As the largest town in North Worcestershire, Kidderminster is famed not only for being the birthplace of Rowland Hill, the inventor of the Penny Post, but also for its production of quality woven carpets.
The carpet industry began on a cottage scale in the 18th century, but the invention of the power loom meant that large-scale production was possible.
Mills soon sprang up around the town, many of which remain today as testament to Kidderminster's industrial heritage.
On the 13th June the lovely Town Hall in Kidderminster becomes the latest venue for the 55+ and Retirement Roadshow.
The Town Hall is situated in Vicar Street, Kidderminster DY10 1DA and the show opens at 9-30 and closes at 3-30.
On the day of the show we are very pleased to welcome Mark Garnier, MP for Wyre Forest and The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Kidderminster, Councillor Rose Bishop who will both be visiting the show and meeting the exhibitors at around 11-30 am.
Mark Garnier MP said of the event, “This is a fantastic event and I would encourage anyone who has questions or just wants to find out more to attend. Personalised financial advice is normally expensive, so this free roadshow will help many people get the most out of their pensions. I look forward to seeing residents there.”
When out and about promoting this show, there have been several points that have come up time and time again. They are:-
There has been a great deal of interest in the forthcoming changes to the state pension and also the relaxation of rules on how people take their pensions.
So I'm very pleased to say that 2plan Wealth Management Ltd. will be at the show. They are a Malvern based business of financial advisers who have won awards and also have been BBC Hereford and Worcester Radio's financial voice for over 10 years.
If you have a query with Tax, come along and speak to Tax Help for Older People as they will be available to deal with any questions on this subject.
This year we have been working together with The Local Pharmaceutical Committee (LPC) on events with the aim to reach out to more people on health issues. Boots are the pharmacy chosen to represent the LPC at Kidderminster and they will be carrying out NHS Health Checks on those who are eligible.
Boots are representing the work that pharmacists carry out in the community and they are being supported by their pharmacy colleagues in the community who are distributing leaflets about the show in their own pharmacies.
We will be having 2 demonstrations of Tai Chi with Alan Sanson. The first one will be at 10-30 and the second one at 12-30. This is your opportunity to come along and try it out for yourself.
Tesco Superstore are providing the refreshments at the show and invite you all to come along and have a cup of tea, or coffee, and a biscuit with them. They will be delighted to see you. They also have a stand with lots of info and a free draw to win a lovely hamper.
There are several car parks within easy walking distance of the Town Hall but the most popular for parking all day are Pike Mills next to Aldi in New Road and Batemans Yard in Green Street
Out and about in Kidderminster
After your visit to the show do take a stroll around the town and take is some of Kidderminster's interesting past.
A modern library and college are at the heart of the town, through which flows the River Stour and the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. Boaters, cyclists and walkers can use the canal/towpath to access Stourport and the River Severn.
Kidderminster has mainline rail access to and from London, Birmingham and Worcester and it is the starting point for the world famous Severn Valley Heritage Railway, which runs for 16 miles to Bridgnorth.
The National Careline is a not for profit company offering information about care and support for older people, their carers and their families. You can see more on the website www.thenationalcareline.org
The objective of the National Careline is to provide a portal that signposts users to various organisations including, Government departments and support networks that will help create a clearer understanding of the care maze.
The National Careline has no grant aid and raises funds by holding these roadshows. In doing so, we provide places where people can come and access free information on the many issues that concern people as they grow older, are in retirement or caring for someone.