Xmas Lights 2016
The switch-on will be on Saturday, November 19th from 4.00-6.00pm
Annual General Meeting
The AGM and Celebration of the Year’s Achievements was held on Wednesday, September 14th in the Williamson Gallery.
Pat Williams receives her Lifetime Achievement Award from Chair of the Society, Rhiannon Evans. A copy of the Agenda, and the Annual Report for 2015 can be viewed here and the Accounts will be available shortly.
Blue Plaques for Oxton – advance information
We are starting a fund raising campaign to put more blue name plaques in the village. At present we have one plaque in memory of the famous town planner Sir Patrick Abercrombie who lived for a period in Village Road ( see photos below).
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 Workshops:
- October 6 – ‘The History of the Postcard’, Bill Johnstone
- 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:
Oxton Village Shopping and Leisure
Check out a new Facebook page compiled by Wendy Nelson, who many of you will know through Village Greens. Its an appealing photographic register of all your familiar village businesses with telephone numbers and website links
Conservation Areas Wirral
Conservation Areas Wirral is a forum of all Wirral’s 26 Conservation Areas.
The Forum’s AGM was held on Wednesday 27 April, at 6.30 for 7.00pm in the Lyceum Building, Port Sunlight.
Established in 2014, the forum is a voluntary-run organisation with members drawn from all of Wirral’s active Conservation Areas. It works with Wirral Residents, Wirral Council and Historic England to promote and protect the distinct character of Wirral’s Conservation Areas and to ensure they can be accessed and enjoyed by all, both now and in the future by:
- Encouraging residents to play a full and active role in caring for Wirral’s Conservation Areas.
- Advocating and influencing relevant bodies on their behalf.
- Promoting education, networking and skills-sharing opportunities.
- Providing advice to residents and local groups and societies in the conservation of Wirral
The 2016 programme of Heritage Walks will start on Saturday, 2nd April and run fortnightly until October.
Other History Events
The Wirral Archive Service has a programme of workshops – click here for details.
The Wirral Post Card club has a programme of meetings throughout the year.
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
There is a proposal to build a new Lidl store on a derelict site at the corner of Balls Rd and Oxton Rd across from the Wirral Christian Centre. Their proposals comprise:
- A new Lidl store of 15,000 sq ft to be completed by summer 2016
- 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 proposals leaflet, click here.