Jazz at the George IV

Lichfield jazz have lined up a great series of gigs to help you get over the Winter Blues at the George IV pub Bore street Lichfield

First of these are on Wednesday 17th January when Tim Amann brings along is excellent X-tet .Composer / Pianist Tim features Ray Butcher trumpet, Sam Rogers saxes plus a superb rhythmn section of Adam Gilchrist bass guitar and Carl Hemmingsley drums.

You will hear superb jazz, some standards with a fokey overtone.

Second gig up is on Wednesday 21st February when superb guitarist Nik Svare makes his first appearance in Lichfield featuring groovy jazz with inspired improvosation.

He teaches at the University of Hull besides the highly rated Leeds College of music.

All gigs start at 8.00pm entrance is just £6 more details on www.nickdewhurst.com/jazz-at-the-george-iv


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Lichfield Blues and Jazz

Welcome to the latest news on the very lively  Lichfield Blues and Jazz scene with gigs at the George Hotel, George 1V ,Guildhall, Pokey Hole Blues Club and beyond.


Sunday 14th 8.00pm Steve Nimmo Guildhall www.lichfieldarts.org.uk or 01543-262223

Awesome electric blues

Wednesday 17th 8.00pm Tim Amann X-TET  George 1V  £6 Top jazz from local favourites

Friday 26th 7.30pm  – Ken Pustlenik’s Groundhogs  www.thepokeyholebluesclub.co.uk



Sunday 18th 8.00pm Chris Bevington Organisation Guildhall www.lichfieldarts.org.uk or 01543-262223

Wednesday 21st 8.00pm Nik Svarc Trio George 1V  £6 Top guitarist causing eruptions

Friday 23rd 7.30pm Black Rabbit plus Automatic Annie info www.thepokeyholebluesclub.co.uk



Wednesday 7th 8.00pm Nick Dewhurst Band with very  special guest Dennis Rollins

Garrick Suite, George Hotel £12 on door £10  in advance from S & J music or George Hotel

Wednesday 21st 8.00pm Blast Off celebrate their 4th birthday with a  open Jam Session FREE George 1V  all invited

Friday 30th 7.30pm  The Shooters plus Howlin Mat info www.thepokeyholebluesclub.co.uk



Sunday April 1st 2018 7.30pm £15 Lichfield Guildhall

 Celebrate 50 years of the Climax Blues Band www.lichfieldarts.org.uk or 01543-262223

Wednesday 18th 8.00pm Jazz at the George 1V £6

Friday 27th 7.30pm Beki Brindle Band www.thepokeyholebluesclub.co.uk



Wednesday 16th  2018 Remi Harris Trio return after their super concert at this years Blues and Jazz Festival.  £12 Garrick Suite George Hotel book online www.lichfieldarts.org.uk or 01543-262223

Dates for Lichfield Blues & Jazz Festival 2018 1st to 3rd June. Already booked are  Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack, Theo Travis Double Talk, Emma Jonson Boogie Woogie Quartet, Zoe Green Band, Blast Off, Walsall Jazz Orchestra, Steve Ajao’Blues Giants’, The Shooters, Sara Gillespie, Bescot Bay, Tom Lindsay, Three Step Manoeuvre ,Robert Jackson  plus many more!  Watch this space !!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your support and also to all the musicians and volunteers who have supported us not forgetting Russell Tomlinson landlord of the george 1V. We can be contacted on brian.pretty@lichfieldarts.org.uk or nick.dewhurst@live.co.uk

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Visit Lichfield’s social media is top notch!

Out of the tourism bodies in the West Midlands, Visit Lichfield came in second place in the English Tourism Social Media Index.

Lichfield District Council is celebrating after receiving the West Midlands runner up award for its Visit Lichfield social media channels.

Visit Lichfield runs www.facebook.com/visitlichfield and https://twitter.com/VisitLichfield, regularly posting and tweeting about all the events and attractions across Lichfield District.

In the West Midlands’ league table, Visit Lichfield has climbed three places since 2016, up to second place from fifth, with Destination Staffordshire coming in first place. In the English league table overall, Visit Lincoln came in the top spot. Visit Lichfield was ranked 31 out of a total 133 tourism bodies included in the index.

The index, produced by social media agency Umpf in association with TripAdvisor Rentals, was assembled by measuring the social media performance of each tourism body based on an algorithm, calculated by a team of people. 

The data was then analysed by a panel of three industry judges who presided over the final results, creating a league table which benchmarks social media success among England’s tourism bodies.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Environment & Development Services, said: “We’re thrilled to have achieved the runner up spot in the West Midlands for our social media promotions. It is testament to our small but hard working Visit Lichfield team and to Lichfield District’s fabulous tourism offer.

“It is amazing to think that we ranked higher than Birmingham, Shakespeare’s England, Shropshire, Devon, York, Canterbury, Cambridge and many more fantastic places to visit, so we are very proud.

“Congratulations to Destination Staffordshire on scooping the top spot in the West Midlands. It’s great that a tourism body, which also covers Lichfield District, came in first place.”

To find out more about Visit Lichfield, go to www.visitlichfield.co.uk


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LDTA Christmas Networking Meeting

The LDTA annual Christmas networking meeting was enjoyed by LDTA members and their guests at Beerbohm

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Celebrating our great tourism businesses at awards event

A total of 27 tourism businesses from across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire have been crowned as the best in in the area at the 2017 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards.

Awards in 16 categories, including Large Visitor Attraction of the Year, Hotel of the Year and Best Tourism Experience of the Year, were handed out at the event, at the 1907 Restaurant at Uttoxeter Racecourse.

The Large Visitor Attraction of the Year award, sponsored by Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, went to the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas. NMA volunteer Denis Cook, left, and staff member Lianne Joynson, right, are pictured receiving the award from LEP communications manager Alison Thomas.

 The Gladstone Pottery Museum in Stoke-on-Trent and Colton House near Rugeley both won two golds, making them the biggest winners of the day.

Gladstone won the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year and the Inclusive Tourism Award, while Colton House picked up the Sustainable Tourism Award and Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year.

The new CBeebies Land Hotel at Alton Towers Resort was named Hotel of the Year.

Drayton Manor Park won gold for the second year in a row for Best Tourism Experience of the Year, for Drayton’s Magical Christmas, with titles also going to World of Wedgwood (Guided Tour of the Year) and Uttoxeter Racecourse (Business Tourism).

Alrewas’ Amber House went home with the Bed & Breakfast of the Year award, Cannock’s Dalraddy Cottage was Self-Catering Property of the Year, and Heywood Hall, Denstone won Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year.

Oakland Holiday Park in Brewood won Holiday Park/Glamping Village of the Year, and The Borehole pub in Stone retained the Dog-Friendly Business of the Year title.

Sarah Montgomery, chair of Enjoy Staffordshire and Managing Director at the National Memorial Arboretum, said: “We should all be proud of the work we do to promote tourism in Staffordshire.

“The sector continues to be a major part of the county’s economic landscape. Overall annual direct spend by visitors now stands at £1.3bn, and the total impact of the sector, including indirect spent, amounts to £1.8bn.

“In all, 39,000 people are employed by the sector, both directly and indirectly, so we must not underestimate how important tourism is to the overall Staffordshire economy.

“Well done to all our winners, and good luck to those going forward to represent Staffordshire at the VisitEngland Awards.”

The awards were independently judged and verified by Service Science. Fourteen of the gold-winning businesses will now go forward to the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, to be held in Spring 2018.

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Prestigious Ceremony to Crown County’s Best Tourism Businesses


Staffordshire’s best tourism businesses are to be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony next week.

The 2017 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards will see more than 40 attractions, activities, hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses and holiday parks compete in 16 categories.

The winners will be crowned at Uttoxeter Racecourse on Wednesday 15th November (12pm-4pm), with awards including Large Visitor Attraction of the Year and Hotel of the Year up for grabs.

And the successful businesses in 14 of the categories will go forward to represent Staffordshire at next year’s national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

Councillor Mark Winnington, deputy chair of Enjoy Staffordshire and Staffordshire County Council cabinet member for economy, environment and transport, said: “Staffordshire is a great county with a rich tapestry of visitor attractions that we are very proud of.

“Tourism plays a vital role in our overall economy and our local tourism businesses continue to do a great job, bringing in millions of pounds each month for the local economy and sustaining tens of thousands of jobs.

“We are a county that has something for everyone and our annual awards give us a great opportunity to showcase and celebrate with all our tourism businesses.

“I wish all our entrants the best of luck.” Tickets for the event are available until Friday 10th November for Staffordshire tourism businesses. They are priced at £30 and include welcome drinks, a two course hot lunch and entertainment.

To book, visit www.enjoystaffordshire.com/award-tickets 

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Discover the Extraordinary Life of Elias Ashmole at Lichfield Cathedral

An exhibition exploring the fascinating life and times of Elias Ashmole, one of Lichfield’s most celebrated sons, is set to take place at Lichfield Cathedral.

From Thursday 19th October to Thursday 23rd November, the cathedral will host ‘Discovering Elias Ashmole’, an exciting event marking the 400th birthday of the remarkable 17th century figure, who rose from a relatively humble background in Staffordshire to an important and respected position at the court of Charles II.

Born in Breadmarket Street on 23rd May 1617, Ashmole left for London at the age of 16 but returned to Lichfield regularly and became a generous benefactor to both the city and the cathedral.

A royalist supporter throughout the turbulent time of the English Civil War, he bridged the gap between traditional and contemporary methods of thought and drew influence from the fields of alchemy, astronomy and botany.

While Ashmole was one of the founding members of the Royal Society in 1660, he is perhaps best remembered today as the founder of the University of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum. The museum, which is believed to have been the first truly public museum in Europe, opened in 1683 and first displayed antiquities and specimens of natural history collected by Ashmole himself.

A statue of Ashmole clasping a model of the museum buildings in his hands can still be seen on the exterior of Lichfield Cathedral.    

A former Lichfield chorister, Ashmole is responsible for the cathedral’s large collection of Barnard Part Books, a significant set of 17th century volumes on the history of choral music. In addition to the exhibition, the cathedral’s musicians will be giving a talk exploring the importance of these books, entitled ‘In Service High and Anthems Clear’, on the evening of Friday 17th November.

Simon Warburton, Executive Director of Lichfield Cathedral, says: “Our amazing, free Ashmole exhibition will include a host of exhibits kindly lent by the City of Lichfield and items from Lichfield Cathedral’s library that document Ashmole’s life and provide a unique insight into his vast and wonderful mind.

“This is simply an unmissable opportunity for anyone hoping to learn more about this important figure who stands at the forefront of Lichfield’s long and rich history.” 

The cathedral’s famed and ancient St Chad Gospels are shortly due to be loaned to the Ashmolean Museum, which is preparing for its ‘Imagining the Divine: Art and the Rise of World Religions’ exhibition, running from Thursday 19th October to Sunday 18th February 2018. More information on the event is available at  www.ashmolean.org/imaginingthedivine. Tickets for the ‘In Service High and Anthems Clear’ talk are £5.87 per person and can be purchased from The Shop at No 9 or online at www.lichfield-cathedral.org.

Further details about the Ashmole exhibition can be found at www.lichfield-cathedral-org.

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Lichfield Jazz

With autumn leaves beginning to fall Lichfield Jazz has lined up a series of fine gigs for the season.

October will see three gigs first of these at the George Hotel Bird Street at 8pm  Wednesday 11th when one of Britain’s finest jazz guitarists Mike Walker teams up with the Nick Dewhurst Band for a mind blowing evening of jazz. Mike Walker is a member of many top jazz outfits in the Uk  including ‘ The Impossible Gentlemen’

The following Wednesday 18th the Josh Scholfield Quartet play at the George IV. Since gradulating from the Birmingham Conservatoire he has established a fine reputation for his original compositions and his distinctive alto saxophone playing.

Thus continuing Lichfield Jazz policy of presenting the rising stars of jazz

The last gig of the month Sunday 29th is at The Feathers Inn,  Beacon Street when the mighty , brassy Walsall Jazz Orchestra blow their horns. Entrance is FREE

Gigs at the George IV cost just £5 for further information checkout www.nickdewhurst.com

Brian Pretty can be contacted on e-mail bpretty369@btinternet.com or 01543-264640

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New for 2017 A spectacular Oktoberfest is coming to town!!

The National Brewery Centre will be transforming its courtyard Marquee into a traditional stomping Oktoberfest event with bier, live music, DJ with all the cheesy tunes and a of course, a great lively and vibrant atmosphere – be prepared to be entertained, Bavarian style!

Managing Director Annie Horne comments: ‘Customers can top up their steins and step inside the Bier tent – where they can expect traditional folk dancing to Oompah music, foot stomping, table bashing and hearty singing galore – we’ve even got the words to sing. They can enjoy some traditional German grub from the food tent and raise their voices and steins for a foot stonking Burton Oktoberfest.’

Behind the bar they will find bier galore but don’t worry for those who don’t feel like slamming down their steins, the bar will be fully stocked with a wide selection of drinks.

The Entertainment will include:- 

Deutsch Blasmusik – a traditional Oompah band with a twist! A six piece specialising in whimsical and charming combinations of traditional German alongside quirky pop hits. All the classics are covered by this experienced band using their unique and fun filled approach to Oompop! They get the audience involved with games such as Munchen State – a dance at the table, Lots of Ein Prosit – a toast with singing along, boat races, Das Boot – a downing a pint challenge and so much more.

Food stalls will be selling:- Bratwurst, Schnitzel, Sauerkraut, Curry worst, Spatzle, Kartoffelsalat, Pretzels and Apple strudel with vanilla custard

SESSIONS:- FRIDAY: 6pm – 11pm, SATURDAY:12 noon – 5pm, SATURDAY:6pm – 11pm

 PRICES:- Standing £10, Unreserved Seating £15, VIP table for ten – best seats in the house with table service £350 (Friday VIP tables  already sold out)

Customers can book on line at www.nationalbrewerycentre.co.uk or by calling 01283 532880

For more Information Please contact David Edwards or Sarah Tooley on 01283 532880 or e-mail david.edwards@nationalbrewerycentre.co.uk

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LDTA Networking Visit Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust

On 15th August, LDTA members met at the Boat Inn car park located off the busy A461 road. Waiting for everyone to arrive for the visit was not a pleasant experience, with noise and fumes from the constant flow of traffic. It was a wonderful surprise when we were led through trees and brambles and down steps known as ‘Dora’s Descent’. It was as if we had been transported back to a bygone era away from the modern world. Accompanied by Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust (LHCRT) Engineering Director, Peter Buck, and Dora Hancock the Health and Safety Officer for the Trust, partners were given a tour of the Heritage Towpath Trail between the Boat Inn and the Canal aqueduct over the M6 Toll. Work began on the original canal in 1793 and opened in 1797, meaning 7 miles and 30 locks were built in just a few years using only wheelbarrows, shovels and muscle. An old sand wharf had been discovered near the Boat Inn. The wall of the wharf was at first thought to be in a poor condition and was planned to be dismantled and rebuilt, but as volunteers began this process some bricks refused to be moved. Further investigation found that under the top rows of bricks the structure was sound, obviously things were built to last back then.

Renovation on the Summerhill section began 3 years ago, when on New Year’s Day volunteers got to work cutting down trees and clearing scrub. It took 3 hours to walk 1km but the walk back was covered in 20 minutes. Huge progress has been made since resulting in many advantages for the environment. Towpath verges have been filled with sand and soil to make for easy walking.  The Scouts have constructed well designed and properly sited bird boxes providing homes for our feathered friends. Some of the hedges hadn’t been touched for 100 years, LHCRT have succeeded in laying 900 metres of hedge. It is the intention to move a badger sett. Hopefully, the badgers will be happy to co-operate and enjoy their new home. As further improvements are made walkers, cyclists, boaters and visitors will bring business to the district. This project will also provide an opportunity for people to learn about the history and heritage of the area.

Peter, spoke about the exciting plans LHCRT have, including, a brand-new lock enabling the canal to navigate beneath the Walsall Road to avoid a hump back bridge. It is proposed to turn Cranebrook Quarry adjacent to the canal at Summerhill into a Marina with a picnic area close by. As the weather was fine and sunny we walked to the M6 Toll Aqueduct, where there was time for a photo opportunity. The Aqueduct was installed in 2003 during the motorway construction, however, in the future a new deep lock will be required to allow boats to rise from the existing canal channel to connect with the Aqueduct.

In June 2016 actor David Suchet CBE, vice-president of LHCRT, unveiled a refurbished 1840’s Birmingham Canal Navigation boundary post, which had been donated by LDTA member John Crowe. The boundary post had previously been in John’s garden and can now be seen on the Walsall Road, next to the Boat Inn.

 After the tour LDTA members returned to the Boat Inn where a buffet was eaten and enjoyed, whilst sitting in the sunshine. Many thanks to all the volunteers at LHCRT particularly Peter, Dora and Bob Williams for arranging our visit, organising refreshments and controlling the sunshine!

 There are many ways to support the work of the LHCRT, if you are able to volunteer there are numerous opportunities; grounds maintenance, construction, administration and fundraising are just a few, no experience is necessary. If volunteering isn’t for you why not make a donation towards this amazing project, as 100% of the money raised is spent on restoration work.

For more information visit www.lhcrt.org.uk or to make a donation contact Bob Williams on 01543 671427.

Thank you to Robert Ings, Lichfield Photography for sending the above photograph.

 The next LDTA networking meeting will be held on:


Wednesday 18th October 2017 @ 2pm

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