It’s been a busy period at Flaybrick as apart from our normal volunteer activities, we recently undertook three walks in a single week.
Firstly we had the fourth of our monthly walks on 14th July which was attended by 39 visitors who yet again toured the site in glorious sunshine. During the walk and amongst the dozen or so stops, our audience heard about a member of the Laird family, the man who was Birkenhead’s Medical Officer of Health for 28 years and Sir William Jackson, one of Birkenhead’s greatest benefactors.
There was again of course the usual opportunity at the end of the walk for people to look around the chapels and to talk to our members; a further bonus for visitors was the chance to hear a couple of poems from our resident bard, Terry.
On Monday 16th July we welcomed a small group of members of the Wirral Local History Group who went on our short walk covering the Non Conformist and C of E sections. As we walked around, visitors heard about Lord Evans of Claughton, Edward Kemp, the man who designed Flaybrick Memorial Gardens and Isabel Hunt who was lost when the Lusitania was torpedoed off the coast of Ireland in 1915. Although this is a shorter walk, there were still twelve stops on the tour and the opportunity to see inside the partly restored chapels.
Then on Friday 20th July we welcomed 19 members of the Formby U3A and although we saw some rain earlier on, we managed to get around Flaybrick without any trouble. A good number of the visitors had never heard of Flaybrick and those who had were unaware of its importance as a site of such significance locally. The group had an excellent morning with us and were very generous in sending an email after the event thanking our members for the interesting and varied talk they had enjoyed. It was nice that the group organiser took the time and trouble to thank us for our efforts.
The fifth event in our monthly guided walk programme will take place on Saturday 11th August; please check our website nearer to the day for confirmation of the details.
by Rob Dolphin