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Lichfield gig ready to transport audiences back to The Flamingo club 

18 Aug

Ricky Cool and the In Crowd The sounds of an iconic sixties music venue will be recreated in Lichfield when the Guildhall welcomes Ricky Cool and the In Crowd.


Lichfield Cathedral to be transformed for the Great Exhibition 

18 Aug

A series of events will transform Lichfield Cathedral as part of the venue’s Great Exhibition event.


Rat Pack show brings cool cats to the Lichfield Garrick 

17 Aug

The coolest cats are coming to Lichfield as the Garrick welcomes the Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular show.


August 15th – I spun up The Parade and over to Burntwood on the… 

16 Aug

August 15th - I spun up The Parade and over to Burntwood on the errand, then returned via Chasewater and the canal.


The West Coast Eagles to perform at the Lichfield Guildhall 

16 Aug

Fans will be able to take it easy as The West Coast Eagles perform at the Lichfield Guildhall next month.


August 13th – More oak wasp galls, which I’ve gone all out to… 

15 Aug

August 13th - More oak wasp galls, which I’ve gone all out to find this year for no other reason than they fascinate me.


Singer Lola Lamour to perform at the George Hotel in Lichfield 

15 Aug

Visitors to a Lichfield hotel will be able to journey back in time with an evening of entertainment from singer Lola Lamour.


Joe Pasquale bringing his Devil in Disguise show to the Lichfield Garrick 

14 Aug

Funnyman Joe Pasquale will be showing off his dark side in his new show at the Lichfield Garrick.


August 11th – Not far from Shenstone near Footherley, wheat and… 

12 Aug

August 11th - Not far from Shenstone near Footherley, wheat and barley still languish in the fields, the harvest this year disrupted by poor weather.


August 11th – I had to pop to Shenstone on an errand on my way… 

12 Aug

August 11th - I had to pop to Shenstone on an errand on my way home from work, and the chance to ride these sleepy, familiar lanes, even on a dull day is wonderful.


Local musicians to team up for jazz concert in Lichfield 

12 Aug

Jazz sounds will be on offer in Lichfield when local musicians come together for a concert in the city.


Trustees urge council to reject plan to move memorial to make way for new events pavilion at the National Memorial Arbroetum 

12 Aug

The trustees of a memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum have urged planning chiefs to reject proposals to move it to make way for a new events pavilion.


The Born Again Beatles returning to Lichfield for Guildhall show 

11 Aug

Lichfield favourites The Born Again Beatles are returning to the city.


Lichfield Proms in the Park star to play Al Jolson in new show 

10 Aug

A singer who for many years featured prominently in Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park is to reprise a role playing one of his life-long idols.


Have the time of your life as Dirty Dancing show comes to the Lichfield Garrick 

9 Aug

There’s the chance for theatre-goers to have the time of their lives at the Lichfield Garrick next month.


August 7th – On the way home and travelling through Stonnall… 

9 Aug

August 7th - On the way home and travelling through Stonnall after a tiring day of firefights and frustration, I stopped on Cartersfield Lane to watch as drifting smoke obscured the distant pumping station.


Time running out to book tickets for drive-in screening of Grease at Beacon Park 

8 Aug

There’s one last chance for Lichfield movie fans to get ‘stranded at the drive-in’.


Duets: are we missing the point? 

7 Aug

I don’t know about other teachers, but I try to make use of duets in my teaching at all levels.


August 4th – For another sign of autumn’s looming shadow, you… 

5 Aug

August 4th - For another sign of autumn’s looming shadow, you can do little better than windfall conkers.


Lichfield Waterworks Trust July News 

1 Aug

The next public meeting of Lichfield Waterworks Trust will take place on: Monday 14 August @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 ...


This summer the first of 4 “Great Exhibitions” will be staged inside Lichfield Cathedral. 

31 Jul

The first of these is titled : Earth, What A Wonderful World ?  ‘a stunning visual journey across earth, sea and sky through spectacular light and sound projections’.


July 29th – Returning from a ride out on a grey evening… 

30 Jul

July 29th - Returning from a ride out on a grey evening threatening rain I came through Chasewater and was heartened to note a group of deer browsing the grass on the Rugby Club by the Chasetown bypass.


Funke and the Two Tone Baby to kick off the Lichfield Arts autumn season 

28 Jul

Lichfield Arts kicks off its autumn season with a performance by Funke and the Two Tone Baby.


Plans unveiled for 2017 Huddlesford Heritage Gathering event 

28 Jul

Lichfield canal enthusiasts are hoping to emulate the success of 2015’s Huddlesford Heritage Gathering when this year’s event is held in September.


July 26th – In Stonnall itself, the village has been tidied and… 

27 Jul

July 26th - In Stonnall itself, the village has been tidied and maintained this year I think for the Best Kept Village competition.


July 26th – Passing through Stonnall on my way home, I noted the… 

27 Jul

July 26th - Passing through Stonnall on my way home, I noted the harvest has started, presumably to beat that morning’s rain, but it’s a sobering sight.


Review: Seth Lakeman and Wildwood Kin at the Lichfield Guildhall 

25 Jul

The multi-award winning poster boy for modern folk music, Seth Lakeman, and the critically acclaimed singing trio of Wildwood Kin joined forces in what proved to a be a showcase for their talents as singer and performers in the near perfect acoustic ...


Review: Role Play at the Blue Orange Theatre 

25 Jul

I’ve known for a long time how clever Darren Haywood is – his marvellous performance in one of my own plays saved it from disaster, while his own writing for the stage is superb as I know well having seen a fair bit of it over the years.


July 22nd – The rain was insistent, but warm and pleasant, too…. 

25 Jul

July 22nd - The rain was insistent, but warm and pleasant, too.


Review: Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre Concert at Lichfield Cathedral 

24 Jul

I first came across Oliver Rowe’s Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre by accident.


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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.


Lichfield Rotary Cars in the Park – On this weekend! 

30 Jun

There's a really good classic and vintage car show on this weekend (thats Saturday and Sunday, 1st & 2nd July 2017) in Beacon Park, Lichfield as part of Festival Weekend - the annual Rotary Cars in the Park event.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

26 Jun

Vintage twill carré by Aline Honoré (Au Cœur de la Vie ).


Dead Wood 

22 Jun

One of the many upsides to doing whatever it is I actually do, is that people don’t feel the need to engage me in generic social chit chat about pleasant but dull subjects.


Notebook: Vienna 

20 Jun

Me wearing a Bibliothèque gavroche, tied like a necklace, secured at the back with a small horn scarf ring.


Bonny Charley: a Georgian scarf mystery 

14 Jun

I bought this vintage silk scarf from eBay the other day – it illustrates an C18th Scottish ballad.


Want to be a Friend of Chasewater? Come find out more this evening! 

14 Jun

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 ...


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – 2017 Annual General Meeting this Monday 

11 Jun

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (12th June 2017) there will be the Annual General Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


Are you looking for a little black cock? 

8 Jun

An odd request here from top bloke and old friend of the blog Chris Wharton who lives near the Barracks Lane/Lichfield Road junction at the very foot of Shire Oak at Sandhills - if you're looking for a little black cockerel, Chris has found it! ...


Find out about the restoration of our lost canal next Friday! 

2 Jun

Just a quick note to point out that the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are holding their Annual General Meeting next Friday nevening (Friday, 9th June 2017) in Brownhills, at the Parkview Centre (the old Council House on the Miner...


Don’t forget Lichfield Bower today! 

29 May

Well, Spring Bank Holiday Monday is upon us, and that means that it's Lichfield Bower Day in Ye Olde City - and I notice our friends at Lichfield Waterworks Trust and Lichfield Discovered are up to mischief...


Back on Track 

28 May

Time, once again, is on my side.


Fazeley floating market – on all this weekend! 

27 May

Here's a heads up to an event that's running all weekend down in Tamworth, one that I enjoyed very much last year - the Fazeley Junction floating market.


Catch The Fazys at The Memo this Saturday! 

19 May

Dawn Hayton from The Memo in Lichfield Road, Brownhills (That's the Memorial Hall for the uninitiated) has been in touch to tell me that there's a great pop gig on there this Saturday, 20th May 2017 featuring local five-piece covers band The Fazys.


Look, there’s a familiar man on the TV… 

18 May

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore revealed a surprise today - he's been on BBC Midlands Today with presenter Bob Hockenhull talking about the remarkable project behind which David has been the prime ...


In the soup again… at Chasewater this Saturday! 

18 May

This Saturday, 20th May 2017 sees the second Chasewater Soup micro funding event, run by, among others, Kate cardigan from Lichfield Lore.


Friends of Chasewater: informal meeting this evening! 

16 May

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 ...


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – May 2017 public meeting this Monday! 

7 May

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday (8th May 2017) there will be a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the ...


Friends of Chasewater: informal meeting this evening! 

3 May

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 ...


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