Cheslyn Hay News – 14th December 2014

EVENTS  None this week

OUR SALEM BASE from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we have Susan (nee Ridgway) who has researched her family tree looking at the Ridgway photographs we have in our archives and we have over 100 of them.

REQUESTS   Neil Benton emails from Slaithwaite in Yorkshire – ‘Whilst trying to Google The Lord Nelson Inn I came across the Cheslyn Hay website and was delighted to see that you may have information pertaining to the family tree of both the Benton and Hassell families.  My g-grandfather was, or so I believe, the landlord of The Lord Nelson Inn sometime after the Great War.  It is all very sketchy and something I knew frustrated my father, Les Benton, greatly.  My father used to take the Mens Keep Fit Class at the Leisure Centre in the 80’s and 90’s and owned Leslyn Transport.  My father’s uncles, Bernard, Frank and Colin Hassell, were very reluctant to divulge information regarding their oldest brother Leslie Hassell, who I believe was born out of wedlock and consequentially raised by another family member (possibly a sister?) Elsie Benton, who lived off the High Street in Bloxwich.  At some point, for even more reasons unknown, he adopted the name Benton .  My mother (Linda Benton, one time landlady at The White Horse on Mount Pleasant, remembers Bernard Hassell Snr living in flats on Hunter Road in Cannock.’  Neil adds that he is researching his family tree for his own children and would appreciate any information on the Bentons and the Hassells.

Mike Rowledge is also researching his family tree emailing ‘It contains a Simeon Tuft (1813-1892) who seems to have spent all or most of his life in Cheslyn Hay.  Googling him led to your site, and searching on your site gives 6 results for him on your weekly newsletters.  I’ve found his 1892 Death Index record and 1851-1891 census entries (but not 1841), 1837 marriage to Lucy Brough, and 1836 conviction for poaching. Is there more information about him available via yourselves?’

RESPONSES   We were able to look into Sylvia’s last week’s request on more information on her grandfather, Sgt Leonard H  Bowker, and his military career and it is certainly has provided an interesting story.  Apparently Leonard H Bowker never enlisted but on 19th February 1919 he received the Victory and British Medals with his Service Number of 1084 and thanks to the efforts of our WWI Researcher, Jon Barton, he discovered that a Leonard H Smith enlisted on 22nd August 1914 with the same Service Number.  So he registered under the name of Smith and his award of the Military Medal is therefore recorded and named L H Smith.  No wonder the family has never come across his medal.  However we have a photograph in our archives of Leonard Bowker with all of his medals!

More information has been found in our archives to help Derek Bullock in his search for information on his Bullock/Smith family.  We have got a 10 page combined history of both the Bullocks and Smiths together with photographs and even a mention of Derek himself of owning a BSA Gold Star motor cycle in the 1950s!

Now a response from our French émigré from off the Bonk – Alan Brown, who is, of course, fluent in French, but now with questionable English from how he remembers it!

We moved “up” (!) to 61 Low St   from “down” Station St in…June 1964, on the back of a Ben Tarbuck‘s coal wagon.  Cheslyn Hay must be the only place where you could move upwards to a street named “Low”. 12th Dec 1914: “A fine specimen of the swine kind” : they doe mek jernallists like that no moo’er.  Many thanks Mike B for that porker corker. Nine ‘undred an three pound in wairte!  They’s a bonloada scratchin’s theer ah bet. Finally, what a delight to read of Lynne’s recollections.  I can taste that peppermint custard now.  Merci Madame Cartwright & co.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS   This is typical of one of the many reactions we get from the new photographs handed in and it comes from John in Reigate and we can all imagine our own delight in the same circumstance. Can’t believe you have a photo of my g-g-grandmotherElizabeth Hall (1834-1911)!  Please send me a copy’

This week we have more names added to the John Martin Collection of photographs of the Pinfold Lane School – Warren Adshead, Ruth Allan, Craig Aston, Michael Ball, Jason Barlow, Jason Bayliss, David Bedward, Melanie Bird,  Wayne Bolger, Dominic Bradburn, Roger Brown, Sonny Burke, Matthew Caine, Joanne Cartwright, Paul Cash, Rachel Clarke, Michelle Clenton, Darren Cookson, Stuart Cresswell, Dean Cumberledge, Chloe Dolman, Carl Eades, Craig Fielding, Matthew Ford, Richard Green, Jason Harlow, Victoria Harris, Wayne Hewitt, David Hill, Heather Hill, Christopher Hollis, Ian Hollis, Carla Holloway, Lloyd Holyhead, Lisa Horton, Nicola Horton, Richard Horton, Stuart Humphries, Mark James, Andrew Jones, Leslie Jones, Paul Lever, Debra Mayer, Louise Moody,Trevor Moore, Phillip Nash, Rachel O’Connor, Nina Pearson, Michelle Perks, Nicholas Palmer, Emma Powis, Claire Reeves, Emma Reynolds, Yvonne Roe, Louise Rudge, Neil Sambrook, Kelli Selvey,  Joanne Skelding, Richard Sleigh , Jenny Smith, Christopher Sprague, Lee Stewart, Richard Swain, Carl Taylor,  Susan Walker, Hayley Webb, Adrian Whitehouse, Christian White, Victoria Whitmore, Nicola Willetts, Mark Williams, Claire Woollaston and Rebecca Woolley.   £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington  More court cases involving Henry Russell (24 Aug 1894), Ann, Annie Elizabeth & Lizzie Banks (10 & 17 May 1895), Charles Bates, Isaiah Bate, David Brough, John Wilkins and Francis Rowe (17 May 1895).

19th December 1914  A good company assembled at the Working Men’s Club, on Monday and Tuesday evening, the occasion being a Crib Tournament for three good prizes offered by the Competition Committee.  After enjoying the various games Mr T Bickley, one of the committee, announced the results as follows: – First Prize: Mr William Wesley(for Mr J Pratt), Second Prize: Mr Ernest Holmes, Third Prize: Mr J Wesley.

MEMORIES   The Cheslyn Hay School magazine began in 1928, the brainchild of Mr Ernie Carter.  Each edition contained news of school events, sports records and scholars’ contributions but news of past pupils was also welcomed and reported and these excerpts are taken from the 1934 edition.

We find that quite a few of the boys were abroad in the forces.  Driver Joseph Roberts of the Rocket Troup and Guardsman Harry Benton met up in Egypt , where Harold James was also stationed.  Cyril Hand of The 11th Light Battery R.A., Don Stacey, a trouper in The Royal Dragoons, Bombardier Horace Parr and Alfred Newell and Sidney Hulme of The South Staffordshire Regiment were all stationed in India .  Harry Jukes was also in India , but was recovering from Enteric Fever, an infectious disease caused by bacteria. Alfred Benton had recently been recruited into The Grenadier Guards.

At home some of the lads were working in the local pits.  Frank Ridgway was at Mid Cannock Colliery; Ray Worsey was at Hilton Main Colliery.  David Warnsby was now working at the colliery after giving up farming and Wilfred Thomas was on the staff at Harrison ‘s Colliery.  Ben Warnsby had also left farming and was working at Goodyear, Wolverhampton alongside Roy Hickman andReg KirbySteven Turvey however, was still farming and had moved to Four Crosses, William Plant was working on Mr Noden‘s farm and Sidney Dunn had a position at Mr Morris‘s poultry farm.

Working locally were former Head Prefect Robert Perks, who was at Glenthorne Stores in High Street, and Harry Poxon who worked at Mr Shorter’s.  Two of the lads were working with their fathers, George Felton was bricklaying and Stanley Robinson worked on his dad’s motor lorry.  Arthur Baker had become a decorator and Herbert Whitehouse was working at the L.M.S. Goods Department, Walsall .  Glen Ridgway and Tom Cooper worked at Messrs Stanton’s and Joseph Simms was sole proprietor of two family butcher establishments in Wolverhampton .  Bert Berry was working in Wolverhampton too, at ‘Efandem’, as was ‘old girl’Florrie Wood.

Cheslyn Hay News – 7th December 2014

EVENTS   Our Chat n Char morning this Thursday, 11th December, at the Salem at 10am including Roger’s Christmas Bazaar.  So don’t forget your old pennies!

OUR SALEM BASE  is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Everyone welcome and this week we will be showing a 10 minute video made 40 years ago of a trip around Low Street and the village presented to us by David Harrison.  Also the last chance to see the Cliff Cartwright Photograph Album.

REQUESTS  Just received from an email from Sylvia Hadley in France – ‘I am hoping that you can help me find out more information regarding my grandfather Leonard Henry Bowker of Wedges Mills.  I know he served in both the Boer War and WWI and on my mothers birth certificate his occupation is listed as a soldier in the 12th Lancers.  I know he joined the Army Service Corp on 11th June 1900 but was discharged on 14th June 1900 as he was found to be under age.  I believe he was involved in the army with horses but I have very little factual evidence about him and I know no one who has any more details.
RESPONSES    There has been a flood of emails in response to Andrew Winfer’s request of 16th November with our researcher Andrew referring to the Winfer/Winter family tree going back to Henry Winter (b1753) of Shareshill and David Whitehouse confirms that he was the grandfather of the splendidly named Druscilla Winter/Winfer.  And with the help of the Ecclestone, Wright and the Winfer families all the marriages and answers have been provided for Andrew.
I think he had an interesting army career but would like to know more as I am putting together some interesting bits about the family history on a disc for my grandchildren and their future families.Following a recent enquiry from Frank Powell on his grandfather, also Frank Powell and later licensee  of the Royal Oak in Norton Lane , there are several gaps filled in on his WWI service record but Frank still needs confirmation that the Frank Powell on the memorial plaque is his grandfather.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  Elizabeth Winfer (nee Hall 1834 – 1911), Ernie Whilton and Agnes Zillah Fryer, Jack Winfer in WWI uniform, a group photograph of the Ecclestone family - George, Edie (later Whitehouse), Edith Druscilla, Florence (nee Winfer) andBill Whitehouse.  And one of the Mid Cannock Mines Rescue Team including Roy Pearce (Wedges Mills), Len Pearce (Littlewood Lane), George Mears (Coppice Lane) and Fred Thurstance (The Nook).  £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS   A 1955 Deed of Apprenticeship offered to Joseph and James Wise by Cornelius Whitehouse.

OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington  Court cases involving Mary Ann Hitchins, Harriet, William, Lydia & Stephen Whitehouse, Daniel & Mary Ann Parkes, Edward Hawkins and Seth Bryan (30 June 1893).


12th December 1914   More news with the Belgian refugees and the Relief Committee and the Red Cross Society naming all the organisers and helpers.

12th December 1914   A news story of Mr Williams and his son and their 903lbs pig.

MEMORIES  Following on from Dooglebug Dave’s recollections, more stories on  Effie Craddock, Bill Craddock and  ‘Cogger’ Newman who kept the pub known as ‘Coggers’.  We also have photographs in our archives of these people.

This week, however, we have the memories of Lynne Gourlay (nee Belcher) who emails from Canada referring to the advertised reunion of pupils from Cheslyn Hay Primary School in the sixties with Lynne relating memories of Mrs Jeavons, Miss Kinsey, Mrs Price, Miss Perks, Mr Blount, Mr Jack Martin, Joy McLachlan, Margaret Tonks, Elsie Tonks, Susan Winfer, Linda Plant, Margaret Goodman, Richard Bowring, Adrian Sneyd, Nigel Barrett and David Beech.  Also Lynne reminds everyone of theoutdoor toilets, milk monitors, chocolate covered marshmallows, National Savings Stamps, jars of malt, the school nurse, school dinners, puddings of chocolate sponge with peppermint custard, the school curriculum including Christmas and Easter, nature walks up Pinfold Lane, school sports and Bonfire Nights.  And as Lynne says ‘Lots of happy memories.  I just wish all children could be as fortunate.’

APPEAL  With our ‘Activities Programme’ with the schools, Joyce and Joanne have found that one of the main attractions is rug bodging.  The children love it but we are limited to the number of rug bodgers we can provide as they cost us £20 each to buy.  So has anyone got any of these ‘bodgers’ tucked away in the loft that they would care to donate to our ‘instructors’ to ‘educate’ the children as to what chores we had to turn our hands to in our childhood!

GENERAL NEWS  Last month in November, we have had another 189 sightings of our local scenes on staffspasttrack.  Garretts Shop 38, High Street 29, Hackett’s Butcher’s Shop 25, Brittania Picture House 24, Albert Hawkins Shop 24, Salem 21, Wootton’s Post Office 19, Walter Hackett 9.

KAREN GAMMON and EVELYN LUNT (nee BIRD)  Sad news on both who have recently passed away.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 30th November 2014

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Everyone welcome. 

REQUESTS   Sheila nee Ridgway and her sister Caroline were unable to attend last week’s school reunion and Sheila emails  saying they would love to hear from anyone who remembers them both when they went to Pinfold Lane and Great Wyrley schools She recalls many names – John Bailey, who used to play football, Tony Cascarino, John Moore and Wilfred Barker.  Sheila also says she heard that John Parsons, who was very handsome and the village ‘hunk’ had passed away, and was this true?  Before she married in 1966 and moved away, she said everyone in Cheslyn Hay knew everyone else and asks ‘Does anyone remember Doctors Malone andWilliams, PC Weekes and also the little shop Mifi owned?  It would be great to hear from anyone who knew these people from yesteryear.’

RESPONSES   Re last week’s request for Enoch Cadman‘s parents, our Peter Cadman has been able to provide all the research information that Beverly required with information on passenger lists, Enoch’s war record and on the conflict in Cambrai itself.

Our researcher, Daz, has been able to provide Craig with the information he requested for Thomas Woodings and has offered to escort Craig to his grave.

And for Sheila (nee Hicks), we certainly do remember the Gingham Girls.  They were a big part of our more recent village history – and a part that we are very proud of.  We have two volumes of photographs of our Carnivals and there are many, many photographs of this troupe.  Plenty of them are named but sadly there are many more not named and we would appreciate it if anyone, including Sheila, would visit us at the Base to identify more members of the troupe.  Also Cliff Hooper is still about on the village.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  Three photographs – Fred Thurstance on the Rec, Alf Thurstance on the slackeys and Cliff Giles and Malcolm Birchon the Nook marlhole pool.  £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  A letter dated 22nd August 1933 of ‘grateful  thanks from the MD of the West Cannock Colliery to Alf Newell of Hawkins Colliery for his rescue work at his No 5 Upcast Pit.

OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington

Court cases involving Isaiah & Catherine Bowen (11 Oct 1889), Handel Whitehouse, Mary Davis & Sarah Westwood (20 May 1892), Elizabeth Sayer, Benjamin & Elizabeth Dutton, Henry & Elizabeth Bate (22 Jan 1895).

4th December 1964  Presentation to  the National Coal Board Civil Defence instructor, Mr Dennis Brough, with details of his life and career.
4th December 1964  The removal of eighty caravans and the itinerate dwellers by 15 police officers.
5th December 1914  Smoking Concert at the Lord Nelson with names of all involved.
5th December 1914  Disapproval for the licensed houses to be closed at 9 o’clock.

MEMORIES    We have had an incredible response to our evacuee Dave Malster’s recollections from last week with stories ofMervyn Brough, Effie Craddock, Mrs MountJoe Rowe, Handel Altree,

Anne Collins, Sylvia Webb, David Leach, Mac & Eva Brown


Cheslyn Hay News – 23rd November 2014

EVENTS This month’s speaker David Bartley has been involved in a serious traffic accident and, although now recovering, he has had to cancel all his engagements until later next year. However Peter Cadman has stepped into the breach and his talk is entitled ‘Voices from the Past’. Thursday, 27th November at the Salem starting at 7.30pm. £1 including refreshments.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we have a get together for anyone who went to the Pinfold Lane or Great Wyrley Secondary Schools in the sixties.
REQUESTS An email from Beverly Leeming in Canada refers back to the mention of Enoch Cadman in our Newsletter of 4th May 2014. Enoch was killed at Cambrai on 27th September 1918 and Beverly states ‘ Enoch and his wife were related to my grandfather Harold Hayward and were witnesses to his marriage in Hamilton, Ontario, in May 1911 but I am trying to determine if Enoch Cadman’s parents were Joseph Cadman (1851-1932) and Jane Hayward (1853-1935) or John Thomas Cadman (1846-1910) and Sarah Comson (1852-1932).’
Another request comes from Sheila Eggington (nee Hicks) who asks if anyone remember the Gingham Girl Dancing Troupe from the 1970s.
Malcolm Elliott adds a comment on our Guest Book page – ‘My granddad lived as a boy at 14 Saredon Road and his father was a miner in the late 1800s’ and Malcolm asks for any information around this area and immediately Janet Smith (nee Leach) replies ‘We also used to live down Saredon Road. My mom was Ruby Leach and my dad was Victor Ronald Bolton Leach and there were 3 brothers and 3 sisters. My granddad used to live there years ago before moving to Mitre Road. We’re now doing our family tree and would appreciate any help.’
Craig Bailey has discovered that his relation Thomas Woodings life and funeral was mentioned in Mike’s ‘100 Years Ago’ column in February last year and requested full details which we have provided but it has left
Craig with more questions and emails ‘Very interesting info! So I’m guessing that he died at The Fold with great niece Clara Allsopp, who would have been seven months pregnant and she did not marry George
Bailey until 2 years later! Or Thomas could have died at another house in Low Street if Clara’s mother Ann Allsopp was still living in the village but we cannot find any trace of Ann from 1910 in the family albums as
we think she disowned Clara when she became pregnant. My granddad Herbert (aka Dirk) never mentioned knowing his grandmother Ann and neither did his older brothers.’ And Craig wants to find where Thomas
was living before he died as well as his grave and did it have an inscription.
RESPONSES Our researcher Andrew provides Julie Cooke with information of her family that she requested.
Another response from an old newsletter comes from Ann Boddis-Herd in Australia who is researching her family tree and found our story of her Boddice family who emigrated there in 1912 and offers to exchange information of the Boddices she has from Cannock as well as in Brisbane. Kevin Boddice of Great Wyrley is now in contact with Ann.
Gillian is now in touch with Kathleen Whitehouse but we have no news on Margaret Thornley or any of the Foster sisters from Gorsey Lane – Janet, Pat & Maureen Foster. Mick Drury knew Janet well as they were both members of the Hednesford branch of the Midlands Clarion Cycling Club, where she met and married Jack Parsons. They lived in Cannock but unfortunately Jack died last year and Mick has lost touch with Janet. Can anyone help?
And Dorothy Russell provides much information for Kesia on all of the Whitehouse side of her family with reference to Lydia Whitehouse and Olive May Whitehouse and Samuel Marriott.
Also Anne Collins was interested in the mentions of her grandfather Steve Whitehead and her gran’s brother Lionel Hand and relates a poignant story from the First World War.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Dedication of the renovated Roll of Honour on 12th November 1983 with George Perks, Ian Carvey, Arthur Gilbert and Frank Chilton plus one of Ray Carpenter with workmates at Rosemary Tileries. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Frederick George Brooks – framed attractive coloured Miners Rescue Work Certificate dated 13th April 1909 by Jenni Bond.
27th November 1964 Cheslyn Hay Parish Council are having more problems with the gypsies.
28th November 1914 Cheslyn Hay are working very hard to procure money for the National Relief Fund with details of Miss Camilla Gripton and Mrs G Whitehouse.
28th November 1914 Details of the collection by the Working Men’s Club for Mr J Masters arranged by John Farnell.
MEMORIES We now complete the wartime memories of one of our the evacuees, Dave Malster recalling stories of Mac and Eva Brown and Mrs Mount etc.
GENERAL NEWS We have to finish this week’s newsletter on a sombre note. Alec Carter, a wartime evacuee here, visited us this year in the summer and he sadly passed away last week. It was a privilege to have met him and his family have contacted me to ‘thank us all for our kindness in making his visit extremely memorable and happy.’

Cheslyn Hay News – 16th November 2014

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Everyone welcome. Alan Roden was a pupil at both Pinfold Lane (1960-65) and Great Wyrley Secondary Modern School (1965-69) and he hopes to be meeting many of his old schoolfriends many of whom he hasn’t seen for fifty years in a reunion one week this Tuesday, 25th November from 10am onwards.
REQUESTS Andrew Winfer of Saudi Arabia emails ‘I have been researching the Winfer family tree but having put numerous of hours of effort into it, I have found your website stating you have data going back to 1500s. I grew up in Essington (my father still lives there) and went to Cheslyn Hay High School but I currently live and work in Saudi Arabia, but have a house in Surrey and I will happily share the data I have. However the main queries I have are – (a) who are the parents of Jack Matthew(s) Winfer (1897 – 1970). (b) I have two people named Roger Winfer one b1950 and one b1955 but I need to work out the wife/wives and children. The wives I have are Maureen Roberts and Susan M Denny. (c) George Eccleston (b1895) appears to have married his cousin Florence May Winfer (b1894). (d) I have found a number of children with the surname Wright, but I don’t know who the parents are as I have Milton Wright & Harriet P A Winfer (b1923) and Fred Wright & Nancy E Winfer (b1921).’
An appeal comes in from Julie Cooke who states ‘I’m still looking for a photograph of my great uncle, Thomas Edward (Ted) Wilkes, or he may have been known as Edward Thomas. He was born in 1887 in Great Wyrley and I believe that he married Hannah Knowles in January 1909 and they had three daughters. I’ve been told that my late father was very much like him and I would dearly love to see if that is true.’
And Kesia Appleton emails ‘I am currently completing my family Ancestry and wonder if you have any information regarding my family. My grandmother was Iris Lydia Grose nee Marriott and my g-grandmother was Olive May Marriott nee Whitehouse. I know they ran a grocer’s shop on Station Street but I am unable to work out which Samuel Marriott is my g-grandfather. I have read your information about Olive and my heart leapt! Olive Whitehouse’s parents were Moses Whitehouse and Sarah Jane nee Dace. My grandmother Iris&
nbsp;died in September 1978 and she is buried in Cannock somewhere with her mother. When I was a little girl I used to come from Bilbrook to visit my Aunty Betty whom I believe may be Beatrice Marriott? She was married to Edgar and they had a daughter called Lynn but I don’t know anything else so any further information would be greatly appreciated.
RESPONSES Following Glen Wootton’s recent visit to our Base and her subsequent request for help on her family tree, David Whitehouse from Canada has emailed all the details of Lucy Whitehouse connecting with Sarah Hickman, Clara Bonnell and Eli Birch and our researcher Vi has provided full information on the recent Whitehouse farm enquiry.
Also following Gillian Nicklin’s (nee Snape) request from Southend three weeks ago her old friend Kathleen Whitehouse is delighted to hear from her and a contact will be made shortly.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS See under ‘Appeal’.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington
20th November 1964 More problems with the nomad caravanners naming the protesters.
21st November 1914 The contributions made by Mrs Wynne of Station Street, are outlined and the following are mentioned in the same article – Private George Wood, General Hospital, Line of C, France; Corporal Masters (late signalman of Cheslyn Hay); Private F W Alcock, Private T Lockett, Private Lionel Hand; Private Steve Whitehead, Private Davis and Corporal S Bird.
21st November 1914 A trap accident occurred on the Lodge Farm Lane near to the Old Coppice Colliery. involving Mr T Williams, bailiff of the Lodge Farm.
21st November 1914 The Chief Constable responds to the complaint made at the last Council Committee Meeting made in respect of paper selling on Sundays.
21st November 1914 At the invitation of the committee and members of the Cheslyn Hay Working Men’s Club a number of the Belgian Refugees were entertained at the club on Wednesday evening. and full details are recorded, complete with names.
MEMORIES This week’s nostalgia comes in two parts from an old evacuee, Dave Maltster, who has sent in some marvellous recollections of Cheslyn Hay during the wartime years when he stayed with Eva and Mac Brown with the fondest memories of his friends Mervyn and Sylvia Wood of Hatherton Street.
APPEAL We have just received a wonderful 42 page well documented Photographic Album containing well over 100 photographs covering the closing years of the Pinfold Lane School up to 1985. We are naming it ‘The John Martin Collection’ and it contains photographs of teachers, kitchen staff, Christmas parties, football teams, sports days, school plays, school visits, recorder groups, letters and newspaper reports. This album is available for anyone to view at our Base any Tuesday and we are appealing to anyone to come along and put names to the several dozen of unnamed children in the Album.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 9th November 2014

EVENTS  Roger’s Chat n Char is this Thursday, 13th November in the Lecture Room at the Salem starting at 10am.

Great Wyrley LHS have their Annual Exhibition on Saturday, 15th November at the Great Wyrley Sports and Social Club on the Walsall Road from 10am – 4pm.  We will be there with a display.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Everyone welcome.

 REQUESTS  Yvonne Clark in Australia is tracing her family tree and emails ‘My g-g-grandparents were Isaiah and Sophia Bate, but although Sophie states her maiden name was Hodgkins on their marriage certificate, she also was using the  name of Stokes, which is very confusing.  My line is from her daughter Eliza Bayliss (b1860) and her son  was Alfred who married Agnes Brookes and they lived in Norton Canes.  Their daughter Alice (Annice) Eliza is my grandmother (my Dad’s mum).’  Have any of our members got any connections with this tree?

RESPONSES  Following the viewings of the Cliff Cartwright/Kelsall/Poxon family album some fascinating stories are still developing on the three families including Cliff’s brother Daniel who was the Mayor of Walsall in 1957 and are to be followed up.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS   Several more from the Duncan Brough Collection including the Norman Wright Band with Norman, Duncan, Percy Lees, Lionel ? and two more unnamed, wedding photographs of Elsie Hawkins and Horace Brough and others. Copies available at £1 for a 7×5 Photographic Print. 

13th November 1964  A full page of muddy, waterlogged lanes in Cheslyn Hay and complaints from the residents.

13th November 1964   Details of PCs Ken Paskin, P Mullard and J Kent running a Youth Club.

13th November 1964  ‘Glancing Back from the Advertiser of 11 November 1939′ covering the story of HRH during his visit,.

14th November 1914  A Hospital Collection for an unfortunate WMC member Mr Joseph Holland Snr.

14th November 1914  Mr and Mrs T Bowen, of Station Street , entertaining Belgian Refugees.

MEMORIES  We complete the memories of Miss Jean Hawkins this week from 1938 to 2002.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 2nd November 2014

EVENTS  Remembrance Sunday is next Sunday, 9th November where we will be laying our wreath at our War Memorial at 11am and this will be followed by a service at St Marks Church.

Prior to Remembrance Sunday, Peter Cadman and his team are attending the Cheslyn Hay Primary School with a WWI Day on Wednesday, 5th November.

OUR SALEM BASE is open as usual from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday for all enquiries and researches.  All welcome. 

REQUESTS  Following her recent visit to our Base where Glen was able to purchase 14 previously unseen photographs of the Birchfamily and she emails ‘I’ve been researching my husbands family tree for some time – the Birchs from Rosemary Road – but I could do with some help with the tree.  Edna Brown is his aunt, his mothers sister.’  Can anyone help?

Glen also adds ‘There is also some information that someone may be able to help me with as well – ‘My husband’s Aunt Nellie used to tell my daughter that when she was little she used to go across the fields by the swingbridge to her aunt’s at Whitehouses’ Farm where she used to work in the dairy.  I know where the swingbridge used to be, but not the farm.  I am curious as my husband’s great grandfather Frederick Eli Birch married a Lucy Whitehouse and I’m trying to make the connection.  Nellie told us that he had a house built just up from where Stevenson’s chemist is, but I’m not sure which one.  He owned four canal boats that he and his son, also Eli, worked.  Any information would be most welcome!’

RESPONSES  More information has come through following Derek Bullock’s original enquiry connecting with Bob Cooper, Gordon Smith, Doreen Pritchard, Janet Bourne, Valerie Gunn,

Lilly Smith, Alf Smith, Emily Perks and Len Bullock.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS   A range of photographs on the theme of ‘Then and Now’ covering most streets in Cheslyn Hay, four Homeshaw photographs – 2 of Dora Homeshaw (nee Hughes) and two individual, and very old, photographs of the mother, who kept the Puddlers Arms in Churchbridge, and the father of James Homeshaw plus a 1938 photograph of Ted Gray.  Copies available at £1 for a 7×5 Photographic Print. 
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS   Bridgtown LHS have a photograph of the Roll of Honour with the names of all 94 soldiers from Gilpins and Elliott Lucas who fought in WWII.  Names available on request.

OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington  Bankruptcy of William Quinton, farmer of Cheslyn Hay Lodge.  


6th November 1964  Salem Autumn Fayre with details and all the names of those involved.

7th November 1914  Last Wake Tuesday on the Fair Ground.  

7th November 1914  The ladies of the Red Cross Society with activities and names.

7th November 1914  Unfortunate news of Frank Alcock and his family.

7th November 1914   The enlistment of local Cheslyn Hay men.

MEMORIES  We continue with Miss Jean Hawkins lifelong residency on the village and this week when she was still at school recalling stories of local shops, shopkeepers, businessmen and the Cheslyn Hay doctors.

GENERAL NEWS   On Thursday, November 6th at the Museum of Cannock Chase from 2 – 4pm author and WWI historian Christopher John is giving a talk and signing his new book ‘One Hundred Years On’.  Tickets via