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EVENTS We welcome Philip Claytonas our first speaker of 2015 this Thursday, 29th January at the Salem at 7.30pm and the title of his talk is ‘The Curly Wyrley and the Local Canals’. £1 including refreshments.
Roger has booked two coaches for this year’s trip on Thursday, July 9th and it is to Chatsworth House. Total charge is just £20 for the day, so please book your places through Roger on 01543 372856.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we have a visitor interested in George Lunt and his family.
REQUESTS Ted Broadhurst is related to the Winfers of Cheslyn Hay and requires information on William Edward Winfer (1898-1973) on Jennie (or maybe Jane) Preece and Frances Reeves.
And a request, which we are dealing with, from Adrian Leo in Australia who asks for photographs of any Altree people, particularly those close to Albert Henry Altree born 1852 in Churchbridge.
After Tuva’s providing details from her family bible last week, Gillian responds with full information of John & Emma Hawkins and all the children as well as another John Hawkins, father of Jabez (1821-1890).
REQUESTS Following on from Roger Winfer solving the mystery of the upbringing of Jack Matthews Winfer, Jean Mills adds more about the background including Joseph Golding and William Russell in the late 1800s.
Reg Marriott emails from Weston-super-Mare responding to a request from Kesia Appleton in November stating that his grandfather Samuel Marriott and his aunts Betty and Iris are all part of Kesia’s family and would like to exchange information. Dorothy, one of our members, is also connected to the same Marriott/Grose/Whitehouse/Dace family and we hope to arrange a meeting at our Base sometime next month.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Four photographs of the Homeshaw family including Mr & Mrs George Homeshaw, Dora and James. Also Private Edward Morris who was killed in WWI as well as Amy Martin of A E Transport, two photographs of the Green Bus Company and their staff and one of Holmleigh’s backyard in 1955. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTES/DONATIONS Marriage records of William Brough & Emma Hicken (2 Jul 1895) and Thomas Williams & Rose Hawkins (2 Jul 1895).
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington Court cases involving Alfred & Hannah Hall, Lucy Benton, Samuel Bullivant, James Insall, Thomas Waterfield (28 Feb 1914)
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
29th January 1965 Details and names of the recently formed Methodist Youth Club.
29th January 1965 Cheslyn Hay Parish Council resistance to the Cannock Urban Council new proposals to boundary changes.
29th January 1965 Funeral and the life of Mr George Henry Wright of 25 Mitre Road, affectionately known as ‘Squire Wright’.
30th January 1915 The death of William Holcroft of Dunduck Lane, Cheslyn Hay and details of his family and his remarkable life.
30th January 1915 Details of the annual choir supper of the Salem Church with full names.
MEMORIES This week are from Denise Earle on the South coast who adds a few more Turner snippets from her memory bank of her time here at Cheslyn Hay including Desmond (Lawrence Desmond) John (Bernard John), Laurence & Constance Susan Elizabeth, Ethel & Marion Turner. Also Albert Bullivant, Ethel Jones, Maureen & Clive Jones, Bevan’s shop Shirley’s Chip Shop. Kate Whitehouse and her daughter Joan. Denise would appreciate any up to date information on any of these people mentioned. Two of our members Ray Franks and Dave Leach respond to Denises’s request from last week with their own stories and connections to the Turner family.
SAD NEWS This week we have lost two more of our members. Reg Searle of Cannock, who always attended our Speakers evenings, passed away after a short illness and Arthur Davies died at his home in Ontario on Friday morning. Although Arthur emigrated in 1957 he frequently returned to visit his family and friends in Cheslyn Hay and always made a point of calling into the Base to recall old times. He was 82.