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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.

Drayton Manor Park joins G-Forces with Midlands Air Ambulance

Lee Pearson, Julian Spiers and Colin Bryan launch MAAC & G-Force partnership

Drayton Manor Theme Park has today (14th August) launched its charity collaboration with the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity (MAAC), helping to raise funds for the regional response team.

As part of the partnership, Drayton Manor Theme Park will donate one penny to the charity for everyone who rides G-Force*, which will help to keep its three ambulance aircraft in operation. The Staffordshire based theme park has also rebranded its G-Force roller-coaster, the official ride partner of the charity.

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity ambassador, Dr (Hon) Lee Pearson OBE CME MBE, the ten times Paralympic Gold Dressage Medallist, attended the launch, alongside members of the MAAC aircrew and the official mascot, Maac. Lee is particularly indebted to the work of Midlands Air Ambulance, following a very serious fall from a horse at his rural Staffordshire home. He was airlifted by the service and like many others in the Equestrian world owes a huge debt of gratitude to the charity and its lifesaving work.

The MAAC is one of the region’s most treasured charities, providing first class life saving care to patients across six counties in the Midlands, including Staffordshire, the West Midlands, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. The largest air ambulance region operating region in the UK, the MAAC has responded to over 40,000 calls since 1991, and relies purely on donations from local businesses and the general public.

The heart of saving lives across the region

Colin Bryan, CEO and Group Managing Director of Drayton Manor Theme Park said: “The Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is a fantastic cause that is at the heart of saving lives across the region. Here at Drayton Manor, we are always looking for ways to give back to the local community, and it fills us with immense pride to be able to help fund the vital work that the MAAC do.”

Jason Levy, fundraising and marketing director for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, added: “Drayton Manor Theme Park is one of the most popular destinations in the Midlands, so we are delighted the park chose to partner with us. We look forward to working with the theme park to help raise awareness of our life saving work, and look forward to saving even more lives with the help of the extra funding.”

Whether you’re a thrill seeker, an animal lover, young or young at heart, Drayton Manor Theme Park has something for everyone. The park is home to some of the biggest, scariest and wettest rides around, including Apocalypse, Maelstrom and brand new thrill ride, Air Race. There’s also Europe’s only Thomas Land™, which is home to 21 rides and attractions based on the ever popular Thomas & Friends™ series, as well as a sensational 4D cinema and a 15-acre zoo.

The 2014 main season runs from Saturday 29th March 2014 to Sunday 2nd November. The Fireworks Spectacular weekend is 1st and 2nd November.

To book tickets, or for more information about the park, visit or call 0844 472 1960. Reduced prices are available for tickets bought in advance. For regular updates and news about Drayton Manor Theme Park join us on Twitter and Facebook


Please note: the park will be closed to the general public on Sunday 14th September.

*Up to a maximum of £5,000 per year.

A level successes

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CATHEDRAL SCHOOL DELIGHTED WITH A LEVEL RESULTS Once again, Lichfield Cathedral School students have achieved excellent A Level results, with most students achieving or exceeding their target grades. We have maintained our 100% pass rate and 43% of grades were A*-B. There were some outstanding individual performances: Daniel Payne achieved A*, A and A while undertaking a wide range of duties throughout the year as Head Boy. Daniel will go on to Birmingham University to study Economics. Ashton Bryan gained two As and a B and will study Psychology also at Birmingham University. Chloe Gerrard and Ellie Day both achieved and A and two Bs, while Tom Allsopp not only won a Gold Medal at the National Biology Olympiad, he achieved an A* in Biology, plus two Bs. Headmaster David Corran said: “I am delighted that every one of our A level students passed all their exams; they should be very proud of themselves. There were many fine individual performances, not just from the high-fliers but from all abilities.” Susan Hannam, Deputy Head, added: “As ever, this is a very impressive set of results and I am thrilled that all of our students have secured places at a university of their choice. Our Sixth Formers work incredibly hard, not just from an academic perspective, but as leaders of the school, organising multiple fundraising events, coaching younger children and undertaking services to the community, all of which takes dedication, enthusiasm and an unselfish approach to sharing their time and talents. We are all extremely proud of what they have achieved and the impact they have had in the local and international community, particularly through their work with the Waterloo Schools project in Sierra Leone, improving the lives of children and refugees who would otherwise be denied an education. “I am sure that the students wish to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of the teaching staff who work tirelessly to help students achieve their best and exceed their own expectations.”


A-Level students at one of Staffordshire’s leading private schools are celebrating after more than 83 per cent achieving grades from A* to B. The results – building on an upward trend of improvement – mean that all of the candidates at the 140 year-old Abbots Bromley School will obtain their preferred choice for higher education. Girls from the school, in the village of Abbots Bromley between Rugeley and Uttoxeter, are now moving on the study courses ranging from dentistry, dance, accounting and finance, and politics and sociology at some of the country’s leading universities including Queen Mary’s College, London, Exeter, Newcastle and Manchester. Nether Stowe achieves its best ever results Nether Stowe School are celebrating their fourth successive increase in results at the end of year 13. The school has achieved its best ever A- level results, almost 25% of students gained a string of A and B grades. Headteacher Ruth Poppleton said “these are fantastic results and I am very pleased for the students. We have seen the requirements for the examinations change during the two year course, but it is very clear from these outcomes that the staff have kept abreast of the changes to prepare the students for these vital qualifications. I am particularly pleased to note that we have achieved the top grades in many subjects showing the breadth of high quality teaching. I would like to extend my congratulations to all the students”

Nether Stowe achieves its best ever results


Nether Stowe School are celebrating their fourth successive increase in results at the end of year 13. The school has achieved its best ever A- level results, almost 25% of students gained a string of A and B grades. Headteacher Ruth Poppleton said “these are fantastic results and I am very pleased for the students. We have seen the requirements for the examinations change during the two year course, but it is very clear from these outcomes that the staff have kept abreast of the changes to prepare the students for these vital qualifications. I am particularly pleased to note that we have achieved the top grades in many subjects showing the breadth of high quality teaching. I would like to extend my congratulations to all the students”

Win Tickets to The Cruise Show! NEC, Birmingham 20-21 September 2014

The Cruise Show visits Birmingham this autumn and will be packed with inspiration and information to help you discover your perfect cruise. There are an great array of destinations and cruise styles available, some you may never have discovered before, so whether you’re an experienced ocean traveler, a lover of the laid-back culturally rich river cruises, or completely new to the wonders of cruising, let the Cruise Show bring you the whole spectrum of incredible holidays afloat and make it easy for you to find your ideal cruise.

This show is your chance to save money when booking your next cruise with the exclusive show-only offers and upgrades available from the exhibitors, plus you can meet with world leading cruise lines and specialist operators all under one roof to ask those all important questions face-to-face, you can hear directly from the cruise experts about what’s new for 2014 / 2015 and gather impartial advice you won’t find in the brochure.

For more show information, talk timetables and a full exhibitors list please visit


We’ve got six pairs of tickets to win in our Cruise Show Competition. To be in with a chance of winning just answer the following question…

Q: Where is the Cruise Show 2014 taking place?

A: The NEC
B: Olympia
C: Symphony Hall

Either message us here with your answer, name and contact details, or email us at We’ll draw the six winner’s names on Monday 8th September.

Ticket Offer:
The Cruise Show are also offering you reduced price advance tickets to the show! Get your tickets for only £4 (that’s saving £6 off the door price!) by quoting ‘LICHFIELD’ when booking tickets online at or when calling 0871 620 4024. (Calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras).

Musical programme announced for Lichfield Proms

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Star Wars, Nimrod and Mars from The Planets will be just some of the musical treats in store for audiences at this September’s Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park.

Lichfield Proms is less than two months away and The British Police Symphony Orchestra (BPSO) is busy practising in readiness for their big performance in Beacon Park on Sunday 6 September 2014.

For more than a quarter of a century, the BPSO has thrilled audiences up and down the country. Conducted by new musical director, Richard Jenkinson, the 65-piece orchestra will lead the main concert at 7.30pm.

Richard Jenkinson, Musical Director of The British Police Symphony Orchestra, said: “Lichfield Proms is one of the highlights of the regional calendar, and we’re delighted to be invited back to lead the main concert.