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Man jailed after crashing through M6 Toll barrier in Lichfield after 150mph police pursuit 

17 Aug

A man has been jailed after driving a stolen car at 150mph before crashing it through an M6 Toll barrier in Lichfield.

‘Not ideal’ solution to city’s homeless crisis is to put them in this 20-storey tower block 

17 Aug

Controversial plan to refurbish derelict Barry Jackson tower approved...

The majority of women ‘do NOT shower or bathe daily’ 

17 Aug

The majority of women in the UK dont bathe or take a shower each day because they are too tired...

This is how many people have been caught speeding by Solihull’s three new cameras 

17 Aug

Average speeds have dropped at the locations following installation of cameras...

Walsall YouTube star Ryan Taylor could be banned from making more clips 

17 Aug

The pair were bailed to re-appear at the court on August 21 for a plea hearing...

Man who plunged knife into girlfriend’s chest and left it there told her ‘I may as well kill you, I’ll stab you’ 

17 Aug

Neighbours went to the aid of the 26-year-old woman who was found lying on the sofa with a knife sticking out of her chest...

Two men arrested after alleged murder of Samantha Eastwood remain under investigation 

17 Aug

The pair, aged 28 and 60, are still on bail and due to report back to police in the next few weeks...

Drunk social worker headbutted man and called club boss ‘white trash’ during taxi row 

17 Aug

Shaheen Khan, 42, now faces losing her job after attack outside Sutton Coldfield social club...

How Celebrity Big Brother’s Jermaine Pennant plans to “change people’s views” of him 

17 Aug

Footballer Jermaine Pennant, 35, played for Arsenal for seven years, before moving to clubs including Leeds United and Birmingham City...

Celebrity Big Brother 2018 – these are the housemates who’ve entered 

17 Aug

They include a Hollywood star, a TV psychic, a cosmetic surgery lover and a model who rose to fame after being kidnapped...

Motorbike thugs smash up police car while officers helped victim of crime in Hall Green 

17 Aug

Police urged anyone with information to come forward after the attack in Hall Green...

Thousands of Birmingham smokers unsuccessful at quitting – these are all the benefits 

17 Aug

Some 3,868 quit attempts were made in Birmingham using the service in 2017/18...

Four injured in multiple stabbing in Camberwell – five arrested 

16 Aug

Scotland Yard said five males have been arrested after police were called to Landor House, Camberwell, shortly before 5.25pm on Thursday...

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Sport »

European Youth Tour of Assen 

15 Aug

Race report from supported rider Matthew Kingston.

Derby Track Sessions 

15 Aug

The last few sessions at Derby have run with small numbers and have had to be subsidised.

Ride Leaders Wanted 

13 Aug

The club is looking for club members to come forward to lead some club rides on a regular or ad hoc basis.

Chasetown FC win final pre-season friendly 

13 Aug

A late Jack Langston penalty edged out neighbours Hednesford Town as Chasetown FC won their final pre-season friendly.

Ray’s POTOC success 

12 Aug

Today was POTOC’s summer score event attended by a handful of Chasers.

Lichfield City FC bounce back from midweek defeat by beating Littleton 

11 Aug

Lichfield City FC came from behind to secure a second win in three Midland Football League Division One games.

Lichfield City FC boss insists he is to blame for heavy defeat 

9 Aug

Lichfield City FC’s manager says he takes full responsibility after his side were thumped in their second game of the season.

Lichfield City FC secure three points despite playing most of the game with a makeshift goalkeeper 

6 Aug

Lichfield City FC picked up three points with a 4-3 win over Racing Club Warwick on the opening day of the new season – despite playing most of the game with a makeshift goalkeeper.

In pictures: Chasetown FC v Stafford Rangers 

5 Aug

Chasetown FC got the better of Stafford Rangers with a 1-0 win in their latest pre-season outing – photographer Dave Birt captured the match action on camera...

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Independent Thought 

14 Aug

I picked up this article on Unherd via Twatter, bemoaning the loss of bus services in rural areas, and the general loss of non-profitable bus services, especially outside the capital.

Lichfield Waterworks Trust August 2018 public meeting this Monday evening 

12 Aug

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (13th August 2018) there will be the August 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity...

Craft fair & Market on right now at Grasmere Garden Centre, Brownhills! 

11 Aug

Just become aware of this nice-looking event happening right now (Lunchtime, Saturday 11th August 2018) at Grasmere Garden Centre, Brownhills – up there over the Canal Bridge on the Lichfield Road.

Little Green Chapel 

4 Aug

Following on from the last post about the Minors School , it seems that its founder was no stranger to controversy either.

A Minor Diversion 

30 Jul

The Minors School was only supposed to form a minor part of another post I’m writing about a lost chapel in Longdon.

Little Hay miniature railway garden party on now! 

15 Jul

Very late notice I know but the good folk of Sutton Coldfield Model Engineering Socially have asked me to to tell you that their Garden Party at Little Hay Miniature Railway – known as Balleny Green – is open right now (Sunday 15th July 2018() ...

Fancy a fete and dog show this Saturday? 

12 Jul

There’s a great looking summer fete and dog show coming up this weekend, on Saturday 14th July nearby in the picturesque village of Hammerwich, just over the A5.

Lichfield Waterworks Trust – 2018 AGM this Monday followed by an evening with the Time Healers 

8 Jul

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (9th July 2018) there will be the Annual General Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...

Willenhall Transport Show – on this Sunday! 

7 Jul

In a weekend choc-full of transport events (Cars in the Park at Lichfield, the Aldridge Transport Museum Annual Running Day) there’s a further event this Sunday 8th July 2018 with Willenhall Transport Show taking place at Willenhall Memorial Park (...

Lichfield Rotary Cars in the Park 2018 – On this weekend! 

3 Jul

There’s a really good classic and vintage car show on this coming weekend (thats Saturday and Sunday, 7th and 8th July 2018) in Beacon Park, Lichfield – the annual Rotary Cars in the Park event.

This is a Low 

1 Jul

‘Hundreds’ were introduced by the Saxons as a form of local government, and so-called because each one was supposedly made up of enough land to sustain one hundred families (although if the land had to sustain families with sons who had an ...

2018 Burntwood Wakes on right now! 

30 Jun

Sorry, running very behind today but there’s a great family fun event right now up in Burntwood (Saturday 30th June 2018) with the annual Burtnwood Chase Wakes festival kicking off at Burntwood Leisure Centre from 12-4pm.

Blooming hard work for canal volunteers – can you help? 

24 Jun

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know aboutGarden of Reflection they’re creating near the canal under restoration near Lichfield, and how they’re helping with Britain in Bloom.

A sale that shaped Stonnall 

17 Jun

A delayed one here today courtesy of old friend of the blog and Stonnall historian Desmond Burton, who’s sent me scans of the sale particulars for Wordsley House Farm in 1918, and it’s attached estate including Fighting Cocks Farm.

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“When can I do Grade 9?” 

14 Aug

You’ve passed Grade 8.

Children’s favourite The Enormous Turnip coming to the Lichfield Garrick 

14 Aug

Children’s favourite The Enormous Turnip is coming to the Lichfield Garrick.

Covers band Ruby Bridge to play Lichfield pub 

13 Aug

A six-piece covers band are bringing party hits to a Lichfield pub.

Lichfield police officer to be disciplined for interacting with the public 

12 Aug

A Lichfield warranted police officer is facing disciplinary action after being seen walking around town on a Saturday afternoon chatting to local residents and assisting tourists.

The Hedgehog 

10 Aug

La-di-Dah Lichfield: A mile or two outside the city.

Review: Matilda the Musical at the Birmingham Hippodrome 

9 Aug

Matilda The Musical at the Birmingham Hippodrome is an absolute triumph.

Public Meeting of Lichfield Waterworks Trust 

6 Aug

The next public meeting of Lichfield Waterworks Trust will take place on: Monday 13 August 2018 @7.30pm, in the rear meeting room of the The Bowling Green Friary Road Lichfield Staffordshire WS13 6QJ Tel: 01543 257344 The Bowling Green serves some ...

Director reveals why production of My Fair Lady by Lichfield Operatic Society is a family affair 

31 Jul

Cockney flower seller Eliza Doolittle hasn’t much of a family in the show My Fair Lady, just her dustman Dad – but Lichfield Operatic Society’s production of the show next month is turning into a real family affair.

Time running out to book Lichfield drive-in movie tickets 

30 Jul

Time is running out for cinema fans to get their tickets for a drive-in movie double-header in Lichfield.

The Quik Beats bringing soul and Mod sounds to Lichfield 

30 Jul

Soul and Mod band The Quik Beats are returning to Lichfield.

Review: The Morning After at Blue Orange Theatre 

30 Jul

Sam has some problems – he has a hangover, has left a series of regrettable messages for his ex-girlfriend and doesn’t know the girl waking up next to him, or the escort who is sleeping in his bath.

Leading children’s illustrator coming to Lichfield Library 

26 Jul

Steve Smallman A leading children’s author and illustrator is coming to Lichfield.

Cast and crew putting finishing touches to community musical at the Lichfield Garrick 

25 Jul

Final preparations are underway for a community musical in Lichfield.

Council admits delays to work on new Lichfield Library after tearing up deal with building contractor 

20 Jul

Council bosses have admitted that work on Lichfield’s new library has been delayed – but insist it will still finish this year.

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Business »

Hair care manufacturer moves to Burntwood after rescue deal 

16 Aug

A manufacturer of hair care products has new owners after being sold out of administration.

Lord Victor Adebowale visits headquarters of Lichfield-based business 

6 Aug

A Lichfield-based business has been visited by Lord Victor Adebowale.

Lichfield and Burntwood nursery business congratulated by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace event 

2 Aug

A Lichfield and Burntwood-based business has been congratulated by Prince Charles at a royal reception in Buckingham Palace.

Business moves to new premises in Lichfield 

31 Jul

A business has moved to a new home in the centre of Lichfield.

Future of under threat facility secured after Burntwood Post Office is listed as an Asset of Community Value 

30 Jul

A fight to save a Burntwood Post Office has been won.

Training company confirms plan to open new centre in Lichfield 

26 Jul

A training provider has confirmed it will be moving into Lichfield.

Huge collection of unmade model aircraft sets expected to fly out the door at Lichfield auction 

25 Jul

A huge collection of model aircraft kits painstakingly amassed by a Birmingham enthusiast over 50 years is coming up for auction in Lichfield.

Burntwood site manager named as one of the best in the country 

25 Jul

A site manager with a Burntwood building firm has been named as one of the best in the country.

Burntwood business calls for donations to help families meet cost of new school uniforms 

18 Jul

A Burntwood business is looking to help families who are struggling to meet the cost of new school uniforms.

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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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Community group raise cash for Fire Fighters Charity 

22 Dec

A community group that uses the facilities at Chase Terrace Community Fire Station have raised 400 for the Fire Fighters Charity.

Community group raise cash for Fire Fighter Charity 

20 Dec

A community group that uses the facilities at Chase Terrace Community Fire Station have raised 400 for the Fire Fighters Charity.

Lichfield final PFI station to officially open its doors 

18 Oct

Firefighters, council members and residents came together to celebrate the official opening of Lichfield Community Fire Station at a special ceremony on Tuesday October 17.

Open day at Lichfield proves huge success 

7 Aug

Lichfield Community Fire Station opened its doors to the public yesterday (Wednesday August 2) to show residents the new facilities.

Lichfield Fire Station opens it’s doors to the public 

31 Jul

Lichfield Community Fire station will be opening its doors for the public to have a guided tour of the new facilities, meet the crew and see them in action on Wednesday August 2 from 3pm until 7pm.

Work has been completed on sprinkler installation in Lichfield high rise 

4 Jul

Work has now been completed on a sprinkler system in David Garrick Gardens in Lichfield.

Cause of Lichfield waste fire has been revealed 

14 Jun

A fire investigation has concluded the fire at the former GKN site at Crossfield Industrial Estate in Lichfield was caused deliberately.

Firefighters tackling waste fire in Lichfield 

14 Jun

Firefighters have spent the night tackling a fire at the former GKN site at Crossfield Industrial Estate, Lichfield.

Bereaved Sister Supports SAME Campaign 

28 Apr

A Lichfield woman who lost her brother in a flat fire is supporting Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s SAME Campaign.

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  • Sofa on the tracks! Lichfield, December 2017

     on flickr 23 Dec 17
    I was waiting for a train to come when these two characters crossed at a pedestrian crossing, carrying a sofa – quite surreal. In fairness there is a municipal waste collection centre very close by, and

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Coolest start for a week (WS7 weather report 17-8-2018) 

17 Aug

This morning’s observations show that today was the coolest start (11.2c) since the 10th August 2018.

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