Cheslyn Hay & District Weekly Newsletter – 19th August 2018

Events No Events this week

Our Salem Base is open from 9am-2pm every Tuesday

Requests Robert Taylor emailed this week with details of his family with his mom Elizabeth Dorothy Taylor (formally Elizabeth Matthews.) now 90 years old remembering her childhood in the old Dundalk Lane cottages with her sister Marjorie.  Robert also mentions his Grandad William (Bill) Matthews and his involvement in the Brass bands around Cheslyn Hay and Great Wyrley.

Old Newspapers researched by Dave Washington

4th September 1885 Lichfield Mercury, Rhoda Ridgeway, George Collier, Charles Kendrick, David Brough, Maria Walker and Joseph Kendall all found guilty in a court case, as was Thomas Tudor coal dealer of Cheslyn Hay in a separate prosecution.

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher

15th August 1968   Details of the death of Police-constable Robert Michael Potts (22) a single man of 4, Hill Street, in a tragic accident.

15th August 1968  Cheslyn Hay Salem Church Women’s Guild visit to Hamstall Ridware Hall.

15th August 1968 Story of the residents of Cheslyn Hay involved in the re-decoration of the schoolrooms of Salem Church Hall.

 15th August 1968   Details of a special display at the Cheslyn Hay library.

15th August1968  Full details of the Hawkins v Brereton match in the in the Chase League division one.

17th August 1918  Successful War Weapons Week in Cheslyn Hay including memories of the village in yesteryear when dog racing was a great feature as well as cock fighting.

17th August 1918  A visit from their late minister, Rev. Alfred Colbeck to the Salem Church.
At the meeting of the Local Relief Committee and Red Cross Society Mrs. Waltho stated that recently she had received a letter from her husband Private J. Waltho, who is now a Prisoner of War.                     Also news of Lieut.  Corporal Syd Thomas,  and an award given to Pte. Geo. Allen, of Cross Street for bravery.

17th August 1918   Report of a biplane dropped in the 18 acre field in Pinfold Lane later viewed by 2000 people.

17 August 1918 Mr. James Mitchell, of 7, Chapel Square, Station Street, Cheslyn Hay, received a letter from a Nurse at a French Hospital, giving full details of the death of their son Private Robert Mitchell.

General News

One of our members has enquired about the “Silent Soldier” and would we be commemorating the event in Cheslyn Hay . If anyone would like any further details on this event the local parish council on 01922 410483 will be able to answer any of your enquiries
If you are uncertain as to what the “Silent Soldiers” events are the following is the official notice from the royal British legion.
There But Not There is a special commemorative event for the fallen. It commemorates the centenary of the First World War through a nationwide installation of life-size silhouettes of soldiers. They will be showcased in November 2018

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