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Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 26th April 2015

EVENTS  Our Annual General Meeting takes place this Thursday, 30th April at the Salem.
It will be a short meeting but followed by a Powerpoint Presentation by Peter Cadman on the aims and the future of the Society.  Everyone welcome.  Free admission of course.
We continue with our involvement with the schools this week and Peter and Carolyne Cadman are taking two sets of children from the Cheslyn Hay Infants School on a ‘Village Trail’ on Wednesday, 29th April – one walk in the morning and the other on the afternoon.
OUR SALEM BASE Our Salem Base is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS  After Bernard Scott Jackson’s appeal from Sacramento trying to tie up the Jackson connection with the recently departed Evelyn Hitchens, whose grandparents were from the Jackson and the Stokes families, has prompted a request from Marion of the Vale of Glamorgan.  Marion emails ‘I’m contacting you because my mom once told me that an Evelyn Hitchens was her cousin.  I have never been able to place her in my tree and so decided I must have heard her wrongly.  But is it possible that Bernard knows Evelyn’s background so that I can eliminate her from my tree, or even put her IN my tree?  My mom was a Stokes, her father was Joseph Stokes and her grandparents Henry and Hannah Stokes.  I’ve searched and searched but can’t find a connection with Evelyn Hitchens  and my mom’s family.  It was also tricky trying to find the name of William Hitchens’ father because William was born in 1897 and in 1901 he seems to be living with his grandparents, a Joseph Mason and family. This would make his mother a Mason. The only daughter of Joseph for the right age to be Williams mother is Susannah. She marries an Elijah Hikins and they have a son William who is the right age to be William, Evelyn’s father.  Could Elijah and Susannah be Evelyn’s grandparents?  If there is anyone with Evelyn’s family tree, I’d love to solve the mystery.’
RESPONSES   Following a request from Vicki in Oxfordshire last May we have had a response this week from Ruth in Worcester who is tracing the same family.  Vicki was after information about Florence May Adcock, born to Fanny Adcock, her great grandmother at the Union Workhouse, Cannock on 4 Mar 1893.  Fanny married John Henry Bailey a Cheslyn Hay coal miner on 20 May 1900 and they went on to have 8 children of which Vicki’s grandmother, Kathleen Jane Bailey was the first one born in Dec 1900.  Now Ruth emails ‘I was researching my g-grandmother, Fanny Bailey (nee Adcock), when I came across your website and I’m very interested in the information posted up by Vicki who is also a g-granddaughter of Fanny.’  Ruth outlines all of her details and we are now appealing for anyone who can add details of the Bailey connection of Cheslyn Hay/Bridgtown or the Adcock family of Wedges Mills.
Our researcher Jean has found all the details of the parents of James Henry Sutton, who was killed in the First World War, for Helen.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  Thomas & Mary Cope (nee Heminsley 1860 – 1912) of Blackhalve Farm, evacuee John Weller with hisDavis family in the 1960s and a later one with Bill Selvey with his partner Mary of High Street and photographs of the five local churches – Salem, Mount Zion, Upper Landywood, Wyrley Wesley and the Methodist Church in Jacob’s Hall Lane all dated 1929.   £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  An Enrolment Certificate for Wendy Davis into the Cradle Roll of the Salem Sunday School dated 15th November 1953 – first one we have ever received and we have never known of its existence.
29th April 1965  Problems with the youths of Cheslyn Hay.
29th April 1965  Hawkins Cricket Club team for the opening of the season.
1st May 1915  The work being performed by the Local Relief Committee.
1st May 1915  A change being made this weekend in the police authorities.
MEMORIES  We complete Pat Everiss’s ‘Life during the Great War’ this week with a review of the year of 1916.
Full details can be obtained from all of the above reports by emailing –

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 19th April 2015

EVENTS  No events this week.
OUR SALEM BASE Our Salem Base is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS  None this week.
RESPONSES  Full details of all the relatives and descendants of Wendy’s g-grandparents, George Mason and Jane Hall, with dates of marriages etc.
Furthermore Glenice Whitehouse emails ‘Wendy’s Dad was our cousin (ie Mike Belcher, Ena Brown,  Ivan Davis, Janet Clifton, Joan Bunch and me) who are all alive.  After which Mike brought his researches to the Base last Tuesday and showed Wendy and her family the Davis tree going back to 1799.
Also more recollections of the Wellers, the evacuee family, from Mavis (nee Edwards) of the Nelson Buildings who fondly remembers her old friend Shirley who she used to play with during the war years, and hopefully they can renew their memories as Shirley is still living in Margate.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  Two photos of  Low Street in 1960, 3 Mystery Photographs of the Over 60s and Darby and Joan Club photos from the 1960s, a Great Wyrley School football team from 1922, two Elliott Lucas and Abbey Dropforging Awards Presentations by MD Mr Rodney Timson but hardly any names, and photographs of Arnott Wallbank, Beatrice Owen, the Perrins, the Owens and the Smiths.  £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  A saucer from the Mount Zion Methodist School.  Also two Flat Irons from Mrs Annie Richards (1895 – 1989) who lived in North Street Bridgtown and was the housemaid to Miss Rosa Hawkins of Ivy Cottage in High Street Cheslyn Hay.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington  County Scholarship Results with details of John Seager, Alfred Richard Geoffrey Ford, Donald Herbert Perks and Joseph Henry Cadman (3 June 1932).
MEMORIES  More on Pat Everiss’s ‘Life during the Great War’.
VOLUNTEERS  We are always looking for volunteers and we are moving on to the next phase which will include three projects.
1.  Anyone available on Tuesday at the Base to bring their own laptops and copy local information off our Microfiche Readers
2.  Anyone with access to Ancestry or Findmypast to transcribe the 1911 Census for Cheslyn Hay.
3.  To transcribe the Cheslyn Hay directories for the 19th century to help fill in the gaps between the census returns.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 12 April 2015

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS    New member Wendy Gough has joined to find more information on her family saying ‘ My Dad, Kenneth Edward Davis, lived in Pinfold Lane for many years but my Mom only moved to Cheslyn Hay upon her marriage on 31st March 1951 before moving to Cannock around 1954 when I was still a toddler. I have limited information about my Dad’s family but I know my Granddad to be Alec or Alick Davis (b1899) and he married Laura Mason (b1900).  They had three sons Stanley, Kenneth and Joseph Davis and my Nan, Laura, passed away 10th October 1946 aged 46 and she is buried in Cheslyn Hay (Plot 13G).  My g-grandparents were George Richard Mason (b1868) and Jane Elizabeth Hall and I think they were married in 1893 but I need more help to find out about my family as I believe I still have relatives living in the area.’
RESPONSES  Carol emails more information on her Sayers family before her planned visit to our Base – ‘I wish to correct a couple of errors that I made – Billy Sayer I believe had six children, four girls – Lilian died young,  Annie, Rose and Maud plus two sons, Bernard (my grandfather) and Edward (died young).  I know that one sister committed suicide in California, but I’m not sure who it was, as mum lost contact with her aunts about 60yrs ago.  Bernard’s son and elder daughter have both died in the last few years but they both have families who still have connections with this area.’  I’ve had a response from descendants of the Sayer family so hopefully we will plan a family get-together for Carol’s visit.
Another welcome visitor to our Base in the next few weeks will be Bernard Scott Jackson from Sacramento in California who emails ‘I have made much progress with the ancestors in and around Staffordshire since we last spoke. In fact, I have additional evidence that the Jackson family started out in Tatenhill and Dunstall before migrating to Holly Bush in Cheslyn Hay and surrounding area but it would be fantastic to locate a living descendant of the Jacksons nearby but I know the last living descendant was Evelyn Hitchens so it may be doubtful’.  Anyone  with connections to Bernard’s family please contact me ( for more information.
After a raft of papers dating back over 100 years were found in a second hand bookshop in Australia last year, the finder forwarded them on to our Society in the hope we could locate anyone from the Boddice family in our area, from where the family had emigrated before settling in Australia.  Since our success in finding Kevin Boddice of Great Wyrley, Kevin now informs me that between the Australian/English researchers he and Ann from Ballarat in Victoria have now discovered seven generations of the Boddice family going back to 1730.  And all through one Australian lady who bought those papers and unselfishly helped to connect the Boddice family from both sides of the Atlantic ….. and how easy it would have been to have dumped them without a second thought.  Let’s hope the favour is somehow returned to that lady….!
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  Several of the Fletcher family – Reg in WWII as a Medic, Adelaide (nee Roberts) & Davinia and Mary Roberts (nee Tooth), John Redvers Fletcher, Adelaide & Joan Fletcher and Norman receiving a Bravery Award.  Also Corona Price and a small class in the 1940s, Cyril & Doris Smith of Station Street and one of St Marks Church in 1950.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  More items for the Martins Garage & Transport and Landywood Motor Co Ltd Archive.  Also the story of William Gilpin, and records of the setting out of the Walking of the Bounds of Great Wyrley dated 13 March 1823 with names of all the officials plus the Programme of the Great Wyrley Local History Exhibition of 1967.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington     Snooker matches involving Harrison Colliery and Cheslyn Hay teams with E Smith, C Hales, K Bickley, J Bull, E Hemingsley, L Whitehead, L Pearson, S Pearson, V Hook, H Stokes (4 Mar 1949).
15th April 1965  The funeral service of Mr Arthur E Fereday, of Highfield, Station Road, Great Wyrley, was held on Thursday of last week at St Mark’s Church, Great Wyrley.  Conducted by the Rev E H Marsh, it was followed by cremation at Bushbury.  Mr Fereday was 82, and was a well-known Cheslyn Hay business man.  He was the founder of the Chase Lodge of Freemasons.
17th April 1915  On Wednesday afternoon, Mr T A Stokes, District Coroner, held an inquest at the Hatherton Arms, on a body of a child named Dorothy Maud Alcock, who suddenly died on Monday morning, under rather sad circumstances.  Mr George Evans was foreman of the jury.
Frank William Alcock said that he was in the Royal Expeditionary Force of the Second South Staffords, but was invalided home and resided at 11 Saredon Road.  He had been at the front in active service, his child Dorothy Maud was eight months and three weeks old.  Continuing he said that the child at 8.45am on Monday was in a chair and a bit of crust was given it.  Shortly afterwards it commenced coughing and in his opinion the child was in a fit.  Witness ran for Dr A H Syree but he was ill and could not attend.  He returned home and went for Dr Hosegood, but as he was going, someone called him back and said the child was dead.  In reply to the coroner: Witness said that the child seemed all right until it fell into a fit, it went black in the face.
Lydia Lockett said she was a neighbour and lived near Mr and Mrs Alcock.  She heard Mrs. Alcock scream and she ran and saw that the child was getting black.  It was in a fit.  She and her husband put a little cold water on its forehead.  The child died in her arms.  The coroner said it was a rather sad case for the parents, but he thought the child died of natural causes.  The jury agreed and a verdict was given accordingly.
17th April 1915  A sad fatality occurred at Cheslyn Hay on Tuesday.  A family named Ansell, the father of which is at the front, reside in a cottage at  80 High Street.  This consisted of the mother and four children.  The oldest of these, Christina, was nine years and six months old.  She had attended school in the morning and had returned home.  Her mother had left her in charge of the family while she went out of the house to make some purchases at the shop of Mr Perks.  While the mother was gone it appears that the child stood near the fire and by some means her clothing caught fire and she screamed and tried to extinguish the flames but she failed to do so.  Some neighbours went to her assistance, but the child was very badly burned, and P.S. Wright who was soon in attendance rendered first aid with good effect and did all that was possible but it was absolutely necessary that the child should be conveyed with all speed to Wolverhampton hospital.  Mr Dakin, with his usual readiness, at once placed the child in his car and conveyed it to Wolverhampton, where it received immediate attention, but the mother was sent for later in the day and, as expected, the child died soon after admission to the institution.
MEMORIES  We continue this week with Pat Everiss’s ‘Life during the Great War’.
Unfortunately the Ministry of Munitions issued an order prohibiting the holding of the Wakes in 1916 but there was still plenty of entertainment.  At Cheslyn Hay Picture Palace run by Mr Thacker in Rosemary Road opened Monday to Thursday and Saturday evenings at popular prices of 2d, 3d, 4d and 6d with a children’s matinee on Saturday afternoons at one penny.  The Picture Palace was also used for Benefit Concerts and one that year featured ‘Mosantus the Handcuffs King’.
Cheslyn Hay Parish Council discussed instructional classes in cheese making but to no avail due to insufficient milk supply.  There were also Social Class activities with lectures given such as ‘My three months with the Boys in France’  by the Rev W T Thompson and a Gleam Class run by the Rev Colbeck‘s sister and a Cheslyn Hay Institute for ‘wholesome amusement’ for the young men of the village and Mr T A Hawkins donated a billiards table for the cause.  Meanwhile the Chairman of the Council, Mr F W Hawkins, made an appeal to all young men to take the pledge and become total abstainers for at least twelve months with the gratifying result of 46 members signing.
APPEAL  From Lisa Davenport who has contacted me about a project she is currently supporting the Friends of Cannock Chase, focusing on sharing information about Cannock Chase’s WWI history to visitors. As part of the project Lisa is looking for volunteers who might be interested in welcoming people to the Great War Hut and/or leading WWI walks around the Chase.  Anyone interested please contact me via the email address below for further information.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 5th April 2015

EVENTS   Chat n Char this Thursday, 9th April is entitled ‘Bonnets and Banjos’!  10am in the Main Hall at the Salem .
OUR SALEM BASE Our Salem Base is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.
REQUESTS   Gill from Nottingham has just received a photograph of Joseph Harold Butler (18 Dec 1889 – 20 Mar 1953), father of Frances C Butler, and says ‘Joseph Butler is a younger brother of my Grandma, Mary Ann Butler and it would be lovely to be able to contact any descendants.’
RESPONSES  Following on from a long standing story of the Holland family of Cheslyn Hay that has a direct link to Henry VII and Joseph Holland,the last surviving member of this family, bequeathed the family heirloom and chest dated 1469 to the Bantock Museum in Wolverhampton on his death in 1987.

We have posted on photographs of the Wellers, who were evacuated here during the war, but it seems the photograph we have in our archives is not of the Weller family so we are checking the other evacuee family photographs to hopefully correct the matter. Dan Weller has since forwarded  photos of his father with the Selveys.
Our researchers have all chipped in to help Helen trace James Henry Sutton giving details of his marriage and his service record in WWI.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  Wedding of Des Turner & Ann Smallman and guests, wedding of Ken Fletcher & Beryl Gunn and photographs of the Snape family including John, the mines photographer and a Cheslyn Hay Women’s Own supper with Nellie Doughty, Mrs & Muriel Timmins, Harold & Olive Wollaston, Bert & Kath Hackett, Mrs Blackley, Kath Spooner & Roy Joneswith a few unnamed.  £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  The booklet ‘G H Darby, Captain of the Wyrley Gang – An Investigation’ by G A Atkinson (1914) and a full history of Air Mechanic Leslie Bickley of Holly Hill, Upper Landywood during WWII including the ships he served on.  Also following Colin’s request, on behalf of the Cheslyn Hay Allotments Association, Vi has now produced an impressive 10 page catalogue of vegetables with 47 different strains that would have been available to grow on allotments during the First World War.

OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington   Court cases of stealing and drunkeness with Florence Stokes, Jesse & Eliza Beatrice Crutchley, William Ecclestone, George Warburton, William Pearson and John Russell (1889) and John Leech (1909).

8th April 1965  Dispute over a narrow portion of land in the High Street of Cheslyn Hay.
8th April 1965  Parish Council celebrating its 70th year of existence.
8th April 1965  Disputes of the three sites chosen by the Staffordshire County Council for itinerant caravanners.
10th April 1915 Full reports including all the names of all four teams of the football tournament between Cheslyn Hay Schoolboys and Great Wyrley Schoolboys as well as the Great Wyrley Colliery playing the Old Coppice Colliery with all of the the proceeds going to the funds of the Local Relief Committee.
MEMORIES   Carried forward to next week.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 29th March 2015

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Peter Cadman and his ‘team’ are spending the morning at Moat Hall Primary School on Monday, 30th March, with talks and displays covering the Second World War.
OUR SALEM BASE Our Salem Base is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we have members researching the Wollastons, the Fletchers and more research on Shareshill and Saredon.
REQUESTS  After the recent email from Jenni in Australia on the Dutton family we have just received this from John Dutton ‘In my search for our family name I see you have several referrals to people with the Dutton surname.  I have a family tree scroll that was drawn up in 1995 by a lady by the name of Maureen Piper, who lived in Longdon village where many of my Dutton family originated.  She went back as far as a Joseph Dutton born in 1807 in or around Cannock/Wyrley and I wonder if you have any further information.  I have attached a copy of the said tree showing Joseph’s name on.  My grandfather was the youngest son of William Dutton who was the eldest son of Thomas Dutton’s second Marriage, who was the youngest son of Joseph Dutton.’
Also Helen emails ‘I was wondering if anyone knows if there are any work records for the brick and tile manufacturers in Wyrley? I am still trying to trace James Henry Sutton (b abt 1881) who lived in Company Buildings in 1900 when he joined the South Staffs.  There is no mention of his parents in the paperwork but his boss was Mr W Loach. Despite the kind help already received from your researchers I have been unable to tie my James Henry to the Sutton families of butchers as been suggested. Any help will be welcome as a family tree that ends at 1900 is more like a family twig!’
RESPONSES  From Kesia’s appeal last week for photographs we have received a response from Reg Marriott in Weston-super-Mare who says he’ll see what photographs he has for Kesia and adds some family information ‘Sam Marriott’s children were Muriel, Reg, Iris, Betty, Edna and Jack who got killed on a motor bike.  Muriel had two children Ronald and Rita.  Betty had one child, Lynn, and Iris you know of, and I am Reg.  I’m not sure if Betty is still alive as the last I heard she was living in Hednesford.  Iris was a good sport.’
And we have sorted out photographs from our archives for Dan Weller of Margate of all the Weller family when they were evacuees here and two photos of Harriet Butler, the lady with only one eye, where John Weller stayed.  However despite there being 24 photographs of Fred Perks it seems that no-one remembers him at all.  Presumable he died shortly after the war.
Plenty of information has come in though on our Sayers/Quinton connection with Mick Drury, our mining researcher, who quotes from the Cannock Chase Mining Historical Society’s books which he has always been heavily involved with, together with references in our own publications and Margaret Winfer refers to Edward Sayer, coalmaster at the Old Falls and Coppice Collieries, being the first Churchwarden at St Mark’s Church.  Also Carol provides more background to the story from her elderly mother, who even remembers Billy Sayer when she was a young girl, and she relates the stories and tragedies of the Sayers family mentioning Billy, who married Blanche Emily, having six children Annie, Rose, Elsie, Lilian, Edward (who died very young) and another daughter who emigrated to California.  Unfortunately the family has lost contact with the Sayers and Carol is visiting our Base in the near future and hopes to hear from any of Billy Sayers’ descendants.
Finally in response to the enquiry from Colin Bedford, Secretary of the Cheslyn Hay Community Allotments Association, we thank Ron Myatt who has diligently read through the minutes of the Cheslyn Hay Parish Council Meetings during WWI for us and we now have a comprehensive record of the projects of providing food during this difficult time.  And our researcher Vi adds that the website Garden Leave or Gardening Organic formally known as Henry Doubleday Association at Ryton on Dunsmore will be able to help with WW1 seed types.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS     Tom & Lil (nee Whitehouse) Altree of 63 Low Street and weddings of Roy & Eileen (nee Haycox) Altreeand Wilf & Kath (nee Haycox) Bevan.  Jack Davis of 32 Low Street and Floss Davis as one of a group of cleaners at Great Wyrley School – late 1940s.  £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Three detailed pages of the Cheslyn Hay Council meetings during WWI on the allotment situation and Marriage Certificates of Laurence Turner (decorator) &  Constance Susan Elizabeth Davies (1933) andAlbert Henry Bullivant & Marion Elizabeth Turner (1939).
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington  Court case of Leonard Charles Kingston Turner of 11 Coppice Lane  and John Edward Astbury, Bridgtown  (10 Nov 1933)
1st April 1965  Full report on the Sunday League match between the Talbot and the South Staffs Waterworks team.
3rd April 1915  The funeral and life of Mr William Hemingsley of Warstones Farm.
MEMORIES  This week we refer to Cheslyn Hay life during the Great War covering most aspects and people of the village.
WORLD WAR ONE PROJECT  Next month we commemorate the death of 15064 Private John Haycox, husband of Mary Elizabeth, of 9 Coppice Lane with details of his life and Army career.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 22nd March 2015

EVENTS Speakers Night this Thursday at the Salem, 26th March at 7.30pm, and we welcome Winston Leese who is giving a talk on ‘Admiral Anson of Shugborough’. £1 including refreshments.
OUR SALEM BASE Our Salem Base is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we welcome three researchers interested in their family histories including our archive photographs of the Fletchers, the Bakers and the Snapes, as well as Denise coming up from the South coast to visit her roots for the first time in many years. Denise is the granddaughter of Laurence & Connie Turner, the decorators and her father was Desmond and would like to meet anyone who remembers her family. Next week we have Michael Clark from Birmingham who is bringing his photographs and history of his Cheslyn Hay Wollaston family.
REQUESTS Here is a coincidence – because as we look forward to meeting Denise, of the Turner family, at our Base on Tuesday, I have just received this request comes in from Dan Weller of Margate. ‘My father was evacuated from Margate to Cheslyn Hay during the war and stayed with Harriet Butler (he recalled she had one eye) in a little house Pinfold Lane/High Street where coal miners also lodged. He remembered her going to the Red Lion, and he also delivered groceries for Fred Perks. Our lot were Dolly (Dorothy – mother) Jack (John – father), Raymond Weller, who sadly died of meningitis in 1943 and who, a week prior to this, fell from high off seating at a visiting circus. Coral, June, Pat and Shirley Weller were sisters who stayed at the Turner’s sweet shop whilst my father, John Weller stayed with Harriet Butler and I’d love to have more information on these people.’
Following on from the recent interest in the Marriott family, Kesia Appleton, granddaughter of Iris Marriott whose married name was Grose, is appealing for photographs of Samuel and Olive May Marriott (nee Whitehouse) and also Kesia is trying to trace her Auntie Betty (Beatrice Hodgson nee Marriott) who she believes to be still alive.
The Sayers name has always been involved with the development of Cheslyn Hay’s history in the 19th century and this email from Carol recalls those early connections ‘My mum, Marjorie, now 82, is the youngest and only surviving child of Bernard Sayer (deceased around 1970, aged 82, but recorded as having been living in the Saredon, Essington area in 1901). The family story she remembers being told was that her grandfather’s family had owned coalmines in this area and had been wealthy, but the money had been drunk away by the eldest son. My mum grew up in Bushbury and then Brewood, where Bernard and his wife Edith spent their last years. I’ll have to look into my family records as Edward Sayer is very probably my ancestor. I did find a site where a Mr E Sayer is named as the owner of Sling Colliery and there was also a Sayers Colliery, owned by a C Quinton in 1869.’ We have had responses in the past from descendants from different lines of the Sayers family, so perhaps we might collate as much information together for our archives.
And this is the fourth and final request this week ‘My name is Colin Bedford and I am Secretary of Cheslyn Hay Community Allotments Association. You are aware that in conjunction with other organisations in Cheslyn Hay we are involved in a four year project associated with WWI. We have dedicated one allotment to be cultivated and are seeking help in finding out the type and variety of vegetables that would have been grown on allotment plots during WWI, whether the army would have grown their own to supply the soldiers in the trenches and, if so, what type and variety would they have been and also we wondered whether anyone from the society would like to take on the allotment and maintain it as a WWI allotment.’ A worthwhile request and please contact me for anyone who is interested.
RESPONSES Andrew has been able to produce a 9 page family history of the Bakers going back to George Baker who was born in 1763 for Susan’s enquiry of last week, also linking in with the Towe family of Cole Orton near Ashby-de-la-Zouch, where Joseph was born c1828, son of Joseph and Sarah. However we have the full, and terrible story, of Sarah Baker in our book ‘Tales of Cheslyn Hay’ and her birth date fits, so we need to research further to confirm that this is the same Sarah Baker who married this Joseph Towe.
And from a recent request, David Whitehouse emails that ‘I have pretty well got the Whitehouse/Howell connection sorted out now and sure enough Benjamin’s brother appears to have married Sarah’s sister.’
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Two of the Sleigh family inc one of Harold & Amy and one of the Salem Sunday School teacher Elaine (1919-1950). A couple of Bill Kendall and one of Angela Dace and one outside the old Dog in the fifties with Eli Jones, Les Marshall, Billy Hodgkiss, Cliff Baker, Harry Tonks, Wally Whitehouse, Ray Willcocks and the licensees Arthur and Mrs Evans. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS After our recent appeal for our Schools Programme we have received a rug bodger and a crocheting hook from Willi Schaeffer that were lovingly used by his wife’s mother, Mrs Mary Marsh of Cannock throughout her 92 year old life.
18th March 1965 Death of Mr Edward Alfred Hall of 67 Station Street and details of his life.
25th March 1965 News of the Cheslyn Hay allotment plots.
25th March 1965 Resignation of Mr E Hackett.
27th March 1915 Full details and scores of the Cheslyn Hay WMC billiard match against the Cannock Liberal Club.
27th March 1915 Voting results for the committee men at the WMC with 12 candidates.
MEMORIES After Glenice’s recent recollections of the shops in Cheslyn Hay, Mary Heath (nee Russell) adds some of her own from just after the war.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 15th March 2015

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EVENTS Although we have no events this week, our friends at the Bridgtown LHS have Peter Hart, ex-captain of Walsall FC and now vicar of St Lukes, as their speaker at the Bethel, Union Street, on Wednesday, 18th March at 10am. Admission £1.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we are having an exchange of information and photographs in helping Paul Robinson in his new book on Saredon and Shareshill. Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS New member Susan Howell emails asking for information on her mother’s side of her family who all came from Cheslyn Hay and says ‘I need to ask for information about my g-g-g-g-grandmother named Sarah, whose married name was Towe, but also referred to as Sarah Baker. She was born around 1832 – 1834 and she died in 1902 and I would like to find details of her parents and other family.’
RESPONSES From Malcolm Smith on the recent comments on Harrison’s No3 pit.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Cheslyn Hay School around 1900, a colourful Gilpins advert/guarantee, and four photographs of the Great Wyrley School ‘Beating the Bounds’ in 1964. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
18th March 1965 A story concerning Mr and Mrs Oscar Dunn of 37 Windsor Road, Cheslyn Hay.
20th March 1915 The formation of ambulance classes in Cheslyn Hay.
MEMORIES We continue with Glenice’s walk round the village which started last week and naming all the shops and shopkeepers and their wares from the 1940s onwards.
VOLUNTEERS The Cheslyn Hay Electoral Rolls have now been completed by our volunteers with 124,000 names entered on our master database of all the people eligible to vote from 1918 -1990.
GENERAL NEWS With the interest created by the current TV programme ‘Arthur and George’ it is worthwhile mentioning that we have four volumes of the Edalji case that can be viewed at our Base on Tuesdays including a map where all the maimings in Cheslyn Hay and Great Wyrley took place.
Fuller information on any of the above items will be gladly provided free by request to me at the email address below.