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Review: The Chris Bevington Organisation at the Lichfield Guildhall 

21 Feb

Three albums into their career, the nine-piece Chris Bevington Organisation wowed an audience of blues, rock and jazz fans when they played at the Lichfield Guildhall.


Lichfield Guildhall to host Eccentric Orbits Tour featuring Leveret and Spiro 

20 Feb

English instrumental music will be on the bill as the Eccentric Orbits Tour comes to Lichfield.


February 18th – One of the stranger legacies of the M6 Toll… 

20 Feb

February 18th - One of the stranger legacies of the M6 Toll motorway coming through the area has been the drainage and pollution control lagoons that dot the countryside at intervals along it’s route.


February 17th – Out just as the sun went down on an errand in… 

19 Feb

February 17th - Out just as the sun went down on an errand in Burntwood, hoping to catch a decent sunset as I returned via Chasewater, and thankfully I wasn’t disappointed.


February 16th – At last, a long ride and a day that felt like… 

19 Feb

February 16th - At last, a long ride and a day that felt like spring! This is what my heart has been hoping for.


Folk rock favourites Quill returning to the Lichfield Garrick 

19 Feb

Folk rock outfit Quill are making a welcome return to Lichfield.


Getting to Know our People – William Paterson 

19 Feb

We recently received and enquiry from a relative of William Paterson, asking if we knew anything about him? Chris Pattison, archivist and historian extraordinaire is always up for the challenge.


Comedian Hal Cruttenden to perform in aid of charity at the Lichfield Garrick 

13 Feb

Comedian Hal Cruttenden will bring the laughs to the Lichfield Garrick next month in aid of charity.


Tickets on sale for The Climax Blues Band’s return to the Lichfield Guildhall 

13 Feb

Tickets have gone on sale for a performance by The Climax Blues Band in Lichfield.


February 11th – Finally, a decent ride out. But not without… 

12 Feb

February 11th - Finally, a decent ride out.


January 2018 New Discoveries 

11 Feb

Here are my three new discoveries from last month: a book, a CD and some music! The Piano Practice Physician’s Handbook (Nicola Cantan) Many of you will know Nicola from her teaching at Colourful Keys , and from the excellent resources she provides...


February 8th – I’ve not ridden through Little Aston Forge for… 

9 Feb

February 8th - I’ve not ridden through Little Aston Forge for ages - and this curious hairpin over the Footherley Brook on the plain between Stonnall and Little Aston hasn’t changed a bit.


Review: Rodney Branigan at the Lichfield Guildhall 

9 Feb

With influences that ranged from the acoustic guitar heroics of Michael Hedges to rap, a lively stage presence and the ability to play more than one instrument at a time, the concert that Rodney Branigan performed at the Lichfield Guildhall was never...


Review: Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella at the Birmingham Hippodrome 

9 Feb

Cinderella must be one of the very first stories.


Miss Basia Smith 

8 Feb

It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the death of Miss Basia Smith.


Former Manchester City footballer swaps terraces for theatre in new musical comedy at the Lichfield Garrick 

6 Feb

A former professional footballer will take centre stage when a new comedy musical comes to the Lichfield Garrick.


February Meeting of Lichfield Waterworks Trust 

5 Feb

The next public meeting of Lichfield Waterworks Trust will take place on: Monday 12 February @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...


February 4th – A bitterly cold day. I rode out to Hammerwich to… 

5 Feb

February 4th - A bitterly cold day.


Review: Steve Knightley at the Lichfield Guildhall 

3 Feb

Lichfield Guildhall proved to be a very busy place when the critically acclaimed singer songwriter Steve Knightley performed there as part of his songs and stories tour.


Review: The Late Marilyn Monroe at Blue Orange Theatre 

3 Feb

I must admit I haven’t been to Birmingham’s Blue Orange for a shamefully long time, but, invited by author Darren Haywood whose last play was a jaw-droppingly clever proto-sitcom, I just couldn’t wait.


February 2nd – It had been a busy day where I’d headed… 

3 Feb

February 2nd - It had been a busy day where I’d headed everywhere at top speed (well, as top as I get at the moment, which is still less than my normal average) and it was fairly late when I came home, then headed to Stonnall on an errand.


Piece by piece the picture unfolds…. 

2 Feb

It’s great when another missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle turns up.


Fradley Nature Reserve, early February 

2 Feb

Lichfield Live 2 Feb

Works by a watercolour artist have gone on display at Shenstone Community Library.


Singer Lola Lamour to perform at the George Hotel in Lichfield 

30 Jan

An evening of nostalgia is coming to Lichfield as Lola Lamour performs at the George Hotel.


Lichfield Round Table to fold in the wake of Presidents Club scandal? 

29 Jan

The future of men-only clubs has been called into question following events at the scandal-hit Presidents Club charity evening in London last week.


Review: Stevie Nimmo at the Lichfield Guildhall 

29 Jan

The singer-songwriter Stevie Nimmo and his band gave a masterclass in modern blues when they made their debut at Lichfield Guildhall.


January 28th – Remarkably, there is a trace of spring in the… 

29 Jan

January 28th - Remarkably, there is a trace of spring in the air.


Sandfields Pumping Station People 

22 Jan

An amazing selection of photographs showing just a small proportion of the hard work the volunteers have put into saving one of the most important pieces of industrial heritage in the midlands.


Americana sounds coming to the Lichfield Guildhall courtesy of husband and wife duo The Grahams 

22 Jan

The Lichfield Guildhall is set to welcome husband and wife duo Alyssa and Doug Graham in March.


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Buses by Night 2018 – great Aldridge event on this Saturday! 

16 Feb

This Saturday afternoon and evening (17th February 2018) there's a great, innovative event taking place at Aldridge Transport Museum just off Northgate - Buses by Night, which is your chance to ride on some great old vehicles and see the local ...


On Pointon 

11 Feb

Last year, Dr Bethany Hughes did an interview for English Heritage on the subject of why women were written out of history and perhaps more importantly, what we can do to redress the balance.


The summer of 82… and school was out! 

11 Feb

A short and sweet one reaches me from old pal of the blog Ian Broad, who at one time lived in the old, derelict bungalow that still (just) stands by the old access road to Shire Oak Quarry off the Lichfield Road at Sandhills - he sent in this great ...


Lichfield Waterworks Trust February 2018 public meeting this Monday 

9 Feb

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (12th February 2018) there will be the February 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust ...


Bridge under troubled water 

3 Feb

Sometimes you don’t have to look too deep into your past to find the parts of it that have shaped you.


Off the wall 

28 Jan

Following the revisiting of the Stonnall tunnel legend a few weeks ago, sparked by a great enquiry from our Canada correspondent Brian Edwards, I had some great reader submissions, and a bit of local history news archive gold from Kate Cardigan over ...


Could you help restore a lost, local canal? 

25 Jan

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


Do you remember Barbara? 

24 Jan

Hi folks - a gentle and respectful  return to business as usual with a quick enquiry I've had in for a few days from reader Wendy Gates, who's trying to trace a lady called Barbara who lived in Lichfield Road, Brownhills and a girl in the 1950s.


Tunnelling through the folklore 

14 Jan

I've had a really interesting email in from the Brownhills Blog Canada Correspondent Brian Edwards who relates a very interesting tale concerning Stonnall, and the discovery of a tunnel there in the late 1960s.


Abridged 

12 Jan

Here's one I've been meaning to run for a good while now: If you use the canal locally, either between Anchor Bridge and Lichfield Road via Ogley Junction, or at Pelsall North Common, there's going to be some disruption for a couple of months while a...


Did you see this hit and run collision in Lichfield Road last night? 

7 Jan

Witnesses are being sought to a very unpleasant traffic incident last night on the Lichfield Road in Brownhills, between Grasmere Gardens and the Co-op Corner junction with Ogley/Chase roads - I actually passed the aftermath of this and the car in ...


Lichfield Waterworks Trust January 2018 public meeting this Monday 

4 Jan

lds Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (8th January 2018) there will be the January 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


Woodmen make big noise in the City 

1 Jan

The Woodemen were again on stonking form on Saturday last (30th December 2017) as they travelled down the road to Lichfield City to show the Lichfeldians a clean set of heels for the second time in recent weeks - it's not often we get to best Ye Olde...


The Depths of Winter 

30 Dec

Something happens to me once the clock strikes 12 on 25th December.


Walsall Wood battle Ye Olde City this afternoon 

30 Dec

Walsall Wood FC in away action at Lichfield this afternoon! Continue reading...


Never now to grow old 

28 Dec

On 28th December 1943, John Russell Faulkner of 504 Squadron was killed aged 21.


Woodmen score big in City triumph 

23 Dec

It was back to winning for Walsall Wood FC on Wednesday last (20th December 2017) as they travelled up the A461 to Lichfield and decisively beat Lichfield City FC in their W Hunt Cup fixture.


You can meet Santa today and Christmas Eve near Stonnall! 

23 Dec

For a bit of Christmas fun on a grey weekend, I notice Oak Tree Farm down in Stonnall have Father Christmas in attendance this weekend - that's today, Saturday 23rd December 2017 and tomorrow, Christmas Eve 24th December 2017 - 10am until 4pm.


There’s still time to meet Santa near Stonnall! 

16 Dec

For a but of Christmas fun on a grey weekend, I notice Oak Tree Farm down in Stonnall have  Father Christmas in attendance this weekend and next - that's tomorrow, Sunday 17th December 2017 and next weekend, 23rd and 24th December 2017 - 10am until ...


Carols by the canal – and memories of great friends 

7 Dec

Just a quick note to point out that the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are holding a carol evening at their Fosseway Nature Reserve site, just off Falkland Road, Lichfield on Saturday 16 December 2017 from 7-9pm and all are ...


Breaking the System 

2 Dec

I’ve been in hospital again.


Remembrance, and St Peter’s Bridge 

13 Nov

I am extremely proud of Staffordshire’s close links with the military, and therefore it was humbling to see so many people in our county pay their respects to the fallen over the weekend.


A dreadful dawn 

12 Nov

Since it's Remembrance Sunday, I've a very sad, thought-provoking article here that was brought to my attention just yesterday by Vikki Swain, whose Great Uncle, Lance Corporal Frederick Hawthorne was one of the tragic band of soldiers executed at ...


Lichfield Waterworks Trust November 2017 public meeting this Monday 

8 Nov

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (13th November 2017) there will be the November 2017 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust ...


Bonfire and Fireworks at Hammerwich this evening, and Walsall Wood FC on Sunday! 

4 Nov

Two firework and bonfire events this weekend - one in Hammerwich this evening (Saturday 4th November 2017) and the one tomorrow evening at Walsall Wood FC - both events are always a great night out and the weather looks decent, so why not take a spin...


Halloween spooky fun in Shenstone right now! 

28 Oct

There's more Halloween fun over the next couple of days too at the Toby Carvery Shenstone Woodend - formerly the Highwayman pub on the Birmingham Road between Shenstone and Blacke Street.


Taking the air 

22 Oct

Almost a year has passed since a group of us got together in St Stephen’s Church, Fradley to talk about how we could record and tell the stories of RAF Lichfield, Staffordshire’s busiest World War Two airfield.


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.


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