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CANNOCK CHASE MINING HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Talk and Hawkins Book

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CANNOCK CHASE MINING HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Founded 2002

HQ: 27 Melbourne Rd, Heath Hayes, Cannock, Staffs. WS12 2SH

Dear Member

The next members meeting with speaker will be held on Wednesday May 21st at the Museum of Cannock Chase, Valley Rd, Hednesford, Staffs. WS12 1TD.

We start at 3.00pm prompt and the speaker will be DAVID MOORE who will speak on ‘South Staffs Water’

Please make every effort to attend as numbers were low at the last event the Panama Canal talk

Bring a friend or partner its free with no obligations

BREAKING NEWS

Hot from the printers the “Hawkins Colliery” book is now available for purchase it costs £10.00/copy + P&P and they are available from the address above.

The book will also be available from the Chasewater Railway Museum

This IS the final book in the series and the society would like to thank everyone who has helped with or supported this monumental task

Thank You Very Much

Best Regards

Alan Dean (Chairman)

Webpages: http://www.ccmhs.co.uk

Email: enquiries@ccmhs.co.uk

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Hednesford News – The Dedication of the third phase of the miners’ memorial

Hednesford News

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Hope the weather’s better than today!

The Dedication of the third phase of the miners’ memorial in Hednesford takes place this Saturday, 26th April, at 2.00pm. The Service will be led by the Rt. Rev. Nigel McCulloch, KCVO.

A further 913 named bricks, remembering those who worked in the Cannock Chase coalfields, have been laid around the grass areas by the clock tower in the town centre and adjacent to the iconic Davy Lamp.

All those who have bought a brick have been invited to Saturday’s dedication, which is open to the general public. It is hoped that hundreds will turn up.

Rugeley Power Station Band will perform, while Cannock Chase Orpheus Male Choir will sing, among other things, the miners’ hymn ‘Take me Home’. Local man, lay preacher and past miner Jim Bullock will be taking part, as will Deputy Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Mr. Anthony Winterton.

Market Street will be closed to traffic from noon. Members of the Chase Arts in Public Spaces (Chaps) committee and Hednesford Lions Club will be acting as stewards and handing out Order of Service sheets, which families will be able to keep as a memento.

After the service, copies of the book ‘A Lasting Tribute’ will be on sale at £5.00 per copy, with inserts containing the names of all included in this latest phase. These will be sold from the large room at the rear of the Light Works arcade. Refreshments will also be available within the Light Works.

Cannock Chase Mining Historical Society News

CANNOCK CHASE MINING HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Founded 2002

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The first talk of this year will take place  Wednesday 26th March 2014 at 3.00 p.m at our usual venue the Museum of Cannock Chase.

The talk will be by  Alan Hill and is entitled the “Panama Canal”

The second talk will be on Wednesday 21st May 2014 at 3.00pm. Again at our usual venue the Museum of Cannock Chase.

The talk will be on “South Staffs Water” and will be given by David Moore.

All our talks are open to the general public so make an effort to attend and bring a friend.Museum of Cannock Chase

Hednesford Miner

Please see and note, the following has now been confirmed:

Hednesford Mining Memorial Phase III

Dedication Service

Saturday 26th April 2014 – 2pm

Forthcoming Event – Miners’ Reunion and local history weekend at the Museum of Cannock Chase in Hednesford.

Another event on the weekend September 21st & 22nd – the Miners’ Reunion and local history weekend at the Museum of Cannock Chase in Hednesford.

Miners Reunion 2013

Not to mention the Severn Valley Railway Gala!

Severn Valley Arley

News – Local History Forum, 9-10-2012

Local History Forum

 Hosted by Chasewater Railway Museum 9-10-2012

It was the Chasewater Railway Museum’s turn to host the Local History Forum on this occasion.  There was an excellent turn-out of the local societies, including the Museum of Cannock Chase, the Friends of the Museum of Cannock Chase, and the local history Societies of Bridgtown, Cheslyn Hay, Great Wyrley and Norton Canes, Cannock Chase Mining Historical Society, plus of course, Chasewater Railway Museum.  If I have not mentioned any organisation, please let me know and I apologise.

If any local Society would like any event mentioned on this blog, please drop me an e mail at:  chasewaterstuff@gmail.com

The two hour meeting began with a brief talk by David Bathurst on the history of the Chasewater Railway, followed by tea and biscuits and general chat amongst the societies.  Many of those present took advantage of a tour of the Heritage Centre and Museum led by our man Godfrey, whose help was also invaluable when it was time to wash up!!

Joe came in to work on one of his Meccano models, which attracted quite a lot of interest, and in front of Joe can be seen one of our latest exhibits, a 7-lever signal frame from Hemyock on the former Culm Valley line

Thanks to the members of the Museum staff who helped with the refreshments and the setting up and putting away of everything used during the morning, especially Joan for help with the refreshments and Barry and Adrian for a lot of fetching and carrying.

Finally, special thanks to Yvonne Cooper from the Museum of Cannock Chase for organising the event and getting the societies together.

Below are lists of events for the next few months from two of the societies:

NB – the first one of the Friends of the Museum is tomorrow (Wednesday) evening 10-10-2012.

Cannock Chase Mining Historical Society Meetings

CANNOCK CHASE MINING HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Founded 2002

  Dear Member

At the AGM February you the members requested that we hold informal coffee mornings where members can meet up and talk with each other about what ever they would like to.

There will be no speaker but there will be a raffle.

The first COFFEE MORNING of this society will take place on Thursday 9th August at the Museum of Cannock Chase commencing at 11.00am we hope to see you there.

The next members talk after this will be on Wednesday 3rd October starting at 3.00pm at the Museum of Cannock Chase

when Mr Blair Smillie will give a talk on The Life and times of Robert Smillie

Please make an effort to attend

Best Regards

Alan Dean (Chairman)

Webpages: www.ccmhs.co.uk

Cannock Chase Mining Historical Society News

The May meeting of the CCHMS will be held on Wednesday May 23rd at the Museum of Cannocl Chase, Hednesford ay 3.00pm.  Admission is free and all are welcome.

The subect is “Licensed Mines” – Brian Rollins

The society has great news after a long delay and many letters email and phone conversation we have finally been given permission to erect our Information Signs on all disused collieries were the land belongs to the County Council, this includes the road side verge were the actual site of the colliery would be liable to vandalism.

The information sign at West Cannock No. 5 Colliery

This has taken a very long time  but we got there so the production line can now go full tilt.


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.

Cannock Chase Mining Historical Society Diary Dates For 2012

Cannock Chase Mining Historical Society

Diary Dates For 2012

Monday 6th FebruaryAGM at the Museum of Cannock Chase, commencing at 11.00am prompt.

Quarterley Meetings for 2012

Wednesday 7th March – Sinking of Lea Hall – Speaker – Alan Dean

Wednesday 16th May – Licensed Mines – Speaker – Brian Rollins

Wednesday 4th July – History of Bridgtown

Wednesday 3rd October – Life and Times of Robert Smillie

All talks will be held at the Museum of Cannock Chase, Valley Road, Hednesford, WS12 1TD,  starting at 3.00pm and are open to the general public – admission free.

Special Date

Saturday 28th April 2012

The Dedication Ceremony of the extension to the original Miners’ Monument in Hednesford Town Centre, will take place.

The Bishop of Manchester, the Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch will officiate and music will be provided by the Rugeley Power Station Band and the Cannock Chase Orpheus Male Voice Choir.

Cannock Chase Mining Historical Society Meeting

CANNOCK CHASE MINING HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Founded 2002

Just a gentle reminder that the last talk of this season takes place on WEDNESDAY 19TH OCTOBER at our usual venue the conference room at the Museum of Cannock Chase.

The metting starts at 3.00pm and a talk will be given by Bob Williams on the “Restoration of the Hatherton Canal” please make every effort to attend and bring a friend.

Tea and coffee will be available and entrance is, as usual, free I hope to see loads of members and friends there.