THE MAGAZINE REFLECTING LIFE IN THE CITY OF LICHFIELD
MARCH 2013 ISSUE 47
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Netherstowe House Competition
Win tickets to Crufts 2013
Mother’s Day Competition, win a
Mother’s Day Competition, win a bouquet
What’s On/Dining Out
March 2013 Editor’s Notes Flying rocks – shedding stones
Seeing that meteorite above Russia last week has made me think not only how vulnerable the world has become but how small too. When I was a small boy I remember on very rainy schooldays, unable to outdoors, we would all huddle and crush into the school hall to watch a documentary film. They were films about Shell or BP’s exploration into the frozen wastes of the Polar Regions, or about the arid plains of Africa or maybe the South American Rain Forests. Planet Earth back then was a giant, unexplored and untamed place that sounded endless to a small wide-eyed boy. We didn’t have TV until 1959, a phone at home until the mid 1960s, I didn’t use a PC until the end of the 1980s, or own a mobile phone until the late 1990s. Technology has made the world smaller. People work from home thus making their sphere of operation smaller. My Mother would say; “I don’t care how big your carbon footprint is, don’t get it on my new carpet!” A colleague of mine phoned Burntwood Library to find out if the local well-known slimmer’s group were still holding meetings there. The lady who answered the call said she thought it was every Monday but she would just check. She came back and said she'd found a poster with the Slimwatchers number on, and so he took it down. He phoned naturally assuming he would be ringing a local agent. After a strange ringing tone a lady answered, she had a very unfamiliar accent. Turns out he was calling someone in the Fiji Islands, who confirmed Burntwood Library Slimwatchers was indeed on Mondays. What a small world! His appetite was much more diminished once he received his phone bill! (True story). Next magazine is out on Monday 25 March.
Yours truly, Paul Oakley. Editor
FRONT COVER By Paul Oakley
Win lunch for two at Netherstowe House page 6
contributors • • • •
Caz Jones Laura Bowcutt PG Mitchell David Keith Jones
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Joss Musgrove Knibb David Moore Dan Mitchell Kate Gomez
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to be erected in Burntwood
usinessman Robert Carr and sculptor Peter Walker have joined together to create a permanent way to highlight the discovery of The Staffordshire Hoard. Robert and Peter are heading up a team whose remit is to design a sculpture to celebrate The Staffordshire Hoard. This sculpture is to be created as a way to focus long term attention on to the site of its discovery. Peter Walker, (as discussed in the February edition of the Lichfield Gazette) is a sculptor born and bred in Burntwood, not far from the hoard site, who has just completed a statue for the town which will be unveiled this year. Peter is also the creator of the Erasmus Darwin statue recently unveiled in Beacon Park, Lichfield. Robert Carr is MD of Rock 34 Ltd who are are co-ordinating project support, community involvement and art projects so that local people can get involved and have a part in celebrating the discovery of the hoard. One such project supporter is Burntwood and Chase Terrace Councillor
Sculptor Peter Walker is to create a new sculpture for Burntwood.
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Susan Woodward: ”I have a strong interest in Anglo Saxon, having studied it at University as part of my English degree. Burntwood has a lot to shout about but for too long we've been treated as a poor relation and, let's be honest, have acted like one. This initiative provides a great opportunity for us to celebrate our history and also look to promoting our town for the future.
I hope every Burntwood resident will get behind this exciting plan." This project will see the development of hoard related artworks in Burntwood which will act as focal points for the area. Key to this is the production of a significant artwork of large scale and beauty to symbolise the significance of the discovery site. The project is looking for more supporters to come forward and are working with Key partners to develop these artworks, More news is promised in the near future as things develop. There are also plans for an additional sculpture in Lichfield which would create a link between the home of St Chad, and the discovery of The Hoard near Hammerwich.
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Christmas shopping trail
boosts local high street
n the run up to Christmas hundreds of local shoppers took part in a Christmas Shopping Trail to be in with a chance to win over £1,050 cash and vouchers for local high street stores. Launched by local independent shops, The Best of Lichfield and the Lichfield Town Team, shoppers who took part in the trail visited 20 shops across the city centre and beyond to get a shopping passport stamped. All passports were then entered into a prize draw. The prize draw took place in January and the lucky winner was Mrs Linda Webb from Lichfield. Mrs Webb was awarded her prize at Cure Boutique on Bore Street on 25th January 2013. Mrs Webb commented: “I have lived in Lichfield all my adult life and doing the trail I came across shops I had never been in or even knew existed! I visited Room to Inspire on Sandford Street and was really impressed with the service and found a lovely Christmas gift! I will certainly be going back to all the wonderful shops I have now discovered in the city.” The Christmas Shopping Trail was part of a nationwide initiative, launched by Independent Retailer Month, which aims to boost footfall on high streets up and down the country. Anna Riley from Cure - a boutique ladies' clothing store in the city, who helped to launch the trail, said:
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"Twenty independent businesses took part in the trail, and we’re all really pleased it went so well. When you consider that over 50 shoppers completed the trail in full, visiting all the businesses to get their card stamped, that’s at least a thousand extra visits taking place as a result. We know from other retailers that many people who took part bought something on their first visit, or came back another day to browse or buy. Louie Clegg, from The Best of Lichfield, commented: "I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the trail, to the Design Pit and the Lichfield Gazette for helping to produce and distribute the trail leaflets, and to all the traders who donated cash and vouchers. In the current financial climate, initiatives like this are just what we need to make the high street seem that little bit more exciting, and encourage people away from online shopping, and back into local stores. I’m so glad this has been such a success. " Through the Lichfield Town Team, which is chaired by Lichfield District Council, local businesses are working together to come up with a range of initiatives to boost trade during 2013 and beyond. To find out more about the work of the Lichfield Town Team, or to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01543 308781
FOR TWO PEOPLE AT NETHERSTOWE HOUSE FIND MINSTER THE CAT!
Win a two course lunch for two people (Monday to Thursday) at this prestigious boutique hotel and restaurant. Time has stood still at this beautifully restored Edwardian House, one time home of two Members of Parliament and originally partly used as a working mill. It is full of period charm and elegance. Enjoy Netherstowe House for yourself and see why everyone is raving about it! Or why not enter our competition and win a delightful meal for yourself and a guest? Minster is a little rascal! True to form he has got lost again in this issue and we need your help to find him. He might be in an advertisement or in a story, can you find him? When you have found him (he looks like the image at the top of the page) simply tell us which page he is on for a chance to win. Write the page number on a card or the back of a sealed envelope along with your name and address and send it to us no later than 21st March 2013 to ‘Minster The Cat Competition’ PO Box 5414, Lichfield
WS14 4EZ. Or by email to email@example.com subject "Minster Comp". One entry only please (or disqualified). The Editor will draw the winning entry and announce it in the next edition of Lichfield Gazette. Good luck!!
Minster was on page 23 in the February issue. Well done to Mrs Owen, Stafford Road, Lichfield, for spotting the little rascal.
ichael Mullarkey, proprietor of Michael's Menswear in Market Street joins Neil Simpson (left), Area Manager of Vyella Menswear as Mayor Cllr. Janet Eagland picks the twenty lucky winner’s names from the hat. The promotion was held recently and was an overwhelmingly popular competition as part of the MIchael's Autumn/Winter feature within the Lichfield Gazette. Winners have been notified.
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The Erasmus Lichfield Darwin Walk Good February 2013 Causes
By Kate Durrant LCC Darwin Walk was on Sunday 10th February this year and we had 12 walkers in total which was amazing as the weather was atrocious and the going very muddy indeed. A warm welcome awaited us from Kaye Hollingshead at Curborough, who always supplies the refreshments at a generous discounted rate. Cllr Mrs Norma Bacon, Sheriff's Lady kindly bought everyone a hot drink and piece of cake whilst we quietly steamed by the fire. Next guided walk will be in May and information can be found on the website: www.darwinwalk.org.uk.
Lotto money for
MAYOR AND SHERIFF’S ENTERTAINMENT AND TEA PARTY
enior members of the Lichfield community are invited to join the Mayor and Sheriff for afternoon tea with entertainment. The event will be held at Curborough Community Centre from 2.30pm – 4.15pm on Wednesday, 20 March 2013. The hosts will be the Mayor of Lichfield, Cllr Mrs Janet Eagland and the Sheriff Cllr Brian Bacon. Anyone aged 70 or over who lives within the city is invited to apply for tickets. Contact Kate Durrant to book before Friday, 8 March and tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Those unable to make their own way to the event may be able to get help from community transport. Contact Kate Durrant for your coupon, Lichfield City Council, 53 Wade Street, Lichfield, WS13 6HL Telephone 01543 309854
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ood causes in Lichfield received £630,000 of National Lottery funding in 2012, according to figures released today. Twenty-two grants were awarded across the city, providing a cash boost to local arts, sport and heritage projects and community groups helping the area’s most vulnerable people; In the last year grants have included: • £50,000 to Streetly Cricket Club for redevelopment works. • £45,000 to support the Lichfield Festival. • £10,000 to The King George V Memorial Scouts and Guides • Recreation Land to build a camping facility for children. Now these projects, and any organisation which has received Lottery funding in the last 18 years, have a chance to gain national recognition for their work as the National Lottery Awards 2013 open for entries. John Barrowman, presenter of last year’s National Lottery Awards show, said: “The National Lottery raises £30 million a week for Good Causes and the Awards are a great way of celebrating the life changing difference these projects make to communities. “National Lottery players in Lichfield should be proud of the difference they are making to people in the area. The National Lottery Awards recognise the unsung heroes, dedicated workers and selfless volunteers making great use of Lottery funding. If you know of a Lottery-funded organisation that deserves to be nominated, we want to hear from you.” The National Lottery Awards have seven categories - each reflecting an area of Lottery funding: Sport; Heritage; Arts; Environment; Health; Education; and Voluntary/Charity. The winners of The National Lottery Awards will receive a £2,000 cash prize and national recognition at a star-studded event broadcast on BBC One later this year. If you want to see a project from Lichfield celebrated in this year’s National Lottery Awards, visit www.nationallotteryawards.org.uk to find out more or call 0207 293 3599. The Awards are now open for entries and any projects wishing to enter can do so by visiting the website. Entries must be received by 9am on 19th March.
Footsteps Day Nurseries Lichfield - Valuing the Importance
of Outside Play
e told you last month about Footsteps; the recently acquired & refurbished children`s day nursery and pre-school on Walsall Road, Lichfield. Now improvements to the outside area are also complete we went back to see just what has been achieved and discover how this new resource will be used. Footsteps Day Nurseries have been operating locally for over ten years and have developed a real understanding of how to provide children with great opportunities to explore the outdoors. It is no secret that children like to run and play outside but at Footsteps the outside space is valued as far more than a safe place for the children to let off a bit of steam, Footsteps` founder, Catherine Harvey explained: “Play is a child`s work” is a commonly heard expression in early years education and is very much at the core of what we do – the principle of Learning Through Play relies on creating inspiring, even challenging spaces for children to explore and so learn new skills. The natural environment is an incredibly inspirational space and so is a brilliant resource to use when helping children reach their full potential.” Working with an award winning landscape design
company, the outdoor environment has been created around 3 distinct areas – The central courtyard is a sensory/discovery area which can be accessed freely from the main building, a much larger area in the back garden is available for running, jumping, riding bikes etc. and is equipped with a bike track, allweather play grass and other interesting surfaces. The rest of the large garden makes up the Forest School area; an essential and very popular part of all Footsteps` nurseries. Forest schooling began in Scandinavia in the 1950s, intending to pass on knowledge of the natural world and environmental issues. Designed to develop personal, social and emotional skills and raise self-esteem; it encourages independence and provides opportunities for active outdoor play and discovery. Children are encouraged to take care of themselves and each other, and are given responsibilities such as (well-supervised) use of tools and fire lighting. There’s no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing - Thinking of the recent snow and last year`s soggy summer we had to wonder how much chance the children will get to use these new facilities but Nursery Manager Karen told us: “Because we provide full waterproofs for all the children, free of charge, we know that we never need worry about wet weather
when we plan our activities. The children can use the space throughout the year, encountering new and exciting experiences with the changing seasons.” More information and contact details can be found at www.footstepsnurseries.co.uk or why not go along and see for yourself? Their next open day is on Saturday 2nd March between 10:00am and 2:00pm
by Susan Maxwell
Love is found in most towns In young and old alike When he is away time drags When he is near it is a lovely feeling Looks in eyes give warmth to cold and stubborn hearts. You try desperately to please each other One often succeeds, the other dismally fails The way he walks and what he wears Who are his friends and where he lives You name these all You know in your heart that he is yours forever.
For the love of poetry
In 2009 Poetry Rivals was launched - one of the biggest and most prestigious competitions ever held by Forward Poetry as published by Bonacia Limited. Poets were invited to write a poem that showed true creative talent, a poem that would stand out from the rest. The competition has gone from strength to strength since then. Winning entries are published in a compilation book, and are in with a chance of winning a literary prize of £1,000. Being a compulsive competition entrant and a poet made this a must for Susan Maxwell, a Lichfield lady who has been writing poetry for forty years and who has won many prizes including hair styling sessions and beauty products. Susan’s poem was chosen from amongst entries presented from all over Britain to be included in this poetry compilation. Susan will need to go along to the publishers and read her own poem to be in with a chance of winning. Susan will also shortly have more that 100 of her own poems published in a solo anthology. These works were written over her lifetime and inspired by a love of poetry that goes back to her schooldays when she studied the Great War poets. Susan is a member of Lichfield Gospel Choir. She is known to be a descendant of poet William Roscoe. William was an active slavery abolitionist (alongside fellow campaigner William Wilberforce) and is commemorated by a statue in Liverpool. Susan is married to Peter Maxwell who most Lichfeldians will know as the tireless campaigner (and fundraising Santa) for St Giles Hospice. Last December was the fourth consecutive year that Peter has collected for St Giles and his total raised was £1708.40. Well done to all who put their hands in their pockets! Page 12 www.lichfieldgazette.co.uk
Win tickets to
e have all been brought up on Crufts - once a year, the dogs take over and we end up talking to our friends and colleagues about what happened last night, which dog we think will win Best in Show, and lighter moments such as the poor dog disqualified for an unfortunate movement in the agility competition! This year Crufts takes place at The NEC from 7-10 March and as usual is simply four days of celebration of man’s best friend. As well as Best in Show, the Scruffts final, flyball, heelwork to music and agility action in the main ring, there are also around 200 different breeds of dog for visitors to meet and find out all about, a reading corner where children can read to special ‘reading dogs’, educational areas, a breed health zone, hundreds of trade stands to shop from and much more.
We have six pairs of tickets to be won to Crufts 2013. All you have to do to win a pair of tickets is answer the following question correctly...
Q. What breed was last year’s Crufts Best in Show winner: A. Jack Russell B. Lhasa Apso C. Great Dane
Send your name, answer and contact details to Crufts Competition, PO Box 5414, Lichfield WS14 4EZ or email firstname.lastname@example.org Hurry as competition closes on Monday 4th March! Winners will be notified by Monday 4th March and will have their tickets delivered by Wednesday 6th March. One entry per household please, duplicates will be disqualified. More information on Crufts 2013 is available at www.crufts.org.uk
Michael Fabricant thanks Fiona Gillespie for Fund Raising for
Darling Buds of Tea at Netherstowe House
Afternoon teas continue to blossom at Lichfield's premier fine dining establishment Netherstowe House. With a reputation for serving the best afternoon tea in the region, the award-winning hotel and restaurant is giving tea-lovers another reason to pay a visit, with its new range of exquisite flowering teas. Flowering Teas are hand-tied individual tea leaves placed with dried aromatic flowers to form a tea bud. It only reveals its secret centre when placed in boiling water, blooming into an artistic and captivating display with an enriching taste to enhance your afternoon tea. The flowering tea menu offers plenty of choice for those wishing to sample its floral delights and can be enjoyed with any service at the hotel including lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. The different flavour combinations are also said to hold homeopathic qualities. The Netherstowe House menu has eight different flowering teas including: Oriental Beauty - green tea, calendula and jasmine (soothes coughs, calms and aids kidney function). Butterfly Long For Flower - green tea, chrysanthemum, globe amaranth and jasmine (purifies, helps alleviate high blood pressure, and supports liver health). Summer Love - green tea, carnation and sweet-scented osmanthus (aids digestive system, regulates cholesterol, helps skin condition). Lily Fairy - green tea, lily and jasmine (aids restful sleep, supports eye function). While flowering tea quenches the thirst, the legendary Netherstowe House afternoon tea also includes handcrafted cakes, delicate sandwiches, homemade scone, Devonshire clotted cream and seasonal preserve. A range of specialty teas are also available to enjoy, such as Darjeeling, Assam, Earl Grey and Lapsang Souchong. If that isn’t tempting enough, Netherstowe House is also offering a celebratory, limited edition Diamond Jubilee afternoon tea and Wimbledon afternoon tea this June both of which will comprise sumptuous tiers of themed treats. You can also purchase a flute of Veuve Cliquot champagne for an even more glamorous experience. Sip, Sip Hurray! To indulge in a fabulous flowering afternoon tea, just call one of the friendly reservations team on 01543 254270. For more information, visit www.netherstowehouse.com
This money was raised during a charity bike ride challenge, where members of the public guessed how long the battery charge on Fiona’s electric bike would last in hours and minutes. Guesses ranged from 50 minutes to over 12 hours. In fact, the bike trial near Tissington lasted 1 hour and 26 minutes. Michael commented: “Cruse offers free one-to one support to bereaved people, including children who are often most affected, but find it difficult to express their grief. “Over 60% of referrals to Cruse are made by local doctors which demonstrates how important this charity is to complement the local health services. The service is free to recipients and specialised training is required as the bereavements can include death from a range of causes, including illness, accidents, suicide and armed forces deaths. It’s a wonderful service and Fiona has been amazing raising this money with her electric bike.” Fiona explained: “Everyone has been very generous and it’s been a good opportunity to remind people about the great work our trained volunteers do, supporting adults and children through their grief after someone close has died, sometimes in tragic circumstances. After Christmas can be an especially ichael Fabricant had a spin on Fiona Gillespie’s electric bike in Lichfield on Friday difficult time. The support is offered Michael Fabricant (8th February) when he thanked her for raising over £1,400 for South free of charge so we need to raise MP thanks Fiona funds on a continuing basis.” Staffordshire’s Cruse Bereavement care. Gillespie.
Cruise Bereavement Care
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By a Spokesperson.
Highclare School is an Independent Day School, based on 3 separate sites within Sutton Coldfield and Erdington, educating children from 18 months old in Nursery, through Pre-School, Infants, Juniors and Seniors to Sixth Form.
Highclare has a long tradition of providing education, and although originally starting as a girlsâ€™ only Senior School, changes over recent years have meant that the Senior School now admits boys as well as girls. This change has been well received by students and parents and resulted in well balanced groups of both boys and girls in Years 7 & 8 from September 2012. This phased entry of boys from age 11 means that the School will become fully co-educational by 2015, having for many years already accepted boys into Sixth Form at age 16. This strategic initiative has earned us the accolade of being shortlisted for an award at the prestigious
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Independent Schools Awards 2012, in this category.
The school ethos is to achieve individual excellence for each pupil and to inspire all pupils to aim for the very best results they can. The values that have encouraged this in the past are still employed today, with a strong emphasis on discipline, learning self respect, delivering motivation and, dare we say it, learning good manners. This alongside a strong academic curriculum and plenty of opportunity to experience life in the modern world, gives a balanced and all round education to equip young people for their modern day lives. A team of skilled Highclare pupils recently competed against seven other schools from the Midlands in a Robotics Challenge. Over the last few months pupils in U3 through to L5 have given up their lunchtimes and attended after school sessions to educate themselves
on the complexities of designing, building, programming and operating a robot from scratch. The team entered 2 robots and the day got off to a fantastic start when the first robot (Nerd Herd) won its first 5 battles and held onto first place for much of the morning. Highclareâ€™s robots battled valiantly and reached the quarter finals losing to the ultimate regional winners from Nottingham High School.
Highclare Senior School and Sixth Form is holding an Open Morning on Saturday 9th March and applications from boys and girls for Year 7 in September 2013 are currently being taken. Some Bursaries offering financial assistance may be available. Please speak directly to the admissions office for further information or look at the website: www.highclareschool.co.uk where you will also see a copy of our recent Inspection Report and details of our most recent GCSE and A level results.
Art for TV presenter Art’s Sake
Paul Oakley talks to Dave Simcox
ave Simcox was recently appointed Director of Lichfield Arts having spent the previous eighteen months as Chair of Trustees. He has taken over from Chris Newcombe. Although still involved as a volunteer, Chris has stepped down to devote more time to his university studies. Born in the Black Country and brought up in Sutton Coldfield, Dave has lived in Lichfield for 17 years with wife Kirsty and children, Bryony and Dominic. After studying at King Edwards School in Birmingham he started his working life in an office at Lucas Electrical, moved into IT, and at one point ran a busy sales office. Today, when not working for Lichfield Arts, he enjoys the freedom of self-employment, running his own successful plumbing business. Dave told me how he first became involved with Lichfield Arts: “Around 14 years ago I was asked one day to volunteer at the Winter Beer Festival in exchange for a free pint or two, and woke up ‘the next morning’ to find myself in post as Director.” Can there be anyone better suited? Dave Simcox is a local man, passionate about Lichfield and the Arts. He’s a pianist and song-writer, MC, a selfconfessed analytical brain and a born organiser…the perfect combination. Lichfield Arts is a charity governed by a board of Trustees. Dave Simcox is one of only two part-time employees, although the workload is full-time (Dave says he has got it down to 60 hours a week currently!). Dave explained: “Much of our work is carried out by volunteers, from stewarding at concerts to staffing the office in Donegal House. They are great people who give their time freely because they believe in our ethos. They have made us the organization we are today”. Currently, Lichfield Arts has over 100 volunteers and newcomers are always welcome. Dave is responsible for the day-to-day running of Lichfield Arts, managing the programme of concerts held in the Guildhall and several music and beer festivals held each year, as well as having responsibility for the financial budget. In addition, Dave and the Trustees are developing a strategy to ensure the survival and growth of Lichfield Arts: “I want to take an holistic approach not just offering music but perhaps dance, art and poetry in a wider range of venues throughout the district” said Dave. I asked Dave what he thought he could bring to the role of Director: “I want to define the Lichfield Arts brand more clearly, and to encourage local talent and community participation in the Arts. Grant funding is increasingly hard to come by so I also need to keep an eye on the bottom line. I have to strike a balance between running events to make money and fulfilling our objectives as a charitable community Arts organisation: “I am also keen to forge and develop partnerships with other organisations in the area. For instance, we are co-hosting ‘Feast of Fiddles’ at Lichfield Cathedral in April. “I see my role as driving the evolution of Lichfield Arts – retaining and improving the best of what we do already and augmenting it with new ideas that fit within our remit.” What are Dave’s thoughts about delivering the Fuse Festival during a time of financial cutbacks? “Fuse is a community-focused festival with over 8,000 people attending last year – its ethos derives from being free and we have no intention of changing that. The cost of infrastructure, performers, the outreach programme and everything else is in excess of £30,000. Generating that much income is a tall order – we are applying for dozens of grants and will be seeking commercial sponsorship and selling advertising space in the Fuse programme. It would be easy to settle for a smaller event, but I am determined to make Fuse as good as ever, and that means a lot of hard work. The Fuse team puts in thousands of hours over eight months to make Fuse the huge success it is. “My working title for this year’s Fuse is ‘Keep it local’. That means booking local performers, local suppliers and local food and market stalls wherever possible. This will help boost the local economy as well as cutting the carbon footprint of the event. Local people are passionate about Fuse, none more than me. I am honoured to be in charge of it and intend to build on the hard work of my predecessors to ensure that Fuse Festival continues for years to come.” Finally I asked about the future: “I am always thinking about what Lichfield Arts is and what it should be doing to enrich the area in which we live and work. I am convinced that we need an Arts Centre in Lichfield. It is many years since the old Post Office on Bird Street was condemned. If I wanted to mourn it, I’d write a Folk song but instead, I am working on a number of options to open a new permanent Arts Centre. Watch this space…” For details of the Feast of Fiddles concert and all other Lichfield Arts events, go to www.lichfieldarts.org.uk Dave can be contacted by e-mail: email@example.com Page 18 www.lichfieldgazette.co.uk
goes from strength to strength
Lichfield resident is making a name for himself with live, online high profile interviews. James ‘Jimmy’ Hill (no, not Jimmy Hill OBE, the football commentator!) is currently fronting a new online weekly youth entertainment show, called The 4:01 Show. Each week Jimmy alongside former ‘MTV Voices’ presenter Carina Maggar, will be talking to youth on the streets of the UK, responding to questions online, reporting on entertainment news, exclusives, competitions and in-depth celebrity interviews. Upcoming star guests include: Tyler James, SB.TV’s Georgia Lewis Anderson and Javone Prince. From humble beginnings as a YouTube blogger; (Video blogger), Jimmy Hill has moved to presenting, and established himself in 2009/10 as one of three key faces of teen brand BBC Switch. Presenting online and on TV for Switch’s chaotic and energetic flagship show, The 5.19 Show, James quickly learned to carry a live online show complete with guests and live performances, and where almost anything could (and occasionally did) go wrong. Over the summer James was given the role of roving reporter; working at festivals, interviewing bands and talking to crowds. After impressing the bosses, James bagged the job of co-hosting Saturday afternoons on BBC 2 for the Switch Zone. James has also recently presented on the red carpet for Burberry during fashion week, and as the main host of LeeFest music festival. He has a popular weekly online radio show specializing in new music and a comedy podcast.
of our Valentine's Day Bouquet Competition
Congratulations to Mr Stuart Wilson of Manor Rise, Lichfield, winner of our Valentine's Day Bouquet Competition courtesy of Ivison the Florist. The bouquet was presented to Mrs Rebecca Wilson.
The Sky’s the limit for
Debenhams Lichfield as a third floor is announced
ebenhams has announced that its new Lichfield store will be even bigger and better than first planned.
The store, which had originally created 70 jobs in the local area, will now be spread over three floors with a café and homeware department being added to plans. Work is already underway on the 31,500 sq ft store, which expects to open its doors for the first time in May.
Not only does the third floor guarantee an even better shopping experience at Debenhams Lichfield, it has opened up a further 15 job positions in the café that store managers are now recruiting for. Store manager, Sam Zeen, is a Debenhams veteran having worked for the company for 18 years. Sam, whose Debenhams career has been primarily based in stores throughout the Midlands, commented: “People have already been telling me what a great addition Debenhams will be to Lichfield and adding an additional floor of shopping space for our customers makes it even more exciting; we can’t wait to get the doors open.
“It’s great, especially in the current climate, to be expanding and investing in new areas and creating new jobs. I’m excited about building the Lichfield store team and working with local people to create a fantastic shopping experience.” Based in the heart of Lichfield city centre at the Three Spires Shopping Centre, other departments will include a sparkling cosmetics and fragrance hall, womenswear, menswear, lingerie, accessories and childrenswear.
The cosmetics hall will boast beauty houses including Clarins, Benefit, Lancome, Clinique and Estee Launder. Both men and women will be able to enjoy designer fashion at high street prices with the Designers at Debenhams range including collections from Julien Macdonald, John Rocha, Ben de Lisi and Jasper Conran. Details on how to apply for the extra positions can be found here: http://www.debenhams-jobs.com/ Trading hours for the store are yet to be confirmed.
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A Grand Re-opening
of Lichfield’s Hidden Gem
rasmus Darwin House will be a holding special free entry re-opening event to celebrate its brand new exhibit ‘A Grand Reopening: Inventions of Dr Darwin’ on Saturday 2nd March 2013. All are welcome to the brand new exhibition to get ‘hands on’ with several of Dr Darwin’s inventions that have been brought to life thanks to a HLF grant awarded last year. Expect mechanical birds, talking machines and even a Cogs and Gears themed café as the house goes all out for the day! There will also be an appearance from kinetic artist David C. Williams whose ‘cogtastic’ interactive models will be on display in the kinetic artwork room where visitors will be able to create their very own mechanical bird decorations! The event will be made even more momentous as the Mayor of Lichfield and Darwin’s descendants join us in celebration. Younger visitors will also get a chance to win one of several amazing prizes including family tickets to top science attractions in the West Midlands as well as other inventions themed prizes - perfect for all those budding scientists out there! The renovation is the second part of a grant awarded by HLF, and tops up the £100,000 needed to completely refurbish the museum. Curator of eight years Alison Wallis commented: “We are incredibly excited to bring to life some of Erasmus Darwin’s most fascinating inventions, straight out of his commonplace book. We’re hoping that this helps the general public better understand the true genius of Dr Darwin.” The event takes place on Saturday 2nd March, from 10am till 4pm and is free entry all day. Erasmus Darwin House can be found on Beacon Street, Lichfield. WS13 7AD. Further information is available at www.erasmusdarwin.org
David Garrick Takes Centre Stage
Tiny Portrait of David Garrick takes Centre Stage at New Portrait Minature Exhibition.
tiny, exquisite portrait of 18th-century British actor, playwright, impresario and son of Lichfield, David Garrick – set in one of the actor’s favourite rings – has just gone on display at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham as part of a new exhibition of portrait miniatures. Believed never to have been displayed in public before, the oval portrait is barely 1cm tall and painted in the traditional sepia favoured for posthumous portraits. It was commissioned following Garrick’s death in 1779 by his wife, the German singer Eva Marie Viegel, and then set in what is said to have been one of his favourite rings, fashioned in a pink alloy. The item remained in Garrick’s family, passing from Mrs Garrick to the actor’s grandniece initially – until it was given, in 1897, to the unnamed private family collection in which it remains today. The miniature is one of 50 masterpieces of British portraiture from two outstanding private art collections that have gone on exhibition at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham, in the show ‘Close to the Heart: 17th to 19th century British Portraits from UK Private Collections.’ The exhibition runs until the 5th May 2013. The long-term loan of the two collections (the Daphne Foskett collection and an unnamed private cache well known to experts) to the Barber Institute forms one of the finest, and largest, displays of miniatures in the UK outside of London.
Close to the Heart features miniatures ranging in date from around 1600 to 1850, including exquisite examples by leading names in the field such as Peter Oliver, George Engleheart, Richard Cosway, Sir William Ross and Richard Crosse. The exhibition, supported by auction house Bonhams, forms part of the year-long celebratory programme marking the 80th anniversary of the foundation of the Barber, the art gallery and original concert hall for the University of Birmingham.
Another gem is Richard Crosse’s tender and unusual watercolour on ivory, Portrait of Two Boys – thought to be a self-portrait with a brother – of 1759. Crosse was born a deafmute, and for many years relied on his older brother, James, to communicate with clients. It is believed that either James or a younger brother, Edward, is depicted here with Crosse. Portrait miniatures were given as presents to
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close friends and family, exchanged during courtship and used to commemorate important events, such as an engagement, marriage or a long separation. They were often set in a gold pendant locket or frame, and worn on a chain or as a brooch pinned to the chest symbolically close to the heart - or hanging from the waist. The reverse might feature the sitter’s initials in seed pearls or a lock of their hair arranged in a fancy design. If not worn, miniatures were kept in leather cases and stored in drawers. Larger ‘cabinet’ miniatures, sometimes with biblical or other ‘history’ subjects, were hung on walls like small-scale paintings.
Close to the Heart includes works ranging from the first few decades of the 17th century, by which time the form was well established, through its golden age from around 1760, when exhibiting societies were established, to later examples from the 1840s – just before the emergence of photography, which all but killed off the form. The display also includes a handful of beautiful and fascinating foreign examples.
Close to the Heart is accompanied by a fascinating programme of connected events. In a special Fine Art Valuation Day on Monday 22 April, experts from Bonhams will be on hand to provide valuations of gallery visitors’ own works of art – including miniatures. For a suggested £3 donation per item, with proceeds going to St Mary’s Hospice, specialists in paintings, portrait miniatures, sculpture, ceramics, and general art and antiques will be available to advise visitors on the current auction market. The Fine Art Valuation Day runs from 10am to 4pm. The exhibition is also complemented by a lecture on British portrait miniatures by Robert Wenley as well as three gallery talks looking at miniatures in the Stuart and Regency periods. For more information, visit the Barber website at www.barber.org.uk
Close to the Heart, 17th to 19th century Portrait Miniatures from UK Collections runs until the 5th May 2013 At:
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts University of Birmingham Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2TS For further details telephone Tel: 0121 414 7333 or go to www.barber.org.uk
The institute is open: Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm; Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 5pm (Closed Good Friday 29 March)
Admission to collections and all exhibitions is free.
• Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has written to Michael Fabricant MP with assurances that during a consultation period on the HS2 high speed rail link due to begin next year there will be a concentration on balancing; “essential infrastructure and respecting the rights and justifiable concerns of those who will be effected most.” There also seems to be a suggestion that the route recently published is still up for discussion. • www.hs2.org.uk states that: ‘There has been a healthy response to the property and compensation consultation for the proposed route of the first phase of High Speed Two (HS2) between London and the West Midlands. The consultations on property compensation and on safeguarding closed recently with a high number of responses received to both consultations. Responses will now be analysed before a final package of compensation measures is announced by the Government. Those who are eligible will be able to apply for the compensation as soon as final details are announced in the spring. Following 22 consultation events along the line of route, the last of which was held in Lichfield on 18 January, plus a series of local contacts with smaller groups of residents along the route, HS2Ltd’s External and Parliamentary Relations Director, Clinton Leeks, said: “While it is too early to give specifics, we have received a strong and encouraging level of responses to the consultations on property compensation and safeguarding. We recognise the impact major infrastructure projects like HS2 can have on local communities, and that is why the Government has been consulting on a package of property compensation measures which go beyond what is set out in law.” • We are now distributing the Gazette in Little Aston every month, so welcome to all of our new readers!
Glittering event held by local salon & spa.
he Obsession Salon & Spa Awards are an annual celebration of emerging talent in the hairdressing and beauty business alongside a recognition of established professionals. The Obsession team continue to ignore media messages of despair, something their MD and company founder, Karen Wharton, puts down to; “enthusiasm and love of the job”. Karen supports the belief that investment in young people benefits everyone: “Our clients love the fact that they get friendly service from a happy, fulfilled member of the team, and we benefit by having loyal customers. We couldn’t do this without the help of our fabulous suppliers, many of whom are also local businesses and who help sponsor the awards. Flowers Design by Kate and Awards line up Aston Fincher are based in Lichfield, this means we’re confident that they understand our customers as well as we do.” For big name sponsors and suppliers Obsession prefers to work with brands who share the same philosophy towards training and investment in leading technologies for customers: “For us there couldn’t really be anyone other than L’Oreal, Kerastase and Comfort Zone.” Page 24 www.lichfieldgazette.co.uk
City People The Reverend Canon Chancellor Dr Anthony Moore community and youth groups. His next Parish was that of St Paul’s, Knightsbridge, during which time he also served as Chaplain of the Royal College of Music. In 2007 he was appointed Fellow, Chaplain and Dean of Chapel of St Catharine’s College Cambridge. Anthony had completed his first five years at Canon Anthony the college, and had been offered an extension of his contract when he was asked by a friend and fellow vicar to look n 19th December 2013 Lichfield after his Parish in Willenhall while he was away on Cathedral’s new Canon Chancellor, Dr holiday. Anthony Moore was inaugurated by the During these few weeks Anthony visited Bishop of Lichfield. Lichfield, and heard about the job of Canon The job description of a Canon Chancellor is a Chancellor at the Cathedral. complex one, but the origins of the word Anthony commented: “I had to go back to St ‘Chancellor’ give some clue to this important role. Catherine’s College and tell them I was sorry but I’d ‘Chancellor’ is derived from the Latin word just seen my dream job!” ‘cancellarius’ meaning ‘gatekeeper’, and this is in “I fell in love with Lichfield, with the warmth of the turn derived from the word ‘cancelli’, meaning welcome from everyone I met. The openness and screen or barrier. generosity of the people I talked to in the shops, It is the Canon Chancellor’s job to supermarkets and City as a whole was just great. metaphorically ‘stand at the gate’ representing the Anthony is also a keen bell ringer and will be Cathedral to the outside world, and the outside joining the other campanologists at the Cathedral. world to the Cathedral. This involves outreach and The Gazette is delighted to be able to welcome education projects in many areas, and the creation him to the City. of links within the community, councils, schools, Canon Anthony will be involved in some great parishes, other faith groups, and wider society as events over the coming year, not least of which are a whole, both in the UK and internationally. It the fascinating Cathedral Library Tours where you covers Fair Trade and environmental issues, youth get to see some of the Cathedral’s treasures in the projects, music making and many of the vibrant truly beautiful surroundings of a vaulted library that and interesting ways that this venerable institution was built in 1249 AD. enriches the world. In 2013 tours will take place on: April 6th & 24th, The Reverend Canon Chancellor Dr Anthony May 11th & 29th and June 22nd. To make your Moore (42) was born in Folkestone, Kent where a booking please visit the Cathedral Shop, No 9 The boyhood spent by the sea developed a love of Close or call 01543 306150. sailing; in fact he is a Royal Yachting Association qualified day skipper. Later, Anthony attended Exeter University as an Lichfield organ scholar, pianist and choral scholar where he Cathedral Library was awarded his first degree. He then took a gap year where he worked with the elderly, and those suffering from psychiatric and orthopaedic illness as an auxiliary nurse, gaining experience that lends itself to the tradition of Christian priesthood. Two years working as an office manager for a software company in Exeter was then followed by a period of teaching music to primary school children. At the age of 25 Anthony decided to train to become a priest, a vocation that first made itself known to him when he was nine years old, studying for an BA in Theology and an MA in Biblical Theology at The College of the Resurrection, Mirfield. He was ordained in 1999 at Blackburn Cathedral and his first parish was Christchurch in Carnforth, Lancashire where ‘Brief Encounter’ was filmed back in 1945. From there Anthony returned to Mirfield as a research fellow and pastoral tutor, both teaching and working as the College Chaplain. During this time he worked with local parishes to set up
Lichfield Wedding Show resounding success. The Lichfield Wedding Show, hosted by The Lichfield Gazette and Cathedral Lodge Hotel was held on Sunday 17th February to great success. This fantastic show offered a wide range of services including wedding cars, fashions and catering to the brides and grooms-to-be of the district. A fantastic day was had by all, as the sun shone on a lovely event in a great setting. We'll keep you posted on our next wedding event, so watch this space!
Collection sails to £40k
he much anticipated sale of a singleowner collection of ancient Greek and Roman coins discovered in Lichfield has totalled over £40,000 in a two-day auction held over the 13th and 14th of February. The 400 Lots of classical coins were offered for sale by Lichfield Auctioneers Richard Winterton Ltd in their City centre Salerooms. Experts at the auction house estimated the
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Lichfield walk to
o mark International Women’s Day, Soroptimists from 13 local clubs will be walking through Lichfield City centre to Speakers Corner at 12 noon on Saturday March 9th.
These clubs are part of Soroptimist International, a vibrant, dynamic organisation for professional and business women. They are committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong and peaceful communities worldwide. Soroptimists create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls through a global network of members and international partnerships, with the aim of improving the lives and status of women and girls through education and empowerment. The Lichfield walk is a continuation of their work to raise awareness of the whole issue of child sexual exploitation and the trafficking of women and girls as part of their focus on violence against women. Their walk will begin in Tamworth Street and all members will wear the colour purple – the colour associated with trafficking and violence against women. They hope to arrive at Speakers Corner at 12.15pm when there will be a short address about how this issue affects us, how we can be more aware of it and what we can do to protect young people. Members will distribute leaflets and cards which contain information about trafficking and which give names and numbers for either getting more information or for reporting and getting help. Soroptimists invite the people of Lichfield to join them to help them raise awareness and keep women and girls safe. More information about Soroptimist International can be found at www.sigbi.org
collection at around £25,000 but the huge amount of pre-sale publicity in local and international press whipped up a bidding frenzy far exceeding pre-sale expectations. Some of the worlds’ leading authorities in this highly specialised field made the trip to attend the sale on Wednesday 13th, and a live internet bidding facility enabling buyers around the globe to make successful bids. Individual highlights included a Roman Republic Apulia Luceria Bronze Quincunx at £340, a silver Antoninianus at £340, a group of Roman Imperial bronze coins from Licinius 1 – Aelia Flaccilla at £380 and a pre-Roman 450350 BC Lucania silver stater that realised £360. Day two witnessed a packed saleroom with the internet and phones lines buzzing in readiness for the Fine and Decorative Arts aspect of this specialist sale. The next specialist Fine and Decorative Arts
Sale which will include a watch section is 9th May and entries are currently being invited. Contact Adrian Rathbone, Fine Arts Manager on 01543 251081 for further details or go to www.richardwinterton.co.uk
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The Newsletter of Lichfield City Council - March 2013
Councillor Terry Finn, Leader of the Council
As I write this the City Council is busy preparing for our move to Donegal House, which should be complete by the time this edition of the Lichfield Gazette is published. If all goes to plan there should be very little disruption to City Council services during the move and we will continue to operate ‘business as usual’. Several traditional events are held in the City at this time of the year such as the ever popular St George’s Court on Tuesday 23 April; and the Court of Arraye and Bower Procession on Monday 27 May – there is more on these and other forthcoming events elsewhere in this Newsletter. Please come along, show your support, and maybe even take part yourself - we look forward to welcoming you.
The City Council will be moving its offices from 53 Wade Street at the beginning of March. From Monday 4th March 2013 we will be at Donegal House in Bore Street (next door to the Guildhall). Our main switchboard number will still be 01543 250011 and all of our telephone numbers will be moving with us - the full list is contained in the ‘Contact Us’ section of this Newsletter. Every effort is being made in our preparations to ensure that the move goes smoothly and that services are unaffected, but the offices will be closed on Friday 1 March while the move takes place. From Monday 4 March 2013 our new address is: Lichfield City Council, Donegal House, Bore Street, Lichfield WS13 6LU. The City Council has bought Donegal House from the District Council and will use the ground floor as its offices, and let out the upper floors as commercial office space. The move will save on the rent currently paid for Wade St offices, and will also produce income from letting out the surplus space. Lichfield Arts will continue to use Donegal House as their administrative base.
CITY COUNCIL BUDGET 2013-14
The City Council element of the council tax will increase by 2% (£1.03 per annum) to £52.64 in 2013/14. This is an increase of 2 pence a week for a Band D household. It is the first increase since April 2007, during which time inflation [RPI] has risen by 20%. Changes to the way council Tax is calculated from 2013/14 mean that the Council receives less income for each £ of Council tax charged, and the increase produces just £4,300 extra income to the Council in the year.
The table below gives a summary of the Council’s budget for the 2013-14 financial year.
BAND D PIE CHART
The full budget is available on the Council’s website at www.lichfield.gov.uk
The City Council is the ‘parish’ council for the city and its element of the council tax represents 3.6% of the total tax of £1,417.15 payable per household in the City in 2013/14. Page 27
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New Twinning Officer for the City
The City Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Sophie Bishop as Lichfield’s new Twinning Officer. She is keen to continue the promotion of social, cultural, educational and commercial links between Lichfield and its partner towns of Limburg an der Lahn (Germany) and Sainte Foy lès Lyon (France). If you or an organisation you represent would like to share ideas, experiences and skills with our French and German partners, please contact Sophie who will help you in setting-up new links. For any Twinning information and enquiries please contact Sophie Bishop at the City Council on 01543 309851, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates for your diary…
School’s Speaking Competition, 7.30pm, Friday, 8 March, Guildhall, Lichfield
St George’s Court
Shrovetide Pancake Races
This year’s traditional Shrovetide Pancake Races were held on Tuesday 12th February, and despite the cold weather were enjoyed by a large crowd of enthusiastic spectators that had gathered along the length of Bore Street to cheer on the racers in this ever popular event.
Schools Speaking Competition
Fancy dress and mascot race
Coming soon at the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum
Local secondary schools compete for the Arthur Price Trophy. The event is free but seating is unreserved.
The Mayor and Sheriff’s Charity Concert, 7.30pm, Saturday, 9 March, Lichfield Cathedral
Bookworms United Fortnightly from 9th March, 10.30am Read, explore and enjoy popular titles in a new book club for 7-12 year olds £4 including books, discounts for families, booking essential
Sam’s Easter Explorers Saturday 30th March to Wednesday 10th April, Daily 10.30am – 4.30pm Easter holiday fun at the Museum with trails, activities and competitions available every day. Free entry, £1 for trail pack
Staffordshire Performing Arts
Staffordshire Performing Arts present, The Art of Music, featuring, Staffordshire Youth Orchestra, Lichfield and Rugeley Jazz Orchestra and choirs from St Michael’s Primary School, something for everyone! Tickets at £8 with under 16 concession of £5 are available from Lichfield City Council.
For more details or to make a booking: call: 01543 264 972 write: email@example.com click: www.samueljohnsonbirthplace.org.uk visit: on the corner of the market square
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Annual Meeting of the City Council Monday, 13 May, 6.30pm onwards in the Guildhall
The Annual Meeting is an important civic ceremonial event at which the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Sheriff for the year ahead are installed in their respective offices. The meeting is followed by the ‘Mayor’s Banquet’, and tickets are available for purchase for the banquet.
This is a meeting of the local government electors of the parish of Lichfield who are entitled to speak, vote and discuss ‘parish affairs’. Other members of the public may also attend to hear the proceedings. The Council also distributes its annual grants to local organisations cheques at this meeting to those groups that have been awarded grant aid.
Court of Arraye, 10.30am, Monday, 27 May, in the Guildhall
Mayor and Sheriff’s Entertainment and Tea, 2.30pm – 4.15pm, 20 March, Curborough Community Centre
Court of Arraye
Meet Your Museum Saturday 18th – Thursday 25th May Discover more at the Museum in taster activities and tours for Adult Learners’ Week. Free, check website or call for programme and booking Half Term Fun! Thursday 30 May, 10.30am-1.30pm Get creative in hands-on arts and craft activities for the half-term holiday £2, just drop-in
An historic manorial court now presented in a light-hearted vein, with humorous reports from around the City, including the ever popular report from Lichfield’s very own Ale Tasters. A free event with no booking required, but seating is limited.
Annual Town Meeting Wednesday, 22 May at 7.30pm in the Guildroom
From a new children’s book club to a behind-thescenes look at Museum life, there’s lots going on at the Johnson Birthplace this spring.
Art Workshops Third Tuesday of every month, 6.30pm (19 March, 16 April, 23 May) Small and friendly sessions led by award-winning local artist Carole Collier, for all levels. £10 including all materials and refreshments, booking essential
St George’s Court, 12 noon, on Tuesday, 23 April in the Guildhall
Entertainment and Tea
The Mayor and Sheriff host afternoon tea with Lichfield Singers providing the entertainment. The event is free and open to citizens of Lichfield over the age of 70. Numbers are strictly limited so booking is essential. For a booking form, please contact Kate Durrant.
The second of Lichfield’s historic courts, again held in a light-hearted manner. The Mayor will inspect Lichfield’s ‘Men at Arms’ and listen to the Dozeners’ reports from around the City before the official crowning of the Bower Queen. This is a free event with no booking required, but seating is limited. For more information about any of the above events or to book tickets please contact Kate Durrant, 01543 309854 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Weddings at the Guildhall
The Newsletter of Lichfield City Council - March 2013
Located in Bore Street in the heart of the City, the Guildhall is a beautiful historic Grade II listed building, and is a magnificent setting for civil ceremonies, receptions and other celebrations. Two rooms are licensed for civil ceremonies. The main hall has oak panelling and a beamed roof giving a fine mediaeval appearance, and can accommodate up to 160 guests. The Guildroom, on the Ground floor, has paneled walls and timber ceiling and can seat up to 70 guests. A number of smaller rooms are also available to hire, and are ideal for conferences, seminars or small meetings. For more information or to enquire over availability please contact Sarah Wallace at Lichfield City Council. Tel: 01543 309850 or e-mail: sarah.wallace @lichfield. gov.uk A wedding at the Guildhall (Photograph courtesy of Curtis & Jenson)
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Have you visited the City Council’s website recently? It offers a wealth of information about the work of the City Council; including details of all Council meetings and associated documents. In addition it contains useful information about the City, its history, festivals and major events, and its many unique customs and traditions.
The right Council… Lichfield City Council is the ‘Parish’ Authority for the City and is the smallest of the three councils serving the City area. Within the City we deal with local matters such as the markets, maintenance of open spaces and churchyards, civic and mayoral events, the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum and public lettings of the Guildhall. Lichfield District Council (Tel: 01543 308000) is the larger local authority dealing with such matters as planning, environmental health, refuse collection, housing, car parking, arts and tourism, and leisure services. Staffordshire County Council (Tel: 0300 111 8000) is the responsible authority for wider services such as Education, Social Services and Highways.
City Council meetings are held in the Guildhall, Bore Street. Dates and times of meetings can be found on the notice-board outside the Guildhall, and on the City Council's website at www.lichfield.gov.uk Meetings are open to the public, with public participation sessions held at full Council and at the Planning Committee. Advance notice needs to be given to the Council of the subject matter of each question, and any person wishing to speak must contact the Council Offices at Donegal House, Bore Street (next to the Guildhall) before NOON on the day of the meeting. Thursday, 7 March, 2013
Thursday, 4 April, 2013
Tuesday, 12 March, 2013
Monday, 22 April, 2013
Monday, 13 May, 2013
Thursday, 25 April, 2013 Thursday, 16 May, 2013
Wednesday, 22 May, 2013
Planning Applications Committee COUNCIL
Planning Applications Committee
Planning Applications Committee ANNUAL COUNCIL
Planning Applications Committee ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
Rock n’ Roll Royalty Shop in Lichfield!
affy McCabe has run her vintage fashion boutique, Decades Vintage, on St John Street, Lichfield for 3 years, selling a range of vintage clothing from the 1920’s to the 1990’s plus beautiful reproduction dresses, coats etc and designer shoes with a vintage edge. In addition the shop often sells one off items of furniture, vintage cosmetics and even guitars. Last July it was a guitar that seemed to have caught the eye of one guy who was taking his time browsing around the shop. He was a friendly chap so he and Saffy started to chat and the conversation went something like this... Saffy: “Do you play the guitar?” Mystery shopper: “ Yes, a little bit.” Saffy: “We’ve got an open mic night going on tonight, come along if you like. It doesn’t matter if you’re not very good, I’m not very good and I get up.” Mystery Shopper : “I can’t, I’m playing tonight but I’ll try and come along to the next one.” He then asked Saffy to look out for a few pieces of clothing for him to wear on stage, and gave her his email address that he requested that she keep completely to herself. Saffy thought this was slightly strange as she always treats customer details as confidential, and why would anyone want his random chap’s email address? It was at this point that Saffy’s husband Tony came in, and he
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the recognised mystery man as Tom Meighan, lead singer of Kasabian as he had just been reading an article on the band in the New Musical Express (NME). Kasabian are an internationally lauded band whose albums reach No.1 in the UK charts, who are highly regarded in the industry with regular awards and nominations in the NME, Q, MTV and Mercury Awards, and who regularly fill venues the size of the O2 arena. The conversation continued.... Tony: “Excuse me, but are you Tom from Kasabian?” Tom agreed that he was... Saffy: “‘Are you famous then?” Tom: “No, not very.” I understand that he is a very nice, humorous and understated guy. He bought an Afghan coat from Decades, maybe it will appear on their tour this year? Decade’s Vintage is building a strong reputation as Saffy was recently contact via facebook by Lady Gaga, Jessie J and Rita Ora’s stylist, Anna Trevelyan. Anna visited Decades last December in her quest to find one off pieces to stage-dress the avant guarde and glamorous Lady Gaga. On this occasion apparently the star had recounted a dream to Anna that inspired a hunt for a set of leather wings and a 1920’s feather hat . Anna has put several pieces on order, so it’s possible that vintage clothes from Decades could soon be worn by one of the greatest fashion icons of the last fifty years! On another occasion last year, Sir
Saffy (left) with Anna Trevelyan
Bob Geldof came in to the shop. This was incidentally on the same day that he also visited the Cathedral and the Lichfield Antiques Centre where he bought some vintage makeup compacts for his daughters. He also purchased vintage compacts from Saffy and when she commented that he bore a strong resemblance to Bob Geldof, he said: ”Yeah, I get a lot of that.” Decades is a real treasure trove of one of pieces and caters to both men and women. Clothes come in a full range of sizes, and if you like the vintage look but want a completely new outfit, the reproduction range is for you. It’s a fascinating gem of a shop and well worth a visit. Decades Vintage - the place to go for celeb spotting and for clothes and gifts that make you feel like a star! Decades Vintage Boutique is at 22 St John Street, Lichfield, WS13 6PB. Tel: www.decades-vintageboutique.co.uk Open Tues-Saturday 10-5pm. Find them on Facebook @ Decades Vintage Boutique Lichfield. www.annatrevelyan.com
New proposed working relationship for
Award winning artist at
Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum
Tuesday 19th March
he Samuel J o h n s o n Birthplace Museum hosts regular art workshops with award-winning local artist, Carole Collier. Carole’s next workshop is at the Museum on Tuesday 19th March at 6.30pm when she looks forward to welcoming artists of all levels. Carole runs the workshops on the third Tuesday of every month. There are a maximum of ten people in each session, creating a friendly, intimate environment where those attending will receive individual attention and support to create striking paintings and drawings. Carole Collier has received four awards from the Lichfield Society of Artists and regularly takes commissions and sells her work internationally online. She works in a range of media, from more traditional techniques to an individual batik-inspired style which has become her trademark. Tickets for the workshops will cost £10, which includes all materials and refreshments. Booking is essential. For more details or to book a place please call 01543 264 972, email email@example.com or pop into the Museum on the corner of the Market Square. Bookworms United! Museum hosts new children’s book and activity club. The Samuel Johnson Museum is also launching ‘Bookworms United!’ a new regular book and activity club for children. The club offers children aged seven to twelve years of age the chance to discover some fantastic fiction, and the colourful characters and stories they encounter on the page will be brought to life through activities and games. The first Bookworms United will be held on Saturday 9 March at 10.30am. Members of the book club will be covering well-known authors such as Michael Morpurgo: who is no stranger to Lichfield after a popular appearance at the city’s Literary Festival in 2011. Jo Wilson at the Birthplace Museum commented: “We are delighted to launch Bookworms United. It’s a wonderful opportunity to help children explore the pleasure of reading in a really fun and relaxed environment, and to encourage them to use their imaginations in our creative activities. We hope they’ll have lots of fun following in the footsteps of a young Sam who discovered books here at the Birthplace in his father’s bookshop.” Bookworms United will take place fortnightly and costs £4 per child, including activities and refreshments (and the books will be provided too). There are discounts available for family groups. Booking is essential - for more details or to book a place please call 01543 264 972, email firstname.lastname@example.org or pop into the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, Breadmarket Street, Lichfield, WS13 6LG. More information is available at www.samueljohnsonbirthplace.org.uk Page 32 www.lichfieldgazette.co.uk
n mid February S Harrison Developments Ltd announced the sale of its 50 percent share in the joint venture company created to deliver Friarsgate - the £100 million mixed-use development in Lichfield City centre - to its partner Development Securities PLC.
Development Securities PLC is one of the UK’s leading property and investment companies and will continue the work to bring forward the delivery of this important scheme, which is set to revitalise Lichfield City centre. The planned Friarsgate retail and leisure scheme includes a main anchor store, a cinema, shops, bars and restaurants that will link to the historic city’s existing retail areas. Matthew Weiner, Development Securities Director, commented: “We are committed to delivering Friarsgate, a scheme with significant appeal for retailers and leisure operators, in spite of the prolonged adverse market conditions. We look forward to a renewed focus on attracting good brands to Friarsgate and delivering a scheme which positively impacts on Lichfield.” Retail interest in Friarsgate remains strong, and Development Securities will continue to advance discussions with major national retailers to anchor the scheme. With a strong track record of delivering mixed-use developments across the UK, attracting national retail and leisure brands, including Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Odeon, Primark and Marks & Spencer, Development Securities is confident that it is well positioned to deliver Friarsgate. As a FTSE-listed company it also has strong access to capital and funding required to deliver major schemes. Councillor Mike Wilcox, Leader of Lichfield District Council, commented: "We are keen Lichfield City remains high on the agenda of businesses looking to invest. We will be working with Development Securities to understand how the proposed changes to the Friarsgate development partnership can help to drive forward the ongoing revitalisation of Lichfield City centre."
For S Harrison, the move reflects a shift in focus for the successful privately-owned Yorkshire-based business. The company will continue to work in Lichfield City, delivering the £14 million multi-storey car park, hotel, sheltered and affordable housing scheme at Friary Outer, which is currently under development.
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f the rumours are to be believed, a subterranean network of tunnels and passages exists beneath the streets of Lichfield, connecting the cellars of many of the old buildings in the city, and beyond. There are even stories of underground tunnels connecting the Cathedral with places as far out as Handsacre Hall and Little Haywood. Many of the tunnels are alleged to date to the time of the English Civil War, including those said to be beneath Market St, Sandford St and the Corn Exchange. Unsurprisingly, many of these tunnels supposedly run to (or from!) the Cathedral and The Close, which was occupied by both the Royalists and the Parliamentarians during the course of that conflict. At St Mary’s House part of The Close’s medieval defences can still be seen and tradition says that a tunnel leads from here to numerous locations in the city. Over the years these stories have been further embroidered upon with tales of lost Cathedral treasure and lost souls. Speculation about secret passages in the city isn’t new, some of the stories span centuries, intriguing each new generation of Lichfeldians. In 1804, it was claimed that a subterranean passage was discovered fifteen feet below the south corner of the Close, again supposedly dating back to the civil war. Another book from around the same time noted that a ‘large subterraneous passage of stone, several feet below the surface has been traced from the middle of Quonians Lane under the houses on the west side, for a considerable distance in the gardens’. There are also several stories of tunnels in the Beacon Street area, one of which was recorded in a book by H Snowden Ward in 1893, who wrote that from Whitehall (previously an inn known as the Coach and Horses), a tunnel leads to St Chad’s church. The story was taken up by local historian J W Jackson in the 1930s, who suggested that the tunnel may have been constructed by the owner during an outbreak of plague, to minimise his exposure to the disease whilst travelling around Lichfield. One of the best known of all the stories is that of a collapsed tunnel leading from the cellars of the Tudor of Lichfield in Bore Street. Although a recent visit revealed nothing more than anecdotal evidence of a secret passage, we were lucky enough to see other intriguing features which support the theory that the oldest parts of the cellar
By Kate Gomez (lichfieldlore.co.uk)
The blocked door beneath Lichfield Lock and Key
Ring for holding prisoners
were used as a prison during the civil war period. An iron ring is attached to one of the walls and on doors of solid oak someone has carved the words ‘God With Us’, ‘Cave Adsum’ (Latin for ‘Beware! I am here’) and the name ‘Hampden’, alongside a crudely drawn hanged figure. Both phrases were mottos of the parliamentary troops, with ‘Hampden’ possibly referring to one of their officers, John Hampden, but we can only speculate about the significance of the drawing .... Three hundred years later the cellar at the Tudor played another wartime role. Blast walls, toilets and escape routes were installed to create a public air raid shelter and provide a safe haven for seventy seven people in the event of an aerial bombardment of the city. Another of the city’s public air raid shelters was on Greenhill, beneath the former Spread Eagle Inn, now Lichfield Lock and Key and Safe Centre. Nigel Johnson, who runs the business, told us that he had also heard rumours of a secret tunnel leading from here to the Cathedral and very kindly allowed us to go and take a look for ourselves. Although, we found no evidence of a tunnel, blocked doorways and rubble filled areas of the cellar make it easy to see how, with a little imagination, these stories may have arisen. Amidst all of the rumour and legend, there is one tunnel that we can say with certainty runs beneath Lichfield. The Hanch Tunnel, built in the 1850s, brought water from the
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Hanch Reservoir and Seedy Mill to the Sandfields Pumping Station (see article on page 36), connecting Minster and Stowe Pools along the way. Numerous access points can be found along the five kilometre route, including a shaft in the car park of the former Angel Croft Hotel on Beacon St. In the past, the underground spaces beneath Lichfield may have been used as war time prisons or places of
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refuge but for most of us today, they are an unfamiliar part of the city known only through stories, somewhere the line between fact and fiction is blurred. Whilst some are convinced that a network of tunnels runs beneath our feet, others believe that they exist only in the legends of the pub or playground. If, like me, you consider a place to be made of stories as much as it is made of brick and stone, then true or not, these tales of the underground are part of Lichfield’s history. Sources: The History and Antiquities of the Church and City of Lichfield by Thomas Harwood. Lichfield and its Cathedral: A brief history and guide by H Snowden Ward A Short Account of the Ancient and Modern State of the City and Close of Lichfield by TG Lomax England under the Tudors and Stuarts by James Birchall http://morturn.wordpress.com
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but certainly not majestic
Can this much-loved cinema be revived? Well some say yes it could be!
When the Regal Cinema in Tamworth Street was erected 80 Regal Cinema at its years ago by T. Elvins of Birmingham, on the site of the Lesters opening - see the shop Garage, it was state-of-the-art for a small town like Lichfield. It is still unoccupied? opened on Monday, 18 July 1932 when the best seats were nine old pence and if you were quick a couple could secure one of the limited number of double seats. The children’s programme on a Saturday morning was called ABC Minors and tickets were thruppence and sixpence, and they always played to a full house. Upstairs was the cinema café, which also served as a function room, open 11am – 9pm (in later years this became a disco/nightclub). On the front were two functioning shops, which can be made out on the old photographs that survive, kindly supplied by the Lichfield Heritage Collection (see below), they were donated by the family of Bobbie Burns who was one time General Manager of the Regal. Sadly the Regal closed in 1974 after providing 42 years of entertainment to the people of Lichfield. It was widely thought that the industry had died and that television had take over. Many of the country’s cinemas became Bingo halls, a craze that was sweeping across Britain in the late sixties. Our own cinema became a Bingo Hall for four years before opening as Kwik Save supermarket until its closure in 2008 and for the past five years has lain dormant. An eyesore and a waste of a resource you might say. Well we now know the cinema business is still a healthy affair and I bet all Regal Cinema in 1932 of us make the trip out to the multi-screen in Tamworth from time to time. see the hat shop and Revival? tobacconist? Talk now in certain quarters is of perhaps reviving The Regal as an independent cinema, similar to the Electric Cinema in Birmingham, showing regular blockbusters or films by independent film makers, with some of the space and time being turned over to interested parties for an art gallery, music or dance centre maybe. A group of Lichfield people have made enquiries to see if perhaps this space can once more be enjoyed by the youth of today, a reclaimed space of yesterday here in the heart of our city for us all to treasure. The biggest consideration would be the cost involved, with securing a purchase of over £1m and redeveloping The Regal, to possibly refurbish or remodel what is already there. All sorts of possibilities come to mind if we can get behind a campaign to re-open it. Grants can be sought and fundraising can be organised. If you think this is a good (or bad) idea, or you have some suggestions of your own, we would very much like to hear from you. Anyone interested in getting involved in this project – send in your details and we will pass them on. Meanwhile, hotdogs are served in the foyer, or fish and chips are readily available at Mullarkey’s Fish Bar & Grill (1939-87) adjacent to this cinema… ah, I can smell them now! Send us your memories; we would love to share them. Email and postal address on page 54.
Staff of the Regal in 1946 ‘Duel in the Sun’ is playing starring Gregory Peck.
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Lichfield Heritage Collection holds over 10,000 photographs of Lichfield past and present. If you are researching your family tree, one of these photographs may relate to you. Copies can be purchased. The collection is free to view and is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am – 12.30pm at The Lichfield Heritage Centre, St Mary's Church, Market Street, Lichfield Tel 01543 256611. If you or your family have old photos of places and events in Lichfield or old artefacts referring to the town, The Heritage Centre would be happy to receive them to make them available to Lichfeldians for generations to come.
The Woman in White
Ian Dickens’ Productions is back at the Lichfield Garrick with a new adaptation of this classic Victorian thriller, The Woman in White "This is the story of what a Woman's patience can endure and what a Man's resolution can achieve." The classic thriller, running at the Lichfield Garrick from Tuesday 26 February to Saturday 2 March, stars Colin Baker, who recently took part in I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! and is fondly remembered for his part in the iconic series Doctor Who. Colin performs alongside Peter Amory, famous for playing evil Chris Tate in Emmerdale and Karen Ford who played the art teacher 'Miss Booth' from Grange Hill. The play follows the story of Walter Hartright, a handsome art teacher, who is assailed by the Woman in White on a London road at midnight where she pleads with him for his help to prevent her from being taken to an asylum. She disappears just as suddenly as she appears, but this first unsettling encounter is the beginning of a long journey which takes Walter
to the darkest continents of his heart. Love, suspense and danger all combine to create this a haunting mystery of mistaken identities and stolen fortunes, heroism, high drama and volatile passions. Wilkie Collins was a contemporary and friend of Charles Dickens but outsold him in London and New York in 1860 with his first ever detective novel, ‘The Woman in White’. Adapted now into a stage drama by Nicola Boyce, this fast-paced story set in Victorian England promises to captivate and delight the modern audience. The Woman in White will run at the Lichfield Garrick from Tuesday 26 February to Saturday 2 March 2013 with a variety of evening and matinee performances. Tickets start from £15, and can be booked online at www.lichfieldgarrick.com or by calling the Box Office on 01543 412121.
Lichfield’s part in the fight against
David Moore and Ben
ere, Public Historian David Moore gives us a snapshot of the remarkable history of Sandfields Pumping Station, Lichfield. Sandfields Victorian Waterworks - How Lichfield used cutting edge technology to solve a deadly age old problem. The Victorian Waterworks at Sandfields is possibly one of the most overlooked yet important pieces of social and industrial history that Britain has, and it lives right on our doorstep here in Lichfield. While the scientific community had not yet come to terms with Darwin’s 1859 book on the Origin of Species, the Industrial Revolution was running at its peak. It began in England and within a few decades had spread to most of Western Europe and then to the United States. The Industrial Revolution marks a key turning point in our history; almost every aspect of our daily life has been influenced by it in some way or another. Average wages were rapidly rising and the population began to show signs of extraordinary growth. In the words of Nobel Prize winner Robert E. Lucas, Jr: ‘For the first time in history, the living standards of the masses of ordinary people have begun to undergo sustained growth ... Nothing remotely like this economic behaviour has happened before.’ This increase in population fuelled a change in our social structure too. In the Black Country, large families became extremely common and housing conditions were predominantly poor, meaning that this growth bubble was about to burst. This was not because of an economic recession, but because of an age old problem, disease. Cholera had a massive impact on the area in 1832 when hundreds of people died. The worst affected areas were Bilston, Dudley, Tipton, Brierley Hill, Rowley Regis, and Netherton. In September 1832 the Reverend William Leigh wrote: ‘The condition of Bilston had become frightful; the Page 36 www.lichfieldgazette.co.uk
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pestilence was literally sweeping everything before it; neither age nor sex nor station escaping. To describe the consternation of the people is impossible. Manufactories are closed and business completely at a stand.’ As cholera tightened its deadly grip the burial grounds had to close because they were so full; those who died once the epidemic had taken hold were buried in common graves. In Bilston there were no families who had not been touched, or almost wiped out by the Cholera. Between 3rd August and 10th September 1832, the death toll had reached 742; around 20% of the population. It was John Snow, a physician, who first linked the outbreaks of cholera to contaminated water. With the water supply of the Black Country only partially satisfied by the meagre, impure sources available from a communal pump or wells, and cholera and other associated diseases causing the deaths of thousands of people, there was a dire need for an organised waterworks scheme. Lichfield provided the solution with the establishment of the South Staffordshire Waterworks Company. The 150 horse power Cornish beam engine built by Jonah and George Davies of Tipton at the time was cutting edge technology, it pumped two million gallons of water every day, almost non-stop from 1873 to 1927. This engine and the building it is housed in (the Sandfields Pumping Station) is unique. It is the only surviving engine in the whole world of its kind in this
condition. It is a magnificent monument to the lives of individuals, telling the extraordinary story of fresh drinking water and how this supported the Industrial growth of the Black Country. The philanthropic endeavours of the Victorian age formed the foundation for the National Health Service as we know it today. Today for most of us, running a tap to pour clean drinking water is nothing special. We take it for granted. Drinking water and effective sanitation now form part of the fabric of modern day Britain, and cholera is an almost forgotten disease.
What we must never forget is even today, worldwide cholera still affects 3–5 million people and causes 100,000–130,000 deaths a year. So maybe next time you look across at this mysterious blue brick building, take a second or two and remember, this place delivered cutting edge technology to solve an age old problem. The Victorian waterworks at Sandfields is in danger. Its future is uncertain. A group of us are working hard to try to save this beautiful part of Lichfield’s heritage. It has the potential to become an asset to the local area, and continue to deliver a benefit for all. If you are interested in helping to form a Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station Society, or would be interested in helping the setting up of a charitable trust, or are interested in helping in any other way, please get in touch. David Moore To contact David, or for more information on Sandfields, go to... Email: email@example.com Website: http://morturn.wordpress.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/Sandfields PumpingStation
celebrates its 2nd Birthday!
Anthony John Salons celebrates its 2nd Birthday this month and owner Tony Walmsley gives us an update on life at the Heart of the Country Shopping Village.
“We’ve had another incredible year! More and more clients are choosing Anthony John Salons and the business really is going from strength to strength. It just goes to show that no matter what is happening with the economy, people will pay for a fantastic service they can rely on. It makes me so proud when another client recommends a friend or family member to our salon… and I guess that’s our recipe for success; you know you are doing something right when people recommend you to their family and friends, there really is no greater compliment.
“It’s just amazing how quickly these past two years have gone, when I reflect on all we have achieved it is so humbling! We were shortlisted for prestigious awards including Salon of the Year and Hairdresser of the Year, and our very own Salon Junior Sarah Moore won the National Hairdressing Federations Junior of the Year award which sits very proudly in the salon.” Sarah said: “Winning Junior of the Year in my first year of hairdressing has left me speechless! The awards evening was so glamorous and it really felt like an award for the whole team - given they have taught me everything I know! The best thing for me was the fact it was voted for by the public which made it extra special and of course meeting all of the celebs!” Anthony John Salons has also seen industry and international acclaim thanks to their first Art Team Collections ‘Purity’ and ‘Dusk’. Front covers on national hair magazines and publication as far as Germany and Canada has left the Art Team excited for their new collection shooting this month. Art Director Jane Freeman said; “In my 8 years hairdressing this is the most successful collection I have been involved in- the photo shoots are a fantastic opportunity to communicate our passion to a wider audience… it’s such fun process creating and innovating a look that represents the brand. As always Anthony John Salons is about wearable glamour and creating styles that make our clients feel and look fabulous.” To celebrate their 2nd Birthday Anthony John Salons is offering all new clients 20% discount off their first appointment just quote 'Lichfield Gazzette' on booking. Director Tony Walmsley said: “I cannot thank our amazing clients enough for their continued loyalty and support and I can’t wait to welcome many more new clients over the coming year into the Anthony John salons family.”
01543 481 900 www.anthonyjohn-salons.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org
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Lichfield Garrick becomes a
n Tuesday 5th February, James Leavesley (Chairman of Lichfield Garrick Theatre Trust) was joined by Councillor Val Richards (fellow trustee and Deputy Leader of Lichfield District Council), Councillor Margaret Stanhope (Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Democratic & Legal Services) and Adrian Jackson (Lichfield Garrick’s Chief Executive & Artistic Director) to sign the official agreement that marks the launch of the Lichfield Garrick as an independent theatre trust. The move to charitable theatre trust status means the Lichfield Garrick will now be able to seek new funding from external sources. It also means the city theatre can add more expertise from the worlds of commerce, arts and theatre through the new Lichfield Garrick Theatre Trust Board. Heading up the Lichfield Garrick Theatre Trust Board of 11 members is its Chairman James Leavesley. With a background in running successful local and international companies, as well as a love for theatre and the arts, he is well suited to leading the board that will work to make sure the Lichfield Garrick attracts support and develops even further as a quality theatre venue. James Leavesley, Chairman of Lichfield Garrick Theatre Trust, commented: “The move to trust status will benefit everyone involved with the Lichfield Garrick and enable us to stretch our ambitions for the future. While I fully understand why traditional funding streams for the arts are no longer as generous as they once were, it is important that we are able to seek alternative
sources so that we may continue to deliver an enriching schedule of productions. “I am honoured to have been elected as the trust’s inaugural chairman and with my fellow trustees, whose support and expertise is invaluable; I am looking forward to seeing the Garrick become acknowledged as a leading theatre trust.” The Lichfield Garrick building is still wholly owned by Lichfield District Council, and the council has two seats on the new Lichfield Garrick Theatre Trust Board. Each year, Lichfield District Council will provide a revenue grant to the theatre to support its operations. The team at the Lichfield Garrick has moved across to the new management arrangement and are now employed solely by the Lichfield Garrick. Leading figures in the arts, TV, radio, business and Lichfield District councillors make up the 11 members of the Lichfield Garrick Theatre Trust Board. Trustees are: James Leavesley DL, Richard Barnes, Cllr Mike Wilcox, Craig Tracey, Paul Richards, Peter Tomlinson DL, Cllr Val Richards, David Roden, Reeta Stokes, Malcolm Flanagan CBE and Matthew Ellis.
scores lead role!
ichfield teenager C h e l s e a Greathead is all set to star in the regional premiere of a well-known West End musical. Local audiences will have their first chance to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Whistle Down the Wind’ when Tudor Musical Comedy Society perform the show at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall. Chelsea, 16, who studies Performing Arts at The Friary School, commented: “We’re so lucky to be the first people Chelsea is excited to in the area to perform this play her first lead role show.” as 'Swallow' Chelsea will be taking the main role of ‘Swallow’, playing alongside an adult principal cast of well-known local actors including James Pugh as ‘The Man’, and a twenty-strong cast of local youngsters aged 8 -16. ‘Whistle Down the Wind’ is based on the novel by Mary Hayley Bell and the subsequent 1961 film produced by Richard Attenborough and starring Hayley Mills and Alan Bates. The story follows a group of children who discover an escaped prisoner in a barn near their town, whom they mistake for Jesus and vow to protect. It emerges that the fugitive is wanted for murder, and the ensuing conflict between the townsfolk and their children is a struggle between prejudice and innocence. Lloyd Webber’s sensational score combines rich melodies and pulsating rock numbers, from the gospel opening of ‘Vaults of Heaven’, through the lilting ‘Whistle Down the Wind’ to the global number one hit for Boyzone, ‘No Matter What’. This show is Tudor’s third with production team Faye O’Leary (director), David Easto (musical director) and Paula Waldron (choreographer) following their success with ‘The King & I’ (awarded NODA’s Best Regional Show) - and last year’s ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’. ‘Whistle Down the Wind’ is being performed nightly at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall from Tuesday 12th to Saturday 16th March, with a Saturday matinee. Tickets are available on 0121 308 2431 or by visiting www.ticketsource.co.uk/tmcs
James Pugh as 'The Man' with Louie Bourn, Esme Wade & Chelsea Greathead
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unlocks affordable city living
IX stylish city centre apartments offer hope for first-time buyers who feel they can’t afford to take their first step on to the property ladder in soughtafter Lichfield. They can make their home ownership dream come true at Bromford Homes’ latest development, Greyfriars House, for a typical figure of £67,500* through HomeBuy shared ownership.
The eye-catching Queen Street scheme is highlighted by Alan Bradley, of Bromford Homes, as a really affordable opportunity for Generation Rent - people who feel forever trapped in private rented housing and other frustrated first-time buyers.
His message to home-hunters comes at a time when, according to a new thinktank report, many believe it would now take 20plus years to save enough for a deposit on an average first-time buyer home.
“This Resolution Foundation report offers us yet more evidence to show how many people on middle to low incomes are struggling to get on the property ladder,” said Alan, Head of Sales (North) at Bromford Homes.
“This reflects our own experience in Staffordshire and other parts of the West Midlands. We’re helping a growing number of people who, before the credit crunch, would have expected to buy outright - people with a household income of up £60,000 a year.”
The big difference with HomeBuy, says Alan, is that qualifying homehunters can buy between 25% and 75% of their Bromford home - instead of buying outright - and pay rent on the remaining share. An affordability formula decides how big a share they
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buy, with a typical amount being 45%.
“This means someone buying a typical 45% share can get on to the property ladder and enjoy all the benefits of city centre living in a contemporary two-bedroom apartment
for as little as £67,500*,” explained Alan.
Buying an apartment at Greyfriars House also ticks all the other homebuyer boxes, according to Alan.
“The location couldn’t be better if you want to work, live - and enjoy yourself in the heart of this historic cathedral city,” he said.
“Each of the six apartments is finished to a high specification and comes with allocated parking. Greyfriars House is a short walk from the cathedral, shops, bars and cafes that help add up to a great quality of life in Lichfield.”
* £67,500 is a 45% share on a two-bed apartment with a full asking price of £150,000. A 5% deposit on that share would be £3,375. To find out more call 0845 60 10 878. Follow us on Facebook @BromfordHome
What a line up for
BBC Gardeners’ World Live,
NEC, Birmingham, 12-16 June, 2013
BC Gardeners’ World Live featuring The RHS Flower Show Birmingham is promising to be one of the best days out this summer with expert advice, hundreds of exhibitors and of course demonstrations from members of the Gardeners’ World team. The initial line up, announced by organisers today, includes some of the nation’s favourite gardening stars and top designers including Monty Don, Diarmuid Gavin, Cleve West, James Alexander-Sinclair and many more!
Diarmuid Gavin commented: “I haven’t been to BBC Gardeners’ World Live in years and I’m so excited to be returning for their 21st Birthday! The RHS Flower Show Birmingham is going to be absolutely brilliant with over 100 nurseries in the RHS Floral Marquee and an estimated 40 Gardens. Plus you’ll have direct access to me and to other garden designers, experts from Gardeners’ World Magazine, TV programme and The RHS. On top of this there will be over 400 stands to shop until you drop and of course free entry to the BBC Good Food Show Summer!” NEW for this year The Kitchen Garden From Plot to Plate, this brand new stage will hold demonstrations on the best ways in which to grow your own fruit and veg from some of Britain’s best known gardening experts. Then see top chefs from the BBC Good Food Show Summer demonstrate how to turn your harvest into fine dining. Potting Benches Nursery professionals will be on hand to give direct advice on growing and caring for your plants. Flower Box Head to The Flower Box to pick up inspiration for your own displays. For keen florists and amateurs alike The Flower Box will host demonstrations, floristry displays and more. All your favourites return BBC Gardeners World Theatre, hosted by
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James Alexander-Sinclair See your favourite stars from the TV series and the magazine live on stage including Monty Don, and Carol Klein. Plus a host of other guests including David Domoney and Toby Buckland give tips and advice on what to do with your garden this summer. RHS Floral Marquee and RHS Plant Village With over 100 specialist nurseries this is the place to meet the knowledgeable nursery men and women and discover their top plants for your gardens this summer. RHS Show Gardens The RHS Show Gardens bring to life a collection of gardens from internationally recognised designers and new upcoming talent in the garden design world. Each garden, with its own unique theme and design will inspire visitors with top ideas for transforming their own outdoor space. Edible Patches This is the perfect place for any keen gardener with small space and big plans! Challenged to create an edible garden design within a 3x3m space, students, allotment growers and imaginative gardeners are given a fantastic chance to experience the design, plan and build of a horticultural exhibit on a smaller scale. To book your tickets to BBC Gardeners’ World Live call 0844 581 1340 or book online at bbcgardenersworldlive.com Advance adult ticket prices start at £19.75 £2 concession for over 65s applies The NEC charges £10 for parking, payable on the day. £1.75 booking fee per ticket applies. No animals admitted to the show except for registered assistance or guide dogs. One person admitted free of charge per wheelchair user or person whose disability necessitates a carer. On Saturday and Sunday, any paying adult can bring up to two children under 18 to the show for FREE! (Children under 6 years get free admission into the show each day).
Win Tickets to BBC Gardener’s World Live!
The Lichfield Gazette has joined up with BBC Gardener’s World Live to offer readers the chance of winning one of five pairs of tickets. To be in with a chance of winning just answer the following question....
Q. What is the common name in the UK for Calendula? A. Foxglove B. Camelia C. Marigold
Just send your answer along with your name and contact details to Lichfield Gazette Gardener’s World Competition, PO Box 5414, Lichfield, WS14 4EZ or email firstname.lastname@example.org One entry per household please, duplicates will be disqualified. Winners will be notified by Monday 3rd June 2013.
All images courtesy of David Keith Jones
Town Clerk turns up the heat at
Town Clerk Peter Young stepped forward to shame the men when only one other man entered the ‘gentleman only’ heat in this year’s Shrove Tuesday Pancake Race. Not that there was any shortage of runners in all heats, for the Ladies and Fancy Dress categories were more than well represented. Competitors and spectators alike enjoyed another fine day being entertained by the cunningly witty Town Crier Ken Knowles. The races were officially witnessed by the Mayor, Sheriff and Leader of the District. The whole of Bore Street was awash with excitement, captured in these splendid photographs by David Keith Jones. The official party went on to have a seat on ‘Scream’ in the Market Place, but it was noted that only the fearless Sheriff Cllr. Brian Bacon and our intrepid Town Clerk were taking advantage of the whole white knuckle experience!
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Enter our Mother’s Day competition A Touch of Class on
he lingerie, nightwear and swimwear boutique ‘A Touch of Class’ on Market Street, Lichfield is very aptly named, as one glance at their window displays will tell you. If you’ve often admired pieces in their window, but perhaps have never had the opportunity to go in you are truly missing a treat. A Touch of Class is owned by Mandy Elton who opened on Market Street nearly eight years ago. Since then it has become a truly beloved boutique by the customers who shop there. A Touch of Class is a real gem, not only are the staff genuinely friendly and professional, there’s also a real joy for what they do, and none of the stuffiness you might expect to find in such a classy and beautifully stocked shop. Their ranges cover bras and briefs, maternity lingerie, mastectomy l i n g e r i e , swimwear, nightwear and hosiery with the emphasis on quality of material, comfort and value for money. Their bras start at just £27 for beautiful, UK made cotton and lace, making this a great s h o p p i n g destination for those who have a set budget as well as those looking for ‘occasion’ lingerie. Looking for something for your wedding day? A special negligee for your loved one? A swimsuit and matching sarong or just some well fitting Win this beautiful and attractive underwear? Then kimono Page 46 www.lichfieldgazette.co.uk
this is the place for you. Mandy makes sure that everything she sells, from highly designed exquisite pieces to everyday luxury, is created with comfort in mind and gives a great shape under clothes. Most women I think have at least a couple of bras that looked great in the shop but are hellishly uncomfortable to wear or do nothing for us, so they’re never worn. At a Touch of Class you can either be fitted by expertly trained staff, or rest easy that your purchase is not going to end up as another unworn item in your underwear drawer! Mandy is also a trained fitter of bras for women who have undergone a mastectomy procedure, and has offered kind, practical and sensitive advice to hundreds of women during this difficult time. All purchases are wrapped in delicate pink tissue paper and placed in a black boutique bag decorated with pink, red or gold ribbons of your choice. A Touch of Class stocks ranges that include Bestform, Lepel, After Eden, Marie Jo, Charnos, Prima Donna, Sunflare, Anita, Demela and Transperenze. They also stock Diamond Tee nightwear ranges that are inspired by the glamour of 1930’s Hollywood. Mandy and colleagues Lucinda and Emma are lovely people, and make the experience of shopping for underwear a real pleasure, be you just starting out to buy your first grown up lingerie, or in your 80’s and looking for something beautiful and comfortable. They also stock a wide range of sizes and shapewear and have trained Maternity fitters available.
Lucinda Watton with some of the ranges stocked.
Mandy Elton outside A Touch of Class
We’ve got together with A Touch of Class to offer a Gazette reader the chance to win this exquisite kimono as a gift for their Mum, or themselves this Mother’s Day! This Kiku kimono retails at £99 and will look great on any Mum (fits all sizes). To be in with a chance of winning just answer the following question... Q. Where is A Touch of Class situated? a) Tamworth Street b) Breadmarket Street c) Market Street.
Just send your name, answer and contact details to A Touch of Class Competition, PO Box 5414, Lichfield, WS14 4EZ or email email@example.com One entry per household please, duplicates will be disqualified. Winners will be notified by Friday 8th March and the prize will be delivered to your home on Saturday 9th March. A Touch of Class is located at 15 Market Street, Lichfield, WS13 JX. Tel: 01543 257696. www.finestlingerie.com
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to Present on Mother’s Day
he Lichfield Gazette is offering readers the chance to win a beautiful bouquet for your Mum, or for yourself (!) courtesy of Ivison the Lichfield Florist, Bird Street, Lichfield. Ivison the Lichfield Florist have been trading from the same picturesque shop for over 80 years and the business is now run by Hannah Woolley, the fourth Hannah Woolley generation of the family involved. Should you wish to present your Mum, your partner, or yourself with an exquisite bouquet this year, Ivisons has a wide range to choose from ready to select from their catalogue. Bouquets are then made up from a beautiful selection of fresh flowers so each bloom is hand-picked for size and beauty. Alternatively you can just come in and choose whatever flowers you wish. Mother’s Day falls on March 10th, so exquisite Spring blooms are available. Surely any Mum would be delighted with a bouquet of freesia, tulips, narcissi and roses in the palest pink or cream, creating a display of scented, delicate loveliness? If you want a bouquet with real ‘wow’ factor you can also add chocolates, Mother’s Day themed balloons and even a teddy. If you’re a Mum and maybe a bride-to-be don’t miss the Vera Wang wedding flower range, new from Ivison the Lichfield Florist. This is a collection of bouquets and arrangements by couture designer Vera Wang who is so acclaimed for her wedding dresses.
To win a spectacular Mother’s Day bouquet, simply answer the following question......
Q. William Wordsworth famously wrote a poem about coming across a field of these flowers one Spring morning, but what were they? A. Bluebells B. Daisies C. Daffodils Send your answer, name and contact details to Lichfield Gazette Mother’s Day Competition PO Box 5414, Lichfield WS14 4EZ or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Competition closing date Friday 8th March. Winners will be notified on Friday 8th March and the bouquet will be delivered to the winner’s home on Saturday 9th March. Ivisons the Lichfield Florist can be found on 18 Bird Street, Lichfield. WS13 6PR. Tel: 01543 263173. Open Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm and on Saturday from 9am – 4pm.
Love cooking For more information go to www.Ivesonlichfieldflorist.co.uk
- love the Kitchen Shop
The Kitchen Shop has several ‘Specials’ for Mother’s Day in their Staffordshire Made Pottery Week from 4th to 9th March, which includes 10% off famous names such as Emma Bridgewater creator of the ‘Mum is Queen’ mug and also Burleigh pottery. Also take your Mom in to see them on Sat 9th March (Day before Mothering Sunday!) - Mothering Saturday! - Why not have a lovely day out shopping with your Mother in Lichfield, visit the Cathedral, have lunch in one of the many wonderful cafes and drop into The Kitchen Shop for a delicious homemade afternoon treat?
Sat 23rd March - KitchenAid Kapers! Another chance to see the iconic Artisan KitchenAid Mixers during their popular instore demonstration. There will be several attachments for you to test out, such as Pasta attachments & the Slicer/Shredder! There is £20 off the Artisan Mixers whilst stocks last and on the demo day we'll be giving 10% off KitchenAid attachments bought or ordered on that day. Foodie Fridays every Friday in March will be Easter themed, so there will be egg type gadgets and some chocolate demos might be thrown in too as we get closer to Easter weekend! In store demos from 11am until 3pm. Page 48 www.lichfieldgazette.co.uk
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Doctor Who) and Peter Amory (the evil Chris Tate in Emmerdale).
Fri 1 Mar Women's World Day of Prayer Service
Sat 23 Feb Gospel Concert
7.30pm (Doors open at 6.45pm) at Lichfield Cathedral. Lichfield Gospel Choir (Highly Commended, Choir of the year 2012) supported by Stream Of Sound Youth Choir presents an evening of vocal music to lift your spirits and warm your heart. Enjoy the rich harmonies of gospel and folk songs from around the world as brought to you by these two inspirational and talented choirs. Tickets (£8) in person from The Cathedral Shop, 9 The Close, or by phone 01543 306150
Tue 26 Feb to Sat 2 Mar The Woman in White
7.30pm (and 2.30pm Sat 2 Mar) at Lichfield Garrick. Ian Dickens Productions presents a new adaptation of this classic Victorian thriller, which has never been out of print since its first publication in 1860, with a fantastic cast including Colin Baker (the sixth incarnation of the universally loved Doctor in
10.30am and 7.30pm at Lichfield Methodist Church. The Speaker will be Revd Jan Waterfield. Everyone is welcome to attend these services.
Britain's Got Talent star Julian Smith & Friends
8.00pm at The Guildhall. The acclaimed star of 'Britain's Got Talent' Julian Smith on Saxophone will be joined on stage by soprano singer Amelia Whiteman, violinist Rebecca Kelly and percussionist Joelle Barker for a mesmerising 90 minutes of classical crossover, pop and smooth jazz.
Staffordshire Archaeological & Historical Society 8.00pm at St Mary's Centre. A talk by Iain Soden, archaeologist and author, about Ranulf de
Blondeville, 6th Earl of Chester, and his castle building of 1225. Visitors welcome, £3. Refreshments available from 7.30pm. For more info call 01543 416144.
Sat 2 to Sat 9 Mar Mothers Day “Designer
9.00am to 5.00pm at Dam Street, Speakers Corner' & Minster Pool Walk. Beautiful designer made products for your Mom from some of the best local designers and artists, with their latest handmade ranges but this time there are even more of them to see! Many of the designers offer a bespoke service so please chat to them if you want something especially made.
Sat 2 Mar 2013 Henhouse Children's Art School
10.00am to 11.00 or 10.00am to 12.00noon at St Michael's Church Hall (near Aldi and Tesco). Calling all 5 year olds to teenagers. Come along to our Saturday morning art school Henhouse. Each Saturday we offer a one hour and two hour classes professionally run by experienced artist educators. The classes offer an opportunity to gain national Arts Award accredited qualifications. Learn drawing, painting, sculpture textiles, printing and much more. Most importantly, classes will be
fun! The sessions on 2 & 9 February are pay-as-you-go, then pre-booking will be essential. Prices tbc.
10.00am to 4.00om at Lichfield Garrick. Young people from schools in Lichfield, Tamworth and Cannock running their own market stalls in the Lichfield Garrick Studio. The students are all taking part in the Young Enterprise programme www.young-enterprise.org.uk, where they create products or services from scratch and run their own companies to make and sell them. They will be selling original, hand-crafted items, including jewellery, gift baskets, children's games and mobile phone accessories. Free entry.
A Grand Reopening: Inventions of Dr Darwin
10.00am to 4.00pm at Erasmus Darwin House. The launch of a fantastical inventions exhibit and with FREE ENTRY for the day to celebrate! Expect mechanical steampunk birds, talking machines and more as we display brand new life size interactive models of Dr Darwin's most fascinating and genius inventions! We'll also be having an appearance from kinetic artist David Williams whose automatastic interactive models will be on display in our artwork room. Plus you'll get a chance to
win one of several amazing prizes including family tickets to top science attractions and other inventions themed prizes perfect for all those budding scientists out there!
Sun 3 Mar Jazz Sunday Lunch
At Best Western The George Hotel. Join us for a delicious three course lunch with coffee in the Garrick Suite and music from The Three Spires Jazz Band (formerly the Antique Six) who play an eclectic mix of old favourites, modern numbers and party jazz—the perfect accompaniment to a leisurely Sunday lunch with the whole family. £20.95 per adult, £12 per child (up to 12 years).
Volunteer day at Woodhouse Community Farm
10.00am to 3.00pm at Woodhouse Community Farm. This historic small-holding on the outskirts of Whittington, is offering people the chance to
YOUR GUIDE TO WHAT’S ON THIS MONTH IN LICHFIELD become a member and help to safeguard the farm as a place for the whole community. We host regular volunteering events throughout the year. All welcome to come and give a hand down on the farm! A great way to find out about what we do and get involved. Please contact us for more details. Tel: 01543 432005.
Tue 5 Mar Neaten and Natter
10.00am to 1.00pm at Beacon Park. Monthly volunteer event (1st Tuesday of the month). Make friends and help to keep Beacon Park beautiful. Tasks include litter picking and weeding.
Birds of Pipe Green
7.45pm at St. Mary's Centre. An illustrated talk given by Bob Russon from Lichfield RSPB. Admission: Adults £2.00. Children Free. Refreshments are available during the interval and there will be a raffle.
Live Music at The Doghouse
7.30pm for an 8.00pm start at the Crown Inn, Alrewas. A traditional all Irish diddly diddly song night as this is the nearest to St Patrick’s Day that Martin Ryan and Stef Dziuba (and assorted guests) can get the chance to make sure their audience will enjoy the ‘craic’! . That means loads of chorus singing for the audience and a good sprinkling of happy, funny Irish numbers. They were queuing out the doors in February so get there early for one of the best free nights out in the region but make sure you buy a raffle ticket!
Wed 6 Mar Lichfield U3A - Study Day
"Georgian Lichfield" 9.00am to 4.00pm at Lichfield Garrick. To include a light lunch and the theme is 'Georgian Lichfield'. The speakers will be talking about, Erasmus Darwin and the Lunar Society, Dr Johnson and David Garrick and enlightened Childcare and Charity in the eighteenth century. Tickets £17.50. If you would like further information, or an application form for the Study Day, please contact either, the website www.u3asites.org.uk/lichfield or call 01543 473189.
Footpath Clearance and Dead Hedging
10.30am to 3.00pm at Christian Fields. Our Countryside & Parks
Conservation Group plays an important role in local nature conservation and we're always looking for volunteers to help out. Using billhooks, saws and loppers, come and learn this traditional countryside practice. We will be thickening and strengthening hedges and reinforcing boundaries to help guide people around Lichfield’s Local Nature Reserve as well as making the site a better home for wildlife. To book your free place, please contact the countryside team using the contact details below. For more information about the CPCG, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/cpcg
Meditation classes from the Tara Kadampa Meditation Centre
7.30pm to 9.00pm at The Guildhall. Come along to meditation classes taught by a qualified Kadampa teacher. They include two guided meditations and a talk explaining how these meditations can make our life happy and meaningful, and teach us to overcome negative habits, such as stress. Everyone is welcome, no need to book, join at any time. Each week covers a different topic. £5 per class (or 5 classes for £20)
Thu 7 Mar Lichfield Farmers' Market
9.00am to 3.00pm at Lichfield Market Square. The markets boast a fantastic range of beautiful stalls, selling wholesome locally-produced food and other goods, including an excellent choice of hand-made arts and crafts. So, whether you want a handmade treat, or something delicious and wholesome to take home for tea, why not make the first Thursday of every month a date in your diary!
Antiques Discovery Day
10.00am to 4.00pm at Erasmus Darwin House. Bring along your heirlooms and curiosities for TV personality, Charles Hanson, and his team to value. Just £1 per item/valuation.
Chris Packham - Wild Night Out!
7.30pm at Lichfield Garrick. On stage with his latest exquisite
YOUR GUIDE TO WHAT’S ON THIS MONTH IN LICHFIELD collection of images - an entertaining and informative look at some of nature's most popular and interesting species. Illustrated with his superb photographs from around the world and from his beloved UK, he explains the fascinating ecologies and behaviours of a range of creatures from leopards to barn owls, cheetahs to pond skaters, and polar bears to peregrines. His conversational style, irreverent humour and sometimes controversial opinions make for a hugely rewarding evening of entertainment. He tells of close shaves, the often bizarre lengths he'll go to in getting the picture, and challenges people to think again about the conventions of conservation.
Fri 8 Mar Jazz Gourmet Night with the Levi French Trio
7.30pm to 10.30pm at Wade Street Church. A night of acoustic excellence presented by Those Old Records with two great singer songwriters. Beau recorded with John Peel's Dandelion label and is promoting his new album. Merv Spence has played with Wishbone Ash and Trapeze. Tickets £5
7.30pm at Lichfield Garrick. Set in Birmingham in the early swinging sixties, a wonderful stroll down memory lane to when Malcolm Stent and his mates are grammar school boys searching for pop stardom as members of a youth club band. This show is a must for any child of the sixties. A story told to evoke many lost memories of golden times in Brum.
Beau & Merv Spence -
At Swinfen Hall Hotel. What could be better - fine food and wine in beautiful surroundings with the added bonus of live music. The Levi French Trio will be playing a wide variety of traditional jazz ranging from classic standards to Levi’s own original compositions. The evening begins with a Champagne reception followed by a delicious six-course gourmet menu which features new season’s lamb paired with wines, coffee and petit-fours. Tickets £88.
Fri 8 & Sat 9 Mar Go Play Further Up Your Own End
Sat 9 Mar Henhouse Children's Art School See Sat 2 Mar for details.
At the Kitchen Shop. On the day before Mother’s Day why not have a lovely day out shopping with your Mother in Lichfield, visit the Cathedral, have lunch in one of the many wonderful Cafes and drop into The Kitchen Shop for a Delicious Homemade Afternoon Treat! There will be 10% OFF Emma Bridgewater & Burleigh (which are most importantly English Made Pottery). All you have to do is pop in with your Mother anytime during the day!
Open day at Christ Church From 10.00am to 4.00pm. Share the beauty of the church and grounds, organised by the newly formed Friends of Christ Church. It is an opportunity to view the outstanding Victorian features of the church and learn more about the church’s history from local enthusiasts and information sheets. The work of the church in the local community will be on display together with its vision for the future. Music from the
church’s wide repertoire will be played throughout the day and refreshments will be available. Everybody welcome.
Zumba for Oxfam
11.30am or 12.30pm at Holy Cross Parish Hall. Have fun and keep fit in aid of a great cause. £4.50 per session (any level of experience welcome). Sessions led by an experienced instructor. Also ... books, cakes and other stalls. Doors open at 11.00am. Organized by Foxgloves fundraising group for Oxfam in Lichfield
Burntwood Town Council Chairman's Charity Evening 7.00pm to 11.00pm at St Matthews Sports and Social Club. Chairman's Charity Evening in aid of St Giles Hospice and Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children featuring Giggetty (Black Country Band), Doug Parker (Black Country Comedian) and David Bartley (Black Country Poet). Come and join us for an evening of light hearted humour and musical entertainment. Tickets can be obtained from: Burntwood Town Council, Unit 1, Lambourne House, Bridge Cross Rd, Burntwood, WS7 2BX
7.30pm at Lichfield Garrick. One of the most outstanding guitar duos in the UK, Ezio (Ezio Lunedei and Booga). From Black Boots on Latin Feet to This Is The Day, Ezio's music has been described as Latin, alternative country and yet very English songwriting - songs that reach deep into the heart and take you on a journey through your own life and feelings.
The Matt Schofield Band
8.00pm at The Guildhall. British guitar virtuoso Matt Schofield and his band make a welcome return to Lichfield Guildhall.
Sun 10 Mar Mother’s Day
12 noon to 3.00pm at Best Western The George Hotel. Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate, to say thank you for being such a great Mum and to recognise that a special lady deserves a treat! A traditional
three-course carvery meal £19.95 per person, includes a gift for Mum, or a three-course banquet style lunch at 12.30pm with a choice of menu £19.95 per person, and includes a gift for Mum. Enquiries to 01543 414822.
Mother's Day Treat
12 noon to 3.30pm at Erasmus Darwin House. Treat your mum to high tea in this beautiful Georgian townhouse, once home to Erasmus Darwin.
Chris Newman & Máire Ní Chathasaigh
8.00pm at The Guildhall. The celebrated virtuoso partnership of “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY) and “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists”
Tue 12 to Sat 16 Mar Latent State Exhibition by artist Victoria Wolny
10.00am to 4.00pm at Emporium Art Gallery. Victoria’s large canvasses showcase her particular painting technique involving the manipulation of oils through complex layering and knife work. The result is a dramatic collision of both texture and colour.
Tue 12 to Sat 16 Mar Walsall Operatic Society presents Annie
7.30pm (and 2.30pm on Sat) at Lichfield Garrick. One of the most acclaimed musicals of the last 35 years. Based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, this musical burst into popularity in 1977 when it opened on Broadway. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City.
Wed 13 Mar Meditation classes from the Tara Kadampa Meditation Centre See Wed 6 Mar for details.
Flower Arrangement Demonstration
7.30pm to 10.30pm at the Garner Suite, Lea Hall Social Club. Cats Protection Lichfield & Tamworth Branch is hosting a Flower Arranging Demonstration given by Diana Scott MBE This is a ticket only evening event. There will be stalls offering a variety of goods as well as Cats Protection own stalls and tombola. Tickets cost £8.00 each and can be
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8.30pm at Wade Street Church Hall. Chase Mist has gained a reputation on the Midlands folk scene as a polished and exciting contemporary acoustic act. With their undoubted ability to spot or write a good tune, they have come up with an eclectic mix of songs, this coupled with solid musicianship and outstanding vocal ability makes them an act not to be missed!
Thu 14 Mar The Rob Terry Trio
7.30pm at Lichfield Garrick. Featuring pianist Rob Terry's compositional work - a superb mix of modern jazz with strong nods to the harmony and sensitivities of the classical world with Paul Jefferies (double bass) and Charlie Stratford (kit).
Fri 15 Mar Staffordshire Archaeological & Historical Society 8.00pm at St Mary's Centre. A History of Swinfen Hall by Helen Wiser, owner of Swinfen Hall Hotel. Visitors welcome, £3. Refreshments available from 7 30pm. For more info call 01543 416144.
Sat 16 Mar Science on Saturday
10.00am to 12 noon at Erasmus Darwin House. Science club for children aged 7-11. This month's meeting is National Science and Engineering Week: Meet the Scientists. £4 per child.
Inspiring Inventions and other smart sciences!
12noon to 4.00pm at Erasmus Darwin House. Fascinating science based fun to celebrate National Science & Engineering Week – fun for all the family! Two inventions themed sessions at 10am and 1pm - booking advised. Free entry.
Barn Dance & Fish Supper 7.00pm at Martin Heath Hall. Tickets £8.00 and £5.00 for under 16's contact Julia on 01543 254889 or Sandra 01543 419228.
Johnny Rickard's Tribute to Neil Diamond
7.30pm at Lichfield Garrick. This brilliant stage show is an incredible testament to the music
and legend that is Neil Diamond. The performance is a stunningly accurate version of Neil in the 70’s and 80’s, when his presence and influence were at their most powerful. All the stage costumes are hand-made and totally authentic to perfectly complete this fabulous tribute.
Sun 17 Mar Morse-code Challenge
11.00am to 3.00pm at Beacon Park. As part of National Science and Engineering week, take part in a Titanic related puzzle trail. Solve the clues and send secret messages using Morse-code. Most suitable for ages 7+. £1 per child.
Mon 18 & Tue 19 Mar Lichfield Cathedral School
7.30pm at Lichfield Garrick. The Lichfield Cathedral School presents another dazzling production. Take a look at the website www.lichfieldcathedralschool.co.u k for more information.
Tue 19 to Sat 23 Mar Edge of Darkness
7.30pm at Lichfield Garrick. Presented by Lichfield Players. Emma returns to her family home after a disappearance of several years, but is still suffering with amnesia. Why does she seem familiar with certain Russian phrases? Why such horror at a harmless silver bell, a portrait on the wall, or knives? Is she really Emma Cranwell? A chilling mystery set at the turn of the last century.
Wed 20 Mar The Winner Takes It All
7.30pm at Lichfield Garrick. This superb production delivers the ultimate pop concert filled with the greatest hits of ABBA and the Bee Gees.
Meditation classes from the Tara Kadampa Meditation Centre See Wed 6 Mar for details.
Thu 21 Mar Birmingham Back to Backs
7.45pm at St Mary's Centre. Lichfield Civic Society Meeting. Speaker - Mac Joseph, Local Historian, Guide and National Trust Volunteer at Birmingham's last surviving court of back to back houses. Non-members welcome (£3 at the door)
7.30pm at Lichfield Garrick.
YOUR GUIDE TO WHAT’S ON THIS MONTH IN LICHFIELD Extra Special Mother’s Day at Qmin 10th March
A fresh new approach to Indian cuisine
Make Mother’s Day extra special this year by visiting Qmin, Lichfield’s leading Indian restaurant. Sample Qmin’s wide ranging Indian and fusion cuisine, served in perfect surroundings and by the most attentive staff. Established in Lichfield for 11 years, Qmin caters for the most discerning diners. Qmin offers a relaxed, modern and clean dining space and continues to introduce a range of new concepts in its menus. We feature the popular and traditional Indian dishes alongside some contemporary and creative menu items. Many of our customers and food critics view Qmin as ‘one of the finest Indian restaurants in Lichfield’. We invite you to experience our brand of Indian cuisine and promise you a feast for your senses! A fresh new approach to indian cuisine
Qmin captures India's diversity, sampling more than 120 authentic recipes from across the country. The recipes are made new for the modern cook, with a contemporary twist, but always remain true to India's ancient culinary wisdom.
Call Qmin on 01543 255000 www.qmin.co.uk
Sponsored by Tourism Ireland representing "The Gathering 2013". An all singing, all dancing international production delivering the heart and soul of Ireland! Embodying the true spirit of Ireland, Celtic Dream is a breathtaking myriad of brilliant dance, phenomenal vocals and glittering costumes.
Fri 22 Mar Hazel O’Connor plus support Lisa De Ville
8.30pm at The Guildhall. Expect a sumptuous evening of some of the greatest songs from the 20th Century delivered with passion and fire. Coinciding with the publication of Hazel’s longawaited autobiography Breaking Glass Barefoot and celebrating the release of the digitally remastered DVD of Dodi Fayed’s iconic movie Breaking Glass which launched her into the spotlight, award-winning singer songwriter Hazel O’Connor is back.
The Rat Pack with Special Guest Kenny Lynch
7.30pm at Lichfield Garrick. The original British tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr. Featuring classics such as My Way, Amore, and Mr Bojangles, the cast includes David Alacey (Lovejoy), Des Coleman (Lenny in Eastenders) and Paul Drakeley (BBC Musician of the Year). They are joined by The Don Hunt Orchestra (Musical Director for Sir Bruce Forsyth) and The Flamingo Showgirls, who add even more glamour to this swinging evening. Memories really are made of this!
Sat 23 Mar to Wed 10 Apr Beacon Park Easter Trail
9.00am to 4.00pm at Beacon Park. Have some puzzle fun over Easter. Pick up your trail map from the Ranger Station, solve the puzzles and claim your small prize. £1 per child.
Sat 23 Mar Henhouse Children's Art School See Sat 2 Mar for details.
The Armed Man (a Mass for Peace) 7.30pm at Lichfield Cathedral.
Lichfield Cathedral Chorus accompanied by Thoresby Colliery band, and conducted by Ben Lamb 'The Chorus' will perform Karl Jenkins' wonderful Armed Man - A Mass for Peace. Tickets from Lichfield Garrick Box Office 01543 412121. . Tickets also available on the door.
11.00am to 3.00pm at The Kitchen Shop. Another chance to see the Iconic Artisan KitchenAid Mixers demonstrated in store. There will be several attachments for you to test out, such as Pasta attachments & Slicer/Shredder! There is £20 off the Artisan Mixers until stocks last and on the demo day we'll be giving 10% off KitchenAid Attachment bought or ordered on that day!
Chris & Pui Roadshow
11.00am and 2.00pm at Lichfield Garrick. Live on stage CBeebies' favourite double act is bringing songs, rhymes, comedy sketches and lots of joining in for all the family. See Incy, Humpty, the Grand Old Duke and - "oh my woolly word!" - Little Bo Peep and many others of your favourite characters live on stage. You are invited to bring your teddies or favourite character toys but please hang on to them!
Jamie Smith’s Mabon
8.00pm at The Guildhall. Jamie Smith's MABON are Wales' finest purveyors of original InterCeltic music, travelling beyond borders to explore the forms and styles of the Celtic traditions and work them anew.
Kitchen Aid Demonstration At The Kitchen Shop, Market Street.
Tue 26 to Sat 30 Mar Oklahoma!
7.30pm at Lichfield Garrick. Enjoy the talented award-winning amateur society Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company's energetic interpretation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's first musical Oklahoma! Featuring love and laughter, dynamic dancing and classic songs Oh What a Beautiful Morning, People Will Say We're in Love and The
Surrey with the Fringe on Top. Great entertainment for all the family!
Wed 27 Mar Meditation classes from the Tara Kadampa Meditation Centre See Wed 6 Mar for details.
Sun 31 Mar Easter Sunday
12 noon to 9.00pm at Best Western The George Hotel. Enjoy a traditional three-course carvery lunch or dinner plus coffee with friends and family in our welcoming carvery restaurant on Easter Sunday. The restaurant is open from 12noon until 3pm for lunch and from 6pm until 9pm for dinner. Prior booking is essential. £13.75
Contact details for listed venues:
Beacon Park – Lichfield WS13 6QZ. Tel: 01543 308869 Boley Park Community Hall - 7 Ryknild St, Lichfield WS14 9XU Christian Fields- Eastern Avenue, Lichfield WS13 7JU. (Meet in the top car park, beyond the height restriction barrier). The Crown Inn – Post Office Rd, Alrewas DE13 7BS Emporium Art Gallery - 32-34 Bird St, Lichfield WS13 6PR Erasmus Darwin House - Beacon St, Lichfield WS13 7AD. Tel: 01543 262331 Garner Suite - Lea Hall Social Club, Sandy Lane, Rugeley WS15 2LB. The George Hotel - Bird St, Lichfield WS13 6PR. Tel: 01543 414822 The Guildhall - Bore St, Lichfield WS13 6LU. Tel: 01543 262223 Holy Cross Parish Hall - Upper St John's Street, Lichfield WS14 9DX The Kitchen Shop -5 Market St, Lichfield WS13 6JX Lichfield Cathedral - The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD Lichfield Garrick Theatre - Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR. Tel: 01543 412121 St Mary’s Centre –Breadmarket St, Lichfield WS13 6LG. Tel: 01543 256 611 St Matthews Sports & Social Club - St Matthews Rd, Burntwood WS7 9EP Swinfen Hall Hotel – Swinfen, Nr. Lichfield WS14 9RE. Tel: 01543 481494 Wade Street Church Hall - Wade St, Lichfield WS13 6HL Woodhouse Community Farm Fisherwick Wood Lane, Lichfield WS13 8QG
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