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Chairman's 50th Anniversary Tour

Our Chairman Cllr Robert Raphael has embarked on an ambitious challenge to visit every part of the district to mark Wychavon's 50th anniversary next year.

During the Chairman’s 50th Anniversary Tour, Cllr Raphael will be highlighting the work of local organisations, meeting with volunteers, catching up on projects Wychavon has funded over the years and checking out some of the district’s natural and historic sites. 

The tour will end with the Chairman’s Civic Ceremony at Pershore Abbey on 21 April 2024, which will be a celebration of Wychavon’s role in the district, following its formation in 1974. 

You can follow his adventures on this page.

Where has the Chairman visited so far?

Map of Wychavon district

Featured visits

Below is a selection of the visits Cllr Raphael has already completed. You can hover over the picture for more information and on some articles click to read more about the visit and see more pictures.

Cllr Raphael and Isobel Meikle from Wick Care Farm holding a sheet between them

Wick Care Farm

A group of people standing in front of a park around a zip wire

Pebworth Play Area

Lisa Broomhead and Cllr Robert Raphael standing behind a counter of chocolate

Jinney Ring Craft Centre

Cllr Robert Raphael turning a switch on a transmitter with Nathan McComish standing behind him.

Droitwich Transmitter Station

Cllr Raphael wearing a flat cap hat writing on a chalk slate board behind and old school desk.

Hartlebury Castle and Museum

Following a £5 million revamp, this is now one of the district's most fascinating visitor attractions.

Cllr Rick Deller and Cllr Robert Raphael in a canoe

Aztec Adventure Upton Warren

The Chairman tested out his head for heights and water skills at this amazing visitor destination.

Three men stood in front of a testing machine.

ZwickRoell

How much pressure does it take to remove a yoghurt lid? Well the staff at this Worcester 6 based company can help you find the answer.

A man holding a dog with a woman standing next to him.

Evesham Dogs Trust

This Wickhamford based charity has already rehomed more than 470 dogs this year but more help is needed.

Cllr Thomas and Cllr Raphael sat in a glider

Bidford Gliding Club

A visit to the parish of Bickmarsh saw the Chairman take to the skies.

Cllr Raphael stood behind a bar holding a pint with another man next to him

The Queen Elizabeth Inn

This venue in Elmley Castle is run by volunteers from the community. It's a pub, tea room, restaurant and village shop.

A police officer and Cllr Raphael stood in front of a police car

West Mercia Police HQ

A visit to the home of West Mercia Police at Hindlip Hall saw the Chairman 'arrested'. 

Two men stood in front of a wall

Strensham Services (Southbound)

We have all used them but what goes in to running a busy motorway service station? The Chairman visited Strensham to find out.

A woman stands in front of the hatch while Cllr Raphael and another man serve tea and cake

St John the Baptist, Stock and Bradley

The Chairman visited Stock and Bradley to find out how a £15,000 grant from us had helped transform a community meeting space.

Cllr Robert Raphael leans on a gate with a house in the background where a man can be seen sticking his head out, while water pools around the house.

M3 Floodtec Hampton Lovett

Two people stood in front of a young tree with a spade.

Naunton Beauchamp Orchard

We planted a special tree to mark our 50th anniversary in an amazing orchard being restored by The Vale Lanscape Trust.

A woman stood in front of a van with a man leaning out of the window

Vale Wildlife Trust, Beckford

An amazing charity helping care for injured wild animals.

A group of people sat around a tree

Platinum Meadows, Cookhill

An amazing project run by the parish council to protect and enhance a local green space, created in honour of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

A group of people holding tennis rackets in front of a tennis net.

Walking Tennis, Cutnall Green

The Chairman discovered a new way to get into Tennis - Walking Tennis - thanks to Cutnall Green Tennis Club.

Two people holding disc golf frisbees

Disc golf, Hadzor

Gaudet Luce Golf Club was the venue for a head-to-head on the disc golf course between Cllrs Rowley and Raphael.

A group of people sat on a bench

Pear Tree Fields, Badsey

We returned to this fantastic community orchard, allotment and burial ground project Wychavon helped fund, to find out how it was getting on and plans for the future.

Cllr Robert Raphael stood in front of a church.

St Michael's Church, Elmley Lovett

This beautiful church is Grade II listed and steeped in history, including being surrounded by the site of a medieval settlement dating back to the 9th century.

Three people sat on a rope swing in a park.

Play area, Norton and Lenchwick

Wychavon helped fund this amazing play area in Norton and Lenchwick, so we went along to try it out.

Ombersley Memorial Hall, Ombsersley

We joined the community to share a special afternoon tea to celebrate 100 years of Ombersley Memorial Hall.

Two men stood in a field holding a plant.

Overbury Estate, Overbury

The Chairman got a fascinating insight into how farming can help fight climate change and came face-to-face with a former winner of the Epsom Derby.

A group of people stood in front of a lake

Hill and Moor HRC, Hill and Moor

A visit to the Household Recycling Centre revealed exactly how much goes in to disposing of our waste and recycling.

Four people stood on an iron lattice bridge with trees in the background.

Spetchley Park Gardens, Spetchley

The Chairman was given a special tour of this popular visitor destination and an insight into their plans for the future.