On the brisk autumn day of October 18th, the ROC Conversation Lye unfolded at Christ Church in Stourbridge—a significant gathering that brought together the heartbeat of the community. Gratitude is extended to Christ Church for graciously hosting this event, providing a space where local organizations and individuals could converge to share and discuss their visions for a thriving community.

Diverse voices resonated in the venue, reflecting the rich tapestry of Stourbridge. Civic leaders, the architects of positive change, graced the occasion with their presence:

  1. Suzanne Webb MP: A representative lending her voice to the aspirations of the community.
  2. Bishop of Dudley – Martin Gorick: A spiritual leader bringing wisdom and guidance to the discussions.
  3. Chief Exec Council Kevin O’Keefe: Though unable to attend, his spirit was present, and his apologies were noted.
  4. Assistant PCC – Tom McNeil: A pivotal figure in the law enforcement sector, contributing to the safety and well-being of the community.
  5. Deputy Lord Lieutenant – Nick Venning: A representative of the Crown, symbolizing unity and collaboration.
  6. Local Councillors: The elected voices of the community, advocating for the interests of their constituents.
  7. Jody Pritchard – Public Health Manager for Health Communities Dudley Council & Lead for Life in Lye Programme: Focusing on health and community well-being, a crucial aspect of any thriving society.
  8. Chief Superintendent – Anthony Tagg: Leading the charge in maintaining law and order, ensuring a safe environment for all.

The ROC Conversation Lye served as a catalyst for the birth of action groups. These groups, like seeds planted in fertile soil, are poised to nurture and cultivate the ideas that blossomed during the event. Each idea, a testament to the collective aspirations of a community with a shared vision for a brighter future.

The collaboration and synergy displayed during the ROC Conversation Lye are indicative of a community that is not just willing but eager to take an active role in shaping its destiny. As these action groups embark on their journeys, they carry with them the hopes and dreams of the people, turning discussions into tangible outcomes.

In the spirit of unity and progress, let us look forward to witnessing the fruits of these collaborative efforts, as the ROC Conversation Lye continues to serve as a beacon of community engagement and transformation. Together, let’s build a future that reflects the shared values and aspirations of the vibrant community of Stourbridge.