Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 23rd February 2020

Our Speakers Night is on  Thursday 27th February 2020 at Salem, High Street, Cheslyn Hay commencing at 7.30pm , Admission £1.00 including refreshments
The theme is “Darling Elizabeth” The Queen Mum by Mary Bodfish

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, a familiar and well loved figure, scarcely needs an introduction; but this role occupied only the second half of her long life. Here we look in detail at her earlier years through childhood to young aristocrat. How she became and fulfilled her life as a royal duchess, then unexpectedly, as Queen Consort to King George VI.

Rogers Trip 14th May
This year we are visiting  Stokesay Castle and Ludlow on Thursday 14th May 2020 leaving from  Salem, High Street, Cheslyn Hay at 9am, tickets available from Roger Moore 07928070061
Stokesay Castle is one of the finest surviving fortified manor houses  in England, and situated at Stokesay in Shropshire . It was largely built in its present form in the late 13th century by Laurence de Ludlow, The castle comprises of a walled, moated enclosure, with an entrance way through a 17th-century timber and plaster gatehouse Then we will be travelling on to Historic Ludlow a thriving medieval market town. The town centre and the 11th century Ludlow Castle are situated on a cliff above the River Teme and are surrounded by the beautiful countryside of south Shropshire and the Welsh Marches,  Ludlow has a reputation for the excellent quality of its food and drink with many fine restaurants and cafes for you to visit.  The cost of trip will be £18.00 including entrance to Stokesay Castle

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 19th February 1970  Glancing backwards  From the “Advertiser” February 17 1945  Details of a club for juniors has been started at the Cheslyn Hay Council School.
Cannock Courier  21st February 1920  Chat from Cheslyn Hay  Early members of the Working Men’s Club on behalf of the Wolverhampton Women’s Hospital reached the magnificent sum of £18.
21st February 1920  An ejection order was obtained at the Cannock Police Court, against Abraham Sambrook, of Queen Street, Cheslyn Hay, on the ground that he was in arrears with his rent  Full story.

Monday morning the township lost an old and respected citizen in Mr. B. Potts, of the Lord Nelson Inn who passed away after a long illness of twelve months.
The assembly room at the Talbot Inn was crowded on Monday evening, when a Concert took place for the benefit of Mr. J. Russell, who has been ill for more than 18 months.

Responses  In a recent newsletter we included an appeal from Christine Finn asking if anyone would like to share any information on the Locket Family and replies from Jean Westwood and Sharon Woodhall have been passed on.

General News   We have lost two of our long standing members this week.  Julian Allen sadly passed away last weekend.  Julian together with his wife Pat was an active member of the history society and will be sadly missed.
 Joan Spooner (nee Partington) passed away on Tuesday, 18th February aged 87 after three spells in hospital since November.  Although Joan was born in Cannock she spent all of her married life in Great Wyrley and was a long standing member of our society, never missing a Speakers Night or a Chat n Char.  Joan was a genuine and well-liked lady and will be greatly missed by her friends in the society and throughout the area.

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