Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly Newsletter – 24 December 2017

24th December 2017

EVENTS  No events this week …. just Christmas!

OUR SALEM BASE  As it is Boxing Day this Tuesday and, unlike the Windmill, whose slogan was ‘We never close’, we’re going to be shut for the day!  Open again next Tuesday.

REQUESTS  Adrian Baillie is interested in his Mason family who originated from Wednesfield before moving to Cheslyn Hay and he has traced them back to Edward Mason in 1788.  After speaking to his cousins he is particularly interested in his g-grandfather George Richard Mason who was born illegitimate and had to take his maternal name.  Apparently he has been arrested for poaching and other disorderly conduct in the early 1900s and so must have been a thief and a ruffian!  Adrian also relates stories that have been passed down through his family.

RESPONSES   An immediate response to Marlene’s request for information on Richard Griffin’s family line connecting it to the Waltho family.   Also information on Mr W L Griffin who was a hardware manufacturer in Churchbridge and Wedges Mills.  But our researcher has found Richard Griffin in his database and his line has been tracked back to 1688.

I have been able to provide Les Scriven with details of Charles Leech/Leach’s death and the ensuing Inquest report as well as the details of the family tragic circumstances related by David Leach three years ago.

We’ve had a response to Peter Stallard’s request of the whereabouts of the members of the 1965 David Blount’s class.  Apparently Clive Mason has relatives on the village, Hilary Craddock, Margaret Westwood and Alan Roden are still local, Linda Heminsley lives somewhere in Nottingham and Diane Edwards has lived in Australia for decades.

Vi has now completed her research on Derek Bullock’s request on the Smart family with the death of their only child, Margaret R Smart, in Birmingham in 1962 aged 41 and unmarried, so leaving no direct living relatives.

Finally John Scott elaborates on the reference to MIZPAH with a full explanation.


20th December 1967  Staffordshire County Council are planning to build a new comprehensive school at Cheslyn Hay to eventually cater for nearly 1,000 pupils.  Full details given.

20th December 1967  Story of Mr Dennis Page and his life with the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes.

20th December 1967  The funeral of Mrs Elizabeth Dutton, of 31 Saredon Road, Cheslyn Hay, and details of her life.

22nd December 1917  Story of the Cheslyn Hay Women’s Working Committee and their excellent work for the wounded Soldiers and Sailors.  Names included are Mrs Wynn, George Pearson,  Mrs R EvansMiss G BrownMrs F SmithMrs S Hawkins, Mr S EcclestoneMr F AlcockMr H NormanMr C T LawsonEdward HemmingsleyMrs S Cartwright, Mrs J Busby and Mrs T Brevitt.

22nd December 1917  The local Picture Palace with titles of their forthcoming features.

22nd December 1917  The local Post Office has been extremely busy with hundreds of parcels being despatched to the local soldiers.

MEMORIES  Peter Cadman emails comments on last week’s ‘Auntie Kath’s Diary’ including details from his father, Joe Cadman with stories on Geoff Parkes and Bertram Perks.

This week we have more nostalgia from John Dickin recalling fascinating stories told to him by the old Cheslyn Hay character, Joe Wilkes.

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