Memory Lane

Bromsgrove Advertiser:

4:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

100 years ago. July 25, 1914.

Memory Lane

1:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

100 years ago. July 18, 1914.

Memory Lane

4:15pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

100 years ago. July 11, 1914.

Council right on housing in green belt

10:12am Wednesday 15th January 2014

FOLLOWING the refusal of planning permission on the greenfield in Hopwood, in the green belt, Council Leader Roger Hollingworth has said he disagreed with the planning officers, said the site is brownfield and what could come now maybe far worse than the housing.

Memory Lane - 50 years ago

2:00pm Thursday 28th November 2013

FLAGSwereflownat half-mast at Bromsgrove police station and the offices of the urban and rural district council following the assassination of the American president John F Kennedy.

Memory Lane - 25 years ago

10:41am Wednesday 27th November 2013

ANXIOUS ratepayers were up in arms over plans to build a welfare centre for problem teenagers on their doorstep.

Memory Lane - 100 years ago

10:37am Wednesday 27th November 2013

ANeffortwastobemadeto deal with tramps across Worcestershire in a uniform way. Tramp wards in Bromsgrove would detain professionals and compel them to perform tasks such as stone breaking, while men out of work through no apparent fault of their own would be accommodated for the night and sped on their way. A ticket enabling the holder to obtain a meal of bread and cheese was hoped to prevent casual almsgiving or stealing in the area.

Memory Lane - 25 years ago

10:00am Saturday 23rd November 2013

A FINAL attempt by Labour councillors to save an old people’shomeinBromsgrovefrom privatisation was defeated by Hereford and Worcester County Council.Aresolution calling on the home, in School Lane, to be immediately occupied by needy old people was moved by Councillor Terry O’Reilly, but the majority Tory group voted against it. Coun O’Reilly said: “It is extremely sad that this purpose-built home is going to remain empty throughout the winter when the prospect of severe weather is very likely.”

Memory Lane - 50 years ago

11:00am Friday 22nd November 2013

AT a Bromsgrove Urban District Council forum one resident asked whether unilateral parking would be permitted in the main street once a one-way traffic system was introduced.

Memory Lane - 100 years ago

9:24am Wednesday 20th November 2013

ANinquiry was held at Bromsgrove Police Court into the death of Frances Giles at the Cottage Hospital. He had been receiving chloroform before an operation and had struggled under the anaesthetic, his heart suddenly stopping. His doctor Cameron Kidd told the coroner that the man had had six decayed tooth stumps in his mouth for two years which had been the cause of blood poisoning for some time and the operation was necessary. An inspection of the body proved that the struggle had most likelybeenthecauseof death, causing his heart to give out.

Memory Lane - 25 years ago

11:00am Saturday 16th November 2013

PIONEERING plans to launch Bromsgrove's first community radio station were unveiled by a local businessman, Mike Bowen. He hoped to get a local station on air in the town within 12 months, costing £80,000 a year and employing 15 people.

Memory Lane - 50 years ago

12:00pm Thursday 14th November 2013

ORGANISERS of the Bromsgrove Music Festival announced plans to put on a programmethe following year that would cost well over £1,000 more than that of 1963, and appealed to the two district councils to make a substantial increase in the grants from the rates that might be given towards arranging cultural entertainment.

Memory Lane - 100 years ago

9:22am Wednesday 13th November 2013

AT Bromsgrove Petty Sessions, Louisa Kings was charged by Agnes Perrygrove, with assault.

Memory Lane - 25 years ago

11:00am Friday 8th November 2013

A SQUATTER asleep in an empty furniture store fled for his lifewhena raging fire swept through the High Street building.

Memory Lane - 100 years ago

2:00pm Thursday 7th November 2013

AT Bromsgrove Petty Sessions, Henry Dolphin was charged by Elizabeth Adams, of Stoke Prior, with being £4 17s in arrears under a bastardy order. Defendant said he had not got the money, but they were going to get married and settle the matter. Complainant added that she wanted to withdraw the case. Defendant would put up the banns next Sunday and they were going to be married in a month’s time.

Memory Lane - 50 years ago

9:00am Thursday 7th November 2013

WITHOUT debate, Worcestershire County Council gave full approval to the proposed arrangements for the expansion and development of Droitwich Spa to a population of about 30,000 by 1981.Thedetailed proposals had been framed in order to help ease the Birmingham overspill problem and a special joint committee now had to be set up to deal with the detailed planning of the largescale scheme over the following few years.

Memory Lane - 25 years ago

1:00pm Saturday 2nd November 2013

NINETY-eight council homes in Bromsgrove were set to be modernised in a £1 million operation – the town’s biggest ever refurbishment scheme.

Memory Lane - 50 years ago

12:00pm Thursday 31st October 2013

MORE than 500 youngsters took part in a fishing contest on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal at Alvechurch.

Memory Lane - 100 years ago

10:38am Wednesday 30th October 2013

AT a meeting of the Bromsgrove branch of the Midlands Farmers’ Association, president Mr L Lambert was strongly in favour of starting a milk records society which he said would stimulate the interest of farmers in the yield of their cows. He did not suppose the average yield of farmers’ cows was more than 500 gallons per cow per annum and seeing that that couldbeincreased to 650 or 700 gallons, it had always been a mystery to him why dairy farmers took so little interest in the breeding of the right sort of cow. The proposal for a milk records society was agreed.

Memory Lane - 50 years ago

12:00am Friday 25th October 2013

AN old family saddler and leather goods business in Feckenhamhadmovedintoabrandnew factory building. Barrets of Feckenham also changed its nameto Barrata Productsmoving into a two-storey factory to provide comfortable conditions for staff and permit slick and efficient methods of production.

Memory Lane - 25 years ago

11:20am Wednesday 23rd October 2013

FEARS for Bromsgrove’s future as a market town were being sparked by delays on the modernisation of the Market Hall. Traders and councillors were worried that the scheme to revamp the old hall might be under threat after proposals to shelve the plans for two years were presented at a council meeting. Many believed a twoyear hold up could be the final nail in the coffin in St John’s Street. Traders wanted the hall to be overhauled and turned into a more modern shopping arcade.

Memory Lane - 100 years ago

11:15am Wednesday 23rd October 2013

A LICENCE was applied for and granted to run motor coaches from Droitwich to Bromsgrove. The town had long suffered from its train station being a mile or more out of town and there were hopes that the service would put Bromsgrovebackonthemap, as ithad been in the coaching days. It was said that the town had suffered from the disproportionate cost of transporting goods toandfromthe railway station.

Memory Lane - 50 years ago

11:00am Thursday 17th October 2013

BROMSGROVE town centre had to endure five days of earshattering fusillade as men with pneumatic drills tore up eight feet strips of asphalt on either side of the main street.

Memory Lane - 100 years ago

10:10am Wednesday 16th October 2013

AT Bromsgrove Petty Sessions, George Evans, of High Street,wascharged with riding a bicycle without a light in the Birmingham Road. Defendant admitted that he had no lamp onthemachine,butsaid thathe had been sent for urgently to kill a pig which was ill and he rode the bicycle to get there quickly. Defendant was ordered to pay the costs of 6s.

Memory Lane - 25 years ago

10:00am Sunday 13th October 2013

SPECTATORS at a schoolboy football match watched in horror as joyriders in a stolen car staged a high speed pitch invasion.

Memory Lane - 50 years ago

11:00am Thursday 10th October 2013

tionandthe county councilhad refused to make a capital grant toward the cost of providing a headquarters building for the two-year-old Sidemoor Youth Club and the club stood in danger of collapse. But hope remained high, as Bromsgrove Urban District Council had found a site for a new clubhouse conditionally agreeing to advance an interest-free loan of £1,850 to tide the club over the expensive first stage of their undertaking.

Memory Lane - 100 years ago

2:14pm Wednesday 9th October 2013

MR Harold Grove, barman at the Golden Cross Vaults, met with a serious accident after seeing his wife off by train in Birmingham.Hestarted to ride to Bromsgrove on his motorcycle and was later found in an unconscious state in the road between Northfield and Longbridge.

Memory Lane - 50 years ago

9:00am Thursday 3rd October 2013

A BROMSGROVE man spoke out at the Labour Party conference to express fears over the development of Redditch into a new town. Mr JT O’Reilly said that approximately 7,200 acres of land around Redditch had been designated as a site for the new town and that would encroach on the green belt around Bromsgrove turning it into a white belt. The plans also meant that the population of Droitwich Spa would grow from about 8,000 to more than 30,000.

Memory Lane - 100 years ago

10:56am Wednesday 2nd October 2013

THE Bromsgrove Town Hall clock had not struck for three weeks and was not likely to resume work until its complaint had been investigated and its works properly adjusted.

Memory Lane - 25 years ago

1:00pm Friday 27th September 2013

BROMSGROVE Council was criticised for prosecuting shopkeepers who traded on Sundays.

Memory Lane - 50 years ago

9:00am Thursday 26th September 2013

BROMSGROVE School received a bomb threat with an unidentified caller telling the secretary: “There’s a bomb in your study.” A fire engine and police hurried to the schooland began to make a search. Then 15 minutes after the first call, the phone rang again and the secretary answered, to be told: “There’s a bomb in your house.”Thepolicesearchofthe study revealed nothing and the call was exposed as a hoax.

Memory Lane - 100 years ago

10:51am Wednesday 25th September 2013

AT Malvern Petty Sessions Charles Styche, of no fixed abode,waschargedwithbreaking and entering St Andrew’s Parish Church in Droitwich Spa stealing two keys and about 7s inmoneyfrom a box in the vestry. Money from the offertoryboxeshadbeenstored in the vestry and two halfcrowns and some small silver pieces and keys were stolen.

Memory Lane - 25 years ago

11:00am Saturday 21st September 2013

BROMSGROVE was leading Britain as international hockey star Ian Taylor proudly carried the Union flag at the Olympic opening ceremony.

Memory Lane - 50 years ago

2:00pm Thursday 19th September 2013

AN off-licence was granted for the Pleck Stores, Sidemoor by Bromsgrove magistrates, with opposition from ET Pickmere Ltd wine and spirit merchants of High Street.

Memory Lane - 100 years ago

9:55am Wednesday 18th September 2013

AT Bromsgrove Petty Sessions Charles Bowden was charged with riding a motorcycle in the Alcester Road at Tutnall at a speed which was dangerous to the public. Police constable Hayes deposed that the defendant rode past the dangerous corner at Tutnall at 25 miles an hour. He signalled the defendant to stop, and he did so in about 90 yards.

Memory Lane - 25 years ago

2:00pm Saturday 7th September 2013

RESIDENTS of a Stoke Prior street were concerned that they would lose part of their front gardens for road widening.

Memory Lane - 50 years ago

12:00pm Thursday 5th September 2013

STRANDED at Worcester late one night, two Birmingham men decided to get home on foot. The following morning they were seen tramping along the M5 at Catshill and fined £3 by Bromsgrove Magistrates.

Memory Lane - 100 years ago

11:51am Wednesday 4th September 2013

TWO Bromsgrove residents had a lucky escape after being involved in a horrific train crash in north Yorkshire.

Memory Lane - 25 years ago

11:00am Saturday 31st August 2013

LABOUR councillors were speaking out over a family of four that couldn’t get a mortgage and hadn’t been rehoused by the council. Opposition leader, Councillor Trevor Porter, said: “The Conservative- controlled council is refusing to build any more homes even though they have got permission to do so.Thefact is that Bromsgrove council has built no new houses for rent in the past 10 years since the Conservatives took control. It’s absolutely scandalous.”

Memory Lane - 50 years ago

11:00am Thursday 29th August 2013

AVONCROFT Folk Dance Group took part in a television programme for TWW – Independent Television for South Wales and the West of England.

Memory Lane - 100 years ago

10:49am Wednesday 28th August 2013

THE Kidderminster fire brigade had to be called out to a fire in the district of Upton House near Droitwich as there were no horses available to haul the Droitwich fire engine.

Memory Lane - 25 years ago

10:00am Saturday 24th August 2013

URGENT steps were being taken to sound out public opinion because thousands of Bromsgrove folk had ignored a questionnaire vital to the future of the district. The quiz, asking where the boundaries of Bromsgrove should be drawn, was distributed to the 39,000 residents living in the district north of the M42 who were most likely to be affected by the changes, but only 11,300 had returned their forms.

Memory Lane - 50 years ago

2:00pm Friday 23rd August 2013

AN open day at the BBC Wychbold transmitting station gave many hundreds of visitors the opportunity to see how the vital workofthebackroomboyswas done in their own back garden.

Memory Lane - 100 years ago

9:33am Wednesday 21st August 2013

UPON the invitation of the medical men of Droitwich, several doctors who had taken part in an International Medicine Congress in London were invited to the town. Approximately 80 doctors were taken to the Brine Baths, the hospital and for short motor tours of the district. They were delighted with all that they saw and impressed with the advantages of Droitwich as a health resort and cure.

Memory Lane - 25 years ago

12:00pm Friday 16th August 2013

School on Worcester Road was seeking council permission to site a 20 caravan holiday park in its grounds during summer holidays. Forty-seven angry residents from Manor Court Road, which backed onto the school, had signed a petition attacking the ideas of putting caravans on the playing fields during a four-week summer period.

Memory Lane - 50 years ago

9:00am Thursday 15th August 2013

THE challenging statue in the quadrangle of the College of Further Education was completed and was waiting to be unveiled.Whenshe left it in the final state the sculptress, Miss Lesley South, had added a final touch that was as mysterious as much else about the symbolism of her monstrous climbing figures. One of the climbers had slipped and beneath the downplunging head, and all around the base of the column, the artist had placed red splashes in the concrete with tiny fragments of a crushed brick.

Memory Lane - 100 years ago

10:18am Wednesday 14th August 2013

AT a children’s court, John Brighton, aged 11, was charged with stealing apples to the value of 1s from a garden at Highfield Road, Rock Hill.

Memory Lane - 25 years ago

10:00am Sunday 4th August 2013

JEAN Alexander, the actress who achieved nationwide fame for her role as Hilda Ogden in Coronation Street, was at Bromsgrove’s Grafton Manor Hotel where she spent three days filming for an episode of the Central Television series Boon, her first television work since leaving Coronation Street. Hotel owner John Morris wouldn’t discuss what her favourite food was, but he said: “She just had the normal Grafton Manor menu and enjoyed it immensely. She didn’t expect extra special treatment.”

Memory Lane - 50 years ago

12:00pm Friday 2nd August 2013

RETURNING from holiday in north Wales to their home in Pinewood Close, Mr and Mrs Jack Fairey discovered that a swarm of bees had made their home under a covering over the front porch. Despite the efforts of three experienced bee keepers and a pest controller, the bees, thought to be about 12,000 in number, remained tight in their inaccessible position over the door.

Memory Lane - 100 years ago

3:32pm Wednesday 31st July 2013

AT Bromsgrove Petty Sessions, Sarah Pugh, of Hanover Street, applied for a separation order against her husband Samuel Pugh saying he spent all of his money on drink and neglected to provide maintenance for her and their three children. She said she received nothing but curses and ill usage and last week had received a black eye and a bruised arm. He claimed that she had set about his head with the heel of her boot, leaving him with two black eyes and one of his teeth broken. The order was granted.








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