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Michael Fabricant presented a cheque for £2,122 to the Mercian Regiment Benevolent Fund on Friday 7th November outside the Bowling Green pub in Lichfield. “This gift which was raised from proceeds from Lichfield Rocks with support from the Lichfield Health & Fitness Club and the Bowling Green Pub is so welcome at this Season of Remembrance. The money will be used by the Mercian Regiment Benevolent Fund to indeed be Help for Heroes. It’s great to see an event like Lichfield Rocks providing not only enjoyment to our community with a wealth of musical talent, but also raising money for such important local causes. Lichfield does indeed rock” says Michael Fabricant.

Kyle Perry, organiser of the festival and front man of co-headliners Stubblemelt, who performed a host of songs from their new album ‘Gypaetus Barbatus’, said he was ‘thrilled’ with the amount of money the event helped to raise.

“It was fantastic to see so many people attend Lichfield Rocks, supporting both great local music and a very worthy cause. The atmosphere throughout the day was incredible and people travelled from all over the country to be a part of the fun. It is also great to see our local MP Michael Fabricant commend what we are trying to achieve here and appreciate the hard work we put in.

“All the acts involved put on a brilliant performance and the fact we raised such an impressive amount for the Mercian Regiment Benevolent Charity is testament to both the event itself and the generosity of the general public. It’s a testament to the good folk of Lichfield & the friendly staff at The Bowling Green that makes this such a great success and now attracts national artists like Lucy, I’m already looking forward to next year’s Lichfield Rocks festival!”

Now in its second year, Lichfield Rocks is becoming a very popular event in the Midlands music calendar and over the course of the last two years. Last year’s event also raised over £2,000 for St Giles Hospice in Whittington.

Pictured left to right : Dominic Mcdermott (Lichfield Health & Fitness), Mohsen Zaami (Manager of the Bowling Green), Warrant Officer Stuart Davison & Helen Rayson (Mercian Regiment), Michael Fabricant, Angela Gibson (Assistant Manager of the Bowling Green), Kyle Perry (Event Organiser) & son Regan


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If you like traditional pub food, you’ll love our new menus here at The Bowling Green. Next time you’re eating out in Lichfield drop by to enjoy your favourite dishes, served up with a warm welcome.eck out our pub food menus

Unwind with our fabulous food

From weekday meal deals to Sunday lunch, you can be sure of simple, quality dishes made with carefully sourced ingredients and cooked just how you like them.

Tuck into comforting pub classics like slow-braised lamb shank, half roast chicken, gammon steak and – of course – cod and chips. Or choose from the chargrill – perhaps a 21-day-aged steak or a mixed grill. You can still build your own burger with tasty toppings like BBQ slow-cooked pulled pork, Monterey Jack cheese and bacon, or even challenge yourself to our ultimate burger.

Whatever you order, partnered with one of our seasonal real ales it’s pub heaven.

Great food, great quality, great value

Fancy a lighter bite? Try our light lunches for £4.95 or grab a freshly made sandwich or jacket from Monday to Saturday, 12–5pm. But you won’t want to skip dessert – new treats to try include salted caramel cheesecake, apple, plum and cherry crumble and banoffee pie.

You can also get a good deal on our daytime and evening set menus and traditional Sunday roast.

Christmas Bookings - Don’t delay – get booked in and have a great time guaranteed! 

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If all this talk of pub food is tempting your tastebuds, sign up for our emails. As well as our news and offers, you’ll also get a voucher for a free starter or dessert – what better excuse to try our classic food?

Movember – c’mon guys let’s see what we can do

Movember is about bringing back the moustache (Mo), having fun and doing good to change the face of men’s health, specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. Mo Bros take action by changing their appearance through the growth of a new moustache for the 30 days of Movember, and in doing so become walking, talking billboards for men’s health. Mo Sistas sign up and commit to supporting the men in their lives while helping to promote men’s health at home, in the workplace and within their community.

Twin Town – Limburg Artists

Three artists from Germany are exhibiting their work (this weekend only - closing Sunday at 4pm) at Emporium gallery in Bird Street Lichfield.
Emporium owners say “We hope many Lichfield people will come and see this fabulous exhibition so that the artists have plenty of visitors to their exhibition, which they have hauled here in a trailer from Limburg an-der-Lahn as part of the Town Twinning event in Lichfield.
There are large kinetic and electronic mechanical steel sculptures by Armin Hohler (some weighing 18 stone!)Limburg 091 Limburg 096 Limburg 092 Limburg 081 Limburg 080 Limburg 079 DSC_0328, paintings and sculpture by Suzanne Messer, and batik wall hangings  by Elisabeth Knossalla.
Gallery opening times Tue-Sat 10-5pm  Sun 6th Oct 12-4pm


NSPCC appeals to Staffordshire to host Big Packed Lunch

big packed lunchThe NSPCC is calling on people in Staffordshire to get together to create a fabulous, creative or unusual lunch on Wednesday 17 September as part of its UK-wide Big Packed Lunch campaign, and to donate the money they would otherwise have spent on a “same old, same old” lunch to help fund its ChildLine Schools Service.

Whether you stage a fancy lunch with cucumber sandwiches and scones, a children’s meal with jelly and fish finger sandwiches, or an indoor picnic, the idea is simple – pick a date for your lunch, invite your guests, make sure they all bring some delicious food to share, make a donation to the NSPCC, then gather round and get stuck in!

The money raised through Big Packed Lunch will help to fund the NSPCC’s ChildLine Schools Service, which uses trained volunteers to deliver age-appropriate workshops and assemblies to 9-11 year olds in order to educate them about abuse, how to protect themselves, and where to get help if they need it.

NSPCC research shows that, on average, two children in every primary school classroom have suffered abuse or neglect. However, whether it’s through fear or lack of information, children are not seeking help or telling anyone what’s happening until they are much older.

Since its launch the ChildLine Schools Service has carried out 111 school visits in the Staffordshire LEA area and spoken to 9,402 children, but with a total of 338 primary schools in the area, there is still a lot more to be done.

The NSPCC has produced a Big Packed Lunch fundraising pack which includes hints and tips for staging an event. To find out more and to get your Big Packed Lunch fundraising pack, visit


First Lines

Layout 1The best way to understand our own history is to listen to someone who was actually there. First Lines, a book by Lichfield author Joss Musgrove Knibb is a celebration of the words, deeds and lives of four Staffordshire Regiment men who served in the trenches of WW1.

In 1915, Alfred Bull went to war. Alf, just eighteen and a half years old at the time, would go on to be involved in some of the most iconic battles of WW1. Alf was born and lived his whole life at number 27 Dam Street, Lichfield.

Sydney Norton went to war in his 30s, leaving his wife and children behind in Tamworth. Syd’s letters are full of humour, wit and action and his vivid personality comes powerfully to life through his writing.

James Stevenson lived in Stoke-on-Trent with his wife and children in 1914. This courageous man endured three and a half years’ service in the trenches. Kind and artistic with the soul of a poet, James represents the soldiers’ longing for an honourable peace.

Reginald ‘Jake’ Armes sat down in his ‘dug out’ on Christmas Eve 1914 and wrote to his wife about the remarkable Christmas Truce that was taking place all around him.

These four men are the evocative voices of First Lines, a book by Lichfield and Chase Gazette Magazines’ Deputy Editor Joss Musgrove Knibb.

The letters, stories and first-hand accounts of Alf, Syd and James are part of the archive of the Staffordshire Regiment Museum, and have never before been published. They were transcribed by Joss over the period of a year.

joss mono picJoss commented: “These unknown letters came to me in their original envelopes, complete with idiosyncratic handwriting and spelling. Getting to know these men’s stories has been deeply rewarding, sometimes heart-breaking and at all times a privilege.”

To illustrate the life and times of each man, the book goes into greater detail on just what living as a WW1 soldiers was like, and what their families at home were experiencing in the first decades of the 1900s. The book is full of fascinating and gripping information, photographs and anecdotes that bring this world fully into focus.

First Lines is not at all dry and academic, but a hugely enjoyable read that gives a good grounding in life for a WW1 soldier, through the letters, thoughts and wishes of four men who actually lived it. Fascinating from start to end, it is a book that brings our local lads home and celebrates them.

First Lines is published by Gazelle Press Ltd and is out on October 4th 2014. The book is available in good local book shops and at It will be available on Amazon from 4th October.

To pre-order a copy of First Lines please contact us via this website or at the email address below.

For more information call 07833 735048 or email


Lichfield Food Festival Market and Pop Up Cookery Demos


Festival goers will be spoilt for choice with the wide range of food and drink stalls and pop up cookery demonstrations at Lichfield Food Festival Market.

Lichfield Food Festival v13Lichfield MarketThis year’s Lichfield Food Festival Market will take place on the Market Square, and will extend to surrounding streets and through Three Spires Shopping Centre. It will run on Saturday 30 August from 9am to 5pm and on Sunday 31 August between 10am and 4pm.

Organised by Lichfield City Council, the weekend market will bring an abundance of passionately produced food from across the region and beyond, together with a wide range of goods to Lichfield.

Markets’ Officer Rachel Clive said: “With such a versatile selection of delicious traditional British and multi-cultural hot and cold food on offer over the weekend, Lichfield Food Festival Market will definitely have something to suit all tastes. On Sunday children can enjoy the experience with a visit to the children’s activity stall on Market Square where, for £2.50, they can create their own personalised sweetie box to take home.”

To see all of the stall holders that will be showcasing their produce, visit

One of the market’s highlights will be the pop up cookery demonstrations taking place over the two days of the festival on Market Square, organised by Central England Co-operative in association with chef Simon Smith.

Top chefs from across the region will prepare dishes in front of the crowds using The Co-operative food range.

The series of free displays will kick off on Saturday 30 August at 11am when head chef Paul Gilmore from Restaurant Gilmore will take to the pop up kitchen. They will run on the hour with the last demonstration starting at 4pm. Chefs, including choclatier Daniel Jones, star baker Duncan Hindley, local private caterer Simon Smith, Trevor Hancock from Super Yachts and Gail Abbey from Sospa Fitness, will also be cooking up a storm on Saturday.

On Sunday 31 August, the demonstrations will start at 12noon when Paul Bough will prepare dishes using Henckel Zwilling Knives. The displays will run on hour, and will also feature Richard Turner from Turner’s Restaurant, Matt Davies from Moat House and Sorrento’s Head chef Umberto. The final display of the festival will be by the owner of Lichfield’s Ruby restaurant, who will demonstrate Chinese dishes from 4pm.

Chef Simon Smith said: “From high end dining and healthy eating, to chocolate treats and fun food for the family, there are plenty of displays to choose from.”

Lichfield Food Festival also includes a celebration of local brewers in the Guildhall, cookery demonstrations showcasing kitchen gadgets at The Kitchen Shop and The George Hotel, a children’s Cupcake Hunt starting at St Mary’s in the Market Square (Saturday only), a baking competition at Three Spires Shopping Centre (Sunday), as well as food and drink trails.

Some familiar faces will also be appearing, including TV chef Rachel Green, the QVC and Ideal World TV presenter, Mal Harradine, and Christine Wallace, finalist in the Great British Bake Off.

For the full Lichfield Food Festival programme, please visit

There will be road closures over the two day festival that will affect Tamworth Street (lower section), Conduit Street, Breadmarket Street, Market Street and Bore Street. To find the nearest car parks, please visit

Lichfield Food Festival is organised in partnership by Lichfield District Council, Central England Co-operative, Chef Simon Smith, Lichfield City Council, Three Spires Shopping Centre, Lichfield Arts, Tippers, Cakeydora, The Kitchen Shop and The George Hotel. It is sponsored by Central England Co-operative, Tippers and NFU Mutual.


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Pop Up Cookery Demonstrations

Market Square, Lichfield

Saturday 30 August, from 11am to 4.40pm & Sunday 31 August from 12noon to 4.40pm

Saturday 30 August

11am – Paul Gilmore

Restaurant Gilmore’s head chef demonstrating best selling dishes.

12noon – Daniel Jones

Artisan chocolatier, Ludlow Food Centre.

 1pm – Chef Simon Smith

Local chef presents easy entertaining and culinary tips.

 2pm – Duncan Hindley

Hindleys’ star baker demonstrating bread making.

3pm – Trevor Hancock

Chef from British Artistic Survey and Super Yachts presenting fine dining dishes.

4pm – Gail Abbey

Healthy eating with Gail from Sospa Fitness and Lean & Clean.

Sunday 31 August

12noon – Paul Bough

Making dishes to showcase Henckel Zwilling Knives.

1pm – Richard Turner

Head chef from Michelin starred Turner’s Restaurant in Birmingham.

2pm – Matt Davies

Executive Chef, Lewis Partnership, Moat House, Acton Trussle.

3pm – Umberto Italy

Top Italian dishes by Ristorante Sorrento’s head chef.

4pm – Tommy Ho

The owner of Lichfield’s Ruby will present a

August’s cycle ride – all invited

Everyone’s invited to get on their bike and join a cycle ride to Fisherwick Lakes on Sunday 24 August 2014.  

Following July’s Cycle Rides for All, which saw 35 people go on a three and a half mile taster cycle ride that set off from Beacon Park, the partnership behind the series of monthly rides is once again inviting keen cyclists to get on their bike for August’s ride.

The sixth group cycle ride in the series is to Fisherwick Lakes on Sunday 24 August. It is an eight and a half mile cycle ride there and back and has been awarded a level 2 for difficulty, which means it is suitable for all.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “We’re always keen to encourage more people to get on their bikes and take part in this healthy and fun activity, and so are pleased to be working in partnership to support these monthly cycle rides. They are a great way for people to discover good cycle routes, meet new people, and have an enjoyable day out.”

To join in this free cycle ride, simply bring your bike to Freedom Cycles, in Lichfield Bus Station, at 10am on Sunday 24 August, where it will be given a safety check before the group sets off. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

To find out more, or to check whether a ride is taking place if the weather is uncertain, please call Freedom Cycles on 01543 411633 or Karl Sproston at Lichfield District Council on 01543 308846.

Details of this and September’s cycle ride can be found online at

3097624-woman-cyclingCycle Rides for All is run in partnership by Lichfield District Council, Freedom Cycles, Bromford Living, North Lichfield Initiative and Lichfield City Council.