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Staffordshire Wildlife Trust among first to put its case to HS2… 

30 Oct

A LEADING Midlands nature conservation charity has become one of the first wildlife and environmental organisations in the UK to appear before the HS2 Select Committee.


The Woodland Trust ‘delighted’ over scrapped Hopwas Woods quarry… 

30 Oct

Thousands of campaigners who united to oppose plans to chop down ancient trees in Hopwas Woods have been praised by The Woodland Trust.


Withdrawal of Hopwas Woods quarry plans welcomed 

30 Oct

Celebrations have eruptedfollowing the news thatplans to turn part of the ancient Hopwas Woods into a massive quarry have been abandoned.


Land Army girls brave the elements as Countess of Wessex unveils… 

30 Oct

THE end of the hurricane Gonzalo, which swept the Bahamas recently, hit the National Memorial Arboretum on Tuesday last week (October 21) at the dedication of the Women's Land Army and Women's Timber Corps Memorial.


BREAKING NEWS: Lafarge Tarmac withdraws Hopwas Woods from… 

30 Oct

PLANSto turn part of ancient Hopwas Woods into a quarry have been withdrawn, the Herald can reveal.


Which chocolates and sweets do you miss the most? (Poll) 

30 Oct

With Cadbury announcing that they will no longer produce their traditional chocolate coins we all see around Christmas, we're wondering what other chocolates and sweets we miss.


Burntwood Wakes organisers insist event will return in 2015 

30 Oct

Organisers of the Burntwood Wakes have hit back at rumours that the event would not take place in 2015.


Ex-pupils offer scholarship to private school near Lichfield 

30 Oct

Former pupils at a private girls school near Lichfield are offering a scholarship to allow another student to follow in their footsteps.


Look out for lantern parade through streets of north Lichfield… 

30 Oct

The streets of north Lichfield will be lit up tomorrow (Friday) evening when people of all ages take part in the annual lantern parade.


Lichfield CVS could merge with sister groups across the county 

29 Oct

THE ORGANISATION which supports voluntary and community services in Lichfield could merge with sister organisations across the county.


Lichfield supermarket unveils new free-to-use community room 

29 Oct

A CITY superstore unveiled its new community space on Wednesday.


Prisons minister visits Swinfen Hall YOI near Lichfield 

29 Oct

PRISONS Minister Andrew Selous visited Swinfen Hall YOI in Lichfield this week.


The One Show’s rickshaw to pass through Lichfield during BBC… 

29 Oct

THE One Show team's famous rickshaw will be passing through Lichfield next month as the BBC show supports Children in Need.


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Sport »

Barton United face fellow high-fliers Alcester Town 

30 Oct

Barton United could climb back amongst the pacesetters if they can secure victory over Alcester Town this weekend.


U13 – Burntwood u13 v Telford 

29 Oct

Burntwood u13 7 v Telford 38...


Chasetown FC finally beaten by high-flying Newcastle Town 

29 Oct

Nick Wellecomme wins the ball in the air.


Leaders Newcastle edge out Chasetown 

29 Oct

NEWCASTLE TOWN 2CHASETOWN 1Evo-Stik League Division One SouthTHE fourth meeting of these sides already this season saw Newcastle emerge victorious for the first time leaving the Scholars hoping for quick revenge when they meet again this weekend...


FA Cup Draw and Tournament at St. Georges Park 

29 Oct

On Monday 27th October St.


County Under 18 Representative Team Update 

29 Oct

The County Under 18 Representative Team travelled to face Birmingham in their first fixture in this Season’s Midland Counties Youth Championship on Saturday 25th October 2014.


Lichfield RFC on the up after bashing Burton on derby day 

28 Oct

LICHFIELD RFC 37BURTON 8Midlands One WestLICHFIELD took another giant stride towards mid-table comfort with a commanding victory over a Burton side who are finding the step up to the national leagues a tad more difficult.


Peach of a conversion earns Burntwood a draw at Clee Hill 

28 Oct

CLEE HILL 10BURNTWOOD 10Midlands Three West NorthBURNTWOOD'S first-ever fixture with Clee Hill ended honours even, a fair result given that the hosts dominated the first half while the visitors had the better of the second period.


PICTURES: Clee Hill 10 Burntwood RFC 10 

28 Oct

Gallery created by Lichfield Mercury...


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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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Nearly half a million pounds in funding available 

30 Oct

Four local organisations have come together to fund activities and projects across Lichfield District through a new Locality Commissioning Fund that will give out around £477,000 in 2015.


‘Are You Scared Of The Dark?’ 

29 Oct

TBA...


Lichfield Cross City line timetable “a work of fiction” admits London Midland 

28 Oct

  London Midland has admitted that the Cross City line timetable is “a work of fiction” and will be scrapped with effect from Monday, 3 November.


Back up Abnalls 

28 Oct

I’ve had a couple of messages from the person who is working tirelessly to make sure that improvements are made to the National Cycle Network Route 54 and  that they are sustained, specifically the gated section on Abnalls Lane mentioned ...


Concert Review – The Shee 

28 Oct

Concert Review – The Shee Saturday 18th October Reviewed by Ben Macnair One of the country’s leading folk ensembles, The Shee played to an attentive audience when they returned to Lichfield Guildhall.


Former soap stars set to appear in new thriller at the Lichfield Garrick 

28 Oct

Tickets have gone on sale for a thriller coming to the Lichfield Garrick next year.


Review: Solomon and Marion @ Birmingham Rep 

27 Oct

Solomon and Marion.


October 25th – I spotted them by chance as I shot down Church… 

27 Oct

October 25th - I spotted them by chance as I shot down Church Street in Chasetown - the were on the mown grass in the little park next to the school.


October 24th – The sky had cleared when I alighted from the… 

27 Oct

October 24th - The sky had cleared when I alighted from the train at Shenstone, and there was a most curious sunset.


Jumble Season 

26 Oct

Got taken to the bike jumble in Kidderminster yesterday and drove past the fixie philosopher on the way in and managed a chat while waiting in the queue.


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.


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Business »

Lichfield workers help boy with inoperable tumour fulfil his dreams 

29 Oct

Staff at a Lichfield company have raised £1,500 to help a boy with an inoperable tumour fulfil his dreams.


HS2 worthwhile but what the Black Country needs is better roads says chamber president 

28 Oct

IMPROVEMENTS to UK rail infrastructure are important and worthwhile but what will be of more long-term benefit to firms in the Black Country is a better road system, the president of the areas...


Stoke-on-Trent City Council vows to fight on despite HS2 rejection 

28 Oct

STOKE-on-Trent City Council\'s leader has said he wants to keep fighting to bring a high-speed rail station to the city despite seemingly losing out to Crewe.


‘HS3′ good news for Midlands transport campaign say business leaders 

27 Oct

SUPPORT for a new high speed rail link between Leeds-Manchester - the so-called HS3 - is set to give added impetus to a Midlands crusade for better east-west transport connections, campaigners have sa...


HS2 North moves a stage nearer following new report 

27 Oct

PLANS for a high-speed "HS3" rail link in the north, which could see journey times from Manchester to Leeds cut from 48 to 26 minutes, have moved a step closer after a report by the head of the HS2 sc...


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.


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Council »

Free boxing sessions for Burntwood young people 

29 Oct

A British boxing champion will be giving young people across Burntwood free boxing lessons at Burntwood Leisure Centre from 6 November 2014.


Nearly half a million pounds in funding available 

27 Oct

Four local organisations have come together to fund activities and projects across Lichfield District through a new Locality Commissioning Fund that will give out around 477,000 in 2015.


Have you registered to vote yet? 

27 Oct

Canvassers are visiting properties across Lichfield District where people have not registered to vote yet.


Novembers CPCG conservation days 

27 Oct

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


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.


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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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  • Portrait of a Group on a Bench Lichfield Cathedral 1930's

     on flickr 29 Sep 14
    Page 18 of a photo album – Approx 200 photos in this album 4 to a page. Photos are 3.5 by 2.5 inch black and white

    This album has an inscription on the inside cover – to Ivy and Sonny from Auntie


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10c warmer 

30 Oct

Today will see the wind derivation eventually return towards the warmer southerly direction (SE-SW arc) and we can expect to see a day with some mild air temperatures.


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