Strictly Come Dancing Star Coming To Lichfield

Lichfield is set to be bowled over by a charity cricket evening starring Strictly Star Graeme Swann

 

We Love Lichfield, Lichfield Cricket Club and The Lord Taveners are hosting a charity evening of sporting chat and entertainment with all the money raised going to good causes across the District

 

Following on from the huge success of last year’s inaugural event, Lichfield Cricket Club, in association with We Love Lichfield and The Lords Taverners, are hosting a Gala Dinner on Friday 28th June. Ex-England cricketer, Ashes hero and Strictly Come Dancing star Graeme Swann is the main speaker, with Radio 5 Live presenter Pat Murphy once again MC for the evening.

 

The dinner, which includes a four-course meal, will take place in a marquee at Lichfield Cricket Club on Eastern Avenue, Lichfield with Gold Package tables of 10 available for £1,000 and standard tables available for £650. There will also be tables available for individual ticket purchases, with single tickets priced at £65.

 

In addition to the meal and Q&A with Graeme Swann & Pat Murphy, there will also be an auction and raffle, with other games taking place throughout the evening in what promises to be another memorable night supporting three fantastic causes, with all money raised being reinvested in the District of Lichfield.

 

Simon Price, CEO of cutlery firm Arthur Price and Patron of We Love Lichfield said: “Last years inaugural event was fantastic, and we are going to push out all the stops to make the 2019 evening even better.  But don’t think this event is just about cricket. Graeme will chat about his celebrity life after cricket including his ‘fab-u-lous’ time on Strictly. It’s set to be a great evening for individuals, families and friends and it’s a great corporate opportunity for local businesses.”

 

For any ticket enquiries or sponsorship opportunities, including further details on our Gold Package, please contact Tom Stone on 07557 962159 or email Lichfieldcc@outlook.com

Support For National Memorial Arboretum

The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas is magnificent.  If you haven’t been please, please visit.  Solemn yet joyous, emotional yet inspiring it is a world-class memorial to our brave soldiers and civilians over the years.  Arthur Price is delighted to announce that we are supplying the Arboretum’s restaurant with new cutlery and, in recognition of the NMA’s charity status, we have  been able to significantly gift many pieces from our cutlery range.

Mark Ellis, NMA Commercial Director said: “We have a policy of using local suppliers where at all possible, so we are delighted to be working with them and our thanks goes to James and the Arthur Price team for supporting us in this way.”

James Price, Sales Director said “As a company close to the Arboretum we are proud to be working with such a wonderful charity and we look forward to a successful partnership”.

Pictured is James Price and Arboretum Head of Commercial, Mark Ellis in The NMA’s restaurant.

Feeling The Love In Lichfield At Christmas

Arthur Price CEO and patron of We Love Lichfield hosted a special event donating thousands of pounds in grants at its special Christmas presentation. The charity, which supports voluntary groups making a difference in our communities, invited recipients, civic leaders and guests to the event in Lichfield’s George Hotel on Friday 14 December.

 

Just over £13,000 was given away to the following groups; Live Music Now, King George V Scouts and Guides Beaudesert, Shenstone Community Library Local History Group, Kendall and Wall Charitable Trust, Youth Sailing at Chasewater, Lichfield Swimming Club, Whittington Wednesday Club, Clifton Campville Village Hall, 1st Burntwood Scouts, Friends2Friends, Cogs Prepares For Life, The Guild of St Mary’s, Lichfield Greenhill Bower, Girlguiding Lichfield Division, Gartmore Riding for the Disabled, Shenstone Cares Elderly Support Group, Erasmus Darwin House and Spark Burntwood.

 

The donation to Spark, which will be used to fund an after-school club, was extra special as it became the 200th organisation to receive We Love Lichfield funding.  To mark the occasion there was a special guest to make the presentation – celebrity Debbie McGee, who is starring in Sleeping Beauty at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

 

“I am honoured and humbled to be here with you all,” said Debbie. “It is so important that we support people doing special things that we often don’t get to hear about.”

 

Two groups which have received We Love Lichfield grants explained how the money has helped them. Doug Morrison, of Stonnall Youth and Community Centre Association, said its grant was being used to refurbish the floor of the centre and Anna Dennison and Kevin Pudney, of Friends2Friends, a social group for people with learning difficulties, spoke of how the money was used to take service users on a trip to the seaside.

 

Patron Simon Price paid tribute to the organisations and individuals that have supported We Love Lichfield this year. He thanked The George Hotel for its generous hospitality and We Love Lichfield patron Julian Fisher for organising the presentation, fellow patron John Heeler for riding from Lichfield London to raise money for the cause and patron Carrie Jahn for jumping out of a plane in aid of the charity.

 

City travel agent RB Collection gave a £500 donation to We Love Lichfield and a cheque for £4,000 was also received, the proceeds of the Lords Taverners Dinner at Lichfield Cricket Club in the summer.

 

Pupils from Lichfield Cathedral School became We Love Lichfield’s youngest fund-raisers – they raised more than £1,000 this year with two “big breakfast” fundraisers and a talent show supported by The Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.

 

The aim of We Love Lichfield is to establish a permanent fund for the city which supports good causes every year. For more details and to make a donation to the fund please visit welovelichfield.com

 

 

 

 

Free Christmas Event In Aid Of We Love Lichfield

How To Create The Perfect Christmas Dinner Table. Free Christmas Event Created By Lichfield Businesses

Together with other local businesses, we are holding a unique free Christmas themed event.  ‘How To Create The Perfect Christmas Table’ on Wednesday 28th November is an evening of tips, advice and demonstrations by local firms to help make your festive season that extra bit special plus there will be a raffle to raise money for We Love Lichfield.

 

The inaugural event last year saw hundreds pick up festive ideas and advice.  This year there will be even more stalls plus carol singing from The Garrick Community Choir and Morning Chorus.

 

There will be gin and cheese tasting, artisan bakers, cake decorators, table decorators and planners, a florist demonstrating festive arrangements and wreaths, homemade jams and chutneys.   Local companies including Ivisons Florist, Hunnypot Cottage and local celebrity private chef, Simon Smith will be there.  Simon will create Christmas lunch in 20 minutes during two cookery demonstrations.  Simon and James Price of Arthur Price will be laying tables fit for that perfect Christmas dinner table with their cutlery.

 

Simon Price said: “Last year’s event was amazing, 2018 and will be even better.  Why? Because of the amazing local business and community spirit in the area.  We are all coming together with our independent businesses to showcase our skills and products at a special time of year and also raising money for a great local cause.”

 

Entrance is free and there will be live music, carols & Christmas songs. Also free wine and mince pies.  The location is Arthur Price, Britannia Way, Lichfield WS14 9UY starting at 6:30 until 9pm.  Free parking.

 

Also on the night there will be a raffle with the chance to win a beautiful Christmas hamper worth over £500 in aid of ‘We Love Lichfield’.

 

For more information about the event call 01543 267324

 

 

Bring us your silver stars! Simon Price and Charles Hanson team up to put Lichfield’s silver heritage on the map for charity

Sensational silver and two well-known faces are joining forces in Lichfield to help charity – and they want you to help them make memories with your silver treasures.

 

Simon Price, CEO of the city’s Arthur Price cutlery and silverware company, and Charles Hanson, of Derbyshire’s Hansons Auctioneers, a familiar face on TV shows like Bargain Hunt, have teamed up to shine the spotlight on their love of all things silver.

 

On October 15, from noon-4pm, ‘Living a Lichfield Legacy – A Day of Discovery’ will be held at the Arthur Price Factory Shop, Britannia Way, Lichfield to enable people to celebrate and learn more about the city’s silver heritage.

The event, exploring 200 years of silver history, will be completely free but donations will be invited for charity We Love Lichfield which supports community projects.

 

Charles Hanson said: “I’m delighted to be coming to Lichfield to help this good cause and tell people about my passion for silver through the centuries and quality tableware.

 

“Lichfield has a sparkling silver history thanks to Arthur Price, a firm full of provenance and pedigree which has been manufacturing silver and plated goods for more than 100 years.

 

“What dusty old objects or nostalgic antiques have you got with a pedigree or story to tell which Simon and I can learn about?

 

“Dust down your dining table, look through your drawers, dig out your unused silver cutlery and bring it along. Let’s make this a day to celebrate Lichfield and Staffordshire’s heritage.”

As well as meeting Simon and Charles, free silver valuations will be available with Hansons’ silver expert Victoria Sheppard, formerly of Christie’s, on hand to advise. Visitors can also browse the wares in the Arthur Price Factory Shop.

 

Charles said: “Both Simon and I feel passionately about bringing silver back into the limelight. There is nothing more splendid than a table elegantly laid with silver cutlery. We see canteens of cutlery come to us at Hansons that have been given as wedding presents and never used because they were saved for best.

 

“Let’s get silver back at the heart of our dining experiences and make eating in style a key trend in time for Christmas 2018.”

 

Simon Price, whose great-grandfather Arthur Price established the family business in 1902 and Patron of We Love Lichfield said: ”It’s great that two businesses are working together to help the local community.  I’m really looking forward to hearing people’s stories and celebrating this wonderful place that we live.  And raising money for We Love Lichfield that helps local voluntary groups.”

 

People are welcome to drop into the October 15 event at the Arthur Price Factory Shop, Britannia Way, Lichfield WS14 9UY, anytime between noon-4pm. To find out more, email factory.shop@arthurprice.com

£1275 raised for We Love Lichfield at charity auction

A GLITTERING charity auction has raised £1,275 for the We Love Lichfield fund.

The event at Swinfen Hall Hotel on Tuesday, August 7, celebrated the first anniversary of J’AIME magazine and saw local auctioneer Richard Winterton take the rostrum with a relish.

Five superb lots were on offer. Star of the auction was a fantastic package for four tickets for the British GT race at Donington Park on September 23, courtesy of J’AIME’s motors expert Martin Plowman, who will be racing on the day.

A bonus hospitality package was also included and the lot went on to raise £570 on the night.

Two tickets to a Sauce Supper Club pop-up restaurant event – a tasting menu hosted by a top chef, usually at a Lichfield venue – plus a signed menu and a meet-and-greet with the chef on the evening, courtesy of Sauce founders Beth and Jon Toovey made £380.

A motor racing simulator experience for two, courtesy of Symdeck, raised £130.

A pair of silver, diamond and ruby earrings courtesy of Allen Brown Jewellery, fetched £95 and a signed photograph taken by the late Lord Lichfield, courtesy of Simon Price, raised £100.

Mr Winterton, pictured above during the auction, said: “I went to the last We Love Lichfield ceremony giving out the latest round of grants and it was just amazing to see the smiles on people’s faces signifying what these grants mean to each and every charity. It is just wonderful and we support the fund wholeheartedly. I was delighted to see if we could raise a bit more with a special auction.”

 

Simon Price, Patron of We Love Lichfield said: “Thanks to all for raising an amazing amount in just a few moments.  Thanks to Richard Winterton for compering and to Allen Brown, Sauce Supper Club, Symdeck and Martin Plowman for gifting the prizes.  An a happy first anniversary to J’aime and a thanks on behalf of We Love Lichfield.”

 

We Love Lichfield’s (L-R) John Heeler, Simon Price and Julian Fisher with J’aime Editor Amy Norbury

Special August and September Offer

For August and September 2018 only, a special 25% off all Arthur Price Factory Shop items.

Just print out and bring the voucher above to the shop or show it on your phone/tablet when you visit.

And as this is Arthur Price there are silly minimum purchase restrictions.  Whether you spend £10 or £500 the offer is still 25% off. And it’s across all items.  It’s just one genuine smiley, happy Summer offer.

All we ask is that you redeem the discount from 1 August – 30 September 2018 and don’t forget there is no cash alternative to the offer.

We look forward to seeing you…

Arthur Price Factory Shop

Britannia Way

Lichfield WS14 9UY

Fashion Show with M&Co

Fashion and clothes brand M&Co are holding a fashion show at the Boley Park Co-Operative store in aid of We Love Lichfield in September.  The date is Monday 24th September, tickets are £10 and event starts at 6:30pm, fashion show at 7pm.

Also someone will win the chance to have a make-over by the House of Fraser Clinique team right in front of our very eyes!. You will learn tips and advice on how best to prepare your skin before applying make-up.

Then you will be treated to a fashion show hosted by M&Co who will be showcasing their Autumn range with prices to suit everyone.

There will be soft drinks and nibbles to finish and the chance to purchase some of the fabulous products and clothes you’ve seen.

Finally there will be a raffle in aid of We Love Lichfield too!

Tickets are £10 and are available at the Arthur Price Factory Shop on Britannia Way Enterprise Park in Lichfield.

M&Co, Boley Park Co-Operative, Ryknield Street, Lichfield, WS14 9XU

Places are limited so get your tickets now

National Memorial Arboretum launch for Arthur Price commemorative candlesticks

A series of limited edition silver plated candle sticks have been unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire. Each of the twelve candlesticks available is named after one of the apostles and is modelled on the pair of altar candlesticks located in the Arboretum’s Millennium Chapel, created by Robert Pritchard-Gordon, a Birmingham silversmith using Arthur Price knives

The candlesticks comprise of knives arranged in a circular formation, bound in place by a circle of barbed wire, providing a reminder that people still starve because of war and imprisonment. The knives used to create the original altar candlesticks have been discontinued, however the design has been recreated for this unique set of twelve candlesticks.

Simon Price, CEO of Arthur Price and great grandson of the company’s founder approached the Arboretum to suggest the creation of these limited edition items. His father and grandfather both served in the Army and during both world wars the factory ceased cutlery production and supported the war effort manufacturing munitions.

On Monday 25 June, Simon Price, CEO of Arthur Price visited the National Memorial Arboretum to sign the certificates that will accompany the candlesticks. He and Sarah Montgomery, Managing Director of the National Memorial Arboretum signed the certificates during a small ceremony with Ian Dudson HM Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire.

The limited edition candlesticks are available for sale in the National Memorial Arboretum gift shop for £395 and are accompanied by a signed certificate.

Graeme Williamson, Head of Fundraising, National Memorial Arboretum, said: “We are always seeking to develop new partnerships with businesses and were delighted when Simon approached us to suggest this fantastic initiative. The commemorative candlesticks crafted by the skilled silversmiths at Arthur Price will serve as a treasured memento for visitors and provides financial support to the Arboretum, ensuring we can remain a free to enter site.”

Simon Price, Chief Executive Officer, Arthur Price, said: “The National Memorial Arboretum is wonderful, you can’t not be moved or indeed inspired by the venue, the volunteers and the brave men and women it represents. I’m extremely proud, both personally and professionally, to be associated with the venue and creating these limited edition pieces and I hope these special candelabras will be a lasting memento of people’s visit to this special place.”

Pictured above left to right: Ian Dudson (Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire), Sarah Montgomery (Managing Director of the National Memorial Arboretum) and Simon Price (CEO of Arthur Price)

The commemorative candlesticks are on sale for £395

Construction Firm Lays Foundation For Future Grants With Donation

Manchester based McGoff Construction has made a £500 donation to We Love Lichfield. The firm has been working in Lichfield for the past six months constructing the 70 bed; The Spires care home for client; Barchester Healthcare on the Stafford Road, Lichfield

Simon Price, Arthur Price CEO and Patron of We Love Lichfield received the donation and said: “A huge thanks to McGoff. It’s wonderful to hear that a firm from out of the area, who have got to know the district during the build project heard about our work and thought they’d like to make a donation.”

Sarah Sanderson, Sales & Marketing Manager at McGoff Construction said; “As with all of our construction projects across the UK we are committed to supporting local communities in any way we can. We Love Lichfield is an excellent initiative which is purely focused on supporting local community groups and organisations, helping to create a lasting legacy for the district.”

We Love Lichfield is a local fund that provides small grants to a wide range of projects based in Lichfield District. The fund aims to give away £25,000 every year to community groups and organisations through small grants forever. For more information please visit: http://welovelichfield.com

McGoff Construction Ltd is a UK based, privately owned, multi award winning construction and integrated support services business based in Altrincham. An Investors in People Gold accredited business, McGoff Construction directly employs over 100 people and operates on a national basis for an impressive blue-chip client base. For more information please visit: http://www.mcgoffconstruction.com/