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Lichfield Festival confirms appointment of new artistic director 

2 Sep

Lichfield Festival has appointed a new artistic director Sonia Stevenson.


Grandchildren to play for free at Lichfield golf course 

2 Sep

Grandparents and their grandchildren are being given the chance to get in the swing with a golf offer in Lichfield.


Thousands turn out to enjoy tastes of the Lichfield Food Festival 

2 Sep

Thousands turned out to enjoy the tastes of the third Lichfield Food Festival at the weekend.


Lichfield engineer Liam is a top apprentice 

1 Sep

A YOUNG Lichfield engineer has been presented with an award recognising his excellence as an apprentice.


Firefighters tackle Lichfield narrowboat blaze 

1 Sep

Firefighters have put out a blaze aboard a narrowboat in Lichfield.


Inmate was held hostage at Lichfield’s Swinfen Hall prison 

1 Sep

A TEENAGE murderer and a convicted arsonist held a vulnerable inmate hostage at Lichfield's Swinfen Hall prison for over five hours.


Norma gives the nod to Saxon Penny’s new pizza kitchen 

1 Sep

PIZZA AT THE PENNY: The Mayor of Lichfield Councillor Norma Bacon was at The Saxon Penny pub on Lichfield's Darwin Park last week for VIP tasting night.


Petition launched to bring back ‘lifeline’ bus service 

1 Sep

A campaign has been launched to bring back a bus service described by residents as a 'local lifeline'.


Lichfield Cathedral Shop to stock new Fairtrade chocolate bar 

1 Sep

People looking for a tasty treat in Lichfield will be able to make an ethical choice after the Lichfield Cathedral Shop added a new Fairtrade chocolate bar to its stock.


Pages from the Past August 31 1984 

31 Aug

Here is post office story:PENSIONERS in Lichfield's All Saints Estate have lost their desperate battle for a sub-post office.


Cannabis smuggling care worker avoids prison 

31 Aug

A care worker who tried to smuggle cannabis in to a Staffordshire prison in her bra escaped going straight to custody herself.


Can you help police identify 12 mystery bodies found across the Midlands? 

31 Aug

The bodies of ten men and two women have never been identified...


Lichfield hotel to host ladies night in aid of Macmillan Cancer… 

30 Aug

A LADIES night is being held in Lichfield later this month to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.


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Sport »

Grandchildren to play for free at Lichfield golf course 

2 Sep

Grandparents and their grandchildren are being given the chance to get in the swing with a golf offer in Lichfield.


Mountain Bike Dolomiti 

1 Sep

A family holiday taking bikes to Cortina d’Ampezzo brought an unexpected day pass for a big ride whilst Holly and Cath had a day relaxing with books, shopping and ‘Going Ape’ Strangely my back issues didn’t figure in my thoughts on planning...


Barton United sneak past Burntwood Town FC in Challenge Vase 

1 Sep

Barton United made it two wins in a week over local rivals Burntwood Town as they secured an extra time win in the Midland Football League Challenge Vase.


Lichfield City FC’s FA Cup run ended by Leek Town 

1 Sep

Lichfield City FC’s hopes of causing an FA Cup upset were dashed by Leek Town.


Shenstone Pathfinder climb the table after victory over St Martins 

1 Sep

Shenstone Pathfinder climbed to sixth in the table after a confident 4-1 win over St Martins.


FA Cup replay after Chasetown FC draw 1-1 at Newcastle Town 

1 Sep

Nick Wellecomme puts Chasetown FC in front.


MTB Coaching 

1 Sep

We have decided to change this weeks Thursday MTB coaching on cannock chase to CX training so come on your CX bikes if you have them.


West Midlands Cyclo Cross League Registration 

29 Aug

Don’t forget that the deadline for joining the WMCCL is Sunday night.


Lichfield driver secures grid spot for Snetterton race 

29 Aug

Lichfield racing driver Ant Whorton-Eales has been handed a spot in the Michelin Clio Cup Race this weekend.


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Comment »

Shed burglaries in Shire Oak overnight: did you see anything? 

30 Aug

Terri Fallon Nicholls from Lichfield Road in Shire Oak has been in touch today regarding the fact that her shed, and that of a near neighbour were burgled in the early hours of Saturday, 30th August 2014.


Gaol Sentences 

28 Aug

In the churchyard at St Chad’s in Lichfield there’s a gravestone belonging to John Prickett who died in March 1832, at the age of 63.


Tweet: People Power funding for Gartmore Riding School #H… 

28 Aug

People Power funding for Gartmore Riding School #Hammerwich to help youngsters with disabilities gain confidence http://t.


Saving Sandfields – August meeting tonight 

26 Aug

The campaign to save Sandfields Pumping Station in Lichfield for the community continues to garner support.


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...


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Features »

Thousands turn out to enjoy tastes of the Lichfield Food Festival 

2 Sep

Thousands turned out to enjoy the tastes of the third Lichfield Food Festival at the weekend.


Ringing home 

1 Sep

My parents finished building the house at 155 Bosty Lane, Aldridge by the summer of 1957.


Lichfield and Burntwood history events to remember World War One 

1 Sep

Libraries in Lichfield and Burntwood are set to commemorate the start of World War One with a series of events.


Calendar Collection 

1 Sep

You know Winter’s on the way when… The kids go back to school… Some shops already have Christmas displays… And Oxfam starts selling Next Year’s Calendars! Here at Oxfam Lichfield we have a selection of colourful Calendars (or Family ...


August 31st – It was a gorgeous afternoon – sunny, warm, with… 

1 Sep

August 31st - It was a gorgeous afternoon - sunny, warm, with only a light wind.


August 30th – From the top of Shire Oak heading into Rushall, I… 

31 Aug

August 30th - From the top of Shire Oak heading into Rushall, I stopped to admire the view, as I often do.


Dahl’s Chocolate Delight 

31 Aug

A Quentin Blake illustration of Charlie and Willy Wonka Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is 50! Do you know how old that makes me feel? It wasn't even written when I was a child, but my own daughters loved it when they were small, and Roald Dahl's ...


Travelling Van! 

30 Aug

Have books, will travel...


Lichfield Cathedral’s programme of evening organ concerts return 

29 Aug

Lichfield Cathedral’s popular series of evening organ concerts is returning.


Bathtime Reading 

29 Aug

OK, I admit that here at Oxfam Lichfield most of us are quackers about books (especially if we volunteer in the Bookshop), but we don't all read in the bath! There are those who think it spoils a book, because the pages get soggyand they go crinkly ...


Friday night mass 

28 Aug

Lichfield Dérive this Friday, the critical mass drift around the city centre streets.


August 27th – A run out mid afternoon on an errand. I headed up… 

27 Aug

August 27th - A run out mid afternoon on an errand.


my introduction into quilting or crafting with a baby 

27 Aug

When Jack was just a couple of months old my mum sent me this crazy lady’s video of jelly roll quilting .


Lichfield Garrick set to welcome ABBA tribute act 

27 Aug

Arrival UK Music fans in Lichfield will be able to say thank you for the music when an ABBA tribute act come to the city.


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Business »

Lichfield cutlery firm set for end of summer sale 

29 Aug

Lichfield cutlery firm Arthur Price are set to launch their end of summer sale.


New business alerts initiative bidding to beat the criminals 

29 Aug

A new initiative is hoping to help businesses in Lichfield and Burntwood avoid being targeted by criminals.


Busy Bees acquires pre-school nursery 

28 Aug

BURNTWOOD-based nursery group Busy Bees has bought Bitteswell Montessori, located on Hall Lane in Bitteswell, Leicestershire.


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.


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Council »

Countdown to Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park 

1 Sep

The countdown to this years Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park has begun...


Lichfield Food Festival 2014 serves up a tasty two-day event 

1 Sep

The third Lichfield Food Festival, which took place on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 August, attracted thousands of people to Lichfield in Staffordshire.


Grandparents Golf Day at Beacon Park 

29 Aug

Calling all grandparents! Enjoy a round of golf at Beacon Park with a grandchild on Sunday 7 September.


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.


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Chief Constable’s Jane Sawyers Ice Bucket Challenge 

27 Aug

Staffordshire Police’s Chief Constable Jane Sawyers today took on the ice...


Can you help us find these men wanted by colleagues from West Midlands Police? 

22 Aug

Can you help us find these men wanted by colleagues from West Midlands Police...


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.


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  • Best have a rest

     on flickr 31 Aug 14
    It was the food festival in Lichfield this weekend, and whilst our visit on the Saturday was incredibly jostled with some fantastically rude and ignorant people barging in to get free tasters, Sunday


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A mild start to September 

2 Sep

High air pressure will continue to sit above our area today and this will bring mild weather to today.


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