New hope for historic
Anfield Cemetery catacombs
ALMOST £300,000 is set to be spent
preventing further decay at historic catacombs in Liverpool's Anfield Cemetery.
The North and South catacombs; made of red sandstone and Grade 2 listed; were
constructed in 1863, flanked by large Roman Catholic and Anglican Chapels which
no longer survive.
They have been deteriorating for many decades, and although some repair work has
been carried out in recent years, more is needed to halt the deterioration of
the fabric and structure.
Anfield Cemetery is one of the Council's top heritage priorities, and has more
than 20 buildings and structures of special interest.
A report to the Cabinet on Friday, 13 November 2015 has recommended the acceptance of a
grant of £235,000 from Historic England which will be supported with another
£55,000 of Council funding. The money will be used to stabilise the catacombs
and halt the deterioration while the funding necessary to protect the long term
future of the cemetery is sought.
Cabinet member for regeneration, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, said:-
"Anfield Cemetery is a magnificent Victorian structure which not only has a
fascinating history, but is also a significant site for generations of Liverpool
Sadly, parts of the site have fallen into disrepair over many decades, and what
we want to do now is stop the deterioration at the catacombs while, in the
longer term, we work with the Friends of Anfield Cemetery and other partners to
secure external funding to restore them to their former glory.
The number of historically significant at risk buildings in the City is at a 24
year low thanks to our commitment to bringing back into use dilapidated and
The underground passageways beneath the structure were filled in during the
1990s to prevent access and stop thieves searching for lead and jewellery.
Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ann O'Byrne, said:- "This is part of our ongoing
commitment to reverse decades of underinvestment in Anfield.
It complements the huge amount of work already underway as part of the Anfield
Project to improve housing, create new job opportunities for the local community
and complete the restoration of Stanley Park."
Tom Bradburn from the Friends of Anfield Cemetery, said:- "Liverpool City
Council and Historic England have been brilliant, giving us their full support
The proposed investment in the 2 large catacombs represents a major step
forward towards fulfilling our aims, which are to get Anfield's Grade II*
cemetery off Historic England's At Risk Register and building an International
Heritage and Visitor Centre, enabling us to serve the community and play a full
part in the region's heritage and cultural future."
If approved, it is anticipated that work will start in April 2016.
The full list of the Council's heritage priority buildings is as follows:-
► Wellington Rooms (also known as the Irish
► St Luke's Church.
► Fruit Exchange - Victoria Street.
► Former Welsh Presbyterian Chapel.
► Eldon Grove.
► Everton Library.
► Anfield Cemetery.
► Lister Drive Library.
► Wellington Rooms.
► Greenbank Synagogue.
► Toxteth Park Cemetery Chapel.
► Hartley Village Factory buildings.
► Tobacco and South Warehouses - Stanley Dock.
► Westminster Road Fire Station.
► 35 to 39 Pembroke Place.
► Christ Church, Kensington.
► Gwalia, West Derby.
► Richmond Baptist Chapel.
► Allerton Tower - Stables and Laundry.
► Kiln Hey - West Derby.
► 12 to 14 Wellington Avenue.
► 57 to 65 Everton Road.
► Bankhall Street Warehouse.
► Fir Grove (42 to 50 Percy Street).
► Former Merseyside Deaf Centre.
► St James Church, Toxteth.
New group promotes healthier homes
TEAMS from across the North West are joining together to
promote healthier housing conditions in the region. The award winning Healthy
Homes Programme, initiated by Liverpool City Council and commissioned by public
health, aims to prevent ill health and injury resulting from poor quality
housing conditions. Now a Housing and Health group, has been set up with similar
teams from other organisations including those from Knowsley Council, Wirral
Council, Blackpool Coasting Housing and St Helens Council. It aims to let teams
pool knowledge and experience and share best practice. It will also enable joint
bids to be made for funding including those for Euro funds. It is intended to
include other authorities which have similar schemes and hold a national
conference in spring next year. "Our Healthy Homes team has been very
successful in helping to improve housing conditions, but you can always learn
from other people’s experiences. For example, we have recently gained Home
Improvement Agency status, meaning we can help elderly people care and repair
for their homes. This is a status Blackpool already has so we will be keen to
hear about how they operate. And, of course we will be letting other healthy
home teams know about what works well for us in Liverpool. Importantly, by
joining together we will have much more clout when we are applying for funds
which will enable us to improve housing conditions across a wide area."
said Councillor Frank Hont, Liverpool City Council cabinet member for housing.
partners support disabled charity at FREE Northwest exhibition
HAMPSON Hughes Solicitors and
Cassell Moore, 2 leading law firms based in Liverpool, have teamed up with
Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and
emotional support to disabled children and their families, to inform parents
of a range of specialist services that they can access through the charity's
Family Services programme.
The legal partners, who both provide expertise to the parents of children
affected by catastrophic injury and accidents, and Caudwell Children, are
supporting the charity in the delivery of a programme of seminars at this
year's Kidz up North exhibition at:- EventCity, Barton Dock Road, Manchester,
It is free to members of the public and will give visitors the opportunity
to receive advice and information on a variety of disability related issues
including:- mobility equipment, housing, education, employment, legal
matters, wellbeing, access to sport, therapies, treatments and holidays.
Julia Hayne, Head of Community Programmes at Caudwell Children, is delighted
by the collaboration. She said:- "As part of our legal partnership
with the firms, which sees them supporting our Family Services programme
across England and Wales, we are facilitating an informative programme of
Many parents of disabled children tell us that they simply don't know who to
turn to when faced by the many complex issues around disability. However,
the seminars, which include sessions as diverse as how to deal with
challenging behaviour, to helping teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorder at
school, will show parents how to access the support that they so desperately
The seminars will be invaluable to parents and carers and will cover some
key areas, such as how to manage personal budgets, transition into adulthood
and independent living."
The support of Hampson Hughes and Cassell Moore will also enable Caudwell
Children to join over 50 exhibitors at this year's event, allowing them to
explain to visitors the full range of their services. As Julia explained:-
"The stand will
be manned by our experienced Family Services team. They will give visitors
the chance to test sensory equipment, experience a specialist therapy
tricycle and complete application forms for a range of equipment, therapies
I would urge anyone attending the event to visit the team on Stand C17."
Representatives from Hampson Hughes and Cassell Moore will also be on the
stand to discuss legal matters.
Last year's event was attended by 3,500 parents and healthcare professionals
from across the Northwest.
To find out more about the FREE seminars visit:-
Embracing Progress -
National Photo Competition Aims To Inspire People Living With Disabilities
A national photo competition has been launched by Manchester law firm Irwin
Mitchell and an armed Forces charity, to raise awareness of how disabled people can achieve their goals
by sharing inspiring stories of personal achievement.
Irwin Mitchell and charity Walking With The Wounded have joined forces to
launch Embracing Progress, an online photography competition which aims to
demonstrate that every disabled person has the right to live their life,
embrace their disability and achieve their goals no matter how big or small.
Entries are being invited which show how disabled people can overcome the
challenges in their lives to achieve their full potential and promote
Each image will be judged on its individual merit rather than the standard
of photography technique as the competition is open to people of all
abilities and ages with different categories open to entrants.
iPads will be awarded to the winners from each category while the overall
winner will also receive £300 of Amazon vouchers.
Law firm Irwin Mitchell helps many victims of injury and illness to get
their lives back on track with specialist help, support and rehabilitation.
Stuart Henderson, Managing Partner of the personal injury team at Irwin
Mitchell, said:- "With Embracing Progress we are looking for an
attention grabbing image that is positive, empowering and demonstrates that
every disabled person has the right to live their life and work towards
their goals regardless of how big or small they may be. Everyone faces
challenges in their lives and this competition is about the personal
perceptions of what progress means to each individual.
Many disabled people are able to overcome the odds and reach remarkable
milestones in their lives and Embracing Progress is about sharing their
stories and images to inspire others to believe that they too can achieve
Walking With The Wounded supports veterans with physical, mental or social
injuries on their journey to long term security, independence and
Ed Parker, Co-founder and CEO of Walking With The Wounded, said:- "The
men and women we support look to their future with great determination and
courage, despite their injuries and are a positive example to anyone living
with a disability.
This competition is about showcasing remarkable stories of success by both
veterans and civilians to inspire others in a similar position."
The Embracing Progress competition closes for entries at midnight on 22
November 2015 with winners announced on the Irwin Mitchell website in
December 2015. For more information including the full terms and conditions,
and to enter please click on this
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