Cheslyn Hay Weekly Newsletter – 30th April 2017

EVENTS Our friends at the Museum of Cannock Chase are celebrating VE Day with a one day exhibition on Saturday, 6th May from 11am – 4pm. Free admission.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Everyone welcome.
RESPONSES Moss certainly stirred up the memories of our members when he recalled the Powney family. Ray Franks points out that the father was named Hayden who died aged only 59 and continues with the history of the family, which he knows very well. Trevor Bickley also adds more information as he went to school with the granddaughter, Jane Powney.
But the best response came from Rosemary Read, who we have been trying to help in contacting Keith for the last two years as he was the best friend at Cheslyn Hay Infants School of her late husband, Tony. Now they are delighted to be in touch with one another.
Vi has answered the query of the Dunn family with details of Edna M Dunn giving all of her dates. Vi also gives her final response, together with Jean, to their research on John Thomas Morgan from Burntwood stating that his birth cannot be traced and suggests that he could have been born under a different surname.
Our researchers, Andrew and Jean, have also found complications on the Handel Whitehouse enquiry from Sue Harwood as there are two Handel Whitehouses born close together in 1866 and 1867 and Marriage Certificates have been forwarded to Sue but more family information is needed first.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
5th May 1917 A full and interesting report is given on the unveiling of a Roll of Honour.
5th May 1917 News was received on Monday morning last from the Chaplain in France by Mr and Mrs D Potts, of the Lord Nelson Inn, Cheslyn Hay, that their nephew Sapper William Potts had been killed while in action in the trenches. Full details given.
5th May 1917 ‘Talk and scandal of the village’ was a description of the conduct of two women Bertha Pearson and Ruth Kingstone in Queen Street in a truly remarkable court case.
5th May 1917 At the Cannock Police Court on Monday, the extraordinary conduct of a miner was investigated by the magistrates involving Lewis Masefield, of Rosemary Road, and William Stanley, a pit boy, living at Pinfold Lane, Cheslyn Hay.
BRIAN COWLEY Brian’s funeral is on Thursday 4th May at the Salem at 10.30am. Unfortunately we cannot cone off the car park as it is also Polling Day there, so I would suggest everyone ‘double park’ around the back of the church, or even park at the car park at the Dog (Talbot Inn) where refreshments have been arranged on return from the Crematorium.
trevor.cheslynhayhistory@talktalk.net

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