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Review: Legally Blonde the Musical at the Lichfield Garrick 

26 Apr

The Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre’s track record is unrivalled in my experience.

Review: Laurence Jones and Heidi Browne at the Lichfield Guildhall 

26 Apr

Two young bands from two disparate genres showcased their talents for an appreciative audience when Heidi Browne and the award-winning blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Laurence Jones appeared at Lichfield Guildhall.

West End Horrible Histories show coming to the Lichfield Garrick 

26 Apr

Horrible Histories is coming to the Lichfield Garrick.

Lichfield Jazz 

25 Apr

Lichfield Jazz continues it’s sessions at the George IV Bore Street, Lichfield on Wednesday 17th May with ‘A Night of Swinging Standards’ performed by Nick Drew, saxes, Nick Dewhurst, trumpet, and an outstanding rhythm section of Billy Weir, ...

‘All that Jazz’…in Lichfield! 

25 Apr

Visitors to this year’s Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival can look forward to a veritable feast of jazz performed in venues across this historic city by local, regional and national favourites.

April 23rd – On the canal at Hopwas, a swan nest. The male was… 

25 Apr

April 23rd - On the canal at Hopwas, a swan nest.

Band’s appearance will get Lichfield audiences jumping and jiving 

24 Apr

A gig in Lichfield next month will have the audience jumping and jiving.

Lichfield Garrick launches new afternoon classical concert series 

23 Apr

The Lichfield Garrick’s new afternoon classical concert series kicks off today.

Lichfield MP commends PM’s two year extension to his guaranteed salary  

21 Apr

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant welcomed PM Theresa May’s announcement that the Labour Party will be consigned to history in time for the summer recess.

History will come to life at Staffordshire Regiment Museum open day 

21 Apr

The Staffordshire Regiment Museum will once again be throwing open its doors for an open day next month.

Review: Martin Carthy at the Lichfield Guildhall 

21 Apr

Lichfield folk fans were shown a masterclass of traditional music-making when the legendary Martin Carthy appeared at the Guildhall.

Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5 coming to the Lichfield Garrick 

21 Apr

The Dolly Parton Musical 9 to 5 is coming to Lichfield.

Review: Lichfield Operatic Society’s Annie at the Lichfield Garrick 

20 Apr

In the theatrical world, they say you should never perform with children or animals.

Lichfield Garrick ready to host hit show The Tiger Who Came to Tea 

19 Apr

West End hit The Tiger Who Came to Tea is coming to the Lichfield Garrick next month.

Review: Haywire at the Lichfield Garrick 

18 Apr

Haywire is a staple West End-y farce but this underrated genre turns up spectacular surprises from time to time and this cute little masterpiece turns out to be one of them.

Review: The Testament of Mary at the Old Joint Stock Theatre 

18 Apr

Picture the scene – it is the early first century Christian Era and we are a small group of believers meeting illegally to hear an eye witness account of the life of perhaps the most famous man who ever lived, shortly after his terrible death.

Community choir to take to the stage at the Lichfield Garrick 

18 Apr

A community choir is preparing to showcase its talents in the city.

We are now in a position to make real change 

17 Apr

The Lichfield Waterworks Trust has made significant progress in it endeavours to save Sandfields pumping Station.

April 16th – Running an errand to Chasetown, near St. Anne’s… 

17 Apr

April 16th - Running an errand to Chasetown, near St.

Folk star Nancy Kerr bringing national tour to the Lichfield Guildhall 

13 Apr

Leading folk singer Nancy Kerr is bringing her latest tour to Lichfield.

CBeebies star Mister Maker to launch new UK tour at the Lichfield Garrick 

11 Apr

CBeebies favourite Mister Maker is kicking off a new UK tour in Lichfield.

Review: Fret and Fiddle at the Lichfield Guildhall 

10 Apr

With a repertoire that ranged across jazz, an engaging stage presence and energetic musicianship, the five-piece ensemble Fret and Fiddle played to an appreciative audience when they appeared at Lichfield Guildhall.

The third Lichfield Blues & Jazz Festival is fast approaching with the line-up confirmed and programmes hot off the press! 

10 Apr

Headlining this year’s festival, which takes place in and around the historic city of Lichfield, is the ever-popular Climax Blues Band - local favourites who delight audiences across the world with their unique combination of jazz and blues.

New play reveals story of how the Herkenrode Glass came to Lichfield Cathedral 

9 Apr

A new play, covering one hour in 1803, reveals a story of how the famous Herkenrode Glass came to Lichfield Cathedral.

April 7th – A day at home doing bits and pieces, and then an… 

8 Apr

April 7th - A day at home doing bits and pieces, and then an errand to Shenstone on a lovely sunny afternoon.

The Jaywalkers bringing bluegrass sounds to the Lichfield Guildhall 

7 Apr

Rising bluegrass stars The Jaywalkers are coming to Lichfield later this month.

Mr Turner Comes to Lichfield – Views of Lichfield Cathedral 

5 Apr

Monday 24 April – Sunday 11 June This exciting exhibition has, as its centrepiece, a watercolour of Lichfield Cathedral painted by the world renowned artist J M W Turner in 1832 (pictured).

Search is on for songwriting talent ahead of the 2017 Lichfield Festival of Folk 

5 Apr

The search is on to find new folk songwriting talent in Lichfield.

Latest News on Lichfield Jazz Gigs 

4 Apr

Dear Jazz Lover Welcome to the latest news on the Lichfield Jazz gigs at the Guildhall and George IV Next one up is this Sunday 9 April at the Guildhall with swing and Gypsy Jazz from Fret and Fiddle book online www.

Indie star Chris Helme coming to the Lichfield Guildhall 

4 Apr

Lichfield audiences will get the chance to catch indie star Chris Helme at the Guildhall.

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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.


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 ...

Lichfield District’s Cabinet meets on Tuesday to consider housing proposals 

5 Mar

Join them at 6pm on Tuesday 7th March if you want to show your concern over losing green belt land around Burntwood Lichfield ‘s Conservative Cabinet will be deciding on the proposals for housing, Green Belt land and much more which will be put out...

Get tunnel vision and help with a great local history preservation project! 

28 Feb

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the launch of their Tunnel Vision appeal, which has been established to raise funds in order to construct a canal tunnel under the railway near ...

Building fire in village near Lichfield causes road closure 

20 Feb

A BUILDING fire has caused the closure of Coppice Lane in Hammerwich between A461 Walsall Road and Hall Lane near Coppice Lane Fishery.

Tiles of the Unexpected 

19 Feb

There’s a long running gag between me and my mates about how dangerous swans are.

Gorgeous locks! 

18 Feb

Just a quick note to point out that this weekend (18-19th February 2017) there's a rather unique vent at Fradley Junction between Lichfield and Alrewas, where you can tour lock 17 which is currently drained, undergoing maintenance.

Yesterday Lichfield, tomorrow Burntwood? 

15 Feb

Local views rejected by the Secretary of State as he gives the go ahead for 750 houses on Lichfield boundary.

Help protect Burntwood’s green belt 

12 Feb

Sign the petition and keep the pressure on local Conservatives to oppose building on Burntwood’s Green Belt  In 2013 the Local Plan Inspector said: “100.

Cannabis factory fire in Walsall Wood High Street 

11 Feb

It's been a busy night in the area for the emergency services as Saturday evening (11th February 2017) saw a major accident on the Pelsall Road in the Highbridges area, an incident that closed the M6 Toll for a while and now a blaze in what West ...

Road accidents on Pelsall Road and near the M6 Toll this evening 

11 Feb

I'm receiving bits of information about a couple of road accidents this evening (Saturday, 11th February 2017) - a clearly quite serious one on the Pelsall Road between Brownhills and the Fingerpost, and another either on, or on the approaches to the...

Lichfield Waterworks Trust – February 2017 public meeting next Monday! 

7 Feb

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this coming Monday (13th February 2017) there will be a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...

County Council proposes a 5% hike in council tax 

30 Jan

Conservative-led Staffordshire County Council plans to raise Council Tax by 4.95% this year to pay for the funding gap for social care.

Lichfield Waterworks Trust – January 2017 public meeting tonight! 

9 Jan

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening (Monday 9th January 2017) there will be a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...

Have you lost a cat in the Stonnall area? 

7 Jan

John and Gina Sylvester have contacted me to say they've concerned about the cat above who's been hanging around Stonnall for a while, and they're concerned it might be lost.

Old Heath Hayes – another remarkable work 

29 Dec

The wonderful and kind local historian Robert Selvey has kindly donated another local history classic to the blog archive for readers to enjoy, and this one's a cracker - it's Heath Hayes History, the companion 'Green Book' title to the 'Old ...

Angels and Demons 

28 Dec

Built in 1750 on the site of the Talbot Inn, as a private residence for wine merchant George Addams, the Angel Croft was converted to a hotel in the 1930s.

Two injured in second Ogley Road crash in ten days 

22 Dec

I'm sad to report that yesterday evening (Wednesday 21st December 2016) there was a serious road traffic incident on the Ogley Road near it's junction with the Lichfield Road at Co-op Corner in Brownhills.

Old Chasetown – a remarkable history 

18 Dec

Thanks to the immense generosity of reader and old pal of the blog Stuart, and the tireless work of the young David Evans, I can share with you something rather special today: a book on Chasetown history entitle 'Old Chasetown'2, published in a very ...

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