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Financial support to help businesses re-open

New grants of up to £18,000 are available for businesses in Worcester to help with the costs of re-opening. Last month the Chancellor announced further grant funding for councils to support businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. "Government has announced new financial support through its ReStart Grant, to help businesses which were forced...

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Angel Place Market to re-open

The popular city centre market in Angel Place, Worcester, will re-open on Wednesday 14 April. A new company, Cotswold Markets Ltd, has been appointed by Worcester City Council to operate the market, which will be open every week from Wednesday to Saturday. Cotswold Markets currently operates markets in Cheltenham, Cirencester, Fairford, Moreton-in-...

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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

 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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Nine out of ten households have completed Census 2021

There has been a fantastic response to Census 2021. Nine out of ten households across England and Wales have completed their questionnaire – but everyone must take part. Every household is required by law to complete the census. Even though Census Day – 21 March 2021 – has been and gone, it is not too late to fill out your form and avoid a fine. Mo...

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Worcester Show to make comeback this summer

The ever-popular Worcester Show, which gives local people the opportunity to put their creative and horticultural skills to the fore, is set to return to the city on Sunday 15 August 2021 (subject to Government Covid rules). This year the Show will take place on the Pitchcroft Racecourse instead of Gheluvelt Park, ensuring that there is a greater a...

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The race is on for local elections

Local elections have officially begun, with candidates of all parties hoping to secure Worcester residents' votes on Thursday May 6. Formal notices have been published for the three elections taking place in the city – for city councillors, county councillors and the Police and Crime Commissioner – marking the formal start of the contests. Steps ar...

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City Council secures financial boost for Worcester’s leisure centres

Worcester City Council has successfully secured a grant from Sport England's National Leisure Recovery Fund to help support the re-opening of the city's three leisure centres. The Council will use the £214,000 grant to continue supporting its leisure partner, Freedom Leisure, in providing a full range of sports and leisure activities to visitors on...

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Creatives sought to celebrate landmark 400th anniversary of Worcester City Charter

On 2 October 1621, James I put his seal to the Charter that granted Worcester the rights and constitution which still form the basis for modern governance of the city today. A Charter Festival is planned during 2021 - and commissions are being offered for artworks inspired by significant aspects of Worcester's history over the last 400 years. The a...

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Soldiers join Mayor for litter-pick

Local soldiers have joined the Mayor of Worcester to help carry out a litter pick at Worcester's Astwood Cemetery. Staff from the Army Recruitment office in Foregate Street volunteered to help out at the site, as part of their support for Keep Britain Tidy's Great British Spring Clean campaign. The recent storms and high winds have blown some litte...

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New measures and fines introduced to tackle anti-social behaviour in city centre

Worcester City Council is introducing new measures and £100 fines to discourage the intentional feeding of gulls, aggressive begging, and dangerous cycling and skateboarding in the city centre. A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) will be in place from 28 March, giving City Council officers and delegated partners the option to issue a f...

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