EVENTS Chat n Char this Thursday, 9th April is entitled ‘Bonnets and Banjos’! 10am in the Main Hall at the Salem .
OUR SALEM BASE Our Salem Base is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.
REQUESTS Gill from Nottingham has just received a photograph of Joseph Harold Butler (18 Dec 1889 – 20 Mar 1953), father of Frances C Butler, and says ‘Joseph Butler is a younger brother of my Grandma, Mary Ann Butler and it would be lovely to be able to contact any descendants.’
RESPONSES Following on from a long standing story of the Holland family of Cheslyn Hay that has a direct link to Henry VII and Joseph Holland,the last surviving member of this family, bequeathed the family heirloom and chest dated 1469 to the Bantock Museum in Wolverhampton on his death in 1987.
We have posted on photographs of the Wellers, who were evacuated here during the war, but it seems the photograph we have in our archives is not of the Weller family so we are checking the other evacuee family photographs to hopefully correct the matter. Dan Weller has since forwarded photos of his father with the Selveys.
Our researchers have all chipped in to help Helen trace James Henry Sutton giving details of his marriage and his service record in WWI.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Wedding of Des Turner & Ann Smallman and guests, wedding of Ken Fletcher & Beryl Gunn and photographs of the Snape family including John, the mines photographer and a Cheslyn Hay Women’s Own supper with Nellie Doughty, Mrs & Muriel Timmins, Harold & Olive Wollaston, Bert & Kath Hackett, Mrs Blackley, Kath Spooner & Roy Joneswith a few unnamed. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS The booklet ‘G H Darby, Captain of the Wyrley Gang – An Investigation’ by G A Atkinson (1914) and a full history of Air Mechanic Leslie Bickley of Holly Hill, Upper Landywood during WWII including the ships he served on. Also following Colin’s request, on behalf of the Cheslyn Hay Allotments Association, Vi has now produced an impressive 10 page catalogue of vegetables with 47 different strains that would have been available to grow on allotments during the First World War.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington Court cases of stealing and drunkeness with Florence Stokes, Jesse & Eliza Beatrice Crutchley, William Ecclestone, George Warburton, William Pearson and John Russell (1889) and John Leech (1909).
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
8th April 1965 Dispute over a narrow portion of land in the High Street of Cheslyn Hay.
8th April 1965 Parish Council celebrating its 70th year of existence.
8th April 1965 Disputes of the three sites chosen by the Staffordshire County Council for itinerant caravanners.
10th April 1915 Full reports including all the names of all four teams of the football tournament between Cheslyn Hay Schoolboys and Great Wyrley Schoolboys as well as the Great Wyrley Colliery playing the Old Coppice Colliery with all of the the proceeds going to the funds of the Local Relief Committee.
MEMORIES Carried forward to next week.