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12 - 25 April 2006 Where possible, we would encourage you not to print off this document but to view it on screen.

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Overall Activity Summary
Total number of proactive releases/ statements: 13 Total Number of reactive press releases/statements: 5

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WHAT WE’VE ISSUED TO THE PRESS

PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 05.04.06 CHAIRMAN’S GOLF DAY
If you are a keen golfer, why not come along to the Chairman‟s Charity Golf day at Whittington Heath Golf Club on Thursday 27 April? The Chairman of Lichfield District Council, Councillor Doris English, invites all golfing enthusiasts to join her on a Charity Golf Day to raise money for St Giles Hospice Lymphoedema Clinic and Marie Curie Cancer Care. The day will kick off with a breakfast of bacon rolls and coffee at 8.30am, followed by 18 holes of quality golf from 9.30am. To round the day off there will be an evening dinner in the Golf Club Dining Room, with a guest speaker. Councillor Doris English, Chairman of Lichfield District Council, said: “If you‟re keen on golf, this is the perfect excuse to enjoy a fantastic day out for a worthwhile cause. There will be excellent prizes up for grabs for the first three winning teams, individual ladies and men‟s best scores, longest drive, nearest the pin and most golf played! So, join us for what will undoubtedly be a wonderful day.” For full press release please see 29 March – 11 April 2006 edition of LDC in the News

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LICHFIELD POST 13.04.06 TEE OFF FOR CHARITY
Keen golfers are invited to take part in the Chairman‟s Charity Golf Day at Whittington Heath Golf Club on Thursday April 27. Cllr English quoted in full

LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 13.04.06 TEEING OFF TO HELP RAISE CHARITY CASH
Golfers have been urged to get in the swing of a charity golf day later this month. Chairman of Lichfield District Council, Councillor Doris English wants players to take part in a charity golf day at Whittington Heath Golf Club. Cllr English quoted in part
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EXPRESS & STAR 22.04.06 NEW BRIDGE A STEP FORWARD
Cllr Doris English attended the opening of the £562,000 Cappers Bridge in Lichfield.

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LICHFIELD MERCURY 13.04.06 PRESSURE IS ON FOR TIMELY TESTS
Cllr Doris English attended the free blood pressure testing campaign organised by Lichfield Rotary club and the Stroke Association.

LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 13.04.06 – Letter to the editor SILLY STRIKERS SHOULD STOP LIVING IN THE PAST
“A pension is far better than nothing – think yourselves lucky you are getting one.”

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Leisure & Culture
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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 20.04.06 LICHFIELD HERITAGE TRAIL
Step back into Lichfield City‟s past and follow a trail with the help of the colourful new Lichfield Heritage Trail brochure Developed by Lichfield District Council‟s Visitors Services, the Heritage Trail is a great introduction to everything you need to know about Lichfield. The Trail follows eight themes, among which is a look at the stunning Tudor architecture in the City, an introduction to three of Lichfield‟s most famous sons - Samuel Johnson, Erasmus Darwin and David Garrick, and a walk to the Market Square to consider the martyrs who were burnt at the stake. Using the new Interpretation Boards and an innovative new style of map, the trail also provides some historical background to sites such as Minster Pool, Beacon Park, and Lichfield‟s historic Inns. Diane Broach, Visitor Services Manager, said: “We hope that visitors and residents enjoy getting out and about in Lichfield this spring, and discovering some of the secrets of its people and places with the help of this fantastic new trail guide.” The Heritage Trail brochure is on sale, for just 20p, at the Tourist Information Centre in the Lichfield Garrick and from various heritage attractions throughout the district, including Lichfield Cathedral. And, if you can‟t wait, you could always log onto www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/heritagetrail and have a sneaky preview of the leaflet.

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Coverage expected 27.04.06

PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO EXPRESS & STAR 18.04.06 HOPPING FUN!
Lichfield youngsters have gone hopping mad this Easter at a trampoline course at Friary Grange Leisure Centre Sixteen young people, between the ages of 6 and 16, have been learning how to trampoline in style at Friary Grange Leisure Centre‟s ever-popular holiday trampoline course. The young people will be spending the week working towards their Trampoline UK sports awards, gaining stars for difficult manoeuvres such as back drops, front drops and straddle jumps. The trampoline course is running alongside Friary Grange Leisure Centre‟s full holiday activity programme, which includes sessions in athletics, swimming and the gym. The holiday activity programme is always popular and has once again attracted a healthy number of young people from across the district. Neil Turner, Leisure Services Manager, said: “We‟re thrilled that so many children are making such good use of their holidays, keeping active and having fun at our leisure centres throughout the district. A sports class or course is the perfect opportunity to stave off boredom, get fit and meet new friends.”

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EXPRESS & STAR 20.04.06 TRAMPOLINE FUN COURSE A HIT AT LEISURE CENTRE
Lichfield youngsters bounced their way through the school holiday, thanks to an ever-popular trampoline course. Sixteen aged from six to 16, snapped up places for this week‟s holiday trampoline course at the Friary Grange Leisure centre. Neil Turner quoted in full

LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 19.04.06 CHILDREN ARE ENJOYING A BOUNCING GOOD HOLIDAY
Youngsters from across Lichfield have been bouncing their way through the school holidays thanks to an everpopular trampoline course. Neil Turner quoted in full

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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 13.04.06 PUBS, PRIESTS & PROSTITUTES
Come along to a city tour with a difference – the Pubs, Priests and Prostitutes tour introduces you to a world full of contradictions with prostitutes, priests and pubs figuring highly through the ages! The one and a half hour-long tour consists of a gentle stroll around Lichfield City, passing by all the notable sites including Lichfield Cathedral, Erasmus Darwin House, Lichfield Heritage Centre and Dr. Samuel Johnson Museum - whilst a Green Badge Tour Guide tells you interesting stories connected to the sites. Diane Broach, Tourist Information Manager, said: “If you want to impress your friends the next time you go out for a drink, then this is the tour for you, as it will provide you a whole host of interesting stories to tell - some of which include Lichfield‟s many fine drinking establishments!” The tour will set off at from the Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, and costs just £2.50. To book your place, pop into the Tourist Information Centre at the Lichfield Garrick, or call TIC on 01543 412121.

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LICHFIELD POST 19.04.06 HISTORICAL CONTRADICTIONS
Lichfield folk are invited to a city tour with a difference this summer – the Pubs, Priests and Prostitutes tour will introduce you to a world full of contradictions.

LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 19.04.06 PROSTITUTES AND PRIESTS
A tour with a difference, called Pubs, Priests and Prostitutes is taking place over the summer in Lichfield. Di Broach quoted in part
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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 13.04.06 WINGS OF A DOVE
Lichfield District Council‟s Visit Lichfield Team invites anyone with an interest in Lichfield and Staffordshire‟s th military history - from 1914 to the present day - to come along to a Wings of a Dove tour on Wednesday 10 May. The tour commemorates Lichfield and Staffordshire‟s wartime past, taking visitors to places of special wartime significance. The tour includes: Staffordshire Regiment Museum National Memorial Arboretum German and Commonwealth War Graves Museum of Cannock Chase

Diane Broach, Tourist Information Manager, said: “This is a fascinating tour taking visitors to places of special interest. It is important that we remember our wartime past, and, despite the serious subject, this is a really interesting and enjoyable day out.” For just £21.75 per person, the trip includes coach travel, guide courier and refreshments - including a Staffordshire local produce lunch. For more information and to book your place, please contact Lichfield‟s Tourist Information Centre on 01543 412121.
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LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 19.04.06 TOUR TELLS OF WARTIME PAST
A tour revealing all about Staffordshire‟s wartime past is happening next month. Lichfield District Council‟s Visit Lichfield team has organised the Wings of a Dove tour on May 10 for anyone with an interest in Lichfield and Staffordshire‟s military history. Di Broach quoted in full

EXPRESS & STAR 15.04.06 COACH TOUR OF COUNTY AT WAR
A guided tour turning the spotlight on Staffordshire‟s wartime past will take place next month. Di Broach quoted in full /Cont…

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EXPRESS & STAR 14.04.06 WAR HISTORY TO BE TOLD IN TOUR
A tour commemorating Staffordshire‟s wartime past is taking place on May 10. It has been organised by Lichfield District Council‟s Visit Lichfield team.

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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 12.04.06 BURNTWOOD TRIATHLON
Burntwood Leisure Centre is hosting the fourth Burntwood Triathlon on Sunday 11 June – and this year is set to be even bigger and better! So, get your goggles, trainers and on your bike and start training for the ultimate physical challenge. The race will include an 800-metre swim, a 32 kilometre cycle through Burntwood, Lichfield, Rugeley, Cannock Chase, Hazelslade and back again, and a 8 kilometre run set to end with a flat sprint finish. Mark Wheeler, event organiser, said: “This event keeps getting better and better. It‟s a great opportunity to pit yourself against some of the best amateur athletes around, and is such a personal achievement to complete a triathlon of this scope, so sign up now and get to the gym to start training!” Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third male and female, the first local male and female, and the first male and female aged 40 years and over. For an entry form, please contact Burntwood leisure Centre on 01543 308810 or download one from www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/triathlon.

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BURNTWOOD POST 13.04.06 IT’S TIME TO TAKE UP THE TRIATHLON CHALLENGE
Now is the time to get in training for the fourth Burntwood Triathlon. Organisers say this year‟s event looks set to be even bigger and better. Mark Wheeler quoted in part

EXPRESS & STAR 13.04.06 ATHLETES URGED TO TRY AND TACKLE TRIATHLON
Lichfield and Burntwood athletes are being urged to tackle a triathlon this June. Burntwood Leisure centre staff will host the fourth Burntwood Triathlon on June 11. Mark Wheeler quoted in full
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STATEMENT ISSUED TO LICHFIELD MERCURY 25.03.05 THE LICHFIELD GARRICK BAR
Nina Dawes, Chief Executive of Lichfield District Council, commented: "We apologise if we confused any of our customers by having incorrect information on our website, which has now been corrected. In order to operate within the terms of our licence, there is a cost to open the Lichfield Garrick bar, which of course we need to recover through the sales of drinks. We closely monitor our customers to ensure we provide the right service, at the right time, and don‟t provide bar services our customers don't use. “This flexibility has proved really popular – for instance, after evening pantomime performances we opened the coffee shop, instead of the bar, and served hot chocolates to customers leaving the show. With Lichfield Arts shows we have found historically that customers leave the Lichfield Garrick directly after a show, which and choose not to use our bar facilities. As such we do not open the bar for these shows."

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Coverage expected 27.04.06

PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL ARTS PRESS 25.04.06 YOUTH OPERATUNITY OPEN DAY
Nineteen young people raised the roof at the Lichfield Garrick‟s Youth Operatunity Taster Session on Friday 21 April. Led by James Redwood, with the help of two Glyndebourne Opera artists - pianist Dominic Harlan and opera singer Claire Surman - the day was made up of loads of exercises, including drama and music theatre games. The budding performers also wrote their own song, listened to an opera singer sing a Puccini aria and decided how they would perform it, learnt a chorus from a Mozart opera and performed all three in a mini show at the end of the day for their parent‟s benefit. James Redwood, Artistic Director of Youth Operatunity, said: “I‟ve been really amazed by the level of enthusiasm and skill in this group. It‟s been really fun working together and we‟ve made some interesting pieces.” Of the day, 16 year-old Kyle Harris, from Lichfield, said: “I didn‟t really know what to expect, but thought I‟d pop my head in and see what was going on, and ended up staying the whole day. I especially enjoyed learning how to sing in an operatic style which I‟ve never done before. I am definitely going to go to the Monday sessions and would recommend that everyone come and have a go.” Sixteen year-old Rachel Millward, of Chase Terrace, added: “I really enjoyed learning all the different types of music and I‟ve had a really fun day. I am really looking forward to the Monday sessions as I want to learn more about music and acting.” There are still a few spaces left on the Monday evening sessions, which will run from 5pm – 6.30pm, so if you are 11 – 18 years of age and interested in musical theatre give the Lichfield Garrick a call on 01543 412110 and put your name down on the list. The course is open to anyone all you need is an interest in music theatre, and it‟s also free, so book your place now!

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EXPRESS & STAR 22.04.06 YOUNGSTERS SET TO HIT THE HIGH NOTES
Budding young performers with a passion for musical theatre got to show their talents at a taster day set up to launch Youth Operatunity. Nineteen young people aged 11 to 18 were at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre yesterday to take part in the free event.

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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL ARTS PRESS 20.04.06 TH 20 CENTURY ROCK MUSICALS
Be part of musical theatre history on Friday 12 May at Lichfield Garrick and dance-along with us in this wild and raunchy roller coaster ride through the history of rock musicals through the decades. From Hair and Little Shop of Horrors, through to Fame and Blues Brothers, the show is bursting with all your favourite rock musical numbers. Stars of Television and West End shows will transport you through the time warp to the story of J.C. Superstar to present modern day rock hits such as We Will Rock You, featuring the all time greatest hit Bohemian Rhapsody. Danielle Corlass will also be re-creating her role as Janet from the West End‟s Rocky Horror. Glamorous guys and gorgeous girls in spectacular costumes will send your pulses racing with songs which include Greased Lightning, Sweet Transvestite, Suddenly Seymour, Fame, Gimme Some Lovin, I‟ve Got Life and Pinball Wizard. This high-octane, action packed rock-and-pop production is packed full of terrific numbers with sensational dance routines from tap, jazz, hip hop and street-dance all performed by a multi-talented company of dancers, singers and a fabulous band of „hot‟ Rock musicians. And, don‟t forget to dress up as your favourite Rock Star – the most outrageous costume will win you a place on stage with the stars of the show!
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EXPRESS & STAR 24.04.06 SHOW’S SELECTION OF MUSICAL CLASSICS
Theatre-goers in Lichfield are being invited to savour a slice of rock musical history with a show coming to the Lichfield Garrick on May 12.

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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 20.04.06 BALLET CELEBRATION
A sparkling programme featuring the most beautiful and exciting pieces and Pas de Deux from classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Coppelia, Raymonda, Don Quixote together with vibrant neo-classical work. There will also be fairy-tale characters from The Sleeping Beauty ballet dancing to delight the little ones. Presented by the popular European Ballet - the company of superb international dancers, under direction of the Bolshoi Ballet star Stanislav Tchassov – this show is an exciting display of virtuoso technical skills, sensual beauty and intriguing magic of ballet. Sumptuous costumes and sets, complimented by captivating scores of famous composers such as Ludwig Minkus, Leo Delibes, Alexander Glazunov and many more, completes the exuberant atmosphere of celebration of the unique ballet art.

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Coverage expected 27.04.06

PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL ARTS PRESS 19.04.06 LICHFIELD LITERARY FESTIVAL
Louis De Bernier, Angela Rippon, Jennie Bond, John Suchet and Philip Kerr are just a few of the big characters in the literary world that will be descending upon the Lichfield Garrick in September to take part in Lichfield‟s first ever literary festival. The weeklong festival will feature interviews with popular authors such as Captain Correlli‟s Mandolin writer, Louis de Bernières, intrepid news correspondent and author in her own right, Angela Rippon, and former royal correspondent Jennie Bond. A number of fascinating lectures are being held throughout the week. Professor Roland Rotherham will kick off the festival with his lecture: „The Holy Grail and The Da Vinci Code Explored‟. Other lectures include Private Eye contributor Richard Ingrams, Pride and Prejudice screenplay writer Deborah Moggach, and Independent columnist John Walsh, each talking on a variety of interesting topics. An Ottakars book fayre, a Gala Evening, a variety of workshops and much more will also take place over this unmissable week in September. /Cont…

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A lot of the week will also be devoted to nurturing creative talent in youngsters, with a children‟s literary festival running alongside the Literary Festival. There will be plenty of activities including workshops for school groups rd during the week and a full-on day of literary fun on Saturday 23 September. This includes an underwater themed storytelling workshop, tips on how to illustrate a book and readings from „silly poems‟ and „bits from books‟. The children‟s Festival will culminate in Lichfield‟s first ever Children‟s Literary Prize, offering 8 – 12 and 13 – 18 yearolds the chance to enter their 1000 word story or piece of writing into a competition, winning themselves and their schools a great prize and cup. Adrian Jackson, Acting Artistic Director of the Lichfield Garrick, said: “The Lichfield Garrick has scored a great coup in attracting massive names in the literary world to come and impart some of their expert knowledge to Lichfield Garrick audiences. So, don‟t forget to book a week of culture and fun into your diaries. I am also thrilled that we‟re offering younger visitors a whole array of wonderfully creative activities during the festival. But, in the meantime, I hope all the budding young writers in the District will take up the challenge to enter their work into the Children‟s Literary Prize.”

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STATEMENT ISSUED TO LICHFIELD MERCURY 11.04.06 COST OF HIRING VENUE
Nina Dawes, Chief Executive of Lichfield District Council, said: “The Lichfield Garrick is a state-of-the-art venue, which offers local community theatre groups the chance to perform on a professional stage for a great price. “We‟re always keen to encourage local community theatre, which is why we hire the venue to local theatre groups at a subsidised price. This hire fee does not generally cover the cost of staging the event. “In addition to this, Lichfield Garrick staff is currently working very closely with community groups in order to further integrate them in to Lichfield Garrick, creating a better relationship with them so that they can tap into our expertise.”

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LICHFIELD MERCURY 13.04.06 IS GARRICK COST CURTAINS FOR AMATEUR STAGE USERS?
A Lichfield amateur theatre group has been forced to perform outside of the city because the Garrick theatre is too expensive for them. But council chiefs have hit back saying the venue is excellent value for money and well supported by many local groups. Nina Dawes quoted in full

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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL ARTS PRESS 10.04.06 FREE TASTER DAYS TO LAUNCH YOUTH OPERATUNITY 21 APRIL
The Lichfield Garrick is thrilled to offer Lichfield District‟s 11 – 18 year-olds the chance to come and join in a FREE st Youth Operatunity Taster Day – taking place on Friday 21 April from 10am to 4pm. James Redwood, Artistic Director of Youth Operatunity, said: “No experience is necessary as we‟ll introduce everyone to the areas that make up music theatre, including composing, performing, singing, directing, writing, choreography and design. Professional opera singers and musicians from Glyndebourne Opera will also be on hand to help introduce this exciting project.” If this taster day whets any budding performer‟s appetite, they can sign up for Youth Operatunity – a series of free workshops set to run on Monday‟s from 5pm to 6.30pm. These weekly workshops will include visits from musicians, singers, designers, and trips out to see opera performances. The project will then culminate in the groups from the three theatres taking part in the programme - Lichfield Garrick, The Victoria Hall & The Regent Theatre and New Vic Theatre - coming together to showcase their new skills in a spectacular operatic performance. For full press release please see 29 March – 11 April 2006 edition of LDC in the News

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BIRMINGHAM MAIL 20.04.06 A LOTTE OF TALENT
Budding Charlotte Churches and Russel Watsons are to have an Operatunity tomorrow to get expert advice on singing and performing. Lichfield District Council is launching its Youth Operatunity project for youngsters aged between 11 and 18. /Cont…

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LICHFIELD MERCURY 19.04.06 OPERATIC OPENINGS
The Garrick theatre is offering Lichfield District‟s 11 to 18 year olds a free Youth Operatunity taster day on Friday April 21.

LICHFIELD POST 19.04.06 OPERATIC OPPORTUNITY
The Lichfield Garrick is thrilled to offer Lichfield District‟s 11 – 18 year olds the chance to come and join in a Free st Youth Operatunity Taster Day on Friday 21 April.

EXPRESS & STAR 14.04.06 YOUNG SINGERS PUT TALENTS TO THE TEST
Youngsters across Lichfield and Burntwood have the chance to hit high notes at a daylong event next Friday. They can shine at a free Youth Operatunity taster day at the Lichfield Garrick.
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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL ARTS PRESS 06.04.06 AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE

Verma, have adapted his classic play - An Enemy Of The People - and set it in late 19 Century British India, where the all-pervasive, but often unseen, power of the District Commissioner conditioned the public life of Indian towns and cities. Written in 1882, An Enemy Of The People continued Ibsen‟s obsession with exploring the dilemmas of modern urban society. Dr Somnath, medical officer of the local baths, discovers problems with his town‟s water supply. Determined to safeguard the health of local citizens, he soon finds himself pitted against the civic need for tourist income, and ponders the power, if any, of a lone dissenting voice. For full press release please see 29 March – 11 April 2006 edition of LDC in the News

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EXPRESS & STAR 20.04.06 CLASSIC TALE WITH A TWIST
A classic play with a twist will soon be staged in Lichfield. An Enemy of the People by renowned Norwegian Playwright Henrik Ibsen will be performed at the Lichfield Garrick from May 3 to 6.

LICHFIELD MERCURY 19.04.06 FRESH TAKE ON IBSEN
Tara Arts are to perform an adaptation of a classic Henrik Ibsen play at the Garrick theatre to mark the centenary of his death this year.

LICHFIELD POST 19.04.06 CELEBRATING CENTENARY
To mark the centenary of Ibsen‟s death in 1906, Tara Arts, under the direction of Jatinder Verma have adapted his classic play An Enemy of the People…It comes to the Lichfield Garrick theatre next month.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL 18.04.06 IBSEN CLASSIC SET FOR THE GARRICK
Henrik Ibsen‟s classic play An Enemy of the People is to be performed in Lichfield. The play, which will be th performed at the Lichfield Garrick is set in late 19 Century British India.
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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL ARTS PRESS 05.04.06 SWINGING EUROPE
To bring the West Midlands Jazz Club International season to a swinging close, the club is delighted to announce one of only three concerts in England of The European Youth Jazz Orchestra, presented in association with the Lichfield Garrick. Tickets are now on sale for this world exclusive appearance of one of the finest international big bands. The concert features young jazz musicians between the ages of 18 to 30 from 15 countries, selected for being the best on their instruments by the European Broadcasting Union. The Conductor is BBC Big Band leader Barrie Forgie and the much loved broadcaster, Shiela Tracy, who for many years was the voice of Big Bands on the BBC and who currently presents Swingtime on Saga 105.7fm every Sunday evening at 8pm, will introduce the Lichfield Garrick concert. For full press release please see 29 March – 11 April 2006 edition of LDC in the News

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LICHFIELD MERCURY 19.04.06 YOUTHFUL SOUND OF EURO JAZZ
The West Midland‟s Jazz Club international brings its season to a close with two prestigious concerts, writes Phil Grainger…On Tuesday, May 9, the European Youth Jazz Orchestra plays the Lichfield Garrick. They are to play just three concerts this year on their three week Swinging Europe tour.

LICHFIELD POST 19.04.06 EUROPE’S FINEST SWINGING CONCERT
A reminder that some of Europe‟s finest young jazz musicians will be in Lichfield next month. Swinging Europe will be swinging by the Lichfield Garrick next month.

EXPRESS & STAR 18.04.06 BIG BAND CONCERT TREAT FOR JAZZ FANS
Jazz fans in Staffordshire are snapping up tickets for a rare appearance by a leading European big band in Lichfield next month.

LICHFIELD POST 13.04.06 SWINGING BIG BAND TO LIGHT UP THE CITY
Jazz fans are invited to a very special night of music at the Lichfield Garrick next month. West Midlands Jazz Club International in association with the theatre is presenting The European Youth Jazz Orchestra in one of only three UK concerts.
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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL ARTS PRESS 30.03.06 OPERA GREATS
What do Pretty Polly tights, Twinings Tea and British Airways all have in common? The answer is that all of these household names have used extracts from famous operas to help sell their products to the British public. Whether it‟s an advert or a soundtrack to the latest Hollywood blockbuster film, opera is all around us and much more accessible than a lot of people might think. In a specially devised programme, you will be able to hear a medley of all the operatic golden greats. Highlights include: The Toreador song, Largo Al Factotum, One Fine Day, The Habenera and the old favourite, Nessun Dorma. Sung by talented stars of the operatic world, this is a wonderful celebration of popular opera. To help audience pin point where they might have heard the tune from before, they will be told which film or advertisement the music has appeared in. For full press release please see 29 March – 11 April 2006 edition of LDC in the News

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SUTTON COLDFIELD OBSERVER 20.04.06 DOES OPERA LOOK AS GOOD AS IT SOUNDS?
On Friday, April 21, Opera Greats will perform at the Lichfield Garrick.

LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 13.04.06 SINGING THOSE OPERA GREATS
The world of Opera and advertising campaigns will be bought together in a Lichfield show.
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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL ARTS PRESS 30.03.06 RALPH McTELL
This concert is part of Ralph‟s 2006 „Walk into the Morning‟ UK tour. The tour takes its title from Ralph‟s latest composition which opens the ninety-minute performance of songs and stories covering Ralph‟s 40-year career as a folk singer, songwriter and guitarist. It is only a year since Ralph first appeared on the Lichfield Garrick stage. He said: “I am really pleased to have been invited back so soon. It‟s a lovely venue and I really enjoyed playing here last time.” Ralph, a winner of the Ivor Novello Award for songwriting, was recently described as „England‟s best narrative songwriter of the past 50 years‟. His songs are full of careful observation, detail and emotion. These songs will from the backbone of the concert, and will be augmented by Ralph‟s fund of fascinating stories. For full press release please see 29 March – 11 April 2006 edition of LDC in the News

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BIRMINGHAM MAIL 19.04.06 STREETS OF LICHFIELD…
Folk singer-songwriter Ralph Mctell will perform at the Lichfield Garrick on Thursday.

LICHFIELD MERCURY 13.04.06 RALPH STILL GOING STRONG AFTER 40 YEARS
He‟s had a 40-year career as a folk singer. Songwriter and guitarist and he‟s still going strong. In fact, McTell opens his latest concert at the Lichfield Garrick next Thursday.

LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 13.04.06 WALK INTO THE MORNING WITH POPULAR FOLK SINGER McTELL
Veteran folk singer Ralph McTell will be bringing his guitar to a Lichfield stage next week.

TAMWORTH HERALD 13.04.06 RALPH McTELL AT LICHFIELD
Folk singer Ralph Mctell is taking his familiar melodies to Lichfield this month.
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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL ARTS PRESS 22.03.06 SPRING 2006 EXHIBITION
The Society of Staffordshire Artists will be presenting their first art exhibition at the Lichfield Garrick this spring The exhibition will feature around 50 works of art by members of the Society of Staffordshire Artists, and, as every artist‟s style is different, there will be a huge variety on display. A diverse range of subjects will be covered - from still life through to landscape scenes. For full release please see 15 – 28 edition of LDC in the News

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LICHFIELD POST 19.04.06 SOCIETY’S FIRST EXHIBITION AT CITY VENUE
The Society of Staffordshire Artists presents their Spring Exhibition at the Garrick theatre Lichfield from April 26 to May 15.

EXPRESS & STAR 17.04.06 THEATRE SHOW BY ARTISTS
A group of artists is getting ready to exhibit at Lichfield‟s theatre for the first time. The Society of Staffordshire Artists will be holding its Spring Exhibition at the Lichfield Garrick.
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EXPRESS & STAR 24.04.06 CAST OF MUSICAL GO ON SPECIAL VISIT TO CASTLE
A group of Lichfield performers took to the great outdoors to get into character as they prepare to stage Camelot…which opens at the Lichfield Garrick tomorrow.

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LICHFIELD MERCURY 19.04.06 PERPLEXED BY CLEVER PLOTTING
REVIEW: Whodunit? - Lichfield Players

LICHFIELD POST 19.04.06 PLAYERS PROVIDE A REAL WINNER
REVIEW: Whodunit? - Lichfield Players

BIRMINGHAM MAIL 18.04.06 MURDER PLAY DONE JUSTICE
REVIEW: Whodunit? - Lichfield Players

LICHFIELD MERCURY 13.04.06 – Letters to the editor THEATRE CRITICS ARE SUCH NARROW MINDED PEOPLE
“…I fear his creations would feel very much at home with the likes of John Walker and the other obsessive critics of the Lichfield Garrick theatre. Do these moaning minnies ever stop? Let me remind them that Lichfield is a city and cities deserve first-rate theatres.” /Cont…

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LICHFIELD POST 13.04.06 – Letters to the editor BRING DOWN THE CURTAIN ON THE GARRICK
“I was absolutely amazed to read in last week‟s LP that Garrick theatre officials had asked children involved in their own performance to pay for tickets. It beggars belief and one can only sympathise with the comments of Headteacher Tracey Coles…Perhaps it‟s about time the Garrick was closed down and new owners found to run the show …After all it could be no better or worse than what we all have at present.”

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LICHFIELD POST 13.04.06 KNIGHTS AT THE CASTLE
Lichfield operatic society traveled to Tutbury castle to ensure some authentic backdrops for their next production‟s photo shoot…The Society will present Camelot at the Lichfield Garrick later this month.

LICHFIELD POST 13.04.06 CULT MUSICAL WAS ‘A TRIUMPH’
REVIEW: Return to the Forbidden Planet – Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company

EXPRESS & STAR 13.04.06 TWIST TO COMEDY MURDER THRILLER
REVIEW: Whodunit? - Lichfield Players

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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO LICHFIELD MERCURY 25.04.06 A VERY PUBLIC NAMING
Friarsgate & City Walls chosen as winning names for Lichfield‟s planned £80 million shopping and leisure complex. Over 100 people entered their suggestions in the competition to find names for the planned £80 million Birmingham Road Development scheme, which is set to open in 2010, and feature a department store, cinema, hotel and many shops and restaurants. The panel of judges, which included Cllr David S. Smith, Leader of Lichfield District Council, David Clancy, from the scheme‟s development company Harrison, Emrys Jones, the Director of Lichfield District Venture, and the Lichfield Mercury‟s own editor, Tim Hewitt, gathered together this week to pick two winning names – one for the new shopping centre and one for its main street. The winning suggestions will be immortalised in the centre of Lichfield on street and centre name plaques and possibly within pieces of public art within the new development. Each winner and runner-up will win a family ticket to Drayton Manor Park and Zoo, kindly donated by Drayton Manor. Cllr David S. Smith, Leader of Lichfield District Council, commented: “I‟m really pleased with the winning names. We wanted names that were catchy and unique, and also reflected the wealth of history and heritage in Lichfield, and I think we‟ve got just that. Congratulations to Mrs Plant of Ivanhoe Road for her suggestion of Friarsgate for the name of the centre, and to Mr Shaw of George Lane for his suggestion of City Walls for the name of the main street. Emrys Jones, Director of Lichfield District Venture, the team at Lichfield District Council heading up the development commented: “Friarsgate is very appropriate to Lichfield. In 1224, a Friary was established in the City by Bishop Stavenby and the Friary owned much of the land in the City. A gate providing access to St John‟s Hospital was located near to the development site. The main shopping street of the new development will follow the line of the ancient town ditch which although never actually built was named City Walls. So again, City Walls is a perfect name for the street. Thank you to everyone who entered the competition and well done to all the runners up for their creative and informative suggestions!” Six other people entered Friarsgate as a suggested name for the development. The winning name was pulled out in a prize draw and the remaining runners-up will each receive a family ticket to Drayton Manor Park & Zoo. The runners up are: Mrs V Heseltine of Church Way in Longdon, Gwyneth Phelps of Beacon Street in Lichfield, Eileen Cope of Lime Grove in Lichfield. Mr Howell of Manor Rise in Lichfield, Mr Morley of Market Street in Lichfield and Mr & Mrs Shipton of Baskeyfield Close in Lichfield. Revised development plans for the Birmingham Road Scheme are likely to be submitted to the Council for planning permission in May, when a further public consultation exhibition will take place. For further details call the Lichfield District Venture Team on 01543 308254.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR ISSUED TO LICHFIELD MERCURY 21.04.06 RE: BELOW LETTER TO THE EDITOR - WHY WAS THIS TREE SO HARSHLY CUT BACK?
I am writing in response to a letter printed in last week‟s Mercury questioning why a Willow tree on Stowe Pool has been recently lopped. Unfortunately, the tree had a history of dropping large branches, and posed a risk to public safety. Rather than remove a mature tree, we decided to cut it back. However, we expect it will look better once its foliage has grown back. Yours sincerely Councillor Neil Roberts

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LICHFIELD MERCURY 19.04.06 – Letters to the editor WHY WAS THIS TREE SO HARSHLY CUT BACK?
“Could someone tell me why this lovely tree (pictured) on Stowe Pool was hacked recently? There are no houses nearby so nobody can say it was cutting out the light from their properties, and it was not dangerous, I never saw any fallen branches in windy weather…so why was it reduced to the pitiful state it is in now?”

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STATEMENT ISSUED TO LICHFIELD MERCURY 21.04.06 O2 TELECOMMUNICATIONS MAST
Councillor Margaret Stanhope, Chairman of Lichfield District Council‟s Planning Committee, said: “The Planning Team received a Telecommunications Prior Notification Application from O2 (UK) Ltd detailing the proposed plans for a 15-metre high telecommunications mast to be installed on land off Lichfield Road, Armitage. A site notice was th st placed in the area on 14 December 2004 and approval was given for the mast on 21 January 2005. “I would like to take this opportunity to explain that the powers all council‟s have over telecom masts are very limited because we are bound by Government policy. As a Council we only have the power to reject a telecommunication mast if its siting and design is inappropriate to the area. In accordance with Government policy and advice, we do not have the authority to reject such a notification on the grounds of health.

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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 19.04.06 ND HAPPY 2 BIRTHDAY TO BIODIVERSITY!
Lichfield District Council launched its Biodiversity Strategy two years ago, and a hive of activity has taken place since then to ensure that Lichfield District‟s biological diversity – which includes plants, insects, birds and mammals – is protected and encouraged. From projects in schools and heathland management, to countryside events and a wildlife survey, the Council‟s Countryside Team has been very busy over the last two years with the many of projects that make up the Biodiversity Strategy. One of the main priorities of the Strategy is to ensure the District Council owned heathland is protected. Because of its rarity, heathland is an extremely important habitat, and so far the team have completed over 90 hectares of heathland management. Work has included scrub clearance, bracken treatment, heather cutting and heather seeding on various sites across the District, including Chasewater Heaths and Gentleshaw Common - both of which are Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Thanks to the Strategy, lots of people have got closer to the great out doors with over 20 Countryside Events having taken place over the past two years. These have included bat walks, guided walks, photography workshops, mammal tracking and a Heathland Harvest. Local schools and colleges have been invited in on the action, with the Countryside Team holding 18 environmental education projects, including a heathland grazing arts project, hedgerow planting and heathland management days. Councillor Neil Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development Services, said: “It is incredible to think the countryside team has got so many projects off the ground in just two years. It is vital that we safeguard the District‟s living environment - from hedgerows, to heathland through to green spaces - and the Biodiversity Strategy is continually helping to guide us in these aims. Well done to the whole team and a big thank you to all of our partners who include the Countryside Agency, Heritage Lottery Fund, English Nature and DEFRA.”

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EXPRESS & STAR 20.04.06 ND ENVIRONMENT STRATEGY HITS 2 BIRTHDAY
Council staff in Lichfield have celebrated their love of the great outdoors as a special initiative reaches its second birthday. Lichfield District Council launched its biodiversity strategy two years ago this month to protect and encourage the area‟s environment. Councillor Neil Roberts quoted in part

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STATEMENT ISSUED TO LICHFIELD MERCURY 18.04.06 CANVASSERS IN LICHFIELD CITY CENTRE
Councillor Charles McEwan, Chairman of the Licensing Committee, commented: “Although Lichfield District Council regulates charities that collect within the city centre, we have no legislative powers to regulate canvassers or market researchers. We understand if the Charities Bill, being discussed by Parliament this year, comes into force, it could give local authorities more powers to tackle the amount of canvassers on the streets, which we would welcome.” /Cont…

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LICHFIELD MERCURY 19.04.06 CLIPBOARDS PROVE AN OBSTACLE TO SHOPPERS
Are shoppers and workers in Lichfield city centre running a gauntlet of clipboard wielding nuisances? The Mercury has received several complaints about fundraisers. Councillor Charles McEwan quoted in full

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STATEMENT ISSUED TO EXPRESS & STAR 12.04.06 CHASETOWN FC TEMPORARY STANDS
Councillor Neil Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development Services, said: “Even though Chasetown Football Club applied for planning permission for the temporary stands after they had already built them, I would like to stress this will have no bearing on the decision to approve or refuse the planning application. “We would strongly urge all developers to wait until they have got planning approval before starting any building work, because if not approved, the developer may be instructed to return the site to its original state, which is both time consuming and costly.”

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EXPRESS & STAR 14.04.06 SCHOLARS MAY HAVE TO TAKE DOWN STAND
Chasetown FC may be forced to take down their temporary grandstand because they have not been given planning permission for it. The club applied for Planning Permission from Lichfield District Council in a letter received on April 3, but the temporary stand, which is intended for 12 months – until work for the new sports village has begun, has been In place for the past two weeks. Councillor Neil Roberts quoted in full

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STATEMENT ISSUED TO TAMWORTH HERALD 10.04.06 GYSPY CARAVAN SITE – MILE OAK
Councillor Neil Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development, commented: "On the 30th March 2006, the Secretary of State upheld Lichfield District Council's decision not to permit the ongoing use of land at Bonehill Road, Mile Oak, as a gypsy caravan site. The Secretary of State ruled that the land, which is classed as agricultural, should be returned to its original state, which includes the removal of any temporary structures and the grubbing up of the hardstanding and re-instatement of the land to a condition fit to support plant growth. The Secretary of State however varied the timescale and ruled that the current occupiers have 18 months to comply with the ruling." For full press release please see 29 March – 11 April 2006 edition of LDC in the News

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TAMWORTH HERALD 13.04.06 TRAVELLERS ARE GIVEN 18 MONTHS TO LEAVE SITE
Travellers illegally camped on land in Mile Oak have been ordered to leave the site – but can take up to 18 months to avoid any stress. Plans to use land off Bonehill Road as a gypsy caravan site were thrown out by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minster despite pleas from it‟s long term occupiers…The application was taken to appeal after it was first refused by Lichfield District Council.

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STATEMENT ISSUED TO LICHFIELD MERCURY 10.04.06 ST MATTHEW’S ROAD ALTERNATIVE SITE FOR DEVELOPMENT
Councillor Neil Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development Services, said: “As part of the creation of the new Local Development Framework, Lichfield District Council is statutorily bound to advertise alternative sites for development, when proposed by developers or landowners. “We recognise residents‟ concerns over this site, however, I would highlight that the land in question is in the Green Belt and its development would be contrary to local, regional and national planning policy. For this reason, Lichfield District Council did not include the site in its own Local Development Framework submission. Nevertheless we were duty bound to both consult on and pass on this proposal to the Government Planning Inspector for consideration. “With regard to consultation we follow strict guidelines, which in this case included advertisements in the local press, the proposals being made available to the public on our website and at our local offices - over a seven-week period. We apologise if some residents did not immediately identify the area of land as described in the consultation documents, however despite this local residents responded and we received over 30 representations. In line with guidance, these have been forwarded directly to the Inspector for his consideration. The Inspector will consider all residents‟ comments during the process and will announce his decision later this year in what is a binding report.” For full press release please see 29 March – 11 April 2006 edition of LDC in the News

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LICHFIELD MERCURY 13.04.06 FAMILIES TO FIGHT FIELD HOUSING PROPOSAL
Burntwood residents opposed to a developer‟s aim of getting a field on their lane allocated for housing, feel the application should be thrown out as it does not cite the correct road as its location. People living in Woodhouses road say that they were „completely unaware‟ that Maple Hayes trust was targeting the field and claim the land was deliberately stated as being on St Matthews Road so as not to attract their attention. Cllr Neil Roberts quoted in full

BURNTWOOD MERCURY 13.04.06 – Front page FAMILIES TO FIGHT FIELD HOUSES PLAN
Burntwood residents opposed to a developer‟s aim of getting a field on their lane allocated for housing say the application should be thrown out, as it does not cite the correct location. Cllr Neil Roberts quoted in full
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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 03.04.06 PRIMARY SCHOOL LOCAL DEMOCRACY DEBATE
Thirty 10 – 11 year-old pupils from Little Aston Primary School enjoyed a rousing debate at a mock Council meeting at Lichfield District Council on Monday 27 March. The year 6 pupils discussed a range of topics, including putting forward cases for and against lowering the voting age to 11 and doing away with homework and school uniforms! Councillor Joseph Powell, who organised the event, commented: “It was great to see so many young people rise to the challenge and take part in a debate about issues that matter to them, and they have really impressed me with their debating skills.” For full press release please see 29 March – 11 April 2006 edition of LDC in the News

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LICHFIELD MERCURY 19.04.06 PUPILS KEEP ORDER IN BIG DEBATE
A class of young politicians became councillors for the day as part of a mock debate staged by Lichfield District Council.

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LICHFIELD VENTURE TEAM VISIT ST MICHAEL’S PRIMARY SCHOOL Interview and Photo shoot organised by Communications Team

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LICHFIELD MERCURY 19.04.06 THE LITTLE PLANNERS WITH BIG IDEAS FOR A PRIME CITY SITE
City planners have been told to scrap their designs for the £80 million Birmingham Road redevelopment in Lichfield city centre – because they forgot to include an edible ice rink…Just a group of imaginative year three pupils at St Michaels Primary School, who were asked to Brainstorm over the Birmingham Road super-project during a visit by a Lichfield District Council development team.

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STATEMENT ISSUED TO EXPRESS & STAR 29.03.06 OVER 500 ATTEND BURNTWOOD BAZAAR - THE COMMUNITY EVENT & BURNTWOOD TOWN CENTRE CONSULTATION
Councillor Val Richards, Cabinet Member for Community, Housing and Health, said: “Our first Burntwood Bazaar has been a real success with over 500 people coming to tell us what they want for the future of Burntwood, and also to find out about local services and activities going on in the area. Lots of people had a go at the activities on offer, including exercise classes, body art and embroidery.” “We had a great turnout to the West Burntwood Area Action Plan Consultation, with hundreds of residents and visitors coming to take a look at the proposals for the development of a new town centre in West Burntwood. Lots of people took the opportunity to discuss the plans with District Council Planners and to give us their views. These views are so important because we want to create a town centre that is vibrant and will meet the needs of the local community. For full press release please see 29 March – 11 April 2006 edition of LDC in the News

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LICHFIELD MERCURY 13.04.06 TOWN’S DEVELOPMENT BAZAAR DREW THE CROWDS
A recent community event aimed at consulting Burntwood residents on the future of the town has been hailed as a success by organisers. Lichfield District Council and the Burntwood Area Forum were behind the Burntwood Bazaar, which saw 500 locals go along to St John‟s Church, Chase Terrace. Cllr Neil Roberts quoted in part

LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 13.04.06 SHAPING THE FUTURE OF THE TOWN
More than 500 people attended an open day on the future of Burntwood Town Centre. The day organised by Lichfield District Council and Burntwood Area Forum has been hailed a success. Cllr Neil Roberts and Cllr Val Richards quoted in part
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EXPRESS & STAR 24.04.06- Front page WHARF PLAN UNDER FIRE
A city watchdog and councillors have slammed revised plans for a “barrack like” £28 million housing and office complex in Lichfield. Lichfield Civic society claimed new plans for the City Wharf site were reminiscent of institutional buildings from the 1960s and would not attract buyers…Lichfield city council recommended the scheme be refused when it comes before Lichfield District Council next month.

EXPRESS & STAR 20.04.06 FIGHT OVER PLANS FOR GREEN BELT £2M PUB
A decision on whether a brewery will be allowed to build a pub on green belt land outside Lichfield is expected in about seven weeks after the completion of a hearing in to an appeal against the district council‟s refusal of permission for the £2 million development.

BURNTWOOD POST 19.04.06 – Front page GYM PLANS SPARK NIGHTSPOT FEARS
Rumours are rife that a Chasetown gym, next door to a home for pensioners, is to be turned in to a nightspot. And incensed local folk are making their feelings known – hoping to scupper the club‟s plans even before an official application is lodged…Lichfield District Council claim no formal application has yet been received.

BURNTWOOD POST 19.04.06 WELCOME FOR CENTRE PLAN
Burntwood councillors have given their blessings for a multi-purpose church/community centre. At their town council meeting last week, they agreed proposals for an „Eden centre‟ at Chase Terrace would be a good idea…At last Thursday‟s town council meeting, members urged Pastor Lewis to contact Lichfield District Council as soon as possible with his plans to ensure they are incorporated in to the area‟s local plan.

LICHFIELD MERCURY 19.04.06 – Front page MORE BACKLAND HOMES ON THE WAY
Picturesque areas of Lichfield are once again under threat from the advance of infill property development, it has been claimed. Lichfield District Council planning officers this week recommended approval for dwellings in Borrowcop Lane and Gaiafields Road…From 2000-06, 249 appeals were brought against decisions made by Lichfield District Council‟s planning committee, of which 95 were upheld, 146 were dismissed and eight were split, at a total cost of £54,000.

LICHFIELD MERCURY 19.04.06 PLANS SET FOR THE GO A-HEAD
Lichfield District Council planning officers have signalled their approval to the construction of eight industrial units in prospect road, Chasetown. /Cont…

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LICHFIELD MERCURY 19.04.06 CITY WHARF REPORT
District councillors are being invited to highlight any existing planning concerns that they may have over the city wharf development prior to the application being reconsidered…An issues paper will be presented to the planning committee next Monday, April 25.

LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 19.04.06 DEVELOPERS HOPE TO HAVE OVERCOME ‘SIXTIES RETRO’ SLUR
Developers are hopeful revised plans for a £28 million housing and office complex will allay councillors‟ fears. Members of Lichfield District Council‟s planning committee labelled the original plans for city wharf as an “appalling sixties retro design” and refused planning permission earlier this year.

EXPRESS & STAR 19.04.06 HOMES TO GET GREEN LIGHT
A group of apartments are set to be built in Lichfield despite objections from residents and councillors. Developers want to demolish a bungalow on Friary Road and replace it with five, two-bedroom homes. A footpath and cycleway linking the Darwin park housing estate would also be built. Lichfield District Council‟s planning committee is set to approve the scheme by Johnson Brown Developments Ltd, when it meets on Monday.

EXPRESS & STAR 17.04.06 NEW PLAN FOR £28M CITY WHARF COMPLEX
Developers have gone back to the drawing board and emerged with new plans for a £28 million housing and office development for Lichfield. The move comes after planners blasted its original “appalling sixties retro design”…Redrow have responded by reducing the number of homes from 136 to 132, increasing the open space.

EXPRESS & STAR 15.04.06 RESIDENT’S FIELDS FURY
Moves to allow houses and offices to be built on two fields opposite an ever-expanding Lichfield housing development have been given the thumbs down by residents. People living on Darwin park, off Walsall Road, are upset that their homes may not be surrounded by open space, as expected when they bought them.

LICHFIELD MERCURY 13.04.06 DEVELOPER TRIES AGAIN FOR CITY WHARF HOMES
The appointed developer behind Lichfield‟s City Wharf project has submitted a revised application in an effort to get the green light from councillors…The developer submitted an appeal last month to the Planning Inspectorate in London and a revised application to Lichfield District Council last week.

LICHFIELD MERCURY 13.04.06 – Letters to the editor QUESTIONS UNANSWERED ON OPEN SPACE SURVEY
“…A lack of transparency led me to ask Cllr Roberts in my third and unanswered question in my letter to the mercury, which was whether there was a hidden agenda to LDC‟s need to carry out a further open space, recreation and sport assessment…So is there a hidden agenda to allow SCC to help fill the black hole in its finances by over £1m at a cost to the sporting population of Burntwood? I know and understand the need for housing in the area, but not at the loss of perhaps one of the best pitches in the district.”

LICHFIELD MERCURY 13.04.06 MARKET SQUARE AT HEART OF REVAMP
Lichfield City Council has pledged £20,000 to spruce up the market square…The district council has termed it an „ambitious programme aimed at making a considerable impact on the overall well being of the district.

BURNTWOOD POST 13.04.06 ‘TOTAL SUPPORT’ FOR CENTRE PLANS
Burntwood is being seen as a special case when it comes to plans for a new shopping centre, local councillors have been assured. They argued the case for the town at a recent special meeting with district council chiefs. And they were told at the meeting that Lichfield District Council is „totally supportive‟ of a new shopping facility. /Cont…

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LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 13.04.06 EXTRA CASH PAVES THE WAY FOR A CITY CENTRE FACELIFT
The centre of Lichfield is to benefit from extra cash for an ambitious paving scheme…The money will be given to Lichfield District Council, which is funding the majority of the £1 million facelift for city centre streets.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL 13.04.06 CHIPPY APPEAL
The owner of a fish bar has appealed against a council‟s decision not to allow it to extend its opening hours. Lichfield District Council refused permission for Streetly Fish Bar…Sutton Coldfield to open from 11.30am to 2pm and 4.30 pm 10pm Mondays to Saturdays.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL 13.04.06 CHASETOWN
A bungalow is to be built despite objections from neighbours after an appeal was upheld. Permission for the property on land adjacent to Oakdene Road, and Cedar Road in Chasetown Burntwood, was refused by Lichfield District Council. But the decision has now been overturned by the Secretary of State.

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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 23.03.06 WE ARE PROUD TO BE A BEACON COUNCIL
At an awards ceremony in London this week, Lichfield District Council received two prestigious Beacon Awards which recognise good practice and innovation within local authorities. The Council was congratulated on its achievements in the field of „Waste & recycling‟, and for „Transforming the delivery of services through partnerships‟, as part of the Staffordshire Connects Partnership. The Staffordshire Connects Partnership, which includes Stoke-on-Trent, Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Lichfield District, Newcastle under Lyme, South Staffordshire, Stafford, Staffordshire County, Staffordshire Moorlands and Tamworth Borough councils, was recognised for its commitment to a shared vision for joined up services that will offer customers a high quality experience irrespective of location, under the Transforming the delivery of services through partnerships category. For full release please see 15 – 28 edition of LDC in the News

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BIRMINGHAM MAIL 19.04.06 BEACON AWARD LIGHTS UP COUNCIL
A pioneering partnership of councils is to get a slice of a £3 million windfall after lifting its second national award in six months. Staffordshire connects will now show off its expertise to other rival organisations after gaining Beacon Status.

LICHFIELD POST 13.04.06 COUNCILS ARE SHINING BEACONS OF EXCELLENCE
Dedicated to improving public services, Staffordshire Connects…now all 10 local authorities have been awarded Beacon Status by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in the category of Transforming the Delivery of Services Through Partnerships. Cllr Matthew Ellis quoted in part
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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 24.03.06 AN AWARD WINNING SERVICE
Lichfield District Council‟s Community Training Centre achieve award for offering a „quality service‟ Following an assessment by an independent body, Lichfield District Council‟s Community Training Centre has been awarded ISO 9000 Certification. This prestigious award for quality is supported by the Government and recognised worldwide. The award recognises Lichfield District Council‟s commitment to an exceptional quality of service. With only around 3% of UK business holding this Certificate, Lichfield District Council are now at the forefront of quality service and customer care. For full press release see 15- 28 March edition of LDC in the News

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LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 13.04.06 QUALITY TRAINING AWARD
A training centre run by Lichfield District Council has been rewarded for the quality of its service. Lichfield District Council‟s Community Training centre, Venture House, gained an ISO 9000 Certificate.

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THE MJ 06.04.06 JOINT SAVINGS WILL BUILD A BRIDGE TO EFFICIENCY
…The third is to determine which business functions can be shared. Lichfield and Staffordshire Moorlands District Councils, for example, came together to form a collaborative strategy. The councils came to this decision following the best value reviews of IT services and a desire from both to focus on providing a high level of service to citizens. And the strategy has paid dividends, allowing authorities to achieve savings in excess of £700,000.

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Community, Housing & Health
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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 24.04.06 COMMUNITY GARDEN OPEN DAY
Are you a keen gardener? Are you interested in lending a helping hand to a community garden scheme? If yes, muck in with North Lichfield Initiative! North Lichfield Initiative, in partnership with Lichfield City Council, is hosting an open day to celebrate all the hard work North Lichfield residents have put into creating and maintaining a community garden - in front of Curborough Community Centre. Jennie Crosby, Community Worker, said: “The community garden is bursting with colour, so this is the perfect time of year to come and take a look at how much this piece of open space has changed thanks to all the hard work of so many community members. It‟s also a good opportunity to find out how you too can get involved in the community garden scheme. Projects like this are important because gardens and attractive green spaces can really improve the look and feel of an area, helping to create community pride.” As well as the official launch of the garden, the open day will also feature stalls, such as Name the Gnome, and th games, such as wellie wanging! So come along to Curborough Community Centre on Friday the 5 May and enjoy a fun garden party. All proceeds will go towards sponsoring a child in Ethiopia and supporting a young person‟s overseas trip to Ethiopia. The Community Garden was funded by North Lichfield Initiative, Lichfield District Council, Staffordshire County Council and Homezone. To find out more about the North Lichfield Initiative Community Garden Scheme, please call Jennie Crosby on 01543 308230.

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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 11.04.06 COMPANY FINED FOR BONFIRE
An antiques company has been fined £4000 for the „inappropriate disposal of waste‟. Lichfield District Council successfully prosecuted Blackbrook Antiques Village Ltd at Burton Magistrates Court on 10 April 2006. Blackbrook Antiques pleaded guilty to „inappropriate disposal of waste by burning‟, following an investigation, by Lichfield District Council‟s Environmental Health Team, into a bonfire at their London Street property in Weeford last September. Blackbrook Antiques were found guilty, and will now have to pay a £4,000 fine and court costs of £390. Councillor Val Richards, Cabinet Member for Community, Housing and Health, said: “Lichfield District Council is delighted with this result as it is yet another example of our resolve to tackle businesses within the district who do not follow the rules. We hope this case will convince companies that disposing of their waste through the proper channels is the only way to do it.” For full press release please see 29 March – 11 April 2006 edition of LDC in the News

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BIRMINGHAM MAIL 18.04.06 FIRM TO PAY A BIG FINE FOR ILLEGAL BONFIRE
An antiques firm has been hit hard in the pocket after it was caught illegally burning its rubbish in a bonfire. Lichfield District Council successfully prosecuted Blackbrook antiques Village Ltd at Burton Magistrates Court on April 10. Councillor Val Richards quoted in part

LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 13.04.06 ANTIQUES VILLAGE IS FINED OVER BONFIRE
An antiques village near Lichfield has been fined £4,000 for allowing black smoke to billow over the A38. Blackbrook antiques village at Weeford pleaded guilty…Lichfield District Council took action against the antiques village because of its commitment to the fight against environmental damage.

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STATEMENT ISSUED TO EXPRESS & STAR 29.03.06 OVER 500 ATTEND BURNTWOOD BAZAAR - THE COMMUNITY EVENT & BURNTWOOD TOWN CENTRE CONSULTATION
Councillor Val Richards, Cabinet Member for Community, Housing and Health, said: “Our first Burntwood Bazaar has been a real success with over 500 people coming to tell us what they want for the future of Burntwood, and also to find out about local services and activities going on in the area. Lots of people had a go at the activities on offer, including exercise classes, body art and embroidery.” “We had a great turnout to the West Burntwood Area Action Plan Consultation, with hundreds of residents and visitors coming to take a look at the proposals for the development of a new town centre in West Burntwood. Lots of people took the opportunity to discuss the plans with District Council Planners and to give us their views. These views are so important because we want to create a town centre that is vibrant and will meet the needs of the local community. For full press release please see 29 March – 11 April 2006 edition of LDC in the News

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LICHFIELD MERCURY 13.04.06 TOWN’S DEVELOPMENT BAZAAR DREW THE CROWDS
A recent community event aimed at consulting Burntwood residents on the future of the town has been hailed as a success by organisers. Lichfield District Council and the Burntwood Area Forum were behind the Burntwood Bazaar, which saw 500 locals go along to St John‟s Church, Chase Terrace. Cllr Neil Roberts quoted in part

LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 13.04.06 SHAPING THE FUTURE OF THE TOWN
More than 500 people attended an open day on the future of Burntwood Town Centre. The day organised by Lichfield District Council and Burntwood Area Forum has been hailed a success. Cllr Neil Roberts and Cllr Val Richards quoted in part
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TAMWORTH HERALD 20.04.06 HOSTEL PLAN
Plans are being discussed to build a youth hostel to provide help and support to homeless young people in Tamworth. While these plans are in the very early stages, if it comes to fruition, it would be a joint project between Tamworth and Lichfield councils.

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LICHFIELD MERCURY 13.04.06 SUPPORT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AT THE FOYER
A Lichfield housing scheme for disadvantaged young people has been given new facilities and a new name. Bluebells House on Rotten Row has a new resource room with seven computers donated by HomeZone and is now known as Lichfield Foyer…Cllr Val Richards, Community, Housing and Health portfolio holder launched the project on Friday last week.

LICHFIELD POST 13.04.06 HOSTEL BOOST FOR CITY HOMELESS
Plans to provide a multi-purpose hostel in Lichfield could set the ball rolling in sorting out the city‟s youth homelessness and help young people get back on their feet. Lichfield District Council says it is a priority to tackle the problem partly because the use of bed and breakfast accommodation is on the rise…The district council has given the thumbs-up, in principle, to establish a young persons living hostel.

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Operational Services
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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 05.04.06 PLEASE HELP US KEEP THE DISTRICT CLEAN & TIDY
This week Lichfield District Council is urging road users to keep their eyes peeled and look out for anyone dropping litter on the A38, especially the London Road south bound towards Bassets Pole - as this area is becoming a hot spot for litter. Councillor Alan White, Cabinet Member for Operational Services, said: “We strive to keep Lichfield District free of litter so that it is a pleasant place to live, work and visit. However, this job is made very difficult if people continue to drop litter. Street cleansers have targeted the London Road section of the A38 three times since last October and have noticed a considerable increase in the amount of litter in this area. To help us keep the District clean and tidy, if you notice anyone dropping litter, please contact Lichfield District Council on 01543 308999.” For full press release please see 29 March – 11 April 2006 edition of LDC in the News

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LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 13.04.06 PLEA OVER ROAD LITTER
Eagle-eyed motorists have been asked to get on the lookout for drivers dropping litter. Lichfield District Council is urging road users to keep their eyes peeled and look out for anyone dropping litter on the A38. Councillor Alan White quoted in full

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STATEMENT ISSUED TO EXPRESS & STAR 31.03.06 CHASETOWN CAR PARK STATEMENT
Councillor Alan White, Cabinet Member for Operational Services at Lichfield District Council, commented: "The car park is currently owned by Staffordshire County Council and was created as part of the development of the Bypass. Discussions are ongoing between ourselves and Staffordshire County Council about how to prevent environmental crime in the car park and we would appeal to anyone who has any information about fly-tipping in the area to call 01543 308999.” For full press release please see 29 March – 11 April 2006 edition of LDC in the News

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BIRMINGHAM MAIL 24.04.06 CAR PARK MESS FALLS BETWEEN TWO STOOLS
Two councils have been accused of passing the buck on cleaning up a Chasetown car park. The car park, in Church street was laid about a year ago by Staffordshire County Council and replaced one owned by Lichfield District Council. But according to Burntwood Town Council Leader Paul Atkins, it has become the “car park that nobody wants”. Councillor Alan White quoted in part

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LICHFIELD MERCURY 19.04.06 COUNCIL RECYCLING LORRY IS STOLEN
Part of a stolen refuse truck owned by Lichfield District Council has been recovered by police at a travellers‟ camp in Leicestershire. The 7.5 tonne Mitsubishi skip loader, worth £7,500 was taken from the council depot on Vulcan road on Saturday April 8.

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Finance, Revenues & Benefits
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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 20.04.06 TWO SUCCESSES IN COURT
Lichfield District Council proves they take a hard line against benefit fraud with the successful prosecution of two local fraudsters On 16 March 2006 Barbara Wheeler of Leyfields, Lichfield, pleaded guilty to three charges of „dishonestly making a false Housing and Council Tax Benefit claim‟. The magistrate heard how Mrs Wheeler had fraudulently obtained over £19,000. Mrs Wheeler had failed to declare that her husband had been living with her since June 2000, and this extra income meant that she not entitled to the Housing and Council Tax Benefit she had claimed. Mrs Wheeler was found guilty and sentenced to a 156-day Community Rehabilitation Order and is repaying the overpaid benefit to Lichfield District Council through a court compensation order. The second successful prosecution took place at Tamworth Magistrates Court on 29 March 2006. Karen Smith of Gilbert Road, Lichfield, had received nearly £10,000 Housing and Council Tax Benefit that she was not entitled to because she had been living with her partner since September 2000. Karen Smith (nee Duke) pleaded guilty to four charges of „dishonestly making a false representation for the purpose of obtaining benefit‟, and „failing to give prompt notification of a change of circumstances affecting entitlement to benefit‟. She was sentenced to 250 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay £550 costs, and to repay the overpaid amount. Councillor Colin Greatorex, Cabinet Member for Finance, Revenues and Benefits, said: “Lichfield District Council is very pleased with these successful prosecutions, as they show our continued determination to stamp out benefit fraud. To help prevent this from happening to you, it is important that you inform us as soon as your wages increase, you start a new job or if your household circumstances change. If you are in any doubt about your entitlements, please call our benefits team, who are more than happy to talk you through the finer details, on 01543 308900.”
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EXPRESS & STAR 22.04.06 BENEFIT CHEAT IS CAUGHT
A woman is having to repay almost £10,000 in benefits after being caught out for fraud. Karen Smith, of Gilbert Road, appeared at Tamworth Magistrates Court after receiving nearly £10,000 Housing and Council tax benefit she as not entitled to. Councillor Colin Greatorex quoted in part

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LICHFIELD MERCURY 19.04.06 – Letters to the editor PAYING FOR YOUR OWN HOBBIES
“The issue is not so much whether Lichfield needs a theatre as who should pay for it…I would also make the point that why should such activities be funded by taxpayers at all? As far as I am concerned, my hobbies are not subsidised by anybody. Those of us who want to participate or watch bear the full cost themselves and surely that‟s how it should be.”

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LICHFIELD MERCURY 19.04.06 – Letters to the editor
“A letter in the Mercury from Roger Walker poses the question „how would you they prefer to spend the city‟s money?‟ Well I am so sorry to burst his bubble but the city does not have a money tree at the bottom of the garden. The only cash it has has been extracted from the taxpayer backed up by threats of imprisonment if we do not give the council what it demands.”

LICHFIELD MERCURY 19.04.06 – Letters to the editor NOT ALL CAR PARK STAFF ARE JOBSWORTHS
“A few weeks ago I parked in Lichfield‟s Bird Street car park and paid £1.40 for two hours. When I returned with 10 minutes to spare, I was astonished to find a £50 fixed penalty notice. Upon inspection I noticed that only £1.30 had been printed and concluded the last 10p had failed to drop, with the machine defaulting to one hour. I enclosed a cheque and explanatory letter to Lichfield District Council with little hope of leniency. To my astonishment, the cheque was returned with an admonition to be more careful in future. I would like to express my sincere thanks to Mrs Broadhurst and Mr Keatley of the council‟s finance department for their courteous and considerate response.”

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