EVENTS We once again welcome the renown speaker and performing historian John S White as our guest speaker on Thursday, 30th November, at the Salem starting at 7.30pm. Title of his talk this time is ‘Christmas with Mr Samuel Adams in Jane Austen’s time’. Admittance £1 including refreshments.
Peter Cadman is also addressing the Cannock Ladies Probus Luncheon Club on our behalf with a talk on ‘School Days’ on Thursday, 30th November at the Barns at Huntington.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS Another week when we have received no requests.
RESPONSES Further to Lynne’s initial enquiry in September seeking information on her late father, Jack Hughes, and his first marriage to Dorothy Foster matters now have gathered apace. Our subsequent researches, aided by facts and data provided by our members, have proved that Lynne has family relationships through her father and is now arranging a get together with them.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS We’ve received more photographs of Essington and Shareshill this week and they include one of the signal box at Bursnip Road, Essington, c1920, two of Arthur Cope outside his pub The Old Mitre at Essington in 1900, after taking over from his parents Thomas & Eliza Cope, another of a dozen regulars at The Old Mitre with George, Thomas, Fred and Arthur Cope, Infants & Primary Schools in Essington, the Minerva pub in Essington celebrating the Queen’s Coronation in 1953, a gathering of the Scott family in 1958 with Des, Stephen, Jack and Pat Scott, together with the Ball family – Lilian May Jellyman (nee Ball) and Lilian (nee Wilkes) and George Crosby. One of St John’s Primary School in Essington in 1934 with only Ida Mullard, Mary Cope and Dorothy Russell named and one of Doreen Downing’s 21st Birthday Party at the Temperance Hall, Elms Lane, Shareshill in 1953. Those named are Harriet Hotchkiss (nee Scott), Daisy Moseley (nee Scott), Emma Wilcox (nee Bird), George Wilcox, Cath Scott (nee Fletcher), Walter Scott, Des Scott, George Wildblood, Alice Wildblood (nee Downing), Jack Scott, Pat Scott (nee Ball), Betty Scott, Jean Law (nee Scott), Margaret Beck (nee Scott), Mary Scott (nee Cope), John Scott Snr, William Downing, Edward Downing, Doreen Downing, Annie Downing (nee Scott), Joan Downing, Frances Scott (nee Moulson). £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
30th November 1967 Details of the life and death or George Thomas Coates, former Cheslyn Hay Parish Councillor and licensee of the Colliers Arms who died Tuesday November 21, aged 75.
30th November 1967 LDetails of a classical Concert held at Salem Methodist Church, Cheslyn Hay.
30th November 1967 The funeral of Mr G Roobottom of 81, Mitre Road, Cheslyn Hay.
WWI COMMEMORATION This December we commemorate the death of 10782 Albert Russell of the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment, who was killed on 4th November 1917 aged 24, son of Henry and Mary Ann Russell, of 26 Queen Street, Cheslyn Hay, and buried with honour at the Etaples Military Cemetery.
WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES We delve into Pat Everiss’s researches where she points out that most of our forefathers were used as ‘slave labour’ throughout the 19th century when children worked in local mines and factories. Names involved are Joseph Hawkins, Elizabeth Sambrook William Sambrook, Mary Ann Sambrooke, Agnes Dutton, John, and Fanny Dutton, Edward Hope, Jesse Crutchley, William Wootton, Thomas Weetman, and Doctors Syree and Hosegood and Thomas Hart.
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