Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter -7 March 2021

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

Cannock Advertiser 1971 no entries for this week
Walsall Observer & South Staffordshire Chronicle 3rd March 1961
Concern over the fact that reflector posts had yet to be erected on Shant Bridge.  Full story.

Cannock Chase Advertiser and Courier  5th March 1921  Details of W. E. Boot and Son sale of freehold properties including a freehold dwelling house and Garden, Nº 10, The Lot, Cheslyn Hay.
5th March 1921  Details of Cheslyn Hay United’s win over Wolverhampton Casuals by 2-0.

Queries from our Facebook Page

David Barrall wrote “I am tracing my Scarrott family to Cheslyn Hay circa 1800. Looks like they were Travellers that moved between Cheslyn Hay and Oxfordshire.”

Roy Smith asked “Just wondering if anyone on this site who went to Cheslyn Hay infants school remembers a boy called Jim he had pure white hair we were friends but I can’t remember his surname I know it’s a shot in the dark” and Ian Lawson replied with all the details.

Adrian Eidsel Baillie asked “This is a photograph of my great grandmother Jane Elizabeth Mason nee Hall. She was married to my Great Grandfather George Richard Mason. He was known as “Old Mas“. I’m looking for a photo of him. Can anyone help”?

If anyone can help with these requests please email and I will pass your replies on.

Obituary from Express Star
KINGSTON David Paul (Paul) Of Cheslyn Hay.  It is with great sadness the Family announces the passing of their beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather.  For over 40 years he served his local community as a milkman and in more recent years dedicated much of his energy to Upper Landywood Methodist Church and the wider community.

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter 28th February 2021

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

Cannock Advertiser  25th February 1971  The funeral of Mr. W. E. Hemingsley of 39. Littlewood Lane, Cheslyn Hay,with details.

25th February 1971   Also details of he funeral of Mrs. Evelyn Kendall, of 23, Hill Street.

25th February 1971  Story of three supporters of Hednesford Football Club killed on their way home from a Midland Football Cup match between Stafford Rangers and Hednesford.

Cannock Chase Advertiser &Courier  26th February 1921 Details of the collection taken at the Working Men’s Club in aid of the Wolverhampton Eye Infirmary.

Also at the meeting of the West Midland Federation of the Working Men’s Clubs held at Birmingham Mr. F. J. Altree was elected on the executive committee.
And on Monday evening a meeting took place at the Council Schools in connection with the work of “After Care”.

26th February 1921 A grand concert was  given by the Cheslyn Hay Madrigal Society in the Salem Schools on Thursday evening.  Full details of the evening.

26th February 1921  Details of a property sale in The Lot by public auction by W E Boot and Son.

26th February 1921 Story of the Cheslyn Hay Working Men’s Club outlining the splendid ideas and objects for which it was founded at a meeting this week.

PART IV of Peter Cadman’s ‘Fleas and Fire’.

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 21st February 2021

Where is this??    Many of our members recognized the location of the mystery snip in last week’s newsletter. Thank you to Graham Parker for supplying the photographs 

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

Cannock Advertiser  18th February 1971  One man died and two lie critically injured in hospital, after an accident between two cars on the A34 at Bednall Head on Monday night.  Full story.

18th February 1971  Full details of Cheslyn Hay Juvenile Missionary Association Collectors first annual church service at Cheslyn Hay Methodist Church mentioing Mrs. Margaret GriffinSusan Brough and Leita Kalina.
18th February 1971  A literary evening was held by Cheslyn Hay Wesley Guild, last week with details.
18th February 1971  Full details of the local derby between Caddick Farm Estate and Cheslyn Hay “A” in the Mitre Cup.
1921…no reports for Cheslyn Hay

Trevor’s Trivia
Details of the findings around the village from the successful metal detecting programme twenty years ago including a 3,500 year old bronze axehead, Roman bronze coins and brooches, silver ‘hammered’ coins including a James I sixpence (minted between 1604 and 1606), a Charles groat and a William III shilling (1694–1702).  Also coins donated by our members having been ‘dug up’ in their back gardens from the early 1700s.

We are very sad to report that Keith Powney has sadly passed away. He had previously lived in Cheslyn Hay for many years attending the local School and was also a member of the Choir. Keith had kept in touch with the village and many old friends over the years. We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the Powney family on their sad loss.

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 14th February 2021

Where is this??

Just for fun, a snip of a local building for you to puzzle over, answer in next weeks newsletter.

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

Cannock Advertiser  11th February 1971  Discussion of what to do with the land and buildings in Cheslyn Hay when the new William Baxter opens in Hednesford, in April.

Cannock Advertiser and Courier  12th February 1921  Report of the Upper Landywood Prims and Cheslyn Hay Boy Scouts football match.

12th February 1921  Stanley Willis (18) of 13, Walsall Road, Churchbridge, was jailed for a serious offence. 

A Mystery Woman by Sue & Dave Washington part 2

18th August 1880 Staffordshire Sentinal  Samuel Dainty was charged with vagrancy but the case against him was dismissed.

21st November 1884 Lichfield Mercury  Samuel Dainty of no stated address, was charged with an assault on a woman, unknown, on 29th Oct., 1878 at Great Wyrley.  Full story.

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 7th February 2021

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

Cannock Advertiser 4th February 1971  Story of a stewardship campaign is to be started by Cheslyn Hay Methodist Church to attract new members to church organisations.
4th February 1971  Details of the new vicar of Great Wyrley, the Rev. John Newcome Craig, being officially inducted to the parish.
Cannock Advertiser & Courier 1921  5th February 1921  At a meeting of the Cheslyn Hay Working Men’s Club it was decided to hold a social evening consisting of a Whist Drive and Dance.
5th February 1921  A meeting of the Senior Bowling Club held at the Red Lion Hotel considered the question of the appointment of a groundsman.  Full details.

5th February 1921  Full story of a very unhappy married life was unfolded at the Cannock Police Court, on Monday, when Henry Evans of Upper Landywood, was summoned for deserting his wife Lillian Annie Evans.
A Mystery Woman researched by Sue & Dave Washington
The story of an unknown woman buried at St Marks Church, Great Wyrley in 1878 was revealed from a newspaper report in the Walsall Observer and later the Birmingham Post which covered the Inquest in a strange and complicated case.  Continued next week.

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter 31st January 2021

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

Cannock Advertiser  28th January 1971  Landywood Estate Residents Association is urging members to keep an accurate record of the schedule of the No17 bus service in Cheslyn Hay in order to improve its efficiency.  Full story.

28th January 1971  Details of the first Christmas Party of the 1st Wyrley Bank Scouts, Cubs and Guides was held at the Salem Church Hall.

28th January 1971 Glancing Backwards. Details of a supper and concert held at Cheslyn Hay Working Men’s Club by members of the horticultural section.

28th January 1971
Golden Wedding Anniversary of Mr. Call Dace and his wife Priscilla, of 8 Oxford Close, Great Wyrley.  Story of their lives and reminiscences.
Cannock Advertiser 1921  There were no articles for Cheslyn Hay for this week in 1921

Trevor’s Trivia Responses  Story of the Harley family who emigrated to Australia in December 1948 and the honours Michael received in his colourful life ‘down under’ and his memories of Cheslyn Hay.

Requests  Kirk Bagley has emailed an enquiry concerning his Hawkins family going back to Joseph and Benjamin HawkinsMary Jones and Mary Riley

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 24th January 2021

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

Cannock Advertiser 1971  21st January 1971  Details of the funeral of Mr. Henry Tonks, of 64 Low Street, Cheslyn Hay, aged 23.

Also story of the Wyrley Brook being called a “disgrace to the district” by District Councillor D. A. Stanton.

Cannock Advertiser 1921  22nd January 1921
The Literary and Debating Society discussed “Should the Workhouse be abolished” with full details.
22nd January 1921  The monthly meeting of Cheslyn Hay Parish Council was held and discussed the placing of a lamp outside the chairman’s house which was not erected through the instructions of the council, but on the instructions of Mr. Hawkins himself for his own convenience.
Also discussed was a request from the military authorities asking permission to erect a cross at the head of the grave of Private W. Parnaby 14th West Yorkshires, who was stationed locally and buried in Cheslyn Hay cemetery.
22nd January 1921
Edward Davis, Low Street, Cheslyn Hay, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour and using very bad language.  He stated “It’s enough to make anybody curse, they have had the gramophone 
next door going for 16 hours”.   Mr. T. A. Hawkins responded “If the gramophone referred to is like some, I have heard it is enough to make anybody swear” and ordered him to pay costs of 5s 6d.

FLEAS & FIRE Part two by Peter Cadman