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.
We are to hold a meeting for the public to attend on Tuesday 30th April at the S&B Sports Club on Trafalgar Road in Birkdale. The meeting will commence at 7.30pm. This will give us the opportunity to update you on proceedings so far and to find out what you would like to have within the community hub and library. Your comments and insights will be of value to us.
The quiz evening on Friday 15th March was very well attended and an enjoyable evening was had by all. Thank you to all who attended and the people / businesses who donated raffle prizes. Your continued support is very much appreciated. The sum of £477 was raised. This will be a very welcome addition towards the funds to bring a library and community hub to Birkdale.
Though not part of the Station Master’s House library project, we’d like to give a shout out to another long standing local organisation, The Birkdale Civic Society. The society was formed in 1983 to promote Birkdale and assist in providing facilities that will benefit residents and visitors alike.
Perhaps the most easily seen part of the group’s activities is maintenance of the flower beds in Birkdale Village (including Abbey gardens) and the railway station premises. The Society are now relaunching the group with a meeting on March 6th 2019 at 6:30pm at the Birkdale Conservative Club (please note that this venue is chosen solely because of its central position in the village). We would encourage anyone who is interested in learning about, promoting and developing our local area to attend.
We are delighted to welcome back local historian, Keith Hick. He will talk in depth about several of Southport’s Art Deco architectural gems as well as aspects of the genre throughout the globe. The talk will take place at Birkdale Conservative Club on Friday 19th October @ 7pm. £5 per person on the door. We would love to see you there as it promises to be a very enlightening and interesting talk.
The Summer Fete at St Peter’s Parish Centre was a successful afternoon. We would like to thank all the volunteers who helped on the day and those who baked delicious cakes. A special thank you to Chris Skellam and his musical partner Sid, who entertained us with country music. The afternoon could not have happened without the help of all mentioned. – it is greatly appreciated. We are pleased to announce that we raised £559 towards bringing a library and community hub to Birkdale.
Stanley’s, the greengrocers in Birkdale village, have been firm supporters of our cause. Since August 2017 they have been selling second hand books to raise funds for the charity. We are delighted to report that they have now raised over £2,000! A huge thank you for their stirling effort. It is much appreciated.
We held another quiz evening with supper included at the Birkdale Conservative Club on Friday 13th July @ 7pm, and a enjoyable night was had with some great quiz brains in evidence!
It may seem that very little is happening to convert the Birkdale station house into a community hub and library. Nothing could be further from the truth! Dealing with two big organisations i.e Network Rail and Merseyrail, does have it drawbacks as things can take longer than we would like. However, recent negotiations with both parties, as well as our architect, have been very fruitful. There is a will on all sides to make this project work. It is hoped that Network Rail will commence renovation work on the outside of the house this July. So, keep the faith it will be worth the wait! We hope to have a notice board installed in the front garden in the near future and we will post updates on this.
A successful Race Night was held a Birkdale Conservative Club on Friday 27th April, everyone had fun and we raised funds for the Station Master’s House.