Tag Archives: Cannock Chase

Staffordshire News – Shugborough Yew Tree

Staffordshire News

 Shugborough Yew - Andy Holly, Woodland Trust

Shugborough Yew Tree

Shugborough’s Great Yew (the widest tree in Europe) has been shortlisted in the final ten of England’s Tree of the Year. Voting for the winner (which will enter the European competition runs all this week until Tuesday 4th). We’re up against some stiff competition from Newton’s Apple and the Sherwood Oak, so please, please, please lend your support by voting for our extra special tree as NUMBER ONE at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/vote and by retweeting and sharing our posts on Facebook and Twitter www.facebook.com/shugboroughestate www.twitter.com/shugborough

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Free Forum – World War 1 in Staffordshire

 WW1 in Staffs

The Friends of Hednesford Park – Maypole Throne Making Course

The Friends of Hednesford Park

Maypole Throne Making Course

Maypole practise Hednesford - 1945-1955

Maypole practise Hednesford – 1945-1955

The Friends of Hednesford Park are reviving the Hednesford Maypole Event on Saturday 10th May. If you would like to take part in the Throne Making Course provided by ‘The Forest of Mercia’ in Hednesford Park at 10am THIS Saturday, 5th April, please ring 07896 239717 to book a place. All welcome, no restrictions.
We request you wear SENSIBLE clothes and bring a packed lunch. Refreshments will be provided.
Course at Hednesford Park Pavilion 10am – 3pm
We will be making the May King and Queen thrones for the event and also making Old Fashioned Games.

Greenwood Craft

Greenwood Craft

The Forest of Mercia are coming to Hednesford Park to show us to how to make the Maypole Thrones for our Maypole Event.
Saturday 5th April 10am – 3pm at Hednesford Park Pavilion.
ALL WELCOME, NO restrictions, please wear sensible clothes and bring a packed lunch. Refreshments supplied!

Lichfield and the Museum of Cannock Chase News

Lichfield and the Museum of Cannock Chase  News

Lichfield Baths

Love your pool with 2 for 1 offer this Valentine’s weekend!

Friary Grange Leisure Centre is encouraging everyone to fall back in love with their local swimming pool this February.

Following the £500,000 makeover of its changing rooms and front entrance, Friary Grange Leisure Centre is launching a ‘Love Your Pool’ campaign to highlight how much its 25-metre swimming pool has to offer.

To start the ball rolling, the Lichfield leisure centre is offering a discount on swimming. It will run from Friday 14 February to Sunday 16 February, and will allow two people into the pool for the price of one at public swimming sessions.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Parks, said: “We’re keen to showcase the recent improvements to Friary Grange Leisure Centre and to get even more people swimming. This is why we’re launching the ‘Love Your Pool’ campaign, which encourages people to rediscover what the swimming pool timetable has to offer. So, whether you’re coming to the pool to have fun with friends, are learning to swim, or want to keep fit, we have a session for you.”

For the swimming pool timetable, to find out about signing up for swimming lessons, or how to book a pool party, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/loveyourpool.

The 2 for 1 on public swims is available at the below times:

  • Friday 14 February 2014: 6pm to 9pm
  • Saturday 15 February 2014: 11am to 1.30pm
  • Sunday 16 February 2014: 8am to 1.30pm

About the makeover project

The Friary Grange Leisure Centre makeover included a new front entrance and reception, refurbished swimming pool changing rooms, and improvements to the layout to make the pool and centre more accessible to people with disabilities.

The project was funded by Sport England, Aiming High, Staffordshire County Council, Lichfield District Council and section 106 contributions.

Next week at the Museum of Cannock Chase, Hednesford:

Museum of Cannock Chase

Lichfield & Cannock Chase News

 Lichfield & Cannock Chase News

Lichfield News

Beacon Park

CPCG Beacon Park stream improvements

Published on Monday, 27th January 2014

A group of volunteers is set to kick off 2014 with two days of conservation work at Beacon Park this February.

Lichfield District Council’s Countryside & Parks Conservation Group (or CPCG for short) volunteer to help maintain local parks and green spaces across the district.

This year, an extra day of conservation work has been added to the monthly programme, so the volunteers will be rolling up their sleeves twice a month to help cut back scrub, build insect hotels, create paths and more.

The first two events of 2014 are on Wednesday 5 and Wednesday 19 February from 10.30am to 3pm.

Both events will take place at Beacon Park, where volunteers will don their wellies to make improvements to the stream.

Councillor Andrew Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “The Countryside & Parks Conservation Group does a fantastic job in helping us to look after and improve the district’s parks and green spaces. These two events will help to maintain Leomansley Brook, which runs through Beacon Park. It will involve clearing back scrub and vegetation and digging silt out to make the stream flow better.”

Anyone over 18 years of age can volunteer. All tools are provided as well as light snacks. Wearing outdoor waterproof clothes and sturdy footwear or wellies is recommended.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & Development, added: “The extra day a month will mean that even more conservation work can be tackled and I hope plenty of people volunteer to get involved in this important work. I know the group is always keen to welcome new members, so do come along if you are interested in taking part.”

To book your free place, please call Denice Deverall at Lichfield District Council on 01543 308183 or emaildenice.deverall@lichfielddc.gov.uk

 

Cannock Chase News

Volunteering Day – Holly ClearingShoal Hill Common

Shoal Hill Common

Nature reserve in the corner of Shoal Hill. Shoal Hill is an isolated fragment of Cannock Chase separated from the main body by the old Littleton Colliery site. It is nonetheless heavily used by walkers and horse riders and offers a taste of the open areas of the Chase, typically heather and silver birch woodland.  © Copyright John M and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 Date: 7th Feb 2014

Location: Shoal Hill Common

Time: 10:00 – 15:30

Cost: Free of Charge

Volunteering day – Holly clearing on Shoal Hill Common

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) holly clearing volunteering day on Shoal Hill Common

Voluteer leader is Bob Collett

Most leaders will be on site until 3:30pm or until the task is complete. Volunteers are welcome to stay until the end but any time you provide is gratefully appreciated. Please ensure that you wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring a packed lunch if you intend to stay after lunch.

For more information contact Emma Beaman, Assistant AONB Officer on 01785 619186 or email emma.beaman@staffordshire.gov.uk

 

 Lichfield News

Olympic torchbearer cuts ribbon on improvementsFriary opening

Published on Tuesday, 28th January 2014

A day of celebration took place at Friary Grange Leisure Centre on Sunday 26 ,

January 2014 to officially launch the £500,000 makeover.

Former Friary School pupil and Olympic Relay torchbearer, Tom Bolton, cut the ribbon to formally open Friary Grange Leisure Centre’s improvements.

Tom was joined by project partner representatives, including Lichfield District Council, The Friary School, Staffordshire County Council, Sport England and Aiming High.

To celebrate the improvements, Lichfield District Council invited everyone to a day of celebrations, offering an extended free swimming session, fun swimming activities, and Evolve Fitness membership deals.

The day was a chance to showcase the completed makeover that includes the new frontage and reception, refurbished swimming pool changing rooms, improved access to the leisure centre and pool, and a viewing gallery to the pool from an extended refreshment area.

Councillor David Leytham, Chairman of Lichfield District Council, said: “The day was a great success with more than 400 people coming to see the improvements and to enjoy all the activities on offer. The works have made such a difference to Friary Grange Leisure Centre, from the new entrance to the changing rooms. I am also really pleased the project has made it easier for people with disabilities to access the pool and the rest of the building.”

Tom Bolton said: “It’s a fantastic makeover, and I hope it encourages more people to swim, especially people with disabilities. It was great to be asked to cut the ribbon and to be back at my old school.”

The Friary Grange Leisure Centre Makeover Project was funded by Sport England, Aiming High, Staffordshire County Council, Lichfield District Council and section 106 contributions.

For more information about the project, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/friarymakover

 

Forthcoming Events – Museum of Cannock Chase – World War 1 Lecture

Forthcoming Events – Museum of Cannock ChaseMuseum of CC WW1

Forthcoming Attractions – Celebrating Friary Grange’s improvements

Forthcoming Attractions

Celebrating Friary Grange’s improvements

Friary Grange

A day of fun activities is set to take place on Sunday 26 January 2014 to celebrate Friary Grange Leisure Centre’s £500,000 makeover.

At the end of December Lichfield District Council was delighted to unveil the new improvements at Friary Grange Leisure Centre and to re-open the swimming pool.

Customers and local school pupils are now benefiting from a brand new leisure centre front entrance and reception, refurbished swimming pool changing rooms, a more accessible layout, and a pool viewing gallery from an extended refreshment area.

The improvements will be officially launched by the project partners on Sunday 26 January, when a day of swimming activities and special offers will also take place at Friary Grange Leisure Centre.

The day will feature a free swimming session from 8am to 1pm, which will also include supervised swimming contests, such as fetch the brick and an obstacle course – with prizes up for grabs. Then a pool Fun Session, with the Aquascramble giant inflatable and floats, will take place from 2pm to 3.30pm. Normal charges apply for this session.

The ribbon to formally launch the improvements will be cut at 11am by Tom Bolton, former Friary School pupil and Olympic Relay torchbearer. He will be joined by project partner representatives, including Lichfield District Council, The Friary School, Staffordshire County Council, Sport England and Aiming High.

Councillor Andrew Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “We hope lots of people will join us in celebrating Friary Grange Leisure Centre’s makeover. The improvements have made a massive difference to the leisure centre and this day is a great chance for everyone to see the works and to enjoy the programme of swimming activities.

“It will also give people the opportunity to see all the other facilities the leisure centre has to offer, including the Evolve Fitness gym and studio, and benefit from special membership discounts available on the day.”

The £500,000 makeover included refurbishing the swimming pool changing rooms, relocating the leisure centre’s main entrance, creating better and easier access for all into the leisure centre and pool, and building a viewing area to the pool from an extended refreshment area.

The project was funded by Sport England, Aiming High, Staffordshire County Council, Lichfield District Council and section 106 contributions.

“I’d like to thank our project partners and funders for all their support, and I know local people will enjoy the results of these works for years to come,” continued Councillor Smith.

For more information about the project and the celebratory day, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/friarymakover

Saturday 26 January Swimming pool programme

  • 7am to 8am – Early Bird lane swimming (normal charges apply)
  • 8am to 9am – Free public swim
  • 9am to 9.45am – Free public swim with snorkels and masks allowed
  • 9.45am to 10.30 – Free public swim
  • 10.30am to 11.15am – Free public swim with underwater obstacle course
  • 11.15am to 12noon – Free public swim
  • 12noon to 12.45pm – Free public ‘break the rule’ swim – dive bombing
  • 12.45 to 1.30pm – Free public swim with  retrieve the brick contest
  • 1.30pm to 2pm – Pool closed
  • 2pm to 3.30pm – Pool Fun Session, which includes the Aquascramble giant inflatable and floats (normal charges apply)

Membership special offers available on 26 January 2014

Anyone that signs up in person for a 12 month Evolve Fitness gym membership, paid for by Direct Debit, will get 12 months for the price of 10!

Leisure Gym Passports, usually priced at £37, will be reduced to £25 on the day. Leisure Gym Passports for concessions and students, usually priced at £27, will be reduced to £15 on the day.

A Leisure Gym Passport allows you to access Evolve Fitness for 12 months on a pay-as-you-go basis. It also includes a complimentary Leisure Activity Passport which gives card holders up to 30 percent off the cost of many leisure activities across the district.

Also coming up but a bit further away (I shall post a reminder nearer the date), note it in your diary!March HareThe Chairman always seems to get his picture in articles!!

263 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces From Chasewater News – Spring 2003 Part 2 – From the Board Room

263 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces

From Chasewater News – Spring 2003

 Part 2 – From the Board RoomBoard Room 1Board Room 2Board Room 3 Stand AloneBoard Room 4

Chasewater Railway Museum Donation

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Donation

The Chasewater Railway Museum has received a significant donation from Dr.P.Fuller in memory of her late father, Mr. Anthony William Eele Fuller.  This donation comprised approximately 100 books, 50 DVDs, 30 videos, 5 pictures and a Hornby GWR Mixed Traffic train set.DSCF9099

The photograph shows some of the museum staff perusing a small part of the collection, some of which will add to the museum’s collection of books and DVDs while others will be sold to add to the museum’s funds for future purchases of railway artefacts.  The model railway has already been sold to a member of the railway, making a significant contribution to funds.

The Chasewater Railway Museum sends Dr. Fuller sincere condolences on her loss and many thanks for the donation, which will be put to good use.

259 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces From Chasewater News – Autumn & Winter 2002 Part 5 – Diesel News

259 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces

From Chasewater News – Autumn & Winter 2002

 Part 5 – Diesel NewsPic Fowler BeforeDiesel 1Pic Fowler After

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