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

Lichfield Arts are making final preparations for their Autumn Beer Festival, taking place on Friday and Saturday 2nd/3rd September at the wonderful Lichfield Guildhall.

An exciting range of real 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  or on 01543-262223. They are just £2.00 on both days before and £3.00 after.

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Photography exhibition Lichfield Guildhall Saturday 27th August

Wild Horses  (002)Award winning Lichfield photographer Robert Ings is presenting an exhibition of his varied work at the historic Lichfield Guildhall on Bank Holiday Saturday August 27th. The exhibition will feature his work on Landscapes, Portraits, much of the work will be available to purchase on the day. To find out more about his fine work check out his  web-site

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Brochure Stock Replenishment

If you would like copies of the Visitor Guide 2016 or the NEW What’s On Autumn/Winter 2016-2017 brochures for your business or property then please let me know, we will be organising a local delivery drop in the next few weeks.

Whats on autumn winter 2014The Visitor Guides are in boxes of 60 copies and the Whats On’s are in boxes of 200. We will do a half box quantity of both brochures. If you would like deliveries of one, or both, of the brochures then please email me at with the following information

The brochure(s) you would like

  • The number of boxes (or half-boxes) you’d like
  • The delivery address and any delivery restrictions (in terms of location or access day’s)

Please note that if you are a city centre business or shop please arrange to collect brochures directly from the Tourist Information Centre at St Mary’s in the Market Square as the delivery driver will not be able to park on city centre streets.

If you could let me have your brochure request by no later than: Monday 1st August we will then arrange delivery. n.b. If you would like an LDTA leaflet dispenser (or two) as well (and haven’t requested one yet) then please add that to your request as well.

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Bloomin’ Lichfield

Earlier this month, Lichfield District Tourism Association (LDTA) supplied four hanging baskets to Lichfield City Station as part of the Bloomin’ Lichfield project. Lichfield has entered the Heart of England iBloomin Lichfieldn Bloom competition many times in the past few years, and has won the silver gilt award several times. Hopefully it will be gold in 2016! The flowers in the baskets have only just been planted so are quite small but later in the summer they should be in full bloom!

In the photograph members of the executive committee of the association can be seen at the train station with the hanging baskets.

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Sculpture and art foundation cic

Son et lumiere 1Son et lumiere 2Lichfield Cathedral Artist in residence and Sculpture, Peter Walker, has been developing wide reaching audiences for Lichfield. Last week Oscar winning actor Eddie Redmayne worked with Peter to record a special screening which will be part of a unique art installation at Lichfield Cathedral this August 4/5/6 th. Fans as far as Italy, Brazil, America and Spain began to blog about Lichfield City because of this.

Alongside this a special tribute to the battle of the Somme in the form of a son et lumiere was projected on Saturday, beginning the Lichfield festival. Audience numbers reaching 4,000 people filled the close to see this one off moving tribute to the fallen soldiers.

Other news, the Sculpture and Art Foundation CIC are appearing at the Fuse Festival 8/9/10 th July and are collecting selfies for the #I am Lichfield project.

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Lichfield Arts



Lichfield is set to become alive with Blues and Jazz next week-end June 24th-26th when the festival returns to the city, after the successful  2015 launch.

Blues can enjoy some of the UK’s top performers with Matt Schofield opening the festival on Friday 24th Followed on Saturday 25th by good time blues from  Steve Ajao Blues giants and the explosive soulful blues of  Rebecca Downes. Sunday will see popular American delta  bluesman Kent Duchaine make a welcome return to Lichfield

Jazz fans will be able to enjoy top regional and UK based musicians . Tim Amann Xtet start the proceedings off on Friday 24th before the massive 19 piece Birmingham Jazz Orchestra kick off proceedings on Saturday 25th to be followed by the Swing of the Callum Roxburgh . Later in the day the star studded  Steve Waterman Quartet appear at Wade Street Church.

Sunday 26th will see a full day at the George Hotel with bass player opening proceedings followed by local trumpet star Nick Dewhurst and his fine quintet.

The festival closes with the Zappatistas , who comprise of seven of Britains finest jazz musicians . Jazz meets rock .Rock meets Jazz.

Besides all that there will be street performances and music at the Angel Inn and the Kings Head.

Festival organizer Brian Pretty said “ He was delighted to be able to bring such talented musicians to Lichfield particularly as two of the bands are fronted by local musicians Nick Dewhurst and Callum Roxburgh”

Tickets are selling very fast and can be booked online or ring the box office 01543-262223

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Chasewater Railway, in Burntwood recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary

The volunteers of Chasewater Railway who work in the community operating a Heritage
Railway and Museum have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service,
the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
Chasewater Railway operates throughout the year on a two mile standard gauge line
through a former colliery site which is now Chasewater Country Park. Our volunteers both
past and present who’s dedicated hard work, determination and tenacity allows the railway
to tell the story of our local industrial past. We have coal mining, power generation, brewery
and steel industries represented in our unique collection of steam and diesel locomotives,
wagons and associated machinery. Heritage carriages have been restored in period fashion
which facilitate train rides for the general public, schools, educational visits, community
groups and railway enthusiasts alike to enjoy. We encompass an Arts Council England
accredited museum, heritage centre, stations, workshop, running shed, signal boxes, narrow
gauge miner’s style railway, model railways both small and large scale, gift & model shops
and a traditional style tea room.
As well as operating, maintaining and preserving the railway for today’s and future
generations to enjoy, our volunteers stage regular events to engage with the whole
community. These include gala’s, Santa specials, Halloween trains, annual charities day,
teddy bear days, brewery locomotive and coal train days. Our volunteer base which currently
numbers around 70 people who come from a diverse range of backgrounds and abilities with
ages ranging from 14 years to 80+ years old. Our volunteers have job roles that include,
footplate crew, train crew, engineering, permanent way, signalling and telecommunications,
guest services, administration, buildings and grounds, training, education and hospitality.
They all give their valuable time freely working in all weathers and conditions but their
reward is to see our visitor’s happy faces and enjoyment making all their endeavours a most
rewarding experience.
Our chairman Mr Mark Sealey and Mrs Donna Sealey, Trustee for Health & Safety who was
the chairman at the time of our nomination, represented Chasewater Railway’s volunteers
when they attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 24th May.
Chasewater Railway is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to
receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards given to groups this year is
slightly higher than last year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of
innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer
groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were
created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each
year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
Award winners this year range from a War Memorial Community Trust, providing social
facilities for the benefit of the community in Clwyd, Wales, to a club enhancing the
community by developing individuals through athletics, in Ayrshire and Arran, Scotland.
Chasewater Railway will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire later
this summer.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast
journalist Sir Martyn Lewis said:
“I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for
their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this
year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups.
The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to
help solve problems demonstrate the very best of democracy in action.”
Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:
“I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary
Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements. The huge amount of work and
commitment these organisations put into their local communities is surpassed only by the
passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to
inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that we can continue to build a
more compassionate society.”
Chairman of Chasewater Railway, Mark Sealey, said:
“I am extremely proud and overjoyed that Chasewater Railway has won this prestigious
award. This award acknowledges all the hard work undertaken by our volunteers past,
present and future.”
Notes to editors
1. Lord Lieutenants are the monarch’s representatives in their lieutenancy. There are 98
Lord Lieutenants who cover all areas of the UK.
2. This year there were 193 winners of The Queen’s Award Voluntary Service from across
the UK. More information on the winners can be found at the London Gazette
3. Any group of two or more people that has participated in voluntary work for more than
three years can be nominated for the award. Full details on how to nominate are available at
4. Nominations for the 2017 awards close on 16 September 2016 and should be made
online via

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LDTA Visit to Wall

LDTA WallWall Village holds many surprises as LDTA members discovered on Thursday 19th May. Considering it is such a small area, it has a great deal to offer. We met in the Village Hall and were welcomed by John Crowe and Julie Moulds, who acted as our knowledgeable guides for the afternoon. Julie, explained that the Roman site is managed and maintained by English Heritage, and owned by the National Trust. In 2008 a dedicated group of volunteers formed The Friends of Letocetum, to facilitate the opening of the Museum.

A replica Roman Milestone commemorating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee marked the beginning point of our tour. The landmark is located at the original junction of Watling Street and Ryknild Street and was the idea of The Milestone Society, a group who restore ancient finger posts and milestones. Opposite the monument stand a row of modern bungalows, nothing remarkable on the surface but underneath them Roman columns were found hiding buildings that were without doubt far grander. On the edge of this area human bones and pottery have been discovered pointing to evidence this may have been a cemetery.

Continuing the tour, we passed the library encased in a redundant red telephone box, this was bought from BT for £1 and contains books to borrow, donated by the residents of Wall. Like Roman soldiers, we valiantly marched on up the Butts up to the top of the hill where St John’s Church stands. The word ‘Butts’, usually refers to an area used for archery training, but this area in Wall refers to an ancient British track. Standing in the churchyard gave us a wonderful vantage point looking down on to the Roman site below.

A quick peep inside the church was all we had time for, but we did learn that St John’s was consecrated in 1843 and built by George Gilbert Scott who also designed the Albert Memorial in London for the bereaved Queen Victoria. Lichfield Cathedral was also restored by the architect in the Victorian era. Workmen digging close to the church unearthed a large earthenware statue probably dedicated to the goddess Minerva.  John, explained that there has almost certainly been a place of worship at this location for centuries and artefacts with Christian symbols have been found over the years. During the 1920’s a bronze bowl inscribed with a “Chio Rhio” Christian symbol was found at a site of a burial, proving that Christian worship was practised before the end of the Roman period.

We were amazed at the history contained within the village, a stone arch once spanned Watling Street alongside the Trooper Inn where a Roman Well was discovered. The locals from the village started to excavate the well but when WW2 broke out filled it back in. After the war the project was resumed and the custodian of the Roman site volunteered to be lowered down on a rope attached to a winch to the bottom of the well. No health and safety in those days! Unfortunately nothing of interest was found. Our walk revealed the strategies used to defend the area, ditches and long grass concealed wooden spikes or sharp metal that projected out of the soil, making it hard to see by incoming invaders. Over the years there have been many interesting finds including a hoard of coins and a window frame still complete with glass, the building of the M6 toll road has unearthed other significant objects.

The name Letocetum, means ‘grey wood’ and began life as a military staging post but soon developed in to a civil settlement offering a high standard of living. We were able to see remains of a ‘mansio’ for travellers and public baths, with its sequence of cold, warm and hot rooms here soldiers could find lodgings for the night and change their horses. The recently refurbished museum provides a fascinating insight into Roman life and displays many of the pieces found in the village. As a local history site this is an excellent venue for school parties and educational visits can be arranged. The outdoor site can be visited by the public at any time. The museum is open on the last Saturday and Sunday of the month and bank holiday Mondays between 11am and 4pm.

The website  provides more information about Letocetum and planning an educational visit.

The Roman God Apollo must have been watching over us, the weather was fine and warm during the tour but on arrival back at the village hall the heavens opened. LDTA members were greeted by a sumptuous feast. Fortunately for us not dormice cooked in honey and poppy seeds but a delicious English afternoon tea.  Volunteers Sheila, Jane and Jean had been busy since midday preparing a selection of sandwiches, home baked scones served with jam and cream, followed by cake and biscuits all accompanied by a good cup of tea. I’m sure the Romans would never have left Wall if they had tasted the refreshments! Each table had been adorned with a pretty vase of flowers making our food ever more pleasant.

Wall Village Hall is a practical community building and is suitable for a wide range of activities, from martial arts training to wedding receptions, hopefully not at the same time!  If you would like to hire this building more information can be found by visiting

Many thanks to John and Julie for making our LDTA networking meeting so enjoyable and to the ladies who provided and served the afternoon tea.

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