Cheslyn Hay &DLS Newsletter – 23 & 30 December 2018

We would like to wish all our members
Our Salem Base

Our Salem Base is now closed for Christmas and the New Year and we will reopen Tuesday 8th January  9am – 2pm

We have received the following enquiry “I have found a set of Sir Joseph Banks medals that were presented to a Mr. Charles Hughes between 1918 and 1925, as well as five brass plaques which seem to have been presented at the Cannock Show. The medals all seem to have been presented in Cannock and Districts, apart from one, which was presented at Brewood and Districts. There is also a Gardening Illustrated medal from 1922, a Championship Medal from Toogod and Sons, and a Smallholder Championship Medal. I wondered if these medals had any significance, or if Charles Hughes of the Cannock / Brewood division of the Horticultural Society was of relevance to the Cannock historical community, so I thought I’d enquire.
I live in New Zealand, and the medals were in my late father’s possession. He worked at storage facility so had a great many curious objects, I would be grateful for any information on these medals”.

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

Cannock Advertiser
18th December 1968
Old people at Ivy House Welfare Home, Cannock, enjoyed a night of cabaret last Friday, when the Cheslyn Hay group of entertaining troupes performed for them.

18th December 1968
Last week’s meeting of Cheslyn Hay Salem Wesley Guild consisted of a “devotional evening”, with Mr. Roy Biddle of Cannock.

18th December 1968
Salem Women’s Own, Cheslyn Hay, held their annual Christmas tea, last week, at the Salem Church Rooms.

18th December 1968
The funeral service of Mr. Anthony Harold Richards, of 39, Leveson Avenue, Cheslyn Hay, took place at the Salem Methodist Church followed by cremation at Bushbury.

24th December 1968
Children of CH Primary School spent an afternoon playing games and competitions at their Christmas parties last week with guests at the parties the Rev. J. R. Hicks and Mrs. I. McLachlan.

24th December 1968
Members of Cheslyn Hay Over 60’s attended a Christmas party on Thursday with full details given.

24th December 1968
A letter from former resident of Landywood, Mrs. Margaret Allen who left home in the village for the “hot summer sun” of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Cannock Chase Courier
21 December 1918
At the weekly meeting of the Local Relief Committee and Red Cross Society it was reported that three Prisoners of War arrived home last week, Viz. Privates J. Waltho, Pearce and W. Westwood.
28th December /1918
Private J. Waltho who has recently returned to his home in Hatherton Street, sent a letter of thanks to the Local Relief Committee and Red Cross Society. There are only two more local lads who have not as yet returned home, who have been in the hands of the enemy.  Last weekend the Relief Committee gave 30 widows and bereaved 5s for a Christmas gift, and sent 300 local Soldiers and Sailors a Postal Order of 1s 6d. each, and a pair of socks. Last week the Annual Christmas Don Tournament took place at the local Working Men’s Club, when prizes were offered.  There was an entry of 104 competitors, with details of the winners.


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