EVENTS Next Sunday, 8th November, is Remembrance Sunday and we will be laying our usual wreath at our War Memorial.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.
REQUESTS Received a request this week from the g-grandson of ‘Mons Perchant’ and he states that all he knows about him was that he was a ventriloquist and entertainer and was also friends with Charlie Chaplin. The request is for photographs and information which we have plenty of.
RESPONSES Our researcher Andrew is able to help Peggy with her Pinson research with Mary’s parents being William and Ann Pinson and giving dates of baptisms and also tracing the family back to the 1700s.
Following Alan Jones request from the mention of the gin pit mines in our area in Ralph Farrington’s book, Ralph is now in touch with Alan to provide him with much more information passed down from his grandfather, Walter Farrington, a Union Official, and his g-grandfather Thomas. The Farrington family were embroiled in the Edalji case and are amongst a number of critics of Conan Doyle in his involvement in the affair.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS A handful of photographs of the Kingston family including Maurice, Mary, Tilly & Don, plus ones of Topper Davis, Graham Sleigh, George Brown, Norman Beckitt Plant, Derek Haynes, Harry Plant and Johnny Griffiths plus snaps of the Nook Mound, the old Swingbridge and the bridge near the Canal House – all from the 1940s & 50s. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS This week we have received what I think is priceless – the Christening mug of our famed Moses Lockett and it’s dated 1859. Also an original Special Memorial Service programme from the Salem on the death of Queen Victoria dated 3rd February 1901 and a 1966 newspaper report of Daisy Ellison visiting her mother Mrs M Jones of 123 High Street for the first time since she emigrated to Canada.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington A meeting of the inhabitants of Cheslyn Hay & Great Wyrley to build a church with a list of donors and subscriptions, the sale of James Shorter‘s shops and the auction of the Mary Hall’s farmhouse, land, cottages and nail shops. All from the 1800s.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
4th November 1965 Details of the life of Enoch James Holland of 1 Windsor Road, who celebrates 50 years of marriage on Sunday. Also of the family oak chest dared 1469.
6th November 1915 Cheslyn Hay celebrating the Wyrley Wakes and a long and detailed history of the Wyrley Wakes.
6th November 1915 An accident at the Old Nook workings to Mr R Parton.
6th November 1915 A story of the National Egg Collection Fund naming the full Working Women’s Committee who continue raising funds in all areas.
6th November 1915 The Annual Wake Don Tournament at the WMC naming all the successful competitors.
6th November 1915 Eight more names inserted on the Roll of Fame. Also a note of what happened to them.
6th November 1915 The village hall is to re-open on Monday as a cinema.
6th November 1915 Court case of William Lockett of Queen Street with full details.