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Search begins for the best performers to enter Lichfield’s Got… 

30 Sep

THE SEARCH is on to find the best performers in the district to take part in Lichfield's Got Talent 2015.


New HS2 rail college could boost local economy 

30 Sep

A PARTNERSHIP of local councils which aims to bring bigbusiness investment into the region was celebrating today afterBirmingham was chosen as one of the sites for a massive new high speed rail college.


Lichfield’s district youth centres will close before the end of… 

30 Sep

CONFIRMATION that all youth centres in Staffordshire are to close by the end of the year has been condemned by public sector union Unison.


‘Allo ‘Allo! star to speak at Lichfield Cathedral Patrons’ Dinner 

30 Sep

THEREmay well be a gateux in the chateau when 'Allo 'Allo star Arthur Bostrom speaks at Lichfield Cathedral's patrons' dinner on Friday (October 3).


Burntwood’s Stephen Sutton to get posthumous Pride of Britain… 

30 Sep

STEPHEN Sutton MBE has become the first person to be honoured with a posthumous Pride of Britain award.


Lichfield wildlife blogger to make BBC TV appearance 

29 Sep

A TEENAGE wildlife blogger from Lichfield is all 'sett' to make her first appearance on TV.


Lichfield’s Minor Injuries Unit fast proving a major success 

29 Sep

IF you suffered a suspected broken wrist in an accident at home, would you expect a potentially lengthy wait to be seen at your local Accident Emergency department followed by a series of time-consuming appointments in a busy fracture clinic?This ...


Burntwood man and his father jailed for ‘vicious’ assault which… 

29 Sep

A BURNTWOOD man and his father have been jailed for a 'vicious and sustained' assault which left a defenceless man fighting for his life outside a pub.


Marathon challenge inspired by Lichfield teenager Jaye 

29 Sep

A PAIR of Lichfield runners are to participate in four half marathons over four consecutive weekends to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.


Rise in numbers of cold callers across Lichfield and Burntwood 

29 Sep

NUISANCE cold callers are on the increase in Lichfield and Burntwood.


Birmingham parents have to wait two months for Register Office appointment 

29 Sep

Families taking newborns to Coventry and Lichfield as staff in city hit by huge backlog blamed on explosion in birth rate and cutbacks...


Lichfield Literature Festival event to combine afternoon tea and poetry 

29 Sep

Afternoon tea and poetry enthusiasts are in for a treat courtesy Lichfield Literature Festival.


More than 1,000 use Help to Buy for homes 

28 Sep

More than 1,000 people across the Black Country, Staffordshire and Wyre Forest have bought home through the Help to Buy scheme.


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Cleverley enjoying his time at Villa 

30 Sep

Tom Cleverley says he is enjoying his football at Aston Villa following the difficult time he endured at Manchester United.


Dicko back for Wolves, confirms boss 

30 Sep

Nouha Dicko has returned to training and will be available for Wolves' game against Huddersfield tomorrow night, the club has confirmed.


Dawson pens new Albion deal 

30 Sep

West Bromwich Albion defender Craig Dawson has signed a new deal at the club, just days after scoring against the team he was heavily linked with throughout the summer.


Wolves have doubts over Doherty 

30 Sep

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett has admitted that full-back Matt Doherty is a serious doubt for tomorrow's game with Huddersfield Town at Molineux.


Sako convinced me: Wolves new boy 

30 Sep

Wolves new loan signing Yannick Sagbo has revealed that Bakary Sako played a big part in him joining from Hull City.


Wolves sign striker 

30 Sep

Wolves have made a long-awaited addition to their forward line, bringing in Hull City striker Yannick Sagbo on loan until January.


England U21s to play Croatia at Molineux 

30 Sep

Molineux Stadium, home of Wolverhampton Wanderers, will host England's crucial UEFA Under-21s Championship play-off against Croatia.


Lichfield’s lacklustre second half hands Scunthorpe victory 

30 Sep

LICHFIELD RFC 23SCUNTHORPE 49Midlands One WestAN ERROR-STREWN second half cost Lichfield any chance of recording a second home win on the bounce as a strong Scunthorpe side punished their mistakes.


“We could not have done any more at Silverstone” says… 

30 Sep

ANDREW Jordan believes he and his Pirtek Racing team made the best of a bad situation with a trio of top-ten finishes in the British Touring Car Championship's penultimate meeting of the season at Silverstone.


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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 ...


Thanks to all those who took part in Council Survey 

24 Sep

The Labour Group has kept the pressure up on the Conservative Cabinet and forced them to consult the electorate before deciding on a further £2.4 million cut in budget by 2016.


Tweet: Safety concern about @arrivamidlandsW buses abando… 

23 Sep

Safety concern about @arrivamidlandsW buses abandoning Fradley school run kids on roadside because of ‘operational issues’.


Councillor Seeks Assurances Over Local Bus Services – And Gets Them Straight 

21 Sep

Cllr Sue Woodward met this week with Arriva’s Area Director (West), Rob Chevaux, to discuss her longstanding concerns about Arriva services to Burntwood and said she was “greatly reassured” by the outcome.


There was a Cruck-ed House 

20 Sep

Of all of the buildings open to the public during the 2014 Lichfield Heritage Weekend , Cruck House is perhaps the one that best fits this year’s theme of ‘Hidden Histories’.


Serious accident between car and horse drawn cart near Stonnall 

19 Sep

West Midlands Ambulance Service issued the following statement a few minutes ago.


Bad Neighbours 

18 Sep

Legend has it that in July 1403, two feuding neighbours from opposite sides of the River Trent set out to fight on opposite sides at the Battle of Shrewsbury.


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Features »

broccoli and stilton soup 

30 Sep

On the Saturday we went to collect the vegetables from the farm on the list to pick up was a broccoli, since we have 2 bags of broccoli already frozen in the freezer I figured I’d make it into soup, so off I go to Tesco and come back with a ...


September 28th – Up on the Chase on a balmy, sunny afternoon… 

29 Sep

September 28th - Up on the Chase on a balmy, sunny afternoon that apart from the colour, could have been May rather than September.


September 27th – Having visited the farm shop, returned via… 

28 Sep

September 27th - Having visited the farm shop, returned via Weeford and Little Hay.


September 27th – Spotted as I was passing in Flats Lane,… 

28 Sep

September 27th - Spotted as I was passing in Flats Lane, Weeford, a young retriever and his comforter - which appears to be a mop head.


Septemver 27th – I’ve been passing this odd, low… 

28 Sep

Septemver 27th - I’ve been passing this odd, low farmhouse/barn in Knowle Lane, south of Lichfield, for years.


September 26th – Another great sky as I nipped down into… 

27 Sep

September 26th - Another great sky as I nipped down into Stonnall in the dying light.


September 26th – I nipped over to Burntwood to get some shopping… 

27 Sep

September 26th - I nipped over to Burntwood to get some shopping in after work.


Trillions of bikes 

26 Sep

Went to the Cycle Show at the NEC today, not really my thing but glad I can say i’ve been at least once.


Murder Most Fun 

26 Sep

I’ve shared the bill with some interesting fellow artistes over the years (The White Hart Morris Men spring to mind – read my blog about the wedding we both performed at here ), but last weekend was the first time I’ve (knowingly!) ...


Labour Parliamentary Candidate Chris Worsey goes native 

26 Sep

SANDWELL Parliamentary candidate Chris Worsey held a press conference at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester earlier this week to explain his sudden change in appearance.


September Dérive this Friday 

25 Sep

Join us for the Lichfield Dérive on the last Friday of the month, a fun city centre drift this way and that, maybe ending up with a drink somewhere if the weather is kind.


Interesting Fact 

25 Sep

On the 24th June 2014, a total of 56 freight trains ran through Walsall and of these, 13 could have used the Walsall-Lichfield line (had it been there) to save mileage, fuel, time and MONEY! Source: South Staffs Railway...


LMSR Hammerwich Sign on Ebay 

25 Sep

A genuine London Midland Scottish Station Sign from Hammerwich Station went on ebay earler last week.


Concert Review: Kaz Hawkins and her Band 

25 Sep

Kaz Hawkins and her Band – Lichfield Guildhall September 21 st 2014 Reviewed by Ben Macnair Imagine, if you can Janis Joplin fronting Chic, and you have some idea of the level of imagination and musicianship that Kaz Hawkins and her band bought...


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HS2 College: Skills boost welcomed with 2,000 apprentices to be trained 

30 Sep

The college, which will train rail engineers of the future, will be spread across Birmingham Science Park and Doncaster’s Lakeside Campus...


Unemployment falls across Lichfield and Burntwood 

18 Sep

The number of people without a job in Lichfield and Burntwood has fallen.


Lichfield jobs to go as Phones 4U goes into administration 

15 Sep

Staff at a Lichfield shop are being told their jobs have gone after Phones 4U went into administration.


DTZ brings £215m Ocean Portfolio to market 

15 Sep

Real estate adviser selling Swift Park unit in 12-strong portfolio in addition to Fradley Park in Lichfield...


Birmingham MPs unite to demand HS2 college in the city 

12 Sep

The MPs, eight Labour, one Conservative and one Lib Dem have all signed the letter in which they argue Birmingham is the only logical place for the college...


Birmingham remains ideal location for HS2 College say business leaders 

12 Sep

BIRMINGHAM remains the ideal choice for the location of the proposed HS2 College, business leaders in the city have said.


Business lends a helping hand to Lichfield scouts 

11 Sep

Scouts in Lichfield have been given a helping hand to get on the road for their first camping trip of the year.


Plan approved for new Indian restaurant in Burntwood 

11 Sep

Plans for a new Indian restaurant in Burntwood have been given the go-ahead.


84 West Midland firms to compete for £10bn HS2 contracts 

11 Sep

84 West Midland firms to compete for £10bn HS2 contracts...


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Council »

Holiday fun offered this autumn half term 

30 Sep

From roller skating discos and pool fun sessions to a holiday club and a Halloween trail, Lichfield District Councils Holiday Fun programme is packed with plenty of energetic activities to keep young people entertained this autumn half term...


Hidden histories uncovered at Heritage Weekend 

23 Sep

Lots of people explored interesting buildings and discovered many of Lichfields hidden histories at Lichfield Heritage Weekend on 20 and 21 September 2014.


District councils Your View questionnaire results are in 

22 Sep

After running a questionnaire on district council services over the summer, Lichfield District Council has gathered the results and the feedback...


Septembers group cycle ride 

19 Sep

Cyclists are being urged to get on their bike to take part in a cycle ride to Fradley Junction on Sunday 28 September 2014.


Councillor John Wilks (1930 to 2014) 

15 Sep

Councillor John Wilks sadly died at Burton Hospital on Sunday 14 September 2014.


Council prosecutes three scrap metal dealers 

12 Sep

Following the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, local authorities now have legal powers to make sure scrap metal dealers are working within the law.


Lichfield landlord prosecuted 

10 Sep

Court orders a Lichfield landlord to pay 3,358 for failing to obtain a licence for a house in multiple occupation.


Patriotic proms goes off with a bang! 

8 Sep

Thousands of people waved their flags and sang with gusto at the sixteenth Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park on Saturday 6 September 2014.


Lichfield Heritage Weekend 2014 

8 Sep

Come to Lichfield on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September to explore interesting buildings and discover Lichfields hidden histories.


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Fatal road traffic collision, Lichfield 

25 Sep

We are appealing for witnesses following a collision on Eastern Avenue, Lichfield, at 3.20pm yesterday afternoon (Wed).


Police renew focus on alcohol harm 

17 Sep

Staffordshire Police is to address the drain on its resources caused by excessive drinking with a period of action as part of a nationwide drive.


Did you witness an armed robbery in Lichfield? 

11 Sep

Police are appealing for witnesses to an armed robbery at a store in Lichfield.


Incident on M6 Toll, Sat 6 Sept 

11 Sep

On Saturday (Sept 6) CMPG officers were involved in a pursuit with a man from the Kent area who failed to stop on the M6 in Staffordshire.


Woman jailed for frauds at Stafford schools 

5 Sep

A woman has been jailed for five months after admitting a string of frauds at three Stafford schools.


Did you witness a street robbery in Whittington? 

4 Sep

Police are appealing for witnesses to a street robbery that took place in Whittington on Wednesday (3 September).


Chief Constable’s Jane Sawyers Ice Bucket Challenge 

27 Aug

Staffordshire Police’s Chief Constable Jane Sawyers today took on the ice...


Can you help us find these men wanted by colleagues from West Midlands Police? 

22 Aug

Can you help us find these men wanted by colleagues from West Midlands Police...


Appeal to locate missing Burntwood man 

20 Aug

Staffordshire Police is appealing for the public to report any sightings of a missing Burntwood man.


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Most rain since August. 

30 Sep

Yesterday around 9mm of rain fell in out area and that was the most rain we had received in a single day since the 25 August 2014.


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