Cheslyn Hay Weekly Newsletter – 19th March 2017

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 12th March 2017

EVENTS  Bridgtown Local History Society have a Speakers Morning this Wednesday, 15th March at the Bethel Chapel in Bridgtown starting at 10am with Derrick Middleton giving a talk on ‘Bridgtown’s Park Street and East Street’.  Open to everyone.

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

REQUESTS  Norma emails from Michigan after the recent mention of Walter Bull, ‘he was the postman for Upper Landywood where I grew up.  My Dad, Frank Bowen, told me that Walter was his cousin, but I have since been trying to find the connection.  My dad’s father was William Henry Bowen and William’s mother was Mary Bull who was a Bowen before she married John Bull but try as I might, I have not been able to connect the dots’ and Norma asks for our help.

RESPONSES  Re Phil’s memories of the Prisoners of War, Iris also recalls them working on digging out trenches around where the Holly Bush is today and relates two very poignant stories told by her mother Lucy Heminsley.

Keith Rothery, the Methodist archivist, has now been able to provide more information for Rosie on her quest in researching the Primitive Methodist Chapel which moved to Jacobs Hall Lane in the 1920s and Keith gives full details from the Minute Book of the Trustees Meetings for Jacob’s Hall Lane Primitive Methodist starting from 29th April 1915 at the Newtown Chapel.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  One of Martins Garage & Transport before it was bought out by Churchbridge Motors in 1953, a Schrader’s ladies team in a Charity football match, Isaac Stokes at Dudley Training College in 1919, Constance Shacklock (1913-1999) Covent Garden opera singer who appeared at the Salem, also one of her students Marion McCullough, Cheslyn Hay Over Sixty Club outing, photographs of decorator Laurence Turner and his family Connie and John, one of Victor Steadman on the waste ground next to Mac Potts’ house in Pinfold Lane in the 1940s and four football teams of Cheslyn Hay & Great Wyrley in 1952, 1955, 1958 & 1959 with teachers Mr Gardiner, Stan Burton, David Blount & Mr Cadman and – Scott, Graham Benton, Graham Lee, – Emery, Ronnie Benton, Jimmy Goodman, – Richards, John Turner, David Hewitt, Kenny Beeston, Alf Rogers, Keith Lloyd, Alan Fidler, Denis Loverock, John Sneyd, Geoff Illidge, Don Pearson, Tony Perks, Jimmy Dace, Roger Richards, Les Rogers, Robert Whittall, Peter Whitehouse, Harold Sambrook, Ian McLachlan, Roger Denny, Brian Scorer, Clive Heminsley, Manfred Mock, Paul Cope, David Titley & Albert ‘Nipper’ Jones.  £1 per 8×6 Photographic Print.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  Complete set of CDs containing all the 1881 British Census and its National Index, ‘How to trace your Family Tree in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and ‘The Sutton Companion to Local History’.

OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington  Auction sales of properties owned or occupied by John Cresswell, James Green, Mr Sayer, Thomas Crutchley, Robert Bird, Emanuel Forrester, Thomas Baker, James Brierley, Thomas Bladen, John Walker, Edward Read, William Jennings, Simeon Tuft, Richard Jones, John Allen, Joanathan Westwood, Mrs Russell, Mr W Sayer, Joseph Baker, Joseph Bond, Thomas Perks, William Birch, Mr H P Stanley, Mr W Turner all in the mid 1800s.  Also in the 1950s are auction sales of the redundant Fire Station in Station Street, ‘Talysarn’ 11 Station Road, Great Wyrley and 105 Littlewood owned by Mr J Rogers.  Plus stories concerning William and Mary Horton in 1956 and Mr & Mrs Alfred Hawkins in 1937.  Copy of any Newspaper Report £1.


16th March 1967  Fund raising effort by Cheslyn Hay’s Salem Special Efforts Committee to raise money for the renovation of the Salem Sunday School.
16th March 1967  Silent tribute was observed at the Cheslyn Hay’s Over 60s Club for one of the clubs oldest members, Mrs C Smith, who recently died.  Full details with Mrs D Smith  Mr and Mrs J KingstonMrs C Hassall, Mrs D Smith, Mrs J Edwards, Mrs L Barker, Mrs Poxon, Mrs F Altree and Mrs G Plant.

17th March 1917  William Shorter, of High Street, Cheslyn Hay, boot and shoe maker applied on behalf of his son, Jack Shorter (18) for exemption from conscription.  Full details.
17th March 1917  Richard Jones  (37) also was appealed by his employer, Mr G H Hudson.  Full details.
17th March 1917  William Perks, grocery and provisions merchant, High Street, Cheslyn Hay, applied for his brother, Bertram Perks, (21) a grocer’s assistant.  Full details.

VOLUNTEERS   After starting the mammoth task last year of scanning all our 65 volumes of 8,500 photographs for a back-up system we have now only 16 volumes remaining.  However with new and more urgent projects that we are undertaking we just need a couple of IT literate volunteers, living locally, to complete the work.  One volume can be completed within one week.  Please contact me via the email address below and any help will be greatly appreciated.

GENERAL NEWS  I have just been informed by our member Moss Fisher
OUR WAR MEMORIAL  that the contents of our Royal Observer Corps bunker sited on Middle Hill have been now moved.  Full story given.The Parish Council have managed to procure some funding to have the plaques replaced in the war memorial.  The new plaques will be marble with the lettering incised and lead pressed into the letters and the same company that completed the war memorial cleaning have been contracted for the works, which will take approximately twelve weeks to complete.

CONNIE RICHARDS  Connie’s funeral was held at the Salem Church on Thursday, 9th March, with Connie having passed away on 13th February aged 98.  She lived in Wesley Avenue for many years after moving from Littlewood and was involved in many village activities throughout her life, not only as a member of our Society but a long standing member of the Town’s Women’s Guild.  Connie also worked as a cook at the old William Baxter School when it was based in Cheslyn Hay.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly Newsletter – 5th March 2017

Chelyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 26th February 2017

EVENTS Because of the response to our coach trip to York on Thursday 13th July, Roger might be booking a second coach. For anyone interested please phone 01785 212412 as soon as possible please.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week our researcher Vi will be helping Pauline at 11am and Olwen at 12pm in researching their family trees of Hodgkiss & Morgan and Somerfield respectively. Open to everybody.
REQUESTS Our author Dr Alan Jones is still researching the Edalji affair and he is currently looking into the life and times of Dr John Kerr Butter who lived at Highfield House, Wolverhampton Road, Cannock from the 1890s until his death in 1920 and enquires if anyone has information on this gentleman.
RESPONSES More on Albert, son of our Manchester United’s Mac Potts and Jenni, nee Homeshaw from Australia responds with more memories re Maurice Stokes and her times at school and at the ‘brilliant’ St Mark’s Youth Club.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS A few items of interest donated by Eddie Wise include an old raw plug tool with fibre raw plugs, an early Victorian hand made furniture pin and two pen nibs. Also three twopenny tokens to be spent behind the bar, two from the Lord Nelson and one from the Cheslyn Hay WMC, donated by Don Kingston.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington Sale of freehold investment properties and land in Cheslyn Hay by the trustees of the late T A Hawkins which include details of annual incomes and tenancies of 19, 21, 23 Rosemary Road, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 70, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80, 82, 84, 86, 61, 63, 65, 67 Low Street, 132, 134, 136, 138, 140, 142, 144 High Street, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45, 47 Saredon Road, Glenthorne House converted to 3 dwelling houses and a field, the site of the Sewage Works, in Saredon Road. Staffs Advertiser dated 12 Feb 1948. Newspaper Reports £1 each.
2nd March 1967 The success of the Cheslyn Hay’s County Branch Library with their two library assistants Miss J Humpherson and Miss C Denny
3rd March 1917 The outcome of the Billiard Tournament at the local Institute naming D Brian, F Pearson, F Smith and Mr T Williams.
3rd March 1917 Mr T A Hawkins meeting the Allotment Committee and allotees at the Institute to consider the Potato Seed Question, which is undoubtedly a very important matter for the Parish Council and the allotees. Full details given.
3rd March 1917 Crib Tournament at the local Working Men’s Club and Institute naming all the winners.
3rd March 1917 A very well-known and respected citizen, Mr John Hawkins of Low Street passed away on Thursday. Full details given.
3rd March 1917 An inquest on Henry James Gilbert (45) Pinfold Lane, Cheslyn Hay, who met his death while at Great Wyrley Colliery on February 21st with full details with Mr A E Fereday, Charles Gilbert, Isaac Clewley, S Price and Mr Browell.
3rd March 1917 Raising funds for the Local Relief Committee and Red Cross Society, a very successful concert was held at the Salem Sunday School, with details of Miss Scragg, the assistant teachers of the Infants School, and her pupils and the parts they played including in the play “Babes in the Wood”, with Raymond Allen, Doreen Smith, Florence Westwood, D Warrender, Gwennie Davis, L Schofield, Gladys Elwell, A Altree and E Boulton. Another play “Sleeping Beauty” in which the principal parts were taken by George Jones, Dorothy Wesley, Evelyn Perks, Ellis Wright, Elsie Price, Gertrude Turner, Edith Wilcox and Alice Morgan.
MEMORIES This week we complete the Cliff Titley interview with stories of Albert Jackson, Albert ‘Blower’ Russell and Charlie Fletcher, who was also the caretaker at the Salem.
WWI COMMEMORATION This March we commemorate the death of 30558 Garnett Albert Gripton of the 8th Service Battalion of the South Staffs Regiment with full details.
FREE TRIAL If anyone wishes to receive this newsletter every Sunday morning for the next eight weeks complete with all the details that have been omitted from these edited versions you are most welcome to do so without being a member by just contacting me at this email address.

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 19th February 2017

19th February 2017
EVENTS This month’s speaker is the popular Mary Bodfish giving a talk on the life of Edward VIII under the title of ‘You Can’t Abdicate and Eat It !’ This Thursday, 23rd February, at the Salem starting at 7.30pm. Admission £1 including refreshments. Everybody welcome.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday as usual.
RESPONSES Roger Betts from Reading replies to Rosie Hodgett’s enquiry with the information on the Primitive Methodist Chapel in Newtown and the Jacobs Hall one in Landywood mentioning the connections with William Parsons and the Wigley, Wootton and the Whitehouse families.
The name ‘Mac Potts’ prompts John Turner to email that he lived in Pinfold Lane next door to them and giving details of his life with Gertie and their son, Albert.
And Don Savage recalls Maurice Stokes being a member of St Marks Youth Club and his memories include Barry Brough, John Underwood, Bill Glover, Shirley Nixon, Jennifer Homeshaw and Jean Benton. Also another colleague from Maurice’s days in The Melotones was Ron Wilkes
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS who hasn’t heard from him for over 60 years who also adds his memories. Copy of the book ‘A Guide to Cheslyn Hay and Great Wyrley Pubs’ by SJ Attwood, Marriage Certificates of Edward Christian Harvey & Alice Podmore (1937), Frederick Sydney Bates & Harriet Elizabeth Norman (1942), Aubrey Pugh & Margaret Winifred Birch (1953) and David Arthur Hewitt & Janet Mary Plant (1953).
23rd February 1967 Full details of the future of the Cheslyn Hay’s Community Association.
23rd February 1967 Match report of the Talbot’s 7-2 victory over the S.S.W.W. in the A J Eve Memorial Shield tie with the goalscorers.
24th February 1917 Henry James Gilbert, of Pinfold Lane, Cheslyn Hay, met with fatal injuries at the Great Wyrley Colliery. Full details.
24th February 1917 A successful concert held in Salem Schools to augment the church funds with Miss Evelyn Taylor, Miss Elsie Brown, Dennis Woodhouse, and Arthur Wollaston.
24th February 1917 A Smoking Concert at the Rose and Crown with Mr Geo. Goodwin of Landywood, Mr Isaac Smith, Mr C Wesley, Mr C Brough, R Perks (violinist) and C Perks and J Pratt Jnr accompanists.
MEMORIES We continue with the interview this week with Cliff Titley of Berwyn Grove, and not, as I incorrectly stated last week, Cliff Turner.
Stories of the locals with George ‘Demon’ Follows, Albert ‘Arb’ Follows his son, ‘Persil ‘Parbrook from Littlewood, ‘Tompter’ Pearson, George Wootton, Cyril Pee, Walter Hackett, the butcher, Frank Hackett, and Edgar Hackett.

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 12th February 2017

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly Newsletter – 5th February 2017

5th February 2017    

EVENTS     Chat n Char this Thursday, 9th February starting at 10am as usual in the Salem ‘s Main Hall and Roger’s theme?  ‘All You Need is Love’.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Everyone welcome to view our archives as well as our collection of over 8,500 photographs with advice always at hand.

REQUESTS  No requests received this week.

RESPONSES  Following on from the tragic case of Marion May Bird, Vera telephones to say she was a classmate of Marion and that she was such a lovely, quiet unassuming girl and the event of 1959 and her thoughts of Marion and the tragedy still remain with her today.

Our researchers have looked into David’s request of last week re locating Mabel Brough, but she was not buried in either of the local cemeteries which our researcher, Jean, has confirmed and she adds three possible marriages as well as any Mabel Broughs recorded in local newspapers.

Just received this wonderful email from Mr Stephen Owen, who obviously appreciates local history.  ‘I live in a village in North Shropshire called Ruyton Eleven Towns close to a sandstone hill known as ‘The Cliffe’.  In previous centuries people quarried the stone to build the local houses but also people built dwellings against the quarried faces with some of these ‘buildings’ being occupied up to the start of the 20th Century.  Little now remains other than bits of wall in the woodland and lines of cut holes in the sandstone where floor joists or rafters were seated but in the soil surrounding these, remains can be found of the rubbish thrown away by those long gone residents.  My wife and I often walk in the area and find old bottles and jars etc but over Christmas we were finding bits of broken pottery near one former dwelling in the woods and came across two bits that fit together that seem to be from a plate or saucer from the Salem Church , Cheslyn Hay.  I just wonder how on earth it ended up where it did.’  Very generously Stephen has forward the pieces on to us and we are assuming that it must have been owned by one of Salem’s previous ministers who moved on to Ruyton and we are still investigating.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  The broken plate, as mentioned above, from ‘Salem Church Cheslyn Hay’.


9th February 1967  Details of the successful year of the Gingham Girls Entertainment Troupe with Annie Parsons and Carol Stevensetc with Mrs Hetty Brough
9th February 1967  Memories of Cheslyn Hay’s third oldest resident, 91 years old Mr Henry Lockett.

9th February 1967  Letter of complaint concerning the halt signs in New Horse Road from Mr A E Smith


10th February 1917  In connection with the Cheslyn Hay Working Men’s Club and Institute a tournament of ‘All Fours’ took place naming all the winners.

10th February 1917  Details of a Tuesday evening when a large number assembled at the Institute, when the members entertained their neighbours from Bridgtown Institute.

10th February 1917  Details of one of the local collieries where a number of workmen were notified at the close of an examination that their services would be required for National Service in due course.

10th February 1917  Some few weeks ago it was decided to have a series of lectures at the Institute which started this week with two interesting addresses from the Rev R T Rowley and Mr H Cartwright of Station Street.

WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES  We now complete the list of our 66 copies of ‘Memories’ always available in our Base Archives listed here together with their Archive Numbers – and they Together with Archive Numbers, they are – 1946/47 Stroll round the Village – Ray Franks (CH-MEM-28), Memories of Landywood – Michelle Horner (29), Village Games of Yesteryear – Alex Johnson (30), Golden Wedding of Mr & Mrs Joseph Stokes (31), Our Vanishing Village – Rick Bowring (32), Perambulating the Boundary of Great Wyrley (13 March 1823) – Glenys Hammond (33), White Gates in Dundalk Lane (34), Memories of an Old Boy – WJ Leeke (35), Reminiscences of Bygone Years 1946/47 – VJ Owen (36), True Wartime Story – Gordon Owen (37), Gladys Crutchley letter of 1976 – Floss Crutchley (38), My Smith Family of 4 High Street in the 1940s & 50s (39), Memories of the Isolation Hospital – Denise Fletcher (40),  Memory Lane – Betty Matthews (41), Memories of a Landywood Evacuee – Ray Fletcher (42), Life and Times of ‘Aer Reg’ – Reg Hollingsworth(43), My First Days at School – Alan Brown (44), Schooldays – Doug Barratt (45), Memories of Mick Drury (46), Early Years – Harold T Whitehouse (47), The Isolation Hospital – Joyce Drew (48), Cheslyn Hay & Great Wyrley – Rival Villages – Don Savage (49), Memories of a Wartime Evacuee – ‘Dave’ (50), Old Cheslyn Hay Names – Pamela Bate (51), John Weller – Evacuee (52), The Horton Family and the Dundalk Lane Cottages – Geoffrey Boulton (53), The Changing Scenes of Life – Phyllis Hallchurch (54), Memories of Christopher Hawkins (55), Ruth Mills Memories (56), Barbara Hodgson (57), Charles Walton, Pinfold Lane School Headmaster (58), Ted Mason’s Memories (59),  Boxer Charlie Towle (60), Wartime Memories of an Evacuee – Ray Fletcher (61), Dundalk Lane Cottages and the Horton Family – Peter Cadman (62), Middle Hill Hutments – John Husbands (63), John Turner (64), Snow Drift at Middle Hill – Phil Jones (65), Auntie Kath’s Diary – Diane Hallchurch (66).  Can also be purchased by our members for just £1 per A4 sheet plus postage (if required).

NEVILLE ADAMS   Another one of our long standing members, Neville, of New Street in Great Wyrley, passed away on Wednesday, 25th January, aged 85.  Having been born in Laney Green he has always been very much a local man, working at the smaller Cheslyn Hay pits such as the Spring Meadow and Landywood Collieries before being a supervisor of the Scrap Metal firm Smith & Barlow based at the Nook Colliery.  Quiet and unassuming he was always well respected by everyone.