Charity No. 229158
6 Melrose Avenue
0151 632 2152
Melrose Hall provides a venue for group activities and events for the residents and visitors of Hoylake and the surrounding area. It is one of the two community hubs in the town. We believe that Hoylake is a vibrant place to live and visit. We hope by promoting the amenities of Hoylake we will enhance the life of its residents and will attract more visitors to the town and perhaps lengthen their stay.
We are a charitable volunteer-led hall run for the benefit of the community. We are willing to help any voluntary group and may be able to provide free accommodation for one-off meetings.
For a list of regular participation activities at the hall, (like classes), see Our Activities. For our events and other local events, see Events. Lettings are important to us. They earn the income needed to keep the Hall open (this is the cost of lighting, heating, insurance and water rates) - for room hire and a description of our facilities, see Lettings. Full disabled access and a disabled toilet are available. (Disabled access to the Main Hall is via the Small Hall.)
The hall is located off Market Street, the main road through Hoylake. Melrose Avenue is the road at the side of the Ship Hotel. It is served by buses 38 and 407, and is about 10 minutes walk from Hoylake railway station (on the West Kirby MerseyRail line). Parking is available for about 10 cars off the lane at the left side and 4 cars next to the disabled entry.
For a short history of Hoylake, see History of Hoylake. The latter page also includes scanned pages of A Tour of Hoylake brochure, which includes a historical map of the town and a brief general description of a fishing village which became a commuter and holiday town.
The Hall is fast becoming the Live Theatre Venue for Hoylake - it isnow recognised as an intimate theatre for new shows. It is bringing cheaper, live performances to the local residents who usually have to travel to New Brighton, Liverpool or Port Sunlight to see professional and amateur theatre.
All over the country, as audience sizes continue to drop, larger theatres are struggling to survive. The future is in small local intimate theatres which can be filled to capacity at each performance.
Life Drawing Class
Melodymakers for Young and Old
Pet Dog and Puppy Classes
Friday Club with entertainment for the older generation: films, talks, music, quizzes, etc tea, cake and gossip!!!
For a full list of our future events, with days and times, see the top entries in on the Events page. Please come and take part!
Big Easy Jazz Club
Hoylake History Heritage Open Day
Heritage Event in Hall
The Events page also lists future local events and local activities. When we find out about an event, we add it to this list. If you know of an event which is planned for our area and which is not on the list, please let us know.
Hoylake Help is an information and advice service for the residents and visitors of Hoylake. It is run solely by volunteers. We are keen to help groups, businesses and residents with any queries about Hoylake and the district. Often we have people from far away who ask about the area and about Wirral history and they can usually be answered by our historian friends. Our networks are wide-ranging and we do our best to help everyone. When volunteers are available, we man a desk in Melrose Hall Monday to Friday from 10am to 12:30pm.
We are keen to ensure that Hoylake stays the lovely caring community that it always was and hopefully will continue to be. We are a Constituted Group recognised by Wirral Borough Council. For more information, contact Jackie Hall on 0151 632 2152 or Loraine on 0151 632 4548, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In 1952 the Hoylake Pensioners Club needed a permanent base and had raised £3000 for the building project. The King George VI Memorial Fund, which existed to provide financial assistance to groups who were in the process of raising money for community-support projects, was approached and donated a further £3000. St Lukes Church donated the plot of land for the club to build Melrose Hall on. The new Hall was opened in 1959. However, as the millennium approached, the Hall came under threat of closure.
The revival of Melrose Hall began in March 1999 after it had been closed for 2 years and was facing demolition. Jackie Hall and a team of volunteers acted quickly to save the Hall. On a wing and a prayer, they re-opened it in September 1999. They have worked continually ever since raising money to refurbish it. So far, £65,000 has been raised for work which has been done by volunteers and kind business friends. As a result, the hall has been rewired, electrical heating and hot water plumbing installed, new toilets fitted and the food preparation area fully refurbished. Double-glazing, fire alarm and security alarm systems have also been installed. The stage has been improved. An up-to-date film projection system has been installed. Curtains, carpets, tables and chairs have all been replaced and the accommodation redecorated. The roofs over the halls have been renewed and the floors throughout have been re-laid to the latest specification. We estimate that the value of the work done is in excess of £200,000. To record the original gift from the fund, on the wall inside the hall we have mounted the Bronze Plaque that came with the money.
Up until a few years ago, the hall was fronted by a large beech tree. However, it had grown so big that it was damaging the pavement, and starting to damage the building itself. So the tree had to be taken down, but a short length of trunk was left upstanding and this has been adorned by a wood carving.
The town is situated on the north-west coast of the Wirral peninsula. A large proportion of its inhabitants work for companies in Liverpool or Chester and many commute to work although there is a rising number who work at least part-time from home.
Views of Wales across the Dee
Hoylake promenade with lifeboat station
If you would like to give your comments or want to know more
about the hall, please contact Jackie Hall on 0151 632 2152 or Loraine on 0151 632 4548.
[Page last updated/checked 27/11/23