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Lichfield News – Trampolining!

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It’s all go in Lichfield at the moment – if you’re still in one piece after the walking football, you can try 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!

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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.

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 – 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 – May’s cycle ride for all – Whitsun half term holiday fun

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May’s cycle ride for all

Published on Monday, 12th May 2014
Everyone’s invited to get on their bike and join a cycle ride to Packington Moor Farm near Weeford on Sunday 25 May 2014.
Following April’s Cycle Rides for All, which saw 27 people of all ages joining a 15-mile ride to the National Memorial Arboretum, the partnership behind the series of monthly rides is once again inviting keen cyclists to get on their bike for May’s ride.
The third group cycle ride in the series is to Packington Moor Farm, near Weeford, on Sunday 25 May. It is 23 miles there and back and has been awarded a level four for difficulty, which means beginner riders may find it quite challenging.
Neil Turner, Director of Leisure & Parks for Lichfield District Council, 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 at 10am on Sunday 25 May, 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.
The Cycle Ride for All 2014 programme is available from Freedom Cycles, Beacon Park’s Ranger Station and Lichfield District Council’s Frog Lane offices. Details of upcoming rides can also 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.

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Whitsun half term holiday fun

Lichfield District Council is inviting children and young people to have a half term of fun from 27to 30 May 2014.
There is plenty to do to keep young people busy and active across Lichfield District this summer half term.
From a Rapid Round of golf at Beacon Park and a Holiday Club at Burntwood Leisure Centre, through to swimming lessons and roller skating at Friary Grange Leisure Centre, families will be spoilt for choice.
New for this half term, Friary Grange Leisure Centre is running an ASA Level 1 Award in Teaching Aquatics. It is aimed at over 16s who are interested in becoming a support swimming teacher.
The five-day course costs £395 and the qualification will allow participants to work as a support swimming teacher anywhere in the UK. And, so the trainee instructors can gain valuable teaching experience, Friary Grange is offering four swimming lessons over half term for just £8. These will be led by the course participants who will be supervised.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “Taking part on a sports course or one of the many other activities is a great way to keep busy over the half term holiday. We have a wide range of activities on offer to children and young people, such as trampolining, swimming, football, golf and much more.”
To see the full Holiday Fun 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 or Friary Grange Leisure Centre on 01543 308842.

 

Lichfield News – Local News Including Easter Holiday Fun

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Chase Terrace Park’s new swing

SwingPublished on Friday, 21st March 2014

A swing set has been installed at Chase Terrace Park this month.

Children were let loose on a new swing set in Chase Terrace Park in Burntwood on 19 March 2014, when Lichfield District Council unveiled the new piece of equipment.

The swing set was installed thanks to a donation of £1,000 from Councillor Sue Woodward’s Staffordshire Local Community Fund. Burntwood Town Council also contributed £1,000, and Lichfield District Council put in £700.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said:  “We’re ever so grateful to Councillor Woodward and Burntwood Town Council for investing in this park. Swings are always really popular with children of all ages, and we know it is sure to become a firm favourite with families visiting the park.”

In the coming weeks, the council will extend the play area’s fencing so it includes the new addition of the swing within the fenced area.

Councillor Sue Woodward, Staffordshire County Councillor for Burntwood North, said: “Through speaking to residents, I knew that a swing set was a very popular choice to boost Chase Terrace Park’s playground. I am thrilled it is in place and that it is being enjoyed by many children already.”

 Easter holiday fun

Easter BunnyPublished on Friday, 21st March 2014

Lichfield District Council is inviting children, young people and families to take a look at its cracking programme of activities on offer this Easter.

From holiday clubs and special offers on football, to an Easter trail and swimming lessons, Lichfield District Council is making sure children have an egg-citing Easter break.

The programme is now live on an online calendar at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/holidayfun. This lists the activities in date order and gives information, such as the times, what the activity involves, and how to book.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “Taking part on a coaching course or holiday club is a great way for children to improve in a sport, meet new friends and keep busy. And, with activities ranging from pool fun sessions and trampolining, through to triathlon coaching and gym workouts, there is plenty to choose from.”

The council’s holiday programme is running at Burntwood Leisure Centre, Friary Grange Leisure Centre and Beacon Park.

To see all the activities on offer, please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/holidayfun

 

Woodland countryside conservation events

Published on Thursday, 20th March 2014

Lichfield District Council’s Countryside & Parks Conservation Group (CPCG) is seeking more volunteers to help two woodlands in the Burntwood area to thrive.

This April, the council is inviting everyone to muck in at two CPCG conservation days in two new locations.

The first event is on Wednesday 2 April 2014 at Coulter Lane woodland in Burntwood.

Councillor Andrew Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “Coulter Lane woodland was planted about seven years ago, and since then no management has taken place on the site. Our volunteers will spend the day learning forestry techniques, such as crown lifting, selective thinning and bashing ground vegetation.”

The second CPCG day of the month is on Wednesday 16 April at Larks Rise woodland in Burntwood.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & Development, said: “Larks Rise woodland was created 15 years ago as part of a housing development in Chase Terrace. Six years ago, a project that saw new footpaths, information boards and planting took place, with help from the Forest of Mercia, the Forestry Commission and we contributed section 106 funding. Our conservation group will be carrying on with the management of the mature and new planting areas, including selective thinning, removing brash, repairing footpaths and doing a deep litter pick.”

Both days will run from 10.30am to 3pm and are for over 18s. 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

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

Lichfield District Council – Autumn half term holiday fun

Lichfield District Council

 Autumn half term holiday fun

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Lichfield District Council is inviting children and young people to have a half term full of fun from 26 October to 3 November 2013.

There is so much to keep children and families busy and active across Lichfield District this autumn half term.

From taking part on a Halloween Puzzle Trail at Beacon Park or a Holiday Club at Burntwood Leisure Centre, through to a Badminton Coaching Course at King Edward VI Leisure Centre or a Junior Duathlon at Friary Grange Leisure Centre, there is a lot on offer this half term.

As well as coaching courses and activity days, the council is running its holiday offers, ‘Footy for a Fiver’ at its three leisure centres and ‘Rapid Round of Golf’ at Beacon Park, to encourage young people to get fit and active over the week-long holiday.

Councillor Val Richards, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Communications and Tourism, said: “For a half term full of fun book onto our sport courses or activity days. We have a wide range of activities on offer for children and young people, including drama, table tennis, cycling, swimming and much more.”

Friary Grange Leisure Centre’s swimming pool is closed while the £500,000 makeover to the changing rooms, reception and refreshment area takes place. The rest of the leisure centre, including the sports hall, squash courts, synthetic pitch and Evolve Fitness suite, is still open.

“We hope everyone will continue to swim at Burntwood Leisure Centre while Friary Grange’s swimming pool is closed. From leisure and lane swimming, through to adults only and fun sessions for the family, Burntwood’s pool timetable offers something for all ages,” continued Val.

To view Burntwood Leisure Centre’s swimming pool timetable visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/blcswimming

To see the full programme of half term activities, please visit 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 King Edward VI Leisure Centre on 01543 308782.

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