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Flooding hits parts of Tamworth and North Warwickshire as heavy… 

7 Feb

FLOODING has hit parts of Tamworth and North Warwickshire after heavy rain lashed the area.

Charity splashes the cash to give Tamworth disabled swimming club… 

7 Feb

MEMBERS of a disabled Tamworth swimming club will receive brand-new swimming bags and custom-made trophies after being given funding from a charity.

Why Tamworth school is fashioning funds for children’s hospital 

7 Feb

ARTHRITIS is normally a condition people associate with old age, but that's not the case for one Tamworth youngster who had his life turned upside down when he was diagnosed with a form of the disorder back in 2014.

Appeal success as MS sufferer from Tamworth wins back car 

6 Feb

A DISABLED Tamworth woman who was told that she must give up a Motability car despite being unable to walk has said she has won an appeal against the decision.

Dangerous motorists prompt clampdown from county council 

6 Feb

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to clamp down on dangerous motorists after incidents reported in Kingsbury.

Prosecution of unlicensed taxi driver 

6 Feb

Lichfield District Council has prosecuted a man from Derby for working as a taxi driver without a licence.

‘Not disabled enough’ ruling shatters Tamworth skier’s… 

6 Feb

A DISABLED Tamworth skier has spoken of her heartbreak after allegedly being told she was 'not disabled enough' to compete in the Winter Paralympics in 2018.

Co-op withdraws plans for new shopping park on Wilnecote store… 

6 Feb

REDEVELOPMENT plans to build a brand new shopping park on the site of a superstore in Wilnecote were withdrawn this week.

Man arrested on suspicion of sexual assault in Tamworth 

5 Feb

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault following an alleged incident in Tamworth town centre.

Man arrested after castle grounds sexual assault 

5 Feb

A MAN is in custody today (Fri) following an incident near Tamworth Castle.

Staffordshire University students angry about plans to change West Midlands train routes 

5 Feb

Students are angry about proposals to alter the popular West Midlands train route – which could see passengers having to change trains at Stafford to get to London.

Appeal after fatal M6 collision 

5 Feb

CRASH investigators are appealing for witnesses to a collision on the M6 near Birmingham in the early hours of Thursday morning (Feb 4) that left a man dead.

Castle Grounds footbridge closed by Police 

5 Feb

A WELL used footbridge in the Town Centre remains closed by Police this morning following an incident overnight.

Police warn “We won’t tolerate trouble” ahead of right-wing protest 

5 Feb

WEST MIDLANDS POLICE has finalised plans ahead of a protest by right-wing group Pegida UK tomorrow (Sat Feb 6) – and warned it will come down hard on anyone intent on causing trouble.

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Tamworth FC: Fowler admits: ‘We simply weren’t good enough’ 

6 Feb

An honest Mike Fowler admitted Tamworth deserved to get beat as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat against relegation battlers Brackley Town.

Tamworth FC: Fryers is a man on a mission to develop first-team… 

6 Feb

TAMWORTH FC under-21s boss Lee Fryers says he is enjoying the challenge of developing players who may one day make it into the Lambs first team.

Adders boss hopes to continue unbeaten run against rivals 

6 Feb

IVOR Green is targeting some derby-day joy again this weekend, writes Chris Philpotts.

Tamworth FC v Brackley: What do the bookies think? 

6 Feb

TAMWORTH welcome struggling Brackley Town this weekend for what could be classed as a 'must-win' fixture for both sides.

Tamworth FC defender Burns: ‘Plenty can still happen at the… 

5 Feb

ANDY Burns believes there is still plenty to fight for in the race for a National North play-off place, saying: 'It's a whole new ball game at this stage of the season'.

Tamworth FC suffer midfielder blow as Clarke suffers training… 

5 Feb

Tamworth FC are reeling from news that midfielder Shane Clarke faces a potentially long spell on the sidelinesA statement from the Lambs said tonight: The club can confirm that Shane Clarke suffered an Achilles injury in training on Thursday...

Coleshill Town boss targets the top six 

5 Feb

COLESHILL Town boss Paul Casey has his sights firmly on a top-six finish after a 5-1 thumping of Loughborough University on Tuesday night.

Tamworth RFC: Sandhu is happy to have destiny in hands 

5 Feb

TAMWORTH RFC head coach Jez Sandhu says his side are in the perfect place ahead of a key month in the Midland Three West North season.

Leicester City loan man is looking to learn with the Lambs 

5 Feb

TAMWORTH FC loan signing Brandon Fox is relishing the chance to gain valuable experience with Tamworth.

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Tamworth Conservatives Call on Labour Party to Come Clean over Missing Hospital Petition 

7 Feb

Tamworth Conservatives are calling on the Labour Party to open an investigation after a petition run by a Labour County Councillor was not handed to the CCG.

Positively Puppets Course 

6 Feb

We have some excellent news! We've been awarded a small arts grant from Tamworth Borough Council towards running a ' Positively Puppets Course' for children aged 7 to 12 years who have dyslexia and / or overlapping traits! The course will start on: ...

Tamworth Residents Urged to ‘Clean For the Queen’ 

4 Feb

Schools, groups, businesses and individuals in Tamworth are being encouraged to get involved in a national campaign to clean up the streets in time for the Queen’s 90th birthday.

They Might Have Guns but We Have Flowers 

4 Feb

French father and son interview after the Paris terror attacks...

Local MEP Sees through New Measures to Tackle Black Economy 

3 Feb

Anthea McIntyre MEP West Midlands MEP Anthea McIntyre is backing new measures to crack down on the black economy after securing a number of key changes to the proposals.

Workers Can Get Fit with New Workplace Health Project 

3 Feb

A three-month project has been launched to help Tamworth businesses to encourage their staff to boost their health and wellbeing.

High Streets and City Centres to Benefit from Sunday Trading Devolution 

2 Feb

High streets and city centres are set to benefit from government plans to devolve Sunday trading laws, Business Secretary Sajid Javid MP has announced today.

High Streets and City Centres to Bbenefit from Sunday Trading Devolution 

2 Feb

High streets and city centres are set to benefit from government plans to devolve Sunday trading laws, Business Secretary Sajid Javid MP has announced today.

Tamworth’s Three and Four Year Olds to Get 30 Hours Free Childcare 

2 Feb

Families in Tamworth and across Staffordshire will be among the first in the country to be entitled to 30 hours of free childcare every week.

Older People Encouraged to get Vaccinated to Avoid Painful Shingles 

1 Feb

Public Health England (PHE) is reminding eligible older people to get the shingles vaccine to help prevent the painful infection after new figures have shown a drop in vaccine coverage.

County’s Education Chief Urges Staffordshire Youngsters to Write 500 Words 

1 Feb

Staffordshire’s lead on learning and skills, County Councillor Ben Adams, is urging schoolchildren aged 13 and under to enter a top national short story competition and win Chris Evans’ height in books for themselves and 500 books for their ...

Christopher Pincher Welcomes Royal Mail Contribution in Tamworth 

1 Feb

MP for Tamworth, Christopher Pincher, has welcomed published data showing the Royal Mail’s social contribution in Tamworth.

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Lake Kerkini – The Pelicans 

6 Feb

1st - 4th February 2016 The main focus of our trip was the Pelicans and the boat trip provided some wonderful photographic opportunities as the birds came in close for the chance of an easy meal.

Lake Kerkini, N.Greece – Day 1 

5 Feb

1st - 4th February 2016 I met Nikos Gallios at the Bird Fair last year and over the winter arranged a birdwatching trip to Lake Kerkini in Northern Greece, staying at his comfortable family hotel nearby in the village of Chrysochorafa, I went ...

Cicily Bridal is 5 Years Old! 

5 Feb

“I know, I’ll write a blog to mark Cicily Bridal’s 5 th Birthday,” I thought to myself.

Morning Prayer – 5 February 2016 

5 Feb

Psalm 17 Hear my just cause, O Lord; consider my complaint; listen to my prayer, which comes not from lying lips.

Morning Prayer – 4 February 2016 

4 Feb

Morning Prayer, 4 February 2016 Gilbert of Sempringham, Founder of the Gilbertine Order, 1189 Psalm 14 The fool has said in his heart,‘There is no God.

Morning Prayer – 3 February 2016 

3 Feb

Anskar, Archbishop of Hamburg, Missionary in Denmark and Sweden, 865 Psalm 119.1-32 Blessed are those whose way is pure, who walk in the law of the Lord.

Morning Prayer – 2 February 2016 

2 Feb

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple - 'Candlemas' Psalm 48 Great is the Lord and highly to be praised, in the city of our God.

Can’t make it to church? 31 December 2016 

1 Feb

Today is the day when the Nativity scene in our house gets put away.

Morning Prayer – 1 February 2016 

1 Feb

Brigid, Abbess of Kildare, c.525 Psalm 57 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for my soul takes refuge in you; In the shadow of your wings will I take refuge until the storm of destruction has passed by.

The Missing Season 

31 Jan

It almost seems that we have jumped straight from Autumn into Spring.

Morning Prayer – 30 January 2016 

30 Jan

Charles, King and Martyr, 1649 Psalm 68 Let God arise and let his enemies be scattered; let those that hate him flee before him.

Morning Prayer – 29 January 2016 

29 Jan

Psalm 61 Hear my crying, O God, and listen to my prayer.

Evening Talk & Dinner With Norman Croucher OBE In aid of @MSTrust #charity 

28 Jan

Norman Croucher (OBE) is the acclaimed mountain climber who, despite having two below the knee artificial legs, set out to climb just one of the world’s 14 mountains which exceed 8,000 metres (about 26,250 feet) or as he put it “join the 5-mile ...

Morning Prayer – 28 January 2016 

28 Jan

Thomas Aquinas, Priest, Philosopher, Teacher of the Faith, 1274 Psalm 47 Clap your hands together, all you peoples; O sing to God with shouts of joy.

Tale of the lost Pork pie 

27 Jan

Wednesday 27th January 2016 It's that time of the year for looking for a new angle on an old theme.

Morning Prayer – 27 January 2016 

27 Jan

Psalm 45 My heart is astir with gracious words; as I make my song for the king, my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

White fronted Geese at Draycote Water 

26 Jan

Tuesday 26th January 2016 A couple of local walks over the weekend and a brief trip to Ladywalk.

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Business news »

Jobs threat after shoe retailer Brantano collapses 

21 Jan

Administrators have been called into the firm, which has stores in Fort Dunlop, Oldbury and Tamworth...

General Appointments: Drayton Manor Theme Park; The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET); National Windscreens; eResponse Group 

19 Jan

Drayton Manor brings in new head of facilitiesTHEME park Drayton Manor has brought in a new facilities manager in the shape of Doug Stuart.

Tamworth and Lichfield firms optimistic on growth – survey 

15 Jan

MORE than half of businesses in Tamworth and Lichfield saw an increase in turnover last year and almost three quarters expect the trend to continue in 2016, the interim findings of a survey have shown...

Epwin Group makes £27m swoop for Stormking Plastics 

4 Jan

Building products group says deal with Tamworth-based rival will extend its range of items and broaden its routes to market...

Morefresh, a supply chain service* 

1 Jan

… Bringing the countryside to your doorstep! … Philip Meredith, director of Morefresh , a company the writer first featured on Birmingham’s late lamented Stirrer in 2009, addressed his customers in a September newsletter .

Drayton Manor enjoys record crowds in the run-up to Christmas. 

23 Dec

DRAYTON Manor Theme Park has witnessed its biggest ever pre-Christmas attendance figures.

Peer-to-peer lender ThinCats acquired by ESF Capital 

8 Dec

Tamworth-based alternative lender which was founded five years ago has sold significant stake in a bid to increase market presence...

Peer to peer lender ThinCats aiming to move up a gear under new ownership 

8 Dec

TAMWORTH-based peer to peer (P2P) lender ThinCats has been acquired by a new market entrant for an undisclosed sum.

Britvic confident despite dip in revenue 

25 Nov

SOFT drinks group Britvic - which has operations in Solihull and Tamworth - has seen a slight decline in its revenue.

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LocalGov »

Grab your litter pickers and Clean For the Queen 

5 Feb

Schools, groups, businesses and individuals in Tamworth are being encouraged to get involved in a national campaign to clean up the streets in time for the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Civic silver ‘back home’ after generous gift 

5 Feb

A beautiful commemorative silver tea service and tray which was presented to a former Mayoress of Tamworth in 1902 is now ‘back home’ in Tamworth – after it was kindly donated to the borough by the original recipient’s great-granddaughter.

Housing Related Support Commissioning 

4 Feb

Response by Tamworth Borough Council to rwilson on 4 February 2016 .

Housing Related Support Commissioning 

3 Feb

Request sent to Tamworth Borough Council by rwilson on 3 February 2016 .

Assembly Rooms to close for refurb 

29 Jan

Tamworth Assembly Rooms will close its doors on February 8, ahead of its 18-month modern makeover.

FREE energy help from HEAT scheme 

29 Jan

If you live in the eligible areas of Tamworth, you might be able to benefit from an exciting new scheme which offers full grants for central heating systems, new boilers, cavity wall and loft insulation.

Extra disabled parking spaces for town centre 

26 Jan

Extra disabled parking spaces are to be created throughout the centre of Tamworth, ahead of the start of works on the new Creative Quarter and Tamworth Assembly Rooms.

Philip Dix Centre to be transformed as Creative Quarter work starts 

25 Jan

Work on the first phase of the ambitious £6.1 million project to regenerate Tamworth town centre with the creation of an enterprise quarter will start in the next few months.

Ladybridge timeline images revealed to public 

25 Jan

The designs for six hand-carved flagstones celebrating Tamworth’s rich Saxon heritage, which will be laid along the historic Ladybridge, have been unveiled.

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Overloaded plug socket sparks severe house fire 

22 Jan

Firefighters are warning residents not to overload plug sockets in the wake of a severe house fire in Tamworth.

Pilot project keeps Tamworth vulnerable warm 

18 Dec

Firefighters and Joint Operations Group in Tamworth have joined forces as part of a pioneering pilot project to help the most vulnerable members of the community cope with the approaching cold weather.

Top tips for shoppers in Tamworth 

9 Nov

Community Safety Officers will be giving shoppers in Tamworth top tips on electrical fire safety on Friday, November 13.

Ground-breaking partnership will keep Tamworth elderly safe 

25 Sep

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has teamed up with Age UK to deliver a ground-breaking initiative which will highlight and reduce home-based risks faced by older people.

Staffordshire Police Open Day Sunday 28 June 

23 Jun

With just days to go until the Open Day this Sunday, Staffordshire Police are busy making final preparations as they set to throw open their gates and host a behind the scenes day at Police Headquarters.

Still time to have your say on Policing and crime in rural areas 

18 Jun

Staffordshire Police is encouraging residents to take part in the biggest ever poll on countryside crime before it closes next week.

Do any of these tools belong to you? 

18 Jun

We want to hear from you if you believe any of these items are yours...

A5/M42 fatal collision 

16 Jun

Officers have named the man who died in the RTC on the A5 in Tamworth on Sunday as 56 year-old Glyn Marshall of Cunningham Road, Walsall.

Attempted burglary at Tamworth Snowdome 

16 Jun

Officers are appealing for information relating to an attempted burglary at the Snowdome in Tamworth.

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    Beech and pine growing in Hopwas woods, Staffordshire.

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