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Lost World dinosaurs to be brought to life in Dosthill Park

LIFE size dinosaurs will be coming to Dosthill Park in Tamworth on July 16th following two successful seasons of outdoor theatre in the community location. Award-winning open-air theatre company Illyria will be performing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World outdoors in Dosthill Park, Blackwood Road, from 3pm on Sunday July 16th. The production is guaranteed to thrill audiences with life size dinosaurs and create monster laughs; making it a must-see performance for this summer. The theatre company, Illyria, is very popular with audiences in Tamworth and across the region, having performed in the area many times over the past 25 years. Their unmatched reputation for innovation makes them the first open-air theatre company to tackle this type of open-air touring show. The story describes four explorers, led by the redoubtable Professor Challenger, who travel to South America following a few vague directions scribbled in a sketch book. They find the beauty of the nature beyond their wildest dreams. They become involved in tribal warfare between ape-men and humans and encounter terrifying dinosaurs. But when their camera is destroyed in an accident, what evidence can they produce to prove all these creatures really exist? Unless they bring home live specimens in ‘unbreakable’ crates and reveal their amazing find to the people of London? The show is recommended for older children and their families and lasts for 1hour 50 minutes including a 20 minute interval.  Gates open 45 minutes prior to the performance which starts at 3pm. Audience members are invited to bring picnics and blankets but are asked not to take glass, gazebos or alcohol on site. Refreshments will be available to purchase. Tickets are priced at £9, £6 concessions, or £25 for a family ticket based on two standard and two child tickets. Children under the age of two get in free of charge but still need a ticket. All tickets must be booked in advance as there will be no door sales on the day. Tickets are available from the Tamworth Arts and Events website at or in person from Tamworth Information Centre in Marmion House, Lichfield Street, or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings.   The post Lost World dinosaurs to be brought to life in Dosthill Park appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Emergency exercise to take place at Tamworth High-Rise

FIREFIGHTERS from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, West Midlands Ambulance Service and Staffordshire Police and are set to take part in a multi-agency exercise to test their incident command and response skills. The exercise, which has been planned for several months, will see emergency services responding to a staged incident at a high rise block of flats in Lichfield Street, Tamworth. Organisers of the exercise have decided to continue with the training scenario despite the recent tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London. The exercise was planned before the London incident took place and forms part of the Service’s regular preparation for a variety of incidents. Local residents were notified about the exercise some time ago. The staged incident will take place between 10.30am on Friday June 30, and is likely to finish by around 12.30pm. Firefighters from Tamworth, Cannock, Barton-under-Needwood and Chase Terrace, will be called upon to respond to an ‘incident’ at a flat within Stanhope House, a high rise block. The exercise is an opportunity for the incident commander and crews to put their training and skills into practice, alongside colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service and Staffordshire Police. Station Manager Martin Weaver said: “In light of the Grenfell Tower fire we’ve given careful consideration to going ahead with this exercise but feel that it should still happen as part of crews’ varied and regular training. “We also feel it will reassure residents that we take the safety of residents living in high rise blocks very seriously. We are committed to working with partners to ensure their safety at all times and by staging this incident we can make sure crews are as prepared as they can be to respond to emergencies within this type of building. “We have worked with Tamworth Borough Council to make sure that the residents that live in Stanhope House, and the surrounding blocks, are all aware that the exercise is taking place and while the sight of so many emergency vehicles may be unusual, we hope that the disruption to residents will be minimal. “We can’t provide any more detailed information about the incident at this time as we try to keep an element of surprise so that crews and the incident commander can respond as spontaneously and realistically as possible. However, once the exercise gets underway we will tweet information about what is happening as part of the exercise and information will also be posted on our website once the exercise has finished.” The post Emergency exercise to take place at Tamworth High-Rise appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

“Tamworth Has Country’s Fastest Broadband But More Must Be Done” says local MP

TAMWORTH’S MP Christopher Pincher has welcomed the news from consumer association Which? that the area has the fastest average broadband speed in the country. Currently, Tamworth’s average speed of 30.4mps (megabits per second) is almost five times faster than the UK’s slowest connection in the Orkney Islands. Mr Pincher stated: “Having broadband is an essential part of daily life in this modern age and we all think that we cannot live without it. This report is very good news for the people of Tamworth and shows that the Government’s investment into broadband schemes is working. “However I do understand the strain that inadequate broadband connection can be for some people in the area, whether that be painfully slow or sometimes not working at all. There is still much more to be done to ensure that everywhere in and around Tamworth has the best broadband in the country.” Alex Neill, Which? Managing Director of Home Services, said: “Far too many households across the UK are suffering from slow broadband speeds, which can stop you being able to carry out essential daily tasks. We are encouraging everyone with broadband to use our speed checker so people can see if they are getting the speeds that they’ve been promised by their provider and find out how to complain if their speed is too slow.” The post “Tamworth Has Country’s Fastest Broadband But More Must Be Done” says local MP appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

The ultimate summer of fun at Drayton Manor Park!

FOR 67 years, Tamworth’s very own Drayton Manor Park has been the backdrop to millions of fun family memories and opened its gates to over 50 million visitors. With the school holidays on the horizon, the park is set to welcome young and old, from near and far for a good value, memorable day out. The arrival of new animals in the 15-acre Zoo and a brand new ride in Europe’s only Thomas Land™, means there’s never been a better time to visit! Animal lovers can head to the tranquil haven that is the park’s extensive Zoo and meet the new arrivals including Kit and Leo two twin baby Cotton-Top Tamarins, Red Pandas Tika and Pema and the baby Tapir, Obie! Home to over 700 animals of 144 different species from all over the world, visitors can spot animals big or small at Drayton Manor Park Zoo and learn all about the exciting conservation projects that the Zoo is actively involved in. With over 25 rides and attractions, The Island of Sodor at Drayton Manor Park’s Thomas Land is the ultimate destination for little ones. Home to firm family favourites such as Bertie Bus, Harold’s Helicopter Tour and Cranky’s Tower Drop there is plenty to explore. Earlier this year, the beloved Thomas & Friends™ character ’James’ got his very own Red Balloon ride, where families can head up, up and away in a balloon over Thomas Land. To fully appreciate all that Drayton Manor Park has to offer, enjoy a staycation at the 4 Star Drayton Manor Hotel. Centrally located in the heart of the British countryside, just 15 minutes from the vibrant city of Birmingham, there is plenty to see and do both at the Park and in the surrounding area. Stay and Play packages are the perfect way to combine a day in the park with an overnight stay. They include a one night stay at the Drayton Manor Hotel with a full English breakfast, free Wi-Fi and car parking on site, plus one ticket per person into Drayton Manor Park*. Fans of the little blue engine and his friends can also bunk down in a Thomas bedroom where the kids have their very own Thomas themed bunk bed! In the morning enjoy a magical start to the day with a Character Breakfast complete with a special visit from one of the Park or Thomas Land characters. What’s more, with the fantastic 4 for £80 ticket offer, valid on any age combination when booked in advance online or via the call centre, families don’t have to break the bank to enjoy a day out together. To book tickets, or for more information about the park visit or call 0844 472 1950. The post The ultimate summer of fun at Drayton Manor Park! appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Tamworth Borough Council and Wates join forces for community garden project

TAMWORTH Borough Council and Wates contractors joined forces to ‘get their hands dirty’ in a community project with Thomas Hardy Court sheltered housing scheme in the Leyfields. Wates is Tamworth Borough Council’s newly appointed housing repairs, maintenance and investment contractor.  Every year Wates runs a ‘community week’ where services are offered at no charge, to help residents rejuvenate a communal garden area. A team of ten Wates employees, were accompanied by nine housing staff and five caretakers, from Tamworth Borough Council, who all rolled up their sleeves, got out their spades and set to work on the incredible two day task this month. Christian Lunn from Wates said: “Community Week is a scheme we run every year. We look to get as many of our employees involved as possible and put a crew together. We are fortunate that Jewson building contractors have kindly donated the wooden sleepers to create new planters that we can raise and plant with flowers. The aim is that they are made at a height that some of the residents can easily maintain themselves in the future. “The scheme itself gives back to the community and it is brilliant to be able to ensure garden areas remain an attractive area that residents can enjoy.”  Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Housing, Cllr Michelle Thurgood, said: “A project like this is valued so much as it really does provide an opportunity to work together: staff, partners and our residents loved the day and are so pleased with the makeover. “We appreciate Wates taking the time out to help and to everyone who worked so hard to achieve these stunning results.” The post Tamworth Borough Council and Wates join forces for community garden project appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Response from Christopher Pincher MP regarding Grenfell Tower letter

OUR Facebook fans will have seen an open letter from a reader, George Bayliss, addressed to Tamworth Member of Parliament, Christopher Pincher MP. A response from Christopher Pincher MP has been made and this is what he would like to say: Dear Sir, I would like to respond to the open letter from George Baylis on the Grenfell Tower disaster. I would first like to express my sincerest sympathies for those affected by the tragedy at Grenfell.  My thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones, friends and homes. It is a sobering experience to drive by and see the ruins of the tower.  I would also like to pay tribute to our fantastic emergency services who have worked so hard during such difficult circumstances. Since the fire on 15th June I have received messages of concern from constituents regarding fire safety, especially at Tamworth’s own local authority high rises on Lichfield Street.  Because of the terrible events in West London, I have contacted Councillor Michelle Thurgood, portfolio folder for Housing Services at Tamworth Borough Council for further information on the Lichfield Street flats, although I am aware that both Anthony Goodwin, Chief Executive of Tamworth Borough Council and the Head of Landlord services have a good working relationship with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue and are continuing to liaise with them to address concerns. Councillor Thurgood has confirmed to me that the high rises on Lichfield Street do not have cladding or gas supplies of the kind which contributed to the horror at Grenfell.  I am also reassured that Tamworth Borough Council has worked alongside Staffordshire Fire and Rescue to ensure that all fire safety regulations are complied with, and that regular checks of fire doors and other safety measures are taken.  Tamworth Borough Council remains committed to installing sprinklers in all council owned high rises. My office has also spoken to a director of Staffordshire Fire and I am assured that they continue to take proactive action to address concerns on fire safety in high rise buildings in Staffordshire.  This action includes (but is not limited to) written communication to local authorities, landlords and owners of high rise flats encouraging a review of fire safety policy and also encouraging a check that building regulations are being complied with, a county wide inspection list for local fire service teams to visit high rises in the Staffordshire area, including the six we have here in Tamworth, and a multi-agency meeting took place on Friday including local authorities and other housing associations to address to concerns and relevant issues.  I have been offered a briefing following that meeting which I will take up with interest. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue have also provided information on fire safety in high rises on their website,, and I would strongly encourage all constituents with concerns to read through that information carefully.  I would also encourage all constituents, whatever their accommodation to check their smoke alarms regularly and to make sure that they know what to do in the case of a fire, including where their nearest fire exit might be. While I am reassured that at the local level our Council and Fire Service continue to be proactive and diligent on this issue, I do recognise that there needs to be a thorough investigation to find out what happened at Grenfell itself.  As constituents may know, an independent public inquiry will take place chaired by a judge to get to the truth and provide justice for those who have suffered.  The Prime Minister confirmed that the Government will pay for legal representation for those affected. On a practical level, the Government is providing a £5,000 down-payment to each family whose home was destroyed to assist them with food, clothes and other essentials.  All adults over 16 in these households are also provided with £500 in cash.  Other cash payments are being paid out by the local authority on a discretionary basis.  All those who have lost their homes have been offered emergency hotel accommodation; and all will be offered rehousing within three weeks.  164 suitable properties have been identified and they are being checked and made ready for people to move into.  In the longer term, everyone whose home was destroyed will be guaranteed a new home on the same terms as the one they lost. No figure can be placed on a lost life or a lost home, and it is vital that as well as an inquiry to discover the truth of what happened, lessons must be learnt from this tragedy.  The Government is therefore developing a new strategy for resilience in major disasters, and introducing an independent public advocate for public disasters to act on behalf of bereaved families and support them at public inquests and inquiries. I think also we must be careful not to rush to hasty judgments on the fire until the inquiry has reoprted. It is worth noting that though

Get out your spades and green fingers for this year’s ‘in Bloom’ competition

IT’S not too late for Tamworth garden enthusiasts to show off their green talents and enter this year’s Tamworth in Bloom garden competition. Each year, Tamworth Borough Council holds two ‘Best in Bloom’ competitions to encourage green-fingered residents in the borough to make their gardens blooming marvellous and help Tamworth go for gold. The competitions are for individual gardens at homes across the borough, with a separate contest for the town’s sheltered housing accommodation schemes. Winners of both competitions will receive a top prize of garden centre vouchers. This year, competition organisers have teamed up with the Mercian Regiment to celebrate its 10th anniversary, with the special theme ‘Mercian 10 – the Heart of England’s Infantry’. The theme is being reflected all over Tamworth with beautiful floral displays and the Mercian Regiment crest proudly presented on Moor Street Island. Anyone who lives in the borough can enter the garden competition. Whether it’s a huge garden with wild flower beds, or just a small square of grass, a hanging basket or a window box, gardeners can help Tamworth to strike gold for the eighth year in a row in the Heart of England in Bloom competition. Last year’s individual garden competition was fierce, with standards the highest ever seen. Lorna Epton of Repington Road South, Amington was named the winner with her stunning garden. Competition for the top title was also intense among the sheltered housing competitors, with residents of the schemes working throughout the year to ensure that their joint efforts would impress the judges.   Five sheltered housing schemes battled it out with Cheatle Court in Dosthill and Ankermoor Court in Bolehall being declared joint winners. Experience in gardening is not essential; you can be a complete novice and find that you have natural green fingers for getting creative with your garden designs. Tamworth in Bloom Champion, Cllr Joy Goodall, said: “We would like to see as many people as possible entering this year’s gardening competitions. We could not have won gold for the past seven years without the support of our Tamworth community and the hard work and effort of everyone who gets involved. “So much time is spent making areas where people live look superb. It is wonderful to see the community joining together to make the borough look so beautiful.” To enter this year’s individual garden competition, just take a picture of your garden and either email it to Garden Competition at or drop a copy in to reception at Marmion House in Lichfield Street. The closing date for entries to both competitions is 12 noon on Monday July 31st. Resident gardening competition winners will be announced on Friday August 4th. Sheltered housing schemes will be judged on Thursday August 17th.   The post Get out your spades and green fingers for this year’s ‘in Bloom’ competition appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Tamworth residents receive fastest broadband speeds in the country

A COUNTY council partnership programme is supporting businesses to potentially access some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country. Today’s Which? report into national broadband speeds placed Tamworth as being the best in the country for being able to connect to fast broadband speeds, with an average of 30.4 megabits per second (mbps). According to the independent Think Broadband site, 99.8 per cent of Tamworth borough properties now have access to speeds greater than 24Mbps. Most of Tamworth is connected through commercial provision, but some of the borough’s business parks are connected as a result of the Superfast Staffordshire programme. This is a partnership between the county council, BT and the Government’s BDUK. Lichfield Road Industrial Estate, Tame Valley Industrial Estate and Calico Business Park in Amington are among those now able to connect to superfast broadband through the scheme. Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said: “Access to superfast broadband is now vital to communities and businesses and so it’s pleasing to see that Tamworth has been named as the best place in the country for ability to connect to the fastest speeds. Our Superfast Staffordshire programme has enabled businesses in Tamworth to access fibre broadband that can really make a difference to their operations and boost productivity. “It is complementing the commercial provision that covers most of the borough, meaning the vast majority can connect. We are continuing our drive to ensure people across Staffordshire can enjoy the same speeds as Tamworth and are working to find solutions to the four per cent of properties our programme is currently unable to reach.” The Superfast Staffordshire programme is funded by a £8.1million investment by the county council, £9.6million from BDUK and £15.4million from BT. When combined with commercial roll-out, it will result in 96 per cent of Staffordshire properties being able to connect to fast fibre broadband. The partnership is working continually to find solutions to enable the final four per cent to connect. People can find out more at The post Tamworth residents receive fastest broadband speeds in the country appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Did you witness fatal collision?

WARWICKSHIRE Police is seeking witnesses to a fatal collision that happened on Monday (26 June) along the Queens Road traffic light junction towards the A444 Coton Road, Nuneaton. The collision occurred at around 11:45 pm and involved a white Yamaha motorcycle which is believed to have been in convoy with a silver Mitsubishi Galant. A 25-year-old man received serious injuries and was taken to hospital where he was sadly later pronounced dead. Officers investigating the collision would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who may have seen the manner in which the vehicles were being driven prior to the collision. A 29-year-old man from Nuneaton has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been released under investigation at this time. Should you have any information, please contact police urgently on 101, quoting incident number 495 of 26 June. The post Did you witness fatal collision? appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Detectives appeal for help to solve Staffordshire mystery spanning half a century

DETECTIVES are appealing to the public to try and crack a Staffordshire mystery that spans almost half a century. It was March 1971 – the year decimal currency was introduced. A little after 7.30pm on 27 March 1971, an off-duty special constable made a grim discovery while walking in the Newton Road area of Burton-on-Trent. He saw a fragment of bone, which turned out to be the skull of a man buried in a shallow grave close to the River Trent. Despite previous appeals and investigations police have never been able to identify the man who was found buried with his hands tied behind his back. Although the man’s body was discovered in March 1971 it was estimated he had been buried for between 6-12 months, so would have been brought to the site in 1970. Now detectives are using the latest techniques science can offer – carrying out a facial reconstruction and using familial DNA analysis. Detective Inspector Dan Ison, of Staffordshire Police’s Major and Organised Crime department, made an appeal on BBC’s Crimewatch Roadshow today (June 27). He believes someone out there knows the identity of the man. He has worked closely with Professor Caroline Wilkinson of Liverpool University – a renowned expert in facial reconstruction – in a bid to finally resolve the mystery. The latest technology and methods have been used to reconstruct Fred, as he is affectionately known by detectives. Inspector Ison is also using familial DNA analysis in a bid to ID the man. Staffordshire Police is only the second Force to use this process to identify a body. Familial DNA generates possible parental and sibling matches from DNA extracted from the man’s bone. “Someone knows this man’s identity. He’s someone’s brother or friend or son and, despite the passing of so many years, we are determined to find out who he is. “This is the key to unlocking this mystery. Forty-six years is a long time, but we have never given up on trying to solve this case. We’d appeal for anyone who has information that might help to come forward and talk to us.” A previous appeal, and reconstruction, took place in 2006, but DI Ison said this was likely to be the last appeal the Force would make. The man is described as a white male, late twenties/early thirties, of slight build with medium short brown hair no longer than 3 inches in length. He had received extensive dental work. DI Ison is also appealing for anyone who may have known a missing person from north Wales called John Henry Jones. Mr Jones, who was aged 27, lived in Trevor near Llangollen and was reported missing in autumn 1970. His dental records are similar to the man police are seeking to identify. DI Ison said he was keen to eliminate Mr Jones from enquiries. Anyone with information should contact 101 (Staffordshire Police) giving reference 103 of June 26 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. The post Detectives appeal for help to solve Staffordshire mystery spanning half a century appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]


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