'behind the scenes' in Port Sunlight for Heritage
Open Days 2015
FOLLOWING the success of the 'Open Village' in 2014, Port
Sunlight Museum and Garden Village will host its 2nd event on Sunday, 13
September 2015, in partnership with village residents and attractions.
'Open Village' marks the final event in Port Sunlight's Heritage Open
Days programme for 2015, which will run from Monday, 7 September 2015 and
includes free entry to Bridge Cottage; once home to village founder William
Hesketh Lever; and the opportunity to watch a metals conservator cleaning and
waxing the bronzes on Port Sunlight's Grade I Listed War Memorial.
Open Village is also linked to Port Sunlight's annual Founder's Day celebrations
and gives visitors the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes in Port
Sunlight for a day to find out what it's really like to live, work and play in
this historic village.
Nigel Chapman Rogers, events coordinator for Port Sunlight Museum and Garden
Village said:- "We are really excited to be staging 'Open Village' for the
second year running and are very grateful to the Port Sunlight community for
their support, without which we could not stage this event. We have tried to
retain some of the most popular elements of the 2014 event; the Tame Valley
Vintage and Classic Car Club will have a static display on the Museum Green, and
the Port Sunlight Ladies Bowling Team will compete in their annual club
tournament. However, there will be some new features for 2015 including the
chance to see inside the original entrance to the Lever Brothers offices, and
local and village artists exhibiting and selling their work in a 'Handmade Fair'
at the Lyceum."
Visitors will also be able to access previously unseen houses, rear gardens, and
allotment plots. There will be a special exhibition at Bridge Cottage exploring
the history of one of Port Sunlight's largest cottages and its occupants, and
special tours led by a costumed character.
On the day visitors should head to Port Sunlight Museum to pick up an
'Open Village' trail which will identify which houses, gardens and
public buildings are participating in the event. The event will run from 11am to
4pm and is free to enter. Free walking tours of the village will also be running
from Port Sunlight Museum, at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
For more information about Heritage Open Days in Port Sunlight and 'Open
Village' visit the Museum's
Beechley Riding Centre future
popular riding school for the disabled is set to expand at a new site thanks
to a deal with Liverpool City Council. The local Merseyside authority has
been working with Beechley Stables Riding for the Disabled Association, to find
them a new site, as their existing home on Harthill Road in Allerton is set to
be sold. The organisation, which provides therapy to more than 70 disabled
children and adults each week and has a waiting list, was originally operated by
the City Council when it opened in 1985, but last year was transferred to a
On Friday, 4 September 2015, the Council's Cabinet will be asked to agree a new
3 year lease, at their current location, during which time arrangements will be
finalised to move them to the new preferred location at Clarke Gardens; next to Allerton Hall. The proposal will bring back into use an historic former
stable and other buildings including a glasshouse, and reduce the Council's
maintenance costs and liability.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:- "Beechley Riding Stables is a much
loved and extremely valuable community organisation which makes an incredible
difference to the lives of disabled people. Despite the financial
challenges we face, we have been determined to find a way of giving them a
sustainable future at a new site which also offers them the opportunity to
expand their services. I am pleased we have been able to identify a site
located nearby which is absolutely ideal and will also restore the former
stables buildings and become a feature at Clarke Gardens."
The City Council will help with the costs of relocation and setting up the new
site, with a Heritage Lottery bid being made to fund the cost of restoring the
buildings; estimated at £1.2 million; with any shortfall made up from the sale
of the existing site.
Victoria Evans, Beechley Riding Stables Centre Manager, said:- "Everyone
at Beechley Riding Stables is really excited about the project and the chance to
design and create a purpose built site. This move will allow us to maximise the
quality and quantity of our service to disabled children and adults in the local
area as well as creating a long term sustainable future for the charity."
site will include an indoor arena, enclosed viewing area and disabled toilets,
together with a possible outdoor arena, grazing area, stable for 10 horses,
storage space, office, staff facilities and car parking.
of conservation volunteers based at Clarke Gardens, who grow plants for local
schools, would remain on site with the potential to bid for funding to expand
their work. Neil
McMahon from The Conservation Volunteers, said:- "This is an excellent
opportunity for The Conservation Volunteers, Beechley Riding Centre and
Liverpool City Council to work together to bring back into use the buildings and
gardens that are so loved and remembered by so many people in Liverpool, again,
giving people a chance to visit the site in the long term."