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50 pairs of Cinema Tickets to give away to ‘Community Heroes’ 

30 Oct

THE hunt is on for Tamworth’s community heroes to treat them to a private cinema viewing of the new Paddington Bear movie, thanks to Ankerside and Tamworth Round Table.


Withdrawal of Hopwas Woods quarry plans welcomed 

30 Oct

Celebrations have eruptedfollowing the news thatplans to turn part of the ancient Hopwas Woods into a massive quarry have been abandoned.


Withdrawal of Hopwas Wood plans is power to the people, says… 

30 Oct

TAMWORTH MP Christopher Pincher says the saviour of Hopwas Woods from quarry plans is a victory for the people.


Miracle kittens need homes but cats protection 

30 Oct

A TAMWORTH animal rescue charity is looking for loving homes for six adorable kittens, who are lucky to be alive.


Spooky figure spotted lurking in Tamworth Castle Grounds photo 

30 Oct

WHEN dad-of-five Richard Jones took this photo of his daughter playing in Tamworth Castle Grounds he thought it was one for the family album until he noticed a ghostly figure lurking in the background.


Lock up properties at night, warn Tamworth Police 

30 Oct

Policeare urging Tamworth residents to make sure they secure their properties at night in the wake of a spate of home and shed break-ins across the town.


Motorcyclist killed in road traffic collision in Atherstone is… 

30 Oct

POLICE have formally named the victim of a fatal road traffic collision which occurred on the A5 in Atherstone.


Firearms Surrender 

29 Oct

STAFFORDSHIRE Police are holding a two-week opportunity for people to surrender unwanted firearms and ammunition starting 27 October to 9 November 2014.


Young mum has handbag snatched in broad daylight in Tamworth 

29 Oct

A 28-YEAR-OLD mother is appealing for thieves to return documents they stole when they snatched her handbag in broad daylight.


Tamworth Gate Gallop raises £6,500 for St Giles Hospice 

29 Oct

ORGANISERS of the annual Tamworth Gate Gallop want to thank everybody who helped make this year's event such a success, raising an impressive 6,500 for local charity St Giles Hospice.


Midlands Fertility Clinic in Tamworth hails its 6,000th baby 

29 Oct

TAMWORTH'S Midland Fertility Clinic has confirmed the birth and identity of its 6,000th baby.


Ankerside staff pink with success to raise funds for cancer charities 

29 Oct

Ankerside Shopping Centre turned pink for a day to help raise funds for two cancer charities.


Kind-hearted Tamworth residents take lonely elderly out to tea 

29 Oct

Kind-heartedHerald readers have been thanked for their generosity after an appeal for volunteer drivers to take elderly people for Sunday tea parties, received an overwhelming response.


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.


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Sport »

Tamworth FC: Captain’s Corner with Michael Townsend 

30 Oct

Our concentrations turned to the FA Cup this week and I think we more than emerged with our heads held high.


Tamworth FC boss wants to build on FA Cup performances 

30 Oct

Tamworth FC boss Andy Morrell reflected on his side's heart-breaking FA Cup exit at Southport and said: We need to take positives from the tie.


BREAKING NEWS: Atherstone Town appoint Everitt as manager 

29 Oct

Atherstone Town have named Leigh Everitt as their new manager.


Bolehall Swifts target FC Vase glory 

29 Oct

RECORD-breakers Bolehall Swifts go in search of more glory in the FA Vase this weekend with boss Dave Haywood admitting: I couldn't wish for a better camp.


Green: ‘I gave my all but Atherstone Town fans deserve more’ 

29 Oct

IVOR Green this week reflected on his departure from Atherstone Town and admitted: 'I'd given everything I could'.


Tamworth FC aim to bolster squad 

29 Oct

Tamworth boss Andy Morrell says he is working hard to bring a new striker and winger to The Lamb.


Murphy strikes gold for Gracie Barra Tamworth 

29 Oct

BRAZILIAN JU JITSU: Tamworth's Callum Murphy was the best of British recently.


Atherstone ace Selt claims Peter Ebdon scalp but it’s a… 

29 Oct

MATT Selt experienced a contrasting few days in China storming to the semi-finals of one World Snooker event before an unlucky early exit to a former world champion in another.


Tamworth FC’s night of drama by the sea ends in FA Cup… 

29 Oct

SOUTHPORT 1 TAMWORTH 1 (Southport win 4-2 on penalties after extra time) FA Fourth Qualifying Round Replay ANDY Morrell has endured his fair share of FA Cup penalty heartbreak already, writes Dave Clayton.


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New Plans for Former Golf Course go on Show 

30 Oct

A blueprint for new housing, open space, additional parkland, a new school and a nature reserve on the former golf course were unveiled this week at a number of public events.


Lafarge Tarmac Withdraws Hopwas Woods from Minerals Local Plan 

30 Oct

Hopwas Wood Lafarge Tarmac has asked Staffordshire County Council to withdraw Hopwas Woods from the Minerals Local Plan, which is currently under public consultation.


Community Safety Day Aims to Help Residents Stay Safe 

29 Oct

A community safety day aimed at giving safety advice and information is being held in Ankerside next month and Tamworth residents are invited to drop in during the day.


Countdown to Tamworth’s Question Time 

28 Oct

There is now less than a week to go until members of the public get the chance to hear their questions answered by a panel of leaders at this year’s Question Time event at Tamworth Assembly Rooms.


Tamworth’s MP Attends Good Hope Services Meeting 

28 Oct

Last Friday Heart of England Foundation Trust officials came to the Holiday Inn Express in Tamworth to talk to local people about proposed changes to services provided at Good Hope hospital.


Christopher Pincher Meets Health Secretary to Raise Peel Concerns 

28 Oct

Christopher Pincher and Jeremy Hunt in the Department of Health last week Last Wednesday Tamworth’s Member of Parliament, Christopher Pincher, secured a private meeting with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP at the Department of Health to highlight ...


Positively Different: FREE Variety Show Tickets! 

26 Oct

Tickets to our FREE ' Po  sitively Different ' variety show are available from: Wilnecote School/ Leisure Centre (reception) Tamworth Information Centre, Corporation St, B77 7DN Get them while they're still available! For more information on ...


I’ve Signed Christopher Pincher’s Hopwas Wood Petition, Have You Signed it Too? 

25 Oct

Hopwas Wood In response to the announcement that LaFarge Tarmac want to quarry in Hopwas Wood, Tamworth’s MP, Christopher Pincher, has set up an online petition asking if you are in favour or against the plan.


Christopher Pincher Stands Up for Hopwas Wood 

25 Oct

Hopwas Wood Tamworth and Hopwas MP, Christopher Pincher, has spoken up on behalf of objectors to the proposals for a quarrying site in Hopwas Wood.


For Whom the Bell Tolls 

24 Oct

The site of the Old Tollgate Cottage, near Orgreave.


Tamworth’s Mayor is looking for Nominations for Christmas Hampers 

24 Oct

Traditional Christmas hampers are once again being given out by the Mayor of Tamworth to spread some festive cheer.


UK Will Not Pay £1.7bn EU Bill Next Month 

24 Oct

David Cameron has angrily insisted the UK will not pay a £1.7bn bill demanded by the European Union by 1 December.


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Features »

Cicily Bridal meets Eliza Jane Howell 

31 Oct

It’s one of those rare moments in our bridal world when a collection of wedding dresses can stop you in your tracks when you see them on a catwalk.


So this Vicar comes up to me and says: ASA 

31 Oct

This is something I experienced first hand a couple of weeks back when I was at a training event - this chap buttonholed me and started telling me how amazing they were and how much they were valued by the Bishop.


Asexual Awareness Week – Find Out What ‘Asexual’ Really Means 

31 Oct

An asexual person is someone who does not experience sexual attraction.


Morning Prayer – 31 October, 

31 Oct

Martin Luther, Reformer, 1546 Psalm 139 O Lord, you have searched me out and known me; you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.


Staffordshire Police Dog ‘Alfie’ Hangs up His Harness 

30 Oct

One of Staffordshire Police’s most successful employees has retired after eight years loyal service, dog and pup.


North Norfolk 

30 Oct

Making the most of a few days off work I headed to North Norfolk.


Rupert Bear on the radio 

30 Oct

I've just turned on my radio - I do from time to time, A man was reading Christian verse, it really was a crime, The tone of voice 'twas dripping honey, so sincere, so blinking funny! Thought he was speaking holy writ like Olivier - nah, like a twit.


Morning Prayer – 30 October 

30 Oct

Psalm 113 Alleluia.


No Hallowe’en Poster 

30 Oct

A 'No Hallowe'en' poster for those who might like to put one in their window: There are some interesting comments regarding this ever-increasingly popular (especially if you're a retailer) event and the fact that it's becoming something very ...


One of those ‘deja vu’ moments: non-Christian friends 

29 Oct

Life, it seems, is |a funny circuitous old thing and this has been brought home to me as, oddly, I have had a 'repeat conversation' with someone along the same lines as one I had some twenty-five years ago - and, being brutally honest, it was all a ...


#WorldStrokeDay – Women have a higher stroke mortality rate than men 

29 Oct

Women have a higher stroke mortality rate than men.


Cup of cocoa could give the elderly the memory of a ‘typical 30 or 40-year-old 

29 Oct

“Cup of cocoa could give the elderly the memory of a ‘typical 30 or 40-year-old’,” The Independent reports.


Morning Prayer – 29 October, 

29 Oct

James Hannington, Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa, Martyr in Uganda, 1885 Psalm 110 The Lord said to my lord, ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.


A few thoughts 

28 Oct

It's been a while since I have written anything in the blog.


Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to increase funding for dementia research 

28 Oct

The Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged a new drive by the UK to discover new drugs and treatment that could slow down the onset of dementia or even deliver a cure by 2025.


Oh, you wanted me to do it! 

28 Oct

An intriguing conversation in progress at the moment where one person has taken on a role in the church and the expectations and assumptions of them, the dog collar and the members are all rather disconnected and the body that is Church is rather ...


Morning Prayer – 28 October 

28 Oct

Simon and Jude, Apostles Psalm 116 I love the Lord, for he has heard the voice of my supplication; because he inclined his ear to me on the day I called to him.


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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.


Tamworth company expands with leadership support 

21 Jul

A TAMWORTH firm of electricians is expanding after receiving support from an innovative leadership programme.


Vamps cut their teeth on Drayton Manor’s new Air Race 

9 Jul

STAFFORDSHIRES Drayton Manor Theme Park has launched its latest £1.2m thrill ride attraction with the help of the UKs hottest pop band, The Vamps.


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LocalGov »

How many survived the Zombie Apocalypse? 

31 Oct

Terror stalked the streets of Tamworth last weekend, when the town centre was over-run by the undead.


Business of the House | Commons debates 

30 Oct

May we have a debate on the importance of ancient woodland in the west midlands? In my constituency, proposals for HS2, despite some recent mitigations, will do significant damage to ancient woodland near to Hints, and now Lafarge Tarmac has...


Business Rates 

29 Oct

Response by Tamworth Borough Council to Katy Stone on 29 October 2014 .


A5 Trunk Road (M42/M69) | Commons debates 

28 Oct

I am obliged to my right hon.


A5 Trunk Road (M42/M69) | Commons debates 

28 Oct

I am obliged to my right hon.


Business Rates 

28 Oct

Request sent to Tamworth Borough Council by Katy Stone on 28 October 2014 .


Nominate someone for Mayor’s Christmas hamper 

27 Oct

Do you know someone who would benefit from a traditional Christmas hamper? The Mayor of Tamworth has 250 to give away and is asking for nominations for worthy recipients.


Help To Buy drop-in was a big success 

27 Oct

A drop-in session to give Tamworth residents more information on a government equity loan scheme to help them to buy their own homes was a big success, with more than 30 people coming along.


Countdown to firework spectacular 

27 Oct

There are now just a few days to go until Tamworth’s free fireworks spectacular once again lights up the skies above the Castle Grounds.


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Firearms Surrender 

24 Oct

Staffordshire Police will be holding a two-week opportunity for people to surrender unwanted firearms and ammunition starting 27 October to 9 November 2014.


Sixth man jailed for child exploitation 

24 Oct

A sixth man was jailed today for his role in the sexual exploitation of a child in Staffordshire.


Police dog Alfie hangs up his harness 

24 Oct

One of Staffordshire Police’s most successful employees has retired after eight years loyal service, dog and pup.


Non-stop collision in Tamworth 

23 Oct

We are appealing for information following a non-stop road traffic collision in Tamworth.


Euro Forces Reunite Against Cross-Border Crime 

20 Oct

Staffordshire Police taking part in the third collaboration between UK and European forces in tackling international criminality on the UK road network.


New Act Encourages Partnership Working on ASB 

17 Oct

New legislation will give power to victims of anti-social behaviour to request a review of how their cases have been handled.


County advocates join anti-cyberbullying campaign 

16 Oct

The Staffordshire branches of two national advocacy groups have pledged their support to a campaign led by Staffordshire Police to stem the tide of cyberbullying in the county.


Gearing Up to Drive Down Car Key Burglary 

9 Oct

Staffordshire Police is to roll out a series of high-tech devices to car owners who are at higher risk of having their houses broken into and the keys to luxury cars stolen.


Staffordshire Police Force Awards 

9 Oct

The Staffordshire Police Force Annual Awards take place tomorrow at the County Showground.


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