Dr Lis returned to Bombed Out Church to lead three special Tai Chi sessions inside the church. The sessions were wonderful, I felt much better for doing them! The attendance wasn't so good for the first two sessions, which was surprising as the sessions were free/donation basis. Dr Lis didn't want money, she wanted to teach Tai Chi and its health benefits, she is a GP after all!. The third and final class for the summer was much better attended. Dr Lis will return to lead more Tai Chi classes in September... I can't wait!
We have won the bid to run the bombed out church once again-
The gardens will be open again in June, the interior will re-open in July.
Thanks very much to all the people who have stood by the project through the dark uncertain times of the past 623 days.
Hope to see you at the bombed out church soon.
27,759 days ago today (6/5/41) St Luke's Church was bombed, this short video (4 mins) featuring the bombed out church sound archive tells something of what the people of Liverpool went through.
-Let's keep it open for everyone-
I recently had the privilege of visiting the interior of St Luke's to see the work that has been going on since 2015 and to go up to the top of the tower and look at the new roof that has been put on it. We went up ladders attached to scaffolding through the interior of the tower. As we climbed each successive ladder the gap to go through got smaller, the climb a little steeper, and a little more scary as we went up 140Ft to the top of the tower.
left- tower from the interior of St Luke's
Paul & Yoko both love the Bombed Out Church.... and Ringo said he likes it too!
It was nice to get recognition from two huge mega stars, this piece from 7th October 2014
by Peter Elson of the Liverpool Echo really gave a boost to our confidence at the Bombed Out Church.
It has been an honour and a privilege to keep St Luke's open for the past 10 years, despite funding cuts, vested interests, political shenanigans and rain! With new obstacles arising every day, it has been the level of support by the community at large then and now, that has kept the project going all these years.
As we enter what will hopefully be the final hurdle to regaining St Luke's, through the Liverpool City Council bidding process, I would like to express sincere thanks to everyone who has sent in letters of support, followed us on social media and have funded us through our successful 2014 Crowdfunder campaign as well as the legions of volunteers past, present and future who have helped to keep the bombed out church open for the past 10 years.
The Council will announce the identity of the other five groups that are competing with us in the bidding to run St Luke's, early next month (June) the winning bid will be announced in August.
Fingers crossed, we will get the keys back and re-open in December 2016.
Here are some great photos taken by Duggan & Parr who have now completed Phase One of the works, a collection of 209 photos which show all of the hard work that they have done to our beloved St Luke's (bombed out) Church
We went back to the Bombed-Out Church to have a look at the repair work that has been done by Duggan & Parr Ltd forLiverpool City Council and Historic England. Phase 1 is now completed and the scaffolding has been taken down. We are delighted with the progress that has been made in the last few months, it’s good to see that this historic building is being conserved in a sensitive and considerate manner after so many decades of neglect.
In April they go into Phase II of the refurbishment at an estimated further cost of £450,000, this will go on until November 2016. They will be fixing up the tower, making good the roof and floors inside the tower. In the meantime the Council are accepting bids to run the church, so far there are 5 other parties interested in running the space.
The Council will make a decision as to who will run the church (until 2037) in August of this year. The church will then re-open in December 2016
We are confident that our bid to continue running the space as a visitor centre, arts venue and outdoor cinema for the city and its visitors has a strong chance of success, built on the consistent hard work that we have put in over the last decade.
Please wish us luck!
Two videos made at FACT during their excellent #Follow Exhibition in February 2016, Miroslav can usually be seen performing outside Tesco's on Bold Street, he kindly agreed to record these two songs in our "virtual bombed out church" if you look closely you can see the join! It was nice to be back in the bombed out church again, even if it was only by the wonders of modern technology!
110 Public open days (excluding events
13 Film Screenings
6 Theatre Performances
2 Private Hires
66 Healthy Living sessions (Tai Chi 22, Qi Gong 22, Meditation22)
5th Music “Full Moon Chanting Group”
7th LCC Electric Testing (No show)
15th >< Operation Real Love (Holly)
24th >< Wedding
28th >< Craft Beer
5th >< Marquee Hire discussion
7th Open Days on Saturday & Sundays 12-6pm only
11th >< Heather Summers Lawyer about CIC & Charitable Status
13th Film #149 Slaughterhouse Five (commemorating the fire bombing of Dresden on 13/2/45)
14th Event “Operation Real Love” outreach for homeless people, music, food, stalls, advice, books & clothes (free)
Film #150 Breakfast At Tiffany’s
16th >< Accountant Peter about Conservation Trust set up
17th Videoshoot (6th Form Kids, no further info)
19th Installation “Umbrellas” CNY Film #151 Enter The Dragon followed by Traditional Lion Dance
Performance by Hung Gar Kung Fu Club
22nd Event LCC CNY #8
23rd Personal Licence Training (Bro)
26th Rehearsal LIPA Students for forthcoming performance
27 >< Liverpool Organic Brewery
BOC Log Book #5
3rd Videoshoot NHK TV (Japanese TV Station) about conservation
5th Music “Full Moon Chanting Group”
7th Open Days on Saturday & Sundays 12-6pm only
16th Site Visit BBC Steven Poliakov (again)
17th >< LCC
18th Music “Bombed Out Does Broadway” (LIPA Students)
19-22nd SIA Training (Bro)
26th Interview BBC Radio Merseyside
28-29th Music (Spanish Classical Guitar)
3rd Open Days until 5/4/15
4th Music (Spanish Classical Guitar)
5th Music (Spanish Classical Guitar)
+ Service Easter (Rev Ruth Stock)
9th Open Days until 12//4/15
14th Rehearsal “Medea”
15-16th Setting up Marquee* (whole of the Nave)
17th * Music “Bombed Out Does Broadway” (again)
18th * Theatre “Medea” 2 performances
19th * Event Craft Fair, stalls, music.
20th * Workshop Drumming with Robert Goux
* Music performance on Gongs
21st * Theatre “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
22nd * Event Wedding Fair, stalls, fashion show, music
23rd * Event Public Forum about BOC
24th * Open Day
25th Event (Gardens) Christian Aid, stalls, music
* Event Launch Party Dinner (catered)
26th * Music “The Sunday Social”
27-28th De-Rig Marquee *
29th >< LCC Cllr Hettie Wood & Kenny Brew (no show) to discuss noise, communication, tenure etc
Open Days Wednesday to Sunday 12-6pm from now until 24/6/15
30th Personal Licence comes through! (Bro)
1st Exhibition (Railings) Liverpool Blitz (Year #13) until 1/6/15
2nd Get In Stage Tent
3rd Music Festival “Freeze” Bonobo & Giles Peterson
4th Film #152 Arthur Dooley Documentary #1
Film #153 Arthur Dooley Documentary #2
Film #154 Arthur Dooley Documentary #3
Film #155 Arthur Dooley Documentary #4
9th Music Festival “Between Worlds” (World Music)
15th Exhibition “Look ’15” John McDonald Photography until 31/5/15
Music Festival “Light Nights”
17th Music Faroe Islands Choir 3 performances
Installation “Mobile Cinema” L’pool Uni Architecture Students
19th Film #156 Star Wars
20-22nd Theatre “Twelfth Night”
23-24th Music Festival “Freeze”
29th Music Festival (Sam Garlick)
30th Wedding #10 George & ?
June- BOC Log Book #6
4th Inspection LCC (High Level, no notice)
5-6th Music Festival “Fiesta Bombarde” (too late, too loud)
7th Event “Food Collective” (stalls selling food) music too
13th Music Festival “Freeze” Greg Wilson
15-19th Laying new grass turf (look great!)
16th Special Open Day for Suzanne Vega
20th Event “Food Collective” (stalls selling food) music too
21st Event “Food Collective” (stalls selling food) music too
24-26th Videoshoot Closed for BBC filming Steven Poliakov
1st Open Days Wednesday to Sunday 12-6pm until September ’15
3rd Music Festival “Summer Sessions” (Acoustic music) Mat Ong
5th Event “Food Collective” (stalls selling food) music too
6th Event Memorial for Carla Clarkson on her Birthday
8th Installation “Boat” until 22/8/15
9th Film #157 City Of God (Brazillica Festival)
11th Film #158 Wizard Of Oz & Alternative soundtrack
Music Silent Disco
14th Film #159 Flying Down To Rio (Brazillica Festival)
15th Event Private Party Liverpool University
17th Event “Democratus Media” (Support for homeless people)
18th Music Festival “Freeze” (last one!)
19th Music Moss & Jones (Folk)
20th >< LCC Nick Flannaghan-> NOTICE TO QUIT BOC!
23rd Film #160 Jailhouse Rock
25th Music Festival “Liverpool Calling”
26th Photoshoot (Period costumes)
27th Get In Marquee * (again)
* Photoshoot LCC English Heritage Historic England
* Get In Liverpool Organic Brewery Festival until 29/7/15
29th * Open Day
* >< LCC Melanie Lamb info on bid and survey process
30-31st * Event Liverpool Organic Brewery Festival
1-2nd * Event Liverpool Organic Brewery Festival
3rd * Get Out Liverpool Organic Brewery Festival
5th * + Service Memorial for Lizzie (homeless woman, she had taken part in many of our outreach project, her boyfreind and fellow homeless people where not allowed to go to her “proper” funeral so we organised one for them with Rev Ruth Stock
6th Get Out * Marquee
7-8th Event Food Collective, food stall & music
7-8th Music/Dance Flamenco 2 shows per day
9th Music Moss & Jones (folk)
13th Film #161 Psycho
15th Music Festival “Psychometric Picnic”
16th Event Food Collective, food stall & music
BOC Log Book # 7
20th Get In Marquee *
22nd * Wedding #11 Jess & Lyndon
26th * Tai Chi Dr Lis Davidson (final session)
27th * Meditation Rev Ruth Stock (final session)
* Meditation Harish Chandra (final session)
27th * Event Private Hire Liverpool University (Guilla)
28th * Music Festival Cavern Club Neil Innes
29th * Last Open Day Music & Food Collective
* Film #162 Casablanca
St Luke’sBombed Out Church closes down and moves out all of the "goods and chattels" as instructed by LCC
“The end of an era”
From August 20th to September 30th, Liverpool City Council ran an online survey in which they sought to determine the public’s opinion regarding the continued use of St Luke’s Church, prior to the commencement of some much needed repair works.
Many thanks to everyone who took part in the survey, and we now await to hear the response from LCC which will inform a decision on the future of the Church.
In the mean time, feel free to have a browse of our website, including 'The Story', which takes you through a timeline of the church's best events. You can also follow our Facebook and Twitter for more updates.