12th February 2017
EVENTS Bridgtown Local History Society have a Speakers Morning this Wednesday, 15th February at the Bethel Chapel in Bridgtown starting at 10am with David Battersby giving a talk on ‘William Gilpin’. Open to everyone.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we welcome two members researching their family histories. Pauline is checking on her Hodgkiss and Morgan connections and Marion from South Wales is calling to view the personal family photograph album from the 1930s of Jim ‘Isaac’ Stokes, the old headmaster. Anyone interested in these families are more than welcome to help with any information.
REQUESTS Maurice Stokes from Worksop, would like to hear from any of his old friends from his days at Cheslyn Hay, when he was in the St Marks Choir and in the Melotones Band particularly mentioning Don Savage, Ron Wilkes and David Hudson.
Also an email from Rosie Hodgetts who has been researching a property at 42 Stafford Road, WS6 6AZ that her parents owned in the 1990’s. It was previously known as the Newtown Primitive Methodist Church and built in 1865 and it thrived until the 1920’s when they moved to a new church in Jacobs Hall Lane , Great Wyrley. Despite much research Rosie still has not found any answers as to why the congregation moved to Jacobs Hall Lane but information from a Mr W Parsons confirms that there was a wooden hut newly built around this time at the new address giving her renewed hope so she is appealing to anyone who may have any more information, or links to any persons that have knowledge/photos/books about the property as she would be most appreciative.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
16th February 1967 Full details of a Cheslyn Hay Women’s Own meeting.
17th February 1917 Full house for the Cheslyn Hay War Savings Scheme.
17th February 1917 The weekly meeting of the Local Relief Committee and the Red Cross Society namingall the ladies involved.
17th February 1917 The outcome of the meeting of the War Savings Association on Monday evening.
17th February 1917 Private Wilfred Hawkins returned home on Monday evening from his depot in Scotland .
17th February 1917 Mr W Thacker‘s application for the renewal of a Cinematograph License at the Picture Palace , Cheslyn Hay.
WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES Following on from our recorded ‘Memories’ we now list our 43 listed Interviews that are available in our Base Archives together with their Archive Numbers – Harry Dace (CH-INT-01), Mr Sadler, Hobble End Farm in 1904 (02), Herbert Sidney Norman (03), Ann Ames – the Farnell family (04), Milton Turner (05), Enid Russell (06), Mary Elaine Archer (Perrins/Robinson)(07), Horace Rowley (08), Reg Plant (09), Edna Brown (10), Elsie May Pee (11), Hetty Cascarino (12), Albert Wood (13), Miss Jean Hawkins (14), Peter Broom – Lodge Hill Observation Post (15), Bert Heminsley (16), Alec Hart (17), Tony Read (18), William Turner (19), Joe Cadman (20), Evelyn Hitchens (21), Jennifer Whitehouse (22), Margaret Matthews (23), Annie Brough (24), June Birch (25), Iris Bilaczuk (26), Derek Stanton (27), Victor Howell Allman (28), George Handel Pearson (29), James Rice (30), Leslie Winton (31), Henrick Johannes van Lachterop – Palladium Cinema (32), George Mears (33), Sgt Edward Ballance (34), Freda Walley in 2012 (35), Freda Walley in 2001 (36), John Turner (37), Evelyn Lunt (38), Kath Walmsley (39), Floss of the Wool Shop (40), Madge Shirley (41), Harry Dace (42), Pat Potts (43). Can be purchased by our members for just £1 per A4 sheet plus postage (if required).
MEMORIES After an interview with Cliff Turner of Berwyn Grove, Cheslyn Hay he recalls his early memories with stories including Thomas and Hannah Whitehouse, Bob and Edith Titley, Mac Potts, the Baileys, Mr Hawksworth, Bill Whitehouse, Tommy Lockett, Derek Fletcher, Bert Parsons, Albert ‘Blower’ Russell, Teddy Whitehouse, Freddie Preece, Thelma Walley, Eunice Bray, Marjorie Chew, Billy Pearson, Mrs Brevitt and Reg Fletcher.