OUR SALEM BASE is open every Tuesday from 10am – 3pm. All welcome
REQUESTS Geoff Stokes is looking for any descendants of Beatrice Gertrude Holland (neeHickman), the wife of his great uncle Joseph Holland, who was tragically killed in WWI for any information. Also for any descendants of the two married Hickman sisters - Julia Nixon who lived on the Watling Street in Bridgtown and Caroline Elizabeth Preece of Cross Street. Also the Cannock Chase Mining Museum are working on their new coal mining gallery and require some photographs from our archives of the Salem church choir plus any depicting community life with hobbies such as pigeons and gardening, sport, music and health and welfare.
RESPONSES Following on from Beryl Holt’s request for details on the death of Private William Richard Bradford, one of our members responds stating that William was his great uncle and provides all the information required. Following on from Peter Cadman’s enquiries on his Warrender/Brough family line Chris called at the Base on Tuesday with photographs and all the required information. And both Jamie and our researcher Vi provide the married name of Joe and Lizzie Dutton’sdaughter Beryl. She married Ronald W Abley locally in 1961.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Photographs of Hawkins Junior Rescue Team with Colin Rigby, Harry Thomas, Stan Morgan, Albert Emery, Alf Newman, John Barker, Dave Pennington, Reg Whittingham, John Edgington & Graham Bradshaw, a St Johns Ambulance one with Freda Walley, Jack & Arthur Davies, Al Hall Snr & Jnr, Joe Shorter and Mr Hill enjoying a pint at the WMC, Freddie Thomas playing bowls, Knights General Store in the 70s, Princess Anne at the High School and a marvellous snap of children being fed outside the WMC during the General Strike of 1926.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington. Copies available at £1 per report. Various reports covering court cases and stories from 1885 – 1925 with the following local people -George Bill, James Pearson, Charles Jones, James Seabridge, George Sperring, Lewis Yates, William Bills, Thomas Whitehouse (7 Feb 1885), Enoch Marshall (24 Feb 1885), Sarah Ann Quinton, Herbert Street, Francis Quinton (4 Sept 1885), John Quinton (29 Aug 1890), Albert Lockett, Job Boulton, Herbert & John Price (31 Aug 1901), Wm Hartwell, Ernest Kingston, Thomas J Green (14 Sept 1901), Thomas Henry Turner, Dorothy & Clara Louisa Turner, John Humphries, Joseph Shorter, John Skitt, Henry Whitehouse (20 June 1902), John Lovatt, George Alfred Whitehouse (5 Dec 1903), Walter & Alfred Thomas Bedworth, Harry Jones (14 Oct 1910), John Glover, Thomas Whitehouse (25 Apr 1913), Samuel Parbrook, Elizabeth Parbrook, Doctor Blakemore & PC Ballance (four reports – 7 & 14 Aug, 23 & 24 Oct 1925).
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO ……by Mike Belcher
21st December 1963 The funeral of butcher Herbert Perks and an outline of his life.
21st December 1963 D Brough, chairman of Cheslyn Hay Parish Council on Wednesday described the vandalism around the village.
20th December 1913 A report of many aspects of the Pinfold Lane School, its development, accommodation for a caretaker, increasing numbers of pupils and the even content of the lessons.
MEMORIES More from Nance (Annie) Altree who we interviewed in 2002 recalling the Primitive Methodist tennis club the preachers at the Zion chapel, Bert Kingston, Mr Weetman, her jobs atWilfred B Hawkins, and working with her two cousins, Lizzie and May Altree, who were dressmakers and also as a maid at Birmingham and the bus and tramcar services back to Cheslyn Hay WORLD WAR ONE COMMEMORATION PROJECT Following last week’s appeal we have received full details on three names on our War Memorial - Joseph Thomas Holland, John Ridgway and Job Whitehouse.