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Meeting on the Town's Roads

A meeting has been held between Bromsgrove District Council, Worcestershire Highways and the Bromsgrove Society in a bid to sort out a long-term solution to the town's traffic problems. The get-together, which is the first time representatives from the three organisations have sat around the same table, was set up and chaired by MP. Sajid Javid who decided, after speaking to the Bromsgrove Society, the issues needed tackling head-on. 

The group discussed potential solutions including the idea of a Western Bypass and 'pinch point' works, like those currently happening on the M5 Junction 4a and 5, and introducing 'Smart Motorways' which carefully manage traffic flow. They also discussed lengthening the M42 Junction 1 exit sliproad.

Read the Bromsgrove Standard's article on the meeting here.

Next Meeting: Bournheath Village: What of its Past?


Our next meeting in the Local History Programme, on 17th November, is Bournheath Village: What of Its Past?, by Trevor Bott.

Doors open 7:15 for 7:45 p.m. Click for further details of the 2015-16 programme.

In addition, we are pleased to announce the following key dates in our 2016 programme:

  • The Bromsgrove Lecture 2016: "Herbert Austin and the Longbridge Story", by Max Hunt. Tues, 22nd March.
  • Annual General Meeting: Weds 6th July
  • Bromsgrove Summer School 2016: 12th-14th July.

Full details on each of these events will be published here in due course.

The Bromsgrove Summer School 2015

Lickey Grange 2015

The fifth Bromsgrove Summer School was held at Bromsgrove School 7-9 July 2015. The Summer School is organised by the Bromsgrove Society in association with Bromsgrove School and offers six courses spread over three days. Each course included two talks in the morning, followed by lunch and an outing to a relevant local landmark.


AGM 2015


The Bromsgrove Society held its Annual General Meeting on 2nd July 2015 at the Guesten Hall, Avoncroft Museum.

The chairman of the Society for the next year was elected, this being John Sketchley who is a retired local authority engineer - see photograph.

Also the officers and president were re-elected with two members standing down and two new members being elected, Jo Slade and Alistair Moseley.

There was a lively discussion about excessive traffic in the district of Bromsgrove to which the Society is seeking the right answer to alieviate the congestion which is currently prevalent.

After the meeting members were told about the proposals for the Tudor House in New Road, by the architect for the conservation of this building, Nick Joyce of Worcester. Members were shown pictures of the original house and survey details of the current building.The architect and builders are awaiting final confirmation for the reinstatement work to commence which it is hoped will be very shortly.

Latest Newsletter


The Bromsgrove Society Newsletter

In the September 2015 issue:

  • Report on the Bromsgrove Summer School
  • The Bromsgrove Cemetery Walk
  • The Tudor House, New Road

New Book on St John's Church


Fairly Mounted on a Hill is a new book by local historian and past church warden of St John's church, Simon Henderson. He  has researched the history of the building using the stories of the people who lived in Bromsgrove and whose lives have touched the church. A lively book about the people who bring a building to life.

Play your part in the Story of St John's:
Simon has given the book to the Friends of St John's to publish and sell as a fundraising initiative. To finance the publication we are inviting people to subscribe. Subscription is just £25. For this you will get: a signed copy of "Fairly Mounted on a Hill"; an invitation to the launch event; and your name printed in the first edition of the book.

By subscribing you will permit this wonderful book to be published. The fabulous stories within the book, which bring back to life the people of Bromsgrove, will be told to many, and forever live on. 

For details of how to subscribe see here.

Bromsgrove Lecture Report 2015

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Speaker, Ralph Richardson (centre), with Bromsgrove Society Chairman, Reg Longshaw; and President, John Weston

The Bromsgrove Lecture for 2015, a premier event in the Bromsgrove Society’s year, was held on the evening of 31st March and proved to be an outstanding success.

The lecture was a complete sellout, with a capacity audience in Routh Hall at Bromsgrove School and so a great success for The Bromsgrove Society.

This lecture, a unique event in the area with its topical subject and local knowledgeable speaker, attracted the attention of a considerable number.

The speaker, Ralph Richardson, gave a detailed, clear and humorous account of His Glorious Majesty – Richard III which received a rousing ovation from the audience.

The lecture proved so popular that enquirers for tickets were turned away and no tickets were available at the door. The moral is get your lecture tickets early!

Those who sold tickets are to be thanked, as are Bromsgrove School who have provided the venue for 29 successive years.

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