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Mark Blackstock – memorial

24 Aug

The funeral for Mark Blackstock, editor and founder of the YamYam who died on August 3, will be held at Sandwell Valley Crematorium, Newton Road, West Bromwich B71 3SX on Wednesday 20 September 2017 at 1.45pm.

This will be followed by a reception at The Irish Centre, 14-20 High Street Deritend, Birmingham B12 0LN from 3pm – 11pm.

No flowers please. Everyone welcome.

If you have any photos or memories of Mark you would like to share, please email them to markmemorial2017@gmail.com


News

Penkridge community leaders get ready to put formal objections in to major rail hub plans 

20 Sep

They fear the development at Gailey could wreck the area...


Female funeral director achieves life-long ambition by setting up… 

19 Sep

A FORMER Friary School pupil has become Lichfield's latest funeral director and has pledged to support the We Love Lichfield Fund with fundraising activities.


Walsall to Burntwood bus crashes in High Street, Brownhills… 

19 Sep

There was travel chaos in Walsall this morning (Tuesday) after a bus crashed in Brownhills.


Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire 2018 entries open 

19 Sep

INDIVIDUAL entries to Staffordshire’s IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon in 2018 are now officially open.


Work on new £1m library for Lichfield to started this week 

19 Sep

Work on a major £1.2m project to create a brand new library in Lichfield started this week.


Touring theatre continues at a community venue near you! 

19 Sep

THEATRE is continuing on tour in Tamworth, bringing a variety of professional productions to community venues across the borough.


Tamworth in Bloom strikes gold for the eighth year!  

19 Sep

TAMWORTH has gold fever following another successful year in the Heart of England in Bloom competition – striking GOLD for the eighth year in a row.


Fingers crossed for a great grape crop 

19 Sep

The harvest is well underway at Halfpenny Green Vineyards in Bobbington, – with the wine soon set to be on its way...


Firefighters take part in multi-agency terrorism exercise 

19 Sep

FIREFIGHTERS and staff have been involved in a multi-agency exercise to test emergency response and resilience plans for terrorism related incidents within Staffordshire.


Stay & Play morning to kick off Ankerside’s Macmillan fundraising 

19 Sep

THE town’s shopping centre will be showing support for Macmillan next week as Stay Play returns for free mug decorating.


Armed police spotted at Tamworth Railway Station 

19 Sep

Commuters and visitors to Tamworth Railway Station were left concerned after armed police officers were spotted in the area.


Campaign urging people in Lichfield and Burntwood to help keep streets clear of used chewing gum 

19 Sep

People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being urged to play their part in keeping local streets clear of chewing gum.


Lichfield MP asks residents to resend emails after online messages from constituents are lost 

19 Sep

People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being asked to resend emails to the area’s MP after a number of communications with constituents were lost.


Car bursts into flames on driveway 

18 Sep

Staffordshire Fire Service was called to Heath Farm Road, in Bilbrook, South Staffordshire, at 2...


West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedic assaulted by patient… 

18 Sep

A paramedic with West Midlands Ambulance Service was assaulted by a patient near Lichfield early on Saturday morning (September 16).


Woman taken to hospital after crash by McDonald’s at Bassetts… 

18 Sep

A woman was taken to hospital after a crash outside a fast food restaurant near Sutton Coldfield.


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Blogs

New Government Rules Could See Councillors and Mayors Removed from Office 

19 Sep

New rules being laid out by the Government could see Councillors and Mayors found guilty of serious crimes removed from office and barred from restanding for election in England.


People get their first glimpse of plans for new Staffordshire History Centre 

19 Sep

  This month we are giving people a sneak preview of our plans  for the exciting new Staffordshire History Centre at a series of open days.


Crowdfunding, and thanks 

18 Sep

There’s a hugely important milestone in our People Helping People work this week, with the launch of the Crowdfund Staffordshire platform.


Big Air wakeboard festival this Saturday at Chasewater 

15 Sep

There's a great event taking place at the Chase Watersports Centre at Chasewater - The Big Air 2017 Wakeboard Competition is a whole festival of Wakeboarding fun for all the family, taking place this Saturday 16th September.


Less than two weeks to go until Lichfield and Hatherton’s huge canal Heritage Gathering! 

13 Sep

Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are busy preparing for their Heritage Gathering call and vintage festival which is coming up over the weekend of 23-24th September 2017, and takes place at their Huddlesford base, near Lichfield.


Praise from Ofsted for our children’s services 

12 Sep

This week, we have received confirmation of the result of the recent OFSTED inspection of the Children’s Service.


Pills ‘n’ Chills and Deli Bakes 

10 Sep

Yesterday I was in Tamworth for the summer food festival, talking to people about Living in Tamworth (the new monthly magazine I’m deputy editor of) in-between mouthfuls of locally produced pork pies, sausage rolls, blue cheese and spring rolls.


Strolling again! 

10 Sep

I've always supported the wonderful parent and toddler walking and social group that took place weekly at Chasewater - Chasewater Strollers, which grew via the human dynamo of Esther Allen and others into the wonderful Spark movement in Burntwood...


A remedy to the shortage of water 

10 Sep

Several times over the previous eight years of this blog the question of the function and decommissioning of the steam pump that once stood at Chasewater has cropped up, and always provokes interesting debate - well, reader Ian James has been in ...


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Blogs

Getting out and about this Autumn 

19 Sep

For many people, Autumn is the best season.


How to take your baby out on a windy day and avoid all problems 

19 Sep

Autumn is here and we have already seen a drop in the temperature, this suggests that we are likely to witness some windy days outside.


Review: The West Coast Eagles at the Lichfield Guildhall 

19 Sep

Local five piece band The West Coast Eagles performed a concert of some of the best known country-rock songs when they played to an appreciative audience at Lichfield Guildhall.


Reviewed – Izza Pizza In Selfridges Birmingham 

19 Sep

The best pizza I ever had was in Sardinia.


Lichfield Garrick adds another week of performances as 2017 pantomime Aladdin is launched 

19 Sep

Oh yes it has! The Lichfield Garrick has officially launched its 2017 pantomime – and has already added an extra week of performances.


August Outfit Post 

18 Sep

It has to be said that I love August.


September 17th – By the time I arrived at Shenstone 30 minutes… 

18 Sep

September 17th - By the time I arrived at Shenstone 30 minutes later, the rain and skies had cleared and there was a beautiful violet sunset, which lit my muse of Shenstone Station beautifully in the dusk.


September 17th – I left at lunchtime and headed to… 

18 Sep

September 17th - I left at lunchtime and headed to Wolverhampton, hopping on to the canal at Wednesfield, then heading to Tipton at Horseley Junction.


Fashion Icons Who Support Sustainable Style 

18 Sep

With London Fashion Week in full flow, it is sometimes hard to believe that an industry that is perceived to be shallow and vanity based can also be doing something good for the planet.


Lichfield Library to showcase historic items discovered in Beacon Park 

18 Sep

Historic finds from Beacon Park will go on display at Lichfield Library later this month.


Lichfield MP to open 2017 Huddlesford Heritage Gathering event 

18 Sep

Lichfield’s MP will get the honour of opening a family event this weekend.


Review: Ricky Cool and the In Crowd at the Lichfield Guildhall 

18 Sep

With a repertoire of classic soul and blues songs, musical talent, charisma and Jamaican grooves, Ricky Cool and the In-Crowd turned Lichfield Guildhall into a heaving sixties club.


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Sport

Chasetown FC come from three goals down to secure dramatic win over Sheffield 

20 Sep

Chasetown FC earned three points in dramatic style after a rollercoaster encounter against Sheffield.


Hednesford Town 1-0 Nantwich Town 

20 Sep

The Pitmen looked to get back to winning ways at Keys Park following two defeats on the road.


European Track Champs 

19 Sep

Ken Roesner represented the club at the European Champs, held at Roubaix, this year and succeeded in winning a bronze medal in the Mens 55-59 Scratch.


THE FA AND FOOTBALL FOUNDATION LAUNCH £300,000 FUTSAL FUND 

19 Sep

The Football Association and Football Foundation have today (Monday 18 September) launched a £300,000 fund aimed at developing the sport of Futsal in Staffordshire.


Lichfield CCC rider claims victory in round three of West Midlands Cyclo-Cross league 

19 Sep

Lichfield CCC’s Toby Barnes dominated the men’s race in round three of the Ridley Lazer West Midlands Cyclo-Cross League.


Players wanted! 

19 Sep

To complete squads, we have the following teams looking for players for this season: – U8s Girls – school years 2 and 3 U13s Girls – schools years 7 and 8 U18s Girls – girls aged 15/16/17 U16s and Open Age Disability...


Nantwich Town (H) 

19 Sep

Hednesford Town return home this evening as we host Nantwich Town at Keys Park.


Cannock | Lichfield | South Staffs | Tamworth


Business

Boost to campaign to bring Channel 4 to Birmingham as Culture Secretary hints it will be forced to move out of London 

14 Sep

Bringing Channel 4 to Birmingham could boost the economy by 5 billion according to local leaders...


National retailer completes relocation of headquarters to Lichfield 

7 Sep

A retailer has moved its head office to Lichfield.


Lichfield District Council could seek compensation for business rates lost due to construction of HS2 

31 Aug

Lichfield District Council says it could ask for compensation for business rates lost due to the closure of companies in the path of the new HS2 rail line.


Plan unveiled for new commercial development on the Birmingham Road in Lichfield 

31 Aug

A new commercial development could be created in Lichfield.


Shenstone workers put their best foot forward for Meningitis Now charity 

29 Aug

Staff from a Lichfield training company have taken part in a fundraising event in aid of the Meningitis Now charity.


High-tech architects battle for HS2 top billing 

24 Aug

Regular Birmingham Post columnist Joe Holyoak welcomes the return of an elder statesmen architect who vowed never to work with Birmingham again...


New 30,000 sq ft industrial unit could be built in Burntwood 

22 Aug

The land where an industrial unit could be built in Burntwood Plans for a 30,000 sq ft industrial unit in Burntwood have been unveiled.


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Staffordshire at Westminster »

Enterprise Zones | Oral Answers to Questions – Treasury | Commons debates 

21 Jul

My right hon.


Compulsory Purchase: Capital Gains Tax | HM Treasury | Written Answers 

21 Jul

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on reform of capital gains tax in relation to compulsory purchase.


NHS Reform | Business of the House | Commons debates 

16 Jul

We in Staffordshire know better than most what the denial machine that the Secretary of State referred to meant to local people, so I congratulate him on his commitment to transparency and consistency.


Ways and Means – Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation – Amendment of the Law | Bill Presented – National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill | Commons debates 

14 Jul

The hon.


Ways and Means – Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation – Amendment of the Law | Bill Presented – National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill | Commons debates 

14 Jul

The hon.


Petition – Closure of Fire Stations in South Staffordshire | Commons debates 

8 Jul

I rise to present a petition signed by 2,824 of my constituents who are backing my campaign to keep open the fire stations in Kinver, Brewood, Codsall and Bilbrook.


Engagements | Oral Answers to Questions – International Development | Commons debates 

8 Jul

May I associate myself with the Prime Minister’s remarks about the families of the victims of Tunisia, particularly the family of my constituent, Sue Davey? In the past three years, unemployment in Tamworth has fallen faster than anywhere...


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