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Tamworth church joins ‘lights out’ event to mark war’s 100th… 

31 Jul

Thousands of people are expected to fall silent next week to remember Tamworth's WW1 soldiers.


Gypsy mum’s plea over travellers site in Grendon near Tamworth 

31 Jul

A GYPSY living in Tamworth has slammed plans for a short-stay travellers site in Grendon, saying that it would 'encourage riff raff' but has called on the council to provide a permanent site in the borough instead.


New Tamworth Co-operative Society convenience store for Dosthill 

31 Jul

A new Co-operative convenience store is to be built in Dosthill and will bring 20 new jobs to the area.


Cinderella needs her Prince Charming 

31 Jul

The Tamworth Pantomime Company is on the hunt for their next Prince Charming to join Cinderella in a starring role.


Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber praises church in visit to Tamworth 

31 Jul

LORD Andrew Lloyd Webber has showered praise on a Tamworth church labelling it a wonderful building - but he slammed the town's six blocks of high-riseflats.


Tamworth Firefighters receive award 

31 Jul

Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer has presented a trio of awards to firefighters and support staff who have gone the extra mile to serve the community of Tamworth.


World War One: Two Tamworth Herald editors, separated by a… 

31 Jul

OVER the coming days the world will remember those who fought and died in World War One.


Tamworth Junior Football League win at FA community awards 

30 Jul

The Tamworth Junior Football League is celebrating after being honoured at the Birmingham FA Community Awards.


Ankermoor Court residents commemorate WW1 centenary 

30 Jul

A themed event to commemorate the 100 th  anniversary of the start of the First World War was organised for residents of Ankermoor Court and their families.


Free flu vaccination for Tamworth children aged 11 to 13 

30 Jul

SECONDARY school pupils in Tamworth are to be offered a free flu vaccination for the winter as part of a national programme targeting more than 700,000 healthy school-aged children across England.


PICTURE SPECIAL: Golf day raises £1,421 for Critical Care… 

30 Jul

Gallery created by Tamworth Herald...


Student lands media job following experience making homeless film 

30 Jul

Tamworth student James Wood has landed a coveted apprenticeship working for two media companies – thanks to his involvement in a film aimed at tackling homelessness.


200 free pizzas at new Tamworth takeaway 

30 Jul

TWO HUNDRED free pizzas are up for grabs at a new pizza parlour in Tamworth town centre.


‘We love Tamworth’ extravaganza returns for second year 

30 Jul

A day-long summer extravaganza is set to attract thousands to Tamworth Castle Grounds next month – after a hugely successful debut last year.


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Sport »

Atherstone Town can thrive in tougher league, says Smith 

31 Jul

ATHERSTONE Town skipper Lee Smith admits competition will be fierce in Midland Football League Division One, when it gets started this weekend.


Tamworth FC are aiming to close deal for striker… 

31 Jul

TAMWORTH FC boss Dale Belford hopes to complete the signing of former Coventry City youth striker Donovan Simmonds this week.


Former Watford FC man is ready for serious business of promotion… 

31 Jul

TOM James is already gaining a reputation as one of the funnier characters in the new-look Tamworth FC dressing room.


Former West Bromwich Albion and Lambs striker joins Royals 

30 Jul

Richards move: Former West Brom and Tamworth striker Justin Richards has signed for Evo-Stik First Division South side Sutton Coldfield Town.


Turner is ready for Atherstone Town opener 

30 Jul

ASSISTANT manager Dave Turner admits the Adders have had a tough pre-season.


Coleshill Town chief full of optimism for start of the … 

30 Jul

CHAIRMAN Paul Billing says Coleshill Town head into the new campaign with a wave of optimism surrounding the club.


August will be key month as Coleshill Town eye good start 

30 Jul

COLESHILL Town boss Paul Casey believes August could be a significant month as his side bid for glory in this season's Midland Football League Premier.


Stalemate for Tamworth CC as clash has its ups and downs 

30 Jul

OLD ELIZABETHANS (237-8) drew with TAMWORTH CC FIRST XI (173-7)Birmingham League Division Two TAMWORTH had to settle for a losing draw from their contest at Old Elizabethans.


Bolehall Swifts are ready for busy start to season 

30 Jul

BOLEHALL Swifts kick off their Midland League Division One campaign with a home clash against Studley on Saturday (kick off 3pm).


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Tamworth Labour group leader Simon Peaple: MPs pay should be cut 

30 Jul

As discussed last week, our political parties need to be revitalised and one of the issues is that they are seen as a vehicle for a political class.


Not all are against the new Tamworth Aldi 

24 Jul

WITH regards to last week's 'New Aldi in pipeline despite traffic fears' story, I'd like to clear one thing up not all local residents are against the plans.


Stop dumping things on us in Grendon 

24 Jul

IT SEEMS that facilities can be easily removed viz.


‘Cracker’ the toy dog saved from tree in Tamworth Castle Grounds 

24 Jul

CAN we through your letters page, thank the two men, one who climbed the tree and lady who climbed the slide (and the children who were shouting their encouragement) and assisted in retrieving the lost soft toy dog ('Cracker') from the tree on the ...


Nothing leaked says boss of Good Hope Hospital 

24 Jul

I AM writing in response to the article published in last week's Herald in respect of proposals for change at Good Hope Hospital.


In The Garden: Do your bit to help butterflies 

24 Jul

SINCE creating a meadow area in his own back garden three years ago, Sir David Attenborough has enjoyed an influx of wildlife and is this year hoping to see a wide range of butterflies visiting it.


Why you must vote to have your say – Simon Peaple, leader of the… 

22 Jul

The disconnection between political parties and the electorate is a widely acknowledged issue and poses challenges to both the parties and voters.


North Warwickshire’s MP to Step Down at General Election 

20 Jul

Dan Byles, MP for North Warwickshire and Bedworth, has announced he will not be seeking re-election at next year’s General Election.


Millions of Staffordshire records go online 

18 Jul

A lot has been happening in the county with the launch of our Archives Service project to get 6 million records online and our Generate Conference at Drayton Manor Park looking at Commissioning.


My pride in magical youth for musical performances 

17 Jul

I WAS, today, proud and privileged to be with Woodside Church of England Primary School children as one of the governors.


Bring back our Tamworth park swings 

17 Jul

TAMWORTH council, bring back our swings, slides and roundabout on Moor Street park.


Good business done at Amington fete 

17 Jul

AS Spoken Parents (Support for Parents of Kids with Extra Needs), we would like to thank to local traders of Tamworth for the kind donations we have received from them.


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Features »

Biker Paramedic Steve Harris Calls It a Day after 36 Years 

31 Jul

One of Birmingham’s much loved ‘Emergency Bikers’ is hanging up his leathers later today after more than 36 years’ service.


Bordesley Green WMP Apologise – Inappropriate Use of Social Media Account 

31 Jul

A police officer has been referred to the force’s Professional Standards Department after posting a “sexist cartoon” on an official Twitter account.


The darkness becomes more obvious 

31 Jul

The words of John 1.5: The light shines in the darkness - and the darkness .


Morning Prayer – July 31 

31 Jul

Ignatius of Loyola, Founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) Psalm 143 Hear my prayer, O Lord,cand in your faithfulness give ear to my supplications; answer me in your righteousness.


Koba’s Scotland To England Cycle In Aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity 

30 Jul

Koba Higgins is going to cycle from Scotland to Great Ormond Street Hospital in England on December 1st 2014 in order to raise £5000 for this amazing charity, in time for Christmas.


Sights in the City. 

30 Jul

As you can see there are some talented artists hereabouts! Also some unusual people too.


Could You Be The Next Face of ‘Ditch The Label’ ? 

30 Jul

‘Ditch the Label’, are looking for new people to join there faces of Ditch the Label in there next photo campaign There are currently looking for people to take part in a photo campaign and to become a face of the Ditch the Label charity.


The Great British Ball In aid of Help The Heroes 

30 Jul

Help for Heroes is a Charity which allows Soldiers that have been injured to be provided with everything they need, from putting up families nearby to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital where they are initially admitted to, receiving gifts for a morale ...


Made me Laugh: Tick Warning 

30 Jul

Speaks for itself - but it's fun...


Morning Prayer – July 30 

30 Jul

William Wilberforce - 1833 Olaudah Equiano - 1797 Thomas Clarkson - 1846 Anti-Slavery Campaigners Psalm 119.153-end O consider my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget your law.


Give it up 

29 Jul

This is Anam Caras' rendition of 'Hand it Over' Billed as the anthem for for those suffering from middle-aged angst it points us in the right direction: Hand it over - give it the Lord' You know that's the only way...


Blog Post: Volunteering intern opportunity 

29 Jul

Do you want to develop a career in conservation? Do you want to become part of a team at two of the Midlands most exciting reserves? Well if so, we have the opportunity for you! We are looking for a volunteer intern to join our small team at ...


Got five minutes? Then please pray 

29 Jul

Here are just four of the things that need our prayer - if you have five minutes to spare - please read and pray (and discuss these issues with others) - Thank You: Iraq and Syria In Iraq those who oppose the ISIS forces, or are from different sects ...


Morning Prayer – July 29 

29 Jul

Mary, Martha and Lazarus, Companions of our Lord 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 ...


Lost with translations? 

29 Jul

Sunday's Old Testament reading caused some interesting discussions regarding Leah (Laban's daughter) and her eyes (Genesis 29.17) because the NRSV - which is used by many churches as the standard volume of the Bible told those gathered that her eyes ...


Pacific Golden Plover – Revisited. 

29 Jul

I rushed to Middleton to see the Pacific Golden Plover on Saturday, the first day it was reported.


File: Female Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) 

28 Jul

Taken on pathway between Jubilee Wetlands and river...


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Business news »

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.


Success is in the bag for Tamworth tech firm DiskLabs 

9 Jul

AN innovative product for keeping mobile phones, tablets and laptops safe from cyber thieves is helping to secure the fortunes of a Tamworth technology business.


Logistics company opens 21,000 sq ft base in Tamworth 

23 Jun

FREIGHT carrier Redhead International has opened a new 21,000 sq ft facility in Tamworth.


HSBC helps firm to take a larger slice of the pizza market 

20 Jun

PIZZA franchise business PH Leicester has acquired four Pizza Hut Delivery outlets across the Midlands after securing a £775,000 funding package from HSBC.


Nighclub operator Luminar announces 50% profits rise 

21 May

THE UKs largest nightclub operator, The Luminar Group, which has clubs in Tamworth and Coventry, has announced a 50% increase in full year profits.


New advertising campaign hopes to lure more visitors to Lichfield 

2 May

A new advertising campaign is hoping to attract shoppers and visitors to Lichfield.


‘Model T’ of BSA guns reborn for modern era 

11 Apr

A Tamworth gun shop is set to launch a 21st century prototype of the “Model T Ford of the firearms world” – in conjunction with world-famous BSA.


Drayton Manor recruits 200 staff for new season 

7 Apr

TAMWORTH-based Drayton Manor Theme Park has recruited more than 200 staff for its 2014 season.


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LocalGov »

Light, camera, job action for James 

30 Jul

Tamworth student James Wood has landed a coveted apprenticeship working for two media companies – thanks to his involvement in a film aimed at tackling homelessness.


Another chance to show how much We Love Tamworth as popular event returns 

28 Jul

A day-long summer extravaganza is set to attract thousands to Tamworth Castle Grounds next month – after a hugely successful debut last year.


Cash help for groups across borough 

22 Jul

We’ve handed out grants totalling almost £4,000 to voluntary groups and organisations across Tamworth.


Ukraine (Flight MH17) and Gaza | Oral Answers to Questions – Education | Commons debates 

21 Jul

Although President Poroshenko has announced a 40-km cordon around the MH17 crash site, reports from Donetsk over the weekend suggest that the fighting, far from diminishing, has increased.


Ukraine (Flight MH17) and Gaza | Oral Answers to Questions – Education | Commons debates 

21 Jul

Although President Poroshenko has announced a 40-km cordon around the MH17 crash site, reports from Donetsk over the weekend suggest that the fighting, far from diminishing, has increased.


Business of the House | Commons debates 

17 Jul

Will my right hon.


Filmmakers get their moment in the spotlight 

16 Jul

Budding young filmmakers, editors, writers and actors got the red carpet treatment when a hard-hitting film they have made to help tackle homelessness had its premiere at Tamworth Assembly Rooms.


Kerria regeneration project unveilled 

15 Jul

Kerria regeneration project unveilled Short video to explain potential regeneration options for Kerria, Tamworth.


Judging day for Tamworth In Bloom 

15 Jul

Judges from the Heart of England In Bloom campaign came to Tamworth on Tuesday.


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Respect: It’s a two way street 

28 Jul

A force-wide summer anti-social behaviour campaign is underway in Staffordshire promoting the importance of all generations showing consideration and tolerance to each other.


Home Secretary announces new Inspector of Constabulary 

25 Jul

The Home Secretary today announced that Mike Cunningham has been appointed as Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary.


Snap to it and review your security 

24 Jul

Police are urging people to take simple crime prevention measures to thwart would-be thieves following an increase in burglaries in the Lichfield and Burntwood areas.


Protecting victims of domestic abuse 

18 Jul

Staffordshire Police has applied for eight Domestic Violence Protection Orders since they were introduced to protect victims of domestic abuse at the end of June.


Have you seen missing teenager Bethany? 

16 Jul

Police are becoming increasingly concerned about the welfare of a 13-year-old girl who has gone missing from Stoke-on-Trent.


Do you recognise these men? 

10 Jul

Police are appealing for help in identifying two men who can help them with their enquiries into an incident in Tamworth.


Gift tractor to aid successful rural crime effort 

10 Jul

Staffordshire Police is set to reinforce its dedication to fighting rural and wildlife crime, with the help of a new recruit, a four-ton tractor, kindly donated by a local firm.


Don’t let a burglar ruin your holiday 

1 Jul

Police are urging holidaymakers to check their home security and entrust a neighbour to keep an eye on their property when they are away to help stop would-be burglars breaking in.


Thousands get behind the badge at the Staffordshire Police Open Day! 

30 Jun

Over 7,500 people had a fantastic day out at the Staffordshire Police Open Day yesterday as the force opened the gates to its headquarters site.


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