Cannock care home strikes gold with Littleton Colliery mining exhibition

On Saturday 15thMay, Littleton Lodge care home, situated on Bishop Street in Cannock, will be housing a mining exhibition and model of Littleton Colliery for public viewing.

Named after Littleton Colliery, Littleton Lodge was opened in May 2021, and was given the ‘seal of approval’ by the local mining community.

From 11:00am, the local community will be welcome to come along to admire this little piece of history, and hear ex-miners give their first-hand experiences of working in Littleton pit.

Littleton Colliery was first opened in 1877, and eventually employed 1,900 miners, mining almost one million tonnes of coal. The colliery was the last to be closed on the Cannock Chase Coalfield in December 1993.

Built by ex-colliery worker and member of the community group ‘Friends of Littleton Colliery’, Mick Dando, the model of Littleton Colliery took two years to construct, and was previously housed by Littleton Primary School.

When Home Manager of Littleton Lodge, Rachel Ellis, was asked if the care home would like to host exhibition, she quickly accepted the offer. Rachel said:

‘We could not let a piece of history like that disappear. It’s an honour to house the model in our library for our resident’s and the public to enjoy.’

Members of the Friends of Littleton Colliery and other members of the local community have also kindly donated mining artefacts and memorabilia for the public to enjoy.

For more information on the mining exhibition, please contact Rachel on 01543 399 640.

Littleton Lodge is a residential and dementia care home operated by Ideal Carehomes. Based in Cannock, Littleton Lodge serves the surrounding areas of Stafford, Wolverhampton, Lichfield, Rugely and Penkridge. All 66 bedrooms are en-suite, enabling care staff to deliver person-centred care in a dignified manner, promoting independence as far as possible.