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Your Local Magazine
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
The Forest Holidays draw is on 28th August. To
choose which local good cause to support and
buy tickets, go to
Latest Exhibition at
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
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,
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
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Businesses Asked to
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
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
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.
To help local community
projects and activities,
groups can now apply
for a small funding boost
from their district
Council has launched a
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
Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet agreed the
principle of switching from single-stream to
when it met on 6th July
Council works in
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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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
c) Staffordshire County Showground
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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.
7. Prize cannot be swapped for cash, transferred or sold on.
8. Not all experts appear on all days.
9. The promoter of this competition is City Life – City Life, Lichfield, WS14 4JS
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Visit Reflexions at The Plant Plot Garden Centre,
Stafford Road. Contact Debs 07595 486535.
Powerful photography for
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 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.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
conditions on page 58.
Win your Wedding
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
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 email@example.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
Policy go to citylifeinlichfieldltd.co.uk. Full competition terms and conditions on
Col RS Williamson opening Hednesford
Edward, Prince of Wales,
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-
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;
Wrinkle relaxing injections are a very popular
aesthetic treatment for a more youthful
appearance. Administered via injection into the
skin, they work by blocking the signals from the
nerves to the muscles, resulting in smoother, firmer
and younger looking skin. However, many people
are still understandably wary of this process. We
spoke to one bride who was determined to look
her best for her wedding day and was so impressed
with the results that she’s now a convert to the
Louise Carter of Hoar Cross got married on
Sunday 25th July 2021. The 31-year-old used Day
Aesthetics in Lichfield in the run-up to her big day
and couldn’t have been more delighted with the
“I first decided on wrinkle relaxing injections as
I bumped into a friend of mine and commented on
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
research to find a clinic offering the wrinkle
relaxing treatment in the Lichfield area. Amie at
Day Aesthetics came up as one of her choices and,
after doing more research and looking at the
website, Louise decided to book a consultation
“What I liked about Day Aesthetics is that Amie
was fully qualified and a specialist in the treatments
she offers,” Louise continues. “She doesn’t offer
loads of different things and spread herself thinly,
she focuses on certain areas and is an expert in
During her initial assessment, Louise explained
to Amie that she had three ‘trouble areas’ she
wanted to concentrate on, these being the classic
‘crows feet’ around the eyes, frown lines on the
forehead and smile lines. Once Amie has talked her
through the process fully and what would happen,
Louise booked in for her wrinkle relaxing
“I was so nervous! I’d also read some horror
stories in the media about when things go wrong,
but Amie reassured me that unwanted side effects
from treatments are rare and can be minimised by
following the right aftercare and seeking a
medically trained and qualified practitioner to
administer treatments. She was so professional – I
felt extremely safe and confident in her hands. And
it really didn’t hurt at all!”
Following her injections, Louise is most definitely
a convert and will be returning to Amie at Day
Aesthetics for more treatments in the future.
“My skin just looks so much more youthful
without makeup,” she says. “I feel more confident
and my skin is radiant. I would definitely
recommend Amie and her work.”
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
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
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:
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
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.
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,
Read more of Jo’s work at www.justanaveragejo.blog.
Find the Dress of
your Dreams with St
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Wedding in a Day
Jane Dayus-Hinch is a
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She is self-taught, gaining
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Jane has trained many potential Wedding Planners in UK and
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couples and Brides, enabling them to plan their own wedding with
one of her famous ‘Board’s’! It doesn’t matter whether a couple is
‘just engaged’ status, through to final weeks before the wedding date,
everyone will gain valuable knowledge and insight.
Whether the wedding is to be a Church (religious) wedding or a
Civil Ceremony (non-religious) or a Wedding Blessing (formal
paperwork completed and a Wedding Celebrant ceremony) Jane will
help the couple with every aspect of this most important day, to
include itinerary and timings, questions to ask vendors and suppliers,
and who should be doing what and when!
Jane covers everything from choosing your themes and colours, to
when to send your invite, who to invite (including etiquette), to
costings, budget, contracts with vendors, choosing a venue, on the
day preparation, layout of tables and centrepieces, speeches (who
says what and when), choice of music and after the day thank you’s
and photographs! Basically, everything you need to know to plan
your wedding in a day!
Date: Sunday 22nd August
Venue: Relight Festival, West Park, Wolverhampton
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A simple valet will get your car looking clean, shiny and
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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
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
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.
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
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
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 email@example.com for more details.
Family Day Trips
Whatever the Budget
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
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,
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:
Now open 7 days
By 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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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
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I knew the kitchen was not well equipped on this occasion, so I had
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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
This summer local people,
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
email@example.com 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
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
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
For more information on Shakespeare in the Park, including ticket
information and updates, please see the website at www.sitp.org.uk.
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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
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
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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
For the criteria and to find out how to apply, visit
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
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
Bring your food, drink and a blanket and join in
the fun at the Burntwood Summer Picnic!
Venue: Burntwood Leisure Centre, Burntwood
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
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
Sunday 15th & 29th August
Time to Refresh
Guided walks in Erasmus Darwin’s historic
Venue: Erasmus Darwin House, Beacon Street
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
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
Booking essential. Contact Lee Chapman on
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org (businesses who
are already advertising in the relevant issue
may place additional what’s on listings free-ofcharge).
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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
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
· 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
· 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
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER –
PLANNING & FINANCE
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
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: email@example.com) or from the
‘News’ section of the City Council’s website www.lichfield.gov.uk.
Interviews currently scheduled for w/c 6 September 2021.
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
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!
Baby Mia the Chorkie
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.
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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