Citylife in Lichfield January 2022

It's the New Year and let's hope that 2022 is a better year for all of us! Our January edition magazine is full of our usual mix of local news, history features, competitions, recipes and What's On events as well as some ideas for getting yourself in shape for 2022! We hope you enjoy reading our magazine - and a Happy New Year from everyone at Citylife Magazines!

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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

Competition Winners

Well done to P Davies who is the winner of a granite

chopping board courtesy of Just Granite!



Crematorium Donates

to Charity

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

memorial garden.

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

Receives Funds

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)


Electric Street

Cleaner Unveiled

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

Lichfield District.

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

small donation.

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

surrounding areas.

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

visit www.stgileshospice.com/treecycle.


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

retired people.

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.

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The Hub Receives

Merit Award

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

Award Winner

Andrew Downing-

Booth Estate

Agents have won

Best in Region in

the British Property

Awards for the

West Midlands


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 region.

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

prospective clients.’

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

CityLife Magazine!

Litter Legends

Join Santa!

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!


Local Cubs

Support Canal

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.



Camera Club


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

The Gallery.”

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

“Summer Flowers.”

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:



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Planting of





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

their writings.

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




70 Years

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

Bowley Park.

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

aandd.smedley@btinternet.com for details.

Mike Castree with Peter Boggis and other attendees.

Lichfield WI

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.


What’s On


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


Every Thursday

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

Time: 8.30pm

Beginners very welcome! Contact 07989 857277 or

mariacredali@yahoo.co.uk 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

once more.

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.

Please contact anna.stanley@hotmail.com for further


Senior Men's Keep Fit Class

• Are you 50 years’ old or older?

• Have you been advised to take more exercise but lack


Come and improve your general mental and physical

health and wellbeing with us! Join the Men's Keep Fit

class at King Edward's School gym.

Just do what you can and have some fun while you are

at it - you might even end up playing volleyball!

Date: Every Tuesday in term time

Venue: King Edward’s School Gym, top of

Kings’ Hill, Lichfield

Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm

Price: £4 per session - first session free and

NO joining fee!

Why not give it a try? For more information contact

Andy on 07775 502454.



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

the coin.

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

a silversmith.

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

£1,000 richer!

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

$1.2 million.

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

mixed up.

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

office@richardwinterton.co.uk. 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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Where does the supply

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WIN a Pair of Tickets

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,

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Ace of Base, 2 Unlimited, S Club 7, Gina G, Pulp, Blur, Shampoo and

many more.

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

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

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

closing date of 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

with GDPR Data Protection Regulations and our Privacy Policy

(available at citylifeinlichfieldltd.co.uk).

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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.


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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

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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

with GDPR Data Protection Regulations and our Privacy Policy

(available at citylifeinlichfieldltd.co.uk).

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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

nutritional value.

“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

Omega 3.”

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

specifically need.”

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

year ahead.

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.

Greyhounds Are

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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The Great Snow

of 1947

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

train lines.

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

Photographic Collection

Sources: The British Newspaper Archive


Ancient Globe Bought for

£150 Sells for

Colossal Sum

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,

bidding online.

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.

I’m delighted.”

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

the auction

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

community pub.

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

John Shaw


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

New Year,

New Me!


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

300gmspistachio kernels

500gmswalnut pieces

100gmsdates, with stones


1pkt filo pastry

2tbsp honey

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

50gms sultanas

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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a Lunchtime Meal for Two at JSK!


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.

To be in with a chance of winning this delicious prize (one main meal each for two people) ,

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What does JSK stand for?

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Seed Bread

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

40g seeds

20g oil

10g fresh yeast

4g salt

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

with water.

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

whole time.

Ruth Redgate is the owner of Hunnypot

Cottage Bakery.

Visit www.hunnypotcottagebakery.co.uk for

more information.

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Transforming the

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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The Month in


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

Plants Shenstone!

Lichfield Lighthouse Company singing

festive sea shanties

Lichfield Food and Drink Festival,

Market Square

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 Cathedral

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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