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Held on Wednesday 5th April 2017   At : Kidderminster Education Centre, Room 3

Report to follow

The AGM went ahead as arranged and, sadly, the attendance was even lower than last year.
Unfortunately, there were again no volunteers willing to take over any of the officer roles.
However, it was resolved to hold another dinner in the late autumn and Lisa, the secretary, agreed to make many of the arrangements.




Kidderminster Medical Society


About 8 years ago I was asked to have a tree planted on the site of the old PGMC - built by the Medical Society - to mark its previous existence where the car park now is. The tree was planted in 2007 by the then President, Richard Horton, and now seems to be thriving and getting to a more robust size. I have delayed getting a plaque organised thinking that, with attention drawn to it and not having much protection, it might be more prone to vandalism.


Now the tree has reached a decent size I have organised a plaque which has now been installed by the Estates Department of the hospltal.


The Estates Department has been extremely helpful with this project and has made an excellent job of installing the plaque.

With best wishes,

Tim Wadsworth




The History of Kidderminster Medical Society is available on the website

Click here to read 120 years of Medicine in the Wyre Forest

Authored by John Murray



and for

Bursary Reports - click here



Applications are invited for the award of a bursary of £3,000 to help support the first year of a 4 or 5 year Graduate Entry MBChB (or equivalent) course at a UK Medical School.

Preference for the successful recipient of the award will be given to applicants who can demonstrate a connection with the Wyre Forest Area.  For example this may include:

        Applicants who live or work in the Wyre Forest area

        Applicants who have lived in the Wyre Forest area within the previous ten years

        Applicants who attended secondary school in the Wyre Forest area

        Applicants who were born in the Wyre Forest area

The recipient will be expected to write a short report at the end of the year to update the Society on their progress.


Further information can be obtained from:

Dr M L Lewis
Chairman of Trustees
Kidderminster Medical Society
117 St Johnís Avenue Kidderminster
Worcestershire DY11 6AX



J Lionel Stretton

A very interesting letter was recently received from Chris Stretton, the great Grandson of Lionel Stretton.
Older Kidderminster members will remember Lionel Stretton's reputation as a pioneering surgeon in Kidderminster in the first half of the 20th century.
The letter is self explanatory and augurs well for some very interesting reading in the not too distant future.
If anyone is able to help in any way, please get in touch with me or send photos as email attachments to

Please click here to read the index pages of the book


I am Chris Stretton, great grandson of JLS.
For many years the family has had a copy of the manuscript of a book that he wrote and tried to get published in the 1940s, without success. 
The book is entitled "Fifty six years a surgeon - recollections and reflections".

Last year I tried to interest several publishers to publish the book, again without success.
But I have now found a local company that will publish for a very reasonable price and am thus finally able to proceed to make the book available to a wider audience.

At present I am scanning the manuscript and OCRing it into Microsoft Word, which is the format required by the publisher. 
This will take me several more weeks and I imagine the book will be print-ready early in the new year.

I wish to include some relevant photographs, and have a  lot of albums and loose photos to look through.
I wondered if you might have any photos that I might be able to use, particularly some period shots of the hospital etc.

With many thanks.

Chris Stretton

Rogues Gallery

As many of you may be aware, your past Chairman Alan Bennett, has started the ball rolling to build what can only be described as a rogue's gallery ! Basically I will construct a secure page here on the website which will display passport type photographs of each of you along with a very short CV. This way, in this very diverse and impersonal electronic world, we can recognise our colleagues and avoid embarrasing moments !! As I said, it will be a secure page with access by username and password so please don't worry about unwanted browsers.

Please send your photo and CV to me at or to Alan Bennett at

Click here to go to the Gallery

NB - the gallery is securely protected by username and password.

If you have not received these, please click on the link below and send me an email


Contact for username / password


Click here to go to the new Author's Den



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