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Helen Sharman landing on return from MIR 1991
First British astronaut, Helen Sharman, to walk on the moon at Lichfield Cathedral

She was the first British astronaut in space in 1991 but this summer, Helen Sharman will finally walk on the Lichfield Cathedral. Helen will be the special guest speaker at The Great Exhibition 2019: Space, God the Universe and…

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The ‘Oss, made of steel plate and ‘towing’ Fosseway Queen
Canal Trust Unveils Blooming Work Of Art

Lichfield’s canal trust unveiled an exciting new feature for judges in the Heart of England in Bloom competition. As part of their contribution to Blooming Lichfield’s entry, Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust’s volunteers created a…

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School children learn stories of heroism
Hundreds of school children gather to learn stories of heroism that liberated Europe

Almost 1000 young people from across the Midlands forged connections with the lives of British and Commonwealth soldiers last week at the Remember Together Youth Festival 2019. Running from 8 to 12 July, the National Memorial Arboretum in…

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Family activities at NMA
Sappers, Spies and Stick Man feature in summer activities at the National Memorial Arboretum

The National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, has unveiled a programme of Second World War themed activities for families to enjoy over the summer months. Visitors to the 150-acre woodland site can participate in fun daily activities, attend…

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Andy Ansell at the NMA
National Memorial Arboretum appoints new Head of Estates

The National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, has appointed Andy Ansell as Head of Estates for the 150-acre site. This new role has responsibility for management of the Arboretum’s built and landscape estate, including the Memorials Policy and…

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Cathedral Organ
Lunchtime Concerts to create an Oasis of Calm

Lichfield Cathedral is giving you the opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the working week with a series of Wednesday lunchtime concerts throughout July and August. The concerts have been organised by cathedral organist and…

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Abbots Bromley Stamp
Abbots Bromley Horn Dance featured in a new series of Royal Mail Stamps

Michael Fabricant joined Horn Dancers from Abbots Bromley to celebrate a new series of postal stamps issued on 9th July by the Royal Mail. Michael says “The Royal Mail has today launched eight colourful and engaging illustrations, depicting and…

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Heritage Boat Gathering 21 - 22 September
A weekend of entertainment at Heritage Gathering

Huddlesford Heritage Gathering promises to be bigger and better than ever this year. More than 6,000 people came to the biennial event in 2017 and with new attractions and the return of old favourites, this year’s Gathering, on September 21-22,…

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Operation Neptune
Fundraising art project at National Memorial Arboretum commemorates Operation Neptune

The National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, has started a fundraising art project that commemorates those involved in Operation Neptune, the waterborne invasion commonly known as D-Day. Vessels of Victory forms part of the site’s summer-long…

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Tour guides
Summer guided tours of Lichfield

Visit Lichfield has a treat for you this summer with their line-up of exciting city tours. After ten more guides joined their ranks, Visit Lichfield is offering new guided tours this summer. See local history come alive as you visit the spots…

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Apollo 11 astronaut inspires service on the moon at Lichfield Cathedral.

Lichfield Cathedral will hold a special service on the moon at the exact time 50 years ago that Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin celebrated Holy Communion before he and Neil Armstrong became the first people to take one small step on the lunar…

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Space Parade
Space Parade Heralds This Year's Lichfield Festival

The city’s biggest annual arts event gets underway on Friday 5 July and there’s so much for the whole family to enjoy.    Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, a Space Parade of giant puppet structures will wind its way through the…

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Silent Testimony
Human impact of the Troubles captured in new exhibition at the National Memorial Arboretum

On Saturday 29 June, the National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire will unveil Silent Testimony a new free to enter exhibition by internationally renowned portrait artist Colin Davidson exploring the human impact of the Troubles, revealing the…

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Thousands of school children inspired by the moon landing anniversary

Lichfield Cathedral welcomed around 2000 children during May and June to an event run by the Cathedral in partnership with the Lichfield Diocesan Board of Education. Called Inspire, the event had a theme of journeying through space, time and sound…

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Robert Purver (credit Stuart Wood)
D-Day heroes captured in photo tribute at National Memorial Arboretum

A new free-to-enter photography exhibition has opened at the National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, featuring 29 portraits of D-Day veterans. Created by Stuart Wood, SIX.SIX.FORTYFOUR is a reflective collection of images conceived as a…

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Armed Forces Day
Flag is raised ahead of Armed Forces Weekend at the National Memorial Arboretum

The National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, has raised the Armed Forces Day flag signifying the start of Armed Forces week. Throughout the weekend of 29 and 30 June thousands of military and non-military families are expected to flock to the…

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CALLING ALL POETS:  New poems wanted for first poetry festival in Lichfield Cathedral 

Lichfield Cathedral has launched its first poetry competition and is inviting people to write new poems inspired by the anniversary of the moon landing as part of a new festival of creativity this autumn. Lichfield Cathedral is no newcomer to…

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Lichfield Tour Guides
New tour guides for Lichfield City

Ten local history enthusiasts have qualified as guides and will be leading new city tours. Visit Lichfield held a presentation in the historic council chamber on Thursday 13 June, presenting the newly qualified city guides with their certificates,…

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Lichfield Fuse Festival 2019
The Lichfield Arts Fuse Festival 2019

Lichfield Arts’ Fuse Festival is back with a bang for 2019.  The much-loved community music and arts festival will take place in Lichfield’s Beacon Park from 12th-14th July and once again entry is FREE. The Fuse team has put together a high quality…

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Cathedral to get fund raising help from High Sheriff

Lichfield Cathedral has been given a welcome boost to its fundraising efforts from Staffordshire’s new High Sheriff, Ashley Brough. The Office of High Sheriff is the oldest continuous secular office under the Crown, dating back over 1,000 years.…

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