Council chief stepping out on Wychavon mission to mark milestone - The Evesham Observer

Council chief stepping out on Wychavon mission to mark milestone

Evesham Editorial 22nd Jul, 2023   0

CHAIRMAN of Wychavon District Council Coun Robert Raphael has embarked on an ambitious challenge to visit every part of the district to celebrate a special milestone.

Coun Raphael aims to make at least one visit to more than 60 town and parish council areas between now and next April to celebrate Wychavon’s 50th anniversary.

During the 50th anniversary tour, Coun Raphael will be highlighting the work of local organisations, meeting with volunteers, catching up on projects Wychavon has funded over the years and checking out some of the district’s natural and historic sites.

The tour will end with his Civic Ceremony at Pershore Abbey on April 21, 2024, which will be a celebration of Wychavon’s role in the district, following its formation in 1974.

Coun Raphael began the tour earlier this month when he visited Wick Care Farm, a not-for-profit organisation designed to help people improve their mental and physical health.

Founded in 2014, the farm offers therapeutic activities for adults and young people over 12 who are living with mental health issues, complex educational needs, dementia or learning disabilities.

Clients carry out a range of activities on the farm including caring for animals, growing and harvesting vegetables, cooking, rural crafts, maintenance and repair projects and conservation work. It was also a chance to find out how a £10,000 grant from Wychavon’s Covid-19 recovery fund was supporting the farm to grow and thrive following the pandemic.

“I was delighted to be able to start my 50th anniversary tour by highlighting the wonderful work being done by the staff and volunteers at Wick Care Farm,” Coun Raphael said.

“I’m looking forward to getting out and about and exploring our district, discovering the difference Wychavon has made over the last half a century and meeting the wonderful people who make this such as great place to live, work and visit.”

E-mail [email protected] for more on Wick Care Farm.

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