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Free blood pressure checks at Ankerside Shopping Centre this Saturday

THE Rotary Club of Tamworth are offering free blood pressure checks in Tamworth this weekend to help combat stroke. Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland and the Stroke Association have teamed up to help people in Tamworth get their blood pressure tested. They will be providing free blood pressure tests in Ankerside Shopping Centre on Saturday 25th February between 11am and 3pm to raise awareness of the link between high blood pressure and stroke. High blood pressure is a contributing factor in around half of strokes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. As well as having a blood pressure check, local residents in Tamworth will also receive guidance on how to keep it under control and reduce their stroke risk. Tamworth Rotary Representative, Kyle Raffo said: “Having a stroke can be devastating but people can reduce their risk significantly by paying attention to their blood pressure. Rotary is proud to support the Stroke Association’s Know Your Blood Pressure campaign because it is both simple and effective. “The test takes a moment to do and potentially, it could save your life. Last year the Stroke Association held 1680 events around the country and this year they are keen to reach even more people.” Alexis Wieroniey, Deputy Director of Policy and Influencing at the Stroke Association, said: “Having a regular blood pressure check is so important. For every 10 people diagnosed with high blood pressure, seven remain undiagnosed and untreated – this is more than 5.5 million people in England alone. “Many people have high blood pressure without realising it because it often has no symptoms. High blood pressure is far more common than you would think and it can be deadly, but it is treatable. With events like this, together we can conquer stroke.” Ankerside Centre Manager, Jeff Wigley, said he was pleased to be able to welcome the Rotary Club of Tamworth and the Stroke Association to the centre. “Having your blood pressure checked is vitally important,” said Jeff. “I’m delighted that we’re able to provide space to for the crucial checks to take place. A visit to Ankerside this weekend could make a huge difference to your health.” In addition to the event taking place on 25th February, there will be blood pressure checks throughout the year. To find your nearest blood pressure event, you can visit www.stroke.org.uk/kybp. Tamworth Rotary Club meet at Drayton Golf Club on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday of every month. Anyone interested in joining the club is invited to pop along and see what goes on.  See ‘Rotary Club of Tamworth’ on Facebook for details” The post Free blood pressure checks at Ankerside Shopping Centre this Saturday appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Could you be a retained firefighter in Tamworth?

THE Service is holding recruitment days at Tamworth Fire Station, on Lichfield Street, on Wednesday, February 22 at 6pm and Saturday, February 25 at 10am. The event gives anyone interested in learning more about becoming a retained firefighter a chance to visit the station, speak to the crew and try their hand at some of the entry tests. It also gives residents the opportunity to learn more about what being a retained firefighter actually entails. Retained Support Officer Kim Harrison said: “We are keen to hear from people who want to join our first class service and to play an integral role in keeping the communities where they live or work safe. “Being a retained firefighter is a great way to give something back to local people at the same time as supplementing your income. On call firefighters receive the same high level of training as their full time colleagues and attend incidents ranging from fires to floods and road traffic collisions. Enthusiasm and motivation are key qualities that we will be looking for as well as the ability to work in a tight knit team.” For more information contact Kim Harrison at k.harrison@staffordshirefire.gov.uk  or call 01785 898913. The post Could you be a retained firefighter in Tamworth? appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Valentine’s domestic abuse campaign a huge success

A POWERFUL campaign to tackle domestic abuse across Tamworth has been hailed as a big success, after more than 250 people came along to a drop-in awareness event. The campaign – bearing the message It’s Never OK – was launched by the Tamworth Community Safety Partnership to coincide with Valentine’s Day, as figures show a significant increase in the number of incidents of domestic abuse and sexual violence around February 14. It’s Never OK had two aims – to challenge perpetrators of domestic abuse and encourage victims to report their abuse. Posters bearing the It’s Never OK message were put up in pubs, clubs and other venues across Tamworth, complete with helpline numbers. The Tamworth Community Safety Partnership organised a drop-in event in Ankerside Shopping Centre on Tuesday February 14 to raise awareness of domestic abuse, as well as giving out general advice on many aspects of personal safety. The event attracted around more than 250 visitors. Representatives from nine partner organisations were on hand throughout the day to give help and advice on domestic abuse and wider safety issues. Partners taking part in the event were Tamworth Borough Council Community Safety team, Housing and Community Wardens, The Pathway Project, Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service, Staffordshire Police, Smart Alert, Staffordshire County Council Children’s Services, Library Service and Healthwatch Staffordshire. Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Communities & Public Health: “The prevention of domestic abuse, raising awareness, protection for victims and education for perpetrators are vital. This campaign spells out the message that domestic abuse is never OK – and that help is available to both victims and perpetrators.” He added: “The drop-in day was a great way of getting partners together to support each other and those coming in for help and advice, to work out ways of increasing partnerships to create awareness of domestic abuse and to find new ways of promoting personal safety. “If only one person took the helpline number for the Pathway Project and receives support, then it will have been an incredibly valuable event. “We would like to thank all the partners who took part in the event – and particularly to Ankerside, who provided the unit free of charge for the event and were very helpful.” The Respect Helpline is a confidential service for perpetrators of domestic abuse, which offers information and support to help perpetrators change their behaviour. It can be contacted on 0808 802 4040. Anyone suffering domestic abuse can contact the Pathway Project on 01543 676800, as well as reporting the abuse to the police. Anyone who feels they have a problem with drinking, which is often a factor in domestic abuse, can contact One Recovery on 01827 311505. The post Valentine’s domestic abuse campaign a huge success appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Which films do you want to watch at 2017 Outdoor Cinema?

MOVIE lovers are being invited to choose the films that are shown at this year’s Outdoor Cinema in Tamworth Castle Grounds, after a hugely successful sell-out event in 2016. Last summer’s Outdoor Cinema sold out within a week of going on sale after the job of deciding which films to screen was handed over to members of the public. Hundreds of people took to social media to cast their votes with Dirty Dancing and The Lost Boys coming out on top. The 1,300 tickets available across both screenings sold like hot cakes as cinema-goers jumped at the opportunity to see their favourite films under the stars in the great outdoors. As a result of last year’s success, the film selection is again being put out to a public vote, from a shortlist of approved movies. This summer’s Outdoor Cinema takes place on Saturday August 5 and will again include one movie at 9pm, followed by a midnight movie. Choices for the 9pm show are: The Sound of Music Moulin Rouge Top Gun The Full Monty Pretty Woman Choices for the midnight movie are: Gremlins The Fly Alien Labyrinth Psycho The Goonies The Outdoor Cinema and audience poll is again being organised by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team as part of the 2017 programme of events. Votes can be cast via the Tamworth Arts and Events Facebook page or online through the Tamworth Arts and Events website at www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk/whats-on. Voting details will also be sent via email to subscribers of Tamworth Arts and Events news. Cllr Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Environment and Culture, said: “This will be the fifth year for the Outdoor Cinema and it’s just growing in popularity all the time. Although it has enjoyed sell-out crowds before, last year’s event sold out within just a week of going on sale and part of that may have been due to letting audiences decide what they wanted to see. “People really welcomed the opportunity to get involved in the decision-making process, so we’ve decided to open it out to public vote again. Tickets will be on sale soon after the results are in, so I’d encourage anyone who’d like to attend to keep an eye out for details – there were lots of disappointed people who missed out last year.” Polls are open now and votes can be cast until February 28. The Outdoor Cinema is just one element of a packed programme of outdoor events that has been confirmed for 2017. The full line up will be revealed in the coming weeks. The post Which films do you want to watch at 2017 Outdoor Cinema? appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Literary Festival coming to town!

CELEBRATE the written word with authors, live comedy, theatre and more at Tamworth’s Literary Festival; this March! Tamworth Literary Festival comes to town between 3-11th March to celebrate the written word. The festival, the very first of its kind in Tamworth, offers an exciting and eclectic mix of authors, comedy, theatre and more. Participants include over 30 authors from across the UK and also home grown talent from Tamworth and the Midlands. The festival kicks off with a comedy night on Friday 3rd March in the Central Methodist Church, featuring Lichfield’s First Lady of stand-up and award winning novelist Carol E. Wyer plus the Ministry of Improv from Birmingham’s Old Joint Stock Theatre. There are two free Book Blasts on both Saturday 4th March and Saturday 11th in St Editha’s Church Hall, where authors and their books, publishers and poets will be on hand to offer advice and chat. The Book Blasts include Tamworth Authors Anthony Poulton-Smith and Simon Goodwin, Birmingham’s New Street Author Collective, comics, plus geek and superhero inspired fun with Papercraft Heroes and Custom Comic Guitars. Bestselling Birmingham author Mike Gayle is appearing at Tamworth Town Hall on the evening of 6th March and Anthony Poulton-Smith will be at Tamworth Library on Tuesday 7th March and at Tamworth Castle on Friday 10th March. On Wednesday 8th March Tamworth’s acclaimed community group Shoebox Theatre presents the Tanner of Tamworth in the Central Methodist Church. The Globe pub is home to a Crime Night on Thursday 9th March, where authors Hugh Fraser (Captain Hastings from Poirot), Chris Collett and Stephen Booth, along with true crime author Gordon Lowe talk about their work. A Thriller Panel, with authors AA Abbott and Rob Sinclair will take place on the afternoon of Saturday 11th as part of that day’s Book Blast. Ticket prices range from £3-£5 per person per event and discounts are available for multiple and group bookings. The festival is the first of its kind in the town and the organisers hope that it will be the first of many to come. Anthony Poulton-Smith, Tamworth Literary Festival Chairman says: “With such a highly talented line-up there is something for everyone and I’m looking forward to learning from these leading literary lights.” For up-to-date information and ticketing advice visit: https://www.facebook.com/TamworthLiteraryFestival/ The post Literary Festival coming to town! appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

PCC funds all Staffs Cops to get spit guards

ALL Staffordshire Police officers are to be provided with spit guards as personal issue on their utility belts. The controversial move was announced jointly by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Ellis, and the Force today. Staffordshire has previously made them available in police vehicles and custody blocks, but not to every officer as part of standard issue kit. The move comes after significant national debate, which has seen public opinion divided. The PCC offered Chief Constable Jane Sawyers the funding to equip all officers with spit guards having listened to views expressed by each side of the debate. Mr Ellis said: “This subject has attracted some controversy nationally, but we should not ask officers to carry out their work in protecting the public without protecting them. ‘I’ve seen bodycam footage of an arrest in Staffordshire where the individual being detained spat at officers. Physical violence can make the police’s job very difficult but the wait, often for weeks, for an officer to find out if being spat at has caused infection, such as hepatitis must be horrendous for the officer and their family.” Chief Constable Sawyers said: “Police officers have told me that they fear more the consequences of being spat at than of being physically assaulted. “Policing can be a dangerous job and spitting is a real risk, which can have serious outcomes in some circumstances. The PCC and I are in agreement that personal issue spit guards is a proportionate response to a real threat faced by officers.” As part of the new arrangements, use of the spit guard will join, use of Taser, domestic abuse incidents and Stop and Search in being subject to ‘enhanced oversight’ by the PCC’s office. This involves mandatory use of bodycams during an incident and dip sampling of that footage by each area’s Safer Neighbourhood Panel on top of normal oversight arrangements. The full rollout will start in the next few weeks and includes additional training for officers. The post PCC funds all Staffs Cops to get spit guards appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Help from HEAT if you are struggling to stay warm at home 

TAMWORTH residents who are struggling to pay their energy bills and are having trouble staying warm in their homes are being encouraged to call the free HEAT number for help and advice. The HEAT scheme (Home Energy Advice Tamworth), is run by Tamworth Borough Council in partnership with Marches Energy Agency and Beat the Cold. It offers free help and advice about staying warm. HEAT advisers can help those whose health is at risk from the cold by searching for grant funding towards a range of measures including heating repairs, installation of new heating systems and home insulation. The scheme can also offer energy pricing checks and general wellbeing advice, while home visits are available for vulnerable households. HEAT is supporting the campaign by National Energy Action to help people hit by fuel poverty. The definition of fuel poverty is being unable to afford to keep adequately warm at a reasonable cost – usually when the cost of keeping warm is more than 10% of income. Figures from the Staffordshire Observatory show that 1 in 10 households in Tamworth – around 3,000 – are affected by fuel poverty. Friday February 17 has been designated as National Fuel Poverty Awareness Day – and HEAT is now calling on all residents living in Tamworth who may be suffering from fuel poverty to call HEAT on 0800 043 2815 to see if there is help available to reduce fuel costs and improve energy efficiency. The line is open from 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. Help available includes finding grant funding towards a range of measures including heating repairs, installation of new heating systems and home insulation. The scheme can also offer free home checks, energy pricing checks to help reduce bills and general wellbeing advice. Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Communities & Wellbeing, said: “The health and wellbeing of our residents is one of our top priorities and fuel poverty has a serious effect on this. “HEAT can provide help to those 3,000 households in Tamworth struggling to heat their homes, which will in turn help them to stay healthy. I would advise anyone who thinks they would benefit from this help and advice to call the free HEAT number on 0800 043 2815.” More information on tackling fuel poverty is available from the National Energy Action website at www.nea.org.uk/advice/ The post Help from HEAT if you are struggling to stay warm at home  appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Plans start to take shape for ‘big, iconic’ roundabout sculpture

CONSULTATIONS with more than 100 people about the design of a new landmark sculpture that will welcome people to Tamworth as they step off the train have revealed an overwhelming common theme – the town’s rich Saxon history. Although ideas are still taking shape, sculptor Luke Perry has revealed that the finished design is likely to be a ‘big and iconic’ figurative piece which reflects the town’s Saxon history, but with an ‘alternative, modern twist’ that places it firmly in the 21st century. It will also likely be created in the style typical of one of Tamworth’s best-known historical companies, Gibbs and Canning Limited, which was widely renowned for its manufacture of architectural terracotta, including statues of lions and pelicans which adorn the Natural History Museum in London. Award-winning public artist and sculptor, Luke has been commissioned by Tamworth Borough Council to create a landmark sculpture for the Offa Drive/Saxon Drive roundabout outside Tamworth Railway Station, where it will greet visitors to the town. The ‘Roundabout Art’ project is one element of the Arts in Unusual Spaces initiative, funded by Arts Council England, which will see art in all its forms popping up in a variety of locations across the borough. Luke has spent the last few weeks speaking to shop workers, businesses, market traders, shoppers and local historical groups – including at a public engagement evening at Tamworth Town Hall – to find out what they are most proud of about Tamworth and what they most want to show off to visitors. Their thoughts and ideas are now being used to form the final design. Luke said: “People are incredibly proud of Tamworth’s rich history; including its Georgian history and its more recent industrial heritage, but almost everyone mentioned the Saxon links, in some form or another. “Although I can’t say what the finished design will be as I’m not there yet, the concept I’m beginning to form is of a really beautiful piece of work reflecting that Saxon heritage. It will be a figurative piece, human in form, which people will identify as being incredibly ‘Tamworth’. I want to create something big and iconic, yet simple in design. “Gibbs and Canning also came up a lot and the style they worked in was really beautiful and really architectural so I will be trying to mirror that neo-classical design. “There was also a definite desire to have something with a bit of an alternative and modern twist. It would be very easy to make a regular piece of historical sculpture, but that’s not what I do and it’s not what people want. “It won’t be too off-the-wall, but I want to create something that sits well in the community, but also looks as if it is part of modern history, reflecting the fact that Tamworth is being invested in now, at this time, not 100 years ago.” Luke will spend the coming weeks exploring the concept further with more in-depth academic research to corroborate the ideas put forward and to make sure any historical detail is accurate. He is hoping to move to design stage at the end of this month when he will begin work on drawings and a scale model. Luke is a well-known artist across the Midlands and has become a real champion of Tamworth, having previously designed the Trotters Trail pig sculptures and the new hand-carved flagstones on Ladybridge. The sculpture is being funded jointly by Tamworth Borough Council, Arts Council England and the Tamworth Gateways Project – which aims to improve links to the town centre. The second phase of Gateways is currently underway, with £500,000 being spent on improving both the visual aspect and accessibility of the roads around Tamworth Railway Station and routes to the town centre. The project is a partnership between Staffordshire County Council and Tamworth Borough Council. Cllr Steve Claymore, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Regeneration, said: “As a council, we have been working very hard to improve and regenerate Tamworth town centre and turn it into a real destination once more. The Gateways project is a crucial part of that and this sculpture has the potential to become a key landmark. “Currently, there’s nothing to welcome people when they arrive in Tamworth by train. The ideas put forward are very exciting and the end result will hopefully be something that makes a real bold statement about the town and encourages visitors to explore it further.” Cllr Joy Goodall, Cabinet member for Environment & Culture, added: “Tamworth Arts in Unusual Spaces is a two-year initiative being delivered by the Arts & Events team. Tamworth has an amazingly rich heritage and culture and Roundabout Art in particular is about celebrating that, so it’s great to hear the people of the town appreciate and take pride in their history. “I’m even more excited now to see the final design take shape.” The post

Fly Tipping investigation launched

NORTH Warwickshire Borough Council have begun an investigation in to recent fly tipping across the area and bordering Tamworth. The fly tippers have been out in force in North Warwickshire, even blocking the road in two separate places. The tipped debris wither have been removed by the relevant authority, whether that be the County Council to Borough Council and investigations will begin to determine who the culprit is. If you have any information that could help North Warwickshire Council catch the people that are spoiling the borough, you can report it here. These are the most recent cases of fly tipping: Norton Hill, Austrey – cleared by Highways Department, Warwickshire County Council Linden Lane/Orton Lane, Warton – cleared by Highways Department, Warwickshire County Council Green Lane, Birchley Heath – cleared by Highways Department, Warwickshire County Council Sandy Lane, Over Whitacre – cleared by North Warwickshire Borough Council Fly tipping is a serious crime and anyone caught could get a fine of up to £50,000 and/or up to 12 months in prison. You, as the householder, are responsible for where the rubbish is left.  To protect yourself, if you pay someone to get rid of your rubbish, always check they have a Waste Carriers Licence. You can check if a company has a licence online. If it is fly tipped and items are traced back to you, you could be prosecuted. Be particularly careful with cold callers at your door or offers on social media to remove any waste for cash. Councillor David Reilly, Chair of the Safer Communites Subcommittee at North Warwickshire Borough Council, voiced his concerns about the recent cases of fly tipping reported to the Borough Council: “ This is an absolute disgrace – as a Council , we are working really hard to get a grip of the flytipping problem  but it’s proving a real challenge.  What we need is the support of our communities to act as guardians to help catch the people responsible and also to report incidents so we can start investigations.” He added: “If you see anything, report it to North Warwickshire Borough Council on 01827 715341 or online at www.northwarks.gov.uk/flytipping   Please  be careful as flytipped items can be hazardous and if you see someone flytipping, pass on the registration number and description of the vehicle, if it’s safe to do so – we’ll take it from there. “Remember that if you employ a ‘man with a van’, they must have a waste carriers licence from the Environment Agency.  We recently prosecuted a commercial landlord who employed a man + van who then flytipped the rubbish.  The landlord was fined £2,500 in court as he hadn’t checked for the correct paperwork.” Household Duty of Care If you are a householder, you are required to take reasonable steps to check that people removing waste from your premises are authorised to do so. Reasonable steps to take: Ask the waste carrier to provide you with their full address and telephone number. Ask to see their waste carrier licence issued by the Environment Agency or Natural Resources Wales. Contact the Environment Agency directly on 08708 506 506 and ask for a free instant Waste Carrier Validation Check, alternatively you can check online on the Environment Agency website. The post Fly Tipping investigation launched appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]

Two sentenced for burglaries in Tamworth

TWO people have been sentenced following a number of burglaries in the Glascote area in July 2016. As a result of an investigation by the Tamworth Neighbourhood Action Team, on 1 December 2016, Darren Hart of no fixed abode was found guilty of burglary and handling stolen goods. He was sentenced to 54 months imprisonment and ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge. On 10 February 2017, Jennifer Chambers, from Birmingham was found guilty of handling stolen goods and sentenced to a 12 month community order, an activity requirement and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £85. Chief Inspector Jason Nadin of Tamworth LPT said: “Anyone who has suffered a burglary knows how traumatic it can be. Diligent work by my officers has resulted in two individuals being sentenced for a number of burglaries in the Glascote area of Tamworth. “I wish to reinforce my message to the wider community of the commitment of Staffordshire Police to proactively prevent burglaries. But where they do happen we will investigate and bring those responsible to justice. Tamworth police continue to work hard to keep our communities safe and reassured.” Anyone with any information regarding crime can report it via 101, or speak to their local officer or PCSO. You can also report crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court. The post Two sentenced for burglaries in Tamworth appeared first on Tamworth Informed. [ More... ]


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