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Lichfield people urged to surrender firearms as part of… 

25 Oct

Staffordshire Police are starting a two-week campaign urging Lichfieldpeople to surrender unwanted firearms and ammunition on Monday (October 27).


M6 Toll drama after lorry driver’s ‘u-turn’ 

25 Oct

Court hears motorists forced to brake as trucker tried to turn round lorry...


Superb costumes unveiled for 2015 Lichfield Mysteries – and your… 

25 Oct

ACTORS from Lichfield Mysteries have been enjoying some time in the limelight and are now inviting others to join them.


Clocks going back by one hour 

25 Oct

It's that time of the year again - theclocks are going back byone hour this weekend.


Ollie’s Heroes steer Lichfield tot’s life-changing fund £7k… 

25 Oct

THREE-year-old Ollie Dodds is a step closer to life-changing surgery thanks to pedal power.


Lichfield MP joins family of air training corps 

25 Oct

CADETS from a rapidly expanding group have welcomed a new member to their 'family'.


Poppy Appeal launch at National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield 

25 Oct

FOR the first time, the National Arboretum Branch of the Royal British Legion are holding a Poppy Appeal launch.


New HS2 station proposed for Crewe 

25 Oct

A report into the route of the second phase of the fast train project HS2 is expected to recommend a new station at Crewe, which means a bid to include Stoke on the line could be rejected.


Flooding near Lichfield will lead to road deaths, warns Blithbury… 

24 Oct

A BLITHBURY farmer who has spent two years wrangling to get action over ongoing flooding says he fears the rising water will lead to a dangerous road smash.


New jobs: Application support manager, solidworks design engineer 

24 Oct

These are the latest jobs posted on Lichfield Mercury website.


Weekend roadworks report: Avoid the hold-ups this weekend 

24 Oct

These are the latest reports of roadworks according to the Highways Agency.


Launch of Lichfield’s 2014 Poppy Appeal 

24 Oct

PEOPLE across Lichfield are joining together for the launch of the annual Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.


Tributes paid to Lichfield Poppy Appeal organiser Beverley… 

24 Oct

TRIBUTES have been paid following the sudden death of Royal British Legion fund-raiser Beverley Ann Billings.


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Sport »

Steve & Beth’s Last Ride 

24 Oct

Steve and Beth Clayton are moving to Scotland.


Paul Lambert hints that Aston Villa WILL buy Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley in January 

24 Oct

Villa have option to sign England midfielder permanently...


County Under 18 Representative Team make a winning start to their competitive programme. 

23 Oct

The County Under 18 Representative Team under new Head Coach David Billingham, made a winning start to their competitive programme with a 4 – 1 victory over Nottinghamshire at Mansfield Town FC on Sunday 12th October 2014 in the First Round...


Half term training 

23 Oct

Next week at the Friary – see indoor cycling training camp Oct 14...


RAF Football Appeal Scores Impressive Milestone 

23 Oct

A football shirt charitable appeal based in Shropshire has completed an incredible milestone in passing the magical 100000 items delivered worldwide.


Perform Experiences at St Georges Park 

22 Oct

Perform at the official Healthcare Provider for St.


Albion defender a target for Italian clubs 

22 Oct

AC Milan are ready to step up their interest in West Bromwich Albion's Sebastien Pocognoli, Sky Sport Italia are reporting.


Albion boss appreciates Palace challenge 

22 Oct

Head Coach Alan Irvine has issued a warning to anyone expecting an easier ride when West Bromwich Albion host Crystal Palace at the weekend.


Friend: Wolves wanted it more 

22 Oct

Middlesbrough's George Friend said that Wolves 'wanted' the victory more after his side lost 2-0 at Molineux last night.


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Comment »

Broken Record 

23 Oct

The ‘Heritage at Risk’ register for 2014 was published by English Heritage today.


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 ...


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Features »

New Home for Sign 

25 Oct

  The Hammerwich LMS Station sign that was found folded in half amongst rubbish at Lichfield City has been given a new home, complete with a frame at Chasewater Country Park.


For Whom the Bell Tolls 

24 Oct

The site of the Old Tollgate Cottage, near Orgreave.


Elvis tribute show coming to the Lichfield Garrick 

23 Oct

Rob Kingsley Put on your blue suede shoes to enjoy a night of Elvis in Lichfield.


Steel Tuxedo bring rock sounds to Burntwood pub 

23 Oct

A rock covers band are bringing their sound to a Burntwood pub.


Revelan revelling in residential review 

22 Oct

Local planning officers are celebrating another victory over their arch enemies on the  Planning Committee of Lichfield District Council.


Dark nights, bright lights 

22 Oct

It’s getting to that time of the year where the commute is getting darker and the need to be seen much greater.


Archery Evening 

22 Oct

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


Folk fans in for a treat as musicians line up for festival in Lichfield 

22 Oct

A fabulous feast of folk music is being promised by organisers of a festival in Lichfield.


Alternative Lichfield 

22 Oct

Some of our events and the Lichfield Re:Cycle project are on a new website that brings together some of the fun and free stuff going on in Lichfield at the moment.


Newly-published photos highlight Lichfield city centre’s past 

22 Oct

The Old Crown on Bakers Lane.


Creepy crafts on offer at workshops in Lichfield 

22 Oct

Creepy crafts will be on offer at family-friendly sessions in Lichfield.


Lichfield’s ghoulish past explored on guided tours in the city 

21 Oct

Walking tours around Lichfield are lifting the lid on the spooky side of the city.


October 20th – I had to pop into Walsall Wood on my way home, so… 

21 Oct

October 20th - I had to pop into Walsall Wood on my way home, so shot up the Lichfield Road.


Antiques expert finds nothing of value in Lichfield shopping centre 

21 Oct

BBC star and failed antiques dealer Jonty Hearnden was on hand in the Three Spires Shopping Centre, Lichfield to value various items of junk, including  plates, statues, sculptures, old maps and jewellery.


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Business »

Business leaders say Stoke’s HS2 bid will deliver growth for £2bn less than its rival 

23 Oct

BUSINESS leaders across North Staffordshire have said an HS2 station in Stoke-on-Trent should be a priority as the Government looks to determine the high speed rail route between Birmingham and Manche...


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...


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Council »

Getin2it inclusive sport and exercise taster sessions 

23 Oct

Lichfield District Councils sports development team is proud to launch inclusive sport and exercise sessions aimed at adults with learning difficulties.


Free art activities for children this half term 

21 Oct

Lichfield District Council is inviting budding artists to take part in this years Big Draw, and join in free art activities taking place in Lichfield over half term.


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.


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Firearms Surrender 

24 Oct

Staffordshire Police will be holding a two-week opportunity for people to surrender unwanted firearms and ammunition starting 27 October to 9 November 2014.


Sixth man jailed for child exploitation 

24 Oct

A sixth man was jailed today for his role in the sexual exploitation of a child in Staffordshire.


Police dog Alfie hangs up his harness 

24 Oct

One of Staffordshire Police’s most successful employees has retired after eight years loyal service, dog and pup.


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.


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25 Oct

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