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Friends of Hoylake and Meols in Bloom


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During the 2014 Hoylake Open golf competition the Friends of Hoylake and Meols in Bloom wanted to try and involve the community with the Open Golf, to this end one of our volunteers came up with the idea of holding a themed floral golf bag competition. The idea was adopted and local under 16 groups were invited to enter the competition.

A total of 19 children’s groups entered their own unique Floral Golf bag design, local people donated their unused golf bags and Hoylake municipal golf course lent us golfing trolleys for the duration of the event.


Entries were received from:-

Hilbre Scout Group (cubs)

St. Andrews Junior Church

Wednesday Special Needs Club

Bright Smiles Day Nursery

St .Andrews Meols Beaver Colony

St. Andrews Meols Cub Pack

St. Andrews Meols Scout Troop

Seagrass Art Studio under 16 class

Kingsmead School

3rd Great Meols Brownie Pack

Pam’s Pony Parties:  (under 16’s helpers)

Our Lady Of Pity Annexe

472 (Hoylake) Squadron Air Cadets

West Kirby Residential School

1st Hoylake Rainbows

St John the Baptist Church

Hoylake Holy Trinity environmental. Club

Norma Iveson Art Group

Anamal Dance Company

The Captain of the Royal Liverpool Golf Club Alistair Beggs inspected the Floral Golf bags and met some of the young people who had designed and entered them into the competition. He was unable to pick a clear winner as they were all so good, so after some discussion with the organisers he decided that all the children in all the different groups should get an commendation certificate for all their hard work and ingenuity in producing such wonderful floral golf bags.

To thank the Captain for coming to the Floral Golf bag competition, local artist Amanda Oliphant presented to him a wonderful limited print of The Royal Liverpool Golf Club viewed from the course.

Click on the right arrow to view assorted pictures of the event

The Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral Councillor Stephen Foulkes and Elaine Nolan.


From left to right:-

3rd Prize - Our Lady of Pity Annexe

2nd Prize - 1st Hoylake Rainbows

1st Prize - Wednesday Special Needs Group

The Friends also created their own floral golf bag displays in Station Road, Hoylake.

This was made possible thanks to John Heggitty of the Royal Liverpool Golf Chub and Calloway Golf who donated to the Friends six extra large brand new golf bags. We reluctantly drilled holes in the base and ripped all the inside partition out in order to fill them with compost and plants.

We than took them to Dovecote Nurseries for planting out and bringing on under greenhouse conditions.

They went on display during the Open Golf and I think everybody agreed that they looked stunning and a spectacular welcome to Hoylake for visitors arriving by train to see the Open Golf.


During the Floral Golf bag competition the Friends wonderful volunteers, every morning and night, put out and brought in the Floral displays, all the tables, parasols, banner signs, chairs, etc.

 They all had to be carefully watered each day and generally looked after to keep them looking good for the public to vote on. We had our fare share of problems with some golf bags and very much with the trolleys, they are just not designed to take golf bags filled with compost and certainly not dripping with water. A few trolleys completely collapsed under the weight and some urgent repair work was done to others to keep them operational. Special thanks to Derek Holmes of Discount VW Audi for caring out many of these urgent golf trolley “call out” repairs.