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A sale that shaped Stonnall 

17 Jun 18

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.


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

16 Jun 18

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.


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

13 Jun 18

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 …


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Lichfield Waterworks Trust June 2018 public meeting this Monday evening 

10 Jun 18

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, …


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A great new bus service to Lichfield starts this summer! 

10 Jun 18

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 …


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

7 Jun 18

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 …


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

2 Jun 18

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.


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Don’t forget Lichfield Bower today! 

28 May 18

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.


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Shed some light? 

20 May 18

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.


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

14 May 18

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, …


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

8 May 18

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, …


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Hot Spring 

6 May 18

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


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Heath Land 

29 Apr 18

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.


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Woodmen play Racing Club Warwick at Chasetown this afternoon! 

21 Apr 18

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.


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Do the walk this weekend! 

17 Apr 18

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 …


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Lichfield Waterworks Trust April 2018 public meeting this Monday 

5 Apr 18

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, …


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Go to work on an egg cup! 

30 Mar 18

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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Fancy an egg hunt this Easter Sunday? 

30 Mar 18

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.


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

27 Mar 18

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.


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Here be a Dragon 

25 Mar 18

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


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

14 Mar 18

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 …


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Lichfield Waterworks Trust March 2018 public meeting this Monday 

11 Mar 18

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, …


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Huge commitment to heavy lift beats big freeze 

9 Mar 18

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.


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A Hole Nother Story 

3 Mar 18

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 …


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

23 Feb 18

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 …