EVENTS This Thursday 31 May we have the renowned actress and historian, Lesley Smith, performing as Ann Boleyn, starting at 7.30pm at the Salem Schoolroom. It is a ticket only occasion but we have had 10 tickets returned priced at £5 and these are available now by phoning Malcolm on 01922 410021 or 07794418295.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS Having seen the unusual name of Theodosia mentioned last week, Joan Clark from Utah sends in a request ‘My ancestor, Thomas Hicken, was born in Cheslyn Hay and he married a Theodosia “Docy” Wilkinson also from Cheslyn Hay at St Matthews Church in Walsall on 7 January 1757. They had children including Phoebe, Charlotte and Henry and I would like to correspond with anyone who is related to this family.’
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Birth Certificate of Herbert Baker of 18 Low Street (9 Jun 1899) and his Labour Certificate (17 Mar 1913). Newspaper cuttings and photographs of Glenys Hammond as Blossom and May Queens in the 1950s with Jennie Lee & Michael Foot together with her sashes.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
23rd May 1968 Cannock Advertiser Golden Wedding of Mr and Mrs Tom and Mary Wood of 7 Hill Street and their memories of their lives on the village.
23rd May 1968 Woodman were well on top in their local fixture against Cheslyn Hay, and won by 156 – 102 together with allIndividual scores.
25th May 1918 Cannock Chase Courier After a somewhat lengthy indisposition, the Rev Shapurji Edalji passed peacefully away at the vicarage, early on Thursday morning. Article contains full details of his life.
25th May 1918 In affectionate remembrance of Clara Millicent Wooton, with details.
WWI COMMEMORATION researched by Bob Brevitt This June we commemorate the death of 22977 George Whitefield Bowen of the 13th Battalion of the Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) who was killed on 2nd June 1918 aged 22, son of William and Frances Bowen, of 11 Hatherton Street, Cheslyn Hay, and remembered with honour on the Arras Memorial.
WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES
This week we are publishing a most captivating poem by Margaret Fletcher on her life in Cheslyn Hay naming all of her favourite shops on the village.
PAT POTTS (nee Marshall) Pat Potts passed away in her sleep on Monday, 14th May at Watersedge Care Home in Newtown after a two year stay. Pat was very alert with a quicksilver mind and a wonderful memory before developing dementia but after a fall at Christmas she spent most of her time bed-ridden. She was 93, born and lived all her life in Hill Street, Cheslyn Hay. Pat married and had one son Robert, who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident just six weeks before he was due to get married. Funeral is at St Mark’s Church at 10am on Tuesday, followed by interment at Cheslyn Hay Cemetery and a repast at Great Wyrley Old Hall.