Latest perception data for North Worcestershire – read the results here!

Posted on behalf of West Mercia Police


You can have a look at the data for North Worcestershire here.

Your chance to get involved in the Big Conversation!

Posted on behalf of West Mercia Police

Get involved in the Big Conversation!

Cutting crime, community policing, and supporting victims are at the heart of PCC John Campion’s plans for the next four years, but what are the issues that matter to you?


The PCC is calling on you to put forward your thoughts, feelings and priorities. These will be used to inform the ‘Big Conversation’ with West Mercia’s Chief Constable Alex Murray.


The suggestions and ideas will also help to shape the Police and Crime Plan, outlining the focus for the next four years.


Get involved

Bewdley Town Council Mark the 80th Anniversary of D-Day

Join us at 11am for a service to mark the anniversary at Bewdley Museum.


Posted on behalf of West Mercia police


This is the time when many people are looking for that last minute bargain on the holiday market and, as always, the criminals are intent on using this as another opportunity to tempt the unwary buyer with “too good to be true offers”.

Holiday fraud is when a criminal impersonates trusted companies or creates a fake company to trick you into booking a holiday through them and giving out your personal or financial information.
Most holiday scams take place online. Criminals set up fake websites and online ads that appear to sell flights, holiday packages, accommodation, and tour operator packages. They could be for domestic or overseas travel.

•    You’re offered a “too good to be true” discount or holiday deal.
•    You’re asked to pay via bank transfer rather than a secure payment platform.
•    The website you’re purchasing from was only launched a few days/weeks ago.
•    You’re asked to pay an invoice you haven’t yet received.
•    You’re offered help with a refund by telephone, email or a social media account.

•    Stop and ask yourself why it’s so cheap could it be “too good to be true”?
•    Always stay on a secure platform, and pay via the payment platform there.
•    Always access the website you are purchasing from by typing it into your web browser, and be wary of clicking on links in unsolicited emails. The website should use the padlock symbol to indicate that the site is secure.
•    Research and read the reviews of the company you’re booking through, and where possible, book directly with an established hotel, or through a reputable travel company that is a member of a trade body such as ABTA or ATOL
•    Verify that the address exists through web searches and online maps.
•    See if you can find a picture of your accommodation on any other websites to check it’s not being copied.
•    If possible, use a credit card when making purchases over £100, and up to £30,000, as you receive protection under Section 75
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.

Wyre Forest District Council – Wyredin June 2024

If you have not already registered to vote and would like to have your say in the General Election on Thursday 4 July, you need to register by Tuesday 18 June. Voters can also vote by post or proxy. Anyone can apply for a postal vote which allows you much greater flexibility around when you complete your ballot paper.  Anyone not already registered for a postal or proxy vote will need to complete an application form, which is available on our website. The deadline for new postal voting requests is 5pm on Wednesday 19 June.  For proxy votes it is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June. It is quick and easy to apply for all these things online via our General Election webpage.

General Election webpage


Voter ID required

To vote in a polling station you will need to show photo ID. You may already have an acceptable form of photo ID like a passport, driving licence or blue badge. If you don’t you can apply for a free voter ID document known as a Voter Authority Certificate (VAC). The deadline for this is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June.


New Chairman of the Council

At Full Council on Wednesday 15 May, Councillor John Byng, was sworn in as the new Chairman of the Council. Cllr Byng who represents Wribbenhall and Arley ward, will attend a wide range of functions  on behalf of the the council. This includes community and charity events and formal openings. He will also chair council meetings and work throughout the year to raise money for his chosen charity, the British Heart Foundation.

Invite the Chairman




Watch our meetings

During June we will be live webcasting the following meetings:

Thursday 6 June, Overview and scrutiny
Tuesday 11 June, Cabinet
Tuesday 18 June, Planning Committee

All meetings start at 6pm. If you can not watch live, recordings are available on our website.

Watch meetings

Rangers Guided Walk

This month join the rangers for a guided walk through Burlish Top and Burlish Meadows! During the walk you can find out about the work they do, the species we protect, and our strategies for future conservation.

Meet at Burlish Meadows car park, The Kingsway, Stourport on Severn at 10am on Saturday 8 June. The walk will last approximately an hour and a half. Please dress comfortably and wear sturdy shoes suitable for walking. Let us know you’re coming by completing the short form on our website.

Book your space

Volunteers’ week

This week is volunteers’ week and we are lucky to have a dedicated group of volunteers who regularly give their time to give back to the community.  The week celebrates the amazing contributions volunteers make to communities across the UK. We will be sharing some of our volunteers’ stories on social media and highlighting how volunteering can also help you gain valuable new skills and experiences and boost your confidence.  You can read more about the volunteering opportunities with our rangers, Bewdley Museum and litter picking in the community on our website.

Volunteering information

Adopt a Street – Franche Primary school

We are delighted to welcome Franche Primary School in Kidderminster to Adopt a Street. It is the first school in the district to sign up to our scheme which supports communities to reduce litter. More than 200 streets have now been adopted. If you would like to join in, let us know where you would like to adopt and we will provide you with the litter picking equipment, bags and health and safety information. The scheme is on top of our service and we are also creating a litter blitz squad to help tackle littering in the district.

Adopt a Street

Regenerating Kidderminster

Worcester Street update

We have appointed Shropshire based building and civil engineering contractors McPhillips (Wellington) Limited to transform the Worcester Street area of the town centre. The company was successful in a recent tender exercise to deliver our Connectivity Project, which will completely change the look and feel of Worcester Street and the surround public places. The project will connect this area of the town to where the Glades Leisure Centre used to be, and to the area adjacent to the Former Magistrates Court – currently being transformed into a new Creative Hub.


Refurbishment of the Piano Building

A planning application to refurbish the Grade II listed Piano Building in Kidderminster into an attractive mixed-use facility has been submitted. The plans are for the creation of new food and beverage spaces on the ground floor and the re-purposing of the three upper floors to provide a mix of office, co-working and hybrid working space. The Council purchased the building in February. The proposals have been designed by Worcestershire based One Creative Ltd and will be developed and delivered by Malvern based company Speller Metcalfe.

View planning application


New community fridge

Kidderminster has its first community fridge!

The aim of the fridge is to reduce food waste. It is located at St Peter’s Community Church in Birchen Coppice and is open Sunday from 9.30am -1pm, Monday 9.30am-12pm and Thursday 7pm-10pm. Food can be donated by individuals, food businesses and supermarkets and this food is then available to any members of the community to take.

The fridge project is a partnership between the area’s community champions, the district council and Worcestershire County Council’s teams in waste and public health.

Job vacancies

Customer Services Advisor – closes Thursday 6 June
Casual Facilities Assistant – closes Thursday 6 June

Apply for vacancies

Subscribe to our jobs bulletin

Each Wednesday we send out a job bulletin featuring all our latest vacancies. It’s easy to subscribe to this and all our other newsletters by visiting the subscribe page on our website.


I Grew up 80s

This is the last week of our highly successful ‘I grew up 80s’ exhibition which ends on Sunday 9 June. It has been the museum’s most successful exhibition date, with thousands of visitors enjoying reminiscing over this colourful decade.  Don’t miss your chance to step back to the 80s, pop along before Sunday.

Natural world exhibition and workshop

Lino print artist Pauline Meade, will be exhibiting a series of works inspired by the outdoors throughout the seasons. It runs from Saturday 15 June to Sunday 14 July.  Pauline will also be running a lino print workshop on the Wednesday 17 July from 10.30am to 12.30pm.  During the session you will cut and print a design in one colour. More details and how to book are available on the website.

Book linoprinting workshop

Hold your wedding with us

Did you know you can get married at Bewdley Museum? If you are tying the knot and looking for the perfect location have a look at what the museum can offer. There is more information on our website or you can get in touch with wedding team and have a private tour of the Guildhall.

Contact wedding team

Also coming up this summer…

Yoga and craft retreat day – Saturday 8 June
Bewdley Concert Band – free outdoor concert – Sunday 9 June
The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck – outdoor production – Sunday 7 July
Fossil – ask the expert – Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July

Museum what’s on


West Mercia Police – Burglary

Posted on behalf of West Mercia Police

Burglary is a crime which has a significant impact on the victims, both financially and emotionally.

A few steps below will give you peace of mind and also helps you protect your property.

1: Fitting anti-snap locks to your doors;    What are Anti-Snap Locks?

Anti-snap locks are cylinders that are designed and tested to protect against lock snapping stopping a thief from breaking the lock into two parts.  This type of cylinder is usually found on uPVC doors.  You may find people refer to Anti-Snap locks as ‘Snap safe Locks’ as well.

2: Keeping doors and windows locked and secure ( including back gates );   When you go to bed or leave the house unoccupied , get into the habit of checking that all windows and doors and locked.  With the warmer weather upon us, its easy to forget and tis all a burglar needs to get into your property.

3: Fitting quality steering wheel locks your vehicle;   There has been a rise in offenders breaking into peoples house looking for the keys to high value motor vehicles parked on the drive. Adding layers of security to your vehicle is likely to prevent the burglary in the first place.  Fitting a quality steering wheel lock and if possible a “drive way post” is a great deterrent.

Protecting your home from crime | Crime prevention | West Mercia Police

West Mercia Police – Car key burglary

Posted on behalf of West Mercia Police

We are investigating reported car key burglaries in Wyre Forest and we want to reassure residents we are doing everything we can to trace those responsible.

If you’ve seen anything suspicious or have information that might help with enquires, please call 101.

You can also report a crime here:

The information we receive from the public is essential in bringing criminals to justice. 

Important advice and information:

Car key burglary is when an offender breaks into a home with the specific aim of stealing car keys and the vehicle from the property.

Perpetrators often target specific vehicles, based on demand and value. If a criminal is targeting a certain vehicle, they will also be targeting the owner, looking for easy ways to exploit their security and get to their keys.

If you think you are being followed or see any suspicious vehicles lurking, take the registration number and report it to us.

Further crime prevention methods to deter car key burglars:

  • Keep your keys somewhere safe and out of sight
  • If you can, lock your car in a garage
  • Fit a high-quality alarm to your vehicle
  • Consider additional security systems such as immobilisers and visible security locks
  • Always take your keys with you when leaving your vehicle unattended
  • Keep your keys safe and concealed in public places
  • Make sure doors, windows, the boot and sunroof are locked and secure before leaving your car
  • If there are more than one vehicle at your property, park the lesser valued vehicle behind the more expensive one on the driveway
  • Also make sure you keep your house doors and windows locked
  • Install a high-quality burglar alarm
  • Install an exterior security light

Thank you for your help. It is only by the police and the public working together that we can prevent and detect crime.

Road Closure – 5 Day Notice – Wyre Hill Bewdley – From 28 May 2024 – Anticipated for 4 Days

On behalf of Worcestershire County Council

5 Day Notice – Road Closure – Bewdley – Wyre Forest District – 1595005









Reason for restriction: Surface repairs to large school carpark.  There is a need to close the highway in the following terms:-


  1. The effect of this Notice is that no vehicle shall proceed along that part of the highway from its junction with U10523 Waterloo Road to its junction with U10516 Hales Park.


  1. This provision shall continue in force for a maximum of 5 days, however, it is anticipated that it will remain in force for 4 days commencing 28 May 2024.


  1. Alternative routes: – U10516 Hales Park, U10523 Waterloo Road 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 & Governance)


Date 28 May 2024

Location plan


Road closure diversion


Dine ‘N’ Devour Food and Artisan Festival Saturday 15 June and Sunday 16 June

On behalf of LSD Promotions:

Dine ‘N’ Devour Food & Artisan Festival Returns to Bewdley for a Culinary Extravaganza


Get ready as the highly anticipated Dine ‘N’ Devour Food & Artisan Festival makes its grand return to Bewdley on Saturday, 15th June, and Sunday, 16th June. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Gas Works Meadow, this year’s festival promises to be bigger and better, offering a delightful blend of culinary treats, artisan crafts, and vibrant entertainment.


Dine ‘N’ Devour will showcase an incredible variety of street food vendors, serving up everything from loaded hotdogs and gourmet burgers to exotic Indonesian and Caribbean delicacies. Attendees can look forward to sampling delicious offerings including loaded hotdogs, gourmet burgers, loaded fries, Greek gyros, beef brisket, Caribbean cuisine, bubble waffles, cheesecake, churros and so much more!


To complement the diverse food offerings, festival-goers can quench their thirst at our specially curated bars serving refreshing cocktails, a variety of gins, prosecco, larger, craft beer, fresh lemonade, coffee and mocktails.


Explore unique crafts and products at our artisan stalls. Discover handmade candles, jewellery, fudge, dream catchers, artwork, crystals and more!


The festival is packed with entertainment for the whole family. Enjoy a Live DJ Compere will keep the energy high all day, a chef on stilts and Got2Sing Choir will be performing in the

Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, the festivities continue with the Live DJ Compere, Stilt Man and Zennor Dance Academy starting at 1pm.


Don’t forget to bring your furry friends! The festival is completely dog-friendly, so no member of the family has to miss out!


Best of all, entry to the Dine ‘N’ Devour Food & Artisan Festival is FREE and ticketless. So, put the dates in your diary, invite your friends and family, and join us for an unforgettable weekend of food, fun, and entertainment in Bewdley.


For more information, visit our website or follow us on social media for the latest updates.


About Dine N Devour:

Dine ‘N’ Devour is a travelling food & artisan festival that celebrates the vibrant culinary scene by bringing together the finest street food vendors, artisan stalls, live entertainment, and a delightful ambiance in picturesque locations. With an emphasis on providing an unforgettable experience, Dine ‘N’ Devour aims to showcase local and international flavours, offering food enthusiasts a memorable feast for the senses.


Go and follow us on Instagram, Facebook & TikTok!


We hope to see you there!


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5 Day Notice Speed Restriction Stourport Road – From 28 May 2024 – Anticipated for 4 days

On behalf of Worcestershire County Council.


5 Day Notice – Speed Restriction – Bewdley – Wyre Forest District – 1591062








Reason for restriction: Safe working during customer network connection. 


Restriction: a 30 mph speed limit.


  1. The effect of this Notice is that no vehicle shall proceed along that part of B4195 Stourport Road at a speed exceeding 30 mph from its junction with Sandbourne Lane (NSG ref. 45703049) to its junction with A456 Bewdley Bypass for 122 metres in a south easterly direction.


  1. No speed limit imposed by this Notice applies to vehicles falling within regulation 3(4) of the Road Traffic Exemptions (Special Forces) (Variation and Amendment) Regulations 2011 when used in accordance with Regulation 3(5) of those regulations.


  1. This provision shall continue in force for a maximum of 5 days. However it is anticipated that it will remain force for 4 days commencing on 28 May 2024.


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 & Governance)