Citylife in Lichfield September 2021


Our September edition magazine focusses on health and well being, giving you plenty of ideas of where you can go to relax, reinvigorate and recharge, especially after the stresses of the last 18 months. We also have usual wonderful mix of competitions, recipes, history features, local news stories from across Lichfield District and What's On events. There is no better way of relaxing than with our magazine so why not try some therapeutic yoga, put on some chilled out music, light some candles, mix a delicious fruit smoothie and have a read of Citylife September magazine - the perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon!


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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

September, having

been postponed

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

Climate Change!

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,

and find out more at 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

community and

general public.

Significant donations

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


Fundraising Champion

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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fundraising office on 01543 432538.

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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

fireworks finale.

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

Secret Garden.

Lichfield City Council is also supporting

Lichfield Proms through grant funding.

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Hopsice Thanks

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

terminal illness.

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

The Garrick

Are you up for the

challenge? Lord Huxley

has been kidnapped by

mysterious forces

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

you think...

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.


New Crematorium

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

someone dies.

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



Farewell to

Village Postie!

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.

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Celebrating Ken


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,

Dam Street.

For enquiries email or ring 07785



Cake Handout is

a Winner!

Burntwood Town

Council’s Summer

Picnic event, planned

for Saturday 7th August,

was unfortunately

rained off but one of

the community stalls,

cake-maker Katie

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

Town Council.

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



Dementia Centre

Welcomes First


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 gardens.

To find out more contact Registered Manager,

Amanda Jelbert, at or

call 01543 398510.


Service of

Remembrance &


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

community groups.

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

Local Boxer

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

Tokyo Olympics.

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

medley relay.

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

the project.


Levy Funding for

Strategic Projects

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

new development.

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


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.


Hospice Volunteers

Win Award

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

Awards 2021.

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

a week


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

on Colehill.

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

and automobilia.

All auctions are broadcast online with a live video feed allowing

thousands of bidders to participate from anywhere in the world.

Visit, email or telephone 01543 251081.



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

John Johnstone.

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 and visit

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,

01543 412121.

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 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

Protection Regulations and our Privacy Policy (available at

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 or find

on Facebook and Twitter.



Top 5 Apps for

Mindful Moments

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.

1. Headspace

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.

2. Calm

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.

4. Omvana

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.



Working Out


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


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



Memory Café

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


City Granted

Dementia Friendly



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

Country Museum.

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,

contact 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

your appetite!

Dining Review

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’

mode!) we

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

holds today.

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


Rye Starter

Day 1


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

make it.

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

Francisco one!)

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

12g salt

385g water

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.

8.20 pm

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

6-8 am

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

15 mins.

Remove and allow to cool for an hour minimum before

you slice and enjoy.

Ruth Redgate is the owner and chief baker at Hunnypot

Cottage Bakery.

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Dining Out - A City of Flavours

Tastes of the Season

By Simon Smith

Feeling Fruity!


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

8 Portions

250gms unsalted butter (softened)

250gms caster sugar

4 whole eggs

140gms polenta

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

orange juice.

I serve this with orange curd and mascarpone cheese mixed together

(50/50 as a cream) and warm custard.

Jam Roly Poly

Serves 6

250gms self-raising flour

50gms butter

3 drops vanilla essence

50gms suet

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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Local Causes to

Receive Funding


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

three years:

• £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

Lichfield District.

• £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

mental health.

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

Broke Out

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

appropriate authorities.’

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



Community Games

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

to 5pm.

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


Lichfield Debut


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

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

at 7.15pm. For further details, and to book tickets online visit


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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:


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

Memorial Update

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: 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: or follow up on Facebook, Twitter,

and Instagram.


You can find out more about CHAPS and the National Miners’

Memorial at or

For more information or to order pins or prints email or phone 07583 655199.

Jackie Prince with Lesley Smith as George Eliot


Kate Bliss Hopes to Uncover

Sparkling Finds at Free Jewellery

Valuation Event

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

4.11 carats

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

book an appointment, email or call

01283 733988. Free general valuations are also available at The

Hedgehog, Stafford Road, Lichfield, WS13 8JB. Upcoming dates include

August 20th, September 3rd and 17th from 10am-1pm. To find out more,



The High Sheriff’s Tour of

the Trent Valley

By Louise Morris

From Biddulph to Burton: Touring the Trent Valley

through Staffordshire

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

Day 7 Canoeing the River Trent

(credit Sanda Friend)



An Evening with

Queen Elizabeth

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

Rod Whiteman

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: or on twitter


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Tales of a

Private Chef

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!

Happy Birthday

Samuel Johnson!


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

Days celebrations.

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 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

Dementia Friendly

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








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The Great




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

new perspective.”

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

the cast.

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



What’s On


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

Time: 10am-4pm

Wednesday 15th September

Home Instead Wellbeing Group

Taking place every Wednesday.

Venue: Life Church, Netherstowe

Time: 10am-11.30am

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


Time: 12pm-6pm

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,


Time: 2pm-4pm

Please advise if you wish to come along by

phoning Pat Peters or Peter Hitchman on

01543 327222.

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

Square, Lichfield

Time: 10.30am-4.30pm

Price: Free

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

afternoon tea).

Booking essential.

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

Time: 1pm-4pm

Price: Free

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

Time: 8pm

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

Time: 2pm-4pm

Price: Free

For enquiries email or ring 07785


Monday Evenings

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

BitterSuite Voucher!

We recommend arriving early to secure a

table - no booking available.

Venue: The Bittersuite Pub

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £6pp (includes quiz entry and a mini fish

& chip supper from the local chippy! £3pp quiz

entry without food).

Emma’s Yoga

Monday: 9.30am-10.30am & 7pm-8pm

Friday: 9am-10am

Saturday: 9am-10am

Venue: Burntwood Institute, Rugeley Road,


Wednesday: 7.30pm-8.30pm

Venue: Darwin Hall, Heathcot Place, Lichfield

Price: £6.50 per session

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Wartime Weekend

at Chasewater!


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.

Lichfield Heritage

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 Agent




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

Wear Capes


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

terminal illness.

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


Property of

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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,

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The accommodation measures over 3000 square feet with open plan

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13.Competitions and prize draws may not be entered by any employee of individual associated with any employee,


agent or third party of Citylife in Lichfield Ltd.

14.Winners will be selected at random in the case of applicable prize draws and competitions, or by an independent

judge in the case of photographic/art competitions from all entries received.

15.Winners will be notified by Citylife in Lichfield up to 28 days after the closing date of the competition/prize draw by the

contact details provided by the entrant.

16.A list of the surnames and county of residence of the winners will be available by writing to Citylife in Lichfield Ltd no

earlier than six weeks after the competition closing date.

17.When the prize draw/competition winner has been selected, this decision is final and no correspondence will be

entered into.

18.Citylife in Lichfield Ltd accepts no responsibility for the prize being lost, damaged or delayed in transit. When the prize

is provided by a third party, Citylife in Lichfield Ltd accepts no responsibility for any change to the prize, or for the quality

of the prize provided.

19.Competitions may be amended or withdrawn at any time.

20.By entering the competition or prize draw, you agree to having your name, (photograph, where stated) and city or

county of residence published in any of Citylife in Lichfield’s publications and online.

21.Unless otherwise stated, the promoter is Citylife in Lichfield Ltd, PO Box 7126, Lichfield, WS14 4JS.

22. Citylife in Lichfield Ltd do not express any warranty or endorsement of any competition prize, information, service or

product provided in connection with a competition by printing or otherwise publicising any competition.

23.To the full extent of the law, Citylife in Lichfield Ltd shall not be liable for any loss, claim, punitive, indirect, incidental or

consequential damages of any kind incurred as a result of entering this prize draw or competition.

24.By submitting photos, text or artworks as part of competition/prize draw entries you agree that you own these photos

text or artworks, that it is your original work to which you own all rights to distribute, and that your entry is accurate, moral

and legal.


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