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Cannock Wood Clubs and 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 Flower Club

Cannock Wood and Gentleshaw Flower Club meet  the third Monday of every month at Cannock Wood & Gentleshaw  Village Hall, Buds Road, Cannock Wood at 7.45pm.

We are a very friendly and welcoming club, we have all levels of ability, from beginners through to people who are new to flower arranging, all are welcome.  A design is demonstrated then the choice is yours if you want to do that design at the next meeting, or you wish to do your own design.

If you wish to find out more about our flower club please feel free to contact me for a chat.

Sue Davies on 01543 271026  –





Cannock Wood and Gentleshaw Gardening Club

From a meeting of eight enthusiastic gardeners in the Redmore in March 2007 the Garden Club has grown steadily in numbers and is now thriving. This friendly club offers a mixed and varied programme of events to meet all levels of interest. New member and visitors are made very welcome.

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall. Annual membership is £12 per person with tea and biscuits being provided free of charge at each meeting. Members are also entitled to discounts at some of the local garden centres/nurseries. The cost to non-members is £2 per meeting.

Chairperson: Mrs M E Allen, 15 Holly Hill Road, Cannock Wood, WS15 4RE Telephone: 01543 683246
Secretary: Mrs M Hemmingsley, Hollows Lodge, Commonside, Gentleshaw, WS15 4NG Telephone: 01543 682525
Treasurer: Mrs I Evans, 38 Hayfield Hill, Cannock Wood Telephone: 01543 685206

Programme Secretary: Miss J Johnson, 3 Hayfield Hill, Cannock Wood, Staffs Tel: 01543 671979

Cannock Wood and Gentleshaw Musical Society

Cannock Wood and Gentleshaw Musical Society, or CWAGMS as it is affectionately called by its members and supporters, was formed in 1977 by a local man, the lateTerry Burns, and has grown to a well known group consisting of 55 members ranging in age from 14 – 72 years.

They also have a junior section with 25 local children who perform alongside and with the main group.

The Society has a busy working and social calendar performing two main shows a year at The Prince of Wales Theatre in Cannock taking place each May and December.

In July the group performs “Music in the Park” at Beaudesert Scout & Guide Camp where people enjoy a wonderful summer’s evening of musical performances and picnicking rounded off with a spectacular Firework Display set to stirring classical music.

In addition to this CWAGMS perform concerts at churches and halls throughout the year, both locally and in some instances much further afield, helping to raise thousands of pounds for various charities.

For further information about CWAGMS contact Sharon Burns:
Telephone: 01543 684209

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 at 7.30pm, 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 – Annette Johnson – 01543 675801

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

Cannock Wood Cricket Club

Cricket Pavilion We are a small village club in Staffordshire, formed in 1991 by a group of friends in the local pub to play a few games to bring cricket back to the village. After those fixtures, the Club played its first full season in 1992 using the cricket square on the village playing field in Buds Road, Cannock Wood.

In 1996 the club decided to join the Lichfield and District Sunday League. We joined in division 5 and in our first season finished an excellent 2nd and therefore gaining promotion to division 4. The 2007 season was even better and the club not only won the division they finished the season without defeat. The promotion to division 3 brought some more challenging games and wins were harder to come by, but we still managed to finish a more than acceptable 4th. With a re-sort of the league, Cannock Wood will find themselves in Division 2 for the 2009 season. Following yet another successful season the club have gained promotion to Division 1 for the 2010 season by finishing as runners up to Lullington Park.

In the tradition of village cricket, the team is selected entirely from residents of the village, ex-residents of the village, or players with strong links to the village.

Our pavilion is dedicated to the memory of the late Gerry Allen, a hard working chairman of the club.

We aim to give opposing teams a good competitive game with a friendly atmosphere off the field, and one of the best teas in the area!

  • Chairman: Gwyn Samuel 01543 677414
  • Hon. Secretary: Jake Sharp
  • Club Captain: Gareth Powis 01543 451808

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Cannock Wood Snooker Club

Cannock Wood Snooker Club came into existence shortly after World War 1 when an ex army timber hut was bought by the villagers of Cannock Wood and Gentleshaw as a village hall were dances and other similar activities took place. Enough room was found within the hut too accommodate two full size snooker tables. This worked well apart from the fact that the hall was heated by coke burning stoves and if one was playing a shot from the baulk end of the table one had to be careful not to get one’s rear end too close to the stoves.

During 1961 the land on which the hut was sited was compulsory purchased to enable extensions to be made to Gentleshaw School so the hut had to be demolished. A new village hall was built on land in Buds Road which had at one time belonged to the Marquis of Anglesey and had been bought by Mr Charles Wootton who lived at Chestall House. Mr Wootton donated the plot of land to the village for the purpose of building a new village hall. This was completed in 1967 and the snooker club continued to flourish.

In 1972 the present snooker room was built as an addition to the village hall. Two second hand snooker tables, in splendid condition, were purchased by the Village Hall committee on behalf of the Snooker Club. One was, and still is, a magnificent slate bedded walnut framed table purchased from a resident of Gnosall near Stafford. The other table, with oak framing, was purchased from Cannock Snooker Hall. The new room was opened by Rex Williams, at the time World Billiards Champion.

For some time the club competed in the Wolverhampton Billiard League and also the Rugeley and District Snooker League. As the years passed committees came and went but some of the names who worked hard for the club are Terry Burns, Percy Craddock, Sam Wilkes, Phil Borton, Ken Lockett, Ken Topping, Jim Cornes and Frank Short.

In 2001, thanks to the efforts of Frank Short and other club members, a grant of £1,700 was successfully applied for from the National Lottery “Awards for All” scheme which enabled both tables to be renovated with beds and cushions recovered and also the purchase of two new sets of snooker balls and other ancillary equipment.

The village hall has a Snooker Room that is the envy of many halls around.

The Snooker Room is available to club members at any reasonable time during day and night apart from Wednesday afternoons when members of the Evergreen Club use the facilities.

Club membership is currently £5.00 per year with a joining fee of £5.00 for new members. Juniors (under 18) pay £2.50 and can play providing they are accompanied by a senior member.

For details of how to join the club contact any of the current committee members:

  • Chairman – John Swash 01543 682295

Cannock Wood Whist Club

The Cannock Wood Whist Club, formed in February 2008, meets twice each month – on the first Monday and on the third Tuesday – in the Village Hall to play the card game of Whist. Some think that this is a game that has gone out of fashion but the people of Cannock Wood and Gentleshaw think otherwise with the evenings increasing in popularity as word gets around the area.

The evening is suitable for all ages and all levels of player, be they beginners, improvers or experienced players.

Refreshments are served, there is a raffle and there are cash prizes to be won.

Doors open at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start and entrance is just £3.00 per player. There is plenty of parking available and there is no need to book – just turn up on the night.

For any enquiries telephone Pat on 01543 683670

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.
Further details can be found on

Monday Club

Have you got a couple of hours to spare on Monday afternoons? Would you like to meet people for a chat and relaxation on a regular basis? If so why not come and join us.

We meet on alternate Monday afternoons at Cannock Wood & Gentleshaw Village Hall, to 4pm from September to March. It is a place where you can have tea, coffee, have a chat, play various card games, scrabble, dominos, darts, carpet bowls, kurling and much more. All this is £2 a session and is open to anyone who is at home during the day.

For further information contact: Mrs Annette Johnson on 01543 675801 or

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

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