Cheslyn Hay Newsletter 26th June 2016

26th June 2016
EVENTS
  This month’s speaker is Tim Burgin, returning by request after his talk last year on Waterloo with his follow up ‘ Waterloo – the Aftermath’ with a range of anecdotes following the battle.  This Thursday, 30th June at the Salem starting at 7.30pm.  Admission £1 including refreshments.  Everybody welcome.
Also on Friday morning at 7.30am (the time that our men went ‘over the top’)  there will be a short ceremony ‘Whistle for the Somme’ in remembrance of everyone including the names being read out of our local men who made the ultimate sacrifice exactly 100 years ago. Held at our Cheslyn Hay War Memorial.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS  An intriguing request from Graham who wants to know who were the two people Benton and Shaw and why did they name lanes after them in Great Wyrley.
RESPONSES   Our researcher Jean mentions that the Askey/Dace connection is through the marriage of Doris’s father, William Askey, and Sarah Ellen Lindop (b1878) and she goes to explain the complication in the family history that’s complied with a transcription error on our St Marks CD.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  A 1954 Cheslyn Hay Carnival with Margaret Roberts, Joanne Marshall & Celia Roberts, one of Jim Wise, Bill Harley & Harry Hitchener outside the Dog plus 17 members and three generations of the Plant family in 1995 and all named.  £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington   Seven reports from the Lichfield Mercury and the Tamworth Herald from 1938-40 including the names involved are R Arnill, G Barker, J Barker, Bickley, Bradford, Nellie Caine, R Carpenter, V Cascarino, W Davis, Downton, Dolphin, Dutton, Evans, E Fletcher, Harper, Wilfred Heminsley, E Hill, W Leach, Harry North, Onions, Ridgway, Lucy Sanders, W Savage Snr, Smith, H Thornley, J Titley, Whitehouse, Harold Wollaston and F Worsey.  Copy of any newspaper report £1.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
30th June 1966 
Cannock Thursday Bowls League with Hawkins F.C. beating the Cheslyn Hay “B” by 150 points to 126 with all individual scores.
30th June 1966  The work involved in keeping the Salem spic and span.
30th June 1966  Cheslyn Hay Sunday School carnival with full information of those involved, namely Mrs Kath Spooner, Linda Hemingsley, Jane Powis, Dianne Illidge, Maxine Williams, Hillary Simms, Sharon Beard, Colleen Horton, Julie & Sandra Jevons, Jacqueline Farrington, Wendy Brough, Josephine Blunt, Janet Beard, Michael Archer, Tony Lewis, Sandra Parr, Carol Coads, John Westley, Mrs E Hammond and Mrs A Brough.
MEMORIES
  First part of an interview of Pat Potts (nee Marshall) by Peter Cadman in 2012.
This week relating to Pat’s early years, her time at school, naming all the teachers and their punishments, her first jobs followed by her work in WWII at the munition factories.
THIS WEEKS MYSTERY PHOTOGRAPH       MYS-19  Headmaster John Martin  and Mr Blount with a class of 29 unnamed pupils in 1960.  Can be viewed either on our website www.chdlhs.co.uk  or on our Facebook Page.
WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES
This week we complete the list of deaths of local miners recorded at local pits over the years.
S Morgan, F Parker, G Pearson, William Perks, Benjamin Potts, Rowland Rowlands, J Stackhouse, Henry Stanton, G Thomas, James Thomas, James Walker, Samuel Wall, Thomas Waltho, Fred Whitehouse, J Whitehouse, Henry Wilkes and Richard George Wood.
APPEAL
   Now that solicitors no longer keep the house deeds on everyone’s properties, we are asking for the chance to copy such deeds, in particular belonging to the older properties, to compile a separate file for references.  For family/house historians the attraction is obvious and we will be able to index all the previous occupiers for future generations.
MEMBERSHIP  Full details of all the above stories can be obtained by becoming a member at £5 and the newsletters are emailed out at 9am every Sunday morning and we are now taking subscriptions for the next 12 months.  Either pay by Paypal via our website chdlhs.co.uk or a £5 cheque made out to CH&DLHS and post to T McFarlane, 42 Station Road, Great Wyrley, Walsall, West Mids WS6 6LQ.   Many thanks.    

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Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 19 June 2016

19th June 2016

EVENTS  Trip to Blenheim Palace on Thursday 14th July has practically been sold out – just 2 seats remaining at £23 each but all monies outstanding must be paid to Roger by 30th June.  Roger’s telephone number is 01543 372856.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           OUR SALEM BASE  is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Everyone welcome.                                                                                                                                                                                             REQUESTS  As seen in our 1966 Newspaper Reports below there is a mention of a new dancing troupe named the ‘Annettes’ and despite us having over 300 Carnival photographs in our archives we do not have one of this group.  Can anyone provide us with one please?                                                                                                                                                                                      RESPONSES  We have had a good response to information on the Dell for the new owners from our researchers and from 3 previous owners over the past 60 years including some very interesting and sad stories involved in their occupancy.  A meeting is now being arranged for all the interested parties at our Base.
Following last week’s news of the passing of Ken Handley, Don Savage from Cheshire and Geoffrey Boulton of Lancaster, both pass on their memories of Ken from the past.
And David Whitehouse thankfully points out that the name of Matthew Hampson is incorrectly spelt stating that ‘His actual name is Matthew Sommerville Hampton  born 14th Nov 1887, son of Horatio Hampton and Jessie Sommerville.   He married Bertha Thomas, daughter of Emma, in Montreal 9th June 1914.’
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  Four photographs have been donated and all concern vehicles with local connections – Double decker of the Green Bus Company (IN-GBC-16), Green Bus Bedford O.B. (IN-GBC-15), A BS Eaton 1959 Foden (IN-GEN-13) and a Churchbridge Coach (IN-CBM-8).  £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  National Identity Card and Military papers and 3 photographs of Frank Worsey of Glenthorne House filed in our WWII archives.  Also a birth certificate of Richard George Wood (4 Mar 1878) of Littlewood.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
23rd June 1966 
Cheslyn Hay young wives club with details oftwo meetings and Olive Lyons, Doreen Lyons and Margaret Davies.
23rd June 1966  Full details of the Cheslyn Hay Primary School seventh annual sportsday with Mr A Handley, Clive Baker, Lynn Pedley, Trevor Wright and Lorraine Perry.
23rd June 1966  Cheslyn Hay Gingham Girls and the Annettes appeared at Bloxwich Carnival.  Names mentioned were Ann Parsons, Carol Stevens and Mrs E Dunn.
24th June 1916  Mr Baxter
and Mr R Brough at a Parish Council meeting.
MEMORIES   From our 2010 archives an interview with Harry Dace when he was aged 98.
Harry’s stories cover Sid Lawson and his two sons Chris and Len, Jack Dace, Jack and Flo Dutton plus tales of Gilpins and Hawkins Coppice Colliery with Jackie Lunt, Fred Altree, Fred Hawkins, Alf Jukes and a disputed industrial injury.  Also a tragic story of Mr Fereday the Chemist.
THIS WEEKS MYSTERY PHOTOGRAPH   MYS – 18  The Woodman Gardening Club with 45 members displaying chrysanthemums  and geraniums but not one named!  Can be viewed either on our website www.chdlhs.co.uk  or on our Facebook Page.
WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES   This week we look at some of the tragedies of local miners over the years including Charles Bailey, Henry Bowen, Charles Brindley, Charles Butler, William Henry Challinor, Josiah Dawkins, W Evans, William Hawkins, J Hemingsley, George Holden, Charles Leech, Thomas Hubery, Frank Jellyman & Joseph Edward Lawson
MEMBERSHIP 
Full details of all the above stories can be obtained by becoming a member at £5 and the newsletters are emailed out at 9am every Sunday morning and we are now taking subscriptions for the next 12 months.  Either pay by Paypal via our website chdlhs.co.uk or a £5 cheque made out to CH&DLHS and post to T McFarlane, 42 Station Road, Great Wyrley, Walsall, West Mids WS6 6LQ.   Many thanks.    
trevor.cheslynhayhistory@talktalk.net

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 12 June 2016

12th June 2016
EVENTS 
No events this week after Roger’s Chat n Char of last Thursday to celebrate the Queen’s birthday which has to go down as the best one to date and it will take this week to put away all the decorations.  Once again Roger wishes to thank everyone for their support.
OUR SALEM BASE is open every Tuesday from 9am – 2pm.  Everyone welcome for enquiries, research, browsing through our photographic archives and records – or just for a nostalgic chat and a cup of coffee.
REQUESTS  A type of request that is particularly pleasing has been received this week from the new residents of The Dell, 6 Rosemary Road, Cheslyn Hay as they ‘would love to know more about its history.  We believe it was built around 1908 but we don’t have a definite year of build.  We would be really grateful if you are able to help us.’  Arriving new to the area and immediately wanting to know the local history of the house and our area reminds us what we, in the Society, are here for.  So, can anyone help with any memories or even information of any of their families who may have lived there in the past?
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington This week six reports from 1926-28 of two cricket matches, a Mons Purchant concert, and a miner charged under the Coal Mines Regulation Act, another court case and the death of Dr W Hosegood.  Copy of any Newspaper Report £1.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
16th June 1966
  A Cheslyn Hay Women’s Own meeting.
17th June 1916  Story of Harry Whitehouse, eldest son of Mr W H Whitehouse, of Coppice Lane, in the Dardanelles.
17th June 1916  Moses Lockett in court.
17th June 1916  Edward Turner, of the White Lion Inn, in a complicated court case.
MEMORIES Dipping into Pat Everiss’s ‘A Walk down Memory Lane’ there is a list of some ‘unusual and outstanding achievements of some remarkable Cheslyn Hay people’ covering the past 100 years.
THIS WEEKS MYSTERY PHOTOGRAPH   MYS – 17  One of the Wollaston’s Garden Parties in 1956 to raise funds for the widows of miners killed in a pit accident.  Over 100 people are on the photo but only Harold, Olive and Brenda Woolaston are named plus Lily Perks.  Can be viewed either on our website www.chdlhs.co.uk  or on our Facebook Page.
WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES  At the same time of last week’s list of names of those men who were against the stopping of benevolent fund in the Mechanical Department at Hawkins Colliery, another list was circulated, of all the miners who would not join the Union.
JOAN PLANT one of our longest serving members passed away suddenly on Tuesday, 31st May, at her home at 5 Sunbeam Drive, Great Wyrley, aged 82.  Details of her life.
KEN HANDLEY  Also received news this week of the passing of Ken Handley, who spent nearly all of his career teaching Geography and French at the Great Wyrley School.
Names included in all the above reports are W Brough, H Beddle, AE Elwell, F Sambrooke, H Bull, H Horton, W Goodman, W Jones, G Kingstone, F Biddley, P Whitehouse, S Smith, Reg Hawkins, W Plant, C Fletcher, William John Walker, B Elwell, J Lloyd, Charles Mitchell, J Richards, H Rogers, Leslie Hawkins Lowe, Joseph Kingston, Fred Pee, Enoch Marshall, William Devereux, Bill Aunger, Matthew HampsonW Taylor, L Morgan, E Cockayne, A Shorthouse, T Hicken, T Pitt, G Cope, B Pee, H Lee, J Skitt, G Bailey, H Smith, W Perks, L Bailey, W Whitehouse, E Kendall, E Shirley, W Mytton, G Steadman, W Cartwright, W Parton, J Perry, A Whitehouse, E Alsopp, J Fletcher, J Hughes, A Somerfield, R Bowen, A Bullivant, A Turner, W Russell, J Parkes, S Morgan, W Davis, W Goodman, C Steadman, J Stanaway Snr, J Stanaway Jnr, J Baker, D Denny, A Hill, E Aston, J Thompson, E Thomas, T Parr, J Dawkins, J Brough, A  Baker, W Steadman and A Stretton.
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MEMBERSHIP  Full details of all the above stories can be obtained by becoming a member at £5 and the newsletters are emailed out at 9am every Sunday morning and we are now taking subscriptions for the next 12 months.  Either pay by Paypal via our website chdlhs.co.uk or a £5 cheque made out to CH&DLHS and post to T McFarlane, 42 Station Road, Great Wyrley, Walsall, West Mids WS6 6LQ.   Many thanks.
trevor.cheslynhayhistory@talktalk.net

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 5 June 2016

EVENTS   Roger’s Chat n Char is this Thursday 9th June at 10.00am in the Main Hall of the Salem and the title for the morning’s entertainment is ‘Happy Birthday!’
Also Roger has sold more seats for the second coach to Blenheim Palace on Thursday 14th July but we have received cancellations so there are just 5 seats remaining at £23.  Telephone Roger 01543 372856.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we are continuing with our Evans and Perks research.
REQUESTS  No requests received for this week.
RESPONSES  Our three researchers have all provided information for Stephanie following her enquiry into the Christian name of Lamotto.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  Two wedding photographs – one of Arthur Norwood & Alice Kingston and guests, and a mystery Salem wedding that includes Nell Stokes (nee Perks) and Polly Stacey (nee Perks), one of Perce Marshall, an Iris Heminsley in Hill Street in 1948 and one of the original Noden’s Barn, now the Holly Bush Garden Centre.  £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington   With details of one Cheslyn Hay story in April 1929 that caught the interest of the daily papers up and down the land including the Dundee Telegraph, the Hartlepool Mail and the Hull Daily Mail.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
9th June 1966 
Details of cricket match Cheslyn Hay versus Codsall with names provided.
10th June 1916  Surprising news of the annual school treat in connection with Salem Church.
MEMORIES  Details of our farming past including information on Monoha Chambley, Thomas Bird, Edward Quinton, Thomas Talbot, Joshua Harvey, Sarah Jackson, William Gilpin, George Marklew, George Ashman, Daniel Whitehouse and the Daces – Benjamin, Jane and James.
THIS WEEKS MYSTERY PHOTOGRAPH   MYS – 16  An unknown Cheslyn Hay organisation from the thirties with only Ben Carpenter named (front – 2nd from left).  Can be viewed either on our website www.chdlhs.co.uk  or on our Facebook Page.
WWI COMMEMORATION  This June we commemorate the death of Charles Hickman
WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES
  We have now collated over 250,000 (a quarter of million) entries on our master database including baptisms, weddings, burials, photographs, newspaper reports, censuses and electoral roles which will eventually be available at the touch of a button to all of our members researching their family histories.  We are also building up lists of interest that will provide much information for these researchers and I include this week s story relating to the miners at the Old Coppice Colliery with all these 44 involved – H Brough, W Baldwin, J Belcher, M Hook, J Parbrook, J Wesley, R Webster, J Handy, F Powell, R Cooper, W Wilkes, D Brough, S Belcher, R Shorter, E Sambrooks, E Venables, E Pitt, S Woodall, T Rogers, T Parry, F Boothby, H Bakewell, T Gaskin, S Richards, A Turner, L Boon, H Dawkins, T Cooper, W Westwood, F Kendall, J Baker, W Taylor, R Baseley, S Horton, E Bosworth, J Bland, J Walker, B Hawkins, H Spooner, W Hawkins, A Brown, J Morgan, A Horobin, J Lees.
MEMBERSHIP  Full details of all the above stories can be obtained by becoming a member at £5 and the newsletters are emailed out at 9am every Sunday morning and we are now taking subscriptions for the next 12 months.  Either pay by Paypal via our website chdlhs.co.uk or a £5 cheque made out to CH&DLHS and post to T McFarlane, 42 Station Road, Great Wyrley, Walsall, West Mids WS6 6LQ.   Many thanks.
trevor.cheslynhayhistory@talktalk.net

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 29 May 2016

29th May 2016
EVENTS  This year’s programme of Speakers and Chat n Char events will be
forwarded to all members within the next few days but after Robert
Bowers talk this week it will be difficult to imagine anyone surpassing
his performance.
OUR SALEM BASE Our Salem Base is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and
this week  Stephanie Tudor-Hazelwood is visiting us in the morning to
research her Perks and Evans family trees and she would be delighted to
meet anyone with the same connections, which are registered in today’s
‘Requests’.
REQUESTS  As mentioned above, Stephanie’s family line of Perks evolves
from Joseph (born c1820) & Ann (1823) and they had two daughters Lamotto
(1850) and Amelia (1854) and a son, William (1857).  Lamotto is
Stephanie’s g-g-grandmother and she married Leonard Evans, landlord of
the Dog and the Christian name of Lamotto is most unusual and it appears
to follow down through the family and Stephanie asks if anyone knows of
its origin or indeed if anyone has even heard of the name before.
RESPONSES  Wilfred Barker is now in touch with his old mate from 50
years ago, Ernie ‘Cutty’ Smitherman, as well as John Devey contacting
Shirley Maclean together with Peter Cadman, Ray Eccleston, John Eve,
John Sneyd, Barbara Chilton and John Foster.
Andrew has provided Jenny with a 29 page Shorter family tree listing
five relevant Shorter marriages between 1770 and 1787.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  View from Edgar Hackett’s garden in Mount Pleasant
looking towards cottages where  the White Horse pub now stands, Cliff
Perks and his granddaughter, Millie Perks, Wilfred Hawkins of 188
Station Street and his brother, Horace, one of Rachel Lockett and one of
the Razza in 1959 after it had been drained.  £1 per 7×5 Photographic
Print.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington  One story in the Lichfield
Mercury is of Frederick Pratt, the Miller at Saredon (22 Feb 1843).
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
2nd June 1966  Cannock firemen in a fire scare at 7 Short Street,
Cheslyn Hay.
2nd June 1966  Councillor W G Mytton has made a £100 challenge to anyone
who can truthfully make a statement that a certain footpath in Cheslyn
Hay is in good repair.
3rd June 1916  Sergt Walter Simkin returned to his school with details
of active service.
3rd June 1916  Moses Lockett, of Cheslyn Hay, was summoned.  Also Thomas
Lockett and John Lockett.
MEMORIES  This week we turn to the dramatic wartime memories of the
recently departed Cliff Hooper.
THIS WEEKS MYSTERY PHOTOGRAPH   MYS – 15  No-one named at the Cheslyn
Hay Darby & Joan Club.  Can be viewed either on our website
www.chdlhs.co.uk  or on our Facebook Page.
Full details of any of the above stories can be supplied by request to –
trevor.cheslynhayhistory@talktalk.net

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 22 May 2016

22nd May 2016
EVENTS 
We start our new Speakers Programme this week with Robert Bowers, a man of outstanding talent with connections to celebrities, politicians and stars including John Thaw, Ricky Hatton and Tony Blair.  Title of his talk is ‘One Man and his Work’ and it’s not to be missed.  £1 including refreshments on Thursday, 26th May at the Salem starting at 7.30pm.  The new Speakers Programme will also be available on the night covering the next 12 months.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week Michael Clark is  planning a visit to further his research on his Wollaston family.  Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS  An appeal from an old ‘bonker’ who has returned to these shores after 50 years in the Southern Hemisphere – ‘My name is Wilfred ‘Wiffy’ Barker.  I formally lived at 29 Littlewood Lane, Cheslyn Hay when I immigrated  to Aussie in 1963.  I then lived in New Zealand for 19 years before coming back to the UK.  I would desperately like to see and contact my old mate Ernie ‘Cutty’ Smitherman.  I have been told he still plays the piano at some place.  If I can get his phone number or address I would be highly chuffed! I am now living in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.’
Shirley Maclean, who attended the Great Wyrley School in the early sixties whilst she was living in a caravan in Long Lane, Newtown, emails ‘Looking for a John Devey, who was the best friend of Kenneth Butcher when they were at Great Wyrley School together.  Sadly Ken died after a car accident in 1965.  If anyone can help please contact me as I was Ken’s girlfriend.’  Shirley adds that Ken lived in Hilton Lane before moving to Hamelin Street in Cannock and he was only eighteen when he died and she would love to hear from John or anyone who remembers Ken or herself from those days as she is planning to visit the Midlands to place flowers on Ken’s grave next month.  I am in contact with John, but does anyone else remember Shirley and Ken?
After helping Jenny out with her Gasser/Garside family research, we are now providing full details of the two dozen Garsides that were living in Cheslyn Hay throughout the 1700s and this has triggered a further request from Jenny as James Gasser married Rebecca Shorter (daughter of James Shorter and Eleanor Scariot) at St Lukes, Cannock, on 18th Feb 1803.  Rebecca (26 Nov 1780 – 18 Jun 1838) had 10 children, the eldest being James Gasser who was born locally in 1804 and he married Mary Ann Carter.  The other nine children were all born in Winchester and Hampshire, but Jenny asks if Rebecca’s father, James and his family were native to Cheslyn Hay.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington  All court cases reported in the Lichfield Mercury for the year of 1887.  Thomas Seal, John Mobberley, Joseph and John Russell as well as a miner, Isaac Stokes (29 April), Abraham Spellman (1 April), John  Farrington (13 May), Benjamin Nicklin (25 Nov), Elizabeth Jenkins, Harriet Morgan, Rose Evans, Miriam Wright, Martha Dawkins (15 May), John Tennant, Aaron Davis, William Lockett, John  Lawson, Sarah A Quinton, John Thomas, Joseph Wall (25 Nov), George Gill (10 June), Frank Bown, William Craddock, Josiah Jones, Frank Quinton (4 March), Charles Brough (7 Oct), William Benton, Sarah Ann Quinton, Joseph Hall, Herbert Street (22 July), Oliver Haycock (19 Aug), Henry Challoner (7 Jan).  Copy of any Newspaper Report £1.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
26th May 1966 
Details of the development of an area bounded by Cross Street, Low Street and Queen Street, Cheslyn Hay.
27th May 1916  The management of the Britannia, at Cheslyn Hay, provided a charity performance for the widow of the late Stephen Robinson.  Full details of the entertainment including the escapologist Mosantus.
27th May 1916  On Saturday afternoon a football match was played on the Barn Flat Ground, for the benefit of Moses Lockett of Cheslyn Hay and Thomas Bullock of Great Wyrley, who were both badly injured while playing in the matches for the Local Relief Committees.  Details of the match given.
27th May 1916  On Wednesday a veteran citizen in the name of Mrs Wm Follows, of High Street, Cheslyn Hay, passed away at her residence.  Full details of her life given.
MEMORIES  Diana continues with another fascinating dip into the diaries of her Auntie Kath (nee Wootton) who was married to the headmaster Isaac (Jim) Stokes.
with stories of selling their car, cup final tickets, Salem bazaar and everyday life with many of the locals named in an amusing look back at life in 1960!
THIS WEEKS MYSTERY PHOTOGRAPH   MYS – 14  Ready for the ‘off’ in the tricycle race at the Landywood Infants School’s Sports Day – 1960s.  Can be viewed either on our website www.chdlhs.co.uk  or on our Facebook Page.
JOHN DAVIES  Born and bred in Cheslyn Hay, John lived in Station Street and later in Westbourne Avenue.  He passed away on Tuesday, 17th May, aged 84, at a nursing home in Coventry.  John has been a great asset to our Society over the years and was the main instigator in scanning and copying the photographs as we accumulated them.  We’ll always have fond memories of John.  His funeral at the Stafford Crematorium on Friday, 3rd June at 2.30pm.
trevor.cheslynhayhistory@talktalk.net

cheslyn Hay Weeky News – 15th May 2016

EVENTS Bridgtown LHS have arranged a get together of former employees of Cornelius Whitehouse at the Bethel in Union Street on 18th May at 10am with Vic Hargreaves, John Harris and Jim Wise talking about their memories at the factory. It will also be a chance to meet up with old workmates. £1 and open to everyone.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we welcome Val Theroux from Canada to meet up with Rachel from Norton Canes who has a direct link with Val’s forebears (Thomas Perks b1781 who married Sarah Cartwright b1788 and their son John Perks b1813).
RESPONSES We have looked into our ‘Master Database’ for Jenny and have found over 20 of her Garside family residing in Cheslyn Hay throughout the 1700s.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
19th May 1966 Problems with the marl hole at Cheslyn Hay are ‘quite indescribable’. Full report.
19th May 1966 Article published under the heading of ‘Glancing Back to 24 May 1942’
19th May 1966 An extensive article by Bert Davenport, who specialises on Cannock’s theatrical history, on the life and theatrical career of Dick Merchant, famously known as ‘Mons Perchant’.
20th May 1916 The burial of the late Mr Joseph Minifie Hawkins, of Cheslyn Lodge, with list of mourners and details of his life.
20th May 1916 Sympathy is extended to Mr and Mrs Bailey of Coppice Lane in their sad bereavement of their son, Joseph.
20th May 1916 A butcher, named Henry George Cogger, of Jenkins Place, Chatham, found the lifeless body of a soldier in an old chalk pit, overlooking Chalk Pit Hill, between 10 and 11 o’clock on Sunday morning. Enquiries were made and it was ascertained that the deceased was Harry Griffiths (36) a Sapper in the Third Provisional Battalion, Royal Engineers. He was a married man his wife living in Cheslyn Hay, near Cannock and details are given of this tragic case. Kent Messenger
MEMORIES Don Savage adds more to the recent St Marks Youth Club reminiscences including the Rev Lafford, Barry Brough, Jean Benton, Des Thomas, Ken Elwell, John Underwood, Bill Glover and Maurice Stokes. Also mentioning the frequent socials, camping at Sandon and winning a cup-tie at Etching Hill Rugeley 3-2.
MYS 13THIS WEEKS MYSTERY PHOTOGRAPH MYS – 13 A Christmas gathering at the Four Crosses. Extreme left is Charlie Paradine and also named on the back of the photograph is Wilf Heminsley, Tom Thacker, Mr Cliff and John Bebb without noting where they are standing or sitting. Can be viewed either on our website www.chdlhs.co.uk or on our Facebook Page.
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