EVENTS Bridgtown LHS have invited John Devey to give a talk on ‘Jack the Ripper’ on Wednesday 17th August at 10am at the Bethel Chapel in Bridgtown. John is an excellent speaker and he will be outlining any local connections with Bridgtown in his talk. Price £1.
On Sunday, 21st August, we are involved with a ceremony at Harrison’s Club in Wharwell Lane , Great Wyrley and Peter Cadman will be acting as MC on this occasion, which is centred around the Harrison family. There will an unveiling of a portrait of the Lt Colonel, a family tree and a coat of arms with a title above ‘The Harrisons Corner’ as well as a new flag being raised in the car park.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday for local and family history research with all of our archive material available. Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS No requests received this week.
RESPONSES Christine’s enquiry about an old shoe shop in the village certainly ignited the old memory banks and we have had several stories about Mr Pratt, the cobbler on the High Street, the Williams’ shop at 107 Station Street, but mainly about Nellie Pee‘s shoe shop at number 31.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS One of Ken Elliot, recently mentioned of the Elliot Lucas firm, with Norma Bowen, in the front garden at Berwyn in Holly Lane in 1942, and several of the Westwood family with Marion (nee Turner), Dorothy Thomas, Gwen in the 1953 Carnival, Nancy (Queen Street), Sally (nee Crooks) & Elsie Pearce both from Hell’s Corner, Gladys Hewitt, Elsie Lawson, Nancy Brough, Mavis Challinor (nee Altree of Hill Street) and Alan Westwood with his bride Marion Turner and best man Jack in Station Street opposite Dorset House in1956. Also one of Jack Westwood of Wesley Avenue leaning against his S A Snape’s van advertising poultry and pigeon food. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS More interviews from Great Wyrley Secondary School pupils from the 1960s including Landywood C P School teachers Mr Heath (Headmaster), Mrs Handley and Mrs Cooper plus Mrs Whitehouse of Wharwell Cottages, Mr Rowley of Wharwell Lane Farm, Mrs Williams of Mears Farm and Mr A Handley of 257 Walsall Road , Great Wyrley. £1 per A4 sheet.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington This week covers the year of 1896 from copies of the Lichfield Mercury and the Tamworth Gazette including court cases involving William & Mary Ann Savage, John & Sarah Wright, Charles Steadman, George Gill, William Wright, William Savage, Joseph Read, George Pearson, William Wright and Alfred Elliot plus a separate case with Samuel Whitehouse, William Evans & Joseph Lockett all from The Lot and William Parbrook. At the same court wereThomas Percy Hunt and Elizabeth Wright. Two football reports with Richards, Hawkins & Savage as well as Steadman & Smithin another match and a full report of the competitors and results of the Cheslyn Hay Sports and Fete at the Pinfold Lane Grounds with 1000 spectators attending. Names mentioned are W J Devereux, H Roach, E H Smith, W Mason, P Baker, W Lockett, F Morris, C Brough, A Goodman, J Kingston, H Benton, E Bird, A Warrender, E Hill, F Hall, J Savage, H Bate, R Wood, J Horton, W Smithand G Pee. Copy of any Newspaper Report £1.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
18th August 1966 The Cheslyn Hay Carnival including the crowning of the carnival queen and all activities.
19th August 1916 Story about the eggs from the Cheslyn Hay depot forwarded by Mrs Wynn, on behalf of the collectors, with one bearing the name of A J Snape, and his address.
19th August 1916 Story of the lads of Cheslyn Hay who rallied bravely to the colours when war was declared and the 21 killed in action.
MEMORIES Once again we dip into Pat Everiss’s recorded research projects and this week we look at her perspective into the Old Age Pension when it was implemented in January 1909 for persons over the age of 70 years with details of many of the Cheslyn Hay recipients at this time.
THIS WEEK’S MYSTERY PHOTOGRAPH MYS 26 Playtime at the Pinfold Lane School dated July 1981. None named. Can be viewed either on our website www.chdlhs.co.uk or on our Facebook Page.
WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES Here is a snippet that might raise a smile that was recently discovered amongst our archives.
I dreamt I did die and to heaven did go
“Where did you come from?” they wanted to know
I told them “Cheslyn Hay” – my didn’t they stare!
They said “Step inside then, you’re the first one from there!”
(With apologies to all of our friends from the Salem !)