Cheslyn Hay Weekly Newsletter – 18 March 2018

EVENTS  No events scheduled for this week.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.

REQUESTS  Janet Smith (nee Leach) was a member of the Gingham Girls with Letitia Bowater and would love to hear from anyone who can remember her to recall all those wonderful times.

RESPONSES  In response to Garth Sambrook’s enquiry, we have found several Sambrooks who were employed at Gilpin’s in the late 1800s, but not Garth’s grandfather, Samuel Sydney Sambrooke (1838-1925).  But Alfred and Joseph were employed at the factory and we believe that they were Samuel’s brothers.  We also have in our files a detailed account of Olive Mary Whitehouse who ‘lived in’ at Samuel’s old address of ‘The Firs’ as a domestic servant in 1938/39 and she gives a full description of the layout of the entire house.  Garth informs us of the oral history of his family that has been passed down to him before all of his sons left England for Canada around 1905 and when his wife, Emma, passed away in 1913, he left the edgetool industry to go into the licensing trade, buying public houses around South Staffordshire.  Our researcher Sue confirms that he never owned The Firs though, as the property was sold in November 1909 showing Samuel Sambrook as the tenant, but still paying £35 per annum, which was a substantial sum of money.  We have now connected Garth with one of our members who is related to the family through her g-grandmother Sarah Ann Sambrook.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  More reports from Dr Alan Jones’ research to add to our Edalji file including newspaper reports on the heated dispute between Shapurji and James Morgan of Upper Landywood, a letter from Mrs Charlotte Edalji disputing the £400 cost to cover the necessary repairs to the vicarage on Shapurji’s death plus a court case in 1900 when two men assaulted George Edalji.  Also the last will and testament of Royden Cedric Sharp.

OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington   Fred & Elizabeth Deakin of Walkmill Lane, Cheslyn Hay found guilty in a 1966 Daily Mirror report.


Cannock Chase Courier – 16th March 1918  Miss Camilla S Gripton organised a Fancy Dress Ball in aid of the Red Cross Fund together with Mr G Whitehouse, of Station Street.

16th March 1918  Election of officers at the Working Men’s Club with number of votes cast for Mr F J AltreeWilliam HallJ Wesley, T Gaskin, W Hemingsley, E Thompson, J Foster 64, J Hawkins and A Hawkins.

16th March 1918  Private A Denny, a local soldier, who has been wounded in a German air raid in France with details.

MEMORIES  The mention of Olive Mary Whitehouse in this week’s ‘RESPONSES’ reminds me that we haven’t including any of her ‘Childhood Memories’ for over two years now, so it is now fitting that we recall what life was like for a hard working local mining family between the wars. Truly hard times.

WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES  We have just now collated all 19 photographs donated by Ivor Plant of Ross-on-Wye and added them to our Collection Archives (IP-COL-01 to 19) and they include several of the Plant family namely George Henry & Agnes Maud, Jim, Alice, Joan, Gwen, Marion, Bill, Sybil, Clive, Sarah, Charlie, Ray and Linda Plant, Mrs Hughes, Basil “Bovril” Dace, Anita Bradbury, Pearl Bailey and Barnes’ little boy.  Also two photographs with workmates at Gilpins and a presentation group of 21 unknown men, plus an outing from the Robin Hood with 25 unnamed people as well as various snaps of the Plants in their garden at 63 Littlewood Lane, haymaking time, at work on the Hawkins Colliery Engine and George & Agnes’s Golden Wedding Anniversary.

Cheslyn Hay Newsletter – 11 March 2018

EVENTS  No events arranged for this week.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday with our researchers on hand to help with any enquiries.

REQUESTS  Garth Sambrook emails from Canada ‘My grandfather Sambrooke was born at a home that his father owned called The Firs on the Straight Mile in Calf Heath and I am now interested in learning more of it’s history.  My g-grandfather was an Edge Tool Maker and I’d also like to find out where he would have been employed.’

RESPONSES  John Scott responds to last week’s Shareshill enquiry with details of William Pinson and John Pitt being church wardens as well as the date of the installation of the clock face and six bells.


Cannock Advertiser 7th March 1968  Full details of the development of The Crescent Estate, Rosemary Road, Cheslyn Hay.

7th March 1968  Details of the will of Miss Emma Gertrude Thomas of 3 Chapel Square, Cheslyn Hay.

7th March 1968  Story of the organising of the carnival this year with an amalgamation with the Landywood Residents Association.  

Cannock Chase Courier 9th March 1918  Frank Worsey, of Cheslyn Hay, found guilty in court.   Also for a similar offence Thomas Lockett, of Cheslyn Hay.

9th March 1918  A large company assembled at the weekly meeting of the Local Relief Committee and Red Cross Society, on Friday evening, at Salem Schools with discussions involving Private J Waltho, who is a Prisoner of War.  Also details of the awards given to Col Sergeant Tom Lockett, of 13 Saredon Road.

9th March 1918  The contributions made by the Women’s Working Committee towards the war effort.

9th March 1918  A story of a Football Carnival on the Barn Flat Grounds on Good Friday.

9th March 1918  A concert took place at Salem Methodist Church, on Sunday evening last, when there was a very large audience present.  Artistes all listed.

MEMORIES  A new member, Steve Westley, emails from Oxfordshire with his memories which include Alan Brown, Alan andKeith Bickley, Letitia BowaterAlf and Gladys Richards (nee Dunning), Gwen LuntGeorge Lunt, young George Lunt,Gordon Lunt and Ken Spooner.

WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES  The Lawrence ‘Lol’ Wood Collection (LW-COL-1 to 60) is another collection which has been catalogued more than 30 years after his death in 1981 and has now been added to our archives .  The Wood family have lived in Upper Landywood for over 200 years and amongst the 60 photographs are Mr W Bloor, founder of ‘Blowers’ Club, several of the Wood family including Irene, Christine, Les and Lol himself, Margaret and Mary Snape, Ida Hartshorne, Mary Walker, and many family group photographs, all around Landywood and individuals such as Polly and Isabel without any surnames.  Any help in naming them would be welcomed and this Lol Wood Collection is now available at our Base any Tuesday.

Anyone wishing to become a member for the annual fee of £5 and to  receive the full unabridged newsletter with full information every Sunday morning at 9am please contact me through my email address below.  Many thanks.

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Newsletter – 4th March 2018

EVENTS  Roger’s Chat ‘n’ Char this Thursday, 8th March, with the theme of ‘Frank’s Favourites’ starting at 10am in the Salem’s Main Hall.  Everyone welcome.

And our Peter Cadman is giving a talk to the Lichfield Probus on our behalf this Tuesday.

OUR SALEM BASE is open every Tuesday to all and sundry from 9am – 2pm.

REQUESTS  An email from Jeff Pinson, who has traced a large number of his Pinson family to Shareshill back to the 1600s, states that a William Pinson’s name is on a plaque as Church Warden next to the small redundant clock face and Jeff asks ‘Can you approximately date the clock or when William was the Church Warden, so I can place him in my family tree.  I have two candidates William born 1667 or his grandson born 1720.’

RESPONSES  Frank Wood’s enquiry for connections with his ancestor Jack Matthews Winfer (1897-1970) drew an immediate response.  Jean Mills is able to provide a photograph of him with more family information and our researcher Vi has provided full details of Jack Winfer’s parents and his birth together with all of his Cheslyn Hay connections.   And John Russell Davison emails ‘Drusilla Winfer was my g-grandmother via her marriage in 1880 to William Russell (b1862 Cheslyn Hay) and Nora Dora Winfer (b 1878) was a half aunt of my mother’ and he gives a full story of the family migrating north to continue working in the mines after William had fallen out with the pit owners in Cheslyn Hay.  William’s mother was Eliza Stokes and his grandmother was Ann(e) Lockett (b 1816) who lived in Red Lane, Cheslyn Hay.’  Frank now has both John and Jean’s details to exchange information.

Our David Whitehouse responds to Barry Weetman’s appeal for information on his grandfather John Henry Whitehouse and Hannah (nee Weetman) of 102 Littlewood Lane with all the details requested including John Whitehouse (b1842) & Fanny Taylor and their children Pearl, Ruby, Jessie, John Henry Jnr, Donald Ewart, Doris, Kathleen, Winston Morley Gladys Mary.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS   (PL-HIG-173)  No17 Walsall Corporation Cannock to Heath Hayes bus passing Hackett’s shop in the early 1970s.   £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  Following the renewed interest in pigeon flying, Les Rogers has donated a 1959 British Homing World Bird Map showing the different pigeon routes all over the UK and the continent from Norway to Spain!  And Rob Perks has handed us a cavalry sword from the First World War period for our displays.

OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington  ‘A Disgraceful Case’ described by the judge as he sentenced John Daniels and Florence Phillips of Coppice Lane to the maximum sentences allowed (B’ham Gazette, 30 June 1930), Albert Victor Crutchley of High Street imprisoned for assaulting Miss Elsie FosterJohn Godfrey Devereux remanded in custody for a serious offence, Charles Mitchell, High Street,  found guilty, plus three court cases involving Elizabeth Bungay, of Streets Lane, Landywood, John PerksArthur & Tamar Bradbury, Joseph Dorricott, May Cliff and Ethel Bungay and Rose Hannah Kingston & Elizabeth Farrington.  Full details available at £1 per copy.


Cannock Advertiser  29th February 1968  For the first time, Cheslyn Hay Working Men’s Club held a supper party for the old people last week with details of 88 years old Mr Robert HandyMrs F Walker, Mr B Evans, Mr L Lees and Mr J Brough.

29th February 1968  The funeral service of Cheslyn Hay business woman, Mrs Edith Ellen Elwell with details of her life.

29th February 1968  Full story Cheslyn Hay mothers refusing to take their children to the local welfare clinic with Mrs S ParkesMrs M Perry of Chapel Square and Mrs A Parr of Littlewood Lane.

Cannock Chase Courier  2nd March 1918  Lieut W Chatterton, son-in-law to Mr and Mrs Hampton, of High Street awarded the Military Cross.

2nd March 1918  Richard Benton, of Landywood and Thomas Lockett, Queen Street, Cheslyn Hay, were summoned and found guilty with witnesses Ada M Turvey and Stephen Turvey.

2nd March 1918 Story of an award to Col Sergeant Major Tom Lockett, son of Mr and Mrs Job Lockett, of Saredon Road.

2nd March 1918  A meeting was held on Monday evening at the local Institute, in connection with the local Red Cross football competition with a report byMr A Elwell, Secretary.

HOUSE HISTORY  More up to date information on last week’s history of  18 Low Street from the 1891 census onwards with information on Richard JenkinsAnn Baker, Fred Pearson & Edith Ann Pearson, Bill and Kath Mansell and their daughter Jane as well as Bobby Bell.

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly Newsletter – 28 February 2018

EVENTS Roger has now organised this year’s Annual Chat n Char coach trip. It is to the World Museum in Liverpool to see the Terracotta Army and the date is Thursday 12th July at £25. As Roger says ‘First come, first served with members taking preference’. Phone Roger on 01785 212412.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we welcome four ex-Gingham Girls to sort out photographs and archive material to create a Cliff Hooper Collection.

REQUESTS From Frank Wood who asks if anyone has any connections to his ancestor Jack Matthews Winfer (1897-1970) to add to his family tree. Jack Winfer’s mother was Nora Dora Winfer and grandmother Druscilla Winfer.

RESPONSES Our researcher Vi has provided more information on John Henry Whitehouse with full details of his life.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS We have added another collection to our shelves with the Cliff Giles Collection (CG-COL-1 to 28) which includes all the Giles family at 13 Cemetery Street with Phyllis, Frank Giles Snr, Frank Jnr, Doris (nee Chetwynd), Gladys (née Webb), Maureen (née Bladon) & Cliff Giles, Phyllis Payton (née Giles), Pat Brown (née Giles) with Sian, Doreen Jones (née Webb), Ray Jones, Ted & Rose Bladon and John Whitehouse. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS History of the Whiles family of 9 The Hutments, Great Wyrley and a marriage certificate of George Mason & Jane Hall (5 Feb 1893).

EXTRACTS FROM LICHFIELD MERCURY researched by Adrian Baillie

Friday 18 May 1894 CANNOCK PETTY SESSIONS. Arthur Gripton, Jeremiah Whitehouse, Frank Rowe and James Bate all Cheslyn Hay men found guilty in four separate cases. Full information available.
Friday 21 September 1906 CANNOCK PETTY SESSIONS. SECOND COURT. John Cross, Cheslyn Hay, miner, was found guilty and fined with costs.

Cannock Chase Courier 23 February 1918 Working Men’s Club raising funds for the Red Cross funds involving R Brough, C T Lawson, Harry Morris, Miss Doris Savage, Mrs F Smith, Mrs T Lawson, Mr W Eccleston, Mr T Gaskin and Mr T Hand.

23 February 1918 Details of the Friends of Great Wyrley Parish Church raising money to get new heating apparatus.

MEMORIES Local residents who take the opportunity of visiting the Salem, which is now open throughout the week for coffee mornings, are always pleasantly surprised at the splendour inside the church. Not only for the stained glass windows and the organ but of the highly polished pews, numbered 1 to 46. Mary Horton recalls attending church in the 1940s sitting in the Horton family pew, number 19, which her family had paid for at least three generations. Mary remembers that the Minister and the families of the Hawkins’s and the dignitaries would be seated in the five gated pews at the rear. If you have never taken time to visit the Salem please drop in for a coffee as Ruth will make you most welcome. Meanwhile we are currently searching for a record of these pew holders in the Salem log books, so can anyone remember the number of their family pew?

HOUSE HISTORY An enquiry for the address of 18 Low Street, later becoming 18 & 20 Low Street (1 & 2 The Crescent) has resulted in publishing the entire history of the buildings together with all the occupiers from 1820 onwards.
WWI COMMEMORATION This March we commemorate the death of 488375 Harold Smith MM of the 79th Field Company of the Royal Engineers who was killed on 3rd December 1917 aged 21, son of James and Emily Smith of 49 Low Street, Cheslyn Hay, and buried with honour at the Bleuet Farm Cemetery.

WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES Details of a fascinating visit to the Salem revealing a board a little larger in size than a house door, but made like one, being of tongue and groove construction, with a slit in it for an indicator made from lead which told the men pumping the organ how much wind was available. The board would have acted as a screen between the men pumping the organ and its workings. Written in pencil were the directions starting from the bottom, ‘STOP’ and at stages going up the word ‘BLOW’ and at the very top the instruction ‘BLOW LIKE HELL’. And then a list of graffiti, drawings and names and addresses scrawled into the board from over 100 years ago which are listed.
DAVD BATTERSBY There will be a private cremation for the family at Stafford on Thursday, 1st March, which will be followed by a Service of Thanksgiving at St Luke’s in Cannock at 12.30pm. David will be a terrible loss to many people in our local communities as he has held lifetime interests in bee keeping, philately and St Luke’s Church as well as being a leading authority in the histories of all our local areas and the Gilpin’s family. I have had the privilege to have known David, since his retirement as a director from Linford’s, as a personal friend for almost twenty years and I will greatly miss his support and advice on so many things but above all I will miss his companionship with his warm and understated humour. A true gentleman that has left a void that will not be replaced and our thoughts and sympathies are with Barbara and the family.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly Newsletter – 18 February 2018

EVENTS  We welcome the acclaimed Barry Picken as our guest speaker this Thursday, 22nd February, at the Salem starting at 7.30pm to relate a true and intriguing story that he has called ‘Red Flowers and a Bag of Old Bones’.  Admittance £1 including refreshments.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we have invited all members of the Gingham Girls and other Cheslyn Hay dancing troupes to a nostalgic morning.  We will have a video of these girls from the sixties on view as well as 347 photographs of the Cheslyn Hay carnivals.  Letitia Bowater and friends will be there and it is open to everyone.

REQUESTS  Barry Weetman provides us with information on his grandfather, John Henry Whitehouse, who was living at 102 Littlewood Lane in1891 with his wife, Hannah (nee Weetman) and eldest daughters Pearl and Ruby.  Barry has contacted our David Whitehouse who has provided links back to a George Whitehouse and Lucy Brindley who married in May 1790 and they are exchanging information, particularly with John Henry’s desk diaries.  Barry states that John Henry Whitehouse worked down the mines as a boy and became a trade union official as a very young man before becoming a businessman owning a greengrocery business at the Pinfold, Bloxwich and then having a number of fish and chips shops in Walsall, Bloxwich, Cheslyn Hay and Essington.  When a child, Barry would meet his grandfather at the home of his aunt, next door to his family home in Broad Lane, Essington and both he and David would appreciate any information on him.

RESPONSES  Barry Weetman also responds to Mike’s enquiry emailing with full information on the Yew Tree Drift Mine off Broad Lane. Essington with his father, Harry Weetman, who had a coal business almost opposite the site.  Also after researching Mick Drury’s mining books in our Base Library we found in ‘The Lesser Known Coalmines of Cannock Chase’ the accident described in full.

Diane’s plea for information on her Whiles family has also produced an excellent response.  We have been able to locate where her family are buried and we have a wonderful 1933 photograph of her father Geoff Whiles in the Infants Class at Pinfold Lane School.  Also Malcolm Smith lived near to the Whiles in the Walsall Road hutments and recalls Mr and Mrs Whiles vividly.  But the real bonus comes from Ann, whose husband Ken Jackson’s paternal grandmother, Evelyn Nash, came up from Surrey to work in service and she became housekeeper to Mr ‘Nock’ Whiles after his wife died.  Ann has now been in contact with Diane as she has full information on the background to the Whiles family including her father Geoff, Ernest and Nancy as well as John, Stanley and Dorothy and to add  to the coincidences, Ann’s Aunty Jean lived in Fordhouses and worked with Diane’s mum in an Off Licence there.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  The Foster Family (PE-FOS-6) including Ethel (Harvey), Ernie, Sarah (Dickenson), Elizabeth (Moore), Sarah, John, Harry & William, (PE-FOS-7) Dorothy & Philip Foster with Gwyn Watkins, (PE-PRY-1) Parry family of High Street with Eunice, Brian, Jill & Elizabeth Parry with Bob Stringer, (GW-SCH-271 & 272) Great High School productions with only Marion Pee, Madeleine Hodgkiss, Ann McClure & Hilda Reaney named, (CH-SAL-217) 1972 Salem Gathering with Susan Green, Eileen Evans, Mavis Challinor, Jill & David Green.  £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.


15th February 1968   Details of Hawkins Football Club Social and Dance for Charity.

15th February 1968  Story on Cheslyn Hay group of entertaining troupes with the Gingham Girls, the Annettes, the Honeytots and the Katrinas.

15th February 1968  The funeral of Mr. Lawrence James Hood, of “Eureka”, Wolverhampton Road, Cheslyn Hay.

15th February 1968  Landywood Estate Residents Association’s Valentine dance including names of organisers etc.

15th February 1968  Woodman Bowls Club’s annual meeting with informattion on Mr W Pearson, P Spencer, R Peach, Mr R Leach, Frank Bowen, Bert Walker, Mr M DamsMr H Mason, Mr F Downton,  Mr F Richards and Mr A Rogers.

Cannock Chase Courier  16th February 1918  Private Waltho is the only Cheslyn Hay lad who is a prisoner of war.  Details from the Red Cross Society.

16th February 1918  The annual general meeting of the Senior Bowling Club was held at the Red Lion with information including  Alfred CopeWilliam Follows, Mr A H SyreeTom Holdcroft,  Isaac ClewleyRalph Evans and Mr P Bown.

16th February 1918  In memory of Mr W J Leeke, of High Street, Cheslyn Hay.

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 11th February 2018

EVENTS  No events this week but we have arranged a gathering of anyone who was involved in the Gingham Girls and other Cheslyn Hay dancing troupes the following Tuesday, 20th February at our Base from 10am onwards.  Letitia Bowater and friends will be there and we will have three volumes of photographs for viewing.  We are also asking any visitors to bring any of their own photographs or programmes with them for copying.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Everyone welcome.

REQUESTS  New member Dean Steadman from Lincolnshire has joined to add to his researches on his g-g-g-g-granddad Paul Steadman (b1797) mentioned in a recent newsletter and is asking to contact Debra, Vi or Maslen Merchant to exchange information on the Steadman tree.  This has now been put into practice.

I’ve also received an enquiry from a Glenys Lomas who is interested in house history and is asking for any information on 84 & 86 Station Street and 13 Coppice Lane, all addresses that she has had close ties with in the past.

And Diane Pike emails looking for any information or photographs of her father’s family.  He was Geoffrey William Whiles (b1927, son of Enoch Whiles of 9 Bungalow, Walsall Road, Great Wyrley).

RESPONSES   Percy Carpenter, author of ‘A Song of Spring’ an absorbing read that relates to his early life around Landywood, responses to Mike Potts’ enquiry about the pit accident at the Yew Tree Colliery and the death of George Cooper.’  And Phil Jones points out that the Yew Tree Drift Mine gets a mention in the series of books done by the Mining Society and he is in contact with Mr Marsh, whose father was an owner of that mine, having the records going back to when it was opened.’

Peter Cadman provides a snippet to the New Inns pub involving the Price family of 149 Station Street.

OLD NEWSPAPERS reports presented by Adrian Baillie following his research on his g-grandfather, George Mason, the renowned local character known as ‘Massa’ with five interesting court cases, from 1894 – 1906, also involving Henry Russell, Richard Davis, William Summerton, Handel Thomas, John Astle and Frederick Poole.


8th February 1968  Confrontation on Rosemary Road, Cheslyn Hay, being one of the worst unmade roads in the country.

8th February 1968  The funeral of Mrs May Ellen Brough, of 7 Coppice Lane, Cheslyn Hay.

9th February 1918  AliceTurner.  In loving memory of the beloved wife of Henry Turner of Cheslyn Hay.

Harry Morris.  In loving memory of the beloved son of Thomas and Eliza Morris, of Cheslyn Hay, who met his death at the Old Coppice Colliery, February 17th 1913.

9th February 1918  Michael Doughan, pit sinker, Low Street, Cheslyn Hay, found  guilty in court case.

FRANK ALLEN  Another long standing member has passed away.  Frank was well respected for his talks and knowledge on the local railways and will be sadly missed.  He died 29th January aged 85 and his funeral is at St Marks on Friday, 23rd February at 1.45pm.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 4th February 2018

4th February 2018

EVENTS  Our next Chat n Char is this Thursday, 8th February, at 10.00am in the Main Hall of the Salem and Roger’s theme this month is ‘Be my Valentine’.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Everyone welcome.

REQUESTS  Mike, one of our regular members of our Tuesday group at the Base, recalls an incident in 1947 when nine miners, including his father Albert Potts, were trapped behind a fall of rock for 18 hours at the Yew Tree Colliery, a drift mine in Old Landywood Lane, but we have nothing recorded at all in our archives.  Tanny Moore and the overman, Freddy Thomas, were involved in the rescue, but has anyone else any recollections of the occurrence that may have been passed down over the years?

RESPONSES  Doug Russell has sent an email this week pointing out a perfect example of ironic humour with ‘I love the story of the two court cases.  One fined for showing lights the other fined for having no lights – at the same hearing!’

Ray Franks now provides Graham with the solution to his enquiry ‘Why is the New Inn in Station Street referred to as the New Inns?’ with a full explanation.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  Photographs in the new Jim Bullock Collection (JB-COL) include Jim, June & Tony Bullock, the Mills family with Len, June, Ruth & Doreen, Shirley Thompson, Margaret Kingston, Vi Barber, Joan Marshall, Maureen Downton, Ann Walker together with various Salem events.  £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  Funeral Service card commemorating the life of Malcolm Thomas Walmsley.

Also Lorraine Vernon has donated two intricate wood carvings including a wood puzzle for our Schools Display by her late husband Charles (1924–1993) of 14 Park Street and, for our ‘history library’, ‘The Road to Passchendaele’ a compelling 370 page book of photographs, interviews and first hand accounts compiled by the best selling WWI author Richard van Emden.


Our researcher Vi has been looking at last week’s perturbing case of Albert and Sarah Eaton,  High Street, Cheslyn Hay, but apparently the Cannock Chase Courier reported the wrong details from the Court Sessions.  The correct names of the accused were actually Albert and Sarah Heaton who have no connections with the Eaton family and Vi gives details of their later lives.

1st February 1968  The inquest of the tragic death of Mrs Doris Merchant, aged 64.

1st February 1968 Story of the Cheslyn Hay Over 60’s Club with Mrs D SmithMrs WesleyMr G Bladen, Mr C Evans, Mrs F Stokes, Mrs G Savage, Mrs Dohey, Miss Joan GoodmanMrs Knott, Mrs G PlantMrs Bayliss and Mrs Thomas.

2nd February 1918  A dance and social devoted to the Red Cross funds with full details.

2nd February 1918  After a meeting of Cannock Rural Tribunal this week, cases for exemption were heard for Frederick G Wooton, Grocery and Provisions Dealer, Cheslyn Hay, Joseph Baker, Butcher and Farm Bailiff, Cheslyn Hay and W T Collins (42) Works Manager, Rosemary Tileries, Cheslyn Hay. Full information given.

2nd February 1918  A meeting of allottees and the general public took place at Cheslyn Hay Schools on Tuesday, when the Chairman of the Parish Council remarked that the meeting was called in consequence to a communication he had received from the Minister of Food Production.  Details of the outcome involving Messrs C T Lawson, R Brough, F W Hawkins, S H Harvey, W H Westwood and T Whitehouse.

WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES  We now have a series of collections in our archives that have been donated to us from a variety of sources.  Many are from relatives of people who have lived their entire lives in Cheslyn Hay and the collections include photographs, memorabilia and in some circumstances documents recording different social aspects of our village.  Such is the instance this week when we have been privileged to receive and catalogue the Jim Bullock Collection that not only include photographs but Jim’s records, results and happenings of the Cheslyn Hay Homing Society in the sporadically acknowledged pigeon racing fraternity.  Names that appear in these records of the Cheslyn Hay Homing Society Activities from 1976 – 1978 are  Adshead, Aldred, Allport, Armishaw, A Astbury, Baxter, H Bailey, H Bate, T Bird, R Brackmanski, A E Brown, Bullock, Chambers, A Clarke, S Corfield, J T & J E Dace, Ellis, Emery, A & Will Farrington, J D Follows, J Gaskin, E & C Gittins, Gretton, D Hales (Oak Avenue GW), Heminsley, A Humphries, K Lockett, D Parkes (74 Mitre Road), Perks, J Rogers, Rose, Russell, C Selvey, S Sivorn (13 Coppice Lane), Spooner, F Startin, V Steadman, B Ward, E Watts, J F Webb, A Winfer (3 Cross Street), Winnell.

BOB COOPER  Well known for his local sporting activities over a number of years, playing bowls for the Woodman and cricket for both Hawkins and Harrisons, Bob passed away quietly in the Residential Home at Bloxwich two weeks ago.

JOAN PERKS  Joan’s funeral will be on Thursday, 8th February at the Salem starting at 11.30am followed by the burial at the Cheslyn Hay cemetery.

DAVID BATTERSBY  Another devastating loss this week, not only to our Society, but to both Bridgtown and Great Wyrley societies as well.  David successfully underwent his long awaited hip operation at the New Cross Hospital on Wednesday afternoon but tragically suffered a heart attack during the night and sadly passed away in the early hours of Thursday morning, 1st February.  Our thoughts and sympathy go out to Margaret and David’s family.  More information next week.