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Hard work recognised as Tamworth Castle receives accreditation 

17 Dec

TAMWORTH Castle has been awarded Full Accreditation status by Arts Council England – which means that it meets the strict nationally-recognised standards set for museums across the country.


Family friendly pantomime touches down in Tamworth 

17 Dec

Pantomime season officially starts in Tamworth tonight oh yes it does!After months of planning and hard work, the Tamworth Pantomime Company start their seventeen night run of Cinderella tonight (Wednesday).


Tamworth Castle awarded Full Accreditation by Arts Council… 

17 Dec

Tamworth's iconic castlehas been awarded Full Accreditation status by Arts Council England which means that it meets the strict nationally-recognised standards set for museums across the country.


Staff praised for ‘providing the very best’ as St Leonard’s gains… 

17 Dec

A CHURCH primary school in Tamworth have been given a 'good' rating by Ofsted on a recent visit with the lead inspector praising the determination of staff for "providing the very best for the pupils".


A night of live music in Tamworth in aid of young Alfie 

17 Dec

YATES'S in Tamworth will play host to a night of live music featuring acts from across the Midlands for a night of fund-raising.


Tamworth SnowDome welcomes skiers following poor snowfalls in… 

17 Dec

STAFF at Tamworth's artificial ski slope are not getting carried away this Christmas despite forecasters predicting no snow in the Alps until the New Year.


Hospital near Tamworth appoints specialist nurse to prevent… 

17 Dec

IN the wake of Christmas and New Year a specialist nurse has begun work at a hospital near Tamworth to lead new initiatives aimed at preventing alcohol-related illnesses and providing support for patients who want to cut back on the amount they drink.


Residents’ anger as Tamworth sorting office stops customer… 

17 Dec

IN the busiest week for postal deliveries, Tamworth residents have reacted angrily to Royal Mail's plans to stop them parking at the sorting office.


Primary school children in Tamworth making ‘significant… 

17 Dec

Primary school children in Tamworth have made considerable improvements at Key Stage 2, with results showing an increase in reading, writing and maths.


Staffordshire firefighters celebrate massive drop in fire… 

17 Dec

THE number of people injured in property fires across Staffordshire has more than halved in the past decade, according to figures released this week.


Continuing care for young and old unveiled in spending proposals 

16 Dec

STAFFORDSHIRE County Council have unveiled draft budget plans to work closer with the NHS to improve people’s health and wellbeing, and supporting the county’s growing economic recovery In a report published recently, the County Council sets out...


Magical Journey closes: Alternative venues to meet Father Christmas 

16 Dec

As families are left disappointed that the Christmas attraction has shut nine days earlier, we check out alternative seasonal experiences...


Number of fires in Staffordshire drop dramatically 

16 Dec

A NEW report has revealed that the number of people injured in property fires across Staffordshire has more than halved in the past decade.


Reality of long queues and lack of staff at Tamworth railway… 

16 Dec

After London Midland announced their new timetable this week promising additional seating and faster services we asked if Tamworth railway station could cope with the added capacity, writes Ashley Preece.


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Sport »

Chapman’s fury as Adders slip to derby day defeat 

17 Dec

ADDERS coach Wayne Chapman says his side were hard done by as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Bolehall in the Birmingham Midweek Floodlit Cup on Tuesday night.


Bolehall boss Haywood hails response since FA Vase woe 

17 Dec

BOLEHALL SWIFTS 2 ATHERSTONE TOWN 1Birmingham Midweek Floodlit Cup CUP holders Bolehall kept alive their hopes of defending the trophy they won last year with victory over local rivals Atherstone on Tuesday night.


Bolehall Swifts soar up to second as they make it back-to-back… 

17 Dec

BOLEHALL SWIFTS 2 LITTLETON 0Midland League Division One BOLEHALL Swifts made it back-to-back wins with an excellent win over Littleton.


TB Williamson Cup Update 

17 Dec

The date of the TB Williamson Cup final is to take place on Thursday 23rd April 2015.


Tamworth FC boss is inspiring players – Taylor 

16 Dec

Connor Taylor says manager Andy Morrell's presence on the pitch has inspired the side during their recent run.


IN PICTURES: Atherstone junior rugby action 

16 Dec

Gallery created by Tamworth Herald...


Cerebral Palsy 2015 World Championships Launch Social Media Platforms 

16 Dec

The Local Organising Committee were delighted to launch their tournament logo, website and social media sites today less than 183 days to the opening game.


IN PICTURE: Bolehall Swifts 2 Littleton 0 

15 Dec

Gallery created by Tamworth Herald...


Staffordshire Ability Counts League continues to be a huge success 

15 Dec

Staffordshire's Ability Counts League continues to be a huge success across the county.


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Comment »

Student awards scheme backed by Midlands media 

11 Dec

Press Club winners will receive training opportunities.


Fly Tipper Prosecuted 

7 Dec

A company caught fly tipping in Comberford, just outside Tamworth, has been prosecuted in Stafford Magistrates’ Court.


Trust Confirms Extension of Sir Robert Peel Hospital Day Case Services Consultation to June 2015 

7 Dec

Sir Robert Peel Hospital Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Board has upheld the Trust’s proposal that the day case theatre at the Sir Robert Peel community hospital, Tamworth, should remain open for a further six months from December 2014 ...


Tamworth Gets Extra Town Centre Markets in Run-Up to Christmas 

7 Dec

Shoppers and visitors to Tamworth are being given more choice about where to buy their Christmas presents and festive essentials this year, with extra markets being held in the town centre in the run-up to Christmas.


Hooky Happiness 

6 Dec

Ta dah! My first effort at designing a crochet blanket .


Christopher Pincher raises karting track issue in Parliament 

4 Dec

Christopher Pincher, Member of Parliament for Tamworth, asked the Leader of the House of Commons, William Hague, for a debate highlight the issues of cross-border planning such as the go-Karting track in North Warwickshire which affects residents of ...


Christopher Pincher comments on David Cameron’s immigration plans 

4 Dec

Christopher Pincher, Member of Parliament for Tamworth and surrounding villages, has commented on the latest plans announced by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to curb the number of EU migrants who come to the Britain.


Reindeer and Candles 

3 Dec

Look what I saw yesterday – reindeer!!! At the local garden centre!!! I was so excited when I spotted them I felt as if Christmas had already arrived.


Welcome to Christmas – Mayor of Tamworth Style! 

2 Dec

As Christmas cheer takes hold in Tamworth, the Mayor of Tamworth is inviting people to join him for festive fun later this month.


Christopher Pincher welcomes investment in local road network. 

2 Dec

Christopher Pincher, Member of Parliament for Tamworth, has welcomed news from the Department for Transport that 1.4bn will be invested in the region's roads creating an estimated 900 new jobs.


My Week! 

1 Dec

Oh dear, I was going to be so good, and blog every other day, and it’s been over a week since I last wrote anything here, so I’m going to post some words and pictures about my week.


Out and about with the District Commissioning Leads 

27 Nov

“Over the past few weeks I have been getting out and about and seeing some of the good work we do on the ground.


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Features »

Mixed Economy Gym 

17 Dec

Had to be done: Watch the difference between established church and fresh expression in a Gym setting: The term 'Mixed economy' comes from former Archbishop Rowan William.


Christmas gift suggestions 

17 Dec

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness.


Finding Talent: The Modules 

17 Dec

The report tells us that the means by which training is to be delivered is a 'modular development programme' undertaken over a period of 12-18 months consisting of three modules which are (and I quote directly here): Module One - Building Healthy ...


Lolling around! 

17 Dec

Enjoying some beautiful sunny days at the moment which end in some spectacular sunsets.


C of E to groom talent for top jobs: Contributing to the Common Good 

17 Dec

My first thought was the 'contributing to the Common Good' was about people and engagement not politics and that this shows how much those who produce such stuff have missed the mark.


Morning Prayer – 17 December 14 

17 Dec

Eglantyne Jebb, Social Reformer, Founder of ‘Save The Children’, 1928 Psalm 75 We give you thanks, O God, we give you thanks, for your name is near, as your wonderful deeds declare.


C of E to groom talent for top jobs: Leading Growth 

16 Dec

Now this part of the report: 'Talent Management for Future Leaders and Leadership Development for Bishops and Deans: A new approach' had, to be perfectly honest, me spitting feathers! The training in 'Leading the Church for growth' with what will be ...


Naomi Neoh Designer Day – 10th January 2015 

16 Dec

Are you looking for that dream Naomi Neoh Wedding Dress?? On Saturday 10th January our lovely boutique will be filled with beautiful gowns from the” Love Letters”, “Secret Garden” of course the new 2015 “Iconic Collection”.


Blog Post: Food for thought (and for owls) 

16 Dec

This year has been a very good year for small mammals providing a good food source for owls and raptors.


Morning Prayer – 16 December 14 

16 Dec

Psalm 70 O God, make speed to save me; O Lord, make haste to help me.


Reshaping and reinventing ministry 

16 Dec

The first part of the report deals with training up the senior staff and my first response is that this would not be a bad thing.


Local Birding 

15 Dec

12th - 15th Dec 2014 Getting used to winter birding and winter temperatures again is taking a while.


Safety Tips For Your Pet This Christmas 

15 Dec

Holly, Jolly and Oh-So-Safe! Of course you want to include your furry companions in the festivities, pet parents, but as you celebrate this holiday season, try to keep your pet’s eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as ...


C of E to groom talent for top jobs (2) 

15 Dec

I began the first post in this series noting that when this item appeared in the Church Times the response from some (now many) of those with whom I engage was, ' No change there then! ' The reason for this was that it seems one of the qualifications...


Prankster’s fake company letter caused a stir to WeBuyAnyCar.com 

15 Dec

A humourless letter purportedly from webuyanycar.


Morning Prayer – 15 December 2014 

15 Dec

Psalm 40 I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.


C of E to groom talent for top jobs (1) 

15 Dec

When this 'news' item appeared in the Church Times the response from those I engage with was, 'No change there then!' For despite the apparently egalitarian nature of ministry, the reality is that amongst the qualifications for the 'top jobs', ...


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Business news »

Euro Car Parts signs up for mega-hub at Birch Coppice 

5 Nov

IM Properties seals latest letting at Tamworth industrial estate which has seen car parts company more than double its footprint there...


Almost a quarter of West Midlands workers earn below living wage 

3 Nov

New research says 'blackspots' such as Tamworth and Wyre Forest have even higher rates of people earning below the £7.65 per hour rate...


Lichfield workers help boy with inoperable tumour fulfil his dreams 

29 Oct

Staff at a Lichfield company have raised £1,500 to help a boy with an inoperable tumour fulfil his dreams.


Tamworth businesses become part of new OnePlastics Group 

23 Oct

TWO Tamworth manufacturing businesses have become part of a new plastics company which has launched with ambitious growth plans.


Engineering skills boost for Staffordshire with opening of new £2m training centre 

23 Oct

FUTURE generations of engineers are set to get a skills boost following the opening of a new training centre in Staffordshire.


Traffic volumes rise along M6 Toll 

17 Oct

TRAFFIC volumes along the M6 Toll have seen an improvement as operators claim improved customer confidence in the route.


Cleanroom hands over £3m Tamworth facility for Midland Fertility 

1 Sep

A MIDLANDS-based design and construction company has handed over new laboratories and a clinical suite to Midland Fertility.


Tamworth hotel undergoes £50,000 refurbishment 

27 Aug

A TAMWORTH hotel has undergone a £50,000 refurbishment with upgrades to its rooms and dining facilities.


More traffic uses M6 Toll but operator still makes £32m loss 

13 Aug

LOSSES have declined for the operator of the UKs only pay-to-drive motorway, the M6 Toll, as more traffic headed through the toll plazas last year.


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LocalGov »

Devolution (Implications for England) | Oral Answers to Questions – Justice | Commons debates 

16 Dec

Does my right hon.


Doggy drop-in days for pet owners 

11 Dec

Dog owners and people thinking of taking on a pet are being encouraged to come along to a drop-in event in Tamworth Castle Grounds next week.


Rivers (Cleanliness) | Oral Answers to Questions – Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Commons debates 

11 Dec

I am enlightened by my hon.


Railways | Department for Transport | Written Answers 

10 Dec

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many new open access rail operations have been approved since May 2010; and how many such operations were approved between May 2005 and April 2010 under the previous administration.


Railways | Department for Transport | Written Answers 

9 Dec

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance his Department has issued to the Office of Rail Regulation on supporting more competition between franchised rail operators and open access rail operators where capacity and appropriate...


Infrastructure Bill [Lords] | Oral Answers to Questions – Work and Pensions | Commons debates 

8 Dec

I commend the hon.


Infrastructure Bill [Lords] | Oral Answers to Questions – Work and Pensions | Commons debates 

8 Dec

I commend the hon.


Waste Disposal | Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs | Written Answers 

8 Dec

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the tonnes of air pollution control residues that will be recovered as an end-of-life product in 2015-16 if the derogation in the Waste Framework...


Old Chair dumped along footpath Madrona/Nemesia., 4th December 

4 Dec

Old chair dumped along the footpath between 62 Madrona/88 Madrona.


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Festive MASH bash 

12 Dec

Staff at Staffordshire’s Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), based at Lindum House in Stone, got into the festive spirit last Friday (5 December) with their black tie charity ball at the Stone House Hotel.


Stop and Think, Limit your alcohol, Limit the consequences 

10 Dec

Staffordshire Police is to increase officer patrols in selected areas to help keep night-time revellers and businesses safe and reassured during the festive period.


Staffordshire Police Chiefs hold online chats in Tamworth 

5 Dec

Tamworth residents are being given the opportunity to engage with their Local Policing Team (LPT) Commander during virtual online meetings.


Staffordshire Police launch hard hitting video to tackle drink driving 

1 Dec

Staffordshire Police have launched a hard-hitting video to tackle the problem of drink driving.


Staffordshire Police support National CT Awareness Week by targeting Staffordshire businesses 

28 Nov

Staffordshire Police have been involved in activities all through the course of this week in providing information to support businesses to help their understanding of potential terrorist threats and how best to take action to keep safe.


HMIC Report Acknowledges Force’s Performance 

27 Nov

Staffordshire Police has been recognised as ‘outstanding’ in tackling anti-social behaviour in a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) which is being released to the public today.


Stop and Think – Stay safe this festive period 

25 Nov

Staffordshire Police have launched a crime prevention drive to keep you and your property safe this festive period.


Going beyond what is expected celebrated at ceremony 

25 Nov

Officers, police community support officers, police staff, special constables and members of the public will be recognised for their commitment, dedication and outstanding contributions to policing at a Staffordshire Police ceremony.


First custodial sentence for breach of Domestic Violence Protection Order 

21 Nov

A repeat domestic abuse offender, who breached court restrictions on contacting his partner three times, has been jailed for 21 days.


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