South Lenches Parish Council and the South Lenches Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group have prepared a small survey to ask for feedback for the type of development we want to encourage in our area.

It is important to have your say on how the area develops over the next ten years.

You will shortly receive a copy of the survey through your letterbox which can be returned by a Freepost addressed envelope but the quickest way to complete the survey is online at:

Please make your views known and help to keep the South Lenches a desirable place to live.

Notice of Vacancy for Councillor

Casual vacancy has arisen for a councillor of South Lenches Parish Council.

This post will be filled by co-option unless by the 2nd June 2021 a request is made by 10 electors to fill this post by holding a bye- election.

Notice attached.


Arch Messenger – April edition

Please see attachment below.

Road Closure

Road closure notice attached between Low Road and Rous Lench.

A message from Dr.Kathryn Cobain, the Director for Public Health in Worcestershire – please share with your communities

Dear Residents,

I know that the news of a new lockdown for England, will be frustrating and upsetting for many people. Worcestershire has tried very hard to keep Covid-19 cases down, and many of you have made sacrifices to protect yourselves and others. We have all had to make changes to the way we live our lives in recent months, and that included over Christmas, when so many were not able to spend time with loved ones.

But some stark realities remain for us all. Worcestershire’s infection rates are at the highest we have ever seen. In the past 7 days alone, the county has 1,888 positive Covid-19 cases, which is more than all positive cases seen during May, June, July, August and September 2020 combined. I am concerned about this level of spread, and the risk it poses to our health and the lives of our vulnerable and elderly residents. We need to act now to protect one another, prevent the virus spreading further and reduce the demand on our hospitals.

The pandemic continues to dominate our daily lives, cases are rising nationally and we know the new variant of Covid-19 spreads very quickly. Our NHS is also facing considerable pressure on its services. All of these factors have led to the government’s announcement of a new lockdown across England. This means once again, we are facing tough restrictions on our way of life. I know this is hard, but by doing as we are asked, we are saving lives. The restrictions have been brought in to protect every one of us.

Please now stay at home, don’t go out unless you need to, for example to buy food or collect medicines. The Government has set out the clear limitations of the lockdown and I ask you to read the restrictions and follow the rules. You can read a full explanation of all the restrictions on the government’s website;

Once again, Worcestershire County Council’s Here2Help service is available to anyone who needs support or is clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding). If you have no-one to turn to for help, our service can respond and provide help such as collecting medicines and getting shopping. You can reach the service online;

If you are on the Government’s shielding list, you will be receiving guidance about what to do now. It is key that you socially distance, and you reduce your physical contact with others. The governments webpages are updated regularly and you can read detailed guidance at;

While we are all at home, please do remember to check on vulnerable or isolated residents. Just a phone call or a text message can provide a vital link to the outside world, and can ensure those who need comfort or help, have someone to turn to.

You will know that a programme of vaccination has begun nationally, and we are already seeing Worcestershire residents receiving the first doses. This process is being co-ordinated by central Government, and following a strict order for administering the doses. Worcestershire County Council is supporting NHS colleagues to ensure the roll-out is progressing. The vaccines are safe, and if you are called forward to receive one, I strongly urge you to do so. In the meantime, please keep following the rules, wear face coverings, wash your hands, keep your distance. These simple measures help reduce the spread of the virus.

We are all in this together. Throughout the pandemic, you have shown your resilience, kindness and compassion for others. We have seen many examples of people supporting one another, lending a hand or going the extra mile. The situation has demonstrated how working together, we are able to support one another and get through. I am asking you to do this once again. The single most important thing you can do for everyone, is to stay home. Please do this for yourself and for others. We all want to protect people who are precious to us, our family and friends. Let’s take care of each other, and work together.

Thank you for doing this. Our actions now will hopefully bring brighter days for us all in 2021.

Best wishes

Dr. Kathryn Cobain

Catherine Hepple

Communications and Engagement Lead

Public Health

Worcestershire County Council

County Hall

Spetchley road



If you have a query regarding Coronavirus please refer to Public Health England guidance and/or call NHS 111 which has a dedicated Coronavirus helpline.

Lenches Directory 20-21

Directory attached.

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.




Upcoming Parish Council Meetings


 Previous minutes can be viewed on the Parish Council Page of  this website.