Cheslyn Hay & DLS Weekly News – 8th January 2017

8th January 2017
EVENTS Chat n Char this Thursday, 12th January starts at 10am as usual in the Salem’s Main Hall with Roger’s theme of ‘Mummers and Wassailers’.
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 No requests received this week.
RESPONSES Following on from what appeared to be a straight forward enquiry of a missing number in Hill Street, things have become far more complicated. Lynne (nee Belcher) emails from Canada pointing out that her family lived there in the fifties and adds ‘Regarding the comment in last week’s newsletter that 9 & 11 Hill Street were knocked down and replaced…this is not factual. The two houses were converted into one. A staircase from number 9 was removed and doors were knocked through on the main and bedroom levels. The house was always very ‘bitty’ with small rooms which did not flow. It’s best feature for us was the indoor bathroom and the lovely view of the allotments at the back.’ And Lynne is right of course, but with a bit of research and help from our members we have the house histories from 1954. Also to add to the confusion two former semi-detached cottages (15&17) were demolished and a new property built in its place numbered 15 presumably in 1983 when the last entry for No 17 was registered. So there are two numbers missing in Hill Street – 9 and 17.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Three Carnival photographs of the Gingham Girls and the Shantelles from Angela (nee Dawson) but we are currently trying to name them all. Now available at the Base for anyone to help! £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS A Great Wyrley Labour Club one penny token only to be redeemed behind the bar, also a newspaper cutting of the Sam Lowe & Beatrice Hawkins wedding with guest list and gifts, Lowe photographs and a Salem Concert Programme dated 16 Oct 1927.
12th January 1967 A story re the Cheslyn Hay Youth Club which six months ago was in danger of closing through lack of support and adult leaders, is once again thriving.
12th January 1967 A meeting of Cheslyn Hay Over 60s Club, with reference to Mrs D Smith, Mr G Hickman, Miss Redding, Mrs G Plant, Mr C Hassall, Mrs C Hook, Mrs Edwards and Mrs Allman.
13th January 1917 Persons having seed potatoes of various resistance to wart disease are requested to communicate the quantity and price at once and all persons desiring Allotment Land are requested to send in their applications within 14 days. Details given.
13th January 1917 The son of William John Harris, of Low Street, Cheslyn Hay, is to be sent to a training ship, on the grounds that he was not under the control of his parents. Evidence given by Police Sgt Wright.
13th January 1917 The weekly meeting of the Local Relief Committee and the Red Cross Society with Mr F W Hawkins, Mrs Edalji, Mrs F W Hawkins, Mrs W Wollaston, Mrs T Kingston, Mrs H Cartwright, Mrs Brindley, Mrs W Kingston, Mrs T Hood and Miss W Brearley.
13th January 1917 Details of the Women’s Working Committee for a large number of eggs and money to the National Egg Fund at London mentioning Mrs Wynn and Gertie Whitehouse, the daughter of Mr Dan Whitehouse.
13th January 1917 On Monday evening the final financial results of the concert held a short time ago at the Red Lion, for the benefit of Handel Altree were declared by Messrs W Heminsley, J Walker and G Seedhouse
13th January 1917 A visit from Australia from a relative of Mr Josiah Whitehouse, of Hill Street.
MEMORIES From a new member John Turner who lived in Cheslyn Hay from his birth in 1945 until he married in 1975. He lived in the High Street just down from the Primary School, his father being the decorator on the village and he had a brother Des, who died eleven years ago. He relates his memories of his schooldays and his life on the village naming Miss Thomas, ‘Taffy’ Blount, Mr Cadman,Mr Martin, Clive Kendrick, Jimmy Goodman, David Hewitt, Ian Lawson and Robert Perks.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 1st January 2017

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.
REQUESTS An appeal that is a longshot from Mike Potts. He has been searching for photographs of his relatives from his family for a number of years but all to no avail. They are all Potts – Mr Jessie (1825-1905), Mary (b1826), Sarah (1850), John (1852), William (1854), Elizabeth/Betsy (1857 later Bown), Benjamin (1859), Henry (1865 – Mike’s g-g-grandfather), Liza (1860 – later Lockett), Fred (1868), & Adelaide (1848).
RESPONSES Between Mick Clark, June Wollaston, Andrew and Vi, Bill’s recent enquiry into his Wollaston family has been fully answered with all details of the Wollaston family named and recorded. June also mentions that she has traced the Wo(o)llaston direct line back to Isaac (b1715) and Andrew adds that the Wollaston family has been researched back to pre 1200.
Last week’s enquiry into the ‘missing house at 9 Hill Street has also been solved with details of the houses knocked down and rebuilt.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS No new photographs but we have had a remarkable update from Geoffrey Boulton on one of our Mystery Photographs from what was probably taken after the wedding of Jim and Beatrice Perry in WWI. Despite the 15 Perrys & Broughs already named, Geoffrey adds another four to the Perry family – Clara ‘Cissie’, Elsie May (nee Saffhill), Violet (nee Withey) and Sydney Perry. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS A newspaper cutting sent by Rosemary Read on the history of the Rose and Crown.
5th January 1967 Details of the criticism of members and doubts about their loyalties were expressed at the annual meeting last week of Cheslyn Hay Allotees and Cottage Gardeners Association by Mr Oscar Dunn also involving A E Groom, Mr W S Belcher, Jack Corfield, Dennis Dunn, Jack Dace, Des Bailey, C Baker, G R Gregory, L Belcher, H McCulloch, S Knott, A E Groom, G Hunter, G Jones, L Cooper.
5th January 1967 The old post office in Cheslyn Hay will soon be getting a face lift when it is fitted out with all the latest amenities – blower system included – of a betting office granted for the premises at Cannock Magistrates Court on Monday to Mr James Heminsley. Objections raised by Mr Edward Cliff and Mr Sydney Jones.
6th January 1917 The funeral of the late Mrs John Hawkins of Cheslyn Hay.
6th January 1917 Information on the Cheslyn Hay Social Class, formed nearly 20 years ago.
6th January 1917 On Sunday afternoon the remains of the late Mr Thomas Hawkins, of Hill Street, were laid to rest at the local cemetery with full details of the mourners and bearers.
6th January 1917 Information on Messrs R Brough and C T Lawson canvassing the township soliciting subscriptions towards purchasing a Roll of Honour.
6th January 1917 Details of the visit of Private William Cartwright, son of Mr H Cartwright of Station Street, who is in the 9th South Stafford’s.
6th January 1917 In connection with the Working Men’s Club and Institute there have been various competitions during the Christmas holidays with Mr S Sambrooks, G Barker, A Hawkins, A Richards, W Morris and W Chetter being successful.
6th January 1917 The members of the Victoria Brass Band are congratulated on their efforts for the Wolverhampton General Hospital Shilling Fund.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 25th December 2016

25th December 2016
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday including this Tuesday, 27th December and this week I have arranged to meet the g-g-grandson of the Rev George Crutchley on Wednesday, 28th December at 10am. All who are interested are invited.
REQUESTS From one of our members who states ‘There is not a number 9 Hill Street. There is a number 7 and a number 11 but with no space for a number 9. I feel sure that one of your members can tell me what happened to number 9.’
RESPONSES John Husbands promptly answers Al Brown’s enquiry to say that the anti aircraft battery at Middle Hill was 400-500 yards further down the Wolverhampton Road towards Cannock from the nissen huts where he lived.
29th December 1966 Cheslyn Hay’s flood appeal has now officially closed with details about the fund.
30th December 1916 Details of a collection taken by 12 schoolgirls the Belgian Fatherless Fund.
30th December 1916 The Christmas visit of the injured Sergeant W Altree.
30th December 1916 Private J Baker, son of Mr William Baker, with a story of his return to his regiment after a brief furlough.
30th December 1916 The death of Mr Thomas Hawkins, one of the oldest and respected citizens.
MEMORIES Further to the recently mentioned Dundalk Lane cottages, Peter Cadman adds his own recollections and their history. Also with memories of Bobbies Entry, Jim Wise, Clarice & Fred Biddle, Mr & Mrs Preece, Hilda Biddle, Arnold & Ethel Horton, George, Cynthia & Margaret Horton, Alan Stanley, Dulcie, Horace & Chris Jervis, Joe & Eunice Cadman, David Southerton, Owen Illidge, Ian Scott, Harry ‘Iron Man’ Bate, Mr Bown and Bill Kendall.
WWI COMMEMORATION This January we commemorate the death of 17294 William Holt of the 7th Service Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment who was killed on 23rd November 1916, aged 32, son of John and Rose Holt and buried with honour at the Queens Cemetery at Bucquoy.
GENERAL NEWS After a few complimentary enquiries as to whom are responsible for the Christmas lights around the village this year, it is our Parish Council who deserves our appreciation.

Cheslyn Hay &DLHS Weekly News – 18th December 2016

EVENTS No events organised now until the New Year.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday including the following Tuesday, 27th December. Come and join us even if its only for a coffee and a biscuit!
REQUESTS Bill asks for more information on his Wollaston family emailing ‘Did John Wollaston (b1848) & Ellen Cartwright (b1854) have a daughter called Millie and one named Mildred Ann, or are they the same person? Also did her siblings Clara (b1891), Adelaide (b1879), Henry (b1883) and Eleanor May (b1895) marry and have any children ?
RESPONSES John’s ‘Memories’ certainly hit home last week with several responses all recalling the nissen huts and their inhabitants and adding their own memories.
Also more school memories this time from Lesley Marsh involving David Gardiner, Mr Burton (Maths), Miss Cross (RE), Mrs Hollingsworth (Domestic Science), Mrs Aston (History) and Bob Pointon (Science) and his daughter Gillian.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS One of the full St Marks Choir in the 1940s with only Tony Read named. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
21st December 1966 Cheslyn Hay Over-60 Club’s Christmas Party with special mentions of Gladys Plant, Mrs D Smith, Mrs G Hackett, the Rev G Jenkins, the Rev E Marsh, Mrs Farrington, Mrs Waltho, Mrs Jones, Mrs Smith, Mrs Jones, Mr C Hassall, Nurse Brooks and Mrs W S Whitehouse.
23rd December 1916 Details of the shopkeepers and their decorations.
23rd December 1916 During the last week-end comments of the business transacted at the Cheslyn Hay post office.
23rd December 1916 Mr R Brough and Mr C T Lawson canvassing for donations for a Memorial Roll of Honour.
23rd December 1916 Quite a large crowd assembled outside the local Picture Palace on Monday evening to witness the great film ‘The Battle of the Somme’ with other pictures but it had to be cancelled. However thanks to the local bell crier the matter was resolved.
MEMORIES Following on from last week, more recollections from John Husbands with stories of working at Corrnelius Whitehouse & Sons in Bridgtown with Jimmy Wise and Norman Swan. Also at Abbey Dropforgings with Tom Prestwood, Roy Kingston and his younger brother Boyd and also Colin Jones. Plus humorous stories of life on ‘the Bonk’.
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of our members and particularly to all the contributors throughout the year.

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 11th December 2016

EVENTS No events this week.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we have a meeting researching the White Lodge in Cross Street.
REQUESTS No requests received this week.
RESPONSES After June’s request last week for information on her grandfather, Joseph Turner (1862-1933), we have discovered his wedding to Emma (nee Perry)and their family Jas Ernest Turner (b1885), Sarah Ann (1890), Edward (1897) & Eliza (1899) with full details.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS One photograph ‘The final days of G H Hudson’s, Undertakers and Carpentry Shop, once the Old Lot School’, Peggy Walley at Fishers Farm on her wedding day in 1952, one of her husband Enoch Reuben (‘Jim’) Cooper, at their home, The Dell in Rosemary Road and one of Peggy with her alsatian Tosca. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS A newspaper cutting dated 16 April 1959 of a dinner honouring 110 retired veterans from Hawkins Colliery. Also a small shield for the Cheslyn Hay Tennis Club Mixed Doubles in 1985.
15th December 1966 Problems with tipping on waste land at Cheslyn Hay.
15th December 1966 A section of the road from Landywood to Cheslyn Hay, known as Jeff’s Knob, was described by a Great Wyrley Parish Councillor as “The blackest spot in Landywood” with full details.
MEMORIES from John Husbands covering his life on the Squatters Camp in Middle Hill and his school days with stories involving Dick Dickens, the two Isherwood girls, the Mabelles, Mavis Guy and her family, Sandra Bowyer, Mary Whittaker, April Fern, Gerald & Philomena Hill. Trevor (Porky) Bates, Roy Emberton, Francis Teece, Tony Waite, Tony Cascarino, Wilfred Barker, Bob (Robert) Moorcroft, Bob Cooper, Ann Webb, Valerie Marshall, Jackie Cross, the Hemingsleys, Vivienne Lee, Peter Wilner, Barbara Morris, Barbara Benton, Roger Moore, Joy Gretton, the Ridgeways, Maureen Willetts, Alan Nightingale, Trevor & Norman Lee as well as Wilfred Barker and the fantastic drawings he used to do of the WWII fighter planes. Also stories with teachers Mr Bradley, Mr Harris and Mr Follows plus recollections of Dr Malone and Dr Stott and the wonderful days of the forties and fifties.

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.


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.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 27th November 2016