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Weekly News – 29th November 2015

EVENTS The Locketts get-together is at our Base this Tuesday, 1st December to exchange Family Tree research and photographs etc. We are available to help from 9am – 1pm.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we are concentrating on the Lockett family. Anyone with any connections whatsoever to the family will be warmly welcomed. If more information required please phone me on 01922 414772.

REQUESTS Deborah Harvey emails this week from Hampshire enquiring about a photograph we mentioned on our website and states ‘My name is Deborah Harvey and I am the daughter of Norman Plant. Sadly my father passed away in June 2012 and I would very much like to purchase a copy of the photograph mentioned plus any other photographs you may have of the Plant family. I would really appreciate your help in identifying any historical photo’s of the Plant family or the Worsey family as my grandmother was Hilda Worsey. Unfortunately, my grandfather died when I was five but I was a regular visitor to Cheslyn Hay to stay with my Nan and have very fond memories of Hill Street.’ And then Deborah solves a longstanding mystery in respect of the name ‘Beckett’ within the family and she now is planning a visit to the Base in the New Year to meet up with her Plant and Worsey relatives whom she has not seen for 38 years.

Also Joan Clark from Utah sends in a request ‘My ancestor, Thomas Hicken, was born in Cheslyn Hay and he married Theodosia “Docy” Wilkinson at St Matthews Church in Walsall on 7 January 1757 and also in Cheslyn Hay the same day. They had children Phoebe, Charlotte and Henry and others and I would like to correspond with anyone who is related to this family.’

RESPONSES After Steve Evans’s request of two weeks ago concerning Chris Lawson (b1890) mentioned in Vanessa Morgan’s book ‘Tales My Granddad Told Me’ our old friend Vanessa in Redditch has made contact with Steve and she relates all the connections and stories over the last 100 years between the two Lawson families.

Also Derek Bullock emails from Canada remembering Geoff Barker and recalls Mary & Norman Rushton, Doreen Williams, Percy Smith & Rev Vernon Bullock.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS A Low Street photograph with Harold Hodgkiss, Maurice Kingston & Gerald Heminsley, a Leach family group with Sam & Vic’s daughters and Vi in the 1940s, Una Marshall‘s wedding, Tilly Kingston (1894-1981), Joan Lockley receiving an award from Baroness Gale, Gavin Williamson MP and Bill Oddie, two photographs of the Holly Lane Polish Camp during the war, Cheslyn Hay Railway Station in 1961 and three Mystery Photographs – one of Landywood School in the late fifties, a 1940s St Marks Wedding with a celebratory arch of firemen with only Percy Smith named and a Cheslyn Hay Villa football team c1930 including Tom Goodman and a one-armed player. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington Details of the successes for Samuel Cliff, Thomas Alsop, James Stokes, William Cliff, Thomas & George Wednall, Thomas Dudson & Samuel Russell at the Cannock Annual Ploughing Match (23 Oct 1847) and full information of Thomas Smith‘s court case when he was sentenced to be transported (23 Oct 1852).


4th December 1915 The funeral and the life of Mrs Lucy Bradbury.

4th December 1915 The recreational programme of the Salem Institute, adjoining the Salem Schools.

MEMORIES With this week’s request for the Plant family it seems appropriate to delve into our ‘Interviews’ volume for the memories of Reg Plant of Wood Green dated 3rd July 2002. The memories contain stories of Hill Street, Doctor Tomkinson, Effie Goodman, Barbara Kingston and all the Plant family.

WWI COMMEMORATION This coming month, December, we commemorate the death of John Lockett, of the 1/2nd Battalion of the North Midland Field Company, Royal Engineers, with full details.

TONY READ Sad news of the passing of Tony, Cheslyn Hay’s most famous son, last Saturday evening. Born and bred in The Lot, Tony became a renowned author and producer responsible for many TV successes including ‘This Man Craig’, The Trouble Shooters’, ‘The Lotus Eaters’, ‘Doctor Who’ and even more recently ‘Heartbeat’ but it is his 20th century political and military hardbacks such as ‘Kristallnacht’ which won the Wingate Literary Prize in 1989 and ‘The World on Fire: 1919 and the Battle of Bolshevism’ that reflect his standing throughout the western world.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 15th November 2015

15th November 2015
EVENTS We will be supporting our friends at the Great Wyrley Local History Annual Exhibition next Saturday 21st November with a display from 10am – 4pm at Harrisons Club in Wharwell Lane, Great Wyrley. They will also be launching their new book ‘Our Village – A Walk through Time’ priced at £6, which we will also have in stock to sell for them.
OUR SALEM BASE Our Salem Base is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Everyone is welcome.
REQUESTS Steve Evans from Carlisle asks ‘Do you have records of the Lawsons in Cheslyn Hay? My mother was Eva Lawson (b1895) in Bridgtown. I note that Vanessa Morgan who has produced ‘Tales my Grandad Told Me’ says that her grandfather was Chris Lawson (b1890) and I’m wondering whether her grandfather was my uncle. By the time I was growing up, he was living in Birmingham.’
And from Bill Thomason in Manchester who emails ‘I have quite a few Cartwrights in my family, the first one was my g-grandmother, Leah (b1863 Staffordshire) and she married Solomon Thomason in1889. Another, Ellen, married John Wollaston and I have had several others in Cheslyn Hay and surrounding districts. Can your team please see if there is a connection to a Sarah Cartwright (1801-1882) as she was mentioned in your Newsletter marrying a Joseph Jackson in 1889.’
Then Terry Saunders from the North East emails ‘I was born and lived in Bloxwich until 1959 and one of my aunties, Ethel Brown, my dad’s sister, lived in Fern Cottage Upper Landywood with her family. The Saunders family lived in Broad Lane, Bloxwich and Ethel was the eldest sister and Landywood was considered quite far flung for a family who did not have a car between them. The other siblings were Lilian (died in a bus crash in Bloxwich late 1940s/early fifties), Arthur (died in late 1950s/early sixties), my Dad, Alfred, died in1972 and Hilda who we saw very regularly died probably in the 1980s maybe even the 90s.’ Terry is the only child of this line of the Saunders but would welcome any news of the local families.
Derrick of the Bridgtown LHS has informed us of a project that he is involved with. Judith, a volunteer with the Stafford Record Office, is transcribing the 1916 diary of Elizabeth Whitehouse who then lived at a house called Clonskeagh, on the Walsall Road in Bridgtown, with her husband, William, who was an edge tool manufacturer in Wolverhampton and his father, Henry, lived in Shoal Hill. The diary is a fascinating record of life around our area 100 years ago and it should be completely transcribed by the end of this year. The family home, Clonskeagh, is now the Bridgtown Social Club and Derrick and Judith are appealing for any information on this branch of the Whitehouse family but we know that Henry, who lived in Shoal Hill, was the last born of the Whitehouse brothers and was 14 years younger than the renowned Cornelius.
RESPONSES Our researchers, Jean and Andrew, have looked into Bernard’s Cartwright family, but have pointed out the discrepancies in his family tree however Jean has discovered the will of Sarah Tuft (nee Cartwright widow of Joseph) and lists all the information required. Also Jean provides details of the burial of her husband Joseph.
We have also been able to provide Dean with plenty of information on his Richard Merchant family, supplying him with photographs of Mons Perchant’s stage career in the early part of the last century as well as introducing him to two of his grandsons, who are also members, to provide him with full details of his life.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Several of the Wootton family of Black Lees Farm with Will, Louise, Clare, Mac, Bob, Julie, Roger, Sheila, Annie and the 1921 wedding of Will Wootton & Lily Frances Croxton and their 37 guests. Also two of Harold ‘Rote’ Kingston & Maurice of Queen Street, a Home Guard photograph lined up outside the Cheslyn Hay WMC, and a 1937 Miss L Saunders Infants Class with Ken Heminsley, Arthur Lockett, Roger Wootton, Frank Worsey, Dennis Ames, Des Thomas, Stan Davis, Wilf Kendall, – Davies, Jeff Wright, Beatrice Steadman, Val Dutton, Aileen Sassell, Kath Preece, Kath Perks, Gladys Crutchley, Violet Lockett, Stan Allen, Audrey James, Billy Roberts, Marjorie Hulme, Terence Roberts, May Benton, Jack Plant, Derek Withey, Ron Mellor, Topper Davies & Jeff Potts. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS More items added to the Graham Martin Collection including the history of the Green Bus Company and the local bus timetable dated 11 November 1963. Also National Savings Certificates dated 13 August 1951.
18th November 1965 Extensive details of the lives of Mr and Mrs Clarence Dace.
18th November 1965 The Annual Autumn Fair of the Cheslyn Hay Salem Methodist Church with details of all the Stallholders and all the people and organisations involved.
20th November 1915 Her Majesty the Queen accompanied by Princess Mary and Lady Pagett on an inspection and was driven by a Cheslyn Hay corporal.
GENERAL NEWS The Cheslyn Hay Co-operative Store, opposite the Salem, have generously offered to sell our recently launched book ‘Cheslyn Hay Through the 1900s’ in their shop and all proceeds will be donated back to our History Society as their manager, Cheslyn Hay born Steve Reeves, is keen to promote the shop’s local connections.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 8th November 2015

EVENTS Chat ‘n’ Char this Thursday, 8th October is in the Salem Main Hall as usual with Roger’s theme this month is ‘Freaky Fun’. Prizes awarded for the best Halloween costumes. Doors open at 9.30am.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Last week we had a visitor, Andrew, after information on his relative Don Wollaston (1917 – 1997) of Low Street and thanks to our Wollaston researchers, Mick and June, we have linked into the Wollaston family tree and even produced a school photograph of him in 1925. Andrew is visiting again this Tuesday, mid morning, to see the results of our research.
REQUESTS Bill Willis requests if Ralph Farrington has a photograph of William Harry Willis who married Mary Ann Farrington who would have been his great aunt as he has not included one in his book ‘Ar Woz a War Kin Ar Woz’.
Bernard emails from Sacramento tracing the Cartwright side of his family with infomation on his g-g-grandfather, Joseph Jackson (1787-1837) who lived at Holly Bush Hall married Sarah Cartwright (1801-1882) as well as Thomas Cartwright (1756-1801), Sarah Holland (1761-?), Foxall Cartwright (1718-1785), Susan Owen (1721-?), John Cartwright (1690-1715), Elizabeth Foxall (1694-?), Thomas Cartwright (1756-1801), Joseph Tufft (1808-1853), Lucy Catherine Tufft (1843-1915), Joseph Tufft (1846-?). Joseph Tufft Snr was a butcher in Cheslyn Hay and Bernard outlines the family story in Cheslyn Hay as well aswho emigrated to America.
RESPONSES Ray Franks supplies answers to Peggie’s family research as William Pinson married into his family.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Two of the Cheslyn Hay Ladies Keep Fit Class of 1984 – one where all the 25 members are named with Beryl Lunn, Linda Massey, Brenda Jones, Peggy Bouns, Pat Edwards, Beryl Jones, Vivienne Bates, Chris Cooper, Chris Boyles, Jean Bradbury, Annette Bentley, Abbey Higgs, Joyce Leeke, Mavis Fowler, Micheline Clark, Pat Smith, Chris Carvey, Chris Piper, Rose Chambers, Phyllis Evans, Dot Tonks, Mary Davidson, Eileen McCourt, Gail Mabbuley & Maureen Toddington but we have no names for the other class of fourteen. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS A copy of the recently published book ‘The Story of SCAMP (Sankeys Corner Arts Miners Project) and a Brief History of Horses in Mines’ book donated by Burntwood Chase Heritage Group.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington A list of subscribers led by William Shorter is published as a result of an appeal to build an Infants School in Cheslyn Hay and the date suggests that this could be the Lot School. Also a rape charge by four men against the besom maker Harriet Whitehouse and Elizabeth Hodgkiss. Four pages of full details of the court case and the sentence. (18 March 1840)
11th November 1965 The funeral of Mrs Ada Allinson of 161 Station Street
13th November 1915 Important Notice which gives details of the ‘BRITANNIA HALL CHESLYN HAY’ RE-OPENING Monday November 8th 1915.
13th November 1915 Details iMaud Mary Potts.
13th November 1915 On Monday evening last the celebration of the Golden Wedding of Mr and Mrs William Follows with details of the guests etc.
13th November 1915 During the past week a collection has been made at the Bricklayers Arms and White Lion for the benefit of William Brevitt with full details.
MEMORIES More nostalgia has been stirred from our latest book for 83 year old Geoff Barker who remembers all the old names and places that are mentioned and he recalls stories from the 1940s of Jeffs Knob, ‘Grandad’ Perks, Hawkins Coppice Colliery, the Cheslyn Hay Auxiliary Fire Service, his father Charlie Barker, David Cartwright, Mary Leach, Percy Smith and Vernon Bullock.
Also Ged Huffadine recalls stories of his g-granddad, Walter Hackett who was the butcher in Cheslyn Hay.
CHESLYN HAY THROUGH THE 1900s On page 7 of our latest book there is a photograph named as the Carpenter family, but it has transpired that it is the Follows family and the correct caption should read ‘The Cheslyn Hay Follows family of High Street in 1902. Standing – William Follows Jnr, George Follows, Benjamin Carpenter, William Follows Snr, Ted Brough, Jabez Hood, Handel Altree. Seated – Florrie Carpenter (nee Follows) with baby Garland, Sarah Follows (nee Tricklebank), Eliza Hood (nee Follows) with baby Archie, Nellie Altree (nee Follows). Front – Wes Brough & Mabel Hood.
LOCKETT FAMILY REUNION After the interest created by Moses Lockett’s 1859 Christening jug, we are now organising a Lockett’s get-together on Tuesday 1st December in the Main Hall of the Salem. Everyone is welcome who has any connection at all to the Cheslyn Hay Locketts and we have 219 photographs of the Locketts in our archives but we ask if everyone will bring their own photographs, family trees etc to exchange and update information.
GENERAL NEWS There is an Exhibition at the Museum of Cannock Chase commemorating the centenary of World War One and it continues until 18th December 2015 and there is a talk by Stephen Dean on ‘The Messines and Cannock Chase’ at 2pm on Wednesday 11th November 2015. Admission £2.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 1st November 2015

EVENTS  Next Sunday, 8th November, is Remembrance Sunday and we will be laying our usual wreath at our War Memorial.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.

REQUESTS  Received a request this week from the g-grandson of ‘Mons Perchant’ and he states that all he knows about him was that he was a ventriloquist and entertainer and was also friends with Charlie Chaplin. The request is for photographs and information which we have plenty of.

RESPONSES  Our researcher Andrew is able to help Peggy with her Pinson research with Mary’s parents being William and Ann Pinson and giving dates of baptisms and also tracing the family back to the 1700s.

Following Alan Jones request from the mention of the gin pit mines in our area in Ralph Farrington’s book, Ralph is now in touch with Alan to provide him with much more information passed down from his grandfather, Walter Farrington, a Union Official, and his g-grandfather Thomas.  The Farrington family were embroiled in the Edalji case and are amongst a number of critics of Conan Doyle in his involvement in the affair.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  A handful of photographs of the Kingston family including Maurice, Mary, Tilly & Don, plus ones of Topper Davis, Graham Sleigh, George Brown, Norman Beckitt Plant, Derek Haynes, Harry Plant and Johnny Griffiths plus snaps of the Nook Mound, the old Swingbridge and the bridge near the Canal House – all from the 1940s & 50s.  £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS    This week we have received what I think is priceless – the Christening mug of our famed Moses Lockett and it’s dated 1859.  Also an original Special Memorial Service programme from the Salem on the death of Queen Victoria dated 3rd February 1901 and a 1966 newspaper report of Daisy Ellison visiting her mother Mrs M Jones of 123 High Street for the first time since she emigrated to Canada.

OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington  A meeting of the inhabitants of Cheslyn Hay & Great Wyrley to build a church with a list of donors and subscriptions, the sale of James Shorter‘s shops and the auction of the Mary Hall’s farmhouse, land, cottages and nail shops.  All from the 1800s.


4th November 1965  Details of the life of Enoch James Holland of 1 Windsor Road, who celebrates 50 years of marriage on Sunday.  Also of the family oak chest dared 1469.

6th November 1915  Cheslyn Hay celebrating the Wyrley Wakes and a long and detailed history of the Wyrley Wakes.

6th November 1915  An accident at the Old Nook workings to Mr R Parton.

6th November 1915  A story of the National Egg Collection Fund naming the full Working Women’s Committee who continue raising funds in all areas.

6th November 1915  The Annual Wake Don Tournament at the WMC naming all the successful competitors.

6th November 1915 Eight more names inserted on the Roll of Fame.  Also a note of what happened to them.

6th November 1915  The village hall is to re-open on Monday as a cinema.

6th November 1915  Court case of William Lockett of Queen Street with full details.


Cheslyn Hay News – 25th October 2015

25th October 2015
EVENTS This month’s speaker is the popular John Billingham with a nostalgic talk ‘Life in the 1950s’. This Thursday, 29th October, at the Salem starting at 7.30pm. Admission £1 including refreshments. Everybody welcome.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. We’re now fully staffed to cope with all enquiries, including family history research, after the aftermath of the Exhibition.
REQUESTS With the help our researchers were able to provide Peggie with on her Steadman’s Cheslyn Hay connections, she has now been able to go back much further tracing them back to the 1770s and has provided us with a comprehensive and fascinating tree. Now Peggie has put in another request as she is looking for any information on the Mary Pinson who married John Steadman and lived in Cheslyn Hay throughout the second half of the 19th century.
And Bernard emails from Sacramento in California recalling his ‘fond memories’ of his recent journey to Cheslyn Hay but is interested in Sally Hopwood’s mention of her Hitchins connection and wonders if her ‘Hitchins’ is the same family as his own ‘Hitchens’ one, with the slight variance in spelling. We are now following up on this.
RESPONSES Steve Evans has been in touch after Mike Potts’ request to contact him and they are now in touch after a break of 60 years! Steve also ordered several photographs from the Exhibition some of which includes his father which he has never seen before. One was in the Pinfold Lane class of 1882 – 133 years ago! Steve has also been able to point out several items on the photographs and we are looking into every one to clear up the queries.
Also Susan Howell is interested in exchanging information with Sally from Stone who is also researching her Lockett/Elwell tree. Susan emails that she has photographs of the Lockett family, and gives information on Job Lockett, Lydia Elwell and their daughter was Dorothy Lockett as well as Joseph Evans, of Cow Shed Row, Great Wyrley and adds ‘This is where I started with my search for the Farringtons. If it was not for the kind help at your History Society I would not have found where Cow Shed Row was. I have enjoyed my family research and the information you and the history society has supplied me with. I got so much more than I bargained for the day I visited Cheslyn Hay & District local history society. I got far more information and opinions than I would have ever found from Ancestry or FMP. You are a wealth of information and historical research, I am so glad you are all looking after my grandchildren’s history.’
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Several excellent photographs have been received of the Tonks, Piatt and Perks families including two weddings, Bill & Harry Tonks in WWII, a handful of Carnival photographs from the early sixties with Sid Bickley as Charlie Chaplin and Bill Tonks as Cassius Clay. Also snaps of Cyril Harris, Doug Wilcox, Dot Wilkinson, Joan Ridgway, Sylvia Peach, Len Parkes and Daisy Harvey, plus one of the old swingbridge and a postcard of St Mark’s Church in 1911. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Programme of the Great Wyrley Methodist Church 90th Anniversary including the History of Great Wyrley Wesleyan Church.
30th October 1915 An interesting story of the Working Men’s Club with Mr Aaron Richards, Mr Albert Whitehouse and Mr Ernest Holmes.
30th October 1915 Details of ‘exciting’ letters from the front from Joe Wesley and Charles Smallman.
MEMORIES We have received much praise for our latest book ‘Cheslyn Hay through the 1900s’ and it has triggered many memories and we have included details concerning Alan Bates, Dick Hood, Jack Allsop and his only daughter, Anne, Len Smith, George Smith, Colonel Harrison, William Harrison, as well as the three mines – Wyrley No 3 (Harrisons), The Grove and Mid Cannock. Also memories of Floss Heydon, Avis Allen, Bill Tudor, the Norman Wright Band and Swift’s taxis of Cheslyn Hay.
WWI COMMEMORATION This coming month, November, we commemorate the death of Walter Edwin Bickley, giving full details.
BRIDGTOWN BOOK We are now stocking Bridgtown’s latest book ‘Bridgtown Bits & Bobs’ by David Williams & John Devey priced at £6. Available at our Base or by email.
GENERAL NEWS Thanks to the prompt action of our Parish Council, our Village Pump has now been repaired and re-installed last Wednesday in its usual place in Cross Street.
DORA LEIGHTON (nee RICHARDS) Dora sadly passed away last week in hospital after a fall at home at the age of 99. Dora will be remembered for ever by hundreds of the local girls who she tutored at her School of Dance in Bridgtown for several decades. Her passing is also the closure of another chapter of the close connection between the Cheslyn Hay and Bridgtown communities. A sad time for Dora’s family, but there must be some consolation in knowing what memories Dora has left behind. A grand tribute to her life.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 18th October 2015

EVENTS No events this week.
OUR SALEM BASE Our Salem Base is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we have an enquiry for researching all of our old Cheslyn Hay maps with Daz available for advice and information.
REQUESTS Mike Potts wishes to contact Steve Evans, from Leeds, who was a visitor at our Annual Exhibition two weeks ago, but Mike was unaware of his presence. Steve was a very good friend of his brother, Larry, and he hasn’t seen him for over sixty years.
And Alan Jones, the author of ‘The Edaljis – A Family in Turmoil’, enquires about the Gin Pit Mines in our area and emails ‘In one of the books on display at a stand in your recent Exhibition I came across a reference to these pits and how the local mine owners frowned upon them and closed them down. The article seemed to indicate that this struggle took place during the Edalji crisis and it indicated that some of the animals attacked belonged to pit owners, so I would appreciate any further information.’
RESPONSES Following a request from Donald Savage a few weeks ago hoping to contact Christine Perkins (nee Cadman), she has now been in touch and has been delighted to have had a lengthy conversation with her mentor from 50 years ago.
Also we have been able to supply Sally, from Stone, with a list of photographs of her Lockett/Pee/Hitchens/Elwell family as well as recorded memories of the Pees whilst Andrew and Vi, our researchers, have outlined the family trees of them all with Joseph Lockett being the furthest back, born in 1660, and also confirming the Locketts were established in Cheslyn Hay from the early 1700s. Sally is now arranging a day at our Base to gather all the information.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Carried forward to next week.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Marriage Certificate and Birth Certificates of Harry Tonks (1910) and Nora Perks (1913) of Low Street as well as Henry Tonks funeral invoice and a Poster with David Wilkie at the Cheslyn Hay Sports Centre dated 1981 together with a Scroll of Honour and photograph with Mr H Tonks.
21st October 1965 The funeral service of Mr Simeon Frank Perks, of 6 Coppice Lane, Cheslyn Hay, and details of his life.
21st October 1965 Twenty-two children from Cheslyn Hay Primary School, among them six girls, were presented on Friday night with certificates and pennants for having passed the Cycling Proficiency Test with information on the pupils, the headmaster of the school, Mr J R Martin and Mr W G Mytton, road safety representative for the parish.
23rd October 1915 The funeral and details of Harry Pearson, aged 22.
23rd October 1915 During the last week a tournament of All Fours has taken place at the Cheslyn Hay Working Men’s Club, with details of the prize winners.
23rd October 1915 Resignation of the President of the Cheslyn Hay WMC.
MEMORIES This week we conclude the memories of Mrs Elsie May Pee of 35 Littlewood Road dated 8th May 2002 which include the bus and postal service from Cheslyn Hay to Cannock, Lodge Farm, Mr Williams, Oscar Lewis, her family, World War One and Two as well as the Home Guard, the evacuees and bombs being dropped.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 11th October 2015

11th October 2015
EVENTS No events this week.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Drop in for a browse and a coffee!
REQUESTS Sally Hopwood emails ‘I am researching my family tree and and a lot of my relatives lived in Cheslyn Hay but I am now drawing a blank and would appreciate any information you may have. My g-grandparents are Alice Pee, who married Thomas Lockett, and their parents are George Pee & Hannah Hitchens and Job Lockett & Lydia Elwell. I know they had links with St Marks and my grandmother Ina Roberts, nee Lockett, spent time at the Salem. My great nan’s cousin was Elsie and her husband Joe, and they lived in Cross Street and always had Lassie dogs!! From what I can see the Locketts and the Pees lived in Hatherton Road and I would appreciate any information, facts or even memories of them.
RESPONSES Following our research into the Catherine Tuft enquiry, published last week, Marion appreciates such ‘great information’ but emails ‘I’m going to throw a spanner in the works about the 1843 death. I sent for this death certificate some time ago and her husband Thomas Tuft was present at the death!! I can think of a couple of scenarios here. Either this is a different Catherine, or it could be a mistake on the part of the registrar as could this be her son, Thomas. The Census return shows a Catherine Tuft and son Thomas in Cheslyn Hay but I don’t know how we go about proving that this is the same Catherine. The age on the certificate looks like 51 which is not too far out. Any ideas?’ To which Andrew responds with proof of another Catherine Tuft around the same time.
Re the John Steadman enquiry, all three of our researchers have combined to give a full report of John Steadman’s first marriage to Sarah Barnes and the marriage to Mary Pinson leading up to the emigration to Pennsylvania, USA.’
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS A substantial booklet titled ‘Edwardian Shopping’ issued by the Staffordshire County Council Education Committee as a Local History Source Book. 1911 Marriage Certificate of Ernest Kempson Owen & Edith May Steadman at St Marks with the Askeys as witnesses.
16th October 1915 Story of Mr Shirley M Hawkins on a sick leave furlough after being badly wounded in France.
16th October 1915 Details of dog running handicap meeting with Mr J Pratt, Mr T Perks of ‘The Lot’, and T Tudor.
16th October 1915 News of the working at the Old Nook.
MEMORIES This week we continue with more of the memories of Mrs Elsie May Pee of 35 Littlewood Road dated 8th May 2002 including mentions of Mr Ernie CarterRosannah Wollaxall, Mr Mason and the Whitehouse family and her memories of the Palladium Cinema in Rosemary Road and the Dance Hall next to it, and the Whit Mondays gatherings at Middle Hill and skating on the Razza.
GENERAL NEWS An exceptional day with too many emails to mention praising Roger’s layout with John’s carousel the main centrepiece to highlight Mons Perschant’s stage career with puppets and dolls. It was a bumper day in all respects which was reflected in the takings of £160 just in tea/coffee plus cakes or dripping sandwiches just for a £1. And of course there were several meetings of old faces even from 60 years ago!
The raffle for the Giant Hamper was won by June & Roy Smith of the Landywood Residents Association. Couldn’t have been a better result – a just reward for all the hard work that they have put in on behalf of our local community.