£200k invested in Malvern Splash fitness facilities

The fitness facilities at Malvern Splash Leisure Complex are set to be replaced as part of an exciting £200k project. Freedom Leisure has invested the funding into the project which will see a refresh of the fitness equipment in the gym, new spin bikes and an exciting new virtual cycling offering. Working with Life Fitness and Origin Fitness on the...

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Open day to showcase Tenbury Swimming Pool refurbishment

Tenbury Swimming Pool is all set for a fun packed open day to showcase its refurbished facilities. The open day takes place on Friday, 19 August, from 10am to 2pm, at Tenbury Swimming Pool, which is operated by Freedom Leisure. The event is being run in partnership with Tenbury Community Pool Trustees. The Trustees raised £200,000 from local fundra...

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Hallow meadow recognised as major biodiversity opportunity

Malvern Hills District Council has joined forces with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) to improve biodiversity and protect vulnerable bird species at a meadow in Hallow. The council bought 18 hectares of degraded arable land in the River Severn floodplain at Hallow in 2020 and is embarking on a project to restore the land to a s...

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Talk to Tom sessions continue next week

The next Talk to Tom session will continue next week giving Malvern Hills District residents more opportunity to have their say. 'Talk to Tom' is an opportunity for residents to meet the Leader of Malvern Hills District Council, Cllr Tom Wells, and chat face-to-face about any issues they believe the council can assist them with. Cllr Tom Wells will...

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Council approves grant towards purchase of former Malvern Hills College site

Malvern Hills District Council (MHDC) has approved a £400k grant to Malvern Hills Arts and Community College (MHACC) to help buy the former Malvern Hills College. The funding request was approved at a Council meeting tonight (Tuesday) to help MHACC's purchase the Albert Road North property from the current owners, Warwickshire College Group. MHACC ...

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Malvern Hills District Council continue support for Ukraine

Malvern Hills District Council has employed two liaison officers as part of its commitment to supporting people fleeing the war in Ukraine. The council is working with partner organisations and will be supporting up to 313 Ukrainian guests, as well as the sponsors accommodating them under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme. The Ukraine Liaison Officers, ...

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New timetable for SWDP Review announced

A consultation on a draft of the review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) will take place later this year, subject to approval by councillors. The Regulation 19 Publication – effectively a draft of the plan before it is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate – will be published in October when it will be considered by councillors ...

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Queen's Baton Relay coming to the Malvern Hills District soon

Crowds will soon be filling the streets in town centres across the Malvern Hills District to catch a glimpse of the Queen's Baton. The 16th official Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay will be coming through the district on 22 July, a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games. ...

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Final chance to have your say on a new political map for Malvern Hills District Council

New boundaries are being proposed for council wards in Malvern Hills District Council. The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about the new proposals. A final 6-week consultation on the proposals will run until 8 August 2022. This follows two previous periods of consultation. The Commissi...

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Councillors at Malvern Hills District Council reject pay rise

Councillors at Malvern Hills District Council have rejected a proposal to increase their allowance. The 1.75% increase to the basic allowance for 2022/23 was recommended by the Independent Remuneration Panel at a Council meeting on 21 June. This was rejected by councillors who didn't want to accept the rise during the current cost of living crisis....

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Small Change, Big Difference campaign to support rough sleepers in Malvern Hills

A new campaign has been launched to encourage residents to support people sleeping rough in a way that will have the most impact. Malvern Hills District Council is working in partnership with organisations to help prevent people from sleeping rough in the first place. As well as to make the long-term changes needed to get rough sleepers off the str...

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Volunteering opportunities showcased with the return of virtual fair

Volunteering opportunities across the Malvern Hills District will once again be showcased with the return of the virtual volunteer fair. Organised by Malvern Hills District Council, the second virtual volunteer fair will be held between 9am to 4pm on Friday, 10 June 2022 and will showcase the many fantastic volunteering opportunities across the dis...

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Town centre improvement plans approved

Plans to improve and enhance five town centres within the Malvern Hills District have been approved. Following extensive consultation and stakeholder engagement the ambitious plans were approved on Tuesday 24 May by Malvern Hills District Council's Executive Committee. The town centre plans propose an extensive programme of projects that could help...

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Take advantage of free age-friendly support for employers in Malvern Hills and Wychavon

Free support is on offer for Malvern Hills and Wychavon employers looking to recruit and retain older workers. Help is available for up to 40 employers as part of the district councils' Upskilling Project, which has been given £283,000 from the Government's UK Community Renewal Fund. Helen Astill, director of award-winning consultancy Cherington HR...

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Thousands enjoy Great Malvern Well Dressing Festival

Thousands enjoy Great Malvern Well Dressing Festival Thousands of people visited Malvern last week to welcome the return of the popular Well Dressing and Water Festival. This year, from Friday, 28 April to Sunday, 8 May, more than 850 people decorated 54 wells, springs and spouts in a 'Literature' theme. Among the designs were The Lion, The Witch a...

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MHDC approves £1.73million grant for Community and Sports Centre in Kempsey

Malvern Hills District Council (MHDC) has approved a grant of more than £1.73million towards a new Community and Sports Centre in Kempsey. The centre, which will be located off Pixham Ferry Lane, is set to include a new community centre, sports pitches and other recreational spaces. Kempsey Parish Council secured a conditional approval from the cou...

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Malvern Hills District Council elects new leader

A new leader of Malvern Hills District Council has officially been elected. Cllr Tom Wells, former Deputy Leader, was elected for the position at an Annual Council meeting last night (10 May). The Council's previous leader, Cllr Sarah Rouse, stepped down last month. As well as this, Cllr John Michael, was elected as Chairman. The former Chairman, C...

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Malvern Well Dressing Festival to return this week

Wells and springs across the district will soon be decorated when the popular Malvern Well Dressing Festival returns this week. The festival this year will have a 'Literature' theme and will be held from Friday, 28 April to Sunday, 8 May 2022. The annual event celebrates the history of the Malvern Hills District, from its iconic spring water and Vi...

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Delay to SWDP publication

The updated South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) will not be published for consultation in July as scheduled, because work on the key documents relating to development sites and the infrastructure needed to support them is yet to be completed. More time is required to finalise the Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) which is a crucial eviden...

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Unusual items found in Priory Park's lower pond during works

Part of a house, two five-metre lamp posts and a skateboard were amongst the many items found in Priory Park's lower pond during the desilting works. The pond, which hasn't been cleaned in 30 years, is currently undergoing enhancement and repair works as part of the council's Five Year Plan priority to improve the popular Great Malvern park. Amongs...

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