To rousle is an old Worcestershire word meaning "to wake up".
The 2013 edition of The Bromsgrove Rousler is now available, thanks to the efforts of all the contributors.
Our cover story, researched by former editor, Quintin Watt, concerns the secret war work of the Bromsgrove Guild. Marie Cottrill tells of the beginnings of the Women’s Institute on Bromsgrove station, and there are more local memories from Vic Crawford and the late ‘Tim’ Brotherton.
For those who missed 2013’s sunny Summer School, two articles have been written by the speakers, Mark Clifford and David Cant. Mark draws the past and the future together in the story of the rescued nailer’s cottage, soon to be erected at Avoncroft Museum. David has kindly written an article to remind us of the wonders of timber-framed buildings and the beautiful Middle Bean Hall, which we visited on a perfect summer afternoon.
Many local names will be recognised as Richard Churchley explores the history of flax, linen and rope production of earlier times. Finally, new member Mike Sharpe describes the history of the Connard family, who were influential members of Bromsgrove society in the 18th century.
The Bromsgrove Rousler is published in December every year and costs just £2.50. It is available from Bromsgrove town centre outlets including W.H.Smith, Oxfam Bookshop, Foto Factory, Worcester Road News & Array Fruit Farm. It can also be obtained from Catshill, Fairfield & Stoke Prior post offices, Burcot and Willowbrook Garden Centres, Tony's Handyman at Barnt Green, and Kennedy's Hardware, Rubery.
This year, for the first time, the Bromsgrove Rousler is also available as a paid download (Adobe 'pdf' format), also at £2.50. Please follow the link below. Payment is accepted by Paypal or debit/credit card (you do NOT need to setup a Paypal account to purchase).
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If you prefer to receive a copy by post send a cheque for £3.50 payable to The Bromsgrove Society to John Weston, 20 Sunningdale Road, Bromsgrove B61 7NN (overseas please contact us).
A limited number of back issues are also available.