Cannock Wood Organisations

Cannock Wood and Gentleshaw W. I.

Formed in 1928 and allied to the Staffordshire Federation (SFWI), with Headquarters in Stafford. We are a small group of ladies but we always welcome new members.

We are affiliated to the Rose and Shamrock group, which includes, Longdon WI, Brereton WI, Etching Hill WI, Rugeley WI and Armitage WI.

Annual membership is £42 which is paid to the National Federation and the charge for each meeting is £1.50 which includes a free raffle and refreshments.

We meet on the second Monday of each month in Cannock Wood and Gentleshaw Village Hall, Buds Road from 1-3pm, when we have interesting speakers on many varied subjects followed by stimulating debates of local, national and international issues.

For further information or membership please contact:

  • Secretary: – Diane Harley –
  • President: Frances Carr – 01543 673451


Cannock Wood and Gentleshaw Welfare

This organisation organises the Annual Village Gathering which is held on the last Saturday in November or the first Saturday in December for the senior citizens and retired residents of the two villages. It is also open to those who are widows or widowers.

For details about the organisation contact:

Annette Johnson on or 01543 675801

Friends of Beaudesert

The Friend’s are a network of supporters interested in the past, present and the future of Beaudesert Outdoor Activity Centre.  Friends are the Trust’s fan club and it’s biggest supporters.  We are admirers of it’s history, and we work together supporting it’s future both financially and with practical help.  Please join and help us deliver fun,activity and adventure for young people.  As a Friend of Beau, you will receive an electronic Christmas newsletter, and be invited to the Bluebell Walk in May.  A chance to come back to Beau, and see what we are doing and meet old friends.  You will also receive a discount on our history talks and walks.  We have been investing in our site for many years now, repairing roadways and building new activities and buildings – but there is still much to do.  Covid closures hit us hard financially and we have had to put our development plans on hold.  We have now relaunched Friends of Beau with a new purpose to gain awareness of what we do, to raise funds and increase our volunteers.  One of our first projects will be to raise money to install a new climbing tower to replace the old one at the back of the Cal Day Centre.

Are you interested in helping to protect and develop Beaudesert for future generations? Then please become a member.

Details from:

Beaudesert Park Camp Site
Beaudesert Park
Cannock Wood
Staffordshire WS15 4JJ
Telephone:01543 582278

Friends of Beaudesert Membership
Individual – £30 per year
Child under 16 £15 per year

Friends of Beaudesert –

Chairman: Mr Jeremy Cotton DL
Treasurer: Mrs B Gumb

Historian: Mr B March
Centre Manager – Nigel Ruse

Reflections Gardens

The Reflections Garden illustrates connections between care for the environment and the Christian spiritual journey.

We welcome visitors to our open days and at other times by arrangement. There are facilities for individuals to make retreats in a self-catering unit, and meeting rooms on site, or nearby, for groups. We have developed programmes for Lent that can be followed by church groups or individuals – the programmes contain challenges on environmental issues linked to Christian spirituality.

There are five gardens, within 500 sq m that follow the Christian Spiritual journey using the ideas of St. Ignatius. Each garden also expresses an ecological concern so that there can be a dialogue between the spiritual journey and ecology, and that each can inform and enlighten the other. The Five gardens are, The Loving Creator; The loved and forgiven sinner; Discipleship; The Passion; Resurrection.

Visit the reflections web site for more information.

Revd Christine and Mr John Polhill
Little Hayes, Beaudesert Park, Cannock Wood, Rugeley WS15 4JJ
Telephone: +44 (0) 1543 674 474