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					LDC in the News …                                                                                                                  03 April 2010




2 - 16 December 2008


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                                              Chief Executive’s Office
                                                    Leisure & Culture
                                                     Lichfield Garrick
                          Democratic, Development & Legal Services
                                         Organisational Development
                                       Community, Housing & Health
                                                 Operational Services
                                        Finance Revenues & Benefits

                                             This Week’s Top Stories

                                           Come and join in Carols in the Park
                                                 Lichfield Post 11.12.08

                                       Musician in charity show to help hospice
                                               Express & Star 03.12.08

                                         Focal point square to be opened today
                                         Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 11.12.08

                                                       Lighting Night Sky
                                                      Lichfield Post 04.12.08

                                                      It’s Strictly a sell-out
                                                     Express & Star 10.12.08


                                            Overall Activity Summary
                                  Total number of proactive releases/statements: 8
                                Total number of reactive press releases/statements: 3



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                                                                    01543 308774.
LDC in the News …                                                                                                                   03 April 2010




                                          Chief Executive’s Office
What we’ve      Press release issued to all local press 01.12.08
issued to the
                Staffordshire Young Musician to star in Charity Concert
press
                Katie Miner, Lichfield's very own Staffordshire Young Musician of the Year, is helping to host a charity concert at St
                Mary's Heritage Centre on Monday 8th December, to raise money for St Giles Hospice and Staffordshire Air
                Ambulance.

                Katie, who was crowned Staffordshire's Young Musician of the Year (2008) in July, for her stunning flute
                performances, will play alongside a host of talented performers and delight audiences with a wide range of music and
                song from classical, to West End, to music, to Jazz. Katie will also perform solo pieces during the evening.

                Katie Miner explained: "We're really looking forward to the concert, and to raising money for such good causes. We're
                hoping to raise over £800 for local charities. I'd also like to thank my family and friends who have donated towards the
                cost of organising the evening and encourage local people to come down and enjoy a great night out."

                Cllr John Wilks, Chairman of Lichfield District Council, commented: "Katie is such a talented musician and it will be an
                absolute joy to hear her play . I first met Katie when she won her title and I'm thrilled that she has helped to organise
                this event to raise money for my two chosen local charities. It's just wonderful that we can combine fund raising with a
                evening of stunning music. Tickets are selling fast, so if you fancy coming call 01543 262948 so you aren't
                disappointed."

What was in     Lichfield Mercury 04.12.08
the papers
                Young stars in charity concert
                Top Lichfield flautist Katie Miner and a host of musical friends will play a seasonal charity concert in the city centre
                next week.
                Cllr John Wilks quoted in full

                Lichfield Post 04.12.08
                Katie in concert
                Lichfield flautist Katie Miner, Staffordshire‟s Young Musician of the year, will host a charity concert at St Mary‟s
                heritage centre on December 8.

                Express & Star 03.12.08
                Musician in charity show to help hospice
                A top tale talented young musician is helping to host a charity concert in Lichfield. Katie Miner, Staffordshire Young
                Musician of the Year 2008, who is from the city will play her flute alongside a host of talented performers at the St
                Mary‟s Heritage Centre, Market Square on Monday.
                Cllr John Wilks quoted in part




                                                   Leisure & Culture
What we’ve      Statement issued to the Lichfield Mercury 03.12.08
issued to the
press
                Bowls response
                Cllr Val Richards, Cabinet Member for Community, Health and Housing commented: "I would like to response to the
                letter 'Lichfield Museum Bowls Club Concerns".

                "Whilst our prices have increased, our bowling greens still offer great value. We will charge concessionaires just £40
                a year, which works out at just £1.60 if you play once a week, or 80p if you play twice a week*. Adults will pay £70 a
                year, which works out at just £2.90 a weekly session. When you compare this cost to swimming, gym classes
                or other sporting activities, it offers great value. What's more, all members can use the current clubhouse complete
                with toilets and a kitchen. These facilites are set to be vastly improved over the coming years if our Heritage Lottery
                Fund/Big Lottery Fund bid is successful. The Council makes no profit on the greens, which require constant
                maintenance to make sure they offer a good playing surface. We take just over £4,000 in income, yet the greens cost
                us £14,000 a year to maintain. We want to see more and more people using the greens and we work to encourage
                younger people to get involved in bowling through our mobile leisure service which takes short-matt bowls to venues
                around the District."

                *Members can use the greens as many times as they wish.




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                                                                     01543 308774.
 LDC in the News …                                                                                                                  03 April 2010

What was in      Lichfield Mercury 11.12.08
the papers
                 Bowls fee rise is disgraceful – letter to the editor
                 The claim by Councillor Val Richards that the green offers great value to those who pay to use it is hilarious.

                 Lichfield Mercury 04.12.08
                 Players bowled over by big hike in green fees
                 A lichfield bowls player has hit out at a hike in fees, warning the move will price out younger members.
                 Cllr Val Richards quoted in full

What we’ve       Press release issued to all local press 25.11.08
issued to the
                 Pudsey’s Combat Challenge!
press
                 Burntwood Leisure Centre raised over £600 for charity by hosting a Body Combat Challenge

                 On Sunday 16th November, Burntwood Leisure Centre raised £650 for Children in need at their three-hour Body
                 Combat Marathon. Thirty people took part in the strenuous workout, which was led by four qualified instructors.

                 The mega session combining moves from a range of self-defence disciplines, including karate, boxing and
                 taekwondo, into an energetic routine.

What was in      Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 04.12.08
the papers
                 Combat aided charity
                 Burntwood Leisure Centre raised £650 for Children in Need from a three hour Body Combat Challenge on Sunday,
                 November 16.

What was in      Lichfield Mercury 11.12.08
the papers
                 Mystery of dead pythons at Chase beauty spot
no request for
statement        RSPCA officers have been left baffled after the macabre – and mysterious – discovery of two dead pythons hanging
                 from a tree in Chasewater Country Park. Inspectors said it seems likely the snakes were dead before they were
                 abandoned and it is hoped nearby residents or park users may be seen whoever draped the corpses over some
                 branches,

                 Lichfield Post 11.12.08
                 Come and join in Carols in the Park
                 Thousands missed out on Lichfield‟s free Proms in the Park this Year because of the wet weather, so organisers
                 hope to make up in some small way with an event in the park on Sunday December 21.

                 Lichfield Post 11.12.08
                 Shock as dead pythons found
                 The shock discovery of two dead pythons in Chasewater Park has left RSPCA officers puzzled.

                 Express & Star 06.12.08
                 Mystery of dead pythons in trees
                 Two dead 6ft-long pythons have been discovered hanging from trees in a Staffordshire country park.




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                                                                     01543 308774.
LDC in the News …                                                                                                                   03 April 2010




                                                    Lichfield Garrick
What we’ve      Statement issued to all local press 02.12.08
issued to the
                Bumper sales at the Garrick
press
                The Lichfield Garrick team is celebrating after bumper start-of-the-season sales. The new season opened
                on Monday and features top names including John Sergeant, Paul Daniels, Billy Ocean, Benjamin Zephaniah and
                many more.

                Adrian Jackson, Artistic & Executive Director at the Lichfield Garrick, said: "As soon as the telephone and web
                bookings opened, it was all hands on deck! In the first two days of trading we saw a 125% increase in sales, taking
                just over £50,000 compared to around £20,000 when the autumn season went on sale earlier this year. We've been
                working really hard to make sure we're offering our customers the kinds of shows they want to see, and we think this
                season's sales are a real testament to that, and we're really pleased we're getting it right!"

                Customers at the Garrick will enjoy reduced prices on tickets, drinks and more, as the Garrick will be passing on the
                recent VAT reduction to customers. Cllr Matthew Ellis, Deputy Leader of Lichfield District Council commented: “Even
                though it was difficult to sort out, we've worked hard to make sure that the VAT reduction is in place for the new
                season. The prices in our new season brochure will be reduced at point of purchase, and the reductions customers
                receive will be marked on their tickets."

                Buy your tickets for your seats at the Garrick, including this year's all star pantomime, Dick Whittington, by visiting
                www.lichfieldgarrick.com or calling 01543 412121 Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm.

What was in     Express & Star 10.12.08
the papers
                It’s Strictly a sell-out
                The people‟s Strictly Come Dancing favourite John Sergeant has seen his An Audience With show at Lichfield‟s
                Garrick Theatre sell out in just a few days.

                Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 04.12.08
                It’s strictly come buying
                Strictly Come Dancing star John Sergeant generated one of the fastest ever ticket sales at the Lichfield Garrick as
                his one-man show sold out within days.
                Adrian Jackson quoted in full

                Lichfield Post 04.12.08
                Patrons boost sales
                Theatre lovers dug deep in their pockets and helped make the start of the latest Lichfield Garrick season one to
                remember with a 125 percent increase in sales.
                Adrian Jackson quoted in full

                Lichfield Post 04.12.08
                Bumper bookings for Garrick’s new season
                Acts such as John Sergeant, Paul Daniels, Billy Ocean and Benjamin Zephaniah have helped the Lichfield Garrick to
                bumper sales with the box office taking £50,000 in the first two days of telephone bookings for the new season.
                Adrian Jackson quoted in full

What we’ve      Press release issued to all arts press 09.09.08
issued to the
                Dick Whittington
press
                Lichfield Garrick has teamed up once again with Hiss and Boo to bring you the classic family pantomime, Dick
                Whittington. This brand new production has been specially adapted for Lichfield Garrick audiences.
                For full press release see 09 – 23 September’s edition of LDC in the News




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                                                                     01543 308774.
 LDC in the News …                                                                                                                  03 April 2010

What was in      Sutton Coldfield Observer 12.12.08
the papers
                 Dick Whittington
                 Following on from the hugely successful Cinderella last year. Lichfield Garrick presents Dick Whittington for
                 Christmas 2008.

                 Lichfield Mercury 11.12.08
                 Seasonal show is familiar favourite
                 The stage is full of the usual glamour and glitz we expect in pantomime. Dick is play by Marc Leslie and is joined with
                 his ever-faithful cat Tommy played by Dee Tails. The first half he doesn‟t talk but he finds his voice in the second half
                 and plays the cat in the guise of Eddie Murphey‟s Donkey in the Shrek films. He was an excellent dancer and singer
                 with some cracking comic lines thrown in and I think gets the best performance award.

                 Lichfield Post 11.12.08
                 Gloriously silly – and no smut! – review
                 Last year‟s Garrick panto was the best Christmas theatre fun I‟d has in ages so it hardly seemed possible this year‟s
                 show could be better, but believe me it‟s absolutely brilliant with never a dull moment from first to last.

                 Birmingham Mail 09.12.08
                 Panto ticks all the right boxes
                 It has everything you‟d expect from a pantomime. Custard pies, flour, eggs and special effects, including
                 pyrotechnics, as well as a fairy flying through the air and parcel of this year‟s Garrick pantomime.

                 Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 04.11.08
                 Curtain up on panto
                 TV and radio personality Joanne Malin will be donning fairy wings from tonight (Thursday) as she stars in the
                 Lichfield Garrick panto.

What was in      Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 11.12.08
the papers
                 Medieval treats at city cookery class
no request for
statement        Spiced yeast buns and traditional mince meat will be among the medieval delights served up at a festive cookery
                 class in the city next Monday (December 22).




 For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact Rhiannon Purkis on:
                                                                     01543 308774.
LDC in the News …                                                                                                                   03 April 2010




                     Democratic, Development & Legal Services
What we’ve      Press release sent to all local press 09.12.08
issued to the
                Help plan the future of Bird Street Car Park
press
                Come along to an event this Saturday at the Guildhall in Lichfield to help plan the future of the Bird Street (also
                known as Woolworth‟s) car park and surrounding area.

                The District Council wants local people to come along and give their views on the potential redevelopment of the
                Bird Street Car Park area and the formation of a new pedestrian route from Market Street.

                Councillor Neil Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development, Democratic and Legal explains: “The site is in a key
                location in the heart of the city, with stunning views across Minster Pool to the Cathedral. We know it‟s a well used
                car park, but other than parking, it adds very little to the City centre. Redeveloping the area would ensure the same
                number of car parking spaces being maintained, whilst potentially bringing more shops and other uses to the Market
                Street area of the city, adding to the overall appeal of the city for both shoppers and visitors. So, if you are in Lichfield
                on Saturday, pop into the Guildhall between 10am and 2pm to give us your views. Council officers will be on hand to
                explain the propsals. If you can‟t make it to the exhibition, you can give your views in writing, by email or online at
                www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/birdstreetcarpark before the 6th February 2009.”

                You can also call the team on 01543 308252, email the team at helen.cook@lichfielddc.gov.uk or write to the team at
                Lichfield District Venture, Donegal House, Lichfield, Staffs WS13 6NE

What was in     Lichfield Mercury 11.12.08
the papers
                Shoppers to see car park plan
                Lichfield residents have been invited to a special event on Saturday to help plan the future of Bird Street car park.
                Cllr Neil Roberts quoted in full

                Lichfield Post 11.12.08
                Chance to shape the future of Bird Street
                Lichfield residents will have a chance to help shape the future of Bird Street car park in the city centre, at a
                consultation event to be held this weekend.
                Cllr Neil Roberts quoted in full

What we’ve      Press release issued to all local papers 09.12.08
issued to the
                A real boost to the city!
press
                Lichfield District Council formally opens the new Garrick Square

                The district council is celebrating after formally opening the new Garrick Square. The square, which is just outside
                the main entrance to the Lichfield Garrick, has undergone a radical makeover to become a meeting place for local
                people, theatre goers and tourists.

                Councillor Neil Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development, Democratic and Legal explains: “The Garrick Square is a
                really important entrance to our City. Not only is it infront of our much loved theatre, it also acts as a gateway into
                Three Spires Shopping Centre and the City for people arriving from the bus station, railway station and multi-storey
                car park. The redevelopment has transformed the area into a focal point and is set to become a great local meeting
                place for shoppers, tourists and visitors to our city.”

                As well as new paving, the square features new seating, cycle stands, lighting and bins. The project was jointly
                funded by Lichfield District Council and the County Council.

                For more information visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/garricksquare

What was in     Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 11.12.08
the papers
                Focal point square to be opened today
                Garrick Square in Lichfield is due to be formally reopened today (Dec 11) following a radical makeover.
                Cllr Neil Roberts quoted in full

                Express & Star 10.12.08
                Garrick Square to open
                The revamped Garrick Square in lichfield is to be formally opened tomorrow. The square, just outside the main
                entrance to the Lichfield Garrick, has undergone a radical makeover to transform it into a meeting place for local
                people, theatre-goers and tourists.
                Cllr Neil Roberts quoted in full




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                                                                     01543 308774.
LDC in the News …                                                                                                                   03 April 2010

What we’ve      Press release issued to all local press 02.12.08
issued to the
                I Love Lichfield District
press
                Don‟t miss out on your chance to shape the future of the district

                Hundreds of people are expected to come along to a series of events this December and get involved in shaping
                how Lichfield District could be developed between now and 2026 - from new housing, to new shopping areas,
                through to how the environment will be protected.

                Eleven community events are being held across the district from the 5th – 17th December at leisure centres and
                community halls. The events will explain how a new framework (called a Local Development Framework) that‟s being
                developed by the district council will influence all future planning decisions. It will also outline a set of preferred
                development options for Lichfield, Burntwood and the rural areas that local people have helped to shape over the
                past year. Everyone who attends the events will be asked to take a look at the preferred options and let the team
                know whether or not they feel they are right for the local area.

                Councillor Neil Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development, Democratic and Legal said: “This is local people‟s best
                chance to help make sure the district is developed in the right way in the future. So often people feel the time to get
                involved is when a planning application is submitted, but often by this time the district council has very little power to
                turn down appropriate applications. Now people have a chance to help shape what development is appropriate and
                where it should take place. With a government target of 8,000 new homes between 2006 and 2026, development is
                inevitable. That said we can work together now to make sure development boosts the local area, whilst protecting the
                bits we all love, from wide open spaces, to historic buildings. If you give your views you‟ll also be in with the chance
                to win a Dyson DC24 (the one with the ball) or one of 5 iPod Shuffles.”

                Cllr Neil Roberts continued: “If you can‟t come along to an exhibition why not get online and visit our great new web
                section www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/newldf that explains it all in detail and is really easy to use.”

                You can also call the team on 01543 308192, email the team at developmentplans@lichfielddc.gov.uk or write to the
                team at Planning Policy Manager, FREEPOST WV370, Development Services, Lichfield District Council, Lichfield,
                Staffs WS13 6BR. Local people have until January 10th 2009 to give their views.

                What is a Local Development Framework?
                A Local Development Framwork (or LDF for short) is a document that is prepared by the district council and
                approved by the Secretary of State. It helps to make sure the right decisions are made and the district is developed
                in the right way. From making sure the right number and types of homes are built - such as affordable homes for
                young people, the right kind of homes for elderly residents, and great starter homes for young families. It also means
                creating the right kind of shopping and leisure facilities locally, so you don't have to travel to Birmingham or
                elsewhere to find what you need. And, for businesses it means creating the right kind of office and industrial spaces,
                so local businesses can grow and local people can find more and better paid local jobs.

What was in     Lichfield Mercury 11.12.08
the papers
                Now have your say on the big plans ahead
                If you are concerned about future development in Fradley, you should know that a very important exhibition will take
                place at Fradley Village Hall on December 12, between 3-7pm.

                Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 11.12.08
                Chance to speak out on the future
                Residents across Lichfield are being invited to have their say on how the city should be developed over the next 15
                years, in a groundbreaking consultation.
                Cllr Neil Roberts quoted in full

                Express & Star 06.12.08
                Chance of a say on what future will be
                Lichfield and Burntwood people can have a say on the area‟s future at events being held from now until December
                17 at halls and leisure centres. Please can see plans for housing, shopping and industry.

                Lichfield Mercury 04.12.08
                Planning exhibition for ‘inevitable’ development
                A series of special events have been set up to seek citizens‟ opinions on how to tackle „inevitable‟ development
                across Lichfield district between now and 2026
                Cllr Neil Roberts quoted in full

                Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 04.12.08
                Views sought on city scheme
                The public‟s views on plans for a major city development scheme are sought. Under Lichfield District Council‟s plans
                the Bird Street car park would be replaced with „niche‟ shops, cafes, restaurants, housing and offices. The scheme
                would transform the heart of the city centre.
                Cllr Neil Roberts quoted in full


 For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact Rhiannon Purkis on:
                                                                     01543 308774.
 LDC in the News …                                                                                                                  03 April 2010


                 Lichfield Post 04.12.08
                 Community events help shape out city
                 Lichfield residents can help shape the future of everything from housing to shopping and the environment at a series
                 of public community events starting today.
                 Cllr Neil Roberts quoted in full

What we’ve       Press release issued to all arts press 25.11.08
issued to the
press
                 Help shape Lichfield’s First Local Nature Reserve
                 Come along to Christian Fields, just off Eastern Avenue, on Sunday 7th December, to help shape the future of
                 Lichfield‟s first Local Nature Reserve

                 Lichfield District Council‟s Countryside Team, in partnership with Burton Conservation Volunteers and North Lichfield
                 Initiative, will be holding a clean up work party at Christian Fields on Sunday 7th December. This former landfill site is
                 set to become the district‟s first Local Nature Reserve. The team are looking for volunteers to help with management
                 work on the site, including path and weed clearance, scrub control and litter picking.

                 Tamara Kabat, Biodiversity Officer for Lichfield District Council, said: “Local Nature Reserves are important places for
                 both people and wildlife. They aim to protect wildlife, can be a handy resource to teach people about the great
                 outdoors, and offer local people a wonderful space to enjoy nature.

                 “A successful consultation held on the site in March showed us what people would like to see happen at the site, and
                 that people out there want to help. A recent ecological survey has recommended work we should complete on the
                 site to help improve it for wildlife. December 5th is also International Volunteers Day. We‟d like everyone to come
                 along, celebrate volunteering, get your hands dirty, and play a part in helping to manage this site.”

                 The work party will run from 10.30am until 4pm. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing, including sturdy footwear and
                 work gloves and bring along some food and drink for the day. The entrance to the site is off Eastern Avenue,
                 opposite Dimbles Lane.

                 For more information and to book your place, please call Tamara Kabat on 01543 308249 or email
                 tamara.kabat@lichfielddc.gov.uk

What was in      Lichfield Post 04.12.08
the papers
                 Work on new nature reserve
                 Lovers of nature are invited to help make history this weekend with the creation of Lichfield‟s first local nature
                 reserve.
                 Tamara Kabat quoted in part

What was in      Lichfield Mercury 11.12.08
the papers
                 Statue sale was so sad – letter to the editor
no request for
statement        The sale of the masterpiece La Donna Che Trattiene il Tempo is very sad. I agree wholeheartedly with Lorna Bushell
                 and I would also like to know how much of the £150,000 after all the deductions which she mentions, is left for new
                 artworks.

                 Lichfield Mercury 11.12.08
                 Useless way to see the plans – letter to the editor
                 If Lichfield District Council really does care about our views it should make the whole processs more „user friendly‟
                 and accessible to the population in our area.

                 Lichfield Mercury 04.12.08
                 Key city centre site is up for redevelopment
                 Plans to redevelop Lichfield‟s Bird Street car park are in the pipeline – a bold bid to stop the city‟s „centre pf gravity‟
                 being balanced in the wake of Friarsgate.

                 Lichfield Mercury & Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 04.12.08
                 Listen to what people want – letter to the editor
                 As Mr Guy rightly says, it was bequeathed to the city of Lichfield by Colonel Swinfen Broun and Councillor David
                 Smith and his colleagues had no right to sell it. As for the reason quoted that there was nowhere excuse. Surely
                 there was plenty of room either in the cathedral or in the Lichfield Garrick theatre?

                 Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 04.12.08
                 Landmark pub in talks on shelter
                 A Landmark Lichfield pub may have to tear down an „out of keeping‟ smoking shelter.

                 Express & Star 03.12.08
                 Pub may be forced to lose smoking shelter
                 A landmark Lichfield pub may have to tear down an „incongruous‟ smoking shelter that has been deemed out of
                 keeping with the traditional building.

 For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact Rhiannon Purkis on:
                                                                     01543 308774.
LDC in the News …                                                                                                                   03 April 2010




                                      Organisational Development
What we’ve
issued to the   No press release or statements issued in this period
press

What was in
the papers      No press coverage in this period




                                    Community, Housing & Health
What we’ve      Press release issued to all local press 25.11.08
issued to the
press
                Does someone depend on you?
                If you look after your parents, a child with special needs, or your partner, you are a carer.

                There are nearly six million carers in the UK and over 2 million people become new carers every year - from looking
                after an older relative, to caring for a sick child. Many carers struggle financially because they do not realise what
                help they are entitled to, or they struggle to understand complex and detailed forms. Well we are here to help! Come
                along to Carers Rights Day at the Guildhall any time between 10am and 4pm on Friday 5th December to find out
                what help rights, benefits and services you are entitled to.

                This year‟s Carers Rights Day, organised by Lichfield District Strategic Partnership, will focus on Making the Most of
                Your Money.

                Councillor Val Richards, Cabinet Member for Community, Housing and Health, said: “Whether you want to drop in for
                a chat, or just want to find out what support is out there, we hope all carers are able to come along. We know it isn‟t
                always easy to get to these events, which is why we can help with car parking and someone to look after the person
                you care for.”

                Marie DuQuesnay, District Director from Social Care and Health said: “Anyone who looks after a sick or disabled
                person on an unpaid basis is a carer, and may be able to get help. They would be very welcome to come along to
                our Carers‟ Rights Day and find out what support they can get.”

                If you would like to find out more about arranging somebody to look after the person you care for while you come
                along to the event, please contact Chris Bennetts on 01543 510812 or for more information about the event, or for
                free parking for carers who wish to attend, call Chris Stanley on 01543 308737.

                Carers Rights Day is a national event organised by the charity Carers UK. Groups around the country will be holding
                similar events to make sure that carers are getting the support and benefits they deserve and managing their money
                well. Further information on issues affecting carers can be found at the Carers UK website www.carersuk.org.

                Carers UK have produced a booklet called Looking After Someone? This is a guide to carers‟ rights and benefits
                which provides specialist advice to carers.You can order a free copies from Carers UK by calling 0845 241 9379,
                visiting www.carersuk.org, emailing carersrightsday@carersuk.org, or by writing to Carers UK at: 20 Great Dover
                Street, London, SE1 4LX

What was in     Lichfield Mercury 04.12.08
the papers
                Vital advice on hand for carers and families
                Free financial advice is on offer for Lichfield carers at this year‟s Carers Right Day event on Friday, December 5.

                Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 04.12.08
                Cash advice at hand for carers
                Free financial advice is being made available to Lichfield carers at a Carers Rights Day event tomorrow (Friday).




 For more information, copies of coverage or releases, or to inform the communications team of upcoming news, please contact Rhiannon Purkis on:
                                                                     01543 308774.
LDC in the News …                                                                                                                   03 April 2010

What we’ve      Press release issued to all local press 25.11.08
issued to the
                Successful Family Lantern Parade
press
                North Lichfield was lit up with community spirit on Friday 31st October, when 270 local people took part in a free
                Family Lantern Parade.

                Local people wrapped up warm and took to the streets on Friday 31st October and wave goodbye to the summer in
                style.

                During half term, B Arts a community arts company ran seven workshops at Curborough Community Centre where
                local people made their hand held, candle lit lanterns which lit up the night sky. People of all ages joined in, making
                lanterns in all different shapes and sizes, including a heart, a pair of shoes and even a cathedral.

                Amanda Newbold, from the North Lichfield Community and Learning Partnership, said: ”The Family Lantern
                Procession was a great success and a wonderful example of how local people come together to celebrate their
                community.”

                Tracy Potts, North Lichfield Initiative‟s Assistant Community Development Worker, said: " It has been and
                amazing and beautiful event, attended by many local residents, who had a fantastic time"

                The Lantern Parade was made possible by the kind support of the North Lichfield Community and Learning
                Partnership, the North Lichfield Initiative, Lichfield District Council, B Arts, Adult and Community Learning
                Partnership, Lichfield & District CVS, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue, Staffordshire Police, Homezone Living and the
                Lichfield Adventure Playcare Association (LAPA). Also thank you to Councillor Wilkins who donated £500 as part of
                the Staffordshire County Council Local Members Initiative Scheme and everyone else who has helped organise this
                great community event.

                The Adult and Community Learning Partnership are inviting people who took part in the lantern procession to attend
                a free scrapbook course, to turn the photos taken at the procession into a special memory scrapbook. The course
                starts on Friday 9th January 2009, and runs every Friday for six weeks, from 10am -12pm at Curborough community
                centre.

What was in     Lichfield Post 04.12.08
the papers
                Lighting Night Sky
                North Lichfield residents proved community spirit was alive and well when almost 300 people took part in a touching
                lantern parade through the city streets.

What we’ve      Press release issued to all local press 17.11.08
issued to the
                Stay warm this winter
press
                This winter you can enjoy a warmer home, be greener and save money, thanks to Lichfield District Council‟s „Warmer
                Homes, Greener District‟ initiative.

                Launched earlier this year in partnership with Central Midlands Energy Efficiency Advice Centre, the scheme has
                already helped hundreds of homeowners across the district to cut their heating bills by making their homes more
                energy efficient.

                Cabinet Member for Housing, Health and Leisure, Councillor Val Richards commented: “By getting your cavity wall or
                loft insulated through Warmer Homes, Greener District, you could get the work done completely free, or at a huge
                discount. And by making your home more energy efficient you could save up to 20% on your heating bills.”

                Cllr Richards continued: “To find out how our scheme can help you, come along to the Council‟s Frog Lane reception
                area between 10am and 3pm every Friday until 12th December, where an Energy Adviser from Central Midlands
                Energy Efficiency Advice Centre will be answering queries about energy efficiency in your home.”

                Cavity wall and loft insulation is free to homeowners aged 70 or over (subject to survey) or if you have a gross
                household income of less than £15,460. You may also be entitled to free heating if you are a home owner and your
                gross household income does not exceed £15,460, if you or your spouse are aged 60 or over or suffering from a
                chronic illness, and if there is inadequate heating provision in your home.

                For all other homeowners, whatever your circumstances, the scheme offers substantial discounts on the standard
                price of cavity wall and loft insulation.

                For more information, call free on 0800 56 77 501 or visit our website www.warmandgreen.co.uk.

What was in     Burntwood Post 04.12.08
the papers
                Residents urged to join the ‘stay warm’ scheme
                Burntwood folk are being urged to conserve energy to stay warm this winter.




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What was in      Lichfield & Burntwood Chronicle 11.12.08
the papers
                 Financial pressure as revenue drops
no request for
statement        Bosses at Lichfield District Council are forecasting an almost half a million pound overspend on services this financial
                 year.

                 Express & Star 06.12.08
                 Projects may be hit under council cuts
                 Major projects in lichfield could be shelved as council bosses look to plug a shortfall in their finances. The district
                 council faces a funding gap of at least £640,000 in its capital budget in 2011 which could rise to £1.5 million if plans
                 to sell the civic amenity site do not go ahead.




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