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Lichfield paramedic joins fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone 

25 Nov

A Lichfield paramedic has joined the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone.


Mothballed Burntwood vocational centre could be handed over to schools 

25 Nov

A mothballed vocational centre in Burntwood is set to be handed over to local schools.


Gallery 1: Lichfield’s Christmas lights switch on 

25 Nov

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Gallery 2: Lichfield’s Christmas lights switch on 

25 Nov

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New jobs: Party planners, machining engineer, office junior and… 

25 Nov

These are the latest jobs posted on our website.


Roadworks and delays likely to affect your journey today -… 

25 Nov

These are the latest reports of roadworks within a 25-mile radius of Sutton Coldfield according to the Highways Agency.


Weather: Cold and misty today, heavy rain likely tomorrow 

25 Nov

Check out the latest forecast for where you live within our weather map.


Partnership lined up to run Burntwood Vocational Centre for… 

24 Nov

BURNTWOOD Vocational Centre could be given a new lease of life as a practical learning facility for students with special needs.


Win £60 towards your heating bill this December with… 

24 Nov

As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, the team from local heating experts, Laker Home Care, is partnering with the Lichfield Mercury to offer one lucky resident* a 60 cheque that could be put towards their heating bill this winter.


GALLERY: Great Midlands Fun Run in Sutton Coldfield Presentation… 

24 Nov

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Canal trust’s towpath trail receives £2,000 boost from… 

24 Nov

THE PROJECT to restore the abandoned Lichfield canal and create a seven-mile heritage towpath trail has been given a 2,000 boost thanks to a public show of support.


Are Tesco and Waitrose right to cover up certain newspaper front… 

24 Nov

NEWSPAPER front pages are to be covered up in two supermarkets amid fears children are being exposed to graphic photographs and headlines.


Five-day forecast: Will we be getting snow this week? 

24 Nov

What's the forecast for the week ahead where you live? Click the map above to find the latest five-day forecast from the Met Office.


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Sport »

Lichfield Saints U12′s – SAINTS GO TOP OF DIVISION 4 AFTER VICTORY VS COLTS 

25 Nov

Tough, tight game with the Saints being rewarded for their hard work and determination...


Burntwood pay for early slumbers in defeat to leaders Handsworth 

25 Nov

BURNTWOOD RFC 17HANDSWORTH 34Midlands Three West NorthBURNTWOOD'S hopes of toppling unbeaten league leaders Handsworth evaporated in the opening ten minutes when they found themselves 17-0 down.


Stoke college in scholarship link with local football academy 

25 Nov

Stoke-on-Trent College has joined forces with a local football academy to help develop potential stars of the future on and off the pitch.


Lichfield Ladies keep Bulls at bay to edge victory at Aylesford 

25 Nov

AYLESFORD BULLS 12LICHFIELD LADIES RFC FIRST XV 13RFUW PremiershipLICHFIELD Ladies maintained their grip on third place in the Women's Premiership with another victory to continue their excellent form so far this season.


PICTURES: Chasetown 0 Norton United 1 – Cropper’s cracker… 

25 Nov

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PICTURES: Sutton Coldfield RFC 19 Lichfield RFC 17 – Sutton… 

25 Nov

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Scholars stunned by Cropper’s rocket for Norton 

25 Nov

CHASETOWN 0NORTON UNITED 1Evo-Stik Northern LeagueDivision One SouthCHASETOWN suffered a fourth straight league defeat on the bounce as FA Cup heroes Norton claimed the points with a goal good enough to grace any game.


Rose blooms as his four goals hand Lichfield City progress in… 

25 Nov

LICHFIELD CITY 4BALL HAYE GREEN 0Staffs VaseSecond RoundMARK Rose bagged all four goals as City moved into the Staffs Vase quarter-finals by thrashing Ball Haye Green despite playing much of the second half with ten men.


Saturday Coaching Sessions 

25 Nov

Steve Bradley is training to be a coach for the club and part of this is to practice his skills so club members supporting this would be much appreciated.


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Comment »

Burntwood Children’s Centres Under Threat: Residents Urged to Take Part in Consultation 

20 Nov

County Councillor for Burntwood North, Cllr Sue Woodward, is urging the community of Burntwood to take part in the County Council’s consultation on the future of children’s centres.


The Brownhills press gang 

16 Nov

Occasionally on the Brownhills Blog we strike a little bit of gold that sets things alight for a bit - this has happened over a variety of disparate topics; the Brownhills Carnival video, and the later cinefilm from the Brownhills Camera Club; the ...


Its a Photo Frenzy !!!!!!! 

13 Nov

Its been a while since there was a posting! But I just have to share some work that I am involved in.


Tweet: Just pulled up at Kings Bromley near #Lichfield to… 

12 Nov

Just pulled up at Kings Bromley near #Lichfield to talk with parish councillors about policing, how things are going future challenges...


Local history events this week 

10 Nov

Kate Cardigan Gomez from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is really going some with her local history group, Lichfield Discovered - in the next week they have two events, one of which is tonight, and on an appropriate Great War theme, with author Joss ...


Urgent – Harris Hawk lost in Burntwood 

9 Nov

I have no idea what to make of this - lost raptors are a new one for the blog, but never a dull moment - just has this report of a lost Harris Hawk in from Jim Mason of Burntwood: Continue reading →...


Serving Time 

8 Nov

Throughout the year, the Lichfield Discovered group has hosted some fascinating talks on a range of subjects from symbolism in cemeteries  (we never did find out about the mackerel!) to urban exploration  and we’ve visited pubs, Roman forts...


Burntwood and Lichfield Labour Members with Sion Simon MEP and Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate, Chris Worsey 

7 Nov

Labour members quizzing Sion Simon MEP in Lichfield tonight over devolution and David Cameron’s con over the “rebate“.


Pubs and Publishing 

2 Nov

There’s been a lot of curiosity about what’s happening at the site of the former Three Tuns Inn on the Walsall Road.


Serious road accident in Shelfield last night 

31 Oct

Last night (Thursday 30th October 2014) there was a serious road traffic collision on the Lichfield Road in Shelfield in which six people were hurt - I'm getting lots of enquiries about this, and the following press release was issued by West ...


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 ...


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Features »

Review: Rock night @ Lichfield Guildhall 

25 Nov

Smoke machines, disco lights, wah wah guitars, screaming feedback and three talented bands were the ingredients in a smorgasbord of entertainment at the city’s latest rock night.


The Lichfield Festival of Folk hailed as a great success 

24 Nov

Lichfield Arts’ ‘L2F – Lichfield Festival of Folk’ was once again held in the historic environs of Lichfield – and what a festival it proved to be! After completing a full Fringe Programme in the preceding week, ...


Coope,Boyes and Simpson, In Flanders Field 

24 Nov

Lichfield Arts – Concert Review Coope,Boyes and Simpson, In Flanders Field Reviewed by Ben Macnair On Remembrance Sunday the well known male acappela trio, Coope, Boyes and Simpson paid respect to the war dead, and survivors of the first world ...


Concert Review – The Carrivick Sisters 

24 Nov

Concert Review – The Carrivick Sisters Lichfield Guildhall – November 16 th 2014 Reviewed by Ben Macnair with photographs by Dave Jones With their virtuoso blend of musicianship and strong vocal harmonies, the sibling duo the Carrivick Sisters ...


November 23rd – It seems Staffordshire County Council -… 

24 Nov

November 23rd - It seems Staffordshire County Council - who’ve not been running Chasewater for long since taking it over from Lichfield District Council - are getting themselves into a bit of a pickle with the boating/duckpond at the country park.


Tell: the Truth 

23 Nov

WILLIAM TELL Hippodrome, Birmingham, Saturday 22 nd November, 2014   Rossini’s final opera is a more serious affair than his other works, like The Barber of Seville or The Journey to Rheims .


Enjoy Staffordshire 2014 Tourism Awards News 

20 Nov

Winners are announced for the Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards Destination Staffordshire and the Staffordshire tourism industry have celebrated the best in business this year with standout winners including Denstone Hall Farm Shop and Café, Colton...


Review: The Carrivick Sisters @ Lichfield Guildhall 

18 Nov

With their virtuoso blend of musicianship and strong vocal harmonies, the sibling duo the Carrivick Sisters turned the grandeur of Lichfield’s Guildhall into a Bluegrass club.


Lack of funding forces cancellation of Lichfield Mysteries in 2015 

17 Nov

A lack of financial backing has been blamed for the cancellation of the Lichfield Mysteries.


Lichfield Festival Baby Elephant Parade 

14 Nov

Lichfield Festival has exciting news of a brand new project taking place at the Lichfield Festival 2015.


To Burntwood – uphill on the way, downhill the way back 

13 Nov

I needed to go to Cannock this morning so cycled up Abnalls Lane again.


Former Liverpool star to be guest at Lichfield City FC’s sportman’s dinner 

13 Nov

Former Liverpool star Phil Thompson will be the special guest at a sportsman’s evening in Lichfield.


Team Rickshaw in town 

12 Nov

With a bit of free time and a website tracking their progress, I was able to nip out and catch the @teamrickshaw as they cycled through Lichfield at lunchtime raising money for Children in Need.


Lichfield Christmas Festival Weekend 2014 

12 Nov

Celebrate Christmas with a weekend of festive events and activities throughout Lichfield City.


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Business »

Two West Midlands SMEs recruited as start-up growth ambassadors 

21 Nov

A LICHFIELD company has been adopted as a mentor to start-up businesses looking to move onto the next stage of their development.


Qatari cash linked to HS2 scheme 

18 Nov

Oli-rich state has Birmingham in its sights with Royal Family of Qatar said to be planning a massive investment in city Curzon Street HS2 station...


Business leaders welcome Qatari interest in Birmingham Curzon project 

18 Nov

BUSINESS leaders in Birmingham have welcomed reports suggesting the Qatari royal family may invest in the HS2 high-speed rail project in Birmingham.


Businesses urged to back Lichfield Ladies Circle’s community challenge 

13 Nov

Local businesses are being urged to back a community challenge being undertaken by Lichfield Ladies Circle.


Business celebrates opening of new factory in Burntwood 

11 Nov

The owners of a local business are celebrating after opening a new factory in Burntwood.


Blocksil cleans up Down Under with new Australian contract 

10 Nov

A STAFFORDSHIRE firm has secured a major deal for its anti-vandal product from a train company in Australia.


New factory for fast expanding Mercian Labels 

10 Nov

MANUFACTURING business Mercian Labels has opened a new factory in Burntwood.


Chancellor George Osborne hints at West Midlands mayor 

4 Nov

George Osborne has suggested a new figure could head up a combined authority with powers across the region...


HS2 route north of Birmingham could change 

4 Nov

Government launches consultation on possible changes to path of high-speed rail project after it leaves city and heads north...


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Council »

Where is your child tonight? 

24 Nov

Find out about how to keep young people engaged in positive activities at two events in Burntwood.


Lichfield Christmas Festival Weekend 2014 

20 Nov

Let the festive fun begin with Lichfields Christmas Festival Weekend on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 December 2014.


CPCG conservation events this November and December 

18 Nov

Volunteers are needed to help at the final two conservation events of 2014.


Wrap up your home for winter 

18 Nov

Two local householders are inviting Lichfield district residents into their homes to demonstrate the benefits of external wall insulation.


Jump around 

13 Nov

Trampolining sessions for adults are launching at Burntwood Leisure Centre with a free introductory class this November.


Getin2it walking football sessions 

10 Nov

Theres no reason not to enjoy the beautiful game with walking football sessions for older people launching soon at Burntwood Leisure Centre.


Evolve Fitness Suite launches at Lichfield leisure centre 

6 Nov

Friary Grange Leisure Centres gym was given the seal of approval by the Chairman of Lichfield District Council, who launched the new and improved fitness suite on Monday 3 November 2014.


Hundreds take part in Big Draw 2014 

3 Nov

Lichfield District Council has been helping hundreds of school children, shoppers and library users to get creative this October through a series of Big Draw workshops.


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.


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Stop and Think – Stay safe this festive period 

25 Nov

Staffordshire Police have launched a crime prevention drive to keep you and your property safe this festive period.


First custodial sentence for breach of Domestic Violence Protection Order 

21 Nov

A repeat domestic abuse offender, who breached court restrictions on contacting his partner three times, has been jailed for 21 days.


Pudsey visits Staffordshire Police 

20 Nov

Children in Need’s Pudsey visited Staffordshire Police HQ on Thursday 20 November to take receipt of a cheque for the money raised during the force’s fundraising efforts last week.


Woman jailed for frauds at Stafford schools 

13 Nov

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


Staffordshire Police gun surrender collects nearly 300 items 

13 Nov

A firearms surrender in Staffordshire has netted nearly 300 items during a two week opportunity to hand them in without fear of prosecution for possession.


Recruits get sworn in 

13 Nov

Fourteen new recruits have been sworn in as Police Constables at a recent attestation ceremony at Police Headquarters.


Police warning about telephone scams in Lichfield 

12 Nov

Police are urging residents in the Lichfield area to be on their guard against telephone scammers.


Officers appeal for witnesses after Lichfield fatal road traffic collision 

11 Nov

Officers are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision in Lichfield.


Be on your guard against courier scammers 

6 Nov

Elderly and vulnerable residents are today being warned against falling victim to courier fraud.


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A damp start to the day – 26-11-2014 

26 Nov

The radar images are showing that the persistent rain that has been in our area since the early hours will clear during the first part of the morning.


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