March 2019 Newsletter

David Kemp chatting to Jo Carter

What a very entertaining and informative morning with Jo Carter. She told us of the ways people tried to make themselves attractive in the Tudor times.
Some were quite unpleasant, others as we know now to be very dangerous to health.

Mill Stone

We are still trying to get the Mill stone moved from Eric Pritchard’s former home to the Scout building. Gary is on the case!

At the last “Fourth Thursday” we had a visit from Ann Pine an Australian whose ancestors came from this part of the world. She was researching  the names Sayer, Bill, Talbot, Brook(e)s. She found a lot of information especially from our burial records.

Sue Challenger has kindly donated DVD’s of the Staffordshire Census from 1841 to 1891. We thank her very much.

This one is recorded as people from Long Lane. Do you recognise anyone?
Was it taken in the Twenties or Thirties?

I have been informed that the photographs in last months newsletter, of Cyril Fletcher,  were from a Cheslyn Hay Carnival.

Future Speakers and other events

May 16th – The Dukes and Duchesses of Sutherland
June 20th – AGM and (Ten Year) Birthday Bash
June 27th – Trip to Warwick Castle
June 29th – Carnival
July 18th – Old Trades Sue Bray
August 15th – Old Hall Tableware Nigel Wiggin
September 19th – Slip of the Pen Michael Taylor
October 17th – The King’s Loosebox Mary Bodfish
November 21st – Coins P. Griffiths
December 19th – Christmas Social

The Edalji Vase

Out of the blue came a phone call from one of our members, his words were “would you like something from the Edalji’s?” Naturally I replied yes. It conspired that this lady (which I shall come to) had befriended the daughter of the Reverend Edalji, Maud. Before Maud went to London to be with her brother George, she thanked this lady and gave her as a token of friendship, a vase. The lady was a Mrs Laura Edmunds, who in turn gave it to her daughter Gladys Bate after passing away in 1984 her son Robert acquired it.

The story goes on that after the Rev Edalji died in 1918, Charlotte, Edalji’s wife moved to Shropshire after clearing out the Vicarage, Maude accompanied her mother to Coalbrookdale to get her settled in, on returning Maude gave Mrs Edmunds the vase before moving to London to look after her brother George and that ends this little story, but where was the vase made, the dates which I was given were probably around 1918-1920. Is it foreign or perhaps English?