19 October 2019

Councillor’s Corner 19/20 No 08 – Chase Pride

Pitmen supporter and HTFCSA committee member Paul Woodhead is a Cannock Chase District Councillor for Hednesford and now Chairman of Hednesford Town Council. You will see him around the ground most match days, usually as Pitman Pete and in the Strikers Bar after the game where you can talk to him about any matters or issues of concern.

In these articles I want to bring the role of the councillor alive to you and ensure I am accountable to you as the elected representative for the ward in which the football club resides. This season I will focus on the work of the Town Council in particular. I will be available after most home games for a general conversation and we can arrange a private discussion should that be appropriate. Alternatively you can contact me by phone on 07930 120077 or by email paul.woodhead@greenparty.org.uk

Planning is underway to bring a brand new festival to the Cannock Chase area, aimed at celebrating diversity and embracing the LGBT+ community. An organising committee, headed by Hednesford Town Councillor Kathryn Downs, has announced the first Chase Pride will take place in Hednesford Park next year, on 6th June.

The colourful day-festival will include a carnival-style town centre parade as well as music, comedy and varied entertainment throughout the day, its purpose being to support the local LGBT community, break down barriers and raise awareness of LGBT issues.

Chase Pride Committee Chairperson, Kathryn Downs said: “As a nation we have made great progress on LGBT+ rights in recent years, but with one in five LGBT+ people being subjected to hate crime and discrimination in the last 12 months, there is still work to do.

“Our Pride event will be a fun celebration of LGBT+ culture, while providing opportunities for the general public to learn about the issues facing our community and signposting to outreach services for those in need.”

It is hoped the event will become an annual fixture that can tour the Cannock Chase district, being hosted in various locations across Rugeley, Cannock, Heath Hayes and Norton Canes in the years to come.

Chase Pride branding has combined the Pride rainbow with the iconic Cannock Chase stag, giving it a unique identity for the region. T-shirts, hats and other merchandise will be available in the run-up to the event, with all proceeds helping fund activities on the day. The plan is for a family friendly event offering a variety of activities for all ages, from market and community stalls, trampolines and inflatables to graffiti and craft workshops and more.

To find out more about Chase Pride, or how you can get involved, visit the website at www.chasepride.org.uk or find them on Facebook.


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