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Cricket fan scoops £2,000 in Worcester Community Lottery

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A local resident who is a long-term supporter of Worcester Cricket Club in Norton has scooped £2,000 in the city's Community Lottery. The Worcester Community Lottery (www.worcesterlottery.org)gives players the chance to sign up for entry into a weekly draw, and to choose which local causes they want to benefit from their subscription. The list incl...

Worcester volunteers are coronavirus heroes

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The efforts of hundreds of Worcester people who selflessly give up their time to help others are being celebrated this week (National Volunteers' Week:1 – 7 June 2020). Hundreds of residents have volunteered their services since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic – and community support groups have sprung up across the city. "This pandemic hasn...

Meet Worcester’s new Mayor

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A new Mayor of Worcester was voted in at a virtual meeting of the City Council this week (Tuesday 19 May). Cllr Jo Hodges has taken over the chain of office from the outgoing Mayor, Cllr Allah Ditta. This will be Cllr Hodges' second mayoral term in office; the first being in 1999 – 2000. Cllr Stephen Hodgson is Worcester's new Deputy Mayor. "It is ...

Mayor donates 10,000 masks to NHS in Worcestershire

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The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Allah Ditta, has donated 10,000 masks to the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust, to help protect NHS staff as they continue to treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The masks have been paid for by the Worcester Muslim Cemetery trustees. "The coronavirus pandemic has been particularly devastating for ethnic mino...

Mayor encourages food donations during Ramadan

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 The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Allah Ditta, is encouraging local residents to donate to the Worcester Foodbank and to local charities during Ramadan (23 April – 23 May 2020). Members of the Worcester Mosque are making donations to the Worcester Foodbank and other local charities every Friday, throughout the month of Ramadan. On Friday 1 May the...

Action to control gull population continues during lockdown

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With the peak gull nesting season now upon us, action is being taken in Worcester to deter the birds from nesting on residential and business rooftops. Hawks and falcons have been deployed to make daily two-hour flights round Britannia Square, near Worcester's city centre, with the aim of putting off gulls from nesting there.The flights, which are ...

City Council gives isolated Veterans a helping hand to keep in touch

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A Worcester charity has joined forces with the City Council to purchase five computer tablets, to help Veterans who are in isolation stay in contact with the wider world. Stepway, a local charity launched in 2019 to help Veterans readjust to civilian life, is lending the equipment to individuals who have no home access to a computer. Worcester City...

Extra CCTV installed in bid to protect NHS staff cars

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Worcester City Council's Community Safety team has joined forces with West Mercia Police to install extra CCTV cameras at the Royal Worcestershire Hospital, following recent thefts from nurses' cars while they worked. Thieves stole catalytic converters, which contain precious metals, from the cars when they were parked in the hospital's car park on...

Support for school leavers to discuss next steps

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Are you aged 16 - 24?  If you haven't decided your next step yet, and need help to secure a place in education, training or to apply for apprenticeships from September, help is at hand! Contact the team of qualified advisers by calling 0300 666 3 666 to discuss your options - or go to the Skillls4Worcestershire website for more infor...

£3.575m to be paid in grants lifeline to Worcester businesses

Worcester City Council is processing £3.575m worth of grant applications from local businesses, with payments arriving in bank accounts from today (6 April). 267 grants are being paid to a wide range of local businesses - including hairdressers, estate agents, restaurants, mechanics, printers and recruitment agencies. Grants of £10,000 are availabl...

Support for Worcester residents struggling to pay Council Tax

Worcester City Council is encouraging residents who are facing financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 virus to apply for Council Tax Support. Applications can be made here:  https://www.worcester.gov.uk/council-tax/pay-my-council-tax Worcester residents also have the option to spread their Council Tax payments over 12 months inste...

Mayor urges Worcester residents to stay calm and to work together

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 The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Allah Ditta, has urged residents to stay calm and to work together to minimise the impact of coronavirus and its ramifications on the city. "Getting to grips with this virus is possibly the greatest peacetime challenge our country and this city has faced," said the Mayor of Worcester. "There is not a person in thi...

Updates on refuse collections

We are experiencing some delays in emptying green recycling bins, due to staff absence and self isolation.All black bins should be emptied. Apologies – please leave your green bin out and we will aim to get to it in the next few days. 

Make your presence known, as gull nesting season approaches

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The gull nesting season is rapidly approaching – so Worcester residents and businesses are being urged to try alternative tactics to discourage the birds from nesting on the roofs of local properties. Regularly opening and shutting skylight windows or doors, using an extended pole or long garden cane to tap loudly on roof areas and physically makin...

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Curry house serves up five-star food hygiene rating

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 A popular Worcester curry house has made sweeping improvements – and following an independent inspection has seen its food hygiene rating progress from one star to five stars; the highest possible rating. The Anarkali Indian Restaurant, based on The Tything in Worcester, was re inspected by Worcestershire Regulatory Services in early 2020.The...

Tie the knot in Guildhall’s haunted cells

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Worcester's historic Guildhall (High Street Worcester, WR1 2EY) has a new option with a twist to offer to couples considering tying the knot in 2020 and beyond. The City Council now has a licence to conduct marriage ceremonies in The Guildhall's cells – an atmospheric option for those who want a wedding with a difference! This week saw the first we...

Councillors to act on proposals to address anti-social behaviour in Worcester’s city centre

Worcester City Council is considering introducing new measures to discourage the intentional feeding of gulls; aggressive begging and dangerous cycling and skateboarding in the city centre. Members of the City Council's Communities Committee, which meets on Tuesday 10 March, will review the findings of a 12-week public consultation on the potential...

Official figures show fall in rough sleeping in Worcester

Official figures released by the Government show a fall in the number of rough sleepers recorded as sleeping in Worcester. Nineteen people were found to be sleeping rough in November last year according to the official figures released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). The figure is a snapshot taken from a count ...

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Animal lover scoops Worcester Community Lottery prize

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An animal lover from Pershore has scooped a £250 prize in the Worcester Community Lottery (www.worcesterlottery.org), set up in 2019 to raise funds for local charities and good causes. Players have a one-in-50 chance of winning a prize, up to a maximum of £25,000.Since the lottery was launched in April 2019 it has raised over £25,000 for local good...

Apprenticeship helps Worcester school leaver gain degree – without student debt

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Thanks to the growing popularity of higher and degree level apprenticeships, Worcester's buoyant IT sector is providing an increasing number of local young people with the opportunity to work in an exciting, fast paced environment without the need to gain a University degree first. Now a decade old, Worcester-based firm Airband (www.airband.co.uk) ...

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