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 and mills soon sprang up around the town, many of which remain today as testament to Kidderminster's industrial heritage.
On the 7th September 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.
We are very fortunate at The National Careline to have the services of Jonathan Wilkey.
Jon specialises in the law relating to the elderly particularly with regard to asset protection and long-term care, Court of Protection issues and equity release.
Martyn Hall and Geoff Williams will be present from Tax Help for Older People so do bring your paperwork along and get help if you have a problem with tax. In addition Samantha Barrett, a Chartered Financial Planner from Central Financial Planning will be here to help with any Pension and Long Term Care queries.
We will also have a representative from the Care Quality Commission who will be answering questions about the national standards of care they are working to maintain. So if you have any concerns about the care a loved one is receiving, now is your chance to find out what you should do.
Are you or one of your family facing redundancy? Are you thinking about setting up your own business? If so, come along to the show and speak to the advisers from The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise (PRIME). PRIME is the only national organisation dedicated to providing everyone over 50, who is unemployed or under threat of redundancy, with the support to achieve financial, social and personal fulfilment through sustainable self-employment.
Working with the theme 'Looking good whatever your Age', ladies and gentlemen from the Tulip Tree Centre will be modelling clothes from The Edinburgh Woollen Mill store, Kidderminster. We all know the 'lift' you get when you are wearing something nice, so come along and see the effect for yourselves.
Have you recently 'come into' a piece of jewellery and you don't know what value to put onto it for insurance purposes? Why not bring it along for a FREE valuation by Fellows Auctioneers?
It isn't just jewellery either, they will value coins, watches and any antiques and furniture you have. Also, if you don't want to keep your item, you can include it in one of their forthcoming sales.
Listen to Barbara Davies and Elliott Webb on the BBC Hereford and Worcester Mid Morning show:
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.
There are several places within a few minutes of the Town Hall where you can get a drink and a meal.
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.