Bid to illuminate Wirral's Dome of Home gets financial boost from Wirral Council

SS Peter, Paul and Philomena’s Church

SS Peter, Paul and Philomena’s Church

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A PROJECT to illuminate an iconic religious landmark in Wirral ahead of this year’s Open Golf Championship has been given a financial boost thanks to a grant from Wirral Council.

SS Peter, Paul and Philomena’s Church in New Brighton has been awarded Love Wirral Grants for two projects, including a scheme to floodlight the Dome of Home in an attempt to create a beacon for Wirral.

The council has allocated a cash pot to each of the borough’s four constituencies to ensure Wirral looks its best when thousands descend on the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake in July.

After a public vote, the church’s bid for £500 funding to illuminate the Dome and £500 to repair and paint the boundary wall was successful and will now go towards the £10,000 total cost of the project.

The plan to illuminate the Dome was voted fifth in the Wallasey ward while the repair scheme came 16th and along with the money raised during a ‘wall of coins’ fundraising event held in conjunction with the primary school last month, the church now £1,200 to raise to carry out the repairs and £9,500 to make the illumination dream a reality. 

Canon Montjean, Rector of Ss Peters, Paul & Philomena’s Church, said: “We knew that illuminating the Dome would be popular, but achieving fifth place in the public vote confirms that this project has captured the imagination of local people.

“Not only will floodlighting the Dome enhance Wirral’s night sky, but will remind local people every day that this building welcomes anyone seeking sanctuary and interested in heritage. Visitor numbers are increasing as people discover the haven here is open 8am until 8pm.”

Project coordinator Anne Archer said: “The results of the constituent voting have revealed great support from local people for both projects but especially illuminating the Dome.

“This result is particularly encouraging and has spurred us to seek further support.”

An appeal was also launched for Wirral firms to come forward and sponsor the scheme, something Ms Archer said has already begun.

She added: “In order to realise this dream to improve New Brighton and make this iconic landmark a beacon for New Brighton and Wirral, we are seeking sponsorship from the local commercial sector.”

The church, which was built in 1935, received its Dome of Home nickname from mariners returning to Liverpool during World War II.

It closed in 2008 but a campaign was soon launched against the decision, with services resumed in its day chapel in March 2011.

Organisers, who hope to have the floodlighting project fully funded by May, believe it will complement the recent regeneration of New Brighton’s waterfront and will make it a beacon at night.

Business that would like to get involved with the project should visit domeofhome.org or call Anne Archer on 07743235046.

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7:26pm Mon 10 Mar 14

ballacrain says...

I thought the council were very short of money.

Ballacrain
I thought the council were very short of money. Ballacrain ballacrain
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8:16pm Mon 10 Mar 14

keen gardener says...

Hmmmm....so did I!
Hmmmm....so did I! keen gardener
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12:15am Tue 11 Mar 14

spamfiend says...

ballacrain wrote:
I thought the council were very short of money.

Ballacrain
ballacrain, you forget that they mentioned 'the golf' so obviously there is always money for that.

As for 'The council has allocated a cash pot to each of the borough’s four constituencies to ensure Wirral looks its best when thousands descend on the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake in July.' I would like to know how much money and exactly where is it going to be spent??

As a final thought, why are WBC spending money again when surely the Diocese of Shrewsbury should be able to provide the cash in exchange for a couple of tickets for the Open Final day!
[quote][p][bold]ballacrain[/bold] wrote: I thought the council were very short of money. Ballacrain[/p][/quote]ballacrain, you forget that they mentioned 'the golf' so obviously there is always money for that. As for 'The council has allocated a cash pot to each of the borough’s four constituencies to ensure Wirral looks its best when thousands descend on the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake in July.' I would like to know how much money and exactly where is it going to be spent?? As a final thought, why are WBC spending money again when surely the Diocese of Shrewsbury should be able to provide the cash in exchange for a couple of tickets for the Open Final day! spamfiend
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12:25am Tue 11 Mar 14

spamfiend says...

and I forgot to mention that the Heritage Lottery Fund is giving £35,300 initially for repairs, which can rise to a staggering £169,200. Not mentioned here in the article.

Do a bit more research and you find that although the Diocese closed it because it was too large and expensive, Pope Benedict XVI sent a personal blessing to those attending the Mass marking the revival of SS Peter and Paul's in New Brighton.

Let the old Vatican Bank pay for this and stop using my money please to prettify things all for the sake of Golf!!!
and I forgot to mention that the Heritage Lottery Fund is giving £35,300 initially for repairs, which can rise to a staggering £169,200. Not mentioned here in the article. Do a bit more research and you find that although the Diocese closed it because it was too large and expensive, Pope Benedict XVI sent a personal blessing to those attending the Mass marking the revival of SS Peter and Paul's in New Brighton. Let the old Vatican Bank pay for this and stop using my money please to prettify things all for the sake of Golf!!! spamfiend
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8:26am Tue 11 Mar 14

bigfoot says...

This will certainly highlight the faults in the dome which is in serious need of repair and one of the reasons for the church closing all those years ago.
This will certainly highlight the faults in the dome which is in serious need of repair and one of the reasons for the church closing all those years ago. bigfoot
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10:03am Tue 11 Mar 14

Jack Boot says...

Has Anne asked the people who have to sleep next to this ?
Has Anne asked the people who have to sleep next to this ? Jack Boot
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7:44pm Tue 11 Mar 14

jules1703 says...

Why does every bit of good news be met with negative comments like this. Lots of money is spent within the borough on things that don't benefit anyone. The Dome of home has been a positive beacon for Wallasey for generations and I think it is absolutely something to be happy and positive about. Billuminating the dome we are promoting something good about Wallasey to be seen across the Mersey skyline. Why is this such bad thing? As a council tax payer, after the all the money we pay into the council I am very pleased to see them supporting this particular church and landmark rather than see another piece of wallasey heritage forgotten about. There is more to life than spending money on negative things in our society.
Why does every bit of good news be met with negative comments like this. Lots of money is spent within the borough on things that don't benefit anyone. The Dome of home has been a positive beacon for Wallasey for generations and I think it is absolutely something to be happy and positive about. Billuminating the dome we are promoting something good about Wallasey to be seen across the Mersey skyline. Why is this such bad thing? As a council tax payer, after the all the money we pay into the council I am very pleased to see them supporting this particular church and landmark rather than see another piece of wallasey heritage forgotten about. There is more to life than spending money on negative things in our society. jules1703
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10:52pm Tue 11 Mar 14

hobroW says...

Non contentious . This is a small amount of money, the more is the pity, The money has long fled, the mores the shame
Non contentious . This is a small amount of money, the more is the pity, The money has long fled, the mores the shame hobroW
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5:20pm Sun 30 Mar 14

elisab says...

So people voted primarily to illuminate it rather than repair and maintain! That's messed up and shows a distinct lack of common sense. The fact that the plea to vote went far beyond the local people of Wallasey as the link was on lots of catholic blogs across the country so many people voting were not even in the same postcode let alone county! This makes it a sham result. Of course those who live directly in the shadow of the Dome were not consulted and will have to put up with flood lights and light intrusion through the night... you know, night time, when visitors to the area are nowhere to be seen. Pointless waste of funds inflicting more light pollution into the night sky.
So people voted primarily to illuminate it rather than repair and maintain! That's messed up and shows a distinct lack of common sense. The fact that the plea to vote went far beyond the local people of Wallasey as the link was on lots of catholic blogs across the country so many people voting were not even in the same postcode let alone county! This makes it a sham result. Of course those who live directly in the shadow of the Dome were not consulted and will have to put up with flood lights and light intrusion through the night... you know, night time, when visitors to the area are nowhere to be seen. Pointless waste of funds inflicting more light pollution into the night sky. elisab
  • Score: 12

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