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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Lichfield Cathedral hosts Children’s Herkenrode Exhibition

Herkenrode Children's Exhibition - May 2015Lichfield Cathedral are pleased to announce the arrival of a new exhibition featuring works of art produced by pupils that were inspired by the recently restored Herkenrode Glass.

The glass is considered to be one of Europe’s greatest artistic treasures, and was installed in Lichfield in 1803 when it was rescued from destruction during the Napoleonic Wars. Having withstood centuries of weather and pollution, emergency action was needed to rescue it once again and the race began to save the Lady Chapel and its priceless Renaissance glass. The glass was removed in 2010 and taken to Barley Studio where the five-year renovation project commenced. The project was completed in March 2015, when a special rededication service took place in the presence of HRH The Duke of Gloucester.

Celia Houghton, Lichfield District Council’s Arts Development Officer, worked with 210 pupils from five local schools to produce the work, including Hayes Meadow Primary, St Michael’s Primary, Thomas Barnes Primary, St Chad’s Primary and Chadsmead Primary Academy.

Each school was introduced to the glass and its history, and shown images which were taken during the restoration. The pupils were then tasked with producing artwork based on the images. Their designs were reinvented with different types of media including manipulating thin wire onto frames and adding tissue paper for colour; painting designs onto wooden panels; and creating fabric pieces using colourful materials.

Celia Houghton said: “Through this project many of the pupils were able to learn new skills including threading needles, sewing, manipulating wires, and using pliers safely. We wanted to create artworks that represented the windows, as well as try new materials that aren’t often used in schools. A lot of hard work has gone into this exhibition, and it’s absolutely fantastic to see it on display in the magnificent Lichfield Cathedral.”

The exhibition will be on display in Lichfield Cathedral until Thursday 25 June.

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Claymills Victorian Pumping Station wins certificate of Excellence

TripAdvisor has awarded  LDTA member Claymills Victorian Pumping Station the 2015 Certificate of Excellence. This achievement is a direct result of their consistently great reviews from TripAdvisor travellers! Congratulations to all of the team!

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Hear My Voice! The Lichfield Festival calls for Singers

IMG_5298The Lichfield Festival is calling for singers to join the Festival Chorus for a concert event in Lichfield Cathedral.

Singers of all ages and abilities are invited to get involved in the concert which marks the culmination of a three year community project run by the Festival across Staffordshire and the Black Country.  The Hear My Voice Project, supported by Swinfen Broun Charitable Trust, works with adults and young people to explore ways of developing confidence and self-expression.  Since it began in 2013, the project has engaged with over 300 individuals at Lichfield Pathway Project, Sandwell Women’s Aid, Acorns Children’s Hospice, Donna Louise Hospice, The Bridge Learning Centre and a number of schools across the region; working on projects involving poetry, performance and visual arts.

This year participants are working with composer Kate Pearson to write music and lyrics for new songs to be performed in the Cathedral on Thursday 9 July.

The Lichfield Festival Chorus will form part of a choir for this evening, performing some of the new compositions within the programme.  Rehearsals for the concert will begin in June

Anyone wishing to get involved should contact the Festival office on 01543 306270 or email education@lichfieldfestival.org.  The chorus is open to all ages, but under 16s must be accompanied by a singing adult.

The Lichfield Festival runs 3-12 July.  Full programme details are available at www.lichfieldfestival.org

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The UK’s First Child Hotel Concierge at Drayton Manor Hotel

Child Hotel Concierge Noah Reeves-Walters with Drayton Manor Theme Park's Chief Executive Officer Colin BryanAs Drayton Manor Hotel gears up ready for next week’s half term holidays, it is excited about welcoming the latest addition to its team – the UK’s first child hotel concierge!

Nine-year-old Noah Reeves-Walters, from Kidderminster, will don his mini concierge uniform and take up residence in the four-star hotel’s reception on selected dates throughout Whit week half-term (25th – 29th May). He will be on hand to answer questions and assist younger guests with their visit and day out at the theme park to make it the best experience ever.

Any fun facts or unusual questions children may have, Noah will help give them the answer. Whether that is where to get the best ice cream in the park, what to eat to stop feeling sick on rides or even where to sit on Stormforce 10 for the best soaking – Noah will be the boy to set them straight!

In the run up to Noah’s arrival, staff at the Drayton Manor Hotel have been asking children what is important to them during their visit and the crucial issues of the day have varied from the wobbliness of the restaurant’s jelly to the bubbliness of the bubble bath!

Questions have been flooding in from children of all ages, some as young as two, and include: How many rooms are there in the hotel? How bouncy are the beds? What colour are the Thomas & Friends™ rooms? What are the best sweets in the shop in Thomas Land™? How chunky are the chips? What desserts do they have in the restaurant? How fast does Ben 10 go? Do I have to go upside down? Which ride should I go to first so I don’t have to queue for ages? What’s the best new ride in Thomas Land? Is there any candy floss in the park? Where sells the best ice cream? What animals do they have in the zoo?

It looks like Noah’s going to be rushed off his feet this half-term.

Noah said: “I love Drayton Manor Theme Park, but it’s always the adults who give the advice, so I thought it should be the kids who get to ask their questions for a change. I’m prepared and ready to give my expert kid opinion!”

Martin Wright, General Manager of the Drayton Manor Hotel, said: “When Noah and his family contacted us with the idea of him being our child hotel concierge, we jumped at the chance! The Drayton Manor Theme Park brand is synonymous with family fun and trips out for the young and young at heart, so it makes perfect sense for us to have someone like Noah offering his help and advice to our younger guests and listening to the issues that are important to them.”

For further information about Drayton Manor Theme Park or to pre-book discounted entry tickets visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk or call 0844 472 1960. For regular updates and news about Drayton Manor Theme Park follow it on Twitter www.twitter.com/Draytonmanor  and Facebook www.facebook.com/Draytonmanorpark. For more information about the hotel or to book your stay visit www.draytonmanorhotel.com or call 01827 285551.

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Is there a fortune in your cupboard?

CharlesOn Friday 5th June a team of valuers from Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers will be coming to the Staffordshire Regiment Museum.

These expert valuers will be at the Museum from 10am to 4pm and are available to value items brought in by the public, in return for a small donation to the museum of £2.

Joining the valuers on the day will be militaria and coin experts, and, schedule permitting, TV personality and antiques expert Charles Hanson.

Charles is a regular of BBC favourite Bargain Hunt, and owns Derbyshire auctioneering house Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers.

The Staffordshire Regiment Museum is a wonderful spot for a valuation day. This site is steeped in history, and is a great day out in its own right.

The Museum holds fascinating collections including medals, uniforms and recordings of real WW1 soldiers talking about their experiences. Outside you’ll find military vehicles and the Museum’s astonishing WW1 trench system. There’s plenty of free parking and the whole site is wheelchair and buggy accessible.

The Staffordshire Regiment Museum can be found at DMS Whittington, Whittington, Lichfield, WS14 9PY. Telephone 01543 434394 or go to www.staffordshireregimentmuseum.com for further details.

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Rachael’s Networking Meeting News – Arthur Price Factory Shop

Weston with gift box & new insertDespite Arthur Price Factory Shop being one of those Lichfield businesses that everybody knows, many LDTA members at our recent meeting mentioned they had never actually paid a visit. This was rectified on Wednesday 13th May when our networking meeting was held there.

Chief Executive Simon Price described the business as a “proud British family owned company” and explained how the business had grown from humble beginnings to a firm with not just one but two royal warrants, from The Queen and The Prince of Wales respectively.

Arthur Price, founder of the Company was born in 1865, like many children at that time he left school at 14 to begin his working life. To avoid having to take a day off work, Christmas Day, being a holiday was chosen as his wedding day. After many years working for others and having the ability and determination to work long hours at home making his own tools, Arthur opened his own factory in 1902 producing spoons and forks in Gem Street, Aston. Company registration number 75016 was issued and A. Price & Co Ltd was born, the business was the first to manufacture chrome plate.

In 1911 another factory was opened in Conybere Street to cast nickel silver ingots and it was from this factory that the cutlery was produced for RMS Titanic. Around the time that World War 1 began a move was made to Vauxhall Street, despite a slowdown in trade Arthur continued to work hard. Sons Arthur and Frederick joined the firm making it a family affair, with high standards, steady progress and the vision to expand by embracing new ideas. Arthur senior died in 1936 leaving behind a first-rate business.

Sadly, Arthur junior died at the age of 50 in the year 1942 and Frederick was left to lead the company. The Second World War meant only Sheffield firms were allowed to produce spoons and forks so the business gained a contract with the Ministry of Aircraft Production. Frederick’s son John joined the company in 1949 and was able to view proceedings with a fresh outlook. In 1964, John Price renamed the Company ‘Arthur Price of England’.

In 1982 the headquarters moved from Birmingham to their present home off Britannia Way, Lichfield, the first outlet on the industrial estate and it is thanks to John Price who came up with the name Britannia Way. Simon joined the family establishment in the 1980’s and business has gone from strength to strength, now Simon’s son James is part of the working team making it a fifth generation venture. The Company’s coat of arms shows white roses representing hope, joy, love and faith, a hammer for honour and the Latin motto ‘fidelis muneris’ translating as ‘faithful service’.

Arthur Price of England work with designers Sophie Conran, Monsoon and Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen so there are designs to suit all tastes. The quality cutlery supplies many famous organisations including the Savoy, Emirates, QE2, Air India and was used at David and Victoria Beckham’s wedding. 15% of products are exported overseas.

Simon Price is passionate about supporting the local community and in 2009 became the 456th Sheriff of Lichfield. He is patron of the ‘We love Lichfield Fund’, supporting 70 voluntary organisations across the district who give their time for free and make a huge contribution to society. If you would like to support this charity visit www.welovelichfield.com

After the talk LDTA Members were invited to visit the wonderful shop and take advantage of generous discounts on the extensive range of gifts and cutlery. After enjoying a glass of orange juice, wine and snacks we were presented with a goody bag as a memento of our visit.

Grateful thanks to Simon Price and Beverly Sheppard who made this visit possible. If you would like more information about this venue take a look at the website www.arthurprice.com or call 01543 257775.

Thank you to Paul Fairs from FM & J Wait, who kindly stepped in at short notice to provide transport to the meeting venue.

This was the first networking for new LDTA member Colin Booker representing Additions of Lichfield. Additions is a gift shop located in Tudor Row which stocks unique items for both ladies and gentleman. We look forward to seeing Colin and partner Fiona at future meetings.

Please join us at the AGM at 2pm on Wednesday 10th June at the George Hotel, Bird Street, Lichfield.

Our next LDTA networking meeting will be held at Woodhouse Farm and Garden CIC on Thursday 20th August at 2pm.

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Sponsor Beer at Elford Hall Garden Music and Real Ale Festival on July 4th 2015

The Elford Hall Garden Project need sponsors to help keep the walled garden a free and open space for all.
The project team are looking for local businesses to sponsor a barrel of beer or cider for the festival for £100.
The aim is to sell at least 20 different real ales at this year’s festival.

Benefits of being a sponsor include:

  • Reach 1500 people in an afternoon
  • Sponsor’s names are put in the beer tasting notes
  • Sponsor’s flyers can be distributed at the event.
  •  Sponsor’s name will be displayed on their barrel
  • Complimentary tickets for the event
  • The satisfaction of knowing you will be supporting a local charity!!!

If you can offer sponsorship we would be delighted to hear from you.
Please contact Angela Cornell on 01827 383097, email info@elfordhallgarden.org.uk or visit the website www.elfordhallgarden.org

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