Citylife in Lichfield November 2019

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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Welcome to CITYLIFE in Lichfield, a monthly magazine

bringing you our pick of the city’s news, events and stories.

Each month CITYLIFE in Lichfield is delivered to 18,000

businesses and homes in Lichfield, Kings Bromley, Fradley,

Alrewas, Whittington, Stonnall, Shenstone, Little Aston,

Hammerwich, Burntwood and Longdon, completely free

of charge; bringing you the best that the city has to offer.

Each issue features heritage stories exploring the rich

history of our area, plus competitions, interviews and the

latest in fashion and style.

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 city? We want to hear from you!

Our business is bringing you Lichfield’s city life.


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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

during WW2


44 Christmas Gift Guide

Gift ideas for the men this month


52 Past & Present

Jono Oates shines the spotlight on Tamworth


Production - Helen Smith 07967 154187


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Tony Hadley in

Festival Fundraiser


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

terminal illness.

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



The Perfect

Christmas Table

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

place setting.

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

WS14 9UY.

Win your Christmas

Table Cutlery!

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

question correctly:

On which day of the

week does Christmas Day

fall this year?

a) Monday

b) Wednesday

c) Sunday

To enter, send your name, contact details and answer to Christmas at

competitioncitylife@gmail.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

and our Privacy Policy (to view visit citylifeinlichfieldltd.co.uk). Full competition t&cs on

page 57.





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

Cheque Presentation

In his year as

Chairman for

L i c h f i e l d

D i s t r i c t

Council, Bob

Awty helped

to raise £338

for Lichfield

M e m o r y

Bob Awty presents a cheque to

Lichfield Memory Cafe

Café. The

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

Remain Open

Hundreds of

L i c h f i e l d

l o c a l s

attended a

s p e c i a l

C a b i n e t

meeting on

7th October

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

Lichfield District

Council is carrying

out a review of

local polling

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

Hockey Club

have been

chosen for

the England

Hockey Elite

P a t h w a y


Programme 2019/20.

(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

their county.

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

the air.

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.

Opportunity for

a Sales Executive

Citylife in Lichfield

Ltd is expanding!

We currently have an opportunity for a

Sales Executive to work on our two magazines

Citylife in Lichfield and Citylife in Rugeley &

Cannock Chase. You must be self-motivated

and comfortable speaking to clients on the

phone as well as face-to-face. A car is

essential for this post.

For further information and a full job

description, please email




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

and functioning.

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.


Volunteers Tackle

Overgrown Garden

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

peter.freeman@lichfielddc.gov.uk or call 01543



New Curborough


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.


Tippers’ Christmas


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

Thanks Supporters

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

October winners!

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

Tuppenhurst Barn!

Well done!

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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

Piquant Sauce


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

Prune juice


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

and butter.

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

further details.


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

following question:

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

competitioncitylife@gmail.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

Privacy Policy. To view our Privacy Policy go to

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

hear from you!

Contact Citylife at




Festive Faces

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

professional service.

Visit Gemma Winter at 13 Dam Street, Lichfield or call

07419 322236. You can also find the salon on Facebook

(@gemmawinterhairdressing) or on Instagram


Dollybird Cosmetics

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: dollybirdcosmetics@outlook.com 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


The Lash Studio

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Extensions or a

Lash Lift & Tint!

There's no Glue,

mascara, damage,

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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.

HX Hair

Rugeley-based colour

specialist, HX Hair, is an awardwinning

salon and a brand

ambassador for globallyrenowned

OSMO. From

traditional hair colour, to

something ultra-modern, bold

and daring, HX Hair can give you

a colour makeover that really turns heads!

Find HX Hair on Albion Street in Rugeley, on

Facebook and Instagram (@Hxhair) or by emailing


• Lcn nail enhancements and uv polish

• High Definition brows and makeup stockist

• Dermalogica expert salon

• Individual and Russian lash extensions

• Lash lifts

• Unisex waxing

• Massage

• Crazy Angel Spray tanning

• Wheelchair accessible

• Online booking system

Hair by Sienna

Established for

more than 17 years,

Sienna, besides

being a specialist in

haircutting and

colouring, is an

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

Based in

Alrewas, Sarah


Aesthetics offers

a range of facial

treatments, such

as lash lifts and

tints, brow


collagen face

masks, microblading and dermaplaning, to

give your skin a healthy glow and emphasise

those eyes!

Find the salon in the heart of Alrewas

village or visit on Instagram


Lashes by Krupa

Trained by the

British Beauty

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:

lashesbykrupa@gmail.com or visit Facebook

or Instagram (@lashesbykrupa).

KM Kosmetics

Feel a million

dollars with

K.M.Kosmetics of


Specialising in

Microblading, the

Million Dollar



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

@_kmkosmetics, email

kmkosmetics@hotmail.com or call


St Mary’s Old School

Minster Pool Walk


WS13 6QT



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

blackorchidhomehair@gmail.com or telephone 07833



Christmas Fayre


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






Christmas in



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!

City Jewellers’

New Venue!


Well-established Lichfield-based

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



Richard Lewis


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

the police.

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

City Arcade

Images by Jono Oates


Windy Shores painting at L2F exhibition,

Samuel Johnson Museum

(photo by Anna-Marie Plant)

City Jewellers’ new shop opening,

Bore Street

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?

Send your photos to


for consideration.

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



Campaign to

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

awareness courses

across the UK,

suggests drivers enable

their mobile’s ‘do not

disturb’ feature, so

they aren’t distracted

or tempted when at

the wheel.

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

local businesses.

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

the past.

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






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 competitioncitylife@gmail.com 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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Lichfield at

Home in World

War II


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

Light Out.’

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


Dining Review

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:

(01543) 483680.


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?

A. Rugeley

B. Hints

C. Lichfield

To enter, just send your name, contact details and answer to Pie & Pud

Competition at competitioncitylife@gmail.com or post your entry to Citylife in

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

Privacy Policy (available at citylifeinlichfieldltd.co.uk). Full t&cs on page 57.


Defib Training at

Cycling 2000


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


Asupport group

set up to give

help and advice to

women suffering

from breast cancer

has celebrated its

10th anniversary

with a party for

more than 80 of its

friends and


B u r n t w o o d

Breast Care,

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.


Vintage Machinery

Open Day


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.

LDC’s Annual

Ex-Chairman Dinner

The role of Chairman of

Lichfield District

Council is a one year

appointment and

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.

01543 254306.

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

Danny Mac


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

Jez Lowe

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.



Christmas Gifts

for Him



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


Open Fields

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 -




Timeless Classic

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

Sweet Tooth

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 –



Gentleman’s Relish

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.

£60 £55



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 –


Simple Style

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

Understated Elegance

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 –



Timeless Classic

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





Pedal Power

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 –



Christmas Light

Spectacular at




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

Cathedral Illuminated.

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

Joshua Reynolds.

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

Grant Applications

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: administration@lichfield.gov.uk, 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 Hustle

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

Sheriff’s Ride

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.

Christmas Lights

The Sheriff’s Family and the High Sheriff of

Staffordshire, accompany the Sheriff in a Horse

drawn carriage

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.

Coming soon

at the Samuel




Words Alive!

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.

Free event

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

Free event

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.

Free event

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 sjmuseum@lichfield.gov.uk for more

information or to book an event.

Remembrance Sunday

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.

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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

7.00pm Guildhall.

Sunday 12 January 2020 Mayoral Service

10.30am Guildhall.

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

email lucy.clarke@lichfield.gov.uk

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: markets@lichfield.gov.uk

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…

Public Participation

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

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

Lichfield City Council is the ‘parish’

authority for the City and is the smallest

of the three councils serving the City area.

Within the City we deal with local matters

such as the markets, maintenance of open

spaces and churchyards, civic and

mayoral events, the Samuel Johnson

Birthplace Museum and public lettings of

the Guildhall.

Lichfield District Council (Tel: 01543

308000) is the larger local authority

dealing with such matters as planning,

environmental health, refuse collection,

housing, car parking, arts and tourism,

and leisure services.

Staffordshire County Council (Tel: 0300

111 8000) is the responsible authority for

wider services such as Education, Social

Services and Highways.


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

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

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

before NOON on the day of the meeting.

Wednesday 20 November 2019 6.30pm

Planning Committee

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


Advertising Feature

Tamworth Street

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

Council website.




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

Dagnan-Bouveret (1852-

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 arathbone@hansonsauctioneers.co.uk. Free confidential home

visits can be arranged for large/multiple items, estate clearance and


Photography by Hansons


Watercolour by

Walter Langley


‘Waiting for the

Boats’ sold for


Vest Case


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What’s On in


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

Lichfield U3A

Beliefs & Myths by speaker Roger

Ide. Tickets must be purchased in


Venue: Lichfield Guildhall

Time: 2pm

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

Lane, Lichfield.

Time: 7.45pm

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

Club, Burntwood

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

Birthplace Museum

Time: 3:30pm-6:00pm

Price: Free

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


Time: 7.30pm

Saturday 30th November

Christ-mouse Trail

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

Birthplace Museum

Time: 11:00am-3.30pm Daily

Price: Free

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

Birthplace Museum

Time: 11:00am-3.30pm

Price: Free

Saturday 30th November

Christmas Concert

The Friends of Lichfield and Rugeley

Music Centre invite you to their

Christmas Concert.

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.

Time: 2.30pm

Price: Tickets on the door £5 adult,

children FREE.

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

Birthplace Museum

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

Lichfield U3A

A Potpourri of Entertainment by

speaker David St John.

Venue: Lichfield Guildhall

Time: 2pm

Every Saturday

Words Alive!

A weekly club for 8-12 year olds

who love words! Read, write, create,

act and illustrate in the inspiring

setting of the Samuel Johnson

Birthplace Museum. Try your first

session free!

Venue: The Samuel Johnson

Birthplace Museum, Lichfield

Time: 10:30am-11:45am

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

sjmuseum@lichfield.gov.uk 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


Time: 7pm

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

harry.wilkes46@gmail.com or 07817


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