Applications for an Independent Lay Member of the West Mercia Police and Crime Panel are invited from members of the public. Closing date: 5pm on Monday 18 May 2020.

Applications for an Independent Lay Member of the West Mercia Police and Crime Panel are invited from members of the public. Closing date: 5pm on Monday 18 May 2020.

The Panel covers the geographical areas of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Worcestershire with support for the Panel provided by Worcestershire County Council.

The Panel is part of the governance arrangements for policing in the West Mercia area and its role is to maintain a regular check and balance on the performance of the directly-elected West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner.

 Information on Police and Crime Commissioners can be found via this link: along with additional information on the recruitment process and an information pack.

Should you wish to apply, please download and complete the application form  and return to Sheena Jones, Democratic Governance and Scrutiny Manager by 5pm on Monday 18 May 2020

either by email:

or by post: Sheena Jones, Democratic Governance and Scrutiny Manager, Legal and Governance, Worcestershire County Council County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester, WR5 2NP

 In addition to the Worcestershire County Council website, details of this position can also be found in the CALC newsletter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.


Wyre Piddle Community Newsletter 1

Wyre Piddle Parish Council Newsletter.


Working for the people of our Parish
We hope everyone is keeping safe and well! We are still currently in lockdown and would like to remind you all that it is vitally important that we continue to follow the Government guidelines – Stay at home – Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home) – If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times – Wash your hands as soon as you get home – Do not meet others, even friends or family. – You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
If you need support during this time for example with shopping, minor errands or just someone to speak to then please contact any of the following and we will put you in touch with a volunteer in the village – Claire Paul on 07852546705 or via email John Paul on 07805651502 or via email Jenny Wilks on 07530482053 or via email Wyre Piddle Community Facebook page.
Thank You To all the residents who are helping as volunteers, either on the list, or who have already been allocated residents to support, and also to those who are looking after their neighbours. It is greatly appreciated in a time like this and fantastic to see the way everyone has come together in times of need
Friday 8th May 2pm onwards.
As we can not go ahead with the Village street party, we are hoping that you will join in as a village community in a ‘Stay at Home Street Party’.
Decorate your house, dress up in Red, White and Blue and enjoy a picnic in your front garden. You can wave and chat to your neighbours from a socially acceptable distance and maybe share some music and singing!

3pm – We would like to encourage all those taking part to undertake the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’

at 3pm on the 8th May, from the safety of your own home, by standing up and raising a glass of refreshment of your choice and undertaking the following ‘Toast’ – “To those who gave so much, we thank you,”

7pm – Ring a bell for ‘A cry for peace’ 9pm – The Royal British Legion is calling for people to help commemorate the anniversary by joining in with a UK-wide rendition of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’

9pm on VE day. BBC One will be featuring the singalong as part of their VE Day broadcast.

If anyone has any other ideas, please feel free to share them with us.
It would be great to see lots of pictures and videos sent to the Wyre Piddle Facebook page or to the above email addresses.

Thank you It is amazing to hear all the clapping and banging for our keyworkers every Thursday evening at 8pm and the fantastic music played by our local resident DJ’s!!!
Working for the people of our Parish.

DrawString Bags For Nurses and Healthcare Workers This is a plea for material (old and unwanted cotton/polycotton,duvets, sheets, pillowcases etc.). Some of the Wyre Piddle WI are making bags to help nurses transport their uniforms home safely to help reduce the risk of contamination. The bags containing the uniforms can then be placed straight into the washing machine. If you have any surplus cotton/polycotton material we would be very grateful if you could either leave it in a bag outside of Pauline Monks house, Lyndhurst, Worcester Road opposite the Village Hall. I am also willing to collect, please ring me on 01386 553510. Pauline Monks If anyone is interested in making some bags, we would be very grateful for your help. For further information please contact Maggie Close 01386 642248  

SWDP Action plan March 2020 The proposed options for housing development put forward by the recent SWDP review will have a major effect on Wyre Piddle.
The main concerns are:

• Building on land which drains onto the flood plains of the Piddle Brook and the River Avon,

• The loss of the strategic gap between us, Pershore and Pinvin.

• The planned housing development along both sides of the A44 by pass.

• The increased strain on infrastructure during and after these developments • An imbalance in the number of new houses Wychavon is expected to accommodate in comparison to the rest of the County.
The Parish Council submitted comments about these plans at the end of the consultation period in December. The South Worcestershire Councils are now collating the responses they received and will inform us of the outcome in September. There will be a briefing for Parish Councils on 31st March to let us know if there are any developments which two councillors will attend.
There is a group of parishioners who are keen to take a more proactive stance in objecting to these proposals and they have approached the Parish Council to ask for our support. We understand also that there are a number of parishioners who feel the development of housing is necessary to accommodate the growing population and that Wychavon Council should be trusted to do what is needed.

As Parish Councillors we aim to represent your views, therefore, we need to know what they are. Please tell us your preferred action out of the three following options:

1. We support those who are keen to take a more proactive stance in objecting to the proposed options that affect us.

2. We continue to monitor the progress of the SWDP review and keep you informed, whilst seeking assurance that any housing development will take into account extra flood risk, retain our separate identity as a village, be the best possible in terms of sustainability and environmental impact and include substantial tracts of land to preserve wildlife.

3. We attend briefings and keep you informed, but trust Wychavon County Council to conduct the planned developments as sympathetically as possible.
If you have any comments, please phone or email: Councillor John Paul – 07805651502,  Councillor Lew Searle – 07795251549 or 01386304034,

Coronavirus – List of Suppliers

Wyre Piddle Parish Council

Coronavirus Assistance-

We have produced a list of some of the local suppliers that are currently offering delivery within the local area. There are probably more available locally but we hope that what we have put together so far helps.

Please contact the businesses directly to order or enquire about delivery times and costs.

Please click here to download the list of Local_Suppliers

Worcestershire County Council internal gold meeting in respect of COVID 19- Issue 9 6th April 2020

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD Look after yourself whilst staying at home

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD hospital-discharge-patient-leaflet

Key Messages

  • Reminder that the Here2Help email is the first point of contact if people want to offer assistance or gain support. The other option is the telephone contact number which is staffed 8am-8pm 7 days a week – 01905 768053.
  • Carers who support a family member or friend who require support should contact the Worcestershire Association of Carers on or call the Helpline 0300 012 4272.
  • PPE remains an issue, but we are providing an email – and a helpline (01905 768053) for all Providers to contact Commissioners if they have a supply problem or other issues.
  • A significant delivery of additional supplies is imminent. The focus for this will be for Social Care with PPE relating to the NHS is being managed separately.
  • We continue to build the picture of community action in the county in order to provide support to the most vulnerable and to establish if any of the Shielded Cohort are slipping through the net of the wider Government
  • Over 290 beds are available across the Acute Hospital sites, with additional capacity of 80 beds in Community Hospitals and 130 additional Care Home beds. We have options on 300 Hotel rooms, and we block purchased additional Domiciliary Home Care.
  • There is ongoing support for independent providers to assist with financial sustainability and the supply of PPE if needed.
  • At present there is less need for ventilation in Acute Hospitals, which is in line with what has been observed nationally.
  • The NHS are completing system wide stress tests on the acute, community and primary care capacity which are to be complete by the end of this week.
  • We are working with the District Councils in a single, countywide group to provide accommodation for all those rough sleepers in Worcestershire who will accept it
  • Places for children and young people continue to be provided in schools, colleges and early years settings across Worcestershire that have remained open during the Easter holidays.
  • We have launched a mental wellbeing campaign called “Look after yourself whilst staying at home”. (See attached leaflet) We would appreciate it if you could share this on your social media accounts or send it by email to your residents.

Key Service Areas

Adult Services

  • Please see the attached Discharge from Hospital Leaflet.
  • To ensure we have appropriate levels of domiciliary care available for individuals on discharge from hospital we have secured appropriate hotel accommodation across the county to ensure individuals are safe and cared for following discharge from hospital. This will be free for the individual and once it is determined that they can return home a range of services will be available to provide support should it be needed.
  • Recruitment campaign ongoing with redeployed staff receiving training.
  • Approximately 150 new enquiries continue to be received daily through the here2help website, with a similar number of calls being taken over the phone through the Access Centre.

Children’s Services

  • Social Care capacity holding up, with additional shifts being worked and visits reduced to statutory minimum and carried out ‘virtually’ wherever possible.
  • Direct support provided to those leaving care who are living independently, especially around the Social Distancing message.
  • Calls for additional PPE remain.
  • Lower numbers of vulnerable children are attending school than expected but we are working hard to encourage attendance.
  • Government have confirmed they will provide additional funding to those pupils entitled to free school meals whilst at school during the Easter holidays.

Community Services

  • All Libraries and Museums remain closed
  • Registering of deaths is now taking place over the phone.
  • Trading Standards are actively raising awareness of potential scams
  • Support is being given through volunteers and through community groups to assist with pharmacy deliveries.
  • Food parcels continue to be distributed to the individuals within the Shielded Cohort / those in urgent need.

Economy & Infrastructure

  • All major infrastructure project construction sites are now temporarily shutting down in a controlled manner
  • All Household Waste & Recycling Centres remain closed
  • District Councils continue to support each other with the current challenge regarding refuse collections, with the aim to get back to normal schedules next week.
  • Additional goggles and other safety equipment are being sourced from schools across the county.
  • Thoughts turning to what steps can be taken in readiness for any potential recovery, with particular focus on highways maintenance.

Workforce and Training

  • Daily communication update issued to staff
  • The volunteer redeployment form for use by staff who may have capacity to support critical roles where resource is currently limited or where we believe there will soon be a shortage is now live.
  • County Hall remains closed to the Public
  • Close liaison taking place with relevant Trade Union organisations throughout this crisis has been well received.


  • Messages around Mental Health wellbeing advice and tips for home working
  • “Wrap around” for free local newspaper being distributed from Thursday. development for distribution next week


Official statistics and information are available on the link below:



There will be many vulnerable people in our community who will have to self-isolate. This site will provide a central location for the vulnerable that are unable to seek help from family, friends and neighbours.  You can request help, volunteer to help and find useful resources.

Want to help/volunteer or need assistance

NHS Website for information on Coronavirus

Look After Yourself Whilst Staying At Home- Here2Help Worcestershire


CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD ADVICE SHEET – Look after yourself whilst staying at home

Worcestershire Council Council COVID-19 Update for CALC

Worcestershire County Council COVID-19 Update for CALC
3 April 2020

Organisational position
Worcestershire County Council is delivering a One Worcestershire approach. We are working alongside our colleagues in District Councils, the NHS, our MPs and with our other partners including Worcestershire’s voluntary sector organisations.

Key Messages
• Stay at home

• Observe social distancing

• Wash your hands regularly

• If you are vulnerable and have received a letter from the NHS, register for support via:

• Or call 0800 0288327, the Government’s dedicated helpline.

Key operational activities/focus/priorities
• We are working with our district council colleagues and with the voluntary sector to build a picture of community action in order to establish if any of the Shielded Cohort are slipping through the net of the wider Government campaign as well as to support those others who are or who may become vulnerable

• We have managed to block purchase up to 300 hotel rooms to assist with the placing of patients who need additional support after hospital discharge

• We are working with the District Councils to provide accommodation for all those rough sleepers who will accept it
Key operational activities/focus/priorities • Through local sourcing we are providing every care setting in Worcestershire with additional supplies of hand sanitiser

• All adult care services remain covered but Nursing Homes are coming under pressure. Overall, there is still enough capacity in Domiciliary Care and we continue to block purchase domiciliary care from the private sector.

• In a single day this week 150 new enquiries were received through the here2help website with a further 140 calls taken through our Adult Social Care Access Centre.
Key operational activities/focus/priorities

• Schools across Worcestershire are preparing to open during Easter holidays for children of critical workers and for vulnerable children

• Vouchers being issued to pupils entitled to free school meals, with most supermarkets accepting them.

• All major infrastructure projects are now shutting down in a controlled manner.

• All household waste & recycling centres are closed. District Councils are working to continue to provide refuse collections. Support is being provided when it is required.

Where can I get further information, help and advice?


There will be many vulnerable people in our community who will have to self-isolate. This site will provide a central location for the vulnerable that are unable to seek help from family, friends and neighbours. You can request help, volunteer to help and find useful resources.
Want to help/volunteer or need assistance

Where can I get further information, help and advice?

County Council website for Coronavirus information

NHS Website for information on Coronavirus


Coronavirus Assistance

Wyre Piddle Parish Council
Coronavirus assistance
Steve Charlton , a resident of Wyre Piddle, has very kindly agreed to be the central point for the village for all prescriptions from Abbottswood Medical Centre and Ogles. They will deliver your prescription to his address and he will then deliver to your door so over the coming weeks you may see him quite regularly.
As a reminder, if you have any other needs for example; shopping, mowing the lawn or just someone to chat to on the phone during this very difficult time, we have many volunteers in the village who are willing to help. Please contact any one of us and we will allocate a Volunteer to support your needs –

Claire Paul on 07852546705 or via email

John Paul on 07805651502 or via email

Jenny Wilks on 07530482053 or via email

Wyre Piddle Community Facebook page

Stay safe and well

Working for the people of our Parish

Wychavon District Council advice

Click below to download useful information.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD Coronavirus resources for social prescribing



Affected services

Our waste and recycling collections continue to operate as normal thanks to the dedication of staff at FCC.

To support this, we have stopped taking bulky waste collections until further notice.

We are offering businesses the opportunity to suspend their commercial and recycling collections to support them.

We are asking people on social media not to carry out house, garage or shed clearances unless they can store the waste for a period of time. The Household Recycling Centres are currently closed as it is classed as non-essential travel and we cannot accept side waste, as it would overwhelm our standard service.

The full list of affected services is available at

Social distancing rules
Police are now enforcing social distancing rules. In the first instance they will attempt to do this by consent but have the power to fine people if they refuse to comply.
We have already received reports of people gathering in our play areas and have worked with police to disperse them.
To report breaches of social distancing rules the police have asked people to use the online 101 reporting service.

Community Response Update
Many thanks for letting us know all the fantastic things you’ve been doing within your communities.
Changes are being made to the Worcestershire Here 2 Help campaign we mentioned to you in the last update and it will be more widely promoted from next week.
The Here2Help website provides a central location for those members of the community that do not need urgent help and are unable to seek help from family, friends and neighbours.
There are two forms people can fill in on the main website
I need help – this is to support those who have nowhere else to turn for help with things such as collecting shopping or medicines, walking their dog etc. It is not intended as a service for those who already receive Adult Social Care help or who can ask family, friends or neighbours for help or are already linked with a community group in their area.
Tell us how you can help – for those who can offer assistance through volunteering, delivering essentials etc Anyone unable to complete the form online, can phone 01905 768053 where someone will be able to help you fill in the online form. This number can be used Monday to Sunday between 8am and 8pm.
Once people register for help, they will receive an email notification confirming their request has been received.
Requests for help will be responded to within 24 hours and someone will discuss with them in more detail their needs and what support can be offered.
Anyone who offers help may have their details passed on to a local volunteer or community group to help mobilise support needed.
Residents who have received a letter from the NHS asking them to self-isolate for 12 weeks and are deemed extremely vulnerable, can also use this number to request help with care, medicine and support with daily living.
Worcestershire County Council is responding to requests and has received more than 70 appeals for help since it went live on Monday evening, all with varying needs but most centre upon food supplies or medication collections. They will track the type of concerns which are coming through so they can ramp up that response and identify gaps in support.
If you know of any volunteers, groups or organisations who are offering help please ask them to fill in the offer of help form.

NHS Volunteering
The NHS call for a volunteer army has had over 500,000 responses. We are waiting to hear about how this army links with the here2help scheme. The current advice from County Council is to promote and register for both:

Health & Wellbeing / Welfare Checks
Attached is a Mind Wellness checklist and social prescribing coronavirus resources which you may find useful to share with relevant people.
In addition to this Malvern Hills District Council is putting on weekly challenges linking to physical activity and wellbeing on our YouTube channel –
As you will appreciate the current situation is moving swiftly. We will continue to update you as and when we have more information.

Ian Dipple
Joint Marketing and Communications Manager Malvern Hills District Council and Wychavon District Council Civic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Drive Pershore, WR10 1PT

Wyre Piddle Parish Council Coronavirus Assistance

Wyre Piddle Parish Council – Coronavirus Assistance
You should have received a letter from the Parish Council with details of how to help, or get help if you are required to self-isolate in the next few weeks or months. If you did not receive a letter or you need help with shopping or collecting prescriptions, etc please contact:

Claire Paul – 07852546705,
John Paul – 07805651502, ">
or Jenny Wilks – 07530482053, ">
Many people in the village have volunteered to offer help and support.
Please do not hesitate to ask.

If you are able to offer help and have not yet put your name on the volunteer list please contact us. If you know someone who may benefit from assistance please encourage them to get in touch. You can also find out more on the Wyre Piddle Community Face book page if you have access.

It is imperative that we all contribute to minimizing the spread of this highly contagious virus by following all government advice. Those who have been advised to self isolate and anyone with symptoms should not go out to get supplies. Sadly we must all maintain social distancing. A sad and worrying time for all. Thank you for the good will and spirit of everyone in the village.

Click here to download the above – WPPC Coronavirus assistance

Below are a few examples of places to try for food deliveries.

Pershore Produce, New Rd, Pershore, 01386 552645
Worcester Produce, Ascot Rd, Pershore, 01386 562402

Please see more details here: