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7th October 2015
Lichfield City Council grants for 2016-17


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 2016/2017 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 8 January 2016.

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 £27,000 were awarded in the current year. Grants ranged from £50 to £4,100, with 44 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, David Smedley. "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.

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

All photographs courtesy of Helen Ablitt for more pictures please follow the link:

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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