I.C.H.C. office | Station Approach | Comberton Hill | Kidderminster | Worcs.|  DY10 1QX
Independent Community & Health Concern Caring for the Community in Wyre Forest

Welcome to Wyre Forest

Home of I.C.H.C.


01562 823 581

Please use this answer-phone service to contact our office. You can also make contact with specific Councillors via the phone / e.mail details on <Councillors>


Please use talk2us@healthconcern.org.uk to send a message. It will either be replied to directly or acknowledged & forwarded to the appropriate person.


Yes; we still use the jolly-old fax - it cannot be hacked the way these new-fangled systems can. Our number is 01562 77 00 11
Independent Community & Health Concern ____________________________________________________________

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The Premier Independent political party in Wyre Forest

The Wyre Forest area of north Worcestershire is the home of independent political thought - having been represented in Parliament for two terms (ten years) by the Independent M.P. Dr. Richard Taylor M.B.E.

Representing Wyre Forest people

The party works at Wyre Forest District and local Town and Parish levels with Councillors on the Bewdley, Kidderminster and Stourport-on-Severn town councils.

Not just a ‘Single Issue’ party

As is reflected in it’s title, Independent Community and Health Concern is NOT just a ‘single issue’ grouping of independent representatives of the people; taking on-board all manner of local problems (and solving them) and local aspirations (and aiding in their delivery). It grew out of the projected closure of Kidderminster Hospital (to which so many had contributed with fund-raising). This prompted mass protest and street parades and, ultimately, the rejection of the sitting Labour MP - a junior Minister. While I.C.H.C. remains fundamentally concerned with the provision of health facilities and the delivery of all that results in ‘good health’ it is associated with concern for all aspects of a healthy community - education for all ages, support for the disabled and the elderly, transport, arts and entertainment, nature and the environment.


as per 4 TH July 2020



Known UK cases: (Old) 311,965 Known UK deaths: 44,131 (New methodology) 284,276 Daily confirmed cases: 544 Daily deaths (national): 137 [+ 112] Worcestershire cases: 1,446 Worcestershire deaths: 272 (New methodology) 2,338 Wolverhampton cases: 1,054 Sandwell cases: 1,093 (New methodology) 1,371 1,623 Dudley cases: 898 Birmingham cases: 3,358 (New methodology) 1,295 4,762 A change in the way cases are being counted = confusion = “clever, that”. ______________________________________________________________
_____________________________ And now, pubs are open .. and life returns to normal. Why, we can even fly abroad from our cold snap, to roast in the sun during their extreme heatwave (and return with a lifetime of melanoma to look forward to) … and memories of queuing for bars and cafés, wearing facemasks in the sun (or facing on-the-spot fines). _________________________________________

Places of Worship

Churches, Mosques, Gurdwaras, Synagogues, Meeting Houses and other places of worship can consider re-opening - with appropriate Deep Cleaning and Social Distancing. _________________________________________

Weddings & Baptisms

These ceremonies will be able to take place - though with many changes: only 30 people present - no kissing the Bride (!) - no organ - only one person to sing - just “the legal bits” - no donations ‘on the plate’ - disposable Orders-of- Service only parents to hold the baby - just a little water ‘on the body’ - no full immersion worshippers may have to ‘call ahead’ and “book” a pew expected to take their own holy book / prayer mat
DAY 101
“If you go down to the Trust, today .. They’re in for a BIG surprise .. !” as West Mercia Police Detectives begin work at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust’s scandal-hit Maternity Unit. Details

Revised Lockdown Conditions

(Friday 19th June) DOWNGRADING WE ARE NOW AT STAGE THREE _____________________________________
Local authority New cases 13-19 June New cases 20-26 June Total cases Leicester 39 41 1,052 Leicestershire 28 21 1,414 Derbyshire 23 25 1,818 Barnsley 38 13 1,088 Birmingham 23 22 3,359 Dudley 8 2 898 Sandwell 8 10 1,090 Wolverhampton 8 5 1,051 Worcestershire 12 3 1,445 Herefordshire 2 1 464 Shropshire 18 13 874 For those interested in numbers, these statistics make for ‘interesting’ reading - how rural Worcestershire compares with our West Mercian cousins how Worcs. compares with rural Derbyshire & Leicestershire how urban, multi-cultural West Midlands compares with other urban areas Can you discover any rhyme or reason for the differences ? Answer, on a postcard, to 10, Downing Street. (First Class).
.. and when will they go to the grooming parlor ?
The Business Secretary, Alok Sharma, has said that swimming pools and gyms could reopen in the middle of July - if the country continues to meet to meet certain health tests, such as the R rate staying below one.