HEAT logo no textAs it gets colder, we’re encouraging you to call our free HEAT energy advice scheme for help or advice about staying warm in your home this winter.

The free HEAT number is 0800 043 2815 and the line is open from 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

HEAT advisers are on hand to provide advice on keeping warm throughout the current cold period and beyond. They are advising residents to stock up on food and other essentials, make sure they have adequate heating and ensure pre-payment meters have enough credit in the event that leaving the house is difficult, as well as looking out for vulnerable neighbours.

Help is also available from HEAT to help people whose health is at risk from the cold by finding grant funding towards a range of measures including heating repairs, installation of new heating systems and home insulation. The scheme can also offer information on all aspects of energy efficiency, renewable technologies and other improvements.

So give us a call and see if we can help.

HEAT is a partnership between Tamworth Borough Council, Marches Energy Agency and Beat the Cold – both registered charities specialising in energy efficiency, carbon reduction and the alleviation of fuel poverty.

Tamworth’s fourth Question Time event is set to take place in January – and we need you to get involved to make it a success.

The event is taking place at Landau Forte Academy, Amington on Thursday January 26th, when a panel made up of representatives from Tamworth Borough Council will be answering your questions.

The event – which will be chaired by Mike Thomas of TCR FM – will be based on the Council’s three strategic priorities; living a quality life in Tamworth, growing strong together in Tamworth and delivering quality services in Tamworth.

The panel will consist of the Council’s Cabinet; Leader, Cllr Daniel Cook; Deputy Leader, Cllr Rob Pritchard and the Portfolio Holders for Regeneration, Communities & Wellbeing, Environment & Culture and Housing Services, Cllrs Steven Claymore, Stephen Doyle, Joy Goodall and Michelle Thurgood.

The theatre at Landau Forte Academy, Amington will open at 7pm and the Question Time event will start at 7.15pm and finish at 9.30pm.

TCR FM will be broadcasting live from the Question Time for the fourth year, so anyone not able to come along will be able to follow the debate. Tamworth Borough Council’s communications team will also be Tweeting live updates throughout the event.

Tickets for the event are free of charge and can be obtained from Tamworth’s Information Centre, located in the Council offices, Marmion House, Lichfield Street. Tickets can also be obtained by emailing tic@tamworth.gov.uk, calling 01827 709618 / 709581 or texting TBCTIC with message to 88020 to reserve a ticket.

There is a limited number of 200 tickets for the Question Time event, which will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Daniel Cook, said: “This event is part of our ‘Tamworth Listens’ initiative and I hope as many people as possible will attend. 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. Email your questions to: tamworthlistens@tamworth.gov.uk or post them to Performance & Corporate Relations, Tamworth Borough Council, Freepost BM6842, Tamworth, B79 7BR by the deadline of 5pm on Thursday January 12th.

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There’s plenty of festive entertainment in store for audiences this December as Tamworth Assembly Rooms goes ‘on tour’ with popular events being taken out into the community while the theatre is closed for refurbishment.

Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team has been working with groups including Stage It!, Amington Band and Tamworth Pantomime Company to ensure the show goes on this winter.

December’s programme kicks off with Tamworth Stage It! Academy’s Christmas song and dance spectacular, featuring performances from children aged four to 16. Stage It! At the Movies will take audiences on a journey through some of the most memorable movie scenes in history from the Lion King to Blues Brothers, Mary Poppins to Little Shop of Horrors and much more.

The family friendly show is this year being staged at the Landau Forte Sixth Form Academy in Ashby Road, on Sunday December 11, from 1.30pm. The performance is suitable for all ages. Tickets for the show are priced at £8 and £6 for children and concessions.

The refurbishment of Tamworth Assembly Rooms also left the tricky problem of finding a new venue which could host several performances of Tamworth Pantomime across a two-week period. The solution is a once-in-a-lifetime pantomime experience performed in a large, heated Big Top circus tent, in Tamworth Castle Grounds.

Audiences can expect songs, dance and laughter from some of Tamworth’s best-loved performers, when Jack and the Beanstalk opens on Thursday December 15. It will continue with matinee and evening performances until December 22.

Tickets are priced at £14/£9 concessions, with discounts available for family tickets and group bookings – a group of 10 or more will pay £8 each. VIPP (Very Important Pantomime Person) tickets are available for an extra pound, which includes ringside seats and the chance to meet the cast and get photos in the interval.

If you need any more help getting into the Christmas spirit, the annual Amington Band Christmas Show is packed with festive favourites from start to finish, plus special guests Tamworth Arts Club. Taking place at Landau Forte Sixth Form Academy on Saturday December 17, the show will feature classic carols and popular hits including The Snowman, Once in Royal David’s City, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, All I Want for Christmas is You and White Christmas. Tickets to the 7.30pm show cost £8 and £7 concessions.

Tickets for all shows are available online at www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk, from the Tourist Information Centre in Marmion House or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings.