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​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).


Roadworks likely to affect your journey today 

22 Oct

These are the latest reports of roadworks within a 25-mile radius of Sutton Coldfield according to the Highways Agency.


Lichfield fundraisers on the lookout for new ways to lend a hand 

22 Oct

People are being asked to help a Lichfield fundraising group decide which community projects to support during the next 12 months.


Planning inspector overturns ruling and approves 77 new homes in… 

22 Oct

COUNCIL bosses have expressed 'disappointment' after their bid to block the creation of 77 new homes was overturned by the Government.


Lichfield students to play their part in helping teens beat stress 

22 Oct

Lichfield students will form part of a new service hoping to support teenagers on issues such as bullying.


Newly-published photos highlight Lichfield city centre’s past 

22 Oct

The Old Crown on Bakers Lane.


Loving Lichfield husband shaves hair for charity after hell of… 

22 Oct

A loving Lichfield husband has had his hair shaved for two charities close to his heart after the devastation of his wife being diagnosed with terminal cancer.


Consultation launched over role of pharmacies in Lichfield and Burntwood 

22 Oct

The future of pharmacy services are up for debate as part of a new public consultation.


Lichfield MP to call for end to ban on gay men donating blood 

22 Oct

Michael Fabricant MP Lichfield’s MP is set to call for an end to a ban on gay men from donating blood.


Poignant charity Christmas cards featuring Stephen Sutton go on… 

21 Oct

CHRISTMAS cards featuring the inspirational Stephen Sutton are on sale in the late 19-year-old's hometown of Burntwood.


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Sport »

Perform Experiences at St Georges Park 

22 Oct

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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.


Lichfield City FC narrowly miss out on securing unlikely point 

22 Oct

Lichfield City FC came within a whisker of completing an incredible recovery at Heather St John’s.


Late turnaround sees Chasetown FC through in the cup 

22 Oct

Chasetown FC produced a turnaround in the last six minutes against Rocester to progress to the next round of the Staffordshire Senior Cup.


Wolves boss: Still room for improvement 

22 Oct

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett says his teamstill has room for improvement, despite recording an impressive win over Middlesbrough at Molineux this evening.


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Comment »

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 ...


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.


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Features »

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.


October 17th – I came back from Shenstone just as darkness was… 

20 Oct

October 17th - I came back from Shenstone just as darkness was falling, and spotted by chance another bountiful crop of autumn.


Concert Review: Bonnie Dobson 

19 Oct

Concert Review – Bonnie Dobson Lichfield Guildhall – Saturday 11th October 2014 Review by: Ben Macnair One of the best loved voices of the 1960’s folk generation gave a rare public performance when Bonnie Dobson and her band played to a ...


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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 »

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.


Benefit fraud prosecutions 

2 Oct

Nearly 100,000 of benefit fraud is uncovered by Lichfield District Council and the Department of Work and Pensions in six recently heard cases.


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999 »

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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