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Morning Prayer – Thursday 18 January 2018 

18 Jan

Epiphany Season Amy Carmichael, Founder of the Dohnavur Fellowship, Spiritual Writer, 1951 First Day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Psalm 76 In Judah God is known; his name is great in Israel.


Morning Prayer – Wednesday 17 January 2018 

17 Jan

Psalm 81 Sing merrily to God our strength, shout for joy to the God of Jacob.


Can’t make it to church – Sunday 14 January 2018 

16 Jan

In a season where Church looks at Jesus being revealed to the world we have some interesting readings before us today.


Morning Prayer – Tuesday 16 January 2018 

16 Jan

Epiphany Season 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 ...


Morning Prayer – Monday 15 January 2018 

15 Jan

Epiphany Season Psalm 145 I will exalt you, O God my King, and bless your name for ever and ever.


Morning Prayer – Saturday 13 January 2018 

13 Jan

Epiphany Season Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, Teacher of the Faith, 367 Kentigern (Mungo), Missionary Bishop, 603 George Fox, Founder of the Society of Friends, 1691 Psalm 29 Ascribe to the Lord, you powers of heaven, ascribe to the Lord glory and ...


Review of 2017 – Part 2, Warwickshire mainly 

12 Jan

Friday 5th January 2018 A quietish year for Western P.


Morning Prayer – Friday 22 January 2018 

12 Jan

Epiphany Season Aelred of Hexham, Abbot of Rievaulx, 116 Benedict Biscop, Abbot of Wearmouth, Scholar, 689 Psalm 67 God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, That your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among ...


Morning Prayer – Thursday 11 January 2018 

11 Jan

Epiphany Season Mary Slessor, Missionary in West Africa, 1915 Psalm 21 The king shall rejoice in your strength, O Lord; how greatly shall he rejoice in your salvation! You have given him his heart’s desire and have not denied the request of his ...


Can’t make it to church – Sunday 6 January 2018 

10 Jan

It’s Epiphany and the Magi, those wise men from the East, arrive at Bethlehem almost a couple after years Jesus’ birth.


Morning Prayer – Wednesday 10 January 2018 

10 Jan

William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1645 Psalm 19 The heavens are telling the glory of God and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.


Morning Prayer – Tuesday 9 January 2018 

9 Jan

Epiphany Season Psalm 8 O Lord our governor, how glorious is your name in all the world! Your majesty above the heavens is praised out of the mouths of babes at the breast.


Morning Prayer – Monday 8 January 2018 

8 Jan

Epiphany Season Psalm 2 Why are the nations in tumult, and why do the peoples devise a vain plot? The kings of the earth rise up, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his anointed: ‘Let us break their bonds asunder and...


Morning Prayer – Thursday 4 January 2018 

4 Jan

Psalm 89.1-37 My song shall be always of the loving-kindness of the Lord: with my mouth will I proclaim your faithfulness throughout all generations.


Morning Prayer – Wednesday 3 January 2018 

3 Jan

Psalm 127 The Lord shall keep watch over your going out and your coming in.


Morning Prayer – Tuesday 2 January 2018 

2 Jan

Basil the Great and Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishops, Teachers of the Faith, 379 and 389 Seraphim, Monk of Sarov, Spiritual Guide, 1833 Vedanayagam Samuel Azariah, Bishop in South India, Evangelist, 1945 Psalm 18.1-30 I love you, O Lord my strength.


We’re Engaged! 

1 Jan

Congratulations! You said “YES”! Whether your proposal story involved a kiss under the mistletoe on Christmas Day,  a romantic woodland walk on Boxing Day,  watching ‘It’s a wonderful Life’ in your PJ’s on the sofa or shouting “Yes...


Morning Prayer – Monday 1st January 2018 

1 Jan

The Naming and Circumcision of Jesus Psalm 103 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless his holy name.


Can’t make it to church – Sunday 31st December 2017, 

31 Dec

We start the proceedings today with a bit of praise and worship - and why not – for here we are at the first Sunday in Christmas so how on earth could we not be getting into some really over the top rejoicing? Of course, when they were written it ...


That was the year that was – 2017 

30 Dec

Saturday 30th Dec.2017 Annual summary of Photographic Highlights of the year 2017 Bearded Tit, Warks Grasshopper Warbler, Warks.


Morning Prayer – Saturday 30 December 2017 

30 Dec

Psalm 111 Alleluia.


Morning Prayer – Friday 29 December 2017 

29 Dec

Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr, 1170 Psalm 19 The heavens are telling the glory of God and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.


Staying local 

24 Dec

Friday 22nd December 2017 Perseverance pays off ! I've been visiting a couple of local sites which seem to have potential for winter birds.


Can’t make it to church – Sunday 24th December 2017 

24 Dec

Today, being the last Sunday in Advent is a day when we reflect on the Virgin Mary.


When’s the Midnight Communion (and other equally challenging questions)? 

22 Dec

I've been asked the same question regarding the times of the Sunday services, what candle we should have lit last week and when the midnight Communion will take place by more than a few people and it's prompted me to write this little aid to ...


Morning Prayer – Friday 22nd December 2017 

22 Dec

Psalm 124 If the Lord himself had not been on our side, now may Israel say; If the Lord had not been on our side, when enemies rose up against us; Then would they have swallowed us alive when their anger burned against us; Then would the waters have ...


Morning Prayer – Thursday 21 December 2017 

21 Dec

Psalm 121 I lift up my eyes to the hills; from where is my help to come? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.


Cicily Bridal Christmas Opening Hours 

20 Dec

  Cicily Bridal will be closing for the holidays on Saturday, 23rd December and re-open in the new year on Wednesday, 3rd January.


Cicily Bridal Sample Sale – Saturday 6th January 

20 Dec

Already dreading the thought of January then the Cicily Bridal Sample Sale will give you something to look forward to.


Morning Prayer – Thursday 14 December 2017 

14 Dec

John of the Cross, Poet, Teacher of the Faith,1591 Psalm 53 The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.


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First MoT Remain at 3 Years to Protect Road Safety 

18 Jan

Ministers put road safety first as they today decided to maintain the period before a car’s first MoT test at 3 years.


Measles Outbreak in West Midlands and 4 Other Areas of England 

16 Jan

Outbreaks of measles have been confirmed in the West Midlands and four other areas of England with a total of more than 120 cases.


Tax Free Childcare Scheme Now Available to Parents of Under 9s 

16 Jan

In April 2017, HM Revenue and Customs started rolling out Tax-Free Childcare, which helps working parents with the cost of childcare with up to £2,000 of support per child per year, or £4,000 for disabled children.


Beware of Courier Fraud 

16 Jan

Staffordshire Police are reminding people to be aware of courier fraud where offenders are cold calling victims purporting to be police officers with the intention of obtaining personal and financial information.


Council Opens New Play Area in Tamworth 

16 Jan

Young children and families can no...


New Measures to Improve the Safety of Tenants 

14 Jan

Secretary of State for Housing Sajid Javid today confirmed government support for new legislation that will help ensure rented homes are safe and give tenants the right to take legal action when landlords fail in their duties.


Retailers Sign Up to Voluntary Ban on Acid Sales 

7 Jan

Some of the UK’s largest retailers have agreed to voluntarily stop sales of acids to customers under 18 years old.


Floods and Woods 

30 Dec

' Tis the end of another year and, as usual I am filled with enthusiasm for new starts for the new year, which involves taking more exercise, eating more sensibly, and being more organised.


Blue UK Passport to Return after EU Exit 

22 Dec

After Brexit, the UK travel document will no longer be required to conform to EU standards.


Purse Thefts in the Tamworth Area 

17 Dec

Over the recent weeks, there has been a rise in purse and wallet thefts in Tamworth town centre and Ventura Park where organised groups are targeting unsuspecting victims in those areas.


Fraudulent HMRC Calls to the Tamworth Area 

17 Dec

Staffordshire Police are reporting that there has been a current trend of calls being reported from Tamworth residents stating they have received calls from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.


Birmingham Airport Fined After Young Child Injured 

15 Dec

Birmingham Airport Limited has been fined after a six-year-old boy became trapped in a baggage conveyor.


Walking Football for the Over 50’s Coming to Tamworth 

12 Dec

A new initiative to help people aged 50 and over stay active and enjoy a kick-about is shooting into Tamworth in the New Year.


Lichfield MP in the stocks after sparking war of words with neighbouring Tamworth 

4 Dec

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant has been put in the stocks as punishment for sparking a war of words with Tamworth.


New THINK! Road Safety Campaign Launched to Help Cut Child Deaths 

24 Nov

Road Safety Minister Jesse Norman has launched a new road safety campaign aimed at teachers and schools to help cut child fatalities.


Men and Women Asked Not to Miss Out on Bowel Screening 

24 Nov

PHE is calling on all men and women, aged over 60, to get screened for bowel cancer after the latest figures show over 40% are not getting tested – with embarrassment over providing a stool sample one of the reasons, among men in particular, that ...


For the Fallen 

12 Nov

Solemn the drums thrill: Death August and Royal Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.


Fake Remembrance Merchandise Seized by Border Force 

12 Nov

Border Force officers have seized fake poppy branded jewellery, key rings and scarves estimated to be worth approximately £150,000.


Call for Women to Get Life-Saving Smear Test 

7 Nov

Public Health England (PHE) has issued a fresh appeal to young women to take up the invitation of a cervical cancer test as new figures published today show a fall in the number of 25 to 29-year-old women being tested.


Conservative MP refers himself to police after newspaper’s allegations 

6 Nov

A Conservative MP has referred himself to the police after allegations were made against him.


Burton’s best, say media awards judges 

4 Nov

Recognition for region’s top media stars.


Views Sought on Reward and Return Schemes for Drinks Containers 

27 Oct

The Government today  invited views  on how reward and return schemes for drinks containers could work in England by issuing a call for evidence.


Tyre Safety Blitz to Drive down Road Incidents 

27 Oct

Highways England is marking the end of Tyre Safety Month by revealing a series of initiatives it is developing or already delivering to help drive down the number of people killed and injured on the country’s motorways and major A roads.


Enterprise Partnership aims to boost local innovation 

26 Oct

Organisations encouraged to apply for more than £6 million of funding.


Fines to Double for Rubbish Thrown from Cars 

24 Oct

Litter louts will face on-the-spot fines of up to £150, almost double the current limit, the Government has announced.


Single-Sex English Classes Introduced at Southampton School 

20 Oct

A head teacher who introduced single-sex GCSE English classes in September in a bid to improve exam results has said he is “very impressed” with the way it has been working.


Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant “very disappointed” after latest voting boundary plans are unveiled 

17 Oct

Lichfield’s MP says he is “very disappointed” after plans to move parts of the constituency into the Tamworth voting area were not reversed.


New proposals for Parliamentary boundaries will still see people in parts of Lichfield voting for Tamworth’s MP 

17 Oct

Updated plans for new Parliamentary boundaries have been published – but some people in Lichfield could still end up having to vote for Tamworth’s MP instead.


Life Sentences for Killer Drivers 

15 Oct

Killer drivers face life behind bars after plans to increase maximum sentences received resounding support from families and campaigners.


Goodbye Round Pound – 7 Days Left to Spend Them 

9 Oct

As the round pound enters its final week, shoppers are today being reminded they have just seven days to use these coins before they swap the high street for the history books.


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