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Police hunt violent burglary gang using BLEACH on hands of victims to avoid DNA 

20 Jan

Rush robberies have taken place in Chapel Ash, Bescot, Pleck, West Bromwich, Wednesbury and Wolverhampton...


Heroic shopkeeper describes “terrifying” moment he bravely tackles gunman 

19 Jan

The CCTV footage was captured after a masked gunman walked into Save n Spend, in Pleck Road, Walsall...


Dance teacher Neil Harris, 72, jailed for sexually abusing pupils 

19 Jan

He was locked up for five years and put on the sex offenders register for life...


Recycled Christmas trees help to raise £11,000 for St Giles Hospice 

19 Jan

Recycled Christmas trees have given a boost to a local charity.


Shocking figures reveal TWELVE car break-ins in SIX DAYS in Great Barr 

19 Jan

Car thefts are on the rise in Pheasey Park Farm, Great Barr...


Six to face trial in Birmingham over National Action membership 

19 Jan

All six were charged after an inquiry involving the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit...


Lichfield groups benefit from a share of £5,000 funding pot 

19 Jan

Two projects in Lichfield are celebrating after sharing a funding pot of more than £5,000.


Candidates invited to complete nomination form for Stowe ward by-elections in Lichfield 

19 Jan

Prospective candidates are being invited to throw their hat into the ring to become a new councillor for the Stowe ward on Lichfield District Council and Lichfield City Council.


Dedication ceremony planned for new memorial in Alrewas to British victims of terrorism overseas 

19 Jan

A dedication ceremony for a new memorial to British victims of overseas terrorism will be held on May 17, it has been confirmed.


Report into role cathedrals play in communities welcomed by the Dean of Lichfield Cathedral 

19 Jan

A report praising the role of cathedrals in local communities has been welcomed by the Dean of Lichfield Cathedral.


Government won’t seek review of John Worboys release 

19 Jan

Victims of Worboys had prepared a legal challenge over the decision to order his release from prison...


Building firm delighted to “come home” to Burntwood for new housing development 

19 Jan

A Burntwood building firm says it is pleased to have “come home” for its latest project.


Hacker Alex Bessell who attacked Google, Pokemon and Skype with online ‘zombie’ army is jailed 

19 Jan

He made the equivalent of more than 500K after creating his own 'Deep Web...


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‘Maybe fresh legs are needed in times ahead’ Wolves talking points after the defeat to Nottingham Forest 

20 Jan

Gregg Evans outlines his findings after WWFC lose 2-0 to NFFC at Molineux...


Salomon Rondon did Cyrille Regis proud and other talking points from Everton 1 West Brom 1 

20 Jan

Paul Suart outlines his findings from WBA's draw at Goodison Park...


Championship Sky sports matches coming up: Wolves, Derby County and Bristol City among those screened 

20 Jan

Sides near the top of the Championship are featuring...


He’s walking a disciplinary tightrope and other talking points from Birmingham City’s draw at Preston 

20 Jan

Brian Dick outlines his findings from the 1-1 at Deepdale...


When is Match Of The Day on TV next? 

20 Jan

Gary Lineker hosts the Premier League highlights show alongside some famous faces as pundits...


Premier League relegation odds: Stoke City pull Huddersfield into the reckoning 

20 Jan

Swansea City, West Brom, Stoke City, Huddersfield and Newcastle United are among the most likely, according to bookies...


Next manager sacked odds: Marco Silva sees odds fall amid Watford slump 

20 Jan

The latest Oddschecker verdict on who is set for the chop from the Premier League...


When are the FA Cup fourth round matches and which are televised on BBC and BT Sport? 

20 Jan

Wolves are in action again after the fourth round opponents were revealed...


Revealed: What deterred Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce from signing Robin van Persie 

20 Jan

Bruce held talks over a move for the former Arsenal and Manchester United striker earlier this month...


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Comment »

Tunnelling through the folklore 

14 Jan

I've had a really interesting email in from the Brownhills Blog Canada Correspondent Brian Edwards who relates a very interesting tale concerning Stonnall, and the discovery of a tunnel there in the late 1960s.


Abridged 

12 Jan

Here's one I've been meaning to run for a good while now: If you use the canal locally, either between Anchor Bridge and Lichfield Road via Ogley Junction, or at Pelsall North Common, there's going to be some disruption for a couple of months while a...


Did you see this hit and run collision in Lichfield Road last night? 

7 Jan

Witnesses are being sought to a very unpleasant traffic incident last night on the Lichfield Road in Brownhills, between Grasmere Gardens and the Co-op Corner junction with Ogley/Chase roads - I actually passed the aftermath of this and the car in ...


Lichfield Waterworks Trust January 2018 public meeting this Monday 

4 Jan

lds Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (8th January 2018) there will be the January 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


Woodmen make big noise in the City 

1 Jan

The Woodemen were again on stonking form on Saturday last (30th December 2017) as they travelled down the road to Lichfield City to show the Lichfeldians a clean set of heels for the second time in recent weeks - it's not often we get to best Ye Olde...


The Depths of Winter 

30 Dec

Something happens to me once the clock strikes 12 on 25th December.


Walsall Wood battle Ye Olde City this afternoon 

30 Dec

Walsall Wood FC in away action at Lichfield this afternoon! Continue reading...


Never now to grow old 

28 Dec

On 28th December 1943, John Russell Faulkner of 504 Squadron was killed aged 21.


Woodmen score big in City triumph 

23 Dec

It was back to winning for Walsall Wood FC on Wednesday last (20th December 2017) as they travelled up the A461 to Lichfield and decisively beat Lichfield City FC in their W Hunt Cup fixture.


You can meet Santa today and Christmas Eve near Stonnall! 

23 Dec

For a bit of Christmas fun on a grey weekend, I notice Oak Tree Farm down in Stonnall have Father Christmas in attendance this weekend - that's today, Saturday 23rd December 2017 and tomorrow, Christmas Eve 24th December 2017 - 10am until 4pm.


There’s still time to meet Santa near Stonnall! 

16 Dec

For a but of Christmas fun on a grey weekend, I notice Oak Tree Farm down in Stonnall have  Father Christmas in attendance this weekend and next - that's tomorrow, Sunday 17th December 2017 and next weekend, 23rd and 24th December 2017 - 10am until ...


Carols by the canal – and memories of great friends 

7 Dec

Just a quick note to point out that the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are holding a carol evening at their Fosseway Nature Reserve site, just off Falkland Road, Lichfield on Saturday 16 December 2017 from 7-9pm and all are ...


Breaking the System 

2 Dec

I’ve been in hospital again.


Remembrance, and St Peter’s Bridge 

13 Nov

I am extremely proud of Staffordshire’s close links with the military, and therefore it was humbling to see so many people in our county pay their respects to the fallen over the weekend.


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Music of Bob Dylan to feature in new Lichfield Garrick show 

19 Jan

The music of one of the most influential musicians of all time will be brought to life in a show at the Lichfield Garrick.


When I Grow Up? 

19 Jan

Some of you may have seen this feature on BBC Breakfast today about 20,000 seven to 11-year-olds who’d been asked to draw pictures of the job they want to do in the future.


January 16th – A shot I was keen to try with the TZ 100 has been… 

17 Jan

January 16th - A shot I was keen to try with the TZ 100 has been the M6 Toll bridge at Anglesey wharf.


January 16th A second day off sick. My congestion was better,… 

17 Jan

January 16th A second day off sick.


Musician and composer Rodney Branigan to make Lichfield Guildhall debut 

15 Jan

Musician and composer Rodney Branigan will show his ability to play more than one instrument at a time when he visits the Lichfield Guildhall for the first time.


Review: Paul Jones and Dave Kelly at the Lichfield Guildhall 

12 Jan

Take two leading blues musicians who started their careers in the 1960s, add in a sold out audience, and Lichfield Arts started 2018 in great style when Paul Jones and Dave Kelly performed at the Guildhall.


“Set fire to your house well before 8pm,” advises Lichfield fire chief 

11 Jan

Lichfield residents have been advised to set fire to their own homes well before 8pm if they are hoping for a response from Lichfield’s firefighters.


New local history group to meet for first time in Shenstone 

9 Jan

An historic image of Shenstone A local history group is offering people in Shenstone the chance to find out more about their area’s past.


Stars to return for Lichfield Garrick’s 2018 pantomime Dick Whittington 

8 Jan

Two of the stars of the Lichfield Garrick’s 2017 pantomime have confirmed they will return for next year’s production of Dick Whittington.


Jazz at the George IV 

5 Jan

Lichfield jazz have lined up a great series of gigs to help you get over the Winter Blues at the George IV pub Bore street Lichfield First of these are on Wednesday 17th January when Tim Amann brings along is excellent X-tet .


George IV to host Lichfield Jazz gigs 

5 Jan

Lichfield Jazz has confirmed a line-up of gigs at the George IV.


Friary School parents delighted by proposed parking restrictions on Eastern Avenue 

5 Jan

Staffordshire County Council proposals to set up of a ‘No Waiting At Any Time Restriction’ on Eastern Avenue between Monday-Friday outside The Friary School has been welcomed by many parents.


Lichfield Blues and Jazz 

4 Jan

Welcome to the latest news on the very lively  Lichfield Blues and Jazz scene with gigs at the George Hotel, George 1V ,Guildhall, Pokey Hole Blues Club and beyond.


December 31st – At last, a decent if rain-sodden ride. Going… 

1 Jan

December 31st - At last, a decent if rain-sodden ride.


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Business »

Lichfield groups benefit from a share of £5,000 funding pot 

19 Jan

Two projects in Lichfield are celebrating after sharing a funding pot of more than £5,000.


Building firm delighted to “come home” to Burntwood for new housing development 

19 Jan

A Burntwood building firm says it is pleased to have “come home” for its latest project.


‘Almost no exposure’ to rail sector if companies collapse like Carillion 

18 Jan

Transport minister moves to reassure Parliament that projects such as HS2 will be protected if other contractors follow the same fate as Carillion...


Carillion joint venture partner says ‘plans in place’ for HS2 contract 

15 Jan

Kier Group is working with partners on the 1.4bn HS2 contract it was awarded alongside Carillion last summer to ensure continuity of service...


Carillion joint venture partner says ‘plans in place’ for HS2 contract 

15 Jan

Kier Group is working with partners on the 1.4bn HS2 contract it was awarded alongside Carillion last summer to ensure continuity of service...


Carrier bag charge helps fund three lifesaving defibrillators in Lichfield 

5 Jan

Three lifesaving defibrillators have been installed in Lichfield after being funded by the 5p carrier bag charge.


Review of 2017 – May: New mayor elected, unexploded bomb and HS2 landmark revamp 

27 Dec

There was a historic moment for West Midlands politics in May as Andy Street was appointed the region's first directly mayor and Birmingham was strangled for almost two days after an unexploded bomb was found...


Local businesses help give families a Christmas treat at the Lichfield Garrick 

21 Dec

Local businesses have helped give 13 families from the local area a Christmas treat at the Lichfield Garrick.


Chasetown FC appoint Burntwood businessman as new club president 

20 Dec

Chasetown FC have appointed a Burntwood businessman as the club’s new president.


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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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It’s snowing! (WS7 weather report 21-1-2018) 

21 Jan

With snow / sleet steadily falling at 09:00 hours you may be surprised to hear that this cold weather is actually a sign of better things to come – but it is.


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