Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter 9th February 2020

The theme for Roger’s Chat n Char this Thursday 13th February  is “Love is in the Air” starting at 10am in the Salem as usual.

Our Salem Base
Our Salem Base is open from  9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Committee meeting 1pm this Tuesday. 

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

Cannock Advertiser  5th February 1970   The funeral of Mr. Charles Henry Dace of 23, Pinfold Lane Cheslyn Hay with details.

5th February 1970  Story on  the replacement for the old Cheslyn Hay Primary School starting in March.

5th February 1970  Full details of the long-awaited extension to Cheslyn Hay Community Centre.

5th February 1970  Cheslyn Hay Women’s Own held a Handicraft Meeting at the Salem Church, Cheslyn Hay, last week.

Cannock Courier  Newspaper for this week in 1920 is missing from Archives
However this week in 1953 two letters were sent to newspaper concerning Cheslyn Hay Library outling its history from 1924 and also its future.

Christine Finn is researching her Locket Family, if anyone would like to share any information on the Locket Family listed below please send an email to the History Society and we will pass it on to Christine.

Locket Family
Wm Henry Lockett had a son Sidney Noah Lockett (1920-1945) who was killed at Arnhem.  Sidney joined the Yorks & Lancs Regiment (Hallamshire) at Pontefract aged 15 and Christine wishes to find  out on what memorial where Sidney is commemorated.  Sidney married Isabel Hancock (nee Bacon) the daughter of a Senior Army Officer in India.  Wm Henry Lockett also had a daughter, Harriet who married William Brevitt and lived in Rosemary Road and their son Harry Brevitt was killed in WWI and is on the Cheslyn Hay War Memorial.  William Brevitt’s sister, Rosa Ann Brevitt, married a Westwood and lived in Low Street and they had a son, Silas, and a daughter, Maud, who married a Pearson and lived at 18 Windsor Road, where she died fairly recently.

Newspapers Researched by Dave Washington

7th February 1920 Stafford Advertiser.  Report of the progress of the Cheslyn Hay Working Men’s Club Male Voice Choir.

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 2nd February 2020

“To Die For” the dangers of Victorian fashion with Helen Johnson, a look at what people did for the sake of fashion was the theme of our last speakers night. 

Our Salem Base
Our Salem Base is open from  9am – 2pm every Tuesday

One of our members has  emailed this question “Does anyone know how Landywood got its name apart from the definition which means a clearing in a wood and our friend Percy Carpenter emailed us with a full explanation.

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

Cannock Advertiser  29th January 1970
Plan To Help The Villages Elderly

The spirit of good neighbourliness is dying and the Cheslyn Hay Parish Council had a meeting to form an old people’s welfare committee.

29th January 1970 Hawkins Sports Club is now open to teenagers from 15 to 18.  Full story.

29th January 1970  The funeral of Mr. Daniel Smith of 131, High Street, Cheslyn Hay, with details.

29th January 1970   Story of the Cheslyn Hay Youth Centre increasing its number of weekly meetings to three due to increased membership.

Cannock Chase Courier  31st January 1920  Burntwood Villa v Cheslyn Hay United.  Full report.

31st January 1920  Chat from Cheslyn Hay  31/1/1920  On Monday evening Mr. T. Weetman was the speaker at the Literary and Debating Society at Salem Schools when the Christian Endeavour Room was comfortably filled with an interested audience.

New in our Archives

PHYLLIS HALLCHURCH COLLECTION  Collection of photographs, many unidentified, covering the surnames shown below. If anyone is researching their family tree(s) connected with any of the names shown below, we would appreciate help in trying to identify these photographs. The photographs are available at our base for interested parties to look through. Call in on a Tuesday morning if you think you can help.
WOOTTON (George, Will, Annie, Edith, Fred, Bertha, Kenneth)
WALTON (Charles)
HAWKINS (Raymond)
DAKIN Ron (Ron and a Dakin in RAF Uniform)
RICHARDS (Barry- left for Australia July 1949)
STOKES (Kathleen, Isaac, Jim)
ANGUIGE (Stan, Nita)

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 26th January 2010

Our speakers night this month is on Thursday 30th January at 7.30pm at Salem Schoolroom, High Street., Cheslyn Hay.. The theme of the talk is “To Die For” the dangers of Victorian fashion with Helen Johnson, a look at what people did for the sake of fashion.  Admission £1.00 including refreshments.
Peter Cadman, Bob Brevit and Dave Washington will be representing The History Society at RAF Cosford on Tuesday 28th January where they will be displaying some of our mining artefacts at an Access and Learning Event.

Our Salem Base
Our Salem Base is open from  9am – 2pm every Tuesday.

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

Cannock Advertiser  22nd January 1970  Council discuss whether movable container units be the answer to people dumping litter around the countryside.
Cannock Chase Courier  24th January 1920  Walter Edward Mann, of 125, High Street, Cheslyn Hay, gives notice that he will not pay for any goods or be responsible for any Debts incurred by his wife LILLIAN MANN.

24th January 1920 Ejectment order granted in respect of a house at Cheslyn Hay, the tenant being Mr. Albert Sambrook.  Full details.

24th January 1920   Chat from Cheslyn Hay
Results of the billiard competition at the local Institute.
A good company assembled at a dance, at the Working Men’s Club, with twenty competitors in a waltzing competition. Full details.

24th January 1920 An appeal to the general public to try and raise funds to procure new instruments for the Cheslyn Hay Victoria Brass Band. 

Requests  We have received an email from David Whitehouse with a request for any pictures of Edward Whitehouse 1846 – 1890 and/or his wife Anne (nee Taylor) 1849 -1920.

New in our Archives   We have Four New Books donated to our archives – The Story of Two Crosses, Fifty Years March, The rise of the Labour Party,  Gardening Year Book 1902 & Edwardian Shopping.   And Mr James Fack has kindly donated a Sale Catalogue of the Duke of Sutherland (part) Estate dated 29th July 1914.

Cheslyn Hay Society Newsletter – 19th January 2020

No events this week.
Malcolm Podmore and Dave Washington represented the History Society at a Lifestyle Roadshow in Pinfold House last week.  The residents were very interested in our society so we have decided to leave a copy of our newsletter each week in the lounge for them to read and hopefully comment on. We hope to be able to visit Pinfold House occasionally to talk to some of the older residents about their memories of our village 

Our Salem Base
Our Salem Base is open from  9am – 2pm every Tuesday

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

Cannock Advertiser  15th January 1970
From the “Advertiser” 20th January 1943 A discussion that some of the streets in the parish were “Orphans of the Storm” was made by the chairman (Mr. J. Baker) at the meeting of Cheslyn Hay Parish Council.
15th January 1970  A plea for more choir members to join the choir of the local Methodist Church, Salem.
15th January 1970  Details of the funeral service of Mr. Harold Sambrook of 5, Woodland Drive, Cheslyn Hay, took place at Salem Methodist Church. 

Cannock Courier  17th January 1920  Sarah Edge, wife of Elias Edge, of  Hollybush, warns one of her neighbours of legal proceedings should she slander her again.
17th January 1920  Chat from Cheslyn Hay
The death of Mr. William C. Thacker, of Rosemary Road with full details.

Details of the male voice choir organised by the local Working Men’s Club that is making satisfactory progress.
On Tuesday, a meeting was held at the Talbot Inn, to organise a concert to assist an unfortunate citizen by the name of Russell, who has been ill for 18 months.
Match report of the Cheslyn Hay Villa reserve football team who journeyed to Hednesford for the first round of the local cup match. 


Following on from our article  in last weeks newsletter Anne Kelsall emails with her memories of the chip shops on station Street.

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 12th January 2020

No events this week.
We had an interesting talk last week at our Chat n Char, Peter Cadman gave a talk assisted by Bob Brevit on the origins of the surnames of some of our members and committee often with quite hilarious results.

Our Forth Coming Speakers Nights are as follows
30th January 2020  “To Die For” The Dangers of Victorian Fashion by Helen Johnson
27th February 2020  “Darling Elizabeth” The Queen Mum  ” by Mary Bodfish
26th March 2020  ” Lipstick on My Collar” by Rev. Lynne Morris

Our Salem Base
Our Salem Base is open from  9am – 2pm every Tuesday

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

Cannock Chase Courier  10th January 1920  A local committee was formed to organise a Football Charity Cup Competition, and Mr. J. Pratt generously offered a cup as a trophy.  On New Year’s Day the local Demobilised Soldiers and Sailors newly, formed club met the local Villa at Chambley’s Park.

The Literary and Debating Society was held on Monday last but the discussion of “Nationalisation of Mines” commences this Thursday evening. 
Cannock Advertiser
No reports for this week in 1970
Newspapers Researched by Dave Washington

6th January 1970 Birmingham Daily Post  Two people from Cannock have been awarded Royal Humane Society Certificates for reviving an 11 month old boy after he had fallen into an ornamental pool in Park Street, Shareshill , Cannock on July 16th  last year. 

We have had a query from one of our members  about the chippy in Station Street . In our records we have reference to a Chip Shop at 189 station street  run by Gordon Lunt., but our member  thinks it was run by George Lunt  (Gordon’s brother).  Can anyone help us to confirm that Gordon did indeed run a Chip Shop in Station Street?

General News
A collection of mining photographs and videos which have been shared on our facebook page by Andrew Purcell and Dave White can be viewed by clicking the photo below, there are some very interesting pictures.

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Newsletter – 5th January 2020


The theme for Roger’s Chat n Char this Thursday 9th January  is “Whats in a Name” starting at 10am in the Salem as usual.

Our Salem Base

Our Salem Base is open from  9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Committee Meeting 1pm this Tuesday.

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

Cannock Advertiser   1st January 1970  Details of two Cheslyn Hay motorists were in collision in Sutherland Road, Cheslyn Hay.
1st January 1970  Landywood Residents and Welfare Association committee is trying to acquire land for a children’s play area.
1st January 1970 Coal mining experience provided a foothold for Cheslyn Hay man, Anthony Walker, to become one of the “gold diggers” in Ghana.  Full story.


Percy Carpenter writes about his memories of Christmases at Great Wyrley Wesley Church in the late 1940s and singing carols including ‘Hark the glad sound’ in four parts by Cornelius Whitehouse.


Norma has emailed asking for our help re her grandfather, William Henry Bowen born in 1858, I believe, Worcestershire. His mother was Mary Bowen who married John Bull when William was two years old. My mystery person is Mary Bowen, I can’t seem to find out who she belongs to. William Henry Bowen, Mary’s son, was my grandfather and he and my grandmother, Frances Ellen Jones, lived in Cheslyn Hay and my father was born there and I grew up in Upper Landywood. These days, I live in Dundee, Michigan. I have tried to find my grandmother’s, Frances Ellen Jones, roots without success.  Her father was Robert Jones and that is all I have on him.

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter 29th December 2019


No Events this week

Our Salem Base

Our Salem Base is shut this Tuesday 31st December due to maintenance on the floor at Salem we will be open 7th January.  See you all in The New Year.

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

Cannock Advertiser  23rd December 1969  Details of the Cheslyn Hay Primary School’s Christmas party.

Cannock Courier  27th December 1919  Full details of the proposed celebration of the centenary of Salem Chapel, at Cheslyn Hay, with a list of the baptisms in the old thatched chapel over a hundred years ago.
27th December 1919  Story of the Salem Church, Cheslyn Hay, being crowded to its utmost capacity on Sunday evening for a Christmas service arranged by Mr. Arnold S. Hawkins.

Memories  One of our members Phil Evans asked ” Who remembers tasting the Dryad paste when making paper chains and lanterns in Mrs Price’s Class at Pinfold Lane infants School when we were building up to The Birth of Jesus and the celebrations of Christmas time”

General News

Our Publications are now available to purchase on ebay as well as from our base