Latest News from Upton upon Severn Town Council


New councillors: At the Town Council meeting on the 23rd June two new councillors were co-opted, Cllr Mike Morgan and Cllr Klint Varndall. We very much look forward to working with them.


​Coronavirus Information: Memorial Hall and Town Council office

​The Town Council office is still open for the public but the Memorial Hall is closed until further notice to protect our staff.

​Please contact us: Via telephone on 01684 592273 or by email on clerk@uptonuponsevern-tc.org.uk 

The Memorial Hall will be unavailable for hire for any group event until further notice.

​Council meetings will take place online and the link will be published before the meeting so that members of the public will be able to take part in Public Questions and watch the meeting.

If you have any issues or matters you would like to discuss, you are welcome to contact the Town Council office or any Councillor by phone or email.

​As per national guidelines, we advise that the following people stay at home and isolate themselves from others:

​​We realise that this will cause problems for these households with shopping and collection of prescriptions. If you need assistance, phone the helpline on 01684 594991 to discuss how you can get help. Volunteers are available to help with these daily tasks. Please keep yourself and others safe.


Community Fridge: The Community Fridge is now open again, between 10am and 1pm weekdays. Due to Government guidelines, the Fridge will be manned at all times and a volunteer will assist you. 


Flood support: A financial support package has been made available by Malvern Hills District Council to help residents, businesses and communities affected by the impact of the recent floods.

Councillors confirmed at a meeting on Thursday (20 February) that £100,000 was being made available to support projects that help the long-term recovery of areas impacted by flooding.
This is on top of the district's share of £250,000 made available from Worcestershire County Council's Communities Fund to support similar schemes. The funding from Worcestershire County Council will be administered by Malvern Hills District Council. 
Details of funding from the Government for individual residents and businesses have also been confirmed.
This includes:
100% Council Tax discount for qualifying residents for at least three months
100% Business Rates Relief for qualifying businesses for at least three months
A £500 financial hardship payment
£2,500 for small to medium sized businesses which have suffered uninsurable losses
•  Up to £5,000 to help make properties more resilient to future flooding
Residents and businesses affected by flooding need to register their details by using the form online at www.malvernhills.gov.uk/flood-support
Town Council and Committee meetings in March: The next Town Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 24th March 2020 and will be preceded by a Planning Committee meeting. Committee meetings will also take place on the 10th March (Planning and Open Spaces). All meetings start at 7.30pm and are currently taking place in the Memorial Hall itself. Committee meetings may take place in the Council Chamber upstairs.  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, and want to make sure that the meeting you wish to attend will take place on the ground floor, please contact the Clerk. 
Films at the Memorial Hall 
All films have been cancelled until further notice. 
Local Affordable Homes: Shared ownership two and three bedroom houses are now available at Tunnel Hill from Legal And General Affordable Homes. Please call 01905 630079 for more details.
Also referred to as part buy / part rent, Shared Ownership allows buyers to purchase a share of a home – usually between 25% and 75%. Purchasers will pay a mortgage on the share that they own, and a below-market-value rent on the remainder to a housing association, along with any service charge and ground rent. Eligibility criteria will apply.
Severn Trent Community Fund: Severn Trent Water has launched a new Community Fund with more than £10million to give away to charities and community groups over the next five years.
The Fund will be looking to support projects that can demonstrate a clear link to one or more of our three elements of community wellbeing:
People: Projects that help people to lead a healthier life and gain new skills
Place: Ideas that help create better places to live in and use
Environment: Schemes that will help look after the natural environment, give people greater access to that environment or help look after water
Severn Trent Water will also be encouraging projects that have a link to water in some way, such as river restoration, flood alleviation or sustainable drainage.
Applications are welcomed all year round. To apply and to find out more, visit Severn Trent Water Community Fund or get in touch with the team at communityfund@severntrent.co.uk.
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. 
You can help tackle illegal flytipping: MHDC is asking the community to help prevent flytipping by asking questions of any company or person who comes to take away your waste.  Sometimes someone will come along, drop a flyer through your door offering rubbish clearance at low prices – if you go for it, how do you make sure that your rubbish isn’t found a week later in a ditch and you are liable for it? 

The first thing to do is ask for their Waste Carrier Licence number – you can check this online or by phone. A genuine waste carrier will not mind you asking them and will be happy to provide you with their details. The Town Council has got a waste carrier licence because we empty the litter bins at the play area, so anyone coming to your door will need one too, no matter how small their operation. The company should also give you a Waste Transfer Note which details where your rubbish will be disposed of. 

You can check a company (or individual's) licence via the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 or by using their Register of Waste Carriers. Put in the registration number or business name and click 'look up'.   


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.
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. 
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.


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


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


NEW PLAY AREA LAUNCH!  See our video of the construction below.


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.


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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