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.
The list of events and activities will grow as the momentum builds throughout the year. Plans so far include:
Saturday 24th: Know Your Place.
The launch of the exciting new online website enabling the community to create & share their own life stories.
Saturday 24th – Saturday 31st: Three Choirs Festival.
This prestigious event will be celebrating the Charter anniversary with the following:
The Marian Consort (26th, College Hall)
Orlando Consort (27th, College Hall)
Choral Evensong, Worcester Cathedral Choir (27th, Cathedral)
Saturday 15th: Worcester Show
This year’s Show has several specially themed ‘Charter’ classes to mark the 400 year anniversary:
Floral Decoration/Art Class 601 – A basket arrangement representing Historic Worcester
Cakes and Preserves Class 703 – Sarah’s Baking Mad Competition One decorated cake with the theme Historic Worcester
Photography Class 1009 – Capture the spirit of Historic Worcester
Fun & Creativity Classes 1101/1102/1103 – Create a picture or collage about ‘Historic Worcester’
Saturday 2nd: Charter Day Celebration.
An event in the Guildhall to mark the historic date of the signing of the Charter on 2nd October 1621.
There will be many opportunities to get involved with the Festival 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.