Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 16th August 2020

Our Salem Base
We are hoping to be able to resume our Tuesday Morning meetings very soon. We are liaising with Salem to enable us to reopen our base whilst following all the Government guidelines and health and safety regulations. It will mean a strict control on the number of visitors , and the wearing of face masks whilst maintaining social distancing would  be compulsory. We would be grateful if we could have some feedback from our members on whether or not they would attend with the new regulations in place.

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher
Cannock Advertiser
13th August 1970
  Story of Mr. Benjamin Hawkins who has a detailed model of a pithead, made by his father over 60 years ago in his back garden in Station Street.

Cannock Chase Courier  14th August 1920   Chat from Cheslyn Hay  Bowling match at the local Working Men’s Club with Sutton Park Club.

14th August 1920  Cannock Town Football Club  Marshall, a Cheslyn Hay player will no doubt prove a very useful centre forward from Stafford Rangers.
14th August 1920   The first new burial ground for the district was provided by the Great Wyrley Council, but no lavish expenditure on a chapel or laying out of the ground was embarked upon and only a galvanised iron chapel was provided. At Cheslyn Hay a more progressive council was in existence and “Gods Acre” was provided of which the parishioners were pardonably proud.  A substantial chapel was provided, and the ground was laid out, and a number of trees were planted. 

England 1603 – 1660 by Peter Cadman part 2
General News   We have received a email from CHAPS Re National Miners Memorial
Last year the group Chase Arts for Public Spaces launched the project to build a National Miners’ Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas Staffordshire – home to over 380 national memorials.  Its purpose is to remember all those men, women and children who have worked in the coal industry in the UK, to recognize their bravery and the sacrifices they made. It also remembers all those miners who fought in both World Wars – 45 of whom received the Victoria Cross for their actions. We have to raise £100,000.Locally, almost £20,000.00 has been raised – fantastic!  Some is through personal donation, some from a wide variety of fund-raising events, all held before lockdown! This memorial is for miners from all parts of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland –.
We want to keep to the original date for the unveiling and dedication of the memorial – June/July 2021 – which is why we need to move on with fund raising. Two weeks ago the artist Andy de Comyn and 2 members of CHAPS [Mike Mellor & Len Prince] were interviewed at the NMA by the BBC. The piece went out on Midlands News – here is the link:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10223324439038791&id=1220000405&sfnsn=scwspmo&extid=WL9YQx744Es9XAIZ&d=n&vh=e

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