At the Society's February Open Meeting, Lelia Dunlea-Jones BSc(Hons) BArch(Dist) RIBA - Associate Architect at Tweed Nuttall Warburton Architecture, gave a fascinating talk to a packed Heswall Hall about the major project now nearing completion involving the expansion and refurbishment of Trepassey Residential Home.
Lelia Dunlea-Jones explained how, thanks to a major bequest, the project has evolved, and the many challenges that have had to be overcome along the way. Also, the attention to detail necessary in the design and choice of furnishings, materials and colour schemes to best suit the needs of those in care, particularly those with dementia.
Run by Cheshire Residential Care Homes Trust, Trepassey is a permanent home to many elderly people. It also offers elderly respite care and convalescent care to bridge the gap between hospital and home for those recovering from an operation or illness.
Aside from increasing capacity, the project is aimed at bringing both the care facilities and the building up to a standard that will serve existing and future elderly residents in this community well over the next circa thirty years, and give a better working environment for the staff.
Annual General Meeting
Our next Event will be the Society's Annual General Meeting at Heswall Hall on Wednesday 21 March 2018 at 7.30pm. This will be followed by magician Peter Turner giving a talk entitled 'Sleight of Mind'. Bar facilities will be available at this event.
Members can access all relevant papers within the Members Area.
Dates of future Open Meetings can be found in the Events section although details have yet to be confirmed. They will be posted as soon as possible.
In the Planning Section, we draw attention to the following planning applications currently under consideration on which the Society has made representations to the Council:-
Boundary Lane Green Space withdrawn from Sale!
A statement from our Chairman, Steve Anderson
Dear Friends of Heswall,
I have some great news.
- the large number of people who signed the online and paper petitions
- the large number of people who turned out to demonstrate on Sunday
- the discussions that our councillors subsequently have had with the Council
I am delighted to say that the Cabinet member for Housing (George Davies) has agreed not to sell this plot of land in Heswall.
A big thank you to all of you who have supported this cause and special thanks to Phil Leon, members of the Heswall Society and to our councillors Les Rowlands and Andrew Hodson for all their hard work in getting this proposal overturned.
Thanks also to the Council for listening to the serious concerns of Heswall Residents and withdrawing this land from the auction.
The Heswall Society will remain vigilant in trying to ensure that such important urban green spaces in Heswall remain. If you are not a member, why not join the Society and help us. Click here to download an Application Form.
Once again many thanks for your support,
Chairman, The Heswall Society
From a boot full of pansies!
Our thanks to Angie Mounsey and her team of volunteers who, in October, removed the Summer bedding at the Castle Buildings Flowerbeds in Telegraph Road and our raised planter opposite, and after digging over, re-planted with winter pansies.
Unfortunately, there has subsequently been a lot of damage to the plants along the access road, despite setting the plants well back from the edge. This issue has been partly aggravated by the wet weather softening the ground but also by the narrowing of the access road due to the shop fitting work done towards the end of the year. There is no doubt that the combination of large cars and poor parking results in the beds being driven over too!
The Society is in discussion with the Council to see what action might be taken to prevent/minimise this happening in the future.
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 Spring 2018 Newsletter is now available for Members within the Members Area.
'Adopt a Kiosk'
The Society is now well down the road of adopting the Lower Village telephone kiosk under BT's Adopt a Kiosk scheme in order to ensure that the street scene is preserved. Our own due diligence has been carried out and completion of the legal formalities is expected very soon now. Adoption has proved protracted because of the fact that the kiosk is sited on private as opposed to Council land.
Thanks to Heswall Today and to Caroline in the Village Shop for publicising the Society's efforts to retain the kiosk, and raising funds.
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.
Brownfield and Green Belt Policy
Wirral Council is consulting on the sites which it proposes to include in its Statutory Register of Brownfield Land and on the Methodology for an initial Green Belt Review. The Society has formally written to the Council setting its comments on both, copies of which can be accessed within the Members Area.
Save Dawstone Park
The Heswall Society has encouraged the formation of an active Friends of Dawstone Park Group. Click here for further details.
A wintry spell saw snow lying in the Park and visitors enjoyed tobogganing down the slopes. Some rather muddy children and adults were seen with their sledges and the park looked very beautiful.
The working parties are continuing and we are hoping the Park will be looking good when Spring finally arrives.
The AGM of the Friends of Dawstone Park will take place at Heswall Hall on Tuesday 20th March 2018 at 7.30p.m. All are welcome!
The Church of the Good Shepherd
The Parish of Heswall kindly invited members of Heswall Society to attend a short and informative presentation and question time in order to explain and illustrate its developing plans to replace the existing Good Shepherd building and Parish Hall with a new church and community hall. Information on this including a short video can be found on the Parish of Heswall website.
If you would like to help protect and enhance the unique character of Heswall please consider joining The Society.
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