Citylife in Lichfield August 2021

Weddings are back in 2021! Finally, after 18 months, weddings are back on the agenda and our August edition magazine is packed full of ideas on how to make the most of your wedding in 2021, with ideas and inspiration for groom's wedding suits, bride's dresses, watches, rings, jewellery and more! We also have usual wonderful mix of competitions, recipes, history features, local news stories from across Lichfield District and What's On events - so it's a great read for everyone and not just brides and grooms! Enjoy reading our magazine this August - and if you're getting married then Happy Wedding Day!

Weddings are back in 2021! Finally, after 18 months, weddings are back on the agenda and our August edition magazine is packed full of ideas on how to make the most of your wedding in 2021, with ideas and inspiration for groom's wedding suits, bride's dresses, watches, rings, jewellery and more! We also have usual wonderful mix of competitions, recipes, history features, local news stories from across Lichfield District and What's On events - so it's a great read for everyone and not just brides and grooms! Enjoy reading our magazine this August - and if you're getting married then Happy Wedding Day!


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18 Wedding Guide

Local suppliers for all your wedding



21 Win a Pair of Designer Earrings

A fabulous prize courtesy of City Jewellers


25 Win Your Wedding Rings

Allen Brown offers wedding rings as a prize


36 Lichfield's Society Weddings

Jono Oates looks at local Lichfeldians who wed


54 Moor Hall Memories

The owner of Moor Hall celebrates 60 years at

the helm

From the Editor…

Hello and welcome to the August issue of Citylife in Lichfield – our

wedding special edition!

Many of you may have had wedding plans in 2020 which were prevented,

or seriously hampered, by Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdowns.

Now that the world is opening up again, your wedding may very well be

back on track, so we’ve put together some of the best local suppliers,

retailers and venues to make sure you’ve got the cream of the crop to

pick from!

We even managed to arrange our own photoshoot outside the stunning

setting of Lichfield Cathedral, with help from a few local companies, to

bring you something a little bit different. It was a wonderful day and it

was great to see so many people pulling together to make it special for

our model ‘bride and groom’!

As well as our wedding feature (where you have the chance to win your

wedding rings and a stunning set of special occasion earrings), we’ve got

lots of news stories and community items, history articles and

interviews too, so there’s plenty to keep you entertained this month. So,

pour yourself a cool drink, don your hat and sunglasses, take a seat in

the sunny garden, and enjoy reading the latest Citylife in Lichfield!



Front cover courtesy of Capture 24 photography.




Lichfield City

FC Academy

All new school year 11 learners at Lichfield City

FC Academy have been invited to attend St

George’s Park for elite training and events with

England U21 coaches after the excitement of

the Euro’s this year! This is a one-off experience

for our learners.

Graduation results showed 60% of Lichfield

City Academy learners applied for university

and one student, Jacob, attained a first class

honours sport degree.

This summer will also bring Lichfield Choir to

the academy to provide a musical event after

Covid-19 lockdown in order to support this

local group.


Hundreds Brave Heat

to Complete Ironman

The Ironman event began at Chasewater

Hundreds of athletes from across the UK and

overseas braved warm weather conditions to

complete the gruelling Ironman 70.3

Staffordshire triathlon event.

The event, which took place on Sunday 18th

July, returned to Staffordshire after a one-year

absence due to the coronavirus pandemic. All

athletes needed to fill in a pre-event health

questionnaire and have their temperature

screened on arrival. A Staffordshire County

Council testing van was situated on Riverway

in Stafford.

The race was won by Hugh Brashaw in a time

of 4hrs 7mins. After a one-lap swim at

Chasewater, the athletes then took the 56-

mile cycle route through Staffordshire

countryside. The half-marathon distance run

was a two-and-a-half loop run route around

the centre of Stafford, taking in Stafford Castle

and finishing in the Market Square.


Win a Luxury Break

with Community


Players of Lichfield Community Lottery are

being offered the chance to win a UK holiday

worth £1,000 this summer.

Sign up and support Lichfield Community

Lottery today for just £1 a ticket. On top of the

chance to win weekly cash prizes up to the

£25,000 jackpot, players who enter before 28th

August could win a luxury forest staycation.

The prize is a break worth £1,000 with Forest

Holidays which has a variety of locations in

some of the UK’s most beautiful forests, from

Scotland to Cornwall, Snowdonia to Norfolk

and more.

Since the pandemic hit, local good causes need

even more support to recover over the coming

months, even years.

So far 47 good causes in Lichfield District have

signed up to be a part of the community lottery,

and since launching in April, it has raised more

than £13,000 for local groups, clubs, charities

and organisations.

The Forest Holidays draw is on 28th August. To

choose which local good cause to support and

buy tickets, go to



Latest Exhibition at

The Hub

Four Lichfield-based photographers who have

inspired and supported each other’s work for

many years have come together as

THECOLLECTIVE to showcase their

photography in their first joint exhibition. With

a diverse range of experience, approach and

perspective, their styles range from abstract to

portraiture, from still-life to land/cityscape.

In a world saturated with pictures where

smartphones empower anyone to create

technically good images, it’s time to ask what

makes a photograph stand out? As the title

suggests, THECOLLECTIVE believe an image’s

power lies in its connection with the viewer: in

that sense these are not photographs – they are

stories written in light and pinned to a wall in

the hope of provoking a response.

The exhibition, entitled ‘This is not a

Photograph’ runs until 21st August.

The Gallery is open Tues-Sat: 9.30am-3pm. All of

the artworks are available to buy. For details of

all upcoming events visit thehubstmarys.co.uk.


Three Peaks in

Friend’s Memory

Local man, Roger Twist,

completed the Yorkshire

Three Peaks Challenge

over the weekend of 10-

11th July to raise money

for St Giles Hospice.

The epic challenge, which

involves climbing Pen-yghent,

Whernside and

Ingleborough in under 12

hours, saw Roger

covering a distance of 22

miles and scaling more than 5,000 feet in

sunshine, cloud and sideways rain!

Roger decided to undertake the event in

memory of his friend and fellow walking

companion, Alan Keates, who passed away in St

Giles Hospice in 2019. After seeing how well

Alan was cared for, Roger decided to give

something back to the charity and has so far

raised £800.


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Businesses Asked to

Support LHCRT

An award-winning example of environmental

improvement made by LHCRT

Lichfield's Canal Trust is seeking cash pledges to

back its application to the Big Give Christmas

Challenge - an online match-funding appeal

which aims to realise 'an environment for the

future created by everyone'.

The Big Give, the UK's top match-funding

platform, specialises in bringing charities,

philanthropists and the public together to

multiply their impact, and the Christmas

Challenge is an annual match-funding campaign

which raises millions of pounds for good


To successfully join the Christmas Challenge,

charities must secure match-funding pledges

before the deadline of August 27th.

The Trust must receive a minimum of £1,000

pledges before the August 27th deadline and is

hoping that local businesses will lead the way in

promising donations.

The pledges, which will not be paid until the

Christmas Challenge ends on December 7th,

are conditional funding that the Trust will

redeem according to how it performs in the


Prospective pledgers can make their promises

of donations at



Rotary Duck Race

Raises Money

Lichfield Rotary Club last week donated £500

to Saxon Hill Academy in Lichfield. The funds

were raised by a duck race held on the Hopwas

section of the Coventry canal which saw some

2,000 plastic ducks launched along the canal,

each with a number that had been sponsored

by members of the public.


The event was in conjunction with the South

Staffordshire Association for Deaf Children to

whom the Rotary Club also gave a donation

from the proceeds raised.

The monies donated to Saxon Hill will go

towards the costs of constructing a sensory

integration room, which develops some of the

pupils’ five senses from touch to balance. The

school has 191 pupils of varying special teaching

needs, ranging from the ages of 2-19 years.

Pictured is the cheque presentation from

Rotary President, Mike Castree (left), to Saxon’s

Hill’s Business Manager, Wes Morris, watched by

some of the Academy pupils and several

members of the Rotary Club.


Councillor Local

Community Fund


To help local community

projects and activities,

groups can now apply

for a small funding boost

from their district


Lichfield District

Council has launched a

Councillor Local

Community Fund, which is Richard Cox

a two-year pilot scheme that will see each of its

47 district councillors distribute £300 each

year to support community projects in their


Community groups based in Lichfield District

can apply to receive from £50 to £300 until

30th November 2021 for projects and activities

that will have a positive impact on their local

area. Individuals can also apply for funding,

provided they can show the application is on

behalf of a local community project or activity.

The payments will be made by the Community

Foundation for Staffordshire. Find out more and

apply for funding at



New Ways to

Collect Recycling

Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet agreed the

principle of switching from single-stream to

dual-stream recycling

when it met on 6th July

this year.

Lichfield District

Council works in

partnership with

Tamworth Borough

Council, through the

joint waste service, to

deliver waste and recycling collections across

the partnership area.

As the disposal contracts come to an end

across Staffordshire, it is clear that co-mingled

recycling collections no longer provides waste

of sufficient quality to be economically


To improve the quality of the recycling the joint

waste service collects, the proposed new

system will see residents across both areas

recycle their waste paper and card in a new bag,

or in some cases an extra bin. Glass, cans and

plastics will continue to be recycled in blue


The collection of dual-stream recycling involves

increased costs, as it means collecting two

containers from each household in new

vehicles that separate the waste. Responsibility

for collecting and disposing of waste is shared

between Lichfield District Council, Tamworth

Borough Council and Staffordshire County

Council. As a result, the Cabinet agreed any

changes would depend on splitting the

additional costs fairly with the county council.


Captain Tom Inspires

Lichfield Fundraiser

Five Spires Academy pupils & St Giles Regional

Fundraiser Jo Murch (right)

Lichfield primary pupils inspired by fundraising

hero Captain Tom Moore have raised an

amazing £3,295.15 for St Giles Hospice with a

sponsored walk.

After Captain Tom walked 100 laps around his

garden before he turned 100, Five Spires

Academy, in Cherry Orchard, gave pupils an “11

before 11” challenge, encouraging them to

complete 11 personal challenges before their

11th birthdays.

One of their goals was to raise money for

charity, so pupils walked 100 laps of their

playground in aid of St Giles, which supports

patients and their families who are living with a

terminal illness.

The pupils did their sponsored walk as part of

‘Miles 4 St Giles’ – a fundraising initiative set up

in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which

encourages supporters to run, cycle or walk

their own distance over 30 days to raise

sponsorship for the hospice.

Visit www.stgileshospice.com/miles4stgiles to

find out more or to take part.



Solstice Walk for

Good Health

Members of the Good Health Club, run by

Mary Morris, recently took part in the St Giles

Solstice Walk in order to raise funds for the

local hospice.

Although St Giles was unable to hold its usual

large event this year due to the pandemic, it

was encouraging smaller groups of people to

take part in a 5k walk instead.

There were 20 ladies from the group who took

part, enjoying a nice walk with friends, an

afternoon tea sponsored by Morrisons, and

raising a total of £1,500 for the cause.

The Good Health Club runs a pilates class and

organises walks in and around Lichfield for

older people. For more information, contact

Mary on 07921 166598.


Epic Bike Ride for

Four Hospices

Fifteen fundraising cyclists have raised £16,000

to be split between St Giles Hospice and three

other charities in a challenging three-day bike

ride through the heart of England.

The riders all work for Wills & Trusts Wealth

Management Group, which organised the trip

to support its charitable foundation.

Wills & Trusts Chief Operating Officer, Stuart

Payne, from Sutton Coldfield, took part in the

210-mile ride and has a personal connection to

St Giles Hospice as his father-in-law received

end-of-life care there.

The team’s route took them from the

company’s office in Ashby-de-la-Zouch to its

head office in Thame, near Oxford, visiting its

other offices along the way on a route through


David Batchelor (front left) and Stuart Payne

(front right) with members of the team

Henley-in-Arden, Moreton-in-Marsh and


The money raised will be split between St Giles

Hospice, Florence Nightingale Hospice in

Aylesbury, Helen & Douglas House Children’s

Hospice in Oxford and Winchester Hospice,

four hospices based near the company’s offices.


Swinfen Broun

Challenge Trophy

Bowls Match

Andy Hayes and Robert Yardley

The Mayor of Lichfield, Cllr Robert Yardley led

the Lichfield City Council team in the annual

Swinfen Broun Challenge Trophy bowls match

against the Lichfield Museum Bowling Club on

Wednesday 23rd June.

Despite the best efforts of the City Council

team, the Bowling Club took the trophy once

again with a score of 127 to 51.

Covid restrictions meant the evening was very

different to its usual format but overall,

everyone was pleased to be able to take part in

this traditional event.

After the match the Mayor, Cllr Robert Yardley

handed the trophy to the Club Captain, Andy

Hayes, and thanked everyone for taking part

and supporting the event.

The challenge match has been played since

1924 but it was not until 1926 that the trophy

was donated by local benefactor, Colonel

Swinfen Broun.


Sports Stars Glimpse

New School Hall

Five up-and-coming Lichfield sports stars were

given a sneak glimpse inside their school’s stateof-the-art

new sports hall as it nears


The huge new facility is part of a £4.2million

expansion of Nether Stowe in St Chad’s Road.

Funded by Staffordshire County Council and

overseen by Entrust, the expansion has also

seen classrooms, science labs and a new

reception unveiled at the school, which is part

of the respected Arthur Terry Learning

Partnership (ATLP).

Finishing touches are now being put to the

sports hall ahead of its opening in the next

academic year, so staff decided to satisfy

students’ curiosity by choosing five of their

outstanding sports stars to take a look around.

Contractors Novus began work on the new

facilities last year on behalf of Staffordshire

County Council and the ATLP.


Nature Thrives at

Festival Gardens

Lichfield City Council has designated Festival

Gardens a nature area to encourage

biodiversity and show a different side to public

green spaces. Recently, volunteers have been

helping with planting and maintenance and

willow canes are now sprouting to be cut for

weaving when larger, plus fruit and berries from

trees and shrubs can be picked and enjoyed by

anyone passing through.

The long grasses are looking great and

pathways have been cut through to make it

easier to have a wander. Long grass is a great

way to encourage nature and allow it to take its


Transition Lichfield is encouraging everyone to

have a run through the long grass and count the

bugs and butterflies! Get a photo and share on

social media with the hashtag #gowildlichfield

and appreciate this wonderful, natural space.

Follow and join the Transition Lichfield group

on Instagram @transitionlichfield.

To Advertise call:-

Steve Brown 07740 166497


Rebecca Hill 07970 513144





New Foodbank at


Lichfield Foodbank is now distributing food

from Curborough Community Centre. The new

service, which started in late July, is in addition

to the current distribution centres at

LifeChurch and Wade Street Church.

In the year ended 31st March 2021, Lichfield

Foodbank provided food for nearly 4,750

individuals in Lichfield and the surrounding area

– that’s an average of over 90 people every

week who could not afford to feed themselves

- just under half of them were children.

The new distribution session at Curborough

Community Centre (CCC) will enable

volunteers to signpost foodbank service users

seamlessly to additional targeted support and

advice groups already based at Curborough.

Lichfield Foodbank is running the distribution

session every Monday (except bank holidays)

between 10am and 12pm. Details of other

distribution centres around Lichfield, how to

receive support, and how to make donations

are available at www.lichfield.foodbank.org.uk.


Success for Foodbank’s



Lichfield Cathedral School pupils

with their donations

Following the launch of its Back-to-School

campaign in June and July, Lichfield Foodbank

saw donations arriving in droves and was able

to successfully hand out 650 packs to children

in need. This included 422 primary packs and

230 secondary packs to Chadsmead Primary,

Charnwood Primary, Christchurch Primary, St

Chads Primary, St Peter and Paul Catholic,

Streethay Primary, Willows Primary, King

Edwards, Nether Stowe, Queens Croft and

Saxon Hill.

The campaign called for items of school

stationery in order to ensure that no child

should go without when the new term starts in


Special thanks go to pupils at Lichfield

Cathedral School and Streethay Primary School

for their kind donations and help.


1st Burntwood

Scout Group

During lockdown, 1st Burntwood Scouts

continued to meet as a section via Zoom and

the young people embraced this way of

working, soon becoming confident enough to

start cooking online and playing bingo, amongst

other games, as well as completing lots of badge

work. Scout’s badge work covers various

activities and tasks and one of the badges looks

at the young people completing some

volunteering work as well as some community

impact work.

The last meeting of 1st Burntwood Scouts saw

an investment into eight new scouts, alongside

eight Chief Gold Awards, the highest award

available to this section, being presented.

Whilst the leaders were filled with an immense

sense of pride, especially after seeing how hard

the scouts had worked towards meeting the

requirements over the troublesome past year,

but the event was also tinged with sadness as

the Group said a fond farewell to six of these

young people as they leave to move onto


The Scout Group is now on a well-deserved

summer break, with the leaders already

planning the next year’s activities.

Clementi in Lichfield

Photograph courtesy of Steve Dodds

Two special performances illustrating the life of

Italian composer Muzio Clementi took place at

the Methodist Church on Wade Street as part

of the Lichfield Festival. Clementi, although

born in Rome, spent the last three years of his

life living in Lichfield, from 1828 to 1831, and

lived at Lyncroft House on the Stafford Road,

now the Hedgehog Inn. Although Italian-born,

Clementi was credited as a British composer

and was known as the ‘Father of the Pianoforte’.

The performances included stories from

Clementi’s life along with excerpts from some

of his most popular musical works, performed

on an original 1825 Clementi ‘square’ piano,

from the Hinchcocks Musical Museum

collection. The performances concluded with a

special arrangement of ‘A Groovy Kind of Love’,

which was a massive hit for the Mindbenders

pop group in 1966 and singer Phil Collins in


The performances were sponsored by Janette

Horton and the Lichfield Civic Society with

Citylife features writer, Jono, and Marilyn

Masters on hand to help provide some Regency

costumed colour.


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event you want to share

with our readership? Think

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that captures the spirit of

the region? We want to

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Contact Citylife at



Win Tickets to BBC Gardeners’

World Live Special Edition


Over four fabulous days, from Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th

August, a one-off edited version of BBC Gardeners’ World Live

Special Edition returns to Birmingham’s NEC with a selection of

favourite outdoor features from the much-loved annual event.

Experience stunning and vibrant Show Gardens packed with inspiration,

and Beautiful Borders where you can discover how imagination and

creativity can transform areas of outdoor space. Visit the dedicated Floral

Marquee and Plant Village where you’ll be spoilt for choice with the range

of beautiful plants on offer and are bound to leave with a trolly full of

plants and a head full of ideas.

Drop in at the brand-new My Gardeners’ World Live Stage where the

BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine editors host exhibitors and special

guests sharing their tips and techniques, as well as ideas on how we can

all do our bit for sustainability and the environment in our gardens. Catch

much-loved TV presents Monty Don, Carol Klein and Adam Frost and

Toby Buckland at the event on selected dates.

What’s more, handpicked artisan food and drink producers from the

BBC Good Food Show will be bringing the flavour of summer to this

year’s outdoor show with street food and tasty treats.

Whether you’re an avid gardener, a new gardener or an armchair

gardener, there’s plenty on offer to enjoy at BBC Gardeners’ World Live

Special Edition this summer.

For more information and to book tickets, please visit


We’re giving away a pair of tickets to this

year’s show on Sunday 29th August. To be in

with a chance of winning, simply correctly

answer the following question and send your

details to us by

Monday 16th August:

Where is BBC Gardeners’ World

Live Special Edition to be held

this year?

a) NIA

b) NEC

c) Staffordshire County Showground

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

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

Citylife in Lichfield Ltd, PO Box 7126, Lichfield WS14 4JS by the closing

date of 16th August 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 58.

Terms and conditions:

1. The prize is valid for 2 people to attend BBC Gardeners’ World Live Special

Edition, on Sunday 29th August only.

2. The prize includes entry for two people from midday only.

3. Travel and accommodation expenses are not included, and the winner will be

required to make their own travel arrangements to and from NEC Birmingham,

North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham, B40 1NT.

4. The winners will be picked at random and notified via email on 16th August 2021.

5. Contact information will be supplied to a third party who will send your winning

tickets electronically via email.

6. There is one prize available, so there will be one winner, winning 2 entry tickets.

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A selection of the watches sold on July 5 including the 1973 Rolex Explorer II, which made £18,500.

The One to



By Richard Winterton

We love a bit of good news here at The Lichfield Auction Centre and we’ve

got lots for you this month!

Let’s begin with news of our super auction of timeless timepieces.

Bidders from across the world battled it out in particular over a 1973

Rolex Explorer II.

Less popular commercially following its launch in 1971 but it’s a very

different story for such references today, with the watch highly sought after

by connoisseurs and collectors.

The distinctive orange 24 hour hand was originally intended to help the

intrepid wearer keep track of day and night in dark places such as caves or

extreme environments where the sun never sets.

A large triangle marker at 12 o’clock, cyclops eye for the date aperture at

3 o’clock and ‘frog foot’ coronet marked this model out as a watch somehow

simultaneously atypical of the brand and quintessentially Rolex.

In fine functioning condition and presented on the original Oyster bracelet,

we expected this to be another timeless example of how vintage watches can

powerfully accumulate in value and we weren’t disappointed.

The watch sparked international interest and finally sold to a telephone

bidder for £18,500!

It was part of a private collection of 11 wristwatches including a rare

Eterna ‘Dirty Dozen’ World War Two British military timepiece, running

remarkably well despite being almost 80 years old, which sold for £700.

In fact, the entire collection totalled £22,360 hammer price.

Other vintage watches in the sale on July 5 included a 9ct gold Rolex

Oyster Precision making £1,500 and a 9ct gold Rolex Precision selling at


And a Rolex GMT-Master dating back to 1985 sold for £9,800 including


Three Omega wristwatches also sparked a great deal of interest. An

Omega Constellation chronometer sold for £500 and an Omega Seamaster

Cosmic made £320 – both were part of the aforementioned private


An 18ct gold Omega De Ville from a private client in Lichfield sold for

£620, a lady’s 18ct gold Jaeger-LeCoultre Hermes made £440 and an Ebel

Beluga steel and diamond wristwatch fetched £600.

Jewellery in the sale included a 4.31ct three stone diamond ring, which sold

for £8,400 to the absolute delight of our client.

Also going under the hammer on the same day was a large collection of

ceramics including five large Royal Doulton Prestige figures depicting The

The 43cm tall Royal Doulton Prestige

figure ‘The Charge Of The Light

Brigade’, sold for £1,250. It is inscribed

with Alfred Lord Tennyson's

famous poem.

A three stone diamond ring,

sold for £8,400.

Charge Of The Light Brigade, jester Jack Point in three colourways and a

limited edition King Charles I, totalling £3,490.

That day’s sale saw a total of 728 lots go under the hammer with a 97.5

per cent selling rate, averaging £191 per lot.

It’s a great time to sell at auction but also a fab time to buy, whether you’re

a dedicated collector or looking to kit out your first home.

Because, of course, it’s not just fine art in this fascinating business of ours.

Our superb house clearance team clocked up an amazing 61 estate

clearances and pickups in June, preceded by 83 free appointments for


By the start of last month our wagons were already booked out for July

and another wagon is now on order!

We are also hiring, due to an exciting expansion… More details to come

but if you would like to be part of a happy team all working together, we’re

looking for cataloguers in all departments and a saleroom manager.

If you think you have something you can bring to the table, please email me:


I’d also like to add how wonderful it is to see The Hub in the Market

Square back as a venue for events and performances.

Our valuations continue there every Tuesday 10am-12.30pm and Ben

Winterton was pleased to see City Life’s very own Jono when he dropped in

on our first session back!

Ben can be contacted on ben@richardwinterton.co.uk.

Two Day Antiques & Home Sales are scheduled for August 9-10, August

23-24 and September 6-7, with a Single Owner Collection auction including

Ruskin ceramics on Tuesday, August 17.

Sales start at 9.30am and all catalogues can be viewed online via


For auction enquiries and to book an appointment to view or for a

valuation, telephone 01543 251081 or email office@richardwinterton.co.uk


Chastity by Morilee

A demure darling, Chastity

features a high, bateau crepe

bodice with modest long sleeves.

A matching waistband defines

your silhouette as the full A-line,

organza skirt flares out. Pockets

add a fun touch and the square

back completes the sleek look.

Shown in Diamond White.

Nikkal by Nicole Milano

Mermaid off-white crepe wedding

dress with long puffed sleeves, straps

and plunging V-neck. The beaded floral

tone-on-tone decorations create a

sophisticated, romantic 3D effect.

Aphrodite by Nicole Milano

Strapless mermaid wedding dress

of organza and Mikado with

minimalist charm. The overskirt

creates movement and enhances

the showy effect and the dress's


All available from Elsie May Bridal

Trent Valley Business Park, Lichfield


Telephone: 07506 768543

A stunning platinum single stone

engagement ring, with a pretty petal

shaped setting, featuring a GIA

certified 0.33 carat brilliant cut

diamond. Also available in different

metal and diamond combinations.

Available from ES Jewellery, Lichfield.

This Fiorelli Crossover Pave

silver bangle is the perfect

addition for any bride and

features over 100 cubic zirconia

stones in a polished sterling silver

setting. Available from ES

Jewellery Lichfield.

Stand out in style with this

rhodium-plated silver men’s tie

bar. Priced at £19.95 and available

from a range at Michael’s

Menswear, Market Street,


The Fei Liu Carpe Diem Tiara is

sure to set off the bride’s outfit

perfectly. Priced at £650. Available

from City Jewellers of Lichfield,

Bore Street, Lichfield.

Matching Fei Liu Carpe Diem

Earrings add a little something

extra. Priced at £145. Available

from City Jewellers of Lichfield,

Bore Street, Lichfield.

Finally, the Fei Liu Carpe Diem

Choker completes the set. Priced

at £89. Available from City Jewellers

of Lichfield, Bore Street,


Get me to the church on time with the

Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic

Auto Chronograph watch. Priced at

£1,800. Available from City Jewellers of

Lichfield, Bore Street, Lichfield.

Photo courtesy of Capture 24 photography.

The bride is wearing the Selena by Morilee wedding dress kindly

supplied by Elsie May Bridal, 1 Windsor Court, Trent Valley

Business Park, Lichfield WS13 6EU.

The groom wears suit, tie and shoes kindly supplied by L’uomo

Menswear, 39c Tamworth Street, Lichfield.


Coton House Farm

Located in Lichfield, and nestled away in the heart

of the Staffordshire countryside, Coton House

Farm is an exclusive-use barn wedding venue,

complete with acres of beautiful grounds,

fantastic facilities and oozing with a relaxed and

warm ambience. Coton House Farm provides the

highest standards of service mixed with a

personal approach to ensure your wedding is

tailored to you.


Clive's Wines

Offer something a little different for your

wedding toast with Rhubling – a delightfully

refreshing sparkling rhubarb wine from local wine

producer, Clive’s Wines. Made using the

traditional method to create bubbles, Rhubling is

the perfect fizz for your big day!

Available from Clive’s Wines of Burntwood.

Tel: 07972 269 620.


Secret Garden

Beautiful flowers make a wedding day complete!

With a detailed eye for colour and a passion for

design, Rob and the team at Secret Garden can

provide bouquets, buttonholes, corsages, table

centrepieces and floral decorations to ensure that

your big day is as special and unique as you are!

Available from www.secretgardenlichfield.co.uk,

tel: 01543 418710.

Cakes of Wonderland

Beautiful two-tier wedding cakes start from £125

buttercream style, and £175 for three-tier.

Fondant cakes start from £200. There’s over 13

different flavours to choose from, plus a takeaway

Wedding Taster box is available with six flavours

at £7 a box.

Visit www.cakesofwonderland.co.uk

Jewellery with Life

Emily Jane is passionate about creating her pieces

as much by hand as possible; making each piece

truly unique, just like you. This 8mm rose cut

moonstone pendant, set in silver, is the perfect

accompaniment on your big day, or maybe the ideal

gift to thank bridesmaids. Priced at £37, alternative

gemstones are available also. Visit

www.jewellerywithlife.co.uk or join the Instagram

community at @emilyjanedesigner_


Treat yourself to a pre-wedding pamper session to

truly relax and reinvigorate! Foot reflexology is a

massage applying various pressures to reflex points

to your feet and toes. These zones are connected

to certain organs and body systems, meaning

reflexology gives great health benefits. It’s also the

perfect way to unwind and recharge prior to your

big day!

Visit Reflexions at The Plant Plot Garden Centre,

Stafford Road. Contact Debs 07595 486535.


Powerful photography for

extraordinary brands

Brand photography is more

than just a snapshot in time.

It's a window into your

business – a visual story of

the people that built your

business, the personalities

that make it amazing, the

places and products that are

your testimonial. With a

background in design

management, Tina at Capture 24 Photography will

ensure that you stand out and get noticed!

Visit www.capture24.co.uk to find out more.

Shergar’s Bar

Shergar’s Bar is a beautifully converted

horsebox offering light snacks and an array of

refreshments. Located at Lichfield Cathedral

with seating, it’s the perfect place to catch up

with loved ones in the most stunning of

settings! Open Wednesday-Sunday 10.30am

onwards. See us at Fuse Festival 13-15 August

for Gin cocktails! Available for private hire.

07974 415557.


The Flower Kitchen Florist

The Flower Kitchen Florist offers the most

beautiful and breathtaking blooms and foliage to

create stunning bouquets in a romantic and rustic

style – perfect for a bridal bouquet, buttonholes,

table centrepieces and wedding venue decorations.

Catering to all budgets and designed with your

theme and colours in mind. Find out more by

visiting www.theflowerkitchen.florist, or contact

Heather at Heather@TheFlowerKitchen.Florist.

Ivison The Lichfield Florist

Getting married? Hannah at Ivison’s natural style

is her speciality when it comes to weddings.

Nothing is ever too much trouble for Hannah and

the team, and they can cater for weddings

wherever, and whenever, you are getting married.

From small and intimate, to large and grand

weddings, Hannah at Ivison’s will work with you

to create your dream flowers.

Visit Ivison the Lichfield Florist 18 Bird Street

Lichfield WS13 6PR or ring 01543 263173.

Wedding Stuff by Claire

Give your wedding the WOW factor right from

the start with beautifully bespoke handmade

wedding invitations, such as these by Wedding

Stuff by Claire. Not only will you get a personal

service throughout, but Claire offers a complete

wedding stationery and accompaniment package

that is guaranteed to make your big day extra

special! Visit www.weddingstuffshop.co.uk or

find Wedding Stuff by Claire on Facebook

and Instagram.

Zoë’s Cakes

Zoë’s Cakes, based in Abbots Bromley, offers top

quality homemade buttercream cakes using the

finest ingredients. Whether you’ve got an

upcoming birthday, wedding, dinner party or

simply just love cake, we offer something for

everyone! Our menu includes bespoke

celebration cakes, cupcakes and brownies. If

you’d like to place an order, contact Zoë via

Facebook on facebook.com/zoenicklin.cakes or

via Instagram on @zoenicklin.cakes.

Win a Pair of Designer Earrings

Light up the room like a mesmerising firework display! Perfect

for winter weddings and celebrations, the Carpe Diem Collection

by Fei Lui brings a touch of old-style Hollywood glamour to

contemporary pieces.

Carpe diem is Latin for ‘seize the day’ and contains delicate

designs that can be worn every day. And for brides and special

occasions, there is also a matching tiara to accompany.

Celebrate every special moment with the explosive ombréstyle

Swarovski Zirconia gemstones.

We’ve got one pair of Carpe Diem ‘Flower Burst’ stud

earrings with Swarovski Zirconia Pentagon Star Purple-Aqua

and tapered baguette CZ, set in white rhodium plate on

sterling silver, to give away, courtesy of City Jewellers


To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic

prize, simply correctly answer the following


What does the Latin phrase ‘carpe diem’ mean?

a) Love your life

b) Seize the day

c) Grow old gracefully

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

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

in Lichfield Ltd, PO Box 7126, Lichfield WS14 4JS by the competition closing

date of 25th August 2021. One entry per household. Multiple entries will be

disqualified. Winners will not be offered a cash equivalent. Please note you

must be 18 or over to enter. All entrants’ information is processed in line

with GDPR Data Protection Regulations and our Privacy Policy. To view our

Privacy Policy go to citylifeinlichfieldltd.co.uk. Full competition terms and

conditions on page 58.



Win your Wedding

Rings from

Allen Brown Jewellery

Choosing your rings is a significant part of your wedding or civil

ceremony. Our collection features designs that range from classic with a

twist to uniquely contemporary designs.

At Allen Brown Jewellery, we welcome the fact that many couples prefer

a more individual approach so they can be fully involved in the whole

creative process and have rings designed and made especially for them. We

work with you to create your rings, from the initial design to the selection

of stones and finishes.

Once a style and design has been decided upon we often make a silver

mock-up or a drawing, which gives a much clearer idea of what the finished

ring will look like. When the customer is happy, the finished ring can then be

made to the exact size and specification.

All of the rings can be made more personal by having engraving added be

that a name, date, symbol or something special to you. We also offer a

remodelling service, which is extremely popular. Transforming a family

heirloom into a more modern and wearable item, we can create an

individually designed piece for you. For example, the yellow gold from

Grandma’s wedding ring can be used on the inside of your wedding ring.

Allen Brown Jewellery, Heart of The Country Shopping Village, London

Road, Swinfen, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS14 9QR. Telephone: 01543 481948

E-mail: allen@allenbrownjewellery.co.uk.

To be in with a chance of winning your bespoke wedding rings,

to the value of £500, from Allen Brown Jewellery, simply

correctly answer the question below:

Allen Brown Jewellery is located at which

Staffordshire Shopping Village?

a) Heart of the Country

b) Heart of the City

c) Heart of the Town

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

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

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

of 25th August 2021. One entry per household. Multiple entries will be

disqualified. Winners will not be offered a cash equivalent. Please note you

must be 18 or over to enter. All entrants’ information is processed in line with

GDPR Data Protection Regulations and our Privacy Policy. To view our Privacy

Policy go to citylifeinlichfieldltd.co.uk. Full competition terms and conditions on

page 58.


Col RS Williamson opening Hednesford

Recreation Ground

A Beautiful


Edward, Prince of Wales,

in 1926

By Jono Oates


Cannock Chase is Staffordshire’s Area of Outstanding

Natural Beauty. On the edge of the hills that lead to the

Chase is the Beau Desert Golf Club where, for over a

century, golfers have been swinging their clubs around the one of

the most picturesque, and at times challenging, golf courses in the


In September 1911 a golf club was formed by a small group of local

golf enthusiasts and originally known as the Hednesford, then

Hednesford and District, Golf Club. The club held its initial meetings at

the Hednesford Drill Hall on Victoria Street and a number of key

figures in the club’s early history were in attendance.

The original nine-hole golf course, situated about a mile from the

current course, was at Rawnsley, and was on land leased from the

Anglesey estates which belonged to Charles Paget, 6th Marquess of

Anglesey and owner of Beaudesert Hall. Paget became the first

President of the newly-formed club, while Colonel Robert Summerside

Williamson, the Managing Director of the Rugeley and Cannock

Colliery Company, chaired the meeting and Ernest Lindop was

appointed as secretary. Initially the course was very basic, with rough

greens mown through the springy turf but improvements were soon

made and in 1912 they erected a new pavilion which was officially

opened by Mrs Ernest Lindop.

Later the committee members agreed to construct another golf

course, much closer to where the current course is now and, again, on

land owned by Charles Paget. The course was designed by William

Herbert Fowler, previously a first-class cricketeer with Somerset

County Cricket who was also a well-known designer of golf courses

around the country and in the USA. This new course, originally with

nine holes but with plans to extend it to 18 holes, was probably

completed sometime between 1913-1914. The club became the Beau

Desert Golf Club, its name taken from Paget’s Beaudesert Hall, and

meaning ‘Beautiful Wilderness’.

One of the earliest players on the new course was Tom Coulthwaite,

deemed to be one of the ‘better players’ and who was a very wellknown

figure in Cannock and across the country. Tom was a very

successful race-horse trainer based at Hazelslade and trained three

Aintree Grand National winners during his career. However, he also

had a love of golf and the club created the Coulthwaite Bowl

competition in 1922 named in his honour.

The club was a popular course and the Prince of Wales, later to

briefly become King Edward VIII, played at the course several times. In

1927, accompanied by Lord Ednam 3rd Earl of Dudley, he played a

round at the course at the end of which he gave his caddy a 10-shilling

note, a lot of money in those days and which would have made the

young man very happy. Less happy were the members of the club who

had all lined-up in the clubhouse to meet his Royal Highness only to

see him get in to his car and speed off to his next engagement, much

to their annoyance!

The Prince returned to the course in May 1931 when he played a

game of foursomes, where he and Argentine professional golfer Jose

Jurado lost to Lord Ednam and Marcos Churio, another Argentinian

player. Immediately after the match Jurado, who had been in pain

throughout the game, had a tooth extracted, which may explain why

the Prince was on the losing side!

In the early 1920s increased taxation and an extravagant lifestyle had

forced Charles Paget to move from Beaudesert Hall to Plas Newydd

on Anglesey and, in 1932, Beaudesert was put up for sale. Although the

main estate remained unsold the golf links were sold to Colonel

Williamson to £4,000, thus preserving the club for the future.

The course, although generally short in length, has often been listed

in the top 50 golf courses in the country, not only for its beautiful

location but also for its challenging holes and bunkers. In May 1969 the

Torbay and South Devon Echo reported on the ‘daddy-of-them-all

bunker’ that was baffling every golfer that played it. The 120-foot sand

quarry, near the seventh green, was said to be a golfer’s nightmare and

that, once in, you would never get the ball out! The club’s professional,

Johnny Shaw, said that he had only managed to get his plugged ball

three-quarters of the way up the bunker!

The club was going from strength-to-strength and in the 1970s it

attracted some household names to its annual dinner and dance. In

1974 top comedian and host of Bullseye, Jim Bowen, kept 170 guests

entertained and in 1977 Football League and World Cup referee, Jack

Taylor, was the guest of honour.

In May 1997 the course hosted the North Midland Regional Final of

Europe’s biggest Pro-Am competition, the Lombard Top Club Trophy.

The 6,300-yard par 70 course was described as one of the most

difficult courses in the Midlands especially as there was no Out-of-

Bounds rule.

The course today is still very popular, and challenging, and with its

glorious location and rolling terrain is truly a ‘Beautiful Wilderness’.

*Vintage photographs courtesy of the British Newspaper Archive

Sources: The British Newspaper Archive; Beau Desert Golf Club – the

First 100 Years 1911-1921 by S.A.M. Lord; www.comhs.co.uk;





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Louise Carter of Hoar Cross got married on

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and couldn’t have been more delighted with the


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how her skin looked amazing,” Louise begins. “She

was just glowing! I asked what her secret was and

she told me she’d had the anti-wrinkle treatments.”

Louise was curious so she did a bit of online

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after doing more research and looking at the

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The Traditions of

Happily Ever After

By Charlotte Benton


Picture this... The sun shining down, not a cloud in the sky,

loved ones gathering from far and near to celebrate the

marriage of the happy couple. Even the mental image that

we create in our mind at the prospect of a wedding fills us with


But where does this splendid scene stem from? What traditions lie

behind the weddings that so many of us long to attend or are lucky

enough to call our own? Let’s take a look at some of the most popular

marriage customs and their origins.

1. A White Dress

It has not always been the case that the bride would wear a white

dress. The bride once wore her best item of clothing, whether that be

black, white or any other colour. It was the wedding of Queen Victoria

and Prince Albert in 1840 that first introduced the traditional choice

of a white or ivory wedding dress. Once a sign of wealth, white

wedding dresses remain a signature tradition of western weddings

today and often symbolise the bride’s ‘purity’.

2. Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

The rhyme “Something old, something new, something borrowed

and something blue” is one of the most well-known wedding traditions

that symbolises the customs a bride should follow in hope of a

successful marriage. Whilst the ‘old’ represents the continuity of the

past and the ‘new’ illustrates the optimism of the future, a ‘borrowed’

item represents the happiness that the new bride will receive from her

husband, with something ‘blue’ protecting against evil. Together this fun

rhyme signifies the simultaneous continuity and hope towards a

prosperous future.

3. Giving the Bride Away

Whilst this moment of the ceremony is often a poignant and longawaited

moment between the bride and her father, the tradition has a

rather more woeful past. Daughters were previously considered the

property of their father and the act of giving them away was once

more a transaction of property as opposed to a poignant marker in

both a parent and a child’s life. Today this intimate moment between

the bride and her dad is a beautiful part of the wedding ceremony as

the bride embarks on a new journey with the new ‘man in her life’.

4. Wedding Rings

The tradition of wedding bands stems from the Ancient Egyptians

who wore their wedding rings on their left hand following the belief

that the fourth finger on the left hand is where the ‘vena amoris’ (vein

of love) begins, eventually linking to the heart. Also, the cyclical nature

of a wedding band remains a symbol of eternal love between the bride

and groom.

5. The First Dance

Now a traditional segment of a wedding, in the days of decadent,

royal balls, the first dance previously marked the start of the evening’s

celebrations. The lady of the house was invited to dance with the male

guest of honour. Today we see and celebrate the first dance of the

newlyweds, as their friends and family surround them on this first night

of their new lives.

6. Throwing the Bouquet

This tradition seeks to pass on some of the bride’s good luck to her

friends and family. In the 15th century, wedding guests once tore away

part of the bride’s dress, hair and flowers in hope of receiving some of

her happiness. Thankfully today's tradition is much more civilised,

although the bouquet toss is still highly anticipated by the female

wedding guests and there is often a scrabble to be the one who

catches the bouquet as she is said to be the next to marry her true


Today’s traditions that carve the pathway to happily ever after seem

not all that far from those of centuries gone by. Traditions prevail, after

all they are all based on one common theme, love.



Bride and Bloom

By Jo Howell


Dress? Check. Heels? Check. Hat? Absolutely! In the

midst of summer, it can only mean one thing – wedding

season. And although the big day may look a little

different to perhaps what was planned, there has never been a

better time to pull out all the stops and get your glam on.

Whether you are the bride or one of the chosen few guests, there

are simple, and effective, top tips for every female to follow:

Skin Deep

If you are the bride, I am sure you have been following a skin care

plan for a few months to ensure you are positively glowing on the

special day. And if you haven’t? Even 24 hrs can make a difference –

so, guests and Mother of the Bride, this applies to you too!

It goes without saying that hydration is key – so plenty of water

the day before but not during the evening as this will cause water

retention. But one thing you can do overnight is apply a light face

cream; nothing too heavy as it could look greasy on your skin the

following day.

And of course, a good night’s sleep is essential for the entire

wedding party! Bedtime has never been so important as dark circles

/ eyebags would be the most unpopular guest.

Flawless Faces

For the Bride, wedding makeup is a totally personal decision – but

it can be a difficult decision to make! And probably the reason many

brides (and Mothers) bring in a professional Make Up Artist to take

over and create the right look. We recommend having at least one

trial before the big day so you, and Mum, feel happy with the finish


However, it is worth considering things like your wedding theme,

the style of your wedding venue and what your wedding dress looks

like. All these factors will influence your final wedding makeup look.

Oh, and choose something which makes YOU feel beautiful and

confident. That’s the most important thing!

Be Our Guest

One of the most common questions I get asked is how to keep

make up looking fresh all day. The answer is very simple - setting

powder (or spray).

There are plenty of brands available but these little wonder

products really will be your saviour during a long, hot wedding day

and ensure your make up lasts and doesn’t smudge or fade before

the first dance.

If you’re not the bride, remember to keep your own make up light,

natural and respectful to the star of the show. Think of your own

outfit, ensure you choose bold lips or eyes (never, ever both!) and

always, without fail, use waterproof mascara.

And remember – skin first, make up second,

smile always!

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


Find the Dress of

your Dreams with St

Giles Hospice


If you’re newly-engaged and looking for your dream wedding dress

– that doesn’t break the bank – St Giles Hospice’s Bridal Boutique

is a must-visit.

Featuring a stunning range of new and ex-sample gowns, as well as a

selection of pre-loved and vintage dresses, the boutique, based at the

hospice’s Mere Green Superstore, is a true hidden gem.

Advertising Feature

Jessica Robertson, from Walmley, spotted an ex-sample Maggie Sottero

dress during a visit to the boutique, and instantly fell in love. The

designer’s new outfits retail at more than £1,000, but Jessica was able to

pick up her dress for just £350.

“It was a dress I would never have otherwise been able to afford and

it felt like it was truly meant to be,” said Jessica. “Knowing that I was giving

back to hospice care and supporting a really good cause made the dress

even more special.”

She added: “The service I got from the boutique was fantastic –

everyone was so kind and lovely and did everything they could to make

my experience special.

“They had everything I needed and such a huge choice – I also got a

veil, a tiara and a hoop for the dress. Nothing was too much trouble. It

wasn’t just shopping, it was a really wonderful experience and I’ve been

telling everyone I know who is getting married to go there and have a


The Bridal Boutique offers a retail experience to rival the best bridal

shops, with personal styling and added extras, such as bridesmaid dresses,

mother of the bride outfits, shoes, jewellery and accessories.

The funds raised also help St Giles Hospice continue to care for local

people, and their families, living with a terminal illness. It costs more than

£10 million to deliver these care services each year and with little more

than a third of this funded by the Government, the registered charity

relies heavily on income generation from the local community.

To book your free private appointment today, visit


You can also pop in to browse between 9.30am-4.30pm Monday to

Saturday at 15 Mere Green Road, Sutton Coldfield.

The Bridal Boutique is situated above the hospice’s charity shop

consisting of a large home and furniture department, as well as clothing,

accessories, books and more.


Tastes of the Season

By Simon Smith

Wedding Flavours


We are now in wedding season and can serve more than 30

customers at last although who knows how long that will last. The

problem caterers are facing this year is that the supply chain is not

working as it should. I have my first big wedding this month and the hire

company I used to use for crockery and glassware no longer exists and

the ones that are left are swamped with last year’s weddings that have

rebooked, plus the new bookings this year mean food supplies are

difficult to get hold of in large quantities and so many staff have left the

trade. That’s all before anyone gets pinged to self-isolate and suddenly

leaves the caterer with a large wedding and no staff! Yikes!

The lesson behind this is the smaller you keep your wedding the more

chance you have of it going to plan this year. The other benefit is that the

money you save by having 100 less people could be used for something

else too.

Rather than give recipes this month (as your caterer will no doubt have

offered you a selection of menus) I am going to give you some thoughts,

tips and advice after many years of catering for weddings and the pictures

this month are dishes that I have done for weddings in a more informal


Trends come and go and there is quite a bit of worry about what to

serve and how will it work. Everybody is looking for something different

now and no two events are the same.

There is a big move towards something less formal which is taking

people to farms, converted barns and even museums in search of that

extra WOW factor. There is a huge difference in venue costs and

whether or not you are allowed to bring your own caterers. Bringing

your own caterers, rather than using the venue’s supplied caterers, can

save you a lot of money and give you the opportunity to design your own

menu rather than take the limited menus offered by the venue.

More often than not I am now

being asked to do a wedding

breakfast of tapas, bowl food

(trendy since the royal wedding)

or afternoon tea. This gives the

guests a larger food choice rather

than the traditional three-course

sit down meal. It also gives

everyone a chance to circulate

and it becomes a much more fluid

event. Grazing tables are also

popular where many different

foods are laid out and people just

help themselves whenever they

feel like it. Just remember that on

a really hot day this can be

dangerous if the food sits in the sun for too long.

When deciding the menu remember you are never going to please all

the people, but it is only one meal in their life. I have often had dishes

discounted because an aunt doesn’t like one ingredient but remember

they can always have another option. You also need to work with the

caterer as cooking in a barn on a gas oven will be very different to going

to a hotel with all sorts of specially designed catering equipment. Take the

caterers advice and work within the limits of the venue.

It is worth deciding your priorities early as I have been told sometimes

that the budget it tight because too much has been spent on table

decorations, having an expensive hen do, having the drive resurfaced for

the wedding guests etc. The problem with researching wedding pictures

on Instagram or Pinterest is that there is too much choice and people

tend to get carried away. This applies to the menu as well and it’s not

always possible to have everything in the fridge, or life-sized margarine

sculptures of a horse (which I have been asked to do!)

If you are thinking of having a BBQ or hog roast remember that the

weather can turn nasty and you need a backup plan. In addition, both of

these involve a lot of smoke and depending on the wind direction can

waft through your marquee for hours which will taint everybody’s


Remember, it’s YOUR special day so take the time to think about your

food options, and discuss with caterers and venues, to ensure that

everything runs as smoothly as possible on the big day.



Wedding of Harry Geary and Rhoda Fripp 1928 She Married Her Boss Regal Cinema 1936

Lichfield’s Society


By Jono Oates


In such a small city, where everyone knows everyone else, it is

perhaps no surprise that many of the society weddings in

Lichfield were between members of well-known Lichfeldian

families, many of whom were businessmen or traders in the city.

In April 1926 two Lichfeldian business families were brought

together in a double wedding. Two sisters from the Bridgeman family

married on the same day, one of them to the son of an equally wellknown

trader in the city. The Bridgeman sisters were the

granddaughters of Robert Bridgeman, of the noted stonemason and

wood carvers on Quonians Lane off Dam Street, responsible for

hundreds of statues, sculptures and wood carvings in Lichfield and also

around the whole of the country. Younger sister, Frances, married Frank

Meacham while Lucy Bridgeman married Mr Loyal Proctor Averill, son

of Cecil Averill, a chemist whose shop was on Conduit Street and who

was the Sheriff of Lichfield in 1925-6. During the First World War

Frances had earned the Distinguished Service Bar, the Land Girl’s

Victoria Cross, when she single-handedly stopped a runaway tractor

on a steep hill, receiving her award from Princess Mary, daughter of

King George V. The service was conducted at St Mary’s Church on the

Market Square and the wedding reception at Minster Hall, by Minster

Pool Walk, attended by over 120 guests.

The family connections were continued in July 1954 when June

Meacham, daughter of Frank Meacham, married Godfrey Hollinshead,

of Dairy Farm Elmhurst, at St Mary’s Church and the bridesmaids were

Miss June Proctor Averill, whose mother was Lucy Bridgeman, and Miss

Ann Bridgeman.

On 17th November 1928, Harry Geary married Rhoda Fripp at

Lichfield Cathedral. Rhoda was the daughter of Harry Fripp who, for

42 years, had been the butler and confidante to Bishop Augustus Legge

and then to Bishop John Kempthorne. He was very respected in

Lichfield and was known for his ‘unfailing tact and diplomacy’. In the

photograph Harry Fripp is on the far right, with Bishop Kempthorne

standing behind the bride and groom.

During the 1930s and 40s movies were all the rage and in March

1936 the Regal Cinema, on Tamworth Street, was promoting the film

‘She Married Her Boss’

starring the glamourous Bridgeman Sisters Double Wedding 1921

film star Claudette

Colbert. In July 1939 the manager of the Regal, JW ‘Bobbie’ Burns

married Letitia Blanskby in a quiet ceremony at Christ Church. Burns

was very well-known in Lichfield and, since taking over the

management of the Regal in November 1935, had transformed the

cinema, often attracting stage and screen stars of the day to make

personal appearances and displaying an in-depth knowledge of the films

that Lichfeldians wanted to see.

Another society wedding took place in April 1936 when Thomas

Winterton married Marjorie Howe Graham, daughter of Mr and Mrs

H Graham of Netherstowe House. Thomas was a member of the

Winterton’s Auctioneers and Estate Agents company, which has been

operating in Lichfield for well over a hundred years. The service took

place at St Chad’s Church and a wedding breakfast was held at the

Guildhall on Bore Street. The bride “looked radiant in a gown of

parchment satin senora, cut on long graceful lines, the corsage being

gauged into a rope of satin which fell down the skirt, the latter being

cut on mediaeval lines which ran into a long train ornamented at the

end with arum lilies made from the same satin, while the long tulle veil

hung from a wreath- of orange blossoms. She carried a bouquet of

madonna lilies.”

April 1950 saw the marriage of Mr Alan Webb, son of Mr and Mrs H

Webb of Redlock, Birmingham Road, to Miss Jillian Tayler, daughter of

Councillor and Mrs John Tayler of Sandfields House, described by the

Lichfield Mercury as one of the most attractive and popular weddings

in recent times with over 250 guests attending. John Tayler was the

manager of Tayler’s gents’ outfitters on Bore Street, another noted

Lichfield family business, and he was Sheriff of Lichfield in 1951 and

Mayor in 1958.

When Patrick, 5th Earl of Lichfield, married Leonora Grosvenor at

Chester Cathedral in March 1975, no fewer than 15 of Lord Lichfield’s

former flames attended the ceremony, including actresses Joanna

Lumley, Alexandra Bastedo and Gayle Hunnicutt – the reception

afterwards must have been very interesting!

Lichfield wedding guests weren’t treated quite so regally in October

1990 when four women got stuck in a lift on their way to a wedding

at the register office! The ladies had to be rescued from the lift at

Lombard Court by a crew from Lichfield Fire Station. They made it to

the service to see the happy couple sign the register but only after one

of the ladies, aged 93, had been lifted and carried up a flight of stairs by

one of the firemen – truly a case of get me to the church on time!

Sources: The British Newspaper Archive; www.ancestry.co.uk

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


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Roald Dahl’s Cover

to Cover Exhibition


Adisplay of Roald Dahl’s

much loved book

covers will be launching

with a special Roald Dahl

themed week at The Hub at

St Marys.

Cover to Cover is a display

of International Covers for

Roald Dahl's much-loved

classics. Roald Dahl's stories

and Quentin Blake's iconic

illustrations resonate with all

generations, but did you realise that the covers were

redesigned for international audiences? Over 200 million

publications in 61 languages to be exact!

An exhibition for the whole family, it starts with ‘Roald

Dahl Week’ (August 24th-28th) when The Hub will be

full of Roald Dahl fun and activities; follow the trail to

learn about Roald Dahl's life and listen to some of his

beloved stories at a special storytelling event in the Mini

Hub, enter the book cover design contest, or get

involved with the Hub’s #FantasticMrPhotoOps wall!

There will even be some tasty Roald Dahl inspired treats

for you available in the coffee shop.

‘Roald Dahl and the Imagination Seekers’ is a specially

made show for ages six and upwards with two

performances on August 26th. All around the world

Roald Dahl’s words are disappearing not only from

books but children’s minds too! Now only a Secret

Organisation known as The Ancient Guild of Taletenders

can save the stories and they need your help... The show

is an immersive and interactive performance, involving

games and imaginative play, while exploring Roald Dahlʼs

extraordinary stories, including The BFG and The Twits

along the way.

The Cover to Cover exhibition is free and runs from

August 24th - October 2nd.

Roald Dahl Week children’s activities are free from

August 24th-28th.

Tickets for Roald Dahl and the Imagination Seekers at

£10, or £30 for a group of four, are available online at

www.thehubstmarys.co.uk or pop in to The Hub.


Francis Clark



By Dr Richard Halliday


Another exciting discovery was made at a local Hansons

Auctioneers valuation day. It was a small bronze figure of

Francis Clark in his Highland formal attire, signed on the

base F. Gleichen 1895. It was brought into us by a member of the

Clark family and has been passed down through several

generations. It stands 40 cm (16”) tall and was accompanied by a

framed photographic print of Francis Clark himself. The bronze is

signed by Countess Feodora Von Gleichen (British, 1861-1922) to

the base.

Countess Feodora Georgina Maud Gleichen was a relative of Queen

Victoria and studied at the Slade School under Alphonse Legros and then

in Rome, she regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy and the New

Dudley Gallery. She was posthumously named as the first woman

member of the Royal British Society of Sculptures. Her major works

include the 1906 Bronze statue of Diana in Hyde Park and the 1914

statue of Florence Nightingale at the Derbyshire Infirmary.

Francis Clark (1841-1895) was the nephew of John Brown, Queen

Victoria's faithful personal attendant and former ghillie to her late

Husband Prince Albert. Clark was the Queens Highland Attendant for

twenty-five years a role he shared with John Brown’s brother Hugh. He

was awarded the Victoria Faithful Service Medal for 21 years' service in

1891. He died at Buckingham Palace and is buried at Braemar.

As with many things, having a story, impeccable provenance, and

additional supportive media (a photographic print in this case) adds

greatly to the richness and indeed auction value of any item. These are

great things to bear in mind when offering items for sale; provenance is

absolutely key.

If you have anything that you feel you would like to know more about

or have Hansons Auctioneers offer for sale, then please do come along

to our next valuation day on Monday 2nd August or email Dr Richard

Halliday rhalliday@hansonsauctioneers.co.uk for more details.


Family Day Trips

Whatever the Budget


Lichfield Cathedral

Plan your staycation with some help from Visit Lichfield and their

selection of top places to visit in the district this summer.

The school summer holidays are starting, which means at least six

weeks to keep the family entertained. Lichfield District Council’s visitor

economy team, Visit Lichfield, is on hand and has put together a list of

brilliant places to visit to suit any budget.

With plenty of free days out and suggestions costing from £5 to £20,

there are lots of options for anyone on a tight budget.

Lichfield Cathedral, The Samuel Johnson’s Birthplace Museum,

National Memorial Arboretum, Chasewater Country Park, and Beacon

Drayton Manor

Park all feature on the free entry list.

While £5 to £20 days out include Erasmus

Darwin House, Staffordshire Regiment Museum,

Chasewater Railway and the Lichfield Garrick.

For an action-packed trip for over £20, there’s

Drayton Manor Theme Park along with a school

holiday offer for a minimum of two at Midland


Attractions have worked hard to put Covidsecure

measures in place, such as achieving Good to Go status. On-site

signage and attraction websites will let visitors know about their

measures to keep Covid-secure.

On top of attractions, there are plenty of trails to go on, such as the

Children’s Heritage Trail of the city and its history, the Swinfen Broun

Brass Rubbing Trail which tells the history of Beacon Park through

brass rubbings and puzzles, and the Sculpture Trail that takes in the

city’s public art.

For all the recommendations, go to


Chancellor Law's Fountain, Beacon Park,


Summer Sundaes

at The Hub


The first of the Summer Sundae events took place on

Sunday 25th July organised by the Hub at St Mary’s and set on

the Market Square. The events are free to attend and a large

crowd enjoyed a children’s teddy-bear picnic, music, dance,

comedy and art performances. The next event will be held on

Sunday 8th August and then on every Sunday in August.

For more information on events at the Hub visit:



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Lichfield’s RAF


By Rod Whiteman


Rod Whiteman

First built as a maintenance airfield where bombers would be

made ready for their squadrons, the RAF Lichfield site evolved

into a training base and then into an operational airfield, from

where bombers aimed to destroy Nazi morale and airfields. Later

in the war the bombers carried propaganda leaflets to the enemy

in an effort to defeat the enemy's morale.

The site is now changing beyond recognition. New homes and

businesses are filling the once green airfields and the signs of war are

decaying, often now lost in the soil and woods. Transforming the Trent

Valley wants to capture memories of the military heritage left behind by

20th Century wars. As well as visiting remaining buildings, surveying and

recording them, we would like to hear from people who remember RAF

Lichfield, either as an RAF Airfield or as Fradley Aerodrome, as it later

became known.

Did you work there or have family who did? Did you live or visit

nearby? Do you remember the sights and smells of the airfield, the

planes that were stationed there, or who visited for repairs?

If you remember RAF Lichfield or Fradley Aerodrome, we would like

RAF Lichfield

to record your memories as part of our Oral History Project. Maybe

you played in the pillboxes or among the ruins, visited there as an adult,

or remember the stories you were told by loved ones.

We are recording the stories of our area's military heritage for future

generations to hear. If you would like to share your stories of RAF

Lichfield, please contact our Cultural Heritage Officer, Rod Whiteman,

who would like to hear from you.

Rod can be reached by email at: r.whiteman@staffs-wildlife.org.uk

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want to share with

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Tales of a

Private Chef

By Simon Smith

A Normandy Chateau


One of factors of private chef work is that, once you have

accepted a contract, you have often never met the people

you are going to spend a week with, don’t know the venue

or where the shops are, and have no idea how the venue is

equipped. This was the case when I took on a job for a family of

Swiss bankers in a chateau in Normandy.

I knew the kitchen was not well equipped on this occasion, so I had

packed lots of trays and pans and I drove down.

They were aged from two years’ old to 82 and took up all three

apartments in the chateau. My bedroom however was next to the

kitchen, in between the dining room and the bedrooms. It turned out

that this was the main thoroughfare and was not at all ‘private’ as I had

been led to believe. I came out of the shower one morning to find three

people in my room! As there was no storage area in the kitchen I had

to keep all the dried goods and vegetables on my bed (which meant

whenever I turned over in the night I had to jostle for position with the

cauliflowers!) and the bed had the most uncomfortable horsehair

Local Plan




This summer local people,

businesses, developers

and stakeholders are

invited to attend drop-in

sessions to find out more about

the ongoing Local Plan 2040


Lichfield District Council is

running a regulation 19 consultation until the end of August and is

seeking views on the soundness and legal compliance of the presubmission

(publication) version of the Lichfield District Local Plan


This latest plan is based on updated evidence and feedback from

previous consultations. It will be used by the council to guide how the

mattress from centuries ago which felt like it still had the horse in it!

There were no worktops in the kitchen so I had to use the windowsill

for food prep and the oven was also broken so I had to use one of the

ovens in the apartment up on the third floor of a turret. The family of

20 did not want me to bring any staff to help as they said they would do

all the clearing and washing up so they could save some money! They did

that for the first meal only and then gave up.

At five o’clock one morning the mother with the baby came down

into my room, shook my shoulder and said: “Can you heat up some milk

for the baby please? I don’t know how to do it as that’s normally the

nanny’s job.” I had not got to bed until 1am the night before waiting for

the ‘grown ups’ to finish their party, so I was more than a little tired!

On a job like this you are on call 24/7 and when I had to go shopping

in Cherbourg some 20 miles away, I got a call from one of the guests to

say: “Where are you? My son wants an omelette!” When I told her she

said “Well you had better hurry up - he’s starving!”

After that job I always took my wife to help in other similar jobs as

it’s far too much for just one person!

district is developed up to 2040.

Council planners are hosting a series of drop-in sessions so everyone

has the chance to see and discuss the plans. The events will take place

at the following times and locations, subject to Covid-19 guidance:

• Whittington Village Hall on Saturday 7th August from 10am to 1pm

• District Council House, Frog Lane, Lichfield on Wednesday 11th

August from 2pm to 5pm

To read the pre-submission (publication) version of the plan, view the

evidence base, watch a five-minute video on how to give your views, and

find out how to comment, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/localplan2040.

Written comments can be emailed to

developmentplans@lichfielddc.gov.uk or sent to Spatial Policy and

Delivery, District Council House, Frog Lane, Lichfield WS13 6YZ.

Throughout the consultation period, planning officers are available

over the phone to discuss the local plan or clarify any information

between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday by calling 01543 308192.

Exhibitions outlining how the plan was developed and its main points

are on display at Friary Grange Leisure Centre, Burntwood Leisure

Centre and Burntwood Library. Reference copies of the local plan are

also available on request at these venues. The consultation is running

until 5pm on 30th August 2021.


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All the World’s

a Stage

By Jono Oates


As I drove up to Maple Hayes at 8pm on Tuesday evening, still

flushed with the giddy success of England’s success over

Germany in their Euro 2020 qualifying match, my good mood

was further improved by a sight that I had been missing for two

years – the straw bales and magical woodland setting of Maple

Hayes, all ready for the 2021 performance from the team at

Shakespeare in the Park.

No ‘Here We Go’ chants, celebratory pints of lager tossed up in the air

or booing of national anthems here though, but a very respectful and

appreciative audience who, just like the cast themselves, enjoyed a

fabulous evening’s entertainment featuring a miscellany of some of the

Bard’s finest work, under a glorious canopy of trees, twinkly lights and a

pinkish, bluish late June evening sky.

I stepped towards the hallowed turf of the woodland retreat and was

warmly greeted and escorted to my seat for the evening – a straw bale!

The bales have been used as audience ‘chairs’ for many years at SitP and

they were a very reassuring and comforting sight – although they are

perhaps not the most comfortable to sit on, so experienced SitP-ers

sensibly take rugs, blankets, cushions and inflatable rubber rings for

additional comfort.

The number of straw bales has, naturally, been reduced this year as the

SitP team has chosen to reduce the overall attendance numbers for each

performance. There was also no refreshment stall this year either

although you can take your own refreshments, picnics or snacks.

The performance itself was also different to previous years and so this

was a ‘first’ for SitP. As the usual interval was not possible this year, and so

a full-length play performance was not practical, the team decided to opt

for five excerpts from some of Shakespeare’s finest plays, so a highlights

vignette, a potpourri of playlets or, if you like, Billy Shakespeare’s Bestest


So, what did they choose from Will’s extensive collection? Act One

featured The Tempest; Act Two was a medley of Fools, so a triple-header

of King Lear, Hamlet and Macbeth; Act Three Henry VIII, followed by Act

Four, A Comedy of Errors and finally closing with the final act, a return to

a longer segment from Macbeth.

The performance was opened with the Epilogue hosted by the multitalented

Ellie Galvin who sang and played her own composition on the

guitar as well as taking the role of Porter in the Fools medley in Act Two.

Each segment was about 15 minutes in total and they were all

interspersed with some introductions to each section, some musical and

some comical. The plays featured a host of regular SitP performers and

each segment had a different director. David Stonehouse, David Titley and

Chris and Sarah Stanley had all directed previously, but two SitP firsttimers

were Robin Lewitt, who also acted, and Brian Todd.

I really liked the format, which provided comedy, tragedy, laughter, tears,

drama, songs and romance and all in just 90 minutes. It showed the depth

and range of Shakespeare’s works, and, if you wanted a ‘taster’ of his work

then it gave you a marvellous introduction.

Performances were all strong and, despite the 12-month enforced

absence, there was no ring-rustiness, they were all back in the groove and

very obviously glad to be back performing once again. I particularly liked

Fiona Willimott’s anguished and emotional Catherine of Aragon from

Henry VIII; the knock-about antics of Ellie Galvin and SitP newcomer

Imogen Bloxham as Porter from Macbeth and Gravedigger from Hamlet

(it ends messily as Porter takes a direct liquid hit from the Gravedigger);

the witty sparring of Adrian Venables and Sarah Stanley in A Comedy of

Errors; and Robin Lewitt who stepped into the role of the Fool from King

Lear at late notice but carried it through with skill and humour - despite

being unable to put the jester’s cap on properly!

There were also some topical references and, as well as the football

naturally, there was a really funny section when Chris Stanley, from the

advanced height of the control tower, repeatedly harangued his fellow onstage

actors about the dangers of ignoring the Covid-19 regulations –

reminiscent of the Monty Python-esque banter from The Holy Grail film!

Overall, it was a great performance, under very challenging

circumstances, so huge credit to all of the cast, directors, production

team, everyone working behind the scenes and all of the volunteers who

through sheer determination, professionalism and dedication made it a

real triumph.

For more information on Shakespeare in the Park, including ticket

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Wildchild Festival

Returns to



Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s popular Wildchild Festival is to

make a return to its Wolseley Centre headquarters this August

to celebrate the magical world of art and nature.

The festival, which is the Trust’s highlight event during the year for

families, which thousands of people attended in 2019, was cancelled last

year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

But Trust staff have been busily planning its return this year and the

festival will return in a different guise in August – with nature themed

events and activities taking place throughout the month of August instead

of on one day.

From art trails to theatre performances, there will be plenty going on

during the month for families to attend and enjoy.

The Fabularium Theatre Group will be returning with a brand-new

show and The Bird in the Hand Theatre will be bringing back their

Bewonderment Machine.

There will also be a ‘Festival at Home’ pack to download and enjoy at

home. The pack will be full of ideas and creations to turn your festival at

home into a magical experience. The Trust will be encouraging families to

hold their festival on 4th August and share festival photos on social


Anyone who wishes to find out more and book onto events can find

out more at the Trust’s designated Wildchild Festival website


Criteria Simplified in

Start-up Grants


Lichfield District residents looking to

start up their own businesses could get

a cash injection of £3,000.

In the second round of Lichfield District

Council’s business start-up grants, local

residents who have been made redundant or

are out of work and are planning to start a

business over the next year are being urged

to apply for a grant of £3,000.

In total the council has set aside £200,000

from the Additional Restrictions Grant

funding it received from the Government, to

Cllr Iain Eadie is the cabinet

invest in new local businesses.

member responsible for

To encourage more people to take Economic Development

advantage of the scheme, the council has

changed the criteria and no longer requires

applicants to agree to additional job creation on top of their own.

To be considered for support, prospective applicants must first go on

The Bewonderment Machine

The Hare & The Moon

a start-up masterclass workshop provided by Enterprise for Success

before applying for a grant. This two-day interactive session will be a

useful way to get expert advice to help create a sound business plan.

The grants, which do not need to be match-funded, can be spent on:

business equipment, excluding laptops, mobile phones and tablets;

marketing; and professional qualifications or training.

The deadline for the remaining three application rounds are:27th

August 2021, 26th November 2021, and 28th January 2022.

The scheme will run until January 2022, or when all the funding has

been allocated.

For the criteria and to find out how to apply, visit




What’s On


Guildhall’s Old Prison Cells

One of Lichfield’s oldest tourist attractions will

be opening its doors once again for the first

time in almost two years. Following the easing

of government restrictions, Lichfield’s Old

Guildhall Prison Cells will be open for free

visits throughout August on Wednesdays and

Saturdays starting on Wednesday 4th August.

The historic landmark, which has been used as

a prison since 1548, has a history that spans

across centuries. For the first time, all four of

the existing cells are now open for visitors to


For volunteer and visitor safety, some

measures will remain in place, such as limited

numbers, plenty of hand sanitiser, and the

recommendation of face coverings. Visitors will

also have the opportunity to participate in the

government’s Test and Trace scheme by

scanning a unique QR code or signing a slip.

To find out more, please contact the Samuel

Johnson Birthplace Museum by emailing


Summer Fun at Sam’s House

Throughout August, The Samuel Johnson

Birthplace Museum will be hosting a series of

Summer Fun activities for families.

Based on ‘Lichfield Legends’, each session will

allow little ones to make their own bookmarks

like Samuel Johnson, compose their own


collections like Richard Greene, create their

own sea creatures like the ones studied by

Erasmus Darwin and craft their own theatre

like the ones David Garrick would have

performed in.

Activities will take place every Thursday in

August from 11am-2:15pm and the museum

will be limiting sessions to pre-booked tables

(with no minimum and maximum of six per

table, including adults). Children must be

accompanied by an adult and tickets cost

£3.50 per child.

For more information about each session and

to book your space/table, contact the

Birthplace team on 01543 264 972 or email


Saturday 7th August

Summer Picnic

Bring your food, drink and a blanket and join in

the fun at the Burntwood Summer Picnic!

Venue: Burntwood Leisure Centre, Burntwood

Time: 12pm-4pm

Price: Free Entry

Sunday 8th August

Burntwood Producers Market

A range of local artisan stalls selling unique gift

items, food and drink.

Venue: Sankey’s Corner, Burntwood

Time: 10am-4pm

Friday 13th - Sunday 15th August

Lichfield FUSE Festival

It's back - bigger, louder and livelier than ever -

so get ready to experience the extraordinary!

Venue: Beacon Park

Time: 11am-6pm

Price: Free

Sunday 15th & 29th August

Time to Refresh

Guided walks in Erasmus Darwin’s historic

herb garden.

Venue: Erasmus Darwin House, Beacon Street

Time: 3pm

Price: £4

Tickets available at erasmusdarwin.org

Wednesday 18th August

1960s BBQ & Disco

Enjoy a fantastic evening of non-stop hits and

delicious BBQ dishes at Moor Hall Hotel &

Spa as it celebrates its 60th anniversary! 1960s

dress encouraged!

Venue: Moor Hall Hotel, Four Oaks, Sutton


Time: 7pm start

Price: £45 per person to include a BBQ and

disco entertainment (price includes a £5

voluntary charity donation to Breast Friends.)

To book tickets visit www.moorhallhotel.co.uk

or call 0121 308 3751.

Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd August

Lichfield Arts Blues & Jazz Festival

At least 300 bands offering blues and jazz fans

a varied programme of top-class national

musicians and excellent regional bands.

Venue: Various across the city

Price: Various. For tickets visit www.lichfieldjazz.co.uk.

Saturday 21st August

Heritage Photography Day

Photographers attending this event can expect

to photograph several re-enactment groups,

vintage vehicles, background sets and much


Venue: High Ash Farm, Abbots Bromley

Time: 11am-4pm

Price: £65

Booking essential. Contact Lee Chapman on

07875 973781.

Sunday 22nd August

Plan Your Wedding in a Day

With acclaimed wedding planner Jane-Dayus

Hinch, this seminar covers everything you

need to know about planning the perfect


Venue: West Park, Wolverhampton

Time: Doors open at 9am

Price: £15

To book visit www.relightfestival.co.uk

Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th & Monday 30th


Lichfield Food & Drink Festival

Expect a massive selection of artisan food and

drink stalls, cookery demonstrations, street

food, music and entertainment, a brewers

event, free children’s activities and much more!

Venue: Market Square and City Centre

Time: All day

Promote your event in our What’s On guide

and reach over 16,000 homes and businesses

for only £20 for businesses and £10 for

charities. Entries must be 50 words maximum.

To book contact Rebecca Hill 07970 513144

rebeccahillcitylife@gmail.com (businesses who

are already advertising in the relevant issue

may place additional what’s on listings free-ofcharge).

Please clearly mark your email ‘What’s

On Lichfield'.




Dog Walking


Finding walks with your dog stressful? Help is on

hand to make dog walking as enjoyable as possible

for you and your canine companion.

With many households buying or adopting a lockdown

dog, Lichfield District Council is offering advice to new

dog owners who may be struggling to keep their recent

additions to the family under control.

Over the last year, the council has received a number of

complaints about dogs off the lead that are giving cause

for concern in local parks.

There are simple ways to make sure dogs follow

commands, including enrolling on a dog obedience course.

The Dogs Trust - a registered charity - offer a four-week

virtual and in-person Dog School for £65. Find out more

at www.dogstrust.org.uk/dogschool.

Oakley, a three-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

and Japanese Spitz mix, is the face of Stay Pawsitive by

Hegdesigns. You can find out what he gets up to over on

his Instagram account at @_oakleythedog.

For reactive dogs keeping them on a lead can be the

best option. The Respect the Lead campaign offers the

following advice:

· Don't let your dog run over to a dog on a lead, they

may be on a lead for a reason

· Don't let your dog off the lead if you cannot easily

recall them

· Don't ignore warnings from other owners about their


· Check with other owners before letting your dog


· Remember a seemingly friendly dog may lash out if

approached while on a lead

To find out more about Respect the Lead, go to



Lichfield City Council



26 hours per week.

Salary: £16,542 to £17,210 per annum

(£23,541 - £24,491 Full Time Equivalent)

Closing date for applications: Monday 23 August 2021

Due to the retirement of one of our longest serving employees, the City

Council is inviting applications for this permanent, part-time post. The

successful applicant will be responsible for the secretariat support of the

City Council’s Planning Committee, and assist in the financial adminstration

of the Council, notably through the raising of invoices. Working closely with

both junior and senior council officers, the postholder will also support the

wider activities of the Council, as well as providing some

reception/telephone cover.

Based at the City Council offices at Donegal House, Bore St, this is an

interesting and varied post for which you should have a keen work ethic,

attention to detail, experience in a Planning environment, a working

knowledge of SAGE accounts and an ability to work to strict deadlines.

An application form and job description can be obtained from Lichfield City

Council (tel: 01543 250011 email: enquiries@lichfield.gov.uk) or from the

‘News’ section of the City Council’s website www.lichfield.gov.uk.

Interviews currently scheduled for w/c 6 September 2021.


Moor Hall


By Kristen Lackajis


This year local entrepreneur Mr Michael ‘Mick’ Webb, the owner

of prestigious 4-star luxury spa hotel Moor Hall, is celebrating

his ‘diamond jubilee’ of ownership. We spoke to him about how it

all began and the changes he has seen over the last 60 years.

It all started on a skiing trip in Austria. Mr Webb, his family and

friends were enjoying the après ski hospitality after a day on the

slopes when it was remarked upon that there was nothing of this

nature back in his hometown of Sutton Coldfield, and what the area

could really benefit from was somewhere that offered some late-night

dancing, drinking and general entertainment. From this tiny acorn of an

idea grew a very large oak indeed!

On his return, Mr Webb began looking for available properties in

which to bring his brainwave to life, however the initial searches

proved quite fruitless.

“Someone suggested Moor Hall as the perfect venue,” he explains. “I

approached them and told them I wanted to buy it and they agreed –

it wasn’t even for sale!”

At the current time Moor Hall, which was once the home of Bishop

Vesey in the sixteenth century, was a 17-bedroom licensed hotel and

being used as a gentleman’s residence, providing somewhere for the

recently retired or widowed to stay. Three of the bedrooms had

private bathrooms and there were also 22 staff bedrooms.

On acquisition of the stately home, Mr Webb set it up as a private

members club as this was the only way to serve alcohol after hours.

Subscription cost was £2 guineas per year, payable by banker’s order,

and there are still a few members today who pay this annual fee!

Mr Webb installed a bar area and converted the Charter Room

(now the Ladywood Room) into a dancing room, with live bands most

nights and a disco on Wednesdays and Sundays. Late night drinking and

dancing was hugely popular in the swinging sixties and it wasn’t long

before Moor Hall became known as the place to be seen.

“I had one resident gentleman approach me after a few weeks,” he

remembers. “He gave me his notice and said he would be moving out

with immediate effect as it was now too noisy and not like it used to

be! I said that was fine, and then he asked what we should do about

the bathroom. The bathroom I asked? Yes, he replied – I paid for my

bathroom to be installed. Well, I retorted, feel free to take it with you

then! He eventually left with the mahogany toilet seat!”


In the early days, the hall became quickly popular as word spread,

and in the 70s Mr Webb decided to make some changes and do a bit

of refurbishment to encourage more people to visit.

“Let’s just say that after 10 years of owning Moor Hall, I’d grown up

a bit!” he laughs. “We decided to convert it and add more bedrooms,

including more upmarket bedrooms to attract a different type of


This renovation saw the former stable block, coach houses and

kennels converted into an annexe of 31 rooms which now brought

the total number of rooms up to 48. Televisions for guests were

available ‘on request’ and, as was fashionable at the time, many of the

rooms were decked out in white formica. The cellar was also opened

up in 1975 to add a further bar area (now used as staff rooms and

changing facilities), and the aptly named ‘Mick’s Grill’ restaurant was


who have graced the hall with their presence, including Emlyn Hughes,

Doug Ellis and, more recently, popstars Take That on their Reunion

Tour at the NEC.

During the last 18 months, the Covid-19 pandemic has seen the

hospitality sector grind to a halt, but this has not deterred Mr Webb

and his family, which consists of five children, 10 grandchildren and 12

great grandchildren!

The 80s and 90s brought yet more changes as Moor Hall moved

with the times, and a ‘western sizzle’ meal cooked over hot rocks

became an innovative new dining option for guests. Along with this,

the fitness centre was developed and the planning and subsequent

creation of a swimming pool, which opened in 1991, took place.

The fitness centre was officially opened by English football legend,

Graham Taylor, who was a regular guest at the hotel over the years.

Graham, returned on many occasions to further open additional

leisure facilities as they were created, including the spa, beauty rooms

and aerobics area in 2003. Mr Webb also remembers other celebrities

“During lockdown I was shielding a lot of the time,” the 91-year-old

explains. “It was a shame as we had to cancel plans for my 90th

birthday celebrations, however we’re hoping to hold them this year


Also on the cards this year include a 60th Anniversary barbecue

celebration, a Breakfast at Tiffany’s themed event and a Diamond

Charity Ball, all of which are ticketed events for guests to attend.

Any last from Mr Webb on his many years of success with Moor


“I’ve loved every minute and, to be honest, I’m just surprised I’m

still here to see the 60 year celebrations!”

To find out more about Moor Hall Hotel, to book a stay, or to

purchase tickets for any events, visit. www.moorhallhotel.co.uk.


If Only I Had Known

By Lauren Hirst


There is a lot on the internet about greyhounds as pets, like not

needing a lot of exercise, being gentle, affectionate dogs etc. If

you are thinking about having a greyhound, here are few

things they don’t tell you that I wished I had known before I adopted

my first greyhound.

Your greyhound will have more coats than you do… greyhounds have

little body fat and short hair so they feel the cold more than other breeds.

There is a whole world of greyhound fashion and bling on the internet

and you will spend hours searching for ‘just the right’ fleecy house coat

and matching collar.

Greyhounds expand and contract to fit the available space so they are

big dogs and small dogs at the same time… they also fool you into

thinking they only have four legs, but when curled up like a prawn or a

pretzel, if you look closely you will swear they have an extra one or two!

When you adopt a greyhound, you get automatic membership to a

cult… you will join numerous Facebook groups sharing greyhound

photos with like-minded greyhound devotees across the world. There is a

global community waiting to support you.

You will constantly play a game called “where the heck is my other

shoe?” Greyhounds are collectors, but rarely chewers, of shoes, slippers,

items of clothing, and they often take them to bed or distribute them in

various locations around the house.

They are good at doing impressions (pterodactyl, prawn, pretzel, Sid

from Ice Age) and children will regularly ask

you if your dog is a horse, cow, tiger, giraffe


Greyhounds rarely bark but they do

make lots of other weird and wonderful

noises like roo-ing, chattering their teeth

(happy), banshee screams (squirrel),

chuntering, and whining until you come out

of the bathroom – how DARE you leave

him or her alone for a nanosecond!

Although big dogs with tattoos (in their

ears) they are big wusses. If they knock

their paws in the garden and let out the

GSOD (greyhound scream of death) they

are indeed not dying, but have stubbed a

toe on a blade of grass!

Greyhounds have never, ever, seen

another breed of dog except another

greyhound and can find other breeds scary which is why they often wear

muzzles but are not aggressive dogs by nature (how can you be scared of

a dog who wears pyjamas?)

Greyhounds are snobs and prefer to be with their own kind. They will

drag you across a park to say hello to a fellow pointy nose.

These are few of the things I wish I had known before adopting my first

greyhound… if I had known these facts, I would have adopted one years

before! Quirky, loving, and not like other dogs, I simply wouldn’t have any

other breed now.

Greyhound Trust Hall Green has 40 dogs looking for loving homes; big

ones, small ones, lively ones, quiet ones, and some that can even live with

cats. Visit the website to find you next furry friend and make an

appointment to visit the kennels in Shenstone and Hagley.


Cutest Pets ............................

Teddy the Maltipoo

Shih tzus Belle and Mia

Noodle and Mango


Giddy nervously watches the penalty shootout!

Four-year-old Bertie

Baby Mia the Chorkie

A History

of Gin

By Jono Oates


There’s nothing better on a warm summer evening than sitting in the

garden sipping a refreshing glass of gin and tonic. Gin has, in recent times,

become more and more popular and is now, once again, one of the

nation’s favourite drinks – but where did our everlasting love affair with

a good old G&T begin?

In the 1st century AD a Greek physician called Pedanius Dioscoride

mixed juniper berries with wine to create a herbal medicine which was

supposed to soothe chesty coughs and ailments. In the 11th century

Benedictine Monks in Italy also produced a juniper berry and tonic wine


By the 17th century the forerunner of today’s gin was introduced in

Holland, where they mixed juniper berries with a malt wine, mainly to

help sweeten the taste of the sour wine. The mixture was called genever,

and then jenever, and was introduced into Britain at the time of King

William III, formerly William of Orange. It was said that the British got

so drunk on this new liquor that they could not pronounce the full name

due to slurring and the name was shortened to the much easier to

pronounce: gin! During the Anglo-Dutch Wars in the 17th century the

English troops had seen the Dutch soldiers drinking jenever and had

been very impressed with their fighting prowess, seemingly improved by

a tot or two of gin, and this is where the term ‘Dutch Courage’ comes


During the 18th century, the Georgian period, the country became

obsessed with drinking gin to excess, helped by its cost which was much

cheaper than beer. This resulted in the grotesque and disturbing etchings

by the artist William Hogarth in 1751, showing the comparative calm of

‘Beer Street’ compared to the murderous chaos of ‘Gin Lane’, including

the image of the heavily drunken mother dangling her baby over a flight

of steps. This resulted in the Gin Act of 1751 where taxes on gin were

raised significantly and licenses to sell it were made harder to acquire.

During the late 20th century gin had become unfashionable but, in the

last 20 years it has made a significant return and there are now a wide

variety of distillers and a colourful range of standard and flavour infused

gins, all accompanied by carefully selected tonics to suit each variety.

Bramble Martini

Give this gin-based cocktail a try. It’s

deliciously moreish and perfect for the long

summer evenings. Courtesy of The Bureau in



25ml of Whitley Neill Dry Gin

25ml of Dry Vermouth

12.5 ml of Blackberry and Raspberry



Place in a cocktail shaker and shake over ice.

Serve in a Martini glass.


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