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December 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of our online newsletter for residents.

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Big Energy Switch

Our Big Energy Switch is back. 

This is your chance to see if you could reduce your energy bills by swapping your supplier.  We have teamed with iChoosr to run another collective energy switching scheme. 

It is hassle free and we aim to get you a great deal from energy suppliers by using group buying power. People who took park last time saved on average £130 a year. 

You need to register by Monday 10 February and within a few weeks you will receive a personalised offer.  It’s entirely up to you whether to switch. 

Registration opens tomorrow (Tuesday 4 December).

Join the Big Energy Switch  


General Election - Thursday 12 December

There are four candidates standing in the Wyre Forest constituency in the General Election on Thursday 12 December.

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm so don’t forget to cast your vote. If you have applied for a postal vote, please make sure it is returned by 10pm on December 12.

If you forget to post it to reach us in time, you can hand it in at any polling station before 10pm on polling day. 

Elections info


Park for free after 3 this Christmas!

Take advantage of our extended festive special offer and park for free after 3pm on all of our car parks. 

The offer runs right through the Christmas and New Year period until Sunday 5 January 2020. 

Please note the offer does not include Weavers’ Wharf car park in Kidderminster as this is privately owned.  

Find out more


Christmas and New Year bin collections

The majority of bin collections will take place as usual over Christmas and New Year. 

However, homes that would have had recycling collected on Wednesday 25 December will have their bins emptied on Monday 23 December and homes due a recycling collection on Thursday 26 December will be emptied on Saturday 28 December. Homes due a rubbish collection on Wednesday 1 January 2020 will be collected on Monday 30 December.  

More details


Brinton Park

Our project to restore Brinton Park for future generations has taken another big step forward.

During the summer we were at events in the park displaying our proposed designs, including plans for a cafe and the renovation of the Sons of Rest Pavilion. It is part of our application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Parks for People grant programme for £2.4 million pounds.

The project is to help conserve the park’s historic and natural heritage and fund new and improved facilities. The Lottery has already given us funding to develop our plans so we can submit our final application in February.  The designs can be seen on our website and there will a chance to comment on them later this year.

Project proposals

Thank you

Budget consultation

Thanks to everyone who completed our budget survey last month.

More than 600 people completed the survey to tell us how they would like us to approach our budget dilemma.

Like many other councils we are in a difficult situation. Government funding has fallen from £8.4m to £4.3m in Wyre Forest since 2009-10 and this means are unable to continue doing everything we currently do.

Feedback from the public will now shape our budget for 2020-21 which will be decided by full council in February. 


Wear a white ribbon

Please wear a White Ribbon and show your support for the annual campaign highlighting all forms of domestic abuse.

The campaign is being coordinated locally by Safer Wyre Forest and Wyre Forest District Council.

It launched on Monday 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and runs until Tuesday 10 December, International Human Rights Day.

More details


Keep Warm and Well this winter!

Don’t worry about spiralling fuel bills this winter -  come along to one of our warm and well events for free, impartial energy advice.

Once again we’ve teamed up with not-for-profit organisation, Act on Energy to present a series of drop-in events to keep you warm and well this winter.

The next one is tomorrow (Tuesday 3 December) at 1.30pm-3pm at Stourport Library.  

If you can’t make it to any of our events, you can also ring for free advice on energy issues in your home or small business, by calling 0800 988 2881. 

Warm and Well events 


Santa at the Museum!

Come along to Bewdley Museum for a crafty spot of Christmas shopping and visit Santa in his grotto on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December.

The museum’s Christmas Craft Fair will be open both days 10am-4.30pm and Father Christmas will be visiting between 12noon and 4pm (last admission to see Santa at 3.30pm). Cost is £5 per person which includes a gift. Just turn up, no need to book!

Other Christmas activities at the museum include Children's Christmas crafts activities in the Sawyard, on Sunday 8 December 11am-3.30pm £4 per child.

There is also an Elf Hunt every weekend until Sunday 15 December from 11am-3.30pm, £2 per person with a prize for the winners! 

Lots more information is available on the museum website and we are excited to announce the new museum website will be launched this month too!

Museum what’s on

We wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. WyredIn will be back in February, but in the meantime you can subscribe for more updates from our teams today!