Citylife in Lichfield December 2019

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All the news, views, articles, competitions, recipes and history features are here in our festive, Christmassy December edition of Citylife in Lichfield - everything you want to know, explore and learn about Lichfield in one magazine!

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6 Win a Les Georgettes Bracelet

Courtesy of City Jewellers Lichfield


14 Tastes of the Season

Simon Smith offers up his Christmas Tips


28 The Garrick Theatre of Christmas Past

Jono Oates looks at the history of the

original Garrick Theatre


36 Ciao Bella!

Italian Night at The Strawberry Cabin is

one not to miss!


44 Christmas Gifts for Her

The perfect gifts for ladies this year

Production - Helen Smith 07967 154187

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Win a Les Georgettes Bracelet

from City Jewellers

The original customisable French jewellery, Les Georgettes by Altesse

is the perfect accompaniment to your Christmas outfit this year!

In particular, the iconic Courbe bracelet, with cubic zirconia in a silver

finish, is chic and refined and can be worn with its interchangeable and

reversible leather band. Choose between its Coral side or its Metallic

Navy Blue side, to go with your daytime or evening look!

We’ve teamed up with City Jewellers of Lichfield to offer you the

chance to win a Les Georgettes Courbe Bracelet. Want to win? Simply

look at the picture on the right and contact us with your answer to the

following question:

How many baubles are in the window of City

Jewellers Lichfield?

Nearest answer to the correct amount wins!

For the truly dedicated among you, feel free to visit City

Jewellers’ shop window and have a go at counting them!

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

Competition at or post your entry to Citylife in

Lichfield Ltd, PO Box 7126, Lichfield WS14 4JS by the closing date of 18th

December 2019. 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.


First Anniversary for

The Courtyard!


Amanda Shaw and her team at The Courtyard Fine Art Lounge celebrated the

gallery’s first birthday by inviting guests to a lavish cocktail party on the

evening of Saturday 16th November.

Attendees, which included some of Lichfield’s best-known names and faces,

were treated to drinks and canapes at the Dam Street venue whilst listening to

the soul and jazz classics of Titine Lavoix.

Having stood empty for many years, the store saw a dramatic refurbishment

when Amanda took over in 2018 and is now home to stunning pieces of artwork

by some of the industry’s biggest names.

Amanda said: “Thank you to the girls who have worked so hard. To my

wonderful family, and to all our supporters over the past 12 months. Here’s to an

exciting, bigger and better second year!”




Cathedral Donates

Denis May Art

A series of dramatic monochrome prints

inspired by the poems of Wilfred Owen that

were on display during Remembrance-tide last

year in Lichfield Cathedral have been donated

to two National Collections.

The 22 linocuts, by Denis May, combine

religious iconography with depictions of the

horrors of war on the Western Front. The

strong graphic qualities of the work with their

blocks of velvety black ink, dramatic shading

effects and stark white lines are perfectly suited

to the intense nature of their subject matter.

A selection of the prints was exhibited at

Lichfield in 2018 under the title ‘Not about

Heroes’, before being donated to the National

Army Museum and Manchester Regiment



Lichfield School’s

Cookery Cash Boost

Ian Harvey (left) from M6toll with pupils from the

Flamingo Class and teacher, Claire Dryhurst (right).

A local special needs school is set to offer

cookery lessons to its pupils after being backed

with a £1,500 donation from M6toll.

Lichfield-based Rocklands Special Needs

School, which provides enrichment

opportunities for children who have complex

medical and special educational needs, was

selected as one of M6toll’s monthly Drive for

Charity in the Community campaign winners.

The donation will finance the cooking element

of a ‘Dare to Dream’ topic, enabling equipment

and ingredients to be purchased to allow the

children to learn valuable cooking skills.

Since the M6toll opened 15 years ago, operator

Midland Expressway Limited (MEL) has donated

more than £1million to local good causes. To

find out more, visit


Awards for Love

Ladies’ Locals

Two Staffordshire

business women have

been recognised at



#LoveBizAwards, an

annual event hosted

by Love Ladies

Business Group, which

took place at The

Crowne Plaza, Solihull

on Friday 1st November.

More than 500 nominations were received

across 10 categories. Ruth Redgate, from Elford,

was named Ambassador of the Year for the

work she does for the Lichfield arm of The Love

Ladies Business Group, whilst Wendy Harris, of

Yoxall, was winner in the Business to Business

Impact category.

The Lichfield meetings of Love Ladies Business

Group are held on the second Tuesday of the

month at McKenzie’s in the City.

For more information visit


Festive Run Goes


On Sunday 8th December, Lichfield will host the

annual fun run event, the Festive Dash

(previously known as the Santa Dash), which

will see hundreds of fun runners completing the

2.5km traffic-free route around the city.

The event begins at 10.30am when Santa will

officially set the festive bunch on their way with

the help of his elves (and friends from the

Lichfield Round Table)!

Proceeds from the event will go to Shining

Stars, which provides night club experiences for

adults with disabilities in the area, and was set

up by local runner, Charlotte Aspley. She

commented: “As part of our mission to be

kinder to the planet we have decided to make

our fun run a festive fancy dress affair! By

wearing your favourite festive jumper or outfit

we can avoid discarded Santa suits ending up in


To take part in the Festive Dash visit or The Barbers, 3 Tudor

Row, Lichfield.


Brook Clearance by


On 19th September and 31st October,

Leomansley Area Residents Association (LARA)

undertook work to help restore the water flow

to Trunkfield Brook where it flows through

Darwin Park.

Members of LARA were joined by local

volunteers, including Councillor Jamie

Checkland, and volunteers from South Staffs


Debris from the water and surrounding areas

was cleared along a considerable length of the

brook. The work included cutting back

overhanging branches and clearing the areas

adjacent to the brook. Every effort was made to

ensure that the ecology was not affected by the


Thanks go to Lichfield District Council and

Taylor Wimpey for clearing away the resulting

debris and to Waitrose for providing washing

and toilet facilities.

The Darwin Park Pool and Wildlife Project is a

LARA imitative to improve the pools and green

spaces that form a part of the Darwin Park

Estate. More information can be found at


Congratulations to our

November winners!

P Rogers, H Benham and M Ruane will all

receive a canteen of Arthur Price cutlery.

The winners of tickets to the BBC

Winter Food Show were H Townsend, M

Crowton and J Phillips.

Well done!




Canal Trust Receives

Queen’s Award

Ian Dudson presents the award to Eric Wood.

Picture by Margaret Beardsmore.

Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration

Trust (LHCRT) received the Queen’s Award for

Voluntary Services at a ceremony in the city’s

historic Guildhall.

The Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Ian

Dudson, presented a certificate, signed by Her

Majesty the Queen, to LHCRT president Eric

Wood at the event, attended by many of the

Trust’s volunteers as well as civic dignitaries and

representatives of groups and businesses who

have played a part in the on-going restoration of

the canals.

The Queen’s Award, the equivalent of the MBE

for voluntary sector organisations, recognises

the outstanding contribution made to local

communities by individuals devoting their time

for the benefit of others.

LHCRT was praised for ‘restoring a derelict

canal to improve the environment and for the

benefit of the local community, wildlife and



Auctioneer Teams Up

with John Lewis

Ben Winterton (left), Lucy Hughes from John Lewis &

Partners, Tamworth, and auctioneer

Richard Winterton (right).

Richard Winterton Auctioneers has teamed up

with John Lewis & Partners, Tamworth, for an

exclusive pre-Christmas event.

The Ventura Park store will be welcoming

Richard and his team for a special valuation

evening on Friday 6th December, from 5pm-

7pm. Entry to the special event costs just £5,

which includes a glass of prosecco as well as a

£5 John Lewis voucher to redeem instore on

the evening.

Mr Winterton, who appears regularly on BBC

Bargain Hunt and Dickinson’s Real Deal, said:

“Our team of specialists can cast a professional

eye over anything from jewellery and watches

to all kinds of antiques and curiosities, pictures,

wines, whisky and port.

“We can’t wait to see what treasures turn up.”

To reserve your place, ask instore at John Lewis

& Partners Tamworth.


Co-op Funds Local


Three local organisations celebrated with

Morley Road Co-op, Burntwood, on Saturday

23rd November after being awarded funding

from the Co-op local community fund and

sharing over £14,000 between them! Spark in

Burntwood, Hammerwich Women’s Institute

Hall and 2nd Norton Canes Brownies and

Guides were all selected to benefit this year.

The Co-op has also donated refreshments to

community events such as Play in the Parks and

the Burntwood Wakes, whilst Spark has a

partnership with the Co-op to distribute spare

food donations to local families.

During the last year every time Co-op

members at Morley Road and Chasetown Swan

Island shopped at their Co-op, 1% of what they

spent on selected own-branded products and

services has gone towards helping fund these

community projects. Co-op has also given all

money raised from shopping bag sales to the

causes, to help even more.


Helping Local

People in Crisis

The Citylife team joined other volunteers at

Lichfield Foodbank at Tesco on Thursday 21st

November for an eye-opening experience

helping to collect food items from generous


Lichfield Foodbank provides three days’ worth

of emergency food for people in crisis, and

helped more than 1,100 people in 2018.

We’d like to thank Lichfield Foodbank for

(From left) Rebecca, Jono and Krissy from the Citylife team.

allowing us to join them and see the hard work

that the dedicated volunteers do – without

them, it would not be possible. Thanks also go

to everyone who kindly donates food or money

to help out people in crisis.

To find out more about Lichfield Foodbank, or

to volunteer, visit


Local Golfer Climbs

the Ranks

November saw Tom Beard compete in the

EDGA Algarve Disable Open at Vila Sol Golf

Resort in Vilamoura, Portugal. This was a world

ranking event with the elite players fighting it

out for the title. Tom finished in twelfth place in

the gross category, and fourth in the nett

category (with handicap off). The field had 75

players from the USA to Australia and

everywhere between! This is a great result for

Tom as it means he has climbed up to 57th

place in the world rankings, maintaining a place

in the national team. Well done Tom – 2020 is

going to be an exciting year!

Opportunity for a

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We currently have an opportunity for a

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For further information and a full job

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Win Tickets to see the NRO

“The Glenn Miller & Rat Pack Era”

Nick Ross is delighted to bring

the Big Band Sound of the 1940s

and 50s to Lichfield Garrick

Theatre on Sunday 19th January

2020 with a concert celebrating

Glenn Miller and the Rat Pack era.

With a full line-up of

saxophones, trumpets,

trombones, a rhythm section and special guest vocalist Sam Merrick, the

Nick Ross Orchestra will faithfully recreate the wonderful sound of the

Big Bands including those led by Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Tommy

Dorsey and Syd Lawrence.

Featuring numbers such as “Moonlight Serenade”, “In the Mood”, “A

String of Pearls” and “Little Brown Jug”, memories of wartime and the

blitz will no doubt be brought flooding back to life. The music will span

almost all the emotions of those difficult times: comradeship, doubt, fear,

loss and, most significantly, the hope in love.

The Nick Ross Orchestra uses arrangements exactly as recorded in

the Great Swing Era, coupled with outstanding instrumental and vocal

performances. This special concert celebrating the inimitable Glenn

Miller and other Big Band greats promise to be an unmissable evening of

music and song with a liberal sprinkling of swinging Rat Pack


We’ve got a pair of tickets to this event to

give away, courtesy of Nick Ross Orchestra. To

be in with a chance of winning, simply

unscramble the letters below to make the

name of a popular orchestral instrument.


- - - - - - - -

To find out more about the Nick Ross Orchestra, or to book tickets

to this event, visit or call the box office on

01543 412121.

To enter, just send your name, contact details and answer to NRO Competition at or post your entry to Citylife in Lichfield Ltd, PO Box 7126,

Lichfield WS14 4JS by the closing date of 18th December 2019. 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

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Tastes of the Season

Christmas Tips

By Simon Smith

Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat!

Now is the time to start planning the Christmas

meal and trying to avoid spending the whole day

in the kitchen. More often than not the ‘chef of

the day’ is short on space in the kitchen and

stressed about cooking for large numbers of

people. With a little bit of advance planning this

can be avoided.

Cook your sprouts a day or two before and put

them straight into cold water to stop them

cooking and keep a nice green colour. Drain

them off and keep them in the fridge. You can do

this with any green veg. When you want to

serve them, tip them into a pan of boiling water

for a minute, drain them off and put on a knob

of butter and a little salt and pepper.

You can also cook your carrots a day or two

before. I would recommend just covering them

with water, a knob of butter, fresh bay leaf, a

tablespoon of honey and some salt. Simmer

them gently until just cooked. Turn them off and

let them cool. Leave in the pan and put into the

fridge ready to reheat in the same beautiful

scented liquid.

Your roast potatoes can be blanched the day

before, cover with cold water and bring to the

boil. Drain in a colander and shake to rough up

the outside. On Christmas day dust with a little

plain flour and some chopped fresh rosemary

and sprinkle with some sea salt flakes. Cook in

hot oil. I always use Maris Piper for this as you

get a lovely crisp and fluffy potato.

The biggest issue of the day is always the turkey.

‘Will it fit in my oven?’ is the most common

question. If you think it may not you can always

ask your butcher to take the legs off and bone

them. This will give you a great cavity to put

your stuffing in. It also gives you some bones to

make turkey gravy with.

Instead of turkey you may want to try a little

something different. In this case I would plump

for goose. A beautiful moist meat but some

worry that it is very fatty. To overcome this I

always prick the breast skin and start to cook it


upside down on a cooling rack. This way the fat

drains out into the bottom of the pan and we

can use it to cook our roast potatoes in

double whammy! Turn it breast side up after half

an hour to brown off.

Roasting times: Cook for 10 mins at 240C/fan

220C/gas 9, then reduce to 190C/fan 170C/gas

5 and cook for 20 mins per kg for medium-rare,

32 mins per kg for more well-done, plus 30 mins


How to carve: Goose breasts are shallow, so

take a sharp, long thin-bladed knife and angle it

at about 90 degrees to the breastbone, carving

from the neck end. Detach the legs then slice off

the thigh meat.

Citrus Butter

If you want to add a bit of extra flavour to your

bird you can make a beautiful citrus butter to

put between the breast skin and the meat.

8ozs salted butter

1 orange, zested

1 lemon, zested

2 sage leaves finely chopped

Ground black pepper


Soften the butter and add the citrus zest, sage

leaf and black pepper. Work together until

completely mixed and then spread between the

skin and meat. Whilst the turkey is cooking the

flavours will infuse into the meat and the breast

meat will stay beautifully moist.

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.


Tippers held its

annual Christmas

Market on Saturday

23rd November at

its showroom in

Lichfield. The event,

which was very well

attended, raised a

total of £334 for St Giles Hospice!

We bring you a few highlights

of the day in pictures…

Tippers’ Christmas Market


Amy Tipper with staff, chef Simon Smith

and Father Christmas.

Chef, Simon Smith, giving a seasonal cookery

demonstration at Tippers’ Christmas Market, helping

to raise money for St Giles Hospice.

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




The Green Man



Located in the quaint village of Middleton, near Tamworth, The Green

Man has recently undergone a dramatic refurbishment to become the

perfect country pub, with a premium feel and a vibrant twist. So when

Citylife was invited to sample the exciting menu, we jumped at the chance

to see the renovation for ourselves!

Structurally, the building remains the same however the décor has been

substantially refreshed. Featuring deep, rich hues of peacock blue, green

and purple, the once dark and traditional interior has been transformed

into an opulent space with a contemporary vibe.

The menu boasted country fayre classics, with modern twists, such as

the Sticky Pig Sharing Board which combined favourites such as sausage

roll, scotch egg and pork belly with beetroot piccalilli, smoky creamed

corn and apple sauce and crackling.

Delightfully large and succulent lamb chops were cooked to perfection

(pink and juicy) and served with chorizo, butternut puree and

dauphinoise potatoes.

Supporting the British fishing industry, there were dishes of fresh fish

caught in the North Atlantic, and a delicately cooked skate wing arrived

with accompaniments of brown shrimp, garlic samphire and mashed

potato. Impressively, there is a full vegan menu available also, with wellthought

out dishes lovingly created by the masterful culinary team.

To finish off what had been a feast fit for a King and Queen, the

flamboyant Icon Sharing Dessert Birdcage played host to three fantastic

sweets and certainly created an interesting talking point!


Group Transforms

Smallest Park


Prince’s Park in Burntwood, which holds the Guiness World

Record of Britain’s Smallest Park, was spectacularly transformed

to create an Armistice Day Memorial by Friends of Princes’ Park, part

of Burntwood Action Group.

The display shows the silhouettes of two life-sized soldiers either

side of a refurbished bench, along with 1,000 poppies made out of

recycled plastic that cover the base of the small park’s three trees

and are dotted along the railings.

The two soldier figures were made from plywood and timber

donated by G. E. Collis & Sons Ltd of Chasetown, and made by Barry

Colbourne from a template supplied by Redwood Roofing.

Crown Cutting Ltd of Chasetown carried out a free ground

inspection to ensure no essential services were beneath the area

where the soldiers were secured with wooden posts.

Paint for the bench and railings was supplied by Tonks Brothers

Tree Services and Lichfield District Council’s parks team, which also

removed, transported and refitted the heavy cast iron bench so it

could be fully refurbished by members of the friends group.

Drinks-wise, the pub offers everything you would expect, plus a little

bit extra. From real ales to quality wines, and even cocktails, there’s

something for everyone. Even those driving can pick from a special

alcohol-free menu, meaning that no-one gets left out!

If you’re looking for somewhere to take family and friends to impress

them this festive season, then The Green Man combines incredible food

with lavish décor in a tranquil countryside setting.

Visit The Green Man at Church Lane, Middleton, Tamworth, B78

2AN or online at

Volunteers made 1,000 poppies out of old plastic bottles which they

painted before being secured around the base of each of the trees and

along the railings.

Burntwood Action Group is sharing information about the project as it

progresses on its Facebook page, and has added a donation button so

followers can donate to the Royal British Legion. So far more than £150

has been raised.




‘For A Better Life VI – Red’ by Fabian Perez fetched £4,000.



By David Fergus, Decorative Arts Valuer at

Richard Winterton Auctioneers


Adrenaline pumping, you open the wrapping and a treasure you never

expected presents itself.

It’s a festive scene soon to be played out all over the world but at The

Lichfield Auction Centre surprise finds ensure Christmas comes rather

more regularly than once a year!

It is rather like Christmas morning when a client brings in something for

a valuation and discovers they’re sitting on a fortune. Who knows what

wonderful artistic treasure is innocently hanging on walls across the

Midlands – or languishing in lofts?

Some people may inherit a piece of art, the signature is indecipherable and

they have no idea what it is. But remember, your gran and granddad were

once hip and trendy! The art they might have collected could turn out to

be something really special and these treasures are still out there waiting

to be discovered!

I shan’t forget a phenomenal collection of modern art which had been

stored in a Burntwood lock-up for 12 years.

Amongst it was an abstract oil painting titled ‘Artist and Curtain’ by Roy

Oxlade (British 1929-2014).

Taking it to sale, this was only the third time this particular piece had

appeared at auction and

there was a fierce bidding

battle to a £9,000 hammer


It’s the best-ever for Roy

Oxlade by some distance –

the previous highest price

for an Oxlade was £2,000 in

2007. So, from a lock-up in

Burntwood to achieving a

world record price! Funnily

enough, the client previously

achieved a record price of

£3,200 for a 1963 abstract,

‘Guyana X’ by Aubrey

Williams (Guyanese 1926-

1990) from the same

collection in another of our

‘Guyana X’ by Aubrey Williams sold for


A signed print of ‘Peel Park, Salford’ by LS Lowry sold for £3,200.

‘Artist and Curtain’ by Roy Oxlade made £9,000.

Fine Art sales.

Other more leftfield originals sold recently include two abstract oils on

canvas by Mali Morris, a British artist born in 1945, fetching £2,200 and


Changing tack but staying modern, six paintings by the popular

contemporary Argentinian artist Fabian Perez fetched £18,400 earlier this


In terms of prints, a perennial favourite at auction is LS Lowry. His art has

never been more popular; at auction his oil paintings now regularly make

several million pounds – increasing the price of limited edition signed


One such lithograph of ‘Peel Park, Salford’ from 1975 was a perfect

example of the artist’s trademark industrial scenes and matchstick people

and it sold for £3,200.

In fact, some say the Lowry market is at a possible peak – so if you have

a print you’re considering selling, now could be a canny time to do so.

Other artists in terms of prints to look out for include Patrick Caulfield,

Patrick Heron (we have a print of his up for auction this December),

Eileen Cooper and Sir Terry Frost.

Richard Winterton Auctioneers offers free valuations every Tuesday

between 9.30am-4pm at The Lichfield Auction Centre, Wood End Lane,

Fradley Park WS13 8NF. You can also email us at or call on 01543 251081.The auction

house will be closed from December 19th until January 2nd but do pop

in before or after the holidays with your surprises and help us keep

Christmas all year round!

Richard Winterton Auctioneers would like to wish CityLife and its

readers a wonderful festive season and peaceful new year.



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plenty of spots for all those sparkly baubles you can’t bear to leave in the box.

• Wonderful, Christmassy scent. You’ll want to bottle it!

• Sharp and spiky to touch, so be careful with little hands hanging decorations.

• Loses needles slightly quicker, so is best bought fresh close to Christmas.

• Keep away from heat and water regularly.

Standout Sparkle

For those searching for a statement tree, we always recommend the Lodgepole

Pine. Lush and bushy, it’s perfect for big rooms with high ceilings and lots of space.

When choosing, look closely - you might find one with pine cones clinging to the

branches. Nature’s already done a little decorating for you!

• Big personality, so be daring with your decorations. This tree will pull anything off!

• Lusciously long, yellowy green needles and a full, bushy appearance.

• Fresh pine scent.

• Distinctive branches that point upwards.

• Holds onto needles for a long time - great if you like to start Christmas early!

Family-Friendly Simplicity

A true crowd-pleaser. The Nordmann Fir is the most popular Christmas tree in

Europe, and it’s no surprise - it’s non-allergenic, soft, and gorgeously green. It also

holds onto its needles for much longer than some other varieties.

• Good for allergies as needles have a thick, waxy coating.

• Soft foliage and an even shape - a joy to decorate.

• Glossy, dark green needles with an almost light blue underside.

• Strong branches are ideal for hanging heavier decorations.

• Long-lasting, requiring little maintenance.


Buddy Holly Rocks



Greyhounds are

Good for your


By Lauren Hirst of Greyhound

Trust Hall Green


World renowned tribute

act, Buddy Holly and The

Cricketers, has delighted

audiences around the globe and

recently in Cannock too when the band took to the stage at the Prince of Wales


The authentic sound and pure professionalism did the late Buddy Holly proud, and

featured his greatest hits including Rave On, Peggy Sue, Everyday, Heartbeat and

beautiful ballads like Raining in my Heart and True Love Ways. The ensemble also played

Chantilly Lace as a tribute to the Big Boppa, who tragically died in the plane crash that

also claimed Buddy’s life.

The superb venue was packed as the audience ‘rocked out’ for more than two hours.

It’s safe to say that Buddy Holly and The Cricketers will be very much welcomed back!

For further information on forthcoming events at the Prince of Wales Theatre, visit

Christmas is almost upon us, bringing with it all of

its holiday excess. But did you know that studies

have shown that pets are good for your health? So

forget crash diets, slimming clubs and the gym - dog

owners hold the secret to staying healthy and shedding

the pounds!

Walking the dog is great exercise but there are also

emotional benefits, too - dogs keep us connected to the

world. People with pets are approached more often for

conversation than when alone. A survey by the

Greyhound Trust revealed that 97% of dog owners say

that their canine pals have made them happier people.

Dogs don’t judge us when we’ve put on a few pounds

after Christmas, or when we are having other difficulties

in our lives. People with pets have higher levels of the

chemicals in the brain that stimulate feelings of

satisfaction, and love... and the dogs feel it too.

So it’s official: pets are good for our physical and

emotional health!

Greyhound Trust Hall Green has kennels in Shenstone

and Hagley with 40 dogs looking for homes. Greyhounds

only need two 20 minute walks a day so they make

perfect pets for people with restricted mobility or time.

To find out more about the dogs waiting for

adoption, or how to become a volunteer dog

walker, phone the Trust on 0121-426-4810,email or visit



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...

Historian, Victorian Jono, at Lichfield

Foodbank, Tesco

LHCRT Queen's Award presentation at

Lichfield Guildhall

Richard Winterton in full swing at the

Abbotts Bromley School auction

Volunteers of the LARA Pools Project at

Darwin Park

Citylife ladies, Rebecca and Krissy,

volunteering with Lichfield Foodbank at Tesco.

Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

celebrates Staffordshire Tourism Award

Remembrance Sunday parade at Alrewas


Peter Walker’s latest art installation at

Lichfield Cathedral

Images by Jono Oates

Blooming Lichfield Award at Monks Walk


Cast of Last Tango and Panto in Little

Grimley, Cathedral Hotel

NHS Families' Health and Wellbeing

Service at Commuity Event, Market Square

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event that you'd like to see in

Month in Pics?

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for consideration.

Specsavers Remembers



taff from Specsavers in Lichfield travelled back in time on Friday 8th

November to raise money for Blind Veterans UK and Poppy Appeal.

Members of the team raised £200 whilst hosting the charity fundraiser.

Staff dressed up in 1940s style clothing and customers made donations

by purchasing a sweet treat from the cake sale and entering the raffle.

All donations from the cake sale and raffle will be handed over to

Barry Harteveld, a representative from Blind Veterans UK. The charity

helps ex-service men and women of all generations to rebuild their lives

after sight loss. The charity has worked to provide rehabilitation, training,

practical advice and emotional support since 1915. Their support means

thousands of veterans around the UK can still live a life of fulfilment.


The Wilko store on Bore Street, site of the former

Garrick Theatre

The Garrick Theatre

of Christmas Past

By Jono Oates


‘Tis the Season to be Jolly… and there is no better place to be jolly at

Christmas than at the traditional panto at the Lichfield Garrick! This

year’s production is Cinderella and Citylife in Lichfield will be there to

shout out “He’s Behind You!” along with the rest of the audience, for

what will be another sell-out festive season. However, the theatre that

currently stands on Garrick Square was not the first Garrick Theatre in

Lichfield. Here, I delve into the story of the David Garrick Memorial

Theatre of the 1950s.

The Garrick Theatre is one of the most recognisable buildings on

Lichfield’s skyline but the site of the original David Garrick Theatre is one

that many Lichfeldians will also recognise… that of the Wilkinson’s store

on Bore Street.

In 1949, Mrs Joan Cowlishaw opened a new Repertory Playhouse and,

for four short years, it produced hundreds of plays for Lichfield

audiences including, of course, the obligatory festive panto.

Joan purchased the building, which had previously been the Palladium

Theatre and the Lido Cinema, with the intention of reviving the name of

David Garrick in the city where he had been brought up as a child.

After converting the former cinema to a theatre in early 1949 it

opened its doors for the first time in the March of that year, with a

production of Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. George Roche was the

first producer but he was soon replaced by Kenneth Tynan. Tynan put on

an elaborate, and controversial, production of the play The Beaux

Stratagem, written by Irish playwright George Farquhar while staying at

the George Hotel. Tynan soon left the company and later became a

noted, and feared, theatre critic for the London Evening Standard and The


The David Garrick Memorial Theatre

Joan Cowlishaw

In 1949 the company put on a panto and, coincidentally, they also

chose Cinderella. John Boulter and Sidney Dench played the Ugly Sisters

while Cinderella was played by Elizabeth James who struggled on despite

having been injured in a car accident the day before the first

performance. The panto proved to be a great success with the audiences,

despite the fact that the company did not really want to produce that

kind of theatre.

The company continued to schedule productions on a weekly basis

which put a huge strain on the actors and the behind-the-scenes teams.

One of their best-known actors was Lionel Jeffries, who later went on

to star as Dick Van Dyke’s father in the hit 1960s film Chitty Chitty Bang

Bang. Lionel starred in Noel Coward’s Private Lives on the Garrick stage

as well as Mr Bennett in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

In December 1950 they produced another pantomime, this time Dick

Whittington, with Jacqueline Mackenzie playing a ‘gallant’ Dick and Jimmy

Thomas producing ‘an ideal cat.’ Although it was a production with more

glitz and glamour than the 1949 offering, the audiences were much

smaller and the following year they put on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in

Wonderland. Audiences did not flock to that either, despite the efforts of

a young Hilda Braid, who provided a fine performance as Alice. In later

years, Braid starred in the TV comedy Citizen Smith and, more recently,

as Nana Moon in Eastenders.

In January 1953 tragedy struck when owner Joan Cowlishaw passed

away after a short, and unexpected, illness. Beset by financial issues, and

despite the intervention of noted actor Sir Michael Redgrave, the theatre

closed its doors for the last time in July 1953. It later re-opened as the

Adelphi Cinema before being converted in to a supermarket and is now

home to the Wilko’s store.

In 1949 the David Garrick Memorial Theatre put on its first

pantomime, Cinderella, and now, 70 years later, the current Lichfield

Garrick will put on the same performance. Today’s audiences will

undoubtedly get just as much enjoyment and fun out of this classic panto

as their forebears did in 1949 – long may the Christmas panto reign in


Cinderella, at the Garrick Main Theatre, runs from Thursday 28th

November until Sunday 5th January 2020.

My thanks to Susan Kahn for her help with this article



Sooty steals the

show! Vintage

puppets owned by

Harry Corbett sell for


By Adrian Rathbone of Hansons



Sooty’s enduring popularity was proved at auction as a set of vintage

puppets and a Sooty Mobile used on TV sold for thousands of pounds.

Sooty, Sweep and Soo puppets, given as a gift by their inventor Harry

Corbett to a Yorkshire brother and sister in the 1970s, sold for £5,000 at

Derbyshire’s Hansons Auctioneers on 19th November.

In the same sale, a Sooty Mobile used on the children’s TV show by

Matthew Corbett in the 1970s, sold for £1,100 despite needing restoration.

Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons, said: “Sooty has stolen the show yet

again - with a little help from Sweep and Soo. The puppets had a particularly

touching story as Harry gave them to two children after their mother was

diagnosed with breast cancer in the 1970s. He even did puppet shows for

them at their home. Their

father was Harry’s

financial adviser.

“The seller was with us

in our saleroom and it was

an emotional moment for

her. The good news is, the

puppets are staying in

Yorkshire. They’re going to

a private collection and

will be joining a rare Sooty

puppet which sold for a

world-record total price

of £14,500 at Hansons in 2018.

“We were equally delighted to help the

Sooty Mobile find a new home after being

stuck in a Cambridge garage for 20 years.

Hopefully, it can now be restored to its

former glory.

Seller Bruce Harward, 43, from

Cambridge, took the Sooty Mobile, a rare

Honda Acty van, on a European road trip

when he was 18. He was given the vehicle by

Matthew Corbett, Harry’s son, in the mid-

90s. They used to be neighbours in

Camberley, Surrey.

Items are invited for Hansons’ 2020

auctions. Free home visits for large

valuations, house clearance and downsizing

quotes available. To find out more, email

Adrian Rathbone at or

call 01889 358050.

Hansons’ staff member Jill Gallone with Sooty, Sweep

and Soo. Credit: Lorne Campbell/Guzelian

Provenance with the puppets

includes photo cards signed by

Harry Corbett and Matthew

CorbettImage by Hansons









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The Ultimate Vegan

Vampire Experience!



great time was had by ghouls, ghosts and monsters alike at the Ultimate Vegan Café’s Halloween Event,

held on Thursday 31st October.

With all staff dressed up in amazing costumes, and the café decorated in a spooktacular fashion, the

atmosphere was simply electric and the café was full with both regular customers and newcomers to the

vegan eatery, based in City Arcade, Lichfield.

Citylife witches sampled a devilishly delicious menu which included treacherous treats such as the

Moving Mountains Burger, complete with ‘blood curdling’ red relish and ‘tragic tomatoes’, as well as the

café’s signature fries. There was also a stack of Ludicrous Nachos with salsa, guacamole, and ‘phantom’

facon (fake bacon), along with ‘curdled’ cheese and ‘chillblain’ chilli! Both of these were a taste sensation

to truly whet the appetite, and the perfect treat to satisfy even the most horrific of hungers!

To find out about forthcoming events, visit Ultimate Vegan Café on Facebook, or pop in and sample the

menu for yourself.



Lichfield Cathedral St Michael's on Greenhill St Chad's Christ Church

The Churches

of Lichfield at



As we approach the season of goodwill the churches of Lichfield will

be filled with worshippers singing Christmas carols and lighting candles,

and in our festive edition Jono Oates looks at the history of some of the

churches in the city who will be holding services this winter.

St Chad’s Church, on the north side of Stowe Pool, is one of Lichfield’s

oldest churches and, of course, bears the name of St Chad, the first

Bishop of Lichfield from 669-672AD. Originally a wooden structure, a

stone church was constructed in the 12th century. The churchyard has a

covered well over a spring which is believed to be where Chad would

pray and baptise the local people who had been converted to


To the south-east of Lichfield stands St Michael’s Church on Greenhill,

located on the site of an ancient burial ground. The church was originally

built in 1190 and the nave of the church contains commemorations of

Samuel Johnson’s father Michael, his mother Sarah, and his younger

brother Nathaniel.

St John’s Church Without the Barrs on St John Street was built in 1135

and was just outside the Culstubbe Gate, which protected the city at

night, so that travelling pilgrims could find overnight hospitality if they

arrived after the gates had been locked. The chapel contains a stunning

stained-glass window by 20th century artist John Piper.

Christ Church at Leomansley was built in 1846, thanks to the

generosity of Ellen Jane Hinckley, wife of Lichfield solicitor Richard

Hinckley, who owned a large mansion called Beacon Place, now

demolished, in the grounds of what is now Beacon Park.

The Holy Cross Chapel, on the junction of Upper St John Street and

Chapel Lane, is a Georgian building, constructed in 1803 using funds

raised by Father John Kirk. A church school, St Joseph’s, was added in

1860 which eventually moved to its current location on Cherry Orchard

in the 1960s.

Finally, Lichfield Cathedral, whose history can be traced back to the

8th century when a church was erected and dedicated to St Chad and

St Mary some thirty years after Chad had died. Known locally as The

Ladies of The Vale, the cathedral was ravaged and ransacked during the

English Civil War and its main spire collapsed in 1646 at the end of the

fighting, before being restored in the 1660s.

The cathedral will again be lit by art installation illuminations this

Christmas, as featured on our front cover.


Holy Cross Chapel

St John's Without the Barrs



Dining Review

Ciao Bella!


Italian Evening at The Strawberry Cabin on Saturday 16th November was a

roaring success. Helen Smith, from Citylife in Lichfield, attended the sell-out


Following the appointment of new Head Chef, Gábor Wachter, the restaurant has gone

from strength to strength and took the opportunity to showcase its varied cuisine, and

open out of hours, at a recent evening event.

The two-course menu boasted a whole host of delicacies that were synonymous with

Italian dining, such as antipasto platters, seafood linguine and the traditional hearty favourite

of lasagne. However we plumped for the chicken parmigiana, served with Italian dressed

salad and parmentier potatoes; and a herb crusted rack of lamb with patata campagna and a

mint jus.

The chicken was succulent and juicy, whilst the lamb was pink inside and melted in the

mouth – we were both unduly impressed with our ‘secondi piatti’ and left wanting more…

which was handy, as dessert, or ‘dolce’ was just around the corner!

The classic tiramisu was my choice, and the

indulgent layers of cream, coffee liquer and

delicate sponge was the perfect way to finish

off my meal. My partner opted for the

limoncello and raspberry semifreddo (made

using Manor Farm’s own home-grown

raspberries) and declared it equally divine –

hats off to the talented dessert chef, Paighton


Needless to say, The Strawberry Cabin is so

much more than simply a stop-off for tea and

cake; it is a countryside retreat that is quickly

becoming known for its exceptional dining


Christmas 2019

The hard-working staff at The

Strawberry Cabin will be

taking a well-deserved break!

The Cabin will close on

Monday 23rd December

2019 and re-open on

Thursday 2nd January

2020 at 9am.



Lichfield Lights

Switch On

On Sunday 24th November large crowds gathered on

Market Square to enjoy the traditional Lichfield

Christmas Lights Switch On! Live music was provided

by groups The Hustle and Punch the Air, followed by the

Lichfield Rock Choir and then carol singing by the

youngsters from Christ Church Primary School. The

cast from the Garrick Theatre’s panto, Cinderella,

including Cbeebies star Rebecca Keatley, joined in with

a song from a show, before the Mayor of Lichfield,

Councillor Deborah Baker, along with two young

competition winners helped push the button to switch

the lights on!

Tres Tres Eye Opening!

By Jo Howell

Sssh! Do you wanna know a secret?

A really funny, albeit rude, secret?!

Well, let me tell you about Lichfield’s

best kept secret I had the pleasure of

seeing on Saturday 2nd November.

I expected a bit of dancing, maybe

a comedian and definitely some

singing – and technically I got all

three. Just not quite the stereo

typical acts you would expect to find

in Lichfield on an autumn evening!

Stage Door


We arrived at the

beautiful St Marys

Church in Market

Square and were led

upstairs to The Hub, a

rather quirky venue

with the most

amazing backdrop of

the old Church.

Something told me

that irony of the stained-glass biblical

scenes was not lost on what I was

about to witness.

The compere, a rather jolly chap

by the name of Stage Door Johnny,

opened the evening with fast one

liners, a wonderful wit and charm

and the words ‘You will see things

you’ve never seen before tonight’.

He was not wrong! We watched a

Burlesque dancer remove everything

except her modesty, a male

acrobatic dancer who did amazing

things with chairs, poles and left

nothing to the imagination, a

hilarious juggler who was both funny

and awesome to watch and a girl

that made our eyes open wider and

our mouths hit the floor. She is not

for the faint hearted!

The show was split into three parts

and Johnny

i n t e r t w i n e d

each act with

singing, comedy

and general

n a u g h t i n e s s ,

with the

i n t e r a c t i o n

with the

audience being

just perfect.

Scarlett Daggers

You will need to leave your

inhibitions at home and keep a very

open mind to watch this show, but

you know what? It’s Tres Tres worth


The next Tres Tres Cabaret is on

21st December. For more

information, or to purchase tickets,

visit or

pop into St Mary’s on Market Square.



Your Garden in


By Byron Lewis

Another year has come and

gone and it's now Christmas

all the way - time to buy

your REAL Christmas tree!

Here at the garden centre,

our best seller by far is the

Nordman Fir. This is a softto-the-touch

tree which is

easy to decorate. Nordmans

are classed as 'low needle

drop' meaning they will stay

looking good right the way

through to New Year with

the correct care.

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Other types are available including the narrower Frazer Fir and the

Lodge Pole Pine, but steer clear of Norway Spruce if you have a

particularly warm house as these can drop their needles quite quickly -

no-one wants a bare tree on Christmas Day!

Whatever tree you choose, there are a few simple rules to follow:

• Keep your tree watered. This is the most important part of the

process. Once a tree has been cut, it is no longer able to find water itself

– so you will need to water it regularly. There are numerous designs of

Christmas Tree Stand which incorporate a water ‘reservoir’, so keep this

full of water at all times. A medium tree can drink up to three pints of

water daily!

• Select your tree early in December. This should give you the best

selection in terms of choice of sizes and shapes. But once you’ve

purchased, keep the tree outdoors until you are ready to decorate – this

will keep it looking better for longer.

• Keep your tree away from heat – if you can, turn off any radiators or

fires that are alongside the tree. Again, this prolongs the life of the tree.

If you want to grow your own tree year after year, pot grown trees are

also available (generally in smaller sizes). A good tip for pot grown trees

is to keep them outdoors as long as possible. If you do take them

indoors, acclimatise them after Christmas to the lower outdoor

temperatures to reduce stress, and as before, water regularly and keep

away from direct sources of heat.

Lichfield Garden Centre’s Christmas Shop is now

open, with a huge selection of cut and pot-grown real

Christmas Trees, as well as homemade wreaths and


Byron Lewis runs Lichfield Garden Centre, Curborough

Countryside Centre, Lichfield. Tel: 01543 254306, visit or follow on

Facebook & Twitter.




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Perfect Presents

for Her

From stocking-fillers to special items,

we've got your Christmas shopping all

wrapped up with our selection of gifts

from local retailers.


Silver Plated Candelabra. Presented in an

Arthur Price of England gift box. Available from

Arthur Price, Britannia Way, Lichfield.


Original Nomination

Watch with Gold Glitter

Dial. Can be personalised

with composable charm

links. Available from ES

Jewellery, 1 Tamworth

Street, Lichfield.


Afternoon Tea, including a pot of tea or

coffee, an assortment of finger sandwiches,

fruit scones with cream and strawberry jam

and a selection of afternoon tea cakes.

Available at The George Hotel, Bird Street,

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Create a personalised bracelet with your

favourite symbols, letters, and charms for a

gift that’s 100% original. Composable charm

links start from £15. Available from ES

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Ladies Bamboo Socks -

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From Dame Oliver's, 19 Dam

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Pendant - £9.50. Mistletoe Brooch -

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Bamboo Travel Cup. Six patterns to choose

from. Available from Arthur Price, Britannia Way,

Lichfield -




Silver plated 8-inch Mounted Rose Bowl.

Presented in an Arthur Price of England gift box.

Available from Arthur Price, Britannia Way,


Vienna Wall Clock - Circa early

1900s. Spring movement, chimes on

the hour and half hour. Available from

Golden Oldies, 5 Crown Bridge,


18ct White Gold Ruby &

Diamond Cluster Pendant.

Available from City Jewellers,

23-25 Bore Street, Lichfield.

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Ultimate Vegan Cafe had arrived in


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more helpful in sorting out our artwork and promoting our

business. We found that we had a response from it almost


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adverts and write-ups. Thank you to the team for helping us

promote our new adventure!”

- Ian, Ultimate Vegan Cafe

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hroughout October Allen

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The jewellery gallery, based at

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Advent Special

Services 2019


There are plenty of opportunities to get into the

Christmas spirit at Lichfield Cathedral as the festive

season approaches.

It all starts with the Advent Carol Services on Saturday 30th

November and Sunday 1st December at 6pm.

These will be beautiful thought-provoking services with readings,

carols and hymns that help worshippers begin the Advent journey.

Starting in darkness, the Cathedral is gradually lit by thousands of

candles as the first of the Advent candles is taken in procession through

the church.

Then on Wednesday 4th December there is an opportunity to join an

evening hosted by TV presenter and writer, Pam Rhodes, for The

Leprosy Mission Carol Service. This will be a chance to hear about

leprosy in the 21st Century. The service will end with free refreshments.

A very special carol service will be on Thursday 5th December at 2pm

when there will be the chance to celebrate and pray for the work of

Embrace, our partners and the church in the Middle East.

The Entrust Christmas Festival of Music is on Friday 6th December at

7.30pm and on Saturday 7th December there will be a special concert

by Lichfield Cathedral Chorus which is at the end of its 60th anniversary

year. This will include a performance of Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and

Vaughan Williams Fantasia topped off with a set of Christmas carols

specially arranged by musical director Ben Lamb.

On Sunday 8th December at 4pm is the Christmas Lantern Service.

Sung by the Cathedral Choir, this service for people of all ages will

include a Lantern Procession around the Cathedral and the lighting of

the Christmas Tree.

Also on Sunday 8th December at 6.30pm is the St Giles ‘Light Up a

Life’ service. This will be a special

service outside the Cathedral to

remember loved ones lost in recent

years. It’s a chance to reflect and

remember while also viewing the books

of remembrance, lighting a candle and

sharing in some refreshment.

The ever popular Cathedral Chorus

and Salvation Army Christmas Carols

will be on Thursday 12th December at

7.30pm. Sing along with your festive

favourites and enjoy music and readings

to usher in the Christmas spirit. Arrive

early to be sure of a seat.

The very special and popular

Christmas by Candlelight featuring the

Cathedral Choir is on Saturday 14th

December at 7.30pm and the


Emergency Services Carol Service is on Sunday 15th December at 6pm.

On the same day at 3pm will be Sharing the Gift, in which people are

invited to bring toys and gifts suitable for distribution to children and/or

store cupboard items to support the work of the foodbank.

On Saturday 21st December at 2pm and 3pm, take a break from the

Christmas shopping for a short time of peace and reflection with some

popular readings and carols at the Shopper’s Carol Service.

For further information, and for tickets, visit

TUDOR ROW - a wonderful place

for Christmas Shopping

Tudor Row is surely one of the prettiest places to shop and relax in the area. It connects Bore Street to the Lichfield Garrick Theatre and

Three Spires Shopping Centre, and is a great place to spend an enjoyable afternoon browsing its many independent stores.

There’s Erase UK – a well-established intense pulsed light (IPL) and skin rejuvenation clinic;

Bene Umbra where you'll find truly affordable hairdressing; Tudor Sew with more than 30

years’ experience in ladies’ and gents’ clothing

alterations and repairs; The Little Make-Up

Shop which stocks top brands such as Max

Factor, Bourjois and L’Oreal, plus designer

perfumes for men and women, and, to top it all

off, there’s The Tudor of Lichfield – a historic

restaurant offering everything from a relaxing

pit-stop afternoon tea, to breakfast or even a

full dining experience!


Forgotten Lichfeldian Emerges

from the Shadows

By Philip Modiano


The Reverend John Louis Petit (1801-68)

was nationally famous in his day, and not

just for his art - he was the leading

opponent of the extreme promotion of neogothic

architecture that swept the country in

the middle of the nineteenth century.

Eldest son of the wealthy vicar of Shareshill,

the family moved to Lichfield in 1823, buying

Redcourt, a big house on Tamworth Street. This

was to be the family home until 1897 when the

last of Petit’s sisters died.

Petit himself graduated from Cambridge and

took holy orders in 1826. He worked at the

parish of Bradfield and Mistley, Essex, before

resigning in 1834 to focus on his twin vocations

of art and architecture and returning to the

Lichfield family home in the late 1840s/early


One of his driving motivations was to

preserve ancient churches from the extremes

of the Gothic movement. They were being

restored, but altered in the process to the ‘one

correct style’ that the movement demanded,

destroying their ancient character. Writing

books and speaking up and down the country,

Petit was the first major, national, advocate of

preservation, decades before the Society for the

Preservation of Ancient Buildings.

Petit used his art mainly to demonstrate his

views. He never tried to sell it, although it was

exhibited widely. His ‘studio’ was Lichfield itself

and he would be out daily capturing the

cathedral from every angle and in all weather.

He painted the cathedral well over 100 times

and perhaps half have survived. By the mid-

1850s, the peak of his career, Petit had

developed his own distinctive style. In direct

opposition to the detailed studio work of mid-

Victorians, Petit’s quick impressions are entirely

modern for the times. Done without the

pressure of painting for the market they simply

show the beauty of the scenes that he wanted

to capture.

After his death in 1868 the annual

Architectural Exhibition housed a memorial

exhibition of over 300 of Petit’s pictures,

including seven of Lichfield and others of

Rugeley, Cannock Chase and Upper Longdon.

Then, all his art disappeared into the family.

The bulk of his art was initially cared for by

his sisters, who continued to live at Redcourt,

and subsequently it went to a nephew and then

his only daughter, living in Surrey.

The art, or what was left after

various tragedies, was dumped in

auctions at Sotheby’s Billingshurst in

1980s and 1990s, all jumbled up

alongside works by his sisters who

had accompanied him on travels.

The remarkable thing about his

art though is how different Petit is

to other 19th century artists. It sold

easily even from an unknown artist

and is now widely dispersed except

for a chunk with a few large

collectors in the Reverend Petit

Society who would like to seed

public collections.

Philip Modiano has been researching

the Reverend Petit for three years since

stumbling across his art at a London

dealer. He is the founder of the Rev

Petit Society and has

written “Petit’s Tours of Old

Staffordshire”, which organises 150 of

Petit’s Staffordshire works into eight

tours. This is available in S&J Music, the

Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

and at St Michael’s.

Stowe Pool excavation, March 1857

Cathedral from St Michael’s. 1857

Cathedral from Grange Lane, 1863, Courtesy Samuel

Johnson Birthplace Museum

Huddlesford Mill under snow, from Cappers Lane canal

bridge, February 1855

St Michael’s church porch, c1827,

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contact Rebecca Hill 07970 513144 (businesses who are

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What’s On in


Monday 2nd & Tuesday 3rd


Christmas Voices at The

George Hotel

Intimate Theatre presents an

entertaining compilation of lighthearted

poetry, music and drama

for the festive season.

Price: £11 per person, includes a

mince pie and a glass of mulled


Tuesday 3rd December

The City of Lichfield Probus

Club meets on the first Tuesday

of each month at St Matthew's

Sports Club Burntwood. There is

are speakers on a variety of

subjects and coming up in the

New Year is "The A-Z of

Lichfield" by Jono Oakes and

"Your Heart" by Warren Appleby

from The British Heart

Foundation. New members are

always made welcome. For more

details call 07971 113505 or email

Saturday 7th December

Lichfield Cathedral Chorus

Come and join Lichfield

Cathedral Chorus at the end of

its 60th anniversary year as it

launches into the Advent season

with a performance of Giacomo

Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, to

which Ralph Vaughan Williams’

Fantasia on Christmas Carols will

add yet more festive cheer.

Venue: Lichfield Cathedral

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets available from Lichfield

Cathedral, by calling 01543

306150 or at

ldcathedral .

Sunday 8th December

Fairy Toy Workshop &


A magical experience for families,

inspired by Johnson’s fairytale ‘the

Fountains’. Book a place at a

hands-on craft session to make

fairy decorations and toys to take

home (4-12 years, must be

accompanied) and enjoy

storytelling sessions (free, all ages

welcome!) throughout the day.

Venue: The Samuel Johnson

Birthplace Museum

Fairy toy workshops (1hr) at

1:30pm - £3.50, accompanying

adults £1, advance booking


Storytelling sessions at 11.30am,

12.30pm, 1.30pm & 2.30pm - free

event, just drop-in.

To book call 01543 264 972, email or



Wednesday 11th December


A Potpourri of Entertainment by

speaker David St-John.

Venue: Lichfield Guildhall

Time: 2pm

Tickets for this meeting must be

purchased in advance.

Tuesday 17th December

Lichfield Civic Society

The Butcher, The Baker & The

Undertaker by speaker Jono


Venue: The Lichfield Room, Wade

Street Church Community Hall,

Frog Lane, Lichfield.

Time: 7.45pm

Admission is free to members

and students. Non-members are

always welcome (£3 at the door).

Wednesday 8th January


The Role of Cadbury Workers in

the 1st World War by

speaker.Fiona Joseph

Venue: Lichfield Guildhall

Time: 2pm

Wednesday 22nd January

Stonnall Conservation Society

Stonnall Conservation Society will

not be holding a meeting in

December this year but will look

forward to seeing everyone in

2020 when Phil Griffiths will give

a talk on “Stories of the English

Coinage” from the earliest coins

in Greece almost 3,000 years ago

up to Decimalisation and the

present day.

Venue: Stonnall Youth &

Community Centre, Main Street,

Stonnall, WS9 9EE.

Time: 7.30pm

Christ-mouse Trail

The Samuel Johnson Birthplace


Until Sunday 5th January, 11:00am

– 3.30pm Daily, Free

A fun festive trail for children to

find ‘the smallest of all beasts’

around the house. Available every

day throughout the holidays.

For more information call 01543

264 972, email or


Creative Experiences - Gift

Vouchers and Workshops

Struggling to find a unique gift or

would you like to learn a new


For: Adults & Group Talks -

Children’s Parties - Hen Parties



December Workshops: 7th &

15th - Feltmaking. 14th - Batik

Painting. 8th - Mosaics.

Visit website

or telephone Barbara on 07966


Decor Supplies Sale - Now On!

On paint, wallcoverings and fabric

until Saturday 28th December.

Please see the advertisement on

page 33 showing all our

Christmas opening times.

Décor Supplies, Unit 23, Britannia

Way, Lichfield, WS14 9UY.

Words Alive!

The Samuel Johnson Birthplace


Saturdays 10:30am – 11:45pm

until 14 December

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


To book call 01543 264 972, email or



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