New Life Members
High Sheriff of Merseyside, Nigel Lanceley DL, has presented two residents of Heswall with Honorary Life Memberships to the Heswall Society. They are also both recipients of Wirral Awards from Wirral Borough Council. Dennis Clegg, the Society’s recently retired Planning Officer and former Chair, and Caroline Cartwright, proprietor of The Village Shop, Lower Heswall, received their honours for their tireless work on behalf of the people of Heswall.
Current Chair, Steve Anderson, described how Dennis’s work with the Society has helped Heswall to retain its unique character and, in particular, how he designed a model for Friends groups which is now in use throughout the borough.
He praised Caroline as a constant major support of the community and in particular during COVID. Mr Lanceley referred to her efforts as ‘the epitome of humanity’.
Castle Buildings Flower Beds
The Heswall Society/Heswall in Bloom are hugely grateful to The Mill Shop, Claire House, Hallmark and Cain of Heswall who have each agreed to 'Adopt a Bed' outside their shops in Castle Buildings. The beds are planted and maintained throughout the year by volunteer members of the Society, lead by Angie Mounsey.
One of the major difficulties we face is keeping the beds adequately watered, particularly during dry spells, without a readily available tap! Because of this, it has been necessary for volunteers to bring large quantities of water with them by car which can be extremely onerous. Now, by adopting the various flower beds, these four businesses have very kindly agreed to share the job of watering between them, for which the Society is immensely grateful and has donated some bright red watering cans! Hopefully all those who enjoy the flower beds will also show these businesses how much their work is valued.
Thank you Dennis!
The Society's committee has presented an etched vase to Dennis Clegg, our recently retired Planning Officer, in recognition of the huge contribution he has made to The Heswall Society and the years of work and support he has given to the Heswall community.
With the gradual lifting of COVID travel restrictions, it is likely that many will be wanting to grab the opportunity to take a late summer break. Consequently, the Committee has decided to defer the next Open Meeting to Monday 15 November 2021.
The Society is working closely with Heswall Hall to develop meeting safety protocols that will allow us to start our face-to-face Open Meetings again. We are hoping that this will be possible for the November meeting which will start the winter season on a light note with illusionist Peter Turner returning to entertain us with the third in his series of talks, "Heads I Win - Tails you Lose".
Further details details of this and future scheduled meetings can be found on the Events page.
The Heswall Society is the local amenity society for Heswall and Gayton, formed just over 60 years ago by some far-sighted residents. For more information, Click here.
New members who share our aim to retain the quality of Heswall and Gayton, without opposing sensitive change, are very welcome. If you would like to join The Heswall Society please click on the red button below.
The second of four walks in and around Heswall, originally published by Heswall Society in March 1989, is now reproduced on this website along with the first (see below). The series of four walks was initiated by a committee lead by Hugh Roper, Poppy Agnew, a local artist, and Ken Burnley, a well-known Wirral local historian and author. With the involvement of other committee members, publication of the walks happened over the course of ten years, and it's our intention to reproduce all of them via our website in due course.
The second walk starts from the Glegg Arms. It passes through the historic core of Gayton to the meadows alongside the River Dee, returning, via the Lower Village, over the last remnant of the 'black heathland' (The Beacons) to the starting point.
Heswall Society Walk 1
Heswall Society Walk 2
In March 2021, Wirral Borough Council put out for consultation its Wirral Housing Density Study. The Society has recently responded in two parts.
This follows the Society's response to two other recent consultations put out by the Council, namely:
The Society has recently responded to three consultations put out by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government concerning:
Wirral Borough Council have recently published a Heswall Dales Management Plan 2020-2022. This plan is intended to provide a framework for the development and improvement of Heswall Dales.
Eight Conservation Area signs have been erected on lamp posts at the main entrances to Heswall Lower Village Conservation Area, and one sign at the entrance to Gayton Conservation Area
Click Here to see the Society's Spring 2021 Newsletter which has now been published and distributed to Members. Non members are encouraged to read it in order see and appreciate just how much time and effort the Society invests in protecting Heswall's built environment and public spaces for the benefit of its community, and we hope you will consider joining us!
Previous editions can be accessed within the Members Area.
Lower Village Action Group
The Society was recently approached by shopkeepers, businesses and local residents of the Lower Village, for help in forming a group similar to the Heswall & District Business Association, but exclusively focused on reinvigorating the Lower Village by whatever means.
The newly formed Lower Village Action Group committee held its inaugural meeting in early January when ideas/thoughts flowed and from these, a number of possible initiatives are being pursued. It’s a case of ‘watch this space’ for developments.
The Society now receives notification of all applications for surgery or felling of trees that are subject to Tree Preservation Orders or are within our Conservation Areas.
Between January and August 2019, the Society received notification of six applications for tree works either to trees with Tree Preservation Orders attached, or to trees within our two Conservation Areas, and has objected in part to two of these applications.
The Government has given Wirral an extra £1.4 million to fix pot holes in our roads. Residents are invited to nominate a road for repair. To do so, Click Here. Now's your chance!
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