Archive for General

Where Did Easter Eggs Originate? – Eg Pk News (Spring 2017)

Easter has a much older set of religious traditions than many of the Victorian Christmas traditions that we have come to know and love.   The custom of the Easter Egg as a gift can be traced to early Christians of Mesopotamia (now Iraq & Syria), and from there spread into Russia and Siberia through the Orthodox Churches, and later into Europe through the Catholic and Protestant Churches.   Eggs, in general, were a traditional Christian symbol of fertility and rebirth but they came to symbolise the empty tomb of Jesus after his resurrection, hence their connection with Easter.   The oldest tradition was to use dyed and painted chicken eggs (often red to symbolise the “blood of Christ”).   In the 17th and 18th centuries the idea of the egg-shaped toy emerged and these were given to children at Easter often filled with sweets.   Not surprisingly the chocolatiers began to exploit this tradition and the first chocolate egg in the UK is attributed to JS Fry of Bristol in 1873, shortly followed by John Cadbury who made a “Plush” Easter Egg in 1875 which cost 3 shillings and sixpence.

The origin of the Easter Bunny and Easter Egg Hunts are more difficult to establish but one theory we heard was that an egg hunt is a simple way of proving to your children that they can indeed find anything they look for if they really want to!   Let’s hope we all find what we are looking for this Easter whether it is a huge Easter Egg, a relaxing time with family, better health, new flowers and growth in our waterlogged gardens, warmer weather or a smooth Brexit!   One reassuring thing is that a holiday that starts with a “Good Friday” is probably going to be a great weekend – let’s hope so.

Leave a comment »

Keep Safe this Winter – Eg Pk News (Christmas 2016)

In winter, there are some challenges which pose a specific risk to older people.   Dr. Louise May of Kare Plus Wirral, offers some helpful tips to keep you safe:

  • Avoid Slipping on Ice      Icy, frosty roads and pavements make it easy to slip and fall.   During adverse weather only go out if absolutely essential.   Wear shoes with good traction and non-slip soles.   Take off shoes as soon as you return indoors because snow and ice attach to the soles and, once melted, can lead to slippery conditions inside, especially on tiled floors.
  • Dress for Warmth          Cold temperatures can lead to hypothermia.   Don’t let indoor temperatures go too low and dress in layers.   When going outside wear warm socks, a heavy coat, a warm hat, gloves and use a scarf to cover your mouth and protect your lungs.
  • Ask your GP for a flu immunisation especially if you have an underlying health condition such as asthma or heart disease.   If you do get flu or a heavy cold drink plenty of warm fluids, stay indoors, wrap up warm and take paracetamol to treat headaches and fever.   You are more likely to get a cold in winter but some foodstuffs can help to boost your immune system.   Milk, cheese, yoghurt and fromage frais are a great source of protein and vitamins A and B12.   A hot bowl of porridge is a great way to start the day and gives a boost of starch and fibre.   Adding fruit instead of sugar is a healthier option.
  • Avoid Depression         Many people have less contact with others during cold months.   This can breed feelings of loneliness and isolation.   To avoid this, get family and friends to call in regularly.   Even a short, daily phone call can make a big difference.
  • Check the Car              Get your car serviced before winter hits.   Checking things like the oil, tyres, battery, anti-freeze and wipers can make a big difference on winter roads.

The most important tip is to ask others for help.   If you need to clear your path of snow and ice, ask a family member or neighbour, or hire a professional.   Arrange lifts to the supermarket and doctor’s appointments.   Don’t be afraid to reach out for help.

Leave a comment »

Naturewatch – Eg Pk News (Christmas 2016)

In our summer newsletter, we asked if anyone had spotted a giant pink fluffy rabbit riding a motorbike with sidecar in the park on Sunday 13th March.   We are delighted to announce that the rabbit has been identified as ‘Jim’ and we therefore decided to include a photo of Jim the rabbit in our regular nature watch slot.   Jim participates in this event – the Wirral Egg Run – every year collecting eggs and donations for children’s charities and Claire House.   Watch out next year for the charity Egg Run, and of course Jim the Rabbit, due to take place on Sunday 2nd April and do please make a donation.

We are always pleased to receive your photos or stories to include in our regular Naturewatch slot.

Leave a comment »

United Utilities – Eg Pk News (Christmas 2016)

One of our residents contacted us to inform us that they were attending a meeting with United Utilities, and offered to represent any concerns about water supply and drainage in the park.   This resulted in a meeting between one of your committee and a representative from United Utilities.   Stuart Minton (United Utilities) informed us that the sewers in the park had been surveyed in the last 12 months and were in a good state of repair.   However, the law on private sewer ownership had changed on 1st October 2011.

Stuart explained that the new law now means that you, or the owner of your property, are only responsible for the drainage pipe which serves your own property.   Sewer pipes which are shared by more than one property, or run beyond your property boundary, have become United Utilities’ responsibility.

Prior to this legislation, if a private sewer pipe got damaged or blocked, you might have to pay for repairs, even if the pipe was not within your property boundary.   Similarly, if you shared a sewer pipe with your neighbour, you could have ended up paying for a costly repair for an issue that was not your fault.   The new rules are designed to prevent these kinds of problems from occurring.

United Utilities have agreed to redistribute a leaflet to every household in the park to explain about this change in the next few weeks.   They have also agreed to distribute some information advising what householders should do to keep their drains flowing freely e.g. by disposing of cooling fat in heat resistant containers and not flushing wet-wipes, cotton buds etc. down the toilet.   We hope this information will be of use to residents.   

Many thanks to resident, John, for alerting us to the meeting and supplying us with an excellent United Utilities contact.   Thanks also to Stuart Minton from United Utilities, who has agreed, with his team, to distribute these leaflets for us.

Leave a comment »

Bedford Lawn Tennis Club – Eg Pk News (Christmas 2016)

Some time ago we were contacted by a member of the public asking if any residents could remember Bedford Lawn Tennis Club, which was previously situated in Egerton Park.   We included this request for information in our summer newsletter 2016 and we have had a response from a resident who does remember the courts.

Apparently, they used to occupy the site where numbers 38, 38A, 40, 40A and 40B now stand and were surrounded by a high metal fencing.   This was demolished when the houses were built in 1973.   Our resident believes that they were clay courts as he often discovers sections of the clay surface when he is digging.

We would be interested to hear from those residents who live in the above-mentioned houses and whether they have ever found the odd stray tennis ball!   We are going to have a look at some old plans of the park to see if the tennis courts are shown there.

Leave a comment »

Bedford Lawn Tennis Club – 11/08/2016

Some time ago we were contacted by a member of the public asking if any residents could remember Bedford Lawn Tennis Club which was situated in Egerton Park.   We included this request for information in our summer newsletter 2016 and we have since had a response from a resident who does remember the courts.

Apparently they used to occupy the site where numbers 38, 38A, 40, 40A and 40B now stand and were surrounded by a high metal fencing.   This was demolished when the houses were built in 1973.   Our resident believes that they were clay courts as he often discovers sections of the clay surface when he is digging.   We would be interested to hear from those residents who live in the above mentioned houses and whether they have ever found the odd stray tennis ball!

We are going to have a look at some old plans of the park to see if the tennis courts are shown there.

Leave a comment »

Wheelie Bins – Eg Pk News (Summer 2016)

We have received a number of complaints from residents about bins being left on the roadside after collection day.   This causes an obstruction, particularly as we have no pavements, and also makes the place look uncared for.   A plea to residents on behalf of your Egerton Park neighbours, please make the effort to take your bins in on the day they have been emptied.   This also allows the road sweeper better access.

Leave a comment »