Please note that all Coronavirus information is now available to view on a separate page in the "News" section of this website. You can access this from the sidebar on the left hand side of this page. You can also read advice from Wychavon District Council on various aspects of dealing with consequences of the Coronavirus for individuals and businesses on the "Wychavon e-mail News" page, also accessible via the sidebar on the left hand side of this page.

New crowdfunding initiative set to boost funding for local projects

Charities and local organisations in Worcestershire are to get a helping hand with new projects thanks to an exciting funding scheme being launched by the County Council.


The initiative, called Crowdfund Worcestershire, has been launched to help local organisations gain funding through Spacehive, a crowdfunding platform. 


Worcestershire County Council, keen to build on the success of its Here2Help community campaign, has set up the initiative to give anyone who lives locally who might have ideas about how to improve their community the opportunity to gain much needed funding.


You can read the full details of the fund and how to make an application in the following file:

SPACEHIVE Project.pdf
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Limited Re-opening of Charlton Old Schoolroom

Superfast Broadband Update

Openreach have now provided a quote for the implementation of a "Fibre To The Premises" (FTTP) scheme to cover the properties shown in the map below. This is an extremely cost-effective offering which would provide broadband speeds of up to 1GB. The more residents and businesses that sign up for the scheme, the lower the individual cost (including the Government grants).  Obviously the grant scheme is not unlimited, so the sooner people sign up, the greater the chances that the scheme will move forward. Anyone interested in taking advantage of the scheme should contact Marcus Mumford:


You can see full details of the quotation in the file below:

Broadband quote Haselor Lane etc .pdf
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Previously we have brought you news of the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme being run by Worcestershire County Council, supported by the UK Government's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.  Under the scheme, communities can benefit from funding of up to £3500 per business and £1500 per residential premises towards the cost of installation of Superfast broadband in previously hard to reach rural locations across the county.


Within Charlton, a study is currently underway with Openreach regarding the costs of implementing a scheme covering the Southern part of Boston Lane and Haselor Lane, covering some 45 properties as shown in the map below:

There is also the possibility to carry out a similar study for the businesses and residential properties at the far end of Ryden Lane. Anyone interested in pursuing this should contact Parish Councillor Emily Hall-Roberts:


or Robert Stepniewski at Worcestershire County Council:


Full details of the scheme are available at:

The Rural Beat Newsletter

‘The Rural Beat’ is a new publication from the Police in South Worcestershire for the benefit of the people who live in, work in and visit South Worcestershire. The aim is to provide information, advice and contact details to assist the community.  You can download a copy below:

South Worcestershire Rural Beat Newslett[...]
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Read Local Newspapers Online

Did you know that you can read local newspapers online?


You can receive an email in your Inbox each Thursday with a link to read The Evesham Journal by signing up at:


You can also download the latest edition of The Evesham Observer using the following link:


Pershore Times is a monthly newsletter published free of charge for online viewing or a paper copy can be posted for a small fee. You can sign up at:


Footpath Reopened








The footpath designated CN-501, shown here, has now been reopened following successful repair of the surface of the rail crossing. You can see a picture of the repaired area below.

Notice of closure of Boston Lane, Yessell Lane and Canada Bank

Therepair work on these roads has now been completed and they now open to traffic once more.

Five Alive Magazine

Because of the Prime Minister's recent "lockdown" announcement, this month's edition of the Five Alive magazine will not be printed and delivered as normal. You can download a digital copy at:


Because of the recent announcements, there are some changes from what is said in the magazine. If you are in any doubt about any of the content, please contact Jane Bugg on 860531 or

Council Tax Scam Warning from Wychavon District Council

Wychavon District Council have received reports of a scam in which people are cold-called by scammers with fake offers of a Council Tax rebate.


The scammer claims to be from the finance department of the council and asks the person to confirm their date of birth and then gives a reference number, before explaining the call is being recorded for training and monitoring purposes.

They then claim to have checked the person's details and found they have overpaid Council Tax and are owed money, but unfortunately due to a system error they cannot transfer the money over and need their debit or credit card details to make the payment.

Anyone who receives a call like this is urged to put the phone down straight away and to report it at: or call 0300 123 20.

Nobody from Wychavon would ever call you out of the blue to discuss an issue with your Council Tax and would never ask you over the phone for your debit or credit card details if you were owed a refund.

If you believe your Council Tax is incorrect then you can find out how to challenge it at:



Worcestershire County Council's "Check Before You Chuck" Campaign

Worcestershire County Council has launched a guide to their kerbside rubbish collection services to help residents decide what can and can't be recycled as part of the "Let's Waste Less" campaign. The following link will take you to their website:


where you can view and download many helpful hints and suggestions. There is a also a further link to a guide for disposal of non-recyclable items which can be downloaded from the site:

Community Transport

The staff at Pershore Volunteer Centre work to provide varied and valued services for local residents, community groups and voluntary organisations. Community transport is an important aspect of the services they provide in Pershore and the surrounding area, particularly as public transport reduces and leaves more people isolated.

Community Transport is delivered through a team of approved volunteer drivers who undergo a rigorous vetting process, including a DBS check, to ensure we maintain the highest standards. All drivers wear an ID badge to provide added reassurance to our service users.

There are two separate elements within the Community Transport Service:

Social Car Scheme – volunteers drive their own cars, taking clients on pre-booked journeys;


Dial-a Ride – minibuses adapted for wheelchair users take clients for shopping trips or other social activities, and are also available for community group hire.


If you would like information about other community services available from the Pershore Volunteer Centre, Click Here


If you would like to contact Pershore Volunteer Centre you can use this contact form

Wychavon e-mail News Updates

Wychavon District Council publishes regular news updates via e-mail. In case you haven't yet signed up to receive these directly, you can access them via the new page just added to the "News" section of this website.

The Silver Line Helpline for Older People

The Silver Line is a free confidential telephone helpline founded in 2012 by Dame Esther Rantzen to offer information, friendship and advice to older people in the United Kingdom, available 24 hours a day, 365 dys per year. As of 1 October 2019, The Silver Line joined forces with Age UK to help more of the older people who are struggling with loneliness and isolation.


You can contact The Silver Line either via email at:


or by telephone on 0800 4 70 80 90


Other useful contact information:


For non-urgent health matters ring NHS Direct on 111


For non-urgent police matters ring 101


Advice from West Mercia Police

Safer Neighbourhood Team

West Mercia Police have issued a poster showing the members of the Safer Neighbourhood Team responsible for policing Evesham Town South and Rural West, which includes Charlton and our neighbouring villages, and also advising how to get in touch with them.

Avoiding becoming a Victim of Crime

The West Mercia Police website has a wide range of downloadable articles and advice sheets on steps you can take to protect yourself, your home, your vehicles, other property etc. You can access these and more information about West Mercia Police activities at:

"On The Beat" Newsletter

West Mercia Police have launched their ‘On the Beat – South Worcestershire’ newsletter to be distributed via Parish Councils. It will be a quarterly newsletter and this is the first edition.


On the beat_South Worcestershire.pdf
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Evesham Transport Strategy

Worcestershire County Council, in partnership with Wychavon District Council, is developing the Evesham Town Transport Strategy so as to address the town's transport problems with a measured, incremental package of schemes that considers all modes of transport.

This approach seeks to:

·       assess what schemes there might be that can be delivered in the shorter term

·       develop medium term schemes

·       build the business case for longer term investment in larger schemes

You can view the current status of the project, including lists of measures that have been implemented already, measures that will be implemented at a later date, potential measures still under consideration and measures that have been reviewed but will not be implemented at:

2019 Village Facilities and Rural Transport Study

During the production of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (adopted 2016), Worcester City Council, Malvern Hills District Council and Wychavon District Council, {the South Worcestershire Councils (SWC)} in 2012 conducted a Village Facilities and Rural Transport Survey (VFRTS). This assisted with the development of the Plan by identifying key services, employment and sustainable transport opportunities across almost 200 villages and settlements in south Worcestershire. Each village was given a category from 1 – 4 / ‘open’ with 1 being settlements with the most facilities, and 4/ ‘open’ being settlements with the least services and those in the open countryside. 

As a result of this study, Charlton is listed as a category 4 village, i.e. the lowest category signifying a lack of key services including the lack of a village shop or post office, the lack of a village school, and the absence of access within the settlement to at least a daily bus service to a “designated town”.

You can view the full survey report by clicking on the following link:

If you have any queries regarding this newsletter or policing in your area please contact your local Policing Team, whose contact details are available here:

Charlton Parish Profile

Wychavon District Council has published detailed profiles of the individual parishes within its administrative area. You can view Charlton's profile by clicking on: Wychavon insight page and selecting "Charlton" from the Parish section. You can also look at the profiles for other parishes via the same route



Wychavon Passenger Transportation Strategy 2019 ~ 2030

Charlton Parish Council has responded to this survey. If you wish to make an individual response, please note that the link in the poster below will not work. Instead you should click on:


You can find full information on all aspects of the roll-out of superfast broadband across Worcestershire at:

Parking Issues

Hereford and Worcestershire Fire Service have produced a leaflet emphasising the need for sensible and considerate parking particularly on narrow village roads, in order to allow the passage of emergency vehicles.

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Should we install a playground for  Charlton village children?

Despite receiving approval from Wychavon District Council for a formal application for funding from the Community Legacy Grant Scheme, Charlton Parish Council will not be progressing with the plan for a children’s playground in Charlton at this time. As part of the consultation process required in order to qualify for grant funding, we distributed a survey to all households in the village, and while there was a clear 3:2 majority in favour of the scheme, there were sufficient objections, mostly concerning the proposed location, to cause the Council to reconsider the project. At this time, we are unable to identify any suitable alternative sites within the village, however, in the event that some new housing development occurs in the future, this would provide the Council with an opportunity to revisit the project.


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