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 11th June 2016 the lovely Town Hall in Kidderminster becomes the latest venue for the 55+ and Retirement Roadshow. The Town Hall is situated in Vicar Street and, for those who need it, the postcode is DY10 1DA.
The show opens at 9-30 and closes at 2-30.
Local MP Mark Garnier will be attending the event around midday. When asked to comment on the event last year he said, “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.”
The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Kidderminster, Councillor Mary Rayner will be visiting the show and meeting the exhibitors from 9-30 onwards.
When out and about promoting this show, there have been several points that come up time and time again. They are:-
Our events were very well attended last year and we we aim to reach out to more people on health issues. There will be a leading pharmacy at the show to answer health and medication queries.
The really useful organisation Tax Help for Older People will be at the show again ready to answer your questions.There have been quite a few changes in taxation lately - especially those to dividend income which are applying from this April.
I am pleased to confirm that The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) will be coming along again this year.
There has been a great deal of interest in the forthcoming changes to the state pension especially on how the new rules will affect women in their 50's who stand to lose out. Come along and see our expert who will be able to help you to repair the damage and regain the pension you were planning to receive.
In addition, the current changes in the rules on how people can take their pensions continues to perplex, so I can see that the TPAS stand will be very busy as usual.
There will be several exhibitions taking place on stage during the show. The exhibitors taking part will be exercises with Simply Limitless, Belly dancing from Tina Hobin, Tai Chi with Alan Sanson and Chris Golding's team from Encourage Activity showing how even very elderly people can still have fun. It you would like to take part in any of these shows, this is your opportunity to come along and try something new 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 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 the River Stour flows 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. 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.