Following the success of last year’s Question Time event which put town leaders under the spotlight, it will return to Tamworth Assembly Rooms this autumn.

Last year almost 150 people attended the event which saw political figures, Tamworth Borough Council’s chief executive, police and Staffordshire County council representatives take part.

The event will take place at Tamworth Assembly Rooms on Monday 3rd November. And this year, the panel will be made up of Leader of the Council, Cllr Daniel Cook; Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis; Tamworth Borough Council Chief Executive Tony Goodwin and Staffordshire County Council’s Director of Public Health, Aliko Ahmed.

Chaired by the Tamworth Herald editor Gary Phelps, the event will be split into themes looking at healthier communities, safer communities and regeneration and growth.

The Assembly Rooms will open at 7pm and the Question Time event will start at 7.30pm.

Tickets for the event are free of charge and can be obtained from Tamworth’s Information Centre, located in the Philip Dix Centre. Alternatively email tic@tamworth.gov.uk or telephone 01827 709618 to reserve a ticket. Tickets are limited to 250 for the event.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Daniel Cook, said: “I am really pleased we will once again be holding our Question Time event. It gives our residents the chance to ask questions about Tamworth and also to raise any concerns they may have.

“This event is part of our ‘Tamworth Listens’ initiative and I am looking forward to seeing lots of people at the event. We want to know what people think about where they live and work and what we, as a council, can do to improve it.”

Questions can be submitted in advance and will also be taken on the evening. Either fill in the Question Time card and send it to the freepost address.

Alternatively leave your questions below.

Or email questions to: tamworthlistens@tamworth.gov.uk by the deadline of 5pm on Wednesday 22nd October.


One of Tamworth’s most historic buildings is gearing up to celebrate its 125th birthday next month – and you are invited to come along to share the memories and a free slice of cake!

On Saturday October 11th, Tamworth Assembly Rooms is inviting the public to discover its past. The Arts and Events team will be transforming the theatre into decades of the past, while giving you a snap shot of what is in store for the next 125 years.

The Assembly Rooms has played host to a wide range of fantastic acts over the years, from the infamous appearances from the Beatles and Rolling Stones, to more recent times when the word-famous Bob Geldolf took to the stage to enthral fans.

Visitors are being invited to go under the spotlight and dress up as one of Tamworth Assembly Rooms most famous icons, whether it is one of the Beatles or Rolling Stones, war time soup lady, or perhaps something from the Victorian era of when the theatre was built.

It is hoped this will be the start of 12-months of celebrations – as well as plans for major redevelopment at the venue, Tamworth Assembly Rooms is launching its ‘I Am Tamworth’ project, which will give residents and visitors the change to take part in a wide variety of arts projects for the next year.

Whether you enjoy getting your hands dirty in participatory classes, or getting involved with events to commemorate Word War 1, turning the town centre into a gallery, or creating a dance piece celebrating our Saxon heritage, ‘I Am Tamworth’ has something for everyone.

The next 12 months will bring the arts to life in all corners of our community. Details around the project will be realised at the birthday event.

Visitors can also listen to a very special sound installation of spooky tales of the much-loved theatre, including Tamworth man Rod Farrant’s tale of when he spent the night at the Assembly Rooms back in 1951 when he was just 13-years-old. Rod, who has a keen interest in paranormal investigation, said he heard enough bumps in the night to suspect there were ghostly goings on.

As well as a look back over the years, there will also be fun, arts and crafts for youngsters. Visitors will also hear about ambitious plans to restore and improve the building, which could see the creation of a café bar and exhibition space, a multi-use area, studios, restoration and improvement of existing windows, a striking extension to the side of the building, a new box office and new glazed double doors at the front of the building to help open up the front façade.

The aim of the project is not only to restore and conserve the 125-year-old building but also to improve access to visitors and make Tamworth Assembly Rooms a top-class venue to attract bigger and better acts.

The Assembly Rooms will be holding its celebrations on Saturday October 11th, just three days after its 125th birthday. Doors open at 11am and the event takes place until 3pm.
11th October 2014

Tamworth Assembly Rooms currently welcomes more than 22,000 visitors a year and hosts more than 70 community and civic events, alongside music, dance, theatre and other cultural events

Tamworth Assembly Rooms was built in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee

The building cost £5,500 and was built in the Italianate style
During the General Strike of 1926, a soup kitchen was set up
The Jarrow Marchers stopped here for food and rest on their way from the north to Westminster in 1936

At the start the Second World War, it was used for civil defence. Shannon’s girls from the local mill packed respirators for distribution by the WVS and the Supper Room became the Report Centre


Work on two prestigious car showrooms – which will be opening in Tamworth – is likely to start in less than eight weeks.

Planning applications for both a Mini dealership and a BMW dealership were approved earlier this year by Tamworth Borough Council’s planning committee. If all goes to plan, work will begin during November.

The BMW dealership will be a purpose-built, luxury dealership over two levels, with service workshops and parts centre, creating almost 100 jobs. It will be at Cardinal Point, which is part of the Ventura Park Employment Area.

The Mini dealership will also be opening a two-level building. This will include a dealership, showroom, MOT facility, service workshop with six service bays and parts store. This will create a further 22 jobs and will also be based at Cardinal Point. The two showrooms will join a number of other prestigious showrooms already in the area.

And according to the developers, the mini dealership should be completed in seven to eight months time, while the BMW will take in the region of 12 months.

Members of Tamworth Borough Council’s planning committee were united in their support for the developments. They agreed the showrooms will fit in well with the existing prestige car showrooms in the vicinity, while helping to improve and strengthen the local economy.

Cllr Steve Claymore, Cabinet member for Economy, said: “These two prestigious businesses coming to Tamworth is really good news for our economy, while encouraging more people to visit our borough. The creation of 120 new jobs is also great news for Tamworth and sends a clear message that Tamworth is a great place to do business.”