We regret to announce that with immediate effect, all of Cheslyn Hay & District Local History Society’s events, including our normal Tuesday meetings, Chat N Char and Speaker’s Evenings are cancelled until further notice.

There will be a full refund of any tickets already paid for, including Lesley Smith’s visit, and the trip to Ludlow. We will still be happy to undertake research and general enquiries via telephone or email.

 Malcolm Podmore – 07794 418295




Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 3rd July 2016

EVENTS  We are will be entertaining the Glenthorne Brownies on Thursday, 7th July, with a talk about our  village by Peter Cadman and supported by Bob Brevitt with a powerpoint presentation.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week  we welcome a couple of members who wish to browse through our photographs on the Abbey Dropforgings, Elliott-Lucas and Gilpins volumes having missed out on the recent get together in May.
REQUESTS   Paul Bedford, researcher and author of World War One books concentrating on local soldiers involved in that conflict emails ‘Do you have any information about William Bowen?  He is the only serviceman on the Cheslyn Hay Memorial about whom I have no information at all.’
RESPONSES  Kath Perry provides the answer to Graham’s request from last week re the origin of Bentons Lane going back 200 years.
An email from Mary, granddaughter of Moses & Liz Lockett, who passes her her memories of both the teachers Ken Handley and Don Savage.
More information on the Dell from Trevor, prior to our meeting on July 19th, ‘Mr and Mrs William Bate were my wife’s parents.  They did live at number 6  but at that time the Dell was number 2. The houses were re numbered when new houses were built either side in the late  sixties.’
However has anyone got any photographs of ‘The Dell’?
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  A printed booklet of the burials and headstone inscriptions at the two Shareshill’s churches St Mary’s and St Luke’s going back to the 1700s and a full index, together with a volume on their history.
7th July 1966 
Residents of Cheslyn Hay pressing for the re-opening of local passenger train services led by Mrs G Vernon
7th July 1966    ‘Glancing backwards’  An article published 25 years ago on 19th April 1941 concerning the arrivals of Margate evacuees.
7th July 1966   Story of the caretaker of Great Wyrley cemetery, 60 years-old Mr Joseph Middleton, and his family.
7th July 1966  The activities of girls and the Cheslyn Hay Carnivals etc with Carol Hood, Marlene Pearce, Wendy Bates, Marie Hogan, Jackie Mumford, Lynda Horton, Linda Cole, Patricia Barsby, Karen Hodgkiss, Pauline Hodgkiss, Mrs T E Milner, Mr S Nelson and Horace Stokes.
MEMORIES  Second part of Peter Cadman’s interview with Pat Potts (nee Marshall).  This week covering all the activities and excitement during World War Two in Cheslyn Hay.

MYS - 20  A Shraders Day Out at Wedgewood in the late sixties.  43 ladies shown but only Floss Morgan, Judy Dace, Sybil Allen, Mrs Husselbee, Hazel Dace, Mavis -?- and Maureen -?- named.THIS WEEKS MYSTERY PHOTOGRAPH   MYS – 20  A Shraders Day Out at Wedgewood in the late sixties.  43 ladies shown but only Floss Morgan, Judy Dace, Sybil Allen, Mrs Husselbee, Hazel Dace, Mavis -?- and Maureen -?- named.  Can also be viewed on our Facebook Page.

WWI COMMEMORATION  This July we commemorate the death of Walter Owen who was killed on 1st June 1916, aged 30.
WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES  The ‘Cheslyn Hay Police Occurrence Book – 16th January  1931 to 16th November 1935’.  A complete ledger of 499 pages, containing full details of the charges with addresses, all handwritten, mainly by Sergeant Ballance.  Can be viewed at our Base any Tuesday or requested at £1 per copy.  In date order – Florence Elizabeth Evans, Harry Rogers, Alfred Thomas, John Pyatt, Ida Young, Horace Price, Julia Hart, Walter Whitehouse, Harold Bott, Alfred Parr, Albert James Bowyer, Herbert Brough, Ernest Davis, John  Shorter, Wilfred Hawkins, Frank Hudson, Gertrude Wynn, Ernest Davis, Alfred Gorman, Walter Kempson Owen, Richard Jones, Handel Weetman, James Walker Morris, Alex Davis, Florence Bate, Simeon Barker, Albert Barker, George Barker, William Henry Whitehouse, William Peach, Frank Dennis Burton, Samuel Newell, Philip James Kent, Joseph Lockett, William Perry, Eric Morris, James Bate, Derek Roberts, Ernest Carter, John Wesley Pratt, William Steadman, George Kingston, John Smith, John Smith, Walter Harvey, Beryl Hewitt, Mary E Richardson, Mary Felton, James Lockett, Clarence Smith, Rosina Marion Tonks, Arthur Kingston, John  Spinks, Thomas Marshall, Bernard Grinsell, Walter Wood, Violet Hill, Thomas Lockett, Mary Ann Lockett, Joseph Lockett, Mabel Chetter, James Ansell, Georgina Rake, Wilfred Hawkins, Edith Lunt, Harold Mellor, William Bowen, Stephen Whitehead, Oscar Dunn, Elizabeth Dunn, Edwin Ridgway, Elizabeth Bates, Richard Hall, Freda May Birch, Frank Dunning, Albert Podmore, Gladys May Shirley, Eric Shirley, Richard Lockett, Harry Bate, Percy Thomas Perry, Thomas Henry Hawkesworth, Richard Franks, Bertram Henry Jellyman, Stephen Pratt, James William Smith, William Elwell, George Mason, William Barnett, Frederick Barnett, George Barnett.

Cheslyn Hay Newsletter 26th June 2016

EVENTS  This month’s speaker is Tim Burgin, returning by request after his talk last year on Waterloo with his follow up ‘ Waterloo – the Aftermath’ with a range of anecdotes following the battle.  This Thursday, 30th June at the Salem starting at 7.30pm.  Admission £1 including refreshments.  Everybody welcome.
Also on Friday morning at 7.30am (the time that our men went ‘over the top’)  there will be a short ceremony ‘Whistle for the Somme’ in remembrance of everyone including the names being read out of our local men who made the ultimate sacrifice exactly 100 years ago. Held at our Cheslyn Hay War Memorial.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS  An intriguing request from Graham who wants to know who were the two people Benton and Shaw and why did they name lanes after them in Great Wyrley.
RESPONSES   Our researcher Jean mentions that the Askey/Dace connection is through the marriage of Doris’s father, William Askey, and Sarah Ellen Lindop (b1878) and she goes to explain the complication in the family history that’s complied with a transcription error on our St Marks CD.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  A 1954 Cheslyn Hay Carnival with Margaret Roberts, Joanne Marshall & Celia Roberts, one of Jim Wise, Bill Harley & Harry Hitchener outside the Dog plus 17 members and three generations of the Plant family in 1995 and all named.  £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington   Seven reports from the Lichfield Mercury and the Tamworth Herald from 1938-40 including the names involved are R Arnill, G Barker, J Barker, Bickley, Bradford, Nellie Caine, R Carpenter, V Cascarino, W Davis, Downton, Dolphin, Dutton, Evans, E Fletcher, Harper, Wilfred Heminsley, E Hill, W Leach, Harry North, Onions, Ridgway, Lucy Sanders, W Savage Snr, Smith, H Thornley, J Titley, Whitehouse, Harold Wollaston and F Worsey.  Copy of any newspaper report £1.

30th June 1966 
Cannock Thursday Bowls League with Hawkins F.C. beating the Cheslyn Hay “B” by 150 points to 126 with all individual scores.
30th June 1966  The work involved in keeping the Salem spic and span.
30th June 1966  Cheslyn Hay Sunday School carnival with full information of those involved, namely Mrs Kath Spooner, Linda Hemingsley, Jane Powis, Dianne Illidge, Maxine Williams, Hillary Simms, Sharon Beard, Colleen Horton, Julie & Sandra Jevons, Jacqueline Farrington, Wendy Brough, Josephine Blunt, Janet Beard, Michael Archer, Tony Lewis, Sandra Parr, Carol Coads, John Westley, Mrs E Hammond and Mrs A Brough.

MEMORIES  First part of an interview of Pat Potts (nee Marshall) by Peter Cadman in 2012.
This week relating to Pat’s early years, her time at school, naming all the teachers and their punishments, her first jobs followed by her work in WWII at the munition factories.

MYS-19 Headmaster John Martin and Mr Blount with a class of 29 unnamed pupils in 1960.THIS WEEKS MYSTERY PHOTOGRAPH MYS-19  Headmaster John Martin  and Mr Blount with a class of 29 unnamed pupils in 1960.  Can also be viewed on our Facebook Page.

This week we complete the list of deaths of local miners recorded at local pits over the years.
S Morgan, F Parker, G Pearson, William Perks, Benjamin Potts, Rowland Rowlands, J Stackhouse, Henry Stanton, G Thomas, James Thomas, James Walker, Samuel Wall, Thomas Waltho, Fred Whitehouse, J Whitehouse, Henry Wilkes and Richard George Wood.
   Now that solicitors no longer keep the house deeds on everyone’s properties, we are asking for the chance to copy such deeds, in particular belonging to the older properties, to compile a separate file for references.  For family/house historians the attraction is obvious and we will be able to index all the previous occupiers for future generations.
MEMBERSHIP  Full details of all the above stories can be obtained by becoming a member at £5 and the newsletters are emailed out at 9am every Sunday morning and we are now taking subscriptions for the next 12 months.  Either pay by Paypal via our website or a £5 cheque made out to CH&DLHS and post to T McFarlane, 42 Station Road, Great Wyrley, Walsall, West Mids WS6 6LQ.   Many thanks.