Hoylake Village Life was formed as a residents' voluntary group in October 2009 in response to concern about the number of empty shops in Hoylake. In May 2010 the group incorporated as a Community Interest Company (Company No. 07246081), whose primary aim was the regeneration of Hoylake. Directors and volunteers currently receive no fees for any work or services provided by Hoylake Village Life CIC.
- Past Annual Reports and accounts can be downloaded here
- Articles of Association can be downloaded here
We come from a variety of backgrounds: urban regeneration; grants funding; website and graphic design; community arts initiatives; publishing; education and administration. So far we have
- Built and maintained a promotional Hoylake Village website www.hoylakevillage.org.uk with a directory that lists the vast majority of local businesses.
- Introduced and maintained a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/hoylakevillagelife with an ever-increasing number of 'Likes' and visits per month and a strong Twitter following https://twitter.com/HoylakeVillage. Also a regular e-newsletter that goes out to a large number of business, public and professional contacts.
- Directly assisted new businesses with advice, support and publicity.
- Run a campaign to attract new businesses via a direct contact investment pack.
- Encouraged Hoylake residents to shop local with a 'use 'em or lose 'em' campaign.
- Designed and installed sponsored banners in Market Street.
- Managed the public Christmas Lights installation between 2012 and 2017, together with twinkling window lights and other decorations issued free to Hoylake businesses.
- Managed, and achieved national publicity for, a Christmas 'Projection' in 2010, which was repeated in 2011 by projecting The Nativity on to St Luke's Church in Market Street. We plan to extend projections to other venues in the future.
- Run events such as a yearly Halloween Childrens' Party.
- Supported other events and local organisations, such as The Festival of Firsts, Hoylake Lifeboat Museum, 'Big Lunch' street parties, and Hoylake Food Fairs, with administration, publicity, PR and marketing.
- Responded formally to the Council's proposals to downgrade Hoylake from a town to a district centre.
- Established a Town Team, winning a £10,000 grant for the purposes of improving footfall in the town centre.
- Established a Business Network, regularly attended by many local businesses.
- Established a neighbourhood forum "Hoylake Vision" to take over responsibility for further development of the Neighbourhood Plan, for which HVL were selected in 2011 by the Government as a "vanguard" to prepare one of the country's first Neighbourhood Plans, which began with a series of billboard posters on Jade Garden restaurant and a widely distributed survey "What's Your Vision?", completed by over ten per cent of residents and over 5,000 comments received and collated (www.hoylakevision.org.uk). The Neighbourhood Development Plan was "made" following a public referendum in December 2016.
- Established Hoylake Community Cinema (www.hoylakecommunitycinema.co.uk) with monthly Film Nights at The Parade, Hoylake Community Centre, and subsequently the Old Town Hall, Hoylake, between 2012 and 2019, plus occasional Saturday Children's Film Matinees to include registered childcare for parents wishing to shop in Hoylake during performances. The cinema enjoys the patronage of Film director Alex Cox and actor Daniel Craig.
- Established a small grant fund supported by income from website advertising, banner sponsorship and cinema profits, to support other local organisations.
- Established the "Sustainable Vision for Hoylake Beach" website (www.sustainablebeach.org.uk) and awareness-raising platform to highlight concerns about the sustainability of beach management and lobbying for scientific research to be undertaken.
- Conceived the "Hoylake Beacon" project (www.hoylakebeacon.org.uk), supporting the Old Town Hall owners Hylgar Properties in a successful £3.64 million funding bid from the Coastal Communities Fund to deliver a cinema, restaurant, Café/bar and studio and retail units for artists and makers. HVL also won a grant of £37,500 from the Coastal Revival Fund to commission a Feasibility Study for this project, which will be published here once the scheme is open.
In addition, we are:
- Creating alternative proposals to the Council's planned Golf Resort including a Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre and eco-golf resort.
- Developing a Shopfront Design Guide to provide advice for businesses wishing to enhance the appearance of their premises.
- Developing many other ideas and inviting ideas from the community that we could support with advice and development.
And we'd like to hear from you...
Would you like to
- Know more about what we're doing?
- Help with any of our projects?
- Receive our regular e-newsletter?
If so, contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or write to us at The Old Town Hall, Hoylake CH47 2EE
Or have a chat with us at one of our events.
Hoylake Village Life CIC
Hoylake CH47 2EE
Company No. 07246081
Date of incorporation 06/05/201