The village of Upton Snodsbury is located at the junction of the B4082 with the A422 six miles east of the CIty of Worcester. The settlement contains some 150 dwellings, an "Ofsted outstanding" first school, ancient church, village shop/post office, modern village hall and a pub. There is also a recreational park with a five-a-side football pitch and playground.

Upton Snodsbury has been described as ‘a jewel in Worcestershire’ and in earlier times as ‘a village in the orchards’. The village was founded in about the seventh century and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. There are some 26 Listed Grade II ‘black and white’ timber framed houses in the village – most of them located in a Conservation Area near the church. The remaining houses are a mix of victorian and twentieth century houses. Together they form an attractive small village set in the Worcestershire countryside.

CHURCHYARD RETAINING WALL - Update as of February 2018

Following the collapse of the churchyard wall on 20 January 2017, tenders
have now been invited to carry out the retaining wall works. Clarification is being sought on the detail of each of the submissions. It is now clear that the original and much discussed estimates were well informed so the Church Council will have to assess the situation very carefully. Even if a quote is able
to be accepted, work cannot start until somewhat warmer weather arrives as the job entails the use of lime mortar which cannot be applied in cold weather. There is a benefit to that in that it allows time for more funds to be assembled
in the early part of the year.

The bill for the cost of the traffic lights has arrived. For technical reasons the County Council met the cost of the lights for approx 7 weeks between the end
of January and mid March 2017. Councillor Rob Adams also has control over
a £10,000 Member’s Divisional Fund from which he can authorise County Council costs to be met for projects in his locality. The Church Council is extremely grateful to Rob for allowing £5,000 to be met from this budget sum. Bearing in mind the size of the area he represents, this is a generous
proportion of the total. So, the bill has been reduced to £5,694 (which includes irrecoverable VAT of £949). The County Council is prepared to discuss
deferral of payment so that priority can be given to the works themselves.

In the meantime fund raising continues. The Church Council will only be able
to accept a quote if it has the funds to meet the costs involved.

Should you wish to donate to the repair of the wall, please contact The Friends of St Kenelm's Church Upton Snodsbury via: foskus2017@gmail.com.

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