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Bromsgrove Society Membership Survey

In 2020, the Bromsgrove Society will celebrate its 40th anniversary. As we prepare to mark this milestone and make plans for the future, the Bromsgrove Society Executive Committee would like to hear the views of its members. We would like to know about your experiences of the Society and your suggestions about how we can develop and grow. We want to ensure we are relevant and playing an active part in our local community.

It would be greatly appreciated if you and any other member(s) within your household could complete the survey online by 15th February.

You can access the survey here (takes you to the SurveyMonkey website)

If you'd prefer not to complete the survey online, please download and return a paper copy which is available here.

Local History Meeting, 15 January

Shakespeare and Me

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Speaker: Jennifer Rigler. Jennifer is a highly gifted actress and talented entertainer who will bring local playwright William Shakespeare alive with her light-hearted presentation of some of his works. We are assured of a rewarding and entertaining evening!


All meetings are held at the Methodist Centre, Stratford Road, Bromsgrove and commence at 7.45 p.m. Free parking at the Methodist Centre.

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.

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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.

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The Story of Finstall

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The latest book by local author, and Bromsgrove Society member, Jennie McGregor-Smith tells the story of Finstall, from the Civil War through to the 1940s.

At first sight nothing much has happened in Finstall, but look further and there are stories to tell. In the 1640s there was a surprising connection with the Civil War. Early in the eighteenth century there was the Ellins family of Rigby Hall. Later, more and more wealthy men from the industrial Midlands came here to create their estates, particularly the Albrights and the Brettells. Women, too, had a tremendous effect on the neighbourhood, notably Miss Catherine Albright and her niece Miss Jocelyn.

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Help us to save money and serve you better.

With postage costs continually increasing, we are keen to encourage more people to pay their subscriptions by either setting up a standing order with their bank or using Paypal on this website.

You can renew online and check the current subscription rates on our Membership Page.

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