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    £4m lottery cash saves Florrie



    MILLIONS of pounds of lottery cash were today awarded to a building at the heart of the ECHO’s Stop the Rot campaign.

    The Heritage Lottery Fund has agreed a £3.9m grant to help regenerate the Florence Institute in Dingle.

    It will house a 300-seater auditorium, gym, cafe, crèche, social enterprises, library and heritage resource centre, and the observatory will be restored.

    The country’s oldest surviving purpose-built youth club will now be converted into a community facility.


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    It was a stunning building in its heyday so I hope they do a good job returning it to its former glory,here's the "Friends of the Florrie" website.

    http://www.savetheflorrie.org.uk/his...es/gallery.htm

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    Excellent news! Thanks for that.

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    Cool restore it...

    here here, lets put Liverpool back on the world map...

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    gym, cafe
    Splendid.
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    It's good news for a lovely building.

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    My Da used to live not a 100 yards from the Florrie and not a million miles from the 'Holy Land' either. I reckon he'll be made up with this news.


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    There's a 'Holy land' in Anfield too .. no not LFC (only joking ! I'm not a footy fan) .. there's Abbey, Cathedral, Chapel, Monastery, Bishop, Canon, Vicar, Rector, Curate roads.
    Someone once told me that they called it 'The Holy City' 'cos it's got Cathedral.

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    I don't know Shytalk. Perhaps Kev will know. Mine went on no problem.

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    I hope there's enough money to build a new roof.
    The building has been open to the elements for far too long.
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    i am so happy about this!

    hurray!

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    Cool Florrie

    Does anyone have

    any links or contacts for the people directly involved in the restoration of the Florrie?

    "It will house a 300-seater auditorium, gym, cafe, crèche,

    social enterprises, library and heritage resource centre" - This is exactly the kind of project I have been wanting to be involved in.

    Lemmo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnlemmon View Post
    Does anyone have any links or contacts for the people directly involved in the restoration of the

    Florrie?

    "It will house a 300-seater auditorium, gym, cafe, crèche, social enterprises, library and heritage resource centre" - This is exactly the

    kind of project I have been wanting to be involved in.

    Lemmo.
    Try "Toxteth Town Hall" in High Park Street.

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    Cool

    Thanks Philip G...I will

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    The Florrie was being surveyed last week. This week the inside of the building is being cleared out by workmen.

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    Let's hope there's continuing money to fund the running of the place. Remember the council's withdrawal of funding for the Garston Banks Rd Community centre Project and the serious effects this is projected to have.

    Also I sincerely hope the community continue their support for the St Cleopas and St Gabriel Church Youth projects. It would be a shame for the Florrie to eclipse these very worth while community facilities. Same goes for St Cleopas's Cleo's Cafe and laundrette.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marky View Post
    The Florrie was being surveyed last week. This week the inside of the building is being cleared out by workmen.
    Ahhhh! T'anks for the heads up, squire. I feel a visit after work on the morrow is in order.

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    PRINCE Charles made a visit to a landmark on the ECHO’s Stop the Rot hitlist.

    The prince had asked to see the Florence institute in Mill Street, which the community wants to restore with the help of a £3.9m Heritage Lottery grant.

    According to campaigner Tom Calderbank, he was amazed to learn the building was owned by his mother the Queen. more
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    At the last screening of Gardens of Stone at Lee Jones centre, a couple of 1980s to present 'activists' in the best possible sense of the word, showed up (pre-arranged with us) as they had a video of Gerard Gardens being demolished (both fantastic and sad) as well as other film of them camcording around Liverpool in 1987 including a group on at Streets pub and a disco on in Kirklands and them getting people to say 'on camera', their motto 'Keep the pool alive'. One of these chaps is currently active in removing the tons of rubbish from inside the Florrie (where my father-in-law went to as a Dingle youngster, born off Cockburn st) and they also have to deal with getting rid of hundreds of rats which have taken over. He gave me a card for the Belvedere Community Activity Centre in Miles Street, Toxteth so perhaps they can give anyone any updates on progress.
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    Excellent news - I'm glad they're moving forward with this. I just hope that when it's finished it is looked after and not damaged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snappel View Post
    Excellent news - I'm glad they're moving forward with this. I just hope that when it's finished it is looked after and not damaged.
    I'm very pleased that Prince Charles wanted to see the Florrie, but let's not get carried away by the fact that his Mum might own the building.
    I think it's more to do with not knowing who currently owns it, and perhaps a bit of Compulsory Purchase that the ownership has passed to the Crown.
    The Queen therefore owns an awful lot of derelict property.

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    The Florry

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    They've already set up an office in there but one of the fellers working on it said that they've got to move a colony of bats out before they can do much else.

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    Just been speaking on the phone to the lads active in this great restoration. Here's one webiste with another to do with the Belvedere being built.

    http://www.savetheflorrie.org.uk/
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    I'm very pleased that Prince Charles wanted to see the Florrie, but let's not get carried away by the fact that his Mum might own the building.
    I think it's more to do with not knowing who currently owns it, and perhaps a bit of Compulsory Purchase that the ownership has passed to the Crown.
    The Queen therefore owns an awful lot of derelict property.

    I think this is a joke ???

    When Prince Charles got shown around the Florry, instead of wearin' a hard hat, he had a dead fox on his head.

    One of the fellers asked him why he was wearing that an' he said,,,,,

    "I was talking to Mummy, the Queen you know ?"

    She said, "Charles, where is your next engagement ?"

    I replied, "The Florry."

    She said, "Wear the foxed hat?"

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    Ha ha. Good one MariaC.

    She was meant to be there too apparently but was up in her bedroom with her Philips 15 inch instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    Ha ha. Good one MariaC.

    She was meant to be there too apparently but was up in her bedroom with her Philips 15 inch instead.

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    So glad it will be restored, my dad learnt his boxing skills at the Florrie in the 1930s.
    He lived in Northumberland Buildings and always spoke of it.
    I am sure if he had been alive today he would have been over the moon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xkopite View Post
    So glad it will be restored, my dad learnt his boxing skills at the Florrie in the 1930s.
    He lived in Northumberland Buildings and always spoke of it.
    I am sure if he had been alive today he would have been over the moon.

    A lot of our family used to box there, also in Our Lady of Mount Carmel, The Golden Gloves and the Pegasus. Does anybody remember those places ?

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