Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 9th August 2020

Time Capsule
In recent weeks as you have been driving around the village you will have noticed that work has been taking place on the War Memorial with vans and cranes in much evidence. We are  pleased to say that the work has now finished .
On Wednesday 22nd July,  Cheslyn Hay Local History Society installed a ‘Time Capsule’ inside the newly repaired war memorial.   We have put some of our publications, small artifacts and a usb in the capsule, these items  we hope will give a picture of the history of the village and our current way of life. We included a letter for future villagers to read , an abridged version is printed below.
“Greetings to the future generations who have uncovered this document. Over the last hundred years, Cheslyn Hay transformed  from a mining community of about 2,500 inhabitants to a commuter/dormitory town with the population almost tripling. On Wednesday 22nd July, the Cheslyn Hay Local History Society placed a number of items inside the newly repaired war memorial in Cheslyn Hay which was unveiled on August 14th 1921.   These items give a picture of the history of the village and the current way of life. Cheslyn Hay Local History Society hopes that the village continued to thrive and that the readers of this document are living happy and healthy lives in Cheslyn Hay”

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher
Cannock Advertiser  6th August 1970
Story of fourteen years-old Letitia Bowater as a queen of “mime” by winning through to the finals of a holiday competition for the second time.
6th August 1970   Details of a full-scale pop festival organised by The Landywood Estate Residents Committee for September 19th with over 1,000 tickets being printed.
Cannock Chase Courier  7th August 1920   Cheslyn Hay Tennis Club entertained and defeated the Chase Terrace Club by 156 games to 92. 
7th August 1920   Chat from Cheslyn Hay
Details of the cricket match with Cannock second eleven in “The Dell” on Saturday afternoon.
Also the result on the Barn Flat Ground of a foot race between S. Newell and E. Farnell.
Information on the athletics events at Wheaton Aston where local athletes competed.

The Isolation Hospital at Cheslyn Hay has been renovated and painted through out at the small cost of £154.

One of our members Marie Diver nee Hogan who now lives in Ireland has kindly donated a beautiful large framed water colour of Mount Pleasant Cottage and a smaller framed map of Staffordshire. We hope to be able to exhibit these at our next Local History Society Exhibition when Covid allows us to meet again.

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