Staffordshire news and blogs Wednesday 27 May 2015

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​Radical cash-saving plan to merge Staffordshire police and fire… 

27 May

POLICE and fire services across Staffordshire could be merged if a controversial plan to save millions of pounds comes to pass.

Lichfield City Council urged to join debate over future of archives service 

27 May

A motion calling for Lichfield City Council to join the debate over the future of the archive service has been passed.

UKIP councillor’s legal threat to ‘malicious’ Burntwood critics 

27 May

A UKIP county councillor has threatened his “malicious” critics in Lichfield and Burntwood with legal action.

Scooter gathering at city pub aims to raise cash for Lichfield… 

27 May

SCOOTER enthusiasts are gathering at the Horse and Jockey pub at Freeford on afternoon Sunday (May 31) to raise funds for Lichfield Round Table.

Last call to sign up for first-ever Ironkids at Lord Lichfield’s… 

27 May

MORE than 400 children and young people are under starting orders after signing up for the in first ever Ironkids Staffordshire near Lichfield next month.

Former Lichfield panto star misses out on Britain’s Got Talent final spot 

27 May

A former Lichfield panto star’s hopes of making the final of Britain’s Got Talent have been dashed.

Woman who claims she was abused as a child on Cannock Chase makes… 

26 May

A WOMAN who has claimed she was sexually abused by numerous men on Cannock Chase while police officers watched on has made an emotional plea for more women to come forward as Staffordshire Police launch their own investigation.

IN PICTURES: Thousands enjoy 2015 Lichfield Bower 

26 May

Gallery created by Lichfield Mercury...

New PCSO set to join local policing team in Lichfield 

26 May

A new face is being added to the crime prevention battle in Lichfield.

Councillor says decision to increase basic allowance was “difficult” 

26 May

A councillor has admitted it was a “difficult” decision to raise allowances.

In pictures: Thousands visit city for Lichfield Bower 2015 

26 May

Thousands of visitors flocked to the city centre and Beacon Park to enjoy the fun of the Lichfield Bower.

Charity valuation day at the Staffordshire Regiment Museum 

26 May

A charity valuation event is coming to the Staffordshire Regiment Museum .

Staffordshire Hoard shows 7th century ‘warrior splendour’ 

26 May

Find suggests coming together of Anglo-Saxon and British or Irish high cultures, say experts...

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Council plans transfer of Burntwood sports facility to football clubs 

27 May

A Burntwood football club is set to take over the running of a public sporting facility in the town.

Call for volunteers to help competitors take on Ironman race 

27 May

People are being urged to help out as a major Ironman event comes to Burntwood.

Become a Nike Partner Club 

27 May

The Nike Partner Club Programme was established in conjunction with the FA in November 2013 with the aim of providing a range of benefits to aid with the development of sustainability of Charter Standard Clubs.

Pre-Order your copy of She Kicks’ World Cup issue 

27 May

The latest issue of She Kicks magazine has just gone to print and will hit the streets on the 1st/2nd June, in time for the World Cup.

MTB Coaching Session Cancelled 

27 May

Please remember that there is no Thursday night MTB coached session on Cannock Chase  this Thursday the 28th May...

Awards handed out at Chasetown FC’s presentation evening 

27 May

Simon Brown collects an award from Charlie Blakemore Chasetown FC’s annual presentation evening came at the end of a season which saw the club reach their sixth Walsall Senior Cup Final.

Last call to sign up for first-ever Ironkids at Lord Lichfield’s… 

27 May

MORE than 400 children and young people are under starting orders after signing up for the in first ever Ironkids Staffordshire near Lichfield next month.

Lichfield Leopards U13’s – Sheila Scott Cup U13’s Cup Final 

26 May

Cottage Farm United U13's 3 Lichfield City Leopards U13's 4...

The FA Sunday Cup and The FA Womens Cup 

26 May

Clubs can now apply to enter The FA Sunday Cup & The FA Women’s Cup for season 2015-2016.

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The Words and the Bees 

26 May

I had an hour to kill down in Lichfield and it suddenly occurred to me that I’d never looked to see if there was any graffiti, medieval or otherwise, on or in Lichfield Cathedral.

Don’t forget Lichfield Bower! 

24 May

Well, Bank Holiday Monday is upon us, and that means that it's Lichfield Bower Day in Ye Olde City - I was sent this promo from Stuart Jakeman, and with folks often looking here for stuff to do, I thought I'd give it a plug.

Tame Adventures 

22 May

The Spring Bank Holiday weekend is almost upon us which means it’s Bower time again! If you’re a Lichfeldian, the Greenhill Bower needs no introduction.

Paying tribute to Stephen Sutton 

18 May

Stephen Sutton was an incredible young man and last week was the first anniversary of his untimely death.

Elephant Stone 

17 May

At the end of a long week of exams, assignments and driving backwards and forwards to Wolverhampton, I needed to refresh my tired eyes and mind.

Looking for June Dunn née Law please… 

16 May

Hey you lot - another enquiry here to see if we can find a lost lady - June Dunn née Law - who lived in a few places locally, lastly in Lichfield Road, Walsall Wood; the request is from Kirsty Gormley.

Conservative contempt for Burntwood’s Health Centre 

13 May

Former Burntwood Councillor, Steve Norman submitted this Freedom Of Information Request in August last year: “Has NHS England, Including its predecessor bodies such as the local PCT and Regional Health Authority, received any representations in ...

Off the Mark 

5 May

I’m supposed to be revising right now, but it does you good to have a little diversion now and again.

Marching through the memories 

1 May

Long-term readers will remember well friend of the blog Wendy Jones, who donated so much material to the blog - both in the form of photos of the area before the mM6 Toll came through, and her main interest, the history of local marching bands, ...

Lichfield Waterworks Trust – April public meeting this Thursday! 

28 Apr

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Thursday evening (30th April 2015) there is a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust group (formerly the...

Blue Alert 

24 Apr

The bluebells are starting to appear in Leomansley and Sloppy Woods! Access to the woods is via an entrance on Christchurch Lane or you can get there by walking across Pipe Green.

If you’ve got that feeling… 

23 Apr

Happy St.


20 Apr

I’m in the midst of writing an assignment so just a very quick one that I’m hoping to follow up when I’ve more time.

Discovering the Future 

16 Apr

Our Lichfield Discovered group has been walking, talking, photographing and filming its way around Lichfield and the surrounding area for over eighteen months.

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Lichfield City Council urged to join debate over future of archives service 

27 May

A motion calling for Lichfield City Council to join the debate over the future of the archive service has been passed.

#365daysofpolitics day 20: failing 

26 May

“A little bit each day”, I thought to myself, “that’ll be easy.

Lichfield Re:Cycle – next size up 

26 May

Lichfield Re:Cycle volunteers were at Curborough Community Centre in Lichfield this morning.

Celebrations to mark 30 years of Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre 

26 May

Thirty years of presenting memorable musical theatre in Lichfield is being celebrated in style at the Garrick.

Monthly Progress Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust, formally known as the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station 

25 May

The Lichfield Waterworks Trust is a Community Incorporated Organisation, registered with the charities commission who are fighting to save the Grade II* listed building know as Sandfields Pumping Station for the benefit of the community.

#365daysofpolitics day 16: Unlocking Magna Carta 

23 May

Yesterday I drove to Nottingham University to take part in a discussion about politics in the digital age.

Quaker memorial in the spotlight at National Memorial Arboretum talk 

23 May

The latest in a series of talks at the National Memorial Arboretum will turn the spotlight on the Quaker Services Memorial.

Leaflet drops to blame for Labour failure in Lichfield and Burntwood, claims defeated candidate 

22 May

Defeated Labour party parliamentary candidate Chris Worsey has blamed leaflet drops to every door in the constituency for his defeat in the general election.

#365daysofpolitics day 15: dragging this one out 

21 May

I’m really taking my time over this data wrangling…...

Re:Cycle revival 

21 May

Last Sunday Lichfield Re:Cycle held their ride AGM to The Horse Jockey in Lichfield.

Review: Murder in Play @ Lichfield Garrick 

21 May

The Lichfield Players’ latest offering is about one of those Cluedo-type detective thrillers that have been the staple of West End and regional theatres for ever, plus of course, amateur companies nationwide.

Singers invited to join special Lichfield Festival performance 

21 May

Singers are being invited to join a special performance at the Lichfield Festival.

#365daysofpolitics day 14: more wrangling 

20 May

More of yesterday’s data wrangling tonight.

A ditch in time 

20 May

Passed through the section of NCN54 by Spade Green today.

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Businesses keen to take the lead in £1million Lichfield project 

22 May

Businesses aiming to launch a £1million investment into Lichfield say the are finally having the chance to take a greater stake in the future of the city centre.

Business growth key to future of Lichfield and Burntwood, says council leader 

22 May

The leader of Lichfield District Council says developing a greater link with local businesses is one of the key targets for the local authority.

Free city centre wi-fi planned in bid to boost Lichfield businesses 

21 May

Shoppers could get access to free wi-fi across Lichfield city centre if businesses back a new proposal.

Liberty unveils £38m industrial development 

20 May

A £38m development site with consent to deliver industrial and warehouse units in the West Midlands has been unveiled by Liberty Property Trust.

MP’s delight after council agrees to think again on street advertising 

20 May

Lichfield’s MP says he is “delighted” that Lichfield District Council has agreed to re-examine the way it approves street advertising in the city centre.

Lichfield bank hosts cake sale to raise funds for Violets in Bloom charity 

19 May

The cakes on sale in the Lichfield branch of TSB in aid of Violets in Bloom Staff at a Lichfield bank have been doing their best Mary Berry impressions to raise money for charity.

MP blasts “utterly naff” giant ad screen in Lichfield city centre 

16 May

Lichfield’s MP has branded a mobile advertising campaign in the city centre “utterly naff”.

Staffs law firm offers dispute resolution service 

8 May

LICHFIELD law firm Ansons Solicitors has launched a dedicated dispute resolution service for businesses from its office in Breadmarket Street.

Ed Balls promises city centre enterprise zone will extend to Curzon HS2 Station 

1 May

Business leaders welcomed an earlier vow from George Osborne to extend the enterprise zone – which would open up the door to borrowing the hundreds of millions of pounds needed to regenerate the city centre around that area and create thousands of ...

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Hawksyard play area is unveiled 

22 May

Local people from Armitage are invited to explore the new Hawksyard play area.

Dog fouling hot spots 

21 May

Following a spate of fines, Lichfield District Council is warning dog owners once again to always clear up after their pets.

Council prosecutes unlicensed scrap metal dealer 

21 May

A man from Birmingham has been prosecuted for operating as a scrap metal dealer in Lichfield District without having the appropriate licence.

New council roles announced 

20 May

The Leader of Lichfield District Council welcomes the new Chairman and Vice Chairman and announces new positions in the Cabinet.

Beacon Parks Plant Fair 

18 May

For all green-fingered folk, Beacon Park is hosting a Plant Fair on Sunday 31 May from 11am to 3pm.

Take the Chicken Challenge 

18 May

Lichfield District Council is joining the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to promote the Chicken Challenge through Food Safety Week, which is this week (18 to 24 May).

Free sport taster event for teens this half term 

15 May

Young people aged 10 and above are invited to a drop-in session at Burntwood Leisure Centre to try out a variety of sports and other activities for free on Friday 29 May 2015.

Mays Cycle Ride for All 

14 May

Get on your bike this month and join in a free cycle ride around Lichfield.

That’s the way to do it! 

5 May

Hundreds of people enjoyed the vintage activities on offer at Beacon Parks Victorian May Day event.

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PCSO recruits to hit Staffordshire streets soon 

22 May

Our latest Police Community Support (PCSO) recruits are flying through their training course and will soon be joining our Local Policing Teams around the county.

Staffordshire Police Open Day – Sunday 28 June 

15 May

Due to the unprecedented success of last year’s event, Staffordshire Police are once again hosting an Open Day to give local people the chance to take a look behind the scenes at Police Headquarters.

Burntwood Purse Theft 

12 May

Officers from Lichfield District Local Policing Team (LPT) are appealing for information following the theft of a purse in Burntwood.

Can you help us find these suspected fraudsters? 

7 May

We’ve issued this CCTV image as part of an investigation into a parcel delivery type scam in the Burton area.

Man found in road with life threatening head injuries 

2 May

Just before 11.52am today (Saturday 2 May), a man was found lying in the road with life threatening head injuries outside The Yews Farm, Haunton, nr Tamworth.

Did you witness RTC on A38 at Fradley? 

27 Apr

Police are appealing for witnesses to a road traffic collision on the A38 at Fradley this morning.

SCAM ALERT: Residents are urged to be on guard against parcel delivery scam 

24 Apr

We’re issuing a warning to residents after several incidents in the past month where a man posing as a parcel delivery driver has tricked residents into giving their card details.

Fire in Burntwood: Man arrested 

20 Apr

A 58-year-old man is in custody following a fire at a property in Burntwood.

Partnerships Against Business Crime in Staffordshire 

1 Apr

Partnerships Against Business Crime in Staffordshire (PABCIS) is an innovative concept in the world of tackling business crime and is at the forefront of the fight against crime and disorder affecting businesses in Staffordshire across the...

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Yourweather Lichfield

A change in the offing 

27 May

The air pressure charts are clearly showing that there is going to be a drop in air pressure as the day passes from the current 1025.9mb to around 1013mb.

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