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FoSSA events

When requesting tickets for any event please ensure that you specify the name of the event you wish to attend.

Please make cheques payable to FoSSA and provide a stamped addressed envelope if you require a receipt.

Visit to Ingestre Orangery, Wednesday 4 September 2019 at 2:00pm

Ingestre Orangery is a Grade II listed building in the grounds of Ingestre Hall, which is owned by Sandwell Council. The Friends of Ingestre Orangery have a lease from Sandwell Council and are working to restore the Orangery so that its heritage can be shared, used and enjoyed by the community. The project is funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £48,000. Restoration is well under way to the extent that events can be held in the Orangery from this summer onwards. Ingestre Orangery was built in 1838, strongly influenced by James 'Athenian' Stuart's nearby Orangery at Blithfield Hall (c.1770). 

The afternoon will include a visit to Ingestre Church, which will be opened especially for us, and there will be a break for refreshments - tea and cake! A speaker from the trust will tell us about the challenges of the restoration project and plans for its future, and Dr Dianne Barre will give a short talk about the house, gardens and park, which are not open to the public.

Tickets £8.00 members; £9.50 non-members. Please send cheque payable to FoSSA (with s.a.e. if you require a receipt) to Dr Dianne Barre, 1 King's Walk, King's Bromley, Burton upon Trent, DE13 7JU. Please include your membership number.

Brindley Village - A Legacy of the Great War, with Philip Grainger and Linda Barratt, at Staffordshire Record Office on Monday 4 November at 7:00pm

The talk will be supported by display boards and original postcards.

The story of Brindley Village is part of the heritage of Cannock Chase. It was, and always will be, a unique, complete and isolated community, remembered with much affection by the people who lived there. To them it will always be known as ‘The Village’. This story is of a population which showed resilience through the general strike and pit stoppages, WW2, food shortages, bone-chilling winters, epidemics, pit tragedies and lives lost.

The story began, in World War One, with the construction of a military hospital on Cannock Chase. The talk will cover the history of the hospital from inception in 1915 through the change from a military to civilian use where it became a specialist centre for the treatment of mental health, its closure and subsequent use as a mining village and the creation of a community.

Tickets: £4.00 members; £5.00 non-members. Please send cheque payable to FoSSA (with s.a.e. if you require a receipt) to Malcolm Price, 23 The Flashes, Gnosall, Stafford, ST20 0HL. Please include your membership number.

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