LDTA Networking Meeting at Comfortin’ Food

LDTA1.jpeg‘Enter as Strangers Leave as Friends’, is a quote displayed on the wall at Lichfield Café Comfortin’ Food. These words couldn’t be more fitting as the welcome from Sue and Simon Khan is always warm and hospitable. Our recent LDTA networking meeting was held on Wednesday 5th October and along with the visit to the café LDTA members also participated in a fun quiz.

On arrival at Comfortin’ Food we were greeted by a banquet of dainty sandwiches and a mouth-watering selection of cakes – all homemade, accompanied by copious cups of tea or coffee. Afternoon tea is a wonderful tradition and while enjoying our feast Simon told us a little about the business. He explained that Sue, established the café nearly 10 years ago and prides herself on serving quality homemade food at affordable prices. Often beginning work at 6am to achieve these high standards. Sue and manager Nicky, also offer a takeaway and delivery service and can cater for private functions. The ambiance inside the café is cosy and comfortable but on warm sunny days there is the option to sit in the private courtyard and watch the world go by. Simon also told us that he first met Sue when he was a customer, over time and many hearty meals, love blossomed and they became Mr & Mrs Khan. The ritual of afternoon tea owes it origins to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. After sampling the food at Comfortin’ Food we were all in agreement that this ritual should definitely continue!

Our very own Jonathan Oates acted as quiz master and what a sterling job he did. All the questions were LDTA related and consisted of 5 categories. Occasionally, there was silence in the room, which doesn’t happen very often at LDTA meetings, while everyone thought hard about the answers. Questions included: At which LDTA venue is it very unlucky to whistle? Which LDTA member appeared on the BBC programme ‘Escape to the Country’? From which LDTA member can you buy a fully dressed Christmas tree? Congratulations to Brian Pretty, Rob Carr, Jo Wilson and Marilyn Masters who made up the winning team. However, it was noted that 3 out of the 4 members of this team are representatives on the LDTA Management Committee!

Many thanks to Sue, Simon and Nicky for hosting this networking event and providing a scrumptious prize for the winning team.

If you would like more information about Comfortin’ Food please call 01543 253325 or why not pay them a visit at 8 Bore Street, Lichfield WS13 6LL.

If you would like to host a LDTA networking meeting during 2017 please let me know. £4 per person is paid towards refreshments.

Welcome to Little Green Frog Café, Jono’s Tourism and Beerbohm who have recently joined the Association.

Please join us at our next LDTA meeting at the Bowling Green, which will be our Christmas get-together on Wednesday 14th December, this is an informal drop in between 4:30pm and 6:30pm.


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Drayton Manor Park receives national recognition with The Sun’s Best of British Award



Drayton Manor Park in Staffordshire has been awarded first place in the Large Company category of The Sun’s Best of British Awards 2016, and also placed incredibly well overall as a great place to work.

The awards were officially launched in 2015 and recognise all businesses, regardless of size, that are doing the right thing for their employees. It champions firms across Britain who treat staff well, create a fantastic product or experience, and help to drive the economy forward.

Although this is a new award, the family run and owned theme park has been applying these qualities for a long time, right from the day it officially opened its doors to the public in the spring of 1950. Starting off as just 80 acres of derelict land, founded by the late George and Vera Bryan, the hardworking family have now turned Drayton Manor Park in to one of the most loved destinations in the UK and it’s now home to a range of fantastically fun attractions, including Europe’s only Thomas Land™ and some of the country’s greatest white-knuckle thrill rides such as stand up coaster, Shockwave, and the 54m drop tower, Apocalypse.

The park is also home to an incredible 15 acre zoo, where visitors can see over 100 species from all over the world and a spectacular 4D Cinema. Not to mention the new high rope adventure challenge VertiGO, which not only helps visitors face their fear of heights, but tests even the most confident of thrill seekers, as it takes them on an aerial adventure within the grounds of the attraction.

William Bryan, Managing Director at Drayton Manor Park said: “It’s fantastic news that we’ve come first in the large company category. As a family owned and run business it means such a lot for us to be recognised in this way.

“Our employees work incredibly hard every year to ensure that all of our visitors have an enjoyable experience. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the team’s dedication and enthusiasm and it is great to have this award recognise our achievements.”

Jane Hamilton, The Sun, said: “It’s wonderful that a family-run attraction has done so very well in The Sun’s new Best of British Awards. Drayton Manor is much-loved by Sun readers and also by its staff, as the results shows. Employees scored the company very highly for job satisfaction and recommending it as a place to work. Congratulations to everyone at Drayton Manor!”

To book tickets, or for more information about the park, visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk or call 0844 472 1950. Reduced prices are available for tickets bought in advance. For regular updates and news about Drayton Manor Park join it on Twitter www.twitter.com/Draytonmanor and Facebook www.facebook.com/DraytonManorPark

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Sponsor a Christmas tree at Lichfield Cathedral’s Christmas Tree Festival

Christmas treesThere will be a Christmas Tree Festival in the aisles of Lichfield Cathedral starting on 3rd December through to 4th January 2017. The cathedral will be purchasing 56x 5ft beautiful Nordmann fir trees, stands, and new sets of LED lights to adorn each one and you could ‘own’ one for a month. For £200 (reduced to £75 for a registered charity) you could decorate the tree with whatever you want, creativity is the name of the game to make your tree stand out and promote yourselves.

Last year, a Veterinary clinic decorated a tree with dog & cat toys with ribbon for baubles and tinsel made from bandages; a local restaurant flooded the tree with discount vouchers and had to come in daily to top them up!

There is a a maximum of 30 trees available for the business and charity sector and a further 25 to local schools so you need to be quick. There will be also one extra special prayer tree, which will be in the heart of the beautiful Lady Chapel and be a focal point for many services. This will be 10ft high and covered in lights which you can have a simple sign at the base saying ‘Sponsored with thanks by…”  this will be decorated with people’s prayers as Christmas.

Register your interest today. Just call  01543 306100 or email to reception@lichfield-cathedral.org for more information.

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New line up and logo for Lichfield Jazz

Following the success of the George IV gigs and thanks to the support of Russell Tomlinson and organizer Nick Dewhurst here is the latest update for Lichfield Jazz is here

Wednesday 19th October  George 1V 8.00pm £5

Mitch Perrins Trio – Drummer Mitch Perrins presents a fine selection of music from his ‘Survival Suite’ featuring Mike Green Bass, Nick Dewhurst Drums and Mitch on Drums.

Sunday 25th October 8.00pm Feather Inn Free

Walsall Jazz Orchestra straight ahead original Big Band jazz from this very talented orchestra.

Sunday 6th November 7.30pm Feathers Inn FREE

Blast Off Lichfield’s funkiest,grooviest community big band play an explosive mix of funky riffs, groovy beats and original catchy tunes.

Wednesday 16th November George 1V 8.00pm £5

Tom Lindsay ‘Sings’. No stranger to Lichfield pianist/singer Tom bring along Tom Moore Bass, Ric Yarborough Drums to perform some jazz standards plus fine originals.

Sunday 20th November Guildhall 8.00pm £14

Sarah Gillespie Quartet- This fine left field singer brings along her star studded quartet of Kit Downes piano, James Maddren drums and Ruth Goller bass to perform her wonderfull songs with a touch of Joni Mitchell and a taste of rap!

Sunday 4th December 2.00pm Bowling Green Inn Free

Bring along the family to Lichfields funkiest grooviest community big band Blast OFF

Saturday 10th December Guildhall 8.00pm £16

King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys – High octane swinging jump and jive with a touch of Basie – Book early !!!

Wednesday 21st December George 1V 8.00pm £5

Chrismas special almost a jazz variety show with a house rhythm section to support some of the fine musicians who have played this year.

Happy Jazzy New Year and watch this space for news of 2017 gigs and the   Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival June 2nd-4th programme available very shortly, better still get yourself on our e-mail list!

Book tickets for Guildhall events online www.lichfieldarts.org.uk or 01543-262223 pub events pay on the door.

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Drayton Manor Zoo becomes a full member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria

Drayton Manor Zoo, part of the award winning Drayton Manor Park in Staffordshire, is now a full member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), positioning it alongside some of Europe’s best zoos.

The membership follows two rigorous screening visits where experts investigated all aspects of the zoos activities, focusing closely on animal welfare, conservation, research and education. Following the visits, EAZA were very happy with the standards that Drayton Manor Zoo has set for itself and is excited about where the zoo is heading.

Chris Mitchell, Zoo Manager at Drayton Manor Zoo, said: “We are delighted with our EAZA membership and I think it is a great reflection of the work we do here, and how we go above and beyond to make sure all the animals’ needs are met.

“Sadly, animals in the wild are becoming extinct at an alarming rate and zoos not only narrate this story but also help connect people with nature. Zoos carry out vital conservation work and are key to safeguarding animals and habitats for future generations.”

Drayton Manor Zoo has a wide collection of creatures great and small including a pair of critically endangered Sumatran tigers, bouncing Red Kangaroos, fascinating spider monkeys, cotton topped tamarins and a mischievous meerkat mob.

It is an open plan attraction, so visitors don’t have to pay an additional fee for entry into the zoo, and it’s a great place to take a break from all the theme park has to offer.

To book tickets, or for more information about the park and zoo, please visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk or call 0844 472 1950. Reduced prices are available for tickets bought in advance. For regular updates and news about Drayton Manor Park join it on Twitter www.twitter.com/Draytonmanor and Facebook www.facebook.com/DraytonManorPark

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Stay at Swinfen Hall this October and Help Raise £10,000 for the National Memorial Arboretum

To mark the opening of the National Memorial Arboretum’s new Remembrance Centre on the 21st October 2016, Swinfen Hall has pledged to make a £25 donation for every bedroom booked by guests visiting the Arboretum.

The new Remembrance Centre has taken 2 years to build and has been made possible thanks to the generous support of The Royal British Legion, Staffordshire County Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and many private supporters. Featuring a new, hands-on interactive exhibition: Landscapes of Life, two exhibition galleries, a beautiful cloistered courtyard with garden, new restaurant and shop, it provides the perfect start to your visit to the Arboretum.

Swinfen Hall is the only AA Inspector’s choice hotel in Staffordshire and is delighted to be the Arboretum’s new Accommodation Partner. The 18th century Manor House can be found two miles South of Lichfield, an easy ten-minute drive from the NMA. The AA three-rosette restaurant sources venison, lamb, fruit and vegetables from the 100-acre estate while the lovingly restored Hall provides a beautiful backdrop.

A warm welcome, award-winning dining and a luxurious bedroom provides the perfect ending to your day at the Arboretum.

To ensure your room is logged for donation, you must book your room directly with the hotel by telephoning reception on 01543 481494 and quoting NMA DONATION.

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L2F, The Lichfield Festival of Folk, October 14th-16th 2016

Lichfield ArtsL2F The Lichfield Festival of Folk, is fast becoming one of the most popular folk festivals Midland’s music calendar. It’s takes place from 14 to 16 October at Lichfield Guildhall and organisers are promising a weekend full of  wonderful music.. This year John Tams, five times winner of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, is Festival Patron and the line-up includes: John Tams and Barry Coope; The Young’Uns, winners at this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards; Ciaran Algar and Greg Russell; Blair Dunlop Band; Pete Coe; Moore, Moss and Rutter and many more.

On 5 October a ‘Folk Train’ will run from Lichfield Trent Valley to Sutton Coldfield.

As well as all the music taking place in Lichfield Guildhall from Friday 14 October there will be many other events over the weekend, many of which are free. On Saturday 15 October there will an ‘Arts and Heritage Processio.

Tickets and details for all events are available online at www.l2f.co.uk or www.lichfieldarts.org.uk  or from Lichfield Arts box office on 01543 262223.

Further information: Stuart Davies 01543-378728 or

Lichfield Arts Donegal House  Bore Street  Lichfield  Staffordshire WS13 6LU Telephone: 01543 262223  email: info@lichfieldarts.org.uk

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Lichfield Jazz set to light up Lichfield

Miles Davis Night BandAfter a good spring start and a excellent Blues and Jazz Festival the JAZZ MONSOONS will be hitting Lichfield again this Autumn.

Under the leadership of young maestro Nick Dewhurst with help from old hands Russell Tomlinson and Brian Pretty a series of great gigs have been organised to take place at the GEORGE IV,  Bore Street.  Lichfield.

Season starts Wednesday 21st with a Tribute to ‘Miles Davis’ led by trumpet star Nick Dewhurstsaragillespie

Other dates lined up are

Wednesday 19th October  Mitch Perrins Trio

Wednesday 16th November  Tom Lindsay ‘Sings’

Sunday 20th November  Sarah Gillespie Quartet

Popular singer Sarah returns to Lichfield with her star studded group including Kit Downes piano and James Maddren drums www.lichfieldarts.org.uk

Wednesday 21stDecember Xmas Special with big bands to small groups

All gigs start at 8.00pm and entry is just £5 for the George 1V gigs

If that’s not enough then look forward to the Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival June 2nd/4th 2017

Check out www.lichfieldarts.org.uk



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Lichfield Autumn Beer Festival 2nd/3rd September, Noon-11.00pm

Lichfield Arts have ordered over 30 beers and ciders for their Autumn Beer Festival, taking place this week-end Friday and Saturday 2nd/3rd  September at the wonderful Lichfield Guildhall.

An exciting range of rBeereal ales will be available at the festival including many from local and regional breweries  also  available will be a fine selection of traditional  ciders and  perrys plus the  Lichfield Arts’ regular bar, and the (in) Famous Pork Pies. Something to tickle everyone’s  taste buds.

In addition, there’s live music on both evenings:

On Friday live entertainment will be provided by ‘Johnny & the Speedos with their superb renditions of all the ‘Rock & Roll  hits , followed on Saturday by the Nick Dalmedo Band with some fine gutsy bluesy /rootsy sound  .

Lichfield Arts Chairman Rob Tilston said “ This is a wonderful community event enjoyed by young and old and a great start to our Autumn concert season”

Tickets for the festival are now available and can be booked on www.lichfieldarts.org.uk  or on 01543-262223. They are just £2.00 on both days before 6pm and £3.00 after.

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Four in a Bed

We are a production company called Studio Lambert and are contacting you to let you know that we are embarking on a brand new series of Channel 4’s very popular ‘Four in a Bed’. These shows celebrate the great British Bed and Breakfast (and small hotel) as well as their owners.
We are looking for enthusiastic and proud owners/managers with a minimum of three guest bedrooms, who feel that their business stands out and who might enjoy the chance to share what makes their B&B special with a wider audience. Part of the programme’s charm is that we always feature independently-run places, not larger chain operations. In case you’re not already familiar with the format, B&B/hotel owners (or managers) stay overnight at each other’s places and rate their experience there. At the end of the week, one is crowned best value for money.
We are looking for B&Bs who want to be considered for an opportunity to take part in the new series which we will start filming September 2016. As you can imagine we do get a lot of interest, please get in touch with us as soon as possible if you’d like to know a bit more about what’s involved and up for a B&B adventure. We are happy to explain how it all works and answer any questions you may have.

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