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POLICE STATION UNDER THREAT

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• The Police Station and adjacent car park are on the market for sale for development or redevelopment.

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• Although not listed nor in a conservation area, planning consultants have acknowledged that the building is of architectural merit and makes a positive contribution to the street scene.

• In the hope of preserving the building, the Heswall Society has applied to Historic England to have the building listed, but preliminary feedback is that the building doesn’t appear to meet the necessary criteria.

• The Society expects that it may have to spend in the order £5,000 to maximise its chances of success, but with no guarantees, and is contemplating a crowdfunding appeal.

Do you think it is important that the building is saved?

Your answer to this and any other views you wish to share will be very valuable to the Society. Please email your feedback to webmaster@heswallsociety.org.uk.

For more information, please visit our website www.theheswallsociety.org.uk.

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According to ‘The Best Places to Live’ feature in The Sunday Times (18th March), Heswall achieves a great fourth place in the North West. We think it should have been first, but let’s not split hairs ...

The article answers the question ‘Why we love it’ with ‘The Wirral is a different world’. A very attractive one.

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The 65th Annual General Meeting of the Heswall Society will be held at 7:30pm on Wednesday 21st March 2018 at Heswall Hall, Telegraph Road, Heswall.

This will be followed by magician Peter Turner giving a talk entitled 'Sleight of Mind'.

Bar facilities will be available at this event.

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All relevant papers are now available to members on the Society’s website www.theheswallsociety.org.uk.

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At the Society's February Open Meeting, Lelia Dunlea-Jones BSc(Hons) BArch(Dist) RIBA - Associate Architect at Tweed Nuttall Warburton Architecture, gave a fascinating talk to a packed Heswall Hall about the major project now nearing completion involving the expansion and refurbishment of Trepassey Residential Home.

Lelia Dunlea-Jones explained how, thanks to a major bequest, the project has evolved, and the many challenges that have had to be overcome along the way. Also, t...he attention to detail necessary in the design and choice of furnishings, materials and colour schemes to best suit the needs of those in care, particularly those with dementia.

Run by Cheshire Residential Care Homes Trust, Trepassey is a permanent home to many elderly people. It also offers elderly respite care and convalescent care to bridge the gap between hospital and home for those recovering from an operation or illness.

Aside from increasing capacity, the project is aimed at bringing both the care facilities and the building up to a standard that will serve existing and future elderly residents in this community well over the next circa thirty years, and give a better working environment for the staff.

The Society's next Event will be its Annual General Meeting at Heswall Hall on Wednesday 21 March 2018 at 7.30pm. This will be followed by magician Peter Turner giving a talk entitled 'Sleight of Mind'. Bar facilities will be available at this event.

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The next Open Meeting of the Society will be at 8pm on Monday, 19 February 2018 at Heswall Hall when Lelia Dunlea-Jones of Tweed Nuttall Warburton Architecture will give a talk entitled “Extension and Refurbishment of Trepassey Residential Home”.

Please note that both the date and the title of the talk as published in the February 2018 / Issue 112 edition of Heswall magazine are incorrect.

This promises to be an interesting insight into this major and at times challenging d...evelopment of an important local Residential Home, and we look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible on the night.

Refreshments will be available from 7:30pm.

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Our first event of 2018 is on Monday 22 January at Heswall Hall, beginning at 8pm when Dr Rob Toomey will give us 'A Visitor's Guide to Mining and Making Copper in Wales'.

Over the years Wales has been at the centre of the world copper industry. Some of the important sites are a short drive from the Wirral. In his talk Dr Rob Toomey will give us the background to encourage us to see where Welsh copper was mined and made. His talk will cover the Bronze Age mines at the Gr...eat Orme, then Mona mine Anglesey in the 1780’s and then a bit about Swansea the Copperopolis.

Visit www.theheswallsociety.org.uk for further details of this and other future events.

Please come along and join us.

Pictured: The Mold Gold Cape

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The Heswall Society wishes everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

Thank you for supporting us. We look forward to seeing you in 2018.

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Thanks to all those who braved the weather last Wednesday to support Heswall Society singing carols around the Christmas tree outside St Peter's Church in the Lower village. An estimated 150 or so people attended this annual event which has become very much part of Christmas in Heswall - an excellent turnout.

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A reminder that we have our annual Carol Singing event around the tree outside St Peter’s Church in the lower village tomorrow evening at 7:15pm (The Church Hall is booked in case the weather is bad). There will be mince pies in the hall afterwards!

All are welcome. Please come and join us!

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Boundary lane/Telegraph Road Green Space......
The Council's withdrawal of the land from sale is hugely welcomed by the Heswall Society. Thank you to everyone who signed our petitions and turned out to support the retention of this land as a public amenity. Special thanks to our councillors Les Rowlands and Andrew Hodson for all their hard work, and to the Council for listening to the serious concerns of Heswall Residents and withdrawing this land from the auction. The Heswall Society will remain vigilant in trying to ensure that such important urban green spaces in Heswall remain. If you are not a member, why not join the Society and help us. Visit our website www.theheswallsociety.org.uk to download an Application Form.

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On Sunday 3 December, over 250 Heswall residents banded together to demonstrate their opposition to the sale and development of the green space on the junction of Telegraph Road and Boundary Lane near the Catholic Church.

Heswall Society chairman, Steve Anderson, said “The number of people here today clearly shows that the people of Heswall value its green spaces and want to keep them. We hope the council listens and overturns its decision to sell".

We ask everyone who suppor...ts our view, to please sign our online petition and also write to the Chief Executive of Wirral Council (Eric Robinson) to formally state your opposition to the sale. You need to do it this week as the land is due to be auctioned on 13 December. You will find links to the petition and some suggested letter wording on the 'Home' page of the Society's website at www.theheswallsociety.org.uk.

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This land by the Catholic Church is up for sale, and likely to be built on.

The Heswall Society believes that, if that happens, a public amenity is being lost.

If you agree, please come and join a public demonstration tomorrow (Sunday 2 December) at 2pm.

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See you there.

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Please support our Petition and Demonstration to save valuable green space in Heswall....

As a further reminder, the Heswall Society has set up an online petition calling for the Council to withdraw from sale at Auction on 13 December 2017, land by the Catholic Church and adjacent to the junction of Boundary Lane and Telegraph Road, which it states would be ideal for new build residential development.
As further demonstration of the strong feeling against the sale of this p...lot of land by the Council, we are inviting people to join local residents, our councillor and our Chair, Steve Anderson, on the plot of land this Sunday at 2pm. Photographs of the protest will be taken and sent to the council to further demonstrate the strength of feeling within the community at this potential loss of valuable green space at an important approach to the village centre.
The petition, Safeguard Amenity Space on Telegraph Road/Boundary Lane, Heswall, has so far attracted almost 700 signatures. If you haven’t already signed the petition and support the Heswall Society’s efforts to stop this sale, then please follow the link below.
We've made a great start and the campaign is really building momentum. This is a great chance to spread the word further - can you also help by sharing this link to the petition on Facebook or Twitter and by e-mailing and informing your friends and neighbours?
http://you.38degrees.org.uk/…/safeguard-amenity-space-on-te…

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The Council has recognised there is a local shortage of urban amenity space in "Settlement Area 7". The loss of this much enjoyed green area would further increase the shortage of amenity space in the urban area. The plot lies on the main road through Heswall and provides a landmark open space in th...
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Our latest window display, courtesy of Gould's, highlights our forthcoming annual Christmas celebration:

Carol Singing around the Christmas Tree
at St Peter’s Church Gates
7.15pm 13 December 2017

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Visit our website www.heswallsociety.org.uk for further details of this and other forthcoming events.

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