Monthly Archive: October 2012

Warmer Wirral

Wirral Council’s FREE insulation scheme, ‘Warmer Wirral’, ends this autumn. Delivered by British Gas installers and promoted by Wallasey-based environmental charity Energy Projects Plus, the scheme has already installed over 20,000 insulation measures in Wirral homes. There is still time to apply; any home-owner or private tenant living in the Wirral Council area can have loft and/or cavity insulation done free – as long as the property is suitable and, in the case of tenants, the landlord gives permission. Call Energy Projects Plus FREE on 0800 043 0151 or visit as soon as possible, but definitely before the middle of October, to book a survey to find out if the home can have the work done.


Friday 28th Sept 11 – 1 Macmillan Cancer support coffee morning

Tuesday 2nd October 2012 Cheese and Wine evening including a local film – (more details and tickets available from the library)

Tuesday 9th October 2012 7pm FREE Rob Barratt Comic singer & poet (part of BOOKFEST programme)

Thursday 11th October 2012 6.30 Friends meeting (Please come along and become a friend of the library!)

Tuesday 30th October 2012. Halloween Quiz (more details and tickets available from the library)

New Brighton Shore Volunteers

New Brighton Shore Volunteers have had their  busiest year yet in 2012. The welcome development at Marine Pointe has brought with it many more visitors but sadly much more litter so we’ve been out much more regularly on the stretch of beach and promenade by Perch Rock, the Floral Pavillion and the Marine Lake to try and keep on top of it. We’ve had lots of new faces getting involved this year and thanks to support from the Rangers Service we have a landing net which has allowed us to scoop rubbish from the lake.

Earlier in the year we wrote a letter, which was published in the Wirral News, in response to a visitor from Warrington, who said Wallasey people should be “ashamed” of themselves on account of  the amount of litter on the prom and in the lake. We were keen to point out that many locals do care about the appearance of our town and a great deal of litter is left by visitors without the good grace to think about those coming after them.  However many visitors are, ofcourse, very considerate and tell us they are pleased to see people taking pride in the area and making a difference.

There will be 2 or 3 more beach cleans before Winter so if interested please email Paul at


Chrysanthemums Pantomime Society

On a summer’s evening in 1918, a group of amateur enthusiasts decided, that in view of the somewhat depressing state of the country due to the war, that they, in their own way, would endeavour to provide a little happiness to lift the air of post war gloom that had haunted the population of Wallasey.

Against a glorious background of Chrysanthemums at a house in Vaughn Road, New Brighton an out of season pantomime was staged. It was rapturously received by the local people, who were delighted to be able to enjoy their leisure time in such a manner once again. The production was ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and it produced a handsome profit of £6 which was donated to the Red Cross in appreciation of their noble efforts during the traumatic years of the war.

Such was the success that it was decided that a Pantomime Society would be formed which would enjoy the name of ‘The Chrysanthemums’ as a constant reminder of that first open-air production. Since this time the Chrsyanthemums’ have produced and performed many uplifting pantos in venues such as the old Floral Pavilion and The Little Theatre, Birkenhead. They returned to the new Floral Pavilion following its refurbishment and are currently preparing for their forthcoming production of Aladdin.

Over the years, their Pantomimes have been nominated in “Best Pantomime Category” by the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) North West region. This year, the society hopes to go one step further and scoop the award. Rehearsals are underway, with the cast and crew working tirelessly to put together their best show yet.

One thing the Chrysanths’ strive to do, is to provide high quality entertainment at affordable prices, tickets for their production of Aladdin in Jan 2013 are available now from the Floral Pavilion Box Office. Kick start your new year!

Emmanuel Church



[ opposite The Flying Dutchman ]


SUNDAY at 9.45am with Sunday School

THURSDAY at 9.30am.



SUNDAY September 23rd at 9.45am


SATURDAYS: Coffee is served in the Annexe

10.30am at the front of the church,

to 12.30pm and the Church is open for prayer.



9.15-11.15am Little Hands – Mums and Tots



Emmanuel Church has thriving Girl Guides and Scouts for boys and girls, meeting weekly in the church hall.

Beaver Scouts: (age 6,7) Wednesdays at 5pm

Cub Scouts: (age 8-10) Wednesdays at 6.15pm

Scouts: (age 10-13) Wednesdays at 7.30pm

Rainbow Guides: (age 5,6) Fridays at 5pm

Brownie Guides: (age 7-10) Fridays at 6pm

Guides: (age 10-14) Fridays at 7.30pm


Please see the Leader in charge for new members.


There is an urgent need for volunteers to help with most sections, please see the Leader in charge.


Wallasey Soroptimist

Soroptimist International Wallasey: ‘Women Inspiring Action, Transforming Lives’ of women and girls locally, nationally and internationally. We have an open event with light refreshments at 6.30pm on Tuesday 23rd October at the Hollins Hey Hotel New Brighton. For further information and to book a place contact us via the website at or phone President Stella on 0151 677 2710


St Andrews

News from St Andrew’s Church, Rowson Street

St Andrew’s has been very busy during the summer. During the first week of the school holidays we had a Holiday Club for children of primary school age, then for a week in August a “Staycation”, a type of holiday-at-home for adults with different activities every day. Both of these were for everyone who wished to come. If you missed them this time, look out for when we hold these events again, and come along and join in.

At the beginning of September all the usual activities and services will begin again:

Sunday Services at 10.45 a.m and 6.30 p.m.

Funday Sunday (crafts and activities for families) 3p.m. on second Sunday

Monday Boys’ Brigade

Wednesday Midweek informal service 11a.m.

Guides and Senior Section, Brownies, and Rainbows

Thursday Mums and Tots, Crafting Group, Art Class, Men’s Bowls Club,

Friday Knitting Group, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers

Saturday Coffee Morning (3rd week of the month)

Everyone is welcome at all of these activities. More details are on the board outside the door in Rowson Street.

Early in September the church is open for Heritage Open Days – Frday 7th and Saturday 8th 11a.m – 3p.m and Sunday 9th 2p.m – 4.30 p.m. Come along and see the interesting architectural features of the interior (free of charge) and perhaps enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

Titanic Disaster Fund Concert


A hundred years ago, following the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic on April 15th 1912, many benefit concerts were arranged to support the relatives of those lost in that tragic event.

On April 20th 1912, the Mayor of Wallasey, Dr. John Oldershaw C.B.E., set up a Titanic Disaster Relief Fund and appealed to the town to support this. As part of this appeal a Benefit Concert was held at the New Brighton Tower Theatre, on Saturday, May 11th 1912, a hundred years ago this last weekend.

Included in the concert were performances by the Wallasey Gentlemen’s Glee Club and the Liscard Orchestral Society, assisted by Miss. Hilda Cragg-James, Contralto and Mr. Charles Tree, the Eminent Baritone. At the piano was Mr. H. Stanley Prescott.

Until recently, all that was known of this concert was from contemporary newspaper reports, held by the Wirral Archives Services. However, in recent weeks, a Wallasey resident, Tom Bowen, has discovered, what is considered to be, the only known example of a “Souvenir Programme” from the actual concert.


Because of its importance and, not least, its fragile nature, this, possibly unique, programme has been gifted to the Wirral Archives Services where it will be kept in safe storage in the correct temperature controlled surroundings.

However, before “locking it away”, the 28 page programme has been professionally scanned and an accurate facsimile copy has been produced by local publisher, Countyvise. Copies will be available for sale from branches of Wirral Libraries, Merseyside Maritime Museum and other outlets. For further information, please contact Countyvise on 0151 647 3333, email or at



The Wallaseyans’ Club at 140 / 142 Grove Road has recently been accredited with a 5 point listing in the Food Standards Agency, food hygiene rating system.

Whatever the occasion, wedding breakfasts, birthday parties, funeral refreshments or private dinners, the Wallaseyans’ Club welcomes enquiries for functions, large or small. Menus can be created to match your own requirements, including vegetarian options.

With a fully stocked bar, including a choice of four real ales, comfortable lounges and four, full size, snooker tables, the Wallaseyans’ Club welcomes new Members from the community.

You can contact the Club direct from their website at Please mention The Walrus.





The CAP Money course is a simple money management and financial education course running over three weeks and proven to have dramatic effects on the way people think about money, organise their finances, live within their means and get money under control.

It is simple and revolutionises people’s finances, it’s not for people massively in debt, nor designed to help the very poor. It’s for anyone and everyone.

New Brighton Baptist Church is one of the CAP Money partner churches and I want to urge you to get involved and give this course a chance. You actually work through you own budgets and set the system up through the three weeks. Also if you should find you have unmanageable debts there is CAP Money Plus which allows you access (through completing the course), to a debt management system run by the debt counselling team in Headquarters at Bradford.

Poor money management is clearly a major issue in today’s society and CAP Money is a simple and effective way to meet this need.

The next course is scheduled to start 7:30pm on Wednesday 3rd October 2012 at The Haven. 142 Seabank Road New Brighton.

Please call me, Shirley Bowen on 07816563688 to reserve a place.

Your Lifeboats

Rescues Galore & Record Breaking

1st June:Jubilant crowds see Tony Clare retired lifeboat volunteer from New Brighton carry the Olympic Torch through Knotty Ash

Later that day the Hovercraft is in action to save 2 people who are up to their waists in water off Moreton shore. The tide was coming in rapidly and they had a lucky escape. Our lifeboat was also called out but unable to reach the people – however when awaiting recovery a frightened jetskier cried for help as he was swept rapidly past them on the incoming tide, he was duly saved.

10th June: 7 volunteer crew from the station with an age range from 21 to 57 took part in the 10k Tunnel Run from Liverpool to New Brighton. This makes RNLI New Brighton the fastest lifeboat crew above and below the Mersey.

July saw several call outs and exercises to keep our volunteers on their toes plus we have had several new volunteer crew in training. Following on from last years appeal we have taken delivery of new lifejackets and personal kit, thanks again to everyone who helped us with raising of £50,000 last year.

August turned out to be a very busy month with Open Day and call outs.

7th & 8th August – We assisted 3 fishermen who’s vessel had engine failure in the Mersey and that resulted in one of our crew physically towing the boat in. The following day our Hovercraft was in action rescuing 2 walkers who had become disorientated and cut off from land north of the River Alt on the Formby shore.

14th August – The hovercraft and lifeboat were launched again to the River Alt area this time the tide was coming in and the 2 walkers were up to the knees in water when the hovercraft reached them. They were lucky it could have been a very different outcome.

25th August: Our lifeboat and Hoylake’s are called to assist a lone sailor on a catamaran who was in difficulty in stormy conditions approx 8 miles out from New Brighton and beyond the wind farm. The volunteers faced force 7 gusting 8 conditions during the rescue. The catamaran was towed into a mooring in the river.

In January there will be a celebration dinner for our 150 yrs Anniversary – if interested phone Bob on 0151 200 7965 for more info.

Floral Pavilion

The Floral Pavilion is going from strength to strength as it starts its Autumn season which looks like it is one of their biggest season to date. With large scale productions including Horrible Histories (with it’s amazing 3D effects), Bill Kenwright’s lavish production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as well as a plethora of shows for all the family climaxing with the spectacular pantomime Peter Pan, which is selling incredibly well (you are advised to book early!)

The Floral have just run a very interesting exercise and analysed the postcodes of bookers since they opened back in 2008. Just under 63,000 postcodes were recorded in this period, many of them coming back to the theatre time and time again, these were displayed on a map and the length of time people to drive to the theatre was examined.

It is great to see that the theatre has been supported by so many local people but also manages to attract people from the region in general.