• Woman in family-at-war saga loses legal battle

    A WOMAN at war with her siblings over where their elderly mother should live has suffered a setback in her legal fight to have the pensioner returned to England from Scotland. The 88-year-old mother, who cannot be identified, was taken from her

  • Charity trio win a share of £5m Big Lottery pot

    A TRIO of Worcester charities have benefited from a share of a £5 million pot of funding. The Creatrix Community Group for Women, Worcester Snoezelen and newly formed community group Hefazothe Quran UK have all been awarded grants under the Big

  • Sentimental items stolen in burglary

    PICTURES have been released of five medals which were stolen from a house in Worcester before Christmas. An Africa Star campaign medals, a 1939-1945 Star, a War Medal and a Defence Medal along with a General Service Medal with Palestine Bar for

  • Helpers who lead the way honoured

    COMMUNITY spirited people from Pershore and Evesham were recognised for their hard work when they were presented with awards at Wychavon District Council. The council held its first Community Recognition Awards at the Civic Centre, in Pershore.

  • FLOODS: Drivers advised to move cars parked at Pitchcroft

    WORCESTER City Council is advising those parked at the Pitchcroft Car Park to move their cars until the river recedes. Heavy rain has been further forecast for the city by the Met Office and a yellow warning has been issued. The car park closed

  • Worcestershire MP slams delays in planning system

    AN MP in Worcestershire has blasted the planning system - saying new housing and job creation is stalling due to bureaucracy. Harriett Baldwin, who represents West Worcestershire, used a Westminster Hall debate today to voice her frustration.

  • Man who fell prey to bullies writes novel

    A WORCESTER referee who once suffered at the hands of bullies at school has turned his own experiences into a novel. Michael LeFevre is best known as a referee for the University of Worcester's American Football games, a supply teacher at Newbridge

  • Tin drum, an apple and sweets in a sock

    SIR – Talking of Christmas pressies (John Philpott, December 21) when I was about six my mum and dad bought me a tin drum which I banged away on to my heart’s content. I always had an apple, an orange and some sweets in a sock. GEORGE COWLEY

  • Overcrowding figures aren’t what they seem

    SIR – I was intrigued by Gary Dipper’s overcrowding figures. After a quick Wiki search it turns out that Britain has an area of approximately 243,610 square kilometres. If Mr Dipper’s figures were correct, this would give us population of just

  • You cannot call fox hunting a sport

     SIR – Fox hunting has been banned and no-one objects to these people getting dressed up in red clothes like Father Christmas and having a ride round the countryside but to kill for the sake of killing is wrong. You can’t call this a sport. It’s barbaric

  • City has no mention in top restaurant guide

     SIR – We love eating out and every Christmas I buy my husband The Good Food Guide. There are hundreds of restaurants recommended nationally including, for example, six in Sheffield, two in Leicester, five in Cheltenham, but none at all in Worcester

  • Politicians are out of touch with reality

    SIR – The knighting of that Political pygmy, Peter Luff for ‘services to the community’ would be laughable if it were not so ridiculous. The only service this man renders is to himself, by getting us peasants to fund his lifestyle. He, along

  • Let’s not forget these humanitarian crimes

    SIR – With the Holocaust memorial day approaching this month it is time not only to remember what crimes were committed by the Nazis, but also to remember the ten million murdered by the Chinese communists under Chairman Mao. We should not forget

  • Support campaign to scrap alcohol tax

     SIR – As your readers celebrate the new year, I wonder how many of them realise exactly how much of the money they spend on a bottle of wine or a gin and tonic goes straight to the taxman. Since 2008 tax on wine and spirits has increased year-on-year

  • Political parties have a lot to apologise for

    SIR – It is fascinating to note the silent u-turn of our MP Harriett Baldwin who was opposed to the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) when it was originally brought forward but now seems to have accepted it and is supporting its implementation

  • New app will put county on the map

    WEST Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin had no trouble finding her way to a business that is really putting the county on the map. She called in at Laser Surveys of Leigh, near Bransford, to unveil an innovative mobile phone application. The

  • Villages could be set for Euro cash

    EXTRA money could be coming to Worcestershire - with parts of the county included on a list of areas which are expected to be eligible for European aid. The Government has re-leased a map of parts of the UK where it wants new businesses to launch

  • A new year brings same old issues

    AS news is now 24 hours a day, reporters don’t get Christmas time off like many key-pushing office workers and I found myself insanely jealous of those announcing they were off for the 12 festive days until 2014. So jealous, in fact, that I booked

  • Thorn named new Harriers manager

    FORMER Coventry City boss Andy Thorn has been unveiled as the new manager of Kidderminster Harriers. The 47-year-old has signed a one-year rolling contract at Aggborough to replace Steve Burr, who was sacked yesterday.

  • Extra beds opened as A&E bows to pressure

    ALMOST 100 extra hospital beds have been opened as patients continue to besiege Worcester’s under-pressure A&E department. As staff battle to keep on top of a relentless surge in emergency admissions, hospital bosses are pleading with them

  • City pampering in a country retreat

    BEAUTY entrepreneur Hazel Marsh is expanding her business only two years after its launch. Mrs Marsh’s enterprise the Snug, at Mill Farm, Stanford Bridge is set among a courtyard of small businesses in the Teme Valley and has extended its hair

  • Academy ‘will be one of the finest’

    THE new head of a Worcester primary school has pledged to turn it into “one of the finest in the country”. Matthew Meckin says pupils at Oasis Academy Warndon, previously named Warndon Primary School – and formally listed by education watchdogs

  • Small businesses targeted by scammers

    SMALL business trying to advertise their services are the new target for scammers. Complaints have been received by the Worcestershire Regulatory Services about people offering advertising space in publications. Tactics used by the scammers

  • Warriors can pull off great escape — Ryan

    DEAN Ryan insists Worcester Warriors are not accepting relegation as a forgone conclusion and believes they can pull off the great escape. Defeat to London Irish last Saturday was the Sixways side’s 12th out of 12 in the Aviva Premiership and did

  • Man killed in house fire

    A man has been killed in a house fire. Emergency services were called to a blaze at an address in Worcestershire at about 4.35pm yesterday, West Midlands Ambulance Service said. The fire had taken hold at a house on a road off Lyttleton Avenue

  • City fan’s three-year ban for attacks on stewards

    A WORCESTER City FC fan has been banned from attending any football games anywhere in the country for three years after assaulting two stewards and lighting a flare at a game last month. Luke Stock admitted possessing a pyrotechnic device and two

  • City swell ranks for third time

    STRIKER Kristian Ramsey-Dickson has become Worcester City’s third signing in the space of 24 hours — and manager Carl Heeley expects more to follow. The City boss has acted quickly to strengthen his squad following last Saturday’s 6-1 defeat at

  • Paul Roger Jeynes

    JEYNES Paul Roger Twenty years January 8th. It does not take a special day to bring you to our minds, A day without a thought of you is very hard to find. Our Family chain is broken, Nothing seems the same, But as God calls us one by one, The link

  • Vanessa Pauline McStay

    McSTAY Vanessa Pauline Passed away peacefully at Stanfield Nursing Home on December 26th, 2013 aged 65 years. Beloved wife of John, loving mother of Tanya and Rory. Will always be loved. Funeral Service at Worcester Crematorium on Wednesday, January

  • Joe Smith

    SMITH Joe Happy Birthday. Lots of love Pat and Family xxx

  • Sarah Jenkins

    JENKINS Sarah Treasured memories of a lovely daughter, passed away eight years ago. Thinking of you always. Love Dad and Family. x

  • Pamela Harris

    HARRIS Pamela Twenty years on, but forever and always in our thoughts. Love from Don, Jenny, Lee, Katrina and Families. xxxx

  • John Murphy

    MURPHY John Of Hillside Close, Worcester. Passed away peacefully at home on December 26th, 2013, aged 79 years. He will be sadly missed by his partner Beryl and her Family, and his Daughters, Son and their Families. Funeral Service will take place

  • Jack Jones

    JONES Jack Happy 21st Birthday! Pay back time! Love from Stacy xxx

  • Frederick John Green

    GREEN Frederick John Of Rushwick. Passed away peacefully at The Lawns Nursing Home, Kempsey on December 26th, 2013, aged 92 years. Beloved husband of Connie (Vera) for 70 years. Dear father of Malcolm, Sue and Keith and much loved grandfather, great

  • Wally Taylor

    TAYLOR Wally Treasured memories of a much loved friend. Sadly missed. Always in our thoughts. Tracey, Nicki, Marg, Dave, Pam and Mike. xx

  • Ann Maycock (nee Hobbins)

    MAYCOCK (nee Hobbins) Ann Died Sunday, January 29th. A much loved wife, mother and sister and friend to many. A Service to Celebrate her Life will take place on Friday, January 10th, at 3 p.m., at Yatton Church Yatton, Bristol. BS49 4Hl. All

  • Joanne Michelle Hartshorne (nee Parkinson)

    HARTSHORNE (nee Parkinson) Joanne Michelle Passed away suddenly on December 28th, 2013, aged 39 years. A much loved wife, mummy, daughter and sister, missed by all who knew her. Funeral Service at Worcester Crematorium on Wednesday, January 15th,

  • Nicholas James Powell

    POWELL Nicholas James Of Thames Close. Passed away peacefully at home on December 24th, 2013, aged 30 years. Loving son of Paulette and Michael, brother of Natasha and father of Matthew. Funeral Service at St Georges Church, Barbourne on Tuesday, January

  • Margaret Rose Miller

    MILLER Margaret Rose Of Arden Road. Passed away peacefully at home on December 31st, 2013, aged 76 years. Beloved wife of John (Inky) Funeral Service at Worcester Crematorium on Thursday, January 16th, at 3 p.m. Flowers or donations, if desired

  • Gladys Greenwood

    GREENWOOD Gladys Passed peacefully on December 31st, aged 92 years. Sadly missed by all her Family and Friends. Funeral Service on Tuesday, January 14th, at Worcester Crematorium at 11a.m. Family flowers only please, donations, for Danemere Animal