Council elections 2019

Wigginton and Hopwas Parish Council needs new Councillors! We really need members from Hopwas as one of our members is moving away, there will then only be one member who lives in Hopwas and can tell us what the village needs. There should be 4 members for Hopwas Ward.

Residents from other parts of the parish; Wigginton, Comberford, Arkall Farm and Brown’s Lane are also welcome to join us to help make decisions on the places where you live and work.

Details of how to apply are on

The closing date for handing in your application form is April 3rd, please make an appointment as soon as possible!

Please contact the clerk for more information:






Bin collections

Bins to be out by 6.30am
Residents who live in Lichfield District and Tamworth Borough will need to put their bins out by 6.30am on their collection day, starting from Monday 25 February.

Through the Lichfield and Tamworth Joint Waste Service, Lichfield District Council and Tamworth Borough Council are asking that residents from across both areas put their bins out 30 minutes earlier – by 6.30am rather than by 7am – on their collection day.

This is so bin collections can start earlier, to avoid peak traffic and finish rounds in the light by 3.30pm, which is safer.

Cllr David Leytham, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Operational Services, Leisure & Waste, said: “We’ve moved the start of our bin rounds forward by 30 minutes as our crews are getting stuck in traffic and have more homes to collect from as housing developments are built.

“Even if your bins are emptied later in the day, please make sure they are out by 6.30am as we may change our rounds when we’ve worked out the best routes.

“I’d like to thank everyone in advance for their help with this, however, as many bins go out the night before, most households shouldn’t notice the change.”

From 25 February, if your bin has not been emptied by 3.30pm, please report it as a missed bin online at or call the team on 0345 002 0022.

To find out more about your bin collections, and what should go in each colour bin, visit


Does anyone know the whereabouts of several old minute books dating from 1927 to 1981? These were borrowed from County Archives in 1994 and never returned. If you know what might have happened to them please contact the Clerk.

My Staffs App

My Staffs App

The link below is for the new MyStaffs App.
It combines a host of services to help you with anything you need for example you can access services from Police, Fire, Ambulance and your Council.
You can register births and report things such as potholes, abandoned vehicles or fly tipping along with much more.
Click the link below to find out more.

Have your say on planning policy

Have your say on planning policy
Lichfield District Council is holding three consultations this winter and is encouraging everyone to have their say on local planning policies.

The first consultation, running from 19 December 2018 to 6 February 2019, will seek local views on the main modifications recommended by the planning inspector to make the Local Plan Allocations document sound following the public hearings in September.

The Allocations document is the second part of Lichfield District’s Local Plan and covers issues, from housing and employment land allocations through to reviewing planning policies used to determine planning applications.

The second consultation is on an updated version of the Statement of Community Involvement, which sets out when, why and with who the council will consult on local plans and planning applications. This will run from 2 January to 1 February 2019.

The third consultation is on changes to the Sustainable Design Supplementary Planning Document, which gives guidance on how sustainable development can be achieved through new development. The changes relate to Appendix A which sets out the space and amenity standards for development within the district. This consultation will also run from 2 January to 1 February 2019.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Environment & Development Services, said: “It’s important that everyone gets engaged in the planning process and takes the time to look at our proposals and gives their views.”

The documents and supporting technical reports will be available in reception of Lichfield District Council’s Frog Lane offices in Lichfield throughout the consultation periods.

They will also be online, where you can also comment, at

Please send any written comments to or by post to: Spatial Policy and Delivery, District Council House, Frog Lane, Lichfield WS13 6YZ.

Lichfield District Small Business Grants

The Lichfield District small business grant scheme offers grants of between £500 and £1,500 to local small businesses and start-ups looking at overcoming financial barriers to growth.
A maximum of 50% of the costs of the total project can be applied for (overall project cost is capped at £3,000 to get the maximum grant).
Applicants must first receive support from the Enterprise for Success programme before their grant application is processed.
To be eligible, an applicant must be one of the following:
An individual who is a permanent resident and looking to start up a business within Lichfield District.
An existing small business (up to 10 employees) located in Lichfield District that has been trading for no more than three years.
The grant can go towards the following eligible costs:
marketing purposes
ICT software and hardware
office equipment e.g. laptop, desks, chairs
professional qualifications or training e.g. ISO, professional body membership
equipment to support product or process development and business growth
To register your interest or find out if you are eligible, please email us or call us on 01543 308149.
To apply for the grant, you will need to have first received support from Enterprise for Success who will provide you with an application form. The Economic Development service can refer yourself to the programme.
Once you have the application form, please email us a copy of the following completed documents:
· a completed and signed application form
· a business plan
· financial projections for two years
Any goods or services bought before or ordered prior to the grant approval date set out on the confirmation letter will not be reimbursed by us. We cannot guarantee all applications will be successful, with a limited amount of funding available per year. Applications will be evaluated and scored based on meeting the aim of the scheme, to support business and employment growth and helping to deliver our priority of a vibrant and prosperous economy.
The scheme will run for three years, from 2018 to 2021, with a pot of £20,000 funding available for each financial year. The closing dates for the first two rounds in this financial year are 28 December 2018 and 22 February 2019 where £10,000 shall be awarded. After this, the 2019/20 and 2020/21 rounds will close on the last Friday of the following months: May, August, November and February with £5,000 being allocated per round.
For more information, visit the grant’s webpage: where the guidance notes can be found.

Memory Cafes

Tamworth Memory Cafe supported by Homeinstead Senior Care in partnership with the Heart of Tamworth Community project.
We are a domiciliary care agency who specializes in the care and support of people living with dementia; we work in the community with key support workers. When Karen Clancy from Tamworth Council invited us to be a part of the Tamworth Dementia Action Alliance and after talking to support professionals, regarding Social Prescribing, it was highlighted that Tamworth would benefit from a weekly memory cafe and we have now been running for 12 months. The Memory cafe offers a place where people can come together in a supporting friendly environment, with others that are in similar circumstances. By talking and finding out how others deal with things, people can better manage their own situations.
The cafe is also supported by the Alzheimer’s society and the Community mental health team who visit on a bi-monthly basis. There is a private room, if members who want to discuss more complex matters.
The cafe is supported by 2 trained caregivers and volunteers and we have a bi-monthly news letter which lists activities.
The Tamworth Memory Cafe is open every Tuesday 1030am-1230pm
The Sacred Heart, Silverlink Road, Glascote, B77 2EA

Lichfield Memory Cafe supported by Homeinstead Senior Care in partnership with the Methodist Church and United Benefice of St. Michael’s and St. Mary’s Lichfield
After the success of the Tamworth memory cafe, an opportunity arose from the Alzheimer’s Society to take over the running of their monthly cafe, which is now run on weekly basis.
The cafe is also supported by the Alzheimer’s society and the Community mental health team who visit on a bi-monthly basis. There is a private room, if members who want to discuss more complex matters.
The cafe is supported by 2 trained caregivers and volunteers and we have a bi-monthly news letter which lists activities.
The Lichfield Memory Cafe is open Every Thursday 1000am-12noon
Methodist Church
Tamworth Street
WS13 6JJ

For more information on the Lichfield and Tamworth Memory cafes or please contact Karen Wilkinson
01827 431002 or