Friends of St Michael's

The Friends of St Michael in the Hamlet, the Cast Iron Church was launched at Heritage Weekend, 8th and 9th September 2007, with the following aims and objectives:

“To promote and encourage, for the benefit of the community, the preservation, protection  and improvement of  St Michael in the Hamlet, Toxteth Park.”

Becoming a member is a great way, to not only learn about St Michael's rich heritage, but to also stay in touch with its progress and future.

A years membership is £10. 

We hold regular meetings and events and we would love you to join us. For more information or to join please contact  or on 07767 230 201

We also hope you will come and visit this beautiful building, any Saturday March to October between 10a.m and 4p.m. Click here for more information about our open saturdays.                 

In 2006 a major long term refurbishment programme was started which would make the original Rickman roof watertight.  It was then planned to repoint the exterior brickwork and draw up an on-going maintenance programme.  The restoration would help secure the future of this much loved building for generations to come.

The “Friends” group aims to encourage members of the parish and the wider community to play a part in the future of this building and extend its use for the benefit of all.                     

At the first meeting on 30th October 2008 a small Committee was formed under the leadership of Canon John Goodchild, (retired) now being a member of our parish and community.  John took on the role of Chairman, Elizabeth Kennerley (Secretary), Jean Johnson (Treasurer) and Cath Park (Membership Secretary).

A very successful Evening was held in the Church in February 2009 when the Barbershop Harmony Group came to entertain.  Approx 120 attended plus the Choir.

Our first Annual General meeting took place on 25th April 2009 and several new members joined our Committee, Di and Les Cox, Wendy Booth and Ian Kellgren.

Alan Matthews, who also wrote the booklet The History of St Michael in the Hamlet (on sale from our Table in Church or on request to the Sec) gave a talk on the History at the first AGM. We also have a Booklet, concentrating on the stained glass windows, written by Valerie Jackson, also available on the ‘Friends’ table.

In April 2009 our membership was approximately twenty with our next AGM taking place on 24th April 2010 we had over forty helping  this Grade1 listed building keep up with repairs and maintenance.  On 12th March 2010, in the Church ‘An Evening with Hughie Jones’ (Ex Member of the Spinners) was arranged.  Hughie has continued to visit each June since then, and to provide entertainment to help raise funds for the ‘Friends’

The Friends of St Michael in the Hamlet the Cast Iron Church, who appreciate the Historical and Architectural value of this building, come from near and far. 

From April – September 2009 we opened the Church on the second and fourth Saturdays each month for anyone to come and have a look inside.  If you wish to bring a group at any other time please do ring one of the numbers below and we will do our best to accommodate. This continued in 2010 and also over the Heritage weekends.

Opening on Saturdays proved very popular so from March – October 2011 we opened every Saturday from 10a.m. – 4p.m with volunteers doing two hour shifts, showing this wonderful building to people.  We say a big thank you to those who do this very regularly. Please contact the Secretary if you are willing to help.

In June 2010 a thanksgiving service was held in the Church for the return to better health of our Chairman who had recently under gone major heart surgery.  The Church was absolutely full that day and we are so grateful for the donations received, and John's return to good health.

In April 2012 a new Chairman and Treasurer were elected as John Goodchild and Jean Johnson had decided to step down.  An up to date list of the Committee members can be found at the end.

We continue to have visits from speakers such as Tony Richardson, Ken Pye, Lorna and Brian King and Ritchie the Ranger.  We have been entertained by the Barbershop Harmony, Bentley Singers (Gilbert & Sullivan), Mersey Harmony and a great favourite Hughie Jones. When we have an event coming up we always advertise it locally and on Radio Merseyside.  We have had a stall at the Big History weekend in St Georges Hall for two years now.

We have helped the Church with several repairs including getting the clock in the tower repaired and the replacement of one of the special  roof slates.  The most major item we have helped with is creation of a proper kitchen in the Church.  We are very close to that becoming a reality.

We hope you will come and visit this beautiful building, any Saturday March to October between 10a.m and 4p.m we look forward to seeing you

Committee Members: 

John Pritchard (Chairman)

Elizabeth Kennerley (Secretary)   

Margaret Daley (Treasurer)         

Catherine Park (Membership Secretary)

Brian Garner                   

Wendy Booth

Les Cox

Dianne Cox


Any further details, information, booklets can be requested from the Sec.  or on 07767 230 201

We can also cater for Groups to visit the Church during the week  and  arrangements for this can be made by either ringing the Sec 07767 230 201 or Rob Johnson, Church Warden 07714 468495.