Chase Arts for Public Spaces

CHAPS – Chase Arts for Public Spaces – is a group of people who work together voluntarily to promote and support works of public art for the benefit of the Cannock Chase community.

The group acts as an umbrella organisation for lots of businesses, organisations and individuals who invest voluntary time to improve the local area through public art and commemorative pieces that celebrate our diverse local heritage.

Mike Mellor (CHAPS), lan Pearson (Chair of Hednesford Town Council), Derek Davis (County Councillor with responsibility for Heritage)

CHAPS was first formed in early 2001, adopting a formal constitution in 2003. Its mission was to support and encourage public arts projects, with a particular focus on representing the area’s coal mining heritage. Its first venture was to commission a piece of art which was erected in Queen’s Square, Cannock, in 2004.

Two years later the community saw CHAPS’ second stand-alone project: the coal mining memorial that was built in Market Street, Hednesford. The second phase of the mining memorial was completed in 2011, the 3rd phase in 2014 and in 2017 the 4th and final phase was completed and dedicated. The mining memorial is now complete; it contains 4,034 named bricks, people who at one time worked in the Cannock Chase Coalfield, as well as paving stones with the names of all collieries within the coalfield.

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#RemembranceSunday 10TH NOVEMBER

#HeathHayes and #Wimblebury
10:00am – Service at St John’s Church
10:40am – Service, wreath laying and silence (11am) at the Memorial Gates, Five Ways Island.
11:15am – Dispersal

At St Michaels Church, Main Road, Brereton – Meet on Armitage Lane at 9am, parade along lane onto the main road to the church.
After service march back to memorial on Coalpit Lane for 11am silence and service.
Gathering afterwards – Social Club on Armitage Lane.

10.00am ¬– United Church Service at Chadsmoor Bethany Baptist Church, Church Road.
Followed by Wreath Laying at the War Memorial, Burns Street.

10.15am – Parade assembles on Stafford Road, by the bus terminus, and marches to the War Memorial.
Laying of wreaths is followed by Church Service in St Luke’s Church, Cannock.

9.45am – Service at St Peter’s Church, Church Hill, followed by a parade to reach the War Memorial for 11am.
This is followed by a service and wreath laying ceremony. Parade then marches through the town to the Ex-Serviceman’s Club on Anglesey Street.

9:15am – Church Service at St Augustine's Church.
10:30am – Parade assembles at Mansfield House, Market Street.
10:45am – Parade marches to the Rugeley War Memorial.

#Norton Canes
10.30am - Service at St. James Church
6pm - Service at Trinity Methodist Church

In addition to the above the Royal British Legion have arranged an event at the Lido Working Men’s Club at 7.30 p.m. featuring Friends in Harmony Choir.


Armistice Day Service at the War Memorial, Burns Street
10.30am – service starts. Led by Rev Stephen Jackson, @Cannockexservicemenmalevoicechoir and Staffordshire Regimental Association. Joined by Chadsmoor School Children. Laying of wreaths will be welcomed
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For The Fallen -

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,

To the end, to the end, they remain.
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