Who we are
The Birkdale Community Hub & Library charity was formed after the closure in 2013 of Birkdale’s council run library. Significant local feeling wanted a replacement for our library and a decision was made to try to employ the disused old Station Master’s House attached to Birkdale Station in Southport.
A lease was negotiated with Merseyrail and Network Rail so that we could upgrade the dilapidated building. At the same time a big fund raising effort was instituted. After several years of ups and downs, and a lot of hard work, the lease was agreed. By late 2019 there were enough funds for renovation work to start. After more support from both organisations and individuals the majority of the building work, furnishing and equipping was completed by October 2020 in the teeth of the Covid pandemic.
The Covid crisis means that, although ready, we will not be able to open until mid 2021. We have over 50 volunteers to staff the House which will have 3000+ books at any one time, three meetings rooms all with internet connected TVs and ethernet ports, and there is wifi connectivity throughout. One of the meeting rooms is a computer suite with six high spec PCs.
In 2021 we installed a modern lift system for disabled access to the upper floor meeting room suites
Forecasting, Leasing & Insurance
Roger is a retired accountant and has been involved with the Project since 2013. His role has been largely connected with preparing financial forecasts, negotiating the legal lease and organising insurance requirements. Roger has lived in Southport since 1965 and his other interests include the Little Theatre and Barbershop singing
Buildings & Chairman elect
Phil has used his experience in project management to oversee the renovation of the house, and currently has a watching brief for building maintenance
Sally, with a backgound in financial bookkeeping, ensures our own financial records are updated and advises the other trustees on financial decisions.
Sylvia’s interest is in fund raising and she has previously acted as the seceretary for the charity. She liaises with local traders and organises many of our fund raising activities.
John is well known in Southport for his involvement in local affairs and as our ex-MP.
Andy has a background in IT and strategy in large financial institutions. He has organised and built our IT infrastructure and web presence
Tim spent most of his working life in further education and as a manager in local government. He is a keen golfer and according to his daughter is now a cantankerous old man.