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Hospice overwhelmed by support as Orange Week celebrates 35th anniversary 

19 Jul 18

A Whittington charity said it has been overwhelmed by a wave of orange in support of its 35th anniversary.


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Celebrity antiques expert David Dickinson visits Lichfield auction house to film ITV show 

19 Jul 18

Television antiques expert David Dickinson has visited Lichfield to film an episode of his ITV show.


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Knife-wielding pair carry out armed robbery at supermarket in Shenstone 

18 Jul 18

Two men armed with knives have robbed a shop in Shenstone.


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Burntwood business calls for donations to help families meet cost of new school uniforms 

18 Jul 18

A Burntwood business is looking to help families who are struggling to meet the cost of new school uniforms.


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Plan to build new health centre on site of former care home in Burntwood backed by Cabinet 

18 Jul 18

Plans to breathe new life into the site of a former care home in Burntwood have been backed by Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet.


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Time capsule buried to commemorate opening of Lichfield Community Fire Station 

18 Jul 18

A time capsule has been buried to commemorate the opening of Lichfield Community Fire Station.


Sport
Strong Chasetown FC line-up gets the better of Heath Hayes in latest pre-season clash 

18 Jul 18

A strong Chasetown FC line-up secured a comfortable pre-season victory over Heath Hayes.


Blog feature
True tale of sporting rivalry to feature in latest Lichfield Garrick movie night 

18 Jul 18

I, Tonya The true story of one of sport’s most controversial rivalries will be screened at the Lichfield Garrick’s latest movie night.


Blog feature
Hundreds of young people pay tribute to First World War generation at National Memorial Arboretum event 

18 Jul 18

Hundreds of young people from across the country have visited the National Memorial Arboretum to pay tribute to the First World War generation.


Sport
In pictures: Heath Hayes v Chasetown FC 

18 Jul 18

Chasetown FC’s pre-season campaign continued with a comfortable 4-0 win over Heath Hayes – and Pamela Mullins captured the match action on camera…


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Warning to drivers after spate of vehicle thefts across Lichfield 

17 Jul 18

Drivers in Lichfield are being warned to be on their guard after a spate of crimes in Lichfield.


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Two arrested after drugs are found at property in Burntwood 

17 Jul 18

Two men have been arrested after drugs were found at a property in Burntwood.


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Business gives 10k runners a boost as they bid to raise funds for Lichfield Canal restoration project 

17 Jul 18

A group of Lichfield 10k runners raising money for the city’s canal restoration trust will look the part thanks to local business.


Blog feature
Dean of Lichfield says £1.5m funding boost has removed “immediate risk” to cathedral 

17 Jul 18

A £1.5million boost has helped to ensure Lichfield Cathedral is not in any immediate risk, according to the Dean of Lichfield.


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Lichfield and Burntwood MP urged to resign by Lib Dem councillor after “vile” social media post 

17 Jul 18

The MP for Lichfield and Burntwood should step down and let “a decent person” replace him, according to a Liberal Democrat councillor.


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Conservative leader at Lichfield District Council warned he needs residents to back him as well as his own councillors 

17 Jul 18

The leader of Lichfield District Council has been warned it’s the electors and not his councillors he really needs to persuade of his ability to continue in the top job.


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Leader of Burntwood Town Council hails “good old-fashioned prudence” as £90,000 is saved from budget 

16 Jul 18

Councillors in Burntwood say “good old-fashioned prudence” has helped them save £90,000 from their 2018 budget.


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Drop-in sessions to help Lichfield residents get questions about HS2 answered 

16 Jul 18

A series of drop-in events will give people in Lichfield and the surrounding villages the chance to ask questions about the impending HS2 project.


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Lichfield and Burntwood MP blasts “Twitter trolls” after criticism of social media posts 

16 Jul 18

Lichfield and Burntwood’s MP has hit out at “Twitter trolls” after criticism of him in the wake of an offensive post featuring Sadiq Khan.


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Conservative councillors back leader of Lichfield District Council to continue in role 

16 Jul 18

The leader of Lichfield District Council says his Conservative colleagues have backed him to continue in the post.


Sport
New-look Chasetown FC side suffer pre-season defeat against Abbey Hulton 

16 Jul 18

A much-changed Chasetown FC side suffered a 3-2 pre-season defeat against Abbey Hulton.


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Newly-elected councillor keen to show people of Lichfield that not all politicians are the same 

16 Jul 18

A newly-elected councillor says he wants to show the people of Lichfield that not all politicians are the same.


News
Art students create new art mural outside Alrewas pre-school 

16 Jul 18

A new mural has been created at a pre-school in Alrewas.


Business
Lichfield District Council launches prospectus to attract new business investment just days after Friarsgate plan collapses due to lack of private funding 

13 Jul 18

Economic development officer Jonathan Percival and Cllr Ian Pritchard launching the new ‘Investment Prospectus’ A new guide outlining why companies should invest in Lichfield has launched – just days after the collapse of…


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Lichfield MP says controversial flag is linked to previous work in the radio industry 

13 Jul 18

Lichfield’s MP has moved to clarify the significance of a flag he has been pictured standing in front of.


Sport
Lichfield driver Adam Christodoulou celebrates success at Portimao 24 hour race 

13 Jul 18

Lichfield racing driver Adam Christodoulou celebrated victory and a fastest lap at the 24 hour Portimao race.


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Burntwood councillor calls on Lichfield District Council leader to justify £7million costs of aborted Friarsgate scheme to struggling local families 

13 Jul 18

A Burntwood councillor says the leader of Lichfield District Council must justify spending £7million on the failed Friarsgate project to local families struggling to make ends meet.


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Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant “genuinely sorry” after posting offensive tweet 

13 Jul 18

Lichfield’s MP says he is “genuinely sorry” after coming under fire for posting an offensive tweet .


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Lichfield businesswoman sees shoe company win national exporting award 

13 Jul 18

Shaherazad Umbreen receiving her Exporter of the Year award A Lichfield businesswoman has won an award for her company’s exporting prowess.


Blog feature
Strictly Come Dancing star to perform in Lichfield before hanging up his shoes 

13 Jul 18

Audiences in Lichfield will get the chance to help a Strictly Come Dancing star hang up his dancing shoes later this year.


News
Thousands of children helped to avoid ‘holiday hunger’ as shoppers donate to Lichfield company’s foodbank appeal 

13 Jul 18

Thousands of children will not go hungry after a successful foodbank appeal by a Lichfield-based business.


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Lichfield MP criticised over “abhorrent” tweet featuring London Mayor Sadiq Khan 

12 Jul 18

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant has come under fire after posting an offensive tweet about London Mayor Sadiq Khan.


News
Lichfield auction house getting ready to welcome TV antiques expert David Dickinson 

12 Jul 18

What a bobby dazzler – antiques expert David Dickinson is coming to Lichfield.


Sport
Lichfield City FC face tough double header as pre-season campaign continues 

12 Jul 18

Lichfield City FC’s pre-season campaign continues this weekend with a double-header.


News
Interactive timeline reveals the rise and fall of the Friarsgate redevelopment in Lichfield 

12 Jul 18

The collapse of the Friarsgate project has been a long time coming, so LichfieldLive delved into our archives to chart the rise and ultimate full of the long-awaited redevelopment.


News
Minutes from secret Lichfield District Council meeting reveal 12 companies rejected opportunity to fund commercial element of Friarsgate 

12 Jul 18

It has been revealed that 12 companies were approached to fund the commercial element of Friarsgate – but none were interested in stumping up the cash.


News
Owner of Lichfield car dealership closed as part of aborted Friarsgate scheme hits out at council leader over “misleading and inaccurate” statements 

11 Jul 18

The owner of a car dealership forced to close as part of the aborted Friarsgate redevelopment has hit out at what he claims are “misleading and inaccurate” statements made by Lichfield District Council.


News
Cabinet to discuss plan to transform former Burntwood care home into new health centre 

11 Jul 18

Plans to convert a former care home in Burntwood into a new health centre could moved a step closer next week.


Sport
Chasewater sailor to see work appear in calendar after winning photography competition 

11 Jul 18

An amateur photographer from a Burntwood sailing club will see his work appear in a national sailing calendar.


News
Organisers hail Lichfield cycling festival as “a huge success” 

11 Jul 18

Organisers of the Ride Lichfield Festival of Cycling have hailed the event as “a huge success”.


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Councillor claims spending policy shows Lichfield is being given priority over Burntwood 

11 Jul 18

A Labour councillor has accused Lichfield District Council’s leader of pursuing a policy of prioritising the city over Burntwood.


News
Businessman and friends complete cycle from the city to London to raise money for We Love Lichfield 

10 Jul 18

A cycling challenge dreamt up by a creative Lichfield businessman four years ago has finally been achieved.


News
Police trying to track down person who let off flare in Lichfield pub during England World Cup match 

10 Jul 18

Police are trying to identify a football fan who set off a flare in a busy Lichfield pub during one of England’s World Cup wins.


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Minutes reveal Cabinet member said legal advisors and officers had advised Lichfield District Council to keep Friarsgate reports private 

10 Jul 18

A Cabinet member has said advice from legal advisors and officers at Lichfield District Council had led to the decision to keep discussions and reports about Friarsgate away from public view.


Sport
Lichfield City FC boss says future is bright as academy players begin to make the step up 

10 Jul 18

The future is looking bright for Lichfield City FC as the club’s academy begins to bear fruit, according to first team boss Jamie Hawkins.


News
Burntwood business expands with purchase of six more nurseries 

10 Jul 18

A Burntwood-based business has expanded with the purchase of six nurseries.


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Leader of Lichfield District Council insists spending £1.9m on former police station is a “good investment” 

10 Jul 18

The leader of Lichfield District Council insists spending £1.9million to buy the city’s former police station is a “good investment” – despite it no longer being used for Friarsgate.


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Council leaders accused of pursuing Friarsgate because they let their hearts rule their heads 

10 Jul 18

Council leaders pursued Friarsgate because they let their hearts rule their heads and had been attempting to “sell a dream” without the necessary funding, it has been claimed.


Blog feature
Schoolgirl takes Lourdes trip ahead of starring role in community musical at the Lichfield Garrick 

9 Jul 18

A Lichfield schoolgirl has undergone some unusual preparation to take one of the main roles in a new community musical in the city.


News
Police and Crime Commissioner hoping more young people in Lichfield and Burntwood will take part in Space school holiday activities 

9 Jul 18

Young people across Lichfield and Burntwood are expected to join more than 25,000 taking part in the Space school holiday scheme when it returns this summer.







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