Cheslyn Hay History Society Newsletter – 24th February 2019


Our speakers night this month is on Thursday 28th February at 7.30pm. The theme  is “The Life of Fred Dibnah an English steeplejack and television personality with a keen interest in mechanical engineering (1938 -2014 )  The talk is by Dr. John Wilcock MA (Oxon), Bsc, Phd, CEng, FIET, FBCS, CITP, President of Staffordshire Archaeological Society. Admission £1.00 including refreshments.
Our Salem Base

Our Salem Base is open from  9am – 2pm every Tuesday
What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher

21st  February 1969 Birmingham Daily Post
Bad Weather hits Staffordshire

Cannock Chase Courier
22nd February1919  Cannock Rural District Council
The above council invites applications in respect of appointments for Working Waterworks Local Manager for their waterworks at Cheslyn Hay and Sewage Works Local Manager.

22nd February 1919 Acknowledgement
Mrs. Strathers, Cheslyn Hay, wishes to thank her many friends for their kind expressions of sympathy during her sad bereavement.

22nd February 1919 Chat from Cheslyn Hay
The inquest to the death of Alfred Strathers, who was drowned in the reservoir was held at the Bricklayers Arms.  Full details given.

The Madrigal Musical Society, which was organised at Salem Church a few weeks ago, has made excellent progress.
A meeting of the Local Relief Committee and Red Cross Society was held on Friday eveningdiscussing letters from Easr Africa and the returned Prisoners of War.

Donations of Artefacts for our Archives

Canteen of Cutlery presented to M Merchant 1948 for 10 years service with the Cannock Chase Coal Owners Rescue Service.
Books:- Coal ” A Human History, Around Cannock Chase, The Rescue Mans Manual, Statutory Rules and Orders 1928, Coal Mines Act 1911.
Various certificates awarded to Mr Merchant.
We have had a large donation of coalmining artefacts gifted to us by the late Reg Whittingham which we will be cataloguing during the next few weeks

Rogers Trips 2019

Our first trip this year will be on Thursday 16th May to Burghley House,  Stamford, Lincolnshire.
Burghley is one of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan Age. Built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587, the main part of the House has 35 major rooms on the ground and first floors. There are more than 80 lesser rooms and numerous halls, corridors, bathrooms and service areas. The lead roof extends to three quarters of an acre, restoration and rebuilding of which began in 1983 and took nearly ten years to complete. Visitor facilities include the Orangery restaurant, gift shop, gardens and beautiful walks around the historic parkland laid out by Capability Brown and still occupied by a herd of fallow deer
The cost will be £26 per head all inclusive , Coach, House ,Gardens and Deer park.
We are only taking one coach so  tickets will be available to members first, any tickets remaining  after 1st April will be for available for everyone to purchase.

Our next trip will be to Leicester the resting place of Richard III  on Thursday 18th July. The cost will be £10 for the coach and if you would like to visit the Cathedral an extra £3.
Both trips will leave the Salem, High Street, Cheslyn Hay at 8am

Please contact Roger Moore to book your seats for both trips on 01785 212412

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