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Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are sorry to advise that the Windmill will not be open on Saturday morning, 7th September between 10am and 12 noon as planned. However, it will be open the following Saturday morning, 14th September, from 10 till 12 as part of the Wirral Heritage Open Days event.

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Bidston Hill News – March 2019

Now that spring is here, we can start to get ready for the summer months and we are making plans for the Hill. During the autumn and winter, much work was undertaken by our hard-working volunteers and the following is an indication of what has been done: Some of the taller bushes and trees were removed on North Heath. This was at the Two-Bench View Point on Windmill Ridge and the aim was to increase the range of view here, particularly towards Wales. On the opposite side, looking towards Liverpool, clearing of Birch and Gorse took place and it was decided to create a cleared strip called “The Ribbon.” The … Continue reading

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Poems by Terry Briscoe

Our good friend Terry Briscoe has contributed much over the years with his voluntary work in the maintenance of Bidston Hill and surrounding areas, he is a valued and respected member of the local community. Those who know him will be endeared by his kindness towards others and his refreshing sense of humour. What you may not know is that Terry is a bit of an author and has written a series of around 300 short poems about Wirral history, people and places, which stir a range of emotions. Quite where Terry acquires his inspiration I do not know however, his work envelops many of our senses including happiness, sadness, … Continue reading

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Now that spring is on its way we can tell you our plans for the Hill over the coming months. On 4th March, 12 till 4pm, we will be having our Spring Clean Event (weather permitting) in support of the Great British Spring Clean. If you have some time to spare and would like to help with litter picking all are welcome. You can pick-up your litter picker at Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm, together with a suitable refuse sack. Please wear warm clothing and a good pair of boots. *** Stop Press – the Spring Clean has been cancelled due to inclement weather *** Our Windmill is open to the public … Continue reading

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Wirral Hospice St John’s Christmas Tree Collections & Recycling

We are pleased to advise that the Friends of Bidston Hill have agreed to assist Wirral Hospice in the raising of funds for their Christmas tree collections & recycling initiative. Fundraising Co-Ordinator Elaine Connell said: “We are running the Christmas Tree Collection and Recycling Scheme again this year in order to raise vital funds for the Hospice and helping towards our £3.6 million pounds running costs”. The collections are taking place between 6th and 11th January 2018 and a donation of £5 for a small tree and £7 for a medium to large tree is suggested. If you would like to support Elaine and the Hospice, volunteers for the collection of trees … Continue reading

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Bidston Hill Walk

On Tuesday, September 5th, I conducted a walk on Bidston Hill and was helped by three members of the Friday Group, Jon, Jayne, and Terry.  Jayne took the photos which you can see below. The walk explored King George’s Way, Thermopolyae Pass, the original site of Bidston Court, (later moved to Royden Park), Bidston Windmill, Observatory and Lighthouse. In addition, we visited some of the ancient and interesting Rock Carvings before returning to Tam O’Shanter Farm. Brian Sinton.  

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Tesco Bidston Moss

We were delighted to hear from Tesco recently when they kindly advised they would like to make a donation to the Friends of Bidston Hill. In addition, they wanted to send along some willing employees of the store to assist with some of the maintenance chores our volunteers carry out each Friday morning (weather permitting). We met at the Tam O’Shanter Farm around 10am and we briefed the staff on the type of work we do on the hill, our voluntary Bidston Hill Warden, John Lee, explained what we would be doing for the next couple of hours. After collecting the tools for the job from the workshop, we proceeded … Continue reading

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The Great British Spring Clean

As part of its support for the Country’s spring clean community clear up, the Friends of Bidston Hill are organising a litter-pick on Saturday March 4th 2017. We are looking for volunteers to meet at Tam O’Shanter Farm, Boundary Road, Bidston, CH43 7PD, which will run from 11am until 3pm. All are welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult. Boots and gloves are sensible (and litter pickers if anyone happens to have one!) There is free car parking. Roy Caligari, Chair of the the Friends of Bidston Hill said: ‘The Great British Spring Clean is about everyone working together to give the Country a big spring clean ahead … Continue reading

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Chairman’s Report – Autumn 2015

What happened to the summer? We didn’t let the weather get the better of us, from spring to the end of summer we held some interesting events, including Windmill openings, guided Hill walks, Tree & Rhododendron walks, Mersey Morris Men dancing sun up on May Day. We held our AGM on 12th May and our good friend Stephen Pickles gave a very interesting talk with visuals about Bidston Lighthouse. In June we had our Midsummer Family Picnic, which included a nature treasure hunt and a Spiral Dance to celebrate the summer solstice. The children in particular had a great time trying to collect the specified items on their lists and … Continue reading

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Trees and Rhododendrons Walk

On Saturday, we had our first trees and rhododendrons walk of the year which was guided by our good and knowledgeable friend Stephen Lyus. I found the walk most interesting, as did all who attended; it is amazing to see the huge number of trees and rhododendrons we have on the Hill. Trees Stephen showed us a variety of trees in Park Wood, including beech, oak, holly, laurel, silver birch and sycamore, describing the different leaf formations. He explained that when identifying trees it is necessary to note the leaf shape, texture and colour, as well as colour and texture of the bark and flower/seed type or shape. Some are … Continue reading

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