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Political sparks fly as Lichfield Library petition is labelled… 

28 May

SPARKS flew as the future of Lichfield Library was debated at Staffordshire County Council last week, following a public petition.


Tribute to soul and rock icons at Lichfield Garrick 

28 May

THE music of Ray Charles, Little Richard and James Brown will be celebrated in Lichfield next month.


Lichfield builders merchants Tippers praised for quality of its… 

28 May

LICHFIELD builders merchants Tippers has been praised by a national training provider for the quality of the programme it offers to new recruits.


Plan to convert empty Burntwood pub into restaurant and takeaway 

28 May

A former pub in Burntwood could be converted into a restaurant and takeaway.


Fradley has two defibrillators sited in the village 

28 May

TWO DEFIBRILLATORS have been situated in Fradley village giving the community access to the life-saving devices.


Lichfield MP says taxis must obey law and accept guide dogs 

27 May

A BURNTWOOD woman who was once refused entry to a Staffordshire taxi because of her guide dog visited Parliament this week.


Arts funding made available for groups in Lichfield and Burntwood 

27 May

Community arts projects in Lichfield and Burntwood are being invited to apply for grants of upto £1,000.


Lichfield business group’s charity donation 

27 May

A business networking group in Lichfield has donated £400 to charity.


Local mums ready to relaunch 2016 Lichfield Fuse festival 

27 May

Two creative Lichfield mums have been working hard to reignite the spark for the Fuse festival this summer and bring it back with a bang to the city.


Leisure centres in Lichfield and Burntwood could be outsourced to… 

27 May

LEISURE centres in Lichfield and Burntwood could be outsourced to a trust or private operator.


Lichfield Cathedral Dash to return this summer after four year break 

26 May

The Lichfield Cathedral Dash is returning after a four year break.


Oil spill diverts Burntwood traffic after car and road sweeper… 

26 May

TRAFFIC in Burntwood is being diverted after a road collision this morning left oil on the carriageway.


Oil spill diverts Burntwood traffic after road collision 

26 May

TRAFFIC in Burntwood is being diverted after a road collision this morning left oil on the carriageway.


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Derby Track Session June 2 

28 May

We have a session at Derby this Thursday evening which will incorporate a group working through the accreditation skills as well as a second group for experienced track riders.


No Frills Friday Results 

27 May

A low turnout from the youths for the first race but a full field of 50 for the Cat 3 and Cat 4 race.


Chasetown announce four new signings 

27 May

Chasetown have announced four new signings, with seven of last season's squad re-committing to the club.


James Dance confirmed as new captain as Chasetown FC make four signings 

27 May

Chasetown FC have named their new captain – and welcomed four new signings.


Staffordshire Referee’s Make Wembley 

27 May

This weekend Staffordshire FA will have three officials involved in the Play-Off Finals being played at Wembley.


Staffordshire FA Community Award Finalists 

26 May

Staffordshire FA are delighted to announce the finalists of the 2015/16 Staffordshire FA Community Awards.


Lichfield Cathedral Dash to return this summer after four year break 

26 May

The Lichfield Cathedral Dash is returning after a four year break.


Upcoming Referee Course for 16+ 

26 May

Staffordshire FA are pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Referee Course for people aged 16+ in Stoke-On-Trent.


CHASETOWN FC: Kidderminster Harriers and Worcester City swoop for… 

25 May

CHASETOWN will have a couple more holes to fill in their side next season after boss Dave Stringer this week confirmed the departure of two stars to National League North clubs.


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Taylor Made 

25 May

Whilst I’ve been in Wolverhampton attempting to master the phonemic alphabet and the forty four sounds of spoken English, things have been a bit quiet here on lɪtʃˌfiːld lɔː However, the exams are over and my final assignment for the ...


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – May 2016 public meeting this Thursday 

25 May

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Thursday evening (26 May 2016) there will be a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly ...


Discover the wonderful history of Lichfield’s water 

21 May

Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore has tipped me off about a Sunday morning historical walk taking place in Lichfield tomorrow exploring the remarkable history of the city water supply.


A year in the life of the “New” Conservatives on Burntwood Town Council 

16 May

                                        2015 June They waste no time in wasting £1,500 on rejoining the Staffordshire Parish Council’s Association that the Council had previously decided was “not value for money”.


Classic Car Day at Aldridge Transport Museum this Sunday 

14 May

I note that this Sunday (15th May 2016) is Classic Car Day at soon Manor Transport Museum in Shenstone Drive, Aldridge - from 10:30am until 4pm, there will be classic motors to enjoy, you can meet their owners and browse this wonderful museum.


Charity Quiz Night at the Memo this Friday! 

11 May

Julia Willet from Brownhills Townswomen's Guild has been in touch to tell me that there's a fun quiz night happening this Friday, 13th May 2016 at the Memorial Hall in Lichfield Road, Brownhills starting at 7:30pm.


Walk the lost Beacon Place with Lichfield Discovered tonight! 

9 May

I see that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore has organised a great Monday Evening historical walk exploring the lost estate of Beacon Place, with her informal and fun Lichfield local history group, Lichfield Discovered.


Can you help record the history of Harpers Buses? 

28 Apr

We've talked about Harpers busses here on the blog a lot over the years - many of us have fond memories of catching these distinctive green double deckers and coaches to popular local destinations, like Birmingham, Lichfield and Cannock.


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – April 2016 public meeting this Thursday 

27 Apr

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Thursday evening (28th April 2016) there will be a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


Walk the ditch with Lichfield Discovered this Sunday 

22 Apr

I see that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is organising a great Sunday afternoon historical walk along the line of the old town boundary ditch, with her informal and fun Lichfield local history group, Lichfield Discovered.


Fire at National Tyre in Brownhills this evening 

21 Apr

If you're wondering what all the sirens were in Brownhills early this evening (Thursday, 21st April 2016), there was a fairly large fire broke out at National Tyres, just at Co-op Corner, on the junction of Lichfield Road and Ogley Road.


Lichfield City end Walsall Wood’s cup dreams 

21 Apr

It was bad news for Walsall Wood on Tuesday evening when they were away against Lichfield City, who knocked them out of the Walsall Senior Cup after some very strong soccer.


Wonderful sendoff for a great man 

19 Apr

I just had to share this - you'll remember that much loved historian and Walsall cyclist and character Jack Haddock passed away recently - well, yesterday it was Jack's funeral which took place in Lichfield.


Last chance to book your tickets for a great musical by Brownhills’ finest! 

12 Apr

If you've been considering going to see the wonderful Brownhills Musical Theatre Company but haven't decided yet, tickets for their May show at Lichfield Garrick - Evita - are about 90% sold out, so this is your last chance to bag a seat to see one ...


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Music of iconic American singers celebrated at the Lichfield Garrick 

27 May

The sounds of Ray Charles, Little Richard and James Brown will be celebrated in a show at the Lichfield Garrick next month.


Local mums ready to relaunch 2016 Lichfield Fuse festival 

27 May

Two creative Lichfield mums have been working hard to reignite the spark for the Fuse festival this summer and bring it back with a bang to the city.


Cycle Rides For All Tour de Lichfield this Sunday 

26 May

This Sunday is the latest of this years monthly free Cycle Rides For All , a repeat of the new ride from last year, the Tour de Lichfield.


LDTA Visit to Wall 

26 May

Wall Village holds many surprises as LDTA members discovered on Thursday 19th May.


Calling all event organisers – please submit your events for the next issue of What’s On (September 2016 – February 2017) 

25 May

It’s that time of year again when we start to think about promoting your upcoming events – between September 2016 and February 2017.


Hit musical Hairspray brought to the Lichfield Garrick stage by the Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company 

23 May

Hit musical Hairspray comes to the Lichfield Garrick next week.


Review: Ballet British Colombia @ Birmingham Hippodrome 

23 May

This year’s brilliantly wide-ranging Birmingham Dance Festival has zipped by in a headlong rush filled with inspired programming that’s brought a heady mix of dance styles from right around the world to the Midlands, with the overall emphasis ...


National Rail to process all future bookings for Lichfield MP’s surgeries 

21 May

Lichfield constituents will now have to go online to book an appointment with their MP Michael Fabricant through the National Rail Enquiries website.


May 20th – I’d had enough. The week had been tough and I needed… 

21 May

May 20th - I’d had enough.


Review: Vienna Festival Ballet’s Giselle @ Lichfield Garrick 

20 May

Vienna Festival Ballet’s regular visits have been among the real highlights of the last few years for Lichfield theatregoers and I for one have become a huge fan.


The Dirty Monkeys to play Lichfield pub 

20 May

A covers band will bring hits from across the decades to a Lichfield pub.


Review: Smoke and Mirrors @ The Crescent Theatre Birmingham 

19 May

This year’s International Dance Festival Birmingham has been a revelation, full of fascinating, shocking, moving, beautiful, inventive theatre, and although I had no idea what Smoke and Mirrors was going to be like, promised “poetic acrobatics, ...


Celebrity psychic Sally Morgan coming to the Lichfield Garrick 

19 May

Only a handful of tickets remain for an appearance by Sally Morgan in Lichfield.


Local performers ready to bring community production to life at the Lichfield Garrick 

18 May

More than 50 local people are set to star in a new community production at the Lichfield Garrick.


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Plan to convert empty Burntwood pub into restaurant and takeaway 

28 May

A former pub in Burntwood could be converted into a restaurant and takeaway.


Lichfield business group’s charity donation 

27 May

A business networking group in Lichfield has donated £400 to charity.


Chance for Lichfield and Burntwood businesses to take part in free photoshoot 

26 May

Businesses in Lichfield and Burntwood are being invited to take part in a free photoshoot to help boost trade across the region.


Empty retail unit in Lichfield city centre could become new ‘play cafe’ 

25 May

An empty retail unit in Lichfield could be transformed into a new cafe.


French firm plots double-decker approach to HS2 trains 

25 May

FRENCH rail company Alstom wants to bring double-decker trains to the UK to run on the HS2 lines.


HS2: Will double decker trains be coming to Birmingham? 

25 May

French train maker Alstom hopes to secure 7.5 billion contract to design and build rolling stock for HS2 line...


Planning permission granted for Lichfield Friarsgate development 

24 May

The Friarsgate shopping development has been granted planning permission.


Lichfield Farmers’ Market to celebrate 15 years of business 

24 May

Lichfield Farmers’ Market The popular monthly Farmers’ Market in Lichfield is set to celebrate its 15th birthday.


New image of Birmingham’s Masshouse project as planners back second phase 

16 May

Council chiefs support next stage of city centre development near HS2 with first units due for completion in two years' time...


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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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Crews have moved into Lichfield Community Fire Station 

23 Feb

Crews have today moved into Lichfield’s new 3.2 million community fire station.


Prince’s Trust helps young people achieve 

15 Jan

The Prince’s Trust’s Achieve programme, run in partnership with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, has been launched at Curborough Community Centre in Lichfield.


Hundreds flock to the Family Festival of Carols 

8 Dec

Hundreds of people flocked from far and wide to enjoy the Service’s Family Festival of Carols at Lichfield Cathedral on Sunday.


Last chance for carol festival tickets 

3 Dec

Kick off your festive celebrations with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Family Festival of Carols at Lichfield Cathedral on December 6 at 6pm.


Enjoy the Family Festival of Carols at Lichfield Cathedral 

12 Nov

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Family Festival of Carols is set to take place at Lichfield Cathedral on Sunday, December 6.


Staffordshire Police Open Day Sunday 28 June 

23 Jun

With just days to go until the Open Day this Sunday, Staffordshire Police are busy making final preparations as they set to throw open their gates and host a behind the scenes day at Police Headquarters.


Still time to have your say on Policing and crime in rural areas 

18 Jun

Staffordshire Police is encouraging residents to take part in the biggest ever poll on countryside crime before it closes next week.


Do any of these tools belong to you? 

18 Jun

We want to hear from you if you believe any of these items are yours...


Did you witness an assault at Burntwood Rugby Club? 

5 Jun

The incident happened at around 11pm on Saturday 23 May after a kick boxing event.


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  • Lichfield Cathedral Lady Chapel

     on flickr 4 May 16
    I finally got around to taking my fisheye lens to the cathedral. They are relaxed about photography, unlike some others which insist on payment. Unfortunately it was even gloomier in there than I anticipated


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Quite a suprise 

28 May

Today sees the start of the Bank Holiday weekend and it will be a surprise to many that the weather is set fair! The risk of any rain today is only 7% so as long as you don’t travel too far West then you are unlikely to see your activities ...


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