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Hunt for Christmas Trees on Twinkly Trail

Hunt for 11 Christmas trees and figures on display in shop windows across Lichfield City centre to claim a sweet treat!

Lichfield District Council launched its Twinkly Trail at Lichfield Christmas Festival on Saturday 6 December 2014.

The trail is aimed at children, and asks them to hunt high and low for 11 specially decorated trees and figures using clues in the colourful leaflet.

The Christmas trees and figures on the Twinkly Trail were decorated by school children across the district.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & Development, said: “The Twinkly Trail is a fun way to entertain little ones while doing your Christmas shopping in the city.

“We’re always looking for ways to support our traders, and this trail will hopefully encourage people to visit more streets and shops across the city centre.

“Thank you to all the schools involved and to the shops for taking part in the trail.”

Everyone who completes the trail will get a sweet treat and can also enter into a prize draw to win a family ticket for a Gruesome and Ghostly tour of the city.

The trails are available from Tourist Information at St Mary’s in the Market Square. The deadline to enter the prize draw is 2.30pm on Wednesday 24 December 2014.

What a relief for retailers!

More than 300 retail businesses across the district are eligible to retail relief.

The retail relief packages were announced in 2013’s and 2014’s autumn statements, and mean that occupied retail properties with a rateable value of up to £50,000 could be eligible for £1,000 retail relief this financial year (2014/15), and up to £1,500 in the next financial year (2015/16).

Lichfield District Council is writing to more than 300 local businesses that are eligible to receive the relief on their non-domestic rates.

Eligible establishments include shops that sell goods and services and food and drink establishments.

Councillor Chris Spruce, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance, Democratic & Legal Services, said: “We want to make sure all eligible businesses are aware of the relief in their rates and so we’re writing to more than 300 local businesses to tell them about it and to ask them to fill in and return a form that confirms they are eligible to receive it.”

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & Development, said: “We work hard to support businesses across the district and it’s wonderful that we can write to many retailers before Christmas with this good news.”

To find out more visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/retailrelief or call Lichfield District Council on 01543 308900.

Lichfield Ladies Circle

Whether it be walking, running, hiking, climbing or cycling, Lichfield Ladies Circle have taken part in all of these, over the last 8 months, in the form of a group and individually to raise money for various charities that are close to the hearts of many of the members.

Emily Rich, raised £150 by completing a half Marathon in Birmingham in October. Emily added “it was hard work and I did the training but my knee gave out at mile 6 miles, however, I still persevered and completed the race. The whole experience and atmosphere was fantastic and I felt a great sense of achievement.”

When Ruth Curry(IPC) and her husband Wayne booked their holiday to Cape Town in October 2014 they decided to do something out of our comfort zones and hence climbed India Venster Route up Table Mountain along with friend Melanie from Zimbabwe and Joanne from Ladies Circle Cape Town. Ruth simultaneously raised in excess of £100 for the National Breast Cancer Helpline and £117.00 for the Cupcake Project.

Gemma Hockin, raised just over £100 by doing a fire walk, which started at 7pm and when Gemma arrived was still actually alight. Once extinguished, the coals stayed at 500 degrees centigrade! Once she had caught her nerves she spent an hour completing different takes designed to demonstrate human capabilities. This started with crazy dancing and ended with breaking arrows with throats! Gemma added “The crowd was amazing cheering us on so much so I completed the fire walk 4 times”.

Panto stars help Santa Claus open his Christmas grotto at Three Spires Shopping Centre

SWP-14-0673_05-5TV star Arthur Bostrom and his fellow panto stars teamed up with Santa at a Lichfield shopping centre to raise money and lots of Christmas gifts for St Giles Hospice.

The cast of Cinderella, which is being performed at Lichfield Garrick Theatre, were in full costume to meet Santa and help him open his grotto at the city’s Three Spires Shopping Centre.

The grotto is free but shoppers are encouraged to make a voluntary donation with every penny going to support the work of St Giles Hospice.

In addition customers and visitors can leave a gift at the Grotto for children receiving care at St Giles Hospice.

Three Spires Shopping Centre Manager Lisa Prokopiou said there was a great family atmosphere for the opening of Santa’s Christmas Grotto.

She said: “It really has been a wonderful day and so busy. Children have really enjoyed it and I think for many this really was the start of the countdown to the big day.

“We are so pleased with the grotto it is stunningly decorated and really has that special Christmas feel. We wanted to make it free so everyone who wanted to bring their child along to see Santa could.

“However, we also want to support the amazing work that goes on every day both at the hospice itself and around the area by the St Giles team. We know just how much St Giles Hospice means to so many people in and around Lichfield.

“So we decided, rather than charge for the grotto experience, we would allow customers and visitors to make a voluntary donation to the hospice if they felt they were able to.”

She added: “We are also inviting people to drop off Christmas gifts, which can be wrapped with a label indicting whether the gift is intended for a girl and boy and the approximate age the of the intended recipient.

“Lots of Three Spire businesses have indicated they will be donating presents and Ryman Stationary has already done so. I was also pleased the cast of Cinderella, who came along to support the opening if Santa’s Grotto, have also left gifts at the tree.”

First in the queue to see Santa as his grotto opened was three-year-old Maxwell Butler who was with his mum Maria Orellana.

Maria of Longdon, near Lichfield, who is a Walsall community area midwife, says seeing Santa was definitely worth the wait.

She said: “Maxwell is getting really excited about Christmas. He loves Sponge Bob Square Pants and Spiderman so I’m looking for presents on those themes. The Grotto is fantastic, they have done such a good job and I love the idea of supporting St Giles Hospice rather than just paying to see Santa. It’s a brilliant idea and one I definitely support.

“I really like Santa’s big boots and costume. The whole experience really does make you feel Christmassy and excited.”

Maria, who is currently on maternity leave as she is expecting her second child next month, added: “My partner James and I will be having our own, slightly belated little Christmas gift, we know it’s another boy and we have already decided to call him James.”

The Willows Primary School, Lichfield, lunchtime supervisor Sandra Wheeler took her two children, Billy, 10, and Mary, nine, along to the opening of Santa’s grotto.

Sandra said: “There has been all sorts going on and the children have had a great time. The Grotto is amazing and it’s really good they are supporting St Giles.

“It certainly made us feel Christmassy and the fact the panto characters were in the shopping centre really added a bit of fun.

“I’m not sure what Billy and Mary asked Santa for but I do know Billy is hoping for some computer games while Mary is now really into fashion and clothes.”

Actor and singer Charlie Kendall, of Bromley, London, who plays the roles of Pierre and Gaston in Cinderella at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre joined in the fun with the rest of the panto cast as they helped Santa open his Grotto.

Charlie, 23, who studied at Bird College Sidcup where he received a diploma in musical theatre, says the whole cast had enjoyed a fantastic time.

He said: “Everyone is buzzing and we received an amazing reaction. It’s been fun helping Santa open his grotto and there has been some very excited children. It’s also been great for the cast to let people know about the panto.

“I’m really enjoying it in Lichfield. It’s so much calmer than London and I can’t believe how friendly and nice everyone is.”

St Giles Hospice Community Fundraiser Aaron Coleman said: “We would like to thank staff and shoppers at Three Spires for supporting us at this time of year. Every child that visits the grotto will be helping St Giles Hospice deliver high-quality care to local people living with cancer and other serious illnesses.

“We are also grateful to shoppers who bring along a gift; each one will help to brighten up the Christmas of a child currently receiving our care.”

Santa’s Grotto is open at the Three Spires Shopping Centre Lichfield between 11am-3pm on Saturday, December 6, 13 and 20.

For more information about Three Spires Shopping Centre visit www.threespireslichfield.com

For more information about St Giles Hospice visit www.stgileshospice.com

And for more information about Cinderella at Lichfield Garrick Theatre and for tickets, which are £21.50 for adults and £12.50 for children, visit www.garrickpanto.co.uk or call the box office on 01543 412 121.

Palletways delivers cheer

Christmas has come early for a leading charity appeal thanks to a donation from Lichfield-based Palletways, Europe’s largest and fastest growing express delivery network for consignments of palletised freight.

Palletways brought early festive cheer to Everyman when they handed over a cheque for £9,725.41. The Everyman appeal is run by The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and is dedicated to funding research into male cancers.

The money was raised via a year-long programme of fundraising activities with Palletways staff taking part in dress down Fridays, cake sales and sporting events. Luis Zubialde, managing director Palletways (UK) Ltd, said: “Our company operates in a predominantly male environment, it seemed only right to help a charity appeal of this nature. Everyman’s work is something that will resonate with many of our workforce and we couldn’t be happier to donate such a big sum to them.”

Louise Dean, Trusts and Corporate Fundraising Manager from the Everyman appeal at The Institute of Cancer Research, added: “We’d like to thank Palletways for this donation and for their support over the years. It is fantastic when an organisation and their employees rally behind a cause. We are heavily reliant on donations such as these and Palletways staff should be proud to know that their money will be used to support research at The Institute of Cancer Research and our work to improve outcomes for men with cancer.”

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MICHAEL FABRICANT PRESENT £2,122 CHEQUE TO MERCIAN REGIMENT BENEVOLENT FUND

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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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