Public Footpaths and Bridleways
Caroline in The Village Shop, also a recent recipient of the Wirral Award, is a great supporter of the work of the Society, and is doing a tremendous job in serving the local community. In recognition of this, the Society has offered her, and she has modestly accepted, Honorary Life Membership.
Watch This Space!
The Society is monitoring activity at this site which lies between 39 Piper's Lane and the Wirral Way. There has clearly been some recent tree felling and site clearance work, as well as the opening up of a new access from Pipers End. In 2013, planning consent for two dwellings on this site with access from Piper's Lane was refused. We are not aware of any subsequent planning applications but will continue to monitor.
Sadly, Coronavirus restrictions have necessitated suspension of face-to-face meetings. Instead, the Society has successfully resorted to video conferencing on the Zoom platform. After the success of the delayed 2020 AGM held in November, an Open Meeting was held by Zoom in January, to hear a talk by Professor Iain Jackson, on the work of the outstanding architect Herbert Rowse attracting a remarkable attendance of 80 people.
It is recognised that video conferencing is neither attractive nor practical for some members, and this we very much regret. However, these are exceptional times and your Committee feels that this is the best way to at least try and deliver some meeting benefit to members.
At the Society's last meeting following the 2021 AGM, the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society Talks Team gave a fascinating talk on ‘The Story of the Manchester Ship Canal’.
The next scheduled Open Meeting is on 20 September 2021. Details, when available, will be posted on the Events page.
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 we’ll be able to hold the first in November.
Wirral Chamber Music Festival
Wirral Chamber Music Festival are hosting a concert in St Peter's Church on 17 July 2021 as part of their first festival weekend, and have asked for the Society's help to spread the word.
After the success of their carol concert at Christmas, we are sure that Heswall Society members and friends will be interested in attending. Click Here for details of the concert and how to obtain tickets.
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!
If you would like to help protect and enhance the unique character of Heswall please consider joining The Society.
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Did you know that this logo was developed from a design by a pupil of Heswall Primary School in 1996?