EVENTS No events this week but we have arranged a gathering of anyone who was involved in the Gingham Girls and other Cheslyn Hay dancing troupes the following Tuesday, 20th February at our Base from 10am onwards. Letitia Bowater and friends will be there and we will have three volumes of photographs for viewing. We are also asking any visitors to bring any of their own photographs or programmes with them for copying.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS New member Dean Steadman from Lincolnshire has joined to add to his researches on his g-g-g-g-granddad Paul Steadman (b1797) mentioned in a recent newsletter and is asking to contact Debra, Vi or Maslen Merchant to exchange information on the Steadman tree. This has now been put into practice.
I’ve also received an enquiry from a Glenys Lomas who is interested in house history and is asking for any information on 84 & 86 Station Street and 13 Coppice Lane, all addresses that she has had close ties with in the past.
And Diane Pike emails looking for any information or photographs of her father’s family. He was Geoffrey William Whiles (b1927, son of Enoch Whiles of 9 Bungalow, Walsall Road, Great Wyrley).
RESPONSES Percy Carpenter, author of ‘A Song of Spring’ an absorbing read that relates to his early life around Landywood, responses to Mike Potts’ enquiry about the pit accident at the Yew Tree Colliery and the death of George Cooper.’ And Phil Jones points out that the Yew Tree Drift Mine gets a mention in the series of books done by the Mining Society and he is in contact with Mr Marsh, whose father was an owner of that mine, having the records going back to when it was opened.’
Peter Cadman provides a snippet to the New Inns pub involving the Price family of 149 Station Street.
OLD NEWSPAPERS reports presented by Adrian Baillie following his research on his g-grandfather, George Mason, the renowned local character known as ‘Massa’ with five interesting court cases, from 1894 – 1906, also involving Henry Russell, Richard Davis, William Summerton, Handel Thomas, John Astle and Frederick Poole.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
8th February 1968 Confrontation on Rosemary Road, Cheslyn Hay, being one of the worst unmade roads in the country.
8th February 1968 The funeral of Mrs May Ellen Brough, of 7 Coppice Lane, Cheslyn Hay.
9th February 1918 AliceTurner. In loving memory of the beloved wife of Henry Turner of Cheslyn Hay.
Harry Morris. In loving memory of the beloved son of Thomas and Eliza Morris, of Cheslyn Hay, who met his death at the Old Coppice Colliery, February 17th 1913.
9th February 1918 Michael Doughan, pit sinker, Low Street, Cheslyn Hay, found guilty in court case.
FRANK ALLEN Another long standing member has passed away. Frank was well respected for his talks and knowledge on the local railways and will be sadly missed. He died 29th January aged 85 and his funeral is at St Marks on Friday, 23rd February at 1.45pm.