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Butterflies, bunting and pop-up parks in Worcester, as visitors head back to city

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Worcester's recovery from the lockdown – already one of the most successful in the country – is set to move up a gear, with the city centre getting even more colourful and welcoming in the next few days. Colourful bunting on shops and buildings, striking butterfly decorations in trees, and pop-up "parks" where residents & visitors can unwind ar...
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Children’s summer sports sessions are a success

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The free summer sports sessions for Worcester children running across the summer holidays have been declared a success by the Chairman of Worcester City Council's Communities Committee. Councillor James Stanley dropped in one of the sessions at the Countryside Centre to see kids aged from three to 18 trying out sports from football to tennis, kwik ...
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Don’t lose your vote! Residents in Worcester urged to check their voter registration details

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Local residents are being warned not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date.With elections taking place in Worcester in May 2022, the City Council is contacting residents to make sure they can vote on the big day.Worcester City Council is sending out letters to households...
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Further delay to SWDP Review

 The review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan has been delayed again. The decision is to give more time for vital technical studies to be completed. It means the plan now won't be published in October 2021 ready for public consultation and submission for independent examination in February 2022. A new timetable is being drawn up for...
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Now’s the time to show off your creations at the Worcester Show

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It's time to unleash all your lockdown creativity and get ready to show off your gardening, crafting, painting, photographic and cookery talent at the ever-popular Worcester Show (Pitchcroft Race Course - Sunday 15 August 2021). There are over 140 competition classes for people of all ages to enter. In addition to gardening categories for fruit and...
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Worcester’s wildflowers give boost to biodiversity

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Worcester City Council is taking action to encourage wildflowers to flourish in areas across the city - in a bid to boost the numbers of bees, butterflies, and other insects, that play an important role in our ecosystem. "The UK has lost 97% of its wildflower meadows since the Second World War – which is incredibly worrying because they provide ess...
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Hawks will fly daily to deter gulls in Worcester

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Hawks are to be flown around Worcester five days a week for the next two months, in a bid to deter gulls from settling in the city. From July 19 the birds will fly in select parts of Worcester for up to eight hours a day - the biggest exercise of its type to have been undertaken in the city. Hawk flying was trialled in Britannia Square and other pa...
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Have your say on proposals to close pedestrian railway crossings

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Worcester residents are being invited to have their say on proposals to close two pedestrian railway crossings in the city because of concerns about safety and anti-social behaviour. There are fears that people could be injured when they walk across the rail lines at the crossings at Brickfields Park and the Laugherne Brook Nature Reserve (known as...
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COVID: Applications open for new grants to support Worcester businesses

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A new grant scheme for businesses affected by the impact of the Covid pandemic, and which are continuing to face premises costs while they recover, has been launched by Worcester City Council.Businesses and organisations that are based in a premises in the city, either their own or one belonging to a client, can apply for up to £2,700 from the new ...
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Winner scoops £2,000 on Worcester Community Lottery

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A local resident has won £2,000 on the Worcester Community Lottery this week – with a second person winning £250 at the beginning of the month. Both winners had chosen the Friends of Tudor Grange Academy as the local cause to benefit from their lottery subscription.The school is one of 78 local causes which people can raise funds for when they play...
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Competition to mark 400th Anniversary of Worcester City Charter

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On 2 October 1621, James I put his seal to the Charter that granted Worcester the rights and constitution which still form the basis for modern governance of the city today. But what difference did that make?  Now's your chance to do some research and find out why the Charter matters - and what difference it has made to the running of the...
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Popular Saturday Skip service returns to Worcester

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Worcester residents can once again use mobile skips to dispose of furniture and household goods. The Saturday Skip service is designed to provide a free local disposal point for residents who are unable to transport bulky household waste items to Worcester's Household Recycling Centres Cllr Marc Bayliss, Leader of Worcester City Council said:" We a...
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Festival celebrates landmark 400th anniversary of Worcester City Charter

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On 2 October 1621, James I put his seal to the Charter that granted Worcester the rights and constitution which still form the basis for modern governance of the city today. A series of events are being held to celebrate the 400th anniversary and explore the significance of the Charter.Over the summer you can join a walking tour to explore the stor...
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Flower Power will help attract visitors to Worcester

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 Thousands of flowers are being planted in hanging baskets this week, in a bid to brighten up the city centre and entice visitors back to Worcester. Petunias, busy lizzies, begonias and geraniums will fill 160 baskets, adding a splash of colour to central areas including High Street, Broad Street, Cathedral Square, Cornmarket, Friar Street, Ne...
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Council steps in to tidy up eyesore property

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Worcester City Council has used special powers to step in and clear up an unkempt and overgrown garden at a property in Somers Road, which had been empty for over ten years. The absent owner, whose whereabouts are unknown, had not kept up with general maintenance of the Worcester property. The garden had become extremely overgrown, causing a headac...
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Worcester flag flies to show support for Armed Forces

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The Deputy Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Adrian Gregson, was joined by military personnel on Tuesday 22 June to observe the raising of the Armed Forces Day Flag over the Guildhall. "We are raising the flag today in advance of Armed Forces day on Saturday to show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community," said Councillor A...
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Cleaner streets, economic recovery, major investment – Worcester City Council Leader sets out his priorities

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Having secured a Conservative majority at last month's election, Worcester City Council Leader Marc Bayliss is today setting out his priorities for the year ahead.Cleaner streets, support for the city's post-pandemic recovery, managing the investment of more than £40 million of Government funding in the city, tackling parking problems in residentia...
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Victorian Christmas Fayre to make its comeback

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As Worcester recovers from the pandemic, plans are being put in place to make sure Christmas 2021 will be one to remember. After being cancelled last year, the traditional Victorian Fayre will be back from December 2 to 5, with unique traders in place across the city centre alongside music and street entertainers. It will be awash with all the Dick...
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Worcester secures £19.6m to build back better after COVID

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Worcester is to receive £19.6m to deliver long-term economic growth for the city and support recovery after COVID. The award follows the submission of a successful bid by Worcester City Council to the Government's £3.6 billion Towns Fund. Worcester was one of 101 towns across the UK to be given the opportunity to create a Town Investment Plan,...
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New Mayor for Worcester

Worcester's new Mayor has taken up residence in the Parlour at the Guildhall with outgoing Mayor, Councillor Jo Hodges, offering up her robes to Cllr Stephen Hodgson, who was voted in at last night's Annual Council meeting. Cllr Adrian Gregson was voted in as Deputy Mayor. With the Conservatives securing a majority in May's election, the meeting al...
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