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In pictures: World’s Shortest Fun Run in Burntwood 

2 May

Hundreds of fundraisers stepped out to take on the World’s Shortest Fun run in Burntwood .


Hundreds take on World’s Shortest Fun Run challenge in Burntwood 

2 May

Hundreds of people have taken part in the World’s Shortest Fun Run event in Burntwood.


​4th Stephen Sutton Ride Out from Lichfield to Burntwood in… 

2 May

BIKERS and classic car owners are set to take part in the fourth Stephen Sutton Ride Out later this month.


Pet cat is shot in Lichfield 

2 May

A LICHFIELD family's beloved pet cat has used one of its nine lives after being the victim of a shooting.


Lichfield canal trust receives cash boost from city’s Waitrose… 

2 May

LICHFIELD and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust has received a donation of over 500, thanks to shoppers at Waitrose.


6,300 sign petition to force Lichfield Library debate 

30 Apr

CAMPAIGNERS calling on Staffordshire County Council to hold a public consultation on the future of Lichfield Library and the Friary have handed in a petition bolstered by more than 6,300 signatures.


Leader of Burntwood Town Council confirms he will step down from post 

30 Apr

EXCLUSIVE: The leader of Burntwood Town Council has confirmed he will step down next month.


Lichfield Film is back bringing cinema to city 

30 Apr

LICHFIELD Film is back after a hiatus sparked by venue difficulties.


Lichfield fashion designer Gemma impresses industry experts with… 

30 Apr

A LICHFIELD fashion designer has taken part in a special project at Selfridges in Birmingham which aims to guide the latest and emerging talent of the future.


More local young women enter Miss Lichfield contest 

30 Apr

THERE is just one more day for local women to apply for the Miss Lichfield contest, the first prize for which is 1,000 cash.


A taste of Lichfield tradition in honour of St George 

29 Apr

THE city of Lichfield and the surrounding district has a history of traditions going back centuries and many are still held including the Shrove Tuesday Fair, the Lichfield Greenhill Bower (at one time held on Whit Monday now Spring Bank Holiday ...


Jazz singer to jump genres at Lichfield Garrick 

29 Apr

GENRE-JUMPING vocalist Theo Jackson is coming to the Lichfield Garrick's jazz nights this May.


Councillor insists new system of charging developers for infrastructure projects is fairer 

29 Apr

A new system of funding infrastructure projects will create a fairer and more transparent system of charging developers, a councillor has claimed.


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Sport »

Sleepwell Hotels Isle of Man Youth Tour: 29th April – 1st May 2016 

2 May

Report from Simon Alexander Emile Alexander and Hayden Norris were the sole representatives of Lichfield CCC in the U14 age group out of a total field of 65 riders for this incredibly popular and competitive event drawing in some of the top...


British Champs podium place for Bob Dredge 

2 May

Congratulations to Bob Dredge on a fantastic podium place in the M65 class at the British Champs on Brown Clee.


MTB XC Report from Supported Rider Harvey Rollason 

2 May

National XC round 1 Pembrey We arrived at Pembrey Country Park on the Thursday before the event.


Tamworth Urban 2016 Results 

2 May

Results here Splitsbrowser here Winsplits here Routegadget here...


British Relays WCH podium place on Mens Short 

2 May

Congratulations to Iain Stamp, Mark Stodgell and Mike Barnby on an impressive 3rd place in the highly competitive Men’s Short at the British Relay Champs.


Stewart Hawkes victorious in 2016 Lichfield Half Marathon 

2 May

Tipton Harrier Stewart Hawkes romped home to win the 2016 Lichfield Half Marathon.


Lichfield City FC’s league season ends in defeat 

2 May

Lichfield City FC ended their league campaign with a defeat.


2015-16 U10’s League Champions! 

1 May

Last game of the season sees Lichfield City U10’s crowned as League Champions for 2015-16...


Captains Weekly May 1st 2016 

1 May

“Pats on the back” are numerous this week for several reasons.


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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 ...


Meet Lichfield Discovered over a pint tonight! 

5 Apr

I see that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is has an informal local history meeting on this evening with her irreverent and fun Lichfield history group, Lichfield Discovered.


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – Annual General Meeting this evening 

31 Mar

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening (Thursday 31st March 2016) there will be the Annual General Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


Useful Hints 

29 Mar

There is still a steady trickle of information coming in on the late, great Edgar Pritchard and his amateur cinefilms, of which I think the most notable is 'The Poacher's Apprentice', the wonderful short, silent movie about a young lad befriending a ...


Actions speak louder than bluster 

28 Mar

In September last year our knowledgeable MP, Michael Fabricant discovered Food Hygiene Ratings.


Heaven Knows I’m Misericords Now 

22 Mar

The introduction to the guidebook for Holy Trinity at Eccleshall includes the following modern version of Psalm 84 Verse 10,  “I’d rather scrub the floors of in the house of my God than be honoured as a guest in the palace of sin”.


Women’s Writes 

21 Mar

Last week, on International Women’s Day, one of my brilliant friends Patti shared an article with me on Facebook.


The Craft Barn reopens at Chasewater this Saturday! 

18 Mar

I'm pleased to bring readers more great news from the Lichfield Scrap Barn shop at Chasewater Innovation Centre - it's had a makeover, and a bit of a rebrand, and reopens this Saturday lunchtime at 12pm.


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May 2nd – After what seems like weeks of grey, cold weather it… 

3 May

May 2nd - After what seems like weeks of grey, cold weather it was wonderful to be out in the sun.


Lichfield’s desperate NHS patients turn to their dog’s Vet for treatment  

2 May

Petplan, the UK pet insurance provider, is to introduce health insurance for pet owners’ families as part of its premier level cover, offering “long-term peace of mind for your dog, your cat and now your children”.


Renegade Lichfield parents prepare to send their kids to school on a school day 

2 May

Lichfield parents say they will be sending their children to school tomorrow (May 3) despite a planned national day of action with thousands of primary-aged youngsters expected to stay at home.


May 1st – A blustery and occasionally wet ride over to Walton on… 

2 May

May 1st - A blustery and occasionally wet ride over to Walton on Trent and back through Lullington and Clifton Campville - but true to my promise, I found the colours of spring.


April 20th – As the weather had cleared, I stopped to snap a… 

2 May

April 20th - As the weather had cleared, I stopped to snap a familiar view - from Shire Oak to Lichfield and beyond.


Shock Resignation of Leader of Burntwood Town Council 

30 Apr

EXCLUSIVE: The leader of Burntwood Town Council has confirmed he will step down next month.


City centre to be transformed for 2016 Lichfield Mysteries weekend 

29 Apr

Final preparations are taking place for a weekend of free entertainment in Lichfield city centre over the Bank Holiday weekend.


Lichfield DC ditch public health issues as Virgin Active bid for local Leisure Centres 

29 Apr

International health club group Virgin Active is expected to bid for Friary Grange and Burntwood Leisure centres following the announcement by Lichfield District Council of plans to abdicate its civic responsibility and off load public assets onto ...


Chance for Lichfield Garrick audience to catch Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers 

28 Apr

Audiences in Lichfield will be moving to the beat of the drum as a touring show visits Lichfield next month.


Footsteps 

27 Apr

Spring 1991, and Ken carries me over the threshold of what will be our home for the next 25 years.


Duets for Django bring gypsy jazz sounds back to the Lichfield Garrick 

27 Apr

Gypsy jazz guitarists Duets for Django return to Lichfield for an acoustic performance.


Primary school students learn about work to restore canal in Lichfield 

26 Apr

Lichfield primary school children were given an insight into the importance of waterways in the Victorian period when they visited the city’s canal restoration project.


The Quik Beats bring Mod sounds to Lichfield pub 

26 Apr

The sounds of the Mod era will be on offer in Lichfield this weekend.


Shanty group taking centre stage at the Lichfield Mysteries 

25 Apr

A group of shanty singers are bringing their own brand of music to Lichfield Mysteries.


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Business »

Businesses urged to support Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park 

27 Apr

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


Plans drawn up to revitalise shopping arcade in Lichfield city centre 

27 Apr

Moves to revitalise a shopping arcade in Lichfield city centre have been unveiled.


Report recommends rejecting plan to store 200 HGV trailers on land in Alrewas 

26 Apr

A report has recommended councillors refuse an Alrewas company permission to store 200 HGV trailers on land off the A38.


Residents call for improved shopping options in Burntwood 

22 Apr

People in Burntwood have responded to a new neighbourhood plan by calling for improved shopping facilities in the town.


Lichfield BID chairman says new radios and exclusion scheme will make city centre safer 

20 Apr

New radios for use by businesses are being introduced to help cut crime and anti-social behaviour in the city centre.


Free use of M6 Toll set to be debated in Parliament 

19 Apr

WHETHER the M6 Toll should be made free to use during emergencies is set to be debated in the House of Commons today.


Breakfast networking event for businesses taking place in Lichfield 

14 Apr

A business breakfast networking session will take place in Lichfield next week.


Lichfield hotel submits plans to expand its restaurant 

14 Apr

Cathedral Lodge Hotel.


Global education company acquires majority stake in Lichfield firm 

13 Apr

A DIGITAL education company which is home to the worlds largest online supply teacher network, has acquired a majority stake in a Staffordshire supply teaching agency.


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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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  • Museum Gardens, Lichfield – Gents and Chandlers Cafe

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    Return to Beacon Park – Museum Gardens in Lichfield.

    Gents and Chandlers Cafe.

    It was built in 1930.

    It was built with old materials from the porition of the Friary which was taken down in 1925 on


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2 May 2016 – Bank Holiday Weather 

2 May

Today sees the first of our two bank Holidays and, sadly, the day will not be without some rainfall.


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