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 from 10 till 12 on the first Saturday of each month starting 7th April. The last opening will be 1st September however, due to National Mills Weekend in May, it will also be open on Sunday, 13th May, from 11 till 1pm. This is also the day of our Family Open Day when there will be lots going on, including a chance to look around inside the Lighthouse, and Windmill. Other attractions take in our Heritage Trail, consisting of some ancient rock carvings, Punch & Judy, Viking Display, Guided Walks, Maypole, Novelty Chocolate and Candy Floss stalls, refreshments and more. Guided Walks of Bidston Hill carry on throughout the year every Saturday morning, meet at Tam O’Shanter Farm café area at 11.00 am. For further information have a look on our Events Calendar.
Bidston Lighthouse will open on Saturday afternoons from Easter Saturday, for more information about specific times please visit www.bidstonlighthouse.org.uk/events
Renovations continue at Bidston Observatory with the aim for restoration and refurbishments to be completed early summer 2018. General public access will be possible in September, during the Wirral Heritage Open Day on pre booked tours. Plans for a visitor centre continue with 2019 hopefully seeing an exhibit open during the same hours of Bidston Lighthouse. We also hope this year to have a video screening during the summer months on Saturdays, twice a month, looking at the history of the building and the work undertaken within. More news soon, once building works are completed!
Finally, I thought I would mention our Friday Group, some of you may be aware of our volunteers who work alongside Wirral Council in the maintenance of Bidston Hill. We undertake all sorts of tasks throughout the year, including path clearance, shrub and tree pruning, litter picking and much more. We meet each Friday morning at 10am at the Tam O’Shanter Farm café, when we have a chat (sometimes a cup of tea) before going on the Hill to start work. We usually work for a couple of hours and there is no commitment, volunteers can come and go as they please. It is best to wear some good walking boots or wellingtons and warm clothes. All are welcome and the work is very rewarding.
That’s about it for now, a lot going on as you can see! I do hope you can spare some time to join us and would ask that you visit our events page from time to time to see what we are up to!
Roy Caligari – Chair