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News – Hednesford Signal Box & Harper’s Buses

News – Hednesford Signal Box & Harper’s Buses

05374 Hednesford No.1 Signal Box

Hednesford’s No.1 signal box will be transformed into a classroom by college students.
The box was moved to Hednesford Park earlier this year and will be restored by construction students from South Staffordshire College before being put to use as a community hub.
The group, aged 16 to 19, will be painting, decorating, repairing and guttering the box as well as removing its windows and replacing them with wooden frames.
The work will be undertaken in partnership with Cannock Chase Council, the Friends of Hednesford Park and local residents.
The work is due to start in September and teacher David Dew will oversee the restoration.



Aston Manor Road Transport Museum (AMRTM)

At AldridgeFor years they had been left to rot in an old barn hundreds of miles away, but now a pair of vintage buses manufactured in the Black Country have returned home to be restored to their former glory.
The coaches came off the production line at Guy Motors Ltd. factory in Fallings Park, Wolverhampton in 1959 and were bought by the Heath Hayes firm Harper Brothers to carry passengers on day trips to the coast. After eleven years of service they were sold to a scout group in Northern Ireland in 1971 and re-deployed to ship youngsters from their headquarters in Limerick to scout camps across the country.
Three years ago it emerged that the 52-seat coaches were stranded in a barn on the outskirts of Dublin in a dreadful condition, their once gleaming distinctive green and yellow paintwork peeled away and tarnished by rust, polished interiors now sullied and engines dead to the world.
But thanks to the generosity of their former owner and an un-named benefactor the buses are back on home soil, having arrived at the Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge, after being loaded onto large flat-bed lorries and transported across the Irish Sea.

BusesThree AMRTM Guy Arab LUF vehicles together at last. L to R, the former 1292RE, former 1291RE (ex-Harper’s 58/57, both Willowbrook Viking bodies), LJW336, the ex-Guy demonstrator with SARO body. Having got both the Harpers home, we’ll be appealing again for funds to allow the museum to start restoration of one, at least – and calling in past promises. Let’s see how popular our formal local operator really is!


From the Cannock Chronicle: http://yourchronicle.com/

Hednesford Park News – Easter Treasure Hunt Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Hednesford Park News

Easter Treasure Hunt Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Easter Bunnies
Please accept our SINCERE apologies for not updating the Easter Treasure Hunt Details for over the Easter Holidays.
Our bunnies and chicks are all bouncing about in anticipation for next weeks Easter Treasure Hunt.
TUESDAY 22nd at 11am – 1pm, which gives everyone chance to get round. Easter activities in the pavilion. See the bunny at the gates pictured for your treasure map and clues.

Hednesford Signal Box News Progress Updates LATEST NEWS – 12 February 2014

Hednesford Signal Box News

Progress Updates

LATEST NEWS – 12 February 2014

05374 Hednesford No.1 Signal BoxHednesford No.1 Signal Box in busy days with West Cannock Colliery Sidings behind it. – Pic Chasewater Railway Museum Collection.

SIGNAL BOX Network Rail have advised that the relocation of the signal box will take place this coming Sunday 16th Feb. (Strong winds permitting)

The lifting operation will take place from approximateley 7am when the box will be lifted from its brick base and over the railway lines onto a trailer located at the rear of the new supermarket development. After securing the signal box to the trailer and derigging the crane both vehicles will then drive along Victoria Street and Rugeley Road to enter the car park adjacent to the tennis courts.

The crane will reverse down to the pavilion followed by the trailer and after setting up the crane the signal box will be lifted over the pavilion into its new location. The offloading should start around midday dependant on progress of the first part of the operation.

The Rugeley Road car park will be closed most of the Sunday until the relocation has been completed and the crane and lorry have left site.

Any further changes will be advised

Hednesford News – Hednesford tennis courts are a smash hit

Hednesford News

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Published on Thursday 26th September 2013

Cannock Chase District Council unveiled the new tennis courts at HednesfordPark as part of a £3.1M Heritage Lottery Fund project yesterday.

Representatives from Cannock Chase District Council, Staffordshire Environmental Fund and Friends of Hednesford Park officially opened the brand new tennis courts at HednesfordPark, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday 25th September.

This is the first phase of the project part funded by Staffordshire Environmental Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund which has seen the five adult tennis courts being replaced with four adult tennis court and four junior courts all on one level with a new drainage system and new fencing with gates to allow access for all.

Cannock Chase District Council recently obtained £3.1M of Heritage Lottery Fund grant as part of the improvements to HednesfordPark and War Memorial.  The full project will take several years to complete.

Councillor Christine Mitchell, Culture and Sport Portfolio Leader said “I am really pleased with the work that has taken place on the new tennis courts, they look fantastic.  This is a great start to a really exciting project for HednesfordPark.

I hope this investment will help inspire the next generation of tennis stars and give this District the next Andy Murray.”

Councillor Alan Dudson said “I am delighted to officially open the new tennis courts at HednesfordPark; this is a great facility for residents and just the start of a bigger project.”

John Dutton, Chief Executive of Staffordshire Environment Fund said “We are happy to be involved in the project and hope this new facility will encourage young people and the community to take up tennis.”

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Hednesford Town FC continued their table-topping form today (5th October) with a 4-1 victory over Gloucester City at Keys Park.



Lichfield & Hednesford Park News

2013_07180330Keeping cool –   pic – Val Daft

Learn to love Lichfield this summer

Lichfield HC

Published on Tuesday, 16th July 2013

A new display aimed at inspiring young minds has been launched at Lichfield Tourist Information Centre in St Mary’s this July.

As part of a project, Year 4 children from The Willows Primary School in Lichfield have been on a mission to promote the city as an exciting place for families with children to visit.

Having researched Lichfield’s attractions, the 8 to 9 year olds designed and made a variety of child-friendly materials, such as games, jigsaws, information cards and posters that are based around the attractions.

A selection of the materials they produced are on display at the new home of the Tourist Information Centre, at St Mary’s on the Market Square, and are available for families to borrow throughout the summer holidays.

Councillor Val Richards, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Communications & Tourism, said:  “All the children have worked so hard on this display and it looks wonderful. Children visiting St Mary’s are welcome to borrow any of the materials for free, in the hope that they will become as interested in Lichfield’s historical buildings and leisure facilities as the pupils from The Willows are. We only ask that any borrowed games or materials are returned to the Tourist Information Centre for other children to use.”

As part of the display, families can pop into the Tourist Information Centre to pick up information about what there is to do across Lichfield District during the summer holidays, including attractions, events, clubs and leisure activities. The leaflet, Minster Trail, is also on sale for 60p. It is aimed at children between 5 and 12 years of age and leads families on a tour of Lichfield, explaining interesting facts along the way, including burnings at the stake and Civil War shootings.

A variety of general toys and games are also available for just £1 at the gift shop as part of the summer holiday pocket money sale.

Hednesford Park and Memorial

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Hednesford Park and War Memorial

Welcome to the home page for the park and war memorial. Here you will find information about the site and its development and ways to get involved.

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hed_pavillionView of existing pavilion in 2012 Hednesford Park Avenue 2012

There are specific pages that describe the history and development of the site, lists all the forthcoming events together with details of the recent successful Heritage Lottery Fund Grant that shows the main proposed works.

Presently the Park encompasses a range of facilities including children’s play area, skateboard park, tennis courts, football pitches and pavilion with changing rooms. There are mature trees and shrubs and masses of open spaces for users to relax in. There are Park Keepers on duty during all park opening hours.

There are entrances off Rugeley Road and Victoria Street, Hednesford, WS12 1QR.

Hednesford Park Tennis Courts 2012

Hpark_tennisHednesford park tennis courts

 Over the next few years there will be a lot of works carried out on the site. There is a draft programme that sets out when these will occur and there will be separate site works pages that will give more detailed information on the specific works and how these are progressing. We hope to update this aspect on a weekly basis but please bear with us if this takes a little longer.

As part of the Hednesford Town Centre Regeneration major works were carried out to Victoria Street which resulted in the loss of the main park access and creation of new access points to the park as well as new fencing. These works are ongoing and whilst coordinated to fit with the requirements of the park and the HLF proposals, they are being carried out by independant contractors as part of the regeneration works.

We have set up a specific email address where you can ask questions or make comments about the site. The address is hed-park@cannockchasedc.gov.uk. Or you may call on 01543 462621. We will try and answer your queries as quickly as possible.

Whilst we will be carrying out further consultation on various aspects of the development especially the play provision, you can also become involved directly through the

Friends of Hednesford Park and the Hednesford War Memorial