Annual General Meeting
The AGM and Celebration of the Year’s Achievements will be held on Wednesday, September 14th in the Williamson Gallery, Slatey Rd. There will be refreshments from 6.30pm and the meeting proper will start at 7.00pm (finish at 9.00pm). An invitation and papers for the meeting will be distributed with the August newsletter. The formal meeting will be followed by presentations from our present and potential partners – Friends of the Arno, the Oxton Business Club and the Oxton Cricket Club. There will be a launch of the new project to recognise Oxton Notables with brief profiles of three potential candidates.
Oxton Society Design Award 2016
The Design Award will be presented annually to a project which can be:
- A new build
- An addition to an existing structure
- A renovation, upgrade or repair of an existing structure
The project will be one which:
- Makes a significant contribution to the conservation area by achieving a high standard of design in keeping with the character of the conservation area and sets an example for others to aspire to.
- Demonstrates how appropriate materials can be used to respect the appearance and retain the character of the conservation area.
- Has been completed in the 12 months prior to the AGM
We are now inviting nominations for the 2016 Award in commercial, public and residential categories. Send your suggestion to the Secretary by 31st August. The Award will be presented at the 2016 AGM on September 14th.
Further details can be found here.
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 are:
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.
Subscriptions to increase in August 2016
From 1 August 2016 the Society’s subscription will be 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.