Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 22nd January 2017

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.
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Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 15th January 2017

15th January 2017
EVENTS The Museum of Cannock Chase are currently running an Exhibition up to 24th February on ‘Trench Art and WWI Military Appeal Tribunal Records’ including locals records. Open Mondays to Fridays from 11am – 4pm.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we welcome Diana to help us in naming photographs of the Wootton, Thomas & Stokes families in our Ikey Stokes Collection.
REQUESTS A request from Sheila (nee Ridgway) who now lives in East Sussex and would like to hear from her old school friends and perhaps meet up with them. Sheila emails ‘I was born in 1947 at 101 Littlewood, next door to the Woodman before moving to 45 Littlewood Road in 1959. I have so many fond memories of growing up in a family of ten children with Margaret and Tony Perks being my half brother and sister. In our Ridgway family there were, in order of ages, Elaine, myself, June, twins John & Betty, Joan, Alan and Caroline.’ Sheila also mentions her Dad, Ted, who was a shunter on the Tony loco steam engine, Mr Westwood, Jack Meek, PC Weekes, Vera Pringle, Mr Brough and Mr Thomas.
RESPONSES John Turner appreciated a ready response to his ‘Memories’ of last week starting with a phone call from Rob Perks and an email from a long lost cousin, John Harper, who hadn’t seen him for over 50 years. Also some memories from their schooldays fromMoss Fisher.
Mick Clark also emails with more research on the Wollaston family tree going further back to the mid 1600s.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS A Rosemary Tileries full page advert dated 15 Dec 1933, George Horton’s United Methodist School Hymn Book and signed by him of ‘Dunduck Lane’, and a 5 page article written by Peter Cadman and published in the ‘History Revealed’ magazine about Cadman’s Cottage in Sydney with the connection to his own family supported with documents dating back to the 1820’s.
OLD NEWSPAPERS (Staffs Advertiser) researched by Dave Washington A court case involving Nellie Farrington of 169 Station Street (1940) and a serious attack on Cheslyn Hay schoolteacher Miss Gray by Thomas Vaughan of Wolverhampton Road (1921). Copy of any Newspaper Report £1.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
19th January 1967 Letter re the appeal on behalf of the Earl Haig Fund, in Novemberfrom Mrs M J Perks, Poppy Day organiser, 115 Station Street, Cheslyn Hay.
19th January 1967 Full details of the work begun on a £5,500 scheme to divert Wyrley Brook, the primary cause of flooding on the Littlewood Estate, Cheslyn Hay.
19th January 1967 Last week’s meeting of Cheslyn Hay Salem Wesley Guild in the form of a literary evening given by Miss Colleen Horton, together with Sheila Jones, Bertram Hackett and Mrs B Hackett.
20th January 1917 A very interesting address by the Rev. R T Rowley on ‘Nature’.
MEMORIES More priceless snippets from Diana extracted from the wonderful diaries of her Auntie Kath (nee Wootton) who was married to the headmaster Isaac (Jim) Stokes mentioning events with
Bert Hackett, Rhoda Cartwright, Ronnie Devereux, Don Lowe, Mr Kerry, the Stokes family, Jack Plant, Walter Bull, Mrs Paradine’s sausage and mash supper, Mrs Brearley, Mrs Dakin and Harold Hawkins.
GENERAL NEWS Posters have been distributed around the village protesting against the loss of more of our Green Belt, with the South Staffs Council preferred option for building 63 houses with a small 30 space car park being on the field directly opposite the Cheslyn Hay School entrances in Saredon Road. There is an Exhibition at the Village Hall on Thursday, 28th January 2pm- 7pm and the consultation period ends February 12th and the poster recommends emailing our MP Gavin Williamson gavin@gavinwilliamson.org or the Council direct developmentplans@sstaffs.gov.uk to protest against this proposal.
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Cheslyn Hay & DLS Weekly News – 8th January 2017

8th January 2017
EVENTS Chat n Char this Thursday, 12th January starts at 10am as usual in the Salem’s Main Hall with Roger’s theme of ‘Mummers and Wassailers’.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Everyone is welcome and members are available for any help and advice on all Cheslyn Hay and local researches.
REQUESTS No requests received this week.
RESPONSES Following on from what appeared to be a straight forward enquiry of a missing number in Hill Street, things have become far more complicated. Lynne (nee Belcher) emails from Canada pointing out that her family lived there in the fifties and adds ‘Regarding the comment in last week’s newsletter that 9 & 11 Hill Street were knocked down and replaced…this is not factual. The two houses were converted into one. A staircase from number 9 was removed and doors were knocked through on the main and bedroom levels. The house was always very ‘bitty’ with small rooms which did not flow. It’s best feature for us was the indoor bathroom and the lovely view of the allotments at the back.’ And Lynne is right of course, but with a bit of research and help from our members we have the house histories from 1954. Also to add to the confusion two former semi-detached cottages (15&17) were demolished and a new property built in its place numbered 15 presumably in 1983 when the last entry for No 17 was registered. So there are two numbers missing in Hill Street – 9 and 17.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Three Carnival photographs of the Gingham Girls and the Shantelles from Angela (nee Dawson) but we are currently trying to name them all. Now available at the Base for anyone to help! £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS A Great Wyrley Labour Club one penny token only to be redeemed behind the bar, also a newspaper cutting of the Sam Lowe & Beatrice Hawkins wedding with guest list and gifts, Lowe photographs and a Salem Concert Programme dated 16 Oct 1927.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
12th January 1967 A story re the Cheslyn Hay Youth Club which six months ago was in danger of closing through lack of support and adult leaders, is once again thriving.
12th January 1967 A meeting of Cheslyn Hay Over 60s Club, with reference to Mrs D Smith, Mr G Hickman, Miss Redding, Mrs G Plant, Mr C Hassall, Mrs C Hook, Mrs Edwards and Mrs Allman.
13th January 1917 Persons having seed potatoes of various resistance to wart disease are requested to communicate the quantity and price at once and all persons desiring Allotment Land are requested to send in their applications within 14 days. Details given.
13th January 1917 The son of William John Harris, of Low Street, Cheslyn Hay, is to be sent to a training ship, on the grounds that he was not under the control of his parents. Evidence given by Police Sgt Wright.
13th January 1917 The weekly meeting of the Local Relief Committee and the Red Cross Society with Mr F W Hawkins, Mrs Edalji, Mrs F W Hawkins, Mrs W Wollaston, Mrs T Kingston, Mrs H Cartwright, Mrs Brindley, Mrs W Kingston, Mrs T Hood and Miss W Brearley.
13th January 1917 Details of the Women’s Working Committee for a large number of eggs and money to the National Egg Fund at London mentioning Mrs Wynn and Gertie Whitehouse, the daughter of Mr Dan Whitehouse.
13th January 1917 On Monday evening the final financial results of the concert held a short time ago at the Red Lion, for the benefit of Handel Altree were declared by Messrs W Heminsley, J Walker and G Seedhouse
13th January 1917 A visit from Australia from a relative of Mr Josiah Whitehouse, of Hill Street.
MEMORIES From a new member John Turner who lived in Cheslyn Hay from his birth in 1945 until he married in 1975. He lived in the High Street just down from the Primary School, his father being the decorator on the village and he had a brother Des, who died eleven years ago. He relates his memories of his schooldays and his life on the village naming Miss Thomas, ‘Taffy’ Blount, Mr Cadman,Mr Martin, Clive Kendrick, Jimmy Goodman, David Hewitt, Ian Lawson and Robert Perks.
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Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 1st January 2017

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.
REQUESTS An appeal that is a longshot from Mike Potts. He has been searching for photographs of his relatives from his family for a number of years but all to no avail. They are all Potts – Mr Jessie (1825-1905), Mary (b1826), Sarah (1850), John (1852), William (1854), Elizabeth/Betsy (1857 later Bown), Benjamin (1859), Henry (1865 – Mike’s g-g-grandfather), Liza (1860 – later Lockett), Fred (1868), & Adelaide (1848).
RESPONSES Between Mick Clark, June Wollaston, Andrew and Vi, Bill’s recent enquiry into his Wollaston family has been fully answered with all details of the Wollaston family named and recorded. June also mentions that she has traced the Wo(o)llaston direct line back to Isaac (b1715) and Andrew adds that the Wollaston family has been researched back to pre 1200.
Last week’s enquiry into the ‘missing house at 9 Hill Street has also been solved with details of the houses knocked down and rebuilt.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS No new photographs but we have had a remarkable update from Geoffrey Boulton on one of our Mystery Photographs from what was probably taken after the wedding of Jim and Beatrice Perry in WWI. Despite the 15 Perrys & Broughs already named, Geoffrey adds another four to the Perry family – Clara ‘Cissie’, Elsie May (nee Saffhill), Violet (nee Withey) and Sydney Perry. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS A newspaper cutting sent by Rosemary Read on the history of the Rose and Crown.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
5th January 1967 Details of the criticism of members and doubts about their loyalties were expressed at the annual meeting last week of Cheslyn Hay Allotees and Cottage Gardeners Association by Mr Oscar Dunn also involving A E Groom, Mr W S Belcher, Jack Corfield, Dennis Dunn, Jack Dace, Des Bailey, C Baker, G R Gregory, L Belcher, H McCulloch, S Knott, A E Groom, G Hunter, G Jones, L Cooper.
5th January 1967 The old post office in Cheslyn Hay will soon be getting a face lift when it is fitted out with all the latest amenities – blower system included – of a betting office granted for the premises at Cannock Magistrates Court on Monday to Mr James Heminsley. Objections raised by Mr Edward Cliff and Mr Sydney Jones.
6th January 1917 The funeral of the late Mrs John Hawkins of Cheslyn Hay.
6th January 1917 Information on the Cheslyn Hay Social Class, formed nearly 20 years ago.
6th January 1917 On Sunday afternoon the remains of the late Mr Thomas Hawkins, of Hill Street, were laid to rest at the local cemetery with full details of the mourners and bearers.
6th January 1917 Information on Messrs R Brough and C T Lawson canvassing the township soliciting subscriptions towards purchasing a Roll of Honour.
6th January 1917 Details of the visit of Private William Cartwright, son of Mr H Cartwright of Station Street, who is in the 9th South Stafford’s.
6th January 1917 In connection with the Working Men’s Club and Institute there have been various competitions during the Christmas holidays with Mr S Sambrooks, G Barker, A Hawkins, A Richards, W Morris and W Chetter being successful.
6th January 1917 The members of the Victoria Brass Band are congratulated on their efforts for the Wolverhampton General Hospital Shilling Fund.
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Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 25th December 2016

25th December 2016
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday including this Tuesday, 27th December and this week I have arranged to meet the g-g-grandson of the Rev George Crutchley on Wednesday, 28th December at 10am. All who are interested are invited.
REQUESTS From one of our members who states ‘There is not a number 9 Hill Street. There is a number 7 and a number 11 but with no space for a number 9. I feel sure that one of your members can tell me what happened to number 9.’
RESPONSES John Husbands promptly answers Al Brown’s enquiry to say that the anti aircraft battery at Middle Hill was 400-500 yards further down the Wolverhampton Road towards Cannock from the nissen huts where he lived.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
29th December 1966 Cheslyn Hay’s flood appeal has now officially closed with details about the fund.
30th December 1916 Details of a collection taken by 12 schoolgirls the Belgian Fatherless Fund.
30th December 1916 The Christmas visit of the injured Sergeant W Altree.
30th December 1916 Private J Baker, son of Mr William Baker, with a story of his return to his regiment after a brief furlough.
30th December 1916 The death of Mr Thomas Hawkins, one of the oldest and respected citizens.
MEMORIES Further to the recently mentioned Dundalk Lane cottages, Peter Cadman adds his own recollections and their history. Also with memories of Bobbies Entry, Jim Wise, Clarice & Fred Biddle, Mr & Mrs Preece, Hilda Biddle, Arnold & Ethel Horton, George, Cynthia & Margaret Horton, Alan Stanley, Dulcie, Horace & Chris Jervis, Joe & Eunice Cadman, David Southerton, Owen Illidge, Ian Scott, Harry ‘Iron Man’ Bate, Mr Bown and Bill Kendall.
WWI COMMEMORATION This January we commemorate the death of 17294 William Holt of the 7th Service Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment who was killed on 23rd November 1916, aged 32, son of John and Rose Holt and buried with honour at the Queens Cemetery at Bucquoy.
GENERAL NEWS After a few complimentary enquiries as to whom are responsible for the Christmas lights around the village this year, it is our Parish Council who deserves our appreciation.
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Cheslyn Hay &DLHS Weekly News – 18th December 2016

EVENTS No events organised now until the New Year.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday including the following Tuesday, 27th December. Come and join us even if its only for a coffee and a biscuit!
REQUESTS Bill asks for more information on his Wollaston family emailing ‘Did John Wollaston (b1848) & Ellen Cartwright (b1854) have a daughter called Millie and one named Mildred Ann, or are they the same person? Also did her siblings Clara (b1891), Adelaide (b1879), Henry (b1883) and Eleanor May (b1895) marry and have any children ?
RESPONSES John’s ‘Memories’ certainly hit home last week with several responses all recalling the nissen huts and their inhabitants and adding their own memories.
Also more school memories this time from Lesley Marsh involving David Gardiner, Mr Burton (Maths), Miss Cross (RE), Mrs Hollingsworth (Domestic Science), Mrs Aston (History) and Bob Pointon (Science) and his daughter Gillian.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS One of the full St Marks Choir in the 1940s with only Tony Read named. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
21st December 1966 Cheslyn Hay Over-60 Club’s Christmas Party with special mentions of Gladys Plant, Mrs D Smith, Mrs G Hackett, the Rev G Jenkins, the Rev E Marsh, Mrs Farrington, Mrs Waltho, Mrs Jones, Mrs Smith, Mrs Jones, Mr C Hassall, Nurse Brooks and Mrs W S Whitehouse.
23rd December 1916 Details of the shopkeepers and their decorations.
23rd December 1916 During the last week-end comments of the business transacted at the Cheslyn Hay post office.
23rd December 1916 Mr R Brough and Mr C T Lawson canvassing for donations for a Memorial Roll of Honour.
23rd December 1916 Quite a large crowd assembled outside the local Picture Palace on Monday evening to witness the great film ‘The Battle of the Somme’ with other pictures but it had to be cancelled. However thanks to the local bell crier the matter was resolved.
MEMORIES Following on from last week, more recollections from John Husbands with stories of working at Corrnelius Whitehouse & Sons in Bridgtown with Jimmy Wise and Norman Swan. Also at Abbey Dropforgings with Tom Prestwood, Roy Kingston and his younger brother Boyd and also Colin Jones. Plus humorous stories of life on ‘the Bonk’.
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of our members and particularly to all the contributors throughout the year.
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Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 11th December 2016

EVENTS No events this week.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we have a meeting researching the White Lodge in Cross Street.
REQUESTS No requests received this week.
RESPONSES After June’s request last week for information on her grandfather, Joseph Turner (1862-1933), we have discovered his wedding to Emma (nee Perry)and their family Jas Ernest Turner (b1885), Sarah Ann (1890), Edward (1897) & Eliza (1899) with full details.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS One photograph ‘The final days of G H Hudson’s, Undertakers and Carpentry Shop, once the Old Lot School’, Peggy Walley at Fishers Farm on her wedding day in 1952, one of her husband Enoch Reuben (‘Jim’) Cooper, at their home, The Dell in Rosemary Road and one of Peggy with her alsatian Tosca. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS A newspaper cutting dated 16 April 1959 of a dinner honouring 110 retired veterans from Hawkins Colliery. Also a small shield for the Cheslyn Hay Tennis Club Mixed Doubles in 1985.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
15th December 1966 Problems with tipping on waste land at Cheslyn Hay.
15th December 1966 A section of the road from Landywood to Cheslyn Hay, known as Jeff’s Knob, was described by a Great Wyrley Parish Councillor as “The blackest spot in Landywood” with full details.
MEMORIES from John Husbands covering his life on the Squatters Camp in Middle Hill and his school days with stories involving Dick Dickens, the two Isherwood girls, the Mabelles, Mavis Guy and her family, Sandra Bowyer, Mary Whittaker, April Fern, Gerald & Philomena Hill. Trevor (Porky) Bates, Roy Emberton, Francis Teece, Tony Waite, Tony Cascarino, Wilfred Barker, Bob (Robert) Moorcroft, Bob Cooper, Ann Webb, Valerie Marshall, Jackie Cross, the Hemingsleys, Vivienne Lee, Peter Wilner, Barbara Morris, Barbara Benton, Roger Moore, Joy Gretton, the Ridgeways, Maureen Willetts, Alan Nightingale, Trevor & Norman Lee as well as Wilfred Barker and the fantastic drawings he used to do of the WWII fighter planes. Also stories with teachers Mr Bradley, Mr Harris and Mr Follows plus recollections of Dr Malone and Dr Stott and the wonderful days of the forties and fifties.
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