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Viking Weekend and Family Funfair was a Great Success!

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

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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.

Sparks In The Park – Sunday 4th November

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The Friends of Meols Park are pleased to present their 4th Firework Display. The theme once again is ‘Fun & Fireworks’. Incredible Edibles of Hoylake, will be serving out Pumpkin Soup and there will be the usual Family Funfair Rides,Side Stalls, Refreshments, Mulled Wine, Donkey Rides etc…
The Mayor & Mayoress of Wirral will be activating the fireworks by our VIP Plunger…
Fun Starts at 12noon and Firework Display at around 6pm. Get here Early for the best viewing point.
The Firework Display is Free although there will be bucket collections and Voluntary Donations would be appreciated,due to the rising cost of staging the Event.
Event finishes 7.30pm

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

Meols Park Mosaic Feature

Meols Park Mosaic

Ellen,Friends & Helpers Celebrating the New Mosaic Feature in Meols Park Play Area

by Lorna Hughes, Wirral News

MORE than 100 youngsters took part in a community project to create a giant mosaic in Meols Park.
The colourful floor mural in the park’s seating area is made up of 11 mosaics in an outer circle and eight inner sections representing the history of Meols and the area as it is today.
The designs include an RNLI lifeboat, a Viking longboat and warrior and wildlife on nearby Hilbre Island.
A central circle depicts the logo and name of the Friends of Meols Park, the group behind the project.
Pupils of Great Meols Primary School, and members of a local Rainbow and Brownie group were among those who worked with an artist to design the mosaics.
Roy Shuttleworth, secretary of the Friends of Meols Park, said the result was “fantastic”.
He said: “We had scores of children involved in the project by running workshops at Meols Park bowls pavilion, Great Meols Primary and St John’s Church hall in September and October.“All the segments were completed in five days.” The mosaic was made using durable swimming pool tiles which were fixed on to concrete paving slabs with tile cement and grout.
The pieces were displayed in St John’s Church before being installed in the park last month.
The project was funded by a grant from Wirral Council and fundraising events organised by the Friends together with donations from Regal Fish & Chips and Smarties Play Group in Meols.

“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 http://www.iristickets.co.uk/portal/event/19597

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

£2,000 Grant Award Towards The Hoylake Boating Lake Fund

Hoylake Model Boating Lake


The Friends of Meols Park Community Group been awarded a grant of £2,000 by ‘Funds For You’ , which is to be donated  to the Hoylake Boating Lake Fund. This follows a generous donation of £10,000 from the Mayoral Fund. Our chairman Esther McVey said ” Its wonderful that all local community groups are working together”

China Crisis Christmas Gig in Hoylake

On Sunday 13th December at Jack  Rabbit Slims in Hoylake, Wirral, Liverpool Band China Crisis will be performing a Christmas Gig. The support Acts are Wirral Singer/Songwriter Steve Wale and Liverpool’s The Beat Routes. Tickets available Here or by phoning 0151 632 0705 or 07970 990774 The band have been very supportive in doing a fund raising gig for us back in February, so please go along and support them as they have supported us. Tickets are £15 with limited Cash Admission on the door.

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