EVENTS We welcome the acclaimed Barry Picken as our guest speaker this Thursday, 22nd February, at the Salem starting at 7.30pm to relate a true and intriguing story that he has called ‘Red Flowers and a Bag of Old Bones’. Admittance £1 including refreshments.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we have invited all members of the Gingham Girls and other Cheslyn Hay dancing troupes to a nostalgic morning. We will have a video of these girls from the sixties on view as well as 347 photographs of the Cheslyn Hay carnivals. Letitia Bowater and friends will be there and it is open to everyone.
REQUESTS Barry Weetman provides us with information on his grandfather, John Henry Whitehouse, who was living at 102 Littlewood Lane in1891 with his wife, Hannah (nee Weetman) and eldest daughters Pearl and Ruby. Barry has contacted our David Whitehouse who has provided links back to a George Whitehouse and Lucy Brindley who married in May 1790 and they are exchanging information, particularly with John Henry’s desk diaries. Barry states that John Henry Whitehouse worked down the mines as a boy and became a trade union official as a very young man before becoming a businessman owning a greengrocery business at the Pinfold, Bloxwich and then having a number of fish and chips shops in Walsall, Bloxwich, Cheslyn Hay and Essington. When a child, Barry would meet his grandfather at the home of his aunt, next door to his family home in Broad Lane, Essington and both he and David would appreciate any information on him.
RESPONSES Barry Weetman also responds to Mike’s enquiry emailing with full information on the Yew Tree Drift Mine off Broad Lane. Essington with his father, Harry Weetman, who had a coal business almost opposite the site. Also after researching Mick Drury’s mining books in our Base Library we found in ‘The Lesser Known Coalmines of Cannock Chase’ the accident described in full.
Diane’s plea for information on her Whiles family has also produced an excellent response. We have been able to locate where her family are buried and we have a wonderful 1933 photograph of her father Geoff Whiles in the Infants Class at Pinfold Lane School. Also Malcolm Smith lived near to the Whiles in the Walsall Road hutments and recalls Mr and Mrs Whiles vividly. But the real bonus comes from Ann, whose husband Ken Jackson’s paternal grandmother, Evelyn Nash, came up from Surrey to work in service and she became housekeeper to Mr ‘Nock’ Whiles after his wife died. Ann has now been in contact with Diane as she has full information on the background to the Whiles family including her father Geoff, Ernest and Nancy as well as John, Stanley and Dorothy and to add to the coincidences, Ann’s Aunty Jean lived in Fordhouses and worked with Diane’s mum in an Off Licence there.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS The Foster Family (PE-FOS-6) including Ethel (Harvey), Ernie, Sarah (Dickenson), Elizabeth (Moore), Sarah, John, Harry & William, (PE-FOS-7) Dorothy & Philip Foster with Gwyn Watkins, (PE-PRY-1) Parry family of High Street with Eunice, Brian, Jill & Elizabeth Parry with Bob Stringer, (GW-SCH-271 & 272) Great High School productions with only Marion Pee, Madeleine Hodgkiss, Ann McClure & Hilda Reaney named, (CH-SAL-217) 1972 Salem Gathering with Susan Green, Eileen Evans, Mavis Challinor, Jill & David Green. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
15th February 1968 Details of Hawkins Football Club Social and Dance for Charity.
15th February 1968 Story on Cheslyn Hay group of entertaining troupes with the Gingham Girls, the Annettes, the Honeytots and the Katrinas.
15th February 1968 The funeral of Mr. Lawrence James Hood, of “Eureka”, Wolverhampton Road, Cheslyn Hay.
15th February 1968 Landywood Estate Residents Association’s Valentine dance including names of organisers etc.
15th February 1968 Woodman Bowls Club’s annual meeting with informattion on Mr W Pearson, P Spencer, R Peach, Mr R Leach, Frank Bowen, Bert Walker, Mr M Dams, Mr H Mason, Mr F Downton, Mr F Richards and Mr A Rogers.
Cannock Chase Courier 16th February 1918 Private Waltho is the only Cheslyn Hay lad who is a prisoner of war. Details from the Red Cross Society.
16th February 1918 The annual general meeting of the Senior Bowling Club was held at the Red Lion with information including Alfred Cope, William Follows, Mr A H Syree, Tom Holdcroft, Isaac Clewley, Ralph Evans and Mr P Bown.
16th February 1918 In memory of Mr W J Leeke, of High Street, Cheslyn Hay.