Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 25th August 2019


Forthcoming Speakers Night  SOLD OUT
Thursday 26th September 2019 7.00pm our speaker will be the renowned  historian Lesley Smith as Queen Elizabeth I, entrance is by ticket only  priced at £6 to include light refreshments. 

The Topic for our Speakers Night this Thursday29th August 2019 is “One Man and his Work ” Part 2 by Robert Bowers a local Artist starting 7.30pm Salem, High Street Cheslyn hay Admission £1 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
Cannock Advertiser  21st August 1969  Funds for the proposed Cheslyn Hay playgroup got a boost when a bazaar raised £23 at Salem Church Hall.
21st August 1969 The work of Cheslyn Hay Community Association in finding money for extensions to the village community centre has recommended a £200 grant to be agreed by Cannock Rural Council.

Cannock Chase Courier  23rd August 1919  Jack Pratt aged 17½ won another foot race at Bloxwich, in an open 100 yards handicap.  He  received 18½ yards start won the first prize by a few inches. Fred Baker, a member of the local Institute Football Club has signed for Stafford Rangers. The annual Hospital Parade in connection with the Foresters and other Friendly Societies took place on Sunday.  Four local Soldiers, who are demobilised, and members of the Senior Bowling Club, have each won a prize this season since they returned.
Full stories of the above including names are given.

New Publication
The Forgotten Places and Characters of Cheslyn Hay”
We have received our new book from the publishers and it will launched at this year’s Exhibition at the Village Hall in Pinfold Lane on Saturday October 6th from 10.00 am till 4.00 pm.  A list of Postal charges for Local, Europe, Australia, Canada and USA will be included next weeks newsletter.

We have received an interesting email from Norma Barta this week
I was just looking at the Newsletter for July 14th, 2019 and I noticed, in the Memories section, that a Mr. and Mrs. Bowen were mentioned. Would anyone know who they were? My parents wereMr. and Mrs. Frank Bowen, my father was born in Cheslyn Hay in 1905. I realize it’s a long shot but it made me curious. I was born in Gt. Wyrley but I now live in Michigan USA. I also came across some newspaper clippings of Mr. Hawkins (of the colliery I believe) and one of Mr. Tertius North of Bridgtown and one of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lawson’s Golden Wedding. I believe these clippings are at least 80 years old.
Norma has kindly donated the newspaper cuttings  to the society.

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