Worcestershire County Council are currently delivering a Social Fund that enables small businesses or charities to support inactive individuals back into further education/employment/confidence and skills improvement.

Grants are available for up to £20,000 and are funded by the European Social Fund.

To be eligible, businesses must have 49 or less employees, or be a charitable organisation.

Additionally, the fund is looking to support those who are over 50, or with a disability, are part of an ethic minority, or are female.

The next application round will start on 1 November and conclude on 29 November.

For more information on the Community Social Fund, please contact the team by emailing HPitts1@worcestershire.gov.uk or phoning 01905 843737

The West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner has recently launched his draft Rural Crime Strategy for consultation. The strategy sets out how the Commissioner will:

  • Improve confidence that rural communities have in the police.
  • Ensure the financial resources he has committed to rural crime, provide a dedicated team within each policing area.
  • Ensure victims of crime in rural areas receive the support they need, and are not disadvantaged by their location.

A copy of the draft strategy and a link to a short feedback questionnaire are available to view on our website at the following page:

https://www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk/consultation-rural-crime-strategy/

The closing date for the consultation is Friday 8th November.

TO REPORT

Streetlights, Rights Of Way, Pot Holes, flooding issues and more go to – http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/homepage/98/report_it

POLICE: 

Call 101 for non-emergency enquiries.

If you’re deaf or hard of hearing, use textphone service on 18001 101.

Calls to 101 cost 15 pence per call from landlines and mobiles, no matter how long you’re on the phone.

Email: eveshamtsrw.snt@westmercia.pnn.police.uk

Websitehttps://www.police.uk/west-mercia/PAC08/

 

Severn Trent with partner Amey plan to start water main renewal from 14th October 2019 with a provisional finishing date of 6th December 2019. Letter and map attached. NB: Ignore start dates in letter.

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Download: Hipton Hill Start Letter pdf (967 KB)

The Harvington Neighbourhood Plan was unanimously adopted by Wychavon District Councillors at the Special Council Meeting at the Civic Centre yesterday evening. The neighbourhood plan has been given full weight in making decisions on planning applications in the parish since the examiner recommend it proceed to referendum but now is formally ‘made’.  Congratulations to all involved in bringing the neighbourhood plan to fruition.

Notice of Conclusion of Audit attached along with sections 1,2 and 3 of the Annual Governance & Accountability Return 31st March 2019.

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Download: Conclusion of Audit 2018-19 (4 MB)

Please find attached the results of the Neighbourhood Plan referendum held on Thursday 25th July 2019.

The Harvington Pastoral Support Network is a village initiative aimed at providing neighbourly support to local residents. The co-ordinators are Wendy and Konrad Monks and the other volunteers in the group are currently Mike Barbour, Annette France, and Sue Bullard. The Rector, Reverend Canon Richard Thorniley, oversees the project.
The purpose of the network is to provide low-key practical and emotional support to residents of the village, or to provide advice about how to access help for more complex needs. Over the last couple of years we have focused on raising awareness of the service through notices in the Village News, the Arch Messenger, and the “Welcome to Harvington”booklet which we produced. This has been effective in that we are quite often approached now by people who would like some help, or residents who have noticed that someone seems to be struggling a bit and who would “just like to let us know”. So, for instance, we
have been able to help with lifts to various appointments, taken people shopping or got provisions in for them if they have been poorly, and undertaken small practical or DIY tasks.
We are also providing friendly visiting for some people who are isolated or have suffered poor health or bereavement. In addition, we have been able to mobilise the very positive community spirit which exists in Harvington to keep a friendly eye on some of the more vulnerable villagers, and, for instance, to alert relatives where necessary.
It has been gratifying to recognise the care and goodwill that characterises the people of Harvington and we hope the project will be able to go from strength to strength. If you would like to speak to the team, or need a copy of the “Welcome” booklet, do please contact us on 01386 870267. E-mail address: harvingtonpsn@gmail.com

Celebrating our 5th Birthday this year, the Harvington Phoenix Ladies Group welcomes all ladies to join us on the 1st Wednesday of every month in the Village Hall at 7.45 pm. Activities include a wide variety of speakers, demonstrations and occasional days out.

Contact Ali (870179) or Wendy (870267) if you have any questions or you just want to find out more.

For details of events planned and further information please see the attached notice.

Waste and recycling collection changes.

From Monday 15th October Wychavon District Council (WDC) will be making changes to waste and recycling collections.If you have not had a letter then please go to our online bin look-up service here where you can find out the details of the new collection arrangements or you can email Wychavon@fccenvironment.co.uk  or call 01386 565018.

Our garden waste customers (brown bin) should note that these will now be collected on the same day as their recycling (green bin).

 

Why are we making these changes?

We have introduced these changes due to the increase in new housing across the district and increased travelling times for our collection vehicles to the energy from waste plant in Hartlebury. The changes will allow us to increase efficiency by eliminating unnecessary journeys.

Good news! Residents can now recycle more from the kerbside

The changes have allowed us to increase the number of items residents can recycle from the kerbside. People will be able to recycle household batteries, textiles and small electrical items by placing them out on the same day as their black bin collection.

The reason we are asking people to recycle these items on their black bin week is to avoid any potential confusion with items that are recycled via their green bin. Batteries, textiles and electrical items require a separate recycling process to paper, glass, plastic etc and if they were to accidentally are put in the green bin they could cause difficulties at the recycling facility at Norton and pose a fire hazard.

To recycle these items via the kerbside collection people must:

·         Ensure batteries are placed in a small clear tied bag (eg a sandwich bag although they could also use a clear used bread bag) and put on top of their bin or out with their sacks if on a sack collection. They must be in a bag so they don’t cause a trip hazard and don`t fall through the cage on the collection vehicle.

·         Textiles must be placed in a carrier bag and put out with sacks or the side of the black bin. They must be stored in a bag to prevent them from getting dirty or wet which would make them unsuitable for recycling. Stuffed items such as pillows, duvets and quilts cannot be accepted through this scheme. We would encourage people to donate any good quality clothing or textiles to charity shops. Residents can use this handy charity shop locator to find their nearest one.

·         Small electrical items (toaster, hairdryer, curling tongs, kettles etc) can be placed on top of the black bin or out with sacks.

For more detailed information about the changes click here.