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Call for volunteers in Lichfield and Burntwood to help out at 2018 Staffordshire Ironman race 

21 May 18

Volunteers in Lichfield and Burntwood are being urged to lend a hand at the Staffordshire Ironman event.


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Chasewater from above 

17 May 18

It’s always nice to see local drone photography and I’m very pleased and honoured to share this set fro former Brownhills lad Steve Martin, whose incredible and high quality work I’ve featured here before.


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You may want to revisit? 

3 May 18

Sundays posting about the Cettie’s at Chasewater.


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Lots to do at the Chase Sailing Club open day this bank holiday Monday 

1 May 18

An interesting event is taking place next weekend, Bank holiday Monday 7th May 2018 at Chasewater, where the Chase Sailing Club (that’s the one on the north shore) will be holding their annual open day for people to come and check out what they do.


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April 28th – A grey, cold afternoon at Chasewater with little to… 

30 Apr 18

April 28th – A grey, cold afternoon at Chasewater with little to commend it: On a quick spin out shivering and cold, they light was hauntingly grey over the lake.


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One step closer 

29 Apr 18

Anyone who has been bored enough to read my life story ( See ‘Clayhanger Birdman’ if you really have nothing better to do ) will know that throughout the time I have been birding I have set myself various challenges and that I have so far achieved …


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Birding: sometimes there are good days, sometimes there are bad day, but sometimes! 

29 Apr 18

It was not an auspicious beginning.


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Chance for dogs and owners to go walkies at Chasewater to raise money for Staffordshire Retired Police Dog Fund 

25 Apr 18

Pooches and their owners are being invited to go walkies at Chasewater Country Park to raise money for Staffordshire’s Retired Police Dog Fund.


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Time running out for competitors to sign up for 2018 Staffordshire Ironman race 

25 Apr 18

Time is running out for people to sign up to take on the Staffordshire Ironman challenge.


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April 14th – Just in the nick of time the weather improved. It… 

15 Apr 18

April 14th – Just in the nick of time the weather improved.


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April 14th – Spring came today properly, and brought with her… 

15 Apr 18

April 14th – Spring came today properly, and brought with her warm sun and the general population out enjoying itself in what seems like the first temperate weather since last year… Interested to note as I rode out through Chasewater on a bike ride…


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They are playing my song (a day early)! 

9 Apr 18

Chasewater apparently had a good fall of common migrants yesterday and I was hoping to try and do the Marsh ahead of the predicted rain today in case we had also benefited from the fall, however I wasn’t expecting heavy fog with visibility down to …


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Wednesday 28th March 2018 

28 Mar 18

1100 – 1200 drizzle, 5c : Little Ringed Plover 2, Oystercatcher 5, Lapwing 3, Little Egret, Cormorant 3, Mute Swan pair at nest, GC Grebe 3, Teal 3, Tufted 28, Goosander f, Pochard 2, Wigeon 6, Buzzard, Meadow Pipit 2 to nw, Pied Wagtail 3, Green …


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Everyone needs a little help from their friends… 

27 Mar 18

Here’s a good one for younger folk looking for experience of work as a park ranger, or maybe retired or older folk looking for something where they can meet the public – this year Staffordshire County Council are looking for volunteers to join the …


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It’s a diesel takeover – this weekend! 

22 Mar 18

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a preserved industrial railway right on our doorstep is holding it’s annual Diesel Gala this weekend, Saturday and Sunday 24-25th March 2018.


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March 18th – I thought Saturday had been grim. I had no idea… 

20 Mar 18

March 18th – I thought Saturday had been grim.


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March 16th – I had to nip up to Burntwood after an early return… 

17 Mar 18

March 16th – I had to nip up to Burntwood after an early return from work, and I took a muddy, wet canal towpath up to Chasewater.


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Bearing up under the strain 

13 Mar 18

So, I decided to go and take a look at the nicely refurbished Ogley Junction Bridge , and hopefully cross it and get to Chasewater, extending my recent short rides .


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Get into something Hobbit forming… 

13 Mar 18

There’s a really great exhibition happening right now and continuing until 21st April 2018 at Chasewater Innovation Centre – Tolkien in Staffordshire, which is on at the Innovation Centre from 9am-4pm Monday to Friday.


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Burntwood charity hoping to get more youngsters sailing and windsurfing at Chasewater 

13 Mar 18

A Burntwood sailing charity is aiming to double the number of young people it gets on the water during 2o18.


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Chance for people to get in the saddle as series of free cycle rides around Lichfield returns 

12 Mar 18

A programme of free bike rides around Lichfield is returning.


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March 4th – I was going stir crazy. A bad day – the internet was… 

5 Mar 18

March 4th – I was going stir crazy.


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March 3rd – One thing it has been nice to see of late is the new… 

5 Mar 18

March 3rd – One thing it has been nice to see of late is the new house at Highfield, south of Chasewater.


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March 1st – I took the chance to check out the Ogley Bridge… 

2 Mar 18

March 1st – I took the chance to check out the Ogley Bridge renovation work, as I feel sure it must be close to reopening soon.


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February 24th – An abortive ride out to Lichfield from which I… 

28 Feb 18

February 24th – An abortive ride out to Lichfield from which I planned to arc back around to Chasewater and catch the sunset, which looked like it would be a cracker.