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New bus service to connect Burntwood with Lichfield and Rugeley 

1 Oct

A NEW on-demand bus service linking Burntwood with Lichfield and Rugeley has been announced.


All smiles as Lichfield named happiest place in Staffordshire 

1 Oct

LICHFIELD is the happiest place in Staffordshire, according to new research.


Thousands of bikers to travel past Lichfield for National… 

1 Oct

THOUSANDS of bikers will flock to Staffordshire on Saturday for the 2016 Ride to the Wall at the National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield.


Watch as 40-tonne HGV squeezes over Fradley canal bridge and… 

30 Sep

THIS footage captures the precarious journey made by a 40-tonne HGV through narrow country lanes near Lichfield at one point even braving a small Victorian bridge spanning a canal.


Necklaces torn from victims in robberies: Upper St John Street… 

30 Sep

LICHFIELD and Burntwood residents are warned to be on their guard following two street robberies yesterday, Thursday 29 September.


Lichfield man’s horror as mum, 80, is ‘degraded and abused’ in… 

30 Sep

A LICHFIELD man has used secret recordings to expose the harrowing mistreatment of his 80-year-old mother in a 1,000 a week care home.


Tributes to Whittington man Tom Lloyd who died kayaking on… 

30 Sep

FRIENDS of a Whittington man who died while kayaking in North Wales have described him as the "life and soul of the party.


Lichfield Garrick named as the most welcoming theatre in the West Midlands 

29 Sep

The Lichfield Garrick had been named the most welcoming theatre in the West Midlands.


Victory for Burntwood campaigners as replacement bus service is announced 

29 Sep

Campaigners are celebrating after an agreement was reached to replace a bus service which was due to be axed.


Police name kayaker who died in North Wales Glaslyn river tragedy… 

29 Sep

A CANOEIST who died after getting into difficulty while kayaking on a river in North Wales has been named by police.


Udder madness as herd of cows goes on the moo-ve in Netherstowe… 

29 Sep

LICHFIELD residents had a mad mid-morning moment when a herd of escaped cows wandered down their road.


Burntwood’s Jane Sutton all set to climb Kilimanjaro for Teenage… 

29 Sep

THE highest peak in Africa awaits the arrival of Jane Sutton, the mother of Burntwood's inspirational teenager Stephen Sutton MBE.


Fight to save ‘vital’ Burntwood to Lichfield bus service 

29 Sep

THE battle is on to save a vital Burntwood to Lichfield bus service, which has been axed to help secure other routes.


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Sport »

Office Closure – Staff Training 

29 Sep

During the hours of 14.00 - 16.30 on Thursday 29th October, and 10.30 - 14.00 on Friday 30th October, the Staffordshire FA Offices will be closed for staff training.


World Masters MTBO 2016 – Lithuania 

29 Sep

This month 5 years ago I ended my burst of late 30s fitness jumping off a garage roof in Russia at the World Cup MTBO final in the sprint.


New 7 a Side Football League at Staffordshire University 

28 Sep

Tuesday 4th October will see the introduction of a NEW 7 a-side League at Staffordshire University.


Race report from Toby Barnes 

28 Sep

Great riding again from supported rider Toby Barnes-his race report below This weekend was round 4 of the West Midlands cyclocross series at The Heart of the England conference Centre.


Chasetown FC back to winning ways after victory at Market Drayton Town 

28 Sep

Chasetown FC ended their run of six games without a win with a much needed three points.


Burntwood RUFC XV beaten by Tamworth 

27 Sep

An entertaining contest, which swung both ways, was finally decided in the final quarter when Tamworth pulled clear with three tries against Burntwood RUFC.


Watch England Under-21s at Walsall for just £1 a ticket 

27 Sep

Fans wanting to cheer on England’s Under-21s against Bosnia & Herzegovina next month can now do so for just £1.


West Midlands Relays: 2nd October, Shoal Hill 

26 Sep

The postponed West Midlands Relays will take place on Shoal Hill this weekend (Sunday, 2nd October).


Burntwood A XV 22 Tamworth A XV 43 

26 Sep

An entertaining contest, which swung both ways, was finally decided in the final quarter when Tamworth pulled clear with three tries.


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Lichfield Waterworks Trust – September 2016 public meeting this Thursday 

28 Sep

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Thursday evening (29th September 2016) there will be a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


What’s the storey? 

24 Sep

Here's a quick one that's piqued my intent and left me pondering, so I thought I'd share it - friend of New Hall Mill Alan Dawson has asked a really excellent question about my frequent 365daysofbiking muse, Shenstone Railway Station.


Fancy taking the Lichfield Towpath Trail For Charity this weekend? 

23 Sep

This Sunday 26th September 2016, there's a charity dog walk being held by Oscars Pet Foods of Lichfield and the Lichfield & Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust, taking place along the Lichfield Canal Heritage Towpath Trail near Borrowcop on the A51.


Very late notice – Lichfield heritage walk to Sandfields starts soon! 

17 Sep

Very late notice from the cardiganmonger Kate from the Lichfield Lore that her history group Lichfield Discovered is venturing out this morning (17th September 2016) for a Sandfields Waterworks history walk which is starting from Speakers Corner by ...


The long march: 50 years of jazz band history 

4 Sep

Readers who've been hanging around this ramshackle, leaky village pump for a while will no doubt remember how we've touched here on the history of local marching bands, particularly the Burntwood Blue Birds Jazz Band.


Stowe Cedar to be felled on 12/March 

31 Aug

Everybody will be sad to hear that a mature Cedar tree near St.


Feb/2012 – Recent Anti Social Behaviour 

31 Aug

During the school's recent half-term break there was a spate of unsociable behaviour incidents on Beacon Street , with late night street noise and merriment.


A pictorial record 

28 Aug

Readers may well recall the awful and largely forgotten story surrounding Colenal James Kilian, and his cruelty and subsequent disgrace following the mistreatment of soldiers at the U.


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – August 2016 public meeting this Thursday 

24 Aug

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Thursday evening (25th August 2016) there will be a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


Cliff and the Bluebirds – not Dover, but Birmingham! 

7 Aug

Last week here I featured a film clip made be photo restorer and friend of the blog Lisa Ashby, celebrating Brownhills and the Black Country - Well, Lisa's been at it again, and made a lovely clip about The Burntwood Bluebirds, the award-winning ...


See Lichfield in twenty buildings and sixteen steps – this Monday! 

6 Aug

I see that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is organising a great Monday evening historical walk visiting twenty buildings around Lichfield, with her informal and fun Lichfield local history group, Lichfield Discovered.


One public estate in Staffordshire 

1 Aug

This week has seen us host a group of young Germans who come each year to Staffordshire to maintain the war graves at the Cannock Chase cemetery.


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – July 2016 public meeting this Thursday 

26 Jul

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Thursday evening (28th July 2016) there will be a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


Local football returns, but Walsall Wood sadly no match for Chasetown 

21 Jul

A quiet start to the football season at Oak Park last Saturday (16th July 2016) as the lads from the Wood faced the mighty Chasetown in a pre-season friendly that sadly, didn't go the Woodmen's way.


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On a clear day…. 

30 Sep

On the 2nd of May 1985 -(date on the back thanks to Mom) – my dad has photographed me staring forth with my binoculars from the Barr Beacon War Memorial (236 metres) on a visit home.


September 29th – A long morning involving a trip to Telford with… 

29 Sep

September 29th - A long morning involving a trip to Telford with a stop off at Tipton on the way.


New sculpture goes on display at the Lichfield Garrick 

28 Sep

A new artwork has gone on display at the Lichfield Garrick.


September 25th – I spotted this handsome cat loafing in a field… 

26 Sep

September 25th - I spotted this handsome cat loafing in a field of stubble at Hademore,near Whittington.


September 25th – A windy, wolfish day with lots of sun and a few… 

26 Sep

September 25th - A windy, wolfish day with lots of sun and a few showers.


Review: Airswimming at the Old Joint Stock Theatre 

25 Sep

It is 1924 and for Persephone life is just beginning.


Lichfield’s Night Watch crack down on “West Midlands filth” breaching the Wall via the Cross City line. 

25 Sep

Staffordshire Police have responded in support of Lichfield’s self-styled Watchers on the Wall to rid the city of West Midland migrant youths pouring into Lichfield City train station and causing havoc in the town.


Review: Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theatre at the Birmingham Hippodrome 

24 Sep

Under its new chief executive Fiona Allan Birmingham Hippodrome is currently on a mission to bring unique events to the Midlands and grow an audience that’s both dynamic and diverse – and on last night’s showing it really works.


September 21st – I’d had to nip to Birmingham late, and came… 

22 Sep

September 21st - I’d had to nip to Birmingham late, and came back to Shenstone.


September 20th – It was so beautiful on the way home that I… 

22 Sep

September 20th - It was so beautiful on the way home that I decided to take a spin around Stonnall and Shenstone, just to catch the golden hour.


Event at the National Memorial Arboretum to lift the lid on role of women during World War One and World War Two 

22 Sep

The role of women during World War One and World War Two will be explored in Alrewas this weekend.


Visitors get a rare look inside Burntwood’s historic Maple Brook Pumping Station 

22 Sep

People were given a rare glimpse inside a Grade II listed building in Burntwood as it threw open its doors as part of a heritage event.


Review: Animal Farm at the Lichfield Garrick 

22 Sep

An adventurous new departure into an expressionist style of production for Different Animal theatre here with an almost choreographic retelling of Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, the iconic political parable that is Animal Farm.


Lichfield chef Simon Smith to offer free cookery demonstrations 

21 Sep

A Lichfield chef will be hosting free cookery demonstrations in the city this weekend.


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Business »

HS2 should be brought forward for Commonwealth Games says city chief 

30 Sep

City will lobby to bring forward opening of high speed rail to make 2026 a year to remember...


New partnership aims to attract more visitors and boost Lichfield’s economy by £46million 

26 Sep

A new partnership aiming to boost the Lichfield economy by £46million has been launched.


CBeebies TV show goes behind the scenes of Armitage Shanks factory to see how toilets are made 

22 Sep

A TV programme has gone behind the doors of the UK’s only remaining toilet making factory.


Lichfield business to host Macmillan Coffee Morning fundraiser 

21 Sep

A Macmillan Coffee Morning fundraiser will be taking place at a Lichfield business.


Golf course to be redesigned – as HS2 line ploughs right through it 

20 Sep

The future of Whittington Heath Golf Club has been preserved despite new high-speed rail line cutting a swathe through eight acres of its course...


Busy Bees confirms takeover of Scottish nursery 

20 Sep

A national nursery company founded in Lichfield has continued its expansion.


27,000 jobs lost if HS2 cancelled warns rail industry 

19 Sep

Thousands of building, engineering, design and construction jobs will be created on the HS2 line during the first three years...


Organisers excited after confirming launch date for new street food event in Lichfield 

16 Sep

A new street food event is launching in Lichfield.


Government urged to look again at Birmingham Airport expansion 

14 Sep

THE Government is being urged to take a second look at an enlarged Birmingham Airport in preparation for an increase in business once HS2 opens.


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Council »

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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Crews have moved into Lichfield Community Fire Station 

23 Feb

Crews have today moved into Lichfield’s new 3.2 million community fire station.


Prince’s Trust helps young people achieve 

15 Jan

The Prince’s Trust’s Achieve programme, run in partnership with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, has been launched at Curborough Community Centre in Lichfield.


Hundreds flock to the Family Festival of Carols 

8 Dec

Hundreds of people flocked from far and wide to enjoy the Service’s Family Festival of Carols at Lichfield Cathedral on Sunday.


Last chance for carol festival tickets 

3 Dec

Kick off your festive celebrations with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Family Festival of Carols at Lichfield Cathedral on December 6 at 6pm.


Enjoy the Family Festival of Carols at Lichfield Cathedral 

12 Nov

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Family Festival of Carols is set to take place at Lichfield Cathedral on Sunday, December 6.


Staffordshire Police Open Day Sunday 28 June 

23 Jun

With just days to go until the Open Day this Sunday, Staffordshire Police are busy making final preparations as they set to throw open their gates and host a behind the scenes day at Police Headquarters.


Still time to have your say on Policing and crime in rural areas 

18 Jun

Staffordshire Police is encouraging residents to take part in the biggest ever poll on countryside crime before it closes next week.


Do any of these tools belong to you? 

18 Jun

We want to hear from you if you believe any of these items are yours...


Did you witness an assault at Burntwood Rugby Club? 

5 Jun

The incident happened at around 11pm on Saturday 23 May after a kick boxing event.


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1st of October 2016 weather 

1 Oct

The start of the new month has instantly delivered some cooler weather.


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