OUR SALEM BASE Base open this week as usual from 10am – 3pm. All welcome and we have a few visitors this week. Ann Curtis is being shown her grandfather’s grave following the Daz’s successful research, June Hales is bringing in photographs and items of her family including those of her sporting father, Perce Perry, Michael Clarke of the Wollaston family, and Denise is making a special visit with her father, a wartime evacuee, Alec Carter from the Isle of Sheppey to meet Iris Norwood and visit the Holly Bush cottages where he stayed with the Burton family during the war.
REQUESTS Peter Foxton emails ‘I came across your society while researching my wife’s great grandfather, William Hubery born about 1859 in the Heathtown area of Wolverhampton.’ Peter is joining as a member and hopes that our researcher can overcome the brickwalls he is facing and to find more about William’s parents and forebears.’
RESPONSES Vi emails ‘A fortnight ago you put in the newsletter a contact from Australia about the Hawkins family. In my Baker family tree I have a photo of Bertha A Lockwood who is the granddaughter of Benjamin’s brother George Hawkins if it’s of any interest.’ And Robyn replies ‘That’s fantastic. Love to hear more if there is any further information and please pass on my thanks to Vi. I have George as the third eldest of the 12 children of Thomas and Elizabeth Hawkins, born in 1866. My grandfather, Benjamin, was the youngest born in 1889. A huge gap. My Dad said his Mum, Florence Hawkins (nee Perry), used to write back to the family in Cheslyn Hay but after she died, aged in her forties, all communication seemed to cease as his Dad was not so good at keeping up the contact. It would be good to have contact with any descendants.’
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Five photographs of the inside of the Old Lot School when it was used by Hudson’s the undertakers and carpenters before the refurbishments.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Two pages of her time in the Cheslyn Hay Isolation Hospital in 1941 by Joyce Drew as a seven year old.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO ……by Mike Belcher
17th July 1964 Four paragraphs detailing the success of the Woodman Bowling Club naming all the competitors.
17th July 1964 Details of Mrs Sarah Jane Dunn of 93 Station Street and her shop.
18th July 1914 Details of a Concert held at the Red Lion.
MEMORIES The response to Don Savage’s request from his cricketing days has been quite overwhelming. A full page of cricketing stories and memories of both Hawkins and Harrison’s Cricket Clubs with Joe Baldwin, Sid Thacker, Elijah Whitehouse, Tony Hassell, Roy Taylor, John Loader, Arven Reynolds, Rob Perks, Gordon Illidge, Bob Cooper, Len Wootton, Frank Heminsley, Cyril Collins, John Whitehouse, Johnny Jackson, Dave Hewitt, Joe & Bill Cadman, George Gilbert, Bill Brough, Leon Alcock, Jack Holgate and Arthur Chilton.
FAMILY HISTORY by Andrew Pearson This week is the first of two lines of the Clewley family. It is derived from John going back to the early 1700s with 5 pages of the tree but with all the information it totals 30 pages in all. Selected pages available at £1 per page, with £5 for the tree and £20 for all the Clewley information which will include another 13 pages with the separate Clewley tree to be shown next week. Enquiries or advice, free of course, by emailing or phoning me – 01922 414772. Other names on the tree include Altree, Baker, Benton, Bowen, Brookhouse, Cartwright, Chivers, Clarke, Dace, Davis, Evans, Fletcher, Griffin, Hand, Heminsley, Hitchens, Jones, Kendall, Lockley, Mason, Mears, Mellor, Pearson, Pritchard, Reaney, Robinson, Smith, Sneyd, So(u)therton, Stanton, Wakelin, Whitehouse, Williams.
GENERAL NEWS Last month in June, we have had another 129 sightings of our local scenes on staffspasttrack. Wootton’s Post Office 26, Salem 22, Brittania Picture House 22, High Street 14, Garretts Shop 14, Hackett’s Butcher’s Shop 14, Albert Hawkins Shop 11, Walter Hackett 6.