Amphitheatre, Lenches Sports & Recreation Club

Please see the attached document in regard to the proposed Amphitheatre at the Lenches Sports & Recreation Club.

The planning application is now live on the Wychavon District Council site:

Construction of open air seating (amphitheatre) and erection of a new storage and amenity building together with ancillary works.

No: 20/02161/FUL

Comments can be made on the planning website:


South Lenches Neighbourhood Plan

The next meeting of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group will take place virtually on Thursday 22nd October 2020 at 7.30 pm.

Members of the public are welcome to attend – please contact the Clerk for details on how to access the meeting.

Play Area reopening.

The Parish Council has decided to reopen the play area from Friday 17th July.

Users will need to wipe down any equipment surfaces they touch and clean their hands before and after use on each piece of equipment

Children who are from different families or bubbles should observe social distancing on shared equipment.

Scientific advice suggests that the COVID-19 virus can survive for up to several days on some hard surfaces. The risks are reduced when outdoors, where surfaces may be subject to UV light and/or rain.

Whilst all possible practical measures have been put in place users do so at their own choice and risk.

Please see attached guidance notice.

Parish Councillor Vacancy

The Parish Council is looking for someone to serve as a Parish Councillor.

  • Are you interested in local current affairs?
  • Do you wish to serve your community?
  • Could you provide a voice for residents?

If you feel like you would like to get involved in making decisions about your local community and make a significant contribution to the area in which you live, then this is the position for you!

There are six parish council meetings per year plus occasional ad-hoc meetings which you will be required to attend.

Applications are invited by anyone registered as a Local Government Elector for the Parish on the Electoral Register who is and has been living in or within a three mile radius of the parish for the whole of the period of the last 12 months.

To be considered application forms must be received by Monday 2nd November 2020.

For further information and an application form please contact: –

Mrs. N. Holland Clerk

Tel: 07835620613

Post: Morton Wood Farmhouse, Morton Wood Lane, Abbots Morton. WR7 4LU.




Legacy Grant Update October 2020

The design of the amphitheatre and the new facility building has now been agreed. Residents can get some idea of how it will look from the picture attached. A more detailed CGI render will be available shortly.

A submission has been made for planning permission to Wychavon District Council and all residents can view the full application on the Wychavon planning portal. Once planning permission has been granted, ground works will start of 1st December, followed by building works at the end of January. The target date for completion is the end of May 2021.

It’s worth mentioning that a number of local people have given their time and expertise entirely free of charge, enabling us to deliver the project at the lowest possible cost. They include an architect, a quantity surveyor, builders, a planning consultant and other professional advisers.



Public health message from NHS Test and Trace

As part of the government’s coordinated response to Coronavirus, NHS Test and Trace has developed the new NHS COVID-19 app.

It is now available for download to all residents of England and Wales. We strongly recommend that everyone over the age of 16 downloads and uses it.

Download the ‘NHS COVID-19’ app from the App Store or Google Play. There is more information at

The app will help you to understand and manage your personal risk and reduce the spread of Coronavirus. The more people who use it, the more effective it will be.

The app requires operating system 13.5 or above if you have an Apple iPhone. It requires Android 6.0 or above if you have an Android phone. If your smartphone is not compatible, you can still access full support from the NHS Test and Trace service.

All individuals over the age of 16 who are registered with a GP in England and have provided an email address to the NHS are receiving this email. Some people will receive a text message instead, if an email address has not been provided.

NHS Test and Trace Privacy Notice

Wychavon District Council Coronavirus Update September 22nd – New restrictions in response to a rise in Covid-19 cases

The Government this week introduced new restrictions in England to help tackle the rise in Covid-19 cases across the country.

They include:

  • workers should work from home where possible
  • all pubs, bars and restaurants must be table service only and must close at 10pm from Thursday 24 September
  • the requirement to wear a face covering has now extended to staff in retail, staff in hospitality and passengers in taxis
  • weddings are now limited to 15 people, funerals remain at a limit of 30 people

Changes have also been made to the exemptions list for the rule of 6.

You can find full details of the changes using the links below:

New restrictions announced on 22 September 2020

Meeting with others safely

Coronavirus FAQs: What you can and cannot do

In Worcestershire we are now starting to see the increasing number of cases of Covid-19 lead to a rise in hospital admissions.

Please do everything you can to play your part in reducing the spread of this virus.

Cllr Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon District Council, made an appeal this week to residents on our social media channels.

Watch Cllr Thomas’ appeal to residents

Protect your loved ones with the NHS Covid-19 app

The NHS Covid-19 app is now available to anyone aged 16 or over who lives in England or Wales.

It is the fastest way to find out if you are at risk of the virus, so you can take action to protect you and your loved ones.

The app has several features:

  • Trace: find out when you’ve been near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus.
  • Alert: lets you know the level of coronavirus risk in your postcode district.
  • Check-in: get alerted if you’ve visited a venue where you may have come into contact with coronavirus, using a simple QR code scanner. No more form filling.
  • Symptoms: check if you have coronavirus symptoms and see if you need to order a test.
  • Test: helps you order a test if you need to.
  • Isolate: keep track of your self-isolation countdown and access relevant advice.

If someone you have been near to tests positive for Covid-19, NHS doctors and scientists will use an algorithm to work out how close you need to be to someone to be at risk of the virus. A random unique ID will then be used to alert other app users so they can self-isolate immediately and get a test.

The app will help the NHS understand if the virus is spreading in a particular area, so local authorities can respond quickly to stop it spreading further and save lives.

The app does this while protecting a user’s anonymity. Nobody, including the government, will know who or where someone is.

Everyone you love is on your phone. Now your phone can help protect them.

Use the links below to find out more about the app and download it from the App Store and Google Play. Some older devices may not be able to run the app.

Watch the NHS Covid-19 app explainer video

Introducing the NHS Covid-19 app

NHS Covid-19 app privacy FAQs

Factsheet for parents and carers

Advice on self-isolating

It is really important if you develop symptoms of Covid-19 that you self-isolate and get a test. Even if your symptoms are mild and you feel okay, you must self-isolate.

There are other circumstances when you may be told to self-isolate even if you don’t have symptoms.

The links below provide advice on when and how to self-isolate.

If you need help getting food or medicines while self-isolating, then the Worcestershire Here 2 Help service is available to you.

You can register for help on the Worcestershire Here 2 Help website.

If you have to self-isolate and can work from home, then please talk to your employer about this.

If you have to self-isolate and cannot work from home, you may qualify for the new £500 support payment.

If you don’t qualify for that, then you may be able to claim Statutory Sick Pay, Universal Credit or other benefits.

See financial support if you cannot work because of coronavirus for more information.

Access to testing

We know there are difficulties getting access to a test currently. This is a national issue and the Government is working on increasing capacity.

If you need a test, our advice is to please keep trying as slots do become free throughout the day. You can book a test online.

Remember, you only need to get tested if you have symptoms of Covid-19. These are:

a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Please do not get a test if you do not have symptoms of Covid-19, unless you are officially told to do so.

Boots has produced a useful chart to help you recognise the difference between symptoms of a cold, flu and Covid-19.

New Job Support Scheme announced

The Government has announced a new Job Support scheme to help protect viable jobs in businesses facing lower demand over the winter months due to Covid-19.

The scheme will open on 1 November 2020 and run for six months.

Under the scheme, your company will continue to pay you for the time you work. The cost of hours not worked, will be split between your employer, the Government (through wage support) and you, by way of a wage reduction.

Find out more about the Job Support Scheme.

New employment support guide

Worcestershire County Council has launched a new Entry to Employment Services guide, to help those who have lost their job during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The guide showcases the support that is available across the county for those who have experienced a major career change over the last few months. There are 33 services included in the guide, and the Skills 4 Worcestershire webpage has been re-designed to try and make taking that next step as easy as possible.

Download the Entry to Employment Services guide.

Great British Week of Sport

This week is the first ever Great British Week of Sport, an initiative set up by UK active, to inspire the nation to celebrate the power that sport, and activity has on our mental, physical and social wellbeing.

We also know that losing weight and being active can help protect you against Covid-19.

Support to help you get active:

Download the Couch 2 5K or active 10 apps 

Use the activity finder to find weekly sporting activities near you

Workout from the comfort of your own home using the NHS online fitness studio

You can find all this and more on the Better Health website.

Also, check out what’s on offer from our leisure centre operator Wychavon Leisure.

New campaign to support mental health of your young loved ones

The past few months have been hard on everyone, including children and young people. But there are lots of things we can do to support them at this time.

Better Health – Every Mind Matters will help you find what’s right for your children or young loved ones – whether it’s listening to them talk about the challenges they’re facing or helping them develop skills to cope with their emotions.

Find out more on the Every Mind Matters website

How well have we responded to Covid-19?

If you have yet to take part in our annual residents’ survey then please do so, your feedback is important to us.

This year, the survey includes questions on how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted residents, as well as the response and support provided by the council.

Feedback will be used to improve services and the ongoing recovery from Covid-19. A summary of the results will be published anonymously on our website.

The survey takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete but progress can be saved so it can be completed in stages.

Take the Wychavon residents’ survey.

Deadline is midnight on 4 October 2020.

Autumn Rural Beat Newsletter

Rural & Business Crime Officer latest version of the Rural Beat Newsletter attached.

Wychavon District Council Coronavirus Update September 20: In our Coronavirus update there was a typo in the item about the new social distancing measures, which may have caused some confusion. To clarify, from Monday, 14 September in England, you cannot meet socially, indoors or outdoors, in groups of more than six people. Read the full guidance on changes to social distancing rules We apologise for any confusion caused.

Coronavirus cases are rising

Protect each other

Cases of Coronavirus are rising across Wychavon, as well as other parts of Worcestershire.

Although we are still some way off the point where full local lockdown restrictions are needed, Worcestershire Public Health is monitoring the situation. An outbreak control plan is in place and action will be taken, if necessary, to protect residents.

It is really important we all keep playing our part to protect ourselves and each other.

Please make sure you are following social distancing guidelines at all times and remember:

Hands – wash them regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser

Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet

Space – Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)

If you have symptoms you should self-isolate immediately and book a free test online or call 119.

You should also self-isolate if you are asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace.

Read the guidance on how to self-isolate with a possible coronavirus infection

Read the Coronavirus FAQs to find out what you currently can and cannot do

Care homes across Wychavon closed to visitors

Care homes across Wychavon have been closed to all but essential visitors.

This is a precaution to protect vulnerable residents following a rise in Covid-19 cases across Wychavon.

Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health for Worcestershire said: “The decision to stop care home visits is not one we have taken lightly. I appreciate this will cause upset and frustration for some of our residents and I recognise this is very difficult for families.

“Looking at the rising numbers of cases in the district, we are concerned about the welfare of our most vulnerable and the wider community. I need to protect those at risk and prevent the further spread of Covid-19.

“We will review this on a daily basis and will lift these restrictions when we see numbers falling again. This is a sensible precautionary measure, it is better to act now than later.”

Read the full announcement on the closure of care homes to visitors

Remember the rule of 6

rule of 6


New social distancing rules are being introduced on Monday, 14 September in England.

From this date, it will be illegal to meet with people you do not live with in groups of six or more indoors or outdoors.

This applies to private homes, pubs, restaurants, shops and other venues like places of worship. There are exceptions to this rule including schools and work places.

Read the full guidance on changes to social distancing rules

How well have we responded to Covid-19?

residents survey


We are currently running our annual residents’ survey.

This year, the survey includes questions on how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted residents, as well as the response and support provided by the council.

Feedback will be used to improve services and the ongoing recovery from Covid-19. A summary of the results will be published anonymously on the council website.

Last year, the survey received 1,140 responses, with traffic congestion, crime, public transport, litter and recycling voted as the top priorities for Wychavon residents.

The survey takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete but progress can be saved so it can be completed in stages.

Take the Wychavon residents’ survey.

Deadline is midnight on 4 October 2020.

Tree – Ash Dieback Disease

The Tree Council has produced a useful guide for homeowners who have Ash Trees on their land.
Please read link below.