Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 8th December 2019 Events

No Events this week

Our Salem Base
Our Salem Base is open from  9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Committee meeting 1pm, 10th December.

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

Cannock Avertiser 4th December 1969  Mrs Anne Margaret Mumford, a 23-years-old Cheslyn Hay woman died when the car in which she was a passenger skidded out of control and smashed into a telegraph pole, an inquest jury heard.  Full report.

 4th December 1969  Story of the wives of Cheslyn Hay and Great Wyrley Chrysanthemum growers who are being asked to take more interest.
 4th December 1969  A lorry driver “came as possible” to killing a Cheslyn Hay woman police-constable, Christine Moore and her boyfriend, a magistrate said at Cannock on Monday. Full story.

Cannock Chase Courier  6th December 1919  The death took place at Cannock Workhouse, on Tuesday, of Mary Ann Withnall (83) who resided at 125, High Street, Cheslyn Hay. 
6th December 1919  Chat from Cheslyn Hay  The Council Schools were re-opened on Monday morning after being closed for over six weeks, owing to the heating apparatus being out of order.

On Monday evening the clubroom at the Lord Nelson Hotel was crowded on the occasion of a Concert in aid of Mr. J. Wolloxhall, who is an old and respected citizen, and who has been ill for some time.

Mr. J. Bull, on Monday evening at the Literary and Debating Society gave an interesting paper on his experiences in Palestine.

Old Newspapers Researched by Dave Washington

6th December 1919 Staffordshire Advertiser  On the 27th Ult. about 120 employees of Messrs. G. W. Lewis’s Rosemary Tileries, Cheslyn Hay, were entertained to dinner by the firm at The Red Lion Inn, Cheslyn Hay.

Last Tuesday morning two of our regular visitors were talking about “The Rec” when it was opened and if there was ever a Helter Skelter there? Our Chairman Malcom Podmore has found the following in our archives.

From March 13th 2016 Newsletter

MEMORIES From a 2002 interview with Joe Cadman on his time when growing up in Cheslyn Hay involving his memories of the Recreation Ground in Station Street. Also from The Bygone Days of Cheslyn Hay book confirming the generosity of Mr Henry Hawkins who on 17th July 1906 made the gift of the field to the village for recreational purposes. His son, Mr Arnold S. Hawkins, also erected a sports pavilion on the site on 31st March 1929.

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 1st December 2019

Our Speakers night with  Martin Wood, Shrewsbury Town Crier who talked on the Trials and Tribulations of the World’s Tallest Town Crier!! Who stands a mere 7ft 2ins tall was very warmly received.  He gave a very interesting talk on the history of Town Criers as well as an account of his own adventures as Shrewsbury Town Crier.

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

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

Cannock Advertiser  27th November 1969  Story of rats on the Sutherland Road estate.
27th November 1969  Poor road conditions in Landywood Lane
27th November 1969  Chairman of Cannock Rural Health Committee, councillor D. A. Stanton, found guilty of selling a mouldy cream cake.

Cannock Chase Courier  25th November 1919  Death of miner Wilfred Garratt, aged 21 years, of 127 Station Street, Cheslyn Hay.

Newspapers researched by Dave Washington
29th November 1919 Staffordshire Advertiser carried an interesting article on Housing Conditions in the Cannock District including details on Cheslyn Hay.

29th November 1919 Staffordshire Advertiser  An application was received from Messrs T. A. Hawkins and Sons, Old Coppice Colliery, asking for permission to extend their mineral siding by crossing Lodge Lane, Cheslyn Hay.

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 24th November 2019

Speakers night Thursday 28th November 2019 ,Salem Schoolroom, High Street, Cheslyn Hay, commencing at 7.30pm Admission £1.00 including refreshments.
The theme  is “Have Bell – Will Yell”. We are welcoming Martin Wood, Shrewsbury Town Crier who will talking on the Trials and Tribulations of the Worlds Tallest Town Crier!! who stands a mere 7ft 2ins tall. 


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

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher
Cannock Advertiser  20th November 1969  A “fry up” supper raised £6 for the Salem Sunday School modernisation fund.
The fish and chip meal was arranged by the church’s special efforts committee, and was prepared by Mrs. I. Cartwright and Devereux.
20th November 1969  Parents see new school at Glenthorne Primary School, 
organised by headmaster, Mr. D. J. Bickley.
18th November 1919  In Memoriam in loving memory of Maud Mary, aged 27, the beloved daughter of Benjamin and Lucy Potts.

18th November 1919  Chat from Cheslyn Hay On Monday evening a good company assembled in the Christian Endeavour room under the auspices of the Debating Society.

Another junior club, Littlewood Albion, opened the season on Saturday by a visit from Shareshill Villa Reserves with details.

Responses  We received a thank you email last week from Donald Parbrook, his grandfathers (Rev. George Parbrook) cousin was Harry Brevitt who was one of the fallen of WWI named on our the War Memorial  with full details.

General News
We are nearing the end of our 25th Anniversary year, Cheslyn Hay & District Local History Society was set up in 1994 and has grown in strength over the years. In 2010 the society acquired an archives room to the rear of the Salem Methodist Church Hall which became open to the Local Community and Society Members every Tuesday from 9am till 2pm. All of our extensive library of Photos have been digitalized and copies are available to purchase.  All the local parish registers and cemetery records have been transcribed and are searchable by name on our database. If you would like a search on our database please send us your family details and we can send you more details of any entries we find and the cost if you require copies.

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter 17th November 2019

Salem Methodist Church, High Street, Cheslyn Hay are holding their Christmas Fayre on Saturday 23rd November 11am – 3pm.
Cheslyn Hay Comminuty Choir will be performing at 11am. Refreshments including light lunches will be available. You can visit Santa Grotto and there will be various stalls selling books, cards, crafts, Bric-a-Brac etc
We will be having a table selling our New Book and other publications, hope to see you all there .

Our Christmas Chat n Char Party
We have received some emails from our members thanking us for such an enjoyable morning , it was well worth all the hard work knowing how much the party was appreciated, thank you to everyone who helped make the morning such a success, and a special thank you to the Cheslyn Hay Community Choir who put together an excellent concert for us at such short notice.

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

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

Cannock Chase Advertiser  13th November 1969
Higher standard and more entries at the Cheslyn Hay Great Wyrley and District Chrysanthemum Society show.  Full details.

13th November1969  Funeral Mr. Frank Paxton of 14, Wesley Avenue, Cheslyn Hay.

13th November 1969  Story of the Cheslyn Hay Legions sink or swim meeting
13th November 1969 Details of Cheslyn Hay Methodist Play Group’s coffee morning.

No reports for Cheslyn Hay this week in 1919

This Week in Cannock Chase Courier 1953
6th November1953 As no other department of the County Council is interested in land in Pinfold Lane, Cheslyn Hay, surplus to requirements for a primary school, the Education Committee is to sell it.  Full details.

13th November 1953  Mr. G. Bladon, Mr. T. Southern and Mr. G. Whitehouse were voted by the committee life members of the Cheslyn Hay Over 60s Club, with free refreshments and competitions.

13th November 1953  Enoch Jukes of 7. Saredon Road, Cheslyn Hay, was admitted to the Royal Hospital, Wolverhampton, with a fractured leg and injuries at the Hilton Main Colliery.

Origins of Cheslyn Hay
During the medieval period the place name ‘Cheslyn Hay’ referred to one of the seven ‘hays’ which lay within Cannock Forest.  The hays were districts which were managed for game, woodland and pasture by bailiffs on behalf of the King; after the 14th century it appears that the hays were the last remaining vestiges of the once much larger Cannock Forest.  The precise area covered by Cheslyn Hay in the later medieval period is unknown.  The historic core of Cheslyn Hay is focused upon an area we now know as High Street, Low Street and Queen Street and  was known as ‘despite the expansion of settlement across this area through infilling and the re-development of older properties during the mid to late 20th century.  However, this historic core retains 19th century red brick houses, some of which have been rendered, which are probably associated with the development of industry during this period.  Similar houses also survive on Cross Street whose straight course suggests a later date of origin.  Settlement was located on Dundalk Lane, the northern portion of Moon’s Lane, Upper Landywood Lane and Landywood Lane by at least the late 18th century.  Some of this settlement which originated in the 17th century is confirmed by the survival of a row of Grade II Listed cottages of this date in Dundalk Lane.  Timber framing survives to the rear of these properties which have seen early 18th century and late 20th century alterations. Expansion begins in the early 20th century along Station Street where red brick semi-detached houses survive.  By the 1960s the housing expansion had concentrated at Littlewood and Glenthorne.  The main period of expansion occurred in the last three decades of the 20th century to make the village what it is today.Wyrley Bank’ by  the late 17th century and Cheslyn Hay by the late 19th century.  The three lanes, all of which are shown on Yates’ map (1775), retain their original winding course

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter 10th November 2019

Events   Its our Christmas Chat n Char this Thursday 14th November
Due to the general election we had to cancel our Christmas Chat n Char party on the 12th December. Bring your pennies on 14th November and we will have our Christmas Party early, Parliament isn’t going to stop us have a good time.

Remembrance Sunday
This Remembrance Sunday at the 11th hour we are remembering everyone who gave their lives fighting for their country the 57 men on our War Memorial who died in the Great War, also to the memory of the men who gave their lives in the Second World War 1839-1945
Our Salem Base  Our Salem Base is open from  9am – 2pm every Tuesday

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

Cannock Advertiser  6th November 1969  Members of Cheslyn Hay Wesley Guild reminisced with headmaster of their village school, Mr. J. R. Martin, when he gave a talk last week entitled “those were the days”.
6th November 1969  Swimming Supervisor Mr. Ernest Carter has retired. Story of his life and achievements.

Cannock Chase Courier  8th November 1919  War Work Record.  Watch has accomplished value of communal kitchens
8th November 1919  Thomas Lockett, of Cheslyn Hay, who failed to appear at the last court, was brought up on a warrant.  Full details.

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Newsletter – 20 October 2019

Events  No events this week.

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

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

Cannock Advertiser 16th October 1969
Janet Smithyman’s poetry will appear nationally in a book entitled “Children as Writers”  Janet, aged nine, of Wesley Avenue, Cheslyn Hay, was entered into the competition by her form master Mr. John Cartwright.

16th October 1969  Dispute over the use the village football pitch

16th October 1969  Film show at harvest supper

16th October 1969  The funeral of Mr. Ernest Walker of 14, Station Street, Cheslyn Hay.

Cannock Chase Courier  18th October 1919
Story of over a quarter of a century of history of Cheslyn Hay Cricket and Football club.

Law and Order  John Davis, Cheslyn Hay, appeared before the Court for being drunk and disorderly.

Contempt of Court  In connection with the previous case, Thomas Lockett, of Cheslyn Hay, failed to put in an appearance in answer to a charge of using obscene language. 

Memories  Mike Shorter emailed us last week.  It was a bit like “Back to the Future* when I read in this week’s newsletter about my dad (Harry Shorter) being fined 5s 6d and that my mother to be (Hettie Brough) gave a recitation in the Sunday school. At the time they were only aged 15 and 16!

General News

“The Forgotten Places and Characters of Cheslyn Hay”
Our new book that was launched at the Exhibition is priced at £5.00. Postage and packing worldwide will be £5.50 and postal rates for  United Kingdom deliveries will be £1.50  If you wanted a book but didn’t get to the exhibition,  call  Malcolm Podmore 07794 418295 we can deliver locally free of charge.
If you interested in purchasing any of our previous books please contact Malcolm on the above number.