Lydiate – It’s ‘In Flower’ volunteer group is moving forward

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.

Lydiate – Village Center Site – Separating dogs from children

Regular readers of this blog site may recall my previous posting (of April 2017) about the conflict there has been between dogs and children on this site. It was really all about that small minority of dog walkers who do not clean up after their dogs. Here’s that previous posting:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2017/04/23/lydiate-dog-fouling-of-park-surrounding-lydiate-village-centre-site/

The solution? A fence that has now been in place for a while. You can see it in this shot:-

Lydiate – News from the November Parish Council meeting

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.

Lydiate – Boundary sign that is literally on its last legs

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:-

Lydiate – Parish Council’s winter planting at Nedens Lane

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.

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:-

weldblundell.co.uk/

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