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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.


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