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.
23rd October 2014
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 2015/2016 budget. Grant forms are available by email at: email@example.com, from the City Council Office, Donegal House, Bore Street, Lichfield, WS13 6LU (telephone 01543 309858), and on the Council's website at www.lichfield.gov.uk. 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.
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".
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
Lichfield City Council