EVENTS This month’s speaker is the incredible 99 year old Kay Matthews who will be talking about ‘A Romp through Ten Decades’. At the Salem on Thursday 28th August at 7.30pm. £1 including refreshments.
OUR SALEM BASE Open from 9am to 2pm. Everyone welcome and one of our visitors this week is Jenni Bond from Australia who would love to have the opportunity to meet anyone with her family connections of Homeshaw, Garratt, Pearson and Heminsley.
REQUESTS Phil Jones emails the following information - The Great War Roll of Honour for Stafford Company W H Dorman includes all 300 employees who were involved in the hostilities and of those 24 died, including a Private A E Morris of 25 Saredon Road Cheslyn Hay. Apprenticed in the Fitting Dept at Dormans he joined the Colours in April 1917. After 8 weeks training he went to France with the 7th East Kent Regiment. and was killed in action in the ‘big push’ of March 21st 1918 and Phil adds ‘I would be pleased to know any further information such as full name etc. There is a photo of Mr Morris in the Wm Salt Library and for any relatives, there will be a Dorman Great War Commemoration being held in Stafford at the end of next month.’
And a plea from John Russell who wishes to contact an old school pal Peter Whitehouse, born about 1943, with whom he went to the junior school but he hasn’t seen or heard of him since John moved to Great Wyrley.
RESPONSES We have received responses to Elena’s request to find her grandmother’s family by the name of Rose and there’s every chance that the family will be able to meet up for the first time in the near future. Firstly we have had to eliminate Mr Gwylym Eifion Williams of Wednesbury from our enquiries as this gentleman has no connection with the Rose family, but we have been more successful with Mrs Bronwen Carrier and her family.
Unfortunately we have been unable to help Nina with her grandmother’s (Matilda Collier nee Parsonage) final resting place except that she was not buried at either Cheslyn Hay or Great Wyrley but probably at St Lukes in Cannock.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Three photographs of Jean & Margaret Bullock with Malcolm Baker and Leonard Crofts on the Rec plus four photographs of the Heminsleys – Joan, Jannet, Clive & John with Albert Jones, John Turner, Cynthia Griffiths, Mary Baker, Davinia Fletcher, Ann McLachlan & Marlene Jones around the area as well as on a school trip to New Brighton. Also one of Cliff & Nellie Turner in the Isolation Hospital grounds. Copies are £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Copies of a 1922 Auction Catalogue at Black Lees Farm selling livestock, agricultural implements and furniture and a 1943 St Marks Parish Magazine.
OLD NEWSPAPERS by Dave Washington William Fisher selling off land (all listed) at the Holly Bush by auction (10 Aug 1805), another auction of pieces of Cheslyn Hay land occupied by Richard Green, Joseph Stokes (4 pieces), Mr Bickford, Thomas Weaver, Henry Walters, William Poynor, William Shepheard, S Walker, W Sambrooke, Isaac Stokes and Richard Groom (21 Nov 1825), an auction of a Water Engine and Colliery effects by Mr Brown (29 Mar 1841), a case of assault by a besom maker, Francis Westwood(22 Nov 1865) and Cheslyn Hay’s New Connection Chapel being authorised for solemnizing marriages (8 May 1850).
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO ……by Mike Belcher
28th August 1964 Several paragraphs of the Cheslyn Hay carnival and fete, listing all the entertainment and the winners and competitors af all the events.
28th August 1964 The funeral of Mrs Isabelle May Clark of 6 High Street and the details of her life.
28th August 1964 A novel suggestion from the Parish Council to the local Headmasters for something ‘extra’ to add to the school curriculum.
28th August 1964 A story on Cheslyn Hay pensioner, Mr Laurence Whitehouse and his wife Susannah.
28th August 1964 Complaints about Cheslyn Hay as being ‘filthy’.
29th August 1914 A rather unfortunate shooting accident occurred at Cheslyn Hay naming all the accused and victims.
29th August 1914 Details of a foot race at Cheslyn Hay.
29th August 1914 An appeal from the President of the Cheslyn Hay Working Men’s Club to assist one of their unfortunate members.
29th August 1914 Details of a meeting of ladies held at the Primitive Methodist Church to raise funds for the Red Cross Society.
MEMORIES This week we look at the development of coffee houses throughout the country and welcomed by Cheslyn Hay as alternative venues to the many public houses on the village naming all the coffee houses and their owners.
FAMILY HISTORY by Andrew Pearson Benton tree now completed.
GENERAL NEWS Edna Brown has organised her Annual Coach Trip on Thursday 11th September to Llandudno and she has four places left at £12.50.
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