Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 4th December 2016

EVENTS  This Thursday, 8th December, is our ‘Christmas Chat n Char’ so Roger invites you all to ‘Come and Spend a Penny’ with him. Starts at 10am as usual in the Salem ‘s Main Hall.

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

REQUESTS   From June Marshall who is after information on her Turner and Perry family. June’s granddad, Joseph Turner (1862-1933), was born in Chirbury in Shropshire where he was a lead miner before moving to Cheslyn Hay to work down the pits.  He married a local girl, Emily Perry (1860-1930) living at The Railroad, Cheslyn Hay, having 7 children but only 4 survived to adulthood. The family then moved to Yorkshire with only George Turner (1885-1933) staying locally to marry Emma Barnes and they lived at 60 North Street in Bridgtown.  They had three children Harold, Olive E J (who married William Harrison in 1937) and Lilian who had a son, Roy.  Has anyone any connection to these relatives of June so she can discover more information about her granddad.

RESPONSES  Peter Cadman,a pupil at Great Wyrley Secondary Modern from 1961-66 and  Head Boy in his final year, recalls Mrs Watson, Miss Bruce (History) Mr Brookes (Dep Head), who took over from Mr Bale aka ‘Cuth’, Frank Harvey (Woodwork), Mrs Ludlow (English), Albert Tomkinson, Miss Wilson and Mr Savage.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS   A colourful Mothers Union tablecloth dated 1959 with their members embroidered signatures namely GJ Abbotts, J & E Addison, A Arthurs, B Aston, P, PM, E & H Baker, BCJ & Mrs D Bakewell, W, E & MJ Baxter, M Bee, M Benton, Tony, Edna & EM Bird,  G & W Blackley, J Blundell, R & F Brearley, D Brindley, D & E Brough, Wendy Bryan, D Carpenter,  C & T Cartwright, Hilda Charlesworth, J Collins, E & B Craddock, H Crutchley, GR Dace, EM, EJ, RE, F, J Denny, AG, E, M, RC, H, DM, MA, MF, JP & Jill Devereux, N Doughty, J Dunn, S Edge, RA & MA Evans, M Gallimore, E & VM Goodman, K & J Hackett, Joe, Millie & Ida Hancock, Mrs Hand, G Hassall, MJ & LC Hawkins, MG & ME Hickman, W Higgs, JM Hodgkins, K Holford, C Horton, F & GM Hood, E Hudson, J Hutchins, B Jones, Wilfrid R Kerry,  CM Lockett, J & E Mason,  E McCulloch,  A & R Mills, F Mincher, L Morgan,  EM Mounsey, H Mountby, H & F Newby, Lily, Reg & D Paradine, N Partridge, W Pearce, MJ Pearson, CJ Perks, CM Pee, J & L Perry, SSE Picken, D Pigott, Amy Plant, Betty Postles,  DA Potts, EL Powell,  AE Pratt, MG, Rex & J Price, D Pritchard, L Ridgway, E, H & JA Rogers, Betty Screen, JM & WL & N Sellman, L & A Shingler, MJ, H & H Shorter, L Smart, E, C & FB Smith,N Spencer, WK & I Stokes, J Sutton, K Taylor, J & L Thomas, K Warburton. G & V Westwood, G Whittall, C Wilcox, Joyce & D Wilkes, OM, H, JA, B & R Wollaston, R, O, E, MA Wood, W & MM & FLM Wootton,  Geoffrey, Sally Ann, Hillary, Sydney & Winnie Yarwood, M Yates.  Also we have just purchased Ikey Stokes’ wonderful family Photograph Album from the 1930s and we are now in the process of trying to name all the group photographs. We have also added the ‘Freda Walley MBE Collection’ to our archives which include photographs of the Walley family and Fishers Farm, plus a fine selection of Greetings Cards going back to the year 1900 many unused as well as a Perfumed Almanac of 1912 with a selection of beautifully coloured Opera Stars, as well as references, letters, driving licences and newspaper cuttings.

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher 

8th December 1966  Relatives of the late Mrs Butler, of Cheslyn Hay, provided a Christmas party for blind people with full details.

8th December 1966  Cheslyn Hay Working Men’s Club held their annual bowls presentation on Saturday, with information of events and prizewinners.

8th December 1966  Details of the legal talks between the National Coal Board and the solicitor acting on behalf of Cheslyn Hay’s flood hit Littlewood Estate residents.

9th December 1916  A very large audience assembled at the Red Lion Hotel on Monday evening, on the occasion of a Benefit Concert in aid of Handel Altree with details of the full programme.

9th December 1916  A Bagatelle Tournament, which attracted a large entry was concluded at the Working Men’s Club and Institute on Monday naming the winners.

WWI COMMEMORATION  This December we commemorate the death of 19190 Job Whitehouse of the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment who was killed on 15th November 1916, aged 30,  husband of Florence and buried with honour at the Mailly Wood Cemetery at Mailly Maillet.

GENERAL NEWS  Mrs Rita Stanton, ex wife of Councillor Derek Stanton, of Streets Lane sadly passed away last Monday, 28th November.

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Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 27th November 2016

CH&DLHS Weekly News – 20th November 2016

20th November 2016

EVENTS  We welcome Martin Fisher as our speaker this Thursday, 24th November, at the Salem starting at 7.30pm.  Martin owns the Museum at Aldridge  and he will be talking about his lifelong passion entitled ‘100 Years of Motor Buses’.  Admittance £1 including refreshments.

Linda Williams is also opening her house ‘The Gables’ for a Victorian Day on Thursday 24th November and will be explaining to the pupils of Moat Hall School what a day was like in the life of a Victorian maidservant.

The Salem will be holding their Christmas Fayre on Saturday, 26th November, from 10am – 2pm.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Everyone is welcome and members are available for help and advice on all Cheslyn Hay and local research.

REQUESTS  As mentioned last week, here are two more examples of people googling onto our site looking for help and information. The first one comes from Andrew MacLeod who emails ‘I am looking for some information on  Hugh Sutherland MacLeod.  I found this on your website  and suspect this is the Hugh we are looking for.  We have just moved to Staffordshire and discovered my Uncle Hugh MacLeod was a miner here.  Any info you have would be most helpful.’  Andrew’s uncle was mentioned in a 2014 newsletter when he married Nancy Hales, a local girl and barmaid at the Woodman, but he was tragically killed at the Hilton Opencast site in 1956 and unfortunately Nancy has also passed away 20 years ago, so has anyone any memories of Hugh MacLeod to help Andrew?

And the second request is from Jake Holliday – ‘I have just discovered the post on your newsletter dated 10th August 2014 regarding Harold George Stewart White and the circumstances regarding his name change.  Harold is my great-great-grandfather and I live in Selby, which is five minutes away from Riccall, mentioned in the article.  I noticed that there is a newspaper report with other details on his life.  I wondered if it is possible you could put me in contact with anyone related to Harold, as I am currently attempting to decipher his rather complicated history!  Any help will be much appreciated.’

RESPONSES  Dorothy from Stone emails more information on Florence and Beatrice Hickman’s mother being ‘Emma Whitehousewho was the sister of my paternal g-grandfather Moses Whitehouse with full details.’

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher 

24th November 1966  The history of the Cheslyn Hay Over-60’s Club.

24th November 1966  Details of the life of Mrs Daisy Ellington who moved to British Columbia in 1931 as she returns to England for the first time since she emigrated to visit her mother, Mrs M Jones, of 123 High Street .

24th November 1966  Cheslyn Hay Parish Council in a dilemma trying to find someone who would repair the case containing the local Roll of Honour.  

24th November 1966  – Looking Backwards to 29th November 1941   Details of the Cheslyn Hay Red Cross and Local Comforts Fund Committee raising money to donate to the 155 Cheslyn Hay men fighting abroad.

25th November 1916  Story of Sapper William Worsey of 48 Low Street who has been awarded the Military Medal for valiant conduct.

25th November 1916  Letters received from the ‘Boys’ at the front including one in particular from a young man named Dorrington,of Landywood and another from Sapper F Whitehouse of the High Street.
25th November 1916  Details of a Don tournament with E Holmes, J Perry, and T Gaskin.  Also details of a Bagatelle Tournament.
25th November 1916  It is reported that there are trespassers on the allotment and the stealing of produce.
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Cheslyn Hay Weekly Newsletter – 13th November 2016

EVENTS  Great Wyrley LHS are holding their Annual Exhibition on Saturday, 19th November  at Harrison ‘s Sports and Social Club in Wharwell Lane , Great Wyrley, from 11am to 4pm and the theme is ‘Mines and Mining’.  We will be supporting them as usual with a display.

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

REQUESTS  No requests received this week.

RESPONSES  We frequently receive responses from people all over the country, or from other parts of the world, who just google a name and it leads them on to our site.  Such an example was this reply to Geoff Stokes enquiry from exactly three years ago when he was  ‘Looking for any descendants of Beatrice Gertrude Holland (nee Hickman) who was the wife of my great uncle who was tragically killed in WWI.  Is there anyone who has information on her as I would be most grateful?’  And we have had a reply this week from Beatrice’s sister’s grandson and they are both exchanging information.

Terry Saunders points out an error in last week’s newsletter emailing that it was Ernest Brown, always known as Ernie, who married his dad’s eldest sister, Ethel A Saunders, and not as stated ‘Ernest Saunders & Ethel Brown’.

The mention of Albert Tomkinson of Great Wyrley Secondary School prompted Don Savage to respond with his memories of his teaching colleague.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  A correction to the two photographs received last week.   They were of the two Turner brothers, Bill & Jack, of 21 High Street and not the Bailey brothers as stated.  £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

EXTRACTS FROM LOCAL NEWSPAPERS researched by Mike Belcher
This week stories from the Cannock Advertiser & Cannock Chase Courier of 1953 which include pigeon fancier Bert Lockett, two reports of the Co-op Women’s Guild and their committees, the history of the Cheslyn Hay library since 1924 including Rev J Naylor, Mr R Brough, Mr Blount, Miss Hulme & Mr E Carter, Mount Zion pupils concert organised by Bertram Hackett & Percy Sides, death of William Henry Westwood of Park View, High Street, Community Association concert with Neil Harris, Colin, Jimmy & Ivan Holmes, Glenys Guy and Jacqueline Thomas, Mount Zion soloists Francis Thacker, Roger Moore, Barry Hassell, Glenys Hammond, Sandra Moore, Pat Young, Janet Marshall, Barbara Morris, Pauline Whitehouse, Guy Russell, Annette Poxon, Sheila Cartwright, Jacqueline Cross, Janet Wood, Doreen Bailey & Anne Walker, a search for a site for a cinema for Cheslyn Hay, record of Mrs LG Perks of the WVS Savings Group, Royal British Legion dinner, death of Albert Edward Warrender with details of his life, Labour Party election of Janet Wood as May Queen and Judith Dace as Blossom Queen, details of Coronation events and bonfire with names of those involved, crowning of Carnival Queen, Margaret Carpenter, with attendants Brenda Sellman, Margaret Poole, Mary Mitchell & Margaret Barsby, eleven coaches for a day trip to Blackpool, Mr R T Paradine growing a Japanese thistle to a height of 8ft and width of 4½ft for Mr Arnold Hawkins, Roland Ridgway cannot find a publisher for his life time’s work is abandoning his project now, deaths of George Henry Seedhouse, of 5 Hatherton Street, and William Pearson, of 62 Low Street, with details of their lives, the canal reservoir of Walkmill Lane to become a refuse tip, retirement of Parish Clerk Harold WM Corns, electricity installed in Cheslyn Hay after 50 years of gas lighting, a talk by Dr LD Malone with details of the etching of Jonathan Swift on a window pane at the Four Crosses Inn, a talk by Councillor JT Cliff on insurance, serious pit injury to Enoch Jukes of 7 Saredon Road, a dispute of whether Cheslyn Hay Village Green should be so called, death of Josiah Mason of 29 Saredon Road and details of his life and a 4000 year old axehead found in Great Wyrley (where Saxon Close is today).  Copy of any of these Newspaper Reports £1 each.

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
17th November 1966  Sunday school prizes were presented to children at Salem Methodist Church .
17th November 1966  Story of Cheslyn Hay Parish Councillor Mr W G Mytton who collapsed on Sunday during the remembrance service at Cheslyn Hay Salem Methodist Church .
18th November 1916  Story of the heroics of Sapper W Worsey, aged 20, of Low Street.
18th November 1916  Letters received from several ‘Boys’ of the township who have joined the colours.
18th November 1916  Concert at the Salem Schools room.
18th November 1916  The progress of the Local Social Class including names.
18th November 1916  Prosecution of George Dilkes, Dunduck Lane , with witness James Kingston.
18th November 1916  Summons of John Henry Harris, Low Street .

GENERAL NEWS  An original play ‘The Tunnellers’ by Tom Allsopp is to be performed at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock , for three nights (30th Nov – 2nd Dec).  Tom Allsopp is the English & Media Studies teacher at Cheslyn Hay High School with a passion for World War I and his play covers the ‘real heroism of the Tunnelling Companies’.  Tickets are £12 at the Prince of Wales Theatre – boxoffice.wlct.org (01543 578762) but it is not suitable for under 14’s.

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Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 6th November 2016

EVENTS  Remembrance Sunday is next Sunday, 13th November, starting at 11am at our War Memorial and our Military Historian, Bob Brevitt, will be laying our wreath for us.  Afterwards the service will be held at the Salem.
This month’s Chat n Char is on Thursday 10th November at 10.00am in the Main Hall of the Salem and we welcome the entertaining John Devey to give us a talk on ‘Bridgtown Recollections’.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and everyone is welcome.
REQUESTS  No requests this week.
RESPONSES  Following last week’s response from Terry Saunders on the Fred Brown/Edna Birch wedding photographs, our researcher Vi confirms that Terry is right and we have now updated our records.
We have also had more time to research Maurice’s enquiry on the addresses 157 and 159 Station Street.  They were built in 1900 and owned by George Burrows who ran them as a Hardware shop and a Haberdashery and then we record the inhabitants throughout the century until the premises were converted back to normal accommodation.  We have a photograph of the two shops in our archives.  Ray Franks also points out that although it was Ada Allison’s (nee Hawkins) shop there was a close connection to Derek Stanton and Phil Evans adds that the Brenda who had the shop that is now the Balti Take-Away was Brenda Griffiths from Hill Street.
On Tuesday we had a welcome visit to our Base from Maurice after his enquiries on our railway station to view our collection of photographs and archives on the subject and he appreciated our help in stirring up some half forgotten memories, he concludes ‘It’s been almost 50 years since I last went into the Salem. What a great building and a fitting place for the society to be based there.’  And a final snippet from Ann Jackson who emails ‘This week’s newsletter makes me laugh as I still encourage my grandsons Harry and Frank to shout as we go under the bridge now.  Happy days.’
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS   A Salem Production including Jeanette Corns, Brenda Wollaston, Ann Alsop, Miss Hearnshaw, Kathleen Whitehouse, Percy Sides, Maureen Poole, Miss Steadman, Enid Whitehouse, Bert Hackett, Josephine Beardsmore, Pat Hawkins, Beryl Stokes, Jennifer Earnshaw, Pauline Perrins, Ann Walker, Jennifer Rogers, Sheila Ross, Janet Heminsley, Sheila Weetman, Kathleen O’Neill, Emrys Challinor, Geoffrey Dace, Peter Kingston and 9 unnamed.  Also two smart snaps of the two Bailey brothers Bill & Jack of 21 High Street.  £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  An article written by Peter Cadman on the Edalji Case for the ‘History Revealed’ Magazine.
EXTRACTS FROM CANNOCK CHASE COURIER researched by Mike Belcher   This week we have reports from the year of 1907.  Sudden death of John Hall who collapsed at rhe scene of his large hayrick fire in Mount Pleasant, also the death of the village patriarch Joseph Hawkins as well as 96 year old Richard Heminsley and details of their lives, the WMC’s AGM with W Rogers, J Smith, W Waltho and J Heminsley the elected officers, an inquest of the miner William Elwell with details of his wife Hannah and neighbour David Brough, a court case involving Samuel Newell, Harry & Albert Pearson and Charles Bailey, a meeting of the Female Friendly and Funeral Society, a shooting match with W Kendall, the release of Hollis Morgan in the Edalji case, a ‘Coming of Age’ party for Alethea M Hawkins on the lawns at Glenthorne, a Harvest Festival Concert with Miss Scragg, Miss Holdcroft, Dora Saunders, Mr H Shorter, Mr J Pearson, Mr P Bates, Miss S Allen and J Thomas, the marriage of Arnold Hawkins to Miss Alice Smith, daughter of Mr E Smith of Fishers Farm, the inquest of the tragic death of John Alsopp with Albert Titley giving evidence, an accident with a horse, belonging to Mr J Morgan, being killed with Alfred Thomas driving and a WMC Christmas ‘Don’ tournament with H Whitehouse, J Heminsley, C Moore, W Heminsley, W Lockett and J Smith.  Copy of any Newspaper Report £1.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher  
10th November 1966  As money continues to pour in to local funds to aid the bereaved and homeless of Aberfan, fresh attempts are being made to rekindle interest in a fund to help flood victims of Cheslyn Hay.
11th November 1916  Story of a cockerel and John Price of Low Street.
11th November 1916  An unusually large white turnip, grown by Mr Hemingsley.  Also other vegetable stories.
11th November 1916  Crib Tournament with Mr R Parton, Mr W Owen and Mr W Brough.
MEMORIES  This week we continue with more memories from Albert Edward Wood of 37 Leveson Avenue when we interviewed him on 1st October 2002 and they include recollections of
Greensill’s Farm in Saredon Road, Harold Davies delivering the Sunday newspapers, coalman Frank Burton who delivered the coal on a sledge in the 1946/7 winter, the Barn Flats, Denny’s marlhole in Wolverhampton Road, family picnics in Joss’s Lane at Laney Green and at the Razza in Rosemary Road where everybody went swimming.  Also WMC trips to Blackpool, circuses and Pat Collin’s Fun Fairs on the Barn Flats and the giant steam tractor called Goliath.  Plus Sunday School at the Zion Chapel in Cross Street where Mr and Mrs Josiah (Joe) Dutton were the preachers there.

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Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 30th October 2016

EVENTS  No events this week but as forecast, Tony Kelly, last week’s speaker, was unanimously acknowledged as the best speaker we have ever had and easily worth ever penny of the £60 we donated to Tony’s charity, the Birmingham Military Choir, who support the injured soldiers at the Birmingham QE Hospital.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Everyone is welcome and members are available for any help and advice on all Cheslyn Hay and local researches.

REQUESTS  Following a request from Terry Saunders of Middlesborough, about Fern Cottage in Landywood, earlier this year when we were able to help him, he raises what he describes as ‘possible identification errors’ on a Fred Brown and Edna Birch wedding photograph and we believe his assumptions are correct.  Firstly none of the Saunders family are mentioned and Terry suggests that the tall bridesmaid is Hilda Saunders and not Renee Hickman, whilst identifying both his dad Alfred as well as his mother.  He also identifies the groom’s mother, Ethel Brown, and her sister, Lil, and brother, Arthur whilst adding ‘on the very old photo of Ethel the label on the back states she married Arthur Brown when surely it was Ernest.’  Photographs are available at the Base, so can anyone advise us so we can update our records please?

RESPONSES  Although this response is unrelated to our above request for information on the Edna Birch/Fred Brown photograph it does relate directly from the same family.  It is from Mike Birch, who responds to the enquiry on the Dundalk Lane cottages, emailing that his  aunt and uncle lived in one of them and herewith we include extracts from his late cousin John Harley’s book.

Surprisingly we have only had one response to Val’s request from anyone who could recall Alex Turner, of 21 High Street , who died in 1969.  It came from Vi who knew that he was  working at Hawkins Colliery when he retired and that he had never been married.

However we have received more on Maurice’s enquiry re the fish and chip shop, at 144 Station Street including our research of the residents of this address for the last 100 years.  Plus memories of the shop from David Paradine and John Kelsall.  Other memories include shops of Mrs Boden, Mrs Ada Hawkins, Derek Stanton, Gervaise Hand and Florence Annie Hampton.

Roger Betts comments on an early Mystery Photograph (No 4) emailing ‘I believe the large man in profile on the right is RG (Reg) Hollins, also known as “Dynamite” outlining his character.

Finally more nostalgia on our railway station with stories from Lesley Marsh and Jenni Bond from Australia
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  June Sheldon (nee Cotton.) on the nursing staff at the Isolation Hospital in the 1950s, butcher Paul Harperof Cross Street in his last week closing down after 31 years, Walter & Violet Bull and David & Rhona James identified in a packed audience, and a Pierrot Group at the Salem in the late 1920s with those named as Lil Jones and her two sisters, Mr Williams, Joe & Harry Hopley, Miss Wheeler and Peggy Horton.  £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  Marriage certificate of William Perry of The Lot and Clara Brough dated 14th June 1886 and the same Perry and Brough family trees that are linked into the Brevitt, Turner, Brindley and Prichard families all researched back to the early 1700s.

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher 

3rd November 1966  Story of two friends who were schoolgirls together.  They were Mrs E Mason and Mrs Peggy Benton, of Warrington , Lancashire.
3rd November 1966  Charity Event held at the Salem with Mrs F Ridgway Mrs H Perks, Mrs J Dace, Mrs H Lockett, Mrs McCulloch, Mrs R Pee, Mrs K Spooner, Mrs T Hackett, Mrs P Simpson, Mr H Wollaston, Mrs A Parker, Mrs M Bladen, Mrs B Hackett and Mrs B Kingston.

3rd November 1966  Four boys from Great Wyrley Secondary Mixed School visited the Advertiser and Courier offices on Saturday armed with note books, pencils and a tape recorder accompanied by their history teacher Mr Albert Tomkinson.  They were fifth year pupils John Brough and Robert Winston and fourth year pupils Adrian Sneed and Richard Bowring.

4th November 1916  The reason for the custom of holding Wyrley Wake has been dispensed with this year.
4th November 1916   At the Working Men’s Club the Annual Wake Don Tournament took place which attracted a large entry.  All the prize winners listed.
4th November 1916  Further progress is being made at the Old Nook workings and a workman stated a few days ago that they had got to the coal – which is an old seam, called the ‘four foot’.

WWI COMMEMORATION  This November we commemorate the death of G/4542 Charles Henry Whitehouse of the 6th Battalion of the Queens West Surrey Regiment who was killed on 4th October 1916, son of John Whitehouse of Cheslyn Hay and husband of Edith Jane Whitehouse of Bloxwich and buried with honour at the Thiepval Memorial.

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Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 23rd October 2016

EVENTS  We have a very highly recommended speaker this month, namely Tony Kelly, the Sales Director of the button firm Firmins of Birmingham and they are the second oldest manufacturers in the UK having been established in 1672 having strong links to Royalty and the Military over the centuries.  The title of Tony’s talk is ‘The Finishing Touch of the Button’ and is on Thursday, 27th October, at the Salem starting at 7.30pm.  Admittance £1 including refreshments.

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

REQUESTS  Val Bailey asks ‘Does anyone remember the Turners who lived at 21 High Street , next to the Bricklayers Arms.  In particular Alex Turner who died in 1969 and he had four siblings including William, Jack and Eliza.

RESPONSES  Peter Cadman was able to full information to the enquiries concerning Rose Cottage of Dundalk Lane and he also believes it dates back to around 1640.  He also gives individual names of the occupiers of the cottages from the 1850s including the Horton, Biddle, Cadman, Preece and Whitehouse families.  Also Sheila Ridgway adds two more families – Beardsmore and Harley, whilst Jenni Bond goes back to the Poyners from the early 1800s.
John Kelsall replies to Maurice Fisher about a chip shop at 144 Station Street as he remembers there being a big glass fronted room and you went up three steps to get to it, adding there was another one further down as he remembered Georgie Lunt having it.
Don Savage gives more details on the railway station as he travelled from Wyrley to Rugeley by train for ten years and Sheila Ridgway adds her memories of where the trainlines were and also the ‘Batters’.  Ron Walker also emails explaining how the railway had to keep the gate locked for one day every year to preserve its title.

And finally a welcome response comes from Mrs Rosemary Read, Tony’s widow, who recognises the recently mentioned Mrs Pratt,who was Tony’s grandmother and commenting on the Whitehouses saying ‘Tony knew and talked about the Whitehouse family. As did his mother Lottie Bradford, nee Pratt. The Pratts  lived in Coppice lane in Cheslyn Hay for years.’  It is now almost one year since Tony, our most famous villager, passed away

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher 

27th October 1966  So bad is the condition of an access road to an estate in Cheslyn Hay, that mothers say they live in fear of their children drowning in the deep puddles.  A full report given.

27th October 1966  Death of Mr Bert Davenport, son of the late Mr George Davenport, a well-known Cheslyn Hay blacksmith, and details of his life.
21st October 1916  (Carried forward from last week) A special meeting of the Local Relief Committee and Red Cross Society detailing all the collection amounts from all the licensed houses in the township.

21st October 1916  (Carried forward from last week)   A gathering of the White Lion Social Club for items sent to 109 soldiers and also including mentions of Mr E Turner, Mr W J Devereux, George Turner, J Turner, W Stanton, W Pheasant, J Baker and F Baker.

28th October 1916  The annual dinner and presentation of prizes in connection with the Talbot Bowling Club with Mr and Mrs Marshall, George Horton, Mr W Millar, Mr J M Bealey, Mr Marshall, Mr E Holmes, Mr Thompson, Jos Benton, William Parry, Mr J Bailey, Mr W H Savage, Mr T Preece, Mr J Wesley, Mr E Holmes, Mr J E Hart, Mr S Morgan, Mr J Benton, Mr J H Bailey,Mr G Richards, Mr J Price, Mr M Lockett.

28th October 1916  On Saturday ‘Our Day’ which was a special effort for our soldiers and sailors took place in the district.  At Cheslyn Hay, Ruby Brearley, Mrs W Woolaston and Miss Devereux superintended the proceedings, and assisted by Mrs Perks and a number of girls from the township.  The amount collected by the ladies was £6 18s 1d, which was considered very satisfactory and details of other items that were sold from Mr W Shorter, of High Street, and other traders and the proceeds were given to the Shilling Fund collected at the Working Men’s Club .
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