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“When can I do Grade 9?” 

14 Aug

You’ve passed Grade 8.


Children’s favourite The Enormous Turnip coming to the Lichfield Garrick 

14 Aug

Children’s favourite The Enormous Turnip is coming to the Lichfield Garrick.


Covers band Ruby Bridge to play Lichfield pub 

13 Aug

A six-piece covers band are bringing party hits to a Lichfield pub.


Lichfield police officer to be disciplined for interacting with the public 

12 Aug

A Lichfield warranted police officer is facing disciplinary action after being seen walking around town on a Saturday afternoon chatting to local residents and assisting tourists.


The Hedgehog 

10 Aug

La-di-Dah Lichfield: A mile or two outside the city.


Review: Matilda the Musical at the Birmingham Hippodrome 

9 Aug

Matilda The Musical at the Birmingham Hippodrome is an absolute triumph.


Public Meeting of Lichfield Waterworks Trust 

6 Aug

The next public meeting of Lichfield Waterworks Trust will take place on: Monday 13 August 2018 @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 ...


Director reveals why production of My Fair Lady by Lichfield Operatic Society is a family affair 

31 Jul

Cockney flower seller Eliza Doolittle hasn’t much of a family in the show My Fair Lady, just her dustman Dad – but Lichfield Operatic Society’s production of the show next month is turning into a real family affair.


Time running out to book Lichfield drive-in movie tickets 

30 Jul

Time is running out for cinema fans to get their tickets for a drive-in movie double-header in Lichfield.


The Quik Beats bringing soul and Mod sounds to Lichfield 

30 Jul

Soul and Mod band The Quik Beats are returning to Lichfield.


Review: The Morning After at Blue Orange Theatre 

30 Jul

Sam has some problems – he has a hangover, has left a series of regrettable messages for his ex-girlfriend and doesn’t know the girl waking up next to him, or the escort who is sleeping in his bath.


Leading children’s illustrator coming to Lichfield Library 

26 Jul

Steve Smallman A leading children’s author and illustrator is coming to Lichfield.


Cast and crew putting finishing touches to community musical at the Lichfield Garrick 

25 Jul

Final preparations are underway for a community musical in Lichfield.


Council admits delays to work on new Lichfield Library after tearing up deal with building contractor 

20 Jul

Council bosses have admitted that work on Lichfield’s new library has been delayed – but insist it will still finish this year.


True tale of sporting rivalry to feature in latest Lichfield Garrick movie night 

18 Jul

I, Tonya The true story of one of sport’s most controversial rivalries will be screened at the Lichfield Garrick’s latest movie night.


Hundreds of young people pay tribute to First World War generation at National Memorial Arboretum event 

18 Jul

Hundreds of young people from across the country have visited the National Memorial Arboretum to pay tribute to the First World War generation.


A Grand Day Out 

18 Jul

LADIES’ DAY Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, Tuesday 17 th July, 2018   Following an excellent Brassed Off last summer, the Grand has produced its second in-house show, Amanda Whittington’s comedy about four women from a fish-packing factory who ...


Dean of Lichfield says £1.5m funding boost has removed “immediate risk” to cathedral 

17 Jul

A £1.5million boost has helped to ensure Lichfield Cathedral is not in any immediate risk, according to the Dean of Lichfield.


“Where’s my Walkman?” 

15 Jul

Today, one of my pupils posed an interesting, and somewhat unexpected question: What music did you listen to when you were my age? I was stumped.


Strictly Come Dancing star to perform in Lichfield before hanging up his shoes 

13 Jul

Audiences in Lichfield will get the chance to help a Strictly Come Dancing star hang up his dancing shoes later this year.


Schoolgirl takes Lourdes trip ahead of starring role in community musical at the Lichfield Garrick 

9 Jul

A Lichfield schoolgirl has undergone some unusual preparation to take one of the main roles in a new community musical in the city.


Review: The Ministry of Biscuits at the Lichfield Garrick 

9 Jul

Intrigue, wartime secrets, political issues, double and triple agents, tap dancing, singing, 1940’s talk radio, and biscuits – The Foundry Group packed a lot into The Ministry of Biscuits when they performed it for a near-capacity audience at ...


SOS – Saving Our Sandfields 

6 Jul

I have seen several so called industrial heritage renovation projects looking like they will never be finished.


Former England captain Michael Vaughan OBE to be guest speaker at cricket event in Lichfield 

5 Jul

Former England captain Michael Vaughan OBE will be the guest of honour at an event in Lichfield.


Former Lichfield Cathedral chorister picks up the baton and ensures the 2018 Lichfield Festival show must go on 

4 Jul

A former chorister and student of Lichfield Cathedral Choir School will step into the breach at a Lichfield Festival concert next week after its conductor became unwell.


The Time Healers 

2 Jul

Monday 9 June 2018 @ 8:00pm – The Bowling Green Lichfield.


Artist in residence ready to put the focus on #ExtraordinaryWomen at the 2018 Lichfield Festival 

2 Jul

Ground-breaking work by women will be showcased as the 2018 Lichfield Festival gets underway this week.


Review: Paloma Faith at Cannock Chase 

1 Jul

In a stunning gold jumpsuit and platform shoes, Paloma Faith took to the open-air stage at Cannock Chase and belted out a wonderful set of new songs and old favourites.


Brownhills Motor Sales at Streets Corner – what do you know? 

30 Jun

Old pal of the blog Alvin Cox contacted me yesterday asking if I had any images of the motor sales workshop/garage that existed at Streets Corner, Walsall Wood, before the Co-op was built: Latterly it was Saturn Motor Sales.


Proposal to move archives out of Lichfield move a step closer after plans for new history centre in Stafford are approved 

30 Jun

An artist’s impression of the new Staffordshire History Centre Proposals to move archives out of Lichfield moved a step closer after planning permission for a new history centre in Stafford was granted.


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Independent Thought 

14 Aug

I picked up this article on Unherd via Twatter, bemoaning the loss of bus services in rural areas, and the general loss of non-profitable bus services, especially outside the capital.


Lichfield Waterworks Trust August 2018 public meeting this Monday evening 

12 Aug

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (13th August 2018) there will be the August 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity...


Craft fair & Market on right now at Grasmere Garden Centre, Brownhills! 

11 Aug

Just become aware of this nice-looking event happening right now (Lunchtime, Saturday 11th August 2018) at Grasmere Garden Centre, Brownhills – up there over the Canal Bridge on the Lichfield Road.


Little Green Chapel 

4 Aug

Following on from the last post about the Minors School , it seems that its founder was no stranger to controversy either.


A Minor Diversion 

30 Jul

The Minors School was only supposed to form a minor part of another post I’m writing about a lost chapel in Longdon.


Little Hay miniature railway garden party on now! 

15 Jul

Very late notice I know but the good folk of Sutton Coldfield Model Engineering Socially have asked me to to tell you that their Garden Party at Little Hay Miniature Railway – known as Balleny Green – is open right now (Sunday 15th July 2018() ...


Fancy a fete and dog show this Saturday? 

12 Jul

There’s a great looking summer fete and dog show coming up this weekend, on Saturday 14th July nearby in the picturesque village of Hammerwich, just over the A5.


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – 2018 AGM this Monday followed by an evening with the Time Healers 

8 Jul

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


Willenhall Transport Show – on this Sunday! 

7 Jul

In a weekend choc-full of transport events (Cars in the Park at Lichfield, the Aldridge Transport Museum Annual Running Day) there’s a further event this Sunday 8th July 2018 with Willenhall Transport Show taking place at Willenhall Memorial Park (...


Lichfield Rotary Cars in the Park 2018 – On this weekend! 

3 Jul

There’s a really good classic and vintage car show on this coming weekend (thats Saturday and Sunday, 7th and 8th July 2018) in Beacon Park, Lichfield – the annual Rotary Cars in the Park event.


This is a Low 

1 Jul

‘Hundreds’ were introduced by the Saxons as a form of local government, and so-called because each one was supposedly made up of enough land to sustain one hundred families (although if the land had to sustain families with sons who had an ...


2018 Burntwood Wakes on right now! 

30 Jun

Sorry, running very behind today but there’s a great family fun event right now up in Burntwood (Saturday 30th June 2018) with the annual Burtnwood Chase Wakes festival kicking off at Burntwood Leisure Centre from 12-4pm.


Blooming hard work for canal volunteers – can you help? 

24 Jun

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know aboutGarden of Reflection they’re creating near the canal under restoration near Lichfield, and how they’re helping with Britain in Bloom.


A sale that shaped Stonnall 

17 Jun

A delayed one here today courtesy of old friend of the blog and Stonnall historian Desmond Burton, who’s sent me scans of the sale particulars for Wordsley House Farm in 1918, and it’s attached estate including Fighting Cocks Farm.


You don’t have to be puddled to help restore a lost, local canal… but puddling helps! 

16 Jun

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


Full details of upcoming 10/10A bus service changes now available 

13 Jun

Following the welcome news of the extension of the National Express West Midlands service 10A to Lichfield coming late this July (But just in time for the school holidays) there was some concern expressed locally about the continued route, timings ...


Lichfield Waterworks Trust June 2018 public meeting this Monday evening 

10 Jun

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (11th June 2018) there will be the June 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


A great new bus service to Lichfield starts this summer! 

10 Jun

I have some excellent news for those of us who like to visit Lan-di-dah Lichfield and prefer to use public transport – Following a social media campaign started by railway buff Simon Swain (John) of this parish, Councillor Steve Wade has been ...


Get some Iron, man – annual triathlon hits Chasewater and South Staffordshire this Sunday 

7 Jun

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that this Sunday (June 10th 2018), the fourth Staffordshire Ironman 70.3 Triathlon will be staged, with a 1.2 mile early morning swim in Chasewater being amongst the highlights IRONMAN 70.3 ...


Mike Sarsfield remembers Lichfield Road and Brownhills in the 1950s – do you? 

2 Jun

I was contacted by old friend of the blog Mike Sarsfield a last week, all the way from Wales, and he would like to know if anyone remembers him, or the Brownhills of his youth – I’m sure this will trigger a few memories.


Don’t forget Lichfield Bower today! 

28 May

Well, Spring Bank Holiday Monday is upon us, and that means that it’s Lichfield Bower Day in Ye Olde City – and I be the Lichfield historical folk will be up there, getting up to mischief.


Shed some light? 

20 May

I have a huge backlog of things to write about including the dead (an old burial road) and circuses (the greatest show-woman) because when I’m looking for one thing, I inevitably seem to find another.


Lichfield Waterworks Trust May 2018 public meeting tonight – with a very special guest speaker 

14 May

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that tonight, Monday evening (14th May 2018) there will be the May 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


Copy of Lichfield Waterworks Trust May 2018 public meeting this Monday – with a very special guest 

8 May

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (14th May 2018) there will be the April 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


Hot Spring 

6 May

Apparently, this is likely to be the hottest early May bank holiday on record.


Heath Land 

29 Apr

I’ve always been a proponent of the idea that you don’t have to travel far from your doorstep to find stories and traces of the past.


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.


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