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New accessible toilet opens in Worcester city centre

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Worcester City Council's bid to make the city centre accessible to all has taken a step further with the building of a new Changing Places Toilet amenity in the Cornmarket. Funded by Government grant and the City Council, the Changing Places facility is a large accessible toilet with equipment such as ceiling track hoists, adult-sized changing benc...

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Chance to find out more about becoming a councillor in Worcester

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People who are considering standing as a councillor for Worcester City Council, Warndon Parish Council or St Peter's Parish Council are invited to a special online briefing session. The event will give prospective candidates – and their potential agents – all the essential information they need to know about the elections. The online briefing will ...

Survey will help give clearer picture of housing in Worcester

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Worcester City Council has commissioned a study to assess the condition of people's accommodation and is urging householders to respond if they receive a survey. The survey is being carried out by Opinion Research Services which has sent out letters to 4,000 randomly selected properties across the city asking residents for their opinions on their c...

Love Worcester returns

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Worcester's heritage venues are hosting a nine-day celebration of the historic city – and everyone is invited! There will be a whole host of family friendly events going on between February 9 and February 18, at churches, museums, libraries and other public venues across the city. Saturday 10 February will see St Swithun's Church hosting 'Rave in t...

New round of community grant funding available

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Groups and charities in Worcester are invited to apply for funding before the end of the summer. Worcester City Council has announced a new round of applications for community grants through the One Worcester Communities Grants scheme, inviting bids on a 'first come, first served' basis before the closing date of July 31, 2024. Applicants can apply...

Three-year plan sets out strategy for managing trees affected by Ash Dieback

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A three-year plan for managing trees affected by Ash Dieback has been drawn up by Worcester City Council. The council plans to remove or prune trees which pose a health and safety risk, but will try to avoid large scale felling, so that people can continue to enjoy the city's parks, open spaces and woodlands. Ash Dieback leads to leaf loss and dead...

Biodiversity boosting plans get underway after public consultation

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 A scheme which will transform an unused strip of land in Warndon has been drawn up by Worcester City Council after consultation with local residents. The Cotswold Way public open space lies between Cranham Drive and Chedworth Close and the plans include biodiversity enhancements and new play equipment. A proposal to provide an 11-bay parking ...

Mayor to host Holocaust Memorial event at the Guildhall

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 Worcester residents are invited to gather in the city's historic Guildhall later this month to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Hosted by Mayor of Worcester Cllr Louis Stephen, together with the Worcestershire Interfaith Forum, the event will be held on Monday 29 January at 10.30am. The theme of this year's Memorial Day is 'Fragility of Freedom',...

Have your say on licensing reviews

Worcester City Council is reviewing its Statement of Licensing Policy and its licensing policy on sex establishments and is inviting members of the public to have their say on the changes. The Licensing Act 2003 requires each licensing authority to prepare and publish a Statement of Licensing Policy, which it must review at least every five years. ...

New Worcester quiz book out in time for Christmas

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There's a treat in store for local history enthusiasts this Christmas with a new Worcester Life Stories book out on December 20. Worcester Life Stories – The Big Quiz Edition is packed with more than 250 historic photos of the city, along with plenty of challenging quiz questions. Most of the photographs in the book form part of Worcester City Coun...

Get set for festive fun at Worcester’s Victorian Christmas Fayre

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Get set to be transported back in time for festive fun later this week when Worcester's Victorian Christmas Fayre returns. The spectacular event runs from Thursday 30 November until Sunday 3 December with more than 150 stalls filling the city's streets. Now in its 31st year, the Victorian Christmas Fayre is one of the most prestigious street fayres...

Festive cheer at Mayor’s charity Christmas concert

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Christmas carols and readings will provide festive cheer when Mayor of Worcester Cllr Louis Stephen hosts a charity concert in the city's historic Guildhall. The event will be held on Wednesday December 13 at 7.30pm with music provided by The Elgar Chorale conducted by Piers Maxim. All proceeds will go to the mayor's charity, which is Age UK (Worce...

Gold standard is one of three accolades for Astwood Cemetery

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Astwood Cemetery has been granted an award of excellence by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management – the third award it has received this year. The cemetery and crematorium has secured ICCM Charter Gold standard for both its service and its outdoor work. The ICCM gold award is given to cemeteries and crematoria which not only provide ...

Worcester gets set to light up for Christmas

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Festive fun will officially begin in Worcester at 6pm on Saturday 25 November, when the city's Christmas lights are switched on by two special guests – the Mayor of Worcester and Santa Claus himself! The two will be accompanied by members of the cast of the Swan Theatre's Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime. A fun-packed family evening to mark the eve...

Last chance to have your say in review of Worcester’s Public Space Protection Orders

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Residents have until 27 November to make their views known on Worcester City Council's review of powers to combat anti-social behaviour in the city. Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) are used by local councils to protect the public from behaviour that can have a detrimental effect on people's quality of life. PSPOs have to be reviewe...

Festive fun on the way in Worcester

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Christmas is coming to Worcester and preparations are well underway for a whole host of festive events and entertainment. The festive fun will begin with the switching on of the Christmas lights on 25 November. At 4pm a starlight lantern parade will make its way from The Hive to Cathedral Square, where the light switch-on will take place. The parad...

How to deal with damp and condensation

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Tenants in rented accommodation are being reminded of the steps that can be taken to deal with damp and condensation in their homes – and to know when to contact a landlord to take action. Most homes suffer from damp to some degree, but the good news is that it can usually be dealt with by making a few simple changes. However, if the problem is exc...

Contract awarded for Worcester’s bike share scheme

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Plans to introduce a bike share scheme across Worcester have stepped up a gear, with the City Council awarding a contract for the project to Beryl, the UK's largest shared sustainable transport provider. The bike share scheme will see 225 bicycles - 175 of them electric bikes – available to hire, from numerous locations across the city. The propose...

Plans to boost biodiversity across Worcester

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More wildflowers and habitats to encourage insects and wildlife are on the way in parks, green spaces and cemeteries across Worcester as the City Council forges ahead with its pledge to boost biodiversity. The City Council declared a biodiversity emergency three years ago, recognising that action needed to be taken immediately to stop the decline o...

Christmas charity pop-up shop is back in Worcester

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 The charity pop-up shop Cards for Good Causes is open in Worcester once again this year, offering a selection of Christmas cards and small gifts in aid of various charities. Cards for Good Causes is situated in the Green Room of Worcester's Guildhall and is open from 10am until 4.30pm Monday to Saturday until December 18. The not-for-profit o...

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