Beacon lighting will mark the start of Worcester’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

A beacon is to be lit in Worcester to mark the start of Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations next week. The beacon will be lit at Fort Royal Park on the evening of Thursday, June 2 – one of more than 2,022 lit all over the UK as part of the official programme of celebrations announced by Buckingham Palace. On the same evening there...

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Next stage of £19.6m investment in Worcester

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Active travel, enhancing Worcester's heritage offer, and improvements to the city's Riverside Park will be on the agenda when councillors meet to discuss the next stage of the investment of £19.6 million into the city. Two more business cases to release cash from the Government's Towns Fund will be debated by Worcester City Council's Policy and Res...

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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, ...

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£150 energy rebate for Worcester Council Tax payers

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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...

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New Mayor for Worcester

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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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Results are in for Worcester City Council election

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The results are in for the elections for members of Worcester City Council, held on May 5. With all the votes counted, Labour won six of the 13 seats that were being contested, the Conservatives won four, the Greens won two and the Liberal Democrats won one. This means the political balance on the City Council is now: Conservatives – 15 seats Labou...

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Worcester all set to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Worcester residents are all set for a right royal celebration next month with street parties and a host of celebratory events to mark Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee. The special four-day Bank Holiday weekend on 2-5 June will see the city decked out in red, white and blue as the fun gets underway – and shops are encouraged to join in the f...

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Show how much you #LoveWorcester – and win a £20 voucher!

Pupils at Perry Wood Primary School picking litter. Pupils at Perry Wood Primary School picking litter.

Worcester residents are being urged to help spruce up their neighbourhood – and be in with a chance of winning a prize.Worcester City Council is offering e-vouchers worth £20 to the first 50 Worcester residents who post photos of themselves out litter picking in the run-up to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.The competition is open to all ...

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Help shape Worcester’s new electoral boundaries

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Worcester residents are being given the chance to help shape the city's electoral boundaries. The city is currently divided into 15 electoral areas, known as "wards", with each of them electing either two or three councillors to Worcester City Council. The current arrangements have not been reviewed for 20 years, and now the independent Local Gover...

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Cattle ‘let loose’ as part of natural care plan on meadows

Cattle on Ronkswood Meadow

A 15-strong herd of hand-reared cross-bred cattle are about to be released on Ronkswood Hill Meadows, as part of an annual conservation exercise by Worcester City Council. The cattle will be allowed free rein on the local nature reserve site, to help preserve grassland and wildflowers. The initiative is designed to act as a natural and cost-effecti...

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Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay to visit Worcester as full England route revealed

The Queen's Baton Relay in Worcester

The Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay is confirmed to visit Worcester during its final journey through England this summer, as the full route is revealed. Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen's Baton Relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build-up to the Games. In Englan...

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Mosaic welcome sign for the ‘village in the city’

Councillor Alan Amos (left) and Councillor Richard Udall, with the new mosaic sign. Councillor Alan Amos (left) and Councillor Richard Udall, with the new mosaic sign.

Visitors to the St John's area of Worcester are now greeted with a striking and colourful mosaic sign – thanks to two local councillors. The sign welcoming people to the area was commissioned by Richard Udall and Alan Amos, who serve as councillors both on Worcester City Council and Worcestershire County Council. It has been installed on the Bullri...

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Woodlands and wildflowers – a new look for Perdiswell Park

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Work is due to begin on major improvements to Perdiswell Park which will make it not only a haven for wildlife – but also more accessible to visitors. This month will see the first phase of the work begin, with the creation of almost five hectares of wildflower meadow. Bird and bat boxes will be placed at suitable locations, as well as bee banks – ...

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Architects appointed for Worcester’s new arts centre

An artist’s impression of how the restored and reopened Scala Theatre and Corn Exchange could look An artist’s impression of how the restored and reopened Scala Theatre and Corn Exchange could look

Worcester City Council has taken an important step forward in the creation of a new performance arts and theatre venue in the northern part of the city centre, with the appointment of architects and consultants. The City Council secured £17.9 million from the Government's Future High Streets Fund to revamp the area around Angel Place and Angel Stre...

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Delay to publication of revised South Worcestershire Development Plan

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The updated South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) will not be published for consultation in July as scheduled, because work on the key documents relating to development sites and the infrastructure needed to support them is yet to be completed. More time is required to finalise the Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) which is a crucial eviden...

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Splash of colour along roadside verges as nature is allowed to take its course


More roadside verges in Worcester are to become a riot of colour this summer as Worcester City Council rolls out its wildflower verges initiative. In 2020 the City Council declared a biodiversity emergency, recognising that action needs to be taken immediately to stop the decline of native species. Since then it has been looking to boost biodiversi...

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Nominations are open for the Mayor of Worcester’s Big Jubilee Lunch

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The Mayor of Worcester will be holding a special Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday 5 June as part of the city's celebrations of Her Majesty The Queen becoming the first monarch in history to reign for 70 years. The event at the Guildhall will see the city's first citizen joined by local residents who have contributed to the wellbeing of the city over the...

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Knife Angel’s Worcester stay had huge impact in the city

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The Knife Angel, the national monument against violence and aggression, drew crowds in to Worcester throughout its month-long stay, helping to spread a message of hope for social change. The 27ft-tall statue was created from over 100,000 knives and blades confiscated by 43 UK police forces. Designed by Alfie Bradley at the British Ironwork Centre i...

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Enjoy a night out – and help raise charity cash

The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Stephen Hodgson

Tickets are still available for the Mayor of Worcester's charity dinner, so if you fancy getting dressed in your best AND helping to raise money for worthy causes, why not buy tickets and go along? The event is to be held on the evening of April 29 in the splendour of the Guildhall and will include a three-course meal and a charity auction. Mayor C...

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Mayor plants a tree for the Queen’s Jubilee

'Plant a Tree for the Queen's Jubilee'. 'Plant a Tree for the Queen's Jubilee'.

.With preparation well underway for celebrations to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, Worcester City Mayor Stephen Hodgson planted a cherry tree this week as part of the Queen's Green Canopy scheme. Three pupils from Nunnery Wood High School's Eco Club helped the mayor plant the tree outside Waitrose in London Road, accompanied by store manager Sc...

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