Friends of Bowring Park Welcome You
Historic Bowring Park in Roby, UK is a gift "to the people for all time" from Alderman William Benjamin Bowring after the Open Spaces Act was agreed by Parliament on 1st January 1906 and offered in a letter dated 11th January 1906. An Alderman is a Senior member of a local council, elected by other councillors, William Bowring then went on to be Lord Mayor of Liverpool 1893 -1894, he was the first to hold this new title for a full Municipal Year. On 25th June 1906 The "Deed of Gift" was signed and the following year sealed in an official Presentation Ceremony on the 12th June 1907 when Roby Hall was renamed Bowring Park. Sir William opened the first municipal Golf Course in the country in Bowring Park in 1913.
WILLIAM BENJAMIN BOWRING 1837 - 1916
Alderman William Benjamin Bowring's Grandfather, Benjamin Bowring set sail from the UK for St John's, Newfoundland, Canada in 1811. William Benjamin was born there in 1837 his father being Charles Tricks Bowring, his Grandfather's 2nd eldest son, ( The eldest son William Bowring tragically drowned at sea at the age of 26 on the doomed brig "Mathilda" on his first homeward bound Atlantic Crossing to meet his intended bride Harriet Harvey who was married 4 years later to Charles Tricks Bowring). The Bowring Family made many Cross Atlantic Voyages between St John's and the UK. William Benjamin was educated in Liverpool, worked in St John's and New York - where he married Isabel Maclean Jarvis and returned to make his home base in Liverpool at the age of 31. He involved himself in the Bowring Family Business and became Chairman of CT Bowring after his Father and Uncle. In 1911 The Bowring Brothers to commemorate their successful business, a trade and shipping firm between Newfoundland, North America and the UK commemorated their 100th Year of Commerce by offering to the City of St John's a recreational park as a token of appreciation to that community presented by Edgar Rennie Bowring, first cousin of Alderman William Benjamin Bowring. Click on Bowring Park History and for further information on Bowring Park, St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Click on contact us page.
THE SOCIETY OF FRIENDS OF BOWRING PARK, ROBY, UK
Founded 2nd March 1989 by the local community and founder chair Audrey Wilson MBE in 1991 became a registered charity to protect the right of the people’s heritage gift of the Park "for all time", to conserve and restore for our recreation and enjoyment. The Society of Friends of Bowring Park has commemorated the "Deed of Gift" in a Gala Day each year on or around the 25th June and on or around 12th June celebrating the Official Presentation to remember the 11,000 School Children who had a picnic in the Park in 1907. Work is currently underway to secure support for the restoration of Knowlsey’s oldest municipal Park, including a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s “Parks for the people” programme.
CURRENT SOCIETY PRESIDENT Mr Henry Bowring, Great, Great Nephew of Alderman William Benjamin Bowring
BOWRING PARK GOLF COURSE TELEPHONE NUMBER 0151 480 8685
THE VISITORS HERITAGE CENTRE where The Society of Friends of Bowring Park are based TELEPHONE NUMBER 0151 482 1116
Please remember The Heritage Centre and the Events are organised entirely by the dedication of VOLUNTEERS.
TO ENABLE THE PARK TO BE HERE IN A MEANINGFUL WAY AND SPEAK UP FOR ITS INTERESTS
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ENTRY to Historic Bowring Park's DELL is VIA The entrance to The Golf Course, Turn left along the Pathway and past the putting Green onto the Sunken Garden.
Please contact Lorraine Voluntary Chair by email - email@example.com for any further information, including Private Hire Enquiries.
CELEBRATIONS ! HERITAGE LOTTERY FUNDING BID to restore Bowring Park SUCCESSFUL
DIARY OF EVENTS 2017
Event: FOBP NOSH & NATTER LUNCHES SPRING - Time 12noon for 12.30pm Start Dates: Mondays March 20th, 27th, April 3rd, 1oth, 24th, May 8th – ( Pre-booking is essential)
Event : SOCIAL CULTURAL EVENING - David Brown – In My Liverpool Home Date : Friday 24th March 2017 Time : 7.00pm for 7.30pm start This is a humorous look at Liverpool through the words of the folk song with the same title. It’s not in any way meant to be a lecture on the history of Liverpool more about the culture of the city and its people. It is a illustrate talk with power point presentation which, contains pictures video clips of speech and music. The comment below was made after David presented the talk to a local group. “When I heard to nights talk was about Liverpool I was not going to come, you hear so many speakers on this subject.......I am glad I did now as I really enjoy your different approach... very funny”
Event: EASTER EGG – EXTRAVAGANZA – Time 12noon Date: SATURDAY April 15th
Event: 28TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Date: Saturday 22rd April Time: Meeting starts at 14.00pm Refreshments 13.00pm
Event : SOCIAL CULTURAL EVENING EVENT - TOM HUGHES AKA “Tell Tale Tom” Date : Friday 12th May 2016 ( Pre-booking is essential) Time : 7pm for 7.30pm start
Tom the bagpiper strolls through the folk tales of Europe, sometimes the wise fool, other times a trickster, or prisoner of the underworld. Tom’s stories invite you into the piper’s world. The collected tales of many years are shared, along with tunes on various bagpipes to awaken the legends. Tom Hughes is an engaging storyteller who has been captivating audiences for over a decade with his folk tales and music, bringing the past to life and connecting people with the legends in their landscape.
Event: SCHOOLS PICNIC with an EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY Date: Friday 9th June AM
Event: PICNIC AND MUSIC IN THE PARK Date: Friday 9th June PM Time : 6pm for 6.30pm start
Event: ANNUAL BOWRING PARK CELEBRATION GALA Date: Sunday 25th June Time : 11.ooam – 5.00pm
Event : SOCIAL CULTURAL EVENING Date : Friday 15th September ( Pre-booking is essential) Time : 7.00pm for 7.30pm FREE Event for all Society Members A Thank you for your support over the years - Entertainment and Buffet Supper
RESTORATION of Bowring Park and Builldings funded by HLF from AUGUST 2017
A Grand OPENING is being Planned for SEPTEMBER 2018