TOWNSFOLK are being invited to join a panel taking part in discussions on improving cemeteries and other bereavement services.

Bromsgrove District Council is giving residents the chance to join the 30-strong panel for a half-day session, which is gathering opinions and helping to understand what people feel about existing services.

Panellists will be given an introduction to services in the area, guided around the council’s cemeteries and other facilities including Redditch Crematorium, used by Bromsgrove residents.

Following the introduction, group members will then discuss their views on the services and provide any ideas they have for improvements.

The feedback gathered from the panel will be used for a review of the authority’s bereavement services.

Bromsgrove District Councillor Michael Webb, who is responsible for environmental services, said: “The panel sessions will be a real opportunity for people’s thoughts and ideas on our cemeteries, both old and new, to come to the fore.”

An identical session is also being run in the same week specifically for groups with an interest in bereavement services, such as religious organisations and funeral directors.

The residents panel will be on Tuesday, December 10, and the interest groups panel will be on Thursday, December 12.

To take part in either session call Ian Gregory or Sharron Kibble on 01527 62174.

Bromsgrove residents are also invited to Redditch Crematorium’s open day being held on Sunday, December 8.