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Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 27th September 2015

ANNUAL EXHIBITION Next Saturday, 3rd October at the Pinfold Lane Village Hall from 10am – 4pm. Something different – so come along and be surprised. Free admittance.
EVENTS Speakers Night couldn’t have been more successful on Thursday. A packed house were entertained by Roger Moore’s ventriloquism(!) promoting Saturday’s Exhibition, followed by Alan Walker and Alan Jones’ booksigning. We sold a complete box of 50 Edalji books within minutes at £7 and these books are now available by emailing Orders taken but only to be paid for after delivery.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.
REQUESTS Marion from the Vale of Glamorgan has hit a brick wall with Catherine Tuft and is looking for a marriage for her in the Penkridge area. She was single when she had Simeon in 1814 but there is every possibility that she married later, but Marion needs to find the marriage record. Can anyone help?
Marion also enquires about the death of Joseph Stokes, son of Harry and Alice Stokes and emails ‘I remember my mom saying he was shot by accident when cleaning a gun, while training for WWII in Ireland. His date of death was 19th April 1942 and he is buried in the Cheslyn Hay cemetery and I wonder if there might be a newspaper report that would clarify what happened.’
Peggy Hallworth needs help tracing her Cheslyn Hay family tree and asks for any information on John Steadman (b1821) who married Mary Pinson. They had seven children, the eldest being Emma (b1852). They lived in Job’s Fold from 1861 – 1891 and Peggy also wants to know where this was in Cheslyn Hay.
RESPONSES After the mention of the Kelsalls, both Vi and Andrew have produced the Kelsall line stretching back to 1565.
For David Bate, Trevor Bate also has Ann Stackhouse and Joseph Bate as his g-g-g-grandparents and he has never found when and where Joseph died and wishes to contact David so he can see which line he has descended from. However our researcher Vi has now found Joseph’s death with full details of the registration.
Terry Ridgway emails with a response and a request regarding the Hassall family who lived at No 2 Nelson buildings. He relates his own memories of the family but is keen on contacting Colin’s daughter who lives in Cannock, but so far, no-one seems to know her address.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Photograph of the Kingston & Moore family in the 1960s. Bill Whitehouse with Adele White and Rebecca Morgan of Cheslyn Hay High School. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington A serious stabbing case involving William Carter, Reynolds Beddon and Margaret James outside the Hatherton Arms (1885), court cases where John Hall, Alfred T Bedword and Henry Whitehouse (Hill Street) were all found guilty (1915), the setting up of the Cheslyn Hay War Bonds (1917) and full details of the assault by George Mason on Daisy Gill at the Star and Garter (1935).
30th September 1965 Salem Methodist Church’s harvest supper and the Sunday School children, naming all the people involved.
2nd October 1915 Full details of Salem’s Annual Harvest Festival Services naming everyone involved.
2nd October 1915 Story re the Isolation Hospital.
2nd October 1915 Voting by the members of the Working Men’s Club for three prominent members in a close poll.
2nd October 1915 Working operations carried on at the Old Nook.
2nd October 1915 Boy Scouts procession to the railway Station to greet a few of the ‘Boys’ home for a few days furlough.
2nd October 1915 Military letter from William Altree.
2nd October 1915 The success of Mr Isaac Stokes, of Cheslyn Hay Council School.
MEMORIES More of the memories of Mrs Elsie May Pee of 35 Littlewood Road dated 8th May 2002 will now be carried forward but from last week it has been pointed out that it was George Herbert Hudson who was the village undertaker and not Frank Hudson.
WWI COMMEMORATION This coming month, October, we commemorate the death of Percival Charles Rainbow, of the 2nd Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment, son of Charles Rainbow of 41 Rosemary Road, Cheslyn Hay. He died on 25th September 1915, aged 29, and is remembered with honour at Loos Memorial.
GENERAL NEWS Emails from our MP, Gavin Williamson, who says ‘KGL Holdings are consulting once again on their proposals to build on greenbelt land off Landywood Lane and I am writing to assure you of my support in the fight against them. Current proposals seek permission to build 136 homes on greenbelt land by Landywood Lane’ and also from member Siân Alcott who emails ‘We are desperately trying to stop a massive development on Landywood Lane. If passed, it will change our village forever. In fact, we’ll lose our village status altogether. Letters can be signed at Small Dog Rescue, opposite Parrys on Landywood Lane, or at Fusion Electric, Station Street.’
Please note if anyone would like further information on any of these articles please contact me at and I will be pleased to forward details on – free of charge of course. But if you wish to join as a member and receive full unabridged newsletters every Sunday at 9am would you kindly make a £5 cheque out for CH&DLHS and post to Darren Butler, 7 Forest Way, Great Wyrley, Walsall WS6 6HU. Or, for local members, £5 to any member of the Committee. Or through our website via Paypal.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 20th September 2015

EVENTS The launch of our book ‘The Edaljis – A Family in Turmoil’ is on Thursday, 24th September 2015 at the Salem and the author Dr Alan Jones will be on hand to sign copies. To support the launch Alan Walker MBE, who was the curator of the Staffordshire Police Museum, will be giving a talk on ‘George Edalji and the Police Maimings’ starting at 7.30pm. Admission is £1 (and not £1.50 as printed in the Chronicle) including refreshments and the book will be sold on the night at £5, instead of the advertised price of £7. All welcome.
ANNUAL EXHIBITION Our Exhibition is one week later this year and it’s on the Saturday after next – Saturday, 3rd October 2015, from 10am – 4pm at the Pinfold Lane Village Hall and it will easily be the best one we have ever done. There will be 800 photographs on the boards and a launch of our new book ‘Cheslyn Hay through the 1900s’ at £5, but this year there are several displays spread round the building that include ‘The 1920s’, Plans & Schedule listing all the individual landowners of the Cheslyn Hay Enclosure Act of 1792 as well as the names on the Tithe Maps of the 1830s & 1840s, Water Colour Pictures of local scenes by artist Norman Rowe, the life of local entertainer Mons Perchant and one of Hells Corner & Saredon Road including a film. Also a Book Sale, and films to watch whilst enjoying tea and coffee with traditional refreshments that will be available throughout the day. Also, for the first time, a computer database has been set up programmed with thousands of Cheslyn Hay names that have been taken from Baptisms, Deaths, Electoral Rolls, Censuses, our Photograph Archive, Newspaper Reports etc etc for all enquiries. Free admittance.
OUR SALEM BASE Our Salem Base is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Everyone welcome for a coffee and a biscuit.
REQUESTS David Bate has posted this on our Facebook page. I am still on the look out for a death for my g-g-g-grandfather, Joseph Bate. The last documentary record I have for him is 1841 living with his wife Ann (nee Stackhouse) and family on Wyrley Road. The last child, Edwin was born in 1843. By 1851 Ann Bate was reported to be living in Red Lane and was a housekeeper to Joseph Westwood. On the 1851 & 1861 census Ann’s marital status is listed as unmarried but in 1871 she is listed as married. So this doesn’t help to pin down a date of death for Joseph.’ Also Marion on her visit from South Wales on Tuesday enquired about the death of Joseph Stokes, son of Harry and Alice Stokes. I remember my mom saying he was killed by accident whilst in training in Ireland during WWII. His date of death was 19th April 1942 and he is buried in Cheslyn Hay cemetery and I just wondered whether there might be a newspaper report that would clarify what happened.
RESPONSES We’ve received a few humorous memories of Alice Kelsall when she had the Off Licence at Hells Corner and also what happened whenshe left the shop. Also Andrew, our researcher, has produced a two page family tree of the Kelsalls going back to William (b1687) in the Potteries, and he is able to solve John’s request naming his g-grandfather, who married Alice Appleton, as George Albert (b1881) also from the Potteries.
Less information has been received on the Poxon’s shop though, except that it is now the Computer Shop opposite the Pet Shop. Glenice Davies remembers the Poxon family living there and she was a very good friend of the granddaughter Annette, and she is able to give John some invaluable information.
And for one of our old evacuees from Margate, John Weller, we are able to provide him with all he wanted to know about Tompter Pearson, the tramp. Also John’s friend Colin Hassall, Glenice remembers him as a lad living at 2 Nelson Buildings. relating all that happened to him throughout his life, as well as his family.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Two photographs of the Birch family of Cemetery Road and two of Albert Kelsall and his wife Alice who kept the Off Licence at Hells Corner and two of Wilfred & Rhoda Poxon of 97 High Street and one of the Razza dated 1933. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Two family trees of the Collins family including a WWI photograph of Amos Collins who lived at 67 Station Street and a 1928 Shareshill Church magazine, as the Collins family were connected to both Shareshill and Saredon. Also a family tree of the Birch Family going back to William (b1827). Two books of petrol coupons issued in June & July 1950 are to be added to the Martin Garage Collection plus a St Mark’s Magazine dated June 1955 and a programme of the Civil Service at the Salem of the 1977 Silver Jubilee donated by Lynsey Sellman.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington Rural District Council Meeting discussing matters concerning Mr L Wooldridge’s milk supply and also a licence for scavenging for Mr J Kingston and his exemption from military service (1916).
25th September 1915 A story on the family and the death of Harry Brevitt with Jack Smallman and F Richards.
MEMORIES We continue with the interview of Mrs Elsie May Pee of 35 Littlewood Road dated 8th May 2002 involving stories of the miners strike and her family, Frank Hudson, Doctor Syree and Mr Hayes.
GENERAL NEWS Peter Cadman is working on our behalf with schools in the local area and his involvement with the ‘Primary School Challenge Trophy’.

Weekly News – 15th September 2015

EVENTS No events this week.
OUR SALEM BASE Our Salem Base is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we are playing hosts to the ‘George & Lucy Whitehouse’ project organised by Peter Cadman and David Whitehouse from Canada. Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS John Kelsall has a request this week. He was one of the local butchers on the village and worked for Roger Denny back in the 1960s and then for Westwoods but now, having retired, he recalls many happy memories in the trade. He says quite a few of the Poxon/Kelsall family have been involved with shops on the village and John asks if anyone remembers either his granddad Wilfred Poxon who used to be a photographer in the thirties or his granny Alice Kelsall who had the Off Licence on Hells Corner in the 1940s. His grandfather Kelsall, Alice’s husband, he never knew, not even his Christian name, and he would appreciate it if anyone knows it. John also relates stories of his ‘Granny Kelsall’s shop’.
And more nostalgia comes from Dan Weller of Margate who emails ‘During a conversation this morning, my father (John Weller) recalled a vagrant, for want of a better expression, called Tompter. He said his mum used to give him food and say “here…go and give this to Tompter” and the old chap would be ever so grateful. Has anyone any knowledge of this character, or what became of him?’ Dan also adds that his father had a very good friend, Colin Hassall, who lived in the Nelson Buildings and his family kept a shop. Although Tompter’s life has been well and truly recorded has anyone got any of their personal memories or stories of him? Also does anyone remember Colin and his family, or what became of Colin?
RESPONSES Received a most welcome email from schoolteacher Don Savage this week stating ‘Your newsletters are amazing memory-seekers and have no bounds, seemingly’ going on to say that his wife Jean (nee Benton) was thrilled by the reference to Jenni (nee Homeshaw). Jean was in the same class as Jennifer at Great Wyrley Junior School and for a time was taught by Jennifer’s mother and when Jennifer went on to Grammar School, their friendship continued at St. Marks Church and its Youth Club and Don relates several stories around these times and also later when he went to Great Wyrley to teach recalling Christine Cadman, Wendy Bates, Lindsey Bateman, Margaret Garratt, John Devey and David Dixon.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Several items have been added to our Display Archives including a small dolly tub ‘masher’, an old black telephone, a matchbox holder as a sample of trench art and an old flat iron made in 1900.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington Reports on court cases and their outcomes involving Edgar Herriott, John Owen, Jess Potts, Charles Moore, Arthur Edward Thomas and John Godfrey Devereux in 1913.
16th September 1965 The funeral service of Mrs Ethel Archer of ‘Crimond’ 54 Low Street, Cheslyn Hay, and an outline of her life.
18th September 1915 Evening classes have started this week at two local Council Schools for males and females outlining all the teachers and their subjects.
18th September 1915 A foot race, open to all England of 80 yards. There were 90 competitors and Mr John Pratt, of the Rose and Crown, was the successful competitor with full details.
18th September 1915 Wesley Brough, aged 19, residing near the Cannock Old Coppice Colliery, rescued a little girl, aged between 7 and 8, with full details and his award.
18th September 1915 Latest recruits to join the colours.
MEMORIES This week we have delved into our archives for this interview with Mrs Elsie May Pee of 35 Littlewood Road dated 8th May 2002 outlining her life with her family beginning ‘I was born Elsie May Warburton on 16th May 1904 on the Watling Street. My parents were John and Elizabeth Warburton and I had a brother Jim and sisters Mabel, Ida, Violet and Marjorie. Only Marjorie and Ida are still alive and Ida Fletcher lives in Windsor Road.

Weekly Newsletter – 6th September 2015

  • EVENTS Chat ‘n’ Char on Thursday, 10th September in the Salem Main Hall as usual with Roger’s theme this month ‘Playground Pranks’. Doors open at 9.30am.
    We are playing hosts to the ‘George & Lucy Whitehouse’ project organised by Peter Cadman and David Whitehouse on Tuesday morning, 15th September at our Salem Base. This is the result of some intensive research by David and specifically relates to the Whitehouse line going back to George and Lucy. More information or any queries please contact Peter via
    OUR SALEM BASE Our Salem Base is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Everybody welcome.
    REQUESTS No requests this week.
    RESPONSES Norma from Canada is now in touch with Jennifer Whitehouse (nee Rogers) by emailing her daughter Rachel for more details of village postman Walter Bull and of her dad, Frank Bowen.
    The news about Tony Read brought an immediate response. Jenni (nee Homeshaw) emails from Australia as well as Jean (nee Benton) remembering Tony from his days at St Marks church and the Youth
    Club. From last week’s mention of Sheila (nee Cartwright) and after a bit of research, Andrew emails ‘I believe Sheila’s father was Raymond Cartwright (b1908 Bridgtown), and he lists the Cartwright line going back to the 1700s.
    NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Two photographs of the Cheslyn Hay & Great Wyrley Schools trip in Whitsun 1959 to Walmer in Kent supervised by teachers Mr John Martin, Mr David Blount, Mrs B Jeavons, Miss N Kinsey, Mr & Mrs RG Hollins, and Mr & Mrs RH Pointon also including Ian Scott, Stan Eades, Philip Kingston, Anthony Price, Philip Perks, John Benton, Christine & Rose Cadman, Wendy Bates, Lindsey Bateman, Sheila Collins, Kathleen Brooks, Margaret Garratt, Jane Greenfield, Ann Heaps, Christine Lee, Josephine Merriman, Gillian Pointon, Susan Smith, Ivan Bullock, Jimmy Clarke, David & John Devey, David Dixon, Kevin Jeavons, Desmond Jones, John Pratt, Terry Pritchard, Stephen Robinson & Clive Taylor. Also WWI Pte John Roberts, two of Ernie Holmes of Mount Pleasant (c1910 & c1960), two of Great Wyrley School ‘Beating the Bounds’ in 1964, Plant Pit ostler Stephen Robinson, 1920s Carnival Float with Rick Hawkesworth , Bill Thomas and Joby & Frank Ridgway, a 1970s Float with the Nashs, Lunns, Jones’, Watsons and Carveys, one of Gilpins Basin and two Mystery Photographs of the Birch family and one of the four Ridgway brothers in 1914. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
    ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Two Birth and one Marriage Certificate of the Lockett family.
    OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington A story of the controversy of a permanent memorial in Cheslyn Hay to the Coronation of George V (12 May 1911), a two day Coronation Bazaar held at the Salem naming all the organisers and stallholders (12 May 1911) and the appointment of Mr M S Hampton of Cheslyn Hay as a Bridge Engineer by the Canadian Government (26 June 1915). The appearance of Arthur Lockett of Hatherton Street in court (14 Aug 1915) and the formation of a ‘Cigarette League’ by Cheslyn Hay children, all listed for collecting cigarettes (14 Aug 1915).
    WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
    9th September 1965 A full report on the problem of what should be the nature of the British Sunday by Cheslyn Hay Sectional Methodist Minister, the Rev. G J R Jenkins
    9th September 1965 The Cheslyn Hay Allotment and Cottage Gardener’s Association horticultural show listing all 76 winners in 27 different categories. Full report available on request.
    11th September 1915 The death of another old and respected citizen in Thomas Whitehouse, of Station Street.
    11th September 1915 More from the trenches at Ypres from Joe Wesley and his comrade Len Williams.
    11th September 1915 Details of a match between the Cheslyn Hay Bowling Club having won the championship of the Cheslyn Hay and District League and the rest of the league played in the grounds of Glenthorne House.
    MEMORIES Carried forward to next week.
    Please note if anyone would like further information on any of these articles please contact me at and I will be pleased to forward details on – free of charge of course. But if you wish to join as a member and receive full unabridged newsletters every Sunday at 9am would you kindly make a £5 cheque out for CH&DLHS and post to Darren Butler, 7 Forest Way, Great Wyrley, Walsall WS6 6HU. Or, for local members, £5 to any member of the Committee. Or through our website via Paypal.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 30th August 2015

EVENTS No events this week.
OUR SALEM BASE is open to all and sundry from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.
REQUESTS Norma from Canada was interested in last week’s published interview with Jennifer Whitehouse (nee Rogers) in 2005, particularly with the mention of Walter Bull who was the cousin of her dad, Frank Bowen. Walter used to deliver the post every day for years in Upper Landywood on his bicycle and Norma wonders if she could get in touch with Jennifer.
RESPONSES We have had a couple of responses from our members who are willing to provide information for Francis Wood as well as Andrew, our researcher, who has traced the Winter/Winfer family tree back to the 1730s. Also we have several photographs in our archives going back a couple of generations for Francis.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Elaine Sleigh (1919-1950), Salem Sunday School teacher. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington An auction of Cheslyn Hay Freehold Estate owned by the landowners, all listed by their full names (Nov 1827) and details of an assault case involving John Heminsley, John Benton and John Green (14 Aug 1852).
26th August 1965 A full report of the Cheslyn Hay Carnival naming all the prize winners, stallholders and competitors totalling 76 names.
4th September 1915 South Staffordshire Mining Schools Cheslyn Hay. Full results naming all 22 successful candidates.
4th September 1915 The final of the Cheslyn Hay Bowls Club Cup with names and results.
4th September 1915 Details of a letter from Private A E Dawkins, 1st Staffs Regiment, from the trenches.
4th September 1915 Mrs Pearson (widow) of High Street and details of her four sons and her son-in-law in action in France.
4th September 1915 At the recent Oxford Senior and Junior Examinations four Cheslyn Hay scholars have been most successful at the Oxford Examinations. Also success at the Trinity College (London) examinations.
MEMORIES More from Jennifer Whitehouse’s (nee Rogers) interview of 5th June 2002.
Last of the interview covering Jennifer’s working life involving the two Newsagents’ shops right up to 2001 when she sold the business.
FACEBOOK Sue Washington has taken over Facebook and it is thriving and well worth a look on all of our latest events and news. Trish Harlow has joined this week with information of her Cheslyn Hay family – the Cartwrights.
WWI COMMEMORATION This coming month, September, we commemorate the death of Albert E Dawkins of the 1st Battalion of the South Staffs.
TONY READ I have recently been informed that Tony, a prolific author and television writer who was born in the Lot in 1935, is sadly suffering from an incurable cancer. He lived in Coppice Lane and No 1 High Street, attended Cheslyn Hay School and Queen Mary’s Grammar School, and the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Later, he became a Drama Producer with the BBC and wrote more than 200 television scripts, including Dr Who as well as writing serious history books that have received worldwide acclaim. He also wrote seven children’s detective stories, The Baker Street Boys. There are still many people on the village who still remember Tony and our thoughts go out to him and his family.
GENERAL NEWS Edna Davis has organised her annual Cheslyn Hay Turkey & Tinsel Break again this year, but has had 6 recent cancellations. It’s to Bournemouth from Tuesday 3rd November to Saturday 7th November. Please phone Edna on 01922 417131 for details.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 23rd August 2015

EVENTS  This month it will be a truly entertaining evening with Matthew Sproson and ‘An Evening with George Formby’ this Thursday, 27th August, at the Salem starting at 7.30pm.  Matthew comes highly recommended and admission is still only £1 including refreshments.  Everybody welcome.
OUR SALEM BASE Our Salem Base is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and it should be another busy week.
REQUESTS  Francis Wood has forwarded this request via our Guest Page on our website – ‘My grandfather, on my mothers side, was named Jack Mathew Winter and he came from Cheslyn Hay/Bridgtown area being born in 1897.  His mother was Nora Dora Winferand I often wonder if any of the local Winfers are related to me?’
And following up on a research query on the Stallard family, Peter responds with a request of his own asking ‘Does anyone have any information on John Newman and Kenny Fletcher who used to live in Low Street?’
RESPONSES  We’ve had several responses to Chris Kelsall‘s request with Lynne Gourlay, Sue Ridgway, Mike Belcher and Phil Evans all recalling stories and names from the past.  Also our researcher Vi adds more to the mention of Doctor Kenneth S Williams, with the background to his life and family.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  Two photographs.  One of Lynne Slater introducing the Readers Group at the Library in the 1970s and one ofDoreen Hartwell and Flossie Heminsley at the top of Cross Street in the thirties.  £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  An incredible 24 page project by Dave Bray including all the details contained in the 1792 Enclosure Act for Cheslyn Hay. This will be on display together with the maps at our Annual Exhibition soon and here is a list of families who were landowners at that time – Littleton, Pratt, Cobb, Slater, Boulton, Vernon, Mee, Perks, Robinson, Atkiss, Kempson, Hayes, Green, Clewley, Hughes, Smith, Whitehouse, Grinsall, Brown, Pearson, Charles, Baker, Woolaston, Stubbs, Fletcher, Hussey, Wheatley, Horden, Pynor, Worsey, Bagnall, Walhouse, Glover, Bord, Lycett.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington  Problems with a desperately needed air raid shelter in Station Street (22 Nov 1940).
26th August 1965  Councillors discussing demolishing various properties of Cheslyn Hay including Hells Corner.
26th August 1965  Clerk to Cheslyn Hay Parish Council is acquiring a a map printed in 1820 to prove certain roads in the village were public roads before 1835.
26th August 1965  Concern of horse riding on the village’s playing field and a difference of opinion between councillors.
28th August 1915  Details of 120 juveniles of the Foresters (Court Little John) on annual outing to Penkridge.
28th August 1915  A display by Mr T Williams, tobacconist, of Station Street.
MEMORIES  Continuing from last week from Jennifer Whitehouse‘s interview dated 5th June 2002 with times dating back to the Second World War with Evelyn Rogers, nee Perks, working for Hawkins Tileries and Harry Rogers, a fireman at Midland Tar Distillers at Four Ashes and also including stories with Joe Wise, Nellie Pee, Effie Goodman, Walter & Violet Bull, Fred Wootton, Roger & Brenda Wollaston and Geoffrey Dace.
WWI COMMEMORATION  Further to last month’s commemoration of John Ridgway on 14th August 1915, the Ridgway family arranged, with the Royal British Legion, for a wreath to be laid at the Twelvetrees Copse Cemetery in Gallipoli on the centenary of his death.  Terry Ridgway also remembered his great-uncle with a white rose at our own War Memorial on the same day.
GENERAL NEWS  The Cannock Council have tiled the walkway from Morrisons through to the Cannock town centre with a beautifully coloured set of pictures capturing local scenes and people including our own Ron Mattison, one of our active members involved in our school’s programme, in his full WWII uniform.  Worth going to see.
JOHN RIDGWAY  John, of Rosemary Avenue, a member of our Society has sadly  passed away this week aged just 62.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 16th August 2015

EVENTS None this week.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. All and sundry are welcome for a coffee and a biscuit!
REQUESTS Chris Kelsall emails from Armagh in Northern Ireland and states ‘I was born at 122 High Street in March 1953, possibly the first home birth for our family doctor Dr Williams who practised at High Street, and I would be most interested to hear from anyone who attended Hatherton Street Primary School or Great Wyrley Secondary Modern School in the 1960s.’ Does anyone remember Chris – or has anyone any memories of their schooldays in the sixties?
RESPONSES Kath Walmsley remembers Sailor Jack Dawkins and also our researcher Vi gives the background to the MOD factory he worked in.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS 1969 Photograph of the Pipe Club with Harold Davis, Mr Blurton, Mick Dolman and Joe Shorter, a Low Street photo in 1952 with Pat Worsey, Billy Bate, Ann & Fred Holloway and Wendy Davis, Sandra Green, Rosemary Turner, Helen Hill, Janet Smithyman, Sharon Webb and Anne Booker in the 1967 Pinfold Lane Sports Day. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Memories of the Carpenter family by Hilda Carpenter including Matilda (d1940), Percy, Annie, Gabriel (d1923), Betsy (d1931), Decimus (d1925) and Harold with newspaper cuttings.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington With full details of John Bird, George Bird, John Forrester, Joseph Perks, S Savage, Richard Jones, Richard Hemingsley and James Morris all charged with ‘riot and assault’ (2nd November 1839) followed by a later report (14 December 1839).
19th August 1965 A report on the new youth clubroom.
19th August 1965 A close-fought final played between the Woodman and Cheslyn Hay for the Hednesford, Cannock and District Butcher’s Association Bowling Cup with bowlers names.
21st August 1915 Names of the recruits joining from Cheslyn Hay. Also an update from those who did not return.
21st August 1915 At the Bricklayers Arms the birthdays of two prominent and respected citizens George Horton and Charles Dawkins and details of their lives.
MEMORIES The mention of Sgt Ballance last week brought back more memories for Freda Walley as a young girl.
This week from Jennifer Whitehouse of 200 Streets Lane dated 5th June 2002 that includes stories of all the Rogers and Perks families as well as the Colleys and Woottons.
GENERAL NEWS Ralph Farrington has written the story of his life ‘Ar Woz a War Kid ar Waz’ – 114 pages with photographs including his early life in Landywood. Price £12. Available at the Base.