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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Council Leader gives residents more say with new face to face surgery

The Leader of Malvern Hills District Council has opened a new regular Leader's Surgery giving residents more opportunity to have their say. Cllr Tom Wells, who has been in the position as Leader for just over a month, will be holding a regular surgery on the first Monday of each month, between 10am - 12pm at the Council House in Malvern, beginning ...

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Council launches first Green Tourism Scheme for local businesses

Malvern Hills District Council is recognising the efforts of local tourism businesses in reducing their impact on the environment with its very own scheme. The council is the first local authority to launch the Green Tourism Accreditation Scheme which offers Green Mark accreditation specifically for tourism and hospitality businesses operating acro...

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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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Opening date announced for revamped play area

Priory Park's newly revamped play area will be open to the public in time for the Easter weekend. The exciting half a million-pound project in Great Malvern will open on Good Friday (15 April), with a formal opening event held on 5 May. Malvern Hills District Council has worked with specialist play equipment company, Flights of Fantasy, on the new,...

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New 'Village Office' set up to tackle rural isolation

A new 'Village Office' has been set up in Lindridge to tackle isolation and provide a working space for people living in rural areas. Malvern Hills District Council is working with Community First to trial the concept across rural areas of the district, with Lindridge Parish Hall, Tenbury Wells, as the first location. The idea has come about as a r...

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Businesses can learn how to support community-led environment initiatives at event

Businesses across the Malvern Hills District interested in supporting carbon reduction initiatives are being invited to a special crowdfunding launch event. The Destination Zero Community Fund launch event will see crowdfunding experts Spacehive talk about the council's £100,000 funding pot which will support community-led projects that contribute ...

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Malvern Hills and Wychavon businesses looking to expand, survey shows

Businesses in Malvern Hills District and Wychavon are actively looking to take on more staff and are increasingly turning towards apprenticeships as a way of filling vacancies.The findings are part of the Malvern Hills and Wychavon Upskilling Project business survey, which was aiming to establish the skills and training needs of local employers.In ...

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Malvern Theatres could receive £1m funding boost towards expansion

Malvern Theatres could receive a funding boost of £1million from Malvern Hills District Council (MHDC) to extend its educational and community space. The popular venue, which attracts around 300,000 visitors each year, is the second most visited attraction in the Malvern Hills District. It is operated by the charitable body, Malvern Theatres Trust,...

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Malvern Hills District Council express support for Ukraine

Malvern Hills District residents are being urged to back a national appeal to help the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians fleeing conflict in their country. The UK's Disasters Emergency Committee is coordinating the efforts of 15 agencies to help people who have fled Ukraine or been displaced to other parts of the country, following the invasion b...

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Free age-friendly employment workshops on offer in Wychavon and Malvern Hills

Free help is on offer to companies to recruit and retain older workers as part of efforts to close the skills gap.Malvern Hills District and Wychavon District Councils are working with award-winning consultancy Cherington HR, to deliver workshops to help businesses introduce age-friendly working practices.Older workers are the fastest growing part ...

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Get funding for your Platinum Jubilee celebration

From street parties to community events, Malvern Hills District Council and Spacehive are working together to bring ideas to life to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee this year. Individuals, community groups and schools are being encouraged to pitch their project ideas to the crowdfunding platform Spacehive, to begin raising funds for their ev...

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