June engagements so far


Lichfield Cathedral

Saturday 2 June – Lichfield Cathedral Chorus

Eileen and I attended a concert in the Cathedral by the Lichfield Cathedral Chorus who entertained us with an evening dedicated to the works of Hubert Parry. Lichfield Cathedral Chorus is a choral society based in Lichfield Cathedral. It has around 120 members and performs two or three concerts each year with orchestra or organ to large audiences.  

The chorus sang with great depth and feeling providing their audience with a most enjoyable evening. Their next performance will be The Creation, which will be performed at the catehdral on Saturday 8 December.

we love lichfield

We Love Lichfield

Friday 8 June – We Love Lichfield

The We Love Lichfield fund awarded around £25,000 to various groups and organisations at its presentation day held at The George Hotel. The fund, which was only started in 2011, has gone from strength to strength.

We Love Lichfield works in partnership with Lichfield District Council on the management of our community grants programme. It is also funded by local businesses and organisations and receives charitable donations.
A very pleasant morning was spent in the company of carers, volunteers, scout leaders and helpers of all sorts who were presented with cheques to support their ongoing, superb activities within Lichfield, Burntwood and the other villages within Lichfield District.  

For more information contact www.welovelichfield.com

Friday 8 June – High Sheriff of Staffordshire

We attended a reception given by the High Sheriff of Staffordshire.  Traditionally a welcome to incoming ‘chains’ and others. This year’s High Sheriff is Mrs Philippa Gee.

May engagements

Wednesday 16 May

I enjoyed a visit to Keele University for the installation and reception for the incoming Mayor of Newcastle.

Friday 18 May

Another installation – this time it was to Burton on Trent for the installation of the incoming Mayor of East Staffordshire.

Sunday 20 May

I attended the Mayor of Lichfield’s Civic Service in the Guildhall Lichfield. This year’s traditional service was held in the Guildhall owing to the ongoing conversion works to St Mary’s. Although potentially our new library and visitor centre, St Mary’s will still have a consecrated chapel for the city’s civic use. The Rev Linda Collins conducted the service.

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With Lichfield’s Mayor, Cllr Leytham at the launch

Lichfield Memory Cafe

Launch of Lichfield Memory Cafe

Friday 24 May

Eileen and I, along with the Mayor and Mayoress of Lichfield, Cllr David Leytham and Jan, opened the Memory Café in the Methodist Church Lichfield.

For the last 20 years, Lichfield Dementia Café was held at Wade St Church. However, an opportunity arose for the Alzheimer’s Society to work with Home Stead Senior Care to pass on the running of their monthly café to a weekly café that could run and therefore support people with dementia in the wider Lichfield area.

This was a very rewarding experience and congratulations to all who contribute to making a safe friendly place to those who have a need.

For further information, phone 01543 625 002

Sunday 27 May

We attended the Lichfield Greenhill Bower service held at St Michaels Church Lichfield. This is a long standing tradition where civic leaders and members of the Bower committee gather in the Guildhall together with the Bower Queen, Prince and Princess and process up to Greenhill for a thanksgiving service at St Michael’s – some of us spent the previous day praying for a rain-free trek up Greenhill!
Monday 28 May


With my fellow dignitaries at Lichfield Bower

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Travelling in style thanks to FM & J Wait

Bower Day started grey and threatening after the storms of the previous night – a worry for the success of the Bower that relies on visitors from around the district.

The day started well with a very lively Court of Arraye. The highlight of the day was the presence of over 200 Air Cadets on parade. To celebrate 100 years of the formation of the RAF and 50 years of Air Cadets in Lichfield our local unit had been granted the new title of 1208 City of Lichfield Squadron. An illuminated address was presented to the squadron to commemorate the event.

After the crowning of the Bower Queen the procession, led by the cadets, did the traditional perambulation of the town.

Thankfully the weather had set fair by then so Beacon Park filled, the fair prospered and hopefully everyone had a good day.

I have the privilege of following the Mayor in the procession in a limousine provided by a local undertaker. This attracts different responses, from the children a cheery wave, from most adults a respectful nod and a muttered ‘who the heck is that?’ Eileen and I enjoyed all comments and the day.

As we say goodbye to a very frenetic start to our term of office we look forward to June and hopefully engagements further afield within our Lichfield District.

Thank you to Robert Yardley for the photos taken at Lichfield Bower.

New Chairman and council roles announced

Cllr Bob Awty, Chairman of Lichfield District Council

Cllr Bob Awty, Chairman of Lichfield District Council

The new Chairman and Vice Chairman of Lichfield District Council have been sworn in at Annual Council.   
At Lichfield District Council’s Annual Council meeting on Tuesday 15 May 2018, Cllr Bob Awty was sworn in as the new Chairman and Cllr Mrs Norma Bacon was sworn in as Vice Chairman.
As the Chairman, Cllr Awty will represent the district at a wide range of functions across the region, including royal visits, community and charity events and formal openings. He will also chair council meetings and work throughout the year to raise money for charity.
Cllr Bob Awty, Chairman of Lichfield District Council, commented: “As a proud Lichfieldian, having been born here and lived here for nearly all of my life, I am delighted to take on the role Chairman.

“Lichfield District is growing and progressing all the time. I love its history and tradition and I look forward to championing and promoting the district and all we have to offer at the many events that I will attend throughout the year.”

The Chairman’s charity is Lichfield Memory Café. This is a new charity that offers a weekly café at the Methodist Church on Tamworth Street. Taking place every Thursday between 10am and 12noon, it is for people living with dementia and their carers to meet, make friends, reminisce and stimulate their memory.  

Cllr Awty took over the role of chairman from Councillor Mark Warfield.  

Cllr Mark Warfield, Chairman of Lichfield District Council from May 2017 to May 2018, said: “The past year has flown by and has been wonderful.

“A highlight for me was meeting primary school children who asked if I wore the chains of office at home, of course I replied ‘Yes – all the time!’ and they were delighted with that answer.

“As Chairman I had the opportunity to raise funds for the Lichfield & District Talking Newspaper, which included a hosting a fantastic civic lunch at Qmin for the charity.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their support and kindness to me over the last year – it has been a privilege and has gone by far too quickly.”