• Do your bit for the planet

    HOUSEHOLDERS are being urged to turn over a new leaf for spring and recycle their garden and kitchen waste. Worcestershire County and Herefordshire Council are teaming up to back the Government's Recycle Now Home Composting campaign for another year,

  • Worcester Warriors 31 Newcastle Falcons 16

    WORCESTER Warriors are just 80 minutes away from a place in the Heineken Cup after blowing away Newcastle Falcons 31-16 in the semi-final of the European Challenge Cup at Sixways. Sam Tuitupou ran in a brace of tries, while the impressive Marcel Garvey

  • Car show gears up for action

    CAR enthusiasts are gearing up for a great day out for all the family as a massive motor show is set to hit the streets of Worcester. The Worcester News Motor Show, on Saturday, May 19, is set to be bigger and better than last year's inaugural event,

  • Bite woman's teeth fell out - court

    A WOMAN from Worcester who threatened to dismember police officers and bit a shop security guard so hard her teeth fell out has appeared in court. Anne Marie Hodgkiss admitted two counts of assault and two counts of theft when she appeared before magistrates

  • Almond’s quest for accolades

    TALENTED sailor and rower Luke Almond is chasing an impressive double. The 17-year-old partially-sighted student has already won a place in the prestigious London Sailing Project. In addition, Almond is training for selection to represent the Great

  • Worcestershire frustrated by the weather

    WORCESTERSHIRE were once again frustrated by the elements at New Road as rain and bad light prevented them from skittling Leicestershire out. The Foxes were rocking following a late burst from Kabir Ali as he took two late wickets before Ryan Cummins

  • Jorakeroge end strongly to take second

    JORAKEROGE secured the Worcester Table Tennis League Division Two runners-up spot by ending the season with two wins. With Cripplegate Guild having already taken the championship, Jorakeroge defeated Hartlebury Wanderers 7-3 and Broadheath Belters 6-

  • Legend’s praise for brilliant Barbourne

    FORMER West Brom and England legend Cyrille Regis hailed the performance of Barbourne Royals at the Tesco Cup Under 13s Central final. But the Worcester side, who play in the Stourport Youth League and qualified for the Birmingham event after beating

  • Eco-build opposed

    COUNCILLORS from Wychavon have spoken out against plans for a eco town development in the district. The councillors agreed a motion to strongly oppose the proposal to create an eco town at Long Marston, which is often described as being in Warwickshire

  • Shamed binman's drunken outburst

    A WORCESTER binman who made a nuisance of himself in public has appeared in court. Anthony Phillips, aged 27, admitted at Worcester Magistrates Court assaulting a police officer in September last year. The court was told CCTV operators had spotted a

  • City are beaten in finale

    WORCESTER City Women ended their season with a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Birmingham Athletic. In a poor game, Paul Hennessey's injury and illness-weakened side fell behind midway through the second-half and were unable to find an equaliser. Worcester

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  • Hobday bounces back with Brockamin victory

    BARBOURNE AC star Nigel Hobday bounced back to win his club's latest encounter on the bottom lake at Brockamin by a comfortable margin. Hobday suffered a bad outing on the canal previously when he lost a match-winning fish and a section of his pole.

  • Last chance saloon for drug dealer - court

    An Evesham man has been given a last chance after facing a prison sentence at Worcester Crown Court for drug offences. Jamie Smith was given a 12-month jail sentence suspended for two years when he admitted last November to having heroin intending to

  • Lucky winners

    FOUR lucky readers have been picked out of the hat to each win a pair of tickets for tonight's European Challenge Cup semi-final between Worcester Warriors and Newcastle Falcons at Sixways (8pm). The fortunate foursome are Terry Vicarage

  • Help give me a name

    THIS baby cow is not calf cute and now you have the chance to name him. The adorable calf, born in March, is growing fast but still needs a name. Worcester News readers are invited to send in their suggestions for what to call him, for the chance to

  • Allam treble fires Fields

    WESTFIELDS continued their fine end-of-season form with a fine 3-1 win over Tipton Town at Allpay Park to move up to ninth in the Midland Alliance. They were led to the win by winger Paul Allam, who grabbed a hat trick, while Fields were defensively

  • Van damage witnesses sought

    POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a van was badly damaged by another vehicle in Worcester city centre. The unknown vehicle that collided with the stationary navy blue Citroen Dispatch van failed to stop at the scene. The incident took place when

  • Man stole TV to fund drug habit - court

    A MAN stole a television to fund his prescription drug habit. Ian Beckett took the LCD screen from Woolworths in Worcester High Street on Tuesday, March 11. Store security guards caught him trying to hide it under a plastic bag. At Worcester Magistrates

  • Worcestershire FA suspensions

    THE latest bans imposed by the Worcestershire Football Association. Suspensions starting on April 21: Steve Collett (Black Cross) 42 days until June 1; Jamie Day (Bridge Rangers) seven days until April 27; John Gregory (Bretforton Old Boys) 35 days until

  • Vinegar chief’s old home to reveal its secrets

    A STATELY mansion connected to Worcester's vinegar heritage will be holding its annual open day this weekend. Whitbourne Hall, which was built by Worcester's vinegar magnate Edward Bickerton Evans in 1861-1862, will be open to the public from noon to

  • Follow Worcestershire against Leicestershire

    WORCESTER News cricket writer Michael Reeves presents live text coverage from Worcestershire's LVCC Division Two match with Leicestershire at New Road today. To follow the action, click on the link below.


    HERMAN Peter Barbara and all the Family wish to thank everyone for all the cards, kind messages and support following their sad loss. Thanks to all those who attended the Funeral and for the generous donations to County Air Ambulance. Thanks


    HOLLAND Lawrence Of Lower Broadheath. Passed away peacefully in hospital on April 22nd, 2008, aged 79 years after a short illness. Now united with his beloved wife Doris. He will be sadly missed by all his Family, Friends and Neighbours. Funeral Service


    FOWLES Aubrey Passed away peacefully at Worcestershire Royal Hospital on April 22nd, 2008, aged 99 years. Husband of the late Hilda, father of Mildred, Peggy and the late John and Peter. A dear father in law to Ken, Mary and the late Harold and Pat, also

  • DAY

    DAY John Passed away suddenly but peacefully at home on April 20th, 2008, aged 47 years. A beloved husband and friend to Julie a dad to Nicola, Jamie, Adam, Shaun, Tom, Nathan, and grandad to Kian. Also a dear brother, uncle and friend to many. Funeral


    MURPHY Dennis Passed away peacefully at Alexandra Hospital, Redditch on April 22nd 2008, aged 87 years. Beloved husband to Betty, a devoted dad to Derek and David, also stepdad and grandad. Funeral service will take place at Worcester Crematorium on Thursday


    ARNETT Bill Peacefully at home on April 19th, aged 74 years. Beloved husband of Jean, loving father of June and son in law Pete and a much loved grandfather of Chris and Nick. Remembered always by all his Relatives and Friends. Funeral service at Worcester


    COLEMAN John Passed away on April 22nd, 2008. At Hollyfields Nursing Home Kidderminster, aged 70 years. He was one of lifes characters who will be sadly missed by his Family and many Friends. A celebration of his life will take place on Friday, May 2nd

  • FISH

    FISH Rita Ann Peacefully in hospital on April 22nd, 2008, aged 71 years. Dearly loved wife of Brian and much loved mother of Theresa and Karen. Also a much loved grandmother of Joanne, Charlotte, Jamie and Hannah. Funeral service will take place at Worcester


    WILLETTS Ronald Passed away suddenly in Manchester on April 16th, 2008, aged 83 years. He will be sadly missed by his daughter Linda and all his Family. Funeral service at Holy Trinity and St Matthews Church, Ronkswood, on Wednesday, April 30th, at 10.30


    MORRISON Sarah Formerly of West Mount Close. Passed away peacefully at Bedwardine House Residential Home Rushwick on April 19th 2008, aged 95 years. A much loved mother who will be greatly missed. Funeral Service at Worcester Crematorium on Thursday,


    BOWKETT Nellie In memory of a loving mother and grandmother, who passed away April 25th, 1984. Always in the thoughts of her Children and Grandchildren. Published in paper 25/04/2008


    PRICE Yvonne Becky, Darran and Hayley wish to thank Relatives and Friends for flowers, cards, messages and donations and the attendance of the funeral of their mother. Special thanks to Nicky, Robert, Reverand Dominic Melville, Sharon and Philip Tomlins


    HORNBERGER Fritz Guenter On April 19th, 2008, at Worcestershire Royal Hospital after a long illness, aged 87 years. Husband of the late Vera. father, grandfather and great grandfather who will be missed by all the Family and anyone who knew him. Now at


    NEALE Muriel Gwynne Peacefully at home on April 16th 2008, aged 95 years. The funeral service will take place at Worcester Crematorium on Friday, May 2ndat 11.30 a.m. Family flowers only please, but if desired, donations for The Children's Society may

  • MONK

    MONK Kenneth William Died peacefully on April 21st, 2008, aged 87 years, after a short illness. Former Dunkirk Veteran. Stepfather to Adrian and Arline and grandfather to Katherine and Andrew. Funeral service to take place at Worcester Crematorium on

  • Jenkins' play-off hopes over

    JOHN Part ended Terry Jenkins' Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts play-off hopes with an 8-5 victory at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. Jenkins needed a victory to keep alive his hopes of a top-four finish, but paid for a below-par performance. Part

  • Give the Warriors your support here!

    THE mighty Worcester Warriors will tonight take on Newcastle Falcons in one of the most important rugby matches in the club's history. Director of Rugby Mike Ruddock hopes the home fixture and a roaring Sixways crowd will help propel the Warriors into

  • Pupils’ art goes on show at Cathedral

    YOUNGSTERS got creative at Worcester Cathedral with the blessing of the new bishop. Pupils from 12 schools in the Worcester Diocese took part in the JC - Jesus Christ - Today event. Dr John Inge, the new Bishop of Worcester, welcomed excited youngsters

  • Dring third in Wyre Forest trial

    PAUL Dring finished third in the Wyre Forest 10-mile time trial in a time of 22 minutes eight seconds. The Pershore-based Echelon-Spiuk rider was 37 seconds behind winner Bill Moore of Shorter/Rochford. Dring also rode the Acme Wheelers 25-mile trial

  • Wagon Wheel, Grimley

    You'd be forgiven for not knowing about the Wagon Wheel. The black and white 15th-century pub/restaurant is a little off the beaten track, but this is a gem of a place and worth a detour. Rather ambitiously, the venue offers a choice of three menus -

  • Away victory can put Bulls on brink

    HEREFORD United head to Brentford tomorrow (3pm) knowing victory will put them on the brink of promotion to Coca-Cola League One. Success at Griffin Park would take the Bulls' tally for the season to 85 points with one game left, meaning Stockport County

  • You’ll dance in the dome

    SOLAR-powered geodesic domes will soon be home to live music in Castlemorton, near Malvern. On Sunday, May 4, the dome-shaped mobile marquee will be set up in the village near Worcester to host Tragic Roundabout. Performing live, the five-some offer

  • Sausage Pasta salad

    Parents are always feeling guilty. Not only do they worry about feeding their children the right food, while they are bombarded with an onslaught of unhealthy horrors through both advertising and peer pressure, but also - especially when both parents

  • Michael gig to vow fans

    A GEORGE Michael tribute - complete with LA police uniform - performs in Droitwich this weekend. Wayne Dilks, seen on ITV's Stars In Their Eyes, is considered one of the top Michael tributes and, performing at the Norbury Theatre tomorrow, promises to

  • Pupils’ art goes on show at cathedral

    YOUNGSTERS got creative at Worcester Cathedral with the blessing of the new bishop. Pupils from 12 schools in the Worcester Diocese took part in the JC - Jesus Christ - Today event. Dr John Inge, the new Bishop of Worcester, welcomed excited youngsters

  • Paddlers all set for marathon

    WORCESTER Canoe Club will be hosting its annual marathon races on Sunday. Starting from the club's headquarters on Grandstand Road in the city, there will be seven different divisions as well as a lightning and junior races. All entrants need to book

  • Hot medley

    A MEDLEY of hot plays will be staged in Worcester Arts Workshop on May 3. Written by Swan Playwrights, the programme has short plays, sketches and monologues sharing the theme of Heat, dealing with topics from outer space to Baghdad. For tickets, priced

  • Could this portrait win £25,000?

    A WORCESTERSHIRE artist has made the shortlist of a major competition. Professional painter Simon Davis, of Offenham, near Evesham, is in the final of the BP Portrait Award 2008, an influential annual contest run by the National Portrait Gallery The

  • Top guitarist is back with his award-winning music

    MARTIN Simpson - winner of best album at the 2008 BBC folk awards - is back at Huntingdon Hall. The Scunthorpe-born guitarist, who dropped out of college to become a full-time musician, picked up the award for his record Prodigal Son. He also won best

  • Family growing pains down in the farmyard

    THE face of farming is changing. The shift began decades ago but continues to cause rifts today, something the New Perspective theatre company understands and appreciates. The East Midlands touring company, staging The Farm at Droitwich's Norbury Theatre

  • Battle gets dramatic as top groups win through

    WORCESTERSHIRE drama groups have been taking part in an annual competition. The Worcestershire Theatre Festival, open to amateur drama companies, is the preliminary round of the All-England Theatre Festival and sees groups stage one-act shows. Held

  • Rebecca to do her bit for a worthwhile cause

    AN athletic woman is busily training to take part in her first duathlon so she can raise money for Noah's Ark Trust Appeal. Rebecca Hulme lives in London but has a close connection with the city because her partner's parents live here. She decided to

  • Sex can be ridiculous in controversial Swan play

    A BOLD play about sex, love and betrayal is at Worcester's Swan Theatre next week. The Swan Theatre Amateur Company (STAC) will stage The Blue Room from Tuesday. In Sir David Hare's controversial play, adapted from cult film La Ronde, two actors portray

  • Lexie’s the next big thing, says blues night boss

    LEXIE Stobie is causing ripples in the Worcester music scene. The 17-year-old student has a gutsy, soulful voice that belies her age and leaves you craving to hear more. Earlier this month, when she performed at the Cellar Bar blues night in Worcester

  • Students future of this country

    SIR - M Wainwright asked what benefit the university is to us. Well, M Wainwright, we should give all the youngsters a chance to get to university. They are the future of this country. JOHN SHEARON, Worcester.

  • Final chance to see Sleuth on the stage

    THERE'S a last chance to see one of the great stage thrillers at Malvern Theatres this weekend. Anthony Shaffer's Sleuth, which closes tomorrow night, ran in London and New York for 12 years, winning the Tony Award for best play and inspiring the hugely

  • Thousands are hit by teachers’ strike

    A WALK-OUT by teachers and college lecturers affected thousands of Worcestershire pupils and students. Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) at Worcestershire schools went on strike over the below-inflation pay increase offered by the Government

  • Misleading party political dogma

    SIR - Voting time is here again and anyone wanting my support will need to be capable of coming to a decision independently of party political dogma which can be misleading. For many years I was a member of Nalgo, a very moderate and reasonable body

  • Harriers bid to secure improved position

    KIDDERMINSTER Harriers are on course for their highest league finish since relegation from the Football League - but assistant manager Neil Howarth still believes it has been a disappointing season. Victory for Harriers at Woking tomorrow (5.15pm) would

  • Kicking off for class in football fun

    CALLING all parents. Are you pushing a potential Stevie G, a Wayne or even a Michael Owen around in your baby buggy? Now you might have the chance to find out, because a new business has started in Worcester offering football classes to the under fives

  • What Mike Foster failed to point out

    SIR - This Sunday's BBC Politics Show featured local issues in Worcestershire that were influencing the forthcoming local council elections. Mike Foster proclaimed that the burning issue' in Worcester was that weekly black bin collections including for


    Very often in my weekly ramblings I write of some of the characters I have met and to an extent have mourned the passing of. Sadly, in recent days three more have left us. Dennis Crowther was without doubt one of the funniest men I’ve ever met. He was

  • Misleading and at worst untrue

    SIR - It is right for any party to point out political differences. However, some Worcester Labour Party literature has gone too far - it damages them and politics. Much is at best misleading and at worst untrue. Examples: * We have not ditched plans

  • Former England boss opens new centre at college

    FOOTBALL legend Sir Bobby Robson has officially opened the sports study centre at Worcester College of Technology. The former England manager, who led England to the 1990 World Cup semi-final, visited the Deansway campus for a brief ceremony followed

  • Sandwich shop broken into on first day of trading

    THE owners of a new Worcester sandwich shop had a huge shock when they turned up on the opening day to find it had been raided by thieves. Subway was one of three adjoining businesses in Warndon Villages broken into on the same night. Harmesh Kumar

  • Two-year contract demand by Christie

    IN-FORM Kidderminster Harriers striker Iyseden Christie is locked in a contract dispute with the Aggborough club. The 31-year-old hitman sees his deal with Mark Yates' side run out at the end of the current campaign, but following his recent purple patch

  • We tried to work as a team on waste bins

    SIR - People often ask why politicians can't work together for the common good. We all tried this about wheelie bins. It would have been easy for Conservatives to introduce the bins without much effort to recycle more - even easier to attack them as

  • COMMENT: Killer must be seen to pay his debt

    THIS newspaper has been an enthusiastic supporter of the calls to kick double killer Joao De Oliveira out of the country as quickly as possible. Regular readers will remember how we revealed exclusively that De Oliveira was free to travel to Worcester

  • Wolves the underdogs in play-offs

    WORCESTER Wolves face a daunting task when they start their British Basketball League play-offs campaign at Newcastle Eagles tonight (7.30). Newcastle, the regular season champions, are aiming for their fourth straight play-off crown. If they achieve

  • What city's new ‘food quarter’ will look like

    PLANS to radically alter one of Worcester's least-loved buildings and introduce two new restaurants to the city have been approved. Work on a major overhaul of the Cathedral Plaza could be complete within months after Worcester City Council's planning

  • Dryden is determined to be a party pooper

    MANAGER Richard Dryden would like nothing better than for Worcester City to spoil Barrow's end-of-season party tomorrow (3pm). The Holker Street side, on an impressive 16-game unbeaten run, need three points to ensure a place in the Blue Square North

  • Former policeman was £22,000 benefit cheat - court

    A FORMER police officer cheated the benefit system out of £22,000 because he was afraid to tell his wife he was out of work, Worcester Crown Court was told. Christopher Janes lied to claim Jobseeker's allowance for four-and-a -half years, said Romilly

  • Knife killer could be deported in three years

    THE man who murdered a Worcester decorator in a frenzied knife attack could be deported to his home country in three years. Portuguese national Joao De Oliveira is serving a life sentence after being found guilty of the brutal murder of 56-year-old John

  • My home has still not been repaired after six months

    A MOTHER has spoken of her ongoing battle to care for her disabled children after a house fire forced them out of their home. Jennifer Kenny said her family was struggling in a smaller, temporary home which does not have the facilities her ill son needs

  • Scouts prepare for annual march

    MORE than 500 Scouts will take to the streets to celebrate England's patron saint. The annual St George's Day parade and service takes place on Sunday and will see 600 Scouts walk through Worcester. The group, consisting of Scouts from the city and

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