Chairman’s Annual Report to Abberley Parish – 20th May 2020 Although the AGM, elections and Annual Parish Meeting are postponed until next year I thought that it would be of benefit to give an account of the Parish Council activities to date. This will certainly be known to future generations as the time of Covid […]
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Abberley is a parish in rural West Worcestershire situated within the Malvern Hills District Council boundaries. It is an approximate rectangle, 6 miles long and up to a mile wide. The ridge of Abberley Hill forms the long eastern boundary.
Abberley Hill is formed of an overturned thrust fold of Silurian rocks capped with a breccia of Permian age. On the west side of the hill, the sandstones, clays and coal seams of The Wyre Forest coalfield provided employment in extraction of coal from the Middle Ages until the late 1920s and clay for making bricks and tiles from at least the late fifteenth century until the middle of the twentieth century. At the east end of the parish, the underlying clays and sandstones are of Devonian age.
The settlement pattern of Abberley like many parishes in Worcester dates from at least Saxon times and is and remains a dispersed one with houses grouped around farmsteads or greens, Town Farm and Elms Green attest to this style of settlement. Recent local history projects have identified evidence of both pre-historic people and Romans living in the area as well as continuous occupation from the Medieval period to the present day. Farming remains the dominant land use, orchards are far less plentiful than they had been but hops are now being grown again.
Within the parish, a hunting lodge and its associated deer park were given to a favourite of the William the Conqueror after the Battle of Hastings but at times reverted to the Crown, the last hereditary owners, the Bromleys, sold the estate in 1836. Abberley Lodge was demolished and a new house named Abberley Hall was built by the Moilliets, a Birmingham banking family, the estate was later owned by John Joseph Jones, an Oldham industrialist and banker. After 1910, the Jones heirs chose not to live in Abberley and from 1912, the building has housed Abberley Hall preparatory school. Former pupils include a number of MPs including Geoffrey Howe, later Lord Abaravon and Philip Dunne the sitting MP for South Shropshire. Abberley’s other grand house, The Elms was owned by the Sir Richard and Lady Brooke from 1926 until 1946. Sir Richard established a successful racing stables; King Salmon, his most famous horse won the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown in 1934 and twice came second in the Derby. Training race horses continues elsewhere in the parish to this day. The Elms later became one of the first English country house hotels and is still operates as a hotel and spa today.
Abberley has had a village school since 1717, the school has occupied its current building since 1859. Abberley Post Office was run from rooms in private houses until moving into the Village Stores, Abberley’s remaining village shop, in the twenty first century. The Manor Arms, the remaining pub, was originally called the Bromley Arms. Abberley retains two Church of England churches, but did also have a Methodist Chapel. Owen’s Garage continues to provide a car repair business, but no longer sells fuel or operates the local bus service as it did in the twentieth century.
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Malvern Hills District Council have emailed Abberley Parish Council to request a new street name from Abberley Parish Council for the new development of 26 properties on the land at Clows Top Road, Abberley (near Abberley Parochial (VC) Primary School). Abberley Parish Council would welcome Parishioners to choose their favourite option. To vote you could […]
Please see below for link to the 4Rivers Churches Notice Sheet for week of 11th May 2020 CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD 4rivers churches Notice Sheet week 11th May
Worcestershire County Council has a website where you can report WCC issues that affect You. CLICK HERE for Worcestershire County Council “Report It” Worcestershire County Council covers: Bridges and Structures; Drainage and Flooding; Grit Bins, Gritting; Improvements to walking Cycling, Bus or Disabled Access; Mud, Oil or Spillage; Other Road or Pavement Issues; Overgrown Shrubbery; […]
Malvern Hills District Council has its own page where anyone can make reports to the Council. CLICK HERE for MHDC Report It link Report it Report abandoned vehicles To report an abandoned vehicle on the highway or public open land. Visit Abandoned Vehicles for more information. Report car park issues To report the damage to a […]
Please find below an update on the reopening of a number of our Household Recycling Centres (HRC’s) from Monday 11 May. We will be communicating the following information to the public at 12pm today and I would like to ask that you do not communicate this information until then. We will be opening 7 of […]
Applications for an Independent Lay Member of the West Mercia Police and Crime Panel are invited from members of the public. Closing date: 5pm on Monday 18 May 2020. The Panel covers the geographical areas of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Worcestershire with support for the Panel provided by Worcestershire County Council. The Panel […]
Abberley Parish Council are holding their next Parish Council meeting on Wednesday 20th May at 7.30pm via ZOOM. Government Legislation has changed for Parish Councils which came into force on the 4th April 2020 to enable Parish Councils across England to carry out their meetings. The change of legislation was introduced as a measure to […]
Last night Abberley Parish Council held their first Ordinary Parish Council since the COVID 19 Pandemic via ZOOM. The meeting was a great success. Changes in Government legislation have enabled the business of Parish Councils to continue by introducing the “Virtual Meeting” to discuss and make decisions. The next Parish Council meeting will be staged […]