Lydiate’s newest volunteer group held another meeting on Monday night in the Scotch Piper Pub.
The draw was made for raffle prizes, tickets for which were sold at the Lydiate Christmas Fayre held in Lydiate Village Centre last Saturday.
Donations and expressions of interest in sponsorship are starting to come in.
The group now has a constitution and is fully set up to be able to apply for grants.
The logo of the group looks great and is at the head of this posting.
A few highlights from last Tuesday’s Parish Council meeting
* Parish Council to spend £500 buying boundary planter troughs to go on Lydiate boundary signs for the Lydiate in Flower volunteer group. They will look similar to this Maghull one:-
* A £803 grant bid by Lydiate PC to the Lydiate-only John Gore Trust has been successful. It will help run community events at Lydiate Village Centre.
* Lydiate PC will continue to pay the Living Wage to its staff as opposed to the lower Minimum Wage. Music to the ears of this old trade unionist who helped bring in the LW to the Parish Council some years ago.
* A bid is being made to the Tesco Bags of Help grant fund to raise funds to set up a community garden, working with Lydiate in Flower volunteer group, on the Lambshear lane field where Lydiate Village Centre sits.
* Harking back to my previous postings about the potential for a multi-use sports area on Sandy Lane Park an initial expression of interest type bid is being made to a Football Foundation/Lottery for what would be a massive project to rebuild the present football changing rooms and progress the multi-use sports area idea.
This is the run-down condition of the Sandy Lane Park tennis courts surface. Could they be rebuilt as a multi-use games area – MUGA?
Far too early to raise expectations about what will clearly be a hugely expensive, but most welcome project, if the Parish Council can once again be a successful grant bidder – It raised £0.5m from the National Lottery when the Village Centre was being constructed and which opened its doors in 2010.
Enter Lydiate from Great Altcar where Altcar Lane makes the sharp turn into Bells Lane and you will be greeted with this sign:-
Well let’s be polite, it’s seen better days!
Indeed, near the top on the left hand side it is all but rusted through so it will soon become a real danger to road users and the public:-
I have asked Lydiate Parish Council to work with Sefton Council to have it replaced because of the danger.
Also, at some point down the line it could provide a nice place for a Lydiate in Flower boundary planter like the ones we see on Maghull’s boundary signs provide by Maghull in Bloom volunteers:-
The piece of land at the junction of Nedens Lane and Southport Road always looks good and has done ever since Lydiate Parish Council took over the maintenance of it from Sefton Council.
Winter planting of the flower beds in this landscaped area has been completed recently by the Parish Council’s grounds staff who are doing their bit to assist with the recently launched Lydiate in Flower volunteer group who will hopefully be starting work on other flower/environmental projects next spring.
I went along to the first public meeting of this new volunteer community group last night in Lydiate Village Centre.
It was pleasing to see Lydiate residents turning out for the meeting where we all learned about progress in setting the fledgling group up.
John and Madelaine Harrison came from the Maghull in Bloom volunteer group to give advice and assistance which was gratefully received.
The plan is to try to start with some spring planting in 2018 possibly via some ‘gateway planters’ on Lydiate’s boundaries with Maghull, Aughton and Down Holland. Other ideas are being considered too but the big job will be to bring in the finances to pay for such projects.
The volunteer group is looking for sponsorship from local businesses and to make grant applications. Lydiate Parish Council is putting £100 in the pot to start things off and helping with grant applications.
As a former Maghull resident I have been volunteering for Maghull in Bloom in recent years and now as as Lydiate resident I’m happy to get involved in Lydiate in Flower as well.
For more information look for and like the Lydiate in Flower News page on Facebook – see link below:-