Brindley Heath Parish Council

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Brindley Heath Parish Council supports the interests of residents living in the beautiful rural landscape of forest and heathland known as Cannock Chase

Four Winters at War

‘Four Winters at War’ commemorates World War 1

Last year marked the centenary of the start of the First World War. Over the last 12 months a number of events and commemorations have taken place locally to remember the huge sacrifices made by men and women across Cannock Chase.

The next big event ‘Four Winters at War’ will be held on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June 2015, 6pm – 9pm at Birches Valley Concert Venue. 

It’s 1915 and the Chase is full of thousands of soldiers, nurses and even German prisoners of war. This is their story.

This is a musical play which focuses on the lives and loves of four soldiers, all of whom find themselves on the Chase and become romantically connected with nurses serving at the nearby military hospital on Brindley Heath. 

The show will be performed rain or shine as a 360 degrees experience with the audience seated picnic style on rugs and garden chairs, surrounded by a choir of over 100 singers with four stages where the various scenes will take place.  

This is being presented by Cannock Chase Arts Council but will be very much a community event involving some 150 local amateur actors, musicians, singers, dancers, army cadets, schoolchildren and the Birmingham Pals (a WW1 re-enactment group) together with presentations from local photographers, painters, floral artists and tapestry makers. 

The event is being supported by the Council, WLCT, The Forestry Commission, Cannock Chase AONB, Brindley Heath Parish Council, The Friends of Cannock Chase and Festivals 360.

The main sponsor is Craig Watts Holdings who are proud to support the local community and celebrate the part played by Cannock Chase during World War One. 

Tickets are £10 per person and will be on sale from 15 April 2015. Tickets can be purchased at the Prince of Wales Centre by booking online at, by calling 01543 578762 or visiting the theatre at Church Street, Cannock. 

For more information about local World War 1 commemorations contact Kate McBey on 07971667218 or Lisa Shephard on 07812332964.