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Another picture of Brereton Sidings Signal Box

Another picture of Brereton Sidings Signal Box

5837 Vanguard at Brereton Sidings after pit closure

Among a few photos of Brereton Colliery was this one of loco ‘Vanguard’

(0-4-0ST Peckett  1491/1917  Acquired from Royal Arsenal, Woolwich  1920.  Still at Brereton Coll. 1957, since scrapped.)

sitting by the Brereton Sidings signal box.  This was taken by Don Dutton in 1960, after the closure of the pit.  Don was the driver, ‘Perce’ Vernon (shunter), George Wilshaw (shunter) and George Blackburn (Boilersmith).

Museum news and a new arrival.

Museum news and a new arrival.

Among the visitors to the Museum on Monday, 27th May was our old friend Ron Bradbury, Chairman of Burntwood Council and also Chairman of the SCAMP miners’ memorial project.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHe has generously given the Museum a copy of the book published by the Burntwood Chase Heritage Group for the Archive/Reference section.

DSCF9054The book will be on sale for a while in the Museum, price £8.00.  As previously mentioned on facebook – May 16th, the memorial will be unveiled on June 8th at 2.00pm.

Opening Poster copy

News – Scamp Unveiling

2008_0714Maquette In the Museum 2

News – Scamp Unveiling


  Mr. Ron Bradbury taking the maquette into the Heritage Centre.It was in July 2008 that Chasewater Railway was first introduced to the SCAMP project when Ron Bradbury and the Burntwood Chase Heritage Group brought the maquette to the Railway and ran a fish and chip special train to raise funds for the statue.  The maquette was proudly displayed in the Museum for a number of weeks before being shown at other venues.  Now, some five years later, the project is nearing its completion.

Scamp PonyThe pony model – and friends!

Scamp unveiling

Scamp resize 8Real progress being made

A statue to commemorate Burntwood’s mining heritage is to be officially unveiled on June 8th.

The 7 ft bronze memorial has been created by sculptor Peter Walker, who hails from the town, and will be sited at Sankey’s Corner.

The artwork was about five years in the making and was made possible thanks to public donations and £10,000 of funding from local developers.

Ron Bradbury, of Sankey’s Corner Arts Mining Project (SCAMP) said: ‘After many years of fundraising, the dream of a statue to stand on Sankey’s Corner is about to be fulfilled.’

No time has yet been set for the official unveiling, which is open for anyone to attend.  A book is being produced about the history behind Scamp and pit ponies and will be on sale at £10 each, containing a list of names on the plinth.  All profits will go to Scamp.

Anyone willing to help by providing food or entertainment, or with funding, should call 01543 677789.