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Book fayre aims to raise money for Lichfield’s Citizens Advice… 

27 Feb

South East Staffordshire Citizens Advice Bureau (SESCAB) is holding a book fayre in Lichfield tomorrow (Saturday) to help raise funds, so the charity can continue its 'vital' work within the local community.

Lichfield charity uses £70,000 windfall to buy new minibus 

27 Feb

A CITY charity which provides a lifeline for disabled people across Lichfield has taken delivery of a new bus thanks to a 70,000 legacy from one of its former passengers.

Essential briefings for those standing for election in Lichfield… 

27 Feb

BRIEFINGS for prospective Parliamentary, district and parish council candidates and their agents will take place next Tuesday (March 3).

Lichfield Violet Mornington memorial wins charity boost 

26 Feb

Project supporting bereaved parents is amongst 103 projects across the West Midlands to receive a share of £944,564...

Council ‘committed’ to city centre library but admits possible… 

26 Feb

STAFFORDSHIRE County Council has said it is "committed to having a library in the centre of Lichfield" but not necessarily in the Friary.

Library shake-up for Lichfield and Burntwood is ratified 

26 Feb

PLANS to shake-up library services across Staffordshire have been ratified by senior county councillors.

20 hot cheap properties up for sale and auction around Lichfield 

26 Feb

Here are some of the most cheapest properties available in and around the Lichfield Mercury area.

New Lichfield police station to be a centre of excellence, says Crime Commissioner 

26 Feb

A new police station in Lichfield will become centre of excellence for the force, according to Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

New Lichfield police base will be a ‘centre of excellence’ 

26 Feb

A NEW police investigative centre of excellence is to be built in Lichfield aimed at turning the tables on criminals and giving better service to victims.

Fire chief praises community for vigilance during strike 

26 Feb

FIRECHIEFS have today thanked residents throughout the region for remaining vigilant during the latest round of strike action.

Wet, windy – what’s the weather looking like where you live? 

26 Feb

Wet and feeling cold in the sharp breeze - that's the conditions predicted to hit the region today according to the Met Office.

‘Vital’ Lichfield social group needs funding support to survive 

26 Feb

A VITAL social group for adults in Lichfield with learning difficulties is at risk of closure if it fails to secure new sources of funding.

Queen’s Croft School receives £500 from M6Toll operator for… 

26 Feb

STAFF from M6Toll operator Midland Expressway Ltd (MEL) visited Lichfield's Queens Croft High School to present a cheque for 500 towards equipment for its Vocational Centre caf.

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27 Feb

Saints prove too powerful for Red Star Sharks with a 4-1 home victory...

Our First Cup Final is a Week Away 

27 Feb

The Sunday Challenge Cup Final which takes place on Thursday 5th March at Eccleshall FC sees Eaton Park FC face Talbot FC.

Start your coaching career and book onto our next Level 1 Coaching Course 

27 Feb

The FA Level 1 coaching course provides an introduction to the organisation and delivery of safe and enjoyable coaching sessions for players.

Gilbert’s goal enough against Nottingham as Lichfield hockey men… 

26 Feb

Lichfield Men's First XI 1 Nottingham 0Men's Midlands PremierLICHFIELD leapt back to the top of the Midlands Premier thanks to this vital victory over title rivals Nottingham.

Ollie shrugs off injury to win on European Junior Tour debut 

26 Feb

AN ASPIRING Lichfield golfer stormed to glory on his European Junior Tour debut despite having hardly played this winter due to a back injury.

Stoke City Ticket Offer 

25 Feb

Stoke City FC are once again providing grassroots clubs with the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for their Premier League game against Everton FC in March.

Meerkats loving the 4 points 

25 Feb

Burntwood Phoenix 1 v Wyrley Meerkats 1 I apologise for the delay in publishing the report! Count yourselves lucky as I didn’t manage to make it to my lads game (Dragons U9′s) due to a dirty glass causing a stomach upset Saturday...

FA Respect Awards 

25 Feb

The FA is delighted to announce the sixth year of the Respect and Fair Play Awards where we try – at levels of football – to recognise the individuals, clubs and leagues that are keeping our great game beautiful.

Marvellous Millie shines as Lichfield Ladies crush Camp Hill 

24 Feb

CAMP HILL 0LICHFIELD LADIES RFC 46RFU Women's Senior Cup Pool OneMILLIE Wood bagged a hat-trick as Lichfield Ladies showed their class to triumph in atrocious conditions at Solihull-based Camp Hill.

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In memoriam: Dennis Johnson 

27 Feb

Readers who've been following a while will remember the search for Dennis Johnson, a dementia sufferer who went missing from Shire Oak in January, 2014 - Dennis was located a short time later in Chasetown following a huge search driven in no small ...

Tweet: Hope @Lichfield_DC planning permission on major ne… 

27 Feb

Hope @Lichfield_DC planning permission on major new police facility #Lichfield .

Water Slides 

26 Feb

Ross Parish has been researching holy wells since the 1980s and has published several books on the subject.

Lichfield’s Hidden Heritage – History of Sandfields Pumping Station – free talk tomorrow! 

23 Feb

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch with a tipoff of yet another free Lichfield Discovered talk tomorrow morning (Tuesday, 24th February 2015) at Curborough Community Centere, Lichfield...

Buses by night – great Aldridge event on this evening! 

21 Feb

This evening (21st February 2015) there's a great, innovative event taking place at Aston Manor Road Transport Museum just off Northgate, Aldridge - Buses by Night, which is your chance to ride on some great old vehicles and see the local sights and ...

Cell Mates 

15 Feb

The  Lichfield Discovered  gang will be back at the old Gaol Cells at Lichfield Guildhall this coming Saturday (21st February 2015) between 2pm and 4pm, to resume our quest to record the graffiti left behind by prisoners.

My Bloody Valentine 

14 Feb

For those of you who aren’t feeling the love for Valentines Day, here’s some black magic for you.

Lichfield discovered – Holy Wells and Sacred Springs – on tonight! 

8 Feb

Once again, the irrepressible Kate Cardigan from the Lichfield Lore contacts me to tell me that there’s yet another talk on tonight organised by her informal Lichfield local history group, Lichfield Discovered.

Great news! Burntwood’s Children’s Centres saved for now 

8 Feb

Here's a really positive followup (and what looks at the moment to be a blog exclusive) to a story I featured a couple of weeks ago, when Esther Allen of The Chasewater Strollers parent and toddler group contacted me to publicise their petition ...

Sites for Sore Eyes 

7 Feb

Springs and wells are sources not only of water but also of folklore and legend.

Two Minutes of Your Time 

2 Feb

Whether you’re Dimbles born and bred or a Katie-come-lately like me, everyone who has ever called Lichfield home is a part of the city and its history.

Brideshand Revisited 

30 Jan

Last Summer, I wrote about the ‘ Bride’s Hand’  carved into the stonework of the south porch of St James the Great at Longdon.

Bit Map 

26 Jan

Here’s a map of the Christ Church Lane area of Leomansley in Lichfield which Chris Pattison very kindly sent to me recently.

Important – help save Burntwood’s Children’s Centres 

25 Jan

Esther Allen of Chasewater Strollers and Councillor 'Aunty Sue' Woodward have been in touch over the weekend to let me know that they're very worried about the future of the two Children's centres in Burntwood, and have launched a campaign and ...

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LR trustees were the originals 

26 Feb

The latest bike in and out of the Lichfield Re:Cycle project was this mountain bike donated by Nigel and given on free long term loan, following a service, to Millie who will ride it with her young son who is also having a bike from the project.

Government minister praises fire union for demonstrating its capacity for job cuts 

26 Feb

Fire chief WESTMINSTER fire minister Penny Mordaunt praised the Fire Brigades Union today for demonstrating the capacity for further job cuts within the Fire and Rescue Service.

A quick inspiration trip for the new year: 

25 Feb

Here are just a few of the things that really got my creative juices going on a quick trip to London to kick start my new year: First off I went to the VA to revel in the collection and also to catch the  Disobedient Objects exhibition.

The Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station monthly progress meeting 

24 Feb

The next meeting will take place on Thursday 26 February @8:00pm at The Cruck House Stowe Street Lichfield Staffordshire WS13 6BP Lichfield This will be a committee members meeting, however everyone is welcome if they wish to attend or have an issue...

Mother and son duo take starring roles in new Lichfield Players production 

24 Feb

Art is set to imitate life next month at the Lichfield Garrick when a real life mother and son take on the role of mother and son for the first time on stage.

Leading guitarists come together for Lichfield Guildhall performance 

23 Feb

Four of the UK’s finest guitarists are coming together for a performance at Lichfield Guildhall.

February 21st – The weather really couldn’t make up its… 

21 Feb

February 21st - The weather really couldn’t make up its mind - today, in about 90 minutes, I experienced rain, hail, snow, wind and warm sunshine.

Lichfield’s Hidden Heritage – History of Sandfields Pumping Station 

20 Feb

David Moore, Historian – Photographer – Filmmaker will be talking about Lichfield’s hidden heritage, Sandfields Pumping Station, its history and how it shaped the town and supported the industrial revolution in the Black Country.

LDTA Networking Meetings 

20 Feb

        The next LDTA networking event will take place on: Monday 2nd March 2015 @ 11am At Chasewater Innovation Centre, Chasewater Country Park, Pool Lane, Brownhills WS8 7NL Our LDTA meeting will be held in the environmentally ...

Free Entry at Lichfield’s Fabulous Four 

20 Feb

Fascinating History Four Free! Lichfield City is a great place to visit any time of year and now if you are lover of history and heritage, there’s even morereason to visit as four of the city’s top heritage attractions are now free to enter.

New plans for Friarsgate 

20 Feb

Changes to Lichfield District Council’s flagship city retail and leisure development, Friarsgate, announced.

Launch of Visit Lichfield’s 2015 Visitor Guide & What’s On spring & summer 

19 Feb

We are delighted to invite you to the launch of the 2015 Lichfield District Visitor Guide and What’s On brochure which will be held in the South Transept of Lichfield Cathedral.

Burntwood to be closed down completely by 2016 

19 Feb

Former Dr Who characters Councillors Mrs S Sontaran and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart show names and addresses of local agitators Following failed plans for a new health centre, the proposed closure of Children’s Centres and GP surgeries and the...

Lichfield and Tamworth Swap Shop 2015 

19 Feb

 This free to attend annual event will be held on:  Friday 13 March 2015 10am – 1pm in the Tower Suite at Drayton Manor Theme Park  Lichfield District Council and Tamworth Borough Council tourism departments are very pleased to invite you to the...

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BREAKING NEWS: HS2 gives up claims to east Birmingham employment land 

24 Feb

HIGH-speed rail company HS2 has given up its claims on employment land in Washwood Heath in Birmingham.

HS2 land freed to create over 2,000 jobs in Washwood Heath 

24 Feb

Land in east Birmingham once earmarked for train yards can now be developed under new vision called East Birmingham Growth Prospectus...

HS2 to provide major stimulus to Labour’s apprenticeship plans 

16 Feb

LABOUR has pledged to guarantee every 18-year-old in England an apprenticeship provided they reach acceptable grades should the party win the General Election.

Estate agent hit with £4,000 bill after failing to keep land in Stonnall free of litter 

16 Feb

An estate agent has been forced to pay more than £4,000 after failing to tidy litter from its land.

Jacobs Engineering set to follow HS2 to Birmingham 

16 Feb

The Post understands the US-owned company is opening an office in the business district to be near the HS2 headquarters...

Tories earmark automotive industry and HS2 as engines for West Midlands growth 

12 Feb

GROWTH proposals for the West Midlands during the next Parliament have been outlined by the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer.

US engineering firm planning move into Birmingham’s CBD 

12 Feb

IN what is understood to be a move linked to high-speed rail project HS2, US engineering firm Jacobs is planning to relocate to city developer Nurtons 2 Colmore Square building.

Revised Friarsgate development backed by Lichfield District Council’s cabinet 

4 Feb

Revised plans for the Friarsgate redevelopment have been approved by Lichfield District Council’s cabinet.

Progress on development of new Lichfield industrial park hailed as ‘fantastic’ 

3 Feb

The progress on a £32million development project in Lichfield has been hailed as “fantastic”.

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The Magic of Musicals 

27 Feb

Five young dance groups are set to showcase their moves in The Magic of Musicals performance at the Lichfield Garrick on Sunday 15 March 2015.

Fuel Poverty Awareness Day 

25 Feb

Through its Warmer Homes Greener District scheme, Lichfield District Council is encouraging residents to save on their energy bills.

Briefings for prospective candidates and agents 

18 Feb

Briefings for prospective parliamentary, district and parish council candidates and their agents will take place on Tuesday 3 March 2015...

Estate agents fined more than 4,000 

13 Feb

Lichfield District Council successfully prosecutes company for breach of a Litter Clearing Notice.

Enjoy images from Lichfields past at Community Drop-In session 

13 Feb

Take a trip down memory lane at Beacon Parks next Community Drop-In session this month.

Lifesaving funding 

13 Feb

Visitors to Beacon Park in Lichfield will soon have access to a new lifesaving defibrillator thanks to funding from Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership.

Stonnall Neighbourhood Plan 

6 Feb

Shenstone Parish Council has submitted the Stonnall Neighbourhood Plan to Lichfield District Council, becoming the first community within Lichfield District to reach this stage of the process.

New plans for Friarsgate 

4 Feb

Changes to Lichfield District Council's flagship city retail and leisure development, Friarsgate, announced.

CPCG conservation events to start 2015 

2 Feb

A group of volunteers is set to kick off 2015 with two sessions of conservation work at Darnford Park and Beacon Park this February.

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Midlands gang jailed for armed robberies 

17 Feb

Three men and one woman from the West Midlands were today (Monday, 16th February) jailed for conspiring to commit a series of armed cash in transit robberies in the Telford, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire and West Midlands areas...

Stoke-on-Trent man arrested on suspicion of encouraging terrorism 

17 Feb

A 29-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent has been arrested on suspicion of encouraging terrorism and supporting a proscribed organisation.

Fatal road traffic collision (RTC), near Lichfield 

16 Feb

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision near Lichfield this morning.

Nine arrested in 70 kilo drugs seizure 

13 Feb

Nine men were arrested and in excess of £18m worth of class A and class B drugs were seized in two separate operations on Wednesday 12 February.

Is Valentine’s just another day? 

6 Feb

Happy talk and romantic plans in the run-up to Valentine’s Day is but a wishful thought for some.

Safer Internet Day 

6 Feb

Staffordshire Police is supporting Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 10 February promoting the safer use of the internet.

CCTV image of Lichfield theft 

5 Feb

Officers from Lichfield Local Policing Team (LPT) have issued a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a theft from a Lichfield shop.

Businesses get the chance to see Staffordshire Police go glove to glove in charity boxing match 

22 Jan

Please support Staffordshire Police Officers in our latest Fundraising event.

Staffordshire Police Chiefs hold online chats – Lichfield 27 January 2015 

20 Jan

Staffordshire Police Local Policing Team (LPT) Commanders are providing residents with a chance to engage with them using the latest technology.

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    Something to horrify North American drivers (so I’m told).

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Yourweather Lichfield

Some good news to start the day 

27 Feb

Today we can start our bulletin with some good news as the barometer is rising slowly and the radar images are showing that there is only a 10% chance of any rain today.

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