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Lichfield family’s horror as car thieves smash in front door with… 

27 Apr

A FURIOUS father felt he had no choice but to have CCTV installed throughout his Lichfield home after thieves smashed in the front door and drove off in his 49,000 BMW.

Rugeley rapist Antonio Alves who went on run to Rio extradited… 

27 Apr

A CONVICTED Rugeley rapist who went on the run for almost four years has been brought back from Brazil to serve his jail sentence by detectives from Staffordshire Police.

Council forced to clean-up after spate of fly-tipping incidents across Lichfield and Burntwood 

27 Apr

A spate of fly-tipping incidents have taken place across Lichfield and Burntwood over the Easter Bank Holiday period.

On this Day: Owner of Stowe House Lichfield gave money to St… 

27 Apr

On this day, April 27 1756, legal documents show that Elizabeth Aston of Stowe House gave a sum of money to nearby St Chad's Church for the construction of a set of pews for herself, her tenants and servants.

Lichfield runner’s thanks to all who backed marathon challenge… 

27 Apr

AN INSPIRATIONAL Lichfield woman has raised more than 7,000 for MENCAP by completing the London Marathon.

Figures reveal Lichfield Foodbank has handed out 200,000 meals in three years 

26 Apr

New figures reveal that 200,000 meals have been supplied by the Lichfield Foodbank in the past three years.

Green Party’s 2017 General Election candidate calls for radical change 

26 Apr

The Green Party’s 2017 General Election candidate for Lichfield and Burntwood says the need for radical change is greater than ever.

Another BMW stolen from Lichfield – thieves also swipe VW Golf… 

26 Apr

ANOTHER BMW has been stolen from Lichfield as the spate of prestige and high performance car thefts continues.

On this Day: Memorial services to those who died in Titanic… 

26 Apr

On this day, April 26 1912, the Lichfield Mercury reported on the memorial services that had been held in the district to mark the loss of life that had taken place on the Titanic a few days earlier.

Man did NOT try to get a teenage girl into his car in Cannock on… 

26 Apr

CANNOCK Police say that after a detailed investigation they have established that a teenage girl was not approached by a man in a vehicle on Monday afternoon.

Lib Dems urge Lichfield and Burntwood voters to break up the Conservative monopoly on local councils 

26 Apr

Voters have been urged to break up the Conservative monopoly on local councils.

2017 General Election Green Party candidate for Lichfield and… 

26 Apr

THE Green Party has selected its Parliamentary candidate for Lichfield and Burntwood to fight in the upcoming 2017 General Election.

Police appeal after man asked girl to get into his car in Cannock 

25 Apr

POLICE are appealing for information after a man asked a teenage girl to get into his car in Cannock yesterday (Monday, April 24)The 'suspicious incident' happened in Chadsmoor, at around 3.30pm, near to the Seabright chip shop.

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Sport »

Burntwood RUFC beaten by rejuvenated Willenhall 

27 Apr

Willenhall’s strong finish to the season saw them add third placed Burntwood RUFC to their recent run of victories.

Penalties prove a pain as Chasetown FC lose out in the Staffordshire Senior Cup final against Stoke City 

27 Apr

Chasetown FC made Stoke City work hard for their Staffordshire Senior Cup win – forcing the professional club to come from behind in normal time to eventually secure the victory on penalties.

Stoke City FC make rivals pay the penalty as they claim cup glory 

27 Apr

CHASETOWN 1 STOKE CITY 1(Stoke win 4-3 on penalties)Staffordshire Senior Cup FinalCHASETOWN were within minutes of lifting the Staffordshire Senior Cup for the first time, only to have their hearts broken by a stoppage-time equaliser from Stoke...


27 Apr

Marston Road was again the venue as Newcastle Town and Wolverhampton Casuals met in a re-peat of the 2013/2014 final which was won by the Stoke-on_Trent based side.

In pictures: Chasetown FC v Stoke City 

27 Apr

Chasetown FC suffered penalty shootout heartbreak as they lost in the Staffordshire Senior Cup final against Stoke City.

Chasetown denied Staffordshire Senior Cup success in late heartbreak – PICTURES 

27 Apr

Chasetown boss Dave Stringer is ‘immensely proud’ of his team after their heart-breaking shoot-out defeat to Stoke City’s academy team in the Staffordshire Senior Cup final.

MTBO Camp 17 – Night Sprint 

26 Apr

After a looooong day, getting up at 2.30am, driving, flying, driving, bike building to be honest I just wanted to go to bed but no, 9.15pm was the start for the first race of the mtbo camp cup.

Domination Score Event Results 

26 Apr

Well done to all the runners who braved the unreasonable weather to kick off this summers Domination Series, with Iain defending his title in style.

MTBO Camp 2017 – Preview 

25 Apr

Along with a large contingent of Brits I am off to Denmark at stupid o’clock tomorrow morning to train, race and generally have a good time at MTBO Camp 2017.

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Big Ideas Need Attention to Detail Too 

24 Apr

I spent a very useful couple of hours in Northfield Village in Stafford with Philip Atkins and Mike Wilcox, Leader of Lichfield District Council.

Urgent: Police appeal for witnesses to Rushall collision 

22 Apr

Walsall police this afternoon issued the following appeal for witnesses to come forward who may have seen the Mercedes Convertible, pictured below, on Wednesday last (19th April 2017) after in was involved in a collision on the Lichfield Road in ...

A great chance for tea and cake in a great country canalside garden this afternoon! 

15 Apr

I know it's late on but there's a great even going on in Whittington this afternoon (Saturday, 15th April 2017) in aid of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust 'Tunnel Vision' appeal - Eric and Doreen's All Day Easter Coffee Morning.

Grass fire on Gentleshaw Common yesterday 

9 Apr

I was elsewhere yesterday afternoon as it's good cycling weather - but I noticed from social media feeds and enquiries that there was a grass fire on Gentleshaw Common towards the evening.

Flytipping morons hit Barracks Lane 

8 Apr

I'm sad to say that the local area is still plagued by flytipping - the above load was dumped on Friday 7th April 2017 at Barracks Lane, just over the border in Staffordshire, and reported on Facebook by the crew from the Lichfield Mercury.

Friends like these are friends indeed! 

8 Apr

That there Kate Cardigan from Lichfield Lore, Lichfield Discovered and a host of other historical and community based projects is appealing for people to join her and other volunteers in the new Friends of Chasewater Group.

It’s all water under the bridge 

2 Apr

I've had some interesting responses (particularly on Facebook) to the odd enquiry I made yesterday from reader Graham about Hopwas Canal Bridge on the A51 near Tamworth.


1 Apr

After I posted my ride pictures from last Saturday's spring sojourn around east Staffordshire, reader Graham posed a comment asking a really interesting question about a canal bridge on the A51 at Hopwas, which I'm really interested in.

Have a great night out – and support a great local canal project! 

30 Mar

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about their annual Spring show, taking place at Whittington Village Hall on Friday, April 7th 2017.

In the soup at Chasewater – this Saturday! 

24 Mar

Two events in one: Kate Cardigan Gomez from Lichfield Lore, Lichfield Discovered etc.

Lichfield Waterworks Trust – March 2017 public meeting this Monday! 

24 Mar

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this coming Monday (27th March 2017) there will be a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly...

Supporting our armed forces and their families 

22 Mar

Staffordshire has a long and proud military heritage, which continues right up to today.

Cabinet agrees to include Green Belt sites around Burntwood for housing 

8 Mar

Highfields Road site had already been rejected previously by the public but the Council are trying again! Last night Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet agreed to include the Green Belt sites, off Coulter Lane, Burntwood (80 houses) and off ...

Lichfield District’s Cabinet meets on Tuesday to consider housing proposals 

5 Mar

Join them at 6pm on Tuesday 7th March if you want to show your concern over losing green belt land around Burntwood Lichfield ‘s Conservative Cabinet will be deciding on the proposals for housing, Green Belt land and much more which will be put out...

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Features »

Review: Legally Blonde the Musical at the Lichfield Garrick 

26 Apr

The Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre’s track record is unrivalled in my experience.

Review: Laurence Jones and Heidi Browne at the Lichfield Guildhall 

26 Apr

Two young bands from two disparate genres showcased their talents for an appreciative audience when Heidi Browne and the award-winning blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Laurence Jones appeared at Lichfield Guildhall.

West End Horrible Histories show coming to the Lichfield Garrick 

26 Apr

Horrible Histories is coming to the Lichfield Garrick.

Lichfield Jazz 

25 Apr

Lichfield Jazz continues it’s sessions at the George IV Bore Street, Lichfield on Wednesday 17th May with ‘A Night of Swinging Standards’ performed by Nick Drew, saxes, Nick Dewhurst, trumpet, and an outstanding rhythm section of Billy Weir, ...

‘All that Jazz’…in Lichfield! 

25 Apr

Visitors to this year’s Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival can look forward to a veritable feast of jazz performed in venues across this historic city by local, regional and national favourites.

April 23rd – On the canal at Hopwas, a swan nest. The male was… 

25 Apr

April 23rd - On the canal at Hopwas, a swan nest.

Band’s appearance will get Lichfield audiences jumping and jiving 

24 Apr

A gig in Lichfield next month will have the audience jumping and jiving.

Lichfield Garrick launches new afternoon classical concert series 

23 Apr

The Lichfield Garrick’s new afternoon classical concert series kicks off today.

Lichfield MP commends PM’s two year extension to his guaranteed salary  

21 Apr

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant welcomed PM Theresa May’s announcement that the Labour Party will be consigned to history in time for the summer recess.

History will come to life at Staffordshire Regiment Museum open day 

21 Apr

The Staffordshire Regiment Museum will once again be throwing open its doors for an open day next month.

Review: Martin Carthy at the Lichfield Guildhall 

21 Apr

Lichfield folk fans were shown a masterclass of traditional music-making when the legendary Martin Carthy appeared at the Guildhall.

Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5 coming to the Lichfield Garrick 

21 Apr

The Dolly Parton Musical 9 to 5 is coming to Lichfield.

Review: Lichfield Operatic Society’s Annie at the Lichfield Garrick 

20 Apr

In the theatrical world, they say you should never perform with children or animals.

Lichfield Garrick ready to host hit show The Tiger Who Came to Tea 

19 Apr

West End hit The Tiger Who Came to Tea is coming to the Lichfield Garrick next month.

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Business »

HS2 regen chief quits to take up new role in London 

26 Apr

Woman charged maximising development around Birmingham's new HS2 station in Eastside has been appointed to similar post in the capital...

Virgin Trains teams up with French operator for HS2 bid 

25 Apr

SNCF has thrown hat into the ring as battle hots up to run InterCity West Coast franchise and high-speed services...

Conservative Government won’t scrap HS2 says mayor candidate 

24 Apr

Conservative mayoral candidate dismisses back bench calls to scrap HS2...

New micropub set to open in Burntwood 

23 Apr

A new bar is set to open in Burntwood.

New care company agrees deal to provide care at Lichfield retirement complex 

4 Apr

A new care company will provide round the clock care for residents at a Lichfield retirement complex.

Lichfield and Burntwood nursery business agrees deal to acquire 61 new sites 

30 Mar

A nursery business founded in Lichfield has continued its expansion with the acquisition of a further 61 sites.

Birmingham office market has ‘everything to play for’ 

28 Mar

Jonathan Carmalt from JLL assess the future for the city's office market as work on HS2 gets going and the squeeze on supply starts to ease...

Trial of new car park payment system hoping to boost Lichfield city centre trade 

24 Mar

The way shoppers pay for parking in Lichfield could change after details of a new trial emerged.

Lichfield students recognised for the entrepreneurial skills 

24 Mar

Students from a Lichfield school have been recognised for their entrepreneurial skills.

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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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Could you be a retained firefighter in Tamworth? 

16 Feb

The Service is holding recruitment days at Tamworth Fire Station, on Lichfield Street, on Wednesday, February 22 at 6pm and Saturday, February 25 at 10am.

Join us for the Family Festival of Carols 

22 Nov

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Family Festival of Carols is set to take place at Lichfield Cathedral on Sunday, December 4.

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.

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Cold morning for walkers? (WS7 weather report 27-4-2017) 

27 Apr

Once agin our early morning walkers will be feeling the cold today as the air temperature at 06:30 hours is only 1.8c.

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