We regret to announce that with immediate effect, all of Cheslyn Hay & District Local History Society’s events, including our normal Tuesday meetings, Chat N Char and Speaker’s Evenings are cancelled until further notice.

There will be a full refund of any tickets already paid for, including Lesley Smith’s visit, and the trip to Ludlow. We will still be happy to undertake research and general enquiries via telephone or email.

 Malcolm Podmore – 07794 418295

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter 2nd August 2020

Well, Well, Well, by Malcolm Podmore

Long-standing Society member, Phil Evans, posed the question “When did the Town Well in Cross Street discontinue its provision of water to village folk?”

Malcolm Podmore responded with the history of the Cheslyn Hay Waterworks, which was opened in 1904, supplemented with the larger houses having their own wells, but with the majority having to fetch water in buckets from one of the three public pumps in the village – which were sited in Mount Pleasant, the High Street and Cross Street.  A detailed and interesting history of each of these three pumps are given.

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher
Cannock Advertiser
  30th July 1970  Full details for the one-way system at Cheslyn Hay.

Cannock Chase Courier  31st July 1920  Outcome of the concert recently held in the grounds adjoining the Working Men’s Club, in aid of T. Hood, T. Tudor and W. Brough

England 1603 – 1660 by Peter Cadman  The article begins with the death of Elizabeth I in 1603 with specific mentions of White Ladies Priory, Boscobel House and Moseley Old Hall in our local area.

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 26th July 2020

More Winter Memories
This week from Peter Cadman on his exploits from the sixties mentioning Boyd Price, Joe Price, Geoff Parkes, Tim Perks,  Joe MiddletonMr. Williams, Mr. Lager, Ivan MasseyIan “Scotty” Scott, Roger(George) and Dave StephensonArthur Stephenson and Philip Perks.

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser  23rd July 1970  Complaints of T.V. interference from an amateur radio transmitter, owned by Mr. Don Perks.  Full story.
23rd July 1970   News item of loose chippings on the road surface leading to several shattered windscreens in Coppice Lane.

In Memoriam  24/7/1920  of Job, the beloved husband of Elizabeth Whitehouse.

Cannock Chase Courier  24th July 1920  Chat from Cheslyn Hay
Male Voice Choir assembled at the Club to commemorate their success at the Birmingham Music Festival.
50 young trees and shrubs have been planted by Mr. C. Moore at the Working Mens Club.

General News
On Thursday I stood with fellow villagers and friends to applaud Rob Perks’s final journey from the Bonk, it was heartwarming to see how this virus has brought people together, we couldn’t attend his funeral but we could still show our love and support.

Cheslyn Hay History Society Newsletter – 19th July 2020

Looking Back by Malcolm Podmore

Following on from the Thacker Thunderbolt article a few weeks ago, a sequel from our correspondent in France, Alan Brown.

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser  16th July 1970  Parents fear that if no action is taken to widen Streets Lane, Cheslyn Hay, and provide a footpath, the lives of their children are in danger.  Full story involving Mrs D. S. Whitehouse of Streets Lane, Mrs. A. Moore and Miss. C. Dace.

16th July 1970  Michael Sturgess (15) of 19,Hatherton Street, Cheslyn Hay, taken to Walsall Hospital after accident.

Cannock Chase Courier  17th July 1920  In the Nis Prius Court at the Birmingham Assizes, Fanny Mary Holland, was awarded £50 for breach of Promise of Marriage, against Robert Holmes, a branch manager of the Co-operative Stores, at Cheslyn Hay.  Full story over the dispute.

17th July 1920  A meeting of Cheslyn Hay Property Owners was held Full detials of the outcome.

General News  Rob Perks funeral is on Thursday 23rd July, due to Covid restrictions mourners are strictly limited at Stafford Crematorium . The cortege will be leaving Low Street 10.45am.

We have received the sad news that another Society stalwart, Wilf Kendall has passed away aged 93. Wilf had been a member of the Society for many years and was considered to be one of the best sources of local knowledge of Cheslyn Hay.

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 12th July 2020

Memories   Following on from last week’s article “Looking Back by Malcolm Podmore we have received some more memories from Councillor Kathleen Perry around the Mount Pleasant and Streets Lane area.

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser  9th July 1970   Cheslyn Hay Garden party where over £28 was raised by the ladies of Salem Methodist Church, Cheslyn Hay.

9th July 1970 Details of the funeral service of Mr. Joseph Ernest Pearce, of 32, Windsor Road, Cheslyn Hay.

9th July 1970  Woodman “B” of Cheslyn Hay, have made it a “clean sweep” in the Cheslyn Hay and District Darts League for the season just ended. Story with names of the successful darters.

9th July 1970  The funeral service of Mrs. Loni Pratt, of 13, Station Street, Cheslyn Hay, with details of her life having been born in Latvia.

Cannock Chase Courier  10th July 1920  Bricklayers Arms struck by lightning.

10th July 1920  Retirement and presentation to William Lockett as club steward of the Working Mens Club.

10th July 1920  A garden party in connection with Salem Church was held in the grounds of The Park, with tea in the schoolroom after which games, competitions and a tennis tournament provided plenty of interest.

10th July 1920  Fred Elwell, found guilty in court case.  Full details.

10th July 1920  An ejectment order against John Bullas, Mayfield Cottage, Walsall Road, Great Wyrley was defended in court.  Full details of the outcome.

10th July 1920  Sarah Barrett, 32, Low Street, Cheslyn Hay, was summoned by Ethel Westwood, 19, Low Street, Cheslyn Hay  Full detailds of the case.

10th July 1920 Chat from Cheslyn Hay
Match report of the final tie between Cheslyn Hay Villa and the Discharged Soldiers, which took place at the Barn Flat Grounds on Tuesday.
Some months ago, Mr. J. Pratt offered a cup, and a committee guaranteed two sets of medals in a football competition for un-affiliated clubs. The competition has been most successful and £40 has been forwarded to the Wolverhampton General Hospital.

More details of  our Viking History.

General News  We have received the very sad news that Rob Perks of Low Street has recently passed away. Rob was a popular and regular contributor to our chat n cha meetings and our exhibitions where he often entertained us with his musical talents. He was a true Wyrley Bonker  and gentleman who will be sadly missed by us all.. We send our heartfelt condolences to all his family.       

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 5th July 2020

Looking Back by Malcolm Podmore  Humorous memories of life on the village in the 1960s mentioning Mac Wootton, Albert Thacker, Meanley’s, Mrs Rogers, Phil Chew, Reg Kingston, Jan Bowen etc.

Salem Church Will Be 165 Years Old on Saturday 11th  July 2020     In place of the planned celebrations we will be selling cakes and goodies on the car park, including hand made re-usable masks. Social distancing will be adhered to. Unfortunately there will be no access to the church building during this event. 

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser 2/7/1970
Annual Sports Day at Cheslyn Hay Primary School naming all the winners and all the events.

2nd July 1970  Story of the Cheslyn Hay Colliers Arms dominoes team finally lifting the Cannock and District Dominoes League title.
Cannock Chase Courier  3rd July 1920
  Chat from Cheslyn Hay
Details and results of a new cup presented for competition amongst four local football clubs.
Mr. Fred Altree was heartily congratulated when the cricket team returned to the headquarters after achieving a record performance.
3rd July 1920 Details of the cricket match Cheslyn Hay v Hilton

Cheslyn Hay Quiz…  Answers to last week quiz.

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 7th June 2020

Requests  Paul Dean Hooper asked on our Facebook page.  “I was wondering if anyone has any information on the Campbell family from Cheslyn Hay or maybe Great Wyrley area’s. I think they worked or ran the post office at some point. This would be going back to the early sixties and even before that. Any help would be much appreciated.”

Memories of Lockdown   We would love to hear  your thoughts on how life has changed during these strange times. The Society could gather them together on your behalf (anonymously if you’d prefer) and add them as a chapter in our local history.  Following our recent request for your memories we have received a lovely poem from Glenys Lomas reflecting on the change over the years which we will be publishing in a future newsletter. Any more memories from our members would be very welcome.

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser  4th June 1970  Cheslyn Hay memories of  Mr. Reginald Harvey and his wife Ethel who left Cheslyn Hay 22 years ago to make their home in Adelaide, South Australia.

4th June 1970  Story of the go-ahead for a 200/300-house estate in Dundalk Lane, Cheslyn Hay.
Cannock Chase Courier  5th June 1920  Details of the Talbot Club bowling tournament.  Also the Male Voice Choir arranging an open-air concert in aid of members who have been ill for a long time.

Vikings by Peter Cadman continued with ‘Everyday life in a Viking community’

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 31st May 2020

Responses   Following our request last week from Alison Beaumont for any memories of Phyllis and Leonard Chater and their family who lived at  “Eureka” Wolverhampton Road, Cheslyn Hay, we were able to put Alison in touch with a cousin Robert Whittal who responded with his own memories  of  Wolverhampton Road and Cheslyn Hay.

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher

Cannock Advertiser 28th May 1970 Cheslyn Hay Parish Council chose their first woman chairman.  Full story.

28th May 1970  Full details of Cheslyn Hay Carnival.

28th May 1970  A fashion show was held at Cheslyn Hay Salem Church rooms given by a local boutique. Sponsored by Carril’s (Geoff Parkes Ltd.) ladies and babies’ boutique in Station Street, Cheslyn Hay.  All models mentioned in front of an audience of 450.

Cannock Chase Courier  29th May 1920 Chat from Cheslyn Hay
Death of John Bird, of Low Street, in a cycling accident.

The visit of the local Cricket Club to Hilton Park, on Saturday, broke all records when they dismissed Newhampton Road for 9 runs.  Full details.

In the last few days there has been an egress of promising young football playersfrom the township listing all players signed for local professional teams..

Story of  the Whitsuntide School Treat was held in connection with the Salem Methodist Church.
Dr. Syree has conducted an Ambulance Class at the Council Schools, when a course of ten lectures were recently completed folloed by an examination.

29th May 1920  In connection with Cheslyn Hay Amateur Dramatic Society an outing took place to Stratford-on-Avon.
29th May 1920  Inquest on the death  John Bird, of 98 Low Street.  Full story.

29th May 1920  Notice in loving memory of daughter Doreen Lucy Potts, of 84, High Street, Cheslyn Hay, who passed away May 21st 1920.

29th May 1920  A charge of drunkenness and disorderly behaviour was brought against Arthur Kingston of Coppice Lane, Cheslyn Hay. Full story.

Vikings by Peter Cadman…. continued with Viking Legends