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

Prince Philip
 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

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

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

Remember at home
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

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 ( 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

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

VJ Day 75th anniversary
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

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

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

 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

 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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Curry house serves up five-star food hygiene rating

 A popular Worcester curry house has made sweeping improvements – and following an independent inspection has seen its food hygiene rating progress from one star to five stars; the highest possible rating. The Anarkali Indian Restaurant, based on The Tything in Worcester, was re inspected by Worcestershire Regulatory Services in early 2020.The...
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It’s ‘7 on the Severn’ as dragon boats launch the 2020 Air Products Worcester City Runs

Launching the 2020 Air Products Worcester City Runs Launching the 2020 Air Products Worcester City Runs
A dragon boat trip has helped to launch the 2020 Air Products Worcester City Runs. Members of Worcester Dragon Boat Racing Club joined event organisers and sponsors to celebrate '7 on the Severn' as the event prepares to grow for its seventh year. The popular Worcester City Half Marathon, 10K and Young Athletes Run will be joined on the weekend of ...
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Seven-year-old James designs the Mayor’s Christmas card

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James Allison from Hollymount School in Worcester has beaten off competition from across the city to design the Mayor's Christmas card. The seven-year-old's colourful drawing – showing Santa Claus flying over the Guildhall with his reindeer – was chosen as the winner in this year's primary school competition to design the Mayor's festive greetings ...
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Buy local and support the Worcester economy this Christmas

Small-Business-Saturday Cookmate - L to R - Cllr Lucy Hodgson, Cllr Adrian Gregson (rear), Dorothy Burnham, employed by Cookmate for 38 years; the Mayor of Worcester and store manager Gill Barnett
The final two weeks of 2019 will be crucial for Worcester's small businesses, with many retailers and restaurants making the bulk of their profit over the festive period. The Mayor of Worcester joined forces with members of the City Council's Economic Development Sub Committee to visit a number of new businesses on Small Business Saturday (7 Decemb...
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Mayor opens mediation centre for ex-partners

Mayor opens mediation centre for ex-partners
 A new centre to help couples resolve disputes has opened in Worcester – with a little help from the City Council. Based in Worcester, the Centre for Resolution is the brainchild of local resident Ryan Compton, a qualified mediation and mentoring practitioner. Ryan set up the practice in 2016, originally hiring community facilities for me...
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Mayor appeals for support for Pakistan Earthquake victims

Mayor of Worcester, Allah Ditta Mayor of Worcester, Allah Ditta
 The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Allah Ditta, is asking local people to reach out and help the victims of a 5.8-magnitude earthquake which struck the southern Mirpur district of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on 24 September. At least 125 people, including women and children, died and around 630 others were injured, many of them seriously. Altaf's ...
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Invitation for Worcester children to design Mayor’s Christmas card

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Primary school children in Worcester are being given the chance to bring some festive joy to people across the city. The Mayor of Worcester is inviting children aged between five and 11 to design his 2019 Christmas card, which will be sent out to around 500 schools, charities, organisations, clubs and businesses. Primary schools across the city hav...
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Mayor opens stylish studios at Old Infirmary

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A Worcester resident has been praised by the Mayor for his innovative conversion of the Old Infirmary building on Silver Street in to six luxury studio apartments. The building, which dates to circa 1676, was bought in 1745 and opened as Worcester Infirmary on 11 January 1746, becoming only the seventh charitable hospital outside of London. It was ...
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