EVENTS We have almost filled two coaches for our daytrip to Bletchley Park on Thursday 10th July but we have just 5 seats left. £23 each starting from the Salem at 7.30am with a tour aroundBletchley Park on the morning and the afternoon at Banbury where an Official Guide (Cheslyn Hay born and bred Malcolm Smith) will be on hand to show and explain the sights if required. If interested please contact Roger on 01543 372856.
OUR SALEM BASE is open every Tuesday from 10am – 3pm. All welcome. This week we have a couple of members from the Wollaston/Cartwright family visiting us to view our archives as well researching their families. Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS An email received from Bill Thomason from Salford - ‘I have just discovered a great-grandaunt on my family tree named Ellen Cartwright who married a John Wollaston. They had 8 children of which 6 were born in Cheslyn Hay. In 1881 they lived at 11 The Green and in 1891 until her death in 1927 they resided at Low Street and I wondered if these places still exist?’
And by pure coincidence Michael Clark emails to say he is calling at our Base on Tuesday 15th April 2014 to research his Wollaston family!
Also a request from Bronwyn Tomkins from Australia who emails ‘John Whitehouse (b1811 - 21 Nov 1884) married Lydia Dace (b1815 – Mar 1886) on 17 June 1833 and I can follow forward from here with a fair amount of confidence with my line coming from their son John. But I cannot get any further back. I have found a John born to Samuel Whitehouse and Mary Burrows about the right time but need to have confirmation of this before I can add to my tree. Also Lydia’s parents I believe to be Joseph Dace and Tryphena Baker and any assistance I can be given would be greatly appreciated.’
RESPONSES The mystery of the 1920 Arnold Hawkins letter has now been solved with our researchers tracing the link between the recently deceased Kathleen Marie Warburton (nee Hood) and the Arnold Hawkins reference dated 1920 for George Edward Evans.
Following on from Edna’s (nee Birch) memories, Sheila Ridgway emails that her mom’s friend wasEthel Harley, Edna’s sister, and they emigrated to Adelaide and Sheila is contacting them for more information.
And Mike Fellows adds to the Burton s reminiscences with details of Frank Burton and the Burton family.
Also we have been able to help David with his request on the Henry Crutchley/Isabella Hortonenquiry giving details of all of their five children and a detailed family tree of the Crutchleys going back to William (b1775) who married Sarah Poyner.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Henry Hawkins Steam Wagon of the 1920s, Cheslyn Hay hydrant sign, Landywood country lane in the 1940s, the Titley family of 1942, Dave Thomas and the Titleys in Windsor Road in the sixties, also individual ones of Edith (nee Whitehouse), Bob, Kay & Cliff and the Stella football team dated 1955 but with not one player named.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS 1872 birth certificate of Thomas Whitehouse (mother Mary nee Stopp) and his NHI certificate dated 1924.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington. Copies available at £1 per report. This week are all from 1930 and include 9 reports of the court case of the two brothers William and Frederick Barnett of Station Street of causing the death of their father George Barnett and their mother standing bail for them. Also the wedding of Miss Madge Vesta Letitia Parbrook of 57 Station Street, the death of William Edward Richardson, two court cases with Richard Jones andGeorge Mason being found guilty and Mrs E Waite of Landywood winning the Editors Award for her Green Gooseberry Chutney recipe.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO ……by Mike Belcher
17th April 1964 A story of the well known Cheslyn Hay billiards playing policeman, Ken Shirley. .
MEMORIES This week we have delved into our archives to find an interview with an old Great Wyrley collier, William Turner, dated 13th April 1967 – almost fifty years ago. He was a miner in the local pits and gives details of what life was like way back to the 1880s recalling many old families.
FAMILY HISTORY by Andrew Pearson Another old Cheslyn Hay family - the Parbrooksgoing back to the late 1700s when Susannah was born. She married Thomas Whitehouse Jnr and their first child Marie was born in 1811. There are 4 pages of the Family History with a total of 24 pages of full information. Selected pages are available at £1 each and the family tree is just £4. Names on the tree include Baker, Beeson, Brevitt, Brindley, Brough, Browell, Derry, Eweres, Ford, Highfield, Horobin, Hough, Jeffries, Owen, Parker, Parton, Pearson, Perry, Pritchard, Read, Ridgway, Salter, Smith, Stevenson, Tuft, Turner, Whitehouse and Wood.
GENERAL NEWS Another 132 sightings of local scenes of Cheslyn Hay in March on staffspasttrack. High Street 22, Woottons Post Office 22, Brittania Picture House 21, Garbett’s Shop 17, Salem 15, Albert Hawkins Shop 14, Hacketts Butchers Shop 13, Walter Hackett 8.
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