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Sheila’s tree festival aims to raise money for Chase Terrace… 

28 Nov

A Christmas tree festival is taking place at Chase Terrace Methodist Church next week to raise church funds.

Weekend weather: Your five-day forecast to the week ahead 

28 Nov

What's the weather forecast for this weekend? Check out the map above to find out a synopsis for where you live.

Thief steals £500 after taking Lichfield worker’s purse and… 

27 Nov

A LICHFIELD office worker is 500 worse off after becoming the victim of a thief's deception.

IN PICTURES: The Magical Journey re-opens 

27 Nov

Gallery created by Tamworth Herald...

Black Friday weather forecast: Will it rain or shine on your… 

27 Nov

Will you be venturing out to capture some Black Friday bargains tomorrow? Check out our weather forecast for the next five days.

Housing Group Celebrates Award for Good People Management 

27 Nov

A national housing group is celebrating an impressive Investors In People Silver Award in its first year of being accredited.

Talented 10 make a big impression at Lichfield’s Got Talent… 

27 Nov

THE second Lichfield's Got Talent audition on Sunday delivered performances which again blew away the judging panel.

Cambodian land mine victim Sok in Lichfield to aid his teaching… 

27 Nov

A YOUNG Cambodian man, whose arms were blown off by a land mine, is in the Lichfield district promoting inclusive education and raising awareness of disability.

Take a last look at new car park before the gates close 

27 Nov

A TEMPORARY car park for people using Lichfield Trent Valley railway station will be unveiled at Crossfield Road.

“Magnificent” response to reopened Magical Journey 

26 Nov

The organisers of the much-maligned Magical Journey attraction at the Belfry have described the public's reaction to their first day back in operation as magnificent.

Train lines between Birmingham and Lichfield resume after lorry… 

26 Nov

Train lines between Birmingham and Lichfield have been given clearance to resume but commuters have been warned to expect delays after a lorry crashed into a railway bridge in Erdington this afternoon.

Lorry hits Erdington railway bridge causing rush hour travel chaos 

26 Nov

The vehicle crashed into a bridge on Summer Road in Erdington at around 3.20pm and got stuck.

Train services between Birmingham and Lichfield left unable to… 

26 Nov

TRAIN services between Birmingham and Lichfield are unable to travel until further notice after a lorry hit a bridge in Erdington this afternoon.

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Irvine defends Mulumbu’s Twitter jibe and says he is in… 

27 Nov

HEAD coach Alan Irvine has backed Youssouf Mulumbu to come good despite the midfielder airing his frustration at being dropped on social media.

West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Irvine to stick with Saido… 

27 Nov

WEST Brom forward Saido Berahino is in line to start Saturday's lunchtime clash with Arsenal despite ongoing investigations into his arrest on suspicion of drink driving.

Spaces Still Available on Level 1 in January 2015 

27 Nov

Staffordshire FA have a Level 1 Coaching Course taking place at Chesterton High School in January.

Coaching Blind Footballers Course Taking Place In December 

27 Nov

Staffordshire FA have a FA Coaching Blind Footballers Course running on Saturday 20th December at St.

Lichfield Leopards U13′s – Leopards looking for win against Ashby 

26 Nov

Lichfield City Leopards U13s play Ashby away this Saturday.

Lichfield let lead slip as Sutton fight back to edge tight derby 

26 Nov

SUTTON COLDFIELD 19LICHFIELD RFC 17National Three MidlandsLICHFIELD'S run of five consecutive league victories came to an end with a disappointing defeat at local rivals Sutton.

PICTURES: Burntwood RFC 17 Handsworth 34 – leaders spoil… 

26 Nov

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Lichfield City F.C. U9′s – An exciting but crucial game for City … 

26 Nov

Great Cup run continues for City U9’s...


25 Nov

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

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Out and about with the District Commissioning Leads 

27 Nov

“Over the past few weeks I have been getting out and about and seeing some of the good work we do on the ground.

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 ...

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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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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 »

Beacon Park’s festive crafts 

27 Nov

A day of Christmas themed activities is taking place in Beacon Parks Discovery Hub on Saturday 6 December from 12noon to 3pm.

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.

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HMIC Report Acknowledges Force’s Performance 

27 Nov

Staffordshire Police has been recognised as ‘outstanding’ in tackling anti-social behaviour in a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) which is being released to the public today.

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.

Going beyond what is expected celebrated at ceremony 

25 Nov

Officers, police community support officers, police staff, special constables and members of the public will be recognised for their commitment, dedication and outstanding contributions to policing at a Staffordshire Police ceremony.

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.

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No need for the ice scraper. 

28 Nov

This morning sees a return to some milder air temperatures.

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