EVENTS Our Chat n Char Morning this month is this Thursday 13th February in the Lecture Room at the Salem starting at 10am and the theme is ‘Alley Cats’. Also the Jackpot of ‘Play your Cards Right’ is now up to £10.
A coach trip to Bletchley Park has been arranged for Thursday 10th July 2014 and it includes a £15 entrance fee for four hours around the premises, enough time to enjoy your own sandwiches or to buy lunches there, and followed by an afternoon in Banbury. Total cost is £23 and there are 78 places available on the two coaches, but one coach has already been fully booked. Priority will be given to members of course but if interested please reserve your seats now through Roger on 01543 372856.
OUR SALEM BASE is open every Tuesday from 10am – 3pm. All welcome.
REQUESTS Bernard Jackson from Sacramento asks for help with his Jackson relatives living during the 1775-1830 timeframe. Joseph Jackson (1751-1813) and Lucy Jackson (nee Davison) of Holly Bush Hall and Bloxwich had nine children. The first five were born in Bloxwich and their oldest daughter, Eleanor (Nelly) Jackson (b1775) married Titus Somerfield (also spelled Summerfield) at St Peters, Wolverhampton on 16 Mar 1794. Titus Somerfield was from Bloxwich and was an awl blade maker and they had at least two children, Prudence (1796) and Henry (1802). Also their Joseph’s fourth daughter, Mary Jackson (b1784) married Edward Sayer who was a farmer from Great Wyrley but the date of marriage and any issue is unknown. Any help on the Jackson, Sayer or Somerfield lines would be most appreciated.
Also David Powell is following up the WWI experiences of his grandfather, Frank Powell, a miner, and also licensee of the Royal Oak in Great Wyrley before and after the Second World War. His full name was Rupert Frank Burville Powell and family folklore suggests he signed up before 1914, served in South Africa, was sent to the Western front relatively early in the war, was captured and was a prisoner of war, maybe for four years, until the armistice. David suggests he could have served in the South Staffords, as the first battalion was posted to Pietmaritzburg just before the war and was recalled immediately to join the BEF. In 1911 the Powell family lived in High Street in Norton Canes and in 1920 he married Ada Annie Reaney at St Marks in Great Wyrley. David also asks if the Frank Powell listed on the Great Wyrley Memorial plaque could be his grandfather, and whether the Reaney names on the plaque are connected to Ada Annie.
RESPONSES The mention of Mrs Lilian Perks attending a garden party at Buckingham Palace in 1945 and later being awarded the BEM prompted Pamela Bate to add full details of her great-nephew and grandson of Joe Baker, Sam Haycock, who was born at Arcadie in Station Street being awarded the same honour in last month’s New Years Honours List.
More information from our researcher Vi for Roger Knowles with details of Fred Leach/Leech who joined the Norton Territorials (Harrisons Engineers) and lived on the Walsall Road in Churchbridge. Vi supplies four pages of his war record..
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Watling Street, Churchbridge in the 1950s, the Razza in the 1940s, Cross Street in the 1950s, two local scenes from the 1920s, a layout of Hudson’s workshop in 1962, WPCChristine Moore, Mabel & Margaret Evans, Peter Cole, Keith & Darol Dace, Minnie, Hazel, Frank & Ralph Kingston, the Webb family at Glover’s Farm in the 1930s with Floss & Ted andWilliam Evans, Lol Wood excavating coal, a Youth Hostel school trip in 1985 with Debbie Phillipsand Adele Longdon and a marvellous colour photograph of the office staff of Elliot Lucas with none of the sixteen being named.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS A beautiful framed picture showing the Cannock & Leacroft Rescue team, winners of the Cannock Chase Rescue Cup 1936-7-8, donated by Mrs Elaine White and is being displayed at our Base. No-one is named on the picture.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington. Copies available at £1 per report. names included in court cases and other stories are Charles Jones, James Seabridge, George Sperring,Lewis Yates, William Bills, Thomas Whitehouse, Henry Robinson, George Bill, James Pearson (7 Feb 1885), a sale by auction at the premises of James Breakwell, ‘who is leaving England’, in Little Saredon of all his household furniture, 2 sides of bacon and a fat pig (7 Feb 1885),George Mason, Henry Russell, Richard Davis (18 May 1894), Seth Brian (25 June 1894).
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50 YEARS AGO ……by Mike Belcher
15th February 1964 In an article ‘Glancing Back 25 Years’ a story is republished from 11th February 1939 concerning the annual treat for the 400 people of Cheslyn Hay, who are 60 years of age and over.
15th February 1964 The funeral of Mr William Thomas Hawkesworth of 218 Streets Lane,Upper Landywood, and coverage of his life.
MEMORIES Our latest book ‘Tales of Cheslyn Hay’ has been well received by Norma in Baltimorewho emails ‘Your book was fascinating to me!! Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down and read it from cover to cover.’ And stories in the book touched on her family and friends from sixty years ago including William Robert Bowen, George Whitefield Bowen, John Bates, William Parkes, Jack & Sid Snape with Mary & Maggie Snape and Dorothy Onions.
FAMILY HISTORY After an excellent response on the Dace family tree last week Andrew has produced a 6 page family tree of the Brevitt family right back to James Jnr who was born in Cheslyn Hay in 1772 right up to date interlinking with local families such as Hugh Brotherton (b1738),Amey Baker (b1782), Hannah Marshall (b1814), James Perry (b1833), William Perks (b1856),Clara Brough (b1864), Clara Nightingale, Beatrice Wilkes (b1891), Henry Weetman (b1832),Fanny Tew (b1866), Elizabeth Turner (b1871), George Hubery (b1893), John Henry Whitehouse (b1865), George Parbrook (b1884), Ellen Hawkins (b1854), Amelia Bate (b1870) and Emma Simms (m1906). All available at £1 per A4 sheet.
GENERAL NEWS Vic Mitchell’s new hard backed railway book ‘North of Birmingham’ will be available from 22nd February. The same as ‘Walsall Routes’, it is a hard backed book, 96 pages with 120 photographs and it covers ‘to Bescot and Lichfield including the Chase Railway’. Priced at £16.95, we will be selling it to our members at £15.
Last month in January, we have had another 132 sightings of our local scenes on staffspasttrack. Hacketts Butcher’s Shop 21, High Street 21, Garretts Shop 19, Salem 18, Brittania Picture House 17, Woottons Post Office 15, Albert Hawkins Shop 11, Walter Hackett 10.
Professor Stephen Badsey is giving a talk at the Museum of Cannock Chase in Hednesford on ‘British Propaganda and Recruiting for WWI on Thursday 27th February at 3pm. Tickets are priced at £2 and available by phoning 01543 877666.
We are now accepting memberships for 2014/15 at £5 and will include Weekly Newsletters, unabridged, and researches of our archives will be free to all members. Apply via my email address -