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Notice of Annual General Meeting 2024

Our Annual General Meeting will take place at 7pm on Thursday 1st August, 2024. The venue will be Bidston Observatory, Wilding Way, Bidston Hill, CH43 7RA. Over the years, this iconic building has played important roles in astronomy, time-keeping, tide prediction (including the tide tables for the D-Day landings), coastal oceanography and much more. Recently restored, it now operates as an Artistic Research Centre. We need your support and are seeking new members and volunteers to help with the conservation of Bidston Hill and opening the Windmill to the public. We also invite nominations to serve on the management committee for the forthcoming year. Only members of the Friends of … Continue reading

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Clearing Ivy

The Friday Group volunteers meet every Friday morning to carry out maintenance tasks on Bidston Hill. Lately, they’ve been clearing ivy from oak trees and the like, to keep the trees healthy.

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2023 Memberships Due

Members of the Friends of Bidston Hill are reminded that all memberships become due for renewal in January of each year. The annual membership fee remains at only £5 per year, and covers all family members living at the same address. New members are always welcome. You can download a membership form here.

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Notice of Annual General Meeting 2021

It has been sometime since we have communicated through the website regarding matters relating to Bidston Hill. I think all will appreciate this is due to the pandemic which prevented any plans for events being initiated. We are hopeful the 19th July will bring further unlocking of restrictions, giving way for our committee to meet and continue where we left off before the Covid-19 Outbreak. With this in mind, assuming restrictions are lifted on this date, we plan to hold our Annual General Meeting, in order to put forward for appointment, nominees for those interested in serving on the committee for the forthcoming year. All are welcome to attend and … Continue reading

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Dear Friends, It will come as no surprise that due to the virus and recent government restrictions, all of our planned events/activities on Bidston Hill have been cancelled. This is notwithstanding my recent ‘Newsletter’ post which was written before the escalation of the crisis. Once the situation becomes clearer, we will post further information. We hope you have a lovely summer and hope it is not too long before circumstances return to normal, when we can all continue to enjoy some of the events our committee work so hard to arrange each year on Bidston Hill. Roy Caligari Chair

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Bidston Hill Newsletter – March 2020

In this issue Chairman’s Report General Information The One O’Clock Gun Bidston Lighthouse Bidston Observatory Book Review Chairman’s Report I am pleased to advise that Bidston Hill continues to maintain the Green Flag status, helped by our hard-working volunteers. Bidston Hill The mark of a quality park or green space. Given in recognition of achieving the national standard for parks and green spaces. The aim of the Friends of Bidston Hill is to support the development of the Hill for the local and wider community, whilst striving to maintain the Hill’s unique character. The ‘Friends’ work in partnership with Wirral Council Parks and Countryside Service, creating new ideas and projects … Continue reading

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Friday Group Report: March 2020

17th January to 6th March 2020 It has been very wet this year but the Friday Group lost only two days owing to rain. Most of the time the Group has been working on North Heath, near the Sun Goddess. Many Birch trees have been cut down to prevent seeding this year, similarly many Birch saplings have been cut down to ground level. Material cut down is trimmed to a suitable length and then piled up; log piles like these make good wildlife habitats. One morning was spent on South Heath, near to Rock Path. There is a lot of Heather growing here so time was spent trimming back Gorse … Continue reading

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Volunteer Warden’s Report: January 2020

4th October 2019 to 10th January 2020 Season’s greetings from all members of the Friday Group and best wishes for a prosperous New Year. Last October, Bidston Hill received a visit from the Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral. The occasion was the raising of the Green Flag by His Worship: the flag is awarded to public places which are well maintained for visitors and, once again, the Hill has been a recipient. The following week many bulbs were planted in the wooded triangle of land opposite the entrance to Tam O’Shanter farm — look out for a colourful display this Spring. On parts of South Heath, Heather is now re-generating after … Continue reading

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Volunteer Warden’s Report: September 2019

August 2nd to 27th September 2019 New to most members of the Friday Group was the overgrown driveway to a private house off Boundary Road (by Brow Road) known as “The Clubhouse.” Fire Service vehicles moving up the drive had been damaged by overhanging branches and it was at their request that the Group trimmed back all the bushes and trees. Bidston Windmill was open on two occasions and over 100 visitors attended each time. The building is closed now until April 2020 and it is hoped that bats will return there for hibernation. A bat detector has been purchased by the friends and in mid-August several Committee members met … Continue reading

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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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