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Weʼre raising £100,000 to a national memorial to commemorate the men, women and children who worked in the mining industry and served or died for their country.

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire

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A national, permanent memorial to commemorate the men, women and children who worked in the mining industry and served or died for their country is to be installed at a cost of £100,000. And it is all thanks to a group of volunteers based in towns within the former Cannock Chase Coalfield.

CHAPS (Chase Arts for Public Spaces) has been given the go-ahead to place the monument at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, following numerous requests to the group to find a way of recognising the country’s mining heritage.

The structure, which will stand at 5m long by 2m high and 1m wide, has the backing of the National Union of Mineworkers, MPs representing former mining constituencies and the Arboretum. A site has been identified and the monument is expected to be unveiled in June 2021. It has taken two years of detailed planning to get to this stage.

CHAPS, set up in 2003, works to support and promote public works of art and to celebrate its area’s diverse heritage. The group is behind lasting tributes to the mining community of Cannock, Hednesford and Rugeley. President Mike Mellor said: “During research for these particular projects and from queries received from around the country it appeared many mining areas were without some form of recognition of their mining heritage.”

5m long by 2m high and 1m wide

The structure, which will stand at 5m long by 2m high and 1m wide, has the backing of the National Union of Mineworkers, MPs representing former mining constituencies and the Arboretum. A site has been identified and the monument is expected to be unveiled in June 2021. It has taken two years of detailed planning to get to this stage.

CHAPS, set up in 2003, works to support and promote public works of art and to celebrate its area’s diverse heritage. The group is behind lasting tributes to the mining community of Cannock, Hednesford and Rugeley. President Mike Mellor said: “During research for these particular projects and from queries received from around the country it appeared many mining areas were without some form of recognition of their mining heritage.”

Andy de Comyn design

From that point the idea was conceived and following discussions, a design was agreed upon with sculptor Andy de Comyn, whose work includes the Shot at Dawn memorial at the 150-acre Staffordshire site and a mining sculpture in Rugeley.

Built in Derbyshire stone, the memorial will have a bronze frieze depicting the history of mining including recognising the colliers’ contribution to the two world wars.

Research has discovered that 45 miners were awarded the Victoria Cross following the Great War. The number from the Second World War has yet to be established.

Fundraising will now begin to enable the project to go ahead.

Mr Mellor added: “It’s fantastic that the project has finally gained approval. CHAPS will now engage in raising the appropriate funds to construct the memorial which will honour the contribution miners have made in service to their country.

“We sincerely hope the public approve of our project, particularly those living in areas with a mining heritage, and that they feel able to donate to the project, which will be a fitting legacy to the miners.”

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    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 3, 2021

      In loving memory of Peter Karoly of the Granville pit , Shropshire from his wife and family.

      £70.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 2, 2021

      Happy to support the project

      £200.00

    • Mrs Kathleen Jeffs

      Mrs Kathleen Jeffs

      Mar 1, 2021

      This donation is in memory of my father, Mr Jack Stanhope and his family and friends who worked at Hilton Main Colliery. We look forward to visiting the National Miners Memorial at Alrewas.

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 1, 2021

      Good luck with your venture

      £20.00

    • ken healey

      ken healey

      Feb 17, 2021

      Next to my Soldier friends, Miners were the finest men I worked with for 22yrs at Silverdale north staffs

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Feb 15, 2021

      £100.00

    • David Hunter

      David Hunter

      Feb 15, 2021

      In memory of Jack Cardno: miner, soldier and friend.

      £100.00

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