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Plan in advance for bank holiday travel says county council 

27 May

PEOPLE in Tamworth taking advantage of the bank holiday are being advised to plan their journeys for the weekend and use live traffic information for the latest road updates.

There is still time to enter Tamworth in Bloom 

27 May

As the weather hots up and gardens continue to burst into life, green-fingered gardeners and pub landlords are being reminded to enter our two great Tamworth in Bloom competitions.

Scooter blaze that spread to Tamworth home was arson 

27 May

OCCUPANTS of a Tamworth home had a lucky escape after a mobility scooter was set alight outside their property.

You can now reduce cold calls to your mobile with his free service 

27 May

MOBILE phone users can now block unwanted sales and marketing calls by texting their details to the Telephone Preference Service.

Get on your bike this Bank Holiday 

27 May

People from across Staffordshire are being encouraged to get on their bike and discover the benefits of cycling.

Local Police to take part in major TV series 

27 May

Staffordshire Police have agreed to be part of a major television series that will be aired on UKTV in autumn 2016 and spring 2017.

Performers sought to entertain at new Elford Garden Party  

27 May

PERFORMERS across all genres are being offered the opportunity to showcase their talents in beautiful surroundings at an end of summer garden party event being organised by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts Events team.

Catch the coaching bug with Cottage Farm Rangers 

27 May

ONE of Tamworth’s biggest and most diverse grassroots football club, Cottage Farm Rangers FC, is inviting both experienced grassroots coaches and brand new football coaches to get involved with a Club inspiring the next generation of footballers.

Retired police officer convicted of indecently assaulting boy 

27 May

A RETIRED special constable has been convicted of indecently assaulting a boy - but cleared of other offences.

New Tamworth store opens at Ventura Park 

27 May

A NEW store has opened its doors today (May 27) at Ventura Park in Tamworth.

Drugs found in half of men tested after road accidents 

27 May

ALMOST half of the young men drug tested after road accidents in Warwickshire, tested positive for cannabis or cocaine, or both, figures have revealed.

Tamworth shoppers have the chance for a selfie with ‘The Queen’ 

26 May

SHOPPERS in Tamworth will have a very special opportunity to pose for a selfie with ‘Her Majesty’ on Thursday 2 June.

Orchestral spectacular on offer to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday 

26 May

WITH Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday celebrations just around the corner, Tamworth is going to celebrate in style with a Royal Proms style concert.

GALLERY: Tamworth primary schools’ A Team tournament 2016 

26 May

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Staffordshire Referee’s Make Wembley 

27 May

This weekend Staffordshire FA will have three officials involved in the Play-Off Finals being played at Wembley.

Barnsley FC new boy has Vardy-esque qualities says his former… 

26 May

ANDY Morrell says it's 'fabulous' to see former Tamworth striker Kayden Jackson sign for League One side Barnsley.

Villa and Wolves tests can boost Heather 

26 May

HEATHER St John's manager Stephen Rigby is hoping his side's mouth-watering pre-season schedule can have his side fully prepared for the 2016/17 campaign.

Staffordshire FA Community Award Finalists 

26 May

Staffordshire FA are delighted to announce the finalists of the 2015/16 Staffordshire FA Community Awards.

Tamworth’s Deer focuses on new targets after injuries halt… 

26 May

TAMWORTH'S Andrew Deer says he is excited by what the future has to hold for him despite taking the difficult decision to retire from tae kwon do.

Upcoming Referee Course for 16+ 

26 May

Staffordshire FA are pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Referee Course for people aged 16+ in Stoke-On-Trent.

Tamworth FC: Jed can make impact in 2016-17 season 

26 May

ANDY Morrell believes midfielder Jed Davies could have a much bigger part to play with Tamworth next season.

‘FC Halifax Town’s triumph shows how tough league will be’, says… 

26 May

HALIFAX Town's FA Trophy success on Saturday highlights how tough the National North will be next season, according to Lambs boss Andy Morrell.

Atherstone Town ace Kurtis picks up club awards 

26 May

DEFENDER Kurtis Mewies scooped both the Manager and Supporters Player of the Year on Saturday night at Atherstone Town's Race Night Presentation.

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Staffordshire Police in Landmark UKTV Television Series 

27 May

Staffordshire Police have agreed to be part of a major television series that will be aired on UKTV in autumn 2016 and spring 2017.

Trade in So-Called Legal Highs Illegal from Today 

26 May

Unscrupulous dealers in psychoactive substances face up to 7 years in prison as the trade becomes illegal today.

Nearly 600 Miles of Roadworks Removed for Late May Getaway 

26 May

Parents may not be able to rely on the British weather for bank holiday fun, but Highways England hopes it can help make the break better for all drivers as it lifts roadworks from Friday.

Illicit Tobacco Seized in Tamworth during Four-Day Operation Across Staffordshire 

25 May

Illicit tobacco has been seized from premises in Tamworth as part of a national operation.

Alan Sugar Appointed Government’s Enterprise Tsar 

25 May

Lord Sugar has been appointed Enterprise Tsar as part of the government’s drive to get more young people to consider starting their own business or undertaking an apprenticeship.

Early Completion for Roadworks on M6 Junction 5 Slip Road near Birmingham 

25 May

Important maintenance work to safeguard the M6 slip roads near Castle Bromwich in Birmingham is set to be completed this weekend – a month ahead of schedule.

Snooker Legend Steve Davis to DJ at Glastonbury Festival 

25 May

Snooker legend Steve Davis is to play a DJ set at this year’s Glastonbury.

Council and School Working Together to Tackle Disrespectful Parking at Cemetery 

25 May

Community wardens from Tamworth Borough Council and staff from Flax Hill School are working together to discourage parents from driving into Wigginton Cemetery and parking on the grass when dropping off and picking up their children.

Borough Council Cabinet Expands as Projects Increase 

25 May

A new portfolio has been added to Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet, as the number of major projects to improve Tamworth and make life better for residents continues to grow.

Government Considering Plans to Make 7 day switching a Reality across More Markets 

25 May

The Government is considering plans to make switching providers quicker and easier across a range of sectors.

Free Photography Offer for Local Businesses 

24 May

Tamworth Borough Council and Lichfield District Council have engaged a professional photographer to capture the face of modern industry across the two areas.

Consultation Launched into Distribution of Big Lottery Fund 

20 May

The Minister for Civil Society, Bob Wilson MP, has the announced today the start of a 12 week consultation to help guide the policy direction for the Big Lottery Fund and is welcoming views from the public.

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Cyprus – May 2016 – part 1 

27 May

Thursday 26th May 2016 Just got back from a trip to Cyprus.

Morning Prayer – Thursday, 26 May 2016 

26 May

The Day of Thanksgiving for the Institution of Holy Communion ( Corpus Christi ) Psalm 147 Alleluia.

The United Kingdom and the EU – Going it alone and trading with others! 

25 May

A real challenge for me has come in the shape of those who reckon that life as an independent nation would be one of the greatest boons those of us left on these shores might have.

The United Kingdom and the EU – Foreigners and Benefits 

25 May

The conversations under this heading were quite passionate and often vitriolic.

Morning Prayer – Wednesday 25 May 2016 

25 May

The Venerable Bede, Monk at Jarrow, Scholar, Historian, 735 Aldhelm, Bishop of Sherborne, 709 Psalm 119.1-32 Blessed are those whose way is pure, who walk in the law of the Lord.

Morning Prayer – Tuesday 24 May 2016 

24 May

John and Charles Wesley, Evangelists, Hymn Writers, 1791 and 1788 Psalm 5 Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my lamentation.

The United Kingdom and the EU: European Law 

23 May

The next stop on the debate is the claim that by leaving the EU we would be free to govern ourselves and would no longer be shackled by the European Court of Justice (ECJ), European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) or any of the laws the EU come up with.

Morning Prayer – Monday, 23 May 2016 

23 May

Psalm 1 Blessed are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the assembly of the scornful.

The United Kingdom and the EU – Terrorism and Borders 

22 May

One of the areas most frequently discussed with me by those I meet has been that of terrorism and borders: LEAVE Those who want us to leave the EU are telling us that to leave the EU would be to make our nation a safer place.

The United Kingdom and the EU – Lunatics and Asylums 

22 May

It seems to me that I, as someone called pastor and uphold truth, have a duty to get involved with the issue of the EU and our nation's continued membership - something I have struggled to avoid if I am being honest.

Morning Prayer – Friday 20 May 2016 

20 May

Alcuin of York, Deacon, Abbot of Tours, 804 Psalm 142 I cry aloud to the Lord; to the Lord I make my supplication.

Morning Prayer – Thursday 19 May 2016 

19 May

Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, Restorer of Monastic Life, 988 Psalm 143 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and in your faithfulness give ear to my supplications; answer me in your righteousness.

Morning Prayer – Wednesday 18 May 2016 

18 May

Psalm 119.153-end O consider my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget your law.

Morning Prayer – Tuesday 17 May 2016 

17 May

Psalm 132 Lord, remember for David all the hardships he endured; How he swore an oath to the Lord and vowed a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob: ‘I will not come within the shelter of my house, nor climb up into my bed; I will not allow my eyes to ...

Morning Prayer – Monday 16 May 2016 

16 May

Caroline Chisholm, Social Reformer, 1877 Psalm 123 To you I lift up my eyes, to you that are enthroned in the heavens.


14 May

Spotted 14 May 2016 along the bank of river Tame.

Morning Prayer – Saturday, 14 May 2016 

14 May

Matthias the Apostle Psalm 16 Preserve me, O God, for in you have I taken refuge; I have said to the Lord, ‘You are my lord, all my good depends on you.

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Chance for Lichfield and Burntwood businesses to take part in free photoshoot 

26 May

Businesses in Lichfield and Burntwood are being invited to take part in a free photoshoot to help boost trade across the region.

Free use of M6 Toll set to be debated in Parliament 

19 Apr

WHETHER the M6 Toll should be made free to use during emergencies is set to be debated in the House of Commons today.

Drayton Manor Park creates 450 seasonal jobs 

13 Apr

DRAYTON Manor Park has appointed more than 450 jobs in its latest seasonal recruitment drive.

Drayton Manor Theme Park draws up plans for 40 new holiday lodges 

12 Apr

Plans have been drawn up for 40 new “holiday lodges” at Drayton Manor Theme Park.

Transport leaders hold talks with M6 Toll operator of the road’s emergency use 

23 Mar

TRANSPORT leaders have held talks with the operator of the M6 Toll over ways of making better use of the regions motorway network.

Revealed: The £300,000 cost to open up M6 Toll Road during crisis 

10 Mar

Senior councillor slams Highways England after it decided not to trigger deal with M6 Toll despite total gridlock on West Midlands motorway network...

American manufacturer bolts on Tamworth company 

25 Feb

TAMWORTH welding firm Prospot has been bought by American manufacturing group Manufacturing Technology Inc (MTI).

VIDEO: M6 Toll driver clocked doing almost 150mph during police pursuit 

19 Feb

A DRIVER who tried to outrun police in a near 150mph chase along the M6 Toll has narrowly avoided jail.

M6 Toll must be integral part of the UK’s motorway network say business leaders 

12 Feb

THE M6 Toll must become an integral part of the UKs motorway network, business leaders in Greater Birmingham have said.

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Sign up to our new email alert service 

26 May

Now there’s a new way for you to stay up to date with news and information from us here at Tamworth Borough Council, with the launch of a new email alert service.

Cllr Ken Norchi is new Mayor of Tamworth 

25 May

A Labour councillor described as a ‘true man of the people’ has been unanimously elected Mayor of Tamworth – breaking with a long tradition.

‘Local celebrities’ disappearing for spruce-up 

25 May

Some familiar floral faces around Tamworth are set to disappear later this week – but they’ll soon be back in pride of place.

Rates retention and appeals 

25 May

Follow up sent to Tamworth Borough Council by R Gilmore on 25 May 2016 .

Rates retention and appeals 

24 May

Response by Tamworth Borough Council to R Gilmore on 24 May 2016 .

How much does it cost to keep Tamworth town centre clean? 

24 May

Response by Tamworth Borough Council to abarton8 on 24 May 2016 .

Summer of fun on the cards 

24 May

Details of a jam-packed summer have been revealed with the launch of Tamworth Borough Council’s 2016 ‘Great Outdoors’ programme of events.

£25.2m from golf course sale used for regeneration 

24 May

The price received from Redrow Homes for the former Tamworth Golf Course site has been revealed as £25.2 million.

Rates retention and appeals 

24 May

Follow up sent to Tamworth Borough Council by R Gilmore on 24 May 2016 .

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Safety Town returns to Tamworth 

27 Apr

Hundreds of Tamworth pupils will learn about the perils of playing with fire and the consequences of crime as part of a joint initiative.

Air cadets mark anniversary with fire service visit 

8 Apr

2016 marks the 75th anniversary of Air Cadets and the Tamworth squadron celebrated the occasion with a visit to Tamworth Community Fire Station on April 7.

E-cigarette explosion sparks fire service warning 

26 Feb

Firefighters are issuing a warning to e-cigarette users after a man from Tamworth was left with second and third degree burns when an e-cigarette battery exploded in his pocket.

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.

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