Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 4th February 2018

4th February 2018

EVENTS  Our next Chat n Char is this Thursday, 8th February, at 10.00am in the Main Hall of the Salem and Roger’s theme this month is ‘Be my Valentine’.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Everyone welcome.

REQUESTS  Mike, one of our regular members of our Tuesday group at the Base, recalls an incident in 1947 when nine miners, including his father Albert Potts, were trapped behind a fall of rock for 18 hours at the Yew Tree Colliery, a drift mine in Old Landywood Lane, but we have nothing recorded at all in our archives.  Tanny Moore and the overman, Freddy Thomas, were involved in the rescue, but has anyone else any recollections of the occurrence that may have been passed down over the years?

RESPONSES  Doug Russell has sent an email this week pointing out a perfect example of ironic humour with ‘I love the story of the two court cases.  One fined for showing lights the other fined for having no lights – at the same hearing!’

Ray Franks now provides Graham with the solution to his enquiry ‘Why is the New Inn in Station Street referred to as the New Inns?’ with a full explanation.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  Photographs in the new Jim Bullock Collection (JB-COL) include Jim, June & Tony Bullock, the Mills family with Len, June, Ruth & Doreen, Shirley Thompson, Margaret Kingston, Vi Barber, Joan Marshall, Maureen Downton, Ann Walker together with various Salem events.  £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  Funeral Service card commemorating the life of Malcolm Thomas Walmsley.

Also Lorraine Vernon has donated two intricate wood carvings including a wood puzzle for our Schools Display by her late husband Charles (1924–1993) of 14 Park Street and, for our ‘history library’, ‘The Road to Passchendaele’ a compelling 370 page book of photographs, interviews and first hand accounts compiled by the best selling WWI author Richard van Emden.

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher

Our researcher Vi has been looking at last week’s perturbing case of Albert and Sarah Eaton,  High Street, Cheslyn Hay, but apparently the Cannock Chase Courier reported the wrong details from the Court Sessions.  The correct names of the accused were actually Albert and Sarah Heaton who have no connections with the Eaton family and Vi gives details of their later lives.

1st February 1968  The inquest of the tragic death of Mrs Doris Merchant, aged 64.

1st February 1968 Story of the Cheslyn Hay Over 60’s Club with Mrs D SmithMrs WesleyMr G Bladen, Mr C Evans, Mrs F Stokes, Mrs G Savage, Mrs Dohey, Miss Joan GoodmanMrs Knott, Mrs G PlantMrs Bayliss and Mrs Thomas.

2nd February 1918  A dance and social devoted to the Red Cross funds with full details.

2nd February 1918  After a meeting of Cannock Rural Tribunal this week, cases for exemption were heard for Frederick G Wooton, Grocery and Provisions Dealer, Cheslyn Hay, Joseph Baker, Butcher and Farm Bailiff, Cheslyn Hay and W T Collins (42) Works Manager, Rosemary Tileries, Cheslyn Hay. Full information given.

2nd February 1918  A meeting of allottees and the general public took place at Cheslyn Hay Schools on Tuesday, when the Chairman of the Parish Council remarked that the meeting was called in consequence to a communication he had received from the Minister of Food Production.  Details of the outcome involving Messrs C T Lawson, R Brough, F W Hawkins, S H Harvey, W H Westwood and T Whitehouse.

WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES  We now have a series of collections in our archives that have been donated to us from a variety of sources.  Many are from relatives of people who have lived their entire lives in Cheslyn Hay and the collections include photographs, memorabilia and in some circumstances documents recording different social aspects of our village.  Such is the instance this week when we have been privileged to receive and catalogue the Jim Bullock Collection that not only include photographs but Jim’s records, results and happenings of the Cheslyn Hay Homing Society in the sporadically acknowledged pigeon racing fraternity.  Names that appear in these records of the Cheslyn Hay Homing Society Activities from 1976 – 1978 are  Adshead, Aldred, Allport, Armishaw, A Astbury, Baxter, H Bailey, H Bate, T Bird, R Brackmanski, A E Brown, Bullock, Chambers, A Clarke, S Corfield, J T & J E Dace, Ellis, Emery, A & Will Farrington, J D Follows, J Gaskin, E & C Gittins, Gretton, D Hales (Oak Avenue GW), Heminsley, A Humphries, K Lockett, D Parkes (74 Mitre Road), Perks, J Rogers, Rose, Russell, C Selvey, S Sivorn (13 Coppice Lane), Spooner, F Startin, V Steadman, B Ward, E Watts, J F Webb, A Winfer (3 Cross Street), Winnell.

BOB COOPER  Well known for his local sporting activities over a number of years, playing bowls for the Woodman and cricket for both Hawkins and Harrisons, Bob passed away quietly in the Residential Home at Bloxwich two weeks ago.

JOAN PERKS  Joan’s funeral will be on Thursday, 8th February at the Salem starting at 11.30am followed by the burial at the Cheslyn Hay cemetery.

DAVID BATTERSBY  Another devastating loss this week, not only to our Society, but to both Bridgtown and Great Wyrley societies as well.  David successfully underwent his long awaited hip operation at the New Cross Hospital on Wednesday afternoon but tragically suffered a heart attack during the night and sadly passed away in the early hours of Thursday morning, 1st February.  Our thoughts and sympathy go out to Margaret and David’s family.  More information next week.

trevor.cheslynhayhistory@talktalk.net

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