Citylife in Lichfield June 2021

We celebrate Father's Day in our 68-page June edition magazine with plenty of ideas for gifts, and places to eat and drink, to help you treat your dad, step-dad or granddad! It's also filled with all of our usual Citylife mix of recipes, competitions, local news, history features and events. So let's celebrate the summery blue-sky month of June and celebrate the wonderful World of Dad!

We celebrate Father's Day in our 68-page June edition magazine with plenty of ideas for gifts, and places to eat and drink, to help you treat your dad, step-dad or granddad! It's also filled with all of our usual Citylife mix of recipes, competitions, local news, history features and events. So let's celebrate the summery blue-sky month of June and celebrate the wonderful World of Dad!


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Your Local Magaz<strong>in</strong>e<br />

Inside...<br />

6 Local News<br />

What's been happen<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> and around <strong>Lichfield</strong><br />

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32 Cutest Pets<br />

Just a few of your pet contributions<br />

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38 Celebrat<strong>in</strong>g 125 Years!<br />

Jono Oates explores the history of the <strong>Lichfield</strong><br />

Chamber<br />

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52 CityView<br />

News from <strong>Lichfield</strong> City Council<br />

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63 Father's Day Gift Guide<br />

F<strong>in</strong>d someth<strong>in</strong>g special for Dad<br />

From the Editor…<br />

As the end of lockdown is f<strong>in</strong>ally near<strong>in</strong>g, the world is slowly<br />

open<strong>in</strong>g up once aga<strong>in</strong> as a new ‘normality’ ensues. It’s safe to say<br />

that <strong>Lichfield</strong> has become a bustl<strong>in</strong>g hub of activity recently, with<br />

shops, restaurants, cafes and attractions com<strong>in</strong>g back to life – it<br />

truly is a wonderful sight to behold as our beloved City rega<strong>in</strong>s<br />

its lifeforce.<br />

Of course, it is still prudent that we rema<strong>in</strong> socially aware as the<br />

pandemic has not left us, but is merely under control, and it is<br />

great to see safety measures be<strong>in</strong>g employed and utilised<br />

throughout <strong>Lichfield</strong>.<br />

In this issue, you’ll f<strong>in</strong>d more of your favourite news stories,<br />

history articles and local features, and we’d like to once aga<strong>in</strong><br />

take the opportunity to thank all of our loyal readers, advertisers<br />

and supporters who have enabled us to safely and successfully<br />

weather the Covid storm… This issue is dedicated to you all!<br />

Enjoy!<br />




6<br />

Visit <strong>Lichfield</strong> for<br />

Short Breaks<br />

Kirsty McMahon from Visit <strong>Lichfield</strong> with<br />

Danielle Nicholls and Ross Ball<strong>in</strong>ger from<br />

Drayton Manor Park<br />

Visit <strong>Lichfield</strong> has launched a short breaks<br />

brochure to help anyone look<strong>in</strong>g for holiday<br />

ideas <strong>in</strong> the UK to discover what is on offer <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong> District.<br />

The Visit <strong>Lichfield</strong> short breaks brochure<br />

showcases the many excit<strong>in</strong>g and <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g<br />

attractions to visit as well as the leisure, culture,<br />

shopp<strong>in</strong>g and hospitality to be found across the<br />

district, ideal for holiday makers to ‘escape the<br />

everyday’ on a perfect weekend or mid-week<br />

getaway.<br />

The short breaks brochure is available to order<br />

onl<strong>in</strong>e<br />

at<br />

www.visitlichfield.co.uk/brochurerequest. It is<br />

also available to pick up from the Visitor<br />

Information Centre at St Mary’s <strong>in</strong> the Market<br />

Square, or it can be downloaded at<br />

www.visitlichfield.co.uk/download.<br />

To f<strong>in</strong>d out more about all <strong>Lichfield</strong> District has<br />

to offer visitors, go to www.visitlichfield.co.uk.<br />

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City Pedestrianisation<br />

Study<br />

Street activity was measured by cameras to<br />

evaluate vehicle and pedestrian movement<br />

around <strong>Lichfield</strong> city centre.<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong> District Council, work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

partnership with Staffordshire County Council,<br />

carried out a two-week pedestrianisation<br />

feasibility study <strong>in</strong> May as part of its work to<br />

deliver the <strong>Lichfield</strong> City Centre Masterplan.<br />

Small cameras were positioned <strong>in</strong> areas of<br />

Tamworth Street, Conduit Street, Market<br />

Street, Breadmarket Street and Bore Street to<br />

study pedestrian, cycle and vehicle movements<br />

and identify peak times of use.<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong> City Centre Masterplan was published<br />

<strong>in</strong> 2020 to help shape the future growth of<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong> city centre, set out opportunities for<br />

enhanc<strong>in</strong>g the quality of the city centre<br />

environment, and provide a guide for future<br />

<strong>in</strong>vestment <strong>in</strong> <strong>Lichfield</strong>. A consultation on car<br />

park<strong>in</strong>g options <strong>in</strong> February received feedback<br />

from more than 1,000 <strong>in</strong>dividuals and<br />

bus<strong>in</strong>esses.<br />

Information on the Masterplan is available at<br />

www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/city-centreregeneration.<br />

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Mayor and Sheriff<br />

Open Canal Walk<br />

Eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g Director, Peter Buck, with Deborah<br />

Baker and Daryl Brown<br />

A new section of <strong>Lichfield</strong> Canal's Heritage<br />

Towpath Trail has been officially opened.<br />

Canal Walk, stretch<strong>in</strong>g 260 yards from the<br />

Longbridge Road footpath to Gallows Wharf at<br />

London Road, was formally opened by the<br />

Mayor of <strong>Lichfield</strong>, Deborah Baker, and the<br />

Sheriff of <strong>Lichfield</strong>, Dr Daryl Brown, <strong>in</strong> a<br />

socially-distanced ceremony attended by a<br />

group of canal restoration volunteers.<br />

Councillor Baker said the Trail ticked every box<br />

<strong>in</strong> her Mayoral year because she was keen on<br />

the environment and green corridors, and the<br />

Sheriff remembered play<strong>in</strong>g on the filled-<strong>in</strong> canal<br />

as a child and looked forward to the day when<br />

it was filled <strong>in</strong> with water.<br />

The Mayor and Sheriff were presented with<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs of an imag<strong>in</strong>ed canal <strong>in</strong> water by the<br />

artist Stuart Sampson, who helps the Trust raise<br />

funds by offer<strong>in</strong>g his work as prizes <strong>in</strong> a raffle at<br />

https://raffall.com/lhcrt.<br />

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Permanent Chief Exec<br />

Appo<strong>in</strong>ted<br />

District councillors<br />

have formally<br />

appo<strong>in</strong>ted Simon<br />

Fletcher to the role<br />

of chief executive of<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong> District<br />

Council at the annual<br />

council meet<strong>in</strong>g on<br />

18th May.<br />

The appo<strong>in</strong>tments Simon Fletcher<br />

committee reviewed<br />

all the applicants <strong>in</strong> the orig<strong>in</strong>al search and<br />

<strong>in</strong>vited two candidates who scored highly <strong>in</strong> the<br />

first stage of the recruitment process but had<br />

withdrawn before progress<strong>in</strong>g to the next stage.<br />

Hav<strong>in</strong>g completed the <strong>in</strong>terview process, Simon<br />

was chosen and will take over as chief executive<br />

later this year.<br />

Simon currently works for Agilisys Ltd as Head<br />

of Bus<strong>in</strong>ess Change Practice. Previous roles<br />

<strong>in</strong>clude Strategic Director for the Royal<br />

Borough of W<strong>in</strong>dsor & Maidenhead and Deputy<br />

Chief Executive for the Government of the<br />

Falkland Islands.<br />

Tony McGovern will still take over as <strong>in</strong>terim<br />

chief executive from 1st <strong>June</strong> when the current<br />

chief executive, Diane Tilley, leaves the<br />

organisation.<br />

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Johnson’s Birthplace<br />

Re-opens<br />

One of <strong>Lichfield</strong>’s most dist<strong>in</strong>ctive tourist<br />

attractions has re-opened after over half a year<br />

of closure due to Coronavirus restrictions.<br />

The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum on<br />

Breadmarket St, adjacent to the Market Square,<br />

opened its doors to visitors aga<strong>in</strong> at 10.30am<br />

on Monday 17th May. The Museum is free to<br />

enter, but tickets must be booked <strong>in</strong> advance.<br />

Measures <strong>in</strong>troduced at Johnson’s family home<br />

to facilitate reopen<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>clude hand sanitiser<br />

available on entry, social distanc<strong>in</strong>g markers, and<br />

a one-way system with route mark<strong>in</strong>gs and<br />

signage to help visitors travel around the<br />

historic build<strong>in</strong>g safely. Contactless payments<br />

are available and encouraged for anyone who<br />

wishes to purchase items dur<strong>in</strong>g their visit. The<br />

Museum has also been certified under the<br />

‘Good to Go’ mark, a scheme run by Visit<br />

England.<br />

Interactive activities have been removed to<br />

avoid contact between visitors, but pr<strong>in</strong>table<br />

activities for families can be downloaded from<br />

the Museum website, along with <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

language guides.<br />

For more <strong>in</strong>formation and to book your free<br />

visit go to the Museum’s website at<br />

www.samueljohnsonbirthplace.org.uk. Contact<br />

the Birthplace team on 01543 264 972 or email<br />


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8<br />

BBC Award for<br />

Local Teen<br />

Local teenager, Sebbie<br />

Hall, has been chosen<br />

to receive an Inspir<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Young Person award <strong>in</strong><br />

the BBC Radio WM<br />

Make a Difference<br />

Heroes Awards.<br />

Presented by<br />

pantomime legend,<br />

Matt Slack, the Inspir<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Young Person Award is<br />

given to someone aged<br />

17 or under who has<br />

demonstrated courage,<br />

talent or commitment <strong>in</strong> any field.<br />

Sebbie Hall<br />

Chosen out of hundreds of nom<strong>in</strong>ees, Sebbie,<br />

from <strong>Lichfield</strong>, was awarded this prestigious<br />

title for his good work throughout the<br />

pandemic, which <strong>in</strong>cluded participat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> do<strong>in</strong>g<br />

random Acts of K<strong>in</strong>dness every day for a year<br />

<strong>in</strong> order to raise money for charity.<br />

Sebbie <strong>in</strong>itially wanted to raise £1,000 for<br />

charities which help to prevent lonel<strong>in</strong>ess <strong>in</strong><br />

young people with disabilities, however he has<br />

raised an astonish<strong>in</strong>g £27,000 so far and made<br />

thousands of people smile along the way!<br />

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Local Charity<br />

Welcomes Celeb<br />

Patrons<br />

Local Charity<br />

Liberty Jamboree<br />

is delighted to<br />

welcome Joanna<br />

Lumley OBE and<br />

actress M<strong>in</strong>a<br />

Anwar as its two<br />

new Arts Hub<br />

Patrons. The<br />

charity is also<br />

thrilled to have<br />

the support of<br />

Rugby Legend Will Joanna Lumley OBE<br />

Greenwood MBE<br />

for its new mixed<br />

ability rugby opportunity.<br />

Liberty jamboree is a registered charity based<br />

<strong>in</strong> Burntwood and Tamworth that offers<br />

vocational tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g, social, fitness, mental<br />

wellbe<strong>in</strong>g groups and job opportunities for<br />

young people with disabilities. Liberty works<br />

with young people aged 11 - 25 from areas<br />

across Staffordshire and the West Midlands.<br />

Recently, M<strong>in</strong>a produced a song with Libert’s<br />

‘sh<strong>in</strong>e and sign’ choir to celebrate <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

women’s day with the young people teach<strong>in</strong>g<br />

M<strong>in</strong>a on Zoom the Makaton signs for the iconic<br />

Helen Reddy song ‘I am Woman’. M<strong>in</strong>a will be<br />

jo<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g the choir <strong>in</strong> person at this year’s<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong> Fuse Festival on Saturday 14th August.<br />

For more <strong>in</strong>formation on the excit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

opportunities at Liberty Jamboree please go to<br />

our website www.libertyjamboree.co.uk.<br />

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Lottery Cash Tra<strong>in</strong>s<br />

Car<strong>in</strong>g Classmates<br />

Pupils from Nether Stowe School<br />

Students at a <strong>Lichfield</strong> school are to be tra<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

to become ‘peer mentors’ to help their<br />

classmates deal with wellbe<strong>in</strong>g challenges<br />

brought by the Covid pandemic, <strong>in</strong> a pioneer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

scheme funded by the National Lottery.<br />

Twenty pupils at Nether Stowe School, which is<br />

part of the respected Arthur Terry Learn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Partnership, will be tra<strong>in</strong>ed as peer mentors to<br />

become Mental Health Champions through<br />

YMCA Heart of England, a local young people's<br />

charity.<br />

Under the scheme, the school’s newly-tra<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

peer mentors will actively work <strong>in</strong> the school<br />

community and beyond deliver<strong>in</strong>g peer-to-peer<br />

sessions about the importance of wellbe<strong>in</strong>g, as<br />

well as prov<strong>in</strong>g one-to-one support to students<br />

who are struggl<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

The ground-break<strong>in</strong>g idea is based on the belief<br />

that children often f<strong>in</strong>d it easier to confide <strong>in</strong><br />

their peers first, before talk<strong>in</strong>g to family<br />

members or school staff.<br />

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Shenstone Station<br />

Adoption Group<br />

A newly formed group has ‘adopted’ Shenstone<br />

Railway Station as part of West Midlands<br />

Railways’ <strong>in</strong>itiative to <strong>in</strong>volve local communities<br />

with the railway stations.<br />

The Shenstone Station Adoption Group went<br />

‘live’ <strong>in</strong> May after complet<strong>in</strong>g the necessary<br />

health and safety checks and has already set up<br />

its first event. This be<strong>in</strong>g an exhibition <strong>in</strong> the<br />

station ticket office featur<strong>in</strong>g vibrant art<br />

canvases created by the young people of Sutton<br />

Coldfield YMCA and focussed on the theme of<br />

The four members of Shenstone Station<br />

Adoption Group<br />

mental health, particularly <strong>in</strong> young men.<br />

The exhibition is open daily from 7am-10pm,<br />

although it can be viewed through some of the<br />

station w<strong>in</strong>dows if the ticket office is closed.<br />

Another remit of the Group is to enhance the<br />

station and its environment with<strong>in</strong> the village<br />

with the first job be<strong>in</strong>g to clear and then replant<br />

the bank above the car park with plants,<br />

grasses and shrubs that will not only be<br />

attractive, but will also attract <strong>in</strong>sects.<br />

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Rediscover <strong>Lichfield</strong><br />

Guided Tours<br />

Visit <strong>Lichfield</strong>’s guided tours are start<strong>in</strong>g up<br />

aga<strong>in</strong>, so small Covid-secure groups can<br />

rediscover the City’s fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g history.<br />

The socially distanced ‘bubble’ guided tours<br />

offer family and friends groups the chance to<br />

f<strong>in</strong>d out more about <strong>Lichfield</strong>’s historic streets,<br />

build<strong>in</strong>gs and personalities.<br />

The tours, which are available now, can be<br />

booked for a time and date that suits the tourgoers.<br />

A 90-m<strong>in</strong>ute tour for up to five costs £30 and<br />

can be booked by call<strong>in</strong>g Visit <strong>Lichfield</strong> on<br />

01543 308924.<br />

Visit <strong>Lichfield</strong>’s full programme of tours is<br />

expected to start up aga<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> stage 4 of the<br />

roadmap, which is no earlier than 21st <strong>June</strong><br />

<strong>2021</strong>.<br />

F<strong>in</strong>d out more about Visit <strong>Lichfield</strong>’s tours at<br />




Cathedral Receives<br />

Further Fund<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong> Cathedral has received a grant of<br />

£364,400 from the Government’s £1.57 billion<br />

Culture Recovery Fund to help with recovery<br />

and reopen<strong>in</strong>g to visitors follow<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

pandemic and various lockdowns.<br />

Nearly £400 million has been awarded to<br />

thousands of cultural organisations across the<br />

country, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>Lichfield</strong> Cathedral <strong>in</strong> the<br />

latest round of support from the Culture<br />

Recovery Fund.<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong> Cathedral has been able to rema<strong>in</strong><br />

open for worship, adher<strong>in</strong>g to strict Covid<br />

guidel<strong>in</strong>es. It has also offered its services to the<br />

NHS as a giant vacc<strong>in</strong>ation centre for the<br />

people of <strong>Lichfield</strong>. But, <strong>in</strong> l<strong>in</strong>e with all ‘<strong>in</strong>door<br />

attractions’, the doors have had to rema<strong>in</strong><br />

closed to tourists and visitors.<br />

Inevitably this has led to the loss of vital <strong>in</strong>come<br />

as well as extra expenditure <strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> keep<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the Cathedral Covid-secure. The grant from the<br />

Government’s Culture Recovery Fund will be<br />

used on essential works to the build<strong>in</strong>g and on<br />

core operat<strong>in</strong>g costs as the Cathedral looks<br />

ahead to a full summer programme, cont<strong>in</strong>ues<br />

its recovery and reopens for visitors.<br />

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Don’t Dump It<br />

- Sort It!<br />

Local construction firms are be<strong>in</strong>g encouraged<br />

to follow four simple steps when dispos<strong>in</strong>g of<br />

site waste <strong>in</strong> a bid to cut down on fly-tipp<strong>in</strong>g<br />

across <strong>Lichfield</strong> District.<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong> District Council is jo<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g forces with<br />

the Environment Agency to urge construction<br />

10<br />

firms to take<br />

responsibility for<br />

their waste.<br />

In April the council<br />

received 130 reports<br />

of fly-tipp<strong>in</strong>g, many<br />

of which conta<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

builder’s rubble and<br />

other by-products<br />

from<br />

the<br />

c o n s t r u c t i o n<br />

<strong>in</strong>dustry, such as<br />

asbestos, which<br />

Church Road <strong>in</strong> Stonnall<br />

needs to be<br />

handled by professionals.<br />

People pos<strong>in</strong>g as genu<strong>in</strong>e waste collectors can<br />

cause serious harm to the environment by<br />

tak<strong>in</strong>g construction waste and dump<strong>in</strong>g it. This<br />

is why it is so important to check the details of<br />

anyone paid to remove waste.<br />

Local builders are be<strong>in</strong>g encouraged to follow<br />

four simple steps to meet their duty of care:<br />

1. Identify and label waste.<br />

2. Arrange a waste collection service.<br />

3. Check your site waste is go<strong>in</strong>g to the right<br />

place.<br />

4. Keep records of the waste that leaves your<br />

site.<br />

Fly-tipp<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>Lichfield</strong> District can be reported<br />

to the council at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/report.<br />

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A Beautiful Place<br />

for Coffee<br />

Welcome back to one of the most beautiful<br />

places <strong>in</strong> <strong>Lichfield</strong> to enjoy a coffee. The Hub at<br />

St Mary’s is really excited to reopen and be able<br />

to serve customers once aga<strong>in</strong> with delicious<br />

coffee, cakes and light bites.<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g lockdown the café has taken time to<br />

source some local suppliers and cont<strong>in</strong>ued to<br />

work with brands that match its values, so it has<br />

open<strong>in</strong>g with a refreshed food offer<strong>in</strong>g, a restocked<br />

bar and lots of ‘f<strong>in</strong>ish<strong>in</strong>g touches’, ready<br />

to welcome visitors back <strong>in</strong>.<br />

The Hub Café has refreshed itself with new<br />

parents <strong>in</strong> m<strong>in</strong>d, mak<strong>in</strong>g sure the space is<br />

especially welcom<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>Lichfield</strong>’s newest<br />

residents. Staff have added more kids’ food<br />

options and activities to keep them occupied<br />

while parents relax and enjoy that well-earned<br />

slice of cake <strong>in</strong> the glorious, relax<strong>in</strong>g venue.<br />

The Coffee Shop and Bar is open from Tuesday-<br />

Saturday 9.30am-3pm.<br />

Library Members - show your library card for<br />

10% off food and dr<strong>in</strong>ks. There are also special<br />

offers for Visit <strong>Lichfield</strong> Card holders. More<br />

details can be found on website<br />

www.thehubstmarys.co.uk.<br />

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Repair Work Starts<br />

on Car Park<br />

The upper floors of the multi-storey car park<br />

on Birm<strong>in</strong>gham Road <strong>in</strong> <strong>Lichfield</strong> will be closed<br />

for around four weeks dur<strong>in</strong>g repairs.<br />

The purpose of the work is to replace exist<strong>in</strong>g<br />

waterproof<strong>in</strong>g on the top deck of the car park,<br />

carry out some concrete repairs, treat small<br />

areas of corroded steelwork, and repair recent<br />

damage to a section of wall on the ground floor<br />

level.<br />

Site set up began on Monday 24th May <strong>2021</strong><br />

with repair work start<strong>in</strong>g on Tuesday 1st <strong>June</strong>.<br />

To make way for works, the upper three levels<br />

of the car park - levels 4, 5 and 6 - are closed<br />

from Tuesday 2nd <strong>June</strong> but the rest of the car<br />

park will rema<strong>in</strong> open.<br />

Details of alternative car park around <strong>Lichfield</strong><br />

city centre can be found on <strong>Lichfield</strong> District<br />

Council’s website at<br />

www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/carparkmap.<br />

To Advertise<br />

call:-<br />

Barbara Smith 07999 327419<br />

barbaracitylife@gmail.com<br />

Steve Brown 07740 166497<br />

stevebrowncitylife@gmail.com<br />

Rebecca Hill 07970 513144<br />




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Classic Car Club’s<br />

Charity Tour<br />

A classic German Borgward<br />

Classic car owners are be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>vited to take a<br />

sp<strong>in</strong> to help raise money for a local charity.<br />

To celebrate Covid-19 restrictions beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

ease, a Classic Car Tour has been organised by<br />

Wolverhampton & South Staffordshire Car<br />

Club for Sunday 13th <strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong>, giv<strong>in</strong>g classic<br />

car owners the chance to take to the roads to<br />

raise funds for The Community Foundation for<br />

Staffordshire.<br />

The <strong>in</strong>formal convoy (tour<strong>in</strong>g assembly) will<br />

have a ceremonial start <strong>in</strong> <strong>Lichfield</strong> City at 9am,<br />

before meander<strong>in</strong>g via Barr Beacon, Sutton<br />

Park and the National Memorial Arboretum<br />

(where drivers will be able to take a<br />

refreshment break). The route will cont<strong>in</strong>ue via<br />

other areas of local <strong>in</strong>terest before f<strong>in</strong>ish<strong>in</strong>g at<br />

Bishton Hall, Wolseley Bridge at around 1pm.<br />

There is an entry fee of £38 per car, and any<br />

classic car owners <strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> tak<strong>in</strong>g part<br />

should visit ‘Cannock Chase Classic Car Tour’<br />

on Facebook for more details.<br />

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Develop<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

McClean Way<br />

A study that could see cyclists and walkers<br />

benefitt<strong>in</strong>g from a new greenway between<br />

Brownhills and <strong>Lichfield</strong> is gett<strong>in</strong>g underway<br />

soon.<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong> District Council is start<strong>in</strong>g work on a<br />

project that could transform a mothballed<br />

railway track <strong>in</strong>to a new cycle and footpath<br />

l<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g Brownhills to <strong>Lichfield</strong>.<br />

Work<strong>in</strong>g with Network Rail and Sustrans, the<br />

national walk<strong>in</strong>g and cycl<strong>in</strong>g charity, the council<br />

will assess a section of the old South<br />

Staffordshire Railway l<strong>in</strong>e between <strong>Lichfield</strong> and<br />

Brownhills for its potential to reopen as a<br />

greenway. This would l<strong>in</strong>k Brownhills to<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong>, cont<strong>in</strong>u<strong>in</strong>g the National Cycle<br />

Network which runs between Walsall and<br />

Brownhills.<br />

South Staffordshire Railway <strong>in</strong>itially opened <strong>in</strong><br />

1849 and was used for passenger travel and to<br />

transport coal and oil. The branch l<strong>in</strong>e has s<strong>in</strong>ce<br />

been closed to passenger and freight services,<br />

but much of the track still rema<strong>in</strong>s.<br />

A feasibility study will be carried out this<br />

summer to understand the scale of the project,<br />

likely issues, opportunities, costs and how best<br />

to develop it. The f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>gs will be used to draw<br />

up a project plan and engage with the local<br />

community and partners.<br />

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St Giles Summer Raffle<br />

St Giles Hospice, based <strong>in</strong> Whitt<strong>in</strong>gton, is<br />

hold<strong>in</strong>g its annual Summer Raffle this year <strong>in</strong><br />

order to raise funds to cont<strong>in</strong>ue the good work<br />

that it does for patients with <strong>in</strong>curable illnesses<br />

and their families.<br />

It costs more than £10 million to provide the<br />

care St Giles offers every year and the hospice<br />

needs to raise £850,000 each month to keep its<br />

services go<strong>in</strong>g and cont<strong>in</strong>ue to support more<br />

local families liv<strong>in</strong>g with a term<strong>in</strong>al illness.<br />

Tickets for the hospice summer raffle are now<br />

on sale at £1 each and prizes up for grabs<br />

<strong>in</strong>clude a jackpot of £8,000, a second prize of<br />

£2,000 and other cash prizes.<br />

Anyone want<strong>in</strong>g to enter the draw can f<strong>in</strong>d out<br />

more or buy raffle tickets onl<strong>in</strong>e until midnight<br />

on Wednesday 30th <strong>June</strong> at<br />

www.stgileshospice.com/raffle or by call<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

Lottery Office on 01543 434020. The raffle<br />

draw will be made on Wednesday 14th July.<br />

Burntwood Voters<br />

Back Neighbourhood<br />

Plan<br />

Voters <strong>in</strong> the town of Burntwood backed the<br />

Plan <strong>in</strong> a vote held on 6th May, with 76%<br />

support<strong>in</strong>g the proposal.<br />

Burntwood parishioners had the opportunity<br />

to vote on their Neighbourhood Plan, which<br />

sets out a strategy for the management of<br />

proposals for new homes, shops and offices that<br />

could be built <strong>in</strong> the town between now and<br />

2029. It also identifies the <strong>in</strong>frastructure that<br />

will be needed to support this growth.<br />

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Cab<strong>in</strong>et Reshuffle and<br />

New Chair<br />

Last night’s Annual<br />

Council saw<br />

changes to Cab<strong>in</strong>et<br />

roles announced<br />

and the new Chair<br />

of <strong>Lichfield</strong> District<br />

Council sworn <strong>in</strong>.<br />

The Leader of<br />

Barry Gwilt, Chair of LDC<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong> District<br />

Council, Councillor Doug Pullen, announced a<br />

number of changes to Cab<strong>in</strong>et roles at the<br />

Annual Council meet<strong>in</strong>g, held on Tuesday 18th<br />

May <strong>2021</strong> at Burntwood Leisure Centre to<br />

allow for social distanc<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

The changes will see Councillor Ashley Yeates<br />

move from Community Engagement to Cab<strong>in</strong>et<br />

Member for Climate Change and Recycl<strong>in</strong>g;<br />

Councillor Richard Cox will move from Leisure,<br />

Parks and Waste to take over responsibility for<br />

Community Engagement; Councillor Ia<strong>in</strong> Eadie,<br />

who rema<strong>in</strong>s Deputy Leader and Cab<strong>in</strong>et<br />

Member for Economic Development and Local<br />

Plan, will add Parks and Leisure to his portfolio;<br />

Councillor Liz Little keeps Major Projects;<br />

Councillor Andy Smith’s role changes to<br />

Cab<strong>in</strong>et Member for Innovation and Corporate<br />

Services; and Councillor Rob Strachan’s role is<br />

updated to Cab<strong>in</strong>et Member for F<strong>in</strong>ance,<br />

Procurement and Revenues and Benefits.<br />

Councillor Angela Lax’s role rema<strong>in</strong>s<br />

unchanged.<br />

The meet<strong>in</strong>g also saw Councillor Barry Gwilt<br />

sworn <strong>in</strong> as the new Chair and Councillor Col<strong>in</strong><br />

Greatorex as the Vice Chair of <strong>Lichfield</strong> District<br />

Council.<br />

Councillor Gwilt replaces Councillor Joe<br />

Powell as Chair after two years <strong>in</strong> the role. As<br />

the Chair, Councillor Gwilt will represent the<br />

district at a range of events that take place<br />

across the district and region, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g royal<br />

visits, community events and formal open<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

He will also chair council meet<strong>in</strong>gs throughout<br />

the year.


Advertis<strong>in</strong>g Feature<br />

Slowly Back to a<br />

New Normal<br />

........................<br />

As the country cautiously<br />

emerges from lockdown<br />

local care company Visit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Angels is cont<strong>in</strong>u<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

provide <strong>in</strong>valuable home<br />

care services to its clients.<br />

Follow<strong>in</strong>g a massive effort<br />

by both health professionals and the public, May 17th<br />

marked a return to someth<strong>in</strong>g which resembled a more<br />

normal way of life.<br />

Owner of Visit<strong>in</strong>g Angels, Andrew Lofts, expla<strong>in</strong>s: “We<br />

have spent months support<strong>in</strong>g our clients <strong>in</strong> their own<br />

homes ensur<strong>in</strong>g they were safe and comfortable.” He<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ues: “We support the cont<strong>in</strong>u<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>dependence of<br />

our clients and, now that society is open<strong>in</strong>g up aga<strong>in</strong>, we<br />

are look<strong>in</strong>g to help those <strong>in</strong>dividuals who wish to go out<br />

and partake <strong>in</strong> those activities they used to enjoy –<br />

whether that is a trip to the shops, a local garden centre<br />

or a stroll around the local park.”<br />

Although the vacc<strong>in</strong>ation programme is progress<strong>in</strong>g well<br />

Visit<strong>in</strong>g Angels cont<strong>in</strong>ues with full <strong>in</strong>fection control<br />

measures <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g PPE for both carers and clients and<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>u<strong>in</strong>g to follow social distanc<strong>in</strong>g guidel<strong>in</strong>es.<br />

Andrew concludes: “None of us want to return to<br />

lockdown, we all want a return of our social lives, we must<br />

therefore all take responsibility to curb our <strong>in</strong>itial reaction<br />

to rush out and not to forget those hard earned<br />

achievements.”<br />

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Advertis<strong>in</strong>g Feature<br />

New Showroom for<br />

UK Stoneworx<br />

........................<br />

UK Stoneworx is a family-run bus<strong>in</strong>ess specialis<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

provid<strong>in</strong>g bespoke granite and quartz kitchen work<br />

surfaces.<br />

The firm has recently expanded by open<strong>in</strong>g a brand-new quartz<br />

kitchen worktop showroom, based on Burntwood Bus<strong>in</strong>ess Park.<br />

Hav<strong>in</strong>g been established for more than four years, and previously<br />

work<strong>in</strong>g from home, the open<strong>in</strong>g of a dedicated showroom is big<br />

news for this local retailer.<br />

Leon, owner and manag<strong>in</strong>g director, previously worked as a stone<br />

mason and has over 15 years’ experience work<strong>in</strong>g with this<br />

material. Leon progressed to laser templat<strong>in</strong>g, creat<strong>in</strong>g made-tomeasure<br />

worktops as laser templat<strong>in</strong>g is much more accurate<br />

system and allows for more <strong>in</strong>tricate work.<br />

The bus<strong>in</strong>ess provides quartz and granite worktops <strong>in</strong> a range of<br />

colours and styles. Fireplace surrounds and mantle pieces are also<br />

available, and <strong>in</strong>stallation services are offered by the company too.<br />

Leon and the team at UK Stoneworx work with the Silestone<br />

and Dekton ranges, however other brands are also available.<br />

Pop <strong>in</strong>to the new showroom at Unit 28a, R<strong>in</strong>g Road, Burntwood<br />

Bus<strong>in</strong>ess Park, Burntwood, WS7 3JG. F<strong>in</strong>d out more onl<strong>in</strong>e at<br />

www.ukstoneworx.co.uk or call 07704 719254.


This L.G.B. G gauge locomotive features <strong>in</strong> Richard<br />

W<strong>in</strong>terton’s Antiques and Home Sale on <strong>June</strong> 21.<br />

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I Used To Have<br />

One Of Those!<br />

...............................<br />

By Jon Price<br />

We certa<strong>in</strong>ly get to a see a wide range of toys and games here at<br />

Richard W<strong>in</strong>terton Auctioneers, from people sell<strong>in</strong>g cherished childhood<br />

items to room-size model railway layouts built up over many years.<br />

Traditionally the <strong>in</strong>terest for collectors was <strong>in</strong> die-cast vehicles, model<br />

railways, dolls and teddy bears and these are all still strongly collected,<br />

but these days there are large numbers of enthusiastic collectors for all<br />

types of toy with Action Man, Star Wars, Film and TV-related, various<br />

action or superhero figures, Subbuteo, S<strong>in</strong>dy and her friends, Mamod live<br />

steam eng<strong>in</strong>es, Brita<strong>in</strong>s soldiers, Scalextric and all types of t<strong>in</strong>plate and<br />

clockwork items be<strong>in</strong>g especially popular.<br />

British die-cast vehicles have long been collected with many collectors<br />

concentrat<strong>in</strong>g on the so called ‘Golden Age’ of British die-cast which is<br />

roughly the period from the end of World War Two until the middle of<br />

the 1970s.<br />

These years were dom<strong>in</strong>ated by the familiar names of D<strong>in</strong>ky, Corgi, Triang<br />

Spot-On and Lesney Matchbox and these are all highly collectable.<br />

But there are many other smaller manufacturers from this period<br />

some who just existed for a few years <strong>in</strong> the early 1950s and f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

identify<strong>in</strong>g these can be an <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g area of collect<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Toys based on popular TV and film<br />

titles such as the James Bond series<br />

are always very popular can be and<br />

highly sought after; <strong>in</strong> particular the<br />

Star Wars phenomenon shows no<br />

signs of slow<strong>in</strong>g down.<br />

In general, the earlier Star Wars<br />

figures and vehicles that are marked<br />

with dates from the late 1970s or<br />

early 1980s are of most <strong>in</strong>terest to<br />

collectors.<br />

The Star Wars phenomenon shows<br />

no signs of slow<strong>in</strong>g down.<br />

Unbuilt model aircraft kits really do<br />

fly at auction too, with large collections reach<strong>in</strong>g for the skies to realise<br />

thousands of pounds.<br />

Sought-after brands <strong>in</strong>clude Airfix, Matchbox, Italeri and Frog.<br />

We are currently start<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

catalogue several large collections of<br />

tra<strong>in</strong>s and model railways for a special<br />

section <strong>in</strong> our Antiques and Home<br />

Sale on Monday, <strong>June</strong> 21.<br />

These range from 1950s Tri-ang and<br />

Hornby Dublo items up to modern G<br />

scale tra<strong>in</strong>s for use on garden<br />

railways.<br />

The toy market is constantly<br />

chang<strong>in</strong>g as different generations get<br />

to a certa<strong>in</strong> age and decide they want<br />

to buy the items they had when<br />

children or items that they always<br />

wanted but were not allowed or<br />

were too expensive at the time.<br />

At present Pokémon cards are <strong>in</strong><br />

vogue and there has been an<br />

explosion of <strong>in</strong>terest – and<br />

consequent <strong>in</strong>crease <strong>in</strong> value! – of the<br />

earliest cards and sets over the last<br />

couple of years, so if you have certa<strong>in</strong><br />

cards <strong>in</strong> good condition they can be<br />

worth a great deal of money.<br />

A classic 1960s Corgi James Bond<br />

Aston Mart<strong>in</strong> DB5 model<br />

complete with ejector seat<br />

released to tie <strong>in</strong> with the film<br />

Goldf<strong>in</strong>ger.<br />

Mamod live steam eng<strong>in</strong>es are<br />

popular with collectors.<br />

A good one to look out for is a 1st edition Charizard from the orig<strong>in</strong>al<br />

or base set No4./102.<br />

So if you have any old toys or games <strong>in</strong> the loft or the back of a<br />

forgotten cupboard, now would be a good time to get them out and let<br />

us have a look at them, you might well be pleasantly surprised by the<br />

results.<br />

Email enquiries for toys together with a photo of the item directly to<br />

jon@richardw<strong>in</strong>terton.co.uk.<br />

In-person valuations for toys and collectables as well as jewellery,<br />

watches, silver and antiques on Thursdays at The <strong>Lichfield</strong> Auction<br />

Centre, Wood End Lane, Fradley Park WS13 8NF can be booked on<br />

01543 251081 or by email<strong>in</strong>g office@richardw<strong>in</strong>terton.co.uk.<br />

Richard W<strong>in</strong>terton Auctioneers has <strong>in</strong>troduced new fortnightly<br />

onl<strong>in</strong>e Two Day Antiques & Home Sales every other Monday and<br />

Tuesday, start<strong>in</strong>g at 9.30am each day.<br />

Jewellery, watches, ceramics, toys and collectables feature on<br />

Day One with automobilia, household items and furniture<br />

on Day Two.<br />

View<strong>in</strong>g by appo<strong>in</strong>tment only takes place the preced<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Friday – call 01543 251081 to book.<br />

Visit www.richardw<strong>in</strong>terton.co.uk/auction-dates to view<br />

digital catalogues onl<strong>in</strong>e.


<strong>Lichfield</strong> Smiles, the award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g<br />

denture cl<strong>in</strong>ic based <strong>in</strong> the city, is<br />

set to reopen after what can only<br />

be described as a turbulent two years.<br />

The cl<strong>in</strong>ic, run by cl<strong>in</strong>ical dental<br />

technician Matt Burnell BSc Hons Dip<br />

CDT RCS (Eng), offers a wholly<br />

personalised approach to all denture<br />

needs, deliver<strong>in</strong>g ‘smile solutions’<br />

comb<strong>in</strong>ed with the utmost of discretion<br />

and exceptional service.<br />

It was just under two years ago that disaster struck for the<br />

renowned cl<strong>in</strong>ical dental technician and his dedicated team, when<br />

a devastat<strong>in</strong>g flood swept through the period build<strong>in</strong>g, situated on<br />

Upper St John Street, caus<strong>in</strong>g tens of thousands of pounds worth<br />

of damage.<br />

In the face of all adversity, committed Matt battled on and<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ued to offer his services to patients already under his care,<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g the visits to him as ‘normal’ as possible for clients, whilst<br />

attempt<strong>in</strong>g to rectify the situation.<br />

Sadly, the cl<strong>in</strong>ic experienced yet further issues when the Covid-<br />

19 pandemic hit, which rendered the denture centre completely<br />

closed and out of use for many months.<br />

Fast forward to <strong>2021</strong>, and the cl<strong>in</strong>ic appears to be f<strong>in</strong>ally ‘out of<br />

the water’ (excuse the pun!). A brand-new refurbishment, both<br />

<strong>in</strong>side and outside, means that the cl<strong>in</strong>ic is not only look<strong>in</strong>g great,<br />

but is fully compliant with all Covid regulations <strong>in</strong> order to be able<br />

to safely reopen once aga<strong>in</strong> and offer the same fantastic, personal<br />

level of service to its clients.<br />

There is f<strong>in</strong>ally light at the end of the tunnel for Matt and the<br />

team, and it’s a glar<strong>in</strong>gly large flashlight-style beacon of light <strong>in</strong> the<br />

form of yet more prestigious recognition <strong>in</strong> the world of dentistry!<br />

Matt was recently presented with the title of President of the<br />

British Association of Cl<strong>in</strong>ical Dental Technicians (BACDT), the<br />

only UK association for dental technicians. This is not only a great<br />

honour, but an <strong>in</strong>credible achievement, as the nom<strong>in</strong>ations for this<br />

position <strong>in</strong>volve votes from the Board and the association<br />

members too.<br />

What’s more, is that <strong>Lichfield</strong> Smiles is approach<strong>in</strong>g its 10-year<br />

anniversary so Matt is very much look<strong>in</strong>g forward to celebrat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

style after what has been an extraord<strong>in</strong>arily challeng<strong>in</strong>g period!<br />

“My ma<strong>in</strong> ambition now is to push advances <strong>in</strong> treatment<br />

protocols and techniques, while rais<strong>in</strong>g awareness of cl<strong>in</strong>ical dental<br />

technology with<strong>in</strong> the dental profession and to the general public,”<br />

comments Matt with, of course, the widest of smiles!<br />

F<strong>in</strong>d out more about Matt and <strong>Lichfield</strong> Smiles by visit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

www.smiles.uk.com of call<strong>in</strong>g 01543 415288.<br />

18<br />

All Smiles as Local<br />

Dentist Reopens!<br />



V<strong>in</strong>tage Tra<strong>in</strong> Trip<br />

Rescheduled<br />

.........................<br />

Apostponed special Charter Tra<strong>in</strong> Service from <strong>Lichfield</strong> to<br />

Buxton and the High Peaks has now had a new date<br />

confirmed.<br />

The service, orig<strong>in</strong>ally scheduled for 18th April was postponed due to<br />

the Covid-19 lockdown however, follow<strong>in</strong>g discussions with the tra<strong>in</strong><br />

operators and the rail authorities, Transport For Brita<strong>in</strong> is delighted to<br />

announce that the service has been rescheduled for Sunday 18th July.<br />

The tra<strong>in</strong> has been chartered to raise awareness and support for plans<br />

to reopen the railway l<strong>in</strong>e between <strong>Lichfield</strong> and Burton to regular<br />

passenger tra<strong>in</strong>s and for the construction of a new station at Alrewas.<br />

The tra<strong>in</strong> will be made-up of v<strong>in</strong>tage 1980s roll<strong>in</strong>g stock, with both first<br />

class and standard seats available, and will run from <strong>Lichfield</strong> to the<br />

beautiful spa town of Buxton via the Hope Valley call<strong>in</strong>g at Edale.<br />

Refreshments and toilets will be available onboard.<br />

The tra<strong>in</strong> will depart <strong>Lichfield</strong> at 10.38 arriv<strong>in</strong>g at Edale at 12.14 and<br />

Buxton at 13.07. The return journey will depart Buxton at 17.18, stopp<strong>in</strong>g<br />

at Edale at 18.20 and return<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>Lichfield</strong> at 20.22*.<br />

Pete Longman, Manag<strong>in</strong>g Director of Transport For Brita<strong>in</strong>, said: “This<br />

is a great opportunity to raise the profile of the campaign to reopen the<br />

l<strong>in</strong>e between <strong>Lichfield</strong> and Alrewas. Ticket holders will enjoy travell<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

style and have the opportunity to either explore Edale and the<br />

surround<strong>in</strong>g area of the Peak National Park or alternatively, they can soak<br />

up the atmosphere <strong>in</strong> one of Brita<strong>in</strong>’s foremost Georgian spa towns. Visit<br />

the Pavilion Gardens, perhaps take <strong>in</strong> the Buxton Crescent Heritage<br />

20<br />

Stepp<strong>in</strong>g Out<br />

By Jo Howell<br />

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Have you ventured out to a restaurant yet?<br />

Found yourself <strong>in</strong> a beer garden on a Friday<br />

even<strong>in</strong>g, catch<strong>in</strong>g up with friends? Or maybe<br />

you’ve dug out the gym gear and headed to a class? If<br />

you have, I hope the experience was worth the long<br />

lockdown wait… and if you haven’t? That’s perfectly<br />

ok.<br />

I’m go<strong>in</strong>g to let you <strong>in</strong>to a little secret - I actually feel<br />

quite apprehensive about do<strong>in</strong>g some of these th<strong>in</strong>gs. A huge part of me<br />

wants to throw myself back <strong>in</strong>to the life we all once knew and embrace<br />

everyth<strong>in</strong>g on offer but there’s another part that’s putt<strong>in</strong>g the brakes on<br />

and encourag<strong>in</strong>g me to stop, breathe and just wait.<br />

And these feel<strong>in</strong>gs are perfectly normal. So, my top three tips for<br />

‘Stepp<strong>in</strong>g Out’ after Lockdown are:<br />

Take it Slow<br />

It’s understandable that your emotions may be a little erratic and<br />

rang<strong>in</strong>g from high to low on the same day. You may feel nervous about<br />

stepp<strong>in</strong>g out of your comfort zone aga<strong>in</strong> and do<strong>in</strong>g th<strong>in</strong>gs that feel a little<br />

Centre – part of the newly opened Crescent Hotel complex, or while-away<br />

the hours <strong>in</strong> one of Buxton’s many tea rooms, bars and restaurants.”<br />

Tickets for this special day out to one of the county’s most beautiful<br />

dest<strong>in</strong>ations are available from Eventbrite, priced at £60 standard class<br />

and £80 first class plus book<strong>in</strong>g fees (terms and conditions apply). Visit<br />

www.arboretuml<strong>in</strong>e.uk/charterservice to get your tickets. If you would<br />

like any further <strong>in</strong>formation prior to book<strong>in</strong>g email the Transport For<br />

Brita<strong>in</strong> Team at charter@arboretuml<strong>in</strong>e.uk.<br />

*Tra<strong>in</strong> times may be subject to change and will be confirmed prior to<br />

the date of departure.<br />

unusual – just take it one step, or day, at a time and do what’s right for<br />

YOU.<br />

Don’t Compare Yourself to Others<br />

Just because you neighbour/friend/colleague is liv<strong>in</strong>g their best life now<br />

the latest restrictions have been lifted, doesn’t mean you have to.<br />

We’re constantly bombarded with people who live their lives on<br />

Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Social media can be a great source for<br />

<strong>in</strong>spiration. But, if it triggers <strong>in</strong>adequacy, self-doubt, and frustration, then<br />

choose to do a detox.<br />

The only person you should compare yourself to is… YOU.<br />

Focus on the Positives<br />

Sometimes it’s hard to f<strong>in</strong>d the light <strong>in</strong> what has been a very unsettled<br />

year but even the stormiest of seas has a calm horizon eventually.<br />

Resett<strong>in</strong>g your m<strong>in</strong>dset, play<strong>in</strong>g your favourite music, and even 10<br />

m<strong>in</strong>utes of m<strong>in</strong>dful meditation, can all help you feel, and live, a more<br />

positive life. Remember, YOU are <strong>in</strong> charge of both your m<strong>in</strong>d and your<br />

actions.<br />

One day, we will look back on these times; they will be part of our<br />

history. We will have good, happy memories and we will have ones we’d<br />

rather forget. So, as you (may) start to step out, ask yourself – can I learn<br />

from the past, live <strong>in</strong> the present and believe <strong>in</strong> the future?<br />

Yes, YOU can!<br />

Read more of Jo’s work at www.justanaveragejo.blog.

As a family Jennifer Ashe & Son Funeral Directors know and<br />

understand that the death of a loved one can be a traumatic and difficult<br />

time. We are here to offer guidance and support to ensure the funeral<br />

of your loved one not only gives you comfort but honours the<br />

memories and life they leave beh<strong>in</strong>d. Jennifer Ashe & Son have<br />

supported families across the West Midlands, Staffordshire and<br />

Birm<strong>in</strong>gham s<strong>in</strong>ce open<strong>in</strong>g their first funeral home <strong>in</strong> 2016 and are<br />

proud to be 6th year runn<strong>in</strong>g award w<strong>in</strong>ners of ‘Best of Three’ for<br />

Walsall.<br />

With branches based <strong>in</strong> Hednesford, Brownhills, Walsall and<br />

Willenhall, and a further two open<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Wolverhampton and<br />

Birm<strong>in</strong>gham <strong>in</strong> the com<strong>in</strong>g months, as well as our own <strong>in</strong> house florist<br />

and stone mason, we are best placed to support families across the<br />

whole of the West Midlands and Staffordshire when mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

arrangements for their loved one’s f<strong>in</strong>al goodbye.<br />

Jennife Ashe & Son have an envied reputation for deliver<strong>in</strong>g excellent<br />

care and quality, we are proud to offer families a range of services from<br />

the most simple to the most elaborate of funerals, we have several<br />

packages aimed at support<strong>in</strong>g families whatever their budget. We are<br />

committed to ensur<strong>in</strong>g that funerals rema<strong>in</strong> affordable for families, we<br />

review our pric<strong>in</strong>g structure along with those of our competitors<br />

weekly, not only to allow families choice <strong>in</strong> the various types of service<br />

they may want, but also giv<strong>in</strong>g them confidence that they are gett<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

best possible service and care for their loved one, we are also proud of<br />

our ‘Never Know<strong>in</strong>gly Overpriced’ guarantee, this is our promise to<br />

families that if they do f<strong>in</strong>d the exact same services offered by another<br />

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Our most popular ‘at need’ funeral is the ‘Complete Cremation<br />

Package’ priced at £2,600. This <strong>in</strong>cludes; Br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g a loved one <strong>in</strong>to our<br />

care day or night, completion of all legal paperwork, care <strong>in</strong> our<br />

professional facilities, view<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> our private chapels of rest, all our<br />

services for act<strong>in</strong>g as Funeral Director, a Jaguar Hearse, a Jaguar<br />

Limous<strong>in</strong>e, Coff<strong>in</strong>, 3ft floral coff<strong>in</strong> spray, 30 Order of Service booklets,<br />

Cremation at any Crematorium, Religious or Non Religious Funeral<br />

Celebrant and payment of Cremation Certificates.<br />

Plann<strong>in</strong>g ahead;<br />

As with anyth<strong>in</strong>g these days, the costs of funerals are also ris<strong>in</strong>g year<br />

on year, we are f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g that many families are choos<strong>in</strong>g to protect their<br />

loved ones from the <strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>g costs by pay<strong>in</strong>g for their funeral <strong>in</strong><br />

advance. We have a prepayment specialist available <strong>in</strong> each branch to<br />

support those want<strong>in</strong>g to make arrangements to pay for their funeral <strong>in</strong><br />

advance, we have a range of prepaid funeral plans designed to suit all<br />

budgets and requirements allow<strong>in</strong>g plan holders both reassurance their<br />

funeral wishes are followed as well as comfort that they will not be<br />

leav<strong>in</strong>g their families with the extra f<strong>in</strong>ancial burden of pay<strong>in</strong>g for funeral<br />

expenses.<br />

In l<strong>in</strong>e with our commitment to offer<strong>in</strong>g affordable funerals as well as<br />

be<strong>in</strong>g open and transparent all of Jennifer Ashe & Son’s prices are<br />

published on our website; www.jafunerals.co.uk.<br />


Your Garden <strong>in</strong> <strong>June</strong><br />

By Byron Lewis<br />

What a cold start we've had to the garden<strong>in</strong>g season so far - we're<br />

due a decent bit of weather soon surely? Hopefully now the danger of<br />

frost is over and you can safely plant out your summer patio plants<br />

without the risk of those low overnight temperatures. While plant<strong>in</strong>g, it's<br />

worth add<strong>in</strong>g some slow-release feed <strong>in</strong>to your pots and hang<strong>in</strong>g<br />

baskets to give them an extra boost - this will feed for the rest of the<br />

summer, so all you have to do is add water!<br />

Unfortunately, as temperatures rise, so too do the pest and disease<br />

problems. The dreaded blackspot or fungal leaf spot, as well as greenfly,<br />

are two issues common to many plants. Garden hygiene is the best<br />

method of control for both of these - remove affected leaves early. Also<br />

clear the soil around shrubs of any old leaves - the spores that cause leaf<br />

spots will lurk on these leaves and quickly spread back onto healthy<br />

growth.<br />

Greenfly can be treated with soapy water, or you can physically<br />

remove most of the problem by hand. If you see ladybirds nearby, they<br />

will enjoy feast<strong>in</strong>g on these sweet tast<strong>in</strong>g bugs (I was also told once by<br />

a lecturer at college who was <strong>in</strong>to organic methods of pest control that<br />

greenfly were sweet to eat - none of the class ever took him up on the<br />

offer!)<br />

If you have major problems, you can spray with Roseclear once every<br />

three weeks or so (tak<strong>in</strong>g care to avoid gett<strong>in</strong>g spray onto buds and<br />

flowers) - Roseclear is a comb<strong>in</strong>ed pesticide and fungicide so one spray<br />

will tackle two problems.<br />

Jobs <strong>in</strong> the rest of the garden:<br />

• Feed and water lawns regularly<br />

• Keep an eye on weeds <strong>in</strong> beds and borders - consider apply<strong>in</strong>g a bark<br />

mulch to prevent weeds and reduce water<strong>in</strong>g too.<br />

• In the greenhouse, ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong> good ventilation - lack of airflow is a major<br />

cause of disease <strong>in</strong> vegetable crops grown under glass.<br />

• Perennial plants are just start<strong>in</strong>g to come <strong>in</strong>to flower - th<strong>in</strong>k about<br />

fill<strong>in</strong>g any gaps <strong>in</strong> your borders with these for cont<strong>in</strong>ued colour every<br />

year.<br />

• Later <strong>in</strong> the month, you can start to sow seeds of autumn flower<strong>in</strong>g<br />

plants like pansy, viola and the like - also on the subject of seeds... pop a<br />

few nasturtium seeds <strong>in</strong>to your summer pots and baskets to give a<br />

splash of colour towards the end of the summer.<br />

Byron Lewis runs <strong>Lichfield</strong> Garden Centre, at<br />

Curborough Countryside Centre <strong>in</strong> <strong>Lichfield</strong>. Tel: 01543<br />

254306, visit the website at<br />

www.lichfieldgardencentre.co.uk or f<strong>in</strong>d<br />

on Facebook and Twitter.<br />



Holiday Hounds<br />

Top Tips<br />

By Lauren Hirst<br />

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With lockdown now<br />

eas<strong>in</strong>g many people<br />

are plann<strong>in</strong>g a staycation this<br />

year with their can<strong>in</strong>e<br />

companions. S<strong>in</strong>ce<br />

greyhounds are used to<br />

travell<strong>in</strong>g dur<strong>in</strong>g their rac<strong>in</strong>g<br />

careers, they generally make<br />

excellent travel companions.<br />

Remember, the Highway<br />

Code states that motorists<br />

need to ensure dogs are<br />

“suitably restra<strong>in</strong>ed” while<br />

travell<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> a car. Not do<strong>in</strong>g so<br />

could result <strong>in</strong> a large f<strong>in</strong>e and<br />

<strong>in</strong>validated <strong>in</strong>surance if you had<br />

an accident. Use a good quality<br />

harness with a seat belt clip, dog guard or crate to keep your dog safe.<br />

Never leave any dog unattended <strong>in</strong> a car even with the w<strong>in</strong>dows cracked but greyhounds<br />

especially feel the heat due to their physiology. Temperatures can soar <strong>in</strong> m<strong>in</strong>utes. When driv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

be m<strong>in</strong>dful that the back of the car can be hotter than the front, even with air condition<strong>in</strong>g so<br />

plan frequent stops and br<strong>in</strong>g plenty of water. W<strong>in</strong>dow shades help block direct sunlight. There<br />

are a selection of “cool<strong>in</strong>g coats” on the market that make such a difference <strong>in</strong> keep<strong>in</strong>g your dog<br />

cool but keep check<strong>in</strong>g to make sure it’s still wet.<br />

Equally, greyhounds also feel the cold so remember to pack coats or pjs for the even<strong>in</strong>gs,<br />

especially if you’re caravann<strong>in</strong>g or camp<strong>in</strong>g with your hound.<br />

If your dog is a nervous traveller (and even greyhounds can get stressed – cars have w<strong>in</strong>dows<br />

– so much to see compared to a tra<strong>in</strong>er’s van!) there are calm<strong>in</strong>g products you can give your dog<br />

prior to travel. Natural remedies, such as Adaptil collars, Valerian t<strong>in</strong>cture, YuCalm, Calmex and<br />

others, can help, but speak to your vet as some remedies need a vet prescription.<br />

Just like humans, greyhounds enjoy a change of scenery – lots of new sniffs and places to<br />

explore but take it easy especially if it’s your retired greyhound’s first holiday. They will be<br />

exhausted from all the mental stimulation. Greyhounds already excel at snooz<strong>in</strong>g. What a great<br />

excuse for humans to have a siesta too – the dog needs a nap so might as well jo<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>! Another<br />

top tip is to attach an additional dog tag with the address of where you’re stay<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> case your<br />

dog gets loose.<br />

Br<strong>in</strong>g plenty of your dog’s own food – holidays are not the time to change diet and greyhounds<br />

are well known for hav<strong>in</strong>g sensitive tummies at the best of times.<br />

When scout<strong>in</strong>g out dog friendly places to go, be aware of public footpaths with stiles! This is<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g we learned the hard way. Lift<strong>in</strong>g a 34kg greyhound over a stile is not for the fa<strong>in</strong>thearted<br />

but usually ends <strong>in</strong> fits of laughter and some funny noises com<strong>in</strong>g from said greyhound!<br />

Bridleways are often a better bet. Greyhounds love the beach (perhaps the sand rem<strong>in</strong>ds them<br />

of the track) and they often start digg<strong>in</strong>g to Australia!<br />

If you’d like a greyhound companion to jo<strong>in</strong> you on your staycation this year, please get <strong>in</strong> touch.<br />

Greyhound Trust Hall Green has over 40 dogs <strong>in</strong> its kennels. Harry told me to tell you that he’d<br />

love a trip to the seaside with a new family! If you can make his wish come true, phone us 0121-<br />

426-4810, email hallgreen@greyhoundtrust.org.uk or visit our website<br />

www.greyhoundtrusthallgreen.org.uk to f<strong>in</strong>d out more.<br />

Heart of<br />

the Country<br />

The orig<strong>in</strong>al rural<br />

shopp<strong>in</strong>g village<br />

Heart of the Country is thrilled to be<br />

open aga<strong>in</strong> and offer its visitors a Covidsafe<br />

dest<strong>in</strong>ation to shop, d<strong>in</strong>e, relax and<br />

enjoy. The renovated red-brick barns<br />

are home to eighteen stylish and<br />

eclectic local bus<strong>in</strong>esses, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g an<br />

award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g hair salon, four<br />

<strong>in</strong>dependent eateries and a woodland<br />

walk fairy trail. The site is dog-friendly,<br />

with a large free car park, mak<strong>in</strong>g it the<br />

perfect place to spend a couple of hours<br />

shopp<strong>in</strong>g or enjoy<strong>in</strong>g the fresh air <strong>in</strong> a<br />

leisurely, friendly atmosphere.<br />

Heart of the Country Shopp<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Village, A38, South Sw<strong>in</strong>fen,<br />

WS14 9QR.<br />

Open: 10am-5pm,<br />

Tuesday-Sunday<br />


Now open 7 days<br />

a week<br />


Wildfire Folk are Back!<br />

Advertis<strong>in</strong>g Feature<br />

New Members Wanted<br />

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They may have only managed to rehearse three times <strong>in</strong><br />

the past 12 months but <strong>Lichfield</strong>’s Youth Folk Ensemble,<br />

Wildfire Folk, are now rehears<strong>in</strong>g once aga<strong>in</strong> follow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the recent Covid-19 restriction changes. They even have a new<br />

Musical Director to help steer the band out of these troubled<br />

times.<br />

The band was orig<strong>in</strong>ally formed <strong>in</strong> 2009, when <strong>Lichfield</strong> Arts<br />

commissioned a workshop to <strong>in</strong>troduce the folk genre to the young<br />

people <strong>in</strong> the local area which resulted <strong>in</strong> the first ever performance<br />

of Wildfire Folk.<br />

Twelve years on, they have released four EP CDs and, before the<br />

pandemic hit, were play<strong>in</strong>g to audiences around the country, at<br />

festivals, church services and fundrais<strong>in</strong>g events. With regular<br />

performances <strong>in</strong> and around <strong>Lichfield</strong>, they now have quite a<br />

follow<strong>in</strong>g. Someth<strong>in</strong>g that they are really look<strong>in</strong>g forward to do<strong>in</strong>g<br />

aga<strong>in</strong>.<br />

The group, due to its youthful nature, has regenerated itself on<br />

many occasions as band members leave for university and new<br />

members jo<strong>in</strong>, but through all the changes, the same fun vibrant and<br />

funky style has always rema<strong>in</strong>ed at the heart of this unique group.<br />

It’s Folk music, but not as you know it and previous compilations<br />

created by the group have <strong>in</strong>cluded samples from Lady Gaga, Dr<br />

Who and James Bond! Band members regularly receive top-class<br />

tuition at weekly rehearsals and also get the chance to perform and<br />

grow <strong>in</strong> confidence as part of a fantastic music group.<br />

“If you only know how to play a few notes we will f<strong>in</strong>d someth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

for you to play, if you're a genius we will challenge you! No<br />

experience required <strong>in</strong> play<strong>in</strong>g folk music or learn<strong>in</strong>g by ear. This is<br />

an amaz<strong>in</strong>g experience that will improve all aspects of your musical<br />

and performance skills!”<br />

Wildfire are always on the lookout for new band members aged<br />

between 10 – 25, so if you can play any <strong>in</strong>strument from Grade 2 or<br />

equivalent standard (no certificates needed), then this band could be<br />

for you. They rehearse every Thursday even<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> school term time,<br />

from 6pm till 8pm at Wade Street Church Hall, Frog lane, <strong>Lichfield</strong>,<br />

WS13 6HL. If you are <strong>in</strong>terested, or know someone who may be,<br />

please come or br<strong>in</strong>g them along to one of our rehearsals. You can<br />

f<strong>in</strong>d lots of <strong>in</strong>formation at www.wildfirefolk.co.uk or f<strong>in</strong>d them on<br />

Facebook.<br />

Got a story or<br />

charity event you<br />

want to share with<br />

our readership? Th<strong>in</strong>k<br />

you’ve snapped an<br />

image that captures<br />

the spirit of the<br />

region? We want to<br />

hear from you!<br />

Contact <strong>Citylife</strong> at<br />

kristencitylife@gmail.com<br />



Learn How and Why to<br />

Record Wildlife<br />

By Mitchell Lak<strong>in</strong><br />

........................<br />

With a big thanks to the<br />

National Lottery Heritage<br />

Fund, Transform<strong>in</strong>g the Trent<br />

Valley are excited to host our<br />

free “Discover<strong>in</strong>g and Record<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Wildlife” event for families on<br />

Saturday 19th <strong>June</strong> at Croxall<br />

Lakes Nature Reserve.<br />

This day is part of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Wild, which<br />

encourages people to do someth<strong>in</strong>g wild every day for the month of <strong>June</strong>.<br />

On the weekend of 19th/20th <strong>June</strong>, the Trust are ask<strong>in</strong>g people to take<br />

part <strong>in</strong> the ‘Big Weekend Wildlife Watch’, look<strong>in</strong>g for and record<strong>in</strong>g wildlife<br />

<strong>in</strong> your local areas.<br />

Spott<strong>in</strong>g wildlife can be a lot more than a pastime. F<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g and record<strong>in</strong>g<br />

species data is hugely important to understand<strong>in</strong>g and protect<strong>in</strong>g our local<br />

environment and the wildlife that resides there. Dur<strong>in</strong>g our event at<br />

Croxall Lakes, staff and volunteers from Transform<strong>in</strong>g the Trent Valley will<br />

Festival<br />

Friends Family<br />

Explorers’ Trail<br />

By Jono Oates<br />

............................<br />

guide you through what a wildlife record is, and how to submit them while<br />

you explore the wildlife of this beautiful nature reserve. Families will also<br />

receive a free Transform<strong>in</strong>g the Trent Valley wildlife ID guide and survey<br />

booklet to explore the Trent Valley and its wildlife.<br />

To ensure Covid safety and social distanc<strong>in</strong>g, the event will be split <strong>in</strong>to<br />

three timeslots – 10-11.30am, 12-1.30pm and 2.00-3.30pm. Head to our<br />

website www.thetrentvalley.org.uk/events.php for more <strong>in</strong>formation and<br />

to book your space. For more <strong>in</strong>formation about 30 Days Wild, see<br />

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s website www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk.<br />

The walk<strong>in</strong>g is easy, with the only ma<strong>in</strong> road to cross be<strong>in</strong>g Beacon<br />

Street (please use the pedestrian cross<strong>in</strong>g) and there are lots of lovely<br />

views and po<strong>in</strong>ts of <strong>in</strong>terest along the way.<br />

The PDF <strong>in</strong>cludes the answers so you can either check the answers as<br />

you go or wait till the end and see how many you have got correct! The<br />

trail takes about an hour, depend<strong>in</strong>g on how quickly you spot the clues -<br />

and whether you stop for a dr<strong>in</strong>k and cakes as you walk round!<br />

The <strong>Lichfield</strong> Explorers trail is fun, family-friendly and <strong>in</strong>formative and<br />

a great way to get outdoors this summer and discover the history of Ye<br />

Olde Citye of <strong>Lichfield</strong>!<br />

The PDF is available via email at explorers@lichfieldfestival.org.<br />

Ilove a history trail of <strong>Lichfield</strong>, so I was delighted to try out the<br />

new family-friendly history trail of <strong>Lichfield</strong> from the <strong>Lichfield</strong><br />

Festival Friends group recently.<br />

The trail, called <strong>Lichfield</strong> Explorers, is available as a PDF either sent via<br />

email for £5 or pr<strong>in</strong>ted and posted to you for £6.50. This is the first trail<br />

provided by the Festival Friends, who help to support, promote and raise<br />

funds for the <strong>Lichfield</strong> Festival, but there may be more <strong>in</strong> the future if the<br />

trail proves to be successful.<br />

The trail starts at the corner of the Market Square, on Dam Street and<br />

then goes past M<strong>in</strong>ster Pool, <strong>in</strong>to the Cathedral Close, through to the<br />

herb garden of Erasmus House via the Vicars’ Close, then across Beacon<br />

Street to the Museum Gardens at Beacon Park before re-cross<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

road to walk along M<strong>in</strong>ster Pool Walk and f<strong>in</strong>ish<strong>in</strong>g the trail back on Dam<br />

Street.<br />

There are 32 clues to f<strong>in</strong>d on the trail, so there is a clue to spot every<br />

few metres and there is always someth<strong>in</strong>g to see and f<strong>in</strong>d, which will keep<br />

the younger children fully occupied. The clues are all quite visible and not<br />

hidden away plus there are no cryptic clues to unravel. Several of the<br />

clues <strong>in</strong>volve read<strong>in</strong>g signs and plaques which are either at eye-level or<br />

higher up so you will need to keep your eyes peeled.<br />



Theatre is Back!<br />

..........................<br />

It’s been a long hiatus dur<strong>in</strong>g lockdown without<br />

live theatre. The much-loved Garrick Theatre <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong> was closed for over a year except for one<br />

live show, but as the country opens up, it awaits its<br />

turn with <strong>in</strong>creased anticipation.<br />

At long last, patrons and performers will be<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g their way back <strong>in</strong>to their treasured venue,<br />

with the likes of Suggs, Kev<strong>in</strong> Quantum, Solve-<br />

Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote, Judy & Liza: The<br />

Musical, and Freddy the Teddy.<br />

Shows from 2020 have been rescheduled <strong>in</strong>to<br />

<strong>2021</strong>. Fan favourites such as The Fizz, Tony Christie<br />

and Suggs are among those with new dates. Many of<br />

the rescheduled shows now have tickets available,<br />

so if you missed out on tickets the first time, now is<br />

your chance to buy!<br />

New shows have also been added to the<br />

programme, which are on sale to the public now!<br />

Back by popular demand is the brilliant magician<br />

Kev<strong>in</strong> Quantum who returns this summer with a<br />

socially distanced magic show like no other.<br />

Comedy fans will be delighted by the return of The<br />

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre – the world’s<br />

funniest footwear return to the Garrick studio for a<br />

hilarious performance.<br />

TV Historian Lucy Worsley returns with two<br />

performances <strong>in</strong> one day to tell us all about a Very<br />

British Murder and If Walls Could Talk. Lots of<br />

excit<strong>in</strong>g th<strong>in</strong>gs to come <strong>in</strong>deed!<br />

The Box Office has reopened on reduced hours<br />

on Fridays and Saturdays, 11am to 1pm. Fridays are<br />

exclusively for people to phone the Box Office l<strong>in</strong>e<br />

to book tickets. On Saturdays the theatre doors will<br />

be open for patrons to come and book tickets <strong>in</strong> the<br />

temporary Box Office location, which will be <strong>in</strong> the<br />

Green Room. Please wear a face cover<strong>in</strong>g if you<br />

<strong>in</strong>tend to visit the Box Office <strong>in</strong> person.<br />

The theatre would like to reassure audiences that<br />

all appropriate safety measures are <strong>in</strong> place. You can<br />

f<strong>in</strong>d out more at www.lichfieldgarrick.com/covid-<br />

19/.<br />

Check out the website at<br />

www.lichfieldgarrick.com to see what excit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

theatre shows you can book now!<br />

Everyone at The Garrick Theatre looks forward<br />

to welcom<strong>in</strong>g you back to your theatre to<br />

experience the magic of live enterta<strong>in</strong>ment once<br />

aga<strong>in</strong>!<br />

Jack and the Beanstalk, courtesy of<br />

Pamela Raith Photography


Cutest Pets!<br />

......................................<br />

We had an overwhelm<strong>in</strong>g response to our call for the area's<br />

Cutest Pets - here are just a few of them! Send your pet<br />

pics to us at petscitylife@gmail.com and see if your furry or<br />

feathered friend features <strong>in</strong> next month's compilation!<br />

This is Banquo - the short haired silver tabby<br />

Harley & Libby were adopted by Katie<br />

Sammons from the Cats Protection League<br />

After a nervy start Barney the rescue<br />

greyhound is now very settled <strong>in</strong> his new home!<br />

Rik, aged 5, was an abandoned feral kitten<br />

Bea the Beagle is 18 months’ old<br />

Bob was a feral who jo<strong>in</strong>ed the Baker family<br />

Margo the cat and Daisy the dog enjoy<strong>in</strong>g<br />

some peace and quiet dur<strong>in</strong>g lockdown!<br />

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Franky, sent <strong>in</strong> by Rachel<br />

Bear the Pomeranian<br />



At the Cedars<br />

“Although not liv<strong>in</strong>g or based <strong>in</strong> <strong>Lichfield</strong>, we have been<br />

associated with the City for a number of years. When it<br />

came to broaden<strong>in</strong>g our horizons <strong>in</strong> the area and need<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to use more traditional forms of advertis<strong>in</strong>g, we chose<br />

<strong>Citylife</strong> <strong>in</strong> <strong>Lichfield</strong> magaz<strong>in</strong>e and we have not been<br />

disappo<strong>in</strong>ted. It is not only the professionalism of the<br />

team that has impressed us but also the physical quality of<br />

the magaz<strong>in</strong>e and the high level of editorial content. It is a<br />

pleasure to receive it every month and are pleased to be<br />

associated with such a high quality publication.”<br />

- Patrick, At The Cedars<br />

Little Green Thumb<br />

"<strong>Citylife</strong> has been a great boost to<br />

my bus<strong>in</strong>ess <strong>in</strong> <strong>2021</strong>. Aside from<br />

hav<strong>in</strong>g a friendly voice on the other<br />

end of the phone, hav<strong>in</strong>g taken<br />

advantage of some full page adverts,<br />

I saw an immediate <strong>in</strong>crease <strong>in</strong><br />

quality leads and conversions along<br />

with a boost <strong>in</strong> my brand awareness.<br />

"Steve <strong>in</strong> particular has been great beh<strong>in</strong>d the scenes,<br />

tak<strong>in</strong>g his time to get to know our needs and often<br />

com<strong>in</strong>g to me if he thought he had someth<strong>in</strong>g of genu<strong>in</strong>e<br />

<strong>in</strong>terest to me, not just try<strong>in</strong>g to sell me anyth<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

"I will cont<strong>in</strong>ue to use <strong>Citylife</strong> to help promote my<br />

bus<strong>in</strong>ess where possible and wouldn’t hesitate to<br />

recommend them to any other local bus<strong>in</strong>ess."<br />

- Jon Ellis, GreenThumb <strong>Lichfield</strong><br />

All snuggled up <strong>in</strong> bed!<br />

The lovely Ziggy with his toy pig!<br />

Sent <strong>in</strong> by owner, Nicola<br />

Tia<br />

Changes to Tip Site<br />

Reduces Tailbacks<br />

.......................<br />

Improvements at <strong>Lichfield</strong>’s household waste<br />

recycl<strong>in</strong>g centre have significantly reduced queues<br />

and tailbacks which used to form on the road<br />

outside the site.<br />

Last month, The Witley Drive facility underwent a site<br />

remodel, which saw an extra 13 unload<strong>in</strong>g spaces and<br />

seven ramps added, giv<strong>in</strong>g visitors access to an additional<br />

14 waste b<strong>in</strong>s.<br />

The changes are timely as the site has seen a higher<br />

footfall of visitors over the last few months due to the<br />

Covid 19 restrictions. With more people stay<strong>in</strong>g at home<br />

clean<strong>in</strong>g their houses, garden<strong>in</strong>g or mak<strong>in</strong>g home<br />

improvements, the site’s visitor numbers have risen by<br />

over 25% compared to summer last year.<br />

Anyone plann<strong>in</strong>g to visit <strong>Lichfield</strong>’s household waste<br />

recycl<strong>in</strong>g centre can f<strong>in</strong>d a list of the busiest times by<br />

search<strong>in</strong>g <strong>Lichfield</strong> Recycl<strong>in</strong>g on the Staffordshire<br />

County Council website www.staffordshire.gov.uk.<br />


W<strong>in</strong> a Granite Chopp<strong>in</strong>g Board<br />

If you require our services please do not hesitate<br />

to call us on 01785 711096 or email your quote<br />

request to stef@justgranite.ltd.uk<br />

With the largest variety of natural stones <strong>in</strong> the Midlands, the<br />

solid slabs are kept on-site and are available for a virtual view<strong>in</strong>g<br />

from 9am-5pm on Monday to Friday. Located at The Stone<br />

Works, Pillaton Hall Farm, Penkridge, ST19 5RZ.<br />

We’ve got a bespoke Chopp<strong>in</strong>g Board (<strong>in</strong> the<br />

colour of your choice) to give away! To be <strong>in</strong><br />

with a chance of w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g this magnificent prize,<br />

simply answer the follow<strong>in</strong>g question correctly:<br />


Our showroom and stock barn is now fully open to our customers. You're welcome to call us on 01785 711096, or<br />

email jgladm<strong>in</strong>@justgranite.ltd.uk, to arrange your visit. This will allow us the time to fully show you around and for<br />

you to take <strong>in</strong> the varied materials and textures available.<br />

Appo<strong>in</strong>tment times available are between 9am-5pm on weekdays and 9am-12pm on Saturday.<br />

We are all really look<strong>in</strong>g forward to see<strong>in</strong>g you aga<strong>in</strong> and gett<strong>in</strong>g back to normal as safely as possible!<br />

Where does the supply<br />

of granite come from?<br />

a) Spa<strong>in</strong><br />

b) Italy<br />

c) Germany<br />

To enter, just send your name, contact details and answer to Just<br />

Granite Competition at competitioncitylife@gmail.com or post your<br />

entry to <strong>Citylife</strong> <strong>in</strong> <strong>Lichfield</strong> Ltd, PO Box 7126, <strong>Lichfield</strong> WS14 4JS by<br />

the clos<strong>in</strong>g date of 23rd <strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong>. One entry per household.<br />

Multiple entries will be disqualified. No cash equivalent. Please note<br />

you must be 18 or over to enter. All entrants’ <strong>in</strong>formation is<br />

processed <strong>in</strong> l<strong>in</strong>e with GDPR Data Protection Regulations and our<br />

Privacy Policy (available at citylife<strong>in</strong>lichfieldltd.co.uk).<br />

Full t&cs on page 61.<br />


Valuation Day at Bishton Hall Proves<br />

to be ‘Udderly’ Marvelous<br />

By Charles Hanson<br />

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On 6th May, at a<br />

Hansons Auctioneers<br />

valuation day at Bishton<br />

Hall, situated near Rugeley,<br />

Dr Richard Halliday<br />

discovered a superb signed<br />

Royal Worcester plaque.<br />

Unusually, it still bears its<br />

orig<strong>in</strong>al Worcester<br />

framer’s paper label to the<br />

reverse and was one of the<br />

most <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

uncommon items found<br />

that day. The central Royal<br />

Worcester plaque depicts<br />

a well-pa<strong>in</strong>ted scene of<br />

highland cattle water<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

The plaque discovered by<br />

Dr Richard Halliday<br />

a riverscape with leaden skies above. The plaque is signed to the lower<br />

right-hand side and, although this is <strong>in</strong>dist<strong>in</strong>ct, the quality of the pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and style does suggest the work of one of the St<strong>in</strong>ton family who had<br />

connections at the Worcester factory for some 160 years.<br />

Often when a framed plaque is seen, it can be a d<strong>in</strong>ner or side plate<br />

that was chipped or damaged <strong>in</strong> some way and was then cut down and<br />

framed. While this does <strong>in</strong>deed ‘save’ and repurpose the central artwork,<br />

its commercial desirability is significantly lessened. These ‘plate centres’<br />

are often completely flat whereas a plaque is usually slightly convex <strong>in</strong><br />

shape. To make sure of its authenticity, and with the vendor’s k<strong>in</strong>d<br />

permission, the frame was removed to determ<strong>in</strong>e its authenticity. As luck<br />

would have it, this <strong>in</strong>deed is a genu<strong>in</strong>e plaque and, as such, will be prized<br />

by collectors of Royal Worcester.<br />

The consignee did not th<strong>in</strong>k this item was anyth<strong>in</strong>g of value, but it will<br />

now be offered for sale <strong>in</strong> the Curated and Connoisseur Ceramics<br />

Auction on 9th of <strong>June</strong> at £200-300. Thus demonstrat<strong>in</strong>g the importance<br />

of valuation days - always get items checked by specialists.<br />

Valuation days at Bishton Hall are every Monday, Wednesday and<br />

Thursday. Please contact rhalliday@hansonsauctioneers.co.uk for<br />

further details.<br />


<strong>Lichfield</strong> Defeats Limburg for the<br />

Second Year Runn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

..........................................<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong> Camera Club cont<strong>in</strong>ued last<br />

year’s success <strong>in</strong> the annual<br />

photography competition with its<br />

German tw<strong>in</strong> town, Limburg. Each club<br />

submitted 30 images that were judged by<br />

an <strong>in</strong>dependent judge <strong>in</strong> each city. The<br />

total po<strong>in</strong>ts awarded by the two judges<br />

determ<strong>in</strong>ed the w<strong>in</strong>ner.<br />

The competition, always keenly contested,<br />

saw <strong>Lichfield</strong> ga<strong>in</strong> the upper hand scor<strong>in</strong>g 855<br />

po<strong>in</strong>ts to Limburg’s 838. Each year the two<br />

clubs compete to produce their best images<br />

on a mutually agreed theme which this year<br />

was ‘River Landscapes.’<br />

Country Estate<br />

• The highest scor<strong>in</strong>g image with a maximum<br />

score of 40 po<strong>in</strong>ts was by Limburg’s Ralf G.<br />

Keil with his image ‘Flam<strong>in</strong>go Group.’<br />

• The highest scor<strong>in</strong>g image from <strong>Lichfield</strong><br />

was by Joe Anderson who scored 38 po<strong>in</strong>ts<br />

with ‘Stari Most, Bosnia.’<br />

• Four other <strong>Lichfield</strong> photographers<br />

occupied the next four places on the leader<br />

board. Darron Matthews scored 35 po<strong>in</strong>ts<br />

with his ‘Old Corn Mill’ image.<br />

• Anne Anderson scored 33 po<strong>in</strong>ts with her<br />

image ‘Country Estate.’<br />

• As did Tim Wayne for ‘Above the River.’<br />

• And Richard Moore for ‘Outback<br />

Waterway.’<br />

Stari Most, Bosnia<br />

Old Corn Mill<br />

Outback Waterway<br />

Flam<strong>in</strong>go Group<br />

For more <strong>in</strong>formation about <strong>Lichfield</strong> Camera Club visit<br />

www.lichfieldcameraclub.org.<br />

Above the River<br />



<strong>Lichfield</strong> Chamber of Trade<br />

handbook 1906<br />

Celebrat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

125 Years!<br />

By Jono Oates<br />

............................<br />

George Hotel <strong>in</strong> 1906<br />

In <strong>June</strong> 1896, a group of <strong>Lichfield</strong> bus<strong>in</strong>essmen gathered at the<br />

George Hotel and formed an association of tradesmen that<br />

became the <strong>Lichfield</strong> Chamber of Trade and Commerce and, this<br />

year, represents the 125th anniversary of one of <strong>Lichfield</strong>’s oldest<br />

organisations. Today, the <strong>Lichfield</strong> Chamber of Trade and<br />

Commerce is flourish<strong>in</strong>g and <strong>in</strong> <strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong> they will gather, once<br />

aga<strong>in</strong>, at The George Hotel to discuss the promotion, and support,<br />

of all bus<strong>in</strong>esses across <strong>Lichfield</strong>.<br />

The orig<strong>in</strong>al title of the group was the <strong>Lichfield</strong> United Tradesmen<br />

Association and it was formed to ensure that the views and <strong>in</strong>terests of<br />

all bus<strong>in</strong>esses were represented and believed that they would have a<br />

stronger voice if they operated as a group rather than as <strong>in</strong>dividuals.<br />

The first nom<strong>in</strong>ated President of the Association was Joseph Bamford,<br />

an ironmonger, who owned an agricultural implement shop at 25 Market<br />

Street. Joseph was a relative of Henry Bamford’s family firm which<br />

eventually became the JCB diggers and farm<strong>in</strong>g vehicles company.<br />

The Association’s first formal d<strong>in</strong>ner was held <strong>in</strong> May 1901 at the<br />

George Hotel. The membership at that time had risen to 40 and as well<br />

as the d<strong>in</strong>ner the members discussed the press<strong>in</strong>g issues of the day.<br />

Councillor Fowler announced that he believed that ‘<strong>Lichfield</strong> tradesmen<br />

gave their customers better value for their money as anybody of<br />

tradesmen <strong>in</strong> any part of the country’. Councillor Andrews and Mr DH<br />

Williams believed that with all its history and heritage attractions that<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong> should be mak<strong>in</strong>g better progress and said that there should be<br />

more villas, or semi-detached houses, at affordable rentals of £20 to £50<br />

a year, to encourage more families to live <strong>in</strong> <strong>Lichfield</strong>.<br />

The Association produced a yearly handbook dur<strong>in</strong>g the 1900s,<br />

promot<strong>in</strong>g tourism <strong>in</strong> the city detail<strong>in</strong>g its history and heritage and<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g the best attractions to visit and places to stay, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

George and Swan hotels.<br />

By 1911 the Association had been renamed as the <strong>Lichfield</strong> Chamber<br />

of Trade to br<strong>in</strong>g it more up to date, and the President that year was<br />

Joseph Deacon, a well-known and respected builder whose firm, JR<br />

Deacon and Son, was responsible for hundreds of build<strong>in</strong>gs across the<br />

city.<br />

More criticism was made at the annual d<strong>in</strong>ner at The George <strong>in</strong> 1928,<br />

this time for the tra<strong>in</strong> services between <strong>Lichfield</strong> and Birm<strong>in</strong>gham. Mr MF<br />

Coley po<strong>in</strong>ted out that the tra<strong>in</strong> journeys from <strong>Lichfield</strong> to Birm<strong>in</strong>gham<br />

38<br />

often took over an hour to complete,<br />

compared to much quicker times to places that<br />

were further away, and that this was not<br />

acceptable.<br />

As well as the annual d<strong>in</strong>ner members also<br />

enjoyed go<strong>in</strong>g on away-days to visit other<br />

towns and cities around the country and <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>June</strong> 1929 they had ideal weather when 30<br />

members travelled by charabanc to Bewdley <strong>in</strong><br />

Worcestershire. After lunch they enjoyed<br />

boat<strong>in</strong>g trips on the River Severn and a game<br />

of bowls aga<strong>in</strong>st members of the Bewdley<br />

Bowl<strong>in</strong>g Club and returned to <strong>Lichfield</strong> by<br />

11pm after a ‘most enjoyable day’s out<strong>in</strong>g’.<br />

The Chamber was, naturally, quieter dur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

World War Two but <strong>in</strong> January 1945 the annual<br />

d<strong>in</strong>ner was still held, at the Guildhall on Bore<br />

Bamfords on Market Street<br />

Joseph Deacon<br />

President of Chamber of<br />

Trade 1910-11<br />

Street. The President was BT Red<strong>in</strong>gton and the members enjoyed<br />

danc<strong>in</strong>g to the musical delights of Art Hawksley’s band and they were also<br />

enterta<strong>in</strong>ed by the conjur<strong>in</strong>g skills of ‘Cardevane’. A note of thanks was<br />

given to the long-serv<strong>in</strong>g Secretary of the Chamber, John Brown, the<br />

father of <strong>Lichfield</strong> historian and author Cuthbert Brown.<br />

The Chamber added the words ‘and Commerce’ to the title <strong>in</strong> 1952 to<br />

try and encourage more <strong>in</strong>dustrialists to jo<strong>in</strong> and they cont<strong>in</strong>ued to<br />

provide support and bus<strong>in</strong>ess tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g to the membership. In September<br />

1963 members could attend a free demonstration and talk <strong>in</strong> the<br />

Guildhall on ‘Modern Cash Registers and Small Account<strong>in</strong>g Mach<strong>in</strong>es’,<br />

although it doesn’t state how many of them actually took up this<br />

tempt<strong>in</strong>g opportunity!<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g the 1980s the Chamber sponsored a shop w<strong>in</strong>dow display<br />

competition and <strong>in</strong> 1988 the w<strong>in</strong>ners were Salloways Jewellers on Bore<br />

Street who produced, accord<strong>in</strong>g to the <strong>Lichfield</strong> Mercury, a ‘sparkl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

display’. <strong>Lichfield</strong> Needlework took the runners-up prize, while Crotchets<br />

and Quavers were third, and Boots the Chemist took fourth place.<br />

The Chamber’s Christmas Fayre event has been one of the most<br />

popular festive events <strong>in</strong> <strong>Lichfield</strong> over the years and <strong>in</strong> December 1993<br />

the fayre was opened by the Chamber’s President, Col<strong>in</strong> Ablitt, along with<br />

Mayor Tony Thompson and his consort. A <strong>Lichfield</strong> Mystery play took<br />

place <strong>in</strong> Bird Street while the <strong>Lichfield</strong> Symphony Studios led the carol<br />

s<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g. An open-air carol service, accompanied by the Nether Stowe<br />

School Band, took place <strong>in</strong> Levett’s Square and the <strong>Lichfield</strong> Morris Men<br />

and the Beggars Oak clog danc<strong>in</strong>g group also enterta<strong>in</strong>ed the late-night<br />

shoppers.<br />

Today the Chamber still meets at the George Hotel, Covid-19<br />

restrictions allow<strong>in</strong>g, and they still organise the Chamber Christmas<br />

Fayre, this year to be held on Sunday 21st November. The Chamber has<br />

been support<strong>in</strong>g the bus<strong>in</strong>esses of <strong>Lichfield</strong> for 125 years – and long may<br />

it cont<strong>in</strong>ue to do so!<br />

Sources: The British Newspaper Archive

The <strong>Lichfield</strong> Chamber<br />

of Trade & Commerce<br />

.....................................<br />

The <strong>Lichfield</strong> Chamber of Trade & Commerce is an<br />

<strong>in</strong>dependent, non-profit mak<strong>in</strong>g organisation founded 125<br />

years ago and is run by local bus<strong>in</strong>ess people for local<br />

bus<strong>in</strong>esses. Its aims are to keep members <strong>in</strong>formed on local issues<br />

and <strong>in</strong>itiatives, give support and to br<strong>in</strong>g empowerment to<br />

bus<strong>in</strong>esses with<strong>in</strong> the City.<br />


Bower Floats of the Past<br />

............................<br />

With this year's Greenhill Bower float procession sadly<br />

cancelled due to Covid-19 regulations, we br<strong>in</strong>g you a few<br />

photographs of Bower floats of days gone by!<br />

*All photographs courtesy of the St Mary’s Photographic Collection<br />

1. <strong>Lichfield</strong> School of Art float<br />

2. Wiltell Products float<br />

3. Garratt’s Bakery float Five Gables Bore Street<br />

4. The Young Ones and Cliff Richard!<br />

5. Bower Queen’s float on Sandford Street<br />

1 2<br />

3 4<br />

40<br />


Calm after Covid?<br />

Dr Louise Earley<br />

............................<br />

However the pandemic has affected your life, it is unlikely,<br />

that you will not have been impacted somehow. Loss of<br />

contact with family and friends, plans and anniversaries<br />

spoilt, and the uncerta<strong>in</strong>ty of when will this all end, are a few of<br />

the consequences. Sadly, for some, there have been greater<br />

losses still, with bereavement and ill health. The pandemic has<br />

upended many people’s expectations, and our <strong>in</strong>ner sense of<br />

certa<strong>in</strong>ty and safety has been challenged. Hav<strong>in</strong>g been through so<br />

much, as our thoughts turn to eas<strong>in</strong>g our way out of lockdown,<br />

some of us may f<strong>in</strong>d that we are not spr<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g back to our old selves <strong>in</strong> the way we<br />

had hoped. You might even have mixed feel<strong>in</strong>gs about a return to the old normal?<br />

If so, you are not alone. The pandemic has seen a huge <strong>in</strong>crease <strong>in</strong> mental health<br />

concerns across the life span for children and adults alike. Anxiety, low mood and other<br />

mental health compla<strong>in</strong>ts are very common, <strong>in</strong> fact as common as physical health<br />

problems, and thankfully now recognised as just as important! If you are feel<strong>in</strong>g low,<br />

irritable, worried, or at a loss and <strong>in</strong> need of support with a child who is struggl<strong>in</strong>g, then<br />

an assessment to look at what has led to the difficulties might be helpful.<br />

At Cura Psychology we understand the hardest step is often the first and reach<strong>in</strong>g out<br />

to get psychological support can be daunt<strong>in</strong>g, however we offer a relaxed and friendly<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong> based service where we listen to you and support you to reach the goals that<br />

you are look<strong>in</strong>g for and hopefully get that spr<strong>in</strong>g back <strong>in</strong> your step. To f<strong>in</strong>d out more about<br />

Cura Psychology go to www.curapsychology.co.uk email curapsychology@gmail.com or<br />

call 0121 8177058<br />


Interior<br />

Motive!<br />

.....................<br />

Now the shops and showrooms<br />

are open<strong>in</strong>g back up aga<strong>in</strong> it’s<br />

the perfect excuse for a little<br />

retail therapy. Why not treat your home<br />

to a fresh new look? We’ve put together<br />

a guide featur<strong>in</strong>g some of our favourite<br />

local retailers to get your creative juices<br />

flow<strong>in</strong>g!<br />

Here at Fallow Deer Home Interiors we are<br />

passionate about anyth<strong>in</strong>g homely. Visit us <strong>in</strong><br />

store or browse our website where you will<br />

f<strong>in</strong>d our carefully selected eclectic range of<br />

home decor, soft furnish<strong>in</strong>gs and <strong>in</strong>dividual<br />

pieces of furniture <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g many carefully<br />

sourced and <strong>in</strong>-house handcrafted decorative<br />

items and furniture.<br />

F<strong>in</strong>d out more at<br />

www.fallowdeerhome<strong>in</strong>teriors.co.uk<br />

Beautiful w<strong>in</strong>dows and doors, such as these<br />

from The Residence Collection featur<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

flush f<strong>in</strong>ish outside and decorative square<br />

f<strong>in</strong>ish <strong>in</strong>side, can really enhance your home.<br />

Available from Leamore W<strong>in</strong>dows. Tel:<br />

01922 473737.<br />

www.leamorew<strong>in</strong>dows.com<br />

Ir<strong>in</strong>i quartz display with earthy tones, and<br />

lots more choice, can now be found <strong>in</strong> the<br />

new UK Stoneworx Burntwood showroom.<br />

Enquire for prices. F<strong>in</strong>d the showroom on the<br />

Burntwood Industrial Estate or visit<br />

www.ukstoneworx.co.uk for further details.<br />

Offer<strong>in</strong>g an eclectic range of:<br />

• Homeware<br />

• Homely Gifts<br />

• Soft Furnish<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

• Carefully Sourced Handcrafted Pieces<br />

• New & Ref<strong>in</strong>ished Furniture<br />

• Furniture Ref<strong>in</strong>ish<strong>in</strong>g Service Available<br />

Visit us at The Willey Barn, Wolseley Craft Complex,<br />

Stafford ST17 OXS<br />

Open Thursday through to Sunday<br />

www.fallowdeerhome<strong>in</strong>teriors.co.uk<br />

facebook Fallow Deer Home Interiors<br />

<strong>in</strong>stagram fallowdeer.home<strong>in</strong>teriors<br />

Contact us at fallowdeerhome<strong>in</strong>teriors@gmail.com<br />

The Galleria is a top-quality Wilton rug with<br />

advanced construction and an exceptionally<br />

high density pile, result<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> a beautifully<br />

textured surface which really enhances this<br />

modern floor cover<strong>in</strong>g. Priced at £250 for 1.6m<br />

x 2.3m size. Available from Tatlow Carpets &<br />

Floor<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>Lichfield</strong>. Tel: 01543 264766.<br />

www.tatlowcarpets.co.uk<br />

Beautiful home accessories from natural<br />

materials are perfect to keep you warm and<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g some style to your home. Pure Wool<br />

Throws from £65, Rare Breed Sheepsk<strong>in</strong>s<br />

from £75, and accessories from £10. Available<br />

from Little Flock, The Plant Plot Garden<br />

Centre, Stafford Road, <strong>Lichfield</strong>.<br />

42<br />

www.littleflock.co.uk<br />

Apeer doors from The W<strong>in</strong>dow Centre start<br />

from £1,499 and are triple-glazed, with an<br />

energy efficiency rat<strong>in</strong>g of A. They come with a<br />

10-year warranty, are made <strong>in</strong> the UK and can<br />

be available on a 0% f<strong>in</strong>ance deal. Visit The<br />

W<strong>in</strong>dow Centre at 60 Thornhill Road, Streetly,<br />

Sutton Coldfield B74 3EN. Tel: 0121 411 9676.<br />

www.w<strong>in</strong>dowcentre.co.uk<br />

Quercus of Quonians (off Dam Street) is a<br />

fabulous 'Aladd<strong>in</strong>'s Cave' of delights. Antique,<br />

v<strong>in</strong>tage, and retro items for your home<br />

<strong>in</strong>teriors. Furniture, objets d'art, taxidermy,<br />

glass, ceramics, collectables, v<strong>in</strong>yl, light<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

more. Top quality items and pieces for upcycl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

projects. Great prices! Great ideas! Open every<br />

day. Browsers welcome.

By Margaret Harper<br />

.....................................<br />

W<strong>in</strong>dowArt Interiors is an <strong>in</strong>dependent family bus<strong>in</strong>ess <strong>in</strong> the<br />

centre of <strong>Lichfield</strong> city centre and has built a first-class<br />

reputation over the last 20 years for the best <strong>in</strong> quality, service and<br />

reliability.<br />

It is very important to me that I am able to work with the customer to<br />

<strong>in</strong>corporate their ideas whilst advis<strong>in</strong>g on the most suitable way to<br />

achieve a fantastic end result, I th<strong>in</strong>ks that is why we have so many repeat<br />

and recommendations from customers. Also our bespoke new furniture<br />

and re-cover<strong>in</strong>g means we can co-ord<strong>in</strong>ate the whole room. We are very<br />

much hands on and value attention to detail.<br />

Our Interior Design service can <strong>in</strong>corporate not only soft furnish<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

and bl<strong>in</strong>ds but also shutters, quality light<strong>in</strong>g, bespoke pa<strong>in</strong>ted poles, rugs,<br />

wallcover<strong>in</strong>g, Automation for bl<strong>in</strong>ds, tracks, poles and much more. A home<br />

visit and a mood board is part of the service, with samples and a detailed<br />

quote provided.<br />

Fitt<strong>in</strong>g is an <strong>in</strong>tegral part of achiev<strong>in</strong>g the best end result and dress<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the products <strong>in</strong> the right way from the start will reap benefits <strong>in</strong> the long<br />

term, for that reason we always recommend our fitt<strong>in</strong>g service.<br />

We are delighted that we have been trad<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>Lichfield</strong> customers for<br />

so many years but distance be<strong>in</strong>g no object we travel with our customers<br />

and have completed projects for customers nationwide.<br />

Our fabrics come from the best designer houses and the selection is<br />

astound<strong>in</strong>g, cover<strong>in</strong>g all tastes from modern and contemporary through<br />

to traditional. Us<strong>in</strong>g traditional methods any antique upholstery can be<br />

transformed back to life. A large selection of leather is also available.<br />

We have the largest collection of fabrics <strong>in</strong> <strong>Lichfield</strong> and are the longest<br />

established <strong>in</strong>teriors bus<strong>in</strong>ess <strong>in</strong> <strong>Lichfield</strong>, that is someth<strong>in</strong>g we are very<br />

proud of. With our made to measure products we have provided many<br />

<strong>in</strong>novative solutions and can achieve a totally bespoke look for any<br />

application.<br />

So many new collections are com<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> at the moment, it is an excit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

time! Come and see us or give us a call to discuss your requirements, we<br />

guarantee you will not be disappo<strong>in</strong>ted with the service and quality you<br />

receive.<br />



Freshen up your soft<br />

furnish<strong>in</strong>gs, from bl<strong>in</strong>ds,<br />

curta<strong>in</strong>s and shutters, to<br />

awn<strong>in</strong>gs, wallpaper and<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t - we have it all and<br />

more! With prices to fit all<br />

budgets, professional fitt<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and three-year guarantees<br />

we have it covered. Look<br />

no further than Interior<br />

Choice. Our showroom is<br />

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days a week by<br />

appo<strong>in</strong>tment. Book onl<strong>in</strong>e<br />

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www.<strong>in</strong>teriorchoice.net.<br />


A City of<br />

Flavours<br />

When it comes to d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

out, <strong>Lichfield</strong> really does<br />

have it all. There’s a huge<br />

range of different cuis<strong>in</strong>es and<br />

cook<strong>in</strong>g styles to choose from, such<br />

as Thai, Mexican, Italian, Ch<strong>in</strong>ese,<br />

Mediterranean, French, Asian,<br />

English… and everyth<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

between that you could possibly<br />

want. There’s also a varied range of<br />

restaurant vibes <strong>in</strong> the city, with<br />

chilled out d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g, quick and easy<br />

fast food, or someth<strong>in</strong>g more along<br />

the f<strong>in</strong>e d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g experience –<br />

whichever you prefer, you’re still<br />

spoilt for choice!<br />

With pubs and restaurants open<br />

once aga<strong>in</strong> and able to serve meals<br />

both <strong>in</strong>side and out, we’ve put<br />

together just some of our favourites<br />

over the next few pages to whet<br />

your appetite!

Tales of a Private Chef<br />

By Simon Smith<br />

.....................<br />

When British Airways opened the<br />

direct route from Birm<strong>in</strong>gham to<br />

Vienna I was asked to go to The<br />

British Embassy there to provide a celebratory<br />

function for 100 people. I was also asked to<br />

provide a margar<strong>in</strong>e sculpture of the<br />

aeroplane used on the route as a centrepiece.<br />

This would be driven out <strong>in</strong> a van that was<br />

tak<strong>in</strong>g many other pieces of equipment.<br />

The food was to be a celebration of English food and Central TV were<br />

to send out a film<strong>in</strong>g crew to cover the event. The food would be m<strong>in</strong>i<br />

versions of English dishes, such as Shepherd’s pie <strong>in</strong> m<strong>in</strong>i new potatoes,<br />

roast beef and Yorkshire pudd<strong>in</strong>g of course, faggots and peas, m<strong>in</strong>i<br />

breakfast and one or two others. The resident chef at the embassy was<br />

not thrilled I was com<strong>in</strong>g as he felt he should be do<strong>in</strong>g the function<br />

himself, so I wasn’t welcomed with open arms!<br />

Once I had got to the embassy to do all my prep work the van arrived<br />

from the UK. The driver asked me if I had anyth<strong>in</strong>g valuable <strong>in</strong> there as<br />

he had a puncture en route and the van had tipped over. I went to look<br />

<strong>in</strong> the back to see the margar<strong>in</strong>e sculpture pasted all over the roof of<br />

the van!<br />

The margar<strong>in</strong>e sculpture <strong>in</strong> question!<br />

The TV crew thought it would make a great piece if I plated up some<br />

of the food to see if the Viennese would try it <strong>in</strong> the streets and give an<br />

op<strong>in</strong>ion. I was to wear a chef jacket and try and persuade them to take<br />

a bite. It was -18 that day and I have never been so cold! With<strong>in</strong> 15<br />

m<strong>in</strong>utes all the food was frozen and unpalatable so the whole idea was<br />

abandoned by the director, who was trussed up <strong>in</strong> her ski jacket, gloves<br />

and hat! We had to wait another 15 m<strong>in</strong>utes for the van to come and<br />

pick us up.<br />

Fortunately, after the gift of a bottle of w<strong>in</strong>e, the chef became much<br />

more helpful and assisted me with the function while I tried to put the<br />

margar<strong>in</strong>e sculpture back together. All f<strong>in</strong>ished well and there were no<br />

more ‘plane crashes’ to be had!<br />

D<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g Out

Tastes of the Season<br />

By Simon Smith<br />

The Joy of Herbs<br />

Herbs are one of the easiest th<strong>in</strong>gs to grow <strong>in</strong><br />

a garden or pot on the w<strong>in</strong>dowsill. They have<br />

so many uses: flavour, medic<strong>in</strong>al, floral<br />

additions to a flower display, as well as flowers<br />

<strong>in</strong> the garden.<br />

So many garden centres stock them and also<br />

supermarkets <strong>in</strong> pots as well as bags. You may<br />

as well buy the ones <strong>in</strong> pots which can then<br />

be planted once you have used the herbs you<br />

need for cook<strong>in</strong>g. Normally so much gets<br />

wasted from a bag which is such a shame.<br />

I also make my own herb oils which is very<br />

easy and looks attractive on the plate. To do<br />

this choose your preferred oil. Choose you<br />

preferred herb and blanche <strong>in</strong> boil<strong>in</strong>g water<br />

for five seconds and then put straight <strong>in</strong>to<br />

iced water. Dra<strong>in</strong> off and dry the excess<br />

water. Put <strong>in</strong>to a fast blender with the oil. The<br />

amount of oil depends on what strength you<br />

prefer. Blitz together and then stra<strong>in</strong> through<br />

a f<strong>in</strong>e sieve. Do not force through as it will<br />

turn bitter but rather leave for a couple of<br />

hours. Store <strong>in</strong> the fridge for up to a week.<br />

You can also add stems of herbs to a bottle of<br />

oil to gently <strong>in</strong>fuse and look good on the<br />

shelf.<br />

If you have an abundance of herbs dur<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

summer you can pick them, pop <strong>in</strong>to an ice<br />

tray, cover with water to freeze them and<br />

then add you herb ice cube to dishes <strong>in</strong> the<br />

w<strong>in</strong>ter.<br />

If you are cook<strong>in</strong>g with herbs as a garnish it’s<br />

important to add them to the sauce at the<br />

very last m<strong>in</strong>ute so that they stay green but<br />

will still give you the same flavour as add<strong>in</strong>g<br />

them sooner.<br />

Many of these herbs will give you beautiful<br />

flowers for a short period of time. These are<br />

great for garnishes and also added to<br />

cocktails. Borage, for example, grows<br />

profusely and will have blue and purple<br />

flowers for most of the summer. These are<br />

traditionally used for dr<strong>in</strong>ks made with Pimms.<br />

Chives will give you a blue starburst flower<br />

which are great to liven up a salad. Rosemary<br />

and thyme give much smaller flowers, but they<br />

are still great to spr<strong>in</strong>kle on a summer salad.<br />

Herbs also make a great <strong>in</strong>fusion and if you<br />

have one of those glass teapots with a mesh<br />

compartment <strong>in</strong> the middle they work really<br />

well. Fill the compartment with fresh m<strong>in</strong>t and<br />

g<strong>in</strong>ger, top with nearly boiled water and leave<br />

for five m<strong>in</strong>utes. Much better than us<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

bought tea bag. Be careful with m<strong>in</strong>t as the<br />

flavour varies enormously between them. My<br />

favourite is apple m<strong>in</strong>t or spearm<strong>in</strong>t. Although<br />

you can get p<strong>in</strong>eapple and chocolate m<strong>in</strong>t I<br />

don’t feel they work so well as an <strong>in</strong>fusion.<br />

All herbs have their preferred partner, such as<br />

fish with dill, parsley or fennel; chicken with<br />

tarragon; beef with thyme; lamb with<br />

rosemary. These all work well together but<br />

that is not to stop you play<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

comb<strong>in</strong>ations and see<strong>in</strong>g what works for you.<br />

If you have just used the leaves of thyme or<br />

rosemary, keep the stalks for mak<strong>in</strong>g stock as<br />

they will give a great boost to the flavour.<br />

Even if you use a shop bought stock these will<br />

give an added oomph to your sauce.<br />

Salmon Fillet with Honey, Mustard<br />

and Garden Herbs<br />

(for 4 people)<br />

4 x 200gm salmon fillets<br />

1 x tbsp gra<strong>in</strong> mustard<br />

1 x tbsp runny honey of your choice<br />

1 x cup f<strong>in</strong>ely chopped mixed herbs (I would<br />

use parsley, dill, fennel and m<strong>in</strong>t for this)<br />

Method<br />

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Mix<br />

the honey and mustard and brush evenly on<br />

the salmon fillets. Put onto a bak<strong>in</strong>g tray and<br />

roast <strong>in</strong> the oven for 10 m<strong>in</strong>utes or until firm<br />

to the touch. Take out of the oven and dip the<br />

top <strong>in</strong> the mixed herbs so you get an even<br />

green carpet of herbs. Serve on a bed of<br />

crushed Jersey Royal potatoes with a knob of<br />

butter.<br />

Simon Smith runs a cater<strong>in</strong>g bus<strong>in</strong>ess from his<br />

production kitchen <strong>in</strong> <strong>Lichfield</strong>, provid<strong>in</strong>g bespoke private<br />

d<strong>in</strong>ners plus wedd<strong>in</strong>g, corporate and event cater<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Simon also undertakes cookery demonstrations around<br />

the country and with local bus<strong>in</strong>esses such as Arthur<br />

Price and Tippers. Dur<strong>in</strong>g the summer months Simon<br />

works for private clients both on superyachts and <strong>in</strong><br />

villas <strong>in</strong> St Tropez and Europe. If you are look<strong>in</strong>g for<br />

cater<strong>in</strong>g or a day of cookery skills go to<br />

www.simonsmith-chef.com<br />

*Please take extra care when prepar<strong>in</strong>g and handl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

hot foodstuffs. Go to www.food.gov.uk for further details.<br />

**Please take extra care as bones may be <strong>in</strong> the fish.

On a ra<strong>in</strong>y Thursday afternoon <strong>in</strong> May, our lovely editor Krissy and I enjoyed<br />

a terrific late lunch at Larder <strong>in</strong> <strong>Lichfield</strong>.<br />

We were warmly welcomed and promptly guided upstairs to a decadent seat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

area. Whilst social distanc<strong>in</strong>g measures and the necessary restrictions rema<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>in</strong><br />

place, the recent return of <strong>in</strong>door d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g meant that, alongside sublime d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g the<br />

room was filled with friendly chatter, creat<strong>in</strong>g a hospitable atmosphere. After<br />

deliberat<strong>in</strong>g between a plethora of mouthwater<strong>in</strong>g options that the menu had to<br />

offer, we both decided to <strong>in</strong>dulge <strong>in</strong> their five-course tast<strong>in</strong>g menu, accompanied by a<br />

glass of w<strong>in</strong>e, of course.<br />

To start with we were treated to freshly baked maple glazed wholemeal and oat<br />

bread with chicken butter. It was div<strong>in</strong>e! The generous portion enabled us both to<br />

enjoy our first course of homemade bread with lash<strong>in</strong>gs of the flavoursome butter.<br />

An equally tasty but lighter course of poached cod with chorizo jam, sweetcorn puree and charred leek followed.<br />

Personally, this was my favourite and every mouthful was just burst<strong>in</strong>g with flavour.<br />

Our third course was <strong>Lichfield</strong> asparagus served with sun-dried tomato aranc<strong>in</strong>i, a fresh pea salad and mustard<br />

v<strong>in</strong>aigrette. Aga<strong>in</strong>, every bite was delicious, the different<br />

textures between the crisp aranc<strong>in</strong>i and mouth-water<strong>in</strong>g<br />

asparagus complemented each other perfectly.<br />

The fourth course offered two options, either lamb<br />

cannon which comprised of spiced lamb belly, apricot<br />

puree, roasted chickpeas, curried cauliflower, yoghurt<br />

and coriander; or poached lemon sole with seaweed,<br />

confit apple puree, crab beignet, samphire, fennel, soya<br />

and g<strong>in</strong>ger dress<strong>in</strong>g. In order to experience a full taste of<br />

the menu we opted for one option each! The lamb was<br />

succulent and melted <strong>in</strong> the mouth, whilst the fish was<br />

seasoned to perfection, and both dishes were thoroughly<br />

enjoyed as a result of the comb<strong>in</strong>ation of flavours be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

spot on!<br />

Our f<strong>in</strong>al course was a vanilla sponge served with<br />

caramelised peaches, basil mascarpone and filo pastry. It<br />

is safe to say it was the perfect end to a delicious meal.<br />

The dessert was light and refresh<strong>in</strong>g, with the basal<br />

cutt<strong>in</strong>g through the sweet stick<strong>in</strong>ess of the peach and<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g a savoury element – it was just enough to satisfy<br />

that sweet crav<strong>in</strong>g after four exquisite courses.<br />

Coupled with a high level of customer service and<br />

care, all five courses were thoroughly enjoyable, mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Larder the perfect choice for any occasion. Larder also<br />

offer vegetarian and vegan alternatives of its tast<strong>in</strong>g<br />

menu, alongside copious other tasty dishes, all of which<br />

are made from locally-sourced <strong>in</strong>gredients.<br />

I, for one, cannot wait to return and look forward to<br />

tast<strong>in</strong>g more of what the excit<strong>in</strong>g menu has to offer.<br />

To make a book<strong>in</strong>g please visit<br />

www.larderlichfield.com.<br />

Take Five at Larder!<br />

By Charlotte Benton<br />

.......................<br />

D<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g Out

50<br />

RAF <strong>Lichfield</strong> Battle of<br />

Britian programme 1955<br />

RAF Fradley dedication bench at<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong> Cathedral<br />

On a W<strong>in</strong>g and a Prayer<br />

By Jono Oates<br />

............................<br />

Three miles north of <strong>Lichfield</strong>, alongside the A38 head<strong>in</strong>g<br />

towards Burton-on-Trent stand several hangers close to the<br />

village of Fradley, now used as storage facilities for<br />

distribution companies, but they are one of the few rema<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g signs<br />

of a very significant location dur<strong>in</strong>g the dark days of the Battle of<br />

Brita<strong>in</strong> dur<strong>in</strong>g World War Two – RAF <strong>Lichfield</strong>. Jono Oates f<strong>in</strong>ds out<br />

more.<br />

At the outbreak of World War Two, <strong>in</strong> 1939, a number of airfields<br />

sprung up all around the country as the battle over the skies of Brita<strong>in</strong><br />

started to take place, and the war <strong>in</strong> Europe escalated. Fradley was<br />

chosen as one of the airfields and, with its central location <strong>in</strong> the heart<br />

of the country and close to excellent road, and rail, networks, it was a<br />

sensible location, although with no exist<strong>in</strong>g airfield <strong>in</strong> place it had to be<br />

built from scratch.<br />

Constructed on Fradley Common, the orig<strong>in</strong>al runway was<br />

constructed us<strong>in</strong>g turf and stones picked and laid by women from Fradley<br />

village. This starter runway could not support the larger planes that soon<br />

started arriv<strong>in</strong>g at the airfield and it was then concreted to provide three,<br />

more stable, runways. The first plane to touch down on the new airfield<br />

was piloted by, apparently, the well-known aviator Amy Johnson, who had<br />

been the first woman to fly solo from London to Australia.<br />

The airfield started to be used operationally <strong>in</strong> 1940. RAF unit No. 51<br />

Ma<strong>in</strong>tenance Unit provided aircraft storage and preparation, No. 27<br />

Operational Tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g Unit flew sorties out of Fradley from 1941 and No.<br />

82 Ma<strong>in</strong>tenance Unit was an aircraft pack<strong>in</strong>g unit.<br />

As well as RAF personnel, the airfield was staffed by a large number of<br />

Australian air crew, as well as those from other Commonwealth<br />

countries. From 1942 to 1943 bomb<strong>in</strong>g sorties from Fradley took place<br />

over Germany and Fradley became one of the busiest airfields <strong>in</strong> the<br />

country. In the latter years of the war ‘Nickel’ sorties took place, when<br />

propaganda leaflets were dropped over the cities of Germany, rather than<br />

bombs, encourag<strong>in</strong>g them to surrender to the on-rush<strong>in</strong>g Allied troops.<br />

Several aircraft crashed <strong>in</strong> and around the airfield, either return<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

damaged planes follow<strong>in</strong>g a sortie, caused by adverse weather conditions,<br />

or by mechanical failure. On 18 September 1944 a Well<strong>in</strong>gton bomber of<br />

the 27 Operational Tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g Unit, crashed four miles outside <strong>Lichfield</strong><br />

when it failed to pull out of a dive. All five members of the Australian<br />

RAAF crew perished <strong>in</strong> the accident.<br />

After the war the airfield, known locally as Fradley Aerodrome, became<br />

a disposal centre for war planes no longer needed and hundreds of WW2<br />

Gravestone of Squadron Leader F Shaw at St Stephen’s<br />

Church, Fradley<br />

RAF and RAAF officers at RAF Fradley.<br />

bombers were broken down and disposed of. Flights cont<strong>in</strong>ued and <strong>in</strong><br />

February 1946, shortly after the war had f<strong>in</strong>ished, Flight Lieutenant Mark<br />

Lacayo and his passenger, Lead<strong>in</strong>g Aircraftman Richard Dickens, were on<br />

a test flight over the airfield when the plane failed to pull out of a spiral<br />

turn and it crashed to the ground, kill<strong>in</strong>g both occupants. Lacayo was 46<br />

years-old, had been a veteran of WW1 and had been a reservist dur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

WW2. He was liv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Bird Street, <strong>Lichfield</strong>, at the time of the tragedy<br />

and his name is commemorated on the memorial plaque at St Michael’s<br />

Church on Greenhill.<br />

Further tragedy was to strike at the aerodrome dur<strong>in</strong>g the Battle of<br />

Brita<strong>in</strong> anniversary event, held on 18 September 1948, when a Mosquito<br />

bomber, piloted by Flight Lieutenant Stanley Hedley and his passenger<br />

Squadron Leader Frederick Everard Shaw, crashed after a number of<br />

‘slow-rolls’ close to the ground. Hedley’s wife was one of the many<br />

thousands of show visitors who witnessed the tragedy unfold.<br />

The airfield closed <strong>in</strong> 1958 but houses were built for the RAF<br />

personnel and Fradley, previously a small village with a handful of houses,<br />

started to expand. Today the area is a mixture of residential estates and<br />

bus<strong>in</strong>ess parks, and very few signs of the airfield and runway rema<strong>in</strong>,<br />

other than the storage hangers, as the old airfield build<strong>in</strong>gs, control tower<br />

and the protect<strong>in</strong>g pill-boxes have all been demolished over the years.<br />

The men who lost their lives around the airfield dur<strong>in</strong>g the war have<br />

not been forgotten at Fradley though, as their gravestones <strong>in</strong> the<br />

churchyard are carefully ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong>ed and a war memorial, situated<br />

opposite St Stephen’s Church, was unveiled <strong>in</strong> 2001. There is also a<br />

dedication bench to all of the hundreds of Australian RAAF personnel<br />

who served at Fradley dur<strong>in</strong>g WW2 on the front of <strong>Lichfield</strong> Cathedral.<br />

One f<strong>in</strong>al rema<strong>in</strong>der of the wartime experiences at Fradley does still<br />

rema<strong>in</strong> though – that of the ghost of the headless airman. Many RAF<br />

personnel, and civilians, have seen the ghost around the area over the<br />

years, and it is said to be grisly spectre of a rear-gunner who was<br />

decapitated when he accidentally walked <strong>in</strong> front of the propellers of his<br />

plane.<br />

RAF <strong>Lichfield</strong> was one of most important airfields <strong>in</strong> World War Two<br />

and, although very little of the orig<strong>in</strong>al build<strong>in</strong>gs rema<strong>in</strong>, it’s contribution<br />

to the war effort, and the dedication and sacrifice of the many hundreds<br />

of air crew who were stationed there, should never be forgotten.<br />

The British Newspaper Archive; www.aviationarchaeology.org.uk;<br />

www.fradleyheritagegroup.co.uk; www.raflichfield.co.uk;<br />

www.heritagegateway.org.uk; www.fradleyandstreethayparishcouncil.gov.uk;<br />


Advertis<strong>in</strong>g Feature<br />

Shimmer… on a 5k your way<br />

Sparkle… at your own Solstice Party<br />

Sh<strong>in</strong>e… a lantern for loved ones<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong> people are be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>vited to celebrate the arrival of<br />

summer and support St Giles Hospice this month by stepp<strong>in</strong>g<br />

out of their own front door to take part <strong>in</strong> Solstice Walk Your<br />

Way.<br />

The hospice’s biggest annual fundraiser is return<strong>in</strong>g this year with a<br />

special event based from home.<br />

Fundraisers are be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>vited to walk 5k their way – either on<br />

Saturday 19th or any other day <strong>in</strong> <strong>June</strong> – before celebrat<strong>in</strong>g with a<br />

Solstice Party <strong>in</strong> their garden afterwards.<br />

Chloe Herbert, Head of Fundrais<strong>in</strong>g at St Giles Hospice, said: “Our<br />

Solstice Walk is our largest fundrais<strong>in</strong>g event of the year and always has<br />

a really magical atmosphere – and we’re hop<strong>in</strong>g to br<strong>in</strong>g some of that<br />

spirit back <strong>in</strong> <strong>2021</strong> now that people can get together <strong>in</strong> small groups<br />

outside.<br />

“Although we’d all love to get together aga<strong>in</strong> for our annual walk<br />

through <strong>Lichfield</strong>, adapt<strong>in</strong>g the event is the most responsible th<strong>in</strong>g to do<br />

this year <strong>in</strong> the <strong>in</strong>terest of everyone’s safety.<br />

“We hope as many people as possible will get together to raise funds<br />

for St Giles Hospice at a time when we have never needed our<br />

community more. A lot of people rais<strong>in</strong>g a small amount can make a huge<br />

difference to the care we’re able to provide.”<br />

Everyone who signs up will receive a fundrais<strong>in</strong>g party pack, which is<br />

filled with special th<strong>in</strong>gs from biodegradable face glitter, to a lantern to<br />

light up for the moment of reflection at sunset, party bunt<strong>in</strong>g, cake<br />

toppers, 5k route maps, fundrais<strong>in</strong>g ideas and lots more.<br />

One person tak<strong>in</strong>g part <strong>in</strong> Solstice Walk Your Way this year is<br />

fundraiser Amy Foster, who will be wear<strong>in</strong>g her fairy w<strong>in</strong>gs with her<br />

eight-year-old daughter Ellanor.<br />

Amy’s support became more personal <strong>in</strong> 2018 when her mother-<strong>in</strong>law<br />

Sandra Foster was diagnosed with cancer. Sandra came to St Giles<br />

as an <strong>in</strong>patient <strong>in</strong> January 2019 for a couple of weeks, before be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

discharged and dy<strong>in</strong>g at home, as was her wish, a couple of months later.<br />

Amy, who was so <strong>in</strong>spired by Sandra’s care that she jo<strong>in</strong>ed St Giles as<br />

a Healthcare Assistant, said: “I'll be walk<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> memory of my mother-<strong>in</strong>law<br />

Sandra. The care she was given was superb and we just want to give<br />

back to St Giles some of the love we received."<br />

For more <strong>in</strong>formation visit www.stgileshospice.com/solsticewalk<br />


City VIEW<br />

The Newsletter of <strong>Lichfield</strong> City Council - <strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

Grants to local<br />

organisations<br />

Each year the City Council awards grants to support the <strong>in</strong>valuable work carried out by local voluntary groups,<br />

societies and clubs operat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the City.<br />

The City Council’s Grants Committee meets each February to consider applications and at its meet<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> February<br />

<strong>2021</strong>, the Committee recommended grants totall<strong>in</strong>g £26,655. Applications for grants from 2022/23 funds will open<br />

later <strong>in</strong> the year. Any group wish<strong>in</strong>g for further <strong>in</strong>formation can either visit the City Council’s website or<br />

email enquiries@lichfield.gov.uk.<br />

Welcome to this issue of City View.<br />

It has been some time s<strong>in</strong>ce the City Council produced its<br />

newsletter, but rest assured that whilst our offices have been<br />

closed to the public the bus<strong>in</strong>ess of the Council has<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ued un<strong>in</strong>terrupted. Like many of you, Members and<br />

Officers had to quickly adapt to the virtual world of Zoom and<br />

Teams. Reflect<strong>in</strong>g on the last year and all the challenges it<br />

brought our thoughts turn to all those who have suffered as a<br />

result of the pandemic and hope that the future br<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

renewed hope and serenity.<br />

Now as we cautiously move towards the eas<strong>in</strong>g of<br />

restrictions it feels like life is slowly return<strong>in</strong>g to some degree<br />

of normality and we can once aga<strong>in</strong> look forward to all those<br />

traditional civic events that punctuate the year and make our<br />

City such a vibrant place to live.<br />

I am pleased to report that the local election on 7 May saw<br />

Bob Harrison returned by a substantial majority as the<br />

elected member for Stowe Ward. Many of you will know Bob<br />

through his outstand<strong>in</strong>g work with <strong>Lichfield</strong> Litter legends so<br />

I am confident he will make an excellent Councillor and with<br />

his wealth of experience on local issues be a valuable<br />

addition to the Council as a whole.<br />

Adher<strong>in</strong>g to Covid -19 restrictions the Annual Meet<strong>in</strong>g of the<br />

Council was held on 17 May. where a new Mayor, Deputy<br />

Mayor and Sheriff were appo<strong>in</strong>ted. I would like to thank the<br />

retir<strong>in</strong>g civic team for their tremendous work on behalf of the<br />

City dur<strong>in</strong>g their unprecedented year <strong>in</strong> Office; and wish the<br />

new office holders every good wish for an <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

enjoyable year ahead.<br />

The City Council is a large and active parish council and our<br />

annual report summaris<strong>in</strong>g the work of the Council over the<br />

past year was presented to the Annual Town (electors)<br />

meet<strong>in</strong>g on 26 May. This annual report gives a clear<br />

overview of the range of services which the City Council<br />

provides, from grounds ma<strong>in</strong>tenance to the markets and<br />

community halls; the Guildhall and civic events like Sheriff’s<br />

Ride; through to Christmas Lights, Tw<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g and of course<br />

the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum. Copies are<br />

available from the City Council’s offices or can be<br />

downloaded from our website.<br />

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Councillor Mark Warfield, Leader of the Council<br />

Civic Team for <strong>2021</strong>/22<br />

The <strong>in</strong>vestiture of the new Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Sheriff took place at the Guildhall on Monday 17 May <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

The new Mayor of the City is Councillor Robert Yardley, proposed by Councillor Mark Warfield and seconded by<br />

Councillor Mrs Janet Eagland. Councillor Miss Jayne Marks is Mayoress.<br />

In accept<strong>in</strong>g the office of Mayor for the forthcom<strong>in</strong>g year, Councillor Yardley thanked his fellow councillors for their<br />

support and stated that it was a great honour and privilege to be elected. He also paid tribute to the work of the<br />

outgo<strong>in</strong>g Mayor, Councillor Mrs Deborah Baker, and Sheriff, Dr Daryl Brown, who had together raised just over £9,000<br />

for their chosen charities; <strong>Lichfield</strong> and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust, St. Giles Hospice and <strong>Lichfield</strong> Voluntary<br />

Transport for the Disabled dur<strong>in</strong>g their year <strong>in</strong> office.<br />

The new Deputy Mayor is Councillor Jamie Checkland, Councillor Checkland’s appo<strong>in</strong>tment was proposed by<br />

Councillor Mrs Janet Eagland and seconded by Councillor Christopher Spruce. Mrs Stephanie Checkland is the<br />

Deputy Mayoress.<br />

Complet<strong>in</strong>g the new Civic Team is Mr Peter Hitchman who has now become Sheriff of the City, follow<strong>in</strong>g a proposal<br />

from Councillor Col<strong>in</strong> Greatorex that was seconded by Councillor Angela Lax. Mr Peter Hitchman is a well-known<br />

Lichfeldian, a former City Councillor and current member of many city charities and committees.<br />

The Mayor proudly announced his appo<strong>in</strong>tment of Army Cadet LCPL James Carter and Mayor’s Chapla<strong>in</strong>, Revd Ian<br />

Hayter for his forthcom<strong>in</strong>g year <strong>in</strong> office.<br />

Follow<strong>in</strong>g the <strong>in</strong>vestiture of the new Civic Team, the retir<strong>in</strong>g Mayor, Mayor’s Consort and Sheriff were presented with<br />

replica badges of office.<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g their year <strong>in</strong> office the Mayor and Sheriff will jo<strong>in</strong>tly host five events to raise money for their nom<strong>in</strong>ated charities;<br />

We Love <strong>Lichfield</strong> and Friends to Friends. Further <strong>in</strong>formation of these events will be published over the course of the<br />

year on our website www.lichfield.gov.uk.<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong>'s new civic team left to right. Mayor - Cllr Robert Yardley, Deputy Mayor - Cllr Jamie Checkland,<br />

and Sheriff - Mr Peter Hitchman<br />

If you would like to keep up to date with more of the City Council’s<br />

activities, you can follow the City Council on Twitter @lichfield_cc.

City VIEW<br />

Com<strong>in</strong>g soon at<br />

The Newsletter of <strong>Lichfield</strong> City Council<br />

Markets <strong>in</strong> <strong>Lichfield</strong><br />

The <strong>Lichfield</strong> General Markets offer a wide selection of<br />

goods and local produce from friendly and established<br />

market traders and are held on Tuesdays, Fridays and<br />

Saturdays.<br />

the Samuel<br />

Johnson<br />

Birthplace<br />

Museum<br />

Producers Market<br />

Currently all our markets are held <strong>in</strong> a Covid safe<br />

environment with social distanc<strong>in</strong>g measures <strong>in</strong> place<br />

for the public’s safety.<br />

The Producers Market is held on the first<br />

Sunday of the month from 10.00am –<br />

4.00pm and offers a variety of local<br />

produce and handcrafted gifts.<br />

Throughout <strong>June</strong> and July Staffordshire County<br />

Council will be on the Market Square on non-market Mobile Test<strong>in</strong>g Unit<br />

days offer<strong>in</strong>g free rapid COVID test<strong>in</strong>g. Lateral flow<br />

tests will also be on offer to the public along with demonstrations on how to complete the<br />

tests at home.<br />

The Market Square is also available for hire on a commercial or charitable basis on nonmarket<br />

days.<br />

For further details regard<strong>in</strong>g any of the above or for <strong>in</strong>formation relat<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>Lichfield</strong><br />

Markets please contact the City Council’s Markets Officers. Tel: 01543 309853 or<br />

e-mail: markets@lichfield.gov.uk<br />

An excit<strong>in</strong>g new Tw<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g project has started<br />

between <strong>Lichfield</strong>’s Chadsmead Primary<br />

Academy and Ecole Chatela<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> Sa<strong>in</strong>te Foyles-Lyon,<br />

France.<br />

Twenty-three children between the ages of 8<br />

and 11 years old from <strong>Lichfield</strong>’s French Tw<strong>in</strong><br />

Town have written to their English<br />

counterparts to <strong>in</strong>troduce themselves<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividually with photos.<br />

Two examples of the letters<br />

sent from year 5 & 6 Pupils<br />

at Chadsmead Academy<br />

Tw<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g<br />

General Markets<br />

Some of the French School Children from<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong>’s Tw<strong>in</strong> Town Sa<strong>in</strong>te Foy-les Lyon<br />

In return, years 5 and 6 from Chadsmead Academy sent<br />

<strong>in</strong>troductory cards to France with a drawn picture of<br />

themselves.<br />

Chadsmead’s foreign language lead Lisa Ba<strong>in</strong>es said:<br />

“The children <strong>in</strong> Year 5/6 have really enjoyed writ<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

their French counterparts. It has been a fun exchange<br />

which has enhanced our children's understand<strong>in</strong>g of<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational relations.”<br />

A new date for the previously<br />

postponed official International<br />

R<strong>in</strong>g Tw<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g event <strong>in</strong> Limburg has<br />

been set by the Limburg Council for<br />

Friday 29 April – Monday 2 May<br />

2022. It is hoped that by then each of the three countries tak<strong>in</strong>g part will<br />

have a successful vacc<strong>in</strong>ation programme <strong>in</strong> place and the Covid restrictions will have<br />

eased sufficiently to allow the event to take place.<br />

If you would like to be <strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> the Cities Tw<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g activities or would like to become a<br />

host family, please contact Tw<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g Officer, Gabriele Lasch-Burden.<br />

Email: Gabriele.Lasch-Burden @lichfield.gov.uk<br />

Visitors can once aga<strong>in</strong> enjoy a visit to the Samuel Johnson Birthplace<br />

Museum.<br />

The Grade I listed house adjacent to the Market Square is open for free of<br />

charge, covid-secure visits seven days a week from 10.30 am – 4.30pm.<br />

To help you to visit safely numbers are limited and a timed-entry system is <strong>in</strong><br />

place.<br />

F<strong>in</strong>d out more and book a visit at www.samueljohnsonbirthplace.org.uk or call<br />

01543 264 972 for more <strong>in</strong>formation.<br />

Some of the Museum’s popular events will return later <strong>in</strong> <strong>2021</strong>, with safety<br />

measures <strong>in</strong> place and restrictions permitt<strong>in</strong>g. These will <strong>in</strong>clude family craft<br />

activities over the school summer holidays, a history event commemorat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Hester Thrale and celebrations for Johnson’s 312th Birthday on Saturday 18th<br />

September.<br />

Announcements will be made on the Museum’s website or you can follow the<br />

Birthplace on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.<br />

We look forward to welcom<strong>in</strong>g you back to Johnson’s Birthplace.<br />

Open Daily 10.30am – 4.30pm.<br />

Standard entry is Free of charge.<br />

Call 01543 264 972 or email sjmuseum@lichfield.gov.uk for more<br />

<strong>in</strong>formation or to book a visit.<br />

Dates for your<br />

diary…<br />

Saturday 11 September Sheriff’s Ride<br />

Ride Leaves the Guildhall (time tbc)<br />

Saturday 18 September Dr Johnson Birthday Celebrations<br />

11.50am Market Square<br />

Sunday 14 November Remembrance Sunday<br />

10.00am Cathedral Service, 10.50am Garden of Remembrance<br />

Saturday 20 November Mayor & Sheriff’s Charity D<strong>in</strong>ner Dance<br />

7.00pm Guildhall<br />

Sunday 28 November Switch on Christmas Illum<strong>in</strong>ations<br />

5.00pm Market Square<br />

For more <strong>in</strong>formation please contact Lucy Clarke on 01543 309852, or<br />

email lucy.clarke@lichfield.gov.uk<br />

* All events subject to Government guidel<strong>in</strong>es regard<strong>in</strong>g Covid-19 at the<br />

time and may be subject to change.<br />


City VIEW<br />

The Newsletter of<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong> City Council<br />


www.lichfield.gov.uk<br />

Have you visited the City Council’s website? It<br />

offers a wealth of <strong>in</strong>formation about the work of<br />

the City Council; <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g details of all Council<br />

meet<strong>in</strong>gs and associated documents. In addition,<br />

it conta<strong>in</strong>s useful <strong>in</strong>formation about the City, its<br />

history, festivals and major events, and its many<br />

unique customs and traditions.<br />

The right<br />

Council…<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong> City Council is the<br />

‘parish’ authority for the City and is<br />

the smallest of the three councils<br />

serv<strong>in</strong>g the City area. With<strong>in</strong> the City<br />

we deal with local matters such as<br />

the markets, ma<strong>in</strong>tenance of open<br />

spaces and churchyards, civic and<br />

mayoral events, the Samuel Johnson<br />

Birthplace Museum and public<br />

lett<strong>in</strong>gs of the Guildhall.<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong> District Council (Tel:<br />

01543 308000) is the larger local<br />

authority deal<strong>in</strong>g with such matters as<br />

plann<strong>in</strong>g, environmental health,<br />

refuse collection, hous<strong>in</strong>g, car<br />

park<strong>in</strong>g, arts and tourism, and leisure<br />

services.<br />

Staffordshire County Council (Tel:<br />

0300 111 8000) is the responsible<br />

authority for wider services such as<br />

Education, Social Services and<br />

Highways.<br />

Public<br />

Participation<br />

City Council meet<strong>in</strong>gs are held <strong>in</strong> the Guildhall, Bore Street. Dates and times of meet<strong>in</strong>gs can be found on the<br />

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

Meet<strong>in</strong>gs are open to the public, with public participation sessions held<br />

at full Council and at the Plann<strong>in</strong>g Committee(when called). Advance<br />

notice needs to be given to the Council of the subject matter of each<br />

question, and any person wish<strong>in</strong>g to speak must contact the Council<br />

Offices at Donegal House, Bore Street (next to the Guildhall) before<br />

NOON on the day of the meet<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Monday 14 <strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 6.30pm COUNCIL<br />

Monday 26 July <strong>2021</strong> 6.30pm COUNCIL<br />

Monday 20 September <strong>2021</strong> 6.30pm COUNCIL<br />

Monday 6 December <strong>2021</strong> 6.30pm COUNCIL<br />



39th <strong>Lichfield</strong> Festival to<br />

Take Place!<br />

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Eleven days of ballet, cabaret, symphony orchestras, steel pans,<br />

family fun, chamber music, live cook<strong>in</strong>g, story-tell<strong>in</strong>g, drama,<br />

laugh-out-loud comedy can only mean one th<strong>in</strong>g – <strong>Lichfield</strong><br />

Festival is back! Tak<strong>in</strong>g place between 8th-18th July, the annual<br />

event br<strong>in</strong>gs thousands of visitors to the beautiful cathedral city<br />

and is a cornerstone <strong>in</strong> the region’s cultural calendar.<br />

Headl<strong>in</strong>e performers <strong>in</strong>clude vocalists Mica Paris, Eddi Reader, Liza<br />

Pulman, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, vocal group I Fagiol<strong>in</strong>i,<br />

impressionist turned pianist Alistair McGowan, Grimethorpe Colliery<br />

Band, comedian Just<strong>in</strong> Moorhouse, Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda<br />

Owen.<br />

This year will see a range of diverse events <strong>in</strong>clude cabaret, flamenco,<br />

steel pans, chamber music, live cook<strong>in</strong>g, literary talks, family fun, comedy,<br />

jazz and Young Artists series. There will also be music by Artists <strong>in</strong><br />

Residence Chloë Hanslip (viol<strong>in</strong>), Danny Driver (piano), Jessica Walker<br />

(writer/s<strong>in</strong>ger) and Joseph Atk<strong>in</strong>s (composer/piano), as well as an Aspire!<br />

Family Day outdoors.<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong> Festival <strong>2021</strong> runs from 8th-18th July. Tickets and details from<br />

www.lichfieldfestival.org. Festival Box Office 01543 306271 (call-back<br />

service).<br />

Mica Paris<br />

W<strong>in</strong> Tickets<br />

to Chloë Hanslip & Danny<br />

Driver Performance<br />

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This year’s Artists <strong>in</strong> Residence, Chloë Hanslip and Danny<br />

Driver, play the first of three duo concerts, each featur<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

major viol<strong>in</strong> and piano sonata by Beethoven. The programme<br />

also <strong>in</strong>cludes César Franck’s Sonata <strong>in</strong> A major, one of the f<strong>in</strong>est<br />

viol<strong>in</strong> and piano works ever written.<br />

Chloë Hanslip made her Proms debut at 14 and has performed at<br />

major venues <strong>in</strong> the UK (Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall), Europe<br />

(Musikvere<strong>in</strong>, Paris Louvre, St Petersburg Hermitage), as well as the<br />

Carnegie Hall, and Metropolitan Arts Space, Tokyo. She last played at the<br />

Festival <strong>in</strong> 2016 as soloist <strong>in</strong> The Lark Ascend<strong>in</strong>g with BBCNOW.<br />

Danny Driver is recognised <strong>in</strong>ternationally as an artist of<br />

sophistication, <strong>in</strong>sight and musical depth, with an enviably broad<br />

repertoire encompass<strong>in</strong>g works from Bach and Handel to Ligeti and<br />

Adès. He was a Festival Artist <strong>in</strong> Residence <strong>in</strong> 2018, appear<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

BBCNOW as soloist <strong>in</strong> Rachman<strong>in</strong>ov’s Piano Concerto No.2.<br />

We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to this event, courtesy of The<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong> Festival, which is tak<strong>in</strong>g place on Sunday 11th July at 8pm at St<br />

Michael’s Church. To be <strong>in</strong> with a chance of w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g this prize, simply<br />

send us your details and correctly answer the follow<strong>in</strong>g question.<br />

How old was Chloë Hanslip when she<br />

made her Proms debut?<br />

a) 13<br />

b) 14<br />

c) 15<br />

56<br />

Metronomes Steel Orchestra<br />

To enter, just send your name, contact details and answer to Festival<br />

Competition at competitioncitylife@gmail.com or post your entry to<br />

<strong>Citylife</strong> <strong>in</strong> <strong>Lichfield</strong> Ltd, PO Box 7126, <strong>Lichfield</strong> WS14 4JS by the clos<strong>in</strong>g<br />

date of 23rd <strong>June</strong> <strong>2021</strong>. One entry per household. Multiple entries will<br />

be disqualified. No cash equivalent. Please note you must be 18 or over<br />

to enter. All entrants’ <strong>in</strong>formation is processed <strong>in</strong> l<strong>in</strong>e with GDPR Data<br />

Protection Regulations and our Privacy Policy (available at<br />

citylife<strong>in</strong>lichfieldltd.co.uk). Full t&cs on page 61.<br />

Chloe Hanslip and Danny Driver

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What’s On<br />

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<strong>Lichfield</strong> Textile and Stitch Group is excited to be host<strong>in</strong>g a Zoom talk by<br />

the renowned costume historian and author, Lucy Adl<strong>in</strong>gton (History<br />

Wardrobe with Lucy).<br />

Lucy will be speak<strong>in</strong>g about "Open<strong>in</strong>g the Wardrobe" - a cavalcade of<br />

costume from the 1900s to the 1990s.<br />

Date: Monday 21st <strong>June</strong>. Time: 7pm for a 7.30pm start.<br />

All are welcome to this fabulous event. If you are not a member of LT&S<br />

please contact anna.stanley@hotmail.co.uk for details.<br />

Ruth Allen Exhibition<br />

The Gallery at The Hub St. Mary’s<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong> <strong>in</strong> L<strong>in</strong>e is an exhibition by Staffordshire artist Ruth Allen, featur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her orig<strong>in</strong>al l<strong>in</strong>e draw<strong>in</strong>gs of<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong>’s stunn<strong>in</strong>g architecture.<br />

The exhibition runs until 13th <strong>June</strong><br />

and the Gallery is open Tues-Sat<br />

9.30am-3pm. All of the artworks are<br />

available to buy from The Hub and<br />

further details are available on the<br />

website at<br />

www.thehubstmarys.co.uk.<br />

Cathedral<br />

Reopens with<br />

Exhibition<br />

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The doors of <strong>Lichfield</strong> Cathedral were opened<br />

wide to the public once aga<strong>in</strong> on Monday 17th<br />

May follow<strong>in</strong>g the further eas<strong>in</strong>g of the lockdown<br />

rules.<br />

The Cathedral has been able to rema<strong>in</strong> open for<br />

worship and has played a major part locally <strong>in</strong> help<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with the Covid Vacc<strong>in</strong>ation programme - but <strong>in</strong> l<strong>in</strong>e<br />

with other “<strong>in</strong>door attractions” the build<strong>in</strong>g has had to<br />

rema<strong>in</strong> closed to those wish<strong>in</strong>g visit as sightseers and<br />

tourists.<br />

The Cathedral has now reopened aga<strong>in</strong>, though<br />

open<strong>in</strong>g hours are reduced slightly <strong>in</strong> order to allow<br />

for the extra work <strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> keep<strong>in</strong>g the Cathedral<br />

Covid-secure. Visitors are asked to check the<br />

Cathedral website (see below) before sett<strong>in</strong>g out for<br />

the latest open<strong>in</strong>g times, especially as on some days the<br />

Cathedral will still be operat<strong>in</strong>g as a vacc<strong>in</strong>ation centre<br />

and therefore not open to the public and therefore not<br />

open to the public.<br />

A full summer programme of events is be<strong>in</strong>g planned,<br />

and visitors will be greeted by the first exhibition <strong>in</strong> a<br />

‘summer of creativity, spirituality and science’. The<br />

exhibition, entitled ‘Fantastic Books and Where to F<strong>in</strong>d<br />

Them’, will encourage visitors to explore ancient<br />

books from the Cathedral’s own library. The ancient<br />

texts will help visitors to see how our ancestors - the<br />

forebears of those who created our Covid vacc<strong>in</strong>e -<br />

understood aspects of science and nature, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

astrology and medic<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

At the entrance to the Cathedral, a mobile cater<strong>in</strong>g<br />

outlet will ensure the sale of hot and cold dr<strong>in</strong>ks and<br />

snacks, provid<strong>in</strong>g sustenance for the visit and the<br />

Cathedral’s regular pattern of three services/day will<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ue both <strong>in</strong> person and on-l<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

Open<strong>in</strong>g Hours (subject to change. Visitors<br />

encouraged to check cathedral website at<br />

www.lichfield-cathedral.org).<br />

Monday - Wednesday: 1.15pm-5.30pm<br />

Thursday - Friday: closed for vacc<strong>in</strong>ation cl<strong>in</strong>ics<br />

Saturday: 10am-5.30pm<br />

Sunday: 12.30pm-5.30pm<br />

Bank Holidays and School Holidays: 10pm-5.30pm<br />


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<strong>Lichfield</strong> - A Very<br />

Welcom<strong>in</strong>g Place!<br />

By Lesley Bov<strong>in</strong>gton<br />

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After what has been a long and hard year for us all, and<br />

especially for our local communities, it is so excit<strong>in</strong>g to be<br />

talk<strong>in</strong>g about reopen<strong>in</strong>g our Places of Welcome - and even<br />

welcom<strong>in</strong>g new ones, too!<br />

Places of Welcome <strong>in</strong> the <strong>Lichfield</strong> Diocese are set up and supported<br />

by Transform<strong>in</strong>g Communities Together, help<strong>in</strong>g people and<br />

communities to thrive and flourish (www.tctogether.org.uk).<br />

There are over 70 Places of Welcome registered <strong>in</strong> Stoke on Trent<br />

and Staffordshire, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g 18 <strong>in</strong> <strong>Lichfield</strong>. At times of national<br />

lockdown, they have been closed, but under “the rule of 6” and at other<br />

po<strong>in</strong>ts <strong>in</strong> our national and regional Covid-19 journey, many have found<br />

ways of still support<strong>in</strong>g their local communities and keep<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> touch<br />

with group members.<br />

Places of Welcome are <strong>in</strong>formal, friendly and welcom<strong>in</strong>g gather<strong>in</strong>gs,<br />

offered on a “drop <strong>in</strong>” basis, and anybody can come along. They provide<br />

companionship and a free cuppa and a biscuit (or even a piece of<br />

homemade cake!). Places of Welcome happen <strong>in</strong> the same place at the<br />

same time each week, which means that some people will become<br />

‘regulars’, but others may only come along once, a few times or on the<br />

odd occasion. It’s a place to be as often as you like, and to be yourself.<br />

There is no registration process (other than the collect<strong>in</strong>g of<br />

<strong>in</strong>formation for ‘track and trace’ when required under Covid-19<br />

regulations).<br />

Many of our Places of Welcome have made <strong>in</strong>creased use of outdoor<br />

spaces dur<strong>in</strong>g the pandemic, and those with suitable outdoor spaces<br />

have been lead<strong>in</strong>g the way <strong>in</strong> reopen<strong>in</strong>g their doors <strong>in</strong> the last few<br />

weeks. St Anne’s Place of Welcome <strong>in</strong> Chasetown, near <strong>Lichfield</strong>, started<br />

up aga<strong>in</strong> mid-April, host<strong>in</strong>g its “Space of Welcome” <strong>in</strong> the Burntwood Be<br />

A Friend Tent <strong>in</strong> the grounds of the church.<br />

In May, volunteers from the <strong>Lichfield</strong> Cares Good Neighbours<br />

Scheme started their new Place of Welcome at Curborough<br />

Community Centre <strong>in</strong> North <strong>Lichfield</strong>. This new group complements<br />

the established Place of Welcome run there on Tuesdays by volunteers<br />

from St Chad’s, which has also opened up aga<strong>in</strong>. These groups are us<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the outdoor space at this versatile community centre and mov<strong>in</strong>g on to<br />

offer both <strong>in</strong>door and outdoor seat<strong>in</strong>g options, as the Covid regulations<br />

allow.<br />

All of our Places of Welcome are eager to reopen as soon as possible<br />

but ensur<strong>in</strong>g that they are fully compliant with Covid-19 requirements<br />

and recommended best practice, <strong>in</strong> order to keep everyone safe. For<br />

some, such as libraries and residential care homes, the requirement for<br />

social distanc<strong>in</strong>g will make this impossible with<strong>in</strong> the constra<strong>in</strong>ts of their<br />

premises and other functions or activities that have to take place there,<br />

at least for the foreseeable future.<br />

There is no doubt that tak<strong>in</strong>g part <strong>in</strong> groups aga<strong>in</strong>, whilst very much<br />

wanted, will make some of our local community members feel very<br />

anxious, after months of be<strong>in</strong>g isolated <strong>in</strong> their homes. Transform<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Communities Together, with fund<strong>in</strong>g from <strong>Lichfield</strong> District Council, is<br />

work<strong>in</strong>g with Support Staffordshire to offer a Buddy<strong>in</strong>g service,<br />

whereby such <strong>in</strong>dividuals can be supported to attend their local Place<br />

Place of Welcome at Curborough Community Centre<br />

Lesley Bov<strong>in</strong>gton at St Anne's, Chasetown<br />

of Welcome. We hope that this scheme will not only help people today<br />

but can provide the evidence to support future fund<strong>in</strong>g applications to<br />

offer this support elsewhere, too.<br />

If you know someone from <strong>Lichfield</strong> District who would benefit,<br />

please contact Clare Jolly clare.jolly@supportstaffordshire.org.uk or<br />

Jess Ryan jessica.ryan@supportstaffordshire.org.uk. The Buddy<strong>in</strong>g<br />

project has been paused dur<strong>in</strong>g the pandemic and is now funded to the<br />

end of August.<br />

For more <strong>in</strong>formation about Places of Welcome <strong>in</strong> <strong>Lichfield</strong>, please<br />

contact Lesley Bov<strong>in</strong>gton, Places of Welcome Facilitator, at<br />

lesley.bov<strong>in</strong>gton@tctogether.org.uk or on 0770 4485 332. If you would<br />

like to know where your nearest one is, you can f<strong>in</strong>d out at<br />

www.placesofwelcome.org.uk.<br />


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A Tell-All Guide to Father’s Day<br />

By Charlotte Benton<br />

............................................................<br />

Every year <strong>in</strong> the UK, the third Sunday of <strong>June</strong> is dedicated to<br />

the important male figures <strong>in</strong> our lives, for it is on this day that<br />

we celebrate and appreciate fathers and honour these special<br />

role models <strong>in</strong> our lives. From humorous novelty “Best Dad” gifts<br />

to luxury socks and slippers, there are so many ways that we can<br />

celebrate dads, but how and when did this practice beg<strong>in</strong>?<br />

Unlike the traditional Christian holiday of Mother<strong>in</strong>g Sunday, Father’s<br />

Day displays a much more modern history. The first ever Father’s Day<br />

was celebrated <strong>in</strong> America <strong>in</strong> 1908, when a church <strong>in</strong> West Virg<strong>in</strong>ia held<br />

a special sermon to honour all fathers follow<strong>in</strong>g a m<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g accident that<br />

killed 362 men. However, this appeared to be a one-off event as the<br />

follow<strong>in</strong>g year the church did not seek to commemorate the holiday<br />

aga<strong>in</strong>. The celebration held by the church community is now considered<br />

to have been more of a memorial to the men, rather than an attempt to<br />

<strong>in</strong>itiate a national holiday.<br />

Nevertheless, <strong>in</strong> 1909 an American lady called Sonora Smart Dodd, set<br />

out to establish a national Father’s Day as an equivalent celebration to<br />

the ma<strong>in</strong>stream holiday that is Mother’s Day. The previous year, Dodd had<br />

attended a Mother’s Day church sermon that prompted her to campaign<br />

for equal recognition of fatherhood and, the follow<strong>in</strong>g year, Wash<strong>in</strong>gton<br />

state celebrated its first Father’s Day, slowly spark<strong>in</strong>g other states to<br />

celebrate the holiday each year.<br />

It wasn’t until 1972 that President Richard Nixon f<strong>in</strong>ally declared<br />

Father’s Day a to be a national holiday <strong>in</strong> America, follow<strong>in</strong>g advertisers<br />

previously latch<strong>in</strong>g onto the idea <strong>in</strong> an attempt to promote troops dur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

World War II. Although Father’s Day is not a national holiday <strong>in</strong> the UK,<br />

ever s<strong>in</strong>ce the early 20th century we have followed <strong>in</strong> America’s<br />

footsteps, annually celebrat<strong>in</strong>g father figures <strong>in</strong> <strong>June</strong> each year.<br />

This year, Father’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday 20th <strong>June</strong>, with<br />

dads and grandads around the UK be<strong>in</strong>g treated to cards and gifts, as well<br />

as special visits from family members who they may not regularly see and<br />

have possibly not seen at all dur<strong>in</strong>g lockdown.<br />

But what do you get the man <strong>in</strong> your life? The most popular Father’s<br />

Day gift <strong>in</strong> the UK is surpris<strong>in</strong>gly traditional - a tie! Other traditional gifts<br />

<strong>in</strong>clude, socks, alcohol and a wallet. Of course, if you do choose to give<br />

your Dad a wallet this Father’s Day be prepared for the long-stand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

joke that his children are the reason that he has to open his wallet so<br />

often! Meanwhile, alcohol is often considered the perfect gift to say<br />

‘thanks for putt<strong>in</strong>g up with me,’ whilst you are able to illustrate that you<br />

do, <strong>in</strong> fact, know your dad’s favourite tipple. However, for many, it is the<br />

receiv<strong>in</strong>g of a handmade or specially chosen card that means the most.<br />

As children we make a Father’s Day card at school, then as young adults<br />

we often forget to buy a gift but remember at the last m<strong>in</strong>ute to pick up<br />

a card. Whether it is sentimental or conta<strong>in</strong>s a funny joke, a card is a small<br />

token of appreciation that is sure to make every Dad smile.<br />

An opportunity that many families will relish this year is the chance to<br />

celebrate Father’s Day by go<strong>in</strong>g to a pub or a restaurant, treat<strong>in</strong>g their<br />

loved ones to a dr<strong>in</strong>k or meal. Not forgett<strong>in</strong>g the obligatory breakfast <strong>in</strong><br />

bed that many dads will be treated to on Sunday morn<strong>in</strong>g!<br />

You may be wonder<strong>in</strong>g how other countries celebrate this special day?<br />

Whilst the UK, USA and Canada, all celebrate Father’s Day <strong>in</strong> <strong>June</strong>, other<br />

countries choose to celebrate at different po<strong>in</strong>ts <strong>in</strong> the year. Spa<strong>in</strong> and<br />

Italy for example, celebrate Father’s Day on March 19th due to this dates’<br />

l<strong>in</strong>ks to Roman Catholicism. Meanwhile <strong>in</strong> Thailand, the day is celebrated<br />

on 5th December, which is the birthday of their late K<strong>in</strong>g Bhumibo. Seen<br />

as the father of Thailand, the day seeks to commemorate Bhumibo as<br />

well as fathers throughout the country.<br />

However you choose to commemorate Father’s Day this year, whether<br />

that be by gift<strong>in</strong>g your dad a novelty “Best Dad <strong>in</strong> the World” mug,<br />

enjoy<strong>in</strong>g a home-cooked Sunday d<strong>in</strong>ner or head<strong>in</strong>g to your local pub, be<br />

sure to celebrate the ones you love. Oh, and don’t forget the card!<br />


Someth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

for Dad<br />

....................<br />

Father’s Day is on 20th <strong>June</strong><br />

this year, but what do you<br />

get the man who has<br />

everyth<strong>in</strong>g? We’ve put together a<br />

guide of unique gift items from<br />

some of our favourite local<br />

retailers to give you some<br />

<strong>in</strong>spiration.<br />

Michael’s Menswear<br />

There’s a superb selection of cuffl<strong>in</strong>ks to choose<br />

from <strong>in</strong> a variety of different styles. Priced from<br />

£19.95. Available from Michael’s Menswear Market<br />

Street, <strong>Lichfield</strong>. Tel: 01543 262264.<br />

Allen Brown<br />

As Father’s Day approaches take a look at the<br />

trendy selection of gent’s jewellery on offer.<br />

Rang<strong>in</strong>g from cuffl<strong>in</strong>ks and tie-p<strong>in</strong>s to bangles<br />

and necklaces. Pictured: Titanium cuffl<strong>in</strong>ks<br />

with coloured details, priced at £128.<br />

Available from Allen Brown Jewellery, Heart<br />

of the Country Shopp<strong>in</strong>g Village, Sw<strong>in</strong>fen.<br />

www.allenbrownjewellery.co.uk<br />

Michael’s Menswear<br />

Every man loves a pair of socks and these stylish<br />

Viyella creations, <strong>in</strong> a range of different styles,<br />

patterns and colours, are sure to impress Dad!<br />

Priced at £9.95. Available from Michael’s Menswear<br />

Market Street, <strong>Lichfield</strong>. Tel: 01543 262264.<br />

T<strong>in</strong>a’s Temptations<br />

T<strong>in</strong>a's Temptations offers a range of<br />

handmade treats for all occasions and special<br />

Father’s Day cupcakes, brownies and treat<br />

boxes are also available. Contact T<strong>in</strong>a on<br />

07973380192 or via Facebook at<br />

www.facebook.com/t<strong>in</strong>astemptationscakes.<br />

City Jewellers<br />

This Cross Townsend Rollerball Pen is not<br />

simply practical, it’s also stylish too. The<br />

perfect th<strong>in</strong>g for Dad to help him complete<br />

his crossword! Priced at £109 and available<br />

from City Jewellers, Bore Street, <strong>Lichfield</strong>.<br />

www.cityjewellers.co.uk<br />

The Quirky Emporiumm<br />

Formula 1 memorabilia is a sure-fire w<strong>in</strong>ner<br />

for Dad this year and these mugs are ideal<br />

for that morn<strong>in</strong>g cup of coffee. Priced at just<br />

£6 each, they are available from The Quirky<br />

Emporium, Overdale Farm, Colwich.<br />

Tel: 07773 783336.<br />

www.thequirkyemporium.com<br />

Cakes of Wonderland<br />

Now tak<strong>in</strong>g on orders for Father’s Day<br />

Cupcakes and Afternoon Teas for collection<br />

Saturday 19th <strong>June</strong>.<br />

Afternoon Tea available for takeaway - £20,<br />

serves 2. Includes: 2 x Large Deli Rolls,<br />

Sausage Roll, Scotch Egg, Pickled Onions,<br />

Father’s Day Cupcakes, Biscoff Blondie,<br />

Bread Pudd<strong>in</strong>g/Shortbread Millionaire, Dairy<br />

Milk Chocolate Bar.<br />

Cupcakes 6 for £10 or 12 for £20.<br />

Visit www.cakesofwonderlandlichfield.co.uk.<br />

The Hand Crafted Party<br />

Let your Dad or Grandad know that they<br />

mean the world to you with this stunn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

luxury Earth Bubble Balloon.<br />

Priced at £28.<br />

Now tak<strong>in</strong>g orders for Father’s Day.<br />

Visit www.thehandcraftedparty.com for<br />

more designs.<br />


City Jewellers<br />

If Dad likes a little bit of branded style, look no<br />

further than this Emporio Armani Signature Leather<br />

and Sta<strong>in</strong>less Steel Bracelet, priced at £99. Available<br />

from City Jewellers, Bore Street, <strong>Lichfield</strong>.<br />

www.cityjewellers.co.uk<br />

Tippers<br />

DIY-enthusiasts will love this Makita<br />

DLX2131JX1 drill set, which <strong>in</strong>cludes a combi<br />

drill, impact driver, fast charger and 2 x 3.0Ah<br />

batteries, all <strong>in</strong> a durable Makpak case. Priced at<br />

£184 plus VAT, and available from<br />

Tippers, <strong>Lichfield</strong>.<br />

www.Tippers.com<br />

MB Designs<br />

These gorgeous local mugs by artist Mandy<br />

Bill<strong>in</strong>gton <strong>in</strong>corporate the beautiful build<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

of the city, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>Lichfield</strong> Cathedral,<br />

Dr Johnson’s Birthplace and the old clock.<br />

Available <strong>in</strong> blue, p<strong>in</strong>k and yellow. Priced at £12<br />

each and available from MB Designs at<br />

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MBDesignsEngland.<br />

Tel: 07841 108207,<br />

Email: m.b.designs@hotmail.com.<br />

Paul Martyn<br />

This superb quality Brunton Compass comes with<br />

its own box and would make a special and different<br />

gift for Dad. Priced at £39.95 and available from<br />

Paul Martyn Furniture, Heart of the Country<br />

Shopp<strong>in</strong>g Village, Sw<strong>in</strong>fen.<br />

www.paulmartynfurniture.co.uk<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong> Factory Specs<br />

A great selection of stylish gent’s frames,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Hugo Boss, Gucci and Ralph Lauren.<br />

Designer frames and s<strong>in</strong>gle vision lenses<br />

start<strong>in</strong>g from only £85 complete. Available<br />

from <strong>Lichfield</strong> Factory Specs, Tamworth<br />

Street, <strong>Lichfield</strong>. Tel: 01543 300625..<br />

Tippers<br />

All Dad’s love a lawnmower such as the<br />

cordless Makita DLM380Z with 38cm cutt<strong>in</strong>g<br />

width. Equipped with a s<strong>in</strong>gle lever cutt<strong>in</strong>g<br />

adjustment with six height sett<strong>in</strong>gs for a<br />

controlled f<strong>in</strong>ish. Priced at £139.99 plus VAT and<br />

available from Tippers, <strong>Lichfield</strong>.<br />

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Paul Martyn<br />

Wooden Camper Van Letter Rack is someth<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

bit different. Priced at £12.99. Available from Paul<br />

Martyn Furniture, Heart of the Country Shopp<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Village, Sw<strong>in</strong>fen.<br />

www.paulmartynfurniture.co.uk<br />

<strong>Lichfield</strong> Piano Centre<br />

Give the gift of music this Mother’s Day with<br />

a piano from the superb range of upright and<br />

baby grand pianos available at <strong>Lichfield</strong> Piano<br />

Centre, Curborough Hall Farm, Watery Lane.<br />

www.lichfieldpianocentre.co.uk<br />

Tippers<br />

Get authentic and crisp Italian style pizzas<br />

cooked to perfection, and hot off the barbecue,<br />

with this Weber GBS Pizza Stone. The cordierite<br />

stone reaches a high, even temperature so pizza<br />

bases cook fast and rema<strong>in</strong> crisp. Priced at<br />

£58.79 and available from Pav<strong>in</strong>g Place.<br />




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