Wychavon Parish News – December 2020

Wychavon Parish News – December 2020

2020 has been a year we probably all want to forget, but one that we probably never will. From dealing with a flooding emergency in February to a global health pandemic and now a bird flu outbreak, it certainly has been challenging.

Despite all of this though, public services, communities and businesses have pulled together and shown tremendous creativity, ingenuity, and resilience.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you, our parish and town councils, for everything you have done to support your communities and to help the vulnerable during this extraordinary year. Thank you. 

Have a happy, safe, and restful Christmas and let’s hope 2021 turns out to be much less eventful.

Changes to Christmas bubbles

At the weekend the Prime Minister announced changes to the rules on forming Christmas bubbles. This is in response to rising case numbers and the discovery of a new variation of the Covid-19 virus which is more easily spread.

You are now only allowed to form a Christmas bubble, with up to two other households, on Christmas Day.  This should be considered a maximum and not a target to aim for.

Read the new rules on forming Christmas support bubbles.

At all other times you must follow the rules for Tier 2.

Read more about what you can and cannot do in Tier 2.

Dr Kathryn Cobain, Worcestershire’s Director of Public Health, has issued a Christmas message explaining more about the mutation of the virus and top tips to help you and others stay safe.

Read Dr Cobain’s Christmas message.

One in three cases of coronavirus are transmitted by people who do not have symptoms. That’s why you are urged to act as if you do have the infection and to make sure you follow the rules and do the basics – wash your hands regularly, wear face coverings and keep a safe distance from others.

Food, medicines and other support for the vulnerable

Worcestershire Here 2 Help continues to provide support for vulnerable people who need help accessing food, medicines or other support.

We are also working with other organisations to support families in need during the school holidays.

Read more about how we are tackling holiday hunger.

Christmas and New Year bin collection changes

We are making changes to our waste and recycling collections over the festive period.  You can read about these here.

We have also produced some top tips to help residents recycle right at Christmas and reduce your waste.

Bird flu outbreak

Public Health England has confirmed an outbreak of bird flu among wild birds in Worcestershire. The risk to public health is low but please do not touch dead or sick birds. Residents who keep poultry or captive birds, even as pets in their back garden, need to take action.

Read more about the bird flu outbreak.

Help us support rough sleepers

We are currently running a campaign to encourage people to tell us if they see someone sleeping rough.  People are being encouraged to provide information through Streetlink either online www.streetlink.org.uk, by the smartphone app or by calling 0300 500 0914. StreetLink will pass the details to our housing team or outreach service who will go and find the individual and begin working with them to offer help and support.

We have helped 36 people to get off the streets since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sadly, a few people have chosen not to take up the help offered. We continue to work with them and to offer support.

Emergency shelters will be opened on cold nights to make sure people who have chosen to continue to sleep rough have somewhere to go when temperatures fall.

New Homes Bonus

We contacted parish and town clerks back in September to inform them about the  arrangements for closing our New Homes Bonus scheme. Since then we have received proposals to spend remaining New Homes Bonus allocations from a number of parish and town councils. If you still have uncommitted New Homes Bonus you have until 31 March 2021 to submit your proposals to us.

Community Legacy Grants

We received a flurry of last minute expressions of interest for round three Community Legacy Grants just in time for the deadline on 7 December. We received 26 expressions of interest in total and have invited parish and town councils to proceed to full application for 18 projects.  The closing date for full applications is 5 March 2021.

Census 2021

On 21 March next year households across the district will be asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and the population. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

For the first time the Census will be carried out mainly online. Households will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing them to complete their questionnaire online. Paper questionnaires will be available on request.

A number of temporary jobs are available to help carry out the Census.

Find out more about Census jobs and apply.

And finally …..

Keep up to date with all our public messaging by following our social media accounts or checking the coronavirus update page on our website

Update- The Department for Transport has granted the derogation Pershore station

Update sent to Pinvin Parish Council from NetworkRail on 21st December 2020 see below.

Thank you for your ongoing support for our joint ambitions to improve Pershore station. In the last 20 years, passenger numbers have more than doubled from under 50,000 in 2000, to more than 102,000 prior to the pandemic.

As vaccines start to be rolled out across the country, the railways are going to be a key part of our country’s recovery and we want to be ready to welcome passengers back as soon as we can.

You will know that we currently have limited car parking at the station which suppresses demand, and Wychavon District Council have plans to use land around the station to increase this provision.

Our plans are to dedicate the current car park for those who require level access to the platform, including blue badge holders, with all other vehicles in the new car park. This requires a derogation by the Department for Transport (DfT) from existing legislation.

We are glad to report that the DfT has granted this derogation, thanks in part to your support. Our next steps will be to go through the various options of viably delivering the masterplan so that all passengers benefit from our proposed plans.

Thank you again for your support; we will update you following these meetings.

Yours sincerely,

Vic Allison, CEO Wychavon District Council.

Matthewe Golton, Interim Managing Director, Great Western Railway,

Dr Mike Gallop, Interim Regional Director, NetworkRail.

Tier Two restrictions for Worcestershire from 2nd December 2020

Tier Two restrictions for Worcestershire

Today, the Government announced Worcestershire will go into Tier Two category of restrictions, once the current lockdown finishes on December 2nd.

Worcestershire has worked very hard during the lockdown to reduce the number of cases of Covid-19 in the county.

We have seen some good progress, which has resulted in the county avoiding tier 3 restrictions. We now need to continue the good work and bring the number of Covid-19 cases down further.

From Wednesday 2nd December, everyone in Worcestershire will need to observe Tier Two restrictions.

Tier Two restrictions include:

  • you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
  • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’.
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs.
  • pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals.

The full list of restrictions are available on the dedicated pages of the Government’s website.

These restrictions are considered necessary because the infection rate remains too high. The virus doesn’t stay in a single area but spreads where people are mixing. It is very important that we all now follow these new rules, to reduce the number of Covid-19 cases and stop the virus spreading further.

Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health for Worcestershire said:  

“I would like to thank you all for your continued hard work in helping to stop the spread of Covid-19. During these recent restrictions, we have seen some positive signs that Covid-19 cases are starting to stabilise in the county.

The tier we will be in from December 2nd, will be reviewed every two weeks so it is important that we keep these figures heading in the right direction. Therefore, we need to continue to follow the measures in place to protect us all. We need to keep following the rules and keep building on the hard work we have done so far.

This is a real opportunity, to take control of the virus, get our figures down and reduce the risk of transmission, especially with Christmas around the corner.

It is up to us all now to keep going with the good work, by social distancing, by wearing a face covering, by washing our hands regularly and limiting our contacts.”

Councillor John Smith, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing and Chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board added: “These new measures represent a renewed opportunity to get our numbers down even more. If we keep working together to follow the rules, we will keep the people of Worcestershire safe and reduce the transmission of the virus.”

For the latest information on the restrictions and what you can do over the Christmas period visit the dedicated pages of the County Council’s website.

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Worcestershire County Council- #HandsFaceSpace campaign

Worcestershire County Council is creating a #HandsFaceSpace video campaign to encourage people to follow social distancing rules – wash your hands regularly, wear face coverings and keep a safe distance – and they need your support.

The campaign is focused on asking people to create short videos to tell us why sticking to the ‘Hands, Face, Space’ guidance matters to them.

We want you to share your story by sending us a 50 second max, selfie-style video (landscape if possible), explaining why the government’s #HandsFaceSpace guidance matters to you personally. Maybe your loved ones have been shielding, or getting your business going relies on everybody following the guidelines? Perhaps you haven’t been able to regularly see your grandchildren, or you’ve really missed meeting up with friends?

We want to encourage more people to follow the guidelines and will be sharing your video across our website and social media channels.

Watch an example video using this link: https://we.tl/t-qOdDvXPrJU

Tips for recording your video:

 Use a smartphone and if possible, record your video in landscape

  • 50 seconds max
  • Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, we just want to hear from you
  • Please don’t read from a script, just chat normally.
  • We’d like personal stories, to help others understand why it matters to everyone to follow the guidance.
  • Don’t worry about the public health messages, we will add a slide at the end of the video, which reminds everyone of the hands, face, space message.

Video files are usually too large for email so we suggest sending them to us using www.wetransfer.com. Just follow the instructions on screen to attach your file and in the ‘send to’ box use the email

Sharing your #HandsFaceSpace message will help us to continue keeping people safe. Many thanks for your support

 

 

Pinvin Parish Council Newsletter – August 2020

PINVIN PARISH COUNCIL NEWSLETTER

In April this year Wychavon District Council carried out a postal housing needs survey for the residents of Pinvin. This survey included a section on resident’s view of Pinvin as a place to live. The results of this survey showed several areas of concern. This newsletter aims to update residents on the actions that the Parish Council have taken and plan to take to tackle these issues.

Speeding of vehicles through the village

In 2017 the Parish Council met with a representative from Worcestershire County Council highways department to ask for advice on how to slow the speed of vehicles through Pinvin. We followed his recommendations and installed village gates at the 30mph entry and painted dragon’s teeth markings on the road at the 40mph entry near to Long Lane. We purchased a second vehicle activated speed sign.

The council also investigated setting up a volunteer-run Community Speed Watch to allow residents to take an active part in monitoring speeding in the village. This was deemed not to be viable at the time by the Speed Watch coordinator due to the average speed of vehicles which led to Pinvin having regular visits from the speed van, parked opposite the Hayfields estate.  The Operations Manager for West Mercia Police Road Safety has told the council that the speed of vehicles through the village has decreased on average since the presence of the speed van, but the speed van has not visited recently due to the lockdown. We are pushing again for Community Speed Watch to happen in Pinvin.

Several residents have approached the Parish Council to volunteer to help with fundraising or who are willing to donate towards further methods to reduce traffic speeds. The suggestion has been made to install speed indicator sign near to the Gosney Fields and Hayfields estates. This would cost around £4,000. Councillor Liz Tucker (WCC) has promised £1,000 from the funds for community projects and the Parish Council will provide £1,000 from its funds. We hope the remaining £2,000 would come from the village through donations and fundraising.

If anyone is willing to organise/help with fundraising or willing to make a donation, please contact the Parish Council Clerk, Carole Hirst  at .

Increasing number of HGVs

The Parish Council is constantly monitoring this issue. WCC highways laid speed monitoring in 2016 which recorded the number and type of HGV’s as well as the speed.  Cllr Tucker organised for monitoring to be laid across Main Street before lockdown this year. The latest results have not been sent to us as yet, but when we have received them we will take any action we can if the numbers have increased substantially in the last four years. The Parish Council has limited powers as the road through Pinvin is a ‘B’ road and the airfield at Throckmorton has been given planning permission for various storage depots.

Community Spirit

The Parish Council, over the last two years, has bid for and been awarded £40,000 from New Homes Bonus and Section 106 funding. This money is for community initiatives asked for by residents.

So far £20,000 has been spent on new playground equipment, and there is now play equipment suitable for pre-school children as well as the older age group. The playground has recently had fencing erected around it to make it a safer environment. We have also installed a new picnic bench in the play area.

A further £8000 will be spent on a teen shelter and basketball hoop, to be installed in the autumn at the edge of the playing fields. These two items have been asked for by residents. The shelter will be enclosed with clear plastic sides and roof so will also provide shelter for dog walkers, walkers and family groups.

The final £12,000 is earmarked to be spent on developing a community orchard. This will be planted between the allotments and the playing fields. If anyone would be interested in planning and developing the orchard please contact Parish Council clerk, Carole Hirst .

Memorial Hall

The Memorial Hall is managed by the Memorial Hall Committee. They have an AGM on Thursday 20 August at the Memorial Hall, please go along and support them.

Playing Fields

The playing fields are managed by the Playing Fields Committee.  With no organised teams in the village and little support, they have decided to close the charity.  This means that management of the playing fields will revert to the Parish Council once the legal process is completed. The Parish Council is looking to organise the removal of the burnt-out container and the repair or removal of the other buildings.

Public Meeting

The Parish Council will be organising a public meeting to discuss traffic issues in early September, provided the Memorial Hall proves suitable with social distancing rules!

 

Calling Community Project Creators!!! £85,000 funding available!!

Crowdfund Worcestershire has been launched by Worcestershire County Council to help local organisations gain funding through the Spacehive crowdfunding platform – www.spacehive.com/movement/worcs

Worcestershire County Council has a funding pot of £85,000 available through Crowdfund Worcestershire to support organisations in their bid to help in the county’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic – https://www.spacehive.com/movement/worcs/supporters

This is an opportunity for organisations that have project ideas, which need financial backing, to create a project on Spacehive and pitch for a pledge via the Crowdfund Worcestershire platform by 30th September 2020, clearly outlining how they may be able to help maintain progress in these five key areas:

o             Food Poverty – predominately focused on families.

o             Social isolation/befriending – looking at virtual community connections / or adapted schemes that comply with social distancing.

o             Return to work – helping people prepare for a return to work or helping them into work.

o             Maintaining our volunteering offer – helping to create a legacy of community and volunteer action post Covid-19.

o             Healthy Communities – activities to improve the health and wellbeing of your local community.

Projects may also qualify for pledges from the County Councillor’s Divisional Fund.

In addition, organisations in Malvern Hills and Wychavon will also have the chance to tap into pledges for community based transport projects. This funding, via the same Spacehive platform, will be led by Malvern Hills and Wychavon District Councils and there’s pledges of up to £50,000 up for grabs for this first round.

If you would like to find out how you can create a project and access funding please register for the FREE on-line events taking place on the 13th August and 4th September  by visiting https://www.spacehive.com/movement/worcs/news  Project Creator Workshop and click on BOOK A PLACE.

 

Reporting common issues with Wychavon District Council that could affect YOU!

Click on the links below to report common issues that affect you.

Environment and animals.

Planning Enforcement.

Pinvin Parish Council Ordinary Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday 7th July at 7.30pm on 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 support Parish Council during the COVID 19 Pandemic.

Parish Councils are now permitted to hold their meetings remotely, online and Pinvin Parish Council will host its Formal Ordinary Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 7th July 2020 at 7.30pm via ZOOM.

The meeting is accessible to the public in exactly the same way that every other Parish Council meeting was and each meeting is set up with meeting ID and password details.

Should you be interested in logging into the Parish Council meeting on the 7th July at 7.30pm please contact the Clerk by email on "> for login details. The meeting will be via ZOOM and therefore you will need to download the software on https://zoom.us/signin which is FREE. The meeting can be viewed via your PC or you can dial in via a UK phone number unique to ZOOM for meetings. The Clerk will supply all this information on request.

As per all Parish Council meetings the Public will be welcome to speak during “Public Question Time” and able to observe the remainder of the meeting.

 

Worcestershire County Council Update COVID 19 – June 12th 2020

Key Messages

As stated previously, 97% of Primary Schools are open for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils. Up to 60% of eligible pupils attended last week but due to staffing and space constraints, some smaller schools have re-opened on a part time basis.

  • Plans are being finalised for the phased return of pupils in year 10 and 12 in secondary schools, sixth form and further education colleges across the county from Monday next week (15 June). Risk assessments have been taking place on a school by school basis to ensure pupils and staff will be returning to school safely.
  • Face-to-face birth registrations by appointment only resumed this week at four sites across Worcestershire – Worcester (County Hall), Bromsgrove, Redditch and Kidderminster, and by the end of Saturday, the offices will have registered 226 births which is a fantastic achievement.
  • The Regional Testing Facility at Worcester Warriors can process approx. 600 tests per day. Capacity is managed within the DHSC system, with availability being released to meet demand as required. Review of “pop-up” locations underway as businesses and sites start to re-open.
  • 10 of the 11 Household Recycling Centres in Worcestershire are now open. As expected, these are extremely busy and therefore additional traffic management measures have been put in place.
  • The level of infections in Care Homes in Worcestershire remains stable and in line with levels across the West Midlands. All staff and residents in Care Homes with positive cases of COVID-19 have been tested.
  • The Test and Trace service is live. A team of Environmental Health Officers and Public Health Practitioners will provide this locally in Worcestershire. The COVID-19 Outbreak Control Plan is being developed
  • Plans under way to facilitate the phased re-opening of Libraries next month. Risk assessments being undertaken to ensure social distancing rules can be observed.
  • Pressure continues to ease on the Acute Trust with the number of active cases and new admissions still falling. Only 29 new cases have been identified in the past 10 days.
  • No significant issues with PPE. Now responding to calls for PPE from Dental Surgeries in light of plans to re-open next week.
  • Plans to support businesses as we begin to enter the economic recovery phase are being developed jointly by the County Council, the District Councils and partners. Government grants continue to be distributed to ensure businesses benefit from the additional funds.

Key Service Areas

Adult Services

Increasing concerns re the financial viability of Care Homes linked to a reduction in admissions.

  • As with school capacity issues, adherence to social distancing guidance will impact on Day Care capacity provision.
  • Worcestershire County Council Care Home Support plan has been published and is available at:

www.worcestershire.gov.uk/downloads/download/1437/worcestershire_s_covid-19_care_home_support_plan

  • COVID-19 restrictions have enabled a review to commence on how service provision could be delivered differently in future.
  • In addition to Libraries, exploring opportunities to re-open Museums and Registration Services.

Children’s Services

  • Awaiting several guidance notes from the Department for Education on:
    • Home to School Transport
    • Summer Activity Clubs
    • Autumn Term commencement
  • There remains a level of parental anxiety surrounding the phased re-opening of schools, which accounts for the lower turnout than expected.
  • To ensure social distancing measures are in place, it is estimated that there will be a significant reduction in pupil capacity, although this will obviously vary by school.
  • Attendance at school is still to be voluntary and online learning will continue to be available pupils not in schools.
  • Home to School transport being provided to those entitled to subsidised transport. Whilst too early to say, it is likely that transport expenditure will increase

Community Services

  • The Here2Help Contact Centre has scaled its opening times to reflect the reduction in calls for assistance.
  • Frequently Asked Questions paper being developed relating to testing within the community.

Economy & Infrastructure

  • Highways surface dressing and maintenance returning to “Business as Usual”. Construction work on the county’s major infrastructure projects are restarting.
  • The vastly improved Kidderminster Rail Station opened 6/6/20
  • In accordance with recent guidance from Transport Minister Baroness Vere, contractors are required to comply with the Highway Sector’s recently issued Site Operating Procedures which require personnel with symptoms to stay at home and sets out clear hygiene and travel procedures for those attending site.

Workforce and Training

  • Working from home will be the norm for the foreseeable future. We remain committed to ensuring staff are supported and that any action we take is mindful of wider considerations such as future transmission risk, social distancing measures, school closures, childcare needs and transport/travel concerns.
  • Self-assessment of home workspaces is now under way and all requests for additional equipment will be delivered by 12 June.

Communications

  • Developing messages around Test and Trace
  • Working with the Worcestershire Association of Carers, celebrating National Carers Week.

Finance

  • £2.7m funding allocated to support Test and Trace.
  • The return to MHCLG on our expected spend / lost income due next week, with an increasing concern over Social Care and Home to School Transport.

COVID-19 STATISTICS

Official statistics and information are available on the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-track-coronavirus-cases

Some key statistics being:

Number Testing Positive in Worcestershire 1423
Number Testing Positive in UK 292950

 

UK 8/6 
Number of Tests carried out on the day 193253
Daily Increase in Cases 1541
Cumulative Deaths 41481

 

WHERE CAN I GET FURTHER INFORMATION, HELP AND ADVICE?

Reminder that the Here2Help website www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help is the first point of contact if people want to offer assistance or gain support. The other option is the telephone contact number which is staffed 8am-6pm 6 days a week – 01905 768053.

Carers who support a family member or friend who require support should contact the Worcestershire Association of Carers on www.carersworcs.org.uk  or call the Helpline 0300 012 4272.

http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/coronavirus

NHS Website for information on Coronavirus

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Wychavon Parish News Update – 12th June 2020

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) update: 12 June 2020

You can keep up to date with all our public messaging by following our social media accounts or checking the coronavirus update page on our website.

If you are aware of anyone who is vulnerable and in need, please make sure they fill in the form or call the number on the Worcestershire Here 2 Help website.

If have any concerns or need specific support related to the Covid-19 outbreak you can contact or ring 01386 565168.

Test and Trace service

The new NHS Test and Trace service launched across England on 28 May. This means that anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus can quickly be tested to find out if they have the virus, and also includes targeted asymptomatic testing of NHS and social care staff and care home residents.

The service will help trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of the virus.

Update on council services

  • Our Customer Contact Centres in Droitwich, Evesham and Pershore remain closed. You can still use our online services or contact us by phone.
  • The Exceptional Hardship Fund has been temporarily replaced with the Covid-19 (coronavirus) Council Tax Hardship Fund 2020-2. Visit the page for further information Exceptional Hardship Fund.
  • All children’s play areas are closed. Our parks remain open but you must follow social distancing rules.
  • Droitwich, Evesham and Pershore Leisure Centres are closed.
  • Public toilets – Broadway Activity Park and Pershore High Street (due to maintenance issues) are closed.
  • Libraries (run by Worcestershire County Council) are closed. You can still download free audio books.
  • Committee meetings are being held virtually.
  • Our bulky waste collections have re-started. Garden waste and waste and recycling collections are unaffected.
  • Our licensing functions have also been affected. Visit the Worcestershire Regulatory Services website for more information.
  • Car parking – all of Wychavon’s Pay and Display Car Parks are now free to use. NHS Staff and health care staff can also park for free in any on-street parking bay, for any length of time, while carrying out essential duties, as long as they are displaying evidence of employment. See our parking page for more information.

Household recycling centres

The HRCs in Droitwich and Hill and Moor are now open and operating in line with the social distancing requirements.

Residents are being encouraged to check the website for full details of the social distancing measures, opening times and other restrictions before they visit an 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.

Sites are expected 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 in at any one time. Worcestershire County Council has worked with colleagues in Highways and will have traffic management in place where possible and will monitor this to try and keep disruption to the network to a minimum.

Support for businesses

By the end of May we had paid 2,347 of business grants to Wychavon businesses totalling £27.4 million.

In addition we have been given £1.5million of discretionary grant funding to help 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.

Businesses must also demonstrate they have been significantly affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. Visit our website for more details and how to apply. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 19 June 2020.

Our Covid-19 information business page contains lots of other information and advice for businesses including reopening businesses safely, making shops Covid-19 safe, links to government guidance for different types of businesses and other sources of financial support.

Crowdfund WYCHAVON launched

All community groups operating in Wychavon can apply for funding as part of our Spacehive crowdfunding platform. Crowdfund WYCHAVON has now been launched and the deadline for expressions of interest is 15 June.

Supporting our communities to respond to the coronavirus pandemic isn’t just about dealing with the immediate crisis. It also requires a long-term commitment to helping our residents and businesses recover from the impact of the virus. Helping our local economy and our communities to rebuild is important to our overall recovery plan for the district.

We want to get behind projects that have the support of the community and make a positive difference, we believe that Wychavon’s community groups are a key part of this. We have pre-selected some groups and organisations that we know are providing important services and support and would benefit from additional financial help to allow them to continue their vital work.

To support groups to reach their target, we will pledge up to 50% to each group, funding a maximum of £200. The remaining funds will need to be pledged by members of the community and other interested funders, over a six week period unless the total is reached sooner. Groups will receive support from both Wychavon District Council and Spacehive to generate interest and access other sources of funding.

Expressions of interest can be completed here. If successful, a group’s crowdfund will be live shortly afterwards and will run until 31 July.

If you have any questions, please email

Changes to electoral canvass

The Government has extended the date revised electoral registers need to be published by in response to coronavirus.

The annual electoral canvass starts in July and will pose some difficulties this year due to social distancing rules, availability of volunteers and concerns about door-knocking. As a result, the Government has amended the final date for the publication of this year’s revised registers from 1 December 2020 to February 2021. This will give councils more time to complete their canvassing and maintain the accuracy of their registers.

And finally …..

Don’t forget to check our Support for community groups and charities page for the latest sources of funding support available to community groups and charities affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.  We are adding new sources of funding regularly.