EVENTS No events this week
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we have the meeting at mid morning of a handful of people looking at what photographs and relevant material we have on the local Green Bus Company as well as the Warstones Coaches. Everyone welcome. We also have available the burials at both Cheslyn Hay and Great Wyrley cemeteries to deal with recent enquiries. Last Tuesday we welcomed two sixth formers from a local school to help them with their project of ‘the history of a local community including all aspects of development up to current times’. As a society we would like to encourage similar projects as we have 74 volumes of photographs and 38 volumes of archive material covering all aspects of our local community and these are available to everyone during our Base opening times.
REQUESTS Norma Barta emails a request ‘I am trying to find out about the death of my uncle, William Robert Bowen, who was killed in WWI. I have been searching everywhere but I cannot find any information on his death in France. The Commonwealth War Graves site couldn’t help as I don’t know what regiment he was in, so I would appreciate any help at all.’
RESPONSES We have been able to provide Vicki with a Bailey family tree down from her g-g-grandfather Thomas Charles Bailey who married Eliza Broughbut there is no father shown on the marriage certificate and was raised by his grandparents John and Elizabeth Bailey of The Lot.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
24th August 1967 Treasure Island exhibition at the library organised by Miss C Denny and Miss J Humpherson.
24th August 1967 Worries for the village of Cheslyn Hay to prevent mass demolition.
24th August 1967 Story of the Cheslyn Hay Carnival with Norma Pope, Miss A Partington, Miss A Pearson, Mrs J Mumford, Letitia Bowater, Karen Hodgkiss, Gail Chapel, Kim Davies and Mandy Wood.
And results of the best decorated houses, best decorated shops, Fancy Dress, Adult Walking Race, Childrens Walking Races, Winning Tableaux, all the Boys Flat Races, the Girls Flat Races and three Baby Shows
24th August 1967 The semi-finals and final of the Jonathon Hunter Charity Bowling Cup Competition were held at the Cannock Town Green involving Cheslyn Hay bowlers.
25th August 1917 A word of praise in certainly due to the Girls Council School in Pinfold Lane.
25th August 1917 News of the Communal Kitchen.
MEMORIES This week we turn to the wartime memories of Mrs Olive Mary Kendall (nee Whitehouse) who was born in 1924, daughter of Harry and Susan (nee Cooke) and was living at 1 Cemetery Street relating how times were with details of the Hurricane that crashed near her house.