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.
This is an update on the progress of the project to bring ultrafast broadband connection to all Charlton residents. We are making excellent progress, with over 100 houses and businesses signed up to date.
We have received an initial quote from Openreach, however, in order to progress to the next stage of the project and help guarantee the funding required from Worcestershire County Council, we need more people to take part. If anyone has friends or neighbours in the Village or who have not yet signed up to the scheme, please encourage them to do so at:
As before, the information we need is:
Name, Address, Telephone number, Email address, Business name if appropriate and also the company registration number if a Limited Company For sole traders we also need your Unique Tax Reference number.
As we said before, the scheme is proving very popular within Worcestershire and the funding won’t last long so please ask them to reply by return if possible.
If you have questions regarding the scheme, you can download Worcestershire County Council's Frequently Asked Questions file below
Sue Bentley, Roger Davies, Ted Grazier and Richard Sims (On behalf of Charlton Parish Council)
As some of you may already know, Jane Bugg from Fladbury has created a weekly newsletter keeping residents informed of things going on during the Coronavirus epidemic in Fladbury and adjacent villages. The newsletter includes local news, details of food takeaway and delivery services, items for sale or giveaway and other topical information. You can download and read Jane's latest newsletter here:
Time slots will be given to patients at the county's accident and emergency departments as part of a shake-up on how to access urgent care. The new system for people in Worcestershire and Herefordshire asks for people to call NHS 111 first to ask where they should go and when if they need urgent but not emergency care.
If needed, direct referrals will be made to the right service which may be an appointment with an out of hours GP, or a timeslot at either a Minor Injury Unit (MIU) or accident and emergency (A&E) department. NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG says contacting 111 first means everyone will receive the right care in the right place, without waiting in public waiting areas for longer than is necessary. The new system will ensure everyone stays as safe as possible during the pandemic as well as allow the flow of patients to be better managed in waiting rooms and departments made smaller by social distancing.
People with serious or life-threatening illnesses or injuries are still asked to call 999 as before and patients who contact their GP with urgent illnesses such as tonsillitis have also been asked to carry on as normal.
The current broadband service in our area is simply not good enough for most people's requirements. Since there is currently no formal plan for improvement, a small group of local residents and business owners is looking to undertake a Community Project, which will be supported by the Superfast Worcestershire Broadband Team. If successful, this will bring a fibre to the premises, (FTTP), ultrafast broadband, network to our community. The Parish Council fully supports this scheme.
Ultrafast broadband network, delivered via an optical fibre cable infrastructure to the premises, is capable of offering far faster speeds, depending on a suitable broadband supplier and package. We are looking to utilise Government grants, (the Rural Gigabit voucher scheme), to fully pay for the required works. Access to the full fibre technology would therefore offer a future-proofed solution and speeds many times faster, (again depending on chosen supplier and package), than the current infrastructure.
More information on the grant scheme is available at:
The area under consideration for the project is outlined in red in the illustration below (residential properties coloured green, businesses coloured red):
A similar scheme covering properties in Haselor Lane and Boston Lane has already been approved and will beging implementation in 2021.
If you have not already signed up to confirm your interest please send an email to:
with the following information: Your Name, Address, Telephone number, Email address, Business name if appropriate and also the company registration number if a Limited Company. For sole traders we also need your Unique Tax Reference number.
A letter describing the new project in detail will be delivered to all properties within the red outline above. You can also download a copy of the letter here:
Nobody likes to see dog excrement, especially on streets, footpaths or the village Green where it can get on shoes and generally create an unhealthy and unclean environment particularly with children being in the area. Please bag it and either place it in any waste bin on the village Green or take it home to your own bin. Failure to do so is an offence and can lead to fines.
Incidents of dog fouling should be reported here: https://www.wychavon.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling/street-care-and-cleaning/dog-fouling
The latest edition of 'The Rural Beat’, a new publication from the Police in South Worcestershire for the benefit of the people who live in, work in and visit South Worcestershire can be downloaded below, along with the first edition, in case you missed it earlier. The aim is to provide information, advice and contact details to assist the rural community.
Wychavon District Council's annual residents survey is now available for completion online. To take part, click on:
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:
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:
Therepair work on these roads has now been completed and they now open to traffic once more.
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 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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: www.actionfraud.police.uk 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: www.gov.uk/challenge-council-tax-band
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:
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.
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 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
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.
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:
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.
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:
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
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:
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.
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.