EVENTS Bridgtown Local History Society have a Speakers Morning this Wednesday, 15th March at the Bethel Chapel in Bridgtown starting at 10am with Derrick Middleton giving a talk on ‘Bridgtown’s Park Street and East Street’. Open to everyone.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS Norma emails from Michigan after the recent mention of Walter Bull, ‘he was the postman for Upper Landywood where I grew up. My Dad, Frank Bowen, told me that Walter was his cousin, but I have since been trying to find the connection. My dad’s father was William Henry Bowen and William’s mother was Mary Bull who was a Bowen before she married John Bull but try as I might, I have not been able to connect the dots’ and Norma asks for our help.
RESPONSES Re Phil’s memories of the Prisoners of War, Iris also recalls them working on digging out trenches around where the Holly Bush is today and relates two very poignant stories told by her mother Lucy Heminsley.
Keith Rothery, the Methodist archivist, has now been able to provide more information for Rosie on her quest in researching the Primitive Methodist Chapel which moved to Jacobs Hall Lane in the 1920s and Keith gives full details from the Minute Book of the Trustees Meetings for Jacob’s Hall Lane Primitive Methodist starting from 29th April 1915 at the Newtown Chapel.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS One of Martins Garage & Transport before it was bought out by Churchbridge Motors in 1953, a Schrader’s ladies team in a Charity football match, Isaac Stokes at Dudley Training College in 1919, Constance Shacklock (1913-1999) Covent Garden opera singer who appeared at the Salem, also one of her students Marion McCullough, Cheslyn Hay Over Sixty Club outing, photographs of decorator Laurence Turner and his family Connie and John, one of Victor Steadman on the waste ground next to Mac Potts’ house in Pinfold Lane in the 1940s and four football teams of Cheslyn Hay & Great Wyrley in 1952, 1955, 1958 & 1959 with teachers Mr Gardiner, Stan Burton, David Blount & Mr Cadman and – Scott, Graham Benton, Graham Lee, – Emery, Ronnie Benton, Jimmy Goodman, – Richards, John Turner, David Hewitt, Kenny Beeston, Alf Rogers, Keith Lloyd, Alan Fidler, Denis Loverock, John Sneyd, Geoff Illidge, Don Pearson, Tony Perks, Jimmy Dace, Roger Richards, Les Rogers, Robert Whittall, Peter Whitehouse, Harold Sambrook, Ian McLachlan, Roger Denny, Brian Scorer, Clive Heminsley, Manfred Mock, Paul Cope, David Titley & Albert ‘Nipper’ Jones. £1 per 8×6 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Complete set of CDs containing all the 1881 British Census and its National Index, ‘How to trace your Family Tree in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and ‘The Sutton Companion to Local History’.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington Auction sales of properties owned or occupied by John Cresswell, James Green, Mr Sayer, Thomas Crutchley, Robert Bird, Emanuel Forrester, Thomas Baker, James Brierley, Thomas Bladen, John Walker, Edward Read, William Jennings, Simeon Tuft, Richard Jones, John Allen, Joanathan Westwood, Mrs Russell, Mr W Sayer, Joseph Baker, Joseph Bond, Thomas Perks, William Birch, Mr H P Stanley, Mr W Turner all in the mid 1800s. Also in the 1950s are auction sales of the redundant Fire Station in Station Street, ‘Talysarn’ 11 Station Road, Great Wyrley and 105 Littlewood owned by Mr J Rogers. Plus stories concerning William and Mary Horton in 1956 and Mr & Mrs Alfred Hawkins in 1937. Copy of any Newspaper Report £1.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
16th March 1967 Fund raising effort by Cheslyn Hay’s Salem Special Efforts Committee to raise money for the renovation of the Salem Sunday School.
16th March 1967 Silent tribute was observed at the Cheslyn Hay’s Over 60s Club for one of the clubs oldest members, Mrs C Smith, who recently died. Full details with Mrs D Smith Mr and Mrs J Kingston, Mrs C Hassall, Mrs D Smith, Mrs J Edwards, Mrs L Barker, Mrs Poxon, Mrs F Altree and Mrs G Plant.
17th March 1917 William Shorter, of High Street, Cheslyn Hay, boot and shoe maker applied on behalf of his son, Jack Shorter (18) for exemption from conscription. Full details.
17th March 1917 Richard Jones (37) also was appealed by his employer, Mr G H Hudson. Full details.
17th March 1917 William Perks, grocery and provisions merchant, High Street, Cheslyn Hay, applied for his brother, Bertram Perks, (21) a grocer’s assistant. Full details.
VOLUNTEERS After starting the mammoth task last year of scanning all our 65 volumes of 8,500 photographs for a back-up system we have now only 16 volumes remaining. However with new and more urgent projects that we are undertaking we just need a couple of IT literate volunteers, living locally, to complete the work. One volume can be completed within one week. Please contact me via the email address below and any help will be greatly appreciated.
GENERAL NEWS I have just been informed by our member Moss Fisher
OUR WAR MEMORIAL that the contents of our Royal Observer Corps bunker sited on Middle Hill have been now moved. Full story given.The Parish Council have managed to procure some funding to have the plaques replaced in the war memorial. The new plaques will be marble with the lettering incised and lead pressed into the letters and the same company that completed the war memorial cleaning have been contracted for the works, which will take approximately twelve weeks to complete.
CONNIE RICHARDS Connie’s funeral was held at the Salem Church on Thursday, 9th March, with Connie having passed away on 13th February aged 98. She lived in Wesley Avenue for many years after moving from Littlewood and was involved in many village activities throughout her life, not only as a member of our Society but a long standing member of the Town’s Women’s Guild. Connie also worked as a cook at the old William Baxter School when it was based in Cheslyn Hay.