• Volunteers needed to help festival off to flier

    LITERATURE fans in Worcester are being invited to take part in the first ever Worcestershire Literary Festival. Festival organisers are holding a volunteer recruitment evening at Little Venice, St Nicholas Street, Worcester, on Wednesday, giving people

  • Worcester City 4 Hyde 2

    DANNY Glover fired a fine hat-trick as Worcester City defeated Hyde in a St George’s Lane thriller. City stunned their visitors with three goals in six first-half minutes, including two from the all-action Glover, but Hyde hit back with two

  • Fund-raising bra chain keeps getting longer

    MORE than 700 bras have been added to a world record-breaking attempt. Twelve volunteers managed to link the bras by their clasps in just one-and-a-half hours last Wednesday at the Pumphouse Environment Centre, Gheluvelt Park, in Worcester. Eventually

  • Woman breached order by standing on a street

    A WOMAN with Asperger’s syndrome has admitted breaching a restraining order designed to stop her hanging around police stations. Victoria Cartmel, aged 23, of Berrill Close, Droitwich, admitted the offence when she appeared before magistrates

  • Result - Worcester City 4 Hyde 2

    90+2 mins: McGregor fluffs his lines in the box. 90 mins: City seeking more goals. 87 mins: McGregor thwarted by Clancy when he should have made it five. 85 mins: SUB. Hyde: Chris Rimmer replaces Danny Hudson. 82 mins:

  • Warriors ace brings family for charity Santa run

    WORCESTER Warrior Craig Gillies will be putting his own family through their paces later this month. The Sixways lock will take part in the Leukaemia CARE Santa Love Run event on Sunday, February 20, along with his wife Tina and their two children.

  • It’s up and away for nursery launch

    CHILDREN and staff have celebrated the opening of a new nursery. The state-of-the-art facility at Perry Wood Primary and Nursery School in St Albans Close, Ronkswood, Worcester, was opened by Claire Locker, Worcestershire County Council’s children’s

  • Worcester schoolgirl, 15, killed by train

    A Worcester school has been left devastated after one of its pupils was killed by a train. Pupils and staff arrived at RGS Worcester were told today that 15-year-old Natasha MacBryde’s body had been discovered on a railway line near Bromsgrove

  • Interceptions prove costly for Wanderers

    WORCESTER Wanderers entertained in-form Camp Hill at Weston’s Fields and were beaten 26-12 in an entertaining Midlands One (West) game. The strong cross-field wind made kicking difficult, but the conditions were otherwise good. Camp Hill started strongly

  • Residential home to cut respite care

    A RESIDENTIAL home in Worcester is to reduce the number of beds for respite care so it can cater for more older people who will not be kept in Worcestershire Royal Hospital in the future. Timberdine Resource Centre is to be redesigned and refurbished

  • Results extra

    MERCIAN FESTIVAL JUNIOR LEAGUE U9s George Goode Memorial Shield semi-finals: Welland Juniors Colts 2 Warndon Villages Jaguars 3 (on penalties); Westbury Celtic Youth 2 L&B Badgers Olympic 0. Division One: Malvern Town Wanderers 7 Worcs Lions Comm Colts

  • Bikers nabbed over the limit

    TWO motorcyclists were caught travelling over the speed limit on the same stretch of country road on the same day. Luke Orton was clocked doing 57mph on his Yamaha motorbike on the A443 at Abberley, near Tenbury, where the speed limit is 30mph, on August

  • February Half Term Events 2011

    Malvern Theatres - 01684 892277. Monday, February 21 at 8pm and Tuesday, February 22 at 5pm and 8 pm The Chinese State Circus - £28-£13 (under 16s £5 off) Saturday, February 26 - 11am and 2pm The Emperor and the Nightingale An adventure

  • Man urinated at train station

    A MAN who was verbally abusive before urinating at a Worcester train station is being hunted by transport police. Officers have released a CCTV image of the man in relation to the incident which happened at Foregate Street station on Thursday

  • Cheshire Jets 88 Worcester Wolves 90

    WORCESTER Wolves followed up their demolition of lowly Worthing Thunder with a pulsating over-time victory at title-chasing Cheshire Jets in the British League. Despite being 13 points adrift early in the second-half, Wolves showed tremendous

  • Murder arrest after man found dead

    POLICE have launched a murder investigation following the death of a man in Evesham. A 53-year-year-old man was found dead by officers at 10:45 on Sunday at a house in Brick Kiln Street. A post mortem has taken place and formal identification of

  • City streets echo to the sound of protest march

    THE sound of drums rang through Worcester city centre as about 150 people marched against Government cuts. Trades unions, local political parties, pensioners, students and even children joined in the march which moved peacefully from Mealcheapen

  • Agent 21 by Chris Ryan

    SYNOPSIS: SOME authors just write about it. Chris Ryan has been there, done it, and lived to tell the tale. "Agent 21" is the first in a brand-new action-packed adventure series by the real-life SAS hero. When Zak Darke's parents die in an unexplained

  • Organic Make Up; It's Only Natural

    MANY of us make conscious decisions everyday that we believe will make us healthier inside and out. However, so many of us go through our daily make up routine without so much as a second thought as to what we are applying to our skin, oblivious

  • COMMENT: Big Society vision comes with flaws

    THERE is a dichotomy in Prime Minister David Cameron’s Big Society vision. On one hand he says he wants community and voluntary groups to have a greater role in the way the country is run. Yet on the other the coalition Government’s swingeing spending

  • Help me complete my Michael Jackson set

    By William Tomaney A LOCAL girl who is obsessed with Michael Jackson is appealing for a bedset to complete her collection. Amber Curtis, aged 12, of Tintern Avenue, Worcester, has a love for the King of Pop to rival any fan. Her mother Diane Tongue

  • Fashion Icon of the 1920s - Louise Brooks; Silent but Sexy

    UP until about two years ago, I had never heard of Louise Brooks. Yet, throughout most of my High School life I had sported a short blonde bob with a straight fringe clipped just above my eyebrows. Little did I know that the hair cut I loved so

  • Lorraine and Lloyd only have eyes for each other

    IF you are going to make a romantic gesture, the top of the Eiffel Tower – or as near as you can get to it – is a pretty impressive place to choose. Perched up there, about 1,000ft above the ground, how can a lady say no? So when Lloyd

  • Eckington Wharf

    YOU can tell by the unusually well-trodden footpaths that the area between Pershore and Tewksebury is popular with walkers. This is partly due to the Avon Valley Circular Walks, a couple of specially waymarked and very easy routes from a picnic

  • Farmers' Market with Caroline Wright - February 12, 2011

    NOTHING says “I love you” on Valentine’s Day more than breakfast in bed. Well, OK, maybe a few other things do but, if you make the effort, this farmers’ marketinspired breakfast feast will have your loved one singing your praises all day.

  • Don’t hedge your bets over pruning

    HEDGES can be the making of a garden, providing clear boundaries and acting as a windbreak and a handsome green backdrop to other plants. A neglected hedge, on the other hand, can be a total eyesore, especially if it’s bare at the base or totally

  • So why such a big difference in price?

    SIR – Two major supermarkets in Worcester have been selling Clipper Nettle Teabags at £1.38 per box. A high street health food shop has been selling the same brand for 99p (along with an offer of buy one get second one half price). How can

  • There is so much more to PFI deal

    SIR – The private finance initiative (PFI) deal which delivered the Worcestershire Royal Hospital was not the best deal for the taxpayer. However, the headline ‘Royal to cost taxpayer 10 times original price’ (Worcester News, February 3) is

  • If you’re a writer, this will interest you

    SIR – Although there has been an explosion of interest in poetry in the region in recent times, it seems there is nothing available for writers interested in genre specific writing. There’s not much scope as things stand if you are a writer

  • Let’s have suitable plaque at Gheluvelt

    SIR – I, together with many other people, attended the opening ceremony of the Gheluvelt memorial in Gheluvelt Park, Barbourne, last year. There were comments about the type of memorial but it was claimed that the style was intended to represent

  • This country is in need of an economic vision

    SIR – Apparently Chancellor George Osborne will be including measures for growth in his March budget. This is too little too late as his existing policies have already caused the damage to growth and any new policy will take time to produce

  • David’s named as top field officer

    ONE of the best known faces in the countryside life of Worcestershire and Herefordshire has been honoured by rural watchdog the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) for boosting its membership. David Price, who is aged 68 and lives at Ross-on-Wye

  • Drunk teen bit officer on knee

    A TEENAGER from Malvern bit a police officer’s leg before threatening to burn his house down and cut off his head. Jack Legros, of Penny House, Guarlford, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly and assaulting a police officer when he

  • Learn how to graze sheep safely

    A NEW series of courses is about to begin for people who fancy running a smallholding or anyone who wants to gain more experience The first is an introduction to sheep keeping. It will take place at Uncllys Farm, Bewdley, on February 25. The

  • ...And another thing

    *WHENEVER I travel to France and Belgium on my battlefield trips, I make sure I pack a harmonica or two in my rucksack. This is because on most nights after dinner, I will be asked to play a few standards plus a little bit of trench music. Mademoiselle

  • Isobel’s offering a great chance

    ISOBEL MANNING gets out of bed at 6.15am and works a physically demanding 18-hour day mucking out her horses, fetching and carrying food and water, riding out and teaching. But she still has a smile on her face. For Isobel is living

  • The union let me down

    THIRTY years ago this April – on the first day of that month, ironically – I obeyed my trades union and went on strike in support of a group of journalists who had been locked out of their newspaper’s offices. Yes, lock-out… there’s a term you

  • Lewis: Marching Song's death devastating

    CALLOW End racehorse owner Jim Lewis and his wife Jennifer are still trying to come to terms with the death of Marching Song. The five-year-old gelding collapsed at Newbury on Saturday along with Fenix Two amid fears that live underground cables

  • COMMENT: Love is in the air

    Who says romance is dead? Our Valentine’s Day competition asked for readers’ secrets to a happy marriage. We received both a heart-warming and amusing response. “We shared everything... and danced the years away,” said one couple. One

  • Warriors to face Nottingham in play-offs

    NOTTINGHAM have been confirmed as one of the teams Worcester Warriors will face in the impending pool stages of the Championship play-offs. The Meadow Lane outfit's 40-0 defeat at Cornish Pirates means they will finish fifth in the table.

  • It’s time students travelled on buses

    AS most of us know only too well, Worcester has a chronic parking problem. And just as there’s no shortage of vehicles, there’s no lack of people complaining about that fact. Consequently, there are plenty of examples of how resentment and

  • Man arrested in connection with hit and run

    A MAN has been arrested in connection with the hit and run near Evesham this weekend. The arrest follows the discovery of a man in his 20s lying in the middle of the A46 Cheltenham Road, near to the football ground, at about 2.30am on Sunday morning.

  • Four-try Short stars in under 20s romp - video

    • To see what Andy Short keeps in his England kit-bag, click here. ANDY Short played a starring role as England under 20s emphatically maintained their 100 per cent record in this season’s Six Nations with a 74-3 victory over Italy at the Recreation

  • BALLOT: Love isn’t only for the young

    LOVE is not just for young people, say the 90-something winners of our Valentine’s competition. Steve and Elsie Callow won a huge bouquet of flowers created by Beautiful Flowers, New Street, for imparting their winning secret of a happy marriage

  • I’m largely at peace

    SIR – In reply to Dr Ros Keeton (Worcestershire Mental Health Trust) about stigma (Worcester News, January 24) – people still smile knowingly at my regular letters in the Worcester News, but it is my way, at the age of 73, of contributing to

  • Landry murder trial set to start

    The trial of a former American businessman who retired to Worcestershire and is charged with murdering his wife at their luxury home is set to begin today. Harold Anthony Landry is accused of killing his 38-year-old spouse Lucy, who died of

  • PFI contracts are not perfect, but...

    SIR – Your leader (Worcester News, February 3) concerning PFI demonstrates a profound misunderstanding of the nature of the PFI contract. A PFI contract, typically, requires the contactor to build the hospital, in this instance at a cost of

  • Pick up litter? It’s not the drivers’ job

    SIR – I would like to reply to B Smith’s letter (Worcester News, January 28) about the lazy commuters who leave paper strewn about the bus. Why should the driver go around picking up after them? Do they get this service at home? If the drivers

  • Update: Circumstances around woman's death "not suspicious"

    NOTE: This article has now been updated here. POLICE have said the circumstances surrounding the death of a woman on a Worcestershire railway line are "not suspicious". The woman was found in the early hours of this morning after having been

  • Update: Man arrested after pub blaze

    AN arson attack caused tens of thousands of pounds’ worth of damage at a Worcesteshire pub – although it could have been much worse. Quick-thinking Andy Allen, manager of the Star Inn and Hotel, Upton-upon-Severn evacuated the pub and rescued

  • Jennifer has the moves

    THE search is over for the choreographer who will lead an innovative dance project in Worcestershire. Jennifer Irons has been beaten off stiff competition to be named as the choreographer of 12 Moves - a project run by Dancefest as part of the wider

  • We'll make it to the top

    TWO of Worcester’s rising stars have just returned from a masterclass money could not buy. Becky Rose and Autumn Lily - both of whom have become familiar faces on the city’s music scene - travelled to London last week for a music masterclass

  • Review: Armonico Consort and Orchestra

    ARMONICO CONSORT AND ORCHESTRA VERDI: REQUIEM MALVERN THEATRES - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12 It is not often that a figure like bass Sir Willard White visits these shores. Last Saturday night however, Malvern Theatres was privileged

  • 3,000 new homes?We really don’t need them

    SIR – I feel I must write with regard to the plan for 3,000 new homes south of the A4440 southern link road (Worcester News, January 27). I’ll be conservative and assume that an average of three people would live in each house and do not currently

  • Welcoming in Year of the Rabbit

    CHINESE New Year started with a bang in Worcester, despite the miserable weather. The rain may have forced the celebrations from the High Street into the Guildhall but the atmosphere was as good as ever. Firecrackers were set off outside the Guildhall

  • Fixtures

    MONDAY Blue Square Bet North: Worcester City v Hyde United (7.45pm). Midland Floodlit Youth League Premier Division South: Bromyard Town v Malvern Town. South Division: Bishop’s Cleeve v Stourport Swifts; Stroud v Hereford United. TUESDAY Zamaretto