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Review: Jack and the Beanstalk at the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton 

13 Dec

Well it’s that delightful time of year again when even the most dedicated culture vultures have the chance to stop being so posh, cosy up and start channelling their inner child – in other words, the fun starts here because it’s panto time ...


Music and ale fans ready to raise a post-Christmas toast to the 2018 Lichfield Winter Beer Festival 

13 Dec

People will be able to banish the post-Christmas blues when the 2018 Lichfield Arts Winter Beer Festival returns in January.


December 9th – Lichfield has a little secret that I’d love to… 

13 Dec

December 9th - Lichfield has a little secret that I’d love to share: Melbourne Coffee.


December 9th – Lichfield Food Festival was huge, and very busy…. 

13 Dec

December 9th - Lichfield Food Festival was huge, and very busy.


December 9th – I was looking forward to a snowy ride out to a… 

13 Dec

December 9th - I was looking forward to a snowy ride out to a couple of food fairs - one at Whittington, and one at Lichfield.


Sounds of the sixties and music of Cilla Black to be celebrated in 2018 show at the Lichfield Garrick 

12 Dec

The musical talents of Cilla Black and the hits of the 1960s will be celebrated when a hit show comes to the Lichfield Garrick in 2018.


Hammerwich author Tim Hayes to launch new book in Lichfield 

12 Dec

A Hammerwich author is launching his new book in Lichfield.


Blues star Stevie Nimmo bringing his band to the Lichfield Guildhall 

12 Dec

Blues musician Stevie Nimmo and his band will make their Lichfield Guildhall debut in 2018.


Review: Crimes on the Christmas Express at the Lichfield Garrick 

11 Dec

Slapstick, knowing and affectionate nods towards Agatha Christie, John Buchan, Bourne and Bond, and more than enough snowflakes will be found on the Christmas Express at the Lichfield Garrick.


Mod and soul band The Quik Beats returning to Lichfield 

11 Dec

The Quik Beats Mod and soul revivalists The Quik Beats return to Lichfield this weekend.


Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice bringing new show to the Lichfield Garrick 

11 Dec

Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice will bring the sequins and swivels to the Lichfield Garrick for a new show in 2018.


Review: Aladdin at the Lichfield Garrick 

8 Dec

To mark the opening of the Lichfield Garrick’s new panto, regular theatre reviewer Phil Preece stepped aside for a night to allow 12-year-old Jay-Jay Green cast his critical eye over proceedings as Aladdin and pals began their festive run in the ...


Evening of music at Lichfield Cathedral to raise money for Live Life Give Life charity 

8 Dec

A night of music at Lichfield Cathedral will raise money for the Live Life Give Life organ donation charity.


December 6th – Well, this’ll be the end then. So long, it… 

7 Dec

December 6th - Well, this’ll be the end then.


Celebrating our great tourism businesses at awards event 

6 Dec

A total of 27 tourism businesses from across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire have been crowned as the best in in the area at the 2017 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards.


Cast confirmed for 2018 production of The Importance of Being Earnest at the Lichfield Garrick 

4 Dec

Stars of stage and screen have been confirmed for a new production of The Importance of Being Earnest which comes to the Lichfield Garrick in 2018.


Review: King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys at Lichfield Guildhall 

4 Dec

With a fervent following built up over nearly 30 years, it was no surprise that the by now traditional December gig for King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys sold out when they appeared at Lichfield Guidhall.


Review: Chris Rea at Birmingham Symphony Hall 

4 Dec

You know what you are getting from a Chris Rea performance.


Magic and Mess make for success 

2 Dec

CINDERELLA Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Friday 1 st December, 2017   Writer, director and jovial genius Iain Lauchlan is back at the Belgrade for another triumphant year with a winning pantomime that blends traditional with new elements.


National Memorial Arboretum to host programme of festive events 

30 Nov

A programme of festive events at the National Memorial Arboretum will kick of with a festive food and gift fair.


Cast and crew putting finishing touches to 2017 pantomime at the Lichfield Garrick 

29 Nov

Oh yes it is – the curtain is set to go up on the 2017 pantomime at the Lichfield Garrick.


November 26th – Another day of beautiful light, but cold…. 

27 Nov

November 26th - Another day of beautiful light, but cold.


November 25th – On a bright, cold winter day, near the M6 Toll… 

26 Nov

November 25th - On a bright, cold winter day, near the M6 Toll in Great Wyrley, clematis seed heads looking very alien in a forgotten, edge-land thicket.


Lichfield Festival of Music Success 

24 Nov

Congratulations to pupils who took part in the Lichfield Festival of Music last Saturday.


dry-valleys: Sybil of months, and worshipper of winds,I love… 

24 Nov

dry-valleys : Sybil of months, and worshipper of winds, I love thee, rude and boisterous as thou art; And scraps of joy my wandering ever finds Mid thy uproarious madness - John Clare .


Choristers to perform iconic song from The Snowman at Lichfield Cathedral 

22 Nov

Three choristers from Lichfield Cathedral will perform to a packed audience when they sing the iconic Christmas number Walking in the Air from The Snowman.


Review: Drayton Manor Park’s Magical Christmas 2017 

20 Nov

Time flies when you’re having fun – that might explain why it was a bit of a surprise to hear that Drayton Manor Park is already celebrating a tenth Magical Christmas event.


The Sleaze Brothers to serve up a Christmas treat with Lichfield Guildhall gig 

19 Nov

Local blues band The Sleaze Brothers are offering a festive treat when they come to the Lichfield Guildhall.


Review: Afro Celt Sound System and Dhol Foundation at Birmingham Town Hall 

19 Nov

The musical collectives Afro Celt Sound System and Dhol Foundation are not known for being shrinking violets.


Soul and Motown night for Children in Need at the Shire Oak tonight! 

17 Nov

Local DJ POeter Leek has been in touch to let me know that he's DJing tonight, Friday 17th November 2017 at the Soul and Motown Party Night at the Shire Oak Pub to raise money for BBC Children in Need.


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Carols by the canal – and memories of great friends 

7 Dec

Just a quick note to point out that the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are holding a carol evening at their Fosseway Nature Reserve site, just off Falkland Road, Lichfield on Saturday 16 December 2017 from 7-9pm and all are ...


Breaking the System 

2 Dec

I’ve been in hospital again.


Remembrance, and St Peter’s Bridge 

13 Nov

I am extremely proud of Staffordshire’s close links with the military, and therefore it was humbling to see so many people in our county pay their respects to the fallen over the weekend.


A dreadful dawn 

12 Nov

Since it's Remembrance Sunday, I've a very sad, thought-provoking article here that was brought to my attention just yesterday by Vikki Swain, whose Great Uncle, Lance Corporal Frederick Hawthorne was one of the tragic band of soldiers executed at ...


Lichfield Waterworks Trust November 2017 public meeting this Monday 

8 Nov

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (13th November 2017) there will be the November 2017 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust ...


Bonfire and Fireworks at Hammerwich this evening, and Walsall Wood FC on Sunday! 

4 Nov

Two firework and bonfire events this weekend - one in Hammerwich this evening (Saturday 4th November 2017) and the one tomorrow evening at Walsall Wood FC - both events are always a great night out and the weather looks decent, so why not take a spin...


Halloween spooky fun in Shenstone right now! 

28 Oct

There's more Halloween fun over the next couple of days too at the Toby Carvery Shenstone Woodend - formerly the Highwayman pub on the Birmingham Road between Shenstone and Blacke Street.


Taking the air 

22 Oct

Almost a year has passed since a group of us got together in St Stephen’s Church, Fradley to talk about how we could record and tell the stories of RAF Lichfield, Staffordshire’s busiest World War Two airfield.


Lichfield Waterworks Trust October 2017 public meeting this Monday 

8 Oct

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (9th October 2017) there will be the October 2017 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust ...


Serous traffic incident on Lichfield Road, Shire Oak – avoid the area 

6 Oct

This morning, Friday 6th October 2017, there has been a road traffic incident on the A461 between the Shire Oak Crossroads and Streets Corner junction - The A461 Lichfield Road at Shire Oak Hill has been closed and local congestion has been severe.


Pictures of who? 

1 Oct

A box of photographs arrived in the post.


The Memo – what’s going on? 

29 Sep

I've been contacted by some very worried users of the Memorial Hall or 'Memo' in Lichfield Road, Brownhills who are very concerned about recent developments there.


Hospital Round 

28 Sep

A short and sweet post this evening.


From seven to ten – can you solve a local mystery? 

27 Sep

Reader Adam Hill has been in touch with a very interesting question related to house names on the Lichfield Road, Brownhills, after studying his Grandmother's birth certificate from 1916.


Join the Friends of Chasewater for a coffee this Friday! 

26 Sep

That there Kate Cardigan from Lichfield Lore has been in touch to say that her new Friends of Chasewater group have a Macmillan Coffee Morning at the Innovation Centre this Friday morning between 10am and 1pm.


Pictures from the 2017 Huddlesford Heritage Gathering 

24 Sep

Yesterday (Saturday 23rd September 2017) I got chance to go to the first day of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust's Heritage Gathering at Huddlesford, near Whittington.


Lichfield and Hatherton’s huge canal Heritage Gathering is this weekend! 

22 Sep

Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are busy preparing for their Heritage Gathering call and vintage festival which is running on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend (23-24th September 2017), and takes place at their Huddlesford base, ...


Less than two weeks to go until Lichfield and Hatherton’s huge canal Heritage Gathering! 

13 Sep

Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are busy preparing for their Heritage Gathering call and vintage festival which is coming up over the weekend of 23-24th September 2017, and takes place at their Huddlesford base, near Lichfield.


Pills ‘n’ Chills and Deli Bakes 

10 Sep

Yesterday I was in Tamworth for the summer food festival, talking to people about Living in Tamworth (the new monthly magazine I’m deputy editor of) in-between mouthfuls of locally produced pork pies, sausage rolls, blue cheese and spring rolls.


Strolling again! 

10 Sep

I've always supported the wonderful parent and toddler walking and social group that took place weekly at Chasewater - Chasewater Strollers, which grew via the human dynamo of Esther Allen and others into the wonderful Spark movement in Burntwood...


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – September 2017 public meeting this Monday 

10 Sep

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (11th September 2017) there will be the September 2017 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust ...


The clue’s in the gift tag 

9 Sep

Equestrian gift tag.


Photosynthesis 

29 Aug

Been catching up on messages (I’m sorry if I still owe you a reply!) and saw I’d recently received a lovely email from Claire who leads a volunteer group called the Heritage Gardeners in Glenside, New Zealand.


Restoring a lost canal – and creating a new haven for wildlife 

27 Aug

Just a quick note to point out that the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are keen to share the news that they're now creating a new nature reserve along the line of the soon to be restored canal between Wall and Lichfield.


Friends of Chasewater: Meeting this Wednesday evening! 

22 Aug

That there Kate Cardigan from Lichfield Lore, Lichfield Discovered and a host of other historical and community based projects is appealing for people to join her and other volunteers in the new Friends of Chasewater Group, and to that end they have ...


Up the Ryecroft Junction 

20 Aug

Local rail buff Simon Swain has once again been busy with the camera and maps, tracing out the history of the South Staffordshire railway line that used to run from Wychnor near Alrewas to Dudley, but called at Lichfield, Brownhills and Walsall on ...


Lichfield and Hatherton’s huge canal Heritage Gathering coming soon! 

16 Aug

Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are busy preparing for their Heritage Gathering call and vintage festival which is coming up over the weekend of 23-24th September 2017, and takes place at their Huddlesford base, near Lichfield.


A Sandfields staff photo – Can you help identify the people in it? 

14 Aug

Dave Moore, the Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire dropped me a line with an interesting social history question regarding the waterworks at Lichfield over the weekend, which I thought I'd share here today as a ...


Work starts at Shire Oak Junction today lasting until Spring: be prepared 

13 Aug

Some weeks ago you'll remember I gave forewarning of improvement works to both Shire Oak Crossroads and Streets Corner Junction on the A461 Lichfield Road as it passes through Walsall Wood and Shire Oak.


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – August 2017 public meeting this Monday 

11 Aug

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (14th August 2017) there will be the August 2017 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity...


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