Changes underway in the way small grants are allocated


Groups and charities hoping to apply for community grants for the next financial year will need to get their applications in this autumn. The way Worcester City Council awards small grants though the One Worcester Communities Grants scheme is changing. Although grants for the current financial year can still be sought up to 31 March 2024, after tha...

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Multi-Use Games Area proves a hit in Warndon Villages

20230904-090149IMG01482 Worcester City Councillors Stephen Hodgson and Andrew Cross pictured at the MUGA with local youngsters and parents.

 A new Multi Use Games Area is proving a real hit with Warndon residents – so much so that over 30 local children signed a thankyou card to the City Council! The MUGA is an unlit, enclosed ball court area consisting of a tarmac surface with goals for 5-a-side football and nets for basketball as well as the court markings.It is also suitable fo...

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Proposed changes to the way small grants are allocated


Changes to the way small grants are issued to local organisations are set to be considered by Worcester City councillors. The One Worcester Communities Grants scheme has a Small Grants allocation of £45,000, funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Councillors have already agreed to continue to supply £3,500 of this money each year as a grant to Wo...

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Plan to improve transport in Worcester’s city centre


A new draft transport strategy for Worcester's city centre has been endorsed by city councillors who are looking forward to working alongside the county council to achieve its goals. The 20-year strategy aims to enhance the city centre as a destination, increase the resilience of its transport network to flooding and take serious steps towards a mo...

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Worcester residents urged to double check green bin rules to help boost recycling rates


Worcester residents are being urged to double check the rules around what can go in their green bin, in a bid to help boost the city's recycling rates. The city's recycling is taken to the Envirosort Materials Reclamation facility in Norton where the materials are separated and despatched to reprocessors so that they can eventually be made into new...

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Jet washing ‘hit squad’ helps keep Worcester city centre clean


Worcester's streets are looking cleaner and tidier than ever, thanks to the City Council's enhanced street cleaning programme within the city centre. For the last couple of years, in addition to the usual sweeping and tidying carried out by the Street Scene team, the Council has a 'hit squad' which is making a splash - cleaning up mess with a hot w...

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Get ready for a fun-packed family day out at Worcester Show!


The ever-popular Worcester Show is back at the weekend, promising a day packed full of fun and entertainment for visitors of all ages. This year's show will be held at Pitchcroft on Sunday August 13 between 10am and 5pm, offering a packed line-up of live music, market stalls, fun fair rides, a dog show, sports demos, free activities and plenty of f...

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Councillors welcome Worcester's first-ever Play Plan


Councillors have backed a scheme which will improve play facilities and spaces across Worcester. Members of the Place and Economic Development this week approved the city's first ever Play Plan. Designed in consultation with children, young people and their families and carers, it sets out ambitions to make major investment in play spaces across th...

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Heat network unleashes potential for renewable energy from river


Buildings in Worcester could benefit from an underground heat network powered by the River Severn – subject to the outcome of a proposed study. A heat network or district heating scheme supplies heat in the form of hot water from a central source to numerous consumers, either business or domestic, via a network of underground pipes. Heat networks c...

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Renovation plans for Astwood Crematorium


Detailed designs for the modernisation and refurbishment of Astwood Crematorium are to be drawn up, if councillors back the scheme. An initial study carried out earlier this year has ruled out the possibilities of building a new crematorium elsewhere and it is instead likely that the current facility will be upgraded and extended. If councillors ba...

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Worcester food businesses secure new ‘Triple 5’ status


 Worcester businesses that consistently maintain high food standards are being recognised as part of a new scheme launched for cafes, restaurants and take-aways that consistently show the highest hygiene levels. The Triple 5 scheme celebrates eateries that gain the top level 5 Food Hygiene Rating and maintain it for at least three inspections ...

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Blooming lovely! Worcester’s roadside verges and green spaces help boost biodiversity


Worcester's roadside verges and green spaces are becoming a riot of colour again this year as Worcester City Council continues to expand its wildflower initiative. The City Council declared a biodiversity emergency three years ago, recognising that action needed to be taken immediately to stop the decline of native species. Since then it has been l...

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Event will showcase volunteering opportunities in Worcester


People looking to make a difference by volunteering are invited to a special event showcasing opportunities available with local charities and organisations. Worcester Volunteer Expo 2023 has been organised jointly by Worcester City Council and Worcester Community Action and will run from 10am to 2pm on Friday June 9 at the Guildhall. Around 40 org...

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New Mayor for Worcester


 Worcester's new Mayor has taken up residence in the Parlour at the Guildhall with outgoing Mayor Councillor Adrian Gregson handing over the chain of office to Cllr Louis Stephen, who was voted in at last night's Annual Council meeting. Cllr Mel Allcott was voted in as Deputy Mayor. New Mayor, Cllr Stephen, told the meeting: "It is a great hon...

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Voter ID and how it impacted on Worcester City elections


The vast majority of voters in Worcester City took an acceptable form of ID with them, with 99.7% of electors being able to vote at the city's 47 polling stations. 115 (0.8%) people turned up at the polling station without acceptable ID, but of these, 68 later returned with acceptable ID and were able to vote. By the close of the poll, just 47 peop...

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New accessible toilet planned for Worcester city centre


Plans are underway to bring a new fully accessible toilet to the Cornmarket, as part of Worcester City Council's bid to make the city centre accessible to all. The Changing Places facility will be a large accessible toilet with equipment such as hoists, adult-sized changing benches and space for carers. Thousands of people with profound and multipl...

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Tributes paid to long serving councillor Simon Cronin


Worcester City Councillor Simon Cronin has died following a short illness. He was 64. His death comes just days after he was re-elected to his seat in Nunnery Ward, with a majority of 330 votes. He held the Nunnery seat for the past 16 years, having been first elected in 2007. Simon was active in a wide range of issues relating to the Council's lic...

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Scouts enjoy a cuppa as guests of honour in the Mayor’s Parlour

Mayor of Worcester Cllr Adrian Gregson with 16th Worcester Scouts.

 Mayor of Worcester Cllr Adrian Gregson welcomed some special guests for tea in the Mayor's Parlour after this year's St George's Day service and parade. 16th Worcester Scouts and Worcester District Commissioner Lucy Barkas enjoyed a cup of tea in the Mayor's Parlour after the event on Sunday. The St George's Day service saw the cathedral pack...

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Find out more about Ash Dieback at park talk

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Worcester residents are being offered the chance to find out more about Ash Dieback and how it will be dealt with across the city. Worcester City Council's Tree Officer Harry Simms is to give a talk about the tree disease at an event in the Sons of Rest Building in Gheluvelt Park on Saturday April 29 at 11am. The talk will be followed by a question...

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1980s theme for this year’s Worcester Show

Worcester Show

Preparations are well underway for this year's Worcester Show which is to have a 1980s theme, with stallholders and visitors invited to join in the fun and don '80s fashion for the event. In collaboration with Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, Worcester Show organisers are fostering its 'I Grew Up 80s' exhibition on loan from collector Matt Fo...

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