Latest News from Upton upon Severn Town Council


Film at the Memorial Hall in September
Saturday 28th September 2019    "Fisherman’s Friends"   Cert 12A 
A fast living, cynical London music executive reluctantly heads to Cornwall on a colleague’s stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss into trying to sign a group of shanty-singing fishermen. He struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. The film is based on a true story about Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends, a group of Cornish fishermen who were ultimately signed by Universal Records and achieved a top 10 hit with their debut album of traditional sea shanties. A charming and entertaining feelgood film. 
Tickets £4 on the door. Doors open 7pm. Film starts 7.30pm. Bar and Refreshments available. 
Coming soon
Saturday 26th October 2019    "GREEN BOOK"   Cert 12A   An aristocratic black pianist and a Bronx bouncer forge an unlikely friendship 
Saturday 23rd November 2019    "ALL IS TRUE"   Cert 12A   Shakespeare’s return to Stratford and family
An update on Upton Library: A consultation was carried out on all libraries across Worcestershire earlier this year and the proposal for Upton was to have no librarian but the library to be managed by volunteers. This was opposed by the Town Council, by Upton Villages Together who manage the library building and by the current volunteers themselves. The outcome for Upton was based on an assessment which allocated a 'grade' to each library, and the libraries were then ranked. Upton Library appeared near the bottom of the list.
What happened:
The consultation results indicated that the assessments weren’t quite right, so this was changed to include local transport links. This meant that Upton rose in the rankings because it has a limited bus service to other libraries;
The savings that the County Council needed to make were achieved by: cutting jobs at the Hive and by Worcester City putting money into running St Johns and Warndon libraries (among other things);
There are enough savings from these things so other libraries aren't affected in 2019/20 and some upfront savings for 2020/21.
This means:
Upton will not lose its librarian in the short term;
There shouldn't be any change to opening hours in the short term.
What's next?
The County Council will be drawing up a Libraries Strategy;
The County Council still needs to identify £205k of savings for 2020/21.
Town Council and Committee meetings in September: The next Town Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 17th September 2019. The meeting will be preceded by a Planning Committee meeting. Committee meetings will also take place on the 3rd September (Planning and Open Spaces & Cemetery). All meetings start at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber at the Memorial Hall unless otherwise stated. Residents are welcome to attend and have an opportunity to ask questions if they wish. If you are disabled and unable to go up the stairs but still wish to attend a meeting, please contact the Clerk and arrangements will be made to hold the meeting downstairs. 
If you would like to comment on any of the information above or request a copy of the minutes of any meeting, please contact the Town Council office at: Memorial Hall, Old Street, Upton upon Severn, WR8 0HA, tel: 01684 592273; email: clerk@uptonuponsevern-tc.org.uk or text/ WhatsApp to 07795 608892. Our website can be found by googling “Upton upon Severn Town Council” and clicking on the top link. 
Thinking about being a Councillor? Upton upon Severn Town Council currently has vacancies for councillors. If you’re not sure what the council does, or want to find out a bit more without committing yourself, why not attend a Town Council meeting to see what it’s all about? You can ask questions in the Public Questions section if you like, or can just attend and watch. The councillors are used to members of the public coming along and welcome anyone to the public gallery. The meetings dates list is published on our website or you can call us on 01684 592273 (Mon - Fri 10am to 2pm) and we’ll send you a copy. 
Upton Library Readers At Home: Do you or anyone you know have difficulty visiting the Library? Library volunteers can deliver a selection of books, books on CD, and books on tape free of charge direct to your home. 
To find out more, please call 01905 822722, press 3 at the first menu, press 1 at the second menu, and then ask to speak to the staff at Upton upon Severn Library. The opening hours of Upton Library are 9.30am – 4.30pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 9.30am – 1pm on Saturdays, so please call during these times. 
Consultation from Worcestershire County Council: The County Council is consulting on its draft Passenger Transport Strategy. This is the part of their strategy which decides on which funds are put towards services which include:
Subsidised bus routes for rural areas;
Transport to take children to school - for children with disabilities or special educational needs, for example;
Community Transport - for example funding for Community Action which provides transport for people where there is no adequate bus service, or who would have trouble getting to a bus stop or using a bus independently.
The strategy aims:
To create a transport plan suitable for all who need to use it
For a public transport system which offers access to services that are important to people
For good decisions on which services to allocate funding to 
To comply with the Bus Services Act 2017 which will benefit Worcestershire’s residents.
The County Council will also work with commercial bus operators to help them provide their services commercially, without the need for financial support from the County Council. 
To take part in the survey:
Visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/passengertransportstrategy for the online survey
Email your comments on bus services and other transport issues to us at clerk@uptonuponsevern-tc.org.uk and we will forward them on
Write to: Passenger Transport Strategy Consultation, Worcestershire County Council, County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester, WR5 2NP
Phone 01905 763763 and press 0 (zero) for more information 
The deadline for responses is the 13th September 2019. 
Join our Community Litter-picking team: Our caretaker regularly tidies up the new play area but when it is busy, dropped litter can still make it look a little unkempt. 

We have a small storage cupboard at the play area which contains litter-pickers, black sacks, disposable gloves, alcohol hand gel, a dustpan and brush, dog waste bags and anything else you could possibly need to do a bit of litter-picking and still have clean hands afterwards. To find out how to access the equipment, please contact the Town Council office on 01684 592273 or text 07795 608892.


Additions to the play area: CCTV will be installed in the new play area this month to protect it from vandalism and keep everyone safe. We will also be adding some new picnic benches in time for summer.


Films at the Memorial Hall: The Rural Reels team takes a break over summer, returning in the autumn with a new season of films. If there is anything that you would like to see on the big screen, contact the Town Council office to let us know.  


Council Facebook page: For information, notice of meetings and other news, visit the Council's Facebook page and click like to get our updates. 


On your doorstep…: If you have friends or family over for a weekend or in the holidays, why not visit the Tudor House Museum in Church Street? It’s not just for tourists. See old photos of Upton as it used to be, find out about how people lived in the past or just sit in the garden and have a well-earned rest.

The museum is packed with surprising finds, so your visit may be longer than you think! Now open 1.30pm – 4.30pm Tuesday to Sunday. Also open Bank Holiday Mondays. Admission £3, concessions £2, children free. Visit www.tudorhousemuseum.org for more details.


Help to keep pets and their elderly owners together: The Cinnamon Trust is a national charity for the elderly and terminally ill and their pets.  The charity seeks to keep owner and pet together for as long as possible with the help of a national network of volunteers who assist when day to day care poses a problem.

Their aim is to relieve the owners of any worry concerning the welfare of their pets both during and after their own lifetime, making the Trust unique amongst charities.

All volunteers help in the ways that are most appropriate to them.  Teams take it in turn to visit housebound owners to take the dog for a walk, volunteers will foster pets as one of their family when owners face a spell in hospital, they take pets to the vet, even clean out the budgie's cage or cats’ litter trays. If you would like to register or even have a quick chat about registering just call Sally or Tressa direct on 01736 758707 or email sallycollins@cinnamon.org.uk or tressaherriott@cinnamon.org.uk

The volunteers can gain access to the volunteer page on the Cinnamon Trust website or www.cinnamon.org.uk or by emailing volunteer@cinnamon.org.uk


Upton Co-op: Do you want a bigger Co-op store in Upton? You can help bring it to your community through Co-op’s Suggest a Site website. This is a site set up so that Co-op members can let the Co-op know where they want to see new shops. Go to www.coop.co.uk/forms/suggest-a-site to put forward your suggestions. All you need is your email address and your membership number which you’ll find on your membership card.


NEW PLAY AREA LAUNCH!  The new play area is now open! The launch event took place on Saturday 27th November – many thanks to all who attended. If you haven’t been to see the park yet, come along – there is something for children of all ages and lots of seating for supervising parents and grandparents. We will be putting in the landscaping over the next month or so and Upton in Bloom have promised to help, so it’s bound to look amazing.

See our video of the construction below.


Bank location: The mobile bank will be in Upton in the OLD STREET CAR PARK from now onwards on Mondays 10am to 12pm and Fridays from 10am to 3pm, closed between 12.15 and 1pm for lunch.   


New housing development: A new housing estate of 43 properties is due to be built at Tunnel Hill, on the field approximately opposite the entrance to Milestone Road. Building is now underway and the development will take about 2 years to complete. We have a plan of the layout upstairs at the Memorial Hall and anyone is welcome to come and have a look (our opening hours are 10am – 2pm weekdays).


Concerned about anti-social behaviour and vandalism? If you hear a disturbance, hear rowdy or loud behaviour that worries you or see anyone damaging anything or smashing bottles then ring 101 and report it to the police. We often hear about people’s concerns but very often they don’t report it because they think it’s not serious enough to bother the police with or that by the time police arrive, the people involved will have gone.

But report it anyway. The police ARE interested in these incidents and you won’t be wasting anyone’s time. They may not send anyone along immediately but they may put the area onto their routine patrols or, if the incident involves youngsters, visit the schools. And a few patrols by the police might prevent other incidents or deter people from making trouble in a particular location.

Call 101. Report it, every time. If it worries you then the police need to know.


Council Facebook page: For information, notice of meetings and other news, visit the Council's Facebook page and click like to get our updates. 


Upton Shuttle: The Upton Shuttle is a community bus service that brings passengers into Upton from their homes in and around Upton, Welland, Ripple, Uckinghall, Ryall, Naunton and anywhere else requested every Friday morning…and then takes them home again!

The service is greatly valued by its passengers and is truly inclusive. No-one has to go to a bus stop and wheelchairs are welcomed. There is a stop of about 45 minutes to an hour in the town but an enjoyable part of the trip is the bus journey itself where passengers can chat and get to know each other during the pick-ups. 

The Shuttle is seeking new volunteer drivers. If you can spare a Friday morning up to about lunchtime please get in touch, either with us or with Community Care, who run the service, via Jackie Phillips, Community Action, 28-30 Belle Vue Terrace, Malvern, WR14 4PZ.  


Rubbish Collections:

You can view the web page at www.malvernhills.gov.uk/waste-changes.

Please send any queries you may have wastechanges@malvernhills.gov.uk


Malvern Hills Food Bank:  The Food Bank is located at Unit 4, Spring Court, Spring Lane South, Malvern, WR14 1AT and is open to residents of Upton upon Severn and surrounding areas too. It is open on Mondays and Thursdays 10.15am - 12.45pm. 

The Food Bank works on a voucher system, so if you or someone you know needs help, please go to one of the local referral agencies who will do their best to help with the problem and if, necessary, provide a voucher which can be exchanged for a 3-day supply of emergency food from the Food Bank in Malvern or from one of the distribution centres.

Referral agencies in Upton upon Severn: Fortis Living, Children’s Centres, Social Services Worcestershire County Council, Citizens’ Advice Bureau and others – please check the website for the Malvern Hills Food Bank for the full list.

Local distribution centre: Riverboats Children’s Centre, Upton Primary School, School Lane, Upton upon Severn

The majority of recipients of Food Bank supplies are in work. In many cases, people are just getting by but then suffer an unexpected crisis, such as unemployment or illness, which casts them into financial difficulty. The food bank volunteers can also offer advice to people on how to manage their situation, with advice on benefits or other help that is available.

Can you help?…

By donating food? There are collection points at Roberts & Egan estate agents and Riverboats Children’s Centre, Upton Primary School, School Lane. Donations of rice, tinned meat, fish and tomatoes, tomato ketchup, pasta sauces, tea, coffee, fruit squash, jam, marmite, biscuits, fruit juice and shampoo are all greatly welcomed.

By donating your time? The Food Bank is run entirely by volunteers, including the administrators and accountants. Help is always needed at the weekly Food Bank sessions sorting food, assembling food parcels, in admin sorting rotas, vouchers and printing, or just to chat to people who come in, so they know they’re not on their own.

By donating money? The Food Bank need to purchase items for supplies that it is short of, and to pay for rent, printing and other operating costs.


Defibrillators in Upton upon Severn: Upton now has Community Public Access Defibrillators which are sited at Upton upon Severn Primary School in School Lane, The Hill Centre, Tunnel Hill and at the Sports Club building in Old Street. There are situated on outside walls in hi-vis yellow cabinets. The defibrillator at the Sports Club is in an unlocked cabinet for quick access. An alarm will sound when the cabinet is opened. To acess the other two cabinets, you will need to call 999 for the access code. 

In event of someone calling 999 and Ambulance Control establishing that there is a possible cardiac arrest they will ask if there is anyone present who can fetch the defibrillator and someone who is prepared to use it.

Ambulance control will tell the caller where it is and give them a code number to open the wall mounted box and retrieve the machine. The defibrillators are designed to be used by untrained people and alongside the support and advice that will be coming over the phone from Ambulance Control the machine gives verbal instructions as each step is performed.

After use the machine will be taken away by the ambulance crew for data download, cleaning etc. and then returned to site. In the event of someone going to the box without first speaking to Ambulance Control there are written instructions telling them to dial 999 and quote the reference number displayed on the cabinet, the process would then continue as above.

There is also a defibrillator in the Ye Olde Anchor Public House but that operates on a different system. Staff at the pub are trained to use the defibrillator and they would either be activated by ambulance control or react to any events they were made aware of.


Rural Reels: We are looking for volunteers to help with the organisation and running of screenings, particularly anyone who would like to receive training as a technician to operate the DVD and sound systems. If you are interested please contact the Town Clerk at clerk@uptonuponsevern-tc.org.uk  

If you or any organisation you represent would like a private screening or to show a film as part of an event you are planning, please contact the Town Council office to discuss this. Commercial films and licences can be supplied or you can show your own film if you wish.




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