Forming a Christmas bubble

Christmas Bubble

Between 23 and 27 December you may choose to form a Christmas bubble of up to three households.

Read more about forming a Christmas bubble.

We know how important it is to meet up with family at this time of year but please consider the rules carefully and what you do as a result of them.

It is still advisable to avoid a large family gathering indoors as the virus spreads more easily. Consider using virtual games and technology to connect with each other or meet up outside and go for a Christmas walk.

Here is a list of virtual Christmas activity ideas for you to consider.

There are also many festive themed outdoor attractions for you to enjoy. Try searching online.

You can start by taking on our Christmas Shop Window Trails.

Download your trail map and find out more about Christmas activities in the district.

Whatever you do, be safe and have a great Christmas.

Update from West Mercia Police & Crime Commissioner

Hello and welcome to my latest newsletter. This edition includes: a welcome spending review from the Chancellor; an opportunity to have YOUR say directly with me; more county lines arrests in the fight against Serious & Organised Crime and my support for White Ribbon Day, as I released a special series of podcasts alongside securing more funding to help raise awareness and tackle the issue of domestic abuse.

Due to the new COVID-19 government guidelines, my office is mainly working from home and, whilst we are able to take phone calls to our usual OPCC number, I would encourage you to contact us by emailing or by using our social pages ‘westmerciapcc’ on Facebook and twitter. Any members of the public needing to call the office can do so between 09:00 and 17:00, Monday – Friday. Please stay safe and look out for each other.

I welcome the Chancellor’s one-year spending review… 
What matters to you? Have YOUR say with me directly…
With COVID-19 continuing to impact how I engage with communities, I am hosting a series of online events for the public to raise concerns with me directly – and I want to hear YOUR views.

The four online sessions are being conducted via Zoom and will each focus on Herefordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Telford & Wrekin specifically.

Following on from the first session focusing on Herefordshire, the next sessions are due to take place as follows:

Shropshire – Thursday 3rd December, 6-7pm (register below)
Worcestershire – Wednesday 9th December, 6-7pm
Telford & Wrekin – Wednesday 16th December, 6-7pm

Register for the Shropshire event here »
Further information here »

It has now been confirmed that all areas of the West Mercia Police force area will be in tier 2 from next week, and we must continue to pull together as a community. Guidelines below…
I proudly supported White Ribbon Day, which continues to help victims of domestic abuse…
I released a special series of podcasts to raise awareness of the issue. Find each episode below…
1) The Hollie Gazzard Trust – This first episode features Nick Gazzard, who talks about his daughter, how he came to set up the Hollie Gazard Trust and how he hopes to help young people spot signs of abuse.

2) Spotting the signs of DA – I also spoke to Domestic Abuse Risk Officer, Donna Wailes, who talks about how she protects victims & how family and friends are key to spotting the signs.

3) The history of White Ribbon Day – I spoke to the Chief Executive of White Ribbon UK, Anthea Sully, who talks about the incredible history around White Ribbon Day, and the importance of men reaching out to their friends for help if they are behaving in a way that concerns them.

You can listen to the podcasts via Spotify, Apple Podcasts & Amazon Alexa, or alternatively on my website here

As well as awareness, the issue needs funding, and I am delighted to provide this alongside local and national partners…
Over half a million of funding to prevent domestic abuse

I secured over £560,000 of funding to support victims and to challenge and change the behaviour of those who are controlling or violent towards loved ones.

Full story here »

I continue to deliver on my commitment to helping victims across West Mercia

I am proud to work with local & national partners, like West Mercia Women’s Aid & Victim Advice Line (VAL), to ensure over £1,000,000 of funding reaches those who need it.

Find out more and access 24 hour helplines »

Latest news…
Op Protect: I am pleased to continue working with the force to tackle Serious and Organised Crime

Another county lines drug dealer has been put behind bars:

David Dudley from Birmingham has been sentenced to 33 months in prison after being caught at Hereford Train Station with crack cocaine and heroin with intent to supply.

Read the full story here »

The impact of Serious and Organised Crime such as this can be devastating to individuals and entire communities, and I remain committed to tackling it.

You can read more about my commitment here »

I am pleased to work with partners to secure Home Office funding for our region

Over £550,000 of Safer Streets Funding secured by West Mercia Police, Telford & Wrekin Council and myself will improve the safety of residents in Brookside, Telford.

Click here for more and have YOUR say on where the money should be spent »

It is great to see partners coming together to create a more inclusive West Mercia

West Mercia Police is helping officers & staff provide an enhanced and more sensitive service to those affected by autism, by supporting the roll-out of Autism West Midlands’ Autism Alert Cards.

Read the full story here and how the cards really make a difference »

I am proud to fund initiatives that reduce the risk of young people being drawn into criminality

For example, I financially support and work with the Children’s Society.

Their Climb programme aims to prevent 10-17 year olds from entering the criminal justice system.

Find out more about the Children’s Society and what they do »

It is vital that the public continues to report crimes online where possible

The pandemic continues to place additional pressure on the control room as staff self-isolate.

It is vital to report crimes online where possible instead of calling 101, and to only dial 999 in an emergency.

How to report online »

There have been plenty of campaigns lately that I am proud to support…
I stand united against bullying – this year’s Anti-Bullying Week theme

This year more than ever, we have seen how society can come together for the common good.

Everyone has a part to play in spotting and tackling bullying, which can have a devastating impact on mental health.

Visit the Anti-Bullying Alliance for more information »

I supported those working in retail on National Respect for Shopworkers Week

During the Covid-19 pandemic, abuse of retail workers has doubled.

I offered a message of support for people working in the retail industry. Abuse is not part of the job and must not be tolerated.

Watch and listen to my message of support here »

I was honoured to contribute to the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

I was asked by RoadPeace to contribute to an online service remembering those who have lost their lives on our roads.

Head to Facebook to see my message »
Or you can watch the full service on YouTube »

I supported Road Safety Week as part of my ongoing road safety commitment

Too many lives are lost on our roads and families torn apart by the tragedy.

That is why I am proud to work with partners across our region to improve road safety by changing driving behaviour.

Find out more about how we’re working to support those at risk of dangerous driving »

This year’s Alcohol Awareness Week focused on its impact on mental health

Over half of drinkers (53%) said they have drunk alcohol for a mental health reason.

Meanwhile, 20 people a day die as a result of their drinking, this is not inevitable and there are ways we can reduce this.

Find out more about the support available here »

I wished a Happy Diwali to our Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities

It may have been a different experience this year, but let the candles lit be a symbol of hope for the future.

I marked the occasion on FacebookTwitter and Instagram »

International Fraud Awareness Week also reminded us to shop safely online this Black Friday & Christmas…
We must all be careful when shopping online this Christmas

Too many people fall victim to scams & fraud, consequently suffering financially and emotionally.
International Fraud Awareness Week reminds us to look out for our elderly and vulnerable, who are disproportionately targeted, and make them scam aware.

More on how to stay safe online »

Tier Two Restrictions for Worcestershire

Today, the Government announced Worcestershire will go into Tier Two category of restrictions, once the current lockdown finishes on December 2nd.

Worcestershire has worked very hard during the lockdown to reduce the number of cases of Covid-19 in the county.

We have seen some good progress, which has resulted in the county avoiding tier 3 restrictions. We now need to continue the good work and bring the number of

Covid-19 cases down further.




From Wednesday 2nd December, everyone in Worcestershire will need to observe Tier Two restrictions.

Tier Two restrictions include:
• you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
• you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’.
• businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs.
• pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals.

The full list of restrictions are available on the dedicated restrictions pages of the Government’s website.

These restrictions are considered necessary because the infection rate remains too high. The virus doesn’t stay in a single area but spreads where people are mixing. It is very important that we all now follow these new rules, to reduce the number of Covid-19 cases and stop the virus spreading further.

Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health for Worcestershire said: 
“I would like to thank you all for your continued hard work in helping to stop the spread of Covid-19. During these recent restrictions, we have seen some positive signs that Covid-19 cases are starting to stabilise in the county.
The tier we will be in from December 2nd, will be reviewed every two weeks so it is important that we keep these figures heading in the right direction. Therefore, we need to continue to follow the measures in place to protect us all. We need to keep following the rules and keep building on the hard work we have done so far.
This is a real opportunity, to take control of the virus, get our figures down and reduce the risk of transmission, especially with Christmas around the corner.
It is up to us all now to keep going with the good work, by social distancing, by wearing a face covering, by washing our hands regularly and limiting our contacts.”

Councillor John Smith, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing and Chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board added: “These new measures represent a renewed opportunity to get our numbers down even more. If we keep working together to follow the rules, we will keep the people of Worcestershire safe and reduce the transmission of the virus.”

Free festive parking offer to support local traders – Malvern Hills District Council car parks

Free parking will be on offer in Malvern Hills District Council car parks in the run up to Christmas Day.

From 1 to 24 December, visitors will be able to park for free after 3pm in any of the council’s pay and display car parks. The offer is open to all vehicles except HGVs and motor homes.

In previous years the council has provided free parking at weekends during December but has expanded the offer this time to offer extra support to traders affected by coronavirus restrictions.

Cllr Sarah Rouse, Leader of Malvern Hills District Council, said: “We have been talking to traders and other stakeholders and decided to revise our free festive parking offer this year to provide additional support to traders during this challenging time, while balancing the financial pressure we are under as a result of the pandemic.

“Providing free parking after 3pm in the pre-Christmas December period is just one way we are supporting our traders during this challenging time.

“We’ll shortly be launching our Reassuringly Local campaign which will highlight why people should shop on their local high street with confidence. Even during the current lockdown, you can still support local traders by shopping with them online or taking advantage of their delivery or click and collect services. You can find more information on our website at”

Cllr Neil Morton, Mayor of Malvern, added: “I am delighted the Town Council has been able to work with MHDC to secure free festive parking in Malvern. This has been an extraordinary and challenging year, with the Covid-19 pandemic affecting many businesses. Providing free parking after 3pm is a response to the request from local traders to help support them during these difficult times and I encourage residents to take advantage of this free parking scheme and to support traders by shopping locally.”

Ultrafast Broadband for Astley Burf



More than 130% has been pledged, meaning that 85 premises will receive full fibre network in approximately 12 months.


Due to the fact that 130% has been pledged, Openreach requires no contract to be signed (they use the extra 30% as their risk mitigation).


The only requirement now will be to upgrade to a full fibre package when the network goes live – in approx.. 12 months.


I only have 6 contacts in your community, but 39 people pledged vouchers – so please could you share the good news with the rest of the community.


What happens next:


Your project will move into delivery and it will take Openreach approx.. 6 months to design and survey the infrastructure, and the build will likely start shortly after, with completion before Christmas 21.


Thank you for all your help!



Update from West Mercia Police & Crime Commissioner

Hello and welcome to my latest newsletter. This edition includes: celebrating Remembrance Day differently; tackling and preventing crime in our community; continuing to support victims; a warning of the dangers of scams and a series of podcasts to keep you busy this lockdown, as I discuss a range of topics from Domestic Abuse to careers at West Mercia Police.

Due to the new COVID-19 government guidelines, my office is mainly working from home and, whilst we are able to take phone calls to our usual OPCC number, I would encourage you to contact us by emailing or by using our social pages ‘westmerciapcc’ on Facebook and twitter. Any members of the public needing to call the office can do so between 09:00 and 17:00, Monday – Friday. Please stay safe and look out for each other.

Myself and my office remembered those who gave their lives for our freedom, as we marked Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day differently this year.

I want to hear your stories and what the days mean to you…

Thinking of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, celebrating relatives who fought valiantly and remembering those who served at home are all close to our hearts.

Remembrance Sunday is a poignant event at West Mercia Police, and I am proud to have a number of reservists and veterans in the force.

And on the anniversary of the end of the First World War, myself and my office also observed the two-minute silence at 11am.

But what do the days specifically mean to you? What do you think of when you hear Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day? Do you have any family members who served at home or abroad?

It isn’t too late to share your thoughts and stories on my Facebook page, as we celebrate and remember the days together.

Tell us your story here »

Thank you to those who had their say on key issues impacting you…

Around 1500 people participated in the survey below.

With the help of your Council Tax, I will set the police and victim services budget next year, and I ran a public survey to gather your views.

Thank you to those who let me know your concerns, what your priorities are, what it’s like where you live from a policing perspective and which areas of policing you would choose to spend more or less of your money. This helps shape the budget.

Whilst the survey is now closed, others have had their say on my Facebook page, click here and have yours!

Latest news…
As part of my commitment to tackling Serious and Organised Crime, I am pleased to work with the force as we continue to tackle the issue through Operation Protect

In the past week, a county line drug dealer – Robin Naughton, 41, from the West Midlands – was jailed for 28 months on two counts of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply. He was caught with heroin and crack cocaine in Commercial Road, Hereford.
Read more here »

Another man was also sentenced to 39 months in prison for dealing drugs and carrying a knife.
Read more here »

The impact of crimes such as child sexual abuse, county lines drug trades, modern slavery and human trafficking can be devastating and destroy individuals and damage entire communities.

Read my commitment to tackling Serious and Organised Crime here »

I gave a round of ap-paws as the Government backed the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill

The Bill, aka Finn’s law, will mean animal abusers could face up to five years in prison, and is now onto the committee stage after passing its second stage in the UK House of Commons.

Find out more about Finn and how this will help him and his furry friends »

I am pleased to fund 116 more officers in the region compared to this time last year

As part of the national campaign to recruit 20,000 additional police officers over the next three years, it is great that West Mercia is ahead of schedule.

Read more here, as I continue to deliver on my pledge to increase officer visibility »

I am proud to fund the force’s Inclusion Volunteers project

It is fantastic to see students of New College Worcester flourish by joining the Inclusion Volunteers.

Not only do the students develop valuable skills for the future, but the positive impact they have had on Worcester Police Station highlights the importance of partners working together.

Read the full story here »

I am running another FREE online driver awareness session

Can you remember what every sign means? Can you tell what the speed limits are without signs? Can you spot hazards?

As part of my safer roads commitment, and following the success of the first session, the second FREE online driver awareness session will take place on Wednesday 18th November.

Sign up here »

I am proud to fund and work with the ‘We Don’t Buy Crime’ team, who do a brilliant job in tackling and deterring criminal behaviour…
I met with Ram, Estelle and Frank of ‘We Don’t Buy Crime’ as they showed off three newly branded vehicles

It is great that they will be visible throughout West Mercia, helping to deter criminals and celebrate the areas already protected by the ‘We Don’t Buy Crime’ scheme.

Head to the ‘We Don’t Buy Crime’ website to learn how the initiative protects our community »

More than 200 people given advice on how to keep their homes, sheds and bikes secure

South Worcestershire’s rural & business crime team recently ran bike and home crime prevention events in Worcester City Centre.

Over 70 bikes were protectively marked and over 200 Smartwater kits for homes were distributed during the two outdoor events.

Read more here »

I received a touching letter from Montford Parish Council

It thanked West Mercia Police, the ‘We Don’t Buy Crime’ team and myself for keeping residents safe and preventing burglaries in their homes.

A lovely reminder of the success of Smartwater technology and the difference we can make by working together.

See the full letter on my Facebook page »

I echo West Mercia Police’s request to report crimes online

The pandemic is placing additional pressure on the control room as staff self-isolate.

It is vital to report crimes online where possible instead of calling 101, and to only dial 999 in an emergency.

Full statement here »

I have made resources available to make it easier for communities to stay connected

From video calls with our loved ones to clapping for our carers, the solidarity shown throughout the pandemic has been truly heartwarming

The new measures are a reminder to continue looking out for our most vulnerable.

Resources to download here »

Continuing to deliver on my commitment to victims…
Recently I called on the Government for urgent support to maintain virtual remand hearings. To continue delivering on my commitment to victims, we must ensure the justice system works for them.

Full story here »

I reaffirm my commitment to thousands of domestic abuse victims

I have finalised my domestic abuse plan which aims to reduce the number of people who suffer from DA, whilst ensuring that the right support is provided locally to victims & survivors.

Read more on my website »

Support for victims of sexual abuse now easier to access

Victims of sexual assault and abuse in West Mercia will now be able to access support services more easily, thanks to funding from NHS England.

Read the full story here »

It is vital to raise awareness of the support available to Domestic Abuse victims

Please don’t suffer alone, reach out and seek support, and make sure your friends and loved ones know that charities like WMWA are still there.

More information here »

It is vital to be aware of ongoing scams…
Courier Fraud

There has been a spate of courier fraud offences happening across West Mercia, with Shropshire seeing a recent increase in the number of people conned out of thousands of pounds.

Anyone who receives these calls should hang up and report it immediately to Action Fraud online (link below) or by ringing 0300 123 2040. »

Fake PayPal emails

This year, fake PayPal emails have lead to the loss of over £8 million. The emails trick victims into believing they have received payment for items they’re selling on the platform.

We are warning people selling items online to be on the lookout for criminals sending the fake emails.

More information on how to protect yourself »

We must all be careful when shopping online this Christmas

As well as avoiding scam websites and messages, follow the tips below to minimise any fallout should you be unlucky enough to fall victim to online crime.

Check out the tips on how to shop online safely »

Confidence up as crime down, but there is more to do…
Continuing my commitment to road safety in West Mercia

I am supporting the NPCC’s (National Police Chiefs’ Council) national campaign to protect vulnerable road users.

People must be sensible on our roads, and the large increase in those caught speeding cannot continue.

Facebook »
Twitter »
Instagram »

I am pleased to see drink driving offences fall, but there is more to do.

100+ offences a month is unacceptable, especially given COVID19 restrictions around pubs.

Too many lives are lost on our roads and families impacted, even without drink driving. Stay alive, don’t drink and drive.

Facebook »
Twitter »
Instagram »

The Safer West Mercia Podcast continues to grow and now has over 500 downloads!
Latest episodes…

1) Domestic Abuse – Are you or someone you know suffering at the hands of an abusive partner? I spoke to Sue Coleman from West Mercia Women’s Aid about the services available for those in need of help.

2) A career in policing? – I sat down with student officer Simon Redman as we covered his reason for joining the force, an insight into his training and what advice he would give to someone thinking of a career at West Mercia Police.

3) Safer Roads – I talked to Lee and Nigel from West Mercia Police about how Op Snap has enabled the public to help make West Mercia’s roads safer.

4) The Drive project – Rosie Jarvis from ‘Safe Lives’ and Lisa Ignoscia from Cranstoun joined me to discuss the Drive project which works to end domestic abuse by challenging and changing perpetrator behaviour.

And finally, some things to watch…
Making sure the community work done by volunteers doesn’t go unnoticed

Deputy PCC Tracey Onslow thanked Independent Custody Visitor (ICV) John Cairns for his 25 years service as a volunteer. John recalled his time of being an ICV and said he thoroughly enjoyed the role, which involves visiting custody suites and making sure detainees are being looked after.

Watch the full story here »

We must continue to adhere to the COVID guidelines.

Christmas is a time for friends and family. But, the message is loud and clear – we need to do everything we can to make sure we reduce COVID infection if we’re to celebrate Christmas with our loved ones.

Wash your hands, cover your face and make space, and we will get through this together.

Watch my plea to you »

Important changes to your bin collections

Important changes to your bin collections

green binWe are making some changes to the way we collect your waste and recycling.

To make sure we continue to operate a Covid-19 Secure workplace, and to keep our collection crews safe, we will be starting collections at staggered times from next week.

This may mean your bin or sacks get collected slightly earlier or later than usual. This will affect both black bin/sack and green bin/cherry sack collections.

It is also possible your bin/sacks may be collected slightly before 7am. If you can, please leave your bin/sacks out the night before your day of collection to make sure we do not miss you.

Next week we will be collecting green bins/cherry sacks.

View our 2020 collection calendar 

If you have any questions please email

Parish Council Meeting dates 2021

Parish Council Meeting dates 2021


February 10th 2021

March 24th 2021

April 21st 2021 (Annual Parish)

May 12th 2021 (Council meeting and AGM)

June 23rd 2021

August 11th 2021

September 22nd 2021

November 10th 2021


All meetings begin at 7:15PM


In order to comply with the Coronavirus Act 2020 meetings are being held remotely. Please contact Pam Perfect for joining details. Hopefully in the new year things start to return to normality.



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Even in lockdown, if you have a symptom, you need to be tested.

England is under Government lockdown restrictions until December 2nd 2020.


This means we are all being asked to stay at home wherever possible.

It is though, very important that anyone with any symptoms of Covid-19, still gets a test.

Worcestershire has plenty of testing capacity for anyone who needs a Covid-19 test and it can be booked online.

The county has some new local test centres opening, which are also providing more local provision, and easier access to testing, for people who do not have a car.
Testing is available anyone with one or more of the coronavirus symptoms; a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste. You should get a test even if you feel well and your symptoms are mild. Testing is also available for anyone who has been told officially to get a test.

To get an appointment at any of the testing sites in Worcestershire book a test at or by calling 119.

Dr. Kathryn Cobain, Director of Public Health for Worcestershire said: “In previous winters, we have all been used to struggling on with coughs and colds. However, this year we need to take notice of our symptoms, however mild you think they may be. Ask yourself, could this be a symptom of Covid-19.
“Spotting the signs of Covid-19 early will help limit the spread of the virus. As soon as you get even a mild symptom, you should self-isolate, keeping away from everyone and book a test.

“If you think you may have even one of the symptoms, there is no reason to hesitate in getting a test and being certain. Our testing capacity is now good in Worcestershire and you can go online and book a test. If your test is negative, you can carry on with your day to day life. If it’s positive, you should self-isolate and in doing so you will be helping to stop the spread of the virus.”


Guidance on Remembrance Sunday

The Government has published guidance on Remembrance Sunday. It states that the COVID Alert Levels, across all tiers, provide for a specific exception for Remembrance Sunday events for participants and spectators, provided appropriate precautions are undertaken by the event organiser. So local authorities in England can organise outdoor Remembrance Sunday events at a public war memorial or cenotaph, if they complete a COVID-19 risk assessment and take all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission of the virus. They must also take into account the national guidance on outdoor events, including all cleaning and hygiene precautions. It also provides information on what activities can be involved, who can attend, test and trace requirements and communal worship