This week's Bromsgrove News In Brief

Friday 03 January 2014 Updated: 04/01 00:10

HERE are a few other stories relating to Bromsgrove and the surrounding area this week.

► A WYTHALL man exposed to asbestos during his working life died as the result of an industrial disease, a coroner has ruled.

Kenneth John Lewis from Chapel Lane died on December 20 aged 80 after developing mesothelioma.

Returning a verdict on Monday (December 30), the coroner said he had become increasingly unwell in later years and died at his home.


► BROMSGROVE owners and their four-legged friends can enjoy a special Dog Day weekend at Avoncroft Museum.

The two-day event, back by popular demand, will be held tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday (January 5) between 10.30am and 4pm.

Animals lovers and their furry pals have been invited to join staff at the museum and other guests to investigate the 19-acre site and enjoy a special dog-themed trail. Every well-behaved pooch will also receive a free treat.

Tickets cost £7.70 for adults, £6.60 for seniors and £4 for children - members are free.

Visit for more.


► FIRE crews were called to rescue a cow from a dairy parlour pit at Woodlands Farm in Belbroughton on Boxing Day.

Crews were on site for around an hour-and-a-half and had to use strops and a winch to lift the animal to safety.

Once the dairy cow had been rescued, a vet who was waiting on-site with the farmer, gave her a thorough check before announcing the creature was not hurt.


► A PRESENTATION on Weapons and Warfare will be given by Paul Harding at the Council Chamber, St Richard’s House, John Corbett Room, Droitwich, on Wednesday (January 8).

The speech, which has been organised by the Droitwich History and Archaeology Society, starts at 7.30pm.

Mr Harding will take his audience into the reality of war and warfare through his energetic presentation which will be done in costume.

Everyone is welcome to the event and admission is £2 for members and £3 for friends and visitors.


► RESIDENTS are being urged to be green and drop off their Christmas trees at Webbs garden centres in Wychbold and Hagley this week. The tree recycling scheme runs from tomorrow (Saturday) to Wednesday (January 8).

The trees taken to the centres will be turned into chippings and used as mulch.

Visit for more.


► THOSE who enjoy a good tale can go along to storytime sessions being held at Webbs garden centre in Wychbold from 9.30am to 9.50am and between 10am and 10.20am every Tuesday.

The free sessions by Nicky, for children aged between two and seven, start this Tuesday (January 7) and, although no booking is required, spaces are limited.


► BIKERS can go to a half-day winter motorcycling skills course, which runs from 9.30am to 12.30am at The Rubicon Centre in Redditch, on Sunday (January 5).

The Take Control scheme, which is just £10, covers everything from braking and counter steering to risk management and handling. There will also be winter riding tips to help bikers stay safe during windy, icy and snowy conditions.

Participants should be over 16, have passed their Compulsory Basic Training and have their own moped, scooter or motorbike and adequate protective clothing. To book, visit or by calling 01527 500333.


► A CONSULTATION on the future of the fire service ends next Friday (January 10).

The plans, which could see an on call engine taken away from Redditch Fire Station, aim to help plug a £7.2 million budget shortfall before of 2016/17.

Responses must be received by January 10 ahead of a final decision on February 19. Visit to fill in the online questionnaire.


► UNWANTED gifts can be put to good use thanks to a leading charity.

Bromsgrove residents looking for a charitable way to get rid of presents are being called on to donate them to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Email or call 07850 772981 to arrange a collection.


► NORTHFIELD residents can recycle their Christmas cards by taking them along to the town's Sainsbury's.

The service is available until next Tuesday (January 14).


► CHRISTMAS cards can be used to help protect the UK’s woodlands.

Instead of throwing away their cards, residents are being urged to take them to their nearest Marks and Spencer store until January 31, with the planting of one tree funded for every 1,000 recycled.


► TIME is running out for residents to have their say on the future of adult care in Worcestershire.

A roadshow will be held at Bromsgrove Methodist Church next Friday (January 10) between 10.30am and 12.30pm to allow residents to find out more. Visit

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