• Let the faith be with you

    A STAR Wars fan, an astronomer and a fruit and veg gardener have all been ordained in ceremonies at Worcester Cathedral. Three candidates have completed their first year’s training as curates and were ordained as priests on Saturday. Six candidates

  • Babies offered vomiting bug jab

    PARENTS are now being offered the chance to have their newborn babies protected from a nasty sickness bug that affects thousands of youngsters every year. Health chiefs in Worcestershire have heralded the arrival of a new vaccine against the vomiting

  • Scouts show civic pride

    SCOUTS showed honour in their work as they tackled weeds, spring cleaned and laid paving slabs to help spruce up a church hall. The troop from 16th Worcester, helped by their parents and friends, spent two evenings clearing the outside of St Martin

  • Man, 49, hit and punched ex-wife

    A MAN who pushed, punched and slapped his ex-wife has been handed a restraining order. Lucas North, of Richmond Road, Malvern, had already admitted assault by beating against his ex-wife Michele Awuye and a section four public order offence against

  • Old boy Hughes in sparkling form

    HAVING used New Road as the launchpad for his international redemption last summer, Phil Hughes once again made a point to the Australian selectors at Worcestershire’s home ground. Clear blue skies and the iconic cathedral provided a fitting backdrop

  • Back live jazz bands in the city – or lose them

    JAZZ fans in Worcester are being called on to back live bands in the city or run the risk of losing them altogether. Worcester Jazz Club has been suffering from falling numbers since it moved to a new venue at Barbourne Ex-Servicemen’s Club in

  • Walkers aim to beat rare illness

    A MAN who is fighting a rare disease walked the 31 miles of the Worcestershire Way to raise money for research into his condition. Martyn Wells, of Warndon Villages, Worcester, was diagnosed with vasculitis, an autoimmune disease affecting the

  • Pupils’ peek at playground plan

    SCHOOLCHILDREN have been given a sneak peek of a new playground due to be set up at one of Worcester’s most prominent parks. Pupils at Stanley Road Primary School were shown designs for proposed new equipment at Fort Royal Park and given a chance

  • A key part of team at massive fire

    COUNTY firefighters have been fighting one of the biggest blazes of their careers after they were called to help out at the massive fire in Smethwick. Crews from Malvern, Droitwich and Bewdley were part of a team of about 200 firefighters which

  • Matt joins group out to make a difference

    MATT May, managing director of Malvern-based 3SDL, has been invited to join the ACCELERATE 250, a new business community made up of the fastest growing companies in the UK. Based at the Malvern Hills Science Park, 3SDL provides defence and cyber security

  • Time to get tough with Worcester taxi drivers

    A FORMER mayor of Worcester is calling for draconian action to regulate city taxi drivers, saying it is time to reduce their numbers and ban those who break the rules. David Clark, a former licensing chief who helped create the heavily-criticised

  • So where do you go for cheap drinks?

      Sir – Good luck with the new-look Worcester News but, on a point of information, could you enlighten us as to where one can obtain half-apint of beer (or a cup of coffee) for 65p or less? NEVILL SWANSON Worcester Editor’s note: I

  • 47pc price rise is the real story here

    SIR – There are many loyal Worcester News readers like myself in our faithful city, who find in ‘our’ paper exactly what we need to keep in touch with all things local – good and bad. But, dare I say it, we are not daft. The new-look revolutionary

  • Worcester News is well worth extra 20p

    SIR – I have lived in Worcester all my life and have always regularly read the Worcester News. I have enjoyed it very much but when I saw the price was to go up I thought this might be a bridge too far and a publicity stunt. How wrong could

  • It is really easy to spot the Hive...

      SIR – I was interested to read the story about the difficulty visitors to Worcester might find in locating the brilliant new library (Worcester News, July 1). It is really easy to spot if you arrive by train as it gleams a welcome to you.

  • Why tomorrow is so important to our future

    SIR – Tomorrow in the House of Commons, MPs from all political parties will have the opportunity to vote for the British people to have a choice. A choice about Europe. A choice that the British people have been asking for, while Europe and the

  • Patrols increased after second indecent exposure

    POLICE patrols have been stepped up along a towpath in Kidderminster after three reports of sexual offences in less than a week. In the latest incident, two women in their 20s were walking along a towpath near Caunsall bridge on Wednesday between

  • Armed robber jailed for four years

    AN ARMED robber who held a sales assistant at knifepoint before stealing nearly £600 from a till has been jailed for four years. Cheryl Hemmings, of Linton Close, Redditch, appeared at Worcester Crown Court on Monday, where she admitted robbing

  • TEA UPDATE: Hughes makes hay in the New Road sunshine

    TEA UPDATE: After lunch, Cowan made 34 before he was given out lbw to Jack Shantry, but he hardly took his eyes off the bottom of his bat as he trudged back to the pavilion in a non-too-subtle gesture to umpire Peter Hartley that he’d hit it. Aussie

  • Self-styled Godfather out of jail ... the day he was sentenced

    Self-styled Godfather of Castlemorton Dick Dawe was released from prison on Monday, the same day he was sentenced to 28 days in jail. The "Don" of Castlemorton had already served 14 days in custody so was released later the same day. The foul-mouthed

  • Busy Bees buzzing after Ofsted report

    A WORCESTERSHIRE nursery is celebrating after receiving an outstanding rating from Ofsted. Busy Bees nursery in Charity Crescent, Evesham, was visited in April and rewarded with top marks. Becky Johnson, the inspector, gave the nursery a perfect

  • Inspiring the next group of engineers

    HOW technology affects everyday life was explored by students at a Worcester. About 300 youngsters at Tudor Grange Academy took part in workshops run as part of the Bosch All Around You Roadshow. The event highlighted how engineering can be

  • What life is like without electricity

    PUPILS were plunged into darkness to experience what life was like in Tanzania. Children and staff at Great Malvern Primary School took part in the Power Off day to see what life is like with no electricity. The school’s eco-council organised the

  • Schoolgirl actress is best of the youngsters

    A TALENTED schoolgirl has won an award at a prestigious national competition. Year 10 Pershore High School student Daisy Wakefield was named Best Young Actress at the All-England Theatre Festival – the country’s only national competitive drama

  • Children have eye for detail and healthy food

    CREATIVE pupils showed they had both an eye for detail and healthy eating. Youngsters at Grimley and Holt CE Primary School designed and made their own friendly fruit and veg faces part of National Healthy Eating Week. Pupils used melons, pineapples

  • Kids get key advice on how to stay safe

    HUNDREDS of schoolchildren will be given vital advice on how to stay safe at a special event this month. About 800 year six pupils from across south Worcestershire will be attending Worcester’s Sixways Stadium between July 1 and 5 for the Crucial

  • Blast from the past for 150th anniversary

    COMPUTERS were swapped for chalkboards and the cane when a school celebrated its 150th anniversary. Broadwas CE Primary School opened in 1863 to provide education for children from the village. To mark the occasion, pupils and staff dressed

  • Exhibition is highlight of college’s year of art

    ANOTHER successful year of art will be celebrated in an annual exhibition at South Worcestershire College’s Malvern School of Art. The Malvern campus on Albert Road North will stage the event from Saturday until Wednesday, July 10, and the college

  • Walkers put their best foot forward for charity

    A STAGGERING £12,000 was raised for good causes when pupils, parents and staff took steps to make a difference. Last month’s annual King’s School Charity Walk was held in aid of several good causes, including St Richard’s Hospice, the Alzheimer

  • Headteacher educated by wartime paratrooper

    FACT FILE Pershore High School Station Road Pershore WR10 2BX 01386 552471 School type: Academy Current admission policy: Comprehensive Denomination: Does not apply Number of pupils: 1,174 Number of staff: 80 full time equivalent

  • Meet the man responsible for university success story

    IN the last 10 years the face of Worcester has been dramatically changed. A new golden clad library sits on a once run-down council depot yard, the derelict former Worcester Royal Infirmary buildings in Castle Street have been brought back to life

  • We’ve lost trade due to path delay

    A Worcester pub landlord whose trade has been hit by work on a riverside path has welcomed the news that it is due to finish next week – after taking more than three months. Custom has been badly hit at the Wheatsheaf in Henwick Road since the

  • Action urged on 'blight' of rubbish bags in Worcester

    SHOPS have been urged to avoid leaving rubbish bags outside their premises for too long - amid fears it "blights" the city. Many bags get torn open by seagulls, leaving waste strewn across the floor, or are torn up by revellers going home after

  • Warriors head to Premiership champions on opening day

    WORCESTER Warriors travel to Welford Road on the opening weekend of the 2013-14 season with a televised clash against reigning Aviva Premiership champions Leicester Tigers on Sunday, September 8. Dean Ryan’s men open their Sixways campaign a week

  • Calls to beef up £12m faster broadband project

    MORE than 10,000 people across Worcestershire have demanded faster broadband - amid claims residents who lose out on quicker speeds will be “furious”. Council chiefs have revealed they are just under a month away from clinching a deal with a private

  • Mason has faith in Worcestershire's young guns

    MATT Mason admits one of the most frustrating parts of his role as bowling coach is the inconsistency of young players. Rookie paceman Chris Russell is a case in point as he has the ability to bowl at 85mph and often produces wicket-taking deliveries

  • Yellow Caterpillar shovel stolen from Stourport

    THIEVES drove off in a Caterpillar loading shovel worth £10,000 from a Stourport company earlier this week. Sometime between 5pm on Monday and 7am on Tuesday the thieves took the yellow vehicle, which is similar to a tractor from Hope Readymix

  • What’s happening to the LTA’s cash?

    CAN you name five British tennis players? Andy Murray, Laura Robson, Heather Watson, Elena Baltacha...OK, now I’m starting to struggle. And this is during Wimbledon fortnight. Admittedly, British tennis is an easy target at this time of year

  • Blind stroke patient abandoned in hospital car park

    A BLIND and vulnerable stroke patient was left abandoned in a hospital car park in the pouring rain in just one incident of what his family describe as an “appalling catalogue of neglect”. Worcestershire Royal Hospital has apologised unreservedly

  • Kathleen (Kath) Briggs

    BRIGGS Kathleen (Kath) Passed away on June 23rd, aged 82 years. Will be sadly missed by all the Family

  • Violet (Peggy) Smith

    SMITH Violet (Peggy) The Family of the late Violet Smith would like to thank all Relatives, Friends and neighbours for the kind donations received for St Richard's Hospice in memory of Peggy. The Family would also like to say a special thank you to