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2:00pm Thursday 28th November 2013
10:41am Wednesday 27th November 2013
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.
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.”
11:00am Friday 22nd November 2013
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.
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.
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.
9:22am Wednesday 13th November 2013
11:00am Friday 8th November 2013
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.
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.
1:00pm Saturday 2nd November 2013
12:00pm Thursday 31st October 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
11:00am Thursday 17th October 2013
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.
10:00am Sunday 13th October 2013
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.
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.
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.
10:56am Wednesday 2nd October 2013
1:00pm Friday 27th September 2013
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.
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.
11:00am Saturday 21st September 2013
2:00pm Thursday 19th September 2013
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.
2:00pm Saturday 7th September 2013
12:00pm Thursday 5th September 2013
11:51am Wednesday 4th September 2013
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.”
11:00am Thursday 29th August 2013
10:49am Wednesday 28th August 2013
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.
2:00pm Friday 23rd August 2013
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.
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.
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.
10:18am Wednesday 14th August 2013
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.”
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.
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.
12:00pm Sunday 28th July 2013
ENVIRONMENTALISTS were celebrating the closure of a Gloucestershire power station which they said would reduce the amount of radioactive waste which was passing through Droitwich Spa and Bromsgrove. They believed that the number of trains passing through the district on their way to the nuclear re-processing plant at Sellafield would now decline and that the Central Electricity Generating Board could start to produce energy from renewable energy sources.
3:00pm Friday 26th July 2013
MR Dick Satchwell, the last farrier to operate in Bromsgrove, died 17 years after his retirement. Mr Satchwell had kept a smithy at the bottom of Church Street until 1947. The trade had dwindled as cars became more and more and horses fewer and fewer, but Dick, muscular and grimed by his task, had a big grin and a hearty ‘how do’ for any passing schoolboy who lingered in the ever-open doorway. His bellows were still being kept in the museum at Bromsgrove School.
10:06am Wednesday 24th July 2013
A SUNDAY postal delivery in the village of Finstall was discussed for the second time at Stoke Prior Parish Council.While much of the metropolis didn’t have any deliveries from Saturday night to Monday morning, surrounding villages, including Aston Fields, Stoke Prior, Hanbury and Blackwell, all had Sunday postmen which meant that the Finstall villagers were just asking to be considered equally with them.
11:00am Saturday 20th July 2013