1st May 2016
EVENTS David Bathurst is giving a talk on ‘Chasewater Railway: A Personal Journey’ this Tuesday, 3rd May at 2pm, at the Museum of Cannock Chase. Telephone 01543 – 877666 for tickets at £2.
OUR SALEM BASE Our Salem Base is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this Tuesday, 3rd May, we have the get together of ex-employees and contacts of Elliott-Lucas and Abbey Dropforgings starting at 10am with Mr Rodney Timson in attendance.
After last week’s ‘get together’ of the Baker family, Susan emails ‘Last week’s visit resulted in meeting up with three cousins who I haven’t seen for 40 years. What a lovely outcome!’
REQUESTS Here’s a tester from Norma who emails ‘I noticed that one of my uncles was working in a coal mine and his job was as a snaper. It mentions a rope as well – do you know what this job entails?’
RESPONSES Details from two of our members of the Snape family from Upper Landywood.
Vi, our local researcher, provides the background to Bob Whittall‘s enquiry as to a link with Tom and his own family. Vi confirms the full details of the emigrations to Canada together with occupations and addresses of William, Bob’s grandfather. However Roy Handley then adds all the details to Thomas Royston Wootton Whittall.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS A family group of Dace/Sherratt/Evans/Dutton/Kingston at Blackpool in 1949, Ray Wilcox in theNavy and the weddings of Chris Wilcox & Jim Brevitt and Win Piatt & Jack Dace. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS A 36 page booklet of postcards around Cannock Chase which include a handful of Cheslyn Hay photographs and several Snape postcards, a 32lbs cannon ball, probably from a ship’s armoury, found in a derelict garden shed in Great Wyrley, a 1906 Salem dinner plate, a copy of the Order of Service for Cliff Hooper (1927-2016) and a tribute to the life ofTony Read.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
5th May 1966 Details of the Cheslyn Hay Young Wives first dance.
5th May 1966 Hawkins Cricket Club beat Dudley in the opening cricket match of the season with scores and bowling figures.
6th May 1916 A Talbot Inn raffle of a large potato of the ‘Deerhouse’ specimen with a sad twist.
6th May 1916 Details of the death of John Davies of Low Street.
6th May 1916 Details of the injuries that maimed Colour Sergeant Altree, of The Guards.
6th May 1916 The inquest of the tragic death of Stephen Robinson, of Mount Pleasant and recorded as ‘a very sad case’.
MEMORIES This week comes from Vic Owens of Landywood Lane who deposited his memories in our archives in 1999 and he recalls the post war days when he had his taxi business.
THIS WEEKS MYSTERY PHOTOGRAPH MYS – 11 This week a photograph from the Great Wyrley Darby and Joan Club in 1961 with four rows of their members. Back row – (9 people) William Smith is at the end (9th), Second row (9), Third row (8), Front (7). Can be viewed either on our website www.chdlhs.co.uk or on our Facebook Page.
GENERAL NEWS The Express and Star ran the story of the demolition of the Cornelius Whitehouse works and can be read on their website www.expressandstar.com/news/cannock
ROGER STEVENSON has recently passed away, aged just 65. The family had the chemists on the High Street for many years and when his father died, Roger took over until he retired twenty years ago, but the shop still carries the family name.
1st May 2016