Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 1st May 2016

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.
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.
MYS 11THIS 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  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
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.   

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 24th April 2016

We are now taking memberships for the forthcoming 12 months. Any interested in receiving the full UNABRIDGED two page newsletter every Sunday morning at 9am please email me at the address below.
EVENTS Free admission to our talk this week as it is preceded by our AGM starting at 7pm on Thursday 28th April at the Salem. Peter Cadman will be giving the talk at 7.30pm on ‘Shakespeare Uncovered’ to commemorate his death of 400 years ago.
We are supporting our old friends at the Museum of Cannock Chase (Hednesford WS12 1TD) on their Staffordshire Day on Sunday, 1st May from 12pm – 4pm. There is a full programme including Marion, the besom maker, the Beggars Oak Cloggers and the Rugeley Power Station Brass Band on the front lawn plus medieval singers and many other exhibits and art work. We are displaying the Cheslyn Hay Maps and a List of Landowners relating to the 1792 Enclosure Act. Admission is free.
We have organised a reunion of the ex-employees of Elliott-Lucas and Abbey Dropforgings to be held at our Base at the Salem a week on Tuesday, 3rd May starting at 10am. Mr Rodney Timson, the Managing Director of Abbey Dropforgings and Director of Elliott-Lucas is travelling up from Norfolk to renew acquaintances with everyone and there will be many photographs on display that are held in the Society’s archives. Coverage of the event will appear in the Chronicle together with a photograph.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we welcome Susan Woolley who is researching her Baker family.
REQUESTS From Norma (nee Bowen) who explains why she wants to contact Mrs Snape of Landywood also Jack, Sid, Mary Maggie Snape and Bob Whittall emails from Dorset enquiring about Tom Whittall.
RESPONSES Our researcher Andrew has spent some time unravelling Val’s request on her Perks family before she visits us from Canada and his information is supported by Marcia, who met up with Val a few years ago, has written a booklet on the Perks family going back to 1796. Also an email from one of our members stating ‘Thomas Perks was my 4xgreat granddad and I am his descendant via Joseph Perks born 1819 (John’s brother)’ and she is meeting Val at our Base on Tuesday 17th May.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS One of Cliff Baker (1891 -1958) as a young man. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS ARCHIVE Sherry Belcher’s ‘Cannock Chase Past’ book published in 2001 and a 31 page history of Gilpins by Alfred Camden Pratt in the Staffordshire Archaeology Society Volume No 21.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington Details of a large pig that was killed and raffled at the Green Dragon Inn near Four Crosses looked after by John Pratt of Saredon Mill (18 Jan 1833 Chester Courier). Copy of this newspaper report £1.
28th April 1966 Problems of the expanding village of Cheslyn Hay.
28th April 1966 Massive improvements to Low Street.
29th April 1916 There was a record attendance at the Barn Flat Ground, Cheslyn Hay, on the occasion of the Good Friday Football Carnival. Full details.
29th April 1916 The sacred cantata ‘The Holy City’ was well rendered by Salem Methodist Church Choir on Good Friday. Full details.
MEMORIES Our old French pal, Alan Brown, provides us with a bit more nostalgia, tempered with a couple of questions to test the old grey matter, in this email ‘Following up on the “Coach Trip” theme from the Swinging Sixties etc etc”
MYS 10THIS WEEKS MYSTERY PHOTOGRAPH MYS – 10 A Cheslyn Hay wedding from the thirties with not one person named. Can be viewed either on our website or on our Facebook Page.
WWI COMMEMORATION This May we commemorate the death of Harry Griffiths of Landywood Lane.
GENERAL NEWS A message from Rosemary, the widow of the recently departed Tony Read. ‘Just wanted to say Tony will be interred in our village church, St Nicolas, in June. His mother Lottie and father Fred are interred in Cheslyn Hay. A 6000 word article on his television work was written in the March issue of Doctor Who magazine. Wonderful article.’

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News 17th April 2016

EVENTS   This year’s St Georges Parade  starts at 12pm on Saturday, 23rd April, at Harrisons Club in Wharwell Lane to march through Great Wyrley with the fete following on at the club at 2pm.

OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.  Everyone is welcome!
REQUESTS  An email from Val Theroux of Canada ‘I have very recently taken a serious interest in my family history. My maiden name is Perks and I am visiting Cheslyn Hay next month from 16th-20th May with my sister Roslyn Samsa, from Australia, and my husband John and will be very excited to meet your society members at your Tuesday meeting at the Salem.’  Val is a descendant of  Thomas Perks (b1781 in C/Hay) and wife Sarah Cartwright (b1788 in Great Wyrley) and their son John Perks (b1813 C/Hay) who married Mary T(r)anter in Sedgley on 10 Dec 1838 and she would appreciate any help on her Perks family.

RESPONSES  We’ve certainly have had a response to David’s request of last week on the Smith family.  Our researchers Jean and Bob have added information that David has been unaware of and Jean also has given several possibilities for the births of the Smith children and brought David more recent information from our 1939 register.  Also Malcolm from Banbury emails ‘My dad was Williamand one of six brothers, living at 33 Coppice Lane and adds details of all the family so consequently all the Smiths are now exchanging information.
Following the mention of Jack Baker, Sheila tells of her memories of her Dad, Ted Ridgway, who was the shunter on Tony, loco 301, and Mr Westwood was the driver including a photograph of them.  And Pauline from Eastbourne adds more information of her father,Bill Westwood with Jack Baker, adding that ‘Next time I’m in the area I’ll pop in at the Base’.
Andrew looked into the Butler request for Gill but declares that her grandma Mary Ann was born in Birmingham and the family seem to hail from the Chorley, Gentleshaw, Farewell and Brewood areas but all his findings have been forwarded on to Gill.
We were able to provide Hilary from County Down with full details of her family’s baptisms at the Salem during 1881-1885, the time when her g-grandfather Thomas Gibson Seymour was minister at the Salem.
And Chris and Catharine email from Canada for researching and contacting the Martin family for her after she had received a small parcel full of old, black and white photos of her in-laws and their family from the 40’s & 50’s, and a few colour ones from the 60’s adding ‘We were thrilled to receive such a precious gift and we wanted to open a dialogue with my husband’s long, lost relatives.  Unfortunately, my husband has only one extended family member in Canada, so you can appreciate how happy he was to know that there were others in England who thought of him.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t an email or phone number, and the address didn’t match the name search.  Your help to connect the two families across the pond was invaluable! How kind!’

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  Two photographs of Prisoners of War Hannes Witthaus and Arthur Ruge who were befriended by the Rankine family during the war.  They kept in contact when they returned home with Arthur always signing off ‘With thanks for all your love and kindness’ plus one of them with Tom ‘Jock’ Rankine, Trevor Powell, John Rankine and Malcolm Wiggin.  £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

ARCHIVE 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.

21st April 1966  Hawkins Colliery Sports Club, of Cheslyn Hay, reviewing a very successful year.
22nd April 1916  Details of the efforts of the Local Relief and Red Cross Society naming all those on the committees.
MEMORIES   More recollections of the St Marks Youth Club, this time from Roy Handley who was a member during the war years when it was solely a boys’ club and naming all his old pals and what became of them.
  From the Woodman with only Nancy Richards and Muriel Allen on the right named.  Can be viewed either on our website  or on our Facebook Page.

, one of our original committee members, passed away suddenly at his home on the 22nd March.  Cliff will always be remembered with the fondest of memories by the dozens of his renowned Gingham Girls throughout the sixties and for what he has contributed to our village life.  His funeral is at 3pm at Bushbury Crematorium on Monday 25th April.
NORMAN LEE of Norton Lane, Great Wyrley, passed away on 6th April aged 90.  Born in Churchbridge, Norman was a font of local knowledge, had a great sense of humour, and was a member of both our Society and Great Wyrley’s.  Funeral at St Marks on Monday, April 18th at 1.30pm.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 10th April 2016

EVENTS Chat n Char this Thursday 14th April at 10.00am in the Main Hall of the Salem with the title of ‘It’s a Mucky Job!’
CHADFACCS (Cheslyn Hay & District Footpaths and Countryside Conservation Society) is still going strong after 40 years and they meet every fortnight. They welcome any new members and their next walk is next Sunday, 17th April at 9.30am sharp, meeting at the rear car park at the Talbot. The walk is usually about 5miles long, taking about two and a half hours with a break half way. Telephone 01922 493190 for further details.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday. Everyone welcome.
REQUESTS Julie emails ‘May I make another appeal for a photograph of my paternal great uncle? Thomas Edward Wilkes, known as Ted, (b1887 Great Wyrley) son of Edward Thomas Wilkes and Elizabeth Benton. Ted married Hannah Knowles on 31 January 1909. It is believed that they had 3 daughters, Dorothy, Hilda and Gertrude (known as Nancy?). I believe my late father looked very much like Edward and I would dearly love to see this for myself.’
Brian Cowley is involved in an in depth research of Mount Pleasant for our archives and he would welcome any information, photographs, memories from anyone with links to the area or its inhabitants. Please email Brian on
And our researcher David from Canada would greatly appreciate any help with his request ‘The Smith Family – 6 boys that I know of possibly more, all born between 1900 and 1910 and lived in Cheslyn Hay according to the 1901 and 1911 census. The boys were named Albert, Leonard, Herbert, Clarence, William and James with the parents Edward and Mary Ann. I am looking to extend this line and add information on the family and need someone with knowledge of the family due to the common surname.’
Also Hilary Maginnis from County Down enquires about the baptism dates at the Salem of Ethel Maud and Samuel Henry Ernest Seymour, the children of her g-grandfather the Reverend Thomas G Seymour. Also was it her g-grandfather who baptised Arnold Seymour Hawkins?
Gill from Nottingham has started on her Butler side of her family with her grandma Mary Ann Butler who was born in 1874 and married Henry Lockett on the 30th April 1899 and Gill adds that ‘she was living in Penkridge with her father William and mother Ann in 1881.’
And from Chris & Catharine in Canada – I am trying to find a relative of my husband’s. I am looking for Alan and Pauline Martin who are my father-in-law’s brother and his wife. My father-in-law, Gord Martin moved to Canada with his wife Mary in the 50’s and they have both since passed away. If anyone has any contact with them I would be ever so grateful.’ This was easily solved as Alan & Pauline are both members and they are now in touch.
RESPONSES An email just received from Susan Woolley who was very moved to see the letter written by her grandfather from the trenches in the First World War. Followed by more information on the Baker family and Billy Westwood and David Leach
The newspaper report of 7th April 1966 recording the success of Nanette Hawkins
also drew an immediate response from the family with up to date news of Nanette.
Our Andrew has been busy researching the Rowley family after last week’s request and has provided Mark W Tebbets in Connecticut with his family going back to the 1700s outlining full details including the up to date history of the family with the Jackson, Cartwrights and the Somerfields.
Following the successful get together of the Plant family two weeks ago, Deborah emails from Hampshire passes on her comments on the day and her memories of old Cheslyn Hay.
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS One of the Great Stones of Landywood off Gorsey Lane in the 1950s. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Photograph and full details of the life of the Salem Minister the Rev Thomas G Seymour (1881-85) from the Methodist New Connexion Magazine March 1898 and the Salem Cheslyn Hay Flower Festival souvenir programme dated July 1982. Also the 48 page booklet on ‘The Wyrley Stones’ dated 1929 and a recent interview with 99 year old Mrs Madge Shirley.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington A selection of court cases and a terrible death in 1868 with the names William Whitehouse, Thomas Russell, Jonas Jones, Joseph Whitehouse, Henry Brierley and Thomas Passey. Newspaper Reports £1 each.
14th April 1966 In the ‘Glancing Back’ Column to 19th April 1941 details of the opening of the new school in Station Road
15th April 1916 Raising money for Mrs Haycock.
15th April 1916 Whist Drive held at the Working Men’s Club with list of winners.
MYS-8THIS WEEKS MYSTERY PHOTOGRAPH MYS – 8 Harold Gunn’s retirement 1980 from Rosemary’s Brick and Tile with Brian Fox and 32 employees looking on. Can be viewed either on our website or on our Facebook Page.
DORIS DACE Another long standing village character passed away last week on 30th March. Aged 95, Doris (nee Evans) of Chapel Square enjoyed a long and active life on the village and at one time kept the Cheslyn Hay WMC for seven years with her husband Jim. Funeral at St Marks on Monday, 11th April at 2.30pm.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 3rd April 2016

Memberships are now due for 2016/17. £5 – the same as last year but all cheques made out to CH&DLHS and post to Rob Allan, 9 Coltsfoot View, Cheslyn Hay, Walsall, West Mids WS6 7BG – or via Paypal (see our website or at the Salem Base.
OUR SALEM BASE is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday Last week we had a surprise visit from the Ridgway family where David Evans met up with the local Ridgways for the first time. Terry also travelled up from Gloucester having acquired his family medals from an auction at Eastbourne. The medals had been presented to his g-grandfather, Job, and his great-uncle, John, who was killed in Gallipoli and Terry, having had them cleaned and framed in a presentation case is determined that they will not leave the family again.
REQUESTS Two interesting emails just received this week. First, ‘My family originated from Cheslyn Hay and my dad was Bertram Whitehouse, son of Bert and Hannah. I noticed through your website that you have received emails from Bron Tomkins in Australia. She was the daughter of Harold Whitehouse, my uncle, and I’m very interested in contacting her as we have never spoke to one another before.’
Secondly from Mark W Tebbets in Connecticut ‘I am looking for any information you might have on John Rowley, my g-grandfather and Edward John (Jack) Rowley, my g-grandfather.’ Mark also lists the Cheslyn Hay & Saredon birthdates of the Rowleys – John (b1844), Alice Mary (1867), Edward John (19 Dec 1870), Lucy Anne (1872), Frederick Wm (1880), Mary Ann (1873), George Henry (1878) & Elizabeth (1882). Is anyone connected to these Rowleys?
RESPONSES With reference to Cliff Baker’
NEW PHOTOGRAPHS s letter from the trenches in last week’s newsletter Vi Leach has provided all the details of his life after returning home safely from the war.Cheslyn Hay WMC coach trip with Dougie Wilcox, Coey Pearce, Bert Baker, Wal Timmins, Arthur & Harold & Jack Davis, Jack Baker, Harry Burton, Frank Horton, Jack Bird, Harold Fidler, Horace Price, Billy Dutton & Jack Shorter. Also Harry Heminsley & Horace Price at Blackpool plus one of Geoff Sleigh in the Paras. £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.
7th April 1966 A story on Nanette Hawkins
8th April 1916 A meeting of the Senior Bowling Club involving Mr Ralph Evans, Mr Albert Cope, Mr William Follows and Mr I Clewley.
8th April 1916 The annual meeting of the Talbot Bowling Club was held at the Talbot Inn.
8th April 1916 Fanny Riverson in court and found guilty.
8th April 1916 During the week a number of young men have enlisted with full details.
8th April 1916 John E Hart
MEMORIES More from Diana with her ‘Auntie Kath’s Diary’ from 1968. Aunt Kath (nee Wootton) was married to the headmaster Isaac (Jim) Stokes.This week stories involve Bill Kingston, Edgar Hackett, Ethel Bowring, Fred Smith and Jack Plant.

MYS 7THIS WEEK’S MYSTERY PHOTOGRAPH MYS – 7 WWII Wedding dated February 1942 with the name Cliff Baker on the back of the photograph. Can be viewed either on our website or on our Facebook Page.
PHYLLIS HALLCHURCH (nee Thomas) passed away on Thursday 24th March aged 97.
ENA MOLYNEUX passed away on Tuesday, 29th March aged 78 after a long illness. Ena has been a well loved character on the village for the 30 years she has owned the Pet Shop, but thankfully her husband Jem is still carrying on with the business.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 27th March 2016

EVENTS There has been a change to this month’s speaker. Instead of a talk on World War One we are fortunate enough to have the entertainer David St John, who is giving a talk on ‘Confessions of a TV Quiz Addict’ as he is currently in the Guinness Book of Records for making the most TV Quiz appearances with 34 shows between 1982 and 2013. Thursday evening at 7.30pm, 31st March. £1 including refreshments.
Also Roger has a handful of seats still available on the second coach for the Blenheim Palace Trip on Thursday 22nd July 2016. All in price £23. Telephone 01543 372856.
OUR SALEM BASE Our Salem Base is open from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday and this week we welcome Deborah Harvey (nee Plant) from Hampshire, daughter of Norman Plant and granddaughter of Beckitt Plant to view our ‘Plant Collection’ and meet other members of the family as we have arranged. Also Deborah’s grandmother was Hilda Worsey and she would love to meet any members of her Plant and Worsey families any time after 9.30am on Tuesday.
REQUESTS An email just received from Karen. ‘Myself and my sister were Gingham Girls – Karen and Sarah Bond. I was in the Shantelles and my sister was in the Sherelles. I’d love to hear from anyone involved with these amazing carnival days and my mom, Joan, actually took part in Bilston Carnival to make up the numbers in the parade, so we could dance! Also have you any photos?’ We have 347 carnival photographs, so a visit is now on the cards.
And Glenys (nee Baker) emails ‘My grandfather was Herbert Baker, son of Phineas and Annie, who lived at the bottom of Town Well. He was born around the turn of the century and told me that as a young boy he would follow the lamplighter, named Benny, around the village as he lit the lamps and I have often wondered what his full name was. Can anyone recall him and what was his full name?
RESPONSES Following the sad news of Non Cartwright I have received many messages of sympathy with many memories of the old teachers at Pinfold Lane School.
After Mike Birch’s request, Glen Wootton responds with her email address adding that ‘Mike and John and Peter Harley are my husband Dave’s cousins. His mum was Eva Birch.’ They are now corresponding.
ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS Mining map showing all the local pits in the early sixties plus four large framed pictures of Cheslyn Hay United 1919/20, Moseley Old Hall, Royal Oak Great Wyrley 1920 and the Isolation Hospital 1904.
OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington Various court cases including one serious offence with William Hughes, Thomas Crutchley, William Birch, Robert Marshall, PC Thomas Durose, Mrs Louisa Stackhouse and Charles Quinton all recorded in 1868. Copy of any Newspaper Report £1.
1st April 1916 In memory of the late William Heminsley, of Warstones Farm.
1st April 1916 A poignant letter from the trenches by Pte Cliff Baker, of the 9th South Staffs.
1st April 1916 Details of the miners enlisted from the Old Coppice Colliery.
1st April 1916 Details of a meeting of the Local Relief Committee.
1st April 1916 Two interesting shooting matches at the Talbot Inn with details of all the shooters and the results.
1st April 1916 The Sunday school anniversary of the Primitive Methodist Church.

MYS 6THIS WEEK’S MYSTERY PHOTOGRAPH MYS – 6 Cheslyn Hay Villa c 1930. Tom Goodman is the goalkeeper but note the first player seated has only one arm Can be viewed either on our website or on our Facebook Page.
WWI COMMEMORATION This April we commemorate the death of George Farnell.
ALF NEWELL A long standing member and a regular visitor to our Speakers Nights, Alf passed away on Saturday morning, 19th March, after suffering kidney failure. Aged 84, he was a true character, full of bustling energy, who would always lift the atmosphere wherever he went. One of the ‘old school’ was Alf.

Cheslyn Hay Weekly News – 20th March

WEEKLY NEWS  20th March 2016 

EVENTS  There will be a get together of the Plant family next Tuesday, 29th March at our Base and anyone with connections with the Plants will be most welcome. 

OUR SALEM BASE is open to everyone from 9am – 2pm every Tuesday.

REQUESTS  Carried forward

RESPONSES  Carried forward

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS  Three photographs of the Landywood Station before it was built in 1985 and two just prior to opening in 1987, two of Walkmill Lane, one looking towards Bridgtown and one to Cheslyn Hay, two of Joss’s Lane looking either way to Laney Green and also to Saredon in 1991 prior to the Birmingham Northern Relief Road being built, one of the old mineral line from Rosemary Road in 1982, one of Streets Lane opencast site from the junction of Strawberry Lane and Old Landywood Lane in 1991, a photo of the old stables and coach house in Low Street at the rear of the Ivy House in 1994, one of Pelsall Building Supplies in Landywood Lane, the tramway leading to the Plant Pit as seen from Park Close.   £1 per 7×5 Photographic Print.

ARCHIVE ADDITIONS/ARTEFACTS/DONATIONS  A 1961 Highway Code and the new dialling codes from Cheslyn Hay dated 1964, six books donated to our library with three mining books and three histories of Burntwood (inc Wall and Hammerwich), Hednesford and Beaudesert.  Also a newspaper cutting of the Knox brothers of the GW Tileries.                                                                                                                                    OLD NEWSPAPERS researched by Dave Washington  This week we complete all the local news from various newspapers for the year 1900.  A full scorecard of the cricket match between Cheslyn Hay and Burntwood, Charles Gough, Henry Benton, Mary and George Gill, Elizabeth Bickley, Henry Willetts, Charles Brough, Ernest Hood and Thomas Whitehouse all appeared in court involved in various cases, also George Hales and John Middleton both found guilty in a separate case, Charles Brough and John Lovatt of the Lot in court, a meeting of the Cannock Board of Guardians reviewing a  case where John Taylor and Mary Ann Westwood were appealing against their relatives being forced to emigrate to Canada and they were assuring the Board that they would accept responsibility for any costs in the future, Joseph Saunders, Ernest Broadhurst and John England Hart charged with moving cows contrary to the Foot and Mouth Disease Order and Isaac Morgan and Joseph Whitehouse were found guilty of two separate charges at the same session, Richard Davis of Station Road, William Preston and George Mason both of High Street, and  Thomas Johnson in court, Frederick Downton of Company Buildings and Stephen Whitehouse in two separate court cases, local news with the funeral of the Reverend Daniel Brearley as well as the court cases of Thomas Hall, Albert, Ernest and Joseph Holmes of High Street, Quarter Sessions with the Thomas Hall and the Holmes‘ case with Jabez Hood as witness plus two other cases with Isaac Preston and William Hill, and a case of assault by Richard Benton on Kate Owen with witness W H Haycock of Wedges Mills.    Copy of newspaper reports £1 each.


24th March 1966  Funeral of former Manchester United footballer, Mr Charles Henry Moore of 38, Windsor Road, Cheslyn Hay.

25th March 1916  Charles Wheatley of Low Street in court.

25th March 1916  Story of Belgium refugee Edward Rockandt involving Mr T Bowen, of Station Street and Mr Seedhouse.

25th March 1916  The annual meeting of the Cheslyn Hay Working Men’s Club with full details and new committee members.

25th March 1916  An effort is being organised for Mrs J Haycock, of Coppice Lane.

MEMORIES  Mike Birch emails from Australia with news of his Birch family as well as some marvellous recollections with many Cheslyn Hay characters from the 1940 and 1950s.

MYS 5THIS WEEK’S MYSTERY PHOTOGRAPH  MYS – 5  The only clue we have is that it is a local class with the teacher, Joan Perks.   Can be viewed either on our website  or on our Facebook Page.