the heatwave continues and schools break up for six weeks, new facilities – including an ice cream and snack kiosk and new toilets – have been launched by Gheluvelt Park’s popular Splashpad. Worcester City Council has invested £325,000 to create a new Sons of Rest pavilion, replacing the old building which had reached the end of its natural life.  The work was carried out over the...
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Have your say on conservation plans for Worcester's riverside

Worcester City Council is seeking feedback from local people on its draft appraisal for the conservation area around Worcester’s riverside. Appraisals for conservation areas are used to provide a sound basis for future decisions on planning and development.  Local councils have legal obligations to regularly review the extent of conservation areas and to formulate and publish proposals...
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South Worcestershire planning policies approved on reducing flood risk and renewable energy

New planning guidance has been adopted in support of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP), the blueprint that sets out where new homes and employment development should take place up to the year 2030. The three councils involved in the SWDP – Worcester, Malvern Hills and Wychavon – have all approved three new supplementary planning documents (SPDs) containing guidance on...
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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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