Cheslyn Hay Local History SocietyNewsletter – 30 August 2020

Our Salem Base   We are pleased to say that we will be re-starting our Tuesday meetings on September 8th.  The safety and well-being of our members and volunteers is paramount to us. We will be complying with all Government Guidance on Covid and the Salem’s own safety measures. Our opening hours will be reduced to allow us to sanitize the tables and chairs before and after use, therefore we will be open from 10.00 am until 1.00 pm. All visitors will have to wear face coverings at all times and although we aren’t allowed to use the kitchen, we are looking at ways in which we can provide hot and cold drinks. For those who want to browse our photo albums, we will be accessing them via a laptop and our researchers will be available to help with family and local history questions as always. Unfortunately, our Chat N Char and Speakers Evenings will not take place for the foreseeable future.

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

Cannock Advertiser  27th August 1970  Story of the standard of the  Cheslyn Hay Boy’s Brigade being found  in the larder at the church hall.
27th August 1970  New development for the expanding Cheslyn Hay including a new school was discussed at the Parish Council meeting.  Also a new name for a new cul-de-sac was chosen by the council christened Zion Close.
Cannock Chase Courier  28th August 1920  Comments and criticisms of the start of the housing scheme at Cheslyn Hay with a quantity of bricks having been deposited at Coppice Lane.

28th August 1920  Mr. Charles Bickley a well-known inhabitant of Cheslyn Hay, passed away at his residence in High Street.

England 1603 – 1660 part 3 by Peter Cadman

General News  This week we have lost two of our members, Marie Diver nee Hogan who kindly donated a watercolour picture to the society last month has sadly recently passed away in Ireland.

Phil Evans another long standing member has also passed away. Phil will be greatly missed he was a lively and entertaining contributor to our Tuesday meetings at Salem and our monthly Chat n Char. I shall miss his witty emails and newspaper articles he regularly sent to me and the biscuits he always kept us supplied with.


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