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New Worcester Cemeteries website launched

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A new website has been launched to bring together everything people need to know about Worcester City Council's crematorium and cemeteries. WorcesterCemeteries.co.uk gives city residents a new easy-to-use resource where they can find essential information about the Astwood Road crematorium, chapel, cemetery and gardens of rest, St John's Cemetery, ...
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New measures and fines introduced to tackle anti-social behaviour in city centre

Worcester City Council is introducing new measures and £100 fines to discourage the intentional feeding of gulls, aggressive begging, and dangerous cycling and skateboarding in the city centre. A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) will be in place from 28 March, giving City Council officers and delegated partners the option to issue a f...
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Get to know your place better and create your own digital life story book – with free access to archive photos and historic maps of Worcester

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Worcester City Council in partnership with Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, has developed two new and exciting online platforms, thanks to support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The platforms, 'Life Stories - Herefordshire and Worcestershire' and 'Know Your Place', provide an opportunity for reminiscing, and the...
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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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 Buckingham Palace has announced the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Jo Hodges, said: "The Councillors and Officers of Worcester City Council are deeply saddened at the news of the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time." Prince Philip's cerem...
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Want to vote, but not in person? Act now!

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If you want to have a say in who represents you in the big decisions that will affect your life in the future, but don't want to go to a polling station on election day – you need to act now! Three local elections take place on 6 May and you can cast your vote in one of three ways – at a polling station on the day, by post or by appointing to someo...
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Financial support to help businesses re-open

New grants of up to £18,000 are available for businesses in Worcester to help with the costs of re-opening. Last month the Chancellor announced further grant funding for councils to support businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. "Government has announced new financial support through its ReStart Grant, to help businesses which were forced...
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Angel Place Market to re-open

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The popular city centre market in Angel Place, Worcester, will re-open on Wednesday 14 April. A new company, Cotswold Markets Ltd, has been appointed by Worcester City Council to operate the market, which will be open every week from Wednesday to Saturday. Cotswold Markets currently operates markets in Cheltenham, Cirencester, Fairford, Moreton-in-...
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Nine out of ten households have completed Census 2021

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There has been a fantastic response to Census 2021. Nine out of ten households across England and Wales have completed their questionnaire – but everyone must take part. Every household is required by law to complete the census. Even though Census Day – 21 March 2021 – has been and gone, it is not too late to fill out your form and avoid a fine. Mo...
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Worcester Show to make comeback this summer

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The ever-popular Worcester Show, which gives local people the opportunity to put their creative and horticultural skills to the fore, is set to return to the city on Sunday 15 August 2021 (subject to Government Covid rules). This year the Show will take place on the Pitchcroft Racecourse instead of Gheluvelt Park, ensuring that there is a greater a...
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The race is on for local elections

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Local elections have officially begun, with candidates of all parties hoping to secure Worcester residents' votes on Thursday May 6. Formal notices have been published for the three elections taking place in the city – for city councillors, county councillors and the Police and Crime Commissioner – marking the formal start of the contests. Steps ar...
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City Council secures financial boost for Worcester’s leisure centres

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Worcester City Council has successfully secured a grant from Sport England's National Leisure Recovery Fund to help support the re-opening of the city's three leisure centres. The Council will use the £214,000 grant to continue supporting its leisure partner, Freedom Leisure, in providing a full range of sports and leisure activities to visitors on...
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Young people to be at heart of future City Council decisions

A Young Person's Champion is to be appointed to Worcester City Council, putting issues such as child poverty, youth employment and young people's well-being at the heart of future decision-making. The decision, which was made following a motion presented by Cllr Joy Squires to Full Council on 23 February 2021, will see all future City Council polic...
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Creatives sought to celebrate 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 Charter Festival is planned during 2021 - and commissions are being offered for artworks inspired by significant aspects of Worcester's history over the last 400 years. The a...
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Soldiers join Mayor for litter-pick

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Local soldiers have joined the Mayor of Worcester to help carry out a litter pick at Worcester's Astwood Cemetery. Staff from the Army Recruitment office in Foregate Street volunteered to help out at the site, as part of their support for Keep Britain Tidy's Great British Spring Clean campaign. The recent storms and high winds have blown some litte...
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Local support to help people complete the Census

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Worcester City Council is offering local residents additional support to help them complete Census 2021. "Billions of pounds are allocated to local services across the country using census-based information every year," says Adrian Gregson, Vice Chair of Worcester City Council's Policy and Resources Committee. "However, money can't be allocated to ...
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Tennis served up again in Worcester

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Tennis courts in Worcester's Cripplegate and Gheluvelt Parks are set to re-open on 29 March, in line with current Government guidance. The five new tennis courts in Cripplegate Park, which re-opened in September 2020 following a £377,000 investment from Worcester City Council and the Lawn Tennis Association, is expected to be particularly popular. ...
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Zero Carbon Worcester: further action considered

Worcester City councillors will next week consider adopting a detailed environmental sustainability action plan, setting out the first steps on the route for the city to become carbon neutral by 2030. The plan contains 23 actions to be taken over the next two years to reduce carbon emissions in the city.It reflects the objectives set out in the Cit...
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Plea to people making Covid self-isolation payment claims

Worcester residents on low incomes who are told to self-isolate because of Covid can apply for a £500 support grant from the City Council. Unfortunately around a third of applications for the Council's discretionary grant scheme are being rejected because people are not able to produce all the supporting information that's needed. Now the City Coun...
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Consultation on SWDP Review sustainability appraisal

A public consultation has started on an important document supporting the development of new homes across South Worcestershire over the next two decades. The sustainability appraisal sets out how sites and policies in the revised South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) balance economic and social factors with protecting the environment, which ...
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Veterans’ charity presents Recognition Award to Worcester City Council

IMG_7811-01Mar2021 Pictured left to right at the award presentation are: Deputy Leader of the City Council Cllr Adrian Gregson; Stepway founders Perminder Kundi and Dawn Turner; City Council Leader Cllr Marc Bayliss; and City Council Managing Director David Blake.
Worcester-based armed forces veterans' charity Stepway has presented a Recognition Award to the City Council to acknowledge the support provided since it was founded in 2019. Stepway supports veterans in civilian life by providing drop-in centres, a skills programme, community projects and a range of other initiatives. The charity's founders visite...
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