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14 November

11 - 24 October 2006

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This Week’s Top Stories
Hit the Sports Field this Half Term Burntwood Mercury Big Step for Paving Plan Express & Star Spooky Street Party Lichfield Mercury War Declared on Fly Tippers Birmingham Mail Revenues Team Cash in with Award Express & Star

Overall Activity Summary
Total number of proactive releases/statements: 15 Total number of reactive press releases/statements: 5
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RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 23.10.06 THE POPPY APPEAL MESSAGE
The British Legion will launch the 2006 Poppy Appeal in Lichfield District on Saturday 28 October. The Royal British Legion is the UK's leading charity, safeguarding the welfare, interests and memory of those who have served, or are serving, in our armed services The annual Poppy Appeal provides the main source of funds to maintain the Legion's many welfare and benefit schemes which help over 300,000 serving and ex-service men and women and their dependants each year. I urge all people of Lichfield District to remember the debt owed to our servicemen and servicewomen, past and present, and to give generously to this year's Poppy Appeal, as they have always done since the appeal was first launched many years ago. Your Sincerely Councillor Dr Bill Hassell

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EXPRESS & STAR 21.10.06 RESIDENTS URGED TO BACK POPPY APPEAL
The chairman of Lichfield District Council is urging people to support this year‟s poppy appeal, which will be launched in the city next week. Councillor Dr Bill Hassell, will be among the guests at the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Launch 2006, which takes place next Saturday.

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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 24.10.06 CHRISTMAS IN LICHFIELD 2006
Lichfield District Council‟s Tourism Team brought Christmas to Lichfield‟s Three Spires Shopping Centre early to unveil their new Christmas brochure, „A Traditional Christmas‟ - the must have guide to all the festive events happening across the district in the run up to Christmas. Featuring the dates and details of festive favourites such as Lichfield‟s Christmas Fayre, the Christmas Lights Switch On, Carol Concerts at the Cathedral and the Lichfield Garrick‟s Christmas Pantomime, this attractive, easy to use brochure is the key to a fantastic Christmas for all the family. Diane Broach, Visitor Services Manager, said: “This fantastic free guide is packed full of useful information. We‟ve even managed to find out where Father Christmas will be appearing throughout the district. So, if you want to make the most of the festive season, make sure you pick up a copy of „A Traditional Christmas‟.” The free brochure, „A Traditional Christmas‟, is now available from the Tourist Information Centre at the Lichfield Garrick. Pop in to pick up your free copy, or call 01543 412112 to have a copy sent to you.

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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 24.10.06 BEACON PARK’S FIELD OF HOPE

A group from Lichfield District Council and Marie Curie Cancer Care got digging for charity on Tuesday 24 October when they planted the first of twelve thousand daffodils in Beacon Park, part of Marie Curie‟s Field of Hope campaign to plant one million daffodils throughout the UK this autumn.

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Lichfield District Council Parks Manager, Kevin Yates, Councillor Doris English, Marie Curie Nurse, Sue Walker and Fields of Hope Co-ordinator Lynne Wood met in Beacon Park to start planting the first Field of Hope in Staffordshire. Lichfield District Council has joined in with Marie Curie Cancer‟s national campaign, which encourages local people to sponsor a daffodil in memory of a loved one. The money raised goes to help fund local Marie Curie Nurses, who provide high quality nursing, totally free, to terminally ill people. Marie Curie was one of Councillor Doris English‟s chosen charities during her year as Chairman of Lichfield District Council. Cllr English said: “We‟re delighted to be planting a Field of Hope in Beacon Park. As the flowers bloom each spring they‟ll provide a lasting reminder for friends and loved ones, at the same time helping to support Marie Curie Nurses continue their good work.” Lynn Wood, from Marie Curie Cancer Care said: “We hope loads of people will want to join in and sponsor a daffodil in Beacon Park. We want to thank Lichfield District Council for their help and donation of bulbs and we hope they‟ll be rewarded with a beautiful sight for visitors to the park when all of the daffodils flower in the spring.” Marie Curie Cancer Care are hoping to host some planting events in Beacon Park, for more information, and to sponsor one of the daffodils please call Lynn Wood at Marie Curie Cancer Care on 0121 254 7848, or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/fieldsofhope.
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PRESS RELEASE TO ACCOMPANY PHOTO ISSUED TO EXPRESS & STAR 24.10.06 PLAYSCHEME AND FOOTBALL FUN WEEK AT BURNTWOOD LEISURE CENTRE
Like true professionals, the nineteen youngsters taking part in a Football Fun Week at Burntwood Leisure Centre this October half term are braving the cold in an effort to hone their football skills. The youngsters, aged between five and fifteen, are spending the week on the outdoor third generation synthetic pitch, being coached on all the essential soccer skills, such as dribbling, heading, shooting and goalkeeping as part of Lichfield District Council‟s half term activities. Nigel Camacho, Sports Development Officer, said: “The boys and girls are having a great time this week, and are really showing some real potential. They‟ll get the chance to put their new skills to the test each day in fun games and competitions.”

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EXPRESS & STAR 24.10.06 YOUNGSTERS HALF TERM CRAFTS
Youngsters are not getting bored during the half term break thanks to a host of activities at Burntwood Leisure Centre. Children aged 5 to 11 have been enjoying arts and crafts workshops at the High Street centre in Chasetown…Others have been improving their soccer skills.

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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 20.10.06 BURNTWOOD’S FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR
Come and celebrate bonfire night with a difference at Burntwood Leisure Centre‟s Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday 4th November Pull on your jumpers, hats and coats and wrap up warm, November‟s here, which means it‟s time for bonfires, fireworks and toffee apples. For a Bonfire night with a difference, join the crowds and head down to the Firework‟s Spectacular at Burntwood Leisure Centre. As well as an enormous bonfire complete with a Guy Fawkes, there‟ll be fun for all the family with a fun fair, an amazing fireworks display to music and a breathtaking performance from Dare Devils 'What a Palaver'. The stunt duo pair will be performing their dramatic fire breathing and fire juggling act for the crowds to watch and enjoy.As well as an enormous bonfire complete with a Guy Fawkes, there‟ll be fun for all the family with a fun fair, an amazing fireworks display to music and a breathtaking performance from Dare Devils 'What a Palaver'. The stunt duo pair will be performing their dramatic fire breathing and fire juggling act for the crowds to watch and enjoy. Paul Watson, Manager of Burntwood Leisure Centre, said: “Bonfire Night at Burntwood Leisure Centre is going to be „Spectacular‟ this year. We‟ve got something for all the family to enjoy on this exciting evening, so wrap up warm and come along from 6pm.” The Fireworks Spectacular is taking place at Burntwood Leisure Centre, High Street, Chasetown on Saturday 4 November. Gates open from 6pm and the bonfire will be lit at 7pm. Tickets can be bought on the night costing £13 for a car, £4.50 for an adult, Concession £2.50, Family £10. For more information please call Burntwood Leisure Centre team on 01543 308810
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EXPRESS & STAR 21.10.06 BONFIRE DISPLAY FUN FOR FAMILIES
Families across Burntwood are being invited to make their bonfire night celebrations go with a bang at a spectacular display planned for the town. Burntwood Leisure Centre‟s Firework‟s Spectacular will be staged on th Saturday November 4 .

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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 19.10.06 MOBILE LEISURE: MINI MAMBOS
Ten children had a fantastic time on Thursday morning, as they danced and played games at a Mini Mambo‟s session at King Edward VI Leisure Centre, and they want some more friends to join in the fun at classes throughout the district! Lichfield District Council‟s Mobile Leisure team have now launched a new Mini Mambos session on Wednesdays st at 1.30pm, at St Chad‟s Village Hall, Hopwas, and are celebrating with a FREE launch session on 1 November. Wendy Sweatman, Mobile Leisure Manager, said: “The children have a wonderful time at Mini Mambos. The sessions are a great chance for them to socialise with other little ones while playing fun active games, so bring your under 5‟s along to one of the Mini Mambos we run throughout Lichfield District, and join in the fun!” Mini Mambos take place at Mile Oak, St Barnabas Church Hall, Tuesday 12.30pm – 1.30pm, Armitage and Handsacre Village Hall, Wednesday 10 -11am, St Chad‟s Village Hall, King Edwards Leisure Centre on Thursdays 10 -11am, Whittington Village Hall, Friday 1.30pm – 2.30pm and Fradley Village Hall every Friday 1pm -2pm, throughout term time. For information about Mini Mambos, or any Mobile Leisure event, such as fitness classes, Mighty Mambos or parties, please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/mobileleisure or contact the team on 01543 308766.

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EXPRESS & STAR 23.10.06 CHILDREN INVITED TO FUN CLASS
Youngsters in a village near Lichfield are being invited to dance the afternoon away and play games at a fun session. A Mini Mambos class is about to be launched in Hopwas by Lichfield District Council‟s Mobile Leisure team. And to get the ball rolling, a free launch session will be held on November 1.

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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 16.10.06 PILATES AT FRIARY GRANGE LEISURE CENTRE
New Pilates class at Evolve Fitness at Friary Grange Leisure Evolve Fitness at Friary Grange Leisure Centre has launched a Pilates class at 8pm every Thursday evening for anyone who wants to discover this popular way to stay in shape. Lindsey Hawk, Evolve Fitness Manager, said: “This brand new Thursday night Pilates class is fantastic for anyone who wants to work on their general fitness and improve their body awareness. If you‟ve never tried Pilates before, or if you have and want to improve your technique, then come along.” Pilates is a floor-based technique, which uses the body‟s own weight as resistance in a series of stretching and conditioning exercises. Positive benefits particularly associated with Pilates include improved flexibility, strength, endurance, and coordination. Pilates also increases circulation and shapes the body, and is a great form of exercise for pregnant women, and the elderly. These fantastic new classes take place every Thursday evening from 8pm till 9pm at Evolve Fitness at Friary Grange Leisure Centre. The classes are pay as you go, and cost £3.50 (member) or £4.30 (non member). For more information, or to book your place, call Friary Grange Leisure Centre on 01543 308842.

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EXPRESS & STAR 19.10.06 PILATES CLASS OFFERED
People who want to get in shape can join a new Pilates class. Evolve Fitness at Friary Grange Leisure Centre run the class from 8pm on Thursdays.

LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 19.10.06 GET FIT WITH PILATES CLASS
Lichfield residents hoping to get fit and flexible are urged to try new Pilates classes. The classes have been launched by Evolve Fitness at Friary Grange Leisure centre and run at 8pm every Thursday.
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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 13.10.06 GRUESOME AND GHOSTLY CITY TOURS
As the nights draw in, why not come along to one of Visit Lichfield‟s Gruesome and Ghostly city tours taking place during November, December and January. Evening tours that promise to cast a spooky new light on Lichfield. Due to popular demand, Lichfield District Council‟s Tourism Team are bringing back their famous Gruesome and Ghostly city tours this winter. These walking tours of Lichfield city centre are led by a Green Badge Guide, who will astound you with ghostly stories that are sure to chill the blood as you make your way around Lichfield‟s well known attractions. Tales covered include the mystery of the darkened Erasmus Darwin house, the history of the market square burnings, the ghosts in Dam Street, and many more stories of ghostly goings on in Lichfield. You‟ll able to take off the chills and warm up at the end of the tour when you visit a local public house for a glass of mulled wine and a sausage roll. Tours are taking place throughout November (8 , 28 and 30 ), December (7 ) and January (16 , 17 , 23 , 24 th th and 30 ) with the next one on happening on the 8 November.
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Tickets are priced at £5.60, which includes a glass of mulled wine and a sausage/vegetarian roll. Please buy your ticket in advance at the Tourist Information Centre, in the Lichfield Garrick, or by calling 01543 412121. To arrange a special group tour (of up to 20 people), please call: 01543 308216.
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LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 19.10.06 GRUESOME, GHOSTLY TOURS OF CITY
Spooky tours of Lichfield are back by popular demand and residents are urged to book their places soon to avoid disappointment…The spooky evening walks will be led by a Green Badge Guide from Lichfield District Council‟s Tourism Team.

EXPRESS & STAR 16.10.06 CITY’S DATES WITH GHOSTS
Tours of Lichfield which cast a spooky new light on the city are relaunched next month…Lichfield District Council‟s tourism team said it has brought back the evening events following demand.

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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 09.10.06 HALF TERM SPORTY ACTIVITIES @ BURNTWOOD AND FRIARY GRANGE LEISURE CENTRES
With the half term holiday on the horizon, the sporty coaching courses on offer at Friary Grange and Burntwood rd th Leisure Centres from 23 to 27 October are booking up fast. For full press release see – 27 September to 10 October 2006

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BURNTWOOD MERCURY 19.10.06 – Front page HIT THE SPORTS FIELD THIS HALF TERM
With the half term holiday on the horizon, the sporty coaching courses on offer at Friary Grange Leisure Centre from October 23 to 27 are booking up fast.

LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 19.10.06 HOST OF SPORTY HALF TERM ACTIVTIES FOR THE YOUNGSTERS
A host of sporty activities have been organised to keep youngsters off the streets during the school holidays. Half term coaching course are on offer at Friary Grange Leisure Centre.

BURNTWOOD POST 12.10.06 SPORTS COACHING COURSES AT CENTRE
With the half term holiday on the horizon, the sports coaching courses on offer at Burntwood Leisure centre from October 23 to 27 are booking up fast.

EXPRESS & STAR 12.10.06 FUN ON OFFER TO TACKLE THE HOLIDAY BLUES
Youngsters across Lichfield and Burntwood will not have the chance to get bored this half term holiday thanks to a packed programme of activities at Friary Grange Leisure centre in Lichfield and Burntwood Leisure Centres.
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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL ARTS PRESS 19.10.06 TWO MAGICAL PLAYS FOR CHILDREN THIS HALF TERM
The perfect way to keep the children entertained this half term The Railway Children kicks off the autumn half term. It‟s an enchanting tale following the fortunes and adventures of Roberta, Peter and Phyllis after they move from London to a house near a railway line in the country. Roberta reads an old newspaper and discovers where their father really is and all the children take part in the adventure of a lifetime. With heart-stopping action, The Storytellers retell the past as if it were today. Using song, gripping and dramatic action you too will be transported back to the golden age of steam. The second offering is the fantastic new musical Martha The Cat‟s Lucky Escape. Martha the cat lives in a cardboard box in a back alley and this brand new production follows her fascinating adventures with her friends. There‟s Mrs Snodross at number 21, a pillar of the local community, Mr Antonio, the pizza shop owner, Dennis the Council Sanitation officer and Mrs Jones the Florist. Together, Martha the Magical cat, Scruffy the dog, and the local residents share many adventures. Find out what happens when the vandals hit town, who the mysterious Thomas is, and how Martha changes the course of events.

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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL ARTS PRESS 09.10.06 BIG DRAW GETS SHOPPERS DRAWING
Over 150 people got drawing at the first arty event in Lichfield‟s BIG Draw programme Big Draw got off to a great start in Lichfield with lots of people taking local artists Jim Sutton and Pat Brennan up th on the offer to have their portraits taken on Saturday 7 October. In all, 24 people posed for their portraits or caricatures at Three Spires Shopping Centre. They even got to take their original work of art home for free. For full press release see – 27 September to 10 October 2006

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BURNTWOOD MERCURY 19.10.06 – Front page SUNNY OUTLOOK
Victoria Gibbons pictured working on the Our Planet Mural…as part pf the annual Big Draw promotion.

BURNTWOOD POST 19.10.06 KIDS ARE QUICK ON THE DRAW
Boney Hay Primary school youngsters enjoyed a fun art project on Friday...as part of The Big Draw project.

EXPRESS & STAR 17.10.06 BIG DRAW IS CROWD PULLER
Youngsters got creative in Lichfield city centre by learning to draw in unusual ways. The workshop took place at the Three Spires Shopping Centre on Saturday as part of The Big Draw event.

LICHFIELD MERCURY 19.10.06 BUDDING PAINTERS MAKE A SPLASH AS ART PROVES A BIG DRAW
Residents and shoppers in the cathedral are joining in the nation‟s Big Draw in their hundreds.

EXPRESS & STAR 1 4.10.06 PUPILS’ COLOURFUL CREATIONS
Pupils at Boney Hay Community School created stained glass windows as part of the National Big Draw scheme.

EXPRESS & STAR 11.10.06 YOUNGSTERS PROVE TO BE A BIG DRAW WITH TALENTS
Budding artists at a Burntwood primary school have showcased their talents by creating a mural for outside. The youngsters at Fulfen primary School spent all day yesterday working on the project which is part of The Big Draw, organised by Lichfield District Council‟s award-winning arts development team.

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LICHFIELD POST 12.10,.06 ARTWORK IS BIG DRAW IN THE CITY
Visitors to the city last weekend found they were in for a Big Draw Surprise. The launch of the district‟s Big Draw 2006 took place in the Three Spires Shopping centre.

BURNTWOOD POST 12.10.06 BIG DRAW FOR YOUNGSTERS
Burntwood youngsters are taking part in the annual district-wide Big Draw...and on Saturday local and professional artists were drawing portraits in chalk on the pavements in Lichfield‟s shopping centre.

LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 12.10.06 CITY ART EVENT IS A BIG DRAW
More than 150 people found their creative sides in the first arty event of Lichfield‟s Big Draw programme.
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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL ARTS PRESS 09.10.06 JACK & THE BEANSTALK AUDITION
The creative team behind Jack and the Beanstalk hosted their very own „chorus line‟ to find 20 talented youngsters to make up the chorus and dancers in this year‟s Christmas pantomime For full press release see – 27 September to 10 October 2006

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EXPRESS & STAR 13.10.06 CHILDREN STEP OUT TO GRAB A ROLE IN PANTO
Dozens of youngsters competed for their chance to star alongside comic Jimmy Cricket in a Staffordshire panto.

LICHFIELD MERCURY 12.10.06 CHORUS LINE UP
The creative team behind Jack and The Beanstalk hosted their very own „chorus line‟ to find 20 talented youngsters to make up the chorus and dancers in this year‟s Lichfield Garrick Christmas Pantomime. 35 hopefuls came along to the audition.

LICHFIELD POST 12.10.06 YOUNGSTERS VIE FOR PANTO PARTS
The creative team behind the Lichfield Garick panto hosted their very own „chorus line‟ to find 20 talented youngsters to make up the chorus and dancers in this year‟s Christmas panto.
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STATEMENT ISSUED TO EXPRESS & STAR 05.10.06 TICKET PRICES
Councillor Matthew Ellis, Cabinet Member for Organisational Development, said: “Ticket prices are set on the popularity and the cost of putting on a show. The Lichfield Garrick offers great value for money, which is one of the many reasons we‟re having one of our most popular seasons to date with numerous sell-out shows.”

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LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 12.10.06 GARRICK TICKET RISE RUMOURS SCOTCHED
Lichfield council chiefs have quashed rumours that ticket prices are set to rise to cover losses at the Garrick theatre. Opposition portfolio holder for the Garrick, Councillor Paul Atkins expressed concerns that taxpayers money is being pumped into the venue…council Organisational Development leader Councillor Matthew Ellis said the structure for setting ticket prices was not changing. Cllr Matthew Ellis quoted in full

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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 04.10.06 APRIL IN PARIS & FRANKENSTEIN
Two very different plays are being performed on alternate evenings from 24th October to 4th November by the Lichfield Garrick's new rep company RDC Productions - who brought you the critically acclaimed play Bouncers earlier this year. For full press release see – 27 September to 10 October 2006

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EXPRESS & STAR 23.10.06 A BERET GOOD NIGHT OUT
Ooh la la…the Lichfield Garrick is hosting a magnifique French reception on the first night of April in Paris tomorrow. /Cont….

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LICHFIELD POST 19.10.06
To celebrate the launch of the Rep Season, the Lichfield Garrick is hosting a special French Reception.

LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 19.10.06 FRENCH RECEPTION TO KICK OFF THE GARRICK’S NEW SEASON
Theatregoers in Lichfield are invited to indulge in a little French flavour this month to celebrate the launch of the city‟s rep season. A French reception was held at the Lichfield Garrick next Tuesday as the theatre‟s new rep Company, RDC Productions, hosts its first two productions.

EXPRESS & STAR 14.10.06 THEATRE’S TASTE OF FRANCE
Theatregoers in Lichfield can indulge in a little French flavour this month to celebrate the launch of the city‟s new rep season.

LICHFIELD MERCURY 12.10.06 NEW REP STARTS OFF AT THE DOUBLE
Al and Bet have been married for a year…So is the setting for John Godber‟s sparkling comedy April in Paris, one of two plays being staged at the Lichfield Garrick by the theatre‟s rep company RDC Productions.

LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 12.10.06 GARRICK’S REP SEASON SET TO START
Two very different plays are being performed at the Lichfield Garrick by new rep production company RDC Productions.

TAMWORTH HERALD 12.10.06 PARISIAN COMEDY GIVES WAY TO GOTHIC HORROR
As above

LICHFIELD POST 12.10.06 FRENCH RECEPTION FOR LAUNCH OF GARRICK’S NEW REP SEASON
Two very different plays are being performed on alternate evenings at the opening of the Lichfield Garrick‟s new rep season.
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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL ARTS PRESS 27.09.06 FREE FRIDAY JAZZ
Because the first Free Friday Jazz „session‟ on 15 September went down such a storm, the Lichfield Garrick is thrilled to announce the jazz evenings have become a regular fixture every Friday until Christmas. For full press release see – 27 September to 10 October 2006
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LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 12.10.06 FREE FRIDAY EVENING JAZZ
Free jazz music is now on offer in Lichfield every Friday evening until Christmas. The Lichfield Garrick will be hosting weekly free Friday Jazz sessions.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL 11.10.06 FASCINATING RHYTHMS FOR FRIDAYS
Friday night jazz is now a regular fixture at Lichfield‟s Garrick theatre. Theatre bosses say because the first Friday jazz session went down “such a storm” last month they will now run every Friday until Christmas.
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PRESS INVITE ISSUED TO ALL ARTS PRESS 18.09.06 THE PLAY WHAT I WROTE
The Lichfield Garrick is delighted to welcome the cast of London‟s favourite comedy, Kenneth Branagh‟s multi-award winning celebration of Britain‟s greatest comedy double act, Morecambe and Wise. For full press release see 13 to 26 September edition of LDC in the News

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LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 19.10.06 ACTRESS LISA MAKES A SURPRISE APPEARANCE
A mystery celebrity set tongues wagging in Lichfield this week when the Garrick opened its latest production. The Play What I Wrote made its debt at the city centre theatre on Tuesday night and the dark Autumn night was suddenly lit up with comedy. /Cont…

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EXPRESS & STAR 18.10.06 Review: The Play What I Wrote
Any signs of early winter blues were laughed away…judging by the opening show, the production is set to prove a big hit for the theatre.

EXPRESS & STAR 18.10.06 – Front Page TV STAR TAKES CENTRE STAGE
Former Emmerdale star Lisa Riley was the surprise guest star in a play staged at Lichfield‟s Garrick theatre last night…Ms Riley revealed she is to return to the Garrick theatre next year in a new play.

EXPRESS & STAR 16.10.06 OPENING NIGHT FOR COMEDY DUO SHOW
A multi award winning show celebrating the life of Britain‟s greatest comedy double act, Morecambe and Wise opens in Lichfield tomorrow.
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EXPRESS & STAR 24.10.06 CLASSIC DANCE SHOW
Award winning dancers from across the globe will be bringing the magic of Christmas to Lichfield next month as they perform in the classic ballet The Nutcracker.

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EXPRESS & STAR 21.10.06 CURTAIN RISES ON OPERA
Opera fans across Lichfield are being urged to snap up tickets for a performance of the Daughter of the Regiment next month.

LICHFIELD MERCURY 19.10.06 – Letter to the editor WELCOME FOR FACELIFT AT CITY THEATRE
“Having never been a fan of the Garrick and being one of those who fees its exterior is challenging and the interior was more like a leisure centre than a theatre, I was so surprised when the other night I paid for my yearly visit to see a show…what a staggering change, and at last those dreadful colours have gone to reveal a colour scheme very much more in keeping…Oh yes, and the live jazz in the bar was fantastic.”

EXPRESS & STAR 19.10.06 BIG NAMES STEP UP FOR THE GARRICK
Stars of stage and screen are set to pull in the crowds at Lichfield Garrick Theatre after bosses unveiled their latest programme.

LICHFIELD MERCURY 19.10.06 PRETTY AS A PICTURE Review: Vienna Festival Ballet
After a little eye adjusting and an acceptance of the production‟s simplicity, they pulled it off brilliantly.

TAMWORTH HERALD 19.10.06 PRETTY AS A PICTURE Review: Vienna Festival Ballet
As above

LICHFIELD POST 19.10.06 POLISHED PRODUCTION REVIEW: The Lichfield Players The Winslow Boy BIRMINGHAM MAIL 17.10.06 CHAMPAGNE LIFE IN A PINK CADDY
Lichfield Operatic Society‟s production of Spend, Spend, Spend at the Lichfield Garrick

BIRMINGHAM MAIL 14.10.06 REVIEW: The Lichfield Players The Winslow Boy LICHFIELD MERCURY 12.10.06 SIGNING OFF FROM LATE FAN SESSIONS
Lichfield‟s Garrick theatre need have no fears of a repeat performance of the after-show incident this April when a Ralph McTell fan was barred from bringing some wine for the star after the bar had closed. The singer… announced that he will no longer be coming out into the foyer or bar to meet fans after his shows.

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LICHFIELD MERCURY 12.10.06 SHOWMANSHIP IS CELEBRATED IN TUNE
Roll up, roll up, the circus is coming to town. The Brownhills and Bloxwich Musical Theatre Company is coming to the Lichfield Garrick. They will perform Barnum.

LICHFIELD MERCURY 12.10.06 REVIEW: Dame Cleo Lane and Sir John Dankworth STILL AINT NOTHING LIKE THIS VELVET VOICED DAME
“…there were lots of special moments, but as she bo-bo-be-doed along to Dankworth‟s sax, there was a feeling of privilege of having witnessed, once again, two true jazz legends.”

LICHFIELD MERCURY 12.10.06 – Front page PINK LUCKY
Lichfield Operatic Society‟s production of Spend, Spend, Spend at the Lichfield Garrick.

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Democratic, Development and Legal Services
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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 16.10.06 PAVING SCHEME TAKES STEP FORWARD
Lichfield District Council‟s City Centre Paving project has taken a giant step forward with the appointment of the contractor for the £1 million scheme. Bardon Construction has been chosen by Lichfield District Council as the contractors to repave and refurbish a number of key streets and roads in the centre of Lichfield. Streets, pavements and pedestrian zones set to get the makeover treatment include: Tamworth Street, Bore Street and the Market Square – incorporating Breadmarket Street and part of Market Street. Construction work will start early in the New Year and the whole project should be completed by mid summer. To reduce the impact on shoppers and traders, the scheme will be delivered in six phases. The first phase will affect Market Square and Tamworth Street. Whilst the makeover work is taking place, the market will be relocated to neighbouring streets, but nearby shops will remain open as usual throughout the building work. Councillor Neil Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development Services, said: “I am delighted this project has taken such a big step forward. The new paving and environmental improvements will help to link the pedestrian zones in the City centre, smarten up an already lively and exciting area and introduce traffic calming measures to improve the safety for pedestrians.” In the run up to the construction start date, the District Council will work closely with Bardon Construction, the City and County Council, the Chamber of Trade and Commerce and local businesses and residents, to keep everyone informed about when and where work is taking place to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum. To see the designs for the City Centre Paving Scheme, pop into the District Council Frog Lane Planning Reception or the District Venture Exhibition room at Donegal House where they are on display.

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EXPRESS & STAR 23.10.06 – Front page BIG STEP FOR PAVING PLAN
Work on a £1million paving scheme for Lichfield city centre is to start on January 8 with a target completion date of July, 2007. Bosses at Lichfield District Council have revealed Bardon Construction has been chosen to repave and refurbish key streets and roads in the city centre. Councillor Neil Roberts quoted in part

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STATEMENT ISSUED TO EXPRESS & STAR 18.10.06 BIRMINGHAM ROAD STATEMENT
Richard King, Strategic Director of Democratic, Development and Legal Services, said: “I can confirm that Lichfield District Council has received a letter from the Lichfield Civic Society about the amended plans for the redevelopment of Birmingham Road. The points raised within the letter will be considered as part of the planning process.”

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EXPRESS & STAR 19.10.06 – Front page NEW STORM OVER PLANS
The amended plan for an £80m shopping and leisure complex in Lichfield has been labelled „very greedy‟ by civic watchdogs. Lichfield Civic Society has just lodged its response to the amended Birmingham Road development…and states that “overall, the plan seems to be forcing the site to take on more development than it should.” Richard King quoted in full

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STATEMENT ISSUED TO LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 11.10.06 WILLOWFIELDS, DARWIN PARK PLANNING APPLICATION
Richard King, Strategic Director for Democratic, Development and Legal services, said: “We have received an application to build twenty one houses on „Willowfields‟, on the Darwin Park estate. As a planning authority it is our duty to consider all planning applications that we receive. “This is a new full planning application, and as such is not necessarily constrained by the restrictions set out in the original outline permissions for the Walsall Road site, which limited the number of houses to 1,100. This application will be considered on its merits, which will include the planning history of the site.”

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LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 12.10.06 CONCERN OVER EXTRA HOUSES
Lichfield residents have expressed concern over proposals to build another 21 houses on the Darwin Park estate. Over 20 people attended a Leaomansley ward surgery at the weekend where plans to develop the Willowfields site were on display…people thought they should call it a day and not build on what was meant to be a green area.

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LICHFIELD MERCURY 19.10.06 – Letter to the editor from Marion Bland DON’T REPEAT DEVELOPMENT ERRORS OF PAST
“The proposed Birmingham Road development threatens to repeat the mistakes of the past and it must be feared that it will eventually decline into a tired and depressing environment…we are able to comment in detail about what is clearly a fait accompli. The district council has missed the boat. “

EXPRESS & STAR 14.10.06 CITY DEVELOPER LOOKS AT WAYS TO ALLAY FEARS
A developer behind controversial plans for a £28million business park in Lichfield is now assessing changes to the scheme in a bid to allay resident‟s fears.

LICHFIELD MERCURY 12.10.06 – Front page £80M SHOPS PLAN GIVEN THUMBS UP
Lichfield city council has given the redesigned Birmingham Road development its blessing – but with a handful of reservations…Planning bosses will consider the revamped project anytime soon, taking into account the thoughts of the influential city council‟s Tuesday meeting. There, seven of the 11 councillors present voted in favour of the scheme – with certain reservations, and three against.

LICHFIELD MERCURY 12.10.06 – Front page INDUSTRIAL SCHEME BRANDED MADNESS
Lichfield‟s city councillors unanimously rejected plans for a 356 acre business park bordering Boley Park when they met this week…Councillors unanimously recommended the plans be dismissed by Lichfield District Council on grounds of no emergency access, inadequate site access and traffic noise and disruption on local roads.

LICHFIELD MERCURY 12.10.06 – Letter to the editor LITTLE HAS CHANGED IN ‘INHUMAN’ PLAN
“The assessment of the campaign to Protect Rural England is that little has changed, except for two stories lopped off the central hotel, which we welcome. Consequently the intense and wide spread objections to the proposals are still over-whelmingly valid…CPRE has welcomed the district council‟s many policies for the protection and enhancement of its heritage areas and buildings.”

LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 12.10.06 –Front Page CHANGES TO PROJECT ARE SUPPORTED
Amended plans to create an £80m shopping and leisure complex in Lichfield have been welcomed by city councillors but with a number of reservations…Council leader Councillor Tony Thompson said the amended plans were „an improvement‟ but added he was still worried about the traffic volume down Birmingham Road.

LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 12.10.06 – Front Page OBJECTIONS OVER INDUSTRIAL PARK
Lichfield city councillors have given a unanimous thumbs down to plans to create a £28m business park on the edge of the city. Serious concerns were expressed by the City Council‟s Planning Applications Committee…Lichfield District Council will have the final say on the scheme.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL 11.10.06 PARK TO BE EXTENDED
A government planning inspector has overturned a decision to refuse an extension to a mobile home park. Lichfield District Council has refused to approve plans for land to be cleared to make way for four more mobile homes at Biddulph Park in Ironstone Road, Chase Terrace.

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Organisational Development
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Community, Housing & Health
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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO LICHFIELD MERCURY 20.10.06 MIDLANDS HOUSING TIMEBOMB RESPONSE STATEMENT
Helen Spearey, Strategic Director for Community, Housing & Health, said: “Lichfield District Council is committed to ensuring affordable housing is developed in the district. Since 1997 more than 800 homes for social rent or shared ownership have been developed, and we aim for 249 more to be developed by 2011. “Within our existing local plan we ensure up to 25% affordable housing is developed on sites that fit certain criteria. In our Local Development Framework Core Strategy, that we are currently revising, we are looking closely at the district‟s future social housing requirements and the issue of affordability. “We receive around 200 new applications for social rented properties each month. There‟s currently a shortage of private rentals in the District, as the vast majority of local homes are owner-occupied. We believe this shortage has contributed to the large number of people seeking housing assistance. “Our aim is to help residents from ever becoming homeless, either by enabling them to stay in their home, or by accessing appropriate new accommodation. Last December the District Council approved an investment of £240,000 to address the provision of emergency temporary accommodation in partnership with HomeZone.”

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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 13.10.06 OPT OUT OF HALLOWEEN WITH POSTER
Lichfield District Council supports the Police with their aim to reduce trick or treat nuisance. For many people, Halloween is a day that brings genuine fear. Not a fear of ghosts or ghouls, but from unexpected knocks at the door on dark evenings, which can disturb and worry vulnerable people in the community. That is why Lichfield District Council is helping people to opt out of Halloween by supporting a special poster campaign. Now, if anyone prefers not to be disturbed by people trick or treating, they can display an A5 poster that reads: Sorry, No Trick or Treat. The aim of these posters is to give the elderly and the vulnerable an easy way to avoid any worry or stress on Halloween. The posters and information also advise parents and guardians to always protect and supervise children who are going trick or treating. Nina Dawes, Chairman of the Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership, said: “These posters have been very popular over the past few years, helping many people avoid a time of year they usually dread. We hope that people who do go trick or treating will take notice of these posters and not disturb the householders.” For a copy of the poster please contact The Saltbox on 01782 207200, or email them at: email@saltbox.org.uk. Alternatively, pick one up from Lichfield District Council‟s Community Wardens, Burntwood Library, District Council House Reception, Frog Lane or at Chase Town and Lichfield Police Stations.

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BIRMINGHAM MAIL 23.10.06 TRICK OR TREAT A TURN OFF
Police, Lichfield District Council safety experts and Burntwood Community Wardens are handing out anti-trick or treat notices. They are urging youngsters targeting the elderly or vulnerable to think twice if they see the signs.

LICHFIELD MERCURY 19.10.06 POSTER CAMPAIGN TO TURN AWAY FRIGHTFUL CALLERS
People afraid to answer a knock on the door around Halloween are being urged to get their hands on a poster that tells trick-or-treaters to stay away. Lichfield District Council, police and community support officers are backing the campaign.

BURNTWOOD POST 19.10.06 STOP TRICK OR TREATERS AT YOUR DOOR
Sorry, no trick or treat. That‟s the message many local folk are opting to display in their windows in the run up to Halloween. Police, community wardens and Lichfield District Council are offering free posters for people who prefer not to have their doors knocked. /Cont…

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EXPRESS & STAR 17.10.06 POSTING HALLOWEEN HELP
Lichfield and Burntwood people who dread Halloween are to be handed a weapon to opt out of trick or treat nuisance. Vulnerable people who dread unexpected knocks at the door on dark evenings are being offered special posters.

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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 13.10.06 STAFFORDSHIRE GOOD GUY
Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership is joining forces with Councils across the County to make sure that Fireworks Night goes off with the right sort of BANG! Staffordshire Good Guy is a countywide operation to reduce the impact of fireworks upon communities. Every year residents‟ lives are disrupted by fireworks being let off late at night and, in some cases, thrown in the streets by a mindless minority. Trading Standards, Police, Fire and Rescue and District Councils all over Staffordshire are joining forces to deliver the Good Guy campaign. In Lichfield District, officers from Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership will be visiting retailers regularly to help them to comply with the law on selling fireworks. Trading standards Officers and the Police will also carry out operations to tackle shops that illegally sell fireworks to young people, and people who illegally sell fireworks from their car boots. Nina Dawes, Chair of Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership, said: “Fireworks can only be sold from registered or fixed premises and we would urge members of the public to report any sales that appear suspicious.” The Fire Service will be delivering a hard-hitting demonstration in schools, exploding a firework in the pocket of a mannequin dressed as a young person, to demonstrate how much damage can be caused by behaving irresponsibly with fireworks. For the third year in a row the Fireworks Hotline (08454 020334) is up and running to deal with fireworks related complaints and enquiries. You can access the Hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from now until the end of the fireworks season. This hotline can deal with most questions, but will refer urgent matters to the relevant organisation such as the Police, Fire, Environmental Health or Trading Standards. Councillor Sandra Hambleton, Staffordshire County Council‟s Cabinet Member for Health & Consumer Services, commented: “People may be concerned about the use of fireworks after the curfew, which bans the use of fireworks after 11m and before 7am, or sales of fireworks to children, or at car boot sales. Whatever the issue, the Hotline is there to help and get problems sorted out. The Good Guy initiative is a real step forward in the fight to tackle the anti social behaviour and nuisance caused by fireworks.” Finally, Burntwood Community Wardens are also involved in Operation Good Guy, and have organised a poster competition in local primary schools highlighting the fireworks safety message. The winners will receive a cash prize and their posters will be on show throughout Burntwood. “We hope that by working in together in this way, the firework season will pass without any problems and that everyone has a fun but safe time,” added Nina Dawes.

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LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 19.10.06 CAMPAIGN TO ENSURE A SAFER FIREWORKS NIGHT
A campaign to make sure fireworks night goes off with the right sort of bang has been launched in Lichfield and Burntwood. Staffordshire Good Guy is a countrywide operation to make fireworks safe and enjoyable for everybody. Nina Dawes quoted in full

EXPRESS & STAR 17.10.06 FIREWORKS DANGER WARNING AT SCHOOLS
Staffordshire agencies are joining forces to ensure Bonfire Night goes off with the right sort of bang and disruption is kept to a minimum. Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership is teaming up with other councils.
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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 12.10.06 SPOOKY FUN
Come along to the Dimbles Lane shops on the Tuesday 31 of October to take part in a huge street party to celebrate Halloween. /Cont…
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Organised by North Lichfield Initiative, Spooky Fun kicks off at 3.30pm outside the Dimbles Lane Shops in North Lichfield. There is so much going on including creepy crafts, spooky ghost stories and ghoulish games - such as apple bobbing, guess the name of the ghost and pumpkin piñata. At 4.30pm there will be an adult and a children‟s fancy dress competition, with the winners from each category getting a prize. So, make sure you dig out your best scary costume. A Pumpkin Lantern Parade up Dimbles Lane, lead by the Fire and Rescue Service, will finish off all the Halloween themed fun starting around 5.30pm. Jennie Crosby, North Lichfield Initiative Community Worker, said: “We had so much fun last year with the Christmas event Santastic, and we‟re sure that Spooky Fun will be even bigger and better. So, come along to the Dimbles Lane Shops from 3.30pm to celebrate Halloween with the community. Don‟t forget to dress up in fancy dress so that you can take part in the competition, and remember to bring along your hollowed out pumpkin lanterns as the parade will be the highlight of the event.” Children under 12 years must be accompanied by a responsible person aged 16 or over. For more information, please call Sarah 01543 308231.

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LICHFIELD MERCURY 19.10.06 SPOOKY STREET PARTY
A street party is being held at Dimbles Lane shops in Lichfield on Tuesday 31 October…Organised by Lichfield District Council, the spooky fun kicks of at 3.30pm.

EXPRESS & STAR 14.10.06 SPOOKY FUN AT STREET PARTY
A huge street party to celebrate all things spooky this Halloween is being staged in Lichfield. Organised by the North Lichfield Initiative, the spooky fun event starts at 3.30pm on Halloween.
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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS COMMUNITY MEETING
A meeting to discuss the associated issues with the abattoir on Eastgate Street in Chase Terrace is taking place at th the Scout Hut, Ironstone Road, on Wednesday 18 of October at 8pm Local residents are invited to come along to the community meeting to discuss issues linked to the abattoir on Eastgate Street, which has been organised by Lichfield District Council, in partnership with Staffordshire County Council and the Police. For full press release see – 27 September to 10 October 2006

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BURNTWOOD POST 12.10.06 ABATTOIR PROBLEMS: CHANCE TO AIR VIEWS
A special public meeting to discuss Chase Terrace abattoir take place next Wednesday. Local residents are invited to attend the meeting to discuss any issues with the Eastgate Street Abattoir.

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JOINT PRESS RELEASE ISSUED WITH HEALTH & SAFETY EXECUTIVE 15.10.06 PPP PICK UP A PENGUIN

EXPRESS & STAR 21.10.06 KEEPERS WATCH THEIR BACKS
The art of p-p-picking up a penguin and very carefully was the order of the day for Zoo keepers in Staffordshire...The event was staged by the Health and Safety executive in partnership with Lichfield District Council, and experts were on hand to demonstrate exercises to the penguin keepers.

EXPRESS & STAR 17.10.06 ZOO HELP ON P-P-PICKING UP PENGUIN
Zoo keepers in Staffordshire are being instructed how to p-p-pick up a penguin very carefully. Penguin keepers at Drayton Manor are to be given exercises this week to help them manage back pain…A Health and Safety Executive Inspector and Lichfield District Council environmental health officer will visit as part of the nationwide Better Backs campaign.

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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 04.10.06 RURAL BAZAAR ROUNDUP
Nearly 150 residents came along to Lichfield‟s first Rural Bazaar held at Armitage and Handsacre Village Hall on Friday 29th September. The day was organised by the Lichfield District Strategic Partnership and was held so that residents could give us their views about what they like and dislike about their area. For full press release see 13 to 26 September edition of LDC in the News

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LICHFIELD POST 12.10.06 RESIDENTS QUIZZED ON AREA
Nearly 150 residents went along to Lichfield‟s first Rural bazaar held at Armitage and Handsacre Village hall on Friday September 29. The day was organised by Lichfield District Strategic Partnership and was held so that residents could give their views about what they like and dislike about their area.

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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 27.09.06 FAMILY LEARNING WEEK
Learn with your family at free events happing across Lichfield District as part of Family Learning Week this October.

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LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 12.10.06 LEARNING FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY
Families in Lichfield and Burntwood are being encouraged to boost their brain power and get fit by learning together. Family Learning Week kicked off last weekend and there are a host of free activities organised by Lichfield District Council as part of the campaign. Cllr Richards quoted in part

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Operational Services
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STATEMENT ISSUED TO LICHFIELD MERCURY 17.10.06 LOMBARD STREET PAY AND DISPLAY TICKET MACHINE
Councillor Alan White, Cabinet Member for Operational Services, said: “Ensuring that our ticket machines are accessible is extremely important to the District Council. This is why all our new machines, including the ticket machine on Lombard Street, are fully compliant with the guidelines set down by British Standards and the Department for Transport‟s guide „Parking for Disabled People‟. The guide states that the display, coin slot and the external controls are between 1 metre and 1.4 metres off the ground. All of the controls on the Lombard Street ticket machine, including the keypad, are between 1 metre and 1.3 metres off the ground, and therefore conform to the Department for Transport‟s guidelines.”

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LICHFIELD MERCURY 19.10.06 PARKING PALAVER OVER NEW SYSTEM
A new ticket machine at a city car park has driven an 80 year old Lichfield motorist to distraction – because it is too short. Robert Redwood, of Woodcroft despairs at the new machine perched little more than 3ft high at the small parking zone at Cross Keys. The pensioner claims the new machine, installed less than a month ago, actually hinders rather than helps those the new design is supposed to aid. Councillor Alan White quoted in full

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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 13.10.06 FLY TIPPING
Since April this year, Lichfield District Council‟s Operational Services Team have collected 181 tyres found dumped across the District. These shocking incidents of fly tipping are being investigated and we‟re asking residents to help us to track down those responsible. Most of the 181 tyres have been found in rural areas of the district in piles of three to eight. However there have been three major incidences of fly tipping where large dumps have been discovered: Thirty tyres were found in Hobstone Hill, Chorley; forty eight in Footherley Lane, Shenstone; and nineteen tyres in Thornyhurst Lane, Hilton. Cllr Alan White, Cabinet member for Operational Services, said; “We‟re striving to keep Lichfield District clean and tidy for our residents, and our local environment protected. As a local authority we have a number of new powers which mean we can get tough on the minority of people responsible for committing environmental crime like flytipping. We can now prosecute those responsible for fly tipping and the courts can issue hefty fines to anyone convicted. “It‟s important that anyone with any information that could help us catch those responsible for these, or any other incidences of fly tipping, contacts our Operational Services Team.” There are three ways to report fly tipping to us, or to give us any information if you think you about who may be responsible for fly tipping, either online at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/reportit, by phone 01543 308999, or by emailing enquiries@lichfielddc.gov.uk.

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LICHFIELD MERCURY 19.10.06 COUNCIL CHIEFS ‘TYRE’ OF FLY TIPPING
Since April this year, Lichfield District Council‟s operational services team have collected 181 tyres found dumped across the district. Cllr Alan White quoted in full

BIRMINGHAM MAIL 19.10.06 WAR DECLARED ON FLY TIPPERS
Fed up council chiefs are urging residents to shop fly tippers and help keep their city clean. Lichfield District Council‟s operational services team have collected 181 tyres from across the district in the last six months. Cllr Alan White quoted in full

LICHFIELD CHRONICLE 19.10.06 COUNCIL CHIEFS TYRE-D OF FLYTIPPING PROBLEM
Residents in Lichfield are urged to help the council tackle the problem of fly tipping which has seen almost 200 tyres dumped in the area since April. Cllr Alan White quoted in full /Cont…

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EXPRESS & STAR 16.10.06 TYRE TIPPERS FACING HEFTY COUNCIL FINES
Fly tippers are dumping scores of tyres across Lichfield and Burntwood. Lichfield District Council is now warning the culprits that they face prosecution and a “hefty fine”. The authority‟s operational services team has collected 181 tyres since April this year and bosses are now appealing for residents to help them catch the people responsible. Cllr Alan White quoted in full

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EXPRESS & STAR 23.10.06 LITTER LOUTS CONDEMNED BY RESIDENTS
Litter bugs who treat a Lichfield community like a dustbin have been condemned by residents who are having to clean up after them. At the annual general meeting of the Beacon Street Area Resident‟s Association…Homeowners are fed up with litter being dropped everywhere and are calling for more bins to be installed, along with regular targeted litter picks from Lichfield District Council.

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Finance, Revenues & Benefits
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PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 17.10.06 LDC REVENUES TEAM WIN PRESTIGIOUS AWARD
Lichfield District Council‟s Revenues Team are celebrating after having scooped the title of Revenues Team of the Year at the prestigious Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation Performance Awards 2006 on Thursday 12th October. Judges recognised the team for raising the standards of their service, achieving high levels of customer satisfaction, and for developing effective administrative procedures. They were also praised for their excellence in delivery and their customer focused service. Alan Tooth, Revenues Manager, said: “We‟re so thrilled to have won this award, which not only celebrates our performance, but also reflects how committed we are to delivering a great quality service to our customers.We do this by constantly challenging our standards and embracing the latest technology.” Councillor Colin Greatorex, Cabinet Member for Finance, Revenues and Benefits, said: “I would like to say huge congratulations to the whole team. This award confirms that we have a high achieving group of people committed to delivering a top class service.” And, the good news doesn‟t end there. This award has come hot on the heels of the release of new figures that show Lichfield District Council collected 99 percent of Council Tax and 99.2 percent of non domestic rates in 2005/2006 - making them Staffordshire‟s top performing local authority for Council Tax collection.

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EXPRESS & STAR 19.10.06 REVENUES TEAM CASH IN WITH AWARD
A team of staff at Lichfield District Council are celebrating their success after scooping a top award. The Revenues Team has recently been named team of the year at the prestigious Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation Performance Awards 2006. And the news comes after it was revealed the district council collected 99 per cent of council tax and 99.2 per cent of non domestic rates in 2005/6. Alan Tooth and Cllr Greatorex quoted in full

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR ISSUED TO LICHFIELD MERCURY AND POST 16.10.06 RE: WHAT WE THINK ABOUT ARTS SPACE?
I would like to correct a factual inaccuracy about Lichfield District Council‟s supposed £1 million overspend referred to in the letter: „What we think about Arts Space‟, which appeared in last week‟s Mercury. Lichfield District Council is projected to come in on budget this year. To maintain this position, we need to reduce what we spend next year by £368,000 and we will be doing this by becoming more efficient through adopting new technologies and approaches. Yours Sincerely, Jane Kitchen Finance Director at Lichfield District Council

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LICHFIELD MERCURY 19.10.06 – Letter to the editor NOT OVERSPENT BY £1M
Above letter to the editor printed in full

PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TO ALL LOCAL PRESS 12.10.06 SMALL GRANTS SCHEME
Lichfield District Council has a pot of £15,000 to distribute to local groups and organisations - could it be to yours? If you are a small local group or organisation, such as a residents‟ association, mother and toddler group, sports team or village hall, and could use some extra cash to improve the services you offer to Lichfield District residents, st apply to the District Council‟s Small Grants Scheme by the 1 of December, and you could receive a small grant of up to £1,000. Councillor Val Richards, Cabinet Member for Community, Housing and Health, said: “An extra bit of funding can make a real difference in boosting an organisation‟s morale and getting services up and running.” /Cont…

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What some of the recipients of this year‟s small grants said: Dave Cadman, Committee Member of the Junior Section of Burntwood Rugby Club, said: “We‟ve expanded rapidly over the last two years, and now have around 130 junior members, and so being awarded the grant has been very useful as it helped us to replace much used training equipment.” Marie Coles, Chairperson of St Joseph‟s Mother and Toddler Group, commented: “We were thrilled to have been awarded a grant, because as a free service, every donation helps. We plan to put the grant towards buying an outdoor climbing frame which will help the children‟s social and physical development.” Sue Meehan, Manager of Burntwood Live at Home Scheme, added: “Last year we received £1,000 from the Small Grants Scheme, which we put towards renting our office. This is a really valuable scheme as it‟s wonderful to have this added support from the local authority.” To find out more information, and to request a Small Grants application form, please call 01543 308775. Successful applicants will be notified in April 2007.

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BIRMINGHAM MAIL 20.10.06 GROUPS URGED TO GO FOR CASH
Community groups and organisations are being urged to claim their share of a £15,000 pot of cash. Lichfield District Council urged groups…to apply. Councillor Val Richards quoted in part

LICHFIELD POST 19.10.06 POT OF CASH UP FOR GRABS
Lichfield District Council has a pot of £15,000 to distribute to local groups and organisations. The authority is looking for small local groups or organisations, such as resident‟s association…who could use the extra cash to improve the services they offer to Lichfield district residents. Councillor Val Richards quoted in full

EXPRESS & STAR 14.10.06 GROUPS BID FOR CASH FROM £15,000 FUND
Small groups and organisations across Lichfield District are being urged to tap into a £15,000 pot of cash. Lichfield District Council has the funds to share amongst local people to apply for a cash injection. Councillor Val Richards quoted in full
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STATEMENT ISSUED TO LICHFIELD MERCURY 09.10.06 COUNCIL TAX COLLECTION
Councillor Colin Greatorex, Cabinet Member for Finance, Revenues & Benefits at Lichfield District Council, said: “These figures show that we are Staffordshire‟s top performing local authority for Council Tax collection, having collected 99 percent of council tax in 2005/2006. This puts us in the top 25 percent of the UK‟s collecting authorities. “We‟re very pleased with this year‟s figures which show that our firm but fair approach to recovering council tax is improving our performance. Lichfield District Council‟s Revenues Team‟s efforts have been recognised by the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation, where they are finalists for their Revenues Team of the Year award.”

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LICHFIELD MERCURY 12.10.06 COUNCIL TAX COLLECTION UP – BUT STILL £40K ADRIFT
More than £400,000 of council tax was left uncollected in Lichfield district during the last financial year, according to official reports…the figure shows an improvement of £180,000 when compared with uncollected council tax in the district in the previous year, which totalled £587,000. Councillor Colin Greatorex quoted in full

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LICHFIELD MERCURY 12.10.06 – Letter to the Editor WHAT WE THINK ABOUT ARTS SPACE
“…To the charge of financial meltdown, the question should be put to the deputy leader of the controlling Tory group at Lichfield District Council, “Why are you pointing the finger at other councils, when Lichfield District Council are struggling with a potential £1million deficit in this year‟s budget.” Response issued to Lichfield Mercury above

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