Scotch Piper – Doesn’t it look a treat

Lydiate’s famous Scotch Piper Pub is back up and running after the devastating fire to its thatched roof not so long ago. And it looks a treat now with it’s new wig, a coat of whitewash and bedecked with flowers.

I understand that Edie Pope of Church View Farm did the planters/flowers.

And this is what it looked like after the fire:-

What a difference a few weeks can make to this famous Listed Building known across the north west of England.

The top photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

Lydiate – Yet another bad crash at accident black spot

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

How many more serious accidents do there have to be at the junction of Mairscough Lane, Southport Road and Church Lane (by St. Thomas’ Church and just down the road from Church View Farm) in Lydiate before Sefton Council takes some action?

This latest one (on Wednesday evening) was an amazing escape for the car driver in particular but it could well have been so much worse. Indeed, there have been deaths at this infamous accident black spot and the crunches of car metal keep on coming.

Lydiate Parish Councillor Edie Pope outside her farm shop on Lydiate's Southport Road. The blind narrow bend where all the accidents happen is in the background.

Lydiate Parish Councillor Edie Pope outside her farm shop on Lydiate’s Southport Road. The blind narrow bend where all the accidents happen is in the background.

My good friend and fellow Lydiate Parish Councillor Edie Pope has long fought for improved safety here and she is back on the safety war path again following this latest accident.

My previous posting about the accident black spot of 9th May this year refers:-

Liverpool Santa Dash? > How about Lydiate Santa Scarecrow?

With news that Liverpool’s famous charity Santa dash is in serious doubt this year because Liverpool Council can’t afford to assist (due to spending money on £3,000 taps for the Cunard Building instead?), here is a Lydiate alternative.

Yes, it’s the crazy world of Church View Farm again and Edie Pope’s efforts. Her scarecrow festival of a few weeks ago has now morphed into Santa scarecrows!

Have a look below, although it could be seen as a little biased against Everton at the moment unless Edie is predicting a 3 – 1 victory for Liverpool in the next Derby match!


Lydiate – Scarecrow Festival at Church View Farm

Mm, the link above to the Ormskirk Advertiser, says it was in West Lancs but Lydiate is firmly in Merseyside, however, the story makes for some good background to what has happened and why over the past weekend.


Edie Pope, a Lydiate Parish Councillor and well known local farm shop proprietor, certainly put on a show with many people, groups and schools bringing their own scarecrows for display with a Halloween theme. And it drew massive crowds throughout the weekend with cars having to be parked in the field next door to the display.


It was all in a good cause – Woodlands Hospice – and Edie had the support of Maghull’s Mayor Joan Deegan, a fellow fund raiser for Woodlands, who judged the scarecrow competition.

The photos above and some others from the festival are amongst my Flickr shots at:-

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