Health, Wellbeing and Environment – Update from Wyre Forest District Council

Healthy Worcestershire                                                   

Worcestershire County Council’s new ‘Healthy Worcestershire’ programme

will provide free fun and exciting local groups to improve health and wellbeing. Weekly sessions are being set up in various local community venues and will offer:

  • strength and balance programmes
  • healthy lifestyle advice
  • community safety information
  • links to a wide range of other health promoting activities in the local community.

The first sessions will get underway at Wolverley Memorial Hall (DY11 5TN) on Monday 1 July 9.30-11.30am, with more venues coming soon.

Wolverley Health Worcestershire Poster

  Carers Week 2024

This week (10–16 June 2024) is Carers Week, a UK-wide awareness campaign seeking to increase visibility for carers and the challenges carers face which impact on their finances, employment, health and wellbeing.

The Worcestershire Association of Carers (WAC) provide a range of services for unpaid carers across the county. A carer could be anyone who provides unpaid support to a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental ill-health or substance misuse problems. Support includes a free helpline (0300 012 4272) operating throughout the year from Monday to Friday (9am to 7pm) and on Saturdays (9am to 12 noon). WAC also run Carers Groups where, if you are a carer, you can meet with other carers who share and understand your experiences and gain access to support, and information to help you. The Kidderminster Carers Group meets at Kidderminster Library on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 2-4pm, with the next meeting on Wednesday 19 June 2024.

Visit the WAC Website


Alcohol Awareness Week

Alcohol Awareness Week is a public health campaign which is managed and hosted by the charity Alcohol Change UK. This year’s Alcohol Awareness Week takes place from 1-7 July 2024 on the theme of ‘Understanding alcohol harm’.

Alcohol Change offer lots of advice and support, including:

  • Facts about alcohol and drinking
  • A quiz to help check your drinking
  • Alcohol until calculators and apps to help you cut down
  • Tips on reducing your drinking
  • Support available for you or your loved ones.

Alcohol Change UK charity: Alcohol harms. Time for change. | Alcohol Change UK

Bewdley Over 50s’ Showcase

The Bewdley Over 50s’ Spring Showcase event took place on 25 April at St Anne’s Church. The event was a huge success with approximately 130 Bewdley residents attending to get help and advice from the  16 organisations in attendance.Feedback from the event was that it was very informative, well organised, a good selection of organisations and a great location.The winter Over 50s’ Showcase events are scheduled for October 2024 in Kidderminster, Bewdley and Stourport. 

More information coming soon!

Services for over 50s


Free Park Yoga sessions

Wyre Forest’s new free Park Yoga sessions got underway in May and have been a resounding success so far! The weekly sessions take place at Brinton Park, Kidderminster DY11 7BB every Sunday until 15 September 2024. Sessions take place from 9.30am – 10.30am and entry is FREE. Park Yoga is for everyone – all ages, abilities and backgrounds. There is no need to book. Just come along to the park and look for the Park Yoga flag. All you need to bring is a mat or towel.

Park Yoga Kidderminster



Rock Path Finders Logo

Free guided walks along our footpaths and bridleways taking 2-3 hours, off the roads and into the countryside. Our walks are between 5 and 7miles many of the routes are undulating with stiles. We usually walk at a brisk pace. Everyone welcome but sorry no dogs allowed


JULY  2024 


Thursday 04.07.24 starting at 10.00am

Offas Dyke Centre,

West St,Knighton



Thursday 18.07.24 starting at 10.00am

The Mason Arms

Castle Hill

Wichenford, Worcs



For further details and any other announcements or changes please visit website



Or ring Alan on 01299 400304

📸 D-Day 80 📸

Photos from Thursday Morning at Bewdley Museum for the celebration of D-Day’s 80th Anniversary.

Bewdley Town Council would like to thank all those involved.

Second Notice of Order – Road Closure – Bewdley – Wyre Forest District



Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

(U10202 Richmond Road, Bewdley) (Temporary Closure) Order 2024

Order made: to close that part of U10202 Richmond Road from its junction with U10215 The Lakes Road to its junction with B4190 Welch Gate.

Reason: Carriageway Resurfacing by WCC.

Exemptions: to permit access to any land or premises fronting the highway affected where there is no other form of access; and to allow the works to be undertaken.

Alternative route: U10215 The Lakes Road, B4190 Cleobury Road, B4190 Winbrook, B4190 Welch Gate and vice versa.

Maximum duration: 18 MonthsAnticipated duration: 2 days only between 24 June to 8 July 2024


Thomas Pollock Head of Commercial Law (Legal & Governance) County Hall Spetchley Road Worcester

20 June 2024

U10202 Richmond Road Bewdley [Diversion Plan ]


Posted on behalf of West Mercia Police


As we move into the summer, this is not only the season of outdoor events and concerts, but also mainline sporting events including Euro 2024 and the Paris Olympics, and not forgetting a continuing programme of star-studded indoor concerts.

So, at the same time this gives the fraudster another opportunity to scam the unsuspecting purchaser with “Too good to be true offers”.

Criminals either set up fake websites, or social media profiles, to sell tickets for major events (such as sports, music or theatre) that are either fraudulent, or just do not exist.

Websites may even look like those of genuine organisations, but subtle changes in the URL can indicate that it is fraudulent. Criminals might have used images of genuine tickets to commit fraud.

They may get in touch via text, email, or direct message to advertise fake tickets. They create fake posts, or pages on social media, to scam those looking for tickets.
You may be sent, or given, tickets only to be told they are fake when you arrive at the venue.
It is always safest to book tickets through official sellers that are members of the self-regulatory body the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR), as anything else could be a scam. If possible, always pay by Credit Card to give yourself some protection on refunds.


•    You see an offer for a ticket online, in an email or in a message.
•    You are offered tickets for a high-demand or sold-out event at a “too good to be true” price.
•    You’re asked to pay by bank transfer only, and not via the secure payment methods recommended by reputable online retailers.
•    You are told that a customer representative will be arranged to meet outside the venue.
•     You see a website that looks similar to that of a genuine organisation but there are subtle changes to the URL.
Whilst this has focused on the summer season of outdoor events, please do not forget the same principles apply to indoor events as well which can leave the ticket buyer vulnerable.



Check a Website is a simple online tool anyone can use to check if a website is genuine or just a scam before you visit it.

It is provided by “Get Safe Online” so all you have to do is visit
and enter the relevant suspect website address where instructed.

Please feel free to share this information with any family, friends, or neighbours that you think it may be able to assist.


Take Five to Stop Fraud

STOP: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
CHALLENGE: Could it be fake? It’s OK to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
PROTECT: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud

•    Avoid disclosing security details
•    Emails, Phone Calls and Texts may not be authentic
•    Always make direct contact with any organisation by using a genuine phone number
•    Stop and Challenge any unexpected requests
•    Protect others by reporting Fraud and Scams
If you’ve fallen for a scam,
report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via

Scam Text messages can be forwarded to 7726 to help phone providers take early action and block numbers that generate spam on their networks.

Forward Fake Emails received to

If you think your bank account or personal banking details have been used fraudulently, then use the short phone number – 159 – to contact the Fraud Prevention Department of most major UK banks.

Bewdley Town Council logo

St Anne’s Church community hub consultation sessions


St Anne’s Church – eyesore or opportunity?
Many of you have let us know that the exterior of our church needs some TLC. Work on repairs to the exterior stonework will be starting in September 2024, together with planning for a new Community Hub inside. But we thought we should explain the background to this project and also how you can shape its future direction


The building
If you pass through Bewdley you can’t really miss St Anne’s church – it’s the great big soot-stained building at the top of Load St. Since its construction nearly 300 years ago it has accumulated layers of grime. It is also suffering from damaged stonework which is allowing rainwater to penetrate the walls. It is listed as a Grade 2* building by Historic England, which means repairs need to be done to a high standard.


The first steps are getting the stonework, safe, watertight and renovated. The good news is that plans for this work are well-advanced and work on renovating the sections of wall behind the War Memorial and by the church entrance starts in September this year. No road closures will be needed for these sections.


Use for the whole community

Apart from making the building safe and more attractive why are we spending money on it? As well as being a sacred space, we believe St Anne’s has a lot more to offer the whole community: it is the biggest single indoor space in the town, has a good acoustic for music and is in a prominent central location. But it has its challenges: the pews are hard and fixed, the heating needs to be improved, and toilet and hospitality facilities need to be upgraded. The building presents a real opportunity for the town for all sorts of activities. So we want to ask you what the building could be used for and then develop a scheme…


What YOU can do to shape the future

To help us to the next stage we have engaged Communion Architects of Hereford to draw up that scheme. We want to get together as many local people as possible to listen to your ideas at one of our public consultations. The first sessions will be held in:
  St Anne’s church on Tuesday 9th July at 3.00pm or 7.30pm.
Everyone is welcome to attend either session. Do please come and join us. Further public consultation sessions on proposed changes will follow later in the year.


Students take part in Young Citizens Challenge

Posted on behalf of West Mercia Police

Officers from North Worcestershire LPA have been empowering students in the annual Young Citizens Challenge (YCC) to build awareness of personal and community safety.

Organised by our Youth Engagement Team and partner agencies, it gives all Wyre Forest, Redditch, and Bromsgrove Year 6 students – approximately 2,300 in total – the opportunity to take part in various scenarios.

The challenges involved student participation around a series of interactive learning situations and included SEND pupils.

This year’s events have taken place at Wyre Forest Police and Fire Station this week and last week and Bromsgrove Police and Fire Station the week before half-term.

Partners represented included police, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS), Severn Area Rescue Association, West Mercia Police Road Safety Team, and National Grid.

Our officers engaged with students over issues including online safety, knife crime and hate crime while our partners worked with them over matters such as substation safety, fire, and open water safety.

Police Constable Neil Sharpe, Youth Engagement Officer for North Worcestershire LPA, said: “This year’s event has been another successful one, empowering young people to make positive choices for their personal and community safety.

“Partners delivered key messages around anti-social behaviour, hate crime, stranger danger, and knife crime as well as fire, road, water, and electrical safety.

“It was a great opportunity for the Year 6 students to work as a team and explore situations in a safe and organised environment.”

JI, Corporate Communications

Planning news – Update from Wyre Forest District Council, Monday 10 June

Weekly planning list

Keep up to date with the latest planning applications which have been submitted to Wyre Forest District Council.

Simply follow the link to our planning portal webpage, select the week beginning Monday 7 June and click search!

If you would like to comment on a planning application please sign up for an account by clicking the register tab on the planning portal webpage.

View applications


Planning Committee

The Planning Committee will be held next week on Tuesday 18 June at 6pm.  

The full agenda will be available to view on our website shortly, and you can watch the meeting live on our streaming page on the day.

Watch committee live


Read agenda

Emergency footpath closure – Footpath between Herne’s Nest and Mill Walk, Bewdley – ref C-1542

Emergency footpath closure – Footpath BW-621, Bewdley – ref C-1542





Notice of closure of Footpath BW-621, Bewdley, Worcestershire
(“the highway”) as an Emergency Measure.

It appears to Worcestershire County Council that because of the likelihood of danger to the public due to damaged footpath, there is an urgent need to close the highway immediately in the following terms: –

1. The effect of the Notice is that no person shall proceed along Footpath BW-621 for its entire length.

2. This provision shall continue in force for a maximum of 21 days (unless further provision is made for its continuance). It is anticipated that it will remain in force for 21 days.

3 The alternative route is along Bridleway BW-618, Footpath BW-620, U10532 Snuff Mill Walk, and vice versa.

Nothing in this Notice shall prevent at any time access for pedestrians to any premises situated on or adjacent to the highway, or to any other premises accessible for pedestrians from and only from the highway.


Head of Commercial Law (Legal and Governance)

Dated: 7 June 2024


Map BW-621 Temp closure