CleanForTheQueen-poster-webSchools, groups, businesses and individuals in Tamworth are being encouraged to get involved in a national campaign to clean up the streets in time for the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Here at Tamworth Borough Council, we’re backing the national ‘Clean For the Queen’ campaign and are calling on people throughout the borough to organise and take part in litter picks over the weekend of March 4 to 6, ahead of the Queen’s birthday on April 21.

Coton Green, Hanbury’s Farm, St Gabriel’s and Two Gates primary schools have already pledged their support, as well as the Town Wall and Hodge Lane Conservation Groups.

We will be supporting the litter picks by supplying rubbish bags and taking the rubbish away once it has been collected. There is a limited supply of litter picking kits, which are available on a first come, first served basis.

Cllr Rob Pritchard, Tamworth Borough Council’s Deputy Leader, said: “Our Street Scene teams are out and about every day cleaning up the borough, but Clean For the Queen is a great way to help give Tamworth that extra-special spring clean in time for the Queen’s 90th birthday.

“We are looking to support as many groups as possible carry out a clean-up in their area, be it a park, playing fields, estate, canal towpath, cycleway or nature reserve and we are hoping that we hope every part of Tamworth joins together in keeping Tamworth clean and tidy.

“So if you are a church, school, community group, sports club, community-minded local business, residents association or just an active local champion in your area, please get in touch and help us Clean For the Queen.”

Anyone who would like to sign up to take part in ‘Clean For the Queen’ in Tamworth is asked to contact Andy Smith for more details and to register. He can be contacted on

More details on the national ‘Clean For the Queen’ campaign can be found at

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A beautiful commemorative silver tea service and tray which was presented to a former Mayoress of Tamworth in 1902 is now ‘back home’ in Tamworth – after it was kindly donated to the borough by the original recipient’s great-granddaughter.

The tray and tea service was originally presented to former Mayoress Betsy Alldritt in October 1902 from the townspeople of Tamworth, to thank her for her service alongside her husband Frederick Alldritt, who was Mayor of Tamworth in 1902 and 1903.

Now, the Alldritt’s great-granddaughter, Christobel Avery, has kindly donated the tray and tea service back to Tamworth, where it will take pride of place in the Mayor’s Parlour in the Town Hall.

Mrs Avery and her daughter Elena travelled from Billingshurst in West Sussex to formally present the gift to the current Mayor of Tamworth, Cllr Maureen Gant. The silver service and tray are now officially part of Tamworth’s Civic Collection and will be on permanent display in the Mayor’s Parlour.

Presenting her kind donation, Mrs Avery said that the silver had been passed down through the family since it was presented to her great-grandmother in 1902. She said that although she was sad to part with it, she was pleased it was returning to Tamworth.

“I am delighted and grateful that you, Madam Mayor, are welcoming it into the Mayor’s Parlour and although inevitably sad, am pleased that it is coming home to reside with other family artefacts in the town of Tamworth that meant so much to my extended family,” she said. 

Accepting the gift on behalf of the borough, current Mayor Cllr Maureen Gant, said: “This is a beautiful part of Tamworth’s history and I am very grateful to Mrs Avery and her family for this wonderfully generous donation.

“The service will be displayed on the table in the Mayor’s Parlour and it is a real privilege to have it there.”

The Mayor’s Parlour is opened to the public at a number of events during the year, including Heritage Open Day.

Assembly Rooms_170408_3 003Tamworth Assembly Rooms will close its doors on February 8, ahead of its 18-month modern makeover.

The theatre will be restored and extended in a major refurbishment programme designed to bring it into the 21st century, make it more attractive and improve access to visitors.

The regeneration is part of the ambitious £6.1million project by Tamworth Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council to develop a Creative Quarter in the heart of Tamworth town centre.

Work to the Assembly Rooms will include the creation of a café bar and exhibition space, a multi-use area, a new box office and new glazed double doors at the front of the building for a more welcoming and inviting feel. The café area will be open throughout the day to allow the building to be used to its full potential.

A brand new glass extension will be added onto the side of the building which will be used as a studio space and lit up at night.

The theatre’s windows – which have been covered over for a number of years – will be opened up to allow natural light into the auditorium and to complement the new glass frontage to Corporation Street.

Although the building is set to be closed for some 18 months, it will remain a focal point in the Arts & Events calendar with archeological digs, a touring exhibition and consultation programme all lined up for the coming months.

The archaeological excavations will take place in the car park next to the building – where the glass studio will be built – this spring, providing opportunities for volunteers to join in and hopefully make some exciting discoveries, as well as school trips to the site.

Then a touring exhibition will take to the road in the summer to share information about the building’s heritage and redevelopment plans. It will also provide the opportunity for people to have their say on the Assembly Rooms, and the Arts & Events programme as a whole, on issues including access, events and activities, heritage and displays.

The consultation will also take place online and through postal surveys and focus groups.

During the closure period Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts & Events team is committed to running a full programme of events which will use outdoor spaces and community venues and will be revealed in detail soon.

All current users of Tamworth Assembly Rooms will continue to receive full support from the Arts & Events team.

As well as the refurbishment and extension of Tamworth Assembly Rooms, the Creative Quarter vision includes the transformation of the Philip Dix Centre into a Business and Enterprise Centre, the redevelopment of the Carnegie Centre as a restaurant and improvements to the library and surrounding area to create a new cultural hub.

The project will create around 100 jobs, attract additional private investment and potentially boost the town’s economy by an estimated £13million by 2019.