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Mayor’s concert will support Worcester charities

The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Allah Ditta, is holding a concert at the Guildhall on Wednesday, July 31, as part of his fundraising drive to support four local charities. Cllr Ditta is devoting his year in office to supporting St Richard's Hospice, Worcester Wheels, Headway Worcestershire and Worcester Cathedral. The concert at the Guildhall, s...

The Arches – Director appointed to create enticing new Worcester festivals

 Severn Arts has appointed a Director to develop and deliver four exciting new annual festivals for Worcester. Earlier this year the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport awarded £3m from the Cultural Development Fund which is administered by Arts Council England, towards the costs of the ambitious £4.5m initiative known as The Arch...

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Worcester’s a riot of colour – thanks to wildflowers

L to R - Clly Andy Stafford, Mark Worrall and Graham Pratt, staff at Worcester City Council who planted wildflowers L to R - Clly Andy Stafford, Mark Worrall and Graham Pratt, staff at Worcester City Council who planted wildflowers

Biodiversity is receiving a boost in the city, thanks to Worcester City Council's wild flower planting programme. "Wildflowers help to make Worcester look beautiful. However they are also important because they support bees and other insects which pollinate plants," explains Cllr Andy Stafford, Vice Chair of Worcester City Council's Environment Com...

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Worcester’s Riverside and three other city parks are among best in UK

Celebrating the Green Flag award for Worcester's Riverside Park are Graham Pratt, Worcester City Council Riverside Team; Mark Worrall, Green Space Team Supervisor; Cllr Joy Squires; Timothy Booker, Canal and River Trust Area Operations Manager; Cllr Andy Stafford; and Dexx the dog. Celebrating the Green Flag award for Worcester's Riverside Park are Graham Pratt, Worcester City Council Riverside Team; Mark Worrall, Green Space Team Supervisor; Cllr Joy Squires; Timothy Booker, Canal and River Trust Area Operations Manager; Cllr Andy Stafford; and Dexx the dog.

Worcester's Riverside Park – along with three others in the city – has been named as one of the best in the UK by the national Keep Britain Tidy campaign. A prestigious Green Flag has been awarded to the park, an 83.9-hectare green area around the River Severn, running through the heart of the city. The Riverside Park joins the roster of Worcester'...

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Worcester’s historic Guildhall opens its doors for extra day this summer

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 Worcester's historic Guildhall is opening its doors for an extra day a week to give visitors more opportunities to enjoy its palatial beauty during the summer holidays. From July 21, the 18th Century architectural masterpiece at the heart of the city will be open every Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free. The summer Sunday openings, wh...

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City Council helps fledging business to reduce Worcester’s waistline

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According to the most recent Health Survey for England, 64% of adults in the country are overweight or obese, costing the NHS £16 billion per year. Worcester resident Kerrie Mimnagh, who conquered her own weight battle after the birth of her two children, wanted to help others – and launched the Worcester Weight Loss Centre with a little help from ...

Free fun on offer at revamped Worcester play area

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School's nearly out for summer – and the Mayor of Worcester is hosting a free event at the recently refurbished Battenhall Rise play area (WR5 2DE) to celebrate. Free face painting, goodie bags and healthy snacks will be available for the first 100 children who come to the Battenhall Rise play site on Saturday 20 July between 10.00am and midday. Wo...

Former Mayor hands cash over to Worcester charities

Former Mayor of Worcester Cllr Jabba Riaz presents cheques to (left to right) Sarah-Jane Morgan, Chief Executive of Worcester Live; Ruth Heywood, Worcester Community Trust Acting Chief Executive Officer; and Claire James, St Richard’s Hospice fundraiser Former Mayor of Worcester Cllr Jabba Riaz presents cheques to (left to right) Sarah-Jane Morgan, Chief Executive of Worcester Live; Ruth Heywood, Worcester Community Trust Acting Chief Executive Officer; and Claire James, St Richard’s Hospice fundraiser

The former Mayor of Worcester has handed over more than £30,000 to three city charities. Councillor Jabba Riaz handed over his chain of office in May after a busy 12-months of fundraising and promotion of his campaign to encourage Worcester people to love, not hate. Through a packed programme of events, concerts, community fairs and plenty more, Cl...

Council’s new green wheels hit the streets

Five-seat fully electric Nissan e-NV200 people carrier Five-seat fully electric Nissan e-NV200 people carrier

Look out for a colourful new addition to Worcester's busy streets, as Worcester City Council introduces another electric vehicle to its fleet. The five-seat fully electric Nissan e-NV200 people carrier will help transport waste collection staff and other council workers around the city as part of their daily routine to keep Worcester clean and gree...

Worcester flag flies to show support for Armed Forces

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 The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Allah Ditta, was joined by military personnel and councillors yesterday to observe the raising of the Armed Forces Day Flag over the Guildhall. Armed Forces Day takes place on Saturday 29 June, but commemorations begin on Monday 24 June when the Armed Forces Day flag was raised on buildings and famous landmarks ar...

Worcester Mayor on a mission to combat social isolation

Worcester-Mayor-Cllr-Allah-Ditta-with-representatives-from-his-designated-charities Worcester Mayor Cllr Allah Ditta with representatives from his designated charities

Worcester's new Mayor, Cllr Allah Ditta, will be raising funds over the next twelve months to tackle the growing issue of social isolation in the city. According to central Government's most recent Community Survey (2016-17), one in 20 adults nationally reports feeling lonely "often or always." And according to Age UK, 35,000 older people across Wo...

Mayor hands over £8k to support bereaved children

Mayor hands over £8k to support bereaved children Mayor hands over £8k to support bereaved children

Worcester City Council has presented a cheque for £8,000 to Footsteps – a local charity which provides free support to bereaved children, young people and their families. The amount was paid over on behalf of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management's metals recycling scheme, which the City Council's crematorium is part of. Helen Dolton...

Worcester celebrates army of volunteers – and recruits even more

L to R -Volunteers Ray Morgan, Gerry Lowman and Paul Manley from St Paul's Hostel Creative Group with Mayor of Worcester and Consort Parveen Akhtar (centre) L to R -Volunteers Ray Morgan, Gerry Lowman and Paul Manley from St Paul's Hostel Creative Group with Mayor of Worcester and Consort Parveen Akhtar (centre)

The amazing contribution made by people who give up their time to help make Worcester a better place was celebrated during National Volunteers Week (1 – 7 June 2019). Over 140 local volunteers attended a mayoral reception at The Commandery on Tuesday 4 June – and 360 people attended a Volunteer Expo at The Guildhall on Friday 7 June, meeting repres...

Worcester businesses take action to combat gulls

officer Dan Walker, Konrad Szymanski, Director at Humberstones and Cllr Joy Squires officer Dan Walker, Konrad Szymanski, Director at Humberstones and Cllr Joy Squires

 Local businesses are being urged to act now to deter gulls from nesting on or near their premises. Worcestershire Regulatory Services' new gull officer, Dan Walker, has extensive experience in controlling gull populations and has visited over 25 local businesses this year to help curb the problem. One of them is Humberstones, a business trans...

Councillor Stuart Denlegh-Maxwell

Councillor Stuart Denlegh-Maxwell Councillor Stuart Denlegh-Maxwell

 Councillor Stuart Denlegh-Maxwell sadly passed away on 10 June 2019. He was 60. He had served two terms on Worcester City Council as an elected member for Claines. He was elected in 1988 and held the seat until 1994, when he stood down because of work and family commitments. He was re-elected in the Claines ward in 2018. Cllr Denlegh-Maxwell'...

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Free listing on new website is a great opportunity for local organisations

 Organisations are being encouraged to sign up their a free listing on Worcester City Council's new website, Find It Do It, which launches at the end of June. As the name suggests, the site aims to be the go-to resource for residents looking for local places and activities in Worcester. Listing is free and will allow organisations to be discov...

Mayor presents prizes to first winners of Worcester Community Lottery

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 The Mayor of Worcester has presented prizes to winners of the new Worcester Community Lottery. Launched last month, Worcester Community Lottery gives players the chance to sign up at www.worcesterlottery.org for entry into a weekly draw and to choose which local causes they want to benefit from their subscription. The city's first citizen, Co...

Opportunities, funding advice and more at Worcester Volunteer Expo

 If you are interested in volunteering in Worcester, or even if you're not sure what volunteering is all about, the Guildhall is the place to be on Friday June 7. Worcester Volunteer Expo is taking over the historic building for the day, as part of the national Volunteers' Week, running June 1-7. Starting at 10am, the free event will see aroun...

Cattle ‘let loose’ as part of natural care plan on meadows

10-strong herd of hand-reared cattle has been released on Ronkswood Hill Meadows 10-strong herd of hand-reared cattle has been released on Ronkswood Hill Meadows

 A 10-strong herd of hand-reared cattle has been released on Ronkswood Hill Meadows, as part of an annual conservation exercise by Worcester City Council. The cattle will be allowed free rein on the local nature reserve site, to help preserve grassland and wild flowers. The initiative is designed to act as a natural and cost-effective way of k...

New Mayor for Worcester

Mayor of Worcester, Allah Ditta Mayor of Worcester, Allah Ditta

Worcester's new Mayor has taken up residence in the Parlour at the Guildhall. Cllr Allah Ditta was voted in at the Annual Council meeting on 14 May, taking over the chain of office from outgoing Mayor, Cllr Jabba Riaz. This will be Cllr Ditta's second mayoral term in office; he became the city's first Asian Mayor in 2004. Cllr Jo Hodges is Worceste...

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