Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 6 May 2018

EVENTS The theme for Roger’s Chat n Char this Thursday, 10th May is ‘Crown Inn Glory’ with an option of dressing up in Red White and Blue. Starts at 10am at the Salem as usual.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we welcome four members of the Jeavons family to complete the cataloguing of photographs and the history of the Gingham Girls.

REQUESTS Although we were able to help Diane in her research for information of her father, Geoff Whiles, there are two aspects where we have drawn a blank. Geoff was a Bevin boy down a local pit in the war and Diane asks if there are any local Bevin boys still around for her to talk with. And secondly what senior school did Geoff attend in the thirties? Diane assumes it must have been Great Wyrley Senior but we have no evidence to support that and he could have gone to Rugeley Grammar School. So does anyone remember Geoff Whiles at school?

RESPONSES After Derek Moore’s detailed response to the Judy’s Foster family last week, Judy will now be emailing him from Australia with some of her own memories around Cheslyn Hay when she was a child.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Four of the Poxon family (PE-POX-6,7,8,9) of 97 High Street with Harry & Rhoda (nee Cartwright), Harry Jnr, Lilian, Alan & Stan Poxon & Lilian Reed. £1 per 6×4 Photographic Print.

OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington Three unrelated reports from the 1900s from various newspapers with full details.

Cheslyn Hay Male Voice Choir winning the Leicester Mercury Rose Bowl in 1925.

The death of Charlie Towle’s opponent in 1932.

Plan to widen the M6 from Saredon to Lymm with costs etc.

NEWSPAPER REPORT Another report from Sue Challenger and it is dated 19th June 1920 and all are recognisable local names! Eleven youths from Cheslyn Hay named William Roe, Cyril Parsons, Joe Hodson, Clifford Smith, John Pratt, Andrew Allen, Harry Lockett, William Leach, Harold Thomas, Baden Newell, and William Savage were all found guilty.

Cannock Advertiser – 2nd May 1968 Details of the retirement and life of 80 years-old Mr Lawrence Hawkins at Hawkins (Henry) Ltd., Tiles, Longhouse Tileries.

2nd May 1968 Keep-fit classes organised for the ladies of Landywood Residents Association with Doreen Lyons and Katherine Sedgley.

Cannock Chase Courier – 4th May 1918 Full information on the Annual Hospital Parade in connection with the Victoria Brass Band.

4th May 1918 The Red Cross Society have successfully arranged a Football Competition with the help of Mr A E Elwell. All details given.

4th May 1918 Dorothy M Leeke daughter of Mary Anne Leeke, passed away May 3rd 1918, aged seven years and eight months.

MEMORIES More wonderful reminiscences from the 1930s by Olive Mary Whitehouse with stories about Harry Whitehouse, Hacketts the butchers, and Marion Lockett and how life was then.

GENERAL NEWS More sad news on the passing of two of our longest serving members, Mrs Carrie Summers (nee Norman) of New Penkridge Road aged 90 and Roy Smith from Station Road aged 87. Carrie worked for Arnold Hawkins in charge of the office at the Tileries throughout the fifties and Roy went to the Pinfold Lane School before going on to the Rugeley Grammar School, where he became a well respected engineer where his services were sought all over the world. Both will be fondly remembered by us all.

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