Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly Newsletter – 25th June 2017

EVENTS This month’s speaker is the recommended Michael Guest, who is the senior lay vicar chorister at Lichfield Cathedral with his humourous talk entitled ‘Sinning in the Choir’. Thursday, 29th June, at the Salem starting at 7.30pm. Admittance £1 including refreshments.

There have been 4 cancellations for Roger’s trip to York on Thursday, 13th July at £21 per head, which includes entry into the Minster, with a free guided tour, and the Museum, Treasury as well as the Crypts. If interested contact Roger on 01785 212412 as soon as possible please.

OUR SALEM BASE is open to all and sundry every Tuesday from 9am – 2pm. All of our photograph archives, personal collections and documents will be available for viewing or research.

REQUESTS Shirley Willis has the medals of her husband’s grandfather Harry (full name William Harry Willis) mounted in a frame but would really appreciate a photograph to go with it. He was in the South Staffs, regimental number 6405, and he was discharged in July 1917. Shirley appeals to anyone who has researched the Willis family if they can help.

Further to Moss Fisher’s ‘Memories’ in April, he believes he made a mistake when he referred to Glen Ridgeway running the garage at the old fire station. He has been told that it wasn’t Glen but someone of the name of ‘Larger’ or ‘Lager’ and he asks if anyone can confirm this.

RESPONSES More information comes from David Paradine on the Hassall family including Bernard Snr and Ada and their three sons Frank, Colin and Bernard Jnr, but David hasn’t heard from any of them for years and presumes that they are no longer around.

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

29th June 1967 A new school in Glenthorne Drive, Cheslyn Hay.

29th June 1967 Following a recent competition by the organisers of the Best Kept Village Competitions with Tony Cottam, Roger Hull, Jane Townsend, R. Brindley, Susan Dangerfield and Mary Hughes.

30th June 1917 Albert Pearson, Moses Lockett Jnr., Job Ridgway and Leonard Russell in court and a warrant being issued for Lockett for not attending.
30th June 1917 The Friendly Societies Hospital Parade had to be abandoned because of a storm.

MEMORIES From the late Cliff Hooper referring to a strange story told to him many years ago by a local miner.

WWI COMMEMORATION This July we commemorate the death of 19875 Albert Benton of the 9th Service Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment, who died on 14th July 1917, with full details.
MYSTERY PHOTOGRAPH We have received a Mystery Photograph with not one person named. All that is known is on the back of the photo ‘August 1960 – Salem Sunday School Rose Queen’. Can be seen on our society facebook link https://www.facebook.com/groups/www.chdlhs.co.uk/

WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES The families listed below have all been researched by our members so if any member wishes to exchange information with any of our researchers please contact me at the email address below. Likewise if you have researched your family tree and wish to be added on to the list also please contact me.

Adams, Adcock, Allen, Allman, Allsopp, Altree, Anslow, Appleby, Askey, Ashton, Bagguley, Bailey, Baker, Bate/Bates, Beech, Belcher, Benton, Bevan, Biddle, Bill, Birch, Bird, Boot, Boswell, Boulton, Bowen, Bowring, Bradbury, Bray, Brevitt, Brindley, Brookes, Brough, Browell, Brown, Buck, Buckler, Bull, Bullas, Butler, Cadman, Cartwright, Cascarino, Childs, Clarke, Clewley, Collier, Colley, Conno(e)lly, Cooke, Cooper, Cope, Corfield, Craddock, Crutchley, Dace, Davi(e)s, Dawkins, Dawson, Denny, Devey, Dimmock, Dolphin, Dudley, Dukes, Dutton, E(d)gerton, Edmunds, Ellison, Elsworth, Elwell, Evans, Farley, Farnell, Farrington, Fletcher, Follows, Foxhall, Foster, Gallear, Garratt, Gaskin, Gasser, Goodall, Goodfellow, Gorman, Greensill, Gretton, Griffiths, Groome, Hackett, Hall, Hand, Handley, Handy, Harris, Hart, Harvey, Hass(a)ell, Hawkins, Haycock/Haycox, Hayward, Haywood, Heminsley (all spellings), Heningham, Henshaw, Herriott, Hickman, Hodson, Hodg(e)kiss, Holland, Hollis, Holloway, Holmes, Horobin, Howe, Hubery, Hudson, Hughes, Humphries, Jacks, Jackson, Jayes, Jellyman, Jones, Jenkins, Jennings, Jukes, Kendall, Kimber, Kingston, Kinson, Kirk, Knowles, Lawson, La(e)yland, Leadbeater, Leake, Leach, Lee, Lewis, Lindop, Lockett, Lockley, Lunt, Mann, Marsh, Marshall, Martin, Masefield, Mason, Mears, Merchant, Merrick, Micklewright, Millington, Mitchell, Moran, Morgan, Moore, Morris, Newell, Norman, Oakley, Pace, Paddock, Parbrook, Parker, Parsons, Pearce, Pearson, Pee, Pepper, Perks, Perrins, Perry, Pheasant, Piatt, Pinson, Plant, Ponder, Poole, Potts, Powell, Poxon, Preece, Pritchard, Pursehouse, Reaney, Reynolds, Richards, Ridgway, Roberts, Rogers, Rushton, Russell, Sanders, Saunders, Sault, Sassall, Sayers, Scarr(i)ott, Scattergood, Searle, Shenton, Shorter, Showell, Smallman, Smith, Smoute, Squire, Stacey, Stanley, Stanton, Startin, Steadman, Stokes, Sutherton, Sutton, Talbot, Tambs, Taylor, Thomas, Titley, Tricklebank, Turner, Tuft, Walker, Webb, Westwood, Wharmby, Whitehead, Whitehouse, Wilcox, Wilkes, Williams, Winfer, Winter, Withington, Wollaston, Wood, Woodings, Worsey, Wright, Yates.

GENERAL NEWS We have acquired another six copies of the late Jim Evans book ‘The People of Essington’ which he compiled with Michael Albutt in 1996. We will be selling them off at half price at £3 each.

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Cheslyn Hay Newsletter – 18th June 2017

EVENTS Bridgtown LHS are holding a talk on ‘Passchendale – the Local Angle’ by Bob Brevitt on Wednesday, 21st June at 10am but please note that it is to be held at the Bridgtown Social Club and not at the Bethel, whilst renovations to the chapel are being carried out. £1 admission.

Landor LHS have requested to be shown around our village in Cheslyn Hay with a conducted walk and Peter Cadman will be doing the honours on our behalf this Wednesday, 21st June.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week Kevin Boulton from the Staffordshire History Centre in Stafford will be giving a short address at 11am on the new development of the premises which will then hold records up to 1,000 years old, as well as having a new community exhibition space, modern research rooms and strong rooms to provide storage for an additional 25 years of future collections. Our own normal research facilities will be available as normal.

RESPONSES Further to Joan’s request from Australia our local researchers have found mentions of John Harley in the Cheslyn Hay Pinfold Lane Punishment Book and are listed.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS A return bus ticket from The Green Bus Service.
EXTRACTS FROM CANNOCK CHASE COURIER researched by Mike Belcher

This week from the year of 1955. Copy of any Newspaper Report £1 with reports of stories and court case including W Wesley, H Stokes, J Perry, W Baker, S Boulton & S Hughes, G Holmes, H Stokes, A Pearson, Perks, Plant, Miss Redding, Mr Perks, Mrs Ballance, Mrs McCullough, Mrs Perks, Mrs Goodman, Sarah Altree, William Altree, Sheila Steadman, Marilyn Hammond, Mr & Mrs WG Craddock, Mrs Grindley, Frank Chilton, Maureen Poole, Gillian Brough, Malcolm Smith, Carol Thomas, Susan Worsey, Kathleen O’Neil, Lynn Dunn, Tony & Jacqueline Price, Judy Thomas, Jack Pratt, Mr W Mytton, Mr M Richards, Tony Griffiths, John Turner, M Arrowsmith, Terry Haywood, Alan Fidler, K Knowles, Judith Dace, Pauline Brown, G McLachlan, Pauline Whitehouse, Irene Birch, Anne Dace, Dianne Davies, Hilda Walker, Margaret Lawrence, Irene Astbury, Mary Waine, Barry Hassall, David Ridgway, Boyd Kingston, Pat Foster, Margaret Bullock, G Allen, Anne McLachlan, Tony Mitchell, Angela Dace, Mrs Conroy, Mrs Woolley, Mr D Dunn, Mr Parkes, Jimmy Dace, Mrs M Cliff, Mrs M Gretton, Mrs M Smith, Mr H Tonks, Mr W Richardson,Mr B Whitehouse, Messrs G & T Sellman, Mrs E Mitchell, Muriel Mitchell, Wendy Withington, Mrs C Withington, Mrs E Walker, Mrs A Fidler, Barbara Ridgway, Mrs Newman, Mrs Hawkins, Mrs E Stone, Mrs L Hooper, Mr C R Paradine, Henry William Farmer and Charles Major Wilcox. For more details of these reports please contact me via the email address below.

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

22nd June 1967 Cheslyn Hay Primary School’s eighth annual sports day with names of winners and competitors.
23rd June 1917 Cricket match between Cheslyn Hay and the Special Constables on the Coppice Lane Grounds giving scores and details of the match.

MEMORIES From both Pamela Bate and Norma Barta who both recall stories of the local buses and trams and their routes right back to the war years.

WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES Following on from last week’s news that we have completed the scanning of our photographs, we have now compiled a list of 10,511 individual names that have been named in newspaper reports. Like the photographs this is an ever growing record thanks to the work of Sue Challenger and will also be included in our Master Database some time in the future. These names, from Sid Abbott to George Zeal, have been involved in the last 150 years of Cheslyn Hay history and have proved to be an invaluable source of interest to all of our local family historians.

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Cheslyn Hay Newsletter – 11th June 2017

EVENTS There have been 4 cancellations for Roger’s trip to York on Thursday, 13th July at £21 per head including entry into the Minster with a free guided tour to include the Museum, Treasury and the Crypts. If interested please contact Roger 01785 212412 as soon as possible.

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

REQUESTS After John Harley’s ‘Memories’ last week, his daughter, Joan Muegge, from Australia wonders if we have any school records of him before he emigrated in 1948.

RESPONSES Following last week’s enquiry, our researchers have checked local records and confirmed that the 1954 Ward Blossom Queen, Gillian Brough, was not from Cheslyn Hay.

We have supplied several photographs for Neil after his request last week lisiting their connections with the WMC, the Cheslyn Hay Buffs and Elliot Lucas’s.

Mick Clark also emails to give details of the brothers Frank and Derek Perks as they were two of my his mother’s cousins and we have 21 photographs of them to be forwarded on.

Last week’s mention of the gypsy caravan in Bates Paddock with Clara Bates and her husband Tommy in the post war years raised a few memories. Can anyone add any more recollections?
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS ‘The Story of Staffordshire’ has been donated by Kath Walmsley with a two page inscription by the author Mark Hughes BA, Headmaster of Christ Church Schools, Stone, in the front addressed to one of his researchers E A Orton and dated 20th October 1915. Kath cannot recall how the book came into her possession and thus has no knowledge of E A Orton.

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

15th June 1967 Story of the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List awarded to Mrs Lillian Julia Perks.

15th June 1967 Mr R N Crutchley of Cheslyn Hay, has taken over the position of Hon Secretary of the Walsall Junior Youth League with details.

16th June 1917 News of Sergeant Major R Handy of The Lot being awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the French Croix de Guerre, for distinguished bravery with full details.

16th June 1917 Private J Wesley of Station Street, visited his father on a short furlough giving some startling incidents which have taken place in France.

16th June 1917 At the Rawnsley Athletic Sports on Saturday, Mr John Pratt, of the Rose and Crown won the 100 yards flat handicap with details.

16th June 1917 News of the Communal Kitchen during the war.

MEMORIES Once again we have asked Diana to dip into the diaries of her Aunt Kathy (nee Wootton) who was married to the headmaster Isaac (Jim) Stokes with some wonderful stories and local gossip together with names from the the summer of 1960.

VOLUNTEERS The Society has, over the years , built up a photographic archive that provides a unique insight into Cheslyn Hay’s past. The 6,935 photographs, in our collection, record over a 100 years of local events, sites and people. This treasure trove is central to many of the services we offer our members and which we intend to improve upon. All these photographs have been scanned by a team of volunteers using their own equipment and the resultant computer images securely filed away in the ‘cloud’ and we will, over time, be utilising them to provide further services to members. It also addresses the security risk of lost and damaged photographs and ensures their preservation for future generations. This has been a mammoth task over the last two years and the committee wishes to record their appreciation to all of our volunteers and in particular to Mick Fellows, Moss Fisher, Dave Bray, Rob Allan and Graham Parker.
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Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Newsletter – 4th June 2017

EVENTS Our Chat n Char morning this Thursday, 8th June, has been cancelled due to the Salem being used as a Polling Station. Roger also adds that next month’s Chat n Char is replaced with our trip to York on 13th July and asks for all monies outstanding to be either paid to him on Tuesdays at the Base or at the very latest on Speakers Night, 29th June.
OUR SALEM BASE is open as usual from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.
REQUESTS An email from Military Historian, Andrew Thornton, who is looking for help from relatives of any Cheslyn Hay men who served with the 1/2nd North Midland (later 466th) Field Company, Royal Engineers (Territorial Force) during WWI. Andrew is currently updating and expanding on his already extensive research with a view to publishing it. A handful of Cheslyn Hay men are mentioned including G A Brough, (wounded and discharged), 2nd Cpl Patrick Downey (MM lived at Landywood, worked at Bridgtown), Spr Walter E Bickley of 121 High Street) and Spr John Lockett of 129 High Street both killed in action on 13 Oct 1915 plus William Gretton (son of George & Sarah of Modder River).
A request from Bill Thomason for ‘timeline details about Frank Simeon Perks (b1924) and Derek G Perks (b1930). Our researchers are working on it but has anyone more personal knowledge of the two brothers?
Neil Benton is after photographs of his g-g-grandparents John Hassall (1868-1956) and Eliza Pearson (1862-1922) and his g-grandparents Bernard Hassall (1899-1981) and also Ada Benton (b1895 Bloxwich) and Ada’a parents Samuel Benton (1865 -1942) and Alice Ada Lawrence (1865-1947). Have any of our Benton or Hassall researchers any such photographs?
One of our member, who is part of the Brough family is interested to find out if the 1954 Ward Blossom Queen, Gillian Brough, mentioned last week is a relation. Does anyone know which line of the Brough family this Gillian belongs?
RESPONSES Our researchers have solved Pat’s enquiry of last week with the tragic death of ‘Christine Ansell.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Frank Gough of Hill Street (PE-GOU-2) and a wedding photograph of Harold Brough and Mary Whitehouse (PE-WHT-76). £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington The sale of several properties at Cheslyn Hay in 1827 with the owners and tenants being Joseph Stokes, Mr Bickford, Thomas Weaver, William Poyner, William Shepherd, S Walker, W Sambrooke, Isaac Stokes, Richard Groom, Henry Walters, Mr Brindley and Mr Bullhouse, 16 year old Kezia Broomhall of Cheslyn Hay fell 330 feet to her death (27 Nov 1830), 14 year old Samuel Brierley killed at Wyrley New Colliery (23 Jan 1847), William Perks killed crossing the railway line at Great Wyrley (12 Jul 1881) and two Great Wyrley farmers John Thomas Rowley and Caroline Kidson in court with serious charges in 1882 and EE Turvey wounded badly at the front (16 Aug 1915).
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
8th June 1967 The life of Mr W J Smith, the steward of Cheslyn Hay Working Men’s Club.
8th June 1967 Cheslyn Hay youth club on a trip to Blackpool and details of the success of the club in various activitites.
8th June 1967 Cheslyn Hay Young Wives Club cuccessful trip to Rhyl.
9th June 1917 Activities for the wounded and disabled soldiers with Mrs Wynne, Mrs Herbert Perks, Edith Greensill, Elsie Shorter, Bessie Smith, Maggie Robinson, Elizabeth Norman, Gladys Doris Dawkins, Gladys Bown, Eva Lockett, Marjorie Hawkins, Doris Savage, Jessie Parbrook, Ethel Poole and Miriam Cartwright and a story re Mrs Snape of Landywood.
9th June 1917 Details of the Communal Kitchen providing food to the township.
MEMORIES From the early recollections of John Harley, who emigrated to Australia in 1948, of Hitchener’s house, his Gran Birch, Bates’ Paddock, Clara the gypsy, and the old mine workings on the Rec, as well as St Mark’s church.
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Cheslyn Hay &DLHS Weekly News – 21st May 2017

EVENTS We start off this year’s new Speakers Programme with a recommended talk entitled ‘Perceptions of Prostitution in Victorian Lichfield’ and Linzi Cooke is the speaker. This Thursday, 25th May, at the Salem starting at 7.30pm. Admission £1 including refreshments. Everybody welcome.
OUR SALEM BASE is open as usual every Tuesday from 9am – 2pm.
REQUESTS An email request arrived this week from Steve Rochelle. ‘My father served in the South Staffordshire Regt from around 1950-53. Whilst serving in Northern Ireland and Singapore/Hong Kong he knew a Chef by the name of Lote from Cheslyn Hay. I guess there aren’t that many Lotes in Cheslyn Hay so I assume the recently closed Lotes Butcher’s shop have to have connections to this Army cook. So I wonder if you have any information on how to contact the family?’ I have contacted Paul & Janet Harper (nee Lote) from the shop but it isn’t Janet’s father, Jack, as, although he was in the South Staffs, his only overseas posting was in Gibraltar. It is also doubtful that it was his younger brother as he only served in WWII. The only conclusion as Steve suggests it might be a cousin that lived in Cheslyn Hay.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Ernie Carter’s cane and the original keys of 1882 to the Pinfold Lane School!
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington From the local newspapers in the year of 1892 with stories and court case involving W Slaney, C Brough, J Mills, T Jukes, J Harrington, E Jones, E Stanton, J Ingram, W Baker, W Savage, J Smith, C Hawkins, W Jones, Henry Benton, George Pearson, Maud Steadman, Henry Challinor, William Jones, Joseph Pearson, George Pearson, William Westwood, Handel Whitehouse, Mary Davis, Sarah Westwood, Oliver Whitehouse, Mrs Whitehouse of the New Inns, W Crutchley, W Rogers, Edward Smith, Rev Shapurji Edalji, Thomas Sambrooke, James Farnell, W J Devereux, J H Whitehouse, TJ Green, J Groutage and F Biddle. Copy of any Newspaper Report £1.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
25th May 1967 The New Horse Road problem again.
26th May 1917 Working Men’s Club Bowling Green opening ceremony with names.
26th May 1917 The visit of Mr David Clegg, of Blackpool, who has given over 5,000 recitals on the organ in the principal cities and towns of the British Isles, the Continent and America, to Salem Church, on Tuesday.
MEMORIES This week we look at the reminiscences of Ruth Mills, a popular character on the village who kept a shop in Station Street, next door to Nellie Pee’s shoe shop.
MICK FELLOWS FUNERAL is on Thursday, 25th May at the Strawberry Lane Cemetery in Landywood, starting at 10.30am and afterwards at Fishley Park.
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Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 14th May 2017

EVENTS Bridgtown LHS are hosting a talk by Katherine Page entitled ‘Bridgtown before 1860’ this Wednesday, 17th May at 10am at the Bethel Chapel, Union Street, Bridgtown.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday with our researchers also on hand ready to give advice and support.
REQUESTS June Wollaston called into the Base on Tuesday with her family tree that links in with the Handel Whitehouse (b1867) son of Charles Whitehouse and Emma Kitchen and she goes back another two generations to George Whitehouse who married Lucey Brindley at Bednall on 10th May 1790. June requests if anyone can help her to go back even further.
June also is connected to the Warrender family mentioned in last week’s newsletter and has brought in photographs and a range of Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates going well back into the 1800s and enquires if anyone else has any connection with these Warrenders (Albert Snr, Fred, Reginald, Grace, Albert Jnr & Stanley). There is also a link with the Griffiths family.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Fred Harley Snr, Alice Harley & Fred Harley Jnr at Elwell’s Farm c1930 plus Alice Harley, Fred Harley Jnr, Fred Harley Snr & wife Alice. Also one of Connie Richards and one of the Cheslyn Hay WMC as seen from the bowling green in the 1940s and 3 photographs of the model of Hawthorne Cottage built by Graham Collins for our 2011 Exhibition and a copy of the Memorial Service with photograph of Brian Cowley. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Whitehouse family tree going back to George Whitehouse marrying Lucey Brindley as mentioned above. A copy of the 1952 Cannock Rural District Official Guide including the histories and photographs of Cheslyn Hay, Great Wyrley, Saredon & Shareshill.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
18th May 1967 Results of the Cannock Rural District Council Elections in Cheslyn Hay in a very close contest with W G Craddock, R A R Elsmore, W G Mytton, H Roberts, D A Stanton and R Edmunds.
19th May 1917 The Sunday School Anniversary at the Salem United Methodist Church. Full details.
MEMORIES We complete the interview with Albert Edward Wood of 37 Leveson Avenue dated 1st October 2002 with stories relating to Henry Hawkins Longhouse Tileries, Mr Williams, Dick Plant, Constance Carpenter and Swallow Raincoats in Cannock.
WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES Over the years we have gratefully received Personal Collections from families which we have always kept separately from our normal archives. Many of these Collections are donated after bereavements and they contain family photographs, letters, personal items and memorabilia that must have meant so much to them and we are privileged to be able to keep such memories alive to be shared with everyone who have a common interest in Cheslyn Hay and its inhabitants over the years. The Collections are under the following names and can be viewed at our Base on Tuesdays – Craig Bailey, Pamela Bate, Les Belcher, Geoffrey Boulton, Hilda Bowdler (Walker Family), Jim Brevitt, Edna Brown (2 volumes), Joe Cadman, Peter Cadman, John Cartwright, Jack Dawkins, Devereux Family, Roy Handley, Ethel Harley, Hawkins (3 volumes), Hawkins Colliery (Records), Hawkins Photographs (inc Harriman & Wootton families), Hawkins Autograph Album, David Leach (M54 construction), Roger Moore, Joan Perks, Ann Plant, Ivor Plant, Janet Smith, Isaac Stokes (Photograph Album), Victor Taylor, Malcolm Tonks, John Turner, Freda Walley, Whitehouse (Family Tree), Laurence Wood, Wootton (inc Family Bible).
MICK FELLOWS Mick passed away at home on Thursday, 11th May, aged just 67 after bravely fighting his illness for quite some time. Mick has a long history with our Society and together with his wife Lesley, who is also our treasurer, he has been an integral part of the success of our development from its inception in 1994. His computer knowledge in our early days was invaluable but I, personally, will always appreciate his friendly and sociable outlook that I believe was his main strength. We had a common bond together through our support of Walsall FC and even in his latter days it was always a real pleasure to exchange memories with Mick as he would always be able to prompt some long forgotten incident during the ‘good old days’ to make us smile. A truly good friend and one we’ll all miss at the Society. Our thoughts go out to Lesley and the family.
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Cheslyn Hay Weekly Newsletter – 7th May 2017

7th May 2017
EVENTS Chat n Char this Thursday, May 11th in the Salem starting at 10.00am and Roger’s theme this month is ‘Eboracum, Jorvik, Eoforwic; a history of York.”
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS No requests received this week.
RESPONSES Jean and Andrew have been able to provide plenty of information for Sue on her Handel Whitehouse family including a copy of the marriage certificate dated 31 Dec 1887 of Handel Whitehouse and Emily Walker as well as a Family Tree. Also Pauline Turner adds that her grandfather Handel Altree was named after his uncle Handel Whitehouse and we have photographs of this Handel’s family in our archives.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington A court case of Isaac Elwell for gross cruelty (1883), Life of Mrs John Naylor, wife of the Reverend Naylor (1922), court case of Albert Victor Crutchley for aggravated assault on Elsie Foster (1930), a road accident involving Harold Wollaston (1931) and an inquest on Gladys Doreen Smith of 23 Coppice Lane (1951). Copy of any Newspaper Report £1.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
11th May 1967 Mr Brian Trevor Turner, a miner, of 2 Mitre Road killed in a road accident. Full details.
11th May 1967 The funeral took place at Church Road Methodist Church, St Anne’s-on-sea, Lancashire, on Saturday, of Mrs May Warrender, of 21 Hatherton Street, Cheslyn Hay widow of Mr Albert Warrender.
11th May 1967 A local Salem newsletter introduced by the Cheslyn Hay’s Methodist minister the Rev Gordon Jenkins and Mr I Stokes.
11th May 1967 Details of the funeral of Mrs Janet Mary Ridgeway, wife of Roland Ridgeway, of 10 Sutherland Road
12th May 1917 Information on how Cheslyn Hay is boldly dealing with the food problem, and is setting an example to the whole of Staffordshire.
12th May 1917 The Salvationists of Cheslyn Hay, celebrating their third year’s work at Cheslyn Hay on Sunday.
12th May 1917 A football match was played on the Barn Flat Ground on Saturday,when teams from Leacroft Colliery and Great Wyrley Colliery competed. The proceeds of the match were for Wilfred Garrett, of Station Street.
MEMORIES This week we continue with the interview of Albert Edward Wood of 37 Leveson Avenue dated 1st October 2002 which started in our newsletter 6th November 2016 covering his schooldays with
Miss Smiley, Mr Cadman, Mr Bale, Mr Baxter and Fanny Ford, the music teacher as well as stories of his mates Reg and Harry Plant, Trevor Baker from Saredon Road and Tony Brough from Station Street. Also many stories of the railway and people he remembered naming Mr Hudson, Roland Ridgway, Godfrey Devereux, Albert Thacker, Dick Benton, Mr Paradine, ‘Trotty’ Jukes and Albert Podmore.
WWI COMMEMORATION This May we commemorate the death of 13623 Thomas Carver of the 1/6th (TF) Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment, who was killed on 12th May 1917 aged 41, son of Charles and Jemima Carver, of 2 Station Street, Cheslyn Hay, and buried with honour at the Fosse No 10 Communal Cemetery Extension, Sainsen Gohelle.
GENERAL NEWS For anyone searching for two old Cheslyn Hay books that have out of print for some time, we now have one ‘Pubs & Publicans of Cheslyn Hay’ at £5 and a ‘Cheslyn Hay Lives Vol 2’ at £4 available. Please contact me at the address below.
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