A MASSIVE multi-million pound plan was unveiled this week to build a luxury hotel, restaurants and an 18- hole golf course, plus conference, equestrian and leisure centres, on 280 acres of land around a Worcestershire village.

Kempsey has been targeted by Nash Developments for what would become one of the largest ever leisure developments in the county.

The scheme envisages a 144- bedroom hotel, an indoor tennis centre, golf course, 22 holiday cottages, an equestrian centre for up to 100 horses, restaurants and lounge bars, and a leisure centre with swimming pool, spa bath, gymnasium and five squash courts. The proposals, and a separate application to alter the historic grade two listed building the Nash, are being submitted to Malvern Hills District Council but are not likely to be discussed until June.


UPTON-upon-Severn parish councillors have come up with some exciting ideas to celebrate the wedding later this year of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. Suggestions range from a street party spanning the entire length of School Lane to a tea party for the 3,500 population on the recreation field. The parish council has agreed that its only woman member, Joan Taylor should lead the organising committee.

􀁥 Almost 40 years of dealing with death is coming to an end for Worcester city coroner EY Robinson. The Worcester solicitor, who has held inquests into thousands of tragedies, is retiring at the age of 73. He became deputy coroner for Worcester during the Second World War and, 17 years later, took over as city coroner on the death of his law firm partner HR Johnston.


TRAIN fare increases announced this week by British Rail will affect most services to and from Worcester. A second class single ticket to Paddington will cost £2.20, an increase of 30p. A return ticket will cost £4 while the first class single fare will go up from £2.30 to £3.40 and a first class return will cost £6.15. The cheap day return ticket to London will be £2.70, up 30p. Single fares from Worcester to Malvern will be increased from 16p to 20p.


GENEROSITY in many directions by the Worcestershire Federation of Women’s Institutes in their 40th anniversary year was stressed by Miss J Jewell, honorary county treasurer, in her report to the annual meeting at the Shirehall in Worcester. She hoped to quell forever any idea that WIs worked only for themselves. Known donations in World Refugee Year from the Worcestershire institutes had totalled £1,460.