EVENTS This month it will be a truly entertaining evening with Matthew Sproson and ‘An Evening with George Formby’ this Thursday, 27th August, at the Salem starting at 7.30pm. Matthew comes highly recommended and admission is still only £1 including refreshments. Everybody welcome.
OUR SALEM BASE Our Salem Base is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and it should be another busy week.
REQUESTS Francis Wood has forwarded this request via our Guest Page on our website – ‘My grandfather, on my mothers side, was named Jack Mathew Winter and he came from Cheslyn Hay/Bridgtown area being born in 1897. His mother was Nora Dora Winferand I often wonder if any of the local Winfers are related to me?’
And following up on a research query on the Stallard family, Peter responds with a request of his own asking ‘Does anyone have any information on John Newman and Kenny Fletcher who used to live in Low Street?’
RESPONSES We’ve had several responses to Chris Kelsall‘s request with Lynne Gourlay, Sue Ridgway, Mike Belcher and Phil Evans all recalling stories and names from the past. Also our researcher Vi adds more to the mention of Doctor Kenneth S Williams, with the background to his life and family.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Two photographs. One of Lynne Slater introducing the Readers Group at the Library in the 1970s and one ofDoreen Hartwell and Flossie Heminsley at the top of Cross Street in the thirties. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS An incredible 24 page project by Dave Bray including all the details contained in the 1792 Enclosure Act for Cheslyn Hay. This will be on display together with the maps at our Annual Exhibition soon and here is a list of families who were landowners at that time – Littleton, Pratt, Cobb, Slater, Boulton, Vernon, Mee, Perks, Robinson, Atkiss, Kempson, Hayes, Green, Clewley, Hughes, Smith, Whitehouse, Grinsall, Brown, Pearson, Charles, Baker, Woolaston, Stubbs, Fletcher, Hussey, Wheatley, Horden, Pynor, Worsey, Bagnall, Walhouse, Glover, Bord, Lycett.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington Problems with a desperately needed air raid shelter in Station Street (22 Nov 1940).
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
26th August 1965 Councillors discussing demolishing various properties of Cheslyn Hay including Hells Corner.
26th August 1965 Clerk to Cheslyn Hay Parish Council is acquiring a a map printed in 1820 to prove certain roads in the village were public roads before 1835.
26th August 1965 Concern of horse riding on the village’s playing field and a difference of opinion between councillors.
28th August 1915 Details of 120 juveniles of the Foresters (Court Little John) on annual outing to Penkridge.
28th August 1915 A display by Mr T Williams, tobacconist, of Station Street.
MEMORIES Continuing from last week from Jennifer Whitehouse‘s interview dated 5th June 2002 with times dating back to the Second World War with Evelyn Rogers, nee Perks, working for Hawkins Tileries and Harry Rogers, a fireman at Midland Tar Distillers at Four Ashes and also including stories with Joe Wise, Nellie Pee, Effie Goodman, Walter & Violet Bull, Fred Wootton, Roger & Brenda Wollaston and Geoffrey Dace.
WWI COMMEMORATION Further to last month’s commemoration of John Ridgway on 14th August 1915, the Ridgway family arranged, with the Royal British Legion, for a wreath to be laid at the Twelvetrees Copse Cemetery in Gallipoli on the centenary of his death. Terry Ridgway also remembered his great-uncle with a white rose at our own War Memorial on the same day.
GENERAL NEWS The Cannock Council have tiled the walkway from Morrisons through to the Cannock town centre with a beautifully coloured set of pictures capturing local scenes and people including our own Ron Mattison, one of our active members involved in our school’s programme, in his full WWII uniform. Worth going to see.
JOHN RIDGWAY John, of Rosemary Avenue, a member of our Society has sadly passed away this week aged just 62.