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​GCSEs 2014: ‘Outstanding achievement’ at King Edward VI School… 

21 Aug

KING Edward VI School matched its best ever results this year with 74 per cent of students achieving five A* to C grades at GCSE, including English and mathematics.


GCSEs 2014: Students at The Friary School achieve best ever GCSE… 

21 Aug

THE Friary School has achieved its best ever set of GCSE results for the second successive year, with 73 per cent of students gaining at least five A* to C grades including English and maths.


​GCSEs 2014: ‘Better than ever’ exam results at Chase Terrace… 

21 Aug

GCSE results at Chase Terrace Technology College were better than ever again this year.


​GCSEs 2014: Nether Stowe School in Lichfield celebrates ‘best… 

21 Aug

NETHER Stowe school is celebrating its best ever examination results with initial data showing more than 72 per cent of students gaining five A* to C passes or equivalent, including English and maths.


GCSEs 2014: ‘Excellent results’ at John Taylor High School in… 

21 Aug

YEAR 11 pupils were today celebrating after receiving excellent results in their GCSE, iGCSE and BTEC courses.


​GCSEs 2014: Students smash expectations at Maple Hayes Hall… 

21 Aug

EVERY single school leaver at specialist dyslexia school Maple Hayes Hall in Lichfield is celebrating GCSE success with all going on to further education this September.


​GCSEs 2014: Lichfield Cathedral School ‘thrilled’ with excellent… 

21 Aug

STUDENTS, parents and staff at Lichfield Cathedral School are "delighted" by another set of excellent examination results.


​GCSEs 2014: More success for Abbots Bromley School 

21 Aug

STUDENTS at Abbots Bromley School are celebrating after more than 86 per cent achieved grades from A* to C in five subjects or more at GCSE, with many subjects seeing a 100 per cent pass rate.


Unusual property near Lichfield set to go under the hammer 

21 Aug

Property investors looking for something a bit different will get the chance to bid on an unusual building near Lichfield next month.


Project for young people in Burntwood gets £11,500 funding boost 

21 Aug

A project to provide more activities for young people in Burntwood has been boosted by an £11,540 grant.


Support for accused protesters 

21 Aug

Anti-war protesters have claimed that nine people who have appeared in court in connection with a rooftop protest at a factory in Staffordshire have been charged without good reason.


First glimpse of new Walsall leisure complex 

21 Aug

This is the first glimpse of a new multi-million pound leisure centre which will be built in Walsall Wood.


Police officially confirm body found in Burntwood field as… 

21 Aug

POLICE have officiallyconfirmed that a body found in a field in Burntwood is that of missing Walsall woman Amanda Hawkins.


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Sport »

Is Balotelli’s reported signing for Liverpool at £16… 

21 Aug

Fiery forward Mario Balotelli is reportedly set to make his return to the Premier League.


Burntwood Town FC face tough Alcester Town test 

21 Aug

Burntwood Town FC face a tough test in their bid to get their first points of the season on the board.


Lichfield City FC hoping to keep unbeaten league run going 

21 Aug

Lichfield City FC Lichfield City FC will need to put their FA Cup heroics behind them as they return to league action.


Aston Villa rumour mill: Midfielder hints at Villa Park exit 

19 Aug

Could Karim El Ahmadi be ready to move on to pastures news...


Smith’s late winner sees Chasetown fall at Romulus 

19 Aug

ROMULUS 1CHASETOWN 0Evo-Stik Northern LeagueFirst Division SouthFORMER Chasetown man Lee Smith broke the hearts of his ex-teammates with a late strike to win this tight affair for Romulus on Monday night.


Chasetown FC’s hopes of victory are dashed by a familiar face 

19 Aug

Lee Butler tries to outmuscle his man.


Scholars open with win as respects are paid to former boss Rowe 

18 Aug

CHASETOWN 2GRESLEY FC 1Evo-Stik Northern LeagueFirst Division SouthJAZZ Luckie's late winner gave Chasetown an opening-day victory over Gresley on an afternoon when the club paid their respects to former long-serving manager Mervyn Rowe.


PICTURES: Chasetown 2 Gresley 1 and Romulus 1 Chasetown 0 

18 Aug

Gallery created by Lichfield Mercury...


PICTURES: Lichfield City’s FA Cup triumph at Black Country… 

18 Aug

Gallery created by Lichfield Mercury...


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Comment »

Councillor’s Freedom of Information requests reveal no action by MP over Burntwood Health Centre. 

13 Aug

Burntwood Councillor, and Leader of Lichfield District Council’s Labour Group, Steve Norman has discovered that the NHS have no record of any action by the town’s Member of Parliament to progress the proposed Health Centre – until after it ...


Ale Tales 

13 Aug

One of the many lost pubs that John Gallagher found for us on the brilliant Lichfield Discovered  tour he did on Monday, was the former Windsor Castle on Dam Street (1).


Come on a historical Lichfield pub crawl – tonight! 

11 Aug

Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore has asked if I could let readers know about her historical pub crawl of Lichfield, taking place tonight at 7:00pm, 11th August 2014 - the walk meets in the Market Square outside St Mary's, and is free ...


Well Wishers 

2 Aug

Last week, a group of us took in the waters at St Chad’s Well as part of a Lichfield Myths and Legends cycle tour organised by James of Lichwheeld .


Job done! 

26 Jul

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


Lichfield was a real joy to visit 

24 Jul

WE recently had reason to visit Lichfield to attend a festival concert in the cathedral and also to meet up with friends who live in the area.


Dividing waste creates energy 

24 Jul

IN the July 17 edition of the Mercury you featured a letter from Mr J Nason from Kings Bromley indicating he believed the removal of food waste from brown bins to be a retrograde step in terms of recycling.


There is no health risk from smelly wheelie bin 

24 Jul

I FULLY expect to be slated for the following letter but I cannot let the article on page 5 of the Mercury (July 17)pass by without comment (Where have you bin? Folk still waiting for collection)My points are:I am a Lichfield resident and pay council...


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 ...


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Features »

August 21st – A grey and depressing day with a heavy, punishing… 

21 Aug

August 21st - A grey and depressing day with a heavy, punishing wind.


The Best of Local Brewers – part of Lichfield Food Festival 

20 Aug

The very finest ingredients and years of experience from top local brewers has led this region to be at the forefront of the production of the traditional British drink.


Tickets to see Showaddywaddy at the Lichfield Garrick go on sale 

20 Aug

Showaddywaddy Tickets have gone on sale for a performance by Showaddywaddy in Lichfield.


Hammerwich via Hamburg – miles apart 

20 Aug

I received this account of cycling in Europe from a local cyclist who is a familiar face around Lichfield.


Every Lidl helps 

19 Aug

Bikeathon going on this morning at Lidl in Lichfield where staff are trying to cycle as many metres as possible during store opening hours.


Lichfield Arts unveils packed autumn programme of music and events 

19 Aug

Lichfield Arts has unveiled its autumn programme.


Pump, pump, pump, pump it up 

19 Aug

For all those people who i’ve badgered about getting a decent pump, there are some in Lidl next week from Monday 25th August for just £4.99.


Alan’s birthday ride. Remembering absent friends 

18 Aug

Fun ride out yesterday in celebration of correspondent Alan’s birthday and a chance to remember absent friends.


August 14th – Climbing the hill from Stonnall, I passed the… 

17 Aug

August 14th - Climbing the hill from Stonnall, I passed the entry to Shire Oak Park.


August 15th – Crops this year have been poor, apparently. Beans… 

17 Aug

August 15th - Crops this year have been poor, apparently.


Lichfield animal charity hosts fundraising party night 

15 Aug

A Lichfield animal charity is hoping people will get in the party mood to raise much-needed funds.


Audiences praised after Lichfield Festival sees record ticket sales 

15 Aug

The BBC Philarmonic Orchestra playing at Lichfield Cathedral during the Lichfield Festival The 2014 Lichfield Festival has been voted a resounding success by audiences.


Get the kit, know how to use it 

14 Aug

Important as the fixing up of bikes has been as part of the Re:Cycle project, the skill sharing and the advice we have been able to give have been perhaps more useful to many people.


Absent Friends and Real Steel ride this Sunday 

13 Aug

Friend of this blog Alan has arranged another ride to remember Absent Friends this Sunday.


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Business »

Empty Lichfield pub to reopen with new name 

20 Aug

A disused Lichfield pub is set to reopen under a new name.


Historic pub near Lichfield reopens after restoration 

18 Aug

Staff celebrating the re-opening of the Red Lion, Longdon Green An historic pub near Lichfield has reopened its doors.


More traffic uses M6 Toll but operator still makes £32m loss 

13 Aug

LOSSES have declined for the operator of the UKs only pay-to-drive motorway, the M6 Toll, as more traffic headed through the toll plazas last year.


Charter Management targets firms looking to switch to Lichfield 

13 Aug

LICHFIELD-based Charter Management is targeting firms looking to relocate out of major city centres to benefit from more attractive rental deals.


Glug Birmingham to host Midland Masters event 

12 Aug

Creative sector will come together at Fazeley Studios for evening of presentations and debate...


Councillors to discuss controversial plan for new broiler chicken farm 

11 Aug

Controversial plans to house 270,000 broiler chickens in sheds near Lichfield are set to be discussed by councillors.


Pro-Palestine protesters occupy roof of Shenstone factory 

5 Aug

Police in a cherrypicker trying to talk to the protesters.


Brewery unveils plan to restore Lichfield pub to former glory 

5 Aug

An historic Lichfield pub is set to return to its roots.


HS2′s arrival depletes Birmingham of Grade A office space – DTZ 

4 Aug

THE arrival in Birmingham of the company developing the HS2 high speed rail link will deplete the citys Grade A office space to its lowest levels in more than a decade, a senior property consul...


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Council »

Positive Futures gets funding boost from PCC 

20 Aug

Lichfield District Council has been awarded more that 11,500 by the Office of the Police Crime Commissioner to provide more activities for young people in the Burntwood area, as part of its Positive Futures programme.


No more food waste in brown bin reminder 

19 Aug

Giant travelling advert takes the food waste message across Lichfield and Tamworth.


Lichfield Food Festival Market and Pop Up Cookery Demos 

18 Aug

Festival goers will be spoilt for choice with the wide range of food and drink stalls and pop up cookery demonstrations at Lichfield Food Festival Market.


Augusts cycle ride for all 

18 Aug

Everyones invited to get on their bike and join a cycle ride to Fisherwick Lakes on Sunday 24 August 2014.


Fly tipping in Shenstone 

12 Aug

A local authority is calling for witnesses following an incident of fly tipping at Shenstone.


Burntwood health provision talks 

12 Aug

Following the disappointing news that plans for a new health centre in Burntwood would not go ahead due to NHS budgetary pressures, councillors called for an urgent meeting to discuss how Burntwoods health care needs could be addressed.


Free tennis Bank Holiday weekend 

11 Aug

To celebrate its tennis courts receiving the makeover treatment, Burntwood Leisure Centre is offering players the use of its courts for free from Saturday 23 to Monday 25 August 2014.


Lichfield Proms presents this years singers and compere 

8 Aug

Three singers will make their Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park debut on 6 September 2014.


Council tackles illegal scrap metal dealers 

1 Aug

Following the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, local authorities now have legal powers to make sure scrap metal dealers are working within the law.


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Appeal to locate missing Burntwood man 

20 Aug

Staffordshire Police is appealing for the public to report any sightings of a missing Burntwood man.


Crime falls at V Festival Weston Park 

18 Aug

The organisers of V Festival, Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire Services and West Midlands Ambulance Service are delighted to confirm that the festival at Weston Park, headlined by Justin Timberlake and The Killers this weekend, has...


Did you wit ness a serious road traffic collision in Shenstone? 

18 Aug

We are appealing for witnesses following a serious road traffic collision in the Lichfield area Sunday 17 August.


Did you wit ness a serious road traffic collision in Shenstone? 

18 Aug

We are appealing for witnesses following a serious road traffic collision in the Lichfield area Sunday 17 August.


Have you seen these items? 

15 Aug

Officers are appealing for witnesses and information following a burglary at Blackbrook Farm Antiques in Lichfield.


Officers, Staff and members of the public honoured 

14 Aug

Officers and staff from the Southern Local Policing team, and members of the public will be honoured for meritorious response and professionalism, and public spirited actions.


Auction payback for dishonest Lichfield woman 

14 Aug

The designer clothes bought on a spending spree by a woman who had been wrongly credited with more than £50,000 are to be sold on Ebay to help pay back the debt.


BTP appeal follows near miss at Wigginton level crossing – York 

11 Aug

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are calling on the public for information after a near miss at Wigginton level crossing in York.


BTP appeal follows near miss at Wigginton level crossing – York 

11 Aug

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are calling on the public for information after a near miss at Wigginton level crossing in York.


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Air pressure reducing as the week closes 

21 Aug

The barometer is showing that the air pressure is reducing slowly and the isobar charts are also identifying that a low pressure system, currently centered over north Scotland, will be beginning a journey south over the next few days.


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