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The Bromsgrove Lecture, 2019

Bromsgrove on the Eve of War: Our Town and District in 1939,
presented by Pat Tansell with music from Orchestra of St John.


Tuesday, 16th April 2019 at 7.30 p.m.

With 2019 marking the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, the 33rd Bromsgrove Lecture, hosted by the Bromsgrove Society, will look at how our town and district prepared for the conflict.

Pat will look at aspects of life in Bromsgrove during the late 1930s, focusing in particular on 1939. Topics will include A.R.P. and Home Front preparations, the arrival of evacuees and Jewish refugees and Bromsgrove's referendum on Sunday cinema opening.

The Orchestra of St John will play "Bromsgrove Fair" by Leslie Bridgewater. A light and cheery piece of music written in the 1930s and very much of its time. Such pieces were commissioned to raise the spirits of the nation and were continually played on the radio. The Bromsgrove Society are delighted to welcome the 25 piece orchestra to bring the sounds of the time back to life.

The event will once again be held at Routh Concert Hall, Bromsgrove School, B61 7HP. Doors open at 7p.m. for a 7.30p.m. start with open seating in the hall.

Tickets cost £6 and include a complimentary drink afterwards. Buy online from www.bromsgrove-school.co.uk/boxoffice.aspx or in person from FotoFactory, 123 High Street, Bromsgrove.

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)

Thanks to all those who responded. The Membership Survey is now closed.

Local History Meeting, 19 February

Charles II: My Ancestors' Part in his Restoration

 Jan19 CharlesIISpeaker: Roger Pendrill. focusing on the Penderell brothers of Boscobel House.

Most Bromsgrovians are aware that Charles II passed through Bromsgrove during his escape from Parliamentary forces in 1651. Roger Pendrill recounts his own ancestors' crucial role in the future monarch’s epic journey.

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.


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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