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Vouchers FREE initial advice Upon presentation of this voucher. T & Cs apply. Mackrell & Thomas Solicitors 6 Broad Green Road, Old Swan, Liverpool L13 5SG T: 0151 329 2121 Opening Hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm

Spend £20 or more and receive a FREE packet of back bacon (350g) or 10% discount on all buffet orders Upon presentation of this voucher. Buffet must be placed before 30/11/19 Bexleys Craft Butchers 561 Prescot Road, Old Swan, Liverpool L13 5UX T: 0151 259 4380 Opening hours: Monday - Saturday, 9am-5.30pm

Buy one large breakfast and get another large breakfast half price or buy any sandwich or toasted sandwich and get a FREE cup of tea or coffee Come and pay us a visit and bring this voucher to redeem offer. Jo’s Café 86 Derby Lane, Old Swan, Liverpool L13 3DN T: 07565 705 945 Opening hours: 8am-3pm

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30 minute mega bed course for £10 or 30 minute mega booster bed course for £12 Save £2. Come and pay us a visit and bring this voucher to redeem offer. Sunlounge Tanning Salon 527 Prescot Road, Old Swan, Liverpool L13 5UR Opposite Costa Coffee T: 0151 283 4153 Opening hours: Monday - Friday, 9am- 8pm Saturday, 10am - 7pm and Sunday, 11am - 5pm

THIS PUBLICATION IS ONLY MADE POSSIBLE BY THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES AND ORGANISATIONS THAT HAVE ADVERTISED OR SPONSORED SPACE IN THIS MAGAZINE… ADDvanced Solutions Community Network.................. 19 Asbridge Promotions / Bootle Car Boot Sale.................. 16 AVON..................................................................................... 14 Baked by Emmielou.............................................................. 14 Bartletts Solicitors................................................................. 22 Bexleys Craft Butchers........................................................... 2 Bobs Barbers.......................................................................... 28 Hanshaws’ home of The Leather Satchel Co...................... 5 Jo’s Cafe.................................................................................. 25 Joseph Lappin Centre.................................................... 27, 36 Liverpool City Council................................................... 30-33 Lister Steps & The Old Library Project............................. 17 Mackrell & Thomas Solicitors..........................................6, 34 Neil’s Removals..................................................................... 22

Old Swan Amateur Boxing Club........................................ 24 Old Swan Fireplace Centre.................................................. 22 Ovenhaus................................................................................ 14 Positive Progress Tuition Centre........................................ 18 Potter Around....................................................................... 25 R Charity, Royal Liverpool Hospital................................... 28 R Evans Roofing Speciaist..................................................... 16 Specsavers.............................................................................. 39 Sunlounge................................................................................. 8 The Book Yard 26 The Dental House........................................................... 12-13 Vagabonds Sports and Social Club.................................... 24 Woodlands Hospice............................................................. 10 Utility Warehouse................................................................ 40


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hanks to a busy summer in Old Swan, this issue is packed with celebration. From the Joseph Lappin Festival in June to great things happening at Lister Steps, from dignitaries & royalty to the flower-power of our ‘In Bloom’ project; it’s all happening here! We hope you enjoy the latest issue of Old Swan’s only independent community magazine. We are really grateful to our advertisers; without them the magazine wouldn’t happen. Please do show support and mention their advert when you visit their shops or use their services.


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3 Vouchers 7-11 Community Stars Good News Stories 13 Health Want a Bright, White Smile? 15 Pets Bobby’s Blog 17 Heritage Lister Steps & The Old Library Project 19 Family SEN Dyspraxia 20-23 Community Old Swan in Bloom 25 Thought for the Season 26 Community Local Developments 27 Heritage Commemoration Project 29 Feature Young Lord Mayors 30-31 Council Recycling, Garden and General Waste 32-33 Council Re-Use and Recycle / Useful Numbers 35 Local History Railway Pioneers 37 What’s On in the Swan Groups & Clubs 38 Contacts Useful Numbers


ive Steve a call or email if you wish to advertise or contribute to Old Swan Alive – the community magazine! Mobile: 07752 581 554 Email:

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At 5pm on Friday 1 November 2019 one person will be chosen for a £10 prize from all the correct answers! Happy counting! Congratulations to last issue’s winner Julie Delaney who wins £10 cash!

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Community Stars:

Because good news is meant to be shared!


f you know of anyone working or living in Old Swan who has done something fabulous to contribute to society recently — won an award, fundraised for charity, achieved something marvellous, or who deserves recognition for serving faithfully in our community — do let us know! Blue Light Staff celebrated the recent arrival of the ‘Blue Light’ torch at the Liverpool Probation Centre on Friday 12th July, raising awareness of physical and mental health wellbeing for our blue light services. A great day for a great cause and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Champions League How could we not give this a mention! Just about the whole of Old Swan turned out to congratulate the Reds!

Brownies Celebrate Centenary Congratulations to 20th Liverpool Brownies company who recently celebrated their 100th birthday! It’s thanks to their creativity that we now have bag-dispensers using upcycled plastic bottles around Old Swan. Their Caring for the Environment badges are well deserved.

Book Club of the Month Old Swan Book Club was named Book Club of the Month in June by LoveReading, the UK’s leading book recommendation website. To see the full interview with go to blog page. To find out more find us on Facebook or ask at Old Swan Library.


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Community Stars: ...and even more!

The Joseph Lappin Festival Congratulations to the Joseph Lappin Centre for running an excellent festival in June in Old Swan’s Doric Park. The day before the festival had shocking weather, so the organisers must have been very relieved to have such glorious weather on the day of the event! Volunteers litter-picked the park afterwards to make sure it was left clean & tidy.

Broadgreen Primary Pupil sends letter to the Queen This Year One pupil from Broadgreen Primary School wrote to the Queen to tell her about the plastic pollution in our ocean and ask her to raise awareness to reduce it. She also wants to know if the royal family are going to ban single use plastic in the palace.

Old Swan’s Doric Park is a gem of a park, tucked away from the main roads and is accessed via Doric Road or Wharncliffe/Eastcliffe Road.

Litter Pick Team By popular demand Old Swan Alive ran a second community litter pick with skips provided by Liverpool City Council. A big thanks to the Masons Arms pub for surprising us with complementary chip butties!


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Did you know you can sign up to the Woodlands Hospice Lottery online? It costs just £1 per week to become a member with weekly prizes of £500, £100, 2 prizes of £50 and 5 prizes of £10! The Woodlands Hospice Lottery plays a vital part in our fundraising with all profits from the lottery going directly to the Hospice. Your £1 really can make a difference to the lives of our patients and their loved ones. Woodlands Hospice Light Up the Night is back for a second year! It’s a chance to get together with family and friends and have fun, whilst raising money to care for our patients and their families!

       Alternatively, you can call us on 0151 529 2308 for further information or guidance to gaining a membership.

This year’s event will be a family (and doggy!!) friendly 5K walk. We encourage you to dress up as brightly as possible and there will be a prize for the brightest dressed!

Could you be a Community Champion for Woodlands Hospice?

Every participant gets a free Light up the Night t-shirt to wear for the walk and accessories will be available to buy on the night.

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Community Stars: And even more!

Local Woman Wins ASA Disability Swimmer of the Year Bronze Award 26-year-old champion swimmer Shauna Hogan, from Old Swan, has already won three gold and one silver at the Down Syndrome UK Championships and two silver and a bronze at the Down’s Syndrome European Championships. Now she has added ASA Disability Swimmer of the Year Bronze Award to her accolades and is the face of the Special Olympic Summer Games, coming to Liverpool in 2021. Bow the knee to ‘Sir Tommy of Old Swan’! Congratulations to Liverpool City Council street cleanser for Old Swan, Thomas McCardle, who has been recognised in the Queen’s honours list and given a British Empire Medal for services to the community. Tommy has worked for the council since 2006 and in Old Swan and Kensington for four years. Even when he’s clocked-off work Tommy continues to pick up litter in his spare time.

Cavern Club Celebrities Local drama club Acting Angels, based at the Joseph Lappin Centre, recently had the great honour of performing at the Cavern Club in the city centre!


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We are now accepting new NHS PATIENTS We are delighted to announce that we are accepting registration for new NHS and private patients at The Dental House, 6-10 Derby Lane, Old Swan, L13 3DL. Please call us on 0151 228 3643, visit our website at to download our new patient packs or call in to register. You can also email us on for more information about us and our services.



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Dull, stained teeth? Come in and chat to our team about having teeth whitening treatment here at The Dental House. Whiter teeth = greater confidence.

How does it work? With our teeth whitening process we can help you get a whiter smile in just a few weeks. This process helps to uncover the natural whiteness of your teeth. We provide bespoke, custom made whitening trays. The trays are tightly adapted to your teeth to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment and provide you with the best possible results. You will be given the professional teeth whitening gels to take home and use.

Above: a selfie sent to us by a happy patient following treatment. Factors such as dark coloured foods and drinks and smoking can really stain your teeth and they may appear yellow or almost brown in appearance. This can really lower your confidence, affect how you enjoy social situations and even stop you from smiling! The good news is that we can help you to get a whiter, brighter smile with professional teeth whitening treatment. We are sure you will enjoy your newly sparkling teeth and hope that you will display your smile more often! Patient testimonial: “I hadn’t realised how quick and easy the process of teeth whitening could be. I love how white my teeth are now and I am enjoying the compliments!� Kimberley Hannon

For complete ‘smile makeovers’ patients will often team teeth whitening treatments with other cosmetic dentistry such as braces or composite bonding. Take a look at our work on Instagram @dentalhouseliverpool and ‘like’ us on Facebook.

Left: Dr Rick provides ‘Enlighten’ for a happy patient. Above: Dr Stuart prescribes ‘Boutique’ for Hollyoaks star. So, if you want to have your own smile makeover, please come along for a free cosmetic consultation or book yourself in for an NHS check-up and we can create a We offer Boutique and Enlighten treatment plan tailor-made for improving whitening treatments, both of which can produce excellent results. Prices start at your smile đ&#x;˜Šđ&#x;˜Š ÂŁ295 and this includes custom-made, bespoke trays and two weeks’ worth of If you want more advice about how we may be able to help you then please professional whitening gel. don’t hesitate to contact us, email Samantha Top Benefits of Teeth Whitening: or call us - WHITER TEETH! on 0151 228 3643. - IMPROVE YOUR APPEARNACE -BOOST YOUR SELF-ESTEEM



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Bobby’s Blog

Bobby’s Buddies


had a lovely time in Doric Park at the Joseph Lappin Festival. It was lovely to meet so many of you and thank you to everyone who got a photo taken with me! Can I please keep reminding all my friends’ owners to pop your poop in a bag in a bin? It really can spoil an area! I have enjoyed walking along Prescot Road with some of the shops leaving out some water...thank you! It was helpful in the hot weather and what beautiful flowers I can spot too!

Hi my name is Seb. I love walks in Doric Park and around Old Swan.

Please keep an eye out on Old Swan Alive Community Facebook group for information about keeping pets safe around bonfire night! Thank you for all my friends who have sent me pictures! Keep them coming in... I like friends, so if you would like to be one of Bobby’s Buddies is our email address. Send your pet photos to me. If your business is for pets I’d love to meet you! Don’t forget to say ‘Hi’ if you see me in Old Swan!

I’m Buddy. I love going to Doric Park as well, and I’m sure I’ve said hello to Bobby a few times. I love where I live and look forward to plenty of park days in the summer.


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Lister Steps & The Old Library Project Community Events 14 & 15 September | Heritage Open Days 10am – 4pm at The Old Library Visit our website to book a tour of The Old Library and witness some of the heritage restoration work taking place inside this historic building. Sturdy footwear is essential. 25 September | Macmillan Coffee Morning 10am – 12pm at Lister Steps Join us for tea, coffee & cake in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care. If you fancy yourself as the next Mary Berry then why not get baking too? 3 October | National Poetry Day 11am, 2pm & 6pm at Lister Steps Drop in to one of our taster sessions and try out shared reading or poetry writing in a relaxed, informal environment as we celebrate National Poetry Day. 16 October | Life & the Library in L13 6.30pm at St Cecilia’s Club Get ready for a fascinating evening of local history talks from our volunteer research group, plus Vanessa Oakden from Museum of Liverpool who led The Old Library archaeological dig and Dr Oriel Prizeman who is undertaking an international research project into how Carnegie libraries are used today. Tickets available from Lister Steps. 9 November | The Old Library Open Day 10am – 3pm at The Old Library Enjoy special access to site and check out the latest progress of our restoration work at The Old Library. Sturdy footwear is essential. For more information about Lister Steps & The Old Library project Visit Follow: @ListerStepsHub on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram Email: Call: 07988 778372 Write to: Lister Steps, Old School Site, Lister Drive, L13 7HH


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Family SEN



yspraxia is one of those Neurodevelopmental conditions that people don’t really know much about. It is generally not often recognised, and can present a real problem for a child, young person or adult. A person living with the difficulties of dyspraxia can have their confidence and self-esteem knocked on a daily basis. Dyspraxia has in the past been called ‘Clumsy Child Syndrome’. It is a developmental co-ordination disorder and it affects how we take in information through all our senses, process that information in our brain, and then how our brain tells our body to carry out everyday activities in the right way. It not only impacts how our body moves through the environment; it can also impact how we speak, plan, organise and sequence our thoughts and how we get those thoughts down on paper. So as you can see dyspraxia can be very challenging.

Simple tasks such as cutting up our food using a knife and fork, tying our shoelaces, holding a pencil in the right way or getting dressed can be impacted. It also affects our ability to run, jump, catch, throw and even ride a bicycle. For some people, these tasks are easy, and they can be comfortably carried out, but for others these simple tasks or activities can cause lots of stress, anxiety or upset. There are things you can do to understand and support a person with dyspraxia. You can learn about it and make simple changes that will help – check out the ADDvanced Solutions Community Network website to find out about the weekly workshops to help you understand. Or you could contact the Liverpool occupational therapists for an assessment if you think the difficulties are significant. So, if you see a child, a young person or even an adult struggling to perform some simple tasks or appear to be getting frustrated or embarrassed, just stop and think, there may be a good reason why. For more information about Dyspraxia, training, or support contact ADDvanced Solutions Community Network on 0151 486 1788


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Old Swan in Bloom


he Old Swan in Bloom committee held our first focus week at the beginning of July, starting with a well-attended event in the community garden of Old Swan Library. Residents, businesses and services supported the week with hanging baskets, raised beds, and pots. We’ve had so much feedback about how lovely Old Swan is looking! We’ve achieved a lot very quickly due to the support of the council and also being able to get word out via Old Swan Alive magazine and Facebook group. (Thanks to advertisers for making the magazine possible; you’ve made a massive difference). What next? Please help; anyone can! We’ll needs loads of help when it’s time to get the planters ready for the colder seasons…join our Facebook Group ‘Old Swan in Bloom’ to find out how & when you can help on our planting days, email or ask in Old Swan library. If you’re an allotmenteer or a gardener with greenhouse space we’re particularly keen to hear from you. If you can help with fundraising, please contact us.

Below: Quote from our Facebook group

Bloom is a project for the whole community run by volunteers. Deadhead a few flowers when you’re walking past, give them water on hot days, pull out weeds, that kind of thing. Please don’t leave litter in the flowers. The planters made from upcycled pallets in the central reservation opposite the library are ‘freestyle’; if you have any spare suitable bedding plants and would like to contribute, no need to ask, just go for it! There are many people we wish to thank for helping us get started: Liverpool City Council Street Scene team; Old Swan councillors; Old Swan Library; Old Swan Print; Flowers by Stephanie; Evergreen; Kathyrn’s Children’s Wear; Specsavers; St Anne’s (Stanley) Primary School choir; B&Q; the local pubs and cafes who have provided (non-alcoholic) refreshments for our meetings. Apologies if we’ve missed anyone; all support has been greatly appreciated.


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Thought for the Season


am delighted to see this wonderful poem from our resident poet at Stoneycroft Salvation Army, John Wilson, published in Old Swan Alive magazine. John and his wife Val (who also writes poems) have been members of the congregation for many years and have lived in Old Swan even longer. Services at the Salvation Army are every Sunday from 10.30am and are creative and welcoming. We’d love to see you if you can ever make it. You’ll get the opportunity to hear more of John and Val’s poems and other creative input! Sam Tomlin, Salvation Army I do not tell my heart to beat, Maintaining blood flow while I sleep. Who commands my lungs to breathe? Without a thought they meet my need. Who commands my hair to grow? It needs a trim before I know. Can I command the sun to shine, Creating energy for life? Can I command the moon to rise, And cause the ebb and flow of tide? Who can shape clouds in the sky, Bringing rain when it gets too dry? Who can bring, when day is done, Glorious colours from a setting sun? What Spirit of Invention could imagine such things? Such variety and abundance; such beauty just sings. No-one does sunsets like the Lord; Or blue and white skies, or moonlit shores. The wise and discerning, great or small, Give credit to their Maker, the Lord of all. John E.Wilson



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Local Developments


here are many proposals for new developments in and around Old Swan. As we hear updates we will post them to our Facebook group. Be sure to sign up to receive the latest developments!

552-556 Prescot Road To use part of ground floor and upper floor of premises as an 11 bedroom house in Multiple Occupation Application No: 19F/1483

The planning department faces a busy season, with many submissions for L13 including the ones listed here. Do any of these affect you?

704 Prescot Road, L13 5XG To use premises for sale of hot takeaway food. Application No: 19F/1279

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Land adjacent to Iceland Foods To create temporary car park with associated highway works. Application No: 19F/1589

514-520 Prescot L13 3DB To convert existing commercial first and second floor offices to form nine 1 bedroom flats Application No: 19PO/1685 TSB Bank Branch, 632 Prescot Road To display illuminated signage Application No: 19A/1740

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Old Swan Heritage Lottery Commemoration Project


he Joseph Lappin Centre on Mill Lane successfully secured funding from the Heritage Fund to enable them to develop a commemoration project together with Better Old Swan. Focusing on women’s roles, the project will bring local residents and the community together to celebrate Old Swan women and their evolving roles from 1918 to present day. We want to build a picture of the roles ordinary women played and to celebrate their extraordinary contributions which have shaped lives and the community today. We are interested to know your stories, family history and any local information which we can use to help us build a picture and create a range of local exhibitions and creative events within Old Swan. We are also looking for volunteers, so maybe you could spare a couple of hours to help us to collate all the information, or to help to run a weekly memory cafÊ. Maybe you have organisational or creative skills that would help when the time comes to put up the exhibitions and other social events. If you would like to know more call Dawne at the Joseph Lappin Centre on 0151 222 3507 or email


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Young Lord Mayors Challenge Perceptions of Youth


e asked students from Broadgreen International school what inspired them to step up to the Liverpool Youth Parliament and as Young Lord Mayors, elected by peers from across the city. Ariko Eban (Year 13) has recently completed her International Baccalaureate exams and plans to progress to university. After serving as a Young Lord Mayor she went on to be part of the Commonwealth Youth Council and says taking these kinds of opportunities identifies you as someone who wants to achieve in life, someone who can discuss and debate with intelligence which, she feels, commands respect. Liam Ashton (Year 10) has a sense of adventure and saw the Youth Parliament as an opportunity for something new. Attending high profile events with the support of the Lord Mayor has been a truly rewarding experience. He says, “Everyone is really kind. I often don’t know anyone at events except for the Lord Mayor, but I enjoy meeting new people.’ Liam, who is wheelchair-enabled, enjoys contributing to discussions in the Youth Parliament, and has been pleased it’s not been difficult for him to take part despite the venue being an historic building. Yaman Awaza (Year 13), says, ‘There’s a need for students who are prepared to speak for those whose voices are not being heard.’ He has good reason for this ambition, having left war-torn Syria in 2013. He found his voice while studying a play at school

called, ‘Kindertransport’, about children transported out of Nazi Germany. The play brought back painful memories of the home he left behind, but thanks to the support of his teachers, Yaman now delivers school assemblies to share his story. He summarises, ‘We all need to appreciate the privileges we have in this country: a safe home, a stable country, and family. Our education is a huge privilege. So many countries don’t have the wealth or infrastructure to deliver the quality of education system we have here in the UK.’ Yaman plans to study medicine in the future. George Williams-Lane (Year 13) wasn’t able to join the interview due to taking part in the National Citizenship Service (NCS), an opportunity for young people to volunteer in charitable projects. George is a talented actor and proud Liverpudlian who served on the Youth Council for several years before selflessly stepping aside to allow others the opportunity. Lauren Duthie (Year 10) is interested in local politics because, ‘the support of the local community is important to young people’. She feels teenagers are judged on the bad behaviour of the few, rather than the positive contribution the majority makes. She wishes local media would be more positive towards young people. ‘You don’t see much about the Young Lord Mayor scheme in the local papers, do you?’ she says, with quiet determination. ‘We’re aspirational. Give us a break. Give us encouragement!’ To young people considering the Youth Parliament she says, ‘It might sound nerve-wracking, but it’s really rewarding.’


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Re-Use Bulky Bob’s can collect your bulky household waste for free, including furniture, white goods, small electrical items, bikes and much more. Items will be recycled wherever possible. To arrange a collection call 233 3001 Or visit

Recycle Household Waste Recycling Centres are where you can recycle many more materials: Cheadle Avenue Old Swan, Liverpool L13 7AE Jericho Lane Aigburth, Liverpool L17 5AR For a full list of the materials accepted visit Open: 8am - 8pm 1st April - 30th September 8am - 5pm 1st October - 31st March Find out your collection day:


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Useful Numbers and Links for Council Related Issues:Liverpool Citizens Support Scheme

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Councillor’s Advice Surgery Every Saturday at 10am - 11am in Old Swan Library for any resident looking for help and advice on any council related issues. Bulky item collection Bulky Bob’s is a free bulky item collection service for Liverpool City Council residents only To book call 0151 233 3001 or follow this link: Items Bulky Bob’s collect Fridges and freezers Cookers and microwaves Dishwashers, washing machines & tumble dryers Carpets and underlay Wardrobes, chest of drawers, tables and chairs Display cabinets and coffee tables Dining room tables and chairs and dining room furniture (free standing) Sofas and armchairs Televisions, videos and TV cabinets Internal doors Vacuum cleaners Bed frames and mattresses Bikes and exercise equipment Computers, monitors and printers Cots, prams and high chairs Garden furniture Small electrical items (hairdryer, straighteners, toaster, kettle etc.) Textiles (clothes, belts, handbags, shoes)

Items Bulky Bob’s do not collect Glass items where the glass is damaged or hasn’t been secured Builders waste, garden waste or domestic waste. Fixtures and fittings (external doors & windows etc.) House clearances Fabrics or bags of miscellaneous items Liquids, hazardous waste or gas cylinders Sun beds Sheds Toys and pianos

You can dispose of items Bulky Bob’s do not collect at Old Swan Household Waste Recycling Centre.


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Local History

An Incredible World First on our Doorstep by John Bruce


ur children and grandchildren may well jump on a train at Lime Street in 10-20 years and speed to London and beyond in 90 minutes or less in an ultra-highspeed train. I’ll steer clear of the controversies of whether it is good value at the current cost £56bn or whether it will ever be built, but it is not the first railway controversy. Tucked away with little celebration or memorial, between Wavertree and Old Swan, are Edgehill passenger station and Olive Mount cutting, a two-mile sandstone railway cutting, 180 years old and still in use. These world firsts, on our doorstep, are part of the earliest railway between two cities. Visit the Planet locomotive in the museum at the Pierhead and imagine what it must have been like. Back in the 1820s there was even more controversy when wealthy merchants wanted to transport USA grown cotton from Liverpool Docks and coal from Lancashire as quickly and cheaply as possible, reducing reliance on the canal owners and their high fees. They were influenced by landsurveyor Mr William James who saw the potential in expanding short colliery railway tracks. He surveyed the land in 1822 but following controversy over his work he declared bankruptcy and was imprisoned that November! He was replaced by Mr George Stephenson.

The wealthiest landowners of the area, Lord Derby and the Earl of Sefton, didn’t want this railway thing going near their land, which meant expensive detours including digging out the Olive Mount cutting, the deepest in the World at the time. Liverpool Council initially banned fire-breathing steam locomotives limits from the city, so the railway had to finish initially at Crown Street, until the authorities later changed their mind. Mr Stephenson, though famous now for his innovative locomotive ‘The Rocket’, was accused in Parliament of proposing putting the railway through Chat Moss, considered a serious error and the total cost amounting to £200,000 instead of the £40,000 quoted by Stephenson. Permission to build was thrown out and Stephenson lost his job for a while. The entire railway from Liverpool to Manchester was eventually built for a total of £700,000, about £700 million in today’s money, opening in 1830. Modern heavy trains still cross Chat Moss on Stephenson’s mountains of clay and brushwood, and still use the Olive Mount cutting originally dug by pick and shovel by Irish navvies. The whole railway was a big and rapid success, not just carrying goods, but passengers, and started the world mania for railway building. It quickly provided hundreds of skilled local jobs, long after the navvies had moved on. Change and innovation often comes with controversy. Coaching inns like the Old Swan on Prescot Rd rapidly lost valuable trade and work with competition as the Stage Coaches took longer, at twice the price of the railways.


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What’s On in the Swan Bentley Amateur Operatic Society Tuesdays, Oakvale Church, 07818 094 669 Black Horse Bowls Club The Blackhorse Pub, 07724 916 244 Book Club Tuesdays 3.15pm-5.15pm, Joseph Lappin Centre, 0151 222 3507 Cadets Mondays & Thursdays 6.45pm-9.00pm, Joseph Lappin Centre, 0151 929 2069 Clubbercise Tuesdays, 7.40pm-8.40pm, Joseph Lappin Centre, 07896 541456 Coffee Morning Thursdays, 9.00am All Saints Church, 0151 228 3581 Dance Classes (Juniors) Saturdays 9.30am-12.30pm, Tuebrook Hope Centre, Diamonique Morris Dancers Tuesdays 5.30pm, Salvation Army, 07917 690 350 Foodbank Thursdays 10.00am to 12.00pm, All Saints Church, 0151 228 3581 Gentle Fitness Wednesdays 12.45pm­-1.45pm, Joseph Lappin Centre, 0151 222 3507 Knit and Natter Tuesdays 2pm, meets once a month, All Saints Church, 0151 228 3581 Line Dancing Wednesdays 1.45pm-2.45pm, Joseph Lappin Centre, 0151 222 3507 Liverpool Male Voice Choir Monday evenings, Oakvale Church, 01704 877 852 Liverpool Model Boat Club Wednesdays & Sundays 11am – 4pm, Newsham Park Boating Lake 

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Lunch Club Tuesdays 12.30pm-2.00pm, Salvation Army, £3 for a 3-course meal, 0151 259 3958 Morris Dancing (all age) Tuesdays 5.30pm, £2 per week, Salvation Army, 07917 690 350 Mothers’ Union, All Saints Church, call 0151 705 2110 for more info Motown Movers Wednesdays 7.30pm-8.30pm, Joseph Lappin Centre, 0151 222 3507 Old Swan Book Club Find us on Facebook, or ask at Old Swan Library

Voices in Harmony Choir Mondays, 11.00am-12.30pm, Joseph Lappin Centre, 0151 222 3507

Parents & Toddlers Mondays 1.00pm-2.45pm, Joseph Lappin Centre, 0151 222 3507

Women’s Club Mondays 8.00pm - 10.00pm, CADWA Hall, Bowland Ave, L16, 0151 737 2454

Parents & Toddlers Thursdays 8.30am-11.00am, Tuebrook Hope Centre,

Woodcarvers (for older residents) Tuesdays 1.00pm-3.00pm, Joseph Lappin Centre, 0151 222 3507

Rhyme Time for Pre-schoolers Tuesdays 10.15am-11.15am, Old Swan Library, 0151 233 3069

Yoga Fridays 10.30am-11.30am, Joseph Lappin Centre, 0151 222 3507

Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Wednesday evenings, Oakvale Church,

Youth Club (Juniors) Tuesdays & Thursdays 4.00pm-5.30pm, Tuebrook Hope Centre,

Sway with Ray Fridays 2.00pm-3.00pm, Joseph Lappin Centre, 0151 222 3507 The Link (A group for over 45’s) Last Wednesday of every month, St Anne’s Church, 0151 228 2426 Toddler Group Mondays 9.15-11.15am, Salvation Army, 0151 259 3958 Toddlers Thursdays, 9.00-11.30am (term time only), St Anne’s Church, 0151 228 2426

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Old Swan Alive 7 Autumn 2019  

Old Swan Alive aims to keep life local by celebrating good news stories from the locality, spotlighting worthy causes, and raising the profi...

Old Swan Alive 7 Autumn 2019  

Old Swan Alive aims to keep life local by celebrating good news stories from the locality, spotlighting worthy causes, and raising the profi...