Cheslyn Hay Newsletter – 18th November 2018

Reminiscence Group at Cannock Library, next meeting Wednesday 28th November 2018 2.15pm – 3.15pm  all welcome 

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

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher
14th November 1968 Cannock Advertiser
Approval for a scheme is announced by Councillor A. G. Ward, chairman of the County Council Education Committee for the Cheslyn Hay Comprehensive School.

4th November 1968 Glancing backwards to November 13 1943
Mr. Edward Mason of Low Street and Mr. Percy Bladen of Chase Terrace both appeared recently at the Odeon Cinema, Weston-Super-Mare.  Full details given.

14th November 1968 The additional Sunday meeting time for Cheslyn Hay Salem Church Youth Club has met with strong support. 
16 November 1918  Cannock Chase Courier and Cannock Advertiser 
An Advertisement 
by Fereday and Sons, pharmacists, Cheslyn Hay and Bridgtown.
 November 1918

A century ago, basket making was one of the chief industries of Cheslyn Hay the Daces and the Whitehouses being the most prominent and they are listed in the early 1800s.

We are trying to find the location of a mystery photograph we have in our archives, it is a street party we think it was for the 1953 coronation and was outside a public house. We have compared the building with all the photos we have of local licensed premises but to no avail then this week one of our facebook members commented they thought it could be “The Swan Inn” Shareshill, unfortunately we have no photos in our archives of this establishment so if any of our readers could help with a picture of the Swan Inn we would be very grateful.
If anyone is planning a visit to our base if you can send us an email we will have all the relevant information ready for you to look at .

I received an email from one of members who was quite discouraged trying to trace her elusive family regarding John Thomas Onions from Walsall and she thanks us for our research and states that ‘Not only did I find his information there but also that of my cousins and Tom’s wife Daisy. I’d never thought that that was her real name! You are really magic workers!! Thank you so much!!

In our newsletter 21st  Oct 2018 Roger Betts emailed an interesting request re local examples of ridge and furrow We had a lot of interesting responses, but the debate continues as
David Paradine said there was a lock keepers  house by gilpins basin opposite was a coal wharf and behind it was a field of 4 – 5 acres, belong to the farmer Mr Wootton, known locally as “The Ridges”.

General News
Eric Merchants funeral will be taking place on Friday 30th November at 12pm Streetly Crematorium and afterwards 1pm at The Ivy House Newtown. Eric requested that no one to wear black. No Flowers please but  donations to the Birmingham Dogs home would be welcomed.

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