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UK looks for HS2 train-builder 

20 Jan

A company is needed to take on a £2.75bn contract to build 60 high speed trains.

Cannock Chase MP Amanda Milling raises withdrawal of bus services… 

19 Jan

CANNOCK Chase MP Amanda Milling has raised the withdrawal of local bus services with Transport Secretary, the Rt Hon.

Tamworth handyman fined for unsafe asbestos removal in Lichfield… 

19 Jan

A HANDYMAN has been fined over 1,400 after pleading guilty to unsafe asbestos removal in Lichfield, breaching health and safety legislation.

On This Day: Lichfield hosts “A Grand Exhibition of Illusions and… 

19 Jan

ON THIS day in 1818, "a Grand Exhibition of Illusions (and) Ventriloquism took place at the Theatre Royal, Lichfield.

Burntwood’s The Voice singing sensation Jason Jones to play… 

19 Jan

A BURNTWOOD singer songwriter whose vocals caused a sensation on The Voice is performing a free gig near Lichfield on Friday.

Crime Commissioner warns Lichfield and Burntwood residents to be on their guard against scam 

18 Jan

People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being warned about emails from fraudsters claiming to be from the tax office.

"Suitable treatment" at Burton Hospital could have… 

18 Jan

A BARTON father of four, who had not been ill in 15 years, died after "substandard care at Burton's Queen's Hospital meant staff failed to identify the serious condition he was suffering from and prematurely discharged him.

Cars stolen in Lichfield after burglars break into houses to steal keys 

18 Jan

Cars have been stolen after two house burglaries in Lichfield.

Luxury cars stolen in Lichfield – ​BMW 640D Coupe and Audi RS3… 

18 Jan

LICHFIELD residents are being urged to review car and home security measures after two burglaries overnight where luxury cars at each property were stolen.

Delays ‘inevitable’ in Lichfield this morning as ‘oversized load’… 

18 Jan

MOTORISTS are being warned to expect delays this morning as an oversized load is transported through the Lichfield area.

Pub chain defends decision not to serve alcohol to visiting Sheffield United supporters in Lichfield 

18 Jan

A pub chain has explained a decision not to serve alcohol to football supporters last weekend.

Staffs Police warning as bogus council officials prey on woman in… 

18 Jan

STAFFORDSHIRE Police have warned elderly residents in the area to be on their guard after bogus callers lied their way into the home of a woman in her 70s.

Cervical cancer specialist urges women in Lichfield and Burntwood not to miss smear tests 

18 Jan

Women in Lichfield and Burntwood have been reminded not to miss out on potentially lifesaving cervical screening appointments.

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Lichfield Dynamo U15’s outstanding performance 

19 Jan

Lichfield City Dynamo U15's 1 Robirch FC 1...

Shop the Nike football shirts clearance collection 

19 Jan

With massive savings to be made, all Nike clearance shirts are now 50% off with Discount Football Kits, while stock lasts...

Job Vacancy: Burton Albion Community Trust 

19 Jan

Burton Albion Community Trust have an exciting opportunity for someone to become their Football Development Coach/Co-ordinator.

Boxer Brad Foster is set for a busy year 

19 Jan

MANAGER PJ Rowson predicts 'a busy year' for flyweight Brad 'The Blade' Foster and it starts in Walsall next month.

Griffiths at the double as Lichfield progress to quarter-finals 

18 Jan

Tough home draw against holders Sporting Khalsa awaits in the next round...

Six Nations: High five for England rugby roses 

18 Jan

England women have announced their squad for the Six Nations – with five players from Lichfield Rugby Club included.

Lichfield City FC through in the JW Hunt Cup after victory at Paget Rangers 

18 Jan

Lichfield City FC eased through to the next stage of the JW Hunt Cup with a win at Paget Rangers.

Safeguarding Update 

18 Jan

As part of The FA’s work to ensure safeguards are being implemented in grassroots youth football, 7,878 youth clubs have now confirmed with The FA the details of each of the coaches and managers they have working with their youth teams.

Chasetown FC suffer defeat on the road at Newcastle Town 

18 Jan

Chasetown FC were made to pay the price for some defensive hesitancy as they were beaten on the road at Newcastle Town.

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust – January 2017 public meeting tonight! 

9 Jan

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening (Monday 9th January 2017) there will be a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...

Have you lost a cat in the Stonnall area? 

7 Jan

John and Gina Sylvester have contacted me to say they've concerned about the cat above who's been hanging around Stonnall for a while, and they're concerned it might be lost.

Old Heath Hayes – another remarkable work 

29 Dec

The wonderful and kind local historian Robert Selvey has kindly donated another local history classic to the blog archive for readers to enjoy, and this one's a cracker - it's Heath Hayes History, the companion 'Green Book' title to the 'Old ...

Angels and Demons 

28 Dec

Built in 1750 on the site of the Talbot Inn, as a private residence for wine merchant George Addams, the Angel Croft was converted to a hotel in the 1930s.

Two injured in second Ogley Road crash in ten days 

22 Dec

I'm sad to report that yesterday evening (Wednesday 21st December 2016) there was a serious road traffic incident on the Ogley Road near it's junction with the Lichfield Road at Co-op Corner in Brownhills.

Old Chasetown – a remarkable history 

18 Dec

Thanks to the immense generosity of reader and old pal of the blog Stuart, and the tireless work of the young David Evans, I can share with you something rather special today: a book on Chasetown history entitle 'Old Chasetown'2, published in a very ...

Suspicious activity in Brownhills: Be on your guard 

3 Dec

A strange one reaches me via a reader on Facebook - it seems there's been an odd trio of people operating in Lichfield Road, Brownhills this afternoon (Saturday, 3rd December 2016), and in the current climate it seems best to be safe and warn readers...

Find out about a great local canal restoration with a guided walk this Saturday! 

30 Nov

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the organised walk of the SUmmerhill section that's taking place this Saturday, 3rd December 2016.

Lichfield Waterworks Trust – November 2016 public meeting this Thursday 

23 Nov

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Thursday evening (24th November 2016) there will be a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...

Burntwood’s Labour County Councillor calls on NHS Chief to make public their Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) 

19 Nov

17 November 2016 Dear Mr Stevens On behalf of the Labour Group at Staffordshire County Council, I am calling for the immediate publication of the STP plans in order to engage the public in addressing the challenges faced by the Staffordshire care and...

In Fradley Fields 

13 Nov

RAF Lichfield, or Fradley Aerodrome as it was sometimes known,  was Staffordshire’s busiest airfield during the Second World War.

Wonderful news from Lichfield Waterworks Trust 

1 Nov

Dave Moore, the Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire has been in touch with some great news about Lichfield's greatest hidden asset, Sandfields Pumping Station and Dave's campaign with the Lichfield Waterworks Trust...

The Leomansley Witch Project 

28 Oct

Imagine you’re watching a horror film.

Crime Scenery 

23 Oct

I know.

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Boogie woogie pianist Steve Clayton coming to the Lichfield Guildhall 

18 Jan

Boogie woogie will be on the menu when acclaimed Steve Clayton and the 44’s return to Lichfield.

January 16th – A terrible, awful, wet commuting day. I got wet… 

17 Jan

January 16th - A terrible, awful, wet commuting day.

Lichfield Winter Beer Festival 27th/28th January 2017 Lichfield Guildhall 

16 Jan

Lichfield Arts have ordered over 30 beers and ciders for the popular Winter  Beer Festival, taking place over the  week-end Friday and Saturday 27th/28th January.


16 Jan

 The Chairman, Councillor Beth Fisher will be hosting a Charity Evening in aid of her nominated charities; We Love Burntwood and 1st Burntwood Scouts on Saturday 4th February 2017 from 7.30 pm at St Matthews Sports and Social Club, St Matthews Road, ...

Lichfield Garrick’s artistic director says spring season has “something for everyone” 

16 Jan

The artistic director of the Lichfield Garrick says he is confident there will be “something for everyone” in the theatre’s spring season.

Lichfield MP’s doctor confirms that Conservatives ‘talk out of their arses’ 

15 Jan

A local GP who referred Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant to a consultant proctologist has hit out at the Conservative government.

Lichfield Garrick hails festive programme after 30,000 people visit theatre 

10 Jan

The Lichfield Garrick’s executive director has hailed the success of the theatre’s annual pantomime and festive programme of events.

Review: The Magical Christmas Tree at the Lichfield Guildhall 

10 Jan

Lichfield Arts rounded off a successful 2016 with a show that packed humour, stirring musicianship, dance and familiar songs performed in unfamiliar ways when The Magical Christmas Tree came to the Guildhall.

January 8th – Out and about today on various errands, I spotted… 

8 Jan

January 8th - Out and about today on various errands, I spotted a rather muddy rugby match going on at the club in Chasetown, just on the edge of Chasewater.

January 6th – on my way home, I had to pop into Stonnall, and as… 

8 Jan

January 6th - on my way home, I had to pop into Stonnall, and as ever, the Old Swan pub was lit up beautifully, like a beacon to the weary and homeward bound.

Lichfield Winter Beer Festival returning to the Guildhall 

5 Jan

Real ale and music fans will soon be raising a glass to the Lichfield Winter Beer Festival.

Lichfield Winter Beer Festival 

4 Jan

27th & 28th January 2017, Lichfield Guildhall Lichfield Arts have ordered over 30 beers and ciders for the popular Winter Beer Festival, taking place over the week-end Friday and Saturday 27th/28th January at the wonderful Lichfield Guildhall.

Bands to perform at Burntwood Town Council chairman’s charity concert 

4 Jan

A charity concert will be hosted by the chairman of Burntwood Town Council next month.

January 2nd – Well, this is it – the fifth anniversary of my… 

3 Jan

January 2nd - Well, this is it - the fifth anniversary of my continual cycling.

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Customer service award for Burntwood pharmacist 

13 Jan

A Burntwood pharmacist has won a customer service award.

Community service for two men who sold fireworks without licence in Lichfield 

13 Jan

Two men have been handed community service after admitting selling fireworks they were not licenced to stock in Lichfield.

5 things to do in the West Midlands this weekend 

9 Jan

NOT sure what to do this weekend? We\'ve compiled a list of activities and events to enjoy over the next few days.

HS2 prompts rugby club to try and find a new home 

4 Jan

A MIDLANDS rugby club has submitted plans for a new ground in anticipation of it being relocated as a result of the HS2 high speed rail line.

HS2 prompts rugby club to plan new home 

4 Jan

Club lodges plans for a new home as it is being forced to leave its current ground to make way for high-speed rail line...

Logistics company fined £265,000 for health and safety failings 

16 Dec

A LICHFIELD logistics company has been fined £265,000 after workers were injured in incidents on consecutive days.

HS2 chairman takes up role with Gatwick Airport 

16 Dec

SIR David Higgins, the executive chairman of HS2, has accepted a similar role at Gatwick Airport.

HS2 symposium looks to build momentum for Eastside regeneration 

15 Dec

THE regeneration of Birminghams Eastside and how it will be shaped by the arrival of HS2 set the agenda for a new conference in the city.

Comment: Opportunities beckon – but challenges remain 

15 Dec

Birmingham property experts Rupert Young and Carl Durrant assess the future for Birmingham's as it prepares for HS2 and more staff moving here from the South East...

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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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Join us for the Family Festival of Carols 

22 Nov

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Family Festival of Carols is set to take place at Lichfield Cathedral on Sunday, December 4.

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...

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  • Week 24.3 – Uninspired, Mark 2

     on flickr 12 Jun 16
    Justifiably this week I’ve been a bit uninspired again, which I put down to the events of last weekend, leading to a day off work sick on Monday. We did however have a do after work on Wednesday at Birmingham

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Now that’s a change (WS7weather report 20-1-2017) 

20 Jan

High surface air pressure and the jet stream running above the UK means that we are set for a cool day but with some bright spells too.

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