Tag: Speke Hall

SoFA National Trust Properties

SoFA National Trust Properties - Formby Red Squirrel Reserve
Red squirrel foraging

An important aim of our Association is to support the work of the National Trust. We are fortunate to have involvement in a number of local National Trust properties.  We are in contact with other National Trust properties in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire areas. These arrangements enable us to keep up to date with their news and developments. The information is used by the members to decide how to allocate funds on current projects.

SoFA has supported various local National Trust properties over the years. With the help of our members, we have donated money to these properties that has allowed them to make essential renovations.

Click on the links below to see more information on the local properties we support.

SoFA National Trust Properties - Rufford Old Hall
Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire
SoFA National Trust Properties - Speke Hall
Speke Hall
SoFA National Trust Properties - Hardmans' House
The Hardmans’ House

Speke Hall

Speke Hall is a local property that we support, recently we donated £3000 for restoration work.

The National Trust is advertising various events going on at this location; where you can experience the sights and sounds of the summer every day of the week. You are able to tour the gardens and marvel at the rhododendrons bringing bursts of colour to the North Lawn; admire the Kitchen Garden, or breathe in the splendour of the Victorian rose garden.

The ground floor of the house is open to explore again (Wednesday-Sunday only), allowing people to step inside this iconic Tudor mansion. However, they are limiting numbers and queues are likely on busy days, so it is recommend that you visit between Wednesday-Friday for the best experience.

Click HERE to visit the website for Speke Hall.

If you would like more information about SoFA, or are interested in joining us, please contact us using our Contact Form.

Speke Hall, Liverpool - SoFA
Speke Hall – Image by David Mark from Pixabay

SoFA Chairman’s Welcome Note

SoFA Chairman’s Welcome Note

Welcome to the SoFA Website

A warm welcome on behalf of the Committee of the Southport and Formby National Trust Association (SoFA).  For the past fifty years National Trust members have shared the experience of new friendships and meeting new faces through being members of our Association.

SoFA is part of a national network of independent supporter groups. Each year our members enjoy a programme of talks, outings and holidays.  The aim is to add value to National Trust membership at the same time providing practical and financial support to the National Trust.

The money raised from our activities is donated primarily to our local Trust properties.  We believe a regular pattern and commitment of donations in this way supports our Trust colleagues and helps with the planning and identification of operational projects and needs.

We liaise regularly with National Trust staff to ensure our members have the latest news. Staff are invited to our meetings to discuss innovations and renovations thus providing members with the opportunity to provide comments and constructive feedback on any plans. The warmth and friendliness we enjoy in SoFA and the support we have given to The National Trust over the past 50 years is only possible because of the enthusiasm of our members.

The easing of the Covid restrictions has resulted in SoFA resuming a full programme of activities. We will complete our programme of talks with our AGM at the Prince of Wales on 12 April followed by an update by National Trust staff to members of the work planned for the National Trust site at Formby Point. On 7 May we return to the Royal Clifton Hotel for a coffee morning. National Trust members and Volunteers are welcome to join us. Full programme details are in our Spring 2022 magazine.

If you are interested in joining SoFA please contact us using our Contact Form.

Our website is still in development and regularly changing. So make sure you come back frequently to see what’s new.

Frank Hyland Chairman