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.