Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 29th September 2019

Events

Our Annual Exhibition is at the Village Hall in Pinfold Lane on Saturday October 5th from 10.00 am till 4.00 pm. Entry is free.
We are celebrating 25 years as a Local History Society, please come and join our party. In the main hall will be our grand centre piece displaying our 25 year history. All the photographs in our archives will be available to view and copies may be purchased. As usual we will have experts on hand to help you trace your village ancestors and we also have a special mining exhibition with a memorial to a past member Reg Whittingham. Don’t forget to visit our tearoom where we will have a variety of cakes, bread and dripping and a ploughman’s platter on sale for you to enjoy with a cuppa.

“The Forgotten Places and Characters of Cheslyn Hay”
Our new book will be launched at the Exhibition The book is priced at £5.00.  Postage and packing worldwide will be £5.50 and postal rates for local ( United Kingdom) deliveries will be  £1.00
Our Salem Base

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

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

Cannock Advertiser  25th September 1969    Golden Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Hawkins with details of their lives.
25th September 1969  Cheslyn Hay Youth Club’s programme of canoeing, camping, rock climbing and sailing are now including rifle shooting.
Cannock Chase Courier
Chat from Cheslyn Hay  27th September 1919   The annual Harvest Festival in connection with the Primitive Methodist Church was celebrated on Sunday with lectures and music.

27th September 1919  Walsall League Cheslyn Hay United v Wednesbury Old Park  Full details of match.

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Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter 22nd September 2019

Events

Forthcoming Speakers Night  SOLD OUT
Please Remember this event is ticket only and starts at the earlier time of 7pm Thursday 26th September 2019 7.00pm. Our speaker will be the renowned  historian Lesley Smith as Queen Elizabeth I, entrance is by ticket only  priced at £6 to include light refreshments.

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
18th September 1969
Story on a money raising scheme by members of Cheslyn Hay Salem Coffee box – a social club for the young women of the village.
18th September 1969   Cheslyn Hay, Great Wyrley and District Chrysanthemum Society’s open show.

18th September 1969  Proposed Housing Site No Value For Farming
Cannock Chase Courier  20th September 1919  Successful benefit concert for the benefit of Mr. Wm. Brough, who has been seriously ill for 25 weeks.
20th September 1919  The Marriage of Mr. Leslie Hawkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Hawkins, The Park, Cheslyn Hay, to Dorothy Elsie daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henshall, of Belmont House, Willenhall.

Memories 
Doug Russell “I attended Cheslyn Hay school from 1943 till 1949.  I do remember Mr Blount and Miss Hulme.  We lived at 70 High St.….last house on the left going up at the top of High St.  I think my grandma and grandpa  Mo and Liz Locket…..lived at 67 High Streetbut not quite sure.
Derek Bullock from Kawartha Lakes, Canada.
“I was intrigued to see the note from 1919 regarding Harry Linnel, secretary of CH Cricket Club.  As a young boy living in Bridgtown in the 1940’s and 50’s, I knew a Harry Linnel who worked at Cornelius Whithouse with my dad.

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Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 15th September 2019

Events
No Events this week. We had a good attendance at our Chat n Cha last week with our own Steve Geale giving a very interesting talk on Ruth Ellis.

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  11th September 1969
Glancing Backwards to September 9 1944  About 80 members of Cheslyn Hay and Great Wyrley Madrigal Society attended the society’s first rehearsal of the new season in Salem Schools, Cheslyn Hay, on Monday.
11th September 1969  Story of young David Garratt having a fall out of his bedroom window.

11th September 1969  Details of the funeral of Mr. Thomas Preece, of 5, Dundalk Lane.

Cannock Chase Courier  13th September 1919  Details of a presentation to Harry Linnel at the Cheslyn Hay Cricket Club.

13th September 1919  Chat from Cheslyn Hay Story of demobilisation of the Discharged Soldiers and Sailors connected with Salem Church Sunday School institute for tea and entertainment.
A concert is being organised for the benefit of Mr. William Brough, of the Lot, who has been indisposed for some time.
An amusing incident occurred at a local colliery on Saturday.  A collector from Holly Bank Colliery was soliciting contributions for the miners on strike.  A workman remarked to the collector “Be firm and we will assist you in winning the day” He then gave the collector a penny

Memories
In light of the recent threatened closures of our local library services a letter from Ernie Carter is published from a local newspaper outlining the history of the Cheslyn Hay library.

General News
I am very sorry to announce that two of our members have recently passed away. We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the families of both of the gentlemen.

Ann Jackson phoned to say her father (Don McCulloch) passed away on the morning of Thursday 12th September.  He was 90 years old.

Jim Winfer passed away last week in hospital on 1st September, he was 84 years old and  his funeral is at St Marks Church Great Wyrley, on Thursday 19th September 2019 at 12.45pm followed by the Committal at  Stafford Crematorium and  refreshments at the Barns in Huntington.

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Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 8th September 2019

Events
Roger’s Chat n Char is this Thursday 12th September starting at 10am in the Salem as usual. Our Talk will be “The Daughter of Arthur Hornby 

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  4th September 1969  Story of Cheslyn Hay Salem Sunday School is to be given a £4,000 facelift.

Cannock Chase Courier  4th September1953   Cannock Rural District Council may use part of a canal reservoir off Walkmill Lane, Cheslyn Hay, for house refuse tipping.  Full details.

Cannock Chase Courier  6th September 1919  Bowling competition took place on the Senior Club’s Bowling Green.  Full details with all the winners.

A local allotment holder recently dug up three potatoes from his plot, The weight of each ranging between one to three pounds.
Mr. and Mrs. Potts entertained the local demobilised Soldiers and Sailors to a supper on Saturday last with songs being rendered.

New Publication
The Forgotten Places and Characters of Cheslyn Hay”
Our new book will be launched at this year’s Exhibition at the Village Hall in Pinfold Lane on Saturday October 5th from 10.00 am till 4.00 pm.  The book is priced at £5.00.  Postage and packing worldwide will be £5.50 and postal rates for local ( United Kingdom) deliveries will be  £1.00

Responses
Janet Wilcox wrote to us recently “My husband’s mother, a Westwood, was brought up in Cheslyn Hay and whilst taking a picture of her parents out of its frame, we found the attached photo of another lady unknown to us I wonder if any of your members recognize this lady” The Photo was published in last weeks newsletter and Janet’s husband Richard Wilcock/Willcocks/Westwood has provided a little more background to the above request

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Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 1st September 2019

Events

Our Forthcoming Speakers Night due to a miscalculation we have 6 ticket available at £6 each for  Thursday 26th September 2019 7.00pm with the renowned  historian Lesley Smith as Queen Elizabeth I. Please remember this will be a ticket only evening, no paying on the door.

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  28th August 1969
Story of Christine Cadman who failed her elen plus examinations but has now graduated from Brighton University with a degree.

Cannock Chase Courier  30th August 1919
Details of the Wolverhampton Smithfield Farm Sales from the Farm Buildings, Landywood Lane (nr Great Wyrley), Cheslyn Hay.
30th August 1919  Chat from Cheslyn Hay
Much interest was manifested in the special sermons held at the Primitive Methodist Church given by the Rev. Alfred Altree, a former Sunday school scholar.

Details of the local Cricket Club Married v Single match.

The Cheslyn Hay Male voice Choir has again resumed practice with details of the committee.

Mystery Photograph

Newspapers researched by Dave Washington   Walsall Observer 

30th August 1919   Story on the Parish Clerks pay being increased.
23 August 1919  Cheslyn Hay and Penkridge fireman were engaged in dealing with a serious fire at Hilton Farm.

Responses  Alan Willets emailed us re our recent articles on the Holloways to say he remembered  the family well,Nelly, later Chapman, Gwen, later Meacham, we all called them aunty. They played in pub darts teams with my mother Villa. Happy memories.

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Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 25th August 2019

Events

Forthcoming Speakers Night  SOLD OUT
Thursday 26th September 2019 7.00pm our speaker will be the renowned  historian Lesley Smith as Queen Elizabeth I, entrance is by ticket only  priced at £6 to include light refreshments. 

The Topic for our Speakers Night this Thursday29th August 2019 is “One Man and his Work ” Part 2 by Robert Bowers a local Artist starting 7.30pm Salem, High Street Cheslyn hay Admission £1 including refreshments 

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  21st August 1969  Funds for the proposed Cheslyn Hay playgroup got a boost when a bazaar raised £23 at Salem Church Hall.
21st August 1969 The work of Cheslyn Hay Community Association in finding money for extensions to the village community centre has recommended a £200 grant to be agreed by Cannock Rural Council.

Cannock Chase Courier  23rd August 1919  Jack Pratt aged 17½ won another foot race at Bloxwich, in an open 100 yards handicap.  He  received 18½ yards start won the first prize by a few inches. Fred Baker, a member of the local Institute Football Club has signed for Stafford Rangers. The annual Hospital Parade in connection with the Foresters and other Friendly Societies took place on Sunday.  Four local Soldiers, who are demobilised, and members of the Senior Bowling Club, have each won a prize this season since they returned.
Full stories of the above including names are given.

New Publication
The Forgotten Places and Characters of Cheslyn Hay”
We have received our new book from the publishers and it will launched at this year’s Exhibition at the Village Hall in Pinfold Lane on Saturday October 6th from 10.00 am till 4.00 pm.  A list of Postal charges for Local, Europe, Australia, Canada and USA will be included next weeks newsletter.

Memories
We have received an interesting email from Norma Barta this week
I was just looking at the Newsletter for July 14th, 2019 and I noticed, in the Memories section, that a Mr. and Mrs. Bowen were mentioned. Would anyone know who they were? My parents wereMr. and Mrs. Frank Bowen, my father was born in Cheslyn Hay in 1905. I realize it’s a long shot but it made me curious. I was born in Gt. Wyrley but I now live in Michigan USA. I also came across some newspaper clippings of Mr. Hawkins (of the colliery I believe) and one of Mr. Tertius North of Bridgtown and one of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lawson’s Golden Wedding. I believe these clippings are at least 80 years old.
Norma has kindly donated the newspaper cuttings  to the society.

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Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter 18th August 2019

Events

Forthcoming Speakers Night
Tickets are selling fast we have only 20 left. Thursday 26th September 2019 7.00pm our speaker will be the renowned  historian Lesley Smith as Queen Elizabeth I, entrance is by ticket only  priced at £6 to include light refreshments. Tickets will be available  from Malcolm Podmore 07794 418295 or Roger Moore 01785 212412

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
Glancing Backwards August 19th 1944
14th August 1969
  Details of Cheslyn Hay being ready for street lighting as soon as restrictions are relaxed.

14th August 1969  Funeral and background of Sydney Hughes of Windsor Road.

14th August 1969 Story of Mr. P. Greenhalgh, of Westbourne Avenue who has built his own caravan.

Cannock Chase Courier
16th August 1919
  The final round of the club Talbot Bowls Challenge Cup Competition between the Thomasbrothers with scores.

16th August1919  Chat from Cheslyn Hay Tug of war match between teams from the Nook Colliery and Harrison’s team naming all the winning team.
A meeting of the Finance Committee in connection with St. Mark’s Church was held appointing an organist and his salary.

Details of Mr. James Rogers of the Woodman Inn entertaining about 60 to dinner in connection with the Peace Celebrations on Saturday followed by a children’s tea on Wednesday afternoon.

Responses

Percy Carpenter emailed with some more informantion from his book ‘A Song of Spring’ on the Holloway family of Streets Lane after reading a newspaper report in our recent newsletter.

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