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Lichfield News, Spooky city ghost walk, Beacon Park

Lichfield News

Market StreetLichfield, Market Street
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Last chance to go on a spooky city ghost walk this winter!

Published on Monday, 19th January 2015

There are just three tours left in this series of Gruesome and Ghostly tours around Lichfield’s historical city centre.

Visit Lichfield’s Gruesome and Ghostly tours are a haunted highlight of Lichfield’s autumn and winter calendar. Led by Green Badge tour guides, the walks take in the Guildhall prison cells, the history of the Market Square burnings at the stake, the ghosts sighted in Dam Street, The Close and more.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth & Development, said: “These entertaining tours are a great way to find out more about the city’s macabre past. After these final tours, they won’t be back until next autumn, so don’t miss out on your chance to get spooked!”

The walks are rounded off with a visit to a local pub for a glass of mulled wine and a sausage roll.

The final Gruesome and Ghostly tours of the season are running on Wednesday 28 January, and Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 18 February at 7pm.

Tours need to be booked in advance, and cost £6.25 a ticket. To book, please visit Tourist Information at St Mary’s in the Market Square or call the team on 01543 256611.

Lichfield GuildhallThe Guildhall, Lichfield
The present building was erected in 1846 although the site on which it stands was used for the Guild, or Fraternity, of Citizens as early as 1387.
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New composting bays will make Beacon Park even greener!


Thanks to investment from Lichfield District Council’s section 106 funding, work started on Thursday 15 January to install three large composting bays in Beacon Park.

The composting bays will be tucked away in the corner of Bunkers Hill woodland near the A51. They will be used to compost Beacon Park’s green waste, with the resulting compost being used to benefit the gardens across the park.

Using the bays will cut down the amount of material being transported off-site, which is a more environmentally friendly way to deal with the park’s green waste.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “We’re really pleased work has started to install the three composting bays in Beacon Park. Composting the park’s green waste on-site has a number of benefits, as it will cut down on our carbon emissions, save money, and give us good quality compost to use across the park.”

Work to install the bays is expected to be completed in February.


Lichfield News, Chase Terrace Park, Burntwood Leisure Centre, Friary Grange Leisure Centre

Lichfield News

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Chase Terrace bulb planting –

Chase Terrace Park bulb planting day

Everyone’s invited to help plant spring bulbs on Saturday 24 January 2015, from 11am to 1pm.

Thanks to a donation of £200 by County Councillor Sue Woodward, through the Staffordshire Local Community Fund, Lichfield District Council’s parks team is inviting local people to help them plant more than 1,500 bulbs at Chase Terrace Park this January.

The bulbs will be planted under the trees and around the main entrance of the park. In the spring the park should be full of colour when English bluebells, snowdrops daffodils and crocuses come into bloom.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “This is a good opportunity for local people to volunteer for their local park. Thank you to Councillor Woodward for once again donating the money to buy the bulbs – we’re all looking forward to seeing the flowers this springtime.”

Staffordshire County Councillor for Chase Terrace Ward, Susan Woodward, said: “More than 25 people joined in the last bulb planting day, and I hope plenty of volunteers with once again roll up their sleeves to help improve this fantastic local park.”

The bulb planting day is running on Saturday 24 January between 11am and 1pm and it is open to all. The council’s parks team is reminding volunteers to wear strong footwear and suitable clothing, and to bring along gardening gloves if they have them.

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One month free membership to two local leisure centres

Sign up to any Burntwood Leisure Centre or Friary Grange Leisure Centre membership in January 2015 and get 12 months for the price of 11.

To help local people stick to their New Year’s resolutions to get fit and healthy in 2015, two council-run leisure centres are offering anyone signing up to one year’s membership to get their twelfth month free of charge.

Both Friary Grange and Burntwood leisure centres have a varied range of memberships available, from individual and couples, through to family. Memberships can include unlimited access to the gym, exercise classes and swimming pool.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “Lots of people start off the year with good intentions, so we are happy to offer an extra incentive to get fit with a month’s free membership to one of our leisure centres if booking a year’s membership in January.”

Burntwood Leisure Centre is a great venue to get active and have fun. It boasts a 25m swimming pool and shallow toddler pool, Inspire Fitness gym and studio, health suite which includes a spa, sauna and steam room and more.

Friary Grange Leisure Centre promises results with its 25m pool, newly refurbished Evolve Fitness gym and studio, exercise classes, dance studio and more.

The 12 month membership for the price of 11 is only available if booked in January 2015. Find out more by calling Burntwood Leisure Centre on 01543 308810 or Friary Grange Leisure Centre on 01543 308842.

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Friary Grange Leisure Centre –

Take the plunge for Swimathon 2015

Get training for a swimming challenge at Friary Grange Leisure Centre on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 April 2015.

This April, swimmers will take part in Swimathon 2015, fundraising for Marie Curie.

The UK’s biggest fundraising swimming event will see thousands of people taking the plunge at hundreds of pools around the country, including Friary Grange Leisure Centre in Lichfield.

Registration for the event has now opened, and Swimathon can be entered as an individual or a team. Challenges are designed to suit all levels of fitness, abilities and ages.

Participants can enter as an individual and swim either 1.5k, 2.5km or 5k, or as a team of between 2 and 5 people swimming either 1.5k or 5k. There is also the option to swim any amount by signing up to SimplySwim.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “We hope lots of people will take up the challenge and enter this year’s Swimathon to raise money for charity. It’s a great time of year to start training so register today to get started.”

Duncan Goodhew MBE, Olympic gold medallist, London 2012 Ambassador and Swimathon President, said: “Swimathon provides motivation and a personal challenge to swimmers nationwide. It also offers a goal to train for, a target to achieve and a great cause to support.”

The Swimathon sessions will run at Friary Grange Leisure Centre between 4pm and 9pm on Saturday 18 April and between 8am and 11am on Sunday 19 April.

Early bird registration costs £6 if entering as individual and £13 as a team. This is half the normal registration fee. This covers the cost of putting on the event and does not include a donation.

To register and start training and raising sponsorship, please visit

Individual distances:

A great target for the novice swimmer to aim for. If you fancy working your way up to 60 lengths of a 25m pool whilst raising some much needed fundraising cash then this is the challenge for you!

If you’re looking to go to great lengths to get sponsored, then 100 lengths of a 25m pool is for you. Get ready to make some fundraising waves!

The ultimate Swimathon challenge. This is our longest distance challenge for the serious swimmers out there. Expect lots of sponsors because completing 5km will leave everyone, including you, breathless.

Take on one of our challenges under your own steam. SimplySwim lets you choose one of our Swimathon distances and your own pool to raise money for a challenge the whole family can get involved with.

Team distances:

Take on 60 lengths of a 25m pool as part of a team with your friends and family. Tell everyone you know and then watch your sponsorship total come along swimmingly.

Round up your water-loving friends and take on the ultimate distance together. Then soak in the sponsorship money and the glory of completing your challenge.