Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 16th July 2017

EVENTS Bridgtown LHS are hosting a talk ‘The Canals up to Churchbridge’ with Derek Davies OBE on Wednesday, 19th July, starting at 10am. Please note that it is being held at the Bridgtown Social Club, whilst the Bethel Church is being renovated.

The Friends of Cannock Chase, Staffordshire County Council, the New Zealand Government and the Chase Project have joined forces to commemorate the New Zealand Rifle Brigade (NZRB) on Cannock Chase during the Great War. The ‘In the Footsteps’ project is launching an ambitious crowd funding project which hopes to raise £12,500 in just four weeks. If successful, the project will design, commission and erect an evocative interpretation panel at the Marquis Drive Visitor Centre on Cannock Chase. This panel will tell the story of the NZRB on Cannock Chase and remember their sacrifice during the Great War. To find out more about the project see

OUR SALEM BASE is open to everyone from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.

REQUESTS Iris Norwood asks about the history of Fisher’s Farm. Her g-g-grandmother, Mary Ann Fisher (b1819) lived there throughout her life when she married her g-g-grandfather Richard Heminsley. The farm has always kept the Fisher name, but when was the last time any of the Fisher family lived there?

RESPONSES Further to Bill’s enquiry from last week re his Wooton family we have confirmed all the details of our local Wooton family who also originated from Willenhall.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS All from the Geoff Blunt Collection. PL-LOW-66 The Crescent in Low Street (Feb 1994), PL-WOO-5 Sewage Plant at rear of Woodman Lane, IN-CAN-81 Site of the former Swingbridge – Jan 1997, IN-CAN-62 Humpback bridge at Gilpins Basin, FA-LDG-7 Hawkins Pool & Lodge Farm, ready for the BNRR – March 1992. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Norman Edwards charactures, playing statistics and histories of Jack Windmill and Jack Martin, two Aston Villa players who were both headmasters of Pinfold Lane School.


20th July 1967 Cheslyn Hay Carnival Queen elected together with her attendants. All named.

20th July 1967 An old sewing machine has been unearthed in Park Street with a remarkable history from America. Full details.

21st July 1917 Details of the seventeen winners of the Cheslyn Hay Allotments competitions.

MEMORIES Continuing on the theme of ‘Barbers’ from last week, we have published several tales of Albert Bullivant and his life. Also comments about Ivan Holmes.
Also Norma Barta is interested in having a full copy of the life of Dr Duncan McAinsh mentioned recently when his death was reported in 1956 mentioning how her mother was inspired by him.
MEMORIES And more stories from the forties and fifties that have been revived through the memories of 89 year old Betty Matthews.

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