7th November 2013
LICHFIELD CITY FORUM
Lichfield City Forum is made up of local organisations, residents' groups, councillors, and individuals, and it meets 3 times a year to discuss issues which affect the people of Lichfield.
Members suggest items for discussion, and past topics have included: concerns about empty shops in the city centre, bus services, and additional housing sites.
The next Forum meeting will be held in Wade Street Church Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 20 November, and any city resident may attend.
26th September 2013
New information for a very old structure
Mayor & Mayoress with Les Ashley
Nestled away on the hilltop near King Edward VI school stands a grade II listed building known as the Borrowcop Gazebo. A building has stood on the site since the late 1600's, but the present gazebo dates from around 1804. It is an interesting old structure, but a lack of information on site has led people to wonder what the building was for and why it was built.
So with the help of a £750 grant from the County Council's community paths initiative fund, Lichfield City Council has now provided an interpretation panel next to the gazebo. This explains the history of the building, and also the site itself and its association with the legend of the "slain martyrs" killed in battle.
One local resident. Les Ashley, has very fond recollections of the area surrounding the gazebo and has given the following reminiscences:
"I was born in the city of Lichfield in Birmingham road in 1933. I am proud to be a "Lichfeldian". When my late brother and I were about seven and five years old my father took us up to the gazebo and etched our initials on one of the walls. This happened to many children whose parents used the walls to mark their initials, but having taken a look recently they have since been removed."
"Another time to remember borrowcop hill was when the it was a great sledge run. It was quite long and during the savage winter in 1947 all the schools were closed because the radiator pipes had burst and transport could not get to the schools. So great times were had for schoolchildren who enjoyed some winter sports! At the foot of the hill was a pond and if you skidded you could end up in the frozen water. As the saying goes if only the gazebo could talk - well that's another story."
For further information contact: Heather Francis, Open Spaces Officer, Lichfield City Council. 01543 309851 email:firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd July 2013
Mayor and Sheriff's Charities
Janet Eagland, and Brian Bacon raised over £4,000 during their year of office in 2012-13, and cheques have now been distributed between their chosen charities.
On Monday 1 July, Councillor Mrs Janet Eagland, presented a cheque for £1,065 to Debbie Hill and Emily Weighill of the Alzheimer's Society, which will be used specifically for the local Singing for the Brain Programme. A further cheque for £1,065 was presented to Frank and Patricia Sulley of the Lichfield and Burntwood Social Club for the Blind together accompanied by former Mayoress Mrs Elsie Smith a regular attendee of the group of some 30 40 members.
Former Sheriff, Cllr Brian Bacon visited Lichfield 9th (Saxonhill) Scout Group at their Tuesday meeting and presented a cheque for £2,130 which will be used to purchase specialist camping and other equipment.
The funds have been raised by various events hosted by the Mayor and Sheriff, including a Charity Dinner Dance, a Country Casuals Fashion Show and a concert at Lichfield Cathedral. Councillors Eagland and Bacon would like to thank all the local businesses and groups and individuals who have supported their fundraising activities during the year.
7th June 2013
Great Wyrley Community Band In Concert For The Mayor and Sheriff
14th May 2013
Over 150 civic guests and dignitaries filled the Guildhall on 13 May for Lichfield City Council's annual meeting, at which the new Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and Sheriff were elected for the ensuing year.
The new Mayor is Councillor Bob Awty, and his wife, Eileen, will be Mayoress. Bob is a City and District councillor for the Leomansley ward, having been first elected in May 2007. Both Bob and Eileen were born in Lichfield and are delighted and honoured to be serving their native city. The Mayor's charity for the year will be the Friends of the Samuel Johnson Community Hospital.
The new Deputy Mayor is Cllr Mrs Norma Bacon, and her husband, Brian, will be the Deputy Mayor's Consort. Norma has been a City councillor for 14 years, and was Mayor in 2005 and Sheriff in 2008.
Completing the civic team is Terry Thomas who was elected to the ancient office of Sheriff of the City. His wife, Penny, will be the Sheriff's Lady. Terry is a councillor for the Chadsmead Ward having been first elected in December 2005. He is no stranger to civic office having been Mayor in 2009 and Sheriff in 2007. Terry's charity for the year will be St Giles Hospice.
Left to Right Shreiff, Mayor and Deputy Mayor
Mayor Oath of Allegiance
New Mayor Bob Awty
18th February 2013
Excellent Turn out for the Shrovetide Pancake Races
23rd January 2013
SHROVETIDE PANCAKE RACES
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9th January 2013
Cllrs Brian & Cllr Mrs Norma Bacon preparing for the Darwin Walk in 2009
The Sheriff of Lichfield, Cllr Brian Bacon invites all walkers to take part in the annual Sheriff's Darwin Walk on Sunday 10th February, starting from Bunker's Hill Car Park, Beacon Park at 10.00 am.
The walk is about 10 miles and follows a well-established route around the City boundary, taking about 4 hours. There will be a refreshment stop at Curborough Craft Centre where teas and cakes may be purchased. There is no need to complete the walk, just leave wherever you want as the City Centre is never far away, but don't forget to wear stout walking boots - everyone is welcome.
There is no charge for the Walk, but the Sheriff would welcome donations to the Mayor and Sheriff's Charities: The Alzheimer's Association, Lichfield and Burntwood Social Club for the Blind and Partially Sighted and the 9th Lichfield (Saxon Hill) Scout Group.
For a description and to view a map please visit the Darwin Walk website: www.darwinwalk.org.uk
For further information please contact:
Kate Durrant, City Council Offices, 53 Wade Street, Lichfield, on 01543 309854
14th December 2012
MAYOR AND SHERIFF
Following the Mayor's Carol Service on Wednesday, 12 December, the charity raffle was drawn. All winners have been notified either by telephone or post.
Winning numbers are:
- First Prize, 19" Toshiba flat screen TV, 0575
- Second Prize, £100 Salloway Gift Voucher, 0574
- Third Prize, £100 Robert Broad Travel Voucher, 0072
- Fourth Prize, Silver Pandora Bracelet, 0481
- Fifth Prize, £50 cash, 0263
- Sixth Prize, Silver Stafford Knot cufflinks, 0714
MAYOR PRESENTS FRENCH POST BOX AND PLANTS GERMAN ROSES
The Mayor of Lichfield, Councillor Mrs Janet Eagland, has had a truly international week, presenting a post box from our French twin town of Sainte Foy-lès-Lyon to Scotch Orchard Primary School, and planting roses from our German twin town of Limburg an der Lahn on Lichfield's Friary Corner.
The post box was given by the town of Sainte Foy to the city of Lichfield in 2002, and has been used by the residents of St John's Hospital for the past 10 years. It is now surplus to requirements, and Scotch Orchard Primary School offered to give it a new home. Initially it will be used for the children's Christmas cards, and then, in the New Year, a suitable place will be found for it in the school. The children in years 3 - 6 are taught French, and they are now very excited at the thought of linking with a primary school in Sainte Foy!
In 2007, Lichfield gave "Glad Tidings" roses to Limburg and Sainte Foy, to mark the 15 years of our Ring Twinning with the two towns. 5 years on, we have now celebrated our 20th anniversary, and the city of Limburg sent 10 "Domstadt (Cathedral City) Limburg" roses to Lichfield to mark this occasion. These roses have been planted on Friary Corner, very close to the Twin Town Sign Post, and we hope that, in the future, everyone will enjoy the prolific pink blooms with their delicate scent.
For more information about Lichfield's twinning activities, contact Julie Dewhurst, the City Council's Twinning Officer, on tel: 01543 309851.
4th December 2012
LICHFIELD LIGHTS UP FOR CHRISTMAS
An enormous crowd filled Lichfield Market Square on a chilly but dry 29 November to witness the re-scheduled switching on of the Christmas lights, which had been postponed from the previous Thursday due to severe weather conditions.
Performing the switch-on was the Mayor, Councillor Mrs Janet Eagland and Steve Huison who is starring as The White Rabbit in the Garrick Theatre Christmas family production of 'Alice in Wonderland' supported by the entire cast, and ably helped by children's competition winners Harriet Granahan and William Dale.
This year the event also featured a number of live performances from local musicians Tom Woodman and his band, Dean James, Fret and Fiddle and Rebel Creek; together with more traditional community carols led by Sue Allister and the Christ Church Primary School choir.
The lights are provided by the City Council with financial support from Lichfield Chamber of Trade and from various shops and businesses in the City. Local contractors Derryford Electrical spent three weeks erecting the lighting features which feature over 5,000 bulbs across the main City Centre streets and around the Market Square.
Our thanks go to all those who helped with the event organisation: Lichfield Chamber of Trade & Commerce; Ken Knowles and Dave Simcox (MC's); Lichfield Arts; Cannock Sound Hire; The Plant Plot Garden Centre; St John Ambulance; Lichfield Police; Lichfield Mercury; the Bower Queen and her Deputy; the Round Table, and of course Santa!
The City Council gratefully acknowledges financial support received from: Lichfield Chamber of Trade & Commerce; Lichfield District Council; Local County Councillors Mrs Janet Eagland and Alan White; Friary Shoes; Ansons Solicitors; Tudor of Lichfield; Kingston's; the Kitchen Shop; Moseleys Solicitors; Salloways; and the Lichfield Gazette.
4th December 2012
Christmas Greetings from Limburg an der Lahn
Dear Friends in Lichfield
As Mayor of Limburg an der Lahn, I send warm Christmas greetings to all our friends in Lichfield.
2012 is now coming to a close, and once again we look back on a successful year of our friendship with our ring twin town of Sainte Foy-lès-Lyon.
We have done many activities together: events between groups, work placements within the councils, and, of course, many exchanges between individuals and families. The highlight of the year was the 20th anniversary of our Ring Twinning with Sainte Foy-lès-Lyon, which we celebrated altogether in Limburg from 28 September to 1 October. The weekend began with the opening ceremony in Limburg's civic hall when the three mayors signed a charter to mark this anniversary. Another highlight was the official unveiling of the repaved Europaplatz (Europe Square); since the summer of this year, the crests of the twin towns have been on display there for all. The many talks, musical and sports events, and other activities which took place throughout Limburg in the course of the weekend showed that our twinning is still very much alive. For this occasion, a booklet of over 120 pages charting the first 20 years of our twinning was produced, and hopefully many more years of friendship and twinning will follow.
I wish you all a lovely Christmas and a happy and successful new year.
Bùrgermeister Martin Richard
Mayor of Limburg
4th December 2012
Seasonal Greetings from the Mayor and Sheriff of Lichfield
This has been a very exciting year of special events for Lichfield. We had the honour of joining in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations and the excitement of the Olympic Torch passing through the City. And the huge crowd gathered on the Market Square for the switch on of the Lights was a timely reminder that we are nearing the most special event of all, as we start Lichfield's Christmas celebrations.
We can celebrate Christmas in material ways, through giving and receiving presents, but we also need to look deeper - to share the love of our family and friends, the support of our local community, and to widen our horizons to those here and abroad who need not just our good wishes, but our practical help and support too.
Throughout the year we have met many wonderful people: the inspiring members of the Alzheimer's Society 'Singing for the Brain Group' - volunteers and professionals coming together to reach the closed recesses of sufferers' minds and unlock the forgotten ability to sing. Saxon Hill 9th Lichfield Scout Group - young people overcoming their disabilities to take part in scouting activities and enjoy life to the full. This was truly an inspiration for personal achievement.
We wish everyone the peace and happiness of the season, and a happy and caring New Year.
Mayor of Lichfield Sheriff of Lichfield
Councillor Mrs Janet Eagland Councillor Brian Bacon
12th December 2012
Mayor's Carols For Christmas
Wednesday, 12 December 2012, 7.00pm, Guildhall
Free event, all welcome.
The Mayor, Cllr Mrs Janet Eagland will be joined by members of St Chad's Church Choir and the Choir from Scotch Orchard Primary School for this traditional service of lessons and carols around the crib.
Mulled wine and mince pies to follow. There is no charge, but seating is limited and unreserved.
12th November 2012
Village Green Battle won
1 One of the old photographs showing the land used for 'sports and pastimes' 2. The land put up for sale in 2007 3. The site of the new Village Green
Lichfield City Council and local residents are celebrating an historic victory in a long-running battle to have any area of land at Wordsworth Close in Lichfield declared a Village Green.
In the 1960's the Council bought the former Wyrely and Essington canal which was filled in and turned into public open space, but a small strip of land between the canal site and Wordsworth Close remained in private ownership. The Council maintained both areas together, cutting the grass and planting trees. There was no physical barrier between the council land and private land, and local residents used both areas together as open space.
But part of the private land was then sold at auction and so in September 2009 the City Council submitted a Village Green application to secure the land for recreational use. This was supported by over 60 witness statements from local residents who gave evidence that they had been using the land for "lawful sports and pastimes" for well over 20 years. Fears that the land could be lost to development proved justified when in April this year a developer put in an application to build four detached houses on the land.
The power to register Village Greens rests with Staffordshire County Council, whose Countryside and Rights of Way Panel met on 9 November to consider the City Council's Village Green application, together with objections from the developer. They also considered Counsel's advice which supported the application, and decided that the land should be registered as a Village Green. This permanently secures the residents' rights to use the land for recreation, and so prevents it being built on.
"This has been a long and complex legal battle", said Town Clerk, Peter Young, "and I am delighted that this important piece of open space has at last been preserved for public use." "I would particularly wish to thank the local residents for their strong support and their considerable effort in obtaining the various witness statements and old photographs, which proved that the land had been used for sports and pastimes since the1960's."
The land at Wordsworth Close may be one of the last Village Green's to be registered, as the Government's new "Growth and Infrastructure Bill" currently before Parliament, will make it extremely difficult for any new Village Green to be created in the future. However, the land at Wordsworth Close is secure because the new legislation when passed will only relate to new applications, and the Government has confirmed that all current Village Greens will be strongly protected.
25th October 2012
Appeal on behalf of the Royal British Legion Remembrance Sunday 11 November 2012
As Mayor of Lichfield City it is my great honour and privilege to take part in the launch of the 2012 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. On Sunday 11 November at 11.00 am all around the nation people will pause to remember those who were injured or lost their in past conflicts. We are all indebted to service personnel who put their lives on the line and make sacrifices for their country. I would encourage everyone to show their support for the brave men and women of our armed forces, to give generously to the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal, and to wear their poppy with pride.
Money collected is used for care and support for military families, including grants, employment advice and funding, emotional support, tribunal and inquest advice, care homes and family breaks, as well as helping service personnel returning from Afghanistan and other past conflicts. For 2012 the national target is £42 million, so please remember every penny donated will help towards that goal.
Councillor Mrs Janet Eagland
Mayor of Lichfield
22nd October 2012
GRANT APPLICATIONS NOW DUE
Clubs, societies and voluntary groups in the City of Lichfield are invited to apply to the City Council for a grant from the Council's 2013/2014 budget. Grant forms are available by email at: email@example.com, from the City Council Office, 53 Wade Street, Lichfield, WS13 6HL (telephone 01543 309858), and on the Council's website at www.lichfield.gov.uk. Completed forms must be returned by 11 January 2013.
To be eligible, organisations applying MUST operate for the benefit of people within the boundary of the City of Lichfield.
Each year the Council makes available a sum in its budget to be given out to local voluntary organisations to assist in their work. Organisations helped in the past have included youth groups, sports clubs, arts groups, charitable bodies, and various other societies and event organisers. Over 50 different groups have received funding in the current year, with grants ranging from £50 to £4,100. Grants of over £28,000 were awarded.
"We are particularly fortunate in Lichfield to have such a wide variety of local groups" said the Council Leader, Terry Finn. "These voluntary groups play a major role in our community, catering for the needs and interests of our citizens."
Grants provided by the Council can support an organisation's general funding, or provide help with some special project. The Council is particularly keen to receive applications from organisations which have not previously applied.
15 October 2012
Midlands Co-operative Society put its hands in its pockets
Cllr Mrs Janet Eagland, Mayor of Lichfield and Mr Martyn Cheatle, Chief Executive of Midlands Cooperative
Midlands Co-operative Society put its hands in its pockets and pulled out - a 19" flat screen television - one of the many splendid prizes for the Mayor and Sheriff's Charity Raffle. During their year in office, The Mayor and Sheriff of Lichfield are working hard to raise money for local charities; The Alzheimer's Society, Singing for the Brain, Lichfield and Burntwood Social Club for the Blind and 9th Lichfield (Saxon Hill) Scout Group. Cllr Janet Eagland commented that she is thrilled with the response from local businesses and would like to thank everyone for their generosity. For more information, or to purchase a ticket please contact Kate Durrant at Lichfield City Council on 01543 309854.
8th October 2012
Celebrity chef visits Lichfield Farmers
On Thursday 4th October Lichfield Farmers' Market was privileged to play host to celebrity chef, James Martin, best known for presenting 'Saturday Kitchen', when he was filmed by the BBC as part of his new series 'Operation Hospital Food'.
"The aim of the new series, to be broadcast next year, is for James Martin to work with Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, to help transform their menu. James wants to win the hearts and minds of hospital staff by introducing them to fresh ingredients from local suppliers. James has a huge passion for using local produce and for introducing this into the hospital's menu, which will in turn help to support the local economy. Visiting Lichfield Farmers' Market allowed James to show the staff the variety of produce that can be found on their doorstep" said Lucy McLennan Series Producer.
James spoke to several of the local farmers and producers and was filmed discussing topics such as availability, cost and supply with Elaine Clarke from Manor Farm Fruits, Jo Tomlinson from Romerden Farm and Simon Lockett from Hatton Hill Farm. The sunny autumnal day, the historic Market Square and Lichfield's attractive Farmers' Market helped to create a lovely setting for filming.
Rachel Clive, Lichfield City Council's Markets Officer, said "James Martin's popularity was evident by the large amount of people who came into Lichfield, on a week day, to see him, especially as publicity was limited and somewhat last minute before his visit. I'm sure they were not disappointed as his alluring charm and 'down to earth' approach won the day. The increase in visitors was also a great boost for the monthly Farmers' Market as they stayed to stroll around and buy from the 50 varied and interesting stalls selling delicious and enticing fresh local produce and excellent arts and crafts".
The Lichfield Farmers' Market is held, on Market Square, on the first Thursday of the month (except January) with weekly General Markets on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
3rd October 2012
Celebrity Chef, James Martin
Celebrity Chef - James Martin
Celebrity Chef, James Martin will be at Lichfield Farmers' Market on Market Square from 10.00am this Thursday (4th Oct) filming his new series 'Operation Hospital Food' with the BBC.
12th September 2012
City Council to purchase Donegal House and Guildhall
Donegal House and Guildhall
Lichfield City Council, at its meeting on 11 September, agreed to purchase the freehold of Donegal House and the Guildhall from Lichfield District Council.
These two historic buildings stand side by side in Bore Street, and are connected at ground and first floor level. A Guildhall has stood on the same site since 1387 although much of the present building dates from 1846. It is used as public meeting rooms and for various concerts and events. Donegal House was built in 1730 and is currently used by the District Council as office accommodation, but is surplus to their requirements.
The City Council will purchase the Donegal House for its offices, moving out of its present privately rented offices at 53 Wade Street in spring 2013. The City Council will also purchase the freehold of the Guildhall, which it presently leases from the District Council.
The two buildings together will be bought for £275,000 which has been agreed through an independent valuation, and reflects the existing rights and leases that the City Council has over the two buildings.
City Council Leader, Terry Finn, said "This decision will ensure that the historic Donegal House will remain in public ownership as an asset to the City, and it will mean that we can save on the rent we presently pay for our offices in Wade Street. Donegal House is interconnected with the Guildhall, even sharing the same heating system, so it makes sense at the same time to purchase the freehold of the Guildhall instead of leasing it from the District Council."
23rd July 2012
Not so much a whitewash more a wash-out
Mayor of Lichfield, Cllr Janet Eagland, hands the trophy to Hank Vyse of the Bowling Club.
Despite dreadful weather, the Mayor of Lichfield, Cllr Mrs Janet Eagland led the Lichfield City Council team in the annual Swinfen Broun Challenge Trophy bowls match against the Museum Bowling Club on Monday, 16 July. Cllr Eagland was first Mayor in 2001 when her team won, but her winning streak was not to be repeated as the Bowling Club took the trophy 107 to 69.
Following a soaking in the persistent rain the teams gratefully retired to the Hub for supper prepared by the ladies of the Bowling Club.
30th May 2012
Re-creation of Jubilee Banner
Guildhall and Banner in 1897 and 2012
As part of the celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee, Lichfield City Council will be placing a banner across the front of the Guildhall, to re-create the banner placed there for the last diamond jubilee - that of Queen Victoria in 1897.
"The banner appears in a famous old photograph of the Guildhall", said Peter Young, Town Clerk. "Surprisingly little has changed over the last 115 years, although the ground floor window was replaced by a door when the Guildhall became the fire-station, and that door still remains even though it is no longer used."
The 1897 banner was lit by gas lamps, with a gas pipe running from the lamp standard (bottom right in the photograph). Gas lit arches were also erected at various points around the city, provided by the Lichfield Gas Company. As the event took place on 22 June 1897 - just about the longest day of the year - how effective the gas lights were is questionable. However the City celebrated in style with a free concert, free tea for school children, and a Grand Military tattoo "preceded by bearers of torches" - something which fittingly heralds the Olympic Torch procession that will pass through the city on 30 June this year.
A free Jubilee concert will be provided this year too. The "Diamond Youth Concert" takes place in the Guildhall on Tuesday, 5 June from 7pm, featuring the Garrick Rep School of Acting, The Lichfield Garrick Youth Choir, Performing Arts Students, Garrick Youth Theatre, and Wildfire Folk. Entrance is free and seating unreserved for what promises to be a sparkling night of music and performance.
Peter Young, Town Clerk
Lichfield City Council
53 Wade St, Lichfield, WS13 6HL
Tel: 01543 250011
Fax 01543 258441
The City Council website is at www.lichfield.gov.uk
28th May 2012
Lichfield City Grants Awarded
The Mayor, Janet Eagland, with some of the grant recipients at the cheque presentation.
Lichfield City Council has awarded almost £29,000 in general grants to local organisations for 2012/13. Grants have been awarded to 44 separate groups to help their work in the City, and cheques were handed out by the Mayor, Janet Eagland, at the City's Annual Town Meeting in the Guildhall on Wednesday 23 May.
"This city benefits enormously from the work of many local organisations and voluntary groups," said Janet Eagland, "and we are delighted to help them in their work by providing some grant funding."
Grants awarded were as follows:
Lichfield District Arts Association, £4,100; Erasmus Darwin House £3,500; South East Staffordshire Citizens Advice Bureau £3,500; Lichfield Greenhill Bower £3,100; Lichfield Festival £2,400; Lichfield District Council Playschemes £2,000; Lichfield District Community Transport £1,000; Voluntary Transport for the Disabled £1,000; Relate South Staffs £600; City of Lichfield Branch Royal British Legion £520; City of Lichfield Concert Band £500; Lichfield Mysteries £500; St Mary's Centre £500; Lichfield & District Over 60's Club £400; Lichfield Talking Newspaper £400; Dr Milley's Hospital £380; Pathway Project £350; Alzheimer's Society Lichfield Branch £300; 1206 (Mercian) Squadron Air Training Corps £250; Fusion Credit Union £250; Lichfield Branch of Arthritis Care £250; Proms In The Park £250; Lichfield Trent Valley Community First Responders £250; Open Door of Hope £250; Lichfield Competitive Music Festival £220; Lichfield & Tamworth Gateway Club £150; Lichfield Darby & Joan Club £150; Speakers' Corner Lichfield £150; St Michael's Church Choir & Youth Group £150; Wade Street Church Youth Group £150; Johnson Society £130; Curborough Community Association £120; Darwin Walk Trust £110; Duke of York Bowling Club £100; Lichfield Bowling Club £100; Lichfield Crown Green Bowling Club £100; Lichfield Embroiderers' Guild £100; Lichfield Sinfonia £100; Lichfield Young Embroiderers £100; Monks Walk Group £100; National Association of Widows £100; Lichfield Twinning Association £85; Lichfield & District Anglo German Club £50; Lichfield Rail Promotion Group £50.
For more information contact:
Peter Young, Town Clerk
Lichfield City Council
53 Wade St, Lichfield, WS13 6HL
Tel: 01543 250011
Fax 01543 258441
The City Council website is at www.lichfield.gov.uk
21st May 2012
LICHFIELD'S NEW CIVIC TEAM
Lichfield's new civic team. Left to right; Bob Awty (Deputy Mayor), Janet Eagland (Mayor), and Brian Bacon (Sheriff)
Civic guests and dignitaries gathered at the Guildhall on 14 May for Lichfield City Council's annual meeting, at which the new Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and Sheriff were elected for the ensuing year.
The new Mayor is Councillor Mrs Janet Eagland. Janet has served on the City Council for 21 years continuously, having been first elected in 1991. She is no stranger to civic office having previously been Mayor in 2001, Sheriff in 2003, and Deputy Mayor in 2011. Janet is also a member of Lichfield District Council and Staffordshire County Council. Her husband, Keith, will be the Mayor's Consort.
In accepting the office The new Deputy Mayor is Cllr Bob Awty, who represents the Leomansley Ward and has been a City and District councillor for 5 years. His wife, Eileen, will be the Deputy Mayor's Lady.
Completing the civic team is Brian Bacon, last year's Mayor, who now becomes Sheriff of the City. He has lived in Lichfield since 1967 and has been a city councillor since 2007. His wife, Norma, who is also a city councillor, will be the Sheriff's Lady.
The evening concluded with the Mayor's Banquet, at which the Mayor's Chaplain, Revd Prebendary John Allan, gave the traditional toast to "Church and State, Weal and Worship".
31st March 2012
Lichfield Farmers Mini Market
Saturday 31st March 2012
28th February 2012
25 years' service for Lichfield Town Clerk
A presentation has been made to Lichfield's town clerk, Peter Young, for completing 25 years' service as clerk to the City Council. Councillors organised a collection and presented him with a watch, engraved tankard and a book Phillip Larkin's poems.
Mayor, Brian Bacon, said, "Peter has provided excellent service to this council and this was an important milestone that we felt should be celebrated."
"It was a great surprise for me," said Peter. "I was led to believe I was attending the Guildhall for another event, and then found all the councillors had turned out to make the presentation to me. I was both delighted and honoured."
Peter began as town clerk on 23 February 1987, having previously been clerk at Dronfield in Derbyshire, and Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire. He is only the 26th clerk of the City since 1583, but still has some way to go to beat the record of Charles Simpson who was town clerk of the City for 53 years in the 19th century.
Lichfield City Council