A group of neighbours on Lichfield’s Boley Park estate have raised £156 and donated it to Lichfield Round Table for charity.
John Smith of Pentire Road explained: “We are delighted with the amount raised. Luckily I saw a tweet yesterday saying that Santa would be in the area on Tuesday night, that gave me just enough time to rally the neighbours.”
Sandra Jackson takes up the story :”That’s right, we all agreed, it would be much better to raise the money on the understanding that the Round Table Santa wouldn’t come along our road at all. We’re all busy working parents, I’m out of the house for at least twelve hours a day and when I get home I have to feed and bath the kids and get them into bed. The last thing I need is for a bloody fake Santa to come ‘yo-ho- hoing’ along the road in the middle of Holby City.”
Rounder, Pete “Up the Villa” Adams commented:”We’re very grateful to the Pentire residents for this generous donation, it will certainly go some way towards this evenings fuel costs for our fully-liveried Mitsubishi Pajero.”
Others however were a little more circumspect. Tabler stalwart of two years, Mike “I’m a Right Laugh” Collins told us: “A big thank you to the Pentire folks but this cut an hour out of our evening and to be honest that’s the last thing that I need at Christmas. I’ve had more time on my hand than I know what to do with since Vicky left me for that Morris Dancer. It’s no laughing matter.”
Santa’s tour of the City streets continues right up to Christmas Eve, so check out his itinerary on http://www.lichfield.roundtable.co.uk to avoid disappointment by being unexpectedly in.
MP MICHAEL Fabricant is preparing for a hair raising moment in aid of charity in the next few days.
The Lichfield and Burntwood Parliamentarian’s latest prank involves donating his golden locks to the City for the duration of the House of Common’s Christmas recess.
Last month publicity shy Mr Fabricant, 75, took part in Movember – the charity moustache-growing campaign in aid of Prostate Cancer UK – wearing a false “wing commander” during the last Prime Minister’s Questions in November.
This week Mr Fabricant will be donating his hair, which will then spend the festive season adorning one of the Cathedral’s trees during it’s Christmas Tree Festival. Starting at the bottom, the blonde thatch will gradually make its way up the tree as each charity donation target is met. It is hoped that by the big day the well known weave will have reached the very top.
The Bishop of Lichfield Jonathan Gledhill rejoiced: “This is a great contribution that Mikey has made to our Festival, depicting as it does the baldness of the baby Jesus and the gradual progression to a luxuriant full head of blonde hair in adulthood. On another level it also looks a little bit like straw in the manger.”
Resident in Cathedral Close whilst he is in Lichfield Mr Fabricant commented: “What better way to celebrate Christmas than to watch your own peruke steadily climbing up through the branches.” Asked what other bodily part would next get detached in the interest of charity, the MP said:”I tried it with my retina earlier in the year and at my age, who knows what will drop off next.”
To contribute to the cause, visit Mr Fabricant’s fund-raising page at www.alopeciaareatasupport.com
People in Lichfield and are being urged to take extra care during the next round of strikes by firefighters.
Crews will walk out again between 6pm and 10pm on Saturday (December 14) as part of a dispute over pensions.
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said:
“I am mindful that the industrial action is due to take place when many people will be enjoying Christmas parties or celebrations. While I am keen for people to have fun during the festivities, I would also urge revellers to be careful when they are out and about and to avoid cooking when they return home – why not have a meal out at one of the bars and restaurants in the city where many firefighters have second jobs and businesses.
“Likewise, if you are going to have a drink, stay safe, leave the car at home and take a taxi. There will be plenty available as many firefighters are also full time cabbies.
“If you’re having a night in, don’t leave lit candles unattended. Better still don’t light the candles and just enjoy your fairy lights but if they’re not working then please call a qualified electrician. However one may be hard to find on Saturday night as most FBU members don’t have any qualifications.”
Officer Dartford thanked local residents for their support and reminded everyone: “If you need your car or windows cleaned you know where to come.”
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Five Spires Live has discovered that Lichfield District Council’s new 400-space car park on The Friary is being used to house vulnerable local people and families.
The LEGO Award nominated building, designed by pupils from Christ Church primary school, was officially opened by Councillor David Leytham, Chairman of Lichfield District Council, in November. He said: “I was delighted to do the honours and cut the ribbon to launch this fantastic multi-purpose facility. Lichfield is such a popular city and it is really important that we have plenty of parking spaces to offer to our Supported Housing residents. It is great to see the car park being used in this way, and it will no doubt be invaluable to the homeless in the lead up to Christmas.”
The long-stay car park features 54 spaces allocated to Bromford Housing residents spread across a number of decks, a lift for the disabled and those incapacitated by drink or drugs to access the different levels, an electric wheelchair charging point and 24 hour use of the public toilets (optional).
“We’re all really proud to have launched our first DIY housing scheme,” commented a spokesman for Bromford. “We have allocated all 54 spaces and families have now started moving in. In a matter of days many have been able to furnish and decorate their spaces and some have even found time to put up Christmas decorations. As part of the deal we have installed windows for some of the residents.”
The chairman was joined on the opening day by district council officers and a representative from S Harrison – the developer of The Friary scheme.
David Clancy, Director of S Harrison Developments Ltd, said: “The Friary is an excellent example of how mixed use development is delivering real profits for the company. With Lichfield District Council we have transformed a former car park site into a car park site. Many Bromford clients were sleeping in the car park previously so we are proud to say that they have now been provided with a roof over their heads.”
One of the new residents, Mike Hunt, commented: “ It’s really great to be living here, I can now nick a car without even leaving the house.”
To find out more about the development or apply for an appartment, visit http://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/thefriary
As Santa prepares to empty his sack for another Christmas, Lichfield Round Table members are anxiously reviewing their options as to where to park their fully-liveried Mitsubishi Pajero for the next twelve months.
Earlier in the year the car could be found abandoned in various locations in and around the City – traffic islands, farmers’ fields, Eastern Avenue cemetery. But there are now few places left that it hasn’t been towed away from.
Mike “I’m a Right Laugh” Collins, who has been involved with the group for two years, said: “I had it on my drive for a few weeks, it was a right laugh! But I had to let it go when my wife called me a knob and left me for a Morris Dancer. I still miss it.”
The club – a social club for mainly, or soon to be, single men aged 18-45 – raises about £2,000 each year less than they spend on car running costs, real ale and archery evenings.
“If we can’t find suitable parking,” said chairman Pete “Up the Villa” Adams, “we’ll have to sell it, give the proceeds to charity and join Lichfield Golf and Country Club. Now that’s what I call sad.”
To join Lichfield Round Table email email@example.com. Or call the Samaritans.
The Birmingham Business Improvement District organisation, Retail Birmingham, has written to Lichfield District Council praising the new Friary Car Park that has recently been officially opened in the City.
Mike Dunn of Retail Birmingham said : “I am delighted the Friary Car Park is now open. With more than 400 long stay parking spaces, this will provide an excellent opportunity for those planning a festive shopping trip to park their cars in a safe and affordable place before catching a bus or taking the train to Birmingham’s Bullring shopping centre.”
Shopper Pam Blackwell from Burntwood agreed : “It couldn’t be more convenient for my Christmas shopping, just park up at the Friary and then take the train into Brum, at last the Council has done something positive to address the problem of poor shopping facilities in Lichfield.”
Mike Dunn also congratulated the car park’s architects: “The car park is visually stunning, with minimalist design input and an abundance of unclad steelwork it really does prepare our visitors for their train journey through Birmingham’s industrial wastelands.”
Councillor David Leytham, who officially opened the facility on 25th November 2013 was not asked to comment.