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Hear ye! Hear ye! It’s time to get your Union flags at the ready and join us for Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park

Summer of Leisure Guide

Community Safety

Getting to grips with your new bin day

Discover how to stay fit and have fun with our summer activity guide

Find out how the council and police work together to keep crime levels low



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New Bin Day

Anglo Saxon Festival Come to a free Anglo Saxon festival for all the family on 24 July


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Welcome to intouch Introducing our new Leader... Councillor Michael Wilcox, Leader of Lichfield District Council

I am delighted to welcome you to intouch, Lichfield District Council’s residents’ magazine. This May I was honoured to take up the role of Leader of the district council. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and to set out what I think are the important issues we face as a council. Having lived in Fradley for more than a decade, I know what a great place the district is. It is important that we work together to improve in the areas we know matter to local people – such as keeping crime levels low. To find out more about the work we are doing in partnership with the police to tackle this issue, turn to pages 12 to 16. I am also looking forward to using my experience, gained in the banking sector, to help the council to continue to deliver quality services in today’s challenging economic climate. For this reason I will be continuing as Cabinet Member for Finance, Revenues and Benefits. As you will no doubt know, this summer we have joined forces with Tamworth Borough Council to run a shared waste and recycling service. So that the new

team can empty bins across both areas, we have had to change your bin day. I’d like to thank you for getting to grips with the change. Please turn to page 6 to find out more.

Every year we must save money, while making our services better. The only way to do this is to make sure our services work as efficiently as possible. This is one of the reasons why we’re linking up with other councils, for a number of services and some back office departments.

This year has also seen the start of an exciting multi million pound project to restore and improve Beacon Park, the Garden of Remembrance, and Minster Pool and Walk. Turn to page 4 to see how these historic parks are being transformed. Keeping on the theme of our city’s parks, I hope that everyone will join me at this year’s Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park on Saturday 4 September. This is the spectacular free event of the summer, bringing the community together in a huge celebration of music, entertainment and fireworks. Finally, I hope you have a fantastic summer, making the most of all the events happening right across the district.

Work has started to improve Chasewater Reservoir. So far we’ve drained the water out of the reservoir, rescued thousands of fish - with our partners British Waterways, and created a new habitat for rare newts to relocate to. The improvement works are set to start later this summer. Turn to page 8 to find out more.

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Lichfield ‘Hidden Treasures’ Heritage Weekend Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 September Make this year’s Heritage Weekend a date in your diary. Celebrating the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard, heritage attractions across the city will open their doors for free, so you can sample their hidden treasures.

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Experience 18th century living at Erasmus Darwin House

Sample the 1940s at Lichfield Heritage Centre

Try on medieval costumes

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Make a hat at Dr Johnson’s house

Cathedral tours, city tours and treasure trail

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Staffordshire Hoard Mercian Trail This spring we were delighted that, following a huge fundraising effort, the Staffordshire Hoard Campaign raised the £3.3 million needed to bring the hoard home to the region. A further £1.7 million now needs to be raised, so the Staffordshire Hoard can be properly conserved, studied and displayed. Councillor Louise Flowith, Cabinet Member for Tourism, said: “In April the council was really pleased to pledge £20,000 towards

Museum & Art Gallery, as well as a travelling exhibition. “We’re also working with regional partners on ways for local people, especially those living in Hammerwich where the treasure was buried for around 1,300 years, to get involved with the story of the Staffordshire

the development of the planned Staffordshire Hoard Mercian Trail. This could see displays of the world renowned hoard in Lichfield Cathedral and Tamworth Castle, alongside exhibitions in Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and The Potteries

Hoard. Over time, this could include children’s workshops, talks, fetes and festivals.” If you would like to make a pledge to the fundraising efforts, please visit

PAR Why not park IN LI KING for FREE after AFTECHFIELD R 3P M? 3pm everyday at Lombard Street / Cross Keys car park?


Enterprising chefs We are celebrating the success of Simply Cooking - a team of ten year 12 Friary School pupils.

Pictured: Lucy Thomas, Calum Klek, Billy Maritza and Hetty Hyde-Durrant

The team was chosen as Company of the Year in the Lichfield and Tamworth Young Enterprise Local Area Final in April, and went on to come second at the county finals in May. The group impressed the judges with their entrepreneurial skills, having created and launched a cookery book – Simply Cooking – in just one year. Gareth Thomas, Corporate GIS Manger for Lichfield District Council, helped to mentor the team about life in the real business world.

“I enjoyed working with Simply Cooking. It allowed me to share my professional knowledge and has taught me a lot along the way. The team did a great job and we’re all very proud of them.” Gareth Thomas Corporate GIS Manger

Lombard Street / Cross Keys car park is in the heart of the city and has easy access to Tamworth Street, Market Street and the Three Spires Shopping Centre.

How to get there... From Birmingham Road traffic lights (next to The Buck pub), go down Greenhill and turn right at the traffic lights into George Lane. Then turn left at the mini roundabout, and follow the road, bearing right, to the car park.

To find other handy car parks, visit

Above: Simply Cooking celebrate winning local area finals

Young Enterprise is keen to find more people from the business sector to help mentor teams. To find out more visit or email

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Win a VIP table at this year’s Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park Turn to page 20

Lichfield historic parks transformation

Visitors to Lichfield will notice that work has started to restore and improve Beacon Park, the Garden of Remembrance, and Minster Pool and Walk. Councillor Neil Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development Services, said: “Restoring these key parks and green spaces will help to attract even more visitors to our city, boosting the local economy and giving visitors a good impression of our historic city and beautiful district.” To keep up to date about the works, and to see what community and education events are taking place at Beacon Park this summer, please visit

Above: Beacon Park’s Garden of Remembrance

Lichfield Historic Parks Project is a partnership project between Lichfield District Council and Lichfield City Council. It is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s and the Big Lottery Fund's Parks for People programme. Plans for Beacon Park, Museum Gardens and play areas • A new poolside café and a new refreshment kiosk in Museum Gardens. • A new enclosed under 5s play area, with covered sandpits, train and more. • A new play area for older children, with sculpted wood climbing logs, rope swings and a revamped mini car track. • Relocate the bowling green and create a new bowling and education pavilion. • Extend Swinfen Broun Pavilion to include new public toilets, sports changing rooms and offices. • Restore Martyrs’ Plaque, statues, fountain, balustrades, gates and railings. • Plant new trees, shrubs and flowers. • Resurface footpaths and install new benches, picnic tables, bins, lighting, signage and interpretation boards. • Restore Beacon Park’s pool. • Create a new horticultural training area.

Plans for the Garden of Remembrance • Restore the entrance, and create a new access ramp and steps into the garden. • Conserve the war memorial. • New railings around the memorial for wreaths. • A new sundial and decorative urns. Plans for Minster Pool, Minster Pool Walk and Memorial Gardens • Complete the avenue of trees. • Light up nine lime trees along Pool Walk. • Resurface footpath. • Install traditional railings along the pool. • Dredge areas of silt build up in Minster Pool and rebuild the bank along Minster Pool Walk.

“This is an exciting time for Lichfield and we’re all eagerly anticipating the completion of these works.” Councillor Neil Roberts Cabinet Member for Development Services

Special offers card

To find out what’s on across the district and further afield, pick up your free copy of What’sOn at the Tourist Information Centre, in the Lichfield Garrick, or call 01543 412112.

Every month Visit Lichfield joins forces with attractions, hotels, restaurants and shops, to bring you a range of special offers. For your free special offers card, please call 01543 412112 or email Check out the latest special offers online at


Crammed full of events

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What'sOn July - November

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Darwin to be set in stone


Born in 1731, Erasmus Darwin moved to Lichfield in 1757.

He was a physician, natural philosopher, physiologist, abolitionist,

We were delighted to offer £20,000 Section 106 funding towards creating a statue of Erasmus Darwin, which will stand in Beacon Park’s Museum Gardens. The idea for the statue came from Erasmus Darwin House Museum, working with artist Peter Walker. They wanted to commemorate the important historical figure, and draw more attention to one of Lichfield’s most inspirational former residents. Councillor Neil Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development Services, said: “Darwin was an incredible man, and it is only right that we should celebrate his contribution to the world. We agreed that the Museum Gardens would be a fitting home for the statue, and we’re pleased to have been able to contribute section 106 funding


inventor and poet. ■

He was a founding member of the Lunar Society - a discussion

towards making it a reality.” Local sculptor, Peter Walker, gave a sneak preview of what the bronze statue will look like, when he recently presented a model of it to Lichfield’s Lunar Society. Explaining the inspiration behind the final design, Peter said: “Fourteen residents, who took part in a community art workshop last year, gave me lots of ideas for the sculpture. They each created a model of Erasmus Darwin, and I used their ideas to shape the final design. I hope it brings more recognition to this fascinating man.”

group of pioneering industrialists and natural philosophers. ■

He married twice and had 14 children. He was also grandfather to evolutionist Charles Darwin.

A large man, Erasmus gave up weighing himself when he reached 24 stone.

Lichfield Proms For more information visit

FREE EVENT Beacon Park, Lichfield Saturday 4 September From 6pm, main concert at 7.30pm

Everyone’s invited to an evening of music and fireworks at this year’s Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park. The British Police Symphony Orchestra will lead the main concert, playing a range of popular classical music and show tunes, including Holst’s Mars from The Planets, and Rodgers’ and Hammersteins’ You’ll Never Work Alone. The concert will feature singers Joanne Malin, Paul Roberts, Deborah Roberts, and Bella Musica!

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A firework display, to the sounds of Rule Britannia, will bring the evening to a close at around 10pm.

Lichfield’s Town Crier, Ken Knowles, will be joining proms compere Craig Allen as guest compere on the night. He said: It’s wonderful that everyone comes together to celebrate as a community, and I know this year will be just as special.”

“Being on the stage at proms is an incredible experience. All I could see in front of me last year was a sea of happy faces, enjoying the evening’s entertainment.” Ken Knowles Lichfield’s Town Crier

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Keeping the district spick and span We started 2010 by calling on local people and visitors to help us to keep Lichfield tidy, and make a New Year’s resolution to stop dropping litter. Later in the spring we stepped up our patrols to make sure dog walkers always clean up after their dogs. So far this year, our enforcement officers have fined 41 people for not taking responsibility for their dogs’ mess. Councillor Ian Pritchard, Cabinet Member for Housing, Health and Environmental Protection, said: “We know keeping our streets free of litter and dog mess is really important to you. This is why we encourage people to keep the district tidy, and hope our enforcement action will deter people from littering in the future.”

Low carbon living Our local environmental campaigners from Lichfield District Action on Climate Change (LiDACC) have ten simple tips to help you cut your energy bills and move towards low carbon living.

Above: Robin McGimpsey

To report litter, dog fouling or fly tipping, please visit reportit

Spring clean for busy roads This spring our team of street cleansers finished the huge job of clearing away rubbish that has ended up on the central reservations and along the side verges of many busy roads throughout the district – including the A5, A5148 and A38. Councillor Louise Flowith, Cabinet Member for Operational Services, said: “These busy roads are a gateway for people coming into and out of the district, and seeing them strewn with litter gives a bad and wrong impression of the district. This is why we have been so keen to litter pick the area and will be organising more in the future.” To tidy these roads, we worked in partnership with contractors Amey and Staffordshire County Council’s Highways Department.


Turn off electrical appliances when you’re not using them.


Only boil the amount of water you are going to use in your kettle.


Use energy saving light bulbs.


Check your central heating timer to make sure heating only comes on when you need it.


Turn down your central heating by 1˚C.


Install thermostatic valves on all radiators.


Install loft and cavity wall insulation. Find out how at or call 0800 512 012.


Leave the car at home, and walk, cycle or use public transport if you can.


Only use your washing machine for a full load, and peg washing out to dry rather than using a tumble dryer.


Grow your own or buy locally grown food.

Find out more about going greener at

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intouch To keep up to date on the Chasewater works and to see a ‘dam cam’

Reservoir bed finds As Chasewater Reservoir’s water level has dropped, it is revealing flotsam and jetsam on the reservoir bed.

Chasewater Reservoir improvements © Copyright Tim Marshall 2010

The most notable finds have been: Rowing boat In March we found a rowing boat on the reservoir bed. Once we have lifted it out of the mud we hope to make some kind of feature out of it at the country park.

In February we opened the valves to drain around one billion gallons of water out of Chasewater Reservoir. This marked the start of a major programme of essential works to improve the reservoir. By limiting the effects of heavy rainfall and water erosion, the works will help us to make sure Chasewater’s eastern dam remains safe for years to come. Councillor Val Richards, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services, said: “Building work to improve the reservoir is likely to start later this summer. Chasewater Country Park will be open as usual. Visitors can still enjoy the surrounding countryside and facilities, including the heritage railway and Innovation Centre.” To explain more about the works we put up information notices at Chasewater.

In April we worked with British Waterways on the first phase to rescue fish from the reservoir. British Waterways caught thousands of fish in large nets, including roach, perch, pike, tench and bullheads. They then released them into their canals and reservoirs across the Midlands. Once the works are finished, we will start to refill the reservoir. However, it could take between two and four years to get back to its normal level, as it will depend on how much it rains.

These also warned visitors to: W Stay on marked footpaths

Above: Rowing boat on the reservoir bed

World War II inert mortar round In February the army removed an inert mortar round from an exposed area on the dam wall. They thought it might have been used by British troops when they took part in training in the 1940s at Chasewater. Historic hand grenade Brothers Luke and Matthew Little found an old hand grenade at Chasewater Reservoir, when they visited the country park with their grandparents in March.

W Keep children and dogs under close

supervision, away from the reservoir W Keep off the exposed reservoir bed

at all times

“I would like to extend our gratitude to the clubs that use Chasewater Reservoir for their understanding and patience during these works.” Councillor Val Richards Cabinet Member for Leisure Services

Above left: World War II inert mortar round Above right: Historic hand grenade

Remember: If you spot anything unusual on the reservoir bed, don’t go near it. Report it to the country park staff straightaway. Above: British Waterways fish rescue

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Children sail away We’ve been working with Staffordshire County Council to make sure children don’t miss out on their boating fun at Chasewater Reservoir, while the improvements are taking place.


Gentleshaw Common restoration We’re celebrating having secured Natural England funding to help us look after Gentleshaw Common for ten more years. This will mean our countryside team can continue to restore the common, to increase its wildlife and improve the visitor experience.

Green fingers The county council normally teach 10 to 12 year olds how to sail at Chasewater, as part of an outdoor education scheme it runs at the country park. However, as water sports cannot take place on the reservoir for some time, we have offered them the use of Stowe Pool. Children have now set sail in the beautiful surroundings of Stowe Pool, and will continue to ‘mess about in boats’ on the pool, while the reservoir is temporarily out of action.

Ten Nether Stowe School pupils recently got their hands dirty at a special climate change session, led by our countryside team. The group learnt how to plant a Rowan tree in a recycled pot. They are now looking after their young trees at home until October, when we will help them to plant their trees at Christian Fields.

Shortbutts Park transformation Construction work to redevelop a Lichfield playground, that was in much need of a makeover, kicked off this summer. Complete with lots of equipment – including swings, a sandpit and a zip-line – Shortbutts Park’s new playground should be ready for children to play on in the autumn.

The second phase of the transformation will follow this, and will see new trees, hedges and shrubs planted in the park. Councillor Neil Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development Services, said: “We hope everyone enjoys their new park and playground when we launch it later in the year.” To celebrate the works, we’re inviting children and families to a second series of free play sessions this August. August activities Kids Mini-World Cup Wednesday 4 August 10am - 2pm Camp Fire Cooking, Bird Box Painting, and Name Carving Friday 6 August 2pm - 4pm Friday 13 August 10.30am- 2pm

Above: Bird box painting with Amelia Evans, Olivia O’Loughlin, Danny O’Loughlin and Harry Godridge

Family Play Sessions, open to all the family Friday 6 August, 2pm - 4pm Friday 13 August 10.30am - 2pm

Above: Nether Stowe School pupils get their hands dirty at a tree planting session

District’s first local nature reserve Christian Fields is set to be declared the district’s first local nature reserve later this summer. This will mean the Lichfield site will be protected so that wildlife can thrive. Councillor Neil Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development Services, said: “Our thanks must go to the many volunteers who have given up their time to help us manage and improve the site.” To find out more about volunteering at Christian Fields please contact Chris Walsh on 01543 308249 or email

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Show stoppers

CBBC presenter to star in Peter Pan

Summer & Autumn Season Tell Me on a Sunday Thursday 7 – Saturday 9 October Starring Claire Sweeney A rare opportunity to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and Don Black’s classic musical.

Thursday 2 December 2010 to Sunday 9 January 2011, with a selection of daytime and evening performances CBBC presenter, Barney Harwood, is taking up the title role in Lichfield Garrick’s magical Christmas production of Peter Pan. The children’s TV star will be appearing on stage for the first time with his father Barnaby, who is playing Smee. Garrick favourite Ian Adams will also take on the role as the dastardly pirate Captain Hook.

Show Me – Chris and Pui Sunday 29 & Monday 30 August Have fun with CBeebies’ Chris and Pui in their action packed show. It’s full of fantastic songs, games and a few surprises along the way.

B 11am and 2pm A £10.50, £6.50 children

B 7.30pm with a Saturday

A £10 - £13.50 children, £19.50 - £21.50 adults

matinee at 2.30pm

A £20 to £23.50

Young performers invited to tread the boards The Lichfield Garrick has invited budding performers, aged between 11 and 16 from across Lichfield District, to take part in a free Summer Theatre Workshop. Adrian Jackson, Lichfield Garrick’s Artistic & Executive Director, said: “We wanted to give local young people, with an interest in theatre and performing arts, the chance to experience what it’s like to perform on a professional stage. This is why we’re offering 50 free places on this taster session. “We hope the day inspires young people, who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to experience what it’s like to work with professional actors and musicians.”

This spectacular show charts the romantic misadventures of a young English girl who is seeking success in New York. But, as she weaves her way through the maze of the city, and her own anxieties and heartaches, she begins to wonder whether she’s looking for love in the wrong places. Features the hit song, Take That Look Off Your Face.

Black Tie Gala – A Night at the Proms Saturday 11 September

80s Mania

Presented by Hannah Gordon The internationally acclaimed 45-piece City Concert Orchestra and soloists present a lavish concert to end the summer in style.

Friday 29 October

B Pre-concert wine and soft drinks from 6.45pm. Main concert 7.30pm

A £30

The Vagina Monologues

Take a trip back to the 80s with this fantastic feel good show. Completely live, enjoy classic songs made famous by Adam Ant, The Human League, Madonna, Duran Duran, Boy George, Cyndi Lauper and many more.

B 7.30pm A £19.50

Wednesday 22 September

Funded by Friends of the Lichfield Garrick, the workshop will culminate with a performance on the main stage.

This hilariously witty and moving collection of tales gives voice to a chorus of lusty, outrageous, poignant, brave and thoroughly human stories.

B 8pm A £18.50

BOX OFFICE 11am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday and until 9.30pm on performance days.

Tel: 01543 412121 Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke

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It’s not too late to sign up to a summer of fun Summer is here and our leisure team has an exciting range of activities and events to entertain your children. From a trampolining course, swimming lessons and weekly playschemes, we’ve got something to keep every child busy this summer. The programme runs from 26 July to 3 September. Pick up a copy from your local leisure centre or download the full brochure and booking form at

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Leisure centres There are lots of summer holiday activities on offer at our three leisure centres. These include, tennis, trampolining, athletics, and cycling, for boys and are girls of all levels and ages. There are spaces left, so get in quick to book a place for your child. A full programme of activities can be found on our website at or by visiting your local leisure centre. Here’s just a handful of activities you can have a go at:

Summer swimming Burntwood & Friary Grange leisure centres This summer children and young people are in for a splashtastic time, with cut price swims at Burntwood and Friary Grange leisure centres. Anyone under 16, accompanied by a full paying adult, can swim for 50p. Anyone from 8 to 16, not accompanied by a full paying adult, can swim for £1. Simply tell the leisure centre receptionist the magic phrase, ‘Summer Splashtastic’. This offer is running from 26 July to 5 September 2010. Maximum of two 50p swims per paying adult. Normal leisure centre rules apply.

Club Air Friary Grange Leisure Centre Adults and children can work out together with one of our instructors using the air resistance equipment. It’s brilliant for toning and getting fit. Children have to be aged 10 and over for this activity. To book call 01543 308842. 2, 4, 6, 23, 25 & 27 August, 1 & 3 September. 10am - 11am or 11am - 12 noon £1.50 child and £2 adult

Rookie lifeguard course

Burntwood Leisure Centre Learn what’s involved in becoming a lifeguard. One hour will be spent in the pool learning personal survival techniques and the next hour will teach first aid and basic life saving. Age 8 - 12 year olds. To book call 01543 308810. 2 - 6 August and 23 - 27 August 9am - 11am £30 for a five - day course

Basketball course King Edward VI Leisure Centre Learn how to dribble, block, pass and shoot, on this basketball coaching course. Age 9 - 14 years. To book call 01543 308782. 9 - 13 August 10am - 12 noon £25 for a five - day course. 31 August - 3 September 2pm - 4pm £20 for a four - day course

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Youth clubs Aspire youth club


Do you live or go to school in Fazeley, Mile Oak, Drayton Bassett, north Lichfield, or Edingale? If you do, the Aspire Project has a fun programme of activities in the school holidays for 8 to 14 year olds, including art and crafts, dances, sports sessions, trips and lots more. To book call 01543 308762. Football coaching week Musical theatre week 26 - 30 July 10am - 3pm daily Coton Green F.C (New Mill Lane) £25

26 - 30 July 10am - 3pm daily Millfield Primary School (Fazeley) £25

For more information

Sports Day

Join aspire and the play ranger teams for fun sports at Curborough Community centre. You can take part in lots of traditional sports races, including egg and spoon, sack, bean bag and obstacle races. Monday 16 August 10am start 8 - 14 years, Free

For more information

Positive Futures From Panna football and trampolining, through to street cheer (a cross between street dancing and cheerleading) and a DJ taster session, Positive Futures has a great programme of activities to keep 10 to 19 year olds from Burntwood entertained.

Street Cheer

Impact Dance

26 July, 2, 9, 16 & 23 August 4pm - 5.30pm £1

5 & 26 August, 2 September 4pm - 6pm £1


DJ/Panna Sessions

27 & 30 July 4, 11, 18 & 27 August 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 & 31 August 4pm - 6pm 3 September Free 4.30pm - 6pm £1

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Lichfield parks and play areas

Play Day Play Day is a celebration of children’s right to play. It is a national campaign where each year thousands of children and young people get out and play at a locally organised event. Lichfield District Council’s Leisure Services has organised an exciting event in Beacon Park where young people can play football, have their face painted, enjoy story telling, ride on our mobile skate park and much more. Thursday 5 August at Beacon Park, Lichfield 11am - 3pm Free Contact 01543 308765 for more information.

Activities in Beacon Park

Kings and Queens Golf Bring along a friend who you would like to introduce to golf. This promises to be a fun day, with competitions and prizes to be won. To book call 01543 308867

Saturday 24 July 12noon - 2pm £5 per couple

Build a bat box Bats are amazing animals and an important part of our natural environment. Come along to Beacon Park to build a bat box, to help protect our native bat species and learn about these fascinating mammals. To book call 01543 308867. Saturday 7 August 10am - 12 noon and 2pm - 4pm £5 per person

Our play rangers will be visiting parks, play areas and open spaces across the district this summer to run fun games, activities and sports sessions for 5 to 13 year olds. There will be den building, assault courses, football, cricket, cooking and even a mobile skate park. Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund, play rangers sessions are free, and you don’t need to book. Find out where the play rangers are going to be this summer by visiting

Useful numbers Burntwood Leisure Centre

01543 308810

Friary Grange Leisure Centre

01543 308842

Mobile Leisure 01543 308766 Play Development 01543 308765

Beacon Park 01543 308867

Chasewater Country Park

01543 308607

Aspire 01543 308762 Positive Futures 01543 308835

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Section106 success stories


Childhood – a Burntwood art exhibition

Thanks to section 106 agreements, we are able to invest in local facilities. We negotiate these agreements with developers, who agree to contribute to local schemes. Councillor Neil Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development Services, said: “Section 106 funding allows us to support local projects that will benefit communities across the district. We are delighted that the latest projects are either moving on apace or are now completed and can be enjoyed by all.”

Recent 106 funded projects include: Swan Park in Whittington £11,000 towards restoring a play area and football pitch in Whittington. It all ties up at Fradley £16,000 towards creating trails, events, sensory aids, resource boxes, interpretation panels and seating at Fradley Junction. Whittington Cricket Club £15,000 to help create a new cricket ground in Whittington. For more information about Section 106 agreements visit

Pictured: Swan Park play area – parish councillors John Cannon, John Smith and Chris Millar, with district councillor Neil Roberts and planning officer Asmita Kathrani

Funding boost for local groups

Chase Terrace Technology College 30 July to 7 August*, 10am to 4pm, Free entry

Don’t miss your chance to see a stunning collection of art created by professional and amateur artists who all have a local connection to Burntwood. The theme of this year’s Burntwood open art exhibition is childhood. The event will also feature a children’s exhibition and free art workshops. For more information visit burntwoodart *Except

Sunday 1 & Monday 2 August.

Lichfield & Tamworth Building Control and Land Charges Come to the experts

We recently held a reception to celebrate the 44 groups and organisations that are receiving a slice of our £43,000 Grant Aid funding. Councillor Helen Fisher, Cabinet Member for Community, said: “It was lovely to meet the many groups that will benefit from the funding. Everyone was full of praise for the scheme, and told me it was a useful resource to call on. “The funding will be spent on a wide variety of things that will benefit communities right across the district – including buying new radio equipment for St John Ambulance Lichfield Division, and buying materials so that the Embroidery for Burntwood Community Group can create a piece of embroidery of St Anne’s Church in Chasetown.”

The Green, RJK Construction Midland Ltd

To discuss your building control needs, or to find out more about land charges, call us on:

01543 308157 or email:

We offer expert advice and guidance to builders across the region to make sure their projects meet national building standards. We also offer a first class land charges service to make sure your solicitor can carry out a full and detailed search. This will tell you everything you need to know about the house and land you intend to buy in Lichfield District.

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Community safety Here is just a taste of some of the projects our community safety team has been working on in the past six months – alongside partner agencies, groups and volunteers.

Tackling antisocial behaviour

W Christmas campaign To make sure everyone got home safely over Christmas, we backed the I’ll Be Des campaign. This encouraged local people to name themselves a designated non-drinking driver. Every ‘Des’ was given a wrist band so they could be served free soft drinks at participating pubs and clubs. W Cutting back anti-social behaviour Local agencies joined forces to tackle an overgrown path in Lichfield, which had been a hot spot for anti-social behaviour in the past. The hedgerows along the path, which leads from St Michael’s Church to St Michael’s Primary School, are now being cut back regularly, opening up the area so there are no longer any nooks and crannies for people to loiter in. The £1,000 project to keep the path clear throughout spring and summer was funded by Lichfield City Council and the Joint Operations Group.

Above: Sergeant Paul Handley and Councillor Helen Fisher

W Clamp down on fast and furious behaviour Working with the police, we were granted a two year injunction to help put a stop to car cruising on the outskirts of Burntwood. It is hoped the injunction will discourage drivers from congregating and racing on a number of key roads in Burntwood. It now means anyone found taking part in this reckless activity could face a fine, or up to two years in prison.

A BIG Tidy for Boney Hay Local agencies, through the Forward Action Burntwood partnership, held a Big Tidy Up event in Boney Hay.

Above: Volunteers take part in the Big Tidy Up

Volunteers rolled up their sleeves and collected 15 bags of rubbish from across the area. Local people also filled four skips with larger items. Find out how to get involved at

Above: Community Safety Officer Bob Haynes and PCSO Hilary Gittins

Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership launched a leaflet to give local people a better idea about how to spot and report anti-social behaviour. It also explains how local agencies work in partnership to tackle it. To pick up a leaflet visit the district council’s reception on Frog Lane, or drop into a local police station within the district. You can also read the leaflet online at Community safety event Community safety experts came together at Mile Oak Community Centre to talk through any problems local people might have in the area. Agencies are now working together to tackle the issues that were raised.

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Keeping our communities safe and reassured

Crime busting success for police and partners Welcome

Nearly 900 fewer people have been victims of crime in Burntwood and Lichfield over the last 12 months.

Police in Lichfield and Burntwood work closely with the district council to ensure the city and surrounding towns and villages remain safe and secure places for people to live, work and visit. Lichfield District is one of the safest areas in one of the safest counties in the country, and police and community safety partners work hard to make sure that continues. When people are affected by crime, more than 80% tell us they are satisfied with the service they receive from police. When it comes to people reporting incidents of anti-social behaviour, the satisfaction rate is more than 90%. Because of what people see on tv or read in newspapers, we know that one of the biggest challenges facing police and community safety partners is getting over people’s fear of crime. To help give you a better understanding, this four page special feature includes information about what your local police and their community safety partners are doing to keep you and your family safe and reassured.

The confidence boosting figures show that, for the sixth year running, the number of offences has fallen. In the year ending 31 March 2010, a total of 4,866 offences were reported – but only a handful involved serious violence. Inspector David Challinor, Commander of Burntwood neighbourhood policing unit, and Inspector Jed White, who runs Lichfield, said the areas were well served by hard working teams of officers, police staff and partners.

If you want to discuss any local concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Simply call 0300 123 44 55 and leave a message. Top left: Inspector Jed White, Lichfield Neighbourhood Policing Commander Top right: Inspector David Challinor, Burntwood Neighbourhood Policing Commander

“The continuing success against crime shows how valuable partnership working can be in keeping people safe and reassured in the knowledge that we are all tackling the issues that matter to them.” Inspector Jed White, Lichfield Neighbourhood Policing Commander

relatively small number of violent crimes which happen in the district. Councillor Helen Fisher, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community, added: “We work hard, as part of Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership, to help the police to cut “Their commitment and dedication has crime locally. This could be anything from again paid huge dividends and shown we holding community safety events, to are winning the fight against criminals. helping resolve anti-social behaviour “The success reflects our focus on what issues in communities, through to people tell us are the important issues. They organising activities for young people. It want police and partners to tackle anti-social is wonderful to see such positive results, behaviour, alcohol fuelled incidents and as we know that feeling safe is a top thefts from property and vehicles.” priority for our residents.” Inspector White praised the role of the The inspectors also praised the work of Lichfield District Safer Community volunteers, such as Special Constables Partnership in helping achieve the year on and Neighbourhood Watch groups for year reductions and said the police were the valuable role they played in helping seeing big success in detecting the reduce crime.

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OPEN DAY Lichfield Police Station on Frog Lane Saturday 17 July from 11am until 4pm Families in Lichfield are to have their fingerprints taken – but police promise not to keep them on file... The chance to make a mark is happening on Saturday 17 July when Lichfield Police Station throws open its doors to visitors. Guests can have their fingerprints recorded and then take them home on a special bookmark as a souvenir of their visit. Visitors will also be able see a drugs dog in action, test out a police car, try on police ‘riot gear’, and have a go at using a police style two-way radio, during the free event.

Did you know? The number of vehicles stolen or broken into in Lichfield and Burntwood has fallen sharply. Last year there were 243 fewer offences - a fall of 25% in Lichfield and 42% in Burntwood.

Putting the brake on speeding

Team speed PC Richard Allsopp joins resident John Floyd and Cllr Peter Hitchman to set up the new Speedwatch group.

Volunteers are set to put the brake on speeding drivers in a Lichfield suburb. Residents who have signed up to be part of the area’s new Community Speed Watch will use the latest speed detection equipment to help police pin-point hot spot areas for speeding around the Curborough area.

“Speed Watch was launched as a direct result of concerns within the community and involves local people taking positive action in their area.” Inspector Jed White, Lichfield Neighbourhood Policing Commander

“The volunteer members of the community have been fully trained to use the new equipment,” explained Lichfield neighbourhood policing commander, Inspector Jed White.

Working in pairs or groups, volunteers will use the kind of equipment favoured by American baseball fans to track the speed of baseballs during games. “The equipment is accurate to within one mile per hour and has been tested alongside our own speed detection equipment,” said Insp White. Speeding drivers spotted by the volunteers will be sent warning letters, not fines, although police action will follow if persistent speeders are identified.

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Blitz on under-age drinking Police in Burntwood seized hundreds of cans and bottles of booze from young people during a recent blitz on under-age drinking. The alcohol was taken from dozens of under 18s who were spotted by police during the crackdown on parks and open spaces. Top of the list were bottles and cans of lager, but officers also seized bottles of cider, vodka, whisky and beer. “The operation was in response to community concerns that a minority of young people are buying or being given alcohol and then drinking in local parks,” explained Burntwood neighbourhood commander, Inspector David Challinor. “This very often leads to anti-social behaviour and worries people who want to be able to enjoy public spaces without

being bothered by people under the influence of alcohol.” He said the operation was successful in reaching out to young people and warning them drinking alcohol could affect their long term health. “These youngsters had absolutely no idea of the strength or potency of what they were drinking or how it could have a serious affect on their health.” He said parents needed to support what police and partners were doing because officers were often told that mum or dad had given youngsters alcohol or the cash to buy it.

Down the drain Burntwood PCSO Lisa Goring, Cllr Steve Tranter and PCSO Jenna Gibbons pour away alcohol seized from young people in Burntwood.

“Young people may not think they are doing harm but, under the influence of alcohol, their behaviour can become threatening and they also put themselves at risk.” Inspector David Challinor, Burntwood Neighbourhood Policing Commander

Smart idea beats burglars When it comes to crime prevention, villagers near Lichfield are pretty ‘smart’.

Smart start Neighbourhood Officer PC Andy Brown, with villagers Julia Coyle, David Coglan, Sheena Birch, and Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator Robert Gilmour (top)

Neighbourhood officer PC Andy Brown said the use of Smartwater helped send a clear, strong message to would-be burglars to stay away. “Research shows that areas where Smartwater has been introduced have seen dramatic reductions in the number of opportunist thefts and burglaries. “Offenders quickly realise the chances of being caught are greatly increased because police are checking every item of stolen property recovered,” said PC Brown. The initiative is organised by Kings Bromley Neighbourhood Watch.

Residents in Kings Bromley have signed up to make the most of a revolutionary security system which uses DNA style codes to protect property. By marking treasured possessions with high tech Smartwater, police can link suspected offenders to stolen property. Householders paint a small amount of Smartwater onto property, such as TVs, computers and jewellery, where it remains invisible and stays on the item forever. If any property is stolen and recovered For information about Smartwater call by police, the unique chemical signature of PC Brown on 0300 123 44 55 or log on the address can be revealed. to

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How to contact your neighbourhood policing team

Lichfield neighbourhood policing team

The public reception area at Lichfield station is open 8am until 10pm and until 5pm on Sunday. Chasetown is open during normal office hours and until 1pm on Saturday. If you visit a station when it is closed, a telephone is always available for you to speak with an officer. Each station has teams of neighbourhood officers to deal with local issues. To contact your neighbourhood officer, dial 0300 123 2345 and follow the instructions. Officers’ names and extension numbers are listed here.

Staffordshire Police’s non emergency telephone number is 0300 123 44 55.

PC 4320

Richard Allsopp PCSO 17017

Boley Park

Costas Karpi

PC 0778

Rachel Hooper

Shenstone, Stonnall, Little Aston

Curborough PCSO 16662

Hilary Gittins

Lichfield and Chasetown police stations are staffed around the clock, with officers dealing with incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Mease, Tame and Whittington

PC 5114

PC 4862

David Fletcher

Stephen Stackhouse


PCSO 6442

PCSO 8891

Maggie Griffiths

Brian Harbon

PC 5623

Alison Rowley

Fazeley, Mile Oak PCSO 16661

Aaron Evans

PC 0742

Marc Forton-Tobin

Rebecca Bowley

City centre PC 5494

Adam Thompson

PCSO 8760

PCSO 8883

Kevin Stackhouse

Lianne Haddock

Leomansley PCSO 8691

Jas Gill

St John’s

PC 5102

PC 5357

Ed Ford

Jo Hamplett

PCSO 6647

Katie Page

PCSO 8993

PCSO 16662

Elaine Sneyd

Hilary Gittins

Burntwood neighbourhood policing team Kings Bromley, Longdon, Colton and Hill Ridware

In an emergency, always dial 999.

PC 3490

Burntwood and Hammerwich

Chase Terrace PC 4328

Rob Trow

Andrew Brown

PCSO 16844

Tim Hughes

Alrewas & Fradley

PC 3495

John Wilkes

PC 4457

David Griffiths

PCSO 16849

Tom Passmore

Armitage & Handsacre

PC 5355

Nicola Till

Chasetown PC 769

PC 3580

PC 5377

Wayne Rogers

Alison Lewis

Kings Bromley, Alrewas and Fradley

Pictured: Neighbourhood officer PCSO Aaron Evans


PC 4926

Lisa Richardson PCSO 16931

Armitage & Handsacre, Colton and Hill Ridware

PC 8973

PCSO 16633

Tracy Horton

Lisa Anderson

Jenna Gibbons PCSO 17021

Lisa Goring

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Since the downturn in the housing market, it is more important than ever to have a good supply of affordable housing available. This is why we’re working hard to make sure affordable homes are a key part of housing developments across the district. And, this spring we celebrated the completion of the last ten of the 34 affordable homes that have been built on the Charter Place development in Lichfield. Keith Stanyer is settling into one of the apartments on this development. Of his new home, which is rented out by Waterloo Housing Association, Keith said: “It’s a great place to live.

Pictured: Cycle ride launch

To get everyone on their bikes, so they can enjoy free cycle rides across the district, this June we launched Family Cycle Rides, in partnership with Staffordshire County Council and Freedom Cycles.

Pictured: Keith Stanyer

The apartment’s modern, spacious and really convenient because it’s close to the city centre.” For more information about affordable housing visit

At the launch 23 people of all ages cycled to Fradley Junction. There are lots more rides coming up this summer and autumn. The Sunday rides will set off on 8, 22 & 29 August, 12 September, and 3 & 24 October. For the times and route details check out familycyclerides

Everyone is welcome. All you need is a roadworthy bike, suitable clothes - including a cycle helmet, and a parent or carer to accompany you, if you are under 16. For more information, or to book your free place, telephone Freedom Cycles on 01543 411633 or Jigsaw on 01543 253666.

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Need help and advice?

Safer food, better business If you’ve got a question, or an issue you want advice on, contact your ward councillor to see if they can help. Email your councillor Councillors’ email addresses start with their first name, followed by a dot, followed by their surname and finished with For example: Burntwood Town Wards All Saints Brenda Constable E 01543 684685 Helen Fisher E 01543 305070 Boney Hay Rod Campbell E 01543 685484 Russell Heath E 01543 671857 Burntwood Central Kenneth Humphreys E 01543 676005 Brenda Rigby E 01543 672376 Chasetown Paul Atkins E 01543 674504 John Emery E 01543 304068 Chase Terrace Richard Bamborough E 01543 673850 Maureen Humphreys E 01543 676005 Stephen Tranter E 01543 304226 Highfield Douglas Constable E 01543 684685 Maureen Holt E 01543 684102 Summerfield Donald Isaacs E 01543 319588 Steve Norman E 01543 304711 Lichfield City Wards Boley Park Jeanette Allsopp E 01543 256114 Barry Diggle E 01543 258678 Janet Eagland E 01543 257102

Chadsmead Marion Bland E 01543 416449 Michael Fryers E 01543 300646 Curborough Brian Bacon E 01543 264357 Norma Bacon E 01543 264357 John Walker E 01543 257461 Leomansley Terrence Finn E 01543 252348 Ian Jackson E 01543 414732 Derek Love E 01543 252096 St Johns Gwyneth Boyle E 01543 251684 Doris English E 01543 256415 John Wilks E 01543 262268 Stowe Bernard Derrick E 01543 410124 Colin Greatorex E 01543 416677 David Smedley E 01543 410389 Lichfield Rural Wards Alrewas & Fradley Paul Hogan E 01283 790263 Margaret Stanhope E 01283 790215 Michael Wilcox E 01283 791761 Armitage with Handsacre Richard Cox E 01543 490560 Thomas Marshall E 01543 491625 Martyn Tittley E 01543 490758

Bourne Vale Charles McEwan E 01543 414622 Colton & Mavesyn Ridware Tony Hill E 07971 237620 Hammerwich Erica Bayliss E 01543 685380 Val Richards E 01543 686927 Fazeley Ben Adams E 01543 483013 Tony Brookes E 01827 287464 Ian Lewin E 01827 260483 Kings Bromley Ian Pritchard E 01543 472732 Little Aston Louise Flowith E 07778 787522 Joseph Powell E 01543 255176 Longdon Neil Roberts E 01543 672957 Mease & Tame Phillip Bennion E 01827 373274 Ellen Perkins E 01827 373841 Shenstone Matthew Ellis E 01543 308003 Rita Hancocks E 01543 480560 Stonnall David Smith E 01543 374690 Whittington Alan White E 07793 838432 Rob Strachan E 07708 696958

Everyone who likes eating out can feel confident they are eating food that’s been prepared in clean kitchens. This is thanks to specialist training in food hygiene and safety, which we offered to staff from 190 local cafés and restaurants for free. We also used Chinese and Bengali speaking coaches to help local Chinese and Asian restaurants, to make sure they benefit from the training as well. Cllr Ian Pritchard, Cabinet Member for Housing, Health and Environmental Protection, said: “After securing more than £35,000 from the Food Standards Agency, our food safety team was able to deliver a first class training programme.” To see how many stars local eateries have been awarded by our food safety team, visit

Above: Staff from Asian restaurants take part in training

“It’s fantastic that so many local food businesses now have the skills to improve their standards, which is great news for anyone planning to eat out in the district.” Councillor Ian Pritchard Cabinet Member for Housing, Health & Environmental Protection

If it’s yours, claim it Did you know that even if you work, you could be entitled to help with your rent and council tax? If you are on a low income, contact us now to find out if you can claim housing or council tax benefit. Call: 01543 308900 Email: Visit: District Council House reception, Frog Lane, Lichfield For more information visit

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Consulting with rural communities Later this summer we will be holding a series of exhibitions across the district to ask rural communities how they think their neighbourhoods could be developed in the future. The exhibitions will take place in Alrewas, Armitage with Handsacre, Fazeley, Little Aston, Shenstone and Whittington.

“We hope lots of people come to these exhibitions and give us their views, as we need to know what local people want for their areas and surrounding villages. This will include finding out about housing needs, local jobs, access to services, and much more.” Councillor Neil Roberts Cabinet Member for Development Services

The first exhibition to launch the series will be at the Alrewas Show on Saturday 17 July. To see the programme of exhibitions, please visit or telephone Clare Eggington on 01543 308192.

Come and celebrate the Staffordshire Hoard, Lichfield’s Anglo Saxon history, and the stories of Lichfield Angel and the St. Chad Gospels at

A-Z of council services and useful numbers Lichfield Connects Here to help

If you can’t find what you need, please call our customer services team, Lichfield Connects, on 01543 308000. Benefit Fraud Hotline 0800 7831030 Business Support 01543 308201 Car Parks 01543 308999 Chasewater Country Park 01543 370607 Community Development 01543 308230 Community Grants 01543 308221 Community Research 01543 308122 Community Safety 01543 308777 Community Transport 01543 308165

A free midsummer Anglo Saxon festival for all the family

Countryside 01543 308164 Dangerous Buildings & Structures 01543 308157

Anglo Saxon encampment W authentic battle skirmishes W music and dance Anglo Saxon activities such as fire-making, food preparation and leather-working Regia Anglorum re-enactors W free Anglo Saxon tours of the Cathedral W refreshments £100 prize hoard treasure hunt W children’s craft workshops W and much more!

24 July 2010, 10am - 4pm, Lichfield Cathedral & The Close


Disability & Equalities 01543 308145 Elections & Electoral Registration 01543 308125

Environmental Improvements Urban 01543 308193

Parks & Playing Field Enquiries 01543 308866

Fusion Credit Union 01543 308223

Pest Control PCT External Contractor 01543 306406

Historic Building 01543 308203

Planning Enquiries 01543 308174

Homelessness & Housing 9am-10am or 4pm-5pm 01543 308709 / 308711

Unauthorised Development 01543 308205 Shopmobility 01543 308999

Housing Advice Line 01543 308703

Street Collection & Small Lottery Permits 01543 308073

Housing Benefit 01543 308900

Social Services 01543 510800

Leisure Centres: Burntwood 01543 308810 Friary Grange 01543 308842 King Edward VI 01543 308782 Lichfield Garrick: Box Office 01543 412121 General 01543 412110 Lichfield Markets 01543 309850 Lichfield Tourism 01543 308216

Empty Properties Listed Buildings 01543 308188 01543 308706 Old Mining Environmental College Centre Health 01543 308220 01543 308725

South Staffs PCT 01889 571700 Staffordshire County Council 0300 1118000 Sustainable Community Strategy 01543 308170 Tourist Information Centre 01543 412112 Trading Standards 0845 330 3313 Tree Enquiries 01543 308207 Venture House Training Centre 01543 308130

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Put your little grey cells to the test with our proms themed crossword to win eights seats to a VIP table at this year’s Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park.

To find out about our range of sponsorship packages, please telephone Lyn Hammant on 01543 308866 or email

For the chance to win this exclusive prize, worth £80, send us your completed crossword. Across 1


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