Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Newsletter – 13 October 2019

This years Exhibition in terms of visitor comments, ranked as one of the best we have ever produced 350 visitors made the event a tremendous success. The overall effect of the 25th Anniversary ‘cake’ and the room layout was stunning. The mining Exhibition was very well received, particularly the information boards which made it so easy to follow the mining processes. The result reflects the hard work put in by the committee over many weeks and months and was a credit to every one involved especially Roger Moore whose fantastic eye for design made it so special.

Roger had a full house for last Thursdays Chat n Char where Peter Cadman presented a very interesting talk titled ” Blast Off”, he  spoke on some of the mysteries of space travel fact or fiction you can decide for yourself. 

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  9th October 1969  Funeral of Mr. Horton of Cheslyn Hay
9th October 1969  Residents threaten to take law in own hands over the “blind corner” in Cheslyn Hay’s Coppice Lane.

Cannock Chase Courier  11th October 1919  The local “derby” at Shareshill, between the village team and the United, who won by the only goal of the match.  

Mark Chatterton has sent us an original newspaper cutting ( transcript below)  dated 1916 of the wedding of his grandparents accompanied by a group photograph of the same wedding for our archives.
A very interesting wedding was solemnized at St. Marks Church, Great Wyrley, on Wednesday, the contracting parties being Corporal Wm. Chatterton, R.A.M.C., son of Mr. And Mrs. Thos. Chatterton of Crewe, and Agnes E. Hampton, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Hampton, of Cheslyn Hay. The bride is well known in the district, and the ceremony, which was performed by the vicar (the Rev. S. Edalji), was attended by a large number of relatives and friends.  The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a charming dress of Charmeuse silk, and she was accompanied by two bridesmaids. Miss M. Chatterton and Miss M. Tew.  The service was choral.  The hymn, “O perfect love,” was sung and Mrs Smith (organist) played Mendelssohn’s Wedding March at the close.  Later in the day, the happy couple left for London, where the honeymoon is being spent.  A large number of useful and costly presents were received.

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 £1.00  If you wanted a book but didn’t get to the exhibition,  call  Malcolm Podmore 07794 418295 we can deliver locally free of charge .

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Newsletter – 6 October 2019

Roger’s Chat n Char is this Thursday 10th October 2019 starting at 10am in the Salem as usual. Our Talk will be “Blast Off

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

Salem Event
The Salem are hosting an entertainment’s evening on Saturday 12th October at Salem.
The after dinner entertainment is provided by Limelight. A duo who provides music and monologues from the Victoria Old Time Music Hall era.
Tickets are £12 and include a 3 course meal.
Doors open at 6pm to sit down for a 3 course meal for 6:30pm
Tickets available from
Kate 07907443569   or  Claire 07875658332

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

Cannock Advertiser 2nd October 1969  Story of the Cheslyn Hay Working Men’s Club Male Voice Choir
2nd October 1969  Dead trees to be replaced around Mitre Road
2nd October 1969  Story of Karen Thomas dancing her way to fame
2nd October 1969  Rebuilding an old three wheeler is a labour of love for the Dickin family
Cannock Chase Courier  4th October 1919  Court case with Wilfred Lockett, Harry Shorter, Fred Biddle and Albert Wood disputing the charges.

Court case with Harry Russell of Queen Street and Thomas Kingston, Old Falls, both being found guilty.

4th October 1919  Chat from Cheslyn Hay
Several of the Cheslyn Hay collieries in the district have been working short time, and on Wednesday “The Nook Colliery” suspended all operations.
On Monday evening a well attended social was held in the Sunday Schools when the gifts of fruit from the harvest festival were sold.
On Thursday last a Bowls Competition in connection with the Talbot Club took place.  Results and prize winners listed.

John Russell Davison emailed us this week
I was interested in the entry from Doug Russell and his Locket grandparents (copied below).
I have a similar connection with Doug Russell and his several generations as my g.g.g.grandparents were Joseph Russell (c 1806-1850) and Ann Locket of Cheslyn Hay.  I’d be interested to learn if Doug and I are cousins

Doug Russell
“I attended Cheslyn Hay school from 1943 till 1949.  We lived at 70 High St…..last house on the left going up at the top of High St.  I think my grandma and grandpa  Mo and Liz Locket.….lived at 67 High Street but not quite sure.

General News
Don McCulloch’s funeral is on Friday, 11th October at Bushbury Crematorium at 12.15pm.  Don has been a long standing member who has contributed much to our Society donating all of his research into the schooling of Cheslyn Hay which includes the histories of Pinfold Lane and the Lot Schools  This is currently available in our Base archives as the ‘Don McCulloch Collection’.  Don started life in accountancy but switched to a more rewarding career as a teacher at Moat Hall and Landywood Primary Schools and there is no doubt that he will be warmly remembered by all the pupils that he helped throughout their formative years

Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 29th September 2019


Our Annual Exhibition is at the Village Hall in Pinfold Lane on Saturday October 5th from 10.00 am till 4.00 pm. Entry is free.
We are celebrating 25 years as a Local History Society, please come and join our party.  In the main hall will be our grand centre piece displaying our 25 year history. All the photographs in our archives will be available to view and copies may be purchased. As usual we will have experts on hand to help you trace your village ancestors and we also have a special mining exhibition with a memorial to a past member Reg Whittingham. Don’t forget to visit our tearoom where we will have a variety of cakes, bread and dripping and a ploughman’s platter on sale for you to enjoy with a cuppa.

The Forgotten Places and Characters of Cheslyn Hay
Our new book will be launched at the Exhibition The book is priced at £5.00.  Postage and packing worldwide will be £5.50 and postal rates for local ( United Kingdom) deliveries will be  £1.00
Our Salem Base

Our Salem Base is open from  9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Committee meeting Tuesday 1st October 1pm

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

Cannock Advertiser  25th September 1969    Golden Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Hawkins with details of their lives.
25th September 1969  Cheslyn Hay Youth Club’s programme of canoeing, camping, rock climbing and sailing are now including rifle shooting.
Cannock Chase Courier
Chat from Cheslyn Hay  27th September 1919   The annual Harvest Festival in connection with the Primitive Methodist Church was celebrated on Sunday with lectures and music.

27th September 1919  Walsall League Cheslyn Hay United v Wednesbury Old Park  Full details of match.


Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter 22nd September 2019


Forthcoming Speakers Night  SOLD OUT
Please Remember this event is ticket only and starts at the earlier time of 7pm Thursday 26th September 2019 7.00pm. Our speaker will be the renowned  historian Lesley Smith as Queen Elizabeth I, entrance is by ticket only  priced at £6 to include light refreshments.

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
18th September 1969
Story on a money raising scheme by members of Cheslyn Hay Salem Coffee box – a social club for the young women of the village.
18th September 1969   Cheslyn Hay, Great Wyrley and District Chrysanthemum Society’s open show.

18th September 1969  Proposed Housing Site No Value For Farming
Cannock Chase Courier  20th September 1919  Successful benefit concert for the benefit of Mr. Wm. Brough, who has been seriously ill for 25 weeks.
20th September 1919  The Marriage of Mr. Leslie Hawkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Hawkins, The Park, Cheslyn Hay, to Dorothy Elsie daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henshall, of Belmont House, Willenhall.

Doug Russell “I attended Cheslyn Hay school from 1943 till 1949.  I do remember Mr Blount and Miss Hulme.  We lived at 70 High St.….last house on the left going up at the top of High St.  I think my grandma and grandpa  Mo and Liz Locket…..lived at 67 High Streetbut not quite sure.
Derek Bullock from Kawartha Lakes, Canada.
“I was intrigued to see the note from 1919 regarding Harry Linnel, secretary of CH Cricket Club.  As a young boy living in Bridgtown in the 1940’s and 50’s, I knew a Harry Linnel who worked at Cornelius Whithouse with my dad.


Cheslyn Hay Local History Society Newsletter – 15th September 2019

No Events this week. We had a good attendance at our Chat n Cha last week with our own Steve Geale giving a very interesting talk on Ruth Ellis.

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  11th September 1969
Glancing Backwards to September 9 1944  About 80 members of Cheslyn Hay and Great Wyrley Madrigal Society attended the society’s first rehearsal of the new season in Salem Schools, Cheslyn Hay, on Monday.
11th September 1969  Story of young David Garratt having a fall out of his bedroom window.

11th September 1969  Details of the funeral of Mr. Thomas Preece, of 5, Dundalk Lane.

Cannock Chase Courier  13th September 1919  Details of a presentation to Harry Linnel at the Cheslyn Hay Cricket Club.

13th September 1919  Chat from Cheslyn Hay Story of demobilisation of the Discharged Soldiers and Sailors connected with Salem Church Sunday School institute for tea and entertainment.
A concert is being organised for the benefit of Mr. William Brough, of the Lot, who has been indisposed for some time.
An amusing incident occurred at a local colliery on Saturday.  A collector from Holly Bank Colliery was soliciting contributions for the miners on strike.  A workman remarked to the collector “Be firm and we will assist you in winning the day” He then gave the collector a penny

In light of the recent threatened closures of our local library services a letter from Ernie Carter is published from a local newspaper outlining the history of the Cheslyn Hay library.

General News
I am very sorry to announce that two of our members have recently passed away. We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the families of both of the gentlemen.

Ann Jackson phoned to say her father (Don McCulloch) passed away on the morning of Thursday 12th September.  He was 90 years old.

Jim Winfer passed away last week in hospital on 1st September, he was 84 years old and  his funeral is at St Marks Church Great Wyrley, on Thursday 19th September 2019 at 12.45pm followed by the Committal at  Stafford Crematorium and  refreshments at the Barns in Huntington.