Latest News from Upton upon Severn Town Council


Vacancy: We are recruiting a Deputy Clerk to join our team - if you are interested, see our Current Vacancies page for further information and an application form. 


Town Council meetings in August: The Council meets in the Council Chamber, on the first floor of the Memorial Hall. You are welcome to attend meetings and ask questions if you wish. The next Town Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 23rd August 2022 and will be preceded by a Planning Committee meeting. 


Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in Upton!  Many thanks to everyone who took helped and took part in the Jubilee celebrations in Upton - a great time was had by all! 


Would you be interested in a Car Club in Upton? If enough in residents in Upton are interested, there is support available from the Malvern Hills Car Club and a very generous grant from Malvern District Council who will also underwrite the whole scheme for the first 12 months.

See the Malvern Car Club website for a good idea of how Malvern’s car club operates and likely costs.

Get in touch if this might be of interest to you, tel 07973 721 809 or email  robin@robincoates.com or fill in the contact form on the website and they will be in touch to answer queries and arrange a meeting of interested people.

The benefits are:


Roadworks at the A38 / A4104 junction: The County Council is installing a roundabout at the junction to improve traffic flow. To follow progress of the project or find out more, please follow the link to the Upton Scheme


Scam awareness: West Mercia has launched a new campaign Tell Scammers to "Sling Your Hook", to raise awareness on scams that are being used to deceive people in our region. 

The campaign taps into the psychology that scammers use to hook people in, helping you stay one step ahead and protect yourself and your loved ones against the increasing variety of scams happening every day. West Mercia Police have identified the following five behaviours scammers commonly use:

They also know that often victims of scams report that in hindsight they felt something wasn’t quite right at the time.  This campaign aims to raise awareness of the tactics scammers use and encourages people to ‘stop and think’ if something doesn’t FEEL, SEEM, LOOK or SOUND right.  This allows them time to trust your gut instinct and help prevent becoming a scam victim. 

“Everyone likes to feel special. But watch out! If a stranger is going out of their way for you, something fishy may be going on instead. Scammers like to offer one-off deals and favours. Don’t be afraid to tell them no.” says John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Network

How can you support this campaign?
LEARN: Visit our scams website pages to learn more about common scams, preventing scams, reporting scams, supporting victims and a scams campaign toolkit. 
SHARE: Follow us on our Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn channels and share our posts        

How can you tell a scammer to 'Sling their hook' if you suspect its a scam but aren't sure and don't want to appear rude? 

Scammers can be pretty persistent, and they won't give you an opportunity to say no, or think about it, so if they keep on talking you may have to talk over them to say that you don't want to go ahead, and goodbye! Then just put the phone down. 

And, remember if someone contacts you out of the blue and it sounds too good to be true – it probably is.


Upton Webcams: We have added links to webcams in Upton. The page can be accessed here or via the Links drop-down menu.


How to order more cherry sacks: We have had reports that some residents have run out of cherry sacks and aren’t sure how to get any more. Please find below our tried and tested guide:


By phone

For both options the new sacks should arrive on your next sack collection date but may take up to 10 days.


If you would like to meet with a councillor or clerks:  Councillors and staff are available via appointment.  Please phone on 01684 592273 or email the Town Council office at clerk@uptonuponsevern-tc.org.uk to make an appointment. The office is still manned 5 days a week, subject to staff holidays. You can meet us on Zoom or in person. 


Improvements to A38 /A4104 junction, the ‘Upton Turn’:  Work is in progress on the new roundabout. A cycle lane will be added on the new section of road. Most of the intial work will take place in the field to minimise disruption at the junction itself. The project will be completed in August 2022.  


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'.   


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.


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


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.


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: Upton Baptist Church, Old Street, Upton upon Severn, tel. 01684 594991.

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 the Co-op, Upton Baptist Church and St Joseph's Catholic Church in 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. To find out more or get involved, contact Upton Baptist Church on 01684 594991

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.



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