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Saughall Massie is a village on the Wirral Peninsula, England. It is bordered by Moreton, Upton, Meols and Greasby. The conservation area is located in the heart of the village and was designated in January 1974 by the Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council. Saughall Massie was one of the four ancient townships in the parish of Bidston. The surrounding area is rural and within the conservation boundary there are two farms and six listed buildings, some of which date back to the 17th century and earlier.
The Conservation Area Society exists to promote the well-being of the inhabitants and the village within the conservation area. It is non political and inclusive, having an open membership to every householder who resides within the conservation area boundary. It acts as a consultee to the local authority on matters of planning, traffic, conservation, environment, security and heritage.
The Saughall pub has been a centre piece of the village for many years. Initially the pub was an hotel with the villagers obtaining their beer from the cottage/brew house next door. The Licensee for the Saughall (Arms) Hotel in 1864 is listed as a Thomas Langley, followed by a William Mealor in 1878 with others following on since then. The Saughall road was part of the old Toll Road from Upton through to Meols so there would have been a demand for food, drink and accommodation in those days.
Since its refurbishment a year or so ago the pub has been completely revitalised. With a new Winter menu, quiz evenings on Tuesdays and live music on a Friday the Saughall has been the place to be! Clint had recently introduced a carvery on a Sunday too which had proved very popular. However, Clint has now left the pub and we wish him well in his future enterprises. He has put a huge amount of work into turning the Saughall into a prosperous and popular venue. We are pleased to report that the pub is now going to re-open on Friday 31 March. Food will be available from Sunday 2 April. Having spoken to the new staff, we can report that the Tuesday night Quiz will still be running, the Darts team will be playing and they hope that previous customers will come back along with many new ones. So we wish our new Saughall Manager and staff every success.
The land at the back of the pub has also been turned over for allotment use which harks back to its earlier days when previous tenants also ran the land as a market garden. Flowers were collected on a regular basis from several families in the village as well as the pub tenants and taken over to Covent Garden market in Liverpool to be sold to the restaurants, hotels and city dwellers.
Sadly the Merseyside Fire Authority have now submitted a new application to build on the Green Belt land adjacent to the Saughall Massie by-pass. The application includes a single storey two bay community fire station incorporating operational and welfare accommodation, offices and meeting space, external drill and training facilities and associated car-parking. The Application number is: APP/17/00306. A letter is being circulated to local residents by our vigilant Councillor, Bruce Berry and objections can be made by writing or emailing Mr Neil Williams at the Council's Planning Department, South Annexe, Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, Wirral CH44 8ED, email: email@example.com - objections have to be in by 30 April 2017. You can also object on the planning web site.
Although the Fire Services's original proposal will have been amended slightly, the Conservation Society feel that the application to build on Green Belt land is unnecessary and will result in the loss of open space for no good reason. We fully accept the valuable work that the Fire Service does but that work has been done extremely efficiently from their Upton base for over two years. There is also plenty of room for expansion at the current Upton site if that is what is required. In addition the heaviest demand for their services comes from Upton, Woodchurch, Noctorum and possibly Arrowe Park Hospital so - to us - it makes sense to stay within the area of greatest need. The site in Saughall Massie is on a busy road which gets extremely congested at peak times, is next to sheltered accommodation for vulnerable adults and the route up to West Kirby or even Hoylake is by narrow country lanes which are totally unsuitable for emergency vehicle rapid response. It also increases their response times for the Upton area by a couple of minutes. EVEN LOOKING AT THE WORST SCENARIO FOR A FIRE IN WEST KIRBY - THE RESPONSE TIME FROM UPTON IS WELL UNDER THE 10 MINUTE GOVERNMENT GUIDELINE TIME.
You will be pleased to know that the Planning Application to close Diamond Farm as a working farm and build houses on the site has been rejected. See our News & Events page for the full details.
Our Chairman and his father recently visited Ypres and Thiepval - With 2016 being the Somme anniversary read the account of their trip which is very moving. You can also see on our Gallery the picture of local men marching through the village in September 1914. To commemorate World War 1 the Society hosted two talks in the Saughall Pub. The first was about the Wirral Pals regiment and the second about Battlefield Remains. To read more see our News & Events page click here for more information.
Throughout the site you will also see paintings by local artist, Grace Horne. Grace visited the village as a child and has happy memories of picking blackberries in the local hedgerows. As an accomplished artist, she painted many views of the village in the 'sixties and 'seventies which she has kindly allowed us to photograph for the website. Some of these views no longer exist but others have hardly changed at all but you are unlikely to see geese wandering around in front of the Saughall pub these days! See our Gallery for more views of the village, both old and new including more paintings by Grace Horne and also works by Harold Hopps and Mavis Blackburn (courtesy of the Williamson Art Gallery.
For reminiscences about old Saughall Massie which includes pictures and memories of years gone by, captured by some of our residents - see our new Memories tab on the left of this page.
POST CODE CH46 5ND
N 53° 23•369"
W 3° 07•438"
OS grid reference SJ247882