Literally a few yards outside of Lydiate, at the bottom of Bells Lane where the road takes a sharp right hand turn and becomes Altcar Lane in Great Altcar Civil Parish stands this house. The datestone goes back to 1596 and looks like this:-
The building has always interested me because of the date stone, so I’ve tried to find out a bit about it. Here are a couple of links that offer more information:-
You’ll need to scroll through a couple of pages of the 2nd link to find the relevant part.
A bit of history right on Lydiate’s doorstep and I’m guessing that as the name mentioned is Gore that there’s likely to be a family link to the Gore’s Charity which is for the benefit of Lydiate and still gives out grants even to this day. If I have made a wrong connection here please let me know and I will correct things.
Click on the lead photo (which is also on my Flickr Page at www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/) to enlarge it.
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.
I suspect that this very old Lydiate charity is not that well known in the community as maybe it needs to be. I have blogged about it previously and a past posting is available via the link below:-
BTW I have seen the charity’s name spelled Gore or Goore and it is sometimes referred to as the Gores or Goores Trust.
It is now being run by the Community Foundation For Merseyside. Here’s a link to their web site:-
If you know any Lydiate (the charity does not cover Maghull) resident who could benefit from this charity – see the link above first to see what the benefits are – then why not let them know about Lydiate’s very own charitable trust and how it may be able to assist.
Cllr. Edie Pope is also a good contact for inquires, she can be reached via this e-mail address:-
I mentioned this not so long ago and here’s a link to that previous posting:-
Things are moving on and last Tuesday night Lydiate Parish Council resolved to support a report, brought to it by Cllr. Edie Pope – a Trustee of the Gores Charity, for management of the charity moving to Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside.
This organisation manages may other small local charities across the region and is a registered charity in its own right. It is regulated by the Charity Commission. The Parish Council did request however that oversight be retained by nominated Lydiate people.