THE LATEST issue of the Bromsgrove Rousler is out now.
The publication – now on its 29th edition – is packed full of articles about the town’s history, headlining with a piece by Neville Billington on the deaths of the two railwaymen. Joseph Rutherford and Thomas Scaife lost their lives in Bromsgrove in November 1840 when a steam engine exploded and their monuments in the town’s St John’s Church graveyard have recently been restored.
The 44-page book, published by the Bromsgrove Society, also features a piece by Richard Churchley entitled Bromsgrove Flaxen Wears So Well about the rise and fall of the cloth trade.
Other entries include one on composer Isaiah Burnell and the Bromsgrove Musical Club by John R Arrand and another – New Book: Bridging the gap by Fran Collins – about US rehabilitation centres in the Second World War.
There is also some Droitwich interest in this issue, with a piece on the Droitwich Turnpike Trust by Connie Swann and one entitled A Hidden People – Catholics of the Grafton Mission 1690 – 1791 by Marie Rowlands. That one tells the story of local Catholic families in the wake of the Gunpowder Plot.
The Rousler costs £2.50 and is available from Bromsgrove town centre shops including WHSmith, the Oxfam bookshop, Foto Factory, Worcester Road News and Array Fruit Farm. It can also be obtained from Catshill, Fairfield and Stoke Prior Post Offices, Burcot and Willowbrook Garden Centres, Tony’s Handyman at Barnt Green, and Kennedy’s Hardware, Rubery.
It is also available from Grace Cards and Books in Droitwich and for the first time to download – for the same price – at www.bsoc.co.uk – the Bromsgrove Society’s website.