Work continues to progress.The station house is hardly recognisable now! We will continue to post photographs on a regular basis whilst work continues. If you wish to help with the cost of these renovations you can do so by clicking on the Donate button on the bottom of this website page. This is a costly conversion. We are very thankful for the private donations we have received so far. We are also grateful for the support of Network Rail, Merseyrail, The Railway Heritage Trust and the Sefton Community Transition Fund for their contributions. We will be applying for grants to assist with the financial cost.
A Happy New Year to you all!
Building work on the station house carries on. It is hardly recognisable with all the changes!
More photographs will follow later.
As you can see work is progressing well. Work will stop on 20th December and recommence in the New Year. The front door will be widened when building work recommences in 2020. We wish you all a Happy Christmas and New Year.
Below are some of the photographs that have been taken recently coupled with those that were taken before work commenced. We will post further photographs as work progresses.
The Christmas Fayre will be held on Thursday 28th November 4-8 pm. As we cannot use the station house due to building work we will be outside Stanley’s Greengrocers. Please come and see us for a chat and update on progress. We will have some items for sale- toys, candles and Christmas cards. All welcome.
Great news today! This photo is of Roger and Phil, two Trustees of our charity, signing the 15-year Tripartite lease between our Charity (BCHL), Network Rail and Merseyrail. It is an auspicious day as it has been a long hard journey to get to this point. Now the work can begin on the internal renovations of the house, hopefully early October. Further news will be posted as we progress towards bringing a library and community hub to Birkdale. It is a good day today! Thanks to all involved.
A friendly and fun evening was had by all who attended our quiz evening on Friday 12th July at Birkdale Conservative Club. It was a very enjoyable evening with quiz questions to task the keenest mind! We raised £336.64. So, thank you to all who attended for your support. A big thank you to Cath for her usual challenging quiz questions and Terry for his inimitable comparing!
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.