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From the Mercury archives: July 21, 1939 

27 Jul

HERE is the carnival queen story.


Burntwood family determined to raise cash to help 3-year-old… 

26 Jul

A FAMILY from Burntwood has launched a heartfelt fund-raising campaign to pay for 'life-changing' surgery which they hope could enable their three-year-old son to walk.


Lichfield woman wins research scholarship in California 

26 Jul

A FORMER Lichfield student is celebrating after winning a special scholarship to conduct geological research at the University of California.


NHS groups reported over £45m black hole 

26 Jul

Health bosses in Staffordshire have been reported to the Health Secretary over their dire finances after overspending £45 million of taxpayers’ cash.


Cash-strapped Midland councils’ foreign trips cost £47,000 

26 Jul

Cash-strapped councils sent their staff on dozens of trips abroad while slashing funding for public services.


National Memorial Arboretum service to remember Korean War 

26 Jul

Those who served in the Korean War are set to be remembered at the National Memorial Arboretum A wreath-laying service will take place at the Alrewas venue tomorrow (July 27).


Lichfield and Burntwood councillors gather for civic service 

26 Jul

THE ANNUAL Civic Service for Lichfield district councillors to pledge their commitment to residents took place at the cathedral recently.


Police Commissioner eyes smooth Chief Constable transition 

26 Jul

Mike Cunningham Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner says he wants a smooth transition when the area’s Chief Constable steps down.


Appeal to find ‘vulnerable’ missing Burntwood man 

25 Jul

William Thomas Adams Police have launched an appeal to find a “vulnerable” missing Burntwood man.


Police appeal over missing Burntwood man, 23 

25 Jul

POLICE are appealing for the public to report any sightings of a missing Burntwood man.


MP plans surgeries for villagers living around Lichfield 

25 Jul

Villagers living around Lichfield will get the chance to discuss local issues with their MP at a series of surgeries.


New owners reopen Burntwood indoor play area 

25 Jul

A Burntwood indoor play area has reopened.


Lichfield cycling initiative to hold Beacon Park taster session 

25 Jul

A Lichfield cycling initiative is holding a taster session in a bid to get more people in the saddle.


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Chasetown FC confirm new date for Walsall friendly 

26 Jul

Chasetown FC have confirmed a change to their pre-season schedule.


Chasetown FC confirm new date for Walsall friendly 

26 Jul

Chasetown FC have confirmed a change to their pre-season schedule.


Welsh trip as Lichfield City FC go in search of pre-season win 

26 Jul

Lichfield City FC will head to Wales in search of their first pre-season victory.


Shenstone Pathfinder to face Birmingham AFA side in latest friendly 

25 Jul

Chris Whitehouse Shenstone Pathfinder continue their pre-season preparations with a home clash against Olympia808.


National Level 1 and 2 CPD Event 

25 Jul

Please see details below for the next National Level 1 and 2 CPD event to be held at St.


Chasetown FC set to renew FA Cup rivalries in pre-season 

24 Jul

Chasetown FC will renew the first of their FA Cup rivalries as they entertain Port Vale in a pre-season friendly.


2014 MTB XC National Championships Hopton Woods 

24 Jul

It was a tough and technical course, made extremely challenging from the torrential rain on Saturday.


Tragedy spurred Mason to get back in the Superbikes saddle 

24 Jul

GARY Mason returned to British Superbikes after a two-year absence last weekend and revealed how the death of a close friend had motivated him to get back in the saddle.


Defeat and a draw as Lichfield City FC’s pre-season campaign goes on 

23 Jul

Lichfield City FC’s endured another tough pre-season outing as they went down 5-3 against Coleshill Town.


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Job done! 

26 Jul

Councillor ticks off another “job done” at Chase Terrace Park earlier today.


Another Brick in the Wall 

20 Jul

One for the Walsall history types.


Have you just lost a pair of dogs in Brownhills? 

19 Jul

This just in from top Brownhills rozzer PC Simon Bytheway - two dogs have been spotted roaming loose in Lichfield Road, Brownhills up by the Memo - one is a German Shepherd and the other a black Labrador...


All Alongside the Watchtower 

18 Jul

At the church of St Michael’s and All Angels, in Hamstall Ridware I was greeted by four arms waving (a sword) at me from a tomb.


Fuse Festival really lit up Lichfield 

17 Jul

I HAVE just returned from the Fuse Festival in Beacon Park and wanted to take the opportunity to thank the organisers and their band of cheerful volunteers for a wonderful couple of days of entertainment.


High risk to children from traffic in Lichfield’s Cherry Orchard 

17 Jul

BEFORE moving to Cherry Orchard in Lichfield, I worked in a school elsewhere in the country where an 11-year-old girl was killed in the road as she came out of school.


Local concerns in Alrewas being ignored by Lichfield council 

17 Jul

WITH reference to the proposed development of 140 houses on the land north of Dark Lane in Alrewas, I write to express my bewilderment about the way Lichfield District Council is interpreting planning legislation as reported in the Lichfield Mercury ...


Bin change in Lichfield is a step backward in recycling 

17 Jul

LICHFIELD District Council's announcement that it will be changing its brown bin waste is a retrograde step in terms of recycling.


A Grave Matter 

15 Jul

Recently, someone told me that there were some interesting gravestones at Holy Cross Catholic church on Upper Saint John St.


Philip Larkin’s Lichfield – talk tonight! 

14 Jul

I see that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is going from strength to strength with her informal and fun Lichfield local history group, Lichfield Discovered.


Every Picture Tells a Story 

11 Jul

In 1961, the 21 st Earl of Shrewsbury sold Ingestre Hall to what was then the West Bromwich Corporation.


Chasewater – you can’t polish turds 

11 Jul

Of late, Lichfield District Councillors and Staffordshire County Council have been cock-a-hoop about Chasewater - they've suddenly discovered our local reservoir, and just how fine it is - but there's a bit of a problem.


Local Growth Fund 

10 Jul

We have received a massive boost this week to support one of our key priority areas – job creation and economic growth.


Browhills canal assault: police issue statement 

8 Jul

Yesterday I posted a warning and appeal for information after a local lady walking her two dogs was assaulted on the section of canal in Brownhills between the Lichfield Road and Chase Road Bridges: this area is at the side of the Castings factory, ...


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July 26th – I’ve recently discovered Darwin Park – the… 

27 Jul

July 26th - I’ve recently discovered Darwin Park - the long avenue through the new housing estate in south Lichfield.


July 26th – Taking it easy with the foot, it’s clearly not… 

27 Jul

July 26th - Taking it easy with the foot, it’s clearly not going to heal quickly.


On Le Tour de Boldmere 

26 Jul

I got up early this morning to slog up Pipehill to await the arrival of the Boldmere Bullets phenomenon on the latest leg of Le Tour de Boldmere.


BMX flash mob meets Lichfield mini mass 

25 Jul

Lichfield Dérive tonight and I missed it, was stuck in a field putting up tents.


Cycle Rides For All taster ride this Sunday in Lichfield – fun, free, family friendly 

25 Jul

It’s been two years since the Cycle Rides For All volunteers did the taster ride from Beacon Park.


July 24th – One of the sights of summer I’ve so far missed… 

25 Jul

July 24th - One of the sights of summer I’ve so far missed is the crop sprinkler.


Midsummer night’s ride 

24 Jul

Another day another pre-ride, this one for Cycle Rides For All on Sunday.


Reasons to Be Cheerful Part 3: Teacakes and Terriers at Glasgow 2014 

24 Jul

It has long been my considered opinion that one of the few things better than a Tunnock’s Teacake would be a dancing Tunnock’s Teacake.


10 Things that Annoy Photography Enthusiasts 

24 Jul

Hey guys, sorry I’ve not done much blogging lately – I’ve been busy knee-deep in planning my own wedding alongside my partner Natalie – the big day is just over a week away, and then we’ll be jetting off to beautiful ...


Covers band trip set for Lichfield pub gig 

24 Jul

Trip Lichfield-based Trip will be returning to the stage at the Feathers Inn.


Lichfield Myths & Legends cycle tour – the Captain Smith ride 

23 Jul

Preparation ride out tonight for next weeks Myths Legends cycle tour in the company of co-collaborator Kate from Lichfield Lore.


Rays Ride – Veteran Cycle Club 21st July 2014 

23 Jul

Alan, a V-CC member and previous contributor to this blog, has sent some photos and words for publication from a V-CC ride he went on this week: We started from the carpark at Bancroft House Museum and its parkland setting in suburban Wolverhampton ...


Award-winning musical to open at the Lichfield Garrick 

23 Jul

Avenue Q Award-winning show Avenue Q is set to open its doors in Lichfield.


Local man to be remembered at Burntwood charity night 

23 Jul

A fundraising night is taking place in Burntwood in memory of a local man who took his own life.


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Business »

New owners reopen Burntwood indoor play area 

25 Jul

A Burntwood indoor play area has reopened.


Huge bill as storm floods bunkers at Little Aston Golf Club 

24 Jul

Six-figure clean-up cost as downpour ruins sand at one of city's best clubs...


To Coyne A Phrase 

24 Jul

The need for speedIT is difficult to see any downside to the announcements surrounding Birmingham and HS2 this week.


Lichfield businesses come together to discuss new improvement plan 

24 Jul

Businesses have been learning more about plans to drive more trade to Lichfield city centre.


Infrastructure chief to join HS2′s Birmingham team 

24 Jul

Hunts is now on for executives to lead the £50bn high-speed rail project in the city...


HS2 should make towns and cities ‘magnets for growth’, says Government 

23 Jul

TRANSPORT secretary Patrick McLoughlin has challenged towns and ciies to seize the full transformational potential of the HS2 high-speed rail project, and has promised strong government support to hel...


Award for Lichfield apprentice 

23 Jul

Liam Dixon with his award A Lichfield apprentice has won an award.


Residents lose fight against new fish and chip shop in Lichfield 

23 Jul

The proposed site of the new fish and chip shop in Lichfield.


JLL – Infrastructure is catalyst for new office boom 

22 Jul

Ian Cornock BIRMINGHAM has long been just a major transaction or two away from supply issues for Grade A stock, as JLL warned at its 2014 Predictions event.


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Council »

Burntwoods Get in the Games 

18 Jul

From dodgeball and trampolining, to Zumba and table tennis, young people across the Burntwood area can try out lots of activities at Burntwood Leisure Centre on Tuesday 29 July 2014.


Augusts CPCG conservation days 

18 Jul

Volunteers needed to help at two conservation events in Lichfield District this August.


Musical programme announced for Lichfield Proms 

18 Jul

Star Wars, Nimrod and Mars from The Planets will be just some of the musical treats in store for audiences at this Septembers Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park.


Julys cycle ride for all 

17 Jul

Everyones invited to get on their bike and join a taster cycle ride around Beacon Park and beyond on Sunday 27 July 2014.


Enter Lichfield Food Festivals Baking Competition 2014 

14 Jul

Keen amateur bakers are once more being challenged to make beautiful and delicious cakes for this years Baking Competition, which is being held on Sunday 31 August.


National Day of Stitch in Museum Gardens 

14 Jul

The Embroiderers Guild is inviting everyone to take part in stitch activities at Beacon Parks Museum Gardens this August.


Free loft and cavity wall insulation 

11 Jul

Thanks to the Energy Company Obligation, residents across Lichfield District can now access funding for free loft and cavity wall insulation.


O2 Touch touches down at Beacon Park 

11 Jul

Get fit.


Introducing the new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund 

4 Jul

Launched in June, the government is offering households up to 7,600 money back for energy saving home improvements.


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Home Secretary announces new Inspector of Constabulary 

25 Jul

The Home Secretary today announced that Mike Cunningham has been appointed as Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary.


Snap to it and review your security 

24 Jul

Police are urging people to take simple crime prevention measures to thwart would-be thieves following an increase in burglaries in the Lichfield and Burntwood areas.


Body found in Burntwood 

23 Jul

Officers searching for missing Walsall woman Amanda Hawkins have been notified by Staffordshire Police of the discovery of a body in a field in Burntwood.


Protecting victims of domestic abuse 

18 Jul

Staffordshire Police has applied for eight Domestic Violence Protection Orders since they were introduced to protect victims of domestic abuse at the end of June.


Have you seen missing teenager Bethany? 

16 Jul

Police are becoming increasingly concerned about the welfare of a 13-year-old girl who has gone missing from Stoke-on-Trent.


Code sets out National Standards for policing 

15 Jul

Today sees the national launch of the police’s Code of Ethics, which sets out standards of behaviour that the public can expect from officers and staff at every role and at every level.


Gift tractor to aid successful rural crime effort 

10 Jul

Staffordshire Police is set to reinforce its dedication to fighting rural and wildlife crime, with the help of a new recruit, a four-ton tractor, kindly donated by a local firm.


Don’t let a burglar ruin your holiday 

1 Jul

Police are urging holidaymakers to check their home security and entrust a neighbour to keep an eye on their property when they are away to help stop would-be burglars breaking in.


Thousands get behind the badge at the Staffordshire Police Open Day! 

30 Jun

Over 7,500 people had a fantastic day out at the Staffordshire Police Open Day yesterday as the force opened the gates to its headquarters site.


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Last week’s top temperature chart 

27 Jul

After last night’s light rain (0.6mm) today has once again started off bright although there is a steady breeze also blowing from the NW-WNW.


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