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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.


‘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.


GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation 

17 Aug

Andy Hughes of Soapbox 65 Marketing has provided a pdf document which gives an overview of the new legislation which essentially will affect all businesses when it becomes law next year Please click to download...


Back To School With Claire’s 

17 Aug

Even though it only seems like yesterday since we were celebrating school being out for Summer, the reality is there are only two weeks left of the current school holiday and then the kids will be back to school again.


Luscious Locks: How to Protect Your Hair When You Straighten It Every Day 

17 Aug

Does your go-to hairdo require straightening every day? A lot of women (and men, too) prefer hairstyles that entail a bit of maintenance.


August 15th – I spun up The Parade and over to Burntwood on the… 

16 Aug

August 15th - I spun up The Parade and over to Burntwood on the errand, then returned via Chasewater and the canal.


SENSSE Go! Mini Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush and Exfoliator 

16 Aug

There was once a time when holidays and traveling meant that our skincare routine took a bit of a backseat.


Popping The Question? Choose A Loose Diamond For The Ring 

15 Aug

Image Perl Photography via Flickr If you are looking for the perfect engagement ring, no doubt you have a budget in mind and want to save money wherever you can.


Choosing the perfect wedding ring 

14 Aug

You’re already engaged, and you can’t wait to finally marry your husband-to-be, but one thing is missing – the perfect wedding ring.


Making Additional Storage Space In Your Loft 

13 Aug

When it comes to our homes, it seems that the one thing we can never have enough of is storage space.


Songmics Beauty Box Review And Competition 

11 Aug

Songmics Inc is a top 50 seller on Amazon UK and are experts when it comes to organising your beauty products.


Work+Play at Malmaison – A Girly Night In 

10 Aug

Last week I was invited to enjoy a girly night of food, pampering and cocktails at the very stylish Malmaison .


Dealing With Mobility Problems In The Home 

9 Aug

My dad is 63.


Extended Offer to Members 

9 Aug

Howard Thomas is keen that Gone Fishing members and their families do not miss out on the exceptionally low interest rates which are available at the moment.


The Difference between Japanese Pachinko and Slots 

9 Aug

Before discussing the difference between Japanese pachinko and slot machines, you should first get to know what pachinko is all about.


Fashion At The Wednesbury Museum And Art Gallery 

8 Aug

It’s always lovely when a fashion exhibition pops up virtually on your doorstep.


July Outfit Post 

7 Aug

July was my favourite month of the year so far.


Wolves in Wolves – Touring The North Route 

4 Aug

This summer, the city of Wolverhampton has been overtaken by Wolves, beautiful decorated wolves.


Safe Vaping Guide – Liquids 

3 Aug

Yesterday I talked about the how to safely charge your battery for your e-cigarette, and how to store the battery if you had children in your house.


3 Reasons to avoid plastic surgery procedures 

2 Aug

Many are obsessed with improving their looks and will not stop their efforts until they are successful.


Safe Vaping Battery And Charging Advice For Families 

2 Aug

I make no secret of the fact that I am a huge supporter of vaping, both as a way of cutting down on traditional cigarettes, and as a support for actually giving up smoking altogether.


Warwick Castle And The Knight’s Village 

1 Aug

If you are looking to visit a castle this Summer, then you really need to take a trip to Warwick.


July 30th – The deer are busy around Chasewater at the moment. I… 

1 Aug

July 30th - The deer are busy around Chasewater at the moment.


Gifts For The Discerning Gent 

31 Jul

Buying a gift for a loved one can be the easiest task in the world, or it can be the most difficult – a minefield in fact.


July 29th – Returning from a ride out on a grey evening… 

30 Jul

July 29th - Returning from a ride out on a grey evening threatening rain I came through Chasewater and was heartened to note a group of deer browsing the grass on the Rugby Club by the Chasetown bypass.


July 29th – I met the Watermead swan family who were making fair… 

30 Jul

July 29th - I met the Watermead swan family who were making fair speed along the canal back from Chasewater towards Brownhills, but old habits die hard and they drifted from their central course to see me, just in case I had food.


Transitional Dresses at Simply Be 

30 Jul

We are just about to enter the last month of Summer, but it seems like someone forgot to tell the weather.


Choosing The Right Bra 

27 Jul

No matter how amazing your clothing choices are, to look good you need the right foundations, and this means your underwear.


3 Ways an installment loan can help you 

26 Jul

Many people find it hard to make ends meet with the rising cost of healthcare and the cost of living without an increase in pay.


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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 ...


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 ...


Dignity in Care 

14 Aug

I spent the best part of a day with the carers who look after our most vulnerable people at the annual Dignity Awards, held this year in Newcastle-under-Lyme College.


UK Corporate Games to return to the county 

11 Aug

Sports and leisure has always played an important role in society and a strong offer has the ability to generate visitors, jobs and prosperity for an area.


New Deputy Leader for the Council 

9 Aug

As some of you may already be aware, Ian Parry took the decision to step down from the Cabinet and Deputy Leader in July to focus on a new role with the Centre for Public Scrutiny.


Chasewater Railway – Annual Charities Day this Sunday! 

2 Aug

Chasewater Railway - the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this Sunday (6th August 2017) staging it's Annual Charities Day, when the railway will be operating with steam trains, and there will be charity stalls and activities ...


SLT Away Day; Providing a better health and care system 

31 Jul

The Cabinet and the Senior Leadership Team had our long-awaited Away Day last Monday to consider the direction of Staffordshire County Council over the coming 4 years.


The Grove Colliery – remembering a lost pit 

29 Jul

Last year I featured a very popular set of images from a place I genuinely didn't realise still existed: The Grove Colliery, the remnants of which - the house and offices situated just off Lime Lane, between Pelsall, Brownhills, Norton and Great ...


Improving children’s services 

26 Jul

I attended a working dinner this week with a group of local authority leaders on the subject of improving children’s services.


Mabel’s Vintage Fair at Chasewater Railway this Sunday! 

22 Jul

I notice that this Sunday, 23rd July 2017, there's a rather fun looking vintage event being staged at Chasewater Railway by Mabel's Vintage Carriage, who have a regular vintage stall in a carriage at the preserved railway.


Supporting people living with dementia and those caring for them 

21 Jul

Dementia is a subject that many of us don’t talk about, but is something that can have a devastating impact on not only individuals, but on their family and friends too.


Exciting times for our county town 

17 Jul

You will have heard me talking about growing the county’s economy before, attracting more better paid jobs that put more money into people’s pockets to spend in our town centres in their leisure time remains a key priority for the county council.


People First Digital Always, and the smart working survey 

17 Jul

There has been some great progress made in recent months on smart working and specifically in the digital arena.


2017 Chasewater Grand Prix – this weekend! 

15 Jul

This Saturday and Sunday (15th and 16th July 2017) will be quite a special weekend for the local powerboat community as Chasewater hosts the PowerBoatGP 2017 Chasewater Grand Prix at our favourite reservoir and country park.


New bridge successfully installed over A50 

10 Jul

Over the weekend we saw the successful installation of a new bridge on the A50 near Uttoxeter as part of wider plans to improve transport links, support business and unlock land for new housing and economic growth.


Please keep an eye of for this motorbike stolen from Chasewater 

10 Jul

Also taken this weekend, the motorbike pictured above, which was stolen from Chasewater on Friday evening , 7th July 2017.


First Walsall Wood pre-season friendly underway now 

8 Jul

Oh damn - only just spotted the 1:30pm kickoff - apologies to all for failing to spot this - but it's only in Cheslyn hay so you could catch the second half...


Westerly sets the sun. 

5 Jul

From The Lichfield Mercury, August 8th, 1941.


Video Blog: The importance of digital 

3 Jul

In my first video blog, I talk about the importance of digital and the opportunities it presents to us here in Staffordshire.


Chasewater Summer Fair and fun Dog Show on today! 

2 Jul

Just a quick heads up that today, Sunday 2nd July 2017, there's to be a Summer Fair and Dog Show at Chasewater - the whole thing runs from 10am until 4pm, with registration for the Dog Show taking place from 11am and the show itself at 2:30pm.


Planning for new Staffordshire History Centre moves ahead 

30 Jun

You will have heard me speak about our plans for a new Staffordshire History Centre before and It’s exciting to see the project moving ahead with partners and design team now all on-board.


The importance of diversity 

28 Jun

As a large organisation employing some 5,000 staff, one of our real strengths is the diversity of our workforce, and the contribution this makes to the way we deliver better outcomes for Staffordshire and our people.


Celebrating Armed Forces Day 

22 Jun

Armed Forces Day is this Saturday (24 June) and as a big supporter of the forces we all hope people will join the county council in showing our support for the brave men and women who make up our Armed Forces community.


The Grenfell Fire 

20 Jun

The fire in the Grenfell tower block in Kensington was a truly horrific event, one that defies description in any normal way.


Hot spell causes bloom of blue-green algae at Chasewater 

20 Jun

This is an important one for dog-walkers and users of Chasewater in general who may let dogs swim in the water - blue green algae has once more been found in the lake, and Staffordshire County Council yesterday (19th June 2017) issued a warning to ...


Get some Iron, man – Ironman hits Chasewater and South Staffordshire this Sunday 

16 Jun

Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know that this Sunday (June 18th 2017), the Third Staffordshire Ironman 70.3 Triathlon will be staged, with a 1.2 mile early morning swim in Chasewater being amongst the highlights.


Celebrating three years of Superfast Staffordshire project 

15 Jun

Superfast broadband is recognized as the next essential utility for everyone, whether it’s for business, schools, or leisure and when we don’t have good access we miss it.


Want to be a Friend of Chasewater? Come find out more this evening! 

14 Jun

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 ...


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