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Dear Parishioners

It is starting to cool down and heating is going on so it is timely to consider the best energy savings ideas and see what improvements you can make to reduce your carbon footprint and your bills at home.

Have you checked how much loft insulation you have? To meet current Building Regs you need at least 270mm of loft roll whether it’s sheep’s wool or hemp or mineral wool. Aim for 350mm. Most people have about half this… and 25% of your heat goes out through the roof. If you can’t get in your loft for safety reasons then ask a trusted person or qualified installer to do this for you. Make sure air gaps for roof ventilation are not obstructed. Seek advice if you’re not sure.

Is your cylinder insulated? Are your pipes all insulated? Draught proofing? Use thermally backed curtains to reduce heat loss through your windows. Have you got double glazing? If you have cavity walls have they been cavity filled if suitable?

Consider turning down your thermostat by 1oC which could save 8% on your bills according to Carbon Trust.

If you have a condensing regular or combi boiler then turn down the heat flow temperature to 55oC (usually inside the front cover) or ask boiler technician to do this for you. Check your manufacturer’s instructions- see useful U tube videos on how to do this correctly.

Want to go further then make the most of the heat pump grant under the Boiler Upgrade Scheme which is now £7,500 and will cover the cost for a small heat pump or make a big contribution to a larger installation. The grant is also available for biomass boilers. If your gas/oil boiler is old then check out heat pumps!

We can’t advise on installers but make sure you look for MCS accreditation (Microgeneration Certification Scheme). These installers are on a register so they ensure staff are trained. They also use specified MCS certified products with published performance figures.

The parish council will have a Climate Evening in the new year to share experience and ideas in the parish.

Cathie Eberlin

Parish Councillor

Small grants (£50-£500) are available to organisations in Malvern Hills District to support residents across the district, by providing free spaces and places for them to go to connect and stay well over the winter period.

Warm and Welcoming Wellbeing Grants


Small grants (£50-£500) are available to organisations in Malvern Hills District to support residents across the district, by providing free spaces and places for them to go to connect and stay well over the winter period.

Grant funding is available as part of the Household Support Fund, to support community organisations across the district, this could be to provide a new service or to develop a current offer over the winter period.

Please note, there is a finite budget available to support projects. When allocating funding, consideration will be given to the following:

  • the amount of time each project is able to open each week. We are particularly keen to support sessions that are open on evenings, weekends and school holidays, and are accessible to families, but we will consider applications for week daytime provision too.
  • we are keen to support provision that includes either hot drinks or food as part of the offer and activities that children of all ages can enjoy.

Organisations can apply for up to £500 to support with:

  • Utility Bills, pay for energy efficient ways to keep the space warm.
  • To open up your community venue more frequently and allow greater access for families.
  • Staff or volunteer costs to open the facility
  • Set up costs and marketing.
  • Purchasing food supplies
  • Purchasing catering equipment to enable you to provide food and refreshments
  • Working with a partner organisation to deliver food
  • Activities suitable for children and families to take part in at no or little cost

For questions/ support with the application form please contact

Please request a short expression of interest form from Claire, and return this by Friday 24th November 2024.

Reporting speeding issues within Abberley Parish to Operation Snap

CLICK HERE TO CHECKOUT Operation Snap | West Mercia Police

As part of Operation Snap, members of the public can report and submit digital footage showing potential traffic offences via a secure online form.

Submit footage

This can range from driving dangerously or carelessly to overtaking on solid white lines, using a mobile phone while driving, ignoring traffic lights or dangerous driving around other road users, such as horse riders and cyclists.

Please note; issues with number plates, windscreens and minor traffic offences are unable to be dealt with via Op Snap and general parking complaints should be raised with the relevant local authority. Notification of untaxed vehicles can be reported directly to DVLA, reports of no MOT or no insurance should be logged to 101, not via the Op Snap portal.

Your submission will be sent to West Mercia Police where the evidence will be reviewed by one of our road traffic police officers.

One statement is required for each submission/offending vehicle. We are unable to process multiple offences sent as one submission.

West Mercia Police will strive to update each submitter regarding the outcome of their allegation. All submissions are dealt with pro-actively to help reduce risk taking and poor driving on our counties roads.

Any footage submitted through the portal can be used by us to help educate other road users and to advise on case results.

Please note – if you operate a recording device in a public place, you may have obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It is in your interest to familiarise yourself, and comply with, any such obligations as apply to you. If you are in any doubt as to your obligations, please obtain independent legal advice to ensure you do not put yourself at risk of prosecution. By submitting footage you acknowledge you have read and understood this before proceeding.


There is an app, “Speedcam Anywhere 2” that can be downloaded to use.  The content is then submitted to Operation Snap. The app charges £14.99 for 100 recordings which can then be passed across to the police.

(Please take note of the GDPR alert highlighted above)


For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section or email 

Abberley has a vacancy to co-opt a Parish Councillor onto Abberley Parish Council

Please see the form linked below.

Please return your completed form, together with the completed Co-option Eligibility Form to:

Abberley Parish Council, 1a Church Walk, Areley Kings, Stourport on Severn, Worcestershire DY13 0AL
Or Email: by 5th January 2024 at 5pm

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE Co option Policy and application form

DOMESTIC RECYCLING AND WASTE – Christmas Collection Changes

Christmas Domestic Collection 2023

Notice of Vacancy in Office of Councillor for the Parish of Abberley



 Parish of Abberley


that a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council following the resignation on 1st October 2023 of Councillor Kate Andrew

If by 20th October 2024 a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TEN electors** for Abberley Parish then an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place not later than 27th December 2023 (within 60 days)

Dated: 2nd October 2023

Clerk to the Parish Council:

Carole Hirst



Returning Officer:

Andy Baldwin

The Council House

Avenue Road


WR14 3AF




Pavement parking in Abberley

’Dear Parishioners,

It is often brought to our notice that there is a problem with pavement parking in Abberley. It is misguided to think that it is helpful to park across the pavement. It may allow cars to pass unimpeded but it makes it IMPOSSIBLE for pedestrians, people with sight problems and pushchairs and prams to pass safely.

Below you will see the rules about parking as written in the Highway Code. They are advisory but extremely sensible. If it is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY to park on the pavement please make sure that you leave enough room for a pushchair to pass.


244 You SHOULD NOT park on a pavement
Parking on a pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.

LAW GL(GP)A Sect 15

243 DO NOT park

– near a school entrance

– opposite or within 10 metres (32ft) of a junction

– near the brow of a hill

– where the kerb has been lowered to help wheelchair users and powered mobility vehicles

– in front of an entrance to a property

– on a bend


NB DO NOT instructions are prosecutable whereas SHOULD NOT is advisory


Abberley Village Concert to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla – Abberley Village Green – Sunday 7th May 2023 at 2pm at 2pm

coronstion concert poster

Schedules roadworks about to start in Abberley – Rosedale, Abberley

Rosedale, Abberley, Worcestershire

01 May – 12 June


Roadworks, Delays possible


Traffic management: Traffic control (give & take)


Responsibility for works: Severn Trent Water


Current status: Planned work about to start


Works reference: LB525LB525A7W-13044161B

Scheduled Roadworks – The Common – Abberley

The Common, Abberley, Worcestershire

01 May – 15 May


Delays likely – Road closure


Name: The Common, Abberley


Location: The Common


Description: Streetworks / License – Streetworks


Responsibility for event: Worcestershire County Council


Current status: Planned


The Common, Abberley, Worcestershire

01 May – 15 May


Roadworks, Delays likely


Traffic management: Road closure


Responsibility for works: Severn Trent Water


Current status: Planned work about to start


Works reference: LB525A7W-13044160B