22nd January 2017
EVENTS We welcome the renown speaker and performing historian John S White as ‘The Medieval Executioner’ as our speaker on Thursday, 26th January, at the Salem starting at 7.30pm. Classed as a bit ‘gruesome’! Admittance £1 including refreshments.
This years day trip will be to York on Thursday, 13th July at £21 per head to include entry into the Minster with a free guided tour to include the Museum, Treasury and the Crypts. Only one coach this year so I’m afraid it’s first come, first served. Please contact Roger if interested in reserving places – 01785 212412.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Last week Diana visited us to help in naming photographs in the Isaac Stokes Album and met up with Tony Cartwright for the first time since they were at Cannock Grammar School together, fifty years ago!
REQUESTS Barry Farmer recalls that around 1960 someone named Marion May Bird was murdered, possibly on the towpath of the canal which used to go over the hill where the locks were above Churchbridge. We have nothing in our archives, so can anyone help?
RESPONSES In his ‘Memories’ John Husband mentioned a lad named Melvyn who lived in the hutments at Middle Hill who he hasn’t seen for over 60 years, but we now have full details of him and they are arranging a long awaited get-together.
Also from Diana’s diary excerpts from last week, Lesley Marsh emails to say she remembers Ronnie Devereux and his family and relates her own recollections of her own. And Moss adds more information to the school truancy officer, Harold Brough who lived on the corner of Station Street and what is now, Westbourne Avenue, opposite the New Inns pub. He emails ‘Back when I was a kid, there was a wall running around his corner garden. A small gang of us would often sit on that wall listening to a music group, including his son, playing in Mr Brough’s garage and I believe the group was called ‘The Diamonds”. And he asks if anyone remembers this group and wahat happened to them.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS One of the Over 60s Club receiving cheque from the Cheslyn Hay WMC with Mr & Mrs Whittingham, Len Stanley, Mr Benton & Tanny Moore, an action photo of Charlie Moore in training with Manchester United and a St Marks Choir one with Jim Jones, Albert Read, Vic Middleton, Ian Middleton, Billy Glover, Ray Franks, Joe Laurence, Barry Brough, John Underwood, Len Pearce, Tony Read, Mr Turner, Keith Powney, – Bray, Maurice Walton, Peter Thomas, Jim Winfer, Bill Winfer, Maurice Stokes, Mr Charlton, Bill Perkins, Howard Perrins, Owen Whitehouse, Rev Tom Parker, Mr West, Mr Charnley, Tom Jones and several unnamed. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS A slim, extendable toasting fork from the 1940s.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
26th January 1967 Cheslyn Hay Parish Council are seeking advice from the County Council on what they can do on condition of the road and path in Chapel Square Full details reported.
26th January 1967 .Cheslyn Hay’s Roll of Honour to be renovated by children from Great Wyrley Secondary School.
26th January 1967 The New Inns Social Bowling Club story naming C Evans, G Fletcher, W Garrett, H Jones, H Williams, W Brough, R Franks, D Mason, H Lockett, B Walker, H Harvey, S Whitehouse, J Bird, F Franks, W Perry, W Follows, H Mason, Eli Hassall, S Morris, Wm Garrett and A Ansell.
26th January 1967 The Salem had an audience of 100 for a performance of famous songs from popular musicals. The entertainment had been billed as ‘Songs of the Shows’ and conducted by Mr Alan Williams, a section of the society sang songs from Gilbert and Sullivan works and the ‘Merry Widow’.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
27th January 1917 Sgt W Altree, of the Grenadier Guards, home after being detained for many months in hospital with details of his life and Army career.
27th January 1917 William Bott and Elizabeth Bott were charged with indulging in obscene language at Chapel Square Cheslyn Hay with a full report of the accusations also involving Richard Roberts.
27th January 1917 Salem Church was on well filled for a sacred concert with Miss Janet Dews, Miss Elsie Brown, Mr Arthur C Blackshaw and Sergeant Percy Boot.
27th January 1917 Sympathy is extended to Mr Albert Cope, of High Street, Cheslyn Hay, in the severe loss he has sustained through the death of his wife with full details.
27th January 1917 John E Hart, butcher, Cheslyn Hay, was summoned for cruelty to pigs with witness George Follows, miner, of Mount Pleasant, Cheslyn Hay. Extensive details of the case and sentence.
GENERAL NEWS Please ignore last week’s appeal re the building of houses in Saredon Road as I was misinformed and the leaflet in question was printed twelve months ago. However the current proposal seemed to have already been accepted despite our Parish Council offering an alternative site.
22nd January 2017