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Which Lichfield restaurants and cafes are among Staffordshire’s best? 

23 Oct

Black tie dinner at Lichfield Cathedral sees 12 awards handed out...


Why ref who was knocked unconscious in sickening Sunday soccer attack says he may quit football 

23 Oct

Victim Craig Ward is now considering hanging up his whistle for good following the savagery...


Plan for new specialist dessert shop in Lichfield city centre 

23 Oct

The empty shop at 1 Bore Street A shop specialising in desserts could soon be opening in Lichfield.


Funding boost for project helping young people in Lichfield and Burntwood to learn new skills 

23 Oct

A fund created to help young people in Lichfield and Burntwood to learn new skills has been given a funding boost.


Black Country duo Dandy bringing laughs to the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust’s Autumn Show 

23 Oct

Black Country humour will be on offer as the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust’s Autumn Show.


Two air ambulances called to crash near Belfry Hotel 

23 Oct

Two women were taken to hospital after a car had been in collision with a tree...


Revealed: knife crime almost doubles in five years 

23 Oct

Figures were revealed by West Midlands Police as city in grip of violent crime surge...


Could Morris really have wiped away all traces of his DNA and fingerprints? 

22 Oct

Could man convicted of shocking Clydach murders be victim of a miscarriage of justice...


LA police launch fresh Harvey Weinstein probe after sex assault claim 

21 Oct

According to the force, the alleged incident took place four years ago...


Transit van thefts nearly TRIPLE and thousands more targeted for valuables 

21 Oct

New figures reveal the extent of the problem West Midlands van owners are facing...


This is the law on having a bonfire and the nuisance it causes 

21 Oct

According to the government, there are no laws against having a bonfire - but there are laws for the nuisance they can cause...


Four sentenced over £700,000 Severn Trent Water property fraud 

21 Oct

The racket involved houses across the West Midlands...


Police shut down squalid Dudley property owned by ‘millionaire rogue landlord’ 

20 Oct

Run-down property in Wolverhampton Street was owned by crooked landlord Latif Rehman...


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5 star Blues thrash Barton 

23 Oct

Lads in top form today ,as they hit 5 past Barton...


Birmingham City announce partnership with Spanish outfit 

23 Oct

BCFC's young stars and coaches given chance to train with Catalan club...


The pressing issues Aston Villa need to resolve ahead of Birmingham City clash 

23 Oct

Villa defeated Fulham 2-1 on Saturday to clinch their fifth win from six matches...


Tomasz Kuszczak discusses goalkeeper competition at Birmingham City 

23 Oct

BCFC stopper claims he was not surprised by David Stockdale's arrival...


Ross McCormack discusses Aston Villa future after opening account with Melbourne City 

23 Oct

The Scottish striker has made a positive impression at his new club...


Birmingham City fans slam “absolutely disgusting” policing in aftermath of Millwall defeat 

23 Oct

BCFC supporters weren't happy with their treatment from police in the capital...


Chasetown FC settle for a point after draw with Newcastle Town 

23 Oct

Chasetown FC were forced to settle for a point in a Staffordshire derby with Newcastle Town.


Former Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp interested in this international job 

23 Oct

But the 70-year-old admits he's unlikely to get it...


In pictures: Edwardians v Burntwood RUFC 

23 Oct

Burntwood RUFC’s bright start to the season continued with a win over Edwardians – and photographer Joanne Gough captured the match action on camera...


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Taking the air 

22 Oct

Almost a year has passed since a group of us got together in St Stephen’s Church, Fradley to talk about how we could record and tell the stories of RAF Lichfield, Staffordshire’s busiest World War Two airfield.


Lichfield Waterworks Trust October 2017 public meeting this Monday 

8 Oct

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (9th October 2017) there will be the October 2017 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust ...


Serous traffic incident on Lichfield Road, Shire Oak – avoid the area 

6 Oct

This morning, Friday 6th October 2017, there has been a road traffic incident on the A461 between the Shire Oak Crossroads and Streets Corner junction - The A461 Lichfield Road at Shire Oak Hill has been closed and local congestion has been severe.


Pictures of who? 

1 Oct

A box of photographs arrived in the post.


The Memo – what’s going on? 

29 Sep

I've been contacted by some very worried users of the Memorial Hall or 'Memo' in Lichfield Road, Brownhills who are very concerned about recent developments there.


Hospital Round 

28 Sep

A short and sweet post this evening.


From seven to ten – can you solve a local mystery? 

27 Sep

Reader Adam Hill has been in touch with a very interesting question related to house names on the Lichfield Road, Brownhills, after studying his Grandmother's birth certificate from 1916.


Join the Friends of Chasewater for a coffee this Friday! 

26 Sep

That there Kate Cardigan from Lichfield Lore has been in touch to say that her new Friends of Chasewater group have a Macmillan Coffee Morning at the Innovation Centre this Friday morning between 10am and 1pm.


Pictures from the 2017 Huddlesford Heritage Gathering 

24 Sep

Yesterday (Saturday 23rd September 2017) I got chance to go to the first day of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust's Heritage Gathering at Huddlesford, near Whittington.


Lichfield and Hatherton’s huge canal Heritage Gathering is this weekend! 

22 Sep

Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are busy preparing for their Heritage Gathering call and vintage festival which is running on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend (23-24th September 2017), and takes place at their Huddlesford base, ...


Less than two weeks to go until Lichfield and Hatherton’s huge canal Heritage Gathering! 

13 Sep

Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are busy preparing for their Heritage Gathering call and vintage festival which is coming up over the weekend of 23-24th September 2017, and takes place at their Huddlesford base, near Lichfield.


Pills ‘n’ Chills and Deli Bakes 

10 Sep

Yesterday I was in Tamworth for the summer food festival, talking to people about Living in Tamworth (the new monthly magazine I’m deputy editor of) in-between mouthfuls of locally produced pork pies, sausage rolls, blue cheese and spring rolls.


Strolling again! 

10 Sep

I've always supported the wonderful parent and toddler walking and social group that took place weekly at Chasewater - Chasewater Strollers, which grew via the human dynamo of Esther Allen and others into the wonderful Spark movement in Burntwood...


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – September 2017 public meeting this Monday 

10 Sep

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (11th September 2017) there will be the September 2017 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust ...


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Black Country duo Dandy bringing laughs to the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust’s Autumn Show 

23 Oct

Black Country humour will be on offer as the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust’s Autumn Show.


Three Spires Suite to help Lichfield Sinfonia celebrate 60th anniversary 

20 Oct

Lichfield Sinfonia is to celebrate its 60th anniversary year with the premiere of a new composition commissioned to mark the landmark.


Jazz duo Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood returning to the Lichfield Guildhall 

19 Oct

Jazz favourites Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood are returning to the Lichfield Guildhall.


Pearls for Tears. 

18 Oct

Princess Margaret in 1951.


Singer to perform Michael Buble tribute evening at Lichfield’s Cathedral Hotel 

18 Oct

Lawrence Penn The sounds of Michael Buble will be on offer at a tribute evening in Lichfield.


Review: A Kick in the Baubles at the Lichfield Garrick 

18 Oct

I have to hand it to the Lichfield Players – in all the years I’ve been watching them their knack of finding just the right play has never faltered, and cleverly here they’ve even managed to sneak in a humdinger of a Christmas classic that’s ...


Life and music of Frank Sinatra to be celebrated in show at the Lichfield Garrick 

17 Oct

A show celebrating the life of Frank Sinatra is coming to the Lichfield Garrick.


Artist Dennis Harper to exhibit work at Shenstone Community Library 

17 Oct

An artist will see his work go on display in Shenstone.


Paranormal investigators preparing to explore historic Lichfield building 

15 Oct

Paranormal investigators are set to descend on an historic Lichfield building next year.


Spooky sounds as Halloween family disco comes to Burntwood 

13 Oct

Things will be going bump in the night as a Halloween family fancy dress disco comes to Burntwood.


Lichfield Cathedral to become canvas once more for Christmas light and sound display 

13 Oct

Lichfield Cathedral will once again be a canvas for a Christmas light and sound display.


Ophion obscuratus ichneumon wasp 

12 Oct

First record in Staffs since 1973.


Discover the Extraordinary Life of Elias Ashmole at Lichfield Cathedral 

11 Oct

An exhibition exploring the fascinating life and times of Elias Ashmole, one of Lichfield’s most celebrated sons, is set to take place at Lichfield Cathedral.


October 10th – I returned to Shenstone on a horribly… 

11 Oct

October 10th - I returned to Shenstone on a horribly overcrowded, delayed train feeling flustered and weary, but then discovered something else I’d lost in recent months; that view of Shenstone Church across the village rooftops.


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Funding boost for project helping young people in Lichfield and Burntwood to learn new skills 

23 Oct

A fund created to help young people in Lichfield and Burntwood to learn new skills has been given a funding boost.


Bosses of Lichfield freight firm set to hand over ownership of the business to employees 

3 Oct

The owners of a Lichfield freight firm have begun to hand over ownership to their workers.


Shoe shop in Shenstone to create eight new jobs 

2 Oct

Eight jobs are being created as a new shoe shop opens in Shenstone.


Plan to convert Lichfield industrial unit into dance and gymnastics studio 

29 Sep

A new dance and gymnastics studio could open in an industrial unit in Lichfield.


Owner of new funeral home keen to find out more about history of Lichfield city centre building 

28 Sep

The owner of a Lichfield business is keen to find out more about the history of her company’s new home.


Armitage couple behind The English Indian chosen to appear in new advertising campaign for Square 

22 Sep

An Armitage couple are set to feature in a new advertising campaign for an international company.


Boost to campaign to bring Channel 4 to Birmingham as Culture Secretary hints it will be forced to move out of London 

14 Sep

Bringing Channel 4 to Birmingham could boost the economy by 5 billion according to local leaders...


National retailer completes relocation of headquarters to Lichfield 

7 Sep

A retailer has moved its head office to Lichfield.


Lichfield District Council could seek compensation for business rates lost due to construction of HS2 

31 Aug

Lichfield District Council says it could ask for compensation for business rates lost due to the closure of companies in the path of the new HS2 rail line.


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Council »

Improvement work on Lichfield city centre’s heritage paving completed five weeks early 

24 Mar

Work to replace Lichfield city centre's historic style paving has been completed five weeks ahead of schedule.


Library move proposal under discussion 

25 Feb

Proposals to safeguard two historic buildings and open a library in the heart of Lichfield City will be scrutinised by councillors.


Lichfield business development on track as rail bridge opens 

25 Jan

A Staffordshire road and rail bridge, providing access to a new multi-million-pound industrial and warehouse development, has been officially opened.


Investigative work set to begin on latest phase of city bypass 

8 Jan

Work which will support the design of the latest phase of the Lichfield southern bypass will begin this month.


Improvement work on Lichfield city centre’s heritage paving set for new year start 

22 Dec

Work to replace Lichfield city centre's historic style paving is set to start in the new year.


Access road to new Lichfield business development opens 

9 Dec

Work to develop a Staffordshire business site will reach a major milestone with the opening of an improved road and replacement rail bridge this week.


Highways team works with emergency services throughout the night to keep Lichfield people safe 

3 Dec

Members of Staffordshire's highways team have been working with emergency services in Lichfield throughout the night to keep people safe following an electricity substation fire.


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.


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Lichfield final PFI station to officially open its doors 

18 Oct

Firefighters, council members and residents came together to celebrate the official opening of Lichfield Community Fire Station at a special ceremony on Tuesday October 17.


Open day at Lichfield proves huge success 

7 Aug

Lichfield Community Fire Station opened its doors to the public yesterday (Wednesday August 2) to show residents the new facilities.


Lichfield Fire Station opens it’s doors to the public 

31 Jul

Lichfield Community Fire station will be opening its doors for the public to have a guided tour of the new facilities, meet the crew and see them in action on Wednesday August 2 from 3pm until 7pm.


Work has been completed on sprinkler installation in Lichfield high rise 

4 Jul

Work has now been completed on a sprinkler system in David Garrick Gardens in Lichfield.


Cause of Lichfield waste fire has been revealed 

14 Jun

A fire investigation has concluded the fire at the former GKN site at Crossfield Industrial Estate in Lichfield was caused deliberately.


Firefighters tackling waste fire in Lichfield 

14 Jun

Firefighters have spent the night tackling a fire at the former GKN site at Crossfield Industrial Estate, Lichfield.


Bereaved Sister Supports SAME Campaign 

28 Apr

A Lichfield woman who lost her brother in a flat fire is supporting Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s SAME Campaign.


Could you be a retained firefighter in Tamworth? 

16 Feb

The Service is holding recruitment days at Tamworth Fire Station, on Lichfield Street, on Wednesday, February 22 at 6pm and Saturday, February 25 at 10am.


Join us for the Family Festival of Carols 

22 Nov

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Family Festival of Carols is set to take place at Lichfield Cathedral on Sunday, December 4.


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Half term weather (WS7 weather report 23-10-2017) 

23 Oct

The majority of schools are now enjoying the half term break and the good news is that the windy weather has now moved away from our area for the time being.


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