MORE than 200 people attended a Christmas carol concert in Redditch.

The Woodrow and Greenlands Safer Neighbourhood Team, in conjunction with members of Redditch Council, organised the concert for local schools and community groups.

The concert, on Thursday, December 13, has now become an annual event. This is the third year running it has been held and took place outside at Woodrow Centre.

Children from the Little Angels Nursery, St Thomas Moor School and WoodrowRrainbows and Brownies performed traditional carols, children from Woodrow First School performed carols and played trumpets, students from Woodfield Middle School performed an innovative rap and dance set, and the choir from Kingsley College finished the evening with a performance of Let It Be.

PC Nigel Bennett said all of the performances were of a high standard.

He said: "Although it was a cold evening, the quality of the performances kept everyone warm.

"The evening was a true partnership event between St John's Church, Worcestershire county councillors Brandon Clayton and Jane Potter, the What's Your Point? youth and community group, and Woodrow Library.

"Local businesses Wild Springs and Wireforms, Hunts Removals, Redditch Volkswagen, Enterprise Car Rental and City Electrical Factors all contributed by helping fund the lighting for the Christmas Tree of Light, and we are very grateful to them.

"The standards of the performance were so diverse and good the judging was impossible and I decided the only fair result was for the West Mercia Police trophy, presented by Inspector Ian Joseph, to be shared by all six groups.

"We would like to thank members of the Woodrow community for supporting a fantastic evening, and all the schools and groups for their fantastic efforts."

The carol concert was followed by a PACT (Partners and Communities Together) meeting, at which the chosen priorities included parking in Salford Close and Rushock Close and speeding in Pedmore Close.

Wayne Bridges, depot manager at Langdons Foods Distribution, attended to take questions from residents over their policy on restricting vehicles access to the site. This was a successful meeting and the attendees were grateful for the time given by Mr Bridges.

Updates on these issues will be given at the next meeting, which takes place on February 14 at 7pm at Auxerre House, Greenlands.