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The Dedication of the Mining Memorial, Hednesford, 28th April 2012

Dedication of the Mining Memorial, Hednesford, 28th April 2012

3.00 pm Saturday 28th April 2012 saw the Dedication of the extension to the Miners’ Memorial in Hednesford Town Centre.  The Committee of the Chase Arts for Public Spaces  (CHAPS) had achieved the culmination of this project, some six years following the original Memorial.

For the Memorial extension, inscribed bricks were again used, but this time laid flat around the flower beds.

The individual pits were also commemorated in concrete blocks set in the block paving.

Before the Ceremony started, the Rugeley Power Station Band kept the crowd entertained with some lively music, very much appreciated.

The welcome and introduction to the ceremony was delivered by Dr. Tony Wright, Chairman of CHAPS 2003 – 2010, after which he introduced the Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch BA, Hons. DCL, Bishop of Manchester to lead the Service of Dedication.

Following the first Hymn and a Bible Reading, the Bishop Dedicated the Memorial.

Following the Dedication, a beautiful and moving poem – “A tribute to the Miners of the Cannock Chase Coalfield” – written and read by Julie Squires.

Music next, from the Cannock Chase Orpheus Male Choir.

Then came the final Hymn, the Blessing from thr Bishop and closing words and thanks from Dr. Tony Wright.

An excellent Ceremony, attended by a large crowd – exceptional considering the cold weather, but at least it stayed dry.

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Cannock Chase Miners and Chasewater Stuff

Off to the Museum of Cannock Chase this morning to attend the AGM of the Cannock Chase Mining Historical Society – it’s nice to know what’s going on and, let’s face it, without coal mines there would be no Chasewater Railway.  There are some interesting talks coming up in the months ahead – on April 13th, our old friend Ron Bradbury is giving a talk about John Robinson McClean – one time owner of the Cannock Chase Colliery Company and the South Staffordshire Railway (not a lot of coal went down the cut for a while!).  In July there will be a talk about the War Camps, I’m afraid that I missed the details about this one, and in October, Alan Dean is giving a talk about West Cannock (the book on this subject should be out well before then).  On Saturday, 17th July there is a 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the closing of Brereton Colliery and the opening of Lea Hall Colliery at Brereton Parish Hall.  Together with school visits, etc., the new committee will have a very busy year ahead – good luck gentlemen.

At the end of the AGM it was off to Chasewater to do a bit of office work (I call it work, anyway!!) and on the way into the park, the latest evidence of Dave’s handiwork.This was erected by two of our young lads – Albert and Ray!!  First class job all round.

As people probably know by now, Linda will not be in action at the Winter Gala.Something definitely missing……Ah – there they are!!

After a frustrating couple of hours on the PC I was off home before I threw the thing into the pool!  Mind you, the way it’s going down now. I don’t think I could reach!I reckon it’s going to be a long couple of years before it’s back to it’s former glory.