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Nandos announces opening! 

22 Aug

Tamworths newest restaurant has announced that it will soon be opening it’s doors… The much awaited Nandos Restaurant which is on the site of the former Allied Carpets at Ventura retail park has announced it’s opening date, and ...

Firefighters tackle early morning blaze on Lichfield Street 

22 Aug

FIREFIGHTERS tackled a blaze for more than SEVEN HOURSat a shop in Fazeley in the early hours of this morning (Friday).

Opening date for new Nando’s store in Tamworth announced 

22 Aug

The wait is over...

Taste of Tamworth is back for a second helping 

22 Aug

The two-day Taste of Tamworth food festival is returning to the town for the second year, after last year’s debut event proved to be such a success.

Enjoy Tamworth’s heritage and history – for free 

21 Aug

Free entry to Tamworth Castle, a guided walk taking in sites of significance in the First World War, wartime stories of Tamworth families and a look at Saxon life are just some of the events at this year’s Heritage Open Day.

Kids run free in Tamworth! 

21 Aug

On your marks for new weekly run for children in Tamworth – and the best part, it’s free! An exciting new project which gives children the chance to take part in weekly organised runs is launching in Tamworth this autumn – and it’s completely...

Tamworth Beer Festival 2014 – it’s ‘portoclock’ for the Mayor 

21 Aug

The countdown is on as Tamworth Beer Festival gears up to celebrate its 21 st birthday at the Assembly Rooms next month.

Mayor’s call for people to restore pride in town again 

21 Aug

A HEATED row over the state of our town left Tamworth's mayor so infuriated he has launched his own campaign to restore community pride.

Innocent dare leads to 50 years’ wedded bliss for Mr and Mrs… 

21 Aug

WHAT started out as an innocent dare turned into 50 golden years for this Tamworth couple.

Young People organise ‘Tam Jam’ music event 

20 Aug

A group of Tamworth teenagers have organised ‘Tam Jam’ a a music festival with one aim -  to raise as much money as possible for the Teenage Cancer Trust The group of twelve 16 and 17-year-olds from Tamworth have organised a music ...

Bike Course Released for IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire 

20 Aug

IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire has released the bike course for the newest IRONMAN 70.3 event in the UK ahead of entries opening next week.

Memorial bench is lasting tribute to popular Tamworth man 

20 Aug

A much-loved Bolehall man will forever be part of the community following the unveiling of a memorial bench for him.

Competition: What’s the best spa in the West Midlands? 

20 Aug

With Good Spa Guide's annual Awards almost here, they're asking the Great British public to vote for their favourite spa.

Tamworth teenager to be remembered at BMX event 

20 Aug

A YOUNG BMX fanatic from Tamworth will be remembered at an event dedicated to celebrating teenage talent in the town.

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Council Committee Calls for Better Bus Links in Tamworth 

3 Aug

Improving bus services to Tamworth Railway Station and gaining a better understanding of the needs of passengers are two suggestions put forward by Tamworth Borough Council’s Aspire Prosper Scrutiny committee.

Police ‘Owe’ Leeds United £800,000 

3 Aug

Leeds United have claimed West Yorkshire Police still owes the club £800,000 for overcharging policing at home games.

Tamworth to Commemorate Start of First World War with Guided Walk and Church Service 

3 Aug

Tamworth will mark tomorrow’s 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War with a guided tour of the town centre.

We Love Tamworth is Back for Second Year 

3 Aug

2013’s We Love Tamworth event A daylong summer extravaganza is set to attract thousands to Tamworth Castle Grounds later this month, after a hugely successful debut last year.

Tamworth Student Lands Media Job Following Experience Making Homeless Film 

3 Aug

Tamworth student James Wood has landed a coveted apprenticeship working for two media companies, thanks to his involvement in a film aimed at tackling homelessness.

Town Mayor to Lead Service of Remembrance for the Outbreak of WW1 

3 Aug

Fazeley’s Town Mayor, Cllr Debbie James, will lead a service of remembrance for the outbreak of World War 1 on Monday 4th August at the town’s war memorial.

Joint Council Project Will Continue Despite £3m External Funding Bid Refusal 

3 Aug

A bid for £3 million of external funding to help regenerate part of Tamworth town centre through a new Creative Quarter has been turned down, causing a delay to the project.

Adult Support Group – Coming Soon! 

3 Aug

Dig-  iT is pleased to announce that we're soon to launch an adult dyslexia support group in Tamworth! The adult group will start in Autumn 2014 (venue and start date to be confirmed soon).

Why we need West Coast line 

31 Jul

I AM writing in response to Cllr R Freer's letter in last week's Herald.

Time to shake up Tamworth town centre 

31 Jul

I AM writing to vent about our town centre.

Waiting game at Drayton Manor is no fun at all 

31 Jul

A PARTY of us consisting of three adults and four young children were left wilting in the harsh sun on a recent visit to Drayton Manor.

Untidy memorial garden is bad advert for Atherstone 

31 Jul

WE live on the canals and pass through Atherstone from time to time.

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Manure… An Interesting Fact 

22 Aug

In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be Transported by ship and it was also before the invention of commercial Fertilizers, so large shipments of manure were quite common.

Kingfisher Phonescoped. 

22 Aug

Sometimes an opportunity presents itself and you try and capture the moment.

UK Shoplifting (and need for Foodbanks) growing exponentially 

22 Aug

Shoplifting has gone up in the UK by 7% and the stuff being lifted is food.

The search for Migrants 

22 Aug

Friday 22nd August 2014 Over the past couple of days I've been checking up on local sites looking for Migrants.


22 Aug

A few images from a non birding break on the Somerset/Dorset border.

Daily Quiet Time or Prayer or . . . 

22 Aug

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Morning Prayer – August 22 

22 Aug

Psalm 51 Have mercy on me, O God, in your great goodness; according to the abundance of your compassion blot out my offences.

Made me smile: A game to try after the port’s been passed . . . 

21 Aug

Peter Ould posted his 'Steps to break through a liberal's theological nonsense'.

I Had a Random Dream About You … 

21 Aug

I had a dream about you.

Amnesty Internation and Gaza 

21 Aug

A challenging image and a testing question - especially for us as Christians as we seek to bless Israel and yet stand with the words of Micah, Leviticus and many other places calling upon us to live with humility seeking justice with mercy and loving...

Spare some change mate? 

21 Aug

Sitting on the pavement harvesting the change Changing the reality? Not, really! They sit clocking up the cash To pay for drink, or hash Or to feed some need that they don't need at all You give them Platitudes! You give them your change rather than ...

Morning Prayer – August 21 

21 Aug

Psalm 56 Have mercy on me, O God, for they trample over me; all day long they assault and oppress me.

Our life 365 Instagram 

20 Aug

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Iraqi Christians: Pray – Act – Give 

20 Aug

Says it all...

What is being ‘Christian’ all about? 

20 Aug

"Now that's a very good question," I thought to myself as I struggled to find a reasonable answer and, reasonable or not, I gave one anyway - and this is how it goes: "In my book Christians are people who, recognising the distance between them and ...

Mental illness Is Not Contagious. You Can’t Catch It By Being Kind 

20 Aug

Mental illness attracts less empathy and more distrust than other forms of illness.

Consultation Proposals To Strengthen UK Law on Domestic Abuse 

20 Aug

A new crime of domestic abuse could be created under government proposals aimed at better protecting victims and their families.

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More traffic uses M6 Toll but operator still makes £32m loss 

13 Aug

LOSSES have declined for the operator of the UKs only pay-to-drive motorway, the M6 Toll, as more traffic headed through the toll plazas last year.

Tamworth company expands with leadership support 

21 Jul

A TAMWORTH firm of electricians is expanding after receiving support from an innovative leadership programme.

Vamps cut their teeth on Drayton Manor’s new Air Race 

9 Jul

STAFFORDSHIRES Drayton Manor Theme Park has launched its latest £1.2m thrill ride attraction with the help of the UKs hottest pop band, The Vamps.

Success is in the bag for Tamworth tech firm DiskLabs 

9 Jul

AN innovative product for keeping mobile phones, tablets and laptops safe from cyber thieves is helping to secure the fortunes of a Tamworth technology business.

Logistics company opens 21,000 sq ft base in Tamworth 

23 Jun

FREIGHT carrier Redhead International has opened a new 21,000 sq ft facility in Tamworth.

HSBC helps firm to take a larger slice of the pizza market 

20 Jun

PIZZA franchise business PH Leicester has acquired four Pizza Hut Delivery outlets across the Midlands after securing a £775,000 funding package from HSBC.

Nighclub operator Luminar announces 50% profits rise 

21 May

THE UKs largest nightclub operator, The Luminar Group, which has clubs in Tamworth and Coventry, has announced a 50% increase in full year profits.

New advertising campaign hopes to lure more visitors to Lichfield 

2 May

A new advertising campaign is hoping to attract shoppers and visitors to Lichfield.

‘Model T’ of BSA guns reborn for modern era 

11 Apr

A Tamworth gun shop is set to launch a 21st century prototype of the “Model T Ford of the firearms world” – in conjunction with world-famous BSA.

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Blooming marvellous gardens give judges a tough job 

22 Aug

Three Tamworth gardeners have been awarded prizes in this year’s Tamworth In Bloom garden competition.

Flytipping, 19th August 

19 Aug

Dumped old Fridgefreezer, old mattress!!!! Rear of 62 Madrona Amington Again!!! Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Quince, Amington Report on FixMyStreet...

We Love Tamworth just a few days away 

18 Aug

We’re now just a few days away from the We Love Tamworth summer extravaganza in the Castle Grounds.

Men and women needed to step out against domestic abuse 

14 Aug

Men – do you fancy pulling on a pair of stilettoes and walking through Tamworth? Women – how about donning a pair of workboots or brogues? If the answer’s yes, then a sponsored walk being held in the town in October to raise...

Overgrown bushes, 14th August 

14 Aug

Bushes and weeds have overgrown on to the pavement making it difficult for people to work.

Countdown to We Love Tamworth 

13 Aug

There’s now just over a week to go until the day-long We Love Tamworth summer extravaganza is set to attract thousands to Tamworth Castle Grounds.

Mayor supports hospice and domestic abuse charity 

13 Aug

St Giles Hospice and domestic abuse charity the Pathway Project have been chosen by the Mayor of Tamworth, Cllr Richard Kingstone, as the charities for which he will be fundraising during his year in office.

Former Mayor donates cash to youth organisations 

13 Aug

Tamworth’s Sea Cadets, Air Cadets, Army Cadets and Scouts are now almost £1,000 better off each after former Mayor John Garner handed over the cash he raised for them during his year in office.

Fly tipping, 6th August 

6 Aug

Black sofa has been lying there for a couple of weeks..

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Can you help us find these men wanted by colleagues from West Midlands Police? 

22 Aug

Can you help us find these men wanted by colleagues from West Midlands Police...

Crime falls at V Festival Weston Park 

18 Aug

The organisers of V Festival, Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire Services and West Midlands Ambulance Service are delighted to confirm that the festival at Weston Park, headlined by Justin Timberlake and The Killers this weekend, has...

Officers, Staff and members of the public honoured 

14 Aug

Officers and staff from the Southern Local Policing team, and members of the public will be honoured for meritorious response and professionalism, and public spirited actions.

Respect: It’s a two way street – Considerate and tolerant neighbours 

11 Aug

As part of the force’s summer campaign Respect: It’s a two way street, police are appealing for people to be considerate and tolerant to their neighbours.

Locals get police reassurancea ahead of V Festival 

8 Aug

Staffordshire Police is set to distribute leaflets in the streets local to this year’s V Festival, which takes place in Weston Park on 16th and 17th August.

Summer drink-drive campaign 

5 Aug

A campaign aimed at getting drink-drivers off Staffordshire’s roads led to 156 arrests.

Respect – It’s a two way street 

4 Aug

Parents are being urged to know where their children will be during the school summer holidays and what they will be doing.

Respect: It’s a two way street 

28 Jul

A force-wide summer anti-social behaviour campaign is underway in Staffordshire promoting the importance of all generations showing consideration and tolerance to each other.

Home Secretary announces new Inspector of Constabulary 

25 Jul

The Home Secretary today announced that Mike Cunningham has been appointed as Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary.

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