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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Views wanted on Abberley Neighbourhood Plan

Residents in Abberley can have their say on proposed plans for future development in their parish. The draft Abberley Neighbourhood Plan covers the period between 2020 and 2030 and sets out a vision and policies to guide development in the parish. The draft Plan includes policies to guide the development of new housing, employment and retail propos...
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Leader disappointed by Malvern Hills College closure

The Leader of Malvern Hills District Council has expressed surprise and disappointment at the news Malvern Hills College is to close. Cllr Sarah Rouse, Leader of Malvern Hills District Council, said: "This news is hugely disappointing for the town and all the students involved. The college is in a difficult position due to the impact of the coronav...
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New Christmas shop window trails to launch next week

Malvern Hills District Council has joined forces with Malvern, Upton, and Tenbury Town Councils to launch this year's festive shop window dressing competition with a twist.New for 2020, the competition will include a fun children's trail to encourage local shoppers onto the high streets, whilst following social distancing guidel...
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Festive markets and late-night shopping come to the Malvern Hills District

Festive markets and late-night shopping will take place across the Malvern Hills District to encourage people to shop local this Christmas. Malvern Hills District Council is working closely with Boffy Arts Markets Ltd and Worcestershire Regulatory Services to ensure the markets take place in line with the latest government guidance to help keep res...
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Get help funding your apprenticeship

New grants have been made available to encourage young people across the Malvern Hills District to enrol in an apprenticeship. The Apprenticeship Bursary, funded by Malvern Hills District Council, offers apprentices the chance to claim: Maximum of £50 per month for up to 12 months for travel expenses One-off grant payment with a maximum value of £7...
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Council encourages residents to support the high street with Reassuringly Local campaign

Malvern Hills District Council has launched a new campaign which encourages residents to support local businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. The Reassuringly Local campaign shines a light on the many much-loved businesses across the district that are offering click-and-collect and delivery services during the current national restrictions. A ...
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Get active with new festive challenge

A new challenge is being launched which encourages residents across the Malvern Hills District to improve their wellbeing every day leading up to Christmas. The Active Advent challenge, which will run from 1 to 24 December, has 24 daily challenges designed to give tips and activities to help physical and mental health in the run up to the festive p...
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Free festive parking offer to support local traders

Free parking will be on offer in Malvern Hills District Council car parks in the run up to Christmas Day. From 1 to 24 December, visitors will be able to park for free after 3pm in any of the council's pay and display car parks. The offer is open to all vehicles except HGVs and motor homes. In previous years the council has provided free parking at...
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Free webinar to help businesses go online

Businesses across the Malvern Hills District are being encouraged to join a free webinar on how to set up an online shop. Malvern Hills District Council is working with Nepeta Consulting Ltd to deliver the webinar and Q&A at 3pm on Friday, 13 November. The free event is suitable for small businesses, charities and organisations who want to set ...
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Community projects in need of support to help recover from Covid-19 pandemic

Malvern Hills District Council is encouraging residents to donate whatever they can to a range of community projects. The projects, which are raising funds through crowdfunding platform Spacehive, aim to help communities recover from the Coronovirus pandemic. They focus on food poverty, social isolation, volunteering, improving wellbeing and helpin...
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Residents urged to renew community spirit

Residents have been urged to renew the amazing community spirit shown earlier this year to help the district through a second lockdown. Cllr Sarah Rouse, Leader of Malvern Hills District Council, called for communities to come together again ahead of the introduction of new national restrictions on Thursday, 5 November 2020. Malvern Hills District ...
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New social housing allocation scheme launches in South Worcestershire

Malvern Hills, Worcester and Wychavon District Councils have joined forces to launch a new scheme to allocate social housing across the three districts. 'Housing for You' (www.housingforyou.co.uk) replaces Home Choice Plus, the current allocation system. The move will affect over 9,000 people in South Worcestershire who are currently on the Housing...
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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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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, opting for an artificial tree seems a little odd given we...
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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 use it ...
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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/cherry sack or can be taken to a Household Recycling Centre where indicated. Wrapping paper – if it is not glittery ...
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Popular walking programme set to return

A popular walking programme which encourages people across the district to get active is set to return next month. Malvern Hills District Council's eight-week 'Walk Fit' programme costs £20 and will help people to gradually walk briskly for 30 minutes, three times a week. It will take place at Callow End Village Hall between 2pm-3pm and starts on W...
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Malvern Hills District Council provides funding to foodbanks and local organisations

Malvern Hills District Council is working together with local organisations and foodbanks to help feed those in crisis. Over the past few months, the council has provided more than £54,000 in funding to Malvern and Tenbury Wells Foodbanks to share with other voluntary organisations to support the vulnerable. This DEFRA Food and Essential Supplies G...
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Residents urged to remember from home

Residents are being urged to remember those who sacrificed their lives in two World Wars, and conflicts since, from the safety of their doorsteps. Coronavirus cases continue to rise across our district and restrictions to help stop the spread of the virus mean remembrance events will have to take place differently this year. Malvern Hills District ...
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