EVENTS Roger’s Chat ‘n’ Char this Thursday, 8th March, with the theme of ‘Frank’s Favourites’ starting at 10am in the Salem’s Main Hall. Everyone welcome.
And our Peter Cadman is giving a talk to the Lichfield Probus on our behalf this Tuesday.
OUR SALEM BASE is open every Tuesday to all and sundry from 9am – 2pm.
REQUESTS An email from Jeff Pinson, who has traced a large number of his Pinson family to Shareshill back to the 1600s, states that a William Pinson’s name is on a plaque as Church Warden next to the small redundant clock face and Jeff asks ‘Can you approximately date the clock or when William was the Church Warden, so I can place him in my family tree. I have two candidates William born 1667 or his grandson born 1720.’
RESPONSES Frank Wood’s enquiry for connections with his ancestor Jack Matthews Winfer (1897-1970) drew an immediate response. Jean Mills is able to provide a photograph of him with more family information and our researcher Vi has provided full details of Jack Winfer’s parents and his birth together with all of his Cheslyn Hay connections. And John Russell Davison emails ‘Drusilla Winfer was my g-grandmother via her marriage in 1880 to William Russell (b1862 Cheslyn Hay) and Nora Dora Winfer (b 1878) was a half aunt of my mother’ and he gives a full story of the family migrating north to continue working in the mines after William had fallen out with the pit owners in Cheslyn Hay. William’s mother was Eliza Stokes and his grandmother was Ann(e) Lockett (b 1816) who lived in Red Lane, Cheslyn Hay.’ Frank now has both John and Jean’s details to exchange information.
Our David Whitehouse responds to Barry Weetman’s appeal for information on his grandfather John Henry Whitehouse and Hannah (nee Weetman) of 102 Littlewood Lane with all the details requested including John Whitehouse (b1842) & Fanny Taylor and their children Pearl, Ruby, Jessie, John Henry Jnr, Donald Ewart, Doris, Kathleen, Winston Morley & Gladys Mary.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS (PL-HIG-173) No17 Walsall Corporation Cannock to Heath Hayes bus passing Hackett’s shop in the early 1970s. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Following the renewed interest in pigeon flying, Les Rogers has donated a 1959 British Homing World Bird Map showing the different pigeon routes all over the UK and the continent from Norway to Spain! And Rob Perks has handed us a cavalry sword from the First World War period for our displays.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington ‘A Disgraceful Case’ described by the judge as he sentenced John Daniels and Florence Phillips of Coppice Lane to the maximum sentences allowed (B’ham Gazette, 30 June 1930), Albert Victor Crutchley of High Street imprisoned for assaulting Miss Elsie Foster, John Godfrey Devereux remanded in custody for a serious offence, Charles Mitchell, High Street, found guilty, plus three court cases involving Elizabeth Bungay, of Streets Lane, Landywood, John Perks, Arthur & Tamar Bradbury, Joseph Dorricott, May Cliff and Ethel Bungay and Rose Hannah Kingston & Elizabeth Farrington. Full details available at £1 per copy.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
Cannock Advertiser 29th February 1968 For the first time, Cheslyn Hay Working Men’s Club held a supper party for the old people last week with details of 88 years old Mr Robert Handy, Mrs F Walker, Mr B Evans, Mr L Lees and Mr J Brough.
29th February 1968 The funeral service of Cheslyn Hay business woman, Mrs Edith Ellen Elwell with details of her life.
29th February 1968 Full story Cheslyn Hay mothers refusing to take their children to the local welfare clinic with Mrs S Parkes, Mrs M Perry of Chapel Square and Mrs A Parr of Littlewood Lane.
Cannock Chase Courier 2nd March 1918 Lieut W Chatterton, son-in-law to Mr and Mrs Hampton, of High Street awarded the Military Cross.
2nd March 1918 Richard Benton, of Landywood and Thomas Lockett, Queen Street, Cheslyn Hay, were summoned and found guilty with witnesses Ada M Turvey and Stephen Turvey.
2nd March 1918 Story of an award to Col Sergeant Major Tom Lockett, son of Mr and Mrs Job Lockett, of Saredon Road.
2nd March 1918 A meeting was held on Monday evening at the local Institute, in connection with the local Red Cross football competition with a report byMr A Elwell, Secretary.
HOUSE HISTORY More up to date information on last week’s history of 18 Low Street from the 1891 census onwards with information on Richard Jenkins, Ann Baker, Fred Pearson & Edith Ann Pearson, Bill and Kath Mansell and their daughter Jane as well as Bobby Bell.