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Full programme confirmed for 2017 Lichfield Festival 

24 Mar

Stars of comedy, music and dance are among the talents set to perform at the 2017 Lichfield Festival.


Review: Craobh Rua at the Lichfield Guildhall 

24 Mar

A Guildhall packed to capacity and a leading Irish group offered an early St Patrick’s Day celebration when Craobh Rua performed in Lichfield.


The next monthly open public progress meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust 

24 Mar

The next monthly open public progress meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust will take place on: Monday 27 March @7.30pm, in the rear meeting room of the The Bowling Green Friary Road Lichfield Staffordshire WS13 6QJ Tel: 01543 257344 The Bowling ...


Folk musician Martin Carthy coming to the Lichfield Guildhall 

24 Mar

Leading folk star Martin Carthy is set to appear at the Lichfield Guildhall.


Musical at the Lichfield Garrick to highlight one woman’s battle for equality 

23 Mar

The story of one woman’s battle for equality in the male-dominated car industry of the 1960s will come to the stage at the Lichfield Garrick next week.


Variety event in Whittington to raise money for charity 

22 Mar

A variety show in Whittington will raise money for charity.


LDTA Networking Meeting at The Guildhall – Rachael’s Update 

21 Mar

Located in the heart of the city, the Guildhall is a charming historic Grade ll listed building.


Neil Morrissey: Why I Love Staffordshire 

21 Mar

TV celebrity Neil Morrissey has thrown his weight behind Enjoy Staffordshire’s drive to attract more visitors into the county.


Fret and Fiddle returning to the Lichfield Guildhall 

21 Mar

Jazz favourites Fret and Fiddle are returning to Lichfield.


March 18th – Talking of swans, here’s a flock of about 100… 

19 Mar

March 18th - Talking of swans, here’s a flock of about 100 grazing on a field of young oilseed rape near Wetleyhay, between Whittington and Fradley, today.


March 17th – Coming back from Lichfield, tired after a hard… 

19 Mar

March 17th - Coming back from Lichfield, tired after a hard week, I stopped on the motorway bridge at Summerhill and tried long exposure photography again.


March 13th – This is a terrible photo, and sorry about that, but… 

19 Mar

March 13th - This is a terrible photo, and sorry about that, but the mood I was in precluded concentrating on image quality; but the subject did very much cheer me up.


Lichfield hotel to host flower arranging workshop 

18 Mar

People will be able to learn how to arrange flowers at an event in Lichfield.


Performers invited to audition for new community musical at the Lichfield Garrick 

17 Mar

Performers in Lichfield and Burntwood are being invited to join the cast of a new community production.


Lichfield hotel to host murder mystery evening 

16 Mar

People in Lichfield will get the chance to turn detective at a murder mystery night.


Rock covers band coming to Lichfield pub 

15 Mar

Thirsty Work Rock covers from the 70s and 80s will be served up at a Lichfield pub this weekend.


March 12th – Perhaps unwisely, I continued on a ride I’d done… 

15 Mar

March 12th - Perhaps unwisely, I continued on a ride I’d done many times - Down through Stonnall, Shenstone Woodend, Canwell, then to Hints, Hopwas and Whittington via the canal; from there back over Common Barn and the heath to Weeford and back ...


Sounds of The Stumble returning to the Lichfield Guildhall 

14 Mar

Local favourites The Stumble are returning to the Lichfield Guildhall.


Town crier to take centre stage at Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust’s spring show 

13 Mar

The city’s town crier will be part of a group performing at the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust’s spring show.


Sandfields Pumping Station keys handed over to the Lichfield Waterworks Trust 

13 Mar

Work is underway to bring an historic building in Lichfield back to life as a community facility.


Exciting developments at Lichfield’s Historic Waterworks 

12 Mar

The Lichfield Waterworks Trust, a registered charity set up to save Lichfield’s Historic Waterworks at Sandfields, is now one step closer to achieving its plan to bring the redundant Grade II* building back into reuse as a community facility.


Motherhood explored at art exhibition in Lichfield 

10 Mar

Family and motherhood will be explored in a new art exhibition in Lichfield.


Serco Business Training 

9 Mar

Serco are offering a wide range of  training available to businesses in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent - Click on the link for more information STOKE_STAFFS serco...


Fiddle ace brings Gigspanner to the Lichfield Guildhall 

8 Mar

Folk and rock will fuse when leading fiddle player Peter Knight brings his latest musical project to Lichfield.


Police appeal for help to trace missing Lichfield District Council 

7 Mar

Staffordshire Police is appealing for the help of the public to trace a District Council from Lichfield.


Nick Brown Quartet to perform jazz numbers in Lichfield 

6 Mar

A series of jazz concerts continues in Lichfield with a performance by the Nick Brown Quartet.


Robotics and maths combine for new show at the Lichfield Garrick 

4 Mar

Theatre, maths and robots will combine in a show for youngsters at the Lichfield Garrick.


Lichfield lecture to lift the lid on crypto currencies 

4 Mar

People can learn about a so-called crypto currencies at a free lecture in Lichfield.


Stowe Field earmarked for new gypsy site following Bishop of Lichfield’s Lent Appeal 

3 Mar

Stowe Field has been earmarked as a permanent gypsy and traveller site following the intervention of the Bishop of Lichfield in his Lent Appeal.


Jazz guitarist Martin Taylor to perform at the Lichfield Guildhall 

3 Mar

Guitarist Martin Taylor is coming to the Lichfield Guildhall.


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In the soup at Chasewater – this Saturday! 

24 Mar

Two events in one: Kate Cardigan Gomez from Lichfield Lore, Lichfield Discovered etc.


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – March 2017 public meeting this Monday! 

24 Mar

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this coming Monday (27th March 2017) there will be a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly...


Supporting our armed forces and their families 

22 Mar

Staffordshire has a long and proud military heritage, which continues right up to today.


Cabinet agrees to include Green Belt sites around Burntwood for housing 

8 Mar

Highfields Road site had already been rejected previously by the public but the Council are trying again! Last night Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet agreed to include the Green Belt sites, off Coulter Lane, Burntwood (80 houses) and off ...


Lichfield District’s Cabinet meets on Tuesday to consider housing proposals 

5 Mar

Join them at 6pm on Tuesday 7th March if you want to show your concern over losing green belt land around Burntwood Lichfield ‘s Conservative Cabinet will be deciding on the proposals for housing, Green Belt land and much more which will be put out...


Get tunnel vision and help with a great local history preservation project! 

28 Feb

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the launch of their Tunnel Vision appeal, which has been established to raise funds in order to construct a canal tunnel under the railway near ...


Building fire in village near Lichfield causes road closure 

20 Feb

A BUILDING fire has caused the closure of Coppice Lane in Hammerwich between A461 Walsall Road and Hall Lane near Coppice Lane Fishery.


Tiles of the Unexpected 

19 Feb

There’s a long running gag between me and my mates about how dangerous swans are.


Gorgeous locks! 

18 Feb

Just a quick note to point out that this weekend (18-19th February 2017) there's a rather unique vent at Fradley Junction between Lichfield and Alrewas, where you can tour lock 17 which is currently drained, undergoing maintenance.


Yesterday Lichfield, tomorrow Burntwood? 

15 Feb

Local views rejected by the Secretary of State as he gives the go ahead for 750 houses on Lichfield boundary.


Help protect Burntwood’s green belt 

12 Feb

Sign the petition and keep the pressure on local Conservatives to oppose building on Burntwood’s Green Belt  In 2013 the Local Plan Inspector said: “100.


Cannabis factory fire in Walsall Wood High Street 

11 Feb

It's been a busy night in the area for the emergency services as Saturday evening (11th February 2017) saw a major accident on the Pelsall Road in the Highbridges area, an incident that closed the M6 Toll for a while and now a blaze in what West ...


Road accidents on Pelsall Road and near the M6 Toll this evening 

11 Feb

I'm receiving bits of information about a couple of road accidents this evening (Saturday, 11th February 2017) - a clearly quite serious one on the Pelsall Road between Brownhills and the Fingerpost, and another either on, or on the approaches to the...


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – February 2017 public meeting next Monday! 

7 Feb

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this coming Monday (13th February 2017) there will be a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


County Council proposes a 5% hike in council tax 

30 Jan

Conservative-led Staffordshire County Council plans to raise Council Tax by 4.95% this year to pay for the funding gap for social care.


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.


County Council votes down support for Staffordshire women hit by changes to state pension age 

22 Oct

Labour councillors at Staffordshire County Council were hoping to get support for women disadvantaged by changes in the State Pension Age – but have been voted down by the controlling Conservative Group.


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