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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.

Lichfield Ladies group join forces

For many years the Lichfield Ladies Circle have been supporting local charities through fundraising and volunteering their encouragement at events, however this May/June saw a whole new dimension of their support in numbers as the Circle group offered their assistance with a twist! The Lichfield Ladies Circle joined forces working alongside other local groups, to add strength in numbers to support some outstanding and epic community events.


Ladies Lichfield Circle teamed up with local groups, Tangles, Lichfield Round Table and Spires 41 Club to enhance the numbers offered to support some very noble events and all within the space of a week.
Monday the 26th of May saw the combined effort of the four community groups in marshalling at the Lichfield Bower Parade.
On Thursday the 5th of June the community groups worked with local police and the community during the Vigil of Stephen Suttons funeral .
On Sunday the 1st of June, the Lichfield Ladies Circle supported the Lichfield Round Table event at the summer gathering of the Three Spires Scooterist group,
Sue Kershaw, Chair of Lichfield Ladies Circle commented on the busy week saying: “Lichfield Ladies Circle have had a very great week working side by side with the Lichfield Round Table Ladies Tangles and Spires 41. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered their time and energy to put something back into our great community.”

Local support bands rock out at this year’s Lichfield Fake Festival

Music fans are in for a treat this year at Lichfield Fake Festival on Saturday, 16th August, with an incredible line up of local talent showcasing their music prowess.

Nuclear Minogue, Stubblemelt, Muse Inc, Tom Woodman and Marquis Drive will be sharing the stage with some of the UK’s best tribute bands inside the huge marquee at Beacon Park.

“It’s really encouraging that Lichfield has some great artists to support our festival, but this makes choosing them difficult,” explains Lee Storey, licence holder for Lichfield Fake Festival. “We have a rosta of bands that we know are extremely good and very professional, but we always like to look out for new talent too. We don’t just randomly pick a band, but we actually go to gigs to get an idea of how they would perform on our big stage, and also to assess their talent.”

Nuclear Minogue will be providing the warm up before Coldplace take to the stage. Exploding onto the stage, they will be pumping up the party with their popular set of covers that have their own spin on them. Expect to hear metal, punk, pop, rock, grunge and even ska. Miss them at your peril.

Stubblemelt are new to the Fake Festivals tour, and they balance good fun with music. They verge on the wonderfully ridiculous, but the songs they produce are heartfelt chunks of rock that shake the floor, and catchy riffs that stay in your head for weeks on end.

Prepare to be rocked with Muse Inc, the tribute to Muse. Get down the front to be wowed by this great act who will bring the stage to life.

Fans of Jimmy Hendrix? Tom Woodman’s songs are so personal, heartfelt and eccentric, they will remind you of a young Jimmy Hendrix. Make sure you are there early to catch this talented singer songwriter.

Marquis Drive will be opening this year’s Lichfield Fake Festival, and if you like 90’s Britpop, then you are going to love these guys. Kicking off the party in true festival style, they will certainly get you in the mood.

Don’t forget that if you buy a ticket to Lichfield Fake Festival, you receive a free ticket with free camping to The Big Fake Festival, the three-day event at Thoresby Park from 5th to 7th September, with eighteen of the UK’s best tribute bands. This event is exclusively for Fake Festival fans and tickets cannot be bought separately for this event, so grab your ticket for Lichfield Fake Festival now.

Early bird tickets are already on sale and are £15.00 for an adult, £8.00 for a Young Person (10-17 years), and £38.00 for a Family ticket. Under 9’s are free. Fantastic value for a one-day festival, plus free entry and free camping to a huge three-day festival too. Tickets can be bought online or from the following outlets:

· Lichfield Tourist Information, St Mary’s, Market Square, Lichfield

· The Feathers Inn, 118 Beacon Street, Lichfield

· Lichfield District Arts, 32a Bore Street, Lichfield

· Lakeside Bistro, Beacon Park, Swan Road, Lichfield

· Chandlers Restaurant, Conduit Street, Lichfield

· Keith Hall Hairdressing, 29a Market Street, Lichfield

For more information about Lichfield Fake Festival and The Big Fake Festival, please visit or telephone 0800 652 2852

Lichfield Fake Festival line up is: Supreme Queen, Oasish and Coldplace.

Whittington Country and Craft Fair, September 6th

Everyone’s welcome at the Whittington Country and Craft Fair, Bit End Field, Whittington, WS14 9LQ, Saturday, September 6th
10.00 – 4.30
New attractions: INTERACTIVE FERRETWORLD, and PUNCH AND JUDY as well as old favourites – Reach-Up Tower, animals from Meerkats to Llamas, the Quack Pack, a huge Craft Tent, vintage cars, tractor rides, dog shows and so much more.

A great Family Day Out: Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children) £10, Adults £5, Concessions £3. Free parking.
Further information on 01543 432848, or find them at
All profits go to local voluntary groups and charities.

Hundreds of returning soldiers to parade through Lichfield

Over 250 soldiers from The Mercian Regiment will march through the centre of Lichfield to mark their return from operations in Afghanistan. The parade is the final leg of a homecoming tour, to celebrate the Regiment’s return from a nine month gruelling and challenging tour in Afghanistan.

The 3rd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (Staffords) march through Lichfield to celebrate their return from their tour of duty in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday November 28, 2011. The parade was followed by a thanksgiving and memorial service at the city’s cathedral where the congregation remembered Private Gareth Bellingham the battalion's sole fatality during their tour.

The march will culminate in a homecoming service for the 3rd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment at Lichfield Cathedral on Armed Forces Day (Saturday 28 June).

Captain Matt Odell, Adjutant 3rd Battalion,The Mercian Regiment, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming the soldiers home, who have all worked extremely hard during the past nine months.

“However, this immense success on operations has come with a price, and our thoughts are with the family and friends of WO2 Ian Fisher who was tragically killed in action whilst serving with A Company.”

After the service, the troops will then march to The Kings Head, the very pub in which the 3rd Battalion, which was formerly The Staffordshire Regiment, and before this the 38th (Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot, was originally formed in 1705.
Soldiers will begin the march at 1pm, with a salute taken by Lord Lieutenant, Ian Dudson outside Lichfield Guildhall. The Colonel of the Regiment, Brigadier Andrew Williams, former Colonel’s of the Regiment, Major General IL Freer and Brigadier JK Tanner, and the Mayor of Lichfield, Councillor Norma Bacon will also be in attendance.

Jim Massey, from the Regimental Headquarters, The Mercian Regiment said: “We are very proud that the Battalion will be marching through Lichfield, and it should make for a great spectacle. I’d urge local residents to come and support the great job the troops have been doing.”

The parade will be led by Commanding Officer of 3 MERCIAN, Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Davies. A military band will also accompany the soldiers. They will also be joined by the Regiment’s mascot, Private Derby XXX (30th), a Swaledale Ram, and the Staffordshire Regimental Association Mascot, Lance Corporal Watchman.

A short reception will then take place, where local soldiers will be presented with their operational service medals for Afghanistan. Since its formation in 2007, the Regiment has spent more than two-and-a-half years in on operations in the country.

Girlguiding Lichfield Division AGM 7th May 2014

Discovery Presentation 201480 Girlguiding leaders from the Lichfield area gathered at St Chad’s Church Hall on 7th May for the Annual meeting of Lichfield Division. Guests included the newly elected Chairman of Lichfield District Council, Councillor David Smith and Assistant County Commissioner for Girlguiding Staffordshire, Mrs Julie Tanner.

In her annual report, Division Commissioner, Gaynor Satherley described the ‘Big Brownie Birthday’ activities which were being enjoyed in celebration of 100 years since the section was formed for the younger girls.

A number of Long Service Awards were presented by Julie Tanner, including one for 30 years service to Girlguiding to Anne Lilly of 1st Stonnall Guides.

Councillor Smith presented bronze and silver Discovery Awards to members of Lichfield Trefoil Guild. This scheme is similar to the Duke of Edinburgh Award but for older participants.

Instead of a speaker the evening concluded with ‘Plan B’, a light-hearted general knowledge quiz.

Graffiti artist’s remixes of iconic album art unveiled in Lichfield

Iconic album covers that have been given a new spin by internationally acclaimed graffiti artist Temper are on display at Heart Galleries in Lichfield this weekend.

From Saturday 17th May, cover:versions, the latest collection by artist Temper, who has been commissioned by the likes of Roman Abramovich, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne and Saatchi and Saatchi and has created graffiti art for Coca-Cola, will be available as limited edition prints from Heart Galleries.

The collection, cover:versions, is a composition inspired by 12 of music’s most iconic records that have been transformed by Temper into works of art. The original pieces are created using oils and acrylic, a first for the graffiti artist who is known for his skills with a spray can.

In taking well-known album artwork from successful and influential artists and next adding his own iconic graffiti characters – the B-Boys, which have been with him since the start of his career- he’s created a new and exciting body of work that’s relatable and nostalgic. This collection is the harmony between the landscape and the characters, which explores the old and the new. Temper has successfully brought together two artistic concepts in such a way that a new narrative has been created and captures the viewers’ attention.

Each graphic has been created as giclee paper limited edition of 195 and are certified and personally signed by Temper. The prints are priced £395 each.

For more information please visit Heart Galleries, telephone 01543 480 994 or visit

Help Raise Funds for the Heroes who saved Steven.

air ambulance me (1)Midland Karting is holding a Charity Karting Event on Sunday June 15th to raise funds for Midlands Air Ambulance. The work that this charity does is quite literally life-saving, as discovered by Steven Burns from Cannock.

Like many 23 year olds, Steven Burns from Cannock was into his cars, but as a sensible driver he never envisaged being in an accident that would almost kill him.

In July Steven was at a friend’s birthday party at a local pub. As he was driving his ‘pride and joy’ – a Ford Escort, he decided not to drink that night. During the evening one of his friends was showing off his new car and offered to take Steven for a quick spin.

Steven commented: “I loved my car, so was always careful while driving as I didn’t want to damage it, or myself for that matter. I thought my friend would have felt the same about his, but unfortunately not.”

He explains what happened next: “I was a bit apprehensive as my other friend didn’t want to come in the car and as soon as we pulled out of the pub car park, I knew he was showing off. He was driving way too fast and we were only a mile from the pub when the car mounted a kerb and we were hurled into a brick wall head on. My memory about what happened after that is very patchy.”

Steven drifted in and out of consciousness and although he knew they had been in a crash, he couldn’t figure out what was happening around him. He continued: “It all felt like a dream and it was very surreal. There were lots of people around the car, local residents who’d heard the crash and the emergency services. I was in a lot of pain, especially in my neck and down my spine, which worried me the most.”

Due to the impact, Steven had broken one of his vertebrae in his neck, despite this he was the lucky one, as the driver of the car tragically died in the impact of the crash.

To release Steven from the car, the paramedics on the scene worked closely with the fire brigade to cut him out of the car and get him to the local hospital, Walsall Manor, as quickly a possible. On assessing his condition, the land crew paramedics made the decision that Steven needed treatment at Stoke Hospital, which is a specialist trauma centre for back and neck injuries, but the drive by land ambulance would have taken well over an hour.

As well as attending incident scenes, two per cent of Midlands Air Ambulance’s missions are hospital transfers, taking severely injured patients to the most appropriate hospital for their individual needs. The Midlands Air Ambulance aircrew from the Cosford airbase in Shropshire arrived at Walsall Manor and prepared Steven for the short flight to Stoke.

On arrival at Stoke Hospital, Steven was rushed in for X-Rays, plus a CT and MRI scan to assess his back and neck. He was taken into theatre where the surgeons took a bone graft from his hip and pinned it in place with a titanium plate to help mend his vertebrae, an operation that couldn’t have been performed at Walsall Manor.

Steven was in hospital for ten days and spent the rest of his recovery at home. Steven said: “The team at Stoke Hospital said I made an incredible recovery. Thanks to the paramedics on scene and the speedy transfer to the specialist hospital via the Midlands Air Ambulance, I had the very best treatment available to me.”

“Although I’m limited to about 80 per cent movement in my neck, I count myself extremely lucky to be alive and I’m still able to enjoy an active lifestyle. I love mountain biking and riding my BMX as well as going on track days with my car. It could have been such a different outcome and I can’t thank the air crew from Midlands Air Ambulance enough for giving me the best possible chance to make such a good recovery.”

You can raise funds to help keep the heroes of Midlands Air Ambulance flying, and have a lot of fun, by coming along and competing in the Midland Karting Race Day on June 15th. There are two races on the day starting at 10am and 2pm. During each race teams of up to 6 people compete ‘relay style’ to achieve the fastest time. Entry prices are £150 per team. For further details contact Midland Karting on 01543 418419, email or got to












Road surface improvements on A38 in Staffordshire

road-sgThe Highways Agency will be carrying out overnight resurfacing work on slip roads on the A38 at Alrewas, north of Lichfield, Staffordshire, from Wednesday 6 May.

The work involves resurfacing the A38 southbound exit slip road and the northbound entry slip roads near Alrewas, taking six nights to complete the third-of-a-mile stretches of road.

The northbound entry and exit slip roads will be closed on 6, 7 and 8 May and will also involve the closure of the northbound exit slip road. During the closure of the A38 entry slip road, traffic will be diverted along the A513 onto the A38 southbound slip road along the A38 southbound, then the A38 Hilliards Cross and back onto the A38 northbound to the Alrewas junction.

When the A38 exit slip road is closed, traffic will be diverted north along the A38 to Barton-under-Needwood, along Dogshead Lane and onto the A38 southbound to travel south until the A38 Alrewas southbound exit slip road.

The A38 southbound exit slip road will be closed on 9,10 and 12 May, but potentially to 13 May if required. During these closures, traffic will be diverted south along the A38 to Hinton Cross and off at the Hinton Cross and back onto the A38 north to the Alrewas junction.

Highways Agency Project Manager Richard Gulliver said:

“This work will provide better conditions for the public using these slip roads, helping to improve safety at the same time.

“In order to carry out the work, slip road closures will be in place so we advise road users to allow extra time for their journeys.”