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Bromsgrove Rousler 2018


Rousler 2018sm

Rousler 2017 smTo rousle is an old Worcestershire word meaning "to wake up".

Hanbury gets lead billing this year. Local artist and writer Robin Shaw explores the history and ecology of Hanbury Woods, a much-loved beauty spot that has been an inspiration for many of his drawings. There is also a review of A History of Hanbury by local historian Andrew Harris, while the cover features a painting of Pipers Hill by Norman Neasom.

Two articles focus on the lives of local women with remarkable stories. Mary Johnson was an 18th century heiress who suffered terribly at the hands of her gold-digging husband, William Chance. The life story of Jean Davidson is also profiled. Best known as a former Chair of the Bromsgrove Magistrates and for her charity work, Jean has a fascinating backstory, including working for the intelligence services during the Second World War.

Other contributions include a history of the Park Gate Inn, off the Kidderminster Road; a series of photographs of the town in the 1960s by Bromsgrove-born documentary photographer Nick Hedges; and extracts from a talk by the poet Sir Geoffrey Hill, one of the town’s most famous sons.

 The Bromsgrove Rousler is published in December each year and costs just £2.95. It is available from Bromsgrove town centre outlets including W.H.Smith, Foto Factory and Coffee Two; Array Fruit Farm; Banner Foods. It can also be obtained from Blackwell, Fairfield & Stoke Prior post offices, as well as most local garden centres, Grace's Cards at Droitwich, and Kennedy's Hardware, Rubery.

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