Cheslyn Hay Newsletter – 16th September 2018

Events No Events this week but don’t forget our Annual Exhibition this year is on Saturday 6th October in the Village Hall, Pinfold Lane, Cheslyn Hay.
Our Salem Base is open this Tuesday 9am – 2pm
Requests We have had a couple of requests from our members regarding our recent memories of Owen Reginald Plant asking if we could perhaps include a map giving the reader a better visual idea of the areas mentioned, we will try and produce a hand drawn map with the landmarks identified.
Judy Desha wrote, My Grandfather was Jack (John Henry) Foster, married to Elizabeth Elsmore and they lived at 57 Broad Street, Bridgetown, after moving from Coppice Lane where Grandads Family also lived. He was born In Great Wyrley 1896 and lived in Holly Lane, Landywood in the first census record I have. His parents were John Henry Foster Jr 1864 and Sarah Jane Mattocks 1866. It would be amazing if there are some photos of the family and other family members in your archives.
What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher 12 September 1968 Cannock Advertiser At the monthly meeting of Cheslyn Hay Pig Club held at the Red Lion Inn, on Thursday of last week, Mr. R. Edmunds presiding, it was announced by Mr. L. C. Whitehouse (Secretary) that Mr. R. H. C. Kennedy, of Rodbaston Farm Institute, would address the next meeting of the club.  It was agreed to invite all local residents interested in pig keeping to attend, whether club members or not. Mr. Whitehouse also reported that the membership of the club had now risen to 108.  The total number of pigs, all of which were marked under the insurance scheme, being 135.
12 September 1968 Details of the sudden death of Mr. Kier Broomhall Blackley at the early age of 22 years.
14th September 1918 Cannock Chase Courier At the meeting of the Red Cross Society letters of sympathy were sent to the family of Corporal Holland.
The Cheslyn Hay Victoria Brass Band are a generous organisation for they are always willing to give their services gratuitously for any charitable object.
On Monday evening the Cheslyn Hay Victoria Brass Band are having a “parade of their own” through the principal streets of the township.
Memories Owen Reginald Plant part 3
Final part of Reginald Plant’s memories from the time he left school to joining the RAF, setting up a haulage company with his brother Harry, and his personal life right through to his demise in 2004.
WWI Commemoration This month we commemorate the death of 413899 William Taplin of 75th Company, Labour Crops formerly 27754, 18th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. Son of the Late William & Kate Taplin, and Husband of Phoebe Ann Taplin of 21 Low Street, Cheslyn Hay. He died 1st October 1918 from injures aged 39 years . buried with honour Beaumetz Crossroads Cemetery Cambrai
General News Excerpt of a letter written by Peter Cadman which was published in this months copy of “History Revealed” magazine with details of Conan Doyle’s involvement in the Horse Maimings case.

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Newsletter – 9th September 2018

Cheslyn Hay & District Weekly Newsletter – 9th September 2018

Events The theme for Roger’s Chat n Char this Thursday, 13th September is “On the Buses” Starting at 10am in the Salem as usual, and don’t forget our Annual Exhibition this year is on Saturday 6th October in the Village Hall, Pinfold Lane, Cheslyn Hay.

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

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher 5th August 1968 Cannock Advertiser   Mr. Edward Walter Hackettreminiscing of the many change of Cheslyn Hay in his lifetime.

7th September 1918 Cannock Chase Courier A letter stating that Corporal Joseph Thomas Holland of the 184th Tunnelling Co. R.E. had fallen in action.
7th September 1918 Sympathy being extended to the wife and family of Corporal Joseph T. Holland, of Station Street, in their sad bereavement.
On Thursday evening a Garden Party was held in “The Park”, kindly lent by Mr. and Mrs. H. Hawkins, to extend a welcome to the newly appointed Minister – Rev. John Naylor, of Halifax.        At a meeting of the Local Relief Committee and Red Cross Society a report stated that no less than 19 requests were received from local lads at the front asking for requisites including shirts, socks, pants etc. Also another parcel had been dispatched to Sapper George Kingston, who was a Prisoner of War.
7th September 1918 Rose Annie Smith, of Cheslyn Hay was found guilty of charges under the Food Control Order.  Full details given.
John Davies, of Wyrley, was charged with stealing a packet of Cocoa, the property of Mr. G. Evans, of Cheslyn Hay and found guilty. 

Memories Part 2 Memories of Owen Reginald Plant
Describing his childhood around Hill Street, Wolverhampton Road, the Barn Flats, the Slings the Nook Colliery, Campions Wood and the Gosse as well as spending time in the Isolation Hospital in Hospital Lane.  Also mentioned are Alf Kingston’s farm, Martha Thomas‘s shop in Hatherton Street, Bill Jellyman,“Tompter” Pearson, Harold Sambrooks, Shirley’s fish and chip shop and Albert Potts, son of Mac Pottsthe Manchester United footballer.

General News the Funeral of John Minton will be held on Monday 1st October 2018 10am at the Salem Chapel Cheslyn Hay followed by Cremation at Stafford Crematorium.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly Newsletter – 2nd September 2018

Events   No Events this Week but don’t forget our annual Exhibition this year is on Saturday 6th October in the Village Hall.

Our Salem Base   Due to a committee meeting Our Salem Base will be closing early this week . We are open 9am-1pm  Tuesday 4th September 2018 .

Requests   Pennie Yorath has emailed this week re a post in one of our past weekly newsletter. She is enquiring about the four Holmes brothers who served in WWII Frances Ivan, Hyla George, James and Noel Holmes, she said that  they would have been her husbands grandads cousins.

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

29th August 1968 Cannock Advertiser A Rural District Councillor has urged Cheslyn Hay Parish Council to press local authorities for more residential development to help combat the rapidly increasing population problem in the village.  Full details given.

29th August 1968 Cheslyn Hay Parish Council have raised problems on road improvements, dangerous footpaths and flooding.

31 August 1918 Cannock Chase Courier  Civic Sunday at  Cheslyn Hay organised by the Parish Council in co-operation with Local Relief Committee was a success involving Messrs. A. L. Henshaw, W. J. Bowen, Geo. Goodwin, J. Walton, Mr. W. J. SimkinGeo. Hudson, Geo. Wooton, Wm. Wooton, E. Brough, J. Stokes, R. Jones, C. T. Lawson and Mr. William Westwood.

31 August/1918  Letter to the Cannock Chase Courier from R.H.Brough giving thanks to everyone who donated to the collections for the “Prisoners of War” and the “Permanent Roll of Honour Funds”.

Birthday Announcements    Happy Birthday to one of our long standing members Geoff Hackett who celebrated his 80th birthday last month.

Memories of OWEN REGINALD PLANT with details of his early family life in Hill Street, Cheslyn Hay involving  Doctor TomkinsonBarbara Kingston, Effie GoodmanRichard Henry Plant,  Mary Eliza Plant nee Lawson,  Amy StokesHannah Stokes nee Tuft, Miss Stanton, Miss Saunders, Mr BaleIsaac Stokes, Albert Wood, Albert Hawkins, Jackie Jones, Reg Poxon, Graham Sleigh, Brenda Hicken, Gladys Follows, Janet PlantTommy Evans and Sam Hall.

General News  John Minton who had been ill for a long time passed away on 27th August, he had been a member of the society for a number of years.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 26 August 2018

Events Speakers Night
Thursday 30th August 2018 commencing at 7.30pm at the Salem School
Rooms, Admission £1.00 including Refreshments. Our Speaker is Mr Trevor
Bevan presenting” A Dickens of a Tale”, the story of how a local Clarion
cyclist became a member of the oldest Bicycling Club in the world.
Our Salem Base is open 9am-2pm every Tuesday
Derek Bullock emailed recently… Greetings from Canada
I was born at 36 Station Street 80 years ago. I remember my mother
(Lilly Smith of High Street) getting her hair permed by a lady who lived
near the war memorial.
I called her ‘Aunty Ena’, but I don’t know if we were really related.
Her name was Ena Jenkins, I believe. Anyone out there have any
information on her?
Sue Carter (nee Salmon) writes, I was born in Cheslyn Hay at the old pub
1 Nelson Buildings, High Street can anyone help me to locate Julian 
Simms or Hillary Simms who used to live in the house next to the Salem
Kath Walmsley nee Perks remembers Betty Matthews of Dundalk Lane very
well and relates her memories of her from 80 years ago.
We have been able to help Marie Stokes (nee Dace) of Wednesbury
researching the Dace family with details of this family back to Marie’s
6 x Gt Grandfather, William Dace, who was born in Cheslyn Hay in 1710.
What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher
22nd August 1968 Cannock Advertiser  Success for members of Cheslyn Hay
Community Association in their fight for a social centre as the final
stages of raising the development fund have now been reached and
celebrated with a barbecue and fete held on the village recreation
ground.  Full information of events and participants and winners all given.
24th August 1918 Cannock Chase Courier
Sympathy is extended to Mr. and Mrs. J. Mitchell and family of Chapel
Square, Cheslyn Hay, on the death from wounds of their son Pte. Robert 
Mitchell.  Background of his life given.
On Saturday morning Mr. William Stokes, ex superintendent of
Wolverhampton Police, and latterly residing in Station Street, Cheslyn
Hay, passed away at his residence.   Full details of his life included
in the article.
 At a meeting of the Local Relief Committee and Red Cross Society, the
Secretary thanked the customers of the Rose and Crown for donations
He had also written to Mr. G. Allen and Mr. Harold Hawkins,
congratulating them on achieving military honors.
General News Our Annual exhibition will be held on Saturday 6th October 
2018, and we hoping to have a display of photographs from the 1990s.  If
anyone has any interesting pictures of that decade, that we could
borrow, we would be very grateful. We will scan the originals to use in
our display so there would be no damage to your photos. If you can help,
please ring Malcolm Podmore 01922 410021 or 07794418295

Cheslyn Hay & District Weekly Newsletter – 19th August 2018

Events No Events this week

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

Requests Robert Taylor emailed this week with details of his family with his mom Elizabeth Dorothy Taylor (formally Elizabeth Matthews.) now 90 years old remembering her childhood in the old Dundalk Lane cottages with her sister Marjorie.  Robert also mentions his Grandad William (Bill) Matthews and his involvement in the Brass bands around Cheslyn Hay and Great Wyrley.

Old Newspapers researched by Dave Washington

4th September 1885 Lichfield Mercury, Rhoda Ridgeway, George Collier, Charles Kendrick, David Brough, Maria Walker and Joseph Kendall all found guilty in a court case, as was Thomas Tudor coal dealer of Cheslyn Hay in a separate prosecution.

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

15th August 1968   Details of the death of Police-constable Robert Michael Potts (22) a single man of 4, Hill Street, in a tragic accident.

15th August 1968  Cheslyn Hay Salem Church Women’s Guild visit to Hamstall Ridware Hall.

15th August 1968 Story of the residents of Cheslyn Hay involved in the re-decoration of the schoolrooms of Salem Church Hall.

 15th August 1968   Details of a special display at the Cheslyn Hay library.

15th August1968  Full details of the Hawkins v Brereton match in the in the Chase League division one.

17th August 1918  Successful War Weapons Week in Cheslyn Hay including memories of the village in yesteryear when dog racing was a great feature as well as cock fighting.

17th August 1918  A visit from their late minister, Rev. Alfred Colbeck to the Salem Church.
At the meeting of the Local Relief Committee and Red Cross Society Mrs. Waltho stated that recently she had received a letter from her husband Private J. Waltho, who is now a Prisoner of War.                     Also news of Lieut.  Corporal Syd Thomas,  and an award given to Pte. Geo. Allen, of Cross Street for bravery.

17th August 1918   Report of a biplane dropped in the 18 acre field in Pinfold Lane later viewed by 2000 people.

17 August 1918 Mr. James Mitchell, of 7, Chapel Square, Station Street, Cheslyn Hay, received a letter from a Nurse at a French Hospital, giving full details of the death of their son Private Robert Mitchell.

General News

One of our members has enquired about the “Silent Soldier” and would we be commemorating the event in Cheslyn Hay . If anyone would like any further details on this event the local parish council on 01922 410483 will be able to answer any of your enquiries
If you are uncertain as to what the “Silent Soldiers” events are the following is the official notice from the royal British legion.
There But Not There is a special commemorative event for the fallen. It commemorates the centenary of the First World War through a nationwide installation of life-size silhouettes of soldiers. They will be showcased in November 2018

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly Newsletter – 12th August 2018

Events No Events this week.

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

Requests Mystery Photograph, can anyone help us identify this photograph from our archives? Where was this shop located and who are the happy trio standing outside?

Old Newspapers researched by Dave Washington

Story of Mr & Mrs Vincent Westwood of Middle Hill celebrating 50years of marriage in 1974. Article and Photograph

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

8th August 1968 Cannock Advertiser Funeral of Mrs. F. Ballance of Cheslyn Hay with full details of her life.

8th August 1968  Full details of Cheslyn Hay Over 60’s Club meeting.

10th August 1918 The Red Cross Society met and decorated the Roll of Honour with choice blooms.

Lieut. H. A. Hawkins, of the South Staffs Regiment, has been awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in the field of action.  

On Tuesday morning Mr. and Mrs. W. Westwood, of Hatherton Street, received an official communication that their son Private W. Westwood was a Prisoner of War.

10th August 1918 George Henry Fletcher and Ann Smith found guilty in court.

10th August 1918 Myra Shorter,wife of Sapper John Shorter, of 9, Chapel Square, Cheslyn Hay, has issued a writ for slander desire to protect ‘her purely innocent character in the eyes of all respectable neighbours’.  

10th August 1918 A meeting of the Cheslyn Hay War Weapons Week Committeewith the involvement of Messrs. T. Weetman, W. Baxter, W. Wollaston, R. Brough, S. J. Lawson, T. Jones, William H. Westwood, H. Morris and H. W. Corns with full particulars.

Family History  We have recently held 3 very successful sessions ‘Tracing Your Family History’ at the local library in Cheslyn Hay, we would like to thank everyone who supported us. Due to popular demand we are hoping to run similar sessions at our Salem Base on Tuesday morning in the near future.

Annual Exhibition  Our Annual exhibition will be held on Saturday 6th October 2018, and we hoping to have a display of photographs from the 1990s.  If anyone has any interesting pictures of that decade, that we could borrow, we would be very grateful . We will scan the originals to use in our display so there would be no damage to your  photos. If you can help please ring Malcolm Podmore 01922 410021 or 07794418295  Also Roger Moore is still looking to borrow some mannequins for displays at the exhibition you can contact Roger on 01785 212412

 West Midlands History Podcasts  In a podcast Birmingham historian and author Carl Chinn traces the links between the West Indies and the city. 

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 5th August 2018

EVENTS  The theme for Roger’s Chat n Char this Thursday, 9th August is ‘Sounds Good’. Starting at 10am in the Salem as usual.

Due to popular demand we are holding another ‘Tracing Your Family History’ sessions at Cheslyn Hay Library Thursday 9th August 2pm – 5pm. For further information telephone Malcolm on 01922 410021 or 07794418295 or just turn up on the day .

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

REQUESTS  John Bennett of the Landor History Society emailed regarding a coloured postcard c. 1914-18 entitled ‘Cheslyn Hay Cemetery’ which depicts a chapel like building with five prominent white graves. We were able to confirm it was Cheslyn Hay Cemetery and the Mortuary chapel which unfortunately was destroyed by fire on 17th August 1988.


1st August 1968 Cannock Advertiser  Details of the death of Ballance (Florence).

1st August 1968 Full story of vandalism at Rosemary Road, Cheslyn Hay.

1st August 1968  Problems over the weekend medical service was discussed by the Great Wyrley and Cheslyn Hay councillors.

3rd August 1918 Cannock Chase Courier   The Local Relief Committee expressed sympathy towards Mr. and Mrs. W. Westwood in respect of their son, Private Wm. Westwood, who has been missing since the 27th of May.

Details of Sergeant T. Farnell home on leave.

The communal kitchen is till progressing favourably for now there are many vegetables in the gardens and allotments.

3rd August 1918 Cannock Chase Courier  Full details of a letter from  Mons Perchant in France passing his opinions on the agitators at home.

GENERAL NEWS   This week on our facebook page Martyn Rochelle posted a few photos that he had inherited from his late Uncle Alan Kingston. Alan lived in Cheslyn Hay as a young lad with his parents John and Emma Kingston nee Roe.

Has anyone got any mannequins we can borrow for our annual exhibition Saturday, 6th October 2018 please contact Roger Moore 01785 212412