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Invitation to Dr Samuel Johnson’s 305th birthday party in… 

17 Sep

THE Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum is celebrating the birthday of Lichfield's most famous son with a free slice of cake for all visitors and activities throughout the day this Saturday (September 20).

Decision on final HS2 route will now not be made ‘until after… 

17 Sep

A DECISION on the final route of HS2 will not now be made until after next year's general election, it has been revealed.

Watery wildlife haven on the way for National Memorial Arboretum… 

17 Sep

THE National Memorial Arboretum will soon be getting a wildlife pond thanks to a 35,000 project.

Record-breaking entrance for Lichfield’s 10K race 

16 Sep

A RECORD number of runners entered the Lichfield 10K Road Race on Sunday.

POLL: Have you used the internet whilst driving? 

16 Sep

A recent survey has revealed that 1 in 6 drivers have used the internet while driving.

Which premises have failed recent food inspections where you… 

16 Sep

These are some of the latest food hygiene reports published by the Food Standards Agency.

Burntwood’s ​Stephen Sutton raised £5 million to fund… 

16 Sep

THE Teenage Cancer Trust has revealed plans detailing how the 5 million inspired by the remarkable Stephen Sutton MBE will help other young people with cancer in the UK.

Scrap metal dealers hit with £1,000 bill 

16 Sep

Three scrap metal dealers who were caught operating without a licence or being too loud have been hit with a combined bill of more than £1,000.

Boy, 13, sexually abused young bullying victim 

16 Sep

A boy sexually abused a young girl after promising to protect her from school bullies, a court heard.

Stephen Sutton appeal raises £5 MILLION for charity 

16 Sep

Burntwood cancer teen's mum Jane 'immensely proud' of his achievements and legacy...

Stephen’s £5m to fund cancer units 

16 Sep

Plans for spending almost £5m raised by teenage cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton, from Burntwood, Staffordshire, are revealed.

​Influential HS2 committee to meet stricken communities around… 

15 Sep

THE case of Staffordshire communities will be put to an influential committee of MPs when they visit Staffordshire for the first time tomorrow (Tuesday, September 16).

Tributes paid after death of long-serving Lichfield councillor 

15 Sep

A long-serving Lichfield councillor has died.

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Chasetown FC’s FA Cup run ended in extra time by Rugby Town 

17 Sep

The Rugby goal comes under pressure.

Lichfield RUFC roar to see off Peterborough Lions 

17 Sep

Lichfield RUFC got the better of newcomers Peterborough Lions after securing a 24-20 win at Cooke Fields.

Chasetown crash out of the FA Cup in Rugby replay 

17 Sep

CHASETOWN 1RUGBY TOWN 3FA CupFirst Qualifying Round ReplayCHASETOWN'S hopes of embarking upon another memorable FA Cup run were brought to an early end as they crashed out in extra-time at home to Rugby on Tuesday night.

Holt hits late winner for Lichfield City against Atherstone 

16 Sep

LICHFIELD CITY 2ATHERSTONE TOWN 1Midland LeagueDivision OneLIAM Holt's late free-kick completed a fine come-from-behind victory for City as they continued their fine start to the Midland One season.

Lichfield record first National League win but Peterborough push… 

16 Sep

LICHFIELD RFC 24PETERBOROUGH LIONS 20National Three MidlandsLICHFIELD got off the mark in National Three with a hard-fought victory over fellow promoted outfit Peterborough in a first-ever league meeting between the sides.

Pitch problems leave Burntwood RUFC with a wasted journey 

16 Sep

The start of the league season proved to be a big anti-climax for Burntwood RUFC.

Lichfield City F.C. U13′s – City claim first win of the season 

15 Sep

Determined city claimed all 3 points in this hard fought match...

Chasetown and Rugby Town must replay for right to face Worcester… 

15 Sep

RUGBY TOWN 1CHASETOWN 1FA CupFirst Qualifying RoundJERMAINE Johnson's first Scholars goal gave Chasetown the lead but Rugby struck back after the break to ensure a replay will decide who travels to Conference North side Worcester City in the...


15 Sep

Saturday 29th November 2014 @ 7.00pm.

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Heads and Tales 

15 Sep

Just outside of Lichfield, in the village of Wall, are the remains of the Roman settlement of Letocetum, a latinized version of an Iron Age place name meaning ‘grey wood’.

Panic on the Streets of Lichfield 

10 Sep

Local history rapscallion Peter 'Pedro' Cutler regularly comes up with some incredible stuff that fires off at interesting tangents to light up lost fragments of our history that might otherwise be overlooked - time and time again, Peter has ...

Sunday Chasewater Craft & Farmers Market cancelled – but Whittington on this morning 

6 Sep

Just a quick heads up that this Sunday (7th September 2014), there was to be a Craft and Farmers Markets staged at Chasewater, which has been cancelled, with the organisers Bohemian Bunty pulling out of the monthly event.

Something for the Weekend 

5 Sep

Chatting to a friend last weekend about what goes on in Lichfield made me realise I do take some of it for granted.

My dog was traumatised after attack in Tamworth 

4 Sep

MY dog was traumatised by a black Labrador on Shortbutts field 10 years ago.

Much bigger issues in Lichfield than dogs in Beacon Park 

4 Sep

WHAT a sad and condescending letter that was in your letters page last week.

Caught out by parking switch in Lichfield city centre street 

4 Sep

I NOTE our esteemed council has removed a large part of Lombard Street from 30-minute parking and judging by the number of vehicles receiving tickets not many people are aware of this.

Thanks from Lichfield branch of Arthritis Care 

4 Sep

ON behalf of the Lichfield branch of Arthritis Care I wish to express our gratitude to Councillor David Leytham past district chairman and his wife, for selecting Arthritis Care as one of their charities for the year, which has led to an amazing ...

Stowe Pool play area is no place for dogs 

4 Sep

I WAS concerned to read in Mrs Schofield's letter last week that she had seen two people allow their dogs into Stowe Pool's enclosed play area.

Living Faith: Many people ask ‘Does God care?’ 

4 Sep

YES, it is the time of year when our house is recovering from a week looking after the grandchildren.

Don’t blink 

4 Sep

Kate Cardigan Gomez and Sandfields champion Dave Moore have teamed up with their informal local history group Lichfield Discovered to give a free talk in Lichfield this coming Monday evening (8th September 2014) entitled 'Weeping Angels - Symbolism ...

Shed burglaries in Shire Oak overnight: did you see anything? 

30 Aug

Terri Fallon Nicholls from Lichfield Road in Shire Oak has been in touch today regarding the fact that her shed, and that of a near neighbour were burgled in the early hours of Saturday, 30th August 2014.

Gaol Sentences 

28 Aug

In the churchyard at St Chad’s in Lichfield there’s a gravestone belonging to John Prickett who died in March 1832, at the age of 63.

Tweet: People Power funding for Gartmore Riding School #H… 

28 Aug

People Power funding for Gartmore Riding School #Hammerwich to help youngsters with disabilities gain confidence http://t.

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World War One Weekend coming to the Staffordshire Regiment Museum 

17 Sep

The Staffordshire Regiment Musuem is set to rally the troops for its annual World War One Weekend.

Lichfield set to celebrate 305th birthday of Samuel Johnson 

17 Sep

One of Lichfield’s most famous sons will be remembered at celebrations for Samuel Johnson’s 305th birthday.

September 16th – We’re in a real Indian summer at the… 

17 Sep

September 16th - We’re in a real Indian summer at the moment - back to cycling around without a coat, with the sleeves rolled up.

Review: Chris Wood @ Lichfield Guildhall 

16 Sep

A select audience turned out to hear the solo singer-songwriter Chris Wood when he opened Lichfield Arts Autumn 2014 season.

No Monkey Business Please! 

16 Sep

We get all kinds of donations in the Main Shop, but I wasn’t prepared to be confronted by a Giant Monkey when I unlocked! I hadn’t even switched the lights on, and I opened the door to the Back Room, and there he was, slouched in a chair, large ...

St Giles Hospice Fundraising rides 

15 Sep

Some photos from the beginning of yesterdays rides for St Giles.

Poet Philip Knight to launch new group for writers in the heart of Lichfield 

15 Sep

Just as the Lichfield Literary Festival is poised to arrive the city from October 8 to 12, local poet Phillip Knight has sneakily stolen a march on the big guns by announcing the launch of a new local writers group in the very heart of Lichfield.

Kaz Hawkins – Lichfield Guildhall – Sunday 21st September 2014 

15 Sep

Staffordshire blues fans will be in for a treat when the fast rising Kaz Hawkins appears at Lichfield Guildhall.

Sir Doug Ellis to lift the lid on his life in football at the Lichfield Garrick 

15 Sep

Sir Doug Ellis One of football’s best known characters will be lifting the lid on his life in the beautiful game at the Lichfield Garrick.

A Wall of Sound for Christmas… 

15 Sep

It's only September, and I hardly dare mention the 'C' word, but just look what we found in the Bookshop – a Christmas record! Really it’s much too early to put this out, but who could resist Phil Spector’s distinctive ‘Wall of Sound’ on ...

September 12th – Conkers, by the shedload. The tree in Festival… 

13 Sep

September 12th - Conkers, by the shedload.

September 12th – I needed to pop into Lichfield, so I rushed… 

13 Sep

September 12th - I needed to pop into Lichfield, so I rushed there from work, then took a leisurely spin back.

Don’t Stop The Music! 

13 Sep

Hitting the right note...

Lichfield City train station toilet ‘a disgrace’ 

12 Sep

LICHFIELD commuters have complained to London Midland about the passenger lift at Lichfield City railway station.

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Lichfield jobs to go as Phones 4U goes into administration 

15 Sep

Staff at a Lichfield shop are being told their jobs have gone after Phones 4U went into administration.

DTZ brings £215m Ocean Portfolio to market 

15 Sep

Real estate adviser selling Swift Park unit in 12-strong portfolio in addition to Fradley Park in Lichfield...

Birmingham MPs unite to demand HS2 college in the city 

12 Sep

The MPs, eight Labour, one Conservative and one Lib Dem have all signed the letter in which they argue Birmingham is the only logical place for the college...

Birmingham remains ideal location for HS2 College say business leaders 

12 Sep

BIRMINGHAM remains the ideal choice for the location of the proposed HS2 College, business leaders in the city have said.

Business lends a helping hand to Lichfield scouts 

11 Sep

Scouts in Lichfield have been given a helping hand to get on the road for their first camping trip of the year.

Plan approved for new Indian restaurant in Burntwood 

11 Sep

Plans for a new Indian restaurant in Burntwood have been given the go-ahead.

84 West Midland firms to compete for £10bn HS2 contracts 

11 Sep

Eighty-four companies from the West Midlands are set to bid for £10 billion worth of contracts to build HS2.

84 West Midland firms to compete for £10bn HS2 contracts 

11 Sep

84 West Midland firms to compete for £10bn HS2 contracts...

HS2 project speeds up as experts meet in Birmingham to discuss implementation plans 

11 Sep

HUNDREDS of firms are gearing up to bid for HS2 contracts as Birmingham prepares to stage a national conference on the high-speed rail project.

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Council »

Councillor John Wilks (1930 to 2014) 

15 Sep

Councillor John Wilks sadly died at Burton Hospital on Sunday 14 September 2014.

Council prosecutes three scrap metal dealers 

12 Sep

Following the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, local authorities now have legal powers to make sure scrap metal dealers are working within the law.

Lichfield landlord prosecuted 

10 Sep

Court orders a Lichfield landlord to pay 3,358 for failing to obtain a licence for a house in multiple occupation.

Patriotic proms goes off with a bang! 

8 Sep

Thousands of people waved their flags and sang with gusto at the sixteenth Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park on Saturday 6 September 2014.

Lichfield Heritage Weekend 2014 

8 Sep

Come to Lichfield on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September to explore interesting buildings and discover Lichfields hidden histories.

A new toddler slide for Beacon Park 

3 Sep

Thanks to a generous donation from Lichfield Greenhill Bower, a new slide has been unveiled in Beacon Parks junior play area.

Septembers CPCG conservation days 

2 Sep

Volunteers needed to help at two conservation events in Lichfield District this September.

Countdown to Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park 

1 Sep

The countdown to this years Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park has begun...

Lichfield Food Festival 2014 serves up a tasty two-day event 

1 Sep

The third Lichfield Food Festival, which took place on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 August, attracted thousands of people to Lichfield in Staffordshire.

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Police renew focus on alcohol harm 

17 Sep

Staffordshire Police is to address the drain on its resources caused by excessive drinking with a period of action as part of a nationwide drive.

Did you witness an armed robbery in Lichfield? 

11 Sep

Police are appealing for witnesses to an armed robbery at a store in Lichfield.

Incident on M6 Toll, Sat 6 Sept 

11 Sep

On Saturday (Sept 6) CMPG officers were involved in a pursuit with a man from the Kent area who failed to stop on the M6 in Staffordshire.

Woman jailed for frauds at Stafford schools 

5 Sep

A woman has been jailed for five months after admitting a string of frauds at three Stafford schools.

Did you witness a street robbery in Whittington? 

4 Sep

Police are appealing for witnesses to a street robbery that took place in Whittington on Wednesday (3 September).

Chief Constable’s Jane Sawyers Ice Bucket Challenge 

27 Aug

Staffordshire Police’s Chief Constable Jane Sawyers today took on the ice...

Can you help us find these men wanted by colleagues from West Midlands Police? 

22 Aug

Can you help us find these men wanted by colleagues from West Midlands Police...

Appeal to locate missing Burntwood man 

20 Aug

Staffordshire Police is appealing for the public to report any sightings of a missing Burntwood man.

Crime falls at V Festival Weston Park 

18 Aug

The organisers of V Festival, Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire Services and West Midlands Ambulance Service are delighted to confirm that the festival at Weston Park, headlined by Justin Timberlake and The Killers this weekend, has...

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Nearly twice as warm 

17 Sep

It is a very mild start to the day although there will be some dew on the grass and cars this morning as the relative humidity is high.

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