Blog

Opening Delayed

Opening Delayed

Unfortunately due to the current Covid lockdown we have to put back opening the Station Master’s House for a click-and-collect service on 26th January. This comes as a big disappointment for everyone who has worked so hard on the project, but we cannot train and prepare volunteers safely within the guidelines at the moment.

We do, however, expect the new version of this website to go live in the short term with the ability to at least browse our book catalogue to get an idea of what will be available when we offer click-and-collect.

Stay safe everyone, we look forward to providing a library and community hub service as soon as we can.

‘The Night Before Christmas’ Story Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our ‘The Night Before Christmas’  creative writing competition 2020.- and well done to everyone who took part, see below

All the winners and runner up entries will be shown on The Station Master’s Website from the 22nd December 2020!

5 – 7 YEAR OLD CATEGORY: 22/12/20,    8 – 11 YEAR OLD CATEGORY: 23/12/20

12 – 18 YEAR OLD CATEGORY: 24/12/20,   18 – 100 YEAR OLD CATEGORY: 25/12/20


4 YEARS OLD AND UNDER

Commendation (Chocolate coins!) to all the Nursery children who entered from St Theresa’s School


5 – 7 YEARS OLD

WINNER: Matthew Benge

Farnborough Rd School

RUNNER UP: Jack Whiteside

Farnborough Rd School

RUNNER UP: Maya

St Theresa’s School


8 – 11 YEARS OLD

WINNER: Amelia Mahony

Farnborough Rd School

WINNER: George Cook

Farnborough Rd School

RUNNER UP: Amberley Lloyd Ellington

Farnborough Rd School

RUNNER UP: Heidi Maxwell

Farnborough Rd School

RUNNER UP: Lucas Blee

Farnborough Rd School


 12 – 18 YEARS OLD

WINNER: Archie Collins

Birkdale High School

 RUNNER UP: Henry Burton

Birkdale High School


18 – 100 YEARS OLD

WINNER: Denise Jones

 RUNNER UP: Helen Patten

 RUNNER UP: Anne Collison

December 2020 update

December 2020 update

Birkdale library downstairs book preparation in progress     

We hope you are all keeping safe during the festive period. We have been working hard so here’s a quick update on progress at the Station Master’s House,

  • The very extensive House renovations are complete and the building now looks very smart with new carpets. It has been painted and decorated, and is now being equipped. The House has large library area downstairs, with a small kitchenette and disabled toilet at the rear. The small outside courtyard has largely not been touched yet, but work has been now commissioned from our builder William Scott to renovate it. Upstairs are two meeting rooms, one larger and one smaller, plus a computer room. All of the rooms have network connections and there is wi-fi throughout the building.
  • We have eight fast Intel i5 based Windows computers, with 8GB of RAM and speedy SSD drives for use by volunteers and the public (when we are able to fully open)
  • Our professional librarians have been cataloguing books in our Library Management System supplied by Bailey Solutions, and preparing the operating procedures to train volunteers
  • We have two volunteer managers, Ian and Tim, who have made a immediate impact making sure we obtain the furniture we need, organising our volunteers, ensuring we have Covid safe measures and running online events

Please check out our “Twelve tales for Christmas” children’s stories on this page. We are also intending to provide an online click-and-collect service for book loans early in 2021, we’ll provide more news on this on the website nearer the time.

Have a great Christmas and New Year!

 

 

Renovation Update August 2020

Renovation Update August 2020

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.

Photographs of Internal Renovations Progress

Photographs of Internal Renovations Progress

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.


Photography Competition – In Isolation

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:  photocomp@thestationmastershouse.co.uk.  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.

BCHL In Isolation T&C’s 2020

 

Photographs of Renovations 11th March 2020

Photographs of Renovations 11th March 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.

 

 

Insulation of Station House 12th February 2020

Insulation of Station House 12th February 2020

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.