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More than 4,000 people leave messages of condolence for The Queen at Worcester Guildhall

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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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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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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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Civic service to welcome the new Mayor of Worcester

A civic service to welcome the new Mayor of Worcester Cllr Adrian Gregson was held at Worcester Cathedral on Sunday. A procession from the Guildhall to the cathedral marked the start of the annual event, which this year had the theme of 'Tackling mental health and wellbeing through the arts and culture.' The congregation included local dignitaries,...

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Meet Worcester’s new Mayor

The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Adrian Gregson

A new Mayor of Worcester has been voted in by members of Worcester City Council. Councillor Adrian Gregson has taken over the chain of office from the outgoing Mayor, Cllr Stephen Hodgson. Cllr Louis Stephen is Worcester's new Deputy Mayor. Cllr Adrian Gregson said: "I am pleased and humbled to have been elected to the position of Mayor by my colle...

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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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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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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 of Worcester to mark VJ Day anniversary

The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Stephen Hodgson

The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Stephen Hodgson, will release a video message on Sunday to mark the anniversary of VJ Day, the last day of the Second World War. VE Day in May 1945 marked the end of the Second World War in Europe, but the fighting continued in the Far East for more than three more months. It was only with the announcement of Impe...

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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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Mayor of Worcester receives COVID vaccination

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The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Jo Hodges, was vaccinated against COVID on Saturday 23 January. The 72-year-old Mayor received the vaccination at St. John's Medical Centre, after being contacted by her GP. Cllr Jo Hodges said: "I was very relieved to be given my COVID vaccination and it did not hurt at all.  The staff and volunteers at the C...

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Mayor hands £10,000 donation to St. Richard’s Hospice

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Worcester City Council has presented a cheque for £10,000 to St. Richard's Hospice – a local charity which cares for adults and their loved ones following diagnosis of a serious progressive illness.  The amount was paid over on behalf of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management's metals recycling scheme, which the City Council's cr...

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Remembrance in the lockdown

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The Mayor of Worcester is asking city residents to remember the fallen and support the Poppy Appeal from home during the new lockdown. The normal war memorial ceremony and military parade have been cancelled and the new lockdown rules mean that Worcester Cathedral's remembrance service will not be open to the public. Veterans and other residents ar...

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The Shambles of the ‘50s to ‘70s remembered by Worcester residents

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Local people have been reminiscing during lockdown on their experiences of shopping trips to The Shambles (WR1 2RE) in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Following an appeal on social media as part of the Worcester Life stories (www.worcesterlifestories.org.uk) initiative in September, a number of residents got in touch to share their memories. These inspired...

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Mark Remembrance Sunday from home, says Mayor of Worcester

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The Mayor of Worcester is calling on Worcester residents, members of the armed forces and veterans to mark Remembrance Sunday from home this year. The impact of the pandemic and the need for social distancing mean that the traditional Civic Procession from the Guildhall to the Cathedral, the Military Parade and the ceremonial laying of wreaths at t...

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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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Meet Worcester’s new Mayor

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A new Mayor of Worcester was voted in at a virtual meeting of the City Council this week (Tuesday 19 May). Cllr Jo Hodges has taken over the chain of office from the outgoing Mayor, Cllr Allah Ditta. This will be Cllr Hodges' second mayoral term in office; the first being in 1999 – 2000. Cllr Stephen Hodgson is Worcester's new Deputy Mayor. "It is ...

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Mayor donates 10,000 masks to NHS in Worcestershire

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The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Allah Ditta, has donated 10,000 masks to the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust, to help protect NHS staff as they continue to treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The masks have been paid for by the Worcester Muslim Cemetery trustees. "The coronavirus pandemic has been particularly devastating for ethnic mino...

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Mayor encourages food donations during Ramadan

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 The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Allah Ditta, is encouraging local residents to donate to the Worcester Foodbank and to local charities during Ramadan (23 April – 23 May 2020). Members of the Worcester Mosque are making donations to the Worcester Foodbank and other local charities every Friday, throughout the month of Ramadan. On Friday 1 May the...

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Mayor urges Worcester residents to stay calm and to work together

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 The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Allah Ditta, has urged residents to stay calm and to work together to minimise the impact of coronavirus and its ramifications on the city. "Getting to grips with this virus is possibly the greatest peacetime challenge our country and this city has faced," said the Mayor of Worcester. "There is not a person in thi...

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