13th November 2020
STONEHENGE DESECRATION ALLOWED BY Government Minister
Dear Friends and Supporters,
The decision by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to drive a chasm through Stonehenge World Heritage Site will send shock waves around the world, not least because the independent Examining Authority recommended it be refused permission.
The decision goes against the advice of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, it will undermine the UK’s legal commitment to address Climate Change and is contrary to the advice of many experienced archaeologists.
Tom Holland, Alliance President, expressed his horror: “This is a shocking and shameful decision. A supposedly Conservative government, advised by the Planning Inspectorate to cancel the scheme, has decided instead – at a time when COVID has already blown its budgeting to pieces – to proceed with a £2 billion white elephant. The decision to inject a great gash of concrete and tarmac into Britain’s most precious prehistoric landscape is one that ranks simultaneously as spendthrift and sacrilegious. We shall continue to oppose it as vigorously as we can.”
The Alliance is taking legal advice and will carefully consider its next steps.
This campaign is not over. We shall continue with our campaign and the petition carries on in the hope that there may still be time in which to change that decision.
Thanks for your wonderful support. It has been extraordinary.
The Stonehenge Alliance
10th NOVEMBER 2020
STONEHENGE MONUMENT SITE IS UNDER THREAT FROM NEW ROAD BUILDING
26th JULY 2020
24th FEBRUARY 2020
Rogers Trip 14th May
This year we are visiting Stokesay Castle and Ludlow on Thursday 14th May 2020 leaving from Salem, High Street, Cheslyn Hay at 9am, tickets available from Roger Moore 07928070061
Stokesay Castle is one of the finest surviving fortified manor houses in England, and situated at Stokesay in Shropshire . It was largely built in its present form in the late 13th century by Laurence de Ludlow, The castle comprises of a walled, moated enclosure, with an entrance way through a 17th-century timber and plaster gatehouse Then we will be travelling on to Historic Ludlow a thriving medieval market town. The town centre and the 11th century Ludlow Castle are situated on a cliff above the River Teme and are surrounded by the beautiful countryside of south Shropshire and the Welsh Marches, Ludlow has a reputation for the excellent quality of its food and drink with many fine restaurants and cafes for you to visit. The cost of trip will be £18.00 including entrance to Stokesay Castle.
22nd FEBRUARY 2020
Not a lot happening in December. Parliament decided to scupper our Xmas Chat’n’Char and have an election but Roger pulled out the stops and brought it forward to keep you all full of cheer. Also being xmas month there wasn’t a speaker.
January saw our latest speaker, Helen Johnson – Senior Archivist at the County Council regaling us on the things people did to themselves for “fashion”. Something our generations do not do !??!.
The chat’n’char in February was a St Valentines themed day and went well.
The next talk sees the return of Mary Bodfish, a regular speaker, who will talk about the early life of the “Queen Mum” “Darling Elizabeth”.
25th NOVEMBER 2019
A busy past few months, with the Annual Exhibition – Another of Roger’s masterpieces, the preparation for the remembrance event and the rescheduled Christmas Chat’n’Char which went down very well even though the “Government” tried to hijack it. Again thanks to Roger Moore and his team for their efforts at such short notice.
Our three speakers, between time, all had good attendances and were lauded & applauded.
August saw the return of Artist and Sculptor, Robert Bowers who gave an insight into his latest artworks.
September saw our headliner for the year : Lesley Smith – Historical Actor as Elizabeth I. who regaled us with the thoughts of “Good Queen Bess” . The bawdy and humorous depiction was outstanding.
October’s talk was by Trevor Warburton and associate, who gave a double talk : “The Great War Camps of Cannock Chase” and “Brindley Village” which was actually a reuse of the War Hospital on Chase. Both were very informative and the audience got a lot of information.
The Remembrance day went well this year. The Parish Council pulled all the stops out to make this one the best yet. The village had poppies and the “there but not there” Tommies everywhere. The professional Sound system and team made sure everyone heard the whole ceremony. I estimate that 300 – 400 people attended. Thanks to the council for their efforts.
November’s talk will be from Shrewsbury Town Crier “Martin Wood” Reputed to be the tallest Town Crier in the world at 7 feet 2 inches.
4th JULY 2019
This will be a busy month for us. We have the chat’n’Char on Thursday 11th July 10am to noon.
Trip to Leicester 18th July: coach leaves Salem at 08.30am sharp. We aim to back at around 7.30pm.
Thursday 25th July our evening talk is “Lost Britain” by Peter Cadman. The theme will be about things lost to us over the last few decades. You will have to come to find out what.
We have had 2 speakers since I last updated this page.
On the 30th MAY we had a return of Tony Kelly of Firmin Brothers, Military Outfitters in Birmingham since the 1600’s. He brought with him an array of military uniform items and gave an excellent talk on the firm long and exalted history. He donated his fee to the 11th Birmingham Brownie Pack, Rednal. They were very pleased to receive the donation which will help fund some of the summer activities for around 25 girls who are members of this Pack.
On the 27th June we had another excellent speaker, Tim Coltman, who came down from Burton on Trent to tell us about his great grandfather , William Coltman who, served his country in the World War 1. He was a devout Christian and refused to kill people but was employed as a stretcher bearer/ medic. he performed many heroic acts under severe conditions and became the most decorated NCO of the war. He was awarded : the Victoria Cross, Military Medal twice and the Distinguished Service Medal twice. For someone who wouldn’t carry a gun the bravery of this man is insurmountable. Tim and his father are obviously proud of their forebear and have given this talk throughout this country and abroad.
24th MAY 2019
Apologies for not updating the website. Quite a few things have happened since February – March saw the visit of Nicholas Corder who regaled us with the “History of the comic song” in words and music to the delight of good audience.
April saw our “Annual General Meeting” followed by a talk by our own Peter Cadman who gave us a brief look at what to expect on our 2 outings to “Burley House” and Leicester (King Richard III Memorial).
May saw a few of the Society were sunning it up in the hotter places around the world but we still had a good turn out for Roger’s Chat’n’Char with Dave Washington taking the reins.
The trip to Burley House was a great success with a visit to Melton Mowbray on the way. All the members were impressed with the visit and said it was their best yet.
14th FEBRUARY 2019
The first talk of the year was about the Brewers of the black country. which went down a treat – pity there were no samples to be had, but we all have a load of pubs to visit .
This year’s first trip takes us to Burleigh House, Stamford, Lincs on May 16th 2019.Roger is taking bookings now and there wil only be one coach. Price is £26.00 and that includes coach and entry to the House & Gardens. The coach will load at the Salem at 8.00am. It will return at about 6.00pm.
The second trip on 18th July 2019 will be to Leicester. Principally to see the Cathedral where Richard III is buried. The coach will cost £10.00 and if you wish to go to the Cathedral entry is £3.00 at the door and an extra £5.00 for a guide. There may be time for a coffee break at Melton Mowbray on the way there but that is dependant on traffic.
More will be available closer to the dates.
3rd JANUARY 2019
TIME TO CARRY OUT THOSE NEW YEARS COMMITTMENTS OR AT LEAST PAY LIP SERVICE TIL THEY BECOME FORGOTTEN.
NOW ALL THE XMAS LEFTOVERS HAVE BEEN DEALT WITH ITS TIME TO LOOK FORWARD TO A BETTER YEAR THAN THE LAST.
A MORE DETAILED NEWS WILL BE GIVEN AFTER THE FIRST MEETING OF 2019. WELL…. IT WAS LAST YEAR WE HAD OUR LAST MEETING !!!
12th DECEMBER 2018
AS YOU WILL KNOW , CHRISTMAS DAY & NEW YEARS DAY OCCUR ON OUR TUESDAY BASE DAYS – SO THERE WILL BE NO MEETINGS ON THOSE DAYS !!
WE HAVE OUR OWN CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS (ROGER STYLE) AT THE CHAT’N’CHAR ON THURSDAY 13th DECEMBER 2018 STARTING AT 10.00am.
THERE WILL BE THE USUAL CHRISTMASSY THINGS INCLUDING “YE OLDE CHRISTMAS SHOPPE” – SO DON’T FORGET YOUR PENNIES.
THERE WILL ALSO BE MUSIC – THE CHESLYN HAY COMMUNITY CHOIR WILL REGALE US AGAIN.
COME AND JOIN US AND HAVE A HAPPY XMAS!!
4th DECEMBER 2018
THE TALK FOR OCTOBER WAS CHANGED AND WE GOT AN EXCELLENT TALK IN 2 PARTS. PART 1 WAS FROM PAUL BEDFORD (WHO WROTE A BOOK ON THE SUBJECT OF THE LOCAL MEMORIALS IN THE AREA CALLED “NOT JUST NAMES”) AND HE SPOKE ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF THE WAR ON THE LOCAL AREA.
PART 2 INTRODUCED ALAN BROWN, A BONKER WHO EMIGRATED TO FRANCE AND ROSE UP TO BE MAYOR OF THE VILLAGE HE NOW LIVES IN AND HE SPOKE ABOUT THE EFFECTS ON THE FRENCH POPULATION AROUND A MINING VILLAGE NEAR LILLE CALLED LEVIERE.
THE 2 TALKS FITTED TOGETHER TO SHOW HOW MUCH ALIKE THE 2 AREAS WERE. A UNIQUE TALK.
APOLOGIES FOR THE LACK OF NEWS IN NOVEMBER. IT WAS A BUSY MONTH FOR ME AND THE TEAM. AFTER THE ANNUAL EXHIBITION CAME THE 100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF WORLD WAR 1. WE HELPED WITH THE MEMORIAL DRESSING, PUTTING UP PLAQUES FOR ALL THE WW1 NAMES ON THE MEMORIAL AND THE NAMES IN THE COMMUNITY CENTRE BOUNDING THE ROLL OF HONOUR. THE SUNDAY MEMORIAL WAS WELL ATTENDED AND WENT VERY WELL WITH OVER 1,500 PEOPLE FOR THE MEMORIAL SERVICE. THE CHAT’N’CHAR ON THE FOLLOWING THURSDAY WAS ALSO DEDICATED TO THE END OF THE WAR WITH PETER CADMAN TALKING ABOUT THE WARTIME POETRY. A FANTASTIC BACKDROP WAS ERECTED BY ROGER MOORE AND HIS TEAM.
NOVEMBER’S EVENING TALK WAS ABOUT THE GINGHAM GIRLS AND OTHER DANCE TROUPES IN THE VILLAGE. IT WAS GIVEN BY SANDRA BETHELL (NEE JEAVONS WHO WAS ONE OF THE FIRST IN THE TROUPE. THE TALK WAS VERY INFORMAL AND INFORMATIVE AND WENT DOWN WELL WITH THE AUDIENCE WHICH INCLUDED FORMER DANCERS WITH THE TROUPE.
7th OCTOBER 2018
IF YOU DID’NT COME TO THE COMMUNITY HALL ON SATURDAY YOU MISSED IT!
YES! THE ANNUAL EXHIBITION WAS ON THE 6th OCTOBER.
A GOOD FEW OF YOU BRAVED THE RAIN TO COME AND SEE US AND MOST HAD A GOOD TIME REMINISCING AND FINDING OUT ABOUT YOUR PAST FAMILY LINKS.
27th SEPTEMBER 2018
In our Events Diary we had the October Talk as “Trevor Warburton” “The Great War Camps of Cannock Chase. However, that has changed and we now have Paul Bedford(who wrote the book on Local Memorials) and our own Alan Brown (Coming over from “La Belle France”) who will give a joint talk on “Coalfields to Battlefields”. Trevor Warburton’s will now take place in the new year.
APOLOGIES FOR THE LACK OF UPDATES. DUE TO LOSS OF ACCESS (LOST PASSWORD : lost memory!)
Back to the “latest” news. There has been a lot happening since April. The two visits we had – The Terracotta Army at Liverpool and the guided tour around Tutbury Castle by none other than Nell Gwynn, were both well attended and enjoyed by the members. The subsequent talk by Tutbury Curator, Leslie Smith as Anne Boleyn (she was also Nell Gwynn) went down very well.
June’s talk by Sue Bray was interesting as she told of the life of Samuel Johnson.
In July we had a minor panic when the speaker, Tony Kelly cried off after a fire at the factory of Firmin Bros. Fortunately, Peter Cadman and I had just returned from an afternoon talk and we jumped in with a talk about the seaside !
August brought a talk by Trevor Bevan (the title of which added mystery to the talk). John is a keen cyclist and the talk was about his early cycling exploits with the local Clarion Club and then being admitted to the oldest cycling club in the world “The Pickwick Cycling Club” – Named after the Charles Dickens book “The Pickwick Papers” as the club started just months after the death of the author.
ANNUAL EXHIBITION – SATURDAY 6th OCTOBER 2018 10.00am to 4.00pm
VILLAGE HALL, PINFOLD LANE, CHESLYN HAY
There is no talk in September as we are preparing for the “Annual Exhibition” on Saturday 6th October at the Village Hall, Pinfold Lane from 10.00am to 4.00pm. This years theme is “Fayres, Fetes & Festivals and will be a celebration of past years Carnivals, Wakes & Fetes including “The Gingham Girls” who will feature in our main display. There will be some ex-gingham girls on hand to explain the history and we would welcome any others who were part of that troupe as well as any other troupes from the district.
We will also have our usual photographic displays and our full collection for your perusal along with our updated database which now includes archive and newspaper articles which will be available to search at our base on Tuesdays 9 to 1 at the Salem School Room.
Our Family History Researchers will also be available to help with your genealogical questions although we cannot guarantee any deep research at the event, just a taster of our knowledge and accessible archives at the base.
Refreshments and Live music will be available as usual.
HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE ON THE 6th OCTOBER
23rd APRIL 2018
We are now coming up to the climax of our year … the Annual General Meeting. We should take care of business 7.00pm to 7.30pm and all members are welcome to attend
Those of you who are not taken by the AGM should arrive between 7 and 7.30 as we will be commencing a presentation by Peter Cadman talking about our annual trip to Liverpool and the visit to the Chinese “Terracotta Army” at the British Museum there.
The Diary of Events for 2018-19 are being distributed from today. Those on the net should find them as a pdf file on the Events page of this website.
Please Note : Those who got the early versions of the diary will find the Chat’n’char page has 2 errors – The Trip to Tutbury is on June 7th ( not the 14th) and there will be a “Normal” Chat ‘n’ Char on Thursday 14th June.
1st APRIL 2018
HAPPY EASTER TO ALL!
An excellent speakers evening last Thursday where Cas Bailey gave an extremely funny talk of her 32 years with West Mids. Police. Around 38 visitors despite the rain.
Apologies for the deliberate mistake. I’ve only had one complaint but the flyer for Cas Bailey was titled “If you can’t stand the heat get out of fire!” Our Emeritus Chairman Trevor MacFarlane pointed out it should be “If you can’t stand the heat get out of kitchen!”. Out of the kitchen and into the fire I say!
IT IS 1st APRIL AFTER ALL
TUTBURY : Thursday 7th June. TRIP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. The price of £15.00 per person will include : The National Memorial Arboretum, Branston Water Park and Tutbury Castle(including Cream Tea).
LIVERPOOL: Thursday 12th July. Ist COACH BOOKED. The price is £25.00 per person and this includes entrance to “The Terracotta Army Display” Roger is still taking names and if there are enough he will book another coach. So if you still haven’t booked please do so ASAP. as Roger will have to book extra tickets to the very popular Chinese display.
This year, due to an invite from Tutbury Castle Trust, we are having two outings.
JUNE 6th 2018 – There will be a trip consisting of a morning at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, followed by a visit to Tutbury Castle. There will definitely only be 1 coach laid on so tickets will be on a first come basis. The details will be released when known.
PLEASE CONTACT ROGER MOORE TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY YEAR TO ALL OUR READERS
2017 HAS BEEN A HARD YEAR FOR THE COMMITTEE AND RESEARCHERS . IT STARTED WITH OUR CHAIRMAN, TREVOR MACFARLANE STANDING DOWN TO BECOME SOCIETY SECRETARY AND THE INSTALLATION OF MALCOLM PODMORE AS OUR NEW CHAIRMAN. THE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN REJIGGED AND AREAS OF RESEARCH ALLOCATED TO MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE TO GIVE MORE STRUCTURE TO OUR STUDIES.
2018 SHOULD BE ANOTHER YEAR OF HARD STUDY, EDUCATION AND DISPLAY. WE ARE INCREASING OUR TALKS OUTPUT AND ARCHIVING WITH THE DATABASE NOW CLOSE TO COMPLETION.
WATCH THIS SPACE AS WE EXPAND.
A pleasant day at the Bridgtown & District Local History Society Annual Event
15th October saw our display at the Bridgtown Annual Event. The event, at the Bridgtown Social Club was well attended and we sold £55.00 worth of CHDLHS items. The desk was manned by Trevor & Jan Macfarlane, Malcolm Podmore and Dave Washington and we were joined by Great Wyrley History Society and the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Trust as well as the hosts. Many of the visitors were members of both History Societies as many worked in Bridgtown and all commented favourably on the Event.
2017 ANNUAL EXHIBITION A BIG SUCCESS
THIS YEARS EXHIBITION WAS AS POPULAR AS ANY WE HAVE HAD. THERE WAS PLENTY TO SEE AND DO AND THE LAYOUT WAS EXCELLENT THANKS TO THE WORK OF ROGER MOORE AND HIS TEAM.
VIEWS FROM THE EXHIBITION
A MUSICAL GREETING IN THE FOYER
RAFFLE PRIZE – CENTRE STAGE
I.T. RESEARCHER LOOKING BUSY
Along with the team members manning the various displays Thanks must be given to the Kitchen Staff who performed excellently.
Also we must thank the Cheslyn Hay Parish council people for providing the venue.