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Life and music of Frank Sinatra to be celebrated in show at the Lichfield Garrick 

17 Oct

A show celebrating the life of Frank Sinatra is coming to the Lichfield Garrick.


Artist Dennis Harper to exhibit work at Shenstone Community Library 

17 Oct

An artist will see his work go on display in Shenstone.


Paranormal investigators preparing to explore historic Lichfield building 

15 Oct

Paranormal investigators are set to descend on an historic Lichfield building next year.


Spooky sounds as Halloween family disco comes to Burntwood 

13 Oct

Things will be going bump in the night as a Halloween family fancy dress disco comes to Burntwood.


Lichfield Cathedral to become canvas once more for Christmas light and sound display 

13 Oct

Lichfield Cathedral will once again be a canvas for a Christmas light and sound display.


Ophion obscuratus ichneumon wasp 

12 Oct

First record in Staffs since 1973.


Discover the Extraordinary Life of Elias Ashmole at Lichfield Cathedral 

11 Oct

An exhibition exploring the fascinating life and times of Elias Ashmole, one of Lichfield’s most celebrated sons, is set to take place at Lichfield Cathedral.


October 10th – I returned to Shenstone on a horribly… 

11 Oct

October 10th - I returned to Shenstone on a horribly overcrowded, delayed train feeling flustered and weary, but then discovered something else I’d lost in recent months; that view of Shenstone Church across the village rooftops.


New adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale comes to the Lichfield Garrick 

10 Oct

A new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale is coming to Lichfield as the Garrick hosts The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.


Review: Tubular Bells for Two at Birmingham Town Hall 

10 Oct

In 1973, a talented multi-instrumentalist and composer released a complex continuous two piece suite of music that was a seamless blend of pastoral classicism, punk rock, and haunting piano.


Local history evening taking place at Shenstone Community Library 

9 Oct

The history of Shenstone will be the focus of an event at the village’s library.


Skinny Molly to stop off in Lichfield during rare UK tour 

9 Oct

A fusion of rock, blues and America will be on offer at the Lichfield Guildhall later this month.


Sandfields Architecture 

8 Oct

Sandfields plumping Station is a Gothic Revival masterpiece, a cathedral to the industrial revolution, for years abandon, and for years unloved.


ABRSM 2018 singing syllabus: more choice? 

8 Oct

A few weeks ago, ABRSM released its revised singing syllabus for use from 2018.


September 2017 New Discoveries 

8 Oct

In this new monthly series, I’m hoping to share with you some of the new music and resources I come across in the course of my work.


Review: Habadekuk at the Lichfield Guildhall 

7 Oct

The award-winning Danish band Habadekuk played a lively set of largely instrumental music when they appeared at Lichfield Guildhall as part of their national tour.


Dementia takes centre stage as Lichfield Garrick hosts Finding Joy 

5 Oct

A show based on the true story of a teenager looking after his grandmother as she faces life with dementia is coming to the Lichfield Garrick.


Review: Aladdin by the Birmingham Royal Ballet at the Birmingham Hippodrome 

5 Oct

Well, it’s only the start of October but I already feel as if I’ve had a Christmas treat with Birmingham Royal Ballet’s wonderful newly-mounted production of its Director David Bintley’s Aladdin.


Lichfield students to show off Halloween skills at 2017 Screamfest event 

4 Oct

Students in Lichfield are getting ready for the fright of their life as they get the chance to take part in a Halloween event.


Musicians gearing up for the 2017 Lichfield Festival of Folk 

3 Oct

Musicians are tuning up for the 2017 L2F Lichfield Festival of Folk.


Lichfield Jazz 

2 Oct

With autumn leaves beginning to fall Lichfield Jazz has lined up a series of fine gigs for the season.


Review: Into the Shadows at the Lichfield Garrick 

2 Oct

A sold out Lichfield Garrick audience saw four musicians pay tribute to one of the most influential guitar bands of the 1960’s, when Into the Shadows appeared there.


40 years of hit Meatloaf album Bat Out of Hell to be celebrated at tribute show in Lichfield 

29 Sep

Lichfield will celebrate 40 years of hit album Bat Out of Hell with an appearance by tribute band Meatloud.


Found in a lawn 

28 Sep

Common Ink Cap, Dwarf Bell, Weeping Widow, Verdigris Roundhead and two photos of a slime mould in different phases (yellow to white and then blackening).


Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan bringing War Stories to life at the Lichfield Garrick 

28 Sep

The story of 30 men and women who’ve made their mark on wartime history will be explored at the Lichfield Garrick next week.


Owner of new funeral home keen to find out more about history of Lichfield city centre building 

28 Sep

The owner of a Lichfield business is keen to find out more about the history of her company’s new home.


Review: Birmingham Royal Ballet Triple Bill at the Birmingham Hippodrome 

28 Sep

It seems like summer’s not yet over but in the busy world of theatre the autumn season’s already begun and first off the mark is this marvellous triple bill of signature works from Birmingham Royal Ballet showcasing their glitteringly ...


September 23rd – Returning through Lichfield, Festival Gardens… 

26 Sep

September 23rd - Returning through Lichfield, Festival Gardens looked gorgeous too with the autumn thing going on.


Robert Powell and Liza Goddard to star in Silver Screen at the Lichfield Garrick 

24 Sep

Stage and screen star Robert Powell will be joined by Bergerac and Doctor Who actress Liza Goddard for Silver Screen at the Lichfield Garrick.


Guildhall getting ready to host the 2017 Lichfield Autumn Beer Festival 

22 Sep

There’ll be plenty of cheer – and even more beer – as Lichfield Arts brings the Autumn Beer Festival back to the city.


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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...


Labour’s Rob Birch joins Labour’s Team on Burntwood Town Council 

30 Jul

In an expensive by election (the exact amount is not known yet) Labour’s Rob Birch was elected as the new Town Councillor for Boney Hay and Central Ward.


Human Remains 

28 Jul

What’s in a name? Quite a lot actually, Juliet bab.


Beware – daytime closures of Lichfield Road Brownhills today and tomorrow 

12 Jul

Just a warning that there are road patching works today and tomorrow daytime (Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th July 2017)  between Miner Island and Co-op corner on Lichfield Road.


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – July 2017 public meeting this Monday 

9 Jul

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (1oth July 2017) there will be the July 2017 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


Higher Education 

9 Jul

I recently went on a school trip to Stafford Grammar and had an excellent history lesson from the brilliant Mr Bateman, whose knowledge and enthusiasm were A* (or whatever the equivalent is now the grading system has been changed).


Lichfield Festival Market – on today 

8 Jul

Join us for the popular Florette Festival Market featuring stalls, refreshments, live performances and much more.


Travel Notebook: San Sebastián 

3 Jul

View over La Concha Beach.


Burntwood Wakes on this Saturday! 

30 Jun

Also running this Saturday, 1st July 2017 from 12-4pm is the annual Chase, or Burntwood Wakes festival at Burntwood Leisure Centre.


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