Arthur Heathcote MBE

Probably the most notable member of the Parish of Fazeley in recent times has been Arthur Heathcote.

Born at Little Lever, Lancashire, but living for much of his life in Mile Oak, he has been described as “a man of the people who stood for sincerity and service”. A man who enjoyed his garden, Arthur was also a first class football referee and a miner, who later became a Workman’s Inspector in the mines.

He held many positions in the community; JP and Chairman of Tamworth Magistrates, Chairman and Town Mayor of Fazeley, Chairman of Lichfield Rural District Council (1965/67), Chairman of Longwood School Governors and Governor of Tamworth College.

In the Queen’s New Year Honours List of 1968, Arthur was awarded the MBE for his services to this community.

He passed away on Sunday March 13th 1994.  At his funeral service in St Paul’s Church many tributes were paid to his work for the town he loved and which he adopted as his home.