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Burntwood Miners Memorial Unveiling – 8-6-2013

Burntwood Miners Memorial Unveiling


DSCF9044A wonderful, warm Saturday afternoon saw the unveiling of the tribute to the miners of Burntwood , the culmination of years of hard work by Ron Bradbury and his team of supporters.


DSCF9061Sculpture by Peter Walker A.R.B.S

It was great to see so many people on Sankey’s Corner to witness this event – and see this amazing, unique piece of work by Mr. Walker.  Many people made a contribution towards and thanks were given to all in the speeches by the local dignitaries.  Many names of individuals and organisations are recorded in the book published by SCAMP and on the plinth.

DSCF9064Including the local Chasewater Railway and Museum


DSCF9048Well played, too, to the Rugeley Power Station Brass Band,and to those who put on the buffet in the Library.

DSCF9060Finally, a photo of a justifiably-proud Ron Bradbury.

Very well done, Ron.


Burntwood Chase Heritage Group – Miners at War

Burntwood Chase Heritage Group and the Friends of Cannock Chase Museum

This afternoon, Wednesday 29th September, a walk around the remains of the house and grounds of Beaudesert hall was arranged. 

This photo gives some idea of how hard the rain was falling!

Unfortunately, after waiting for a while in the rain, the person who was supposed to be leading the group didn’t turn up.  Thankfully, Ron Bradbury and another one or two people did have some knowledge and led the tour.

It was a shame that we were let down because, in spite of the appalling weather, there was a good turnout of people.

Wednesday 29th September

Two Events this coming Wednesday – 29th September.

Cannock Chase Mining Historical SocietyGraham Burnett

On the 29th of September at 11.00am the society will unveil an Information Sign at the old West Cannock No.5 colliery site.

This is now owned by the County Council and renamed the Chase Enterprise Centre, Rugeley Rd, Hednesford.

Due to the generosity of the wife of the late Mick Corns we have been able to produce an information sign commemorating West Cannock 5s colliery.

Permission to erect the sign at West Cannock has been kindly granted by the County Council.

After the unveiling of the sign the launch of the long awaited book “The Annals of The West Cannock Colliery Company Limited 1869 – 1957” will take place.  The book has taken over eight years to research and copies will be on sale at the venue. The book also includes West Cannock No.5 Colliery until its closure in 1982. There will also be the chance to purchase books and have them signed by the author Alan Dean, who will be available until 1.00pm.

On Thursday 30th September from 10.00am to 1.00pm the book will be on sale at Hednesford Library, Alan will be available to sign copies of the book.

On Friday 1st October from 10.00am to 1.00pm the book will be on sale at Heath Hayes Library, with Alan available to sign copies of the book

Finally on Saturday 2nd October from 10.00am till 2.00pm the book will be on sale at Cannock Library again with Alan available to sign copies of the book

Please make every effort to come along to the unveiling and book launch and make the event a success.Topham at West Cannock No.5

Burntwood Chase Heritage Group and the Friends of Cannock Chase Museum

Walk around the site of Beaudesert Hall

A  walk will be taking place on Wednesday 29th September at 2.30pm with Friends of Cannock Chase Museum and anyone else who wants to come.

Sturdy footwear needed as rough ground. Walk will be about 2 hours. Meet at Scout car park through entrance past reservoir…turn left past Chestall.

Full details on the home page

Burntwood Chase Heritage Group Photographic Exhibition.

Burntwood Chase Heritage GroupChasewater Stuff (I’ve heard that before somewhere!)

This afternoon, Chasewater Railway took photographs and other items to the Burntwood Chase Heritage Group Photographic Exhibition at St. Matthews Club in Burntwood.  The venue is absolutely first class and there was plenty of room for everyone.Looking down the hall – and seeing some familiar faces!

After a rather slow start there was a good flow of visitors during the morning and again in the afternoon following the usual lunchtime lull.

We met a number of people showing an interest in the railway, with some of them saying that they would come and join us and others promising donations to the Museum and the workshop.We didn’t find out what the flags were for – but they made it look very bright and festive!

In all, a pleasant afternoon spent with some familiar and friendly faces – it was good to see you all.  Thank you very much for inviting us.Looking from the other end of the hall.  (You know what they say about a man with his hands in his pockets!!)

A bit of a chat.

I haven’t put much on here other than Museum Posts over the last few weeks, no excuse really just a bit busy over the Christmas period.  Been in the Museum quite a lot during December, which was open every running day.

I’ve still got more about Hednesford railways to post but I need some more photos, it doesn’t seem the same to walk around Hednesford with my camera but without the dog!  She is making good progress, by the way, up to 2 x 15 minute walks per day, and doing them quite easily.  Back to the vet’s on Friday for a quick x-ray to confirm that all is well and hopefully start giving her more exercise.This photo of Ellie could have been taken today, but was in fact taken last February – she can’t walk quite that far yet!

The railway is not running until February, we are told, so we should be able to get some more paperwork done in the Museum, although it will be open on Sundays, weather permitting.  There should have been a Santa Specials de-briefing meeting tonight but it’s been called off due to the weather – we don’t have sleighs!  Could have been interesting, perhaps.

The Burntwood Chase Heritage Group are holding a meeting on February 2nd at St. John’s Church, Ironstone Road, Chase Terrace – I don’t know what the subject is yet but will find out.

The AGM of the Cannock Chase Mining Historical Society is to be held at the Museum of Cannock Chase on Tuesday 16th February at 11.00am.

Burntwood Chase Heritage Group

On 10th October Chasewater Railway was represented at the 10th Anniversary of the group.2009_10100023There were many interesting old photos on show, here a visitor (who will remain anonymous!) is looking at the main Burntwood display.  2009_10100022There was an extensive display of Militaria and old farm implements, the Cannock Chase Miners Historical Society was also represented.  Our Railway unfortunately only had one table, so a number of artefacts couldn’t be shown.2009_10100025It was a good day with a group of very friendly people and we really enjoyed meeting members of like-minded organisations.   It would have been nice to have seen more members of the public, but those that came seemed interested in each of the displays.

The afternoon ended with a Ceremonial ‘Cutting of the Cake’ (and a very tasty cake it was, too!) by a former Chairman of the Burntwood Chase Heritage Group.2009_10100028Chasewater Railway’s representatives were a couple of old bloggers, Chasewater Stuff, you are obviously aware of, and oakparkrunner, who blogs local railways around Brownhills and has an excellent page on the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas. Well worth a look, I promise you. Use my link to oakparkrunner, you will not be disappointed!