Citylife in Lichfield June 2022

Jubilee and Bower! Two great events take place in the first weekend of June in lovely Lichfield - the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and the historic Lichfield Greenhill Bower returns to the city streets on the same weekend, featuring the carnival procession and fairground in Beacon Park. So, Lichfield is definitely the place to be and our June magazine has lots of Bower and Jubilee information as well as being packed with our usual mix of local news, history, recipes, What's On events and, of course, competitions. So, put on your Union Jack hat, wave your patriotic flag and put up your red whit and blue bunting while reading a copy of our Jubilee Special magazine - and wish good health to Her Majesty!

Jubilee and Bower! Two great events take place in the first weekend of June in lovely Lichfield - the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and the historic Lichfield Greenhill Bower returns to the city streets on the same weekend, featuring the carnival procession and fairground in Beacon Park. So, Lichfield is definitely the place to be and our June magazine has lots of Bower and Jubilee information as well as being packed with our usual mix of local news, history, recipes, What's On events and, of course, competitions. So, put on your Union Jack hat, wave your patriotic flag and put up your red whit and blue bunting while reading a copy of our Jubilee Special magazine - and wish good health to Her Majesty!


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Competition Winners

May Winners!

Congratulations to L Moore from Lichfield who receives a pair

of VIP tickets to this year's Staffordshire County Show! Well



14 A Weak & Feeble Woman

Lesley Smith on Queen Elizabeth I's Lichfield visit

22 Lichfield's Jubilee Years

Jono Oates looks at past Jubilee events

28 Food & Drink Trail

Citylife maps out the local eateries

42 Burntwood Town View

Burntwood Council's Monthly Newsletter

47 City View

News from Lichfield City Council


From the Editor…

Welcome to the June issue of Citylife in Lichfield! Not only are

we celebrating all things food in this beautiful city of ours, but

we’re also paying homage to our monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, as

she celebrates her Platinum Jubilee this month!

Our resident historian, Jono Oates, takes a look back at

Lichfield’s former Jubilee years, whilst curator of Tutbury Castle,

Lesley Smith, gives us a glimpse into the time that Queen

Elizabeth I visited Lichfield!

Our Food & Drink section features just a handful of our

favourite restaurants and eateries in the area, and you’ll find

dining reviews, reader offers and competitions too.

Plus we’ve got local news, our What’s On events guide, and so

much more to boot!

Have a read, enjoy and join us as we celebrate the glorious

month of June!





England Squad for

Local Golfer

Tom Beard is on the EDGA Golf Tour

(European Disabled Golf Association), which is

a worldwide golf tour where golfers with a

disability can play in tournaments and climb the

world rankings.

Born with Bilateral Talipes (clubfeet), Tom

underwent 12 operations to rectify them and

still suffers from this condition today. However,

this doesn't stop him from playing the sport he


Tom’s results have seen him being selected for

the England Elite team for the European

Championships in Belgium (7th-12th June). He

will be part of the four-person gross team,

whilst a nett squad is also playing in the event.

Tom is also representing EDGA as an advocate

with voluntary coaching to get more disabled

people into the beautiful game. This is very

close to Tom's heart to give other people the

opportunity to pick up a club and try it out.


Queen’s Baton Relay

to Visit Area

Kadeena Cox receiving the Baton from

The Queen

The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay is

confirmed to visit Lichfield District on 20th July

during its final journey through England this

summer, as the full route is revealed.

Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official

Queen’s Baton Relay – a journey which brings

together and celebrates communities across

the Commonwealth during the build up to the

Games. In England, the Queen’s Baton Relay will

provide the opportunity for communities to

experience the excitement for Birmingham

2022, as the 11 days of showstopping sport

nears ever closer.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is set to travel the

length and breadth of England for a total of 29

days, before culminating at the Opening

Ceremony for Birmingham 2022 on 28th July.

On 20th July, Lichfield District will officially

welcome the Baton at the National Memorial

Arboretum near Alrewas, in Kings Bromley,

Lichfield city, Burntwood, Chasetown and



Tuneless Choir Set

to Launch

Lichfield is the latest

city to get a Tuneless

Choir in a trend

sweeping the

country. The choirs,

which are for those

who “lack the ability,

confidence or

practice to sing in

tune” are

increasingly popular

with those who

want the stress-busting effects of singing in a

group, without the pressure of hitting all the

right notes in the right order.

The Lichfield Tuneless Choir will meet at Wade

Street Church each week on Wednesdays from

7pm-8.30pm and on launch night, Wednesday

22nd June, doors will open at 6.40pm with a

celebration drink to lubricate the vocal chords!

Anyone interested in joining the Lichfield

Tuneless Choir is asked to book their place at

the launch at

http://www.tunelesschoir.com/lichfield contact

Sarah Spare on 07725 056821 or at


Tickets for the launch or first time at the choir

are £10, including a registration fee. Thereafter

it is £8 per session or £6 per prepaid term.


Council Cabinet

Member Steps Down

Councillor Ashley

Yeates has stepped

down as Lichfield

District Council’s

Cabinet Member for

Climate Change &


Monday 9th May was

his last day in the role

following four years’

Cllr Liz Little

service as a Cabinet member. Councillor Yeates’

will continue to serve as a district councillor for

Mease Valley ward and focus on his

entertainment business.

Councillor Liz Little will join Cabinet this week

with responsibility for the Joint Waste Service

run by Lichfield District Council and Tamworth

Borough Council.

Councillor Little, who has a background in

commercial waste management, is expected to

quickly grasp the brief, and begin to address the

unease with the rollout of the new dual

recycling scheme.

She has experience as a Cabinet member at

Lichfield District Council having had

responsibility for leisure, waste and major



Final Curtain for

Lichfield Mysteries

After almost 30 years of performances in the

city, the curtain is coming down on Lichfield

Mystery plays.

Lack of funding and volunteers on an

administrative level has forced trustees of

Lichfield Mysteries Community Arts to

announce the closure.

Hundreds of people have taken part in the 27

plays in the city since the first production in


Robert Leach was the first Artistic Director of

the Lichfield Mysteries and selected and edited

the plays.

Since then, thousands of people have enjoyed

the plays free of charge and participants have

included local groups and friends from

Lichfield’s twin towns of Limburg and Sainte Foy

les Lion.

The community-based arts project will officially

close down this month.

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Proms’ Sponsorship


A highlight of the area’s social calendar, Lichfield

Proms in Beacon Park, attracts more than

10,000 people every year, all intent on enjoying

a wonderful evening of stirring music as the sun

goes down.

The much-loved free concert, on the first

Saturday in September, features local musicians,

a prominent symphony orchestra and singers

and closes with stunning fireworks exploding to

the traditional song Land of Hope and Glory.

Lichfield Proms is only possible, however, due

to the generosity of businesses providing

sponsorship and advertising.

By supporting this event you too can get your

business noticed. Two twenty-foot screens,

either side of the stage, promote messages and

sponsors during the evening and there is also a

glossy event programme to advertise in.

There are three corporate sponsorship

packages available, Bronze, Silver and Gold, and

businesses can advertise in the Lichfield Proms

programme from just £100.

To find out more about advertising

opportunities or corporate sponsorship, please

call the team on 01543 308029 or email



New CEO Joins


Andrew Harkness & Robin Vickers

The new CEO at St Giles Hospice is starting as

he means to go on after joining cyclists at the

charity’s annual Cycle Spring fundraising bike

ride on Sunday 8th May.

Interim Chief Executive Officer Andrew

Harkness, a pharmacist and experienced NHS

executive director, took up his new role last

month and set off on the 77-mile cycle

alongside St Giles’ Chair of The Board of

Trustees, Robin Vickers.

Starting from 7.30am, 509 riders set off to

enjoy one of three different routes through the

countryside – with 27-mile, 50-mile, and 77-

mile distances catering for cyclists of all ages

and abilities. All of the rides began and ended at

the Whittington hospice.

For more information about Cycle Autumn,

visit www.stgileshospice.com/cycleautumn.


Local Students Head

to Borneo

Charlotte Hurley, Rosie Bentley & David Niven

Ten Year 12 students from the Friary School,

Lichfield are taking part in an expedition to

Borneo on 3rd July 2022 returning on 18th July.

The expedition includes a series of activities

including a community project, a jungle trek

through Kiulu and an exciting visit to the

orangutan and sun bear rehabilitation centre.

The expedition will allow the students to

broaden their horizons, learn new skills and

also get involved with cultures and

communities that they’ve not yet experienced.

Along with this, they will also develop a greater

understanding of how to act for a more

sustainable future.

The students will be accompanied by Victoria

Plested, Head of Johnson House at the school.

The Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad is

donating funds to support this venture using a

grant from the Sid Harlow Travel Bursary which

was created to recognise the 40+ years’ service

that founder member Sid has given to the

Rotary Club.


Volunteers Nominated

for Awards

Two Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration

Trust (LHCRT) volunteers, with an age gap of

over 70 years, have been nominated for

Support Staffordshire Awards.

Eric Wood, president of LHCRT, has been

nominated for a lifetime achievement award,

while Tom Wright has been nominated in the

young volunteer of the year category.

S u p p o r t

Staffordshire is the

largest independent

voice for voluntary,

community and

social enterprise

organisations in the

county, and its

Volunteer Star

Awards offer an



recognise the work of the many volunteers in

the community.

Eric had the vision in the 1980s to restore

disused canal sections to provide a navigable

link across the north Birmingham conurbation.

He and fellow waterways enthusiasts

established LHCRT and he was its first


Tom started volunteering with LHCRT for his

Duke of Edinburgh Award three years ago, aged

14, and quickly progressed to working with the

Trust's team on plant maintenance and use.

The 2022 Lichfield District Volunteer Star

Awards take place on June 20th at the School

House, Weeford.


Fitness in the Park

Battle LITE low intensity fitness classes have

launched in Beacon Park, Lichfield. The classes

are for anyone looking for a fun, social and

effective way to get fit.

They are run by Battle Bootcamp and take

place at Beacon Park every Monday, Wednesday

from 9:30am-10:15am and every Saturday from

9am-9:45am. The sessions include a warm up

followed by various different circuits using their

own body weight or lighter weights as


The classes are aimed at older adults who want

to keep active, beginners who want to kick

start their new fitness regime or anyone trying

to overcome injury and need a lower intensity

form of exercise.

To get started, Battle LITE has a trial offer for

the first five classes for just £5. Full details at:


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Steve Brown 07740 166497


Rebecca Hill 07970 513144


Helen Smith 07967 154187



Win Tickets to NRO ‘The

Glenn Miller & Rat Pack Era’

The lights soften, the mood settles. An audience waits for that first moment of sound.

The Big Band is poised, relaxed, but with eyes anxious for the lead. And then, as if

giving body to an echo, the murmured notes of ‘Moonlight Serenade’… and the night,

it seems, is suddenly full and timeless.

Recapture the sounds of a bygone era as the Nick Ross Orchestra presents ‘an

unmissable evening of music and song’ – the Classic Big Band Sound of the 1940s &

50s at Lichfield Garrick on Friday 1st July at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from www.lichfieldgarrick.com or the Box Office on 01543


We’ve got one pair of tickets to giveaway to one lucky reader. All you have to do is

answer the question below and send it along

with your contact details.

Which era will the Nick Ross Orchestra

be playing songs from?

a) 1920s & 30s

b) 1940s & 50s

c) 1960s & 70s

To enter, send your name, contact details & answer to Nick Ross at

competitioncitylife@gmail.com or to Citylife in Lichfield Ltd, PO Box 7126, Lichfield WS14 4JS by

closing date of 23rd June 2022. One entry per household. Multiple entries disqualified. No cash

equivalent. Entrants 18 or over. All information in line with GDPR Data Protection Regulations &

Privacy Policy (available at citylifeinlichfieldltd.co.uk). Full t&cs on page 50.



Win Tickets to an

Open Air Performance

This year marks the Lichfield Festival's 40th anniversary and consists of

11 days of superb arts events, running from July 7th to July 17th 2022.

With a history stretching back to Shakespeare himself, The Lord

Chamberlain’s Men invite you to join them for a sparkling comedy, As You

Like It. One of the UK’s finest touring theatre companies present this

great play as Shakespeare first saw it performed – in the open air, by an

all-male cast and with Elizabethan costumes, music and dance.

The performance will take place on Monday 11th July at 6.30pm

outside Lichfield Cathedral.

Citylife has one pair of tickets to watch this fantastic performance,

courtesy of the Lichfield Festival. All you have to do to be in with a

chance of winning is correctly answer the question below and send it

along with your contact details.

Who wrote As You Like It?

a) Samuel Beckett

b) William Shakespeare

c) Harold Pinter

To enter, send your name, contact details & answer to Open Air at

competitioncitylife@gmail.com or to Citylife in Lichfield Ltd, PO Box 7126,

Lichfield WS14 4JS by closing date of 23rd June 2022. One entry per household.

Multiple entries disqualified. No cash equivalent. Entrants 18 or over. All

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The Body of a Weak & Feeble Woman

Queen Elizabeth I

in Lichfield

By Lesley Smith

As our own Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee is

upon us lots of people are considering

the life and times of the other Queen

Elizabeth and, as a specialist historian in the

period, I am asked lots of questions about her

- some of the answers are extraordinary.

Most people don’t know that Elizabeth I not

only visited Lichfield but stayed from 27th

July to 3rd August 1575. Happily, there is a

full list of requirements and expenditure for

the Queen and her retinue, which makes

fascinating reading.

Occasionally they were educated too so lots of schools

were founded by Tudor monarchs, although such

foundations in history can be traced back a very long way

in our history.

The Queen was fantastically well educated herself

speaking and writing seven languages by the time she was

13. She was also a musician playing a number of musical

instruments and had a terrific sense of the political

landscape, both at home and abroad. Tall, slim and red

haired, but that rather thin red hair and not the thick celtic

curls one sees in some redheads, she had beautiful hands

and could ride like a man. She is known to have leapt over

hedges at 69 years of age hunting for stag, not many would

do that today!

She died at 69 having served the nation for over 45

years. She brought peace and a prosperity. She smiled at

our ancestors and ensured clever negotiations for peace

and trade. She may have had the body of a “weak and

feeble woman” but she also certainly had “the stomach of

a king, and a king of England too.” This all sounds very

familiar to us doesn’t it - a brilliant woman, a great queen.

Lesley Smith is the curator of Tutbury Castle and lives in


“Item, to old Bate, for goinge to Mr Sprott ……

…. 2 (pence).”

Time does not tell us why old Bate was going to Mr

Sprott, maybe with a message, but at least old Bate

received two pence for his trouble. Other items are

clearer, such as chickens and salt fish and their cost,

and bellringers did rather better today than now in

terms of wages as they received 1 shilling and four

pence – as a group that is! That as an item is set in

perspective when one sees six men are paid just a

shilling for taking the Queen’s treasure to “Rydgeley” (Rugeley). “Mr Raffe Boo” also intrigues me as a

name and apparently he had a tent which was used for a fee of 10 shillings. Raffe is Ralph but Boo is

Boo and that is an odd name by anyone’s standards!

Look at the list and read it out loud and then it makes more sense as the English language did not

settle or start to settle until the work of a certain Dr Samuel Johnson of Lichfield wrote his dictionary

and pronunciations.

So back to good Queen Bess in Lichfield. We are not clear about where she actually stayed but it is

thought likely to be the Bishop’s Palace in the Close, the one before this one which is now the main

building of the school. She was on her way to Kenilworth to see Robert Dudley, a place she would visit

four times so on her progress around the nation she obviously had a soft spot for the Midlands – or

maybe that soft spot was for Robert Dudley! She moved around with up to 400 people in the summer

months (forget winter with all that mud) and that way made sure her people saw her and also to ensure

that an uppity Earl was not getting ideas above his station. The Tudors only came to the throne in 1485

and so were pretty new as a dynasty. Queen Elizabeth was watchful, very watchful, and had probably

the greatest privy council in terms of brilliance that this nation has seen, including Sir William Cecil, his

son Robert Cecil, Walsingham and many other great names. She also included Robert Dudley so she

could have someone to look at and cheer her up no doubt!

There would be an enormous build up for this event which much jostling from various of the great

and good to be close to her Majesty in one form or another such as “at sup.” She was rather a battleaxe

I gather, which is hardly surprising in view of that childhood, but it would be quite wrong to assume

that she only had time for the rich and powerful. She refused the patent on a weaving machine, despite

the lucrative outcome of such a grant as half to her and half to the owner, as she was concerned about

the “spinsters,” that army of unmarried women who span for a living, as no doubt she saw herself as

among their ranks spinning for the nation.

Queen Elizabeth also caused a fuss in some areas if she saw the poor and needy uncared for and

poor properties. The poor laws were clear about caring for the people and were needed after the

closure of the monasteries in the Reformation where people had been sheltered and fed and healed.



Lichfield Bower

Behind the Scenes

The Lichfield Greenhill Bower is a

fantastic day out for everyone, filled

with fun, laughter and activities for

all the family. But have you ever wondered

how it all comes together so seamlessly?

There is, in fact, an awful lot that takes

place behind the scenes to ensure that

the Bower goes ahead successfully and as

hitch-free as possible.

A group of approximately 40 volunteers

make up the Bower Committee, with the

age of members ranging from 22 to 80

years! The Committee holds a regular

monthly meeting to discuss both the

current Bower, as well as the following year’s event, and thinking of ways

to make it bigger and better each and every time.

The Bower itself benefits many local charities, with the procession

collection monies being shared between them. The organisations who

collect are varied, with some entering a float and others just walking

alongside. This year, so far in the procession we can expect to see

Lichfield & Hatherton Canal Trust, local Scout troops, Silhouette Dance

Academy, Voluntary Transport for the Disabled, and Blood Bikers, to name

but a few.

All procession funds collected are presented via cheque at a special

evening ceremony which is held in September. The Bower also has a

charitable trust which allows it to divert funds in times of plenty to which

community groups can apply for funding and assistance.

To put on the Bower each year it costs roughly costs £80,000 and the

event is heavily reliant on sponsors, donations and local retailers, as every

penny counts. It is also supported with a grant from Lichfield City Council

and helped by Lichfield District Council too. The most important part of

the Bower is Beacon Park of which the gate monies help to fund the


The Lichfield Greenhill Bower is always on the lookout for new

committee members - please come along and get involved to help keep

this historical and traditional event alive and kicking!

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St Chad’s Lichfield

Pageant 1972

By Jono Oates

On the 2nd March in 672AD Chad, the first Bishop of Lichfield, passed away as

a result of a plague that swept through Britain and Ireland at that time. He

was later canonised as a saint. In the years that followed thousands of pilgrims

flocked to Lichfield to pay their respects to St Chad, establishing Lichfield, and

Lichfield Cathedral, as one of the most significant centres of religious excellence in the

whole of the country. In June 1972, 1300 years later, a small group of volunteers put

on a medieval pageant to celebrate St Chad’s legacy to Lichfield, an event that is still

remembered by those present on the day as one of the greatest events in the city’s

recent history.

The idea for the pageant started in July 1971, as part of a series of events to mark the

1300-year anniversary of the death of Chad and the Rector of St Chad’s, Reverend Philip Seal,

asked people to come forward with their ideas on what events could be held. The Lichfield

School of Art became a co-organiser of the event and the suggestion of a medieval pageant

started to attract a lot of attention.

Lichfield City Council put forward £100 and St Chad’s Church contributed £200 which

helped support many of the proposed activities during the day but one particular event

prompted a financial headache. The Pageant Committee loved the idea of a costumed

medieval jousting competition but soon realised that this spectacular show would cost them

several thousand pounds and their budget would not stretch that far. Fortunately, Longdon

businessman Chris Hobbs stepped in to sponsor the event, and this allowed it to go ahead

with the much-anticipated jousting competition included.

The medieval pageant was based on the recreation of a visit to Lichfield of King Edward III

in 1348 and events took place on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th June. The pageant started

with a procession through the city’s streets on Friday, with hundreds of medieval-costumed

characters on horseback and on foot. The procession was led by John Careless, as King

Edward III, and the King’s wife Phillipa, portrayed by Pauline Bryan. On Saturday, as well as

jousting, there was also a Mumming play, a Royal Barge and a ducking stool on Stowe Pool,

an archery contest, whippet racing and a display of falconry. Stepping out of the medieval

period there was also a re-enactment of the Battle of the Cathedral Close between the

Royalists and the Roundheads during the English Civil War in 1643, performed by the Sealed

Knot Society.

The highlight event was the jousting competition between 12 knights, who were played by

equestrian and stuntmen stars. One of them was Nicholas Hobbs, brother of Chris Hobbs,

sponsor of the pageant and organiser of the tournament, who played Knight Nicholas of

Grimesdyke. Two of the other knights were Max Diamond and ‘Nosher’ Powell, both wellknown

TV and film stuntmen. During the jousting Nosher took a blow to the chest from a

lance and he had to be rushed to Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, strapped to a

stretcher but still wearing his full body armour. Luckily, he was discharged from hospital and

he returned to the tournament – although his weapon of choice from that point on was a

microphone rather than a mace, as he provided the commentary for the rest of the jousting

from the safety of a portacabin! Brave Knight Nick Hobbs was also hospitalised, suffering

from concussion following a fall, but he also made a full recovery.

On Saturday afternoon over 400 people sat down at Stowe Fields, to enjoy medieval fare

including chicken, beef and ham, all washed down with cider, while being entertained by music

with Olde English ballads and traditional folk dances. In the evening a similar feast took place

in the Lichfield Guildhall with all guests dressed in medieval costume and the event was

hosted by the Mayor of Lichfield, John Wilson. Finally, a procession made its way from the

Guildhall to St Chad’s Field, where a magnificent firework display brought the curtain down

on the two-day pageant.

As well as Rev. Philip Seal, John Careless and Chris Hobbs, other contributors to the

success of the event included John Sanders, Principal of the Lichfield School of Art, the noted

The King and Queen at Tamworth Street

Pageant Procession at Stowe Pool photo courtesy

Diane Hodson Walker

Lichfield Sheriff Edward Wills, Mayor John Wilson

and John Sanders at Stowe Pool

Lichfield historian and author Howard Clayton,

and the Pageant Committee secretary Josephine


The pageant was one of the most popular, and

impressive, re-enactment events in Lichfield’s long

history and was a fitting tribute to the man who

established a religious settlement in Lichfield

1300 years ago, paving the way for the

construction of our cherished cathedral…St

Chad of Lichfield.

*Vintage photographs courtesy of the St Mary’s

Photographic Collection

Sources: The British Newspaper Archive



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With the largest variety of natural stones in the Midlands, the

solid slabs are kept on-site and are available for a virtual viewing

from 9am-5pm on Monday to Friday. Located at The Stone

Works, Pillaton Hall Farm, Penkridge, ST19 5RZ.

We’ve got a bespoke Chopping Board (in the

colour of your choice) to give away! To be in

with a chance of winning this magnificent prize,

simply answer the following question correctly:

Where does the supply

of granite come from?

a) Spain

b) Italy

c) Germany

To enter, just send your name, contact details and answer to Just

Granite 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 22nd June 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).

Full t&cs on page 50.




Jubilee Years

On 2nd June the celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen

Elizabeth II will start, recognising the 70th anniversary of her reign. Here, Jono

Oates looks back at the royal Jubilee’s from Lichfield’s past.

The longest serving monarch, before Queen Elizabeth II, was Queen Victoria and in June 1887

she celebrated her Silver Jubilee. The celebrations in Lichfield itself were said to have been some

of the most enthusiastic in the history of the city. A sizeable fund of £750 had been raised and

the businesses and residents of Lichfield decorated their properties with flags and garlands.

Nearly 4,000 citizens sat down to a feast, there was a special service and procession at Lichfield

Cathedral, there were sports races up and down Bore Street, and a musical concert was held

at St James Hall on the same street (now the site of Wilko’s store). Two large arches were

erected on Bird Street and Bore Street, which were illuminated by the Lichfield Gas Company,

and at night the illuminations throughout all the streets were said to make the city look like a

‘veritable fairy-land’. Unfortunately, the plans to open the new public baths on the Walsall Road,

which had been funded by the Jubilee committee, were delayed, and the fund committee also

pledged £235 to provide a nursing home for Lichfield.

Ten years later, in June 1897, Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee and thousands of

bonfires were lit across the country including those at Lichfield Cathedral, Beacon Hill,

Aldershawe and Shenstone. The bonfires were each lit at 10pm on 29th June and the National

Anthem was heartily sung at each site.

In May 1935 Queen Victoria’s grandson, King George V, celebrated his Silver Jubilee. In

Lichfield the Sheriff’s wife, Mrs Harold Graham, kindly offered to present a perambulator (pram)

to the first baby born in the city on Jubilee Day and the Mayoress, Mrs Thomas Moseley,

provided a silver cup to the second baby born on the day. A service was held at the cathedral

and a procession marched through the city, including around the Market Square. The Mayor,

Howard Howe Graham, planted an oak tree in the Recreation Grounds of Beacon Park, as well

as a silver birch tree at Beacon Street Infant School. Over 1,400 people enjoyed a two-hour

performance at the Regal Cinema on Tamworth Street, watching the Australian actor Cicely

Courtneidge in the film ‘Aunt Sally’ and a Mickey Mouse Birthday Party special. In the evening

the Museum Gardens, including the statue of George V’s father King Edward VII, and the Free

Library and Museum building, were all illuminated and Minster Pool was lit-up with hundreds of

brightly coloured lights.

Queen Elizabeth achieved her Silver Jubilee in June 1977 and on 22nd April the Lichfield

Greenhill Bower held their Jubilee Bower Queen Dance at the Civic Hall on Castle Dyke (site

of the Lichfield Garrick). The judges chose Megan Wellings as the Bower Queen and there was

a special appearance from Derek Hobson, judge of ATV’s New Faces tv show. Jubilee Day on

Tuesday 7th June did not start well as it rained sharply in the morning, although it did brighten

up as the day went on. There were 100s of street parties held across Lichfield District and

Lichfield Mayor Jim Bazeley and Sheriff Anne Hall visited over forty of them on the day. Mayor

Bazeley said that, despite the rain and cold, that there was a fantastic community spirit on show,

with people dancing and singing all day, despite the rain and cold. Five hundred children in

Whittington were supplied with ice cream and squash, with Parish Council chairman Maurice

Fisher saying he had never seen so many people turn out.

In Lichfield 72-year-old Hannah Pitch was selected as the Jubilee ‘Queen for the Day’, after a

contest organised by the Lichfield Mercury. Hannah was selected as the winner of the award by

a judging panel. Hannah, who lived on the Birmingham Road, was chosen because of the kindness

she showed to all her friends and neighbours, going to the shops on errands for them, visiting

them when they were poorly and helping at charity events. As well as being featured in the

Mercury, Hannah received a cheque for £100. The festivities for the day closed with a

spectacular bonfire and fireworks display in Beacon Park watched by a large audience of flagwaving


The celebrations in Lichfield in 2022 may not be as grand as in previous years but thousands

of people across Lichfield District will turn out on June 2 this year to celebrate the Platinum

Jubilee of our longest serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

Street party at Waverley Walk, Queen

Elizabeth Silver Jubilee 1977

Market Square Silver Jubilee King

George V 1935

Market Square Diamond Jubilee Queen

Victoria 1897

*Vintage photographs courtesy of the St Mary’s

Photographic Collection

Sources: The British Newspaper Archive



Life Transformation

Through Nature

want to transform and

redirect your life through

nature-based learning and

skills? All while making a

positive impact on local

wildlife havens?

Transforming The Trent

Valley’s Transforming

Lives programme could

help and applications for

the next cohort will open

in August!

By Simon Lowe

The 10-12 month programme equips trainees with valuable skills and

experience while also preparing them for employment. Completion of a City and

Guilds level 2 Diploma in Work based Environmental Conservation is also


The programme is open to anyone and we have people of all ages and

backgrounds sign-up. We think this is a fantastic opportunity, but don’t just take

our word for it…

Here’s what recent trainee, Liz, had to say about the programme:

“I wanted to join the traineeship as I am looking for a mid-life career change.

After spending the last few years working part time to raise children, I wanted

to retrain in something that I

have a passion for – wildlife

and conservation. This course

has covered a diverse range of

skills and knowledge and given

me an insight into many areas

of conservation work. It has

also allowed me to meet and

network with people who

already work in this field.

“The course has been

physically hard work but also a

lot of fun. I have very much

enjoyed meeting all the staff

and volunteers who look after

the local Wildlife Trust sites

and working alongside them,

learning all the time. It is very

rewarding to be able to see

tangible improvements from

the work you are doing.”

The latest trainees carried out various types of habitat management across

the Trent Valley, constantly improving and developing their teamwork and

communication skills. They acquired woodland management skills by pruning,

thinning, felling small trees and coppicing. Working alongside the Derbyshire

Wildlife Trust Trent Valley volunteers, they also practiced the art of hedge laying.

They’ve learnt how to implement safe working practices, manual handling,

dynamic risk assessment and construction skills while completing the renovation

and installation of a boardwalk at Hilton Gravel Pits.

Not all the sessions are practical as tree identification, surveys of vegetation

and access issues assessment and solutions are also covered. Written work

cements and demonstrates their understanding and knowledge of the subjects

covered throughout the programme.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please contact Simon

Lowe slowe@derbyshirewt.co.uk for more details.








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The Month in


We take a look at the events and

activities over the last month, bringing

you a round-up of the city in


Riders on the St Giles' Cycle Spring event

(image courtesy of St Giles Hopsice)

The opening of Burntwood's Vintage

Liquid Taphouse on Bridge Cross Road

Waterstones store opening on

Market Street

Mayor and Sheriff of Lichfield

officially open C1 Hair Academy,

Swallow Croft Lichfield


Jane Sutton at the Stephen Sutton

Ride Out charity event

The Kamado Joe BBQ Open

Day at Tippers

Gaia Exhibition, Hub at St Mary's

City of Lichfield Concert Band in

Beacon Park


Top Teddy Makes £4,000

By Richard Winterton

Childhood dreams realised thousands of pounds at a recent specialist

toy auction.

Star Wars, Action Man, model trains and diecast vehicles were among

the lots going under the hammer, with bids flying in from all over the

country and internationally.

Amongst all the interest from collectors, one lot still stood out – a

wonderful vintage Steiff teddy bear.

This 72cm tall teddy had clearly been well-loved during his 100-plus

years and treasured he certainly continues to be, fetching a magnificent

£4,000 hammer price with Richard Winterton Auctioneers in May.

The rare bear – complete with working ‘growler’ sounding when the toy

is tilted and trademark Steiff button in ear – has aged to a dignified blond

but would have been white when new.

All that time ago, white was a less popular colour and teddies were

generally bought in darker colours as those would take longer to look


Fast forward more than a century and this particular bear was certainly

coming up roses for our delighted client!

You can watch the sale and other highlights with Tom Winterton on the

rostrum on our Facebook page, @RichardWintertonAuctioneers.

Other lots included a wonderful collection of boxed Corgi and Dinky

diecast vehicles in superb condition with original accessories, totalling a

hammer price in excess of £6,500.

And we were left saying “holy bidding, Batman!" as a 1960s Corgi

Batmobile and matching Batboat from the collection totalled £660!

Presented in around 40 lots, this impressive single owner collection had

been lovingly treasured by the Midlands vendor – in fact our toy valuer Jon

Price said it was one of the finest collections of diecast he’d ever had the

pleasure of cataloguing!

Staying with the 60s, a Japanese tinplate walking moon explorer sold at


Five lots of Action Man totalled £770, including a pilot figure making

£260, and vintage Star Wars figures and fighters fetched £320.

What a joyful day! It’s a lot of fun to research and catalogue so many

things which have brought such joy to people over the years; seeing these

special collectables find a new home so successfully, where they can carry

on making more happy memories, is another dream come true.

To book a free valuation of all types of vintage toys, trains and diecast,

telephone 01543 251081 or email office@richardwinterton.co.uk.

Sold for £4,000: The rare

Steiff teddy bear.

Sold at £520: A 1960s Japanese

tinplate moon explorer.

This 1960s Corgi Batmobile in original packaging sold at

£460. A matching Batboat made £200.

The Daily Grind Cafe Bar

A lovely contemporary, stylish Cafe Bar

serving great food and drinks in the heart of

Market Street. Licensed to sell beer, wine,

spirits. Come as visit us in a relaxed

atmosphere, with friendly staff, great coffee

and tasty food.

Available for private hire.

Call: 01543 418911

Email: thedailygrindlichfield@gmail.com

2 Market Street, Lichfield WS13 6LH

Le Rêve

Le Rêve is Lichfield's hybrid between a

bustling city cocktail bar and an atmosphere

alike to a boutique club at the weekend.

Sultry vibes, funky house music,

Mediterranean DJ’s & unique cocktails in a

dimly-lit ambience.

3-for-2 cocktails & cocktail making classes

available. No bookings required. Walk-in at

your convenience. www.lereve-bar.com

Facebook: Le Rêve Cocktail Bar Lichfield

Instagram: Le_reve_bar

The Hub at St Mary's

The Hub is one of the most beautiful spaces

for coffee and cakes in Lichfield, also serving

light lunches and operating a fully licensed bar.

Open daily from Tues-Sat, 9.30am to 3pm. The

Hub Little Shop sells beautiful handmade

cards, gifts and Lichfield souvenirs, plus

there's a children's play area, baby changing

facilities and it is all dog friendly!

Check out the website to see the

programme of evening activities, including live

music, comedy, family shows and plays.

The Hub at St Mary's, Market Square (above

the Library). www.thehubstmarys.co.uk

The Cheese Cavern

A family-run cheesemongers located in

Lichfield’s Corn Exchange which stocks a wide

range of artisan cheeses, and high-quality

charcuterie meats, chutneys and olives from

local dairies and producers, as well as stonebaked

pizzas freshly made in-store.

Open daily from 9am-3pm (closed on Monday)

and Saturday 9am-4pm. The online shop also

shows some of the many cheeses stocked and

delivery to the local area is free.


The George Hotel

Open seven days a week, The George Hotel

in the centre of Lichfield offers a choice of

delicious dining options, including the

Lounge Bar and courtyard, which are open

for breakfast and all day for coffee and cake,

as well as lunch, afternoon tea and

main meals.

Find out more at



Jungle Street Kitchen (JSK), on Bore Street,

is a must if you want to try something a

little bit different. Inside, the restaurant is

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, plus the famed Bubble Tea Bar!


Pizza By Goli

Established in 1987, independent restaurant

Pizza by Goli has been delighting the people

of Lichfield with its authentic Italian cuisine

for more than 30 years. With a unique

culinary style that emphasises the flavourful

ingredients, the menu is both traditional and

exciting, with a range of fish, meat and

poultry dishes, plus handmade pasta and

pizza bases too!


The Bengal

As the longest-established Indian Restaurant

in the City, The Bengal, situated on Bore

Street, first opened its doors in 1968. Now,

under new management the restaurant is

thriving as it offers a range of authentic

mouth-watering dishes for the discerning

diner, along with more modern cuisine to

provide something for everyone.


Duke of York

A lovely traditional pub, dog friendly, adult

only. Newly extended fabulous large garden,

regular food traders. Weekly Sunday live

music sessions and monthly quizes. Sister pub

to the Angel Inn, which has a weekly Thursday

Open Mic night and music every Friday and

Saturday evenings, also known for their


Duke of York Greenhill, Lichfield WS13 6DY

T: 01543 898228

Dining Out - A City of Flavours

Lichfield Pantry

Independent café at the Plant Plot garden Centre,

open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch.

Serving a selection home made cakes, scones,

freshly ground coffees and speciality teas. Serving

a range of home made daily specials as well as

classics such as cottage pie, burgers, sandwiches

and jacket potatoes. Outdoor seating available,

dog friendly. Reserve a table by calling 01543

253066 www.thelichfieldpantry.co.uk. Open Mon-

Sat 9am-4.30pm and Sundays 9.30am-4pm

Toluca Mexican Bar & Grill

Lichfield's premium Mexican bar and grill, Toluca,

has a plethora of authentic dishes to choose

from. Formerly Los Banditos, the newly-branded

restaurant boasts a mouth-watering new menu

too, featuring a range of tapas plates; the typical

Mexican fare of nachos, fajitas, burritos and tacos;

plus a street food menu featuring gyros kebabs

and quesadillas. Toluca also has gluten-free and

vegan options too, so you’ll really be spoiled for

choice! Visit www.toluca.co.uk or find the

restaurant in The City Arcade.

Pom’s Kitchen & Deli

An independent family-run business, founded in

2015, Pom’s proudly serves fresh produce from

local suppliers and loves to celebrate the City

through its seasonally changing menu! Pom’s

meat is sourced from Russell’s Butchers of

Shenstone; its fruit and veg from Fresh View;

fresh fish arrives daily from Birmingham

Market; bread comes courtesy of Silver Tree

Bakery; beer from Purity; and wines from

Perkins Wines. There is always something

exciting to discover at Pom’s which is why

customers continually return to enjoy the

quality fresh food and fantastic service!


The Whippet Inn

The Whippet Inn is Lichfield’s only real ale and

craft beer micro pub! Situated on Tamworth

Street, this quirky establishment has a real vintage

feel to it, featuring four real ale pumps and four

craft kegs, as well as cider pumps, and a selection

of wines and gins.

Opening Times: Wed-Fri: 4pm-10pm, Sat: 12pm-

10pm, and Sun: 12pm-6pm.

Win Tickets to BBC

Gardeners’ World Live

& BBC Good Food

Show Summer

From Thursday 16 June to Sunday 19 June,

BBC Gardeners’ World Live & BBC Good Food

Show Summer will return to Birmingham’s NEC

for the first full-scale show since 2019, packed

with the latest garden ideas, products and

trends, alongside inspirational tips and advice

and a whole host of famous faces.

Green-fingered royalty Frances Tophill and

Arit Anderson will be live on stage offering

unique gardening trends with a heap of seasonal

ideas alongside a star-studded line-up of the

nation’s favourite chefs, including Nadiya Hussain

and John Torode on the stage and Joe Hurd and

Samuel Goldsmith in the Italian Kitchen.

The Spiritualist

The Spiritualist, situated on St John Street in

Lichfield, is an independently run speakeasy gin

bar, housed in an atmospheric and historic 16th

century building. Serving an array of fine gins,

premium spirits, delicious cocktails and draught

beers, there is something for everyone at this

purveyor of fine refreshment!

The Spiritualist is open Weds & Thurs: 6pm-

10.30pm, Fri: 4pm-11.30pm, Sat: 2pm-11.30pm,

and Sun: 4pm-10pm.

For more information and tickets visit

www.bbcgardenersworldlive.com or


For your chance to win two tickets to BBC

Gardeners’ World Live & BBC Good Food Show

Summer, simply correctly answer the following

question and send it along with your details.

Where is the show held this


a) NEC b) NIA c) O2 Arena

To enter, send your name, contact details & answer to BBC

Comp at competitioncitylife@gmail.com or to Citylife in

Lichfield Ltd, PO Box 7126, Lichfield WS14 4JS by closing date

of 15th June 2022. One entry per household. Multiple entries

disqualified. No cash equivalent. Entrants 18 or over. All

information in line with GDPR Data Protection Regulations &

Privacy Policy (available at citylifeinlichfieldltd.co.uk). The prize

is valid for 2 people to attend on Sunday 19th June 2022. Travel

and accommodation expenses are not included. Contact

information will be supplied to a third party who will send

your winning tickets electronically via email. There are two

prizes available & two winners, winning 2 entry tickets. Full

t&cs on page 50.

The School House - Weeford

Nestling in the heart of rural Staffordshire, The

School House, Weeford, is a unique location for

dining, a spot of lunch, afternoon tea, meeting

friends and family, celebrations or getting

married, all in the heart of picturesque

Staffordshire countryside.

The School House, Church Hill,

Weeford, Nr Lichfield, Staffs WS14 0PW

Tel: 01543 480009


Vintage Liquid Taphouse

Formerly known as Sankeys Taphouse, Vintage

Liquid Taphouse in Burntwood is under new

ownership! This cosy micro pub specialises in

craft ales, premium wines, spirits, lagers and

ciders, as well as hand-crafted cocktails, and with

monthly live entertainment and regular quiz

nights, there’s something for everyone!

Visit www.vltaphouse.co.uk to find out more!

Dining Out - A City of Flavours

Win Sunday Lunch &

Fizz for Four!

The Barn has been an established and well loved part of Lichfield for

over 20 years with its blend of character and charm. Set in the sun filled

garden courtyard, it makes the perfect spot for a meeting with old

friends al fresco or a cosy lunch for two inside. We offer contemporary

British cusine with a classical twist, packed with flavour, but without the


Our exciting new menus boast a wealth of well cooked and locally

sourced produce by our talented Head Chef Adrian. Whether you are

looking for brunch in the sunshine, tea and scones with Nan, a special

occasion Afternoon Tea with a glass of fizz, a seasonal dish from our

weekly changing specials, or a speciality homemade cake there’s

something for everyone. Visit us on a Tuesday or Wednesday and get a

free tea or coffee with any breakfast or brunch purchased.

Upcoming dates-

Traditional Jubilee Afternoon Tea - 3rd, 4th & 5th June

Sunday lunch launching - 12th June

Father’s Day - 19th June (free beer for Dad with 2 courses)

We are excited to announce that evening events will be coming soon.

Keep a look out of our Facebook and Instagram pages for more

information. We can't wait to welcome our customers old and new!

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10-4pm and bank holidays.

thebarnatswinfen@gmail.com. 01543 480307

Heart of the Country Shopping Village, Swinfen, Staffordshire,

WS14 9QR.

We’ve teamed up with The Barn to offer our readers the chance to win

a fantastic Sunday Lunch

for four people, along

with a bottle of fizz!

All you have to do to be

in with a chance of

winning this delicious

prize is correctly

answer the following

question and send it

along with your details.

What date do

the Sunday

lunches start?

a) 15th June

b) 12th June

c) 9th June

To enter, send your name, contact details & answer to The Barn at

competitioncitylife@gmail.com or to Citylife in Lichfield Ltd, PO Box 7126,

Lichfield WS14 4JS by closing date of 23rd June 2022. One entry per household.

Multiple entries disqualified. No cash equivalent. Entrants 18 or over. All

information in line with GDPR Data Protection Regulations & Privacy Policy

(available at citylifeinlichfieldltd.co.uk). Full t&cs on page 50.

Dining Out - A City of Flavours

As whisky matures and develops its

complex and satisfying flavours,

some of the liquid disappears,

seemingly mysteriously, but in

reality, through evaporation.

Distillers romantically call the

missing whisky ‘the angels’ share’.

Jez Roney and Oz Horrocks, under

the banner of Mercia Whisky, are

interested in angels’ shares of a

more tangible nature. With a

passion for bourbon, they have

already launched a limited edition

Mercia Rye and are now forging

plans to build their own distillery by

2023. They are also offering a

unique investment opportunity.

You have the chance to buy one or

more 50l casks of whisky which are

held in bond as they mature. In

three years’ time, when the whisky

is ready for bottling, you can either

bottle it to keep or sell it back to

Mercia Whisky for a great return on

investment. Not only do you have a

strong ROI but you are on the

launch team of a fine and rare

English whisky!

New Small Batch


With generously steeped

botanicals to give a sweet

natured spirit that is soft

on the pallet and smooth

on the tongue, Mercia

Spirits Crafted Small Batch Gin is the

perfect served over ice and with a


Ready to be an angel and share in

this exciting venture? Find out

more at www.merciawhisky.co,

drop Jez an email on

jez@merciawhisky.co or call

01889 52 92 91.

Dining Out - A City of Flavours

Win Ice Cream!

What’s not to love about ice cream? When Citylife was

invited to try out Sun Cream Ice Cream at Truly Scrumptious

on a sunny day, we obviously said yes!

The Grade II listed building is full of history and this quaint

little shop is stacked with traditional sweet jars, an array of ice

creams and handmade fudges - it truly is a feast for the eyes!

We opted for a sprinkle cone with strawberries & cream, plus

a chocolate cone with cappuccino amaretto. Completely

delicious and we can’t recommend this place enough! The

shop also serves ice cream for your dog, so no-one is left out!

We’ve teamed up with Truly Scrumptious to offer one lucky

winner four 1-scoop ice cream cones, plus 1 for the dog! To

be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, simply

correctly answer the following question and send it with your


What is the ice cream brand that

Truly Scrumptious stocks?

A) Carte D’Or

B) Sun Cream

C) Häagen-Dazs

To enter, send your name, contact details & answer to Truly

Scrumptious at competitioncitylife@gmail.com or to Citylife in

Lichfield Ltd, PO Box 7126, Lichfield WS14 4JS by closing date of

23rd June 2022. One entry per household. Multiple entries

disqualified. No cash equivalent. Entrants 18 or over. All information

in line with GDPR Data Protection Regulations & Privacy Policy

(available at citylifeinlichfieldltd.co.uk). Full t&cs on page 50.

Dining Out - A City of Flavours

Lunch with a View

Located in the village of Hanbury,

overlooking the Dove Valley and

with enviable views of the rolling

hills of the nearby Derbyshire

Dales, The Cock Inn is perfect for

a spot of lunch, be it for country

lovers or for walkers trying out

the many rambling routes nearby.

So, when Citylife director,

Rebecca Hill, was invited to try the latest dishes on offer, she was only

too happy to oblige!

A relaxed and welcoming atmosphere greeted us on arrival, and we were

shown to our table to peruse the new lunchtime menu which features a

tantalising array of salads and sandwiches.

After much deliberation, I settled for a Ciabatta filled with roasted

tomatoes, mozzarella and garlic, with a salad garnish and skinny fries on

the side. Priced at just £6.50, this feast for the eyes (and the tastebuds!)

was beautifully presented, with a little pot of honey and mustard dressing

for good measure! Ideal for a light lunch and thoroughly delicious.

My dining partner opted for a Chicken Caesar Salad, priced at £7.50, and

enjoyed a juicy chicken breast, bacon, croutons, anchovies and a creamy

Caesar dressing, all sitting on a bed of crisp iceberg lettuce.

We were going to leave it there, but then we spied the dessert menu…

How could we resist the luxury artisan ice cream from Bluebells Dairy?

With three scoops, each one a different flavour, nestled on a bed of

biscuit crumb and accompanied by fresh fruit, this was the perfect, light

finish to a truly lovely ‘lunch with a view!’

Visit The Cock Inn at Hanbury at Hanbury Hill, Burton on

Trent, DE13 8TD, or take a look at the menu at


Dining Out - A City of Flavours

Recipe for

Mexican Hash

By Keal Tooth, Head Chef at Pom’s Kitchen & Deli

Ingredient for x4 people

8x of Russell’s of Shenstone Spicy


8x Free Range Eggs – We use

Packington Free Range

8x Medium White Potatoes

50g x Jalapeno

2x Peppers

1x Red Onion

1x Can of Mixed Beans

1 x Can of Chopped Tomatoes

2 TSPN of Siracha Seasoning

1 TSPN of Cajun Spice

10g of Coriander

80g of Smoked Cheddar

Then add the Siracha Seasoning & Cajun Spice followed after couple of

minutes the chopped tomatoes. (Season to Taste)

Leave to simmer for approx. 10min

Once everything is cooked take sausages and sliced them and mix into

the sauce.

Then add the potatoes and mix everything together top with grated

smoked cheddar.

Then bake in the oven in a suitable dish for 20 minutes until the potatoes

have stared to crispen on top.

Fry the Free Range Eggs to your liking then place the eggs on top of the

hash and finish with Chopped Coriander.

If you like you can also add sour cream to cool it down if you find it a

little spicy


Take a pan of water add the potatoes these should be chopped into

20mm Diced you can leave the skin on.

Cooked the potatoes until part boiled.

Placed Russell’s Sausages in the oven at 180 for Approx. 20min until


Dice the Red Onion, Sliced and remove the centre of the peppers

Take a Sauce Pan add some olive oil and once hot add the red onion &

Peppers for a few minutes until they start to soften.

Banana Bread

By Ruth Redgate

Despite its name Banana Bread isn’t actual a bread, but a cake so you

might be wondering why we are offering this as our recipe this month?

Well, that’s easy – it’s to honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as we

celebrate her Platinum Jubilee as, allegedly, it’s her favourite!

Looking to make a vegan version? Just substitute 6 tsps of aquafaba for

the eggs, and use plant-based butter and milk.


285g/10oz plain flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

½ tsp salt

110g/4oz butter, plus extra for greasing

225g/8oz caster sugar

2 free-range eggs

4 ripe bananas, mashed

85ml/3fl oz buttermilk (or normal milk mixed with 1½ tsp lemon juice)

or you can use plain yoghurt

1 tsp vanilla extract


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

2. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large mixing bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and


4. Add the eggs, mashed bananas, buttermilk and vanilla extract to the

butter and sugar mixture and mix well. Fold in the flour mixture.

5. Grease a 20cm x 12.5cm/8in x 5in loaf tin (2lb) and pour the banana

bread mixture into the tin.

6. Transfer to the oven and bake for about an hour, or until well-risen and


7. Remove from the oven and cool in the tin for a few minutes, then turn

out onto a wire rack to cool completely before serving.

Ruth Redgate is the owner of Hunnypot Cottage Bakery. Visit

www.hunnypotcottagebakery.co.uk for more information.

Dining Out - A City of Flavours


Tickets to

see Texas!

Texas have announced dates as part of Forest Live, the

summer concert series presented by Forestry England,

where acts perform in spectacular woodland locations

around the country.

‘I Don’t Want A Lover’ brought Texas to the world’s

attention with a global hit in 1989 beginning the Scottish

band’s illustrious career. Texas became mainstays of the

UK charts with a raft of hits such as ‘Say What You Want’,

‘Halo’, ‘Black Eyed Boy’, ‘In Our Lifetime’, ‘Summer Son’, ‘In

Demand’, and ‘Inner Smile’. Classic albums such as

‘Southside’, ‘White On Blonde’ and ‘The Hush’ ensured

their presence among multi-million-selling artists.

As part of Forest Live, Texas and special guest, Sam Ryder

will be appearing in Cannock Chase Forest, Staffs on

Thursday 9th June. Tickets and further info from:


Citylife has one pair of tickets to give away to see Texas

perform at Forest Live. To be in with your chance of

winning this fabulous prize, simply answer the question

below and send it along with your contact details.

Where does the band, Texas, originate

from? a) America b) Scotland c) Australia

*Winning tickets are complimentary and cannot be resold. In the

unlikely event the concert is cancelled there is no alternative


To enter, send your name, contact details & answer to Texas at

competitioncitylife@gmail.com or to Citylife in Lichfield Ltd, PO

Box 7126, Lichfield WS14 4JS by closing date of 5th June 2022. One

entry per household. Multiple entries disqualified. No cash

equivalent. Entrants 18 or over. All information in line with GDPR

Data Protection Regulations & Privacy Policy (available at

citylifeinlichfieldltd.co.uk). Full t&cs on page 50.

Art Competition Launches

Lichfield’s L2F Festival launched this

year’s Art competition on May 16th.

The theme for the year’s

competition is ‘Freedom’ and L2F

welcomes any original, twodimensional

artwork, with a

maximum size of A1 (23.4 x 33.1

inches) in any medium (except for


All shortlisted entries will be

exhibited in an exhibition from

Saturday 8th to Sunday 16th October

'Early One Morning' by

Diane Griffiths was

2021's winner

2022, at the Samuel Johnson Museum, as well as a series of

prizes on offer for finalists. All entries must be received by

the closing date of Monday 1st August 2022 either via the

submission form, by emailing a photograph of your artwork

to: lynda.english@lichfieldarts.org.uk, or by sending a printed

photograph (8×10 max size) with full contact details, posted

to: Lynda English, Lichfield Arts, Donegal House, Lichfield

WS13 6LU.

All entries must contain the artist’s name, address, phone

number and email address, details of the medium used and

approximate size.

For full details, plus entry form, visit www.lichfieldarts.org.uk.


Sandra Morgan dominated the

Beginner’s/Intermediate Print competition by

taking first and second positions in both the

colour and monochrome competitions. In the

Advanced Section, Richard Moore took the top

two awards in the colour competition while

the Monochrome competition was won by Sue


1) Sandra Morgan’s winning colour image “Blue

Bottles” had strikingly vibrant colours and a

Lichfield Camera Club

lovely textured background.

2) Annette Keatley won third place with her

abstract image: “Sand and Clay.”

3) Ivan Shaw used a textured processing to

achieve a watercolour effect in “Boats at the

Marina” which was Highly Commended.

4) Ann Wright showed her creativity in her

achieving a diffused background “Misty Red”

image of a poppy.

5) “Three Trees in Snow” was Sandra Morgan’s

winning image in the monochrome


6) “A picture within a picture” was Annette

Keatley’s cleverly conceived image that gained

third place.

Lichfield Camera Club welcomes photographers of

all ages and abilities. For more information visit:





4. 5. 6.


On the Road Again

By Lauren Hirst

June is such a

lovely time of year –

the days get longer,

the weather gets

warmer, and

summer is just

around the corner.

It’s also the time of

year for village fetes

and carnivals and of

course this year, the

Queen’s Jubilee.

We’ve really

missed getting our

greyhounds out an about on our awareness roadshows during lockdown

but we’re making up for it this year!

Awareness roadshows are vital to the Trust to raise much needed funds;

let people know what great pets retired greyhounds make; and find them

loving homes. They are also just good fun! It is a great opportunity to

introduce our homeless hounds to life after racing and to experience the

big wide world and all it has to offer. They love all the fuss and attention

they get - many people go on to adopt a greyhound who never considered

one after meeting our volunteers and hounds at our events.

Two regular events that happen each month are our group walks where

adopted greyhounds, their owners, our volunteers, and kennel hounds meet

up for stroll and a natter. The Tamworth walk is the first Saturday of every

month and meets by the Hub in Castle Grounds. The Lichfield walk is the

third Sunday of every month and the meeting point is outside the Lakeside

Bistro in Beacon Park. Both walks start at 11am. Come along and say hello

to the humans and their hounds. It’s a great way to “meet the breed” if you

are thinking about what sort of dog to get

If you fancy a trip further afield, come along to our Open Day and Jubilee

Celebrations at our Broadmarsh Kennels in Hagley on 3rd June. We’ll also

have stalls at the Jubilee celebrations at Mercia Marina on 4-5th of June,

Chase Terrace Fete on 18thJune, Tatton Park Dog Fest 18-19th June, and the

Derby County Show, 26th June. We’re adding events to our calendar all the

time so please check for updates and other great events throughout the

year on our website: www.greyhoundtrusthallgreen.org.uk/awarenessroadshows/.

If you’d like to meet LOTS of greyhounds, Greyhound Trust Hall Green

and Merseyside and Cheshire are holding the first ever Central Greyhound

Gathering at Uttoxeter Racecourse on Sunday July 10th. There will pedigree

and fun dog shows for greyhounds, sighthounds and their pals, loads of

stalls, flyball, entertainment, canine massage and more. For more

information dog show class list, please visit @Central Greyhound

Gathering on Facebook. Hope to see you there!






Open Gardens


Open garden events make a great day out for all the

family. Why not travel a little farther afield and visit

some of the many beautiful towns and villages which

are opening their gardens up to the public this year?


Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd


£4 per person, covering both


There are 17 gardens to

visit, and Flower Festivals in

both village churches, at the

biennial Shenstone Village Festival. Some gardens will be

open both days whilst others will open either Saturday or

Sunday, however all will be well worth the visit. Entry to

the gardens is by festival programme which also allows

access to the many other entertaining village events which

take place over the weekend.



Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th June

At least 12 beautiful gardens to view, as well as

scarecrows, a craft fair, vintage vehicles, owls and

refreshments. Free parking and Shuttle Bus. Location

ST14 8LJ.

Opening Times: 11am-5pm

Price: £5 per person to buy on the day

For more information about other events, visit



Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th June

We love our gardens at Hadley End, Yoxall, and we

would like to invite you to join us over the weekend. So,

bring the family, your well-behaved pooch too (on a lead

please), and why not bring a blanket to stretch out upon

whilst enjoying our homemade cakes and a refreshing

drink? Whether you're after gardening ideas, plants, a

vintage tractor display or musical entertainment, there’ll be something to interest

you! . Opening Times: 12.30pm-5.30pm. Price: £4 per adult for both days

(accompanied children and dogs free). Tickets on the day from the first garden

visited. Proceeds shared between Barton Lions (supporting local charities) and the

Red Cross.

Back Lane, Hadley End, DE13 8PF and follow the signs for the car park. Disabled

parking available.


Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th


There will be 14 interesting

gardens to view ranging

from the bijou to large

gardens, even the school

children's wildlife area and

garden! There are two refreshment areas selling homemade

cakes, and on Saturday the church will be open early at

12pm noon selling ploughman's lunches and cakes, whilst

on Sunday the Youth Centre will provide refreshments

from 1pm. A lovely canalside garden is also providing

refreshments both days. Full musical itinerary and craft

stalls on both days, as well as Morris Dancers on Sunday.

Car parking available on Church Lane.

Opening times: 1pm-5pm. Price: £5 per adult, under 16s



Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July

Alrewas Open Gardens weekend is

back after a break of two years and

features around 24 venues, with

some past favourites and some new

gardens to enjoy. There will also be

plant stalls, musical and craft artists, a

free children’s treasure hunt and free

parking, in addition to the traditional

refreshment venue at The Vicarage

grounds this year.

Alrewas village is located on the A38 between Lichfield and

Burton, near the National Memorial Arboretum. Please

follow signs to the free parking area.

Opening Times: 12pm-5pm. Price: Admission by programme

at £5 per adult, under 16s free.


Who’s who at Burntwood Town Council.

Chair -

Cllr Rob Birch

Burntwood Town View

Leader -

Cllr Sue



Leader -

Darren Ennis

Burntwood Town Council’s newsletter

BTC invite you to our

Jubilee Wakes celebration

This year’s FREE festival (on 4th June) is shaping up to be THE

Burntwood-wide event of the year, celebrating HM The Queen’s

Platinum Jubilee.

Cllr Darren Ennis, who has been organising Wakes’ events, said:

“We want to make this a really memorable event, one which

children will remember for years and one which every Burntwood

resident can enjoy. Come along, bring a picnic and enjoy the fun!”

Attractions will include live music and entertainment, a market

and community stalls, a heritage display, sport fun and attractions

for the children, all at Burntwood Leisure Centre from 12pm-8pm.

Staff Team - Jayne Minor, Deputy Clerk, Carole Payne,

Admin Officer, Mark Jones, Caretaker, Joe Bartram,

Cemetery Assistant, Alison James, Finance Officer, Michelle

Brownridge, OMC Cleaner.

Burntwood Town


The Old Mining College Centre | Queen Street |

Burntwood WS7 4QH Telephone | 01543 677166

Email info@burntwood-tc.gov.uk

Website | www.burntwood-tc.gov.uk

follow us on Twitter @burntwoodtc and Facebook



Chief Officer

and Town Clerk

- Steve Lightfoot

New Chair Elected

At its Annual Meeting,

Burntwood Town Council

unanimously elected Cllr

Rob Birch as its Chair for

this civic year. Rob, who

represents Boney Hay &

Central ward, has gained a

reputation for his

excellent Chairmanship of

the Council’s Planning & Development Committee

which will now be chaired by Cllr Paul Flanagan

(Chase Terrace ward). The Vice-Chair for the year

will be former Chair, Cllr Di Evans.

Rob announced that his charity for his civic year will

be Papyrus dedicated to the prevention of youth

suicide. “I am honoured to have been selected as the

Chairperson of Burntwood Town Council and I look

forward to representing the town and supporting

the work of the Councillors and volunteers across

our town during the coming year.”

Dementia Friendly Town

The Council’s ambition to make Burntwood a dementiafriendly

town has been rewarded by formal accreditation as a Dementia Friendly Community.

A working group, including partner organisations, has been raising awareness through activities

such as sharing forget-me-not seeds and an exhibition of photographs taken by people with

dementia, now on display at Greenwood Health Centre.

Dementia Awareness Week was celebrated by the group as work started on site at the Old

Mining College in Chasetown to develop a sensory garden which will be accessible to the

general public. One of the key partners in this initiative, MHA Communities, is planning a

Jubilee launch event in June.

Response & Repair Initiative

Gets Thumbs Up

Burntwood Town Council is taking forward new proposals for

a Burntwood Response & Repair Team (BuRT for short) The

scheme will see a fully-electric van purchased and a part-time

member of staff taken on to work with voluntary groups

making simple repairs to equipment such as bus shelters, signs

and reporting problems such as potholes.

Council Leader, Cllr Sue Woodward, said: “We see this as a real boon for the town and a

significant step in creating a Better Burntwood. The sorts of issues which cause frustration will

be on the Team’s action list and can be reported to the Council or local town councillors when

the service is up and running.”

The Council is also working with Burntwood Litter Heroes who recently received a grant to

continue the excellent work they do in keeping our town tidy.


Council Leaders are

saying “You asked. We’re

delivering”. It has been a

longstanding ambition to

bring markets to our town and they are now

scheduled for the 2nd Sunday of every month,

April to October (inclusive). The markets so far

have been greatly welcomed by local residents and

are growing month by month with more stalls and

visitors each time.

The Council has engaged market specialists, Bert

& Gert’s, to organise the market. Contact Bert &

Gert’s on info@bertandgerts.co.uk


Competition for


The sunflower is their

national flower. Can you

grow the tallest? Free

seeds available from Old

Mining College or use

your own. Make our

town smile in support of Ukraine! You can

collect free seeds from the Old Mining

College, Queen Street, Chasetown.


What’s On

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th June. Feast

on the Farm for the Queen’s Platinum


Join us for a Feast on the Farm,

celebrating the best of British Produce &

seasonal treats. The 2 course meal will be

freshly prepared by our Butchers, Deli

Team & Cafe Chefs and served to you out on the Farm, amongst

our crops, on long communal tables. There will be live music, a

local bar, a royal quiz & private access to our Strawberry Picking

for the duration of the event.

Venue: Canalside Farm, Shop & Cafe, Mill Lane, Great Haywood,

Staffordshire ST18 0RQ

Time: 12pm – 3pm. Price: £25 (adult), £12.95 (child), children age 2

& under eat free.

Booking essential. Visit www.canalsidefarm.co.uk to book.

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th

June. Father’s Day Gentleman’s

Afternoon Tea

Treat Dad to an Afternoon Tea with

a difference, this Father’s Day.

Packed full of local & homemade

savoury treats & a locally produced

bottle of beer included, it is the

perfect way to celebrate our super

hero Dads!

Venue: Canalside Farm, Shop & Cafe, Mill Lane, Great Haywood,

Staffordshire ST18 0RQ

Time: 3pm – 5pm. Price: £18.95 (inc. beer) £15.95 (without beer),

kids £8.95. Booking essential. Visit www.canalsidefarm.co.uk to


Promote your event in our What’s On guide and reach over 16,000 homes and

businesses for only £20 for businesses and £10 for charities. Entries must be 50

words maximum. To book contact Rebecca Hill 07970 513144


Please clearly mark your email ‘What’s On Lichfield'.

Throughout the month of June. Pick Your Own


Head down to the Farm throughout the month of June to Pick

Your Own Strawberries. A great day out for all of the family.

Our strawberries are grown on tabletops so there is no

bending over to pick & wide rows of strawberries to make

them as accessible as possible.

Venue: Canalside Farm, Shop & Cafe, Mill Lane, Great Haywood, Staffordshire ST18 0RQ

Time: 10am – 4pm daily. Price: Free entry, just pay for what you pick by weight.

No need to book. Please just double check our website before you travel to us as when we

get picked out, we just need to close for a few days to replenish the crop


Tuesday 7th June

The City of Lichfield Ladies’ & Men’s Probus Club

Members of the Club meet on the first Tuesday of the month for an optional buffet lunch

followed by a talk. In June, the talk will be “Embroidery Meets the Queen” by Barbara Marshall.

New members are always very welcome.

Venue: St Matthew’s Social Club, Burntwood, WS7 9EP. Time: 12.30pm

Contact peter.hitchman44@gmail.com or telephone 07971 113505.

Saturday 25th June

A Day at the Waterworks

Lichfield Waterworks Trust is opening the gates of Sandfields

Pumping Station to the public for “A Day at the

Waterworks” at which there will be tours of the 1873

Cornish Steam Engine, community and volunteer group

stalls, refreshments, music, book and plant sales plus

afternoon and evening concerts.

Venue: Sandfields Pumping Station, Chesterfield Road, WS14

0AA. Time: From 10am. For further details see the LWT website at

www.lichfieldwaterworkstrust.co.uk or email chrispattison10@gmail.com.

Sausage & Cider Festival

23rd – 26th June

Catton Hall & Park, West Midlands

The original and biggest Sausage & Cider Festival in the UK will

see a return this year in June to the beautiful grounds of

Derbyshire’s Catton Park, offering sizzling food, drink and more

- plus over 20 of the world’s top tribute acts across four days.

A big weekend for foodies and music-lovers alike, attendees can either camp on site or come

down for the day.

The music line-up includes The Bootleg Beatles, BGT's Whitney Houston Tribute - Belinda

Davids, Take That Rule the World and Kings of Lyon. Attendees can choose from a large

selection of stalls and mouth-watering street food - including the very best sausages (one

sausage even requires signing a disclaimer form before tasting!) - as well as an array of drink

stands with over 20 varieties of cider to sample. www.sausageandciderfestival.com

Back 2 Festival

30th June – 3rd July

Catton Hall & Park, West Midlands

The most outrageous trip down memory lane, Back

2 Festival is returning with a line-up boasting over 50

artists from the 80s, 90s and 00s!

Festival goers will be dazzled with performances

from a variety of pop legends, garage acts, dance DJs,

and retro chart-toppers across two, fantastic stages.

Nostalgic reggae-pop heavyweights UB40 featuring

Ali Campbell (In Memory of Astro); pop superstars Steps and Aqua; and German dance act

Cascada will be topping the bill across the four-day festival. Joining these pop heavyweights on

the bill are the likes of East 17, S Club, Fatman Scoop, Vengaboys, T’Pau, Scouting for Girls,

Toploader, Basshunter, Ace of Base and more. www.back2festivals.co.uk



Friends 2 Friends, the charity which supports adults with learning disabilities and other

vulnerable adults, celebrated its 10-year anniversary in May. F2F meets at Cruck House and

Curborough Community Centre every week. Come along and join in. Contact

f2friendscharity@gmail.com for more information.


ES Jewellery

From the new Fred Bennett Reborn

collection, this bracelet is crafted from dyed

blue cork, black recycled leather and

features a stainless-steel clasp - ideal for

those who are mindful of sustainability. Why

not create the perfect Father’s Day gift with

engraved handwritten text using the free

engraving service?*

*Allow 3 working days for engraving.

Available from ES Jewellery, Tamworth

Street, Lichfield.


Eden Gallery

'Dad' - a framed signed limited edition by

Alexander Millar. Perfect for Father's Day.

Priced at £295. Available from Eden Gallery,

Curborough Countryside Centre, Watery

Lane, Lichfield, WS13 8ES.

Tel: 01543 268393.


Mercia Spirits Lab

With generously steeped botanicals to give

a sweet natured spirit that is soft on the

pallet and smooth on the tongue, Mercia

Spirits Crafted Small Batch Gin is the

perfect served over ice and with a mixer,

for that special Father’s Day tipple.

Available from Mercia Spirits Lab, Bishton

Hall, ST17 0XN.



Treat Dad to his dream barbecue, such as

this Weber Master-Touch E-5750 GBS 57cm

Charcoal Kettle BBQ in Black. Priced at

£287 and available from PavingPlace.co.uk.

Something for Dad

Father’s Day is on 19th June this year, but

what do you get the man who has

everything? We’ve put together a guide of

unique gift items from some of our

favourite local retailers to give you some


Allen Brown Jewellery

Why not treat Dad to this leather and

stainless steel multi strand bracelet? Priced

at £103. Available from Allen Brown

Jewellery located at Heart of the Country

Shopping Village, Swinfen, Lichfield, WS14

9QR. Tel: 01543 481 948.


City Jewellers

Single Watch Winders by Wolf make the

perfect gift for Dad this Father’s Day! Priced

at £269 and available from City Jewellers,

Bore Street, Lichfield.



Paul Martyn Interiors

At Paul Martyn, you’ll find a wide selection

of unique and quirky Father’s Day gifts all

under one roof! From handmade leather

wallets, to mugs, sculptures and ornaments

– you’re bound to find the ideal pressie

for Dad!

Visit Paul Martyn at Heart of the Country

Shopping Village, Swinfen.


Michael’s Menswear

Claudio Lugli designer label summer

patterned short sleeve shirts. Priced at

£74.95. Plus see the extensive range of

summer wear at Michael's Menswear,

Market Street, Lichfield. Tel: 01543 262264.


The Newsletter of Lichfield City Council - June 2022

Councillor Mark Warfield, Leader of the Council

Welcome to this issue of City View.

One of the areas which makes our City unique is the variety

of traditional events for the community which we organise

each year. As all Covid restrictions have finally been lifted it

is wonderful to see these events returning once more. From

all the fun of Shrovetide Pancake Races and Court of Arraye,

through to the Samuel Johnson Birthday celebrations and the

Christmas lights switch-on ceremony. The next key event in

this annual calendar is the Sheriff’s Ride which this year will

be held in a reduced capacity on Saturday 10 September

(further details can be found on these pages) closely followed

by the Samuel Johnson Birthday Celebrations, which are

being held on Saturday 17 September.

This year of course will be extra special as we commemorate

Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee and I expect many of you will

be celebrating with street parties. To mark the occasion the

City Council will be holding a special Jubilee Market along

Minster Pool Walk across the Jubilee weekend and

incorporating the usual Producers’ Market on Sunday 5 June.

The Council is also joining forces with Lichfield Cathedral to

mark the national celebrations with the lighting of a beacon

and the official Platinum Jubilee Cry will be given by the

City’s Town Crier.

The Annual Meeting of the Council was held on 16 May.

where a new Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Sheriff were

appointed. I would like to thank the retiring civic team for their

tremendous work on behalf of the City during their year in

Office and wish the new office holders every good wish for an

interesting and enjoyable year ahead.

The City Council is a large and active parish council and our

annual report summarising the work of the Council over the

past year was presented to the Annual Town (electors)

meeting on 25 May. This annual report gives a clear

overview of the range of services which the City Council

provides, from grounds maintenance to the markets and

community halls, the Guildhall and civic events, Twinning and

of course the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum. Copies

are available from the City Council’s offices or can be

downloaded from our website.

I hope you all have an enjoyable summer relishing everything

that is on offer in this wonderful, vibrant City of ours.

Official Jubilee Celebrations

The City Council will be joining forces with Lichfield Cathedral to officially mark the

occasion of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee on Thursday 2 June.

Joining the national celebrations, the City’s Town Crier will perform the Platinum

Jubilee Cry at 9.30pm at the West Front of the Cathedral, following which the choir

will sing the Song for the Commonwealth. As the sun sets a Piper will play a special

tune composed for the occasion by Stuart Liddell of Inveraray, Scotland. This will

be followed by a bugle call and the lighting of the Beacon by the Bishop of Lichfield

and the Deputy Lieutenant.

A special Platinum Jubilee flag will also fly above the Guildhall throughout the weekend.

Members of the pubic are encouraged to attend to watch this historic event.

Civic Team for 2021/22

The investiture of the new Mayor, Deputy

Mayor and Sheriff took place at the

Guildhall on Monday 16 May 2022.

The new Mayor of the City is Councillor

Jamie Checkland who will be supported

by the Mayoress Mrs Stephanie


In accepting the office of Mayor for the

forthcoming year, Councillor Checkland

thanked his fellow councillors for their

support and stated that it was a great

honour and privilege to be elected. He

also paid tribute to the work of the

outgoing Mayor, Councillor Robert

Yardley and Sheriff, Mr Peter Hitchman,

who had together raised just over

£10,000 for their chosen charities; We Love Lichfield and Friends2Friends during

their year in office.

The new Deputy Mayor is Councillor Paul Jones and Mrs Laura Wilkes is the

Deputy Mayoress.

Completing the new Civic Team is Councillor Janice Greaves who has now

become Sheriff of the City and will be supported by her Consort Mr Keith


The Mayor proudly announced his appointment of Police Cadet Thomas Dodds

and Mayor’s Chaplain, Revd Ian Hayter for his forthcoming year in office.

Following the investiture of the new Civic Team, the retiring Mayor, Mayor’s

Consort and Sheriff were presented with replica badges of office.

During their year in office the Mayor and Sheriff will jointly host three events to

raise money for their nominated charities: the Sebbie Hall Kindness Foundation

and the Pathway Project. Further information regarding these events will be

published over the course of the year on our website www.lichfield.gov.uk. If you

would like to be included on our mailing list, please email civic@lichfield.gov.uk

L – R: Sheriff - Cllr Janice Greaves Mayor - Cllr Jamie

Checkland and Deputy Mayor - Cllr Paul Jones

Police Cadet Thomas

Dodds receives his badge

from the Mayor at the

Annual Council meeting on

16 May

If you would like to keep up to date with more of the City Council’s

activities, you can follow the City Council on Twitter @lichfield_cc.



Coming soon at the Samuel

The Newsletter of Lichfield City Council

Jubilee Markets in


To celebrate the Queens Platinum

Jubilee, Lichfield Markets will be

relocating to Minster Pool walk from

Thursday 2 June - Sunday 5 June,

allowing the Bower fair to take up its

usual place of residence on the

Market square.

A market has been specially created

on Thursday 2 June to mark this

historic occasion where you can expect to find a variety of stalls and light

entertainment, the General market

will then relocate to Pool walk on

Friday 3 & Saturday 4 June and we

round off the weekend with the

popular Producers Market on

Sunday 5 June.

We still have limited spaces

available for stall holders and face

painters to register your interest

contact the City Council’s Markets

Officer. Tel: 01543 309853 or e-mail: markets@lichfield.gov.uk

Don’t forget the majority of the roads in the City Centre will be closed from

Thursday 2 and Sunday 5 June.

Sheriff’s Ride Saturday 10


Following a decision by Council

to examine the costs associated

with the Sheriff’s Ride and

options for its long-term future, a

Sheriff’s Ride Working Party

comprising of cross-party

councillor representation and

also including the Clerk of the

Course has been set up to

investigate these matters and all other elements of

the Ride.

Subsequently the working party has advised

Council that the ride should take place on a muchreduced

scale this year (as also occurred last

year). This will involve the Sheriff maintaining the

charter command and also visiting landowners

along the route of the Ride followed by a

celebratory Banquet at the Guildhall on the evening.

Unfortunately for this year, no other horses/riders will be invited to take part in

the Ride. As a result, we will not be accepting registrations or riders from

Cannock Chase Trekking Centre (with whom we would usually run the event

in partnership) or private individuals this year. This is an ongoing review, and

we are hopeful that a clear way forward will be established during 2022.

If you would like further details, or tickets to the banquet please contact the

City Council Offices on 01543 20011 or email civic@lichfield.gov.uk

Johnson Birthplace


Birthplace Bookworms

Fortnightly Saturday, 10:30am –11:40am, £3.50 (Discounts for families)

Our fortnightly reading club for 7–11-year-olds. Bookworms offers little ones

the chance to read stories aloud, brought to life with fun craft activities.

Booking is required.

Birthplace Writing Group

Second Saturday of the month, 2pm, free

Both beginners and current writers are welcome to this friendly adult group

to nurture and fulfil their writing aspirations in our inspiring venue.

House of Games

Thursday 21 July – Friday 2 September, Daily 10.30 – 4.30pm, free

The historic house will be filled with traditional toys and games to delight all

ages throughout the holidays

Summer Fun at Sam’s House

Every Thursday in August from 11.00am. Booking required, £3.50

Hands-on creative activity sessions for the summer holidays

Samuel Johnson’s 313th Birthday Celebrations

Saturday 17th September, 10.30 – 4.30pm, free

Join us for day of celebration for Lichfield’s most famous son, including a

slice of birthday cake, family activities, readings by Lichfield Poets and more!

The Old Guildhall

Prison Cells

The Old Guildhall Prison Cells are open to

visitors on Saturdays from 10am – 4pm until


Entrance is free.

The Museum is open daily from 10.30am-4.30pm. Standard entry is Free

of charge. Call 01543 264 972 or email sjmuseum@lichfield.gov.uk for

more information or to book an event.



The Newsletter of

Lichfield City Council

Dates for your diary…

Saturday 4 June Court of Arraye

10.30am Guildhall. The Mayor will then crown the

Bower Queen at 12 Noon outside the Guildhall

Saturday 10 September Sheriff’s Ride & Banquet

Sheriff leaves the Guildhall (time tbc), Banquet 7.00pm


Saturday 17 September Dr Johnson Birthday


11.50am Market Square

Sunday 13 November Remembrance Sunday

10.00am Cathedral Service, 10.50am Garden of


Saturday 19 November Mayor & Sheriff’s Charity

Dinner Dance

7.00pm Guildhall

Sunday 27 November Switch on Christmas


5.00pm Market Square

For more information call 01543 250011,

or email civic@lichfield.gov.uk



Have you visited the City

Council’s website? It offers a

wealth of information about

the work of the City Council,

including details of all Council

meetings and associated

documents. In addition, it

contains useful information

about the City, its history, festivals and major events,

and its many unique customs and traditions.

The right Council…

Lichfield City Council is the ‘parish’

authority for the City and is the smallest of the

three councils serving the City area. Within the

City we deal with local matters such as the

markets, maintenance of open spaces and

churchyards, civic and mayoral events, the

Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum and public

lettings of the Guildhall.

Lichfield District Council (Tel: 01543 308000)

is the larger local authority dealing with such

matters as planning, environmental health,

refuse collection, housing, car parking, arts and

tourism, and leisure services.

Staffordshire County Council (Tel: 0300 111

8000) is the responsible authority for wider

services such as Education, Social Services

and Highways.



City Council meetings are held in the Guildhall, Bore Street. Dates and times of meetings can be found

on the noticeboard outside the Guildhall, and on the City Council's website at www.lichfield.gov.uk

Meetings are open to the public, with public participation

sessions held at full Council and at the Planning

Committee(when called). Advance notice needs to be given to

the Council of the subject matter of each question, and any

person wishing to speak must contact the Council Offices at

Donegal House, Bore Street (next to the Guildhall) before

NOON on the day of the meeting.

Monday 13 June 2022 6.30pm COUNCIL

Monday 25 July 2022 6.30pm COUNCIL

Monday 27 September 2022 6.30pm COUNCIL

Monday 12 December 2022 6.30pm COUNCIL



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