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6 Local News
What's happening in and around the area
19 Win Tickets to 90s Live!
Your chance to win ticket to the show
20 New Year, New You!
Make 2022 the year for you!
26 A Winter's Tale
Jono Oates looks back at the great snow of
32 Win a Meal at JSK!
Enter our competition for your chance to win!
36 Month in Pics
A montage of events from December
From the Editor…
Welcome to the first edition of 2022!
Another New Year is upon us and, as we wave goodbye to 2021, it’s time to look
forward and embrace what 2022 has to offer.
There is much uncertainty surrounding our lives at the moment, with the everpresent
threat of future lockdowns looming over us, but here at Citylife we’re
supporting the local community as best we can by buying and using local retailers
and services wherever possible.
By supporting the community in which we live, we can at least attempt to
mitigate any future disruption from the pandemic.
Enjoy the read in the January issue and please stay safe!
Your Local Magazine
Well done to P Davies who is the winner of a granite
chopping board courtesy of Just Granite!
that will delight young people and grandparents
alike. A huge illuminated seven metre replica of
the Earth will be on display, to remind everyone
that the time is ‘now’ to do all we can to change
habits and to protect the world. Both of these
events will be offered free to view for everyone.
Sarah Finnigan, Regional Volunteering Lead,
Sands, receiving the cheque from Jo Walker
Crematorium Manager and the rest of the team at
Cannock Chase Crematorium in the children’s
Cannock Chase Crematorium is delighted to
announce that a cash donation of £15,000 has
been made on behalf of the crematorium to
Sands. Sands works to save babies’ lives and
support anyone affected by pregnancy loss or
the death of a baby.
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.
The Hub at St Mary’s has recently been
awarded funding from the Culture Recovery
Fund, ensuring that the venue will still be able to
welcome audiences for a year full of
performance, exhibitions and music.
The 2022 programme of events kicks off with
‘May The Toys Be With You’, a wonderful Star
Wars Exhibition complete with Stormtroopers,
Photo by Natural Environment
Research Council (NERC)
Shaun Watton and Cllr Ashley Yeates
The launch of a new electric street cleaning
vehicle ensures the district council is on the
right track to creating a cleaner and greener
Residents, shoppers and visitors will see a new
fully electric street cleaning vehicle when out
and about across the district.
Lichfield District Council has bought its first
electric truck to help with its street cleansing
The vehicle will be used to transport the street
cleaning team and their equipment across the
district so they can work to keep the district
tidy. This includes litter picking, emptying bins
and removing fly-tipping from local roads and
The zero-emission vehicle is a Nissan EN200
EV and will run for around 150 miles on a full
charge. It will be charged at the council’s
operational services depot in Burntwood.
TreeCycle this Winter
Lichfield, Burntwood and Rugeley people are
being urged to help make St Giles Hospice’s
annual TreeCycle campaign next January (2022)
the most successful yet.
Since 2016, local families and businesses have
been disposing of their real Christmas tree in a
clean, convenient and eco-friendly way by
signing up to have their trees collected by the
hospice’s army of volunteers in return for a
In January (2021), 76 volunteers took part in
TreeCycle. They picked up 4,428 Christmas
trees, raising over £65,000 for the hospice,
which cares for local people and their families
living with a terminal illness.
This will be the seventh year that St Giles has
been running TreeCycle to raise funds for the
hospice, and teams will collect trees from
around Lichfield, Walsall, Sutton Coldfield,
Tamworth, Burton, Rugeley, Burntwood,
Uttoxeter, Swadlincote, Stafford and
TreeCycle will be collecting trees from
Wednesday 5th until Wednesday 12th January
2022. The suggested donation for trees up to 8ft
is £10 and the donation for trees up to 10ft is
£12. For trees over 10ft, please call 01543
For more information or to book a collection
Tree Boost for LHCRT
A Lichfield group whose national organisation
celebrates its 40 anniversary in 2022 is marking
the occasion by donating £1 for each of its 680
members to the city's canal trust's tree fund.
Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration
Trust (LHCRT) will benefit from the generosity
of the local branch of u3a, which is a UK-wide
movement of locally-run interest groups
providing learning and leisure activities for
For more information about Lichfield u3a, visit
www.u3asites.org.uk/lichfield and to find out
more about Lichfield and Hatherton Canals
Restoration Trust, visit www.lhcrt.org.uk/.
Judith Thorpe, chair of Lichfield u3a, joined
Peter Buck, engineering director of LHCRT,
at the Falkland Road canal site to help plant
the donated trees.
Robin Place -
Certified Professional in Financial Advice
As we enter the new year we are all thinking about what 2022 will hold for us and our families. The answer is we don’t really know
and there is still some uncertainty in the World and Financial markets. January can also be a difficult time for many and you may wish to
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The Hub Receives
The Hub at St Mary's is proud to have been
given a Merit Award by Lichfield Civic Society.
The plaque commemorating the Merit Award
has been put up in the Foyer of St Mary’s and
was unveiled on Tuesday 14th December.
The repurposed building in the Market Square
reopened its doors on the 18th December
2018 after major building work lasting 18
months. The Hub, and its colleagues in the
relocated Lichfield Library, have seen many new
visitors enjoying the facilities on offer within
this magnificent space.
Find out about The Hub and all Hub events
Plans for Swinfen Hall
Alexander Petkov is the new General Manager
at the hotel.
Swinfen Hall Hotel was acquired by Bushell
Investment Group in February 2021. The group
plans to continue investing in the preservation
of the estate including the short-term
redevelopment of properties in the walled
garden into luxury self-catering
accommodation and redevelopment of the
basement into a 1,700 sq. foot entertainment
and games space. The hotel aims to become the
first luxury five-star property in the
Birmingham and surrounding areas following an
ambitions re-brand and development set to
complete in late 2023 including a spa, outdoor
pool, gym and additional bedrooms.
The group is in the final stages of completing on
the acquisition of 30 acres of land adjacent to
Swinfen Hall Hotel including Swinfen Lake and
plans to develop 24 luxury eco cabins on the
Visit www.swinfenhallhotel.co.uk to find out
more about Swinfen Hall Hotel.The Hub will
also be welcoming new shows from its
partners; Lichfield Arts and Lichfield Festival,
which continues to widen its offer to The Hub
Information about all Hub events can be found
at www.thehubstmarys.co.uk or those
interested can pop into The Hub and pick up a
copy of the new season brochure.
Estate Agent is Multiple
Agents have won
Best in Region in
the British Property
Awards for the
Earlier in the year
the estate agent,
which is situated in the City Arcade, received
the Gold award, which meant they were
forward to the regional awards for further
The team performed outstandingly throughout
the extensive judging period, which focused on
customer service levels, and they beat off
competition from the other 16 gold winners in
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
In addition, they are also the only Lichfield
based agent to have been rated exceptional in
the ‘Best Estate Agent Guide’ for 2022! This
means that they have been deemed to be ‘in the
top 5% of estate agency branches in the
country. Exceptional branches show an
outstanding level of service and care towards
Andrew said: “The best estate agent guide looks
at every aspect of the estate agent model, from
service, to Rightmove listings and property
performance, and it is the only award where
every single estate agent office in the UK is
assessed, and I want to personally thank all of
our amazing staff, for being so fantastic that we
have won these prestigious awards!”
To celebrate, Andrew Downing-Booth Estate
Agents will be offering a discounted sales fee
for the months of February and March for
anyone who presents them with this month’s
In December, the Lichfield Litter Legends
teamed up with the Lichfield Round Table Santa
Sleigh Run and collected monetary donations
as well as litter!
A first for both, the two organisations decided
to spread some festive cheer and help good
causes along the way.
Thank you to all those who donated!
The Cubs search excavated soil for bricks
Lichfield Cubs have been helping to spread the
word about the city's canal restoration project.
The 7th Lichfield Scout Group's Somers Pack
took part in a word search challenge at
Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration
Trust's Tamworth Road site, finding missing
words in posters explaining the project.
The Pack, led by Group Scout Leader Richard
Taylor, also helped to collect 220-year-old
bricks for recycling in the canal's restoration.
The posters, paintings by Trust artist Stuart
Sampson imagining the canal with restoration
completed, contain brief descriptions of the
work being carried out at various places along
this section of the canal.
While half the group of Cubs were taking their
turn in the words challenge, the other half
sorted through spoil heaps created from
excavation of the canal channel, to find bricks
which had been part of the original Lock 24, for
The bricks were then cleaned up by Duke of
Edinburgh Award students ready for Trust
volunteers building the new canal walls.
The Club’s latest print competition proved to be highly successful for
Advanced Section Photographer, Dean Borgazzi. Not only did he take
first and second places in the Colour Print competition, he repeated
this feat in the Monochrome competition.
1. Dean’s winning colour print was this wonderfully atmospheric image
“Fog Over Westminster Bridge.”
2. Dean’s winning monochrome print was the contemplative “Alone In
3. Bridges also featured in other successful images in the Advanced
Colour Competition. Joe Anderson’s autumnal landscape “Bridge At
Padley Gorge” gained third place and 4. Anne Anderson’s “Millennium
Bridge to St. Paul's Cathedral” was Highly Commended.
5. Also Highly Commended was Rob Ings’ portrait “Graham Dee” of
the singer performing to microphone.
Other entries in the Advanced Monochrome Competition included
6. “Forest Falls by Dave Causer: 7. “Polar Bear” by Sue Freeman and 8.
Buckfast Abbey by Ivan Shaw.
9. Sandra Morgan took first place in the Beginners/Intermediate
Colour Print competition with her delightful still life composition
10. Ivan Shaw gained two Highly Commended Awards including this
beautifully detailed, nostalgic image “The Iron Horse.”
Other images in this section included the wonderful textures captured
by Annette Keatley in 11. “The Trainyard” which gained second place
and this beautifully detailed shot 12. “Malachite Butterfly” by Lily Pavey
which came third.
In the Beginners/Intermediate section of the Monochrome
competition, first place went to 13. Ann Wright’s delightful wildlife
image “Close Together.”
Other images in this section included 14. Annette Keatley’s “The
Cloisters” which was awarded second place, and 15. “The Way Across
The Moors” by Sandra Morgan that was Highly Commended:
Aclone of Samuel Johnson’s beloved
willow tree has been planted at Stowe
Pool in Lichfield.
Lichfield District Council and the Johnson
Society held a Johnson’s Willow tree planting
ceremony at Stowe Pool on Tuesday 2nd
The new tree has been grown from a cutting
taken from the fourth Johnson’s Willow, which was
felled in October due to extensive decay.
The original tree, thought to date back to
around 1700, is famous for having been Dr Samuel
Johnson’s favourite tree, although in his time it was
known as the Lichfield Willow. The Lichfield poet
Anna Seward and the American poet Elizabeth
Graeme Fergusson both mentioned the tree in
The young willow tree is being protected by a
metal cage until it establishes itself.
To find out more about Stowe Pool visit
About Johnson’s Willow
The willow was Dr Samuel Johnson’s favourite
tree when he lived in and later revisited Lichfield
in the 18th century. For this reason it is now called
Johnson’s Willow, although in his time it was
known as the Lichfield Willow.
The tree has already been regrown three times
over the years using cuttings from each version of
Johnson’s Willow. In preparation for the felling,
Lichfield District Council’s community gardeners
have been growing cuttings taken from the fourth
willow in 2018.
Savannah Lee from King Edward VI School
reading Anna Seward's description of Stowe Pool
Paul Niven with 2p coin buried under the tree
John Winterton, Phil Jones
and Paul Niven
By Bryan Darby
The 70th anniversary of Lichfield’s
Rotary Club party was a huge success
with more than 80 guests attending
the event at Whittington Golf Club on 27th
The night started off in great style with the
Club’s longest serving member, Peter Boggis,
who has been President three times – once
back in 1983 and also a two-year stint from
1993 and 1994. He proposed Grace at the start
and he wrote his own version which produced
amusement to every guest. Peter maybe known
for being manager of the Lichfield brank of
Natwest Bank for many years and resides in
A number of guests to the event were the
Lichfield City’s Mayor Cllr Robert Yardley and
Lady Mayoress Cllr Jayne Marks, and also
Sheriff of Lichfield Peter Hitchman, whilst
guests from Lichfield Lions and also Rotary
members from other nearby clubs attended.
President Mike gave a short speech thanking
those for attending and stated that the club had
raised in excess of £55,000 over the last five
Entertainment for the evening was provided
by the stepdaughter of one of the club
members, Lizzie Deane, who as a professional
singer offered a medley of songs both old and
Anyone considering joining Lichfield Rotary
can contact David Smedley on email at
firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Mike Castree with Peter Boggis and other attendees.
By Betty Lyne
We have now enjoyed three
meetings and a lunch at
Darnford Moors since the
long break. Speakers were John May
from the Talking Newspaper and Bob
Harrison, leader of Lichfield Litter
Legends. In December four of the
members did tutorials in Christmas
Crafts. We made cards and gift bags,
wreaths and table decorations which we
took home to (hopefully) impress our
Looking forward to 2022, the first
meeting is to be called Bingo and Lingo
which is an intriguing title but we will have
to wait until January 12th to know what that
means. There will also be an opportunity to
bring items for the sales table which can be
priced at £1 each.
Our meetings are held at 7.30pm on the
second Wednesday of the month in Beacon
Park Village and visitors are always welcome.
For more details call 01543 323548.
Tuesday 4th January
City of Lichfield Probus Club
The Probus Club is back up and running. The next
meeting will be a buffet lunch followed by a talk on "Two
Crosses" from Tim Colton.
Venue: St Matthew's Social Club Burntwood
Time: 12 noon
New members are always welcome. Contact
Belly Dancing Classes
Fancy something really different? Fun, friendly and
suitable for ladies of all ages, shapes and sizes. Get fit,
have fun, make friends. Why not try it?
Venue: Boley Park Hall
Beginners very welcome! Contact 07989 857277 or
email@example.com for more information.
Lichfield Textile & Stitch Group
After meeting via Zoom during lockdown, Lichfield
Textile and Stitch Group reinvented itself as an
independent group, with a new time and venue.
The group has gone from strength to strength, with both
old and new members enjoying meeting face to face
There is a fantastic list of speakers for 2022, together
with some in-house workshop sessions, with the
opportunity to learn new skills and techniques.
Our first guest on 19th January will be the amazing
Barbara Marshall speaking about the Chadsmoor
Tapestries – the continuing story. ¬
We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from
2pm to 4pm at Martin Heath Hall, Lichfield, WS13 8AY.
The cost is £2 per person to include refreshments.
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A Flip of the Coin
By Phil Bridge
Coinage as we know it was first invented in Lydia by the Lydians around 650BC,
now part of present day Turkey.
The first coins were mainly made of electrum found in riverbeds – a mixture
of gold and silver.
It was harvested using sheep or goat skins being dragged or set in the flowing
water, hence Jason and the Golden Fleece.
Some of the coins made were just crude lumps of this material until people
became skilled in making the striking die, so that images were then designed for
Later, pure gold, silver, bronze and copper were used and text naming a ruler
or place came into play.
Thoughts why coins were needed were that it was easier going to markets with
a bag of coins than moving livestock or produce grown to barter for items.
The Romans minted huge amounts of coins primarily to pay soldiers and mints
were set up in any place they could access raw materials.
During Domitian’s rule, soldiers were paid three or four times a year in Silver
Denarii – equivalent to £2,000 to £3,000 in today’s money.
But the soldiers had to pay back up to two thirds of their income to pay for
food and equipment!
The temptation of owning money led to counterfeiters from early times.
Byzantine bronze coins were made with a tiny copper plug through the centre
of some coins to deter forgers, just like our Bank of England banknotes have
holograms in part of the design.
Throughout history there have been instances of traders from abroad returning
home with lots of silver coinage only to melt it down and mix the silver mixing
with low grade metal such as copper, then reminting – and sometimes doubling
the amount of coins to come back and trade again!
Doing this over and over for a few years had the effect of destabilizing the
economy, just like Adolf Hitler tried to do during the Second World War with the
Bernhard white banknotes.
This was the Nazi scheme to undermine the British economy with a huge
number of notes forged in concentration camps.
Initially they planned to air-drop the notes over Britain but switched to the
more subtle ruse of filtering them into the economy by using the forgeries to buy
goods in neutral countries – and pay their spies!
Going back to the Middle Ages, even people in charge of mints – ‘mintmasters’
– were guilty of underhand methods to make money for themselves by reducing
the amount of silver in the minting processes.
That led to grave consequences for the mintmasters… around six were called
together by King Henry as he returned from France, hearing that his coinage was
wearing and turning copper coloured because of the lack of silver in the coins.
The King decreed that all the men would forfeit certain things and most had
their right hand chopped off for the deceit.
Clipping and cutting silver coins was the practice of cutting part of the edge of
the fairly soft silver coin hoping it would not be noticed.
When the culprit had enough silver shards, they were melted down and sold to
Clipping was of course a criminal offence as it undermined the currency with
the king’s legend sometimes missing because of coins being clipped too many
So it was considered high treason and an offense punishable by death, generally
by hanging – although one woman was burnt to death.
Yet if a trade of, for example, one farthing was made with a silver penny, the
penny could be cut into four quarters – hence ‘fourths’ or ‘fourthings’ – or in half
for a halfpenny sale.
This accepted practice of cutting the penny continued until farthings were
introduced in the reign of Edward I in 1279.
Minting the farthing was abandoned during the reign of Edward VI and farthing
tokens of tin and lead were made by shopkeepers.
But this was considered a breach of royal prerogative by King James in 1613 so
copper farthings were minted for the first time in 1672 until 1937.
One of the best-loved coins is the gold sovereign first minted in Tudor times.
When King Henry VII was on the throne in 1485, the value was 20 shillings. It
was a hammered coin, as milled coins made by machine would not be made until
A 1983 2p with the words ‘New
Pence’ instead of ‘Two Pence’. Find one
of these and you could be up to
Oliver Cromwell’s Commonwealth coinage in 1649.
The weight of the sovereign was 15.55 grammes compared to 7.98 grammes
for our current sovereign and still has a value of £1.
There was a change during the reign of James I as only a few sovereign and half
sovereigns were minted.
Charles I called his gold coins angels, unites, crowns and double crowns and in
1817 the modern sovereign was born in the reign of George III, when the gold
purity of 22ct was set and the weight of just short of 8 grammes.
The rarest gold sovereign was minted in 1920 when New South Wales
politician Jacob Garrard ordered half a dozen for children and parents for an
The cost of minting these sovereigns was 30 shillings, the cost of a sovereign
plus half as much again.
Garrard must have had some clout as dies were sent over from London for the
mint of the coins.
Around five are known to exist and one was sold in auction in 2012, making
If this inspires you, there are still key coins out there for anyone to find.
Some of the rarest 2p coins are a small number from 1983 accidentally minted
with the words ‘New Pence’ instead of ‘Two Pence’ when the reverse die was
Find one of these and you could be up to a £1,000 richer!
There are also copper-nickel 2p coins worth £20 to £50 and an undated 1998
20p, left without the year when again reverse and obverse dies were mixed up, is
worth around £40 to £50.
But any coin can be mis-struck and consequently worth massive amounts
compared to its face value. I once saw a mis-struck 5p sold for over £120 – to my
consternation as an under-bidder!
A 50p coin struck to commemorate the UK’s presidency of the council of
ministers and the European Single Market is one of the rarest 50p coins out there.
Not only is it the only coin with two dates, 1992-93, it has the lowest mintage
of any 50p with just 109,000 created.
The beloved Kew Gardens 50p, marking the gardens’ 250th anniversary in 2009,
has a mintage of 210,000.
But in my opinion, gold coins are still the thing to collect followed by silver.
Buying the best quality you can afford will almost always give you the best
chance to make a premium and get satisfaction from your collection.
So keep checking those pots, your purses and pockets!
Free valuation appointments with Phil Bridge at The Lichfield Auction Centre
can be booked by calling on 01543 251081 or emailing
email@example.com. Visit www.richardwinterton.co.uk.
The 2009 Kew Gardens 50p was loved by
the public so much that it became hard to
find and is now worth £100 to £350, yet one
could still be found in your change or in those
pots and tins! This example is a silver Piedfort
proof so commands the top estimate.
A gold proof £5 commemorating Prince
Philip’s 90th birthday. Given the highest
possible score when assessed in the USA,
this coin is worth upward of £4,000.
When this gold dinar was
hammered, the minter was
running short of gold but struck
this coin anyway, hence its misshape.
Valued at £200-£300.
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to see 90s Live!
Get ready to spice up your life, the ultimate Nineties party night out
is coming to Lichfield Garrick on Friday 25th March promising to take
you back for good and hit you one more time!
The 90s Live! concert show features a talented cast that will have you
reaching for the stars as they throw it back to you, for one night only,
live on stage, as it celebrates the music of the 1990s. And we have a pair
of tickets to give away. Simply answer the question at the foot of this
article to be in with a chance of winning.
The show features the music of a generation, brought to life with
fantastic vocals, genius costumes and of course; all the dance moves you
know and love. And don’t worry if you have forgotten, the performers
will remind you!
From Take That to Oasis, Spice Girls to Supergrass - get ready for this
non-stop Nineties extravaganza as we set you free and pump up the jam
with songs by, Britney Spears, Ricky Martin, The Vengaboys, Bryan Adams,
Boyzone, Shania Twain, Aqua, Lou Bega, Eternal, B*witched, Wet Wet Wet,
Ace of Base, 2 Unlimited, S Club 7, Gina G, Pulp, Blur, Shampoo and
Tickets for the show are available from the Lichfield Garrick box
office at www.lichfieldgarrick.com or by calling 01543 412121.
For your chance to win a pair of tickets, simply answer the following
question correctly and send it with your details.
90s Live! features the music from which of the
following girl groups?
a. The Weather Girls
b. Spice Girls
c. The Andrews Sisters
To enter, just send your name, contact details and answer to 90s live
Competition at firstname.lastname@example.org or post your entry to
Citylife in Lichfield Ltd, PO Box 7126, Lichfield WS14 4JS by the
closing date of 21st January 2022. 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
(available at citylifeinlichfieldltd.co.uk).
Full t&cs on page 42.
Winter Facial for Radiant Skin
By Helen Smith
With the stress and strains of Christmas and New Year (and
generally everyday life!) I decided to take a trip to Body
Beautiful in Lichfield to have a facial to help get rid of the
pollution in the air and factors of this winter weather that can dry
your skin out.
On entering the beautiful three-storey listed building, which boasts both
a history and a unique stylish décor, I was immediately greeted by Steph
who was to perform my treatments for the day. Shown to the beautiful
treatment room upstairs with soothing music and the smells of oils, I soon
started to relax.
Body Beautiful offers a wide range of beauty treatments which you
can combine for maximum effect - which is exactly what I did! I
decided to go for a 50-minute treatment to help renew and revive my
skin with an added treatment of Skinlight Therapy.
Once in position and having been talked through my treatments,
Steph began cleansing my skin in preparation for a Peel Marine Facial.
This first ever marine peel is ideal for giving skin a renewed look that
is visible after just one treatment! The peel consists of acids from micronised marine algae and essentially gives a ‘new skin effect’, perfect to banish
that drying winter effect! It also targets wrinkles, pores, tones the skin, and helps to
firm the skin - all perfect for me!
Whilst enjoying the facial, as well as a head, neck and shoulder massage, it almost
couldn’t have got any better until I had the Skinlight Therapy, which you can combine
with any facial treatment. Gently run across your face and neck, the blue light helps
destroy bacteria deep within the skin and any inflammation and redness is calmed,
leaving the skin with a more flawless complexion. The red light also helps us older
ladies with the signs of ageing and stimulates the collagen.
Body Beautiful has been established for many years and Liz, the owner, has been
in the beauty industry for more than 25 years, owning several successful salons
along the way. Customers are provided with a high standard in a happy, friendly
atmosphere, and the skilled beauty therapists can cater to anything from a speedy
eyebrow re-shape to a girly pamper get-together session where groups can relax
whilst enjoying some refreshments.
Only the highest quality products are used, including Elemis and Thalgo Skincare,
and there’s also the option to purchase the products that are used in the
Book now to get your New Year, New You!
Body Beautiful Day Spa & Beauty Salon Lichfield, 20 Dam Street,
Lichfield, WS13 6AA. Telephone: 01543 897600.
WIN Two Weeks of Yoga
for Two People!
The Wellbeing and Wellness Coach is launching Burntwood’s very
first yoga studio. Visit the new studio to find out more by dropping in
on Saturday 8th January 2022 between 1-3pm.
Yoga classes are available to suit all abilities and levels of experience
– beginners are very welcome!
The Wellbeing and Wellness Coach also offers a completely free
online wellness community that anyone can join where ideas and
strategies of support are shared. They also provide online yoga,
meditation, wellbeing coaching, workshops and special events in
addition to recently launching an online wellbeing shop.
What makes The Wellbeing and Wellness Coach stand out is that
founder, Susan, has genuine experience of bouncing back following
significant mental health challenges and chronic fatigue syndrome. As a
small, family run business they are building a team of amazing
contributors with an incredible range of experiences and qualifications.
There are strictly no fad diets or extreme regimes in sight. Only simple,
realistic and achievable methods to support you to boost your
wellbeing and overall wellness.
We’ve teamed up with The Wellbeing and Wellness Coach to offer
one lucky reader two weeks of Yoga for them and a friend!
To be in with a chance of winning this prize, simply correctly answer
the following question and sent it along with your contact details:
What makes The Wellbeing and Wellness Coach unique?
a) The founder has genuine life experience
b) There are no fad diets or extreme regimes
c) It promotes only achievable methods
d) All of the above!
The two weeks will be consecutive weeks and should be
used by end of February.
This doesn’t include any workshops or special events.
t: 01543 387033 | e: email@example.com
To enter, just send your name, contact details and answer to Yoga
Competition at firstname.lastname@example.org or post your entry to
Citylife in Lichfield Ltd, PO Box 7126, Lichfield WS14 4JS by the
closing date of 21st January 2022. 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
(available at citylifeinlichfieldltd.co.uk).
Full t&cs on page 42.
Nutritionist’s Tips for Winter
ARugeley-based nutritionist is on a mission to help people
across the region to improve their diet, wellbeing and
immunity as the winter months approach.
Through her private nutrition consultancy, Alix Tomkinson works
with individuals throughout the county to address a range of health
concerns by making small changes to their diet.
Alix believes our diets have deteriorated over the last two decades,
largely fuelled by busy lives and the pressures of trying to juggle family
and social obligations with work. People are skipping meals or eating
on-the-go, and many foods we think are healthy actually have very little
“A big part of my work is helping people to understand the impact
of the food they eat, not only on their physical health and immune
systems but their mental health too,” says Alix.
“A diet high in sugar, for instance, has been strongly linked to
decreased mental health, while digestive problems and pain in the body
can both be signs of inflammation, which can be addressed by eating
anti-inflammatory foods such as fruit, vegetables and oily fish.
“Our bodies are very good at telling us when something’s wrong,
and particularly in the winter months when there are more illnesses
around, it’s so important to eat in a way that helps us function
As well as reducing sugar intake, Alix advises clients to eat a rainbow
of vegetables daily and to snack on more nutritious food such as boiled
eggs, full fat natural yoghurt, berries, nuts and dark chocolate; a good
source of magnesium.
“If you’re eating a ‘beige’ diet, you won’t get the nutrition your body
needs to function at its best, so it’s essential to eat lots of vegetables
in as many colours as possible,” says Alix.
“Anything that’s naturally red or orange contains beta carotene,
which converts into Vitamin A, while dark, leafy greens like cavolo nero,
spinach and kale contain Vitamins A, C, E and K. Oily fish like salmon
and mackerel are also very beneficial as they contain high volumes of
In the winter months as Covid cases rise, it’s especially important to
eat foods containing Vitamin A, which is involved in supporting the
digestive and respiratory systems – both of which are the first line of
defence against infectious diseases. Vitamin A can be found in egg yolks,
liver, whole milk and oily fish, as well as in vegetables like carrots,
squash, spinach and bell peppers.
“It’s also useful to understand whether there are any vitamins you
might be deficient in,” says Alix. “People sometimes think they’re
covering all their bases by taking a multivitamin, but these can actually
contain quite low levels of vitamins and minerals in poorly absorbed
forms to keep them cheap, so it’s better to focus on the vitamins you
Alix also recommends taking a daily probiotic which contains live
bacteria to support gut health, since gut health is directly linked to our
immune systems. These work best when accompanied by eating
prebiotic ingredients like onions, leeks, beans and lentils which act as
the ‘food’ for the beneficial bacteria in our microbiomes.
“The gut is linked to so many aspects of our health, including mental
health. In fact, 70% of your immune system is based in the gut – so it’s
essential to keep it healthy,” says Alix.
Visit www.alixtomkinson.co.uk for more information.
And We’re Off…
By Jo Howell
I’m pretty sure January 2021 was like, yesterday.
But it would appear 12 whole months have
come, gone and here we are – another year is
upon us again. There’s no denying that the past
year has been challenging for us all in so many
ways and now is the perfect time to take a
moment to reflect, smile at the memories, raise a
glass to those no longer here and think about the
And whilst it’s tradition to set a ‘New Year Resolution’, how about
setting a new intention instead? An intention is a lot less pressurised
than a resolution and, if thought through well, can be more enjoyable
and in some cases, life changing.
So, what are the top tips for setting a new intention (or two) for
Make it About You
When setting a new intention, make sure it’s something you are
actually interested in (or want to be) and it’s not just a passing thought.
As humans, we have so many thoughts to filter, so it’s important to
distinguish the ones visiting briefly and the ones we should hold onto.
So, if it’s something you’ve been saying you want to do for years –
maybe run a 10k or simply visit Scotland – then it’s definitely an
intention that you should put into action.
Being intentional is all about doing things with purpose, spending
quality time, and really loving on the idea you’ve attached yourself to.
Write down your intention on a blank sheet of paper and open your
mind to all the possibilities; remember at this stage you are exploring
ideas, being curious and visualising the intention coming to life.
Good for You!
By Lauren Hirst
If your New Year's resolution is to get fit and make new friends,
we can help! It's well known that owning a pet is good for our
mental and physical health. Owning a dog helps reduces stress
and anxiety levels, helps you be more active, improves mood and
social interaction. Retired racing greyhounds make excellent
family pets with their gentle disposition. It's been proven that
patting a dog increases the serotonin and dopamine, the feel-good
Once you’ve decided what your intention(s) is, it’s time to decide
when. Does it need some planning (if you’re visiting a new place) or
training (if you’re running a marathon)? Write it down and leave it
somewhere you will see it every day as a reminder.
And remember it doesn’t have to start in January. In fact, you are
more likely to commit to your intention if you do it when it works for
you – take the pressure off and use January to plan, research and enjoy
the excitement of the new intention coming to life.
Sometimes, setting an intention is about how it makes you feel. It
doesn’t have to be about achieving anything but can be as simple as
drinking more water, walking more steps, or sleeping better. Here’s a
few more ‘feeling intentions’ for you to think about….
I intend to do something fun today
I intend to control my thoughts and emotions
I intend to find three things I am grateful for everyday for a month
I intend to embrace who I am
I intend to have a social media break
I intend to start a daily meditation
I intend to give a stranger a compliment
Whatever your intention for 2022, make it realistic to your lifestyle
but most importantly, make sure you just do it.
Happy new year, happy new you, have a wonderful intentional 2022.
Read more of Jo’s work at www.justanaveragejo.blog.
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If you adopt a greyhound from
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to join our monthly group walks in Beacon Park on the 3rd Sunday of
each month or in Tamworth Castle Grounds on the first Saturday of
But most of all - rain or shine, your greyhound will be there for you.
No one loves you like your dog. If you'd like to find out more about
the dogs waiting for their forever homes, visit our website at
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The Foot Retreat
Alison Loverock had spent 25 years working in local authority,
with the last eight years in adult social care, when she decided
to retrain as a Foot Health Practitioner. How fully trained and
qualified, Alison is keen to promote the benefits of healthy feet to all.
“It’s important to keep your feet in good condition,” she explains. “Especially if you have an active
lifestyle, are elderly or suffer from a medical condition such as diabetes.
“Feet carry the full weight of our bodies and play an important part in our daily activities. Our
feet and lower limbs are often overlooked when it comes to health care. We use them as often
as we use our eyes so why not get them checked regularly?”
The Foot Retreat offers a convenient and professional mobile solution for all your foot care needs,
whether you have a particular problem, you are struggling to reach your toenails, or you simply
want them to look good.
Each treatment is tailored personally for you and Alison takes on a variety of tasks, including:
• Nail trimming • Fungal & thick nail treatment • Callus/hard skin reduction • Cracked heels/dry
skin • Corn removal • Verruca • Pedicures • Ingrown nails • Diabetic footcare • Toe nail
Alison also offers verruca and wart treatment using Verrutop - a brand-new topical solution that
provides painless treatment in just a few applications, for children aged 6 years plus. As well as
toenail reconstruction using Toe Flex, which is a new in-demand cosmetic treatment for unsightly
nails which may have suffered from previous trauma or infection.
A typical treatment involves initial assessment of feet, cutting and filing of toenails, removal of
dead skin, prevention and treatment of any of the above
foot conditions, relaxing foot massage using appropriate
foot cream and aftercare advice.
Treatment is suitable for all ages.
Fully covid vaccinated and PPE worn throughout visit.
For an appointment contact Alison on 07980 110025.
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The Great Snow
By Jono Oates
The winter of 1947 was one of the worst recorded in British history
although 1963 was also a very severe winter. From late January until
mid-March 1947, easterly winds drove a succession of wintry
snowstorms across the UK, resulting in what was believed to have been
the snowiest winter since the mid-nineteenth century. Six weeks of snow,
which began on January 23rd, led to hundreds of small villages being
completely cut off by snowdrifts. As the UK was recovering from the
effects of the Second World War, armed forces were called upon to clear
roads and railways of snowdrifts.
Some of the heaviest and most severe snow fell on 4th and 5th March, when
snowstorms and gale-force winds reduced the whole of the country to snowfilled
chaos. Lichfield was one of many towns and cities that were badly affected
and the Lichfield Mercury reported the frozen lockdown of the city in their 7th
March 1947 edition.
In the early hours of the evening of January 5th, it was reported that the only
accessible road was the one out to Walsall, with all other routes blocked by
snowdrifts and icy roads. The Mercury recorded that: “Phenomenal scenes were
witnessed in all the streets of the city throughout the night, as nearly three
hundred lorries had been brought to a standstill, and after every parking place
had been jammed full the remaining vehicles were lined up along the Friary
Road, St. John Street, and every convenient by-street.”
The old Drill Hall on Frog Lane accommodated a large number of the lorry
drivers for the night, and when all the hotels and boarding-houses had been
filled to capacity several of the drivers were given beds for the night at the
police station on Wade Street – and a few lucky stranded car drivers were even
given the opportunity to sleep at the home of the Lichfield Superintendent of
The City Surveyor’s Department used snowploughs on all of the main roads
throughout the night and the traffic, including the stranded lorries, was able to
move more freely by the morning of January 6th. Numerous roads were
impassable and the snowdrifts varied from eight to ten feet deep in places.
On 6th January 1947 two Lichfield men, who had been delivering food parcels
across Lichfield District, decided that they wanted a stiff drink after all of their
labours over the frozen and snowy roads. They stopped at the Constitution
Inn* on the Stafford Road but when they arrived they discovered that the front
door was completely submerged by a snowdrift! Undaunted, and clearly
desperate for a thirst-quenching pint, they grabbed a couple of shovels and dug
their way into to the door, where the landlord opened up and allowed them to
have their well-earned pints!
A further result of the dreadful weather conditions was the cancellation of
various functions and meetings arranged in the district. These included the
meeting arranged by the local branch of the British Housewives’ League in the
Magistrates’ Room (on Wade Street, now apartments opposite the Garrick) on
January 6th when the principal speaker cancelled as she was snowed in at home.
In the days before the Internet and mobile phones, news of the snowstorm’s
progress failed to reach homes in Lichfield as no London or Birmingham daily
newspapers reached Lichfield due to the snow-blocked roads and delays on the
The dreadful winter of 1947 continued right the way through to late March
and the Lichfield and District Allotments Society said on 7th March 1947 that
they were embarrassed to talk about their upcoming shows in August of that
year as all of the allotments were currently still frozen and snow-bound!
Five Gables, Bore Street
Army lorries at The Friary
Market Street, Samuel Johnson Museum on left
Everyone loves snow at this time of the year but let’s
hope that we get to enjoy if for a few days and not, as in
1947, for three months!
*The Constitution Inn was featured in our November
2021 as one of Lichfield’s Lost Pubs. The inn was close to the
junction of the Stafford Road, the Rugeley A51 Road and the
Kings Bromley Road, by the roundabout that is there now, it
was demolished in 1956 to allow for the ‘new’ A51 by-pass
**Vintage photographs courtesy of the St Mary’s
Sources: The British Newspaper Archive
Ancient Globe Bought for
£150 Sells for
By Charles Hanson of Hansons Auctioneers
A470-year-old globe, believed to be the oldest example of its
kind offered at auction, sparked an intense bidding battle - and
left the seller in shock as she watched live online.
Five phone bidders competed against the internet to secure one of the
rarest objects ever uncovered by Hansons Auctioneers. Such was its
scarcity many museums could not advise on the 16th century terrestrial
globe because they had nothing like it in their collections.
The item prompted strong interest worldwide ahead of auction and
swiftly soared past its guide price of £20,000-£30,000. The hammer
eventually fell at £116,000 to a private buyer in New York, America,
The seller, who watched the sale live from her home in Wales, was
stunned as the bids came flooding in – and revealed she paid only £150
for the item at an antiques fair.
“I thought I was pushing the boat at £150 when I bought it during the
pandemic,” she said. “I had no idea it was so important and valuable. I
watched the auction with my friend, my husband and a glass of wine. My
friend was crying, I was in shock and my husband was totally dumbstruck.
The globe dating
back to circa 1560
Staff at Hansons manage the
phone bidders (image courtesy
of Mark Laban, Hansons)
The seller took the object along for free
valuation at Hansons’ Staffordshire
saleroom, Bishton Hall, where she met the
firm’s works on paper expert Jim Spencer.
His intensive research revealed her
antique was an incredibly rare circa
1550/60 globe by, or a derivative of,
Francois Demongenet, a French
geographer known for globe gores which
became a model for other makers.
Jim, head of Hansons’ Library Auction,
Jim Spencer with the globe
Charles Hanson during
said: “I’m delighted for all concerned. This is an exceptional result. This
object truly deserved to excel.”
The globe sold in Hansons’ Christmas Library Auction. To book a free
valuation at Bishton Hall, Wolseley Bridge, Staffs, email:
Photography by Hansons
Most of the inns and pubs featured in this series disappeared from Lichfield
many years ago, but this month’s selection features a former pub that closed
within the last 12 months, as well as one that closed over 50 years ago.
The Greyhound Inn on Upper St John Street closed in 2020 and now lies empty, with the
building’s future uncertain at the current time, but for many years it was a very popular
In December 1892, the Greyhound was the subject of an arson attack. Sarah Foden, a 28-
year-old iron galvaniser, was staying at the Greyhound in a room rented to her by landlord
William Lovett. On 22nd December the room in which she was staying caught fire and the
bedding and mattresses were all badly burned. Two other fires also broke out in an upper
floor room and at the stable outside the inn. Suspicion fell upon Sarah and when the police
searched her, they found three sovereigns and a number of gold rings that had gone missing.
At court the judge ruled that she had started the fires deliberately to provide a
‘smokescreen’ for stealing the coins and jewellery and sentenced her to 18 months of hard
labour in gaol.
Landlord Sydney Ball was in trouble with the courts in January 1911, charged with selling
a horse that was not fit for purpose to Andrew Harper of Bilston, in November 1910. Harper
claimed that the horse, which he had bought from Ball for 25 guineas, was a ‘jibber’ – a horse
that pulls up and refuses to move. Ball claimed that he had sold the horse in good faith and
that he had never known it to jib, but the judge ruled in favour of the plaintiff and charged
Ball 6 shillings in costs. Sydney was in trouble with the courts again in January 1914, when
he was charged with allowing an illegal lottery at his premises in the weeks before Christmas.
Ball argued that every licensed premises in Lichfield ran a lottery competition at Christmas
and that he was being unfairly singled out for punishment. The prizes on offer for the lottery
winners included turkeys, rabbits and bottles of whiskey and Ball issued the winning lottery
numbers in the newspapers. Mr Jackson, representing Ball, said that he liked lotteries and if
the Government ran a national lottery there would be far less illegal street betting. The judge
failed to agree, however, and charged Ball 10 shillings with 16 shillings costs.
A naughty errand boy was the criminal mastermind in June 1940 when a fourteen-yearold
unnamed boy was brought before the Lichfield Juvenile Court, charged with several
counts of theft. The boy had stolen five packets of cigarettes, with a value of 7 shillings and
1d, from Catherine Fox, landlady of the Greyhound Inn, and had also stolen two postal
orders, value 12s. 6d, from Mrs. Helen Wigham of Wheel Lane. When interviewed by PC Pike
the boy said ‘I am sorry I took them. I thought I could get away with it’. He was fined 30
shillings and his mother was ordered to pay the fine.
The Goat’s Head Inn was one of Lichfield’s oldest established inns and was originally
accessed directly from Breadmarket Street, it was later extended around the corner in to
Bore Street. There was a gated coach entrance to the rear of the inn and in October 1904
one of the inn’s horse and cabs suffered an accident when a retaining pin fell out from the
axle bar, and the horse bolted. It managed to get one of its legs trapped over the collapsed
axle and then, running on only three legs, started kicking and plunging as it raced through
the city’s streets. Eventually it was caught and a large wagonette with a harness was used to
bodily lift the horse away from the cab. Although badly injured the horse survived the rescue
The pub closed in January 1970 and was rebuilt to become a branch of Barclay’s Bank, as
it is today. On New Years Eve 1969 regulars gathered at the inn to say a farewell, and were
treated to a meal by the licensees, Horace Wilson and his wife Maud, who both retired after
the closure, having looked after several of the city’s pubs and inns, with over 40 years in the
trade. Lichfield lost another fine old pub, which boasted city’s largest snooker table, and one
that had hosted many sports’ clubs, societies and group meetings over the decades.
Sources: The British Newspaper Archive; Lichfield Pubs by Neil Coley, The Old Pubs of Lichfield by
Lost Pubs of Lichfield
The Greyhound & the Goat
By Jono Oates
The Greyhound Inn, 1990s
Goats Head from Breadmarket Street, 1890s
Goats Head 1970s
Tastes of the Season
By Simon Smith
With the joys and stresses of Christmas now behind us, I’m guessing
there are many now vowing to lose weight, join a gym, get healthy
and eat less. That includes myself as I find that picking the food I’m
preparing whilst justify it as ‘quality control’ takes its toll on the body!
I found out three months ago that I was diabetic which was a shock
to the system and I radically changed my diet and exercise regime,
losing two stone in a short period of time. By cutting out carbs (which
I love) and re-joining the gym I shifted the weight fairly quickly. Instead
of missing the carbs I started thinking of new recipes and using more
exotic foods to make it more interesting. I’ve always enjoyed Asian food
and vegetables so this was not a hard switch and I couldn’t believe the
difference a few small changes can make. I’ve always thought I was
healthy as I’ve worked long hours standing in a kitchen but when I
started measuring my steps with a new watch I realised that all is was
doing was standing not moving so addressed that one too!
Anyway, enough of my ailments and on to the food side of things. I’ve
never been that fond of fish as a main meal but have now come to
enjoy it with the addition of a few spices. This month I shall use salmon
as it’s readily available and easy to work with.
I shall do cous cous as a side dish as it’s very easy to work with and
a step away from the usual. Cous cous is lovely served cold as a salad
as well as being fabulous served hot. There are motorway services up
and down France that have specific Cous-cous restaurants as it’s so
popular amongst the migratory Arabic population there.
Moroccan Style Salmon with Cous Cous
Dash of olive oil
Chilli flakes (quantity to your
Pre-heat the oven to 180°.
Brush a roasting tray with some
olive oil. Brush the salmon fillets
with the harissa paste and place
on the roasting tray. Cook in the
oven for 8-10 minutes depending
on their size.
For the cous cous, put the
chicken stock on to boil. Put the
dry cous-cous in a bowl with a
dash of olive oil and rub it all together to cover all the grains (this is to
stop it sticking together). Add the sultanas and chilli flakes and stir in.
Pour the boiling chicken stock on until it just covers the top, cover
with cling film and leave in the bowl for 10 minutes. Remove the cling
film and stir the cous-cous with a fork until it’s light and fluffy. Add the
coriander to serve.
Serve the salmon on the side of the cous cous.
Pistachio and Walnut Filo Parcels
100gmsdates, with stones
1pkt filo pastry
30gms melted butter
1 x tub pomegranate
Zest of 1 orange
Icing sugar to dust
Preheat the oven to
180°. Roughly chop the
pistachios, dates and
walnuts, and mix together
with the honey to bind.
Take one sheet of filo pastry, brush with melted butter and place
another sheet on top and repeat. Add a third sheet and fill down the
centre with the nut mix. Fold into a large sausage shape and brush the
top with melted butter. Cook in the oven for 10 minutes or until
golden brown, take out, cut into portions and dust with icing sugar. Put
the mascarpone in a bowl and add the orange zest and pomegranate
seeds. Stir together and serve with the pistachio parcels.
4 x salmon fillets
1 x jar harissa paste
250gms cous cous
1 x bunch coriander
½ chicken stock from a cube
Simon Smith runs a catering business from his production kitchen in Lichfield,
providing bespoke private dinners plus wedding, corporate and event catering.
Simon also undertakes cookery demonstrations around the country and with
local businesses such as Arthur Price and Tippers. During the summer months
Simon works for private clients both on superyachts and in villas in St Tropez
and Europe. If you are looking for catering or a day of cookery skills go to
*Please take extra care when preparing and handling hot foodstuffs. Go to
www.food.gov.uk for further details.
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One of the latest new restaurants to grace Lichfield, Jungle Street Kitchen (JSK) is a must if you want to try something a little bit
Inside it’s colourful, vibrant and larger than life, and the food menu reflects this too, with creations such as Crazy Bombs, Brazilian
Lamb Steak, Rhubarb Chicken, and Bunny Chow.
There’s a wide variety of dishes for the whole family to enjoy, and the World Street Food & Bubble Tea Bar boasts a specially crafted
menu and drinks which have been extremely well thought out to complement each and every dish.
We’ve teamed up with JSK to be able to offer one lucky reader a lunchtime meal for two people.
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Dining Out - A City of Flavours
By Ruth Redgate
This month’s recipe is one of
our healthier ones packed full
of seeds (of your choice) and
perfect for anyone who is
doing Veganuary. The recipe
makes one loaf, or six rolls.
113g plant-based milk
85g wholemeal flour
85g white bread flour
10g fresh yeast
Making the Dough
1. Using your hands, mix the yeast with the milk until it has
2. Place all remaining ingredients (with the exception of the
seeds) in a mixing bowl. Pour in the milk/yeast mixture.
3. Mix using your hand until it comes together.
4. Tip the rough dough on to the table and, using the heel of your
hands, knead until a smooth dough forms, which takes about 10
minutes. You are looking for the ‘window pane’ effect.
5. Cover the dough and leave to rise for about two hours or
until it has doubled in size.
6. Tip the dough out of the bowl onto a floured surface and fold
using the plating action (left corner into the middle, right corner
into the middle, the next left side into the middle, right side into
the middle etc).
7. Flatten and add the seeds. You can if you wish very gently
knead the dough to distribute the seeds, then shape as required.
8. Place on a baking tray and loosely cover with clean tea towel
or bowl and leave to rise for about an hour.
9. Preheat oven to 200°c and place a container in the bottom
10. If making one loaf, slash the bread, place in the oven for 15
mins, remove water and bake for a further 10 minutes, or until
golden brown, and hollow sounding when the bottom is tapped.
11. If making rolls, bake for 20 minutes with the water in for the
Ruth Redgate is the owner of Hunnypot
Visit www.hunnypotcottagebakery.co.uk for
Dining Out - A City of Flavours
Trent Valley on BBC
By Dr Mark Knight
In October, the BBC Countryfile programme contacted us
concerning our project to convert and reuse old World War II
pillboxes as wildlife habitat as they were interested in filming a
short piece to go out during their Remembrance Sunday
programme. Working with the BBC can be a much less
glamourous task than it might appear, with long days and tight
schedules, all for a few minutes on the show, but the Countryfile
team were professional from the outset and on the day were a
pleasure to work with.
Our day was divided into two parts, the first at the National
Memorial Arboretum, filming a piece about the original purpose of the
pillboxes as a last-ditch defence of the country in the event of an enemy
invasion in the darkest days of WWII. We filmed as the sun came up so
that we could be complete before the arboretum was opened to the
public at 10am.
The second part, after a coffee break, was filmed at Branston Golf
Club, where the Environment Agency had already converted a pillbox
to a bat roost. This hadn’t been entirely successful, and although there
was some small evidence for bats having used the pillbox, during the
intervening ten years since its conversion, bats were at best an irregular
visitor. Our plan was to film the Countryside presenter hanging up an
old pair of jeans, so that if bats did visit they’d have something they
could immediately use to cling to and hopefully then discover the slots
TTTV members and BBC presenter & film crew. Photo credit: M. Knight.
behind the wooden boards that the Environment Agency had put in as
part of the original conversion.
We also introduced a large hessian sack, hung up on hooks inside the
pillbox, to see if different materials work better, or whether bats prefer
coarse or smoother fabrics. The short piece we filmed made for good
TV and the presenter, Ellie Harrison, immediately understood the
importance of the WWII War Office decision-making process that
resulted in thousands of pillboxes being built across the country. She
really enjoyed getting to grips with bringing her old jeans to re-use by
hanging them in the pillbox.
Entering a known bat hibernaculum requires a licence, and the
Environment Agency’s Biodiversity Officer, Petrina Brown, was on hand
and able to confirm that we could enter as there were no bats present
to disturb. The programme was nearly as much fun to watch as it was
to film and you can judge the results for yourself on BBC iPlayer, just
search for the programme that aired on 14th November.
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We take a look at the events
and activities over the last
month, bringing you a roundup
of the city in pictures...
Santa and his elf at Creative Plants’
Breakfast with Santa
Santa arrives by helicopter at Creative
Lichfield Lighthouse Company singing
festive sea shanties
Lichfield Food and Drink Festival,
Lichfield Garrick Peter Pan Panto
Lichfield Civic Society presents
building award to The Hub at St
Mary's. Photo courtesy of The Hub.
Carols at the Christmas Tree service,
Lichfield Family Christmas at the Samuel
Johnson Birthplace Museum
Christmas Trees at Lichfield Cathedral
Johnson's Willow tree planting ceremony.
Photo from LDC.
The Citylife in Lichfield team at the Peter Pan
pantomime at Lichfield Garrick
Images by Jono Oates www.jonotourism.co.uk
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