Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter 3rd January 2021

Message from our Chairman
As 2020 has drawn to a close and a New Year begins I think very few of us will mourn its passing. The last nine months in particular have brought great difficulties to millions, and most of us will have known someone, either directly or not, who has lost someone to this awful virus.

Although we have been unable to meet, a lot of work goes on continually in the background, with production and distribution of the weekly newsletters, book sales, membership administration  and research on behalf of members, which seems to have gone on unabated.

 Hopefully the much-heralded vaccine will soon start to release us from the severe restrictions we currently endure and we will be able to resume the Society’s activities and all meet up again.

Very best wishes for the New Year to you all.

Malcom Podmore

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

Cannock Advertiser   31st December 1970
Details of the fire that raged through the 17th century manor house at Little Saredon, near Shareshill, home of Mr. Leslie Hawkins.

31st December 1070  Glancing Backwards from The “Advertiser” January 5 1946  Story of  the flower show section of Cheslyn Hay Working Men’s Club handing out donations to old and sick members of the club.
31st December 1970  Details of the Cheslyn Hay Primary School carol service.

31st December 1970
Christmas gifts for 69 old folk of £8 each were handed out at the New Inns, Cheslyn Hay, last week.

Cannock Advertiser and Courier   1st January 1921
Story of a quiet Christmas in Cheslyn Hay with the Salem annual carol service and the Working Men’s Club the annual Don Tournament winners.

1st January 1921 
Full story of the football match between Cannock DS and S and Cheslyn Hay United in the first round of Penkridge Charity Cup.

Part two of Peter Cadman’s ‘Fleas and Fire’.  

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