AONB’s Final Push for Volunteers


More volunteers sought to help tell the story of the First World War on Cannock Chase.

The Friends of Cannock Chase, in partnership with Cannock Chase AONB, is holding the third in a series of three drop-in workshops to encourage people to volunteer for the Reaching Out Arms – The Story of WW1 on Cannock Chase project.

The drop-in workshop is on Monday 27 April between 1pm and 3pm at The Wolseley Centre in Rugeley.

It is a chance to find out about the project, which will focus on interpreting Cannock Chase’s rich First World War heritage, and the different ways volunteers can get involved, such as leading guided walks and tours.

Lisa Davenport, Reaching Out Arms Project Officer, said: “Our first two workshops went well but we are very keen to get more people involved.

“We need a group of friendly, enthusiastic volunteers who are willing to share the little-known history of Cannock Chase during the First World War with our visitors.”

There are two ways to get involved, either as guided walk leaders or as Great War Hut guides.

Guided walk leaders will take people on walks, telling them about the camps and the people that lived and worked in them.

Great War Hut guides will be indoors opening up, welcoming visitors and sharing information in one of the original huts used on the training camp during the war.

All volunteers will be given full training.

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

The £10,000 project is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War then and now programme.

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