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Cancellation of Parish Council Meeting Wednesday 18th March 2020

Cancellation of Parish Council Meetings

Following advice from Worcestershire CALC, Abberley Parish Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday 18th March has been cancelled due to restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus.
The Government advises that everyone implement what is termed social distancing with those who are over 70 and those who would normally get the flu jab to be particularly stringent in observing this advice. Social distancing includes avoiding large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs, Village Halls and Council meeting rooms.

Until we are informed by the Government that it is safe to do so, the Parish Council will be managing their business without formal meetings. This is in line with guidance provided by Worcestershire CALC.

Parishioners should check the Parish Council website and contact the Parish Clerk with any matter over which they have a concern or make written representation.

We apologise for this inconvenience at this time.


Carole Hirst

Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer.

Coronavirus- Sources of Advice

The coronavirus situation is fast-moving and there is an increasing amount of misinformation online. We should be using government advice to inform decisions and be checking that advice regularly.

Public Health England has FAQs that will be updated regularly

• This guidance, developed with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, aims to assist employers and businesses in providing advice to their staff

• You may find the advice from ACAS useful in considering any employment-related matters that may impact your local council

• For further reading, the Local Government Association has published a very useful list of different government advice sources

Useful links

Latest Government advice

Regularly updated information for the public on the outbreak, including the current situation in the UK and advice about the virus and its symptoms, as well as statements from the Chief Medical Officer on confirmed cases in the UK.

The Government has published its Coronavirus action plan, which outlines what the health and social care system across the UK has done to tackle the outbreak, and what it plans to do next.

Public Health England has produced a dashboard with information on confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Grant Funding for youth groups from the UK Youth Fund

UK Youth Fund


Open for Applications

Grants are available for third sector and statutory organisations in England to deliver extra sessions in youth
clubs and settings for young people or to enhance and expand existing sessions.

UK Youth, a national charity working with a network of local youth clubs and organisations to support young people
across the UK, is administering this Fund with funding being provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and
Sport (DCMS) and the Youth Accelerator Fund.

Objectives of Fund
The aim of the Fund is to provide increased capacity and support for grassroots youth organisations in England, allowing
them to reach more young people.

Value Notes
A total of around £1 million will be awarded in grants.
Grants of between £3,000 and £20,000 are available.
Please note the grant must be spent before 31 March 2020.

Who Can Apply
The following organisations can apply:
• Voluntary and community organisations.
• Registered charities.
• Constituted groups and clubs.
• Not-for-profit companies or Community Interest Companies.
• Statutory bodies (including town, parish or community councils).

Preference will be given to organisations with an annual turnover of under £1 million.
Organisations must be members of the UK Youth Movement to be eligible. They can sign up for membership free of
charge on the UK Youth website.
Applicants must be able to spend the grant by 31 March 2020.

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Alcohol.
    • Contingency costs, loans, endowments or interest.
    • Political or religious activities.
    • Profit making activities.
    • Fundraising.
    • VAT that can be reclaimed.
    • Statutory activities.
    • Capital works or refurbishment costs.

Eligible Expenditure
The funding is for the delivery of extra sessions or the expansion of existing sessions in youth clubs in England, with the
aim of reaching more young people.
The grant can be used to cover the following costs:
• Equipment.
• One-off events.
• Staff costs.
• Training costs.
• Transport.
• Utilities/core running costs.
• Volunteer expenses.
The grant must be spent before 31 March 2020.

How To Apply
Applications will be accepted from Thursday, 30 January 2020 until 5pm on Tuesday, 11 February 2020.
Applications should be made as soon as possible as the application window may close early depending on the
number of applications received.
Guidance notes and the online application form are available on the UK Youth website.
Successful applicants will receive the funding within two weeks of the closing date.

Planning Application Consultation received 19/01746/FUL The Orchard, Apostles Oak, Abberley, WR6 6AD

Planning Application Consultation received on 30th January 2020 from Malvern Hills District Council 

Proposal – Proposed demolition of existing buildings on site and development of 11 new dwelling houses.

Applicant – Eden Properties (Abberley) Ltd.

Planning Officer Lee Walton – 01684 862314

Consultation responses by 27th March 2020.

Click here to view Planning Application online


Abberley Parish Council is organising FREE Defibrillator training for members of Abberley community- Saturday 28th March at Abberley Village Hall.

Abberley Parish Council has a defibrillator situated next to the front entrance of the Village Hall. It is crucial for our community that as many local residents of Abberley as possible are trained to use this equipment should the situation ever arise.

The defibrillator training will take place on Saturday the 28th March 2020 at Abberley Village Hall.

Those who enrol on the training course should arrive at 10.15 am for a 10.30 am start.

The course is a 2 hour Basic Life Support course and includes CPR, AED (defibrillator) and Recovery Position. The course will finish around 12.30pm.

Anyone who would like to take part on the training course should email the Clerk at "> 

The course has limited places and it is therefore recommended to book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please remember that you must enrol to secure a FREE place on this course.




Open 4 Community – A Funding Portal for the Community.

Are you looking for funding for local projects and initiatives?

Identifying and diversifying alternative funding streams has never been so important for local government. That is why Worcestershire County Council has again secured Open 4 Community, an on-line funding portal designed to meet the specific needs of Parish & Town Councils, voluntary & community groups, housing associations and large charities.
These groups and organisations can search for themselves through the thousands of Government, Lottery, charitable trust and other funds available on a European, national, regional and local basis.
Key features:
• Complete and concise fund details, including criteria, who to contact and links to application forms
• Time saving- enhanced support service for local community groups
• Automatic email alerts
• Weekly e-newsletters
• Bespoke reports for funding search results
• Monthly statistical reporting to help gain vital contact details that can be used for future marketing campaigns and research, and for proving the tool’s impact
• Dedicated local support section – to advertise your own local initiatives and events.

You will be required to complete a very simple registration form which will then allow you to access detailed information on all the funds available.

So, visit the website and begin your search!

See the attached flyer for additional information.

Open4Community (flyer)

Advice on Rural Crime Prevention

Rural Crime Prevention

Machinery Theft
• Where possible, vehicles should be housed in a lockable garage or building, ideally with security lighting installed to the perimeter.
• Vehicles should always be locked when not in use, with the keys kept hidden and locked away in a secure location.
• Keep recordings or photographs of serial numbers and vehicles as these can be crucial in recovery, should the worse happen.
• Securing Quadbikes to a fixed point on the ground or something that takes time to remove will also act as a deterrent.
• Never leave the keys in the ignition.
• Keep gates to yards closed as open gates can be an open invitation to thieves.
• Install immobilisers, chip keys and trackers as these are a simple way to deter criminals or track vehicles.
• Install CCTV

Who to call and when?
Urgent: If a Crime is in progress dial 999
Non-Urgent: Dial 101 to report a Crime after it has taken place.
Provide Information: Contact the Rural Crime Hotline to give information anonymously. You can submit information online

or call the Rural Crime Hotline on 0800 783 0137

Overgrown Hedges and Trees bordering roads and paths. (Encroachment)


Dear Parishioners,
You may not be aware that there are strict rules governing the growth of trees and hedging bordering paths and roads.

1. There should be clearance of at least 2.2m (7’ 2’’) above a footway, pavement, or verge to allow pedestrians free passage.

2. Hedges/vegetation should be cut back to the boundary line so as not to overhang or encroach onto the highway (meaning carriageway, footway or verge)

We realise that there are only a couple of months to go before all hedge cutting has to stop until 1st September but we would request that you check any of your boundaries to make sure that you are compliant with the above.

It is very easy for hedges to get thicker just by a little bit each year, despite being cut back regularly, to the extent that they eventually take up quite a lot of space on a pavement. That hedge may require some radical pruning to put it back where it should be. Indeed, your hedges may need more than one pruning session to keep them inside your boundary line.

All hedge/ tree cutting should be completed by 1st March.

NB Health and Safety take precedence so wherever there is a danger to the public caused by overgrown hedges they can be dealt with irrespective of date.

There is a process to be followed as shown below:

– If required, the Parish Council will send a letter to individual landowners to notify them that their hedges/trees need some remedial work.

– If the problem is not rectified then the matter would be passed to County Highways. They will then contact the Landowner to ask for that work to be done. If not completed within a certain time period they will undertake the work themselves and may then present a bill to the landowner.

CLICK HERE to download document in pdf.

Abberley Parish Council 2019