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Lichfield restaurant one of 11 outside London to scoop three AA… 

1 Feb

A LICHFIELD restaurant has become the first in the county to win three AA rosettesThe Four Seasons Restaurant at Swinfen Hall Hotel was awarded the three rosettes in the AA's 'New Year Honours List'.

Pippa to celebrate love stories at special Valentine’s evening 

1 Feb

LOCAL book lovers are invited to an event celebrating love stories and romantic fiction by award-winning Hammerwich author, and former Mercury feature writer Pippa Croft.

Lichfield and Burntwood people asked to support World Cancer Day 

1 Feb

PEOPLE in Lichfield are being urged by Cancer Research UK to show their support for cancer patients as momentum builds towards World Cancer Day.

Pages from the Past 

1 Feb

HERE is the Churchill story.

What!? ‘Illegal’ demolition work on Lichfield store is stopped 

31 Jan

DEMOLITION work on a Lichfield store has been stopped after surprised residents asked 'what' on earth was going on.

Help document Lichfield life with digital time capsule 

31 Jan

PEOPLE in Lichfield are being asked to share their memories of life in the district to be preserved for posterity as part of a digital time capsule.

Charges dropped over Shenstone ‘drones factory’ occupation 

31 Jan

THE case against pro-Palastinian activists who shut down a Shenstone factory with a two-day rooftop protest last August over its alleged manufacture of military drones has been dropped at the last minute.

Charity sponsors at M6Toll’s Lichfield HQ get to meet ‘very… 

31 Jan

TWO VIP's very important pups visited Midland Expressway Limited (MEL), operators of the M6toll recently to say thank you for setting them on a journey to becoming a guide dog.

Lichfield Civic Society condemns new local plan as ‘sad’ 

31 Jan

LICHFIELD Civic Society has criticised the district's new local plan which releases green belt land for development as sad news for the city.

Meeting to focus on future of Burntwood’s GP practices 

31 Jan

A PUBLIC meeting is taking place in Burntwood on Tuesday (February 3) to discuss the proposed closure of a GP practice.

Trio at Lichfield care home are all over 100 years of age 

30 Jan

LICHFIELD care home Rosemary Lodge currently has three centenarians in residence Elsie Edwards, Mary Appleby and Will Rose.

Woman dies in A38 road crash near Lichfield 

30 Jan

A WOMAN has died following a road traffic collision near Lichfield this morning.

Stephen Sutton’s mum Jane to start 2015 Great Midlands Fun Run… 

30 Jan

THE mother of inspirational Burntwood teenager Stephen Sutton is to take part in a popular charity fun run which her son was due to enter last year, as registration for the event opens this weekend.

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Captain’s Weekly News – 1st Feb 

1 Feb

This week’s Captain’s News from Ray…..

And the winner is…… Woodland Trust 

1 Feb

Thanks to all who voted for the WCH Charity of 2015.

Colts win league title 

1 Feb

Convincing win at Church Stretton...

RFU Grand Draw 2015 

31 Jan

It's RFU Grand Draw time again, folks.

Barton Night-O Results 

30 Jan

Neil Lawford organised last night’s night-O in Barton-under-Needwood.

Football Participation Continues to Rise in England 

30 Jan

The number of people playing football in England is on the rise with nearly one in five adults - 8.2 million people - now participating in the national game in some form.

Get Involved at the CP World Cup 

30 Jan

The largest disability football event EVER to be held in England is coming to St George's Park National Football Centre in 2015 and we want you to be part of it...

Marcus Law is back in business at Chasetown 

30 Jan

New Chasetown manager Marcus Law has revealed his elation at being back in the ‘footballing whirlwind.

New Chasetown FC boss set to take charge for first time 

29 Jan

New Chasetown FC boss Marcus Law will hope to finally get the chance to usher in a new era when his side travel to Mickleover Sports.

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Brideshand Revisited 

30 Jan

Last Summer, I wrote about the ‘ Bride’s Hand’  carved into the stonework of the south porch of St James the Great at Longdon.

Bit Map 

26 Jan

Here’s a map of the Christ Church Lane area of Leomansley in Lichfield which Chris Pattison very kindly sent to me recently.

Important – help save Burntwood’s Children’s Centres 

25 Jan

Esther Allen of Chasewater Strollers and Councillor 'Aunty Sue' Woodward have been in touch over the weekend to let me know that they're very worried about the future of the two Children's centres in Burntwood, and have launched a campaign and ...

Turning the screw 

21 Jan

I was surprised and pleased at the huge response to my posting scans of the Meccano Magazine from July 1945 here on the blog at the weekend: the magazine was bought in Lichfield and scanned for the blog by the young David Evans, who correctly posited...

Missing from home: Charlie the cat 

21 Jan

Here's an urgent appeal for a lost cat that's come in from reader Chris Wharton, who lives at the bottom of Sandhills on the Lichfield Road near Shore Oak - his beloved ginger and white puss Charlie went out this morning and hasn't come home.

Far From the Madding Crowd 

19 Jan

Once, when Cuthbert Brown was a boy and the circus came to town (sorry, city), one of the elephants died and was buried on Levett’s Field.

Getting to the nuts and bolts of it 

18 Jan

A brief, off-topic one from the young David Evans, who bought a whole bunch of 1940s Meccano magazines from a bookseller in Lichfield recently - David was so endeared by them, he scanned them and sent them to me.

Be on your guard – local spate of burglaries 

15 Jan

It's time, I'm very much afraid, to issue another warning - it seems local burglars are at is again - In the last week or so there have been shed, garage and vehicle break-ins in Shire Oak, Stonnall and Aldridge.

Councillor “Devastated” that Burntwood To Lose Both of Its Children’s Centres 

14 Jan

County Councillor for Burntwood North, Sue Woodward, says she is devastated that the town she represents is to lose both of its Children’s Centres, at Springhill and at Boney Hay, if recommendations to next week’s County Council Cabinet go ...

Plane Site 

12 Jan

Over the weekend I had the following message from David Mace on the subject of RAF Lichfield.

Lichfield discovered – alphabetical Lichfield – on tonight! 

12 Jan

I see that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is kicking off 2015 in style with her informal and fun Lichfield local history group, Lichfield Discovered - tonight at 7:30pm, (12th January 2015), they have a wonderful free talk at ...

Tweet: Finished chilly morning out n about talking to loc… 

10 Jan

Finished chilly morning out n about talking to local people in Tamworth Lichfield.

The Scrap Barn needs you! 

9 Jan

Fancy doing some voluntary work for the Lichfield Scrap Barn shop at Chasewater Innovation Centre? Continue reading →...

Tweet: Thank you to @Morrisons in #Lichfield for hosting… 

6 Jan

Thank you to @Morrisons in #Lichfield for hosting a supermarket surgery today.

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Lichfield Re:Cycle – back on the road 

28 Jan

(l to r) PCSO Maggie Griffiths, Inspector Rachel Joyce, recipient Terry, project volunteers Adam and Alan It’s been a busy few days for the Lichfield Re:Cycle bike re-use, repair and skill sharing project.

Bubble Football 

28 Jan

Bubble Football was created by Henrik Johan and Elvestad Golden, two crazy Norwegians, who thought soccer would be much more fun if the players were enclosed inside giant bubbles made of transparent plastic.

2010 shows that voting or not doesn’t change the end result 

27 Jan

“Post 2010, we all got austerity measures, bedroom taxes, NHS reforms and tuition fees that absolutely nobody voted for because absolutely no political manifesto mentioned them.

Swinfen Hall Hotel to host fundraising concert in aid of the Lichfield Festival 

27 Jan

Darin Qualls and Tatiana Zakharova The roaring 20′s will be revisited as part of a concert to raise money for the Lichfield Festival.

Red Shoes bringing acoustic folk sounds to the Lichfield Guildhall 

27 Jan

Red Shoes Acoustic folk sounds will be on the menu when Red Shoes take to the stage at the Lichfield Guildhall.

First Restaurant In Staffordshire To Win 3 AA Rosettes Since 2002 

26 Jan

The Four Seasons Restaurant at Swinfen Hall Hotel, just outside Lichfield, has been awarded 3 rosettes in the AA’s “New Year Honours List” and becomes the only restaurant to attain this accolade in Staffordshire since 2002.

January 23rd – on a grey, murky afternoon I cycled down the… 

26 Jan

January 23rd - on a grey, murky afternoon I cycled down the canal from Aldridge.

Jolly good read 

22 Jan

Recently came across another blog about cycling and the author is in Lichfield too.

Concert Review: The Sleaze Brothers 

22 Jan

Lichfield Arts started 2015 as they meant to go on, with a packed hall and good live music.

Spotlight on naval tribute at next National Memorial Arboretum talk 

20 Jan

A series of talks will continue at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Time running out to hear about Lichfield’s gruesome past 

20 Jan

Time is running out for people to find out about Lichfield’s spooky past.

Lichfield Mysteries to host fundraising fashion show 

20 Jan

A good way to banish those after-Christmas blues is to treat yourself to a new outfit – and an event in Lichfield will allow you to see the clothes modelled before you buy.

Real ales and ciders on offer as Lichfield Winter Beer Festival returns 

19 Jan

Drinkers are getting ready to raise a glass for the Lichfield Winter Beer Festival.

January 8th – Unexpectedly, Dazzle Ships on the Chasetown… 

18 Jan

January 8th - Unexpectedly, Dazzle Ships on the Chasetown bypass.

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Petition launched after shock closure of Burntwood’s Go Bananas soft play facility 

29 Jan

A popular Burntwood soft play area is facing permanent closure after a dispute between the owners and landlords.

Local entrepreneur launches UK’s first same-day call-out mobile phone repair service 

29 Jan

A Lichfield man has launched the country’s first nationwide same-day mobile phone repair business.

Lichfield wealth management firm snaps up rival 

27 Jan

LICHFIELD wealth management firm Pool House Professional Advisers has acquired DC Wealth in a move that increases the firms funds under management to £175m.

Pool House Professional Advisers acquires DC Wealth 

27 Jan

The acquisition allows DC Wealth, a former long-standing Sutton Coldfield firm which moved to Lichfield in recent years, to be directly authorised under the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA...

Cuadrilla suffers new blow to Lancashire fracking plans 

26 Jan

PLANS by Lichfield-based energy firm Cuadrilla to frack for shale gas in Lancashire have been dealt a blow by an influential committee of MPs.

Cuadrilla fracking hopes dashed by council planners 

22 Jan

LICHFIELD fracking company Cuadrillas plans to explore for shale gas at two sites between Blackpool and Preston in Lancashire have suffered a major setback.

Landowners criticise government on HS2 compensation 

21 Jan

THE Country Landowners Association has challenged the Government over the rate of interest it pays on late compensation to businesses affected by major infrastructure projects such as HS2.

Work on Lighthouse residential scheme in Birmingham city centre to start 

19 Jan

The development, named Lighthouse, is situated on the southern edge of the Masshouse Plaza plot, near the proposed Birmingham Cuzon Street HS2 station...

Work on Lighthouse residential scheme in Birmingham city centre to start 

19 Jan

The development, named Lighthouse, is situated on the southern edge of the Masshouse Plaza plot, near the proposed Birmingham Cuzon Street HS2 station...

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Bulb planting day success 

30 Jan

More than 25 people lent a hand to plant around 1,500 spring flower bulbs at Chase Terrace Park on Saturday 24 January 2015...

Growth Deal funding 

29 Jan

Lichfield District Council's flagship city retail and leisure development, Friarsgate, is set to receive a 2.66m grant from the Government's Regional Growth Fund, should revised plans receive approval from district councillors later this year...

Spring half term holiday fun 

26 Jan

From swimming and trampolining through to making string puppets, Lichfield District Council has a fun programme of holiday activities for children of all ages.

Help at hand to keep you warm at home 

26 Jan

With the cold snap in full swing, Lichfield District locals are being urged to get help if they are struggling to heat their homes.

Financial control for Burntwood business group 

23 Jan

An agreement has been signed that gives the green light for thousands of pounds to be transferred from Lichfield District Council to Burntwood Business Community.

National Voter Registration Day 

23 Jan

National Voter Registration Day is on Thursday 5 February 2015 during a UK-wide week of national action (2 to 8 February) to inspire people to register to vote.

Inspector finds Local Plan Strategy to be sound 

22 Jan

Lichfield District Council has received and published the inspectors final report into its submitted Local Plan Strategy.

Last chance to go on a spooky city ghost walk this winter! 

19 Jan

There are just three tours left in this series of Gruesome and Ghostly tours around Lichfields historical city centre.

New composting bays will make Beacon Park even greener! 

16 Jan

Thanks to investment from Lichfield District Councils section 106 funding, work started on Thursday 15 January to install three large composting bays in Beacon Park.

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Businesses get the chance to see Staffordshire Police go glove to glove in charity boxing match 

22 Jan

Please support Staffordshire Police Officers in our latest Fundraising event.

Staffordshire Police Chiefs hold online chats – Lichfield 27 January 2015 

20 Jan

Staffordshire Police Local Policing Team (LPT) Commanders are providing residents with a chance to engage with them using the latest technology.

Theft of cigarettes in Burntwood 

19 Jan

Police are appealing for witnesses following a break-in at an off-licence in Burntwood...

Children’s online safety campaign welcomed 

15 Jan

An NSPCC public education campaign that aims to equip parents and carers with the knowledge to help their children has been endorsed by Staffordshire Police.

The Bobbies on Bikes 4 Kids (BOB4K) team thank you 

13 Jan

The Bobbies on Bikes 4 Kids (BOB4K) team would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who supported them during months of training, the event of cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats (covering 900 miles in nine days) and donating money...

Protect yourself against courier fraud: 

9 Jan

We have received reports of two incidents of courier fraud in the Amington area of Tamworth this evening.

Can you help us catch Lichfield Post Office burglars? 

7 Jan

Staffordshire Police is appealing for help to catch two burglars who broke into a post office in Lichfield.

Bogus charity worker in Burntwood charged 

24 Dec

An offender posing as a charity worker has carried out a series of burglaries on elderly residents in the Burntwood area.

Family tribute after fatal collision in Shenstone 

22 Dec

The family of a woman who died in a road traffic collision near Lichfield have paid tribute to her.

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A cool start to the new month 

1 Feb

Today will remain breezy until early evening and it will also become quite cool  later this afternoon and overnight.

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