The government of the city was entrusted to a Mayor, “six lawfull and discreet citizens” as Aldermen, a Sheriff and two Chamberlains, a body of twenty four including the Mayor and Aldermen and a body of forty eight including the two chamberlains.
The Worcester Charter of 1621 is a short film showing the Charter and explaining the significance to Worcester.
The 400th anniversary in 2021 will celebrate Worcester’s rich heritage and culture and will also provide an opportunity to promote, encourage, enthuse, revitalise and boost local businesses which have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.
Discover History have developed a new heritage walking tour that will look at how the city was governed, the privileges it received in 1621 and the personal story of Edward Hurdman, the first Mayor of the city. The tour will run throughout the year following all appropriate safety guidance and places can be booked by calling 07949 222137 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
St Peters Heritage Trail
Organised by St Peter the Great County Parish Council. A leisurely two hour stroll encompassing 15 key location points, which reference the people and places which have shaped St Peter’s Parish, from the early 1600’s to the present day. The trail follows established Parish pedways including, parks, play areas, picnic spots and pubs. Start point: St Peters Village Hall, WR5 3TA (next to Tesco). Self-led, via leaflet or Facebook – St Peters Festival, at each key point the physical route is signposted with QR codes for more detailed information.
The list of events and activities will grow as the momentum builds throughout the year. Plans so far include:
From June 21st till 17th September: Essay Competition.
Here is your chance to do some research and find out why the Charter matters – and what difference it has made to the running of the city since 1621. There are three categories to enter:
Children aged 8-12 (School Years 3-7), prize is £100-worth of book tokens; Young people aged 13-18:
(School Years 8-13) prize is £250-worth of book tokens; Open competition for age 16+ cheque prize worth £500. Please email email@example.com, stating the category you wish to enter for a registration form. Good luck!
From mid September till the end of the year: The King James I Charter will be on public display for the first time in the Guildhall foyer.
Saturday 2nd: Charter Day Celebration at The Guildhall
An event in the Guildhall to mark the historic date of the signing of the Charter on 2nd October 1621. Join us for the Worcester Play, tours of the Guildhall, guided walks and more. Free entry.
Saturday 2nd: Charter Day Celebration at The Commandery
Have a go at making a Charter and seal for your own house, class or town on some aged paper. What rules and principles would you set for the people who visit? What powers would you give to people? Then add your very own seal to make it official! Normal Commandery admission applies.
Saturday 2nd: Anniversary Concert, Worcester Cathedral, from 19:30. Elgar’s Organ Sonata and music by Thomas Tomkins, Cathedral organist in 1621, performed by Simon Johnson of St Paul’s Cathedral. For information www.worcestercathedral.co.uk/
Date and location to be confirmed: Tree Planting Event
Volunteer opportunity to plant 400 mixed broad leaved saplings to mark the anniversary year. If you are interested in taking part please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 9th: Bite Size Talk: The Founders of the City Museum at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum. 1.30pm 2:00pm. For information www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk/whats-on/
Thursday 2nd: Worcester Victorian Fayre Community Carol Service. Special recognition will be given to the anniversary year in the Service. Worcester Cathedral 4.30pm – 5.00pm.
Tuesday 14th: Bite Size Talk: Worcestershire Top Treasure Finds at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum. 1.30pm 2:00pm. For information www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk/whats-on/
There will be many opportunities to get involved over the coming months. We’ll be posting events and activities on this page. If you’d like to find out more, feel free to get in touch.