THERE is a double first for this year’s edition of the Bromsgrove Rousler which is now available to buy.
The 2017 issue is now full colour and edition 32 is the first one to be printed under new editor Mike Sharpe.
Mike said: “We felt it was time to give the Rousler an exciting new look.
“Using colour throughout allows us to make the most of the fascinating images provided by our authors to accompany their contributions.
“As the new editor, I’m conscious the Rousler occupies a special place in the Bromsgrove calendar and is eagerly awaited by many.
“Regular readers will notice some changes but inside they’ll find the same familiar mix of contributions covering many aspects of Bromsgrove’s history.”
This year’s Rousler features a number 70 tram on the front cover, recalling the legendary tram route which ran from Birmingham city centre to Rednal. The nostalgic image previews a piece inside about the popular route to the Lickey Hills.
Another article focuses on the renowned poet Sir Geoffrey Hill, who died last year. The piece reveals some of the ways in which Sir Geoffrey’s Bromsgrove roots influenced his work.
The Poor Law in Bromsgrove during the 18th century, the Dipple family in the town during the 1600s and the life of 19th century soldier Pte Edward Pearce are the other subjects covered in the 2017 issue.
The Rousler’s reputation today is due in large part to the efforts of the previous editor Jenny Townshend who stepped down last year after working on the publication for more than 20 years.
“All of us in the Bromsgrove Society, and I’m sure Rousler readers everywhere, would like to thank Jenny for her tremendous contribution and wish her well for the future”, said Mike.
The Bromsgrove Rousler is £2.95 and is available from numerous outlets, including WH Smith’s, Oxfam Bookshop, Foto Factory and Coffee 2 in Bromsgrove High Street.
The Array Fruit Farm, Banner Foods, Spar shops in Catshill and Sidemoor, Kennedy’s Hardware and Polly Put The Kettle On in Rubery also stock the magazine, along with It’s A Gift in Barnt Green and the Webbs and Willowbrook garden centres.
It is also available from Stoke Prior and Blackwell Post Offices and in Droitwich at Grace Cards and Books and the Heritage Centre.
This and past editions of the Rousler can also be purchased as a download at the www.bsoc.co.uk – the Bromsgrove Society’s website.