• Ulster 10 Worcester Warriors 23

    WORCESTER Warriors turned in an impressive performance as they continued to warm up for the new Guinness Premiership season in style with a 23-10 win over Ulster at Ravenhill. Ulster provided Warriors with their toughest pre-season challenge

  • Dryden battling to climb above doom and gloom

    WORCESTER City manager Richard Dryden is refusing to let the turmoil at the club get him down as he bids to get the club’s new campaign back on track. The St George’s Lane chief says that there is a negative air surrounding the Blue Squ-are South outfit

  • County stumble to a defeat at high-fliers

    WORCESTERSHIRE slipped to a defeat against Suffolk who confirmed second spot in the Shepherd Neame Home Counties 60 Plus Championship. The County, following up two victories in the Vintage Cricket Festival, won the toss and asked the home team to bat

  • Malvern and Colwall merge

    TWO clubs have joined forces in an historic merger to secure the future of women’s hockey in the Malvern Hills district. Following a season of negotiations, the teams from Malvern and Colwall agreed to the amalgamation at their respective annual meetings

  • Charter standard honour for women

    WORCESTER City Women have been awarded the charter standard for an adult club. Pre-season training is well under way in preparation for the opening match of the season in the FA Cup against Pegasus Ladies on Sunday, September 7. City achieved their

  • Power company says it warned of power cut

    A CINEMA and a pub were plunged into darkness during a power cut today. Businesses and flats were also affected by the blackout, in Foregate Street, Worcester, between 8.15am and 1.30pm. Power company E.ON UK said it had sent letters

  • Cyclists do battle in Ernie’s honour

    WEST Pennine rider Kev Shand won the Ernie Clements memorial two-day cycling contest in Welland. Sixty-seven cyclists, including some from Worcestershire, lined up for three stages of the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists event. It was held in memory

  • Three more mobile phone masts could go up around city

    THREE new mobile phone masts will be put up around Worcester, including one near a local primary school, under plans submitted to the city council. Vodafone has requested permission to put two 40-feet (12 metre) masts and associated transmitter

  • Flashing lights and sirens pull crowds

    CROWDS of people turned out for Wyre Forest’s fist joint emergency services open day. About 1,000 people attended the 999 event at Stourport-on-Severn fire station and the back yard of the adjacent police station. Attractions included a display of fire

  • Pub garden to host Shakespeare classic

    THERE will be drama in the orchard of a Worcestershire pub tomorrow night when a special production of a Shakespeare classic is staged. Tickets are still available for Oddsocks Productions’ performance of Much Ado About Nothing at the Fleece

  • Robins keeper transfer-listed

    EVESHAM United have placed keeper Karl Lewis on the transfer list after re-signing Nathan Vaughan. Lewis, who joined from Bromsgrove over the summer, signed a one-year deal but manager Paul West feels it is best the custodian moves on a free transfer

  • Results extra

    CRUSADER WORCESTERSHIRE LEAGUE SECOND XI DIVISION ONE Belbroughton v Alvechurch & Hopwood Belbroughton won by four wickets. Alvechurch & Hopwood 188-7, Belbroughton 190-6. Droitwich Spa v Worcester Nomads Droitwich won by 100 runs. Droitwich Spa

  • Hipkiss sets new record

    PEDMORE Seconds’ batsman Ian Hipkiss set a new Worcestershire Cricket League batting record. He hit 216 in the Division Two club’s 223-run thrashing of Romsley and Hunnington. Pedmore amassed 310 in 49.4 overs before dismissing their opponents for 87

  • Price tops times for St John’s

    THE prolific Steve Price won Worcester St John’s Cycling Club’s Broadheath 10km time trial. Results: Price 21 minutes 19 seconds, Adrian Bird 21.59, Dan Jones 23.02, Sean Dyson 23.03, Chris McSweeny 23.15, Dave Preece 23.22, Richard Graham 23.24, Simon

  • Football fixture list

    SATURDAY WORCESTER & DISTRICT LEAGUE Hanley Swan v FC Tything (J Williams); Upton Town v Martley Spurs (L Croy); VBL Sports v Hallow WMC (P Abram); West Malvern v Powick FC (B Rogers). KIDDERMINSTER LEAGUE Premier Division: KS Athletic v Bobbington

  • Cricket fixtures

    SATURDAY CRUSADER WORCESTERSHIRE CRICKET LEAGUE FIRST XI Division One: Netherton v Eastnor; Oldswinford v Droitwich Spa; Pershore v Bromyard; Redditch v Barnards Green; Stourbridge v Astwood Bank; Worcester v Worcester Nomads. Division Two: Colwall

  • Neighbours fear parking problems if flats plan goes ahead

    RESIDENTS of a Worcester street fear plans to transform a neighbouring guesthouse into flats will add to parking problems near their homes. The owner of 28 Ombersley Road in Claines wants permission to convert the property into four self-contained

  • Everyone’s digging deep at the Butts

    PEOPLE from all walks of life are getting their hands dirty at Worcester’s archaeological dig. From teachers and university students to retired couples and history lovers, about 70 volunteers are working alongside professionals from Worcestershire

  • Warriors barman took cash from till

    A MAN stole more than £3,600 in cash while he worked behind the bar for Worcester Warriors on match days, a court was told. Jeremy Owen took the money from the rugby club over the course of a six-month period last season. The 20-year-old, who had been

  • Top work wins two awards for delivery giant

    AN outstanding performance in the UK delivery market by Worcestershire’s TNT Express Services has been rewarded with two top awards. The express delivery giant, based at Hartlebury Trading Estate, Hartlebury, picked up the honours in the environment

  • Horse fall woman hospitalised

    A WOMAN was taken to hospital this afternoon after falling from a horse in Worcestershire. The incident happened on Sands Road in Inkberrow, near Evesham, about 12.15pm. An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle and the County Air Ambulance

  • Widow wants to hear from others who have lost someone

    A widow is calling for a new bereavement group to be set up after the recent death of her husband. Sue Matthews has found herself in need of support after husband Winston lost a long fight against Parkinson’s disease just two months ago. The couple

  • Our Charlie – star of the Philippines

    YOUNG Charlie Green got a taste of what life is like for an internationally-renowned celebrity when he got mobbed by thousands of adoring fans while he was on a three-week tour of the Philippines. The 11-year-old singing sensation has just returned home


    PRICE Joyce Of Thomas Morris House, Upton upon Severn. Passed peacefully away in Hospital, on August 21st, 2008, aged 84 years. Dear wife of the late Bert. Much loved mother of Wendy, Ivor and the late Stephen, and a devoted nan, sister and dear friend


    DAVIES Colin Thomas Uncle Col Passed away suddenly in hospital on August 20th, aged 72 years, after a long illness bravely borne. Reunited with his loving wife and soulmate Pat. Much loved uncle and great uncle who will be sadly missed by all his Family


    BATES Bryan Basher Passed away peacefully in hospital on August 20th, 2008, aged 70 years. Beloved husband of Greta, and loving dad of the late Tee, Nigel, Jayne, Debbie and Chris, also a much loved grandad and great grandpa. Funeral service will take


    HARRISONMORRIS Steve and Ella Congratulations Ella and Steve on your Engagement. And welcome Steve to our Family. Love Mum and Dad ----- Good luck and best wishes to you both. Love Rich and Jane, and bridesmaids Katie and Grace xxx Published in paper


    BERRY Doris Ann Dorrie We lost you three years ago and you are missed so much. Forever in our thoughts. Mum Jean, Carole, Pete and John. xx Published in paper 27/08/2008


    THOMAS William Grace and Family would like to express their sincere thanks to Relatives, Friends and Neighbours for the cards and messages of sympathy received during their sad loss. Thank you to all who attended the funeral, Reverend Fran Binding and


    SMITH Clive We would like to thank everyone for the kindness and support offered by Family and Friends through this difficult time. Thanks to A V Band for their constant care and to Jenny Haywood for a lovely service. Clive was a loving husband, father


    CHRISTIE Minnie Baker Passed away two years today. Forever in our hearts and thoughts. Love Bill, Graham and Family xx Published in paper 27/08/2008

  • BECK

    BECK Florence Rose nee Boswell Passed away suddenly but peacefully in Worcestershire Royal Hospital on August 21st, 2008, aged 85 years. She will be sadly missed by all her Family and Friends. A service will be held at Worcester Crematorium on Monday,


    ELCOCKS John Bedford Formerly of Craven Arms. Passed away at home on August 21st, 2008, aged 74 years. Beloved husband of Meg, loving father to Beverley, Anthony and Stephen, also a much loved grandfather and great grandfather. He will be sadly missed

  • Firm’s success has a knock-on effect

    WORCESTER-based firms are already benefiting from the success of Dragons’ Den slayers Neil and Laura Westwood. The couple said they decided to use haulage, storage and distribution firm M Pinches & Sons, Blackpole Trading Estate (West), off Hindlip

  • Rovers sack manager

    DUANE Darby has been axed as manager of Bromsgrove Rovers after less than a year in charge. A club statement released in the early hours of this morning said: “Rovers have regretfully parted company with manager Duane Darby with immediate effect. “This

  • Sauce sandwiches

    SIR – Charles Dickens wrote Hard Times in the 19th century. I eat two or three slices of bread, spread with tomato sauce. Very filling and nourishing. Who needs smoked salmon? I haven’t starved to death, nor will I. GEORGE COWLEY, Worcester.

  • Regional final

    PERSHORE women’s game against St Fagan’s had to be called off due to a waterlogged pitch. But they will play at The Bottoms at 2pm on Sunday in the regional final of the national knock-out. A victory will see them through to the overall semi-finals

  • Left over from war

    SIR – Colin Layland asks (August 21) if we had waste food collections. We did, but I remember it was left-over from the war where waste food was collected in bins to be boiled, thus sterilising it for feeding pigs. I believe the practice discontinued

  • We used to provide our own electricity

    SIR – Mr Shearon is apparently unaware that electricity was once provided adequately by Worcester City Council and we had the first hydro-electric power station. This was later supplemented by a power station in Hylton Road. However, electricity was subsequently

  • Why would anyone want to take our Olympic flag?

    AN Olympic flag displaying the London 2012 logo has been stolen from Upton-upon-Severn. The symbolic flag was taken by thieves just hours after it had been triumphantly hoisted in to the air on Sunday as part of a special ceremony to mark the countdown

  • May I say grateful thanks to bin men

    SIR – We hear so many negative reports from around the country about household recycling/ collections, the pros and cons of bin bags/wheelie bins, good, bad or mad bin men. May I take this opportunity to say a big, appreciative, thank you to the men

  • No right to criticise Russia over Georgia

    SIR – Against the United Nations Charter, the illegal invasion of Iraq by Blair of the UK and Bush of the USA, means that the UK and USA sadly have no right to criticise Russia for their barbaric invasion and occupation of Georgia. The Russian actions

  • Firm’s success has a knock-on effect

    WORCESTER-based firms are already benefiting from the success of Dragons’ Den slayers Neil and Laura Westwood. The couple said they decided to use haulage, storage and distribution firm M Pinches & Sons, Blackpole Trading Estate (West), off Hindlip

  • Why don’t the MPs listen to people?

    SIR – For many years now, a lot of us have written constantly about the obvious demise of England and the UK as a whole – all to no avail. Letters appear across the country daily pointing out to any MP that they are following the wrong path. What they

  • Has the county’s NHS finally found a perfect partnership?

    THE British are rightly proud and protective of the National Health Service which makes us suspicious of the private sector meddling in it. But as the NHS celebrates its 60th birthday this year, what advantages does the private sector offer

  • These clinics are not all what they seem to be

    SIR – Despite our MP pushing in favour of a new super clinic in Worcester, a recent independent report by the King’s Fund found they would be a huge waste of money with significant risks to patient care. Evidence exists that it may actually decrease patient

  • Two new faces will help to raise funds

    TWO new faces who have jumped aboard Worcester’s children’s bereavement charity, the Noah’s Ark Trust, are gearing up for an exciting challenge. The charity is currently getting ready for its second ever Run to Remember event, which will be held next

  • COMMENT: It’s elderly who will be hit the most

    IT HAS been sharpened for months across the rest of the country but today the axe falls on post offices in Worcestershire. The Post Office’s proposals, leaked to this newspaper late last night in advance of today’s 10am announcement, earmark 10 branches

  • Man is first to get criminal order for begging in street

    A PERSISTENT beggar on the streets of Worcester has become the first man in the city to receive a criminal anti-social behaviour order (Crasbo) for the offence. Christopher Blanch, aged 33, was given the two-year order by Worcester magistrates on Tuesday

  • Post office closure targets revealed

    ELEVEN post offices in south Worcestershire face closure and a further four may be replaced with an outreach service. Post offices in villages, towns and Worcester look set to be axed after a period of public consultation ends in six weeks.