Press release: 1 November 2017
Working dogs to be remembered at Armistice Day ceremony
to remember working dogs will be held at Cannock Chase on Friday 10 November
2017 at 2pm, which heralds the start of the Friends of Cannock Chase’s
seventieth anniversary celebrations.
of Cannock Chase, supported by Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
(AONB), are inviting working dogs and their owners to a remembrance service
service, now in its eighth year, was inspired by Freda, a Harlequin Dane that
was the New Zealand Rifles’ mascot, when the regiment was stationed on Cannock
Chase during the First World War. She died in 1918, while the regiment was
training on Cannock Chase, and is buried there.
of Freda, and dogs like her, the service will be held at her grave, which is
off Chase Road, near Stafford.
Last year around
50 people, many accompanied by their dogs, gathered at Freda’s grave to take
part in the ceremony. This included listening to readings and poems, and laying
wreaths at the grave.
is extra special as it will be a chance to celebrate all that the Friends of
Cannock Chase do for this important environment.
June Jukes MBE,
Chairman of the Friends of Cannock Chase, said: “We hope plenty of people and their
dogs join us for this special ceremony.
“It is a
moving service, so whether you’re remembering the bravery of a military or
police dog, a missed support or pet dog, or simply want to celebrate 70 years
of volunteering for the Friends of Cannock Chase, everyone is welcome.”
also attend the service, which takes place in the beautiful surroundings of
grave is 0.6 miles south east of Brocton Village, near Stafford. It is marked
‘Meml’ on the Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 244 – Cannock Chase and its grid
reference is SJ978188. The Milford
Common Trail passes the grave. A leaflet is available from the nearby Cannock
Chase Visitor Centre at Marquis
Drive in Cannock Chase
Chase AONB Press Officer
the Friends of Cannock Chase
The group was
formed in November 1947 when groups from Cannock, Hednesford, Rugeley, Stafford
and Penkridge became concerned about the future of the area.
early days the Friends campaigned for recognition of the area by granting it AONB
(Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) status, to give it greater protection.
This was granted in 1958.
offers programme of walks and visits and has a hard working committee that
monitors all aspects of events on Cannock Chase. The Friends also do heathland
management work throughout the autumn and winter and litter picks in the summer.
Notes about Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
and Wales landscapes considered most valuable are designated as National Parks
or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). These landscapes are protected
by law and managed to maintain their special character for now and the future.
Chase was designated as an AONB in 1958 because of its beautiful landscape,
wildlife and history. It has the largest surviving area of lowland heathland in
the Midlands. This is an internationally scarce and threatened habitat. Cannock
Chase also has extensive areas of forest and woodland, along with areas of
designed parkland, sand and gravel quarrying and mixed agriculture.
now considerable economic and recreational pressure on this landscape and the Cannock Chase
AONB team is working to make sure the right balance is struck to
conserve and enhance the area, while maintaining it as a living, working
AONB is funded by DEFRA, Cannock Chase Council, Lichfield District Council,
South Staffordshire Council, Staffordshire County Council and Stafford Borough