• ‘Never give up’ and reach 100

    EVELYN Jones has lived under 19 prime ministers, five monarchs and survived two world wars. And this week, she marked another milestone when she celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends. Born in Astwood Road, Worcester, on February

  • Uni lands top award for The Hive

    A PIONEERING project to create the first joint university and public library in Europe has won a prestigious award. The University of Worcester was tonight crowned winner of the Contribution to the Local Community category at the 2013 Guardian

  • Let people power change his mind!

    POLICE and crime commissioner Bill Longmore is being pressed to change his mind over a controversial cull of buildings. Councillor Jabba Riaz, who sits on the watchdog-style police and crime panel, has issued a rallying call for Worcester people

  • 'Truly memorable' dawn-to-dusk walk

    KEEN walkers looking for a challenge with a difference are being urged to join the 31-mile dawn-till-dusk Worcestershire Way Walk. Registration is now open for the event on Friday, June 14, which attracts walkers from all over the country.

  • Musical legend back to his roots

    EVEN as one of the world’s leading violinists, Nigel Kennedy is getting excited about returning to his roots both musically and physically. Despite living a jetset lifestyle, the virtuoso musician and former West Malvern resident is eagerly looking

  • Five-year ban is handed out to company director

    A DROITWICH businessman has been banned from being a company director for five years after repaying himself £500,000 shortly before his firm went into liquidation. Roger Dyson, director of Roger Dyson (U.K.) Limited, which was involved in the construction

  • Standards, George

    SIR – Re the letter by George Cowley ‘I’m pleased for [Allah] Ditta’ (Worcester News, February 20). His response is exactly what I expected and is exactly why standards in this country have collapsed. WENDY LAWSON Worcester

  • Leaving no stone unturned

    ROCK AND ROLE: Swedish visitors Fredrik and Magnus Sandberg try their hand at carving stone under the watchful eye of Cathedral stonemason Mark Jesson-Richards. The brothers were taking part one of the many events the Cathedral is holding over

  • All the signs point to record success

    WORCESTERSHIRE pupils made all the right moves as they took part in a sign language world record attempt. Children from Dyson Perrins CE Academy, Yates Hay Road, Malvern, took part in a bid by charity SignHealth to break the record for the most

  • Thank you, Shay

    SIR – I am very grateful to Shay Catherwood (Worcester News, February 1) for her support for my letters in the Worcester News. I often feel like John the Baptist – a voice crying in the wilderness. It is really lovely to be appreciated.

  • Report full of praise for primary school

    THERE were celebrations all round at a Worcester primary school after it boosted its Ofsted rating. Inspectors now consider St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Chedworth Drive, Warndon, to be good overall with some examples of outstanding teaching

  • Author Richard hopes to spark debate

    A WORCESTERSHIRE probation officer has written a book which he hopes will stimulate debate about the criminal justice system. Richard Rosoman, of Malvern, has written Having Faith in Criminal Justice, which uses his knowledge of theology and criminal

  • New police sites won't come cheap

    SIR – Tom Edwards, reporting on the West Mercia Police, said that 11 bases across the force are to close in a bid to save £1.5 million (Worcester News, February 22). Another 19 will be shut and replaced by alternative sites. But surely the

  • Man who threatened to kill ex-girlfriend jailed

    A SCHIZOPHRENIC who made threats to kill his former girlfriend has been jailed for 12 months. Terrance Rock, of Anne Crescent, Evesham, at first seemed to accept the relationship with Rosie Barnett was over. But some time later, when she told him

  • Coats of arms for mediaeval madness

    CHILDREN went back to mediaeval times with a creative half-term treat. Greyfriars, in Friar Street, Worcester, welcomed youngsters to Heraldry Madness on Saturday. They learned about heraldry, mediaeval standards and knights as part of the week-long

  • Badger cull will go ahead

    A CONTROVERSIAL badger cull to tackle tuberculosis in cattle is set to go ahead this summer, after two pilot schemes were given the green light today. Pilot culls in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset, which will see the killing of 70 per cent

  • We never needed all these extra taxi ranks

    SIR – Re your story about the number of taxis in Worcester ‘Threat to put limit on cabbie numbers’ (Worcester News, February 22). I was flabbergasted by what I was reading. Worcester City Council has increased the number of taxi ranks by removing

  • Planning boss puts case for advertising boards

    PLANNING chiefs in Worcester have urged caution over a cull of A-boards in the city – amid fears it could “knock back businesses”. Councillor Geoff Williams, chairman of the city’s planning committee, said serious attempts to crackdown on the advertising

  • Crash ‘could have cut my car in half’

    A DRIVER feared his car could have been “cut in half” in a crash caused by a treacherous patch of black ice. The accident happened on the same morning that another driver said he could have been impaled after skidding on black ice. The 63-year-old

  • Manager stole £37,000 with ‘systematic’ fraud

    AN internet sales manager has been jailed for 12 months after he sold a firm’s electrical goods through his own accounts and stole more than £37,000. Jason Tandy, aged 42, of Brock Lane, Malvern, carried out the fraud for more than a year by setting

  • Redditch manslaughter - three teens bailed

    THREE youths have been bailed after being charged with manslaughter. The three males, two of them aged 17 and the other aged 16, were bailed yesterday at Redditch Magistrates Court after they were charged with the manslaughter of Nigel Shakespeare

  • Quite simply, there are not enough officers

    SIR – Re the letter by Steve Swales ‘It’s quite simple, let’s enforce speed limits’ (Worcester News February 21). He said that even if we reduced the speed limit on certain roads from 30mph to 20mph, it would not deter certain petrol heads from

  • Malvern burglaries - two men arrested

    TWO men have been arrested after a woman disturbed a burglar who was in her home. The men were arrested yesterday in relation to two burglaries in the Pickersleigh area of Malvern. During the day yesterday, between 7am and 6pm, a house on Pickersleigh

  • Liz and Tracy place us on the food map

    TWO chefs will put the taste of Malvern on the map in the opening episode of ITV’s new show Food Glorious Food tonight. Liz Hughes, who runs Our Lizzy Cooking, a vegetarian cookery school, and celebration cake maker Tracy Brookes, of Cake Woman

  • Social services chief steps down - council cabinet downsized

    A SOCIAL services chief is to stand down, leading to the downsizing of Worcestershire County Council's cabinet. Coun Philip Gretton, cabinet member for adult social care for the last eight years, stepped down today. The county council's leader,

  • I remember our old school athletics team

    SIR – I saw the picture of the Martley Spurs football team which played between 1948 and 1950 (Worcester News, February 22) and I thought readers of the Worcester News would be interested in an old school photograph of mine from the 1930s. It was

  • County clear of mixed-sex wards

    MIXED-sex wards have been eradicated in hospitals in Worcestershire, new figures have revealed. The latest statistics published by the Department of Health show there was not a single incident of patients being placed in mixed-sex accommodation

  • Hive path problem - but millionth visitor in sight

    IT officially opened less than a year ago but the Hive has become the latest victim of the unusually wet weather last year. One of the pathways outside the landmark building in Worcester has been closed for several weeks due to subsidence following

  • Kidderminster murder - man in court

    A MAN has been charged with murder and is due to appear in court today. The 34-year-old man will appear at Kidderminster Magistrates Court charged with the murder of Louise Evans, aged 32, between July 9 and 11 last year. Mrs Evans was found dead

  • We’re not in the 1990s any more...

    AS you are reading the Worcester News it’s clear that you have impeccable taste in newspapers and so wouldn’t have had the misfortune of picking up The Sun on Saturday. ‘Lucky you’ springs to mind when considering the article I read. I will

  • Hear some top level music

    TOP level music can be heard at The Theatre in Chipping Norton on consecutive weekends. Fleetwood Bac have been endorsed by Mick Fleetwood and listed in the UK’s top five tribute acts by The Times and their show on Saturday (February 23) from 7.45pm

  • EU is to blame for horsemeat crisis

    SIR – An EU ruling paved the way for this horsemeat crisis. A directive issued by EU officials in 2006 scrapped daily inspections at plants where carcasses are butchered before being processed into ready meals. Following the introduction of

  • Murder trial hears from last villager to see victim alive

    THE last villager to see a former teacher alive told a murder trial they had arranged to meet two days later. Church warden Iris Lawson had comforted Alethea Taylor after the 63-year-old burst into tears at her home. She left around 11pm with

  • Chimney fire at Eckington house

    FIREFIGHTERS were called to a house at Eckington, near Pershore, to deal with a fire in a wood-burning stove. The callout to the property in Jarvis Street came at about 1.20pm yesterday, and fire crews from Pershore and Upton rushed to the scene

  • Horsemeat scandal? It didn't have to happen

    SIR – It is clearly evident that a lack of traceability and some criminal activity lie at the heart of the ongoing horsemeat scandal. Farm animals reared and slaughtered to the highest standards of welfare and hygiene coupled with a supply chain

  • Symons: I’ll find goal-den touch again

    IT is amazing what a goal can do for a player’s confidence. No matter how many times you have hit the target in the past, the longer you go without scoring the tougher it gets. We saw it at Worcester City with Danny Glover earlier this season

  • Claassens suspended for a week by RFU

    WORCESTER Warriors full-back Errie Claassens has been handed a one-week suspension by the Rugby Football Union. Claassens was sent off for tripping Gloucester’s Jonny May in a league match at Kingsholm last Friday. His suspension expires on

  • Collision in Hylton Road, Worcester

    EMERGENCY services are currently on the scene in Hylton Road, Worcester, after a road traffic collision. The incident was reported at about 8.40am, and described as a stationary car being hit by another vehicle. An ambulance service rapid response

  • Dog walker seriously injured after collision with car

    A WOMAN out walking two dogs has been taken to a major trauma centre after being in collision with a car. The collision happened at about 5.10pm on Tuesday afternoon on the B4214 Bromyard Road in Ledbury, just to the north of the railway bridge

  • From racing driver to life in slow lane

    A YOUNG racing driver swapped life in the fast lane for a leisurely drive in a vintage car for BBC2 antiques show Flog It. Zoe Wenham is used to flooring a Ginetta G50 sports car at 150mph around a race track. But the 18-year-old jumped at the

  • £13.5m swimming pool under threat

    SHOULD Worcester cut corners for a new multi-million pound swimming pool – or go all-out to build a ‘county standard’ facility? That is the question being posed in a report which spells out for the first time the options for creating a pool of