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Latest Newsletter & AGM


The Bromsgrove Society Newsletter

In the September 2019 issue:

  • Bromsgrove Blooms
  • Charford Estate History
  • Bromsgrove Bookstall
  • Summer School Report
  Click to see reports and minutes from the AGM held in July 2019.

Bromsgrove Lecture A Great Success

Bromsgrove Society Chairman Pat Tansell gave the 33rd Bromsgrove Lecture on Tuesday 16th April to a full house in Routh Hall Bromsgrove School.

The topic of the talk was "Bromsgrove on the Eve of War; Our Town and District in 1939". The superbly researched and referenced talk delighted the audience with information about setting up Air Raid Shelters and systems, the practice for dealing with bomb damage and associated casualties and gave a real insight into life in Bromsgrove as the war broke out.

 Lecture Sketch 2019

This wonderful illustration of the evening was created by Laura Brodrick from www.thinkbigpicture.co.uk in the audience on the night. Thank you Laura, you've really captured the talk so well.


Bromsgrove's Historic Civil Defence Facility to be recorded thanks to Bromsgrove Society intervention

The Bromsgrove Society alerted Bromsgrove District Council's planning officers and committee of the existence of the former Civil Defence Centre housed under the County Buildings complex just in time, before approval to demolish was given. [Planning Application 18/01209/FUL]

In the planning meeting on Monday 29th April approval was given for the demolition of the Old Library, Fire Station and County buildings on the corner of Windsor Street and Stratford Road, Bromsgrove to allow for the construction of 67 apartments for people in need of care. Bromsgrove Society Chairman Pat Tansell notified the planning team about the facility which she first became aware of when she started work at the Library in 1981.


Bromsgrove Rousler 2018

Rousler 2018smThe latest edition of the Bromsgrove Rousler, the popular local history magazine, is now available. The 2018 edition – number 33 in the series – is packed with interesting articles that open up new perspectives on Bromsgrove’s history.

Topics in this year’s Rousler include:

  • The Park Gate Inn: A Short History
  • Piper's Hill, Dodderhill Common, Hanbury Woods
  • Jean Davidson: A Life of Service
  • William Chance: A Brutal Wife Abuser
  • ‘Goldengrove’: A Poet’s Vision of His Local Roots (Part 2)
  • The Nick Hedges Collection
  • Book Reviews

As well as being sold through local outlets, the Rousler is again available as a paid download through this website. Back issues are also available to download.

An index to all editions of the Rousler back to 1986 is available as a free download.


Society remembers First World War

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Bromsgrove Society Chair Pat Tansell was among those invited to lay a wreath at Bromsgrove's war memorial as part of the Armistice Centenary commemorations. She is pictured (centre) with Jo Slade (left, Vice Chair, laying a wreath on behave of the Bromsgrove Court Leet) and Isobel Jarrett (right, President). Click 'Read More' for further pictures from the day.


Buy Books Online

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A variety of books about Bromsgrove and the surrounding area is now available to purchase via our online bookstall.

We accept payment by credit/debit card or Paypal, using the Paypal gateway, or you can also pay by cheque.

You can browse the Bromsgrove Bookstall here.

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