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April 20th – Returning home from from Shenstone on a gorgeous… 

21 Apr

April 20th - Returning home from from Shenstone on a gorgeous evening, passing lanes full off other cyclists whose general absence was noted when the weather was not so lovely, I stopped to check the familiar and have a rest.


Jazz guitarist Remi Harris to perform in Lichfield 

21 Apr

The latest Lichfield jazz concert will see the Remi Harris Trio perform at the George Hotel.


April 17th – Every day, new flowers and leaves. This is… 

18 Apr

April 17th - Every day, new flowers and leaves.


Preparations in full swing for the 2018 Lichfield Home and Garden Festival 

17 Apr

Visitors will get the chance to find out more about making improvements to their homes at a festival in Lichfield.


Call for sponsors to support the 2018 Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park 

17 Apr

Businesses and organisations are being urged to support the 2018 Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park.


Tickets go on sale for 2018 performance of The Snowman at Lichfield Cathedral 

17 Apr

Tickets have gone on sale for a performance of The Snowman at Lichfield Cathedral.


Talk at Lichfield Library to celebrate the centenary of women winning the right to vote 

17 Apr

A talk on the Suffragettes in Lichfield will help mark the centenary of women getting the vote.


April 14th – Just in the nick of time the weather improved. It… 

15 Apr

April 14th - Just in the nick of time the weather improved.


Show at the Lichfield Garrick to tell the story of pioneering engineer Nikola Tesla 

14 Apr

The story of Nikola Tesla is coming to the Lichfield Garrick.


Signed Florence Nightingale letter unearthed in Lichfield by antiques expert 

14 Apr

An antiques expert expert has described a signed letter by Florence Nightingale as one of the best finds he’s seen in Lichfield.


Bags of Help from Tesco 

13 Apr

Excellent news, the Lichfield Waterworks Trust have just been awarded a grant of £2,000 from the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ scheme.


Outdoor screening of Disney classic The Lion King coming to Burntwood 

10 Apr

Outdoor cinema is coming to Burntwood.


April 7th – An awful, terrible horrible day in which little went… 

8 Apr

April 7th - An awful, terrible horrible day in which little went to plan and I just gradually lost the will to try.


April 6th – Dipping into Stonnall and the backlanes on an errand… 

8 Apr

April 6th - Dipping into Stonnall and the backlanes on an errand on the way home, spring is indeed in the lanes: The first bees are dozy, but about and feeding.


Setting the tempo: working with accompanists when there is no rehearsal time 

8 Apr

David Barton Music student, Ruth Carlyle, has taken part in two local festivals and has also worked with many other accompanists on fairly limited rehearsal time.


Hidden Heritage – The story of Crumpwood Ram Pump House 

5 Apr

Monday 9 @7.30pm, in the rear meeting room of the The Bowling Green Friary Road Lichfield Staffordshire WS13 6QJ Tel: 01543 257344 The Bowling Green serves some great food and real ales.


Friarsgate developer reveals plans for a new car showroom and bus station 

5 Apr

The leader of Lichfield District Council, Cllr Mike Wilcox has confirmed that Friarsgate developer U+I has submitted new plans for the long-awaited city centre scheme.


Paul Gambaccini cancels Lichfield Garrick show after being diagnosed with shingles 

4 Apr

Broadcaster Paul Gambaccini has been forced to cancel his one-man show at the Lichfield Guildhall.


The Born Again Beatles returning to the Lichfield Guildhall 

4 Apr

Lichfield favourites The Born Again Beatles are returning to the Guildhall stage next month.


Review: Climax Blues Band at the Lichfield Guildhall 

4 Apr

A near-capacity Easter Sunday crowd saw one of the sharpest blues outfits on the national circuit when the Climax Blues Band performed at Lichfield Guildhall as part of their 50th anniversary tour.


Artist’s work goes on display in Lichfield boathouse gallery space 

2 Apr

A Lichfield boat house is housing an art exhibition.


March 2018 New Discoveries 

31 Mar

Here’s my monthly round-up of new music, pieces and resources I discovered in March.


Full programme for the 2018 Lichfield Festival is unveiled 

30 Mar

The full programme for the 2018 Lichfield Festival has been unveiled.


Jazz guitarist Remi Harris making welcome return to Lichfield 

29 Mar

Multi-award winning jazz guitarist Remi Harris is due to make a welcome return to Lichfield.


Review: Dvorak’s Stabat Mater at Lichfield Cathedral 

28 Mar

Lichfield Cathedral was filled with talented local musicians when Lichfield Cathedral Chorus, four classical singers, and The Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra convened to perform Antonin Dvorak’s Stabat Mater.


Review: The Importance of Being Earnest at the Lichfield Garrick 

28 Mar

Oscar Wilde’s immortal masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest premiered in 1895, and it’s been a hit ever since.


Night of live music in Lichfield to help raise money for the 2018 Fuse festival 

28 Mar

A fundraising night featuring live music is taking place in Lichfield.


Lichfield District Council insists changes will ensure Beacon Park drive-in movie screenings go smoothly 

28 Mar

Lichfield District Council insists it has made improvements as Beacon Park prepares to host another series of outdoor cinema screenings.


March 25th – A long ride, 58 miles, at a decent average of… 

28 Mar

March 25th - A long ride, 58 miles, at a decent average of 12.5mph saw me ride out via the backlanes of Stonnall, Buzzards Valley and along the canal to Kingsbury, then over to Hurley, Grendon, DOrdon, Polesworth and up around Seckington, Clifton and ...


Artist’s work to go on display for the first time at Shenstone Community Library 

26 Mar

One of Mary Parry’s paintings A new exhibition of paintings is coming to Shenstone Community Library.


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Woodmen play Racing Club Warwick at Chasetown this afternoon! 

21 Apr

Saturday 21st April 2018 Walsall Wood FC v Racing Club Warwick FC Home match rearranged to be at Chasetown FC to  accommodate  Walsall Wood FC’s St.


Do the walk this weekend! 

17 Apr

Find out how far they’ve come at Summerhill in just two years in this informative film for the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to remind us that ...


Lichfield Waterworks Trust April 2018 public meeting this Monday 

5 Apr

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (9th April 2018) there will be the April 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


Go to work on an egg cup! 

30 Mar

Also happening this weekend - in this case on Saturday 31st March 2018 at Grasmere Garden Centre on Lichfield Road, Brownhills - there's a 'Paint your own egg cup' activity event.


Fancy an egg hunt this Easter Sunday? 

30 Mar

For a bit of Easter fun on a grey weekend, I notice Oak Tree Farm down in Stonnall have an Easter egg hunt this Easter Sunday afternoon  1st April 2018 from 2pm to 4pm.


A great chance for tea and cake in a great country canalside garden this Saturday! 

27 Mar

There's a great event going on in Whittington this acoming Saturday (31st March 2018) in aid of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust 'Tunnel Vision' appeal - Eric and Doreen's All Day Easter Coffee Morning.


Here be a Dragon 

25 Mar

I had an email from Charlotte who told me she’d always been curious about a grave at Christ Church in Burntwood.


It’s good to repair (and share!) – a great event this Friday in Lichfield 

14 Mar

Never one to sit back and let life pass her by, that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is involved with another project - Lichfield Repair and Share workshop - which takes place this Friday, 16th March 2018 at the Tesco ...


Lichfield Waterworks Trust March 2018 public meeting this Monday 

11 Mar

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (12th March 2018) there will be the March 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


Huge commitment to heavy lift beats big freeze 

9 Mar

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about a rather interesting challenge the trust's engineers had to deal with last weekend when the big freeze hit the UK.


A Hole Nother Story 

3 Mar

Remember at the start of the year there was a petition from some residents living in Bell End in the Black Country who wanted to change the name of their street because they said it was a bit rude and made those living there a laughing stock? Their ...


Two great events coming up from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Trust! 

23 Feb

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about a couple of events the local canal restoration project are holding in the coming weeks, a quiz night on Saturday 17th March 2018 and a guided ...


No More Beyond the Northern Wastes 

22 Feb

With the reduction of subsidies from Staffordshire Council , our relatively recent discovery of Chasetown and Burntwood as places to drink and eat looks like it will end in April, when the NXWM 10 bus route stops going further than Brownhills at off-...


Buses by Night 2018 – great Aldridge event on this Saturday! 

16 Feb

This Saturday afternoon and evening (17th February 2018) there's a great, innovative event taking place at Aldridge Transport Museum just off Northgate - Buses by Night, which is your chance to ride on some great old vehicles and see the local ...


On Pointon 

11 Feb

Last year, Dr Bethany Hughes did an interview for English Heritage on the subject of why women were written out of history and perhaps more importantly, what we can do to redress the balance.


The summer of 82… and school was out! 

11 Feb

A short and sweet one reaches me from old pal of the blog Ian Broad, who at one time lived in the old, derelict bungalow that still (just) stands by the old access road to Shire Oak Quarry off the Lichfield Road at Sandhills - he sent in this great ...


Lichfield Waterworks Trust February 2018 public meeting this Monday 

9 Feb

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (12th February 2018) there will be the February 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust ...


Bridge under troubled water 

3 Feb

Sometimes you don’t have to look too deep into your past to find the parts of it that have shaped you.


Off the wall 

28 Jan

Following the revisiting of the Stonnall tunnel legend a few weeks ago, sparked by a great enquiry from our Canada correspondent Brian Edwards, I had some great reader submissions, and a bit of local history news archive gold from Kate Cardigan over ...


Could you help restore a lost, local canal? 

25 Jan

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the progress they're making, and to send out an appeal for volunteers to help push the restoration forward.


Do you remember Barbara? 

24 Jan

Hi folks - a gentle and respectful  return to business as usual with a quick enquiry I've had in for a few days from reader Wendy Gates, who's trying to trace a lady called Barbara who lived in Lichfield Road, Brownhills and a girl in the 1950s.


Tunnelling through the folklore 

14 Jan

I've had a really interesting email in from the Brownhills Blog Canada Correspondent Brian Edwards who relates a very interesting tale concerning Stonnall, and the discovery of a tunnel there in the late 1960s.


Abridged 

12 Jan

Here's one I've been meaning to run for a good while now: If you use the canal locally, either between Anchor Bridge and Lichfield Road via Ogley Junction, or at Pelsall North Common, there's going to be some disruption for a couple of months while a...


Did you see this hit and run collision in Lichfield Road last night? 

7 Jan

Witnesses are being sought to a very unpleasant traffic incident last night on the Lichfield Road in Brownhills, between Grasmere Gardens and the Co-op Corner junction with Ogley/Chase roads - I actually passed the aftermath of this and the car in ...


Lichfield Waterworks Trust January 2018 public meeting this Monday 

4 Jan

lds Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (8th January 2018) there will be the January 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


Woodmen make big noise in the City 

1 Jan

The Woodemen were again on stonking form on Saturday last (30th December 2017) as they travelled down the road to Lichfield City to show the Lichfeldians a clean set of heels for the second time in recent weeks - it's not often we get to best Ye Olde...


The Depths of Winter 

30 Dec

Something happens to me once the clock strikes 12 on 25th December.


Walsall Wood battle Ye Olde City this afternoon 

30 Dec

Walsall Wood FC in away action at Lichfield this afternoon! Continue reading...


Never now to grow old 

28 Dec

On 28th December 1943, John Russell Faulkner of 504 Squadron was killed aged 21.


Woodmen score big in City triumph 

23 Dec

It was back to winning for Walsall Wood FC on Wednesday last (20th December 2017) as they travelled up the A461 to Lichfield and decisively beat Lichfield City FC in their W Hunt Cup fixture.


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