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Pupils urged to avoid crime ‘hotspots’ after schoolboys mugged at knifepoint 

18 Jun

Students warned after two terrifying crimes in less than a week...


Masked raiders make off with BMW after forcing entry into Halesowen home 

18 Jun

Homeowners were forced to watch helplessly as the offenders drove off with their car on Father's Day...


Driver Ian Beckford ‘had death threats’ after car killed three friends in 2011 Birmingham riots 

18 Jun

He was cleared of murder and manslaughter but has now been jailed in unrelated case...


This is the law on being a vigilante – and when you could be in trouble for being one 

18 Jun

Being a vigilante is a tricky legal line to walk...


Two-stage outing on offer as Cycle Rides for All programme continues in Lichfield and Burntwood 

18 Jun

Cyclists in Lichfield and Burntwood are being urged to get in the saddle for a group ride.


Underprivileged children enjoy a day out as Drayton Manor Park hosts annual event 

18 Jun

Underprivileged children have enjoyed a day of fun as part of an annual event at Drayton Manor Park.


Lichfield schoolgirl celebrates double Irish dancing success 

18 Jun

Heidi Hawkes with her trophies from the Solent Feis Irish dancing competition A Lichfield schoolgirl has added to her collection of Irish dancing silverware with a double success.


Birmingham air pollution: ‘This is a public health emergency’ 

18 Jun

Kings Heath asthma sufferer Peter Edwards worries about the affect of pollution on his daughter...


Lib Dem councillor demands urgent action to ensure Friarsgate land in Lichfield does not become an eyesore and lie empty for years 

18 Jun

A Liberal Democrat councillor says urgent action is needed to ensure the land earmarked for Friarsgate does not lie derelict for years.


This is the secret to sleeping in hot and humid weather 

18 Jun

Our top tips for making sure you get a good night's sleep in the sweltering heat and humidity in Birmingham and across the UK...


Car crashes after dramatic police pursuit through city streets 

18 Jun

Police helicopter, stinger and police dogs were all used in Kings Norton and Northfield after a busy night of crime...


Computer game addiction will now be treated for free on the NHS 

17 Jun

Gaming Disorder has now been listed in the World Health Organisation's International Classification of Diseases...


‘Modern day Fagins’ jailed for operating shoplifting eBay ring in Birmingham city centre 

17 Jun

Partners Nicola Wilcox and David Carroll took a huge bounty of stock from a six-strong group of thieves who preyed on retailers in Birmingham city centre...


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Sport »

Peel Pursuit Race & Club BBQ 

14 Jun

Tues 26th June is the Peel Pursuit handicap run and club BBQ.


Chasers at the Showground Relays 

14 Jun

Chasers were represented at the 2nd Showground Relays last night by just the one team this year.


Domination Sprint Results 

12 Jun

Well done and thank you to the Walton High School O club who brilliantly planned and organised the Sprint Evening around Stafford town centre.


Chasetown FC launch new season ticket to attract young supporters 

11 Jun

Chasetown FC are hoping to attract the next generation of supporters after launching a new season ticket.


Hundreds turn out to cheer on 2018 Staffordshire Ironman competitors 

11 Jun

Hundreds of people across Lichfield and Burntwood turned out to cheer on competitors in the Staffordshire Ironman event.


Appeal launched to find culprits who vandalised clubhouse at Burntwood Rugby Club 

6 Jun

An appeal has been launched after the clubhouse at Burntwood Rugby Club was vandalised by thieves.


Rock slips away 

4 Jun

Rock, from Armitage near Lichfield, was joint-leader after a blistering 63 in the first round, but scores of 70, 69, and 73 ensured he eventually ended up outside the top 40...


Birthday Ride 

4 Jun

Its Karl Kingston’s “special” birthday Saturday so a number of us will be heading straight past the cafe Saturday and on to the Waterfront at Barton for breakfast and possibly a beer If you’d like to join us (all welcome...


Lichfield Urban & Parks 

3 Jun

Results available here Splitsbrowser analysis here Winsplits analysis here...


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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.


You don’t have to be puddled to help restore a lost, local canal… but puddling helps! 

16 Jun

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the progress they’re making at Fosseway Heath, south Lichfield, and to send out an appeal for volunteers to help push the restoration forward.


Full details of upcoming 10/10A bus service changes now available 

13 Jun

Following the welcome news of the extension of the National Express West Midlands service 10A to Lichfield coming late this July (But just in time for the school holidays) there was some concern expressed locally about the continued route, timings ...


Lichfield Waterworks Trust June 2018 public meeting this Monday evening 

10 Jun

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (11th June 2018) there will be the June 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


A great new bus service to Lichfield starts this summer! 

10 Jun

I have some excellent news for those of us who like to visit Lan-di-dah Lichfield and prefer to use public transport – Following a social media campaign started by railway buff Simon Swain (John) of this parish, Councillor Steve Wade has been ...


Get some Iron, man – annual triathlon hits Chasewater and South Staffordshire this Sunday 

7 Jun

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that this Sunday (June 10th 2018), the fourth Staffordshire Ironman 70.3 Triathlon will be staged, with a 1.2 mile early morning swim in Chasewater being amongst the highlights IRONMAN 70.3 ...


Mike Sarsfield remembers Lichfield Road and Brownhills in the 1950s – do you? 

2 Jun

I was contacted by old friend of the blog Mike Sarsfield a last week, all the way from Wales, and he would like to know if anyone remembers him, or the Brownhills of his youth – I’m sure this will trigger a few memories.


Don’t forget Lichfield Bower today! 

28 May

Well, Spring Bank Holiday Monday is upon us, and that means that it’s Lichfield Bower Day in Ye Olde City – and I be the Lichfield historical folk will be up there, getting up to mischief.


Shed some light? 

20 May

I have a huge backlog of things to write about including the dead (an old burial road) and circuses (the greatest show-woman) because when I’m looking for one thing, I inevitably seem to find another.


Lichfield Waterworks Trust May 2018 public meeting tonight – with a very special guest speaker 

14 May

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that tonight, Monday evening (14th May 2018) there will be the May 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


Copy of Lichfield Waterworks Trust May 2018 public meeting this Monday – with a very special guest 

8 May

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (14th May 2018) there will be the April 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


Hot Spring 

6 May

Apparently, this is likely to be the hottest early May bank holiday on record.


Heath Land 

29 Apr

I’ve always been a proponent of the idea that you don’t have to travel far from your doorstep to find stories and traces of the past.


Woodmen play Racing Club Warwick at Chasetown this afternoon! 

21 Apr

Saturday 21st April 2018 Walsall Wood FC v Racing Club Warwick FC Home match rearranged to be at Chasetown FC to  accommodate  Walsall Wood FC’s St.


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Features »

Review: Walsall Jazz Orchestra at the Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival 

18 Jun

The Walsall Jazz Orchestra have become one of the leading big bands in the area, taking in some of the most talented musicians and producing concerts that blend advanced music-making skills with an audience friendly style.


Review: Tony Christie at the Lichfield Garrick 

18 Jun

Tony Christie’s Amarillo entered the public consciousness permanently with Comic Relief and as a seasoned performer with a self-deprecating sense of humour he himself quips “most people think Peter Kay recorded it.


Adaptation of children’s book Monstersaurus coming to the Lichfield Garrick 

14 Jun

An adaptation of children’s book Monstersaurus is coming to the Lichfield Garrick.


Review: Sarah Gillespie Quartet at the Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival 

14 Jun

Singer-songwriter Sarah Gillespie was in good form when she led her talented quartet through a concert of her own songs at the Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival.


Premiere of new series of BBC comedy Cuckoo to be screened at the Lichfield Garrick 

12 Jun

The premiere of a hit comedy series will be screened in Lichfield.


Review: Theo Travis at Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival 

12 Jun

With a career playing in a number of genres, with some seriously heavyweight musicians, the leading jazz and experimental saxophonist and flute player Theo Travis led his talented ensemble through a set of original music and choice covers.


Review: The Annie Whitehead Quartet at the Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival 

12 Jun

With a set list that ranged from African High Life music to space jazz, the leading trombonist and composer Annie Whitehead led her talented quartet through an exciting afternoon of music when she appeared at the Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz ...


Star of Springwatch and Big Cat Diary coming to the Lichfield Garrick 

11 Jun

One of the stars of Springwatch and Big Cat Diary will introduce an audience at the Lichfield Garrick to the wildlife in their own neighbourhood.


ABRSM Piano Syllabus 2019/20: an overview 

10 Jun

I shall preface this overview by saying that I wholeheartedly believe that learning an instrument is not solely about taking exams, and indeed only a small number of my pupils opt to sit them.


Taking the strain in Walsall Wood – could you be a champion too? 

10 Jun

Over the years on the blog we’ve covered the great, and often surprisingly diverse sporting history of Brownhills and Walsall Wood – from the notable local teams like Walsall Wood Football Club, Cricket, Bowls – to more esoteric stuff like the ...


People Power – First Aid Training day 

8 Jun

You will be pleased to know that the Lichfield Waterworks Trust volunteers had a great day doing their first aid training.


Guest artistic director lifts the lid on the 2018 Lichfield Festival 

7 Jun

The Lichfield Festival has become a regular feature on the city map each July and the 2018 event promises another round of music, dance, theatre and art.


Lichfield Waterworks Trust June News Letter 

6 Jun

The next public meeting of Lichfield Waterworks Trust will take place on: Monday 11 June 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 great...


Nina and the Neurons star to appear in 2018 Lichfield Garrick pantomime 

6 Jun

Children’s TV star Katrina Bryan has joined the cast of the Lichfield Garrick’s 2018 pantomime.


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Business »

Lichfield couple celebrating after business is named in list of country’s top performing companies 

15 Jun

A Lichfield couple are celebrating after their business was named in a list of the country’s top performing companies.


Project sending unsold food to charities and good causes is coming to Lichfield 

15 Jun

A project that sees unsold food distributed to charities is coming to Lichfield.


Developers “hugely disappointed” as confirmation comes that Friarsgate development will not go ahead 

14 Jun

Developers say they are “hugely disappointed” after it was confirmed the Friarsgate scheme in Lichfield will not go ahead.


Health food retailer creates three new jobs after relocating store in Lichfield 

14 Jun

Three new jobs have been created after a health food business moved its store in Lichfield.


Keys to new Lichfield care home handed over after building work is completed 

14 Jun

The keys to a new care home in Lichfield have been handed over after building work was completed.


Lichfield salon comes up with stylish way of supporting St Giles Hospice Solstice Walk 

11 Jun

A Lichfield business has come up with a stylish way of boosting a charity fundraising event.


Letter signed by the first man to walk on the moon to go under the hammer at Lichfield auction 

6 Jun

A letter signed by the first man to walk on the moon is to be auctioned in Lichfield.


Green Party says it is “staggered” by news Lichfield District Council could spend £49million to fund Friarsgate 

1 Jun

The local branch of the Green Party says it is “staggered” by Lichfield District Council’s plan to stump up £49million to ensure the Friarsgate development goes ahead.


Report reveals Friarsgate funding black hole Lichfield District Council plans to cover could be as much as £49million 

31 May

A report has revealed Lichfield District Council could need to fork out as much as £49million to ensure the Friarsgate redevelopment goes ahead.


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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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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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Not as warm as last year (WS7 weather report 18-6-2018) 

18 Jun

It is a bright but breezy start to the day but the good news is that the air temperature at 06:23 hours was already at 14.4c and, along with the surface ir pressure, was steadily rising.


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