Bromsgrove's first ever Pensioners' Fair hailed a resounding success

HUNDREDS of people went along to Bromsgrove’s first ever Pensioners’ Fair held by MP Sajid Javid at the town’s council house last Friday (November 25).

There were only due to be 25 stalls at the event but, because of the extra interest by organisations, it was extended to 45 with the new Bromsgrove Library providing the ‘overspill’ for the extra stalls.

Among those organisations exhibiting were AgeUK, the Bromsgrove Forum for Older People, the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Warmer Worcestershire, the Stroke Association, Home Instead, the police and the fire service.

Avril Wood from the Older People’s Forum said: “We have been very busy with people who are interested in the forum.

“We take up local issues on behalf of older people in Bromsgrove and because of that it’s important for us to reach as many people as possible.

“So events like this are invaluable.”

The forum meets on the second Tuesday of the month at Bromsgrove’s Life After Stroke Centre,

Tina Hughes from The Stroke Association was also there and tested more than 40 residents’ blood pressure.

She said it was great to be able to work in partnership with the Pensioners’ Fair.

“High blood pressure is often referred to as the silent killer because it doesn’t have any symptoms and many people have no idea their health may be at risk.

“Getting your blood pressure checked is easy and quick and is the simplest way to reduce your risk of having a stroke.”

Home Instead, which provides carers for people in their own home, had representatives there and there was the Bromsgrove Society’s annual book sale.

There was a lot of interest in Bromsgrove Bridge Club which meets every Tuesday night at the Life After Stroke Centre, Church Lane.

The session runs from 7.30pm to 10.30pm and it costs £2.50 for members and £3.50 for visitors, with free tea, coffee and biscuits included for members.

Call Sally on 01527 832468 for more information.

Mr Javid said: “It has gone much better than expected – both in terms off the stalls and the turn-out.

“The feedback has been good – I have had a lot of people telling me about how they have made new friends and found new things to do.

“And of course, the most important, is people have been able to get some good frank and free advice about issues they face.”