Some other items from our January Newsletter

RAY KIRKHAM 1918-2007
We were very sorry to hear of the death of Ray Kirkham, a former Committee member of the Gateacre Society who was actively involved in many different aspects of practical conservation work in the south Liverpool area. Ray died on 11th January, just a fortnight after celebrating his 88th birthday on Christmas Day. Many people will remember Ray with affection, whether as a neighbour in Lee Park, Scout leader, conservation volunteer, defender of trees and public rights of way, or participant in environmental discussions. Even after he found it difficult to get around on foot, Ray was a familiar sight on his scooter, keeping a watchful eye on the local environment and keeping in touch with others who sought to protect it. He will be sadly missed.


On 10th January, five of our Committee members met with Committee members of the Woolton and Wavertree Societies, and Steve Corbett - the City Council's Conservation Team Leader - who brought with him Wendy Morgan, the Principal Conservation Officer responsible for Conservation Area and Listed Building matters within our area. On the agenda were: planning enforcement in Conservation Areas, highways work (including pavement repairs), the role of the Conservation Section in advising on planning applications, and the need for Conservation Area Appraisals and Advisory Leaflets.

All of these topics were the subject of lively discussion. We were not happy with everything we heard, but we came away from the meeting with some ideas for future collaboration - like the production of advisory leaflets for Conservation Area residents and businesses. It was particularly good to see such a strong contingent from the 're-born' Woolton Society, and we look forward to further get-togethers later on in the year.

If you are interested in taking part in these and similar discussions, why not join our Committee? You will be made very welcome. Please ask any existing member for information about when we meet and what is involved.

Friends' Events
The Friends of Gateacre are now holding regular meetings: on the first Thursday of each month, at 7 p.m., in the Conservative Club
(Woolton Social Club), Grange Lane. They will be pleased to see anyone who wishes to help with the arrangements for Gateacre in Bloom 2007.

The Friends are also holding a Quiz Night on Friday 26th January,
7.30 p.m., at the Gateacre Institute, Grange Lane.
For details, phone Barbara Collinge on 722 6862.

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