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The Bromsgrove Society exists to preserve the history and promote the sustainable development of the town of Bromsgrove in north Worcestershire.

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Statement on Whitford Decision

The news that the Planning Inspector has upheld the Bromsgrove D.C. refusal of the application to build 490 houses at Whitford Road is good news for everyone in the district. The Inspector’s decision should be applauded.

The Bromsgrove Society spoke at the appeal hearing to support and justify the opinion that the current road network is already near to capacity without additional development has also been justified.

Whilst we accept the need for more houses, this should not be undertaken without an adequate road system and the Inspector agreed with this view.  There is now an urgent need for Worcestershire County Council to put forward a proper Transport Plan for the  Bromsgrove District; tinkering with nearby roads when a planning application comes in is merely window dressing.


The Bromsgrove Summer School 2015

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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.

Next Meeting: 200 Years of Shopping in Bromsgrove

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The first talk of the 2015/16 season will be given by Julian Hunt and Pat Tansell on 15 September 2015. Entitled ‘From Appleby’s to Wilson’s: 200 years of Shopping on Bromsgrove High Street’, it will feature recent research conducted by the Local Studies Group on the history of Bromsgrove’s High Street.

As well as listing shops and shopkeepers over the last 200 years, Julian Hunt will bring out patterns and trends, from bakers, butchers and grocers ‘living over the shop’, to grocery chains like International Stores and Wrensons moving into the town, and more recent phenomena like TV rental shops and mobile phone outlets. Pat Tansell will describe her mother’s experience as a shop assistant at Fields, Bromsgrove’s own department store.

Doors open 7:15 for 7:45 p.m.

Click for further details of the 2015-16 programme.

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.

Latest Newsletter


The Bromsgrove Society Newsletter

In the June 2015 issue:

  • Preview of the Bromsgrove Summer School
  • Report on the Bromsgrove Lecture
  • News on the Local Heritage Listing scheme

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