Following the sad passing of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, a Book of Condolence for Worcestershire has opened online.

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The Book of Condolence is open for residents to pay their respects and show their love and support for the Royal Family.

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, traditional physical books of condolences are not being made available for people to record their messages.

As an alternative, you can leave your message by following the below link. Your message will be shown on an online book of condolence and it is anticipated that the content of the online book of condolences will eventually be retained as part of the historical records at the Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service.

Here is the link to the Online Book of Condolence

If you are unable to leave a message via the online book of condolence or are unable to ask a relative or friend to complete on your behalf, please call 01905 765765 select option 9 and a member of staff can complete the online form on your behalf.

Opening hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

The Book of Condolence will close at 8am  on Sunday (18 April)

Condolences on death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Stoke Bliss Group Parish Council wish to extend deepest condolences to Her Majesty, The Queen, on the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

We recognise with grateful thanks the life a man who was a shining example of what it means to put others before self. The loss to our country is very great and we hope to mirror in some small way, by public service, that sense of duty which is so important in upholding all the values embodied in the role of service which Prince Philip unstintingly performed throughout his life.

Our thoughts and prayers are offered for Her Majesty the Queen and her family at this sad time.


Councillor Burgess Adams (Chair of Stoke Bliss Group Parish Council) on behalf of Stoke Bliss Group Parish Council.

There’s still time to take part in the census

There’s still time to take part in the census

There is still time for residents across the Wychavon District to fill in the census questionnaire.

Census Day, which was on Sunday March 21, marked the day that millions of people across England and Wales completed key questions about themselves and their households to ensure local services in every community are informed by the best information possible.

For those who have not yet submitted their online or paper questionnaires or have maybe misplaced their invitation letter, there is lots of help available.

A new unique access code can be requested online and there is face-to-face assistance at local Census Support Centres.

Field officers are also calling at households who have not completed their census. They will follow social distancing and COVID-safe guidelines, supporting people to take part. They will be equipped with PPE and will never need to enter anyone’s home.

The results from the census will shed light on the needs of different groups and communities, and the inequalities people are experiencing. This is to ensure the big decisions facing the country following the pandemic and EU exit are based on the best information possible, through the anonymised answers provided.

The Office of National Statistics will never share personal details and no-one, including government bodies, will be able to identify anyone in census statistics. Personal census records will be kept secure for 100 years, and only then can future generations view it.

Cllr Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon District Council, said: “There is still time to take part in the census and we encourage those who haven’t done so to fill it out as soon as possible. There is plenty of support available for those who need it both online and offline. The census is so important, and it only takes ten minutes out of your day to complete.”

If the census is not completed, there is a risk of a fine of up to £1,000.

To complete the census, and to find out how to get help, please visit or call 0800 141 2021.

Changes to Bird Flu restrictions

Changes to Bird Flu restrictions

The Government has confirmed that the requirement for keepers of birds and poultry, including in private gardens, to keep them housed will be lifted on 31 March. Biosecurity measures will remain in place though and keepers of birds and poultry are asked to spend the next few days making preparations should they wish to allow their birds to wander around again.

Details are available here

It’s time to engage the community in the Great British Spring Clean- The campaign is (28 May – 13 June 2021).

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Help Keep Britain Tidy to spread the word

They have developed a handy pack of assets and resources to help you engage local communities in the campaign. This includes a press release, assets for social media and key messages.


Getting Involved

This year, supporters can join Keep Britain Tidy by again making a simple pledge and let us know how many minutes you’ll clean-up for during the campaign (28 May – 13 June 2021).

They’ll convert those minutes to miles with the hope that, come summer, we can all enjoy a cleaner, greener, litter-free environment.

People can pledge as an individual or as a group, ensuring they follow the latest Covid-19 guidance about group gatherings outdoors. On their site, they have all the latest safety advice and information.

MHDC Advisory Note – Worcestershire Crowdfund Scheme

Worcestershire Crowdfund Scheme

A project workshop was held recently to mark the launch of the Worcestershire Crowdfund Scheme. This allows voluntary, community and charitable organisations to bid for funding from Worcestershire County Council, while being able to Crowdfund to raise the rest with contributions from the public, businesses and other grant giving bodies.

If you want to find out more then watch the session or view the slides.

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MHDC Advisory Information – Help accessing food and other support

Help accessing food and other support

We have included some links on our website to signpost anyone who may need help accessing food, medicines, financial advice or other types of support:

  • Hardship Advice and Support – a list of local and national organisations supporting anyone in need. This includes help with clothing, counselling, financial support, food, housing, other support and general information and advice.
  • Ready Steady Worcestershire provides information about food, activities and support available to families in Malvern Hills District during the school holidays.
  • Here2Help is for anyone who is vulnerable and needs help but does not have family, friends and neighbours to support them. Fill in the online form and someone will get back to you shortly.
  • Malvern Hills Good Neighbour Network provides details of local community support groups

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MHDC Advisory Note- Covid-19 Memory Bank

Covid-19 Memory Bank

We set-up our Covid-19 memory bank as a way of marking our experiences during the pandemic so we could preserve and share them for future generations to learn and reflect on.

So far we have had pictures of artwork, poems, blogs, videos and photos capturing everything from outdoor garden exercise and Zoom calls with friends to people sharing how the pandemic has affected them mentally and emotionally.

We’d like to encourage all of you to contribute something to that memory bank. Some things you could try:

  • Provide a tribute to a loved one or friend lost to the virus
  • If you have had the virus share your experience
  • Share a picture of you having the vaccine and describe how you felt receiving it
  • Write down how you are feeling now as we experience the hardship of our third lockdown but look ahead with hope to the end of this pandemic
  • Tell us what you are planning to do when normal life returns? Is there anything that has changed due to Covid-19 that you would like to see become permanent?

You can upload your experiences on our Covid-19 Memory Bank page.

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Reason for restriction: Openreach – Restore Customer ServiceThere is a need to close the highway in the following terms:-

  1. The effect of this Notice is that no vehicle shall proceed along that part of the highway from its junction with U95205 Bannals Lane to its junction with U95207 Stoke Bliss.


  1. This provision shall continue in force for a maximum of 5 days; however, it is anticipated that it will remain in force for 3 days commencing 16 March 2021.


  1. Alternative routes: – U95206 Stoke Bliss, Wolferlow (Herefordshire County), B4203 High Lane (Herefordshire County), Tedstone Wafre (Herefordshire County), B4214 Collington (Herefordshire County), B4214 Bromyard Road (Herefordshire County),
    U95206 Bank Street and vice versa.


Nothing in this Notice shall prevent at any time access for pedestrians to any premises situated on or adjacent to the highway, or to any other premises accessible for pedestrians from and only from the highway.

WCC- PUBLIC NOTICE Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (C2088 Bockleton, Bockleton) (Temporary Closure) Order 2021


Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

(C2088 Bockleton, Bockleton) (Temporary Closure) Order 2021



Proposed Order: to close that part of C2088 Bockleton from its junction with U95200 Weston Road to its junction with C1052 Bockleton

Reason: Carriageway Patching

Exemptions: to permit access to any land or premises fronting the highway affected where there is no other form of access; and to allow the works to be undertaken.

Alternative route: C1052 Bockleton, A4112 (Herefordshire County), A4112 Oldwood Road, A4112 Oldwood Common, C2088 Bockleton Road and vice versa.

Maximum duration: 18 Months. Anticipated duration: 12 days Commencing: 12 April 2021



Thomas Pollock Head of Commercial Law (Legal & Governance) County Hall Spetchley Road Worcester