Cannock Wood Services

Ambulance Service

Emergency telephone 999
Address: West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Millennium Point, Waterfront Business Park, Brierley Hill, West Midlands, DY5 1LX
Telephone: 01384 215555

Beaudesert Sports Field and Recreation Ground

Playing Fields

For more than a hundred years our field was known as the ‘Cricket Field’. Every time there was a match a good family crowd of people from all around the area would turn up to watch and enjoy the afternoon.

The land is not public property owned and run by the Council, but given in Trust by George Paget – Earl of Uxbridge & Marquess of Anglesey – becoming ‘Beau Desert Sports Club Ground’ – in a Deed signed on 27th May 1946 ‘for the use of the inhabitants of the Parishes of Gentleshaw & Cannock Wood’, being the neighbourhood surrounding the Marquess’ former home in Beaudesert Old Park.

Today this area forms the Village of Cannock Wood which is in the Parish of Cannock Wood in the Cannock Chase District, and Gentleshaw which is in the Parish of Longdon in Lichfield District.

The Management Meeting dated 28th November 1969 decided, as all the original Trustees had died and there remained only 3 people who were successors of those in the original posts of Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, The Chairman of Staffordshire Education Committee & the Vicar of the Parish of Gentleshaw, to draw up a new Deed as the 2 former representatives would prefer to act as Custodian Trustees rather than serve on the Management Committee. Finally being sealed by the Charity Commission of 18th January 1979 and becoming Beaudesert Sports Field & Recreation Ground Trust. (Charity number 509660)

Today the court and pitches are maintained mostly by the Clubs using them with extra help cutting the grass and hedges etc. Funds are always needed to pay for the cutting of all of the grass for up to 9 times each year – This costs between £750-£1000.00+. Insurance which is compulsory for an open Community Area – costs anything up to and in excess of £1000.00 each year. Old equipment needs to be replaced and new more up to date equipment suitable for the use of all ages and abilities need to be provided. This is done without any source of regular income by the current Management Committee (see below).

Management Committee

  • Chair Pat Ansell 01543 685262
  • Treasurer: Andy Ansell
  • Secretary: Fiona McMulkin
  • Booking Secretary: Pat Ansell 01543 685262
  • Alistair Chapman
  • Alan Blank
  • Maureen Allen
  • Martin Holmes
  • Cannock Chase DC Cllr. Andrea Muckley

Current amenities

Include the 6.410 Acre Field open to all, although dogs must be kept on a lead and any mess collected and put into the bin provided. We have a children’s play area with equipment suitable for 4 to 12 year olds, equipment suitable for anyone over the age of 12 years who enjoys gentle exercise – this includes items that are disabled friendly – Helpful instructions are on the centre post of each piece of equipment. There is also a Football Pitch, a Cricket Pitch and our Basket Ball Court which was donated by the George Meredith Trust in memory of local boy George who died aged 12 years as a result of a mountain climbing accident in 1999.

The Field is available for hire for suitable organisations. Enquiries welcome and may be made to any member of the Committee.

Horse riding and golf practice is not permitted.

Photograph by John Twinning Photography –

Bus Services

The Arriva bus service 62 is now operating

Cannock Wood Village Hall

Village Hall
Village Hall

The Village Hall is situated on Buds Road, Cannock Wood, Rugeley, WS15 4NB. More extensive information including up to date contact details can be found on the Village Hall web pages.

The present Village Hall was built in 1967 to replace the old wooden hut which had previously been used as a village hall and was situated behind Gentleshaw Primary School. When it was decided that the school needed to be enlarged a compulsory purchase order was made on the land on which the old hall, or “Stute” as it was fondly known, stood and consequently much fundraising was done to provide the funds necessary for the building of a new Village Hall. The land on which the Hall stands originally belonged to the Marquis of Anglesey as part of the estate of Beaudesert. This land had been bought by Mr Charles Wootton, a local businessman, who lived at Chestall House and who kindly donated the area of land to the village for the purpose of building the new hall.

An addition to the building was made in 1972 with the building of the Snooker Room at the rear side. This facility was a great improvement on the old snooker area in the “Stute” where the proximity of the heating stoves meant that some shots entailed getting a singed “derriere”.

Over the years the Hall has undergone several improvements to its facilities including a new heating system, new kitchen, double glazing and UPVC external doors, wall and roof insulation and complete electrical rewiring. The Hall has easy access for all with the provision of a ramp to the front door and a new disabled toilet.

The latest renovation work carried out was the replacement of the flat roof above the snooker room along with the renewing of the under-felt on the bottom of both sides of the sloping roof and the re-mortaring of both gables. Besides using it’s own finances much of the funding for this work has come from Staffordshire County Council, Awards for Hall lottery funding, Cannock Wood & Longdon Parish Councils and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust. The Village Hall management committee are very grateful for all of the help they have received. Future plans are for the installation of security measures and the resurfacing of the car park.

The Village Hall consists of a large hall measuring 50ft x 30ft with a separate raised stage area of 30ft x 12ft. Leading off the large hall is a smaller hall/meeting room which measures 25ft x 25ft. Adjoining this room is a kitchen with electric cooker, microwave, fridge freezer, kettle and urn, and good working surfaces. There are refurbished gents toilets, a disabled toilet and ladies toilets/cloakroom. All of these facilities are approached by double doors leading into a foyer area.

At the side is located the snooker room with separate access and also access to toilet facilities.

The Hall plays host to many village organisations including Womens Institute, Floral Art Club, Rainbows Brownies and Guides, Gardening Club, Whist Club and others.

The Hall has an active management committee who are keen to promote various events in the hall, not only to raise funds for the upkeep of the hall, but also to provide family entertainment for local people. These include dances, games evenings, quizzes and much more. Please keep an eye open for details of future shows and events.

The Hall is available for hire for Wedding Receptions, Family Parties, Dances, Meetings etc. Comfortable seating capacity is 120 for functions using tables and chairs and 140 for a theatre style layout. A bar can be provided if required. There is also an adjacent field where we host caravan rallies who use the hall for their entertainment. Water and chemical toilet disposal facilities are available. If you want a venue for your event, whatever it may be, please contact us to see if we can help.


Lloyds Chemist
Address: Rugeley Road, Chase Terrace, WS7 1AQ
Telephone: 01543 682739

Rawnsley Pharmacy
Address: Rawnsley Road, Rawnsley, Cannock, WS12 1JF
Telephone: 01543 878951

Citizens Advice Bureau

Chase Terrace Branch
Wade House, 7 Cannock Road, Chase Terrace, Burntwood, WS7 8JS 01543 684125

Cannock Branch
48 Allport Road, Cannock, WS11 1DY 01543 502236


Salters Meadow Health Centre
Rugeley Road
Chase Terrace
Telephone: 08444 127 244

Dr S Al-Hakim & Dr Gutta
Rawnsley Road Surgery
Rawnsley Road
WS12 1JF
Telephone: 01543 877842

Burntwood Health & Well Being Centre
High Street (next to leisure centre)
01543 687440
Open 8am – 8pm 365 days a year
This is both a GP Surgery and a Walk-In Centre

Fire and Rescue

Telephone nmubers
Emergency 999
Non Emergency 0845 1221155
Home Fire Risk Check 0800 0241 999

Telephone 0845 1221155
Address: Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Services, Pirehill House, Pirehill, Stone, ST15 0BS

Local Fire Station: Chase Terrace (Retained Service)
Telephone: 01785 898280
Address: Rugeley Road, Chase Terrace, Burntwood, WS7 8AQ

Local Fire Station: Cannock
Telephone: 01785 898060
Address: Old Hednesford Road, Cannock, WS11 6LD

Local Fire Station: Lichfield (Retained Service)
Telephone: 01785 898040
Address: Birmingham Road, Lichfield, WS13 6HU


Burntwood Library Sankeys Corner Chase Terrace WS7 2BX Tel: 01543 682447

There is a volunteer scheme that offers free delivery for anyone who is housebound or not able to visit the library in person for another reason.  If you would like to use the Housebound Service you can sign up by contacting the library on 01543 334466 or by email

Opening Times: Mon & Wed 9:00 – 17:00
Tue & Fri 9:00 – 19:00
Thur 9:00 – 13:00
Sat 9:30 – 16:00

Please check the opening times as they may have changed.

Mobile Library

Staffordshire Mobile Library Tel: 01785 278369
Calls in Cannock Wood every other Thursday
Hayfield Hill 10:55 – 11:10 Pineside Ave 11:15 – 11:40
Gilwell Road 11:45 – 11:55 Cumberledge Hill 12:00 – 12:20
2009 Timetable: Aug 6th & 20th, Sep 3rd & 17th, Oct 1st 15th & 29th, Nov 12th & 26th, Dec 10th & 24th.

Neighbourhood Watch

Police Contacts: Vicki Singleton 01543 464218
Ash Connor 01785 23129 Ray Jones 01785 234427



Telephone numbers
Emergency 999
Local Non-Emergency 0300 123 4455

Staffordshire Police HQ
Telephone: 0300 123 445
Address: Cannock Road, Stafford, ST17 0QG

Cannock Police Station
Telephone: 08453 302010
Address: Wolverhampton Road, Cannock, WS11 1AW

Rugeley Police Station
Address: Rugeley Police Station, 13/14 Anson Street, Rugeley, WS15 2BQ

Local Police Officers
PC 4128 Luke Norman c/o Rugeley Police Station

PCSO 8848 Sean Nicholls, c/o Rugeley Police Station


Post Offices

Hazel Slade (1.6 miles)
71 Rugeley Road, Hazel Slade, Cannock, WS12 0PQ 01543 423519

Sankeys Corner (1.7 miles)
5 Cannock Road, Chase Terrace, Burntwood WS7 1JS 01543 682257

Recycling/Waste Disposal

Burntwood Site: Ring Road, Chase Terrace, WS7 1JQ Tel: 0800 232323 or 01785 277452
Opening Times 09:00 – 16:30 Closed Wed & Thur

Cannock Site: Poplars Household Waste Recycling Centre, Lichfield Road, Cannock WS11 2JZ
Tel: 0800 232323 or 01785 277452
Opening Times: Winter 09:00 – 16:30 every day
Summer 09:00 – 18:00 weekdays 09:00 – 17:00 weekends Closed Mon & Tue.
NB: Both sites open at Bank Holidays apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day.