Citylife in Lichfield January 2020


Our first edition of the new decade is all about New Year...New You...! All the usual news, views, articles, competitions, recipes and history features are here in our January edition of Citylife in Lichfield - everything you want to know, explore and learn about Lichfield in one magazine!


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Your Local Magazine


6 Win a Valentine's Breakfast for Two

The Strawberry Cabin is offering up this

fantastic prize


20 Cinderella at The Garrick

This year's pantomime performance is under

the spotlight


28 The Dame who Lunched with the Queen

Jono Oates talks to Dame Patricia



35 New Year, New You!

Make 2020 the year for you!


46 Full of Christmas Cheer

The local charity that loves to give back

From the Editor...

Hello and welcome to our January 2020 issue of Citylife in Lichfield!

I hope you’ve all had a wonderfully over-indulgent Christmas and

New Year, however following the excesses of the festive season

inevitably comes the overwhelming need to recreate oneself. With

the dawn of, not only a new year, but also a new decade, there's

never been a better time to begin! Therefore, this issue is geared to

you and your self-improvement. Whether you want to lose weight,

get in shape, eat healthily, start a new job, find a new hobby or sort

out your finances… we encourage you to take the bull by the horns

and go for it in 2020!

As many of you may know, January is also dubbed ‘Veganuary’ by the

media and here at Citylife we have embraced this trend by giving

meat the heave-ho throughout the month. Why not join us and give

the vegan lifestyle a try? We’ve started you off by providing a vegan

recipe (page 32) courtesy of Simon Smith, and there’s also the

chance for you to win a meal at Lichfield’s very own Ultimate Vegan

Café (page 33)!

As usual, the magazine is packed with local news, features, history

and pictures, and we’re always on the lookout for stories and

information from our readers! If you think you’ve got something of

interest, email me at

Enjoy the issue!



Win a Valentine’s Breakfast

for Two People

The Strawberry Cabin has enjoyed a very busy festive season and

welcomed many customers for its delicious Christmas Lunch Menu,

Festive Afternoon Teas and more!

We had a full house for our Breakfast with Santa and enjoyed having

the main man with us for such an important event. We had lovely

feedback and would like to thank everyone who came along to enjoy the


During December, the Cabin Crew were also delighted to see the

return of the fabulous Sauce Supper Club, showcasing the amazing food

from Chef Brad Carter and Chef Stuart Deeley from MasterChef the


As we move in to the New Year we look forward to our first evening

event of the year. Our Pie & Pud Night on Saturday 25th January sold out

within a few days, so we have added a second night Friday 24th January


The Strawberry Cabin is already planning more events throughout

2020 and has something extra-special to offer all lovebirds out there – a

delightful Valentine’s Day extravaganza on Friday 14th February! This

includes a breakfast, lunch and also an evening event which will be full of

love and delicious food!

In the meantime, keep an eye on the Cabin’s website and Facebook

page for details of more events, and new menus!

Wishing all of our customers a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous

New Year and thank you for your continued support.

For more information visit The

Strawberry Cabin, Manor Farm Fruits, Watling Street, Hints, Tamworth,

B78 3DF.Tel: 01543 483680.

We’ve got a breakfast table for two on Valentine’s

Day, courtesy of The Strawberry Cabin, to give

away! To be in with a chance of winning simply

answer the following question correctly:

What date is Valentine’s Day celebrated on?

a) 11th February

b) 14th January

c) 14th February

To enter, just send your name, contact details and answer to Valentine

Competition at or post your entry to Citylife in

Lichfield Ltd, PO Box 7126, Lichfield WS14 4JS by the closing date of 23rd

January 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 Full t&cs on page 49.







Members from The Lichfield District Tourism

Association (LDTA) gathered at the

Staffordshire Regiment Museum in Whittington

recently to present the museum with a

Christmas tree, provided by the Association.

The tree was grown by LDTA member Lynn

Nurseries and was gifted to the museum to

display, and decorate, in the run up to


The Association promotes and supports

tourism throughout Lichfield District and has

over 80 members, representing tourism

attractions, businesses, charities, shops,

restaurants, accommodation providers, pubs

and cafes.

The Association was holding one of their

regular networking meetings and the members

were also shown round the museum itself and

the World War One British, and German,

replica trenches by Museum Attendant Steve


For further information on the Association,

including membership details, please email


Slimmers Support


Left to right: Mike Mellor (CHAPS) with Margaret

Garrett, Anne Craddock, Marie Parsons and Melvyn

Edwards of Self Help Slimmers, plus Robert Ford


Self Help Slimmers is supporting the miners’

memorial project at the National Memorial

Arboretum in Alrewas and recently presented a

cheque for £250 to Chase Arts for Public

Spaces (CHAPS), the group behind the project.

Mike Mellor, President of CHAPS, and Robert

Ford, Treasurer of the miners’ memorial subcommittee,

went along to meet with the

slimmers at Harrisons Sports and Social Club

where they meet every Monday evening.

Formed three years ago, the club currently has

around 40 members who have collectively

donated £6,000 whilst losing a combined total

of 46 stone in weight!

More information about the memorial, to be

completed by June 2021, is available at and on

Facebook at


For more details of Self Help Slimmers, contact

Marie Parsons on 07825 612949.


Talent Contest


Friends 2 Friends in Lichfield and Burton, a selffunded

charity for adults with learning

difficulties, recently held its fifth Annual Talent

contest. The winner was Christine White

(pictured) who performed a Michael Jackson

dance routine. Christine was presented with

the Jason Wright Trophy by Paul Wright, Jason’s

brother, in his memory. Jason is fondly

remembered as a supporter, a former trustee

Bower Organiser and a dearly loved member of

the local community.


Cash Boost in Store


The Fosseway Heath section of the Lichfield Canal.

Picture by Tony Cadwallader.

Lichfield’s canal restoration trust was recently

selected by Waitrose & Partners Lichfield to be

supported through its Community Matters


Over the course of December the store

displayed the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals

Restoration Trust name, registered charity

number and a short description of what the

Trust does on one of three Community Matters

boxes into which customers could place a

token received after their shop, leading to a

donation from the store.

The Lichfield Canal, gradually being brought

back to life from its closure 60 years ago,

provides a natural corridor for public

recreation and wildlife habitats.

Led by unpaid volunteers raising its own funds,

the Trust has restored some sections along the

south of Lichfield, and more are presently in



‘Cupboard Love’ for


In December, The Rigid Kitchen Company in

Shenstone collected food for the Lichfield

Foodbank by filling the kitchen cupboards in its

showroom! Both staff and customers donated

generously to help this fantastic cause.

Follow The Rigid Kitchen Company on

Facebook at


to our

latest winners!

R Allsopp is the winner of a

pair of NRO tickets and S

Woods won a meal for two at

Pie & Pud Night at The

Strawberry Cabin. Well done!



Local Teen’s Speech


station and bus station buildings, landscaping of

the area, and creating more coach parking

spaces and temporary toilets. The work will

also improve the route into the city centre

from the bus and train stations.

To find out more about Birmingham Road site

and the masterplan for Lichfield City, visit


Michael’s Celebrates

10 Years

The Hart School in Rugeley is celebrating the

success of one of its pupils in a national public

speaking competition.

The contest, which was open to all Sixth Forms

in Creative Education Trust schools across the

country, saw 18-year-old Eddie Jenkins make the


Preliminary rounds were held at individual

schools and the final, held at Nottingham Guild

Hall, saw contestants tasked with delivering a

10-minute speech on the theme of “People get


Eddie was the proud runner-up and received

high praise from the panel of judges, who

commended the teenager’s “wit and ingenuity”

in delivering his speech.

To find more out about The Hart School call

01889 802440 or visit


A Visual City Welcome

Lichfield local, Michael Mullarkey, has been

dedicated to the menswear industry for more

than 50 years. Following 40 years at Taylers,

Michael had set his heart on opening his own

independent outfitter, a dream which was

realised in 2009 when Michael’s Menswear first

opened its doors on Market Street.

Now, 10 years on, the business is still flourishing.

Michael and his staff would like to thank all of

their customers for their continued support,

especially during the shop’s expansion in 2016

and when Michael was Sheriff of Lichfield in

2018. Here’s to many more years to come!


Festive Charity


The Staffordshire countryside saw 82 festive

tractors take to the road in a charity Christmas

convoy on 8th December which raised more

than £3,600 for WaterAid; Staffordshire Young

Farmers Clubs and The Royal Agricultural

Benevolent Institution.

Arranged by South Staffs Water and

Staffordshire Young Farmers Clubs, the

cavalcade of tractors was lit up with Christmas

lights and travelled a 20-mile route through the

villages of Hamstall Ridware, Abbots Bromley,

Blithfield, Hill Ridware and over Blithfield


Lichfield District Council has unveiled a series

of Visit Lichfield promotional boards,

highlighting the best things about Lichfield

District, to improve the look and feel of the

Birmingham Road site hoardings.

From district-wide attractions, restaurants,

shops and festivals, the artwork will promote a

range of local destinations and events to

residents and visitors passing by this gateway to

the city.

This is the first part of the short-term works to

improve the area while the long-term city

masterplan is developed. The rest of the shortterm

works will get underway early in the new

year, including the demolition of the police



Lichfield Litter


New group, Lichfield Litter Legends, has been

set up by Freedom Leisure as part of its active

communities initiative. The group meets weekly

on Tuesday at 9.30am at Curborough

Community Centre where members pick litter

for an hour and then have a coffee and chat.

Not only is it a great way to meet people, it’s

helping clear the countryside of litter too!

Opportunity for a

Sales Executive

Citylife in Lichfield Ltd is expanding!

We currently have an opportunity for a

Sales Executive to work on our two

magazines – Citylife in Lichfield and Citylife in

Rugeley & Cannock Chase. You must be selfmotivated

and comfortable speaking to

clients on the phone as well as face-to-face.

A car is essential for this post.

For further information and a full job

description, please email



Charity of the Year

The machinery, which was collected over many

years by the late owner of the farm, was fired

up in a rare event which saw visitors come from

far and wide to catch a glimpse of the vintage

gear in action.

Rebecca Hill (left) and Kristen Lackajis (right) of Citylife

with We Love Lichfield patron, Simon Price (centre).

Citylife in Lichfield is delighted to have chosen

the We Love Lichfield Fund as its Charity of the

Year for 2020.

It is the first time that Citylife has had a

nominated charity to support and this year will

see several events taking place by the Citylife

team to raise money for this worthy cause,

including the Great North Swim and a 10-

kilometre run through Snowdonia National



Winter Beer Festival


Specsavers Hi-Vis


The judging panel recognised that LDC’s work

has been instrumental in demonstrating that

gains could be delivered through development

and has shown how local planning policy could

be designed to enable this. And in doing so has

played a significant role in influencing the

introduction of a mandate for biodiversity net

gain in England.


What the

Postman Saw

Get rid of the January blues and sample more

than 30 beers and ciders on 17th-18th January

at the Lichfield Winter Beer Festival, held at the

Guildhall. Besides the real ales you can also

enjoy the legendary pork pies and, if you are

really lucky, get a taste of the Rhubarb Chutney!

Two bands, ‘Punch the Air’ and ‘Over & Out’,

will be performing on Friday and Saturday.

Doors open at noon each day and admission is

£2, or £3 after 6pm. Tickets can be purchased

on the door, online at

or by calling 01543 262223.


Vintage Machinery

Charity Day

Tuppenhurst Barn, a luxury B&B and café

located on the outskirts of the village of

Handsacre, opened the doors of its museum on

30th November by holding a Vintage Machinery

Day, and raising £165.94 for the British Heart



Specsavers Lichfield branch, on Market Street,

teamed up with local road safety charity, Brake,

to encourage people to ‘step up for safer

streets.’ Optometrist, Praful Patel (pictured),

got involved by visiting local schools and groups

(including the Cathedral School, Streethay

Primary School, Willows Primary School and

Gentleshaw Brownie Group) to hand over the

safety gear.


Council Wins Ecology


Lichfield District Council (LDC) has won the

Local Government Changing the Way We Work

award for its biodiversity model at a ceremony

held on Tuesday 3rd December by The

Association of Local Government Ecologists.

To help protect, restore and enhance its local

biodiversity, LDC’s ecology team created a net

gain Lichfield model that formed part of its

planning process. The model ensures developers

commit to off-set any potential loss of natural

habitat by creating or protecting natural spaces

within the development, or funding work to

enhance existing local natural habitats within

the district.

A local exhibition of Edwardian Christmas

postcards, entitled What the Postman Saw, will

be on display at the History Access Point at The

Hub at St Mary’s on Market Square, until 11th


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Common in

the Future

Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

(AONB) Partnership has been awarded a grant of £192,291

over six years by National Grid’s Landscape Enhancement

Initiative to be delivered at Gentleshaw Common. The grant

is provided to help reduce the visual impact of existing

electricity pylons and overhead lines in protected

landscapes. Although the pylons will remain in place, the aim

is to carry out works to restore the Common and create a

place that is buzzing with heathland wildlife. The project will

be delivered by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust at their

Gentleshaw Common Nature Reserve.

Gentleshaw Common is an 86-hectare Site of Special

Scientific Interest (SSSI), designated for the special mix of

heathland plants living there. By controlling bracken, scrub

and purple moor grass this will allow the characteristic flora

and fauna of lowland heath, a nationally important habitat, to

thrive. Areas of wet heath will also be restored to benefit

more delicate plants such as the beautiful yellow spikes of

Bog Asphodel and the carnivorous Sundew. There will also

be improvements to encourage sensitive access by

restoring footpaths, constructing boardwalks, and improving

the small car park to enable visitors the opportunity to

experience and enjoy nature up close.

To find out more about the National Grid’s Landscape

Enhancement Initiative, visit

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



Sultry Kim

Rocks the



Kim Cypher brought Lichfield to its knees

on Wednesday 4th December as part of

the Lichfield Arts Festival!

Joined by her talented band of musicians, the

inspirational saxophonist performed at The

Guildhall to a crowd of jazz enthusiasts.

Featuring hits from her latest album, Love Kim

x, the tour launched back in February and has

seen Kim perform at a variety of festivals and

venues across the country.

Kim’s incredible talent as both a saxophonist

and a singer saw her alternating between

playing her many instruments (soprano, alto

and tenor) and then showcasing her sultry

singing voice. With a style spanning many

musical genres, Kim blends funky jazz with her

own quirky twist, which is applied to both her

original compositions as well as carefully chosen

covers, with influences such as Pee Wee Ellis

and Billie Holiday clearly evident.

Following an uplifting performance,

culminating in a Christmas classic which got the

whole audience clapping along, Kim indulged

her fans with photographs and by signing copies

of her latest album.

To find out more about Kim Cypher, or to see

tour dates for 2020, visit

Images by Ron Milsom Photography


Help Combat

Social Isolation


Kendall & Wall Charitable

Trust aims to combat

social isolation by taking

less mobile people on outings

in its wheelchair accessible

minibuses with friendly and

talented volunteers to drive the

buses, push wheelchairs and

lend an arm or an ear to make

the clients’ day enjoyable.

Set up in 2012, Kendall & Wall now has more than 300 regular clients

living in a 25 mile radius of Lichfield. Twenty five volunteers, many of

them retired nurses, doctors and carers, look after clients who quickly

become friends.

A day out could involve a theatre or canal boat trip, or a stately home

visit, and usually includes a pub meal, plus lots of conversation and happy


Do you have some time to spare to volunteer? If you can talk to

people and want to help Kendall & Wall can teach you to manage a

wheelchair or drive a minibus.

For more information about volunteering, or if you wish to donate,

visit or phone 01543 897131.

Make a Difference

in 2020!

By Lauren Hirst, Greyhound Trust Hall Green


Recently the lovely Cali was the 2,500th hound to find a loving

home by Greyhound Trust’s Hall Green branch. Cali celebrated

her retirement by wearing a fetching tiara to mark the occasion!

We know this cheeky girl will have a fabulous new life with her new

owners, Sadie and Josh.

Hall Green homed just short of 200 dogs in 2019 and we’d like to find

even more homes in 2020. But 28 of the 40 hounds in our kennels are

black. Did you know that black dogs wait longer to be adopted than their

lighter pals? No one really knows why. They are just as loyal and loving

as any other dog and, with proper care, their coats shine and gleam in

the sunshine. So why are there so many black hounds? Many years ago a

black top champion racer called Top Honcho became a very sought after

stud dog, siring thousands of puppies worldwide and so black genes are

dominant – this explains the increase in black greyhounds.

If your New Year’s resolution is to make a difference, remember, black

is beautiful in the greyhound world. Adopting one greyhound won’t

change the world but the world will surely change for that one black



Visit our website at, or

call us on 0121 426 4810, to arrange to meet Athos, Gandalf, Lola,

Mike, Zany, Rosie and all our other black beauties! Hall Green is

completely run by volunteers so please get in touch if you want to

help by walking or even just socialising with these amazing dogs at

our Shenstone or Hagley kennels.


Cinderella at the

Lichfield Garrick

By Jono Oates


Glitz, glamour, giggles, gags and glad rags were all on show at the

Lichfield Garrick this Christmas for their smash hit 2019 panto


Produced, for the fourth year running, by Evolution Pantomimes, this

was a highly professional, very glossy production with excellent props,

costumes, singing, dancing, and stage management which delighted the

sell-out crowds from early December through to the New Year.

very moving. James Mitchell and George Akind were the two Ugly Sisters

and were great fun with a myriad of jaw-dropping costume changes, each

one more ridiculous than the previous, displaying wonderful comic timing

and cheeky banter between themselves, the rest of the cast and the

audience, they were a big hit with the boys and girls, as well as the older

members of the audience.

Sam Rabone, who also directed the show, made his first Garrick panto

appearance in trousers rather than a dress. Usually the Dame, Sam played

Buttons this year but his performance still had lots of laughs and

knockabout fun, especially in the Ghostbusters scene.

With energetic choreography, spectacular lighting and stunning stage

sets Cinderella was a fantastic production full of laughs, excitement and

wonder, the panto is definitely one of the highlights of the Garrick’s

season. Next year’s panto, Peter Pan, has already been announced and

Sam Rabone will definitely be back in a dress for 2020!

Tickets for the 2020 panto are already on sale at the Lichfield Garrick,

to book visit the Box Office on Castle Dyke, ring 01543 412121 or visit

the website:

From start to finish this panto was a treat to the eyes and on the ears,

full of high energy dances, dazzling costumes, catchy songs, funny jokes,

local references and with a whole coach load of excruciating puns!

Cinderella, Buttons, Dandini, Baron Hardup, the Fairy Godmother and,

of course, the Two Ugly Sisters were all familiar cast names in this well

known, and loved, panto which was originally written by Frenchman

Charles Perrault in 1697.

The first act was good fun and closed with Cinderella and Buttons

hopping on to the pumpkin coach led by an amazingly life like automated

pantomime horse which arched its way across and over the front rows

of the audience as the curtain went down, a magical way to enter the


The second act was sensational, with a host of songs both melodic and

raucous, as well as gags galore, some slapstick silliness and audience

participation with, naturally, a few ‘He’s Behind You’ moments! The

opening number was the fabulous Boom! Shake the Room which got the

whole theatre jumping and the cover of Aerosmith’s Walk this Way was

a fabulous, and funny, treat. The closing sequence, in the majestic ball

room, was a gorgeous, glittery, golden extravaganza and a fitting way to

finish a high-quality panto.

Rebecca Keatley, of Cbeebies fame, played the Fairy Godmother with

plenty of wand waving and one-liners, all delivered with a wonderful

Welsh accent. Beccy Lane was Cinderella and her duet with Dominic

Griffin, a handsome and truly charming Prince Charming, singing One

Night Only was a real highlight of the show, beautifully performed and



Objects of



We all deserve a little luxury now and then.

So go on… Treat yourself!

1. Moorland - Richard Cooper Bronze Collection by artist

Michael Simpson

Price: £1,250. Available from The Courtyard Fine Art Lounge,

Dam Street, Lichfield, WS13 6AA -

2. Mattioli Puzzle Ring & Earrings - 18 Carat Gold

Rings and earrings are interchangeable and come boxed with

Mother of Pearl drops.

Ring Price: £2,565. Earrings Price: £1,850. Available from City

Jewellers, 23-25 Bore Street, Lichfield WS13 6NA -

3. Clive Christian Empire Flame All Gold 125 Piece Dinner


Dinner service for 12 people by the acclaimed British designer,

presented in a luxury handmade cutlery chest. Price: £17,650.

Available from Arthur Price, 1 Britannia Way, Lichfield, WS14

9UY -


4. 18ct White Gold Aquamarine Ring & Diamond Ring

Price: £2,150. Available from Allen Brown Jewellery located at

Heart of the Country Shopping Village, Swinfen, Lichfield,

WS14 9QR -

5. 18ct White Gold Diamond & Sapphire Earrings

Price: £3,190. Available from Allen Brown Jewellery located at

Heart of the Country Shopping Village, Swinfen, Lichfield,

WS14 9QR -


6. Steinhoven 113 Piano

New piano with a slow fall and third pedal for muted practice.

Guaranteed delivered and tuned. Price: £2,650. Available from

Lichfield Piano Centre, Curborough Craft Centre, Watery

Lane, Lichfield, WS13 3ES.


7. Tower Bridge London

Painted by the renowned expressionist artist Bernard Buffet.

Oil on canvas (size 71cms x 54cms.), 1950. Price: £1,495.

Enquiries at Quercus of Quonians, 2 Quonians, Dam Street,

Lichfield, WS13 6LB.

8. Aethelflaed Lady of Mercia

Oil on canvas painted by local artist Peter Day (commissions

taken). A1 size (60cms x 85cms).

Price: £1,295. Enquiries at Quercus of Quonians, 2 Quonians,

Dam Street, Lichfield, WS13 6LB.

9. Artisan Oak 1.8m Table

Price: Was £1,249, Now £1,099! Available from Paul Martyn

Furniture, Heart of the Country Shopping Village, Swinfen,

Lichfield, WS14 9QR -








Tony Hadley’s Visit to

Lichfield is Pure ‘Gold’


Whittington-based charity, St Giles Hospice, welcomed pop star and

former Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley on Wednesday 4th


He created a ‘glow’ when he visited, meeting patients, staff, volunteers

and visitors throughout the hospice. Tony also handed over a £4,000

donation from the proceeds of his Lichfield Festival charity concert at

Lichfield Cathedral.

Backed by his six-piece band, Tony delighted fans with a selection of his

classic hits, songs from his new album and a sprinkling of festive

favourites at Tony Hadley Live on Tuesday 3rd December. The concert

was presented by Lichfield Festival and Lichfield Cathedral, sponsored by

City Jewellers of Lichfield, in aid of Lichfield Festival and St Giles Hospice.

Tony, who is a patron of Lichfield Festival, visited the hospice with

Festival Chair Helen Wiser and Festival Director Damian Thantrey the

following day to hand over the cheque, and they were given a tour of the

facilities by St Giles Group Chief Executive Emma Hodges.

Tony said: "St Giles Hospice is an amazing place - I didn't know what

to expect but I was bowled over. It's an incredible and beautiful building

and the staff have been so fantastic - their friendliness shines through.

"St Giles is a really happy place with a beautiful atmosphere and it's

been a real privilege to come along and meet everybody. I’m full of

admiration for the work that they do."

The 2020 Lichfield Festival will take place 9th-19th July, visit for details.

For more information about St Giles Hospice and the care it provides,


Golf and Country Club

Purchased by Locals


Award-winning Branston Golf & Country Club has been sold by

Roger Kerry and the Kerry family to a group of local individuals

which include Ben Laing, Managing Director at the golf club since 2013.

The club, which is situated at Branston near Burton-on-Trent, was

Roger’s initial concept and vision and he has overseen all stages in the

successful growth and evolution of the club over the past 25 years.

Established in 1992, the initial development phase included an 18-hole

championship golf course, leisure facility complex including a swimming

pool, and clubhouse. The club opened its doors to members and guests

two years later in October 1994.

Subsequent investment has seen the addition of a golf driving range

and retail outlet, a second 9-hole golf course, outside hot-tub and spa

area, as well as a purpose-built conference, banqueting and wedding

Roger Kerry and Ben Laing

venue (The Pavilion). The club also has a creche, independently owned

hair and beauty salon, treatment rooms, physio services, and extensive

free on-site parking. Membership continues to thrive across all the

categories which include peak and off-peak Health & Fitness, 7-day and

5-day golf (which automatically includes health & fitness), and academy


Roger Kerry said: “As I approach my 80th birthday, and after 25 years

of hard work establishing a premium facility serving a large and loyal

membership, I wanted to make sure that anybody taking over the club

would continue the high standards and offerings that underpin Branston.

I’m therefore delighted that the club will continue to operate under

independent ownership and with strong local connections.”


LDC’s Local Plan


Everyone is invited to give

their views as part of

Lichfield District Council’s Local

Plan Review, which will shape

how the district will be

developed up to 2040.

The council is asking local

people, developers and

organisations, including parish councils, to consider its draft

Local Plan Preferred Options document. This sets out how

the council thinks the district should be developed over

the next 20 years and takes local views into account.

To read the draft document, and to find out how to

give your comments online, visit You can also give

your views by emailing or in writing to:

Spatial Policy & Delivery, District Council House, Frog

Lane, Lichfield WS13 6YZ.

The draft Local Plan Preferred Options document is

available on request at LDC’s Frog Lane reception, as well

as Burntwood and Lichfield libraries, throughout the

consultation (ending 24th January 2020).


The Month in



We take a look at the events

and activities over the last

month, bringing you a roundup

of the city in pictures...

Competition winners help the Mayor switch

on the Christmas lights!

Erasmus Darwin House bric-a-brac market

Christ Church Primary School at the

Christmas Lights Switch On

Christmas Tree Festival at Lichfield


The Mayor and Sheriff of Lichfield presenting

medals at the Santa Dash

Lichfield Singers at the Samuel Johson

Museum Family Christmas

Lichfield Deputy Mayor Robert Yardley

and consort Jayne at Lichfield Festival

event at Swinfen Hall

Choir at the Lichfield Grub Club on

Market Square

Wildfire Folk group at the Lichfield Food



Lichfield Christmas Food Festival

Images by Jono Oates

Lichfield Rock Choir in St Mary's at the

Chamber Christmas Fayre

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event that you'd like to see in

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for consideration.

On Christmas

Tour with Quill!


Seven piece music ensemble, Quill, took to the stage at

The Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock, on Sunday 14th

December as part of its Christmas Tour. The group, which

is originally from Birmingham, played to a packed venue

and combined Rock, Folk and Americana styles with a

unique blend of drums and percussion, violin and beautiful

vocal harmonies.

This year saw the launch of a brand new line-up that


the legendary drummer Bev Bevan, known all over the

world as a member of ELO, The Move and Black Sabbath.

For more information visit


The Dame who

Lunched with the


By Jono Oates


It’s not every day that you meet someone who

enjoyed a private lunch with the Queen but Dame

Patricia Morgan-Webb did exactly that in March

2000! Our feature writer, Jono Oates (JO), met

Dame Patricia (DP) at Barchester Spires Care

Home recently and had a chat with her about her

life, her career, her damehood and, of course, that

luncheon with the Queen of England!

JO: It’s lovely to meet you. Where were you born?

DP: I was born in the village of Oakdale, in the

Sirhowy Valley, close to Tredegar in Wales. It was a

mining village, my father was a miner, and Aneurin

Bevan was the MP for that area. He worked in the pits

until he was 29 and worked in the same coal seam as

my father.

JO: What memories do you have of growing up?

DP: My mother, Evelyn, worked ‘in service’ as a maid

for a family but then worked in a local shop. My dad,

Hector, liked working down the pit, though he hated

the pain – the coal seam was only three-foot high – and

the poor rate of pay. But he loved the companionship

of his fellow workers and the union. He worked six

days a week, sometimes even seven as he worked on a

Sunday sometimes too. When he came home he was

covered in coal soot and he washed himself in a tub

outside the back door, even in the winter, my mum

helped to wash him.

I went to the local grammar school, my father

wanted me to go to an all-girls school but I wanted to

go to a co-educational school. After a ‘vigorous’ debate

I got my way as I told him that when I went to work it

would be in an environment where there were both

men and women. After my ‘A’ levels I was able to get a

Miner’s Welfare Scholarship, not many of those were

awarded then and I got a place at Swansea University.

Very few people, especially girls, from the Welsh valleys

went to university at that time.

JO: What happened after you left university?

DP: I achieved an honours degree in History and also

a Diploma in Education so was qualified as a teacher. I

moved to the Midlands and worked as a teacher in

Wolverhampton, then Dudley. I then moved in to

Education Management at various locations round the


JO: You were made a dame in the year 2000. How

did you find out about your award?

DP: I was the first woman to receive a damehood for

services to education. I received a letter in November

1999 and I had six weeks to accept – I didn’t have to

think for a second about saying yes though!

JO: How did you get to have lunch with her Majesty

the Queen?

DP: Well, after I had been made a Dame, I received a

phone call in my college office in Nottingham, it was a

man with a very posh accent who thanked me so much

for taking my call. He told me that her Majesty would

be delighted if I could join her for lunch at the Palace -

and this was for ME! At the lunch I sat next to the Duke

of Edinburgh and across the table from the Queen. The

Queen Mother was still alive then and was at the lunch

too - I remember that she was very worried that her

daughter, the Queen, was planning to have two more

corgi dogs and the Queen Mother did not want her to

have any more! The Queen was lovely, very kind and


JO: You’re retired now – what do you get up to?

DP: I like using social media, though I’m not very

good at it, and I’ve recently got together with some old

school friends who I’d not seen for over 60 years. I get

on so well with my partner Chris and we meet up with

friends in and around Longdon, where we have a


JO: Have you enjoyed your life so far?

DP: I’ve been very lucky, I’ve had a lovely time and

met some lovely people, including the Queen of


*My thanks to The Spires Barchester Care Home for

their hospitality and hosting the meeting.



Danny Mac Cruises

into Barton Marina!



elevision personality and Strictly Come Dancing

finalist, Danny Mac, sailed into Barton Marina by

narrowboat on Sunday 1st December to be met by

Father Christmas and his wife, Carley Stenson, at this

year’s Christmas Lights Switch On!

The weather was mild and the night sky was clear as

hundreds turned out to see former Hollyoaks star

Danny, who made sure that everyone got a picture as a


Danny followed in the footsteps of many household

names to make the pilgrimage to Barton Marina, with

past celebrities including Sheridan Smith, Claire King,

Linda Nolan, Brian Capron and Gok Wan. Photographs

of previous celebrity attendees can be found in the ‘Hall

of Fame’ gallery at the site’s independent pub, The

Waterfront, which serves fresh, locally sourced food.

With a whole host of independent shops, boutiques,

restaurants and even its own cinema, Barton Marina is

the perfect place to experience some unique retail

therapy, whilst relaxing and enjoying the tranquil

surroundings of the Staffordshire countryside.

For more information about events taking place at

canalside attraction, Barton Marina, visit



Tastes of the Season

Celebrating Veganuary!

By Simon Smith

Now we have all got through the excesses of

the festive season I know many of you will be

taking your first trip away from ‘Camp

Carnivore’ for the month and exploring a plantbased

diet as the world embraces Veganuary!

This is familiar path to some but others find

it hard to go “cold turkey” (an ironic phrase

under the circumstances)! The biggest contrast

when switching to a vegan diet is the difference

in textures and less need to chew - so be aware

that you need foods that will give teeth a bit

more of a workout, such as nuts and the more

fibrous vegetables.

To give the flavours a boost I would

recommend using strong herbs such as thyme,

rosemary and sage. There are plenty of

vegetable stocks on the market and you can add

these herbs to alter the flavour.

You will probably be buying more vegetables

than before and, if you get them from the

supermarket, choose the loose ones and weigh

them as this will work out approximately one

third cheaper than the pre-packed versions, and

in addition you won’t be getting any dreaded


There are many ways of cooking vegetables

but I find you will get the most flavour out of

them by roasting them, which brings out the

natural sugars, rather than boiling and washing

the taste out. When roasting, sprinkle oil over

the top but try a flavoured one such as chilli,

lemon or basil. Five minutes before they are

cooked add some pumpkin seeds for added

texture. If using salt, try the Himalayan pink

which has a high mineral content.

Good luck with your new diet and enjoy the

excitement of trying new dishes and leading a

healthier lifestyle!

Celeriac Cannelloni with Chestnut

Mushrooms and Brazil Nuts

1 x head celeriac (this will be more than you

need but you can roast the rest or make a lovely


4ozs Brazil nuts

1 x pack chestnut mushrooms

2 x fresh sage leaves

Large tomatoes

½pt Almond milk

4ozs vegan cheese

1 x fresh bay leaf


Cornflour to thicken sauce

Nutmeg to season


Peel the celeriac using a knife as the skin is very

tough. Cut in half and then cut very fine slices

from the middle section getting as much surface

area as you can. Drop into boiling water for 15

seconds just to soften so you can bend it.

Bring the almond milk to the boil with the sage

leaves, bay leaf and grated nutmeg. Mix the

cornflour with water to form the consistency of

milk. Whisk into the almond milk carefully until

it has the consistency of custard. Grate and mix

in the cheese.

Sautée the cleaned mushrooms, add chopped

Brazil nuts and diced tomatoes. Mix in a little

cheese sauce to bind.

Wrap the mix into the celeriac slices, put into

an oven dish, cover with the sauce and bake in

a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 10


Vegan Chocolate


1+ ½ x ripe avocado

8ozs vegan chocolate (or

2 teaspoons cocoa


7ozs coconut cream (use just the set white part

at the top not the water)

8 x pitted dates (medjool preferably)

2 tbsp maple syrup


Take the avocado flesh out. Melt the vegan

chocolate. Add all the ingredients to a food

processor and whizz together. Pour or spoon

into moulds and leave to chill for three hours

before serving.

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

*All recipes serve four people.

**Please take extra care when preparing and

handling hot foodstuffs. Go to for

further details.

Win a Meal for Four

at UVC in Veganuary!


Veganuary is a national movement

which encourages people to try to

live meat and animal product-free

during the month of January. Over the

last few years, it has grown in

momentum and last year, the movement

saw more than a quarter of a million

people taking part!

If you fancy giving it a whirl this

January, there’s no better place to start

than Lichfield’s very own Ultimate Vegan

Café (UVC) – the first of its kind in the

City! Featuring innovative vegan meals,

from breakfasts and lunches, to evening feasts, UVC provides the chance

for hard-core vegans, and those dipping their toes into the water for the

first time, the chance to eat fantastic food in a lively environment.

We’ve teamed up with UVC to offer you the chance to win a meal

for four people, which will include main meals and cake, at this

incredible venue, to be taken during the month of Veganuary.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the question below


In what month is Veganuary celebrated?

a) December

b) February

c) January

To enter, just send your name, contact details and answer to UVC

Competition at or post your entry to Citylife in

Lichfield Ltd, PO Box 7126, Lichfield WS14 4JS by the closing date of 23rd

January 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 Full t&cs on page 49.


Vegan Beauty!


With vegan beauty products becoming one of the fastest-growing

skincare and make-up trends, why not embrace Veganuary fully this

month? Here are some of our favourite brands which are making a

conscious effort to get on board with an animal-free beauty regime!














1) All-In-One Face Base. Available from

The Body Shop, Three Spires Centre,

Lichfield -

2) Kat Von D Shade & Light Crème.

Available from Debenhams, Three Spires

Centre, Lichfield –

3) TS Life Illumen Exfoliating Peel.

Available from Loverock Lifestyle &

Wellbeing. Tel: 07980 110025.

4) TS Life Crystal Anti-Blemish Purifying

Gel. Available from Loverock Lifestyle &

Wellbeing. Tel: 07980 110025.

5) Grapeseed Hair Serum.Available from

The Body Shop, Three Spires Centre,

Lichfield -

6) Soap & Glory Junk the Gunk Charcoal

Shampoo. Available from Boots, Tamworth

Street, Lichfield –

7) Pure B Micellar Water. Remove makeup.

Available from Superdrug, Conduit

Street, Lichfield –

8) Bare Minerlas Lashtopia Mineral-Based

Mascara. Available from Debenhams,

Three Spires Centre, Lichfield

9) Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow

Mask. Available from The Body Shop,

Three Spires Centre, Lichfield -

10) Arbonne Rejuvenating Cream.

Available from Facebook Group: Jo Howell

- Feeling Fabulous Over 40 –MUA

11) Baylis & Harding Beauticology Cocnut

& Watermelon Shower Crème. Available

from Boots, Tamworth Street, Lichfield

12) Arbonne Make-Up Range.

Available from Facebook Group: Jo Howell

- Feeling Fabulous Over 40 –MUA

13) Shine Lip Liquid. Available from The

Body Shop, Three Spires Centre, Lichfield



New Year, New

Chapter, New You?

By Jo Howell, Motivational Speaker


As we welcome the new year, and the new decade, it is of course a

great time to take stock of life and make plans, join gyms, lose weight

and dream big. Inspirational quotes for the year ahead will be popping up

everywhere and almost everyone you meet will have a new vigour as

they embrace January and vow to make 2020 the year that they do ‘their


I’m a huge fan of starting afresh and making plans for the year ahead

and I’ve learnt over time the only way to actually stick to any of my ideas

is to follow these tips:

1: Find Your Passion

What do you really love doing? What floats your boat? What gets you

up at 6am on a dark morning? Grab that pen and paper and start making

a list of things you enjoy – remember this list is for you and only you.

Maybe you’ve always wanted to run a marathon but have no idea where

to start - so pull on those old trainers and join a local running club. Fancy

singing in a choir? Research your local Rock Choir, try a free taster

session and don’t worry about your vocal range.

2: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

If 2020 is the year you’re going make a change, you will probably need

to feel a little uncomfortable at some point. If that means stepping on the

scales at the local slimming group or enduring your first PT session at

the gym, you need to feel nervous to make the change. You may be

thinking of a bigger change than losing a few pounds and have your mind

set on starting your own business, moving abroad or changing jobs. Yes,

it feels scary, daunting and overwhelming but remember these are only

emotions and you can channel them however you choose. Comfort

zones are very cosy places to stay but nothing will ever change if you

reside there too long – remember you are not a tree; you don’t have


3: Believe You Can

Of course, making changes to your life often comes with a huge dose

of self-doubt. That pesky little voice on your shoulder telling you all the

reasons why you can’t lose weight (you tried, and failed, last year

remember?) or why you’ll look ridiculous in lycra at the gym (everyone

else looks flawless, right?). We all have self-doubt about something, but

you can choose whether you let it ruin a perfectly good idea, an amazing

business plan or a fabulous career change. You are an amazing human

being and if you really want to achieve your dream this year, you can.

You’ve got 365 days to find your passion, don’t waste those

days! You essentially have a blank page, so make sure you write an

amazing story for 2020. You’ll be glad you did!

Jo Howell is a Motivational Speaker based in Burntwood. To find

out more about Jo, and read more of her inspirational work, find

her on Facebook at Just An Average Jo - Motivational Speaker.


New Year, New Chapter, New You?

The Ultimate Beer

Belly Buster!


Weight loss treatments are often considered to be more of a

female indulgence, but with the UK’s waistline everincreasing,

more and more men are looking for answers outside of

the gym or slimming groups. Citylife sent a willing subject to test

out one of the most popular fat removal treatments at Cool

Shaping Clinic, Rugeley.

“As a previously fit and healthy man, who ran marathons, cycled miles

and swam regularly, it is safe to say I have ‘let myself go’ a little of late.

And when I say, ‘a little’ I mean I now sport about four stones’ worth of

extra weight which has snuck on over the last two years. A combination

of living the good life and becoming lazier, my excess fat has settled nicely

round my midriff creating what one could comfortably call a ‘beer belly.’

“However I was informed that help was very much at hand in the form

of Cool Shaping Clinic and I trundled off to place myself in the safe hands

of salon owner, Veronica, as she gave me the treatment known as

cryolipolisis, or ‘fat-freezing.’

“Both excited and apprehensive, I soon felt very much at ease in the

light and airy salon, based in the stunning countryside setting of the

Hawkeyard Estate, and listened incredulously as Veronica explained the

science behind fat-freezing. My belly fat was going to be taken down to a

temperature of -5 degrees where my fat cells would, quite literally,

‘freeze’ to death! Although the treatment itself takes only 45 minutes, the

process of my cells dying and being passed through my lymphatic system,

then expelled by my body, could take up to six weeks, so no ‘quick fixes’


“Initially, cold cloths were placed on my tum to protect my skin from

the machine and then, what can only be described as a bucket, was placed

over my stomach and, with an almighty suck, my fat filled it to the brim!

Initially uncomfortable, this feeling soon abated and I was able to relax

for the rest of the treatment and read the newspaper, whilst being

vaguely aware of the dropping temperature of the flab-filled bucket.

“After 45 minutes, the machine was turned off, the bucket removed

and my frozen wobbly bits returned to their rightful place around my

middle. Veronica massaged the area to bring back a little feeling and, after

promising to drink 2-3 litres of water a day and also partake in a ritual

known as body brushing, I departed.

“Although no initial weight loss was evident, I did begin to feel trimmer

in the days that followed. I kept my promise of upping my fluid intake and

I dry-brushed the treated area both morning and night. Now, several

weeks later, I am aware that clothes and belts are looser and the area is

feeling more than a little firmer. Needless to say, I’m already planning my

next visit!”


New Year, New Chapter, New You?


Exercise at Your

Own Pace

Perfect for inactive

people who are looking

to do something a little

more physical in the

New Year, these classes

from Freedom Leisure

allow participants to

exercise at their own

pace but with qualified

and first-aid trained staff

on hand.

Walking Netball

Burntwood Leisure Centre

Wednesdays 10-11am

£3 per player.

Walking Football

Friary Grange Leisure Centre

Saturdays 10-11am

£2 per player

All abilities and ages are welcome, whether you still

play or haven’t played since school! Just bring a drink as

there will be lots of breaks. No pre booking necessary,

just turn up on the day! Call Julia on 07523 514852 or

email for more


New Year, New Chapter, New You?

Boxing Studio is

Changing Minds


ALichfield fitness centre run by a group of

sports stars has opened up the world of

boxing to groups who might have previously

considered it as 'hostile' and 'intimidating'.

Traditionally seen as testosterone-filled environments,

boxing clubs can often be intimidating places to work

out in. However, BeatBox boxing studios Lichfield, has

brought boxing fitness to a wider audience by breaking

down stereotypes surrounding the sport, and has seen a

reversal to this often-held view, with 75% of

memberships coming from female clients, even though

the fitness concept is designed to make boxing accessible to all.

The next-generation boxing fitness centre allows members to learn the art of boxing in a

dark, party-like atmosphere, and get ‘boxing fit’ when the lights go out.

Derby County goalkeeper and now BeatBox Director, Scott Carson, said: “We created

BeatBox for anyone who wants to have the physique that boxing training provides, but without

having to getting in to the ring to fight.”

Carson, the Manchester City goalkeeper, believes the main attraction has been the novel

‘night club’ training facilities.

“When you are dancing in a nightclub,” Carson explains, “you are less inhibited than if you

were dancing away, fully lit in daylight. So, we thought, why would a workout be any different?”

With all the facilities of a regular boxing gym, members work out in a nightclub environment,

boxing in a dark area to urban music genres, such as hip-hop, rap, or house-themed classes.

Join in January and receive free gloves worth £59!

Book your free trial by visiting Beatbox in City Arcade, Lichfield, calling 01543 411190

or visiting


New Year, New Chapter, New You?

Win a New You Wellness

Package at Senses of Siam

We’ve teamed up with Senses of Siam to offer you the chance to win a

New You Wellness Package, worth £70. To be in with a chance of

winning this fantastic prize, simply answer the question below correctly.

What is the old name of


a) Persia

b) Siam

c) Constantinople

Senses of Siam would like to offer Citylife readers

the New Year Wellness Package for just £49

during the month of January! Simply mention

CITYLIFE when booking to receive this

incredible discount!

To enter, just send your name, contact details and answer to Senses of Siam

Competition at or post your entry to Citylife in

Lichfield Ltd, PO Box 7126, Lichfield WS14 4JS by the closing date of 23rd January

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 Full t&cs on page 49.


New Year, New Chapter, New You?

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,

Backcester Lane, Lichfield.

WS13 6JH

Thursday & Saturday: Belper Natural Health

Centre, 12 Chapel Street, Belper DE56 1AR

Call 07889 056673 or





Happy Healthy Cycling


January always sees us looking

towards the lighter and warmer

months and making New Year

resolutions usually to be healthier

and fitter. Fleur Green, owner coordinator

of the Happy Healthy

Cycling Community Group, based in

Lichfield, is keen to help encourage

everyone, men, women and children to looking at ways of getting healthier and fitter

by helping to answer questions many have when just starting out.

This year as a recently qualified triathlon coach she will be working alongside a

number of organisations to put on ‘have a go at’ sessions throughout the year. These

will be coming free of charge in some instances and heavily sponsored for others,

enabling the session prices to be kept at a minimum. There will be swimming sessions

for ladies and running and cycling sessions for all throughout the coming months. In

particular Fleur is keen to talk to any ladies who would like the opportunity of trying

the sport of triathlon, combining swimming, cycling and running. There will be taster

sessions for beginners starting in January with many more sessions and opportunities

along the way. Working with British Triathlon and HerSpirit, Fleur is keen to help

women try out the activities and ultimately take them on a journey of personal

achievement to even attempting a triathlon in the summer as a beginners’ group, all

supporting each other whilst learning new healthier activities and, ultimately, achieving


For more information please contact Fleur on, or

pop into Cycling 2000 on Wheel Lane where she works. You can also ring her at the

shop on 01543 258280.

Respite & Holiday



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.

*Please note: We make no additional charge for these


Local Choir Seeks

New Members


Three Spires Community

Choir is looking for

new members to join its

fun and friendly choir.

The choir’s aim is to

encourage more people to

experience the positive

effects social singing has on health and wellbeing and is led

by local musical talent, Ruairi Edwards.

The choir is looking for all voices, male and female. There

are no auditions and no requirements to read music or sing

solo. The new term starts on Thursday 9th January with

rehearsals every Thursday from 6.15-7.45pm (during term

time) at Wade St Church, Frog Lane, with a weekly fee of £4.

For further information, email:


Staffordshire teddy

with 'amazing' WWII

story sparks bidding


By Adrian Rathbone of

Hansons Auctioneers


Awar-weary teddy bear found in a Staffordshire loft sold for 10 times

its estimate at auction as bidders fought to buy a toy with an

incredible story.

The battered early 20th century bear, which was used as a soldier’s

pillow in an army tank and played a part in the Allies’ Victory Parade in

Berlin in 1945, sparked huge interest went under the hammer at

Hansons London in December.

A room bidder triumphed. Kirsty Johnston, a 59-year-old retired nurse

from Barnet, London, paid £4,000 for the bear – more than 10 times its

low estimate of £400.

She said: “I collect WW1 and WW2 bears. I have around 1,000. He’s

joined a nice collection of old bears in my sitting room.”

Owners Tom, 76 and Mo Matthews, 75, from Stafford, were stunned by

the result. Mo said: “I

couldn’t believe it

when I saw the bear

had sold for £4,000. I

ring Hansons to

check before I told


The bear, which

had been languishing

in their loft for 40

years, was given to

Tom Matthews’

father, Thomas

Matthews snr, in

1944 by a grateful

The new owner of the bear Kirsty Johnston.

Image by Hansons Auctioneers.

school teacher in Raamsdonksveer, Holland, after British troops

liberated their town during the Second World War.

She was particularly grateful to Thomas, a member of the Royal

Artillery’s 62nd anti-tank regiment, because he risked his life to source

coal and provide heat for the people of Raamsdonksveer who enjoyed a

hot bath for the first time in years. Thomas snr died in 1990 at the age

of 74.

Tom jnr, a retired aircraft technician from Stafford, said: “We have no

children, no one to leave the bear to. I hated the thought of him ending

up in a skip during house clearance.”

Free valuations for all manner of toys, watches, silver, jewellery,

pictures, antiques and collectables are held at the Hedgehog Inn, Stafford

Road, Lichfield, WS13 8JB, every Monday, 10.30am-12.30pm, from January

6. For house clearance/downsizing advice, or to arrange a free home

visit, email Adrian Rathbone: or

phone 01889 358050.



Full of Christmas


With We Love Lichfield


Christmas came early for good causes across the district

after We Love Lichfield donated thousands of pounds

in grants at its special festive presentation.

The charity, which supports voluntary groups making a difference in

our communities, invited recipients, civic leaders, businesses and other

guests to the event in Lichfield’s George Hotel on 13th December.

Thirteen voluntary groups received grants in front of a packed room of

people who immediately got into the Christmas spirit courtesy of carol

singing by the Lichfield Friary School Choir.

The patron of We Love Lichfield, Simon Price, thanked all the fund’s

advisors and went on to speak of how we owe so much to the wonderful

work of volunteers. He then announced to the 100+ strong room of

guests that the Fund has given away grants now on average every 10 days

since it started and he invited all the beneficiaries to talk about their

contribution to the district.

Organisations receiving grants included: City of Lichfield Friends, King

George V Memorial Scouts and Guides, Kendall and Wall Charitable Trust,

Friends 2 Friends, The Lichfield Trishaw Project, Diocesan Digest Sound

Magazine of Lichfield Cathedral, Clifton Campville Village Hall, Midlands

Soccer Academy, Lichfield and District Talking News, Lichfield Re:Cycle,

Cogs Prepares 4 Life, Curborough Community Association and Lichfield

Society of Arts.

The finale of the presentation was a surprise appearance by celebrity

and actor Su Pollard to present a special prize. Currently starring in the

Dick Whittington panto at the Wolverhampton Grand, Su shouted “hi-dehi”

to the audience who, of course, responded “ho-de-ho!” Su was the

special surprise guest to present a brand-new award – The We Love

Lichfield Business Community Champion. Created to celebrate

businesses which support the fund through donations and publicity, the

inaugural award went to Richard Winterton, of Richard Winterton

Auctioneers, who has so far raised over £5000.

We Love Lichfield recipients and guests

The Fund has given away grants every 10 days on average

What is We Love Lichfield?

We Love Lichfield is a local fund that provides small grants to a wide

range of projects based in Lichfield District. The fund considers all

applications from local groups in need twice a year. Companies and

individuals are welcome to donate or fundraise and all money is invested

through a permanent endowment fund by registered charity The

Community Foundation for Staffordshire on behalf of We Love Lichfield

in line with charity commission guidelines. The interest and dividends

earned on the invested money is then distributed by the Fund as small

grants across the district. The beauty of this model is that it will provide

a source of on-going funding that can be used for small grants, and larger

grants as the fund grows, for many years to come. The aim is by 2023 to

have created enough capital to give away £50K every year for ever.

For more details and to make a donation to the fund, visit

Photos by Robert Yardley.


Su Pollard presenting a silver salver to Richard Winterton

Keith England presenting a cheque to Clifton Campville Village Hall








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Lichfield Cathedral is Fully Alive


Watch out for an action-packed, funfilled

year in 2020 with Lichfield

Cathedral. Each year the Cathedral

launches a yearly theme that is woven through

every event, service, exhibition and art project.

This year saw the theme ‘Journeys Through

Space, Light & Time’ as the Cathedral

celebrated 50 years since the first moon

landing and explored the relationship between

science and religion. There were free family

activities; a 36-metre replica of the surface of

the moon; a space-themed The Great

Exhibition; a Science and Religion lecture

series, plus 40,000 people involved in creating

‘A Constellation of Images’ across the West

Midlands. Finally, there was a light and sound

spectacular to kick-off the festive period.

In 2020, Lichfield Cathedral will be

celebrating, exploring and discovering what it

means to be truly human and fully alive. Taking

this theme, the Cathedral will be looking at

what makes us human, what creates happiness

and joy, how our lives change as we get older

and what being ‘fully alive’ truly means.

January 2020 starts with an exhibition

entitled ‘Nurturing Spiritual Life’ that explores

how people have nurtured their spiritual life

within the Christian tradition through 1,500

years. From the early days of Christianity,

where the Bible was hand copied on

manuscripts in Latin, to modern times where

anyone can read the Bible on their


The rest of the year promises art projects,

family activities, street parties, film festivals,

light shows, lectures, exhibitions and much



Cathedral’s Nod

to Notre-Dame

Notre-Dame Cathedral was remembered

this Christmas as images from its famous

windows were projected across the nave of

Lichfield Cathedral as an act of solidarity with

the Paris landmark, and to raise awareness of

the fragility of all cathedrals.

The world was shocked by the pictures of

Notre-Dame, burning orange against the sky,

as fire engulfed it last April. The gothic spire

and roof collapsed, but remarkably many of

its treasures were saved, including its two bell

towers and its three Rose windows, who

elements were incorporated into this year’s

The Cathedral Illuminated 2019: The

Beginning project by the cathedral’s Artistic

Director, Peter Walker in collaboration with


Art installation by

Artist Peter Walker in

collaboration with


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Tuesday 7th January

The City of Lichfield Probus


A talk by Terry Graham on the

work of the Monmore Green

Greyhound Trust finding homes

for retired greyhounds.

Each month, there are interesting

local trips to places of interest

and two quizzes take place.

Venue: St Matthew’s Sports &

Social Club in Burntwood.

Time: First Tuesday of every

month at

More information from 07971

113505 or

Wednesday 8th January

Lichfield U3A

The Role of Cadbury Workers in

the 1st World War by speaker

Fiona Joseph.

Venue: Lichfield Guildhall

Time: 2pm

Thursday 9th January

Lichfield Branch of Parkinsons’s


A talk on ‘Food Glorious food.’

The branch holds its meeting s on

2nd Thursday of every month. It

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.

For further information ring

01543 264465.

Venue: Martin Heath Hall,

Christchurch Lane, Lichfield WS13


Thursday 9th January

Three Spires Community Choir

A free open session for new


A fun and friendly choir led by

Ruairi Edwards. All voices, male

and female most welcome. No

auditions or requirement to read


Venue: Wade St Church, Lichfield

(Frog Lane Entrance).

Time: 6.15pm–7.45pm (every

Thursday during term time).

Email threespirescommunitychoir or find us on


Thursday 16th January

Lichfield Civic Society

A History of the Walsall Leather

Trade & Museum So Far by

speaker David Mills, Assistant


Venue: The Lichfield Room, Wade

Street Church Community Hall,

Frog Lane, Lichfield.

Time: 7.45pm

Price: Members and students are

free. Visitors are always welcome

(£3 on door).

Monday 20th January

Lichfield Textile & Stitch Group

The speaker this month will be

Barbara Marshall talking about the

Chadsmoor Tapestry.

We host a variety of speakers and

are a fun and friendly group.

Plenty of free parking opposite.

Third Monday of every month.

Venue: The Fire Station,

Birmingham Road, Lichfield,WS13


Time: 7pm for 7.30pm

Price: £2 to cover entry and

refreshments -Visitors very

welcome .

For further information, contact

Anna Stanley at

Wednesday 22nd January 2020

Stonnall Conservation Society

We look forward to seeing you

all again and we welcome Phil

Griffiths who will be giving a talk

on “Stories of the English

Coinage” which date from the

earliest coins in Greece almost

3,000 years ago up to

Decimalisation and the present


Venue: Stonnall Youth and

Community Centre, Main Street,

Stonnall WS9 9EE.

Time: 7.30pm

Saturday 25th January

Burns Night Celebration


Celebrate the birthday of

Scotland’s most loved bard with a

delicious four course dinner with

a Scottish flavour and a tot of

whisky in Darwin’s Restaurant at

The George Hotel.

Venue: The George Hotel

Time: 7pm

Price: £35 per person

Sunday 26th January

Wedding Open Day

If you are looking for a city

centre wedding venue, come and

see The George Hotel dressed

for a wedding reception.

Venue: The George Hotel

Time: 11am-2pm

Entry is free.

Wednesday 12th February

Lichfield U3A

The Gothic Revival in

Staffordshire by speaker Danny


Venue: Lichfield Guildhall

Time: 2pm

Words Alive!

The Samuel Johnson Birthplace


Begins Saturday 11th January,

10:30am – 11:45pm

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!

£3.00 per session, £2.00 for


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