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

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 29th July 2018

EVENTS  Speakers night last Thursday 26th July – unfortunately due to a fire at Firmin’s factory on Thursday, Tony Kelly had to cancel but our intrepid pair Peter Cadman and Bob Brevitt stepped in with only one hours notice to provide us with an entertaining talk ” Beside The Seaside” which brought back lovely memories for all our members. We have received news that the fire damage is not as extensive as first thought and thankfully no historical artefacts were ruined

Due to the success of our recent Family History Beginners Courses at Cheslyn Hay Lbrary we are hoping to run a  another session on Thursday 9th August 2pm until 5pm more information will be posted next week

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

REQUESTS  No requests received this week

RESPONSES  More research on the recent Dukes/Jukes enquiry has revealed that the family are included in our Overseers Record for the Poor on ten separate occasions from 1810 – 1831.  All available on request.

Continuing with Ann and Alicia’s interest with their ancestors John Stokes and Rebecca Hodgkins our own research reveals a  fascinating story behind the recorded facts.  Firstly we have to eliminate any connection with the James Hodgkins in Massachusetts from our John Stokes and Rebecca Hodgkins in Cheslyn Hay.  Despite the fact that when James and Rebecca  married in Wolverhampton in 1832 and they were recorded as ‘Widower’ and ‘Widow’ neither of them had ever been married before having their children baptised locally prior in 1932.  Alicia has been provided with their full story with copies of their marriage, four baptisms and the 1841 Census listing their nine children.


Cannock Advertiser  no reports for this week in 1968

27th July 1918 Cannock Chase Courier  A meeting of the Cheslyn Hay Parish Council Council the subject of the New Allotments at the back of the New Inns, Station Street was discussed concerning rents involving Mr. Pearson and Mr. J. Simmsand a promise of a piece of land from Mr. Isaac Stokes.

27th July 1918   The Rev. R. T. Rowley is leaving the township and being replaced by the Rev. J. Naylor.  Full details given.

27th July 1918  Mr R H Brough and Mrs Waltho reported at the Local Relief Committee meeting  details of Prisoners of WarPrivate T. A. Bosworth, of Station Street, and Private J. Waltho.

27th July 1918   Information on the “flu” epidemic.

WWI COMMEMORATION  This August we commemorate the death of William Askey who was killed on 2nd September 1918, husband of Sarah Ellen Askey of  108 Station Street Cheslyn Hay.  Full details given.


Two of our long standing members have recently passed away.

Christine Wilcox (nee Webb) formerly Sutherland Road, Cheslyn Hay who worked at the Bridgtown Primary School for many years as a Welfare Assistant.  Passed away June 29th at New Cross Hospital. Age 86.  Funeral, August 1st at Stafford Crematorium 2pm.

Norman Rowe, passed away on Saturday 21st July aged 84.  Norman will be remembered as a talented artist, particularly on his favourite Cheslyn Hay scenes, and his generous donations of these paintings to be displayed at our Base as well as being sold for our Society’s funds will always be appreciated.   Born and bred in Great Wyrley, he met his wife, Mary, at Great Wyrley Secondary School and they have lived locally throughout their married lives and our thoughts go out to Mary and the family. Funeral is on Monday, 30th July at 11.30am at the Salem and all friends and colleagues will be welcomed at a gathering at the Cheslyn Hay WMC afterwards

Cheslyn Hay &DLHS Weekly News – 22nd July 2018

EVENTS  Speakers night July 26th.  Back by popular demand we have Tony Kelly, the Sales Director of Firmins of Birmingham. They are the second oldest manufacturer in the UK having been established in 1672 and having strong links to Royalty. Their products were present at the Battles of The Nile, Trafalgar, Waterloo and Gettysburg, and they still continue to supply uniforms, swords and insignia to the Guards regiments that are so popular with visitors to the Royal Palace & Trooping the Colour. Items made by their skilled craftsmen will be on show. The title of Tony’s talk is ‘The Finishing Touch of the Button’ part 2 and is on Thursday at the Salem starting at 7.30pm.  Admittance £1 including refreshments.

On Thursday July 26th  we are having the second of our beginners course on Family History at the Cheslyn Hay library from 2.00 pm until 5.00pm.  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 and this week Trevor is appealing for help in the scrutiny and naming of the photographs he has received and as outlined below.

REQUESTS  No requests received this week.

RESPONSES  Further to the enquiry from Ann Molloy in Australia who wants to discover how her Stokes’ ancestors managed to own property when only miners we have made further study into the family history and discovered Joseph Stokes owned a house and a plot of land (ref 331 & 328 on our  Tithe Maps) in Queen Street as well as John Stokes in Little Wood in the early 1800s but also the Stokeses were involved having properties that were sold at auctions in 1827 and 1839.  John Stokes was also involved with a John  Smith when they obtained the lease of a Cheslyn Hay mine for 99 years in 1832 which they were forced to sue the Sayers for an alleged breach of contract.

Another connection with Ann’s family came from Alicia Woolaston, a visitor to our Base, who was interested in the information on James Hodgkins and Rebecca Stokes emailing ‘I think James may have been born 1792 in Penn and possibly died 1823. Sorry I have not got the full package on ancestry so unable to access the record again to send the full information.  Attached is his military record of 1812 in Massachusetts as well as his application for a war pension.   His roll number and pension number are on it.  I could be completely barking up the wrong tree but maybe your researchers may like to take a look and see if there is any value in it.’

After John’s request from last week we have looked into the New Connexion baptisms in Cheslyn Hay (1790-1835) and there are seven baptisms registered for the Locketts including  the full details of two baptisms that he was enquiring about – Moses and Elanor.  For further enquiries we have now recorded the family names of these baptisms and are listed below in ‘What’s in our Archives’.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  Two photographs of the Holly Bank No 2 Colliery at Essington (ES-PLC-26 & 27) and two Carnival photographs from the 1950s (RE-CAR-355 & 356).  £1 per 6×4 Photographic Print.

WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES  These are the family names of the 152 baptisms listed at the New Connexion Chapel (prior to the Salem) collated by James Lawson from 1790 – 1835. Addams, Ashton, Baker, Belcher, Blewitt, Brough, Bullivant, Churm, Clegg, Cole, Cooper, Crutchley, Dace, Davies, Day, Eccleshaw, Goswell, Hayward, Hemingsley, Hinton, Hodgkins, Horton, Jones, Lawson, Leyland, Lockett, Moore, Morgan, Newman, Parker, Parkinson, Peace, Pearson, Perry, Pinnock, Poyner, Read, Shorter, Simkin, Smith, Stanley, Street, Taylor, Tonks, Walker, Webb, Whitehouse, Wollaston, Wood.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  We have just received a package of 150 wonderful photographs from Diana Green, the possession of her late mother Mrs Phyllis Hallchurch.  They are mainly connected to her Stokes and Woottonfamilies but also contain many photographs of the following – Ridgway, Hawkins, Walton, Dakin, Martin, Hackett, Harrold, Perks, Smith, Pearson and Barratt as well as 94 unknown ones.  There are also some fascinating ones including Arthur ‘killed in action 15 Oct 1917’, ‘Barry Richards left for Australia July 1949’, several weddings with one of Meg & John Dixie (27 Jul 1940), WWI soldiers, WWII RAF personnel, a lad in a wicker wheelchair and ones just named ‘Edie’, ‘Clifford’ and ‘Marjorie’.  The local connection is also confirmed with some photographers named as Eric Pee of 25 Hatherton Street and Lockley & Poxon from Bridgtown & Cheslyn  Hay.


18th July 1968 Cannock Advertiser  Story of Cheslyn Hay garage owners, Raymond and John Dickin rebuilding a 1921 Morgan.

18th July 1968  Fears that the Talbot S.C. football clubs number one fan were being treated unfairly by the Cannock Chase Football League by Miss Lynne Yates, who demanded an explanation.

20th July1918 Cannock Chase Courier  Official news was received  by Mr. and Mrs. W. Bowen, of Hatherton Street, that their son Sergeant George W. Bowen, of the Royal Scots had been killed in action with full details of his life and army career.   Also it appears that Private W. Westwood, also of Hatherton Street, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Westwood, who is in the Northumberland Fusiliers, is missing.  He has not been heard of since May 27th.

20th July1918  Results of a Flag Day arranged by Mrs. S. Poxon and Miss Ruby Brearley for the British Red Cross Society.

20th July1918   A  meeting of the Local Relief Committee and Red Cross Society with a report from Mr. Brough who had sent two parcels for Private J. Waltho and Private G. Kingston who are Prisoners of War.