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More than 4,000 people leave messages of condolence for The Queen at Worcester Guildhall

One of the Books of Condolence at the Guildhall, flanked by macebearers Ken Woodfield and Jenny Killam One of the Books of Condolence at the Guildhall, flanked by macebearers Ken Woodfield and Jenny Killam

A total of 4,450 messages were left in the Books of Condolence opened at Worcester Guildhall following the announcement of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Worcester City Council opened the books within hours of the news being released by Buckingham Palace on Thursday, 8 September. The first message to be left was from the Mayor of Wor...

Her Majesty The Queen

Her Majesty The Queen

Buckingham Palace has announced the death of Her Majesty The Queen. The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Adrian Gregson, said: "The Councillors and Officers of Worcester City Council are deeply saddened at the news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time." Books of condolence A Book of Condolence is ope...

Council to consider extra help for residents on the cost of living crisis

Receipt, marked "cost of living"

Worcester City Council is set to consider taking extra steps to help local residents cope with the cost of living crisis. Rising energy prices and food bills are affecting everyone, but it is vulnerable low-income families which are being hit hardest by the situation. In July this year, the Council declared a cost of living crisis and is now workin...

First inside image of Worcester’s proposed new arts centre revealed

Architect's drawing of the main auditorium of Worcester's proposed new arts centre Architect's drawing of the main auditorium of Worcester's proposed new arts centre

The first internal image of the new arts centre being proposed for Worcester has today been released. The image shows a cross-section of what the 500-seat new auditorium could look like in the new city centre-based performance arts venue. The arts centre is at the heart of the revamp of the northern end of the city centre, which is being delivered ...

Mayor of Worcester trains for 10k for charity – will you sponsor him?

The Mayor of Worcester in training for the Worcester 10k race

The Mayor of Worcester is in training to join this year's Worcester 10k run to raise funds for two local charities – and he's hoping local people and businesses will sponsor him. Councillor Adrian Gregson will become the first Mayor to take part in the Worcester City Runs while in office when he crosses the starting line on Sunday 4 September. Comp...

Extra support for energy bills for some Worcester residents

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Extra support has been announced by Worcester City Council for some residents who may be struggling to pay their energy bills. The Council has already paid out £150 Council Tax rebates to the majority of households in the city, with some others due to receive a voucher in the coming weeks. The new initiative will see the Council providing support f...

Final countdown to popular Worcester Show

Crowds enjoying the Worcester Show

The popular Worcester Show is coming back to the Pitchcroft racecourse (WR2 2WD) on Sunday 14 August (10.00am – 5.00pm), after attracting a record-breaking 15,000-plus visitors at the same location last year. A thrilling line-up of live music has now been confirmed for the day, topped by ska band [spunge], who have supported Green Day and will be l...

Mayor of Worcester welcomes Ukrainian guests to the Guildhall

The Mayor and Mayoress of Worcester outside the Guildhall with Ukrainian guests and their hosts

The Mayor and Mayoress of Worcester have welcomed nearly 100 Ukrainian guests to the Guildhall, along with their host families. Councillor Adrian Gregson and his partner Rachel Hall organised the event as a formal welcome to the city for people who have fled the war in their home country. The free event at the historic city centre building included...

Cost of living: Help for Households

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The Government has announced that retail deals and discounts to help families over the summer holidays have been launched as part of the Help for Households Campaign. These deals have been signed with various businesses, including Asda, Morrisons, Amazon and Vodafone and are designed to reduce costs at the checkout, help provide entertainment ...

Work to improve Worcester’s car parks

Parking space with newly painted lines

With many Worcester residents on holiday during August, Worcester City Council is taking the opportunity to carry out important maintenance at some of the city centre car parks it operates, while fewer people are using them. Between Monday and Thursday next week (8-11 August) the Council will be repainting the parking space lines in some of the cit...

Don’t lose your vote – residents in Worcester urged to check voter registration details

Graphic - Don't lose your voice at future elections

Worcester residents are being urged to check their electoral registration details or risk losing their chance to vote on decisions that affect them. With elections taking place in Worcester in May 2023, this is an opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part. The annual canvass allows Worcester to keep the electoral register up to date...

Worcester is ready to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay on Friday

Map of The Queen's Baton Relay route through Worcester

The timings and full line-up for The Queen's Baton Relay's route through Worcester have been revealed – with many exciting events taking place across the city. The Relay – part of the build-up to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games – will arrive on Friday afternoon, with local Batonbearers carrying the Baton around the city, encountering a packe...

Grand National winner to join Queen’s Baton Relay in Worcester

Lizzie Brunt in her Batonbearer gear with Pineau De Re

The most unusual participant in The Queen's Baton Relay when it reaches Worcester this week has been revealed – former Grand National winner Pineau De Re. Pineau De Re was trained by Richard Newland in Claines in the city, and hit the national headlines when he won the legendary race in 2014 by five lengths. The famous horse, now 19-years-old and r...

Fun for all as Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay visits Worcester

Cricket ball roller-skaters - ready to celebrate the relay

Fun for all the family is promised on Friday 22 July when the Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay visits Worcester during its final journey through England ahead of the start of the Commonwealth Games. Thousands of people are expected to line the city's streets to watch local Batonbearers carry The Queen's Baton through Worcester and across the riv...

Worcester arrives on national Dscvr tourism app

Dscvr (discover) app

Worcester has joined a growing number of towns and cities on the Dscvr tourism app – a fantastic resource for visitors and residents. The app, available on all smartphones, gives users access to information on shopping, eating, drinking, staying and enjoying themselves in the city – all at their fingertips! From today (9 June) everyone with the Dsc...

First payments of £150 energy rebate made to Worcester Council Tax payers

Energy rebate

Worcester City Council has issued the first payments of the £150 energy rebate to residents. The energy rebate is part of the Government's response to the recent rise in fuel bills, and is being paid out by local councils.Everyone in Worcester who pays their Council Tax by direct debit should now have received the payment directly into their bank a...

Meet Worcester’s new Mayor

The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Adrian Gregson

A new Mayor of Worcester has been voted in by members of Worcester City Council. Councillor Adrian Gregson has taken over the chain of office from the outgoing Mayor, Cllr Stephen Hodgson. Cllr Louis Stephen is Worcester's new Deputy Mayor. Cllr Adrian Gregson said: "I am pleased and humbled to have been elected to the position of Mayor by my colle...

Final schemes under £19.6m Worcester Towns Fund to be considered

Artist's impression of what the revamped area around Isaac Maddox House (seen at the rear) could look like Artist's impression of what the revamped area around Isaac Maddox House (seen at the rear) could look like

Worcester city councillors will meet next week to approve the final two schemes to be launched with the £19.6m investment into the city from the Government's Towns Fund. A total of five projects will be funded, following the City Council's successful bid to the national initiative. Business cases have already been approved for the first three and, ...

£150 energy rebate for Worcester Council Tax payers

Energy rebate

Worcester City Council is making final arrangements to pay the £150 energy rebate to households in the city that are registered to pay Council Tax. The energy rebate is part of the Government's response to the recent rise in fuel bills, and it is to be paid out by local councils. In Worcester, households that pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit w...

New Mayor for Worcester

Worcester Guildhall Worcester Guildhall

Worcester's new Mayor has taken up residence in the Parlour at the Guildhall with outgoing Mayor Councillor Stephen Hodgson offering up the chain of office to Cllr Adrian Gregson, who was voted in at tonight's Annual Council meeting. Cllr Louis Stephen was voted in as Deputy Mayor.New Mayor, Cllr Gregson, told the meeting: "My charities will be Ons...

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