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.
One of the local traders in Birkdale Village, Stanley’s the Greengrocers, has a book stall at the rear of the shop selling second-hand books on behalf of the Station Master’s House and we are very grateful for their sterling efforts.
As of Friday last week they had raised the sum of £1,030!
So please pop in to Stanleys on Liverpool Road in the Village, buy your fresh produce and browse their selection of second hand books!
A quiz night was held on the 16th February and was so successful we intend to hold more of these nights.
The Birkdale Christmas Fayre took place on Thursday 7th December and we opened opened up the Station House from 12:30 pm onwards. This is to gave people the opportunity to have a tour of the house so that they had a better understanding of what we are aiming to achieve. We had lots of visitors and several tours of the house took place showing how we expected the development to take place, plus some history of the house itself.