Citylife in Lichfield November 2022

November is always the month of remembrance, when the nation falls silent to remember those who gave so much for their country, including those who fell during the Two World Wars, and our feature writer, Jono, tells the stories of some of the Fallen of Lichfield from World War Two. As always we have our usual mix of competitions, local news stories, What's On events, and we also recommend the best places for you to eat, drink, and buy gifts from, this Christmas. With the longer evenings, and colder days, wrap up warm, pour yourself a glass of mulled wine and enjoy reading our autumnal November magazine!

November is always the month of remembrance, when the nation falls silent to remember those who gave so much for their country, including those who fell during the Two World Wars, and our feature writer, Jono, tells the stories of some of the Fallen of Lichfield from World War Two. As always we have our usual mix of competitions, local news stories, What's On events, and we also recommend the best places for you to eat, drink, and buy gifts from, this Christmas. With the longer evenings, and colder days, wrap up warm, pour yourself a glass of mulled wine and enjoy reading our autumnal November magazine!


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6 Local News

What's happening in and around the area

20 The Foundries of Lichfield

Jono Oates on the City's former industry

38 Tales from aTudor Kitchen

Lesley Smith's tales from the past

42 Five Minutes With...

Paul Spicer takes the spotlight this month


October Winners!

The following three are the lucky winners of an Arthur Price cutlery set:

N Smith of Hammerwich; S Cross of Lichfield; and C Shelley of


Congratulations to the following who all win a pair of tickets to the

Festive Gift Fayre at the NEC: E Wibby, I Lancer, L Benson, J Degenetais,

L Maynard, I Chisholm, M Crowton, R Furneaux, H Barker, and R Evans.

S Woods of Lichfield and V Ryan of Hill Ridware both win a pair of tickets

to see Grimethorpe at Lichfield Cathedral.

And finally, well done to C Baugh who wins a granite chopping board from

Just Granite.


This month, Citylife in Lichfield is dedicated to those

who served and lost their lives.

Extract from For the Fallen

By Laurence Binyon

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.




Positive Response to

Pavement Cafes

A recent survey seeking opinion on Lichfield’s

pavement cafes has drawn a positive response

from the majority of people questioned.

An overwhelming 85 per cent of nearly 1,600

respondents want the pavement cafes to

continue, with many saying they added to the

city experience, attracted more visits into the

city and created a unique and friendly


Understandably, some residents and visitors

have been negatively impacted by the pavement

licences, primarily blue badge holders who have

seen the on-street car parking spaces moved to

accommodate the outdoor seating areas.

The pavement cafes will continue to operate in

the city centre into the autumn and Lichfield

District Council will work with AccessAble to

further refine the parking options for blue

badge holders.


Digital Revolution


Multi-academy trust The Arthur Terry Learning

Partnership (ATLP), based in Sutton Coldfield, is

providing 11,000 iPads to pupils and staff as part

of its digital transformation.

The project will see all child-facing ATLP staff –

around 1,000 – and more than 10,000 pupils

receive iPads to support their learning both at

school and at home.

Learning Futures is the ATLP’s one-to-one

equitable device scheme to support enhanced

learning in and out of school. The trust runs 19

schools across the West Midlands,

Warwickshire and Staffordshire.

This innovative and exciting initiative will open

up the classroom to parents and carers who

will be able to see what their child is learning at

school and the strategies and techniques used.

It will also more greatly support children’s

learning at home.


Grant Transforms

Forest School

A community grant from Transforming the Trent

Valley Landscape Partnership Community

Grants Scheme awarded The Howard School

£5,000 in August to put towards its Forest

School and Wildlife Area. After more than 191

voluntary hours, and working with local

community groups, the Forest School is

officially opening on Wednesday 2nd November

during Outdoor Classroom Day.

The launch will also coincide with a seed bombs

being thrown into the wild flower areas of the

forest school parents, volunteers and the local

press being invited to witness the amazing

accomplishment and what the grant has done

to impact the school.


Parishes Benefit from

CIL Funds

Parish and town councils across the Lichfield

District are receiving more than £90,000 in

funding for neighbourhood projects from the

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

CIL is a standard, non-negotiable charge

applicable to any development that involves

either a net increase of 100 square metres of

floor space, or the creation of one or more


The money collected helps local authorities to

deliver the infrastructure needed to support


Parish and town councils also benefit and are

entitled to receive 15 per cent of CIL receipts

in their area, or 25 per cent for councils with an

approved Neighbourhood Plan.

The money is transferred bi-annually and the

latest funding of £91,214.38 is from CIL

collected between 1st April and 30th

September this year.

Alrewas is receiving £4,399.23; Burntwood

Town Council, £1,805.29; Curborough,

Elmhurst, Farewell and Chorley, £4,058.25;

Elford, £16,352.83; Fradley and Streethay,

£3,631.31; Lichfield City Council, £29,233.16;

Shenstone, £1,221.48 and Wiggington and

Hopwas, £30,512.83.


Jack Savoretti at

Cannock Chase

Jack Savoretti is the first artist to announce

dates as part of Forest Live 2023, the summer

concert series presented by Forestry England.

Since his initial breakthrough with BBC Radio 2

airplay in 2006, a succession of crafted albums

has built the Anglo-Italian singer-songwriter an

impressive career. ‘Written in Scars’ (2014) and

‘Sleep No More’ (2016) confirmed his growing

popularity with gold-selling status and these

were superseded by No 1 albums ‘Singing To

Strangers’ (2019) and ‘Europiana’ (2021). A

number of his songs have featured in TV and

film such as ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘The Vampire

Diaries’ and ‘One Tree Hill’.

Forest Live is a major outdoor live music series

that introduces forests to new audiences in

unique, natural woodland arenas around the

country. Going to a concert helps Forestry

England create beautiful places for people to

enjoy, run important conservation projects and

keep growing trees. Last year they planted some

6.8 million trees, caring for the nation’s 1,500

woods and forests sustainably and welcoming

363 million visits annually.


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County Council

Receives Award

Staffordshire County Council has been

recognised for the support it provides to the

armed forces community and now wants other

organisations to follow suit.

The county council was awarded the

prestigious Defence Employer Recognition

(DERS) silver award at an event held at the

National Memorial Arboretum in September.

The award recognises employers who support

service personnel and the armed forces

community and makes sure they are not unfairly

disadvantaged as part of their recruiting and

selection processes.

Staffordshire was commended on the support

given to reservists working for the council

including, allowing them adequate and paid time

off for training exercises and development.


Nether Stowe’s Mental

Health Fundraiser

Teacher Nicola Hampton braves the stocks

Staff at Lichfield’s Nether Stowe School made a

splash recently when they went into the stocks

to be pelted with wet sponges, for a fun

fundraising day.

Students at Nether Stowe, which is part of the

respected Arthur Terry Learning Partnership,

donned bright clothes to support the

#HelloYellow campaign on World Mental

Health Day on October 10th to raise cash for

YoungMinds, a leading mental health charity for


And pupils happily handed over their pocket

money for the chance to throw wet sponges at

their teachers in the playground, raising lots of

cash for the charity.

Nether Stowe has pioneered mental health

wellbeing in education and was the first school

in Lichfield to pilot a YMCA scheme where

pupils were trained as ‘peer mentors’ to

support their classmates.

The school has set up a Just Giving page for





Recycle Your Cutlery

at Arthur Price!

Arthur Price is running a special promotion to

celebrate its 120th year and wants you to ‘fork’

through your cutlery drawer!

For the month of November 2022, if you take

any old metal pieces into the Factory Shop on

Britannia Way, Lichfield, you can get up to £3

per item when trading your cutlery against a

new purchase.

Simon Price, CEO of Arthur Price, said: “We ran

this promotion for our 100th anniversary and

so I wanted to celebrate twenty years on. Back

then we were able to clean up a lot of the

cutlery and send it to various charities and we

will do the same this year.”

All cutlery redeemed in this offer will be

assessed and items which are re-usable will be

cleaned and distributed to local charities and

foodbanks across Lichfield District.

For more information call the Factory Shop on

01543 267324.


Charity Auction Raises

Funds for Mind

Lichfield auctioneer Richard Winterton wielded

the gavel on 19th October as 28 unique public

sculptures went under the hammer to raise

funds for charity.

The Big Burton Carousel saw more than 20,000

visitors view the recycled plastic sculptures

with a trail spanning the town.

Having been on display for three months, the

sculptures – which were based on the carousel

fairground rides made by Burton’s famous

fairground makers Orton and Spooner – were

auctioned off to raise funds for Burton and

District Mind.

The event was held at The National Brewery

Centre in Burton and the final figures raised

was £4,500.

“We’re delighted to have been involved with

The Big Burton Carousel project and the

auction event was a fantastic success.”




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Wildlife Trust to

Protect Badgers

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust continues its badger

vaccination programme this year as an

alternative to culling these native mammals.

The vaccination programme, which originally

started in 2013, costs the wildlife charity about

£5,600 to run per year. The charity is asking for

help from supporters to raise awareness and

funds to continue their efforts to vaccinate


With 25 per cent of the European badger

population being found in the UK, there is an

international responsibility to conserve them.

The badger vaccinations reduce the risk of

badger to cattle transmission of bovine

tuberculosis (bTB), protecting farmer’s livestock

and reducing the need for culling wildlife.

The Independent Scientific Group research

from the Randomised Badger Culling Trial

(RBCT) showed that badger culling can cause

the disease to spread more widely, as the

animals’ territorial boundaries are disturbed;

leading to the increased movement of badgers.

To support the Trust’s vaccination programme,

visit www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/badger-appeal.


New Premises for

Local Auctioneer

Richard Winterton Auctioneers has opened a

new unit in Burton Market Hall, Burton upon

Trent, offering free weekly valuations of

jewellery and watches.

The premises in the iconic Market Place

building will also offer space for members of the

public to learn more about auctions.

People are invited to drop in between 10am

and 1pm on Mondays with jewellery and

watches for free valuations. General

consignments of items for auction may also be

dropped off from 10am-4pm on Mondays.

A special valuation event for Corgi, Dinky and

other die-cast vehicles, tinplate models, retro,

vintage and modern toys, teddies, trains and

railwayana with Burton toy specialist Jon Price

is planned for Monday 14th November.

For more information on upcoming sales and

valuations, call 01543 251081, or visit



City Council Funds

Warm Spaces

Lichfield City Council is

making more than

£14,000 available to

local organisations who

are seeking to offer

‘warm spaces’ this

winter. The money is

being released from the City Council’s grants

reserve following a motion brought forward by

Councillor Dave Robertson. The motion was

seconded by the City Council’s Leader,

Councillor Mark Warfield, and received

unanimous cross-party support.

There is a maximum award of £2,500 per grant,

but this can be increased where a community

organisation is seeking a grant to provide

additional staffing resources to support a

coordinated effort to offer warm spaces

alongside one or more partner organisations.

Further details can be found at

https://tinyurl.com/bddfmtbs or via email


Completed forms should be returned to

Lichfield City Council Offices, Donegal House,

Bore Street, Lichfield, WS13 6LU.


Council Approves

Cinema Investment

Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet has

approved an investment of £5.349 million in a

multi-screen cinema for the district.

The scheme will see the former Debenhams

store in Three Spires Shopping Centre adapted

into a four-screen cinema attraction together

with five food and beverage units.

Cabinet has recommended that the Council

agrees the allocation of £5,349,000 from the

capital programme and a partnership with

Evolve Estates, the owners of Three Spires

Shopping Centre.

Evolve Estates, which has a £300million

property portfolio and is part of the M Core

group, would invest in the cinema on a 50/50

basis with Lichfield District Council.

An operator is in late-stage discussions with

Evolve Estates and Lichfield District Council

and would fit out the cinema element of the

building to create a multi-screen facility

featuring a mixture of small (up to 48 seats) and

large (up to 120 seats) screens.


Mobility Scooters at


Chasewater Country Park is now even more

accessible to people of all ages and abilities with

the introduction of new mobility scooters.

The two scooters, from Trampers, are free for

visitors to use on the nature reserve site for up

to two hours.

Whilst free to use, donations will be accepted

which will be invested back into the ongoing

accessibility project which is working towards

making Chasewater usable for everyone.


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from you!

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Get Involved in Your Community!

By Doug Pullen, Leader of Lichfield District Council

If, like me, you despair when watching the

circus of national politics from afar, you

probably wonder why on earth any sane

person would want to enter the world of

local government. In what seems an

eternity (but was actually only five months,

or two prime ministers) ago, I was

fortunate enough to speak in the Houses of

Parliament at the launch of a campaign to

see real power devolved down to

communities. This is a real passion of mine - because I honestly

believe that most of the answers to the issues of today can be found

amongst the organic networks of resilient communities, not in the

offices of a distant Central Government department.

So, in the spirit of self-reflection, I thought I’d consider how Lichfield

District Council is doing on this front – and to seek feedback on where

we aren’t quite perhaps where we need to be (my e-mail address is at the

end of the article and I would genuinely be interested to hear from you).

To help ensure grass roots organisations have the funding they need,

we set up the Lichfield Community Lottery, which allows any charity to

raise its own funds through a centrally managed lottery, and the

Councillor Community Fund which provides small grants through your

local ward councillor.

To ensure we’re listening to voices we wouldn’t normally hear, we’re in

the process of setting up a Youth Council (to be launched this year) and

have also started the largest ever survey of what residents’ vision of

Lichfield District in 2050 is – and we’ve had an outstanding response with

almost 5,000 of you giving us your views. We’ll also run the first ever

community design workshops in Lichfield, giving residents a direct say

over what the residential element of Birmingham Road site ought to look

and feel like.

We’re also attempting to get a lease from Network Rail for the

Lichfield to Walsall railway line so that we can transfer it into the

community’s hands, so they can put it to good use as a walkway/cycle


I think we can go further – putting budgets and local decisions right

into the heart of local communities about where their taxes are best

spent. We’ve got a limited pot (average household pays just £185, or

around 10% of their council tax to LDC), which strengthens the

argument for ensuring it goes to where it is needed most.

So, a plea from me – forget the ins and outs of national politics, focus

your attention on what needs doing here in Lichfield District, and get


Contact me on my email address at doug.pullen@lichfielddc.gov.uk.



Back in Time at

The Garrick

By Charlotte Benton

On an autumnal Sunday afternoon, I took my seat in the

auditorium ready to be transported back to the 1930s, to

a time and atmosphere that we may consider to be not

too dissimilar from that we are experiencing in the country’s

current climate.

Adapted from Helen Forrester’s best-selling autobiography, Twopence

to Cross the Mersey is a captivating, period drama set in the midst of

the Great Depression. The adaptation follows the life of the Forrester

family as they are forced to up sticks from their plush middle-class

home in Southwest England to the harsh reality of 1931 Liverpool.

As the family of nine arrive in Liverpool with nothing but the clothes

they are wearing, the quest to rebuild their lives begins. However, the

once affluent port Helen’s father remembered, is now a distant memory.

Much to 12-year-old Helen’s dismay, she is forced to take on the role as

matriarch while both her parents unsuccessfully seek employment.

However, after two years of a sorrowful existence, now aged 14, Helen

endeavours to finally fulfil her ambition to educate herself at evening


From its opening music, this eye-opening, compelling production

enticed me into a time capsule, immersing both myself and the audience

into the Forrester’s world of upheaval and eventual triumph. Whilst

simultaneously upholding the severity of the family’s struggle, the

audience were kept in high spirits throughout the performance as a

result of the clever word play constructed between the differing

dialects of Liverpudlians and Forrester’s Home Counties’ upbringing.

In keeping with the family’s downward spiral, the periodic costumes

worn by the Forrester’s

during the first half of the

performance did not

change. Nonetheless as

the plot evolved and the

family’s luck began to

change, so did their

outfits; still upholding the

appropriate attire for

1930s Britain of course!

Photos credited to Anthony Robling

Even the nostalgic music

played during the interval ensured that the audience continued to be

immersed in the early 20th century as we eagerly awaited the show to

begin again. Along with the periodic costumes, the dreary atmosphere

of early 1930s Britain was perfectly encapsulated by the dull tones of

the purposely dilapidated set.

Cleverly combining comedy and emotion, this two-hour theatre

dramatisation of Forrester’s life offers a poignant yet victorious insight

into the realities of family life amidst the Great Depression.

Although the performance I attended was the final showing in

Lichfield, you can follow this stage play around the UK. From early

November the production runs at the Atkinson Theatre Southport,

before the final week of the tour in early November in the very place

where the play is set, Liverpool, at the Epstein Theatre.

Ticket prices start from £21.50 and can be purchased at


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Your Garden in November

By Byron Lewis

After the heatwave earlier this summer, many summer plants

finished flowering early leaving gaps in patio displays – now is the

time to refresh and replace! Plant winter flowering pansies, violas

and small shrubs in pots to keep the colour coming. As you plant, add

in spring flowering bulbs - tulips prefer being planted in November,

but if you've got daffodils and crocus still to plant, don't worry - get

them planted as soon as you can and they'll reward you with colour

next year.

Fruit trees are also good for planting in November. This gives them

the whole of next season to get established, with some producing

fruit in the first year of being planted. Most fruit trees are suited to

small gardens but do check the ultimate heights, as this can vary.

There are even fruit trees you can grow in pots permanently.

If you're struggling for space and want an apple tree, try a Family

tree. This is one plant with three varieties - one variety per stem!

This has the advantage of producing different flavoured fruits, but

makes pollination simple, so the flowers will develop into fruits

without needing a second tree. Whatever you decide, don’t leave it

too late – since the pandemic, tree supplies have been limited and

demand has increased.

Later in the month, hedging plants will be available - if you need a

living screen for your garden, choose from hawthorn, blackthorn,

privet, laurel and others. All can be planted through the winter as

long as the ground is neither frozen nor waterlogged - just add some

fresh compost and powdered fertiliser to the ground when you


As we hit the end of the year, most people turn their attention to

Christmas. Next month, we’ll take a look at selecting the perfect

REAL Christmas Tree and have plenty of tips to keep your tree

looking good into the New Year.

Lichfield Garden Centre's Christmas Shop is now open, with a huge

range of new and unusual Christmas decorations, lights and

Christmas gifts.


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.

WIN Two Weeks of Yoga

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The Wellbeing and Wellness Coach launched Burntwood’s first yoga

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As the studio approaches it’s first birthday, the team at The Wellbeing

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The Foundries of


By Jono Oates

Afew miles from Lichfield lies the industrial heartland of the Midlands: Dudley,

Walsall, Tipton and Wolverhampton, now known as The Black Country, due to

the amount of soot that was generated by the many coal mines in and around

that area. Lichfield, in comparison, was not the centre of industrial activity and had no

coal mines, but towards the end of the 19th century contained a number of iron

foundries, whose names are still remembered by many Lichfeldians today.

Frederick Symonds ran the Lichfield Iron Works at St John Street from the 1860s and in

August 1861 he was offering wrought iron hurdles and flat bar fencing, to order and to any

size, at £9 10 shillings per ton and all made from the finest Staffordshire iron.

John Perkins and his brother, William Henry, were iron merchants based at Lower Sandford

Street from the 1870s trading as John Perkins and Sons. Their father, also John, had been a

blacksmith at Yoxall and the brothers made agricultural implements from iron providing

goods for the very large farming community that surrounded Lichfield at the time.

By the end of the 1890s the family business was struggling however and the partnership

between the two brothers was dissolved in 1897 due to bankruptcy. A younger brother,

Albert, continued as an iron merchant and later bought the Rugeley company Woodroffe and

Company, who ran the Albion Works at Mill Lane, Rugeley. The new company became

Woodroffe and Perkins, although they too suffered from financial difficulties and by 1903 had

gone in to voluntary liquidation. In 1905, a consortium of businessmen purchased the

company for £700, which was considered to be a bargain price. The businessmen included

John Fowler, a former Mayor of Lichfield, and Harry John Winterton, from the well-known

auctioneers’ family, Sheriff of Lichfield in 1897 and Mayor in 1912. The terms of the agreement

allowed the consortium to continue to trade with the name of Woodroffe and Perkins.

The new firm, in the Perkins’ family tradition, continued to make agricultural items but also

produced manhole covers, examples of which can still be found in and around Lichfield.

Woodroffe and Perkins occupied stand number 1 at the Staffordshire Show, Leek, in July 1910

showcasing their ‘celebrated’ grinding and crushing machines, ploughs, harvesting machinery

and chaff cutters.

The company finally ceased trading in 1920 and in August of that year Charles Perkins, the

younger brother of John, William and Albert Perkins, purchased the whole of the plant and

patterns of ploughs from the firm, stating that he could supply the items with ‘immediate

effect’ to local farmers and agricultural implement agents.

In 1923 the company was purchased by another well-known Lichfield business, Tuke and

Bell, whose foundry was on the junction of Wheel Lane and Beacon Street and was renamed

as the Lichfield Foundry. It continued to operate until 1983, when it closed, the foundry

buildings were demolished and it is now office buildings and apartments.

Tuke and Bell were a London company, originally founded in 1908, and in September 1918

they relocated to Lichfield, on the site at Beacon Street, which had previously been owned

by the Lichfield Brewery Company. The Lichfield City Council Development Committee

welcomed them to Lichfield, saying that the company was located close to the industrial

heartland, and coalfields, of the Midlands and their prosperity would also benefit the citizens

of Lichfield.

The company met with tragedy in November 1929 when their Chairman and Managing

Director, Major Percy Gordon Norman, died suddenly at the age of just 43, after returning

from a business trip to Spain, promoting the company’s business. At the time of his passing,

he had just completed his term of office as Sheriff of Lichfield.

The works on Beacon Street closed in the 1990s and are now residential properties but

two local streets, Tuke Place and Bell Close, on Wheel Lane give a ‘nod’ to the former foundry.

Tuke and Bell continue to operate in Lichfield today, with offices on Vulcan Road, off Eastern


Opposite the Tuke and Bell site was another foundry, Chamberlin and Hill. The company

was originally founded in Walsall in 1890 and the Lichfield site opened in 1898, producing

Workshop, Chamberlin and Hill, 1950s

Tuke and Bell Workers, 1970

Lichfield Foundry, Sandford Street, 1967

castings for the mining and textile industries. The

works were re-built in 1953 but closed in 1986, when

they were demolished and the site became the

Safeway supermarket, now the Morrison’s store. Like

Tuke and Bell, Chamberlin’s are still operating today at

their Walsall base.

Although Lichfield cannot claim to be the industrial

equivalent of the Black Country, it still had a

significant part to play in the manufacturing of iron

goods from the 1860s to the current day.

*Vintage photographs courtesy of the St Mary’s

Photographic Collection

Sources: The British Newspaper Archive;

Ancestry.co.uk; www.tukeandbell.co.uk.



Outdoor Treasure Hunting in the Wild

By Dr Mark Knight

Geocaching is a treasure hunt for the digital generation,

where you can enjoy the freedom of being outside and

discovering new places. Whether under tall trees or on an

expanse of beach, there are geocaches hidden across the UK and

this global treasure hunt has come to the Trent Valley!

One of my tasks as Cultural Heritage Officer of the Transforming the

Trent Valley (TTTV) scheme has been to create geocache sites near

pillboxes and along the Trent Valley Way. So far, we have installed seven

caches - three at pillbox sites and four along the route of the Trent

Valley Way. One at Wolseley Bridge and another at Shardlow mark each

end of the scheme area. One along the river at Branston Leas takes the

seeker to this beautiful stretch of the Washlands, and one detours from

the Trent Valley Way to the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust managed site at

Croxall Lakes. We have placed 200 wooden tokens in old ammo cans at

each site. Each token bears the Trent Valley Way bat and salmon icon,

our TTTV logo and a unique reference code that can be logged at the

geocaching website. Once the 200 tokens (or 'woodies' as the

geocachers call them) are gone, they won't be replaced, so go forth

now intrepid treasure seekers before the treasure is gone for good!

We now have funding for additional sites along the River Dove

(which includes two pillbox caches) and we are planning to create

further sites along the River Tame too. Keep an eye on the geocache

apps to be ready when they appear.

If you would like to get involved, the geocaching website is

Photo by Dr Mark Knight

www.geocaching.com where you can create your own login and join

the fun.

What is a geocache?

Participants use Global Positioning Systems (GPS), or mobile phone

maps, to track down 'secret' locations - a form of 'treasure hunting'. You

can download a free geocaching app for Android or iPhone. Typically,

you will find a waterproof container holding a notepad and pen, and

sometimes a token or trinket. These are known as geocaches, or caches,

each of which has a unique reference code. You can log your find of the

cache on the website or app, sign your name on the paper inside and, if

you are lucky to find a token, you can either keep it or move it to a new

location. If you take a treasure out of the box, you should leave another

trinket in its place, so come prepared!








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There really is no reason to go anywhere else!

Win a Granite Chopping Board

If you require our services please do not hesitate

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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 25th November 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

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An early Christmas cracker as

Bargain Hunt comes to Lichfield

By Richard Winterton, Richard Winterton Auctioneers

Christmas came early to Lichfield as Richard

Winterton Auctioneers filmed the Bargain Hunt

Christmas Special auction.

The popular BBC television programme visited

us at The Lichfield Auction Centre on Tuesday,

October 11, filming for four programmes, two of

which will be Christmas episodes.

Fans flocked from all over the country to watch

the auction at our Fradley saleroom and it was

wonderful to see so many old friends and make

plenty more new ones.

I had plenty of comments about my festive

jacket, too!

Huge thanks to everyone who came along. It

certainly was a Christmas cracker and it was

wonderful to see so many people having some

festive fun in the saleroom.

It’s always great fun to be auctioneering for

Bargain Hunt and safe to say there are some

brilliant moments of auction action coming up in

the new programmes, so look out for the festive

TV schedules.

By the way, don’t worry – the Christmas

decorations have all been taken down again… for


You can see more photos from the day on our

Facebook page, @RichardWintertonAuctioneers

To book a free valuation of anything from

jewellery and watches to antiques and all types of

collectables, call 01543 251081 or email


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


Victoria pictured at her newly opened

interior and gift shop on Dam Street.

Keri Lawrence, Richard Winterton &Tilley

Bancroft at the Mind Charity

Auction in October.

Filming Bargain Hunt with Richard Winterton Auctioneers

Scarecrow Festival, Heart of the

Country, Swinfen

St Giles Hospice stand, Lichfield

Community Day, Market Square

Opening of Willow & Bell deli,

Tudor Row Shops

Men's Shed drum table presentation,

Whittington Barracks

Lichfield Vegan Market, Market Square

Lichfield Festival of Folk procession,

Bird Street

Lichfield Dementia Friendly

City relaunch, College Hall


The launch of the Middle Earth exhibition

at The Hub at St Mary's

Bishop of Lichfield opening the St John Church

Tower, Shenstone

Cast of Dangerous Corner, Lichfield

Players at the Garrick Studio


Stir Up Sunday

Christmas Pud!

By Ruth Redgate

It’s simple to make your own Christmas Pudding, and they are lush! Just use whatever dried

fruit you enjoy! Check out our video to see more (scan the QR code on the picture).


For a 1-pint pudding bowl

56g caster sugar

56g vegetarian suet

85g sultanas

85g raisins

56g currants

28g candied peel, chopped

28g plain flour

28g fresh white breadcrumbs

14g flaked almonds

1/4 lemon, zest only

1 egg, beaten

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4tsp mixed spice

1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

Pinch of salt

38ml brandy, rum or sherry


You can pre-soak your fruit in the alcohol.

1) Add all your dry ingredients (including the

pre-soaked fruit) into the bowl and mix. Then

add the wet ingredients and mix.

2) Grease your pudding bowl and add the mix,

cover in greaseproof paper, and then foil, and

secure with string.


1) Put the basin in a large steamer of boiling

water or use your slow cooker and cover with

a lid. Boil for 5-6 hours, topping the boiling

water up from time to time, if necessary.

2) Allow to cool.

3) Change the greaseproof and foil covers for

fresh ones and tie up as before. Store in a cool

cupboard until Christmas Day. You can feed

with alcohol on a weekly basis if you wish.

4) To serve, steam for 1 hour and serve with

brandy butter, rum sauce, cream or homemade


Ruth Redgate is the owner and chief baker at

Hunnypot Cottage Bakery. Contact her on


Dining Out - A City of Flavours

Dining Out - A City of Flavours

Hats Off to the Chef!

By Kristen Lackajis

Standing on its own surrounded by stunning ancient

woodland, The Deer Park at Hoar Cross boasts a wellstocked

farm shop, on-site butcher, and a range of artisan

gifts. As well as this, there is The Linhay, the farm’s very own

café-cum-restaurant which serves everything from a hearty

breakfast or a sophisticated luncheon, to an afternoon tea

or piece of homemade cake! We were, therefore, delighted

to be invited along to try the new autumnal menu.

Designed by innovative Head Chef, Craig, the dishes on

The Linhay’s new menu are anything but average! Classic

with a contemporary twist would be a fitting description

and one thing is for sure – Craig is an artist when it comes

to the kitchen! Capable of marrying flavours to create

something innovative, yet utterly delicious, Craig works

with local produce and the farm’s own home-grown fruit

and veg, to bring a taste of the countryside to your plate.

I opted for the Twelve-Hour Braised Shin of English Beef

in a Cannelloni, and my goodness, what a feast for both the

tastebuds and the eyes! Served with creamy spring onion

mash, parsnip puree, wilted kale and a Blythe Brewery Ruby

Mild beer sauce, this dish ticked all of the boxes. Meat that

was juicy and literally melted in the mouth was combined

with the sweetness of the parsnips and the slight bitter tang

of the beer jus. Completely divine with bursts of flavour in

every bite.

My guest chose the Fillet of Pan-Fried Seabass with wild

mushroom and spinach sauce, served with tagliatelle. The

meaty fish was cooked to perfection and the nutty

mushroom sauce combined the taste of the ocean with the

deep, earthy flavours of

the countryside.


Despite being quite

full after substantial

portions, we were

intrigued by Craig's

incredible flavour

combinations and,

eager for more, we

decided to try a

dessert! I went for a

Warm Chocolate

Brownie with Nutella

and Bluebells Clotted

Cream Ice Cream, and

my guest ordered a Blackberry, Vanilla and Ginger

Cheesecake. Both delicious, both unique and both

incredibly beautiful, they were the ideal sweet treat to

round off what was an astonishing meal.

The Linhay, whilst it may serve breakfasts and cake, is by

no means your standard farm shop ‘café’. Instead, it is a

foodie’s heaven, with modern British dishes, conjured up by

the magician that is Craig, served in a beautiful countryside

setting, and well worth a visit!

Find The Deer Park at Makers Lane, Hoar Cross,

Burton Upon Trent, DE13 8QR. www.deerpark.farm

Dining Out - A City of Flavours

Dining Out - A City of Flavours

Festive Foodie Treats!

Healthy, delicious, free range and locally sourced food is very

much the emphasis at The Lichfield Pantry so Citylife was

delighted to be asked to try the latest menu.

From humble beginnings operating from a small cabin as a zerowaste

supplier of dried food and groceries in April 2019, The Lichfield

Pantry, based at The Plant Plot Garden Centre, has since gone from


Today, the eatery provides a warm, welcoming and family-friendly

atmosphere in a modern environment set in the rustic surrounds of

a barn-style venue. It offers a wide selection of delicious food items

to choose from, including an array of tantalising weekday breakfasts as

well as a list of daily specials, which change on a weekly basis, and

feature such delights as sourdough sandwiches, wraps, cheese scones,

pies of the day and homemade soups.

Citylife’s Helen is a big brekkie fan and so she opted for the Full

English Breakfast which included two rashers of bacon, sausage and a

slice of black pudding, all of which is locally sourced from Smith & Ellis

butchers in Fradley. Accompanying this was a pot of beans, a fried

tomato, a crispy hash brown, oven baked mushrooms and a free-range

fried egg, along with a slice of either thick-cut white or brown

bloomer toast and butter (a vegetarian option is also available upon

request). Delicious, fresh and the perfect start to a busy day, it didn’t

take much to polish off this feast!

If you want something a little different to a Full English for breakfast,

Sam and the team can cater to you too! Offering freshly-made

alternatives of pancakes, eggs/beans/sausage on toast, breakfast

sandwiches of sausage or bacon, or even a continental-style breakfast.

On weekend mornings, why not take advantage of the Lichfield

Pantry’s special deal and treat yourself to a tasty pastry and a cup of

coffee or tea for only £5 per person? The fresh pastries are supplied

by Baba's Cook & Bakehouse, which is also located at The Plant Plot,

and are a taste sensation to say the least!

Citylife’s Rebecca fancied a spot of brunch and therefore chose a

slice of sourdough (also from Baba’s Cook & Bakehouse) topped with

oozing creamy melted brie and caramelised onion marmalade, and

drizzled with balsamic dressing, with a green side salad and little cup

of carrot and coriander soup. A heart warming meal that is perfect for

a lunchtime snack and ideal for fuelling up on a chilly day!

The Lichfield Pantry also caters for the smaller members of the

family with a selection of exciting children’s breakfasts, as well as

supplying separate gluten-free and vegetarian menus too, catering for

all tastes and dietary requirements.

A regularly changing specials board is also available, plus a festive

specials board will start from mid-November running until 23rd

December, and will include such delights as roast turkey and stuffing

bap, homemade sweet potato nut roast and, back by popular demand,

the famous festive oatcakes (filled with turkey, bacon, brie and


Booking is highly recommended, especially at weekends, to avoid

disappointment – ring 01543 253066 to reserve your table.

Winter opening hours are: Mon-Thurs 9am – 3.30pm; Fri 9am –

4pm; Sat 9am – 4.30pm;

Sun 9.30am - 4pm. Breakfasts served from 9am- 11.30am and lunch

until 3pm. Cakes/drinks served all day.

The Lichfield Pantry Café & Deli can be found at The Plant Plot

Garden Centre, Stafford Road, Lichfield, WS13 8JA. Alternatively

visit www.thelichfield pantry.co.uk to find out more.

Dining Out - A City of Flavours

Dining Out - A City of Flavours

Win Bubble Tea for

Two at JSK

One of the most vibrant restaurants to grace Lichfield,

Jungle Street Kitchen (JSK) is a must if you want to try

something a little bit different.

Inside it is colourful, ambient and larger than life, with

the food menu reflecting this too and a wide variety of

dishes for the whole family to enjoy, such as burritos,

steaks, bao buns, Jerk Chicken and Paella and burgers.

There’s also the Bubble Tea Bar which boasts specially

crafted drinks based on the legendary bubble tea craze

in Taiwan!

We’ve teamed up with JSK to be able to offer one lucky reader Bubble Tea for two


To be in with a chance of winning this delicious prize, simply answer

the following question correctly and send your answer along with

your details:

What does JSK stand for?

a) Jungle Station Kitchen

b) Jungle Street Kitchen

c) Jungle Style Kitchen

To enter, just send your name, contact details and answer to JSK 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 26th November 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 42.

Win a Bottle of

Rhubling Fizz!

Clive’s Wines, based in Burntwood,

are made from real fruit and are not

mixed with a grape wine. They

contain no sulphites, artificial

colours or preservatives and only

British sugar is used. The fruit used

in the wine is locally sourced

wherever possible and the

elderflowers are picked by Clive

himself from around Burntwood

and Lichfield!

Clive’s signature tipple, Rhubling, is a unique alternative to

your usual fizz! Made using the traditional Champagne

method to create natural bubbles, Rhubling (as the name

suggests) features the humble British staple fruit of

rhubarb, to give it a delightfully sharp and crisp taste that

is perfect for celebrations!

We’ve got one bottle of Rhubling, courtesy of

Clive’s Wines, to give away. To be in with a

chance of winning, simply correctly answer

the question below:

Which fruit does Rhubling feature?

a) Apple

b) Rhubarb

c) Strawberry

Use code CWCL10 to get

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To enter, just send your name, contact details and

answer to wine 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 26th November 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). Must be over 18 to

enter. Full t&cs on page 42.

Dining Out - A City of Flavours

Dining Out - A City of Flavours

Tales from a Tudor Kitchen

By Lesley Smith, Curator of Tutbury Castle

Some may say in modern society that we are now obsessed by

food, certainly if the TV is anything to go by. As usual, a

detailed glance at history reveals there have been other

periods in English history where we are just as obsessed with fine

food and new cuisines.

Of course, we have to allow that the period of Brown Windsor soup,

curled sandwiches with flavourless cheese and almost everything cooked

in the pressure cooker at home (anyone seen peach coloured cauliflower

in a mush!) are all found in fairly recent times as we recovered from


In the 60s people were still buying a small bottle of olive oil from the

chemist purely for the purposes of putting down their ear. The great

Mediterranean food cook, Elizabeth David, took time to filter into the

whole of society.

Meanwhile, the Tudors under that well-known gourmet, King Henry

VIII, set about impressing ambassadors and local gentry alike with some

extraordinary dishes and ideas about cooking, which I hope you will find

as fascinating as I do.

The most famous kitchens in the Tudor period were, without doubt,

the newly built Hampton Court, originally commissioned and owned by

Cardinal Wolsey (and eventually grabbed by the King). These kitchens in

red brick like the rest of the palace, were famously cavernous and vast

and it is recorded in bitter cold weather that the steam curling up to the

terrifically high ceiling would often return to the shoulders of the chefs

as snow!

Whilst most people roasted over an open-fire or cooked all that was

needed in one pot, such as mutton, beef, and collops of bacon, the great

kitchens were split into distinctive disciplines. The dairy was a distinctly

female area and the pristine cleanliness of the women, and their

behaviour, was essential to avoid milk going sour. There were experts in

cheese and clotted cream production as well.

It is recorded that even some high-born women enjoyed going into the

dairy with its fresh coolness and scrubbed surfaces. Excess of cheese and

milk was traditionally sold by the women of the household to, or at, the

local market and they were very often able to keep that money. This is a

great contrast to the vast open fires where a spit-boy, only clad in a

loincloth and heavy boots, turned whole joints of roasted meats for

whole hours on end, no doubt dodging the spitting. Yorkshire Pudding

and similar were a batter as today, left under the turning joint, and the

hot fat which dripped upon them enabled them to rise to the pudding we

know today.

There was also a bakehouse with specialist pastry cooks, and hot bread

being pulled out the oven constantly. There were long tables in most of

these rooms, surrounded by cooks and assistants chopping herbs, stirring

sauces, and whisking eggs. The pots used were understandably of great

proportion to hold the fish and boiled joints, including game and poultry.

Food served was dependent upon the rank of the individual, and

although we would find it bad manners to serve some tables with more

expensive delicacies than others, that is how it was done. A range of

dishes would be brought in and put upon the table with great ceremony

after handwashing and guests were expected to pick what they fancied.

Groups of food as courses had titles such as “flying birds”, “swimming

birds”, and of course a “merry cockatrice” for the honoured guests (this

was a roasted chicken or capon, golden brown and stuffed with herbs, but

brought to the table in a little pair of armoured legs and sometimes a

small helmet with a firework sticking out of what would be the mouth -

and yes, it was lit). This kind of showmanship with food was very much

the Tudor style, and vibrant colours and gilding were used in many dishes.

Readers will be surprised to discover that garlic was very popular in

Stuart and Tudor cookery. Sauces of melted butter and herbs with vinegar

beaten in, like a salsa verde today, were usual as an accompaniment, even

amongst the poorer people. Spices were expensive although, depending

on what type, varied in cost, and were usually locked away by the steward

of the household to avoid theft. Mustard was so popular, as was vinegar,

that little balls of mustard were carried around and wooden trenchers in

houses and ale-houses usually had two little curves on the side, one for

mustard and one for vinegar. The sharp fiery taste mixed with a good

meat gravy and some wheaten bread made a perfect meal.

Vegetables were treated suspiciously by the upper classes, although

artichoke and asparagus were eaten. ‘Salats’ were popular and often

decorated with edible flowers. The lack of vegetables in the upper-class

diet would not have helped general health and one can only imagine the

level of cholesterol in the average aristocrat’s blood stream in later life.

So, although this just gives you the merest hint of life in a Tudor kitchen,

here is a little recipe for you to try at home.

Elegant Salmon


1lb salmon, 2 ½ oz butter, some grated nutmeg, splash of white-wine

vinegar, ½ wine glass of claret, x1 small orange (thinly sliced), small bunch

of fresh parsley and sage, x1 eating apple (sliced in half, pips and core



Put the wine, nutmeg, sliced orange and ½ oz butter into a pan, cover

and cook for 5 minutes (and then remove from the heat). Then fry the

salmon steaks in melted butter until brown and crisp. For the last few

minutes, fry the sage and parsley in the same butter, for about a minute.

Take the fish and herbs and put them on a hot dish, garnished with the

apple and then pour over the reheated sauce and serve immediately.

Good luck and enjoy!

Dining Out - A City of Flavours


The Lichfield Fallen


By Jono Oates

WW2 plaque on Minster Pool Walk

At 11am on Friday 11th November the nation will once again fall silent to

remember those that gave their lives for their country during the years of

conflict and war. A service will also be held in the Lichfield Garden of

Remembrance by Minster Pool on Remembrance Sunday to commemorate the

Lichfield fallen from World War I and II, whose names appear on the War Memorial.

The memorial was originally unveiled in October 1920, with the names of the soldiers who

fell during the 1914-1918 conflict listed on three panels. Following the 1939-1945 war the

names of Lichfield men killed in action, or on active service, were inscribed on to the panels

underneath the names from World War I.

The names of 83 Lichfield men killed, or missing in action, are listed on the World War II

panels, many of them from well-known Lichfeldian families. These are some of their stories.

WW2 panel on the War Memorial

Thomas Henry Hatchett (known as Harry) of the Royal Artillery, Durham Light Infantry,

was killed in action on 16th December 1944, in Belgium, aged 31. Before the war he had a

job as a carpenter, working for noted Lichfield builder’s Joseph R Deacon and Sons, and was

said to be a jovial character with a large circle of friends. The only son of Mr and Mrs E.

Hackett of Chesterfield Terrace, he was a member of the Conservative Club and an active

member of the Lichfield Cricket Club. ‘Harry’ is buried at the Schoonselhof Cemetery in


Lieutenant Fredrick William Taylor, also of the Royal Artillery, lost his life on 24th April

1944, fighting in the area around Monte Cassino, southern Italy. Freddie, as he was known,

was the elder son of Captain George Frederick and wife Edith, Taylor who were the

headmaster and matron of the Beacon Residential School on Beacon Street. He had been a

pupil at King Edward VI School on St John Street where he had excelled at rugby and cricket.

Before the war he had worked at the Chamberlin and Hill foundry (see the history feature

on the Foundries of Lichfield, also in this edition) on Beacon Street and he was destined for

a brilliant career until the war intervened. Freddie had seen service in Tunisia and Sicily before

taking part in the attack on Monte Cassino, where he lost his life, and he is buried in the

Cassino War Cemetery.

War Memorial at the Garden of Remembrance

On 21st May 1940 Ernest Cook of the North Staffordshire Regiment was killed in action

in Flanders, Belgium. Cook was, appropriately, a cook with the regiment and met his death

when he was called up to the line of battle. Ernest lived on the Curborough Road and, aged

just 25, he left a widow and two young children.

Three men who lost their lives in August 1944 were reported in the same edition of the

Lichfield Mercury. Charles Henry Shipley, another member of the Royal Artillery, died on 2nd

August 1944 in Normandy aged just 20 and is buried at the Ranville Cemetery, near Caen,

Normandy. Stoker Ernest William Swann, of the Royal Navy, was killed at sea serving with the

Royal Naval Patrol Service on August 3rd 1944, aged 27. His parents lived at Dean’s Croft

and before the war Ernest had worked at the Regal Cinema on Tamworth Street and he is

buried at the Lowestoft Naval Memorial, Kent. Private Percy Clews, of the South Staffordshire

Regiment, died a week after Ernest on 10th August 1944, fighting in France. Aged 33 he left

a widow, Meg, and a two-year-old son. Percy is buried at the Bayeux War Cemetery,

Normandy, the largest cemetery of Commonwealth soldiers who died during World War II.

The Lichfield Mercury started a Cigarette Fund in May 1940, with readers contributing

monies, with which the Mercury purchased large quantities of cigarettes and then despatched


them to soldiers who were on active duty abroad. One

of the recipients in May 1940 was Lance Sergeant

Charles Creffield, of the Royal Artillery 30 Field

Regiment, serving with the British Expeditionary Force

at Dunkirk, France. Charles died sometime between

1st and 2nd June 1940. His body was never recovered

and his wife, Mercedes, only received official

notification that he was ‘missing presumed dead’ in

May 1942. His name is inscribed on the Dunkirk

Memorial. Charles was just 23 years-old and he left a

widow and a young son, whom he had never seen.

Charles never received his quota of cigarettes.

To these, and to all of the men listed on the War

Memorial, May They Forever Rest in Peace.

Sources: The British Newspaper Archive; Ancestry.co.uk;

The Commonwealth War Grave Commission website.


Five minutes With…

Paul Spicer

Paul Spicer is celebrating 30 years

with Birmingham Bach Choir with a

concert at Lichfield Cathedral on

19th November. We caught up with Paul

ahead of this event to find out more.

• Hi Paul, thanks for chatting to

us. To begin with, could you tell us

a little about yourself? Where you

grew up and how your interest in music began?

I grew up in a very musical family in Cheshire. My father was a solicitor

in Manchester and a good amateur cellist, and my mother had been a

concert pianist in her time and she played the piano at home for hours

every day. My grandfather was one of my strongest influences as he was

organist of Manchester College, Oxford, for over 50 years and he inspired

me to play the organ. I then went on to be a boy chorister at New College,

Oxford, just next to his college. So I was immersed in very high quality music

making from the very start, and I never looked back!

• As well as your Lichfield connections (being involved with

the Cathedral and Lichfield Festival) and leading the

Birmingham Bach Choir, you have several other roles and

responsibilities. Could you tell us a little more about these?

Over the years I have had a very varied career which has included

teaching and being Senior Producer for BBC Radio 3 in the Midlands when

there was still a major BBC hub at Pebble Mill in Birmingham. But my main

focus has been as a choral conductor, and my Finzi Singers professional

choir was what initially made my reputation, and more recently I have been

a regular guest conductor with the BBC Singers. I am also an author of

three composer biographies, Herbert Howells, Sir George Dyson and Sir

Arthur Bliss. The latter is about to be published. I am also a composer, and

there have been a few highlights in this area including a Choral Symphony

‘Unfinished Remembering’ commemorating the centenary of World War I in

2014 and premiered at Symphony Hall. Another major strand to my career

has been teaching choral conducting at postgraduate level at the Royal

College of Music. I, and an equivalent colleague at the Royal Academy of

Music, was the first to start a PG degree course in this skill in the country.

I later moved to start a similar course at the Royal Birmingham

Conservatoire and also taught conducting at Oxford University.

• As a Lichfield resident, what is/was it about Lichfield that

kept/keeps you here? Is Lichfield a special place for you?

Lichfield is an incredibly special place. When I was in the choir at New

College, Oxford, as a boy we travelled from Cheshire to Oxford via Lichfield

as it was before the motorways were built. We stopped to break every

journey to have lunch at the old Angel Croft Hotel just opposite the

cathedral. When I got the job as Festival Director in 1990 the house I moved

into first was No. 1 the Close, which is the one on the corner absolutely

opposite the Angel Croft. I felt that connection very strongly. Soon after, I

moved into No. 4 and remained there until 2015 when we bought a house

in Rugeley. I am on the Chapter of the Cathedral (its governing body) and

have retained all my connections with the place, which I love dearly. My

Festival years were wonderful in many ways and it was an exciting task to

bring so many people to this lovely place – both artists and audiences.

• You took on the role of conductor of the Birmingham

Bach Choir in 1992. How did this come about?

My friend and mentor Richard Butt was my predecessor as Senior

Producer for Radio 3 in Birmingham and also conductor of the Bach

Choir. He decided to retire from the choir after 25 years back in 1992

and he suggested that I might be interested in applying. At the time I was

conducting the Bach Choir in Leicester and I really felt that his shoes were

too big to fill. However, I did apply and the rest, as they say, is history. I

knew the choir well having attended many concerts and occasionally

played the piano and organ for them.

• And as you celebrate 30 years in this position, what

have been the highlights for you?

Firstly, it’s the people. The Bach Choir is full of wonderful people –

single-minded, enthusiastic, intelligent, ambitious singers many of whom

have become great friends over the years. Highlights have been many

over so many years, but I would single out the run of Bach’s St. Matthew

Passion performances we gave on Good Fridays in Symphony Hall with

the English Chamber Orchestra. Another great Bach occasion was giving

the first performance of the B minor Mass in the new Symphony Hall to

a totally packed house. Another wonderful highlight for me was the

recording of my two-hour Easter Oratorio which was singled out in the

Gramophone Magazine as an Editor’s Choice of the month when it was


• And finally, Paul, what is your favourite piece of music

to conduct and why?

I am best known in the profession as a British music specialist, but Bach

is my musical god. So, to this end I am going to dodge the question and

to say – honestly – that whatever Bach I am conducting is always my

favourite piece to conduct. So, on the 19th November in my favourite

cathedral, you can come and see me conduct my favourite piece of music!

The Christmas Oratorio is one of the most life-affirming, joyful, heart-felt

works I know and I am going to be very happy to share this with,

hopefully, a full cathedral of enthusiastic listeners.

Tickets to see Paul Spicer and Birmingham Bach

Choir perform Christmas Oratorio by JS Bach at

Lichfield Cathedral are priced from £12 and can

be purchased at




Christmas Gifts

Jewellery With Life

This Textured Star Pendant is the perfect gift for

the super stars in your life. Made using recycled

silver, it comes in your choice of textures, finish

and length of silver chain. Priced at £26. You can

find more beautiful pieces made in Staffordshire by

Emily at www.jewellerywithlife.co.uk.

The Fabric Vault

Christmas is coming! With a wide range of festive

fabrics; plenty of panels for advent calendars, soft

toys and display projects; and ribbons and bells to

add that finishing touch, The Fabric Vault is all set

for the festive season!

Gift vouchers and workshops always available.

Follow on Facebook @TheFabricVault.Lichfield

Eden Gallery

Curious Collie framed limited edition by Nicky. Price

at £205 and available from Eden Gallery, The

Hexagon Centre, Curborough Countryside Centre,

WS13 8ES. Tel: 01543 268393. Opening hours:

Wed-Sun 10am-4pm (Tues by appointment only).


Michael’s Menswear

Coming from a local supplier in Shenstone, these

lovely handmade silk tie and hanky sets are the

perfect gift for Christmas. See the fabulous range

in store for a great variety in beautiful patterns

and colours. Priced at £24.95. Available from

Michael’s Menswear, Market Street, Lichfield.

Dame Oliver's

Semi-precious crystal wristbands in 16 different

stones including tourmaline, pink sapphire, jade,

amazonite, peridot, garnet and amethyst.

Adjustable sizes. Priced at £10 each and available

from Dame Oliver's, Dam Street, Lichfield.


This beautiful sculpture by Matt Buckley from the

EDGE Collection captures perfectly the spirit of

this charismatic nocturnal animal and would make

a treasured gift. Priced at £170 and available from

Framework, Tamworth Street, Lichfield.


Needwood Living

The true scent of Christmas! St Eval Christmas

Candles are available in Inspiritus, Orange &

Cinnamon, Winter Thyme. Priced at £13.45 and

available from Needwood Living, High Street,

Tutbury, or Main Street, Alrewas.


Clive's Wines

It wouldn't be Christmas without a spot of fizz!

Why not try something different this year, like this

sparkling rhubarb wine, or rhubling, as it's known?

Made using the traditional method to create

natural bubbles, rhubling is the perfect, light fizz to

enjoy with a loved one. Available from Clive's

Wines of Burntwood. Tel: 07972 269 620.


Use code CWCL10 to get 10%

off at Clive's Wines!

At The Cedars

With Christmas just around the corner, pop in

to see At The Cedars or visit the website below

for a range of gifts to make it a special day for

those special people.

At The Cedars, 48 Main Street, Barton under

Needwood, DE13 8DS. Tel: 01283 296926.



Christmas Gifts


The most popular of our charcoal grills, Kamado

Joe’s Classic Joe II is perfect for cooking all year

round, you can even cook your Christmas dinner

with it! With a mould and water resistant control

vent, why not start practising for those summer

evenings now? Priced at £1,999.


Paul Martyn

Novelty draught excluders, in different styles,

priced at £38 and available from Paul Martyn,

Heart of the Country Shopping Village, Swinfen. Tel:

01543 481592. www.paulmartynfurniture.co.uk

Allen Brown

Silver and gold plate bracelet, priced at £320 and

available from Allen Brown Jewellery located at

Heart of the Country Shopping Village, Swinfen,

WS14 9QR. Tel: 01543 481 948.


City Jewellers

Treat that special someone in your life to

something a little more luxurious this Christmas,

such as this stunning tanzanite and diamond dress

ring! Priced at £10,995 and available from City

Jewellers, Bore Street, Lichfield.

Victoria Lowe

A brand new interiors, lifestyle and gift shop in the

centre of Lichfield. Victoria Lowe features an array

of beautiful gift ideas, as well as home and clothing

accessories too. Victoria Lowe, 15 Dam Street,

Lichfield. Tel: 01543 363581. Instagram: @


The Deer Park

Specialising in sustainably-sourced tea grown in Sri

Lanka, Doyen is a local company which aims to

minimise its carbon footprint throughout its

production processes. This tea advent calendar

features two teabags behind each door from the

range, which includes green teas, herbal and

fruit blends.

Priced at £29.95 and available from The Deer Park,

Maker Lane, Hoar Cross, DE13 8QR.

ES Jewellery

This festive Pandora charm captures the

excitement of the season. The sterling silver charm

depicts a car with a Christmas tree tied to the

roof and tiny 3D gifts all wrapped up in the back.

The number plate reads "X-MAS" and engraved

beneath is "Home for Christmas."

Priced at £45 and available from ES Jewellery,

Tamworth Street, Lichfield.



Mercia Spirits Lab

Treat your loved one to the perfect G&T this

Christmas! Gift hamper includes Mercia's

Signature Gin, a gin glass, and a choice of mixers!

Priced at £59 and available from Mercia Spirits Lab,

Bishton Hall, Bellamour Lane, Rugeley.

Tel: 01889 529291. www.merciawhisky.co

Tatlow Carpets

Ivory Sheep Skin (single) 55mm length wool.

Sheepskins are handpicked for their soft fleece

and are constantly one of, if not the most

popular item in the range. A simple and costeffective

way of adding a feeling of warmth and

luxury to any home. Priced from £79, larger sizes

available. From Tatlow Carpets, Britannia

Enterprise Park, Lichfield.



What’s On

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 rebeccahillcitylife@gmail.com

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

Tuesday 1st November

Lichfield Ladies’ & Men’s Probus

The talk will be on Parkinson’s by Derek Lamb.

Members of the Club meet on the first Tuesday

of the month. New members always made

welcome. Venue: St Matthew’s Social Club,

Burntwood, WS7 9EP. Time: 12.30pm for an

optional buffet lunch, followed by a talk. Contact:

peter.hitchman44@gmail.com, 07971 113505. Or

jenny_hodgkins@yahoo.co.uk, 01543 305522.

Thursday 3rd November

Tuppenhurst Christmas Market

Local retailers and craftspeople display their

wares at this festive market!

Venue: Tuppenhurst Barn, Tuppenhurst Lane,

WS15 4HJ. Time: 10am-3pm

Fri 4th – Sun 6th November

Fri 4th – Sun 6th November

Deer Park Christmas Market

The Holly Prince Trust Charity Christmas Market

is back by popular demands this year! Featuring

local artisans and retailers, it’s the perfect place

to pick up a few early Christmas gifts!

Venue: The Deer Park, Maker Lane, Hoar Cross.

Time: 10am-4pm.

Thursday 10th November

Christine Bovill’s Piaf

Christine threads her remarkable journey in the

world of French song with the life and works of

Edith Piaf. No glamour. No gimmicks. No

pretence. Nothing but a voice, singing of life’s

triumphs and tragedies.

Venue: The Hub, St Mary’s, Market Square

Time: 8pm Price: £20, available online at

www.thehubstmarys.co.uk or from The Hub on

Market Square.

Thursday 10th November

Make your own Christmas Sack

This is a great workshop

to do if you have sewn

before and would like to

learn how to make your

own Christmas Sack

from start to finish, all

materials and equipment


Venue: The Fabric Vault,

8 Tudor Row, Lichfield, WS13 6HH. Time: 9:30am

- 1pm or 2pm - 5:30pm

Price: £45 – book on Eventbrite or in the shop

Other sewing, knitting or crocheting workshops

available, follow us on @TheFabricVault.Lichfield

Saturday 12th


Poppy Day Lunch

Enjoy a delicious three

course lunch in the

stunning Regency

ballroom with live


entertainment from vintage singer and

entertainer, Johnny Victory, performing music

from the iconic period of the wartime years.

Venue: The George Hotel, Lichfield

Price: £25 per person

Find out more at www.thegeorgelichfield.co.uk

Thurs 17th & Thurs 24th November

Art & Craft

Relax, create, and enjoy at this weekly arts and

crafts group in a social setting. No experience

necessary. Full tuition given by an experienced

and patient teacher.

17th - beautiful watercolour bookmarks. 24th –

simple stitched brooch.

Venue: Boley Park Hall

Time: 8pm-9.30pm.

Price: £15 to include materials, tea and coffee (or

BYO wine)

Call 07989 857277 or email


Saturday 19th November

Christmas Oratorio – JS Bach

Bach’s famous Christmas Oratorio was intended

for performance in church during the Christmas

season, and what better venue to hear this

masterpiece than the magnificent setting of

Lichfield Cathedral. A special concert to

celebrate Paul Spicer’s 30 years as Music

Director of this renowned Choir. They are joined

by the fabulous baroque style orchestra and a

superb line up of soloists.

Venue: Lichfield Cathedral

Time: 7pm

Price: Tickets from £15, available from

www.birmingham.bachchoir.com, or from

B.Mus/THSH & Eventbrite.

Saturday 19th November

Christmas BBQ Event

Let the Tippers BBQ experts show you how to

cook your Christmas favorites on a range of


Venue: Tippers Lichfield, Europa Way, WS14 9TZ.

Time: 10am-1pm. Free Entry.

Sunday 27th November

Christmas Light Switch-On

Late night opening with free activities and a great

view of the Market Square events. Mulled wine

and mince pies available. Free event

Venue: Market Square, Lichfield Time: 3:30 – 6pm

The Museum is open daily from 11am – 3.30pm

from 1st November. Standard entry is free.

Call 01543 264 972 or email

sjmuseum@lichfield.gov.uk for information.

Saturday 10th December

Shenstone Village Christmas Fayre

The popular Shenstone Christmas Fayre is back

this year.! Includes stalls, kiddies rides, xmas

lighting, music, mulled wine, ale, gin, fresh crepes

and more! (Main Street is closed to traffic).

Venue: Shenstone Village Hall, Shenstone

Time: 3pm-7pm

Every Monday

Beggar’s Oak Clog Dancers

Dancing traditional clog dances, mostly English.

Anyone is most welcome to join the group on

Monday evenings. The group welcomes those

willing to give dancing a try, and also those

interested in joining the band. No experience is

needed, help and support are freely given.

Venue: Armitage Village Hall

Time: 8pm-10pm

Please email contact-us@beggars-oak.org.uk.

What’s Cooking?

By Lauren Hirst

The holiday season will be with us soon and you may be

thinking about what to get people on your gift list for

Christmas. Making your own dog treats at home can be

quick and simple and is a nice touch to give to your doggie friends

or indeed your own dogs.

Home-made treats go down “treat” at our kennels and I thought I’d

share a few ideas if you want to have a go yourself.

Anyone who has been to our open days, walks and events will know

about Adam’s Famous Sardine Cake. All dogs love them, even the fussy

ones. His own greyhounds are quality controllers and give them the big

paws up!

What you need:

1kg of Porridge Oats

5 tins of Sardines in oil (not tomato or brine - this is quite important)

15 eggs (this produces lots to share and they freeze well)

Large baking tray

Greaseproof paper


Empty all of the sardines into a large mixing bowl then mush them

down and turn them into a paste-like consistency. Crack all of the eggs

into the mix and beat the lot together. Add all of the porridge oats, a bit

at a time, and stir making sure that all of the oats are coated with the


Cover a large baking tray

or pizza tray with

greaseproof paper and then

tip the mix onto the tray and

spread out evenly, ideally

about 3cm thick. Place in a

preheated oven at gas mark 5

for about 30 minutes.

Remember to check that the

edges are not burning near to

the end.

Remove from the oven and

let it rest, but make sure they

are out of reach of your

pooches as they are

irresistible! You can then cut

into large or small pieces to

use as treats or for training,

or even give them to your

dog-owning friends. As they

don’t have any preservatives they are best kept in the freezer if you

aren’t going to use them straight away. They are especially good for dogs

who may not have many teeth and can’t have harder, biscuit type treats.

In fact, homemade treats are so quick and easy, and you know what

goes into them that we’ve put together two recipe books using ideas

from our volunteers: which make excellent Christmas gifts while

supporting the greyhounds in our care.

Visit www.greyhoundtrusthallgreenonlineshop.com

to purchase.

Make money by

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Citylife is looking for

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Lichfield and our sister

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Cannock. Applicants must

be aged 16 or over.

If you’re interested in

finding out more, please call

Rebecca on

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1 Tamworth Street, Lichfield, WS13 6JP

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