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Great media coverage for Walton Hall Park

Firstly we had RTUK come along and film in the park, they held an interview with our chair and were told the views of the community who all want and love our Walton Hall Park. Martyn Andrews loved our park and had some fantastic ideas and suggestions. They filmed our park users, visitors exercising on the free equipment and our great cycle group who use the park to get healthy and enjoy our scenery.

Next we attended the green and open spaces review and again our chair was interviewed by Radio Merseyside this time about our group wanting to have all our parks made statutory  to help save and maintain them for future generations. We also want to community asset transfer our park so it is run by us for us!

Walton hall park poem

A lovely friend of the park Mr Joseph Byrne (no relation) shared his happy memories of the park. His childhood was a happy one spent in Walton hall park and i am sure you will agree this is a beautiful poem so we wanted to share with everyone and say a huge thank you to Joseph.

I remember the days in Wally Hall Park, We went on the boating lake, oh what a lark, We never went home until the days went dark, They were fabulous times, at Wally Hall Park.

Lots of people went to Stanley Park, but not us, Because Wally Hall was nearer on the bus, The quicker we got there the more time to play, When we were there it seemed much longer than one day.
We would visit the zoo down by the front gate, It wasn’t that big, but to us kids it was great, There where animals we had never seen in our lives, There were Peacocks and Snakes and Bees in their hives.

When the Funfair came to Wally Hall Park, We stayed even longer; we stayed until it was dark, We ran around and jumped on the rides, We went on the Waltzes, Dodgems and Slides.

When it was time to go and the fair closed down, We walked along the road to the pub called the Crown, The bus that we got on was the 544, It took us home, right to the front door.
When we arrived home Mum had our tea on the plate, She said we looked starving and we’d come home quite late, We said but mum it’s only six thirty, She said go and wash up your hands are so dirty.
That night I dreamt of Wally Hall Park, The day that we had, oh what a lark, There was Peter, our David, Stephen and me, It was one of those days that filled us with glee.
So thank you dear Lord for giving us Wally Hall, I went back many years later to play football, The park was the same but our little zoo wasn’t there, Because the local louts decided the animals they would scare.

So farewell to childhood and farewell to our zoo, Farewell to those years we loved and still do, The years have caught up and our bodies are aching, But we’ll never forget those days when the summer heat was baking.

Sunday 20th March 2016

On Sunday the community held a demo and photo shoot to let everyone know that we are still fighting to save OUR Walton hall park.

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Walton hall park is 130 acres, it is the fourth biggest park in Liverpool. It is part of Liverpool’s heritage and history. It was part of a large private estate and was first mentioned in the doomsday book. It also later played a part in WWI and was used by the British Army to train Liverpool’s brave soldiers.

We are very proud of its history we are very proud of our park so it was a shock when Liverpool city council announced they were to build on our beautiful park on 17th September 2014.

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With all that history and that the park means so much to our community we want to save 100% of the park. This community vows to fight on until we have SAVED Walton hall park for both us and future generations.

We hope you can help, be part of our journey as once the park is gone its history, its beauty and its space will never be replaced, gone forever.

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/walton-hall-park-protest-against-11069585

 

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Busy day at Walton hall park today 

Today the people first came along to enjoy the park and teach the group to ride a bike. They did very well and a huge congratulations to all who learnt to ride their bikes. The group will now be coming to the park every week and as you can see even in the rain they came today.

People First Merseyside is a Self Advocacy organisation for adults with a learning disability. They aim to empower people to speak up for themselves and for others, to enjoy the same rights as everyone else and to be as independent as they can be all enjoying our park and are coming back every week. Please have a look at there website for more information.

http://www.peoplefirstmerseyside.co.uk/2015/11/on-yer-bike/

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A lovely man called Bod Edwards has been to visit our park this week and has took some glorious photographs of Walton hall park, Here is the photographs on Bobs page.

http://www.pictureliverpool.com/2015/10/liverpool-parks.html

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Thank you Bob!

This is our article in the Big Issue 

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We work hard to raise awareness about our park

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              Bianca Jagger                           Alexei Sayle                           Michael Starke                    Radio DJ Janice Long

Dave Rogers

This is a link to Dave Rogers Flicker page. Dave’s flicker family photo’s page contains many photographs of Walton hall park and the surrounding area of Walton with many dating back to the 1950’s. Dave has kindly allowed us to share these photographs to help save his and our childhood park.

Thanks Dave!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/waltononthehill

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http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/walton-hall-park-campaigners-vow-8344662

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/bianca-jagger-gives-backing-campaign-8376936

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/huge-turnout-delays-start-walton-8420849

http://stadiumdb.com/news/2014/10/liverpool_not_all_take_kindly_to_evertons_plans

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/green-space-campaigners-demonstrate-ahead-9005683?fb_ref=Default#ICID=sharebar_facebook

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