Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly Newsletter – 22 April 2018

EVENTS  Our Annual General Meeting this Thursday, 26th April at the Salem starting at 7pm followed by a talk by Peter Cadmanat 7.30pm entitled ‘ The Terracotta Army and Liverpool ‘.    Free admission with refreshments.

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

REQUESTS   Bill Thomason emails asking for any information at all on Albert Samuel Smith (b1905), his father Samuel Smith(b1879 in Great Wyrley), his mother Adelaide nee Wollaston (b1880) and Albert’s siblings Lawrence, Albert Samuel, Ethel Muriel, Sarah, Alethea M and Edith Smith.  All born in Cheslyn Hay except for Samuel.  Bill’s family married into the Cartwrights with Ellen Cartwright (b1854) marrying John Wollaston (b1848) and he asks if any of them in our local cemeteries.

RESPONSES  Vi has researched the Kirkham family tree after last week’s request from Neil Anstee from New Zealand and has discovered that his aunt, Hazel Kirkham, married Alan Goodman from Holly Bush with other details of the family.

More boyhood memories of Tony Read from David Hudson.

The mention of Vic Parry of Croxdene prompted our Vi to recall a link with Cheslyn Hay, giving information of Parrys Buildings at Holly Bush.

Finally, on the discussion of our local dialect, Alan Brown suggests Ed Conduit’s 2007 book on ‘The Black Country Dialect’ adding his own personal view of ‘Surely many of us with Wyrley Bonker grandparents can remember their distinctive voice patterns. I still think of a larger-than-average lump of coal as a “rairker”!’

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  Two photographs of Henry (Harry) & Rhoda (nee Whitehouse) Cartwright and one of James Kingston of the Nook with his daughters Grace, Dorothy, Miriam & Alison.  £1 per 6×4 Photographic Print.

OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington  From the 1950s reports include Elizabeth BownPercy Whitehouse,Frederick James Thurstance and Verona Jean Kendall.


Cannock Advertiser – 18th April 1968  The funeral service of Mr Ernest John Denny with details.

18th April 1968  More information has been received on the sewing machine made over 100 years ago in Winchendon, Massachusetts, and unearthed by Mrs Kathleen Walmsley

18th April 1968  An all Cheslyn Hay final in the Cannock Chase Individual snooker competition between J Dawkes and P Cole.

18th April 1968  Holy Week services of Cheslyn Hay Wesley Guild, Cheslyn Hay with Janet RobinsonGilbert RogersRonald Wilson, and Mr B Hackett.

Cannock Chase Courier – 20th April 1918  The Talbot Bowling Club at the opening of the green for the coming season naming club officials etc

20th April 1918  A dance in connection with the Women’s Working Committee with details.

20th April 1918  Football match with the home players wearing a black band on their left arm in memory of their old and esteemed playing colleague Gunner Jack Shorter.

20th April 1918  On Sunday evening  the Rev G H Thomas, was born in the township, and lived the greater part of his life in Cheslyn Hay, presented the service.

WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES  Pat Everiss relates the story of the Cheslyn Hay Community Centre from March 1952.

GRAHAM SLEIGH  Another one of our long standing members, Graham Sleigh, passed away on Sunday, 16th April in the Manor Hospital, Walsall, aged 85, after a two month spell suffering from a brain tumour.  Graham was a popular and talented musician throughout the area.

Anyone wishing to become a member for the annual fee of £5 and to  receive the full unabridged newsletter with full information every Sunday morning at 9am please contact me through my email address below.  Many thanks.

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