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Alvin Stardust: Music agent Barry Tomes pays tribute 

23 Oct

Birmingham man got big break in showbiz after handing out posters for star in 1970s: 'He was such a normal fantastic person...

Music legend Alvin Stardust dies just months after appearing in… 

23 Oct

ROCK legend Alvin Stardust has died at the age of 72.

Hopwas Woods near Lichfield could become huge quarry 

23 Oct

SHOCK plans to chop down Hopwas Woods to make way for a massive quarry are being proposed.

Lichfield air cadets appoint city’s MP as new squadron president 

23 Oct

Lichfield’s air cadets have a new squadron president.

Surgeons re-attach arm of pregnant woman after savage dog attack… 

23 Oct

SURGEONS have managed to save the arm of a pregnant woman after it was ripped off in a savage attack by her own dog.

Free art workshops on offer in Lichfield as part of Big Draw project 

23 Oct

Budding artists are being invited to take part in free art activities in Lichfield.

Lichfield City Council offers grants to voluntary groups, clubs… 

23 Oct

CLUBS, societies and voluntary groups are invited to apply to the Lichfield City Council for a grant from the 2015/2016 budget.

Chance for Lichfield and Burntwood residents to help shape 111 NHS service 

23 Oct

People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being asked to help review the NHS 111 service.

Nearly new sale in Burntwood offers parents the chance to bag a bargain 

23 Oct

Mums and dads as well as prospective parents are being invited to bag a bargain in Burntwood.

​HS2 calls on industry to prepare for ‘one of world’s largest… 

23 Oct

THE Government will tell industry today that 10billionworth of contracts are available for thefirst phase of HS2 between London and Handsacre near Lichfield.

Getting in tune for Lichfield L2F Festival of Folk 

22 Oct

THE city centre will be immersed in folk music and traditions thanks to Lichfield Festival of Folk this weekend.

5-day forecast: What’s the weather looking like for this weekend? 

22 Oct

Click the map above to find out more about the weather where you live.

Lichfield shoppers to get energy saving advice 

22 Oct

The Citizens Advice Bureau stand at Aldi in Burntwood Shoppers in Lichfield will get the chance to find out energy saving tips tomorrow (October 22).

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County Under 18 Representative Team make a winning start to their competitive programme. 

23 Oct

The County Under 18 Representative Team under new Head Coach David Billingham, made a winning start to their competitive programme with a 4 – 1 victory over Nottinghamshire at Mansfield Town FC on Sunday 12th October 2014 in the First Round...

Half term training 

23 Oct

Next week at the Friary – see indoor cycling training camp Oct 14...

RAF Football Appeal Scores Impressive Milestone 

23 Oct

A football shirt charitable appeal based in Shropshire has completed an incredible milestone in passing the magical 100000 items delivered worldwide.

Perform Experiences at St Georges Park 

22 Oct

Perform at the official Healthcare Provider for St.

Albion defender a target for Italian clubs 

22 Oct

AC Milan are ready to step up their interest in West Bromwich Albion's Sebastien Pocognoli, Sky Sport Italia are reporting.

Albion boss appreciates Palace challenge 

22 Oct

Head Coach Alan Irvine has issued a warning to anyone expecting an easier ride when West Bromwich Albion host Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Friend: Wolves wanted it more 

22 Oct

Middlesbrough's George Friend said that Wolves 'wanted' the victory more after his side lost 2-0 at Molineux last night.

Boro boss hails Wolves duo 

22 Oct

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka said his side were unable to live with Wolves duo Bakary Sako and Nouha Dicko as they went down 2-0 at Molineux last night.

Wolves’ Dicko delighted with goal 

22 Oct

Nouha Dicko said he was delighted to get back on the scoresheet at Molineux against Middlesbrough last night.

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Comment »

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 ...

Overcome with emulsion 

12 Oct

As I alluded yesterday when I featured the image of the Chasewater pump house, reader and friend of the blog Ruth Penrhyn-Lowe has been slaving over a warm scanner yet again to share with us some wonderful postcards from her late father's personal ...

Niche Interest 

12 Oct

The origins of the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance are hazy but in trying to make sense of this centuries-old tradition, the phrase ‘fertility ritual’ often crops up.

A desperate attempt to stave-off bankruptcy 

5 Oct

A few weeks ago, Peter 'Pedro' Cutler, part time local historian and full time historical mischief-maker, ferreted out the remarkable story of the collapse of a bank in Lichfield in 1856, which detailed early mining in Brownhills, and showed some of ...

Prior Engagement 

26 Sep

Yesterday, I visited Hawkesyard, a place known to previous generations by a variety of names including Le Hawkeserd in Hondesacre, Armitage Park, Spode House and Hawkesyard Priory.

The lost hall of Fisherwick 

26 Sep

Kate Cardigan Gomez, irrepressible wonder behind Lichfield Lore has organised a walk and tour around the remains of the incredible Fisherwick Park estate with her other project, Lichfield Discovered - it takes place tomorrow, Saturday 27th September ...

Thanks for help after fall in Gresley Row, Lichfield 

25 Sep

I WOULD like to express grateful thanks to the young family who assisted my wife when she tripped on a paving stone in Gresley Row, Lichfield, just before noon on Saturday, September 13.

The visual arts deserve a stage in Lichfield 

25 Sep

AS a practising artist of many years' experience, I would like to draw your attention to Lichfield's provision of a suitable arena in which to showcase the products of the city's burgeoning visual arts community, where, apart from the totally ...

Lichfield Library space for arts far from ideal 

25 Sep

WE all want learning for life whether it is in art or academic subjects, for it keeps us well, young and stimulated.

Living Faith: Sorry Madonna, but material world will lead to… 

25 Sep

SO the song by Madonna goes:'Cause the boy with the cold hard cash,Is always Mr Right 'cause we areLiving in a material world.

School Report: New school year brings exciting new opportunities… 

25 Sep

WHATEVER your views, the recent Scottish referendum has brought forward the power of decision making and working together to achieve a common goal.

Due south 

25 Sep

Following the recent interest in the Red, White and Blue pub in Springhill, near Sandhills, the wonderful Gareth Thomas from Lichfield District Council has been true to his word and gifted some fascinating aerial imagery of the area, and south to ...

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Features »

Elvis tribute show coming to the Lichfield Garrick 

23 Oct

Rob Kingsley Put on your blue suede shoes to enjoy a night of Elvis in Lichfield.

Steel Tuxedo bring rock sounds to Burntwood pub 

23 Oct

A rock covers band are bringing their sound to a Burntwood pub.

Revelan revelling in residential review 

22 Oct

Local planning officers are celebrating another victory over their arch enemies on the  Planning Committee of Lichfield District Council.

Dark nights, bright lights 

22 Oct

It’s getting to that time of the year where the commute is getting darker and the need to be seen much greater.

Archery Evening 

22 Oct

Time to take aim and impress Maid Marian with your best Robin Hood impression...

Folk fans in for a treat as musicians line up for festival in Lichfield 

22 Oct

A fabulous feast of folk music is being promised by organisers of a festival in Lichfield.

Alternative Lichfield 

22 Oct

Some of our events and the Lichfield Re:Cycle project are on a new website that brings together some of the fun and free stuff going on in Lichfield at the moment.

Newly-published photos highlight Lichfield city centre’s past 

22 Oct

The Old Crown on Bakers Lane.

Creepy crafts on offer at workshops in Lichfield 

22 Oct

Creepy crafts will be on offer at family-friendly sessions in Lichfield.

Lichfield’s ghoulish past explored on guided tours in the city 

21 Oct

Walking tours around Lichfield are lifting the lid on the spooky side of the city.

October 20th – I had to pop into Walsall Wood on my way home, so… 

21 Oct

October 20th - I had to pop into Walsall Wood on my way home, so shot up the Lichfield Road.

Antiques expert finds nothing of value in Lichfield shopping centre 

21 Oct

BBC star and failed antiques dealer Jonty Hearnden was on hand in the Three Spires Shopping Centre, Lichfield to value various items of junk, including  plates, statues, sculptures, old maps and jewellery.

Review: The Shee @ Lichfield Guildhall 

20 Oct

Leading folk ensemble The Shee played to an attentive audience when they returned to Lichfield Guildhall.

Our latest networking meeting news – National Forest Adventure Farm 

20 Oct

Minutes by Rachael Evans I’m sure you are familiar with the saying “No bad weather just bad clothing” and everyone took this on board when we visited the National Adventure Farm on Thursday 9th October.

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Business »

Business leaders say Stoke’s HS2 bid will deliver growth for £2bn less than its rival 

23 Oct

BUSINESS leaders across North Staffordshire have said an HS2 station in Stoke-on-Trent should be a priority as the Government looks to determine the high speed rail route between Birmingham and Manche...

Date confirmed for reopening of historic Lichfield pub 

17 Oct

A revamped Lichfield pub is set to throw open its doors later this month.

Traffic volumes rise along M6 Toll 

17 Oct

TRAFFIC volumes along the M6 Toll have seen an improvement as operators claim improved customer confidence in the route.

Stoke-on-Trent to launch business case for HS2 station 

15 Oct

BUSINESS and city leaders in Stoke-on-Trent are due to launch their business case for an HS2 station later today.

HCB Group take over Clive Shepherd & Co 

15 Oct

HCB has taken over the legal practice of Clive Shepherd Co, moving the staff into its offices in Lichfield Street, which were acquired in 2011 when Walsall legal firm Hadens joined the group...

77 new homes after council’s bid to block development overturned 

15 Oct

Revelan Group’s proposals for 77 homes on land off Eastern Avenue were unanimously rejected by Lichfield District Council’s planning committee in February...

Further growth for HCB Group 

14 Oct

HCB has taken over the legal practice of Clive Shepherd Co, moving the staff into its offices in Lichfield Street, which were acquired in 2011 when Walsall legal firm Hadens joined the group...

Giant Birmingham site for HS2 College development 

13 Oct

A 3.3-acre site – the size of two football pitches – is being cleared at Ashted Lock on Birmingham Science Park Aston...

New Digbeth and Eastside Metro routes unveiled 

9 Oct

Public to have say on possible extensions of Metro system through south of the city to connect with HS2 station...

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Council »

Getin2it inclusive sport and exercise taster sessions 

23 Oct

Lichfield District Councils sports development team is proud to launch inclusive sport and exercise sessions aimed at adults with learning difficulties.

Free art activities for children this half term 

21 Oct

Lichfield District Council is inviting budding artists to take part in this years Big Draw, and join in free art activities taking place in Lichfield over half term.

Spooky city ghost walks 

17 Oct

Take part in a walking tour around Lichfields historical city centre, and be guided to the places where ghosts have been spotted over the years.

Friary Grange Leisure Centres gym is evolving! 

17 Oct

Friary Grange Leisure Centres fitness suite, Evolve Fitness, is set to get a makeover this autumn half term.

Civics visit to Drayton Manor Theme Park 

16 Oct

Twenty-four civic heads from across the West Midlands were treated to an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Drayton Manor Theme Park on Tuesday 14 October 2014.

Petitioning of High Speed 2 Hybrid Bill Phase 1 

10 Oct

At a meeting of Lichfield District Councils Cabinet on 7 October, members considered a report on matters concerning the local authoritys petitioning of the High Speed 2 Phase 1 Hybrid Bill.

Strike action postponed 

10 Oct

Industrial action, due to take place on 14 October, has been postponed.

Make the most of half term at Beacon Park 

9 Oct

With lots of activities, including spooky fun, families are being encouraged to head to Beacon Park in Lichfield this autumn half term.

Please put your bins out as normal on Tuesday 14 October 

6 Oct

Residents who have their bins emptied on a Tuesday are being asked to put them out as normal on Tuesday 14 October 2014, when planned national industrial action is set to take place.

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Euro Forces Reunite Against Cross-Border Crime 

20 Oct

Staffordshire Police taking part in the third collaboration between UK and European forces in tackling international criminality on the UK road network.

New Act Encourages Partnership Working on ASB 

17 Oct

New legislation will give power to victims of anti-social behaviour to request a review of how their cases have been handled.

County advocates join anti-cyberbullying campaign 

16 Oct

The Staffordshire branches of two national advocacy groups have pledged their support to a campaign led by Staffordshire Police to stem the tide of cyberbullying in the county.

Did you witness road traffic collision in Lichfield? 

15 Oct

We are now in a position to name the man who died in a collision on Curborough Road, Lichfield, on Sunday 12 October.

Gearing Up to Drive Down Car Key Burglary 

9 Oct

Staffordshire Police is to roll out a series of high-tech devices to car owners who are at higher risk of having their houses broken into and the keys to luxury cars stolen.

Staffordshire Police Force Awards 

9 Oct

The Staffordshire Police Force Annual Awards take place tomorrow at the County Showground.

Staffordshire Police Chiefs hold online chats 

6 Oct

Staffordshire Police Local Policing Team (LPT) Commanders are set to provide residents with a chance to engage with them using the latest technology over the coming year.

Staffordshire Police Force Awards, Friday 10 October 

3 Oct

The Staffordshire Police Force Annual Awards take place next week at the County Showground.

Force Action Plan HMIC Domestic Abuse Inspection 

1 Oct

Following an inspection by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) of how the police deal with Domestic Abuse, all forces have been required to produce a high level public facing action plan.

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Don’t put off until tomorrow 

23 Oct

If you have some jobs to do outside then heeding the guidance of the old saying “don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today” would be a wise move.

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