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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.

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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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July’s cycle ride for all
Posted: 17 Jul 2014 07:20 AM PDT
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).

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

Lichfield News

Bike ride

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 April 23 – April’s Cycle Rides for All – Survey the birds at Beacon Park

Lichfield News April 23

 

April’s Cycle Rides for All

Bike Ride

Published on Tuesday, 22nd April 2014
Everyone’s invited to get on their bike and join a cycle ride to the National Memorial Arboretum on Sunday 27 April 2014.
Cycle Rides for All launched in March with an eight and a half mile ride to Fisherwick Lakes. Twenty-five people joined in the leisurely ride, enjoying the picturesque scenes and visiting the lakes.
The next group cycle ride in the series of six is to the National Memorial Arboretum on Sunday 27 April. It is 15 miles there and back and has been awarded a level three for difficulty, which means it is suitable for most, although beginner riders may find it a bit of a challenge.
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 offer 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.”
If you want to join in this free cycle ride, simply bring your bike to Freedom Cycles at 10am on Sunday 27 April, 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.

Survey the birds at Beacon Park

Published on Tuesday, 22nd April 2014
Keen twitchers are invited to help an RSPB expert to survey Beacon Park’s feathered friends this April.
Come to Beacon Park on Sunday 27 April, between 9am and 11am, to spot and survey birds with Robert Russon – a local ornithologist.
Robert will help the group to identify the different bird species and how to recognise birdsong. The birds that are spotted will be noted down, helping the RSPB to monitor local bird populations.
Robert Russon, RSPB expert, said: “Beacon Park’s got a good variety of birds and we should spot a fair number at this time of year. We will be looking to see some summer visitors, such as the warbler and hope to count around 25 different species on the day. Everyone’s welcome to come to join me at this free event, and don’t forget your binoculars!”
Wearing warm clothing and suitable footwear is recommended. To find out more about visiting Beacon Park, go to http://www.lichfieldhistoricparks.co.uk/

Lichfield News – 2014’s Cycle Rides for All

Lichfield News

2014’s Cycle Rides for All

BikesThe monthly Sunday cycle rides programme, Cycle Rides for All, is back for 2014.
Cycle Rides for All is launching this Sunday (30 March) with an eight and a half mile ride to Fisherwick Lakes.
This event signals the start of the free monthly cycle rides that take place towards the end of the month, from March through to September.
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.

Debby Whiting, from Freedom Cycles, said: “We’re delighted to be launching the Sunday cycle rides and hope plenty of people will join us for the first one of the series. We do a quick safety check of all the bikes before setting off, to make sure they are roadworthy. We also recommend that safety helmets are worn and that you bring a packed lunch and drink, although we do have a café stop on most rides.”
Anyone who wants to join the ride to Fisherwick Lakes should turn up with their bikes on Sunday 30 March at 10am at Freedom Cycles in Lichfield Bus Station on Birmingham Road. This ride is graded level 2, which means it is suitable for all. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
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.
To see the full Cycle Rides for All programme, please visit http://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/cyclerides
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.
Cycle Rides for All is run in partnership by Lichfield District Council, Freedom Cycles, Bromford Living, North Lichfield Initiative and Lichfield City Council.

40 years of golf course celebrationsGolfersGolfers helped Lichfield District Council to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Beacon Park’s golf course on Sunday 23 March.

On the day, a range of activities took place, including PGA professional tuition on the first tee and the chance to take part in a golf tournament.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Play, said: “Despite the rather cold and blustery day, golfers enjoyed taking part in the festivities, including the professional tuition provided by Robert Rock Golf Academy.
“Our thanks once again to Swinfen Broun Charitable Trust that helped to fund the golf course in 1974, in what was one of the trust’s first major projects. It has given enjoyment to keen golfers over the decades and we hope the golf course will be enjoyed for years to come.”

Well done to Fraser Hamilton-Wright who won the 12 and under category, and to Sam Brown winner of the 13 to 17 category, and to Darren Robinson who won the 18 plus category.
About the golf course
Green Flag accredited Beacon Park offers a mature 18-hole pitch and putt, par 3 golf course, with holes ranging from 90 yards to 110 yards.
The golf course is open every day (subject to conditions), except for Christmas Day. Games do not need to be booked, and are paid for at the park’s Ranger Station (which is the kiosk between Lakeside Bistro and the crazy golf course).
An 18-hole round of golf costs £7.80 for adults and £3.90 for children, and discounts are available with a LAP membership.
Players can use their own golf clubs, or they can be hired when paying for the round. It costs £1.50 a club, which includes a ball and a deposit of £1.