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Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 22nd March 2015

EVENTS Speakers Night this Thursday at the Salem, 26th March at 7.30pm, and we welcome Winston Leese who is giving a talk on ‘Admiral Anson of Shugborough’. £1 including refreshments.
OUR SALEM BASE Our Salem Base is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we welcome three researchers interested in their family histories including our archive photographs of the Fletchers, the Bakers and the Snapes, as well as Denise coming up from the South coast to visit her roots for the first time in many years. Denise is the granddaughter of Laurence & Connie Turner, the decorators and her father was Desmond and would like to meet anyone who remembers her family. Next week we have Michael Clark from Birmingham who is bringing his photographs and history of his Cheslyn Hay Wollaston family.
REQUESTS Here is a coincidence – because as we look forward to meeting Denise, of the Turner family, at our Base on Tuesday, I have just received this request comes in from Dan Weller of Margate. ‘My father was evacuated from Margate to Cheslyn Hay during the war and stayed with Harriet Butler (he recalled she had one eye) in a little house Pinfold Lane/High Street where coal miners also lodged. He remembered her going to the Red Lion, and he also delivered groceries for Fred Perks. Our lot were Dolly (Dorothy – mother) Jack (John – father), Raymond Weller, who sadly died of meningitis in 1943 and who, a week prior to this, fell from high off seating at a visiting circus. Coral, June, Pat and Shirley Weller were sisters who stayed at the Turner’s sweet shop whilst my father, John Weller stayed with Harriet Butler and I’d love to have more information on these people.’
Following on from the recent interest in the Marriott family, Kesia Appleton, granddaughter of Iris Marriott whose married name was Grose, is appealing for photographs of Samuel and Olive May Marriott (nee Whitehouse) and also Kesia is trying to trace her Auntie Betty (Beatrice Hodgson nee Marriott) who she believes to be still alive.
The Sayers name has always been involved with the development of Cheslyn Hay’s history in the 19th century and this email from Carol recalls those early connections ‘My mum, Marjorie, now 82, is the youngest and only surviving child of Bernard Sayer (deceased around 1970, aged 82, but recorded as having been living in the Saredon, Essington area in 1901). The family story she remembers being told was that her grandfather’s family had owned coalmines in this area and had been wealthy, but the money had been drunk away by the eldest son. My mum grew up in Bushbury and then Brewood, where Bernard and his wife Edith spent their last years. I’ll have to look into my family records as Edward Sayer is very probably my ancestor. I did find a site where a Mr E Sayer is named as the owner of Sling Colliery and there was also a Sayers Colliery, owned by a C Quinton in 1869.’ We have had responses in the past from descendants from different lines of the Sayers family, so perhaps we might collate as much information together for our archives.
And this is the fourth and final request this week ‘My name is Colin Bedford and I am Secretary of Cheslyn Hay Community Allotments Association. You are aware that in conjunction with other organisations in Cheslyn Hay we are involved in a four year project associated with WWI. We have dedicated one allotment to be cultivated and are seeking help in finding out the type and variety of vegetables that would have been grown on allotment plots during WWI, whether the army would have grown their own to supply the soldiers in the trenches and, if so, what type and variety would they have been and also we wondered whether anyone from the society would like to take on the allotment and maintain it as a WWI allotment.’ A worthwhile request and please contact me for anyone who is interested.
RESPONSES Andrew has been able to produce a 9 page family history of the Bakers going back to George Baker who was born in 1763 for Susan’s enquiry of last week, also linking in with the Towe family of Cole Orton near Ashby-de-la-Zouch, where Joseph was born c1828, son of Joseph and Sarah. However we have the full, and terrible story, of Sarah Baker in our book ‘Tales of Cheslyn Hay’ and her birth date fits, so we need to research further to confirm that this is the same Sarah Baker who married this Joseph Towe.
And from a recent request, David Whitehouse emails that ‘I have pretty well got the Whitehouse/Howell connection sorted out now and sure enough Benjamin’s brother appears to have married Sarah’s sister.’
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Two of the Sleigh family inc one of Harold & Amy and one of the Salem Sunday School teacher Elaine (1919-1950). A couple of Bill Kendall and one of Angela Dace and one outside the old Dog in the fifties with Eli Jones, Les Marshall, Billy Hodgkiss, Cliff Baker, Harry Tonks, Wally Whitehouse, Ray Willcocks and the licensees Arthur and Mrs Evans. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS After our recent appeal for our Schools Programme we have received a rug bodger and a crocheting hook from Willi Schaeffer that were lovingly used by his wife’s mother, Mrs Mary Marsh of Cannock throughout her 92 year old life.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
18th March 1965 Death of Mr Edward Alfred Hall of 67 Station Street and details of his life.
25th March 1965 News of the Cheslyn Hay allotment plots.
25th March 1965 Resignation of Mr E Hackett.
27th March 1915 Full details and scores of the Cheslyn Hay WMC billiard match against the Cannock Liberal Club.
27th March 1915 Voting results for the committee men at the WMC with 12 candidates.
MEMORIES After Glenice’s recent recollections of the shops in Cheslyn Hay, Mary Heath (nee Russell) adds some of her own from just after the war.

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Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 15th March 2015

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EVENTS Although we have no events this week, our friends at the Bridgtown LHS have Peter Hart, ex-captain of Walsall FC and now vicar of St Lukes, as their speaker at the Bethel, Union Street, on Wednesday, 18th March at 10am. Admission £1.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we are having an exchange of information and photographs in helping Paul Robinson in his new book on Saredon and Shareshill. Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS New member Susan Howell emails asking for information on her mother’s side of her family who all came from Cheslyn Hay and says ‘I need to ask for information about my g-g-g-g-grandmother named Sarah, whose married name was Towe, but also referred to as Sarah Baker. She was born around 1832 – 1834 and she died in 1902 and I would like to find details of her parents and other family.’
RESPONSES From Malcolm Smith on the recent comments on Harrison’s No3 pit.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Cheslyn Hay School around 1900, a colourful Gilpins advert/guarantee, and four photographs of the Great Wyrley School ‘Beating the Bounds’ in 1964. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
18th March 1965 A story concerning Mr and Mrs Oscar Dunn of 37 Windsor Road, Cheslyn Hay.
20th March 1915 The formation of ambulance classes in Cheslyn Hay.
MEMORIES We continue with Glenice’s walk round the village which started last week and naming all the shops and shopkeepers and their wares from the 1940s onwards.
VOLUNTEERS The Cheslyn Hay Electoral Rolls have now been completed by our volunteers with 124,000 names entered on our master database of all the people eligible to vote from 1918 -1990.
GENERAL NEWS With the interest created by the current TV programme ‘Arthur and George’ it is worthwhile mentioning that we have four volumes of the Edalji case that can be viewed at our Base on Tuesdays including a map where all the maimings in Cheslyn Hay and Great Wyrley took place.
Fuller information on any of the above items will be gladly provided free by request to me at the email address below.

trevor.cheslynhayhistory@talktalk.net

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News 8th March 2015

EVENTS Roger’s Chat ‘n’ Char morning this month is on Thursday 12th March at 10am with Peter Cadman giving a presentation on ‘How to be a History Detective’. In future all Chat n Char meetings will be held in the Schoolroom (the main hall) and not the Lecture Room. Parking is available at the front as well as at the rear of the Salem.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS Yvonne Clark from Australia is tracing her Bate family and her g-grandmother was born in Littlewood, but they are also linked in to the Stackhouse family of Cheslyn Hay. Nathaniel Stackhouse (1769-1852) married Ann Mills (b1790) and they had 3 children – Ann (1802-1880 who married into Yvonne’s Bate’s family line), Caroline and George. Nathaniel was a miner and was living with Ann in Great Wyrley in the 1851 Census. Does anyone have any links with this Stackhouse/Bate family?
RESPONSES Chris Smith sends in a newspaper report covering the mining fatality of Charles Leach’s death in 1912 and David responds with details of three of Charles sons and his stepson being killed in WW I.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Two Carnival photographs from1989 with Sarah McMeekin as the Carnival Queen and Arthur ‘Tarcher’ Bray in the Testing Shop at Gilpins. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington Two court cases involving James Whitehouse and Thomas Woodings (27 Jan 1893) and Charles Brough and John Whitehouse (24 Feb 1893) as well as the mining fatality of Charles Leach (June 1912).
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
11th March 1965 Full report on the problems with the opencast mining in Low Street involving Mrs D Dawson, Mrs Chris Kingston, Mr R Holland and Mr & Mrs D Gray.
13th March 1915 Details of the Britannia Hall operetta Cinderella, which was in aid of the Local Relief Fund, with all the local cast.
MEMORIES This week, from our archives, is the first of two parts from the memories of Glenice Whitehouse on a walk around the village including all the shops and local characters.
trevor.cheslynhayhistory@talktalk.net
Roger’s Chat ‘n’ Char morning this month is on Thursday 12th March at 10am with Peter Cadman giving a presentation on ‘How to be a History Detective’. In future all Chat n Char meetings will be held in the Schoolroom (the main hall) and not the Lecture Room. Parking is available at the front as well as at the rear of the Salem.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS Yvonne Clark from Australia is tracing her Bate family and her g-grandmother was born in Littlewood, but they are also linked in to the Stackhouse family of Cheslyn Hay. Nathaniel Stackhouse (1769-1852) married Ann Mills (b1790) and they had 3 children – Ann (1802-1880 who married into Yvonne’s Bate’s family line), Caroline and George. Nathaniel was a miner and was living with Ann in Great Wyrley in the 1851 Census. Does anyone have any links with this Stackhouse/Bate family?
RESPONSES Chris Smith sends in a newspaper report covering the mining fatality of Charles Leach’s death in 1912 and David responds with details of three of Charles sons and his stepson being killed in WW I.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Two Carnival photographs from1989 with Sarah McMeekin as the Carnival Queen and Arthur ‘Tarcher’ Bray in the Testing Shop at Gilpins. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington Two court cases involving James Whitehouse and Thomas Woodings (27 Jan 1893) and Charles Brough and John Whitehouse (24 Feb 1893) as well as the mining fatality of Charles Leach (June 1912).
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
11th March 1965 Full report on the problems with the opencast mining in Low Street involving Mrs D Dawson, Mrs Chris Kingston, Mr R Holland and Mr & Mrs D Gray.
13th March 1915 Details of the Britannia Hall operetta Cinderella, which was in aid of the Local Relief Fund, with all the local cast.
MEMORIES This week, from our archives, is the first of two parts from the memories of Glenice Whitehouse on a walk around the village including all the shops and local characters.
trevor.cheslynhayhistory@talktalk.net

Weekly News – 1st March 2015

Our annual membership of £5 is due at the end of this month and you will receive the full unabridged weekly newsletters every Sunday at 9am, starting from now. You are also entitled to free research facilities through our own researchers who have full access to our local records and also you can exchange information with any of our 250 members who are researching their own family tree. Appeals, requests and straight forward look-ups we are pleased to do free of charge. Details for membership are available through Paypal or through my email address below.

EVENTS Roger is now looking at confirming the second coach for the trip to Chatsworth House on Thursday 9th July but he needs to know what size seater to book, so anyone interested for the day out please phone Roger on 01543 372856. Total price for the day including admission to the house as well as the grounds is £20.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we look forward to a couple of visitors who are bringing in photographs for us to copy of old Cheslyn Hay.
REQUESTS Jenni emails from Australia on Andrew’s research suggesting our local connections with the Royal Family – ‘Could the Joseph Dutton mentioned as related to royalty be William Joseph Dutton b 1858 in Great Wyrley? He was brother of my great grandmother Sarah Jane Dutton (b1846) who was married to John Garratt.’ On checking this we have forwarded more published more detailed information.
RESPONSES Mike Belcher adds more information to the Joan Whitehouse’s family and John Smallman.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS/APPEAL We have just received 33 photographs of the Altree/Whitehouse/Haycox/Dace families after the passing of Eileen Altree (nee Haycox) in November but we need the photographs identifying for our archives. People most likely to be on the photographs are Roy Altree (1924 – 1997) and his wife Eileen (nee Haycox 1924-2014) and also Roy’s parents Lilian Maud (nee Whitehouse) and John Thomas Altree who lived in Low Street whilst Eileen’s mother was a Dace. Other Altrees are Hazel (later Whittaker), Ken, Leslie and David. All available to be seen at the Base. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington Details of a newspaper story involving – W Allen, H Benton, WH Bowen, J Crutchley, J Cooper, WJ Devereux, Ben Dutton, J Hall, T Hart, Joseph Hawkins, T Hawkins, TA Hawkins, W Jones, W Morgan, Edwin North, W Rogers, Jabez Shorter, E Smith, W Taylor, CR Walton, D Whitehouse, JH Whitehouse, Job Whitehouse, W Williams (7 Dec 1894).
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
6th March 1915 News story of the cases of infectious diseases into the Cheslyn Hay Hospital of 1914.
6th March 1915 Details of the fatal accident of Henry Booth also involving George Getley.
6th March 1915 Information of various improvements at the ‘Old Nook’.
6th March 1915 Details of the recent accident to Mr W Wynn.
MEMORIES
More and fuller details of fatalities at the Old Coppice Colliery in the 1900s including Thomas Farnell, Charles Cooper, William Perkins, Joseph James Turner, Joseph Jobburns, James Bate, Oliver Cadman, Harry Arthur Hemingsley, Joseph Tew, Charles Walker, Walter George Birch, Stephen Blackett, Jeremiah Buckley, Eric Atkinson.
WORLD WAR ONE PROJECT This month we commemorate the death of George Henry Smith who was killed on 10th March 1915.
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Weekly News – 22nd February 2015

Our annual membership of £5 is due at the end of March and you will receive the full unabridged weekly newsletters every Sunday at 9am, starting from now. You are also entitled to free research facilities through our own researchers who have full access to our local records and also you can exchange information with any of our 250 members who are researching their own family tree. Appeals, requests and straight forward look-ups we are pleased to do free of charge. Details for membership are available through Paypal or through my email address below.

EVENTS This month’s speaker is Peter Shelley on Thursday 26th February at 7.30pm at the Salem and he will be giving a demonstration and talk entitled ‘A Handful of Straw’. £1 including refreshments.
OUR SALEM BASE is open as usual from 9am – 2pm on Tuesday. All welcome.
REQUESTS Further research following Ken Fletcher’s request of last week, reveals that there were two Grace E Evans marriages in the thirties – one to Arthur H Deakin in 1935 in Tamworth and one to Charles Millard in Bilston and Ken asks if anyone has any connections with these families.
Janet (nee Leach) emails asking if we have photographs of the Company Buildings in Saredon Road and also the houses in Holly Bush, as well as photographs of her old Great Wyrley school in1966/7 particularly of the Sports Days. We are only too pleased to oblige Janet and hopefully we can arrange a visit to the Base in the near future.
RESPONSES Denise Earl replies to Ian Lawson and now Ian has all the details to renew his friendship.
Also Ann (nee Goodman) emails in a response to Denise’s appeal for any information on her Turner family’s close friends, Kate and Joan Whitehouse with updated details of Kate and Joan Whitehouse, John Smallman and Des Turner.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Two of Ernie Holmes of Mount Pleasant with neighbours, one of Sarah Jane Franks (1871 – 1948 formerly Pheasant, nee Turner) and two photographs of the opencast working in Jones Lane 1961 plus one of Charles Davies, David Ingram, Malcolm Smith, Steve Robinson and Ken Read on the opencast mound. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS We are grateful to Kath Walmsley who has donated a rug bodger for use in our School’s Programme, but we would still welcome a couple more if anyone comes across any tucked away in their loft at any time.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
26th February 1965 Football report of Stella Tileries v Red, White & Blue with including players’ names.
27th February 1915 The death of 80 year old George Ridgway of 4 Saredon Road and details of his life.
MEMORIES We complete the list this week of miners’ deaths in our local mines with details of the accident as well as of the men themselves and they include James Thomas, George Holden, James Kennedy, Charles Evans, Henry Wilkes , Frank Jellyman, Rowland Rowlands, Charles Bailey, William AddisonEnoch Lloyd, Henry Stanton, Joseph Edward Lawson, Fred Whitehouse, Samuel Wall, Josiah Dawkins, Charles Leach , William Henry Challinor and Joseph Athersmith.
VOLUNTEERS David Bray and Mike Fellows have now completed the difficult task of recording all the landowners, their holdings and values in Cheslyn Hay as listed in the 1792 Enclosure Act and we now have a few projects to continue with, such as transcribing the directories, which can be photographed like the electoral registers, for the 19th century which will help to fill in the gaps between the census returns. Other projects are for those volunteers, who subscribe to Ancestry or Findmypast etc, to transcribe the 1911 census returns for Cheslyn Hay, whilst for the volunteers who work from the Base, we also have some St Mark’s burials and banns to transcribe from photographs plus some baptisms and marriage registers from fiche. We also have the Cheslyn Hay school punishment book on photos to be transcribed. So we’re not short of choices for our volunteers!
FAMILY HISTORY It had to happen – our researcher Andrew announces that he has linked in one of our local families – the Duttons – to the Royal Family and also to George Washington. Details are given linking Joseph Dutton and Elizabeth Bate to the Royal family tree.
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Cheslyn Hay & DLHS Weekly News – 15th February 2015

Our annual membership of £5 is due at the end of March and you will receive the full unabridged weekly newsletters every Sunday at 9am, starting from now. You are also entitled to free research facilities through our own researchers who have full access to our local records and also you can exchange information with any of our 250 members who are researching their own family tree. Appeals, requests and straight forward look-ups we are pleased to do free of charge. Details for membership are available through Paypal or through my email address below.

EVENTS No events this week.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we welcome a get together of the descendants of Moses Whitehouse linking in with the Marriott family. Kesia is coming down for a flying visit from Yorkshire to see what photographs and information we have of her family in our archives and I have arranged a meeting with our members Dorothy from Stone and Janet from Chesterfield. Everyone welcome and in particular anyone with a connection to this family.
REQUESTS Ken Fletcher is attempting to find photographs and information of his real grandparents as his father was adopted. All Ken knows is that his grandmother was Grace Elizabeth Evans but his father’s adopted name was John Fletcher and the address seems to have been in Mount Pleasant in the early 1930s. There are also possible links to the Benton family and Ken would appreciate any help in solving what appears to be a mystery that is unlikely to produce any answers.
One of our members Ian emails in with a request for Denise Earl regarding her Turner family stating that Denise’s uncle ‘John Bernard Turner, mentioned a couple of weeks ago was my best friend throughout school and beyond. The last I heard of him he was living in Leek and I would be most interested in contacting him again’,
RESPONSES Beryl Jones ( nee Stokes) responds to Tuva’s request after she had listed the names in her Hawkins Family Bible and points out that Alice Ada Hawkins (b 1 Nov 1884) is her grandmother and she married Harry Stokes in 1905 and now we have now several photographs of both Alice Ada and Harry Stokes.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Of the Peachs (Francis, Gilbert, Ethel & Dorothy), the Robinsons (Stanley, Clarrie, Herbert, Harriet, Hannah, Eva, Stephen Snr & Ernest, who was killed in WWI) and one of Albert Henry Altree (b1852 Churchbridge). £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS 1926 Birth Certificate of Annie Brough.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington A list of persons who have obtained Game Certificates for 1820 at a cost of £3..13..6d and it includes several from our area. (30 September 1820).
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
19th February 1965 Report on the needs of an increasing population in Cheslyn Hay naming the full Community Association committee also involving the Women’s Handicraft, Old Time Dancing and Keep Fit and the Carnival organisations.
20th February 1915 Details of Mr Edward Brough life as a fireman.
20th February 1915 Raising funds for the Cheslyn Hay War Relief Committee.
20th February 1915 Details of letters from soldiers including Private Pearson currently at Aldershot.
20th February 1915 A dispute in court between Richard Marshall Junior, a miner, of Station Street, Cheslyn Hay and Joseph Reaney, a miner, and Howard Marklew, both of Great Wyrley involving a pigeon shooting match.
MEMORIES Following on from last week’s mining deaths in our local pits with details also of the mines as well as the miners. Dates of the deaths are from 19 July 1824 to 24 April 1883 and the miners who were killed were Benjamin Potts, J Hemingsley, Charles Butler, J Whitehouse, G Whitehouse, James Lockley, J Stackhouse, Thomas Waltho, S Morgan, William Perks, Charles Brindley, F Parker, G Thomas, G Pearson, Joseph Bettany, William Hawkins, W Evans, Daniel Day, James Walker, George Adams, Henry Bowen, Thomas Hubery.
GENERAL NEWS During the current renovations of our Salem Church, an old pair of workmen’s boots have been discovered under the original floorboards of the church. It was a custom of the time to leave personal items like these under the floors to give a ‘blessing’ to the building and that the items would remain undisturbed whilst the building was still standing. In respect of such a tradition, we have photographed the boots for our records, added a laminated copy of this newsletter and returned them to their original place with the hope that they will remain undisturbed for another 160 years…..
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Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 8 February 2015

Our annual membership of £5 is due at the end of March and you will receive the full unabridged weekly newsletters every Sunday at 9am, starting from now. You are also entitled to free research facilities through our own researchers who have full access to our local records and also you can exchange information with any of our 250 members who are researching their own family tree. Appeals, requests and straight forward look-ups we are pleased to do free of charge. Details for membership are available through Paypal or through my email address below.

EVENTS Roger’s Chat ‘n’ Char Morning this month is on Thursday 12th February at 10am with the entertainment under the title of ‘Norman Kings and Saxon Daze!’ However it is being held in the Schoolroom (the main hall) as the Lecture Room is being refurbished. Parking is available round the back, although limited due to the work in progress, or in the front car park.
The 50 seater coach is now full for the trip to Chatsworth House on Thursday 9th July but Roger is now taking bookings for the second coach. Total price for the day including admission to the house as well as the grounds is £20. Please phone Roger on 01543 372856.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we have visitors from the Fletcher family involved in research. Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS Garry Teece in Dubai recalls many fond memories of Wyrley Bank and emails ‘Could you possibly provide contact information for Mr & Mrs David Leach of Cheslyn Hay please? David was my boss at Ever-Ready at Four Ashes in the late 1970’s and Violet was also there on the Quality Control side. I haven’t seen or spoke with David since around 1983 when I was made redundant and it would mean an awful lot to me if I could get back in touch.’ Details have been passed on to David and our researcher Vi and they are now in touch with each other exchanging pleasant nostalgia.
RESPONSES Neil Benton emails in on his Benton family research ‘I’ve got my tree back to the year 1000 and now it’s dead, sadly. It is annoying because I would have liked to have broken into only 3 figures. It is very odd though because before the 16th century they are all very noble and grand and they’d probably turn in their graves if they knew we ended up as coal miners and agricultural labourers. I liked us better in Cheslyn Hay, Latherford and Essington!!
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS St Marks wedding and guests of Madge Lockett and Jock Irvine, who was killed in WWII, Salem Minister Rev Robert Rowley, photographs of the Perks families (Fred & Sarah, Eleanor, Clarrie, Ethel) and the Wollastons (Eleanor & Ethel). £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS The war record of Reginald Thompson Rowley killed in WWI and on our War Memorial. Also the Birth Certificate of Jack Matthews Winfer (1897).
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington Sports report concerning Plant, Thomas, Whitehouse, S Adams, S Smith, R Adams, H Shorter, F Smith, W Benson, R Beard and E Smith (19 June 1925).
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
12th February 1965 A ‘Coggers’ concert at the Working Men’s Club.
13th February 1915 A report on the ‘buzzer’ at the Old Nook.
13th February 1915 A Don Tournament at the Cheslyn Hay Working Mens Club.
MEMORIES Full details of some of the fatalities of our local miners including William Jabez Hawkins, James Davenport, William Ely Brough, Joseph Edwin Lawson, Isaiah Hinks, Thomas Walter Doughty, Joseph James Turner, Albert Hawkins, Stephen George Whitehouse, Bernard Bloomer and Harry A Hemingsley.
GENERAL NEWS We sold out of Cheslyn Hay Lives Vol 2 three years ago and we have had to refuse any further orders but if anyone still requires a copy, Waterstones still have a handful in stock priced £4.
Last month in January, we have had another 161 sightings of our local scenes on staffspasttrack. High Street 35, Garbetts Shop 23, Brittania Picture House 22, Walter Hackett 20, Salem18, Hackett’s Butcher’s Shop 15, Wootton’s Post Office 15, Albert Hawkins Shop 13.
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