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Review: Jack and the Beanstalk at the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton 

13 Dec 17

Well it’s that delightful time of year again when even the most dedicated culture vultures have the chance to stop being so posh, cosy up and start channelling their inner child – in other words, the fun starts here because it’s panto time …


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Transport bosses defend decision not to grit road after drivers were forced to abandon cars at Lichfield Trent Valley station 

13 Dec 17

Transport chiefs have defended their decision not to grit the access road to Lichfield Trent Valley station.


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Delays for drivers as broken down lorry causes traffic chaos in Lichfield 

13 Dec 17

Drivers in Lichfield are facing delays after a broken down lorry caused gridlock on city roads.


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Lichfield school criticises Staffordshire County Council’s decision not to grit “treacherous” road 

13 Dec 17

The principal of a school in Lichfield has criticised councillors for refusing to grit a local road during the recent winter weather.


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Bin backlog set to continue as Lichfield and Burntwood collections are called off for third day 

13 Dec 17

The Lichfield and Burntwood bin backlog looks set to continue after collections were cancelled for a third day.


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Lichfield MP says drop in unemployment shows Brexit doom and gloom is unfounded 

13 Dec 17

Lichfield’s MP says unemployment figures show the economy is still strong despite claims of doom and gloom around Brexit.


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Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Trust calls on photographers to help create new calendar 

13 Dec 17

Photographers are being invited to help create a new calendar for the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust.


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New technology to help police tackle drug abuse in Lichfield and Burntwood 

13 Dec 17

New equipment has been introduced to help police tackle drug abuse in Lichfield and Burntwood.


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Chance to recycle your Christmas tree and raise money for St Giles Hospice 

13 Dec 17

People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being given the chance to get rid of their Christmas tree after the festive season to raise money for charity.


Blog feature
Music and ale fans ready to raise a post-Christmas toast to the 2018 Lichfield Winter Beer Festival 

13 Dec 17

People will be able to banish the post-Christmas blues when the 2018 Lichfield Arts Winter Beer Festival returns in January.


Blog feature
Sounds of the sixties and music of Cilla Black to be celebrated in 2018 show at the Lichfield Garrick 

12 Dec 17

The musical talents of Cilla Black and the hits of the 1960s will be celebrated when a hit show comes to the Lichfield Garrick in 2018.


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Burntwood councillor accuses Conservatives of using spin as Staffordshire County Council unveils “challenging” five-year budget plan 

12 Dec 17

Staffordshire County Council says it is committed to supporting care services and growth, despite unveiling what it admitted was a “challenging” five-year budget plan – but opposition councillors have accused the controlling Conservative group …


Blog feature
Hammerwich author Tim Hayes to launch new book in Lichfield 

12 Dec 17

A Hammerwich author is launching his new book in Lichfield.


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Chasewater to continue to host swim as new 2018 Ironman Staffordshire course is unveiled 

12 Dec 17

A new course for the Staffordshire Ironman race has been confirmed – but Chasewater will still host the swim section of the popular event.


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Bin collections suspended for second day across Lichfield and Burntwood 

12 Dec 17

Bin collections in Lichfield and Burntwood have again been suspended due to the icy weather.


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Mapped: Every grit bin in Lichfield and Burntwood 

12 Dec 17

Do you know if there is a grit bin near you? Well, with data provided by Staffordshire County Council, we’ve mapped the location of every single one in Lichfield and Burntwood.


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Signalling fault causing delays for cross city line services to and from Lichfield 

12 Dec 17

Trains in Lichfield are being disrupted by a problem with signalling equipment.


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Drivers urged to take extra care as temperatures plummet in Lichfield and Burntwood 

12 Dec 17

Drivers are being urged to take extra care during their morning commute after sub-zero temperatures across Lichfield and Burntwood overnight.


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More Lichfield and Burntwood schools confirm they will remain shut for a second day on December 12 

12 Dec 17

Two high schools in Lichfield have confirmed they will remain closed today (December 12).


Blog feature
Blues star Stevie Nimmo bringing his band to the Lichfield Guildhall 

12 Dec 17

Blues musician Stevie Nimmo and his band will make their Lichfield Guildhall debut in 2018.


Blog feature
Review: Crimes on the Christmas Express at the Lichfield Garrick 

11 Dec 17

Slapstick, knowing and affectionate nods towards Agatha Christie, John Buchan, Bourne and Bond, and more than enough snowflakes will be found on the Christmas Express at the Lichfield Garrick.


Blog feature
Mod and soul band The Quik Beats returning to Lichfield 

11 Dec 17

The Quik Beats Mod and soul revivalists The Quik Beats return to Lichfield this weekend.


News
Winter weather continuing to take a toll across Lichfield and Burntwood 

11 Dec 17

The winter weather is continuing to cause problems across Lichfield and Burntwood.


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Police name man who died after crash in Barton-under-Needwood 

11 Dec 17

Police have named a 21-year-old man who died in a crash in Barton-under-Needwood.


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Thousands of youngsters enjoy a pre-Christmas treat as KidsOut Christmas event returns to Drayton Manor Park 

11 Dec 17

Thousands of children have enjoyed an early Christmas treat as Drayton Manor Park threw open its doors for underprivileged youngsters.


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Event gives council a chance to say thanks to volunteers who help out at parks in Lichfield and Burntwood 

11 Dec 17

Volunteers have been thanked for their support for parks across Lichfield and Burntwood.


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Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice bringing new show to the Lichfield Garrick 

11 Dec 17

Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice will bring the sequins and swivels to the Lichfield Garrick for a new show in 2018.


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Chasetown Community School is first in Staffordshire to confirm it will shut for a second day due to the weather 

11 Dec 17

Students at a Burntwood school will get a second day off due to the weather.


Business
Bin collections and leisure centres in Lichfield and Burntwood facing winter weather disruption 

11 Dec 17

A number of services are facing disruption as Lichfield and Burntwood continues to deal with the aftermath of a weekend of wintry weather.


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Schools close as gritters continue battle to keep roads clear across Lichfield and Burntwood 

11 Dec 17

Schools across Lichfield and Burntwood have shut as gritters continue to battle to keep local roads clear of snow and ice.


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School Closures for Monday, 11th December 2017 

10 Dec 17

With snowy conditions across Lichfield and Burntwood, the following schools have decided to close tomrrow, Monday 11th December 2017.


Sport
Chasetown FC’s winning run ends as Stamford take advantage of efforts by volunteers to clear snow 

10 Dec 17

The best efforts of Chasetown FC’s volunteers was enough to ensure The Scholars game against Stamford.


Sport
In pictures: Chasetown FC v Stamford 

10 Dec 17

Chasetown FC’s recent run of form came to an end with defeat against Stamford – Pamela Mullins captured the match action on camera…


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Drivers getting stuck as snow falls across Lichfield and Burntwood 

10 Dec 17

Drivers have been battling tough conditions after snow fell across Lichfield and Burntwood.


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CCTV released after elderly woman has bag snatched at Lichfield City station 

9 Dec 17

Police are trying to trace a man caught on CCTV after an elderly woman’s bag was snatched at Lichfield City station.


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Good causes in Lichfield and Burntwood collect a share of £12,000 We Love Lichfield funding 

9 Dec 17

Good causes across Lichfield and Burntwood have been given an early Christmas present after collecting a share of more than £12,000 of funding.


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Date confirmed for private company to take over management of Lichfield and Burntwood leisure centres 

8 Dec 17

The management of two leisure centres in Lichfield and Burntwood will be handed over to a private company from February 1, Lichfield District Council has confirmed.


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Gritting crews out in force to keep Lichfield and Burntwood roads clear 

8 Dec 17

Gritting teams are continuing to work around the clock as winter weather sweeps across Lichfield and Burntwood.


Blog feature
Review: Aladdin at the Lichfield Garrick 

8 Dec 17

To mark the opening of the Lichfield Garrick’s new panto, regular theatre reviewer Phil Preece stepped aside for a night to allow 12-year-old Jay-Jay Green cast his critical eye over proceedings as Aladdin and pals began their festive run in the …


Blog feature
Evening of music at Lichfield Cathedral to raise money for Live Life Give Life charity 

8 Dec 17

A night of music at Lichfield Cathedral will raise money for the Live Life Give Life organ donation charity.


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Lichfield city centre vigil to remember people around the world suffering hardship this Christmas 

8 Dec 17

Speakers’ Corner A vigil in Lichfield will highlight the plight of people facing homelessness, famine or war this Christmas.


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Tamworth MP pleased his Lichfield counterpart Michael Fabricant has “taken his punishment” over war of words 

6 Dec 17

Tamworth’s MP has said he’s pleased his Lichfield counterpart has “taken his punishment” after sparking a war of words between the two areas.


Business
New partner appointed at Lichfield law firm 

6 Dec 17

A Lichfield law firm has appointed a new partner.


Sport
Lichfield City FC bow out of the league cup after defeat against Heather St Johns 

6 Dec 17

Lichfield City FC’s interest in the league cup is over after a defeat against Heather St Johns.


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Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant admits his ‘wrecking amendment’ was unlikely to put the buffers on HS2 

6 Dec 17

Lichfield’s MP has tabled a motion aiming to halt HS2 in its tracks – but admits he does not expect it to cause the controversial rail project to hit the buffers.


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Couple remembered on Lichfield Canal towpath bench opposite their former home 

6 Dec 17

A bench has been installed on Lichfield Canal’s towpath in memory of a couple who spent over 35 years in the city.


Business
Burntwood building firm hoping £230,000 section 106 payment will boost local communities 

6 Dec 17

A Burntwood building firm says it hopes a £230,000 payment will support community initiatives.


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Report backs plan to replace Lichfield city centre building with apartments and shops 

4 Dec 17

A report has backed plans to replace a city centre building in Lichfield with apartments.


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Lichfield District Council to discuss latest on Friarsgate behind closed doors 

4 Dec 17

The latest developments in the Friarsgate project will be discussed by councillors this week – but the public will be barred from the debate.


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Lichfield teenager releases second single inspired by her own experiences of bullying 

4 Dec 17

A Lichfield teenager has released her second single and signed a new deal with a music management company.







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