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Latest News from Upton upon Severn Town Council

 

Big Lottery Fund: The Town Council is delighted to announce that it has been successful in its bid for lottery funding for reinforcement to the entrance to the playing field. The works will take place in the New Year, hopefully around March, weather permitting. Very many thanks to everyone who gave their support.  

 

Season’s Greetings!  The Town Council would like to wish all of Upton’s residents, businesses and visitors a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

Free Parking at Christmas: There will be free parking in the Hanley Road and New Street car parks from midday on Saturdays and all days Sundays from the 2nd December until Christmas.

 

Film at the Memorial Hall in January:

Saturday 20th January “Dunkirk” Cert 12A    7.30pm

The story of the Dunkirk evacuation in May 1940. With Germany advancing into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk, a third of a million British, French, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were at risk of being methodically slain by enemy troops, and the only way escape route was by sea. The tense evacuation of the stranded troops between 26th May and 4th June while under fire from Hitler’s airforce is captured in a thunderous yet moving way, telling the story of ordinary men and boys caught up in extraordinary events. A movie of vision and integrity made on an epic scale. With Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance and Harry Styles.

Doors open 7pm. Bar and Refreshments available.

 

Dunkirk closer to home: Upton residents will be aware of the local tributes to William Tennant in the memorial on the Old Churchyard and the naming of William Tennant Way. Admiral Sir William Tennant (then Captain Tennant) was the British naval officer reponsible for overseeing the successful evacuation of Dunkirk, earning the nickname ‘Dunkirk Joe’ in the process. Born in Upton upon Severn and educated at Hanley Castle Grammer School, he was one of the last people to leave Dunkirk, scouring the beaches for any remaining soldiers. Although the film Dunkirk does not use the names of those involved at the time, the character played by Kenneth Branagh in the film is based on our own William Tennant.

 

Town Council and Committee meetings in December and January: The next two Town Council meetings will take place on Tuesday 12th December 2017 and Tuesday 16th January 2018 and will be preceded in each case by a Planning Committee meeting. Committee meetings will also take place on the 5th December (Open Spaces and Cemetery), 9th January (Planning) and 23rd January (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 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. 

 

Roadworks by marina: If you would like up-to-date travel information on the roadworks throughout the scheme, please follow @WorcsTravel on Twitter.  

 

Changes to the Community Bus Service CB3: For passengers from Hanley Swan, Hanley Castle, Upton upon Severn, Welland, Upper Welland and Malvern Wells going to Great Malvern, the Retail Park, Barnards Green, Three Counties Showground, Malvern rail stations and Prospect View surgery: The service between Upton and Malvern has been revised. CB3 runs every Tuesday to Friday leaving Barnards Green at 10.00am, Upton at 10.30am via Welland, Upper Welland, Malvern Wells, Great Malvern, the Retail Park, Barnard's Green, Three Counties Showground, Hanley Swan & Hanley Castle arriving Great Malvern approximately 11.00am. The return trip leaves Great Malvern at 12.30pm & Barnards Green at 12.40pm.

All journeys must be pre-booked. For more information or to book your journey, please call Community Action on 01684 892381 (9.30am - 3.30pm Mon - Thurs, 9.30 - 12.30 pm Fridays). The poster and timetable is available here with paper copies available in libraries, Barnards Green Post Office, TICs and from the Town Council office.

This is a ‘Ring and Book' service operated by Community Action Malvern and Malvern Dial-a-Ride which is flexible to meet your local transport needs.

 

Heart of England in Bloom ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards’: The Town Council put forward Upton Cemetery in the Parks and Open Spaces category of the competition and we are delighted to report that we won a Silver Gilt Award! Representatives from the Council went along to the ceremony on the 20th September to collect the certificate.

 

 

 

Road works on A4104 by Marina entrance:  The County Council have appointed a contractor to raise the level of the A4104 by the marina so that the road no longer floods. 530m (580 yards) of the road will be raised up to 0.8m (2½ feet) starting at the junction with East Waterside. Parts of the carriageway will be widened and culverts will be added under the road to aid water flow.

The Hanley Road will not be raised. The County Council have looked into the possibility but have not found a solution that is possible and affordable. There are too many entranceways off the road and the water crosses from one side to the other via the brook. Even if the road was raised or a wall was built, large pumps would need to continuously pump water fed by the brook back into the river, similar to the scheme at Kempsey, and it would be hugely expensive to put in place and maintain.

 

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 are sited at Upton upon Severn Primary School in School Lane, The Hill Centre, Tunnel Hill they are both on an outside wall in a hi-vis yellow cabinet.

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.

Volunteers sought: The Council is seeking community minded citizens to help out marshalling during road closures following an announcement from West Mercia Police that they will no longer be able to send police officers to close roads for events. We are hoping to compile a list of volunteers who can be called upon for events such as the Mayor’s Civic Service and Remembrance Day. You will be needed for less than an hour. If you would like to offer to help, please contact the Town Council office.

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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