EVENTS Chat n Char this Thursday 11th February at 9.30am in the Main Hall of the Salem with the theme of ‘The Power of Love’.
OUR SALEM BASE Our Salem Base is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Next week, 16th February, Christine Finn and her family are dropping in from Lancashire with photographs and are researching their Lockett, Kingston, Brevitt, Hughes and Herriott families and would love to meet anyone with connections to these names. Our researchers will also be available to help.
REQUESTS An email just received ‘My name is John Harper and Constance Turner was my mom’s sister. My mom and I used to visit the Turners when I was about 5 years old around 1950 and John, Desmond’s brother and I would always play together! The trip involved a trolley bus from Dudley then the ‘little bus’ from Wolverhampton to Cheslyn Hay. My sister, Betty Lloyd, and her husband, John, lived in a ‘barn’ conversion attached to the main house and I wonder if any of your older members remember them. I notice you have photographs of Desmond Turner but do you have any other pictures of the family as I lost touch with them many years ago and I believe that John is now living in Leek. Most of Aunt Connie’s siblings have passed away now and the only one I know still alive is Aunt Kath who is 85. If any of the Turner family are still in touch with you and have any information to share I would be most appreciative as I am researching my family history. I have a photo of my grandparents showing Connie and siblings if anyone is interested.
RESPONSES Our researchers have looked into John’s Wood family with Andrew finding John Wood born in Warwickshire and buried 28 May 1862 at St Marks, Great Wyrley with details of his wife Elizabeth’s burial and their children’s as well. Also details of Mary Wood and Charles Wood as well Elizabeth and Susannah Parbrook and the Duttons as well as a complication with an illegimate son.
Unfortunately our researchers could not help Janice with her request as both Vi and Bob point out the daughter Sarah Jane Bird married George Arthur Boyce who was not from Cheslyn Hay but from Willenhall. They married on 11 July 1875 in Liverpool and they raised all their family of six in Liverpool as well. Bob has created a Bird family tree and Jean has produced the marriage certificates of George Bird and Jane Noakes in 1819 plus Henry Bird and Sarah Burton in 1832 with all details and signatures or their marks.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS One dated 1961 of the Reservoir with the Woodman in the background, two of the Holly Lane Camp with the Polish cadets during the war, Tom Evans of Chapel Square, the Barsby sisters Margaret Stanley & Dorothy Kingston, one of the Swingbridge from the Nook Basin, an uninterrupted view of Campions Wood from Pinfold Lane in 1974, and one of the Station Street float in the 1975 carnival. £1 per 7×5 photographic print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Mac Tonks has donated a coloured certificate to celebrate the end of the war in 1919 given to all local schoolchildren and an original The People Sunday newspaper warning of the imminent outbreak of war dated 3rd September 1939.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington Two court cases in 1889 involving Gordon Collier, Gordon Thomas and Harvey Garratt plus details of a crime with William Warburton being sentenced to being ‘well birched’ for a crime against Martha Willis. Charles Davis also involved. Plus full details of the Memorial-stone laying ceremony of the Salem schoolroom also in 1889.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
10th February 1966 Talbot S C’s first game in the Sunday Subsidiary Competition of the Chase League with a victory over R A Davies with details of the game and all the scorers.
12th February 1916 Emma Crudgington of Queen Street in court for assault. Others involved were Thomas Whitehouse, Ruth Kingston and Mary Anne Webb.
12th February 1916 Mr Illidge, of Low Street listing the donations to the Shilling Fund of the ‘Express and Star’.
12th February 1916 Views on the discontinuance of lighting because of the ‘frightfulness by the Huns’.
12th February 1916 Reflections of the Old Age Pensioners of the war in comparison to the Crimean War and the stirring time of the Indian Munity, while the march from Kabul to Kandahar and the Boer War are matters of modern history.
12th February 1916 A billiards match in connection with the League Tournament took place at the Cheslyn Hay Working Men’s Club where they drew with the Cannock Liberal Club and all players and their scores recorded.
12th February 1916 Sale of five freehold houses and shop at Cheslyn Hay near Walsall
for sale by auction, at the Red Lion Inn, Cheslyn Hay with full details of all the properties and rents together with the tenants Messrs Farnell, Smith, Hicken, Perks, Westwood and Corbett.
MEMORIES of Derek Bullock from Canada of his days at the Elliott-Lucas and Abbey Dropforgings factories with stories of Norris Payne, Fred Belcher, Frank Bowen, Ernie Beeston, Geoff Beeston, Chas Weaver and Bill Bickley.