EVENTS No events this week but there are only a handful of tickets left at £5 each for a full house to see Lesley Smith, on Thursday 31 May starting at 7.30pm at the Salem Schoolroom. It is a ticket only occasion and no-one will be able to pay for entry on the night, so please phone Malcolm on 01922 410021 or 07794418295 if you wish to guarantee your place.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we welcome two researchers. Phil Jones has information on Edward Morris who was killed in the First World War and is on our War Memorial and Dr Alan Jones is bringing us up to date with his latest research on the Edaljis.
REQUESTS Ann Molloy from Australia has been able to respond to a request posted by Yvonne, also from Australia, on our website from seven years ago which stated ‘I am trying to find any information on the Isaiah & Sophia Bate family. They had a son Matthew who married Eliza Whitehouse, and a daughter Eliza who was my great grandmother. Isaiah died in a mining accident in 1864’.
Ann is able to add more information for Yvonne together with a request for help on her Stokes family history, emailing ‘I have been researching my Stokes family tree and Sophia Stokes married Isaiah Bate and lived in Little Wood. John and Rebecca Stokes were her parents who lived next door and as John owned both cottages he stated in his will that Sophia should continue living there with her children. Eventually Sophia remarried and moved on. In early records Sophia was known as Docey Hodgkins, which is a diminutive game for Theodosia. It seems it was interchangeable with other names as I think she may have used Dorcas as well.’
RESPONSES From Vicki Robb who emails ‘Last week’s mention of ‘uwp th’a bonk’ brings brought back a very pleasant memory’ and Vicki relates a story about her grandfather, Jack Sishton in Wedges Mills. And new member, Judy from Australia, commenting on the memories of Olive Mary Whitehouse of the 1930s.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS A Cannock Chase Miners Association badge with the date ‘OCTOBER 1910’ which would have been worn on the lapels of their suits. Donated by Ron Whitehouse, this is the only one we have and will be used in our Miners Display Cabinet for Schools and Exhibitions.
EXTRACT FROM THE BIRMINGHAM MAIL researched by Dave Washington
15 May 1968 (Fifty years ago) Protests by councillors Mrs M Homeshaw and D A Stanton against the Walsall Corporation Transport for failing to replace trains lost after the ‘Beeching axe’ with an adequate bus service which now only operate just three buses a day through Cheslyn Hay and Great Wyrley.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
16th May 1968 Cannock Advertiser Mr Ernest Carter of Watling Street, has been appointed Honorary Representative of the Royal Life Saving Society for the county giving a full history of his involvement since 1940.
18th May 1918 Cannock Chase Courier Details of the replayed final in connection with the Cheslyn Hay Red Cross Society was decided on the Barn Flat Ground, between Cheslyn Hay Institute and Huntington Swifts.
18th May 1918 It was decided to organise a Prisoners of War Fund, and the Chairman with the Acting Secretary, Mr R Brough, to make necessary arrangements with regard to a house to house collection involving Prisoner of War Sergeant Major Bosworth, Privates F Hughes, J Waltho, S Thomas and J Pearce (Wedges Mills). I
18th May 1918 On Monday a large gathering assembled at the Local Institute on the occasion of the presentation of medals to the Players of the Local Institute Club involving T Wright, J Perks, P Barker, F Baker, W Dace, W Hawkins, Bert Goodman, P Perry, J Jones, S Perry, W Bull, F Stokes, C Pritchard, J Perry and C Brough. It was stated that 140 members of the Institute had joined the Colours.
18th May 1918 The first bowling competition took place on the Senior Club Green, on Saturday with results between Mr H Stokes Snr, Mr J Walker, Isaac Clewley and Jos Clewley.
18th May 1918 A meeting of the Victoria Brass Band Committee was held at the Working Men’s Club and Institute on Wednesday evening last, with full details.
18th May 1918 The township has lost a citizen by the name of Ann Lockett, of High Street with information of her 70 years in the district.
WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES We have a book of short stories kindly donated some time ago by Vanessa Morgan of Redditch who had inherited her grandfather’s memories and stories all recorded for posterity with details of Sid and Christopher Lawson, Chas, Mac, Granddad Bankey, Jonty (killed in Gallipoli), Wilty (died through injuries received in mine soon after war), Jacker, Benjy, Squib, Miff, Chuck, Old Josh, Benjy (who was a servant to the Laird), Jimmy Jar, Smiler, Smacker (old & young), Old Woody, Herby, Pug, Kagg, Sandy Bob, Mickey, Shigger and Herbie the undertaker.’