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Your Local Magazine
Front cover courtesy of Jono Oates
14 Dine in Style
A new section highlighting some of the city's
26 Postcards from the Park
The story of Beacon Park told in picture form
32 Plaques of Lichfield
Jono Oates takes us on a tour of local historical
38 Cutest Pets
Photos of your furred and feathered friends
Looking to the Future…
It feels so good to be back in printed form again after what seems
like forever. We’re delighted to welcome back all of our dedicated
readers, and hopefully we’ve added a few new readers to the list
too following our overwhelming response with the digital version
of the publication.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to our readers and advertisers,
for your unwavering support over the last few months. And also,
we’d like to reassure people that, although we are back in print and
delivering our magazines once again, all necessary precautions are
being taken. Social distancing is still very much being adhered to,
and our dedicated team of distributers are following guidelines and
regularly sanitising hands.
As we emerge from the darkness into the light it certainly feels like
the world is a slightly different place. There have been changes, both
good and bad, however hopefully things will soon begin to even out
again and normal life as we once knew it shall begin to resume.
I believe one of the positive outcomes from the lockdown
experience is that many of us have a new-found respect for
keyworkers, who have helped carry us through the pandemic, so to
these people I would like to say, simply, thank you.
We also appear to be a more appreciative society, taking pleasure
in the little things in life that we had perhaps let slip by unnoticed.
A walk in the park, a meeting with friends, a face-to-face chat with
a loved one – these are all things we should never take for granted.
Once again, thank you to all for helping to bring Citylife in Lichfield
Lichfield Litter Legends was initially conceived
in October 2019 by The Active Leisure Group.
It operates out of Curborough Community
Centre and meets every Tuesday with a group
of volunteers to litter pick around the
Curborough and Chadsmead wards.
Since the coronavirus however, the group has
been forced to work alone, in little pockets, all
over the Lichfield District. Just lately it has
opened up to include pairs of volunteers and,
recently to groups of up to six people working
at a social distance.
Last month, the group decided to spread its
wings and separate from Active Leisure to form
an unincorporated charitable association in
order to take it in other directions. There are
now 35 volunteers covering a much wider area
with most members litter picking at least twice
Since Christmas the group has cleared an
estimated 2.5 tonnes of litter from the streets,
parks and woodland.
Its mascot, little Lennie the hedgehog, has
recently become the subject of a children’s
book that is about to go into publication. Once
back to normality, the group intends to
formulate an educational pack and offer this to
all the local schools to educate children about
If you wish to join, visit the Facebook page
@Lichfield Litter Legends or follow on Twitter.
St Giles Charity
St Giles Hospice shop manager Nicola Downes (left)
and Shops Area Manager David Bush.
St Giles Hospice has begun a phased re-opening
of its shops, including the stores in Burntwood
and Cannock, in accordance with Government
guidelines, on reduced hours between 10am-
4pm, Monday to Saturday.
Only a limited number of customers will be
allowed into shops at any one time and
shoppers will be encouraged to pay by card
where possible. Intensive cleaning programmes
will be in place and there will be antibacterial
cleaning stations for customers at shop
All donated items will be stored for 72 hours
before being processed, and although changing
rooms will not be open there is a full refund
policy on anything that needs to be brought
back, with returned items being quarantined for
a further 72 hours.
Because some of the charity’s 31 shops only
have limited space, further shops will re-open
only when social distancing guidelines allow.
Updates will be posted on social media and at
Oxygen Tank Attracts
A giant Air Liquide
tanker proved an
and caused delays
to local roads, in
mid-June when a Photograph by Clive Read
medical grade oxygen cylinder journeyed
Crowds lined the roads to catch a glimpse of
the police-escorted abnormal load, which
measured more than 6-metres wide, as it
skirted Shenstone and passed through Hints.
The tank’s excursion, from Cheshire to
Warwickshire, took a total of five days to
complete due to being restricted to a low
In line with Government advice on easing the
lockdown Burntwood Town Council has been opening
up its services to the public. The following opening
hours are now in operation:
1. The Council Office is open to visitors from 9am to
5pm Monday to Friday. Unfortunately we are not yet
in the position to open up our meeting rooms.
2. Burntwood Cemetery is now open 9am to 5pm 7 days a week. As soon as the staffing
restrictions, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, are resolved we will seek to return to normal
summer hours opening.
3. Church Street Car Park is now open 9am to 5pm 7 days a week to provide overspill parking
for visitors to Chasewater Country Park. This arrangement is for a temporary period until the
end of the summer to allow for any impact on local residents to be assessed.
A small ceremony led by the Chairman of the Council was held on Saturday 27th June to mark
Armed Services Day. The event has been scaled down to take account of Government advice
on social gatherings.
At its meeting on 29th July the Town Council is planning to launch this year’s community grants
scheme. Re-named the Better Burntwood Fund the scheme will be focused on helping local
groups respond to problems in the community caused by the pandemic. Information about the
Better Burntwood Fund will be put on the Council’s website after the meeting. In the
meanwhile please continue to use the website to get information on what support is available
in the town to help with Covid-19 related problems.
Reflecting on the impact of the pandemic on Burntwood the Leader of the Council, Councillor
Sue Woodward, said: “Burntwood has proved itself to be a strong and caring community during
this Covid19 crisis and we will do all we can, as a Town Council, to keep this going in the weeks
and months ahead. We believe in a #BetterBurntwood.”
We featured George
Treadwell in our May
magazine, when he
was getting ready to
commemorate VE Day on 8th May.
George was awarded a number of
medals during service with the
Royal Navy during World War
Two, including a Russian Ushakov
medal presented to him in 2016 at
the Russian Embassy.
George recently celebrated his
95th birthday and a number of his
friends and neighbours gathered
outside his house in Lichfield to
sing Happy Birthday to him and enjoy a slice of birthday
cake – all safely, socially distanced of course!
Happy Birthday George from all at Citylife!
Outdoor Gyms in
Work is now complete on outdoor gyms at
Redwood Park and Chase Terrace Park in
Burntwood following Lichfield District
Council’s installation of new exercise stations.
The outdoor gym at Redwood Park features
magnetic bells, a cross trainer and a bench.
While Chase Terrace Park boasts an outdoor
gym with magnetic bells, a sports bike and a
Although complete, the fencing around both
exercise stations will remain in place until social
distancing measures have been eased and the
council can open the facilities to the public.
Once open, the council’s sports development
team will hold activity sessions to show the
local community how the equipment works and
how to get the best use out of it.
To find out more visit
Erasmus Darwin Museum volunteers in
Lichfield have been honoured with the Queen’s
Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award
a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
Erasmus Darwin House was once the home of
Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles
Darwin and a respected resident of Lichfield for
more than 20 years.
Restored and opened to the public as a
museum and education centre in 1999, the
house is run by the Erasmus Darwin
Foundation, an independent Charitable Trust
with the aim of promoting international
awareness of the life and achievements of
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims
to recognise outstanding work by volunteer
groups to benefit their local communities. It
was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s
Representatives of Erasmus Darwin Foundation
will receive the award from Ian Dudson CBE,
Knight of the Order of St John, Lord Lieutenant
of Staffordshire later this year. Furthermore,
two volunteers from the foundation will attend
a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May
2021, along with other recipients of this year’s
Casting Call for
Retailers and associated businesses across
Lichfield and Burntwood have an opportunity
to see their company included in a special video
project to entice shoppers back to the high
A montage of ‘selfie’ style clips will be edited
into a one-off showcase, demonstrating how
people across the district can
The project is part of a drive by Stoke-on-Trent
and Staffordshire Growth Hub, working in
partnership with Lichfield District Council, to
support residents returning to town centres as
the Government lockdown eases.
The #ShopSafelyInStaffs video will help inform
shoppers how they can stay safe and support
the businesses that trade on their doorstep. A
simple guide to creating a ‘selfie’ video clip for
inclusion in the showcase is available at
Those taking part can submit their selfie video
clip, which should be no more than 30 seconds
long, via MailBigFile or WeTransfer to Becky
Parker, Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire
In April, Allen Brown Jewellery, located at Heart
of the Country Shopping Village, started a
competition where an NHS hero or keyworker
could be nominated to win an 18ct white gold
sapphire pendant, set with 1.44ct of red, orange,
yellow, green and blue sapphires. There were
around 100 entries in total, all with wonderful
reasons as to why a specific person had been
At the start of June, Allen Brown drew the
winning nomination and Elaine Hutchings was
picked at random. She had been nominated by
Mark Johnson. The gallery then discovered all
the amazing work Elaine and her team of
volunteers have been doing during lockdown.
Elaine initially started the group “Helping Each
Other - Lichfield and Surrounding Areas” as a
platform to share information during the crisis.
But it soon became clear to Elaine that there
was an urgent need in the community. Since
March, Elaine and her team of 25 volunteers
have provided in excess of 2,000 food parcels at
a cost of £84,000 and delivered on average 300
prescriptions on a weekly basis, six days a week.
The team at Allen Brown Jewellery were
delighted to present Elaine with her rainbow
pendant and the words from Allen below echo
what a worthy winner she is.
“Fate was obviously at hand when Elaine was
chosen randomly in the draw. I am delighted if
in some small way this helps to show the
appreciation and admiration that I and many in
the community feel for her selfless hard work
and that of ‘Helping each other’ thank you.”
On winning the pendant Elaine said: “This
rainbow pendant will always be a reminder to
me of how people came together during such a
Elaine has also decided to keep the group going
indefinitely to suit the needs of the community.
For more information you can follow Helping
Each Other Lichfield and Surrounding Areas on
Open for Prayer
Following the lifting
closed places of
worship at the start
of the Covid-19
Cathedral, in line
with many other
and Parish Churches,
opened for private prayer on Monday 15th
The Cathedral won’t be resuming public
worship until the Government says it is safe to
do so. But, as a first step, the Cathedral
authorities are delighted to be able to offer a
welcome to all who want to come and pray and
light a candle. The building will be open from
2.30-4.30pm every day.
Social distancing measures, cleaning and hand
sanitisation arrangements have been put in
place. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to
ensure everyone is kept safe and all abide by the
distancing measures. Numbers entering the
Cathedral will be limited and everyone coming
to the Cathedral needs to be prepared to
queue if necessary.
The Cathedral asks that all prayer-visitors
observe all the arrangements in place and space
their visits across opening times, allowing as
many people as possible to gain entry. The
building will be kept quiet and hushed and
everyone is asked to respect the atmosphere of
St Giles’ Summer Raffle
It costs more than
£10 million to
provide the care St
Giles Hospice, based
offers every year
and the hospice
needs to raise more
than £850,000 each
month to keep
especially in times of
crisis when there
has been a big increase in the number of people
needing palliative care.
Tickets for the hospice summer raffle are now
on sale at £1 each and goodies up for grabs
include a first prize of £8,000 or a brand new
Kia Picanto car from Burton Kia, £2,000 or a
luxury holiday and other cash prizes.
Anyone wanting to join the draw can find out
more or buy raffle tickets online until Monday
20th July at www.stgileshospice.com/raffle/ or
by calling the Lottery Office on 01543 434020.
The raffle draw will be made on Thursday 6th
Grants Awarded to
Local Voluntary Groups
The outbreak of
seen local voluntary
stepping up and
adapting to give
to local people who
need help - from Lichfield Re:cycle received a
doing shopping, grant of £720
c o l l e c t i n g
p r e s c r i p t i o n s ,
gardening, giving out activity packs and
Lichfield District Council set up the
coronavirus relief fund to help the local
voluntary and community sector to continue
with the vital support it is offering.
Thanks to multiple donations, and a £11,500
boost from the council, the fund reached
£24,500 and in April it was opened up to
voluntary groups, charities and organisations
who were invited to apply for grants of up to
Working in partnership with We Love Lichfield,
more than £7,000 has so far been awarded to
eight applications agreed by the council,
including: Lichfield and District Live at Home;
Live at Home Burntwood; Kendall & Wall
Charitable Trust; Lichfield Re:Cycle; Burntwood
Be A Friend; Liberty Staffordshire CIC; South
Staffordshire Network for Mental Health; and
To find out more visit
As the Government continues to ease Covid-
19 lockdown measures and Lichfield,
Burntwood and the rest of the district gets
backs to business, website Lichfield Live is
spearheading a campaign
to encourage everyone to
The Lichfield Looks
Forward campaign, with
support from Fuse Events,
The Best Of Lichfield,
Citylife in Lichfield, Independent Lichfield and
others, aims to highlight the importance of
supporting local businesses and organisations.
The campaign urges residents to stay local for
shopping and for any type of business service,
support or advice required. The local
communities that make up this thriving district
showed during the last three months what can
be achieved and Lichfield Live wants that local
spirit to continue to thrive post-lockdown and
As part of the campaign, Lichfield Live will
provide a new section on its website
showcasing stories of how the community is
adapting and looking forward to life beyond
lockdown. It will also launch a new directory as
well as an events calendar to highlight what’s on
in Lichfield as events start to happen again.
Finally, the first ever Lichfield Live Community
Awards, hosted by local comedian Chris
Purchase, will take place in September to
recognise exceptional people and their efforts
throughout the community.
Huthman Football Club is an amateur club
competing in the Staffordshire County Senior
League in 2020/21 and currently recruiting
players who are enthusiastic and passionate
Huthman’s coaches are FA qualified and players
who join will be coached at a very high level and
given opportunities to play in the Staffordshire
County Senior League on Saturday afternoons.
Contact Yemi at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find
out more at www.huthmanfc.com.
We spend decades filling our homes with furniture,
mementos and collections.
But – as has been brutally demonstrated by coronavirus – life is
full of uncertain twists and turns.
Perhaps you need to downsize for personal reasons or maybe
a loved one has passed away.
Things happen – and that’s where our expertise is here to help.
Whatever the reason for the situation, having an entire
property to sort through can seem daunting to say the least.
Add to that an upsetting emotional backdrop and it can so
often become an overwhelming circumstance.
From the moment we receive that initial call or email, we never
forget that this is someone else’s home and belongings.
Whether it’s a house, bungalow, flat, office, school or indeed any
other building large or small, we offer a bespoke, sympathetic,
With more than 150 years of family experience, the 2020
pandemic has seen us evolve to incorporate COVID-19 secure
practises in everything we do.
Our stringently observed procedures include protective
equipment, social distancing measures, deep cleaning and sanitiser
to keep our staff and clients safe and our vehicles disinfected.
Whether you are an executor clearing a deceased estate,
investigating downsizing options, administering probate,
emigrating or just tired of clutter, we are happy to jump into
Our team works at a variety of houses and flats every week and
we’ve recently handled the complete clearance and subsequent
auctions for properties as diverse as a double glazing factory, a
record shop and, of course, Abbots Bromley School.
Whatever the potential job, it’s always worth checking with us
first – we’ll give you an honest opinion and quotation up front.
We offer complete and part house clearance services, starting
with a free home visit to explain all costs.
All items pass through The Lichfield Auction Centre where our
regular sales feature anything from household ornaments and
cars to jewellery, fine art, coins, toys, medals and vintage whisky.
Anything which cannot be sold – for example items which do
not meet current fire or electrical regulations – are properly
disposed of and we will leave the property clean and ready either
for new occupants or to go on the market.
So why choose the auction process? Well, here’s a great
example. At a local property we were clearing, the ceramics and
pots and pans were spread out and I spotted an unusual
crocodilian in one corner…
Our research team jumped into action and confirmed this
House Clearance Services Offer
Complete Peace of Mind
By Richard Winterton
unusual ceramic was a very
rare Royal Doulton ‘Boy
On A Crocodile.’ We sold it
at auction for £7,000 to the
absolute joy of our clients.
Unlike many auctioneers,
we do not cherry pick or
farm out items of lesser
value to other firms, we
handle the entire clearance.
And that’s crucial to what
we do. We leave nothing to
chance and if it’s there, we’ll
‘It’ might not be – but it
stops that question in the
future: “Did we throw
something away that could
have been huge?”
But to us everything is
important. Instead of
throwing away items such
as fridge freezers, we sell
them at auction. Every
single thing sold, be it for a
tenner or tens of
thousands, is of benefit to our clients.
Be it lead statues in the undergrowth of a garden or tools in the
garage, sheds, cellars and attics are great hunting grounds for us!
I’d love to share an especially nice message we had recently
following a local clearance.
“Would you please pass on our thanks for the way in which the
cottage was cleared of all its varied, and sometimes awkward,
“The team were obviously well-versed in tackling such
situations and we were really impressed with the obvious care
and attention which they gave to all they packed and moved.
“It was a pleasure to see such dedication, and the genuine
respect for items collected over many years by the occupants.
“What could have been a stressful situation was greatly eased
by the professional and caring team.”
I can’t tell you how proud this made me of our clearances team.
You cannot get better than to hear that from a client.
Contact The Lichfield Auction Centre on 01543 251081 or
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Dine in Style!
Welcome to our new Dining Review
section, filled with delectable dishes
and tantalising treats from some of
your favourite local restaurants and eateries.
Each month, we’ll bring you a variety of different
tastes and flavours from all over Lichfield and the
surrounding area, to help you decide where you want
to eat, or drink, next!
Obviously, lockdown means that our latest reviews
have been enjoyed at home, but we’ve certainly not
been disappointed with the range and quality of food
available from Pizza by Goli, The Little Dessert Shop,
Staffordshire Distillery and Pizza at Home Kits. So
tuck into our reviews, enjoy and get those taste buds
Want to see your restaurant, pub or shop featured
in this section? Contact email@example.com for
By Rebecca Hill
Pizza by Goli, located on Tamworth Street, is one of Lichfield’s mostestablished
and well-loved eateries, having been in situ since 1987.
Serving authentic Italian cuisine, the restaurant still delights locals and
those further afield, with its vast array of mouth-watering dishes.
Lockdown has certainly not stopped business at the restaurant and, although not
able to dine-in, customers have been making use of the takeaway service provided by
the family-run establishment. So we were delighted to be able to sample a taste of
Italian heaven in the comfort of our own homes.
To begin with, I chose a firm favourite of mine – Gamberoni Salvatore, which is
delicious tiger prawns infused with chilli, garlic, tomato and white wine. Being a
regular customer, I knew that this starter would not disappoint and it certainly didn’t!
In fact, it had the exact same taste and texture as if I had been eating in the restaurant
My partner enjoyed Funghi Ripieni, which is fresh portobello mushrooms filled with
goat’s cheese, topped with breadcrumbs and lovingly adorned with Napoli sauce. It
was indulgent and smelt absolutely wonderful – needless to say, my partner was
impressed and not a crumb was left on his plate!
Being a pizzeria, it only felt right to have a pizza as a main course and so a Romana
it was! This is a slightly unusual pizza, topped with the usual tomato and mozzarella,
but also boasting smoked chicken and avocado. It was incredible! A sprinkling of basil
really brought out the flavour of the moreish avocado. I thoroughly enjoyed it and
was delighted I had opted for something a little different as a pizza topping.
Spigola al Vino Bianco was what my partner ordered as, despite the name, Pizza by
Goli serves so much more than just your classic pizza and pasta dishes. This was a
fresh fish dish of seabass enveloped in a light tomato sauce, infused with white wine
and mushrooms and topped off with tiger prawns. It was mouth-wateringly divine,
with the firm flesh of the fish melting in the mouth with every bite. Accompanied with
a side of rice, this went down extremely well!
If you’re looking for food for a special
occasion, something romantic, or just a
Saturday night treat with a difference, I
cannot recommend Pizza by Goli highly
enough. Not only is the food out of this
world, but social distancing guidelines were
adhered to at all times making this the
perfect choice for a lockdown treat.
T: 01543 250916
By Rebecca Hill
When I was a child there was no such thing as ‘dessert
shops’ around (I think if there had been, it may well
have been where all my pocket money got spent!) So
I was delighted to be invited to try just a few of the tantalising
desserts available at The Little Dessert Shop in Lichfield.
As with all eateries at the moment, the shop itself is closed for
customers to eat-in, however the takeaway service was
excellently executed, with social distancing in place, giving me
the opportunity to still enjoy some of my favourite sweet treats
in the comfort of my own home.
First up was the Milk Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (shown
in the right hand picture). Made with Belgian milk chocolate it
was rich and delicious, literally melting-in-the-mouth and went
perfectly with a little vanilla ice-cream on the side. It certainly
whet my appetite and prepared me for the rest of my desserteating-extravaganza!
Next was the Endless Temptation Waffle and boy did this live
up to its name! Digging in were myself, my partner and my son
and this decadent dessert was a veritable feast which perfectly
served the three of us. The waffle was topped with hazelnut
chocolate, Kinder Bueno pieces and Cadbury’s Flake chunks… It
was light in texture and luxurious in taste. Perfect as a dessert
for a family of four, or even to share between two if you’re
The grand finale was the one my young son was particularly
enchanted by… The Rainbow Tower Cake (although some may
know it as a ‘unicorn cake’). It consists of rainbow-coloured
layers of sponge, each divided with vanilla buttercream, and the
top covered with a smattering of white chocolate shavings and
adorned with hundreds and thousands. Light, sweet and so much
fun to eat, this is perfect for a kid’s party or special occasion –
it’s not only a delight to eat, but beautiful to look at too!
The Little Dessert Shop is offering all Citylife readers a 10%
discount with the code CITY10. Simply mention this code when
you place your order over the phone, or use it when you place
an order online.
1 & 1A Bore Street
Lichfield WS13 6LJ
Call us on 01543 257615
Order at www.LDSLichfield.co.uk
By Helen Smith
Gin has, in recent times, become more and more popular and is
now, once again, one of the nation’s favourite drinks. It also
happens to be mine, so when a surprise package containing
three 50ml miniatures courtesy of Staffordshire Distillery landed on my
doormat, I couldn’t wait to get tasting!
Founded by Rachel Evans in 2018 and located at Overfields Farm
near Lichfield, Staffordshire Distillery is literally right on our doorstep -
The first gin I sampled was labelled Distilled Lemon Gin and sounded
quite interesting as I hadn’t tried a lemon gin before. The distillery use
the London Dry recipe which is tweaked to include fresh lemon zest
which is steeped in the still for two days. The lemon rich alcohol is then
distilled through copper and a blend of herbs such as lemon verbena,
lemon thyme, and sweet clover, and blended with mineral water and
natural colours of lemon. This gin was fresh and zesty - the perfect
evening drink to enjoy in a sunny garden.
Next was the Fruits of the Forest gin which I was told was fairly new
the collection. I couldn’t resist popping in some frozen berries and
‘wow!’ this really WAS summer in a glass with beautiful undertones of
raspberries, blackcurrants and blackberries. These are foraged when in
season at Overfields Farm itself and the overall taste was both fruity yet
My third tipple was the ‘Uisge’ London Dry gin (pronounced ‘oooshka’
from the Scottish Gaelic phrase ‘Uisge - Beatha’ meaning Water of
Life). This gin is blended from Scottish mineral water from the
Cairngorms which passes through rock for 50 years before it reaches
the spring in the Highlands, near Balmoral. Premium botanicals are
vapour-infused through copper for a smooth, clean taste that provides
a delightful balance of fruits, herbs and gentle spices. Perfect with a
wedge of lime, a plain tonic or even neat over ice.
Finally, I tried the newest member of the family: rhubarb with a hint
of ginger. The rhubarb is grown at Rachel’s Grandad’s allotment and
there’s no sugar added to it so it’s all natural flavours. The smell alone
was divine and with just a hint of
ginger, it provides the perfect
balance and doesn’t overpower the
rhubarb flavour and allows the gin
presence to shine through.
All of these gins are priced at
£38.99 per bottle and available to
purchase on the website. I simply
couldn’t choose a favourite as I
enjoyed four totally different gins
which were all exquisite in flavour
and taste. However, I would suggest
getting the miniature collection (a
sample of three priced at £15.99)
to try – you may even discover
your new favourite tipple!
Win Pizza at
What better way to enjoy a Saturday night than in front of the TV with
a takeway pizza on your lap?! And there’s no better pizza than a
traditional, freshly-made creation. Our editor, Krissy, was delighted to
be able to experience making and baking her own concoction, courtesy of Matt
and Gemma of Café Cigno in Burntwood and their new venture Pizza Kits At
Ordering is easy – you simply visit the Facebook page, select what you want
from the menu, and your pizza making kit is delivered to your door (with social
distancing in place) in real takeaway pizza boxes, for an authentic experience!
Making the pizza is lots of fun and a great idea for children who want to get
more involved with baking! Stretch and ply your dough with your fingers into a
delicious pizza base, and then pop it into a hot pan and add your toppings. Once
the base starts to turn a lovely golden brown, simply pop the pan under a hot grill
to cook the top of it and melt all that delicious cheese!
After it’s cooked, you can transfer it back to the takeaway box and voila! You
have a fabulous, authentic takeaway pizza that you have lovingly created yourself!
Being a ‘meat-feast’ kind of girl, I went for the works – crispy bacon strips,
chicken, chorizo and pepperoni, along with red onions for my topping and it was
absolute perfection. The best bit being that it comes piping hot and superbly fresh
from the oven! Juicy and fresh, with a light crispy dough base, I was extremely
impressed and would highly recommend this to both parents wanting to entertain
the kids and adults wanting a bit of pizza-making fun!
Find out more about Pizza at Home Kits on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/pizzaathomekits or email Pizzaathomekits@gmail.com.
We’ve teamed up with Pizza at Home Kits to offer two
kits as a competition prize. All you have to do to enter is
correctly answer the question below and send us your
Which cheese is commonly used as a pizza topping?
To enter, just send your name, contact details and answer to Pizza Competition at
firstname.lastname@example.org or post your entry to Citylife in Lichfield Ltd, PO Box 7126, Lichfield
WS14 4JS by the closing date of 20th August 2020. One entry per household. Multiple entries will
be disqualified. No cash equivalent. Please note you must be 18 or over to enter. All entrants’
(available at citylifeinlichfieldltd.co.uk). Full t&cs on page 49.
Making the High
As more Lichfield and Burntwood retailers open,
Lichfield District Council is progressing with
plans for how it will help local businesses to
establish safe trading and how it will begin to use the
£92,501 it was awarded by the European Regional
Development Fund (ERDF), to reopen high streets
The Reopening High Streets Safely Fund provides
councils with additional funding to support their
business communities through four main strands of
As part of a district-wide response, the council will
employ a part-time information officer for six months.
They will work along with other council officers to help
local businesses implement safe working practices and
create a safe shopping environment for visitors.
The information officer will be on hand to visit
shopping areas across the district to welcome people
and help them to follow social distancing.
The council will also use the funding on a messaging
campaign that will include a suite of resources for shops
and businesses and information for residents and
visitors. This will include a shop local campaign.
This is just the first phase in making the district’s
commercial areas covid-secure, and more measures will
come forward in the coming months.
In the lead up to more shops reopening, the council is
also working with Three Spires shopping centre, the
Lichfield BID and Staffordshire County Council to
monitor the use of streets, pavements and footpaths as
lockdown regulations are relaxed, to determine if
additional measures to support safe access and
movement are needed. Hand sanitiser stations will be
available and information on where people can safely
leave their bicycles has already been made available.
Council officers are on hand to help businesses. If you
need any extra help or support, please email
email@example.com.To find out more
about what you need to do to make your business
covid-secure, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/covidsecure.
Midland Heart has
restarted its work
to deliver much-needed
new affordable homes
following the relaxation of
landlord has worked with
developers across the
Senior Project Manager Wendy
Jones gets back on site
region to reopen 23 of its 28 active sites so far, which
together will provide more than 100 new homes across
the area, including a recently-started new retirement
scheme in Lichfield, as well as sites in Streethay and
All sites that are back at work have put in place extra
safety measures including strict social distancing, to keep
Midland Heart has a published target of 3,000 new
homes to be built across the region by 2024. The
housing association is working with a number of quality
housebuilders to achieve this, including formal
partnership arrangements with high profile developers
Countryside and Partner.
In the Garden
Utilise your garden to create an extra ‘room’
for you and your family to enjoy this summer!
Stylish paving is perfect for revamping
your patio or outdoor space and
creating something truly unique.
Anglia Range in Blanco 605mm x
605mm, priced at £39.85 per m2.
Available from www.Tippers.com.
With a large area of dual cooking
space, this barbecue is designed to
distribute heat evenly across the
cooking area. Searing as well as
smoking the unique Weber porcelain
enamel finish helps prevent cracking
Weber Smokefire EX6 GBS Wood
Fired Pellet Grill. Priced at £1449 and
available from www.pavingplace.co.uk.
A superb cooking ability, as well as the ultimate
in portability, makes this unique take on the
traditional kettle barbecue the perfect
companion for those long summer days.
Weber Smokey Joe Premium. Priced at £72.99
and available from www.pavingplace.co.uk.
This 12’ x 8’ Pent Garden Office building makes the
most of the garden, with soft furnishings and can be
used all year round thank to its thermal lining. It can
even be customised to feature an outside bar!
Priced from just £4995, delivered and fitted, and
available from www.roundpegoutdoorbuildings.co.uk.
A beautiful garden room can provide additional space
for home working all year round, with fully double
glazed windows and doors, and UPVC available if desired.
If space is at a premium these garden rooms can
be made as small as 8' x 6', which is still big enough to
house office equipment. Priced as low as £2995,
delivered and fitted, and available from
Your Garden in Summer
By Byron Lewis
So we're slowly returning to
normal after the lockdown - the
garden centre is now open (with
safety and social distancing in
mind of course) and we've had a
very busy time. July is normally
the start of the summer holidays
for many people but this year
may be a little different and you
might be enjoying your garden
for the next few months instead.
With that in mind, here are a few ideas for colour to make your
garden an alternative holiday destination.
Cottage Garden Perennials - Lots of these popular plants will
flower through the summer months and generally need a little
less looking after compared to some bedding plants. Look out for
plants like verbena bonariensis with tall stems of purple flowers.
Shasta daisies (leucanthemum) are also typical border plants with
large white or pale yellow daisy-like flowers which last for weeks
at a time. Agapanthus also flower in the summer, along with
rudbeckia - try these together for a combination of blue/purple
and yellow. Removing dead flower heads on all these plants will
encourage further flowering into the autumn.
If we have a heatwave, please remember to water your plants in
the morning or evening and NOT in the middle of the day when
the temperatures are at their highest. This can stress your plants,
and some flowers and leaves are also liable to become scorched.
While watering, think about adding some general purpose feed
to your watering can to add vigour to your plants. The better fed
they are, the better they will perform. The same goes for hanging
baskets and pots - there is no natural water source in these, so
the plants rely on you for water and food. Water daily in hot
Finally - it's been a very different spring/early summer season and
many plants and shrubs are not available. This is due to some
growers not planting and potting-on in lockdown, coupled with
the good weather and general public going garden-mad, although
I'm not complaining!
If the garden centre doesn't have what you need, try something
different - there are lots of alternative options in the plant world
which will look just as good. Let’s hope we get back on track for
Byron Lewis runs Lichfield Garden Centre at
Curborough Countryside Centre.
Telephone 01543 254306 or visit the website at
The Museum Gardens in Beacon Park are one of the most
admired and visited attractions in Lichfield and these vintage
postcards show views of the gardens from the past. The
gardens opened in 1859 and although many of the features in the
postcards are very similar to how they are today there are also
some differences. At the end of the avenue going in to the main
park there used to be a bandstand, installed in 1893 and demolished
in the 1960s. There used to be a rose arch on the Swan Road side
of the gardens which provided an archway through to the James
Thomas Law fountain. Law, a major Lichfield benefactor, donated
the fountain to the city in 1871. The King George VII statue was
sculpted by the firm of Robert Bridgeman and Sons of Quonians
Lane off Dam Street, Robert Bridgeman presented the statue to the
city in 1908 when he was the Sheriff of Lichfield. The old Free
Library and Museum opened in 1859 and was only the second free
library to open in the whole of the country, it is now the Lichfield
*From Jono Oates’ private collection.
Avenue and bandstand
The James Law fountain and the arch of roses
The bandstand at the far end of the avenue
Recreation Gardens and statue of King George VII, dated 1949
The Old Free Library and Museum and Gardens, dated 1948
Tastes of the Season
Summer Dishes with a Difference!
By Simon Smith
While the weather juggles between tropical
downpours and heatwaves at the moment it’s
difficult to decide what to cook but more
often than not the smoke from barbecues
wafts across the garden making me think it’s
still a firm favourite. Also as people are allowed
to mix with others outside it’s probably the
only way friends and family can eat together in
this ever-changing world.
I’ve decided to do a couple of easy recipes this
month but one of them may not necessarily be
to everybody’s taste. Nonetheless I urge you
to try it as, once many people do, they come
to love it. When working in St Tropez this was
always a firm favourite of my client.
As with many jobs cooking in the
Mediterranean it’s all about the fish and
fortunately the fish market in St Tropez was an
extravaganza of species and colour.
Tuna Tartare with Seaweed
onion and add half to the tuna. Zest and juice
the lime. Cut the chilli in half, remove the
seeds and finely dice. Finely chop the coriander
and parsley. Finely chop the capers. Mix all of
these together in a bowl but using as much
chilli as you personally like. Mix the
mayonnaise with a tbsp of nori sprinkle and
the rest of the chopped onion. Leave in the
fridge overnight so the lime juice cures the
tuna. This works equally well with salmon.
Form the tartare in a pastry ring and serve
with warm toast or sourdough crispbread.
BBQ Chicken with Mango and
Finely chop the bacon and dry fry in a pan.
Add the vinegar, maple syrup, thyme and
rosemary and simmer quickly until reduced by
half. Add all the other ingredients and stir
together. Pass through a fine sieve. Brush this
on the chicken breasts before putting on the
BBQ. I always unfold the fillet under the breast
to open them out a bit more and make them
thinner for a BBQ.
1 x ripe mango
2 x limes
2 x large tomato
1 x tbsp fresh chopped coriander
Maldon sea salt
Peel and finely dice the mango. Cut tomatoes
in half, remove the seeds and finely dice. Zest
and juice the limes. Mix all the ingredients
together and allow to infuse for two hours.
Form in a pastry mould for equal portions.
This salsa works equally well with any fish or
4 x tuna steaks
1 x red onion, peeled
1 x lime
1 x small chilli
1 x tbsp capers
1 x sprig coriander
1 x tbsp chopped parsley
2 x tbsp mayonnaise
1 x packet nori seaweed sprinkles (available
Maldon sea salt to season
Finely dice the tuna steaks. Finely dice the red
4 x chicken breasts
4 x tbsp red wine vinegar
4 x tbsp maple syrup
1 x tsp English mustard
1 x tbsp tomato ketchup
2 x rashers smoked bacon
1 x clove garlic, crushed
1 x sprig thyme and rosemary
1 x tsp cracked black pepper
Simon Smith runs a catering business from his
production kitchen in Lichfield, providing bespoke
private dinners plus wedding, corporate and event
catering. Simon also undertakes cookery
demonstrations around the country and with local
businesses such as Arthur Price and Tippers. During
the summer months Simon works for private clients
both on superyachts and in villas in St Tropez and
Europe. If you are looking for catering or a day of
cookery skills go to www.simonsmith-chef.com
*Please take extra care when preparing and
handling hot foodstuffs. Go to www.food.gov.uk for
**Small bones may be present in fish.
By Lauren Hirst
They say every cloud has a silver lining. Here at Greyhound Trust
Hall Green our silver lining during the Covid-19 crisis has been the
huge success of our foster placements. A gargantuan effort was made
by our volunteers to find suitable foster carers for about 30 dogs
before lockdown, taking extra care to match the right dogs and carers.
We don’t often celebrate failure but most of our foster dogs are now
“failed fosters” and have been adopted by their foster families!
Fostering also helped us considerably reduce our kennelling bills
(around £4,000pcm) at a time when our funding streams dried up
overnight. All our events were cancelled, with donations from trainers
and adoption donations on hold, our volunteers put their collective
creative minds together and turned our fundraising into virtual events,
raising close to £2,000 via an online dog show, auction, birthday
sponsors, head shaves, virtual walks and individual donations! Thank
you to EVERYONE who helped us to stay afloat during these difficult
‘We’re Good to Go’
Industry Standard for
Our homing kennels are now open for limited hours by appointment
only (we’re sorry that due to limitations on numbers allowed on-site
we are not accepting applications for new volunteers at this time).
Lockdown has forced us all to re-evaluate what is important to us and
many have decided that having a dog will enrich their lives. Have a look
at our website for dogs looking for their forever sofas, plus see other
ways to support the Trust, at www.greyhoundtrusthallgreen.org.uk.
Image courtesy of VisitBritain.
Visit Lichfield is urging local tourism and hospitality businesses to
achieve the ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard to reassure
customers they are Covid-secure.
VisitEngland, in partnership with VisitBritain, has launched a UK-wide
industry standard and consumer mark to provide confidence for
tourism as the sector works towards reopening.
The ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard and supporting mark
means businesses can demonstrate they are adhering to government
and public health guidance, have carried out a Covid-19 risk assessment,
and checked they have the required processes in place.
The scheme is free to join and open to all businesses across the
Businesses must complete a self-assessment through the online
platform at https://goodtogo.visitbritain.com/ including a check-list
confirming they have put the necessary processes in place, before
receiving certification and the ‘We’re Good To Go’ mark to display in
their premises and online.
The self-assessment includes specific guidelines for sectors including
accommodation, visitor attractions, restaurants and pubs, business
conference and events venues and tour and coach operators with
signposting to further industry and trade association guidance as
In England businesses align with the UK government’s official guidance
for the sector including ‘Working Safely during Covid-19: Visitor
Economy’. An ‘alert’ system ensures that businesses signed up to the
standard are notified of any changes to the official guidance. A callhandling
service provides support and assessors would also carry-out
random spot-checks to ensure adherence.
The ‘We’re Good To Go’ scheme is being operated by VisitEngland
who has been running assessment schemes for many years.
Alongside the industry standard, VisitEngland is also launching a Know
Before You Go public information campaign to support tourism in
England as businesses start to re-open, reassuring visitors as restrictions
are lifted by checking about what it is safe to do and when and signposting
to information about destinations and available services before
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Plaques of Lichfield
By Jono Oates
As the lockdown restrictions start to be lifted we are able to enjoy longer walks
outside and we can take a closer look at some of the history that is sometimes
right under our noses - but we are often too busy to notice!
There are many plaques dotted around the streets of the city centre which, in themselves,
tell a fascinating history of Lichfield and can also provide a lovely circular walking tour.
Start your tour at Donegal House, next to the Lichfield Guildhall on Bore Street (photo
1). The ornate clock was a gift to the city from Mrs Swinfen-Broun of Swinfen Hall. The
clock was gifted in 1928 and although the clock’s internal goings-on have been replaced
over the years, it is still in working order!
Turn down Breadmarket Street and on the left is the birthplace of Elias Ashmole (photo
2). Ashmole was born in 1617. He was a collector of antiques and he donated his collection
to Oxford University, which formed the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, founded in 1683.
Turn left up Market Street and stop by the City Arcade (photo 3). The plaque here tells
about another antiques collector, Richard Greene. Greene was born in Lichfield in 1716 and
was a surgeon and pharmacist. He also collected curiosities and antiques creating a museum
in his home on Market Street. He was a relation of Samuel Johnson and Johnson often
visited Greene’s museum.
At the top of Market Street is Eleven Hair on Bird Street (photo 4), which was the former
home of Thomas Newton, Bishop of Bristol, whose brother Andrew gifted Newton’s
College on Cathedral Close for widows of clergymen and their children to live in.
Turn right down Bird Street and there are plaques on the George Hotel (photo 5). One
of them tells of the 1910 Great Air Race between Frenchman Louis Paulhan and Englishman
Claude Graeme-White. Paulhan eventually won – but the English press claimed he had
Walk down Bird Street and turn right along Minster Pool Walk, join Dam
Street and turn right. Probably the most famous plaque is on Brooke House
(photo 6), telling the story of how the Royalist John ‘Dumb’ Dyott shot and
killed the Parliamentarian general, Lord Greville Brooke, on 2nd March in
1643 from his position on the main spire of the cathedral – an amazing
story and an amazing shot!
Finally, stop and look at the plaque on the wall of Bridgeman House on
Dam Street (photo 7). Robert Bridgeman founded his stonemason’s firm in
Quonians Lane in 1879 and produced many sculptures across Lichfield and
the rest of the country. This included many of the statues on the West Front
of Lichfield Cathedral.
Complete your plaques tour on the Market Square… where you should
be able to find your next set on the walls of St Mary’s Church!
*If you would like to take a socially-distanced small group plaques tour
with Jono please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring him on
Win a Granite Chopping Board
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with a combined experience of more than 60 years in the natural
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Just Granite takes great pride in offering its customers full
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with all products being covered under a guarantee and offering
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With the largest variety of natural stones in the Midlands, the
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By Jono Oates
Lichfield is known as the City of Festivals and in recent years the
Food Festivals have brought thousands of visitors from all over
the Midlands and beyond to the city. Due to the Covid-19
lockdown most festivals have been cancelled, including two of the
most loved and longest running – the eponymous Lichfield Festival
and Cars in the Park.
Cars in the Park was first held in 1997 in Beacon Park and has become
the one of the most significant displays of cars, both vintage and modern,
in the Midlands. Organised by the Rotary Club of Lichfield, the classic car
show usually attracts well over 1,500 cars and vehicles and brings in
thousands of visitors to the city. Next year’s event is scheduled for 3rd-
4th July 2021.
The Lichfield Festival has a longer history, dating back to 1982 and was
originally the brainchild of the Dean of Lichfield, the Rt Revd John Lang,
who proposed the idea of an arts festival in Lichfield in 1981.
The first Festival took place in July 1982, with the Halle and Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra’s performing at Lichfield Cathedral and the
flamboyantly-suited, and controversial, jazz and blues singer George Melly
performing at the same time at the Lichfield Civic Hall (now the Garrick
Theatre). The Civic Hall was also the venue for the Cambridge Footlights
Revue, which featured Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson and
Tony Slattery, all relatively unknown then, and well before the days of
Over the next few years the Festival welcomed a number of wellknown
actors to Lichfield. In 1984 Renee Asherson, Honor Blackman,
Harry Andrews, Phyliss Calvert and Marius Goring all visited. Marius
Goring was a film and TV actor and had starred in The Expert TV series
about a forensic pathologist. During his time in Lichfield he visited The
Scales pub on Market Street and, after ordering a half pint of lager at the
bar, he proceeded to unpack his own salad sandwiches and started
munching away! When challenged by the landlady, the noted actor wolfed
down the remainder of his lunchtime snack and calmly walked out!
Lots of musicians, soloists, groups and orchestras appeared too, with
Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson performing at the cathedral in 1985.
Ticket prices ranged from £8 to £15, a lot of money in those days, and
the Lichfield Mercury reporter hoped that his performance would be
legendary as his appearance fee had clearly hoisted the ticket prices! The
year 1985 also saw the conductor and pianist Andre Previn and the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra, when hopefully they did not ‘play all the right
notes… but not necessarily in
the right order…’. Guitarist
John Williams appeared in 1987,
deaf percussionist Evelyn
Glennie performed in 1990,
singer Cleo Laine and her
husband, saxophonist John
Dankworth, sang at the
cathedral in 1991 and twinklyeyed
Irish flautist James Galway
took to the stage in 1996.
In autumn 1983, director
David Clark had booked a littleknown
pop group, The Flying
Pickets, to make their first
appearance at the 1984 Festival
for a substantial fee of £300.
However, in December 1983,
the group had a massive number
one Christmas hit with their
acapella version of Yazoo’s Only
You and their stardom was in
ascendancy… they pulled out of
the Lichfield Festival a couple of
months later as their
appearance fees rocketed from
hundreds to thousands of
As well as music and arts, the
Festival also put on other events
and spectacles. In 1999 a
Medieval Market was hosted in
the Cathedral Close and a
Georgian theme was adopted in
2009 for the Samuel Johnson
300th birthday celebration. An
illuminated water fountain
spectacle in Stowe Pool was one of the highlights of the 1988 Festival,
with the water shooting 45 feet in the air, and the fountains cascading to
form the plumed feathers of the Prince of Wales emblem. In 1989, rather
bizarrely, a two-day horse show jumping event took place in Beacon Park
although readers of the Mercury were outraged at a sports event as part
of an arts festival! For many years the closing day finale always featured
the spectacular fireworks display in Beacon Park, which were
discontinued in 2012.
The Lichfield Festival may be taking an enforced break this summer but
it will return, hopefully bigger and better, in July 2021 – and I’m looking
forward to it already!
Sources: The British Newspaper Archive; www.lichfieldfestival.org;
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A Hub for
As ‘Midlanders’, we are very lucky to have a variety of
food producers right here on our doorstep,
including farmers, cheesemakers, butchers and
more, all using local ingredients to create fresh, homemade
products. But getting to all these small businesses can be
In 2018, artisan baker Ruth Redgate launched the Mercia
Food Hub. Her aim was to make it easier for the
community to find small producers by bringing all goods
together at one weekly collection point. From humble
beginnings, the Hub has grown to nearly 30 producers with
more than 100 products available weekly.
When lockdown forced many businesses to close and
supermarkets saw huge queues and empty shelves, the Hub
saw a 900% increase in customers in just one week.
Working tirelessly, Ruth and her team continued to deliver
orders direct to customers – an invaluable service when
many vulnerable people had no other option to find basics
such as fresh vegetables, milk and eggs.
Three months on, the Food Hub continues to grow. Ruth
says: “We’re always expanding our range as new producers
find us. Some things, like our fresh fish, do come from
farther away if we can’t get it locally. We’d like to thank
every one of our customers who helped all the small
businesses we use to keep going.”
True Italian style!
Café Prego is celebrating its first birthday by
hosting an Italian Brunch event on Saturday 8th
Located within the Creative Plants Garden Nursery
near Shenstone, Café Prego (literally meaning ‘You’re
Welcome’ in Italian) opened in May 2019 and now the
Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted the team is ready
to welcome their customers back and celebrate in true
The café, and nursery, are open seven days a week, the
café operates from 10am to 4pm and serves morning
breakfast; lunches (including paninis, jacket potatoes and
soups) and afternoon teas with super-scrummy cakes and
a selection of hot and cold drinks.
The birthday celebration is an Italian Brunch which
consists of a tantalising platter of Italian olives, meats,
cheeses and breads and more, with a sparkling glass of
prosecco included and all for just £25.95 for two people.
Depending on the good old British, rather than Italian,
summer weather diners will be able to enjoy their brunch
‘al-fresco’, siting under the waving olive trees in the patio
areas. If the weather is not at its finest though they will be
able to sit under cover and enjoy their food in comfort.
Either way, safe social distancing will be employed, with
tables spaced accordingly, and plenty of hand sanitizers
will be available.
The Italian Brunch will have several sittings, from late
morning to mid-afternoon, and is sure to be very popular
so early booking is recommended to secure a table –
Telephone Café Prego on 01543 481640 for more
information or to book tickets.
Thank you to everyone who has sent us pictures of
their pets. It’s an incredibly hard job choosing
who to feature as we think all of your furry
friends are gorgeous!
Cutie of the Month
Sid, owned by Paul and Trudie Mason, is so
naughty, but he looks like butter wouldn’t
Little teacup Yorkie
Alex is owned by Ellie
This is Saveloy. He is a long-haired
miniature dachshund who lives in Lichfield
and is owned by Bethany Spicer.
Marley is an 8-year-old
cavalier King Charles spaniel
and always sits with his legs
Larry and Jacob owned by
Gemma Roberts from
Lisa Fenton sent in this photo of Gus and
Max peeking round the stairs!
Here we have Henry (left) and Martha, owned by Tracie. They live in near the
Cathedral and can often be found exploring the Erasmus Darwin garden and the Close.
This is Tia, owned by Sharron.
Sadly, after 18 years together,
Tia passed away earlier this
year. What a beautiful girl she
Here is Coco a French bull
dog, owned by Lucy.
Coco’s sister, Lolly, is
owned by Natalie May.
Here's rescue dog,
Monty, adopted and
loved for the past four
years by Dave.
This is the elegant
Madison, a 12-year-old
Bengal, sent in by owner
Gypsy, also owned by
Debbie, is a six-year-old
snow leopard Bengal.
Here we have Lily, owned and
loved by John.
Blossom is Alexa
Scott’s girl is called
Kiki, she’s a shiba inu
(love the hat Kiki!)
Meet Poppy, Hannah’s
nine-year-old shih tzu
loving the sunshine!
Beautiful Rusty loves
the garden and is owned
by Jayne Kirk.
Here we have Marmite who is keeping an
eye on next door – nosey parker that she
is, says owner Esther Ashford!
We don’t have the name of this black
beauty, but the owner is Grace Telford.
This beautiful fur baby is also
owned by Grace.
This is Wissage when he was a
kitten. He lives with Ann-Marie and
Meet Rocky who is 6 years old and a little
busy on his phone! He is owned by Judith.
Here is Percy pug. His favourite past time
is going to his favourite coffee shop,
Melbourne, in Lichfield! You can find Percy
on Instagram (@percypug27).
This is Bailey looking
rather cool! Sent in by
Here we have Betsy Boo
owned by Charlotte Ashby.
Betsy has her own
Instagram account too
Pluto is owned by 10-yearold
Mahari. He is pictured
here relaxing with his snack!
This is Jo Howell’s
beautiful girl, Harley!
This is Pickles owned by
Catherine. She’s a rescue from
Romania and Catherine has had her
for almost three years now, she’s a
Here we have Elvis. He's a bit crazy,
but very special to Louise as he was
her dad's cat, who sadly passed
way in 2017.
Please meet Manuel (black) and Margot
(ginger). They are the best of friends and are
always looking out for each other. They are
super loving and cuddly and enjoy nothing more
than a snooze together on the bed!
Garden Shed Auction Raises
Funds for NHS
Acharity auction broadcast from a garden shed in lockdown
by TV personality Charles Hanson has raised £38,000 for
Charles, an auctioneer based in Derby, antiques expert and familiar
face on BBC Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip, decided he just
had to do something to help health workers and patients battle
He came up with the idea of running an online auction from his
garden shed for the NHS and in less than a week sourced more than
50 lots from members of the public and celebrities including Drew
Pritchard from TV’s Salvage Hunters.
The sale made a final total of £29,270. That figure was enhanced by
public donations on a Just Giving page set up to support the sale,
plus a decision by Drew Pritchard to double his lot offer of a day
our salvage shopping. Every penny has been donated to Derby and
Burton Hospitals Charity Covid-19 Appeal.
The top selling lot was a day out salvage/antique shopping with
Drew Prichard which was contested to £3,700. His iconic cap
brought in another £480. Post-auction, Drew decided to offer a
second day out with him to an under bidder which meant his lots
alone raised £8,000.
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Despite its obvious restrictions,
lockdown has for many of us presented
an opportunity for us to focus on
revamping and restyling the space around us.
When the sun shines, the garden has been
attended to, and when the rain has poured, it is
our interiors which have been in the spotlight.
Now that lots of local shops and businesses are
re-opening, there is even more choice available
to help give our homes a much-needed refresh!
Here's our pick of what's available in and
around the area.
A great talking point is this topical
signed limited edition piece by artist JJ
Adams entitled ‘Stay Home, Save Lives’.
Priced at £540 and available from The
Courtyard Fine Art Lounge.
Artist: Kealey Farmer. Title: Spring
Medium: Original Wall Sculpture
Price: £645A beautiful original wall
sculpture by artist Kealey Farmer called
simply ‘Spring’. Priced at £645 and
available from The Courtyard Fine Art
Update your bathroom with the
Villeroy & Boch Finnion suite. Available
from Tippers, by appointment only.
A great addition to the kitchen is this
Neff Slide & Hide Oven with Full
Steam. Priced at £1359 and available
from Cookers & Ovens at Tippers.
Bring nature inside with this Frith
Sitting Hare bronze model. Priced at
£105 and available from Paul Martyn
Furniture at Heart of the Country
Safety Screens for offices, restaurants, bars, cafes
and shops are affordable and reusable. Prices start
from £99, which excludes fitting. Stock is limited.
Available from Interior Choice.
The Circles Roman Blind
starts from £90, excluding
fitting. Curtains Pencil heading
start from £165. Both
available from Interior
Store your latest copy of Citylife in
this oak magazine rack. Priced at £139
(was £159) and available from Paul
Martyn Furniture at Heart of the
Country Shopping Village.
A lovely example from the
Residence Collection with Flush
Finish outside and decorative
square finish inside. Available from
From the contemporary Solidor
range featuring a stainless steel pull
bar. Call Leamore Windows on
01922 473737 for a quotation.
An unusual item, such as this
Seagrass Carver Chair, is a great talking
point. Priced at £157 and available from
Paul Martyn Furniture at Heart of the
Country Shopping Village.
This Barrat & Robinson upright piano is
overstrung and in excellent playing order, with
a reploished cabinet in a satin haig blue finish.
Delivery available. Priced at £950 from Lichfield
Piano Centre at Curborough Craft Centre.
Ellis Hyde is offering customers 10% off
any orders placed in July using the code
CITY10. To arrange your home visit call them
on 01543 481441 or pop down and see them
at Heart of the Country Shopping Village.
This 1000mm chimney breast fireplace has a
1200mm TV module added to the side. The
complete fireplace, including the TV module, is
priced at £2,238 but prices start from £1578.
Both floor standing and wall hanging options
are available and they are handmade in
Lichfield. Available from Rugeley Fireplaces &
By Jono Oates
Today, St Matthew’s at Burntwood is known as a housing
estate and a social club but its history lies in the world of
hospitals and patient’s mental care as it was previously the
site of the Burntwood Asylum.
Public asylums started to be built after 1808 when the County
Asylums Act was passed and in 1845 it became compulsory for
counties to build them. There were three asylums in Staffordshire:
Burntwood; Cheddleton and at Stafford, the county town.
The Burntwood Asylum was designed by William Lambie Moffatt, a
Scottish architect who designed many churches, poorhouses,
workhouses and, from the 1850s onwards, many asylums. It was built
on a 94-acre site at Hobstone Hill, close to Woodhouses and
Christchurch and at an initial cost of £65,000.
The building was officially opened in December 1864 and had a
central block with two wings on either side, one for male patients
and one for female, with sufficient beds for 480 patients in total. The
site continued to expand and a churchyard was added, along with a
chapel which held a Mass for the local Roman Catholic congregation.
A bakehouse was also added and the site had its own gas and electric
supply, a fire brigade, a farm and gardens so that it eventually became
a fully self-contained unit, and community, in its own right.
A clock tower was built in 1921 which was provided by William
Worthington, whose family owned nearby Maple Hayes, now the
Due to its development the Burntwood Asylum became
recognised as one of the most efficient, and progressive, asylums and
soon patients were transferred from outside the local area, from
other counties including Worcestershire and Northamptonshire.
Following the First World War there was a new approach to the
issues, and treatment, of mental health and the asylum was renamed
as the Burntwood Mental Hospital. In World War II the hospital
added an additional emergency building which looked after casualties
from the frontline, many of whom were survivors from the Dunkirk
evacuation. After the war the emergency hospital was closed and the
Mental Hospital was renamed as St Matthew’s Hospital in 1948 and
was part of the newly-founded National Health Service mental health
During the 1980s the new ‘Care in the Community’ programme
was rolled out, which meant that many patients were transferred to
private organisations and become part of community initiatives.
Large sections of St Matthew’s Hospital became abandoned and the
main building became vandalised and developed structural faults.
In 1995 St Matthew’s Hospital was closed down and, eventually, the
site was redeveloped as a housing estate. Over 300 houses were built
and the only parts of the original buildings that remained were the St
Matthew’s Social Club, along with the chapel and the administration
block, which was converted into apartments. In 2003 the chapel was
purchased by Busy Bees childcare and is now a children’s nursery.
The Burntwood Asylum was recognised as a leading example of
mental health provision in the 1860s and provided mental health care
for its patients up to the 1980s. Today the name of St Matthew’s still
provides a link to its past as one of only three asylums in the county
www.bfhg.org.uk (the Burntwood Family History Group);
The Staffordshire Asylum Records website
We are pleased to announce that we can now
recommence our onsite wedding viewings!
However, if you would like to see the venue but do not wish to attend an onsite wedding viewing
just yet, we have also created a virtual wedding tour.
This is a great opportunity to showcase Rodbaston Hall to you from the comfort of your own
home, using the new ways of communicating, in which we find ourselves becoming accustomed to.
During both your onsite or virtual wedding viewing, you will receive a private one-to-one session
with our wedding coordinator who will take you on a journey of the venue and will be directly on
hand to answer any questions you may have.
Rodbaston Hall is located in a stunning 180 hectare rural estate in Penkridge, the beautifully restored
19th century building is the perfect venue for your special event. With elegant banqueting suites and
tranquil gardens this charming venue is guaranteed to be the ideal place for you and your guests to
enjoy your special day.
To book a wedding viewing with us contact us today using firstname.lastname@example.org
Just over seven years ago, on Saturday 8th June 2013,
the miner’s statue was officially unveiled at Sankey’s
Corner, Burntwood. The statue, of a miner leading a pit
pony, was the brainchild of the late Rob Bradbury, a
well-known Burntwood resident, historian and
councillor. Ron organised a successful fundraising
campaign, which took several years of hard effort and
commitment, and resulted in sufficient funds being
raised to complete the project. Peter Walker, the
Artist-in-Residence at Lichfield Cathedral, was
commissioned to carry out the work.
The statue, sculpted in bronze, clearly demonstrates
the long history and heritage of the mining industry in
the Burntwood area. The mines were developed
towards the end of the 19th century and both
Chasetown and Chase Terrace grew only because of
the mining industry.
The statue was given the nickname of ‘Scamp’ after
the initials of the project to install it: The Sankey’s
Corner Arts Miner Project. Later the names of over
70 Burntwood miners were added to a plaque which
is placed alongside the statue. Hundreds of people
gathered at Sankey’s Corner to witness the unveiling
and Councillor Ron Bradbury was quoted as saying “it
has given the town a heart”.
For information on the Burntwood Family History
Group visit www.bfhg.org.uk.
The statue is part of the City of Sculpture Arts
Project in Lichfield District. More information is
available at www.thecityofsculpture.co.uk.
The Miner and
the Pit Pony
District Council has announced changes to the current
Cabinet structure to provide more executive capacity and
better align with the new strategic priorities and recovery
Councillor Iain Eadie will remain as Deputy Leader and takes up
a more focused portfolio as Cabinet Member for Visitor Economy
& the Local Plan.
A new cabinet role has been introduced with Councillor Liz
Little becoming the Cabinet Member for Major Projects &
Cllr Richard Cox
Economic Development. She will also retain lead role on Friary
Grange Leisure Centre.
Councillor Ashley Yeates becomes Cabinet Member for
Community Engagement and Cllr Cox joins Cabinet with responsibility for Leisure, Parks
Councillor Rob Strachan takes on additional areas as Cabinet Member for Finance,
Procurement, Customer Services, Revenues & Benefits while Councillor Angela Lax takes
on housing as Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Housing & Health. Councillor Andy Smith
becomes Cabinet Member for Innovation, Commercialisation and Corporate Services.
Cabinet appointments are decided by the Leader of the Council. The amendments to
the Cabinet structure will also lead to changes in the chairmanship of Scrutiny
Committees which will be detailed in reports to be sent to full council on 14th July.
Current committee membership can be found at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/committees.
Celebrated at Hospice
Volunteers’ Week, held from 1st-7th June,
was more poignant and meaningful than
ever for St Giles Hospice this year as a
result of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.
Many volunteers have been forced to self-isolate or
stay at home during the lockdown, while others have
stepped up to take on new roles to keep the hospice
Volunteers at St Giles Hospice take on a wide
range of roles from gardening, fundraising, working in
shops and complementary therapy to ward support,
transport and logistics. The hospice attracts
volunteers of all ages such as 17-year-old student,
Rhys Thornett, who helps out on reception and hopes to follow a career in healthcare.
Rhys said: “The reception area at St Giles is actually a lynchpin connecting visitors,
patients, healthcare workers, deliveries and staff. I meet so many different people and have
to deal with a lot of different situations - and emotions. No two shifts are the same.
“I get to see all of hospice life from the reception, and that’s definitely not something
everyone at my age gets the opportunity to experience.
“If anyone else reading this is considering a career in healthcare then I would definitely
encourage them to find out more. The training that is available and the investment they
make in you as a volunteer is amazing.”
If you are interested in volunteering at St Giles Hospice visit
www.stgileshospice.com/volunteer for further information or to sign up to a virtual open
The Rise and Rise
By Alice Higgins
Over the past few years, the rise of people wanting to get
married in the gorgeous British countryside has been
immense. Whilst there will always be a place for the
traditional indoor wedding venue, whether that’s a hotel or
stately home, more and more couples are wanting a relaxed feel
to their big day with more choices and flexibility than a traditional
venue can offer. There are some restrictions and challenges to an
outdoor venue but a lot more can be accomplished with a blank
canvas. Wedding planners love things that are a step outside the
norm and your guests will too. Everyone wants their wedding to
be special and to be remembered.
That said, every venue of any kind has its pros and cons so think
carefully about what matters to you before deciding on an outdoor
The first thing is that many people think that a marquee in a field is
a cheaper option than a
hotel but it is not. A hotel
has everything in house –
tables and chairs, kitchen
equipment, electricity –
whereas an outdoor venue
needs to bring all that in.
Another thing to pay
attention to is what each
supplier is providing.
Outdoor weddings can be a
bit of a juggling act as there
are so many suppliers you
need to balance – structure,
caterer, toilet hire,
landowner etc. This is where
a coordinator can come in
handy so please do get in
touch if it is something you
want some help with. It can
be done on yourself but
make sure you know where
every element that you need is coming from. It is important that you
have enough power, water supply and tables, chair, plates etc. or the
wedding could get a bit awkward!
To summarise, outdoor weddings are amazing and really let a
couple’s personality shine through. It is no surprise that they are
becoming much more popular and taking on a big market share when
it comes to venues. If you are thinking about having an outdoor
wedding but have any other questions about it, please get in touch for
an initial free chat on email@example.com or 07765067306.
Who knew so many people enjoyed baking their own bread? Or
exercising with their family? Or writing novels? 2020 has been
a year of people discovering things about themselves they never would
have. “Running is fun” was not something I thought I’d ever say, maybe
“Running is fundamentally against my principles” or “Running is
funnelling all the life out of my friends” then yes that does sound like
something I would have said in 2019, however it’s become a huge part
of my 2020 coping mechanism.
My wife, in turn, has thrown herself avidly into cooking. When it
became clear that takeaways were about to be an even rarer treat, like
guilt-free birthday cake or silence in a household with children, my wife
made it clear to the universe that if we couldn’t travel physically
internationally we would do it gastronomically. Every mealtime is a
voyage of discovery: Which country are we eating today? At one point
our youngest daughter, a notorious connoisseur of food, requested we
have blander fare, stating that while she enjoyed the regular curries,
stir fry, garlic-infused flatbread and salted caramel chocolate squares,
she wasn’t appreciating them as much as she used to and please could
we just have some sausage and mash or maybe a slice of dry bread.
Our daughters as well have discovered new ways to enlighten
themselves during this time. When presented with the same four walls
our youngest, nearly thirteen, decided to cover them in paintings that
over the last fifteen weeks have gone from something a parent would
wince at, put on the fridge for a week then slip into a bin when
everyone was asleep, claiming ignorance of its location when
Honing New Skills in Lockdown
By Chris Purchase
framed pieces we
have replaced art
we paid money for
Finally our eldest
has discovered she
has green thumbs
but not just your
seeds, watering and
hoping they’ll grow
horticulture, no. She looked at the food waste we’d normally take to
the pigs at Heart of the Country and saw a cornucopia of future
ingredients. She took anything that could be regrown, constructed a
hanging garden made from recycled packaging in her window, nurtured
the plants and started providing my wife with home grown ingredients
for her multitude of dining experiments, much to the chagrin of her
I know we’re not the only family who have grown through this
incredibly difficult time, I’ve seen you run or ride past my window,
smelled the delicious cooking from my garden and smiled at the
artwork in your front gardens. We may have been very quiet but we’ve
all be very very busy!
In May Lichfield District Council’s visitor
economy service, Visit Lichfield, set children
and young people the task of creating a piece of
art featuring a local attraction they are looking
forward to visiting once lockdown restriction are
The competition came to a close at the end of May
and the judges met virtually to choose winners in
each of the three age categories.
District Doodles judges included Councillor Iain
Eadie, Peter Walker, artist in residence at Lichfield
Cathedral, and Mandy Billington, an artist whose
Lichfield illustrations appear on mugs sold at
Lichfield’s visitor information centre.
They chose one-year old Isaac Jackson’s finger
painting of Beacon Park’s flowers and trees as the
winning entry in the 0 to 5 age group.
Nine-year-old George Lewis won with a rainbow
coloured drawing of Lichfield Cathedral. Ten-year-old
Ruby Neville scooped the position of runner-up with
her picture of the nursing memorial at the National
Finally, 11-year-old Henry Epstein came first in the 11 to 15
age group with his picture of Lichfield Cathedral reflected in
All four winning entries will be featured in The Hub at St
Mary’s Letters from Lockdown exhibition, which is planned to
take place following lockdown. The children will also each
receive a family ticket to a choice of Visit Lichfield tours, to
enjoy when they are up and running again.
Find out more about Letters from Lockdown, visit
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