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Burntwood teenager’s fundraising total smashes £2million mark 

24 Apr

Stephen Sutton Burntwood teenager Stephen Sutton has seen his incredible fundraising total smash the £2million mark.

Burntwood’s Stephen Sutton smashes £2 million mark for… 

24 Apr

STEPHEN Sutton has done it again! After another incredible day of fund-raising and a firestorm of celebrity support over social media, the Stephen's Story appeal went viral, stayed viral and smashed the 2m mark.

Comedian visits fundraising Burntwood teenager in hospital 

24 Apr

A Burntwood teenager battling incurable cancer has had a special guest at his bedside.

Stephen Sutton gives thumbs up with Jason Manford when comedian… 

24 Apr

COMEDIAN Jason Manford has visited Stephen Sutton in hospital in Birmingham.

Body-cams for police in Lichfield and Burntwood 

24 Apr

POLICE officers in Lichfield and Burntwood are now using body-cams in a scheme funded by police and crime commissioner Matthew Ellis.

Set of human glass eyes auctioned 

24 Apr

A set of 74 antique prosthetic human glass eyes is to be auctioned in Lichfield.

Burntwood teenager Stephen Sutton tells supporters he’s ‘still fighting’ 

24 Apr

Burntwood teenager Stephen Sutton has insisted he’s “still here and still fighting” as he battles incurable cancer.

Stephen Sutton posts new Facebook update thanking all who have… 

24 Apr

STEPHEN Sutton has just posted an emotional Facebook update saying he is "still fighting" and "happy".

Stephen Sutton now at £1.6 million and rising as celebritie… 

24 Apr

THE incredible tally for Stephen Sutton has now smashed 1.6m and continues to rise.

Lichfield wildlife blogger Georgia Locock urges people to look… 

24 Apr

A TEENAGE wildlife blogger has issued a plea for people to take pride in a Lichfield nature reserve.

New direct bus service between Lichfield and Tamworth 

24 Apr

A NEW bus service between Lichfield and Tamworth is due to start later this month.

Two men taken to hospital after car overturns on A38 near… 

24 Apr

AMBULANCE medics were called out to a car which had overturned on the A38 at Barton last night.

Lichfield workshop draws up plans to mitigate impact of HS2 

24 Apr

A number of groups have come together in Lichfield to plan the next steps to mitigate the impact of HS2 on communities.

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24 Apr

Sutton Coldfield have made a last minute withdrawal from the competition, so we proceed to semi-final next Thursday, 7.30 kick off.

Burntwood Town FC still hoping to climb the table 

24 Apr

Burntwood Town FC will be desperate to upset the odds and secure three points this weekend.

Over 35′s 9v9 Summer League 

24 Apr

Staffordshire FA have organised a ‘veterans’ (over 35) summer league which will take place on the outdoor 3G pitch at St.

IN PICTURES: Romulus 2 Chasetown 2 

23 Apr

Gallery created by Lichfield Mercury...

Chasers at JK 2014 

23 Apr

Chasers had a huge turnout at the JK in South Wales this year, with 51 members running for the club.

Kings Bromley Showground to be new home of Lichfield Athletic FC 

23 Apr

The Kings Bromley Showground will become the new home of Lichfield Athletic FC .

New Dates for Basic Referees Courses – Book now 

23 Apr

Anyone over the age of 14 can become a referee.

Port Vale Community Trust Wednesday Night Disability Football Drop-In Session 

23 Apr

The Port Vale Community Trust is delighted to reveal a new football session which is aimed at young people and adults who have a disability.

Chasetown held twice over Easter by Romulus and Rainworth 

22 Apr

ROMULUS 2 CHASETOWN 2 Evo-Stik Northern League First Division South CHASETOWN twice came from behind to preserve their unbeaten record on the Coles Lane 3G pitch.

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22 Apr

I’d heard from enigmatic Lichfield news satirist  Five Spires Live  that there was a waterfall near to the newly re-opened Horns Inn in Slitting Mill .

Manager of the Season Awards (alternative list) 

22 Apr

We’re coming to the tail-end of the English football season and, for many, it’s all over bar the shouting.

Don’t disrupt the bingo! 

22 Apr

Today, reader and longstanding friend of the Brownhills Blog Stuart Cowley mailed me the above wonderful image of Chasetown Working Men's Club Committee from years past, when Stuart's Dad was involved.

Trent and Mersey Paradise 

20 Apr

A beautiful ruin dating back in part to the twelfth century, with the base of a medieval weeping cross and the shrouded effigies of two sisters in the churchyard, the remains of the old church of St Augustine in Rugeley are a real treat.

A Study in Orange 

15 Apr

The fascination for all things Fisherwick Hall continues.

Tweet: Tonight @The_Garrick in #Lichfield @StaffsCadets i… 

12 Apr

Tonight @The_Garrick in #Lichfield @StaffsCadets introduced the amazing @policeorchestra .

Prince William in the IRA 

12 Apr

Not a lot of people know this, but Prince William was once a member of the IRA! He has since left the organisation, as BBC Breakfast News reported this morning in this hilarious broadcasting Oops...

Tweet: New @StaffsCadets Unit #Lichfield? Enhance young l… 

11 Apr

New @StaffsCadets Unit #Lichfield ? Enhance young lives! @The_Garrick fundraiser Nat Police Orchestra tomorrow 730pm http://t.

Tweet: Promising talks on providing new @StaffsPolice sta… 

11 Apr

Promising talks on providing new @StaffsPolice station in #Lichfield jobs to the area.

Tweet: Tomorrow 7.30pm @The_Garrick Concert by National P… 

11 Apr

Tomorrow 7.30pm @The_Garrick Concert by National Police Orchestra to fund new @StaffsCadet Unit for #Lichfield .

Conservatives on Staffordshire County Council want to close Burntwood’s Household Waste and Recycling Site for the second time in four years. 

8 Apr

Former County Councillor for Burntwood South Division and Summerfield Ward Town and District Councillor, Steve Norman, said: “This will be the second time in four years that the Conservative Cabinet on Staffordshire County Council have attempted to...

Starry Eyed 

8 Apr

Walking through Leomansley Wood (or was it Sloppy Wood? I’m never sure where one stops and the other starts), I came across hundreds of wood anenomes growing alongside Leomansley Brook.

Tweet: Pleased to provide @Lichfield_DC with more money t… 

7 Apr

Pleased to provide @Lichfield_DC with more money than ever before to fund local ideas that help make Lichfield safer http://t.

Lichfield District Council increases Council Tax to maximum allowed, uses nearly £359,000 from reserves and cuts services. 

7 Apr

The Conservatives voted to increase Council Tax to the maximum of 1.99% allowed before it triggers a referendum under the Government’s anti-localism rules.

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Classic car show coming to Catton Hall 

24 Apr

Vintage vehicles will be on show at an event near Lichfield.

It’s just a ride – April Dérive this Friday 

24 Apr

The second Lichfield Critical Mass ride takes place this Friday evening, meeting at 6:30pm at Speakers Corner on Dam Street in Lichfield for a fun, leaderless event.

Brum Brum Brummies – A Night At The Speedway 

23 Apr

Come along for a dirty, loud evening at the Birmingham Speedway where we'll be watching the Birmingham Brummies takes on their Poole opponents in the Elite League.

Review: The Lucy Ward Band @ Lichfield Guildhall 

23 Apr

A healthy Good Friday audience turned out for a performance by the Lucy Ward Band, when the renowned singer returned to play for Lichfield Arts.

Booking opens for arts events at the 2014 Lichfield Festival 

23 Apr

Charlie Higson.

Vienna Festival Ballet bringing Swan Lake to the Lichfield Garrick 

22 Apr

The Vienna Festival Ballet will be bringing the classic Swan Lake to the Lichfield Garrick next month.

April 21st – Not a bad bank holiday, all-in-all. It started… 

22 Apr

April 21st - Not a bad bank holiday, all-in-all.

The next meeting of the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station 

21 Apr

The next meeting of the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station is 30 May at 7:00 at; Curborough Community Centre Reynolds Close Lichfield Staffordshire WS13 7NY Tel:  01543 417149 Anyone who holds and interest in our heritage, and is interested in ...

LNWR ticket shed from Brownhills 

21 Apr

Since discovering a LNWR ticket shed in a back garden in Hammerwich in 2012, we were lead to believe that the building was from the platform off Hammerwich Station.


21 Apr

After nearly 3 years of being stored on the main track outside the Quattro Rail compound (the former Charringtons/BP ol terminal), and after being subject of vandalism graffiti (see April 2013 article) , the locomotives have been pulled along the ...

April 20th – An odd day, really. I had a family thing to do most… 

21 Apr

April 20th - An odd day, really.

April 19th – I was fiddling with a mechanical fault all day. I… 

20 Apr

April 19th - I was fiddling with a mechanical fault all day.

Quattro move Balfour Beatty locos 

20 Apr

After nearly 3 years of being stored on the main track outside the Quattro Rail compound (the former Charringtons/BP ol terminal), and after being subject of vandalism graffiti, the Balfour locos have been pulled alonf the track and across the ...

Lichfield grandparents plead: ‘Please leave us alone over the Bank Holiday weekend’ 

20 Apr

MANY Lichfield grandparents are praying that they will be left alone over the Bank Holiday weekend.

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Eastside plans for HS2 college and Unite centre 

24 Apr

A college for apprentices and a training centre for trade union Unite could provide another boost to Birmingham's Eastside area...

St Modwen resi scheme in Staffs green-lighted 

23 Apr

DEVELOPER St Modwen has secured outline planning permission for a residential scheme at Little Haywood in Staffordshire.

2 Sisters founder Ranjit Boparan becomes Birmingham’s first billionaire 

21 Apr

It represents a remarkable rise for Mr Boparan, who started at a butcher’s shop in Bilston and now lives in Little Aston, and went on to take over household names like Northern Foods and Harry Ramsden’s...

Agreement over new Business Improvement District in Lichfield 

15 Apr

An improved city centre could be on the way after an agreement was reached to create a Business Improvement District in Lichfield.

HS2 compensation package details announced 

9 Apr

COMPENSATION packages for homeowners and businesses whose lives will be disrupted by the HS2 high-speed rail scheme have been announced.

More firms being won over by HS2 claims Greater Birmingham Chamber 

8 Apr

AN increasing number of businesses in Greater Birmingham think that the HS2 rail link between Birmingham and London will have a positive impact, according to a new survey.

Improvements to Burntwood shopping centre are completed 

8 Apr

Business owners are celebrating improvements to a Burntwood shopping area.

New micropub set for Lichfield following leasing deal 

7 Apr

A FORMER shop unit in Lichfield has undergone extensive refurbishment to open as a new micropub a move which reinforces the increasing popularity of the city, commercial property agents have s...

Lichfield shop told to pay £5,000 over noisy refrigeration units 

7 Apr

A Lichfield shop has been told to pay £5,000 because of noisy refrigeration units.

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Aprils Cycle Rides for All 

22 Apr

Everyones invited to get on their bike and join a cycle ride to the National Memorial Arboretum on Sunday 27 April 2014.

Survey the birds at Beacon Park 

22 Apr

Keen twitchers are invited to help an RSPB expert to survey Beacon Parks feathered friends this April.

Developing a Business Improvement District for Lichfield City Centre 

11 Apr

On Thursday 10 April 2014 Lichfield Town Team, Lichfield District Council and Birmingham Chamber for Commerce...

Blood Thirsty Lichfield 

11 Apr

Children are invited to go on a guided walking tour of Lichfields landmarks to find out horrible facts about the citys blood thirsty history.

Restoring Ryecroft Shopping Centre 

7 Apr

Project partners raised a glass to celebrate the completion of a makeover project in Burntwood.

Beacon Parks skatepark is officially opened 

7 Apr

The ribbon was cut, officially opening Beacon Parks new skatepark, on Saturday 5 April 2014.

Act now to secure your vote says Lichfield District Council 

7 Apr

With the European Parliamentary elections taking place on Thursday 22 May, Lichfield District Council is urging eligible residents to make sure they are registered to vote.

Business prosecuted for noise nuisance 

4 Apr

A Lichfield shop is facing a penalty of more than 5,000 for noisy refrigeration units.

Friarsgate moves one step closer 

2 Apr

Development agreement is extended.

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Bobbies on bikes for kids 

17 Apr

A group of police officers, staff and retired officers, have set themselves a challenge to raise money for a children’s charity by cycling 900 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats.

Investigative awareness evening 

17 Apr

An awareness evening about the role of an investigative officer will be held at police headquarters ahead of recruiting 12 new investigators.

Criminals pay back £1.3 million 

9 Apr

Confiscation orders to the tune of £1.3m have hit criminals in the pocket thanks to Staffordshire Police.

Special weekend 

3 Apr

Special Constables will be out in force across Staffordshire to mark National Specials Weekend.

Run to remember – The last leg 

1 Apr

The father of a female officer shot and killed in the line of duty supported Team Staffs in Lichfield on the last leg of the Run to Remember.

Appeal to locate missing school girl 

28 Mar

Staffordshire Police is appealing for the public to report any sightings of a missing school girl.

Run to Remember – the last leg 

26 Mar

The father of a female officer shot and killed in the line of duty will be supporting Team Staffs in Lichfield on the last leg of the Run to Remember.

Warwickshire and Staffordshire Horse Watch Groups work together to tackle rug thefts 

25 Mar

Warwickshire Horse Watch and Staffordshire Horse Watch have teamed up to help horse owners protect their horse’s rugs against theft.

Three Charged In Connection With ATM Raid 

14 Mar

Three men have been charged with conspiracy to steal £93,000 in connection with an attack on a cash machine in Staffordshire.

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  • The Choir Vertorama

     on flickr 06 Apr 14
    Another Vertorama of my magnificent home town Cathedral

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Low pressure system continues to build 

24 Apr

After an overcast start the remainder of today we will see the cloud fragment a little during the morning to allow for some brighter spells to break through.

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