Lydiate – Notes from a Small Parish

Yes I know, I could not help but pinch the title of Bill Byrson’s excellent book but it felt appropriate to me anyway.

I’ve not updated on the activities of the Parish Council for a while but as we have just had our October meeting here goes with a few notes:-

* We donated £73 to the WW1 Lydiate Project to help them produce 100 additional printed booklets on their work. Here’s a link to this primary schools based project:-

By the way have you seen/read ‘Great War Britain – Liverpool – Remembering 1914-18’ by Lydiate historian Pam Russell? May well be worth tracking a copy down – it was published this year. The copy below was for sale in Liverpool Central Library:-

* After the Brexit carry on it will hardly be surprising if Lydiate folk look upon another referendum with a skeptical eye but there is going to another very local one early next year. It will just be for Lydiate voters and it will be regarding whether the community accepts the Neighbourhood Plan which the Parish Council has put together. I’ve blogged about these plans many times before – watch out for a polling card popping through your letter box.

* We have put £500 to one side, in effect pledged it, to the Moss Alliance to help pay for their legal costs against fracking. My previous posting on this matter is available via this link:-

Sandy Lane Changing Rooms building

* The Parish Council continues to look for ways to improve the changing room facilities and indeed the old tennis courts at Sandy Lane Playing Field. I’ve mentioned this a number of times previously. Suffice to say that the project may now take the form of a small extension to the present building but with a far more substantial project to provide modern changing rooms and a multi use games area (MUGA) to follow. It all depends on funding and grants and it could take a while to bring this project forward.

* It looks like funding to help with the lighting of the Christmas Tree (actually its a holly tree) on the Village Green will no longer be provided by Sefton Council after Christmas 2019. There’s a challenge for Christmas 2020 and beyond….

Maghull/Lydiate – Scarecrow Festival Photos

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.

Lydiate – A visit to the recently reopened Weld Blundell Pub

The Wellie in November 2017

The Weld Blundell in 2008

Weld Blundell Pub – November 2016

We had our first visit to the recently reopened ‘Wellie’ yesterday and an enjoyable experience it was too. We were with our relatives from ‘up north’ in Preston, Jan and Ian, who know Mike Reeve the new landlord from a couple of pubs he runs in that part of the world.

The old pub has certainly undergone a huge change and is much larger than before the recent refurb’. The food was good and the staff were attentive and engaging.

Here’s a few shots of the pub as it is now: I like the use of old leaded windows for display on an internal wall:-

Here’s a link to the pub’s new web site:-

The Wellie certainly gets a thumbs up from this Lydiate resident.

Lydiate – The ‘Welly’ will almost certainly reopen

The Weld Blundell in happier times

The Weld Blundell in happier times

I have it on good authority that this closed pub will indeed be reopening. In oft used journalistic speak I will say that ‘sources close to the pub’ have today confirmed this to me.

This follows close on the heels of the planning application being submitted to Sefton Council for a single storey extension.

What I don’t know at present is the timescale for reopening.

Lydiate – Weld Blundell Pub – Hope for shut down pub?

A planning application has been submitted to Sefton Council with regard to this closed pub which has been shut for some time now and sadly looks quite a mess at present. At the heart of Lydiate, by the village green, locals have been calling for action to be taken to tidy up the run-down building.


The application is for the ‘Erection of a single storey extension and layout of external seating area at the rear of the premises’ .

This is a link to the planning application:-

Weld Blundell Pub bites the dust in Lydiate?

It’s a year ago that I blogged about 3 pubs along a mile of road in Litherland/Netherton closing and now news reaches me of the seeming demise of the Weld Blundell Pub next to Lydiate’s Village Green.

The Weld Blundell in happier times - 2008

The Weld Blundell in happier times – 2008

I don’t know what the issues are with the Welly, so you never know it may reopen but it looks rather sad at present all boarded up .

My posting of March last year on closing pubs is available via this link:-

Let’s hope the Welly does open again soon.