• Meat thief needed cash for heroin

    A SERIAL meat thief narrowly escaped being sent to prison when he was sentenced for a string of shoplifting offences. Alan Forber admitted stealing £176.32 worth of meat from Worcester supermarkets to fund his deep-rooted heroin addiction. Since the

  • Sale Sharks 9 Worcester Warriors 17

    FOR the third season in a row, Edgeley Park proved to be a happy hunting ground for Worcester Warriors as the men from Sixways battled their way to a Guinness Premiership victory over high-flying Sale Sharks. The Warriors pack laid the foundations

  • Miss Worcester in fine voice

    MISS Worcester is set to sing at a special screening of a film based on a wartime heroine with connections to the Faithful City. Rosabella Styles has been invited to perform at the British Film Institute and be a guest at the screening of wartime classic

  • Turner taking time in market

    HEREFORD United manager Graham Turner insists he will not rush into signing players for the sake of it. The Edgar Street chief has stepped up his search for new faces this week and hopes to have added to the squad in time for today’s big League One derby

  • Primary school voted among the best in region

    A SCHOOL earmarked for closure has been voted among the best in the West Midlands by government agency Becta. Lickhill Primary School in Stourport-on-Severn was presented with a top honour at the prestigious Becta ICT Excellence Awards. The school,

  • Final score: Sale Sharks 9-17 Worcester Warriors

    Worcester defend strongly as they have done all night to see out the result. See tomorrow's Worcester News for a full match report. 72 mins: Jones misses another kick, but makes amends with a successful penalty straight afterwards. 65

  • Ninth win keeps Kingfishers flying high

    LEADERS Kingfishers kept up their 100 per cent record in Worcester Friendly Skittles League Monday Division One. Results: Kingfishers 418 (18) (T Trigg, C Meers 38), Transporters 381 (2) (C Sier 43); Cardents 444 (14) (A Read, A Minton 43),

  • Trio are fighting it out at summit

    AN intriguing three-way battle is opening up at the top of Worcester Table Tennis League Division One. Pavilion Players edged their way into pole position after maximum-point 8-2 wins against Himbleton ‘A’ and Cripplegate Guild. Stephane Bonnafous was

  • Burst water pipe causes city centre delays

    A BURST water main is causing rush hour traffic problems this evening on one of Worcester’s busiest roads. Firefighters were called to flats on the A38 Sidbury, close to the junction with Wyld’s Lane, shortly before 12.30pm this afternoon. A broken

  • Game on! Vince gets it wrong for once

    SO, the soothsayer cameth... Lovable Lib Dem MP Vince Cable was in town at the weekend for the local party's annual dinner. The shadow chancellor and deputy leader has been lauded for his supposed powers of foresight, having spotted

  • Conditions do not deter classy Colts

    NORTHSIDE Colts Under 13s produced a superb display to beat high-flying Kidderminster Lions 6-0 in the Stourport Youth League. In the wind and rain, the two teams fought out a strategic first-half with Will Sowden’s solo goal giving Colts the advantage

  • Railway rejig in siding after funding delay

    VICTORIAN railway waiting rooms look set to reopen next year as restoration work awaits final phase funding. Worcester Shrub Hill station’s north and south waiting rooms been undergoing a sympathetic refurbishment that was due to finish at

  • Staite double guides St Peter’s to fine win

    WHITTINGTON St Peter’s Under 15s produced one of their best displays with a 3-0 win at Bredon Colts in Mercian Festival Junior League Division One. Playing against the wind in the first-half, St Peter’s defended stoutly although Bredon hit the bar early

  • Santa race needs willing volunteers

    A FESTIVE fund-raiser needs volunteers to help paint the town red for charity. The Santathon, which entails hundreds of people dressing up as Santa and running, walking or jogging around Worcester on Sunday, December 7, to raise money for Leukaemia CARE

  • Park move on with big project

    MEADOW Park are embarking on a £200,000 project to continue playing at their home. Health and safety concerns meant Park were asked by owners LG Harris to segregate the playing fields in Hanbury Road, Stoke Prior, from the factory or find a new ground

  • Proud Pumas speed past Rovers

    NUNNERY Wood Pumas Under 15s romped to a 7-0 victory at Cleeve Colts Rovers in the Cheltenham Youth League. Although Pumas keeper Jordan Atherage made a fine early save, Ben Rogerson fired home the opener from a corner at the other end. With a strong

  • Cancer patients get money back

    CANCER patients who cashed in their pensions or life-savings for treatment to stay alive have won back their medical costs. Barbara Moss of Aconbury Close, Newtown, Worcester, was awarded £13,658 of her £21,000 medical bill from Worcestershire Primary

  • Alleged kidnapper 'a bit creepy'

    THE man accused of kidnapping schoolgirl Shannon Matthews was described in court today as "a bit creepy" by his own niece. Caroline Meehan was giving evidence in the trial of Michael Donovan, 40, and Karen Matthews, 33, at Leeds Crown Court. Both

  • Gheluvelt oil spill threatens wildlife - video

    THE pond in a Worcester Park had to be drained and two swans rescued following an oil spill. Tens of litres of the substance poured into Gheluvelt Park’s pond via a stream this afternoon. After the Environment Agency located the source

  • Fortey wins late Warriors call-up

    HOOKER Chris Fortey makes his first Guinness Premiership start of the season after Worcester Warriors were forced to make a late change for tonight’s clash at Sale Sharks (8pm). Fortey replaces Tongan ace Aleki Lutui, who has had to pull out

  • Elected mayor not right for our county

    A BORIS Johnson-style elected mayor would not be right for Worcestershire, local politicians from across the political spectrum have said. In a rare display of uniform agreement, MPs and rival candidates in south Worcestershire have all stated their

  • Arson attack family relive night of terror

    THE family of a man killed in an arson attack have spoken for the first time about their terror as the house filled with smoke. Roseann Perkins, formerly of the Glade, Malvern, managed to escape the fire with her 17-year-old daughter Katie and two sons


    HITCHEN William Henry Harry Janet, Sandra, Linda and Families would like to thank everyone for cards and support at this sad time. Thank you to Staff at George Crump & Son for their help and guidance. Our sincere thanks go to all the Staff on Avon


    GARDENER Hazel Mildred Passed peacefully away on November 11th, 2008, aged 92 years. Beloved wife of the late Charles Henry. Devoted mother to Sue, Alan and John, mother in law of Pat and Wendy, grandmother and great grandmother. She will be sadly missed


    RICHARDSON Marjorie Of Hampton, Evesham. On November 10th, 2008, aged 80 years. Much loved wife of the late Douglas and mother of Brian and Sue. Also a much loved mother in law of Pat and Ian, and grandmother of Andrew, Peter and Alison. Will be very


    PURSER Trevor Passed away peacefully at St Richards Hospice, on November 9th, 2008, after an illness bravely borne, aged 58 years. Loving son of Kathleen and the late Harold. A special brother and uncle. He will be sadly missed by all his Family and Friends

  • LUCY

    LUCY Gerald Treasured memories of a dear husband, dad and grandad, taken seven years today. God bless you. Jill and your loving Family. Published in paper 14/11/2008


    MEGRETTON Marilyn In loving memory of a wonderful wife, mother and nan, who passed away two years today. Sadly missed by husband Tony, children Leisa, Jason and Families. Loving you is easy, we do it every day, Missing you is a heartache, that never goes


    BRUNGER Edna Always in our thoughts. Forever in our hearts. Enid, Dave, Carol, John and Families. Published in paper 14/11/2008


    GRAHAM BOON Mark and Claire Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl Shaniqua, weighing 8lb 6oz. Lots of Love Nathasha, Tamica and Taharlie. xxx Published in paper 14/11/2008


    HEMMING Patricia Ann Patty's Family would like to thank people for their kind donations to Norton Hall Residents Activity Fund and George Crumps for the beautiful floral tributes. Patty will be Interred shortly at The Sacred Heart Church alongside her


    GOODWIN Doris 1918 - 2008. Passed peacefully away on November 8th, at Worcestershire Royal Hospital. A loving wife to the late Bill. Much loved mother to Andrew and the late Keith and daughters in law. A wonderful grandma and great grandma. Private Cremation


    GILES Flo. Loving memories of a dear mum and nan. Chris, Lin, Mark and Becky. xx Published in paper 14/11/2008

  • Snowman melts the hearts as families enjoy switch-on

    A WORCESTER schoolgirl was walking in the air after she was chosen to switch on the Christmas lights. Sarah Brooks, aged nine, of Cherry Orchard Primary School, met the Snowman and switched on the CrownGate Shopping Centre lights at about 6pm

  • Sweet potato rosti with poached egg

    IT takes a certain chutzpah to dine in a restaurant alone, especially without the crutch of a book or magazine. But eating solo at home can be pretty depressing too. It can be hard to feel inspired about whipping up a gourmet meal for one when

  • Mac and Jac's, Worcester.

    ANYONE who has ever called into Mac and Jac’s brilliant deli in Friar Street, Worcester, will already be aware of the outstanding range of luxury foods on offer. But less well-known is that tucked away upstairs, the owners are hiding a tiny licensed

  • Swinging 60s on the stage

    MUSICIANS from the swinging 60s will bring a Worcester stage to life later this month. Mike Pender, from The Searchers, Dave Berry and Tony Crane from The Merseybeats and The Dakotas will perform in the two-hour show A 60s Night Out 2. Among the

  • Chance to follow local DJ's success

    STUDENTS in Worcester have the opportunity to follow the success of a local lad and make it big in the field of house music. James Dean started playing his funky sound at the age of 16 picking up his first two residencies at the infamous Birmingham

  • Dudes bring unique mix of laughter and music

    THE Opera Dudes bring their mix of opera, swing, show-stoppers and impressions to Malvern Wells village hall on Sunday, November 23. As part of their ‘Licensed to Trill’ tour, the duo of professional tenors will use both live piano accompaniment

  • Strugglers lock horns in derby

    IT might be too early in the season to describe the match as a relegation battle, but Hereford United chief Graham Turner knows the importance of tomorrow’s visit of Cheltenham (3pm). Both clubs have endured torrid starts to their League One

  • Acoustic music evening returns

    LEADING on from the success of the first Live at the Hop Pole in Bromyard comes a new line-up of acoustic music performances this month. Skewwiff, a four-piece band from Worcester featuring the vocals of Hannah Beanie, are one of the three acts

  • Successful festival will come back to the city

    THE dates have been announced for next year’s popular Worcester Music Festival. Following on from the huge success of the 2008 Worcester Music Festival, the newly formed festival committee has announced that next year’s event will run from

  • Flooding threatens derby tie

    UPTON-upon-Severn’s local derby with Pershore in Midlands Four West (South) tomorrow is in danger of being postponed. The game is due to be played at Upton, but the home side’s Old Street base is under flood water. A switch to Pershore’s ground was mooted

  • Centre Stage Chris Jaeger of Worcester Live

    I FEAR a little for the future of the arts at the moment. Normally, I’m a pretty optimistic sort of chap, but it is increasingly difficult not to get a bit down about the future. Lots of things have come together to conspire against us. The Olympics

  • Organist to play at priory

    AN organist from Bath Abbey will give a recital at Great Malvern Priory tomorrow. James Scott has accompanied choirs at Birmingham, Gloucester, and Truro cathedrals, and given solo recitals. He is the verger secular at Bath Abbey. His programme

  • Cinema gets go-ahead for its drinks licence

    CINEMA-GOERS in Worcester will be served beer and wine while watching films after police withdrew all objections to the plan. The Vue Cinema on Friar Street has been granted a licence by the city council to sell alcohol between its opening

  • Cast's plea is answered from across the Atlantic

    AN American who once lived in Malvern has come to the rescue of actors starring in a production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The Conquest Theatre, Bromyard, appealed for help from a genuine American to help the cast fine-tune

  • Cooking up a feast for lovers of sprouts

    SPROUT lovers are in for a feast today if they visit Worcester city centre for its first vegetable-themed fair. The Sproutmania fair, which opened at the Cathedral Plaza yesterday, has already attracted hundreds of visitors eager to taste the famous

  • Friday Feeling

    WELL, we did it, or rather the listeners to BBC Hereford and Worcester did it – the world record for belly dancing was beaten, indeed shattered, at Malvern Theatres last Saturday. Well done to all involved and on a personal note, well done to

  • Beauty of Eternal Light

    A POWERFUL dance show is coming to Malvern Theatres. Having received a TMA Theatre Award for his achievement in dance, and an Olivier Award nomination for the creation of Constant Speed in 2005, Mark Baldwin has created his second major new

  • Harriers pursue double over Diamonds

    THEY say diamonds are forever, but apparently not at Rushden. As Kidderminster Harriers look to complete their first Blue Square Premier double of the season tomorrow (3pm), they face a Nene Park side in disarray. Rushden and Diamonds placed eight big-name

  • Answer to parties' support for the EU

    SIR – In reply to David Barlow’s letter (October 31), “How come all three major parties are broadly pro European Union membership?” Perhaps it’s because after their MP’s tour of duty at Westminster, they can then try to get on the real gravy

  • There's one way to control the country

    Sir – Regarding the article, Post Office consultation was a sham, (Letters, November 5), of course, Councillor Gareth Jones is right. It would seem from his letter that he is aware the decisions regarding the closures of our post offices were

  • Teenage dancer is taking top roles

    A WORCESTER teenager will be performing for hundreds of people with a prestigious dance company. Katie Webb has secured various principal roles with the National Youth Ballet of Great Britain and will be performing in Birmingham next week.

  • Be grateful of the winter allowance

    SIR – J R Reynolds (Letters, October 29), should be aware that hospitals are places where people go when they are ill. Moreover, we are all carriers of disease in one way and another. Therefore there is bound to be some danger of crosscontamination

  • Learn all about pensions

    A SEMINAR on how to make the most of your pension fund is being organised by the Chamber of Commerce Herefordshire and Worcestershire. It has invited Paul Taylor, the managing director of Evesham and Worcester-based firm of IFAs, McCarthy Taylor

  • Samson lifts latest winter league win with roach catch

    HEAVY overnight rain drastically re-duced catches for competitors in the latest round of the Worcester and Distict United Anglers Association Winter Lea-gue on the canal. But the down-stream Blockhouse section held it’s own producing all the

  • Infrastructure first then lay the bricks

    SIR – In a recent letter I remarked about the Government forcing Worcester to build more houses and then said Government should fund the building of infrastructure before a brick is laid. Sewage works should be made a priority. I cannot but

  • Many happy returns, Charles - remember when you visited us?

    AS heir to the throne Prince Charles marks his 60th birthday today, the nation prepares to celebrate. Charles attended a birthday party hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace yesterday, while the Duchess of Cornwall will host an informal bash

  • Swan's £500,000 revamp gets the go-ahead

    AN AMBITIOUS £500,000 revamp of Worcester’s Swan Theatre will begin early next year after winning the approval of city planners. Members of Worcester City Council’s planning committee praised a scheme put forward by the council leadership which they

  • No need for such harsh measures over alcohol

    SIR – Once again the Government has demonstrated its complete lack of understanding with its publication of the home affairs select committee report into the connection between violent crime and alcohol abuse. The chairman of this committee,

  • COMMENT: Post Offices climbdown is such a relief

    THE people who run local post offices and those who use them breathed a collective sigh of relief yesterday. After months of speculation, Works and Pensions Secretary James Purnell awarded to the Post Office the contract for a card account used

  • Dryden tries to push power struggle aside

    WORCESTER City manager Richard Dryden will not let the current power struggle get in the way of his team’s challenge for the play-offs. City make the long trip to Essex side Thurrock tomorrow (3pm) still well-placed to put pressure on the top

  • Centre will teach school cooks how to make healthy meals

    A NEW centre devoted to teaching school cooks how to prepare healthy meals is set to open in Worcester, it has been announced. Based at Worcester College of Technology, it will be one of eight School Feast (Food Excellence and Skills Training) centres

  • Wing wonder Benjamin gunning for Sale

    WORCESTER Warriors’ season starts tonight, according to jet-heeled try-grabber Miles Benjamin. The Sixways sensation admits his side haven’t started their Guinness Premiership campaign as well as expected, but insists tonight’s trip north to

  • £6,000 to put your name on a roundabout

    ANGRY small businesses have slammed vast price rises in the cost of advertising around Worcester following a controversial council deal with an commercial advertising firm. St John’s estate agent Simon Cawley is one of several local business owners to

  • Robins is rueing Malvern bad luck

    INJURY-plagued Malvern are rueing bad luck following their latest defeat, according to frustrated director of rugby Dave Robins. The Spring Lane side travel to Hinckley tomorrow with a far from clean bill of health and rocked by a 56-10 defeat at the

  • Swinging boozy curate now teaches kids

    A FORMER Worcester curate who turned up to church drunk and told colleagues she was a swinger, is now working as a maths teacher at a county school. Teresa Davies has been working as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) at Baxter College in Kidderminster

  • Pub rewarded for quality ale

    A PUB has won an award of excellence for serving quality cask ale. The Crown Inn at Martley was recently accredited with the Cask Marque, which rewards the best ale-serving pubs in the country for their high standards. Licensee of the Marston’s-owned

  • Learn all about pensions

    A SEMINAR on how to make the most of your pension fund is being organised by the Chamber of Commerce Herefordshire and Worcestershire. It has invited Paul Taylor, the managing director of Evesham and Worcester-based firm of IFAs, McCarthy Taylor Ltd,

  • Is fighting fires for you?

    FIRE stations in Upton-upon-Severn and Tenbury Wells are holding recruitment evenings for people interested in becoming a retained firefighter. Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is desperate for new recruits. Retained firefighters must

  • The cash will be rolling in tonight

    TODAY there will be plenty of fundraising-fun when kind-hearted people in the community do their bit for Children in Need. From bathing in beans to going to work in their pyjamas and donning fancy dress to wrestling and tenpin bowling there’s plenty

  • Children to respect the fallen

    A SCHOOL in Pershore is to hold its first official remembrance service to pay tribute to those who have served in wars past and present. Abbey Park Middle School will be at Pershore Abbey at 10.15am today for the service being led by The Revd Chris