Let’s Talk update: Join us for open meetings in March

Let’s Talk update: Join us for open meetings in March

 

In 2023, PSVT asked consultants Paul Kelly and Catherine Simmons to develop the first Resident Engagement Strategy for the organisation. Over the autumn, they undertook a survey of village residents and held workshops to gather people’s views on how they would like to be involved in the work of PSVT. Draft proposals were then developed which were tested out with residents at a couple of further workshops, and discussions were also held with the committee of the Port Sunlight Residents Association.

What’s new?

A draft resident engagement strategy has now been produced and discussed with the PSVT Board in January. Catherine and Paul would like to now share their exciting proposals to change how PSVT involves village residents in the work it delivers.

Open meetings

Before the final strategy is approved for implementation by the PSVT Board in March, Catherine and Paul are holding two open public meetings to share the opportunities PSVT want to implement to involve residents in the work of the organisation. These will take place on:

  • Monday 4th March, 6pm, in the Church Hall, Bridge Street
  • Tuesday 5th March, 2pm, in the Church Hall, Bridge Street

The new chair of PSVT, Andrew Bowden, will attend the Monday evening session. Director of Operations Lin Whalley will also attend both meetings.

Register to attend

Please let us know if you can attend by either ringing the Port Sunlight Village Trust Office on 0151 644 4800 or emailing paulk.caths@gmail.com

The open meetings will be advertised via PSVT’s social media and in the spring edition of the Gazette, but please do share this information with your neighbours too so that they can join […]

By |February 13th, 2024|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Let’s Talk update: Join us for open meetings in March

Soapy science, trails and a time machine take over Port Sunlight this February half term

Family fun in Port Sunlight this February half term

Looking for something to do this February half term with the family? Look no further than Port Sunlight, where there’s something on every day for kids both big and small to enjoy.

Go on an adventure with Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine’s Tropical Time Machine at SoapWorks, discover the science of soap with Professor Suds, have a go at science-themed crafts or explore Port Sunlight’s birds and amazing animals on The Twitchers Museum Adventure trail.

 

The Tropical Time Machine at SoapWorks

22–24 February, 10am–4pm
£3 child, £5 adult (or free with a Port Sunlight Museum ticket)
SoapWorks, Bridge Street 

This half term, we’re opening the doors to SoapWorks and giving you the chance to go on a science adventure with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine’s Tropical Time Machine! Located inside the Lyceum in what was once the Port Sunlight’s schoolroom, SoapWorks is an interactive exhibition which explores why we need soap, how it gets made, what we like to buy and why, and all the different ways we use it.

Come explore the science of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and be transported into the past to learn about its early years and visit ‘behind the sciences’ of its present-day laboratories and herpetarium! You can also chat to some of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine’s scientists and learn more about the work they do as the institute celebrates its 125th anniversary.

Book tickets

 

 

Don’t forget! Entry to The Tropical Time Machine and SoapWorks is […]

By |January 29th, 2024|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Soapy science, trails and a time machine take over Port Sunlight this February half term

PSVT welcomes new Chair of the Board as charity marks 25 years

Port Sunlight Village Trust welcomes new Chair as charity marks 25 years

The charity responsible for preserving and promoting the historic village of Port Sunlight is not only celebrating its 25th birthday in 2024, but it has also announced experienced housing sector leader Andrew Bowden as its new Chair of the Board.

Port Sunlight Village Trust preserves and promotes the Wirral village, known for being built by William Lever from 1888 to provide housing for ‘Sunlight Soap’ factory workers. PSVT is private landlord to under a third of the village’s houses, public and commercial buildings, and cares for its significant monuments and over 130 acres of parkland and gardens.

To achieve its mission of promoting the village, PSVT also operates Port Sunlight Museum and other visitor attractions, runs an expanding learning programme for schools and education groups, and delivers a year-round programme of events and activities for the public and local community. This work is guided by PSVT’s voluntary Board of Trustees.

Andrew Bowden, the Board’s new Chair, was born and raised in Liverpool and maintains close connections to the area, and has spent over twenty years working within Local Government and the Third Sector prior to becoming the first Chief Executive Officer of a newly formed Housing Association in North Wales. He also recently joined Theatre Clwyd in Mold as a Trustee.

The arrival of Andrew Bowden comes at an exciting time for PSVT as the independent charity marks 25 years since it was set up by Unilever in 1999. Since then, the charity has continued to make Port Sunlight a popular place to live for over 2,000 people, as well welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

In […]

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Port Sunlight Museum and PSVT opening times this Christmas

Port Sunlight Museum and PSVT Christmas 2023 opening times

Port Sunlight Museum will close from 1pm on Christmas Eve and reopen as usual from Wednesday 3 January. Our walking tours will also not run during this period (except for Christmas Eve).

Port Sunlight Village Trust offices will close from 4pm on Friday 22 December and reopen Tuesday 2 January at 9am.

PSVT tenants in need of emergency repairs during closure period should contact Orbis on 0151 343 2764. Any security issues should be reported to Custodian on 0151 201 6023.

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An exciting opportunity for a Chief Commercial Officer to join PSVT

An exciting opportunity for a Chief Commercial Officer (Deputy CEO) to join PSVT – could it be you?

Do you want to make an impact and transform the commercial potential of one of the most unique heritage sites and communities in the North West of England? Are you excited by the opportunity to take on a new role in an organisation with big ambitions? This could be just the job for you.

Port Sunlight Village Trust (PSVT) is an independent non-profit organisation responsible for preserving and promoting Port Sunlight, one of finest surviving examples of an industrial worker village in the world and recently voted as one of the top 3 best villages to visit in the UK in a nationwide poll. Every penny we make is reinvested into making Port Sunlight an inspiring place to live, work and visit for everyone.

As Chief Commercial Officer (Deputy CEO), you will be stepping into a new role that comes at an exciting time for PSVT as we work to realise our ambitions for the village.

You will be responsible for overseeing all PSVT’s commercial activities, including creating, implementing, and iterating a commercial strategy that maximises revenue generation from our portfolio of commercial buildings and all aspects of our visitor destination offer.

You will drive income generation through PSVT’s commercial property portfolio of 21 Grade II listed buildings, with estimated capital investment requirements in excess of £20 million.

You will also drive the development of visitor products, operational and commercial management of the visitor destination, events, and services, corporate overview of PSVT’s fundraising activity, as well as marketing our visitor attractions, public programmes, Port Sunlight itself and communicating effectively with all PSVT stakeholders.

We’re […]

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A new website for PSVT – call out to agencies and developers

A new website for PSVT – call out to agencies and developers

Port Sunlight Village Trust (PSVT) is looking to commission a partner to design, build and maintain a new website.

Our new website will help us engage with Port Sunlight’s community; encourage visits to the village, our attractions and events; and share the important work we do – all to achieve our aim of making Port Sunlight an inspiring place to live, work and visit.

We’re looking to bring together our current web presence – from our corporate/visitor website to our residents’ website – into one destination and experience, encompassing all that Port Sunlight is and all that we do as an organisation in a user-friendly, sustainable and future-proof way.

For any questions or more information, contact Brian Pilkington, Marketing and Communications Manager, by emailing b.pilkington@portsunlightvillage.com or calling 0151 644 4800.

Timescales

Tender process opens: 15 November 2023
Tender submission deadline: 3pm, 6 December 2023
Short-list interviews (online or in-person): Week commencing 11 December 2023
Appointment and project start: 15 December 2023
Project completion: Ideally March 2024

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Port Sunlight’s War Memorial reopens following conservation work

Port Sunlight’s War Memorial reopens following conservation work

9 November 2023

This Remembrance Sunday sees the reopening of one of the most significant War Memorials in the country, following months of vital conservation work to protect it.

Port Sunlight’s War Memorial – called Defence of the Realm – is one of the largest in the UK and is Grade I listed. It is owned and looked after by Port Sunlight Village Trust (PSVT).

Designed by sculptor Sir William Goscombe John, the memorial was completed in 1921 and commemorates employees who lost their lives in the First World War, as well as employees and village residents who died in the Second World War.

Port Sunlight’s War Memorial is particularly noted for its bronze figures and panels, which includes women and children alongside soldiers. This was seen as unusual at the time, however it is something many visitors appreciate today.

Port Sunlight's War Memorial and bronzes

PSVT carries out an annual programme of conservation across the many buildings and monuments we care for in the village, and the War Memorial was identified by specialists as one of our priorities for 2023. Work carried out this year included cleaning and conserving the bronze figures, removing and replacing defective pointing to the upper part of the monument, at this stage, as well as gently cleaning the whole structure.

Jean Milton, Director of Heritage at Port Sunlight Village Trust, said: ““Surveys identified some areas of the War Memorial’s structure that were suffering from environmental impacts.

“We’re experiencing increasingly extreme weather patterns due to climate change, so we needed to act by bringing in specialist conservators from Bullen Conservation to carry […]

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Port Sunlight Gazette – Autumn 2023 issue

Discover the autumn 2023 issue of the Port Sunlight Gazette

The Port Sunlight Gazette is a seasonal magazine made for everyone who is part of Port Sunlight’s community, whether you visit, live, work or volunteer in and around this special village.

In this autumn issue, you’ll find:

  • Autumn and winter events and activities
  • The Lyceum early proposal consultation
  • Community consultation update
  • Conserving the War Memorial
  • Memories of 22 King George’s Drive

Read the autumn issue of the Port Sunlight Gazette here or download a digital copy here.

If you require a large-print version, please email admin@portsunlightvillage.com.

By |October 26th, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Port Sunlight Gazette – Autumn 2023 issue

The next phase of conservation work on Port Sunlight’s War Memorial begins

The next phase of conservation work on Port Sunlight’s War Memorial begins

Following the successful completion of conservation work on Port Sunlight’s War Memorial’s bronzes and essential surveys of its structure earlier in 2023, Port Sunlight Village Trust has begun the next phase of an important project to protect the Grade I listed monument.

Due to the pointing between joints degrading over time, much of the structure is being repointed to strengthen the War Memorial and make it less vulnerable to water penetration. The stonework is also being carefully steam cleaned.

This work will begin in the week commencing 14 August and continue until early November 2023.

To protect the public and the War Memorial itself, fencing will be placed around the site, which will include the west side of the road (by the noticeboard), and a partial road closure will be in place.

This means the War Memorial will be completely inaccessible to the public while the work is taking place. We understand this isn’t ideal and we’re sorry for any disappointment, but the safety of everyone must be our top priority.

Vehicles will still be able to drive along the Causeway in both directions, however they will only be able to turn around the War Memorial on its east side, which may cause minor disruption to the usual flow of traffic.

This conservation work has been fully funded by Port Sunlight Village Trust and is an important part of our long-term strategy to maintain and look after Port Sunlight’s monuments.

The War Memorial will be fully reopened and accessible in time for Remembrance Sunday. Some minor conservation will take place between 1-3rd November 2023.

Read more about Port Sunlight’s War Memorial.

 


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Rare opportunity to lead Port Sunlight Village Trust’s Board

Rare opportunity to lead Port Sunlight Village Trust’s Board of Trustees

PSVT is searching for someone new to lead our Board of Trustees.

The Wirral village of Port Sunlight is known for being built by William Lever from 1888 to provide housing for ‘Sunlight Soap’ factory workers. It is arguably the finest surviving example of early urban planning in the UK, and has remained largely intact since its foundation. Its Arts and Crafts-style houses and picturesque parks and gardens make the village a popular place to live and visit.

Set up by Unilever in 1999, Port Sunlight Village Trust (PSVT) is an independent charity responsible for preserving the village’s heritage. We are a private landlord to around a third of the village’s houses, public and commercial buildings, and cares for its significant monuments and over 130 acres of parkland and gardens.

To achieve our mission of promoting the village, PSVT also operates Port Sunlight Museum and other visitor attractions, runs an expanding learning programme for schools and education groups, and delivers a year-round programme of events and activities for the public and local community.

Our current Chair of the Board, Rob Young, is stepping down following two terms of three years. Now, PSVT is advertising the rare opportunity for someone new to fill the important role.

Rob Young, current Chair of PSVT’s Board, said: “It has been my privilege and honour to be Chair of this unique and diverse charity and business. We’ve achieved so much as an organisation over the past six years, and I’m excited to see what someone else can contribute to Port Sunlight through this challenging yet rewarding role.”

The role gives someone with excellent leadership skills the […]

By |July 27th, 2023|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Rare opportunity to lead Port Sunlight Village Trust’s Board