Last chance to have your say

Wychavon District Council is encouraging residents to take part in an annual survey before the deadline on Sunday. The Residents' Survey, which ends at midnight on Sunday 4 October, gives people the chance to say what they think of their local area and services. This year, the survey includes questions on how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted resi...
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Is your business ready for the new NHS Covid-19 app?

From Thursday (24 September 2020) the NHS Covid-19 contact tracing app will be launched. This is part of the test and trace service and will be important in helping control the spread of coronavirus and protecting each other. All businesses in the following sectors must by law display a QR code poster from 24 September: Hospitality Leisure and tour...
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Wychavon flies the Pride flag

Wychavon District Council has flown the rainbow flag in celebration of Worcestershire Pride. Chairman Cllr Robert Raphael, and Leader Cllr Bradley Thomas raised the Pride flag outside the Civic Centre in Pershore on Friday afternoon to celebrate the festival over the weekend. The rainbow flag is a symbol for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgend...
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New community minibus service to launch thanks to council funding

A new community minibus service which will make regular trips to Worcestershire Parkway Railway Station is set to launch next week thanks to funding from Wychavon. Starting from 14 September 2020, the Norton Connector will initially run every two hours between 8.30am and 4.30pm from Monday to Friday. The 30 minute route will start from Worcestershi...
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Wychavon flies the flag for Merchant Navy Day

Wychavon District Council marked Merchant Navy Day today (Thursday) by raising the Red Ensign flag. The commemoration, which took place at the Civic Centre in Pershore, joined those around the UK in remembering all of the Merchant Navy sailors from Great Britain's proud naval past, and also to show support for today's British seafarers. At the cere...
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Don't let your festive food go to waste

According to Love Food Hate Waste, more than a third of us admit we throw away more food at Christmas than at any other time of the year. In fact, the UK throws out the equivalent of: 2 million turkeys5 million Christmas puddings74 million mince pies That's a lot of wasted energy and water needed to make that food, as well as your money, going in t...
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Alternative advent calendars, wrapping paper and other tips

 Here are a few ideas to help you apply the reduce, reuse and recycle principles to the spirit of the festive season. Advent calendars They are great fun and the chocolate ones are very tasty but do create waste in terms of the cardboard outer box, foil cover and plastic inner. So why not make your own this year? Make it reusable and you can u...
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The great Christmas tree debate

Should you buy a real Christmas tree or an artificial one? In terms of waste prevention, opting for a plastic tree may seem the obvious way to go as if you look after it, then it can be used again and again. In comparison, about 250 tonnes of Christmas trees end up in landfill each year, even though there are better ways to dispose of them. However...
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A Christmas jumper is for life

Christmas jumpers have joined mince pies, ice skating and Noddy Holder in becoming an integral part of the festive season. Sadly, they are also adding to the shocking environmental damage Christmas does too. In the UK we spend about £220 million on Christmas jumpers but according to the environmental charity Hubbub a quarter of them end up in the b...
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Your naughty and nice Christmas recycling guide

Here is our guide to help you get your recycling right and cut your waste this Christmas. Visit what can I put in my green bin for information about all the items you can recycle at home. The Nice List These go in your green bin/clear sack or can be taken to a Household Recycling Centre where indicated. Wrapping paper – if it is not glittery o...
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Appeal to find memorial tree donor

An appeal is being made to find the original donor of a tree planted in memory of a local teacher. The Horse Chestnut tree was planted in St Peter's Fields in Droitwich some years ago in tribute to a retired teacher called Jimmy James. Unfortunately, Wychavon has no more information about Jimmy or who donated the tree. The tree sadly has had to be ...
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Wychavon District Council to support community transport projects

Wychavon District Council is providing funding to support innovative and sustainable community transport projects across the district. Working in partnership with crowdfunding platform Spacehive, the council has launched the Crowdfund WYCHAVON: Ticket to Ride Fund which will support transport projects that are citizen-led and community-based. The c...
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More than 300 join fight against the litter louts

More than 300 residents and businesses have now signed up to Wychavon's Adopt a Street volunteer litter picking scheme to help take on the litter louts. Wychavon is now encouraging more people to sign up ahead of The Great British September Clean which takes place from 11 to 27 September. The national event, run by Keep Britain Tidy, replaces the u...
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Businesses across Wychavon sign up for 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme

More than 100 businesses across the Wychavon District have signed up to the 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme. Residents and visitors will have the chance to save money when dining in pubs, cafes and restaurants signed up the Government scheme in Pershore, Droitwich and Evesham. The list includes such places as The Pickled Plum, The Gardeners Arms, Jell...
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Help get rough sleepers off the streets for good

Property and landowners are being urged to come forward to help Worcestershire's councils ensure homeless people and rough sleepers do not return to the streets, as lockdown restrictions are eased. During the height of the covid-19 pandemic, the county's six district, borough and city councils helped 137 people off the streets and into temporary ac...
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Wychavon elects new chairman

A new Chairman has been elected to Wychavon District Council. During an Annual Council Meeting on Wednesday (22 July), Cllr Robert Raphael was elected to take on the role. The councillor for the Evesham North ward will take over from Cllr Frances Smith, who has served for the past two years. Cllr Alex Sinton was also confirmed as the new Vice Chair...
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Crowdfunding scheme supporting community response to Covid-19

Residents are being urged to donate whatever they can to a range of community projects supporting the ongoing response to the Covid-19 crisis. Wychavon has launched Crowdfund WYCHAVON in partnership with crowdfunding platform Spacehive. It offers a way to raise funds rapidly by connecting people with local causes. Anyone can back a campaign with as...
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Wychavon leader to talk to residents during virtual Meet Your Council event

The Leader of Wychavon District Council will be talking to residents from Harvington and Norton Ward as part of a virtual Meet Your Council event. Cllr Bradley Thomas will be holding a question and answer session over Zoom video conferencing from 10am to 12pm on 20 July. He will also be talking about what Wychavon is doing to support residents and ...
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Funding available to take on apprentices

Businesses can get help with the cost of taking on apprentices as part of a new £60,000 fund from Wychavon District Council. Wychavon has joined forces with Worcestershire Training Provider Association to provide grants to help businesses expand their workforce, while providing employment opportunities for young people. Grants ranging from £1,000 t...
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Flying the flag for Armed Forces Day

The Armed Forces Day flag is flying proudly outside Wychavon's headquarters in tribute to the contribution made by military communities past and present. Cllr Frances Smith, Chairman of Wychavon, hoisted the flag on Monday (22 June) in a low key ceremony due to the Covid-19 restrictions. It marked a week of celebrations in the run up to Armed Force...
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