Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Newsletter – 6 October 2019

Roger’s Chat n Char is this Thursday 10th October 2019 starting at 10am in the Salem as usual. Our Talk will be “Blast Off

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

Salem Event
The Salem are hosting an entertainment’s evening on Saturday 12th October at Salem.
The after dinner entertainment is provided by Limelight. A duo who provides music and monologues from the Victoria Old Time Music Hall era.
Tickets are £12 and include a 3 course meal.
Doors open at 6pm to sit down for a 3 course meal for 6:30pm
Tickets available from
Kate 07907443569   or  Claire 07875658332

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

Cannock Advertiser 2nd October 1969  Story of the Cheslyn Hay Working Men’s Club Male Voice Choir
2nd October 1969  Dead trees to be replaced around Mitre Road
2nd October 1969  Story of Karen Thomas dancing her way to fame
2nd October 1969  Rebuilding an old three wheeler is a labour of love for the Dickin family
Cannock Chase Courier  4th October 1919  Court case with Wilfred Lockett, Harry Shorter, Fred Biddle and Albert Wood disputing the charges.

Court case with Harry Russell of Queen Street and Thomas Kingston, Old Falls, both being found guilty.

4th October 1919  Chat from Cheslyn Hay
Several of the Cheslyn Hay collieries in the district have been working short time, and on Wednesday “The Nook Colliery” suspended all operations.
On Monday evening a well attended social was held in the Sunday Schools when the gifts of fruit from the harvest festival were sold.
On Thursday last a Bowls Competition in connection with the Talbot Club took place.  Results and prize winners listed.

John Russell Davison emailed us this week
I was interested in the entry from Doug Russell and his Locket grandparents (copied below).
I have a similar connection with Doug Russell and his several generations as my g.g.g.grandparents were Joseph Russell (c 1806-1850) and Ann Locket of Cheslyn Hay.  I’d be interested to learn if Doug and I are cousins

Doug Russell
“I attended Cheslyn Hay school from 1943 till 1949.  We lived at 70 High St…..last house on the left going up at the top of High St.  I think my grandma and grandpa  Mo and Liz Locket.….lived at 67 High Street but not quite sure.

General News
Don McCulloch’s funeral is on Friday, 11th October at Bushbury Crematorium at 12.15pm.  Don has been a long standing member who has contributed much to our Society donating all of his research into the schooling of Cheslyn Hay which includes the histories of Pinfold Lane and the Lot Schools  This is currently available in our Base archives as the ‘Don McCulloch Collection’.  Don started life in accountancy but switched to a more rewarding career as a teacher at Moat Hall and Landywood Primary Schools and there is no doubt that he will be warmly remembered by all the pupils that he helped throughout their formative years

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