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Clocks go forward Sunday as British Summer Time starts 

28 Mar

DON'T forget to turn your clocks and watches forward by one hour this weekend to mark the start of British Summer Time (BST).

UKIP candidate for Lichfield says he represents change 

28 Mar

THE UKIP candidate for the Lichfield constituency in the forthcoming general election is city publican John Rackham.

Junior golf initiative launched at Whittington Heath Golf Club… 

28 Mar

A NEW initiative aimed at encouraging young people to play golf is being launched at Whittington Heath Golf Club.

Clocks go forward an hour tonight as UK springs into British… 

28 Mar

SIXTY minutes' less snooze time is in store for everyone this weekend as the clocks forward by an hour this Sunday.

Lichfield and Burntwood businesses recognised at networking… 

28 Mar

A HOST of Lichfield businesses were rewarded and celebrated for their success at a glittering ceremony for the finals of the 2015 Business Networking Awards.

Burntwood’s key issues put to council boss during tour 

28 Mar

THE boss of Staffordshire County Council has had a guided tour of Burntwood to see the town's problems and opportunities first-hand.

​Major roadworks at Lichfield start on Monday 

27 Mar

TWO weeks of roadworks and carriageway closures affecting routes around Lichfield will start on Monday, March 30.

​Warning over bogus boiler and insulation callers in Lichfield… 

27 Mar

LICHFIELD and Burntwood residents are being warned to watch out for bogus insulation or boiler companies that are offering householders improvements to their properties.

​Police alert over ‘suspicious’ vehicle in Burntwood 

27 Mar

A VEHICLE connected to numerous crimes across the area has been linked to an incident in Burntwood.

Keen golfers urged to sign up for We Love Lichfield Fund golf day 

27 Mar

IF YOU enjoy playing golf, why not sign up for a fantastic event aimed at raising money for good causes across the Lichfield district?The We Love Lichfield Golf Day will take place at Darnford Moors Golf Club on Friday, May 1 and golfers are invited ...

Cathedral’s £800,000 rewire grant 

27 Mar

An £800,000 grant to rewire Lichfield Cathedral saves it from possible closure, its dean says.

Easter family fun on offer at Lichfield’s Erasmus Darwin House 

27 Mar

A Lichfield museum is offering activities to keep kids entertained over Easter.

Lichfield wildlife expert warns feeding ducks could be poisoning… 

27 Mar

A LICHFIELD wildlife expert is raising awareness of the damage an apparently harmless nostalgic past-time could be doing to the environment.

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MATCH OFF – The Sam Kimberley Cup Final 

26 Mar

Tonight's Sam Kimberley Cup Final between Dr Johnson FC & GS Rockets FC has unfortunately been postponed by our hosts, Walsall Wood FC.

Last chance to nominate your grassroots hero 

26 Mar

Tomorrow is the final chance for you to nominate your grassroots hero for the 2015 FA Community Awards.


26 Mar

Just a reminder that the first MTB coached session this year, on the 2 nd  April 2015, will also be an assessment night for those new riders that wish to attend this year.

Derby Velodrome Track League 

25 Mar

Registration for the track league is now open.

The Sam Kimberley Cup Final 

25 Mar

Tomorrow night (Thursday 26 March) sees the Sam Kimberley Cup Final take place at Walsall Wood FC, when Dr Johnson FC face GS Rockets FC.

Whittington FC – 0 v 2 – Leek CSOB 

25 Mar

Monday night saw Staffordshire County Senior League side Leek CSOB defeat fellow league members Whittington 2-0 in the Challenge Cup Final at Brocton FC.

The Sportsman – 2 v 1 – Greenhoffs 

25 Mar

Last Thursday night saw the 4th County Cup Final of the season so far, and this time it was Coors Sunday League side The Sportsman FC who snatched a late victory against Greenhoffs FC of the City Traders League.

FA Licensed Coaches Club Goalkeeping Conference Offer 

25 Mar

The FA Licensed Coaches Club Goalkeeping Conference will be taking place on 19th & 20th April 2015 at St.

Lichfield RFC 38 Sutton Coldfield RFC 22 – action pictures 

25 Mar

Gallery created by Lichfield Mercury...

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21 Mar

Last month, Lily Flintham re-discovered two boxes full of tiles being stored in one of the old gaol cells at Lichfield Guildhall.

Tweet: With #Staffordshire @narpohq for annual lunch in #… 

21 Mar

With #Staffordshire @narpohq for annual lunch in #Burntwood today.

Tweet: Fingers crossed @Lichfield_DC approve plan to buil… 

19 Mar

Fingers crossed @Lichfield_DC approve plan to build new investigation centre for @StaffsPolice opposite #Hedgehog pub http://t.

Tweet: What a brilliant & enjoyable 40mins with membe… 

16 Mar

What a brilliant enjoyable 40mins with members of #Burntwood Active 60s Group at #BurntwoodLibrary .

Restoring a canal – and looking after the environment 

12 Mar

I've had a terrific response to featuring the post last week by Christine Howles of Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust here on the blog, which sought to put right my previous dearth of coverage on this great local canal restoration ...

Tweet: Just finished very enjoyable 90mins with #Bartonun… 

11 Mar

Just finished very enjoyable 90mins with #BartonunderNeedwood Conservation Society nr #Lichfield .

Tweet: Beautiful day with @LichfieldCath looking lovely a… 

10 Mar

Beautiful day with @LichfieldCath looking lovely after the Service to Rededicate The Lady Chapel Herkenrode Windows http://t.

Leaked Health Report: Bad News for Burntwood and Whole County, Says Local County Councillor 

9 Mar

Cllr Sue Woodward has expressed her serious concerns about the conclusions of a leaked report on the Staffordshire Health Economy.

Rebuild it and they will come – a great post by Christine Howles 

4 Mar

The following post was written by Christine Howles and posted on her blog las weekend, and I think it's really well written, and the message it carries is important - I haven't done nearly enough about the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration ...

Lily’s Medieval Jigsaw Puzzle 

3 Mar

Recently, twelve year old Lily made a very interesting discovery in Lichfield.

In memoriam: Dennis Johnson 

27 Feb

Readers who've been following a while will remember the search for Dennis Johnson, a dementia sufferer who went missing from Shire Oak in January, 2014 - Dennis was located a short time later in Chasetown following a huge search driven in no small ...

Tweet: Hope @Lichfield_DC planning permission on major ne… 

27 Feb

Hope @Lichfield_DC planning permission on major new police facility #Lichfield .

Water Slides 

26 Feb

Ross Parish has been researching holy wells since the 1980s and has published several books on the subject.

Lichfield’s Hidden Heritage – History of Sandfields Pumping Station – free talk tomorrow! 

23 Feb

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch with a tipoff of yet another free Lichfield Discovered talk tomorrow morning (Tuesday, 24th February 2015) at Curborough Community Centere, Lichfield...

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A local mining accident – more information available 

28 Mar

A couple of days ago I asked for information about a local mining accident, suffered by the Grandfather of reader Gill Joesbury, but the request it was a bit of a mission impossible, as we didn't have a name to go on - since then, Gill has now been ...

A local mining accident – can you help? 

27 Mar

Here's a quick one to get the researchers scratching their heads - and it's a very long shot, but please do what you can, I've asked for more information from Gill, and I'm hoping she'll comment here.

Lichfield Cathedral granted £800,000 for lighting and rewiring repairs 

26 Mar

Lichfield Cathedral has been named as one of 31 cathedrals to receive a grant from government-sponsored scheme, the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund.

President’s Night 

24 Mar

It's our President's Swan Song Night - what will he have in store...

Swap Shop Success 

24 Mar

Over 45 tourism businesses came to Lichfield & Tamworth Swap Shop at Drayton Manor Theme Park on Friday 13 March.

LDTA Elephant 

24 Mar

 Lichfield District Tourism Association has a brand new member.

Ooh hail 

24 Mar

Click to view video .

1st Cycle Rides For All of 2015 this Sunday in Beacon Park, Lichfield 

23 Mar

This Sunday morning (29th March) is the first Cycle Rides For All ride of 2015.

Locked up at Lichfield City 

23 Mar

Liked these hefty chains on the racks at Lichfield City train station today.

Hits from the stars of pop music on offer at the Lichfield Garrick 

23 Mar

Pop Factor Pop classics will be on offer at the Lichfield Garrick as hits from some of music’s hottest stars are performed on stage.

Where roads meet 

23 Mar

…………Fragments of hand written notes come to me from my Aunt Mary about her early years in Stonnall and Walsall Wood, and married life in Lynn Lane, transcribed by my cousin Rosalind.

March 22nd – Spotted just off Camp Lane, between Little Hay and… 

23 Mar

March 22nd - Spotted just off Camp Lane, between Little Hay and Canwell, a small herd (is that the right term? Flock?) of alpacas.

Do it again! The Lichfield Jolly 2015 

22 Mar

Last years Lichfield Jolly turned out such fun we may as well do it again.

Lichfield Re:Cycle – spare part of the jigsaw 

21 Mar

The Lichfield Re:Cycle project continues to be busy.

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To Coyne A Phrase 

26 Mar

(Dont) thank the LordsTHIS weeks report from the House of Lords committee into high-speed rail project HS2 has certainly ruffled a few feathers.

HS2 report ignores West Midlands’ needs, says Chamber 

25 Mar

BUSINESS leaders in Greater Birmingham have criticised a House of Lords committee report on HS2 as ignoring the needs of the West Midlands.

Damning report from House of Lords committee questions case for HS2 

24 Mar

THE Government has not made a convincing case for high-speed rail project HS2, says a damning House of Lords report published today.

Call for businesses to support the Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park 

24 Mar

Local businesses are being asked to back the Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park.

Sadie Morgan to chair HS2 Design Panel 

24 Mar

Ms Morgan, who co-founded London-based dRMM architects in 1995 and is currently president of the Architectural Association, will chair the HS2 Design Panel, a body that will oversee all the design elements of the project...

Lichfield hair salon owner reveals prom fever is spreading to primary schools 

19 Mar

Tony Walmsley The owner of a Lichfield hair salon has revealed that prom fever is even gripping primary school students.

Company behind Lichfield pubs full of cheer after landing national award 

18 Mar

The company behind two Lichfield pubs has been won a national award.

Interview with Liz Peace: from Cadbury, to BPF and back 

15 Mar

Liz Peace has been named as the chairman of the Curzon Urban Regeneration Company, overseeing the regeneration around Birmingham's proposed HS2 station...

BREAKING NEWS: Person to head up HS2-linked regeneration company revealed 

11 Mar

LIZ Peace CBE has been appointed to lead the regeneration around Birminghams HS2 station.

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Council »

Be on guard against bogus callers 

27 Mar

Lichfield District residents are being warned to watch out for bogus insulation or boiler companies that are offering householders improvements to their properties.

25 years of Green Badge Guides 

27 Mar

Lichfield Green Badge Guides have been guiding tourists and locals around Lichfield for a quarter of a century.

Company prosecuted for fly-tipping 

26 Mar

A company based in Cannock has been prosecuted after an ex-employee was seen dumping an old three-piece suite from a company vehicle.

Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park needs you! 

23 Mar

Lichfield District Council is calling on local businesses to sponsor Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park to ensure this years event is the best yet.

Notice of Election 

23 Mar

Voters from across Lichfield District will be taking to the polls on Thursday 7 May 2015 to decide who they want to represent them at the parliamentary, district and parish elections.

Give your views to help shape your area 

23 Mar

This spring Lichfield District Council is asking local people and businesses to give their views on the amount it thinks developers should contribute towards local infrastructure.

Easter Holiday Fun 2015 programme 

16 Mar

Lichfield District Council is inviting children, young people and families to take a look at its programme of activities on offer this Easter.

Chairman’s charity dinner dance 

16 Mar

Lichfield District Councils Chairman has raised more than 2,000 for charity by hosting a dinner dance.

Spring clean for city pavements 

16 Mar

A street cleansing company is giving Lichfield City centre pavements a power clean to remove used chewing gum.

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Lichfield village pub served licensing notice 

24 Mar

A temporary closure notice has been issued on a licensed premises in a rural Lichfield village.

Lichfield woman handed hospital order 

20 Mar

A woman has been handed a hospital order under section 37 and a restriction order under section 41 of the Mental Health Act for the unlawful killing of her partner at her home Lichfield.

Man jailed for historic sexual offences 

19 Mar

A man has been jailed for 20 years following a detailed investigation into sexual offences.

West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit 

19 Mar

The West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit (WM ROCU) is a collaboration between the police forces of Staffordshire, West Midlands, West Mercia and Warwickshire to fight organised crime across the region.

Statement from Temporary Chief Constable Jane Sawyers in response to the determination of Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner on Operation Kalmia 

18 Mar

Temporary Chief Constable Jane Sawyers: “I welcome the determination the Police and Crime Commissioner has reached and remain grateful for the support family, friends and colleagues have given me during the investigation.

Police launch next phase of Counter Terrorism campaign to prevent tragedies 

16 Mar

The National Police Counter Terrorism Network and partners have rolled out the next phase of an awareness raising campaign designed to reach out to families, to help prevent young people travelling to Syria.

Did you witness fatal collision near Alrewas? 

13 Mar

We're appealing for witnesses after a fatal road traffic collision on the A513 this morning, Friday 13 March.

SAFETY INFORMATION: large factory fire in Tamworth 

11 Mar

We’re currently helping colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue who are dealing with a large factory fire at a premises in Lichfield Road Industrial estate, Tamworth.

Can you help us trace missing girl from Lichfield? 

4 Mar

Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing 17 year-old girl from Burton.

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28 Mar

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