Oxton Society partners with Oxton Cricket Club
Further information on the club at www.oxtoncricketclub
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 2016 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.
Farewell to Adams
We are very sorry to hear that after almost a 100 years Adams butchers will close on Saturday , April 1st, owing to a combination of circumstances. The shop will be put up for sale. We would like to thank Rob and the team for being such an important part of the village and for providing excellent service to all its customers. We would also like to thank them for all their support to the Oxton Society over many years. They will be sadly missed.
Still get your meats in Oxton
Despite the demise of Adam’s Oxton is by no means meat-less. Edwards of Oxton has recently opened a meat counter with a high quality selection of “Bexley’s Meats” – try the rib-eye steak for a weekend treat. Greens of Oxton have a some tasty sausages and will be extending their offer shortly.
Annual General Meeting 2016
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 .
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.
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.
The AGM 2015 took place on Sept 10th at the Williamson Art Gallery, Slatey Rd. About 100 members attended, drinks and canapes were provided by Sue Spencer and her team.
The Oxton Design Awards were presented to David and Heather Alcock, 13 Mount Pleasant and Sarah and Richard Azurdia of 2 Roslin Rd. The Awards for an “Outstanding Contribution to Oxton” were presented to Phil Jenkins and Sandra Griffiths
Elizabeth Davey gave a talk on “Hamilton Square: icon or embarrassment”
There was a lively Panel discussion on “The future of the village centre: viable or vulnerable”
Reducing the Strength
Reducing the Strength is a voluntary scheme designed to stop or reduce the number of shops selling high strength beers and ciders cheaply.
It was launched by Wirral’s public health, environmental health and trading standards teams, who are working with police, local charities and other stakeholders.
Cheaply sold ‘super-strength’ beers and ciders (6.5% ABV and above) have been shown to cause harm to people who drink them and can have a knock-on effect within communities.
Edwards at Oxton are one of the first local businesses to sign up to the scheme. Full details are available here.