We held a public meeting on 30th April at the S&B cricket club to update Birkdale residents on the progress of the Station Master’s House and to invite suggestions and comment. After an introduction and background to the project from Terry Durrance, buildings project manager Phil Margham outlined progress. The aim of the project is to turn the Station Master’s House at Birkdale Station into a small library and community hub with meeting rooms, plus computer and media facilities. All areas have made progress – the outside of the house has been made good and painted by Network Rail as agreed and lease negotiations are close to conclusion. It is likely that the house will be implemented in two phases, a general opening followed by installation of a lift once funds have been raised for that item. However,
Fund raising and donations have been successful over the last few years with over £60,000 raised for the internal work, furniture, computer/multimedia equipment, and a library management system. However, the project really needs additional funds and volunteer support, particularly to lead fund raising and someone to initiate and manage social events.
Chrissy Gadd talked about the flourishing 200+ club which costs only £2 per month to join but makes regular income for the Station Master’s House. Please see the link on this site for instructions on how to join up.
Finally, there was a general feedback from the floor by attendees, followed by specific topic discussions at different tables around the room. The BCHL team were impressed by the number and quality of suggestions, and offers of support, one of which was to help accelerate the lift purchase and installation. The results will be collated and put into the planning process as we move forward.
Many thanks to all who attended, and if you would like to volunteer to help the project please email us using the contact details on the Home Page.