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BRINGING YOU THE NEWS FOR ST PETER'S, NORTON, BATTENHALL, CHERRY ORCHARD AND RED HILL

Traffic chaos could lead to restrictions

by Peter McMillan Traffic problems caused by chaotic parking in Battenhall’s Timberdine Avenue are set to be clamped down on, with a series of proposed restrictions to be discussed. The issues, particularly bad during school drop-off and pick-up times, have led to a range of proposals being drawn up by highways chiefs. Among them are double yellow lines at both ends of Timberdine Avenue, upgrading of “School Keep Clear” markings, with traffic enforcement and prohibiting waiting at any time between the existing restrictions on the south side. In addition, but separate to the Traffic Regulation Order process, it is intended that

the bus stops on both sides of Timberdine Avenue, which are currently “flag-only”, will be upgraded to formal Bus Stop Clearways as parked vehicles prevent buses pulling in. The proposals follow the recent introduction of yellow line restrictions in Arundel Drive and Midhurst Close to tackle similar problems caused by parents parking at drop-off and pickup times around Red Hill CofE Primary School. During term times the Timberdine Avenue area is busy in the mornings and afternoons as parents drop their children at Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College in Timberdine Avenue and Cherry Orchard Primary School, based in Turn to Page 4

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money for Acorns Children’s Hospice for the Three Counties. n For more details turn to the What's On section on Page 20.

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Police officers met Scouts in St Peter’s to discuss their work and issues they had to deal with. Safer Schools officers PCSOs Libby Horton and Iain Sweatman visited 1st Worcester Scout Group at its hut in St Peter’s. Among issues they covered were knife crime, general policing and their roles as police officers.

Chairman fearful lack of funds may curtail green plan A scheme to encourage more people to cycle and walk and reduce rat running might not be fully realised parish councillors fear. Members of Norton-juxtaKempsey Parish Council support the Active Travel Corridor (ATC), part of the National Cycle Network route 45. The ATC runs directly through the parish between the footbridge over the A4440 and the soon to be opened Worcestershire Parkway railway station at Norton. To encourage green and health agendas, the desire to reduce reliance on car journeys, replacing them with walking and cycling, has been included in strategy documents produced by Worcestershire County Council and Wychavon District Council. Those aims have been backed by parish councillors but they are worried that they might have their scope curtailed due to a lack of funding. Parish council chairman Kevin Fincher said that three major projects being developed near to Norton’s boundary – the A4440 dualling, Worcestershire Parkway and the South Worcester Urban Extension

of 2,200 new homes – meant consideration needed to be given to how all three should be linked together. Mr Fincher said the parish council had supported the green and health aims “while also seeking to reduce the rat run reliance through the parish between M5 junction 7/B4084 Pershore Road and the Ketch roundabout via the B4084, Woodbury Lane, Church Lane, Crookbarrow Road and Taylors Lane/Norton Road.” He added: “The ATC, as originally devised with parish council consultation and its full support, ticked all of these boxes.” But Mr Fincher said feedback had indicated that the ATC would have its scope curtailed due to funding. Mr Fincher aired the parish council’s concerns during a public parish update meeting attended by more than 70 people at Norton Parish Hall. He told them discussions would continue with Worcestershire County Council on behalf of the parish, expressing local views. n What do you think? Email stpetersvoiceuk@gmail.

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Community comes to aid of school after vandals leave trail of damage

Vandals left a trail of damage in their wake when they struck at a Battenhall school. The damage was caused as Cherry Orchard Primary School was closed for the half-term holiday. Planters were strewn around the school premises, fences uprooted and broken and a window smashed. The attack dismayed the local community, which rallied round to offer support. A Worcester building firm has given the school planters to replace those damaged. The school’s headteacher, Mike Painter, expressed his mixed emotions following the incident. He said: “We were saddened to see that over the half-term break vandals caused considerable damage to the school grounds, fencing and a window at our

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school wrap-around care provision @ The Hub. “However, thanks to the hard work of our premises staff, the damages were repaired promptly and we were overwhelmed by the support from the school community and the sense of disappointment that they shared at what had happened. “We were amazed when D&J Timber Buildings Ltd dropped in unannounced and gave us a set of 10 wooden planters of various sizes to replace those that

had been damaged, a gesture that restored our faith in the kindness and generosity of our community.” Conservative councillor Steve Mackay, who represents Battenhall on Worcestershire County Council, said: “Lots of people, not just teachers and staff but volunteers as well, put in a lot of work to make sure the school has great facilities and to see a few spoil it by wanton vandalism makes everybody concerned about the way youngsters are

behaving. “That’s not to put all young people in the same grouping. It’s just a few who spoil it. “On the positive side, a local company was so quick to help out - it goes some way to restoring your faith in human nature a little bit.” School staff have urged anyone who might have information that could help identify and apprehend the vandals to let them know so police can be informed.

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Restrictions aim to help make students safer From Page 1 Timberdine Close. A report outlining the potential restrictions said: “At the Cherry Orchard School end [the south end of the road], the implementation of double yellow lines in between existing restrictions will help to improve visibility for the school crossing patrol, improve the queuing capacity for vehicles approaching the Bath Road junction and help to stop footway parking, which is currently causing problems for pedestrians.” It adds: “Although footway parking does go on further up Timberdine Avenue, there is a particularly high concentration of pedestrian footfall at this location.” The report goes on: “At the

Blessed Edwards’ end [the north end] it is proposed to implement double yellow lines at the junction with Battenhall Road. This will ensure the junction is protected and that motorists have sufficient visibility and room to manoeuvre safely.” At present the “School Keep Clear” markings are only advisory but they would be made the subject of an enforceable Traffic Regulation Order that would prevent stopping on the entrance markings from Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5.30pm. That “should help the safe free flow of traffic, as well as providing a safer environment for pupils,” according to the report. In Timberdine Close, Prohibition of Waiting At Any Time

n Double yellow lines in Arundel Drive and Midhurst Close restrictions are proposed in between the existing restrictions on the south side. The report says: “This will help to improve traffic flows along Timberdine Close by ensuring both sides of the road are completely clear of parked vehicles which, in turn, should help to ease congestion at the Timberdine Avenue/Close junction. “In addition, vehicles are currently parking on the existing double yellow lines by ‘tagging’ on to those vehicles which are parked in the unrestricted area.

“By removing parking here completely then it is anticipated this will help to discourage any illegal parking as there will be no vehicles to ‘tag’ on to. “This, in turn, should help vehicles to be able to turn more easily at the access to the NHS car park.” Conservative councillor Louise Griffiths, who represents Battenhall on Worcester City Council, is seeking local residents’ views on the proposals. n What do you think? Email stpetersvoiceuk@gmail.

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Parish could be facing bill of £1m to keep village hall in the future St Peter’s could be facing a bill of up to £1 million to secure a facility for community groups’ use if the ward loses its village hall in the coming years. Members of St Peter’s Parish Council discussed the future of the current facility, which is leased only until March, 2027 by the St Peter’s Village Hall Association (SPVHA) from Worcester City Council. The situation was described by the parish council’s chairman, Alan Tucker, as “our Brexit”. The future of the ward’s village hall is uncertain, with the freehold on the Tesco-owned land it occupies due to expire in February, 2028. The SPVHA, registered as a charity and as a company limited by guarantee, was set up to manage the village hall. It has six directors, including its chairman,

n St Peter's Village Hall is facing an uncertain future Roger Knight and Mike Johnson, who are both also members of the parish council. In an information paper to the most recent meeting of the parish council, as part of one of its strategic principles, it was reiterated that: “The council will continue to support the

long-term provision of a village/ community hall facility within the parish. “To assist in this the council will look to maintain a healthy level of reserves of a minimum of £100,000.” The report to the parish council added: “The SPVHA has in the past had plans drawn up for enlarging the existing facility as well as creating a new build. “Approximate cost of these alterations was £250,000 for the extension but considerably more for a new build.” It went on to state: “The SPVHA has also held discussions with a recognised national expert in the development of village/ community halls. Three parish councillors also attended this meeting by invitation. “Several options were discussed and options for a new facility

varied from £500,000 to £1 million with fit out.” Mr Tucker said: “This is a big decision. There are different options that have been looked at for new build. The figure that comes out with new build and fitting is £1 million.” Mr Tucker added a plan for the way forward would need to be in place by February, 2022, summing up the situation by saying: “In reality folks this is our Brexit.” Parish councillors agreed that following their meeting Mr Tucker and his fellow member, Alan Tidy, meet to write up a paper containing all the options. The parish council would then hold further discussions with the SPVHA.

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n YOUR VIEWS Our story – Call for traffic calming rethink to stop drivers speeding along residential road – in the November edition of St Peter’s Voice has prompted readers to comment on the issue. Here is what they had to say.

Do you have a view on what's happening in the St Peter's, Battenhall, Cherry Orchard, Red Hill or Norton areas? Is there something you're not happy with or something you're delighted about? Let us know. Whatever you want to say, write to us and we'll let everyone in the St Peter's, Battenhall, Cherry Orchard, Red Hill and Norton areas know about it. Send your letters to the editor by email to stpetersvoiceuk@gmail. com. The editor reserves the right to edit your letter.

Blanket 20mph limit needed I have read the article in your newspaper and have some suggestions on improving traffic in the areas bounded by Battenhall Road, Bath Road, Timberdine Avenue and London Road: A blanket 20mph speed limit including the full length of Battenhall Road. Extending the no parking double yellow lines entering the Hill Avenue, Timberdine Avenue and Battenhall Road. The installation of keep left bollards entering Timberdine Avenue and Battenhall Road. This measure to stop vehicles from cutting the corners. It also might be a useful measure to advertise in the local press that to exceed the speed limit by double will result in an automatic ban. Len Ash Battenhall

The road is most definitely rat run I read with interest the comments from David Knight, one of my neighbours – the road is most definitely a rat run. The issue of speeding has been on the agenda for this road for many years, the number of vehicles now using the road has naturally increased, for various reasons. Unfortunately no actions so far have curbed the speeding problem. The speed limit is 20mph – most drivers cannot engage with that speed, they believe it to be 30mph (which through observation is regularly exceeded) and pay little attention to the few warning signs there are. Vehicles coming out of St Dunstan’s Crescent and Timberdine Avenue often have a blind spot, due to parked vehicles, pulling into the traffic on Battenhall Road. There could be a major incident. With the number of schoolchildren regularly using this road,

n Battenhall Road I can see an accident waiting to happen. I believe that matters are in hand to try and resolve the issue, hopefully sooner rather than later. John Merrick Battenhall

Avenue has no traffic calming Regarding the article on Battenhall Road , I sympathise with the resident quoted in the story but at least their road does have some traffic calming measures. On Timberdine Avenue we have no calming measures and frequently there are cars driving at totally unacceptable speeds. This is more worrying when you consider that there are two schools on the avenue. Marian Jones Battenhall

Speed bumps a 'challenge' I write with reference to your article concerning the speeding and dodgy traffic calming measures along Battenhall Road. I live on Sebright Avenue and we experience the same problem. I am sure the speed bumps would work better if they were higher and closer together. I have driven around residential areas in other parts of the country where this is the case and one really cannot go over them at considerable speed. I have suggested in our local Battenhall Community Facebook group that perhaps there could be reminder signs all around our area in case drivers “forget” they have entered a 20mph zone. We were told that a VAS [vehicle activated sign] was going to be installed but there was no

indication of which road this would be put in. Considering Red Hill CofE Primary School is so close I would have thought it should be installed at the end of Sebright Avenue or even on Camp Hill Road. There is a speed bump quite close to my house but most drivers seem to see it as a challenge and hit it at such speed that I'm surprised no-one has lost parts of their vehicles. I do live down the wider end of Sebright Avenue and the guy over the road and I park our cars opposite each other but this still does not slow drivers down. I wonder if we have to wait until someone is injured or worse. There are not just the schoolchildren walking to school and back but the area still has many elderly residents. Ms Nicola J Porter

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Call for more police patrols after spate of crime and anti-social behaviour A spate of criminal incidents in Battenhall has been condemned by a councillor who represents both wards. Conservative Steve Mackay spoke out in the wake of vandalism at Cherry Orchard Primary School and other acts of damage. During schools’ half-term holiday play equipment was set on fire in the park off Bath Road and Field Walk. During the same week windows were smashed at properties in Timberdine Avenue and Battenhall Road, with a wheelbarrow stolen in the second of those incidents. Cllr Mackay, who represents Battenhall on Worcestershire County Council, said: “During October some residents had to put up with horrible behaviour from youths who both threatened them and were abusive to them. “There’s no excuse for such actions. “I have heard about young people being bored and having little to do but that’s no excuse. “When police find offenders they deal with them and as for me I would like to see more police patrols and I think the local officers are probably like minded so I will continue to lobby for a greater police presence. “Anything that acts as a deterrent

to this behaviour must be welcomed.” Police wold like anyone who might have information relating to any of the incidents to contact them by phone on 101. Incident numbers are 0472s 291019 (park), 0135s 291019 (Timberdine Avenue) and 73s 291019 (Battenhall Road). n Police want residents to be aware of a distraction ruse being used by thieves. The Battenhall and Nunnery Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) of West Mercia Police have highlighted an incident in which the offender stole items from inside a car. A male approached the car, which was occupied, outside Tesco in St Peter’s and said that he could not speak English. He opened the passenger door to the vehicle and put a map on the seat of the car. He asked for directions but stole items, including a bank card, from a bag that was in the foot well of the car. Police have warned people to be alert and urged them to report any suspicious incidents. They say security advice is available on the West Mercia Police website.

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Angela shows her karate skills A St Peter’s student clinched second place representing England in the European Karate Championship. Angela Maior, a first year student at Worcester Sixth Form College, took part in the European Kata Karate Championship in Hungary, finishing runner-up in her category. Kata is a Japanese word describing detailed patterns of movements, practised either solo or in pairs. Karate kata are executed as a specified series of a variety of moves, with stepping and turning, while attempting to maintain perfect form. Angela only took up karate

around four years ago. She started competing soon after achieving her first belt and won gold at her first competition. She went on to win national titles in both Kata and Kumite Karate. When Angela started at her current club and changed federations, she began working towards the selections, which took place in May. She was chosen as one of only three selected to travel to Hungary. Angela fits in training alongside studying sociology A-level and sport and exercise science Applied level 3.

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Voters in St Peter’s, Battenhall, Cherry Orchard and Red Hill will have five candidates to choose from in the General Election on Thursday, December 12. The Conservative, Green, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties are each fielding candidates, while there is also an Independent candidate for the Worcester parliamentary constituency. Polling stations will be at: St Peter’s Village Hall, St Peter’s Drive; Community Room, Red Hill CofE Primary School, Midhurst Close; St Mark’s Church, Orchard Street; Annex, Red Hill Social Club, Foxwell Street; Portakabin, car park by play area, Waverley Street; Squash Courts, Nunnery Wood Sports Complex, Spetchley Road. Here the candidates for Worcester outline their policies.

Lynn Denham, Labour Worcester has been home to me and my family for 30 years. I spent my working life in the NHS and I have been a city councillor since 2012. I founded Worcester Dementia Action Alliance, have championed many environmental issues and improved disabled access in the city. Over the last nine years, I have seen first-hand the impact of austerity on Worcester people.

Stephen Kearney, Lib Dem

Martin Potter, Independent

I have always loved Worcester – it’s where I grew up and it keeps drawing me back. I am standing for election because I am angry that Labour and Conservative administrations have not solved basic problems our city faces. Short-termism and political stagnation mirrors the inertia in Westminster caused by two main parties moving to their extremes. I stand for a different politics, to bring a brighter future to the city and opportunities for future generations. I am committed to a progressive politics, sustainable business development and crossparty collaborations that protect our young, weak and vulnerable citizens, tackle the climate emergency by bringing investment into new green business and infrastructure that so many people are calling for and restoring our public services for the good of all. Together we can change the way Worcester works – for good. Conservatives are lying about Brexit getting done. Brexit has

This general election is about Brexit but it is also about trust – trust in delivering Brexit and trust in delivering upon campaign pledges. I was stood down as the Brexit Party candidate for Worcester along with all other candidates standing in Conservative-held seats. Whilst there was no formal agreement with Boris Johnson, there was a clear basis for doing this. Despite the Brexit Party's support for a clean-break Brexit, the compromise position was that a Boris Johnson-led government would negotiate a Canadaplus style free trade agreement with the EU and that the transition period would not be delayed beyond the end of 2020. By standing as an Independent, I am giving the opportunity to Worcester electors who voted leave by a 54-46 margin in the 2016 referendum to vote for someone who actually believes in Brexit and will not frustrate the parliamentary process any further. I am also someone who stands for affordable

only just begun. I want to remain because the best deal is the one we have. No-one voted for years of negotiation, reduced family income, fewer doctors and nurses or for this Tory deal, which will impoverish the many and enrich the few. If we win outright, we revoke. If not, we continue to call for a People’s Vote. But this election is not just about Brexit. It’s about our nation and the people we want to be. You now know where I stand. Jo Swinson and I are abolishing business rates, which will immediately help to regenerate Worcester’s business base.

spending (eg NHS spending from savings from EU contributions) and not the eye-watering spending pledges that both Labour and Conservatives are making. At £1.8 trillion, our national debt has escalated from 34 per cent to 85 per cent of GDP since 2001. Labour spending plans would require another £0.6 trillion of debt, taking the country back to levels not seen since the early 60s, when we were paying off war debt. It is immoral to load this debt on to future generations.

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19 candidates line-up It breaks my heart to see our nurses and doctors struggling to provide patients with the care that they need, our teachers trying to provide the best possible education in over-crowded classrooms and families struggling to make ends meet due to low wages and insecure work. I believe our city deserves better. A Labour Government would invest in our people

and our communities. We will rebuild our public services, stopping the selloff of our NHS and making sure that our schools and hospitals get the funding they need. We need someone that would stand up for working families in Worcester, introducing a Real Living Wage of £10 an hour immediately. I want to be the first woman to represent Worcester in Parliament.

As your MP, I will speak up for people on the issues that matter to them. I will continue to campaign for better bus services and an end to Universal Credit. It is time for Real Change in Worcester. I will be a strong local voice for Worcester in Westminster, standing up for the many, not the few.

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Robin Walker, Conservative

I moved to Worcester with my wife Katey and children Alaric and Bryony over 20 years ago and previously worked at Worcester Bosch as a senior engineering manager. I now work full time as a city councillor for Battenhall ward and chair the influential crossparty policy and resources committee on the city council. I recently backed a new walking and cycling river bridge in the north of the city. My priorities are climate change, eliminating the need for Worcester’s foodbank, tackling rough sleeping, proper funding of schools and hospitals and changing the political culture by introducing a fairer voting system for all levels of government. I will continue to fight for Battenhall residents’ interests in blocking inappropriate new development on the green fields surrounding our area. More houses at the edge of the city mean more car journeys, congestion and even worse air quality. We need more homes built but instead of urban sprawl I favour high-density housing in the city centre, bringing

I am proud of all that has been achieved in Worcester over the last nine years – the new Parkway station, unemployment halved, apprentice numbers doubled, the smart new parks and play areas for Battenhall and St Peter’s, the dualling of the Southern link, key steps forwards on fairer funding for our schools and the £30 million secured for our hospitals. St Peter’s residents know that I will fight to protect vital green spaces such as Middle Battenhall Farm and defend the special character of the area. I’m pleased that local schools including Blessed’s are seeing a further step up in funding and have new facilities for science. I will keep campaigning on such local priorities and more school places as well as the major upgrade to A&E that our hospital needs. I am also aware that Parliament failed to deliver for people in Worcester over three years on one big thing that the city supported – getting Brexit done and delivering on the referendum

empty homes back into use, building on brownfield sites and more flats above shops on the high street. The Green Party is firmly established as Worcester’s third party, the only party able to challenge both Labour and the Conservatives on the city council. We hold the balance of power on Worcester City Council and favour working cooperatively and responsibly to help run the council in the best interests of local residents. If you value cooperation, grown-up politics and independent thinking please consider voting for me.

result. I respect what voters say and I know that a clear majority in Worcester voted to leave. I have voted to deliver on that at every opportunity but I’ve also consistently worked for and supported a deal. Leaving with a deal can bring remain and leave voters back together again, respect the referendum result and support our economy. We need a decisive result in this election to achieve that and, if re-elected, I will continue to keep my promises to Worcester voters.

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General Election 20 2019 Mid Worcestershire

Voters in Norton and Whittington will have five candidates to choose from in the General Election on Thursday, December 12. The Conservative, Green, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Official Monster Raving Loony parties are each fielding candidates for the Mid Worcestershire parliamentary constituency. Polling stations will be at: Norton Parish Hall, Wadborough Road, Littleworth, Norton; Whittington Village Hall, Church Lane, Whittington. Here the candidates for Mid Worcestershire outline their policies.

Barmy Lord Brockman, Official I’m asking people to lend me their X’s on December the 12th – I promise to return them on Friday the 13th. I live in Evesham. I’m 55 plus the VAT and a world record holder as a Kazoo player. I’ve long campaigned for a Log Flume in Evesham and whale watching trips on the Avon. Why the Official Monster Raving Loony Party? We are the party that is on

Sue Howarth, Green

Nigel Huddleston, Conservative

I am a former science education lecturer and current chair of the Royal Society of Biology, West Midlands. I champion the Green Party's local and national policies. Putting the environment and local community issues at the heart of my manifesto, I have strong opinions on the current state of politics and the divisions that exist within our communities. I’m honoured to stand as the parliamentary candidate for the Green Party for Mid Worcestershire, a constituency I’ve lived in for many years. Of course I’m passionate about the big issues facing all of us, such as the climate change emergency and social injustice, but I’m equally keen to get involved with local issues, such as the air and noise pollution surrounding our heavily used road networks, including the A38, A4440 and the M5. Everyone deserves to live a healthy life in a clean environment and free from social injustice. As a result of last May's local

No-one really wanted this election but we had to have one - because parliament was at an impasse over Brexit. The overwhelming majority of local residents – whether they voted remain or leave - tell me they want Brexit done. If we Conservatives return with a working majority we will vote on, and pass within weeks, the “oven ready” deal that the Prime Minister has negotiated. That doesn’t mean we can then forget about Brexit (we have the future trading relationship with the EU still to determine) but it will mean we have bandwidth to then focus on the other pressing issues the public are concerned about: health, education, transport, policing, the environment and climate change - to name a few. The Government has announced significant increased investment in public services and I will make sure that we in Worcestershire get our fair share of that extra spending. I will continue to champion our area as a great place to live, work and start a business and that means we also need

elections, the Green Party now boasts a total of 79 elected Green councillors across the West Midlands, including seven Green councillors within the Wychavon district. Wouldn’t it be great to get the first Green MP for Mid Worcestershire? The children can’t vote, the planet can’t vote. People can, you can. Vote Green for a positive change to our society and our planet. Vote Green to give our planet a Christmas present.

the supporting infrastructure to make local growth sustainable - and I will lobby for appropriate supporting investment in roads, rail, broadband etc. I will also work to ensure we continue to show global leadership on the environment, animal welfare, tackling plastic waste and climate change. It has been an honour to serve you for the last four years and I hope to be able to serve you again. I respectfully ask for your vote.

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19 candidates line-up Monster Raving Loony Party everyone’s side, regardless of your political affiliation. You can vote Loony without ruining your appetite. You will hear all the candidates talking about change, I’m no different – I find that change wears holes in your trousers pockets and in the lining of the ladies’ handbags and that is why the OMRLP would instruct the Royal

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Margaret Rowley, Lib Dem

Helen Russell, Labour

I have lived in Mid Worcestershire for 30 years. Until recently I worked as a senior manager in the NHS. I have been a councillor on Wychavon District Council for 24 years and leader of the opposition since 1999. I am also a school governor and a director of a local community land trust. This will be the fifth time I have been the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Mid Worcestershire, achieving second place to the Conservatives in 2010. I was also the Liberal Democrat candidate for West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner in 2016. I have campaigned to reduce motorway noise, to reduce vehicle speeds on local roads and for adequate flood alleviation. I have led a successful bid to provide faster broadband to local villages. My priorities in Parliament will be to secure fairer funding for Worcestershire’s schools, fairer taxes and better flood alleviation measures. I recognise that the health and care systems need joining up with a greater emphasis on

I have lived for most of my life in Worcestershire and am a resident of Evesham. I work for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, as the trade union training officer. I have spent the last 18 years striving to improve the working lives of people as a trade union official. Prior to working for the CSP, I worked for the teachers’ union, the NASUWT, and for the public sector union, UNISON. I am well known in Wychavon for my sporting achievements and have twice been named the Wychavon Sporting Hero for my sporting results and fundraising. I have won an array of international titles in multisport, including being crowned world champion in quadrathlon and duathlon. I combine my training for sport with fundraising for charities including Cure Leukaemia, Air Ambulance and the West Bromwich Albion Foundation. I am proud to be the Labour candidate for Mid Worcestershire, where I live, work and train.

preventing ill health and giving mental health the same priority as physical health. I will also act to support the environment by fighting climate change. In this election, I and the Liberal Democrats are offering voters a real way to stop Brexit by electing a Liberal Democrat majority government which will revoke Article 50. Stopping Brexit will mean that we can focus on tackling the big issues such as the climate emergency, growing the economy and addressing the crises in our NHS and schools, building a brighter future.

Residents in this constituency deserve better. Mid Worcestershire is a great place to live but has a lot of potential that isn’t being realised and many ordinary people are being left behind. Things could be so different and much better for all, not just the wealthy few. My work as a trade union officer and my charity fundraising is an expression of the Labour Party principles of justice, fairness and equality. That’s why, if elected, I will only take the average worker’s wage and donate the rest to help improve our society.

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New Parkway station is already on timetables The new Worcestershire Parkway railway station at Norton has begun appearing on the timetables of train operators before official confirmation of its opening date. The station has been named as a departure point and destination for journeys to places including Birmingham and Cheltenham by train companies GWR and CrossCountry from Sunday, December 15. A spokesperson for Worcestershire County Council explained that the train operators had just two opportunities during a year to flag up their intended services, with December being one of them, even if the trains had not yet started running. The county council spokesperson said the necessary Entry into

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n Worcestershire Parkway is due to open in December Service process stations had to go through before opening was “complex” and an operational opening date would only be announced once all stakeholders agreed that the process was complete. The spokesperson added: “The train timetables changes are controlled by the Train Operating Companies, Network Rail, Department for Transport (DfT) and the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). “Timetable changes can happen a maximum of twice a year – usually in May and December. “In order for a brand new station to have a timetable for services to stop at it, it has to be listed in the release of the latest timetable covering the next six months. “This does not always mean trains will be stop at the station from that date, merely that the timetable includes the trains for Worcestershire Parkway, ready for when it does open.” As St Peter’s Voice went to press there had been no confirmed opening date for Worcester Parkway. Meanwhile, journey time by train from Worcester to London will be cut to under two hours with the introduction of GWR’s timetable, said the company. GWR has announced its 6.43am train from Shrub Hill to London Paddington will take one hour, 57 minutes, with the 5.34pm back also taking under two hours. It is claimed journey times from Worcestershire Parkway will be

even faster when that opens. Worcestershire has campaigned for several years for faster services between Worcester and the capital. Two years ago, Worcestershire County Council launched its Rail Investment Strategy, with faster trains to London a major part of that plan. Better connectivity for the county is seen as essential in growing the region’s economy and bringing investment and jobs to Worcestershire. The faster London trains are expected to generate a further 420 jobs in the region. The new CrossCountry Cardiff to Nottingham service will stop at Worcestershire Parkway, the first time the service has stopped at a Worcester station for more than 30 years, further increasing connectivity. Worcestershire Conservative county councillor Ken Pollock, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Economy and Infrastructure, said: “I am delighted to see train links between Worcester and London will be under two hours, which will be a hugely important extra service for the residents of Worcestershire. “The county’s economy is one of the fastest growing in the UK and the quicker trains will help us to continue to encourage more inward investment.” The rail industry forecasts up to 97 per cent growth in passenger volumes on Worcestershire routes by 2043.

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Spook-tacular One family in St Peter's certainly celebrated Halloween in style. Not only had the family covered their front garden and house in cobwebs and had a zombie character in the front seat of their car, they had carved some fantastic pumpkins – even one of their new Daschund puppy. Mum Sirena Williams also donned

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It is 'hoped' footbridge will open to walkers and riders in December It is hoped that the new foot and cycle bridge over Crookbarrow Way on the Southern Link Road (SLR) will open to the public in the middle of December. The bridge, which will provide a link between St Peter’s and Norton, is also intended to improve the connection between Worcester city centre and the new Worcestershire Parkway railway station at Norton. It was originally planned for the bridge to be open and in use during November but that had to be put back for various reasons. Conservative Steve Mackay, who represents the St Peter division on Worcestershire County Council, asked the highways department when people could be expected to start using the bridge.

He said: “The new ‘hoped for’ date is December 15. They are trying to get the ramps done by that date as well but, failing that, they are apparently more confident of the span being ready by then.” As well as pedestrians and

cyclists, mobility scooter users and horse riders will be able to use the bridge. Cllr Mackay attended a meeting of St Peter’s Parish Council during which members discussed another new planned foot and cycle bridge, over Broomhall Way

on the A4440. That bridge, which will land in Power Park in St Peter’s, has been delayed over flooding issues in the park. Parish councillors have been concerned that work on the bridge, due to be completed during 2020, could impact on the St Peter’s Parish Festival next summer, potentially prompting it to be moved from Power Park to Battenhall Park. Cllr Mackay said he had been told the work could start at the beginning of the new year. The bridge over Broomhall Way is planned to link the proposed development to the south of the A4440 SLR with Worcester city.

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Remembering the fallen

The people of Worcester turned out in their numbers in tribute to those who gave their lives in the service of their country in World Wars and other conflicts around the globe. The city’s Act of Remembrance saw people line the High Street and the roadside by the Cathedral to pay their respects.

Veterans, service personnel, youth organisations and civic dignitaries marched and walked from the Guildhall to the Cathedral where the service of Remembrance was held. The service was followed by the traditional two-minutes silence and wreath laying at the Cathedral’s war memorial.

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Head leaving to take up his 'last great challenge' by Peter McMillan The headteacher of Cherry Orchard Primary School is leaving to take up the “last great challenge” of his career. Mike Painter has led the Timberdine Closebased school for five years and will find it a wrench to say goodbye to the pupils but he is proud of what has been achieved by staff and the children during his time there. He will be head of Hereford’s Blackmarston School, a state special school for boys and girls aged two to 11, who have to face particular learning difficulties, from autism to vision impairment. “The only thing that would make me think of leaving is something very special to me,” said Mr Painter, “I believe this is the last great challenge there is for me in my teaching career and I leave the school with a somewhat heavy heart.” The prospect of working with pupils with special needs in his new role is particularly poignant for him, as he took time out of his early teaching career to nurse his daughter, Holly, who became sick suddenly. She fell ill on her first birthday, going from being a healthy little girl to being left quadriplegic and brain damaged within the space of 24 hours. She was diagnosed with a genetic metabolic disease, glutaric aciduria. “We knew that it was a life-limiting condition,” said Mr Painter, who added: “We didn’t know what the prognosis would be but we lost all the things she had when she was one and never recovered them.” Holly died 20 years ago, aged three and a half. Mr Painter said that in his new position he would know what was like to sit on the other side of the table from parents of children with disabilities. He said: “It might not help in educational terms but I think it will make it easier for people to share things. I have lived the life myself.” Originally from Wigan, Mr Painter spent 11 and a half years at Worcester’s St George’s Catholic Primary School, the last seven of those as headteacher. As he prepared to leave Cherry Orchard Primary School in January, he said: “We have got a well-run school. We have a supportive staff and great governing body.” He went on: “The biggest wrench is leaving the children because they’re so special and they have always been really approachable and have enjoyed approaching me to share their achievements and concerns. “They feel they own the school and are valued as a voice within the school.” Achievements by the school during Mr Painter’s time in charge include its library and

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n Head Mike Painter is saying goodbye forest school provision and platinum sports mark. It has also been given the ARC (Attachment Research Community) award for its work with children with attachment issues. “I feel very proud to have been the headteacher at the school,” said Mr Painter. “I recognise that I have learnt a tremendous amount not only as a headteacher but as a human being from the opportunity to lead the school and will always be grateful I had that chance.” He added: “I will always look back on my time here with fondness and with a smile on my face.”

A drag queen who competed in RuPaul’s Drag Race UK has helped an animal charity raise much-needed funds. Scaredy Kat, accompanied by partner Pussy Kat, attended a speed dating and friending evening in aid of the RSPCA Worcester and Mid-Worcestershire branch’s rescue rehoming centre, based at The Holdings, Kempsey. The centre helps animals that have been abandoned, abused, neglected or injured. The event, hosted by volunteers, brought people together to raise cash for the charity and meet the drag queens. “We’ve had the opportunity to learn about the work done at the RSPCA Worcester and Mid-Worcestershire branch,” said Scaredy Kat, “Both staff and volunteers are amazing and dedicated people. “Animal welfare always comes first for them and we are proud to support them.” Chiara Civardi, volunteer at the RSPCA and co-organiser of the event, said: “We can’t thank enough Scaredy Kat and Pussy Kat, as well as all the participants. It was a great evening and the amount raised will help us support the animals in our care.”

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n The Christmas Tree Festival returns to Worcester Cathedral cloister this December. Local businesses, charities, schools and community groups provide and decorate glittering Christmas trees which line the medieval cloister, creating an impressive display. The Christmas Tree Festival is an important fundraising event for the Cathedral and attracts thousands of visitors each December. The Tree Festival runs from December 7 to January 1 and is free to visit. Visitors are invited to make a donation via one of the barrels to support the Cathedral and its work.

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n Join this year's Santa Dash in aid of St Richard's Hospice, Worcester. Starting at Worcestershire County Cricket Club, following the River Severn to Diglis, it finishes at South Quay, with festive refreshments. Registration and Santa suit pick-up takes place from 9am in the Severn Suite at Worcestershire County Cricket Club, New Road. This will be followed by a massSanta warm-up in the car park and a 10.30am riverside start. Tickets are available online now at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/santadash-tickets. Adults: £15, 3-16 years: £10.

n Last year's Christmas Tree Festival in Worcester Cathedral

December 8

n Elves from Acorns Children’s Hospice are appealing to people to dress as Santas and take part in a festive fundraising event. The Acorns Santa Run for the charity’s Bath Road-based Worcester hospice is being held on Sunday, December 8 at The Valley Evesham. Money raised will go towards the care the hospice provides for children and young people with life-limiting and lifethreatening conditions. Rachel Farrington, Acorns events

officer, said: “We’re so grateful to Santa’s elves for taking time out of their busy schedule to come and help us find Santas for our Santa Run events. “With three events taking place this December in Birmingham, Walsall and Evesham, this is our biggest year yet. “We want as many people to sign up as possible and help support our work. All money raised through sponsorship will help local children and families.” New for 2019 is an interactive

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festive trail for all the family. Those who want to challenge themselves can take part in a 5k run. There will also be food and music. Rachel added: “Acorns Santa Runs are a great way to kick start Christmas with the perfect mix of fun and festive magic. “By signing up you’ll also be raising money for a brilliant cause, getting yourself firmly on Santa’s nice list.” Tickets for Acorns Santa Run are £15 for adults (15+), £10 for little Santas (9-14 years) and little Elves (3-8 years). “Reindeer” (dogs) are £5. Under-2s are free. Tickets cover the cost of the event but every pound raised in sponsorship goes directly to supporting local children and families. Tickets include free entry to visitor attractions, including National Sea Life Birmingham and Thinktank. To sign up for Acorns Santa Run, visit www.acorns.org. uk/santa-fun-run

December 14

n A concert of Christmas favourites with audience participation at Worcester Cathedral. Conducted by Samuel Hudson and Richard Jenkinson. Performed by The Choir of Worcester Cathedral, Worcester Festival Choral Society and Worcestershire Youth Orchestra. Tickets £20 & £15. Under 16s £5. Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets online from eventbrite.co.uk.

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n WHAT'S ON Worcester Cathedral. Two iconic festive films on the big screen. Performances at 1.30pm, 4pm and 7pm. Family entertainment for the winter season. Enjoy two Christmas time classic films with captivating soundtracks in a spectacular setting inside Worcester Cathedral. Also take the opportunity to visit the glittering Christmas tree festival around the Cathedral Cloister, Adult tickets from £15, children from £10.

December 22 & 23

n Cathedral Carol Services. Traditional service of Nine Lessons and carols sung by the Cathedral Choir. No tickets required. 6.30pm start.

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n December & January Services at St Mark's Church, Bath Road, Worcester. Sundays: December 1, 15 and 29 – 9.30am Parish Eucharist; December 8, 9.30am, All Age Family Service. December 22, 4pm, All Age Carol Service – Candle lit for atmosphere Wednesdays, December 4, 11 and 18, 10am Holy Communion (BCP) Christmas Eve, 4pm, All Age Family Crib Service. Children of all ages are welcome to help create the Nativity Tableau. Lots of dressing up – go and see the budding thespians. All followed by refreshments, some including mince pies and shortbread. 11.30pm, First Communion of Christmas. Christmas Day, 10am, Family Service with Holy Communion.

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n Crafted for You 2019 at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum Foregate Street, Worcester, shows an array of jewellery, textiles, ceramics and other handmade craftsmanship. Worcestershire has a special history as a centre for decorative making skills and this tradition continues today and is proudly celebrated in this exhibition. Each piece has been made by a talented maker and hand-picked for this exhibition. Crafted for You is good for that unique Christmas gift for someone special or a treat for yourself. All items are for sale and make good presents with a local provenance. Purchasing from the exhibition supports both the museum and local artists. Entry is free.

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Christingle Service at 4pm, at St Mark's Church, Bath Road. All welcome to arrive from 3pm to create your own oranges. Everything is provided. This is an occasion when candles are lit and a circle is formed around the church. If you would like a Children’s Society collection candle, get in touch with Janet Vale on 01905 351392 or janvale810@gmail. com or drop into St Mark's during or after a Wednesday or Sunday service. Lifts to church can be organised if you get in touch. The congregation and those associated with St Mark's wish you and yours a lovely and peaceful festive season and look forward to welcoming one and all to the special services taking place in December and January in the Church.

REGULAR EVENTS n 1st Worcester Scout Group is based in the St Peter’s area of Worcester (postcodes WR1, WR2 and WR5).  It offers the full range of scouting from Beaver Scouts aged six all the way to Scouts at 14.   It also has strong ties with the Worcester Explorer Scout Unit taking scouting up to 18. 1st Worcester is a friendly group of adults and young people whose aim is to get as much out of life as possible by learning new skills, making new friends and having fun. If you want to join in the adventure, contact firstworcester. co.uk

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n There is a free community club called the Tuesday POW WOW that takes place in St Mark's Church Hall on the first Tuesday of each month. Doors open at 2pm and everyone of any age, young or old and even young children will be made welcome – no fee or subs, just donations for a drink and some cake or biscuits. The event lasts for around an hour so if mums want to attend, they can fetch their children from school. There is a car park next door or the 32 bus stops on Bath Road every 15 minutes. There will be entertainment on December 3.

Wednesday

n Kempsey Camera Club meets at 7.30pm on the second and fourth

n These colourful ceramics and paintings by Martin Griffiths are for sale at Crafted For You at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum Wednesday of every month from September to May. It welcomes anyone interested in photography to go along and see what they have to offer. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced photographer there is something that will interest people in the forthcoming programme. Visitors are welcome to go along to talks given to the club by well-regarded photographers. If you would like more information on forthcoming events, contact Carol Stiff at ianandcarolstiff@ hotmail.co.uk.

Thursday

n St Peter’s Parish Council’s January meeting takes place on Thursday, January 9 at St Peter’s Village Hall, beginning at 7.30pm.

Friday

n Age UK Worcester & District meet at St Peter's Village Hall, St Peter's Drive, Worcester, WR5 3TA

from 2pm-3.30pm (term-time only). £2 per week (includes raffle ticket). Contact 01905 724294. n St Peter's Strollers meet every Friday morning at 10.30 am. Starting from outside St Peter's Baptist Church, Eden Close, Worcester (next to Tesco). A 45 - 60 minute walk exploring the green spaces and alleyways through St Peter's. There is a choice of a short or longer walk according to your ability. All abilities welcome. Just turn up. Join the Happy Wanderers. You will be made welcome. Grab the opportunity to get fit and enjoy yourself. For your first walk, arrive at the church at 10.15am to fill in a form. Contact Christine Shaw, volunteer walk leader on 01905 358640. n Join Jean's Coffee Meet At Waitrose Community Room, 223 London Road, Worcester, WR5 2JG. The group meet on Fridays usually between 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Find out more details on facebook.

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l They run sessions at St Peter’s Baptist Church on Saturday mornings during school terms. l They usually offer their teaching sessions with pupils in a 2:1 setting. l The sessions offer support in literacy, mathematics and study skills. l Their tutors are experienced teachers with a wealth of knowledge about supporting Dyslexia and those with diverse learning needs. l No dyslexia assessment is needed. The HWDA believes ‘If a child can’t learn the way we teach, we must teach the way the child learns.’ For further details about the sessions held in Worcester, please telephone Margaret Comerford on 07768 895269 or e-mail her at hwda.worcester@gmail.com. Come and visit us and see for yourselves For more information visit hwda.org.uk Facebook: www.facebook.com/hwdyslexia/

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