National Lottery Heritage COVID-19 Emergency Fund Announced

National Lottery Heritage Fund is making £50million available for a Heritage Emergency Fund to support the UK heritage sector as an immediate response to the COVID-19 crisis.

They will be investing the £50m where it is needed most, by providing short-term funding for organisations delivering heritage projects or running previously funded projects, and safeguarding heritage sites they have previously invested in to ensure they are not lost to the public.

World War One Commemoration at St Nicholas Church Blundellsands (3rd, 4th & 10th November)

St Nicholas’ church will be marking the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 as part of its ongoing heritage programme. From Saturday 3rd November there will be a digital display about local soldiers who gave their lives in the conflict, plus an exhibition of photographs and archive material, live and recorded music of the time and children’s activities. Plus free refreshments – coffee, tea and cake for all visitors.

This is an opportunity to see how the war affected the church and local community. Also to share your own family’s story if you wish to – you are welcome to bring along any photos, letters or other artefacts that you have.

Opening times:

Saturday 3RD November: 10.30am –  12noon & 2pm – 4pm
Sunday 4TH November: 1.30pm  –  3pm
Saturday 10TH November: 10.30am  –  12noon & 2pm- 4PM

The church is also open for heritage as usual throughout November every Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon  and the WW1 displays will remain in place until 22nd November.

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Sefton MBC & Historic England: Waterloo & Southport Heritage Trails

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Historic England together with Sefton Council are working on a new series of new Heritage Trails for Waterloo and Southport.  As part of this we intend to use pictures of the Conservation Area and of selected sites within the Area, to go onto the final product.  Most importantly we wish the images selected to come from the community rather than commissioning from a professional photographer.

Three trails will be produced;

  • Waterloo (Covering Christ Church and Waterloo Park conservation areas)
  • Southport Historic Parks
  • Lord Street

The final trails will be 2 sided, be both paper (50,000 copies) and digital hosted on the Visit Southport website (and hopefully interactive as part of an app in the future).  The first side will be a general history of the area, and include general scenes and hopefully some older images.  The other side will include a map with a selection of highlight sites – each to have some text and an image.

How can you help ?

  1. Find one of the key views in the Conservation Area and take a photo of it and send it in
  2. Have a look for any old images that you might have – perhaps from the 1960s ? 1930s etc. (convert to digital format) and send them in
  3. Look at the list of highlight sites (overleaf) and take an interesting photo of one or some of these and send it in
  4. All images should have a file name in the following format – name of site, name of photographer, date taken

Where to send them …

Please upload your photos to the Visit Southport flickr page at Please upload all phots by Friday 22 April 2016

What happens next …

  1. A working group chaired by Historic England will select the most suitable images to populate the trail.
  2. A selection of the images will be printed and on display at the Atkinson Gallery as part of their exhibition on Southport
  3. The images sent in will be used as part of a rolling presentation at The Atkinson

Image Issues

All images need to be digital

The selected images would be credited to the photographers on the trail, but by sending them in you would be relinquishing the copyright and agreeing to the reproduction and use of these on the trails.

Photos should be of a reasonably high quality/size (a very general rule of thumb would be that the higher the MB the higher the image size, or the higher the DPI (dots per inch) the higher the image size)


General Views to include

Marine Terrace Waterloo Road (around Christ Church)
Adelaide Terrace St Mary’s Terrace
Beach Lawn South View
Wellington Street Walmer Road
The 4 seafront gardens Waterloo Park

Highlight Sites 

The Royal Hotel The Old Bank Pub, South Road
No 2 Marine Terrace Liver Hotel, South Road
No 17 Marine Crescent Former Conservative HQ, South Road/Curzon Road junction
No 13 Beach Lawn St John’s Church, St John’s Place
12 Wellington Street Cinema, Crosby Road North
9 Wellington Street Bank, Crosby Road North/St John’s Road
Schoolhouse on Wellington Street St Faith’s Church, Crosby Road North
Welsh Presbyterian Church, Crosby Road North Potter’s Barn, Crosby Road South/Cambridge Road
Waterloo Town Hall Victoria Hotel
Christ Church National School The Cenotaph, Great George’s Road
St Mary’s Church, Waterloo Park Christ Church, Waterloo Road
Ennis Cottage, Waterloo Road The Volunteer Canteen, East Street

Southport Classic Parks

General Views to include

Hesketh Park Southport Flower Festival
The Botanic Gardens Marine Lake
Victoria Park  
Princes Park  
Kings Gardens  

 Hesketh Park

Conservatory Lake (Fountain Feature)
Observatory The Floral Clock Garden

Botanic Gardens

Lake Fernery
Bridges Entrance gates

 Victoria Park

Bandstand Victoria Park General

Kings Gardens

Information Centre/Tea Rooms (Former Ladies toilets) Lifeboat Memorial
Arts & Craft Shelter Venetian Bridge
Shelters Fountain & Community Garden

 Lord Street Gardens

General Views Mermaid Fountain

Rotten Row

Rotten Row General  (Flower displays)  

Lord Street

Grand Casino 180 Lord Street 253 Lord St currently Pizza Express
The War Memorial incl. obeslisk and colonnades National Westminster Bank
Waterstones Post Office
Canopies No156 Lord Street, The Cottage
 No158 Lord Street The Bold Hotel
Jaegar Building 357-355 Lord Street
Albany Buildings HSBC Bank
325-319 Lord Street Wayfarers Arcade
Scarisbrick Hotel The Town Hall
The Atkinson Civic Garden
215-219 Lord Street (opposite Starbucks) Bandstand
Pavilion (former Tourist Office) Town Gardens Cafe (pavilion)
Prince of Wales Hotel 37 Lord Street (Royal Building)
Wellington Terrace Morrison’s roundabout – Inscription

 More Information

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