Wychavon Coronavirus Update September 20 – NB in our Coronavirus update there was a typo in the item about the new social distancing measures, which may have caused some confusion. To clarify, from Monday, 14 September in England, you cannot meet socially, indoors or outdoors, in groups of more than six people. Read the full guidance on changes to social distancing rules We apologise for any confusion caused.

Coronavirus cases are rising

Protect each other

Cases of Coronavirus are rising across Wychavon, as well as other parts of Worcestershire.

Although we are still some way off the point where full local lockdown restrictions are needed, Worcestershire Public Health is monitoring the situation. An outbreak control plan is in place and action will be taken, if necessary, to protect residents.

It is really important we all keep playing our part to protect ourselves and each other.

Please make sure you are following social distancing guidelines at all times and remember:

Hands – wash them regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser

Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet

Space – Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)

If you have symptoms you should self-isolate immediately and book a free test online or call 119.

You should also self-isolate if you are asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace.

Read the guidance on how to self-isolate with a possible coronavirus infection

Read the Coronavirus FAQs to find out what you currently can and cannot do

Care homes across Wychavon have been closed to all but essential visitors.

This is a precaution to protect vulnerable residents following a rise in Covid-19 cases across Wychavon.

Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health for Worcestershire said: “The decision to stop care home visits is not one we have taken lightly. I appreciate this will cause upset and frustration for some of our residents and I recognise this is very difficult for families.

“Looking at the rising numbers of cases in the district, we are concerned about the welfare of our most vulnerable and the wider community. I need to protect those at risk and prevent the further spread of Covid-19.

“We will review this on a daily basis and will lift these restrictions when we see numbers falling again. This is a sensible precautionary measure, it is better to act now than later.”

Read the full announcement on the closure of care homes to visitors


Remember the rule of 6

rule of 6

New social distancing rules are being introduced on Monday, 14 September in England.

From this date, it will be illegal to meet with people you do not live with in groups of six or more indoors or outdoors.

This applies to private homes, pubs, restaurants, shops and other venues like places of worship. There are exceptions to this rule including schools and work places.

Read the full guidance on changes to social distancing rules


How well have we responded to Covid-19?

residents survey

We are currently running our annual residents’ survey.

This year, the survey includes questions on how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted residents, as well as the response and support provided by the council.

Feedback will be used to improve services and the ongoing recovery from Covid-19. A summary of the results will be published anonymously on the council website.

Last year, the survey received 1,140 responses, with traffic congestion, crime, public transport, litter and recycling voted as the top priorities for Wychavon residents.

The survey takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete but progress can be saved so it can be completed in stages.

Take the Wychavon residents’ survey.

Deadline is midnight on 4 October 2020.

Harvington Needs Survey.

Harvington Needs Survey:

Currently, there is no up to date housing needs survey for the parish of Harvington. Wychavon District Council will be carrying out a housing needs survey for  Harvington. The survey will be posted to all residents of the parish during w/c 5th October 2020. 

It is important that residents who are currently adequately housed also complete the survey. Responses can be returned by post in a pre-paid envelope that will be sent with the survey, online or over the telephone. After the survey is complete the data will be analysed and a report will be produced. The Council will own the report and survey data but the report will be made publicly available on our website when approved.

Worcestershire County Council – Hands/Face Video campaign

Worcestershire County Council is creating a #HandsFaceSpace video campaign to encourage people to follow social distancing rules – wash your hands regularly, wear face coverings and keep a safe distance – and they need your support.

The campaign is focused on asking people to create short videos to tell us why sticking to the ‘Hands, Face, Space’ guidance matters to them.

We want you to share your story by sending us a 50 second max, selfie-style video (landscape if possible), explaining why the government’s #HandsFaceSpace guidance matters to you personally. Maybe your loved ones have been shielding, or getting your business going relies on everybody following the guidelines? Perhaps you haven’t been able to regularly see your grandchildren, or you’ve really missed meeting up with friends?

We want to encourage more people to follow the guidelines and will be sharing your video across our website and social media channels.

Watch an example video using this link: https://we.tl/t-qOdDvXPrJU

Tips for recording your video:

  • Use a smartphone and if possible, record your video in landscape
  • 50 seconds max
  • Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, we just want to hear from you
  • Please don’t read from a script, just chat normally.
  • We’d like personal stories, to help others understand why it matters to everyone to follow the guidance.
  • Don’t worry about the public health messages, we will add a slide at the end of the video, which reminds everyone of the hands, face, space message.

Video files are usually too large for email so we suggest sending them to us using www.wetransfer.com. Just follow the instructions on screen to attach your file and in the ‘send to’ box use the email 

Sharing your #HandsFaceSpace message will help us to continue keeping people safe. Many thanks for your support

Defibrillator Coach & Horses Public House

The Parish Council has removed the defibrillator from the box at the Coach and Horses for safekeeping and to check the batteries and pads.

We are planning to relocate it to the old phone box in Leys Road. The box has been bought from BT for £1 but first the Council needs to carry out repairs to the damaged door before it can be used. West Midlands Ambulance Service has been informed.

In an emergency villagers can access the defibrillator on the front wall of the School.

Wychavon District Council Coronavirus Update August 14th 2020

Please see attached update.

Spacehive Crowd funding projects

Over the past few months, Wychavon has supported a range of community projects recovering from the Covid-19 crisis. Working with crowdfunding platform Spacehive, Wychavon provided funding of £25,000 to support local organisations and encourage pledges from the community. Up to £5,000 was pledged towards an individual project.

The next round of funding, which is called Crowdfund WYCHAVON: Ticket to Ride Fund, will support transport projects that are sustainable, innovative, citizen-led and community-based.  The aim is to increase resilience and boost connectivity of communities in the Wychavon District by improving local people’s ability to travel to services and opportunities for social interaction.

Wychavon has made a pot of £140,000 available over the next three years (across six rounds of funding) to support community transport initiatives. The maximum amount pledged to a project will be £50,000 or 50% of the total project costs. Donations from communities, local businesses and foundations will make up the rest. The deadline for organisations to pitch their project idea is 30 September.

Spacehive will be holding two, free, virtual events to provide information about funding opportunities, local success stories and how to get involved. One has already taken place but there is one more which will be held over Zoom on the following date:

  • 12pm- Friday 4 September

Visit www.spacehive.com/movement/worcs/news to book a place or visit www.spacehive.com/movement/worcs for more information.

Crowdfund Worcestershire- Important News on Funding Opportunities for Local Projects

New crowdfunding initiative set to boost funding for local projects.

Charities and local organisations in Worcestershire are to get a helping hand with new projects thanks to an exciting funding scheme being launched by the County Council.

The initiative, called Crowdfund Worcestershire, has been launched to help local organisations gain funding through Spacehive, a crowdfunding platform.

Worcestershire County Council, keen to build on the success of its Here2Help community campaign, has set up the initiative to give anyone who lives locally who might have ideas about how to improve their community the opportunity to gain much needed funding.

The Council will be working with Spacehive on the initiative and has an initial funding pot of £85,000 which they hope will at least double for the projects through the crowdfunding they will carry out themselves, with help and support along the way from Spacehive.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities, said: “It’s great that we’re able to continue the community spirit generated from Here 2 Help, it has proven really successful, and we must hold on to it, as we look forward to the future and the recovery phase.

“Crowdfund Worcestershire is a great way for everyone to come together and help their local communities in whatever way they can.  Working in this way means that we’re able to do a better job of offering grant funding that can be increased with support from local residents and businesses, in order to better help those who need it. Local people are best placed to understand the challenges and opportunities in their local area and this model puts them and their ideas in the driving seat.”

The first round looks to support organisations in their bid to help in the county’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. The County Council is keen to hear from organisations that have project ideas which need financial backing around the following five key areas:

    • Food Poverty – predominately focused on families
    • Social isolation/befriending – looking at virtual community connections / or adapted schemes that comply with social distancing.
    • Return to work – helping people prepare for a return to work or helping them into work.
    • Maintaining our volunteering offer – helping to create a legacy of community and volunteer action post Covid-19.
    • Healthy Communities – activities to improve the health and wellbeing of your local community

Spacehive is a funding platform that brings together people, businesses, councils and foundations to collaboratively fund projects that communities want.

In addition to county wide project creators having the opportunity to pitch for the £85,000, available for ideas that support the wider county’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, organisations in Malvern Hills and Wychavon will also have the chance to tap into pledges for community based transport projects.

This funding, via the same Spacehive platform, will be led by Malvern Hills and Wychavon District Councils and there’s pledges of up to £50,000 up for grabs for this first round.

Charities and local organisations are being encouraged to create a project on Spacehive and pitch for a pledge via the Crowdfund Worcestershire platform by 30th September, by clearly outlining how they may be able to help maintain progress in the above key areas.

Spacehive will lead a programme of events for anyone who is interested in learning a little bit more or might want to discuss ideas that they would like to put forward. Free online events are taking place on the 13th August and 4th September. To book a place on these events, visit https://www.spacehive.com/movement/worcs/news

To find out more information about Crowdfunding Worcestershire, please visit the https://www.spacehive.com/movement/worcs or email 

Notice of closure of External Audit and AGAR 1,2,3.

For details on how to view the External Audit paperwork 2019-20 and closure notice please look in the Finance section of this website.

Margaret Westwood Memorial Charity

The Charity was established by Scheme of the Charity Commission dated 22 March 1988 (as amended by an Order of 26 October 2005 and Resolution of 17 February 2009). It was registered with the Charity Commission on 1 September 1970.

The Charity is devoted to supporting the physical, educational or moral welfare and benefit of children and young people (up to the age of 25) who reside in the County of Worcestershire as at 1946 (including parts of Stourbridge, Halesowen, Dudley and Oldbury) (“the Area of Benefit”).

The Charity makes grants to both individuals and charitable organisations for a wide range of purposes within that Area of Benefit.

Information sheet attached.  Please contact the Charity for an application form/further details.

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