Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 7th February 2016

EVENTS Chat n Char this Thursday 11th February at 9.30am in the Main Hall of the Salem with the theme of ‘The Power of Love’.
OUR SALEM BASE Our Salem Base is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Next week, 16th February, Christine Finn and her family are dropping in from Lancashire with photographs and are researching their Lockett, Kingston, Brevitt, Hughes and Herriott families and would love to meet anyone with connections to these names. Our researchers will also be available to help.
REQUESTS An email just received ‘My name is John Harper and Constance Turner was my mom’s sister. My mom and I used to visit the Turners when I was about 5 years old around 1950 and John, Desmond’s brother and I would always play together! The trip involved a trolley bus from Dudley then the ‘little bus’ from Wolverhampton to Cheslyn Hay. My sister, Betty Lloyd, and her husband, John, lived in a ‘barn’ conversion attached to the main house and I wonder if any of your older members remember them. I notice you have photographs of Desmond Turner but do you have any other pictures of the family as I lost touch with them many years ago and I believe that John is now living in Leek. Most of Aunt Connie’s siblings have passed away now and the only one I know still alive is Aunt Kath who is 85. If any of the Turner family are still in touch with you and have any information to share I would be most appreciative as I am researching my family history. I have a photo of my grandparents showing Connie and siblings if anyone is interested.
RESPONSES Our researchers have looked into John’s Wood family with Andrew finding John Wood born in Warwickshire and buried 28 May 1862 at St Marks, Great Wyrley with details of his wife Elizabeth’s burial and their children’s as well. Also details of Mary Wood and Charles Wood as well Elizabeth and Susannah Parbrook and the Duttons as well as a complication with an illegimate son.
Unfortunately our researchers could not help Janice with her request as both Vi and Bob point out the daughter Sarah Jane Bird married George Arthur Boyce who was not from Cheslyn Hay but from Willenhall. They married on 11 July 1875 in Liverpool and they raised all their family of six in Liverpool as well. Bob has created a Bird family tree and Jean has produced the marriage certificates of George Bird and Jane Noakes in 1819 plus Henry Bird and Sarah Burton in 1832 with all details and signatures or their marks.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS One dated 1961 of the Reservoir with the Woodman in the background, two of the Holly Lane Camp with the Polish cadets during the war, Tom Evans of Chapel Square, the Barsby sisters Margaret Stanley & Dorothy Kingston, one of the Swingbridge from the Nook Basin, an uninterrupted view of Campions Wood from Pinfold Lane in 1974, and one of the Station Street float in the 1975 carnival. £1 per 7×5 photographic print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Mac Tonks has donated a coloured certificate to celebrate the end of the war in 1919 given to all local schoolchildren and an original The People Sunday newspaper warning of the imminent outbreak of war dated 3rd September 1939.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington Two court cases in 1889 involving Gordon Collier, Gordon Thomas and Harvey Garratt plus details of a crime with William Warburton being sentenced to being ‘well birched’ for a crime against Martha Willis. Charles Davis also involved. Plus full details of the Memorial-stone laying ceremony of the Salem schoolroom also in 1889.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
10th February 1966 Talbot S C’s first game in the Sunday Subsidiary Competition of the Chase League with a victory over R A Davies with details of the game and all the scorers.
12th February 1916 Emma Crudgington of Queen Street in court for assault. Others involved were Thomas Whitehouse, Ruth Kingston and Mary Anne Webb.
12th February 1916 Mr Illidge, of Low Street listing the donations to the Shilling Fund of the ‘Express and Star’.
12th February 1916 Views on the discontinuance of lighting because of the ‘frightfulness by the Huns’.
12th February 1916 Reflections of the Old Age Pensioners of the war in comparison to the Crimean War and the stirring time of the Indian Munity, while the march from Kabul to Kandahar and the Boer War are matters of modern history.
12th February 1916 A billiards match in connection with the League Tournament took place at the Cheslyn Hay Working Men’s Club where they drew with the Cannock Liberal Club and all players and their scores recorded.
12th February 1916 Sale of five freehold houses and shop at Cheslyn Hay near Walsall
for sale by auction, at the Red Lion Inn, Cheslyn Hay with full details of all the properties and rents together with the tenants Messrs Farnell, Smith, Hicken, Perks, Westwood and Corbett.
MEMORIES of Derek Bullock from Canada of his days at the Elliott-Lucas and Abbey Dropforgings factories with stories of Norris Payne, Fred Belcher, Frank Bowen, Ernie Beeston, Geoff Beeston, Chas Weaver and Bill Bickley.

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Cheslyn Hay Newsletter – 31st January 2016

EVENTS  After a very successful gathering of ex Elliott-Lucas and Abbey Dropforgings employees two years ago we are now arranging, as agreed, another get together on Tuesday 3rd May at our Base.  The MD, Mr Rodney Timson, will be attending and would be pleased to meet anyone who have had any connections with these two firms, so please take a note on your calendars and pass the word around.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS  John  Blessed of Barnsley emails asking for ‘information on the wife and family of John Wood (b1786 Cheslyn Hay), what was the surname of his wife Elizabeth and the names and dates of baptisms of their children as I only have details on three, Mary (1816), Charles (1825) and James (1835) all born in Cheslyn Hay.’
Janice also sends in a request concerning ‘Henry Bird who was born 1828 to George Bird and Jane (Noakes?) in Great Wyrley.  He married one of my relatives, Sarah Burton (b1834 Marylebone) in 1852 in Bushbury and the marriage certificate confirms Sarah is the same one as in my family, who were all back in Marylebone, and the couple did not stay long in Staffordshire, returning to London by 1859.  Henry was one of a family of tailors, and I would love to know more about apprenticeship or what kind of tailor work it was. Henry as a remarried widower moved to Liverpool, where he remained with his eldest child, Sarah Jane Boyce (nee Bird). She had married a lad from Cheslyn Hay which is interesting. If anyone has a Burton connection to them I would appreciate any contact.  Many thanks.’
RESPONSES Andrew has been able to locate more information for David on his family tree going back to Jonas Moor(e) in the early 1700s with full details of their family connections with Mary Hodgkins, Sarah Colley, John Walker and all the Moor(e) family through the 1800s in Cheslyn Hay.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  Four photographs from the Great Wyrley Youth Club including Keith Powney, Maurice Stokes, Jim Winfer, Geoff Thomas, Georgette Jordan, Colin Wiggin, Clive Jones, Margaret Rhodes, Judy Brassington, Bill Winfer, Pete Thomas, Des Thomas, Barry Brough, John Underwood plus a youth named Bevan, a girl named Valerie and several unnamed.  £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  Set of six Cheslyn Hay plates covering local scenes donated by the family of MrsMaureen Johnson (nee Fletcher 1926 – 2015) of 126 High Street.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington  Two court cases of 1886 involving William Corfield and Handel Whitehouseand Phoebe Parker and her brother Thomas Whitehouse in the other.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
3rd February 1966  Details of the funeral service of Mr Joseph Wolloxall, of 18 Mitre Road, Cheslyn Hay.
3rd February 1966  Marriage of Miss Elizabeth Ann Hunter McLachlan, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs S McLachlan and Mr William John Davies only son of Mr and Mrs W T Davies, 54 Devon Road, Cannock with full information on the bridesmaids etc.
5th February 1916  A published letter on the Hospital Shilling Fund by Thomas Whitehouse of 123 High Street, Cheslyn Hay.
5th February 1916  Story about the Local Relief Committee and details of the collectors.
5th February 1916  A meeting of the Concert Committee for the benefit of Mr Isaac Smith.
MEMORIES  We continue with more entries from ‘Auntie Kath Stokes Diary’ as selected by Diana interspersed with her own comments of life during the Second World War in Cheslyn Hay with stories on the home help Mrs Hawkins, George & Kate Wootton, Bill Kingston, George Perks, Bert Hackett, H Dace and Gladys Westwood.
WWI COMMEMORATION  This February we commemorate the death of  Samson Farnell, son of John and Ellen Farnell of 27 Low Street.
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Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 24th January 2016

Weekly News – 24th January 2016
EVENTS  This month’s speaker is Julia Savage, the National Trust Guide giving a talk and presentation of ‘The Rock Houses of Kinver’.  This Thursday, 28th January, at the Salem starting at 7.30pm.  Admission £1 including refreshments.  Everybody welcome.

OUR SALEM BASE is open to all and sundry from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.

REQUESTS  After supplying the information requested on his Walker/Cook/Westwood line, David Westwood emails ‘ On another matter, my g-g-g-g-grandfather William Moor (b1790-96?) appears to have been born and lived in Cheslyn Hay.  His wife Mary also. They had a daughter Maria who married John Walker, the father of Mary Walker (b1855) who married Wm E Westwood in1872, my previous enquiry.  Do you have any information regarding William’s family (and his wife). Once again many thanks.’

RESPONSES Eddie Wise wishes to inform Diana that the Jack Plant mentioned in Reg Plant’s ‘Memories’ is the same Jack Plant she remembers as he recalled him well.  Eddie also adds that the George Herbert Hudson Memorial Cup mentioned in the 1966 newspaper report last week is still in pristine condition at the home of his grandson David, but sadly has not been competed for for many years.

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  A photograph of the cast of ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Salem mentioned last week with Harold Wollaston, Harold Corns, Walter Bull, Isaac Stokes, Bert Hackett, Ikey Stokes, Helena Smith, Phyllis Thomas, Brenda Wollaston or Rhona Fletcher, Renee Felton, Evelyn Rogers, Ethel Merchant, Kath Farrington and Ronnie Plant.  £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  Copy of Salem’s Autumn Fayre programme (23 Oct 1969) and a 1926 Marriage Certificate of Herbert Smith of 33 Coppice Lane and Hilda Yates of Bridgtown.

OLD NEWSPAPERS  A report of the tragic deaths of Miss Lilian Saunders (aged 47) and Miss Nellie Birch (55) involved in a trolley bus accident in 1947.

WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
27th January 1966  Confusion over the three ‘Littlewoods’ in Cheslyn Hay.
27th January 1966  Assurances about re-development in Cheslyn Hay and compensation.
27th January 1966  The T A Hawkins Charity Money for the Cheslyn Hay Over60 Club.
29th January 1916  Names of all the special constables from the Cheslyn Hay area.
29th January 1916  Special collection was made for the benefit of Mr I Elwell.
29th January 1916  Rose and Crown Smoking Concert took place for the benefit of Mr Isaac Smith with details of the entertainment.
29th January 1916  Funeral of William Dawkins, the beloved husband of Sarah Dawkins.

MEMORIES  More comments on Reg Plant‘s memories and this week, are some wonderful excerpts from the diaries of Kath & Isaac Stokes around the time of the ‘Big Freeze’ of 1961/62.

GENERAL NEWS  The next Staffordshire Great War event will take place at the National Memorial Arboretum on Saturday 5th March 2016.  It is a free event but numbers are strictly limited. If you would like to book a place please contact Susan Dalloe via her email address susan.dalloe@staffordshire.gov.uk

VOLUNTEERS  Three scanners are now available at the Base for copying photographs for our archives, so we need volunteers please to do the simplest (and boring) operations.  Also typists required.  Just turn up any Tuesday 9am – 2pm.  The coffee pot will be on!

TRACEY HALES (nee STANTON) Tracey passed away on Tuesday19th January aged 52 after a short illness.  Youngest daughter of Derek Stanton she had the hairdressing shop ‘Cut Above’ in Station Street, opposite Littlewood Lane.  Our thoughts are with the family.

COACH TRIP  Please note my error of the date for our Blenheim Palace Coach Trip this year.  It is Thursday 14th July 2016.  Please phone Roger on 01543 372856.

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Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 10th January 2016

10th January 2016
EVENTS Chat n Char this Thursday, 14th January in the Salem Main Hall as usual and Roger is naming the morning’s entertainment as ‘Think About It’ ! Doors open at 9.30am.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday as usual. Last week we had a meeting of the Cartwright and Lyson families, family history research by Roy into his local Smith family and Kevin Boddice supply information for his Australian counterparts.
REQUESTS An interesting request received this week from Christine Finn who emails ‘I am researching my family history and I know that grandma and granddad were registered in Landywood when they were married in 1908. He was William Henry Lockett and married Alice Hughes and their family lived in your area and their children were William Henry (Jnr), Albert, Alice, Joseph, Lily, Sidney, Ronald and Leslie and they lived there until around 1930. If any of your members can help with information that would be great. I also know that my grandma’s sister Lillian Hughes was the mother of Maurice Herriot the Olympic Champion so he is my dad’s cousin.’ I know that we have in the past we have been told of our local connection with Maurice Herriot, so can anyone help Christine with more information?
Also David from Leicester enquires ‘My g-grandmother was Mary Walker, born in1855 and she married William E Westwood in 1872 (location unknown). She lived in Cheslyn Hay for some time and I believe her mother, Ann (maiden name Cook), was the daughter of Mary (maiden name unknown) was born in Cheslyn Hay around 1806. Do you have any information you could provide to support this?’
RESPONSES Thanks to our researcher, Andrew, we have been able to provide the family tree of Colonel Harrison, owner of Harrison’s pit, to the Harrison Club Committee. Details of the family goes back seven generations and almost 300 years, which has been confirmed in Mick Drury’s book ‘William Harrison Company Limited’.
Mention of “The Gates of Brass” struck many more reminiscences and Christmas stories from Mary Somerville and John Devey with Jack Harvey, Pauline Gooch, Cornelius Whitehouse, Howard Benton, Kath Perry and many more.
Don and Jean Savage’s mention of St Mark’s Youth Club brought back many memories for Ray Franks and he called in at the Base to reel off these names that he remembers from those halcyon days at that club – Billy Glover, Geoff Thomas, John Underwood, Barry Brough, Jim Winfer, Margaret Rhodes, Maurice Stokes, Jennifer Jeffries, Sonia Heminsley, Gertrude Burrows, Judy Brassington, Mavis Collier, Pat Stanley, Georgette Jordan, Clive Jones, Des Thomas, Maureen Bailey and Betty Craddock. Ray is now searching the loft for some of the photographs to go with the names.
Following David Boddice’s appeal to contact any of his family around this area, Kevin Boddice visited the Base on Tuesday with copies of the Boddice letters and details of their family going back to 1730 and they are now in touch to exchange information across the Atlantic. In the meantime our two researchers Jean and Andrew have also set about the task of tracing David’s English connections with details of both sides of the family including the Lloyds and the Jennings and in different local areas from Hednesford to Wolverhampton and West Bromwich, which is all being forwarded on to David and Kevin.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS A copy of Mick Drury’s book ‘William Harrison Company Limited’
rched by Dave Washington John Clewley and daughter, Selina and youths William Steadman, Enoch Lloyd, William Holt, George Gill, Joseph Henney and Godfrey Hawkins all involved in court cases in 1882.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
13th January 1966 Cheslyn Hay Over 60 Club with Mrs Bray, Mrs J Baker and Mrs D Lawson and also Mrs Winfer, Mrs Hood and Mrs Poxon with Mr S Whitehouse, Mr Hand and Mrs G Plant.
13th January 1966 Funeral and full details of the life of Mr T Smith
15th January 1916 Details of the Women’s Working Committee and their efforts towards relieving the Soldiers and Sailors.
15th January 1916 Working Men’s Club and Institute Competitions with winners Mr G Morgan, Mr R Hill and Mr C Brough.
15th January 1916 New appointment for Miss May Westwood
MEMORIES This week we complete the memories of Reginald Plant from 2002 from before, during and after the war mentioning many people and shops around that time.
VOLUNTEERS We now have 3 laptops at our Base and need typists (of any standard!) to help our ‘Cataloguing, Photographic, Research & Database team’ starting in the New Year. Any Tuesday from 9am – 2pm. If anyone is interested please email me via the address below.
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Weekly News – 3rd January 2015

3rd January 2016
EVENTS No events this week.
OUR SALEM BASE Our Salem Base is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS Following on from an 2013 email from an Australian lady, who had found some old letters tucked inside a book in a Brisbane second hand bookshop relating to the Boddice/Lawson families in our area, which produced a local Great Wyrley connection to several Australian ‘cousins’, we have now received another Australian contact who has seen the two year old story on our website. He is a direct relation of James Boddice and Nellie (nee Lawson) and he relates the story of them settling in Australia in 1912, with the Lawson family and adds ‘James, was the son of John and Harriet Boddice, and I understand he came from a big family in England although we lost touch with them well before I came along but I am now keen to find out what happened to James’ siblings. The letters may give me some vital information in tracing them.’
The recent response to Cornelius Whitehouse’s carols from Jenni (nee Homeshaw) in Hobart prompted Jean and Don Savage to exchange emails and Don says ‘A real joy to be linked with someone precious in the past. Yes St. Marks youth club was great and we remember Jenni with great fondness. Let’s have some more memories from that fine youth club.’ The odd thing is, despite dozens of interviews and memories collected over the years we have none concerning the Salem Youth Club.
And we have received a request from the committee of Harrison’s club in Great Wyrley if we can help tracing Colonel Harrison’s family tree.
RESPONSES John Devey relates more on “Hark the glad sound”, the Cornelius Whitehouse arrangement and confirming where it is regularly sung at Christmas.
Further to Frances Stones’ request trying to trace her Holland family of Pelsall in with the Holland family of Cheslyn Hay there does not appear to be an established link between the two families after research going back 200 years even though our Enoch James Holland was born in Pelsall in 1894 but we are now able to confirm our local Holland family back to Joseph Holland (b1801).
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS A group photo of Walter Whitehouse, Floss Davis, Bert Baker, Doug Wilcox, a CHADFACCS walk past the old Hospital Site in 1981, one of Littlewood House, one of Shants Bridge before the current station was built and a view from the sixties looking up High Street into Pinfold Lane plus a couple of photographs of Walkmill Lane before the Toll Road was built. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
6th January 1966 The funeral service of well-known local bowler, Mr W Leach of 22 Hollybush, Shareshill with details of his life.
8th January 1916 On Wednesday last Mr and Mrs John Farnell, of Low Street, received a letter from Sapper Fred Preece, with details of the death of their son Sapper Sampson Farnell.
8th January 1916 Story of Isaac Smith recovering after being discharged from hospital.
8th January 1916 Details of collections from Low Street and the Village Brass Band Committee to the Wolverhampton General Hospital.
MEMORIES The completion of the memories of Reginald Plant from an interview dated 2002 with stories of Wolverhampton Road, the Hollybush Brick Company in Hospital Lane, the marlhole, the Isolation Hospital, Alf Kingston’s farm,
Martha Thomas, Bill Jellyman, Hatherton Street, Hill Street, Pinfold Lane, ‘Tompter’ Pearson, Shirley’s fish and chip shop, Albert Potts, son of Mac Potts the Manchester United player, the Barn Flat and the Slings, ‘Bobby’s Entry’, the Nook Colliery and the Second World War with Tiger Moth planes and the ARP. trevor.cheslynhayhistory@talktalk.net

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 27th December 2015

EVENTS  No events this week.
OUR SALEM BASE is CLOSED  this Tuesday, 29th December, as the Salem Hall floor is being re-varnished.
REQUESTS  Frances Stone emails in about a well known Cheslyn Hay family, the Hollands, with ‘I am trying to trace any information about the Witcutt and Holland family from the Pelsall/Walsall area.  Martha Witcutt, married to James Holland in 1871, had children Emily (b1872), Annie (1874), William (1876), Ethel (1874), John (1880), Horace (1881), Frances (1883) and more siblings and my grandmother was Frances Holland.  I would really appreciate any information or know if there are still family in the area.’
A request from Jean Morley via Facebook who says ‘My grandfather, Henry Whitehouse, was born in Cheslyn Hay on 25th September 1872, the only child of Jeremiah Whitehouse and Tamar Brough who were my great grandparents. My grandfather married Ada Weston (1880-1944) and had one child, my mother Ada Whitehouse, who was born in Dudley, and I’d love to have more information on my maternal grandmother’s side, the Westons.’   Jean adds that her grandparents were living in Bilston in 1939 together with her parents and Jane Newman (nee Owen) and Samuel Baker, names that seem to be unconnected with her family.  The only hope Jean has is if any of our Whitehouse researchers recognise any of these names.
RESPONSES   Jean, supported by other members of our research team, has produced all the information for Terry on his aunt Lilian Saunders.
Also our Kath Perry has responded to Diana’s plea on the Wyrley/Cheslyn Hay carol ‘Hark the Glad Sound’.
And Jenni from Hobart also adds her memories and comments on ‘Hark the Glad Sound’ and her grandfather, George  Robert Homeshaw, worked at Cornelius Whitehouse foundry.  Jenni also recalls happy memories of St Mark’s choir and their outings with her friend Jean Benton as well as the superb Youth Club under Vicar Parker‘s guidance.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  Copies of Christmas Carols and Tunes sheet music  by Cornelius & G M Whitehouse.  Also obituaries, from the Guardian, Telegraph, Dr Who News and Wikipedia, of our own Tony Read.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
30th December 1965  Details of the Salem Methodist Church’s Sunday school children’s party.
30th December 1965  Encouraging news from the Cheslyn Hay Allotment and Cottage Gardener’s Association at their AGM.
1st January 1916  William Jones, miner, of Pinfold Lane, in court with full details.
1st January 1916  Marriage of Mr J Grantham, of Norton Canes, and Miss Philibert Lockett, daughter of Mr and Mrs Moses Lockett of Queen Street with full details.
1st January 1916  Results of the Christmas Don Tournament at the Working Men’s Club and Institute listing involving W Holt, Albert Preece, T Bickley and S Pee.
1st January 1916  A special musical service was held at the Salem listing all the singers and organisers.
MEMORIES  The memories of Reginald Plant from his interview of 2002 outlining his family, his background and his growing up.  Names included in his recollections are Mary Eliza Lawson, Sarah Ann Maitland, Amy Stokes, Hannah Tuft, Miss Stanton, Miss Saunders, Mr Bale, Isaac Stokes, Albert Wood, Albert Hawkins, Jackie Jones, Reg Poxon, Graham Sleigh, Brenda Hicken, Gladys Fallows, Janet Plant, Tommy Evans, the Altrees, Mrs Whitehouse and Sam Hall.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WWI COMMEMORATION  This coming month,  January, we commemorate the death of  2nd Lieutenant Ronald A Knox, Manager of Lewis’s (Rosemary) Tileries Cheslyn Hay.
GENERAL NEWS  It was reported on the BBC News last year that although all records relating to conscripts appealing against their call ups should be destroyed it appears that the Staffordshire ones were just filed away and stored.  Since when the Stafford Record Office have been cataloging these applications and we have just received the names of the 39 conscripts and the decisions taken.  More information is available on request via my email address below.  No charge for members.
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Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 20th December 2015

EVENTS No events this week.
OUR SALEM BASE is open this Tuesday 22nd December as usual but closed the following Tuesday, 29th December as the Salem Hall floor is being re-varnished.
REQUESTS Following Peter’s answer to Cornelius Whitehouse’s carols being sung at the Working Mens Clubs Diana is hoping to discover where there might be a Christmas Carol Service which would include Cornelius’s carols. Failing that Diana asks if anyone has any of these carols as sheet music that might be copied for her.
Terry Saunders from Middlesborough wants to find more of his family connections around our area, particularly the Saunders and Brown family of Landywood emailing ‘I would also like to discover the facts about the death of Lilian Saunders (Auntie Lil) as I believe she died of her injuries caused in a trolley bus accident when a lorry ran into the side of the bus. It caused great upset amongst the family at the time but I was too young to be much involved. All I know is that Lil was living in the old family home at 267 Broad Lane, Essington with the youngest sister, Hilda, who continued to live there until 1980/90s.
RESPONSES Margaret (nee Whitehouse) from Budleigh Salterton emails that Cornelius was her g-g-grandfather and relates stories of her family connections to the Hallchurches.
Also following on from the appeal from Gill of Nottingham asking if anyone are the descendants of Moses Lockett (b25 Aug 1811) and his two sons Job and Moses our member Hazel (nee Russell) has responded and information is being exchanged. Also Jean, our researcher, has found full details of Moses and his sisters Eleanor and Anne.
Re the local photographers, Lockley & Poxon, John Devey states that the Lockley of the partnership was a H J Lockley from 40 Broad Street, Bridgtown and gives information of his business, but to date we have received nothing on his partner ‘Poxon of Cheslyn Hay’.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Two photographs of the Perks family – Moses (b1897), Mary Ellen (b1898) & Susan (b1886). £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS The Memorial Order of Service for Doreen Russell (1922 – 2015) and a Locket Family Tree linking the Brierley, Boulton, Benton, Bullas, Perks, Jones & Walker families.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Bob Brevitt Harry Taylor of Mount Pleasant involved in an industrial accident at GW Lewis’s Tileries and loses his hand. (B’ham Daily Post – 1915).
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK 50/100 YEARS AGO by Mike Belcher
22th December 1965 More on the Ansells from last week.
25th December 1915 Meeting of the Local Relief Committee and the Red Cross Society discussing spending their funds.
25th December 1915 News of Mr Isaac Smith in Wolverhampton Hospital.
25th December 1915 A singing competition at the Picture Palace (Britannia Hall) for children, listing all the prize winners.
25th December 1915 Details of the death of Second Lieutenant A H Knox R.E. of the Rosemary Tileries and son of Mr James Knox J.P. who was killed on 12th December ‘somewhere in France’.
MEMORIES Completion of the Christmas memories of Diana (nee Hallchurch) with stories of Isaac & Kath Stokes, Kathleen Ferrier, Rev Kerry, Cornelius Whitehouse’s carols and the Salem bazaars.
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of our members and particularly to all the contributors throughout the year.
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