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​Titanic heirloom unearthed as Cash in the Attic comes to… 

20 Oct

A WATCH owned by a man who helped build the Titanic was among the family heirlooms discovered by an antiques expert at Lichfield on Saturday.


IN PICTURES: Lichfield hosts Cash In The Attic star Jonty… 

20 Oct

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Antiques expert delves into the past at Lichfield event 

20 Oct

A watch owned by a man who helped build the Titanic was among the family heirlooms discovered by an antiques expert in Lichfield.


​Lichfield Garrick ‘helps aspiring producer towards dream career’ 

20 Oct

A CITY student has credited the Lichfield Garrick for accelerating his future in the world of professional theatre.


Fitness boot camp in Lichfield to raise money for good causes 

20 Oct

Lichfield Fit Club getting ready for their fundraising boot camp Lichfield Fit Club is hosting its very own Breast Cancer Boot Camp this month in a bid to encourage local people to battle the bulge and raise funds for two needy causes.


Jobs: Application support manager, quantity surveyor and more… 

20 Oct

These are the latest jobs posted on Lichfield Mercury website.


Storm-force winds likely as tail of Hurricane Gonzalo hits UK -… 

20 Oct

Weather forecasters predict there will be strong winds as the tail of Hurricane Gonzalo hits the UK.


Traffic roadworks on M6 and other delays from the Highways Agency 

20 Oct

These are the latest reports of roadworks within a 25-mile radius of Sutton Coldfield according to the Highways Agency.


Pregnant woman savaged by her dog while walking in Whittington… 

20 Oct

A pregnant woman almost had her arm ripped off in a savage attack by her own Staffordshire Bull Terrier-type dog while walking in Whittington Barracks, between Tamworth and Lichfield.


Loose Women panellist Lynda Bellingham has died aged 66 of cancer 

20 Oct

The actress, who had terminal bowel cancer, filmed her final appearance on the ITV show last week.


Land redevelopment in Barton unveiled as library gets improved… 

19 Oct

A NEW-LOOK frontage for Barton under Needwood's library and youth centre has been unveiled.


Savage dog attack by her own pet leaves woman with horrendous injuries to her arm 

19 Oct

Air Ambulance called to horrific scene at Whittington Barracks...


New ‘centre of excellence’ in Lichfield will transform county’s… 

19 Oct

A REPORT into dementia care has said Staffordshire is 'moving in the right direction' in the way people with the condition and their families are supported.


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Shenstone Pathfinder slip-up against Trysull 

20 Oct

Shenstone Pathfinder slipped up in their attempts to keep the pressure on the teams at the top as they went down 1-0 against Trysull.


Skipper’s double helps Burntwood RUFC secure victory 

20 Oct

Two tries from skipper Ben Holt and 13 points from Will Peach provided the points for Burntwood RUFC – but it was their disciplined defence, particularly in the second half, which earned the win at Bognop Road.


Five star Chasetown FC too strong for Norton United in the FA Trophy 

20 Oct

Nick Wellecomme opens the scoring.


United to ‘learn from their faults’ against Albion 

20 Oct

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal wants his players to show that they have learned from their previous mistakes when they take on West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns tonight.


Villa and Albion target set to join Inter? 

20 Oct

Reports in Italy suggest that Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion target Rolando is set to join Inter Milan in January.


Debut goal for Dave Carns helps Lichfield City FC secure victory 

20 Oct

Lichfield City FC picked up all three points after seeing off the challenge of Racing Club Warwick.


Staffordshire FA App 

20 Oct

Staffordshire FA have launched their new mobile app...


Barton United pay the price for second half collapse against Team Dudley 

20 Oct

Barton United’s run of three clean sheets in as many outings came to an end as they were beaten by Team Dudley in the Birmingham Vase.


Celebrate Christmas and Raise Money for your Club and Teams 

20 Oct

Fundrazor are once again working with the FA and selected GBGB Greyhound Tracks across the country to help support your fundraising and social activities.


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Building your new transport network… in 1974 

19 Oct

I’m hoping some of the bus and rail enthusiasts can help with this one – a few weeks ago I picked up a 40 year old bus route map for Walsall, Aldridge Lichfield, Brownhills and Cannock, and it’s an interesting … Continue ...


Night at ye Museum 

18 Oct

Until further notice, entry to Lichfield Museum (formerly known as the Heritage Centre) at St Mary’s in the Market Square is free of charge! On hearing this, I thought I’d find out a little more about one of its predecessors and set off ...


Overcome with emulsion 

12 Oct

As I alluded yesterday when I featured the image of the Chasewater pump house, reader and friend of the blog Ruth Penrhyn-Lowe has been slaving over a warm scanner yet again to share with us some wonderful postcards from her late father's personal ...


Niche Interest 

12 Oct

The origins of the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance are hazy but in trying to make sense of this centuries-old tradition, the phrase ‘fertility ritual’ often crops up.


A desperate attempt to stave-off bankruptcy 

5 Oct

A few weeks ago, Peter 'Pedro' Cutler, part time local historian and full time historical mischief-maker, ferreted out the remarkable story of the collapse of a bank in Lichfield in 1856, which detailed early mining in Brownhills, and showed some of ...


Prior Engagement 

26 Sep

Yesterday, I visited Hawkesyard, a place known to previous generations by a variety of names including Le Hawkeserd in Hondesacre, Armitage Park, Spode House and Hawkesyard Priory.


The lost hall of Fisherwick 

26 Sep

Kate Cardigan Gomez, irrepressible wonder behind Lichfield Lore has organised a walk and tour around the remains of the incredible Fisherwick Park estate with her other project, Lichfield Discovered - it takes place tomorrow, Saturday 27th September ...


Thanks for help after fall in Gresley Row, Lichfield 

25 Sep

I WOULD like to express grateful thanks to the young family who assisted my wife when she tripped on a paving stone in Gresley Row, Lichfield, just before noon on Saturday, September 13.


The visual arts deserve a stage in Lichfield 

25 Sep

AS a practising artist of many years' experience, I would like to draw your attention to Lichfield's provision of a suitable arena in which to showcase the products of the city's burgeoning visual arts community, where, apart from the totally ...


Lichfield Library space for arts far from ideal 

25 Sep

WE all want learning for life whether it is in art or academic subjects, for it keeps us well, young and stimulated.


Living Faith: Sorry Madonna, but material world will lead to… 

25 Sep

SO the song by Madonna goes:'Cause the boy with the cold hard cash,Is always Mr Right 'cause we areLiving in a material world.


School Report: New school year brings exciting new opportunities… 

25 Sep

WHATEVER your views, the recent Scottish referendum has brought forward the power of decision making and working together to achieve a common goal.


Due south 

25 Sep

Following the recent interest in the Red, White and Blue pub in Springhill, near Sandhills, the wonderful Gareth Thomas from Lichfield District Council has been true to his word and gifted some fascinating aerial imagery of the area, and south to ...


Thanks to all those who took part in Council Survey 

24 Sep

The Labour Group has kept the pressure up on the Conservative Cabinet and forced them to consult the electorate before deciding on a further £2.4 million cut in budget by 2016.


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Archery Evening 

22 Oct

Time to take aim and impress Maid Marian with your best Robin Hood impression...


Review: The Shee @ Lichfield Guildhall 

20 Oct

Leading folk ensemble The Shee played to an attentive audience when they returned to Lichfield Guildhall.


Our latest networking meeting news – National Forest Adventure Farm 

20 Oct

Minutes by Rachael Evans I’m sure you are familiar with the saying “No bad weather just bad clothing” and everyone took this on board when we visited the National Adventure Farm on Thursday 9th October.


October 17th – I came back from Shenstone just as darkness was… 

20 Oct

October 17th - I came back from Shenstone just as darkness was falling, and spotted by chance another bountiful crop of autumn.


Concert Review: Bonnie Dobson 

19 Oct

Concert Review – Bonnie Dobson Lichfield Guildhall – Saturday 11th October 2014 Review by: Ben Macnair One of the best loved voices of the 1960’s folk generation gave a rare public performance when Bonnie Dobson and her band played to a ...


The humble apple takes centre stage at Whittington event 

17 Oct

Apples will be the focus of an annual event in Whittington this weekend.


Date confirmed for reopening of historic Lichfield pub 

17 Oct

A revamped Lichfield pub is set to throw open its doors later this month.


Cannon and Ball set to star in new comedy at the Lichfield Garrick 

17 Oct

Cannon and Ball Comedy heroes Cannon and Ball will be among the cast of a new show at the Lichfield Garrick.


Great crested newt 

16 Oct

Posted from a garden in Switzerland.


English Heritage Listing update status 

15 Oct

Today we responded to the consultation report relating to our application to amend and upgrade the listed status of Sandfields Pumping Station.


Lichfield’s Arts & Heritage Procession 

15 Oct

The Friends of Sandfields is participating in an Arts Heritage Procession through Lichfield City Centre on the morning of Saturday 25th October.


Spooky Halloween spectacular on offer at Lichfield museum 

15 Oct

Things will be going bump in the night at a Lichfield museum this Halloween.


Let’s join hands 

14 Oct

Received, sincere and helpful advice during her “confinement”, by my mother in 1961.


Review: Bonnie Dobson @ Lichfield Guildhall 

14 Oct

One of the lost voices of the 1960’s folk generation gave a rare public performance when Bonnie Dobson, and her band played to a select, but attentive audience at Lichfield Guildhall.


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Date confirmed for reopening of historic Lichfield pub 

17 Oct

A revamped Lichfield pub is set to throw open its doors later this month.


Traffic volumes rise along M6 Toll 

17 Oct

TRAFFIC volumes along the M6 Toll have seen an improvement as operators claim improved customer confidence in the route.


Stoke-on-Trent to launch business case for HS2 station 

15 Oct

BUSINESS and city leaders in Stoke-on-Trent are due to launch their business case for an HS2 station later today.


HCB Group take over Clive Shepherd & Co 

15 Oct

HCB has taken over the legal practice of Clive Shepherd Co, moving the staff into its offices in Lichfield Street, which were acquired in 2011 when Walsall legal firm Hadens joined the group...


77 new homes after council’s bid to block development overturned 

15 Oct

Revelan Group’s proposals for 77 homes on land off Eastern Avenue were unanimously rejected by Lichfield District Council’s planning committee in February...


Further growth for HCB Group 

14 Oct

HCB has taken over the legal practice of Clive Shepherd Co, moving the staff into its offices in Lichfield Street, which were acquired in 2011 when Walsall legal firm Hadens joined the group...


Giant Birmingham site for HS2 College development 

13 Oct

A 3.3-acre site – the size of two football pitches – is being cleared at Ashted Lock on Birmingham Science Park Aston...


New Digbeth and Eastside Metro routes unveiled 

9 Oct

Public to have say on possible extensions of Metro system through south of the city to connect with HS2 station...


Jerry Blackett: Birmingham isn’t trusted with its own money 

2 Oct

Birmingham City Council has now stepped up its bid to attract more powers for the region by formally joining forces with Solihull to work on projects like the HS2 high-speed rail link.


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Spooky city ghost walks 

17 Oct

Take part in a walking tour around Lichfields historical city centre, and be guided to the places where ghosts have been spotted over the years.


Friary Grange Leisure Centres gym is evolving! 

17 Oct

Friary Grange Leisure Centres fitness suite, Evolve Fitness, is set to get a makeover this autumn half term.


Civics visit to Drayton Manor Theme Park 

16 Oct

Twenty-four civic heads from across the West Midlands were treated to an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Drayton Manor Theme Park on Tuesday 14 October 2014.


Petitioning of High Speed 2 Hybrid Bill Phase 1 

10 Oct

At a meeting of Lichfield District Councils Cabinet on 7 October, members considered a report on matters concerning the local authoritys petitioning of the High Speed 2 Phase 1 Hybrid Bill.


Strike action postponed 

10 Oct

Industrial action, due to take place on 14 October, has been postponed.


Make the most of half term at Beacon Park 

9 Oct

With lots of activities, including spooky fun, families are being encouraged to head to Beacon Park in Lichfield this autumn half term.


Please put your bins out as normal on Tuesday 14 October 

6 Oct

Residents who have their bins emptied on a Tuesday are being asked to put them out as normal on Tuesday 14 October 2014, when planned national industrial action is set to take place.


Benefit fraud prosecutions 

2 Oct

Nearly 100,000 of benefit fraud is uncovered by Lichfield District Council and the Department of Work and Pensions in six recently heard cases.


Holiday fun offered this autumn half term 

30 Sep

From roller skating discos and pool fun sessions to a holiday club and a Halloween trail, Lichfield District Councils Holiday Fun programme is packed with plenty of energetic activities to keep young people entertained this autumn half term...


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Euro Forces Reunite Against Cross-Border Crime 

20 Oct

Staffordshire Police taking part in the third collaboration between UK and European forces in tackling international criminality on the UK road network.


New Act Encourages Partnership Working on ASB 

17 Oct

New legislation will give power to victims of anti-social behaviour to request a review of how their cases have been handled.


County advocates join anti-cyberbullying campaign 

16 Oct

The Staffordshire branches of two national advocacy groups have pledged their support to a campaign led by Staffordshire Police to stem the tide of cyberbullying in the county.


Did you witness road traffic collision in Lichfield? 

15 Oct

We are now in a position to name the man who died in a collision on Curborough Road, Lichfield, on Sunday 12 October.


Gearing Up to Drive Down Car Key Burglary 

9 Oct

Staffordshire Police is to roll out a series of high-tech devices to car owners who are at higher risk of having their houses broken into and the keys to luxury cars stolen.


Staffordshire Police Force Awards 

9 Oct

The Staffordshire Police Force Annual Awards take place tomorrow at the County Showground.


Staffordshire Police Chiefs hold online chats 

6 Oct

Staffordshire Police Local Policing Team (LPT) Commanders are set to provide residents with a chance to engage with them using the latest technology over the coming year.


Staffordshire Police Force Awards, Friday 10 October 

3 Oct

The Staffordshire Police Force Annual Awards take place next week at the County Showground.


Force Action Plan HMIC Domestic Abuse Inspection 

1 Oct

Following an inspection by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) of how the police deal with Domestic Abuse, all forces have been required to produce a high level public facing action plan.


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A changing picture? 

20 Oct

Firstly, please accept my apologies for the slightly later than normal posting.


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