I was in Maghull Town Hall’s Council Chamber a couple of weeks back for a meeting of the Maghull in Bloom Volunteers and could not be anything other than impressed with the scaled-down sculpture/piece of artwork that is on display there:-
The original life-size version of this lovely piece of remembrance sculpture is in the grounds of Liverpool’s famous bombed out church – St Lukes at the top of Bold Street and it looks like this:-
I seem to have been posting quite a lot about bus issues recently. A few days ago I blogged about potential service reductions to the 133 bus route. My posting can be found via this link:-
Not surprisingly reactions to this news have been ones of concern from users of the bus route.
However, things have taken a surprising twist in that a fellow local councillor posted on the Official Maghull Community Page of Facebook yesterday that Merseytravel has told him that the 133 bus, although getting a new operator, the times & days will remain as they were.
This raises the question of whether the 5 page Merseytravel service specification document for the reduced service (which I hold an electronic copy of) is genuine or whether Merseytravel has actually and thankfully just had second thoughts.
In case anyone wants to see it, here is the full service specification document that I hold:-
I have taken steps to try to validate whether the document is a genuine Merseytravel one or not and will make the outcome of those enquires known. As someone who is not a conspiracy theorist, my gut tells me that Merseytravel has simply had a welcome change of heart but until we know for sure………….
Please click on the various pages of the scanned document to be able to read it.
The 133 bus route (currently operated by Comfy Bus) links a number of small communities (Melling Mount, Sefton Village, Lunt Village & Homer Green) with larger places such as Kirkby, Maghull (and its new North Station), Thornton and Waterloo. It’s been running for many years (probably since the withdrawal of the former Ribble buses 381 and 382 many moons ago?). But it seems things are going to change and sadly not for the better.
Merseytravel have issued a new invitation to tender for this subsidised route to be operated (Monday to Saturday) from this coming April. The 133 does not run on a Sunday, I might add
However, instead of the present 10 buses from Waterloo to Kirkby and 11 buses from Kirkby to Waterloo each day the new specification is for only 6 buses to operate Waterloo to Kirkby and 6 buses Kirkby to Waterloo. One additional service the 0743 from Kirkby will terminate at Maghull Square at 0823 and will run school term times only, so will not serve Sefton & Lunt Villages, Homer Green or Thornton at all. The very early bus (the 06.53 from Kirkby) will also not run on a Saturday.*
There can be little doubt that this reduction in frequency of the 133 bus will be a blow to regular users of it. Here’s a link to present timetable:-
And this is the proposed timetable from April this year:-
I’m guessing that the Parish Councils along the route will have had something to say about reduction in service.
My thanks to Kevin Duggan for the lead to this posting.
Please click on the new timetable to enlarge it for reading
* Hope I’ve interpreted all the changes correctly but please shout if I have not.
This photo was taken a week or so ago but now the slates are on the roof too. Will it be ready for the new cricket season?
That Maghull has two cricket clubs (the other one being Maghull Cricket Club) must mean its a cricket-mad Town surely?
Here’s a link to the Facebook Page of Moss Side Maghull Cricket Club:-
Or more to the point what’s the connection between the area of Melling Civil Parish known as Waddicar and the area of Maghull known as Woodend?
For clarity, we are talking about the built-up part of Melling on either side of Waddicar Lane and the part of Maghull between the Meadows and Alt estate either side of Liverpool Road South.
‘At the time of the Domesday Survey, Godiva, the widow of Leofrie, the Earl of Mercia owned Melling which was surrounded by a huge forest that stretched from Waddicar (Wood Acre) to Wood End in Maghull’
This is according to The Maghull Trail walking booklet published by Sefton Council a few years back and now out of print. The booklet is one of a series of such walking publications and they are beautiful pieces of artwork in their own right being watercolour illustrated throughout. The cover of the one I’m referring to is shown below:-
Our very own local orchestra was today playing a Christmas concert to a packed house at Sefton Park’s wonderful Palm House
What’s more, they got a standing ovation. Their concerts seem to go from strength to strength as their reputation spreads far and wide. well done yet again Maghull Wind Orchestra.