As you can see from the recent photos below real progress is being made in the Station Masters House. All the hard work and planning is reaping results and the house is now taking shape. The carpet upstairs has been fitted and once all the bookshelves have been built, fitted and varnished then the remaining carpet can be fitted on the stairs and downstairs rooms. Our thanks to Tania of Shaw’s Floors in Lynton Road for donating the flooring. The transformation is almost complete. The concrete front wall around the outside of the house has been replaced by a brick one and paving flags are being laid in the front garden. Many thanks go to Phil Margham, one of the Trustees, who has been responsible for managing the building project. He has done an amazing job and I am sure he will be ready for a much needed holiday soon. Our builder should have completed all the building work by the end of August. It is then that the next phase commences before the planned opening date on 1st November. The books will need to be catalogued and sorted during September and early October. We have many books in storage so it will be a huge task to get them all shelf ready. Thankfully we have the help of volunteer librarians to do this. Our two managers will be responsible for the volunteer training and this will take place during October. We have had an excellent response to our requests for volunteers and they have a good variety of skills and experience. The upstairs meeting rooms will be available to hire for classes and community activities. The computer lounge will have six computers installed for public use. Even though the present Covid-19 situation will make things difficult initially we hope that all the activities that one associates with a library and community hub can take place in the spring next year. All government regulations will be followed at the time of opening.
As you can see when compared to previous photographs slow but steady progress is being made to the internal renovations. It has been difficult during the lockdown but the builders have observed social distancing at all times with only one person often working in the house. Now that the plastering is almost complete the second fit electrics will be installed. The bookshelves will be built onto the walls to ensure safety. When they are completred the flooring can be laid. As adverised on this website we hope to open at the end of September dependent on Covid-19 Goverment Guidelines at the time. Even if we have to open later we are getting systems in place for when we do.The station house will look amazing when it is completed. A real asset for our community.
Welcome to ‘In Isolation’ a photo competition designed to capture this moment in history. We know that times are incredibly difficult for many people at the moment, so we hope to be able to create a few moments of distraction. We invite you to take a photograph of anything you see that you feel sums up the current period of isolation and social distancing. We cannot stress enough though that all photos should be taken adhering to government guidelines around social distancing and essential travel. Any photo which is seen to be in breach of these guidelines will be disqualified. Photos should then be sent either by posting directly to the page (page admin will need to approve the image so it will not appear straight away) or by sending us the photo via messenger. fb.me/inisolationlockdownphotocompetition. Please entitle the photo with name of the photo and first name and age of the photographer or add into the comments. We then encourage you to share your photo as widely as possible to get as many likes and comments as possible. If you prefer please email your photo to: firstname.lastname@example.org. it will then be posted onto the competition page.
At the end of May and end of June we will award prizes (a £25 Love to Shop voucher) to the photo with the most likes and comments in the following age categories:- under 12 years old 12-17 years old 18+ years old
Please see our terms and conditions below before entering. By entering the competition, you are agreeing to these. Entries will be accepted until Friday 29th May for the first month of the competition. The end date for the second month will be Friday 26th June. This competition is being held in conjunction with Sefton Borough of Culture 2020.
As you can see work inside the house is progressing well. Plastering of the rooms, that have been fully insulated, is taking place. The first fit electrics has commenced. This means that all the fireproof wiring is being put in place for the lights, sockets, TV, Ethernet, WiFi, computers etc. The sash windows are being converted into double-glazed ones. The lift shaft is now complete and the lift has been ordered. The new wider front door is being specially made. However, we do not have enough funding for the final phases of the build. We are awaiting the results of grant applications. We may have to stop work in April until we know if we have been successful.
Work is now progressing to insulate all the outside facing walls of the station house to bring it up to present day expected standards. This has proved to be a difficult and expensive process converting a Victorian house to meet these standards. Once complete the house will be much warmer and easier to heat with the addition of double glazed windows.
Lorraine May £50; Helen Riseborough £20; Jeremy Nelson £20.
As you can see changes are still occurring on a weekly basis! Long may it continue.
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.