Visit Lichfield Special Offer – City Tours

Secret Gardens TourJoin a fully trained Green Badge Guide on a tour of Lichfield to discover the fascinating history of the city.

Civil War Tour

Wednesday 15 July, 2pm

Hear about the battle between the Roundheads and the Cavaliers for control over the city, the canon bombardment of Lichfield Cathedral, the impact of miners from Cannock Chase and learn about the awful fate of Lord Brooke.

Pubs, Priests and Prostitutes
Wednesday 22 July, 2pm

Find out about some of Lichfield’s interesting people, buildings and much more

The tours last 1.5 hours and the cost is usually £3 per person but Visit Lichfield are offering LDTA members tickets for £2 – booking in advance is essential.

Call 01543 256611 or call into St Mary’s In the Market Square, Lichfield.

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Exciting new plans for Friarsgate to be unveiled

New plans for the major city centre redevelopment, Friarsgate, are going on display to the public this month.

The plans have been redesigned following changes in the economy since the leisure, retail and housing development was first proposed.

The designs include shops, cafés, bars and restaurants, a cinema, houses and apartments, as well as a new bus station and car park.

Lichfield District Council is working closely with its development partner, Development Securities PLC, to hold two open exhibitions to showcase the new designs. This will take place in a vacant unit (opposite Greggs) in Lichfield’s Three Spires Shopping Centre on:

• Saturday 18 July, from 11am to 4pm
• Saturday 25 July, from 11am to 4pm

The open exhibitions will offer everyone the chance to see the proposals, discuss them with members of the project team, including representatives from Lichfield District Council, and provide their written feedback as part of the development process.

The detailed information boards will also be on display in the window of the same shop from Wednesday 15 to Thursday 30 July.

The plans will also be available to view online and to comment on at http://www.visitfriarsgate.co.uk/

Scott Davidson, from Development Securities PLC, said: “We are looking forward to sharing our revised proposals for Friarsgate and consulting with local people to gain valuable feedback. Our ambition is to create an exciting new mixed-use destination in the centre of Lichfield that complements the existing retail offer and further establishes the city centre as a thriving place to shop, eat and live.”

Councillor Mike Wilcox, Leader of Lichfield District Council, added: “Lichfield’s Birmingham Road area needs to be revitalised in a way that will link up to and complement the rest of the city centre.

“If approved by our Planning Committee, Friarsgate will have a huge impact on our local economy. Projections are that it will create up to 630 jobs and help to boost sales and footfall to the whole city.”

Feedback on the proposals can be submitted online at http://www.visitfriarsgate.co.uk, at the open exhibition events, or by post using the form which will be available at the public consultation event. All comments should be received by 5pm on Monday 10 August 2015.

All the feedback received will be considered and the designs will be updated as appropriate. The planning application will then be submitted to Lichfield District Council later this year.

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LDTA Elephant raises £360 for charity at Festival Auction

Brian etcWe were so proud to hear LiDiTiA raised £360 at the elephant auction last week.
Our chairman chose for the money raised to go to the charity Friends2Friends.

The parade went well, apart from a slight wheel issue on route! Special thanks to the team at FM & J Waits for carrying her through the market.

Hen House Children’s Art School student, Isla Brennan was also there to escort the baby elephant to the cathedral.

 

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Lichfield Cathedral doubles its support for the Lichfield Business Improvement District

Adrian Dorber - Bid Doc  (00000003)Lichfield Cathedral has signalled its support for the proposed Lichfield Business Improvement District by committing to doubling its support for the BID with an additional 50% annual voluntary contribution.

This month, businesses across Lichfield are being asked to vote in favour of establishing a Business Improvement District (BID) in the city. If successful it will deliver more than £1 million of investment into the city centre over the next five years. In the run up to the ballot, Lichfield Cathedral has signalled its enthusiastic support for the Lichfield BID by committing to doubling its contribution into the BID pot with an additional 50% voluntary contribution every year.

The Very Rev’d Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield, commented: “The BID is a fantastic initiative. It’s all about businesses seizing control of their trading environment and working together to bring even more footfall into our city. As one of the biggest attractions in Lichfield, I know how important it is that we work closely with local shops and restaurants, so we can offer a compelling day-long experience for our visitors, and how important it is we work with local authorities, so we can improve the facilities on offer – from toilets, through to parking. The BID will give businesses a truly powerful voice that I believe will be able to deliver the changes we so desperately need to put Lichfield firmly on the map as a premier visitor destination. I urge all businesses to think big and support a joined up and supportive city by voting yes for the BID.”

Paul Maddox, Chairman of the Lichfield BID Steering Group, and owner of The Scales and Three Spires Coffee Shop, explained: “A BID will create a strong voice for businesses in Lichfield. Representing 500 local businesses the BID will have enormous influence and lobbying powers. We’re hugely grateful for the Cathedral’s support and we believe it is vital that attractions like the Cathedral, our hotels, shops and cafes work together in the future to deliver positive and lasting change to our city. And I believe the BID is the only way we can truly achieve this.”

The Lichfield BID proposals have been created by a group of passionate city traders and businesses known as Lichfield BID Steering Group, with the input of hundreds of city businesses. The group was formed in early July 2014, following a successful BID feasibility study that showed over 55% of businesses supported the idea of a BID. The Lichfield BID Steering Group includes representatives from Tempest Ford, The George Hotel, Lichfield Cathedral, HCB Solicitors, Cure, Reve Shoes, Rooms to Inspire, Obsession Salon & Spa, Michael’s Menswear, La Reve and many more. To see the full membership visit www.lichfieldbid.co.uk

Paul Maddox, continued: “In order to get a BID off the ground there is an official BID Ballot which is taking place this July. We need as many businesses as possible to vote and return their slips straightaway. Don’t think your vote isn’t needed – it is! So, please return your paper as soon as you get it. I urge every business in the city centre to vote yes for a BID to deliver not just additional investment, but also the control and power businesses so desperately want to deliver a difference to our city. And, if you are unsure, just contact Michelle on 07527 016 338 or email michelle@lichfieldbid.co.uk and we will both come and talk to you about the difference I believe a BID will deliver to you.”

To find out more about the BID, including downloading a copy of the five year Lichfield BID business plan, visit www.lichfieldbid.co.uk

 

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LiDiTia Update

elephant.jpegThese are the final images of our LDTA Elephant, LiDiTiA.

We are very grateful to the children from Hen House Children’s Art School, Lichfield, for their hard work over the past few months.

Our elephant will be joining the others on the parade today starting at 3.15pm from Bore Street and will be on display at Erasmus Darwin House for the trail.

The trail is available to download from the Lichfield Festival website http://www.lichfieldfestival.org/#xl_xr_page_elephant%20parade

LiDiTiA will be auctioned off at the end of the Festival and our Chairman will be selecting a charity for the proceeds to go to.

elephant2.jpegSpecial thanks to LDTA members FM & J Waits for escorting LiDiTiA on the parade.

Hope you all have a great weekend, it’s going to be a lively one in Lichfield. Visit Lichfield will be at the Festival Market tomorrow too so come and find us!

 

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Minute’s silence for Tunisia Attack at Lichfield Cathedral

A national minute’s silence will be held at 12pm on Friday 3rd July to remember the victims of the Tunisian beach attack, which took the lives of 38 people including 30 Britons.

Lichfield Cathedral will mark the minute’s silence with a special ceremony. People are invited to attend the silence at the Cathedral, which will end with a prayer by the Very Revd Adrian Dorber, the Dean of Lichfield. The prayer will then be followed by a bell tolling from the Cathedral Tower, one toll for each life lost during the attack.

All are welcome to stay for the 12.30pm Eucharist, which will include special prayers for remembrance and hope.

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Elephant Parade Heralds Lichfield Festival 2015

Wade Street Church LichfieldSupported by Twycross Zoo
Friday 3 July 2015, from 3.15pm
Lichfield City Centre, admission free
www.lichfieldfestival.org

A parade of 35 baby elephants is set to launch this year’s Lichfield Festival in style.  Owners from local schools, community groups, charities and businesses have been busy decorating their model elephants ready for the opening parade through the city’s streets on Friday 3 July from 3.15pm, supported by Twycross Zoo.  They will be led by the spectacular Indian dance artists Dance Sansaar and members of the Kenyan Masai Warrior Tribe.  The elephants will then be on display around the City and surrounding region before finding new homes in the charity auction on Saturday 11 July.

The parade heralds the start of the 2015 Lichfield Festival which features 70 different events in ten days from 3-12 July and is one of the most eclectic multi-arts festivals in the country.  From orchestral music to literature, theatre to film, comedy, visual art, walks and a host of events for all the family, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.  The festival is supported by principal partner London Midland.

Festival highlights include comedians Marcus Brigstocke, authors Michael Morpurgo and Bill Oddie, folk songstress Eliza Carthy, jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock and his trio, the BBC Big Band, seven-piece ensemble Septura Brass and a recreation of a 400-year old publicity stunt with Nine Dais Wonder.  Bellowhead’s Jon Boden joins the Sacconi Quartet for Elvis Costello’s The Juliet Letters and there are visits from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ex Cathedra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.  The Festival opens in the Cathedral on Friday 3 July with a specially-commissioned adaptation of Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute with an international cast of soloists.  There is lots for the whole family including a vintage tea party on the Cathedral lawn, City Saturday ‘open house’ event, and a grand festival finale Vera’s Tea Dance at Drayton Manor, with The Three Belles and The Bevin Boys setting a 50s theme.

Lichfield Festival runs from 3-12 July 2015 in venues around Lichfield.

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Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival 25 – 27 June

This is a fantastic festival featuring top national bands plus some of regions finest musicians at various venues across the city centre including the Cathedral, Guildhall, George Hotel, Lichfield Library plus over six pubs and restaurants. To view the full programme and Ale Trail click on the following link B&J-2015-A5flyer

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Gearing up to repave key city streets

Staffordshire County Council is set to repave Conduit Street, Breadmarket Street and a section of Market Street from January 2016. In preparation for the works, the team at the county council will carry out small trial holes of the roads this month.

The repaving of Conduit Street, Breadmarket Street and the lower part of Market Street, which borders the Market Square, is necessary as some of the paving slabs laid in 2007, as part of Lichfield District Council’s repaving project, have cracked. The cracking has only affected the roads and not the pavements.

Staffordshire County Council, which is responsible for the roads, working in conjunction with Lichfield District Council, is set to repave them early next year. The works will be part-funded by monies retained from the original project by the district council.

Cllr Mark Deaville, Cabinet Support Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council, explains: “Based on feedback from city traders, we’re planning to carry out the repaving works from January 2016, when it will have the least impact on local trade and shoppers. In advance of this we’re doing some investigatory testing in June and the results of this will help us to plan the finer engineering details.

“Once the testing is complete, we will be able to put together a firm project plan for the repaving works, which are likely to take around three months to complete. In order to minimise disruption to shoppers and businesses, we will be doing the work in three phases. Our aim will be to keep the city centre operational and open to essential traffic throughout the works.”

The project team will continue to work with Lichfield Town Team and Lichfield BID Steering Group to plan the exact timings of the repaving works. If anyone wants to give their views about the timings of the works, please contact Elizabeth Thatcher, Chair of Lichfield Town Team, by emailing elizabeth.thatcher@lichfielddc.gov.uk

Cllr Ian Pritchard, Cabinet Member for Economy & Development at Lichfield District Council, said: “We are delighted that the repaving works are set to go ahead and will be working with traders over the coming months to confirm the exact timing of the works.”

The cracking has also affected Market Square, which is owned and managed by Lichfield City Council. Separate repaving works to the Market Square are planned for later this year. The city council are working to ensure the repaving works will cause the least possible disruption to the market, which will continue throughout the works, and to the city centre.

Cllr Mark Deaville continued: “We would like to reassure shoppers, visitors and businesses that between now and when the works start, we are stepping up the frequency of repairs to the affected roads. In the long-term, the paving will be replaced with a more attractive and hard wearing finish, so we hope everyone will bear with us. We also put the new paving on display in the district council house in the coming months, so people can see what the renewed streets will look like.”

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Chasewater Railway Awarded 2015 Trip advisor Certificate Of Excellence

Chasewater Railway today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great l reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honourees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Chasewater Railway and we’d like to thank all of our past visitors who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” The volunteers at Chasewater Railway say. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honour exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travellers on the site,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive increasing hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

 

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