Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 29th July 2018

EVENTS  Speakers night last Thursday 26th July – unfortunately due to a fire at Firmin’s factory on Thursday, Tony Kelly had to cancel but our intrepid pair Peter Cadman and Bob Brevitt stepped in with only one hours notice to provide us with an entertaining talk ” Beside The Seaside” which brought back lovely memories for all our members. We have received news that the fire damage is not as extensive as first thought and thankfully no historical artefacts were ruined

Due to the success of our recent Family History Beginners Courses at Cheslyn Hay Lbrary we are hoping to run a  another session on Thursday 9th August 2pm until 5pm more information will be posted next week

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

REQUESTS  No requests received this week

RESPONSES  More research on the recent Dukes/Jukes enquiry has revealed that the family are included in our Overseers Record for the Poor on ten separate occasions from 1810 – 1831.  All available on request.

Continuing with Ann and Alicia’s interest with their ancestors John Stokes and Rebecca Hodgkins our own research reveals a  fascinating story behind the recorded facts.  Firstly we have to eliminate any connection with the James Hodgkins in Massachusetts from our John Stokes and Rebecca Hodgkins in Cheslyn Hay.  Despite the fact that when James and Rebecca  married in Wolverhampton in 1832 and they were recorded as ‘Widower’ and ‘Widow’ neither of them had ever been married before having their children baptised locally prior in 1932.  Alicia has been provided with their full story with copies of their marriage, four baptisms and the 1841 Census listing their nine children.


Cannock Advertiser  no reports for this week in 1968

27th July 1918 Cannock Chase Courier  A meeting of the Cheslyn Hay Parish Council Council the subject of the New Allotments at the back of the New Inns, Station Street was discussed concerning rents involving Mr. Pearson and Mr. J. Simmsand a promise of a piece of land from Mr. Isaac Stokes.

27th July 1918   The Rev. R. T. Rowley is leaving the township and being replaced by the Rev. J. Naylor.  Full details given.

27th July 1918  Mr R H Brough and Mrs Waltho reported at the Local Relief Committee meeting  details of Prisoners of WarPrivate T. A. Bosworth, of Station Street, and Private J. Waltho.

27th July 1918   Information on the “flu” epidemic.

WWI COMMEMORATION  This August we commemorate the death of William Askey who was killed on 2nd September 1918, husband of Sarah Ellen Askey of  108 Station Street Cheslyn Hay.  Full details given.


Two of our long standing members have recently passed away.

Christine Wilcox (nee Webb) formerly Sutherland Road, Cheslyn Hay who worked at the Bridgtown Primary School for many years as a Welfare Assistant.  Passed away June 29th at New Cross Hospital. Age 86.  Funeral, August 1st at Stafford Crematorium 2pm.

Norman Rowe, passed away on Saturday 21st July aged 84.  Norman will be remembered as a talented artist, particularly on his favourite Cheslyn Hay scenes, and his generous donations of these paintings to be displayed at our Base as well as being sold for our Society’s funds will always be appreciated.   Born and bred in Great Wyrley, he met his wife, Mary, at Great Wyrley Secondary School and they have lived locally throughout their married lives and our thoughts go out to Mary and the family. Funeral is on Monday, 30th July at 11.30am at the Salem and all friends and colleagues will be welcomed at a gathering at the Cheslyn Hay WMC afterwards

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