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Friarsgate director to be co-opted as Leader of Lichfield District Council 

24 Jun

U+I District Council offices Richard Upton, Deputy CEO of Friarsgate developer U+I Group, has confirmed that he will be taking up the post of Leader of the Council effective from 1 August 2017.


Talented young performers from Lichfield and Burntwood rehearsing for the Garrick’s 2017 community musical 

23 Jun

Talented young performers from Lichfield and Burtnwood are getting ready to take centre stage in a new community musical.


Lichfield Sinfonia to mark 70th anniversary with performance of new work inspired by the city 

23 Jun

Lichfield Sinfonia will celebrate their 70th anniversary with a performance at Nether Stowe School.


Historic Lichfield brewery building could be demolished to make way for apartments 

22 Jun

A structure which once housed part of The Lichfield Brewery could be demolished, despite council officials admitting it would result in “the loss of a building of local historic interest”.


June 18th – Another fine, high summer day and this time I headed… 

21 Jun

June 18th - Another fine, high summer day and this time I headed out to North Warwickshire, going from Stonnall to Bassets Pole, on to Middleton, body moor Heath, Hurley, Baxterley, Grendon and up the canal back to Tamworth with a speedy run down the...


Minutes of the LDTA AGM at Elford Hall Garden 

21 Jun

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June 17th – From Amerton, I went for a long afternoon and… 

21 Jun

June 17th - From Amerton, I went for a long afternoon and evening ride around old haunts; Drointon, Blithfield, Newborough, Hoar Cross, Woodmill.


Live music and real ale on offer at Elford Walled Garden festival 

19 Jun

Elford Walled Garden will be the setting for a summer festival featuring live music and entertainment.


New Carlsberg Corbyn Shirt on the TV 

18 Jun

A mate called to say they were gonna be on the telly and the wanted a Corbyn t-shirt to wear.


June 16th – Summer is finally on her throne, and how glorious… 

17 Jun

June 16th - Summer is finally on her throne, and how glorious her reign.


Covers band The Jents to play Lichfield pub 

15 Jun

The Jents are bringing familiar hits to a Lichfield pub this week.


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

14 Jun

Something special happened last night at Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Coppelia.


June 10th – I took a ride out on a dreadfully windy afternoon… 

14 Jun

June 10th - I took a ride out on a dreadfully windy afternoon intent on visiting the Clifton Campville Country Fair.


Gareth Gates returning to the Lichfield Garrick for unplugged concert 

13 Jun

Singing star Gareth Gates is returning to the Lichfield Garrick for an unplugged concert.


Review: Sticky Wicket and his swing orchestra at the Lichfield Guildhall 

12 Jun

The drummer Sticky Wicket bought his talented swing orchestra to the city when they played a series of classic jazz, jump and jive songs to finish Lichfield Arts’ 2017 Blues and Jazz Festival.


Chance for dads to see new World War Two exhibit for free on Father’s Day at the Staffordshire Regiment Museum 

12 Jun

Dads can see a new exhibition at the Staffordshire Regiment Museum for free this weekend.


Tale of a woman torn between homelands comes to the Lichfield Garrick as part of the Introducing programme 

12 Jun

A powerful new production will form the next instalment of the Lichfield Garrick’s Introducing programme.


Beacon Park to host drive-in movie screening of Grease 

12 Jun

A drive-in movie at Beacon Park will be the one that you want later this summer.


Musical funnyman to headline Comedy 42 night at the Lichfield Garrick 

9 Jun

Laughter will be back on the bill as the regular Comedy 42 night returns to the Lichfield Garrick.


Wildlife gardening expert talk to kick off Whittington and Fisherwick Environment Group’s 10th anniversary celebrations 

9 Jun

An award-winning community organisation is set to begin its tenth anniversary celebrations.


Review: The Addams Family at the Birmingham Hippodrome 

8 Jun

I didn’t used to ‘do’ musicals, but these days they’re so much a feature of the theatre scene I began to think maybe I was missing out, and The Adams Family – the Musical Comedy proves my instinct right.


Review: Chris Gumbley & Anything Goes and Blast Off at Wade Street Church 

8 Jun

Jazz in all of its disparate genres was played to an appreciative and enthusiastic audience when saxophonist Chris Gumbley and his ensemble Anything Goes joined local jazz collective Blast Off at Lichfield’s Wade Street Church.


Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana coming to the Lichfield Garrick stage 

8 Jun

A classic spy thriller is coming to the stage at the Lichfield Garrick.


Review: Remi Harris Trio at the Lichfield Guildhall 

7 Jun

Remi Harris The jazz guitarist Remi Harris, bassist Mark Green and guitarist Kevin Birch played a masterclass in music-making when they appeared as part of Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival.


Review: The Lichfield Jazz All Stars at the Lichfield Guildhall 

5 Jun

The jazz element of Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival was started by an exuberant concert from the five piece Lichfield Jazz All Stars.


CBeebies presenter Cat Sandion to star as Princess Jasmine in 2017 Lichfield Garrick panto 

2 Jun

CBeebies presenter Cat Sandion has been confirmed as one of the stars of the 2017 Lichfield Garrick pantomime.


Burntwood musical star to appear with Forever in Blue Jeans at the Lichfield Garrick 

2 Jun

A Burntwood musical star will help serve up the best of country and rock ‘n’ roll at the Lichfield Garrick later this month.


June 1st – I’d been into Birmingham on the way home, and came… 

2 Jun

June 1st - I’d been into Birmingham on the way home, and came back on the train to Blake Street with a headache riding shotgun.


Local actors take centre stage in new play being performed in Lichfield 

30 May

Four talented actors will be telling a fascinating story in a new play in June.


May 29th – A dreadful day, and an awful ride.Being bank holiday,… 

30 May

May 29th - A dreadful day, and an awful ride.


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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 ...


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

29 Apr

Never one to sit back and let life pass her by, that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is involved with a new project - Lichfield Repair and Share - which starts today (Saturday, 29th April 2017) at Woodhouse Farm, just north of ...


Big Ideas Need Attention to Detail Too 

24 Apr

I spent a very useful couple of hours in Northfield Village in Stafford with Philip Atkins and Mike Wilcox, Leader of Lichfield District Council.


Urgent: Police appeal for witnesses to Rushall collision 

22 Apr

Walsall police this afternoon issued the following appeal for witnesses to come forward who may have seen the Mercedes Convertible, pictured below, on Wednesday last (19th April 2017) after in was involved in a collision on the Lichfield Road in ...


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

15 Apr

I know it's late on but there's a great even going on in Whittington this afternoon (Saturday, 15th April 2017) in aid of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust 'Tunnel Vision' appeal - Eric and Doreen's All Day Easter Coffee Morning.


Grass fire on Gentleshaw Common yesterday 

9 Apr

I was elsewhere yesterday afternoon as it's good cycling weather - but I noticed from social media feeds and enquiries that there was a grass fire on Gentleshaw Common towards the evening.


Flytipping morons hit Barracks Lane 

8 Apr

I'm sad to say that the local area is still plagued by flytipping - the above load was dumped on Friday 7th April 2017 at Barracks Lane, just over the border in Staffordshire, and reported on Facebook by the crew from the Lichfield Mercury.


Friends like these are friends indeed! 

8 Apr

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.


It’s all water under the bridge 

2 Apr

I've had some interesting responses (particularly on Facebook) to the odd enquiry I made yesterday from reader Graham about Hopwas Canal Bridge on the A51 near Tamworth.


Abridged 

1 Apr

After I posted my ride pictures from last Saturday's spring sojourn around east Staffordshire, reader Graham posed a comment asking a really interesting question about a canal bridge on the A51 at Hopwas, which I'm really interested in.


Have a great night out – and support a great local canal project! 

30 Mar

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about their annual Spring show, taking place at Whittington Village Hall on Friday, April 7th 2017.


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 ...


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