Coffee Morning this Thursday at the Salem at 10am and it is a change of programme. Roger Moore will be giving a nostalgic talk entitled ‘A Nice Cup of Tea’. Come along and enjoy a cake with us.
Our Salem Base is open every Tuesday from 10am – 3pm. This week we look forward to meeting Wendy Manns from Rugby. Wendy is of the Corns/Wollaston/Perks family and she will be arriving late morning and she would love to meet anyone who has connections or memories of her family or who just want to relive old times.
Can you help identify this lady?
Richard emails from Orpington with an interesting plea ‘I have recently had two portrait paintings of my grandparents restored. When the one of my grandmother was taken from it’s frame a photograph of a young lady, unknown to me, was found behind the painting and I wonder whether you would be able to display it in the hope that someone may recognise her. My grandparents were William (1863-1941) and Annie (1866-1936) Westwood, of 10 Hatherton Street and I think the portraits may well have been painted around the time of their marriage in 1886.’ Please see young lady picture right.
Also we have been informed that a school trip is going to Belgium in the near future and as part of the trip, they will visit some war graves or cemetery. Therefore do we know of anyone from Cheslyn Hay or Great Wyrley who died in WW1 and is buried in a Belgium war cemetery, or similar, as the trip members would then want to research the individuals concerned and try to draw up a personal and family profile.
Further to Bernard’s request from Sacramento, our researcher Jean has hit the jackpot again. She has researched the Jacksons from the 1700s and traced their burial plots and has made two trips over to Rushall and taken photographs of them. Jean has taken photos of Joseph of Hollybush Hall, Lucy, William and Sarah from the 1700s right through to the 1800s all with plot numbers, inscriptions and dates. Bernard has now received the photographs and all of the information and is absolutely delighted.
On the enquiry for the Birch family we have had two responses from Mike and Angela, both offering to share all of their information and family trees including their relations Frederick and Clara Birch. Also Jenni thanks us in an email with ‘From your latest newsletter I went onto the Cemetery graves website!!!! and found Emma and family which gave more dates and family names including Lily married to John Holmes related to Emma Holmes and the Holmes who owned the off licence’. Finally David has completed his research on the James Whitehouse (1819 – 1885) and Harriet Lewis (1827 – 1905) family with all birth, marriage and death documents of that family, as well as the direct ancestral line of James back to George and Lucy Whitehouse, now received. Any persons who are descendents of this couple who are interesting in exchanging information and/or documents may reach David via ourselves.
And Jenni from Australia would like more information about. Rosa Thomas (b1848) married to William and Caroline (Carey). Plus James Homeshaw, said to be born Great Wyrley, was 29 in the 1851 census and married to Hannah Anslow living at Podgy Lane, Cannock Bank. Jenni adds that ‘but there are several James Homeshaws!’
New additions to our Archives this week include an old detailed map of the Longhouse Tileries (Hawkins Tileries) and a map of the local canals, the life story of Robert Wesson Belcher (1921 – 1998) of Wedges Mills and his father Harold of Hawkins Colliery. Also the fascinating life story of the Simms family starting with Joseph (1846 -1922) setting off to America and his return to England settling in Cheslyn Hay to run the New Inns whilst his son William married Emily Rogers of the Woodman which created a rift between the two families. Plus newspaper cuttings of the death of E I Whitehouse, an invitation card for the wedding of Dulcie Horton and Mr Horace Jervis, the wedding of Harry Rogers to Evelyn Perks and an agreement with the Gripton family and the South Staffs Waterworks Co to pay £1 per quarter for the use of a water hose. Old newspaper reports researched by Dave Washington this week cover court cases and disputes during the last six months of 1906 mentioning the names of Wm Henry Steadman, Matilda Hawkins, T Holdcroft, Thomas Weetman, John H Whitehouse, George Wootton, George Mason, Frederick Poole, EW Fereday, Frederick Downton, Herbert Norman, George Hodgkins, Henry Russell, Samuel Elks, Wm Jones, Samuel Newell, Wm Blakemore, Henry Challenor, Harry Baker, Harriet Dawkins, James Yates, Bradney Gripton Patrick Maddox and H Turner scooping the awards with his prize winning chrysanthemums as well as separate reports on the prizewinners at the Great Wyrley Flower Show including the Allotment Holders of Cheslyn Hay.
Also reports of Cheslyn Hay football matches against Burntwood Villa, Brownhills United and Norton United. Copies available at £1 per report.
And in Mike Belcher’s Column of ‘What Happened This Week 50/100 Years Ago’ include a full report of the Cheslyn Hay Tennis Club season of 1963 with players, captains and officials whilst on 12th April 1913, Charlie Moore was summoned for allowing a dangerous dog at liberty at Cheslyn Hay. Arthur Edward Thomas (11) was injured and John Godfrey Devereux of Sherwood and PC Cliff gave evidence.
Percy Carpenter, author of the excellent Landywood book ‘Song of Spring’ comments on the crashed Hurricane mentioned last week ‘Memories’, but this week the careers and events in the lives of Harold Corns and Albert Handley are recalled.
A book on local railways that can be thoroughly recommended is available through ourselves. Printed by Oakwood Press and entitled ‘The Staffordshire Railway – Volume Two – Walsall to Rugeley including the Cannock Chase Colliery Lines’ by Bob Yate it is priced at £15.95 it covers photographs and detailed information of all the stations around this area including Cheslyn Hay.
Another 121 sightings of local scenes of Cheslyn Hay in March on staffspasttrack. Hacketts Butchers Shop 26, Brittania Picture House 18, Albert Hawkins Shop 18, High Street 18, Salem 17, Garretts Shop 11, Woottons Post Office 7, Walter Hackett 6.
Vera Baker, widow of Cliff Baker of Zion Close has passed away, rather suddenly, on Wednesday morning. Vera was a lovely lady and a regular at our Coffee Mornings. Sad news.