Councillors to consider bold plan for South Worcestershire’s future

A key planning document that will shape the way South Worcestershire develops over the next 20 years is set to be considered by councillors. The review of the existing South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) sets out Worcester City, Malvern Hills District and Wychavon District Councils' vision for the area up to 2041. It includes a Government ...

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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...

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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...

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Have your say on the future of arts and cultural provision in Worcester

Worcester residents are invited to have their say on a blueprint that will shape the city's arts and cultural provision for the next five years. Worcester City Council is seeking feedback on its draft Arts and Culture Strategy to ensure it represents the wide variety of cultural activities in the city, and people are being encouraged to give their ...

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

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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Action to support free school meals announced at Worcester cost of living conference

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Worcester City Council is to pay for free lunches over the majority of the summer holidays for children who would normally receive free meals in term-time. The initiative, funded by £215,000 from the Council's hardship fund, was announced at a conference it organised to discuss how the cost of living emergency is being handled in the city. Announci...

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Bumper turnout for Worcester Show despite the blazing hot weather

Crowds turned out for Worcester Show Crowds turned out for Worcester Show

More than 15,000 people turned out to enjoy all the fun and festivities at this year's hugely successful Worcester Show. Despite the blazing temperatures, visitors young and old kept cool with ice creams, cold drinks and sun hats as they enjoyed everything the show had to offer - from live entertainment to a wealth of stalls and sideshows. The day'...

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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...

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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...

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Leave your car at home – and make your visit to Worcester Show a green one!

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Visitors to this year's Worcester Show are being encouraged to consider leaving their cars at home and instead use public transport - or walk or cycle to the event. Worcester Show takes place on Sunday August 14 at Pitchcroft Racecourse and whilst parking will be available near the site, people travelling from outside Worcester are encouraged to us...

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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 ...

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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...

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Mela marquee promises fun for all the family at this year’s Worcester Show

Mela’s aim is to unite the city through culture, colour and creativity Mela’s aim is to unite the city through culture, colour and creativity

An extravaganza of Asian music, dance, crafts and food is set to bring a carnival atmosphere to this year's Worcester Show, with a Mela Marquee offering a warm welcome to all the family. Mela means festival of togetherness and Worcester Mela Partnership are promising a riot of colour, fun and celebration when they arrive at the Show for the first t...

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Temporary changes to Worcester taxi ranks as the next phase of street improvements begin

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Temporary changes to taxi ranks in Worcester city centre will begin from Monday (1 August) as work starts on the latest phase of street improvements. The eight-week programme of work is the third phase of a scheme to revitalise the city centre and will include new surfacing, lighting and seating. During the next two months, The Cross taxi rank will...

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Ambitious plans for city centre improvements are unveiled

Worcester city councillors are to be asked to back proposals to seek Government funding for several major improvement schemes across the city. The City Council can bid for up to £20 million under the latest round of the national Levelling Up funding for projects which tie in with key themes of transport, town centre regeneration, and cultural and h...

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Worcester cemetery wins Green Flag for first time – giving the city FIVE flags to wave!

Worcester is going greener than ever this year with the news that no fewer than FIVE council parks have been awarded prestigious Green Flag status, meaning they are officially recognised as being among the country's best green spaces. This year sees a first Green Flag for Astwood Cemetery and Crematorium, the outstanding grounds of which have scoop...

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There’s still time to get your entries in for this year’s Worcester Show

 Whether you're a great gardener, a brilliant baker or a creative crafter – there's still time to showcase your talents at this year's Worcester Show. With 140 competition classes, there's something to suit entrants of all ages – and even the family dog can join in the fun. But don't leave it too late - entries close on August 8! All entries n...

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