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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

7th June 2013
Great Wyrley Community Band In Concert For The Mayor and Sheriff

Great Wyrley Community Band In Concert For The Mayor and Sheriff

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.

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