Friends of Chasewater: informal meeting this evening!


I adore Chasewater, and I know many of the readers do too. It’s time it was promoted better – can you help?

That there Kate Cardigan from Lichfield Lore, Lichfield Discovered and a host of other historical and community based projects is appealing for people to join her and other volunteers in the new Friends of Chasewater Group, and to that end they have another informal meeting at Chasewater this evening, Tuesday 16th May 2017.

Kate wrote:

There is another Friends of Chasewater meeting tomorrow (Tuesday 16th May) for anyone who is interested in getting involved in setting up a group.

It starts at 7.30pm at the Innovation Centre.

We had some great ideas at the first meeting including an walking group and a local history display and we’ll be discussing these and more.

Hope to see some of you later

The idea of the collective is to get together, and promote the park and it’s interests – these could be improvements, events, talks or anything that concerns our favourite country park.

To this end, Kate has set up a Facebook Group you can join here, but if you’re not into Facebook, she’s on Twitter here or if you prefer, drop me the word and I’ll hook you up.

You can also get hold of Mrs. Cardigan in a variety of ways via her Lichfield Lore blog ‘About’ page here.

The Express & Star recently ran an appeal for members for the group, but seemed to omit how you could actually connect with them, so here you go.

The Express & Star wrote:

Chasewater in plea for volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help shape the future of an iconic beauty spot.

Chasewater Country Park is asking people to sign up to a new group called The Friends of Chasewater.

The group will be working on projects and ideas for the park and will receive help from members of the team at Chasewater where necessary.

Staffordshire County Council runs the park and said the friends group was a ‘great’ opportunity for people to work together to benefit the site. Helen Riley, deputy chief executive and the council’s director for families and communities, said: “The Friends of Chasewater is an exciting opportunity for members of the towns surrounding the park to come together and work on ideas and projects that benefit the community.

‘The Friends will take the lead on activities that local communities have said they want to see taking place at the park, and work with the Chasewater team to make the park a focal point for local people. It’s a really great opportunity for people with an interest in Chasewater to get directly involved with the park, so I’d urge anyone interested to join up.’

The group is expected to be similar to that of the Friends of Hednesford Park, which helps Cannock Chase District Council with projects and supports Hednesford Park.

Chasewater boasts a 90-hectare reservoir and plenty of green open space.

The Chasewater Innovation Centre provides visitor information, art and craft exhibitions by artists and a programme of summer holiday activities.

The park is also still after volunteers for environmental work too – see the flyer below.

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3 Responses to Friends of Chasewater: informal meeting this evening!

  1. Stewart Poxon says:

    They need to urge staffs cc to get the barriers at chasewater fixed before one morning they find 30 tatters caravans parked on the car park. The barriers have been inoperative for at least 8 weeks whatever the cost of repair I would suggest it would be cheaper than getting caravans removed and cleaning up the mess they would leave behind also the damage that would be inflicted on buildings etc.

  2. Tim Newell says:

    I wish you all the best with this group. As an ex-resident of Norton Canes it reminds me of the time, as a schoolboy, helping to paint the barriers on the lighthouse pier and the pain from sunburn the next day. Such happy memories of “Norton Pool” from my home in Fuerteventura.

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