Funding boost helped town centres on route to Covid recovery

 Town centres and local businesses within the Malvern Hills District have benefitted from £140,000 of funding to help recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Since June 2020, two consecutive funds have supported local businesses and town centres; the Reopening High Streets Safely fund and the Welcome Back Fund. MHDC was allocated a share of £56 mi...

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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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The Malverns promises an abundance of events to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Get ready for an abundance of free activities, family fun days and events galore, as towns within the Malvern Hills District get set for a royal celebration. Taking place from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June 2022, Malvern, Tenbury Wells and Upton upon Severn have a whole host of events ready to honour The Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Residents and visitor...

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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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Great Malvern Farmers’ Market returns

The Great Malvern Farmers' Market returns with an abundance of fresh produce on offer. The popular market takes place on Saturday 21 May in the grounds of Great Malvern Priory between 9am and 2pm. Organised by Boffy Arts and Events with support from Malvern Hills District Council, shoppers will have the chance to choose from a wide range of local b...

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Nest boxes installed in Malvern Link to help threatened bird species

Nest boxes have been installed in Malvern Link to help the British swift population whose numbers are in decline. 12 distinct swift boxes were constructed and installed on Monday 2 May at four homes around the Link Top area in Malvern Link, as part of a biodiversity project funded by Malvern Hills District Council. There are 11 further boxes to be ...

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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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Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay to visit Malvern Hills District as full England route revealed

The Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay is confirmed to visit the Malvern Hills District during its final journey through England this summer. Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen's Baton Relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games. In England, the Queen's...

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Revamped play area gets opening ceremony

Priory Park's newly revamped play area has been officially opened with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony. The opening event took place on Thursday 5 May, at the new state-of-the-art play area, in Priory Park, Great Malvern. The ribbon was officially cut by Cllr Cynthia Palmer, Chairman of Malvern Hills District Council. Building works on the new eco...

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Funding opportunities for businesses and apprentices extended

 Businesses and apprentices across the Malvern Hills District will have more opportunity to apply for funding to build skills in the workforce. The £283,000 of funding, which has come from the Government's Community Renewal Fund (CRF), has been extended and support will now be available until at least the end of September 2022. The CRF is bein...

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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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Council worker to take on 100km celebrity trek for cancer charity close to heart

An employee from Malvern Hills District Council is all set to take on a 100km trek together with a team of celebrities for a national breast cancer charity. The epic five-day trek, which takes place from 11 to 17 June 2022, will cover approximately 100km of the stunning Pembrokeshire coastline. Council employee Nicky Stevens will be taking on the c...

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Views wanted on Leigh and Bransford Neighbourhood Plan

Residents in Leigh and Bransford can have their say on proposed plans for future development in their parishes. The draft Leigh and Bransford Neighbourhood Plan covers the period between 2022 and 2041 and sets out a vision and policies to guide development in the parishes. The draft Plan proposes a site allocation for around 52 new dwellings and sp...

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Great Malvern Farmers' Market returns

 A variety of top quality local produce will be on offer when the Great Malvern Farmers' Market returns. The market takes place on Saturday 16 April in the grounds of Great Malvern Priory between 9am and 2pm. Organised by Boffy Arts and Events with support from Malvern Hills District Council, shoppers will have the chance to choose from a rang...

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