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Lichfield News – Christmas Festival

Lichfield News – Christmas Festival

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Event Date Category
Lichfield Twinkly Christmas Market at Minster Pool Walk and Speaker’s Corner Sat 6th Dec 2014Sun 7th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Free face painting and trails at the Visit Lichfield Tent at Speaker’s Corner Sat 6th Dec 2014Sun 7th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Festive Food & Gift Fair at Lichfield Cathedral Sat 6th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
The Johnson Family Christmas at Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum Sat 6th Dec 2014Sun 7th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Festive Crafts and Grotto at Beacon Park Sat 6th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Lichfield Christmas Guided Tour at Lichfield City Sat 6th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Lichfield Cathedral Lantern Parade at Lichfield Cathedral Sat 6th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Georgian Festivities at Erasmus Darwin House Sun 7th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
Lichfield Chamber of Trade and Commerce Christmas Fayre at Lichfield Market Square and surrounding streets Sun 7th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival
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Lichfield News – Countryside & Parks Conservation Group (CPCG)

Lichfield News – Countryside & Parks Conservation Group (CPCG)

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CPCG conservation events this November and December

Published on Tuesday, 18th November 2014

Volunteers are needed to help at the final two conservation events of 2014.

Lichfield District Council is inviting adults to lend a hand in its upcoming Countryside & Parks Conservation Group (CPCG) events.

On top of the two CPCG events taking place this November, Lichfield District Council has added an extra event to the autumn listings. This will run on Wednesday 26 November at Christian Fields in Lichfield.

The group will work to rake up hay meadow, maintain hedges and give the whole site a deep litter pick. The day will also be spent cutting, clearing and crown-lifting trees, clearing footpaths and rejuvenating the outdoor classroom.

Councillor Andrew Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “We hope plenty of people will come along to this extra event as Christian Fields is a wonderful Local Nature Reserve and it’s important that we help to maintain it for visitors.”

Members of CPCG are also being invited to a Christmas event, which will offer a chance to thank the volunteers for all their hard work over the past year. The party has changed location and is now set to be held at Pipehill Common on Wednesday 3 December, where the group will enjoy mince pies and Christmas treats whilst having a bonfire to burn piles of wood and cut scrub from the common, collected at previous conservation events.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & Development, said: “We are grateful to our Countryside & Parks Conservation Group volunteers who continue to help us to maintain important parks and green spaces across the district. The Christmas event at Pipehill Common will be a fantastic way to say thank you and celebrate the last event before a new year of nature conservation. Don’t forget to bring along food and drink to get in the festive spirit!”

Both the conservation day and Christmas event will run from 10.30am to 3pm. All tools will be provided as well as light snacks. Wearing outdoor waterproof clothes and sturdy footwear is recommended.

To find out more please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/cpcg and to book your free place, please call Denice Deverall at Lichfield District Council on 01543 308183 or email countryside@lichfielddc.gov.uk

Lichfield News – Trampolining!

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Published on Thursday, 13th November 2014

Trampolining sessions for adults are launching at Burntwood Leisure Centre with a free introductory class this November.

Adults are invited to try out trampolining with a free taster session that’s running at Burntwood Leisure Centre on Friday 21 November from 6.45pm to 7.45pm.

The session will be followed by weekly classes until the end of the year, and are ideal for anyone who wants to try something new, while keeping fit and having fun. Participants will also have the opportunity to work their way through the British Gymnastic Trampoline awards scheme.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Councillor’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “After getting a number of requests from leisure centre users, we’re pleased to be offering adult trampolining sessions at Burntwood Leisure Centre. It will be a great opportunity to stay active, meet new people and learn a new skill.”

Classes following the introductory free taster on Friday 21 November will take place on Fridays until the end of the year from 6.45pm to 7.45pm and will cost £4 each. If the sessions prove popular a full 12 week course will begin in the new year.

There’s no need to book, simply turn up at Burntwood Leisure Centre and have a go!

Lichfield News, Getin2it walking football sessions

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Getin2it walking football sessions

Published on Monday, 10th November 2014

There’s no reason not to enjoy the beautiful game with walking football sessions for older people launching soon at Burntwood Leisure Centre.

Walking football is kicking off at Burntwood Leisure Centre on Tuesday 18 November from 12 noon to 1pm with a free taster session.

Led by a qualified FA football coach, participants will find out how to play the game that is becoming popular with seniors.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “We are pleased to be launching walking football at Burntwood Leisure Centre. It’s a great opportunity for older people to meet others, stay active, and to play their favourite game at a more moderate pace.”

Sessions after the introductory free taster on Tuesday 18 November will take place on Tuesdays from 12noon to 1pm and will cost £2.50 each.

There is no need to book ahead, simply turn up at Burntwood Leisure Centre’s synthetic football pitch and get in to it!

To find out more contact Lichfield District Council’s Sports Development team by emailing sportsdevelopment@lichfielddc.gov.uk or calling 01543 308835.

Forthcoming Events – October Half-Term – Chasewater Railway, Lichfield,Walsall

Forthcoming Events – October Half-Term

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08 27-7-2010 008Half Term – A diesel hauled train service will be running on Thurs 30th October, departs Brownhills West station at 11am, 12:15, 13:30 and 14:45.

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Free art activities for children this half term

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Lichfield District Council is inviting budding artists to take part in this year’s Big Draw, and join in free art activities taking place in Lichfield over half term.

Everyone is welcome to have a go at two drop-in workshops as a part of The Big Draw. This year’s theme is ‘It’s Our World’, and will see children and adults making artwork that celebrates their local environment and landscape.

The first workshop is being held at Three Spires Shopping Centre on Saturday 25 October and the second is at Lichfield Library on Tuesday 28 October. Both sessions are free and will run from 10am to 4pm.

The Saturday event will see professional artists lead a range of activities at Three Spires. Artist Saranjit Birdi will demonstrate his unique skill of drawing with his feet, and will be encouraging shoppers to try to do the same. Artist Faye Binza will invite passers-by to draw their thoughts on the theme ‘Their World’ on two boards that will fill up and evolve throughout the day. Lastly artist Jaki Bogg will help participants to create 3D animals with wire.

On Saturday there is also the chance to enter the ‘Design a Plate’ competition at The Kitchen Shop on Market Street. Children will create their designs on a paper plate, with the winning entry being turned into a hand painted plate by Denby Pottery.

The Tuesday workshop invites children and adults to use their imaginations and draw their own world on large circles on the floor. The drop-in session is running at Lichfield Library from 10am to 4pm.

As part of the local Big Draw project, professional artists have also been running drawing workshops at local schools throughout October. The artwork from the school visits and the two free art activities will go on display for all to enjoy in the Art Gallery at Lichfield Library between Tuesday 28 October and Saturday 1 November.

Celia Houghton, Arts Development Officer at Lichfield District Council who is helping to run the activities said: “Getting involved in The Big Draw is a fantastic way to get the country drawing and creating art. The free activities in Lichfield offer local people the chance to rediscover their artistic side and we hope lots of people drop-in throughout the two days of activities and then don’t forget to visit the exhibit at the library too.”

Lichfield District Council is leading this project, with support from Three Spires Shopping Centre and Staffordshire County Council. It is sponsored by Faber-Castell.

Or how about trying the New Art Gallery Walsall

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Lichfield News – Half-Term Oct 2014

Lichfield News – Half-Term Oct 2014

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Holiday fun offered this autumn half term

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From roller skating discos and pool fun sessions to a holiday club and a Halloween trail, Lichfield District Council’s Holiday Fun programme is packed with plenty of energetic activities to keep young people entertained this autumn half term.
Keep children active at Burntwood Leisure Centre’s Fit and Fun Club, which is jam packed with arts and crafts, games, sports and swimming. For budding sport stars and athletes there’s also Sports Camp at Friary Grange Leisure Centre, which is the perfect opportunity to develop new skills and techniques.

Trainee instructors, who are on the ASA Level 2 certificate in teaching aquatics course, will be leading a week of cut price swimming lessons at Friary Grange, whilst being supervised by a tutor. These budget classes are the perfect way for children of all levels to gain confidence in the water and improve.

Don’t miss the Aquascramble Pool Inflatable sessions at Burntwood and Friary Grange leisure centres, or a Family Fun pool session on Sunday 2 November at Friary Grange, great fun for the family.

For any aspiring actors there is Friary Grange’s Drama Workshop, running on Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 October. Crammed with games and activities, the group will learn acting skills that will boost their confidence, and discover Shakespeare in an easy and approachable way.

Beacon Park also has lots going on every day of the half term holiday, starting with the Halloween Puzzle Trail available from the Ranger Station. For only £1, families can follow the colourful trail around the historic park to solve clues and claim a small prize.

The fun continues with a Feed the Birds drop-in workshop in the Discovery Hub on Saturday 25 October, to create a bird feeder out of pine cones and seeds to help the birds survive the winter.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the special Rapid Round Golf offer available Monday to Friday in the park. Ideal for beginners and young players, the nine-hole round of golf at a reduced price is a great introduction to the game.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “With swimming, sports sessions, creative workshops, park activities and more, there’s plenty for children and young people to do this half term.

“To avoid disappointment, we’re encouraging families to look at the full programme and book as soon as possible. Plus, on certain activities at the Friary Grange Leisure Centre we have an early bird offer, so it really does pay to book early.”

To see the full programme of half term activities, please visit http://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/holidayfun

To find out more, or to book any of the courses or activities that are running at the leisure centres, please call Burntwood Leisure Centre on 01543 308810, Friary Grange Leisure Centre on 01543 308842, or Beacon Park on 01543 308867.

Make the most of half term at Beacon Park

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Published on Thursday, 9th October 2014
With lots of activities, including spooky fun, families are being encouraged to head to Beacon Park in Lichfield this autumn half term.
The fun begins with a spooky Halloween Puzzle Trail, which will lead families around a section of the beautiful park, seeking clues and solving puzzles on the way. Once the trail is complete, there is a small prize at the end.
The Halloween Puzzle Trail will be available from Beacon Park’s Ranger Station (the kiosk next to the crazy golf course) from Saturday 25 October to Sunday 2 November, between 10am and 3pm, and costs £1 for each trail.
Another enjoyable half term activity is a Feed the Birds drop-in workshop on Saturday 25 October. For only £1 a feeder, participants will make a feeder from pine cones and seeds and learn how to help the birds survive the cold winter.
A representative from Staffordshire Wildlife Trust will also be on hand to answer questions about wildlife and the work of the trust. The workshop will take place in Beacon Park’s Discovery Hub (behind the bowling greens), between 11am and 3pm.
Everyone is being encouraged to take advantage of a special offer and enjoy a Rapid Round of golf in Beacon Park this half term.
From Monday 27 to Friday 31 October, between 10am and 2pm, everyone can get involved and enjoy a 9-hole round of golf. Ideal for beginners and young people, a Rapid Round costs from £2.60, with equipment available for hire. There is no need to book, simply make your way to the Ranger Station to pay and then tee-off for your ‘Rapid Round’ of fun.
Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “We have a good range of activities at Beacon Park to keep the family busy this half term. From the wonderful play area and Halloween Puzzle trail, to making a bird feeder and having a discounted round of golf, the programme of activities is guaranteed fun for all.”
To see Lichfield District Council’s full half term Holiday Fun programme, which includes activities at Beacon Park, Burntwood Leisure Centre and Friary Grange Leisure Centre, visit http://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/holidayfun.

Lichfield News – Proms 2014 – September’s CPCG conservation day – A new toddler slide for Beacon Park

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Proms 2014

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Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park
Saturday 6 September 2014
Children’s activities from 5.30pm, music from 6pm, main concert at 7.30pm
Free entry!
Lichfield Proms is Lichfield District Council’s free annual outdoor concert for the whole family.
The annual event is an opportunity to enjoy a late summer evening in the beautiful surroundings of Beacon Park, live classical music and fireworks.
Since the first concert in 1998, Lichfield Proms has grown from strength to strength, establishing itself as an eagerly anticipated date in Lichfield’s calendar.
This much loved free concert features a prominent symphony orchestra, local musicians and singers.
The evening is brought to a close with fireworks to the traditional sounds of Land of Hope and Glory.
VIP seating: We’ve now got some extra VIP tables available. It costs £10 a seat (booked in fours or sixes). To find out more email proms@lichfielddc.gov.uk or call Jenny Golding on 01543 308775 (if there is no answer, please leave a message and Jenny will get back to you).
Parking: Don’t forget, you can park in Beacon Park for a £5 donation, which includes a glossy programme. Just follow the signs from Lower Sandford Street to the temporary car park.

September’s CPCG conservation days

Published on Tuesday, 2nd September 2014
Volunteers needed to help at two conservation events in Lichfield District this September.
Lichfield District Council is inviting adults to lend a hand at two upcoming Countryside & Parks Conservation Group (CPCG) events this September.
The second CPCG day of the month is on Wednesday 17 September at Coulter Lane in Burntwood. The day will include continuing to improve the health of the woodland by coppicing sleeted trees to encourage regeneration and allow a greater amount of light to reach the woodland floor. Habitat piles will also be created to act as ready-made homes for small mammals and invertebrates. The group will also conduct crown lifting of specific trees to improve access across the site for both the public and to enable future works.

Both days will run from 10.30am to 3pm. All tools will be provided as well as light snacks. Wearing outdoor waterproof clothes and sturdy footwear is recommended.

To find out more please visit http://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/cpcg

To book your free place, please call Denice Deverall at Lichfield District Council on 01543 308183 or email countryside@lichfielddc.gov.uk

A new toddler slide for Beacon Park

Beacon-Park1Published on Wednesday, 3rd September 2014
Thanks to a generous donation from Lichfield Greenhill Bower, a new slide has been unveiled in Beacon Park’s junior play area.
The colourful slide is already appealing to little ones, as three toddlers from Humpty Dumpty Day Nursery & Pre-school demonstrated when they were let loose on it on Tuesday 2 September.

Called ‘Aladdin’s Cave’, the slide has a set of sturdy, secure steps, a large platform, tall side panels and a long chute – which have all been designed with the youngest age group in mind. It also has a cave section underneath to hide all that treasure!

The slide was installed on 21 August after Lichfield Greenhill Bower donated £2,240 to Beacon Park. It was officially launched on Tuesday 2 September.

Beth Colley, Lichfield Greenhill Bower’s Beacon Park Organiser, said: “Beacon Park is at the heart of the Bower celebrations, and it’s great to have been able to give something back to this fantastic local attraction, following such strong support from local people over the years.”

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “Parents have told us they were keen for a slide aimed at younger children to be available in the park, so we’re really grateful to the Lichfield Greenhill Bower for their donation, which meant we could buy this fantastic slide. It complements the play ship, train, roundabout, swings and more that are on offer to children in Beacon Park’s enclosed playground, and we’re sure children will enjoy sliding down it for years to come.”

Lichfield News – Food Festival and Bike Ride

Lichfield News

 Food Festival and Bike Ride

 

Lichfield Food Festival Market and Pop Up Cookery Demos

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Festival goers will be spoilt for choice with the wide range of food and drink stalls and pop up cookery demonstrations at Lichfield Food Festival Market.
This year’s Lichfield Food Festival Market will take place on the Market Square, and will extend to surrounding streets and through Three Spires Shopping Centre. It will run on Saturday 30 August from 9am to 5pm and on Sunday 31 August between 10am and 4pm.

Organised by Lichfield City Council, the weekend market will bring an abundance of passionately produced food from across the region and beyond, together with a wide range of goods to Lichfield.

Markets’ Officer Rachel Clive said: “With such a versatile selection of delicious traditional British and multi-cultural hot and cold food on offer over the weekend, Lichfield Food Festival Market will definitely have something to suit all tastes. On Sunday children can enjoy the experience with a visit to the children’s activity stall on Market Square where, for £2.50, they can create their own personalised sweetie box to take home.”

To see all of the stall holders that will be showcasing their produce, visit http://www.lichfieldfood.co.uk/market/

One of the market’s highlights will be the pop up cookery demonstrations taking place over the two days of the festival on Market Square, organised by Central England Co-operative in association with chef Simon Smith.

Top chefs from across the region will prepare dishes in front of the crowds using The Co-operative food range.

The series of free displays will kick off on Saturday 30 August at 11am when head chef Paul Gilmore from Restaurant Gilmore will take to the pop up kitchen. They will run on the hour with the last demonstration starting at 4pm. Chefs, including choclatier Daniel Jones, star baker Duncan Hindley, local private caterer Simon Smith, Trevor Hancock from Super Yachts and Gail Abbey from Sospa Fitness, will also be cooking up a storm on Saturday.

On Sunday 31 August, the demonstrations will start at 12noon when Paul Bough will prepare dishes using Henckel Zwilling Knives. The displays will run on hour, and will also feature Richard Turner from Turner’s Restaurant, Matt Davies from Moat House and Sorrento’s Head chef Umberto. The final display of the festival will be by the owner of Lichfield’s Ruby restaurant, who will demonstrate Chinese dishes from 4pm.

Chef Simon Smith said: “From high end dining and healthy eating, to chocolate treats and fun food for the family, there are plenty of displays to choose from.”

Lichfield Food Festival also includes a celebration of local brewers in the Guildhall, cookery demonstrations showcasing kitchen gadgets at The Kitchen Shop and The George Hotel, a children’s Cupcake Hunt starting at St Mary’s in the Market Square (Saturday only), a baking competition at Three Spires Shopping Centre (Sunday), as well as food and drink trails.

Some familiar faces will also be appearing, including TV chef Rachel Green, the QVC and Ideal World TV presenter, Mal Harradine, and Christine Wallace, finalist in the Great British Bake Off.

For the full Lichfield Food Festival programme, please visit http://www.lichfieldfood.co.uk

There will be road closures over the two day festival that will affect Tamworth Street (lower section), Conduit Street, Breadmarket Street, Market Street and Bore Street. To find the nearest car parks, please visitwww.lichfielddc.gov.uk/carparkmap

Lichfield Food Festival is organised in partnership by Lichfield District Council, Central England Co-operative, Chef Simon Smith, Lichfield City Council, Three Spires Shopping Centre, Lichfield Arts, Tippers, Cakeydora, The Kitchen Shop and The George Hotel. It is sponsored by Central England Co-operative, Tippers and NFU Mutual.

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August’s cycle ride for all

13963726951_643031824f_bEveryone’s invited to get on their bike and join a cycle ride to Fisherwick Lakes on Sunday 24 August 2014.
Following July’s Cycle Rides for All, which saw 35 people go on a three and a half mile taster cycle ride that set off from Beacon Park, the partnership behind the series of monthly rides is once again inviting keen cyclists to get on their bike for August’s ride.

The sixth group cycle ride in the series is to Fisherwick Lakes on Sunday 24 August. It is an eight and a half mile cycle ride there and back and has been awarded a level 2 for difficulty, which means it is suitable for all.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “We’re always keen to encourage more people to get on their bikes and take part in this healthy and fun activity, and so are pleased to be working in partnership to support these monthly cycle rides. They are a great way for people to discover good cycle routes, meet new people, and have an enjoyable day out.”

To join in this free cycle ride, simply bring your bike to Freedom Cycles, in Lichfield Bus Station, at 10am on Sunday 24 August, where it will be given a safety check before the group sets off. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

To find out more, or to check whether a ride is taking place if the weather is uncertain, please call Freedom Cycles on 01543 411633 or Karl Sproston at Lichfield District Council on 01543 308846.

Details of this and September’s cycle ride can be found online at http://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/cyclerides.

Cycle Rides for All is run in partnership by Lichfield District Council, Freedom Cycles, Bromford Living, North Lichfield Initiative and Lichfield City Council.

Lichfield News – Late July-Aug

Lichfield News – Late July-Aug

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Burntwood’s Get in the Games

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Published on Friday, 18th July 2014
From dodgeball and trampolining, to Zumba and table tennis, young people across the Burntwood area can try out lots of activities at Burntwood Leisure Centre on Tuesday 29 July 2014.
Positive Futures is hosting a free open day at Burntwood Leisure Centre for anyone aged between 10 and 24 years of age that live or go to school in the Burntwood area.

The Get in the Games day will offer young people the chance to try lots of activities, including dodgeball, football, golf, rounders, dance, table tennis, volleyball, trampolining, Zumba and much more.

A free gift is being offered to the first 40 young people that come along and register on the day.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “This open day is a great way to have a go at a whole host of activities for free. It’s also a chance to take a look at Burntwood Leisure Centre, to find out what facilities and classes are on offer.”

Get in the Games will take place at Burntwood Leisure Centre on Tuesday 29 July, between 11am and 3pm. There is no need to book.

For more information, please contact Jenni Williams, Sports Development Officer, on 01543 308835 or email jenni.williams@lichfielddc.gov.uk

Get in the Games is supported by Positive Futures, Lichfield District Council, Sport Leaders UK, Street Games, The Co-operative StreetGames Young Volunteers and Doorstep Sport Club.

August’s CPCG conservation days

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Published on Friday, 18th July 2014
Volunteers needed to help at two conservation events in Lichfield District this August.
Lichfield District Council is inviting adults to lend a hand at upcoming Countryside & Parks Conservation Group (CPCG) events on 6 and 20 August 2014.

The first conservation day of the month is running on Wednesday 6 August at Muckley Corner and involves cutting back tree shoots and invasive weeds and plants to protect the heathland habitat.

Councillor Andrew Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “Nature conservation is a great way to work as a group to boost important local natural habitats. It also offers a chance to meet new people and to learn new skills.”

The second CPCG day of the month is on Wednesday 20 August at Christian Fields in Lichfield. It involves cutting grass and piling it up to create habitat piles for insects and other animals.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & Development, said: “We are grateful to our CPCG volunteers who continue to help us to manage important parks and green spaces across the district. We’re always keen for more people to join the group, so if you are interested in nature conservation, please contact us to find out how to get involved.”

Both days will run from 10.30am to 3pm. All tools will be provided as well as light snacks. Wearing outdoor waterproof clothes and sturdy footwear is recommended.

To find out more please visit http://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/cpcg

To book your free place, please call Denice Deverall at Lichfield District Council on 01543 308183 or email countryside@lichfielddc.gov.uk

Musical programme announced for Lichfield Proms

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Published on Friday, 18th July 2014
Star Wars, Nimrod and Mars from The Planets will be just some of the musical treats in store for audiences at this September’s Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park.
Lichfield Proms is less than two months away and The British Police Symphony Orchestra (BPSO) is busy practising in readiness for their big performance in Beacon Park on Sunday 6 September 2014.

For more than a quarter of a century, the BPSO has thrilled audiences up and down the country. Conducted by new musical director, Richard Jenkinson, the 65-piece orchestra will lead the main concert at 7.30pm.

Richard Jenkinson, Musical Director of The British Police Symphony Orchestra, said: “Lichfield Proms is one of the highlights of the regional calendar, and we’re delighted to be invited back to lead the main concert.

“We will be playing a varied programme this year, ranging from recognisable film scores to classical hits, rounding the evening off with patriotic proms anthems that are sure to get the audiences waving their flags.

“This is my first Lichfield Proms as musical director of the BPSO, and I am looking forward to meeting the incredibly enthusiastic audience who are so very loyal to the BPSO through floods and sunshine.”

The free family event will also feature music from the City of Lichfield Concert Band that will be warming up the Lichfield Proms audience from 6pm.

The concert band has promised a range of music, including pop favourites by ABBA, Adele and The Beatles, as well as music from hit shows such as Hair Spray, West Side Story and The Sound of Music. Their repertoire is also set to include film scores from Brave, Jurassic Park, James Bond and 633 Squadron, as well as rousing classical music such as Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance, and more.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “We are delighted to announce the musical programme for Lichfield Proms, and I know my son is especially looking forward to hearing Darth Vader’s theme music in the Star Wars piece! The British Police Symphony Orchestra, along with the City of Lichfield Concert Band, is sure to keep everyone entertained and we can’t wait for what promises to be a fantastic night.”

To find out more about Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park, please visit http://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/lichfieldproms
Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park main concert programme (from 7.30pm)

First half

Aaron Copland – Fanfare for the Common Man
John Williams – Adventures on Earth (E.T)
Léo Delibes – The Flower Duet (from Lakmé) sung by Claire Prewer and Jane Stevenson
Richard Wagner – Dich, Teure Halle from Tannhäuser with Jane Stevenson
Gustav Holt – Mars from The Planets
Antonin Dvorak – Song to the Moon (from Rusalka) sung by Claire Prewer
Gustav Holt – Jupiter from The Planets

Second half

Richard Wagner – Ride of the Valkyries (from Die Walkure) sung by Claire Prewer, Jane Stevenson and Lynne Lindner
Richard Strauss – Trio Marie Theres from Rosenkavalier sung by Claire Prewer, Jane Stevenson and Lynne Lindner
John Williams – Star Wars: Imperial March (Darth Vader’s theme) and Main Titles
Edward Elgar – Nimrod from Enigma Variations
Hubert Parry – Jerusalem
Henry Wood – Fantasia on British Sea Songs
Thomas Arne – Rule, Britannia! sung by Claire Prewer and Jane Stevenson
Edward Elgar – Pomp and Circumstance March No.1

Sponsors of Lichfield Proms 2014

This year’s sponsors include: Swinfen Broun Charitable Trust, Brownhill Hayward Brown, Central England Co-operative, Staffordshire County councillors – Terry Finn, David Smith, Caroline Wood, Janet Eagland and Alan White – through Staffordshire Local Community Fund, MoveCorp, Thornton Claverley IFA Ltd, Lichfield Chamber of Trade & Commerce, Strong Holdings, Family Assets Protection, Virgin Active, Ventrolla, Holiday Inn Express, Beacon Street Garage, Keeleys Solicitors, Merry Maids, Husse, Lichfield City Council, Moseleys Solicitors, Lichfield Gazette, PJS Autos, and Secret Garden.

 

 

Lichfield News – Cycle rides for all – 2014 programme

Lichfield News

Cycle rides for all – 2014 programme

Get on your bike and enjoy a free, led cycle ride each month

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Everyones invited to get on their bike and join a taster cycle ride around Beacon Park and beyond on Sunday 27 July 2014.
The monthly Sunday cycle rides programme, Cycle Rides for All, is back for 2014.
On top of rides to the National Memorial Arboretum and Fradley Junction, this year’s programme also includes the two new locations, of Fisherwick Lakes and Packington Moor Farm near Weeford.
The rides are graded from level 1, which is suitable for beginners, to level 4, which is for more experienced cyclists.
All bikes are given a safety check by Freedom Cycles before setting off. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
We recommend wearing a safety helmet, appropriate clothes, and bringing a packed lunch and drink (although must rides do include a cafe stop).