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Explore Worcester’s treasures on National Heritage Days

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The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Jo Hodges, is encouraging people to visit Worcester's numerous historic attractions during the national Heritage Open Day festival (www.heritageopendays.org.uk) from 11 – 20 September. The Grade 1 listed Guildhall (www.worcesterguildhall.co.uk) on Worcester's High Street is open Monday-Friday 9am-4.30pm, Saturday 9.30am...
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New balls please – £377k investment brings state-of-the art tennis facilities to Worcester

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More people in Worcester can now enjoy the benefits that come from playing tennis thanks to a partnership between the sport's governing body, the LTA, Worcester City Council and its leisure operator Freedom Leisure, as new state-of-the art courts open in two of the city's most popular parks. The Tennis in the Park initiative is the start of a major...
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Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search – find Wally in Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum

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This Halloween, Wally, the world's favourite children's book character – wearing a red-and-white striped shirt and black-rimmed specs – will be travelling the country, appearing in museums, including Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum. Families will be able to join the search for Wally at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum as part of the ...
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Fundraisers and fun runners prepare for Virtual Worcester City Runs

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Fundraisers and fun runners are signing up in their hundreds for the Virtual Air Products Worcester City Runs at the weekend. Following the cancellation of the popular festival of running in the centre of Worcester due to COVID-19, the virtual event was launched in June, to raise money for charity partner, the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust. Th...
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Making Worcester safe for vulnerable residents

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People who are exempt from the wearing of face coverings in indoor settings are guaranteed a warm welcome at shops and cafes in Worcester which have signed up to the national Safe Place scheme. The Safe Place initiative gives the elderly and people with a disability, illness or learning difficulty, or who just feel in danger, a range of safe places...
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Call for people to share stories and memories to celebrate Black History Month

Worcester City Council is asking local black communities to share their stories and experiences of living in the city during Black History Month (October 2020). Photos, stories and memorabilia will be shared on the Community Worcester Facebook page (www.facebook.com/communityworcester) throughout the month and will then be loaded on a new 'Know You...
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Have your say on measures to tackle anti-social behaviour in Worcester city centre

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Worcester residents are being asked for their views on proposed new measures to discourage the intentional feeding of gulls, aggressive begging, and dangerous cycling and skateboarding in the city centre. The City Council plans to introduce a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that would give City Council officers and delegated partners the o...
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The gates are open! Walking and cycling path links The Hive and The Arches - Worcester

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A significant milestone has been reached today in the development of the £4.5m The Arches – Worcester project, with the opening of the gates next to The Hive to create a new walking and cycling pathway. The new route creates a quick and easy way to get from the River Severn to the growing number of attractions at the arches in Netherton Court and C...
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Warning of loan shark dangers in Worcester

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Worcester City Council is supporting a national campaign to prevent vulnerable people falling victim to loan sharks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continued economic uncertainty during the pandemic, with many people facing redundancy, means loan sharks may look to take advantage of people in a vulnerable position who feel they have nowhere to turn f...
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City Council to help local communities recover from lockdown

Worcester City Council has drawn up a draft Community Recovery Strategy to help ensure people across the city get the support they need as the city and the nation start to come out of lockdown. The draft Strategy, which will be considered by the Communities Committee on Wednesday July 22, is a broad-ranging plan that includes promoting physical exe...
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£20 million paid out in lifeline to Worcester businesses

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Nearly 1,500 Worcester businesses have received payments totalling approximately £20 million through three central Government COVID grant funds since the lockdown began in March. Worcester City Council has processed payments to 1,435 Worcester businesses through the Small Business Grants Fund and the Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grants Fund. A...
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VJ Day 75th anniversary to be marked in Worcester

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The Mayor of Worcester will lead a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory in Japan), the day on which the Second World War finally came to an end, on Saturday 15 August. Councillor Jo Hodges will open the event at 11am at the Guildhall in High Street. It will include prayers, poetry and a minute's silence. Social distancing requir...
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Funding for proposed Worcester walking and cycling bridge is welcomed

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The Leader of Worcester City Council has today welcomed the announcement by the Government of £1 million in funding for a proposed new walking and cycling bridge across the River Severn. The investment in the ambitious project is among £12 million coming to Worcestershire as part of the Government's Getting Building Fund, which aims to deliver jobs...
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What does Worcester’s historic city centre mean to you?

A survey has been launched to explore residents' perceptions on the importance of heritage in Worcester's city centre.  The findings will contribute to decisions on how the city's historic character can best be preserved and protected in the future. Worcester's Historic City Conservation Area was designated in 1969 and covers most of the ...
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Help get rough sleepers off the street for good

Property and landowners are being urged to come forward to help Worcestershire's councils ensure homeless people and rough sleepers do not return to the streets, as lockdown restrictions are eased. During the height of the covid-19 pandemic, the county's six district, borough and city councils helped 137 people off the streets and into temporary ac...
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Covid-19 causes delay to SWDP Review

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   The completion of the review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan has been delayed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was hoped the document would be ready for public examination in early 2021. But lockdown restrictions have made it impossible to complete a number of technical assessments and evidence gathering need...
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Don’t lose your vote – Worcester residents urged to look out for their voter registration letter

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Worcester 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 the city in May 2021, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part. Worcester City Council is sending out letters to all the c...
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Pubs, restaurants & cafes can apply now for outdoor seating licences

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Worcester's pubs, restaurants and cafes can now apply to put tables and chairs on the pavements outside their premises, so they can serve more customers while sticking to social distancing rules. Parliament has approved a new fast-track system for approving pavement licence applications, to help support the hospitality sector in England recover fro...
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Bid for £18m of Government cash for Worcester city centre to be considered

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Worcester city councillors are to be asked to back a bid for £18m of Government cash, to help regenerate the northern quarter of the city centre. The city is in the running for a share of the Government's Future High Streets Fund, which is making grants of up to £25m available to selected cities. When it meets on July 28 the City Council's Policy a...
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The doors are opening again at Worcester’s sports centres

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Worcester's popular Perdiswell Leisure Centre – home to the city's championship-standard swimming pool – will be open again from Saturday 25 July. And a week later the city's other two main sports centres, St Johns and Nunnery Wood, will also be back in action, from 1 August. Worcester City Council and Freedom Leisure have jointly made the announce...
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