Community hub volunteers are wanted following transformation of former Station Master’s House in Birkdale

Community hub volunteers are wanted following transformation of former Station Master’s House in Birkdale

by Danielle Thompson (May 2020)

WOULD you like to volunteer at a newly formed community hub in Birkdale?

Work started five years ago on a project to transform the former Station Master’s House at Birkdale Railway Station into a multi-function community hub – and the projects is now ‘just a few months away from opening!’

Members of the Birkdale Community Hub and Library group plan to transform the building into a small library and community hub with meeting rooms, plus computer and media facilities. They will use the venue to provide access to computers and the internet within the newly-renovated building as well as running classes in computing and other computer based activities.

Terry Durrance, Chairman of Board of Trustees said: “The renovation of the Station Master’s House is now nearing completion and, subject to coronavirus restrictions, should be open to the public in late September. We have raised enough money to get started and we’re raring to go!

“I think that everyone would agree that the unprecedented lockdown measures that we are currently experiencing have, for most people, proved an intolerable obstruction to our enjoyment of life.

“Ever since the old Birkdale library in Liverpool Road was closed down and demolished, local volunteers have been fighting to find alternative premises for this service to continue. As The Champion have previously reported, Mersey Rail and Network Rail kindly offered us the use of the old Station Master’s House at Birkdale Railway Station, which was a building that had not been used for many years.

“There then followed a period of around 5 years, during which time legal formalities were taken care of, funds were raised, plans were drawn up and eventually the builders and other trades people became involved in order that the building should be made fit for purpose.

“Well, we are now just a few months away from opening and we are looking to the Champion to help us achieve our goal.

“When we open, the hub will offer a comfortable place for internet access, book-borrowing, play for small children, meeting opportunities and much more. There will be full disabled access to the whole building.

“But all these activities need people to run them and we need help – and we are appealing for Champion readers to come forward!

“Our appeal to your readers is – can you help? If anyone out there can help, please, in the first instance email or call 07561 838818.”

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