15th Nov, 2019

Opportunity to ask the experts at free rural community event at Three Counties Showground

Craig Gibbons 19th Nov, 2018

THE RURAL community from across South Worcestershire will have the chance to ask the experts anything from crime to mental health at a free event this week.

The ‘Protect Your Farm, Protect Yourself’ event will be held from 4pm to 7pm on Thursday at the Three Counties Showground.

A question and answer session will start at 5.15pm and will be hosted by former BBC H&W radio presenter Mike George, who used to have an agricultural hour as part of his show.

The panel will also feature Chief Supt Kevin Purcell from West Mercia Police, Dr Frances Howie, director for public health at Worcester County Council and Jake Freestone, farm manager at Overbury Farms.

Sam Durham, chief land management advisor at NFU Mutual and Jack Hegarty, chief executive of Malvern Hills and Wychavon District Councils will also be in attendance.

The topics to be discussed will include rural crime, property protection, mental health and wellbeing, support services available, broadband coverage and rural poverty.

Organised by Malvern Hills District Council and Wychavon District Council, the event will provide advice to the rural community from across South Worcestershire and surrounding areas on how they can protect their property, look after their well-being and gain financial advice.

Chief Supt Kevin Purcell said: “I am delighted to support this event.

“More importantly to apply a focus on rural crime through our rural crime officers and Safer Neighbourhood Officers.”

Email communityservices@malvernhills.gov.uk or call Sophie Jackson on 01684 862417 for more.

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