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Lichfield taxpayers facing increased bills to pay for district… 

22 Feb

COUNCIL tax is set to rise for Lichfield residents after increases were approved by the district and county councils.


Labour warning of impact on communities in Lichfield and Burntwood as council tax rise is approved 

22 Feb

Council tax increases will hit those in Lichfield and Burntwood who can least afford it, a Labour councillor has warned.


Lifts for Lichfield Trent Valley and plans for 24-hour toilets at… 

21 Feb

TWO lifts are in the pipeline for Lichfield Trent Valley railway station and there are also plans for 24-hour toilets at both Trent Valley and Lichfield City stations.


Cricket club in Burntwood hoping to build improved facilities 

21 Feb

A Burntwood cricket club has drawn up plans to expand its facilities.


Rail bosses show off plans for new Lichfield Trent Valley station lifts to city’s MP 

21 Feb

Michael Fabricant being shown the plans for the lifts at Lichfield Trent Valley station Plans for new lifts at Lichfield Trent Valley railway station have been unveiled.


Four more businesses agree to Friarsgate move 

21 Feb

Four more companies have confirmed they will be moving into the new Friarsgate scheme in Lichfield.


Starbucks coming to Lichfield as​ Seasalt clothing and Patisserie… 

21 Feb

A MAJOR international coffee brand, a store specialising in women's clothes and a patisserie chain have signed up to join Lichfield's Friarsgate development.


Purse thieves in Lichfield city centre – Staffordshire Police… 

21 Feb

PURSE thieves are operating in Lichfield city centre, Staffordshire Police warned on Tuesday (February 21).


National customer service award for Lichfield cutlery business 

21 Feb

A Lichfield business is celebrating after landing a national customer service award.


WEATHER WARNING: Dangerous storm set to bring damage and… 

21 Feb

AMBER ALERT: Very strong winds between 70 to 80mph are being predicted as Storm 'Doris' heads for the West Midlands - with warnings it could mean injuries and DANGER TO LIFE.


Lichfield woman taking on London Marathon challenge for Mencap 

21 Feb

A DETERMINED Lichfield woman, in training for the London Marathon, is running to raise as much money as she can for the charity Mencap.


New French restaurant in Lichfield when Bistrot Pierre opens in… 

20 Feb

A RESTAURANT chain specialising in French food has said it hopes to open an outlet in Lichfield.


On this day: First entry in diary of eminent Lichfield military… 

20 Feb

On this day, February 20 1781, William Dyott of Freeford Hall, Lichfield decided to start a diary which he would keep until 1845.


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Sport »

Ryan Wynter goals help Chasetown FC see off Bedworth 

22 Feb

Two goals from Ryan Wynter helped Chasetown FC secure victory at Bedworth.


In pictures: Bedworth United v Chasetown FC 

22 Feb

Chasetown FC picked up a win on the road as they saw off Bedworth United.


Voice of golf Peter Alliss coming to the Lichfield Garrick 

22 Feb

The voice of golf will be lifting the lid on his life at the Lichfield Garrick.


Chillington Colour Coded Race – Final Details 

21 Feb

The final details for the Chillington Colour Coded on Sunday 5th March are now available.


Cricket club in Burntwood hoping to build improved facilities 

21 Feb

A Burntwood cricket club has drawn up plans to expand its facilities.


Blossom Trail Bikeaway 

21 Feb

Please see invite and application from below 2017 Blossom Trail Bikeaway I am delighted to invite you, and your club, along to the Blossom Trail Bikeaway on Sunday 2 April at Hampton Ferry Following the outstanding success once again, organisers...


Lichfield gain deserved point at 2nd-placed Atherstone as unbeaten run continues 

21 Feb

Richard Deavall penalty and a James Lawson penalty save help Lichfield to a creditable 1-1 draw...


Local Disability Teams reach Regional Finals of The FA People’s Cup 

21 Feb

Sunday 19th February 2017 saw Staffordshire FA host the local disability heats of The FA People’s Cup which provided participants with the opportunity to later play at Wembley Stadium...


The FA & McDonald’s looking for Community Football Day venues 

20 Feb

The FA is working with its Official Community Partner McDonald’s to celebrate grassroots football and create opportunities to play for all across England.


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Building fire in village near Lichfield causes road closure 

20 Feb

A BUILDING fire has caused the closure of Coppice Lane in Hammerwich between A461 Walsall Road and Hall Lane near Coppice Lane Fishery.


Tiles of the Unexpected 

19 Feb

There’s a long running gag between me and my mates about how dangerous swans are.


Gorgeous locks! 

18 Feb

Just a quick note to point out that this weekend (18-19th February 2017) there's a rather unique vent at Fradley Junction between Lichfield and Alrewas, where you can tour lock 17 which is currently drained, undergoing maintenance.


Yesterday Lichfield, tomorrow Burntwood? 

15 Feb

Local views rejected by the Secretary of State as he gives the go ahead for 750 houses on Lichfield boundary.


Help protect Burntwood’s green belt 

12 Feb

Sign the petition and keep the pressure on local Conservatives to oppose building on Burntwood’s Green Belt  In 2013 the Local Plan Inspector said: “100.


Cannabis factory fire in Walsall Wood High Street 

11 Feb

It's been a busy night in the area for the emergency services as Saturday evening (11th February 2017) saw a major accident on the Pelsall Road in the Highbridges area, an incident that closed the M6 Toll for a while and now a blaze in what West ...


Road accidents on Pelsall Road and near the M6 Toll this evening 

11 Feb

I'm receiving bits of information about a couple of road accidents this evening (Saturday, 11th February 2017) - a clearly quite serious one on the Pelsall Road between Brownhills and the Fingerpost, and another either on, or on the approaches to the...


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – February 2017 public meeting next Monday! 

7 Feb

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this coming Monday (13th February 2017) there will be a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


County Council proposes a 5% hike in council tax 

30 Jan

Conservative-led Staffordshire County Council plans to raise Council Tax by 4.95% this year to pay for the funding gap for social care.


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – January 2017 public meeting tonight! 

9 Jan

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening (Monday 9th January 2017) there will be a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


Have you lost a cat in the Stonnall area? 

7 Jan

John and Gina Sylvester have contacted me to say they've concerned about the cat above who's been hanging around Stonnall for a while, and they're concerned it might be lost.


Old Heath Hayes – another remarkable work 

29 Dec

The wonderful and kind local historian Robert Selvey has kindly donated another local history classic to the blog archive for readers to enjoy, and this one's a cracker - it's Heath Hayes History, the companion 'Green Book' title to the 'Old ...


Angels and Demons 

28 Dec

Built in 1750 on the site of the Talbot Inn, as a private residence for wine merchant George Addams, the Angel Croft was converted to a hotel in the 1930s.


Two injured in second Ogley Road crash in ten days 

22 Dec

I'm sad to report that yesterday evening (Wednesday 21st December 2016) there was a serious road traffic incident on the Ogley Road near it's junction with the Lichfield Road at Co-op Corner in Brownhills.


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Features »

Free Business Support for Lichfield and District Residents 

22 Feb

Blue Orchid, a local enterprise for success programme, have free business planning courses available for Lichfield and district residents thinking of starting an enterprise, plus some post-start support.


Voice of golf Peter Alliss coming to the Lichfield Garrick 

22 Feb

The voice of golf will be lifting the lid on his life at the Lichfield Garrick.


Lichfield Arts bringing The Orange Circus Band to the Guildhall 

21 Feb

Sounds of Americana music will be on offer when The Orange Circus Band come to the Lichfield Guildhall this weekend.


Lichfield audiences to see new production at the Garrick before it heads to New York 

21 Feb

Theatre-goers in Lichfield are set to steal a march on their counterparts in New York when Invincible comes to the stage next month.


Singer Lola Lamour ready to take audiences back in time at Lichfield hotel 

20 Feb

A night of music in Lichfield will transport the audience back in time to the sounds of Gershwin and Cole Porter.


Primary Colours 

19 Feb

SCHOOL PLAY Southwark Playhouse, London, Saturday 18 th February, 2017   Alex Mackeith’s debut play is a cracking contemporary comedy that opens a window into the pressurised world of the primary school head teacher.


TV stars take centre stage in new show at the Lichfield Garrick 

18 Feb

Stars of the small screen will take centre stage in a new show at the Lichfield Garrick.


Burntwood exhibition to explore JRR Tolkien’s links to Staffordshire 

17 Feb

An exhibition celebrating JRR Tolkien’s links to Staffordshire is coming to Burntwood Library.


Walsall Jazz Orchestra to play free concert at Lichfield pub 

17 Feb

The sounds of the Walsall Jazz Orchestra are returning to Lichfield.


Review: Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Cinderella at the Birmingham Hippodrome 

16 Feb

I went to the premiere of Birmingham Royal Ballet director David Bintley’s Cinderella in 2010 and saw it again when it was revived in 2012.


Celebration of the 1st Birthday of Lichfield Real Ale Trail and launch of new beer to celebrate David Garrick’s 300th Birthday Wednesday February 10th 2017 

16 Feb

The enterprising Lichfield District Tourism Association (LDTA) celebrated the 1st birthday of the Lichfield Real Ale Trail and the launch of a special beer by Blythe Brewery to celebrate David Garrick’s 300th Birthday ‘David Garrick Golden Ale...


Don’t Dribble on the Dragon coming to the Lichfield Garrick 

16 Feb

Music and magic will come together to create a family-friendly show at the Lichfield Garrick.


New Lichfield exhibition to showcase literature in art form 

16 Feb

A new exhibition in Lichfield will celebrate literature in art form.


New play Chopping Chillies coming to the Lichfield Garrick 

15 Feb

Chopping Chillies Chopping Chillies was a hit at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, as a cobbler and a cook see tragedy and chance entwine.


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Business »

Four more businesses agree to Friarsgate move 

21 Feb

Four more companies have confirmed they will be moving into the new Friarsgate scheme in Lichfield.


National customer service award for Lichfield cutlery business 

21 Feb

A Lichfield business is celebrating after landing a national customer service award.


Contingency plans agreed to minimise impact of HS2 construction 

20 Feb

Contingency plans to enable the West Midlands to cope with major infrastructure developments such as HS2 have been approved by the regions combined authority.


Lichfield nursery business donates more than £90,000 to charity supporting bereaved children 

20 Feb

A Lichfield nursery business has handed over more than £90,000 to charity.


MP says Lichfield and Burntwood firms will see business rates fall 

19 Feb

Businesses in Lichfield and Burntwood will see their rates fall, the area’s MP has said.


Plan to boost number of car parking spaces at Fradley shopping centre 

17 Feb

The car park at a Fradley shopping centre is set to be extended.


Lichfield health club to be sold as part of deal between Virgin Active and David Lloyd Leisure 

15 Feb

A Lichfield health club is being sold to new owners.


Secretary of State allows major housing scheme appeal 

14 Feb

Plans to build a community of 750 homes near Lichfield can move forward after the Government allowed an appeal by the developers.


Engineering company set to conquer untapped market 

13 Feb

A Staffordshire company is targeting growth by re-imaging a neglected piece of engine technology.


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Council »

Improvement work on Lichfield city centre’s heritage paving completed five weeks early 

24 Mar

Work to replace Lichfield city centre's historic style paving has been completed five weeks ahead of schedule.


Library move proposal under discussion 

25 Feb

Proposals to safeguard two historic buildings and open a library in the heart of Lichfield City will be scrutinised by councillors.


Lichfield business development on track as rail bridge opens 

25 Jan

A Staffordshire road and rail bridge, providing access to a new multi-million-pound industrial and warehouse development, has been officially opened.


Investigative work set to begin on latest phase of city bypass 

8 Jan

Work which will support the design of the latest phase of the Lichfield southern bypass will begin this month.


Improvement work on Lichfield city centre’s heritage paving set for new year start 

22 Dec

Work to replace Lichfield city centre's historic style paving is set to start in the new year.


Access road to new Lichfield business development opens 

9 Dec

Work to develop a Staffordshire business site will reach a major milestone with the opening of an improved road and replacement rail bridge this week.


Highways team works with emergency services throughout the night to keep Lichfield people safe 

3 Dec

Members of Staffordshire's highways team have been working with emergency services in Lichfield throughout the night to keep people safe following an electricity substation fire.


Green Gym 

10 Jul

Want to tone up and get some exercise in the great outdoors? If youre aged between 11 and 25, you can take part in circuit sessions at Sainte Foy Recreation Area this summer for free...


Exciting new plans for Friarsgate to be unveiled 

8 Jul

New plans for the major city centre redevelopment, Friarsgate, are going on display to the public this month.


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Could you be a retained firefighter in Tamworth? 

16 Feb

The Service is holding recruitment days at Tamworth Fire Station, on Lichfield Street, on Wednesday, February 22 at 6pm and Saturday, February 25 at 10am.


Join us for the Family Festival of Carols 

22 Nov

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Family Festival of Carols is set to take place at Lichfield Cathedral on Sunday, December 4.


Crews have moved into Lichfield Community Fire Station 

23 Feb

Crews have today moved into Lichfield’s new 3.2 million community fire station.


Prince’s Trust helps young people achieve 

15 Jan

The Prince’s Trust’s Achieve programme, run in partnership with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, has been launched at Curborough Community Centre in Lichfield.


Hundreds flock to the Family Festival of Carols 

8 Dec

Hundreds of people flocked from far and wide to enjoy the Service’s Family Festival of Carols at Lichfield Cathedral on Sunday.


Last chance for carol festival tickets 

3 Dec

Kick off your festive celebrations with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Family Festival of Carols at Lichfield Cathedral on December 6 at 6pm.


Enjoy the Family Festival of Carols at Lichfield Cathedral 

12 Nov

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Family Festival of Carols is set to take place at Lichfield Cathedral on Sunday, December 6.


Staffordshire Police Open Day Sunday 28 June 

23 Jun

With just days to go until the Open Day this Sunday, Staffordshire Police are busy making final preparations as they set to throw open their gates and host a behind the scenes day at Police Headquarters.


Still time to have your say on Policing and crime in rural areas 

18 Jun

Staffordshire Police is encouraging residents to take part in the biggest ever poll on countryside crime before it closes next week.


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     on flickr 18 Oct 11
    The Grade II Listed 25 Dam Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire.

    A house built in the Mid to late 16th Century with later alterations. Brick and timber frame with brick infill; tile roof with brick stack


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A breezy day (WS7weather report 22-2-2017) 

22 Feb

It is a breezy start to the morning and these increased wind speeds will remain with us for much of the daylight hours.


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