• Offers of help flood in after Droitwich widow was conned

    AN elderly Droitwich widow, who was targeted by conmen, has been overwhelmed by kind offers to carry out free work at her home. Eight-two-year-old Rose Morton, of Portland Road, had £300 and other valuables take from her house when three men

  • See actress Lucy playing star role in BBC series

    AN actress from Ledbury is appearing in a major role in a new series starting on BBC 2 next week. Lucy Chalkley, aged 32, began her acting career by treading the boards with Ledbury Amateur Dramatic Society. Now she’s one of the main players in Taking

  • Asda row rumbles on for traders

    MARKET traders in Pershore are still fuming that a pressure group meant to protect and promote small firms and the self-employed believes Asda’s arrival in the town will cause more harm than good. Stallholders have refuted claims that they moan about

  • Cash fund is a bright idea

    COUNTY hall chiefs from Worcestershire can apply for cash from a £440 million pot to improve street lighting. Local authorities across England will be able to apply for the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) credits to improve street lighting on their

  • Sweet taste of success for village traders

    THE rural parish of Martley is home to a general village store, a local garage, a free house, a honey farmer and one of the biggest logistics companies in the UK. TM Logistics, known locally as Taylors of Martley, is one of the best known independent

  • Stars set to appear in charity football match

    LOCAL stars set to take on a team of celebrities in a charity football match have been unveiled. Stars from Channel 4’s Hollyoaks series are swapping their scripts for the pitch at St George’s Lane in Worcester on Saturday, July 11, in aid of Leukaemia

  • Harmison shines at New Road against Aussies

    STEVE Harmison gave the England selectors food for thought as he tormented Australia’s opening batsmen at New Road in an intriguing battle. The Durham pace ace had Phillip Hughes in all sorts of early trouble, striking him on the helmet with

  • County hopes are hanging in the balance

    IT will be like starting all over again for Durham and Worcestershire at Chester-le-Street tomorrow with only one run separating the sides after the first innings of their LV County Championship Division One clash. Phil Mustard’s unbeaten

  • Dog owners and pets invited to walk

    A POPULAR dogathon is being held this weekend for dog owners and their four-legged friends. The event takes place at Croome Park, near Pershore, on Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Visitors will be able to tackle two trails with their dogs, following the clues

  • England tour place for Short

    SIXWAYS hot prospect Andy Short is set to travel to South Africa on an England Under 18s development tour. The Warriors academy centre played a key role as the Red Rose youngsters completed a clean sweep of wins in this season’s Five Nations Festival

  • McDermott desperate to impress

    KIDDERMINSTER Harriers winger David McDermott has signed up for the new season at Aggborough by penning a new one-year contract. McDermott first joined Harriers last summer after leaving Walsall and made 29 appearances for the club in 2008-09, scoring

  • Man missing for more than a week

    CONCERNS are mounting for an unemployed Worcester man who has not been seen for more than a week. Robert Davies, aged 47, of Kingston Avenue, off Bilford Road, has not been seen since Tuesday, June 23. Police believe he may be holidaying in Wales in

  • Girl, 19, guilty of trying to sell drugs

    A TEENAGE girl from Worcester has been sent to a young offenders institution after trying to supply heroin and cocaine in the city. Aimie Baker, aged 19, admitted two counts of possession with intent to supply when she appeared at Worcester Crown Court

  • The great grass cutting debate is set to rumble on

    THE grass cutting debate which has divided opinion between the city’s two parish councils looks set to rumble on as one parish council has now decided it likes long grass. St Peter’s Parish Council has chosen not to spend extra money cutting the grass

  • Police drag "mad" swimmers from river

    POLICE have slammed four “crass” swimmers found swimming in the Severn just days after a teenager drowned. Officers ordered the two males and two females – aged between around 15 to 30-years-old – out of the Severn, just yards from where Tony

  • Races abandoned due to water shortage

    RACING at Worcester today has been abandoned due to a shortage of on-course water for the horses. The track ran out of water for the horses after the opening Winterfold House Conditional Jockeys' Novices' Handicap Hurdle. The baking-hot

  • Sport fun helps the learning

    ALMOST 300 sporty youngsters enjoyed a fun-filled day of activities while they learnt new lessons through sport. The Learning Through Sport Day, hosted by the University of Worcester in partnership with the County’s leading sports clubs and local energy

  • Droitwich edged out at Barnards Green

    THE latest results from the Worcestershire Sunday Club Cricket League. FIRST XI Colwall v Bromsgrove Bromsgrove won by five wickets. Colwall 261 all out (0) (C Griffiths 86), Bromsgrove 262-5 (6) (J Levitt 53, Thompson 79no).

  • Campaigners voice fears over major town housing plans

    A GROUP of concerned residents voiced their opposition to a major Droitwich housing scheme before handing over a 2,000 name petition to district council chiefs. Campaign group Save Our Green Open Spaces (SOGOS) presented the petition opposing the development

  • Grim snapshot of state of our health

    WORCESTER is more violent and has more teenage pregnancies and hospital admissions through alcohol abuse than other parts of England, according to a key national report. Men who live in poorer areas of Worcester also die, on average, nine years

  • Let's Go with the Children - Top 20 UK Campsites!

    Research from Travel Insurance provider LV suggests more and more Britons are considering a camping or caravan holiday this summer, with 30% of us choosing camping as our preferred main holiday! Advanced bookings for campsites are up by 27%

  • Heatwave warning goes up

    The Met Office has raised the heatwave warning alert again today on behalf of the Department of Health. The highest temperatures today will be to the west of London where 31-32 degrees celsius should be reached. Temperatures of up to 33 degrees celsius

  • Concerns over missing man

    CONCERNS are growing for the welfare of a 49-year-old Worcester man who went missing from his home. Self-employed builder Kevin Parkins, of Langdale Drive, Brickfields, was last seen by a friend at just before 1am, today. He has left

  • Ducklings rescued from drain

    A CONCERNED passer-by called the fire service after seeing two ducklings trapped in a drain in Worcester. Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service was called to Castle Street at around 6.30pm last night. They managed to retrieve the baby ducks

  • "Cameras must be saved" - Foster

    Worcester's MP, Mike Foster, has today revealed what he describes as “staggering statistics” proving the value of CCTV cameras in the city centre. Data obtained from Worcester Police shows that on average, between April 2008 and April 2009, 87 arrests

  • Crash driver may have taken ill

    A DRIVER involved in two car crashes is believed to have been taken ill at the wheel. The man was driving a blue Mitsubishi Carisma saloon along Church Road, in Malvern, at about 11.29am today when he was involved in a shunt with a parked trailer. A


    HOLLAND Dave Treasured memories of a dear brother in law who passed away three years ago today. Always in our thoughts. Love Beryl, Mike, Mark and Jan. xx Published in paper 01/07/2009 in Worcester News


    HOLLAND David Dave A daily thought, A silent tear. Always wishing you were here. Love Jean, Gill and Families. xx Published in paper 01/07/2009 in Worcester News


    HOLLAND Dave Three years have passed since that sad day you closed your eyes and slipped away. Behind our smiles there's many a tear for someone we lost and loved so dear. We miss you Love Eileen and all the Family xxx Published in paper 01/07/2009 in


    HALSALL Katie Congratulations on your 18th Birthday. With all our love, Mum, Dad and Chloe. xx Published in paper 01/07/2009 in Worcester News


    COLE Formerly Smith nee Dutson Joyce Evelyn Of Himbleton House, on Wednesday, June 24th, 2009, aged 86 years. Beloved mother of Gary, Stephen, Wendy and the late Frank also a devoted mother in law, grandmother, great grandmother, auntie and friend. She

  • BU

    BUÉ Doctor John Paul On June 24th, aged 45 years. Dearly loved husband of Jocelyn, a loving father of Elise and Madeline, a much loved son of Joan and brother of Lyn. Funeral service at Worcester Crematorium on Wednesday, July 8th, at 2 p.m. Family flowers

  • Wraps are coming off as historic site nears rebirth

    SCAFFOLDING shrouding the former Royal Infirmary buildings is starting to come down as the University of Worcester’s city campus takes shape. The Royal Infirmary has been one of Worcester’s most important buildings for more than 200 years

  • Worcester Museum and Art Gallery - Summer Events Listing

    Saturday, July 4 to Saturday, September 5 - Top 40: the Countdown of Worcester’s Favourite Pictures! What’s your number one? Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum will be asking families to vote for their favourite picture this summer in

  • Diary of Events for the Summer at Webbs, Wychbold

    Sunday, August 2 - Falconry Display Trevor Hill’s falconry display team is one of the largest and most varied in the UK including Eagles, Vultures, Caracaras, Hawks, Falcons and Owls. The team will give two displays with each bird trained

  • Hooray for Harry as he signs deal

    A WORCESTER footballer has signed his first professional contract with Coca-Cola League Two side Shrewsbury Town. Harry Hooman, 18, of Warndon Villages, was offered the contract after impressing the Shrews first team manager Paul Simpson with an outstanding

  • Teenager trapped in railings

    FIREFIGHTERS had to cut free a teenager last night after he became stuck between railings. Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service was called to Friar Court in Friar Street, Worcester, at 10.30pm. The teenage boy's leg was trapped between railings

  • Ancient arts brought to life

    A WORCESTER couple have completed a stunning mappa mundi which will be displayed at Dover Castle, Kent, as part of a £2 million restoration project. The English Heritage project is inspired by the Sawley Map, the only surviving English 12th century mappa

  • Tragedy highlights dangers of the Severn

    A STARK warning has been issued by the emergency services of the dangers of swimming in rivers, lakes and quarries during hot weather. Adrian Mayhew, crew manager at Evesham Fire Station said it was the third time in as many weeks that someone

  • Evesham's Rocket blasts to title

    EVESHAM ace Ronnie Baxter blasted into the darts stratosphere by thrashing legend Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor 6-2 to win the Las Vegas Players Championship. ‘The Rocket’ picked up his first tournament win of 2009 with the £6,000 title at the Mandalay

  • Tragic Tony remembered

    TRIBUTES have poured in for Tony Ballard from friends, former teachers, the clergy and on websites. The Bishop of Worcester, the Rt Rev Dr John Inge, said his thoughts and prayers were with the family. He said: “I was desperately sad to learn

  • SWIMMING: Girls play a starring role in Midlands

    WORCESTER Swimming Club competitors put in terrific displays at the Midland Age Group Championships in Coventry. The 13-year old girls shone brightly, collecting bronze medals in the 100 metre and 200m breaststroke. Tabitha Monkhouse, competing

  • CRICKET: RGSAO will not give up their title

    ROYAL Grammar School Worcester and Alice Ottley defeated Bromsgrove School to lift the Lord’s Taverners Worcestershire Under 14s Trophy for the third consecutive year. RGSAO were put in to bat at the King’s School Worcester ground but struggled

  • I won't change designs for pub site – so just choose one

    ARCHITECTS behind a controversial scheme to replace a 19th-century pub building with modern-looking flats say people were “wrong” to call their designs ugly. Andrew Boughton, of Boughton Butler, has defended his firm’s plans for a block of flats in place

  • Davies eager to take his chance against Aussies

    WORCESTERSHIRE’S Steve Davies is hoping to take a step closer to his England Test debut when he walks out with the Lions at New Road today (11am). The wicketkeeper-batsman is in the England ‘A’ team that takes on Australia in their final warm-up match

  • Had heart problems? He can help you get fit again

    THE heart is the most important muscle in the body but when things go wrong with it, Steve Cooper may just be the man who can help put them right. He is an insured and qualified British Association for Cardiac Rehabilitation instructor who

  • Call for improved council spending controls

    OPPOSITION councillors have demanded better spending controls at the city council following revelations Guildhall bosses accidentally underspent on services by nearly £700,000 last year. Labour members expressed concern that front-line services

  • European Championship mission for university trio

    STAFF and students at the University of Worcester are celebrating international call-ups to the Great Britain blind football team. Keryn Seal, Ajmal Ahmed and Will Norman will represent GB in the five-a-side International Blind Sports Association (IBSA

  • Why vote if councillors do not keep promises?

    SIR – What was the point in voting in the last local elections when councillors do not uphold their promises? I live behind the grammar school and we local people have a persistent problem with pupils taking every space available in the area. I dare

  • John, please think about party move

    SIR – I am writing in support of John Buckley (Letters, June 25) who wrote that Mr Foster had better watch out. Like John I also believe that the days of a Labour government are numbered. It is time for a change and I ask John to consider moving to

  • About time council built more homes

    SIR – In this recession the council should be building more council homes because there’s some people on low wages who will never be able to buy a home and we certainly don’t want to get in a mess where people were virtually forced to borrow money,

  • Ditch plastic bags

    SIR – Just been watching BBC News with a piece on the dreaded plastic bag. Why on earth don’t they just ban the manufacture of said bag plus buy the cotton or recycled bags on offer in the big stores. If the shops didn’t have to buy the plastic bags

  • You can’t judge councillors just on meetings they attend

    SIR – Is the sole criteria for evaluating county councillors now to be based purely on the number of formally minuted meetings they attend, or do not attend, as the case may be? Are they expected to attend meetings to just sit and listen – for instance

  • Serving the people was a great honour

    SIR – I read with bemusement your article about how often councillors turn up for meetings (June 25) and wish to correct some erroneous conclusions within it. As a newly elected opposition backbencher in 2005, I was not a member of the cabinet,

  • I suggest Foster should buy book

    SIR – Interesting to see Mike Foster MP bought two books to further his knowledge on how to be a good MP. I suggest he adds Words and Deedes by the late great WF Deedes. One of the attributes of a good MP is the ability to answer questions

  • Well done Britain

    Sir – At last Britain has achieved something to be proud of in this new millennium – condemnation by Iran. Chris Brown, Worcester.

  • Only Tories pledge to cancel strategy

    SIR – When all the (sometimes amusing) mud-slinging in your correspondence columns is finally done, what remains as fact in the housing proposals for south Worcestershire? It is the Labour government that is trying to force them on our local authorities

  • This proves nothing much has changed

    SIR – At the pre-election hustings all the candidates pleading to be the new Commons speaker called for the House to take back power from the executive. “Hear, Hear,” members replied. A day later, MPs debated the Iraq war inquiry. This would be the

  • I can understand how he is feeling

    SIR – Gordon Brown said he was upset and could walk away from politics. I can well understand this because the Tory press has been merciless with their abuse of the man, and David Cameron at Question Time thinks by being rude to Mr Brown he’s doing

  • The proposals are under-resourced

    SIR – Regarding 3,500 new homes in Lower Broadheath parish, west of the river Severn. You reported the response of Page19493 to Richard Burt’s petition to look again at the Regional Spatial Strategy requirement for significant housing

  • I appear to have ruffled feathers

    SIR – Oh dear, I seem to have ruffled a few UKIP feathers. Not only has Mark Starr responded, but Mike Nattrass MEP has responded as well. I accept what he had to say regarding Ashley Mote and his expulsion from the party. However, it doesn’t say

  • COMMENT: Our thoughts and prayers are with Tony's family

    ONLY those who have lost a child in a sudden tragedy will have any comprehension of what the family of Tony Ballard is going through. The 17-year-old lost his life on Monday, despite the heroic efforts of his friends and other rescuers, while

  • Building to take place on 'tip site'

    PLANS for houses to be built on derelict land will be drawn up by Worcester City Council. The move comes after the city council failed to secure a deal with Worcester Community Housing for the development of affordable housing. The former garage site

  • Injuries force Horsman to quit the game

    INJURY-stricken prop Chris Horsman will today say ‘enough is enough’ and confirm his retirement from rugby. The Worcester Warriors tight-head has been beset by injuries since moving to Sixways in July 2004 and has finally thrown in the towel

  • Mishra lined up as County overseas star

    AMIT Mishra is being lined up as a possible replacement for Ashley Noffke as Worcestershire’s overseas player for the final stages of this season. With the Australian all-rounder ex-pected to return home in mid-August, director of cricket Steve Rhodes

  • Partners win childcare prize

    WORCESTERSHIRE County Council has won a national award for excellence in public procurement. Beating off competition from six finalists, the county council and KiddiVouchers demonstrated how their excellent partnership helps working parents save money

  • Gordon’s thanked us for all our vital work

    A WORCESTERSHIRE man joined more than 100 environmental volunteers at a reception in the garden of 10 Downing Street. John Buckley, who lives in Droitwich, was one of 40 Wildlife Trust volunteers who attended the reception held by Prime Min-ister Gordon

  • New scheme to keep students off the dole

    STUDENTS at the University of Worcester could be helped to stay out of the dole queue this year. Graduate interns joining the year-long national programme will get four days a week paid employment together with a £2,400 bursary if they join a new scheme

  • Top award for football coach

    A FOOTBALL coach has been rewarded for his work with a team in Worcester. The Worcestershire Football Association (WFA) has given the Football Workforce award to Worcester City Council’s football development officer Jon Wilson. Mr Wilson works with

  • Fine wine and food night success

    GUESTS of Worcestershire solicitors Harrison Clark enjoyed a taste of fine wine and food and raised £650 for the Worcester Breast Unit Campaign. More than 100 people enjoyed a wine tasting and cooking demonstration at the Taste of Summer evening at the

  • Help us look after the wildlife havens that line our roads

    PEOPLE are being reminded that Worcestershire’s roadside verges are wildlife havens and well worth looking after. There are about 1,435 miles (2,296km) of verges in the county, covering an estimated 695 hectares of land. The roadside habitats are home

  • Time running out for village hall plans

    TIME is running out to draft firm plans for a new community hall in Worcester, parish councillors have been told. Proposals for a hall in St Peter’s must be finalised within five months if any new venue stands a chance of being built before the lease