Southport – School House on Talbot Street

I came across this lovely building dating from 1864 recently whilst walking around Southport town center with old chum Roy Connell and thought it must have an interesting history. Internet searches commenced:-

I soon found an article on the Southport Visiter newspaper web site (originally from 2008) which gives an insight into this unique building and its history. Here’s the article:-

www.southportvisiter.co.uk/news/nostalgia/southport-writers-book-explores-old-6627027

A quote from the Visiter article says:- ‘John Ruskin, the esteemed Victorian essayist, once described Trinity Chapel [which stood next to the School House] as “the most beautiful church in Methodism”.’ Well certainly the surviving School House must be one of the most beautiful houses in Southport or anywhere else for that matter.

The photo is amongst my Flickr photos at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Southport – John Pugh takes 55% of votes cast to win Dukes ward by-election

Lib Dem (John Pugh) 1680 55.96%
Conservative 790 26.32%
Labour 417 13.89%
UKIP 69 2.30%
Green 45 1.50%

Lib Dem gain from Conservative

Wow this was some result indeed last night, especially because of the collapse of the Conservative vote and Labour’s really poor showing.

This old political warhorse went to assist John and what was really noticeable was the number of young people involved in the campaign to get John elected. So often middle aged and old folk are involved in politics so it was great to see a new generation of Lib Dem campaigners pounding the streets.

As for John, I have known him for many years as a Sefton Councillor (for of course he has previously been one in the time before he became an MP), as a really effective MP for Southport, and now back on the council again.

My guess is that Labour-run Sefton Council will have wanted John back like a hole in the head. He’s already exposed Labour to some publicity they would rather not have had with regard to the them buying Bootle Strand Shopping Centre and there’s probably more to come on that front before he gets his teeth into other things Sefton’s Labour leaders would rather he did not.

Well done John, happy to have done my small bit to help you get back on Sefton Council.

John and his supporters celebrate after the count

Southport – Children’s Play Area – Council want to close it!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe1PCseFDGQ&feature=player_embedded

That’s Lancashire has a video about the troubles of this Ovington Drive children’s play area on youtube – see link above.

Well known environmental campaigner and Southport (Kew Ward) Lib Dem Councillor Fred Weavers.

My good friend Cllr. Fred Weavers is backing the locals who are fighting Sefton Council’s removal of play equipment and the threat of closure of the play area.

Birkdale – It’s tramway into Southport – An historic photo

Whilst at the Merseyside Transport Trust Open Day on 9th July I came across and purchased this photo of a horse drawn tram in Birkdale:-

Is this shot taken on Cemetery Road, Southport? Can it be dated by anyone?

Click on the scanned photo to enlarge it

The photo is also amongst my Flickr photos at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Here are links to my previous postings about Southport’s long-gone trams:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/01/12/southports-tramways/

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/02/24/more-on-southports-trams-with-a-wallasey-twist/

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/05/14/sefton-the-only-tramway-in-the-borough-southport-pier-tram/

Sadly since my May 2014 posting about Southport’s Pier Tram it has also ceased to run and been disposed of. I understand this was said to be the result of it being too heavy for the aging pier.

BTW – Are the 3 chaps in the photo my old friends and Birkdale Ward Councillors, Richard Hands, Simon Shaw and Iain Brodie Brown?:-)))