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Review: Walsall Jazz Orchestra at the Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival 

18 Jun

The Walsall Jazz Orchestra have become one of the leading big bands in the area, taking in some of the most talented musicians and producing concerts that blend advanced music-making skills with an audience friendly style.


Review: Tony Christie at the Lichfield Garrick 

18 Jun

Tony Christie’s Amarillo entered the public consciousness permanently with Comic Relief and as a seasoned performer with a self-deprecating sense of humour he himself quips “most people think Peter Kay recorded it.


Adaptation of children’s book Monstersaurus coming to the Lichfield Garrick 

14 Jun

An adaptation of children’s book Monstersaurus is coming to the Lichfield Garrick.


Review: Sarah Gillespie Quartet at the Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival 

14 Jun

Singer-songwriter Sarah Gillespie was in good form when she led her talented quartet through a concert of her own songs at the Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival.


Premiere of new series of BBC comedy Cuckoo to be screened at the Lichfield Garrick 

12 Jun

The premiere of a hit comedy series will be screened in Lichfield.


Review: Theo Travis at Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival 

12 Jun

With a career playing in a number of genres, with some seriously heavyweight musicians, the leading jazz and experimental saxophonist and flute player Theo Travis led his talented ensemble through a set of original music and choice covers.


Review: The Annie Whitehead Quartet at the Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival 

12 Jun

With a set list that ranged from African High Life music to space jazz, the leading trombonist and composer Annie Whitehead led her talented quartet through an exciting afternoon of music when she appeared at the Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz ...


Star of Springwatch and Big Cat Diary coming to the Lichfield Garrick 

11 Jun

One of the stars of Springwatch and Big Cat Diary will introduce an audience at the Lichfield Garrick to the wildlife in their own neighbourhood.


ABRSM Piano Syllabus 2019/20: an overview 

10 Jun

I shall preface this overview by saying that I wholeheartedly believe that learning an instrument is not solely about taking exams, and indeed only a small number of my pupils opt to sit them.


Taking the strain in Walsall Wood – could you be a champion too? 

10 Jun

Over the years on the blog we’ve covered the great, and often surprisingly diverse sporting history of Brownhills and Walsall Wood – from the notable local teams like Walsall Wood Football Club, Cricket, Bowls – to more esoteric stuff like the ...


People Power – First Aid Training day 

8 Jun

You will be pleased to know that the Lichfield Waterworks Trust volunteers had a great day doing their first aid training.


Guest artistic director lifts the lid on the 2018 Lichfield Festival 

7 Jun

The Lichfield Festival has become a regular feature on the city map each July and the 2018 event promises another round of music, dance, theatre and art.


Lichfield Waterworks Trust June News Letter 

6 Jun

The next public meeting of Lichfield Waterworks Trust will take place on: Monday 11 June 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 great...


Nina and the Neurons star to appear in 2018 Lichfield Garrick pantomime 

6 Jun

Children’s TV star Katrina Bryan has joined the cast of the Lichfield Garrick’s 2018 pantomime.


Review: Imperial Strut at the Lichfield Cathedral Hotel 

5 Jun

The jazz rock fusion band Imperial Strut played to an appreciative audience when they appeared at the Cathedral Hotel as part of Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival.


The Greatest Showman joins line-up for latest Lichfield drive-in movie screenings 

5 Jun

Audiences in Lichfield will be able to enjoy two more movies as the drive-in series continues in August.


Burntwood Singers on the lookout for new members as they prepare to perform summer concert 

1 Jun

The Burntwood Singers are taking to the stage once more.


Lancaster bomber and Spitfire fly-past to mark Armed Forces Day weekend at the National Memorial Arboretum 

31 May

A fly-past by a Lancaster bomber and a Spitfire will help marked Armed Forces Day at the National Memorial Arboretum.


Lichfield actress to take on multiple roles as she prepares to make professional debut 

29 May

A Lichfield actress and singer will showcase her range of skills by taking on a number of roles in a musical show.


May 2018 New Discoveries 

28 May

My apologies that with one thing and another, I never quite got round to writing a New Discoveries post for April, but nevertheless, here’s a bumper edition for May! Graded Pieces for Piano (Ludovico Einaudi) Two brand new releases here from ...


New episodes of Lichfield theatrical sitcom Dr Johnson’s WikiWords to be staged at the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum 

23 May

Two new episodes of Lichfield’s home-grown dramatic sitcom Dr Johnson’s WikiWords are to be staged next month.


Review: Remi Harris at the George Hotel in Lichfield 

23 May

A stage filled with guitars and a room full of people meant that jazz musician Remi Harris’s gig at Lichfield’s George Hotel was a very special evening for music fans.


Sci-fi version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest coming to the Lichfield Garrick 

23 May

Shakespeare will get the sci-fi treatment at the Lichfield Garrick next month.


Organisers of 2018 Fuse Festival in Lichfield launch crowdfunding appeal to ensure event can go ahead as planned 

21 May

A crowdfunding appeal has been launched to ensure a Lichfield music event can go ahead as planned.


Hits of Adele to be recreated on the Lichfield Garrick stage 

20 May

The work of hit songstress Adele will come to the Lichfield Garrick when a tribute act takes to the stage.


Tickets selling well for the 2018 Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival 

19 May

Organisers say tickets are selling well for the 2018 Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival.


Production of Three Men in a Boat coming to Stonnall Village Hall 

18 May

A production of Three Men in a Boat is coming to Stonnall Village Hall.


The Upbeat Beatles bringing the story of the Fab Four to the Lichfield Garrick 

15 May

The story of the Fab Four will be retold as The Upbeat Beatles come to Lichfield later this month.


May 13th – Found on the outskirts of Wigginton, a lone cottage,… 

14 May

May 13th - Found on the outskirts of Wigginton, a lone cottage, derelict, in the bounds of another, occupied property.


May 13th – I was still feeling groggy but it was a lovely day… 

14 May

May 13th - I was still feeling groggy but it was a lovely day and the outdoors beckoned, so I headed tentatively for a ride, not expecting to get far.


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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.


Fancy an egg hunt this Easter Sunday? 

30 Mar

For a bit of Easter fun on a grey weekend, I notice Oak Tree Farm down in Stonnall have an Easter egg hunt this Easter Sunday afternoon  1st April 2018 from 2pm to 4pm.


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

27 Mar

There's a great event going on in Whittington this acoming Saturday (31st March 2018) in aid of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust 'Tunnel Vision' appeal - Eric and Doreen's All Day Easter Coffee Morning.


Here be a Dragon 

25 Mar

I had an email from Charlotte who told me she’d always been curious about a grave at Christ Church in Burntwood.


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

14 Mar

Never one to sit back and let life pass her by, that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is involved with another project - Lichfield Repair and Share workshop - which takes place this Friday, 16th March 2018 at the Tesco ...


Lichfield Waterworks Trust March 2018 public meeting this Monday 

11 Mar

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


Huge commitment to heavy lift beats big freeze 

9 Mar

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about a rather interesting challenge the trust's engineers had to deal with last weekend when the big freeze hit the UK.


A Hole Nother Story 

3 Mar

Remember at the start of the year there was a petition from some residents living in Bell End in the Black Country who wanted to change the name of their street because they said it was a bit rude and made those living there a laughing stock? Their ...


Two great events coming up from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Trust! 

23 Feb

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about a couple of events the local canal restoration project are holding in the coming weeks, a quiz night on Saturday 17th March 2018 and a guided ...


No More Beyond the Northern Wastes 

22 Feb

With the reduction of subsidies from Staffordshire Council , our relatively recent discovery of Chasetown and Burntwood as places to drink and eat looks like it will end in April, when the NXWM 10 bus route stops going further than Brownhills at off-...


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 ...


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