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Worcester’s beloved peregrine falcon chicks can now be tracked

WORCESTER Cathedrals clutch of peregines chicks have been ringed and now need naming. They have been ringed by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) – they are now recorded on the national database and can be identified. More than 350,000 viewers have watched the chicks hatch and grow in the nest on the YouTube livestream. On Monday, ringers from the BTO rung the chicks, measured their wing spans, weighed and recorded them. Each colour ring has a unique letter…

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Charities back UK workers saying nature must be at the heart of business decisions

Three of the UK’s largest conservation charities are calling on companies to put nature at the heart of all business decisions. Businesses have a critical role to play in tackling the nature and climate crisis, but only three in every 100 companies monitor nature and biodiversity risks. To address this, WWF, the RSPB and the National Trust have this week launched a new online guide designed to give workers at all businesses the confidence to take steps to make…

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Red Arrows start 60th display season with Midlands Air Festival on May 31

A MILESTONE 60th display season has officially begun for the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team – featuring the return of the Red Arrows’ trademark diamond nine formation. The new team concluded a six-month training period on Thursday (16th May), culminating with a final assessment known as Public Display Authority (PDA). The Midlands Air Festival at Ragley Hall in Alcester, Warwickshire on May 31 – June 2, will be the first domestic show of the 60th campaign. Officially known as the…

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SKITTLES – Redditch Renegades come home from Devon tour with trophy

THE Redditch Skittles League representative team, Renegades, enjoyed a very successful mini tour of North Devon as they returned home unbeaten with a trophy. Renegades took a 10-man team to Bideford for a competition against 15 other clubs mainly from the South West and Wales. Only the top team from four groups of four would progress to the final round as Renegades quickly found their stride to beat Bunnas Bluebirds in their opening game. Renegades registered scores of over…

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FOOTBALL – Redditch Borough achieve historic promotion to Step Six

REDDITCH Borough will play at Step Six for the first time in their history next season after storming to the Midland Football League Division Two title. Borough finished 12 points clear of closest challengers AFC Coventry Rangers and ended the season in remarkable form after winning 11 of their final 13 matches which took place in the space of just 28 days. And club secretary Julian Workman heaped praise on Borough’s players and staff after achieving a historic promotion…

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More public institutions can apply for a portrait of The King

Hospitals, coastguard operations centres, job centres, universities and Church of England churches can now claim a free official portrait of King Charles III. His Majesty The King’s Official Portrait Scheme has been extended to include hospitals, coastguard operations centres, job centres, universities, Church of England churches and other public institutions. From 5 June more public institutions, as well as Church of England places of worship, will be eligible for a free portrait of His Majesty The King. Should they…

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Prisoners who break the rules to face new community payback-style punishments

For the first time, Governors will be able to impose “payback punishments” on prisoners who behave badly in jail, such as damaging prison property or being disrespectful to staff. Community payback-style punishments to be imposed for the first time in prisons. Repairs, cleaning and litter-picking among new penalties for bad behaviour. Tougher penalties, including additional prison time, remain for more serious offences. Prisoners who break the rules while behind bars face new community payback-style punishments like repair work and…

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New Redditch Colour Palette artwork launched in Kingfisher Shopping Centre

PEOPLE across the borough can now see the new Redditch Colour Palette public artwork in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre. The supersized installation, which at 3m x 3m is the largest of all the colour palette’s across the country and abroad, takes pride of place above the atrium walk space at the Market Place entrance to the Kingfisher Shopping Centre. The new Redditch Colour Palette is the result of hundreds of suggestions by local people, and the final inspirations for…

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