We regret to announce that with immediate effect, all of Cheslyn Hay & District Local History Society’s events, including our normal Tuesday meetings, Chat N Char and Speaker’s Evenings are cancelled until further notice.

There will be a full refund of any tickets already paid for, including Lesley Smith’s visit, and the trip to Ludlow. We will still be happy to undertake research and general enquiries via telephone or email.

 Malcolm Podmore – 07794 418295

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 29th November 2020

Our Salem Base  is closed due to Covid restrictions .

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

Cannock Advertiser
26th November 1970 Boys from Cheslyn Hay Youth Centre spent a happy outdoor activities weekend at The Barn at Capel Curig, North Wales. Full details.
26th November 1970   Story of an exhibition of fossils, stones and prehistoric shellfish at Cheslyn Hay County Library created much interest.

26th November 1970  Talk at last week’s meeting of Salem Wesley Guild, Cheslyn Hay for the Mentally Handicapped.

26th November 1970   It was agreed at the meeting of Cheslyn Hay Parish Council last week that Cheslyn Hay cubs should be allowed to play on the council’s football field. Full story.

27th November 1920   Details of a concert given by the Cheslyn Hay Madrigal Society in Salem Schools, naming all the artists.

27th November 1920  Story of Doris Smith, Harrisons Buildings, Lower Landywood, who sustained serious burning injuries at the Rosemary Tileries.

27th November 1920  Cannock Petty Sessions with Clara Perry, The Lot, Richard Jenkins, of Rosemary Road and Frank Worsey, of Low Street, all found guilty of separate charges.

Trevor’s Trivia

More on the topic of Sport this month, not only with the lesser known and amusing games, but also with the more barbaric practices that were once very  popular around certain areas in Cheslyn Hay from earlier times, naming all the old areas, together with their current locations, where the events took place, such as The Slings, The Green, the Red Lion, the Talbot, the Barn Flats, Coppice Field, Chambley’s Field and the Cheslyn Hay WMC.  Also listed are Henry ‘Okey Pokey’ MorrisRichard Marshall,  Joe Baker, Sid Lawson, W Rainey, Billy JonesJohn Pratt, Bill Jellyman, Harry Hicken plus Percy and Harry Webb for their endeavours.
Any memories, nostalgia or comments on such events welcomed byemail to and all will be answered. 

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 22nd November 2020

Our Salem Base is closed due to Covid Restrictions. Hope to see you all soon.

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher  Cannock Advertiser
19th November 1970
  County Council workmen begin an improvement scheme on Streets Lane.

19th November 1970  A jigsaw puzzle with thousands of parts has been keeping a group of Great Wyrley Secondary School pupils busy for the last few months. Full story.

19th November 1970  Members of Cheslyn Hay Boy’s Brigade took their first step towards a band buying their first bugles. Story including fund raisingt schemes.

20th November 1920  The death of Mr. George Pearson at his residence “Best Dale”, High Street, Cheslyn Hay.  Details of his life.

20th November 1920  Presentation to Mr. T. A. Hawkins Souvenir of Cheslyn Hay’s gratitude

THE GREAT PLAGUE OF LONDON Part One by Peter Cadman     

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 15th November 2020

Our Salem Base is closed due to Covid restrictions; we hope all our members are keeping safe and well.

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

Cannock Advertiser  12th November 1970
Story of the Cheslyn Hay Chrysanthemum Society’s members show being the best to date.

12th November 1970  Details of the village Remembrance Service on Sunday.

Cannock Advertiser  13th November 1920  Full story of a social gathering arranged by the Cheslyn Hay After-care Committee to form a club for the young boys and girls who have left schoolwith about 170 young people attending.

13th November 1920  Cinema licence granted to Mr. Frederick Taylor who had applied for a cinematograph license at Cheslyn Hay for a seating capacity for 300 persons.

13th November 1920  Annual prize presentation of prizes took place for the Talbot Bowling Club with details of all the prize winners.  
Details of an advertisement for Brown’s Garage of 10 High Street, Cheslyn Hay.


Maxie Potts
An interesting development after the recent mentions on Maxie and his family has arisen from further research by Malc Podmore which seems to suggest that Maxie’s son, named Albert, did not die at an early age as was believed  So if anyone can remember Albert, or Maxie Potts, and add any more details or stories for our archives we would certainly appreciate them.

General News
Bridgtown & District Local History Society have published a new book the eleventh since its formation. Copies are available now from Martin’s in Cannock, plus Dave’s newsagent in Bridgtown and Hollybush Garden Centre. Copies can also be obtained  by leaving a contact number on and they will discuss how to get a copy to you. Books  can be signed by John Devey if required. Due to the present restrictions Bridgtown & District Local History Society will not be having their annual exhibition this year.

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society – 9th November 2020

This Remembrance Sunday at the 11th hour we are remembering everyone who gave their lives fighting for their country.
Below are the 57 men on our War Memorial who died in action.

 JOSEPH MASTERS                            HARRY RAINBOW
GEORGE SMITH                                JOHN HAYCOX
HARRY BREVITT                              JOHN RIDGWAY
BENJAMIN SMITH                            ALBERT E DAWKINS
PERCY RAINBOW                             WALTER BICKLEY
JOHN LOCKETT                                 RONALD A KNOX
GEORGE FARNELL                            HARRY GRIFFITHS
CHARLES HICKMAN                        WALTER OWEN
RICHARD FARNELL                          ERNEST ROBINSON
JOB WHITEHOUSE                            WILLIAM HOLT
WILLIAM POTTS                                ARNETT ALBERT GRIPTON
THOMAS RUSSELL                           THOMAS CARVER
HAROLD KENDALL                          ALBERT BENTON
RICHARD FRANKS                            ERNEST ROOBOTTOM
JOHN H MANN                                   CVT HAWKINS
GEORGE H DAVIES                           GEORGE LOCKLEY
HAROLD SMITH                                EDWIN MORRIS
JACK SHORTER                                 GEORGE WHITEFIELD BOWEN
WILLIAM ASKEY                              WILLIAM TAPLIN
WALLACE T LAWSON                      JOSEPH STOKES  


JOHN ANSELL                                   JAMES BLAND
SELWYN  H BROUGH                      JAMES E DEVALL
SIDNEY M DUNN                             KENNETH G GRIFFITHS
JOHN  HICKS                                    RONALD PLANT
JOHN H POWELL                             ARTHUR SEERS
JOSEPH STOKES                              ROBERT C PERKS
ALEC WEBB                                     FRANK D F C WILLIAMS


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

Cannock Advertiser  5th November 1970  Description of the Cheslyn Hay youth club’s Halloween Night.

5th November 1970  The waiting list for Cheslyn Hay’s playgroup at the Salem Schoolroom has become so great that the organisers will be holding more sessions a week to cope. Full details.

Cannock Advertiser  6th November 1920   Full story of the regrettable incidents which occurred in the Penkridge Charity Cup match between Cannock Discharged Soldiers and Cheslyn Hay United on Cannock Wake Monday. Oct 23rd.
 6th November 1920   The weekly meeting of the Cheslyn Hay Literary and Debating Society took the form of a “Mock Parliament”, with details of the speakers and the outcome.

6th November 1920  Details of the marriage of Miss. Ruby L. Hosegood of Dorset House, Cheslyn Hay.     

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 1st November 2020

Our Salem Base is closed due to Covid restrictions, we hope all our members are keeping safe and well.

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

Cannock Advertiser  29th October 1970  Cheslyn Hay Boy’s Brigade, has a musical problem as there are enough boys to form a band, but no instruments. Full story.

29th October 1970  A Cheslyn Hay metal firm, broke child labour restrictions laid down in the first half of the last century and were found guilty and fined.  Full story.

29th October 1970  Fourteen years-old Letitia Bowater has just won another competition at a Southport holiday camp.  Full story.

29th October 1970  Details of last week’s meeting of Cheslyn Hay Parish Council, when it was decided to double all burial fees for Cheslyn Hay Cemetery.

29th October 1970  Cheslyn Hay Parish Council named two newly built roads on the new estates surrounding the village as Chestnut Drive and Woodgreen after a dispute with the original name.  Full story.

Cannock Advertiser  30th October 1920  Salvation Army funeral of Mrs. Sarah Ann Williams, the wife of Mr. Elijah Williams, of Rosemary House, Cheslyn Hay.  Full details.

30th October 1920  Local News Items including a measles outbreak in the village.  Also an application by Mr. A. E. Hawkins, Cheslyn Hay, to the Cannock Rural Council, for an increase in his salary.  Mr. D. Woodhouse, (Landywood) gave a lecture on “Gases and Experiments” to the Cheslyn Hay Literary and Debating Society with full details.  Plus story of the benevolent fund of Cheslyn Hay Working Men’s Club being in a sound position with details of the balance sheet.

England 1603 – 1660  by Peter Cadman

The conclusion with Peter Ackroyd on his book of the Civil War with words from the ‘Secular Masque’ by John Dryden;

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter 25th October 2020

Our Salem Base
Our Salem Base is still closed due to Covid Restrictions

What Happened This Week 50/100 years ago…by Mike Belcher
Cannock Advertiser  22nd October 1970  Problems in Cheslyn Hay in rehousing local people within the local area where they have lived all of their lives when their own houses have been recently demolished.

22nd October 1970  A letter from Roy Smith of the Landywood Residents Estate Association thanking Mr Patrick Cormack MP for his efforts in improving the visability of the junction of Coppice Close.

Cannock Advertiser  23rd October 1920  A successful Whist Drive and Dance took place at Cheslyn Hay Council Schools, on Thursday evening  under the auspices of Cheslyn Hay Cricket Club.  Full details.

Newspapers researched by Dave Washington
Cannock Chase Courier  23rd October 1920  The Waterworks at Cheslyn Hay have for some years been a matter of deep concern to the rate payers but recent improvements show that the quantity of water provided was 41,000 gallons against 30,000.   Full story.

It was stated at the meeting of The Parish Council that a number of the Allottees had not paid up their rents as promptly as usual.


Maxie Potts
Following the mention of Maxie Potts in last week newsletter there are more stories on the old Manchester United and Wolves player of the twenties.

General News
One of our longstanding members Don Kingston is celebrating his 90th Birthday on Sunday 25th October.