Monthly Archive: March 2016



LOCAL HISTORY TALKS at Earlston Library – all talks start at 2.30 pm.

  • Tue 15th Mar  Colin Dilnot Wallasey in News Reels part 3
  • Tue 5th Apr Ken Clarke Wallasey then and now
  • Thu 15th Apr  Colin Dilnot Merseyside on Film part 1
  • Tue 3rd May  Ken Clarke Wallasey then and now
  • Tue 17th May  Colin Dilnot Merseyside on Film part 2


The Heritage and Information Centre is open
Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 1pm and Sunday 12noon – 2pm

The Heritage and Information Centre provides opportunities to delve into the past, find out about the history of New Brighton and surrounding areas. As well as providing information on travel and forthcoming local events. Volunteers will be based in St James Church and will assist or signpost visitors in their search for information.

TASKS may include-

  • Opening and closing the Centre
  • “Meeting and Greeting” visitors / Providing refreshments to visitors / Talking to visitors
  • Ensuring visitors book is signed / Playing local history DVDs to visitors
  • Setting out display boards / Keeping leaflet stocks up to date
  • Outreach – Taking posters to local display sites / Taking leaflets to other community groups

VOLUNTEERS will receive:-

  • Training on opening and closing procedures.
  • Awareness of local history / Awareness of resources held


  • Enjoy working with the public / Be Friendly and Helpful
  • Have an interest in local history /
  • Be able to commit to one 2 hour session per week

ARE YOU STILL INTERESTED? – Phone Rusty 0151 639 5798 or Shirley 0151 639 1674

Operation Christmas Child

occLoading the Lorry. From Wirral to Ukraine, Many, many thanks to the generous people of Wirral Love in many Boxes!
who wrapped, packed and donated 10,742 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child in 2015. That’s 10,742 happy children for whom Christmas was a time of real joy!

Most of these boxes were taken straight to Ukraine from our Wirral warehouse at North Cheshire Estate. We would very much like to thank Roy Backhouse for arranging the use of a fantastic Warehouse for checking boxes. Thanks also to Biffa for generously cleaning the Warehouse.

Thank you if you filled a box, thank you if you donated gifts for boxes, thank you if you knitted woolly warmers, thank you if you sewed pencil cases or other items, thank you if you contributed in any way to the happiness
of those children. Well done to all and thank you from the children whose lives YOU have changed.

OCC is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project. “Each shoebox is an unconditional gift, given to a child with nothing asked for, or expected in return; no pledges, no obligation to go to church or attend classes; ‘no strings attached’. These shoebox gifts are an expression of God’s love to us, and the gift of His Son Jesus at Christmas.” (Quote from the OCC web-site).

Many of the churches on Wirral are already actively involved in OCC. If you attend a church that does not participate, perhaps you could encourage them to think about getting involved this year. It is a fantastic way of reaching out to people in your own community and to those in need overseas

Would you like to get involved this year? It’s never too soon. If you plan to fill a box, why not start collecting items now? Pick up 1 or 2 gifts each month and you will soon find that you have enough to fill a box. Look out for the sales – hats, scarves, and glove sets will soon be coming down in price. Look out for small cuddly animals and other small toys (please make sure these are new or “as new”).

You can find out more about the organisation by visiting the OCC website


You can also visit the OCC Facebook page – where you will find ideas and encouragement.
If you would like to know more about OCC on the Wirral, contact me on ( or 07955383692; leave a message and I’ll get back to you).

Patricia Hardman

Unsung Wirral Heros

Clive Kelly has crammed several lifetimes into one. At the age of 13 he opened a skiffle club in his dad’s basement with the help of Lonnie Donegan, and later became a teddy boy and street fighter. Trouble with the law was followed by escape to sea. Still a teenager, he worked as a bouncer for Allan Williams, the manager who famously “gave away the Beatles”, and went on to partner Williams running the Jacaranda club in Liverpool. Clive himself opened several clubs, and the list of the musicians he booked, many just starting on their careers, reads like a Who’s Who of the stars. He later went to Brazil and became involved in protecting the indigenous Indians, who were being systematically wiped out. He has been imprisoned both wrongly and rightfully, beaten
up and swindled, but has given as good as he got and has never ceased to expose corruption and wrong-headedness. This has brought him many enemies, but also a few close and lifetime friends.

In 1962, Clive Kelly lived by the River Mersey in New Brighton. Here he opened the Witches Cauldron club in some lovely keystone arched cellars just behind the Victoria Hotel (Ringo Starr and Rory Storm helped him decorate it), and later the CubiKlub in Conway Street, Birkenhead, next door to the Majestic Ballroom. He also opened clubs in Preston and surrounding areas. Stars that appeared, many of whom also stayed with Clive, included Rod Stewart, Millie, Donovan, Little Eva, Little Richard (who also baptised Clive in a stream they passed while Clive was taking him to the next venue), Cilla Black (who originally made the coffee and sang for free at Clive’s club) and, of course, The Beatles.

Clive befriended Brian Epstein, and later, when Brian became the Beatles manager, was his minder and mentor. Clive was unfortunately being detained at the Queen’s pleasure when Brian Epstein died under mysterious circumstances at the young age of 32.

Clive and Sting at a Xingu village.

Clive and Sting at a Xingu village.

After Brian’s death, Clive lived in London for a time, selling jewellery he made from nails, and there became friends with Freddie Mercury and Lemmy, who were also street traders. In London he met Neridi, and they moved to Brazil, where Clive bought some land and set up the Strawberry Fields club and naturist centre, taking the Beatles sound across the Atlantic to South America. In Brazil he came face to face with the massive corruption there, and the terrible fate of the Indians. He became close to the Xingu tribe, and lived life as an Indian. He produced films, he introduced Sting to the Xingu, he commissioned a triple hulled boat, Survival, and turned it into a floating museum of Indian culture, and sailed the seas and the rivers of Brazil spreading the word. This brought him into serious conflict with the authorities in many places, but despite being imprisoned, attacked (himself and his boat), and beaten he held true to his task and nowadays is campaigning against the dams that are being built in Brazil and flooding the lands where the Xingu and other tribes dwell.

He remains outspoken, exposing the true reasons for the construction of the dams, and laying bare the corruption and greed associated with many of the organisations that inflict great hardship on the tribes, and are acting on hidden agendas to exploit the wealth of the Amazon.

In the modern world, with all the cheating and misery created by governments and powerful companies, there is a great need for more Clive Kellys.

More, and there is much much more, about Clive in his autobiography Clive Alive due out soon,
and at, and in The Clive Kelly Story on YouTube.

Wirral Archives Service


Wirral Archives Service presents a series of free local history workshops at 2 p.m. on the following dates in the Lower Ground Floor Conference Room, adjacent to the Search Room.

Thu 7th April Diane and John Robinson ‘Ship Owners, Seafarers and Widows’
The history of the homes for mariners and widows, and of the ship owners who founded them.

Thu 4th August Geoff Topp ‘The Mersey Maritime Training Ships’
The ships used to train boys to be sailors: the Clarence, Indefatigable, Conway and Akbar.

Thu 1st September David Addison ‘Birkenhead Wanderers Rugby Club’

Thu 6th October Bill Johnstone  ‘The History of the Postcard’

Thu 10th November William Meredith ‘Wirral and the First World War: 1916’

For further information, or to book a place on any of these workshops, please contact the Archivist,
William Meredith, on 0151 606 2929, or e-mail:

See our webpage at

Wirral Archives Service holds over 5 miles of compelling documents preserved in state of the art
premises, including a large, purpose-built strong room.
We hold documents dating back to the fifteenth century, with most dating from the nineteenth and
twentieth century.

Old New Brighton

The New Brighton Tower was modelled on the world famous Eiffel Tower. It was an achievement in engineering that attracted people from all over the country aspiring to see the tower rather than visit other resorts.

towerWork began in July 1897 by the New Brighton Tower and Recreation Company Limited, with capital of £300,000. The tower was 562 feet high, with Winter Gardens, , ballroom, refreshment rooms and cycle track – the world cycling championship was held there in 1922.

It was made from mild steel, and five workers lost their lives during construction. When completed it was the tallest structure in the UK, and from the top of the tower you could see the Isle of Man, Great Orms Head, and the Welsh mountains.. The Tower was illuminated at night with 30,000 red, green and white fairy lights. Four lifts were used to transport visitors to the top.

fireIn 1896, the New Brighton Tower Football Club was formed, and became champions of their league in their first season.

Sadly, in 1969 a fire engulfed the tower, and it was dismantled for safety reasons.

New Brighton Community Association

1a Hope Street, New Brighton CH45 2LN. Tel/Fax 0151 630 2626.

Help to keep the Community Centre open by donating on our website & Facebook pages

To donate please go to:

Are you an organisation looking for premises? Competitive prices; £10 hour; we will beat any price!

New Brighton One Stop Shop open Monday to Friday from 11am till 3pm. Free phone facility and private rooms with a loop
system for the hard of hearing..

Lunch Club Great meals, great company, great prices. Open to everybody, no booking required.
Days out to places of interest provided by Wallasey Lions Club. Lunch is served Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12.30pm
and a 3 course meal is only £4 with a mug of tea or coffee.

Credit Union offers people community loans. It meets every Tuesday 10am to 11am.

Wirral Pathfinders – Mental Health/Self Help Support Group – every Thursday, 7pm – 9pm.

Computer Suite Free internet and email addresses for local residents looking for work, help with CVs, job applications, advice
on free travel and searching for jobs. Also scanning documents, photocopying and fax.

Police Surgery Monday 10am-12 for problems with anti-social behaviour, etc.

Computer Class help with computing including smart phones and tablets. Monday 7– 10pm.

Art Classes Monday 1-3pm. Enjoyment rather than talent. Tuition, all materials provided. Details 638 8472.

AA – Alcoholics Anonymous – Every Tuesday 11am.

New – An Introduction to Buddhist Meditation – Everyone welcome – no experience necessary, suggested donation £3
per session – Every Friday morning (downstairs) 11.30am – 12.30.

New – Slimming World Friday 9am.

Wallasey Central Library

Wallasey Central Library, based in Earlston Road Wallasey, hosts many regular groups.
Rooms are available to hire at £4.50/hour during the day and £5.50/hour during the evening.
We have DVD’s, CD’s, and the latest books to loan. If we don’t have one, we can reserve it at a small cost.

Monday Wallabies Children’s Group 11-12
Wethersfield Art Group 10-12pm
Crafty Chatter Group 1-3pm
French 6.45pm-7.45pm
Friends of Rake Lane 7-8pm
Tuesday U3A Bridge 10-11am
Film Club (every 2 weeks) 6-8pm
Wednesday Wallasey Arts Society 10-12.30pm
Thursday Children’s Storytime 10-10.30am
Adult Spanish lessons 10-11am
U3A Art (every 2 weeks) 10-12
Veronica’s reading group 1.30-2.30 (1st Thursday)
Babybounce and rhyme 2.30-3pm
Children’s Spanish lessons 4-5pm
Wallasey Historicals 7.30-9.30pm (2 nd Thursday)
Friday Leisure Painters 10-12am
Family history helpdesk 10-1pm (every 2 weeks)
After school stories 3.45-4.45pm
Saturday Wallasey Arts Society 9.30-12.30pm (last Saturday)


R.I.P. Mr Shakespeare
Saturday 23rd April at 2.30pm at WALLASEY CENTRAL LIBRARY (Upstairs) Earlston Rd,
Wallasey, CH45 5DX. Hand in Hand Theatre will perform a play with highlights and extracts from his works to celebrate the 400th anniversary of his death. Suitable for ages 8+
Tickets £3.30 (includes booking fee) Tel: 0151 666 0000

Wirral Libraries Local History Month APRIL

COLIN DILNOT MON 4th 6-7pm Imaginary Invasion of New Brighton 1913
DAVE CAPENER SAT 9th 10am-12noon Brunanburh – Why the Wirral?
DIANE and JOHN ROBINSON TUE 12th 10.30am 5 lighthouses and a fort (at Wallasey Village Library)
KEN PYE THU 21st 6.30-7.30pm Curious Tales of The Wirral

More Local History events in other libraries – please check on 0151 639 2334

Friends of Wirral Library

The Friends have raised a great deal of money through donated books, coffee mornings and events such as the ‘Japanese Day’ in the past, and been able to buy many items for the library.

Below is a List of Films. Tuesday evening films start at 6pm, and Saturday films usually start at 2.30pm.
They’re all free, but donations are appreciated. If you are able to help at any event, please just come along.

  • SAT 19th March The Man Who Fell To Earth (David Bowie)
  • TUE 29th March  French Season: Marc Caro et Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s The Cite des Enfants Perdus (1995)
  • TUE 12th  April  London Season: It Always Rains On Sundays (1947)
  • TUE 26th April  British Seaside Season: Quadrophenia (1979)
  • TUE 10th May  French Season: Luc Besson’s Angel-A 2005
  • TUE 24th  May  London Season: Nothing But The Best (1963)
  • THU 8th September British Seaside Season The Fruit Machine (1988)
  • TUE 27th September French Season: Bertrand Blier’s Buffet Froid (1979)
  • TUE 11th October  London Season: Blow-Up (1966)
  • TUE 25th  October  French Season: Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
  • TUE 8th November British Seaside Season: Oh! What A Lovely War (1969)
  • TUE 29th November London Season: Frenzy (1972)
  • THU 8th December French Season: Francois Truffaut’s Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
  • TUE 20th December British Seaside Season: Little Voice (1998)

Cruise Call Schedule 2016

Tue 5th  January Black Watch (Fred Olsen)  Turnaround
Tue 26th April  Boudicca (Fred Olsen)  Transit
Sun 1st May  Caribbean Princess (Princess)  Transit
Thu 5th May  Boudicca (Fred Olsen)  Turnaround
Tue 10th May  L’Austral (Ponant)  Transit
Sat 14th May  Boudicca (Fred Olsen)  Turnaround
Wed 18th May  Le Boreal (Ponant)  Transit
Thu 19th May  L’Austral (Ponant)  Transit
Tue 24th May  Caribbean Princess (Princess)  Transit
Fri 27th May  Disney Magic (Disney Cruise Line) Transit
Mon 30th May  Boudicca (Fred Olsen)  Turnaround
Wed 1st June  Silhouette (Celebrity)  Transit
Mon 6th June  Boudicca (Fred Olsen)  Turnaround

You can get a live diagram of the shipping in the Mersey, with links to details of each ship, via the following URL:

Forthcoming Coastal Events 2016

Sun 27 Mar (11am), Wed 27 Apr (7pm), Wed 25 May (7pm), Wed 22 Jun (7pm), Wed 20 Jul (7pm), Wed 24 Aug (7pm), Sun 18 Sep (11am), Sun 23 Oct (11am) – Wirral Seaside Runs (Leasowe Lighthouse to Harrison Drive – Wirral Seaside Runs)

Sat 2 Apr – Sponsored Walk for Autism Awareness
(Seacombe Ferry to New Brighton – Autism Together)

Sun 12 Jun – Wirral Coastal Walk
(Seacombe to Thurstaston via New Brighton –North Wirral Rotary Club)

Sun 19 Jun – Mersey Tunnel 10K
(Liverpool to New Brighton – BTR)

Wed 6 Jul to Sat 11 Jul – Tour of Merseyside
(Sat 11 Jul Coastal Drive, New Brighton, to Hoylake to New Brighton – BTR)

Sat 16 Jul to Sun 17 Jul – Nightrider!liverpool/s554d
(10.30pm – 4.00am – Pier Head, Liverpool, circular – via New Brighton, West Kirby and Port Sunlight – Classic Tours)

Summer (date tbc) – River Mersey Marathon
(Seacombe to Hoylake to New Brighton – DRM Events Ltd.)

Sat 6 Aug and Sun 7 Aug – Wirral Air Show 2016
(The Dips – Jumbo Events Ltd)

Sun 14 Aug – Egremont Festival 2016
(Egremont promenade and shore – Heart of Egremont)

Sun 11 Sep – Wirral Half Marathon/10K
(Birkenhead Park to New Brighton – BTR)

Sun 25 Sep ? (date tbc) – Wirral Dragon Boat Festival
(Marine Lake – Charity Dragon Boat Festivals

Floral Pavilion


TUESDAY 5th April at 1’ clock in the BLUE LOUNGE at the FLORAL PAVILION


Fabulous at the Floral as students rise to the challenge of Macbeth

New Brighton Primary School was a hive of double, double toil and trouble at the start of term as our Year Fives and Sixes got ready for our first appearance in the Shakespeare Schools Festival. With Mrs Culshaw at the helm, every member of the cast rose admirably to the challenge of performing Macbeth in front of several packed audiences at the Floral Pavilion.


Year Six pupil Ryan Pilling starred as the eponymous hero, with Year Five’s Amelia Fletcher as his scheming Lady wife – “She is only a dinky little thing and around school”, said Mrs Culshaw, “and very shy and timid, but the attitude that comes out of her when she is in character is just incredible! They were all brilliant. Their excellent performance was due to their great team work and the brilliant support of two of our talented parents, Angie Cavell who made all our wonderful costumes and Paula Currie who helped with all our rehearsals and really developed the confidence of our cast.”

“What’s great now is that the children enjoyed the play so much they want to learn more about Shakespeare. The year five pupils are already keen to start rehearsals for their next performance!”

Wallasey Neighbourhood

mciverMy name is Stuart McIver. I am very pleased to introduce myself to you as the new Neighbourhood Inspector for Wallasey Neighbourhood. Based at Manor Road police station in Wallasey, I am responsible for policing in the wards of Leasowe & Moreton East, Liscard & Egremont, New Brighton, Seacombe, Moreton West & Saughall Massie, and Wallasey.

My team will consists of two Sergeants, six Constables and nineteen Police Community Support & Traffic Officers who are supported by Special Constables and Community Volunteers who give up their time freely to work alongside regular officers throughout the week.

I am in my 19th year as a Merseyside Police Officer; I have been posted to frontline policing across the force at many stations such as Tuebrook, Walton Lane and St Helens. My most recent posting being one of the Sergeants responsible for policing at Wallasey Neighbourhood.

There is an increase in theft of cars and motorcycles and from unattended vehicles. In some cases vehicles are being left unlocked on driveways. In other cases thieves are targeting vehicles parked unattended with property and personal belongings on display. Please ensure that when you leave your car all items of value are removed.

A number of cars have been taken from driveways whilst the occupiers were asleep. Thieves have simply entered the property via an insecure front door or used an implement to reach through the letter box on UPVC doors and ‘hook’ the keys located nearby. If you have UPVC doors make sure you always double lock them. Keep your keys in a safe place, out of sight.

By taking a few simple precautions you can greatly reduce the risk of becoming a victim of
burglary in this type of crime:

  • Always lock your windows and doors (including garages and sheds)
  • Lock any UPVC doors from inside once home, otherwise they can be opened from the outside
  • Always check your front and back doors are secure even if you are in
  • Keep your house and car keys out of sight, away from doors and windows
  • Don’t leave your keys in the back of the door or where they can be seen from windows or doors
  • Use outside lights
  • Do not leave garden tools out in your back garden – they can be used as house breaking tools

We are launching a new invigorated Neighbourhood Watch. If you are interested and feel your community would benefit, please contact the Neighbourhood Team.
We work hard with other partner agencies to tackle issues identified by you and set our priorities at local ‘Have Your Say’ meetings. At each meeting local issues are discussed, together with local neighbourhood survey results and feedback from the community. Why not get involved? Please come along to your local meeting and ‘Have Your Say’. The next is from 4 to 6pm on Thursday 14th April at Wallasey Town Hall. Finally, please tell us about any issues that are important to you so we can act on them and help to make our communities safe.

To speak to your local Neighbourhood team or make an appointment, please call 101 – the non-emergency telephone number. Alternatively visit for details of a local police surgery. Or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. This is a national charity independent of the police. You won’t be asked your name, just what you know.

Wallasey Neighbourhood regularly use twitter and local PCSO’s provide advice and updates on local crimes and Neighbourhood initiatives which you can follow on @MerPolWallasey.

Wirral Scout and Guide

  gangshowSupporting Wirral Charities since 1982

The figures below give an impression of our Charity Post, though they hardly scratch the surface in terms of the tremendous amount of hard work put in by so many people to make our scheme the success it undoubtedly is.

It is said you can make ‘statistics’ tell any story you want, but we are content to let the fact and figures below tell their own story. One fact that clearly emerges is the extent of charity work carried out by so many people on this peninsula of ours.

‘Service to the Community’ is part of the ethos of the Scout and Guide Movements, but as amply demonstrated every year at
our Presentation Evening, it is practiced to impressive effect by many other organisations. We consider it a great privilege to be able to provide some financial help and encouragement to all this excellent service in our community, and are proud that we have been able to assist other Wirral charities to the extent of over £597,000 during the past 33 years.
Keep up the good work.
Richard Twemlow, Chairman.


Mount Primary School

Over 80 families attended two Come and See mathematics sessions. They were a fantastic success. It was a wonderful opportunity for parents to see their children learning in class, and there was a presentation in the school hall by Mr Cassidy on the way maths was taught. Feedback from the parents included: “Wow, I didn’t realise how much our children learn in a session”, and “We really have learned a lot. We will feel more confident helping our child now”.

In our annual Week for Change the whole school works together to learn about how UNICEF supports children’s rights across the world. UNICEF’s theme this year is ‘Every Child in Danger’. This is an important part of our annual calendar and helps our children to understand the challenges that many families face across the world on a daily basis, and how children and families cope with the challenges of conflict and natural disasters.

Your Lifeboats

News from New Brighton Lifeboat Station

Last year our hovercraft was launched 15 times and our lifeboat 18 times, with 20 people rescued between them. The year ended with our hovercraft H-005 damaged on the rocks by New Brighton marine lake following the successful rescue of a person. It has been sent off for repair, and meanwhile we are operating with H-006, one of the RNLI’s reserve fleet.

We rescued a golden retriever named Ben who slipped his lead and went for a swim in Leasowe Bay at the start of the year, and in early February a yachtsman suffering from severe sea sickness. Details on our website.

Community Safety:
defibrillatorThose of you who have passed the lifeboat station recently may have noticed the installation of a yellow box on our wall alongside our noticeboard. This contains a defibrillator for use by anyone assisting someone who has had a sudden cardiac arrest [heart attack], while awaiting the emergency services.

It’s easy to use – to access phone 999, explain where you are and they will give a code to access the box.

Crew Training:
Anyone who volunteers for the RNLI goes through an extensive training programme, much of it carried out on-site by our own experienced crew.

To complement our normal in-house training during February, there was further training for prospective helmsman and tractor drivers using RNLI Trainers from our Poole HQ. So if you have seen our tractor doing all sorts of different activities on the beach now you know why.

Our crew also go on training courses at the RNLI’s Training Centre in Poole. It’s all vital in preparing them for
when they go to sea.

Good Preparation Saves Lives and perhaps Embarrassment:
Spring will soon be here, if you are planning to go to sea, do the checkups now to make sure your craft and equipment are in tip top condition to face the elements – everything from your lifejacket to your spare engine. Take a look at the Sea Safety pages on our website for some memory joggers.

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Stormy Waters

black_perlI know there are places in this green and pleasant but rather muddy land that have had rain every day for the last three months. Not quite so bad here in sunny New Brighton but we have had a storm or two to test the Black Pearl’s moorings. The storm that worried me the most was the one called Frank – not because it was forecast to be the worst storm, just the thought of reading, “Frank trashes the Black Pearl!” The old girl has survived and only got her feet wet – I’m writing this at a silly hour of the morning of 12th February and she hasn’t gone yet! Many thanks to all the folks who have been down on the prom Pearl Watching through the many wild, wet and windy days, and nights, over these past weeks. I guess that several thousand pics were taken and we could probably mount a whole exhibition of fabulous photos of wild waves, flying spray and scary wave-dodging beneath menacing wind-torn skies! I hope you all found it as exhilarating as we did.

The New Year party on the Pearl was great! Thanks for the fireworks and to all you party-goers, we hope you enjoyed yourselves and if you can remember it perhaps you could tell me what happened sometime. Have a feeling I might have made some resolutions and would love to know what they were.

Great things are expected in 2016 – but all entirely unplanned! I can guarantee that there will be many wonderful family days on the Pearl and around Cosy Cove throughout the year. We suspect that the folks north of the border might stage another attempt to capture the Black Pearl and sail her back to Kirkcudbright. Admire the ambition. And good luck! It seems inevitable that the rascally Redcoats at Fort Perch Rock will need to be taught a lesson, or several. No matter how much gold and jewellery we stash in the Pearl’s treasure chest – it just keeps vanishing! But we know where it’s going!

I do hope the storms are going to leave us alone for a while, but we have been rattling through the alphabet with storm names. I think we really ought to have a storm called Major …… Storm Norman to follow, perhaps? And later when there’s an Aaaaaaarrrggh! in the month it’s just got to be Storm Rusty! I’m pushing it here Rusty – but I know you can take it.

Storms come along for most of us sometime. The rock-solid building blocks of our lives start shaking loose. What a relief when the wind settles and the night becomes a good time to sleep again. I don’t always go to watch the Pearl stand alone against the storm. And when I do go to watch I never have to stand alone. There’s always someone else there for all or part of the time

Maybe, like me, other people find strength in seeing the Pearl get through the storm. It’s not a big thing – just a little reassurance. So many people here who take the trouble to help each other through in small ways on so many days and make our bit of the world a bit better bit to live in! Our community is strong and getting stronger, but like the Pearl, it will never be finished – there’s always
another rope, another knot, another nail, another word, another thought, another day – and that is how we will all get through – that next inevitable storm!

New Brighton Coastal Community Team

New Brighton Coastal Community Team builds upon current success story
… The economic plan for New Brighton is aimed at attracting even more day trippers, overnight stays and increasing employment. The Plan includes a variety of exciting new initiatives for New Brighton and the vision to attract large scale developments. It includes plans for developing an annual events programme and bringing life back to Marine Lake. The plan also sets out the ambition to attract new hotel accommodation, the potential for a new outdoor gym and the creation of an art trail.

The plans have been drawn up by New Brighton Coastal Community Team, a partnership of local businesses, voluntary and community groups and Wirral Council, who were awarded £10,000 by the government last year to develop a blueprint for the resort. Brought together by Wirral Council’s Wallasey Constituency Team, New Brighton Coastal Community Team has been working with local residents, businesses and visitors to produce the plan, which has been submitted to the Department
for Communities and Local Government.

Cllr Pat Hackett, Wirral’s Cabinet Member for Business and Tourism said: “New Brighton is rightly recognised as a regeneration success story, but there is still much potential to be tapped into. This blueprint will help us do that and boost the local economy. I think by working together positively towards a shared vision to improve New Brighton, we can achieve great things for the local

New Brighton now has a booming visitor economy, now worth £25.5m each year and up by almost £10m from 2009, and attracts over 470,000 day visits annually by people from outside Wirral, up by 60,000 between 2009 and 2014. The plan builds upon the successes of the £1.1m public realm improvements made by Wirral Council and £80m Marine Point development. This regeneration alone is supporting around an extra 500 new jobs. The plan identifies how this could grow even further and extend this success to the rest of the resort, including Seabank Road and Victoria Road.

The Coastal Community Team is off to a running start with early successes, including the funding grant from central government to light Perch Rock lighthouse, taking place in March 2016. There is a wealth of experience and expertise within the Coastal Community Team, including UK’s Best Café 2014; Wirral Volunteer Team of the Year 2015 and Wirral Family Friendly Business 2015.

There will be a formal launch of the economic plan in Spring this year to continue to engage the public in the process. A copy of the plan is available at

Delivery of the plan will be led by New Brighton Coastal Community Team whose work can be followed on Twitter @wallaseyteam.





The Vale Park Driftwood Fairies

The harsh winter weather has not discouraged fairies and elves of all ages from visiting the driftwood fairy vale. Even on the coldest of days from early morning until dusk you can hear excited voices and the patter of many feet as they scurry about in search of Tinker bell and her friends.

A family visiting the fairy vale and the Black Pearl from London expressed their disappointment to the guardian as ‘there were no seats left in or outside Vale Park cafe for a warming hot chocolate’. If the popularity of the pirates and fairies continue to grow an extension to the cafe might be required! However the wet conditions have taken a toll on the fairy vale. There is lots and lots of work to be carried out, and the guardians are now busy repairing the fixtures and fittings.

The troll family has grown and will soon be moving in on a permanent basis. For Valentine’s Day ‘The spinning Spider’ made the trolls beautiful knitted hearts which hang brightly on the Troll tree, and colourful lights have been installed to mark the occasion.

driftwood2Many trees have been felled in the park, and not wanting to miss out on an opportunity the guardian asked for one of stumps to be left in position, and plans for a new fairy residence are afoot to include a ‘Drift Inn’.

As stated on a previous occasion the inspiration for our fairy vale came from Swan Park in a town called Buncranna, in Donegal, Ireland. Situated in this town is a ‘Drift Inn’. The guardian intends to make a replica of our Drift Inn door to be given to our Irish fairy cousins of Swan Park.

We all look forward to the warmer weather, picnics with the fairy folk and long days to enjoy the fabulous surroundings the Black Pearl and the Driftwood Fairy Vale are fortunate to be located in.

We wish you happy days…. from the guardians of the fairy vale.



SUNDAY 27th SWING ERA BAND 2.30 PM – 4.30 PM

Sprint Fete and Easter Egg Hunt

ALL 2.30 PM – 4.30 PM




New Brighton Life

by Canon Roy Lawrence

There is so much to enjoy in New Brighton. If I may just pick one or two things at random, I am told that we have some of the best air in the world. When I first moved to Wirral a doctor-friend advised me to come to New Brighton at least once a week and have a walk along the prom. He said I would be healthier, happier and generally the better for it. He always did this himself.

And such stimulating and lovely views – Liverpool Bay if we look one way, and the Welsh hills the other way. We can enjoy acres of sea and sky, complete with an attractive sequence of ships of every shape and size. Then too there are sunsets which are totally breath-taking at the end of many a day.

When I was a very much younger man, I asked a vicar whom I thought to be a wise man about the way to get the best out of life. ‘Cultivate a spirit of thankfulness,’ he said. ‘Unthankful people are never happy.’

He was right, and during the many years in which I have served as a vicar myself I have often found myself recommending a little five-finger exercise, in which you make each finger stand for some cause for thankfulness and then several times a day, as you look at your own hand, you say thank you in your own mind for whatever those five things may be. Why not try it, starting today? I am sure you will not be sorry, and you might think of letting one of your fingers in the thankfulness exercise stand for life in our wonderful New Brighton!

A restored spire for St James’ church

One of the new hand-carved stones: a niche hood for the North East elevation.

One of the new hand-carved
stones: a niche hood for the North East elevation.

The 172 foot spire of St James’ is being rebuilt stone by stone. The £400,000 cost has been met in large part by a £250,000 lottery grant, and the Sponsor-A-Stone scheme has been launched whereby you can sponsor a specific stone.- in return you get a certificate with a photo of your stone in place, and your name is recorded in a Roll of Honour in the church. Sponsorship forms are available from the Heritage Centre One of the new hand-carved in the church, or by ringing Richard Wilberforce on 638 6317.

Holy Apostles & Martyrs

Holy Apostles & Martyrs The Trees, 8 Gorsehill Road, Wallasey CH45 9JB 0151 606 4362

Thu 24th 7:30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper, followed by watching till 10pm finishing with Compline
Fri 25th 11am Children’s Stations of the Cross; 3pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion; 7pm Taize prayer
Sat 26th 8.30pm Easter Vigil
Sun 27th 9.30am Easter Sunday Mass; 11am Easter Sunday Mass