Cannock Wood Organisations

1st Cannock Wood Rainbows and Brownies

Rainbows and Brownies is for girls aged between 5 and 10 years. We do all kinds of activities including crafts, cake making, outdoor pursuits and games.

Rainbows and Brownies gives all girls the opportunity to have fun, make friends and learn new skills.

All groups meet weekly on a Thursday during term time only, in Cannock Wood & Gentleshaw Village Hall.

For more information please contact Kirsty Lewis on 01543 300501.

1st Cannock Wood Rainbows (aged 5-7 years) meet on Thursday evenings between 6.00pm and 7.00pm.

1st Cannock Wood Brownies (aged 7-10 years) meet on Thursday evenings between 6.00pm and 7.30pm.

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

Friends of Beaudesert
The Friend’s were founded to support The Beaudesert Trust in meeting its charitable objectives for the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment of the lands of Beaudesert. An important objective is to bring together people with a common interest in the development of the parkland and provide a vital team of volunteers to provide maintenance and support services and also to join together to explore the fascinating history and beauty of the site through social events.
Are you interested in helping to protect and develop Beaudesert for future generations? Then please become a member
Members enjoy the freedom to visit Beaudesert at any time by prior arrangement and receive two newsletters a year, including details of three organised strolls and an invitation to Carols at Beaudesert. All members receive a quality-enamelled badge.

Details from:
The Membership Secretary
Mrs Jo Prince
Friends of Beaudesert
Beaudesert Park Camp Site
Beaudesert Park
Cannock Wood
Staffordshire WS15 4JJ
Telephone:01543 582278

Friends of Beaudesert Membership
Life- £100 per person
Corporate – £l00 per year
Individual – £5 per year
Family – £10 per year (2 adults 2 children)

Friends of Beaudesert –

President: Mr C F Pritchard
Chairman: Mr Mike Street
Treasurer: Mrs M Wright
Historian: Mr B Richards
Chaplain: Rev Christine Polhill
Camp Warden & Volunteer Co-ordinator: Mr NigelTheaker

Lilac Cottage Open Gardens

Lilac Cottage, which dates back to 1820, is set in a 1-acre country garden near the top of Gentleshaw Common, approaching 800 ft above sea level. This delightful location in a designated area of natural beauty offers sweeping vistas across the Trent Valley to the City of Lichfield and the counties beyond. Developed by plantswoman Sylvia Nunn over the last 35 years this is, above all, a plant-enthusiast’s garden with an abundance of inspirational ideas. Sylvia’s forté is creating colour-themed borders using her knowledge of plant associations with a strong emphasis on form and foliage. Visitors will encounter a magnificent profusion of perennials amongst interesting trees and shrubs in mixed and herbaceous borders.

Retirement has given Sylvia the opportunity to realise a number of dreams that had been waiting in the wings, with the result that the garden has seen some radical changes in recent years. First was the development of ‘The Dell’, a tranquil sunken gravel sun-trap with a cobbled seating area, surrounded by a softly-planted tapestry of purple and grey foliage embroidered with pink flowers. Then in 2009 ‘The Haven’ was created, using aromatic planting amongst Cumbrian green slate stepping stones set in gravel, to provide an elevated viewpoint to sit and enjoy the stunning views across the Trent Valley and the counties beyond.

Other features worthy of mention include:


Revamped for 2010, using woodland planting featuring a collection of hostas, ferns, rhododendrons and unusual shrubs.


A big crowd-puller, the sumptuous and vibrant border will be at its peak in August – remember to bring your sunglasses.


The lushly planted bog garden with a small wild-life pond can be appreciated from…


…which itself features sympathetic container planting< The garden has been covered or mentioned in various national magazines and other local media over the years. A particular high-spot was Sylvia and Lilac Cottage being featured in a BBC2 'Gardener's World' TV special broadcast entitled 'Colour in your Garden' presented by Carol Klein in 2007.

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