BROMSGROVIANS will be able to see some of the district’s longest-standing traditions next weekend when the town’s Court Leet turns out in its full robes and regalia.
Current Bailiff Hamish Wilson will lead the Court’s procession from Housman Hall, Kidderminster Road, at 10am next Saturday (June 20) down to the High Street, accompanied by the CCF Band of Bromsgrove School.
At 10.10am, the assize of meat will be take place and then, at 10.20am, the leather will be assessed to see if it is fit for the people of Bromsgrove.
The Court will then move onto the Red Lion to assize the ale and, finally, at 11am, there will be the reading of the charter at the Housman Statue. That will be officially announced by Bromsgrove Town Crier Kevin Ward and celebrates the 1199 Royal Charter, granted to Bromsgrove by King John, to hold a fair on the feast of John the Baptist.
The light-hearted traditional ceremonies are a re-creation of the duties performed by the Jurors on the Court Leet from years gone by when the Court had the jurisdiction over the town. Anyone not upholding the standards expected or the laws of the land would be punished by the Court.
Running alongside the regular market will be the annual Elizabethan Street Market stalls which are mostly operated by local fund-raisers in traditional costume.
Women from the Court will judge the stalls and the one voted to be the best will be awarded the Somers Cup.
Alongside upholding the traditions of the past, Bromsgrove Court Leet raises money for local charities which, for 2015, are the Primrose Hospice, Avoncroft and the Blue Cross.
Visit www.bromsgrovecourtleet.co.uk and/or www.facebook.com/CourtLeetBromsgrove for more on the Bromsgrove Court Leet.