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Charity worker feared being raped in 40-day Thai prison nightmare 

21 Apr

Sean Felton was thrown into a squalid cell packed with 50 inmates...


Lichfield belly dancing group on the lookout for new members 

21 Apr

A Lichfield belly dancing group is on the lookout for new members.


Burntwood nursery business celebrates after receiving Queen’s Award 

21 Apr

A Burntwood-based nursery business has been given the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.


Lichfield and Burntwood residents urged to be on their guard against telephone scam 

21 Apr

People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being warned to be on their guard against a telephone scam.


Frankley Killers YouTube gangster among criminals jailed for more than 70 years 

21 Apr

Locals praised as tip-offs lead to jail time for ten notorious gang members...


Lichfield District Council approves two new neighbourhood plans 

21 Apr

Lichfield District Council House Two new neighbourhood plans have been approved by Lichfield District Council.


Panel backs the way police use stop and search powers in Lichfield 

21 Apr

A panel in Lichfield has backed the way stop and search powers are used by police in Lichfield.


Transport Secretary insists HS2 will create opportunity for more West Coast Main Line services to stop at Lichfield Trent Valley 

21 Apr

Passengers have been reassured that HS2 will provide an opportunity for more West Coast Main Line services to stop in Lichfield.


West Midlands residents are ‘struggling’ – so why are our mental health trusts getting less funding? 

21 Apr

West Midlands mental health trusts saw lower incomes than in 2011/12, once inflation is taken into account...


Drug dealer suspects arrested and two cannabis farms destroyed after police blitz on Erdington crime 

20 Apr

More than seven suspects were arrested after the Erdington crime blitz...


Success for Question Time-style events about crime 

20 Apr

'Tell us what we need to do and we will do it...


‘Monster’ David Crook is jailed for raping teen, 15, after party 35 years ago 

20 Apr

David Crook, now 68, met the girl, who was then 15, following a party in Tamworth around Bonfire Night in 1983...


Huge police presence as two teens arrested on busy Sutton Coldfield high street 

20 Apr

Two 16-year-olds arrested in broad daylight after short police chase ending on Boldmere Road...


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Sport »

In pictures: Cleethorpes Town v Chasetown FC 

21 Apr

Chasetown FC kept their play-off hopes on track with a 1-1 draw at Cleethorpes Town – and photographer Dave Birt captured the match action on camera...


Lichfield City FC battle it out to bag all three points against Cadbury Athletic 

21 Apr

Lichfield City FC turned out a gritty display to pick up three points against Cadbury Athletic.


National MTB Series Round 1- Sherwood Pines 

19 Apr

Race report from supported rider Marcus Holmes A dry spell leading up to the race meant for some fast close racing.


Play-off chasing Chasetown FC pick up a point at Sheffield FC 

18 Apr

Play-off chasing Chasetown FC added a point to their tally at Sheffield FC.


Lichfield City FC come from behind to earn a point at Uttoxeter Town 

18 Apr

Lichfield City FC picked up a point as they came from behind at Uttoxeter Town.


In pictures: Sheffield FC v Chasetown FC 

18 Apr

Chasetown FC picked up another point in their play-off pursuit as they drew with Sheffield – and photographer Dave Birt captured the action on camera...


Chasetown FC captain named in league’s team of the season 

17 Apr

Jack Langston Chasetown FC’s captain Jack Langston has been named in the Evo Stik League South Division’s team of the season.


Burntwood RUFC win takes promotion battle to the final game of the season 

17 Apr

Burntwood RUFC ran in 15 tries – 14 of them converted – to overcome a depleted Trentham side.


Curbourough race series 

16 Apr

This year we are running 4 Saturday events at Curborough, 28th April, 26th May, 23rd June, 7th July.


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Comment »

Woodmen play Racing Club Warwick at Chasetown this afternoon! 

21 Apr

Saturday 21st April 2018 Walsall Wood FC v Racing Club Warwick FC Home match rearranged to be at Chasetown FC to  accommodate  Walsall Wood FC’s St.


Do the walk this weekend! 

17 Apr

Find out how far they’ve come at Summerhill in just two years in this informative film for the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to remind us that ...


Lichfield Waterworks Trust April 2018 public meeting this Monday 

5 Apr

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (9th April 2018) there will be the April 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


Go to work on an egg cup! 

30 Mar

Also happening this weekend - in this case on Saturday 31st March 2018 at Grasmere Garden Centre on Lichfield Road, Brownhills - there's a 'Paint your own egg cup' activity event.


Fancy an egg hunt this Easter Sunday? 

30 Mar

For a bit of Easter fun on a grey weekend, I notice Oak Tree Farm down in Stonnall have an Easter egg hunt this Easter Sunday afternoon  1st April 2018 from 2pm to 4pm.


A great chance for tea and cake in a great country canalside garden this Saturday! 

27 Mar

There's a great event going on in Whittington this acoming Saturday (31st March 2018) in aid of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust 'Tunnel Vision' appeal - Eric and Doreen's All Day Easter Coffee Morning.


Here be a Dragon 

25 Mar

I had an email from Charlotte who told me she’d always been curious about a grave at Christ Church in Burntwood.


It’s good to repair (and share!) – a great event this Friday in Lichfield 

14 Mar

Never one to sit back and let life pass her by, that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is involved with another project - Lichfield Repair and Share workshop - which takes place this Friday, 16th March 2018 at the Tesco ...


Lichfield Waterworks Trust March 2018 public meeting this Monday 

11 Mar

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (12th March 2018) there will be the March 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


Huge commitment to heavy lift beats big freeze 

9 Mar

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about a rather interesting challenge the trust's engineers had to deal with last weekend when the big freeze hit the UK.


A Hole Nother Story 

3 Mar

Remember at the start of the year there was a petition from some residents living in Bell End in the Black Country who wanted to change the name of their street because they said it was a bit rude and made those living there a laughing stock? Their ...


Two great events coming up from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Trust! 

23 Feb

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about a couple of events the local canal restoration project are holding in the coming weeks, a quiz night on Saturday 17th March 2018 and a guided ...


No More Beyond the Northern Wastes 

22 Feb

With the reduction of subsidies from Staffordshire Council , our relatively recent discovery of Chasetown and Burntwood as places to drink and eat looks like it will end in April, when the NXWM 10 bus route stops going further than Brownhills at off-...


Buses by Night 2018 – great Aldridge event on this Saturday! 

16 Feb

This Saturday afternoon and evening (17th February 2018) there's a great, innovative event taking place at Aldridge Transport Museum just off Northgate - Buses by Night, which is your chance to ride on some great old vehicles and see the local ...


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April 20th – Returning home from from Shenstone on a gorgeous… 

21 Apr

April 20th - Returning home from from Shenstone on a gorgeous evening, passing lanes full off other cyclists whose general absence was noted when the weather was not so lovely, I stopped to check the familiar and have a rest.


Jazz guitarist Remi Harris to perform in Lichfield 

21 Apr

The latest Lichfield jazz concert will see the Remi Harris Trio perform at the George Hotel.


April 17th – Every day, new flowers and leaves. This is… 

18 Apr

April 17th - Every day, new flowers and leaves.


Preparations in full swing for the 2018 Lichfield Home and Garden Festival 

17 Apr

Visitors will get the chance to find out more about making improvements to their homes at a festival in Lichfield.


Call for sponsors to support the 2018 Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park 

17 Apr

Businesses and organisations are being urged to support the 2018 Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park.


Tickets go on sale for 2018 performance of The Snowman at Lichfield Cathedral 

17 Apr

Tickets have gone on sale for a performance of The Snowman at Lichfield Cathedral.


Talk at Lichfield Library to celebrate the centenary of women winning the right to vote 

17 Apr

A talk on the Suffragettes in Lichfield will help mark the centenary of women getting the vote.


April 14th – Just in the nick of time the weather improved. It… 

15 Apr

April 14th - Just in the nick of time the weather improved.


Show at the Lichfield Garrick to tell the story of pioneering engineer Nikola Tesla 

14 Apr

The story of Nikola Tesla is coming to the Lichfield Garrick.


Signed Florence Nightingale letter unearthed in Lichfield by antiques expert 

14 Apr

An antiques expert expert has described a signed letter by Florence Nightingale as one of the best finds he’s seen in Lichfield.


Bags of Help from Tesco 

13 Apr

Excellent news, the Lichfield Waterworks Trust have just been awarded a grant of £2,000 from the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ scheme.


Outdoor screening of Disney classic The Lion King coming to Burntwood 

10 Apr

Outdoor cinema is coming to Burntwood.


April 7th – An awful, terrible horrible day in which little went… 

8 Apr

April 7th - An awful, terrible horrible day in which little went to plan and I just gradually lost the will to try.


April 6th – Dipping into Stonnall and the backlanes on an errand… 

8 Apr

April 6th - Dipping into Stonnall and the backlanes on an errand on the way home, spring is indeed in the lanes: The first bees are dozy, but about and feeding.


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Burntwood nursery business celebrates after receiving Queen’s Award 

21 Apr

A Burntwood-based nursery business has been given the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.


Event to help couple thank locals who helped transform struggling village pub near Lichfield 

17 Apr

A couple who took on a struggling pub in a village near Lichfield are planning a community barbecue to say thank you to locals who have helped turn around its fortunes.


Lichfield car dealership wins national customer service award 

17 Apr

A Lichfield business has won an award for customer service.


Lichfield business relocates to new city centre offices 

17 Apr

A Lichfield business is moving to a new city centre home.


Burntwood councillor hoping to purchase Post Office to prevent loss of “community asset” 

16 Apr

A Burntwood councillor says he is hoping to buy a Post Office to prevent it being lost to the community.


Lichfield shoppers thanked for supporting Easter foodbank appeal 

9 Apr

Thousands of items have been donated to an Easter foodbank appeal in Lichfield.


Lichfield business hoping to showcase the future of ‘smart cities’ across the UK 

5 Apr

A Lichfield company is hoping to showcase the future of “smart cities”.


Lichfield and Burntwood nursery business raises more than £85,000 for meningitis charity 

3 Apr

A Lichfield and Burntwood nursery business has raised more than £85,000 for the Meningitis Now charity.


Burntwood training business expands health and social care apprenticeship programmes 

1 Apr

A Burntwood-based training firm is expanding its health and social care apprenticeship programmes.


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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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Community group raise cash for Fire Fighters Charity 

22 Dec

A community group that uses the facilities at Chase Terrace Community Fire Station have raised 400 for the Fire Fighters Charity.


Community group raise cash for Fire Fighter Charity 

20 Dec

A community group that uses the facilities at Chase Terrace Community Fire Station have raised 400 for the Fire Fighters Charity.


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.


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Best either end (WS7 weather report 22-4-2018) 

22 Apr

It is another mild and bright start to the day with the air temperature at 07:30 hours above 14c.


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