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52 What's On
Your guide to the area's events in September
From the Editor…
Hello and welcome to another packed issue of Citylife in Lichfield!
This month, we’re focussing on our health and wellbeing. As restrictions
have been lifted even further, and the nights start drawing in, many of us
are feeling understandably overwhelmed and reflecting on just what has
happened over the last 18 months. The Covid-19 pandemic has, in some
way, affected almost each and every one of us and changed the way the
world works perhaps forever.
For this reason, it’s time to spend a little time on our own mental
wellbeing. Be it going for a walk in the fresh air, sitting with the sunshine
on your face for a few minutes, taking the time to indulge in a hobby or
activity, or having a full-on pamper session at your local salon – there’s
so many ways we can help to lift our spirits and remember that our
own lives matter.
Our wellbeing section is full of advice, ideas and local people and
services who are on hand to help you get back on track!
We’ve also got some fantastic history articles, local news stories and
competitions to provide you with some entertainment.
Take care of yourself… you matter.
Local Run to go Ahead
The organisers of the
Rotary Cathedral to
Castle Run have put
together a plan to get
their annual run back
‘on the road’ during
these Covid times.
The 10-mile multi
terrain run will take
place on Sunday 26th
several times from the
normal April date in
2020 due to Covid.
It starts in Beacon Park, Lichfield, with Blind
Dave Heeley OBE to flag the runners off, and
finishes in the Tamworth Castle Grounds.
So far, 1,800 runners have registered and the
volunteer organisers from the four Rotary
Clubs of Lichfield and Tamworth have been
busily preparing for this popular event
throughout the past two years. The clubs wish
to express a big thanks to the support from
Gold Sponsor, Friel Homes, Silver Sponsor,
Jordan Financial Management and all other
sponsors and supporters, including Alpha
All proceeds from this event will be donated to
worthy causes in the local area.
Let’s Talk about
The Lichfield Methodist Eco Church group is
joining forces with Transition Lichfield to put on
‘EcoFest’ on Saturday 18th September from 10-
2pm, as part of the Great Big Green Week
initiative which runs to the 26th September and
is the largest co-ordinated action on climate
change across the UK.
This interactive event will be held at the church
on Tamworth Street, with short talks and videos
from experts on topics such as fast fashion,
living sustainably, reducing food waste, taking
care of green spaces, home energy and
transport, to name but a few.
Exhibitors will be offering advice and ideas on
area such areas as gardening for wildlife, zero
waste shopping, recycling and reusing,
Runners pass the
calculating your carbon footprint, and things
you can be doing in your own community. The
Lichfield Repair Café repairers will also be on
hand to help with repairs to clothing, small
electricals and general household items.
Further details will be advertised in the lead up
to the event. For enquiries about exhibiting or
speaking contact email@example.com,
and find out more at
www.transitionlichfield.org.uk or Instagram
Repair of Shenstone
Church Tower Starts
Friends of Shenstone
Tower have raised
over half a million
pounds to repair the
village’s old medieval
church tower, which
was built around 1200
on the foundations of
the first Saxon church.
Once repaired it will
be open to the
2108 Tower with yew tree
have come from the local community as well as
from Historic England, HS2, The Garfield
Weston Foundation, The Pilgrim Trust, The
Leche Trust, Bells Whisky, Lichfield District
Council, Shenstone Parish Council, Shenstone
Village Festival, Shenstone & Lichfield Artisans
Golf Society and Friends of Greysbrooke
Architects have completed the design, planning
permissions have been granted, and work
started in August with an expected completion
date of March 2022.
Don’t Lose your Voice!
Residents in Lichfield District are being urged
to check their voter registration details by
Lichfield District Council.
Local residents are being warned not to lose
their voice on decisions that affect them by
making sure their electoral registration details
are up to date.
With by-elections and neighbourhood plan
referendums potentially taking place in Lichfield
District, this is an important opportunity for
residents to make sure they can take part.
The annual canvass ensures Lichfield District
Council can keep the electoral register up to
date, identifying any residents who are not
registered to vote so that they can be
encouraged to do so.
Registering to vote is easy and can be done
online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Hits the Road
A hospice hero who cycled 1,000 miles in one
month to support St Giles is calling on people
to join the Cycle Autumn bike ride this
Andy Barker, aged 67, cycled to the hospice and
back from his Burton home every day in June,
raising a total of £2,467 including Gift Aid. He
also donated 100 hours throughout the month
as a volunteer to support patients and their
Now he is encouraging people of all ages and
abilities to sign up for the popular bike ride on
Sunday, 5th September, to help raise funds for
the hospice which gave his wife “excellent” end
of life care.
This year Cycle Autumn will begin and end at
the Whittington hospice with different routes
exclusive to the autumn event. Start times are
staggered from 7.30am. Riders can choose from
four different distances – a 26-mile route for all
riders aged 10 and over, a 50-mile route, a 75-
mile route and a 100-mile challenge for keen
and experienced riders.
Entry to Cycle Autumn is £35 with tickets
available until midday on Thursday 2nd
The event will retain a number of Covid-19
measures, including staggered start times and
maximum group bookings of six people, for the
safety, health and wellbeing of all supporters,
volunteers and staff.
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Lichfield Proms Back
with a Bang!
Supporters launch the event to end the
summer in style, which will take place on
Saturday 4th September.
Back for 2021, Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park
promises to be an evening of live music, picnics,
singing and flag waving, topped off with a
Now in its 22nd year, the line-up will see
children’s activities and refreshments from
5.30pm, Eureka Jazz warm up the crowd as they
find their places from 6pm, and the main
concert by the British Police Symphony
Orchestra from 7.30pm.
The free entry event organised by Lichfield
District Council for the whole community is
supported by local companies and
2021 sponsors so far include: Strongs Plastic
Products Ltd, Prizm Solutions, Morespace 4 U,
Lichfield Chamber of Trade & Commerce, Allen
Brown Jewellery, Beacon Street Garage, The
Best of Lichfield, Blueprint Designs, Grosvenor
Shutters, C Residential, Wilcox Refinishers and
Lichfield City Council is also supporting
Lichfield Proms through grant funding.
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Community for Raffle
St Giles Hospice Ward Sister Ruth Abell
St Giles Hospice has thanked people in the
community for their generous support after its
summer raffle raised more than £87,000 – one
of its best-ever totals.
The money raised will be used to support the
care of patients and their families living with a
Prizes in this year’s summer raffle included a
jackpot of £8,000, a second prize of £2,000 and
other cash prizes.
The other top five prize winners came from
Burton, Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth and
St Giles runs two raffles each year in addition
to the weekly lottery, providing vital income for
the hospice. It costs more than £10 million to
provide the care St Giles offers every year and
the hospice needs to raise £850,000 each
month to keep its services going.
For more information about St Giles Hospice
and the expert care it provides visit
New Escape Room at
Are you up for the
challenge? Lord Huxley
has been kidnapped by
whilst investigating a
secret ancient order.
You have one hour to
find the ransom, save
Lord Huxley, and
escape his private
museum. But be
careful, detectives! It might not be as simple as
Lichfield’s premiere Escape Room offers a
unique form of entertainment for 2-6
participants who will venture into a fully
immersive world. You must crack codes, solve
puzzles, and work together in order to unlock
the mystery and escape the room.
If you think you have what it takes to solve the
mystery, book your place at
Recommended for those aged 13 and up.
Donates to Cruse
Millie Grimley, Liam Bennett & Jo Walker present the
cheque to Chris Hillman
Cannock Chase Crematorium recently made a
£10,000 donation to the South Staffordshire
branch of Cruse Bereavement Care, a charity
offering support, advice and information to
children, young people and adults when
Cannock Chase Crematorium is a member of
the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium
Management’s (ICCM) metal recycling scheme,
whereby residual metal items such as
orthopaedic implants or metals used in the
construction of the coffin are retained,
following the cremation process, and recycled,
with the written consent of the bereaved family.
The national ICCM scheme, introduced in 2006,
has raised over £7 million since its inception to
help fund bereavement related charities.
If you feel you have what it takes to support
bereaved people, please email
Villagers from Clifton Campville, Harlaston and
Haunton are pictured at the farewell party for
the village postie, Chris Marlow, at The Green
Man in Clifton Campville. The villagers
presented him with two books full of well
wishes for his retirement, together with a cash
collection totalling more than £1,000!
Chris delivered the Mease Valley mail for more
than 10 years, making many friends along the
way, with his signature salutations of
“Greetings” or “Hello Old Boy,” his year-round
shorts-wearing and his interesting range of
Villagers say his cheerful presence raised their
spirits, especially all through the recent
pandemic, and that he will be hugely missed.
On Saturday 25th September, a celebration of
the life of former town crier, Ken Knowles, will
take place at Speakers’ Corner, Dam Street.
Ken was the town crier and sword bearer for
the city of Lichfield for a decade before he sadly
passed away on 27th September last year.
At the event, there will be music, drama,
comedy, town crier ‘shouts’ and reminiscences
about Ken’s life and career.
A number of town criers from across the
country will be attending and performing their
‘shouts’ with Ken’s many friends from the
performing arts providing songs, music, and
excerpts plays, plus performances from the
Lichfield Rock Choir and the ‘Ukulele Massive’.
As well as his civic duties Ken was an
ambassador for Lichfield, spreading the word
about the City across the country and the
The event is open to all and is a ‘drop-in’ event
from 2pm-4pm. Limited seating will be available.
Lichfield Speakers’ Corner is by Minster Pool,
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Cake Handout is
Picnic event, planned
for Saturday 7th August,
rained off but one of
the community stalls,
Randall of Kate’s
Creative Cakes, stood
to lose out as she’d
baked cupcakes for sale.
The Council bought the cakes and, working
with Reverend Richard Westwood of St Anne’s
Church, delivered cakes to volunteers from
Burntwood Be A Friend as a thank you from the
Ken leads the Sheriff's Ride in 2018
The Members who helped with the distribution
of the cakes said that the people they delivered
to really appreciated the gesture and were glad
that something positive came out of the
Staff outside Bowbrook
A new state-of-the-art Dementia Centre of
Excellence in Lichfield is welcoming its first
Located on Worthington Road in Fradley, the
multi-million-pound development, called
Bowbrook, is owned and managed by social
housing landlord and national care provider
The first residents have started to move into
the dementia-friendly residential care home
which offers individual living spaces for 90
people within six households. Each household
has a communal kitchen diner, cinema room,
assisted bathing suite, lounge and access to
gardens and outdoor space, including a rooftop
Every area of the centre has been designed to
enhance the lives of people living with dementia
including memory boxes outside of bedrooms,
and different colour schemes to help with
The home also has a community hub offering a
hairdressing salon, shop, coffee bar and access
To find out more contact Registered Manager,
Amanda Jelbert, at
call 01543 398510.
Lichfield District Council is working together
with Lichfield Cathedral to hold a service of
remembrance and reflection for the whole
community following the Covid-19 pandemic.
The service takes place on Sunday 26th
September at 3pm and will be attended by
representatives from the public sector,
businesses, voluntary sector, charities and
Members of families who have suffered a
Covid-related bereavement are being invited to
come forward if they wish to attend the
service. As part of the commemoration a
candle will be displayed for every individual in
Lichfield District known to have passed away as
a result of coronavirus.
Local residents who suffered a covid-related
bereavement and wishing to attend the service
are asked to contact Lesley Bennett at
There will be some restrictions on numbers
able to attend so families are asked to get in
touch as soon as possible.
Olympic Bronze for
Super heavyweight boxer Frazer Clarke from
Burton on Trent won the bronze medal at the
Tokyo Olympic Games.
Frazer won the quarter final fight against
Mourad Aliev after the French boxer was
The local boxer has been part of the GB boxing
squad for over 10 years and this is his third
Olympics. Frazer won the gold medal at the
Commonwealth Games in Australia in 2018.
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World Records for
Staffordshire’s record-breaking swimmer, Adam
Peaty from Uttoxeter, struck gold again at the
Having won TeamGB’s first gold medal of the
games in the 100m breast stroke, Adam added
a second gold to his tally in the 4x100m mixed
The British quartet of Peaty, Kathleen Dawson,
James Guy and Anna Hopkin won the race in a
record breaking three minutes 37.58 seconds.
It’s the first time in 113 years that Team GB
swimmers have won four gold medals at an
A highways improvement scheme including a
new roundabout and access road for a new
housing development in Lichfield has been
completed on time and within budget.
The work at Claypit Lane and Fosseway Lane in
the city, was carried out by Staffordshire
County Council’s highways teams and fully
funded by the developer.
The project, completed on Friday 20th August,
has seen the creation of a new roundabout at
the junction and a new link road giving access
to the new Taylor Wimpy development.
Improvements to the pavements alongside new
road markings and signs have also been part of
Levy Funding for
Infrastructure projects across Lichfield District
are set to benefit from more than £1 million
Community Infrastructure Levy funding.
In June 2021, Lichfield District Council’s
Cabinet agreed a new targeted approach to
allocating Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
funding, to make sure applications are of a
sufficient scale to benefit the whole of Lichfield
District and meet identified needs.
The levy is a charge on developers to provide
funding for infrastructure required to support
Over the next two months, the council will be
inviting and evaluating submissions for funding
against the new criteria that focuses investment
in large infrastructure projects.
Parish councils also receive a proportion of CIL
funding from development within their areas.
Those with a neighbourhood plan receive 25
percent and those without receive 15 percent.
This means each parish also has a pot of money
to invest in infrastructure for their local area.
The deadline to make an expression of interest
is by 5pm on 1st October 2021. Find out more
by visiting www.lichfielddc.gov.uk.
New Speed Devices in
Two new speed indicator devices have recently
been installed in the village of Hammerwich,
just outside Burntwood.
The devices, which are present on Hospital
Road and Highfields Road, display how fast
vehicles are travelling and show either a smiley
face or an angry face, depending on the speed.
This step is part of a wider road safety initiative
which is being undertake by Hammerwich
Parish Council and follows on from the former
success of similar devices in the area.
Volunteers who help St Giles Hospice to care
for bereaved children and young people are
celebrating after winning a prestigious award at
the Support Staffordshire Volunteer Star
The volunteers, who help families supported by
the hospice’s Phoenix service, have been
presented with their award following the
announcement at a virtual ceremony in June.
Phoenix offers one-to-one and family group
support, a peer support group, and a range of
other activities from boxing to crafts. It also
works with other organisations offering advice
and training to schools and professionals to give
them the skills to better help young people
who have lost a loved one.
The Volunteer Star Awards are presented by
Support Staffordshire, a countywide
organisation which supports voluntary,
community and social enterprise groups. More
than 1,200 people attended its award
ceremonies across Staffordshire in 2019, but
the events had to be cancelled in 2020 due to
the COVID-19 pandemic and took place online
this year to maintain social distancing rules.
Pictured from left are St Giles volunteer Dick
Whittington, Family Support Worker Sarah
Cooper, Family Support Worker Shelley Coglan,
Phoenix Clinical Lead Jodie Phillips, volunteer
Sandy Prince, Support Staffordshire Locality
Officer Claire Ferris and volunteer Clare Evans
with the award.
Congratulations to our latest
competition winners! P Ball of
Lichfield was the lucky winner
of a pair of tickets to
Gardeners' World Live at the
NEC, E Chadbourne scooped
VIP tickets to the Staffordshire
County Show, and L Newell
will receive a granite chopping
board courtesy of Just Granite
in Penkridge. Well done!
Now open 7 days
Richard Winterton at the new Tamworth premises The former Arts Centre is due to open as an auction house in autumn 2021
New Auction Premises
Tamworth will have its own auction house in a move which secures
the future of one of the town centre’s most-loved buildings.
Richard Winterton Auctioneers is bringing the thrill of live auctions
to the former Arts Centre in Church Street, with an opening planned
for autumn 2021.
The family firm, which has been auctioneering in Staffordshire for
seven generations since 1864, previously had an office just yards away
But it is understood that the move to the Lower Gungate premises
– originally a 19th century music hall – will launch Tamworth’s first
regular public auctions for decades.
The 3,700sq ft building will accommodate new salerooms for live
specialist auctions and will be open to the public daily for free
Previously the town’s register office, the Grade II listed building even
has its own lift.
Originally built as a town theatre 250 years ago, the building was later
used as a malt house before Sir Robert Peel loaned it to the Baptist
Church, to whom he subsequently sold the building in 1872.
Fast forward a century and the premises was earmarked as an “ideal
location” for a town arts centre as Tamworth’s Baptist Chapel prepared
to move out to Belgrave.
It was bought by Tamworth Borough Council and converted into a
100-seat auditorium, multi-purpose rooms and a coffee bar, opening as
Tamworth Arts Centre in November 1975 and becoming a lynchpin on
the town’s music scene for two decades.
More recently, Staffordshire County Council converted the building
into a register office but vacated the building in 2020.
The Winterton family’s auctioneering heritage began at the Smithfield
livestock market in Lichfield – now the site of the city’s Tesco
superstore – and linked with agricultural auctions in Tamworth.
Now with a head office at The Lichfield Auction Centre, Fradley Park,
Richard Winterton Auctioneers holds regular sales of anything from
jewellery, watches and silver to pictures, furniture, toys, militaria, stamps
All auctions are broadcast online with a live video feed allowing
thousands of bidders to participate from anywhere in the world.
Visit www.richardwinterton.co.uk, email
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Professionally court mounted, Roger
Tattersall’s medals group is, from left: ERII
Campaign Service Medal 3 bars, South
Arabia, Radfan, Borneo, named to 23774107
Tpr R.B.C. Tattersall SAS; Rhodesian
Exemplary Service Medal with Rosette,
named 724700 WO2 Tattersall R.B.C.;
Rhodesia General Service Medal, named
4700 A/Sgt RBC Tattersall; Canadian Special
Service Medal, NATO-OTAN Bar named,
SB178954 GDSM R Tattersall; Jasa-
Malaysian General Service Medal (unnamed
as issued); Zimbabwe Independence
medal, numbered on rim 08235.
Who Dares Wins
By Nick Thompson
It’s a rare thing to catalogue a group of medals, photos and ephemera to
a member of our nation’s elite Special Forces, 22 SAS (Special Air Service
So we at Richard Winterton Auctioneers are honoured and delighted to
be able to offer the second such group in just over a year.
During 2020, we were able to achieve a fantastic result for a group of
nine medals attributed to Peter McAleese who served with the British
Parachute Regiment, 22 SAS, Rhodesian SAS and the South African
Parachute Brigade before getting involved in the failed attempt in 1989 to
eliminate the world’s most wanted man, Pablo Escobar – recently depicted
in the film Killing Escobar.
The hammer dropped on Peter’s medals group at £25,000.
We are now in a position to offer a similar and in its own way totally
unique group to not only a serviceman who served with the Parachute
Regiment and SAS but was actually a colleague and friend of Peter.
And this group of medals is made even more unique by the fact that the
soldier in question, Roger Brian Carden Tattersall, first started his military
career with the Canadian Guards Regiment.
He later went on to join the British Parachute Regiment, 22 SAS
Regiment, Rhodesian SAS and South African Forces.
Tattersall’s unique group of six medals represent the highest
achievements of soldiering and bravery of a member of Britain’s elite
Special Forces and offer an insight to the varied theatres served by the
forces of our nation and the severe threats dealt with by the SAS.
The medals group, photographs featuring Tattersall and comrades in
places such as Aden, Radfan and Borneo and personal items including his
SAS and Parachute Regiment berets go under the hammer live from The
Lichfield Auction Centre on Monday, September 6, guided to fetch £9,000-
Incredibly, Tattersall’s military career began somewhat spontaneously
when he signed up to replace his worn-out shoes with Army boots!
Born June 30 1938, Roger Tattersall emigrated to Canada in 1956 as a
17-year-old. It was there that he found himself stood outside an army
recruiting office, encumbered by problems with the soles of his shoes.
In that moment he decided to enlist in the Canadian Guards.
Whilst serving with the Canadians, he was deployed to West Germany
in a NATO role with the Army of the Rhine.
He later left the Guards and Canada, returning to the UK where initially
he became a mobile car mechanic with the AA.
But in 1961 Tattersall enlisted into the Parachute Regiment, where he
became a friend and colleague of Peter McAleese in “A” Coy 1 Para.
Both were posted to and served in Bahrain.
Tattersall followed McAleese and passed the SAS selection course in
1961 and was deployed to Aden, where he became embroiled in the Aden
Emergency or Radfan Uprising.
The lot includes photographs of
Tattersall and comrades in places such
as Aden, Radfan and Borneo plus
personal items including his SAS and
Parachute Regiment berets.
The sale also features an important
group of nine medals and ephemera
archive to WW2 Arnhem veteran
It is believed from sources in the family and colleagues that Tattersall was
part of the Edwards Patrol on April 29 1964, where a number of soldiers
were killed in the intense fighting and British forces withdrew.
Tattersall served with the SAS from 1961-1968, during which time he
also served in Borneo and teamed up again with Peter McAleese on at
least one SAS mission.
In 1967 Tattersall married and left for South Africa, serving with their
forces until 1969 when he joined the Rhodesian SAS.
When he finally left the forces in Africa, the family returned to the UK,
where in civilian life Roger Tattersall forged out a successful career in
construction and engineering with Morrisons Engineering.
He died aged 82 on October 29 2020.
It is not often that Special Forces medal groups come to auction and we
are especially proud to have been given the opportunity to bring this
archive to the market.
This lot represents a magnificent and distinguished service of his
country in our nation’s elite 22 SAS Regiment.
Medals and militaria start the Two Day Antiques & Home Sale at 9.30am
on Monday, September 6, at The Lichfield Auction Centre, Wood End Lane,
Fradley Park WS13 8NF.
The sale includes more than 100 lots of medals, militaria, uniforms and
apparel, swords and daggers and antique and sporting guns.
Also featured is an important group of nine medals to WW2 Arnhem
veteran John Johnstone, a matching miniature period group of his medals
and an archive of related ephemera documenting his service.
194 men from Johnstone’s unit went into Arnhem as part of Operation
Market Garden; 44 died, 79 were missing, killed or captured and only 71
made it out.
The John Johnstone medals group represents the finest in the traditions
of the British fighting soldier.
The catalogue for the September 6 sale can be viewed online via
For auction, bidding and viewing enquiries, telephone Richard
Winterton Auctioneers on 01543 251081, email
email@example.com and visit www.richardwinterton.co.uk.
Win Tickets to One of Four Shows at The Garrick
The curtain is raised and the stage lights are once
again shining at the Lichfield Garrick. And, to celebrate,
Citylife Magazine is offering readers the chance to win a
pair of tickets to see one of four fantastic productions
set to appear at the theatre in the coming weeks!
Stars of Bucks Fizz – Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay
Aston – collectively known as The Fizz, are coming to
town on Friday October 22nd. As well as discussing the
colourful history of Bucks Fizz they will be performing
some of their biggest hit records.
And you don’t have to wait until October to enjoy a
night at the theatre – on Friday, September 10th, there
will be a beautiful noise, coming up from the Lichfield
streets when Neil Diamond’s show ‘A Beautiful Noise’
arrives at the Garrick.
Talking of famous songwriters, they don’t come any
bigger than Burt Bacharach. And, critically-acclaimed
concert show Back to Bacharach will be celebrating all
his greatest hits at the Lichfield Garrick on Friday 15th
Rounding off the quartet of box office blockbusters is
Totally Tina, which invites live music lovers to shake a tail
feather at the Garrick on Sunday October 10th. Starring
the UK’s supreme Tina – Justine Riddoch – and her
talented cast, the spectacular stage show sees Justine
supported by an incredible live band, amazing projections
and dazzling dancing girls in sequins, feathers and
Tickets are available at www.lichfieldgarrick.com,
For a chance to win a pair of tickets, please answer
the following question and indicate clearly which
performance you would like to see:
Making Your Mind Up was a
Eurovision Song Contest-winning hit
for which artiste/s?
a) Bucks Fizz
b) Neil Diamond
c) Tina Turner
The winner will be drawn at random. Editor’s decision
is final and there is no cash alternative. The tickets will
be for regular auditorium seats and not the VIP tickets.
To enter, just send your name, contact details and answer to
Garrick Competition at firstname.lastname@example.org or post
your entry to Citylife in Lichfield Ltd, PO Box 7126, Lichfield
WS14 4JS by the closing date of 7th Sept 2021. One entry per
household. Multiple entries will be disqualified. No cash
equivalent. Please note you must be 18 or over to enter. All
entrants’ information is processed in line with GDPR Data
Full t&cs on page 58.
Your Garden in
By Byron Lewis
As the end of the summer approaches it’s time to look ahead and plan
for a colourful autumn display. Many cottage garden plants are just
coming into their own. Try Michelmas daisies (aster varieties) for a large
show of daisy-like flowers from whites to pinks and blues. Japanese
anemones also have good autumn blooms, while rudbeckia and
crocosmia will continue the show through to October.
For pots and containers, once your summer plants are exhausted, swap
them for pansies, violas and spring flowering bulbs. Add in a few heathers
and conifers for foliage colour and small pots of shrubs to give further
interest and your patio will look colourful right through to next spring
with little effort.
Spring bulbs will shortly be available in the garden centre. There are
some stunning colours and spring bulbs offer a great way to provide
interest when there is little else in flower. The old favourites like dwarf
daffodils and crocus are always good choices, but why not try some of
the different tulips and irises which are available. These generally flower
a bit later than some spring bulbs, but the diversity in colours is huge,
and many tulip flowers have different forms, some with frilly petals and
even variegated leaves.
It's not only the flower garden that can give you more in the winter -
use your vegetable garden too. Crops such as spring cabbage, broad
beans, kale and more can be planted as seedlings now and will mature
over the next few months, while fast growers like spring onion, lettuce
and radish will be ready before Christmas.
Also consider planting seed potatoes for a Christmas crop - use the
special tubers available now and around 14 weeks after planting you can
harvest a supply of new potatoes. If you've got a greenhouse you can
also plant potatoes indoors to give an earlier crop too - it's a pity to
waste the space in winter, put it to good use instead!
Byron Lewis runs Lichfield Garden Centre, at
Curborough Countryside Centre in Lichfield.
Tel: 01543 254306, visit the website at
www.lichfieldgardencentre.co.uk or find
on Facebook and Twitter.
Top 5 Apps for
By Charlotte Benton
As we continue to spend an increasing amount of time on our
mobile phones and smart devices, many people question
how this can and will affect our mental health. More often
than not the effect is deemed to be a negative one, however this
article sets out to highlight how these devices could aid our daily
mindfulness practices, helping us to improve our mental health and
even better, our lifestyle.
To help you find the right mindfulness and meditation app for you,
here’s a short list of apps and their main meditation features that seek
to improve both our mental and physical health.
This app aims to be your very own mindfulness ‘personal
trainer’, seeking to help you establish mindfulness routines
every day. Headspace features numerous, free, themed
meditation sessions that you can take part in for just 10
minutes a day. Additionally, the app offers a subscription plan with wider
access to more meditation sessions helping you to destress and regain
focus. Following scientific backing and thousands of glowing reviews,
Headspace is considered to be one of the most popular mindfulness
apps. It is available on both iOS and Android devices. Although it is
initially free, after two weeks of following the app’s basic meditation
content, you will be enrolled onto an annual payment plan.
Calm is a an app that is available on iOS and Android
devices which has previously been rated as the best
‘meditation and sleep’ app. This app offers a free ‘7 Days of
Calm’ course to new app users which includes both guided
and unguided meditation sessions, along with an insightful induction to
the practice of mindfulness. Following this course, a subscription can
also be made to Calm in order to unlock more guided meditation. This
app is ideal for users who are looking to engage in longer courses of
meditation as opposed to individuals who are seeking to engage in
mindfulness for short periods of time each day.
3. Mindfulness Daily
This app offers daily mindfulness practices that will only
take a very short amount of time out of your day. In a
matter of minutes, Mindfulness Daily provides the tools to
enhance your sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, alongside improving
productivity and performance through the use of effective guided
meditation practices. Users of this app are particularly impressed with
the app’s ability to promote a sense of relaxation, consequently
improving their sleeping patterns. A team of scientists, researchers,
physicians and other professionals work tirelessly behind the scenes to
create an effective mindfulness format on mobile and smart devices. If
you are looking to get a better night’s sleep without spending too much
extra time on your phone, this app is perfect for you.
Omvana offers over 500 of the world’s most effective
transformational audio tracks to its users, seeking to offer
a way to improve every aspect of their lives. These tracks
encompass a plethora of categories including lifestyle, productivity, body
and relationships. The versatility of this app is one of its unique features,
enabling individuals to develop meditation practices that specifically
work for them. If you have been unsure about where to start with
mindfulness in the past, or you are still unsure as to how such practices
can aid your everyday life, this app would be of great benefit to you.
5. Smiling Mind
The programmes offered by Smiling Mind are clearly
divided into age categories, starting at as young as 7-11
years. Seeking to create a positive change for every
generation, this non-profit organisation offers a great
opportunity for younger children and students to engage in mindfulness.
Drawing on the proven benefits of mindfulness meditation, the app
offers an engaging and fun programme for both adults and children to
follow. The app is completely free to use and is available to download via
iOS and Google Play, attracting over two million users worldwide. The
Smiling Mind perfectly demonstrates the positive impact that technology
can play in the daily lives of individuals across all generations.
Download one of these apps from the Google Play or the Apple Store
today to take your first step towards a new and improved lifestyle.
By Jo Howell
There are enough apps, YouTube videos and general selfhelp
groups on the various social media channels to
support with wellbeing these days. And certainly, even
more choice since the first lockdown back in March 2020.
Equally, you don’t have to go very far to read an article on how
keeping your brain active, your body moving, and your soul
nourished are all excellent ways to help your overall wellbeing.
But we know all that, right? We know that switching off from
technology (not just social media) is great for the (negative) mind
chatter; we know that daily exercise works wonders for the heart
(and head) and of course we know that being kind to yourself is
always the best medicine.
So, although I do try to do all of the above on a daily basis, I felt
like I was looking for something else. Something that would push me
a little, make me think and shove me out of my comfort zone. And
having found myself in the unfortunate position of redundancy at the
moment, it has given me the great opportunity to try some new
daytime exercise classes at the Gym. Sitting comfortably? Let me tell
you about the ‘Wellbeing Workout’ class….
I really had no idea what to expect as the class description simply
said a ‘low impact class designed to improve your overall wellbeing’.
I like the words ‘low impact’ so…how hard can it be? Very, it would
The very amusing (without trying) Instructor was probably pushing
mid 60’s and could bend and flex her very lithe body in more ways
that I could ever dream of. Add in weights in both hands and I was
seriously impressed. There was about 20 of us in the class and I was
one of, if not the, youngest there and again, I guessed this wasn’t going
to be a killer like the spinning class I’d done earlier in the week. This
will be fine, I muttered to myself as I did the 100th squat and prayed
my bladder was strong enough to withhold the ermm…tension.
45 minutes of weightlifting, lunges, squats, sit ups – all low impact
and at very steady pace – with a soundtrack that would be suited to
the chilled-out bars of Ibiza and weirdly I felt very, well relaxed. I may
not be able to brush my hair or walk upstairs tomorrow but for now,
I feel good. Great, even!
And that’s the morale to my article. Wellbeing comes in all forms
and it doesn’t matter what it looks like as long as it works for you.
Want to shout and scream at a football match? Do it. Feel like
climbing Snowdon this weekend? Go for it. Or are you happy
bingeing on a box set? That’s ok too.
Because the definition of wellbeing is quite simply: ‘the state of
being comfortable, healthy or happy’.
And we can all manage that can’t we?
Read more of Jo’s work at www.justanaveragejo.blog.
The Mindful Approach
By Emma Matthews
Modern life is busy. It
doesn’t seem to matter
which stage of life we are
in; life is hectic. We all want
to do fun stuff, keep fit and
be good friends, family
members and colleagues.
That means there are a lot of different places we want to put our energy and focus.
I’m talking about our physical energy for sure, but we all have limits to the amount of
kindness, generosity, thought and patience we can give out. Emotional and mental energy
count too. If we’re not protective of our time and energy, we can very easily end up
running on empty, feeling rather cranky, anxious and/or exhausted.
This is where mindfulness can help. There are a few ways to practice mindfulness and
they can all be done in moments once you know how. Breathwork refreshes our brains;
focus calms our nervous systems and our emotions; gratitude restores joy in the little
things; and taking time for ourselves reminds us that we are worthwhile and important
Mindfulness is simple; it works because it’s about being completely focussed on ONE
thing for a bit. That’s quite unusual for our multi-tasking brains and frazzled emotions. To
them, it’s like being whisked away on holiday. Sure, it can take them a while to wind down,
but they always do. And then you feel calmer and kinder, and you find more joy in the day
to day busy-ness of living. And isn’t that what it’s all about - enjoying your days?
Mindfulness sessions are available at www.emmasyoga.co.uk.
By Karen Wilkinson
Lichfield Memory Café, run by Home Instead, supports carers and their
loved one living with dementia.
Since re-opening after the first lockdown, The Memory Café has
remained open since October, supporting both carers and their loved
ones living with dementia.
Now more things have opened, our Lichfield members have been very
busy! We were recently joined by Lichfield Big Red Bike Project - a
volunteer run charitable organisation that takes older adults, but not
exclusively, on short rides around the beautiful city of Lichfield. The twoseater
electric bicycle, called a trishaw, is piloted by a trained volunteer
Members where delighted to be chauffeured around the city on what
was a glorious sunny day, and another highlight of the day was receiving
a donation of £200 from Jamie Checkland, who explains why he wanted
to do this.
“The impact of dementia touches so many people’s lives in our local
community, I thought I would like to raise funds that would make a
difference for people living with dementia in the local area.
“Being a member of Whittington FC over 45s we decided to play a
fundraiser match, playing Shenstone Pathfinders over 35s, unfortunately
losing 6-2 but nevertheless we raised £200 for the Lichfield Memory
Lichfield has been recognised for
its work to become a safe and
supportive city for those living with
Dementia. This is awarded by the
Alzheimer’s Society and Lichfield is
now ‘Working to Become Dementia
Friendly’ for 2021.
A dementia-friendly community is
where people with dementia are
understood, respected, and
supported. In a dementia-friendly
community people will be aware of
and understand dementia, so that
people with dementia can continue
“It was a competitive
match but a social occasion
and so worthwhile, raising
money for such a worthy
cause. We hope to play
another game in the future
when our players have
Thanks go to the Big Red
Bike Project in Lichfield, for
more details visit
and to Jamie Checkland for
the kind donation received
from Whittington FC. The
donation will be used to help
fund the trip to the Black
If you are interested in
volunteering at the Memory
Café, or can offer your
talents whether it be song,
dance, art, or anything that
you think will stimulate members, please let us know. Alternatively, if you
would like to receive information about Home Instead Services or our
Caregiver positions, please call us on 01543 625002 or visit our website
Home Instead specialises in the care of older people in the local
community and we help them stay connected to their community.
The Lichfield Memory Café runs every Thursday from 10am-12noon at
the Guild Hall, Bore Street, Lichfield WS13 6LU. For more information,
karen.hurmson@Tamworth.homeinstead.co.uk or call 01543 625002.
to live in the way they want to and in the community they choose. Thanks
to a working group of volunteers representing many different
organisations, Lichfield is now one of 400 recognised dementia-friendly
communities across England and Wales.
The local Memory Café has been an invaluable group to help make
Lichfield a dementia-friendly community, supported by Home Instead in
partnership with Churches Together, which runs a weekly gathering
where people can come together in a supporting friendly environment,
with others that are in similar circumstances. Other organisations such
as Lichfield Library, Love To Move, Freedom Leisure, Lichfield Garrick and
many local churches have also played a huge part in achieving this
Dementia Friendly Community status.
Dementia is a condition affecting an increasing number of people
across the country, meaning movements like Dementia Friendly
Communities are more and more important. According to the NHS at
the end of June 2021 there were 1,770 people diagnosed with dementia
in South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsular CCG area, with many
more who are currently undiagnosed. The Alzheimer’s Society estimates
that by 2051, two million people across the country will be living with
dementia if successful treatments or cures are not found.
Encouragingly, there are 3,703 people who have become Dementia
Friends who live or work in Lichfield. This in part has happened because
of the action taken by the Lichfield Dementia-Friendly Community.
To find out more about how you can get involved and take action, you
can find Lichfield Dementia-Friendly Community on Facebook. Everyone
is welcome to join the monthly action meetings.
A City of
When it comes to dining
out, Lichfield really does
have it all. There’s a huge
range of different cuisines and
cooking styles to choose from, such
as Thai, Mexican, Italian, Chinese,
Mediterranean, French, Asian,
English… and everything in
between that you could possibly
want. There’s also a varied range of
restaurant vibes in the city, with
chilled out dining, quick and easy
fast food, or something more along
the fine dining experience –
whichever you prefer, you’re still
spoilt for choice!
With pubs and restaurants open
once again and able to serve meals
both inside and out, we’ve put
together just some of our favourites
over the next few pages to whet
Dine like a King!
There’s no better way to start the day than
with a hearty breakfast, so we were
delighted to be invited along to The
Lichfield Pantry at The Plant Plot Garden
Centre to sample what was on offer.
The Lichfield Pantry has been beautifully
refurbished and includes a fabulous café/bistro
serving an array of hot drinks, cakes made freshly
on-site, breakfasts, lunches and now desserts. It was
fantastic to see such a hive of activity and we settled
down to take a look at the new and exciting menu.
There’s everything there that you could possibly
imagine for breakfast; from thick buttermilk
pancakes with yoghurt and fruit, breakfast
sandwiches, and breakfast muffins, to eggs benedict,
poached eggs on toast and continental breakfasts.
However, being hungry (and still very much in ‘eatas-much-as-you-can-during-lockdown’
plumped for two of the Full English breakfasts, and
we were not disappointed in the least!
A large plate filled with all your breakfast
favourites arrived before us shortly after ordering.
Locally sourced sausages and bacon (with optional
black pudding) were accompanied by free range
fried eggs, and a hash brown, before being lovingly
adorned with mushrooms, half a grilled tomato and
a pot of beans, which was extremely useful for
keeping the food warm while you devoured it! All
this, plus a side of hot, buttery toast, went down a
treat with a pot of tea and a latte coffee.
Everything is locally sourced and, in keeping with
The Lichfield Pantry’s ethos, is as eco-friendly and
ethically produced as can be. And it’s all right there
in the taste… the meaty sausages were rich and full
of flavour, the bacon thick and juicy, whilst the eggs
were golden and creamy… the perfect indulgence
on a warm yet drizzly August morning.
It took quite a while to battle through this feast fit
for the likes of Royalty, but being the warriors that
we are, we bravely fought through it and, with bellies
bursting, declared it one of the best brekkies we’ve
had in a while!
There’s also a great selection of food for ‘those
that lunch’ such as light bites as well as something
more substantial. We loved the sound of the
Ploughman’s with cheese and pork pie, jacket
potatoes and sandwiches with an array of classic
fillings, as well as weekly specials which will change
regularly, including such delights as Thai fish cakes,
and loaded hot dog and fries.
And if that’s not enough there’s even a brand-new
addition in the form of a dessert and ice cream
parlour proffering sweet nibbles like gelato ice
cream sundaes, waffles, Millionaire’s shortbread, and
Eaton Mess – so why not take the kids after school
for a mid-week treat?
There’s ample seating at The Lichfield Pantry and
spaces outside on the terrace to enjoy your food
and drink – perfect for when the sun is shining, and
it is full waitress service throughout. Plus, Sam and
the team are also offering takeaways so you can
enjoy the delicious food served in the comfort of
your own home.
Visit The Lichfield Pantry at The Plant Plot Garden
Centre, Stafford Road, Lichfield, WS13 8JA.
Dining Out - A City of Flavours
The Big Fisherman on Bird Street
Re-opening of the Little Barrow Hotel
New Moon Indian restaurant Bore Street
Eateries of Old
By Jono Oates
Lichfield has always been a food lovers’ paradise and today,
with a range of cuisine from across the world, Lichfield truly
is a ‘City of Flavours’. International cuisine, however, has
always played a part in the restaurants of Lichfield as well as more
traditional English fayre.
In May 1972 the ‘new-look’ Little Barrow Hotel on Beacon Street
was officially opened following a refurbishment costing £150,000. This
included a dining room that could accommodate 60 people, providing
French cuisine and silver service trained staff. The Head Chef was the
‘internationally recognised’ Mr Carlos Severgnini who had previously
been a chef at the Prince George Hotel in New York, although he had
arrived at the Little Barrow from a slightly closer location, the Three
Horse Shoes pub at Rugby. The Chairman of the company who owned
the Little Barrow, John Fairclough, was hoping for a four-star rating for
the hotel and the Manager, John Illidge, said that ‘hundreds of enquiries
and bookings had already been made.’
Another traditional hotel and pub, The Bowling Green on the Friary,
also had a refurbishment in April 1972 and in February and March they
were recruiting staff to run their busy steak bar as well as a lunchtime
barmaid, a cleaner, and a ‘lady to babysit on Friday and Saturday
evenings.’ They introduced a traditional Sunday lunch and also a regular
discotheque which included, on 17th April 1972, a live appearance by
1960s rocker Billy Fury with the disco run by Clyde Barrow.
There are now a number of Indian and Bangladeshi restaurants in
Lichfield but in March 1968 the New Moon was the first Indian
restaurant to open at the Five Gables on Bore Street. It catered for
parties small and large and offered a special three-course lunch for just
5 shillings – 25 pence in today’s money! It later became the Star of
Bengal and in 1974 it was promoting a spectacular cabaret evening,
with a top comedian and support band, with an entrance fee of £1.20
– which also included the cost of the evening dinner. It then became
the Royal Bengal before changing to simply The Bengal, a name it still
A more traditional café and restaurant in Lichfield was McNulty’s
which ran from the early 1940s to the late 1970s at number 8 Market
Street. John McNulty provided a catering service as well as a café in the
1940s which had cosy dining rooms and a milk bar which could provide
an ‘in-between snack that is so
enjoyably appeasing to the
fagged worker or shopper.’ In
June 1967 builders GE Clarke
of Church Street re-built the
restaurant and it re-opened on
Friday 30th June. By August
1972 the restaurant was the
venue for the Lichfield Chess
Club who met for their Annual
General Meeting followed by
refreshments. The former
restaurant is now CC Wheate
& Sons Jewellers.
Mullarkey's Fish bar and grill
Fish and chips have always
been a popular choice in
Lichfield and Mullarkey’s fish
bar and grill on Tamworth
Street was a regular haunt for
many Lichfeldians over the
decades especially as it was just
across the road from the
former Regal Cinema. In 1941
Blanche Mullarkey was in the
fish shop when she was
attacked by a drunken Polish
airman over a dispute about
the change he was given for his Bowling Green refurbishment 1972
chips. He became so violent
that Blanche had to strike him
over the knuckles with a rolling
pin before they managed to get him out of the shop!
A shorter-lived chip shop was the Golden Griddle at number 3 Bird
Street and in November 1971 they were advertising the fact that they
provided the best Scottish scampi in breadcrumbs – and not batter –
as well as chicken and chips, pasties and pies. In the 1980s the shop was
the Big Fisherman fish and chip shop and is now Maali, a Thai
Today, Lichfield’s streets are filled with a range of cafes, bars,
restaurants and hotels providing a wide range of cuisine from all over
the world, to suit every taste and budget, and continues Lichfield’s fine
tradition of providing the best food and drink to locals and visitors
Sources: The British Newspaper Archive
*Vintage photographs courtesy of the St Mary’s Photographic Collection.
Dining Out - A City of Flavours
Dining Out - A City of Flavours
By Ruth Redgate
50g wholegrain rye flour
50g cold water
Mix the flour and water together. Cover and leave at room
temperature for 24 hours.
Days 2, 3, 4 & 5
50g wholegrain rye flour
50g cold water
On day six you can either bake with your starter or place it into the
fridge to rest until you are ready to use it (up to two weeks). When
you are ready to use it, remove it from the fridge the night before and
feed it with the amount of starter your recipe calls for. So if it calls for
150g starter feed, with 75g each of flour and water, the next day
remove the 150g of starter and away you go.
CStarted in 2013 by the Real Bread Campaign, September is
all about celebrating genuine sourdough (yes there is such
a thing - be wary of faux sourdough!) and the people who
The three main reasons for the campaign are to encourage people
to buy from local bakeries; make their own sourdough (hands up who
did this during lockdown!); and, of course, support the charity work of
the Real Bread Campaign.
But what is sourdough? And what is the sourdough starter (aka
‘mother’) that you hear that talk of?
A sourdough starter, in simple terms, is a mix of flour and water
which is used to cultivate the wild yeast that is all around us, but
especially in flour, so a starter just makes this into a form we can use.
It really is as simple as that, no magic, grapes, apple juice or yoghurt -
just flour and water. By regularly feeding your initial mix after six day
(yes just six days!) you will have something you can bake with.
What is wild yeast? Whilst I want to say that before we had
commercial yeast we had wild yeast, but we still do have wild yeast, in
the air that we breathe, in bags of flour, on grapes etc but it can be
fussy - hence why we need it in the form of a starter. But even then it
needs to be constantly maintained - think of it as nurturing.
Sourdough can be a difficult loaf to make as it takes constant
adjustments to cope with the changing ingredients, temperatures and
timescales, and the balance of sour taste to flour, which is difficult to
get just right, however given time you will settle into a routine that
suits you. As you ‘care’ for your starter it will take on the lactobacillus
bacteria that is local to you (so buying a renowned San Francisco
Starter will soon take on the local lactobacillus and no longer be a San
For this technique we will be using rye flour which is more stable
than white flour
Basic Sourdough Loaf
Below is a recipe for a basic loaf, but please do find one that works
for you and your schedule as they are all different.
This is a loaf you can start at 8pm the night before you are going to
bake it - we will show the times for you.
500g strong white bread flour
90g starter (remember to feed your starter the night before or 8-10
hours before using)
Weigh the flour and salt into a bowl. Combine the starter and water
in another bowl until well mixed. Add the liquid into the dry
ingredients and mix using a wooden spoon until all the flour is
incorporated - it should be a shaggy, thick heavy dough (not smooth).
This will take about two minutes and it should be hard to mix. Cover
with a damp tea towel and leave for 15 mins, it will relax during this
Now it’s time for the stretch and folds - which is why sourdough is
sometimes referred to as a ‘no knead’ bread.
With one hand pull the dough up from opposite you and stretch it
up and fold it over to the centre of the dough. Do a quarter turn of
the bowl, repeat the stretch, turn the bowl, repeat the stretch turn the
bowl and repeat for the final stretch. This is known as one fold.
Repeat the fold a further three times, leaving the dough to rest for
15 minutes in between each.
Once you have finished the four folds you will need to prove the
dough overnight. Cover the bowl (shower caps are ideal) and leave on
the counter for 8-12 hrs. The ideal temperature is 20 degrees Celsius,
so if it’s too warm use your fridge or prove for less time. If it’s too cold,
it will take longer.
Dining Out - A City of Flavours
Check the dough in the morning. The dough should have
expanded (although it won’t necessarily have doubled in
size) and have a slight springy dome to the top. If you’re not
sure if it’s ready then do a poke test. With a floured finger,
poke the dough. If it indents easily and mostly springs back
to its original shape it has probably risen enough. If it feels
firm or very hard to indent, let it rise longer. If it feels loose,
runny, or indents too easily or doesn’t spring back, it is
most likely over-proofed (bake it anyway) but next time
prove for less time or in a cooler location.
Line a high-sided bowl or banneton with parchment, this
is for ease of transport only as bread will not stick to the
inside of a Dutch oven (cast iron casserole dish).
Complete one more fold and this time try and get the
dough as high as you can before folding it into the centre
to trap as much air as possible. Transfer it into the prepared
Transfer the bowl to the fridge for an hour uncovered -
this helps firm up the dough for scoring and helps with the
oven spring (the initial rise when the dough hits the heat).
It can remain in the fridge for 3-4 hours before baking.
Heat your oven to 250 degrees Celsius, or the hottest it
will go, and give it a good hour to heat up with the Dutch
oven inside and the lid on.
Time to Score and Bake
When ready to bake, place dough by the oven, take the
Dutch oven out and remove the lid. Using a very sharp
knife or razor blade, score the dough swiftly and deeply, at
a 45-degree angle and about 2.5cm deep. One deep slash is
just fine to begin with. Carefully lift the parchment by the
corners and place both bread and parchment directly into
the Dutch oven. Cover quickly. You want to score and
transfer as quickly as possible.
Bake for 20 mins then remove the lid, lower the
temperature to 230 degrees Celsius and bake for another
Remove and allow to cool for an hour minimum before
you slice and enjoy.
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Dining Out - A City of Flavours
Tastes of the Season
By Simon Smith
With Autumn nearly upon us we are starting to think about warming
comfort foods, unless of course we have an Indian summer and
are all back to the BBQ! Our fruit trees will have done their bit by now
and produced a crop of some sort, depending on whether or not you
have pruned, weeded, fed and watered at the right time. I’m lucky enough
to have had a good crop of pears, apples and tomatoes this year along
with some lovely wild strawberries and a ton of tomatoes. At the end of
last summer I made a huge amount of green tomato chutney which I still
have so not sure what to do with this year’s extras now!
I may well make a tomato and basil water by blitzing them all in a
food processor with some basil and a dash of vinegar. Leave in a sieve
or strainer overnight and collect the water. This can then be frozen in
ice cube trays and then used to poach chicken in as it gives you a
wonderful sweet and healthy dish. There are so many cheap tomatoes
in the shops at the moment it’s worth buying some just to do this.
The first recipe I’m doing this month is an apple and orange polenta
cake which is a delight served warm and very easy to make. It will keep
for a while in a cake tin (if you don’t eat it all when you make it!) but is
best heated up when you do with some orange juice to keep it moist.
Another favourite of mine from the First World War when I was
doing some filming in the trenches at Whittington Barracks was the Jam
Roly Poly, which was fed to the troops as a treat as it was easy to make
in bulk and filled them up. If you have had a good crop of fruits this
year and made jam this would be ideal. Failing that buy some from
Karen in a Jam who makes the most fabulous products which can be
found in many local shops and food festivals.
Orange and Apple Polenta Cake
250gms unsalted butter (softened)
250gms caster sugar
4 whole eggs
200gms plain flour
2tsp baking powder
2 oranges, zest and juice
4 Braeburn apples (or apples
fallen from the tree if you have
200ml orange juice
Pre heat the oven to 175 degrees
Peel and core the apples and
chop into 1cm cubes, sprinkle
with a little cinnamon and sugar,
cover and simmer with the 100gms orange juice for a few minutes.
Butter and flour an 8-inch cake tin and spread the cooked apple on the
bottom. Mix the softened butter, sugar and eggs in a food processor.
Mix the dry ingredients together and fold in with the orange zest.
Spread on top of the apples and cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes
until firm to the touch.
Once cooked, glaze with a mixture of 100gms caster sugar and 100ml
I serve this with orange curd and mascarpone cheese mixed together
(50/50 as a cream) and warm custard.
Jam Roly Poly
250gms self-raising flour
3 drops vanilla essence
150ml full fat milk
4tbsp jam of choice
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees
Put the butter and flour into a
mixing bowl with the vanilla
essence and mix until it becomes
a fine crumb. Mix the suet in by hand and add the milk and mix. You will
have quite a sticky concoction. Leave to rest for five minutes and then
roll out on a floured surface to about 20cms square. Put onto a nonstick
greaseproof sheet and spread with the jam leaving a 3-cm edge
clear. Roll up and squeeze the clear edge together. Wrap the
greaseproof paper round lightly as this will swell up when it cooks.
Wrap the whole thing in tin foil and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle
some water over the baking sheet and put in the oven for about 1
hour. When cooked leave to rest for 5 minutes before serving with
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*Please take extra care when preparing and handling hot foodstuffs.
Go to www.food.gov.uk for further details.
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Local Causes to
Thirteen community and voluntary organisations
across the district will receive a share of
£489,000 over three years.
Lichfield District Council has recently announced
the groups that will receive funding through its
community and voluntary sector funding scheme.
This forms part of the council’s commitment to
award the voluntary and community sector
£200,000 each year over three years from 2021 to Richard Cox
All the projects chosen support one or more of the council’s
objectives. These include enabling people to help themselves and others,
collaborate and engage with the council, and live healthy and active lives,
as well as shaping place to keep it green and safe, and preserve the
character and appearance of the district.
The following recipients of the grants will receive funding each year over
• £120,000 to MHA Communities for enabling people in later life and
shaping the community.
• £82,000 to Support Staffordshire for a thriving voluntary sector across
• £64,980 to South East Staffordshire Citizens Advice Bureau to increase
advice and service provision across the district.
• £34,875 to Spark for its Grow and Thrive project to provide wellbeing
activities and support work.
• £34,875 to Liberty for Liberty on Board project to help young adults
who are out of work.
• £32,200 to Royal National Institute for Deaf for hearing health, support,
information and connectivity in the community.
• £24,800 (over two years) to Transforming Communities Together for
Places of Welcome to expand its network of community groups.
• £20,100 to Cruse Bereavement Care to provide information and
support local people who have been bereaved.
• £19,700 to Friends 2 Friends to support adults with learning difficulties.
• £18,120 to Phoenix Counselling Service to provide an affordable
counselling service for local adults.
• £17,800 to Lichfield Arts for Fuse and ongoing outreach and community
• £17,600 to Pathway Project for an economic abuse specialist, with an
additional £12,400 from new Burdens funding.
• £1,950 to Staffordshire Care Farming to increase participation from
Lichfield District in the Wellies Project, which offers therapeutic learning
activities with animals, plants and the countryside for people with poor
Councillor Richard Cox, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement,
said: “I am delighted we are funding such a diverse range of groups that
work so hard to make a difference for communities right across the
district. It will be vital in giving them more security and confidence at a
time when many charitable organisations are struggling.”
Lichfield District Council is also funding local good causes through
small grants distributed by We Love Lichfield and through the Local
Councillor Community Fund pilot.
The Day War
By Jono Oates
On Sunday 3rd September 1939 the people of Britain gathered
round their radios to hear the news that they had been expecting
for many months. At 11.15am the Prime Minister, Neville
Chamberlain, speaking on the Home Service radio station, declared that
‘This country is at war with Germany’ heralding the beginning of a world
war that would last six long years.
The First World War had been greeted by much patriotic flag-waving and
optimism, with many people believing that the war would be over very quickly.
The commencement of the Second World War, however, was greeted with
trepidation and uncertainty. The Lichfield Mercury, published on Friday 8th
September, said that the city of Lichfield reacted to the breaking news with ‘no
flag-wagging but earnest determination.’
Lichfield had been recruiting Air Raid Precaution (ARP) wardens for many
months and from late August they had already been operating on a full war-time
basis. The months of ARP training meant that civilians calmly accepted the
regulations put in place and window blackouts operated from sunset to sunrise.
The ARP Control Centre was setup at the Guildhall, with staff manning the
telephones night and day to receive warnings and messages from all the other
ARP centres set up throughout the country. The city librarian and noted
historian, John William (known as JW) Jackson, was appointed as the Chief ARP
Warden and had a ‘most capable and enthusiastic’ staff of assistants and
The army base at Whittington Barracks, just outside Lichfield, meant that
there was a constant stream of army transport travelling through the city as the
troops prepared to travel across to France.
Lichfield, set in a rural location and with excellent central transport links, had
been identified as a reception area under the national evacuation scheme and
on Wednesday 6th September 240 school children, evacuated from a school in
West Bromwich, arrived in seven huge buses and, complete with gas masks and
haversacks, were led into the Central School on Frog Lane. The children were
given milk and buns, as well as a specially prepared meal bag which contained
tinned beef, biscuits, chocolate and tinned milk. By the end of the day they, and
33 teachers, had all been found homes within Lichfield District.
On Sunday 10th September the Lichfield branch of the Old Contemptibles’
Association, complete with their war medal ribbons, attended their annual
remembrance service at St Michael’s Church on Greenhill. The service was
carried out by the Rev. Percival Howard, who had been a chaplain to the troops
in World War One. However, many other organisations and groups chose to
cancel their events and meetings. On the same Sunday the Lichfield Odd
Fellows’ Society cancelled their service and parade at St Chad’s Church; the
Lichfield and District Allotments, Gardens and Small Holdings Society had
cancelled their annual show to be held at the Guildhall; and, by the end of the
month, the Lichfield Darts League had agreed to cancel the programme for the
whole season at a special meeting held at the Prince of Wales pub on Bore
On Saturday 10th September the annual Lichfield Sheriff’s Ride took place, an
ancient custom and tradition dating back over 500 years. With the war just two
days old though, the main ceremonial events associated with the ride were
dispensed with and, instead of the usual cavalcade of 90 horses, the Sheriff,
Councillor Frank Halfpenny, set off with just three other riders, followed by a
car and two cyclists. Frank Halfpenny became the first Sheriff in history to
complete the ride carrying a gas mask with his riding kit!
With the threat of air raids Lichfield Cathedral moved quickly to protect
some of its most important treasures. They removed the seven Medieval
stained-glass windows from the Lady Chapel, which had been installed at the
cathedral in 1803 after being transferred from a former Cistercian Abbey in
Herkenrode, Belgium, and replaced them with plain glass. They also placed a
number of protective sandbags around the statue of Bishop Henry Ryder and
the famous ‘Sleeping Children’ statue by Sir Francis Chantrey.
One organisation that was less happy about the placement of sandbags was
the Lichfield Chamber of Trade who, at their meeting at the Minster Café on
Market Place on Monday 11th September, stated that the sandbags placed on
the pedestrian footpath outside the Rural District Council offices on St John
Street were a ‘danger to pedestrians.’ The sandbags had been placed there to
protect the telephone lines that fed into the cellars of the council offices but
Alderman Fred Garratt said they were ‘an infernal nuisance,’ whilst Mr Hodson
said that he thought it was ‘a bit off when a trader is not allowed to put a small
trade box or anything on the footpath, and they can bung the whole footpath
up.’ The chairman, Frank Meacham, agreed to make a ‘representation to the
As Lichfield faced a winter of discontent in 1939 no one knew what lay ahead,
and probably very few people predicted that it would be six years before peace
returned to the city along with the rest of the country.
Sources: The British Newspaper Archive
* Vintage photographs courtesy of the St Mary’s Photographic Collection
Lichfield Local Defence Volunteers 1939
Lichfield Home Guard, Whittington Barracks
Returns to Lichfield
With one year to go until the opening of the Commonwealth Games
in Birmingham, Lichfield is looking forward welcoming its very
own Community Games this September.
Lichfield Community Games is a fun-filled and interactive event for
children, young people and adults to try their hand at a huge variety of
sports and activities available across Lichfield District.
Organised by Inspire Activity, in partnership with Lichfield District
Council and community partner, Central England Co-operative, the local
Community Games weekend of sporting fun is being held at Beacon Park
in Lichfield on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September from 12 noon
The weekend event is set to feature more than 40 activities for people
to try and will play host to a Commonwealth Games Roadshow on the
Dennis Kennedy, Community Games organiser from Inspire Activity,
said: “The Community Games are designed to inspire health and
happiness through physical activity. Visitors will be able to meet different
local sports and activity clubs in a fun and friendly environment, have a
go, and leave with a medal.”
"Councillor Iain Eadie, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member
responsible for Leisure & Parks, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming
the Community Games back to Lichfield. The games are the perfect way
One of the country’s leading Accapella folk acts will make their
Lichfield Arts debut when the critically acclaimed ensemble
Broomdasher perform at Wade Street Church on September 24th 2021.
In association with the L2F (Lichfield Festival of Folk) this promises to
be an evening of nostalgia, fun, warmth, to celebrate the 150th
anniversary of the birth of Edith Holden, the writer of the epoch
changing book The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady.
Broomdasher sing well-loved folk songs, including Bushes and Briars;
Wild Mountain Thyme; If I were a Blackbird; Seeds of Love and Auld Lang
Syne to bring the book to life in their critically acclaimed folk musical, The
Country Diary in Song. The diary was a worldwide phenomenon when
published in 1977, Edith’s beautiful paintings and words creating an
exhilarating journey through the seasons, celebrating birds; flowers;
animals and life in the countryside in 1906. Broomdasher intertwines her
descriptions with the rousing, rueful and romantic folk songs collected by
Cecil Sharp and Ralph Vaughan Williams at the same time she was
compiling her diary. Edith is played by accomplished actress and group
member, Margaret Moore.
Critics have described the show as “Traditional Folk meets Edwardian
Eco Warrior – Fantastic!”; “A Fabulous Musical Entertainment”;
“Wonderful singing and Glorious Entertainment” and “Inspiring and
Uplifting”. It’s touring the UK through the Autumn, visiting many locations
featured in Edith’s diary.
for people of all ages to have a go at a range of different events and
activities, such as rugby, football, various types of dance, boxercise, tennis,
tug-of-war, pre-school activities, netball, orienteering and martial arts, to
name but a few!
“With the Commonwealth Games taking place on our doorstep next
year, there’s never been a better time to take inspiration and discover
new ways to keep fit and active. Over the next 12 months we will be
looking at how we can use the positive impact of the Commonwealth
Games on our region to boost sport, leisure, tourism and business
opportunities across Lichfield District.”
This year Lichfield Community Games will be ticketed. It costs £2.50
per person for entry with infants three years of age and under free of
charge. To book your place please visit www.trybooking.co.uk/BDFR.
Broomdasher have an outstanding reputation for their harmonies,
arrangements and engaging live performances. Their new CD is a
recording of the show and their debut CD “Nothing to do With Me” has
been re-issued. All their recordings are part of the National Sound
Archive collection at the British Library as “an outstanding example of
grassroots folk music today. Next year they are undertaking a concert
tour of Cathedrals with Belshazzar Feast’s Paul Hutchinson as part of the
official Ralph Vaughan Williams 150th birthday celebrations.
A Lichfield Arts Spokesman said ‘This is a great show, to celebrate the
work and life of Edith Holden, and her life’s work, in a show that packs
in pathos, with hilarity, some spine-tingling harmony singing and historical
reminiscence and anecdotes from a world that is far removed from life
as we know it today. If you like history, singing, and lively entertainment,
this could well be the show for you.’
The concert starts at 8pm in Wade Street Church, with doors opening
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A Very Lonely Heart
By Lauren Hirst
Every now and again we have a dog in our kennels that hasn’t read the
script on how to be a proper greyhound (ie lazy, not keen on toys,
doesn’t like water, etc). Philip is one such dog. Full of beans and larger
than life, this fawn boy is such a character and all of the volunteers at
Greyhound Trust Hall Green kennels love him. However, he’s getting
overlooked when people come to view because they want a quieter dog.
Underneath that exuberant exterior, Philip is quite unsure of the world
outside of kennels. He needs an experienced owner who has another
dog which helps with his confidence. With that in mind, we agreed to help
Philip write his own lonely heart advert to find him a new best friend:
HANDSOME CHAP SEEKING LONG TERM RELATIONSHIP
Big, strong, ex-athlete with sandy coloured hair looking for a lifelong
companion. Struggles being on own so would love to share life with
someone who is around a lot. Really like dogs of all sorts and would love
to live with a larger one. Likes smaller dogs but exuberance may be too
Love, love, love toys, especially footballs and ones that go ‘squeak.’ New
relationship probably shouldn’t include small humans, who could get
knocked over by accident.
Previous training regime as top-level athlete necessitated a sheltered
life but getting out more recently. Love the local parks at Kingsbury and
By Trish Mellor
The National Miners’ Memorial being built at the National
Memorial Arboretum (NMA) is now well under way once
Mike and Trish Mellor, and Len and Jackie Prince of Chase Arts for
Public Spaces (CHAPS), visit the NMA regularly to keep up with progress
and hold regular site meetings with Andy Ansell and Paul Johnson of the
NMA; Mark Walker of A Walker & Sons, who are building the Derbyshire
Stone memorial, and artist Andy DeComyn, responsible for the 25 bronze
plaques which will be fixed to the memorial. It is expected that the
memorial will be completed in July.
It is important that, once completed, the memorial receives a fitting
service of dedication which, Covid guidelines permitting, allows all those
who wish to attend to be present. To that end CHAPS is now in the
process of raising the funds to enable them to hold a suitable dedication
service which will include a Brass Band and a Male Voice Choir.
Funds are being raised through the sale of commemorative pins which
are £5 each and limited edition prints at £25 each. The prints are from the
drawings used by artist Andy DeComyn to make the bronze plaques and
were completed by his wife Francesca. There are just 25 prints of each
drawing, each one signed and numbered by the artist; they come complete
with a pale grey mount and a leaflet with information about the drawing
and the memorial, finished size is 8” x 10” so that they fit into a standard
Lichfield, got very excited at the model airplane show in Aldridge, and
even visited the home of one of the volunteers from the local greyhound
homing centre in Shenstone. Love her greyhound Lassie so may quite like
a greyhound girlfriend of my very own.
Likes: People, toys, going wading in streams, dogs, food (especially
cheese), walks in the park, gardens to play in, footballs
Dislikes: being on my own, stairs, cats, being misunderstood.
RSVP: Greyhound Trust Hall Green, 0121-426-4810 or email:
email@example.com to arrange a date.
Please give Philip the chance he deserves. In the right home he will be
a super pet. He has so much love to give. Can he give it to you?
Please visit Hall Green’s website to see all of Philip’s kennel mates who
are also looking for the forever homes:
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You can find out more about CHAPS and the National Miners’
Memorial at www.chaseartsforpublicspaces.co.uk or
For more information or to order pins or prints email
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Jackie Prince with Lesley Smith as George Eliot
Kate Bliss Hopes to Uncover
Sparkling Finds at Free Jewellery
By Charles Hanson
Jewellery finds, and auction results, have
shone brightly throughout lockdown and the
dark days of the pandemic.
Hammer prices have remained consistently
strong for both vintage and antique finds, gold
prices are buoyant and silver has sparkled. In
uncertain economic times, investors prefer
tangible assets - and collectors never tire of
buying beautiful objects.
If you’re contemplating selling at auction, free jewellery valuation days
are coming up in Staffordshire courtesy of TV’s Kate Bliss. The familiar
face from TV’s Bargain Hunt will be at Bishton Hall, Wolseley Bridge, on
September 6th and November 8th from 10am-4pm.
Kate, a fellow of the Gemmological Association specialising in jewellery
covering antique and vintage items to contemporary pieces, hopes to
unearth some shimmering stars, perhaps a fine diamond or two.
Diamonds consistently excel at auction. We’re privileged to see
numerous examples in a wide variety of cuts, carats, clarity and colour –
including cinnamon. Lot 95 in Hansons’ July Fine Art Auction was a
cinnamon diamond 18ct gold cluster ring comprising a central, brilliantcut
4.11 carats cinnamon diamond. It was contested to £3,800.
95, £3,800, cinnamon diamond and
18ct gold cluster ring, with central
brilliant-cut cinnamon diamond weighing
Diamond ring found at charity shop
COST £5.50. ESTIMATE £7-8K
Diamond ring sold for £95,000
Though the classic white diamond
is the one we know best, coloured
diamonds exist in many hues, tones
and saturations. Colours include
pink and yellow as well as cinnamon.
Occasionally diamonds are
mistaken for costume jewellery.
One ring we assessed, purchased for
£5.50 from a charity shop’s ‘junk
jewellery’ box, turned out to be a
gold 2.30 carat diamond ring worth £7,000-£8,000. One of our all-time
top-selling lots was a diamond ring which achieved £95,000.
Kate Bliss will be at Bishton Hall, Wolseley Bridge, Staffs, ST17 0XN, on
September 6th and November 8th from 10am-4pm. No appointment
necessary. Free general antique valuations are also available at Bishton. To
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The High Sheriff’s Tour of
the Trent Valley
By Louise Morris
From Biddulph to Burton: Touring the Trent Valley
Through June and July, James Friend, the High Sheriff of Staffordshire, has
been touring along the River Trent as it flows through the county. Supported
by Transforming the Trent Valley (TTTV), a landscape partnership scheme
headed by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and funded thanks to The National
Lottery Heritage Fund, the High Sheriff has walked, cycled and paddled the
Trent Valley raising money for The Community Foundation.
Starting at the headwater of the River Trent on Biddulph Moor, we followed
the river as it flowed south towards Stoke-on-Trent.
The second stage began with a visit to Staffordshire University, where
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has restored the river channel thanks to their
ERDF funded SUNRISE project. We then cycled along the historic Trent and
Mersey Canal to Stone before following the river valley to Wolseley Bridge.
On the third day of the tour, we walked the canal towpath through Rugeley,
where the Canal and River Trust has recently upgraded it to an all access
standard, and on to Kings Bromley. A small diversion took in the Riverside Park
at the former Rugeley Power Station site where TTTV is working with Engie
to enhance habitat and restore the floodplain.
The fourth stage saw us walk along the Trent Valley Way from Yoxall to
Alrewas where we took in the stunning views of the valley and passed through
flower-rich meadows. We ended at the National Memorial Arboretum where
we met up with some of the many volunteers who have supported TTTV over
the last 2 years and enjoyed a very welcome cream tea.
We were treated on our fifth day with a visit to Cherry Holme, a former
river island that has been ambitiously restored as part of the TTTV scheme.
The new river channel, completed last September, is greening up nicely as
nature begins to reclaim and naturalise it. Vegetation is taking hold and is
already providing a good diversity of habitats for plants, insects, mammals and
Our penultimate day started at Tucklesholme, a Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
nature reserve near Walton-on-Trent where the High Sheriff cut the ribbon on
our new Discovery Area. We then walked along the river following the Trent
Valley Way towards Branston Leas, another Staffordshire Wildlife Trust reserve,
before ending in Burton on the Washlands.
The Tour concluded on Saturday 31st July at the TTTV Family Fun Day on
the Burton Washlands where families enjoyed bug hunting, trails and
storytelling on the banks of the river whilst the High Sheriff, accompanied by
friends and family, canoed to the Derbyshire border with the Burton Canoe
The tour has successfully completed 60 miles of the Trent Valley between
Biddulph and Burton. We have cycled 23 miles, walked 34 miles and paddled 3
miles in 7 days.
Day 1 Trent Head Well
Day 3 Walking the Trent and Mersey
Canal towpath (Credit S. Cheshire,
Day 5 Visiting Cherry Holme
(Credit L. Morris, TTTV)
Day 2 Cycling to Wolseley Bridge
(Credit S. Cheshire, TTTV)
Day 4 Walking the Trent Valley
Way to Alrewas (Credit Sanda
Day 6 Walking the Trent Valley Way
to Burton (credit L. Morris, TTTV)
To find out more about the High Sheriff Tour, read our blog and see our
photos, visit www.thetrentvalley.org.uk/high_sheriff_tour.php.
Day 7 Canoeing the River Trent
(credit Sanda Friend)
An Evening with
By Trish Mellor
Lesley Smith was at her brilliant best when she presented
Queen Elizabeth 1 to support the National Miners’ Memorial
project in August.
Tickets for the event were sold out – with a waiting list – and St
Mary’s Community Centre was always either abuzz with fabulous
conversation or totally quiet in wrapt concentration as Queen Elizabeth
1 spoke to her loyal subjects.
During the presentation the Queen of England spoke of the
importance of the work done by coal miners; when out of character
Lesley told everyone how the country would not be what it is today
without the back breaking work over hundreds of years by men, women
and children in the UK coal mines. She also spoke of her passion for
this particular memorial; and in recognition of the work done by Chase
Arts for Public Spaces (CHAPS) to ensure this memorial could be built
she bestowed Damehoods on two committee members: Jackie Prince
and myself, Trish Mellor. Jackie and I were both really touched by this
unexpected, thoughtful act.
Lesley gave more of her time to speak to members of the audience,
have photos taken with them and sign copies of her book “Wolf Moon”
– her generosity is demonstrated here, too, as she is making a donation
to the NMM from the sale of every book.
After a most enjoyable fish and chip supper the Grand Raffle was
drawn – due to the generosity of those donating prizes, those buying
tickets and to Lesley Smith who generously donated her presentation
free of charge a magnificent £4,060 was raised!
Myself, Mike Mellor and Jackie and Len Prince, who have led on the
project over the last two years, then gave a short presentation about the
l to r: 'Dame' Trish Mellor; Lesley Smith; 'Dame' Jackie Prince
memorial including the story of the 25 bronze plaques which tell of the
lives of all who worked in the coal mines, and of those miners who
received the VC for their bravery in wartime – all included in a book, ‘A
Nation’s Tribute’ about the memorial to be released on 3rd September.
They gave details of the unveiling and dedication to be held on 3rd
September at 11.30am at the NMA.
A piece of music to celebrate the memorial has been commissioned.
Composed by Handre Potgeiter it is called ‘Grounded in Gratitude’; the
group have now produced a film to go with the music; the evening
ended, somewhat emotionally, by showing the film which will soon be
released on YouTube for everyone to view.
Progress of the project can be followed on the group’s Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/ChaseArtsForPublicSpaces or on twitter
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Tales of a
By Simon Smith
Some four decades ago I took my first job aboard a yacht as
private chef. We were a crew of five with captain, engineer,
steward, deck hand and myself, plus berth for eight guests.
There wasn’t the training then that there is these days so it was pretty
much make it up as you went along and try and find food where you
could, instead of asking yacht agents to deliver to the marina as happens
One trip we had the owner on board who loved being in the Greek
islands, however the smaller ones are not renowned for their shops. He
said to me one day: “I would like a leg of lamb for lunch.” When I went
ashore to try and find the butcher, I was directed to a shed which had a
lamb hanging up by the hind legs. The flies were all over it as it wasn’t in
a fridge but there was no choice. As nobody spoke English and my Greek
was limited to “hello and goodbye” I asked for a leg of lamb. It turns out
it doesn’t work like that there. You have to start at the head and take
what comes next so I had to buy the whole lamb just to get the leg!
Another day he fancied fresh fish and saw a fishing boat in the distance
and told the captain to get alongside so he could buy some fish. I asked
if I could buy some sea bass but it turns out I had to buy the whole net
and whatever was in it, which turned out to be about 10 kilos of mixed
creatures and fish, most of which I had never seen before! I tipped them
into the galley sink to have a sort through and see what I could use. Well,
I had never encountered a scorpion fish before and just as I was about
to grab the poisonous creature the Maltese steward came in and
grabbed my hand away! I lived to cook another day!
The Samuel Johnson Birthplace
Museum will once again be
commemorating Dr Johnson’s 312th
Birthday on Saturday 18th September
with slices of Birthday cake for visitors,
family craft activities, and other events as
part of the nationwide Heritage Open
The Museum on Breadmarket Street will be
open from 10:30am-4:30pm and admissions
will be free of charge. The historic house will
be decorated with flowers and visitors will be invited to enjoy a slice of
Birthday cake- while stocks last!
The theme for this year’s Heritage Open Days is ‘Edible England’, and
the Museum will be exploring this with food themed works from the
Lichfield Poets and tales from local storyteller, Christine Genders. The
Museum will also host free family activities in a gazebo outside on
Market Street. To ensure visitor and staff safety numbers will be limited
and appropriate safety measures
for all activities will be in place.
Visitors are welcome to attend
the annual civic ceremony on
Lichfield’s historic Market Square
which will start at 12 noon. Civic
dignitaries and Johnson society
members will gather to watch
the Mayor of Lichfield, Cllr
Robert Yardley place the
traditional Laurel chaplet on
Johnson’s statue and sing hymns.
Lichfield’s historic Guildhall
Prison Cells will also be open
from 10am-4pm for free visits.
This historic landmark has been
used as a prison since 1548 and has a history that spans across
For a full schedule of the day’s events, please visit the Museum’s
website at www.samueljohnsonbirthplace.org.uk or call into the
bookshop at the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum on Breadmarket
For more information about Johnson’s Birthday Celebrations, please
contact the Birthplace team on 01543 264 972 or email
Cliff Richard Classic
Lichfield Garick will be hosting a dementia friendly screening of the Cliff Richard
classic, Summer holiday, in September.
The pop musical, featuring Cliff Richard and the Shadows, is a take about four London
Transport mechanics trying to run a European travel service with a double-decker bus.
Along the way they pick up an American girl who is on the run from stardom, her press
agent and her overbearing mother.
Dementia Friendly screenings provide an adapted environment that is comfortable for
people living with Dementia. The lights are kept on at a low level, the film will have an
interval, audience members can move around or leave the studio as required and sing
along to the familiar songs.
Lichfield Garrick also adapts the seating in the studio to provide more seats with stepfree
The show is due to be shown at 2pm on Wednesday 1st September. Tickets are priced
at £10 and are available from The Garrick website at www.lichfieldgarrick.com.
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Lichfield Cathedral was filled to the rafters with
light and sound in the return of the awardwinning
and hugely popular ‘The Great
Exhibition’ which for the last five years has attracted
and entertained and wowed tens of thousands of
This year the world premiere of ‘The Great
Exhibition: Science’ saw the inside of the 900-yearold
Cathedral bathed in giant moving light and sound
projections, covering every inch of the vast building,
in a family-friendly exploration of the world of
science, and the ways in which it has shaped our past
as well as considering how it will influence our future.
The Dean of Lichfield, the Very Revd Adrian
Dorber, said: “The creation of the vaccines which are
bringing us through the Pandemic have shown us
once again the vital role that science plays in our
lives. The Great Exhibition is a fun and engaging and
awe-inspiring celebration of all that science has
achieved throughout history. We’re all in need of
something to lift up our eyes and to remind us of how
truly amazing the world around us can be. Come and
The Great Exhibition is the creation of the awardwinning
collaboration of artists, Luxmuralis, whose
stunning light shows have for the last five years
attracted a quarter of a million visitors around the
UK, and whose work has featured at Chatsworth
House, Westminster Abbey and the Cathedral of St
Paul’s in Minnesota USA.
Lichfield Cathedral’s artist-in-residence, Peter
Walker said: “The Great Exhibition is about seeing
things in new ways on a vast scale. We create these
events with the aim of encouraging people to see the
world differently. Spending time in the Cathedral,
immersed fully in sound and light, we hope people
will be encouraged to engage with key moments in
the history of science, seeing our world with a whole
The projection installations were accompanied by a
new composition by renowned sound artist David
Credit: Photographs of The Great Exhibition
(Artwork credit: Luxmuralis)
Photos by D Harper
A Zesty Performance
By Jono Oates
The second of a quartet of productions by Let Me In Presents has an intriguing
title – a quintet of Lemons (actually titled Lemons, Lemons, Lemons,
Lemons, Lemons) is a play adapted from the book by Sam Steiner which was
published in 2015.
This was another intimate performance and set this time at the Hub at St Mary’s on
the Market Square. There were similarities with the earlier performance of Constellations
at the Nurture Nest at Three Spires as this performance was also ‘in the round’ with the
socially distanced audience gathered round the set, which this time was a single dining
table with four chairs.
The play was also another two-hander, this time with Olivia and Bernadette, two young
women who meet and become lovers. The premise of the play is that the Government
are about to introduce a draconian new law, severely affecting freedom of speech, and
limiting everyone to just 140 words in a single day. Olivia, a struggling musician, is appalled
at the thought of this and fights the law with protests and campaigns. Her partner,
Bernadette, a lawyer, is more conscious of the power of the state and almost resigned to
the inevitability that the Act will be passed.
As Olivia and Bernadette disagree, fall out, make up and debate the implications of the
law we see them in a number of situations and experiences and the single table is used
as a setting for different locations and acted out at different times of the day. As the Act
becomes more and more of a reality, they also start to plan how they can ‘cheat’ the new
Act by inventing shortened phrases, words and using signals and they come to realise just
how important, and significant, each and every word, no matter how small, is key to their
joy, happiness, hope and well-being.
This is a sharp, witty and, in true lemons-style, zesty play and performance. Although
the premise of a Law that restricts our daily word count is ridiculous (or is it?) the two
actors give it credence and their fear, loathing, worry and pain as the fateful passing of the
Act grows ever closer is very believable and convincing. You do start to wonder what
words you would use if did become a reality and how frustrating it would be if you where
about to win a key argument when the word counter struck zero and you were left
mouthing a silent, and unheard, pithy riposte.
The two actors, Charlie Ayres playing political firebrand Olivia, and Jessica Milford as
reasonable, ‘resigned to her fate’ lawyer Bernadette were both excellent. As a two-hander
play, there was a large word count for them to learn, with a number of quick-fire scenes
and scene resets, which is a very challenging format but both actors coped with admirable
ease and expertise. As they argued, negotiated and compromised they displayed a whole
range of emotions: love; jealousy; fear; exuberance, isolation and anger. One scene, when
they were standing, both arguing, both talking loudly at the same time, but both dialogues
clearly heard by the audience, was superb. Some scenes were very funny, with some direct
acerbic language, while others were very tender, gentle and moving.
Director Paris Hoxton drew two fine performances from the young actors and the
pace was perfectly judged, each scene moves along swiftly and drawing in and, once again,
in a compact performance setting and with a limited audience, it was like having a
personal performance put on just for you, making you almost feel like you were part of
Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons was definitely a play that made you think,
made you challenge the use of unnecessary language, made you realise how much the
modern language and vocabulary is changing and made you aware of the impact that
words can have on your relationships.
Let Me In Presents are a young production company trying to bring live theatre back
in to Lichfield, and are using a variety of locations, both inside and outside, and producing
some challenging, innovative and expressive plays that are not, perhaps, mainstream, but
are entertaining and engaging.
The final performance of the quartet of plays in the current run is ‘Wife’, performed at
the Trinity Brewery Company, from Tuesday 7th September to Sunday 12th September.
Tickets are on a ‘pay-as-much-as-you-can-afford’ basis and are available from Eventbrite
Sunday 5th September
Folk on the Farm
Sunday 12th September
Burntwood Producers’ Market
A range of local artisan stalls selling unique gift
items, food and drink.
Venue: Sankey’s Corner, Burntwood
Wednesday 15th September
Home Instead Wellbeing Group
Taking place every Wednesday.
Venue: Life Church, Netherstowe
For further details contact 01543-625002.
Friday 24th September
As part of L2F – The Lichfield Festival of Folk -
an afternoon of entertainment, set in the leafy
surrounds of Lichfield farmland, awaits! Guests
can enjoy live music and Morris dancers at
Folk on the Farm, which will include finalists
from the L2F songwriting competition, the
Armitage Mummers, and Lichfield Storytellers,
as well as a few other surprises.
Venue: Woodhouse Farm, Fisherwick Wood
Price: £10 (price includes lunch)
For further details, and to book tickets, visit
Tuesday 7th September
The City of Lichfield Probus
The Men and Ladies members of the Club are
having a social get together on for a general
catch up and look at the best way forward for
the Club. All are welcome, there will be
tea/coffee and cake, it will be free of charge
and in the lounge at the Club.
Venue: St Matthews Sports & Social Club,
Please advise if you wish to come along by
phoning Pat Peters or Peter Hitchman on
Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th September
Cars in the Park
Meet of the various clubs and individual
owners of all types of cars, moderns and old.
Over 1000 cars attend the show. A great place
for people to meet and chat, as well as a great
opportunity to show the cars off to the public.
Venue: Beacon Park
Time: From 10.30am
For more information visit
Saturday 18th September
Dr Samuel Johnson’s Birthday
Civic dignitaries and Johnson society members
will gather to watch the Mayor of Lichfield,
Cllr Robert Yardley place the traditional Laurel
chaplet on Johnson’s statue and sing hymns.
The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum will
be celebrating in style with the historic house
being decorated with flowers, and visitors
invited to enjoy a slice of Birthday cake!
Venue: Samuel Johnson Museum, Market
Sunday 19th September
Lichfield City Tour & Afternoon Tea
As part of Lichfield Heritage Weekend,
Georgian Jono will take guests on a walking
tour of the city to explore the restaurants of
the past! Afterwards, an Afternoon Tea at The
Bureau will be provided and guests can enjoy
looking through historic Lichfield artefacts, as
well as having a tour of the restaurant.
Price: £50pp (includes walking tour and
For more information visit
Sunday 19th September
Mrs Darwin’s Edible Garden
Learn more about the use of herbs in modern
and 18th century cooking.
Venue: Erasmus Darwin House
One of the country’s leading Accapella folk
acts will make their Lichfield Arts debut. In
association with the L2F – Lichfield Festival of
Folk in October, this promises to be an
evening of nostalgia, fun, warmth, to celebrate
the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edith
Holden, the writer of the epoch changing book
The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady.
Venue: Wade Street Church
For further details, and to book tickets online.
Saturday 25th September
Remembering Ken Knowles
An afternoon of music, drama and comedy to
celebrate the life of former Lichfield City Town
Crier, Ken Knowles.
Venue: Speakers Corner, Dam Street
For enquiries email
firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07785
Weekly Quiz and Fish & Chip Supper
Come along to The BitterSuite Pub every
Monday evening for their popular pub quiz.
Max. 6 per team. Winning team gets a £30
We recommend arriving early to secure a
table - no booking available.
Venue: The Bittersuite Pub
Price: £6pp (includes quiz entry and a mini fish
& chip supper from the local chippy! £3pp quiz
entry without food).
Monday: 9.30am-10.30am & 7pm-8pm
Venue: Burntwood Institute, Rugeley Road,
Venue: Darwin Hall, Heathcot Place, Lichfield
Price: £6.50 per session
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Chasewater Railway transformed its
Brownhills West station and centre
into a scene from the 1940s on Saturday
August 21st and Sunday August 22nd for
'Experience the 1940's' weekend.
The well-attended event featured the
sights and sounds of a busy railway station
from the war-time era, with re-enactors in
period costume on the train and platform
and a rations menu including spam
sandwiches and a slice of bread pudding!
Entertainment will be provided
throughout on the stage, with sets from
1940s crooner Kevin Mack, a Saturday
performance from the Bluebird Belles and a
George Formby tribute act.
Tour & Tea!
Aguided tour with a difference has
been planned for Lichfield’s Heritage
On September 19th, the day after Samuel
Johnson’s birthday, Georgian Jono will
provide an exclusive guided tour of Lichfield
looking at the restaurants from the past and
Using modern-day technology, vintage
photographs and postcards, Jono will show
his guests what the restaurants from today
used to look like in the 1900s. Participants
will be able to see the streets and buildings
as they were many years ago and compare them to how they look now!
The tour lasts one fifteen minutes and will then be followed by
Afternoon Tea at The Bureau on Market Street, where guests will be able
to view Jono’s Mini-Museum - a collection of the Lichfield items which
he has collected over the years, including vintage watches, coins, medals,
loving cups and more. Guests can also view the collection of vintage
photographs that Jono has donated to The Bureau, as well as having an
exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the restaurant, including upper
floor views across Market Street and over the city centre.
Only 10 guest places are available so early booking is highly
recommended. Tickets are £50 per person which includes the walking
tour, afternoon tea at The Bureau, access to the museum items and tour
of the restaurant.
to book tickets. This event is part of the Lichfield Heritage Weekend,
organised by Visit Lichfield.
Award for Local
Estate Agents, situated in
the City Arcade, has recently
won the British Property
Award for Lichfield.
The team performed
outstandingly throughout the
extensive judging period, which
focused on customer service
The Estate Agents’ has now
been shortlisted for a number of
national awards, which will be
announced later on in the year.
The British Property Awards
provide agents throughout the
UK with an invaluable
opportunity to compare the service that they
provide against the service provided by the local,
regional and national competition.
Agents who do go that extra mile and provide
outstanding levels of service are rewarded with the
accolade, which acts as a beacon to highlight these
attributes to the local marketplace.
To celebrate, Andrew Downing-
Booth is offering a reduction in fees for
anyone who can produce this article
whilst having their property valued.
Not All Heroes
Do you have what it takes to become a hero for St Giles Hospice?
St Giles is summoning caped crusaders and fundraising families to
Lichfield’s Beacon Park for its Hero Walk on Saturday 25th September
– and is calling on people to celebrate their own heroes in style as they
take part in the event.
People are encouraged to dress up as their favourite hero before
tackling a 5km walk with a series of fun challenges along the way. The
event is suitable for all the family and all funds raised will support
hospice care for patients and their families who are living with a
Zoe Wright, Events Manager at St Giles Hospice, said: “Whether
you’re in fancy dress or looking for something fun and exciting to do,
our Hero Walk is a great day out. We’re calling on our community to
pull on their capes and show they care by walking for their hero.
“Our Hero Walk has activities and entertainment for everyone –
including doggie sidekicks. The fun begins at the hero hub, where all of
our heroes will be assembling. You can enjoy games, refreshments and
pose for some super family snaps before setting off on your activity
“There are also awesome activities along the route to test your hero
skills to the limit and a hero’s welcome awaits when you cross the finish
line to collect your medal. So please sign up to make memories in a
mask and celebrate your own heroes – and by raising funds for St Giles
as you go, you will become a hero of ours too.”
St Giles Hospice’s first-ever Hero Walk, held at Walsall Arboretum in
2019, was a huge success. The event was due to return last year, but had
to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
One of the superheroes at the inaugural event was Louise Harding,
from Willenhall, who took part in memory of her Nan, Lavinia Layton,
who received end of life care at St Giles Hospice before her death in
June 2019 at the age of 93.
Louise said: “My Nan got exactly the care she needed at St Giles –
one-to-one care tailored to her. They were always ready to help us and
people were there straight away when we needed support, which makes
a huge difference for both the patient and the family.”
Three months after her Nan died, Louise put together a team of
superheroes, including friends and three pet dogs, and dressed up as
Batgirl to do the Hero Walk in memory of Lavinia.
“The Hero Walk was a celebration of Nan and a way to thank St Giles
for the support they gave us to comfort her, as well as for letting us
spend time with her until the very end,” added Louise.
The 5km family walk and fun day will kick off at 11am on Saturday
25th September in Beacon Park, Lichfield, with a welcome speech at
11.30am before the walk starts at 12pm. Entry is £3 for under threes,
£6 for under 16s, £10 for adults and £30 for a family ticket (two adults
and two children). Doggie sidekicks can take part for free!
Zoe added: “All heroes are encouraged to arrive in their costumes
ready to leap into action and help raise funds for their local hospice. If
you’d like to take on the challenge in true hero style, St Giles capes can
be pre-ordered or bought on the day for a £5 donation.
“The entry fee only covers the administration cost of Hero Walk, but
by asking friends and family to sponsor you, you will raise valuable funds
to help us continue to provide care and support, free of charge, for
patients and their families.
“Raising £40 in sponsorship could pay for one hour of our Advice and
Referrals team, £202 could pay for visits to a patient in their own home
by our community nurses and £676 could pay for 24 hours of hospice
care for a patient at the end of their life.”
For more information about the St Giles Hospice Hero Walk, please
Louise, second left, with team
Salt Heath, Salt, Stafford
Incredible Grand Designs Style Home With Period Features
Dating Back To 1870
Open Plan Living With Four Sets Of Bi-Fold Doors
Four Double Bedrooms Including Three Bedroom Suites
Magnificent Secluded Spot With No Immediate Neighbours
Equestrian Arena, Woodland & Total Plot Measuring
Approximately 14.5 Acres
High Specification Finish Throughout & Breath-taking Views
It's safe to say that this one's a keeper! This spectacular home is a
real grand design and sits in as secluded a spot as you will see!
Positioned at the top of a 1.5 mile drive, in a plot of around 14.5
acres, with absolutely no neighbours other than any animals
inhabiting the woodland, this property is a one off and the perfect
juxtaposition of contemporary architecture with period features you
might expect from a building that dates back in parts to 1870. The
Keepers Cottage stands overlooking the Earl of Harroby's estate of
Sandon, Staffordshire with views of historic monuments, the Trent
Valley and beyond. It has such seclusion and incredibly remote feel,
yet is only 4 miles from Stafford town centre where the west coast
main line provides a direct train every half hour to London Euston,
Manchester and Liverpool. Designed for family living, 15m of 2.5m
high bifold doors overlook the south facing rear garden including a
200 square metre patio in full view of the open plan living. Children
can enjoy freedom to roam, ride quad bikes, ponies and light camp
fires. The peaceful woodland that wraps the rear of the property
boasts more than 50 English Oaks and supports Woodpeckers, Owls
and Buzzard families. What better a location to bring up your family?!
The accommodation measures over 3000 square feet with open plan
living and under floor heating on the ground floor, powered by a
ground source heat pump. Comprising an entrance hall, sitting room,
study and huge lounge diner with wood burning stove and two sets
of bi-fold doors opening to the patio. A recess opens off to a
magnificent high specification kitchen which in turn opens off to both
a living area and conservatory, both with their own bi-fold doors.
There is also a utility room and guest WC. Upstairs are four double
bedrooms, including three bedroom suites with their own
bathrooms, picture windows and the largest two boasting dressing
areas. Outside, the plot of 14 acres includes pasture, formal gardens
and woodland. A sweeping drive leads up to the property where a
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