This morning, 29th September 2010, saw the unveiling by Alan Dean, Chairman of the Cannock Chase Mining Historical Society, of the latest information sign commemorating the coal miners of Cannock Chase. This sign was made possible through the generosity of Mick Corns’ widow, who received the thanks of all present.Not the brightest of days but the Ceremony was completed before the rain started again. Then it was a case of everyone inside for a cup of tea and a biscuit or cake!A nice simple Ceremony, but there are still about 30 sites to have signs erected. Some have had permission granted and at other sites it is still being sought.
This site is now the Cannock Chase Enterprise Centre, Rugeley Road, Hednesford, owned by Staffordshire County Council, who gave permission for the erection of the information sign.
Best of luck and best wishes to all concerned.
The Artworks of Walsall Wood
Saturday 6th February 2010 saw the opening of the Artworks of Walsall Wood following a ceremony in St. John’s Church. All the works were funded by Walsall Council and designed and built by Industrial Heritage Stronghold Ltd.
The ceremony started with a concert by the Highley Colliery Band – a first-class performance. Then followed speeches by local dignitaries, including the Mayor of Walsall. The Mayor of Wolverhampton was also present.
Next came a short service by the Reverend Nigel Carter. It was interesting to hear how many of the local community had been involved in this venture – well done to you all – so many people to be thanked.
Here I should apologise to the gentleman who acted as Master of Ceremonies – he was on-stage in this picture but disappeared before I went ‘click’ – sorry!
Glen Buglass – thanks very much!!
The ceremony was very well supported by the local people and visitors from outside the immediate area, and the visitors in turn were very well looked after by the ladies in charge of the buffet another first-rate effort.
The artist, Luke Perry, (quite a character, this one!) explained finally how the figures and pit head were constructed and erected.
Now was the time for the exploration of Walsall Wood to start, and the Church emptied as the visitors went out to see the works of art.
Within a couple of days the fish had been stolen!
Good news – the fish has been found and will be re-attached in a couple of weeks!!