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​Bishop of Lichfield announces his retirement 

2 Mar

THE Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Reverend Jonathan Gledhill, has announced his retirement, declaring "40 years seem a good stint".

Bishop announces exit on YouTube 

2 Mar

The Bishop of Lichfield announces his retirement after 12 years in the post.

Roadside drugs tests rolled out in Lichfield and Burntwood 

2 Mar

NEW roadside tests to identify people driving under the influence of drugs have been rolled out across the UK this week.

Lottery ticket worth £124,000 finally claimed by mystery… 

2 Mar

Camelot UK Lotteries Limited, operator of The National Lottery, is pleased to announce that the 124,237 prize from the Lotto draw on January 24,2015 which had previously remained outstanding in the Tamworth and Lichfield Areas has now been claimed.

UKIP pledges to build a million homes while protecting countryside 

2 Mar

UKIP's housing spokesman has pledged to protect the British countryside by scrapping the "bogus Tory localism of imposing untenable housing targets on local authorities" - and build a million homes by 2025.

Call to stop heavy lorries using A515 near Lichfield 

2 Mar

A PETITION has been launched for weight restrictions to curtail heavy lorries thundering down the A515 near Lichfield.

Love and ambition in Tom and Kilke’s Garrick show 

2 Mar

TOM Roberts and Kilke John are both buzzing about their company's first touring production, Satin 'n' Steel.

Fradley memorial garden project gets a £10K boost 

2 Mar

A PROJECT to establish a children's memorial garden in Fradley in the name of a little girl who died of a rare blood disorder has been given a 10,000 boost from the Big Lottery Fund.

Lichfield council chairman praises school as a ‘jewel in the… 

1 Mar

THE chairman of Lichfield District Council Councillor David Smith praised Maple Hayes Dyslexia School as 'a jewel in the district's crown' following a recent visit.

Pages from the Past February 23 1990 

1 Mar

Here is the honours story:TWO Lichfield men have been honoured for their services to the city and skills in their craft.

We’ve heard from Anne Boleyn, now it’s time for Henry VIII to… 

1 Mar

THERE is still time to buy tickets for a rare chance to hear King Henry VIII talk about his life.

African tribal mask discovered in Lichfield 

1 Mar

AN AFRICAN tribal mask from the early20th century is among rare items recently discovered in Lichfield.

Former Chasetown FC manager Cliff Painter has died 

28 Feb

The former manager of Chasetown FC Cliff Painter has died.

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2 Mar

The SUMMER BALL 2015 promises to be bigger & better than ever...

Lichfield City F.C. U13’s – City breeze past Leek Town to reach the semi finals 

2 Mar

Fantastic second half display sees City fire 6 past Leek Town...

West Midland Youth Series 2015 

2 Mar

The attachment below gives the rules for the WM Youth League and also the dates and locations for all the events.

Lichfield City F.C. U9’s – Crucial semi-final match attracts the crowds 

2 Mar

City’s philosophy to play football was thwarted by a strong Sutton side...

60’s 70’s 80’s 90’s 00’s NIGHT 

2 Mar

Saturday 18th April, FREE FOOD, tickets only £4.00, available from the Clubhouse bar.

Burntwood lay jinx to rest with win over Edwardians 

2 Mar

BURNTWOOD RFC 16EDWARDIANS 5Midlands Three West NorthBURNTWOOD finally get the better of bogey side Edwardians for the first time in six attempts over the last three seasons to leapfrog them into fifth place in the table.

Lichfield Spires U15’s – Spires Burnt 

2 Mar

Rainy Lichfield...

Burntwood 16 Edwardians 5 

2 Mar

Burntwood finally get the better of Edwardians for the first time in six attempts over the last three seasons.

Revolution Track Series – Round 5, London 

2 Mar

Last weekend saw the penultimate round of this winter’s Revolution track series taking place at the London velodrome in the Olympic Park.

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Lily’s Medieval Jigsaw Puzzle 

3 Mar

Recently, twelve year old Lily made a very interesting discovery in Lichfield.

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.

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Bird Street car park temporary closures 

2 Mar

Lichfield city centre car park is to be closed temporarily for maintenance work.

New Library Tour to launch at Lichfield Cathedral 

2 Mar

Lichfield Cathedral is launching a brand new Cathedral Library Tour this spring.

Lichfield Visitor Guide and What’s On launched at Lichfield Cathedral 

2 Mar

Lichfield District Council has launched its new visitor guide for 2015 to help boost tourism numbers to the area.

Apologies for Missing Graphics 

1 Mar

I have discovered today that all the pictures from the blog entries have been replaced by a grey triangle.

A ride a day 

1 Mar

Having commuted over winter on gears, yesterdays fixie ride was a bit of a workout.

Fixed gear fun 

28 Feb

Promise of better temperatures and weather meant the first fixie ride of the year today.

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.

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East of Birmingham growth and jobs drive is launched 

28 Feb

Birmingham City Council reveals vision to create 9,000 jobs in deprived half of city as HS2 relents over land dispute...

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.

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Cathedral launch for Visit Lichfield 2015 guide 

2 Mar

Lichfield District Council has launched its new visitor guide for 2015 to help boost tourism numbers to the area.

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.

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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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Sleet to start the day 

2 Mar

As I write this bulletin at 06:28 hours sleet is falling in the Hammerwich area.

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