The Friends of Leasowe Lighthouse CIO, Charity Number 1158719, Leasowe Common, Moreton, Wirral, CH46 4TA

Opening Times

The Lighthouse is open for public access and guided tours between March and November on the 1st and 3rd Sunday each month from 12:00 until 16:00. The last tour starts at 15:30.

Guided tours to the top:
£2.50 for adults. £1 for children who must be 1.06 metres tall to be able to take the tour.

News

Abseil postponed

17th September, 2018

Our next charity abseil, originally scheduled for Sunday 14th October, has been postponed until Spring 2019. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

The new date will be advised in due course.

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Charity Abseil Success

24th April, 2018

On Sunday the 22nd of April 2018 The Friends of Leasowe Lighthouse Charitable Incorporated Organisation held one of their two Annual abseil events at Leasowe Lighthouse on Lingham Lane in Moreton.

The event took place within the private Lighthouse grounds, which the organization has leased from Wirral Council since 2016.

A total of 41 participants had booked and were brave enough to climb the 130 steps to the top where, they were met by professional abseiling instructors who reassured and assisted each one of them with their rope descent.

Of the 41 who took part many were abseiling to fund raise on behalf of local charities and small community groups, ranging from one person on behalf of The Red Cross to, some Cancer Vasculitis and Hospice support groups, local Scouts and Guides, Wirral CAB and even a Heritage Railway Support group.

The event also welcomed a number of entries from the Spider-Ede appeal, which is raising money towards a larger fund covering specialist medical support for a very young Wallasey Girl being treated abroad.

The abseil event also serves as a way to raise funds to enable The Friends of Leasowe Lighthouse CIO to run and maintain the more than 255 year old Lighthouse, which since 2016 they now do completely from their own earned resources and donations.

The Lighthouse is open to the public for viewing on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, and is available for private tours by small groups.

The Friends of Leasowe Lighthouse are always looking for new members especially those who feel they can join our volunteer group to assist with open days and events.

The Trustees of Leasowe Lighthouse
24th April 2018

 


School Trips

8th September, 2017

 

Leasowe Lighthouse is a unique location and a site of interest from several different perspectives. For a number of years the Friends group have been hosting educational tours for schoolchildren from a wide geographical area.

Primary school groups (KS1) may have read the Lighthouse Keeper stories by Ronda Armitage and visiting a real lighthouse is an exciting outing for young children – and their teachers!

Teachers of slightly older children (KS2) are delighted to use the resources at the lighthouse which enhance studies of the coast, seaside, history, nature, mathematics, art and more.

We have had groups arrive with clipboards and questionnaires, tape measures and calculators for a variety of activities. The possibilities are endless.

From a practical point of view, the lighthouse is easy to access with plenty of space around it for the children to carry out many different activities, and maybe enjoy a picnic lunch if the weather is fine. Many schools combine a trip to Leasowe Lighthouse with a visit to the RNLI at Hoylake or a walk on the beach at New Brighton.

We do not have a set format for school visits, but we do have some considerable experience of how these visits can work and will do our best to accommodate your specific requirements. Contact us for a booking form or further information.

Our charge for a guided tour is £2.50 per child, we do not charge for Teachers and Adult Helpers.

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Abseils

7th September, 2017

Three abseilers at Leasowe Lighthouse

 

For a number of years Leasowe Lighthouse has been the venue for regular very successful charity abseil events. At a height of 101 feet, the building is not too daunting and offers an ideal opportunity for a novice to take up the challenge.

The Friends of Leasowe Lighthouse (FOLL CIO) organise the event and invite anyone to participate. Each individual pays a non-refundable registration fee to FOLL CIO and is then able to tout for sponsorship to raise funds for his favourite charity. Several local charities regularly take part gathering together small groups of supporters to join the fun. It is a good way of raising surprising amounts of money and everyone has a good time.

The ropes are set up by AbseilUK which has all the necessary qualifications and insurance cover to satisfy requirements. Harnesses, helmets and gloves are provided and instructions given on the day. Abseilers need a certain level of fitness to climb up the 130 steps to the lamproom where they have to climb out through the window on to the balcony before stepping off and trusting the harness.

To date our youngest abseiler was 8 years old and the oldest 83 years!

A photograph is taken from the top as the abseiler steps down to start the descent and all successful participants are given a special abseil badge.

If you would like to take part or find out more about these events look out for announcements on our website and Facebook page or contact info@leasowelighthouse.co.uk


Private Tours

6th September, 2017

 

Leasowe Lighthouse is a source of fascination for many people and the Friends are very happy to open the building for small private visits if required. In the past we have had a variety of such trips.

A couple from Holland came to the UK to retrace the travels of an ancestor. This gentleman had recorded everything in a diary which included a fond reference to the lighthouse on 6th.September 1805.

Sometimes a child may get anxious if there are crowds or unfamiliar faces, a private tour may be less stressful and the guide can answer all their questions without interruption – or indeed stop the tour if the child becomes uneasy.

A group of girl guides came to the lighthouse one evening instead of their usual meeting, and a couple of girls were awarded some badges standing in the lamp room where they also carried out their goodnight ritual.

Another young man requested a private visit for him and his girlfriend. When they reached the lamp room on the top floor the guide quietly retreated out of the room while the gentleman surprised his girlfriend with a marriage proposal.

The lighthouse premises are not currently licensed for wedding ceremonies but perhaps this is something we should investigate!

These are a few of the happy events that have taken place at the lighthouse in recent months. If you would like to use the lighthouse for something special, or would just like a private tour, please contact us. We will always try to accommodate such requests.


Paranormal Visits

5th September, 2017

 

As with many very old buildings there are stories of ghosts and hauntings at the lighthouse. A few of them have been put together in a booklet produced by the Friends group.

In recent years, there have been many enquiries from groups around the country who wish to spend the night in the lighthouse and see what supernatural or paranormal activity they might detect. After much consideration the Friends have agreed to allow a small number of groups to hire the lighthouse for such investigative events.

The group organising the event has to show they have a good track record, are fully insured, have carried out a risk assessment, prepared a method statement and will limit the number of guests.

Many people have seen TV shows containing bizarre spiritual activities and scary noises and may arrive at the lighthouse with unrealistic expectations.

The event organiser will use a variety of equipment to gather evidence of any movements or noises during the night. A camera may be focussed on a “trigger object” such as a crucifix or religious item continuously recording in an attempt to capture any movement that occurs.

Mobile night cameras will be carried from room to room as the group investigates.

Devices to detect electromagnetic fields which are allegedly given off by spirits may be used. These may also be used as communication tools.

The use of other pieces of equipment such as mirrors, crystal balls, singing bowls, Ouija boards, handbells and more can be included in the evening’s activities if it is felt appropriate by the organisers.

At all times the safety of those in the lighthouse is paramount.

If you are interested in finding out more keep an eye on our website and Facebook page.


Amateur Radio

4th September, 2017

 

WADARC (Wirral and District Amateur Radio Club) is one of the many groups grateful for the use of the lighthouse. The group has been established for about 40 years but never had a training centre. Since 1992 when the International Lighthouse weekend was instituted, amateur radio enthusiasts have been gathering at the lighthouse to share their interest and offer “taster” sessions for anyone who would like to find out more.

There are quite a number of radio officers associated with the lighthouse and it has become a focal point for people in the Chester and Liverpool area. The group currently has about 50 members who meet for special events such as the Merchant navy event and the annual International Lighthouse weekend. This is held in August and over the period of a weekend, other lighthouses around the world are contacted by radio. Even to the uninitiated, it is a fascinating process.

What makes the lighthouse so special though is the fact that it has become an important training centre offering regular courses for the Foundation, Intermediate and Full qualifications of the Amateur Radio Club. Examinations are also held at the lighthouse once you have finished training.

In this day of mobile phones, digital radios and computers it seems ironic that interest is actually growing in this more old-fashioned form of communication. There are some cheap radios readily available, and a new radio – a DMR (digital mobile radio) which people are purchasing and then discovering they need a licence to operate it.

Although you can spend as much as you want on radios and accessory equipment, it is not necessarily an expensive hobby. It is essential to have an efficient antenna, but this can be home-made with the appropriate knowledge. Once you have a full licence you can design and build your own radio and indeed one young radio enthusiast has written a radio programme to track satellites.

MOMTC and GB4LL are call signs allocated to the lighthouse and held by Geoffrey Brown, the chairman of the club.

For more information about amateur radio go to http://www.wadarc.com


Seaside Runners

3rd September, 2017

 

The Wirral Seaside Runs were originally established in 1985 as one of several races along the seafront of Wirral.  They are a series of monthly races starting near Leasowe Lighthouse and along the embankment to finish in Harrison Drive, Wallasey.

The race organisers are Pensby Runners – a club that meets at Heswall Squash Club every Tuesday and Friday.  As with many such events, organisation is not as simple as it appears – licencing, not clashing with other races and state of the tides all need to be taken into consideration.

The Friends of Leasowe Lighthouse (FOLL) started opening the lighthouse for the runners to be able to hold their registration point in the dry and out of the wind.  Runners pay a small registration fee and fill out a form before pinning on their number and setting off for the start line.

All runners are welcome, and registration begins 1 hour before the race starts.  Any competitor who manages to complete six races in the season is recognised for their achievement with a special medal.

In 2017 Mark Roberts and Gordon Scholefield (race directors) organised a series of six short fun runs over the season. For 22 years, Roy Fisher and his wife undertook this task and this year has been notable because the UKA (United Kingdom Athletics) has recognised this event as an official 5km. race.

At their end of season presentation evening in September (also held at the lighthouse), about 45 people heard Gordon Scholefield explain how they had applied for a licence from the UKA and the process involved in obtaining it. A total of 552 people took part in the races this year with a staggering 221 running the course in the last race. There were 29 individuals who completed all six races and they were recognised with a wooden shield each.

For the record, Dan Jarvis holds the record as the fastest man, clocking up an amazing 14min.59sec. with the lady’s record going to Ellen-Mary Kearney at 18min.46 sec.

Gordon explained how runners are put into 12 different categories – classified by age and gender. Points are then awarded to the winner, second, third, etc. with the scores being calculated for the best of five of the six races. The person with the most points at the end of the series won an award. Roy Fisher, Chairman of the Pensby runners presented prizes to those winners who were present.

Fiona Doherty and her colleague Mandy McGonigle were thanked for their sterling work manning the registration desk and given some ‘bubbly’ to celebrate with. A further prize for the most enthusiastic runner went to Alan Potts who comes along with his father – whatever the weather!

The Chairman of the Friends group, Geoffrey Brown, was on hand to receive a generous donation from the race organisers and described how the association between the two groups had started. He saw the ladies registering runners, sheltering in the doorway of the lighthouse building and suggested they come inside!

 

 

The whole evening was a very happy finale to a successful season. If you are interested in taking part next year, please look at http://www.seasideruns.com or https://www.facebook.com/groups/7169620707/ for more information

 

 

 

 

 


Ornithological Groups

2nd September, 2017

 

Leasowe Lighthouse stands at the heart of the north Wirral coast and Leasowe Bay and is one of the best places for a walk along the Wirral Way to see the birds on the shore and the fields. The promenades are good places to stand with a pair of binoculars to look out to sea or across the fields.

Behind the sea defences, between Dove Point and the lighthouse itself is some superb bird habitat with sand dunes followed by a series of small horse paddocks many surrounded by overgrown hedges. This habitat seems particularly attractive to spring migrants and we get Ring Ouzels, Yellow Wagtails, White Wagtails, Wheatears, Whinchats, Redstarts and a whole range of warblers. Lingham Lane, inland of the lighthouse, with its tall hedges and the nearby River Birkett is a particularly good place to look for migrants.

It’s not just the birds, the wildflowers are lovely, including several native orchids.

Recently, Waxwing, Scaup, White Egrets, Redwing, Stonechat, Long-tailed Duck, Raven and Red Throated Divers have all been recorded near the Lighthouse.

It is always a joy to stand by Leasowe Lighthouse in the early summer and just be still.  The skylarks sing their hearts out, but are hard to see against the blue sky.  Later on in the year swallows race around the lighthouse, some perching, some flying.  Whether they are feeding, building up muscle ready for the long migration or just playing, well it’s hard to tell.

For up to date reports on what is about go to http://www.deeestuary.co.uk or http://lighthousebirding.blogspot.co.uk


Film / TV

1st September, 2017

 

Unsurprisingly perhaps, the lighthouse has been the location for a selection of film shoots. With its unique construction and setting, it offers great potential for such activities.

A couple of years ago, the BBC chose Leasowe Lighthouse as the location for one episode of the Dare Devil series. A local lady in a squirrel costume had to abseil down the lighthouse with a large container of nuts on her head! It was a fascinating day’s filming and the finished episode was watched by a huge audience.

A more low-key but equally fascinating recording took place in the lamp room when a local performer was filmed singing and playing his guitar. Marvin Powell was being promoted by Urbanistauk and the end result was one of several “off the beaten track” recordings carried out. Another was made at Bidston Lighthouse. (See urbanistauk.com)

We were also involved in the BBC programme ‘What’s the Right Diet For You’, part of the Horizon series. The clinical psychologist Tanya Byron and Dr. Chris van Tulleken, a research scientist and TV presenter, took 75 overweight volunteers on a diet programme lasting for three months, during which many of the participants had life-changing experiences. The scientists set out to prove that there were different types of eaters including some who ate when stressed or emotional. That’s where Leasowe Ligthouse came in. The participants were brought to the lighthouse, seated in our picnic area and then told that they had to climb to the top of the lighthouse and abseil down. It was a day of hard work both for the participants and the volunteers who had to escort them to the lamproom.
The Friends welcome any groups wishing to use the lighthouse building for such purposes and will do their best to co-operate with requirements. Please ask for further information.


WebCam

When the Lighthouse is not open or if you live far from us you can still enjoy the view from the top and check the weather on the Wirral by looking through our webcam.

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