_1MV0965There’s just a month to go until Tamworth’s festive season officially gets underway with another cracker of a Christmas lights switch-on event on Sunday November 20.

The countdown to Christmas will be launched in style with a jam-packed afternoon of festive fun for the whole family in Tamworth town centre, ahead of the main event in St Editha’s Square at 5pm, when the town will be bathed in Christmas cheer.

The annual Christmas lights switch-on is another favourite in the Tamworth Arts & Events calendar, usually attracting thousands of people who flock to the town to enjoy the celebrations. Last year, an estimated 8,000 people came along to join in the festive fun.

Festivities take place throughout the day from 1pm, including live music, fairground rides, a festive market, treasure hunt, a nativity under the Town Hall, the St Editha’s Church Christmas Tree Festival, walkabout characters, dance performances, face painting and personal appearances at intervals from Paw Patrol’s Chase and Marshall in Ankerside Shopping Centre.

Music will again centre round the Touch FM stage in St Editha’s Square, featuring live performances from a range of acts from 2pm, including The Glamophones, Matilda Pratt, Tamworth Voices, Glenn Chevannes and dancers, Just Perform, Tamworth Pantomime Company and more.

Elsewhere, Tamworth Sixth Form Dance Company will perform under the Town Hall in Market Street, where members of St Francis Church will also stage a live nativity.

The Christmas market will also return this year, lining George Street with a range of stalls selling gifts, crafts, novelties, local produce and festive food – perfect for picking up some unique and personal Christmas presents.

Any businesses or charities interested in booking a stall at the festive market are asked to contact Frances Bragger on 01827 54692, or email Frances.bragger@sky.com.

Also returning is the annual Christmas Tree Festival in St Editha’s Church, which invites schools, businesses, local groups and individuals to decorate a tree to be displayed in the church to raise vital funds.

This year the honour of switching on the lights will be given to the winner of a special Cub Cake and Brownie Bake-Off competition which is taking place as part of this year’s Tamworth in Bloom competition.

Cubs and Brownies from across the town will be competing in the Town Hall on Thursday November 3 to find out who will throw the festive switch alongside Mayor of Tamworth, Cllr Ken Norchi, and Father Christmas.

The Mayor said: “I’m really looking forward to being part of the Christmas lights switch-on celebrations and helping to get the festive season underway in Tamworth. Another great afternoon of fun and entertainment has been lined up and I hope lots of families come and join us in the town centre to soak up the Christmas atmosphere.”


You or someone you know could get an extra special Christmas treat this year – a festive hamper.

Here at Tamworth Borough Council, we’ve got 200 Christmas hampers to give out to vulnerable, disabled, housebound and elderly people living in the borough.

We’re now asking you to nominate people to receive a hamper, full of traditional Christmas favourites.

The hampers, put together by Aldi, will be hand-delivered by councillors who will be taking them out into their own communities, with deliveries starting in the first week of December.

Cllr Tina Clements, lead councillor on the committee which will be distributing the hampers, said: “While we are looking forward to Christmas and spending time with loved ones, we want to make sure we help and support those people who may not have friends and family to spend the festive period with.

“This time of year should bring people together and remind them that they are not alone. If anyone knows of someone who would like to receive a hamper, please get in touch.”

To nominate someone to receive a hamper, please email Cllr Tina Clements at tina-clements@tamworth.gov.uk, with the name and address of the person you are nominating, as well as the reason for the nomination.

An online downloadable nomination form is also available at www.tamworth.gov.uk/christmas-hamper-nomination-form

The closing date for nominations is Monday November 14th.


Thirteen former councillors who have almost 200 years of service to Tamworth Borough Council between them have been awarded the title of Honourary Alderman and Alderwoman.

At a special ceremony held in the Council Chamber at Marmion House on Wednesday, the 13 former councillors had the honour officially conferred on them in recognition of their ‘eminent services to the Council as past members’. All of them have served three or more consecutive terms of office on the council.

The award follows a unanimous vote at the Full Council meeting in July, where councillors from all sides agreed that the 13 should be honoured.

The former councillors who have been made Honourary Alderman or Alderwoman are:

  • Peter Chesworth (Con, 4 terms)
  • Margaret Clarke (Ind/Lab, 3 terms)
  • Irene Davies (Con, 4 terms)
  • Eamonn Fitzsimmons (Lab, 4 terms)
  • John Garner (Con, 8 terms – 4 consecutive between 1979-1996, 4 consecutive 2002-2014)
  • Tony Hill (Lab, 4 terms)
  • Joan Jenkins (Lab, 3 terms)
  • Ken Lewis (Lab, 6 terms)
  • Gerald Latham (Lab, 3 terms)
  • Iain Marshall (Con, 4 terms)
  • Derek Owen (Lab, 5 terms)
  • Evelyn Rowe (Con, 5 terms)
  • Tony Whitefoot (Con, 3 terms)

They will be added to Tamworth Borough Council’s roll of honour, alongside Honourary Aldermen Frederick Allton and George Jones CBE.

The conferring of the title means that Honourary Aldermen and Alderwomen may attend and take part in civic ceremonies, as well as supporting the office of Mayor.