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Bromsgrove Court Leet Events

Throughout each year the Bromsgrove Court Leet organise events to uphold the traditions of the organisation. The Annual Spring Court is held at Avoncroft Museum and the Annual Autumn Court takes place in Cookes House at Bromsgrove School. At these meetings the business of the court takes places in front of Court Members and invited guests. At the end of each Bailiff's year a dinner is held to conclude the year for members of the Court and their guests.

Twice a year the Court carries out Ale Tasting Ceremonies in Bromsgrove; in spring the Court visits pubs in the High Street and Town Centre area whilst in the Autumn the event takes place in the outer areas of the Manor. All are welcome to witness the Ale Tasting in the pubs we visit.

Bromsgrove Court Leet support the events of our neighbouring Courts in Warwick, Henley in Arden and Alcester. We also hold a charity golf day and support local civic events hosted by the Chairman of the Bromsgrove District Council, the Bromsgrove Society, the Friends of St John's, the Bromsgrove Festival and other local organisations. The Court is proud to join the annual Remembrance Day Parade and Service alongside the Royal British Legion and St John's Church.

Bromsgrove Fair Day, Proclamation of Charter and Street Market

On the Saturday closest to mid-summer day the Court commemorate King John’s granting of a Royal Charter to the town in 1199. This colourful, traditional procession through Bromsgrove High Street is an important part of the history and heritage of both the Court and the town. We welcome all to come along and enjoy the day. In addition to the parade local charities, crafters and producers join the regular market. They are encouraged to dress in traditional costumes to add to the historic theme of the day.

10.30am Parade of Court Leet members and their guests, including members from other local Courts, begins at Housman Hall on Kidderminster Road

11.00am The parade ends and Court Leet members gather at the Housman Statue for the Assizes and proclamation of the Royal Charter of 1199

On the Sunday after Fair Day member of the Court join the congregation of St John's Church for the Patronal Service held at the ancient church on Kidderminster Road.

Upcoming Events

Bromsgrove Court Leet Events in 2024

Thursday 11th April

Spring Court is held at Avoncroft Museum, in the New Guesten Hall. Court Leet and invited Guests only.

Thursday 25th April 

Inner Ale Tasting. Court Leet members will visit inns on Bromsgrove High Street in the evening to test the quality of the ale offered for sale. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this historical re-enactment. 

Saturday 22nd June Fair Day

The Annual Court Leet Parade, reading of King John's Royal Charter from 1199 and Street Market - celebrating 825 years of history in Bromsgrove.

Members of the Bromsgrove Court Leet and guests will process from Housman Hall to the Housman Statue in the centre of Bromsgrove High Street. The parade starts at 10.30am and concludes around 11am.

Traditional assizes of Ale, Bread, Meat, Leather and a report on the town's brooks will take place.

The Bailiff of the Bromsgrove Court Leet will read the Charter of 1199 granted to the town by King John.

All are welcome to come along and witness this centuries old tradition.

This year the parade will be lead by the Shirley Pipe Band. All Court Leet members with guests from Warwick Court Leet, Henley Court Leet and Alcester Court Leet will be in full robes and regalia.

Alongside the usual Bromsgrove District Council market, Court Leet Market Master will oversee stalls hosting local charities, crafters, producers and organisations who are encouraged to attend in traditional costumes. Anyone wishing to take a stall in the market should contact the Market Master by email BCLmarketmaster@gmail.com

In 2024 the Bromsgrove Festival will be holding a launch event, hosted to Creative Arts Showcase from 12 noon. 

Sunday 23rd June

Patronal Service at St John’s Church at 10.45am. All welcome. 

Monday 1st July

Charity Summer Ball at Bromsgrove School, supporting Avoncroft Museum and the St John's Spire Appeal. 

From 7pm. Bucks Fizz Reception, Two Course Buffet, Entertainment from the UK's Ultimate ABBA Tribute - Strictly ABBA. 

Tickets: £55 or Tables for 10: £500

Use the contact us feature on this website to book your tickets or find out more details. 

 

Thursday 12th September

Outer Ale Tasting 

 

Friday 11th October

Bailiff’s Dinner and Consort’s Evening, by invitation.

 

Thursday 7th November

The Great Autumn Court will be held at Bromsgrove School to elect a new Bailiff for the coming year. Court members and invited guests only.

 

Sunday 10th November

10.30am Royal British Legion Remembrance Day Parade through the High Street and 11am Service at the War Memorial by St John's Church.

Monday 11th November

11am Armistice Day Service at the Oddfellows Memorial on Bromsgrove High Street

Further details on the Court’s annual events can be found on our facebook page www.facebook.com/CourtLeetBromsgrove

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