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On Wednesday 12th October, at 7.30pm in the Olive Mount Community Centre, Richie Baker will give a costumed presentation telling the life story of Liverpool millionaire Henry Yates Thompson. For further details, see our next Newsletter.

George Fox of Skelmersdale has seen Harper's Pond mentioned on our website, and emailed us as follows:

"I lived in Albert Grove from 1941 to 1949, when we moved out to Speke. I remember the Dairy in Chesnut Grove, and used to enjoy going in and seeing the cows and especially the calves. I remember the hard winter of 1947 and how we sledged down the hill in Harper's Field with the frozen pond at the bottom. As it melted we lost interest in the hill, but if my memory serves me well one of the boys from our School (Our Lady of Good Help) drowned in the pond. The story goes that a raft was made and an attempt at sailing was taking place. Nobody I have contacted remembers who the boy was. Do you? I have been given a name but don't think it's correct, the person who gave it to me I think was getting mixed up with the boy who fell off the School roof and brought a coping stone down smashing his leg. I would also like to know his name. I wonder if you can help me."

(If you can, please contact our Local History Secretary, Mike Chitty)

The 35th Annual General Meeting of the Wavertree Society will be held at 2pm on Sunday 23rd October 2011, in the Olive Mount Community Centre, Edgewell Drive, Liverpool L15 8GG. All members - and prospective members - of the Society are encouraged to attend. Nominations for the Society's Committee will also be invited, and new members will be very welcome.

Left: An extract from the Ordnance Survey 1:2500 map of 1925 (published in 1927) showing the Wavertree Cottage Homes estate. The 'Recreation Ground' to the east of the Cottage Homes became the Manweb sports ground (see the article on a previous page) and the 'Fish Pond' to the south was Harper's Pond as remembered by George Fox (see above). The Picton Clock Tower and the Lock-up are in the south-west corner of the map.

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