NOTICE OF ELECTION – PARISH COUNCILLORS 2023

NOTICE OF ELECTION DISTRICT COUNCIL 2023

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LOWER MOOR VILLAGE HALL – AN APPEAL FROM THE HALL COMMITTEE

LOWER MOOR VILLAGE HALL

AN APPEAL FROM THE HALL COMMITTEE

The hall committee is in need of new members, prepared to give a few hours of their time as and when we are planning an event (we only meet when we need to!)

Sadly, when we do organise a village event we do not always get the support of the village. We cannot continue to exist unless this situation changes.

It is impossible to do any planning for fundraising (for the hall, church or charity) when we are not sure of who will help on the day or who will attend. Without fundraising the Hall will be effectively bankrupt in approximately three years. Without the help of two Covid related grants from Wychavon it would already be closed. It costs about £7000 to keep the hall open and heated for the few hirings we currently have and our current annual income is only about £3000.

What can you do?

Join the committee and commit to helping & attending fundraisers.

Hire the hall for family celebrations and encourage others to do so.

Think of ways to raise money – Bingo, Quiz, Supper Club, Film Night, Coffee Morning, Jumble Sale? Then agree to sell tickets, turn up and have fun!!

 

The Family Field Day is already planned for 24 June but cannot go ahead without more people willing to commit – hence the timing of this appeal.

Likewise the Bonfire & Firework night, always a great success (c£2000 raised last year to pay for this year) but unlikely to happen without sufficient people to do it safely.

Please contact me and let’s make sure our lovely Hall survives. 

Thank you, 

Pat Stone (Committee Chairman)

patystone@icloud.com          Mobile: 07799 134563

Wychavon District Council – £30,000 fund for Coronation Celebrations to Town and Parish Councils

£30,000 fund for Coronation Celebrations

 

A £30,000 fund is being made available to town and parish councils to support celebrations to mark the Coronation of King Charles III.

 

Wychavon will be contacting town and parish councils directly in the next few weeks to tell them how they can access the money, which can be spent on street parties and community events over the Coronation Weekend. 

 

As well as the dedicated fund, Wychavon is also scrapping fees for road closure notices for anyone holding a street party to celebrate the Coronation. 

 

His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort will be crowned on Saturday 6 May at Westminster Abbey. The following day the Coronation Big Lunch takes place where neighbours and communities are invited to share food and fun together. On the evening a special Coronation Concert will be broadcast live from Windsor Castle. 

 

On Monday 8 May, the public are being urged to take part in The Big Help Out by volunteering or joining projects to support their local area. 

 

Organisations and community projects that have volunteering opportunities available are being urged to register them with Wychavon who will help promote them to the public. 

 

Cllr Rob Adams, Executive Board Member for Stronger Communities, Culture and Sport on Wychavon District Council, said: “After the success of our Platinum Jubilee Fund last year which gave £15,000 to town and parish councils to support those celebrations, we’ve decided to double the support on offer this time. 

 

“The Coronation Weekend is a wonderful opportunity for friends, families and communities to spend time together celebrating what will be a wonderful occasion for our nation. I also hope lots of people will take the chance to do some volunteering with some of the many wonderful voluntary and community groups we have here in Wychavon.”

 

For more information about Coronation events in Wychavon visit www.wychavon.gov.uk/coronation.

Would you like to be a councillor?

Would you like to be a councillor?

Special sessions are being held for anyone wishing to stand in this year’s local elections.

Elections to Wychavon District Council and parish and town councils across the district take place on 4 May 2023. To stand for election candidates need to be at least 18 years old and be a British citizen or eligible Commonwealth or EU citizen.

They must also meet certain criteria which will be explained at the Wychavon Nomination sessions, or alternatively can be found on the Electoral Commission website: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent

Applicants do not have to represent a particular political party but can stand as independent. Anyone wanting to stand on behalf of a political party should contact their local office for more information.

The deadline for nominations for this election is 4pm on Tuesday, 4 April 2023.

Wychavon is holding two sessions to guide people through the nomination process, what is required of candidates during the election and key dates. Sessions are being held at the Civic Centre in Queen Elizabeth Drive, Pershore from 5pm to 7pm on Tuesday 21 February and Thursday 23 February. The content will be the same at each session.

To book a place at one of the sessions, or to raise any questions, email elections@wychavon.gov.uk.

Wychavon’s share of the Council Tax bill could be frozen for the sixth year running if proposals put forward by councillors are accepted.

Council Tax freeze proposed again

Wychavon’s share of the Council Tax bill could be frozen for the sixth year running if proposals put forward by councillors are accepted.

If approved the freeze would mean by March next year, £2.7 million will have been kept in the pockets of Wychavon residents.

Keeping Council Tax on hold is one of a number of proposals put forward at a meeting on Wednesday (1 February) by Wychavon’s Executive Board to support residents and improve the district.

Another £1million was announced for community projects through Wychavon’s Community Legacy Grants scheme, which will open to applications in early 2024.

A pledge was made to continue to work with partners to provide practical advice and support to residents with the cost of living crisis, backed by £50,000 of new funding.

Councillors also proposed £75,000 to recruit a financial inclusion officer as part of Wychavon’s Housing Service to offer direct support to people in financial difficulty.

Parish and town councils will also get £30,000 to support street parties and events to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III.

There were also new environmental commitments made. Wychavon, working with its contractor FCC Environment, will spent £210,000 over the next two years to begin phasing in the use of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) to FCC’s bin collection and street sweeping fleet. HVO can cut carbon emissions by 90% compared to diesel. The move follows a successful trial of the fuel in 2022.

Funding of £70,000 will also be made available to each of Wychavon’s leisure centres to pay for swimming pool covers. Pool covers can cut energy consumption by about 50% helping to cut fuel bills for Wychavon’s leisure centres as well as slash carbon emissions.

All of the proposals will now go to a meeting of Wychavon’s full Council on February 22 for final approval.

Cllr Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon District Council, said: “Wychavon already has the fourth lowest Council Tax charge of any district council in the country. By keeping our part of the bill on hold for a sixth year running we’re keeping money in residents’ pockets so they can spend it on their priorities, like household bills and essentials.

 

“Even though we’re freezing our part of the bill, as our other spending announcements show, we’re still committed to improving Wychavon by investing in our communities, supporting people when they need us most and protecting our environment.”

 

Wychavon residents will need photo ID to vote at elections in May

Wychavon residents will need photo ID to vote at elections in May

Changes introduced by the Government mean Wychavon residents will for the first time need to show photo ID to vote at this year’s local council elections.

Residents are being urged to check they have an accepted form of photo ID ahead of polling day on Thursday, 4 May 2023 to make sure they can cast their vote.

The requirement to show photo ID at a polling station was introduced by the UK Government’s Elections Act, which was passed last year, and comes into effect for the first time this May.

There are many accepted forms of ID including a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport, a UK or EEA drivers’ licence, a blue badge or an older person’s bus pass. The full list of accepted photo ID can be found on the Electoral Commission website at www.electoralcommission.org.uk/voterID.

Voters will be able to use out of date ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.

Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate. These can be applied for by following the links at www.wychavon.gov.uk/elections. The deadline to apply for the Wychavon District Council and town and parish council elections is 5pm on 25 April 2023, but residents are being urged to apply early if they need to.

People will need to be registered to vote first before they apply. This can be done online following the links on Wychavon’s elections page.

Vic Allison, Chief Executive and Returning Officer for Wychavon District Council, said: “Residents will be electing a whole new Council in May as well as representatives on town and parish councils across the district.

“Although it may seem a long way away, I urge people to check now they have the required form of photo ID to make sure they can vote in May. If you haven’t, then please apply for a Voter Authority Certificate early to make sure you don’t miss out on making your voice heard through the ballot box.

“If you need help understanding the new requirement for photo ID or applying for a Voter Authority Certificate then please contact our elections team.”

This year’s Wychavon District Council election will be the first held under new ward boundaries, which means the name of the electoral ward people live in or where they usually go to vote may change.

Poll cards will be issued towards the end of March. Residents are urged to check them for the location of their polling station and more information on the photo ID requirement.

Visit www.wychavon.gov.uk/elections for more information or contact the elections team by emailing elections@wychavon.gov.uk or call 01386 565437.

May 2023 Local Elections – Electoral Commission requirements for photo ID