Citylife in Lichfield June 2021

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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 Magazine

Inside...

6 Local News

What's been happening in and around Lichfield

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32 Cutest Pets

Just a few of your pet contributions

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38 Celebrating 125 Years!

Jono Oates explores the history of the Lichfield

Chamber

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52 CityView

News from Lichfield City Council

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63 Father's Day Gift Guide

Find something special for Dad

From the Editor…

As the end of lockdown is finally nearing, the world is slowly

opening up once again as a new ‘normality’ ensues. It’s safe to say

that Lichfield has become a bustling hub of activity recently, with

shops, restaurants, cafes and attractions coming back to life – it

truly is a wonderful sight to behold as our beloved City regains

its lifeforce.

Of course, it is still prudent that we remain socially aware as the

pandemic has not left us, but is merely under control, and it is

great to see safety measures being employed and utilised

throughout Lichfield.

In this issue, you’ll find more of your favourite news stories,

history articles and local features, and we’d like to once again

take the opportunity to thank all of our loyal readers, advertisers

and supporters who have enabled us to safely and successfully

weather the Covid storm… This issue is dedicated to you all!

Enjoy!

Krissy


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LOCAL NEWS

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Visit Lichfield for

Short Breaks

Kirsty McMahon from Visit Lichfield with

Danielle Nicholls and Ross Ballinger from

Drayton Manor Park

Visit Lichfield has launched a short breaks

brochure to help anyone looking for holiday

ideas in the UK to discover what is on offer in

Lichfield District.

The Visit Lichfield short breaks brochure

showcases the many exciting and interesting

attractions to visit as well as the leisure, culture,

shopping and hospitality to be found across the

district, ideal for holiday makers to ‘escape the

everyday’ on a perfect weekend or mid-week

getaway.

The short breaks brochure is available to order

online

at

www.visitlichfield.co.uk/brochurerequest. It is

also available to pick up from the Visitor

Information Centre at St Mary’s in the Market

Square, or it can be downloaded at

www.visitlichfield.co.uk/download.

To find out more about all Lichfield District has

to offer visitors, go to www.visitlichfield.co.uk.

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City Pedestrianisation

Study

Street activity was measured by cameras to

evaluate vehicle and pedestrian movement

around Lichfield city centre.

Lichfield District Council, working in

partnership with Staffordshire County Council,

carried out a two-week pedestrianisation

feasibility study in May as part of its work to

deliver the Lichfield City Centre Masterplan.

Small cameras were positioned in areas of

Tamworth Street, Conduit Street, Market

Street, Breadmarket Street and Bore Street to

study pedestrian, cycle and vehicle movements

and identify peak times of use.

Lichfield City Centre Masterplan was published

in 2020 to help shape the future growth of

Lichfield city centre, set out opportunities for

enhancing the quality of the city centre

environment, and provide a guide for future

investment in Lichfield. A consultation on car

parking options in February received feedback

from more than 1,000 individuals and

businesses.

Information on the Masterplan is available at

www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/city-centreregeneration.

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Mayor and Sheriff

Open Canal Walk

Engineering Director, Peter Buck, with Deborah

Baker and Daryl Brown

A new section of Lichfield Canal's Heritage

Towpath Trail has been officially opened.

Canal Walk, stretching 260 yards from the

Longbridge Road footpath to Gallows Wharf at

London Road, was formally opened by the

Mayor of Lichfield, Deborah Baker, and the

Sheriff of Lichfield, Dr Daryl Brown, in a

socially-distanced ceremony attended by a

group of canal restoration volunteers.

Councillor Baker said the Trail ticked every box

in her Mayoral year because she was keen on

the environment and green corridors, and the

Sheriff remembered playing on the filled-in canal

as a child and looked forward to the day when

it was filled in with water.

The Mayor and Sheriff were presented with

paintings of an imagined canal in water by the

artist Stuart Sampson, who helps the Trust raise

funds by offering his work as prizes in a raffle at

https://raffall.com/lhcrt.

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Permanent Chief Exec

Appointed

District councillors

have formally

appointed Simon

Fletcher to the role

of chief executive of

Lichfield District

Council at the annual

council meeting on

18th May.

The appointments Simon Fletcher

committee reviewed

all the applicants in the original search and

invited two candidates who scored highly in the

first stage of the recruitment process but had

withdrawn before progressing to the next stage.

Having completed the interview process, Simon

was chosen and will take over as chief executive

later this year.

Simon currently works for Agilisys Ltd as Head

of Business Change Practice. Previous roles

include Strategic Director for the Royal

Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and Deputy

Chief Executive for the Government of the

Falkland Islands.

Tony McGovern will still take over as interim

chief executive from 1st June when the current

chief executive, Diane Tilley, leaves the

organisation.

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Johnson’s Birthplace

Re-opens

One of Lichfield’s most distinctive tourist

attractions has re-opened after over half a year

of closure due to Coronavirus restrictions.

The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum on

Breadmarket St, adjacent to the Market Square,

opened its doors to visitors again at 10.30am

on Monday 17th May. The Museum is free to

enter, but tickets must be booked in advance.

Measures introduced at Johnson’s family home

to facilitate reopening include hand sanitiser

available on entry, social distancing markers, and

a one-way system with route markings and

signage to help visitors travel around the

historic building safely. Contactless payments

are available and encouraged for anyone who

wishes to purchase items during their visit. The

Museum has also been certified under the

‘Good to Go’ mark, a scheme run by Visit

England.

Interactive activities have been removed to

avoid contact between visitors, but printable

activities for families can be downloaded from

the Museum website, along with international

language guides.

For more information and to book your free

visit go to the Museum’s website at

www.samueljohnsonbirthplace.org.uk. Contact

the Birthplace team on 01543 264 972 or email

sjmuseum@lichfield.gov.uk.


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LOCAL NEWS

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BBC Award for

Local Teen

Local teenager, Sebbie

Hall, has been chosen

to receive an Inspiring

Young Person award in

the BBC Radio WM

Make a Difference

Heroes Awards.

Presented by

pantomime legend,

Matt Slack, the Inspiring

Young Person Award is

given to someone aged

17 or under who has

demonstrated courage,

talent or commitment in any field.

Sebbie Hall

Chosen out of hundreds of nominees, Sebbie,

from Lichfield, was awarded this prestigious

title for his good work throughout the

pandemic, which included participating in doing

random Acts of Kindness every day for a year

in order to raise money for charity.

Sebbie initially wanted to raise £1,000 for

charities which help to prevent loneliness in

young people with disabilities, however he has

raised an astonishing £27,000 so far and made

thousands of people smile along the way!

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Local Charity

Welcomes Celeb

Patrons

Local Charity

Liberty Jamboree

is delighted to

welcome Joanna

Lumley OBE and

actress Mina

Anwar as its two

new Arts Hub

Patrons. The

charity is also

thrilled to have

the support of

Rugby Legend Will Joanna Lumley OBE

Greenwood MBE

for its new mixed

ability rugby opportunity.

Liberty jamboree is a registered charity based

in Burntwood and Tamworth that offers

vocational training, social, fitness, mental

wellbeing groups and job opportunities for

young people with disabilities. Liberty works

with young people aged 11 - 25 from areas

across Staffordshire and the West Midlands.

Recently, Mina produced a song with Libert’s

‘shine and sign’ choir to celebrate international

women’s day with the young people teaching

Mina on Zoom the Makaton signs for the iconic

Helen Reddy song ‘I am Woman’. Mina will be

joining the choir in person at this year’s

Lichfield Fuse Festival on Saturday 14th August.

For more information on the exciting

opportunities at Liberty Jamboree please go to

our website www.libertyjamboree.co.uk.

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Lottery Cash Trains

Caring Classmates

Pupils from Nether Stowe School

Students at a Lichfield school are to be trained

to become ‘peer mentors’ to help their

classmates deal with wellbeing challenges

brought by the Covid pandemic, in a pioneering

scheme funded by the National Lottery.

Twenty pupils at Nether Stowe School, which is

part of the respected Arthur Terry Learning

Partnership, will be trained as peer mentors to

become Mental Health Champions through

YMCA Heart of England, a local young people's

charity.

Under the scheme, the school’s newly-trained

peer mentors will actively work in the school

community and beyond delivering peer-to-peer

sessions about the importance of wellbeing, as

well as proving one-to-one support to students

who are struggling.

The ground-breaking idea is based on the belief

that children often find it easier to confide in

their peers first, before talking to family

members or school staff.

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Shenstone Station

Adoption Group

A newly formed group has ‘adopted’ Shenstone

Railway Station as part of West Midlands

Railways’ initiative to involve local communities

with the railway stations.

The Shenstone Station Adoption Group went

‘live’ in May after completing the necessary

health and safety checks and has already set up

its first event. This being an exhibition in the

station ticket office featuring vibrant art

canvases created by the young people of Sutton

Coldfield YMCA and focussed on the theme of

The four members of Shenstone Station

Adoption Group

mental health, particularly in young men.

The exhibition is open daily from 7am-10pm,

although it can be viewed through some of the

station windows if the ticket office is closed.

Another remit of the Group is to enhance the

station and its environment within the village

with the first job being to clear and then replant

the bank above the car park with plants,

grasses and shrubs that will not only be

attractive, but will also attract insects.

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Rediscover Lichfield

Guided Tours

Visit Lichfield’s guided tours are starting up

again, so small Covid-secure groups can

rediscover the City’s fascinating history.

The socially distanced ‘bubble’ guided tours

offer family and friends groups the chance to

find out more about Lichfield’s historic streets,

buildings and personalities.

The tours, which are available now, can be

booked for a time and date that suits the tourgoers.

A 90-minute tour for up to five costs £30 and

can be booked by calling Visit Lichfield on

01543 308924.

Visit Lichfield’s full programme of tours is

expected to start up again in stage 4 of the

roadmap, which is no earlier than 21st June

2021.

Find out more about Visit Lichfield’s tours at

www.visitlichfield.co.uk/tours.


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LOCAL NEWS

Cathedral Receives

Further Funding

Lichfield Cathedral has received a grant of

£364,400 from the Government’s £1.57 billion

Culture Recovery Fund to help with recovery

and reopening to visitors following the

pandemic and various lockdowns.

Nearly £400 million has been awarded to

thousands of cultural organisations across the

country, including Lichfield Cathedral in the

latest round of support from the Culture

Recovery Fund.

Lichfield Cathedral has been able to remain

open for worship, adhering to strict Covid

guidelines. It has also offered its services to the

NHS as a giant vaccination centre for the

people of Lichfield. But, in line with all ‘indoor

attractions’, the doors have had to remain

closed to tourists and visitors.

Inevitably this has led to the loss of vital income

as well as extra expenditure involved in keeping

the Cathedral Covid-secure. The grant from the

Government’s Culture Recovery Fund will be

used on essential works to the building and on

core operating costs as the Cathedral looks

ahead to a full summer programme, continues

its recovery and reopens for visitors.

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Don’t Dump It

- Sort It!

Local construction firms are being encouraged

to follow four simple steps when disposing of

site waste in a bid to cut down on fly-tipping

across Lichfield District.

Lichfield District Council is joining forces with

the Environment Agency to urge construction

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firms to take

responsibility for

their waste.

In April the council

received 130 reports

of fly-tipping, many

of which contained

builder’s rubble and

other by-products

from

the

c o n s t r u c t i o n

industry, such as

asbestos, which

Church Road in Stonnall

needs to be

handled by professionals.

People posing as genuine waste collectors can

cause serious harm to the environment by

taking construction waste and dumping it. This

is why it is so important to check the details of

anyone paid to remove waste.

Local builders are being encouraged to follow

four simple steps to meet their duty of care:

1. Identify and label waste.

2. Arrange a waste collection service.

3. Check your site waste is going to the right

place.

4. Keep records of the waste that leaves your

site.

Fly-tipping in Lichfield District can be reported

to the council at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/report.

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A Beautiful Place

for Coffee

Welcome back to one of the most beautiful

places in Lichfield to enjoy a coffee. The Hub at

St Mary’s is really excited to reopen and be able

to serve customers once again with delicious

coffee, cakes and light bites.

During lockdown the café has taken time to

source some local suppliers and continued to

work with brands that match its values, so it has

opening with a refreshed food offering, a restocked

bar and lots of ‘finishing touches’, ready

to welcome visitors back in.

The Hub Café has refreshed itself with new

parents in mind, making sure the space is

especially welcoming to Lichfield’s newest

residents. Staff have added more kids’ food

options and activities to keep them occupied

while parents relax and enjoy that well-earned

slice of cake in the glorious, relaxing venue.

The Coffee Shop and Bar is open from Tuesday-

Saturday 9.30am-3pm.

Library Members - show your library card for

10% off food and drinks. There are also special

offers for Visit Lichfield Card holders. More

details can be found on website

www.thehubstmarys.co.uk.

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Repair Work Starts

on Car Park

The upper floors of the multi-storey car park

on Birmingham Road in Lichfield will be closed

for around four weeks during repairs.

The purpose of the work is to replace existing

waterproofing on the top deck of the car park,

carry out some concrete repairs, treat small

areas of corroded steelwork, and repair recent

damage to a section of wall on the ground floor

level.

Site set up began on Monday 24th May 2021

with repair work starting on Tuesday 1st June.

To make way for works, the upper three levels

of the car park - levels 4, 5 and 6 - are closed

from Tuesday 2nd June but the rest of the car

park will remain open.

Details of alternative car park around Lichfield

city centre can be found on Lichfield District

Council’s website at

www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/carparkmap.

To Advertise

call:-

Barbara Smith 07999 327419

barbaracitylife@gmail.com

Steve Brown 07740 166497

stevebrowncitylife@gmail.com

Rebecca Hill 07970 513144

rebeccahillcitylife@gmail.com


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LOCAL NEWS

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Classic Car Club’s

Charity Tour

A classic German Borgward

Classic car owners are being invited to take a

spin to help raise money for a local charity.

To celebrate Covid-19 restrictions beginning to

ease, a Classic Car Tour has been organised by

Wolverhampton & South Staffordshire Car

Club for Sunday 13th June 2021, giving classic

car owners the chance to take to the roads to

raise funds for The Community Foundation for

Staffordshire.

The informal convoy (touring assembly) will

have a ceremonial start in Lichfield City at 9am,

before meandering via Barr Beacon, Sutton

Park and the National Memorial Arboretum

(where drivers will be able to take a

refreshment break). The route will continue via

other areas of local interest before finishing at

Bishton Hall, Wolseley Bridge at around 1pm.

There is an entry fee of £38 per car, and any

classic car owners interested in taking part

should visit ‘Cannock Chase Classic Car Tour’

on Facebook for more details.

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Developing the

McClean Way

A study that could see cyclists and walkers

benefitting from a new greenway between

Brownhills and Lichfield is getting underway

soon.

Lichfield District Council is starting work on a

project that could transform a mothballed

railway track into a new cycle and footpath

linking Brownhills to Lichfield.

Working with Network Rail and Sustrans, the

national walking and cycling charity, the council

will assess a section of the old South

Staffordshire Railway line between Lichfield and

Brownhills for its potential to reopen as a

greenway. This would link Brownhills to

Lichfield, continuing the National Cycle

Network which runs between Walsall and

Brownhills.

South Staffordshire Railway initially opened in

1849 and was used for passenger travel and to

transport coal and oil. The branch line has since

been closed to passenger and freight services,

but much of the track still remains.

A feasibility study will be carried out this

summer to understand the scale of the project,

likely issues, opportunities, costs and how best

to develop it. The findings will be used to draw

up a project plan and engage with the local

community and partners.

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St Giles Summer Raffle

St Giles Hospice, based in Whittington, is

holding its annual Summer Raffle this year in

order to raise funds to continue the good work

that it does for patients with incurable illnesses

and their families.

It costs more than £10 million to provide the

care St Giles offers every year and the hospice

needs to raise £850,000 each month to keep its

services going and continue to support more

local families living with a terminal illness.

Tickets for the hospice summer raffle are now

on sale at £1 each and prizes up for grabs

include a jackpot of £8,000, a second prize of

£2,000 and other cash prizes.

Anyone wanting to enter the draw can find out

more or buy raffle tickets online until midnight

on Wednesday 30th June at

www.stgileshospice.com/raffle or by calling the

Lottery Office on 01543 434020. The raffle

draw will be made on Wednesday 14th July.

Burntwood Voters

Back Neighbourhood

Plan

Voters in the town of Burntwood backed the

Plan in a vote held on 6th May, with 76%

supporting the proposal.

Burntwood parishioners had the opportunity

to vote on their Neighbourhood Plan, which

sets out a strategy for the management of

proposals for new homes, shops and offices that

could be built in the town between now and

2029. It also identifies the infrastructure that

will be needed to support this growth.

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Cabinet Reshuffle and

New Chair

Last night’s Annual

Council saw

changes to Cabinet

roles announced

and the new Chair

of Lichfield District

Council sworn in.

The Leader of

Barry Gwilt, Chair of LDC

Lichfield District

Council, Councillor Doug Pullen, announced a

number of changes to Cabinet roles at the

Annual Council meeting, held on Tuesday 18th

May 2021 at Burntwood Leisure Centre to

allow for social distancing.

The changes will see Councillor Ashley Yeates

move from Community Engagement to Cabinet

Member for Climate Change and Recycling;

Councillor Richard Cox will move from Leisure,

Parks and Waste to take over responsibility for

Community Engagement; Councillor Iain Eadie,

who remains Deputy Leader and Cabinet

Member for Economic Development and Local

Plan, will add Parks and Leisure to his portfolio;

Councillor Liz Little keeps Major Projects;

Councillor Andy Smith’s role changes to

Cabinet Member for Innovation and Corporate

Services; and Councillor Rob Strachan’s role is

updated to Cabinet Member for Finance,

Procurement and Revenues and Benefits.

Councillor Angela Lax’s role remains

unchanged.

The meeting also saw Councillor Barry Gwilt

sworn in as the new Chair and Councillor Colin

Greatorex as the Vice Chair of Lichfield District

Council.

Councillor Gwilt replaces Councillor Joe

Powell as Chair after two years in the role. As

the Chair, Councillor Gwilt will represent the

district at a range of events that take place

across the district and region, including royal

visits, community events and formal openings.

He will also chair council meetings throughout

the year.


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Advertising Feature

Slowly Back to a

New Normal

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As the country cautiously

emerges from lockdown

local care company Visiting

Angels is continuing to

provide invaluable home

care services to its clients.

Following a massive effort

by both health professionals and the public, May 17th

marked a return to something which resembled a more

normal way of life.

Owner of Visiting Angels, Andrew Lofts, explains: “We

have spent months supporting our clients in their own

homes ensuring they were safe and comfortable.” He

continues: “We support the continuing independence of

our clients and, now that society is opening up again, we

are looking to help those individuals who wish to go out

and partake in those activities they used to enjoy –

whether that is a trip to the shops, a local garden centre

or a stroll around the local park.”

Although the vaccination programme is progressing well

Visiting Angels continues with full infection control

measures including PPE for both carers and clients and

continuing to follow social distancing guidelines.

Andrew concludes: “None of us want to return to

lockdown, we all want a return of our social lives, we must

therefore all take responsibility to curb our initial reaction

to rush out and not to forget those hard earned

achievements.”

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Advertising Feature

New Showroom for

UK Stoneworx

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UK Stoneworx is a family-run business specialising in

providing bespoke granite and quartz kitchen work

surfaces.

The firm has recently expanded by opening a brand-new quartz

kitchen worktop showroom, based on Burntwood Business Park.

Having been established for more than four years, and previously

working from home, the opening of a dedicated showroom is big

news for this local retailer.

Leon, owner and managing director, previously worked as a stone

mason and has over 15 years’ experience working with this

material. Leon progressed to laser templating, creating made-tomeasure

worktops as laser templating is much more accurate

system and allows for more intricate work.

The business provides quartz and granite worktops in a range of

colours and styles. Fireplace surrounds and mantle pieces are also

available, and installation services are offered by the company too.

Leon and the team at UK Stoneworx work with the Silestone

and Dekton ranges, however other brands are also available.

Pop into the new showroom at Unit 28a, Ring Road, Burntwood

Business Park, Burntwood, WS7 3JG. Find out more online at

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


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This L.G.B. G gauge locomotive features in Richard

Winterton’s Antiques and Home Sale on June 21.

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I Used To Have

One Of Those!

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By Jon Price

We certainly get to a see a wide range of toys and games here at

Richard Winterton Auctioneers, from people selling cherished childhood

items to room-size model railway layouts built up over many years.

Traditionally the interest for collectors was in die-cast vehicles, model

railways, dolls and teddy bears and these are all still strongly collected,

but these days there are large numbers of enthusiastic collectors for all

types of toy with Action Man, Star Wars, Film and TV-related, various

action or superhero figures, Subbuteo, Sindy and her friends, Mamod live

steam engines, Britains soldiers, Scalextric and all types of tinplate and

clockwork items being especially popular.

British die-cast vehicles have long been collected with many collectors

concentrating on the so called ‘Golden Age’ of British die-cast which is

roughly the period from the end of World War Two until the middle of

the 1970s.

These years were dominated by the familiar names of Dinky, Corgi, Triang

Spot-On and Lesney Matchbox and these are all highly collectable.

But there are many other smaller manufacturers from this period

some who just existed for a few years in the early 1950s and finding and

identifying these can be an interesting area of collecting.

Toys based on popular TV and film

titles such as the James Bond series

are always very popular can be and

highly sought after; in particular the

Star Wars phenomenon shows no

signs of slowing down.

In general, the earlier Star Wars

figures and vehicles that are marked

with dates from the late 1970s or

early 1980s are of most interest to

collectors.

The Star Wars phenomenon shows

no signs of slowing down.

Unbuilt model aircraft kits really do

fly at auction too, with large collections reaching for the skies to realise

thousands of pounds.

Sought-after brands include Airfix, Matchbox, Italeri and Frog.

We are currently starting to

catalogue several large collections of

trains and model railways for a special

section in our Antiques and Home

Sale on Monday, June 21.

These range from 1950s Tri-ang and

Hornby Dublo items up to modern G

scale trains for use on garden

railways.

The toy market is constantly

changing as different generations get

to a certain age and decide they want

to buy the items they had when

children or items that they always

wanted but were not allowed or

were too expensive at the time.

At present Pokémon cards are in

vogue and there has been an

explosion of interest – and

consequent increase in value! – of the

earliest cards and sets over the last

couple of years, so if you have certain

cards in good condition they can be

worth a great deal of money.

A classic 1960s Corgi James Bond

Aston Martin DB5 model

complete with ejector seat

released to tie in with the film

Goldfinger.

Mamod live steam engines are

popular with collectors.

A good one to look out for is a 1st edition Charizard from the original

or base set No4./102.

So if you have any old toys or games in the loft or the back of a

forgotten cupboard, now would be a good time to get them out and let

us have a look at them, you might well be pleasantly surprised by the

results.

Email enquiries for toys together with a photo of the item directly to

jon@richardwinterton.co.uk.

In-person valuations for toys and collectables as well as jewellery,

watches, silver and antiques on Thursdays at The Lichfield Auction

Centre, Wood End Lane, Fradley Park WS13 8NF can be booked on

01543 251081 or by emailing office@richardwinterton.co.uk.

Richard Winterton Auctioneers has introduced new fortnightly

online Two Day Antiques & Home Sales every other Monday and

Tuesday, starting at 9.30am each day.

Jewellery, watches, ceramics, toys and collectables feature on

Day One with automobilia, household items and furniture

on Day Two.

Viewing by appointment only takes place the preceding

Friday – call 01543 251081 to book.

Visit www.richardwinterton.co.uk/auction-dates to view

digital catalogues online.


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Lichfield Smiles, the award-winning

denture clinic based in the city, is

set to reopen after what can only

be described as a turbulent two years.

The clinic, run by clinical dental

technician Matt Burnell BSc Hons Dip

CDT RCS (Eng), offers a wholly

personalised approach to all denture

needs, delivering ‘smile solutions’

combined with the utmost of discretion

and exceptional service.

It was just under two years ago that disaster struck for the

renowned clinical dental technician and his dedicated team, when

a devastating flood swept through the period building, situated on

Upper St John Street, causing tens of thousands of pounds worth

of damage.

In the face of all adversity, committed Matt battled on and

continued to offer his services to patients already under his care,

making the visits to him as ‘normal’ as possible for clients, whilst

attempting to rectify the situation.

Sadly, the clinic experienced yet further issues when the Covid-

19 pandemic hit, which rendered the denture centre completely

closed and out of use for many months.

Fast forward to 2021, and the clinic appears to be finally ‘out of

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

inside and outside, means that the clinic is not only looking great,

but is fully compliant with all Covid regulations in order to be able

to safely reopen once again and offer the same fantastic, personal

level of service to its clients.

There is finally light at the end of the tunnel for Matt and the

team, and it’s a glaringly large flashlight-style beacon of light in the

form of yet more prestigious recognition in the world of dentistry!

Matt was recently presented with the title of President of the

British Association of Clinical Dental Technicians (BACDT), the

only UK association for dental technicians. This is not only a great

honour, but an incredible achievement, as the nominations for this

position involve votes from the Board and the association

members too.

What’s more, is that Lichfield Smiles is approaching its 10-year

anniversary so Matt is very much looking forward to celebrating in

style after what has been an extraordinarily challenging period!

“My main ambition now is to push advances in treatment

protocols and techniques, while raising awareness of clinical dental

technology within the dental profession and to the general public,”

comments Matt with, of course, the widest of smiles!

Find out more about Matt and Lichfield Smiles by visiting

www.smiles.uk.com of calling 01543 415288.

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All Smiles as Local

Dentist Reopens!

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Vintage Train Trip

Rescheduled

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Apostponed special Charter Train Service from Lichfield to

Buxton and the High Peaks has now had a new date

confirmed.

The service, originally scheduled for 18th April was postponed due to

the Covid-19 lockdown however, following discussions with the train

operators and the rail authorities, Transport For Britain is delighted to

announce that the service has been rescheduled for Sunday 18th July.

The train has been chartered to raise awareness and support for plans

to reopen the railway line between Lichfield and Burton to regular

passenger trains and for the construction of a new station at Alrewas.

The train will be made-up of vintage 1980s rolling stock, with both first

class and standard seats available, and will run from Lichfield to the

beautiful spa town of Buxton via the Hope Valley calling at Edale.

Refreshments and toilets will be available onboard.

The train will depart Lichfield at 10.38 arriving at Edale at 12.14 and

Buxton at 13.07. The return journey will depart Buxton at 17.18, stopping

at Edale at 18.20 and returning to Lichfield at 20.22*.

Pete Longman, Managing Director of Transport For Britain, said: “This

is a great opportunity to raise the profile of the campaign to reopen the

line between Lichfield and Alrewas. Ticket holders will enjoy travelling in

style and have the opportunity to either explore Edale and the

surrounding area of the Peak National Park or alternatively, they can soak

up the atmosphere in one of Britain’s foremost Georgian spa towns. Visit

the Pavilion Gardens, perhaps take in the Buxton Crescent Heritage

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Stepping Out

By Jo Howell

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Have you ventured out to a restaurant yet?

Found yourself in a beer garden on a Friday

evening, catching up with friends? Or maybe

you’ve dug out the gym gear and headed to a class? If

you have, I hope the experience was worth the long

lockdown wait… and if you haven’t? That’s perfectly

ok.

I’m going to let you into a little secret - I actually feel

quite apprehensive about doing some of these things. A huge part of me

wants to throw myself back into the life we all once knew and embrace

everything on offer but there’s another part that’s putting the brakes on

and encouraging me to stop, breathe and just wait.

And these feelings are perfectly normal. So, my top three tips for

‘Stepping Out’ after Lockdown are:

Take it Slow

It’s understandable that your emotions may be a little erratic and

ranging from high to low on the same day. You may feel nervous about

stepping out of your comfort zone again and doing things that feel a little

Centre – part of the newly opened Crescent Hotel complex, or while-away

the hours in one of Buxton’s many tea rooms, bars and restaurants.”

Tickets for this special day out to one of the county’s most beautiful

destinations are available from Eventbrite, priced at £60 standard class

and £80 first class plus booking fees (terms and conditions apply). Visit

www.arboretumline.uk/charterservice to get your tickets. If you would

like any further information prior to booking email the Transport For

Britain Team at charter@arboretumline.uk.

*Train times may be subject to change and will be confirmed prior to

the date of departure.

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

YOU.

Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

Just because you neighbour/friend/colleague is living their best life now

the latest restrictions have been lifted, doesn’t mean you have to.

We’re constantly bombarded with people who live their lives on

Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Social media can be a great source for

inspiration. But, if it triggers inadequacy, self-doubt, and frustration, then

choose to do a detox.

The only person you should compare yourself to is… YOU.

Focus on the Positives

Sometimes it’s hard to find the light in what has been a very unsettled

year but even the stormiest of seas has a calm horizon eventually.

Resetting your mindset, playing your favourite music, and even 10

minutes of mindful meditation, can all help you feel, and live, a more

positive life. Remember, YOU are in charge of both your mind and your

actions.

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

history. We will have good, happy memories and we will have ones we’d

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

from the past, live in the present and believe in the future?

Yes, YOU can!

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


As a family Jennifer Ashe & Son Funeral Directors know and

understand that the death of a loved one can be a traumatic and difficult

time. We are here to offer guidance and support to ensure the funeral

of your loved one not only gives you comfort but honours the

memories and life they leave behind. Jennifer Ashe & Son have

supported families across the West Midlands, Staffordshire and

Birmingham since opening their first funeral home in 2016 and are

proud to be 6th year running award winners of ‘Best of Three’ for

Walsall.

With branches based in Hednesford, Brownhills, Walsall and

Willenhall, and a further two opening in Wolverhampton and

Birmingham in the coming months, as well as our own in house florist

and stone mason, we are best placed to support families across the

whole of the West Midlands and Staffordshire when making

arrangements for their loved one’s final goodbye.

Jennife Ashe & Son have an envied reputation for delivering excellent

care and quality, we are proud to offer families a range of services from

the most simple to the most elaborate of funerals, we have several

packages aimed at supporting families whatever their budget. We are

committed to ensuring that funerals remain affordable for families, we

review our pricing structure along with those of our competitors

weekly, not only to allow families choice in the various types of service

they may want, but also giving them confidence that they are getting the

best possible service and care for their loved one, we are also proud of

our ‘Never Knowingly Overpriced’ guarantee, this is our promise to

families that if they do find the exact same services offered by another

Advertising Feature

Jennifer Ashe & Son Funeral Directors

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Funeral Director at a lower rate we will of course match and beat that

rate.

Our most popular ‘at need’ funeral is the ‘Complete Cremation

Package’ priced at £2,600. This includes; Bringing a loved one into our

care day or night, completion of all legal paperwork, care in our

professional facilities, viewing in our private chapels of rest, all our

services for acting as Funeral Director, a Jaguar Hearse, a Jaguar

Limousine, Coffin, 3ft floral coffin spray, 30 Order of Service booklets,

Cremation at any Crematorium, Religious or Non Religious Funeral

Celebrant and payment of Cremation Certificates.

Planning ahead;

As with anything these days, the costs of funerals are also rising year

on year, we are finding that many families are choosing to protect their

loved ones from the increasing costs by paying for their funeral in

advance. We have a prepayment specialist available in each branch to

support those wanting to make arrangements to pay for their funeral in

advance, we have a range of prepaid funeral plans designed to suit all

budgets and requirements allowing plan holders both reassurance their

funeral wishes are followed as well as comfort that they will not be

leaving their families with the extra financial burden of paying for funeral

expenses.

In line with our commitment to offering affordable funerals as well as

being open and transparent all of Jennifer Ashe & Son’s prices are

published on our website; www.jafunerals.co.uk.

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Your Garden in June

By Byron Lewis

What a cold start we've had to the gardening season so far - we're

due a decent bit of weather soon surely? Hopefully now the danger of

frost is over and you can safely plant out your summer patio plants

without the risk of those low overnight temperatures. While planting, it's

worth adding some slow-release feed into your pots and hanging

baskets to give them an extra boost - this will feed for the rest of the

summer, so all you have to do is add water!

Unfortunately, as temperatures rise, so too do the pest and disease

problems. The dreaded blackspot or fungal leaf spot, as well as greenfly,

are two issues common to many plants. Garden hygiene is the best

method of control for both of these - remove affected leaves early. Also

clear the soil around shrubs of any old leaves - the spores that cause leaf

spots will lurk on these leaves and quickly spread back onto healthy

growth.

Greenfly can be treated with soapy water, or you can physically

remove most of the problem by hand. If you see ladybirds nearby, they

will enjoy feasting on these sweet tasting bugs (I was also told once by

a lecturer at college who was into organic methods of pest control that

greenfly were sweet to eat - none of the class ever took him up on the

offer!)

If you have major problems, you can spray with Roseclear once every

three weeks or so (taking care to avoid getting spray onto buds and

flowers) - Roseclear is a combined pesticide and fungicide so one spray

will tackle two problems.

Jobs in the rest of the garden:

• Feed and water lawns regularly

• Keep an eye on weeds in beds and borders - consider applying a bark

mulch to prevent weeds and reduce watering too.

• In the greenhouse, maintain good ventilation - lack of airflow is a major

cause of disease in vegetable crops grown under glass.

• Perennial plants are just starting to come into flower - think about

filling any gaps in your borders with these for continued colour every

year.

• Later in the month, you can start to sow seeds of autumn flowering

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

few nasturtium seeds into your summer pots and baskets to give a

splash of colour towards the end of the summer.

Byron Lewis runs Lichfield Garden Centre, at

Curborough Countryside Centre in Lichfield. Tel: 01543

254306, visit the website at

www.lichfieldgardencentre.co.uk or find

on Facebook and Twitter.

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Holiday Hounds

Top Tips

By Lauren Hirst

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With lockdown now

easing many people

are planning a staycation this

year with their canine

companions. Since

greyhounds are used to

travelling during their racing

careers, they generally make

excellent travel companions.

Remember, the Highway

Code states that motorists

need to ensure dogs are

“suitably restrained” while

travelling in a car. Not doing so

could result in a large fine and

invalidated insurance if you had

an accident. Use a good quality

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

Never leave any dog unattended in a car even with the windows cracked but greyhounds

especially feel the heat due to their physiology. Temperatures can soar in minutes. When driving

be mindful that the back of the car can be hotter than the front, even with air conditioning so

plan frequent stops and bring plenty of water. Window shades help block direct sunlight. There

are a selection of “cooling coats” on the market that make such a difference in keeping your dog

cool but keep checking to make sure it’s still wet.

Equally, greyhounds also feel the cold so remember to pack coats or pjs for the evenings,

especially if you’re caravanning or camping with your hound.

If your dog is a nervous traveller (and even greyhounds can get stressed – cars have windows

– so much to see compared to a trainer’s van!) there are calming products you can give your dog

prior to travel. Natural remedies, such as Adaptil collars, Valerian tincture, YuCalm, Calmex and

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

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

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

exhausted from all the mental stimulation. Greyhounds already excel at snoozing. What a great

excuse for humans to have a siesta too – the dog needs a nap so might as well join in! Another

top tip is to attach an additional dog tag with the address of where you’re staying in case your

dog gets loose.

Bring plenty of your dog’s own food – holidays are not the time to change diet and greyhounds

are well known for having sensitive tummies at the best of times.

When scouting out dog friendly places to go, be aware of public footpaths with stiles! This is

something we learned the hard way. Lifting a 34kg greyhound over a stile is not for the fainthearted

but usually ends in fits of laughter and some funny noises coming from said greyhound!

Bridleways are often a better bet. Greyhounds love the beach (perhaps the sand reminds them

of the track) and they often start digging to Australia!

If you’d like a greyhound companion to join you on your staycation this year, please get in touch.

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

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

426-4810, email hallgreen@greyhoundtrust.org.uk or visit our website

www.greyhoundtrusthallgreen.org.uk to find out more.

Heart of

the Country

The original rural

shopping village

Heart of the Country is thrilled to be

open again and offer its visitors a Covidsafe

destination to shop, dine, relax and

enjoy. The renovated red-brick barns

are home to eighteen stylish and

eclectic local businesses, including an

award-winning hair salon, four

independent eateries and a woodland

walk fairy trail. The site is dog-friendly,

with a large free car park, making it the

perfect place to spend a couple of hours

shopping or enjoying the fresh air in a

leisurely, friendly atmosphere.

Heart of the Country Shopping

Village, A38, South Swinfen,

WS14 9QR.

Open: 10am-5pm,

Tuesday-Sunday

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Now open 7 days

a week

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Wildfire Folk are Back!

Advertising Feature

New Members Wanted

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They may have only managed to rehearse three times in

the past 12 months but Lichfield’s Youth Folk Ensemble,

Wildfire Folk, are now rehearsing once again following

the recent Covid-19 restriction changes. They even have a new

Musical Director to help steer the band out of these troubled

times.

The band was originally formed in 2009, when Lichfield Arts

commissioned a workshop to introduce the folk genre to the young

people in the local area which resulted in the first ever performance

of Wildfire Folk.

Twelve years on, they have released four EP CDs and, before the

pandemic hit, were playing to audiences around the country, at

festivals, church services and fundraising events. With regular

performances in and around Lichfield, they now have quite a

following. Something that they are really looking forward to doing

again.

The group, due to its youthful nature, has regenerated itself on

many occasions as band members leave for university and new

members join, but through all the changes, the same fun vibrant and

funky style has always remained at the heart of this unique group.

It’s Folk music, but not as you know it and previous compilations

created by the group have included samples from Lady Gaga, Dr

Who and James Bond! Band members regularly receive top-class

tuition at weekly rehearsals and also get the chance to perform and

grow in confidence as part of a fantastic music group.

“If you only know how to play a few notes we will find something

for you to play, if you're a genius we will challenge you! No

experience required in playing folk music or learning by ear. This is

an amazing experience that will improve all aspects of your musical

and performance skills!”

Wildfire are always on the lookout for new band members aged

between 10 – 25, so if you can play any instrument from Grade 2 or

equivalent standard (no certificates needed), then this band could be

for you. They rehearse every Thursday evening in school term time,

from 6pm till 8pm at Wade Street Church Hall, Frog lane, Lichfield,

WS13 6HL. If you are interested, or know someone who may be,

please come or bring them along to one of our rehearsals. You can

find lots of information at www.wildfirefolk.co.uk or find them on

Facebook.

Got a story or

charity event you

want to share with

our readership? Think

you’ve snapped an

image that captures

the spirit of the

region? We want to

hear from you!

Contact Citylife at

kristencitylife@gmail.com

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Learn How and Why to

Record Wildlife

By Mitchell Lakin

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With a big thanks to the

National Lottery Heritage

Fund, Transforming the Trent

Valley are excited to host our

free “Discovering and Recording

Wildlife” event for families on

Saturday 19th June at Croxall

Lakes Nature Reserve.

This day is part of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Wild, which

encourages people to do something wild every day for the month of June.

On the weekend of 19th/20th June, the Trust are asking people to take

part in the ‘Big Weekend Wildlife Watch’, looking for and recording wildlife

in your local areas.

Spotting wildlife can be a lot more than a pastime. Finding and recording

species data is hugely important to understanding and protecting our local

environment and the wildlife that resides there. During our event at

Croxall Lakes, staff and volunteers from Transforming the Trent Valley will

Festival

Friends Family

Explorers’ Trail

By Jono Oates

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guide you through what a wildlife record is, and how to submit them while

you explore the wildlife of this beautiful nature reserve. Families will also

receive a free Transforming the Trent Valley wildlife ID guide and survey

booklet to explore the Trent Valley and its wildlife.

To ensure Covid safety and social distancing, the event will be split into

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

website www.thetrentvalley.org.uk/events.php for more information and

to book your space. For more information about 30 Days Wild, see

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s website www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk.

The walking is easy, with the only main road to cross being Beacon

Street (please use the pedestrian crossing) and there are lots of lovely

views and points of interest along the way.

The PDF includes the answers so you can either check the answers as

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

trail takes about an hour, depending on how quickly you spot the clues -

and whether you stop for a drink and cakes as you walk round!

The Lichfield Explorers trail is fun, family-friendly and informative and

a great way to get outdoors this summer and discover the history of Ye

Olde Citye of Lichfield!

The PDF is available via email at explorers@lichfieldfestival.org.

Ilove a history trail of Lichfield, so I was delighted to try out the

new family-friendly history trail of Lichfield from the Lichfield

Festival Friends group recently.

The trail, called Lichfield Explorers, is available as a PDF either sent via

email for £5 or printed and posted to you for £6.50. This is the first trail

provided by the Festival Friends, who help to support, promote and raise

funds for the Lichfield Festival, but there may be more in the future if the

trail proves to be successful.

The trail starts at the corner of the Market Square, on Dam Street and

then goes past Minster Pool, into the Cathedral Close, through to the

herb garden of Erasmus House via the Vicars’ Close, then across Beacon

Street to the Museum Gardens at Beacon Park before re-crossing the

road to walk along Minster Pool Walk and finishing the trail back on Dam

Street.

There are 32 clues to find on the trail, so there is a clue to spot every

few metres and there is always something to see and find, which will keep

the younger children fully occupied. The clues are all quite visible and not

hidden away plus there are no cryptic clues to unravel. Several of the

clues involve reading signs and plaques which are either at eye-level or

higher up so you will need to keep your eyes peeled.

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Theatre is Back!

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It’s been a long hiatus during lockdown without

live theatre. The much-loved Garrick Theatre in

Lichfield was closed for over a year except for one

live show, but as the country opens up, it awaits its

turn with increased anticipation.

At long last, patrons and performers will be

making their way back into their treasured venue,

with the likes of Suggs, Kevin Quantum, Solve-

Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote, Judy & Liza: The

Musical, and Freddy the Teddy.

Shows from 2020 have been rescheduled into

2021. Fan favourites such as The Fizz, Tony Christie

and Suggs are among those with new dates. Many of

the rescheduled shows now have tickets available,

so if you missed out on tickets the first time, now is

your chance to buy!

New shows have also been added to the

programme, which are on sale to the public now!

Back by popular demand is the brilliant magician

Kevin Quantum who returns this summer with a

socially distanced magic show like no other.

Comedy fans will be delighted by the return of The

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre – the world’s

funniest footwear return to the Garrick studio for a

hilarious performance.

TV Historian Lucy Worsley returns with two

performances in one day to tell us all about a Very

British Murder and If Walls Could Talk. Lots of

exciting things to come indeed!

The Box Office has reopened on reduced hours

on Fridays and Saturdays, 11am to 1pm. Fridays are

exclusively for people to phone the Box Office line

to book tickets. On Saturdays the theatre doors will

be open for patrons to come and book tickets in the

temporary Box Office location, which will be in the

Green Room. Please wear a face covering if you

intend to visit the Box Office in person.

The theatre would like to reassure audiences that

all appropriate safety measures are in place. You can

find out more at www.lichfieldgarrick.com/covid-

19/.

Check out the website at

www.lichfieldgarrick.com to see what exciting

theatre shows you can book now!

Everyone at The Garrick Theatre looks forward

to welcoming you back to your theatre to

experience the magic of live entertainment once

again!

Jack and the Beanstalk, courtesy of

Pamela Raith Photography


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Cutest Pets!

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We had an overwhelming response to our call for the area's

Cutest Pets - here are just a few of them! Send your pet

pics to us at petscitylife@gmail.com and see if your furry or

feathered friend features in next month's compilation!

This is Banquo - the short haired silver tabby

Harley & Libby were adopted by Katie

Sammons from the Cats Protection League

After a nervy start Barney the rescue

greyhound is now very settled in his new home!

Rik, aged 5, was an abandoned feral kitten

Bea the Beagle is 18 months’ old

Bob was a feral who joined the Baker family

Margo the cat and Daisy the dog enjoying

some peace and quiet during lockdown!

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Franky, sent in by Rachel

Bear the Pomeranian

Henrik


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All snuggled up in bed!

The lovely Ziggy with his toy pig!

Sent in by owner, Nicola

Tia

Changes to Tip Site

Reduces Tailbacks

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Improvements at Lichfield’s household waste

recycling centre have significantly reduced queues

and tailbacks which used to form on the road

outside the site.

Last month, The Witley Drive facility underwent a site

remodel, which saw an extra 13 unloading spaces and

seven ramps added, giving visitors access to an additional

14 waste bins.

The changes are timely as the site has seen a higher

footfall of visitors over the last few months due to the

Covid 19 restrictions. With more people staying at home

cleaning their houses, gardening or making home

improvements, the site’s visitor numbers have risen by

over 25% compared to summer last year.

Anyone planning to visit Lichfield’s household waste

recycling centre can find a list of the busiest times by

searching Lichfield Recycling on the Staffordshire

County Council website www.staffordshire.gov.uk.

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Win a Granite Chopping Board

If you require our services please do not hesitate

to call us on 01785 711096 or email your quote

request to stef@justgranite.ltd.uk

With the largest variety of natural stones in the Midlands, the

solid slabs are kept on-site and are available for a virtual viewing

from 9am-5pm on Monday to Friday. Located at The Stone

Works, Pillaton Hall Farm, Penkridge, ST19 5RZ.

We’ve got a bespoke Chopping Board (in the

colour of your choice) to give away! To be in

with a chance of winning this magnificent prize,

simply answer the following question correctly:

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Our showroom and stock barn is now fully open to our customers. You're welcome to call us on 01785 711096, or

email jgladmin@justgranite.ltd.uk, to arrange your visit. This will allow us the time to fully show you around and for

you to take in the varied materials and textures available.

Appointment times available are between 9am-5pm on weekdays and 9am-12pm on Saturday.

We are all really looking forward to seeing you again and getting back to normal as safely as possible!

Where does the supply

of granite come from?

a) Spain

b) Italy

c) Germany

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

Granite Competition at competitioncitylife@gmail.com or post your

entry to Citylife in Lichfield Ltd, PO Box 7126, Lichfield WS14 4JS by

the closing date of 23rd June 2021. One entry per household.

Multiple entries will be disqualified. No cash equivalent. Please note

you must be 18 or over to enter. All entrants’ information is

processed in line with GDPR Data Protection Regulations and our

Privacy Policy (available at citylifeinlichfieldltd.co.uk).

Full t&cs on page 61.

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Valuation Day at Bishton Hall Proves

to be ‘Udderly’ Marvelous

By Charles Hanson

................................................................

On 6th May, at a

Hansons Auctioneers

valuation day at Bishton

Hall, situated near Rugeley,

Dr Richard Halliday

discovered a superb signed

Royal Worcester plaque.

Unusually, it still bears its

original Worcester

framer’s paper label to the

reverse and was one of the

most interesting and

uncommon items found

that day. The central Royal

Worcester plaque depicts

a well-painted scene of

highland cattle watering in

The plaque discovered by

Dr Richard Halliday

a riverscape with leaden skies above. The plaque is signed to the lower

right-hand side and, although this is indistinct, the quality of the painting

and style does suggest the work of one of the Stinton family who had

connections at the Worcester factory for some 160 years.

Often when a framed plaque is seen, it can be a dinner or side plate

that was chipped or damaged in some way and was then cut down and

framed. While this does indeed ‘save’ and repurpose the central artwork,

its commercial desirability is significantly lessened. These ‘plate centres’

are often completely flat whereas a plaque is usually slightly convex in

shape. To make sure of its authenticity, and with the vendor’s kind

permission, the frame was removed to determine its authenticity. As luck

would have it, this indeed is a genuine plaque and, as such, will be prized

by collectors of Royal Worcester.

The consignee did not think this item was anything of value, but it will

now be offered for sale in the Curated and Connoisseur Ceramics

Auction on 9th of June at £200-300. Thus demonstrating the importance

of valuation days - always get items checked by specialists.

Valuation days at Bishton Hall are every Monday, Wednesday and

Thursday. Please contact rhalliday@hansonsauctioneers.co.uk for

further details.

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Lichfield Defeats Limburg for the

Second Year Running

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Lichfield Camera Club continued last

year’s success in the annual

photography competition with its

German twin town, Limburg. Each club

submitted 30 images that were judged by

an independent judge in each city. The

total points awarded by the two judges

determined the winner.

The competition, always keenly contested,

saw Lichfield gain the upper hand scoring 855

points to Limburg’s 838. Each year the two

clubs compete to produce their best images

on a mutually agreed theme which this year

was ‘River Landscapes.’

Country Estate

• The highest scoring image with a maximum

score of 40 points was by Limburg’s Ralf G.

Keil with his image ‘Flamingo Group.’

• The highest scoring image from Lichfield

was by Joe Anderson who scored 38 points

with ‘Stari Most, Bosnia.’

• Four other Lichfield photographers

occupied the next four places on the leader

board. Darron Matthews scored 35 points

with his ‘Old Corn Mill’ image.

• Anne Anderson scored 33 points with her

image ‘Country Estate.’

• As did Tim Wayne for ‘Above the River.’

• And Richard Moore for ‘Outback

Waterway.’

Stari Most, Bosnia

Old Corn Mill

Outback Waterway

Flamingo Group

For more information about Lichfield Camera Club visit

www.lichfieldcameraclub.org.

Above the River

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Lichfield Chamber of Trade

handbook 1906

Celebrating

125 Years!

By Jono Oates

............................

George Hotel in 1906

In June 1896, a group of Lichfield businessmen gathered at the

George Hotel and formed an association of tradesmen that

became the Lichfield Chamber of Trade and Commerce and, this

year, represents the 125th anniversary of one of Lichfield’s oldest

organisations. Today, the Lichfield Chamber of Trade and

Commerce is flourishing and in June 2021 they will gather, once

again, at The George Hotel to discuss the promotion, and support,

of all businesses across Lichfield.

The original title of the group was the Lichfield United Tradesmen

Association and it was formed to ensure that the views and interests of

all businesses were represented and believed that they would have a

stronger voice if they operated as a group rather than as individuals.

The first nominated President of the Association was Joseph Bamford,

an ironmonger, who owned an agricultural implement shop at 25 Market

Street. Joseph was a relative of Henry Bamford’s family firm which

eventually became the JCB diggers and farming vehicles company.

The Association’s first formal dinner was held in May 1901 at the

George Hotel. The membership at that time had risen to 40 and as well

as the dinner the members discussed the pressing issues of the day.

Councillor Fowler announced that he believed that ‘Lichfield tradesmen

gave their customers better value for their money as anybody of

tradesmen in any part of the country’. Councillor Andrews and Mr DH

Williams believed that with all its history and heritage attractions that

Lichfield should be making better progress and said that there should be

more villas, or semi-detached houses, at affordable rentals of £20 to £50

a year, to encourage more families to live in Lichfield.

The Association produced a yearly handbook during the 1900s,

promoting tourism in the city detailing its history and heritage and

including the best attractions to visit and places to stay, including the

George and Swan hotels.

By 1911 the Association had been renamed as the Lichfield Chamber

of Trade to bring it more up to date, and the President that year was

Joseph Deacon, a well-known and respected builder whose firm, JR

Deacon and Son, was responsible for hundreds of buildings across the

city.

More criticism was made at the annual dinner at The George in 1928,

this time for the train services between Lichfield and Birmingham. Mr MF

Coley pointed out that the train journeys from Lichfield to Birmingham

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often took over an hour to complete,

compared to much quicker times to places that

were further away, and that this was not

acceptable.

As well as the annual dinner members also

enjoyed going on away-days to visit other

towns and cities around the country and in

June 1929 they had ideal weather when 30

members travelled by charabanc to Bewdley in

Worcestershire. After lunch they enjoyed

boating trips on the River Severn and a game

of bowls against members of the Bewdley

Bowling Club and returned to Lichfield by

11pm after a ‘most enjoyable day’s outing’.

The Chamber was, naturally, quieter during

World War Two but in January 1945 the annual

dinner was still held, at the Guildhall on Bore

Bamfords on Market Street

Joseph Deacon

President of Chamber of

Trade 1910-11

Street. The President was BT Redington and the members enjoyed

dancing to the musical delights of Art Hawksley’s band and they were also

entertained by the conjuring skills of ‘Cardevane’. A note of thanks was

given to the long-serving Secretary of the Chamber, John Brown, the

father of Lichfield historian and author Cuthbert Brown.

The Chamber added the words ‘and Commerce’ to the title in 1952 to

try and encourage more industrialists to join and they continued to

provide support and business training to the membership. In September

1963 members could attend a free demonstration and talk in the

Guildhall on ‘Modern Cash Registers and Small Accounting Machines’,

although it doesn’t state how many of them actually took up this

tempting opportunity!

During the 1980s the Chamber sponsored a shop window display

competition and in 1988 the winners were Salloways Jewellers on Bore

Street who produced, according to the Lichfield Mercury, a ‘sparkling

display’. Lichfield Needlework took the runners-up prize, while Crotchets

and Quavers were third, and Boots the Chemist took fourth place.

The Chamber’s Christmas Fayre event has been one of the most

popular festive events in Lichfield over the years and in December 1993

the fayre was opened by the Chamber’s President, Colin Ablitt, along with

Mayor Tony Thompson and his consort. A Lichfield Mystery play took

place in Bird Street while the Lichfield Symphony Studios led the carol

singing. An open-air carol service, accompanied by the Nether Stowe

School Band, took place in Levett’s Square and the Lichfield Morris Men

and the Beggars Oak clog dancing group also entertained the late-night

shoppers.

Today the Chamber still meets at the George Hotel, Covid-19

restrictions allowing, and they still organise the Chamber Christmas

Fayre, this year to be held on Sunday 21st November. The Chamber has

been supporting the businesses of Lichfield for 125 years – and long may

it continue to do so!

Sources: The British Newspaper Archive


The Lichfield Chamber

of Trade & Commerce

.....................................

The Lichfield Chamber of Trade & Commerce is an

independent, non-profit making organisation founded 125

years ago and is run by local business people for local

businesses. Its aims are to keep members informed on local issues

and initiatives, give support and to bring empowerment to

businesses within the City.

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Bower Floats of the Past

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With this year's Greenhill Bower float procession sadly

cancelled due to Covid-19 regulations, we bring you a few

photographs of Bower floats of days gone by!

*All photographs courtesy of the St Mary’s Photographic Collection

1. Lichfield School of Art float

2. Wiltell Products float

3. Garratt’s Bakery float Five Gables Bore Street

4. The Young Ones and Cliff Richard!

5. Bower Queen’s float on Sandford Street

1 2

3 4

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Calm after Covid?

Dr Louise Earley

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However the pandemic has affected your life, it is unlikely,

that you will not have been impacted somehow. Loss of

contact with family and friends, plans and anniversaries

spoilt, and the uncertainty of when will this all end, are a few of

the consequences. Sadly, for some, there have been greater

losses still, with bereavement and ill health. The pandemic has

upended many people’s expectations, and our inner sense of

certainty and safety has been challenged. Having been through so

much, as our thoughts turn to easing our way out of lockdown,

some of us may find that we are not springing back to our old selves in the way we

had hoped. You might even have mixed feelings about a return to the old normal?

If so, you are not alone. The pandemic has seen a huge increase in mental health

concerns across the life span for children and adults alike. Anxiety, low mood and other

mental health complaints are very common, in fact as common as physical health

problems, and thankfully now recognised as just as important! If you are feeling low,

irritable, worried, or at a loss and in need of support with a child who is struggling, then

an assessment to look at what has led to the difficulties might be helpful.

At Cura Psychology we understand the hardest step is often the first and reaching out

to get psychological support can be daunting, however we offer a relaxed and friendly

Lichfield based service where we listen to you and support you to reach the goals that

you are looking for and hopefully get that spring back in your step. To find out more about

Cura Psychology go to www.curapsychology.co.uk email curapsychology@gmail.com or

call 0121 8177058

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Interior

Motive!

.....................

Now the shops and showrooms

are opening back up again it’s

the perfect excuse for a little

retail therapy. Why not treat your home

to a fresh new look? We’ve put together

a guide featuring some of our favourite

local retailers to get your creative juices

flowing!

Here at Fallow Deer Home Interiors we are

passionate about anything homely. Visit us in

store or browse our website where you will

find our carefully selected eclectic range of

home decor, soft furnishings and individual

pieces of furniture including many carefully

sourced and in-house handcrafted decorative

items and furniture.

Find out more at

www.fallowdeerhomeinteriors.co.uk

Beautiful windows and doors, such as these

from The Residence Collection featuring a

flush finish outside and decorative square

finish inside, can really enhance your home.

Available from Leamore Windows. Tel:

01922 473737.

www.leamorewindows.com

Irini quartz display with earthy tones, and

lots more choice, can now be found in the

new UK Stoneworx Burntwood showroom.

Enquire for prices. Find the showroom on the

Burntwood Industrial Estate or visit

www.ukstoneworx.co.uk for further details.

Offering an eclectic range of:

• Homeware

• Homely Gifts

• Soft Furnishings

• Carefully Sourced Handcrafted Pieces

• New & Refinished Furniture

• Furniture Refinishing Service Available

Visit us at The Willey Barn, Wolseley Craft Complex,

Stafford ST17 OXS

Open Thursday through to Sunday

www.fallowdeerhomeinteriors.co.uk

facebook Fallow Deer Home Interiors

instagram fallowdeer.homeinteriors

Contact us at fallowdeerhomeinteriors@gmail.com

The Galleria is a top-quality Wilton rug with

advanced construction and an exceptionally

high density pile, resulting in a beautifully

textured surface which really enhances this

modern floor covering. Priced at £250 for 1.6m

x 2.3m size. Available from Tatlow Carpets &

Flooring, Lichfield. Tel: 01543 264766.

www.tatlowcarpets.co.uk

Beautiful home accessories from natural

materials are perfect to keep you warm and

bring some style to your home. Pure Wool

Throws from £65, Rare Breed Sheepskins

from £75, and accessories from £10. Available

from Little Flock, The Plant Plot Garden

Centre, Stafford Road, Lichfield.

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www.littleflock.co.uk

Apeer doors from The Window Centre start

from £1,499 and are triple-glazed, with an

energy efficiency rating of A. They come with a

10-year warranty, are made in the UK and can

be available on a 0% finance deal. Visit The

Window Centre at 60 Thornhill Road, Streetly,

Sutton Coldfield B74 3EN. Tel: 0121 411 9676.

www.windowcentre.co.uk

Quercus of Quonians (off Dam Street) is a

fabulous 'Aladdin's Cave' of delights. Antique,

vintage, and retro items for your home

interiors. Furniture, objets d'art, taxidermy,

glass, ceramics, collectables, vinyl, lighting and

more. Top quality items and pieces for upcycling

projects. Great prices! Great ideas! Open every

day. Browsers welcome.


By Margaret Harper

.....................................

WindowArt Interiors is an independent family business in the

centre of Lichfield city centre and has built a first-class

reputation over the last 20 years for the best in quality, service and

reliability.

It is very important to me that I am able to work with the customer to

incorporate their ideas whilst advising on the most suitable way to

achieve a fantastic end result, I thinks that is why we have so many repeat

and recommendations from customers. Also our bespoke new furniture

and re-covering means we can co-ordinate the whole room. We are very

much hands on and value attention to detail.

Our Interior Design service can incorporate not only soft furnishings

and blinds but also shutters, quality lighting, bespoke painted poles, rugs,

wallcovering, Automation for blinds, tracks, poles and much more. A home

visit and a mood board is part of the service, with samples and a detailed

quote provided.

Fitting is an integral part of achieving the best end result and dressing

the products in the right way from the start will reap benefits in the long

term, for that reason we always recommend our fitting service.

We are delighted that we have been trading to Lichfield customers for

so many years but distance being no object we travel with our customers

and have completed projects for customers nationwide.

Our fabrics come from the best designer houses and the selection is

astounding, covering all tastes from modern and contemporary through

to traditional. Using traditional methods any antique upholstery can be

transformed back to life. A large selection of leather is also available.

We have the largest collection of fabrics in Lichfield and are the longest

established interiors business in Lichfield, that is something we are very

proud of. With our made to measure products we have provided many

innovative solutions and can achieve a totally bespoke look for any

application.

So many new collections are coming in at the moment, it is an exciting

time! Come and see us or give us a call to discuss your requirements, we

guarantee you will not be disappointed with the service and quality you

receive.

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Freshen up your soft

furnishings, from blinds,

curtains and shutters, to

awnings, wallpaper and

paint - we have it all and

more! With prices to fit all

budgets, professional fitting

and three-year guarantees

we have it covered. Look

no further than Interior

Choice. Our showroom is

in Lichfield and open 7

days a week by

appointment. Book online

at www.interiorchoice.net

or call 01543 406162.

Interior Choice is a Little

Green paint and wallpaper

stockist. From paint to fit

any purpose to the latest

ranges of wallpapers, Little

Greene is for people who

love their home and have

an interest in interior

design. Available at Interior

Choice Lichfield.

www.interiorchoice.net.

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A City of

Flavours

When it comes to dining

out, Lichfield really does

have it all. There’s a huge

range of different cuisines and

cooking styles to choose from, such

as Thai, Mexican, Italian, Chinese,

Mediterranean, French, Asian,

English… and everything in

between that you could possibly

want. There’s also a varied range of

restaurant vibes in the city, with

chilled out dining, quick and easy

fast food, or something more along

the fine dining experience –

whichever you prefer, you’re still

spoilt for choice!

With pubs and restaurants open

once again and able to serve meals

both inside and out, we’ve put

together just some of our favourites

over the next few pages to whet

your appetite!


Tales of a Private Chef

By Simon Smith

.....................

When British Airways opened the

direct route from Birmingham to

Vienna I was asked to go to The

British Embassy there to provide a celebratory

function for 100 people. I was also asked to

provide a margarine sculpture of the

aeroplane used on the route as a centrepiece.

This would be driven out in a van that was

taking many other pieces of equipment.

The food was to be a celebration of English food and Central TV were

to send out a filming crew to cover the event. The food would be mini

versions of English dishes, such as Shepherd’s pie in mini new potatoes,

roast beef and Yorkshire pudding of course, faggots and peas, mini

breakfast and one or two others. The resident chef at the embassy was

not thrilled I was coming as he felt he should be doing the function

himself, so I wasn’t welcomed with open arms!

Once I had got to the embassy to do all my prep work the van arrived

from the UK. The driver asked me if I had anything valuable in there as

he had a puncture en route and the van had tipped over. I went to look

in the back to see the margarine sculpture pasted all over the roof of

the van!

The margarine sculpture in question!

The TV crew thought it would make a great piece if I plated up some

of the food to see if the Viennese would try it in the streets and give an

opinion. I was to wear a chef jacket and try and persuade them to take

a bite. It was -18 that day and I have never been so cold! Within 15

minutes all the food was frozen and unpalatable so the whole idea was

abandoned by the director, who was trussed up in her ski jacket, gloves

and hat! We had to wait another 15 minutes for the van to come and

pick us up.

Fortunately, after the gift of a bottle of wine, the chef became much

more helpful and assisted me with the function while I tried to put the

margarine sculpture back together. All finished well and there were no

more ‘plane crashes’ to be had!

Dining Out


Tastes of the Season

By Simon Smith

The Joy of Herbs

Herbs are one of the easiest things to grow in

a garden or pot on the windowsill. They have

so many uses: flavour, medicinal, floral

additions to a flower display, as well as flowers

in the garden.

So many garden centres stock them and also

supermarkets in pots as well as bags. You may

as well buy the ones in pots which can then

be planted once you have used the herbs you

need for cooking. Normally so much gets

wasted from a bag which is such a shame.

I also make my own herb oils which is very

easy and looks attractive on the plate. To do

this choose your preferred oil. Choose you

preferred herb and blanche in boiling water

for five seconds and then put straight into

iced water. Drain off and dry the excess

water. Put into a fast blender with the oil. The

amount of oil depends on what strength you

prefer. Blitz together and then strain through

a fine sieve. Do not force through as it will

turn bitter but rather leave for a couple of

hours. Store in the fridge for up to a week.

You can also add stems of herbs to a bottle of

oil to gently infuse and look good on the

shelf.

If you have an abundance of herbs during the

summer you can pick them, pop into an ice

tray, cover with water to freeze them and

then add you herb ice cube to dishes in the

winter.

If you are cooking with herbs as a garnish it’s

important to add them to the sauce at the

very last minute so that they stay green but

will still give you the same flavour as adding

them sooner.

Many of these herbs will give you beautiful

flowers for a short period of time. These are

great for garnishes and also added to

cocktails. Borage, for example, grows

profusely and will have blue and purple

flowers for most of the summer. These are

traditionally used for drinks made with Pimms.

Chives will give you a blue starburst flower

which are great to liven up a salad. Rosemary

and thyme give much smaller flowers, but they

are still great to sprinkle on a summer salad.

Herbs also make a great infusion and if you

have one of those glass teapots with a mesh

compartment in the middle they work really

well. Fill the compartment with fresh mint and

ginger, top with nearly boiled water and leave

for five minutes. Much better than using a

bought tea bag. Be careful with mint as the

flavour varies enormously between them. My

favourite is apple mint or spearmint. Although

you can get pineapple and chocolate mint I

don’t feel they work so well as an infusion.

All herbs have their preferred partner, such as

fish with dill, parsley or fennel; chicken with

tarragon; beef with thyme; lamb with

rosemary. These all work well together but

that is not to stop you playing with

combinations and seeing what works for you.

If you have just used the leaves of thyme or

rosemary, keep the stalks for making stock as

they will give a great boost to the flavour.

Even if you use a shop bought stock these will

give an added oomph to your sauce.

Salmon Fillet with Honey, Mustard

and Garden Herbs

(for 4 people)

4 x 200gm salmon fillets

1 x tbsp grain mustard

1 x tbsp runny honey of your choice

1 x cup finely chopped mixed herbs (I would

use parsley, dill, fennel and mint for this)

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Mix

the honey and mustard and brush evenly on

the salmon fillets. Put onto a baking tray and

roast in the oven for 10 minutes or until firm

to the touch. Take out of the oven and dip the

top in the mixed herbs so you get an even

green carpet of herbs. Serve on a bed of

crushed Jersey Royal potatoes with a knob of

butter.

Simon Smith runs a catering business from his

production kitchen in Lichfield, providing bespoke private

dinners plus wedding, corporate and event catering.

Simon also undertakes cookery demonstrations around

the country and with local businesses such as Arthur

Price and Tippers. During the summer months Simon

works for private clients both on superyachts and in

villas in St Tropez and Europe. If you are looking for

catering or a day of cookery skills go to

www.simonsmith-chef.com

*Please take extra care when preparing and handling

hot foodstuffs. Go to www.food.gov.uk for further details.

**Please take extra care as bones may be in the fish.


On a rainy Thursday afternoon in May, our lovely editor Krissy and I enjoyed

a terrific late lunch at Larder in Lichfield.

We were warmly welcomed and promptly guided upstairs to a decadent seating

area. Whilst social distancing measures and the necessary restrictions remained in

place, the recent return of indoor dining meant that, alongside sublime dining the

room was filled with friendly chatter, creating a hospitable atmosphere. After

deliberating between a plethora of mouthwatering options that the menu had to

offer, we both decided to indulge in their five-course tasting menu, accompanied by a

glass of wine, of course.

To start with we were treated to freshly baked maple glazed wholemeal and oat

bread with chicken butter. It was divine! The generous portion enabled us both to

enjoy our first course of homemade bread with lashings of the flavoursome butter.

An equally tasty but lighter course of poached cod with chorizo jam, sweetcorn puree and charred leek followed.

Personally, this was my favourite and every mouthful was just bursting with flavour.

Our third course was Lichfield asparagus served with sun-dried tomato arancini, a fresh pea salad and mustard

vinaigrette. Again, every bite was delicious, the different

textures between the crisp arancini and mouth-watering

asparagus complemented each other perfectly.

The fourth course offered two options, either lamb

cannon which comprised of spiced lamb belly, apricot

puree, roasted chickpeas, curried cauliflower, yoghurt

and coriander; or poached lemon sole with seaweed,

confit apple puree, crab beignet, samphire, fennel, soya

and ginger dressing. In order to experience a full taste of

the menu we opted for one option each! The lamb was

succulent and melted in the mouth, whilst the fish was

seasoned to perfection, and both dishes were thoroughly

enjoyed as a result of the combination of flavours being

spot on!

Our final course was a vanilla sponge served with

caramelised peaches, basil mascarpone and filo pastry. It

is safe to say it was the perfect end to a delicious meal.

The dessert was light and refreshing, with the basal

cutting through the sweet stickiness of the peach and

bringing a savoury element – it was just enough to satisfy

that sweet craving after four exquisite courses.

Coupled with a high level of customer service and

care, all five courses were thoroughly enjoyable, making

Larder the perfect choice for any occasion. Larder also

offer vegetarian and vegan alternatives of its tasting

menu, alongside copious other tasty dishes, all of which

are made from locally-sourced ingredients.

I, for one, cannot wait to return and look forward to

tasting more of what the exciting menu has to offer.

To make a booking please visit

www.larderlichfield.com.

Take Five at Larder!

By Charlotte Benton

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Dining Out


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RAF Lichfield Battle of

Britian programme 1955

RAF Fradley dedication bench at

Lichfield Cathedral

On a Wing and a Prayer

By Jono Oates

............................

Three miles north of Lichfield, alongside the A38 heading

towards Burton-on-Trent stand several hangers close to the

village of Fradley, now used as storage facilities for

distribution companies, but they are one of the few remaining signs

of a very significant location during the dark days of the Battle of

Britain during World War Two – RAF Lichfield. Jono Oates finds out

more.

At the outbreak of World War Two, in 1939, a number of airfields

sprung up all around the country as the battle over the skies of Britain

started to take place, and the war in Europe escalated. Fradley was

chosen as one of the airfields and, with its central location in the heart

of the country and close to excellent road, and rail, networks, it was a

sensible location, although with no existing airfield in place it had to be

built from scratch.

Constructed on Fradley Common, the original runway was

constructed using turf and stones picked and laid by women from Fradley

village. This starter runway could not support the larger planes that soon

started arriving at the airfield and it was then concreted to provide three,

more stable, runways. The first plane to touch down on the new airfield

was piloted by, apparently, the well-known aviator Amy Johnson, who had

been the first woman to fly solo from London to Australia.

The airfield started to be used operationally in 1940. RAF unit No. 51

Maintenance Unit provided aircraft storage and preparation, No. 27

Operational Training Unit flew sorties out of Fradley from 1941 and No.

82 Maintenance Unit was an aircraft packing unit.

As well as RAF personnel, the airfield was staffed by a large number of

Australian air crew, as well as those from other Commonwealth

countries. From 1942 to 1943 bombing sorties from Fradley took place

over Germany and Fradley became one of the busiest airfields in the

country. In the latter years of the war ‘Nickel’ sorties took place, when

propaganda leaflets were dropped over the cities of Germany, rather than

bombs, encouraging them to surrender to the on-rushing Allied troops.

Several aircraft crashed in and around the airfield, either returning with

damaged planes following a sortie, caused by adverse weather conditions,

or by mechanical failure. On 18 September 1944 a Wellington bomber of

the 27 Operational Training Unit, crashed four miles outside Lichfield

when it failed to pull out of a dive. All five members of the Australian

RAAF crew perished in the accident.

After the war the airfield, known locally as Fradley Aerodrome, became

a disposal centre for war planes no longer needed and hundreds of WW2

Gravestone of Squadron Leader F Shaw at St Stephen’s

Church, Fradley

RAF and RAAF officers at RAF Fradley.

bombers were broken down and disposed of. Flights continued and in

February 1946, shortly after the war had finished, Flight Lieutenant Mark

Lacayo and his passenger, Leading Aircraftman Richard Dickens, were on

a test flight over the airfield when the plane failed to pull out of a spiral

turn and it crashed to the ground, killing both occupants. Lacayo was 46

years-old, had been a veteran of WW1 and had been a reservist during

WW2. He was living in Bird Street, Lichfield, at the time of the tragedy

and his name is commemorated on the memorial plaque at St Michael’s

Church on Greenhill.

Further tragedy was to strike at the aerodrome during the Battle of

Britain anniversary event, held on 18 September 1948, when a Mosquito

bomber, piloted by Flight Lieutenant Stanley Hedley and his passenger

Squadron Leader Frederick Everard Shaw, crashed after a number of

‘slow-rolls’ close to the ground. Hedley’s wife was one of the many

thousands of show visitors who witnessed the tragedy unfold.

The airfield closed in 1958 but houses were built for the RAF

personnel and Fradley, previously a small village with a handful of houses,

started to expand. Today the area is a mixture of residential estates and

business parks, and very few signs of the airfield and runway remain,

other than the storage hangers, as the old airfield buildings, control tower

and the protecting pill-boxes have all been demolished over the years.

The men who lost their lives around the airfield during the war have

not been forgotten at Fradley though, as their gravestones in the

churchyard are carefully maintained and a war memorial, situated

opposite St Stephen’s Church, was unveiled in 2001. There is also a

dedication bench to all of the hundreds of Australian RAAF personnel

who served at Fradley during WW2 on the front of Lichfield Cathedral.

One final remainder of the wartime experiences at Fradley does still

remain though – that of the ghost of the headless airman. Many RAF

personnel, and civilians, have seen the ghost around the area over the

years, and it is said to be grisly spectre of a rear-gunner who was

decapitated when he accidentally walked in front of the propellers of his

plane.

RAF Lichfield was one of most important airfields in World War Two

and, although very little of the original buildings remain, it’s contribution

to the war effort, and the dedication and sacrifice of the many hundreds

of air crew who were stationed there, should never be forgotten.

The British Newspaper Archive; www.aviationarchaeology.org.uk;

www.fradleyheritagegroup.co.uk; www.raflichfield.co.uk;

www.heritagegateway.org.uk; www.fradleyandstreethayparishcouncil.gov.uk;

www.aviation-safety.net.


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Amy’s support became more personal in 2018 when her mother-inlaw

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Amy, who was so inspired by Sandra’s care that she joined St Giles as

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For more information visit www.stgileshospice.com/solsticewalk

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City VIEW

The Newsletter of Lichfield City Council - June 2021

Grants to local

organisations

Each year the City Council awards grants to support the invaluable work carried out by local voluntary groups,

societies and clubs operating in the City.

The City Council’s Grants Committee meets each February to consider applications and at its meeting in February

2021, the Committee recommended grants totalling £26,655. Applications for grants from 2022/23 funds will open

later in the year. Any group wishing for further information can either visit the City Council’s website or

email enquiries@lichfield.gov.uk.

Welcome to this issue of City View.

It has been some time since the City Council produced its

newsletter, but rest assured that whilst our offices have been

closed to the public the business of the Council has

continued uninterrupted. Like many of you, Members and

Officers had to quickly adapt to the virtual world of Zoom and

Teams. Reflecting on the last year and all the challenges it

brought our thoughts turn to all those who have suffered as a

result of the pandemic and hope that the future brings

renewed hope and serenity.

Now as we cautiously move towards the easing of

restrictions it feels like life is slowly returning to some degree

of normality and we can once again look forward to all those

traditional civic events that punctuate the year and make our

City such a vibrant place to live.

I am pleased to report that the local election on 7 May saw

Bob Harrison returned by a substantial majority as the

elected member for Stowe Ward. Many of you will know Bob

through his outstanding work with Lichfield Litter legends so

I am confident he will make an excellent Councillor and with

his wealth of experience on local issues be a valuable

addition to the Council as a whole.

Adhering to Covid -19 restrictions the Annual Meeting of the

Council was held on 17 May. where a new Mayor, Deputy

Mayor and Sheriff were appointed. I would like to thank the

retiring civic team for their tremendous work on behalf of the

City during their unprecedented year in Office; and wish the

new office holders every good wish for an interesting and

enjoyable year ahead.

The City Council is a large and active parish council and our

annual report summarising the work of the Council over the

past year was presented to the Annual Town (electors)

meeting on 26 May. This annual report gives a clear

overview of the range of services which the City Council

provides, from grounds maintenance to the markets and

community halls; the Guildhall and civic events like Sheriff’s

Ride; through to Christmas Lights, Twinning and of course

the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum. Copies are

available from the City Council’s offices or can be

downloaded from our website.

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Councillor Mark Warfield, Leader of the Council

Civic Team for 2021/22

The investiture of the new Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Sheriff took place at the Guildhall on Monday 17 May 2021.

The new Mayor of the City is Councillor Robert Yardley, proposed by Councillor Mark Warfield and seconded by

Councillor Mrs Janet Eagland. Councillor Miss Jayne Marks is Mayoress.

In accepting the office of Mayor for the forthcoming year, Councillor Yardley thanked his fellow councillors for their

support and stated that it was a great honour and privilege to be elected. He also paid tribute to the work of the

outgoing Mayor, Councillor Mrs Deborah Baker, and Sheriff, Dr Daryl Brown, who had together raised just over £9,000

for their chosen charities; Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust, St. Giles Hospice and Lichfield Voluntary

Transport for the Disabled during their year in office.

The new Deputy Mayor is Councillor Jamie Checkland, Councillor Checkland’s appointment was proposed by

Councillor Mrs Janet Eagland and seconded by Councillor Christopher Spruce. Mrs Stephanie Checkland is the

Deputy Mayoress.

Completing the new Civic Team is Mr Peter Hitchman who has now become Sheriff of the City, following a proposal

from Councillor Colin Greatorex that was seconded by Councillor Angela Lax. Mr Peter Hitchman is a well-known

Lichfeldian, a former City Councillor and current member of many city charities and committees.

The Mayor proudly announced his appointment of Army Cadet LCPL James Carter and Mayor’s Chaplain, Revd Ian

Hayter for his forthcoming year in office.

Following the investiture of the new Civic Team, the retiring Mayor, Mayor’s Consort and Sheriff were presented with

replica badges of office.

During their year in office the Mayor and Sheriff will jointly host five events to raise money for their nominated charities;

We Love Lichfield and Friends to Friends. Further information of these events will be published over the course of the

year on our website www.lichfield.gov.uk.

Lichfield's new civic team left to right. Mayor - Cllr Robert Yardley, Deputy Mayor - Cllr Jamie Checkland,

and Sheriff - Mr Peter Hitchman

If you would like to keep up to date with more of the City Council’s

activities, you can follow the City Council on Twitter @lichfield_cc.


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The Newsletter of Lichfield City Council

Markets in Lichfield

The Lichfield General Markets offer a wide selection of

goods and local produce from friendly and established

market traders and are held on Tuesdays, Fridays and

Saturdays.

the Samuel

Johnson

Birthplace

Museum

Producers Market

Currently all our markets are held in a Covid safe

environment with social distancing measures in place

for the public’s safety.

The Producers Market is held on the first

Sunday of the month from 10.00am –

4.00pm and offers a variety of local

produce and handcrafted gifts.

Throughout June and July Staffordshire County

Council will be on the Market Square on non-market Mobile Testing Unit

days offering free rapid COVID testing. Lateral flow

tests will also be on offer to the public along with demonstrations on how to complete the

tests at home.

The Market Square is also available for hire on a commercial or charitable basis on nonmarket

days.

For further details regarding any of the above or for information relating to Lichfield

Markets please contact the City Council’s Markets Officers. Tel: 01543 309853 or

e-mail: markets@lichfield.gov.uk

An exciting new Twinning project has started

between Lichfield’s Chadsmead Primary

Academy and Ecole Chatelain in Sainte Foyles-Lyon,

France.

Twenty-three children between the ages of 8

and 11 years old from Lichfield’s French Twin

Town have written to their English

counterparts to introduce themselves

individually with photos.

Two examples of the letters

sent from year 5 & 6 Pupils

at Chadsmead Academy

Twinning

General Markets

Some of the French School Children from

Lichfield’s Twin Town Sainte Foy-les Lyon

In return, years 5 and 6 from Chadsmead Academy sent

introductory cards to France with a drawn picture of

themselves.

Chadsmead’s foreign language lead Lisa Baines said:

“The children in Year 5/6 have really enjoyed writing to

their French counterparts. It has been a fun exchange

which has enhanced our children's understanding of

international relations.”

A new date for the previously

postponed official International

Ring Twinning event in Limburg has

been set by the Limburg Council for

Friday 29 April – Monday 2 May

2022. It is hoped that by then each of the three countries taking part will

have a successful vaccination programme in place and the Covid restrictions will have

eased sufficiently to allow the event to take place.

If you would like to be involved in the Cities Twinning activities or would like to become a

host family, please contact Twinning Officer, Gabriele Lasch-Burden.

Email: Gabriele.Lasch-Burden @lichfield.gov.uk

Visitors can once again enjoy a visit to the Samuel Johnson Birthplace

Museum.

The Grade I listed house adjacent to the Market Square is open for free of

charge, covid-secure visits seven days a week from 10.30 am – 4.30pm.

To help you to visit safely numbers are limited and a timed-entry system is in

place.

Find out more and book a visit at www.samueljohnsonbirthplace.org.uk or call

01543 264 972 for more information.

Some of the Museum’s popular events will return later in 2021, with safety

measures in place and restrictions permitting. These will include family craft

activities over the school summer holidays, a history event commemorating

Hester Thrale and celebrations for Johnson’s 312th Birthday on Saturday 18th

September.

Announcements will be made on the Museum’s website or you can follow the

Birthplace on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Johnson’s Birthplace.

Open Daily 10.30am – 4.30pm.

Standard entry is Free of charge.

Call 01543 264 972 or email sjmuseum@lichfield.gov.uk for more

information or to book a visit.

Dates for your

diary…

Saturday 11 September Sheriff’s Ride

Ride Leaves the Guildhall (time tbc)

Saturday 18 September Dr Johnson Birthday Celebrations

11.50am Market Square

Sunday 14 November Remembrance Sunday

10.00am Cathedral Service, 10.50am Garden of Remembrance

Saturday 20 November Mayor & Sheriff’s Charity Dinner Dance

7.00pm Guildhall

Sunday 28 November Switch on Christmas Illuminations

5.00pm Market Square

For more information please contact Lucy Clarke on 01543 309852, or

email lucy.clarke@lichfield.gov.uk

* All events subject to Government guidelines regarding Covid-19 at the

time and may be subject to change.

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City VIEW

The Newsletter of

Lichfield City Council

OUR WEBSITE:

www.lichfield.gov.uk

Have you visited the City Council’s website? It

offers a wealth of information about the work of

the City Council; including details of all Council

meetings and associated documents. In addition,

it contains useful information about the City, its

history, festivals and major events, and its many

unique customs and traditions.

The right

Council…

Lichfield City Council is the

‘parish’ authority for the City and is

the smallest of the three councils

serving the City area. Within the City

we deal with local matters such as

the markets, maintenance of open

spaces and churchyards, civic and

mayoral events, the Samuel Johnson

Birthplace Museum and public

lettings of the Guildhall.

Lichfield District Council (Tel:

01543 308000) is the larger local

authority dealing with such matters as

planning, environmental health,

refuse collection, housing, car

parking, arts and tourism, and leisure

services.

Staffordshire County Council (Tel:

0300 111 8000) is the responsible

authority for wider services such as

Education, Social Services and

Highways.

Public

Participation

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

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

Meetings are open to the public, with public participation sessions held

at full Council and at the Planning Committee(when called). Advance

notice needs to be given to the Council of the subject matter of each

question, and any person wishing to speak must contact the Council

Offices at Donegal House, Bore Street (next to the Guildhall) before

NOON on the day of the meeting.

Monday 14 June 2021 6.30pm COUNCIL

Monday 26 July 2021 6.30pm COUNCIL

Monday 20 September 2021 6.30pm COUNCIL

Monday 6 December 2021 6.30pm COUNCIL

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39th Lichfield Festival to

Take Place!

............................

Eleven days of ballet, cabaret, symphony orchestras, steel pans,

family fun, chamber music, live cooking, story-telling, drama,

laugh-out-loud comedy can only mean one thing – Lichfield

Festival is back! Taking place between 8th-18th July, the annual

event brings thousands of visitors to the beautiful cathedral city

and is a cornerstone in the region’s cultural calendar.

Headline performers include vocalists Mica Paris, Eddi Reader, Liza

Pulman, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, vocal group I Fagiolini,

impressionist turned pianist Alistair McGowan, Grimethorpe Colliery

Band, comedian Justin Moorhouse, Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda

Owen.

This year will see a range of diverse events include cabaret, flamenco,

steel pans, chamber music, live cooking, literary talks, family fun, comedy,

jazz and Young Artists series. There will also be music by Artists in

Residence Chloë Hanslip (violin), Danny Driver (piano), Jessica Walker

(writer/singer) and Joseph Atkins (composer/piano), as well as an Aspire!

Family Day outdoors.

Lichfield Festival 2021 runs from 8th-18th July. Tickets and details from

www.lichfieldfestival.org. Festival Box Office 01543 306271 (call-back

service).

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This year’s Artists in Residence, Chloë Hanslip and Danny

Driver, play the first of three duo concerts, each featuring a

major violin and piano sonata by Beethoven. The programme

also includes César Franck’s Sonata in A major, one of the finest

violin and piano works ever written.

Chloë Hanslip made her Proms debut at 14 and has performed at

major venues in the UK (Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall), Europe

(Musikverein, Paris Louvre, St Petersburg Hermitage), as well as the

Carnegie Hall, and Metropolitan Arts Space, Tokyo. She last played at the

Festival in 2016 as soloist in The Lark Ascending with BBCNOW.

Danny Driver is recognised internationally as an artist of

sophistication, insight and musical depth, with an enviably broad

repertoire encompassing works from Bach and Handel to Ligeti and

Adès. He was a Festival Artist in Residence in 2018, appearing with

BBCNOW as soloist in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2.

We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to this event, courtesy of The

Lichfield Festival, which is taking place on Sunday 11th July at 8pm at St

Michael’s Church. To be in with a chance of winning this prize, simply

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How old was Chloë Hanslip when she

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a) 13

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What’s On

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Lichfield Textile and Stitch Group is excited to be hosting a Zoom talk by

the renowned costume historian and author, Lucy Adlington (History

Wardrobe with Lucy).

Lucy will be speaking about "Opening the Wardrobe" - a cavalcade of

costume from the 1900s to the 1990s.

Date: Monday 21st June. Time: 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

All are welcome to this fabulous event. If you are not a member of LT&S

please contact anna.stanley@hotmail.co.uk for details.

Ruth Allen Exhibition

The Gallery at The Hub St. Mary’s

Lichfield in Line is an exhibition by Staffordshire artist Ruth Allen, featuring

her original line drawings of

Lichfield’s stunning architecture.

The exhibition runs until 13th June

and the Gallery is open Tues-Sat

9.30am-3pm. All of the artworks are

available to buy from The Hub and

further details are available on the

website at

www.thehubstmarys.co.uk.

Cathedral

Reopens with

Exhibition

........................

The doors of Lichfield Cathedral were opened

wide to the public once again on Monday 17th

May following the further easing of the lockdown

rules.

The Cathedral has been able to remain open for

worship and has played a major part locally in helping

with the Covid Vaccination programme - but in line

with other “indoor attractions” the building has had to

remain closed to those wishing visit as sightseers and

tourists.

The Cathedral has now reopened again, though

opening hours are reduced slightly in order to allow

for the extra work involved in keeping the Cathedral

Covid-secure. Visitors are asked to check the

Cathedral website (see below) before setting out for

the latest opening times, especially as on some days the

Cathedral will still be operating as a vaccination centre

and therefore not open to the public and therefore not

open to the public.

A full summer programme of events is being planned,

and visitors will be greeted by the first exhibition in a

‘summer of creativity, spirituality and science’. The

exhibition, entitled ‘Fantastic Books and Where to Find

Them’, will encourage visitors to explore ancient

books from the Cathedral’s own library. The ancient

texts will help visitors to see how our ancestors - the

forebears of those who created our Covid vaccine -

understood aspects of science and nature, including

astrology and medicine.

At the entrance to the Cathedral, a mobile catering

outlet will ensure the sale of hot and cold drinks and

snacks, providing sustenance for the visit and the

Cathedral’s regular pattern of three services/day will

continue both in person and on-line.

Opening Hours (subject to change. Visitors

encouraged to check cathedral website at

www.lichfield-cathedral.org).

Monday - Wednesday: 1.15pm-5.30pm

Thursday - Friday: closed for vaccination clinics

Saturday: 10am-5.30pm

Sunday: 12.30pm-5.30pm

Bank Holidays and School Holidays: 10pm-5.30pm

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Lichfield - A Very

Welcoming Place!

By Lesley Bovington

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After what has been a long and hard year for us all, and

especially for our local communities, it is so exciting to be

talking about reopening our Places of Welcome - and even

welcoming new ones, too!

Places of Welcome in the Lichfield Diocese are set up and supported

by Transforming Communities Together, helping people and

communities to thrive and flourish (www.tctogether.org.uk).

There are over 70 Places of Welcome registered in Stoke on Trent

and Staffordshire, including 18 in Lichfield. At times of national

lockdown, they have been closed, but under “the rule of 6” and at other

points in our national and regional Covid-19 journey, many have found

ways of still supporting their local communities and keeping in touch

with group members.

Places of Welcome are informal, friendly and welcoming gatherings,

offered on a “drop in” basis, and anybody can come along. They provide

companionship and a free cuppa and a biscuit (or even a piece of

homemade cake!). Places of Welcome happen in the same place at the

same time each week, which means that some people will become

‘regulars’, but others may only come along once, a few times or on the

odd occasion. It’s a place to be as often as you like, and to be yourself.

There is no registration process (other than the collecting of

information for ‘track and trace’ when required under Covid-19

regulations).

Many of our Places of Welcome have made increased use of outdoor

spaces during the pandemic, and those with suitable outdoor spaces

have been leading the way in reopening their doors in the last few

weeks. St Anne’s Place of Welcome in Chasetown, near Lichfield, started

up again mid-April, hosting its “Space of Welcome” in the Burntwood Be

A Friend Tent in the grounds of the church.

In May, volunteers from the Lichfield Cares Good Neighbours

Scheme started their new Place of Welcome at Curborough

Community Centre in North Lichfield. This new group complements

the established Place of Welcome run there on Tuesdays by volunteers

from St Chad’s, which has also opened up again. These groups are using

the outdoor space at this versatile community centre and moving on to

offer both indoor and outdoor seating options, as the Covid regulations

allow.

All of our Places of Welcome are eager to reopen as soon as possible

but ensuring that they are fully compliant with Covid-19 requirements

and recommended best practice, in order to keep everyone safe. For

some, such as libraries and residential care homes, the requirement for

social distancing will make this impossible within the constraints of their

premises and other functions or activities that have to take place there,

at least for the foreseeable future.

There is no doubt that taking part in groups again, whilst very much

wanted, will make some of our local community members feel very

anxious, after months of being isolated in their homes. Transforming

Communities Together, with funding from Lichfield District Council, is

working with Support Staffordshire to offer a Buddying service,

whereby such individuals can be supported to attend their local Place

Place of Welcome at Curborough Community Centre

Lesley Bovington at St Anne's, Chasetown

of Welcome. We hope that this scheme will not only help people today

but can provide the evidence to support future funding applications to

offer this support elsewhere, too.

If you know someone from Lichfield District who would benefit,

please contact Clare Jolly clare.jolly@supportstaffordshire.org.uk or

Jess Ryan jessica.ryan@supportstaffordshire.org.uk. The Buddying

project has been paused during the pandemic and is now funded to the

end of August.

For more information about Places of Welcome in Lichfield, please

contact Lesley Bovington, Places of Welcome Facilitator, at

lesley.bovington@tctogether.org.uk or on 0770 4485 332. If you would

like to know where your nearest one is, you can find out at

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A Tell-All Guide to Father’s Day

By Charlotte Benton

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Every year in the UK, the third Sunday of June is dedicated to

the important male figures in our lives, for it is on this day that

we celebrate and appreciate fathers and honour these special

role models in our lives. From humorous novelty “Best Dad” gifts

to luxury socks and slippers, there are so many ways that we can

celebrate dads, but how and when did this practice begin?

Unlike the traditional Christian holiday of Mothering Sunday, Father’s

Day displays a much more modern history. The first ever Father’s Day

was celebrated in America in 1908, when a church in West Virginia held

a special sermon to honour all fathers following a mining accident that

killed 362 men. However, this appeared to be a one-off event as the

following year the church did not seek to commemorate the holiday

again. The celebration held by the church community is now considered

to have been more of a memorial to the men, rather than an attempt to

initiate a national holiday.

Nevertheless, in 1909 an American lady called Sonora Smart Dodd, set

out to establish a national Father’s Day as an equivalent celebration to

the mainstream holiday that is Mother’s Day. The previous year, Dodd had

attended a Mother’s Day church sermon that prompted her to campaign

for equal recognition of fatherhood and, the following year, Washington

state celebrated its first Father’s Day, slowly sparking other states to

celebrate the holiday each year.

It wasn’t until 1972 that President Richard Nixon finally declared

Father’s Day a to be a national holiday in America, following advertisers

previously latching onto the idea in an attempt to promote troops during

World War II. Although Father’s Day is not a national holiday in the UK,

ever since the early 20th century we have followed in America’s

footsteps, annually celebrating father figures in June each year.

This year, Father’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday 20th June, with

dads and grandads around the UK being treated to cards and gifts, as well

as special visits from family members who they may not regularly see and

have possibly not seen at all during lockdown.

But what do you get the man in your life? The most popular Father’s

Day gift in the UK is surprisingly traditional - a tie! Other traditional gifts

include, socks, alcohol and a wallet. Of course, if you do choose to give

your Dad a wallet this Father’s Day be prepared for the long-standing

joke that his children are the reason that he has to open his wallet so

often! Meanwhile, alcohol is often considered the perfect gift to say

‘thanks for putting up with me,’ whilst you are able to illustrate that you

do, in fact, know your dad’s favourite tipple. However, for many, it is the

receiving of a handmade or specially chosen card that means the most.

As children we make a Father’s Day card at school, then as young adults

we often forget to buy a gift but remember at the last minute to pick up

a card. Whether it is sentimental or contains a funny joke, a card is a small

token of appreciation that is sure to make every Dad smile.

An opportunity that many families will relish this year is the chance to

celebrate Father’s Day by going to a pub or a restaurant, treating their

loved ones to a drink or meal. Not forgetting the obligatory breakfast in

bed that many dads will be treated to on Sunday morning!

You may be wondering how other countries celebrate this special day?

Whilst the UK, USA and Canada, all celebrate Father’s Day in June, other

countries choose to celebrate at different points in the year. Spain and

Italy for example, celebrate Father’s Day on March 19th due to this dates’

links to Roman Catholicism. Meanwhile in Thailand, the day is celebrated

on 5th December, which is the birthday of their late King Bhumibo. Seen

as the father of Thailand, the day seeks to commemorate Bhumibo as

well as fathers throughout the country.

However you choose to commemorate Father’s Day this year, whether

that be by gifting your dad a novelty “Best Dad in the World” mug,

enjoying a home-cooked Sunday dinner or heading to your local pub, be

sure to celebrate the ones you love. Oh, and don’t forget the card!

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Something

for Dad

....................

Father’s Day is on 20th June

this year, but what do you

get the man who has

everything? We’ve put together a

guide of unique gift items from

some of our favourite local

retailers to give you some

inspiration.

Michael’s Menswear

There’s a superb selection of cufflinks to choose

from in a variety of different styles. Priced from

£19.95. Available from Michael’s Menswear Market

Street, Lichfield. Tel: 01543 262264.

Allen Brown

As Father’s Day approaches take a look at the

trendy selection of gent’s jewellery on offer.

Ranging from cufflinks and tie-pins to bangles

and necklaces. Pictured: Titanium cufflinks

with coloured details, priced at £128.

Available from Allen Brown Jewellery, Heart

of the Country Shopping Village, Swinfen.

www.allenbrownjewellery.co.uk

Michael’s Menswear

Every man loves a pair of socks and these stylish

Viyella creations, in a range of different styles,

patterns and colours, are sure to impress Dad!

Priced at £9.95. Available from Michael’s Menswear

Market Street, Lichfield. Tel: 01543 262264.

Tina’s Temptations

Tina's Temptations offers a range of

handmade treats for all occasions and special

Father’s Day cupcakes, brownies and treat

boxes are also available. Contact Tina on

07973380192 or via Facebook at

www.facebook.com/tinastemptationscakes.

City Jewellers

This Cross Townsend Rollerball Pen is not

simply practical, it’s also stylish too. The

perfect thing for Dad to help him complete

his crossword! Priced at £109 and available

from City Jewellers, Bore Street, Lichfield.

www.cityjewellers.co.uk

The Quirky Emporiumm

Formula 1 memorabilia is a sure-fire winner

for Dad this year and these mugs are ideal

for that morning cup of coffee. Priced at just

£6 each, they are available from The Quirky

Emporium, Overdale Farm, Colwich.

Tel: 07773 783336.

www.thequirkyemporium.com

Cakes of Wonderland

Now taking on orders for Father’s Day

Cupcakes and Afternoon Teas for collection

Saturday 19th June.

Afternoon Tea available for takeaway - £20,

serves 2. Includes: 2 x Large Deli Rolls,

Sausage Roll, Scotch Egg, Pickled Onions,

Father’s Day Cupcakes, Biscoff Blondie,

Bread Pudding/Shortbread Millionaire, Dairy

Milk Chocolate Bar.

Cupcakes 6 for £10 or 12 for £20.

Visit www.cakesofwonderlandlichfield.co.uk.

The Hand Crafted Party

Let your Dad or Grandad know that they

mean the world to you with this stunning

luxury Earth Bubble Balloon.

Priced at £28.

Now taking orders for Father’s Day.

Visit www.thehandcraftedparty.com for

more designs.

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City Jewellers

If Dad likes a little bit of branded style, look no

further than this Emporio Armani Signature Leather

and Stainless Steel Bracelet, priced at £99. Available

from City Jewellers, Bore Street, Lichfield.

www.cityjewellers.co.uk

Tippers

DIY-enthusiasts will love this Makita

DLX2131JX1 drill set, which includes a combi

drill, impact driver, fast charger and 2 x 3.0Ah

batteries, all in a durable Makpak case. Priced at

£184 plus VAT, and available from

Tippers, Lichfield.

www.Tippers.com

MB Designs

These gorgeous local mugs by artist Mandy

Billington incorporate the beautiful buildings

of the city, including Lichfield Cathedral,

Dr Johnson’s Birthplace and the old clock.

Available in blue, pink and yellow. Priced at £12

each and available from MB Designs at

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MBDesignsEngland.

Tel: 07841 108207,

Email: m.b.designs@hotmail.com.

Paul Martyn

This superb quality Brunton Compass comes with

its own box and would make a special and different

gift for Dad. Priced at £39.95 and available from

Paul Martyn Furniture, Heart of the Country

Shopping Village, Swinfen.

www.paulmartynfurniture.co.uk

Lichfield Factory Specs

A great selection of stylish gent’s frames,

including Hugo Boss, Gucci and Ralph Lauren.

Designer frames and single vision lenses

starting from only £85 complete. Available

from Lichfield Factory Specs, Tamworth

Street, Lichfield. Tel: 01543 300625..

Tippers

All Dad’s love a lawnmower such as the

cordless Makita DLM380Z with 38cm cutting

width. Equipped with a single lever cutting

adjustment with six height settings for a

controlled finish. Priced at £139.99 plus VAT and

available from Tippers, Lichfield.

Tippers.com

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Paul Martyn

Wooden Camper Van Letter Rack is something a

bit different. Priced at £12.99. Available from Paul

Martyn Furniture, Heart of the Country Shopping

Village, Swinfen.

www.paulmartynfurniture.co.uk

Lichfield Piano Centre

Give the gift of music this Mother’s Day with

a piano from the superb range of upright and

baby grand pianos available at Lichfield Piano

Centre, Curborough Hall Farm, Watery Lane.

www.lichfieldpianocentre.co.uk

Tippers

Get authentic and crisp Italian style pizzas

cooked to perfection, and hot off the barbecue,

with this Weber GBS Pizza Stone. The cordierite

stone reaches a high, even temperature so pizza

bases cook fast and remain crisp. Priced at

£58.79 and available from Paving Place.

www.pavingplace.co.uk


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