Citylife in Lichfield August 2022

Celebrate the last month of summer 2022 with our bright and breezy August magazine! With plenty of places for you to enjoy afternoon tea, brunch or an intimate evening meal, activities to keep the young, and not-so-young, fit and healthy, and we also have our usual mix of recipes, history features, What's On events and, of course, our ever popular Month in Pictures feature. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of the summer while reading our local, fun, community-focussed August magazine!

Celebrate the last month of summer 2022 with our bright and breezy August magazine! With plenty of places for you to enjoy afternoon tea, brunch or an intimate evening meal, activities to keep the young, and not-so-young, fit and healthy, and we also have our usual mix of recipes, history features, What's On events and, of course, our ever popular Month in Pictures feature.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of the summer while reading our local, fun, community-focussed August magazine!


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A Summer of Making Memories


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Your Local



6 Local News

What's happening in and around the area

10 Lichfield District Council News

Doug Pullen shares the Council's latest business


20 Burntwood Town View

Burntwood Town Council's monthly newsletter

22 Days Out for Kids!

What to see and do in the area over the Summer

34 Lichfield's Hidden Writers

Jono Oates delves into the City's past

42 In All Their Glory!

Lesley Smith shares tales of her time at

Tutbury Castle


From the Editor…

Welcome to the August issue of Citylife in Lichfield and, as I write this,

the sun is shining but what a mixed bag it’s been over the past month!

From torrential rain to the hottest day on record, it’s fair to say the City

has seen it all!

This month, I’m delighted to welcome the Leader of Lichfield District

Council, Doug Pullen, as a guest contributor in what I hope will become

a regular feature.

As it’s the Summer holidays, we’ve put together a feature showcasing

just a few of our favourite venues and events to take the children to;

we’ve also got our usual history features, written by the fantastic Jono

Oates (who potentially knows more about the City and its past than

anyone else!); plus Lesley Smith, curator of Tutbury Castle, shares more

amusing anecdotes about life at the castle in her column.

So take a seat in the garden (or inside!), pop on your sunglasses (or

rainhat!) and enjoy this month’s magazine!





Choir Sweeps

the Board

A choir from Staffordshire is celebrating after

sweeping the board at the inaugural Midlands

Choir of the Year competition, organised by

Lichfield Festival as part of its 40th anniversary


Cor Bach from Newcastle-under-Lyme beat off

five rivals in a concert at Lichfield Cathedral to

lift the first Midlands Choir of the Year trophy

and were announced as winners of the

audience vote too.

The nine-strong male choir impressed the jury

with their renditions of Vive L’Amour, Lowlands

and Crazy Little Thing Called Love.

The group received a cash prize of £1000 and

an invitation to sing at the 2023 Lichfield

Festival as well as a further prize of £500 as

winners of the audience vote.

The competition was open to amateur, adult

singing groups of all types and musical genres

from across the Midlands region through a

recorded entry round, live semi-finals and the

final which took place in Lichfield Cathedral on

10th July.


New Season at

The Hub

Welcome to The Hub’s new season of events –

full of arts and culture for everyone throughout

Autumn/Winter 2022.

The new programme is full of local emerging

talent with Let Me In productions leading the

way with Once the Musical (26th Aug-17th

Sept), its most ambitious theatre project to


Following on from the success of Star Wars and

Gaia, The Hub is continuing its exciting largescale

exhibitions with The Magic Of Middle

Earth celebrating the incredible fantasy world

brought to life by J.R.R. Tolkien (24th Aug – 11th


Muso legend, Tom Robinson, drops by on 5th

October and the new Friday Night Live music

series will keep the music coming.

Plus there’s comedy and cabaret galore with

Très Très Cabaret - an evening of burlesque and

variety plus the popular #BingoHun – Lichfield’s

very own boozy bingo night!

Find out about The Hub and all Hub events at

www.thehubstmarys.co.uk or pop in to pick up

a brochure!


Former Dignitaries

Present Charity


Robert Yardley presents cheque to Simon Price of

‘We Love Lichfield

On Thursday 14th July Councillor Robert

Yardley, Mayor of Lichfield during 2021/22,

accompanied by Mr Peter Hitchman and Mrs

Pat Peters (Sheriff and Sheriff’s Lady 2021/22)

presented cheques to representatives of their

nominated charities.

During their year in office, the Mayor and

Sheriff raised £11,095.58 which was divided

evenly between their two chosen charities, ‘We

Love Lichfield’ & ‘Friends2Friends’. Simon Price

representing ‘We Love Lichfield’ & Mark White

representing ‘Friends2Friends’, were delighted

to each receive a cheque for £5,547.79.

The former Mayor and Sheriff hosted a variety

of successful charity events throughout their

year in office, including Beer & Skittles, Quiz

Night, Dinner Dance, Sunday Lunch, Race Night

& Vintage Musical Evening & Auction.

Councillor Robert Yardley & Mr Peter

Hitchman would like to offer their sincere

thanks to all the local businesses, groups and

individuals who supported their fundraising

activities and for their wonderful generosity

towards two very worthy causes.


Real Deal for Local


Richard Winterton with David Dickinson

Celebrity antiques expert David Dickinson

visited Lichfield recently to film with auctioneer

Richard Winterton.

‘The Duke’ hosted a ‘dealer day’ for ITV’s

Dickinson’s Real Deal at Burton Market Hall on

Sunday July 10th.

The show, which is in its 18th series, sees

people take in their collectables for valuation

and then decide whether to put the item up for

auction or be tempted to take a dealer’s cash

offer. The Real Deal team was on the lookout

for hidden treasures and offering people advice.

Items consigned from the event at Burton were

then included in Richard Winterton

Auctioneers’ sale on Tuesday July 26th at The

Lichfield Auction Centre, Fradley Park.

This round of filming was extra special for

Richard Winterton Auctioneers as it coincided

with the realisation of a long-term wish for a

new premises at Burton, adding to the existing

premises in Tamworth and Fradley. The new

premises will offer pop-up specialist valuations

and an opportunity for members of the public

to learn more about auctions.

For more information on upcoming auctions

and valuation events, call 01543 251081, email

office@richardwinterton.co.uk or visit



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Stephen Fry Reads

Local Boy’s Story

Stephen Fry

James Peters

James Peters, aged nine, from Rugeley was

announced as the winner of Lichfield Festival’s

children’s story writing competition. His

winning entry ‘Endless Journeys, Endless

Adventures’ has been recorded by the actor,

broadcaster and writer Stephen Fry.

Launched by Lichfield Festival as part of its 40th

anniversary celebrations the competition

challenged children to write an original short

story on the theme of Green Journeys, real or

imaginary, or to think about how they might

change and save the world. The competition

was sponsored by EQUANS, who are redeveloping

Rugeley Power Station, leading the

way in low carbon solutions to bring a greener

future for us all.

James, who is a pupil at Hob Hill Primary

School, wrote a story about a tin can who

dreams of the ‘endless adventures’ it might have

through recycling.


Sponsors back

Lichfield Proms

One of the highlights of the district’s social

calendar, Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park, has

secured sponsorship from a host of local


The free event, which takes place this year on

Saturday 3rd September, attracts up to 15,000

people, all eager to enjoy an evening of stirring

music as the sun goes down.

It would, however, not be possible without the

generosity of local businesses and the Council

wishes to thank them for supporting the event

through sponsorship and advertising.

Thanks to Gold sponsors Strongs Plastic

Products and Brownhill Hayward Brown; Silver

sponsors Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad,

Lichfield Chamber of Trade and Commerce,

More Space 4 U, Zest education, Prizm

Solutions and Tenet Mortgage Solutions and

Bronze sponsors Wilcox Refinishers, Blue Print

Design, The Best of Lichfield, Keelys LLP

Solicitors, Beacon Street Garage and C


Thanks also to Lichfield City Council and

Swinfen Broun Trust for their support and

county councillors Richard Cox, Janet Eagland,

Colin Greatorex and David Smith who have

each pledged money from their Staffordshire

County Council 2022 Community Fund



New Sheltered

Housing Opens

The first residents have moved into a brandnew

sheltered housing scheme in Lichfield.

Bluebell Court is a purpose-built development

of 29 one and two-bedroom apartments

offering affordable homes for social rent.

Conveniently located for accessing the city

centre, on the corner of Rotten Row and

Deans Croft, this sustainable and accessible

scheme has been designed with the

environment in mind.

It has been built to new insulation standards

and every apartment features a heat recovery

pump, enabling warmth from extracted air to be

reused, which residents can control and

programme themselves for optimum energy


Bluebell Court has a communal space, rooftop

terrace and secure parking for cars, bikes and

scooters for residents and visiting family and

friends. The scheme is also pet-friendly, in

recognition of the wellbeing benefits a pet can


Pictured (l-r): Chief Executive of Midland Heart

Glenn Harris MBE, Vice Chair of Lichfield

District Council Harry Warburton, Chair and

Non-Executive Member of Midland Heart John

Edwards CBE, and Mayor of Lichfield Jamie


Float to Live

Tamworth & Lichfield Royal National Lifeboat

Institution (RNLI) branch will have a stand at

the Children's Fun Day on Wednesday 3rd of

August in Beacon Park.

Distressed by the stories of so many youngsters

drowning while trying to cool off during the

heatwave RNLI want to share some lifesaving

tips. It’s easy to get into trouble, not only at the

seaside but in inland lakes and rivers which

looks so calm and ‘safe’. The shock of very cold

water is a danger in itself, not to mention the

hazard of diving in when you have no idea

what’s below the surface.

RNLI have an advice page on their website –

just search “RNLI Float to Live” to learn more.

The idea is to try not to panic but to spread

out, starfish like, and float. Taking deep breaths

will help buoyancy and help calm you down

until help arrives.

Bring the children along to see the RNLI and

learn how to be safe in the water.

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District Council House

is Open for Business!

By Doug Pullen, Leader of Lichfield District Council

There’s been a

tremendous amount of

change at Lichfield

District Council over the last

12 months as we (finally!)

fully emerged from COVID

restrictions, while also

recruiting a new CEO to lead

our organisation forward.

There’s far more to update

you on than I can cram into

this column (hint hint

Editor….), so I’ll start with what we are doing to our own

offices, and why we are doing it.

I’m a firm believer that council assets should all ‘earn their keep’ in

one form or another - including our offices – so I’m really pleased

that we’ve thrown open our doors at District Council House to

several new tenants, all of whom will help create a new sense of

vibrancy at our Frog Lane offices.

The opportunity for us to co-exist with businesses in the same

premises is exciting and with its excellent facilities and city centre

location we are confident District Council House will quickly

establish itself as a popular place for companies to locate.

We’ve replaced our somewhat ‘traditional’ customer service desk

with Penni Uni - a relaxed, dog-friendly coffee shop on the Ground

Floor at the District Council.

It has been created by the team behind Melbourne, the leading café

and catering group based in Bird Street and is a brilliant place to catch

up on emails, have an informal meeting or get together with friends

over a cuppa.

There is certainly plenty to tempt coffee lovers at Penni Uni. Its

coffee is roasted in-house and features home-made syrups with

flavours including vanilla, honeycomb and white chocolate.

Penni Uni also serves fruit smoothies, Jaffles (Australian toasties)

with fillings including New York Deli, brie, bacon and cranberry, spicy

vegan and cheese and bean and for those with a sweet-tooth a range

of stuffed cookies and cakes. Delicious!

Dogs are especially welcome with the coffee shop serving doggie

biscuits and ‘pupaccinos’ just for them. Stylishly decorated with

colourful graffiti art Penni Uni is open to the public Monday to Friday

8am to 4pm.

Our Business Incubator space, The Hive, is starting to take shape

nicely, with over 30 businesses taking up the opportunity to tour our

offices and give direct feedback on how the council can support them

more fully in their endeavours. We are looking at ways that we can

support small businesses and considering shared desks, meeting

spaces, short and long term space rental opportunities; plus we are

working with potential business mentors and advisors and investors

to create a vibrant, exciting destination for organisations to thrive in.

Lichfield District Council Leader, Doug Pullen, speaks with

businesses as they tour the newly available business space at

the District Council House.

Lichfield District already has a much higher than average business

survival rate – we hope that this will further solidify Lichfield as a

great place to start a business.

I want us to work much more closely with the voluntary sector in

Lichfield District, and we’d love some of them to take space within

our offices - and we are in advanced conversations with at least one

well-established charity to do just that.

We are using a small area of the car park at District Council House

to accommodate The Big Red Bike, a Charitable Incorporated

Organisation in the city which takes residents who are unable to get

out and about independently on rides around Lichfield.

This is a fantastic scheme which helps people in the district at risk

of isolation. They are carried in a two-seater electric tricycle called a

trishaw by a team of fully trained volunteers.

The bike is fully-insured and the service is free. It is great to see

people enjoying their rides around the city on this special bike and to

be able to support the scheme for the benefit of residents.

Finally, our offices are now back fully-open and we are once again

welcoming people in for face-to-face appointments. It is great to be

able to support people in person as we know some people prefer

and need personal support and our Customer Support team is happy

to help.

Most of our services are available online so it’s definitely worth

checking first on our website. If you do need to come and see us, we

just ask that you call ahead to arrange an appointment on 01543 308

000 and we can make sure one of our team is available to help.

Penni Uni Cafe



Phew - What a


By Lauren Hirst

We all like a bit of summertime fun but it’s important to keep our furry

friends cool and safe during the summer heat. Remember dogs can’t

sweat like we do to cool down. Greyhounds are particularly

susceptible as are flat nosed and are also often elderly or infirm dogs. The main

way they regulate their temperature is by panting (there are some sweat glands

in their paws to help dissipate heat but it only helps a little). Care is needed to

monitor their activity levels to make sure they don’t over exert themselves – they

just don’t know when to stop!

So here are some top tips that we use at Greyhound Trust Hall Green with our kennel

dogs and adopters to help our dogs remain cool and prevent any heat related problems.

1. There is no rule that a dog MUST be walked every day – a dog has never died

from not having a walk, but can if walked when it’s too hot. If you do go for a walk, go

very early in the morning or later in the evening (but even then it can still be very hot

and humid). Test surfaces with the back of your hand - it it’s too hot for you then it’s

too hot for your dog’s paws – this includes patios, artificial grass, and decking. Hose

down hot surfaces if your dog needs to cross hot surfaces to toilet.

2. Instead, play some ‘brain games’ with them in the house or garden to give them

something to do instead of going for a walk.

3. Access to water – have water bowls all over the house. A squirty bottle is

useful if your dog is reluctant to drink which also helps evaporative cooling when they

pant. A splash of milk or better yet bone broth in the water bowl may encourage your

dog to drink. Add extra water when soaking their kibble as a way to increase hydration

or switch temporarily to wet food which has a higher moisture content.

4. Evaporative cooling helps to bring down a dog’s temperature. Special fabric

cooling coats or cloths when soaked in cool (not cold) water draws heat from your dog.

Make sure they are regularly removed and replenished with cool water otherwise they

will warm up the dog’s body. Some dogs enjoy paddling pools to lie in. If your dog isn’t

keen on water, try adding bits of sausage to entice them in for a bit of ‘sausage bobbing’

and cooling their feet. If your dog gets hot – use your squirty bottle of water or garden

hose to wet him down – include belly ears, and between the legs.

5. Fans are another good way to cool your dog – freeze a large pop bottle filled

with water and place in front of the fan – instant air conditioning! Works for people too!

Never leave your dog in a conservatory.

6. Make some ‘dogsicles’. Stuff and freeze a Kong or hollow chew toy, freeze their

favourite treats like hot dogs, or make ice cubes with yogurt and mashed fruit or peanut

butter, bone broth, wet food etc - there are loads of ideas online.

7. It goes without saying, never, ever leave your dog in a hot car, even with the

windows open. Check your dog often during a journey as aircon doesn’t always reach

the very back of the car. If you don’t have aircon – consider if the journey is a necessary

– especially if you might get stuck in traffic with no breeze.

8. Remember that it’s the AIR temperature

and HUMIDITY as well as the sun that is

dangerous – just because the sun’s not out,

doesn’t mean it’s safe to go outside. Humidity

lessens the effect of evaporative cooling.

9. Familiarise yourself with the signs of heat

exhaustion: excessive panting, dribbling,

lethargy/lack of coordination, very red or purple

gums and inner ears, rapid pulse, vomiting,

diarrhoea, collapse.

10. Any concerns, take quick action – get to

a shady area, get cool water all over their bodies,

fan them to create a breeze, and get to the vets

straight away. It could make all the difference.

Enjoy the summer but please stay safe. For more

information about the dogs needing loving, forever

homes, please ring us on 0121 424 810, visit

www.greyhoundgtrusthallgreen.org.uk or follow

on Facebook.



The Cookware and Tableware Specialists

40th Anniversary

The Kitchen Shop was opened 40 years ago in August 1982, by husband and wife team,

Barry & Hilary Woolston. They recognised a gap in the market, started off as a franchise

cookshop and soon decided to go it alone to allow them to offer a more eclectic range of

stock to their customers.

The shop in 1982 was much smaller than it is today, just operating on the ground floor.

On their opening day, 20th August, Barry remembers the queues down Market Street to

just get into the shop! “It was a phenomenal day. Hilary and I knew we’d made a great


In 1987 the shop was remodelled so a tableware, homeware & gift section could be

added upstairs. This important development effectively doubled the size of the shop with

the new fabulous staircase in the centre of the shop leading to a first floor department. In

2009, the family reinvested in the business. Vicky says “We gave the shop a facelift with a

complete new shop front. New lighting and air-conditioning was installed throughout the

shop, which created a much brighter and more comfortable environment for our

customers, especially on warm days.”


Although the business model is very much

the same today as it was in the beginning, the

digital era has brought in the addition of social

media pages on Facebook, Twitter and

Instagram. The Kitchen Shop now sells online,

with click and collect available too, and all of

their products can be viewed through their

google profile where customers can reserve

or ask questions about products.


• T&G

Crushgrind Giant

Pepper Mill

Guess how many peppercorns

fit in the mill to win a set of

Crushgrind Mills.


Enter in-store 1st to 31st August

• Cellar Dine

Zap Cap

Be the “Fastest to Open 6 Beer


and win a Cellar Dine Gift

Set worth £29.99!

• Denby Halo

Mug Set

Guess how many minutes it takes

to make a Denby Halo Mug to

WIN a set of 2 Denby Halo

Mugs worth £36!

With thanks to the following suppliers for their support...


40 years on, The Kitchen Shop is run by Barry & his daughters

Vicky Woolston and Lizzy Braine with a team of friendly staff. Sadly

Hilary passed away in January 2021 which was a huge blow to the

family, but they are determined to carry on her legacy.

One thing that has not changed over the years is the high level of

customer service. All staff are regularly trained and their product

knowledge is second to none.

Independent retail businesses are facing uncertain times and need

your support to survive. Lizzy told Citylife “it is now more than ever,

important for us to ask people to buy local. As a Lichfield business

we are committed to also buy local. When we want our windows

cleaned and any building maintenance done we choose a local

supplier. The aim is to help keep the economy rolling in Lichfield.”

The Kitchen Shop houses a vast choice of products. Downstairs

you will find everything you need for your kitchen: a huge selection

of cookware, tools, knives, aprons, gadgets, bakeware, boards, mills,

small electricals & much more.

Upstairs you will find homewares such as cutlery, barware,

glassware, gifts and the largest range of tableware in the Midlands.

Expect to find leading brands such as Le Creuset, Smeg, Joseph

Joseph, Alessi, Denby, Burleigh, Emma Bridgewater and dozens more!

We are proud to be part of

Join Lizzy, Vicky and the

team this August in

celebrating an amazing

40 years of success in

business! Throughout the

month there will be FREE

in-store competitions, a

huge PRIZE DRAW which you can enter if you spend

£30. On their official Birthday, Saturday 20th August,

customers will be treated to a slice of birthday cake

and goody bags for the first 40 people spending £30

or more. Check out all the details in-store or on

social media.



From 1st to 31st August spend

£30 in-store and you will be

entered into our huge prize

draw – with a change to win

many fantastic prizes!


- £500 worth of

Le Creuset Products.

More details in-store.

27th August - 29th August

Bank Holiday Weekend

FREE In-store demonstrations


Sponsored by

• Le Creuset gift with purchase.

• Exclusive festival deals.

More details in-store and on-line.


Spend £30 in-store on our

Birthday, 20th August and

receive a Goody Bag worth

over £30!

While stocks last.

5 Market Street, Lichfield, WS13 6JX

Tel: 01543 268602



A Walking


By Alison Thornhill

Who doesn’t like walking along a river? We know that

walking has lots of benefits over and above simple

enjoyment: it boosts the immune system, improves joint

flexibility and helps lower blood pressure. Even better, walking in

the outdoors amongst nature has been proven to boost our mood

and improve our mental wellbeing.

With this in mind, the Trent Rivers Trust (TRT) is working with

partners throughout the Trent Valley to bring about the Trent Valley Way

(TVW), a way-marked walking route, extending 170 miles from its

source near Stoke-on-Trent to the Humber estuary.

The TVW passes cities, towns and villages. It’s rich with wildlife and

places of interest. It links communities, attracts visitors and contributes

to the local economy. It connects the cities and towns which have built

their business, industry and heritage on the River Trent or within its


It is already established for 84 miles through Nottinghamshire and

Lincolnshire passing through Nottingham, Newark, Gainsborough and


The length upstream of Rugeley in Staffordshire is just a provisional

line on a map at the moment.

Trent Rivers Trust is currently completing a new 32 mile-long section

between Rugeley and Shardlow. This work is being partly funded by The

National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the Transforming the Trent

Valley Landscape Partnership scheme (TTTV) and Tarmac. Work is

underway to waymark the route and upgrade stiles, steps and paths. It’s

hoped this work will be completed by October 2022. There will be

circular walks along parts of the path and interpretation points at

various locations along the route.

You’re invited to a weekend celebration of walking Join us to help

us celebrate the launch of the footpath this September during our

weekend of walks. We’re running guided walks on Saturday 24 and

Sunday 25.

We’ll also be running a walk along the 51km stretch of the TVW

on Saturday 1 October.

Email or call me to register your interest

alison@trentriverstrust.org /07887 720214.

For more information, visit www.trentriverstrust.org/trent-valley-way and to

find out more about the wider Transforming the Trent Valley project, visit


Got a story or charity

event you want to share

with our readership? Think

you’ve snapped an image

that captures the spirit of

the region? We want to

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Your Garden in August

By Byron Lewis

Phew what a scorcher!

The heatwave we experienced in July will have stressed most of us out

– along with lots of your plants too! Many plants suffered because of the

heat and may be looking a little jaded. There’s no harm in trimming many

of them back to encourage fresh new growth and possibly another flush

of flowers. Sunburnt leaves can be pinched off and these will quickly be

replaced. Give your plants a feed too and they should recover well.

As we enter August, this normally means summer holidays for many

people – lots have booked to go away but with all the recent airport and

flight disruption, you might be enjoying your garden for the next few

months instead! With that in mind, here are a few ideas for cottage

garden colour to make your garden an alternative holiday destination.

Cottage Garden Perennials

Lots of these popular plants will flower through the summer months and

generally need a little less looking after compared to some bedding

plants. Look out for plants like Verbena bonariensis with tall stems of

purple flowers. Shasta Daisies (Leucanthemum) are also typical border

plants with large white or pale yellow daisy like flowers which last for

weeks at a time. Agapanthus also flower in the summer, along with

Rudbeckia - try these together for a combination of blue/purple and

yellow. Removing dead flower heads on all these plants will encourage

further flowering into the autumn.

If we have another heatwave this month, please remember to water

your plants in the morning or evening - NOT in the middle of the day

when the temperatures are at their highest. This can stress your plants,

and some flowers and leaves are also liable to become scorched. While

watering, think about adding some general purpose feed to your

watering can to add vigour to your plants. The better fed they are, the

better they will perform. The same goes for hanging baskets and pots -

there is no natural water source in these, so the plants rely on you for

water and food. Water daily in hot weather.

Byron Lewis runs Lichfield Garden Centre at

Curborough Countryside Centre,

Lichfield. Tel: 01543 254306. Visit

www.lichfieldgardencentre.co.uk or find the centre on

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.



Burntwood Town View

A Note from the


It’s holiday season and I

wish all Burntwood

residents a safe and

enjoyable summer. Our

work at the Town Council

continues though as we

host Play in the Parks, our

next Markets and start our

Repair & Response Team

project in earnest – and,


Cllr Sue Woodward, Leader,

Burntwood Town Council

would you believe, start planning ahead for or

Christmas activities? Lots of other projects in the

pipeline from a renewal of our Heritage Trail to cycle

racks at our shopping areas. It’s amazing what our

town has achieved in partnership with local

community groups and organisations as we’ve

emerged from Covid restrictions and I pay tribute to

all of those groups who truly believe in a

#BetterBurntwood and work so hard to make it


The Producers Market at Sankey’s Corner goes from

strength to strength, with more stalls and more

people coming along to see what’s on offer! The

markets are held on the second Sunday of every

month – August’s will be on 14 August, from 9:30am

until 2pm. If you are interested in a stall, please email

Bert and Gerts on info@bertandgerts.co.uk

Burntwood Town Council’s newsletter

The day the Queen’s

Baton Relay came to


On 20 July, crowds turned out in their hundreds to see the

Queen’s Baton Relay come through the town to mark the

Commonwealth Games being held this year in Birmingham.

The Town Council was there, on Chasetown High Street to

hand out water, sweets and flags and to wave as Jane Sutton,

and the other baton bearers took the Baton on to

Chasewater. There was a great atmosphere, and it was definitely a moment to remember

for years to come.

Burntwood Response

and Repair Team

We are really pleased to have taken delivery of BURRT, out

fully electric, zero emission micro van. BURRT is helping to

extend the Town Council’s ambition to help make the Town

look and feel great. We are hiring a new member of staff

who will complete the Team and enable us to respond to issues, make minor repairs to our

infrastructure (such as our signposts, defib phone boxes, planters etc) and report problems to

the right authority or landowner. BURRT will become a familiar sight around town. Give him

a wave when you see him!

Play in the Parks

We have brought back Play in the Parks for 2022. This much-loved free event runs from the

end of July through August, in different parks in the town. We work with our partners, such as

St John’s Church, Spark and Fun Club, to organise these family friendly events, aimed at families

with primary school age children. There are games, rides, and a bouncy castle, all free, and

residents are encouraged to come and join the fun, and get the best use out of their parks. For

details, please follow our social media.

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



Community Seed Share.

The Town Council has agreed a small grant to help fund a free community seed share scheme,

where residents can bring seeds to swap, or find some seeds and small plants they can grow

and nurture at home. We have installed a small greenhouse at the front of the Old Mining

College and people have been bringing seeds and plants to share, and you are welcome to

come and have a look and help yourself. Find us on Facebook by search Burntwood

Community Seed share, or call in the Old Mining College weekdays.

Gritting schedules in Burntwood.

It seems strange to be talking about gritting in August, but Councils do plan far ahead. Although

Burntwood Town Council doesn’t have the responsibility for highways (this rests with the

County Council), your local Councillors share residents’ concerns a key route in town, Stables

Way, wasn’t included on the winter gritting schedule, and have been highlighting this problem

with County officials for quite some time. Cllr Sue Woodward said, “I am really pleased that

the lobbying has finally borne fruit and am grateful to the local highways officers for not letting

this slip off their agenda.” The Town Council will also be providing some new grit bins to make

sure that we can help tackle icing problems this winter.


Days Out

Prepare to ‘Bee’ Amazed!

Opening on Saturday 30th July,

Lichfield’s newly established ‘Maize

Maze,’ complete with bee theme, is

all set to get families buzzing this summer!

In its first year of operation, the ethos behind

the maze goes much deeper than simply

providing a place to play… it aims to celebrate

the country’s farming industry as well as the

incredible biodiversity of nature. The humble

bee is this year’s focus and, although known for

producing delicious honey, the role that bees

play in our everyday lives is so much more

important as they pollinate a lot of the food that we need to survive, as well as

supporting the habitats of our precious wildlife.

The family-run site features a 10-acre maze, plus a mini-maze for little legs,

offering a combined total of over 3 miles of winding paths to explore, with

wildflower strips and more than 65,000 sunflowers to help encourage nature’s

own pollinators to get busy too!

There’s lots to see and do, including a sandpit and lots of mini tractors to play

on, and all visitors will receive a maze map, stickers and an activity card.

Families are welcome to bring their own picnics, and there will also be an onsite

caterer, Strawberry Fields of Burntwood, to provide food, drinks, and snacks,

plus ice creams for a cooling post-maze treat! There will also be a small gift shop

to stock up on lovely bee and nature themed gifts.

Ticket prices start from £5 and pre-booking via the website is strongly

recommended to avoid disappointment.

Find out more at www.lichfieldmaizemaze.co.uk or search

@lichfieldmaizemaze on Facebook and Instagram.

Summer 2022

Saturday 6th, 13th & 20th


Climbing at your Cathedral

Try your hand at scaling an

8-metre-high climbing wall

at the Cathedral and get a

whole new perspective on

the great west front.

Conquer your fears,

explore your sense of adventure and step out of

your comfort zone!

Venue: Outside Lichfield Cathedral

Time: 10am-4pm

Find out more at www.lichfield-cathedral.org/climb.

Sunday 7th August

Toy Story on the Farm!

Join Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Mr Potato Head and Bullseye

for a toy-tastic day of fun on the farm! There’ll be

tons of fun during the day, including animal

encounters, face painting & temporary tattoos, plus

meet and greets with your favourite Toy Story


Venue: Burntwood Alpaca & Animal Experience,

Ironstone Road, Burntwood.


for Kids!

Time: Various times throughout the day.

Price: From £2.99.

Visit www.burntwoodalpacas.co.uk to book and find

out more.

Saturday 13th – Friday 19th August

Free Children’s Summer Activities

Keep your cool in the sun with some crafty summer

fun at Lichfield Cathedral. Design, draw and colour

stained glass windows, along with other craft


Venue: Lichfield Cathedral

No need to book, just drop by and join in!

Monday 22nd – Friday 26th August

Summer School at Lichfield Cathedral

Looking for something fun this summer holiday?

Drama, geocaching, singing and art? Sports, splashing,

games and crafts? Lichfield Cathedral and Lichfield

Cathedral School’s Summer School could be the

place for you!

Email summerschool@lichfieldcathedralschool.com

for more information.

Every Thursday

Summer Fun at Sam’s


Join the Samuel Johnson

Birthplace Museum for fun

craft activities in the house

here he was born! The

theme for these

workshops will be celebrations. Traditional toys can

also be found throughout the house during the

school holidays for all to enjoy.

Venue: Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, Market


Time: Workshops will start at 11am, 12pm & 2pm.

Price: Tickets cost £3.50 per child, and all must be

accompanied by an adult.

Advanced booking is essential. Call on 01543 264972

or email sjmuseum@lichfield.gov.uk to find out more

and book tickets.

Until Sunday 7th August

Carters Steam Fun Fair

Beautifully restored vintage fairground rides make

Carter’s the world’s prettiest travelling fun fair!

Experience the joy of a traditional British funfair and

make memories with your family.

Venue: Beacon Park, Lichfield.

For further information, or to book ride tickets, visit


Until Wednesday 31st August

The Beach at The Cathedral

We're inviting everyone to come to the Beach and

enjoy the space. Borrow a deck chair for a while and

put your feet up, build sandcastles with the kids,

borrow from our collection of garden toys and

games for family fun, grab a drink and some snacks

and while away the day.

Venue: Lichfield Cathedral

The Beach is free! Pop along whenever you like.

Escape from it All!

Days Out

Want to test your skills, unleash your creativity or vent

some anger? Lichfield’s brand-new live games experience

promises exhilarating fun for people of all ages!

Based in an old office block, the interior rooms at Escape Time

Lichfield have been fantastically transformed into different experiences

to engage the mind and body. First off, there is a paint splatter room –

perfect for kids who love to get creative, not to mention messy! Inside

this UV-lit studio is a plethora of ‘tools’ to entertain. Throw darts at

paint-filled balloons, shoot at friends and family using paint pistols, or

have a bash on the drum kit and watch the powder paint fly! There’s

also T-shirts to paint on, or canvasses to play with and create your own

masterpiece! Ponchos and shoe covers provided!

Fancy a good old game of shoot ‘em up… with a difference? Then

spend some time in the Gel Blaster room and have fun firing waterbased

gel pellets at neon targets with space guns! Or if car racing is

your thing, there’s a purpose-built model racetrack for you to put your

driving skills to the test!

Finally, for the grown-ups wanting to let out a little anger, the Rage

Room is the experience for you! Strictly for the 18 plusses (due to

health and safety), the room is filed with an array of breakable items

(crockery, china, glassware, mirrors, TVs, furniture) for you to smash and

obliterate your way through with a baseball bat or, if the mood takes

you, a crowbar, all whilst listening to your favourite music! Safety gear is


To top it all off, there’s the classic Escape Room too. In just 60

minutes, a team of up to six people must solve a series of puzzles

against the clock in order to escape… or be locked in forever! But will

you get out?

Visit www.escapetimelichfield.co.uk to find out

more and to book your experience. Use special

code CITY25 to get 25% off your session price

during the school summer holidays!

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Days Out

Play in the


Burntwood Town Council is putting on a series of

free events throughout the summer holidays. The

dates and venues for these sessions are all listed

below, and they take place between 11am-3pm.

Monday 1st August - Cherry Close Youth Centre

Wednesday 3rd August - Springhill Academy

Monday 8th August - Cherry Close Youth Centre

Wednesday 10th August - Redwood Park

Monday 15th August - Burntwood Park

Wednesday 17th August - Burntwood Park

Monday 22nd August - Chase Terrace Park

Wednesday 24th August - Springhill Academy


Making Magic at Auction

Bringing out a little auction magic is a thrill which

never goes away, from clients’ initial ‘wow’ when a

valuation takes them by surprise to an even bigger

‘WOW’ when the hammer goes down.

Following our special event at the Lichfield Garrick

in June (more hopefully coming soon too) we are

delighted to announce new weekly free valuations at

Burntwood Library on Tuesdays from 2.30pm to

4.30pm, catering for all jewellery, watches, gold and


The new sessions at the library at Sankey’s Corner,

Bridge Cross Road WS7 2BX, start on Tuesday,

August 2, so do drop in and make the most of a

buoyant auction market.

As demonstrated by our recent summer Fine Art

Sale, collectors all over the world keep their fingers

on the pulse.

Highlights included a 1901 Della Robbia plaque,

which sold for £4,200 – a wonderful result for our

centenarian vendor! Also under the hammer was the

1895 silver gilt Phoenix Challenge Cup from the

Royal Dublin Society Cattle Show, eventually selling

at £3,000.

By Richard Winterton

And we had a huge amount of interest for earrings,

belts and stationery which belonged to Wallis, the

late Duchess of Windsor, totalling £1,730.

We’ve had a triple treat of television magic

recently, filming for ITV’s Dickinson’s Real Deal in July

and hosting more TV cameras for a reboot of Cash In

The Attic, coming to Channel 5 later this year and

featuring our very own David Fergus.

We’ve also appeared on new episodes of BBC

Bargain Hunt.

As well as a fine premise for TV, discovering hidden

treasure is the essence of what we’re about too and

it’s now even easier to get a free valuation with us.

The new Burntwood Library sessions add to our

existing pop-up valuations on Tuesdays at The Hub at

St Mary’s and we’re also at The Trinity Centre over in

Sutton Coldfield on Mondays from 9.30am-11.30am.

You can also drop in for jewellery valuations to our

Tamworth premises in Church Street on Wednesdays

and book in at Fradley on Thursdays, so if you’re

wondering about some mysterious object or

heirloom, wonder no more – let us see if we can

make some magic happen!

This Della Robbia plaque

sold for £4,200.

The 1895 silver gilt Phoenix

Challenge Cup, originally presented

for best animal in the Fat Cattle

Classes at the Royal Dublin Society

Cattle Show, sold at

auction for £3,000.

Ben Winterton, Sarah Williams and Rob

French had a fab day at the Alrewas Show,

with our stand attracting a great turnout.

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Dining Out - A City of Flavours

Mushroom Bread

By Ruth Redgate

This month’s recipe is inspired by ‘Mr Hunnypot’ as we

both love mushrooms on toast!


Makes 1 loaf or 6 rolls

113g x plant-based milk

85g x wholemeal flour

85g x white bread flour

60g x dried mushrooms

20g x oil

10g x fresh yeast

4g x salt


Making the Dough

1. Soak the dried mushrooms in the milk overnight, then


2. Mix the yeast with the milk using your hand until it has


3. Place all remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl. Pour

the milk/yeast mixture into the dry ones.

4. Mix using your hand until it comes together.

5. Tip the rough dough on to the table and using the heel

of your hand knead until a smooth dough forms, takes

about 10 mins. You are looking for the windowpane effect.

6. Cover the dough and leave to rise for about two hours

or until double in size.

7. Tip the dough out of the bowl onto a floured surface

fold using the plating action (ie left corner into the middle

right corner into the middle, the next left side into the

middle, right side into the middle).

8. Place on a baking tray, cover if needed but only loosely

with a clean tea towel/bowl etc and leave to rise for about

one hr.

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 mins or

until golden brown and when tapped the bottom sounds


11. If making rolls bake for 20 mins with the water in for

the whole time. Serve toasted with garlic butter and of

course extra sautéed mushrooms if you wish.

Ruth Redgate is the owner of Hunnypot

Cottage Bakery.

Visit www.hunnypotcottagebakery.co.uk

for more information.

Dining Out - A City of Flavours

Woodland Walks at The Deer Park

Whilst visiting the fantastic farm shop and

Linhay restaurant at The Deer Park, why

not take the opportunity to enjoy the

surrounding countryside that lies on its doorstep?

Park Hollow Woods

Short Walk

Head through the gate at the top left of the field

adjacent to the main building (opposite the cow shed)

and head left to cross over and access woodland

through the gate. Look for the sign directing you where

to go.

On entering the woodland, head left to follow the

signage for the circular route which takes about 30

minutes to complete.

After about 15 minutes, as the path drops away down

the hill, there is an option to go left along the path and

enjoy a longer walk up to Jackson’s Bank, or to simply

head right and walk up the hill to The Deer Park.

Jackson’s Bank Walk

Longer Walk

Begin on the Park Hollow Woods route, as above. After about 15

minutes, the path will drop away. Continue downhill to the gate into

the field (please keep dogs on a lead) and head left to the kissing gate

which brings you out opposite a traditional red brick farm.

Keeping the farm on the left, carefully cross the road to head down

Beck’s Lane towards a ford. Cross the ford

via the bridge on the right-hand side and

keep straight for about 200-300 yards until

a left-hand bend with a track to the right.

Turn up the track and after 200 yards

look for a path on the left to turn and

follow the way-markers for The Kissing

Gate Way (please note: this track can be

very muddy in wet weather so an

alternative would be to continue up Beck’s

Lane until the end, turn right up the hill for

a short distance and then Jackson’s Bank is

located on the left).

Follow the path straight all the way

through Beck’s Bank until eventually you

emerge to follow the left-hand side of a

large field. Keep a lookout for grouse!

Keep straight on to exit the field in the

top left corner of the road, taking care as

cars can travel quite fast down the hill here.

Turn left and head down the hill for 200 yards where you will see

the car park for Jackson’s Bank over the road. There is a series of

circular walks of various lengths which return to this point. To return

to The Deer Park, simply retrace your steps.

On arriving back at The Deer Park, you can enjoy refreshments in

The Linhay and a mooch around the farm shop too!

Dining Out - A City of Flavours

Time for Tea!

Afternoon tea is a quintessentially British treat and in the amazing surroundings of Swinfen

Hall, it simply doesn’t get better, or more British, than this! Helen Smith and her guest

took a trip out to this former gentleman’s estate in the Lichfield countryside to sample

what was on offer.

On arrival we were greeted by the imposing grand house, set in beautiful gardens, as we ambled down

the long driveway and, on entering the hall itself, you are transported back in time thanks to the sublime

grandeur, which oozes centuries of history dating right back to the Medieval era.

As the sun was beating down and there was a light, summer breeze, we opted to dine outside, which

also afforded us views to die for overlooking the magnificent building and its well-kept gardens. We were

seated and served with a choice of two delicious beverages, either a chilled flute of Taittinger

Champagne or Hattingley Valley English Sparkling – absolutely perfect to sip on such a fine day! The tea

selection we chose was ‘Peach Sencha” - a green tea blend with undertones of sweet, juicy ripe peaches;

and ‘Grandma’s Garden’ which was an aromatic fruit tea blend combined with all the hedgerow fruits

you can think of. Again, both great choices for a warm day. The tea used at Swinfen Hall comes from The

Lichfield Tea Company which is located at the neighbouring Heart of the Country Shopping Village, or

there is a specialist 'Iron & Fire' coffee available for serious caffeine lovers.

We were sat, basking in the glory of it all and feeling very refined, sipping our glasses of sparkles, when

the main event arrived. A beautiful cake stand, adorned with freshly made sandwiches, sweets and

savouries, was presented before us and we eagerly devoured it with our eyes, before tucking in!

The sandwiches for the day were in keeping with the very British atmosphere and were filled with

poached salmon and cucumber, egg and chive, roast vegetable hummus and roast beef, horseradish and

rocket. Cut into the traditional finger shapes, we quickly remembered our manners and decadently

nibbled (rather than scoffed!) our way through. Next, we moved onto the warm buttermilk scones (both

plain and fruit) which were served with the traditional clotted cream and jam and went down a treat,

before finally tucking into the sweet treats before us - vanilla and chocolate tarts, pistachio and

chocolate delice, violet and raspberry macarons and, last but not least, parsnip blackberry sponge (which

was a new one on me!), and all made in-house by the Hall’s talented pastry chef. Quite simply - Wow!

The flavours of each dessert were just exquisite and, despite being a slightly unusual combination, they

complemented each other perfectly.

Afternoon Tea is available between the hours of 12pm - 4pm on select dates

every month, with upcoming dates being Sunday 14th August and Sunday 18th


If you fancy treating friends, loved ones, or just yourself, to an afternoon tea at

Swinfen Hall, please do book in advance as places fill up fast. You can check

availability, plus see what other events are taking place, on the website at


Dining Out - A City of Flavours

Lemon Posset

Courtesy of Swinfen Hall

Clair O’Mara, Sales and Events Manager at

Swinfen Hall, shares her favourite dessert

from the menu with us. These delicious lemon

posset shots are biscuit based, topped with

lemon curd, then torched meringue to finish it

all off.


For the Base

200g x crushed digestive biscuits


1. Place a small amount of crushed

digestives into the bottom of each

shot glass.

2. Transfer your lemon curd to a

pastry bag and pipe a small amount

into each glass.

3. Transfer your meringue into a

pastry bag fitted with a large plain

tip and pipe a big dollop on top of

each shot glass.

4. Using a kitchen torch, carefully

toast each meringue top until they

are golden brown. If you are using

plastic shot glasses, be mindful just

to toast the tops of the meringues,

otherwise you run the risk of

melting the plastic!

5. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

2. Whisk constantly until lemon curd thickens and reaches

175 degrees F.

For the Lemon Curd

8 x egg yolks

150g x sugar

115g x butter

Zest of 2 lemons

Juice of 4 lemons

(You could also buy the lemon curd ready-made to make it easier at


For the Italian Meringue

225g x caster sugar

50mls x water

110g x egg white

Method for Lemon Curd

1. Combine the egg yolks, sugar, butter, lemon zest and juice in a medium

stainless steel or glass bowl and set over a saucepan of barely simmering


2. Whisk constantly until lemon curd thickens and reaches 79°C.

3. Remove from heat and let cool, whisking every few minutes to aid


4. Cover with plastic wrap so the plastic touches the surface of the curd

and chill for a few hours or overnight, the curd will continue to set as it


5. This can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for 1-2

weeks or frozen.

Method for Meringue

1. Cook the sugar and water together in a small saucepan over high heat

until it comes up to 115°C.

2. When the mixture reaches about 100°C, begin whipping the egg whites

in a stand mixer on medium-low speed until they are foamy.

3. When the sugar reaches temperature, remove from heat and pour very

slowly in a steady stream into the whipped egg whites.

4. As soon as all the sugar is incorporated, turn the mixer onto high, and

whip until completely cool.

Dining Out - A City of Flavours


Hidden Writers

Lichfield has long been a centre of literature and journalism, from Samuel

Johnson’s 1755 Dictionary of the English Language which influenced writers,

journalists and scholars for over 100 years, to Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of

Charles, whose book Zoonomia provided some basic suggestions of the evolution of

mankind well before his grandson’s Theory of Evolution was published. However, in

this feature Jono Oates looks at some of the lesser-known, but still influential, Lichfield


Over the years many writers have written about Lichfield, or been based in Lichfield when

creating their books and plays. In 1705 army officer George Farquhar stayed at the George

Hotel on Bird Street, while recruiting troops for the Grenadiers. It was said that while he

was there, he wrote sections of a play, the appropriately-titled The Recruiting Officer, which

was published in 1706. He also wrote The Beaux’ Stratagem which included references to the

landlord of the George at that time, Mr Boniface. When the Lichfield Garrick opened in July

2003, one of the first performances was The Recruiting Officer, starring the renowned actor

Corin Redgrave, and they also put on The Beaux’ Stratagem in 2005.

King Edward VI School 1940s

Swan Hotel Bird Street 1940s

One of the best-selling children’s books of the 18th century was The History of Sandford

and Merton by Thomas Day. Originally published in 1783, two further volumes were

published in 1786 and then 1789, the year that Day passed away. The books told the story of

two young boys, one rich and one poor, who became friends. The rich boy, Tommy Merton,

was spoiled, arrogant and pampered by his parents, while the poor boy, Harry Sandford was

down-to-earth, diligent and hard-working. The two boys are mentored by the local pastor, Mr

Barlow, and gradually over time Tommy comes to recognise the core values of hard work,

kindness and generosity, becoming a mirror-image of his chum Harry.

Thomas Day was a member of the Birmingham Lunar Society, a club containing some of

the most well-known names of the 18th century Enlightenment Movement, whose members

included Josiah Wedgwood, Matthew Boulton and Lichfield’s own Erasmus Darwin. In 1770

Day was living at Stowe House, opposite St Chad’s Church, with another member of the

Society, inventor Richard Lovell Edgeworth. Day came up with the idea of creating ‘The

Perfect Wife’ and bizarrely took two young orphans from a Foundling Hospital in London

back to Lichfield to try and ‘mould’ them to perfection using mental and physical cruelty to

‘toughen them up.’ His project, unsurprisingly, failed miserably, though he had much greater

success as a children’s author many years later.

In 1855 the noted American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlet Letter and

The House of the Seven Gables, visited Lichfield, primarily to see Samuel Johnson’s house on

Breadmarket Street. He stayed overnight at the Swan Hotel on Bird Street, where he enjoyed

a breakfast of a cup of chicory and a lamb chop and was served by a waiter who he said: ‘like

most of his class in England, had evidently left his conversational abilities uncultivated’!

Hawthorne enjoyed his walk round the cathedral close and Minster Pool and he then walked

to the Market Square to visit the former home of Samuel Johnson. At this time the house

was a privately-owned building, in the days before it became a museum, and was a

haberdashers owned by Mr Thomas Clarke. Unfortunately for Hawthorne, the shop was

closed and the doors locked so he had to leave Lichfield disappointed without seeing the

inside the house of the man who had been an inspiration to him.

The acerbic poet, Philp Larkin, stayed with his aunt and uncle on Cherry Orchard during

the early days of World War Two while escaping the bombing raids on Coventry, where he

had been born. He frequented several of the pubs of Lichfield, including the George Hotel,

and wrote three poems at the time: Christmas 1940, Ghosts, and Out in the Lane I Pause. In

the latter poem he describes standing by the railway bridge on Rotten Row and hearing the

voices and the laughter of the soldiers and their girlfriends as they left the pubs on Greenhill.

Road to Lichfield

(image copyright Penguin Classics)

Penelope Lively published the Road to Lichfield

in 1977, describing the story of a middle-aged

housewife from Kent travelling up to Lichfield to

look after her terminally ill father’s property after

he has moved to a nursing home, where she meets

and falls in love with another man. Although she

had written several children’s books this was her

first book for an adult audience and it was shortlisted

for the Booker Prize in 1977. The book has

been featured recently in the front window of

Waterstones bookshop on Market Street.

Sources: Patrick Comerford blog; The Literature

Network website.



Citylife's Cutest Pets!

Whether it's a dog, cat, bunny or budgie - everyone loves their pets so

we've put together a montage from just a handful of the pet pictures

you've sent in over the last month! Is your pet on this page? Take a look!

Tina Osin sent in a picture of Anzan,

the six-year-old Tibetan Mastiff

This is Molly and Thomas's

Cavapoo, called Lilly!

Smokey, owned by

Gail and Paul, is a

four-year-old Border

Collie with the most

adorable nature.

Helen and Dave's African Grey Parrot

is called Ollie - here he is with one of

his favourite toys!

Owner Jasmin couldn’t resist sending

in a picture of Dora, her little Wee-

Chon Chihuahua.

Here’s a picture of Bear,

sent in by owner Beth

Owens, rocking his

summer shirt!

Gill also owns this beautiful

Silkie, called Bongo!

Norman and Lenor sent in a picture

of their beautiful 'chorkie', Mia, who is

living her best life in Fradley!

Frank, the one-year-old Shih

Tzu, is so nosey that owner,

13-year-old Phoebe, often

finds him peering out from

behind a cushion, especially

if he thinks food might be


Alex, the teacup Yorkshire

Terrier, is now nearly


Sent in by owner Ellie.

Degan, owned by Gill, sadly

lost an eye – but it doesn’t

bother him at all! Here he

is relaxing at home!

Adorable Polly, sent in by Anna Walker,

loves to cuddle up to her toys.



Lichfield’s Lost Pubs

The Mitre Inn

Jono Oates continues his search for Lichfield’s lost pubs, this month featuring a

building that is still standing, but today provides an entirely different form of

entertainment from the time when it was one of Lichfield’s most popular pubs.

The Mitre Inn stood at 24 Tamworth Street, one of Lichfield’s well-established pubs, and in

October 1830 the Staffordshire Advertiser reported the death of the landlord, Mr Gould,

aged just thirty-nine. A tragic double-death befell landlord John Holloway in 1898 when his

daughter, Margaret, died on March 6th at only 14 days old and his son, Charles, died on

February 21st at just six hours old.

The most notorious landlord was undoubtedly Thomas Bowdler who had an action-packed

tenancy at the Mitre from 1902 to 1910, when he seemed to spend more time behind the

dock of the court than behind his own bar!

His first misdemeanour was in November 1904 when he was up before the city’s

magistrates charged with eight summonses for allowing illegal betting in the Mitre Inn, during

the month of October. Undercover police officers had posed as punters and had placed a

number of bets with Bowlder and witnessed several local men also placing bets during

normal pub opening times. When the police officers raided the Mitre, Bowdler asked them

not to go upstairs as his wife was in bed feeling very poorly and knew nothing about the

betting. The Police Inspector did go upstairs however and when he told Mrs Bowdler that his

officers would undertake a complete search of her bedroom, she then surrendered the

betting book to the Inspector, which she had hidden underneath the bed clothes. Bowdler

was found guilty and ordered to pay £20 and 2 shillings, a cost that would come back to haunt

him later.

His next brush-with-the-law came in June 1906 when he appeared in court charged with

selling a horse that had been drugged and was not fit for purpose. Frank Foster, a builder of

St John Street, sued Thomas and his business partner, Alfred Boddy, for breach of warranty

on the sale of a mare on April 20th that year. Many landlords had more than one business at

that time and, as well as being a landlord at the Mitre, he also operated as a horse dealer with

his partner Alfred. The defendants claimed that the horse was ‘sound and honest, and as good

a thing that ever went in a bit of leather.’ Foster, however, begged to disagree, stating that the

mare appeared to have been drugged. When he put the horse in two of his carts, it kicked

them both to pieces and, when he finally settled the horse, he claimed that it was so slow

and stupefied that it took him four hours to complete a journey that would normally take

him just one. He complained to the two traders but they refused to reimburse him, or take

the horse back, so he took them to court. The judge described it as an ‘extraordinary case’

and clearly doubted the stories provided by the plaintiff and the defendants but said he did

not believe that the arrangement between the three men for the horse was a legally-binding

warranty and therefore Bowdler and Boddy could not have been in breach of warranty, so

finding in favour of the defendants.

Bowdler soon had a problem with another of his horses when out riding on Whittington

Heath in August of the same year. The horse stumbled as it was jumping over a fence,

throwing Thomas to the ground. He suffered a very nasty knee-cap injury and also lacerations

to his face.

When the Mitre Inn was closed in March 1910 due to the large number of other pubs in

the same area, Bowdler became the licensee of the Malt Shovel Inn on Conduit Street in

December 1910. In September 1915 Bowdler, having left the Malt Shovel and living in

Bridgtown, Cannock, filed for bankruptcy with debts of £183. He had fallen heavily in debt to

the Lichfield Brewery Company which owned the Mitre and the Malt Shovel, and Bowdler

blamed the costs of the court case for illegal betting from 1904 for his financial downfall as,

with court costs and charges on top, he claimed that the original £20 fine had cost him well

over £100.

The Mitre Inn is now the Crown Amusement Arcade, providing entertainment of a

different kind, and the Malt Shovel, as featured in our May magazine, is the Fat Face clothing


Site of the Mitre Inn 24 Tamworth Street

Mitre Inn (to rear of car) 1930s

Malt Shovel Hotel 1880s

*Vintage photographs of the Mitre courtesy of

Jono’s Tourism. Vintage photograph of the Malt Shovel

courtesy of St Mary’s Photographic Collection.

Sources: The British Newspaper Archive; Lichfield

Pubs by Neil Coley, The Old Pubs of Lichfield by John




Baton Relay

The Queen’s Baton Relay began on 7th

October 2021, with Her Majesty The Queen

placing her Message to the Commonwealth

into the Baton. The Baton is now on its 294-

day long journey to every corner of the

Commonwealth. We caught up with the Baton as it

passed through Lichfield, Burntwood and Chasewater!

The baton heads down Beacon Street,


Jane Sutton, of charity

Stephen's Story, takes the

Baton in Chasetown,


Volunteer and former frontline

nurse, Raina Dickinson,

with her nominee, Marie

Coles, in Burntwood.

The Baton arrives at Pier 52

Watersports Centre at

Chasewater Country Park

(photo courtesy of Stuart

Gunn, Staffordshire Birdseye


Sebastian Kearns takes the Baton on

a ride!

(Photo courtesy of Stuart Gunn,

Staffordshire Birdseye Photography)

and a jump!

(Photo courtesy of Stuart

Gunn, Staffordshire Birdseye



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


Jack and Jill's Pre-school, Darwin Park, is

delighted to have been awarded a £1,100

grant from the Ford Britain Trust, for new

equipment to enrich the learning of local

children. Staff members

The Addams Family Musical Lichfield Garrick

The Fun Club Hub at Lichfield Pride,

Duke of York

Official opening of Davisons Law

on Bore Street

The Beach at Lichfield Cathedral

Lichfield Festival, Ayanna Witter-

Johnson concert at Lichfield


Mark White representative of

Friends2Friends accepts a cheque from

Peter Hitchman and Pat Peters.

The cast of Robin Hood Community

Musical took part in a trolley dash

at the Co-Operative Boley Park

store to raise funds for Lichfield


Lichfield Fuse Festival Beacon Park

Queen's Baton Relay runners Lichfield


Central News weatherman Des Coleman with City of Lichfield Probus

chairman Peter Hitchman


Cars in the Park, Beacon Park

Lichfield Festival Firework dsiplay,

Beacon Park


Schoolchildren - In All Their Glory!

By Lesley Smith

The cathedral close at Lichfield is an

understandably popular choice for school

trips. This means the surrounding area in

the heart of Lichfield is often packed with

crocodiles of children, weaving their way through

the streets, chattering excitedly.

At Tutbury Castle, where I am curator, we too have

lots of school trips with children as young as preschool

right up to A level and some university

students too. As I write this article, we have 147

children, aged an average of 12, enjoying the warm

Lesley Smith as

Queen Elizabeth I

sunshine and spending time with the various activities we lay on. Mary

Queen of Scots and Elizabeth 1st (not at the same time!) are popular and

appear in the fabulous Normal Church at the foot of the castle hill, then

up to the falconer and musicians from the late medieval period. On a hot

day like today, the knights in armour have the roughest time in the heat

as they heroically give four or five presentations to smaller groups.

These visits bring great joy and often hilarity. Once, when I was being

Elizabeth 1st draped in pearls, ruffed and glittering, to an audience of 140

youngsters of about 12 years of age, a boy said: “Why are you wearing so

many pearls Your Majesty?” To which I was able to extoll the virtues of

our great sea explorers like Drake and Raleigh, Elizabethan superstars

and, of course, the great sea battle we won against Spain. I then turn

victoriously to the boy and said: “And what was the name of that great

sea battle?” (which we had discussed five minutes earlier). He looked up

with a finger on his lips and replied with absolute certainty: “PEARL

HARBOUR!” Which caused helpless laughter from the teachers, and who

could blame them!

Another, looking at me as Mary Queen of Scots in a magnificent gown


made by top experts in their field, said: “Please Queen, my gran has got

one of those dresses, but it is knitted and over the toilet roll!” My

costumiers loved that story and so do I each time I repeat it to dinner


A child called Wayne featured in one of my favourite moments. It is

possible to tell from a distance which of the children might be what is

euphemistically called “challenging” and believe me, Wayne was

challenging if the shouting of his name was anything to go by in terms of

frequency. “Wayne, get off that wall!” and “Wayne, put that stick down!”

and so on about every two minutes as the teacher’s voices grew more

frantic. Suddenly, he ran up the inner staircase to the Great Hall and there

I was in full Elizabeth costume under my canopy of state, raised up slightly

on a platform, white face and reddened mouth and cheeks, lit by candles

burning next to me. Wayne spun round to look at me and upon seeing

me gave me a two-fingered salute in the face! Now Wayne did not know

I was alive, like many others, he thought I was a wax model – but I was

very much alive as I roared at him: “What do you think you are doing

boy!” Wayne took off with both feet, landed on his bottom and

backheeled himself to the safety of the back wall with eyes like

gobstoppers. “Come here Wayne” I said, and he got up and bowed deeply

whilst I proceeded to tell him how to help me and sat him on a little stool

by my throne so he could fetch and carry, to which he answered

reverently: “Yes, your Majesty.” That meant when the other children

trooped in, there was naughty Wayne, sitting by the queen and he could

not have been more helpful or respectful. The other children were

mesmerised, especially when Wayne told off a child for talking and

apologised to me! At the end I knighted Sir Wayne, aged nine, for services

to his queen. That was almost 20 years ago, and I do wonder if Wayne

remembers and, more to the point, if he is still a naughty boy!

Win Season Passes

to Tutbury Castle

Situated in the heart of England, Tutbury Castle sits on wooded slopes

overlooking the winding River Dove, with spectacular views across the

beautiful Derbyshire hills.

Occupied since the Stone Age, the castle is first recorded in 1071, as one

of the new castles built to stamp the authority of the Norman

conquerors across the Midlands. Since then, the castle has played an

important part in English history on many occasions, in warfare and in


The castle is best known as one of the prisons of Mary Queen of Scots,

who was held here on four occasions. It was here that she became

involved in the plot that ultimately led to her bloody execution at


Seat of the de Ferrers family and later of the earls and dukes of Lancaster,

Tutbury was also one of the great centres of power in medieval England,

visited by many English kings, and home to the great John of Gaunt, 2nd

Duke of Lancaster.

It also had its bloodier side, as it was besieged, destroyed and rebuilt

several times. It was destroyed for the last time by Act of Parliament in

1647-48, after holding out for Charles I in the Civil War. The destruction

was incomplete, leaving the dramatic ruins that we see today.

Since 2000, the castle has taken on a new life, welcoming thousands of

visitors every year. With historical re-enactment, archaeological

excavation, an authentic Tudor garden and mediaeval herbery, the

‘haunted’ Great Hall and King’s Bedroom, and of course the tearoom,

there’s something for everyone.

We’ve got two

Season Passes

to Tutbury Castle to giveaway to two lucky

readers (each one submits two adults and

two children). To be in with a chance of

winning, simply answer the following

question correctly and send it along with

your details.

In what year was the castle first recorded?

a) 1066

b) 1071

c) 1971

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

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

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

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

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What’s On

Tuesday 2nd August

The City of Lichfield Ladies' & Men's Probus


Members of the club meet on the first

Tuesday of every month and new members

are made very welcome. The next meeting

will feature a quiz, with tea and cakes.

Venue: St Matthew's Sports & Social Club,

Burntwood, WS7 9EP.

Time: 2pm

To find out more, contact Peter on

peter.hitchman44@gmail.com or 07971


Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th August

The Battle for Mercia

Travel back to a time where the Vikings have

arrived and set up camp. But will you join

them or fight against them in the Battle for

the Kingdom of Mercia? An immersive family

adventure will see the grounds of a Georgian

mansion transformed with games such as axe

throwing and archery, a village encampment

with artisan and merchant stalls, food and

drink, plus more!

Venue: Bishton Hall, Bellamour Lane, Wolseley

Bridge, Nr Rugeley, ST17 0XN.


Time: 10am-6pm

Price: Free admission. Parking £2.

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'.

Until Thursday 25th August

Stained Glass Exhibition at Lichfield


This touring exhibition of stained glass panels

celebrates the Centenary of the British

Society of Master Glass Painters (BSMGP),

founded in 1921. Over 80 artists from across

the UK and overseas contributed to the


Venue: Lichfield Cathedral

Time: Open during usual opening hours

Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm.

Thursday 25th August

Tea, Secrets &

Scandal at the


Discover the

secrets of

Swinfen Hall

as author and


historian, Jono, leads a walk and talk around

the grounds of Swinfen Hall, telling the

fascinating story of the family estate, including

the scandalous revelations of its former lady

owner, Patience Swinfen, which shocked

genteel Victorian Britain to the core!

The tour starts at The Barn with a welcome

drink, followed by the walk, and returns to

The Barn for more stories and afternoon tea.

Venue: The Barn, Heart of the Country

Shopping Village, Swinfen.

Time: 3.30pm

Price: £30pp, includes afternoon tea (with fizz

or non-alcoholic drink). £10 for children aged

12 and under.

Book online at www.jonotourism.co.uk/tours

or email jonathan@jonotourism.co.uk.

Saturday 27th


The Hidden

Haunts of

Hoar Cross

Join our

feature writer,


experienced historian, Jono, on a walking tour

round the beautiful woodlands at The Deer

Park, close to Hoar Cross Hall, and uncover

some of the hidden stories about the hall. Set

in the middle of the Needwood Forest, the

land dates back to the 11th century when it

was owned by Henry De Ferrers. After the

walk and talk, enjoy a sumptuous afternoon

tea at the Linhay restaurant at Deer Park, and

the stunning views of the Staffordshire

countryside which surrounds the working


Venue: The Deer Park, Maker Lane, Hoar

Cross, DE13 8QR.

Time: 2pm

Price: £35pp to include walk, talk, and

afternoon tea. £10 for children aged 12 and


Book online at www.jonotourism.co.uk/tours

or email jonathan@jonotourism.co.uk.

Daily in August

Pop-Up Market Place

Throughout August, The

Deer Park will host a

pop-up shop featuring


top quality bespoke

floral displays and wreaths for the home; a

range of unique chopping boards and tables

sustainably sourced from local oak and

created by Mortimers Workshop; plus an

array of wonderful watercolours, prints,

cushions, cards and homeware from ACH


Venue: The Deer Park, Maker Lane, Hoar

Cross, DE13 8QR.








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Lichfield District

Volunteers Awarded


Support Staffordshire was delighted to

have held the prestigious Support

Staffordshire Volunteer Star Awards,

recognising the work of many outstanding

individuals and businesses who have given

their time freely during what has been the

most challenging of years.

The awards, described by a previous host as

‘our own mini Pride of Britain Awards’ aim to

publicly recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements and

commitment of volunteers and organisations who go the extra mile to

support the local communities.

The Lichfield District event, held this year at The School House in

Weeford on Monday 20th June, was an overwhelming success and

feedback has been excellent with guests saying how inspiring the

volunteers’ stories are.

There were 10 awards presented during the evening hosted by Richard

Winterton of Richard Winterton Auctioneers Ltd. The main event

sponsor was Chasetown Civil Engineering with other local businesses

sponsoring awards.

Award Winners for the Lichfield District were:

Lifetime Achievement – Sponsored by Chasetown Civil


Winner – Christine Ann Jones of Whittington Village Hall and

Whittington Wednesday Club

Commendations - Joseph Eric Wood of Lichfield & Hatherton Canals

Restoration Trust and Ross Hawkes of Lichfield Live

Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by SureStore Lichfield

Winner – Rhiannon Heming of Spark (Burntwood) CIO

Commendations - Pam Beale of Lichfield Repair & Share Café,

Transition Lichfield, Lichfield Arts & Lichfield Litter Legends and Elaine

Hutchings of Helping Each Other Lichfield and Surrounding Areas

Personal Achievement – Sponsored by Staffordshire County


Winner - Mary Clarke-Mortiboys of the Midlands Bowel Cancer

Support Group

Commendations – Trevor Hill of Lichfield Re:Cycle and Charlotte

Aspley of Shining Stars UK

New Volunteer Team of the Year (less than 2 years) - Sponsored

by Support Staffordshire

Winner – Lichfield Litter Legends

Commendations: BLASTAction Young Volunteers, Better Way

Recovery and Lichfield Cathedral Vaccination Clinic Volunteers

Volunteer Team of the Year - Sponsored by Bromford

Winner – Kendall & Wall Charitable Trust

Commendations – Fun Club Hub Young Leaders Team at Fun Club Hub

and Team Cathedral at Lichfield Cathedral

Volunteering Support for the Over 65s – Sponsored by Home

Instead Tamworth and Lichfield

Winners – Jean and John Spraggett of Spark (Burntwood) CIO.

Commendations - Terry Tricker & Frank Knighton of Whittington and

Fisherwick Good Neighbour Scheme and Diane Watkins of Meeting


Volunteering Support for Young People – Sponsored by

Whitemoor Lakes

Winner - Shevonne Hodson Walker of Spark (Burntwood) CIO, NCT

& Lichfield Reduce and Reuse

Commendations - Fun Club Hub Young Leaders Team at Fun Club Hub

and Liberty trainee youth work team at Liberty Jamboree

Young Volunteer of the Year – Sponsored by Richard Winterton

Auctioneers Ltd

Winner - Shenae Knox of Spark (Burntwood) CIO and Burntwood Be

A Friend

Commendations – Thomas Wright of Lichfield & Hatherton Canals

Restoration Trust and Jackson Minor of Fun Club Hub

Business Contribution to Communities Award – Sponsored by The

Community Foundation for Staffordshire

Winner – Hindleys Bakery

Commendations: Florette UK and Lichfield Garrick Theatre

Trustee of the Year – Sponsored by Lichfield District Council

Winner – Ian Scott of Staffordshire Network for Mental Health

Commendations: Mary Clarke-Mortiboys of the Midlands Bowel

Cancer Support Group and Stephanie Edwards of Spark (Burntwood)


Kendall & Wall Charitable Trust, winners of the

Volunteering Team of the Year award

Lichfield Litter Legends, Winner of the NEW Volunteering

Team of the Year award



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