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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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Friends of Bidston Hill AGM

Although you may have noted our AGM in the recent newsletter, and in my spring report, I thought I would put a reminder on the website. This will take place at the Tam O’Shanter Farm on Tuesday, 12th May at 7.00pm. This is a public meeting and all are welcome, it is a good opportunity to find out what is happening on the Hill and to ‘have your say’, as well as getting involved with the election of the committee members for the next year. If there are any Friends that would like to consider joining the committee, please let me know in good time before the meeting. We will … Continue reading

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Chairman’s Report – Spring 2015

We held our first committee meeting of the year recently when we put our heads together to discuss ideas for the spring/summer months on the Hill. You can imagine it can be quite challenging to continually come up with new concepts that will retain the interest of our members, so we try to slot in new initiatives with some of our popular recurring themes and events. As a way of promoting awareness of the Friends Group and creating new members, we have recently joined the Wirral History & Heritage Association which many of you will be familiar with. As a result, we will be attending their next event on Saturday, … Continue reading

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Chairman’s Report – Autumn 2014

Where does all the time go? It seems like a couple of weeks since we opened up the Windmill for the spring/summer and now I am writing my autumn report! Overall, I don’t think we can complain about our summer this year, we have had some periods of good weather and sunshine. This has enabled us to fulfil our planned events on the Hill with great success. From the marking of the centenary opening of King George’s Way by the Mayor of Wirral in March, we have had Windmill openings, tree/rhododendron walks, Morris Dancers on May Day, teddy bears’ picnics, a spiral dance to mark the summer solstice, fungal foray … Continue reading

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Teddy Bears’ Picnic

We had our first Teddy Bears’ Picnic of the year this afternoon and it was a big success! There was a good attendance and the children brought their favourite teddy along to be weighed and measured so they could be given their official birth certificate (some teddies didn’t know when they were born so it was a good job the children could remember!) After that we all went on a teddy bear hunt in the woods as it was very important for us to find out just where all those cheeky teddies had hidden, they were having so much fun that they did not want to be found! The children … Continue reading

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King George’s Way

On the centenary anniversary of the opening of King George’s Way on Bidston Hill by King George V, the Friends Group were delighted to welcome the Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral to perform the unveiling of the refurbished footpath sign originally placed there on 25th March 1914. The original sign was lost many years ago due to old age and adverse weather effects however, in 1989 Mr Cassidy, a local locksmith, had a replica made incorporating the original metal plate. Some years later the sign was damaged by vandals and was sent back to Mr Cassidy for repair but he sadly died before completion of the work. Last autumn, John … Continue reading

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Chairman’s Report – Autumn 2013

Well, it’s that time of year again! After a great summer we are back to the seasonal storms and the cold weather is on the way. Do not despair, we are working on future events to see us through to springtime! After the success of our Windmill openings, Teddy Bears’ picnic, Rhododendron Walk and Fungal Foray during the summer, we have recently enjoyed a well attended (scary) Ghost Walk followed by a very interesting Tree Walk. I would like to thank all of the committee members and Friends for participating and making these events possible. I would like to say a special thank you to Mandy and Stephen Pickles for … Continue reading

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Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Our Teddy Bears’ Picnic on Friday afternoon was a big success and very well attended. All of the children (and parents from comments we have received) had a great time and got involved with the events of the afternoon, from hunting Teddies, weighing and measuring their own favourite bear, to completing and designing/colouring their very own Teddy birth certificate. There were some fantastic ideas and I think the children were delighted with their work which they took home with pride! Thanks to all the parents for attending and getting into the spirit of things, this is much appreciated and helps for the planning of future events on the Hill – … Continue reading

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Forthcoming Events

What is happening on the Hill? The Windmill will be open again on Saturday, 10th August, between 10:00am and 12noon with last entry at 11:45am (admission is free). The Windmill has been well preserved internally and is certainly worth a visit with great views from the top. Bidston Lighthouse will also be open on the same day from 11:00am until 1:00pm again, admission is free but you must be a member of the Friends of Bidston Hill to enter. You can join on the day and a family membership is only £5.00 for 12 months. On Friday, 30th August, we are having our Teddy Bears Picnic (weather permitting). This is … Continue reading

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