Cheslyn Hay Weekly Newsletter – 28th August 2016

EVENTS No events this week.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Everyone welcome to view our archives and our collection of over 8,500 photographs with advice at hand.
REQUESTS Wendy (nee Smallman) from Somerset emails her connections with Cheslyn Hay with some fascinating details of her family history starting ‘My mother, Mabel Smallman, used to speak about her ‘little Irish gypsy grandmother’ Merinda Connelley, who came across to England in a rowing boat from Connemara, Ireland. Merinda married William Smallman and their son William married Wendy’s mother and they lived at the Toll House, Mosswood Cottage, on Wolverhampton Road, Cannock. Somebody once said that the William Smallman Snr was in fact called William Dudley and he was adopted by the Smallman family, with the story that one of his forebears, the Earl of Dudley’s cook, bore him a male child. Another story was that Merinda and William’s daughter Marie Smallman went into domestic service, aged 11 years, for her aunt and uncle, Bertha Connelley and Will Drummond in London. When Bertha died Marie looked after their children, Molly and Irene, but then Marie and Will Drummond had a child of their own out of wedlock and she was called Margie Smallman. Later Marie and Will got married but Margie was raised by the Smallman family in Cheslyn Hay. She married Bill Swann and they went to live in Rugeley. I was told that Oliver Connolley died in a pit cage crash but he had two sons who played for Wolverhampton FC between the two wars and their cousin Albert Connelley was also a very keen local footballer.’ So can anyone help Wendy in her quest?
Following on from Paul Bedford’s talk last Thursday, Kevin Taplin emails a request ‘I wonder if you have any information on my relative, William Taplin, brother of my g-grandfather, who was killed in action during the last few weeks of WWI.’ Our initial research reveals that the Taplin family lived at Walk Mill, Bridgtown and William married Phoebe Ann Bills of Watling Street and they lived at 21 Low Street. They had four children – Evelyn G (b1911), William H (1913), Richard A (1913) and Albert E Taplin (1916).
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS Two of Lawrence Hood and his bride Elsie Ewers and all of their guests plus two Salem Tennis Club photographs with the winning team of Irene Davies, Gwen White, Kath Walmsley, Joyce Roby, and Mavis Lakin and also the Men’s Single champion Brian Garratt. Also a casual photograph of two of our Parish Councillors Bill Wesley and Jack McCulloch. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS National Service Certificate of Registration for WWII in 1939 belonging to Alfred Harold Heminsley of Holly Bush together with his ‘Explanatory Note’ and his Home Guard Certificate. Plus a synopsis of the origins of Bentons Lane.
EXTRACTS FROM LOCAL NEWSPAPERS researched by Mike Belcher This week these are the stories as reported in the Cannock Chase Courier in 1903 that include George Fletcher in a flight from justice, E Marshall, A Turner, B Bowen and H Pearson at the Bricklayers Arms, an inquest on the suffocation of the widow of George Stackhouse of Chapel Square, C Moore of Station Street of the Horticultural Society, an injury to T A Reaney at Harrison’s pit, a story on the Cheslyn Hay Jubilee Society, George Rochell in court and the death of Edward Hawkins of Rock Villa. Copy of any Newspaper Report £1.
1st September 1966 ‘Glancing Backwards’ to the news of 6th September 1941
1st September 1966 The full story of the success of Sam Morris and the Cheslyn Hay Press.
1st September 1966 Christine Cadman and her achievements at school.
2nd September 1916 A Rally and Garden Party in the grounds of Grasmere and The Park organised by the officers of the Cheslyn Hay Circuit of the United Methodist Church and including sporting events with Mrs F W Hawkins, Mrs Hickman, Mrs T Crutchley, Miss Holdcroft, Mr W H Goring, Miss F Pope, the Mountebanks, Mr R Evans, Mr W H Barrett, Mr A E Wright, Mr W Johnson, Miss C Gripton, G Wooton, A S Hawkins, W Dando, J Sharpe, Miss Brown, Miss Rowley, Mr A Thomas and Mr Parsonage.

Another Harrison's FC photograph in the late 1950's . Frank Lockett with the cup is the only one known.

THIS WEEK’S MYSTERY PHOTOGRAPH MYS 28 Another Harrison’s FC photograph but in the late fifties. Frank Lockett with the cup is the only one known. Can be viewed either on our website or on our Facebook Page.
WHAT’S IN OUR ARCHIVES An interesting snippet from Pat Everiss’s research into infant mortality in Cheslyn Hay and Great Wyrley in the first decade of the 20th century.
WWI COMMEMORATION This September we commemorate the death of 12049 Ernest Robinson of the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment, who was killed on 14th September 1916 aged 21, son of Stephen and Hannah Robinson, of 2 Mount Pleasant and buried with honour at the Thiepval Memorial.
DAVID LEACH David’s funeral is on Tuesday, 30th August at Bushbury Crematorium at 10.45am.

Cheslyn Hay &DLHS News – 14th August 2016

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News -7th March 2016

EVENTS  This month’s Chat n Char is on Thursday 11th August at 10.00am in the Main Hall of the Salem but unfortunately Roger has been in hospital for a few days and he is still recuperating but his ‘reserve team’ are organising the morning under his ‘influence’ of course.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday with all and sundry welcome!

REQUESTS  From Christine White, who, after viewing our Facebook Page, emails ‘I have lived in Cheslyn Hay all my life but today I have been asked if I remember a shoe shop in Cheslyn Hay but I cannot.  Does anyone have any idea what it was called and where situated?’

RESPONSES   In respect to Bill Thomason’s enquiry re the Wood and Crutchley families, our researchers Andrew and Jean have found the marriage of Joseph Wood and Althea Crutchley at St Peters in Wolverhampton by banns on 7th Sept 1807 and other subsequent links.

Also Doreen Simmons from Ludlow helps Don Savage explaining her Benton family connection to the name of Bentons Lane.
Finally Alan Brown passes comment on ‘the 1967  photo showing 38 kids in Mr Blount’s class going on to mention those who recallMrs Smales as he is still in contact with her and her family.
Two of David Leach‘s old schoolmates, Bob Whittall from Dorset and John Russell of Bloxwich pass on their commiserations on his passing with Bob having shared the same double desk with the tip up bench seats with him in the top class of junior school.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS   Recently donated from the Great Wyrley LHS a batch of Cheslyn Hay interviews from Great Wyrley Secondary School pupils from the 1960s and amongst the interviewees are Mr DA Williams, Mr Downton (aged 77), Mr Whitehouse, a Kingswood Colliery miner, Mr & Mrs Ridgway, Mrs L Smith, Mr C Ballance, Mr & Mrs W Heminsley of Heminsley Farm, Saredon Road, Mrs Perks of Station Street, Littlewood Lane residents, Mr & Mrs Ansell (aged 81) of 189 Station Street, Rev E Marsh, Mr Bull of 43 High Street, George Lunt of Old Wyrley Hall, Mrs Owen of 15 Wesley Avenue, Mrs Lakin (aged 82) of the High Street, Mr Winfer of 177 Station Street, Mr Horton of 37 Windsor Road, Mr Pratt the cobbler and an office worker at Gilpins.  Copies of interviews £1 per A4 sheet.


11th August 1966  The funeral service of Mr Frank Edmund Gough, of 19 Hill Street , Cheslyn Hay.

11th August 1966  Details of the death of Mr Frank Edmund Gough
12th August 1916  Information on the case of Bertha, the wife of Private Isaiah Pearson of Queen Street summoned for neglecting her family of small children.
12th August 1916  A similar summons with Rosa, of Queen Street, Cheslyn Hay, for neglecting her family of small children., the wife of Thomas Russell of Low Street , a private in the South Staffords.
12th August 1916 The beautiful gardens at Glenthorne were kindly placed at the disposal of the Local Relief Committee and Red Cross Society on Thursday evening with names of everyone taking part and their roles.

A local Group with only Horace Brough on right named.

A local Group with only Horace Brough on right named.

THIS WEEK’S MYSTERY PHOTOGRAPH  MYS 25  A local group with only Horace Brough  on the right named.  Can be viewed either on our website  or on our Facebook Page.

MEMBERSHIP  Full details of all the above stories can be obtained by becoming a member at £5 and the newsletters are emailed out at 9am every Sunday morning and we are now taking subscriptions for the next 12 months.  Either pay by Paypal via our website or a £5 cheque made out to CH&DLHS and post to T McFarlane, 42 Station Road, Great Wyrley, Walsall, West Mids WS6 6LQ.   Many thanks.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 31st July 2016

EVENTS  No events this week.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week from 10am – 12pm we are holding a reunion of all ex-pupils that attended the Pinfold Lane School in the mid-sixties when Mr Jack Martin was the headmaster but everyone welcome!

REQUESTS  Bill Thomason from Manchester emails ‘I have in my family tree Althea Crutchley (born abt1780) from Staffordshire and she married Joseph Wood (b1782) in 1807.  One of their sons was a George Wood and these surnames appear in your Salem book as ‘Stalwarts’, so are these Woods connection to your William, Mary & George Crutchley?’  With Alethea being a biblical name it was popularly used by the Cheslyn Hay Hawkins and Crutchley families, but we have not yet linked them to the Woods.  Can anyone who has researched these names help Bill in his enquiry?

Don Savage emails this comment ‘Your reference to the naming of Bentons Lane interested my wife Jean (nee Benton). Could there be any link with her relatives who farmed Home Farm, Little Wyrley, notably Emmanuel and Jess Benton.  She doesn’t recollect them farming land around the Bentons Lane area but remembers her mother saying one of them used to “sink pits”. A long shot but interesting.’

RESPONSES  Following David’s request from Canada last week asking to contact Frederick and Enid Russell (nee Whitehouse) we have been able to get in touch with Enid, now sadly widowed, but still living locally and they are now exchanging emails.

Also another successful outcome has resulted from Stephanie’s enquiry from 29th May asking for help on her Perks‘ research evolving fromJoseph (b1820) & Ann (b1823) whose daughter Lamotto Perks married Leonard Evans, who were Stephanie’s g-g-grandparents. Everything has been solved.

Plus more on the William Bowen mystery.  Norma emails from Michigan.  ‘My father, Frank Bowen had two brothers who were both killed in WWI’ and Normas goes on to give full details of her uncles.
Norma also adds that her father is on the Mystery Photograph 21 stating that he worked at Elliot Lucas until his retirement in 1970 and says ‘I remember him having a friend, Ken Elliot, who was related to Neville Elliot.  When Ken married, he took his wife with him back home toBoston and left his dog, Ted, with us. He also sent us ‘care packages during the war.

And finally, Norma adds to Pat Potts’ memories after she mentioned mixing butter and sugar as a remedy for croup or a cough with ‘My mother would apply a pad with soap and sugar and bandage my frequently scraped knees to ‘draw’ the pus from the wound. Those were the days!’

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  An ‘official ceremony’ showing 19 people before the war around a mounted manuscript but with only John McCulloch named, a casual photograph of several people enjoying a game of rounders in an organised day out at ‘Cheslyn Hay Park’ with Bill Mytton and John McCulloch, headmistress Mary Euan Allan outside the caretaker’s house, the old waterfall at the bottom of the New Road down Littlewood, a 1914 girls sewing class with Lily Ewers and the Isolation Hospital with the sister, four nurses and the caretaker and his wife.  £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  A Petrol Ration Book dated 1966 and a logbook holder advertising Churchbridge Motor Garage Ltd.

4th August 1966  Story relating to Mr Alfred Kingston, of Chase View, Wolverhampton Road, Cheslyn Hay, who died on January 25 and his family.
5th August 1916  The members of the Cheslyn Hay WMC have been given some welcome news.  Full details.
5th August 1916  There was a discussion at the meeting of Cannock Rural District Council, re the water supply at Cheslyn Hay.

MEMORIES  Once more Diana continues with another fascinating dip into the diaries of her Auntie Kath (nee Wootton) who was married to the headmaster Isaac (Jim) Stokes and this week she covers the departure of Rev Kerryand the welcome of Rev Jenkins with some revealing and entertaining comments.

Cheslyn Hay Brownies performing a Puppet Gang Show

Cheslyn Hay Brownies performing a Puppet Gang Show

THIS WEEK’S MYSTERY PHOTOGRAPH   MYS 24  Cheslyn Hay Brownies performing a Puppet Gang Show (OR-BRW-25). Can also be viewed on our Facebook Page.

WWI COMMEMORATION  This August we commemorate the death of Richard Farnell of the 178th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers, who was killed on 2nd July 1916 and buried with honour at the Norfolk Cemetery Becordell Becourt.    

DAVID LEACH  Sad news of the passing of one of our long standing members, David, of Park Street , on Wednesday, 27th July, after a long illness, aged just 74.  Born on the village and lived all his life in Cheslyn Hay, he was always friendly and popular, commanding respect in his own unassuming way.  A sad loss but it has been a privilege to all of us who have known him.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 24th July 2016

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 17th July 2016

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 10th July 2016

EVENTS  No Chat ‘n’ Char this Thursday, 14th July, as it is Roger’s coach trip to Blenheim Palace.  Please assemble at the Salem at 8am.  Rear car park will be open.  Coaches will leave Blenheim at 4.30pm to arrive back for 6 – 6.30pm.  Roger’s mobile no – 07928070061.  Just had a late cancellation and 3 places are now available at £23 each – Phone 01543 372856.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Everyone welcome.

RESPONSES   Our researchers have also found it difficult to locate William Bowen in our WWI records for Paul, but we have come up with the best option with 49077 William Thomas Bowen of Holly Hill, Upper Landywood and his father was Joseph Edward Bowen.  However we are srill researching other Bowens.

However it appears we do have a 1902 school photograph of him in our archives (SC-900-06).

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS   Five Parish Register entries with full details of the Dace Marriages – Arnold Wilfred Dace & Violet Annice Smith (1930), Winifred Nellie Dace & Solomon Thomas Morgan (1937), Leslie Victor Dace & Myra Jane Betton (1938), Dorothy Barbara Dace & Harold Horace Howes (1948) and Ronald Walter Dace & Edna Violet Hodson (1948).


14th July 1966  Cheslyn Hay’s extra housing and suggestions of how and where to cope with the extra activities involved.

15th July 1916  Details of raising money for the Belgian Children’s Fund involving activities with  Mr E Smith, Mrs Allan, Miss Scragg, Thomas Weetman, Mrs H Perks and Miss Copestake.

15th July 1916  Mrs Hassall, of 5 Hatherton Street, Cheslyn Hay, has received a letter from her son Jack with full details of the warfare on the front line.

15th July 1916  The death of  Sapper Richard Farnell, 178 Co RE killed in action on July 2nd, in France with all information.

MEMORIES  –  We conclude Peter Cadman’s 2012 interview with Pat Potts (nee Marshall).

This week includes ‘Tompter’ Pearson, Fanny Mason of Hill Street, the dentists Fereday and Guthrie, Pickins shop, Mrs Wilkes the dentists dispenser, the fireman, Jim Kingston, the Dutton and Malpass families of Hatherton Street, the Altree shop in Hill Street, an antique shop which Jean Smith ran, the Salvation Army, ‘fire watching’, the Britannia Hall, the Home Guard, ‘The Beehive’, the ‘White Lion’ pub and the Rev Trevor Morgan.

MYS - 21  Mr Neville Elliot and 17 of his management and administrative staff at an official Elliot Lucas function.  THIS WEEKS MYSTERY PHOTOGRAPH   MYS – 21  Mr Neville Elliot and 17 of his management and administrative staff at an official Elliot Lucas function.  Can be viewed also on our Facebook Page.

ONE VOLUNTEER is required to support our team in scanning our photographs and transferring them over to our Database.  One volume at a time will be delivered and collected from your home and full support will be gladly supplied!  The deadline for the project is December this year.

GENERAL NEWS   We have very few of ‘The Bygone Days of Cheslyn Hay’ left now and we are now selling the remainder of them at £5 each (original price £8) but our other Cheslyn Hay books Fleeting Years, Tales of Cheslyn Hay, Happy Days and the History of the Salem we are clearing out at just £1 each (plus additional postage of £1 if not local).

For full details of all the above stories we welcome new members and newsletters will be emailed via Mailchimp every Sunday morning at 8.59am. Memberships are £5 – the same as last year – with all cheques made out to CH&DLHS and posted to Rob Allan, 9 Coltsfoot View, Cheslyn Hay, Walsall, West Mids WS6 7BG – or via Paypal or at our Salem Base on Tuesdays. Thanking you.