Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 23rd April 2017

EVENTS Our AGM next Thursday, 27th April starting at 7pm when I will be stepping down after 17 years as Chairman for a more progressive committee to be elected with more IT skills and newer ideas. At 7.30pm Peter Cadman will then give a talk on ‘The City of York’ which will interest all those booked on Roger’s coach trip in July.
OUR SALEM BASE is open to everyone every Tuesday from 9am – 2pm to browse through our 8,500 photographs as well as our extensive library with 165 volumes, mainly of local records. Our researchers are also on hand ready to give advice and support.
REQUESTS From a new member, Sue from Birmingham, who emails ‘I am interested in finding out about my family history. My great grandfather Handel Whitehouse was born in Cheslyn Hay in 1866 but he later moved to Bridgtown where he was a milkman and my mom remembers he also delivered coal. I’d love to find out more about him and his family. I have quite a few certificates so I’ll get what I know together and perhaps someone could help me or I can pay you a visit. I have seen names come up on your Facebook page that I recognise so it’s very exciting.’
After a visit last week from the Dunn family of Glasgow who have researched their family history thoroughly, they just needed details of one of Oscar Dunn Jnr’s siblings, Edna M Dunn, as they have no record of her at all. Our local researcher, Vi, will now research the local records.
RESPONSES After Joan Harley Muegge’s request from Adelaide we have had three responses. Firstly from Derek Moore who remembers the family well when they lived in Rosemary Road and Glenda emails giving details of the family connections and having photographs of them all together and Bill Harley giving the full history of all the family.
The newspaper report last week of the tragic cot death of a baby prompted members to recall that Mrs Christmas was a well respected teacher at the Great Wyrley High School in the mid sixties.
Following the request from the new owner of Saredon Hall Farm, we were able to provide him with websites as well as the detailed information on the hall, referred to as Great Saredon Hall c1700 with the cowsheds and outbuildings going back to the 1500s.
Finally errors have been pointed out from the recent mention of the local bus routes in the fifties. Apparently it was not the No 11 bus but the No 17. It turned into Station Street and not Station Road, it was the Colliers Arms and not the Miners and the Bridgtown to Wolverhampton bus that Derrick could not remember was the No 56.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Marriage certificate of Lavinia Stokes & William Shilton (1886) and a summons to Donald Kingston & Dorothy Barsby with newspaper report (Nov 1952).
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington A Gilpin’s employee, George Dawson, of Churchbridge absconding with large sums of money (1867), George Parker, a schoolmaster of Wedges Mills charged with horse stealing (1867) and Thomas Henry Parker of Wedges Mills in court (1898).
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher.
27th April 1967 A further development of approximately 113 houses on the Littlewood Estate with full details.
28th April 1917 Information on the Old Nook Colliery, Cheslyn Hay, has re-commenced working after being idle for over 30 years.
28th April 1917 On Saturday evening the Talbot Bowling Club starting their new season with details of members.
28th April 1917 A football match in aid of the local Red Cross funds was played on the Barn Flat Grounds, on Saturday afternoon, when teams from Churchbridge Works and the local Institute competed with a match report.
MEMORIES From Moss Fisher who is currently scanning photographs of Park Street (The Lot) for our archives and he recalls some of his own memories of the area recollecting his youth with the Powney family.
BRIAN COWLEY Brian sadly passed away on Monday 17th April. Aged just 65, Brian has been an invaluable member of our committee providing notable displays at our Annual Exhibitions gained from painstaking research on both Mount Pleasant and Saredon Road, where he lived. A schoolteacher for most of his career his interests ranged form local history to music, with jazz in particular, but above all Brian will always be remembered for being the thoroughly decent and gracious gentleman he was and someone whose company we have enjoyed over the past three years. Our thoughts are with Sandra and the family.

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