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Mark Blackstock

7 Aug

It is with great sadness that we have to report that Mark Blackstock, the founder and editor of this family of sites, died of a heart attack on Thursday, 3rd August. He was 55.

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News

Appeal after vintage motorbike is stolen from shed near Lichfield 

23 Aug

A vintage motorbike and tools have been stolen from a shed near Lichfield.


"Bringing people into the theatre is at the heart of what we… 

23 Aug

"I BELIEVE that bringing people into the Garrick Theatre and building our audiences is at the heart of what we are doing and what we need to do in order to be financially sustainable and continue for years and years and years.


Man caught on camera ‘trying doors’ in Tamworth street – police… 

23 Aug

POLICE are appealing for information after CCTV footage captured a man trying doors in a Tamworth Street.


Vintage Suzuki GT550 motorbike reg TTD 54L and DeWalt tools… 

23 Aug

A VINTAGE motorcycle has been stolen from a village near Lichfield.


Police name Walsall man who may have died after falling from top… 

23 Aug

A MAN who may have died after falling from the top of a building in Cannock has been named.


Road safety campaign catch hundreds of speeders in just three hours 

23 Aug

SAFETY camera vans have been out in force last week as part of Road Victims Awareness Month and have caught over 200 offenders in three different locations.


Increase in hate crime charges brought by Staffordshire Police 

23 Aug

THE number of charges brought by Staffordshire Police for hate crime offences has risen by 16% in the last year, in line with nationally reported increases.


Maria and her ‘Superhero’ son raise money for Warwick Cancer Research Centre 

23 Aug

A TAMWORTH mum and her disabled son have taken part in the Superhero Triathlon to raise money for Warwick Cancer Centre.


Body found on rural road in Essington 

23 Aug

Staffordshire Police have been at Blackhalve Lane this morning, where the body was found.


Jet2.com recruits at Birmingham 

23 Aug

It will be holding roadshows across the UK to fill more than 1,700 pilot, cabin crew and ground operations roles.


Assault arrest after police pursue man driving ‘stolen car’ wrong… 

23 Aug

A 'DANGEROUS' motorist crashed a stolen car after driving it the WRONG WAY on the A38 near Lichfield.


Spectacular light show at Lichfield Cathedral is taking visitors… 

23 Aug

LICHFIELD Cathedral is taking its visitors on "an unforgettable journey across earth, sea and sky at a unique exhibition this week.


Free exhibition commemorates servicemen who lost their sight during the First World War 

23 Aug

A free exhibition at the National Memorial Arboretum is commemorating those who lost their sight during World War One.


Drayton Manor Park launches end of Summer Half Price flash sale 

23 Aug

DRAYTON Manor Park has launched half-price tickets just in time for the weekend*, but you’ll need to act quickly if you want to bag a bank holiday bargain.


Bikers’ barbecue set to boost safety awareness 

22 Aug

YOUNG Staffordshire motorcyclists are being invited to a bikers’ barbecue tomorrow where they can pick up top tips on how to stay safe.


Hop aboard for autism this September at Drayton Manor Park 

22 Aug

POPULAR family attraction, Drayton Manor Park, is set to welcome the National Autistic Society (NAS) for its annual ‘All Aboard For Autism’ event, a Thomas Friends™ themed sponsored walk, on Saturday 23rd September.


Cannock | Lichfield | South Staffs | Tamworth


Blogs

Friends of Chasewater: Meeting this Wednesday evening! 

22 Aug

That there Kate Cardigan from Lichfield Lore, Lichfield Discovered and a host of other historical and community based projects is appealing for people to join her and other volunteers in the new Friends of Chasewater Group, and to that end they have ...


The new county council Cabinet 

22 Aug

In a recent blog post, I announced the appointment of County Councillor Alan White as the county council’s new Deputy Leader, after Ian Parry stepped down from the Cabinet last month, Following on from this, I am now pleased to announce two new ...


Up the Ryecroft Junction 

20 Aug

Local rail buff Simon Swain has once again been busy with the camera and maps, tracing out the history of the South Staffordshire railway line that used to run from Wychnor near Alrewas to Dudley, but called at Lichfield, Brownhills and Walsall on ...


Your chance to meet a Great War historian! NOTE IMPORTANT UPDATE PLEASE 

19 Aug

Here's one I'm awfully late with, but you still have chance to catch the wonderful war historian Andrew Thornton at the Cannock Chase Military History Weekend tomorrow (Sunday 20th August) and this afternoon if you're exceedingly quick to get up to ...


Hot to trot 

18 Aug

I'm not going to beat around the bush, a remarkable piece of local history right out of the blue courtesy of Twitter pal Ben Graham who drew my attention to it an hour ago - those interested in the local history of trotting, Chasewater Stadium and ...


Cross Party Support for Fire Safety Procedures in Tamworth 

16 Aug

Policies and procedures for fire safety across all blocks of flats owned by Tamworth Borough Council have been successfully scrutinised by members of the Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee.


Lichfield and Hatherton’s huge canal Heritage Gathering coming soon! 

16 Aug

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.


Still Time to Sign up to Staffordshire Fire’s Cadets+ Scheme in Tamworth 

15 Aug

There is still time to sign-up to this summer’s Cadets+ Scheme with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.


Proposals to Better Protect Holidaymakers Launched by Government 

15 Aug

Enhanced regulations will better protect an extra 10 million UK package holidays booked online, under proposals outlined by Consumer Minister Margot James.


Cannock | Lichfield | South Staffs | Tamworth


Blogs

Free exhibition commemorates servicemen who lost their sight during the First World War 

23 Aug

A free exhibition at the National Memorial Arboretum is commemorating those who lost their sight during World War One.


Morning Prayer – Wednesday 23 August 2017 

23 Aug

Psalm 77 I cry aloud to God; I cry aloud to God and he will hear me.


Cathedral Hotel in Lichfield to host retro disco event 

22 Aug

Tickets have gone on sale for a retro party night in Lichfield.


Romantic Reminders – 6 Creative Ways To Remember Your Wedding 

22 Aug

During the planning process of my own wedding, there is no doubt that ditching the big party and eloping with my love crossed my mind.


Last few tickets remain for Phil Collins tribute show at the Lichfield Garrick 

22 Aug

Only a handful of tickets remain for a tribute show at the Lichfield Garrick.


Reel Hot Ceilidh Peppers to play the Lichfield Guildhall 

22 Aug

Lichfield Arts is preparing to welcome back the Reel Hot Ceilidh Peppers for a night of music and dance next month.


Lichfield Bus Station to get a new shopping trolley bay 

21 Aug

Lichfield District Council Planning Committee has approved plans this evening (21 August) for a new shopping trolley bay in the middle of the bus station car park.


Route 44 & Halloween Headbangers Ball! 

21 Aug

Live Let Rock will be back at Route 44 on Saturday 7th October and then are proud to be headlining the Headbangers Halloween Ball at the Robin2 on Friday 27th October! Mark your diaries, Book your babysitters…..


‘A Song For Lizzie’ at Burton Town Hall. 

21 Aug

Spirit of John Lennon helps music event in honour of newlywed cancer sufferer Lizzie Brown and husband Rob being held at Burton Town Hall Thursday August 31st 2017.


Brunswick In The Blitz – A Treat For Vintage Fashion Fans 

21 Aug

Brunswick Park is a gorgeous green space in the heart of Wednesbury.


Heritage Crime and acts of Vandalism 

21 Aug

On Friday 18 August, this individual was filmed vandalising and causing a considerable amount of damage to the Grade 11* listed Sandfields Pumping Station, Lichfield.


Lichfield gallery to host exhibition of ceramics from the Midland Potters Association 

21 Aug

An exhibition of ceramics is coming to Lichfield.


Cannock | Lichfield | South Staffs | Tamworth


Sport

Chasetown FC set up FA Cup clash against Boldmere St Michaels after seeing off Worcester City 

23 Aug

Chasetown FC set up an away tie with Boldmere St Michaels in the next stage of the FA Cup with a goal in each half against Worcester City.


In pictures: Chasetown FC v Worcester City 

23 Aug

Chasetown FC secured their spot in the next round of the FA Cup at the second time of asking as they saw off Worcester City in a replay.


Ironman moved to town centre 

23 Aug

The popular IRONMAN 70.3 event, which has been in the county since 2015, was left without a home after the Shugborough Estate, where the race was based, said it would no longer be hosting the event.


Tuesday’s Premier Division review 

23 Aug

Tuesday night saw first wins for the season in the EVO-STIK League Premier for Altrincham, Hednesford Town and Coalville Town and first defeats for Warrington Town and Mickleover Sports, writes Pitchero's Steve Whitney.


Draw made for Boxing Super Series 

23 Aug

Eight Midlands boxers will compete over three nights to be crowned the Midlands Area Super Featherweight Champion.


Hednesford Town 2-0 Halesowen Town 

23 Aug

The Pitmen welcomed Halesowen Town to Keys Park still seeking a first win of the season.


Chasetown’s Will Whieldon scores stunner 

22 Aug

The midfielder opened the scoring in the 22nd minute with a stunning long range effort that flew over goalkeeper Matt Gwynne.


Cannock | Lichfield | South Staffs | Tamworth


Business

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.


Youngsters at Spark in Burntwood boosted by activity set donation from local business 

17 Aug

Youngsters at a children’s centre in Burntwood are being kept busy after a local business donated a new construction kit.


Nursery business based in Lichfield and Burntwood acquires more new sites 

11 Aug

A Lichfield and Burntwood nursery business has acquired more new sites.


UK Central chiefs move to revamp HS2 station plans 

9 Aug

Next step in plans to create major mixed-use development have been taken as growth company submits proposals to change planned infrastructure around Solihull HS2 station site...


Hilton Birmingham Metropole sold as part of £500m deal 

7 Aug

Property investor founded last year has made its debut in the hotel sector with double purchase...


Rugeley Power Station plan to create 4,500 jobs and build 1,800 homes 

3 Aug

Developer says defunct power station site could become 'Europe's Silicon Valley...


Workers at Lichfield company get sporty to raise money for St Giles Hospice 

26 Jul

Sporting staff at a Lichfield accountancy firm have raised £11,000 for St Giles Hospice.


Cannock | Lichfield | South Staffs | Tamworth


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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