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Sponsorship needed to help fund a Lichfield “blind driving day” 

19 Apr

A LICHFIELD driving charity is seeking sponsorship to run a driving event for blind and partially sighted people that will give them the opportunity to drive a motor car.


Grant will help Barton villagers access students’ archive 

19 Apr

BARTON students are celebrating a 2,200 grant to fund a computer and software which will enable villagers to access their historical research project.


Triathlete to support “World’s Shortest Tryathlon” in… 

19 Apr

MIDLANDS' triathlete Ian Dempsey is backing the World's Shortest Tryathlon world record attempt round the UK's Smallest Park next month in aid of the We Love Lichfield Fund.


Handsacre man honoured for 40 years of membership of charitable… 

18 Apr

A HANDSACRE man has been honoured for his 40 years of membership of a social organisation which raises money for local charities.


City of Lichfield Probus Club celebrates 40th anniversary 

18 Apr

THE CITY of Lichfield Probus Club celebrated its 40th birthday recently.


Traditional St George’s Court returning to the Lichfield Guildhall 

18 Apr

The Ale Tasters at St George’s Court Lichfield’s traditional St George’s Court will be returning later this month.


Easter Monday tower tour of Lichfield Cathedral hits lofty… 

18 Apr

EASTER Monday offers those with a head for heights a chance to make the steep climb up the steps of the Great Central Tower at Lichfield Cathedral.


Historic footage of 1946 Lichfield train crash released 

17 Apr

An historic news report about a 1946 rail crash in Lichfield has been made available on YouTube.


Arthur Price to sponsor Lichfield Garrick Theatre for a second… 

17 Apr

THE FIRST ever season sponsor of the Lichfield Garrick Theatre, Arthur Price, is continuing the partnership for a second year.


Award for efforts to help people tackle fuel poverty in Lichfield and Burntwood 

17 Apr

Efforts to tackle fuel poverty in Lichfield and Burntwood have earned one woman a national award.


Councillor explains postponement over Burntwood tip consultation 

17 Apr

A “possible opportunity” led to postponement of a consultation over the future of Burntwood’s tip.


Elford playground volunteers to celebrate tenth anniversary 

17 Apr

A group of volunteers are set to celebrate ten years of looking after Elford’s playground.


Ofsted report classes Lichfield’s King Edward VI School as ‘good’ 

17 Apr

A RECENT Ofsted has classed Lichfield's King Edward VI School as "good", with many outstanding features.


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Chasetown FC forced to settle for a point after bore draw 

20 Apr

Danny Smith puts the Rainworth keeper under pressure.


JK 2014 

19 Apr

Sprint and day 2 maps below.


Curborough Friday Timings 

19 Apr

Mick Davies has been working on the development of his chip timing system and has been testing it at the Curborough sessions on Fridays for the past few weeks.


Chasetown FC face Rainworth Miners Welfare test 

18 Apr

Chasetown FC’s penultimate home league game will see them face another mid-table battle.


EASTER BOUNCE – WEDNESDAY 23RD APRIL 2014. 

17 Apr

Kids getting bored, look no further than Burntwood Rugby Club's Inflatable Fun Eggstravaganza...


EASTER OPENING HOURS 

17 Apr

SUPPORT YOUR CLUB OVER THE EASTER HOLIDAYS.


Lichfield City FC set for Easter double-header against Coventry Copsewood 

17 Apr

Lichfield City FC travel to Coventry Copsewood knowing that victory could lift them two places in the table.


Burntwood Town FC hit Barton United for six 

17 Apr

Burntwood Town FC moved within a win of climbing out of the bottom two with a resounding 6-0 triumph over local rivals Barton United.


Chasetown FC’s FA Cup heroes return for 60th anniversary game 

16 Apr

Charlie Blakemore.


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A Study in Orange 

15 Apr

The fascination for all things Fisherwick Hall continues.


Tweet: Tonight @The_Garrick in #Lichfield @StaffsCadets i… 

12 Apr

Tonight @The_Garrick in #Lichfield @StaffsCadets introduced the amazing @policeorchestra .


Prince William in the IRA 

12 Apr

Not a lot of people know this, but Prince William was once a member of the IRA! He has since left the organisation, as BBC Breakfast News reported this morning in this hilarious broadcasting Oops...


Tweet: New @StaffsCadets Unit #Lichfield? Enhance young l… 

11 Apr

New @StaffsCadets Unit #Lichfield ? Enhance young lives! @The_Garrick fundraiser Nat Police Orchestra tomorrow 730pm http://t.


Tweet: Promising talks on providing new @StaffsPolice sta… 

11 Apr

Promising talks on providing new @StaffsPolice station in #Lichfield jobs to the area.


Tweet: Tomorrow 7.30pm @The_Garrick Concert by National P… 

11 Apr

Tomorrow 7.30pm @The_Garrick Concert by National Police Orchestra to fund new @StaffsCadet Unit for #Lichfield .


Conservatives on Staffordshire County Council want to close Burntwood’s Household Waste and Recycling Site for the second time in four years. 

8 Apr

Former County Councillor for Burntwood South Division and Summerfield Ward Town and District Councillor, Steve Norman, said: “This will be the second time in four years that the Conservative Cabinet on Staffordshire County Council have attempted to...


Starry Eyed 

8 Apr

Walking through Leomansley Wood (or was it Sloppy Wood? I’m never sure where one stops and the other starts), I came across hundreds of wood anenomes growing alongside Leomansley Brook.


Tweet: Pleased to provide @Lichfield_DC with more money t… 

7 Apr

Pleased to provide @Lichfield_DC with more money than ever before to fund local ideas that help make Lichfield safer http://t.


Lichfield District Council increases Council Tax to maximum allowed, uses nearly £359,000 from reserves and cuts services. 

7 Apr

The Conservatives voted to increase Council Tax to the maximum of 1.99% allowed before it triggers a referendum under the Government’s anti-localism rules.


The rise and fall – a walk into history tomorrow! 

4 Apr

Kate Cardigan Gomex, irrepressible wonder behind Lichfield Lore has organised a walk and tour around the remains of the incredible Fisherwick Park estate with her other project, Lichfield Discovered - it takes place tomorrow, Saturday 5th April 2014.


Crime of the century 

31 Mar

I notice that the National Newspaper Archive is still growing; there are now copies of the Lichfield Mercury online well into the 1950s, and it was while fishing through them in an idle moment this week that I found the following article, from the ...


Living Faith: How to make a big difference during Lent 

30 Mar

THE church is in the period of Lent, the weeks before Easter when we remember how Jesus was searching for the right way in which to fulfil His mission of bringing people back to God.


Orange Peel 

29 Mar

In the mid 1930s, the Lichfield Mercury ran a series of articles called ‘The Beauty that is England’, featuring local country houses – ‘what they are and have been’ – around Lichfield.


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April 18th – Between Harlaston and Clifton Campville,… 

18 Apr

April 18th - Between Harlaston and Clifton Campville, there’s a small, Catholic hamlet called Haunton.


April 18th – A great long ride today, on a warm, wonderful… 

18 Apr

April 18th - A great long ride today, on a warm, wonderful spring day.


Traditional St George’s Court returning to the Lichfield Guildhall 

18 Apr

The Ale Tasters at St George’s Court Lichfield’s traditional St George’s Court will be returning later this month.


Lichfield Arts hoping to round off spring season with a bang 

18 Apr

The Lichfield Arts spring season of concerts is set to finish with a bang.


Historic footage of 1946 Lichfield train crash released 

17 Apr

An historic news report about a 1946 rail crash in Lichfield has been made available on YouTube.


Elford playground volunteers to celebrate tenth anniversary 

17 Apr

A group of volunteers are set to celebrate ten years of looking after Elford’s playground.


Lichfield Cathedral restoration project nears £3.7m fundraising target 

17 Apr

A bid to raise £3.7million to restore Lichfield Cathedral’s East End has moved a huge step closer to completion.


LDTA discount for Lichfield Business Connect Show 

16 Apr

Lichfield Business Connect Show will be held on 10th June in the special marquee at Lichfield Rugby Club.


Archers actress to appear at the Lichfield Garrick 

16 Apr

Archers fans will be in for a treat at the Lichfield Garrick as Sunny Ormonde visits the city theatre.


Stretch of Lichfield Canal Heritage Towpath Trail officially opens 

16 Apr

A section of the Lichfield Canal Heritage Towpath Trail has been given its official opening.


Pammene giganteana–now known as the early oak piercer 

15 Apr

This micro-moth is on the National Scarce List B and is new to south-east Staffordshire.


Fundraising concert at the Lichfield Garrick hailed a success 

15 Apr

A concert in Lichfield has been hailed a success after raising thousands for the Staffordshire Police Cadets scheme.


Well balanced 

14 Apr

Two things i’ve noticed seeing the bikes out and about this Easter holiday.


Classic tale of Peter Pan slides on stage at the Lichfield Garrick 

14 Apr

The classic story of Peter Pan will be slipping and sliding its way to the Lichfield Garrick.


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Business »

Agreement over new Business Improvement District in Lichfield 

15 Apr

An improved city centre could be on the way after an agreement was reached to create a Business Improvement District in Lichfield.


HS2 compensation package details announced 

9 Apr

COMPENSATION packages for homeowners and businesses whose lives will be disrupted by the HS2 high-speed rail scheme have been announced.


More firms being won over by HS2 claims Greater Birmingham Chamber 

8 Apr

AN increasing number of businesses in Greater Birmingham think that the HS2 rail link between Birmingham and London will have a positive impact, according to a new survey.


Improvements to Burntwood shopping centre are completed 

8 Apr

Business owners are celebrating improvements to a Burntwood shopping area.


New micropub set for Lichfield following leasing deal 

7 Apr

A FORMER shop unit in Lichfield has undergone extensive refurbishment to open as a new micropub a move which reinforces the increasing popularity of the city, commercial property agents have s...


Lichfield shop told to pay £5,000 over noisy refrigeration units 

7 Apr

A Lichfield shop has been told to pay £5,000 because of noisy refrigeration units.


Talks at ‘advanced’ stage with potential Friarsgate anchor store 

2 Apr

Talks with a major retailer to anchor the Friarsgate redevelopment in Lichfield are at an “advanced” stage.


19 jobs saved but 20 lost as fibreglass firms exit administration 

28 Mar

SOME 19 jobs at two fibreglass products manufacturing businesses have been saved after the companies - including one based in Burntwood - were sold out of administration.


HS2 protesters issue warning to ‘Minister’ for £50 billion rail project 

21 Mar

Campaign group says 'being Minister for HS2 would be the most dangerous job in politics...


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Council »

Developing a Business Improvement District for Lichfield City Centre 

11 Apr

On Thursday 10 April 2014 Lichfield Town Team, Lichfield District Council and Birmingham Chamber for Commerce...


Blood Thirsty Lichfield 

11 Apr

Children are invited to go on a guided walking tour of Lichfields landmarks to find out horrible facts about the citys blood thirsty history.


Restoring Ryecroft Shopping Centre 

7 Apr

Project partners raised a glass to celebrate the completion of a makeover project in Burntwood.


Beacon Parks skatepark is officially opened 

7 Apr

The ribbon was cut, officially opening Beacon Parks new skatepark, on Saturday 5 April 2014.


Act now to secure your vote says Lichfield District Council 

7 Apr

With the European Parliamentary elections taking place on Thursday 22 May, Lichfield District Council is urging eligible residents to make sure they are registered to vote.


Business prosecuted for noise nuisance 

4 Apr

A Lichfield shop is facing a penalty of more than 5,000 for noisy refrigeration units.


Friarsgate moves one step closer 

2 Apr

Development agreement is extended.


Beacon Parks Easter trail 

28 Mar

Hop down to Beacon Park this Easter to follow a special trail.


New grant for loft and cavity wall insulation coming soon! 

27 Mar

Lichfield District Council is urging residents to register their interest, in advance of new grants that could offer either free or discounted insulation measures.


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Criminals pay back £1.3 million 

9 Apr

Confiscation orders to the tune of £1.3m have hit criminals in the pocket thanks to Staffordshire Police.


Special weekend 

3 Apr

Special Constables will be out in force across Staffordshire to mark National Specials Weekend.


Run to remember – The last leg 

1 Apr

The father of a female officer shot and killed in the line of duty supported Team Staffs in Lichfield on the last leg of the Run to Remember.


Appeal to locate missing school girl 

28 Mar

Staffordshire Police is appealing for the public to report any sightings of a missing school girl.


Run to Remember – the last leg 

26 Mar

The father of a female officer shot and killed in the line of duty will be supporting Team Staffs in Lichfield on the last leg of the Run to Remember.


Warwickshire and Staffordshire Horse Watch Groups work together to tackle rug thefts 

25 Mar

Warwickshire Horse Watch and Staffordshire Horse Watch have teamed up to help horse owners protect their horse’s rugs against theft.


Three Charged In Connection With ATM Raid 

14 Mar

Three men have been charged with conspiracy to steal £93,000 in connection with an attack on a cash machine in Staffordshire.


Update: 10 Arrested in operation 

10 Mar

Following Friday’s arrest operation by Staffordshire Police three men were charged with offences and put before magistrates on Saturday.


10 Arrested in operation 

7 Mar

Ten people are currently in custody following a targeted Staffordshire Police operation to arrest those suspected of being involved in burglary crime.


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Easter Sunday Weather 

20 Apr

As I write this blog at 09:00 hours the radar images are showing a band of rain cloud just skirting the northern edges of our territory.


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