• Attacks left men covered in blood

    TWO men ended up covered in blood after a fight broke out between rival groups in a Worcestershire pub. Nicholas Smith struck Laurence Borrowdale in the face with a beer glass before he retaliated with a blow using a glass ashtray on the back

  • Fury as village is left without a post office

    A POST office that has been shut for the past three weeks must be replaced, according to parish councillors. Kempsey has been without its sub post office since the owners retired last month, leaving villagers to travel to St Peter’s, Worcester

  • Will you be our 500th Facebook friend?

    YOUR Worcester News is on a mission. Having broken through the 400 friends mark for our Facebook page recently, we've decided we want to see if we can make it to 500 by the end of the year. Our list has been growing steadily ever

  • Husband hits out as home refuses wife

    A RETIRED teacher who cares full-time for his wife was told she would no longer be offered respite care by a Malvern residential home. The decision left 72-year-old Raymond Bishop without a vital break from 24-hours-a-day caring for his wife

  • Yet another great show from Mike

    THE Bewdley-born boogie boy may stick to the tried and trusted but you’ve got to admit that the music hits the spot every time. After all, if it ain’t bust, then why mend it? To be sure, the set list does vary slightly from year to year, but one thing

  • Guild bungle as Rainbow shine

    RAINBOW kept up their challenge at the top of Worcester Table Tennis League Division One with a 10-0 whitewash of Cathedral Guild. However, it was yet another match when the final scoreline did not reflect the close play. Pete Griffiths

  • Harriers closing on Penn ambition

    RUSS Penn has never hidden his desire to play in the Football League but, given Kidderminster Harriers’ current form, he may not have to leave Aggborough to realise that ambition. With Mark Yates’ men turning their attentions to the FA Trophy tomorrow

  • Ed drums up support for mediaeval night

    ALMOST 70 businesses have joined forces in Ledbury to make next week’s mediaeval Christmas evening a success. Annette Crowe, chairman of the Traders of Ledbury Association, said: “If the evening goes as well as we hope, and the traders are

  • West Midlands honours for trio

    THREE members of Worcester Triathlon Club were honoured in the West Midlands Regional Series Triathlon Championships at the Sports Cafe in Birmingham. Rachel Ward, the Stourport doctor who made her debut for Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championships

  • Warriors aiming for revenge in cup return

    WORCESTER Warriors will attempt to right the wrongs of last weekend’s defeat in Bourgoin and take control of Pool Three in the European Challenge Cup. The Frenchmen head for Sixways tomorrow afternoon (3pm) hoping they can complete the double over Mike

  • Turner facing fresh goalkeeping problem

    HEREFORD United’s loan injury jinx has struck again leaving the club with only one goalkeeper Graham Turner is prepared to play. Chris Weale, on loan from Championship side Bristol City, damaged the tendon in his thumb in training on Thursday and the

  • Pirates sunk by Wannabe’s 14-goal blast

    THE Wannabe Allstars are top of the Worcester Sunday Leisure League on goal difference after a 14-0 demolition of FC Pirates. MCC FC eased through 7-1 against Inter Melissa, while Inter St Johns beat AIC 5-0 and St John’s Allstars had a thrilling 4-3

  • Howells treble leads marauding Wildcats

    GEORGIA Howells was a hat-trick heroine as Droitwich Spa Wildcats Girls Under 11s recorded a 5-2 victory over Ferndale Youth in the Mercian Festival Junior League. Player-of-the-match Howells gave Wildcats an early lead but Rebecca Llewellyn equalised

  • Girls picked for top dance unit

    TWO young dancers from Worcester have been selected for a prestigious dance training programme in the new year. Molly Roberts, aged 12, and Holly-Mae Main, aged 11, who both attend Christopher Whitehead Language College and are members of W

  • Worcestershire braced for yet more flooding

    WITH wet weather forecast, Worcestershire is braced for flooding. The Environment Agency has warned people living, working or travelling near Worcestershire rivers to prepare for rising waters. Experts have predicted up to 50mm of rain

  • Brave Tigers are denied by JJ double

    WARNDON Villages Sharks won the Worcester derby 2-1 at Nunnery Wood Tigers in the Stourport Youth League Under 11s Division One. Sharks, hit by injury and illness, failed to start at a high tempo and James Ridge headed home a corner to put the determined

  • Don’t miss the post

    ROYAL Mail is reminding Worcester people to get cracking and post their Christmas cards early to make sure that the festive season goes with a bang. First class mail needs to be posted by Saturday, December 20, and second class mail should

  • Summer fun for children

    YOUNGSTERS are invited to Colwall’s popular summer cricket camps in 2009. They will be on the weeks commencing July 20 and 27. It is ideal for six to 14-year-old boys and girls who will be organised into age and ability groups. For more information

  • Open verdict on de Menezes shooting

    A JURY rejected the police account of the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes today as the Brazilian's inquest was branded a "whitewash" by his family. After returning an open verdict, the 10 jurors rejected a string of claims made by officers

  • City CCTV cuts: Top cop's fears

    SOUTH Worcestershire’s top policeman has warned of the grave implications for Worcester people of council proposals to stop monitoring the city’s CCTV cameras. Chief Superintendent Rod Reynolds tells your Worcester News he is “deeply concerned” about

  • Smith acrobatics seal success

    A RICH Smith overhead kick helped Blackpole Saints on the way to a 2-0 win over Bromyard Town in Mercian Festival Junior League Division One. Saints started the game at a fast tempo with plenty of chances in front off goal. Bromyard defended well but

  • Results extra

    MERCIAN FESTIVAL JUNIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE U9s Division One: Newtown Sports Juniors 5 Warndon Villages Scorpions 0; Oldbury Park Tigers 0 L&B Badgers Spurs 4; Westbury Celtic Youth 2 Ombersley Falcons 1. Division Two: Droitwich Spa Rockets 3 Ombersley

  • House fire OAP revived by firefighters

    FIREFIGHTERS saved the life of an 85-year-old woman after she collapsed during a house fire. The woman, who called the emergency services herself shortly before 11pm yesterday, was found lying face down on the floor of her living room at a


    BATEMAN Tim Diana and Auriol wish to advise that Tim died peacefully on Monday December 8th, 2008. The Funeral will take place on Friday December 19th,at 2.30 Worcester Crematorium. Please note casual dress to be worn. No flowers please, donations


    ANDERSON Sheila Loder Died peacefully at Court House Nursing Home, Malvernformerly of Hallow on December 7th, 2008,aged 90 years. The Funeral service will take place at Old St Martin's Church Cornmarket, Worcester on Tuesday, December 16th, 2008 at 10


    JARVIS Rhoda Elizabeth Passed away five years ago today. We love and miss you still mum. All our love Lorna, John, Antony and James. Published in paper 12/12/2008


    JONES Andrew Andy Died December 4th, 2008, aged 50 years. Peacefully at home after a long battle, fought with courage, dignity and determination. Beautiful husband of Anna, devoted father of Catherine and Helene and proud grandfather of Ellie, also precious


    GITTINS Elsienee Carter Passed away peacefully atSt Richard's Hospice on December 9th, 2008,aged 84 years. Wife of the lateChris John and loved aunt and cousin who will be missed by Family and Friends. Funeral service at Worcester Crematorium on Monday


    ORMROD Peter Of Lower Moor, Pershore. On December 10th, 2008, suddenly, but peacefully athis home,aged 76 years. Much loved husband of the late Anona, dear father to Alan, mother in law to Angela and Grandpa to Lisa. Funeral service at Worcester Crematorium


    ROBERTS Joseph Passed away suddenly but peacefully at Stanfield Nursing Home Rushwick on December 9th, 2008 aged 96 years. Loving father to Brian, Graham and Christopher. Funeral service at Worcester Crematorium on Thursday, December 18th at 3 p.m. Family


    ROBERTSON David Worcestershire Royal Hospital I wish to express my sincere thanks to the Nursing Staff and Team of Doctors at Laurel 3, Worcestershire Royal Hospital. The entire Team worked so hard and cared for my husband David Robertson so gently to


    MAXWELL The Son's and Family of John would like to express their sincere thanks for all the letters and messages of sympathy received in their sudden, very sad loss. Also to all those who attended the Thanksgiving Service, and for the generous donations


    GOODWIN Doris The Family of Doris sincerely appreciated all who attended her Thanksgiving Service, and for donations totalling £400, to be used locally by Word Of Life, Worcester. Grateful thanks to Reverend Peter Barham for a lovely service and Woodgreen


    RICHARDSON Becky Happy 21st birthday. Have a great day. Love you loads. Mum, Dad and Jessica.x Published in paper 12/12/2008

  • HUNT

    HUNT Angela Happy 40th birthday Angie. All our love Lyn, Ron, Chris, Nicola, Josh, Ollie and Olivia xxx Published in paper 12/12/2008

  • Snap festive scene and enter photo competition

    BUDDING photographers are urged to get clicking away for a competition to celebrate the annual illuminated walk at Spetchley Park. A selection of the best pictures of the Spetchley Park Gardens light fantastic will be published in your Worcester


    GUEST Michael Precious memories of a loving husband, passed away nine years today. Not a day goes by without a thought of you. Love always Rita xxx ---------- Special memories of a dear dad to Jason and Sarah and such a sad loss to grandson Aaron, granddaughters

  • Pork, orange and star anise casserole

    RUSH, rush rush, gobble gobble gobble. If you get home from work and spend 10 minutes staring despondently in the cupboards before throwing some bread in the toaster or ripping the top off a ready meal, you need to slow down. In fact, what you

  • King Charles II Restaurant, Friary Street, Worcester

    THIS was food fit for royalty. Generous portions and genuinely friendly staff made our visit to the King Charles II Restaurant in Friar Street, Worcester, more than worthwhile. From beginning to end, our meal was a pleasure. Steeped in history

  • Mix of prestigious DJs entertain pub

    PRESTIGIOUS DJs will entertain pub goers in Worcester. The recently established Fundamental Fridays at Keystones in Copenhagen Street will welcome Birmingham-based DJ Rue tonight followed by UBER DJs next week. Rue has played all over world,

  • Shoppers make the most of store’s closing down sale

    BARGAIN hunters took advantage of closing down sales at Woolworths stores across the county while shop workers continued to fear for their jobs. Toys, CDs, DVDs, clothes and chocolate were all being snapped up by shoppers looking to spend on a shoestring

  • Pity about bells

    SIR – What an interesting article about the tower in Saturday’s paper. If the reporter had had the fortune to visit the tower before 1939 he would have found 20 bells with a total weight of 20 tons. They were there to play the tunes listed in

  • Get to boat club for some rock and roll

    RHYTHM and blues man Ricky Cool brings his brand of rock and roll to Stourport Boat Club tonight. The American frontman, who performed with Robert Plant’s Honeydrippers, will play with the Hoola Boola Boys, an energetic band that have been touring

  • Tickets on sale to see solo artist in the city

    CHRIS Helme, former frontman of 90s band the Seahorses, is performing solo in Worcester this weekend. Helme was catapulted to stardom when the Seahorses’s debut album Do It Yourself reached number one in the UK chart. After three years of intensive

  • It's not all down to Gordon Brown

    Sir – In 45 years of active interest in politics I have grudgingly endured the takeover of our political lives by the American-run Thatcher/Blair/Tory/New Labour mindset – but nothing quite prepared me for Derek Baddeley’s absurd assertion.

  • I can't understand how this is true

    SIR – I read with interest J C Butterfield’s letter in which he drew attention to Mike Foster MP’s “pointless questionnaire”, which asked the reader whether they thought Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling are “going the right way”. I received

  • Selfish attitude

    SIR – Regarding car parking charges going up again. It’s a really selfish attitude on behalf of the council, all they can see is the money sign. No consideration for the shopkeepers of Worcester. JOHN SHEARON, Worcester.

  • Sam will bring us great new bands

    MALVERN singer songwriter Sam Isaac is to host a new club night in Worcester. The pop aficionado and bandmate Burt Hill want to bring bands from across the UK to his home county with the Sorry About My Golf Clubs night, which start next week with

  • Horrified at being told to stop taking photos

    SIR – I was very pleased to learn that the Premiership trophy would be at Barclays bank on the High Street, especially as I am a Manchester United fan. However, I was horrified and disgusted at being told by the security man that I wasn’t allowed

  • COMMENT: Council's cuts are bad news for city people

    THE swingeing cuts proposed by Worcester City Council are bad news for the people of the city. The council’s £4.3 million savings will see 10 per cent of the council’s workforce lose their jobs, leave CCTV monitors in the city unmonitored and

  • Search is on to find Grease performers

    YOUNG actors, singers and dancers from Worcester are being given the chance to star in a professional youth production of Grease. Producers from the Class Act Drama Centre in Birmingham are in the city this weekend searching for people to star

  • Babies enjoy county's art centre for free

    BABIES from Herefordshire are enjoying free memberships to the county’s Courtyard art centre. To celebrate its 10th anniversary the Courtyard, in Edgar Street, Hereford, has teamed up with Herefordshire Primary Care Trust to offer every child

  • Audiences of all ages will be delighted with ballet

    BALLET infused with old world charm will delight audiences of all ages at Pershore’s Number 8. Vienna Festival Ballet have returned to the community arts venue for Christmas to perform the magical Coppelia on Thursday, December 18, and Friday,

  • Lowly Bulls aim to build up momentum

    AFTER finally breaking their away-day hoodoo last weekend, Hereford United know they will need to build on that at home to Hartlepool United at Edgar Street tomorrow (3pm). The League One strugglers picked up their first three points on the road at Colchester

  • Theatre lives on despite closure

    THE mother company may be shut but Kays Theatre Group lives on. This year the Kays panto will be the last show staged at Worcester’s Swan before the theatre closes for extensive renovations. Jack and the Beanstalk, staged from Tuesday, January

  • MP meets machine gun men

    FIRST inter-continental assignment last week for Worcester MP Mike Foster, following his recent elevation into Gordon Brown's ministerial ranks. As if a £30,000 pay rise wasn't enough for the Labour man to put up with, he now also has to handle

  • Performers are excited to put show on the road

    THE temporary closure of Worcester’s Swan Theatre has prompted one company to go on tour. Great Witley Operatic Society (GWOS) will take its 2009 production of comic opera HMS Pinafore on the road next year, first to the Norbury Theatre in Droitwich

  • Friday Feeling

    BEEN on holiday this week, well not on holiday as such, just not working for the BBC. I’ve been trying to finish the decorating in the bedroom and it looks as if it may be finished for Christmas – I’m not sure which Christmas though. Anyway I

  • Beat the credit crunch - make your own beer

    HOME brewing may conjure up images of middle-aged men locked away in their sheds on a Sunday afternoon, but with the credit crunch upon us it is proving an off-beat way of saving the pennies. Believe the headlines and you might think we’ll all

  • Harriers wary of Trophy banana skin

    HIGH-flying Kidderminster Harriers begin the FA Trophy road to Wembley tomorrow (3pm) hoping they have not forgotten the route. Two years ago, Mark Yates guided the Aggborough side to the home of football and, with a resurgent Burscough heading to town

  • Reaction: 'It's the fault of poor political management'

    THE leader of the opposition at the Guildhall has slammed city council leaders for allowing the city's finances to become so stretched. Labour group leader Adrian Gregson said the Tory administration had only itself to blame for creating a

  • Hickey relishing stint at Sixways

    NEW arrival Eoghan Hickey can’t wait to get his teeth into a loan spell with injury-hit Warriors, admitting he feels ‘starved’ of rugby. The London Irish fly-half has moved to Sixways on a three-month loan and is likely to start tomorrow’s European Challenge

  • Firefighter rescue

    FIREFIGHTERS have rescused a person from a house fire in Malvern. Fire crews, police and ambulance were called to a detached bungalow in Pickersleigh Avenue just before 11pm yesterday, following reports of a fire in a bedroom. Three

  • Major M6 pile up will cause delays

    MOTORISTS are facing traffic chaos this morning following in a major crash on the M6 motorway. Six vehicles, believed to be lorries and small good vehicles, were involved in the collision - at junctions 7 to 6 southbound and 7 to 8 northbound

  • Cutbacks: questions and answers

    What’s happened? Worcester City Council has proposed major cuts for the coming years, affecting jobs and services across the city. Why? City finances are desperately over-stretched. The Tory council says the Government is to blame

  • How the council’s cash crisis will affect us

    Public transport PENSIONERS and disabled people in Worcester who are too immobile to use public transport will see their community transport fees double under city council cuts. Worcester City announced on Wednesday that it plans to

  • All Black ace Hosea will be cheering on big bro Rico

    WARRIORS fans have grown accustomed to world-famous former All Blacks strutting around the place at Sixways — but Mike Ruddock’s men will be cheered on by a current Kiwi superstar tomorrow. Hosea Gear, the younger brother of Warriors wing Rico

  • Worcestershire expect to make record surplus

    WORCESTERSHIRE County Cricket Club are poised to announce record six-figure profits in the new year. The New Road side set about recouping the £693,000 loss recorded last season over a two-year period following the devastating floods.

  • New-look Barclays opens

    THE new-look Barclays branch in Worcester was officially opened by the city’s mayor Councillor Lucy Hodgson. The premises in High Street is the latest to benefit from the bank’s branch investment programme, which marries hi-technology with design

  • Meet the last five animals competing for the Pet Idol crown

    AHEAD of next week’s thrilling final we bring you the last lovable entries for this year’s Worcester News Pet Idol 2008 competition. Thousands of readers have voted for their favourites and all this week we have been revealing the lucky contenders

  • Will one of these cute critters be named the pet of the year?

    READERS have been voting in their droves for their favourite small furry animal in this year’s Worcester News Pet Idol 2008. From dozens of entrants, ranging from guinea pigs and floppy-eared rabbits to cheeky ferrets, the final entrants have been whittled