Frank Hornby Trust – Spring cleaning in November!


I have not mentioned the Frank Hornby Trust for a while but last Tuesday the Trustees got together for their AGM and a big clean up of our display cases in the Frank Hornby Room in Maghull’s Meadows Leisure Centre.

Cleaning the large display case

Cleaning the large display case

It was great to see Jim Gamble (probably the worlds greatest expert on Meccano) again – he had travelled up for the day from his Nottingham home.

There are a lot of Meccano, Hornby Trains and other items on display and every one had to be carefully cleaned!

There are a lot of Meccano, Hornby Trains and other items on display and every one had to be carefully cleaned!

If you have an interest in helping to support the work of the Frank Hornby Trust please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

Note:- Frank Hornby lived virtually all of his adult life in Maghull and his world famous toy empire of Meccano, Hornby Trains and Dinky Toys makes him Maghull’s most famous former resident. There is an English Heritage Blue Plaque on his first house in Station Road near Maghull Station. It was the first one erected outside of London.

You can contact the Frank Hornby Trust via its Chairman Les French:-

or you can get in touch with me at:-

Lydiate Parish Council becomes Labour but let’s not forget the efforts of one former councillor in particular.

9 member Lydiate Parish Council is now 6 Labour with 3 opposition Lib Dems from the declared results of yesterday.


No one could have been more surprised than me when I retained my seat on this Parish Council; it was certainly not expected. And I say that based on the fact that at the Borough election count for Park ward, which includes all of Lydiate Parish, (held last Friday) I was firmly removed from office as a Borough Councillor after my 16 years run. So you can imagine how surprised I was when the electors of Lydiate then put me back on the Parish Council. Indeed, 3 of the 4 Lib Dems who stood for Lydiate PC i.e. Edie Pope, Mark Courtney and I all won a seat.

But here’s the rub, a man who I think it is fair to call ‘Mr Lydiate’, Dave Russell, was that 4th Lib Dem candidate who sadly was not returned. In my view Dave has probably put more into Lydiate than any other local councillor that I can recall over the past 25 years or more. He must be hurting right now and I feel for him greatly. He did not deserve to be shown the door but such is the nature of being a local councillor; you never know when or often why the electors will say ‘thank you but that will be enough from you if you don’t mind’.

I do hope that it will be possible for we in opposition to be able to work reasonably and constructively with Lydiate’s new Labour rulers but that is a decision for them to take.