Citylife in Lichfield February 2020

Love is definitely in the air in our February Valentine's Special edition! All the usual news, views, articles, competitions, recipes and history features are all here in this edition of Citylife in Lichfield - everything you want to know, explore and learn about Lichfield in one magazine!

Love is definitely in the air in our February Valentine's Special edition! All the usual news, views, articles, competitions, recipes and history features are all here in this edition of Citylife in Lichfield - everything you want to know, explore and learn about Lichfield in one magazine!


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6 Win Afternoon Tea

A fantastic prize courtesy of The Strawberry



16 The Swan of Lichfield

Jono Oates takes a look at the life of Anna



28 The Cellars of Burlington House

A trip under city streets reveals all on

Tamworth Street


32 Seize the (Extra) Day!

The customs and traditions associated with a

Leap Year


36 Tastes of the Season

Get in the mood for love with Simon Smith's

romantic menu


43 CityView

The newsletter of Lichfield City Council

From the Editor...

Love is most definitely in the air in the February issue of Citylife in

Lichfield, and not just because it’s approaching Valentine’s Day! As a

publication, we are delighted to announce that we have now been

going for four years and we still continue to grow. This is all down

to you, our lovely readers and supporters, for helping to make us

become a success, so first and foremost: a huge thank to you all!

As we approach the international ‘day of love’ on February 14th

we’ve put together articles on how to impress your loved one,

recipes for you to try at home, and our ever-popular gift guide

featuring beautiful and unique items you can purchase from your

favourite local retailers.

This month, we’ve also got Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday!) to

look forward to as well as the unusual event we experience only

once every four years – that’s right, a Leap Year! We bring you the

customs and traditions associated with this phenomenon and what

you should REALLY be doing on the Leap Day!

As usual, the issue is packed with local news stories, historical

features, reader contributions and competitions for you to enter, so

without further ado, pop the kettle on, put your feet up and enjoy

the issue!



Win Afternoon Tea at

The Strawberry Cabin

The beginning of 2020 started well at The Strawberry Cabin with both

the Pie & Pudding Evenings in January being fully booked. Diners enjoyed

an evening of scrumptious home-made pies and indulgent desserts all

washed down with a glass of wine or beer included in the price. A

perfect evening out in January!

The next evening event will be Valentine’s Night on Friday 14th

February which will feature a romantic Italian-themed menu! Take a look

at the menu online and book early to avoid disappointment as places sell

out fast!

The Strawberry Cabin is also taking bookings for Mother’s Day Lunch

on Sunday 22nd March with tables available at either 12.30pm or 2.30pm.

Booking is essential for this event, so secure your table by calling 01543

483680 or emailing info@strawberrycabin.co.uk.

Pop in to The Strawberry Cabin at Manor Farm Fruits, Watling Street,

Hints, B78 3DF. To keep up to date with all the events taking place, and

to keep an eye on when fruit-picking season starts again, visit the website

at www.strawberrycabin.co.uk or follow on Facebook at


We’ve teamed up with The Strawberry Cabin to

offer one lucky winner Afternoon Tea for Two. To

be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize,

simply answer the following question correctly:

What date does Mother’s Day fall on this year?

a) 21st March

b) 29th March

c) 22nd March

To enter, just send your name,

contact details and answer to

Strawberry Cabin Competition

at competitioncitylife@gmail.com

or post your entry to Citylife in

Lichfield Ltd, PO Box 7126,

Lichfield WS14 4JS by the closing

date of 23rd February 2020. One

entry per household. Multiple

entries will be disqualified. No

cash equivalent. Please note you

must be 18 or over to enter. All

entrants’ information is

processed in line with GDPR

Data Protection Regulations and

our Privacy Policy (available at

citylifeinlichfieldltd.co.uk). Full

t&cs on page 49.





A-Plan Supports

Local Fund

A-Plan Insurance is celebrating a new

partnership with We Love Lichfield, a local

community fund that provides small grants to a

wide range of voluntary projects based in

Lichfield District. A-Plan’s Lichfield branch,

located in Bore Street, has agreed to donate

£25 every time a customer takes out a car, van

or home policy and mentions We Love Lichfield.

We Love Lichfield provides small grants twice a

year to a wide range of projects based in

Lichfield District. Companies and individuals can

donate or fundraise and all money is invested

through a permanent endowment fund by

registered charity, The Community Foundation

For Staffordshire, in-line with charity

commission guidelines. The interest and

dividends earned are then distributed by the

Fund as small grants across the district twice

yearly. The aim is by 2023 to have created

enough capital to give away £50,000 every year,


More information is available at



Hospice’s Treecycle


St Giles Hospice is celebrating after this year’s

Treecycle campaign became its most successful


The environmentally-friendly recycling

collection picked up 3,200 Christmas trees in

return for a small donation to St Giles, raising

over £35,000 – more than double the January

2019 total.

Last year’s Treecycle picked up 2,143 trees,

raising £15,500 for the hospice.

More than 100 volunteers hit the road to

collect trees from homes and workplaces in

Lichfield, Burton, Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth,

Walsall, Rugeley and surrounding areas between

Monday 6th January and Saturday 11th January.

The latest Treecycle was the sixth year the

campaign has taken place, with money raised

helping to fund the hospice’s work supporting

patients with potentially terminal illnesses and

their families.

For more information about St Giles Hospice

and the expert care it provides, please visit



New Café at The Hub

The Hub at St Mary’s, above Lichfield Library, is

now home to a café which is run by the

community, for the community, whilst aiming to

be as sustainable as possible!

For many years the former St Mary’s Centre

ran a large and successful coffee shop which

was removed when the site was fully

refurbished to house the local city library. Now,

The Hub at St Mary’s is hoping to bring in both

old and new custom with a welcome return to

its former business in this stunning setting.

The café is open from Monday-Saturday

9.30am-4pm (closes at 2pm on Tuesday). Pop in

and take a look for yourself!

Nominations Open for

Volunteer Awards

Jayne Ison and Sally Groves

Nominations have opened for the prestigious

2020 Support Staffordshire Volunteer Star

Awards which recognise and celebrate the

outstanding commitment of volunteers and

organisations who go the extra mile to support

local communities.

In 2019, more than 1,200 people attended

ceremonies across Staffordshire with events

held in Cannock Chase, Stafford & District,

Lichfield & District, South Staffordshire, East

Staffordshire and Staffordshire Moorlands. This

year will see the launch of additional events in

Tamworth and Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Anyone can nominate an individual, group,

organisation or business they feel deserve to be

recognised for their contribution. Nominations

can be made online at


The closing date is Friday 3rd April at 5pm with

events taking place in June.

Congratulations to

our January

competition winners.

L O'Connor won a Valentine's Breakfast

for Two at The Strawberry Cabin. L Archer

was the proud recipient of a Les

Georgettes bracelet, courtesy of City

Jewellers of Lichfield. S Rice won the

Wellness Package at Senses of Siam and J

Fyfe will enjoy a meal for four at UVC to

celebrate Veganuary!



Lichfield Waterworks’

Future Bright Sparks

The Lichfield Waterworks Trust is delighted to

be working with apprentice electricians from

Dudley Technical College. The joint venture will

be an opportunity for students to work with

the Trust's technical teams to learn new skills in

a real world setting, whilst helping to renovate

one of the country's most important Grade II*

Listed industrial sites, Sandfields Pumping

Station, located in Lichfield.

David Moore, Chair of the Lichfield

Waterworks Trust, said: “This is a fantastic

opportunity for the students and a great

example of how our industrial heritage can

offer educational opportunities for young

people that will bring benefits and enjoyment to

the whole community.”


Engineering Firm’s

Boost for Canal Trust

Lichfield’s canal restoration volunteers can

make progress on an important part of the

project after a local company generously

donated two lorry loads of building materials.

Chasetown Civil Engineering delivered bricks

and concrete blocks for the work being carried

out by Lichfield and Hatherton Canals

Restoration Trust (LHCRT) at its Fosseway

Heath site.

The valuable donation will allow the Trust’s

volunteers and South Staffs College students,

who are receiving on-site work experience

supervised by their tutors, to extend the

curved wall taking the canal from the Fosseway

Heath basin via a sharp turn into the Falkland

Road section, and to add to the towpath wall

below Lock 18.


Autism Sports and

Soft Play

Freedom Leisure’s Active Communities team

has joined forces with BLAST (Burntwood and

Lichfield Autism Support Together) to offer an

autism specific sports and soft play session in

February Half term at Friary Grange Leisure


Based in the sports hall, sessions are very

informal and children can free play with soft

play equipment and a bouncy castle. For

children wanting a bit more structure, there will

be sports coaches on hand with lots of kit to

play games which are tailored to children with

additional needs.

Parents must stay with their child, however

there is plenty of seating around the hall. No

need to book a place, just turn up before 11am

and join in on Friday 21st February. Price is £2

per child.


St Giles is Officially


Staff and volunteers at St Giles Hospice are

starting the New Year on a high after receiving

an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality

Commission (CQC) – the independent

regulator of health and social care services in


The Whittington-based hospice, which provides

individually-tailored care both on-site and in

patients’ own homes, is one of just a handful of

hospices to have ever been awarded the highest

possible accolade.

Helping more than 7,000 people a year facing

the challenges associated with a potentially

terminal illness, St Giles was commended by the

CQC for its “compassionate” range of speciality

services, as well as aiming to “make every day

meaningful for people who used the service.”

The hospice was also noted for going “over and

above what was expected of them”, having

previously hosted several weddings and

arranging for a patient’s pet horse to visit, with

one member of staff spending three days of her

own time writing family ‘goodbye letters’ for a

patient who was unable to.


Festive Dash for

Shining Stars

Lichfield’s annual Festive Dash, held in

December last year, raised money for local

charity Shining Stars, which provides safe social

events for the adult disabled community.

Organisers, KP Events and Beth Toovey of Sauce

Supper Club, presented a cheque for £1,000 to

Charlotte Aspley of Shining Stars, along with

event sponsors A-Plan Insurance, St John’s

House and Alpha Sports.

Shining Stars has, once again, been selected as

the beneficiary of the Festive Dash 2020.


Junior Football Kit


Lichfield City Lions Under 11s football team has

been sponsored by Vision Express who kindly

donated a total of £300 to pay for a new red

away kit. The team of dedicated youngsters play

every Sunday, come rain or shine!

Pictured are some of the players thanking Sue

Sanghera and Pav Mehta from the Lichfield




Birmingham Road


handful of British gas, electric and real fireplace

manufacturers whom it trusts for their quality

and longevity to showcase. The firm employs

stonemasons and a couple of cabinet makers

for the more exclusive made-to-measure


Visit Rugeley Fireplaces & Stoves at 41 Albion

Street, Rugeley; look online at

www.rugeleyfireplaces.net or follow on

Facebook @Rugeleyfireplacesltd.

Tuesday, which is early this year on 25th

February, at noon. There will be local businesses

taking part, as well as several ‘themed’ pancake

dashes. To sign up for this free popular event,

and take part in a little bit of local tradition,

contact lucy.clarke@lichfield.gov.uk.


Keep on Running!

Lichfield District Council has appointed The

Coleman Group to carry out the Birmingham

Road site improvement works.

The project includes demolishing the former

police station and bus station buildings, creating

extra coach parking, refreshing the bus station,

installing temporary toilets, landscaping the area

and moving the bus station long-stay car park.

The work will make the area safer, more useful

and attractive, and provide a better route into

the city from the train and bus stations.

To find out more about the short-term

improvement project and to keep up to date on

the phases of the work, please visit



Rugeley Fireplaces

& Stoves

Established in 1989, Rugeley Fireplaces & Stoves

is celebrating 31 years in business; the longest

trading fireplace retailer in the area!

Choosing a new ‘forever fireplace’ can be a

daunting process, but Rugeley Fireplaces &

Stoves promises a friendly and approachable

service. The expert team can guide customers

through the most cost effective heating

solutions, or even design that ‘wow factor’

statement piece to add the finishing touch!

Emma Chadbourne runs Rugeley Fireplaces &

Stoves with husband, Darren, who is a Gas Safe

installer plus and is the recommended fitter.

The firm has long-time experience of real fires

and their restoration as well as the most up-todate

technology, which offer efficiencies of

almost 100% (gas) and almost 90% (wood), and

it specialises in ECO clean burning stoves.

There is a little bit of every style in the

showroom for visitors to see, including hole-inthe-wall,

inglenook freestanding, budget

packages, freestanding convectors for kitchen

diners and a range of quality cast iron Jotul

stoves which have huge 25 year warranties.

Rugeley Fireplaces & Stoves also works with a


Albert Bouncer, Craig Jordan, Cllr Iain Eadie and

Stephen Stray


Shrove Tuesday

Pancake Dash!

Lichfield’s annual Pancake Day Race along Bore

Street will once again take place on Shrove

Volunteers at the Chasewater Parkrun event

(image by Ian Winwood)

Lichfield’s first Parkrun event took place in

Beacon Park on 18th January and was an instant

success, with more than 700 eager runners

turning up to take part. The race, which begins

at 9am and consists of two laps of Beacon Park,

will continue every Saturday throughout the

year and joins a host of other Parkrun events

across the Staffordshire area, including Cannock

Chase and Chasewater, which have both been

running for three years and 12 months

respectively, also with great success.

Parkrun is a free 5km event to encourage

community running and is suitable for complete

beginners, as well as regular runners. It is a

volunteer-led initiative and relies on people

giving up their free time to help out. The event

held at Chasewater is currently fundraising to

be able to provide a PA system and further

equipment to better the facilities available.

For further information on Parkrun, including

taking part, volunteering and donating, please

visit www.parkrun.org.uk.

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First Time at



The Garrick’s drama season opens with the critically

acclaimed award-winning one man show ‘First Time’ on

Friday 7th February in the Studio theatre.

Starring theatre maker and HIV activist Nathaniel

Hall, First Time is based on Nathaniel’s personal

experience living with HIV after contracting the virus

from his first sexual encounter, aged just 16. After

coming out of the HIV+ closet in late 2017 Nathaniel

has created this refreshingly honest and equally

hilarious show about living with his life-changing secret.

Diagnosed two weeks before his 17th birthday, and just

months after coming out as gay to his family, Nathaniel

kept his HIV status from almost everybody closest to

him for over 14 years.

The show is a humorous and heartfelt piece of

theatre that not only transforms audiences into HIV

allies, but also helps them rid toxic shame from their

own lives. In 2019, First Time took the Edinburgh

Fringe by storm during a four-week run – don’t miss

your chance to see it at the Lichfield Garrick!

Performance starts at 7.45pm and has a running time

of 65 minutes.

Tickets, priced £15.00, are available from the

Lichfield Garrick Box Office on Castle Dyke, ring 01543

412121 or book direct online at:


For more information on Nathaniel, see his website:


Got a story or

charity event you

want to share with

our readership? Think

you’ve snapped an

image that captures

the spirit of the

region? We want to

hear from you!

Contact Citylife at




Anna Seward

The Life & Loves of

the Swan of Lichfield


In the month of Valentine’s Day, feature writer Jono Oates looks at the

life of Anna Seward, the 18th century poet who lived in Lichfield for

over 60 years and someone whose romantic liaisons caused a sensation

in the genteel environment of Lichfield’s cathedral close.

At the end of the 18th century Anna Seward, known as the Swan of

Lichfield and Muse of Britain, was one of the most well-known figures of

Georgian England. She published some of the most popular and admired

poetry at a time when women were not supposed to write or have work

published for commercial reasons and yet, just a hundred years later, she

had become largely forgotten.

Anna was born on 12th December 1742 in the small village of Eyam in

Derbyshire where her father, Thomas, was a clergyman. When she was

five or six, the family moved to Lichfield as her father had been appointed

as a residentiary canon at Lichfield Cathedral. They moved in to the

Bishop’s Palace in the cathedral close which, at that time, was not lived

in by the Bishop of Lichfield but rented out to various tenants including

the Seward family.

When Anna was about 14 she met Doctor Erasmus Darwin who had just

moved to Lichfield from Nottingham into a house at the Beacon Street

end of the cathedral close. They became friends over a shared love of

music and it was Darwin who, after seeing some of her poetry,

encouraged her to write.

Anna was a very attractive woman; she was tall with long auburn hair and

was very striking. As a young woman she had several male suitors

including two army men, Cornet Richard Vyse and Captain Taylor, and

also a fledgling relationship with John Andre, who later fell for her stepsister

Honora Sneyd.

Anna’s most remarkable, and long lasting, relationship though was with

John Saville. Saville was a member of the Vicar’s Choral at the cathedral

and lived in the Vicar’s Close at the north corner of the close. He was

similar in age to Anna, and they too both shared a love of music. He was

a very accomplished singer, an alto, and part of the prebend of Pipa Parva,

whose stall or seat, is located in the choir of the cathedral. Anna and John

lived within a short walk of each other’s houses and started to meet

each other on a daily basis, gradually becoming closer and closer.

The only problem with their blossoming relationship was the fact that

Saville was a married man with a wife, Mary, and two young children.

Mary was, quite understandably, very unhappy with her husband’s close

relationship with a young, attractive and wealthy single woman. Although

illiterate she asked a friend to write a bitter, anonymous letter of

complaint to Anna’s father, Thomas, and did her best to have the

relationship torn apart, although she was unsuccessful.

The relationship between John and Mary became so strained that he

eventually moved out of the marital home and moved two houses down,

still in the Vicars’ Close, and in to a house that was owned by Anna

Seward. He continued to support his family, with Anna’s help, while still

meeting Anna on a regular basis for walks and afternoon tea. John and

Mary did not divorce meaning that he was unable to marry Anna.

On 2nd August 1803 John Saville failed to appear at his scheduled

Evensong performance and was found to have collapsed, and died, in his

home aged 67. Anna was distraught and never really recovered from the

shock of losing the undoubted love of her life. In the west side of the

south transept of the cathedral there is a memorial to John Saville, paid

for by Anna, and the eulogy on it was written by Anna herself. The closing

lines of the eulogy are:

Sleep then, pale mortal frame, in yon low shrine

Till Angels wake thee with a note like thine.

Anna herself passed away a few years later on March 25th 1809, aged 66.

She never married and had noted friendships with both men and women

but it is recognised that John Saville meant more to her than any of the

others, as she clearly demonstrated when he passed away.

Anna’s relationship with John Saville was a very challenging one, and one

that caused her much heartache and criticism from the local community

but it is certain that, on February 14th he is the person that she would

have asked him to be Her Valentine.

Sources: Lichfield Cathedral Choir Blogspot; www.cathedralchoir.org.uk


TV Wedding

Planner’s Surprise




Image by Fraser Hinch

After planning and organising over 2000 weddings

over the past 33 years, local wedding planner Jane

Dayus-Hinch knew exactly what she didn't want at

her forthcoming nuptials! What she really wanted was to

be surrounded by her loved ones and the opportunity

presented itself on Christmas Day in Aberhapsef, Wales.

Having already booked this venue to spend the festive

period with close family, Jane, along with fiancée Rob, began

arranging for their secret wedding to take place on

Christmas Day.

Jane’s son, Fraser, who walked her down the aisle, knew

nothing of the surprise; neither did the two best men,

Rob’s sons, Chris and Nick! Jane even managed to keep her

secret from her mother!

Following a small and personal ceremony, wedding guests

enjoyed a Christmas lunch at Maesmawr Hall Hotel,

Caersws. A blessing at Lichfield Cathedral, performed by

Very Reverend Adrian Dorber, was held on 29th

December and the newly-weds enjoyed a honeymoon in

sunny Barbados.

Congratulations to the happy couple from the team at

Citylife in Lichfield!


30 Years for Lichfield

Leather Legend


Afamiliar face in Lichfield, Jon of

J&D Shoe Repairs (known by

many as ‘the shoe man’) is

celebrating 30 years in business!

Jon started work as a youngster at

Tippers when the firm was originally

based in the city centre. He then

moved onto Sketchley Dry Cleaners

where he was given his own shop to

manage and, later on, the responsibility

of managing 12 Sketchley stores became his.

In 1989, Jon took over a small retail unit in Bolt Court offering shoe

repairs, leather work and key cutting services. Supported by his wife,

Deb, Jon has worked tirelessly on growing his business over the years

and is a firm favourite among Lichfield locals!


Feel Like Yourself Again

By Jayne Preece



Shiatsu is a Japanese hands-on therapy. By

using therapeutic touch to help calm

overcharged nervous systems Shiatsu can

relieve symptoms of stress, including

headaches, shoulder and neck tension, anxiety,

and digestive issues.

Through some simple diagnostic techniques

I am able to find areas within the body where

energy is low (often felt as cold) or stuck

(pain/heat) and then by using gentle massagelike

techniques, muscle stretches and joint rotations, I can help your

body’s energy to feel more balanced. Often, clients feel relief of physical

symptoms as well as improvement in how they feel mentally and


Many people find Shiatsu very relaxing. Clients stay fully-clothed and

there is no need to do anything but relax as I do the work!

A recent client commented: “Jayne has such a lovely manner and

creates a beautiful, healing environment as well as making me feel

completely at ease. Shiatsu is a lovely treatment. I’ve tried massage in the

past to help with my

shoulder pain and it

was really painful. I was

expecting this from

Shiatsu and I was

amazed how the

tension could be eased

with such a gentle


My therapy room is

in Lichfield with

parking nearby. For an

informal chat, or to

book, contact me on

07889056673 or on

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Full body Shiatsu Therapy -

1hr, Plus initial consultation

10% discount 1st session

20% discount NHS staff

By appointment.

Sessions offered on Tuesdays: 2 Middle Mews,

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WS13 6JH

Thursday & Saturday: Belper Natural Health

Centre, 12 Chapel Street, Belper DE56 1AR

Call 07889 056673 or

email: jaynepshiatsu@yahoo.com


Pictured is auctioneer Richard Winterton with the stamp album containing

the 1882 £5 Orange, which is now worth thousands

A close-up of the 1882 £5 Orange stamp

Stamp of Approval!

By Richard Winterton of Richard Winterton Auctioneers


Well, what do we have here? A stamp… not just any old

stamp – it’s a fine example of an 1882 £5 Orange! The

highest value pre-decimal stamp ever to be issued, it has been

described as potentially the “culmination of a collecting career”

and is regarded by many philatelists as the holy grail of British

stamps! What’s more, it’s part of a stunning album we’re marketing

on behalf of a Lichfield client in our two-day Fine Arts & Specialist

Sale on March 24th-25th.

Ours is an endlessly fascinating world and we are always intrigued to

see what curiosities are out there. Come and see us at The Lichfield

Auction Centre for general valuations every Tuesday from 9.30am-4pm

(9am-12 noon for coins, medals and books). You can also get free advice

and appraisals for jewellery and watches at The Hub at St Mary’s in

Lichfield city centre every Monday from 9.30am-12.30pm.

For free home visits to assess larger items and provide house clearance

quotes, please call 01543 251081 or email office@richardwinterton.co.uk.

In the 1880s, £5 represented approximately one month’s average salary

– that’s £2,000 in today’s money and, funnily enough, this stamp today is

indeed worth thousands! Isn’t it crazy to think that this little bit of paper

could command so much? But it just goes to show that you never know

what might be out there – or what treasures you might have tucked away

in a drawer or up in the loft.

Curiously enough, it is most unlikely that these large £5 stamps were

ever used for postage in the regular sense. The Inland Revenue act of 1881

cleaned up the system used for collecting duties and introduced new

duties. Part of the act made the use of postage stamps as a method of

paying duties – thus a new high value stamp was required tout de suite!

It was decided to modify the similar £5 Telegraph stamp, by replacing

the word ‘telegraph’ with ‘postage’, and the £5 Orange was first issued in

March 1882. So the main use of these stamps was to show that duty had

been paid, for internal accounting purposes or even payment of bulk mail

– oh yes, junk mail was a thing even in the 1880s!

But it’s a very large, attractive stamp and highly desirable to collectors,

especially those who specialise in Great Britain postage. This one features

in a beautifully compiled album which also displays an 1840 Penny Black

and Two Penny Blue, a Two Shilling Brown and an 1867 Five Shillings.

The album as a whole is guided at £4,500 but could fetch far more,

especially considering that the £5 Orange alone is worth thousands of


Viewing ahead of the March 24th-25th Fine Arts & Specialist Sale takes

place on Saturday, March 21st from 9.30am until 12 noon; Monday, March

23 from 10am-4pm and on day of sale from 8.30am.

We also hold regular Three Day Home & Interior Sales from Tuesday to

Thursday featuring everything from jewellery, watches, silver, coins, medals

and militaria to pictures, toys, books, technology, ceramics, glass,

collectables, memorabilia, household furnishings, electricals, and antique

and modern furniture.

Our next trio of Three Day Sales take place on

February 18-20, March 10-12 and March 31-April 2,

with viewing on the Saturday prior to sale from

9.30am-12noon, the Monday from 9am-4pm and on

sale mornings from 8.30am.

You never know what might catch your eye, so

come on down and join us!

Visit us online at www.richardwinterton.co.uk.



New Style and

Headline Sponsor

for Best Kept



The Staffordshire Best Kept Village competition has announced major

changes for the new decade plus a headline sponsor. Announcing

Richard Winterton Auctioneers of Lichfield as the new county wide

sponsor, the competition has also changed its name, format and

submission methods to make it easier and more relevant in the 21st

century. Entrants to the newly named Staffordshire Best Kept Village

Community competition can now showcase the community benefits of

their village life as well as its beauty, via a brand-new website.

After more than 60 years of celebrating the beauty of Staffordshire

villages, the new style competition hopes to attract new entrants from

across the county. A website has been created to manage the whole

competition. Entrants can submit documents and photos, plus there’s

even an option to email in video or drone footage. Even the results will

be made available online. The website will allow entrants to showcase

their community on an on-going basis if they want to rather than a

Jo Cooper and Richard Winterton

previously restrictive two-day period. Villages will be able to illustrate

their activities, events and projects throughout the year and bring their

submissions alive and allow judges to see beyond village beauty to

understand how the community works together for the benefit of all.

To help explain the changes, The Community Foundation for

Staffordshire, which runs the competition, has created a series of

roadshows across the county to explain the changes. Everyone is

welcome to attend. The local event for this area is:

Friday 7th February 10:30am-12pm

Longdon Village Hall, Brook End, Longdon, Rugeley, WS15 4PN.

To celebrate the new style competition, organisers have announced

Richard Winterton Auctioneers as the new county wide headline sponsor.

Best known for being on BBC’s Bargain Hunt, Richard and his Lichfieldbased

team will be attending the roadshow and will visit every single

village that enters.

For more information visit www.bkvc.org.uk or contact The

Community Foundation’s BKVC Manager, Jo Cooper, on 01785 339540.








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Your Garden in


By Byron Lewis

We've not seen any snow over the

course of the last few months -

which is good! Unfortunately rain

has been the order of the day,

causing the ground to become

saturated. It is worth keeping off

lawns and restricting your

digging/planting plans for a few

weeks until the soil has drained a

little. Meanwhile there are other

jobs that can be done.

Why not plant up a pot with some

instant colour? Either use a brand new one or, in this age of recycling,

bring an old pot back into use! Colourful plants to use now include

pansies, primroses, ivy and pots of ready-planted spring bulbs. We've now

got a great range of bulbs ready, from crocus to mini daffs, hyacinth and

tulips. All these are great for colour straight away - once they've done

their thing in pots, transplant them into gaps in your borders for colour

in future years.

Once the soil is a little more drained you can also start to cut back last

year’s growth on cottage garden plants, such as crocosmia and foxglove.

The mild weather has caused brand new growth already this year, and

cutting the old growth away will allow this to develop well. It also makes

the garden look a lot tidier!

Garden centres will soon be selling seed potatoes - buy them early for

the best selection and keep them somewhere warm and dark (like an

airing cupboard). This will encourage small shoots, or chits, to grow.

When these are around an inch long they will almost be ready for

planting into the garden. Taster packs are often available so you can try

growing a few different tasting spuds for your dinner - don't forget these

can also be grown in large pots.

If you’ve got a greenhouse, now is the time to give it a good clean. Take

out any benching and wash it thoroughly with a good disinfectant, wash

all the glass (inside and out) for maximum light to get through and aid

your growing. On the subject of cleaning, wash out any old plant pots so

they can be re-used again this season. It’s also worth cleaning any

pathways outdoors that may have become slippery over the mild winter.

Again use a good disinfectant to remove any algae or slime.

I think now is the ideal time to put the kettle on, while you sort through

this year's seed catalogues and gardening magazines to plan your

summer garden!

Byron Lewis runs Lichfield Garden Centre at Curborough

Countryside Centre, Lichfield.

Telephone 01543 254306 or visit online at


or on Facebook and Twitter.





Hidden Spaces

The Cellars of

Burlington House


The stories of the tunnels that run under the streets of

Lichfield are well known, whether based on truth or

rumour, but there is another underground story to be

told about Lichfield – that of the cellars that are under the

floorboards of many of the shops and businesses on the city

streets. Jono Oates goes ‘down below’ at ES Jewellery on

Tamworth Street to view the cellars that belong to numbers

1 and 3 and to find out who may have used them in the past.

As I walked down the steps to the cellars, I left the bright lights of the

shop behind me and stepped into the relative darkness of the

underground storerooms of shops and houses dating back to the middle

of the 19th century. The shop is made up of two original houses, numbers

1 and 3 Tamworth Street, with the former being on the junction of

Conduit Street. Over the years the properties were sometimes inhabited

by individual businesses, but at other times were combined to form one.

The buildings have a Georgian design to them but were both rebuilt in

the 1860s in the height of the Victorian era. The individual cellars of each

property are linked by a small gap in the dividing walls – but luckily, at 5-

foot 5-inches tall, I was able to get through the gap easily to discover the

far side of the underground storage!

There are recesses in the walls and a brick-built structure in the

storeroom under number 1, although it is not known what these were

used for. It was, naturally, cool in the cellars and I could hear the noise of

the conversations, and footsteps, of the customers and staff in the shop

above my head. But who else might have walked down those steps in

years gone past?

In 1850 number 3 was a private residence lived in by Mr James Blood,

a maltster involved in the brewing trade. Numbers 1, 3 and 5 Tamworth

Street were all home, at various times during the 1860s and 1870s, to

Charlotte and Mary Gilbert, two sisters who owned a confectionary

shop. They also provided a base for Mr J Brierley, a dentist from Burton

on Trent, who visited the shop every Tuesday and Friday to hold a surgery.

He offered to use nitrous oxide (laughing) gas to provide the ‘safest of

anaesthetics for the extraction of teeth without pain.’ Ironically the teeth


that he extracted had probably been ruined by the sweets and candy at

the sisters’ confectionary shop!

Number 1 was home to several agricultural seeds salesmen and was

owned by Walter Little in 1887 who provided the best selection of

swedes and turnips. He was also an agent for Little’s Patent Fluid Sheep

Dip, which was ‘non-poisonous’ and sold for 7 shillings and six old pence

for a gallon.

By 1907 number 1 was known as Burlington House and was home to

a milliner, firstly to Misses Butler and Holmes who, in that year, wanted

to employ ‘good Skirt and Bodice Hands’ as well as apprentices. Later

owners were Amy Palmer and Phyllis George who both provided dress

making services through to the 1950s.

In the late 1940s John Key and Son provided

menswear at number 3 and in 1961 they were offering

HJ’s ‘indestructible socks’ which were ‘as advertised on

TV’. The advert claimed that more wives were darning

less and using HJ socks for their husbands more, as they

were guaranteed for six months without ‘shrinking or


After John Keys moved further up Tamworth Street

to number 7, number 3 became a stationers and then

The Lichfield Travel Centre, offering holiday trips both

home and abroad. At Christmas 1973 Jean, Penny and

Linda wished all of their customers a Happy Christmas

and in April 1974 they were the main contact for

entrants to the Lichfield Greenhill Bower Queen

competition via the Lichfield Mercury. The prize that

year was a £50 voucher, offered by the Bower

Committee, which could be redeemed on a Clarkson’s

holiday at the Lichfield Travel Centre and the lucky

winner would also have a colour portrait photograph

taken by photographer, John Rackham, of 29 Tamworth


In the 1970s and 80s number 1 and 3, together with

number 5, became the Woolwich Building Society and

then Julian Graves, a health food shop, before becoming

ES Jewellery as it is today.

Currently, the cellars are used as storage by the

jewellers, as they have been by various shop and

household owners for the last 160 years, and they

provide a fascinating link to the building’s Victorian past.

* My thanks to Steve and Emma at ES Jewellery for

allowing me access to the cellars. Please note that the

cellars are not open for public access.

Sources: The British Newspaper Archive; Trades of a City by

JP Gallagher





18ct White Gold Diamond, Pink and Purple

Sapphire Stacking Rings. Available from Allen

Brown Jewellery located at Heart of the

Country Shopping Village, Swinfen, Lichfield,

WS14 9QR - www.allenbrownjewellery.co.uk

Silver and Gold Plated Heart Pendant.

Available from Allen Brown Jewellery located

at Heart of the Country Shopping Village,

Swinfen, Lichfield, WS14 9QR -


Always And For Heifer – Signed Limited

Edition by Mike Jackson, (framed size

58cmx48cm). Available from Eden Gallery,

Curborough Countryside Centre, Watery Lane,

Lichfield, WS13 8ES –



Valentine’s Gifts

Tide Jewellery Pendant, priced at

£9.50. Silver Earrings by Blue Lily,

priced at £7.50. Both available from

Dame Oliver's,19 Dam Street,


If you’re after a gift for your loved-one then look no further

- we've put together our favourite items from local retailers to

ensure that your Valentine's Day is extra special this year.


Gift Vouchers for

St.Tropez Spray Tan, Skin

Rejuvenation and a variety

of other treatments.

Available from Erase UK,

1 Tudor Row, Lichfield -




Silver Ring, priced at £20. Silver

Earrings, priced at £12.50. Both

available from Dame Oliver’s,19 Dam

Street, Lichfield.

Hammered Style Pewter Hip Flask.

Presented in gift box. Available from

Arthur Price, Britannia Way, Lichfield


Silver Plated cocktail Shaker.

Presented in gift box. Available

from Arthur Price, Britannia Way,

Lichfield – www.arthurprice.com

£35 £45


One-off, Original Vintage

1980’s Frames. Different styles

available at Lichfield Factory

Specs, 49a Tamworth Street,


Adorn your fingers with love

by stacking these Pandora

Freehand Hearts Rings, which fit

perfectly together like two

matching souls.Also available in

Pandora Rose.Available from

ES Jewellery, 1 Tamworth

Street, Lichfield


Carry your love with you

with the Sterling silver Pandora

Freehand Heart Charm,

designed to represent

imperfectly perfect love.

Available from ES Jewellery, 1

Tamworth Street, Lichfield


Love Cats – Signed Limited

Edition by Gary Walton,

(framed size 40cmx73cm).

Available from Eden Gallery,

Curborough Countryside

Centre, Watery Lane, Lichfield,

WS13 8ES –





Puppy Love – Signed Limited

Edition by Gary Walton,

(framed size 40cmx73cm).

Available from Eden Gallery,

Curborough Countryside

Centre, Watery Lane,

Lichfield, WS13 8ES –


Ebel Classic Ladies Diamond

Sport Watch. Available from

City Jewellers of Lichfield,

Bore Street, Lichfield




Shaun Leane Cherry Blossom

Ring and Pendant in Rose

Gold Vermeil with Freshwater

Pearls. Available from City

Jewellers of Lichfield, Bore

Street, Lichfield



Mele Jewellery Box. Available from Paul

Martyn Furniture, Heart of the Country

Shopping Village, Swinfen, Lichfield, WS14

9QR – www.paulmartynfurniture.co.uk



Agra Hearts, Agra Heart Trinket Box and

Hanging Wooden Hearts. Available from

Paul Martyn Furniture, Heart of the

Country Shopping Village, Swinfen,

Lichfield, WS14 9QR –





Classic Vintage Tootal Scarves. Available

from Michael's Menswear, Market Street,


Large range of Classic and Novelty Cufflinks.

Available from Michael's Menswear, Market Street,



Embrace Lovers Figurine. Available from

Paul Martyn Furniture, Heart of the

Country Shopping Village, Swinfen,

Lichfield, WS14 9QR –


A Variety of Viyella Men's Socks.

Available from Michael's Menswear,

Market Street, Lichfield.

Gift Cards to Suit All Budgets.

Available from Specsavers Lichfield, 43 Market Street, Lichfield.


Seize the

(Extra) Day!


This year we experience something that only comes around

once every four years – we have what is known as a Leap Day,

when the month of February has 29 days instead of its usual

28! Charlotte Benton takes a look at the science behind this

phenomenon, and explores some of the fascinating customs that

are associated with it.

The Gregorian calendar, the most commonly used calendar around the

world, measures a year to have 365 days following the Earth's orbit

around the Sun. However, the Earth's orbit takes precisely 365.24 days to

complete its solar orbit. Thanks to the help of Julius Caesar and his team

of astronomers noticing their 365 day Roman calendar had somehow

slipped out of sync with the seasons, every four years February gains an

extra day, February 29th. This additional day enables our calendar year to

remain synchronised with the astronomical, or seasonal, year. If we failed

to accommodate this extra day, the seasons would alter their position in

the calendar, with June eventually finding itself in the middle of winter.

However, a Leap Year doesn't just bring an extra day to add to our

calendar, but also a whole host of Leap Year superstitions and traditions,

including the well-known tradition of women proposing to men on this

Leap Day!

Unlucky for Some

Many places across the world worry that the Leap Day brings bad luck.

Scottish farmers worry about their livestock, with an old saying warning

of how “leap year was never a good sheep year.” Whilst in Italy, the

superstition of the Leap Day bringing bad luck stems from Roman times

as the month of February was traditionally associated with the dead; the

addition of the Leap Day seems only to add to the morbid month.

Meanwhile, a Greek superstition holds that it is unlucky for couples to

marry in a Leap Year, suggesting that the marriage will end in divorce.

Cheers to the Occasion

Despite many superstitions of bad luck, there is still a toast to be made

to the Leap Day. Harry Craddock, a bartender at The Savoy in London,

invented a cocktail in 1928 to toast the hotel’s celebrations of Leap Day,

which is still around today. In fact, the Savoy Cocktail Book states that

this gin-based drink is “responsible for more proposals than any other

cocktail that has ever been mixed." Perhaps create your own Leap Day

Cocktail from the recipe below and enjoy a toast to the quirk of an extra


Leap Day Cocktail

1¾ oz citrus gin

½ oz Sweet Vermouth

½ oz Grand Marnier

¼ oz lemon juice

Shake all the ingredients with ice and serve

straight into a martini glass. Cheers!

Women Proposing

Unlike nowadays, centuries ago it was thought to be a gentleman’s

prerogative to propose to their loved one. Tradition reveals that once

every four years, on February 29th, roles are reversed and women have

the chance to get down on one knee and pop the question. The tradition

is thought to have begun in Ireland in the 5th century.

A man is expected to pay a penalty if he does not accept the proposal

of marriage from his partner. This forfeit is thought to be anything from

a monetary penalty to a European tradition dictating that any man who

refuses the proposal on February 29th, has to buy their partner 12 pairs

of gloves! The motivation behind the gloves is to prevent the women’s

embarrassment of not wearing an engagement ring.


Going Cashless


The process for making a payment to Lichfield District

Council is changing from 1st May 2020.

Lichfield District Council is removing its payment boxes

from District Council House reception on Frog Lane in

Lichfield and the one in Burntwood Library at the end of

April 2020.

This means from 1st May, local people and businesses

that use boxes to pay the council by cash or cheque will

need to find another way of making a payment.

The most convenient way to pay council tax or business

rates is by setting up a direct debit, as it makes sure the

correct amount is paid at the right time and there is no

need to remember when a payment is due. There are also

the options of paying by card online or over the phone.

However, from 1st May 2020 there is still the

opportunity to pay for council tax or business rates in

person at any Post Office, PayPoint or Payzone. You will

simply need to bring your new bill with you when making

a payment as it will have a barcode on it which needs to

be scanned. New council tax bills and business rate bills

will be sent out in March 2020.


Love Me Do…

By Jo Howell, (a self-confessed singleton but always hopeful!)

As Valentine’s Day fast approaches, you may be thinking

about booking a table at your favourite restaurant or

whisking your loved one away for a romantic break. Or you

may be scratching your cupids’ arrow and trying to think of

something a little different to show your loved one how

much they mean to you.

We thought we’d offer you some top tips to make

February 14th one to remember – and there’s not a cheesy

rom-com with Hugh Grant in sight!

Cupid’s Tip #1 – The Mix Tape

If you are of a certain age, you will know that receiving a

‘mix tape’ from you beloved was a sign of true love. And

what’s not to like – all your ‘couple’ favourite songs in one

place. Romantic is an understatement. Whilst making a tape

may be a little harder these days, you could make a playlist

with your songs on and ask Alexa to start playing it as soon

as they wake up and mutter, I Love You.

Cupid’s Tip #2 – The Love Voucher

This idea is simple, effective, lasts ages and is free – whoop!

Create a simple token of your love - quite literally – by

having a number of treats on them that your loved one can

‘cash in’ throughout the year. These could include a foot

massage, breakfast in bed or no chores at the weekend. Let

your imagination run wild with the ideas and try not to look

too smug when you hand over the gift that keeps on giving.

Cupid’s Tip #3 – Relive Your First Date

One sure fire way to earn some romantic brownie points

is to arrange a carbon copy of your first date. Depending on

how long ago it was, can you even organise to wear the same


Did you go to the cinema to see a cheesy film? If you can’t

get to the actual cinema, why not recreate it at home? Go

for a drink beforehand, find the same film, get the popcorn

in, turn down the lights and plan your second date.

Cupid’s Tip #4 – Send A Love Letter

Centuries ago, Roman men would write romantic letters

to women that mentioned St Valentine of Rome, the patron

of love, to portray how smitten they were. Here in 2020, the

modern-day love letter is typed out on a small screen with a

heart emoji - not quite as romantic I’m sure you’d agree. But

wouldn’t it be simply wonderful to deliver a handwritten

(with proper ink) love letter declaring your undying love for

you significant other? Ahh, be still my beating heart.

Cupid’s Tip #5 – Adopt A Foreign Tradition

It’s not all red roses and chocolates you know. Oh no. Our

Danish cousins give snowdrops and anonymous funny

poems, whilst in Germany pig-inspired gifts and delicacies

are plentiful as pigs are seen as a symbol of luck and lust. In

the Czech Republic the country’s main day of love is May 1st

when lovers kiss under cherry trees for happiness and good

health and, in Estonia, the day is also called ‘Friend’s Day’ –

where riding the ‘love bus’ is said to give single people luck

and a chance to find romance.

Whatever you and your loved one choose to do;

remember it’s about showing your love and appreciation for

each other. It’s not about spending loads of money on flashy

presents, just keep it simple and from the heart. Let your

true love shine through this Valentine’s Day.

And as for me... I’m buying a one-way ticket to Estonia!



Tastes of the Season

A Valentine’s Feast!

By Simon Smith

Well here we all are after a month of

‘veganuary’, no alcohol, detoxing, joining the

gym (and only going for a month!) and

replenishing worn out bank accounts after


We need something to cheer us up and

February throws romance our way. Cooking for

somebody else is a great way of showing you

care so here is a special dish which can be

enjoyed together.

Remember; if you want to eat in a restaurant

on Valentine ’s Day make sure you book as early

as possible!

*Recipe for dates is for two people. Salmon

and Clafoutis recipes are for four.


Medjool Date Stuffed with

Saffron Chicken

(*ideal as a pre-dinner snack or starter)

4 x pitted Medjool dates (or any date really)

1 x chicken breast

2ozs double cream

1 x egg white

3 strands saffron

2tsp maple syrup

Salt and pepper


Put the chicken breast in a food processor

with the cream, egg white, salt and pepper and

whizz together. Cut the dates almost in half

and fill with the chicken mousse mixture. Bake

in a preheated oven at 180 for 5-10 minutes

depending on how much chicken mousse you

have put in (it should be firm to the touch).

Warm the maple syrup in the microwave with

the saffron, stir and pour over the hot dates.


Roast Salmon with

Asparagus, Broccoli and

Champagne butter

4 x fillets of salmon

4 x stems of tenderstem broccoli

8 x asparagus spears

4 x spring onions

4ozs butter

2ozs Champagne or Prosecco (buy a miniature

and drink the rest!)


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Oil a baking

tray and place the salmon fillets skin side down

(I keep the skin on when roasting salmon so it

stays moist on the bottom).

Place the broccoli, asparagus and spring onions

beside the salmon, season everything and

cover with tin foil. Cook for 15 minutes until

the salmon is firm. Whilst that is cooking warm

the Champagne in a small saucepan and whisk

in the butter, stirring all the time. Pour over

the salmon and vegetables.

Coconut and Raspberry


85gms coconut flour

100gms caster sugar

2 x whole eggs

2 x egg yolks

250ml double cream

1 x punnet raspberries

2 x tbsp desiccated coconut


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Add all the

ingredients (except raspberries and desiccated

coconut) together and whizz in a food

processor until smooth. Oil four small dishes

and divide the raspberries equally between

them. Pour the batter on top and tap until

even. Sprinkle with the desiccated coconut and

bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until

golden. Serve warm with double cream or


Simon Smith runs a catering business from his production

kitchen in Lichfield, providing bespoke private dinners plus

wedding, corporate and event catering. Simon also

undertakes cookery demonstrations around the country

and with local businesses such as Arthur Price and Tippers.

During the summer months Simon works for private

clients both on superyachts and in villas in St Tropez and

Europe. If you are looking for catering or a day of cookery

skills go to www.simonsmith-chef.com

*Please take extra care when preparing and handling hot

foodstuffs. Go to www.food.gov.uk for further details.

**Small bones may be present in fish.


Rare Art Nouveau Insect

Brooches set to ‘Take Off’


By Hansons Auctioneers

Made of pressed and stained horn, a material loved by April with a combined estimate of £300-400. Further

Art Nouveau jewellery designers, four very rare entries of jewellery are now invited.

insect brooches were unearthed at a recent valuation

event in Lichfield.

Found by the local client tucked away in a small box,

when clearing out a house, the brooches which date

from the early 20th Century take the form of two

dragonflies, a bee and a winged insect, one of which bears

the ‘GIP’, signature of Parisian jeweller Georges

Pierre.TV's Kate Bliss, Hanson's Jewellery, Watches and

Silver Consultant comments on the discovery.

“Much sought after by jewellery collectors, Pierre’s

designs often exploit the translucent and iridescent

qualities of the organic material to great effect and he

quickly grew to be one of the masters of Art Nouveau

horn jewellery.”

The brooches are being offered in Hansons

Decorative Art & Design auction at Bishton Hall on 7th

Do you have any jewellery, watches or silver which you

curious to know the current market value? Kate Bliss

holds a monthly valuation event in the grand

surroundings of Bishton Hall, (just 20 minutes' drive from

Lichfield). The next event is Thursday 27th February from

10am to 3pm at Bishton Hall, Bellamour Lane, Wolseley

Bridge, ST17 OXN, (and monthly thereafter). No

appointment is necessary. Adrian Rathbone, Head of Fine

Arts, will also be on hand alongside Kate to advise on any

other aspect of antiques or collectables valuations.

Home visits can be arranged for large/multiple items,

clearance or downsizing advice.

To register your interest or for further information

please contact Adrian Rathbone, Associate Director on

01889 358050 or email


The rare insect


Kate Bliss, a familiar

face on TV is Hansons

Jewellery, Watches &

Silver Consultant.


The Plant Plot Garden Centre and

LITEs Events present

Mother’s Day Family


21st-22nd March 2020

Stafford Road, Lichfield, WS13 8JA

With the Garden Village and additional

Craft Stalls for Mother’s Day Weekend

Book for Lunch at the Potting Shed

Restaurant on 01543 262805. Mother’s

Day Booking Essential!





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Phone Boxes to

House Defibrillators


Former telephone boxes are set to house

defibrillators in Burntwood. It was unanimously

agreed to adopt the redundant booths in the Morley

Road Shopping Centre, Oakdene Road and Fernleigh

Avenue at the Town Council’s Policy and Resources

Committee held on 16th January.

Councillor Darren Ennis, who previously ran the

London Marathon to raise money to purchase one of

the devices, said: “This is the second batch of phone

boxes offered to Burntwood Town Council and again

we have jumped at the chance. Sometimes it’s hard to

find places to put defibrillators because the cabinets

require power to make sure there is light and heat to

prevent them becoming damaged in cold weather. A

phone box gives all these features. We’ve already

managed to take some on including the red telephone

box on Ogley Hay Road which we restored. It now

looks amazing and offers a great life-saving facility to

the local community. This new batch gives us chance

to house more defibrillators in areas that are central

to the community and local businesses.”

The defib box on

Ogley Hay Road

Respite & Holiday

Care at Rosemary



There are numerous times when families or home carers

need a break. This in itself can create stress when trying

to find temporary yet reliable and personalised care. We

can help you by providing Respite & Rehabilitation

Stay/Holiday or Short stay, which leaves you to enjoy your

free time with complete peace of mind!

Respite /Short Term Rehabilitation

Has a loved one recently had hospital treatment or an

operation and, although well enough to be discharged, are

not considered strong enough to return home?

We can assist with comfortable, supportive and

exceptional short term rehabilitation care and the end goal

of returning home.

Holiday & Short Stay

With no minimum stay required, we offer carers the

chance to leave relatives in a safe, ultra-comfortable and

companionable environment for a weekend, a week, a

fortnight or more!

This can also offer an insight into a care home

environment, which is often viewed with trepidation

because of the unknown.


When the realities of being happy and safe at home are

challenged by the increased risks of falls and self-neglect,

then let us introduce you to modern care where the

emphasis is placed on maintaining a lifestyle that

encourages continuing independence, companionship,

safety and a sense of belonging.

Established in 1990 many of our Rosemary Lodge team

have achieved many years of service, and are valued and

appreciated, thereby contributing to our reputation of

being the finest independent care home in Lichfield.

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Lichfield Arts’ Live Concerts



Fans of Reggae, Led Zeppelin and live jazz from some leading names

on the national circuit will have reasons to be cheerful when they

see what Lichfield Arts have to offer in February 2020.

Fuse festival favourites, Global Reggae Band, will be making its long awaited

Guildhall debut on Saturday 8th February. Global Reggae Band is a 7-member band

from Birmingham UK. Formed in 2009 by Trevor Greaves (aka Bajiman), it was

decided to use the members’ combined experience and love of music to create the

group, bringing with it a hybrid sound of Roots & Culture, Ska, Lovers Rock, Dance-

Hall, Motown and a sprinkling of R&B, to make sure the band appeals to any reggae

fan! After many foot-tapping, tent raising antics at Lichfield Arts Fuse Festival, this will

be the ideal opportunity to see this excellent live band in concert, doing what it

does best.

Tickets for an exciting night of Reggae are £12.00, £10.80 for Friends of Lichfield

Arts and £6.00 for under 16s.

ECM recording, Ian Ballamy, will be bringing his all-star quartet to play at the

Cathedral Hotel on Wednesday February 19th. He is an internationally recognised

saxophonist and composer who has been variously described as urbane, original,

freethinking and uncompromising. Listed in the BBC’s publication ‘100 Jazz Greats’

between Count Basie and Chet Baker, Ballamy’s work is contemporary with strong

jazz and classical references and yet un-encumbered by formality and tradition. With

more than three decades spent transcending musical genres and stereotypes, and by

forging strong and ongoing relationships with musicians around the globe, Ballamy

has worked with many cutting-edge figures on today’s contemporary Jazz scene.

This will be a great evening of inventive, heartfelt music making within the very

intimate environs of the Cathedral Hotel. Tickets are £12.00 and £10.00 for

members of Lichfield Arts.

Closing the month will be the very popular Fred Zeppelin who will be returning

to rock the Guildhall on Saturday February 22nd. Last year marked the band’s 26th

anniversary and, during its time together, members have had the honour of Led

Zeppelin's front-man, Robert Plant, attending

three of their gigs and John Bonham's son,

Jason, jamming with them on stage! These are

events the band is very proud of. It must surely

also be the best recommendation any band

could receive, and also assure any Led

Zeppelin fans apprehensive about seeing The


Buy your tickets early for a night of earshattering

rock music, played and performed

by extremely passionate musicians. Tickets are

£13.00, £11.70 for friends of Lichfield Arts and

£6.50 for under 16s.

For further details and to book

tickets visit www.lichfieldarts.org.uk,

phone (01543) 262223, or call into the

Lichfield Arts Box Office in Donegal

House on Bore Street. To keep up to

date with all of Lichfield Arts exciting

news and development follow on

Twitter @lichfieldarts or on Facebook

and Instagram.



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Lichfield’s exciting Pancake Races will take place on

Tuesday 25 February and spectators can expect to see

all the usual races including Men’s, Women’s, Mascots

and under 10’s. Participants will be on their marks as

usual in Bore Street from 12 noon.

The races will be followed by the traditional opening of

the Shrovetide Fair on the Market Square by the Civic

party, supported by Town Crier, Ken Knowles who will

give a shout to announce the occasion.


Councillor Mark Warfield, Leader of the Council

Welcome to this issue of City View.

A belated Happy New Year to you all, 2019 was

another busy year for the City Council and

2020 promises to be equally so. Though the

Switch On of the Christmas lights seems a

distant memory now, my thanks go to all those

involved in organising the event, to the

performers and of course to all who attended

and generated a wonderful family atmosphere.

The event was a great success and we were

fortunately blessed with good weather again.

The City Council’s 2020/21 draft budget is due

to be presented to Council shortly after the

deadline for this issue of City View. While I am

unable to confirm all details at this time, I can

say that the draft budget has been prepared

based on an increase to the precept of around

8p per week for a band ‘D property. This will

ensure the City Council can continue to deliver

a full programme of events and services to the

same high standards that the Citizens of

Lichfield have come to expect. The budget

allows the continuation of the programme of

repair and renewal to the Council’s public

buildings and assets, and to undertake specific

priority tasks, notably the wholesale renovation

of the Guildhall main Hall over two separate

phases during March/April and August 2020.

Whatever your political persuasion it cannot be

denied that 2019 proved to be an eventful year,

and we await the events of 2020 and beyond

with interest. The relative stability of life in

Lichfield with its rich history is a welcome

shelter from the uncertainties of today’s World,

and as part of our role the City Council remains

dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the

many traditions of our City for current and

future generations to enjoy and appreciate.

To enable better and more efficient management of

runners on the day, all entrants must pre- register

anytime up to 12 Noon on Monday 24 February. No

registrations will be accepted after that time.

If you would like to take part or sponsor a prize please contact Lucy Clarke on 01543 309852 or

email lucy.clarke@lichfield.gov.uk.

Alternatively, you can download the application form from the City Councils website at www.lichfield.gov.uk

Frying pans & pancakes will be provided!

Please note anyone who has not registered before the day will not be permitted to take part.


The main focus in the Twinning calendar this year will be the official Twinning

celebrations to be hosted in Limburg, Germany from 25 - 28 September 2020. These

celebrations are held every 3 years in alternate countries. In 2017, 80 guests from

Lichfield travelled to Sainte Foy-les-Lyon, our French twin town to commemorate the 25th

Anniversary of the signing of the twinning agreement. This year it is Limburg’s turn to host

and 100 guests from Lichfield have been invited to attend this wonderful occasion. A packed programme of events

has been arranged which will include cultural performances, sightseeing tours and a celebratory evening meal

with all guests from England, France, Belgium (Limburg is also twinned with Oudenburg in Belgium) and Germany.

There will also be a photo competition and exhibition during the weekend. The Lichfield table tennis club and

dance group, Team Catalyst have already confirmed their attendance. All are welcome to join in and experience

the best of the beautiful town of Limburg and meet new people. There is no requirement to be part of the Twinning


Following on from last year’s highly successful visit of

students from Limburg to the Lichfield College, the

exchange week will be repeated once again this year from

30 May – 6 June 2020. Fifteen students will be taking part in

lessons at the College campus and the City Council is once

again appealing for host families to accommodate the

students during their visit.

For more information or to register your interest in joining the

visit to Limburg, please contact the Twinning Officer,

email: Gabriele.lasch-burden@lichfield.gov.uk

Old Town, Limburg

If you would like to keep up-to-date with more of the City Council’s

activities, you can follow the City Council on Twitter @lichfield_cc.



Sunday 9 February, Mayor & Sheriff’s Church Service &

Coming soon

at the Samuel




The Newsletter of Lichfield City Council

Dates for

your diary…

Traditional Charity Sunday Lunch.

Church Service 11.00am Wade Street Church, Lichfield

Lunch 1.00pm Guildhall. Tickets £25.p/p


Words Alive!

Saturdays, 10:30am – 11:45pm

A weekly club for 8-12-year olds who love words! Read, write,

create, act and illustrate in our inspiring setting. Try your first session

free! £3.00 per session, £2.00 for siblings.

Book a block of 5 sessions for £12 (£10 siblings)

Half Term Fun

Thursday 20 February, 11:00am & 2:00pm

Hands-on craft activities for the school holidays. All children must be

accompanied by an adult and booking is advised. Tickets cost £2.50

per child

World Poetry Day

Saturday 21 March, 3:00pm – 3:30pm

Readings from the Lichfield Poets in the Museum’s inspiring historic

setting. Free event

Easter Trail

Saturday 4 – Sunday 19 April, 10:30am – 4:30pm

Easter-themed family fun for the school holidays. £1 per trail pack

Spy School

Thursday 9 April, 11:00am

Have you got what it takes to become a top-secret agent? Find out

in the return of this fun code-breaking word workshop for the Easter

holidays. Booking is advised and all children must be accompanied

by an adult. Tickets cost £3.50 per child & £1 for accompanying


Half Term Fun

Thursday 28 May, 11:00am & 2:00pm

Hands-on craft activities for the school holidays. All children must be

accompanied by an adult. To book online, please click here. Tickets

cost £2.50 per child

Open Daily 10.30am – 4.30pm. Standard entry is Free of charge.

Please note that events take place on the first floor and are

accessed by a flight of stairs.

Call 01543 264 972 or email sjmuseum@lichfield.gov.uk for more

information or to book an event.

Friday 14 February 2020, Schools Speaking Competition

7.30pm The Hub at St Mary’s, Market square. Free Entry

Tuesday 25 February, Pancake Races & Shrovetide Fair

12 Noon Guildhall

Sunday 15 March, Mayoral Service

10.30am Methodist Church

Sunday 29 March, Sheriff’s Darwin Walk

10.00am Bunkers Hill Car Park, Beacon Park

Thursday 23rd April, St George’s Court

12 Noon, Guildhall

Saturday 25 April, Mayor & Sheriff’s Charity St Georges Bonfire

6.00pm Maple Hayes Hall (ticket price tbc)

For more information please contact Lucy Clarke on

01543 309852, or email lucy.clarke@lichfield.gov.uk

Markets in Lichfield

The Lichfield General Markets

and Farmer’s Market offer a wide

selection of goods and local

produce from friendly, established

and reliable market traders.

Weekly General Markets are held

on Tuesdays, Fridays and


There will also be a second Community Day on the Market Square on

Wednesday 18 March. This free event is designed to promote all that is good

within the City and is open to Community Groups, service providers and

charitable organisations.

The Market Square is also available for hire on a commercial or charitable

basis on non-market days.

For more details or for any information or queries relating to

Lichfield Markets please contact the City Council’s Markets

Officers 01543 309853 or e-mail: markets@lichfield.gov.uk

Follow us on Twitter @LichfieldMarket


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Lichfield City Council

Weddings at the


Located in Bore Street in the heart

of the city, the Guildhall is a

beautiful historic Grade II Listed

Building, and is a magnificent

setting for civil ceremonies,

receptions and other celebrations.

The main hall has oak panelling

and a beamed roof giving a fine

mediaeval appearance, and can accommodate up to

160 guests. The Guildroom, on the Ground floor, has

paneled walls and timber ceiling and can seat up to 70


A number of smaller rooms are also available to hire,

and are ideal for conferences, seminars or small


For more information or to enquire over availability

please contact Helen Winter at Lichfield City Council.

Tel: 01543 309850 or e-mail:


A wedding brochure is also available either from the City

Council offices at Donegal House or by downloading

from our website www.lichfield.gov.uk



Have you visited the City

Council’s website? It

offers a wealth of

information about the work

of the City Council;

including details of all

Council meetings and

associated documents. In

addition it contains useful information about the

City, its history, festivals and major events, and its

many unique customs and traditions.

The right Council…

Public Participation

City Council meetings are held in the Guildhall, Bore Street. Dates and times of meetings can be found on the

notice-board outside the Guildhall, and on the City Council's website at www.lichfield.gov.uk

Lichfield City Council is the ‘parish’

authority for the City and is the smallest

of the three councils serving the City area.

Within the City we deal with local matters

such as the markets, maintenance of open

spaces and churchyards, civic and

mayoral events, the Samuel Johnson

Birthplace Museum and public lettings of

the Guildhall.

Lichfield District Council (Tel: 01543

308000) is the larger local authority

dealing with such matters as planning,

environmental health, refuse collection,

housing, car parking, arts and tourism,

and leisure services.

Staffordshire County Council (Tel: 0300

111 8000) is the responsible authority for

wider services such as Education, Social

Services and Highways.

Meetings are open to the public, with public participation sessions held at full Council and at the Planning

Committee. Advance notice needs to be given to the Council of the subject matter of each question, and any

person wishing to speak must contact the Council Offices at Donegal House, Bore Street (next to the Guildhall)

before NOON on the day of the meeting.

Thursday 6 February 2020 6.30pm Planning Committee

Monday 2 March 2020 6.30pm COUNCIL

Thursday 5 March 2020 6.30pm Planning Committee

Wednesday 1 April 2020 6.30pm Planning Committee

Monday 20 April 2020 6.30pm COUNCIL

Wednesday 29 April 2020 6.30pm Planning Committee

Monday 11 May 2020 6.30pm ANNUAL COUNCIL

Wednesday 20 May 2020 7.30pm ANNUAL TOWN MEETING


The Year in



A selection of our


photographs from

each month

of last year.

April - St Giles Hospice Orange Wednesday

May - Members of the Queen's Regiment at

the Staffordshire Regiment Museum

September - Lichfield 10k Road Race

January - Lichfield Foodbank promotion at

Three Spires Shopping

June - Blast Off band at the Lichfield Jazz

and Blues Festival

October - Festival of Folk procession at

Lichfield Cathedral

February - Erasmus Darwin House

ladies with the Anna Seward post box,

Conduit Street

July - Space Parade at the Lichfield


November - Blooming Lichfield Award at

Monks Walk Garden


March - Young runners at the Lichfield

Pancake Day races

August - Richard Winterton Auctioneers Charity

Auction for the We Love Lichfield fund

December - Christ Church Primary School

at the Christmas Lights Switch On

The Year in




March - Opening of the UVC vegan cafe,

City Arcade

August - Burntwood Wakes Festival

April - Palm Sunday Procession, Market


September - Whittington Country Fair

January - Lichfield Arts Winter Ale Festival,

the Guildhall

May - Friends 2 Friends Choir on Market


October - Lichfield Festival of Folk


February - Tornado planes fly past,

National Memorial Arboretum (photo

Steve Lee)

Snapped a picture at a local

event that you'd like to see in

Month in Pics?

Send your photos to


for consideration.

June -The Re-Cycle Lichfield Jolly

Bike Ride

November - Remembrance Sunday Parade

at Alrewas

Images by Jono Oates


July - Cars in the Park

December - Lichfield Christmas Lights

Switch On at the Hub at St Mary's



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Tuesday 4th February

City of Lichfield Probus

The Lichfield Gang of Four by

well-known local historian, Jono

Oates. The City of Lichfield

Probus Club meets on the first

Tuesday of every month. There is

also a quiz on Tuesday 11th

February at the same venue

which starts at 2.30pm.

Venue: St Matthews Sports &

Social Club, Burntwood.

Time: Optional lunch at 12.30pm.

Talk begins at 2.30pm.

New members are always made

welcome. For more details call

07971 113505 or email


Friday 7th February

Murder Mystery Evening

Enjoy an evening of murder,

mystery and intrigue over a three

course dinner.

Venue: The George Hotel,


Time: 7pm

Price: £37 per person

Sunday 8th & Sunday 16th


Afternoon Tea with Disney


Sit down to a delicious afternoon

tea and listen to your favourite

Disney songs performed by a live


Venue: The George Hotel,


Time: 1pm

Thursday 13th February

Lichfield Branch of Parkinson’s


Talk entitled “Nova Chocolate

Challenge and Demo.” The

Lichfield Branch of Parkinson’s

UK hold their social meetings on

the second Thursday of the

month. The Branch also organises

Yoga, Tai Chi, and Speech Therapy

sessions. In addition there are

also carers’ coffee mornings at

Mabel’s in the Curborough

Countryside Centre.

Venue: Martin Heath Hall,

Christchurch Lane, Lichfield WS13


For further information ring

01543 264465.

Tuesday 18th February

Lichfield Beacon Probus Club

“Blood Bikes” – the work of

volunteer motor cyclists who

transport medical supplies around

the County (and elsewhere).

Venue: St Matthews Sports &

Social Club, Burntwood.

Time: 2.30pm

Potential members who would

like to come along should please

contact our acting secretary, John

Allen on 01543 251235, or email



Tuesday 18th February

Lichfield Civic Society

The Work of the County

Archaeologist and Other Tales

from the Field by speaker Shane

Kelleher, County Archaeologist.

Venue: The Lichfield Room, Wade

Street Church Community Hall,

Frog Lane, Lichfield.

Time: 7.45pm

Price: £3 payable at the door.

Members and students are free.

Visitors are always welcome.

Thursday 20th February

Half Term Fun

Hands-on craft activities for the

school holidays. All children must

be accompanied by an adult and

booking is advised.

Venue: Samuel Johnson Birthplace

Museum, Market Square, Lichfield.

Time: 11am & 2pm

Price: Tickets cost £2.50 per child.

To book call 01543 264 972, email

sjmuseum@lichfield.gov.uk or




Wednesday 26th February

The Annual Quiz with Steve

Tables of six contestants. Tea,

coffee and biscuits will be served

as usual but please bring your

own drinks if required.

Venue: Stonnall Youth and

Community Centre, Main Street,

Stonnall WS9 9EE.

Time: 7.30pm.

Saturday 14th March

Community Arts Festival

Come along to an exhibition of

arts and crafts by local people.

Short musical presentations

throughout the day. Free


Venue: St Chad's Church

Time: 10.30am-4pm

More details at


Saturday 21st March

Tamworth and Lichfield

Volunteer Group for Cancer

Research UK

An evening with Lesley Smith

presenting her new character

George Eliot.

Venue: Boley Park Community


Time: 7pm for 7.30pm

Price: Tickets are £15 to include a

glass of wine and nibbles.

For tickets contact Pauline on


Every Saturday

Words Alive!

A weekly club for 8-12 year olds

who love words! Read, write,

create, act and illustrate in the

inspiring setting of the Samuel

Johnson Birthplace Museum. Try

your first session free!

Venue: The Samuel Johnson

Birthplace Museum

Time: 10:30am-11:45am

Price: £3per session, £2 for


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