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).
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
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.