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Conservatives hang on to Lichfield City Council and Lichfield District Council seats in Stowe ward by-election 

23 Feb

The Conservatives have held onto seats in the Stowe ward for Lichfield City Council and Lichfield District Council.


Lichfield District Council confirms former park keeper’s cottage in Beacon Park could be sold off 

23 Feb

The former park keeper’s cottage in Beacon Park.


Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant to make appearance on Pointless Celebrities 

23 Feb

Lichfield’s MP is set to make another TV appearance.


Young people leaving care in Lichfield and Burntwood to be exempt from council tax until they are 21 

23 Feb

Young people leaving care in Lichfield and Burntwood will not have to pay council tax until they are 21, Staffordshire County Council has confirmed.


Ace achievement for Lichfield volunteer as he nets a national tennis award 

23 Feb

A Lichfield volunteer has netted a national tennis award.


Stowe ward by-election candidate hoping poll victor will listen to Lichfield voters 

23 Feb

One of the candidates in the Stowe ward by-election believes it is important local voices are heard, regardless of the result.


Police appeal after man and woman punched near Molloys in Sutton Coldfield town centre 

22 Feb

Officers want to speak to these men...


Driver caught after dramatic Sutton Coldfield police chase and helicopter pursuit 

22 Feb

Erdington man Michael Glasheen admitted dangerous driving after he was arrested following a crash in Monmouth Drive...


This is why thousands of Birmingham students are accessing counselling 

22 Feb

The NUS said institutions across the UK were struggling to keep up with demand...


Birmingham chef moves to world renowned restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham 

22 Feb

MasterChef: The Professionals finalist Louisa Ellis has left The Wilderness...


Teen shot in back by helmet-wearing gunman who fled on scooter 

22 Feb

He was gunned down in 'targeted' gangland-style attack...


Evening bus route through Chasetown and Burntwood to be axed 

22 Feb

Funding cuts will see an evening bus route in Burntwood axed.


Serial sex beast living on ‘Millionaire’s Row’ jailed for 18 months for attacks on women 

22 Feb

Benjamin Clarke, 42, of Walsall Road, Little Aston, was also placed on the sex offenders register for ten years.


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Sport »

Ace achievement for Lichfield volunteer as he nets a national tennis award 

23 Feb

A Lichfield volunteer has netted a national tennis award.


Birmingham City digest: Cotterill comes out fighting; Midfield problems; Must-win game 

23 Feb

The latest BCFC news ahead of tomorrow's crunch relegation clash with Barnsley...


Aston Villa digest: Take a bow Hutts; Key injury update; Trial by TV; Interesting sales figures 

23 Feb

The latest from AVFC as Steve Bruce's troops prepare for Saturday's trip to Sheffield Wednesday...


West Bromwich Albion digest: Pardew’s message; Two midfielders linked; Berahino’s ‘breaking point’ 

23 Feb

The latest Baggies news ahead of the clash with Huddersfield Town...


Wolverhampton Wanderers digest: Criticism for Nuno; Star man ruled out; Unpopular Molineux 

23 Feb

The latest WWFC news ahead of the trip to Fulham...


Saido Berahino blasts paparazzi after reaching ‘breaking point’ 

22 Feb

The Stoke City forward who used to play for West Bromwich Albion is furious...


Sheffield Wednesday vs Aston Villa – our XI and Steve Bruce’s expected XI 

22 Feb

All the news and views from AVFC...


Six superstars Liverpool are tracking this summer – including a top-class goalkeeper 

22 Feb

Jurgen Klopp is already looking at future recruits as the Champions League push continues...


New rules introduced by the EFL to avoid a repeat of the Birmingham City vs Huddersfield Town controversy 

22 Feb

The Terriers made ten changes to the team at the end of last season and lost - but it won't be happening again...


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Comment »

Two great events coming up from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Trust! 

23 Feb

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about a couple of events the local canal restoration project are holding in the coming weeks, a quiz night on Saturday 17th March 2018 and a guided ...


No More Beyond the Northern Wastes 

22 Feb

With the reduction of subsidies from Staffordshire Council , our relatively recent discovery of Chasetown and Burntwood as places to drink and eat looks like it will end in April, when the NXWM 10 bus route stops going further than Brownhills at off-...


Buses by Night 2018 – great Aldridge event on this Saturday! 

16 Feb

This Saturday afternoon and evening (17th February 2018) there's a great, innovative event taking place at Aldridge Transport Museum just off Northgate - Buses by Night, which is your chance to ride on some great old vehicles and see the local ...


On Pointon 

11 Feb

Last year, Dr Bethany Hughes did an interview for English Heritage on the subject of why women were written out of history and perhaps more importantly, what we can do to redress the balance.


The summer of 82… and school was out! 

11 Feb

A short and sweet one reaches me from old pal of the blog Ian Broad, who at one time lived in the old, derelict bungalow that still (just) stands by the old access road to Shire Oak Quarry off the Lichfield Road at Sandhills - he sent in this great ...


Lichfield Waterworks Trust February 2018 public meeting this Monday 

9 Feb

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (12th February 2018) there will be the February 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust ...


Bridge under troubled water 

3 Feb

Sometimes you don’t have to look too deep into your past to find the parts of it that have shaped you.


Off the wall 

28 Jan

Following the revisiting of the Stonnall tunnel legend a few weeks ago, sparked by a great enquiry from our Canada correspondent Brian Edwards, I had some great reader submissions, and a bit of local history news archive gold from Kate Cardigan over ...


Could you help restore a lost, local canal? 

25 Jan

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


Do you remember Barbara? 

24 Jan

Hi folks - a gentle and respectful  return to business as usual with a quick enquiry I've had in for a few days from reader Wendy Gates, who's trying to trace a lady called Barbara who lived in Lichfield Road, Brownhills and a girl in the 1950s.


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, ...


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Features »

February 22nd – Frustratingly, I had to pop into Birmingham on… 

23 Feb

February 22nd - Frustratingly, I had to pop into Birmingham on my way home, and caught the train back out, but it was gratifying to find myself cycling back from Shenstone in almost daylight, in a misty, lovely sunset.


Tickets go on sale for Fairport Convention gig at the Lichfield Guildhall 

22 Feb

Tickets have gone on sale for a performance by folk favourites Fairport Convention in Lichfield.


Review: The Chris Bevington Organisation at the Lichfield Guildhall 

21 Feb

Three albums into their career, the nine-piece Chris Bevington Organisation wowed an audience of blues, rock and jazz fans when they played at the Lichfield Guildhall.


Lichfield Guildhall to host Eccentric Orbits Tour featuring Leveret and Spiro 

20 Feb

English instrumental music will be on the bill as the Eccentric Orbits Tour comes to Lichfield.


February 18th – One of the stranger legacies of the M6 Toll… 

20 Feb

February 18th - One of the stranger legacies of the M6 Toll motorway coming through the area has been the drainage and pollution control lagoons that dot the countryside at intervals along it’s route.


February 17th – Out just as the sun went down on an errand in… 

19 Feb

February 17th - Out just as the sun went down on an errand in Burntwood, hoping to catch a decent sunset as I returned via Chasewater, and thankfully I wasn’t disappointed.


February 16th – At last, a long ride and a day that felt like… 

19 Feb

February 16th - At last, a long ride and a day that felt like spring! This is what my heart has been hoping for.


Folk rock favourites Quill returning to the Lichfield Garrick 

19 Feb

Folk rock outfit Quill are making a welcome return to Lichfield.


Getting to Know our People – William Paterson 

19 Feb

We recently received and enquiry from a relative of William Paterson, asking if we knew anything about him? Chris Pattison, archivist and historian extraordinaire is always up for the challenge.


Comedian Hal Cruttenden to perform in aid of charity at the Lichfield Garrick 

13 Feb

Comedian Hal Cruttenden will bring the laughs to the Lichfield Garrick next month in aid of charity.


Tickets on sale for The Climax Blues Band’s return to the Lichfield Guildhall 

13 Feb

Tickets have gone on sale for a performance by The Climax Blues Band in Lichfield.


February 11th – Finally, a decent ride out. But not without… 

12 Feb

February 11th - Finally, a decent ride out.


January 2018 New Discoveries 

11 Feb

Here are my three new discoveries from last month: a book, a CD and some music! The Piano Practice Physician’s Handbook (Nicola Cantan) Many of you will know Nicola from her teaching at Colourful Keys , and from the excellent resources she provides...


February 8th – I’ve not ridden through Little Aston Forge for… 

9 Feb

February 8th - I’ve not ridden through Little Aston Forge for ages - and this curious hairpin over the Footherley Brook on the plain between Stonnall and Little Aston hasn’t changed a bit.


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Business »

Topping off ceremony held as new Lichfield care home development moves a step closer to completion 

22 Feb

The latest stage in the development of a new care home in Lichfield has seen a topping off ceremony carried out.


Reports claim jobs could be at risk at the Lichfield Mercury 

20 Feb

A number of jobs could be at risk at the Lichfield Mercury newspaper.


Company fined £500,000 after worker run over by truck on Burntwood building site had to have leg amputated 

14 Feb

A worker suffered 'life-changing injuries' when he run over by tipper truck on a housing development site at Burntwood Business Park...


Historic Lichfield pub reopens after £130,000 makeover 

9 Feb

A Lichfield pub has reopened after a £130,000 refurbishment.


Lichfield city centre business to host coffee with a candidate event ahead of by-election 

9 Feb

A coffee outlet in Lichfield is hoping to give voters the chance to quiz by-election candidates.


Former home of Alstom and van manufacturer LDV will become new rail maintenance depot for HS2 

6 Feb

Once home to Metro Cammell and LDV vans, the site at Washwood Heath is set to become HS2's depot...


Comment: Full speed ahead to give ‘HS2 Generation’ the best prospects 

5 Feb

City council leader Ian Ward examines the future for Birmingham fuelled by the arrival of high-speed rail line HS2...


West Midlands set for 17,000 new construction jobs 

5 Feb

New report from the Construction Industry Training Board says major projects such as HS2 will fuel recruitment and growth over the next half decade...


Design teams chosen for Birmingham’s HS2 stations 

2 Feb

Architects who worked on Eden Project and Millennium Bridge among those who will design new stations in Curzon Street and Solihull...


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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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999 »

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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Wrap up warm! (WS7 weather report 23-2-2018) 

23 Feb

It is a very cold and frosty start to the day with the air temperature only -3.3c at 06:30 hours.


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