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5th December 2014

On Friday 5 December Lichfield Country Market (formally known as Lichfield WI Market) celebrated fifty years of trading on Lichfield's Friday Market on the Market Square. The Mayor of Lichfield, Cllr Norma Bacon, presented the stall holders with a basket of assorted chocolate treats to say thank you, on behalf of Lichfield City Council, for their long standing support of the market.

Their first trading day was on Friday 4 December 1964 on the car park of the Goat's Head, Lichfield (now the site of Barclays Bank) after a resolution was passed at a meeting on 3 July 1964. Committee members even agreed to lend one pound each to get the market started and in a matter of a few months they moved to a stall on the Market Square where they have remained ever since.

Records, though rather sketchy on occasions, have been kept since that day. In 1975 there was a new ruling to affiliate the original WI markets with a county market society and after much 'terse' discussion Lichfield and District WI Market Limited became the Staffordshire WI Markets Society Limited Lichfield Branch.

In the 1980's there were a higher number of members than in recent years and this resulted in regular social events such as trips on the canal, barbecues, evening parties and an annual coach trip visiting other WI Markets across the country.

The present day brings new challenges for the members of Lichfield Country Market with strict legislations to follow in the form of food hygiene training, registration of kitchens, labelling regulations, and best before dates to name but a few!

Joyce Deakin, a member since 1983, still helps to serve as many as three hundred customers on Fridays between 9.00am and 4.00pm, no matter what the weather. Present day members, with the same resilience as Joyce, have sustained the Lichfield Country Market's fierce streak of independence making it the success it is today.

With such a diverse range of produce which includes savoury pies, cakes, puddings, preserves, honey, seasonal fruit and vegetables, flowers, plants and eggs it's no surprise that the Lichfield Country Market is no longer considered the 'cake stall at the church fete'.

For those with a 'taste' for local produce why not also visit Lichfield's extra Farmers' Market for Christmas on the Market Square on Thursday 18 December and stock up for Christmas. There will be an abundance of delicious local produce along with local wines, ciders and delightful handmade crafts. Lichfield's successful and appealing Farmers' Market has been held on the Market Square on the first Thursday of the month (except January) since June 2001.

23rd October 2014

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 2015/2016 budget. Grant forms are available by email at:, from the City Council Office, Donegal House, Bore Street, Lichfield, WS13 6LU (telephone 01543 309858), and on the Council's website at Completed forms must be returned by 9 January 2015.

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. Grants totalling over £25,000 were awarded in the current year. Grants ranged from £50 to £4,100, with 45 different groups receiving funding.

"We are very fortunate to have a wide range of local clubs and societies in the City which support the needs and interests of our citizens" said the Council Leader, Terry Finn. "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.

30th September 2014
Lichfield Official Twinning Weekend

Over the weekend of 4-5 October Lichfield will be welcoming 120 guests from its twin towns of Limburg an der Lahn, Germany, and Sainte Foy-lès-Lyon, France. This is an event which Lichfield hosts every six years, and to show off the city at its best a programme of free events has been arranged for the benefit of both Lichfield residents and its visitors.

On Saturday 4 October there will be a full day of entertainment on the Market Square, including performances by Lichfield Mysteries, the City Concert Band, Three Spires Morris, Wildfire Folk, Lichfield Singers, Team Catalyst International dance school and the Chorale Chantefable from Sainte Foy. There will also be special stalls on the Market Square, including a food trader from Lyon. The regular Saturday Market will take place in the surrounding streets.

In the Guildhall the local history group will display their photographic archives about Lichfield, while at Speakers' Corner, at noon there will be a debate on "Being European" - followed by the quintessentially English, "Three Spires Morris" .

Then on Sunday 5 October events include a special Twinning Service at Lichfield Cathedral in the morning, a twin town table tennis tournament at King Edward VI leisure centre, and various other events including a visit to the canal restoration project at 3pm on Tamworth Road.

Photo - 3 Spires Morris performing on the Market Square during the previous twinning visit in 2008. 3 Spires Morris performing

8th July 2014
Something to shout about on Festival Market Day

Town Criers from across the country descended on Lichfield for the second Lichfield City national competition held on Festival Market Day, Saturday, 5 July.

Twelve Town Criers rang their bells and paraded in colourful costumes around the city centre to the delight of all. The competition took place at Speakers' Corner where the criers were challenged to give two performances, the first being a cry about their ‘Home Town' and the second on the theme of the ‘Great War'. At 84 Cyril Richardson, Bell Man for Great Barr was the oldest entrant and Martin Wood from Shrewsbury at 7' 2" the tallest town crier in the world!

After much deliberation the judges awarded the 2014 trophy to Peter Taunton from Stafford, with second prize to Martin Wood and third to Adrian Holmes of Sandwell.

Lichfield City Council would like to thank Reverend Ian Hayter, John Brough, Gina Martin, Brian Todd and Milly and Harry Goss for judging the competition and the following organisations for their sponsorship: The Tudor of Lichfield, Michael's Menswear, Arthur Price, The George Hotel, Keelys, Tesco, Florette, Lichfield Cathedral, Erasmus Darwin House, Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum and the Staffordshire Regimental Museum.

Peter Taunton winner Kidsgrove Town Crier & Consort
Hagrid and Hobbits Criers at Speakers Corner

3rd July 2014
Swinfen Broun Challenge Trophy Bowls Match

Not quite Wimbledon, but a similar result as the Mayor of Lichfield, Cllr Mrs Norma Bacon lead the Lichfield City Council team in the annual Swinfen Broun Challenge Trophy bowls match against the Museum Bowling Club on Monday, 2 July with the Bowling Club taking the trophy 160 to 60.

Cllr Bacon handed the trophy to President of the Club, Mr Peter Holland, who gave a short talk about the history of the challenge match which has been played since 1924, although it was not until 1926 that the trophy was donated by local benefactor, Colonel Swinfen Broun and has been fought over ever since. Players retired to the Hub for supper prepared by the ladies of the Bowling Club.

Bowls-Match The-Mayor-Cllr-Mrs-Norma-Bacon-and-President-Mr-Peter-Holland

22nd May 2014
Twinning hosts families needed

Three Spires Morris perform on the Market Square during the Lichfield Twinning in 2008

Hosts families are being sought who would be willing to welcome visitors from Lichfield's twin towns to stay in their home over the weekend of Friday 3 to Monday 6 October.

This is the "Twinning Weekend" which Lichfield hosts every 6 years, and there will be 60 visitors arriving from Limburg in Germany, and 60 from Sainte Foy in France. An important aspect of the twinning is that people stay in local homes so that they develop friendship links and understanding. There is no payment, but there is always the opportunity for you in turn to visit a family in Limburg or Sainte Foy in future years.

Lichfield formed the ring-twinning with Limburg and Sainte Foy in 1992. Many lasting friendships have been formed over the years, and many of the guests will be staying with families they have exchanged with on previous occasions, but more host families are still needed for this year's visit. Anyone interested is asked to contact Lichfield City Council on 01543 250011 or download the host family form from the Twinning Page of the website

Local residents will be able to share with visitors in a range of free events and entertainment on the Market Square and around the City, and a large number of local societies and organisations will also be participating in the weekend's festivities. More details are available on the website link.

13th May 2014

Civic guests and dignitaries gathered at the Guildhall on 12 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 Mrs Norma Bacon. Norma has served on the City Council for 15 years, and represents the Curborough ward. She is no stranger to civic office having previously been Mayor in 2005, and Sheriff in 2008. Norma is also a member of Lichfield District Council. Her husband, Brian, will be the Mayor's Consort.

The new Deputy Mayor is Andy Smith, who represents the Leomansley Ward and has been a City and District councillor for 3 years. His wife, Sallyanne, will be the Deputy Mayor's Lady. Completing the civic team is Bob Awty, last year's Mayor, who now becomes Sheriff of the City. He was born and bred in Lichfield and has been a City and District councillor since 2003. His wife, Eileen, will be the Sheriff's Lady.

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

Civic Team New Mayor


1 Lichfield's new civic team. Left to right; Bob Awty (Sheriff), Norma Bacon (Mayor), and Andy Smith (Deputy Mayor)

2 The new Mayor, Norma Bacon, is invested with the chain of office

9th December 2013
FREE EVENT - Saturday 14th December 11am - 12.30

Event to mark the unveiling of the S106 funded Little City Tree trail in Lichfield City centre.

All are welcome, there are wax rubbings along the way for children to collect.

Join this relaxing guided tree trail and learn some secrets of the tree world . . . Finish off with a warm cuppa & Christmas muffin.

Meeting along Pool walk just off Dam Street where the popular duck feeding area is.

For more information or to book a place please call Heather Francis on 01543 309851 or email

8th December 2013

It was disappointment all round at the Lichfield Farmers' Market on Thursday 5 December. Traders arrived early with every hope for a successful day's trading in the run up to Christmas but the weather had a different agenda as the high winds moved in.

Traders tried resiliently to sheet their stalls and display their tempting and tasty produce but it proved too much for many of them who had to abandon all hope of any Christmas sales. A small number of determined traders braved it out in an effort to give their customers a small selection of what should have been on offer, but the heavy rain and high gusts which arrived at lunchtime meant that the Market had to be abandoned. Customers arrived throughout the day in anticipation of buying the diverse choice of food and crafts normally available each month, but felt disappointed to be met with the reduced version of what is normally a busy and enticing market.

Fortunately, every cloud has a silver lining and so there will be an extra Farmers' Market on the Market Square on Thursday 19 December to give loyal customers another chance to stock up with fresh and delicious produce and handmade crafts in time for Christmas.

Shoppers at the monthly Farmers' Market

Pickles & preserves from Willow Cottage Store

Fresh bread and cakes from CocoMeli

Pork pies & pates from Poachers

7th November 2013

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

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