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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Park – Sparks In The Park 2014

The Friends of Meols Park are pleased to present their 6th Firework Display On Sunday 2nd November 2014. The Display will be Activated with our VIP Plunger by Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys of OMD – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. Or Should We Say Orchestral Manoeuvres in the PARK !
The theme once again is ‘Fun & Fireworks’. Incredible Edibles of Hoylake, will again be serving out Pumpkin Soup and there will be the usual Family Funfair Rides, Side Stalls, Refreshments, and of course Rachel and Yvonnes’s famous Meols Mulled Wine.
The Fun Starts at 12noon and Firework Display at around 6.30pm. Make sure you get here Early for the best viewing point And for those coming by car, minibus or coach , we would ask that you please consider our neighbours and park correctly and sensibly. There is plenty of on-street parking but we would ask that you utilise the Meols Promenade to Park which is just a 2 minute walk away. NO PARKING IN SCHOOL LANE AFTER 4PM PLEASE!!
The Firework Display as always is Free although there will be bucket collections and Voluntary Donations would be appreciated,due to the ever rising cost of staging the Event. The Event will finish around 7.30 to 8pm
Volunteer Stewards Needed! Please

Viking Weekend and Family Funfair was a Great Success!


The Friends of Meols Park wish to thank everyone for coming along to the weekend events in the Park. Thanks also to the helpers and of course to all the Vikings who came from far and wide. There was a great deal of interest in the Viking way of life and some of the questions that the young children were asking were hilarious, for example  ” How do you keep food fresh without a fridge” …. ” Are you really 1,000 yrs old”  ….. “what are you wearing under that dress”  …..  “Is that a real baby she is holding” …
Thanks also to local historian Peter France of Wirral Archeology who talked all afternoon about local heritage and exhibiting Viking ‘findings’ like arrow heads. There was a constant crowd of people of all ages around his gazebo.

All in all the Event was a great success, with even the weather being kind to us in the main. Check the Viking Wirral website for further information about our planned Ingimund Statue Project to mark the arrival of the largest replica Viking Ship in the World next summer.

All The Fun Of The Fair and Meet The Vikings Too!



A Fun Weekend in Meols Park on Sat 7th and Sun 8th September 2013. From12 noon to 6pm each day. Enjoy the family fairground rides, donkeys, Hot and Cold Refreshments etc. Come and Meet the Vikings Too!  The Wirhalh Skip-Felag Vikings are setting up an encampment in Meols Park,where they’ll be bringing history to life, by showing what daily living was like in a Viking village. See the warriors fight, and learn about their weapons and weaponry.
The group will all be in Viking attire, and, as well as battle scenes, they will also take part in story telling, a slave market. Members of the public will learn all about Viking life – including medicine in the 10th century; cookery and food technology; animal husbandry and the use of furs, bone antlers and horns; coin striking; weapons displays and ancient woodworking skills.
There will also be a talk on the Saturday at 1pm by local historian Peter France of Wirral Archaeology,
about the history and heritage of Viking Wirral. Peter will also have local Viking ‘findings to hand for the public to view.

Matthew doing Voluntary Litter Picking in Meols Park

Matthew is doing a litter pick in Meols Park for his Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award

Matthew is doing a litter pick in Meols Park for his Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award

Matthew Green from Meols is doing his bit for the community by carrying out a weekly litter pick in Meols Park over a period of 6 months. His aim is towards a Silver Duke of Edinburh Award. Well done you Matthew and Thanks from all the friends……..

The Mayor & Mayoress of Wirral To Attend Big Jubilee Lunch in Meols on 3rd June

The Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral Councillor Gerry Ellis and his wife Maggie, are to attend the Community of Meols Big Jubilee Lunch Celebration On The Green in front of St Johns Church on Birkenhead Road, Meols, Wirral. at 2pm on Sunday 3rd June. There will be Fun for all the Family, with Face Painting, Music, Messy Church Activities and a special performance by Stuffets Puppets. The Event is Free and is open to the residents of Meols and their family and friends.The ImageEvent is due to finish at 5pm

“Sparks In The Park” on 7th Nov 2010

The Friends of Meols Park are holding another Fun & Fireworks Event on Sunday 7th November 2010
There will be a Funfair, Sideshows,Refreshments,Live Music, Licensed Bar with Beer and Mulled Wine.
Fun starts at 1pm and finishes approx 7.30pm. Although the Firework Display is a Free Event any Donations received would be greatly appreciated to help pay for the Fireworks.
We will be holding a £1 Raffle Ticket Draw where the WINNER gets to start off the Firework show by pressing the VIP Plunger. Tickets can be bought online at

Norwegian Official Visits Meols Park

Stein Thue, from the City of Trondheim council

On Sunday 1st August 2010, Professor Stephen Harding visited Meols Park with Stein Thue, from the City of Trondheim council and he was very impressed with the park. The kids play area was full of youngsters and we discussed about a possible statue etc. etc. He came up with 2 suggestions
1. Concentrate initially on getting a large replica Viking boat or something that the youngsters can play in. (Sigurd Aase will probably let us have the design for free). Stein says it should be easier getting the funding with this being of direct benefit to the public – i.e. the youngsters.
2. With regard the statue he says that (i) do that after the boat (ii) he pointed out there were a number of Viking statues buried after the 2nd world war because they were ‘too Nordic looking’ and there is currently a debate as to what to do with them – to leave them buried or to display them

There is to be an announcement made soon about the huge reconstruction of the sensational Drakken – Harald Harfagre’s huge longship. The plans are that it will be coming to Meols,Wirral via Dublin and Anglesey after its completion in 2013……..

Viking History Unveiled in Meols Park

Viking history boards were unveiled in Meols Park on Saturday May 15th 2010 and it could be the first step towards a Wirral-Wide Viking trail.
THE quest for a trail celebrating Wirral’s Viking past is gathering pace with the unveiling of a themed history board in Meols at the weekend. The Friends of Meols Park worked with Wirral Council and Wirral Viking expert Professor Stephen Harding on the project to give visitors an insight into the area’s history as a Viking trading port. It is hoped the idea will be taken up by other groups across Wirral – and there are also plans for a Viking statue if funds can be found. The finished board was unveiled by Esther McVey on Saturday, in her first official engagement as Wirral West MP.
Other Viking-themed celebrations included a re-enactment in front of St John the Baptist Church.
Professor Harding said said: “We hope that these boards going up will see the start now of a Wirral Viking trail and the next job is to raise the money for a statue.” Vikings are thought to have arrived in North West England over a millennium ago. After their expulsion from Dublin in AD902 the Wirral Vikings, initially led by the Norwegian Viking Ingimund, would have landed in their boats along the North Wirral coastline. Some historians believe a Viking boat is buried under the car park of the Railway Inn in Meols.
Roy Shuttleworth, secretary of the Friends of Meols Park, said: “The next thing we want is to get a statue of Ingimund – that’s the vision.” Article by Lorna Hughes- Wirral News

Well Done to Esther

I hope everyone puts their Political allegiances to one side and joins me in congratulating Esther McVey,the Chair of Friends of Meols Park, on her tremendous achievment in becoming MP for Wirral West. I first met Esther in the Autumn of 2007 after our park play area had been stripped of play equipment by the local authority due to Health & Safety Issues and was immediately impressed by her energy and enthusiasm for local issues. Esther expressed a wish to get involved and in no time we formed a Friends of the Park group of which Esther became Chair. From that day on, Esther was tireless and took a personal interest in fundraising events and helped raise the profile of our campaign to save and refurbish Meols Park. Esther,Abseild off the Royal Liverpool Hospital Roof,did the coastal walk,compered a Gig,served out Ice creams on our fun day,mucked in by planting bulbs and even ripped down the old park fences in preparation for the refurbishment of our new play area and much more. She truly has been a jewel in our community and I am confident that she will be tremendous asset to the whole Wirral West Community as our new Member of Parliament.
After the result was declared at 5.05am, Esther said: “What a journey and what a momentous election”. “There have been people queuing up to vote all day and the turnout is phenomenal.
“I would like to thank all the people who put their faith in me to represent them.
“The Wirral West campaign has been a clean, good fight among all the candidates.
The key was local issues and local concerns and people can know they will have a strong voice representing them in Westminster.” The constituency had been held by Labour since Stephen Hesford defeated Conservative minister David Hunt in 1997.
Result: Esther Mcvey (Con) polled 16,726 votes and won by a majority of 2,436

Penguin Comes To Meols

The ‘Go Green’ Penguin has now arrived in Meols and is awaiting the park wardens to allocate the space in th Park Play Area which is to be ‘Go Greens’ new home.
The Penguin made the journey across ‘the water’ from Liverpool’s Innovation Park with the assistance of Mall and Tony from Wirral’s Park and Leisure Dept and Ellen and Roy from Friends of Meols Park.

Penguin All Wrapped Up

Penguin in a Jam

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