EVENTS This month’s Chat n Char features ‘Rogers New Year’s Party’ on Thursday 11th January beginning at 10.00am!’
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS None received this week.
RESPONSES Graham’s enquiry as to ‘Why is the New Inn in Station Street referred to as the New Inns?’ has provoked quite a response with several but differing explanations.
And Paul’s question on the gravestone of Verdun Eric Ingram provided some useful work for our researchers with Mike looking up the Obituary Columns to find that although Verdun Eric Ingram’s service was held at Great Wyrley Methodist Church, it was followed by a cremation at Ryecroft in Walsall. Mr Ingram was 49 when he died suddenly at his home, 390 Walsall Road, Great Wyrley, on 11 October 1965 and there were seven entries in the deaths column from all of his family, including his wife, Beat. Vi researched the family history and gives full details whilst Jon Barton, one of our military advisors, emails ‘This may answer the Verdun question. It was not unusual to name babies after battles. Think of the recent vogue for naming kids ‘Chardonnay’, ‘Brooklyn’ or ‘India’….. 1,634 babies were given First World War inspired names, including Kitchener and there were 1,229 named after battles of which Verdun was the most popular.’
Further to the article about Joe Wilkes, Mick Drury emails that ‘The Neville mentioned was one of your members, Neville Adams, who passed away last year. I worked with him for about a year at a scrap yard situated at the old Nook Colliery in the late 1960’s. The colliery is documented in my book on small mines which I donated a copy for your archives. Its name was Spring Meadow Colliery and I was grateful to Neville who provided plenty of information for the book. Reg Whittingham also worked there at some time. Mike Belcher also points out that Joe Wilkes’s mine was in Upper Landywood Lane and not Lower Landywood Lane as stated by John Dickin.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS We have been donated the original flag, flagpole and holder that belonged to the now defunct 2nd Wyrley Bank Brownies of Glenthorne School. Also four carded pictures, three of the Hawkins family and one of the Crutchleys, all from around the early 1900s.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
Cannock Advertiser 4th January 1968 For Mr Wilfred T Marshall of Cheslyn Hay, January 1st 1968 will be a day long remembered as his name appeared in the New Year’s Honours List as the recipient of the British Empire Medal and the full story is given.
4th January 1968 Meeting of Cheslyn Hay Over 60’s Club with information on Mrs D Smith, Mrs A Hawkins, Mrs D Merchant, Mrs Knott, Mrs Waltho, Miss Pat Winfer, Mrs H Whitehouse, Mrs G Plant and Mrs Kingston.
Cannock Chase Courier 5th January 1918 Cheslyn Hay has lost another of the numerous lads the village has supplied to H.M. Forces, in the person of Sapper Harold Smith, of the Royal Engineers (the son of Mr and Mrs James Smith) of 49 Low Street, Cheslyn Hay. Details of his Army career and his life.
5th January 1918 A large company assembled at the local Working Men’s Clubroom, on Thursday evening in aid of the Local Relief Committee and Red Cross Society with details of Mrs T Brevitt, Miss H Baker, Mrs J Busby, B Hassall, Mr F Thomas and Mr R Bown.
5th January 1918 On Thursday, in Christmas week, an eighty yards foot handicap, open to all England, for £50 was decided at the Red Lion Grounds, Bloxwich, when there were no fewer than 106 competitors. Story of Jack Pratt of the Rose and Crown Inn, Cheslyn Hay.
MAC WALMSLEY Just received the terribly sad news that Mac of Park Street, a dear friend of everyone at our Society, passed away in the early hours of Tuesday morning. All I can say was that Mac was a true gentleman, who quietly commanded respect from all who met him. He has been a member of the Society from the earliest days and he was always ready, together with Kath, to offer his support and some kindly words. Speakers Nights will never be the same without his friendly presence. Our thoughts are with Kath and the family.