Freedom Cycles, the Cycling store where customer service still comes first!
We are an independent Cycle dealer in Lichfield, Staffordshire. Situated in the bus station in this historic cathedral city, we opened our shop in April 2009. As cyclists ourselves, we believe we have the passion and desire to make sure everyone is happy on two wheels!
We started our store journey as part of the Raleigh Cyclelife network, and as such we are able to offer the full range of Raleigh bikes and accessories. As we have grown as a business, and our customer base has expanded, we have developed our range of bikes and accessories to satisfy all – bike brands stocked now include Diamondback, Focus, Haibike, Tifosi and more manufacturers are being added all the time.
We pride ourselves on our personal service, and attention to detail when finding the right bike for you. Whether you are young or old, expert or novice, adventurous or sedate, we will help you to choose the right bike for your needs, and ensure that it is the right size too. Our aim is to show everyone how much pleasure it is to ‘get on your bike!’
We have over 80 bikes on display, with more in stock and readily available, ranging from toddlers trikes to tandems, full range of children’s bikes, bmx, town and country, all terrain and mountain bikes, and a full range of road bikes for all riders – right through from beginner to serious competitor.
Parts and accessories are readily available throughout the store, brands such as Altura, Polaris, Lusso and Moa for clothing, Campagnola, Shimano, Sram, Cycleops, Stans, Camelback, Motorex, Muc Off, Moon and many many more. If we don’t have an item in stock when you call in, we can normally get a very prompt delivery from our suppliers.
We have been heavily involved with Lichfield District Council in supporting and helping to run the ‘Cycle Rides for All’, a community ride which takes place once a month from March to September, on the last Sunday of the month, and has grown in numbers over the last four year’s. Further details of this year’s program of rides will be available shortly – see our website for updates.
Also, we have our very own FREEDOM RIDERS – a group of like minded cycling friends, and we ride from the shop every Tuesday evening at 6pm – this is a road bike ride, normally between 20-30 miles at a steady (ish) pace. We organise a number rides throughout the year, culminating in the Freedom 69er – a 69 mile ride, normally in September which we raise funds for Charity, last year raising over £400 for SSAFA the forces charity.
This years planned rides so far are the March Den Engel run, a steady ride up to Leek on Saturday 22nd, stay over for a meal and drink, followed by a longer ride back on Sunday 23rd. On August bank holiday, we will be leaving the shop in Lichfield at Midnight for a ride through to Barmouth – arriving on the sea-front in the morning – once you’ve done this one, you’ll want to do it again! And of course the Freedom 69er in September.
Our servicing is carried out by Cytech qualified technicians, and we repair all makes and models of bike. We are happy to quote on any service or repair job that you are contemplating. Complete rebuilds, refurbishments, wheel builds, standard and special services, even replacing inner tubes!
As we are celebrating our 5th birthday in April, we will offer a 10% discount off parts and accessories to any customer bringing this copy of Recommended magazine with them when visiting the store.
The Bus Station, Birmingham Road, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6HU 01543 411633
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What’s on in Lichfield this Spring?
Spring fever in Lichfield
Spring is upon us and Lichfield is reawakening. The great outdoors beckons, Easter is around the corner and even the Lichfield Bower is in sight. Here’s a taster of Lichfield events and activities to catch that spring fever.
Blessed as we are with countryside all around, now is the time to explore. Head up to Cannock Chase for acres of woodland walks; step among the bluebells at Yoxall Woods (open from 19th April), or take a canal-side saunter at Fradley Junction with a cheeky pint at the Swan.
Closer to home, there is always something happening in Beacon Park and this spring is no exception. Would you believe the golf course is 40 years old? Join in the birthday celebrations on Sunday 23rd March. On the way to Burntwood, have you tried the Woodland Trust’s Pipe Hill Farm yet? It has over 100 acres of woodland and meadow with views back across Lichfield. Even more central, Leomansley Woods are carpeted in bluebells in the spring and offer a lovely, if somewhat soggy walk, with, at one elevated point, possibly the best view of Lichfield Cathedral to be found.
Take the kids down to the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum for Sam’s Easter Adventure, Easter holiday fun with trails, activities and competitions every day. Erasmus Darwin House will also have Easter activities for children along with a series of special events to celebrate its 15th birthday in April.
A fresh start for the arts
Lichfield Arts has an eclectic spring programme of music including, among many others, blues, folk, swing, jazz and heavy rock. Over at the Garrick the choice explodes with opera, drama, dance, Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll; the last three – with the added qualifier (I wish) – being the title of a show on 4th April by Mike McGear McCartney, Paul McCartney’s younger brother, famous for the old Lily the Pink song.
Whatever your springtime plans, stay local and have fun!
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Lichfield – the city of the summer
Lichfield, it seems, is on the map and we’re attracting famous people. Maybe Princess Anne started it with her visit to Beacon Park back in the spring. Or perhaps Bob Geldof, sighted wondering around the city last year, or our very own Tony Christie.
The truth is that Lichfield has a vibrant arts and social scene, and this summer we’re set to play host to many more famous and talented people. People like comedians Alan Davies and Chris Addison, Tracey Beaker author Jacqueline Wilson and celebrated singers Elkie Brooks and Laura Mvula. There’s even an audience with Sir David Frost at the Garrick on 13th June.
The line-up of events is just as impressive. The Lichfield Festival bursts into life on 4th July for 10 days of music, dance, comedy and more, at venues all around the city. This jewel in the crown of our city’s cultural life draws performers and visitors from around the world, such is its reputation as one of the premier festivals of the summer season. Grab a programme from the Festival Office in Cathedral Close and pray that there are still some tickets left.
The other big summer event in Lichfield is Fuse – the free music and arts “event in a tent” at Beacon Park from 12th to 14th July. This year’s theme is “Keep it Local”, so pack your picnic bag, slap on the sunscreen (nothing wrong with a little optimism), and wander down to your local festival, which just happens to be one of the biggest free community events in the Midlands.
The summer holidays brings a host of activities and events which could keep you and the kids going every day for 6 weeks. Three of the best are Beacon Park fun days, the Staffordshire Regiment Museum Discovery Days and Erasmus Darwin House Wacky Wednesdays.
So there you have it; Lichfield, our lovely, lively, little city of the summer. Famous faces, world-renowned events, and a summer calendar packed with exciting activities. Enjoy!
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A Gem of a Jewellers
Tucked away in Blewitt Court on Bore Street there’s a rare gem of a jewellers that’s worth discovering. esjewellery came to Lichfield almost 10 years ago and have established a firm following with their friendly and unpretentious style.
In the shop you will be dazzled by Pandora, Thomas Sabo and other contemporary designer names. But there’s more to this story than the glitter of famous brands. The ES stands for Emma and Steve, the husband and wife team who cut their teeth in Birmingham’s famous jewellery quarter and who are both accomplished designers in their own right. Both went to the School of Jewellery in Birmingham and Steve has been repairing and making jewellery for almost 30 years.
“We sometimes worry that people don’t realise we repair jewellery, and also that we design and remodel jewellery. Almost everything is done by us here on the premises in Lichfield so there is no risk or delay.”
Renew your Jewellery
esjewellery specialise in bringing old jewellery to life with new designs. Perhaps you’ve inherited a bracelet or a ring with precious stones but time has taken its toll and it is either damaged or dated. “We can reset the stones into something more contemporary, giving it a new lease of life but honouring its past and the special place it has in your heart,” says Steve.
Fit for a Princess
Emma’s talent lies in the rare art of designing and making wedding rings that fit exactly with your engagement ring. The process involves making a wax model of your wedding ring. This allows you to see how it looks and to make design adjustments before the actual ring is cast in gold or platinum. Emma says, “A wedding ring is so personal and you can be part of the design process to get it absolutely right. We can also do ring sizing and polishing while you wait.”
Pandora Summer Event!
On Saturday 15th June esjewellery are showcasing the new Pandora collection for summer 2013. A free Pandora spacer is yours when you spend over £50, and there are goodies and a glass of Pimms for everyone. It’s the ideal time to discover this gem of a jewellers.
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Ready for a Lichfield Christmas?
Lichfield is alight with Christmas cheer right now, so make the most of all that is happening; enjoy the festivities throughout December, until you finally put your feet up on Christmas afternoon with a glass of something sparkling!
Some Lichfield Christmas highlights
The Christmas Farmers’ markets are on the first Thursday in December and back again for a twinkly encore on 20th December, just in time to get some last minute goodies. Don’t miss the Lichfield Christmas Festival, on 16th -17th December, a weekend bursting with activities, music, storytelling, eating and drinking. For something a little different, how about a nostalgic afternoon, with 1940s entertainment and festive food, at the National Arboretum on the 6th December?
It’s all about the children
Keep the excitement levels at fever pitch over the next few weeks with a whole host of local Christmas activities. Kick off with Christmas crafts in Beacon Park on the 1st and 2nd December, and then go up a gear with a visit to the Garrick for this year’s Christmas panto, Alice in Wonderland. Santa will be getting about; visit him nearby at Shugborough, Conkers, or the Chasewater Railway, and don’t forget he’ll be touring the streets with the Round Table too. Yes, he’s very much in evidence in the area, so best behaviour all round!
The real spirit of Christmas
We are blessed with a beautiful cathedral and many active churches in Lichfield so there’s no excuse for missing the true spirit of Christmas this year. The Cathedral in particular has a packed agenda starting with the atmospheric, candlelit Advent Carol Services on 1st and 2nd December at 6pm
Christmas music features heavily of course. You can enjoy carols in the park, carols in the town square, carols in the Cathedral (and the many Lichfield churches), and even carols in the trenches at Whittington Barracks. If you are not singing, then stop and listen and, wherever you are in Lichfield, you will hear the strains of Once in Royal David’s City carrying on the winds….
To all our readers and advertisers, Merry Christmas and Have Fun!
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A Florist with a Flourish
SHAW LANE FLOWERS
Ten years ago Joy Fielding took a step back from the day to day business of farming that had always been her life to spend more time following her true passion, floristry. Today Joy’s business, Shaw Lane Flowers, is thriving, and Joy couldn’t be happier. Says Joy “I love what I do; it is a very creative occupation which also brings me into contact with lots of lovely people” Joy isn’t a traditional high street florist; she is a floral designer, working from her rustic farmhouse on the edge of Lichfield, and she creates traditional and contemporary designs for weddings, corporate and charity events, and special occasions.
If wedding bells are in the air for you next year, Lichfield has many hard-to-beat wedding locations such as Packington Moor, Swinfen Hall Hotel and Erasmus Darwin House, all of which Joy has worked in; she says, “The challenge, which is also a pleasure, is to create displays that delight the bride and live up to their glorious setting”. A quick look at Joy’s website http://www.shawlaneflowers.co.uk is all you need, to see that it is a challenge that she meets spectacularly well.
Right now Joy is busy creating displays for Christmas parties and festive events. We asked her if she had any tips for those of us who don’t have her talent, but want to impress our guests this Christmas:
“For a simple, effective Christmas table decoration which doesn’t cost the earth, consider using berries, seed heads and foliage – ivy heads are particularly pretty. It’s surprising what you’ll find in the garden. Give them a delicate frosting of silver glitter, add a scented candle – the one in the photo is Cherry and burns for 80 hours – and scatter some crystals.”
If it all sounds like a bit too much effort, Joy is currently taking orders for table centres and for her welcoming, heart shaped alternatives to the traditional festive door wreath (pictured).
By Royal Appointment?
Joy’s creative skills have even been called upon by royalty. Joy was delighted to be asked to create a display for the Queen herself, when she visited Lichfield in 2011. So, if you deserve flowers fit for a queen (and who doesn’t?), you know who to call!
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Printer Inks – How much??
Ever run out of ink halfway through printing an urgent document, or an essay that’s due in yesterday, or photos you want quickly? No time to shop around on the internet and wait two days for delivery, so you nip to the stationers or supermarket and……how much?? You’ve got to be joking!
Cartridge World to the rescue!
Thankfully, there is a solution that is cheap, convenient and also environmentally friendly: Cartridge World in Lichfield city centre. Cartridge World refill your empty cartridges with inks that are carefully formulated to match the colours and the quality of branded inks –at a saving of up to 40%. Cartridge World also stock a range of branded inks, printers and computer accessories such as keyboards, mice and leads, all of which are competitively priced.
Inking in the details
Cartridge World came to Lichfield 4 years ago thanks to local lad Michael Rees. After successfully completing a design degree, Michael quickly realised that design jobs were a lot thinner on the ground than design graduates; that’s when he decided to become the master of his own destiny. He took on the local Cartridge World franchise while still in his early twenties and has built his business throughout the worst recession in living memory. What’s the key to his success? “Along with most people, I didn’t see the recession coming, but I did see a business model that made sense whatever the economic weather. People will always want convenience and value, and the need to protect the environment is only going to increase. In some ways the recession has helped, because of the savings we offer in these cash-strapped times”.
An extra 20% off for Recommended Readers!
To get you started at Cartridge World, you can enjoy an extra 20% off your refills on your first visit when you bring in a copy of Recommended Lichfield. What have you got to lose? High quality inks, fantastic savings, a genuinely local, friendly service and a 100% no-quibble money back guarantee if, for whatever reason, you are not happy with your inks.
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Now let’s finish that printing….
What! in Lichfield
What Value! What Variety! What Choice!
What’s this all about then?
Well, there’s a store in Lichfield that you might not have heard of. What is its name. That’s not a question, it’s actually called What!
You might not have noticed it because it’s hidden at the back of the town centre, opposite the Lombard Street car park (on the site of the old Carol’s store for those of you who have been around a few years). What! is a treasure trove; an Aladdin’s cave of all the things you could ever want, and more. The prices are fantastic too, often half the price you’d pay in other stores, so you can have a happy afternoon’s shopping and save a fortune at the same time.
What’s in stock?
• A huge range of wools for Lichfield’s avid knitters
• Art and craft materials at fantastic prices
• A garden section with everything from garden gnomes to patio furniture
• Brand name households goods including cleaning materials, toiletries, groceries and more
• Pet food and supplies
• Good quality furniture in traditional solid wood as well as more contemporary items
• Toys and games to keep the kids happy
• Seasonal goods; Christmas decorations from September for the early birds
• Dulux paints, curtains, carpets, bedding, lightbulbs, you name it…………
Owner and manager Dave has a simple philosophy: stock what customers are asking for, keep the quality high and the margins low – and sell lots. It works; there’s always something new in store and plenty of special offers, making every visit a voyage of discovery.
What! is open every day from 9.00am ‘til 5.30pm and 10am ‘til 4pm on Sundays.
What! are you waiting for? Drop in and pick up a bargain. You’re guaranteed a friendly welcome and Value, Variety and Choice every time.
152 Lombard Street, Lichfield, Staffs, WS13 6DP
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A Season of Plenty in Lichfield
The holidays are over, the kids are back at school and the nights are drawing in. Don’t get depressed though, because Lichfield still has plenty of events to keep the winter blues at bay.
The autumn brings us fireworks and festivals, light shows and literature, historical celebrations and Halloween fun. Historical Highlights Lichfield’s annual Heritage Weekend, 22nd to 23rd September, is billed “A Right Royal Occasion” this year, celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with royal-themed activities taking place across the city. It’s a chance to find out all about Lichfield’s long and illustrious history. And it would be rude not to, we do live here after all.
Following hot on the heels of the Heritage Weekend there’ll be fun and games in the market square to celebrate 303 years since our very own, world famous dictionary compiler Samuel Johnson was born. While we’re on matters of a literary nature, don’t miss the Lichfield Literature Festival, running for 9 days from 30th September. Halloween and Bonfire Night As the autumn takes hold and there’s a noticeable nip in the air, the spectre of Halloween raises its head. Get yourself in the mood by tagging along on a Gruesome and Ghostly tour around the city; they are run on a number of Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the autumn. On Halloween night itself, there’s the usual Haunting Halloween fun at Erasmus Darwin House. The big weekend for bonfire night this year is 2nd-3rd November, and there’ll be plenty of events to choose from. Probably the most well known locally is the bonfire and firework extravaganza at the Rugby club, which will be on Friday 2nd November. Before Winter Sets In There’s so much more happening in Lichfield this autumn, but we simply don’t have the space to do it justice. Edited highlights include the packed programme at the Garrick (Des O’Connor anyone?), the Roots and Folk Festival on 3rd -5th November, and of course the big Christmas Lights Switch-On, 22nd November in Market Square. Christmas?? I think we’ll leave it there.
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Active Camps in Lichfield
If its high octane activities your kids are after aspire Active Camps could be the answer for you. They’re Ofsted registered and run throughout the summer break in Sutton Coldfield, Solihull, Bromsgrove, Lichfield, Hagley and Coventry. Each day is packed with sports and physical activities ranging from basketball to dodgeball and from electric quad bikes to circus skills. Furthermore in this year’s Active Camps your child can also try their hand at some Olympic and Paralympic themed sports such as fencing or archery. Children can also pick from specific sport camps like, Razzamatazz, Ian Taylors Football Academy, Chris Woakes Cricket Academy and Dance Beats Academy. Activities run from 10am-4pm and wrapped around care from 8am-6pm. For further information and bookings visit http://www.activecamps.co.uk or call 08455 08 27 34.
The Active Camps are just one of many services aspire Sports have to offer. To find out more information about Active Learning or PPA Cover and many more services Aspire have to offer go to their website http://www.aspire-sports.co.uk/
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Fun Fitness Found In Lichfield
Hi I’m Kate Shaw and I’ve been working in the fitness industry for over a decade now. I’ve seen it all come and go, Step, Pilates, Aerobics, even Hoola Hoop, I’ve taught them all. I am aware more importantly, what people enjoy doing, and what actually works!
So Zumba, is getting everyone talking, and I can see why. It is actually based on Latin type music and has the ‘fun’ element to it, and of course it’s quite dance orientated. I’m so excited that I’ve got the chance to combine teaching Zumba and Salsa together with my background experience of working in top International Spa resorts. I currently run http://www.SalsaPeople.co.uk dance company.
You will find me wacky, chatty, and very outgoing I love meeting new friends and I’m looking forward to getting you into that swim suit and looking great for those hot days of summer. If some of you have already done Zumba great! However I am offering that little bit extra to my Zumba program, mainly because, if I had a penny for everyone that asks me ‘how do you get your tummy that flat’, so one of the tracks will be doing ‘abs blast’ if you are up for some fun and fitness do join me for Zumba in Lichfield.
Lichfield Football Club, off Eastern Ave, Brownsfield Rd, Lichfield, WS13 SBT (look out for the Zumba/Salsa sign on the side of the road and turn in on the same side as the sign. Classes are:- 7pm Zumba 8pm Salsa Kate www.SalsaPeople.co. 0750 655 7692
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Welcome with a smile at Lichfield’s Pickering House Dental Practice
Pickering House Dental Practice is a welcoming, caring, family run practice providing quality, affordable dental care in a relaxed friendly environment. It is within walking distance from Lichfield City Centre Bus station, train station and also has its own patient car park to the rear of the practice.
The Dental Practice was first established In 1982, becoming Pickering House Dental Practice in 2008. Mrs Pickering is the Principal Dentist. She is currently in her third year of her Msc in Advanced General Dental Practice and is an honory lecturer at the Birmingham Dental Hospital where she teaches.
Pickering House Dental Practice, Lichfield is a predominately NHS practice which also offers independent services such as tooth whitening and composite (white) fillings. It is a modern Practice which offers the services of 3 Dentists, a Dental hygienist, a Dental Therapist and has a very experienced team of nurses and receptionists.
Pickering House is also a facial rejuvenation centre offering Botulinum Toxin (Botox ) and Dermal Fillers for that younger looking smoother skin.
Pickering House Dental Practice is currently accepting new NHS patients. Please phone 01543 251460 for an appointment
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Lichfield’s Great British Summer
There’s nowhere better to celebrate the Great British Summer of 2012 than our wonderful historic city of Lichfield. As we go to press, Lichfeldians will be partying in the street to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, and the Bower will hopefully have had another bumper year. But leave that bunting out; the summer has only just begun!
Keep 30th June Free
The busiest day of the Lichfield Summer is June 30th with an absolute whirlwind of activities set to take place.
As the nation warms up for the 2012 Olympics, we enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Olympic Torch as it passes through Lichfield. There’s a range of events to mark this special occasion, including the annual Cathedral Dash brought forward to coincide with the torch’s arrival.
On the same day the Cars in the Park show at Beacon Park is a must. Then keep an eye out for the National Town Criers’ Competition around the town and don’t miss the circus skills displays and workshops at Minster Pool hosted by Lichfield Arts and the Lichfield Juggling Cub (a city’s not a city until it has a juggling club!)
City of Festivals
Summer 2012 sees the showpiece Lichfield Festival begin its second 30 years in the city. It’s a packed programme with highlights from some of the world’s best musicians – right here in Lichfield!
Other favourites are the Real Ale, Jazz and Blues Festival 7th-10th June at the Rugby Club, and the Fuse Festival, 6th -8th July in Beacon Park, which is the best, free, family fun to be had anywhere in the country. Throw in the Lichfield Folk Festival and, at nearby Catton Hall, the rather gruesomely named Bloodstock and it’s easy to see why Glastonbury won’t be missed this year, at least by the people of Lichfield.
And there’s more….
There are concerts at the cathedral, shows at the Garrick, Shakespeare in the Park and the usual host of village fayres, fetes and shows. We’ve given you a just a taster here, so stick around this year and enjoy the celebrations as Lichfield’s Great British Summer of 2012 plays out on your doorstep.
What’s On In Lichfield?
No matter what your taste in performing arts, music, interests in hobbies or outdoor pursuits, there’s sure to be something on offer in Lichfield.
Firstly of course there are the magnificent three spires belonging to Lichfield Cathedral, which feature on many local business signs and logos. Lichfield Cathedral is a wonderful place to visit, explore it yourself or for a small fee, take advantage of an organised tour of the inside or outside of the cathedral. (more…)
The National Memorial Arboretum
Situated in Alrewas, just outside Lichfield the National Memorial Arboretum is a charity run by staff and volunteers, it is part of the Royal British Legion. Set in a beautiful location it is not only a place for those connected to the armed forces, but an opportunity for all people to show national pride in those who have served and are still serving.
OLYMPIC SWIMMER URGES SYNCHRONISED SUPPORT FOR 2012 ST GILES HOSPICE SOLSTICE WALK
A 2012 Olympics hopeful from the Sutton Coldfield is encouraging women across the region to grab some glory of their own this summer by taking part in the St Giles Hospice Solstice Walk. Synchronised swimmer Yvette Baker has begun the official countdown to St Giles’ biggest single fundraising event of the year by calling on women to sign up now – and help raise thousands of pounds for the care of local people living with cancer and other serious illnesses. The 2012 Solstice Walk, sponsored by Lichfield-based Florette, the UK’s leading prepared salad specialist, is a high-spirited night-time 9-mile stroll through the streets of Lichfield taking place on Saturday 23rd June. Yvette (20), who is from Sutton Coldfield, says: “Coming from the local area, I’m well aware of the superb work that St Giles Hospice does for people in need – and the Solstice Walk is a fantastic opportunity for women to get together, have a great time and raise money for a really worthy cause.”
The Solstice Walk is open to women aged 16 and over, and entry is £15. To sign up, visit http://www.stgileshospice.com/solsticewalk, calling Jenni Dawson on 01543 432542, email firstname.lastname@example.org.