Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly Newsletter – 28 February 2018

EVENTS Roger has now organised this year’s Annual Chat n Char coach trip. It is to the World Museum in Liverpool to see the Terracotta Army and the date is Thursday 12th July at £25. As Roger says ‘First come, first served with members taking preference’. Phone Roger on 01785 212412.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we welcome four ex-Gingham Girls to sort out photographs and archive material to create a Cliff Hooper Collection.

REQUESTS From Frank Wood who asks if anyone has any connections to his ancestor Jack Matthews Winfer (1897-1970) to add to his family tree. Jack Winfer’s mother was Nora Dora Winfer and grandmother Druscilla Winfer.

RESPONSES Our researcher Vi has provided more information on John Henry Whitehouse with full details of his life.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS We have added another collection to our shelves with the Cliff Giles Collection (CG-COL-1 to 28) which includes all the Giles family at 13 Cemetery Street with Phyllis, Frank Giles Snr, Frank Jnr, Doris (nee Chetwynd), Gladys (née Webb), Maureen (née Bladon) & Cliff Giles, Phyllis Payton (née Giles), Pat Brown (née Giles) with Sian, Doreen Jones (née Webb), Ray Jones, Ted & Rose Bladon and John Whitehouse. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS History of the Whiles family of 9 The Hutments, Great Wyrley and a marriage certificate of George Mason & Jane Hall (5 Feb 1893).

EXTRACTS FROM LICHFIELD MERCURY researched by Adrian Baillie

Friday 18 May 1894 CANNOCK PETTY SESSIONS. Arthur Gripton, Jeremiah Whitehouse, Frank Rowe and James Bate all Cheslyn Hay men found guilty in four separate cases. Full information available.
Friday 21 September 1906 CANNOCK PETTY SESSIONS. SECOND COURT. John Cross, Cheslyn Hay, miner, was found guilty and fined with costs.

Cannock Chase Courier 23 February 1918 Working Men’s Club raising funds for the Red Cross funds involving R Brough, C T Lawson, Harry Morris, Miss Doris Savage, Mrs F Smith, Mrs T Lawson, Mr W Eccleston, Mr T Gaskin and Mr T Hand.

23 February 1918 Details of the Friends of Great Wyrley Parish Church raising money to get new heating apparatus.

MEMORIES Local residents who take the opportunity of visiting the Salem, which is now open throughout the week for coffee mornings, are always pleasantly surprised at the splendour inside the church. Not only for the stained glass windows and the organ but of the highly polished pews, numbered 1 to 46. Mary Horton recalls attending church in the 1940s sitting in the Horton family pew, number 19, which her family had paid for at least three generations. Mary remembers that the Minister and the families of the Hawkins’s and the dignitaries would be seated in the five gated pews at the rear. If you have never taken time to visit the Salem please drop in for a coffee as Ruth will make you most welcome. Meanwhile we are currently searching for a record of these pew holders in the Salem log books, so can anyone remember the number of their family pew?

HOUSE HISTORY An enquiry for the address of 18 Low Street, later becoming 18 & 20 Low Street (1 & 2 The Crescent) has resulted in publishing the entire history of the buildings together with all the occupiers from 1820 onwards.
WWI COMMEMORATION This March we commemorate the death of 488375 Harold Smith MM of the 79th Field Company of the Royal Engineers who was killed on 3rd December 1917 aged 21, son of James and Emily Smith of 49 Low Street, Cheslyn Hay, and buried with honour at the Bleuet Farm Cemetery.

WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES Details of a fascinating visit to the Salem revealing a board a little larger in size than a house door, but made like one, being of tongue and groove construction, with a slit in it for an indicator made from lead which told the men pumping the organ how much wind was available. The board would have acted as a screen between the men pumping the organ and its workings. Written in pencil were the directions starting from the bottom, ‘STOP’ and at stages going up the word ‘BLOW’ and at the very top the instruction ‘BLOW LIKE HELL’. And then a list of graffiti, drawings and names and addresses scrawled into the board from over 100 years ago which are listed.
DAVD BATTERSBY There will be a private cremation for the family at Stafford on Thursday, 1st March, which will be followed by a Service of Thanksgiving at St Luke’s in Cannock at 12.30pm. David will be a terrible loss to many people in our local communities as he has held lifetime interests in bee keeping, philately and St Luke’s Church as well as being a leading authority in the histories of all our local areas and the Gilpin’s family. I have had the privilege to have known David, since his retirement as a director from Linford’s, as a personal friend for almost twenty years and I will greatly miss his support and advice on so many things but above all I will miss his companionship with his warm and understated humour. A true gentleman that has left a void that will not be replaced and our thoughts and sympathies are with Barbara and the family.

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