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Next Meeting: The History of RAF Defford


David Vernon  (note re-arranged speaker, same subject!) will talk on: The Secret Weapon that won the War - the History of RAF Defford.

One of the nearest RAF stations to Bromsgrove during World War 2 was at RAF Defford, now part of the National Trust's Croome Park Estate. David Vernon will reveal the crucial part played in the War effort by this long abandoned RAF station.

Doors open 7:15 for 7:45 p.m. Click for further details of the 2016-17 programme.

AGM 2016


The Bromsgrove Society held its Annual General Meeting on 6th July 2016 at Avoncroft Museum when the retiring officers presented their reports for the year.

John Rowlands, the retiring Treasurer, was thanked by the President John Weston and presented with a gift to mark his exemplary work for the Society over a period of 17 years (shown left), which made John the longest serving officer in the Society’s history.

The meeting then looked to the future and elected a new group of officers to serve for the coming year. Pat Tansell, the Vice Chairman, was elected as Chairman; both Chris Nesbit, the current Secretary and Jo Slade are to be Vice Chairmen. Also a new Treasurer, Richard Aust, was placed in office. The Executive Committee was re-elected.


Bromsgrove Lecture Report

Bromsgrove Society Annual Lecture, 22 March 2016: 'Herbert Austin and the Longbridge Story' by Max Hunt


The 2016 Bromsgrove Society Annual Lecture, the 30th in the Society’s history, was a great success. The speaker was Max Hunt, a former history master and later Director of Education for Stockport. Max was born in Romsley and remembers the special trains taking Austin workers home from Longbridge stopping at Hunnington Station. Max's first car was an Austin Seven 'Nippy' made at Longbridge in 1935.


Latest Newsletter


The Bromsgrove Society Newsletter

In the September 2016 issue:

  • Report on the Bromsgrove Summer School
  • Minutes of the 2016 AGM
  • Bromsgrove station opens for business

Bromsgrove Rousler 2015

Rousler 2015

The 2015 edition of The Bromsgrove Rousler is now available. Topics in this year’s Rousler include:

  • The forgotten needlemakers of Bromsgrove and Stoke Prior;
  • The Bromsgrove Races;
  • The remarkable will of Thomas Hawkes;
  • The sad story of Eliza Giles, a lunatic pauper;
  • The East Worcestershire election of April 1880;
  • Tales of livestock transporting before & after WWII
  • The story of the Rea family of Stourbridge Road

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.


Feckenham Forester, Issue 3


Following the success of the first two editions of this local history magazine, the 2016 issue is now available.

The 2016 issue contains new articles on the history of the Redditch, Inkberrow, Feckenham, Hanbury area and surrounding villages in east Worcestershire (the ancient Feckenham Forest area) from Tudor times to the 20th century.

It may be purchased (price £3.50) from Feckenham Forest History Society meetings or from several outlets in the Feckenham area. For more information contact the editor: Richard Churchley, tel: 01527 892361 or email: rachurchley [at] totalise.co.uk.

For details of the society see www.feckenham-forest-history-society.org.uk.

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