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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Curry house serves up five-star food hygiene rating

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 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

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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

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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

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 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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Mayor’s invitation to Eid celebration

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The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Allah Ditta, is hosting a special Bank Holiday celebration to mark the end of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha – and everyone is invited. The free event takes place on Sunday 25 August from 2.00pm – 4.00pm at Unity House, Stanley Road, Worcester WR5 1BE. There will be a buffet and a bouncy castle for children. "The event...
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Mayor’s concert will support Worcester charities

The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Allah Ditta, is holding a concert at the Guildhall on Wednesday, July 31, as part of his fundraising drive to support four local charities. Cllr Ditta is devoting his year in office to supporting St Richard's Hospice, Worcester Wheels, Headway Worcestershire and Worcester Cathedral. The concert at the Guildhall, s...
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Former Mayor hands cash over to Worcester charities

Former Mayor of Worcester Cllr Jabba Riaz presents cheques to (left to right) Sarah-Jane Morgan, Chief Executive of Worcester Live; Ruth Heywood, Worcester Community Trust Acting Chief Executive Officer; and Claire James, St Richard’s Hospice fundraiser Former Mayor of Worcester Cllr Jabba Riaz presents cheques to (left to right) Sarah-Jane Morgan, Chief Executive of Worcester Live; Ruth Heywood, Worcester Community Trust Acting Chief Executive Officer; and Claire James, St Richard’s Hospice fundraiser
The former Mayor of Worcester has handed over more than £30,000 to three city charities. Councillor Jabba Riaz handed over his chain of office in May after a busy 12-months of fundraising and promotion of his campaign to encourage Worcester people to love, not hate. Through a packed programme of events, concerts, community fairs and plenty more, Cl...
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Worcester flag flies to show support for Armed Forces

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 The Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Allah Ditta, was joined by military personnel and councillors yesterday to observe the raising of the Armed Forces Day Flag over the Guildhall. Armed Forces Day takes place on Saturday 29 June, but commemorations begin on Monday 24 June when the Armed Forces Day flag was raised on buildings and famous landmarks ar...
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Worcester Mayor on a mission to combat social isolation

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Worcester's new Mayor, Cllr Allah Ditta, will be raising funds over the next twelve months to tackle the growing issue of social isolation in the city. According to central Government's most recent Community Survey (2016-17), one in 20 adults nationally reports feeling lonely "often or always." And according to Age UK, 35,000 older people across Wo...
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Mayor hands over £8k to support bereaved children

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Worcester City Council has presented a cheque for £8,000 to Footsteps – a local charity which provides free support to bereaved children, young people and their families. The amount was paid over on behalf of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management's metals recycling scheme, which the City Council's crematorium is part of. Helen Dolton...
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Worcester celebrates army of volunteers – and recruits even more

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The amazing contribution made by people who give up their time to help make Worcester a better place was celebrated during National Volunteers Week (1 – 7 June 2019). Over 140 local volunteers attended a mayoral reception at The Commandery on Tuesday 4 June – and 360 people attended a Volunteer Expo at The Guildhall on Friday 7 June, meeting repres...
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Mayor presents prizes to first winners of Worcester Community Lottery

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 The Mayor of Worcester has presented prizes to winners of the new Worcester Community Lottery. Launched last month, Worcester Community Lottery gives players the chance to sign up at www.worcesterlottery.org for entry into a weekly draw and to choose which local causes they want to benefit from their subscription. The city's first citizen, Co...
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