* Lydiate Parish Council was in effect no change as a consequence of the local elections held on 2nd May – 7 Labour and 2 Lib Dems although 4 of the Labour members are new to the Council. Cllr. Edie Pope and myself are the two Lib Dem members. I think we all hope that the Parish Council can continue to work well for the community as has been the case for many years now. I’m sure that it will.
Footpath sign at Sandy Ln – There’s a similar one off Moss Ln
* A site meeting took place today to try to resolve issues surrounding the public right of way from Sandy Lane to Moss Lane (Lydiate Footpath No.14) – my posting of 14th May refers – see link below:-
The outcome was, I understand, inconclusive as the presently held legal documentation is not detailed enough for Sefton Council’s Footpath Officer to determine the exact route of the public right of way. More detailed research will be required using the deeds of Sandy Lane Playing Field. More news when I have it.
* A suggestion was made at the last but one Parish Council meeting that an outdoor table tennis facility could be provided by the Parish Council on the Village Center site and the idea met with general approval. If it comes off it may look something like this:-
I think I mentioned a while back that Lydiate Parish Council had put some money towards this booklet which was produced to look at the impact of WW1 on the farming village of Lydiate, and how children today are remembering the young men from their community who gave their lives.
Local author and historian Pam Russell was the guiding light together with Kath Coyle – WW1 Lydiate project coordinator.
24 young Lydiate men died while serving in WW1
24 young men from Lydiate (or with strong links to it) died while serving in WW1 and the booklet celebrates the life of each one with individual write-ups. I was interested to have confirmed something which another well known local historian (Bruce Hubbard) had told me some time ago i.e. that one of Lydiate’s fallen is not on either war memorial in the community – Herbert Finch who was killed on 19th October 1917. It seems he lived near the Lydiate/Maghull boundary so may have unfortunately been overlooked by both villages. He is however commemorated at Tyne Cot memorial in Belgium. Wouldn’t it be fitting for his name to added now to either the memorial at Our Lady’s Catholic Church or the one at St. Thomas’ CofE Church?
There’s also a brief history of Lydiate through the ages and of Lydiate life in 1914 within the booklet.
As well as the booklet there’s a website about the project at ww1lydiate.org.uk which you can access via this link:-
I think many primary school children from Lydiate’s 3 schools may have a copy of the booklet and you just might be lucky in tracking a copy down if you call in at Lydiate Village Center on Lambshear Lane.
A great tribute to the fallen, congratulations to all involved.
I’ve had a look at quite a number of scarecrows across Maghull and Lydiate on my cycle rides and I’ve taken photos of 3 of them:-
Bob the Builder near Lydiate Village Green
Outside Harding’s Flower Shop in Liverpool Rd Nth Maghull.
At Lydiate Village Center wearing a Lydiate Parish Council T-shirt
It seems that our first Scarecrow Festival has gone really well as there must be many, many more of them that I have not photographed. Congratulations to the organisers and all those who made the effort to create a scarecrow.