Christmas funding boost
for Emmanuel Church, Southport
Photograph by Huw Edwards.
THE Grade II Listed
Emmanuel Church, Southport, Merseyside,
is part of the Diocese of Liverpool, and has been selected as one of a total
of 29 churches and chapels in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
to benefit from the latest grants from the National Churches, the UK Church
epair and support charity. Located on the main road heading
north out of Southport, Emmanuel Church is still the largest building in the
area, seating 1,300. It's hoped that by sharing part of the £390,000 funding
payout from the National Churches Trust, this much loved, red brick Church
will remain a major landmark for years to come.
The latest grant announcement concludes a year (2015) in which the UK's
Church repair and support charity has awarded or recommended funding of £2.2
million to help 177 Churches, Chapels and meeting houses.
Top of the 2015 list of funding requests received by the charity include
repairs to roofs, stonework and drainage and the provision of toilets,
kitchens and disabled access and Emmanuel Church is no exemption to this.
Broadcaster and journalist Huw Edwards, Vice-President of the National
Trust said:- "I'm delighted that
this Christmas the future of Emmanuel Church, Southport is being safeguarded
by a National Churches Trust grant. This funding will help ensure that this
vitally important church continues to serve local people for many years to
come. At the heart of the nation's history and at the centre of local
communities, churches and chapels are some of the UK's best loved local
buildings. But their future is not guaranteed. So this Christmas, when
people visit a church for a carol service or even just walk past a church on
the way to do the Christmas shopping, I urge them to think about how they
can help ensure that churches remain open and good repair for future
generations. Everyone can make a contribution to the future of the UK's
church and chapel buildings. That could be by helping to clear drains and
gutters to help keeping churches watertight, volunteering to help out as a
guide to show people the history and architecture of places of worship or
keeping an eye out for vandals or thieves. Churches and chapels may be
historic buildings, but they can be part of our future, too."
The £10,000 National Churches Trust Repair Grant has been give to help fund
major roof repairs including re-slating all of the lower level roofs on the
North side, including the chancel using re-claimed slates. Damaged timbers
will be repaired/replaced and treated against further decay, within Emmanuel
With a watertight building, the Church then plans to increase the numbers of
activities, especially concerts and exhibitions and school visits.
"Increased use of the building will allow the wider community to engage with
the Church's history and architecture." said a representative from
Did you know?
The foundation stone, of Emmanuel Church, was laid in 1895, by the widow of
Rev. Charles Hesketh who donated the site. The Church was then built to the
design of architects Preston and Vaughan. Emmanuel Church was constructed
using Ruabon Brick, along with sandstone dressings and a complex slated
Emmanuel Church is built in the Gothic style with great attention to detail
for such a large building, there are several well preserved gargoyles and
these features repay careful examination. The most immediately obvious
architectural features, however, are the impressive Crossing Tower and the
unusual double gabled South Transept.
Many stained glass windows were added between 1898 (the East Window) and
1935. Most of these were given as memorials and are largely typical of their
period. The 7 light, West Window (1899) is particularly good; this was
restored in 2006.
The Tower, a 1901 addition, contains a ring of 8 bells, weighing 630kg, made
by Taylors of Loughborough. With the exception of wartime, these bells have
been rung regularly since their installation.
The organ (1914) is by renowned builder, Harrisons of Durham and retains its
original specification albeit with electric action since its restoration in
The Church, being the largest in the area, is used for a wide range of
larger public gatherings, in addition to worship such as:- concerts and
exhibitions, local school events like concerts, educational visits and many
Little Lilac Coffee Kids
Table Xmas Drawing Competition
FORMBY'S new coffee shop,
Coffee, has only recently open, in
October 2015, but is quickly proving to be a fantastic addition to the
village. Offering gluten free and other specialist diet food, along with an
amazing selection of cakes and snacks, they are now adding bit of festive
fun. The venue is now running a very unusual competition, that lets you
enjoy your drinks, of say their special exclusive blended coffee or the
special blends of teas, and slipping back a slices of cake or two... as your
kids draw on the table! Yep, they are asking and giving kids chalk to doodle
as you relax...! Please do pop in to these local small businesses, on Brows
Lane and say hello, to find out all about this competition. If not for that,
do it if you love coffee or tea, it's well worth a visit!
Southport Christmas Ice
IF you are out and about in
Southport, lost for ideas about things to do, between shopping on Lord
Street, or within the Christmas Market stalls, pop along to the Town Hall
Gardens, next to the Atkinson. This year Southport has an Ice Rink, running
from 11am to early evening until 3 January 2015, thanks to Southport Big and
Barron Financial Solutions. Next door to the rink there is a warm tent, with
lots of exiting Christmas Alcoholic Drinks. Also Parched Bar has again
popped over to the Town, after a successful few other trips over the summer,
to the Food and Drink Festivals held in Southport and in Formby, to name but
a few. If you do pop over, please send us a Tweet to @SouthportReport with a
message and photo of yourself at the bar or on the Ice Rink, even at both..!
Christmas Cards warn
against gun crime
MOTHERS in Liverpool, Knowsley and
Sefton whose loved ones are believed to be involved in gun crime are
receiving special Christmas cards this year (2015). The cards show bullets
and handguns which have been arranged in the shape of a snowflake with the
words:- "Together we can make gun crime fall this Christmas." The
message inside reads:- "Let's make it a safe and happy 1." The cards
have been sent to mothers and to influential women in the individual's lives
including girlfriends and grandmothers. It is hoped the card will encourage
the women to think about the dangers their loved ones are placing themselves
in and to take immediate action to deter their loved ones from becoming
involved in gun crime and prevent them from being injured, or killed.
Detective Superintendent Lee Turner, of
the specialist Matrix Serious Organised Crime unit, said:- "We hope
this will lead to the families of gun offenders talking about the dangers
and consequences of firearms. There is a very real danger to all involved in
gun crime and we urge mums, who know their sons, or daughters, are involved
with gangs who use firearms to help them to get out of the vicious circle
they may have found themselves in. We all want the best for our children and
we don't want to see them go to prison for their involvement in gun crime,
or even worse taken away in a body bag as a result of what are often petty
disputes. We know calling us with information will be one of the toughest
decisions they will ever make but it could be a decision that saves not only
their loved one's life, but the life of the son, brother, nephew or husband
of another woman. We take gun crime extremely seriously and are committed to
taking firearms and offenders off our streets. We want the communities whose
lives are blighted by gun crime to take a stand and give us information
about gun crime, anonymously if preferred, so we can act upon it and help
eradicate gun crime." Anyone with information about gun or gang crime
are being asked to call Matrix on:- 0800 230 0600. Alternatively,
information can be left anonymously with the confidential Crimestoppers line
on:- 0800 555 111.
Letters to Editor:-
"Please get lights on your bikes!"
"I'M a mother, from Southport and I
have spotted your posts about both lads and girls on bikes, at night.
I agree that no action appears to be taken when they are going around Formby
and Southport without lights on bikes. Most of them are not kids, but
adults! Then you also have the growing back light only group.
They put a dim, flashing red light on, dress in dark clothing and no light
on the front or reflectors on the sides. If you nearly knock them over
they shout at you and look shocked that you did not see them! Plus,
these people are often nearly knock people over on the pavements! Why
are we looking at traffic issues on Lord Street when they can't be bothered
to deal with these people? Why keep targeting motorists in the Town
and putting people off coming in, but not bothering about the real dangers
on our roads? It will not be long before a rider kills a pedestrian on the
pavement or is killed riding without lights! I ask your readers to
think... Please if your partner has a bike, but has no lights, get them a
set for Christmas. Lights are not just for kids!" Liz Green.