New Tourism Grant aims to help local tourism businesses grow

 A new grant has been launched to help tourism businesses in the district grow and increase visitor numbers. The Malvern Hills Tourism Grant Scheme, from Malvern Hills District Council, is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The aim of the scheme is to help develop the local tourism industry within specific areas...

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New Malvern Hills Volunteering service aims to help reduce loneliness in the district

 A new volunteering service has been set up to help reduce loneliness and isolation in the Malvern Hills District. Malvern Hills Volunteering (MHV) is the latest project from Community Action Malvern and District, and is supported by Malvern Hills District Council. The project involves promoting volunteering opportunities within the district, ...

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Malvern Well Dressing Festival returns this weekend

The Malvern Well Dressing Festival is all set to return this weekend with an abundance of royal decorations and creations. The popular festival will be held from Saturday, 29 April to Sunday, 7 May 2023, and will see more than 50 wells creatively decorated in the theme of 'Kings and Queens'. The festival starts with dressing the wells on Friday, 28...

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New discount book offers hundreds of vouchers to use in town centres across the district for just £1

Residents and visitors will soon have access to a new discount book containing hundreds of vouchers to spend on high streets across the district. The District Discount Book is a new initiative created by the Upton News and supported by Malvern Hills District Council. It aims to generate footfall and new sales for local businesses within the distric...

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Malvern Hills District car parks achieve national award

Car parks within the Malvern Hills District have achieved a national award for their high safety standards. The 14 car parks, owned and managed by Malvern Hills District Council, have been awarded the coveted Park Mark, which forms part of the Safer Parking Scheme. The Safer Parking Scheme, a national standard for UK car parks, is aimed at reducing...

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Great Malvern Farmers’ Market in the running for national award

The popular Farmers' Market in Great Malvern has been shortlisted for a national award together with some of the best farm retailers in the UK. The Farm Retail Association recently announced its finalists for the national Farm Retail Awards 2023, which will take place on 7 March at Sandy Park in Exeter. Great Malvern Farmers' Market has been select...

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‘Talk to Tom’ comes to Upton upon Severn

Upton residents will soon have the chance to have their say when the Leader of Malvern Hills District Council holds his next 'Talk to Tom' session in the town. Cllr Tom Wells will be holding his next Leader's Surgery on Monday, 6 March from 10am to 12pm, at the Memorial Hall in Upton upon Severn. Residents are being encouraged to book a slot online...

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Great Malvern Festival of Stories set to return

The Great Malvern Festival of Stories for Children is all set to return following the huge success of last year's first ever festival. Taking place from 24 October to 29 October 2023, the six day festival has been given the green light to return across a number of venues throughout Great Malvern, with an extra two days added for local schools. The ...

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Malvern Well Dressing Festival returns with new theme

The Malvern Well Dressing Festival is set to return with a theme fit for royalty. The popular festival, which will be held from Saturday, 29 April to Sunday, 7 May 2023, will see more than 50 wells creatively decorated in the theme of 'Kings and Queens'. The festival starts with dressing the wells on Friday, 28 April, Judging takes place on Saturda...

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Energy and environmental improvements from work at Malvern Splash

Significant energy bill savings and environmental benefits are expected from the replacement of curtain walling at Malvern Splash. On 24 January, the Malvern Hills District Council (MHDC) Executive Committee agreed additional expenditure to replace the curtain walling on the Priory Park side elevation of Malvern Splash. The existing curtain walling...

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Grant proposal for Tenbury Pool to help rising energy costs

 A grant of up to £115k has been proposed to help towards the rising energy costs at Tenbury Community Pool. The grant proposal, along with suggestions for additional capital works, will be put forward to Executive Committee at Malvern Hills District Council on Tuesday, 24 January 2023. Capital works include Solar PV, double glazing and replac...

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Last call for local businesses to advertise in low-cost discount book

Local businesses are being encouraged to sign up to a low-cost discount book as deadline is extended. The District Discount book aims to generate footfall and new sales for local businesses within the Malvern Hills District. The deadline for more businesses to apply is Monday 30 January 2023. The initiative forms part of Malvern Hills District Coun...

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Council's Five Year Plan to undergo refresh

Improving energy efficiency, continuing to support the Homes for Ukraine scheme, and delivering a £500k grants programme for rural businesses and communities are amongst the priorities that could be added to Malvern Hills District Council's Five Year Plan. The plan, which is reviewed annually, sets out a number of actions for 2023/24 and beyon...

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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 virtual volunteer fair will be held between 9am to 4pm on Friday, 20 January 2023 and will showcase the many fantastic volunteering opportunities across the distric...

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Extra time to have your say on SWDP

The consultation on the review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan has been extended. People can now submit comments before the new deadline of 11.59pm on 23 December 2022. The consultation was due to end next week but has been extended because small misprints have been found in paper copies of the Plan. A formatting issue in the Spatial D...

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Community projects appeal for donations

From providing a new bus service in Upton to helping the homeless, there are several worthwhile projects across the Malvern Hills District appealing for donations. Malvern Hills District Council has pledged funding of over £117,000 so far to support 26 local projects on the specialist crowdfunding platform Spacehive, resulting in a total of almost ...

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Become an honorary elf as part of a Christmas Elf Adventure Trail across The Malverns

Youngsters will soon be able to be certified as honorary elves in a free digital adventure trail featuring Tiny the Elf all the way from the North Pole. The Elf Adventure Trail runs until Saturday 31 December within the high streets of Great Malvern, Malvern Link, Barnards Green, Tenbury Wells and Upton upon Severn. The trail is linked to the recen...

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Free festive parking on offer to support local traders

Shoppers will be able to take advantage of free parking during the festive period thanks to Malvern Hills District Council. From 1 to 24 December, visitors will be able to park for free from 3pm until 11pm in any of the council's pay and display car parks. The offer has been introduced as part of the Christmas Comes to Town campaign and Town Centre...

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Festive cheer comes to Tenbury

Get in the festive spirit as Christmas comes to Tenbury Wells with its merry markets, Christmas-themed entertainment, and a Mistletoe Queen. Tenbury Wells is all set for a Christmas celebration full of joy and merriment, starting with its annual Mistletoe Festival on Saturday 3 December from 10am to 6pm. The popular Tenbury Wells Mistletoe Festival...

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Get in the festive spirit with new Christmas Comes to Town campaign

From festive feasts to merry markets, residents are being encouraged to get in the festive spirit as a new Christmas campaign arrives across the district. Christmas Comes to Town, a new campaign by Malvern Hills District Council, takes place from November until Christmas Day, across all five town centres in the district. The campaign has been creat...

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