This is Maghull Square in the 1970’s but the buildings are substantially as was. It was built in the 1960’s. Photographer unknown.
What’s going on at Maghull Square/Westway shopping centre or more to the point why is little or nothing seemingly going on there? I refer of course to the oft promised refurb/upgrade.
The previous owners (The Maghull Group) put in for planning permission to do it up but sold it on prior to doing the upgrade and the present owners have seemingly gone to ground after much talk of them upgrading the down at heal 1960’s buildings and the appalling car parks surfacing.
Apart from the works by Maghull in Bloom’s volunteers what else has been done to try to uplift the Square? I’m struggling to think of any positive actions other than the larger shop units in one corner of the Square.
Thinking back the original owners were I understand a company called Ravenseft (or a title something like that) and I believe that Mars Pension Fund once owned it too.
Despite the many and various hands it has gone through Maghull still has a shopping centre that needs updating other than via the hands of volunteers!
Come on, please get a move on London and Cambridge.
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:-
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:-
Two honours boards in the Council Chamber of Maghull Town Hall tell part of the story about who has won the Town’s Civic Award since its inception in 1981. But for how many of those winners do I know the reason why they won the award (as the boards do not give such detail)? Here’s a couple of photos of the boards – Click on each board to see it enlarged:-
Well here goes with my recollections:-
Neil Burslem –
Anthony J Brooks –
Joseph Fay – For his long membership/service to Maghull Town Band
Mark Thompson –
Arthur Dwyer – heavily involved with the youth at St. Andrews Church – Sunday School and Scouting. Also a Burma Star Veteran *
Elizabeth Supple –
Patricia Minshull –
Joan Currall – for her Guiding work where she was County Commissioner *
Andrew Settle –
Mable Lone – For her work with the former Maghull Pensioners Association
Patricia Donnelly –
George Parker – For his volunteer work for Maghull Air Training Corps ATC
Stephen Quilliam – For his volunteer work with Maghull St. John Ambulance
David Fearn – For his volunteer work with Maghull British Legion
Eric Deacon – For his Lifesaving swimming tuition
Arthur Bailey – For his campaign to stop the demolition of the former Whinbrook House old peoples home
Jacqueline Whalley –
Nicola Smith – for her volunteer work with Maghull & District Youth Council and Maghull Youth Coffee Bar
Tim Ashley – For his volunteer work with the Scouts
Pamela Edwards – Helping to set up a nursery within Woodend Primary School
Dr. John Rowlands – For his work as a local historian publishing local history books
John Johnson – For his work as Chair of Governors at Deyes High & Lay Preacher at St. Andrews Church *
James T Baldwin – For his volunteer work with St. John Ambulance
Paul & Sue Clare – For their volunteer work with the Scouting movement *
Alan Bentley –
Mark Andrew Thomas –
George Baker – For is volunteer work with Maghull in Bloom
Nigel Winchester – For his work with Maghull Station Volunteers
Bill Howarth – For his volunteer work with Maghull University of the 3rd Age
Liam Cunningham – For his work with local youth
Steven Heron –
Alan Charnock – For his volunteer work with Maghull 7 Lydiate Homewatch
Lynn Billingham – For her many years volunteering in the swimming and lifesaving arena *
Anne & John Hill – For their volunteer work with Maghull in Bloom
Year 6 Pupils at At Andrews C of E Primary School –
David Hughes –
So the question is can you fill in the gaps i.e. tell me what good works the people did that I can’t personally recall the detail of? Any additional information I receive will lead to another blog posting as all these people certainly did more than their bit for my former home town of Maghull.
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* Stop Press – Many thanks to Mary and Mike who have separately provided information which has enabled me to add to the list above in respect of Lynn Billingham and Sue and Paul Clare.
Thanks also to Eileen Pritchard for her information about Arthur Dwyer, Joan Currall and John Johnson.
Well I would like to think so as it could build on the work of Lydiate Parish Council which created the lovely garden area at Southport Road/Nedens Lane and the grassed/planted area outside St. Gregs Church on Liverpool Road. My previous blog posting about the gardens at Nedens Lane refers at:-
And here’s a shot of the flower beds outside St. Gregs Church:-
Of course Lydiate Parish Council also used to provide beautiful hanging baskets along Southport Road and outside the Coronation Road shops but it stopped them a couple of years ago due to the cost implications. If a way could be found to reinstate them that would be a great.
And now a bit of history. Maghull in Bloom and its award winning volunteer groups used to be called Maghull & Lydiate in Bloom but became Maghull in Bloom due to the vast majority of its volunteers coming from Maghull. That volunteer group together with Maghull Maghull Station Volunteers has been going for 10 years now.
Sheila and I whilst living in Lydiate these days have been volunteering for Maghull in Bloom for two or three years now and we maintain the Lydiate/Maghull boundary planter on Southport Road outside Astor Court flats.
Helen Jones is trying to pull together a Lydiate volunteer group and she can be reached via this e-mail address:-
If you want to get involved please get in touch, Sheila and I have found working with Maghull in Bloom a real treat as you get to meet locals who also care for the local environment and make new friends too.
So we know that Home Bargains is going to occupy the new store on the old Maghull Library/former Stafford Moreton Youth Centre site but have you seen the weeds that are growing in the ‘landscaped’ parts of the site!
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Who is the land owner I wonder and when will their grounds maintenance regime kick in?
As a Maghull in Bloom volunteer my view is that we need the owner to step up and make the landscaped parts of the site a credit to Maghull and the sooner the better please.