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There’s just over a week to go until Tamworth’s spectacular St George’s Day celebrations in the castle and the Castle Grounds – complete with a medieval joust, archery and sword swallower.

The St George’s Day extravaganza is always one of the highlights in Tamworth’s events calendar. Last year’s celebrations attracted more than 10,000 people – and was even held up in Parliament as a shining example of how to celebrate England’s patron saint when it was hailed as ‘renowned throughout the country, if not the world’.

Sword swallowing, children’s medieval workshops, have-a-go archery, and Morris dancing are just some of the events taking place during the free celebrations, which this year are being held on Saturday April 26 from 10am until 5pm.

The hugely popular Medieval Joust returns again this year, when the Black Knight and Sir Robert Marmion will once again do battle for the honour of Tamworth.

The event is completely free and will feature displays and activities including:

• Children’s workshops
• ‘Have a go’ archery (for which there will be a small charge)
• Sword swallower
• Foot tournament
• Medieval encampment displays
• Walkabout characters
• Face painting (small charge)

Admission to the Castle will be reduced on the day of the extravaganza to £5 for adults, £3 for children, free for children under two. Admission to the Castle Grounds is free.

So come along, bring the whole family and get set to have a great time!

Tamworth’s Castle Grounds are set to be transformed into Sherwood Forest this summer, when the UK’s top touring open-air theatre brings its production of the classic tale of Robin Hood to the town.

Illyria will be transporting the outdoor audience to Nottingham, and Sherwood Forest on Saturday July 12 with its exciting adaptation of the traditional legend of Robin Hood – which even includes an archery competition involving the entire audience!

The company has performed throughout the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, the USA and Canada, as well as winning four international ‘Best Performance’ awards for its fresh approach to Shakespeare, the quality of its shows for families and the originality of its adaptations of classic tales.

Now, Tamworth audiences are being invited to experience the magic of Illyria for themselves, when the Castle Grounds plays host to Robin Hood and his merry men (and women) on Saturday July 12.

The adaptation is written in fast-moving, easy-to-follow verse, and introduces all the well-loved characters including Robin Hood, Maid Marian, Little John, Friar Tuck and, of course, the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham.

Robin Hood is a show for all the family. It was first performed in 2007 and remains one of Illyria’s most popular productions.

Audiences are invited to bring their own seating, warm clothes and a picnic. Gates open at 6pm and the performance starts at 6.30.

Tickets are priced at £10 and £8 for concessions. They are available online here, in person from Tamworth Information Centre in Corporation Street or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618.

New affordable homes regenerate garage site in Tamworth

Posted: March 28, 2014 by Tamworth Council in Uncategorized

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The home of a former Tamworth garage, Station Motors Ltd on Victoria Road, is about to become home for six local families.

Five three-bedroom townhouses and a two-bedroom apartment have just been completed at the site by property contractor Long Brothers Leicester Ltd for Waterloo Housing Group.
The new affordable housing, located close to the town centre, has been developed by Waterloo in partnership with Tamworth Borough Council.

It includes four rented homes, which are let to people registered with the council’s lettings scheme, and two homes sold to local families on a part-buy and part-rent basis through shared ownership.
The site’s journey from a commercial garage to affordable housing is a poignant one, as it was the wish of the site’s former owner, Mary Thompson, that the development should provide affordable housing for local people.

As a further mark of her wishes and legacy, the development is named after her first husband John Charles Fernyhough and called John’s Court. John Fernyhough owned and managed the garage business at Victoria Road prior to his death in 1969.

Representatives from the family and the partners involved in the project visited the new properties yesterday (26 March), just before they are handed over and residents prepare to move in.

Michael Thompson, Mary’s second husband, said: “Sadly, Mary passed away before being able to see these fine new homes finished. But I know she would have been very satisfied with what has been achieved in rejuvenating the site for affordable housing and how well the homes blend into the existing street scene. I am proud to have been involved with the design and build process for this quality development.”

The £0.8 million development by Waterloo has been supported by £232,000 of investment grant from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Councillor Michael Greatorex, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This is yet another example of how working together can help provide needed affordable, good quality housing for Tamworth residents.

“I am delighted to see that six local families will benefit from this project; both through rentals and also helping people to get on the property ladder. This development is especially moving as it was the site’s former owner’s wishes to see it provide affordable homes.

“It is just one of a number of schemes we are working on to increase affordable, good quality housing in the borough, which has a positive effect both on people’s lives and also health.”

The properties are built to Lifetime Homes design standards to ensure they are accessible and adaptable. The homes also meet level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes to help reduce energy costs for residents.

Waterloo Housing Group is working with Tamworth Borough Council to develop more new affordable housing in the town, including opportunities to buy a home through shared ownership. To find out more about buying through shared ownership, please visit