Volunteers Required for First World War project


Heritage Lottery Fund awards £9,500 to ‘Reaching Out Arms – The Story of WW1 on Cannock Chase’ to mark the First World War centenary.

Cannock Chase AONB Partnership has received almost £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the project, ‘Reaching Out Arms – The Story of WW1 on Cannock Chase’. Awarded through HLF’s First World War then and now programme, the project will focus on interpreting Cannock Chase’s rich First World War heritage.

To mark 100 years since the First World War, the project will see local people come together to preserve the memories and heritage of the people who built, serviced and stayed on the Cannock Chase Brocton and Rugeley military camps during the First World War.

Volunteers will lead walks around the Chase, explaining the history and location of the camps to visitors as well as opening up access to the Great War Hut, an original training hut used on the camp.

A free information leaflet will also be launched that features information about the camps, how they were used and how visitors can access them, as well as a map.

Commenting on the award, June Jukes MBE, Chairman of Friends of Cannock Chase and Cannock Chase AONB Advisory Partnership, said: “We are delighted to have received this funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This is set to be an exciting project that will make our important war time history come alive to visitors to Cannock Chase.

“It is vital to keep telling these First World War stories, and the part that was played locally in this far reaching conflict that left a deep scar in Britain and throughout the world.”

Reyahn King, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands, said: “The impact of the First World War touched every corner of the UK.

“The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than £58 million in projects – large and small – that are marking this centenary.

“Our small grants programme is enabling even more communities like those involved in ‘Reaching Out Arms – The Story of WW1 on Cannock Chase’ to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”

The next stage in the project will see a team of volunteers recruited who can lead guided walks around the First World War sites and open up the WW1 Hut at Cannock Chase Visitor Centre.

All volunteers will be given full training and are invited to attend a coffee morning or afternoon to find out more and register their interest.

Coffee mornings/afternoons

• Tuesday 24 March, 10am – 12noon
The John O’Leary Education Room, Cannock Chase Visitor Centre, Marquis Drive, Hednesford, WS12 4PW

• Saturday 18 April, 11am – 2pm
Museum of Cannock Chase, Valley Road, Hednesford, Staffordshire, WS12 1TD

• Monday 27 April, 1pm – 3pm
The Gatehouse Meeting Room, The Wolseley Centre, Wolseley Bridge, ST17 0WT

To confirm your attendance or to find out more, please email cannockchaseww1@outlook.com or call the Project Officer on 07444171032.

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