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8 The Perfect Christmas Table
Tips to lay the perfect table plus the chance to
win Arthur Price cutlery
18 Festive Faces
Be the belle of the Christmas ball with Jo
Howell's make up tips
34 Lichfield at Home
The story of the local Home Guard and ARPs
44 Christmas Gift Guide
Gift ideas for the men this month
52 Past & Present
Jono Oates shines the spotlight on Tamworth
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Tony Hadley in
Tony Hadley is to give a very special,
one-off performance to help raise
much-needed funds to support the
charity Lichfield Festival – the region’s
premier multi-arts festival – of which he
is a Patron.
Lichfield Festival and Lichfield
Cathedral Present Tony Hadley Live,
sponsored by City Jewellers of Lichfield,
takes place on Tuesday 3rd December
and is a unique opportunity to see the
singer in the glorious surroundings of
the medieval cathedral.
Backed by a fabulous band, the gig will
see Tony perform a selection of his classic hits, as well as songs from his
latest album and a sprinkling of festive favourites.
The former Spandau Ballet frontman and I’m A Celebrity… star, who
has family connections to the city, became a Patron of Lichfield Festival
in 2017, helping to emphasise the Festival’s broad appeal and wideranging
programming. He has also generously agreed to donate his fee to
St Giles’ Hospice which cares for local people and families living with
To book, visit www.lichfieldfestival.org or call 01543 306150 (Mon-Fri,
9.30am - 5pm). Tickets can also be purchased in person, from Lichfield
Cathedral, 7 days a week.
Lichfield Rotary’s Quiz for Hospice
Lichfield Rotary Club recently held a charity quiz
night which saw a total of £360 raised for St Giles
Hospice in Whittington.
A total of 14 teams, in groups of four, who took part
with the winners being Martin Thompson, Dave
Crump, Steve Hunt and Chris Goucher from
Greenwood Projects of Lichfield (pictured).
David Smedley, Club President, said: “I am delighted
at the success of our quiz which culminated in the
money for the Hospice. Everyone had a very pleasant evening in pleasant surroundings
and final scores were very close all round."
Cycling 2000’s Fifth Anniversary
Cycling 2000 celebrates its fifth anniversary
on 14th November. Owners David and
Fleur Green opened the first store in Dallow
Street, Burton on Trent, in 2014 and have
continued to successfully grow the business,
enabling them to open a second branch in
Wheel Lane, Lichfield.
By continuing to grow, the company has
been able to offer employment in the local community and now have four part-time and
four full-time members of staff, including an apprentice and an industry placement
When is the one time you pull out all the
stops and cover your dining room table with
the best of everything? Christmas of course!
We asked the team at local cutlery firm,
Arthur Price, for their top tips for creating
the perfect Christmas table.
Arthur Price CEO, Simon Price, said: “We are often asked at this time of the
year for our thoughts on how to create the perfect Christmas table.
“We love a table full of treats, delicious food and of course some shiny
cutlery. I’m a creature of habit… I always prepare the table at home on
Christmas Eve. I polish the cutlery and glassware and then I close the dining
room door ready for Christmas morning.
“At the end of the day, there is no right or wrong way - the most important
thing is spending time with your nearest and dearest.”
Laying the Table
Crockery - Dinner plates should sit in the centre of the place setting.
Then stack the starter plate and soup bowl on top. Side plates always go
on the left of the dinner plate.
Cutlery - Place your cutlery on the table in the order of use, starting
from the outside and working inwards with each course. Forks should
be set to the left of the plate, with knives placed to the right, blade edges
facing inwards. Soup spoons should be placed on the right of the knives.
Place the dessert fork and dessert spoon above the plate with the fork
prongs facing right and the spoon bowl facing left.
Glassware - This should be set above and to the right of the dinner
plate and should, depending on what you are eating, include a red wine
glass, a white wine glass and a water glass. The water glass should be
nearest to the top of the knives, then the white wine glass, and the red
on the outside.
Napkins - Where your napkin sits will depend on how intricately you
plan to fold it. If it’s just a simple arrangement, place it to the left, ideally
on a side plate that you can also use for bread. If you plan on some
serious napkin origami, pop your finished effort in the middle of the
Top Tips for your Table
• Don’t leave it to the last minute
It’s best to dress the table the night before Christmas. This gives you
plenty of time to hunt down missing cutlery and crockery, to check
glasses are free of watermarks, and means you won’t be thrown if your
guests arrive early.
• Give the table a theme
Having a definitive colour scheme or theme makes the table look
extra special and refined. Start with a simple base – a plain table cloth or
runner is best. Then work with a handful of tones.
You can either go with the latest trend or stick with the traditional
setting, opting for festive and complementing with raw materials such as
wooden-handled cutlery or wicker placemats.
• Create an eye-catching centrepiece
Every table needs a focal point and there's so much you could try - a
glass bowl filled with candles or baubles, a beautiful silver candelabra, a
mini Christmas tree or a festive floral display (just make sure it's not too
tall to block anyone's view when seated!).
• Make it personal
Make sure everyone is welcomed to the table with a place setting, so
there's a seat reserved for granny and you can add a personal touch.
Place cards can be tucked into a fancy folded napkin or resting on the
edge of a wine glass, and you could even add a little present or a few
sprigs of rosemary.
Find out more at www.arthurprice.com or pop into the UK’s biggest
cutlery shop – the Arthur Price Factory Shop, Britannia Way, Lichfield
Win your Christmas
Citylife and Arthur Price
are giving you the chance to
win your Christmas cutlery.
There are three canteens
of Warwick Cutlery from the
Arthur Price Signature
selection to be won by three
lucky readers! Each set
contains 42 pieces (6
settings) and is worth £255.
To be in with a chance of
winning a Warwick canteen,
simply answer the following
On which day of the
week does Christmas Day
fall this year?
To enter, send your name, contact details and answer to Christmas at
email@example.com or post your entry to Citylife in Lichfield Ltd, PO Box 7126,
Lichfield, WS14 4JS by the closing date of 22nd Nov 2019. One entry per household.
Multiple entries will be disqualified. No cash equivalent offered. You must be 18 or over to
enter. All entrants’ information is processed in line with GDPR Data Protection Regulations
Money for Macmillan
The Rigid Kitchen
Company raised £402.52
for Macmillan by joining in
with its World’s Biggest
Coffee Morning campaign
and holding a coffee
morning at its Shenstone
Showroom on 27th
Macmillan is the UK’s
leading cancer supporter
charity giving personal, one-to-one care and
support to thousands of people every day. The
charity is almost entirely funded by donations.
Lichfield Memory Café
In his year as
L i c h f i e l d
D i s t r i c t
to raise £338
M e m o r y
Bob Awty presents a cheque to
Lichfield Memory Cafe
former chairman was on hand during a Memory
Café session on Thursday 26th September to
present the cheque.
Lichfield Memory Cafe runs from Lichfield
Methodist Church every Thursday from 10am
to 12pm and offers a friendly service where
people living with dementia and their carers can
meet in a supportive environment.
Leisure Centre to
L i c h f i e l d
l o c a l s
s p e c i a l
C a b i n e t
which saw Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet
vote to recommend that Friary Grange Leisure
Centre remains open in the short-term.
The meeting, held at The Garrick, was called in
response to a petition to ‘save Friary Grange
Leisure Centre’ that received around 11,000
The decision by Cabinet means Friary Grange
Leisure Centre will now remain open beyond
April 2020. To read the report and find out
Polling Station Review
Council is carrying
out a review of
stations and polling
Up to 82,000 local people are eligible to vote in
district-wide elections. For each district-wide
election, the council organises up to 96 polling
stations that span two parliamentary
constituencies and 28 parishes.
As part of the review, the council would like to
hear from anyone with a view on local polling
stations. To give your views, please visit
later than Thursday 14th November 2019.
Lichfield Hockey Club’s
A group of
t e e n a g e r s
f r o m
L i c h f i e l d
P a t h w a y
(L-R) Lily Upton, Seb Fisher, Isabelle
Astoin, Jenna Langley, Harvey Hughes
and Sophie Hughes.
Isabelle Astoin (14), Jenna Langley (14), Harvey
Hughes (13) and Seb Fisher (13) have joined the
U15 Midlands Regional Performance Centre
having been talent spotted whilst playing for
Lily Upton (16) has been chosen for the U17
Girls Midlands Regional Performance Centre
this season, having been previously a member of
the U15 squad. Finally, Sophie Hughes (16),
having also played in the Futures Cup last
season, has been chosen for this season’s
National Age Group Programme, the highest
honour for a junior player.
All players will receive education and guidance
by some of the best coaches in the UK with the
programme's aim being to nurture and develop
players who have the potential to play at a high
Lichfield Hockey Club is based at Eastern
Avenue, Lichfield. For more information visit
Lichfield Women’s Club
LWC chair, Gill Edwards, presents the
cheque to MAAC
The Lichfield Women’s Club recently presented
the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity (MAAC)
with a donation from its charity fund.
On 9th September, the club welcomed MAAC
members, Jo and Kelley, who gave an interesting
insight into the work carried out. A single flight
costs around £2,500 and the NHS doctors, who
work alongside the helicopter crews, are paid
their normal rates via the charity’s funds.
Overall, considering the cost of medical
equipment and helicopter fuel, the charity
needs £9 million per year to keep its teams in
Lichfield Women’s Club is a member of the
National Association of Women’s clubs and has
been continuously active in Lichfield for 52
years. New ladies are always welcome. For
further information contact Gill on 01543
253438 or 07975 792549.
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Love to Move
Home Instead Senior Care, in partnership with
the British Gymnastics Foundation and Life
Church Lichfield, has launched a chair-based
gymnastics programme, called Love to Move,
specially designed to get older people moving
Almost every part of this chair-based exercise
programme works on bi-lateral asymmetric
movement patterns. This benefits people by
enabling the left side and right side of the brain
to process information independently, thus
improving cognitive function, co-ordination,
core strength and the ability to carry out daily
Love to Move takes place from 10.30am-12pm
every Wednesday at Life Church Netherstowe,
Lichfield, WS13 6TS. Refreshments are available
and a donation of £2.50 is encouraged. For
more information, contact Karen on 01543
625002 or 07841032521.
work and meets on the first and third
Wednesday of the month, from 10am-3pm. No
skills are needed and volunteers are given full
training, but must be over 18 years of age. To
find out more, email
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IM Land has begun searching for development
partners for a new 750-home sustainable new
community near Curborough.
The Lakes of Curborough will bring new homes
to the area as well as a range of amenities,
including a 210-place primary school, sports
pitches, and public open spaces, alongside a new
centre for the Staffordshire Air Cadets. The
Curborough Hall Countryside Centre will also
sit at the centre of the new community which
promotes local produce, arts and crafts.
The Lakes at Curborough will benefit from
improved access from Watery Lane and
Netherstowe Lane, with new walkways and
cycle paths connecting the new neighbourhood
to Lichfield city centre.
emergency food. The completely volunteer-run
charity could not help all of these people
without the support of individuals, churches,
schools and businesses who kindly donate food.
So far in 2019 more than 18 tonnes of food has
already been donated to Lichfield Foodbank, 15
tonnes of which has come from individuals
donating at supermarket and church collection
baskets around the city.
The team from Citylife in Lichfield will be
volunteering with Lichfield Foodbank on
Thursday 21st November at Tesco Extra in
Lichfield – pop in and say hello to us!
If you would like to find out more about how
you can give or receive help, visit the foodbank
website at www.lichfield.foodbank.org.uk.
Join in the fun at the annual Tippers Christmas
market, to be held on Saturday 23rd November.
There’ll be lots of local craft stalls in the
Lichfield showroom selling everything from
luxury leather goods to handmade decorations.
Local chef Simon Smith will be on-hand to
provide tips on achieving the perfect Christmas
dinner and, as always, there’ll be mulled wine,
mince pies and other refreshments available.
Money raised from the event will be donated to
St Giles Hospice in Whittington.
Visit the Christmas Market at Tippers, Europa
Way, Lichfield, WS14 9TZ on Saturday 23rd
November from 10am-4pm.
CPCG at District Council House
On Wednesday 2nd October 2019, nine
volunteers from Lichfield District Council’s
Countryside and Parks Conservation Group
(CPCG) spent a day in the autumn sunshine
removing overgrown trees and shrubs from
District Council House in Lichfield.
The group removed pyracantha, holly and
cotoneaster from the council garden, which had
been blocking the view of the historic District
Council House building from Upper St John
When the ground is ready, the volunteers will
be back to plant herbaceous plants, such as
hosta, hellebore and phlox. These cottage
garden plants will allow the views of the council
chamber to be maintained, as they will die back
in winter and are in keeping with the historic
CPCG is always on the look-out for new
members to get involved with conservation
Lichfield Foodbank is saying a huge ‘thank you’
to its supporters in Lichfield for their donations.
Since opening in 2014, Lichfield foodbank has
provided over 400,000 meals to people in crisis.
This year has seen a significant increase in the
number of people and families in need of
assistance, with 38% more people accessing
Congratulations to our
Ms K Dwyer won the
PumpkinFest at The Strawberry
Cabin Competition, with entry to
the festival plus a pumpkin to take
Ms J Warden of Lichfield won a
festive afternoon tea for two at
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Tastes of the Season
It’s all in the Game!
By Simon Smith
Game season is upon us at last. Not to
everyone’s taste but those who enjoy it await its
arrival with enthusiasm.
Gone are the days when pheasants were hung
outside in the shed until the maggots fell out of
the bottom before being deemed ‘edible’.
Nowadays they are readily available in
supermarkets, butchers and farm shops.
Bear in mind that wild game of any sort is a
much leaner bird than one that is farm reared.
They have to forage their own food and travel
long distances to get it therefore they burn off
their fat. For this reason, it tends to be much
drier and should always be cooked with care.
Pigeon, for example, will be as tough as boots if
cooked more than pink and the same tends to
apply to all other game so you need to be
When I cook game birds I always take the legs
off and cook those separately as a confit as they
are too tough when just roasted.
Pheasant with Celery and
Take the legs off the pheasant, then skin and
remove the meat. Remove the breasts and fill
with the leg meat, wrap in a rasher of bacon.
Either pan fry or roast the breasts in a
moderate oven for 10 minutes. Remove from
the pan and add chopped shallots and diced
celery to the pan. De-glaze with red wine
vinegar and reduce by half. Add double cream,
lemon zest and juice, add the game stock and
bring to the simmer, cook until semi-thick.
Pheasant and Prune
Sausage with Bubble &
2 x grated carrots
1 x red onion
½ pt thick gravy
1 shot port
Whizz the pheasant and chicken breast through
a food processor along with diced red onion
and seasoning. Add chopped prunes and thyme.
Pipe mix into cling film and fold as a sausage.
Poach in simmering water for five mins. Cool,
unwrap and fry as a sausage.
For the bubble & squeak, finely dice the red
onion and mix with the mash, grated carrot and
chopped sprouts. Fry the mixture in a little oil
Boil the gravy, add the port and prune juice.
Assemble the dish as shown.
1 whole pheasant
2 x bacon rashers
2oz red wine vinegar
1 lemon, zest and juice
8oz double cream
4oz game stock or gravy
2 x sticks celery, peeled
4 x pheasant breasts
1 x chicken breast
4oz dried prunes
1 x red onion
1lb seasoned mashed potato
4oz cooked sprouts
Simon Smith runs a catering business from his
production kitchen in Lichfield, providing bespoke
private dinners plus wedding, corporate and event
catering. Simon also undertakes cookery
demonstrations around the country and with local
businesses such as Arthur Price and Tippers. During
the summer months Simon works for private clients
both on superyachts and in villas in St Tropez and
Europe. If you are looking for catering or a day of
cookery skills go to www.simonsmith-chef.com
*All recipes serve four people.
**Please take extra care when preparing and
handling hot foodstuffs. Go to www.food.gov.uk for
Win Tickets to the Festive Gift Fair
at the NEC
The biggest and most lively indoor Christmas shopping
fair in the Midlands is back – with so much more choice,
fabulous bargains and great musical entertainment!
From the moment you arrive, you’ll be caught up in the
fabulous atmosphere, anticipation rising as you browse 300+
stalls overflowing with thousands upon thousands of unusual
gifts, stocking fillers, decorations and artisan food & drink at
prices worth celebrating!
It’s an Aladdin’s cave of sparkling stalls
offering more choice, more variety and
more fun than the High Street, and it’s all
under one roof.
The run up to Christmas Day involves a
lot of planning and most of us have so much
to do and so little time to do it! Take the
pressure out of Christmas shopping and find
all the presents you want at the one-stop
shop Festive Gift Fair. When your bags are
full, just drop them off at the Present Creche
and continue to shop some more!
The Fair is open daily 9.30am-5pm from
Thursday 14th – Sunday 17th November
2019. Tickets are available from just £6 per
adult (plus fulfilment fee) at
www.festivegiftfair.co.uk or by calling the
Ticket Factory hotline on 0844 581 0808
(calls cost up to 7p per minute from a BT
landline, plus your phone company’s access
We’ve got 3 pairs of tickets to the
Festive Gift Fair to giveaway – all you
have to do to be in with a chance of
winning is correctly answer the
Where is the Festive Gift Fair held?
a) Bull Ring, Birmingham
b) NEC, Birmingham
c) NIA, Birmingham
To enter, just send your name, contact details
and answer to NEC Competition at
email@example.com or post your
entry to Citylife in Lichfield Ltd, PO Box 7126,
Lichfield WS14 4JS by the competition closing
date of 10th November 2019. One entry per
household. Multiple entries will be disqualified.
Winners will not be offered a 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
citylifeinlichfieldltd.co.uk. Full competition terms
and conditions on page 57.
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
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By Jo Howell, Make-Up Artist & Writer
As we move from autumn to winter and the party season is on the horizon, one
factor often overlooked is how to update your make-up to reflect the festive
period. Whether you wear a lot or a little make-up, you can make some quick and
easy adjustments to your usual routine to give you that extra party pizazz. Here are some
top tips to make sure you look the belle of the Christmas ball.
Festive Tip 1: Brows, brows, brows
Eyebrows are essential to frame your face and can change your whole look if done
incorrectly. Firstly, identify what type of brow look you’re aiming for – the big, heavy brows
favoured by younger women may not suit a lady in her 50s. Secondly, decide whether
you’re going to use brow cream (great for a big night out) or an eyebrow pencil (perfect
for a lighter look). Always, without fail, do your eyebrows first!
Festive Tip 2: Eyes OR Lips
Smoky eyes deserve the spotlight, so
why take the shine off them with bright
red lipstick?! Decide where you want your
statement look to focus – glamourous
eyes that can have false eyelashes added to
them or perfectly kissable lips in a bold
and bright colour. Mixing both often looks
too overdone, so choose wisely.
Festive Tip 3: Base Colour
At this time of year, a heavier base is
needed to give your complexion an even
tone and colour. Foundation, as opposed
to CC Cream or Powder, is ideal for giving
your skin the desired look and making you
feel ‘made-up’. Choosing the right colour is
a whole different story. My best advice?
Don’t put the tester on the back of your
hand! You’re not going to wear the
foundation there, so put it on your jawline
and let it adjust to your skin before
deciding if it’s the right colour. Always,
without fail, do your foundation last!
And because it’s a special time of the
year, don’t be afraid to try new colours.
Start experimenting now – you might be
surprised how fantastic that green
eyeshadow or pink lipstick can look!
Gemma Winter Hairdressing
Established in Lichfield for over
15 years and now situated in Silks
Lichfield, Gemma Winter
Hairdressing offers a full range of
on-trend services, using premium
products to provide colour, styling
treatments and hair extensions. At
Gemma Winter hairdressing you
will always receive a friendly and
Visit Gemma Winter at 13 Dam Street, Lichfield or call
07419 322236. You can also find the salon on Facebook
(@gemmawinterhairdressing) or on Instagram
Create a party look which lasts
longer than the festive season
with a semi-permanent eyebrow
micro-blading treatment. Lichfieldbased
Dollybird Cosmetics also
offers derma-planing treatments
for flawless skin, as well as eyelash
extensions to really make your
eyes stand out!
For more information, or to book, call 07398 176706,
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or find
Dollybird Cosmetics on Facebook and Instagram.
Mascot Hair & Beauty
A well-established salon based
in Burntwood, Mascot offers a full
range of hair treatments and
beauty procedures by fullyqualified
experts. The friendly hair
team are specialists in colouring,
re-styles and hair arrangements,
plus there’s a nail technician,
beautician and aesthetic nurse onsite,
which means that Mascot is a one-stop-shop to give
you the ‘wow-factor’!
Visit Mascot Hair at 5 Water Street, Burntwood. Tel:
01543 672892 or find them on Facebook
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Betsy Owens MakeUp
If you’re looking for
something different for your
creative make-up this year,
then Lauren at Betsy Owens
MakeUp is the make-up artist
for you! Vibrant and bold, using
the latest techniques and
trends, you are sure to stand
out from the crowd!
Find Betsy Owens MakeUp on Facebook and
Instagram (@betsyowensmakeup), or call Lauren on
07931 975679 for more information.
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expert at creating
hair for that special
occasion. Experienced in bridal hair and
updos, the salon can create a unique hairstyle
to make sure you are the belle of the ball this
For more information visit Hair by Sienna at
79 Meadowbrook Road, Lichfield, telephone
07447 878007 or find on Facebook or
Sarah Elizabeth Aesthetics
a range of facial
as lash lifts and
masks, microblading and dermaplaning, to
give your skin a healthy glow and emphasise
Find the salon in the heart of Alrewas
village or visit on Instagram
Lashes by Krupa
Trained by the
Academy, Krupa is a
lash technician based
in Tamworth and
specialises in creating
s e m i - p e r m a n e n t
extensions to ensure
you look your best for the festive season.
After hours and weekend appointments
available.For more information, email:
email@example.com or visit Facebook
or Instagram (@lashesbykrupa).
Feel a million
and Dermaplaning. Kristie offers a variety of
treatments to suit your needs so that your
make-up and skin stays fresh and still looks
great, even when the party season is long
Find K.M.Kosmetics on Instagram
firstname.lastname@example.org or call
St Mary’s Old School
Minster Pool Walk
Black Orchid Hair
Get party-ready in the
comfort of your own home! A
freelance hairdresser based in a
bijoux home salon, Black Orchid
specialises in balayage and
colouring using premium
products such as Schwarzkopf
Professional, Olaplex and Cloud
Nine. Home visits are available
in Lichfield and surrounding
Find out more by visiting Black Orchid Hair on
Facebook and Instagram, email
email@example.com or telephone 07833
Lichfield Chamber of Trade and Commerce is proud to deliver
another great fun-filled family traditional Christmas event this
year on Market Square, guaranteed to get you in the festive mood!
With the success of last year, which saw more than 40,000 people
passing through, The Hub at St Mary's has been added into the mix
following its huge renovation and opening earlier this year.
Lichfield Christmas Fayre has been running for the last 50 years
and is a firm favourite with locals. What better way to kick off
December than grabbing a mulled wine from Samuel Johnson's
Birthplace and listening to the Salvation Army Band, whilst tucking
into a hog roast?!
There’s also lots more fantastic entertainment from the likes of
Lichfield Rock Choir and Ryknild Rabble, plenty to keep the kids
entertained with children’s rides and face painting, plus over 60 stalls
full of great Christmas gifts, crafts, food and drinks.
Sunday 1st December 2019 - 10am until 4pm
For further enquiries, please email
Join in the fun on Saturday 30th November at Sankey’s Corner,
From 4pm-7pm there’ll be performances by a local scout band, a
craft fayre in the library, festive train rides, a mini zoo, face painting,
soup, and mince pies (courtesy of Co-op, Morley Road) to be had.
Plus all children can have a free visit to Father Christmas and a
present in Burntwood Library. The afternoon of fun also includes the
Christmas light switch on – a must to get you in the festive spirit!
There’s also the Boney Hay Christmas Event, held on Monday 25th
November from 6pm at the Corner of Bells Lane and Longfellow
Road. This will include the light switch on, scout and primary school
choir performances, mince pies (courtesy of Co-op, Morley Road)
and a visit from Burntwood Rotary’s Santa Float!
jeweller, City Jewellers, has
moved from its location on Market
Street to a larger establishment
situated on Bore Street. Previously
owned by Salloways, City Jewellers
officially opened the doors to its new
home on 15th October. Visitors can
admire the stunning transformation
that the building’s interiors have
undergone, bringing it up to date with
a fresh and modern look.
Pop along and welcome City
Born in Llanelli, South Wales,
Richard travelled the country
due to his father’s job as a retail
manager for Woolworths. Richard
followed in his father’s footsteps
and began working as a Saturday
boy, aged 15, working his way up
the ranks and eventually settling
down roots in Lichfield in 1994.
Richard soon became a wellknown
and popular face in the city
and not only due to his time as
manager of Woolworths. He
became the President of the
Chamber of Trade & Commerce
and held this role for 15 years, and
in 2014 he took the role of
Business Crime Manager within
Richard Lewis Presentation
Richard was very passionate
about Lichfield and took great
pleasure being involved in the
different achievements for the town, including Lichfield a Fair Trade City
and Blooming Lichfield to name a few. He always made sure he supported
his local community and loved attending any events around the city. He
also loved music and was a regular attendee at Lichfield’s Proms and The
Devastatingly, Richard was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2017. Life
expectancy was 12 months however Richard faced it with positivity and
courage and doubled that prognosis. Richard leaves behind a loving
partner, four children and three grandchildren, all of whom he loved dearly.
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...
Grub Club at Barton Marina
Lichfield Festival of Folk Procession
The Mayor of Lichfield, Councillor Deborah
Baker, and consort at the Festival of Folk
Silver Sunday Crafts at the Samuel
Johnson Birthplace Museum
Festival of Folk procession at Lichfield
We Are Creative Art at Lichfield Cathedral
Sister Act at Lichfield Garrick
Lichfield Civic Society presentation at
Images by Jono Oates
Windy Shores painting at L2F exhibition,
Samuel Johnson Museum
(photo by Anna-Marie Plant)
City Jewellers’ new shop opening,
Cathedral stage for Lichfield Musical Youth
Theatre's Greatest Musicals show
Snapped a picture at a local
event that you'd like to see in
Month in Pics?
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LHCRT Wins Award
Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust was a
winner in the Canal and River Trust’s Living Waterways
Awards ceremony, which took place in Birmingham on
Thursday 10th October.
The awards shine a spotlight on the amazing work done
by individuals, communities and organisations to make living
by water better, by creating vibrant thriving waterways.
LHCRT’s Fosseway Heath Nature Reserve/Lichfield Canal
Restoration was judged the best in the Learning and Skills
category at the awards ceremony, hosted at a celebratory
dinner at the International Convention Centre by
waterways champion, poet and raconteur, Ian McMillan.
Lichfield Canal Trust was recognised in the awards for
offering youngsters from colleges, schools and scouting
groups valuable opportunities to learn and practice new
Students from Walsall College
Prevent Using a
Mobile at the
Aquarter of drivers in the UK, the equivalent of ten million people,
admitted to illegally making or receiving calls while driving in 2018*.
This startling statistic is being highlighted by Midlands Air Ambulance
Charity as part of the service’s Drive4Life campaign.
The campaign has been launched in order to raise drivers’ awareness
of the risks and pitfalls that result in a serious incident on the road, due
to road traffic collisions costing the charity £1.68 million last year.
Among all drivers, shockingly four in ten admit to checking social
media messages, texts or emails when they are in control of a vehicle, but
not moving, such as when they are at traffic lights or sat in congestion,
up from 38 per cent in 2017.
Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s corporate partner, TTC Group,
which runs speed
across the UK,
suggests drivers enable
their mobile’s ‘do not
disturb’ feature, so
they aren’t distracted
or tempted when at
Andy Wheeler, head
of technical delivery at TTC Group, said: “Driving requires your full
attention and anything that diverts your attention away from the road is
a distraction, has a detrimental effect on driving performance and can
lead to an on-road incident.
“Texting, making and receiving calls or livestreaming while driving is a
serious and growing threat. Our advice is simple – switch your phone off
and don’t take it out until you have reached your destination and it is safe
to do so.”
Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s Drive4Life campaign in partnership
with longstanding corporate partner, M6toll, is highlighting the cost of
attending RTCs to the charity. Each air ambulance mission costs £2,500,
which is funded through the generosity of the communities it serves and
For more advice on avoiding using a mobile phone whilst driving,
visit www.midlandsairambulance.com/drive4life or follow Midlands
Air Ambulance Charity on social media.
*Taken from research for RAC Report on Motoring 2018.
Musical Youth Theatre
Hit the Heights
The latest performance from the
very talented Lichfield Musical
Youth Theatre was The Greatest Movie
Musicals - a sensational smash hit
selection from some of the best
musicals ever seen on the big screen.
The musical theatre group is now in
its 34th year and, for the last few years,
has been performing shows at Lichfield
Cathedral, to great acclaim. This year’s
show gave the young, and often
inexperienced, cast the opportunity to
showcase the full range of their
combined talents with a cavalcade of
hits from both the modern era and
Photo courtesy of Lichfield Musical Youth Theatre
This show featured a non-stop selection of hits with a jukebox medley of
showstoppers from smash hit musicals. Starting with The Greatest Show, from the ever
popular The Greatest Showman, the young cast went on to perform All That Jazz from
Chicago, Hard Knock Life from Annie, Do-Re-Me from the Sound of Music and Let it
Go from Frozen, among many others. The show finished with a trio of classic songs,
Pink’s A Million Dreams and This is Me, both from the Greatest Showman, and closed
with a beautiful rendition of Shallow from A Star is Born.
With a wonderful orchestra, dazzling choreography and the stage set in front of
Lichfield Cathedral, this was a perfect way to see the musical stars of Lichfield’s future.
A Vision for the
By Lauren Hirst of Greyhound
Trust Hall Green
We all need a vision; something that we are
striving for in life. At Greyhound Trust Hall
Green our vision is that one day all racing
greyhounds will retire to loving homes, be treated with
compassion and kindness, and be loved as someone’s pet.
When most people think of greyhounds they think of
muzzled hounds racing around a track but did you know
that greyhounds make great pets for all kinds of families?
As a breed, they are often even-tempered and laid-back,
with a reputation for being 40mph couch potatoes once
they swap their running shoes for the sofa. But don't just
take our word for it – read Amy and Matt’s happy homing
"My husband Matt and I started to volunteer at the
Watford Gap kennels in December 2018. We weren’t
initially intending on homing a hound but two months
into volunteering we had been completely swayed! In
February 2019 we homed Teddy, a huge black boy with a
heart just as big. We honestly couldn’t imagine life without
him. He has such a lovely nature with other dogs and is
very good friends with a Frenchie and a Spaniel in the
family. He is very adaptable and loves people. He has
really shown us his personality over the last six months
and is such a cheeky, playful and loving boy who has fit
seamlessly into our lives."
If you'd like to meet our hounds, talk to our volunteers
about helping out or offer one of our 40 dogs a forever
home, call 0121 426 4810 to make an appointment, or
visit us at the following roadshows: Pet Show at the NEC
on Nov 2nd-3rd; Tamworth Christmas Lights Nov 24th
from 1pm; Charity Christmas Fayre at Boley Community
Centre on Nov 30th; Lichfield Christmas Market on Dec
1st, and at the Dog Show in Aid of Street Vets in
Polesworth on Dec 7th.
The BBC Good Food Show Winter will be kicking off the most
wonderful time of the year at Birmingham’s NEC with four food
filled days packed with the nation’s favourite chefs, perfect
Christmas gifts and festive fun.
Starting from Thursday 28th November to Sunday 1st December,
culinary legends James Martin, Rick Stein and Mary Berry will be cooking
live in the Big Kitchen, with over 450 independent and artisan producers,
visitors will find everything from sweet treats, and seasonal ingredients to
unique stocking fillers and latest kitchen kit.
Rick Stein is one of several new faces to the Winter Show line up this
year, alongside foodie hero Ainsley Harriott, Masterchef duo Billy and Jack
and 2018 Great British Bake Off winner Rahul Mandal making their first
ever appearances. Michelin masters Tom Kerridge and Michel Roux Jr,
family favourite Nadiya Hussain and the entertaining Hairy Bikers will also
be cooking live on stage and sharing recipe ideas and tips to make
Christmas extra tasty.
Whether it’s picking up tips in the Festive Kitchen, getting party-ready
with demos at the QVC Kitchen, discovering the chef’s secrets in live
interviews at the BBC Good Food Stage or getting hands-on in the BBC
Good Food Workshops – this year’s event is set to be the ultimate day
out for food lovers.
For more information and to book tickets, please visit
Win a festive day out to this year’s BBC
Good Food Show Winter
FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A PAIR OF
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SIMPLY ANSWER THE FOLLOWING
Which alcohol is traditionally used in a
classic Christmas Pudding recipe?
a. Brandy b. Gin c. Tequila
To enter, just send your name, contact details and answer to BBC Competition
at firstname.lastname@example.org or post your entry to Citylife in Lichfield Ltd,
PO Box 7126, Lichfield WS14 4JS by the closing date of 21st November 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 citylifeinlichfieldltd.co.uk). Full t&cs on page 57.
Terms and conditions:
1. The event runs from 28 November – 1 December, at the NEC Birmingham
2. Prize only valid on Thursday, Friday or Sunday; no Saturday admission
3.Prize includes 2x general admission tickets – no travel, expenses or
accommodation is provided
4. General admission tickets do not include a seat in the Big Kitchen, Big Kitchen
seats are available to purchase on the day, subject to availability
5. Not all celebrities appear on all days
6. Winners will be picked at random and notified on 22nd November
7. Contact information will be supplied to a third party who will send your winning
tickets electronically via email
8. The prize is for 2 pairs of general admission tickets, so there will be 2 winners
9. Prize cannot be swapped for cash or sold on
10. Details correct at time of print
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Home in World
On Remembrance Sunday, 10th November, at 11am the
nation will fall silent as a two minutes’ silence is observed
at war memorials in remembrance of the Fallen of the
First and Second World Wars. Jono Oates looks at the role of the
often unsung heroes who stayed at home during World War II; the
Home Guard and the ARPs.
As WW2 started to escalate in 1940 and the German army edged
closer and closer to the English Channel there was the growing threat
of an invasion of Britain. With many troops fighting in Europe and
beyond, the nation galvanised at home setting up a home defence army
and, with the aerial threat of the Luftwaffe, also putting air raid
precautions into place.
The home defence army was initially set up as the Land Defence
Volunteers however it soon changed its name to the Home Guard.
Uniforms, ammunition and weapons were always in short supply but by
October 1942 a full-scale enemy assault took place on the city of
Lichfield itself. This was not carried out by German paratroopers but by
opposing members of the local Home Guard volunteers and regular
troops. Aeroplanes directed ‘bombing’ over the city while parachutists
were dropped over Whittington Heath, Darnford and Muckley Corner.
The results of this dummy exercise were said to prove that the Lichfield
Home Guard would have been up to repulsing an attack by enemy
forces although this, luckily, was never put to the test.
The Home Guard also ‘kept them peeled’ for other, less war-like
misdemeanours and in October 1941 a group of volunteer troops
‘captured’ three runaway children who had hidden themselves on a train
at Trent Valley station!
The ARP wardens patrolled the city trying to spot enemy airplanes
about to offload bombs and to identify the resulting blazing fires after
attacks. They would also walk round the city streets trying to stop lights
escaping from windows using the time honoured phrase of ‘Put That
Although bombs did not fall on Lichfield, air raid warnings sounded
out at regular intervals, sometimes for several nights on the run. This led
the Sheriff of Lichfield, Councillor Frank Halfpenny, to write a letter to
the Lichfield Mercury worrying about the lack of sleep suffered by many
residents without Anderson shelters who paced round the house during
air raids until the early hours. His advice for them was to set up a
second bed underneath the stairs of the house with a comfy mattress
and pillows, for protection and warmth. He advised them then to say
their prayers, place themselves in the hands of the Almighty and they
would soon drop off to sleep.
Mrs Savage of Langton House on Beacon Street was also concerned
about comfort as she suggested in the Mercury of October 1940 that
every woman in Lichfield should knit a scarf, a pair of mittens or a
balaclava helmet for members of the Home Guard or ARPs to help keep
them warm during the winter months.
In December 1944, as the war was coming to an end and the threat
of invasion had disappeared, the Lichfield Home Guard were disbanded
and a farewell dinner was held in their honour at the Lichfield Guildhall.
The Company Commander, Major E.A.G. Marlar, OBE, was praised by
the Mayor of Lichfield, Councillor Moseley, for all of their hard work
during the last four years and in response the Major replied that his unit
had become a very efficient fighting force. Now that they had been disbanded
he said that his men would need to ‘find another excuse to give
their wives for being out all night!’
The Home Guard, memorably featured on the classic TV show ‘Dad’s
Army’, were often depicted as figures of fun, and the ARP wardens as
busybodies and jobsworths. However, had there been a different
outcome of the Battle of Britain these brave volunteers would have
been the final line of defence against the invading army.
On Remembrance Sunday we should all give thanks to the volunteers
of Lichfield as well as those who gave their lives in the defence of their
city, and their country.
We Will Remember Them.
Source: British Newspaper Archive
Courtesy of Lichfield Antique Centre, Minster Pool Walk
Raising the Steaks!
ollowing the appointment of a new head chef, Citylife editor, Kristen Lackajis, was
invited to The Strawberry Cabin to sample some of his fantastic work.
Steak Night at The Strawberry Cabin was music to my ears – I’m a HUGE steak fan, although
somewhat of a steak snob as well, and I know every eatery within the area based on how well
they can cook a steak… Little did I know that they were all in for some serious competition!
Seated at a candlelit table in the cosy bistro, my guest and I enjoyed a smooth red wine whilst
perusing the innovative menu before us. Having attended an Italian Evening several months ago
and thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful, I had high hopes. So with mouths watering, we
embarked on our culinary journey.
For starters, I chose the hand-caught scallops served with red pepper gel, black garlic mayo
and crispy bacon, and it tasted as divine as it sounds! Stunningly presented, with incredible
attention to detail, the buttery scallops were soft and meaty, with the accompanying flavours and
textures working perfectly together. My partner was equally impressed with his chicken liver
pate, with onion chutney and crusty garlic-infused bread, which he devoured within minutes!
For our main course, we’d decided to treat ourselves and ‘go the whole hog’ by ordering a
chateaubriand to share. Ordering it ‘rare’ we waited in anticipation and we were not in the least
disappointed with what arrived! A large hunk of the most incredibly tender, succulent and juicylooking
steak was placed in front of us, surrounded by chips, salad, onion rings and two sauces
(peppercorn and blue cheese).
It is difficult to find a good steakhouse in the local area. I often find my steak overcooked and
dry; sometimes it is not rested enough and therefore bloody; and, more often than not, it is
sinewy and chewy… But I simply could not fault what I ate at The Strawberry Cabin! Seared on
the outside, soft and pink in the centre, my knife slid through it like butter and it practically
melted in the mouth. Despite being presented with a mountainous amount of food, we did not
leave a morsel!
Determined to somehow fit in a dessert, we ordered the classic raspberry crème brulee and
the strawberries and cream – both of which used fruits picked freshly from Manor Farm itself.
The sweet strawberries and creamy brulee were the perfect way to round off what had been
an incredible dining experience! Hats off to the chef!
Meet the Chef
Cream of the Crop
at Strawberry Cabin!
The Strawberry Tea Room & Restaurant has
appointed Gábor Wachter to the position of Head
Chef in its award-winning restaurant.
Gábor has worked at the Cabin since March and has a
wealth of culinary experience plus a real passion for food!
Born in Hungary, his particular inspiration is to produce
food using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, which
are plentiful in the restaurant as it is located on a farm.
A chef since the age of 20, Gábor previously worked in
a number of top quality restaurants in the area. His Sunday
lunches are already becoming legendary and, along with
the support of Paighton Smalley - the incredibly talented
dessert chef – the kitchen duo are a formidable culinary
Manor Farm, Watling Street, Hints,
Tamworth, Staffs. B78 3DF. Telephone:
Win a Pie & Pud Night for
Two in January
PumpkinFest has now finished, but the team at Manor Farm Fruits were
overwhelmed with the number of visitors this year and the wonderful
feedback received. Customers return year after year for this popular event
and Manor Farm Fruits would like to thank everyone for their support.
In November the winter days are in full swing and the festive season will
soon be upon us - tinsel, fairy lights and festive treats is the name of the
game! The Strawberry Cabin Crew will only have one thing on their minds,
a delicious Christmas Menu - a favourite with customers old and new. The
Christmas Menu will be available throughout December and the Cabin will
also be available for private events during the evenings. The Events Team
can plan any event, so whether it’s a lunch with friends or an office outing
with sparkle, The Strawberry Cabin can cater for you.
The calendar for 2020 is also open and bookings are being taken. Keep
an eye out on our Facebook page at @manorfarmfruits or
www.strawberrycabin.co.uk for more information and to see the menus.
The Strawberry Cabin, Manor Farm Fruits, Watling Street, Hints, Tamworth,
B78 3DF. Tel: 01543 483680.
We’ve got a table for two at Pie & Pud Night on 25th Jan
2020 to giveaway, courtesy of The Strawberry Cabin. To be
in with a chance of winning simply answer the following
Where is the Strawberry Cabin located?
To enter, just send your name, contact details and answer to Pie & Pud
Competition at email@example.com or post your entry to Citylife in
Lichfield Ltd, PO Box 7126, Lichfield WS14 4JS by the closing date of 22nd
November 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
Defib Training at
Fleur and Richard with the new defibrillator.
Cycling 2000 now has a defibrillator fitted in place on the front of its
premises in Lichfield. The defibrillator is available 24/7 and anyone needing
access to it should dial 999 in the first instance.
This defibrillator forms part of the Staffordshire 1,000 project. On the 1st
May 2019 AEDdonate launched a campaign to install 1,000 Community Access
Defibrillators across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
In Staffordshire, the average time for emergency services to arrive following
a 999 call is 8-12 minutes. In the case of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), every
minute counts, the person’s survival rate drops by 7-10% for every minute
defibrillation (and CPR) is delayed
AEDdonate and Cycling 2000 are holding a free Defibrillator Training Session
at the premises at 50 Wheel Lane, Lichfield, WS13 7EA on Monday 18th
November at 6pm for anyone to attend. The session will take around 90
minutes. To book onto this course, please call 01785 472224.
Burntwood Breast Care
Celebrates 10 Years
set up to give
help and advice to
from breast cancer
has celebrated its
with a party for
more than 80 of its
B u r n t w o o d
founded by Pauline Walker and Marie Hiley, has supported dozens
of women who have been affected by the disease over the last
Pauline has now decided to step back from her lead role in the
group and has passed the reins over to the new Chairman, Linda
Griffith. She said: “I am so proud of what the group has achieved
over its ten years. I shall always be part of the group but I want to
see it now thrive under a new leadership team.”
Pauline was presented with a bouquet from her fellow group
members to mark her ten year service and achievements. Guests
of honour included Burntwood Town Council Chairman, Cllr Diane
Evans, and Town Council Leader, Cllr Sue Woodward.
The group meets every third Wednesday in the month from
10am-12.30pm at Burntwood Memorial Institute.
Tuppenhurst Farm will be holding a Vintage
Machinery Open Day at the museum in its
grounds on 30th November to showcase its
remarkable collection of historic engines, which
includes the Crossley 3 type, one of only three in the
Guests are welcome to pop along and see the
engines in action from 10am-3pm. There is no entry
fee, however donations for the British Heart
Foundation will be gladly welcomed.
Find Tuppenhurst Farm at Armitage, Rugeley, WS15
4HJ or call 07932 266515 for further information.
Duke of Kent Visits Lichfield
St Mary’s in Market Square, Lichfield, was
the subject of a Royal visit on 24th
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, arrived by
Royal helicopter, which touched down in
the grounds of The Friary School, causing a
stir amongst pupils!
The Duke’s visit to St Mary’s marked its
recent renovation which saw it transformed into Lichfield Library.
During his Staffordshire outing, Prince Edward also visited Lichfield
Cathedral and opened a new engineering academy at the Cannock
campus of South Staffordshire College.
The role of Chairman of
Council is a one year
culminates in an annual
reunion dinner. This year, it
took place on 4th October
at St John’s House on St
John Street, Lichfield and was attended by the current Chairman, ex
Chairmen and their consorts, partners and guests.
Your Garden in
By Byron Lewis
Not long left now until the
dreaded ‘C’ word! But
before we all get bogged
down in preparations for
Christmas, there is still time
to get some work done in
the garden. Hedging plants
are traditionally planted
during November. Hedging
makes a great natural screen
and also provides a home (as
well as food) for birds and
Evergreen plants such as pyracantha, laurel and holly are typically
available most of the year round but growers will lift many deciduous
plants, such as hawthorn and beech, only once temperatures have
dropped, so you may need to wait until the end of the month before you
can buy them. In the meantime, prepare your new hedge soil by digging
it over and adding fertiliser (such as chicken manure or bonemeal) to
the soil, plus some fresh compost to ensure they get off to a good start.
These deciduous hedgers are often sold in bundles of five or 10 plants,
which need to be split before planting. Allow around 1ft between plants
(2ft for most evergreens). Once planted, they can be pretty much left to
fend for themselves over the winter. Ensure they are watered well in the
spring to boost growth. You shouldn't need to prune for the first year, to
allow them time to fill out.
Planting Fruit Trees follows a similar preparation routine to hedging.
These will now be readily available, and come in a range of sizes - from
dwarf varieties reaching only 5ft, up to around 12ft. Apple, pear, cherry
and more are all still popular. Plums are generally best planted in the
spring as during harsh winters, young trees can succumb to the cold
Ensure fruit trees get lots of water especially in the late spring and
summer as without it, they sometimes fail to produce flower and
subsequent fruit - or fruit becomes very small and deformed. Ask us for
our guide to fruit tree growing when you buy your tree.
Lichfield Garden Centre's Christmas display is now open, with a
large range of traditional Christmas decorations, lights, homemade
wreaths and garlands. Christmas trees are available from the
last weekend in November.
Byron Lewis runs Lichfield Garden Centre at
Curborough Countryside Centre, Lichfield.
Visit www.lichfieldgardencentre.co.uk or find us
Facebook & Twitter.
Dreaming of a White
Danny Mac is Barton Marina’s star choice to switch on
this year’s Christmas Lights on Sunday 1st December.
With his insane talent, nothing stands still in Danny’s world. Since reaching the
finals of Strictly Come Dancing his career has skyrocketed. Danny has just
finished a run in Amelie the Musical, and from mid-November he’ll be starring in
London’s West End revival of White Christmas at the Dominion Theatre. Featuring
Irving Berlin’s much-loved music, the show is directed by Nikolai Foster.
Before the big switch on, which is taking place at 5pm, Danny will be on the marina
promenade welcoming Santa and one
of his reindeer, Dasher. No doubt he’ll
also be popping into the marina shops
looking for seasonal gifts!
Danny is following in the footsteps of
many household names to make the
pilgrimage to Barton Marina, with past
celebrities who have switched on our
lights including Sheridan Smith, Claire
King, Linda Nolan and Brian Capron.
Sheridan Smith at Barton Marina
Help Protect & Improve Cannock Chase
Apartnership that works to protect Cannock Chase is asking for the
public’s views on how it can protect this important landscape in the
Cannock Chase Special Area of Conservation (SAC) Partnership
includes local authorities, statutory agencies, wildlife conservation
organisations and landowners, who work together to ensure Cannock
Chase continues to improve both as a home for nature and a place
people can enjoy.
The partnership is now consulting on two plans that set out how it
will improve the infrastructure at Cannock Chase, including the car
parks, footpaths and visitor centres. They also look at how to raise
awareness of the vital role visitors can play in protecting this special area.
“2.4 million people visit Cannock Chase every year. With increased
housing development and a growing population, the number of people
visiting Cannock Chase is expected to go up by 15 to 20 percent by
2026,” said Glenn Watson, the Chair of the SAC Partnership.
“I hope everyone who enjoys living by or visiting this stunning
landscape will take the time to read through the plans and give us their
The consultation will run until 29th November 2019. To read the plans
and other relevant documents, please visit the consultation website at
www.haveyoursaycannockchase.org.uk. To discuss the plans, contact the
Cannock Chase SAC team on 07800619650 or 07800619636.
Lichfield Arts’ Festive Line-Up
Get Back Beatles
Kim Cypher Band
Lichfield Arts is easing us into
Christmas with its concert line-up
for December, which promises
plenty of jazz, folk and pop acts, plus
an exciting Christmas show.
The concerts start on Sunday 1st
December when concertina player and
singer Geoff Lakeman makes his
Guildhall debut with songs of his native
Dartmoor and Wednesday 4th
December will see a performance from
the singer and saxophonist Kim Cypher,
and her multi-talented band for an
evening of jazz, with pop and blues
The critically acclaimed interpretive
singer Bob Fox returns to the Guildhall
on Saturday 7th December, and Sunday
8th December will be a night to
remember for fans of the Beatles, when
the Get Back Beatles perform.
At the Cathedral Hotel, Lichfield Arts
and Lichfield Jazz will present the now
traditional Lichfield Jazz Christmas
Special featuring some of the finest
players in the area. Finally, Saturday
December 21st will see one of folk’s
finest performers, Jez Lowe and The Bad
Pennies, performing a Northumbrian
For further details, and to book
tickets visit www.lichfieldarts.org.uk,
phone (01543) 262223, or call into
the Lichfield Arts Box Office,
Donegal House, Bore Street.
We've brought together a selection of gifts
from local retailers, so you can find the
perfect present for the man in your life!
Warm it Up!
Scruffs Winter Essentials Pack includes a
fleece hat, neck warmer and gloves. Available
from Tippers, Europa Way, Lichfield –
Say it with art this Christmas such as this Open
Fields Limited Edition Bronze Sculpture by
artist David Geenty. Available from The
Courtyard Fine Art Lounge, Dam Street,
Lichfield – www.thecourtyardfineartlounge.co.uk
*Mention CITYLIFE for 10% off all Original
Artwork, Signed Limited Edition Sculptures
and Glassware during the month of
Off the Cuff
Bring together an outfit, and add a splash of
colour, with these Silver Blue John Cufflinks.
Available from Allen Brown Jewellery located at
Heart of the Country Shopping Village,
Swinfen, Lichfield, WS14 9QR -
A stunning watch from designer Jacob Jensen is
sure to complement a range of outfits. Available
from Allen Brown Jewellery located at Heart of the
Country Shopping Village, Swinfen, Lichfield, WS14
9QR - www.allenbrownjewellery.co.uk
License to Grill!
This Weber Genesis II Gas BBQ is powered
by the GS4 high-performance grilling system
which ensures great results every time. The
Gourmet BBQ System cooking grates and side
burner to simmer barbecue sauces, provide
endless menu possibilities, while the extra
boost of heat from the sear station seals in
flavour. Available from Tippers, Europa Way,
Lichfield – www.tippers.com
For those who enjoy a sweet treat at
Christmas, these Walkers Toffee Sets come in
a variety of different delicious flavours!
Available from Bradbury’s Farm Shop &
Butchery, Curborough Hall Farm Countryside
Centre, Watery Lane, Lichfield, WS13 8ES –
For something a little different, why not
give The Patum Peperium Gentleman’s
Relish a try? There’s three varieties to
choose from! Available from Bradbury’s Farm
Shop & Butchery, Curborough Hall Farm
Countryside Centre, Watery Lane, Lichfield,
WS13 8ES – www.bradburysfarmshop.com
Dressed to Impress
Beautiful tailoring and a range of stunning colours and patterns make
these eye-catching Claudio Lugli shirts a must for Christmas! Available from
Michael’s Menswear, Market Street, Lichfield.
Feel the Power!
Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a power tool! This
Einhell Power X-Change Lithium Ion Cordless
Impact Drill is one of the most reliable, versatile
work tools for the enthusiastic DIY individual.
Available from Collis DIY, Queens Drive,
Chasetown, Burntwood, WS7 4QF –
This gorgeous Fred Bennett gent’s
leather bracelet is simple and
understated yet stylish. Available from
ES Jewellery, Tamworth Street,
Lichfield – www.esjewellery.co.uk
Beautifully elegant cufflinks, by
designer Fred Bennett, are both perfect
for the office or a special occasion.
Available from ES Jewellery, Tamworth
Street, Lichfield –
Shirt & Sweet!
Babette Cufflinks look smart on the
arm of any shirt. Available from City
Jewellers of Lichfield, 23-25 Bore
Street, Lichfield –
Finish off your look with a
gentleman’s silk scarf, in a range of
beautiful patterns and designs.
Available from Michael’s Menswear,
Market Street, Lichfield.
Man’s Best Friend
A faithful hound immortalised as a nickel
and resin sculpture by Justin Zhu. Available
from The Courtyard Fine Art Lounge, Dam
Street, Lichfield –
*Mention CITYLIFE for 10% off all
Original Artwork, Signed Limited Edition
Sculptures and Glassware during the
month of November*
Under Lock & Key
Keep that designer watch safe and sound with this
gorgeous watch box with lock. Available from Paul
Martyn Furniture, located at Heart of the Country
Shopping Village, Swinfen, Lichfield, WS14 9QR –
Treat the man in your life to this
American classic, the Spirit of Liberty
Chronograph by Hamilton. Available
from City Jewellers of Lichfield, 23-25
Bore Street, Lichfield –
The Elite Suito Turbo Trainer allows
for cyclists to train even when the
weather is bad! Available from Cycling
2000, Wheel Lane, Lichfield –
Keep it Clean!
These Muc-Off cleaning sets make a
great stocking filler for the cyclists in
the family! Available from Cycling 2000,
Wheel Lane, Lichfield –
The Perfect Tipple
Handmade silver plated brandy
warmer and glass. Presented in an
Arthur Price of England gift box.
Available from Arthur Price, Britannia
Way, Lichfield - www.arthurprice.com
From the Hip
Hammered-style, 6oz pewter hip
flask. Presented in an Arthur Price of
England gift box. Available from Arthur
Price, Britannia Way, Lichfield -
Cycle of Life
This cycle sculpture is perfect for the
sport enthusiast. Available from Paul
Martyn Furniture, located at Heart of
the Country Shopping Village, Swinfen,
Lichfield, WS14 9QR –
The award-winning light and sound show for Christmas,
voted 'The Best Event in Staffordshire' for three years
running, is back!
The artistic collaboration, known as Luxmuralis, brings The Cathedral
Illuminated 2019 which has now become an annual tradition for
thousands of people and will, once again, transform the Cathedral inside
and out using stunning sound and light projections.
This year’s show is called The Beginning and will build on 2019’s theme
at the cathedral of ajourney through ‘Space, Light and Time.’
It promises to be a stunning experience for all the whole family and
the perfect start to the Christmas season.
Ticket holders will enter the Cathedral Close from Dam Street and
then see a spectacular Christmas son-et-lumiere displayed on the
Cathedral School facade (Bishop’s Palace) before seeing the second
illumination on the West Front facade of the Cathedral. The wonderment
continues as visitors will then go inside the Cathedral for a special
interior light and sound installation in the nave.
The experience will also feature an installation called ‘In the Image and
Likeness: A Constellation of Images’ artwork by cathedral artist-inresidence
Peter Walker working with thousands of school children and
community groups in the area.
The Very Revd. Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield, says: “We are
delighted to bring The Cathedral Illuminated back for the fifth year. It has
become a tradition for many people both within the city and around the
country as people come from far and wide to see the sound and light
show with their friends and families.”
All the music is bespoke and written and produced by Luxmuralis
composer David Harper.
‘The Cathedral Illuminated’ begins on Monday 16th December
and runs nightly until Sunday 21st December starting at the family
friendly earlier time of 5.30pm with 15-minute time slots through
to last entry at 9:30pm.
Tickets are £6 for adults or £4 for children (£16 for a family) and
can be booked tickets on the cathedral website at www.lichfieldcathedral.org.
School’s Contribute with ‘Selfies’
Thousands of schoolchildren across the West Midlands are making
selfies and creating their own portrait galleries to be part of the biggest
art engagement project Lichfield Cathedral has ever undertaken.
In the Image and Likeness: A Constellation of Images by Peter Walker
Artist will see home-grown self-portrait galleries hanging in schools,
churches and businesses across the county in conjunction with The
A selfie station has been set up
in the Cathedral for visitors to
take part – it is sited next to a
portrait of Lichfield’s famous son,
Samuel Johnson painted by Sir
Each year Lichfield Cathedral
invites schools, community groups,
churches, visitors and businesses
to be part of its celebration of
Christmas. Previous projects have
included 22,000 doves, 10,000
angels and 5,000 stars – all of
which have then gone on show in
the Cathedral as an integral part of
The Cathedral Illuminated.
The Newsletter of Lichfield City Council - November 2019
Each year the City Council makes available a sum in its budget to be given out to local voluntary organisations
to assist in their work. Clubs, societies and voluntary groups in the City of Lichfield are therefore invited to
apply to the City Council for a grant from the Council’s 2020/2021 budget. Grant forms are available by email
at: firstname.lastname@example.org, from the City Council Office, Donegal House, Bore Street, Lichfield, WS13
6LU (telephone 01543 309858), and on the Council’s website at www.lichfield.gov.uk.
Completed forms must be returned by 6 January 2020.
To be eligible, organisations applying MUST operate for the benefit of people living within the boundary of the
City of Lichfield.
Welcome to this issue of City View.
The summer ended on a high note as the City,
for the third time in three years, achieved Gold
in the Heart of England in Bloom competition.
This is well deserved reward for all the groups
and individuals who worked so hard over the
year to attain this wonderful accolade. The City
Council’s Open Spaces Officer, Nick Burton
has been a key figure in this success and the
City Council itself supported several projects
that have contributed to this award. Anyone
wishing to help in 2020 is encouraged to
contact the City Council.
The traditional Sheriff’s Ride took place on 7
September and was a great success, as were
the Johnson Birthday celebrations that formed
part of the exceptional Heritage Weekend.
Preparations also continue for Remembrance
Sunday on 10 November.
Once again the countdown has begun to the
Christmas Lights Switch on event on Sunday
24 November and I hope you will join us for
what has become an extremely popular event
for all the family. There will be a programme of
entertainment on the Market Square from
around 2.00pm until the switch on itself at
5.00pm. There will also be a festive market
and special events at the Samuel Johnson
Birthplace Museum. The 2018 event was
extremely popular and we can only hope that
the weather is as kind to us in 2019.
As this is the final City View of 2019 I would like
to be the first to wish you all a very happy
Christmas and a prosperous 2020.
Councillor Mark Warfield, Leader of the Council
The Festive Season gets under way in Lichfield on
Sunday, 24 November. There will be a special
market from 10.00am around the City centre
selling food and gifts, events at
the Samuel Johnson Birthplace
Museum, entertainment in the
Three Spires Shopping
precinct and children’s rides.
Once again there will be live
music on the Market Square
Punch the Air
from 2.00pm up to the big switch-on at 5.00pm.
During the afternoon from 2:00pm until 4.15pm the audience will be
entertained by performances from local groups ‘The Hustle’,‘Punch the Air’
and Lichfield Rock Choir who will be performing a mixture of popular
covers and Christmas Songs. The Christchurch School Choir will lead
traditional Christmas Carols from 4.20pm followed by a special appearance
by the ‘Cinderella’ panto characters immediately before the countdown to the
big switch-on at 5.00pm, and Santa might pay us a visit, too!
The Mayor of Lichfield, Councillor Mrs Deborah Baker, will join the other civic
guests, the cast members from ‘Cinderella’ and two local children - the winners of the City Council’s Mercury
newspaper competition - to help with the big switch-on at 5.00pm.
Please remember if you are attending this event that the roads surrounding the Market Square will be
subject to a road closure from 9.00am – 7.00pm
On Saturday 7 September the Sheriff of Lichfield, Dr Daryl
Brown took part in the annual tradition that is the Sheriff’s Ride.
The Sheriff was joined by his parents, Dr and Mrs Neville
Brown, daughter and Consort, Miss Imogen Brown and High
Sheriff of Staffordshire, Mr Ashley Brough in a spectacular
horse drawn carriage. Interestingly, Dr Daryl Brown’s father
was also Sheriff of Lichfield in 2011, making them the first
father and son to both become Sheriff of Lichfield. The Sheriff
then met up with the other 51 riders at Lichfield College
campus to embark on this historic 20 mile perambulation of the
City commanded by Queen Mary’s charter of 1553.
The Sheriff’s Family and the High Sheriff of
Staffordshire, accompany the Sheriff in a Horse
The Sheriff’s Ride is the largest event the City Council undertakes and would not be possible without the support
of many volunteers, local businesses, landowners and farmers. The City Council would like to thank all those
involved for their continued support.
Sunday 10 November Remembrance Sunday.
at the Samuel
Every Saturday from until December 13th 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 siblings. Book a block of 5 sessions for £12 (£10
Christmas Light Night
Sunday 24 November, 15:30 - 18:00
Late-night opening for the Lichfield Lights Switch-On with free activities and a
great view of the Market Square events. Mulled wine and mince pies available.
Christmouse Trail Daily Saturday 30 November - Sunday 5 January, 11:00 –
A fun festive trail for children to find ‘the smallest of all beasts’ around the house
A Johnson Family Christmas
Saturday 30 November & Sunday 1 December, 11:00 – 15.30
A Christmas fair with something for all ages in historic surroundings including
carol singing, hands-on activities, a magical display of fairy automata, festive
refreshments and locally made crafts for sale.
Fairies and Fountains
Sunday 8 December
A magical experience for families, inspired by Johnson’s fairytale. 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 (all ages
welcome!) throughout the day. Fairy toy workshop 13:30 Tickets £3.50,
accompanying adults £1, advance booking recommended. Fairy storytelling
sessions from 11.30 - 14.30, free, just drop-in.
Open Daily 10.30am – 4.30pm. Standard entry is Free of charge.
Please note that events take place on the first floor and are
accessed by a flight of stairs.
Call 01543 264 972 or email email@example.com for more
information or to book an event.
On Sunday 10 November the Remembrance service
and wreath laying ceremony will once again take
place. The Civic party will process from the Guildhall to
the Cathedral for the 10.00am service, followed by the
wreath laying ceremony in the Gardens of
Remembrance at 11.00am and to observe the National
two minutes silence.
The City Council has commissioned a commemorative
booklet, written by local historian Johnathan Oates, telling the story of 15 local men
who gave their lives. Copies can be purchased from Lichfield City Council offices
and all profits will go to the ‘There but not There’ charity.
The Newsletter of Lichfield City Council
Dates for your diary…
Cathedral Service 10.00am; Wreath laying Ceremony 11.00am Gardens of
Saturday 23 November Mayor & Sheriff’s Charity Ball.
7.00pm Guildhall. Tickets £40 p/p
Tuesday 3 December Mayors Carols for Christmas
Sunday 12 January 2020 Mayoral Service
Sunday 19 January 2020 Mayoral Service
11.00am St Peter & Pauls RC Church
Friday 24 January 2020 Mayor & Sheriff’s Charity Beer & Skittles Night
7.00pm Guildhall. Tickets £10
Sunday 9 February 2020 Mayor & Sheriff’s Church Service & Traditional
Charity Sunday Lunch.
Church Service 11.00am Wade Street Church
Lunch 1.00pm Guildhall. Tickets £25.p/p
Friday 14 February 2020 Schools Speaking Competition
7.30pm St Mary’s Library, Market square
Tuesday 25 February 2020 Pancake Races & Shrovetide Fair
12 Noon Guildhall
For more information please contact Lucy Clarke on 01543 309852, or
Markets in Lichfield
The Lichfield General Markets
and Farmers' Market offer a wide
selection of goods and local
produce from friendly, established
and reliable market traders.
As well as the weekly General
Markets on Tuesdays, Fridays
and Saturdays, a Farmers' Market
is held on the 1st Thursday of the
month (except January).
The Market Square is also available for hire on a commercial or charitable
basis on non-market days.
On the run up to Christmas some traders will be standing on the 21, 22 & 23
December and the General Market will operate as normal on the 27 & 28
For more details or for any information or queries relating to
Lichfield Markets please contact the City Council’s Markets
Officers 01543 309853 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow us on Twitter @LichfieldMarket
If you would like to keep up-to-date with more of
the City Council’s activities, you can follow the
City Council on Twitter @lichfield_cc.
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Lichfield City Council
Weddings at the
Located in Bore Street in the heart
of the city, the Guildhall is a
beautiful historic Grade II Listed
Building, and is a magnificent
setting for civil ceremonies,
receptions and other celebrations.
The main hall has oak panelling
and a beamed roof giving a fine
mediaeval appearance, and can accommodate up to
160 guests. The Guildroom, on the Ground floor, has
paneled walls and timber ceiling and can seat up to 70
A number of smaller rooms are also available to hire,
and are ideal for conferences, seminars or small
For more information or to enquire over availability
please contact Helen Winter at Lichfield City Council.
Tel: 01543 309850 or e-mail:
A wedding brochure is also available either from the City
Council offices at Donegal House or by downloading
from our website www.lichfield.gov.uk
Have you visited the City
Council’s website? It
offers a wealth of
information about the work
of the City Council;
including details of all
Council meetings and
associated documents. In
addition it contains useful information about the
City, its history, festivals and major events, and its
many unique customs and traditions.
The right Council…
City Council meetings are held in the Guildhall, Bore Street. Dates and times of meetings can be found on the
notice-board outside the Guildhall, and on the City Council's website at www.lichfield.gov.uk
Lichfield City Council is the ‘parish’
authority for the City and is the smallest
of the three councils serving the City area.
Within the City we deal with local matters
such as the markets, maintenance of open
spaces and churchyards, civic and
mayoral events, the Samuel Johnson
Birthplace Museum and public lettings of
Lichfield District Council (Tel: 01543
308000) is the larger local authority
dealing with such matters as planning,
environmental health, refuse collection,
housing, car parking, arts and tourism,
and leisure services.
Staffordshire County Council (Tel: 0300
111 8000) is the responsible authority for
wider services such as Education, Social
Services and Highways.
Meetings are open to the public, with public participation sessions held at full Council and at the Planning
Committee. Advance notice needs to be given to the Council of the subject matter of each question, and any
person wishing to speak must contact the Council Offices at Donegal House, Bore Street (next to the Guildhall)
before NOON on the day of the meeting.
Wednesday 20 November 2019 6.30pm
Monday 2 December 2019 6.30pm COUNCIL
Thursday 12 December 2019 6.30pm Planning Committee
Thursday 9 January 2020 6.30pm Planning Committee
Monday 27 January 2020 6.30pm COUNCIL
Thursday 6 February 2020 6.30pm Planning Committee
Monday 2 March 2020 6.30pm COUNCIL
Past & Present
From False Teeth
to Cod & Chips!
By Jono Oates
Lichfield’s streets are alive with history and this month we look back at the
history of some of the shops and houses along Tamworth Street.
Tamworth Street appears in the records as far back as the 14th century and
is one of Lichfield’s most picturesque, and varied, streets. It starts at the junction
of Lower Bore Street, Conduit Street and Bakers Lane, now the Three Spires
shopping arcade, and then sweeps upwards to the steep incline of Greenhill,
before joining Church Street.
At the top of the street, close to George Lane, stands number 63 Tamworth
Street. In the 1920s it was an antiques shop, the charmingly titled The Old
Curiosity Shop. In September 1923 they advertised in the Lichfield Mercury
looking for ‘Disused False Teeth’ and promised that they would pay the ‘best
cash prices’! By the 1940s it was a grocery and provision store called Thomas
Purves and in 1942, at the height of the Second World War, they announced that
they had ‘National Cooking Dried Egg’ for all their purchasers – a ‘tasty’ treat
during those hard times. In the 1960s the shop was the Florist of Lichfield
before it became Pizza by Goli in 1987, as it still is today. The restaurant serves
authentic, freshly made, Italian dishes including pasta, desserts and, of course,
Further down the hill at number 49, William Larkin had a tailoring business in
1850. William was the great-great-grandfather of the acerbic poet Philip Larkin,
who lived in Lichfield during the Second World War. Another tailor, the
appropriately named John S. Tayler, was offering ladies’ and gents’ suits in 1958
which were crafted by ‘Lichfield’s Only Craftsman’s Tailor.’ In 1962 the shop
belonged to Alma Hunter, a lady’s hairstylist, followed by Michelle Hair Salon
Tamworth Street Past and Present - From False Teeth to Cod & Chips!
and then Images Hair Fashion. In 2006 the shop changed
gender to become The Men’s Room barbers, as it still is
today. Next door, at 49a, Turf Accountants operated from
the 1960s to 1980 and is now home to Lichfield Factory
Specs, an independent ophthalmic opticians. The shop
provides a wide selection of fashion glasses and sunglasses
at discounted prices compared with high street chains.
At the bottom of the hill stands 29 Tamworth Street
and from 1968 to 1992 it belonged to Rackhams of
Lichfield. John Rackham was a noted Lichfeldian
photographer and in November 1975 his advert in the
Lichfield Mercury offered readers a chance to have a
colour portrait of their loved ones taken as a Christmas
gift for just £8.86, including VAT! John was very well
known and respected in the city and became Sheriff of
Lichfield in 2004. His former shop is now Luminaire
electrical, selling all kinds of lamps, lampshades and light
Alongside Luminaire is the old Regal Cinema, featured
in last month’s article on the old cafes of Lichfield, and
currently being developed as apartments. On the opposite
side of the road at numbers 20-22, was Mullarkey’s Fish
and Grill Bar from 1939 to the 1970s. Many cinema goers,
having seen the latest blockbuster movie, would often pop
across the road after the pictures to get their bag of fish
and chips for the journey home. Not everyone wanted to
pay for the privilege however, and in August 1970
someone stole a box of wet fish, containing sole, haddock,
plaice and cod, valued at £10 from outside the shop. It’s
now a florist called Heaven Scent.
Further along at number 10 was Wigham’s Stores, a
traditional grocers, from 1928 to 1965. Cuthbert Wigham
also had a shop on Horse Fair in Rugeley. It is now the
home of Hindley’s Bakery, one of the longest standing
family businesses in Lichfield. Hindley’s produce cakes and
breads freshly prepared in their in-store bakery as well as
having a café serving food and hot drinks. Owner Duncan
Photo courtesy of Michael Mullarkey.
Numbers 1 and 3 Tamworth Street in 1967. Photo
courtesy of E&S Jewellery
Tamworth Street Past and Present - From False Teeth to Cod & Chips!
Hindley also runs a number of bread-making courses giving customers the skills to bake
their own bread.
Some shops have a long tradition of the same type of business operating over the
years. Number 13 is a case in point, where it was a butcher’s shop for nearly 100 years.
In 1880 the owner was Mary Anne Craddock, then Henry Craddock. In 1916 William
Littler took over the shop followed by Frederick Manley in 1955. In 1976 it was the turn
of Alan Clay who, in February 1977, was offering meats especially for the deep freezer,
with mince beef at 52p per pound, frying steak at 90p and New Zealand lamb at 54p
per pound. In 1987 the butchers’ timeline at number 13 finally came to a close when
the Framework framing gallery opened, as it still is today. Framework Gallery provide
a professional full range of framing services from small to large frames with expert
advice always on hand to match the right frame to the picture.
At the junction where the road meets Conduit Street stands number 1 Tamworth
Street, an imposing Victorian building, originally called Burlington House. In 1893 Misses
Butler and Holmes provided a milliners’ service and by 1951 it belonged to Phyllis
George who ran a ladies dress shop (she also had a shop on Bow Street in Rugeley).
Next door, at number 3, John Key had a menswear shop from 1949 to 1970. In the mid-
1970s number 1 Tamworth Street was the Town and Country Building Society and in
the 1980s both number 1 and number 3 became the Woolwich Building Society. Now
the building is home to E&S Jewellery who have a fabulous collection of exquisite
branded jewellery and watches. E&S Jewellery have kindly provided us with a
photograph of the shop as it was in 1967 - the sign for John Key’s menswear can be seen
on the shop blind.
Lichfield’s Tamworth Street is a lovely street to walk along, with a whole host of
independent shops and businesses to choose from, whilst admiring the shop frontages
and remembering the shopkeepers of times gone by.
Sources: The British Newspaper Archive; Trades of a City by JP Gallagher; Lichfield City
Finds Soar to
By Adrian Rathbone of Hansons
Staffordshire finds sold for tens of thousands of pounds at Hansons’
October Fine Art and Library Auction.
Star lots included a 1997 copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s
Stone, which was taken along for free valuation at Bishton Hall, Hansons’
new Staffordshire venue. Seven phone bidders took the price to £46,000.
Another find to impress was discovered in a Staffordshire home. A
sailing-inspired oil painting, initialled by celebrated Flemish marine artist
Bonaventura Peeters (1614-1652), made £19,000. Also found in
Staffordshire was a watercolour by St Ives artist Walter Langley (1852-
“It had no official title so I simply called it ‘Waiting for the Boats’.
Carrying immense charm, Walter Langley collectors agreed it was a
formidable example. It sold for £10,500.
“Another artwork to excel was Lot 1089. This facial study in pencil and
coloured pastels of a classical male was a preparatory study for the
Sorbonne fresco by
French artist Pascal
1929). Four phone
bidders battled against a
room bidder with the
gavel falling at £17,000.
“I was also proud to
market an impressive
array of vesta cases
collected by the late
Mick Finnikin. Together they made just under £10,000. The highest price
went to my favourite, Lot 328, an unusual early 20th Century 18ct gold
Vesta case with a rebus design of four vices – women, champagne,
gambling and horse racing. It sold for £1,300.”
Hansons is inviting entries for its December 11-13th Country House
Fine Art and Library Auction at Bishton Hall, Wolseley Bridge,
Staffordshire, ST17 0XN. The venue hosts free valuations every Thursday,
10am-4pm. Alternatively, call Adrian Rathbone on 01889 358050 or
email email@example.com. Free confidential home
visits can be arranged for large/multiple items, estate clearance and
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Tuesday 5th November
The City of Lichfield Probus Club
Meets on the first Tuesday of each
month at St Matthew's Sports Club
Burntwood. Recently an interesting
and informative talk was given by
Sarah Marshall proprietor of
Specsavers in Bicester who gave
advice on keeping our eyes healthy.
Future speakers include The A-Z of
Lichfield by Jono Oates and Great
War Training on Cannock Chase by
Dave Dunham. New members are
always made welcome. For more
details call 01543 327222 or email
Wednesday 13th November
Beliefs & Myths by speaker Roger
Ide. Tickets must be purchased in
Venue: Lichfield Guildhall
Tuesday 19th November
Lichfield Civic Society
The Life & Works of Capability
Brown by Alan Hill
Venue: The Lichfield Room, Wade
Street Church Community Hall, Frog
Price: £3 (free to members and
Tuesday 19th November
Lichfield Beacon Probus Club
‘Grandad Songs – Picture This’ – an
anthology with guitar melodies
presented by Alan Tumber.
Venue: St Matthews Sports & Social
Time: 2.30 pm
Potential members please contact
John Lundie on 01543 264327 or
Sunday 24th November
Christmas Light Night
Late-night opening for the Lichfield
Lights Switch-on with free activities
and trails, mulled wine and mince
pies available and a great view of the
Market Square event.
Venue: The Samuel Johnson
Wednesday 27th November
Stonnall Conservation Society
This evening sees the return of
locally based Singing Duo
“Cherrywood” (Two Ladies and a
Guitar) who will present songs and
light hearted poetry reflecting the
themes visited by the Conservation
Society during the past year.
Venue: Stonnall Youth & Community
Centre, Main Street, Stonnall WS9
Saturday 30th November
A fun festive trail for children to find
‘the smallest of all beasts’ around the
house. Available every day
throughout the holidays (running
until Sunday 5th January 2020).
Venue: The Samuel Johnson
Time: 11:00am-3.30pm Daily
Saturday 30th November &
Sunday 1st December
A Johnson Family Christmas
A Christmas fair with something for
all ages in historic surroundings
including carol singing, hands-on
activities, a magical display of fairy
automata, festive refreshments and
locally made crafts for sale
Venue: The Samuel Johnson
Saturday 30th November
The Friends of Lichfield and Rugeley
Music Centre invite you to their
Come and hear our young musicians
play a variety of music. Ensembles
include wind bands, string orchestras
and rock bands.
Venue: Coton Green Church,
Tamworth. B79 9AA.
Price: Tickets on the door £5 adult,
Sunday 8th December
Fairies and Fountains
A magical experience for families,
inspired by Johnson’s fairytale ‘the
Fountains’. Book a place at a handson
craft session to make fairy
decorations and toys to take home
(4-12 years, must be accompanied)
and enjoy storytelling sessions
throughout the day.
Venue: The Samuel Johnson
Time: Fairy toy workshops (1hr) at
1:30pm. Price: £3.50, accompanying
adults £1, advance booking required.
To book call 01543 264 972.
Time: Storytelling sessions at
11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm & 2.30pm,
Price: Free event, just drop-in.
Wednesday 11th December
A Potpourri of Entertainment by
speaker David St John.
Venue: Lichfield Guildhall
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
Venue: The Samuel Johnson
Birthplace Museum, Lichfield
Price: £3.00 per session, £2.00 for
siblings. Book a block of 5 sessions
for £12 (£10 siblings).
To book call 01543 264 972, email
email@example.com or visit
Lichfield Textile and Stitch Group
We host a variety of speakers and
are a fun and friendly group. June’s
speaker is Debbie Hotchkiss on the
subject of Crewel Embroidery.
Date: Third Monday of every month.
Venue: Fire Station, Birmingham Road,
Lichfield, WS13 6HU. Free parking
Price: £2 to cover entry and
Visitors very welcome. For more
information call Iva Davies on 01543
25177 or email
The Chase Parkinson’s Support
Fancy a chat, some information or
just a coffee?
The Chase Parkinson’s Support
Group meets on the third Thursday
of every month at The Red Lion Pub,
Brereton at 10.30am – 12.30pm.
Monthly meetings are held at The
Aquarius, Hednesford at 7.30pm on
the last Monday of every month.
Everyone is very welcome.
For information contact Harry at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 07817
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