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Friday, 5 August 2011

Grant for New Boat

More youngsters in Burton and South Derbyshire are now enjoying learning to row on the River Trent thanks to a £1,000 grant from the Burton Breweries Charitable Trust towards a new double scull boat at Burton’s Trent Rowing Club.

Founded in 1847 and one of the oldest rowing clubs in the country, Trent Rowing Club sits alongside the River Trent at Stapenhill Road in Burton attracting rowers from all walks of life and sectors of society.  With a proud history of developing junior rowers from their introduction to the sport right up to the highest level of competition Trent Rowing Club members took gold and bronze medals at this year’s National School Championships.
Richard Gipson, club secretary, said “We’re extremely grateful to the Burton Breweries Charitable Trust for their substantial grant towards the purchase of one of our new double scull boats that’ll enable more of our budding Redgraves & Pinsents to improve their rowing skills and allow more young people to enjoy the delights of this great sport”.

Burton Breweries Charitable Trust chairman, Keith Norris, commented “We’re pleased to support Trent Rowing Club’s drive to enable young people from all backgrounds to enter a sport that is frequently associated with the more privileged elements of society”. “The Club’s coaching programmes help youngsters focus on second targets and achieving success at a very influential stage of their development” he added.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

The Staffordshire Hoard

Due to the high demand to obtain tickets for the ‘Anglo Saxon Footsteps’ daytime tours at Lichfield Cathedral, a further 92 tickets have been released and are now available through the Lichfield Garrick.

These twice daily forty five minute tours are ideal for young and old (suitable for visitors aged 5 and upwards) and a perfect day out for the grandchildren. Visitors will walk in the footsteps of the Anglo-Saxons to discover the origins of the Cathedral and enjoy its stories this summer holiday. You also get an opportunity to take the free Staffordshire Hoard tour.

Canon Pete Wilcox, Chancellor of Lichfield Cathedral commented: “We have been overwhelmed with the very positive and enthusiastic response to the Staffordshire Hoard on Tour coming to the City of Lichfield and we have taken the decision to offer more tickets for the ‘Anglo Saxon Footsteps’ tours, which have proved particularly popular for the summer break”.

Tickets for the Evening Experience Tours (£15 per person) and the free 40 minute timed entry tours are also still available from the Garrick Box Office  - 01543 412121 or For latest news please visit or