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Exclusive: Reynolds clan blast St Julie's plan

'Building on Woolton Woods is not what Grandfather would have wanted'

Written by . Published on February 9th 2015.

Exclusive: Reynolds clan blast St Julie's plan

THE grandson of World War One hero Col Sir James Reynolds says Liverpool City Council would be going against his grandfather’s clearly expressed wishes if it builds a new school on an area of Woolton Woods.

Successful Liverpool cotton broker Sir James donated a 10 acre site of the historic woods, in 1917, for the enjoyment of the local population for generations to come.

'In 1917, when he was discussing his gift with city council members, he felt the people he was dealing with would be gentlemen who would respect and honour what he wanted'

The council wants to take a parcel of land, amounting to five percent of Woolton Woods, to enable a replacement St Julie’s Girls’ High School to be built.

Ahead of a gathering of the Reynolds’ family in Woolton at the weekend, the city council issued a statement saying Sir James had been paid by the council for the land, meaning it was theirs and could be built on.

Well over 100 villagers gathered in Woolton Woods on Sunday to watch Lady Charlotte Reynolds, granddaughter-in-law of Sir James, unveil a plaque to mark his birth, in Woolton, in February 1865.

It was clear the show of strength by four generations of the Reynolds’ family, aimed at demonstrating to city decision makers that the woodland was not theirs to use as a building site.

Img_3714 'If the council gets its way, and it won’t...' Simon O'Brien at the plaque unveiling with Lady Charlotte Reynolds

There is little doubt the surprise visit, fortified by a speech made by grandson Simon Reynolds, gave comfort to campaigners against the school plan, possibly putting them on a legal collision course with the council.

In an exclusive interview with Liverpool Confidential, Sir Simon Reynolds said: “It is perfectly clear what my uncle intended when he gifted the land in 1917.  He donated 10 acres to the people and sold the remainder for £10,000.

 Whatever is being said now, his intentions were very clear. It could well be that in 1917 when he was discussing his gift with city council members, he felt the people he was dealing with would be gentlemen who would respect and honour what he wanted.”

He went on: My grandfather, as a leading Catholic, would have approved of St Julie’s School being extended and improved. But he would certainly have not wanted Woolton Woods to be encroached upon, especially with a high-rise building that would diminish the village of Woolton.

Grandfather wanted to make sure before he died or left Woolton that his wishes were in place. He made the donation of the land in 1917, before the end of the war, because he didn’t know if he would come back, so he made sure he presented some of the green area of Woolton to the people of his village and of the town.

My message to the city council today would be to say Woolton Woods is part of the charm of Woolton village and must be protected. I am certain my grandfather would not want any of the green space he gave to be used for the school, as it would set a precedent.”

Img_3710Sir Simon Reynolds: 'My grandfather...would certainly have not wanted Woolton Woods to be encroached upon, especially with a high-rise building that would diminish the village of Woolton'

Addressing the gathering Simon Reynolds said Sir James loved the countryside and wanted to ensure he left an area of countryside to the city he loved, Liverpool.

That is why we are here today to protect his wishes on this issue,” he said.

Village resident and television personality Simon O Brien said: “Today we have been joined by four generations of the Reynolds’ family.  If the council gets its way, and it won’t, they would build a solid brick wall, 20 metres in height, changing forever our conservation area.

Col Reynolds gifted this land in good faith to the people. If there is any moral justice the council will think again about its plans and build the school on its existing site to respect the wishes of one of our great war heroes and philanthropists.”

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47 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

John BradleyFebruary 9th 2015.

The Reynolds clan lost their right to have a say in Liverpool when they fucked of and took the money they had made here somewhere else.

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drilldrillFebruary 10th 2015.

No they kindly gave the park to you and your neighbours. If you don't want to use it that's up to you. And if Joe builds this monstrosity I too will fuck off with the money I made here and leave it for nice chaps like you and Joe to enjoy, except think Joe will be off to somewhere warmer soon.

Old NickFebruary 10th 2015.

That wouldn't be Hell by any chance, I don't want him anywhere near here.

John BradleyFebruary 10th 2015.

Why don't you fuck of now. Nice to know you put your personal benefit above that of the city.

AnonymousFebruary 10th 2015.

Language Timothy

GloriaFebruary 10th 2015.

Is Bradley a Papist?

Up the PollFebruary 10th 2015.

He talks a lot of Papal Bull...

AnonymousFebruary 9th 2015.

The wishes of a man from 1917 should take precedence over the needs of kids these days? And how on earth does that bloke know what his grandfather would have thought about a new school?

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AnonymousFebruary 9th 2015.

They're not taking precedence over the needs of kids. There isn't any dispute about the need for a new building, better facilities. Only about where. And he explained why he "knew" what his grandfather would have thought.

AnonymousFebruary 10th 2015.

The man in 1917 was giving to the families of those who fought and and those who died of course that takes precedent over the kids needs. Why don't you give money for the kids needs. And what about my needs for a park. I have had to pay all my life for schools who are teaching a doctrine I really disagree with and now the want to teach it on my park.

W. C. FieldsFebruary 10th 2015.

The space was bequeathed as "recreation" ground - for what you call "the kids". Building on it is stealing from the children of today and generations yet unborn.

Eva BrickFebruary 10th 2015.

Building on public open space turns it into private property for someone's 'property portfolio'

AnonymousFebruary 9th 2015.

It seems quite clear four generations of the Reynolds family came from far and wide to demonstrate their feelings about land given freely, and for, free by the colonel. If there are any modern age gentlemen in the council, that would be god end of the matter. They would fully respect the wishes of Col. Reynolds. Do these people have no shame, disrespecting the wishes of the donor? Dear oh dear, just how low can this city sink. The solution is easy, just use the existing site for the school and everybody, including the Reynolds family, will be happy.

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John BradleyFebruary 9th 2015.

The Reynolds family cam to unveil a plaque to honour themselves. Do you have no sham in trying to steel this land from the population of Liverpool in the interest of you mortgage?

AnonymousFebruary 10th 2015.

The land is being stolen by the Council and no doubt the land, on which the school could easily be built, will end up making a big fat profit for our Mayor and his bessie mates at Redrow. The school can be rebuilt on site, there is plenty of room. Don't steal parks from the kids and then pretend your doing them a favour. Mayor Anderson is the one who is seeking to honour himself, not the Reynolds. His desire for power is his one and only interest. I wonder if Mayor Anderson will have a mortgage on his Spanish property?

RosaryFebruary 10th 2015.

Do Catholic schools belong to the Council, or to the Catholic Archdiocese?

Green TambourineFebruary 9th 2015.

Think of the SQUIRRELS!!!

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Square EyesFebruary 11th 2015.

Yes, a favourite old television situation comedy. I think of it often. en.wikipedia.org/…/The_Squirrels_(TV_series)…

onetenorFebruary 9th 2015.

What a hot potato. someone said something about city?council morals . They have none as has been shown time and again in the past.as to which is best solution I do not know but why can't the existing site be used instead of spoiling the woods and the overall look of the village which /i thought was a conservation area anyway

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SpudFebruary 10th 2015.

Yes - as has been stated several times, if rebuilding within its own site would be too disruptive of the work of the school, Joe has a brand-new, very expensive school in mothballs at Parklands High they can use for the interim until St. Julie's new buildings are ready. Is that too much like common sense and good for the taxpayers and people of Liverpool?

John BradleyFebruary 10th 2015.

or they can just use Parklands, then the old site can be sold, the woods left as they are, but the Nuns will not do it, they have been offered Parklands and turned it down.

Phiscall YereFebruary 10th 2015.

'Beggars can't be choosers' as my old mum used to say. Do these nuns pay tax? Why do their wishes count more than the needs of normal people who do?

AnonymousFebruary 10th 2015.

I wonder whether the people of Speke are given the option of educating their children in Speke? I think not. The bottom line is that what we are dealing with is pure, unadulterated snobbery. What's wrong wtih Parklands? Nothing. It's a new building being maintained at massive expense to the tax payer. The problem for the nuns is Parklands is in Speke and they would rather take a slice of our children's park than go to Speke. Why should they suffer when we can instead? Suits the Council as then they can sell the remainder of the land to Redrow.

John BradleyFebruary 10th 2015.

You have to remember Woolton is a Marginal full of Luvvie types and is therefore a special place for Politicians and the Media.

AnonymousFebruary 10th 2015.

I think a lot of area in Liverpool have become marginals as a result of Mayor Anderson. He is a great vote advert for the Lib Dems, the Green Pary, the Tories, UKIP, the Monster Raving Loony Party etc The only question on election day is which party is most likely to get him and his idiot councillors out.

AnonymousFebruary 10th 2015.

"You have to remember Woolton is a Marginal full of Luvvie types" - you ARE joking? It's full of suburban slobs who wear fleeces and think more about the appearance of their cars than themselves.

AnonymousFebruary 10th 2015.

I thought nuns were supposed to be full of humility? Perhaps they need a spell in Liberia treating Ebola patients to refresh their memories?

AnonymousFebruary 10th 2015.

I'm sure that nice, new Pope can fix it for them.

John BradleyFebruary 10th 2015.

A new pope. www.youtube.com/watch…

SootyFebruary 9th 2015.

Enjoy it while you can joe ya fat greedy bastard ..cos come 2016 youre gone!

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AnonymousFebruary 10th 2015.

I have never looked forward to a local election before but I can't wait for 2016 to see the back of Anderson. How many more sleeps is that?

Up the PollFebruary 10th 2015.

What? We get a VOTE? That's new!

AnonymousFebruary 9th 2015.

Wtf? A box of flowers, music stands, two old dudes in red kecks and the bloke making the speech looks like he's wearing a syrup? Bizarre

AnonymousFebruary 9th 2015.

That syrup is ours to do what we want with. Underneath has been classified as incidental pink space

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AnonymousFebruary 9th 2015.

Although I do hope it's not a dog's toilet like the rest of our parkland seems to be called, as soon as Mayor Joke wants to sell it.

AnonymousFebruary 10th 2015.

Evil Joe wants to build a school for our children on a 'DOGS' TOILET'? How dare he!

AnonymousFebruary 10th 2015.

He's not a gentleman, that's for sure.

Judith PattersonFebruary 9th 2015.

You keep saying when Anderson goes, do it now, and yes the family would know what the man would of wanted, that was the whole idea, council think they are a law unto themselves, get rid of the whole council and start again.

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AnonymousFebruary 10th 2015.


Ivor TumbrelFebruary 10th 2015.


TourmanFebruary 10th 2015.

As we have learnt from Sefton Park and the proposed destruction of the meadows there, Fat Joe does not listen he is too thick to understand the issues. How did this ignoramus become Mayor? It was a council stitch up. When Sir James Reynalds gave this land to the people of Liverpool there were Honourable Gentlemen on the council, that is no longer the case, a bunch of self serving parasites with their noses in the trough and one only needs to meet Fat Joe to realise who is benefiting most. Has been a disaster and will he do the Hourourable thing and serve for one term as he said he would. As no one wants him as a Metro Mayor he may try to cling to power. Joe must Go to save Liverpool from this wanton destruction of our heritage and to preserve to the green areas for future generations.

AnonymousFebruary 10th 2015.

Absolutely right!

drilldrillFebruary 10th 2015.

Why is Archbishop Malcolm McMahon silent on this moral issue?

drilldrillFebruary 10th 2015.

Why is Archbishop Malcolm McMahon silent on this moral issue. Does not the Catholic Church tell us to love our neighbours? Did you not say you had come to serve the people of Liverpool and Lancashire? Let me look again at your inaugural address. You are injuring and enraging tho

drilldrillFebruary 10th 2015.

Does not the Catholic Church to love our neighbours?

drilldrillFebruary 10th 2015.

Did not Archbishop Malcolm McMahon say he had come to serve the people of Liverpool and Lancashire. And yet here you are injuring and enraging thousands of of your neighbours. I urge you to consult with your fellow Christians and engage with your neighbours. Do you not exhort us to keep our vows? Sir James Reynolds gave a vast amount of money to the Catholic Church for which he was made a Papal Knight by Pius XI. Surely out of personal gratitude and moral respect for the solemn covenant between Sir James and Liverpool Corporation, you must publicly insist the covenant is kept. Archbishop McMahon you cannot remain silent.

AnonymousFebruary 11th 2015.

While he's saying Malcolm McMahon, here is a short interlude. (Run cine/potter's wheel)

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