Latest News from Upton upon Severn Town Council


UK Premiere in Upton upon Severn of film ‘The Wasting’: …which was filmed in and around Upton upon Severn including in our very own Memorial Hall. The event will be attended by members of the cast, including Lauren McQueen (currently starring as Lily in Hollyoaks), Shelagh McLeod and Sean Stevenson, so come along in good time to get an autograph and a selfie with them. More details below or on our Rural Reels tab. 

The event will raise money for mental health charities so the ticket price is £5 rather than the usual £4. Tickets available from the Memorial Hall in advance of the screening.


Events in Remembrance:  Sunday 11th November 2018 sees the centenary of the end of the First World War. The Town Council, in partnership with Upton in Bloom, Hanley Voices, Hot Peppers WI and Upton Primary are pleased to announce events to commemorate this significant anniversary.

Further details of these events will be published in November and on our Facebook page.


Films at the Memorial Hall in October:

Saturday 13th October 2018   "The Wasting"  Cert 12A

Filmed in locations around Upton upon Severn, The Wasting has its UK premier at the Memorial Hall. The film tells the story of Sophie, a teenager struggling to come of age, as her parents refuse to let her grow up. She fights back by not eating until a nightmarish ghost appears that may be real, or may be a deadly creation of her starving body. Blame flies between her friends, boyfriend, and parents, and a long-buried family secret is unearthed as she struggles to make anyone believe her. “The Wasting” is a worthy indie drama that is more than just a coming-of-age film.

Tickets £5 in advance from the Memorial Hall – email: clerk@upton uponsevern-tc.org.uk, call 01685 592273 or drop in.

Doors open 7pm. Film starts 7.30pm. Bar and Refreshments available. Please note The Wasting will be shown without an interval.


Saturday 20th October 2018    "Finding Your Feet"   Cert 12

When "Lady" Sandra Abbott discovers that her husband of 40 years is having an affair with her best friend, she seeks refuge in London with her estranged, older sister Bif. The two could not be more different - Sandra is a fish out of water next to her outspoken, serial dating, free-spirited sibling. But different is just what Sandra needs at the moment, and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to a community dance class, where she starts finding her feet.

Finding Your Feet wears its heart on its sleeve with a feel-good romance and sweet performances from its well-qualified cast.

Tickets £4 on the door. Doors open 7pm. Film starts 7.30pm. Bar and Refreshments available.

Coming soon

Saturday 10th November 2018    "JOURNEY'S END"   Cert 12A   War drama

Saturday 20th January 2019    "EDIE"   Cert 12A   Never too late for adventure

Saturday 16th February 2019    "THE GREATEST SHOWMAN"   Cert PG   Sing-along fun with a heart


Vacancy for Town Councillor:  We currently have a vacancy for a Town Councillor in the Town Ward. If you would like further information, please contact the office.


Town Council and Committee meetings in October 2018: The next Town Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 23rd October 2018 and will be preceded by a Planning Committee meeting. Committee meetings will take place on Tuesday 2nd October 2018 (Planning and Community Development), Tuesday 16th October (Finance and Assets) and 30th October (Open Spaces and 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 have mobility difficulties and are 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.


New Park: The installation works for the new park will start on the 3rd September and we estimate will take 5 weeks to complete. The entrance to the park will not be accessible so anyone wishing to cross the field is requested to head down New Street turning left at the end of the houses and get through between the Severn Trent pump house and the telephone exchange where a pedestrian access will be available.


Vacancy for Town Councillor:  We currently have a vacancy for a Town Councillor in the Town Ward. If you would like further information, please contact the Town Council office.

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.


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 due to start in Autumn 2018 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).


Launch of the new path on the Playing Field: Following the Council’s grant from the Lottery, and the installation of the path, the launch event took place on Friday 20th July at the playing field. The Mayor gave a short speech and duly cut the ribbon to officially open the path on its busiest weekend of the year. The event was attended by, among others, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor and members of the Town Council, the Chairman of Malvern Hills District Council, Cllr Andrea Morgan, the Chairman of the Blues Festival, Graham Bunn, and members of the Sea Cadets.


Pavement repairs: Repairs to the pavement in Court Street have been scheduled to take place later this year. 


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. 


Update on Roadworks at Marina: Work will re-start onsite in September for the final Phase of works – Phase 3. This will involve raising the road between Fish Meadow/ Marina Entrance and Outside Rag House/Ryall's Chase and installing culverts beneath the new road. As with Phase 1 and 2, works will be undertaken under temporary traffic lights with a number of night closures at the end of the phase to fully surface and white line the carriageway. No day closures of the A4104 are expected to take place during this phase and further communications will go out in late August detailing the Phase 3 programme.


Pavement patches following gas works: A list of poorly patched sections of footpath has been drawn up and sent to Cadent who have agreed to come and re-do them. The Council has also requested that the plastic bollards in New Street be replaced after being constantly flattened by lorries driving on the pavement during the works, and that the bollards outside Henry’s be replaced as they are scratched and damaged.


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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