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Chairman's 50th Anniversary Tour

Our Chairman Cllr Robert Raphael has embarked on an ambitious challenge to visit every part of the district to mark Wychavon's 50th anniversary next year.

During the Chairman’s 50th Anniversary Tour, Cllr 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 the Chairman’s Civic Ceremony at Pershore Abbey on 21 April 2024, which will be a celebration of Wychavon’s role in the district, following its formation in 1974. 

You can follow his adventures on this page.

Where has the Chairman visited so far?

Map of Wychavon district

Featured visits

Below is a selection of the visits Cllr Raphael has already completed. You can hover over the picture for more information and on some articles click to read more about the visit and see more pictures.

Cllr Raphael and Isobel Meikle from Wick Care Farm holding a sheet between them

Wick Care Farm

Cllr Raphael started his tour at Wick Care Farm which offers therapeutic activities for adults and young people over 12.

A group of people standing in front of a park around a zip wire

Pebworth Play Area

The Chairman visited Pebworth to support the opening of the village's new play area, funded with £70,000 from Wychavon's Community Legacy Grant scheme.

Lisa Broomhead and Cllr Robert Raphael standing behind a counter of chocolate

Jinney Ring Craft Centre

The Jinney Ring Craft Centre in Hanbury is a popular visitor destination with a range of unique art and crafts shops, beautiful gardens and a popular restaurant.

Cllr Robert Raphael turning a switch on a transmitter with Nathan McComish standing behind him.

Droitwich Transmitter Station

The Chairman visited Dodderhill to go behind the scenes of this iconic landmark.

Cllr Raphael wearing a flat cap hat writing on a chalk slate board behind and old school desk.

Hartlebury Castle and Museum

Following a £5 million revamp, this is now one of the district's most fascinating visitor attractions.

Cllr Rick Deller and Cllr Robert Raphael in a canoe

Aztec Adventure Upton Warren

The Chairman tested out his head for heights and water skills at this amazing visitor destination.

Three men stood in front of a testing machine.


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A man holding a dog with a woman standing next to him.

Evesham Dogs Trust

This Wickhamford based charity has already rehomed more than 470 dogs this year but more help is needed.

Cllr Thomas and Cllr Raphael sat in a glider

Bidford Gliding Club

A visit to the parish of Bickmarsh saw the Chairman take to the skies.

Cllr Raphael stood behind a bar holding a pint with another man next to him

The Queen Elizabeth Inn

This venue in Elmley Castle is run by volunteers from the community. It's a pub, tea room, restaurant and village shop.

A police officer and Cllr Raphael stood in front of a police car

West Mercia Police HQ

A visit to the home of West Mercia Police at Hindlip Hall saw the Chairman 'arrested'. 

Two men stood in front of a wall

Strensham Services (Southbound)

We have all used them but what goes in to running a busy motorway service station? The Chairman visited Strensham to find out.

A woman stands in front of the hatch while Cllr Raphael and another man serve tea and cake

St John the Baptist, Stock and Bradley

The Chairman visited Stock and Bradley to find out how a £15,000 grant from us had helped transform a community meeting space.