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Lichfield and Burntwood people urged to join Sport Relief 2016 at… 

6 Feb

PEOPLE in Lichfield and Burntwood are being invited to sign up for a major Sport Relief event taking place on their doorstep.


​Going underground: MP explores ‘magnificent’ Victorian tunnel… 

6 Feb

LICHFIELD MP Michael Fabricant has made a special trip underground to explore some incredible history beneath our feet.


Leader of Burntwood Town Council defends move to delay decision on taking over area’s parks 

6 Feb

Cllr Richard Mosson The leader of Burntwood Town Council has insisted a decision to postpone plans to take control of local parks was not down to opposition pressure.


Lichfield towpath is new training ground for former West Bromwich… 

6 Feb

A WORD of warning for regulars along Lichfield's canals: there's a 'Horse' on the loose! Geoff Horsfield used to run through 'brick walls' of defenders as a striker for Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion.


Council tax rise for Burntwood residents is approved 

5 Feb

People living in Burntwood will see a rise in their council tax bill after proposals were voted through.


Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant explores hidden history of the Hanch Tunnel 

5 Feb

Lichfield’s MP has been exploring the areas hidden history after visiting the Hanch Tunnel.


Taxi driver fined for working in Lichfield without a licence 

5 Feb

A Derby man has been forced to pay almost £900 after being caught working as a taxi driver in Lichfield without a licence.


Cross-City line shoplifting suspect hunted after Grand Central… 

5 Feb

A WOMAN is wanted after a suspected thieving spree at a store at Birmingham's New Street station after getting off a Cross-City line train originating in Lichfield.


​Identity of second body found in crate north of Lichfield… 

5 Feb

POLICE have now named the second of two men found dead in a crate last year in a warehouse north of Lichfield.


​Unlicensed Lichfield taxi driver fined after being caught… 

5 Feb

LICHFIELD District Council has prosecuted a man who was caught working as a taxi driver in the city without a licence.


​​Scammers turn abusive after Lichfield pensioner rumbles phone… 

5 Feb

A LICHFIELD pensioner was subjected to obscene abuse after he refused to fall for a telephone 'courier scam'.


​Appeal after pigeon with hooks in feet is rescued in Lichfield 

5 Feb

THE RSPCA is appealing for information after an injured pigeon with sharp plastic hooks on his feet was rescued in Lichfield.


RSPCA appeal after pigeon is found with hooks through its feet in Lichfield 

5 Feb

The RSPCA has launched an appeal for information after a pigeon was found with hooks through its feet in Lichfield.


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Weather prevents Lichfield City FC from taking on title rivals Bromsgrove Sporting 

6 Feb

Lichfield City FC’s game at Bromsgrove Sporting is one of a number of non-league football fixtures to fall foul of the weather.


Early wake up call for lions 

6 Feb

Early kick off see lions take a pounding...


Former Lions star hands out the awards at Burntwood RUFC’s presentation evening 

5 Feb

The honours have been handed out at Burntwood Rugby Club’s annual dinner and presentation evening.


Safer Internet Day 2016 

5 Feb

Play your part for a better internet...


Chasetown FC confirm striker Ryan Wynter’s switch to Stafford Rangers 

4 Feb

Striker Ryan Wynter has left Chasetown FC.


Flying the flag in South Africa 

4 Feb

Successful in the Durban test - not so much in the Centurion test.


Adult Presentation Evening Friday February 26th 

4 Feb

Adult Presentation Evening Dear adult & junior members you are invited to the adult presentation evening for Lichfield City Cycling Club.


Stafford Ironman 

4 Feb

The Stafford Ironman returns again in 2016 and the cycling course comes through the middle of our area.


Fire cannot extinguish Mercedes ace Christodoulou’s podium push… 

4 Feb

ADAM Christodolou scored his third successive podium in the 24 Hours of Dubai, despite a huge fire gutting his Mercedes before the race.


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Unemployment figures hit a record low for the county 

27 Jan

Yet again, more positive news for the county with the number of job seekers’ allowance claimants in December at just 0.7 per cent of the population.


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – January 2016 public meeting this Thursday 

26 Jan

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


New toy shop to open in Lichfield’s Three Spires Shopping Centre… 

18 Jan

TOY giant The Entertainer is opening a new store in Lichfield's Three Spires Shopping Centre.


Taking the Hints 

17 Jan

Last week, I featured a film here that I was absolutely stunned by, and although well received, it's been a real slow-burning success, being viewed much more later in the week as people discovered it.


In memoriam: Brian Kingshott 

12 Jan

I'm sad to report that Christine Howles has been in touch with me on behalf of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust, and has asked me to share some sombre news with readers.


Lock Inn 

3 Jan

Last year, Christine Howles from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust and I spent a summer’s evening exploring the Fosseway section of the Lichfield canal.


That New Year Quiz… 

31 Dec

…will be along tomorrow.


Walk off that turkey with Lichfield Discovered this Sunday! 

25 Dec

Feeling a bit porky after the Christmas excess - Are you up for an interesting an refreshing walk through Lichfield's canal history this Sunday - Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is venturing out for a history walk with her informal ...


Have a Christmas pint with Lichfield Discovered tonight! 

16 Dec

It's time to get out your Santa hats because Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is convening a celebration of all that's wonderful about Christmas, pubs and our nearest city tonight with her informal and fun social history group, ...


2015 Lantern Parade and Christmas Fayre at Chasewater this Sunday evening! 

12 Dec

There's a further chance to get into the Christmas spirit this Sunday evening (Sunday 13th December 2015) - there's the Annual Burntwood Lantern Parade and a Christmas Fayre being held at Chasewater Innovation Centre from 4:00 to 6:30pm.


Do you know the Perrett family? 

29 Nov

I'm looking for any local relatives of Mary Margaret Perrett who passed away in Burntwood a few years ago - Mary lived with her husband, who is also sadly no longer with us - as far as I'm aware, they had lived in Burntwood for a number of years.


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – November public meeting this Thursday 

25 Nov

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Thursday evening (Thursday 26th November 2015) there will be a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust ...


Gritting crews in action for the first time 

24 Nov

Liberty Park Lichfield is one of our exciting projects being developed along with Liberty Property Trust and its partner Stoford Developments.


Bath Time 

21 Nov

Although the waters at the Roman Baths in Bath were once known for their healing powers (the mythological Prince Bladud and his pigs are said to have been cured of leprosy after wallowing here in 863 BC), the water is now considered unsafe and is ...


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Love is in the air with Lichfield Garrick shows 

5 Feb

Romance will be in the air at the Lichfield Garrick as two shows come to the city.


Lichfield ready to welcome the swing band sounds of the Callum Roxburgh Orchestra 

4 Feb

The 11-piece Callum Roxburgh Orchestra will be bringing their lively swing band sound to Lichfield later this month.


Nancy Kerr brings Sweet Visitor tour to the Garrick 

2 Feb

Singer and violinist Nancy Kerr brings her third solo tour to the Lichfield Garrick this week.


Great War exhibition coming to Lichfield Record Office 

2 Feb

A new multi-media exhibition commemorating the Great Way is coming to Lichfield.


WHAT DO THE PUBLIC THINK OF INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE? 

1 Feb

Earlier this year, English Heritage commissioned BDRC Continental to do a survey into people’s attitudes towards industrial heritage.


Lichfield Garrick hoping to help youngsters beat half-term boredom 

1 Feb

Youngsters are being invited to shrug off the half-term boredom at the Lichfield Garrick.


Giant montage unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum 

1 Feb

A giant montage has been created at the National Memorial Arboretum.


January 31st – It’s been a hard weekend. Technology hasn’t been… 

1 Feb

January 31st - It’s been a hard weekend.


January 30th – A bright, clear but chilly day. Still not well, I… 

31 Jan

January 30th - A bright, clear but chilly day.


January 29th – I came home fairly late and had to pop into… 

30 Jan

January 29th - I came home fairly late and had to pop into Stonnall.


Lichfield and Tamworth Tourism Swap Shop & Enjoy Staffordshire Roadshow 

29 Jan

Book your place at this year’s Event! You are invited to attend the Lichfield & Tamworth Tourism Swap Shop & Enjoy Staffordshire Roadshow.


Lichfield Real Ale Trail 

29 Jan

The Lichfield Real Ale Trail leaflet is free to pick up from tourist information at St Mary’s in the Market Square (from January 2016) and guides walkers around historic and memorable pubs in the city – each sporting their own Real Ale brews for ...


Fall in love in Lichfield – calling all events and special offers organisers 

29 Jan

From a romantic Valentine’s tour, through to a weekend of romance at The George Hotel in Lichfield, our district is a great place to rekindle or fall in love! To celebrate Valentines Day, we’ve pulled together a Valentines events page which is ...


NEW 2016 Lichfield Visitor Guide arrived! 

29 Jan

We’re delighted to have received our new visitor guide which is formally launched on 22 February at Erasmus Darwin House, when we will also celebrate our City’s Year of Lunarcy! Whilst we know it’s not really supposed to be out yet, we are just...


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Go ahead for new National College for High Speed Rail 

5 Feb

City planners dismiss critics of HS2 as work can now start on institute which will train the next generation of rail engineers...


Transport Secretary hails “railway for next 100 years” at HS2 office launch 

4 Feb

TRANSPORT secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP officially opened the Birmingham offices of the company managing the HS2 high-speed rail project yesterday.


BREAKING NEWS: HS2 college in Birmingham gets green light 

4 Feb

THE new National College for High Speed Rail in Birmingham has been given the go-ahead after Birmingham City Councils planning committee granted planning permission today.


New Birmingham HS2 college set for green light 

29 Jan

'City fully endorses' government's decision to locate new college on city science park as planners expected to give scheme the go ahead...


Chain eyes new coffee shop in Lichfield city centre 

27 Jan

A new coffee shop could be on its way to Lichfield city centre.


Commercial property firm says Friarsgate has led to “surge in interest” in Lichfield sites 

27 Jan

A business property management firm says it has seen a “surge in interest” for sites in Lichfield.


New bridge enhances appeal of £38m Staffordshire business park 

26 Jan

AN important piece of infrastructure serving a new multi-million pound industrial development in Staffordshire has been officially opened.


Plans for new dog grooming salon in Burntwood 

20 Jan

Burntwood could get a new dog grooming salon if plans are approved.


Toy chain The Entertainer to create nine jobs with opening of new store in Lichfield 

18 Jan

A toy company will create nine jobs with a new store in Lichfield.


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Council »

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.


July fun at Lichfield Historic Parks 

6 Jul

From trails to follow and bug hunting fun through to a record breaking event, there are plenty of activities and events to enjoy at Beacon Park and Stowe Pool this summer.


Consultation on Supplementary Planning Documents 

2 Jul

Have your say on the draft supplementary planning documents.


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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.


Warning against home security scam 

5 Jun

Police have issued a warning about companies offering to install burglar alarm systems, which come with a hidden £3,000 bill.


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  • Day 221 – Countryside Jaunt

     on flickr 9 Aug 15
    Sunday, the day of joys, started off with some housework before Cat came home from her hen do weekend. However when she did finally get home we had some lunch and then headed out into the Lichfield countryside


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A day for indoor pursuits 

6 Feb

The rain we discussed yesterday reached our area about an hour earlier than I though but it has deposited nearly 4mm so far (2.6mm last night and 1.4mm today).


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