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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.”

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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 – Burntwood Poppy Beds – June’s CPCG conservation days

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Minster Pool from Dam Street.
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Burntwood remembers with poppy beds

Published on Friday, 23rd May 2014
Five parks across Burntwood will soon feature commemorative poppy flowerbeds in a joint project between two councils.
To mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, Lichfield District Council and Burntwood Town Council are working together to create a series of poppy beds in Burntwood’s parks.

Councillor Diane Evans, Burntwood Town Council’s Leader, said: “Being able to see poppies in our parks is such a fitting way to pay tribute to the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. The town council has donated enough seeds for poppy beds to be created in Burntwood Park, Chase Terrace Park, Chasetown Memorial Park, Redwood Park and Chase View Park.”

Councillor Andrew Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Burntwood Town Council on such a poignant project. Our parks team will be busy preparing the ground for the poppy seeds in the coming weeks, and will then tend to them over the four commemorative years.”
The poppy beds will be created this summer and should be in flower between August and September.

To find out more, please email parks@lichfielddc.gov.uk or call Lichfield District Council’s parks team on 01543 308867.

June’s CPCG conservation days

Published on Friday, 23rd May 2014
Volunteers needed to help at two conservation events in Lichfield District this June.
Lichfield District Council is inviting adults to get their gardening gloves at the ready to help out at two Countryside & Parks Conservation Group (CPCG) events this June.
The first conservation day of the month is running on Wednesday 4 June at Muckley Corner and involves cutting back the nettles, thistles and scrub re-growth.
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 18 June at Beacon Park in Lichfield, and includes cutting back brash from the stream and digging out silt.
Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & Development, said: “We are so 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 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 http://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/cpcg
To book your free place, please call Denice Deverall at Lichfield District Council on 01543 308183 or emailcountryside@lichfielddc.gov.uk

 

Lichfield News – May Conservation Days

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May’s conservation days

Published on Thursday, 1st May 2014

Volunteers needed to help at two conservation events in Lichfield this May.

Lichfield District Council is inviting adults to roll up their sleeves to help out at two Countryside & Parks Conservation Group (CPCG) events this May.

The first conservation day is running on Wednesday 7 May 2014 at Beacon Park and includes habitat management.

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 21 May at Christian Fields in Lichfield, and includes improving the woodland and the Local Nature Reserve’s outdoor classroom.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & Development, said: “We are so 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 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 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