MHDC Covid 19 update 5th June 2020

Covid-19 – update

We are beginning to see the reopening of some services and businesses across the district. We hope that you, your councillors and residents continue to stay safe.

As we were unable to hold a Parish Forum in the spring we are considering arranging a virtual session. This will follow a similar format to the normal forum style where we provide you with a district council update, you request a speaker/topic and we also hold a virtual workshop with us splitting into smaller groups to discuss things in a bit more detail. If you and your councillors would be interested in attending and would like to request a topic, please let Claire Vaughan know at or tel: 01684 862449.

You can also keep up-to-date with all our public messaging by following our social media accounts or checking the coronavirus updates on our webpage

What is and isn’t allowed under the new rules

The Cabinet Office has provided a detailed FAQs list for people on what is and isn’t allowed following changes to the lockdown restrictions.

Track and Trace System

The Government has launched a new NHS Test and Trace service across England.

Anyone who tests positive for Coronavirus will be contacted within 24 hours by the NHS Test and Trace service via text, an email alert or a call and will be asked to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes. They will be given instructions on how to share details of people they’ve been in close, recent contact with and places they have visited, and will be asked to provide this information online via a secure website or over the phone with an NHS contact tracer.

Anyone identified to have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Coronavirus will be alerted by the NHS Test and Trace service via text or email. They will then need to log on to the NHS Test and Trace website. If this isn’t possible, a trained call handler will contact the identified person about what they need to do.

The Government has also expanded testing availability for children aged under five, to help support the phased opening of schools and childcare settings in England from 1 June.

All symptomatic individuals in England can now access a test if they need one.

Visit for more information.

Recovery plan for Malvern Hills District Council

Our recovery plan was approved at Executive Committee on 26 May. The plan sets out how the council will help its communities and economies recover from the Coronavirus pandemic, as well as how the organisation will get back on track. The approach to recovery is based on four pillars:

  1. Our communities and the local economy
  2. Resetting the business of the council
  3. Recovery of the organisations
  4. Councillors and democracy

Discretionary Grant funding

A grant from the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund is available for Malvern Hills businesses not eligible to receive either the cash grant for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses or the small business grant.

Guidance has been issued by the Government and the types of business that are expected to benefit from this new funding are:

  • Businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces. Examples could include units in industrial parks, science parks and incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment
  • Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment
  • Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business rates
  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief

We have put together a policy to help us distribute this money in the fairest way possible and to help us support as many businesses as possible. Unfortunately, the money will not be enough to help every single business that does not qualify for the two main grants.

Business should ensure they have read the guidance before completing the application form.

The application form is available here. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 26 June 2020. Payments will be made after the funding round closes.

Businesses occupying rated property that are eligible for the Small Business or Retail Hospitality and Leisure grants but have not applied are still able to apply via the MHDC website.

Covid-19 Memory Bank Project

Malvern Hills District Council has launched the Covid-19 Memory Bank Project.

The Covid-19 outbreak is undoubtedly a significant moment in human history and we are keen to capture information about what happened locally to inform future generations.

People are encouraged to send in messages of goodwill they have received from neighbours, rainbow pictures they have drawn, messages of thanks they have left for key workers, diary entries the may have made during lockdown, video blogs, pictures, video footage, poems, songs or artwork.

The subject can be anything from how people felt during this time to the way the community pulled together, the weekly clap for our carers event, response of key workers on the frontline and the challenges or joys of home schooling.

The information received will be used in a future art project or exhibition and then handed over to the archive at The Hive or locally for preservation.

You can find out more about the project and upload any contributions you may have our Covid-19 Memory Bank web page.

Guidance on social distancing in outdoor spaces

The Government has issued new guidance on what people can and cannot do outdoors following the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Guidance has also been issued to help owners of parks and public spaces help people to follow the rules on social distancing. You will find it at

People Make Places Fund (Malvern Hills)

Helping our local economy and our communities to rebuild is important to our overall recovery plan for the district. As part of that plan, we want to get behind projects that have the support of the community and make a positive difference.

We have pre-selected some groups and organisations, including those signed up to the Good Neighbour Network, that we know are providing important services and support and would benefit from additional financial help. These groups will have access to our Spacehive crowdfunding platform to unlock and raise funds to continue their vital work.

The district is full of people with great ideas who come together to make things happen to support their communities. People Make Places Fund helps to connect those ideas that make a positive difference with supporters, to raise funds to make projects happen. You can find out more about the fund by emailing: . Details of local projects that are using the crowdfunding platform will be shared over the next month.

Funding support for community groups and charities

Each week we are adding new sources of funding support available to community groups and charities who are affected by the COVID-19 outbreak or who are working to support vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19.

Visit our support for community groups and charities page for more information. Please promote this support to relevant groups in your parish/town.

Here 2 Help reminder

A reminder that if you are aware of anyone who is vulnerable and in need to please make sure they fill in the form or call the number on the Here 2 Help website.

Pledge to help flood hit communities

Residents and businesses devastated by February’s severe flooding will be able to access help, advice and support at virtual roadshows.

Held by the National Flooding Forum, the roadshows in Malvern Hills will run on the following dates:

  • River Severn and Powick – Friday 19 June River Severn and Powick – Monday 22 June
  • Tenbury and Teme Valley – Friday 26 June

Anyone wanting to attend one of the virtual sessions needs to book a slot by calling the National Flood Forum on 01299 403101. Once interest has been registered, joining details for the online sessions will be provided. Click here for more information.

New training courses for clerks and councillors

Worcestershire CALC has just released a host of new training options for parish clerks and councillors. Visit to find out more.


Did you see our Community Environmental Protection Officers Dan and Jude on Channel 5’s Filthy Britain SOS (formally known as ‘Grime and Punishment’) on Sunday evening? If not, then you can watch on catch-up and they also feature in the second episode on Sunday 7 June. It’s not all as filthy as the title would have you believe, with Dan and Jude demonstrating several of the tasks they regularly undertake to keep our streets clean including enforcement work and education.

Chairman’s Annual Report to Abberley Parish – 20th May 2020

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 as the effect of the virus on the whole world has been staggering; not a single person on the planet has escaped the consequences both social and economic. It has certainly propelled Abberley and many other Councils into the world of Zoom meetings and finding different ways to communicate without putting ourselves and others at risk. After a certain amount of trepidation I think we can say that we have embraced the new way of doing things. How long that will last is a matter of speculation but, as a tool, I think virtual meetings are here to stay.
The year began uneventfully enough with the Parish Council conducting business as usual in matters preoccupying any rural Parish – flooding, pollution, overgrown hedges, litter, the inevitable Planning issues and, specifically to us, trying to assist Astley and Dunley Parish Council in combatting the illegal use of Shaver’s End Quarry.
We were delighted to welcome Mr Joel Turvey as the new Head of Abberley Parochial VC Primary School who began his tenure with a very firm wish to cement relations between the school and Abberley.
There was a Security Marking Event in September which was a very interesting exercise in how to make our belongings more secure.
We also held an extremely well attended community dance and hog roast in September in the Village Hall – the Abberley Shindig – a wonderful Ceilidh. Many thanks go to Cllr Jim Gibson, Lisa Walker and Sarah Crabbe for organising a memorable evening.
We also took that opportunity to advertise the thriving clubs and groups and committees manned by dedicated volunteers who contribute so much to Abberley life. And it was also another chance to publicise the progress of our then nascent NDP (Neighbourhood Development Plan).
A glorious day in October saw an army of volunteers striding through Abberley and its environs wielding grabbers and bin bags; our version of the Great British Tidy Up.
The Abberley NDP is now ready to present for an eight week Public Consultation after which the final draft will be written, ready for examination.
Cllr Kate Andrew stepped down as Chair of the Steering/Working Group and I want to thank her for the years of hard work that have gone in to getting us to this stage.
Cllr Jim Gibson resigned from his role as Path Warden, due to work commitments and I would like to thank him for tackling quite a time-consuming task so diligently – Abberley has many, many paths. Cllr Andrew has volunteered to take his place.
At this point I would like to thank all those who have contributed to the life of the Parish in so many different ways and are continuing to do so; our County Councillor, Dr Pollock, and our District Councillor, Mr Paul Cumming, for their presence and approachability, always ready to answer those difficult questions and to point us in the right direction; and indeed all the Parish Councillors who have taken on various roles and responsibilities, doggedly pursuing what they believe to be in the best interests of the Parish.
A special mention must go to our Lengthsman, Mr Chris Bunn, who as usual has kept Abberley looking its best.

And last but not least I would like to thank Mrs Carole Hirst, our Parish Clerk, whose advice, dedication and hard work have ensured the smooth running of Parish business especially at a time when the world as we knew it went topsy turvy.

Keep Well

Catherine Knight – Chair
Abberley Parish Council

Abberley Parish Council are seeking votes from the community for a new street name for the Development of 26 Properties on the land at Clows Top Road, Abberley (Walshes Farm)

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 simply email the clerk at "> stating your favourite option or write your favourite option on a slip of paper and place in a box provided in the Village Shop.

Options are:

1.Walshes Meadow 

The area, now approved for development, is designated on old maps as ‘the meadow behind the house’ – the house being Walshes’ farmhouse. Since medieval times and indeed, well into the twentieth century, the land had been farmed by the Walshes; a well known and respected family in Abberley and the surrounding area.

2.School Fields

A descendant of the Walshe family, the Revd Francis Severne, Rector of Abberley, established in his will of 1828, the Abberley Charity. Its purpose was to educate a number of village boys with funds provided by income from the fields at Walshes Farm.

Votes will be counted on 31st May and a further press release will appear on the website with the result.

Could any suggestions be submitted to the Clerk to Abberley Parish Council at "> no later than 31st May 2020 for consideration at the next Parish Council meeting on Wednesday 17th June at 7.30pm  via ZOOM.

Please find attached location plans and a site layout with the roads highlighted.

CLICK HERE FOR Location Plan 1-4500

CLICK HERE FOR Location Plan 1-2000



4Rivers Churches Notice Sheet for week of 11th May

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.

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; Potholes; Public Rights of Way; Street Lights; Traffic Lights or to track a previously reported Highways Issue.

Please note: Do not use this online service if your report relates to an immediate public safety issue, please contact the police


How to report issues that concern YOU and the wider community within Malvern Hills District Council.

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

Worcestershire County Council announces the re-opening of a number of Household Recycling Centres from Monday 11th May.

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 the 11 sites and these are:

*   Bromsgrove (Quantry Lane)

*   Malvern (Newlands)

*   Pershore (Hill & Moor)

*   Redditch (Crossgates)

*   Stourport (Bonemill)

*   Tenbury

*   Worcester (Bilford Road

This recognises the additional resourcing required to operate the sites in line with the new requirements, e.g. social distancing.

It is important to note that journeys to HRCs must only be undertaken if your waste or recycling cannot be stored at home safely or disposed of safely by other means.

I need your help to try and get the message to residents that this means they should only be visiting if the waste cannot be stored at their home without causing risk of injury, health or harm. There is no other reason the journey will be considered a legitimate purpose for travel.  If the waste can be temporarily stored, recycled or disposed of in a way that does not pose a risk to safety or human health, then this should be done.

We are encouraging residents to check the website for full details of the social distancing measures, opening times and other restrictions before they visit the HRC. These measures include a ‘one in, one out’ access policy, no staff assistance to remove items from vehicles so those visiting need to be able to remove their own waste, and additional services such as compost sales and charity reuse points will be closed until further notice.

We expect the sites to be very busy so residents may have to queue for a long time before they are able to access the site as only a limited number of cars will be allowed at any one time . We will have traffic management in place where possible and will monitor this to try and keep disruption to the network to a minimum.


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.

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 is part of the governance arrangements for policing in the West Mercia area and its role is to maintain a regular check and balance on the performance of the directly-elected West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner.

 Information on Police and Crime Commissioners can be found via this link: along with additional information on the recruitment process and an information pack.

Should you wish to apply, please download and complete the application form  and return to Sheena Jones, Democratic Governance and Scrutiny Manager by 5pm on Monday 18 May 2020

either by email:

or by post: Sheena Jones, Democratic Governance and Scrutiny Manager, Legal and Governance, Worcestershire County Council County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester, WR5 2NP

 In addition to the Worcestershire County Council website, details of this position can also be found in the CALC newsletter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.