The Great Imagining Cannock Chase

Scene from The Great Imagining event held in Stratford, East London

Just imagine a better District and a better world…

In March we will be doing just that, with schools, community groups, businesses and everyone else who lives and works in Cannock Chase District all invited to take part.

`The Great Imagining Cannock Chase` is a free two-day event at the Chase Leisure Centre in Cannock with a mission to imagine the future of the District as part of a `greener, fairer and wiser future`. 

It is a unique opportunity to imagine the possibilities of what this might look, feel, smell, and taste like, and at the same time contribute to actions that can take us towards that future and make it happen. It might even save you money!

None of us can predict or know exactly what that future might be like or make us feel. Yet together if we all do our part, we can work towards a better District.

On Saturday 9 March from 10am to 4pm there will be a range of fun and creative activities and exhibitions at the leisure centre, literally something for everyone, including:

•    A Cabaret and Trash-ion Show - performed by students from South Staffordshire College and Staffordshire University Academy in Hednesford;
•    Future ideas and inventions;
•    Museum of Curiosities;
•    Windmills and solar technology;
•    Games;
•    Live animal menagerie;
•    Film screenings;
•    Learn about nature recovery;
•    Poetry and pantomime; and
•    Wormeries and composting.

Everyone is welcome to either drop in or join for as long as they like.

Schools will be the focus of attention on Friday 8 March. Preliminary workshops have been taking place with local schools since January. Later that day, between 6pm and 8pm, the attention switches to businesses when there will be a Business Workshop hosted by Kate Copeland-Rhodes, Director of the influential Globe Foundation based in nearby Uttoxeter. Sign up at www.staffordshirecop.com/cannock-doughnut

The whole two-day event will be presented by The House of Fairy Tales, a person-centred arts and education organisation which has worked with the National Trust, Royal Shakespeare Company and the Tate Modern in London. The emphasis will be on fun and engagement to help all of us live more sustainably - and help tackle climate change at the same time.

It is being held in partnership with Cannock Chase Council, Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles, and the Cannock Chase Cultural Education Partnership. It follows the Council’s commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and to help the wider community work towards carbon neutrality across the entire District. 

And on the following Friday (15 March) between 10am and 3pm, the Council will be involved in the Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent COP 2024 being held at The Catalyst Building, Staffordshire University, Leek Road, Stoke. The event is the first of its kind in the county and is being organised by the Globe Foundation. You can register for free at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/globegroup/1110190

We look forward to seeing you at this important and ground breaking event for Cannock Chase District.

To find out more about the Council's work and useful information in response to climate change, go to https://www.cannockchasedc.gov.uk/council/your-community/tackling-climate-change

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