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.
Fun starts at 12 noon with Family Fairground Rides,Side stalls, Hot & Cold Refreshments and of course Meols Mulled Wine.
Incredible Edible Hoylake will be Serving Out Pumpkin Soup (until stocks last)
There will also be a fundraising stall run by ‘Infusion Enterprise’ who are a Young Enterprise team studying at Birkenhead High School Academy Sixth form, Young Enterprise means that they create their own business, enabling them to gain future skills which will be useful in the workplace.
Firework Display will be approx 6pm to 6.30pm (depending on weather conditions)
Rev Gillian Rossiter of St Johns Church in Meols will be activating The Firework Display by pressing The VIP Plunger……
The Firework Display has been Funded by The Friends of Meols Park Community Group and is Free But Donations Would Be Welcomed.
Wirral Council Parks Worker, Kev makes a start on installing our new mosaic featture in the Meols Park Play Area. Kev is shown laying the inner circle segments. The Mosaic was designed and created by our children at workshops held in Meols Pavilion, Great Meols School and St Johns Church.
Another Celebrity visits Meols Park. There has been Andy from OMD, China Crisis, Esther Mcvey MP, Mayor of Wirral and Mayor of Sefton and now it’s Toyah Willcox who took time out to visit, from her Gig at Jack Rabbit Slims in Hoylake on 23rd October 2011 “Toyah said we had done a Fantastic Job in saving the Play Area” Thanks Toyah
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
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
The new Zig Zag Beams have now been installed in the Park Play Area. There is still a wobble board and more stepping logs to be fitted during the next day or two, weather permitting
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.