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​Lichfield’s Beacon Park named one of the best in Britain 

3 Aug

BEACON Park in Lichfield has received a prestigious award for the fifth consecutive year, confirming it as one of the best parks in the UK.


‘Delight’ as Lichfield businesses vote yes for BID 

3 Aug

BUSINESSES in Lichfield have voted in favour of a scheme that is set to deliver 1 million investment in a range of exciting city centre projects over the next five years.


Barton gardens Festival shares out £8,000 ‘cash crop’ 

3 Aug

CHARITIES have reaped the benefit of Barton Gardens Festival with 8,000 handed out at a presentation evening.


The beauty of Cannock Chase 

3 Aug

Cannock Chase was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1958 in order to preserve its landscape, wildlife and history for our future generations.


Lichfield dim Beacon’s lights to go top of the Staffs Premier 

3 Aug

LICHFIELD CC FIRST XI (214-8) beat BEACON (201) by 13 runsStaffs League Premier DivisionLICHFIELD moved to the summit of the Staffs Premier League for the first time this season as they clinched a thrilling 13-run win over title rivals Beacon.


Family fun on offer in Burntwood’s parks 

3 Aug

Burntwood’s parks are playing host to family fun this summer.


Barton students get to grips with golf 

3 Aug

MORE than 700 students at John Taylor High School in Barton under Needwood gave golf a go at an alternative sports day.


Political leaders targeting “very best deal” for Burntwood 

3 Aug

The leader of Burntwood Town Council has insisted talks between local authorities and landowners will deliver “the very best deal” for the area.


Lichfield owner’s bill for failing to clean up after his dog in park 

3 Aug

A Lichfield man has been hit in the pocket for a second time after failing to clean up after his dog.


Lichfield shop manager helps raise £170,000 for charity 

3 Aug

A Lichfield shop manager has helped raise more than £170,000 for charity.


Most expensive homes for sale in and around Lichfield 

3 Aug

Here are some of the most expensive properties available in and around the Lichfield Mercury area.


Night closures on A38 near Lichfield planned for resurfacing 

3 Aug

CRUCIAL resurfacing on the A38 near Lichfield will be carried out in August with several overnight closures necessary to complete the work.


Five day weather: Sunny spells – but with lots of cloud 

3 Aug

Here is the latest forecast for the next five days from the Met Office along with the long-range outlook for the UK.


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Lichfield dim Beacon’s lights to go top of the Staffs Premier 

3 Aug

LICHFIELD CC FIRST XI (214-8) beat BEACON (201) by 13 runsStaffs League Premier DivisionLICHFIELD moved to the summit of the Staffs Premier League for the first time this season as they clinched a thrilling 13-run win over title rivals Beacon.


Sponsorship lottery proves a success for Shenstone Pathfinder 

3 Aug

A local football team have raised more than £1,000 from a sponsorship lottery.


Draw for Lichfield City FC as they prepare for season opener 

2 Aug

Lichfield City’s preparation for the new season continued with a 2-2 draw against Bardon Hill.


Coaching sessions this week at Curborough 

29 Jul

After a week away for Iain riding in the Alps and watching the Tour de France and Rob’s 25th wedding anniversary adult coaching returns tomorrow, Wednesday 29th at 6:30pm.


Staffordshire FA Community Awards – Young Volunteer of the Year 

27 Jul

On Saturday 25th July Staffordshire FA hosted their annual awards event that aims to recognise and reward grassroots clubs, leagues and volunteers from across the county for their commitment and achievements during the 2014/15 Season and beyond...


Staffordshire FA Community Awards – Groundsman of the Year 

27 Jul

On Saturday 25th July Staffordshire FA hosted their annual awards event that aims to recognise and reward grassroots clubs, leagues and volunteers from across the county for their commitment and achievements during the 2014/15 Season and beyond...


Staffordshire FA Community Awards – RESPECT and Fair Play 

27 Jul

On Saturday 25th July Staffordshire FA hosted their annual awards event that aims to recognise and reward grassroots clubs, leagues and volunteers from across the county for their commitment and achievements during the 2014/15 Season and beyond...


Staffordshire FA Community Awards 2015 

27 Jul

On Saturday 25th July Staffordshire FA hosted their annual awards event that aims to recognise and reward grassroots clubs, leagues and volunteers from across the county for their commitment and achievements during the 2014/15 Season and beyond...


Shenstone Pathfinder to start new season with home clash 

23 Jul

Shenstone Pathfinder’s first fixtures for the new season have been revealed.


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Littleton Colliery 1912, another Battle of Orgreave? 

2 Aug

One of the more contentious issues in the history and folklore of mining communities is that of strikes and protest - we all know they happened, but for some historical retailers and gatekeepers the actuality has always been a wee bit too raw, rough ...


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – July public meeting this Thursday 

29 Jul

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Thursday (30th July 2015) there is a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the ...


Burntwood Wakes archive film showing now! 

25 Jul

I've just noticed via Facebook that there's a showing of a unique Burntwood Wakes archive film at St.


Bike Lock 

24 Jul

On Wednesday, Christine from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust and I set off on a joint expedition to explore the remains of the stretch of the Wyrley and Essington Canal between the Fosseway Level Crossing and Sandfields Pumping ...


Fancy doing some volunteering at the Scrap Barn? 

23 Jul

Fancy doing some voluntary work for the Lichfield Scrap Barn shop at Chasewater Innovation Centre - friend of the blog and top Phoenix Hospital Radio DJ Lucy Wood has dropped me a line to let me know that they have some great positions available.


Walsall Wood hold Lichfield City to a draw 

22 Jul

The friendly season continues, and Saturday last, Bill Shaw was at Brownfield Lane to watch the Woodmen in action against Lichfield City in an entertaining score draw.


Road accident on M6 Toll island this evening 

19 Jul

I've had a load of enquiries about an accident tonight up by the M6 toll slip road island just off the A5195 and Ogley Hay Road north of the A5 between Chasetown and Hammerwich - as luck would have it, there's a fairly full report on the West ...


Get down with the ancestors – Wall Open Day this Sunday! 

18 Jul

That there Kate Cardigan from Lichfield Lore donned one of her many hats (and a toga-style ganzey) this week when she wrote to tell me that this Sunday, 19th July 2015, it's the annual open day at Wall village and Roman site, just up the A5 between ...


Walsall Wood FC away matches this afternoon! 

18 Jul

I'm not terribly clear what's happening exactly, but there are two Walsall Wood friendly away matches scheduled this afternoon; one at Lichfield City listed kickoff 3pm and another against Wolverhampton Sporting CFC at Great Wyrley also listed also ...


Accident in Sadler Road this evening? 

17 Jul

I know very little about this one but friend of the blog @AntrigbyAjrigby tweeted me tonight (9:15pm Friday 17th July 2015) to say there had been an accident in Sadler Road, Brownhills, and the the road was closed with the junction of Lichfield Road.


Up Letocetum 

16 Jul

Wall, located just two miles to the south of Lichfield, is an incredible place to visit at anytime of the year.


Lichfield Canal Summerhill Guided Walk – this evening 

14 Jul

This evening (Wednesday, 15th July 2015), there's a guided walk being held by the Lichfield & Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust along the Summerhill section, and it's open to all who might want to go and see what they're up to - Currently ...


Tweet: Good day on the property front. Progress on new in… 

10 Jul

Good day on the property front.


World War Two Event and Vintage, Craft and Curio Fair – two day event this weekend! 

10 Jul

Friend of the blog and top Pelsall bloke Chris Hill has asked me to point out a two day event this weekend that's happening at the Staffordshire Regiment Museum, at the former Whittington Barracks, on the A51 between Lichfield and Whittington.


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Lichfield councillor Joseph Powell to challenge city MP for buffoonery title 

3 Aug

Lichfield District Cllr Joseph Powell, who represents Little Aston and Stonnall has launched his campaign to become Conservative Party parliamentary candidate for the 2020 election.


July 30th – Coming home from Shenstone, I noticed the harvest… 

2 Aug

July 30th - Coming home from Shenstone, I noticed the harvest had started at Lynn, and the grain trailers were filling, clouds of corn-dust blowing over the fields and that familiar scent in the air.


Win tickets to see the 2015 Fake Festival in Lichfield 

2 Aug

The popular Fake Festival is returning to Lichfield – and we’ve got tickets to give away! Beacon Park will once again be transformed into a live festival venue on August 15.


July 30th – Passing through leafy, upmarket Mill Green on the… 

31 Jul

July 30th - Passing through leafy, upmarket Mill Green on the way to work, I noted that the large abandoned house on the corner of Forge Lane looks to have reached the end of the line.


Water Walks, exploring the story of water in Lichfield 

29 Jul

On Saturday 19th September, for the Lichfield Heritage Weekend, the Lichfield Waterworks Trust are putting on three Water Walks, exploring the story of water in Lichfield.


Staffordshire Regiment Museum goes back in time for Edwardian fete and fair 

29 Jul

An event at the Staffordshire Regiment Museum will roll back the years next month with an Edwardian fete and fair.


July 28th – Returning home from Telford, unusually these days, I… 

29 Jul

July 28th - Returning home from Telford, unusually these days, I took the train to Shenstone and rode from there.


Building a library in Lichfield – one bike at a time 

28 Jul

Just one example from the   Lichfield Re:Cycle   project to give a flavour of the sort of thing we can do.


Glambusters to play at Lichfield pub 

28 Jul

Glambuster Glam rock will be on the menu at a Lichfield pub this weekend.


Disabled Lichfield residents should not be allowed out, claims Burntwood Labour councillor 

28 Jul

Disabled Lichfield residents should not be allowed out on the roads, claims Burntwood Labour councillor.


Family fun on offer as Erasmus Darwin House hosts Wacky Wednesdays 

27 Jul

A Lichfield museum is inviting families to join a series of Wacky Wednesday activities.


Cycle Rides For All – Burntwood to Chasewater and back 

23 Jul

This Sunday is the first ever Cycle Rides For All in Burntwood.


Speedsters urged to sign up for Burntwood Wakes Push Kart Derby 

23 Jul

Burntwood’s best racers are being invited to showcase their speed in a Push Kart Derby.


Monthly Progress Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust 

23 Jul

Monthly Progress Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust, formerly known as the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station.


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Political leaders targeting “very best deal” for Burntwood 

3 Aug

The leader of Burntwood Town Council has insisted talks between local authorities and landowners will deliver “the very best deal” for the area.


Council planning to tap into potential of Armitage Shanks site 

27 Jul

MORE than 100 homes are planned for the site of the former Armitage Shanks Tap Works Factory site in Wolverhampton.


The HS2 Midlands dream revealed 

23 Jul

A £3.3 billion vision for HS2 was today revealed that would create 52,000 jobs, extend the Midland Metro line and bring super-fast electric buses to the Black Country.


HS2 ‘will let Midlands lead business world’ 

23 Jul

The Midlands will become a ‘world-leading business destination’ because of HS2, politicians and business leaders today claimed.


Jobs and economic activity boom predicted as HS2 growth strategy unveiled 

22 Jul

THE prospect of tens of thousands of new jobs and billions of pounds of new economic activity has been linked to the arrival of high-speed rail project HS2 in Birmingham.


Curzon Street HS2 Masterplan set for green light 

20 Jul

City council expected to adopt formally the plan which will see massive regeneration in the area around the planned home of the new HS2 terminal ...


Property agents at launch of £38m Liberty Park scheme 

20 Jul

Over 30 key industrial property agents from across the Midlands attended the Birmingham launch of Liberty Park, Lichfield.


New White Stuff store confirms Lichfield Arts as charity partner 

17 Jul

A new city centre shop has named Lichfield Arts as its partner charity.


Pub owners back plan for Lichfield Business Improvement District 

16 Jul

A number of pub owners and managers in Lichfield have given their backing for plans to introduce a Business Improvement District in the city centre.


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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.


July fun at Lichfield Historic Parks 

6 Jul

From trails to follow and bug hunting fun through to a record breaking event, there are plenty of activities and events to enjoy at Beacon Park and Stowe Pool this summer.


Consultation on Supplementary Planning Documents 

2 Jul

Have your say on the draft supplementary planning documents.


Council seeks more Lichfield Proms sponsors 

2 Jul

Lichfield District Council is inviting local businesses to sponsor Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park to help make sure this years event is the best yet.


Consultation on Supplementary Planning Documents 

29 Jun

Have your say on the draft supplementary planning documents.


Inspire Boot Camp at Burntwood Leisure Centre 

26 Jun

Are you up for a boot camp challenge...


A weekend of fun at citys historic parks 

26 Jun

From outdoor concerts and seed planting to hunting for bugs, Lichfield Historic Parks were a hive of activity last weekend.


Summer holiday fun 

25 Jun

Lichfield District Council is proud to launch its Holiday Fun programme an online guide to summer holiday activities across Lichfield District.


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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.


Warning against home security scam 

5 Jun

Police have issued a warning about companies offering to install burglar alarm systems, which come with a hidden £3,000 bill.


We support the biggest ever National Rural Crime Survey 

4 Jun

Staffordshire’s residents urged to make their voices heard by taking part in the National Rural Crime Survey...


We support the biggest ever National Rural Crime Survey 

4 Jun

Staffordshire’s residents urged to make their voices heard by taking part in the National Rural Crime Survey...


Suspected road rage incident, Lichfield 

29 May

Police are appealing for witnesses following a suspected road rage incident near Lichfield.


First conviction for drug driving in Staffordshire 

27 May

Staffordshire Police have secured the first conviction in the county for drug driving.


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From the Malvern Hills 

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First thing this morning we start the day with some bright spells breaking through the partially cloudy sky (5/8 cloud coverage).


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