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Lichfield Cathedral ball rolls towards £100k target in… 

30 Jul

A SPECIAL ball at Lichfield Cathedral held in memory of a toddler who died just one day before her second birthday has raised thousands of pounds for Birmingham Children's Hospital.


Lichfield man dies after suffering severe burns in garden fire 

29 Jul

A LICHFIELD man severely burned after being engulfed with flames in his garden has died.


Uncovering the truth about Somme ‘slur’ on South Staffordshire… 

29 Jul

The torment suffered 100 years ago by British soldiers who advanced towards the Germans on July 1 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, has been well documented.


Groups in Lichfield and Burntwood urged to apply for share of £125,000 to improve health of former mining communities 

29 Jul

Groups in Lichfield and Burntwood are being urged to apply for a share of £125,000 set aside to support former mining towns and villages.


No lift for disabled passengers at Lichfield Trent Valley railway… 

29 Jul

THE long-awaited lift at Lichfield Trent Valley railway station should materialise by 2017, the Mercury has learned.


Businesses urged to back the 2016 Lichfield Georgian Festival 

29 Jul

Businesses are being urged to get into the spirit of Lichfield’s Georgian Festival.


Volunteers create new garden area at St Giles Hospice 

29 Jul

A group of volunteers from the NEC in Birmingham have helped create a new garden area at St Giles Hospice.


Free food for community groups is served up by Lichfield store 

29 Jul

LICHFIELD'S Tesco Extra store is offering free food to community groups across the area.


Scouts lend a hand on project aiming to restore the Lichfield Canal 

28 Jul

A local scout group has been having a bash at creating wildlife habitats along the Lichfield Canal.


Lichfield hotel fined after 33 wedding guests struck down by food… 

28 Jul

A LICHFIELD hotel has pleaded guilty to food hygiene offences after 33 wedding guests became ill after eating contaminated pate.


Hotel made to pay £11,000 after contaminated pate makes wedding guests ill 

28 Jul

A Lichfield hotel has been hit with an £11,000 bill after a food poisoning incident which hospitalised a wedding guest and left more than 30 others unwell.


2016 Kings Bromley Show in pictures 

28 Jul

HUNDREDS of people flocked to enjoy the 2016 Kings Bromley Show last Saturday (July 23).


Street dancers in Burntwood help launch 2016 Space scheme 

28 Jul

Street dancers in Burntwood have helped to launch the 2016 Space scheme.


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Sport »

Lichfield City FC v’s Wolverhampton Casuals FC 

29 Jul

Saturday 6th August 2016...


Brompton World Championships 2016 

29 Jul

Just a day to go now until the Brompton World Championships.


Lichfield City FC unveil new home kit for 2016/17 season 

29 Jul

Defender Dan McLeod in the new Lichfield City home kit Lichfield City FC have unveiled their new home kit for the coming season.


Record appearance holder Chris Slater returns to Chasetown FC 

29 Jul

Chasetown FC’s record appearance holder has returned to the club.


Chasetown FC to face Heath Hayes after Aston Villa cancellation 

28 Jul

Chasetown FC have arranged a new pre-season friendly after seeing their fixture with an Aston Villa under-21 side cancelled.


Familiar face strikes as Chasetown FC are beaten at Brocton 

27 Jul

A former Scholar came back to haunt Chasetown FC as they went down 1-0 in a pre-season friendly at Brocton.


Respect Sanctions and Disciplinary action on Clubs 

26 Jul

We would like to make Clubs and Teams aware of the RESPECT Sanctions and Disciplinary Action on clubs for Misconduct by their players which will continue throughout the 2016/17 season.


Referee Development Evening 

26 Jul

Monday 22nd August will see us host a Referee Development Evening at Brocton FC for any Staffordshire FA Registered Referee.


Aston Villa cancel pre-season friendly at Chasetown FC 

26 Jul

Aston Villa FC say their friendly with Chasetown FC has been cancelled.


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Lichfield Waterworks Trust – July 2016 public meeting this Thursday 

26 Jul

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


Local football returns, but Walsall Wood sadly no match for Chasetown 

21 Jul

A quiet start to the football season at Oak Park last Saturday (16th July 2016) as the lads from the Wood faced the mighty Chasetown in a pre-season friendly that sadly, didn't go the Woodmen's way.


Walsall Wood FC at home to Chasetown in pre-season friendly this afternoon! 

16 Jul

Your chance to catch Walsall Wood FC in action at Oak Park against Chasetown FC this afternoon! Click through for details.


See familiar places from a different perspective with Lichfield Discovered this Saturday! 

8 Jul

I see that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is organising a great Saturday afternoon photo walk around Lichfield, with her informal and fun Lichfield local history group, Lichfield Discovered.


Beyond the Northern Wastes 

7 Jul

In the over 20 years I’ve lived in Walsall Wood, near to the 39x (previously)/10/10A (now) bus route , I’ve probably only caught the bus northwards towards Brownhills a handful of times, heading instead towards the bright lights of Walsall, and ...


Great historical walk around RAF Lichfield – this afternoon 

3 Jul

If you're quick, there's going to be another great event staged this afternoon by Lichfield Discovered, a side project of Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore - this time, it's a walk around the site and remains of the old RAF Lichfield ...


Great news – Woody the cat returns home! 

2 Jul

Leoni Thacker has been in touch to let us know that Woody, the lovely ginger and white cat who went missing from the Lichfield Road area of Brownhills in the last few days, turned up safe and well this morning at 1:00am! Continue reading...


Lichfield Rotary Cars in the Park – On this weekend! 

1 Jul

There's a really good classic and vintage car show on this weekend (thats Saturday and Sunday, 2nd & 3rd July 2016) in Beacon Park, Lichfield as part of Festival Weekend - the Rotary Cars in the Park event.


Missing ginger and white cat – can you help please? 

29 Jun

Leoni Thacker has been in touch to ask readers to look out for her cat, who's gone missing from the Claverdon Close area of Brownhills (That's just off the Lichfield Road near the Memo) following some building work.


St Giles and St Michael 

28 Jun

St Giles is the patron saint of lepers and surely it’s no coincidence that there was a medieval hospital at nearby Freeford  caring for those unfortunates suffering from the disease.


Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival 2016 – this weekend! 

24 Jun

Fed up of politics and grim news - well, there's something fun instead this week as it's the 2016 Lichfield Jazz and Blues festival from today (Friday 24th June 2016) until Sunday (26th June 2016).


A very close shave on Brownhills High Street 

12 Jun

AutoElite, the vehicle security and audio specialists from Shenstone have kindly allowed me to share this alarming video on the blog which was recently recorded on their dashcam, showing a lady walking along the pavement by Farmfoods in Brownhills, ...


Higher Ground 

12 Jun

As these things go, the highest village in England is a decent title to have.


Your chance to get involved with the restoration of our lost canal – this Friday! 

7 Jun

Just a quick note to point out that the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are holding their Annual General Meeting this Friday, 10th June 2016) in Brownhills, at the Parkview Centre (the old Council House on the Miner Island), and all ...


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Features »

Businesses urged to back the 2016 Lichfield Georgian Festival 

29 Jul

Businesses are being urged to get into the spirit of Lichfield’s Georgian Festival.


Tony Christie brings golden anniversary tour home to the Lichfield Garrick 

29 Jul

Fans are sure to be queueing in the avenues and alleyways to secure a ticket for a homecoming performance by Lichfield’s Tony Christie.


Brochure Stock Replenishment 

28 Jul

If you would like copies of the Visitor Guide 2016 or the NEW What’s On Autumn/Winter 2016-2017 brochures for your business or property then please let me know, we will be organising a local delivery drop in the next few weeks.


Records reveal how people in Lichfield and Burntwood battled to avoid conscription during World War One 

28 Jul

Records outlining how people in Lichfield and Burntwood fought conscription in World War One are to be published for the first time.


Cast of community musical give Lichfield shoppers a sneak preview of new show 

28 Jul

Shoppers in Lichfield have enjoyed a sneak peek at a new community musical.


July 27th – And on my return, the weather was so lovely, I… 

28 Jul

July 27th - And on my return, the weather was so lovely, I decided to take a detour around Stonnall for a bit of thinking time.


The Fazy’s return to Lichfield pub 

27 Jul

Covers band The Fazy’s are performing at a Lichfield pub.


Review: Head Girl at the Blue Orange Theatre 

26 Jul

I have to declare an interest here as the author of this marvellous new piece starred in one of my own plays, but his own claims to fame are not only being an excellent actor and festival organiser, but writer as well.


Cast of The Hired Man experience trench life in Staffordshire Regiment Museum visit 

26 Jul

The cast of a new community musical have visited the Staffordshire Regiment Museum to experience what life was life for soldiers in the trenches.


Corbyn – Anarchists missing the point 

25 Jul

There’s been widespread criticism from anarchists if not of Corbyn directly then of the wisdom of those that are joining the Labour party to support him and his project.


July 23rd – Spotted on the canal near Tamhorn Park, between… 

24 Jul

July 23rd - Spotted on the canal near Tamhorn Park, between Hopwas and Hademore, this late brood of mallard ducklings.


Review: Cheshire Cats @ Lichfield Garrick 

23 Jul

The latest Lichfield Players’ production has that rarest of all qualities, charm, and not only that, it has it in absolute bucketfuls.


Lichfield Cathedral awarded £690,000 to help carry out urgent Chapter House repairs 

22 Jul

Lichfield Cathedral has been awarded almost £700,000 to carry out repairs on its Chapter House.


Sculptors to exhibit work at the Lichfield Garrick 

21 Jul

Sculptors will be showcasing their work at the Lichfield Garrick as part of a new initiative.


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Business »

Businesses urged to back the 2016 Lichfield Georgian Festival 

29 Jul

Businesses are being urged to get into the spirit of Lichfield’s Georgian Festival.


Hotel made to pay £11,000 after contaminated pate makes wedding guests ill 

28 Jul

A Lichfield hotel has been hit with an £11,000 bill after a food poisoning incident which hospitalised a wedding guest and left more than 30 others unwell.


Lichfield BID manager to step down after less than a year in the job 

26 Jul

The manager of the Lichfield Business Improvement District is to leave her job.


Networking group for women to meet in Lichfield 

26 Jul

A networking group for women will meet in Lichfield next month.


Business people in Lichfield and Burntwood asked to join local policing panels 

22 Jul

Business people in Burntwood and Lichfield are being offered the chance to play a role in directing local policing in their community.


Plan to convert Burntwood shop into osteopathy and podiatry clinic 

22 Jul

A Burntwood shop could be transformed into a new osteopathy and podiatry centre.


Report highlights £717m boost of HS2 East 

22 Jul

A REPORT published today by HS2 East highlights the economic importance to both England and Scotland of pressing ahead with the Eastern leg of HS2 in "full and to the fastest possible timescal...


Lichfield hotel’s expansion given the green light by planning chiefs 

21 Jul

A Lichfield hotel has been given the green light to expand.


Burntwood firm forced to pay almost £8,000 after bonfire causes plumes of dark smoke 

18 Jul

A Burntwood firm has been ordered to pay almost £8,000 for a bonfire that caused plumes of smoke.


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Council »

Improvement work on Lichfield city centre’s heritage paving completed five weeks early 

24 Mar

Work to replace Lichfield city centre's historic style paving has been completed five weeks ahead of schedule.


Library move proposal under discussion 

25 Feb

Proposals to safeguard two historic buildings and open a library in the heart of Lichfield City will be scrutinised by councillors.


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.


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Crews have moved into Lichfield Community Fire Station 

23 Feb

Crews have today moved into Lichfield’s new 3.2 million community fire station.


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.


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  • Museum Gardens, Lichfield – Erasmus Darwin statue

     on flickr 16 Apr 16
    Return to Beacon Park – Museum Gardens in Lichfield.

    Erasmus Darwin statue.

    The statue was by Peter Walker and was unveiled in late 2012.

    Darwin lived in Lichfield from 1756 to 1781.

    Physician, scientist


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Barometer set to rise. 

29 Jul

The surface air pressure at the time of observations (06;33 hours) was steady at around 1008.6mb but, as the day passes, we will see this increase slightly to around 1012mb.


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