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20th January 2016
Special Council meeting held on Friday 15 January

Members of Lichfield City Council gathered at the Guildhall on Friday 15 January for a special Council meeting where unusually there was only one item of business, which was to formally confer the Freedom of the City on Peter Young its former Town Clerk.

The City Council has the power to grant the Freedom of the City of Lichfield on Persons of distinction in accordance with section 249 of the local Government act 1972 as amended by section 29 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009.

At the meeting the Leader of the Council, Cllr David Smedley proposed the resolution which was seconded by the Deputy Leader, Cllr Mrs Norma Bacon. The motion was then put to the Council and carried unanimously.

The Mayor invited Mr Young to sign the Roll of Freeman after which he was formally presented with an illuminated scroll to mark the occasion; a bouquet of flowers was also presented to Peter's wife Janet.

The Mayor closed the meeting at 7.16pm; and friends and family members were then invited to stay for some light refreshments to celebrate this momentous event.

The Mayor, Cllr Andrew Smith said ‘The Freedom of the City of Lichfield is granted rarely and only to those who have made a special contribution to our City. It has been 45 years since the Freedom was bestowed on an individual, which signifies the high regard Peter is held in. It is a privilege as Mayor to be part of this historic occasion'

Peter became Town Clerk in 1987 and during his 28 year tenure oversaw the development of the City Council from a very small organisation to one of the largest Parish Councils in the country. During this time he could also been seen in ceremonial wig and gown at all of the City Councils traditional civic events such as Dr Johnsons Birthday celebrations and Shrovetide to name just two. He continued to serve the City tirelessly until his retirement in August 2015.

1st December 2015
Christmas Lights switch-on

The traditional Christmas Lights switch-on ceremony in Lichfield scheduled to take place on 29 November 2015 was unfortunately cancelled for safety reasons due to severe weather conditions over the weekend.

The City Council which organises the lights in the City centre each year had considered whether to try to rearrange the switch-on. However, there was no early availability of the Market Square for a rescheduled ceremony, and since the event already fell at the end of November, there was a keen desire to see the lights on as soon as possible.

In consultation with the Chamber of Trade and other organisations, the decision was taken to go ahead and turn on the lights on 1st December without the usual ceremony.

Town Clerk, Christopher Moulton said:

"We know that the Christmas Lights in the City centre add to the ambience and shopping experience in the run up the Christmas, and we did not want to delay the switch-on into December and the first week of the busy shopping period.

We share the disappointment felt by those who were looking forward to the event, but unfortunately a combination of circumstances has led us to conclude that the immediate switch-on of the lights is the best way forward for the City".

28th November 2015
Christmas Lights switch-on CANCELLED

Lichfield City Council has taken the decision to cancel its Christmas Lights Switch-on event scheduled for Sunday 29 November 2015.

Town Clerk, Christopher Moulton said:

"We know that families look forward to this traditional event which is one of the largest in the City's calendar, and that this news will come as a huge disappointment to everyone that was planning to attend. However, public safety is of paramount importance and, since the whole event is always weather dependent, to have gone ahead with it would have been unnecessarily risky given the severe weather predictions issued by the MET office. The safest decision with much regret, was to cancel."

29th September 2015
World Champion Ken - Shouts out for Lichfield

Ken presents Mayor of Otago District with Lichfield City Crest.

Ken Knowles, Lichfield's Town Crier and a well-known figure around Lichfield; last week won the Central Otago World Invitational Town Crier Competition in New Zealand. After 3 days of competing, and winning 3 out of 3 rounds, Lichfield's very own champion town crier will return in glory with 3 gold medals and the trophy. Ken, a regular competitor around the country and with many prizes already under his belt, last year visited Bermuda for the World Championship and this year scoops the prize, Ken, who funds all the competitive work himself, is delighted with his new accolade. He and his consort Marilyn have had a wonderful time; whilst in Otago, he met the district Mayor and presented formal greetings from the Mayor and Citizens of Lichfield, the be-costumed couple also visited a local primary school and addressed an outdoor assembly. Ken will next be seen in his official capacity as he hosts the Lichfield City Christmas Lights switch-on, on Sunday, 29th November.

5th September 2015
Sheriff's Ride Saturday, 5 September

Sheriffs Lady - Mrs Stevie Sheldon
Sheriff's Lady, Mrs Stevie Sheldon

This unique tradition dates from Queen Mary's Charter of 1553 in which Lichfield was separated from Staffordshire and made a 'City and County' with a right to appoint its own Sheriff. The Charter commanded the Sheriff to make a complete perambulation to inspect and enforce the City boundary each September, latterly this has been held on the Saturday nearest to 8 September and as far as records show has never been missed, even during the war period.

Last gallop at Maple Hayes Estate

On Saturday, 5th September, 60 riders completed the 20 mile ride following a marked route via bridle ways, private land and roads, with welcome refreshment breaks along the way. The weary riders returned to the city, via Cathedral Close at approximately 6.30pm, where they were welcomed by the Dean, Reverend Adrian Dorber. This year's Sheriff Mike Sheldon and his Lady and Stevie Sheldon, although never having ridden before, both completed the ride accompanied by their daughters; Sophie and Charlotte. The Sheriff would like to extend his most grateful thanks to everyone who helped to organise the event, in particular the many land owners who, each year, honour the route by allowing the riders to cross their land.

Charlotte Duffin and Horse Amber receive the award for Best Presented Horse and Rider
Charlotte Duffin and Horse Amber receive the
award for 'Best Presented Horse and Rider'
Dr Daryl Brown received the Mike Goddard Marshal
Dr Daryl Brown received the
Mike Goddard Marshal's Award

Sheriff, Mike Sheldon receives the Omani Shield – presented to each Sheriff who rides
Sheriff, Mike Sheldon receives the Omani Shield - presented to each Sheriff who rides

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20th May 2015
New Mayor and Sheriff

Civic guests and dignitaries gathered at the Guildhall on 18 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 Andrew Smith who represents the Leomansley ward and has been a City and District councillor for the past four years. His wife, Sallyanne will be the Mayoress. Andy has lived all his life in Lichfield and runs a Lichfield-based Software Consultancy Business. At 42 he is believed to be the youngest Mayor of the City since John Brooks (who is still a serving city councillor) was Mayor in 1974.

The Deputy Mayor is Sheelagh James, who represents St John's ward and has been a City councillor for 4 years.

The new Sheriff is a non-councillor, Mike Sheldon, who is well known in the city through his jewellery business in Bird Street. His wife, Stevie, will be the Sheriff's Lady. They have both pledged to ride round the city boundary for the Sheriff's Ride in September.

The evening concluded with the Mayor's Banquet, at which the Reverend Ian Hayter gave the traditional toast to "Church and State, Weal and Worship".

The Mayor and Sheriff will be fundraising for McMillan Cancer Research and Lichfield First Responders during their year in office.

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