Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 12th February 2017

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly Newsletter – 5th February 2017

5th February 2017    

EVENTS     Chat n Char this Thursday, 9th February starting at 10am as usual in the Salem ‘s Main Hall and Roger’s theme?  ‘All You Need is Love’.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Everyone welcome to view our archives as well as our collection of over 8,500 photographs with advice always at hand.

REQUESTS  No requests received this week.

RESPONSES  Following on from the tragic case of Marion May Bird, Vera telephones to say she was a classmate of Marion and that she was such a lovely, quiet unassuming girl and the event of 1959 and her thoughts of Marion and the tragedy still remain with her today.

Our researchers have looked into David’s request of last week re locating Mabel Brough, but she was not buried in either of the local cemeteries which our researcher, Jean, has confirmed and she adds three possible marriages as well as any Mabel Broughs recorded in local newspapers.

Just received this wonderful email from Mr Stephen Owen, who obviously appreciates local history.  ‘I live in a village in North Shropshire called Ruyton Eleven Towns close to a sandstone hill known as ‘The Cliffe’.  In previous centuries people quarried the stone to build the local houses but also people built dwellings against the quarried faces with some of these ‘buildings’ being occupied up to the start of the 20th Century.  Little now remains other than bits of wall in the woodland and lines of cut holes in the sandstone where floor joists or rafters were seated but in the soil surrounding these, remains can be found of the rubbish thrown away by those long gone residents.  My wife and I often walk in the area and find old bottles and jars etc but over Christmas we were finding bits of broken pottery near one former dwelling in the woods and came across two bits that fit together that seem to be from a plate or saucer from the Salem Church , Cheslyn Hay.  I just wonder how on earth it ended up where it did.’  Very generously Stephen has forward the pieces on to us and we are assuming that it must have been owned by one of Salem’s previous ministers who moved on to Ruyton and we are still investigating.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  The broken plate, as mentioned above, from ‘Salem Church Cheslyn Hay’.


9th February 1967  Details of the successful year of the Gingham Girls Entertainment Troupe with Annie Parsons and Carol Stevensetc with Mrs Hetty Brough
9th February 1967  Memories of Cheslyn Hay’s third oldest resident, 91 years old Mr Henry Lockett.

9th February 1967  Letter of complaint concerning the halt signs in New Horse Road from Mr A E Smith


10th February 1917  In connection with the Cheslyn Hay Working Men’s Club and Institute a tournament of ‘All Fours’ took place naming all the winners.

10th February 1917  Details of a Tuesday evening when a large number assembled at the Institute, when the members entertained their neighbours from Bridgtown Institute.

10th February 1917  Details of one of the local collieries where a number of workmen were notified at the close of an examination that their services would be required for National Service in due course.

10th February 1917  Some few weeks ago it was decided to have a series of lectures at the Institute which started this week with two interesting addresses from the Rev R T Rowley and Mr H Cartwright of Station Street.

WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES  We now complete the list of our 66 copies of ‘Memories’ always available in our Base Archives listed here together with their Archive Numbers – and they Together with Archive Numbers, they are – 1946/47 Stroll round the Village – Ray Franks (CH-MEM-28), Memories of Landywood – Michelle Horner (29), Village Games of Yesteryear – Alex Johnson (30), Golden Wedding of Mr & Mrs Joseph Stokes (31), Our Vanishing Village – Rick Bowring (32), Perambulating the Boundary of Great Wyrley (13 March 1823) – Glenys Hammond (33), White Gates in Dundalk Lane (34), Memories of an Old Boy – WJ Leeke (35), Reminiscences of Bygone Years 1946/47 – VJ Owen (36), True Wartime Story – Gordon Owen (37), Gladys Crutchley letter of 1976 – Floss Crutchley (38), My Smith Family of 4 High Street in the 1940s & 50s (39), Memories of the Isolation Hospital – Denise Fletcher (40),  Memory Lane – Betty Matthews (41), Memories of a Landywood Evacuee – Ray Fletcher (42), Life and Times of ‘Aer Reg’ – Reg Hollingsworth(43), My First Days at School – Alan Brown (44), Schooldays – Doug Barratt (45), Memories of Mick Drury (46), Early Years – Harold T Whitehouse (47), The Isolation Hospital – Joyce Drew (48), Cheslyn Hay & Great Wyrley – Rival Villages – Don Savage (49), Memories of a Wartime Evacuee – ‘Dave’ (50), Old Cheslyn Hay Names – Pamela Bate (51), John Weller – Evacuee (52), The Horton Family and the Dundalk Lane Cottages – Geoffrey Boulton (53), The Changing Scenes of Life – Phyllis Hallchurch (54), Memories of Christopher Hawkins (55), Ruth Mills Memories (56), Barbara Hodgson (57), Charles Walton, Pinfold Lane School Headmaster (58), Ted Mason’s Memories (59),  Boxer Charlie Towle (60), Wartime Memories of an Evacuee – Ray Fletcher (61), Dundalk Lane Cottages and the Horton Family – Peter Cadman (62), Middle Hill Hutments – John Husbands (63), John Turner (64), Snow Drift at Middle Hill – Phil Jones (65), Auntie Kath’s Diary – Diane Hallchurch (66).  Can also be purchased by our members for just £1 per A4 sheet plus postage (if required).

NEVILLE ADAMS   Another one of our long standing members, Neville, of New Street in Great Wyrley, passed away on Wednesday, 25th January, aged 85.  Having been born in Laney Green he has always been very much a local man, working at the smaller Cheslyn Hay pits such as the Spring Meadow and Landywood Collieries before being a supervisor of the Scrap Metal firm Smith & Barlow based at the Nook Colliery.  Quiet and unassuming he was always well respected by everyone.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly Newsletter – 29th January 2017

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 22nd January 2017

22nd January 2017

EVENTS  We welcome the renown speaker and performing historian John S White as ‘The Medieval Executioner’ as our speaker on Thursday, 26th January, at the Salem starting at 7.30pm.  Classed as a bit ‘gruesome’!  Admittance £1 including refreshments.

This years day trip will be to York on Thursday, 13th July at £21 per head to include entry into the Minster with a free guided tour to include the Museum, Treasury and the Crypts.  Only one coach this year so I’m afraid it’s first come, first served.  Please contact Roger if interested in reserving places – 01785 212412.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Last week Diana visited us to help in naming photographs in the Isaac Stokes Album and met up with Tony Cartwright for the first time since they were at Cannock Grammar School together, fifty years ago!

REQUESTS  Barry Farmer recalls that around 1960 someone named Marion May Bird was murdered, possibly on the towpath of the canal which used to go over the hill where the locks were above Churchbridge. We have nothing in our archives, so can anyone help?

RESPONSES  In his ‘Memories’ John Husband mentioned a lad named Melvyn who lived in the hutments at Middle Hill who he hasn’t seen for over 60 years, but we now have full details of him and they are arranging a long awaited get-together.
Also from Diana’s diary excerpts from last week, Lesley Marsh emails to say she remembers Ronnie Devereux and his family and relates her own recollections of her own.  And Moss adds more information to the school truancy officer, Harold Brough who lived on the corner of Station Street and what is now, Westbourne Avenue , opposite the New Inns pub.  He emails ‘Back when I was a kid, there was a wall running around his corner garden.  A small gang of us would often sit on that wall listening to a music group, including his son, playing in Mr Brough’s garage and I believe the group was called ‘The Diamonds”.  And he asks if anyone remembers this group and wahat happened to them.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  One of the Over 60s Club receiving cheque from the Cheslyn Hay WMC with Mr & Mrs Whittingham, Len Stanley, Mr Benton & Tanny Moore, an action photo of Charlie Moore in training with Manchester United and a St Marks Choir one with Jim Jones, Albert Read, Vic Middleton, Ian Middleton, Billy Glover, Ray Franks, Joe Laurence, Barry Brough, John Underwood, Len Pearce, Tony Read, Mr Turner, Keith Powney, – Bray, Maurice Walton, Peter Thomas, Jim Winfer, Bill Winfer, Maurice Stokes, Mr Charlton, Bill Perkins, Howard Perrins, Owen Whitehouse, Rev Tom Parker, Mr West, Mr Charnley, Tom Jones and several unnamed. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  A slim, extendable toasting fork from the 1940s.


26th January 1967  Cheslyn Hay Parish Council are seeking advice from the County Council on what they can do on condition of the road and path in Chapel Square  Full details reported.
26th January 1967  .Cheslyn Hay’s Roll of Honour to be renovated by children from Great Wyrley Secondary School .

26th January 1967  The New Inns Social Bowling Club story naming C Evans, G Fletcher, W Garrett, H Jones, H Williams, W Brough, R Franks, D Mason, H Lockett, B Walker, H Harvey, S Whitehouse, J Bird, F Franks, W Perry, W Follows, H Mason, Eli Hassall,  S Morris, Wm Garrett and A Ansell.

26th January 1967  The Salem had an audience of 100 for a performance of famous songs from popular musicals.  The entertainment had been billed as ‘Songs of the Shows’ and conducted by Mr Alan Williams, a section of the society sang songs from Gilbert and Sullivan works and the ‘Merry Widow’.


27th January 1917  Sgt W Altree, of the Grenadier Guards, home after being detained for many months in hospital with details of his life and Army career.

27th January 1917  William Bott and Elizabeth Bott were charged with indulging in obscene language at Chapel Square Cheslyn Hay with a full report of the accusations also involving Richard Roberts.

27th January 1917  Salem Church was on well filled for a sacred concert with Miss Janet Dews, Miss Elsie Brown, Mr Arthur C Blackshaw and Sergeant Percy Boot.

27th January 1917  Sympathy is extended to Mr Albert Cope, of High Street, Cheslyn Hay, in the severe loss he has sustained through the death of his wife with full details.

27th January 1917  John E Hart, butcher, Cheslyn Hay, was summoned for cruelty to pigs with witness George Follows, miner, of Mount Pleasant , Cheslyn Hay.  Extensive details of the case  and sentence.

GENERAL NEWS  Please ignore last week’s appeal re the building of houses in Saredon Road as I was misinformed and the leaflet in question was printed twelve months ago.  However the current proposal seemed to have already been accepted despite our Parish Council offering an alternative site.

Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 15th January 2017

EVENTS  The Museum of Cannock Chase are currently running an Exhibition up to 24th February on ‘Trench Art and WWI Military Appeal Tribunal Records’ including locals records.  Open Mondays to Fridays from 11am – 4pm.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we welcome Diana to help us in naming photographs of the Wootton, Thomas & Stokes families in our Ikey Stokes Collection.

REQUESTS  A request from Sheila (nee Ridgway) who now lives in East Sussex and would like to hear from her old school friends and perhaps meet up with them.  Sheila emails ‘I was born in 1947 at 101 Littlewood, next door to the Woodman before moving to 45 Littlewood Road in 1959. I have so many fond memories of growing up in a family of ten children with Margaret and Tony Perksbeing my half brother and sister.   In our Ridgway family there were, in order of ages, Elaine, myself, June, twins John & Betty, Joan, Alan and Caroline.’ Sheila also mentions her Dad, Ted, who was a shunter on the Tony loco steam engine, Mr Westwood, Jack Meek, PC Weekes, Vera Pringle, Mr Brough and Mr Thomas.

RESPONSES  John Turner appreciated a ready response to his ‘Memories’ of last week starting with a phone call from Rob Perks and an email from a long lost cousin, John Harper, who hadn’t seen him for over 50 years.  Also some memories from their schooldays fromMoss Fisher.
Mick Clark also emails with more research on the Wollaston family tree going further back to the mid 1600s.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  A Rosemary Tileries full page advert dated 15 Dec 1933, George Horton‘s United Methodist School Hymn Book and signed by him of ‘Dunduck Lane’, and a 5 page article written by Peter Cadman and published in the ‘History Revealed’ magazine about Cadman’s Cottage in Sydney with the connection to his own family supported with documents dating back to the 1820’s.

OLD NEWSPAPERS (Staffs Advertiser) researched by Dave Washington  A court case involving Nellie Farrington of 169 Station Street (1940) and a serious attack on Cheslyn Hay schoolteacher Miss Gray by Thomas Vaughan of Wolverhampton Road (1921).  Copy of any Newspaper Report £1.


19th January 1967  Letter re the appeal on behalf of the Earl Haig Fund, in Novemberfrom Mrs M J Perks, Poppy Day organiser, 115 Station Street , Cheslyn Hay.

19th January 1967  Full details of the work begun on a £5,500 scheme to divert Wyrley Brook, the primary cause of flooding on the Littlewood Estate, Cheslyn Hay.

19th January 1967  Last week’s meeting of Cheslyn Hay Salem Wesley Guild in the form of a literary evening given by Miss Colleen Horton, together with Sheila Jones, Bertram Hackett and Mrs B Hackett.

20th January 1917  A very interesting address by the Rev. R T Rowley on ‘Nature’.

MEMORIES  More priceless snippets from Diana extracted from the wonderful diaries of her Auntie Kath (nee Wootton) who was married to the headmaster Isaac (Jim) Stokes mentioning events with

Bert Hackett, Rhoda Cartwright, Ronnie Devereux, Don Lowe, Mr Kerry,  the Stokes family, Jack Plant, Walter Bull, Mrs Paradine‘s sausage and mash supper, Mrs Brearley, Mrs Dakin and  Harold Hawkins.

GENERAL NEWS  Posters have been distributed around the village protesting against the loss of more of our Green Belt, with the South Staffs Council preferred option for building 63 houses with a small 30 space car park being on the field directly opposite the Cheslyn Hay School entrances in Saredon Road .  There is an Exhibition at the Village Hall on Thursday, 28th January 2pm- 7pm and the consultation period ends February 12th and the poster recommends emailing our MP Gavin Williamson   or the Council direct    to protest against this proposal.

Cheslyn Hay & DLS Weekly News – 8th January 2017

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 1st January 2017

EVENTS  No events this week.

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.