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JUNE 2013 ISSUE 50


The Remarkable Smile Centre By Joss Musgrove Knibb, Deputy Editor There’s a really friendly atmosphere as you step through the doors of the Smile Centre, Lichfield. The reception area is calm, comfortable and a nice place to wait for your appointment with Matt Burnell BSc Hons Dip CDT RCS (Eng) Clinical Dental Technician, the lovely chap who runs the Smile Centre. The Smile Centre focus on designing and fitting dentures – prosthetic enhancements that replace lost teeth. I must admit that I was under the impression that dentures had not come on much from the badly fitting versions so many people wore years ago, but in this I was completely wrong. Dentures can often be seen as rather the poor relation to veneers and caps, but in fact they are as attractive and appearance-changing as any other aspect of cosmetic dentistry. For as little as £550 clients who wish to replace lost teeth, from one or two to an entire set (many of us have issues with tooth loss, from losses due to pregnancy or medical treatment to common wear and tear and other dental issues) can have a hand crafted dental prosthesis made. When Matt first meets a client, he spends as much time as they wish chatting about the process of fitting a denture, and how that denture will fit in to their lifestyle. There’s no pressure to make a quick decision. Should the client decide to look at having a denture fitted, there follows an assessment process which is the first step towards creation of the denture. Did you know for instance that the centre four upper front teeth cover, in most cases, the width of the nose, and the shape and size of the teeth often reflect the shape of the jaw-line and lower face? The colour of the teeth and gums is also reflected by the general skin-tone of the client. This allows a denture to be created that emulates the original teeth. It is also vitally important that the teeth are the right length so that the patient is not having to close the jaw too far. In addition to causing an aching jaw, this forces the skin of the mouth and jaw-line to sag, and in some cases can allow creases at the side of the mouth to become sore. There are many types of denture option, from a complete denture with a plate that covers the

lower and upper roof of the mouth (that stays in pace naturally through suction) to a partial denture or horseshoe denture worn with adhesive or clasps. In addition, dentures can be created that clip on to posts (implants) set in to the jaw (not a painful process) that create a perfect and sturdy bite. Permanent dentures, just like cap and bridge work, can also be set on to implants to fill gaps in the teeth, or to replace a set of teeth that has been lost. Matt and the team’s work shows real attention to detail, with tiny ridges on the palette reproduced so that the dentures feel natural in the mouth. In addition, tiny blood capillaries in the gums are hand painted and teeth are individually placed so that each set is perfect for each client. What impressed me was the sheer technical brilliance of what the team at the Smile Centre does, the client of course isn’t aware of the complexity of the adjustments made, they’re just delighted and amazed with the outcome. Dentures are initially made from a mould or ‘tray’ that is carefully taken of the client’s mouth. The teeth in the denture are then individually positioned to create a natural look. This prototype is then formed in the desired final medium (often dentures are made of a similar hard wearing acrylic substance to that of spectacle frames). The client may then take this version home for a few days to try it out. The process is not completed until the customer is entirely happy. Remarkably, you can be confident that your finished denture will easily last 15 years or more. The process used to create the denture is called the ‘lost wax method’. This is the same method used to make high-end intricate bespoke jewellery or bronzes, allowing minute details to be captured. Talking to Matt, there really is no reason for anyone to struggle with ill-fitting, poorly performing or unflattering dentures. The right denture not only massively improves the quality of life of each customer, it improves self esteem and even health as food can be properly chewed to release nutrients. Smile Centre dentures are truly as good as your own teeth, and customers soon think of

them as simply part of them, not tricky prosthetics that have to be considered when eating out etc. So, for an informal chat with a lovely, friendly team who understand that this is a very personal process why not follow the lead of customers who have come to visit the Smile Centre from as far afield as the USA. You’ll be so glad that you did. Fall in love with your smile again. The patients below did just that with the professional help and dedication of the Smile Centre, Lichfield. Before




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Editor’s Notes I’m holding out for a hero

I was watching Bonnie Tyler on the Eurovision Song Contest on tv recently, and I wondered if she was still ‘holding out for a hero’. Now this started me on one of my trains of thought about Lichfield – what happened to all our heroes? Let me expand that a little more. I am not talking about those people who valiantly fought in the wars, or the pioneers who conquered distant lands. The heroes I was thinking about were those people who cared so much about the City of Lichfield that they left their indelible mark, and left their financial legacy. I posed the question last month in an article (‘Wake Up Lichfield’ page 14 May issue) about the city – “…could this be a permanent home for Lichfield Society of Artists?’ Eighty years ago this month the Victoria Hospital was opened following a fund started in 1920 that raised the £25,000 (£1.5m today) for the building on the Friary of a brand new state-of-the-art hospital (and furnishings supplied by Tippers and F.M. & J Wait). You could say this hospital was brought about by necessity as the Nation Health Act didn’t come about until 1948, but major fund raising was still going on until 1954 when Alderman F Garrett initiated a fund for a Day Room which opened in June 1958. I am talking chiefly about heroes like Col. Swinfen-Broun, Dr Milley and John Gilbert who in 1901 bought the Dr Johnson House and gave it to the City so that it could turned into a museum. Michael Swinfen Broun left 12 acres of land that is now Beacon Park, and Dr Milley’s Hospital is a hospice standing in Beacon Street 600 years later. In todays affluent times, where are the rich benefactors who can raise the funding and drive the projects through to completion. Is there anyone out there who can build us, or raise the required funds for a new shopping centre (with a roof!)? Yours truly, Paul Oakley. Editor

The front cover image by Blue Strawberry Design see page 18 -19 for full details

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Caz Jones Laura Bowcutt PG Mitchell Ann Mayo

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Joss Musg rove Knibb Adrian Ruck Dan Mitchell Kate Gomez

ABOUT YOUR LOCAL MAGAZINE Lichfield Gazette is your local monthly magazine distributed to more than 17,500 homes and businesses in and around Lichfield. Distribution area covers Lichfield City, Alrewas, Fradley, Shenstone, Hammerwich, Kings Bromley, Longdon, Burntwood, Whittington and Little Aston. A limited number of the Lichfield Gazette are available and can be purchased at 90p from the Heritage Centre at St Mary’s in the Market Place. All proceeds go to charity. We do not seek to sensationalise but to inform and entertain our readers. The views expressed in this magazine are those of the contributors and not necessarily those of the publishers. Lichfield Gazette magazine is not a franchise or connected with any other publication.

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Win a Car

in the St Giles Hospice Anniversary Raffle


t Giles Hospice is offering its supporters the chance to win a brand new car, or £8,000 in cash in its 30th Anniversary Raffle! The local charity, which is marking three decades of caring for people with cancer and other serious illnesses, has 30 fabulous prizes totalling an £12,000 to give away, including the jackpot choice of either £8,000 or a brand new Kia Picanto. Runner-up prizes up for grabs include £2,000 or a Mediterranean family holiday, £1,000 in cash or an LCD HD television, and prizes of £500 and £250, plus 25 further prizes. 30th Anniversary tickets cost £1 each, and each ticket sold helps St Giles Hospice provide specialist care for local people living with cancer and other serious illnesses. 30th Anniversary Raffle tickets are available from St Giles Hospice Shops. They can also be bought online at or by calling the ticket hotline on 01543 434020. The closing date for entry into the raffle is 1st July 2013 and the draw will be made on 17th July 2013.

Ian Hodges, sales manager from the Kia Motors dealership in Sutton Coldfield, with St Giles Hospice Lottery Representatives Paul Simms (left) and Dave Turley.

Volunteers needed to raise money for

Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK is looking for enthusiastic volunteers in Staffordshire to help co-ordinate a collection weekend at their local Tesco store. The Big Collection weekend will take place in Tesco stores on 4, 5 and 6 October 2013 with the aim of raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for Diabetes UK, as part of a major national charity partnership between the two organisations. The partnership aims to make life better for those with the condition or at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes UK is recruiting 600 Team Leader Volunteers across the UK and is looking for Team Leaders in Staffordshire to co-ordinate the Big Collection weekend locally. Team Leader Volunteers will play a crucial role in organising the Big Collection and will work with Diabetes UK Midlands office and their local Tesco store to prepare for the weekend, co-ordinate the collection operations over the three days and motivate a team of Collection Volunteers. If you’re interested in volunteering for the Big Collection weekend please visit


Valid for one test booked within 3 months. Present voucher at time of test. One per person, at Specsavers Lichfield only. Cannot be exchanged for cash or used with other offers. FREE EYE TEST FOR OVER 60’S Code LG/06/13

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Race in Aid of Local Lad to cover 940 miles!


est Midlands Ambulance staff will be competing in a 940 mile bike ride that will take them from John O'Groats to Lands End. The race starts on 9th September and lasts for 11 days, meaning that riders will need to cover between 90115 miles a day! The team are riding on order to raise funds in aid of 6 year old Fin Roberts who has cystic fibrosis. Fin is the son of Stephen Roberts, a paramedic at Lichfield Station. Fin needs a physio vest to help support him in his home treatment and to prevent hospital admissions. The vest costs £8000 and this is the amount that the team is aiming to raise. The ride is completely funded by the riders themselves, with all donations going directly to 'Fin's Pot' as it has been dubbed by those taking part. Generous sponsors that have stepped forward from the local business community include Tempest Ford Lichfield, Energy Excel, the West Midlands Ambulance Service and Charles Design & Marketing. Cycle shirts, travel expenses and raffle prizes have also been provided by G4S, Landrover, Nike, Virgin Trains, Rock 34, Drayton Manor Theme Park, Burton Albion FC, Moor Hall Hotel, and the Fairlawns Hotel. The group of nine men and women still need financial donations to raise their goal of £8,000, and are also looking for accommodation along the route. Details of how to give or get in touch are below. In addition a fundraising event will be held at Moor Hall Hotel in Sutton Coldfield on the 31st August, and will include live bands, dancing, a hog roast and raffle prizes. Tickets cost £20 and can be booked via where you can also request more information. To donate just go to -

National Memorial Arboretum receives donation from Sainsbury’s Tamworth


ainsbury’s Tamworth has presented a cheque to the National Memorial Arboretum (its chosen local charity partner for the last two years) for £12,350. The Arboretum, which is part of The Royal British Legion family of charities, relies on donations to remain a free to enter site and for its extensive maintenance. Each Sainsbury’s store in the UK supports a local charity, selected annually by store colleagues and customers, and the Arboretum was Sainsbury’s Tamworth’s chosen charity partner for two years running. The store’s staff members have taken part in a variety of fundraising events for the Arboretum during this time, including bucket collections, cake sales, fundraising raffles and car boot sales. One brave employee, Elaine Holmes, even took part in a sky dive, for which she raised nearly £1,000.

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FIND MINSTER THE CAT! Win a Lunch for Two (MonThurs) and enjoy the Netherstowe House experience. A small, family owned and run boutique hotel and restaurant that strives to be the best, with a friendly, personal touch. The family and team are very proud to have been voted 'Restaurant of the Year' at this years Taste of Staffordshire Good Food Awards. Head Chef and his Kitchen Brigade have created a new Express Lunch menu for you to enjoy Monday to Saturday. The emphasis is on creating flavoursome, classic dishes with a modern twist, freshly produced on site using the finest seasonal ingredients. Express Lunch Menu:2 Courses ~ £14.95; 3 Courses ~ £19.95 12 midday to 2:30pm (Mon - Fri), 1:00pm to 2:30pm (Sat) 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 June 2013 to ‘Minster The Cat Competition’ PO Box 5414, Lichfield WS14 4EZ. Or by email to 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. Congratulations to J Lane of Richard Cooper Rd, Shenstone who spotted Minster on page 10 of the May magazine. Good luck!!

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Gifts For

Father’s Day I

t’s Father’s Day on June 16th and lots of Dads will be receiving the traditional gifts of aftershave, socks, ties, jumpers or a bottle of wine and chocolates. This year, why not put a twist on tradition with versions of each that are available from these fabulous British retailers?

3. Ties Liberty is one of the greatest emporiums for innovative and eclectic design. Situated in the heart of London since 1875, it remains to this day a destination of choice for the savvy and sophisticated shopper.

1. Aftershave William Penhaligon, a London barber, created the first Penhaligon scent in 1872. Today, their fragrances are still made in England using the finest rare ingredients - from hand squeezed bergamot, to jasmine at twice the price of gold. Their signature Penhaligon's fragrance bottle is to William's original design: clear glass with a distinctive ribbon-wrapped stopper. Sartorial eau de toilette – 100ml £80 – Inspired by the scents of the workroom at Norton & Sons bespoke tailors of Savile Row. Traditional notes of oakmoss, tonka bean and lavender have been stitched together with woods, ozonic and metallic effects, leather, violet leaf, honey and spices to create the perfect illusion of a tailor’s workroom. The modern thread running through Sartorial is beeswax; echoing the blocks of wax each thread is run across before stitching. This sweet note ties together more traditional elements; the oiled flash of shears cutting cloth, the rub of fabric beneath fingers, tobacco tinted cabinetry, puffs of chalk in the air and old paper patterns vanilla with age.

Claire-Aude Liberty Print Tie from the Liberty London Collection - £55 - Silk tie featuring a pink and green ClaireAude floral Liberty print. This abstract floral print was designed for Liberty in 1975.

2. Socks Pantherella have been making socks in England since 1937 and these socks and have earned the reputation of being some of the best in the world. All yarns are checked for quality prior to knitting and are monitored throughout the process to insure that they can withstand tension and stretch. Finally the toes of all socks are hand linked to produce an exceptionally smooth join. Natural Mens Pantherella Cashmere socks - £27 – Soft, warm and incredibly comfortable, a revelation in socks!

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4. Jumper British Designer Paul Smith has been creating ‘classic with a twist’ men’s fashion since 1976. They are a uniquely British brand mixing high quality tailoring with gorgeous fabrics made in Britain and Italy. Paul Smith Knitwear - Blue Cashmere Jumper - £285.00 – Made of 100% soft cashmere wool with crew neck, raglan sleeves and ribbed cuffs and waistband with purple trims.

5. Wine Halfpenny Green South Vineyards, Staffordshire. It was the vision of farmer Martin Vickers 30 years ago to plant a vineyard that would one day match continental sites. Today, 30 acres of vines are managed by Martin and produce award-winning wines crafted by his son Clive.

Halfpenny Green Sparkling - £19.95- Silver Medal English sparkling wine made in the traditional or Champagne method, with elegant refined nutty flavours and a persistent length. 6. Chocolate Fortnum and Mason – Fortnum and Mason have been selling high quality English groceries from their store in Picadilly since 1705. When Tutankhamen’s tomb was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922, the artefacts were sent back to England in the Fortnum’s packing cases that the expedition’s supplies had arrived in. Mitcham Mint Collection - £22 Mitcham peppermint is a rare variety of mint that yields a pure but not overpowering mint oil. Used in just the right quantity in our handmade mint collection, it provides a distinct and natural flavour. This dark chocolate assortment offers the entire repertoire of unique Mitcham mints in a single box.

Feel inspired to buy something special for Father’s Day this year? Check out these local retailers for gifts any Dad or Grandfather would be delighted to receive… The House of Minster – Fragrances, skincare and gifts at Tamworth St. Debenhams – Clothing fragrances and accessories at Three Spires Shopping Centre. Mankind Menswear – Clothing and accessories at Tamworth St. Michael’s Menswear – Clothing and accessories at Market St. Graeme Hewes – Clothing and accessories at Market St. Additions of Lichfield – Gifts and accessories at Tudor Row. City Jewellers – Jewellery and watches at Market St. Walter Tipper Ltd – Power tools and boys toys at Europa Way, Britannia Enterprise Park. Curborough Craft Centre – Various gifts from plants to antiques at Watery Lane. The Kitchen Shop – Blokey cookery gadgets at Market St. Robert Yardley Photography – Camera courses see p53. Heart of the Country Shopping Village – Clothing, gifts and accessories at Swinfen. Boots the Chemist – Fragrances, skincare and gifts at 4 – 8 Tamworth St. Worth Brothers Wine Merchants – Fine wines and spirits and cigars at The Cellars, Cathedral House, Beacon St. Cure – Clothing and accessories at Bore St.

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gets set to ‘Flutter with Feelgood’ for St Giles Hospice


he main sponsor of the St Giles Hospice Solstice Walk is urging local women to pull on a pair of fairy wings and help turn this year’s event into a world-record breaker! As part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, St Giles Hospice is aiming to smash a Guinness World Record at the 2013 Solstice Walk for the largest gathering of fancy-dress fairies in one place – and Florette has signed up to help. A 10-strong team of Florette fairies will join the hospice’s bid to beat the current world’s best of 786 fairies at the women-only 9-mile walk through Lichfield on Saturday 22nd June. Held every year on the closest Saturday to the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year – the Solstice Walk is St Giles Hospice’s biggest single fundraising event and has raised more than £500,000 for hospice care since it was established in 2007. For the last four years, the Solstice Walk has been sponsored by Lichfield-based Florette as part of the company’s commitment to supporting the local community. This relationship helps St Giles to keep costs to a minimum – ensuring that all of the proceeds can go towards caring for seriously-ill people and their families. The 2013 Solstice Walk takes place from 10pm on Saturday 22nd June and is a highspirited night-time walk covering two 4.5-mile circuits through the City of Lichfield. Entry is £15 per walker and is open to women aged 16 and over, and men are welcome to volunteer as stewards. In order to be counted as a ‘fairy’ for the world record attempt, women taking part need to make sure they wear fairy wings and a tutu. Magic wands will be provided on the night. Helen Relihan, Head of Fundraising for St Giles Hospice, says: “The Solstice Walk has become an annual fixture for many women who want to support the work of St Giles Hospice – and we hope this year’s fundraiser will be the best yet as we look to mark our 30th anniversary with a world record! “We would like to thank Florette for their continuing support of our work and for helping to make this wonderful event so successful over the last four years.” Women can sign up for the Solstice Walk by visiting, by calling Linda Bridges on 01543 434577, or by emailing For information on Florette, tips on healthy living and recipe inspiration, become a fan on Facebook at

HRH The Countess of Wessex attends dedication of Bevin Boys Memorial

HRH Countess of Wessex Unveils new memorial stone with Alderman Joan Taylor MBE

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Clockwise from left, Deb Butler and Murielle Schurmann from Florette, Helen Relihan, Head of Fundraising for St Giles Hospice, and Florette staff Ann Carson, Stacey Dangerfield, Niki Webster and Laura Shaw. Page 10

memorial to the many thousands of men who worked in coal mines during World War II was dedicated officially on Tuesday May 7th at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, in the presence of HRH The Countess of

The memorial to the Bevin Boys, which was designed by former Bevin Boy, Harry Parkes, is dedicated to the 48,000 young men, many of them conscripts, who joined regular miners down the coal mines in the dangerous but vital work to keep supplies of coal flowing during the Second World War. Attending the dedication ceremony were the Civic Heads of 16 of the 22 local authorities across England, Scotland and Wales which donated funds to the memorial, along with former Bevin Boys and their families, many of whom also made individual financial contributions to the memorial. Situated appropriately alongside memorials to many Army, Navy and Royal Air Force regiments at the Arboretum, which is part of The Royal British Legion family of charities, the Bevin Boys memorial was sculptured from three blocks of Kilkenny limestone and engraved with the emblem of the Memorial Campaign along with the words: ‘We also served 1943 – 1948’. Hon Alderman Joan Taylor MBE, chair of the Memorial Committee, who campaigned for the tribute said: "We are delighted that at last the efforts of Bevin Boys have been formally acknowledged. Without their efforts Britain would not have won World War II, as coal was vital for keeping the country’s machinery working for the war effort. “Bevin Boys were conscripted just as those individuals who joined the armed forces, but they have never received the same recognition. This memorial puts that right and being joined today by HRH The Countess of Wessex gives further special acknowledgement".

PETS CORNER Protecting Your Pet Against Fleas & Ticks This Summer by Pool House Veterinary Hospital Fleas Did you know that 1 in 5 cats and 1 in 10 dogs have fleas? Fleas can make life pretty miserable for pets and owners with a vicious cycle of biting and scratching. They carry tapeworms and cat scratch disease, which can affect your family as well as your pet. The Flea life cycle There are four stages to the flea life cycle, which lasts from as little as 12 days to as long as 325 days, depending on environmental conditions. Pupae like to hatch out in warm humid environments. Where do they come from? Pets usually get fleas from an infested environment and they rarely jump from pet to pet. Infestations don’t happen overnight – they usually begin 6-8 weeks before you even notice a flea. Once on your pet, fleas will begin to feed and breed very quickly. They are basically laying down the groundwork for an infestation. By the time you notice fleas on your pet there are usually thousands of flea eggs, larvae and pupae in your household – a huge flea population ready to emerge in your home! Only 5% of the total flea population is actually on your pet. You won’t see them but eggs, pupae and larvae thrive in places such as carpets, bedding, furniture and leafy areas of the garden where they quickly develop into new fleas that your pet will pick up. How to get rid of a flea infestation • Treat all your pets – speak to your vet about treatments available. It is very important to regularly treat your pet thereafter to prevent further infestation. • Vacuum your home – Ensure you vacuum all furniture, under beds & sofas, curtains and be sure to include all nooks and crannies! It is important to vacuum even if you have laminate or wooden floors. • Wash your pet’s bedding on a 60°C cycle • Use an insecticide spray to treat your house – this will kill flea eggs and larvae. Ticks Wherever you live, your pets could pick up ticks. These blood sucking parasites don’t just live in rural areas but are widespread in urban parks and gardens too. Ticks pierce your pet’s skin with their mouthparts and cement themselves into position, preventing easy removal. At the site of attachment ticks can cause irritation, inflammation, infection and can spread diseases such as Lyme disease which affects people too. Did you know that ticks are a growing problem in the UK? • 43% of dog owners have seen a tick on their dog. • 1 in 3 ticks has been found to carry an infectious disease that may affect dogs. • Ticks often go unnoticed before feeding on your pet’s blood. • Once they have fed they can grow to the size of a 5p piece. How to protect your pet • Treat your pet with a long lasting tick product regularly throughout the year • Speak to your vet about products available. • Check your pet regularly for ticks, especially when they’ve been out for a walk. Pay attention to areas such as their head, neck and tummy. • Use a tick hook to remove ticks or take you pet to your vet for the tick to be removed if you are unsure. Check to make sure that the head of the tick has been removed. If you are concerned that the head has been left behind, seek veterinary assistance. For further information or for treatment advice please contact Pool House Veterinary Hospital on 01543 262464 or 01543 262433


eacups & Roses Vintage China Hire Specialists, serving Staffordshire & surrounding areas have a spectacular collection of vintage china & crockery available for hire, allowing you to create just the right ‘look’ for your event. They can provide everything you need for lovely vintage table settings, including teacups and saucers, tea plates and teapots, cake stands and platters, milk jugs and sugar bowls & beautiful vintage Dinner Ware dating back to the 1900’s. Teacups & Roses Vintage China Hire allows you to put together a totally unique event that your guests will remember with pleasure forever. Whether you are planning a wedding reception, a birthday party, a christening tea, a catch-up with friends or simply afternoon tea for a family get together, why not make it extra special and hire some gorgeous vintage china? Imagine your Christmas table set in the vintage way and how stunning it would look? The possibilities are endless! Each pretty piece in their collection brings with it memories from the past, and the Gentle Days of Old. Planning your wedding? Why not consider their beautiful collection of vintage dinner ware which will give a truly gorgeous touch to your special day. They can also provide you with pretty chair covers and vintage look cream lace sashes. Have a look at their website photographs to see their gorgeous Vintage Wedding Table, it really is remarkable value, and looks truly stunning. They have lots of great ways to customise tables to complement your chosen colour scheme including adding ditsy print fabric toppers that look adorable over crisp white tablecloths, or maybe you’re looking for vintage linen tablecloths and toppers finished off with a pretty tin jug for that ‘shabby chic’ look, or a vintage glass vase filled with roses? Whatever your choice, it will always look. Stunningly Vintage and Sweet Their aim is simple, to provide a collection of vintage items in keeping with the era. Their lovely china is of true vintage provenance and mixes and matches wonderfully, creating a lovely array of different colours and patterns. They do have matching sets available (depending on party size) just let them know what you prefer. No request is too small and they will work to any budget. Contact them with your ideas and they will be happy to help. For more information or for an informal chat about your event call or text: Mandy or Laura on: Website: Email:

07813 759064 or 01543 670188

Teacups & Roses Vintage China Hire offer a service that is as unique and bespoke as the exquisite collections they offer, creating timeless events and memories that last a lifetime. Why not take a Step Back in Time with them?

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Bromford offers six new apprenticeships


romford, a leading provider of affordable housing and support services in the Midlands has announces six new 12-month apprenticeships. The successful candidates are Bromford customers who have been recruited as part of the organisation’s Opportunities 4 Employment (O4E) scheme. They have each successfully completed six-month paid work placements where they have been able to learn new skills and gain experience whilst being supported to develop personal and employability skills in the workplace. Sarah Terry, Customer Development Manager at Bromford, said: "We believe in our customers' potential and feel we are ideally placed to provide opportunities to help them from unemployment into work and be the best they can be.� Before O4E, Chai Podins, aged 27 from Wolverhampton, was in and out of short-term work with no real prospects for almost a decade. Having left school without qualifications after falling in with a bad crowd, he had gone on to college and gained certificates in business administration and door supervision but wanted to achieve more. Today he is working as assistant to Bromford's innovation coach. Chai says: "When I came to Bromford I thought 'wow' this is me. I am learning new things and getting more confidence. My life's completely different now. I'm doing something I really like and can see a change in myself every day. I go home with positive things to say. I was lost for the past ten years but I've found myself and for the first time in my life I can look forward with real ambition."

Medal Haul for Friary Judo Club T

he Friary Judo Club, Lichfield won an astounding 11 medals at the recent East Midlands Open competition held in Leicestershire. The club took a 12 strong team to the event and all the players performed exceptionally well, taking both gold and silver medals in two categories. Gold Medals were won by Louise Turner, Harvey Hughes, Ava Kumar, Ruby Kumar, Ander Williams and Archie Woodhouse. Silver Medals were won by Bethan Williams and Owen Thomas. Bronze Medals were won by Robert Turner, Kai Suzuki and Josef Wells. Eddie Kilminster also did very well by finishing just outside the medals in a very tough group. All players train at the Friary Judo Club which meets on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings at the 1st Lichfield Scout Hall. Details can be found on w w w. f r i a r y j u d o . c o . u k . Beginners of all ages from 6 to 60 are very welcome.

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The Bower in the 1930s Lichfield’s Greenhill Bower was celebrated with as much vim and vigour as it is today. Possibly more so as these were austere days after the depression and between the wars when there was no TV, very few cars and not a great deal of money to throw into buckets. These photographs come from a private collection by Col. Swinfen Broun who would have had the luxury of film and a camera, although we can’t say for certain whether he took them himself. Many of the Sandford Street ones were taken from a balcony from an upstairs window of the George Hotel. You will note nearly every man, woman and child are wearing hats. During the early part of the 1930s the King George V suffered with ill health and there was great concern for his well-being. A banner across the roadway says “God Bless the King’. He had his Silver Jubilee in 1935 but unfortunately died the following year.

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Friary Ghost - if anyone knows the story please let us know.

The Lichfield Heritage Collection holds 12,000 items, photographs old and new, maps, books, documents etc. all relating to Lichfield past and present - copies of which can be purchased. The Heritage Collection is housed in the Lichfield Heritage Centre, St Mary’s Church, Market Square, Lichfield, Tel: 01543 256 611. The collection is free to view, opening times Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.00am to 12.30pm. If you have any photographs etc. relating to Lichfield, the Heritage Collection would be very grateful to receive these items for everyone to enjoy seeing them. Come and see our wonderful collection. All photographs copyright of Lichfield Heritage Centre

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Bower Packed Well the weather forecast was 19C and cloudy and that is nearly what we got for the 2013 Greenhill Bower on Bank Holiday Monday despite the forecasters changing it last minute and forecasting rain (in Turkey they fine them for missforecasting). Nevertheless the whole event was fun as usual and well done to the organisers, volunteers and helpers who put in the hours behind the scenes who go un-noticed. Although it always seems incredible how subdued the crowd are who watch the procession, very unlike when we had the Olympic Torch day when we applauded and celebrated with gusto. The pubs and restaurants (and shops that were open) were buzzing and everyone was in good spirits. Many packed into the Beacon Park and took good advantage of the good weather. Come rain or shine - isn’t Lichfield marvelous! to r Bob Awty r joins Mayo ercury Bower Bower Bea M ld fie e new Lich ett welcome th nnah Benn va a S n e e u Q

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Debenhams Success It was a foregone conclusion that the newly opened and eagerly anticipated Debenhams in Three Spires Shopping Centre was going to be a success, and throngs of shoppers flocked in to the bright new store. A successful opening event on Thursday May 16th saw a ‘local hero’ cut the ribbon. Sharron Finch, from Lichfield Fire Station was chosen to be VIP for the morning and was treated to a special makeover before declaring the store officially open. Sharron, 43, is a mother of two and has been a fire-fighter for 11 years. She spends her spare time raising several thousand pounds for the Fire Fighters Charity. This crisp and truly attractively designed new retail space covers three floors and is almost unrecognisable as the old TJ Hughes. It will be a great asset to the City and Store Manager Sam Zeen and her staff have done an excellent job of getting the premises re-designed, shopfitted and stocked since taking over the building in October. Opening day saw more people in and around Three Spires than has been the case for many months, and with the 'pulling power' of such a well regarded department store now in place it seems that this will carry on being the case.

City People From Kelly to Rita, Tepele Dorgu talks to Joss Musgrove Knibb

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Lichfield Ladies Circle wins award

Lichfield Ladies Circle were delighted to be awarded a trophy for 'Most amount of money raised for charity' at their national conference in Harrogate in May. In total over £15,000 was raised though events such as a masquerade ball, making and selling Christmas wreaths, organising a gruelling charity challenge day and completing an exhilerating skydive. Donations have been made to the ERBS Palsy Society, CRUSE, the Alzeihmer Society, The Stroke Club and Saxon Hill School as well as The Teenage Cancer Trust, Ward 15 at Birmingham Childrens Hospital and Cancer Research UK.

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upele Dorgu became a UK household name after appearing for six years in Coronation Street playing feisty character Kelly Crabtree. From May 31st to June 22nd the Lichfield Garrick is delighted to present Willy Russell’s ‘Educating Rita’ where Tupele will play the eponymous Rita alongside Garrick ‘Actor in Residence’ Tom Roberts. Here, Gazette Deputy Editor Joss Musgrove Knibb chats to Tupele about life, acting and Lichfield. JMK: Thanks for taking the time to talk to the Gazette today. How are rehearsals going? TD: Really well, you never really know exactly how it’s going until closer to the performance but the director’s pleased. JMK: I have to say that you sound nothing like your Coronation Street character Kelly Crabtree, it’s quite remarkable. (Tupele has a much softer voice in person). TD: (Laughing) Really? I must admit I think my Mum will be pleased to hear that. JMK: Did you grow up in the North? TD: Yep, my home town is Preston. It’s a nice place and was a great place to be young, there were lots of places to go. JMK: Do you come from an acting family? TD: No, my parents are in teaching and nursing. At first they were very surprised when I wanted to get into acting and singing, but they’ve been really supportive, really great. They were 100% behind me going to drama school at 18 and I think that made a difference to my career, rather than doing it part time, although my first love was dancing and I planned to be a dancer. JMK: What was your first professional job? TD: It was a part in La Cage Aux Folles in Frankfurt. I really loved it and it was an English language version so luckily I didn’t have to

learn German. I also made a tiny, 20 second film that was shown in the Millennium Dome at about the same time. JMK: Do you like to travel? TD: Yes, my husband and I have just got back from India and we really enjoyed it. If we go to a new country we always make sure we visit as many places as possible when we’re there, we like to get out and see it. I must admit though that I find commuting hard. We’re based in Manchester and London so that I can get home between rehearsals as much as possible. I’d rather travel an extra 100 miles and get home than have to stay in hotels every night. It also means I get to see more of my husband. JMK: So what was it like stepping into Corrie.....such a national institution? TD: It’s a bit like everyone says, whilst you’re doing it you don’t really realise what impact it’s going to have, and it doesn’t really hit until you can take a step back. It’s sort of impossible to explain, it’s one of those things that you have to experience. You work with a lot of brilliant people and the cast is always changing. It was an amazing and life changing time. JMK: Is Willy Russell a favourite playwright? TD: Yes, actually. He’s from Liverpool which is only about 40 miles from where I grew up and I’ve got a lot of friends from the City, it feels like home. I’m so pleased to be able to do it. JMK: I always think that he’s someone who writes women very well. TD: Rita is a mixture. At first reading of the play you think she’s all sweetness and light, but actually there’s a sides of her that’s not that nice, she’s a real person. JMK: Would you recommend the play and if so, why? TD: Firstly it’s very funny. It covers a 12 month period in the lives of two people who are with each other a lot of the time and it follows how that relationship develops. Although it name drops a lot of books and music, it’s not a play that you need to have read all the books to understand. It’s really honest and really funny and everyone can relate to it. JMK: Have you managed to see anything of Lichfield? TD: Not much yet as I’m rehearsing every day, but I have been out shopping a little bit. It looks like a lovely City. I’m hoping I’ll get more time soon to explore. Tepele Dorgu and Tom Roberts will be appearing in Educating Rita at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre from Friday 31st May to Saturday 22nd June.

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Apologies from Little Signers Club comes to Lichfield Martin Ryan. T

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he Crown Inn at Alrewas was unexpectedly silent on Tuesday 7 May as Martin Ryan was suddenly taken ill with a bout of the colly wobbles, or as the neurologist at Burton Hospital called it, ‘Neuro Angina’! Martin and his partner in crime, Stef Dziuba, were forced to cancel their night of musical, sing along madness at the last minute. Although they managed to contact most of their regular audience by email (bearing in mind that some of their regulars come from as far away as Stoke-on-Trent, Halesowen, Walsall, Redditch, Sutton Coldfield, Aldridge and God This not Martin Ryan! It’s his beautiful knows where else) there may have daughter Sarah. been some people who turned up expecting to exercise their vocal chords and were disappointed. The good news is that Martin is feeling very much better now and he sends his apologies to those who made the trip in vain. He promises to belt out some of the old favourites with Stef on Tuesday 4 June. This might be your last chance to catch them for a few months as they normally take July and August off and The Crown is due for some major refurbishment work commencing in September. There’s hope that this work will mean a slightly larger space for performances so that the audience doesn’t have to stand in rows along the corridors to hear the craic! Martin also tells me that his very talented daughter Sarah Ryan (of whom I had promised more a few months ago) will be singing in the soprano slot at the 2013 Lichfield Proms in the Park (Beacon Park). If you want a sneak preview check out Sarah recently formed a new Three Girl Group called Access All Arias with Helen Hobson and Sarah Eydon. They have all taken starring roles in major West-End shows and on TV and you can have a look at them also at They do glorious three part harmonies and will be doing a nationwide tour of the smaller concert halls and theatres – fingers crossed that we’ll get to see them at the Garrick soon.

Lichfield company shortlisted

for three national awards. Palletways, Europe’s largest and fastest growing palletised freight network has been shortlisted for three Motor Transport Awards, a high-profile national accolade which recognises excellence in the road transport industry. The Lichfield based company has been shortlisted for the prestigious Network of the Year award, and have also been jointly nominated with network member Walkers Transport of Leeds for the Partnership award. Palletways Birmingham a Palletways network member has been nominated for Team of the Year for continuing outstanding performance. The awards will take place on Wednesday 3 July at Grosvenor House, with over 1,500 business leaders attending.

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ittle Signers Clubs that provide signing for toddlers are now available in Lichfield. The clubs are run by Small Talk Speech and Language Therapy and take place at Fradley Village Hall, Chads Mead Children’s Centre and Boney Hay Children’s Centre. They use Makaton signing rather than BSL (British Sign Language) which is designed to be easier for little hands. The sessions are run by Libby Hill, a Speech & Language Therapist from Uttoxeter and Franky Shepperson, a Speech and Language Therapist from Lichfield who both understand the benefits of signing as they have been using it with children for many years. The clubs are in agreement that signing empowers babies to communicate earlier, increases self-esteem, reduces frustration, enhances language skills, enhances bonding and enriches parent-child interaction and makes signing socially acceptable. More information is available at or by calling 0844 704 5888 or 07792 906741

Lichfield Scouts mourn loss of one of their own Members and friends of 7th Lichfield Scout Group are mourning the loss of Mike Andrew, a long time friend and helper of the group, who tragically passed away last week. Group Scout Leader Adrian Grew told the Gazette: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with Mike’s family and friends." Mike was a physicist, passionate about the outdoors especially climbing and skiing and an integral member of the community – he used to play Santa on the Round Table Christmas float every year and was an active member of the 41 club. (For Round Tablers who don’t want to stop when they turn 40). "This has come as an incredible shock as Mike was at Cannock Chase, preparing to lead a scout ‘wide game’ when he fell ill, and passed away. “He was involved with the group for over sixteen years - since his son Griff joined as a beaver scout - and he helped run various activities including climbing, mountain biking and hill walking, giving scouts the opportunity to experience the outdoors and challenge themselves in stunning environments such as the Peak and Lake Districts.“Mike helped mastermind our annual scouting expeditions, he had vast experience, knowledge and expertise in the outdoors and was adept at thinking up exciting activities to inspire scouts to share his enthusiasm. “A patient and thoughtful mentor, Mike worked with people of all ages, and was a caring leader who would as easily reassure a nervous parent whose child was undertaking their first big challenge, as he would encourage the child to reach their potential.“Mike will be sorely missed by his many friends in the group and across Lichfield, though he leaves his legacy behind in the hearts and minds of the scouts he helped nurture.” A memorial service was held at St Michaels Church.

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Choosing a secondary school for your child?

It’s not always safe to assume that the secondary school of your choice will accept your child; they may have reached their maximum intake by the time you approach them or you might simply be too far outside their catchment area. Although next September might seem a long time away, many parents/carers of Year 6 students are already planning which school their child should attend in the following school year. Year 7 in secondary school brings whole new challenges to both parents/carers and children, not least the emotional challenge of acknowledging change, as children take their next momentous step towards adulthood. If you have put off the decision-making process for your child’s education you might find that your preferences, if you have any, are no longer available. What parents need to know Before choosing a secondary school you should include some investigation on your part as there are an astonishing number of questions you need to consider. Are you familiar with the school’s reputation? Have you looked at their most recent Ofsted report? What percentage of pupils goes on to further education? If your child is particularly interested in sport, music, science or languages, what are the facilities in school to support this interest? Do they offer any after school clubs? You should also find out what benefits the school can provide for your child; for instance do they have local business links or ties to universities? What are the school’s admission criteria? Your child may not meet the school’s criteria on grounds of distance,

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academic ability (in the case of grammar and selective schools) or religion. The criteria will be found in the school's own prospectus, as well as in your Local Authority's website. Go to and click on the ‘Parents and Families’ link, and then go to ‘Schools’. You will find that “The application process will remain open until the closing date of 31st October 2013 which is the national closing date. Applications received after this date may be considered as late and dealt with after other applicants who applied on time.” If you miss the Local Authority deadline your child will be an official late entry and you may find it much more difficult to have any influence over which school your child attends. Getting a look at the school - Open days Secondary schools open days for the September 2014 intake will take place during September and October 2013. If you have missed the boat you still might be able to make an appointment to look around a school during normal "working hours". Head teachers tend to agree that there is no substitute for actually visiting a school so that you get the ‘feel’ for the place. It also gives you the opportunity to scrutinise everything from the standards of the bathroom facilities to the number of extra-curricular events pinned up on the school notice-boards. Where can I get advice? School Choice Advice Service

Following application to the school of your choice, you then have to wait until 1st March 2013 to know if your application has been successful. At this point you should remember that if you are not happy with the decision you have the right to appeal against the decision. The School Choice Adviser may be able to provide you with further help regarding the appeals process. This service provides support to parents/carers with the appeals process, offering independent, impartial and free advice. However the School Choice Adviser cannot make decisions for you or guarantee a place at a particular school. Based at Tipping Street in Stafford, you can contact the School Choice Adviser for Staffordshire County Council on 01785 278992, by email on or visit the website at You might also find the following websites useful:

From little acorns....

by a spokes person Finally spring seems to have arrived and the whole school looked on as we planted our beautiful new tree. We decided an acorn would take too long to grow so have gone for a well established oak tree as the centre piece of our new landscaping here at Chase Grammar School. Spades and forks were of little use on this scale and the diggers took quite some time to create a suitably large hole. Hopefully the tree will stand for hundreds of years and continue to flourish alongside our school. One student, Winnie Lai came up with the idea of putting a time capsule under the tree for future generations. So we held a competition where students had to tell us what they would like to put in the capsule. The winners of the Time Capsule competition are pictured here just before the capsule was buried alongside the tree. Its contents included a daily newspaper, a short history of the school, coins, letters and photographs. The most unusual items were the salt and bits of paper which were there simply to absorb any moisture. I wonder what the future generations will think of that. OPEN DAY SATURDAY 15TH JUNE 2013 11AM TO 3PM


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Our school is a special place. We are an outstanding school, which inspires young people to excel. In 2012, our Sixth Formers achieved the 25th highest point score per subject of all the schools in England, the best school in Birmingham. Similarly at GCSE, Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School students achieve beyond expected levels of progress. However, we are not an exam factory. We want all our students to love learning, to have a spirit of enquiry and curiosity. Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School is a thriving and caring learning community. Our teachers are enthusiasts. Students are engaged from the moment they come through the classroom door. Teachers insist on high standards of behaviour and commitment. They understand that every student is an individual. They use rigorous assessment and dialogue to understand and respond to their needs. We build on students’ love of technology to support learning. We have recently invested a six figure sum to ensure that we have national standard technology enabling any time, any place learning. We provide a traditional curriculum, trusted and respected by universities. However, we also value creativity. Every year 7 sings in a choir, learns to play a brass instrument, takes part in creative writing workshops and acts in a play they have

helped devise. We showcase this work through our Performance evening. Parents tell us these showcases are “lovely to get a feel and insight into the boys’ achievements.” Our pastoral care is outstanding. We have a relentless commitment to develop the emotional intelligence and maturity of our young people. One parent recently wrote that here at BVGS we “understand boys, in all their forms, and have a magical way of dealing with them and all the pressures they face as they grow into men.” Thanks to the generosity of our staff, we provide a breathtaking range of quality enrichment opportunities unrivalled in the state sector. Drama, music both thrive here. Our sporting provision is unique in the state sector. We have recently invested considerably so that everyone in our community can enjoy sport. We now have even better specialist coaching led by national players, fantastic new cricket nets and rowing boats and we are looking forward to opening our four new tennis and netball courts in 2013-2014. Yes, Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School is a special place. Why not come along to an Open Evening or Morning and find out more?

Dominic Robson BA (Hons) NPQH, Headteacher, May 2013

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Abbots Bromley School Abbots Bromley School is a flourishing boarding and day school providing a high quality all-round education for pupils aged 3-18. Set amongst 53 acres of stunning grounds and adjoining countryside, we offer a strong academic programme, excellent pastoral care and boast a specialist on-site Dance School and Equestrian Centre. In Abbots Bromley Prep School, we educate boys and girls from Kindergarten to Year 6. This co-educational school sits within the main site and offers its own dedicated facilities. We are very proud of the friendly, happy atmosphere that we achieve. The small class sizes, vertically grouped House system and dedicated and experienced staff all contribute to making Abbots Bromley Prep School a place for children to thrive and succeed.

In the Senior School, we offer a girls-only programme from the age of 11. We are very proud of our academic record and many of our girls go on to first-rate universities and a wide range of rewarding and purposeful careers. Whilst pupils are expected to work hard and focus carefully on their academic studies, we also offer numerous extra-curricular opportunities including riding, dance, sports, music and theatre. Our extremely popular boarding community allows all the girls to feel part of a bigger family, where they can choose to reside on a flexi, weekly or full time basis from the age of eight. Every day is an Open Day at Abbots Bromley School and we would be delighted to show you all that we have to offer. Please contact us on 01283 840 232 or

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Highclare School Is your child achieving his/her full potential at school ? This is a concern experienced by many parents, especially as pupils embark on their GCSE courses at the start of Year 10 (aged 14). At this significant point in a child’s academic journey it is important that everything is in place to give them as much help and support as they need. Have you wondered about the opportunities that are available at an Independent School? At Highclare School in Erdington we have an excellent record of results at GCSE and A level. We consider each pupil as an individual and offer small teaching groups, excellent relationships between pupils and staff and a wide variety of subject choices. Add to our academic success opportunities for leadership and life skills experiences, through sport, music, drama and our recently added Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme, and it is easy to see how our pupils have every opportunity to achieve their fullest potential.

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Following our co-educational Strategy, from September 2013 we will have boys and girls in Years 7-9 enjoying the opportunities available. Why not find out more ? We are having an Open Afternoon/Evening on Tuesday 25th June, from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm when any parents and pupils are welcome to come along and find out more about the school. Afternoon tea will be served in our lovely gardens (weather permitting !) from 4.00 pm. Staff will be pleased to discuss any aspects of education at the school including help with payment of fees and school transport. We look forward to welcoming parents and pupils.

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y t i VIEW C The Newsletter of Lichfield City Council - June 2013

Grants to local organisations

Councillor Terry Finn, Leader of the Council

One of the areas which makes our city unique is the variety of traditional events for the community which we organise each year: from the Shrovetide Pancake Races, St George’s Court and Court of Arraye, through to the Samuel Johnson Birthday celebrations and the Christmas lights switch-on ceremony. The next key event in this annual calendar is the Sheriff’s Ride which this year will be held on Saturday, 7 September. The Annual Meeting of the Council was held on 13 May where a new Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Sheriff were appointed and I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the retiring Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Sheriff for their tremendous work on behalf of the City during their year in office; and wish the new office holders every good wish for an interesting and enjoyable year. Our Annual Town (electors) meeting was held on 22 May at which a short annual report was presented covering the work of the Council over the past year. I think it very clearly illustrates the wide variety of work undertaken by the City Council and hope you will find it of interest too. Copies are available from the City Council’s offices, or can be downloaded from our website page www.lichfield.

Each year the City Council awards grants to support the invaluable work carried out by local voluntary groups, societies and clubs operating in the City. The City Council has provided £25,000 in general grants to local organisations for 2013/14, which have been awarded to 46 separate groups to help their work in the City. Cheques were handed out by the Mayor, Councillor Bob Awty, at the City's Annual Town Meeting on 22 May. "This city benefits enormously from the work of a great many local organisations and voluntary groups," said the Mayor, "and we are delighted to help them in their work by providing some grant funding." Forms for the 2014 grants round will be available from the City Council’s offices or off our website from October 2013 and applications must be submitted by 31st December.

Representatives from some of the organisations collecting their grants

Civic Team for 2013/14 Over 150 civic leaders, councillors and their guests October, a Charity Dinner Dance in November, a gathered at the Guildhall on Monday 13 May to festive afternoon tea and flower arranging event in witness the investiture of the new Mayor of the City for December, and a Quiz Night in the New Year. 2013/14, together with the new Deputy Mayor and More information on these events will be published Sheriff. nearer the time and in future editions of this The new Mayor of the City is Councillor Bob Awty. newsletter. The City Council’s Civic Administrator Bob is a Lichfeldian and has served on the City Kate Durrant and she can be contacted on tel: 01543 Council for six years, and also a member of Lichfield 309854, or by e-mail District Council. His wife, Eileen is the Mayoress. The new Deputy Mayor is Councillor Mrs Norma Bacon who is also a District Councillor and experienced in civic matters. Her husband, Brian is the Deputy Mayor's Consort. Completing the civic team is Councillor Terry Thomas who has now become Sheriff of the City. He has lived in Lichfield since 1967 and has been a city councillor since 2007. His wife, Penny is the Sheriff's Lady. During his year in office, the Mayor Councillor Bob Awty has chosen to support the Friends of the Samuel Johnson Community Hospital; whilst Sheriff, Councillor Terry Thomas has nominated St Giles Hospice as his charity. During their The 2013/14 Civic Team – the Mayor, Councillor Bob Awty (centre), year they will jointly host a Fashion Show in with the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Mrs Norma Bacon, and Sheriff, Councillor Terry Thomas

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The Newsletter of Lichfield City Council - June 2013

Date for your diary…

Sheriff’s Ride

This year the Sheriff’s Ride will be held on Saturday, 7 September. This is a unique tradition dating from Queen Mary’s Charter of 1553 in which Lichfield was separated from Staffordshire and made a ‘City and County’ with a right to appoint its own Sheriff. The Charter commanded the Sheriff to make a complete perambulation of the City boundary each September on the Saturday nearest to 8 September; and this tradition has been upheld for over 450 years. The route is approximately 22 miles and there are morning, lunch, and afternoon breaks at venues along the ride, and the Ride returns to the city, via the Cathedral Close at approximately 6.30pm. The Ride follows a well-established course via bridle ways, private land and some road sections. The route is lengthy, and there are some gallops, so participants must be competent in their riding skills. A strict dress and conduct code is expected from all riders. The entry fee is £30. For more information, or to register interest please contact Kate Durrant at Lichfield City Council, Donegal House, Bore Street, WS13 6LU. Tel: 01543 309854 e-mail

Summer Concert for the Mayor and Sheriff’s Charities On Saturday, 22 June, at 7.30pm the Mayor and Sheriff welcome the Great Wyrley Community Band to the Guildhall, with its wide repertoire of music which will surely include something to suit everyone. Refreshments will be served during the interval. Tickets at £5.00 each are available from Lichfield City Council and the monies raised will go to the Mayor and Sheriff’s Charities, the Friends of the Samuel Johnson Community Hospital and St Giles Hospice. For more information please contact Kate Durrant on 01543 30985, or email

MARKETS Markets are held on the Market Square on every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, with a Farmers' Market held on the first Thursday of each month. The Market Square is also available for hire on a commercial or charitable basis on non-market days and more details can be obtained from the Markets Officer, Rachel Clive. Tel: 01543 309853. e-mail:


Coming soon at the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

German Councillors Exchange:

Over the weekend of 28-30 June, 11 councillors and the twinning officer from our German twin town of Limburg-an-der-Lahn are visiting Lichfield to discuss local issues with Lichfield councillors. These exchanges for councillors provide an opportunity for us to compare our different ways of working, and to share ideas and experiences. Some of the issues discussed during the visit will be town planning, social work, finance, fair trade, tourism, conservation, and education.

From exhibitions to creative workshops for all ages, the Birthplace Museum has something to offer the whole city this Summer. Art Workshops Third Tuesday of every month, 6.30pm Small and friendly sessions led by award-winning local artist Carole Collier, for all levels £10 including all materials and refreshments. Blockheads and Beggars: the Story of Johnson’s Head Saturday 8 June – Sunday 29 September. Daily 10.30am – 4.30pm, free entry A display exploring Johnson in sculpture from the 18th century to present day. Look out for our supporting activities throughout the Summer. Johnson in the Round Saturday 6 July, 10.30am – 4.30pm, free entry. See talented sculptor Allen Necchei at work in this sculpture demonstration day and find out about the tools of his trade Summer Fun at Sam’s House Every Thursday in August 10.30am – 1.30pm. Arts and crafts fun throughout the holiday £2, just drop-in For more details or to make a booking: call: 01543 264 972 write: click: visit: on the corner of the market square

Limburg traders in Lichfield:

For the first time, a trader from our German twin town has accepted our invitation to have a stall in Lichfield city centre. Their stall will be in Lichfield for a week from Monday 1 July, located at the Market Square end of Dam Street. They will sell German food specialties from the Limburg area such as sweets, delicatessen, condiments, and pickles. Make the best of this unique occasion and take the opportunity to sample new treats. Our Town Crier, Ken Knowles, will be making a proclamation in English and German next to their stall to mark this occasion. You can also find out more about how Lichfield twinning links may benefit you and have a chat with some Twinning Association members who will be helping out on the German stall. If you or your organisation would be interested in creating new exchanges with our French and German twin towns, please contact the Lichfield City Mrs Sophie Bishop by email at twinning officer,, or by calling 01543 309857, or visit the Facebook page: Lichfield-Twinning.

Lichfield Food Festival 2013

Following the tremendous success of 2012’s inaugural Lichfield Food Festival, when over 6,000 people descending on the City for the event, plans are in place for a repeat this year on Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September 2013. It will be an annual celebration of all things gastronomic with cookery demonstrations and producers’ stalls in the Lichfield Page 30

Garrick Theatre; a two day Farmers’ Market on Market Square and surrounding streets with over 50 stalls full of local food, arts and crafts; and The Best of Local Brewers event in Guildhall. With this being a free event and having something to suit all tastes and budgets it is an occasion not to be missed!


The Newsletter of Lichfield City Council - June 2013

Weddings at the Guildhall Located in Bore Street in the heart of the City, the Guildhall is a beautiful historic 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:

A wedding at the Guildhall (Photograph courtesy of Curtis & Jenson)

OUR WEBSITE: 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, health, refuse environmental 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.

Public Participation

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 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, 6 June, 2013


Planning Applications Committee

Tuesday, 25 June, 2013



Thursday, 27 June, 2013


Planning Applications Committee

Wednesday, 17 July, 2013


Planning Applications Committee

Tuesday, 23 July, 2013



Thursday, 8 August, 2013


Planning Applications Committee

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Volunteer appeal

Lichfield patients to benefit from innovative Reminiscence Pods ‘Pop-up’ 1950s living rooms are set to bring comfort and relaxation to elderly patients with dementia by taking them back to an era where they feel more at home.

Called Reminiscence Pods – or RemPods for short – two of them are being bought for the community hospital at Lichfield. The rooms can be quickly and easily assembled and include 1950s décor, furnishings, period newspapers and magazines, a television playing recordings of Richard Ernest, Managing Director of Rempods, old black and white shows and an old style looking at a 1950s magazine with hospital volunteer radio playing 1950s tune thanks to modern Brenda Bartram when one of the RemPods was on technology embedded inside it. display in Queen’s Hospital, Burton, during Dementia Richard Ernest of RemPods, who came up Awareness Week. with the idea three years ago, said these nostalgic features all help to stimulate chat and promote a relaxed, calmer state of mind. He said: “If patients are feeling distressed and anxious in the unfamiliar surroundings of a hospital, the RemPods take them back to happier times.” Long term memory can stay intact when people suffer from dementia, and hospitals already using the pods say the results have been incredible. Brendan Brown, Director of Nursing for Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We have been very impressed with the RemPods. They provide so many authentic items from the past to see, touch and interact with, and they act as a starting point for lots of conversations and happy reminiscences. We are delighted that the first pods will be going to Lichfield and hope to have them for our other hospitals in Burton and Tamworth soon.” Maureen Hemmingsley, secretary of The Friends of Samuel Johnson Community Hospital which is funding the purchase, said: “We are very pleased indeed to be able to fund two Rempods which will be used in the Day Rooms at our hospital. These innovative systems are a real benefit for dementia patients.”

for the Staffordshire Hoard


ichfield Cathedral continues to host a unique display of items from the Staffordshire Hoard as part of the Staffordshire Hoard Mercian Trail, alongside its own exquisite Anglo Saxon treasures including the St Chad Gospels and the Lichfield Angel. The exhibition recently underwent a revamp and now boasts entirely new Staffordshire Hoard items, an iPad interactive display, stunning new replicas, a crafting table, new display boards and more thanks to funding from the Arts Council England. The exhibition is manned entirely by volunteers, and due to the priceless nature of the treasures, if a volunteer is not available the exhibition has to close its doors to the public. Canon Anthony Moore, Chancellor at Lichfield Cathedral, explained: “We are delighted to be able to house a small collection of the Staffordshire Hoard, which was discovered only miles outside Lichfield City in the village of Hammerwich, in Lichfield Cathedral’s Chapter House. We know how important it is for local people to have some of the hoard so close to home, which is why we are so keen to be able to keep the display open. “That said, due to the priceless nature of the Staffordshire Hoard, we have to ensure that a volunteer is in the exhibition throughout the day, otherwise we have to close the doors to our Chapter House, and to our other Anglo Saxon treasures. Understandably, this is a problem for us, as we get thousands of visitors every year, and many come particularly to see the St Chad Gospels, which are older than the Book of Kells, and the Lichfield Angel, believed to be part of the Shrine to St Chad, not to mention the hoard itself. To find the doors to these treasures are closed is disappointing, and we are keen to make sure this never happens, which is why we urgently need more hoard host volunteers.“ To help recruit more volunteers, Lichfield Cathedral has joined forces with Lichfield District Community & Volunteer Services (LDCVS), which will be helping to interview, train and support new volunteers. “The Staffordshire Hoard is such a vital part of our local history, and it would be such a shame not to be able to host a display of it so close to home in the cathedral. This is why we are calling on local people to help out with this vital and exciting opportunity. The display is open daily between 10am and 4pm, Monday – Saturday and 12noon – 3pm on Sundays, which are the hours we are hoping volunteers will be able to fill. So long as you are over 18, and have time to spare, maybe you are a student or have some time available at the weekend we would be delighted to hear from you.” If you are interested in the Staffordshire Hoard and would like to help keep the display of the Hoard at Lichfield Cathedral open to visitors by becoming a Chapter House & Staffordshire Hoard Host, please contact Lichfield and District Community & Voluntary Sector Support (LDCVS) on 01543 303030, email or call You can also visit the LDCVS team at Mansell House, 22 Bore Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6LL, Mondays to Fridays 9am - 4.30pm. To find out more about the Staffordshire Hoard and the Mercian Trail, visit or to find out more about Lichfield Cathedral, visit

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Competition winners Thank you to all our readers for entering our competitions and congratulations to all the following winners: Debenhams £75 spending spree – Mr David Bond of Cranleigh Way and Ms Dianne Haynes of Abbotsford Road Lichfield. BBC Gardeners World Live tickets - Mrs S Peers of Barnes Rd Shenstone, Mrs D Lock of Tamworth Rd Lichfield, Mrs J Beale of Lime Grove Lichfield, Mrs E Morton of Statfold Lane Fradley and Mrs J Hutton of Haymoor Lichfield. Educating Rita at the Garrick Theatre – Ms Jane Bamford, Lichfield Lichfield Through Time book - Mrs D Ridsdale, Burton Old Road West, Lichfield. Fake Festival Tour – Mr Mark Newbold, Mr Ben McNair, Mr Simon Forrester, Mr Darren Jones, Ms Kathy Coe and Mr Peter Jenkins. Uttoxeter Racecourse Tickets for Ladies Night – Winning tickets to Amanda Edwards and runner –up tickets to Janet Fletcher and Wendy Martin.

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lasses are being raised all round on Beacon Street in Lichfield, as locals celebrate the success of the Feathers Inn in the ‘Marston’s Pub of the Year Awards 2013’. The popular venue has just been named the Best Community Pub. “I’m thrilled for our pub to be recognised in this way,” says licensee Mike Kingston. “We’ve worked hard to establish strong community links and develop a reputation for a warm welcome and quality service. The judges of the competition fully appreciated our approach to running our business and forging a very positive relationship with local people. The Feathers Inn offers a comfortable and inviting retreat for regulars and newcomers alike, often becoming the focal point for local events and fundraising activities including Help for Heroes, and Teenage Cancer Trust. Friendly and helpful service are the driving force for the pub and ensure customers return time and time again”. After three years at the Feathers Mike and his wife Tracey have totally rebuilt and transformed the business all through their own investment and hard work. It is now a thriving, busy pub at the heart of the community. From charity events to an established live music scene, the Feathers team caters for most tastes with characteristic attention to detail at all times.



THANK YOU Tracey and Mike would like to thank all the bands who played at the Bower for Teenage Cancer Trust - Punch the Air, The Inpendium, Diamond Lil, Revolution and Chaos Parade.


This event in aid of Teenager Cancer Trust is going to be a great day of Music and fun - look out for further details.

FEATHERS ROCKSTAGE at FUSE 2013 12/13/14 July Beacon Park

Congratulations to all the local bands who have made it through to play the Feathers Rockstage at Fuse this year (applause!): Impendium*Diamond Lil*Revolution – other bands appearing include Last Order, Live & Let Rock, Monkee Finga and Rebel Creek

The Feathers Inn WHAT’S ON GUIDE GREAT LIVE MUSIC IN YOUR No.1 PUB! June Sat 1 Fri 7 Sat 8 Fri 14 Sat 15 Fri 21 Sat 22 Thur 27

Fat man Alley Crimson Child Gambler Mr Ben Radio Mary Roar Gunnrunner Comedy Night (NEW)

Fri 28 Sat 29 Sun 30 July Fri 5 Sat 5 Fri 12 Sat 13

Live band (TBC) Live & Let Live Walsall Jazz Orchestra (SPECIAL) All Out The Band Last Order The Modest Ain’t No Disco

EVERY TUESDAY OPEN MIC JAM * WEDNESDAY POKER NIGHT Website : email: Follow on Twitter-Facebook-Myspace “feathers Inn Lichfield” 118 Beacon Street, Lichfield WS13 7BA Tel: 01543 417029


New appointment for Janet Many congratulations for Cllr Janet Eagland on her recent appointment as Vice Chairman of Staffordshire County Council. Mrs Eagland was Mayor of Lichfield last term and is councillor for Boley Ward on Lichfield District Council. Photograph by Robert Yardley Janet Eagland Vice Chairman

Lichfield is Bloomin’ Lovely The District & City Councils & other organisations & businesses have confirmed their support for the entry and will make every effort to ensure Lichfield is Bloomin’ Lovely for the Judging day on 4th July! Following last years amazing first time success of achieving a ‘Silver Gilt’ award, the Lichfield Chamber of Trade & Commerce has again entered Lichfield into the Heart of England in Bloom competition for 2013. HoEiB is an initiative from the Royal Horticultural Society and is widely recognised as the standard bearer for such competitions. Amongst other Heart of England towns who have entered are Tamworth, Solihull, Stourbridge, Hereford & Burton along with larger cities such as Birmingham & Coventry and smaller places such as Ludlow, Bilston and Tutbury. The Judges will be met by the Mayor, Councillor Bob Auty and then escorted around the city by Chamber President Richard Lewis. The tour will include city centre streets including the Market Square where a Farmer’s market will be taking place. Moving on taking in Beacon Park, Minster Pool and the Remembrance gardens which are all looking magnificent already. Other places of interest to be visited will be the Christian Fields Nature Reserve, Netherstowe allotments & St Johns garden in the Cathedral Close. The judges will also be shown around the Darwin House Herb Garden. But it’s not all about the flowers! Only 50% of the marks will be for Horticultural achievement. A further 25% of marks will be for Environmental Responsibility which includes street cleanliness, local heritage, recycling, conservation and biodiversity. The remaining 25% of marks will be for Community Participation including involvement of local councils and community groups. The Awards are Bronze, Silver, Silver Gilt and Gold, high performing entries from each of the 18 UK regions will participate in the UK finals and from there will have a chance of European glory in the ‘Entente Florale! Why not enter into the spirit and make your front gardens beautiful by planting lots of colour and maybe hanging some baskets up too. For more information contact Richard Lewis Lichfield Chamber of Trade & Commerce 01543 250016

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Recruitment Now open in Lichfield


On the 4th May at New Minster House next to Minster Pool in Lichfield city centre a new recruitment agency was officially opened by our local Member of Parliament Michael Fabricant. The agency specialises in interpreting, translation and social care support but due to current contractual opportunities office staff, catering, cleaners and a variety of skills that would be required by local authorities and customers throughout the Lichfield, Staffordshire and greater West Midlands areas will be required. The company FORBES RECRUITMENT, INTERPRETING AND TRANSLATION SERVICES ( has been formed to cater for services that are not readily available in the Lichfield or surrounding areas and it is this and the surrounding areas that they will be concentrating their efforts. Founded by the highly experienced team of David and Susie Forbes and Unus Willinger, Forbes Recruitment has identified a clear gap in the market, focusing on exceptional 24/7 service for clients, whilst maintaining excellent working relationships with candidates.

David says “It is important to maintain and develop g o o d working relationships w h e r e candidates work WITH us not FOR us and customers feel we are working WITH them in partnership. Lichfield and Staffordshire are important to us and we will work tirelessly to place local people in local jobs.” At FORBES RECRUITMENT all sectors of recruitment will be catered for and everyone will be encouraged to register. The main focus will be to find as many people work from all backgrounds and ages, that suits their individual skills and to ensure that vacancies advertised locally and regionally by FORBES RECRUITMENT are filled with the most appropriate candidates. Customers can be reassured that whatever their vacancy, the staff at FORBES RECRUITMENT will work closely with them to recruit the very best candidates. The office at New Minster House, adjacent to Minster Pool, and near to Lichfield Cathedral will also offer an approved contact room, the only one of its kind in Lichfield.

helping children affected by family breakdown to maintain relationships with the parent they no longer live with, or with other family members. Parents going through a tough divorce or separation can find it too difficult to see each other, so children need a safe, welcoming place to spend time with their non-resident parent. The central concept of our child contact centre is to offer a safe, friendly, neutral, child-centred environment for children to meet their non-resident parent or family member. They are designed to be a stepping stone to a more permanent arrangement for future contact. When parents are no longer able to communicate, our child contact centre and services provide a neutral place for children to meet the mother or father who no longer lives at home with them. A parent may might agree that their partner should see the children or a court might make an Order that they have to allow your partner to see the children. A social worker or the Court might want a partner to be supervised when he or she sees the children. Specially trained contact workers and if required interpreters would remain with the partner throughout the contact session. Our centre is equipped with the child in mind, providing toys, games and facilities that reflect the diverse needs of children affected by family breakdown. The office is easily accessible (couple of doors away from ‘The Wine House’ and next to EGO) for candidates and Company staff to visit during working hours Monday to Saturday with Sundays if required.

New Minster House, Lichfield WS13 6PR. Tel 01543 439475.

FORBES RECRUITMENT believes that good relationships lie at the heart of stable families and are the foundation of a child's ability to thrive and achieve their potential. Child contact centres can play an essential role in



The official opening by Michael Fabricant MP, with Cllr Janet Eagland Mayor of Lichfield and Cllr Ken Humphreys

Forbes Recruitment



Maggie Forbes began her career as a Social Worker in Glasgow in 1976. When the family moved to Birmingham in 1979 she worked in various Social Work teams ending up as a specialist within the kidney Dialysis Unit at Heartlands Hospital where she spent several happy years. As a key member of the team she travelled the World to conferences highlighting the work being carried out by the charity BKPA (British Kidney Patients Association). As an expert in working with dialysis patients her work was recognised throughout the world. She progressed into management dealing with many child abuse cases that came into the hospital casualty unit. In the early 90’s she took early retirement and went into recruitment as a specialist within social work. In this role she came to be well known as a true professional and many people would register with her rather than other agencies because of her honesty and truly inspirational work ethic. She began to be unwell in 2012 and retired to Spain with David to enjoy looking at the Mediterranean and lazing by the pool all day. Fate was to play its cruel hand and on the 1st August she passed away peacefully knowing that David and Susie had left the same company she had worked for and were setting up Forbes Recruitment in her name. Page 41

“All Under One Roof?” Some of the hardest things to choose are new pictures for our walls? For starters, trying to agree with our partners on what will look good can be a nightmare! Our taste in artists, colour, style and a theme can be completely different and you just can’t decide on anything. Have you gone round local galleries, only to find that most of them sell the same sort of images? Then you go on the internet and blow your mind with thousands of images that don’t strike you as – “the one” – that you both enthuse over, then just end up with eye ache after browsing over hundreds of thumbnail pictures!?

There could be an answer!?

We all have been away on holiday at some time and our cameras are never far from our sides. Today’s technology gives us memory cards that store hundreds of images of our favourite places and people. The answer of what to put on your walls could be stored on a disc or stored in your computer hard drive. Memories and images that relate to you both, of places and people you love. Just down the road in Shenstone is a place where you can take your images and have them turned into a work of art that would look as good as any gallery image? “All under one roof” is a place where you can create your art work, have it printed as large as you like onto photo or art paper, or canvas. Then you have a wide choice of frame styles to choose from to finish of your personalised work of art. We all have old family photos of past generations. Some are ripped torn and faded. They too can be restored an made into stunning picture for your walls - something different that creates interest and a talking point for family and friends. The place we refer to is All Aspect Art & Print, where Duncan and Sue are on hand to give you all the help and advice on what can be done to create personalised stunning images for your walls. See the advert opposite for details and why not see what they can do for you?

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Gazette Dam Street Feature

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There are as many as 20 differences in the two pictures of Dam Street - you will need to ring 10 or more to enter.

Rules: Ring the changes, remember to get at least 10, cut out and send the whole coupon in no later than Monday 17th June. Enter your name and address and send it in an envelope to: Lichfield Gazette (Dam Street Comp), P O Box 5414, Lichfield WS14 4EZ. Editors decision is final. No cash equivilent.

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Beauty at Silks is a sensory place for both men and women where we fulfil all of your treatment needs. Relax your mind…. Reward your body….Revive your senses…. Rebecca Hill said, “Having recently had a baby and not very much time for myself, I obviously jumped at the opportunity to experience some of the treatments offered by Naomi from ‘Beauty at Silks’. The treatment room was warm and inviting creating a very relaxed environment. The first treatment was a deep tissue back massage where Naomi focused on my concerns and needs as a client. I was offered two essential oils on the back of my hands, asked to smell each one and through a sensory test I was told that the oil that I had chosen was what my body really needed. The massage lasted approximately 30 minutes and made me feel very relaxed. The second treatment I had chosen was a Dermalogica Prescriptive Facial; it provided my tired and dehydrated skin with a double cleanse exfoliation and a 20 minute massage and mask. The facial had been adapted specifically in every stage to suit my needs and expectations. Whilst the mask worked its magic Naomi gave me the option of a scalp, foot or hand and arm treatment, but for me the foot massage was perfect.” There are many packages to choose from including pedicures, manicures, waxing, body rituals and facial treatments. Pamper parties with free goody bags, beautifully wrapped gift vouchers and monthly treatment and product offers from Beauty at Silks, it is a lovely experience. For bookings and further information contact Naomi on 01543 257629 / 07806 538470

OFFERS - 'Beauty at Silks' Shellac manicure and pedicure only £35 (normally £45) during June and July. Terms & conditions apply.

'Hair at Silks' Voucher 1 Customers who book a colour, cut, blow dry and style will qualify for a half price treatment at 'Beauty at Silks' during June and July. T&C; to qualify for this offer you would need to be a new customer of Naomi's.

Voucher 2 20% off any hair treatment booked with Gemma or Chantelle during June and July. T&C; Monday to Friday only, offer doesn't include children.

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Dam Street Feature

The Bogey Hole

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Friendly 4 star bed & breakfast situated in the heart of the city on the pedestrianised walk way near Minster Pool. 21-23 Dam Street, Lichfield WS13 6AE 01543 264303

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Powers of Attorney Protect Your Health and Wealth Shocking stories of a Midlands estate agent and even a churchman conning elderly people out of their life savings have sadly hit the headlines in recent months. Here Helen Bradin, Partner at local solicitors Bradin Trubshaw & Kirwan LLP, explains why everyone needs to consider appointing a Power of Attorney to safeguard their finances and protect themselves from those who prey on the vulnerable. Q: My husband and I have both made wills but it has been suggested that we should also grant a Power of Attorney. Why Helen Bradin, Partner Bradin do we need to do this as well? Trubshaw & Kirwan LLP based on Helen: It’s great that you have made your wills as so many people put off signing one of Beacon Street, Lichfield. the most important documents of their lives. Whilst a will makes sure that your money and possessions are distributed in accordance with your wishes when you die, it does not cover what happens if you become mentally incapacitated - because of illness or an accident – and unable to make decisions. Power of Attorney allows you to specify who you wish to look after your affairs in the event that you cannot do so for yourself. Q: I’ve heard that there is more than one type of Power of Attorney, so which is best? Helen: There are two categories of Power of Attorney: Ordinary, and Lasting which is the most usual form. Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) must be drawn up whilst the person, known as the ‘donor’, still has the mental capacity to authorise who may make decisions on their behalf if they lose the ability to do so for themselves. In addition, there are two kinds of LPA - you can make one or both types. The Health and Welfare LPA allows decisions to be made about, for example, your medical care, moving into a care home and accepting/refusing life-sustaining treatment, whereas the Property and Financial Affairs LPA covers decisions about money and property. An Ordinary Power of Attorney is a legal document which allows someone to act on your behalf concerning your finances whilst you still have the mental capacity to monitor what they are doing for example if you had to go into hospital. Q: If I have an accident and am left in a coma, can my wife access my personal bank account without a Lasting Power of Attorney? Helen: Your wife would not automatically be able to access your finances and would have to go through the Court of Protection which would control your assets. The idea behind this court is to safeguard the assets of vulnerable people. That’s why it is so important to grant someone you trust Lasting Power of Attorney to avoid problems in the future. The Court of Protection charges to deal with your affairs and the process can be very long winded which can prevent them from making decisions that you may need answers for quickly. The charges that are made can reduce the money you had available. Q: I’ve heard the term Enduring Power of Attorney. Is that the same as Lasting Power of Attorney? Helen: LPAs replaced the Enduring Power of Attorney when the Mental Capacity Act of 2005 came into effect on 1st October 2007. Whilst you can no longer make an Enduring Power of Attorney, it is valid if drawn up prior to 2007. Q: Who can be my Attorney? Helen: You can appoint anyone you trust to be your Power of Attorney as long as they are over 18, able to make decisions and not bankrupt. Usually this means a husband/wife/partner; relative; friend or solicitor. Before you choose someone you should think about whether you trust the person(s) to make decisions in your best interests; whether they would be comfortable taking decisions for you (e.g. about your medical care) and how well they manage their own finances. You can specify people who you would like to be notified before you grant Lasting Power of Attorney if you wish. For advice on family and other legal matters contact Bradin Trubshaw & Kirwan LLP on 01543 421840 for a consultation or email

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Flower Festival E

at Darwin House

rasmus Darwin House is in preparations for its third flower festival, entitled ‘A Temple of Nature’. Once again a selection of beautiful flower arrangements will be on display around this enchanting 18th Century town house. Joy Fielding of Shaw Lane Flowers is taking the lead on this occasion for which each room of the House will be decorated by local flower guilds, florists and enthusiasts. Flowers and foliage will be artistically exhibited by staff and volunteers, who this year will be drawing upon the theme of Darwin’s epic 1802 poem ‘The Temple of Nature’ as its inspiration. This four day festival takes place between Saturday 22nd June and Tuesday 25th June with special opening times from 10am to 5pm. Admission to the museum during that weekend is £5 (£4 conc.) and tickets can be bought in advance or on the day. There will of course also be a beautifully decorated Georgian tearoom selling homemade cakes, tea and coffee. For more information on this event or to book a ticket please contact the museum on 01543 306260 or Erasmus Darwin House can be found on Beacon Street, Lichfield


This family run business was established in 1997 providing Business Services and has expanded to include Hygiene Services. As a company, DGS Hygene cover all your hygiene issues, be it in the home, office or catering premises with their highly trained employees who work under a hands-on senior management team. Their “Cleaner than ever” philosophy together with the “customer comes first” approach is as true today as it was the day they started. Barry and Denise Gwilt have run catering establishments and know how important it is not to cut corners. DGS Hygene customers range from small through to multi national companies and all have their different requirements, be it a full daily, monthly or quarterly deep clean. DGS will tailor a hygiene service to suit any requirement. Commercial Office & Business Cleaning:• Window Cleaning • Deep Hygiene Cleans (Kitchen, Washrooms, etc.) • Commercial Oven Cleaning • High Level Canopy Cleaning • Steam Cleaning/High Pressure Jetting (Guano, oil, chewing gum, etc.) • Street Furniture/Litter Clearance/Graffiti Removal Home Support:Regular, reliable domestic/home cleaning including professional fully equipped Oven Cleaning. Tailor-made for those at home, holiday clean or even holiday lets and caravans. Full references available. Janitorial Supplies:DGS can supply everything you need to have supplied and they now have a range of own brand hygene products including anti-bacterial to meet EHO standards. Same-day van service available. Call DGS Hygene now on 01543 481055 11 The Butts Lichfield WS14 0AX Email:

Gazette Market Street Feature

We Love

Market Street With a history dating back as far as 1336 when it was known as Robe Street (presumably referring to cloth working or selling) and later Saddler Street in 1439 (referring to leather working) it makes you wonder what Lichfeldians who have gone before would think if they returned today. Many of them would probably feel right at home as there are so many Grade II listed and half-timbered buildings still in evidence. At the heart of the city, Market Street is a pedestrian friendly place with easy access to the wide range of quality shops and services.

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Gazette Market Street Feature The Kitchen Shop Quite apart from stocking every conceivable gadget you’d need in the kitchen along with an extensive range of cookware, tableware, glassware, cutlery and gifts, The Kitchen Shop also provide in-store Foodie demonstrations! Every Friday they show off some of their unusual & best loved gadgets. Also check out the What’s On pages for more details about their “Buy Local” series of demos in June. Hindley’s Bakery kick it all off on Sat 8th June with a bread making clinic. Sat 15th June A Taste Of Italy with Sorrento Restaurant. Then to celebrate Wimbledon Sat 29th June & Sat 6th July, they will be giving away free LOCAL Strawberries & Cream! Further details can be found on their Facebook page. Kip McGrath Education Centres Kip McGrath Education Centres provide tutorial assistance in reading, spelling, comprehension, English

and maths, to students who are having difficulty with their school work or just want to do better. This is done in a positive learning environment through the use of proven teaching methods and programmes and is delivered by qualified and experienced teachers. Their tutoring programmes are designed to give students the motivation to succeed. Progress is at the students’ own pace so they are never overwhelmed. Students try when they attend because achievement is there for them all. This achievement is not only rewarding but it is fun. The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum and Bookshop This is an oasis of calm in the city centre, open daily and admission is free. Here you can explore a beautiful 18th century house with displays over five floors, and book lovers will enjoy the second hand bookshop. The Museum holds regular events, including a new sculpture display opening in June and monthly art workshops. There’s also lots for young visitors too, with fun trails and dressing up to entertain throughout the weekends and holidays. Visit or call 01543 296972 for details. Arc Studios Photography/Vivienne Bailey Studios At Arc Studios, Vivienne Bailey, an award

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winning photographer, provides creativity, experience, originality and helpfulness. Vivienne can offer you fresh, relaxed portraits at affordable prices, whether it be for an individual portrait or a family group. Also, for one of the most important days of people’s lives, their wedding, Vivienne offers a photographic service that’s second to none, and can show some glowing testimonials. Tel: 01543 418 291 to book one of the best photographers around. 7 Market St, Lichfield WS13 6JX. Moda Moda now has a superb range of summer lines in ladies fashion clothing, accessories and gifts. There is something for all ages and sizes, and Moda prides themselves in offering affordable ladies fashion. You will find an irresistible choice of accessories from handbags, jewellery and scarves to shoes and bling. Stockists of LYDC London shoes and handbags, URBAN MIST, PURPLISH, QUONTUM and more. Moda offers @Something Different from the High Street’, so why not visit them at 1A Market St, Lichfield WS13 6JX and see for yourself. Michael’s Menswear Michael’s Menswear, has a special competition (see their advertisement in the Market Street feature for details) where they are offering 30 lucky Gazette readers the chance to win a pair of Viyella Soft Touch No-Elastic

Gazette Market Street Feature Cotton Rich Seam Free Socks. Michael’s Menswear, one of the most established and respected shops in Lichfield offers the full range of menswear from shirts, trousers, jackets, suit and knitwear to a wide range of accessories, including cuff-links, socks, ties and umbrellas. Brand names such as Peter England, Viyella, Seidensticker, Gabicci, Rocola, Gurteen, and many more. Visit Michael’s Menswear at 12 Market St, Lichfield WS13 6LH, ob the corner of City Arcade and Market Street. The Scales Lichfield For excellent entertainment, food and drinks why not pop in to The Scales Lichfield? With Sunday lunch at only £4.45, an Aberdeen Angus Burger and Drink Meal for £5.49 or a 2.00pm to 4.00pm Meal Deal for just £7, there is a fantastic selection of choices. Enjoy the great atmosphere at The Scales Lichfield (it dates back to the mid 1600s and was once a coaching inn, known in the early 19th century as The Swan and Scales) at 24 Market St, Lichfield WS13 6LH where you can also take advantage of their free Wi-Fi. Three Spires Coffee Shop With a Mini Breakfast or Coffee and Cake at just £2.49 what better way to start your Market Street experience than at The Three Spires Coffee Shop! On the corner of the City Arcade and Market St, it’s also an Internet Café with two computers available for customers to surf the net whilst enjoying their delicious drinks and food. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and friendly environment for lunch or a snack at 10A Market St, Lichfield WS13 6LH. City Jewellers Admit it, at one time or another you’ve looked in the window of City Jewellers and said to yourself, “I’d love that!” Well why not treat yourself to something special, it’s not as though you don’t deserve it. City Jewellers do put a great display of watches, rings and necklaces in their shop window. They have such a great array of leading brand watches and designer name jewellery beautifully displayed over two sales floors too.

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CAREERS FAIR Tuesday 18th June We have a Careers Fair at the Friary School for Years 7 to Years 12 on Tuesday 18th June. It starts at 1.30 pm and is being held in the Sports Hall. Come along and speak to our many presenters. These presenters range from local employers like Norgren and HSBC to further educational presenters from Keele and Wolverhampton University as well as South Staffordshire Colleges, who are bringing seven departments from their group. Parents and students are welcome from all schools to this valuable event. We have over 40 presenters at the event at the moment. If there are people out there who are interested in presenting their own business they can contact Paul Van Block on 01543 267400 or email

The Friary School Eastern Avenue Lichfield WS13 7EW

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Lichfield’s Forgotten and

Most Famous Son By Kate Gomez of

Kate Gomez of investigates James Wyatt’s reputation as – ‘The Destroyer’. James was not buried amongst his ancestors at Weeford, the church which he re-designed in 1802, but at Westminster Abbey. Whilst he may share his final resting place with Garrick and Johnson, unlike them he is scarcely recognised here in Lichfield. However, the current owners of Blackbrook are hoping that their plans to convert part of the farmhouse into a museum celebrating the life and works of James and the other members of the Wyatt family will help to change this. Perhaps now, two hundred years after his death, it’s finally time for James’s reputation as ‘The Destroyer of Cathedrals’ to be laid to rest, and his reputation as the creator of some of the country’s most remarkable buildings to be restored. Blackbrook Farm near Weeford was once home to the Wyatt family, a dynasty of architects, inventors and artists. The red brick farmhouse was built by Benjamin Wyatt in the mid 1700’s after moving from nearby Thickbroom Farm. Benjamin was a farmer turned timber merchant who on realising that more money could be made as a builder and architect, established a family firm ‘Benjamin Wyatt & sons’. With himself at the head and his sons fulfilling other roles in the business, the Wyatts gained many local commissions, including Swinfen Hall, built for Samuel Swinfen in the 1750’s. Of all the stars in the gifted Wyatt family, it was perhaps James, Benjamin’s sixth son, who shone the brightest of all. Through the family’s dealings in timber, James’s talent was noticed by the Bagot family of Blithfield and at the age of sixteen James accompanied Richard Bagot, Secretary to the Ambassador to the Republic of Venice, on a trip to Italy where he spent six years amongst the classical architecture that would influence his early career. A year after returning to England, and still only in his twenties, James, assisted by his brothers, created The Pantheon in London, described by Horace

The entrance to Blackbrook Antiques Village.

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James Wyatt James’s reputation as James was himself! James was seemingly a man who just couldn’t say no to a commission (or a drink and a pretty face if the gossip is to be believed). Although his coach was fitted out with a drawing-board to enable him to work as he travelled around the country, James lacked organisational skills and struggled to manage his Walpole as ‘the most beautiful edifice in England’. workload and his finances, a situation made worse by This incredible building propelled James to stardom, his appointment to public and he soon became offices such as Surveyor the most sought after to Westminster Abbey architect in England and Architect to the Board and beyond. Catherine of Ordnance. Despite the Great tried to lacking the reliability and entice him to Russia, consistenecy that such a but a retainer of role demanded, James £1,200 paid by a group was also appointed to the of noblemen most prestigious persuaded James to architectural post in the stay in England. country - Surveyor Unfortunately, the General and Comptroller Pantheon burnt down at His Majesty’s Office of just twenty years after Works. it was built and the Inevitably, what should only remaining section have been the pinnacle of of the building was an architect’s career demolished in 1937, to proved to be a disaster for make way for the Blackbrook Farmhouse James. The then Prime Oxford Street branch Minister, Lord Liverpool of Marks & Spencers. described him as ‘certainly one of the worst public James’s talent and popularity made him many servants I recollect in any office’. It’s said that only friends, including King George III and Queen James’s death in a carriage accident in September Charlotte, but it also made him enemies. Jealous 1813 saved him from being dismissed from the post of rivals the Adams brothers accused him of plagiarism but they were not nearly as much of a threat to

Weeford Church

GazetteFeature Surveyor General and from financial ruin. Although Wyatt was spared the indignity of bankruptcy, his widow Rachel had to suffer the consequences of James’s haphazard approach to business. At seventy years of age she found herself in a debtors’ prison, and having to rely on a small government pension and the charity of some of James’s friends and acquaintances. Throughout his career, James worked on a number of country houses, initially favouring the classical style he had studied during his time in Italy but later pioneering the gothic revival style. However, there was one house in particular that stood out above all of the rest – Fonthill Abbey. In 1796 the wealthy and eccentric recluse William Beckford commissioned James to create for him a gothic abbey at the Wiltshire estate he inherited from his father. Due to James’s failure to oversee the building work and Beckford’s desire to finish his extraordinary home as soon as possible, the ambitious project was doomed from the start. The tower collapsed once during construction, and once again in 1825, after Beckford had managed to offload Fonthill onto ammunitions dealer John Farquhar. Most of the remaining building was demolished by 1845. Perhaps even more infamous than James’s work at Beckford’s ‘Abbey’ was his restoration work at some of the country’s cathedrals. Lichfield Cathedral was described by one critic as, ‘an ill-fated building sadly dilapidated in the seventeenth century and again mangled by Wyatt’. However, some of the harshest criticism came from the gothic revival architect Augustus Pugin who called James, ‘a monster of architectural depravity’ and ‘a pest of Cathedral architecture’, giving him the epithet, ‘The Destroyer’, a nickname that has overshadowed much of James’s work. Sources: The Wyatts: An Architectural Dynasty, John Martin Robinson. James Wyatt: Architect to George III, John Martin Robinson. Pugin: A Medieval Victorian, Michael Trappes-Lomax. The Restoration of Lichfield Cathedral: James Wyatt to John Oldrid Scott, Richard Lockett

Photography Courses

Learn to master your Camera from the area's leading professional photographer. Robert Yardley, one of the midlands most experienced full time professional photographers, has created three courses for people who may be struggling to get to grips with their digital SLR camera.

Robert has over 25 years of professional experience in many aspects of photography. Specialising in Wedding photography, Robert was awarded the distinction of 'Craftsman in wedding photography' in 1995. Robert is also a press photographer, with ten years freelancing experience with a regional newspaper group, and has many commercial clients, including Staffordshire County Council, Lichfield district and Lichfield City council. Robert is also often called upon to cover Royal visits and special events in the midlands and beyond. As well as regularly dealing with fast paced situations that require quick thinking, Robert is equally at home with studio lighting, baby and family portraiture. After being asked many times, Robert has decided it is now time to pass on some of this knowledge, and has developed three workshops for the beginner who may be struggling with the settings of their camera, and would like to understand the best way to use their digital SLR camera. Each topic is presented in an easy to understand way, with hints and tips gained over many years. All workshops cost £75.00 and take place at the George Hotel from 10 am - 5pm, and include tea, coffee and a light lunch. There will be no more than 12 delegates on each course, so there is plenty of chance to ask questions. Course handouts are provided with details of the topics covered during the day. Beginners - level 1 - camera settings This course is classroom based, and explains about the settings on your camera and how to use them to get the best shots. This covers shutter speeds, apertures, ISO settings, flash and white balance. Beginners - level 2 - Take better photographs.

The Pantheon Weeford Church as it is today

This course builds on the first course and includes practical work where we will be out taking photographs, as well as classroom instruction. It aims to help with understanding and using light, composition, using the right camera settings, lenses, and the right way to use flash. Intermediate - level 3 - An introduction to RAW processing and Photoshop. This course is classroom based, and explains what RAW is and how to process RAW images. The course also includes getting to know Photoshop, with demonstrations using the main tools in Photoshop. The dates for the beginners level 1 and 2 course are on Sunday 7th July and 14th July. more dates will become available and posted on the website, If you would like to book yourself onto one of the workshops, give Robert a call on 01543 256083 or take a look at the website for more details. Page 53


Spreading the love G

across Lichfield District

ood causes across the district are set to benefit from almost £5,000 donated by the We Love Lichfield Fund. At a special presentation on Friday May 10th representatives gathered at Darnford Moors Golf Club to receive grants of up to £500 from patron Simon Price, CEO of cutlery firm Arthur Price Simon commented: “Everyone here is making a difference across the district. On behalf of the We Love Lichfield Fund I wish to say thank you.” The grant recipients were: Burntwood Breast Care Group (£500), Friends of Letocetum (£200),7th Lichfield Scout Group (£200),1st Burntwood Scout Group (£200),Shenstone Cares – Elderly Support Group (£250), Colton Friendship Club (£360), Lichfield Speakers Corner (£185), 7th (St Chad’s) Lichfield Guides (£300, 1st Mile Oak Sea Scout Group (£250), Gartmore Riding For the Disabled Group (£250), University of the Third Age (U3A) Music Appreciation Group (£200), 1st Lichfield Rangers (£300), Chasewater & District Childminding Group (£242), Hammerwich Parent and Toddler Group (£350) and The Diamond Jubilee Allotment Society (£230). The We Love Lichfield Fund was founded two years ago with the aim of giving financial support to local voluntary groups who are based within the district of Lichfield. Money is raised through events and donations and is invested in a permanent endowment fund by the Staffordshire Community Foundation, a registered charity, on behalf of We Love Lichfield in line with charity commission guidelines. The interest and dividends earned on the invested money is then distributed by the fund in the form of grants. The trust had initial funding of just under £25,000 – money from four dormant trusts administered by Lichfield District Council. Since then through fund-raising and the release of other trust money to the fund it now holds more than £175,000. The aim is to raise £500,000 by the end of 2016. “So far the fund has helped 38 groups and has given away £15,000”; explained Simon Price. “We want to continue boosting the fund and making grants. If people know there are trusts doing nothing come to us and we will help give that money back to the district.” For more information visit

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Festival headliners

and home grown talent hit stage on August 10th


f a Glasto-less summer last year has left you frothing at the mouth for some festival fever this 2013 but escalating ticket prices and potential monsoon like weather conditions that come with it are giving you second thoughts, then the Lichfield Fake Festival taking place on Saturday 10th August is for you. Featuring performances from internationally acclaimed bands and talented local support acts without bank busting ticket booking fees, and all taking place where the weather can’t ruin it. Hosted inside the Fake Festivals’ marquee, the tour will be stopping off at Beacon Park in Lichfield, bringing with it once again fantastic tributes to firm festival favourites such as Kasabian, Blondie and The Stone Roses, as well as performances from the best emerging local musical talent. Headlining act Kazabian have quickly become the most sought after Kasabian tribute band in the UK. Eddy Anderson (aka Tom Meighan, lead singer of Kasabian) commented: “We've got a great set list with all the anthems for this year's Fake Festivals tour, and we’re ready to hit Lichfield. “We have had a great couple of years, and have been fortunate enough to perform alongside Pendulum, Pigeon Detectives, Ollie Murs and Ocean Colour Scene. We have also been voted ‘Best Tribute’ last summer, and had an amazing time performing at Liverpool’s Matthew Street Festival to over 40,000 fans.” Festival goers will also have the opportunity to check out and enjoy some of the most exciting artists in their region before they hit the big time, thanks to five local support band slots. Handpicked for their talent, this year’s performers have just been confirmed as: The Decade Runners, Nuclear Minogue, On Standby, The Dandy Lions and Rebel Creek. With anyone and everyone turning up on recent tours including NME’s news editor and music industry professionals, performing at a Fake Festival can be the perfect platform for unsigned acts to showcase their talent in front of the people that matter. This, the seventh Fake Festivals tour is bigger than ever allowing more live music to be heard throughout the UK. Early bird discounted tickets are available now from or from local outlets: •

Lichfield Tourist Information, Lichfield Garrick

The Feathers Inn, 118 Beacon Street

Lichfield District Arts, 32a Bore Street

Lakeside Bistro, Beacon Park

Chandlers Restaurant, Conduit Street

Keith Hall Hairdressing, 29a Market Street

For further information about the festivals, please visit Early bird tickets bought before July 10th 2013 are priced as follows: Adult (18+ years) £15.00, Young Person (10-17 years) £8.00, Family (2 x Adult, 2 x YP) £38.00 Tickets bought from July 11th 2013 onwards are priced as follows: Adult (18+ years) £20.00, Young Person (1017 years) £10.00, Family (2 x Adult, 2 x YP) £50.00

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he Heath Quartet has become the first ensemble in 15 years to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award. The award recognises a chamber ensemble or solo artist making their first significant impact in the UK during 2012 and celebrates the very best in live classical musicmaking. The Heath Quartet comprises Oliver Heath and Cerys Jones (violins), Gary Pomeroy (viola) and Christopher Murray (cello) and will be playing at Swinfen Hall Hotel on Tuesday 9th July as part of the 2013 Lichfield Festival. Winning awards is becoming a habit for the Heath Quartet, which is rapidly emerging as an exciting and original voice on the international chamber music scene. In 2012 the group won the Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele MecklenburgVorpommern in Germany. For their Lichfield Festival concert they will be playing works by Haydn, Berg and Mendelssohn. The concert is at 3pm and booking is at www.lichfieldfestival or by phone at 01543 412121. A special pre-concert lunch can be booked in advance at the hotel on 01543 481494. Lichfield Festival runs from the 4th-14th July. More information can be found at

Charities serves up new kitchens


n an evening to officially thank those charities who generously donated and helped with the new kitchens in apartments within Dr Milley’s Hospital in Beacon Street. Mr Michael Fabricant MP was special guest and disclosed that his own Mother had been a resident there some years previously. Dr Milley’s is a women only hostel and parts of the present building date to 1652. Originally confined to applicants from the city of Lichfield, the last scheme widened the area to the Lichfield District with authority to allow up to three residents from outside the area provided the reason for the appointment is recorded in the Mary Baker and Michael minute book. Residents now come from all Fabricant investigate the art of backgrounds and ages. Although the Trustees have some investment cooking in Brenda Johnsons new fitted kitchen income and the residents now pay a weekly maintenance contribution the income is not sufficient to cover any major repairs and the trustees have received grants from other charities such as, St John’s Hospital, Baron Davenports Charity and Mary Slater’s Charity. Thanks to the generosity of St John's, Baron Davenport's, Lichfield Municipal Charities and Staffordshire County Council, nine of the ten kitchens were replaced, in 2012/13,’one having already been replaced in 2011. These replaced the 1980's kitchens. Open Days donations from the last two years has meant the Chapel has also been redecorated with new lighting and new carpet in March 2013. Services are still held in the Chapel throughout the year. Page 56

Wake Up Lichfield - "Something will turn up" ? A letter to the Editor.

My article ‘Wake Up Lichfield’ in the May edition generated some very interesting responses. Thank you to everyone who got in touch. We publish here a letter from Mr John Thompson, Chairman of the Lichfield Civic Society that raises some very pertinent points. ‘The Condition of the City Centre. We read with interest your article in this month’s Gazette about the condition of some buildings in and around the City Centre. You have confirmed what has been the view of the Society for some time. There is without doubt a slow decline occurring in the quality of the centre. The Society has held a series of meetings with both County, District and City officers to monitor conditions in the centre over the last few years and continues to do so. During that time, we have drawn specific problems to their attention; some have been dealt with and some have not. The depressed state of the centre is due to a number of factors. Yes, the state of the economy is not helping, but there needs to be a realisation that internet trading is here to stay and that the scope and role of the City centre will and has changed. By hoping to develop the Friarsgate/Birmingham Road site for more retail development, we fear that the Council is not recognising current realities. No longer should we be assuming that “more of the same” is the way forward. Clearly, the retail market doesn’t think so. Our own survey tells us that over 12% of the shops in the centre are now vacant. Common concerns of the shopkeepers we have spoken to include the scale of car parking charges which discourages shoppers, high business rates and high rental costs. Observation will show you that some of the vacant units are large and therefore less likely to be re-let without subdivision. There seems to be a “Mr Macawber view” amongst some councillors, officers and retailers that “something will turn up”, that something now being Debenhams. Whilst we welcome the company’s arrival, this may prove to be a false dawn. In addition to the depressed trading situation, we are increasingly concerned over the City centre environment. Our meetings with the Council officers regularly raise the state of the paving in the Market Square. We are told it is in hand, but although we recognise contract disputes and possible litigation are of necessity protracted, it appears to the general public that nothing is happening. Simple repainting and renovation of street furniture does not occur, eyesores such as that at the rear of the former Kwik Save store or the neglected paving in the City Arcade are not tackled with the owners. Flower beds grow weeds. The Angel Croft Hotel, a listed building, grows more derelict. Inappropriate shop frontages such as that on the now closed City Gold shop in the Market Place are not challenged. In contrast maintenance standards are addressed in the Three Spires precinct, which is managed privately. The benches and street furniture have just been repainted, there are no A boards. There is no litter. The Society does not see a Council that has a clear vision for the City centre. Yes, there are planning policies setting out the Council’s commitment to maintaining and enhancing the centre’s environment. Words are not action, however. The role of the City centre as a place to visit needs a rethink; one which would support more independent traders and capitalise on Lichfield’s unique shopping and dining environment. All we see from the District Council is more of the same, hanging onto the forlorn hope that somehow the Friarsgate/Birmingham Road development will happen, to a design which in the Society’s view is wholly inappropriate for a Georgian City. The Council oversaw a successful major refurbishment of Beacon Park. Why does it appear unable or unwilling to meet the challenges faced in the City centre?’ Fascinating reading I’m sure you will agree. What are your thoughts? What do we need to do to regenerate our City centre? Have you spoken to your Councillor on any of these matters? – Paul Oakley, Editor.

People Of Lichfield

Your High Street Needs You!

Becki Edwards at Stardust Costumes

Bev & Caroline at Arthur Price Factory Shop

Della & Sejal at The Spark Cafe Bar

Many Lichfield residents find themselves frustrated – and perhaps a little sad – at the amount of local high street shops and services closing down each month. You only have to read the letters page of another local publication to know what I mean. But what about those independent retailers who are still trading we need to ensure we are supporting them and before we run off to neighbouring towns or the internet, make sure they what you are looking for is not right here in Lichfield at equally competitive prices. If we want our High Street to be vibrant once again we need to support our local retailers and businesses who go out of their way to provide us with the service we deserve and have come to expect. ‘Buy Local Week 3rd – 9th June’ is a campaign supported by The Best of Lichfield, a local company which champions recommended independent businesses in the area for the benefit of residents and businesses alike. The core element of the campaign is to get people to do more for the area – a simple sticker in a window or car is one way but just changing how we spend can make a huge difference to the local economy. This campaign has our full support, “We have distinctive and wonderful independent shops and businesses in our area, but we shouldn’t take them for granted. ‘Buy Local’ reminds us that they need the support both of residents and local policy makers. We need to learn from other areas that have bucked the trend of empty shops and declining parades. With everyone committed to supporting local business, combined with a loyal and active community, we can do the same.” “High streets without a variety of shops and services lack life, vibrancy and that all-important pint of milk!” “Locals who go to to pledge their support during Buy Local week 3rd – 9th June, will also be entered into our daily prize draw. Every day, for 7 days, 5 lucky supporters will win £100 to spend at a great thebestof local business. Get pledging and it could be you!” Look out for myself and the team who will be out and about “spreading the word” about local businesses during Buy Local week. There will be goodies to be given away and special offers. By supporting our local businesses you will be putting money back into the local economy to make Lichfield thrive! Business owners wishing to display a Buy Local window sticker or to get more involved, should contact The Best of Lichfield via or call 01543 304441 for further details of how to do your bit!

Lichfield Chamber of Trade & Commerce

Sally Osbourne at Mooch Kids

Verity Ivison at Ivisons the Lichfield Florist

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Birthplace Denis Parsons Museum MBE ARBS Tribute to Lichfield sculptor

explores Johnson sculpture In ‘Blockheads and Beggars’


his summer the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum will be exploring sculpture in a special display set to open on Saturday 8th June. ‘Blockheads and Beggars’ will tell the story of a famous portrait bust of Johnson made by renowned 18th century sculptor and friend of Johnson, Joseph Nollekens RA. Johnson was very impressed with the work of Nollekens, saying on one occasion when eminent sculptors were being discussed: “My friend Joe Nollekens can chop out a head with any of them.” He was, however, not quite so impressed with his own portrait, which shows him without a wig and looking aged and natural. The bust was not popular with Johnson’s female acquaintances, including his step-daughter Lucy Porter, who had a copy of the bust delivered to Lichfield. The display will appeal to all art lovers as much as it will to Johnson fans. The bust, which has recently been restored, will be displayed alongside a striking painting featuring the statue believed to be by another star of the 18th century art world, Johann Zoffany. The exhibition will also look at sculpture of Johnson more locally, with a case dedicated to the late Denis Parsons, a talented local carver based at Bridgeman and Sons, who created a wonderful full-length statue of the great wordsmith in 1989. Local sculpture will be celebrated in a special event on Saturday July 6th, when carver Allen Necchi will be demonstrating his art at the Museum all day and visitors can find out more about the Worshipful Company of Smiths and talented craftspeople in the area. Entry to the Museum and Display is free of charge and the summer opening hours are 10.30am – 4.30pm. For more information visit, call 01543 264972 or pop into the Bookshop and reception on the corner of the market square. The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, can be found on Breadmarket Street, Lichfield, WS13 6LG


enis Parsons was one of the last traditionally-schooled craftsmen in a long British carving tradition. In a career lasting over fifty years, he established an enviable reputation in the field of wood and stone carving, both figurative and architectural. His work is to be found in many of the great buildings across the UK and beyond – including St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament – and his skills were often called on during major conservation projects. During the nineteen-fifties, Denis served a seven-year apprenticeship with Robert Bridgeman and Sons, Quonians, Lichfield, a leading company concentrating on architectural and ecclesiastical carving and sculpture. At the time, the company employed a substantial team of carvers each with a specialist skill in figurative sculpture, foliage carving and letter-cutting. Denis during exhibition at From each craftsman Denis was fortunate to Sanddown Park, Surrey acquire traditional skills which had been 1991 developed and handed down over many generations – skills now increasingly forgotten. Over the years Denis became their head carver where his name became synonymous with Bridgeman’s. As a tribute his figure is personified in the stained glass window of their new workshops in Quonians. He drew upon a vast personal knowledge of traditional Christian symbolism to inform his work and derived great satisfaction from knowing that his pieces brought comfort and pleasure to generations of worshippers. After his career and Bridgeman’s, Denis established a private studio where he undertook private commissions of a more diverse nature. Notably these included a series of small scale sculptures for private collections inspired by Greek legends, as well as larger bronze pieces for public display. Denis was in demand as a teacher and lecturer and demonstrated at the Royal Academy and also for the Royal Fine Arts Commission in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen. In 1993 he was awarded the MBE in recognition of his services to conservation. Born near Polesworth, Denis spent his whole working career in the Midlands. Away from his work, he was warm, modest and unassuming. He rarely sought the limelight and was never happier than when at his workbench or figure-post pursuing his work for art’s sake alone. He was confident in his achievements but always warm, modest and unassuming, whilst retaining a sense of fun. Denis passed away April 4th 2012, aged 77 years. He leaves a long-term partner Pamela Marshall who is currently compiling a pictorial series of books of his work for The Worshipful Company of Smiths which is hopes will provide a fitting tribute to the genius of the artistic legacy Denis has left us. Denis Parsons Foundation Pamela is offering to fund the establishment of the Denis Parsons Foundation to support local apprentices in the furtherance of their craft under the auspices of The City of Lichfield Worshipful Company of Smiths which welcomes this initiative and looks forward to it operation. Thank you to Robert White for this article.

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Self portrait - bust in limewood 2002

Peace of mind from your local Funeral Directors


one of us know when that moment will arise when you need the service of Funeral Directors. It is something we care not to think about until it happens. Few Funeral Directors can call themselves truly local these days. Many offices are parts of much bigger national companies. Jonathan Howell and his staff are all local people with their business based here in Lichfield. Although only opened twelve months ago, Jonathan has many years experience having worked for other Funeral Directors locally as well as working for Sutton Crematorium.

Johnathan Howell, Managing Director; Clare Howell, Director; Sheila Christopher. Administration

J. Howell & Daughters is a fully licensed Crematory Operater and Funeral Director. Jonathan explained how it came about, “Working for myself is something I’ve always wanted to do and I’ve opened up now following requests from clergy and numerous members of the public. We offer a truly personal ‘peace of mind’ bespoke services for all creeds and religious beliefs from Green funerals to Traditional Horsedrawn including Humanist services. Taking care of monumental mason services, floral tributes, funeral payment plans and transport.” Relatives are most welcome to visit the offices of J. Howell and Daughters at Netherstowe Lane where they can park outside the door, which has disability access. Or alternatively, if it is more convenient Jonathan can call out to discuss arrangements in your home. When a loved one departs it can be a testing time and it is comforting at moments like this to know you have the help and support of someone experienced to guide the family though all the funeral planning. Jonathan concluded, “I want to take this opportunity to thank the many people for their support to me, my family and staff. We hope to be a part of our local community for many years to come.”

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The Clarins Suncare Range.

Perfect Summer Skin By Joss Musgrove Knibb

Elaine Pearse & Julie Allsobrooke - Beauty Advisors at Boots. No matter where you spend your summer, investing in a good product with sun protection included is a guaranteed way to combat fine lines, dryness, wrinkles and discolouration. Boots the Chemist, Tamworth Street, have long been providing us with beauty products and their No7 range is, rightly, hugely popular. One of their best products is the No7 Anti Dark Spot Facial Sun Protection cream. This light-weight product has an SPF factor of 50 and sinks in beautifully, leaving your skin moisturised but not feeling sticky. It also gives your skin a slight luminosity so it’s great on its own or under makeup. It contains a skin brightening complex that improves the appearance of skin tone and prevents dark spots and hyper pigmentation. Use it all year round and keep wrinkles at bay! For those who don’t want to go as high as SPF 50, there’s an SPF 30 and SPF 15 version available too. Seriously, I’ve tried many designer versions of this product and this is still the best at only £12. If you’d rather not be too pale, a great option is the No7 Naturally Sun-Kissed Gradual Face Tan SPF 15 (£9.95). This will gradually build up a summery glow, but as it also contains an SPF 15, an antioxidant complex that prepares skin for the sun and a moisturising complex that leaves skin healthy looking and soft it’s a great all rounder. There’s also a version for the body, the Naturally SunKissed Gradual Body Tan that will give you golden skin before, during and after the summer has finally arrived (£9.95). With Anti-Aging Sun Protection Sprays SPF 30 (£9.95), Body Shimmer After-Sun (£9.50) Facial Recovery After Sun (8.50) and a whole Summer Sun protection range including lip and eye products there really is something for every skin-tone, and products are available in spray form for those who prefer this method of application. What I love about Boots is that it is so economically priced but their products genuinely work (witness their revolutionary Protect & Perfect range). Boots also stock many other ranges of face and body sun care protection and I always think that browsing the shelves of Boots is a very ‘low pressure’ way to buy your products. If however you need some help and advice the Beauty Advisors are very knowledgeable and at no point will you feel pressurised to purchase anything (unless of course you want to!). Leaving the joys of Boots aside for a moment, and just a short stroll further along Tamworth Street is the fabulous House of Minster, a ‘tardis’ like boutique that sells cosmetics, skin-care, hair-care, nail-care, gifts, gift wrap, greetings cards and fragrances (for both men and women) to a hugely loyal customer base. Leaving aside the utterly gorgeous cosmetics and skincare ranges from Estee Lauder, Clarins, Dior and Elemis amongst others, House of Minster is a great place for sun-care products and advice. House of Minster specialise in Clarins sun-care, including protection, bronzing and after sun products. Page 62

All Clarins Sun Protection products contain Clarins PhytoSunactyl 2. This provides multi cellular protection (protects all skin cells) to prevent ageing and preserve the skins natural health and beauty. The complex contains Baobab Tree, Olive Oil, Plane Bark and Senna Tree leaves. A fabulous set of products that truly deliver are the Clarins Sun Wrinkle range for the face that includes a High Protection UVB/UVA 30 cream, Moderate Protection UVB/UVA 15 cream, Very High Protection UVB/UVA 50+ cream and Eye Contour Care High Protection UVB/UVA 30 cream – all at the excellent price of £17.50 giving all of the skin health benefits that you would expect with Clarins plus skin damage and age-spot protection. They can all be used under makeup as an excellent primer and give a silky smooth finish to the skin. Another option is the Clarins UV plus SPF40 Day Screen which gives oil free high protection from the elements and airborne pollution. It’s a great everyday product, especially if you work in the city as it provides a barrier between the world and your skin whilst allowing skin to breathe. It’s non sticky and won’t leave any white residue like some high SPF factor products. The same range includes factors 10, 15, 30 and 50. If you like a little coverage with your sun protection, Estee Lauder BB cream comes with SPF 35 and in two shades, light and dark. This is a great product at £32. If you need a good all round sun protection product which you can throw into a beach bag and apply to the whole family, the Clarins Creme Solaire Comfort Suncare Cream is for you. It comes in a large 200ml bottle for just £19, and is also available in a spray version for complete ease of application. With a fabulous range of bronzers, gradual tanners and after sun gels, lotions and creams also in the range, House of Minster is the destination for excellent quality sun-care at a great price. While you’re there you can also spend a very enjoyable half hour browsing nail varnishes in perfect summer shades, wonderful light summer fragrances, great cosmetics and all of the other objects of desire available. One of the

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The Lichfield Gazette has got together with Boots the Chemist, Lichfield and The House of Minster to create a very special prize for one lucky reader. We are giving away a gift set containing No7 anti dark spot facial sun protection cream SPF30, No7 Anti-Aging Shimmering Lip and Eye Screen SPF30, An elegant Clarins makeup bag containing Clarins Water Purify One Stop Cleanser (50ml), Clarins Beauty Flash Balm (15ml) Clarins one step facial cleanser (10ml), Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch (4ml) Clarins Brilliance and Hydration Continues lip Gloss (7ml). To be in with a chance of winning just answer the following question:

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YOUR GUIDE TO WHAT’S ON THIS MONTH IN LICHFIELD If you have a community or fund raising event that you’d like to have included in the monthly What’s On pages, please send an email to caz@lichfieldgazette. quoting the date, event title, times, venue and brief description. Fri 31 May - Sat 22 June Educating Rita 7.30pm (and 2.30pm on Saturdays) at Lichfield Garrick. The Garrick Rep Company presents this award-winning play. Sat 1 June Julian Smith 7.30pm at Lichfield Garrick. His style of saxophone playing draws on classical crossover, Latin and easy listening light jazz music. He has entertained the likes of Prince Charles, and was also invited to perform for the Prime Minister. Sun 2 June The Big Lunch 12 noon to 2.30pm at Lichfield Cathedral. In celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen’s Coronation, Lichfield Cathedral and Lichfield District Council are joining forces to host the second annual Big Lunch – a wonderful and enjoyable lunchtime event, taking place inside and around the grounds of the Cathedral. Join us for this fun packed lunchtime extravaganza with Lichfield Arts providing first class music and entertainment. During last year’s event, over 1,000 locals and visitors enjoyed an afternoon picnic and entertainment spectacular. There will also be a selection of food and drinks on sale in Cathedral Close, including a ‘summer wine and beer’ tent, ice creams and other snacks. Plus from Chapters - the café in the close, you will be able to purchase takeaway picnic lunch boxes. We recommend that people arrive from 12noon,

to get their picnic spot. And, because the great British weather cannot be relied on, we will be inviting the first 1000 people to take the party inside the cathedral from 12:30 if it rains. For more information, please contact Lichfield Cathedral’s Operation Manager – Chris Gray by email

Cycle Rides for All in Lichfield 10.00am to 3.00pm at Freedom Cycles. Out and about in the district on guided cycle tours for all ages and abilities. Everyone is invited to get on their bike and join in with this new season of guided cycle rides. Freedom Cycles and Jigsaw have organised a programme of free cycle rides

for 2013. The revamped programme takes place on the first Sunday of every month with distances now going from as little as 3.5 miles through to 23 miles, and the rides always arrive at somewhere scenic or interesting. The rides are for all ages and abilities and are led by trained cycle leaders. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an

adult. To join us for a ride, just bring your bicycle, safety helmet and a picnic. Most rides start and finish at Freedom Cycles in Lichfield but some now start and finish in Beacon Park. Tue 4 June Community Dropin 9.30am to 10.30am


Car Boot Sale 7.30am at Wood Farm Car Boot, Curborough. A chance to bag a bargain and recycle unwanted items. All proceeds to local charities. Free entry and car parking. Mini monsters Bug Hunt and Pond Dipping 10.00am to 12 noon or 1.00pm to 3.00pm at Beacon Park. Discover the fascinating world of mini?beasts. Booking essential. £1 per child. Friary Grange Family Fun Run 10.30am at Friary Grange Leisure Centre. Drop in and get creative in hands-on arts and craft activities for the half term holiday. £4 adults (16+), children (4-16 years) free. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a full paying adult. Coronation Jubilee tea dance 2.00pm to 4.30pm at Burntwood Memorial Institute. Join with friends to celebrate HM The Queen’s Coronation Jubilee. Burntwood Town Council, in association with the Heather Roberts School of Dance, warmly invite you to enjoy an afternoon of music, dancing, tea and cake to commemorate 60 years since the Coronation took place in Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953. So, put your best patriotic foot forward and take a twirl on the dance floor. £2 per person - entry by ticket only. Page 63

YOUR GUIDE TO WHAT’S ON THIS MONTH IN LICHFIELD Lakeside Bistro. Talk with members of the parks team to discuss how local parks could be improved. We want to hear your thoughts, concerns and suggestions. Neaten and Natter 11.00am to 1.00pm at Beacon Park. Make friends and help to keep Beacon Park beautiful. Tasks include litter picking and weeding. For more information Tel: 01543 308869. Being Tommy Cooper by Tom Green 7.30pm at Lichfield Garrick. The man who could make you laugh just by walking on to stage comes vividly alive in this confrontational new play. Live Music at The Doghouse 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start at the Crown Inn, Alrewas. Martin Ryan and Stef Dziuba, along with assorted guests, will be raising the rafters again at their inimitable sing-along music session. Get there early for one of the best free nights out in the region but make sure you buy a raffle ticket! Wed 5 June Volunteers' Week Fair 10.00am to 1.00pm at the Guildhall. Celebrating the


fantastic contribution volunteers make to voluntary organisations across Lichfield & District! It is an opportunity to meet and speak to local charities to find out about their volunteering latest opportunities. Kick start your volunteering at the fair! There will be an awards ceremony to recognise the significant contribution of volunteers to lots of diverse local community groups and voluntary organisations. Come along for what promises to be a fun event! Skinny Minnie Cooking 11.00am at St Michael’s Church Hall. A friendly little club that holds a weekly cookery demonstration followed by the sampling of a main meal and usually a dessert too. Refreshments are also included, as are recipe sheets and new friends! Costs just £5 to cover hall hire and ingredients. For more info or call 01543 250756 Fuse Community Outreach Project 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Wade Street Church Hall. Always wanted to join a choir but never had the confidence? Do you sing in the shower, your car or

somewhere else when no-one is around? Would you love to sing just for the fun of it with others? Then the Fuse Community Choir is for you! Lichfield Arts, the independent charity that registered promotes the arts in Lichfield District, is setting up a new fully inclusive community choir. The sessions are free, for all ages (under 16s must be accompanied by an over 18) and families are especially welcome. With no waiting list, no previous experience necessary, no audition or requirements to be able to read music, the choir is open to everyone and will lead to a debut performance on Sunday 14th July at the Fuse Festival in Beacon Park. The project is supported with funding and help from Lichfield District Council Community Development Team, North Lichfield Initiative, Bromford Living and Lichfield City Council For more information contact Lichfield Arts Tel 01543 262223 or go to Thu 6 June Moth Recording Morning 8.30am to 10.00am at Beacon Park. Join us first thing to try

An Audience with Sir David Frost

n Thursday 13th June at the Lichfield Garrick one of the UK's best-known broadcasters will be talking about his life at the forefront of television news and entertainment. Sir David Frost was the host and cocreator of the ground-breaking news, satire and comedy show ‘That Was The Week That Was’. He is and has been producer of countless television programmes, author of 15 books, publisher, lecturer, impresario and probably the best-known television Sir David Frost interviewer in the world. This evening of anecdotes, laughter and revealing stories from his 40-year career is playing at the Lichfield Garrick on Thursday 13th June at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £18.50 and can be booked online at or by calling Lichfield Garrick’s Box Office on 01543 412121. Page 64

and ID moths caught in the trap from the night before. The presence of moths cannot be guaranteed, therefore please ring 07931 891086 from 8am to confirm. Lichfield Farmers' Market 9.00am to 3.00pm at Lichfield Market Square. A Vision of Elvis 7.30am at Lichfield Garrick. Rob Kinglsey has the total package - the look, the sound, the charisma - and together with his fantastic costumes this show leaves the audience in no doubt that they are witnessing a truly authentic Elvis extravaganza. Fri 7 June Foodie Fridays! 11.00am to 3.00pm at The Kitchen Shop. If you love kitchen gadgets you'll love Foodie Fridays! Every week we show off some of our unusual & best loved gadgets! You get to try them out too! Sat 8 June Henhouse Children's Art School 10.00am to 12 noon at St Michael's Church Hall. Saturday morning art classes for 5 yrs to teens. First trial session is pay as you go, after which pre-booking is essential. Bread making clinic with Hindleys Bakery 10.00am to 12 noon at The Kitchen Shop. Meet Master Baker, Duncan Hindley in store for a two hour bread making clinic, there to help solve customers’ bread making dilemmas! Enjoy small demonstrations on particular bread making techniques and yummy samples of different breads. Delicious bread samples and Devine Deli Bread Dippers will be served throughout the day. Free entry. Sat 8 June - Sun 29 Sep Blockheads and Beggars: The Story of Johnson's Head 10.30am to 4.30pm at Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum. A display exploring Johnson in sculpture from the 18th century to present day, with supporting talks and activities. Free entry.

Sat 8 June Sid's Show 11.00am or 2.00pm at Lichfield Garrick. Join Sid Sloane, the hugely popular original star of the CBeebies channel, live on stage in a fantastic fun-filled adventure that'll knock your socks off! Sid is setting out on a heroic quest to find out where in the world his favourite socks and shoes have got to - share in the adventure at the bottom of the sea, deep in the jungle or floating in outer space. Sid’s Show is perfect for families with children aged from 3 to 7. General Knowledge Quiz 7.00pm at Curborough Community Hall. Fun evening for teams of up to six people with prizes. £7.50 per person. Includes buffet at interval bring your own drinks. All profits to local charities. Sun 9 June Jethro 7.30pm at Lichfield Garrick. Always slightly on the edge, Jethro's fruity Cornish humour is the perfect remedy to cheer everyone into cachinnation. Mon 10 June Secret Gardens of Lichfield 6.30pm at Lichfield Tourist Information Centre. Enjoy a relaxing stroll through Lichfield's parks, green spaces and secret gardens. £3. Wed 12 June Civil War Tour 2.00pm at Lichfield Tourist Information Centre. Hear about the battles that took place in the city during this bloody period, and the events that had a huge impact on Lichfield. £3. Fuse Community Outreach Project See Wed 5 June for details. Skinny Minnie Cooking See Wed 5 Jun for details. Fri 14 June Foodie Fridays! See Fri 7 June for more details. Elkie Brooks 7.30pm at Lichfield Garrick. Performing some of her classic hits, blues and jazz, an electric evening with Elkie is guaranteed to leave you begging for more.

YOUR GUIDE TO WHAT’S ON THIS MONTH IN LICHFIELD Sat 15 June A taste of Italy 11.00am to 3.00pm at The Kitchen Shop. In aid of supporting the wonderful local restaurants in Lichfield, The Kitchen Shop have invited Umberto from Sorrento Restaurant, Bird St, to give their customers a little taster of how to make pasta. Watch as he demonstrates the fine art of Italian cuisine and maybe you'll get to try one of the dishes too! Come on the day and receive a discount voucher to dine at Sorrento. Fradley Junction Family Fun 11.00am to 2.00pm outside the Canal and River Trust office. These family events are run by the Canal and River Trust Education Volunteers and support the fantastic work of the Friends of Fradley. Children's activities taking place between 11am - 2pm. Butterflies - get creative and decorate a paper butterfly. Treasure Hunt - take part in our family litter pick. Pop in for an hour and join the fun. The Manfreds - Five Faces Tour 7.30pm at Lichfield Garrick. The Manfreds, with original front man Paul Jones, will be performing many of the tracks from the highly-acclaimed album The Five Faces of Manfred Mann, along with a mix of their biggest hits and the jazz and blues songs for which they are famous. Little Aston Annual Fete 11.00am at the Recreation Ground, Little Aston. There will be various stalls, food & drink available, sideshows and an arena with plenty of entertainment throughout the day to keep everyone occupied. It is a super fun day out for all the family. The family orientated event is organised by local volunteers and supported by local businesses. Any profits go towards the upkeep of the Recreation Ground, which is used both by the local and wider community alike. Sun 16 June Father’s Day At Best Western The George Hotel. Show your Dad just how much you care by treating him a traditional carvery lunch or dinner at The George on Father’s Day. Father’s Day at Moor Hall Hotel & Spa, Moor Hall Drive, Sutton Coldfield T: 0121 308 3751

and The George Hotel, Bird Street, Lichfield T: 01543 414822 Show your Dad just how much you care by treating him to a delicious lunch or dinner on Father’s Day. £13.75 at The George and from £15.75 at Moor Hall. Fathers Day 'Pork Bap & Beer' 12 noon to 3.00pm at Erasmus Darwin House. Treat Dad to a gorgeous pork bun and a pint of real ale in our beautiful Herb Garden. Tue 18 June Art Workshop 6.30pm at Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum. Create striking paintings and drawings in the monthly mixed media workshops led by award winning artist Carole Collier. Individual attention in small, friendly sessions with a different theme each month. Workshops take place on the third Tuesday of each month. Advance booking essential. £10 per session including all materials and refreshments. Lichfield Civic Society Meeting 7.45pm at Lichfield Heritage Centre. Come along and listen to interesting talks by special guest speakers. Henry Salt 'From Lichfield to Egypt' by Tom Hobbs and Marsia Bealby. Free to members, £3 non-members. Wed 19 - Sat 22 June Shakespeare in the Park 7.45pm (and 2.00pm on Saturday) at Maple Hayes Hall. Outdoor production of 'The Tempest'. Audience seating on straw bales! All proceeds donated to charity. Advance booking via website or Lichfield Garrick box office 01543 412121. Tickets £12.50, £9.50 concessions. Wed 19 June Behind Closed Doors 2.00pm at Lichfield Tourist Information Centre. Find out about the people who live and have lived in Lichfield Cathedral Close. £3. Fuse Community Outreach Project See Wed 5 June for details. The Lady Boys of Bangkok 7.30pm at Lichfield Garrick. Join the festivities as the cast take you on a parade through comedy, cabaret and carnival beat with 16 Page 65

YOUR GUIDE TO WHAT’S ON THIS MONTH IN LICHFIELD of the world's most entrancing beauties. Perfect make-up, stunning costumes, iconic numbers and fabulous choreography make this a fantastic party night which culminates in a breathless grand finale in this brand new production. Seen by over 1 million people - this is the party not to be missed! Skinny Minnie Cooking See Wed 5 Jun for details. Thu 20- Sat 22 June Some Like It Hotter 7.30pm at Lichfield Garrick. Fresh Glory Productions presents The Watermill Theatre production - the most surprising comeback in movie history! It's April 2013. Funny man Jack Lemmon and the incomparable Marilyn Monroe are reunited with Tony Curtis. But where exactly are they and what the hell is going on? Daring dialogue, razor-sharp wisecracks and sparkling musical numbers make a snappy musical comedy that looks wryly at the power of celebrities over the public both in life and death. Thu 20 June A Glimpse of Chocolate Heaven

10.30am to 2.00pm at The George Hotel. Come along and enjoy a fascinating talk and demonstration by Maria Credali of the Gypsy’s Cooking Pot about the magic, history and myths surrounding everyone’s favourite indulgence, chocolate! There's also the chance to win a gorgeous chocolate basket filled with handmade truffles in a raffle, all proceeds go to St Giles Hospice. £25 - Price includes coffee on arrival, chocolate demonstration and a three course carvery lunch plus coffee. Ascot Ladies’ Day Lunch, from midday at Moor Hall Hotel & Spa, Moor Hall Drive, Sutton Coldfield T: 0121 308 3751 Celebrate the world’s most glamorous race with a superb 3 course lunch and an afternoon at the races. £62 per person. A Glimpse of Chocolate Heaven 10am for 10.30am at The George Hotel, Bird Street, Lichfield T: 01543 414822 A fascinating talk about the magic, history and myths surrounding chocolate with a demonstration and tastings,

plus a three course carvery lunch. £25 per person. Fab Friends Network Meeting: Fast Track Manifesting Now!. 9:30am 12:30pm at Hawkesyard Estate. Fab Friends is a self development group for women ready to say yes to life! see or email dawn@dawnp Fri 21 - Sun 23 June Lichfield Folk Festival At King Edward VI Leisure Centre. A weekend of music, song and dance displays throughout the city. Dance and music workshops, display teams, come along and see the fun. Season tickets and Saturday tickets available in advance. Tickets also available on the door. Fri 21 June Foodie Fridays! At The Kitchen Shop. See Fri 7 June for more details. Secret Gardens of Lichfield 2.00pm at Lichfield Tourist Information Centre. See Mon 10 June for more details. Tamworth Voices - a Midsummer's Eve concert

7.30pm at St Andrew's Church. A concert of songs and verse, both old and new, in the beautiful village church of Clifton Campville. £6. Sat 22 June Henhouse Children's Art School At St Michael's Church Hall. See Sat 8 June for more details. Explore the hidden treasures historic Lichfield of Cathedral 10.30am at Lichfield Cathedral. Lichfield Cathedral invites you to explore the hidden treasures of the historic main library (above the Chapter House, built in 1249). Take a tour of the library and obtain a rare glimpse of the incredible treasures housed here. The collection includes Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (c1420) and Henry VIII’s ‘Great Bible’ (first edition-1539) and includes not just theology but literature, geography, philosophy and the natural sciences. Please call the Cathedral Shop on 01543 306150 or call in to No. 9 The Close to book your tickets in person. Please note tour numbers are limited, access is restricted and bags cannot be taken into the library.

Great Wyrley Community Band 7.30pm at The Guildhall. Classical, jazz, swing and film a vibrant group raising money for the Mayor’s charities. £5. Summer Concert 7.30pm at All Saints' Church. Enjoy a summer evening concert courtesy of the Lichfield Singers. Listen to the sounds of Vivaldi’s Gloria, Goodall’s Love Divine, Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine and more! Tickets available from S & J Music. St Giles Hospice Solstice Walk 10.00pm to midnight. Join the 2013 Solstice Walk - and become a world record breaker in the attempt for the largest gathering of fairies in one place – and we need you to help us do it! The current world record stands at 786, and we’re hoping to smash this with 1,000 or more ladies. Grab your fairy wings and magic wand and come and join us for this unforgettable women-only fundraising event. Sponsored by Florette, women from across the region gather together to complete either one or two 4.5 mile laps of Lichfield’s streets from 10pm. Registration on the

Swinfen Broun

sponsors Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park


ow in its fifteenth year, Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park is taking place on Saturday 7th September. This huge outdoor concert will feature The British Police Symphony Orchestra, the City of Lichfield Concert band, children’s entertainment and a fireworks finale. It’s an event that attracts thousands of people from across the region, and to keep the event free for everyone, Lichfield District Council approaches businesses and organisations to help it to raise the money needed to stage its outdoor concert extravaganza. One such sponsor is Swinfen Page 66

Broun Charitable Trust that has recently awarded the council a grant of £1,500.

in touch.”

Councillor Val Richards, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure Services, commented: “We’re absolutely delighted to have secured this very generous funding boost and we are so grateful to the trust for their continued support of Beacon Park.

Sponsoring proms offers businesses a way to reach thousands of local people and visitors. Sponsors can benefit from their logos appearing on posters, leaflets, the glossy programme, and on the Lichfield Proms website. Sponsors also feature in news stories and have prime seats at the event - right in front of the stage as well as VIP parking.

“So far, we’ve managed to raise a third of the sponsorship needed to stage this year’s proms, so we are still urging anyone who would like to get involved in this fantastic evening of entertainment to get

Sponsorship packages start from as little as £50 and companies can also take advantage of a special corporate entertainment package. Alan Birch, Clerk to the

Swinfen Broun Charitable Trust, said: “This is the seventieth anniversary of Colonel Swinfen Broun’s gift of 12 acres of land to Beacon Park, to extend the recreation grounds. Therefore, it is fitting for Swinfen Broun Charitable Trust to maintain its long association with this historic and beautiful park. Lichfield Proms is a wonderful community event that is both entertaining and culturally important, and we are pleased to support it.”

To find out more about the sponsorship packages on offer, please email or call 01543 308866. For the latest Lichfield Proms news, please visit ldproms

YOUR GUIDE TO WHAT’S ON THIS MONTH IN LICHFIELD night will open at 7.30pm and will close at 9.00pm. Entry is £15 per walker, and participants are also encouraged to raise extra funds for St Giles Hospice through sponsorship. Although the event is open only to women aged 16 and over, men are welcome to join in the fun by volunteering as stewards. For more details go to or call 01543 432538. Sun 23 June Coal Train Day 10.00am to 5.00pm at Chasewater Railway. Experience an industrial past with demonstration heritage steam and diesel hauled coal trains, regular passenger service, museum, tea room and gift shop. For ticket prices go to Lichfield Sinfonia Summer Concert 4.00 at venue to be confirmed. Summer concert with a light selection of music. £8 adults, £4 children. Contact Tel: 01543 264718 or go to for more information. Mon 24 June - Sun 7 July Wimbledon Afternoon Tea At Netherstowe House. Enjoy traditional finger sandwiches, scones and a selection of sweets and shot of Pimm's jelly. Served throughout the championship season. Wed 26 June Fuse Community Outreach Project At Wade Street Church Hall. See Wed 5 June for details. Skinny Minnie Cooking See Wed 5 Jun for details. Lichfield Wildlife Group 11.00am at the Tame Otter. River Tame Walk, led by Nick Mott. Free. Tel: Ray Allen 01543 251654 Thu 27 June Motown's Greatest Hits How Sweet It Is 7.30pm at Lichfield Garrick. 10th Anniversary Tour celebrating over 50 years of the sweet sound of Motown! This show will have you Dancing on the Ceiling, featuring songs from legendary artists such as

Lionel Richie, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson Five, The Isley Brothers, Edwin Starr and many, many more. Fri 28 June Foodie Fridays! At The Kitchen Shop. See Fri 7 June for details. Talon - The Best of The Eagles 7.30pm at Lichfield Garrick. Now in their sixteenth year together, Talon are recognised throughout the industry as the world's definitive Eagles tribute show. Their latest production will feature all the classic Eagles hits from their timeless back catalogue, including Hotel California, Lyin' Eyes, Take It Easy, Desperado, Take It To The Limit, Life In The Fast Lane, The Last Resort and many more. Inaugural Ann Fender Memorial Lecture 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Lichfield Cathedral. Cathedrals, Faith and Heritage: Whose responsibility? Presented by Lord Cormack DL, FSA. Lady Ann Fender was a key member of Lichfield Cathedral Council, its Fundraising Coordination Group and champion of the Herkenrode Glass. Ann worked tirelessly to bring Lichfield Cathedral, and its remarkable architecture and treasures to public attention. Her funeral service was held at Lichfield Cathedral on 26 September 2011. As a tribute to her unique and inspirational role the Cathedral is pleased to be hosting this Inaugural Lecture of what is to become a biennial event. A free lecture, but donations towards the East End Appeal will be warmly received. Sat 29 June Armed Forces Day 9.00am to 5.00pm at National Memorial Arboretum. With activities for the whole family, visit the National Memorial Arboretum, to show your support for HM Armed Forces, when the Arboretum will be running a full programme of events to commemorate and celebrate Armed Forces Day. For more information go to

Henhouse Children's Art School At St Michael's Church Hall. See Sat 8 Jun for details. Science on Saturday 10.00am to 12 noon at Erasmus Darwin House. Science club for children aged 7-11. This month's meeting is Why Do Plants Have Such Funny Names? £4 per child. Vintage & Country Gardens At Curborough Antiques and Craft Centre. See pages 18 and 19 for details. Wimbledon strawberries and cream event 11.00am to 3pm at The Kitchen Shop. To celebrate the oldest Tennis Tournament in the World and a very British Summer tradition, enjoy strawberries and cream courtesy of The Kitchen Shop for all customers on both Wimbledon Saturdays. Local farm, 'New Farm Produce' in Elmhurst will be providing their juiciest strawberries for customers to try. You can also expect great 'deals of the day', demonstrations showing off a strawberry gadget known as a "Huller". So drop by for a tasty treat and you might get a little taster of Pimms too. Visit the website for more information, go to www.newfarmproduce. as their asparagus is in season! BUY LOCAL!

We invite you to experience our brand of Indian cuisine and promise you a feast for your senses! For a fresh approach to Indian Cuisine - come to 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 eleven years, Qmin caters for the most discerning diners. Qmin has been established as one of Lichfield’s leading Indian restaurants for several years. It offers a relaxed, modern and clean dining space and continues to introduce a range of new concepts in its offerings. 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’. 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 A treat for your taste buds

Summer Concert 7.30pm at St Chad's Church. Enjoy a summer evening concert courtesy of the Lichfield Singers. Listen to the sounds of Vivaldi’s Gloria, Goodall’s Love Divine, Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine and more! Tickets available from S & J Music. Tim Brooke-Taylor 7.30pm at Lichfield Garrick. Best known as one third of TV comedy trio The Goodies, Tim has been delighting audiences with his gentle, zany humour ever since joining the famous Cambridge Footlights back in the early 1960s. He is in conversation with broadcaster Chris Serle best known for his work as a reporter on That's Life with Esther Rantzen. This evening will feature film footage and images from a career spanning over 50 years. Page 67

YOUR GUIDE TO WHAT’S ON THIS MONTH IN LICHFIELD Sun 30 June West End and Broadway The Lichfield Garrick 10th Anniversary Gala Concert 7.30pm at Lichfield Garrick. To celebrate 10 years of the Lichfield Garrick, Artistic Director Adrian Jackson conducts his City Concert Orchestra and an amazing lineup of original West End stars including Claire Moore and Alasdair Harvey in this evening of music from the great musicals. Alasdair and Claire will be joined by a company of great star performers from the West End in this great tribute to the musicals, performed by the people who created the roles and helped establish London as the musical theatre envy of the world. Celebrity presenter and full cast to be announced very soon!

Contact details for listed venues: All Saints Church – Church Rd, Alrewas DE13 7BT. Tel: 01543 263670 Beacon Park – Lichfield WS13 6QZ. Tel: 01543 308869 Burntwood Memorial Institute Rugeley Rd, Burntwood WS7 9BE. Tel: 01543 677166 Chasewater Railway -

Chasewater Country Park, Pool Rd, Brownhills WS8 7NL. Tel: 01543 452623/682854 The Crown Inn – Post Office Rd, Alrewas DE13 7BS. Curborough Community Hall Bloomfield Crescent, Lichfield WS13 7JL. Tel: 01543 491802 Erasmus Darwin House Beacon St, Lichfield WS13 7AD. Tel: 01543 262331 The George Hotel - Bird St, Lichfield WS13 6PR. Tel: 01543 414822 Fradley Junction - Fradley DE13 7DN. Tel: 07715 377788 Freedom Cycles – Central Bus Station, Birmingham Rd, Lichfield WS13 6HU. Tel: 01543 411633 Friary Grange Leisure Centre – Eastern Avenue, Lichfield WS13 7EW. Tel: 01543 308842 The Guildhall - Bore St, Lichfield WS13 6LU. Tel: 01543 262223 Kind Edward VI Leisure Centre Kings Hill Rd, Lichfield WS14 9DE. Tel: 01543 424292 The Kitchen Shop – 5 Market St, Lichfield WS13 6JX. Tel: 01543 268602 Lakeside Bistro - Beacon Park, Lichfield. Tel: 01543 308869 Lichfield Cathedral - The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD. Tel: 01543 306100 Lichfield Garrick Theatre Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR. Tel: 01543 412121 Lichfield Heritage Centre - St Mary's Centre, Breadmarket St,

Lichfield WS13 6LG. Tel: 01543 255423 Lichfield Tourist Information Centre - Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR. Tel: 01543 412112 Maple Hayes Hall - Abnalls Lane, Lichfield WS13 8BL. Tel: 01543 254808 National Memorial Arboretum – Croxall Rd, Alrewas DE13 7AR. Tel: 01283 792 333 Netherstowe House Netherstowe Lane, Lichfield WS13 6AY. Tel: 01543 254270 Recreation Ground – Forge Lane, Little Aston, Sutton Coldfield B74 3BE S & J Music - 23 Bird St, Lichfield WS13 6PW. Tel: 01543 268909 St Chad’s Church - St Chad's Rd, Lichfield WS13 7ND. Tel: 01543 263670 St Andrew’s Church - Church St, Clifton Campville, Tamworth B79 0AP. Tel: 01827 373959 St Michael’s Church Hall - St Michael Rd, Lichfield. Tel: 07788 552868 or 01543 251940 Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum - Breadmarket St, Lichfield WS13 6LG. Tel: 01543 264972 Wade Street Church Hall – Wade St, Lichfield WS13 6HL. Tel: 01543 262223 Wood Farm – Wood End Lane, Curborough, Lichfield WS13 8ET. Tel: 01543 491802

Anyone for Tennis at Netherstowe House? There is nothing more quintessentially English than the sounds of a fast-moving ball meeting a racquet and the hushed tones of a tennis umpire announcing the scores. For two weeks of every year, we are captivated by the most elegant of sporting contests, Wimbledon. Tennis fans who are not lucky enough to score tickets for thrilling centre court action will be served up an ace Netherstowe House, at Lichfield's premier fine dining establishment. With a reputation for its smashing afternoon tea, the awardwinning hotel and restaurant is recreating the relaxed, sophisticated ambience of SW19 at its own themed Wimbledon tea. Between 24th June and 7th July, Netherstowe House is offering its own unique afternoon tea, featuring a selection of tennis themed sweets. Along with these sumptuous tiers of treats, the Wimbledon tea also includes delicate finger sandwiches, home-baked scone, Devonshire clotted cream and, of course, strawberry preserve – worthy of silverware in itself! Truly the tea of champions, this Wimbledon feast is available on a limited basis, priced at at £19.95 per person. For those who wish to dine in style, you can add a glass of Laurent-Perrier champagne for a Celebration Wimbledon Afternoon Tea. Service takes place 1:00pm to 5:00pm (Monday – Saturday) and 3:00pm to 5:00pm (Sunday). Tables are reserved for the entire afternoon. Every table has fresh flowers, crisp white linen, fine china and gleaming silver. Friendly and attentive staff provide formal service, without being pompous To reserve places at your very own Wimbledon Tea Party, just call one of the friendly Hospitality Team on 01543 254270. For more information, visit

Fuse Festival is back for a 13th year 12TH to 14TH JULY


use Festival is back for a 13th year and promises to be as good as ever, but with a few changes too. Fuse is one of the largest free community arts festivals in the Midlands and is held each year in Beacon Park, Lichfield. It is organised by Lichfield Arts and run entirely by local volunteers. The festival attracts many thousands of people to watch, listen to, and participate in music, performance, crafts activities and much more. Fuse aims to provide access to the Arts for everyone regardless of their

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ability to pay. The Main Stage will feature a diverse range of music as usual – Rock n Roll, Reggae, Contemporary Folk, Pop and more, including a Jazz and Blues programme on Sunday. The Feathers Stage makes its debut with a packed line-up showcasing the very best of local rock talent Also new this year is Café Fuse. Expect an eclectic fusion of music, art and dance with opportunities to meet and work with the performers and take part in workshops. A key element of Fuse each year is the outreach project. This year, Lichfield Arts is

setting up a new fully inclusive community The choir. debut performance of the choir will be the Sunday grand finale at Fuse The rehearsal sessions are free and families are especially welcome (under 16s must be accompanied by an over 18). With no previous experience necessary and no audition or requirements to be able to read music, the choir is open to everyone. Sessions take place on Wednesdays from 6:30 to

8:30pm at Wade Street on the 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26 th June and the 3rd and 10th of July. Dave Simcox, Fuse Director, commented: “Lichfield Arts is all about promoting the arts in the local area. We have run many outreach projects in the past and we are delighted that this year the focus will be on music. We want to get more people taking part in and enjoying music. Our aim is that this will be the beginning of a long

lasting, fully inclusive community choir in Lichfield District.”

More information about Fuse and joining the choir can be found on the Lichfield Arts website ( or from the Lichfield Arts office -

01543 262223.


What’s more quintessentially British than strawberries and cream? Here at Netherstowe House we have tried to do our modern interpretation on this classic combination

When was the last time you visited the ‘Mucky Duck’ at Fradley Junction?

For the “cream” (Vanilla Panna Cotta) 500ml Double Cream 3 Vanilla Pods, Split 140g Caster Sugar 3 leaves gelatine Method: Bring the cream, vanilla and sugar to the boil, Soak the gelatine leaves in cold water until very soft Drain the gelatine well and add to the cream mixture Pour through a fine sieve and pour into ramekins Refrigerate for 4 hours Chilled Strawberry Consommé 250g Fresh English Strawberries’ 20g Sugar Method: In a metal bowl, cut the strawberries’ in half and add the sugar. Cover tightly with cling film so no air can escape the bowl Put this bowl over a pan of simmering water and cook for 2 hours After 2 hours pass the liquid through muslin cloth Refrigerate and reserve until needed Strawberry “paper” 200ml strawberry puree 20g sugar 6g Ultratex (available online) Method: Whisk all ingredients together until smooth and spread a thin layer onto a non stick baking mat making sure the mix is even throughout Bake at 80ºc for 10-15 mins until dry Peel off the mat and reserve until needed in an airtight container To Garnish: Fresh diced strawberries Edible Flowers (viola and nasturtium flowers are the best) Small Mint Leaves Plating: Dip the ramekin of panna cotta into boiling water for 10 seconds until it leaves the mould, Place this into the centre of a bowl Pour the Consomme gently around the panna cotta Garnish With Fresh Strawberries diced and mint leaves Finally, Add Shards of Strawberry Paper and serve immediately!

Do you think the people of Paris are up the Eiffel Tower every weekend, or those who live in Athens take time to admire the Acropolis close up? It’s a bit like us living so close to Fradley Junction…we know it’s marvelous, but rarely go to visit. And what better time to do than early summer when the scenery is at it’s very best. The Swan, known to all far and wide as the ‘Mucky Duck’, is a friendly, family style pub in a beautiful setting on the crossroads of the Coventry/Trent and Derby canal, which is Fradley Junction. You really ought to rediscover Fradley Junction, ideal for a relaxing day out for dog walkers, ramblers, cyclists and canal boat enthusiasts. Something for everyone It’s easy to enjoy Fradley Junction with all its colour and tranquility and its nearby nature reserve, which features in a couple of published British Waterways trails, or just sit with a beer (or a cup of tea) and watch the world float by. It’s like Venice off the A38! Over the past six years Rick & Tracey have resisted the urge to make The Swan into a trendy ‘gastro pub’ and kept it as a traditional canalside-socialising pub that folk have loved for well over two hundred years. Open 7 days a week, The Swan has something for everybody – it’s a retreat from the hurly burly of everyday life. It has a Sunday Carvery every week 12-3 with five meats and fresh vegetables for £10 inc. sweet and coffee. Lunch is served Mon-Sat 12-2.30 with a full menu available every evening 5.30 – 9pm. If your fancy is for traditional and homemade foods then The Swan is the place to enjoy a mixed grill, sirloin steak, beer battered cod, pork-belly & black pepper plus homemade curries and pies. Plus freshly made sandwiches, snacks and much more. Beer and entertainment The Swan has a superb selection of beers on draught such as Abbot, Pedigree, Black Sheep, and guest ales such as Timothy Taylor, Sarah Hughes ‘Dark Ruby’, Woody’s Shropshire Lass and Holden’s Black Country Special. And of course all your popular ciders and lagers. And talking of something for everybody – why not call and enjoy the evening entertainment. Every Thursday evening is Folk Night, with Open Mic on Sunday evenings together with other events on throughout the summer months. And something unique is the Curiosity Shop, now open at the rear of the Mucky Duck selling all manner of things where you are welcome to have a mooch-around. Rick & Tracey extend a warm welcome and suggest you rediscover Fradley Junction and The Swan this weekend.

The Swan at Fradley Junction Canalside eating at its best DE13 7DN Telephone 01283 790330 We are a dog friendly pub

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