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Community Litter Pick – 27 September 2020

District Councillor Andrea Muckley has advised that on Sunday 27th September there will be a community litter pick starting at Castle Ring car park at 10am.

Bags and pickers will be provided for attendees. Obviously, we are well aware of social distancing provisions and therefore, if there are more than 6 attendees we will split into smaller groups.

Historically we have not found much litter up on Castle Ring but we noticed an increase in litter during lockdown which has persisted throughout the Ward. We hope that residents will be able to attend to help keep our area clean and our wildlife safe.

Parish Council Meeting – 10 September 2020

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions the next Parish Council meeting will take place via Zoom on Thursday 10 September at 7.30pm. If anyone would like to join the meeting please email the Acting Clerk at for joining instructions and login details.

See Parish Council agenda – 10 September 2020

For the foreseeable future, it is proposed that this Parish Council uses “Zoom” to conduct remote meetings. Should a member of the public wish to observe the meeting it is requested that they contact the parish Acting Clerk by email at for further guidance.

Proposed Planning Reforms – August 2020

A government Consultation in respect of proposed changes to the planning system opened 6 August 2020. This is open to everyone to respond to the Government. Please see a brief explanation here :-

The detailed proposals and how to respond can be found here:-

Parish Council Meeting – 06 August 2020

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions the next Parish Council meeting will take place via Zoom on Thursday 6 August at 7.30pm. If anyone would like to join the meeting please email the Acting Clerk at for joining instructions and login details.

Agenda for Parish Council meeting – 06 August 2020 (104.2 Kb)

Cannock Wood Parish Council Meeting

The Parish Council meets every third Thursday of the Month at the Village Hall.

Public are welcome and there is a section at the start of the meeting for public participation.

Agenda for Parish Council meeting – 19 March 2020 (50.9 Kb)

Neighbourhood Plan Presentation: Thursday 19 March 2020

The Parish Council has been studying and working on a proposal to create a Cannock Wood Neighbourhood Plan. The Parish Council gained Neighbourhood Area status for Cannock Wood in July 2019 which is the first step in the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan.

A Neighbourhood Plan is not the Parish Council’s responsibility, it is for an independent committee of local residents to create a plan for the future prospects, development and livelihood of Cannock Wood Village. The Parish Council will however, support and assist the Neighbourhood Plan Committee during the preparation phase.

Download the flyer for details and a response form – Neighbourhood Plan Presentation Flyer – March 2020 (165.5 Kb)

Cannock Wood Parish Council Meeting

The Parish Council meets every third Thursday of the Month at the Village Hall.

Public are welcome and there is a section at the start of the meeting for public participation.

Agenda for Parish Council meeting – 21 November 2019 (48.5 Kb)

Cannock Wood Parish Council Meeting

The Parish Council meets every third Thursday of the Month at the Village Hall.

Public are welcome and there is a section at the start of the meeting for public participation.

Parish Council Meeting – 20 June 2019

Members of Public are invited to address the Council on any issue in which it has power to act and 15 minutes has been allocated for this prior to the start of formal business.

The agenda can be viewed: Agenda for Parish Council – 20 June 2019 (70.5 Kb)


This is the meeting for the residents of the Cannock Wood Parish to raise issues they feel effect the Parish and how the Council can help with these issues.

Cannock Wood Parish & District Council Elections

The Parish Council and District Council are holding elections on 02 May 2019. If you wish to stand and live or work in Cannock Wood and are over 18 you need to collect Nomination Forms from Cannock Chase Council and return them by 4pm on Wednesday 03 April 2019.

Being a Parish Councillor is rewarding so please consider standing.

Cannock Wood Parish Council Meeting

The 1st 15 minutes are held for the public to speak on matters the Parish Council has power.

Cannock Wood Parish Council Meeting 18 October 2018 at 19:30

Meeting of the Parish Council starts at 19:30pm. There is 15 minutes allocated to the public at the start of the meeting.

Cannock Wood Parish Council Meeting

The Parish Council meets every third Thursday of the Month at the Village Hall.

Public are welcome and there is a section at the start of the meeting for public participation.

Cannock Chase Council Consultation on the Local Plan

Officers fom Cannock Chase Council will be at Cannock Wood Village Hall on Thursday 19 July 2018 from 4pm to 7pm to discuss with residents the Cannock Chase Local Plan and it’s implications.

Cannock Wood Parish Council Meeting 19.04.2018

This meeting takes place at Cannock Wood and Gentleshaw Village Hall at 7.30pm. If you would like a copy of the agenda please look at the Council meetings page.

Cannock Wood Parish Annual Assembly

The Annual Parish Assembly for the residents of Cannock Wood.
This is a meeting for the people of Cannock Wood to discuss points they would like the Parish Council to raise on their behalf. Also to discuss the need for a Neighbourhood Plan for Cannock Wood.

Cannock Wood Parish Council Meeting 15 February 2018 at 7.30pm

There will be a Neighbourhood Planning Officer attending the Parish Council meeting on Thursday 15 February 2018. A link to guidance on what a Neighbourhood Plan is, is below;–2

This is a Community driven project not a Parish Council one and if you are interested on seeing if a Neighbourhood Plan will benefit the area and sustain Cannock Wood as a village please attend.

Cannock Wood Welcome Pack

We need residents to let our Clerk Becci Mason know when new people move in to the area. We also need local business to let her know if they wish to be included in the Welcome Pack… So contact Becci on if you can help!!!

Beaudesert Birthday Parties

Children’s Birthday Parties… Includes 2 adventurous activities and a covered area for the Birthday tea.

£12 per young person

Beaudesert Carol Service

Carol Service to get everyone in the Christmas Spirit.

Free Entry

Beaudesert Fireworks Display

Fun Family Fireworks Display

£6 for adults
£5 for Children

Beaudesert Spooktacular

A day of Spooky Going ons and actvities.

£20 per person

Wilderness 2017

Activities and talks on all things Bushcraft

£25 per person

Beaudesert Guided Tours

If you wish a guided tour of Beaudesert grounds please contact Beaudesert Organisation to arrange

01543 682278

Beaudesert Mini Rangers

Every Monday during Term’Time an outdoor activity morning for Pre-school aged children.
Starts at 9:30am finishes at 11:30am

Beaudesert Winter Wonderland

A Winter Wonderland Activity Day which includes lunch and a trip to see Father Christmas

£20 per Child
£10 per Adult

Beaudesert Holiday Club

Every weekday during the school holidays. Open to all children aged between 8 and 15.
Drop off at 9am and bring a packed lunch… Includes Full Supervision so parents do not need to stay.

£20 per child per day.

Activities from Archery to Raft Building


Cannock Wood Parish Council will be meeting on Thursday 04 August 2017.

Please contact the Parish Clerk on 07545 285638 if you wish to attend and have specific needs.

County Council Election Results

The Cannock Wood Parish has two new County Councillors.

They are Councillor Graham Burnett and Councillor Phil Hewitt.

Contact details will be uploaded shortly.

Grant Aid funding

If you wish to apply please either contact the Clerk by email:

Or by post:
15 School Walk,
Chase Terrace,

Have you seen our missing cat?

Brandy Brandy has been missing since March 2010. He is a very large ginger tomcat with a microchip in his neck which can be scanned by a vet to confirm his identity.

Please check your outbuildings and sheds. A reward is offered for information about him.

Telephone Sue or Angus 01543 685066 or 07947 611706

Art Exhibition & Open Gardens.

Cannock Wood & Gentleshaw Village Hall will be holding its second annual Art Exhibition in the village hall on 3rd & 4th July from 12.00noon until 7.00pm. Admission is £2.00 and this includes a glass of wine. Please come along and support local artists and crafts people. If you would like to exhibit any works of art, photographs, pottery or ceramics, wood turning or carving please contact Gary Powis on 01543 674993 for details. Also on that weekend Cannock Wood Gardening Club and Gentleshaw WI are organising Open Gardens in the two villages. Programmes will admit each person to all of the gardens and cost £3.00. Refreshments will be available at some gardens and also at Gentleshaw School. Gardens will be open from 11:00am until 5:00pm each day. For details of the open gardens contact Maureen Allen on 01543 683246. Why not combine a visit to both events.

Terry Burns MBE

Terry will be remembered by many people of both villages as a hard working community-minded man who put the interests of the villages first in many ways. He was a member of the group who were responsible for raising funds for the building of the Village Hall and served on its management committee for many years in various roles. He was also involved in village football and cricket teams for many years but most people will no doubt remember him for his work with CWAGMS. Together with his family he worked tirelessly to entertain people all over the country with professional musical productions of many kinds. His community work led to him being awarded the MBE in 2007, an honour which he appreciated but also dedicated to all who had helped him in his work. He will be sadly missed. His funeral will take place on Monday 14th June at 1.00pm at Christ Church, Gentleshaw.

Police Community Meetings

Over the next two months your local Neighbourhood Policing Team will be piloting their “Mobile Community Meetings” initiative to offer more opportunitues for residents living in rural areas to speak with their local officers. Come along to Castle Ring car park between 7.30pm and 8.99pm on Monday 22nd February, Sunday 14th March and Wednesday 24th March to meet your local officers PC Luke Norman and PCSO Sean Nicholls.

Cannock Wood wins Best Village Competition

Following on from it’s success in the Staffordshire Best Kept Village competition Cannock Wood has now been designated Calor Village of the Year for Staffordshire. At a meeting of the Staffordshire Community Council at Gnosall on September 24th representatives from Cannock Wood were presented with a cheque for £250 and a souvenir metal plaque. Judges decided that Cannock Wood was worthy of representing Staffordshire in the National Final of the competition which is being contested by 40 other villages from around England. The judges looked for community involvement and a vibrant personality to the village. They were impressed by the many organisations and clubs which are part of the life of Cannock Wood. The next stage of the competition takes place aon various dates around the country and Cannock Wood will be visited on Friday 9th October when various organisations will be invited to take part in a further presentation of life in our village.

Community Speedwatch Scheme

Following much discussion about road safety in the village of Cannock Wood and further to requests from concerned villagers the Parish Council have organised a presentation on the possibility of running a Community Speedwatch Scheme in the village. This will give us information regarding setting up the scheme, running it and any training costs involved. If anyone is interested the meeting starts at 7.15pm on Thursday 17th September. As usual members of the public are welcome to attend and participate in the open session before the official council meeting and a re also welcome to stay for the rest of the meeting but will not be able to participate in the official business which follows. For further details contact Cllr Gary Powis on 01543 674993.

Cannock Wood Cricket Club win promotion

The latest chapter in Cannock Wood Cricket Club’s history was written on Sunday 2nd August when the beat League leaders Alrewas to gain promotion to Division 1 of the Lichfield and District Sunday League. They missed out on winning the League by just 2 points finishing a close second to Lullington Park.

Best Kept Village Competition

After a break of several years it was decided that the time was right and that Cannock Wood should enter the Best Kept Village Competition once again. This entailed making sure that the village and its surroundings was kept free of litter and that roads and paths were lept tidy. This was accomplished by volunteers doing regular litter picks and generally keeping an eye on the village. Villagers also helped by keeeping their gardens and properties tidy. 63 villages entered this years competition and judging took place between May and July with the county split up into different districts. The results were announced at a presentation evening in the County Buildings, Stafford. Let us hope that next year we can improve our position. Thanks go to everyone who helped in any way and a special thank you to Maureen Allen for co-ordinating the entry.

Cannock Chase Ramblers visit Blithfield Reservoir

Blithfield Reservoir Public access to much of the shoreline of the Blithfield Reservoir is normally prevented due to the needs of wildlife (mainly the visiting birds), anglers and sailing club.

The annual walk by the Footpath Society is therefore a unique opportunity for many people to see at closer quarters this delightful part of Staffordshire.

On Wednesday 5th August a group of around thirty people walked from the Butter Cross in Abbots Bromley to circumnavigate the easterly section of the reservoir. During the course of this they crossed both the dam and the causeway. They enjoyed a fine dry evening for their 6 mile excursion.

This occasional access was by special permission.

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