Advance Notice: Secret Gardens, Sunday May 13th, 2018
Tickets on sale from Tues, 3 April
Tickets on sale from Tuesday 3 April from a number of local Oxton Village outlets, Lingham’s Bookshop Heswall and Brennan Ayre O’Neill Estate agent Wirral offices. More details on Information and tickets will be available here nearer the time.
Shhh….its a Secret
The delightful Wirral conservation village of Oxton will once again host Secret Gardens of Oxton on Sunday 13 May 2018. This award winning event showcases over 25 private gardens not normally open to the public. Courtyards, rockeries, walled gardens, ponds and colourful borders attracted nearly 4,000 visitors in 2017.
Since 2001 this community event, run by over 400 volunteers, has raised over £300,000 for local charities. This year the charities are: Birkenhead Woodcraft Folk, Sundowns, The Vikes Youth Club and The Oxton Society.
A festive day out for all the family is guaranteed with entertainment for young and old, a wide range of refreshments, arts and crafts stalls, and a spectacular raffle in which the ticket buyer selects their hoped for prize in advance.
Free parking, free minibus from the car park, disabled parking and nearby bus stops make visiting this vibrant event a must.
Tickets on sale from Tuesday 3 April from a number of local Oxton Village outlets, Lingham’s Bookshop Heswall and Brennan Ayre O’Neill Estate agent Wirral offices.
£6.00 for a programme before the day, £8.00 on the day. A discount voucher for Ness Botanic Gardens is included. Children free entrance.
Facebook and Twitter will have updates leading up to the day.
Pitches for Arts and Crafts
We are keen to increase the number of arts and crafts stalls at this award winning, popular community event. The pitches are located in Mount Pleasant, by The Hub (refreshments, raffle and music) with a very limited number in Oxton Village centre. The focus of the event are over 25 private gardens open to paying visitors, and the event has a wide range of entertainment and events for all ages.
The event already has three partner charities that share in the profits so pitches will not be available to other charities. Refreshments will be provided by The Oxton Society, village cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars, churches and scouts, so we need no more food outlets.
If you are interested in applying for a pitch, please contact Jay little email@example.com who will provide you with information on the event, the pitches, and how to apply. The pitches are sold on a first come basis.
This successful annual event works in partnership with a panel of nine local charities. Each year three of the charities are selected, on a rolling basis, to supply services including volunteers on the day, and also to help with programme sales and distribution. For supplying these services each charity receives a share of the profits. Vacancies sometimes occur on the panel and the Oxton Society is keen to offer any such vacancy to local charities that meet the selection criteria.
If your local charity would like to be considered for inclusion on the panel, for when a vacancy occurs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and an application form.
History Walks – 2018 Programme
Xmas Lights 2017, Saturday, Dec 2nd
The weather was kind and the extended road closure reduced congestion. The OBK generously allowed the use of their car park for the children’s entertainment which was buzzing all the time. Santa and his helpers saw over 150 kids, the mulled wine flowed freely, the scouts and Riverhill provided hot dogs and chestnuts. The Salvation Army Band led the carol singing and St Joseph’s Choir was a big hit. Thanks to all the volunteers, the local businesses for their support and to all who turned out to make it one of the best switch-ons ever.
The former Brimark premises in Rose Mount gets planning permission
We are please to report that planning permission has been granted for the former Brimark building as follows:
Alterations and conversion of existing commercial premises comprising a work shop and ancillary office space (Use Class B1) to a residential apartment on first and second floor with an artist studio on ground floor/basement (Use Class B1) creating a living/work unit. – granted.
Hopefully we will now see this prominent building in the heart of the village now taking on a valuable future.
Thanks to all our members who contributed to over 70 expressions of support via the Council website.
Oxton sweeps the board – the RHS’s Britain in Bloom awards
Oxton received 3 awards at the RHS’s Britain in Bloom (North West Area) ceremony in Southport on Friday 3 Nov.
Jay Little (second from right) was presented with the Special Award for Secret Gardens 2016 and a further award for “best newcomer” – the first time we have entered Secret Gardens.
John Booth, (left) who coordinates our Hanging Baskets, was presented with a Gold Medal Award in the “Best Urban Community” category for our basket display.
A great turn out for the RHS’s “Oscars” in Southport
Click here for more details and a full list of awards.
Design Award 2017
This year’s Design Award was made to Neil and Rhona Walklet for their refurbishment of 17 Glenmore Rd. The judges commented that they had “respectfully repaired and restored an existing building – a good job, understated and neat. All the little details have been addressed and the Society’s grant-aided trees look good too.”
Blue Plaque for Brigadier Toosey unveiled
The Bank Site Petition
In 2007, following the closure of their branch, HSBC granted a 999 year lease to Samlaw Holdings Ltd which was owned by Mike Hercules who built Rocklis Manor in Claughton Firs.
Planning permission was granted for a scheme to erect a three storey building comprising four retail units, eight offices and a single residential unit.
What has happened in the last ten years?
Planning permission has been extended twice and, despite some small-scale excavations, there is no progress on the development of the site.
The appearance of the site with its poor quality and unsightly hoardings is of major concern to residents, businesses and The Oxton Society. The bank site is a major eyesore in the heart of a thriving conservation village.
We believe that a petition is the next logical step. We urge the developer/owner to:
- Get on with building as per the approved scheme; or
- Sell the site to a willing developer; and
- In the short term provide car parking on the front hard standing area and replace the hoardings with aesthetically sympathetic fencing and planting.
Click here for a complete copy of the petition and background information.
The petition has now closed. Watch this space for further developments.
Annual General Meeting 2017 – Wednesday, Sept 13th, 6.30pm at Oxton Cricket Club, Townfield Lane.
The AGM was on September 13 at the Oxton Cricket Club. Full details and an invitation were sent out with the August Newsletter. Click here for a copy of the Agenda and the Annual Report. The accounts for 2016/17 can be viewed here.
Following a review of the Dog Dirt Project earlier this year we have decided to discontinue the supply of dog dirt bags from the dispensers around the Conservation Area. We believe that most dog walkers are now carrying their own bags and it is unlikely that the remaining offenders will be greatly influenced by the availability of free bags. In addition many of the dispensers are now reaching the end of their useful life and would be expensive to replace at about £100 each. The bags were costing about £500 pa and a few anti-social dog walkers seemed to be stockpiling them so that the dispensers stood empty for large periods and were not providing emergency supplies. We will maintain a few dispensers in the village centre while we run down our stocks of dog bags. We will also continue to mark offending deposits with soluble pink spray on an occasional basis.
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