Wirral Heritage Fair, Saturday, 11 March, 2017
Blue Plaques for Oxton – fund-raising concert at the Oxton Cricket Club, Friday, 20th Jan. 2017.
The concert was a great success with over 120 tickets sold and even though this was near our capacity, nobody was turned away. After all expenses, and taking into account the raffle which raised over £300, we saw a clear profit of about £800. we hope to double this with a successful application to The HSBC Community Fund – more details here when we have a result.
The fund raising campaign is so that we can put more blue name plaques in the Conservation Area to celebrate former noteable residents, such as the first woman police officer and the architect of the Liver Building. At present we have one plaque in memory of the famous town planner Sir Patrick Abercrombie. He lived for a period in Village Road and implemented the London Green Belt and its ring of post-war new towns such as Harlow and Stevenage. Further details of the Blue Plaque Project can be seen here.
Oxton Xmas Lights Switch-on
View this attractive video record of the event by the Hoylake MovieMakers. Our thanks to Brian Bishop and Keith Maxwell for filming and editing.
Images of Old Oxton
A series of Images of Old Oxton, as well as some historical documents, which have been collected by the Oxton Society History Group, are now available on our website. The images are part of a much larger collection of pictures and postcards, articles and maps that are contained in the Oxton Archive, currently based in the bookshop at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum. We intend to expand the on-line resource over time, using further material from this collection.
The History Group is always keen to receive any new material that would illustrate the history of Oxton Village. If you have any photos or documents that you would like to share with the Society please contact the History Group. If you have any comments on the collection, or memories relating to the places shown, we would also be delighted to hear from you. The History Group can be contacted at: email@example.com
‘Oxton in Bloom’ – Best in North-West
The Royal Horticultural Society and North West in Bloom have awarded Oxton the top regional award in this year’s competition. At the heart of the ‘Oxton in Bloom’ submission was the Society’s display of hanging baskets. The judges were impressed by the combination of floral quality and scale, the commitment of the Society and volunteers and the active support of village businesses. The judges rated the display as Outstanding – the highest category – and awarded us the cup for Best Neighbourhood in the North West! Thanks to all who have made this fantastic achievement possible – not forgetting our brilliant basket supplier, Dovecote Nurseries of Burton.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM and Celebration of the Year’s Achievements was held on Wednesday, September 14th in the Williamson Gallery.
Green Flag Award for the Arno
Congratulations to the Friends of the Arno for the award of the Green Flag for 2016-17. The award was unveiled by the Mayor Councillor Pat Hackett .
Local History events upcoming
There has been an addition to the First World War family history day to be held at Wirral Archives on Monday 7th November.
In addition to the 10 a.m. presentation on the Hamilton Square War Memorial and the afternoon help desk on First World War family history, there will be an extra presentation at 2 p.m. on the First World War Memorials Programme – the Government has made £2 million available to record, repair and conserve war memorials around the country. The talk will be given by David Hearn of the national charity Civic Voice.
If you would like to attend either or both of these presentations, just contact Wirral Archives on 0151 606 2929 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking – there are places still available.
There are also places available for the upcoming Workshop
- November 10 – ‘Wirral and the First World War: 1916’, William Meredith
Secret Gardens will be on May 14th in 2017
Secret Gardens is one of the Liverpool Echo’s 11 reasons to live on the Wirral – click here for details.
Secret Gardens 2016 was on Sunday, 19th June.
We took in nearly £25,000 and the costs of mounting the event are about £7,300 – £1500 less than last year, thanks to careful preparations and a change of contract for the road closure. This means our three partner charities will each receive about £3,500. £7,000 will come to the Society to pay for our activities, including hanging baskets, dog bags, Xmas Lights, history chronicles and tree planting.
We sold 2,600 tickets with more pre-sales at discount rates than usual. Other income was from plant sales, refreshments, the raffle, Box Bakery and Adams Butcher street food, donations from businesses, artists and entertainers and the Oxton Business Club who paid to advertise in the programme.
We extend our appreciation to the twenty garden owners for all their hard work in preparing their lovely gardens and who continued to admit visitors right up to closing time despite the 3pm deluge. Our partner charities for 2016 were:
See an extended film of Secret Gardens 2016 by the Hoylake Moviemakers, with special thanks to Brian Bishop and Keith Maxwell.
From 1 August 2016 the Society’s subscription was raised to £10 for households and £8 for individuals. Our costs have been rising year on year and as subscriptions have not risen for nine years there is now a widening gap between income and expenditure. Although we are reluctant to face members with this increase, we believe that membership still represents extremely good value for money, and it will bring us in line with similar local organisations – for example The Heswall Society, the Caldy Society and the Friends of the Williamson, who all have rates of £10. Find out what you get for your membership
Oxton Village Guide
A new contribution to Oxton life, this Facebook page gives up to the minute news, events and offers from the village businesses, and is a way of marketing the village as a destination for new visitors. It has been launched by James Chapman, a local web designer, who has just moved to the area from Scotland with his young family. He says “We chose Oxton because we simply fell in love with the place when we were looking around for somewhere to live”
A Lidl store for Oxton
A new Lidl store is under construction on a derelict site at the corner of Balls Rd and Oxton Rd across from the Wirral Christian Centre. Their development comprises:
- A new Lidl store of 15,000 sq ft
- Around 40 new full and part-time job opportunities for local people.
- 127 car parking spaces, providing 90 minutes free parking, including disabled and parent and child spaces
- 9 cycle parking spaces
- The regeneration of a derelict site
The Oxton Society was consulted when the formal planning application was submitted and this has been approved by Wirral Council. For a copy of the actual Lidl plans leaflet, click here.