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The Bromsgrove Society Newsletter


The June 2021 issue of the Society's newsletter is now available, containing details of:

  • Court Leet Fair Day
  • Re-opening of Avoncroft Museum
  • Redditch & Bromsgrove Talking Newspaper
  • Street Art at the Birdbox
  • Update on Planning and Road Campaigns
  • ...and more!

Click the links to download the June Newsletter (PDF format).


Barnsley Hall revisited

Barnsley Hall Water Tower sm

A new addition to our bookstall is In The Cuckoo's Nest - Barnsley Hall, Bromsgrove, 1907-1999 by A.J. Holden & W.J. Holden.

During his long service at Barnsley Hall, engineer A.J. Holden gained a unique insight into the development of mental health treatment and attitudes to mental health in general. The book is based on his notebooks, written up and expanded on by his son Bill Holden.

The latter part of the book consists of Bill's own research into the developments at Barnsley Hall during the Second World War when it became an important military hospital. The book offers a detailed account of this major Bromsgrove landmark.

Bill published the book in 2017 and it is available in our bookstall (see fourth tab) at the discounted price of £20.00 plus p&p.

Perryfields & Whitford Vale

The Bromsgrove Society urges planners to reject applications on Perryfields and the Greyhound Junction

The Bromsgrove Society was extremely disappointed when the planning inspector went against the recommendations of the District Council, Whitford Vale Voice and the Society and granted outline permission for a development on Whitford Vale.

Since that decision, the developers for Perryfields and the Greyhound Inn have submitted new applications to the Council and have appealed to the planning inspector. The Bromsgrove Society has reviewed the plans and appeal documents and concludes that the applications and appeal should be refused on grounds of highways and heritage. In a 6 page document the Society outlined the issues with the highways and a 3 page document focused on the heritage aspects of the Greyhound Inn which developers want to demolish.


Subscription to the History of Bromsgrove Book


The book will be published later this year in both hardback and paperback versions.
Further details will be released in due course.

To commemorate the Bromsgrove Society's 40th Anniversary, the Executive is planning to produce a new publication.

Provisionally entitled 'A History of Bromsgrove', the book will cover the history of the town and district from earliest times through to the present day based on the latest research. Local historians Jenny Townshend and Julian Hunt are hard at work on the text and the book will be lavishly illustrated with drawings, maps and photographs. Publication is scheduled for Summer 2020.

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