Robes Worn by the Rose Queen

We had it confirmed today from a member of the Rose Queen’s retinue that the robes that were recently discovered in a store-cupboard at St Peter’s Church ARE the original robes from 1957!


The robes worn by the incoming Rose Queen, Sally Wright (left) and the retiring Rose Queen, Susan Dixon (right)

The robes will be on display in St Peter’s Church Hall from Wednesday July 5 to Sunday July 9, as part of our celebration of community and the 60th anniversary of the day that John met Paul!

Travel to Woolton

We are looking forward to welcoming the world to Woolton Village as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the day that John met Paul and the importance of community!

Some information on travel options is available on our “Useful Links” page, but below are some more specific suggestions.  Click on the bus numbers to download timetables or click HERE for the Merseytravel Planner app

By Car

There is limited public parking in Woolton Village and we encourage you to use public transport wherever possible.  On Saturday and Sunday, one option is to park at Liverpool South Parkway and take the Garston Circular 166 or 266 to Woolton Village (every half hour weekdays/Saturdays; hourly on Sunday)

By Taxi

Woolton Village is approximately 6 1/2 miles from Liverpool City Centre, and taxi prices vary depending on the service you use.

By Bus

From Liverpool One bus station: No 75 (every 10 minutes weekdays; every 15 minutes Saturdays; every 20 minutes Sundays ) or No 76 (every 30 minutes daily)

From Queen’s Square bus station: No 78 (every 30 minutes daily)

By train

Many mainline train services stop at Liverpool South Parkway (or take mainline services or Merseyrail from Liverpool Lime Street to Liverpool South Parkway), and then take the Garston Circular as above

Alternatively take Merseyrail to Hunt’s Cross Station, and take bus No 89 to Woolton Village (every 20 minutes weekdays/Saturdays; every half hour Sundays)


By air

Bus No 89 runs directly from Liverpool John Lennon airport to Woolton village (every 20 minutes weekdays/Saturdays; every half hour Sundays)

Bell-Ringing and the Beatles!

A first for Woolton!

The St Peter’s bellringers will be chiming some well known Beatles songs on the tower bells on and off throughout the afternoon on Wednesday and Thursday!

Nick Willasey and fellow ringers look forward to seeing you up in the tower!

And don’t forget that the bell-tower will be open for tours both days too!  Learn more about the history of the bells and bell-ringing at St Peter’s, and try your hand at bell-ringing, just as the young John Lennon did.

The ringers standing ready to ring the bells!

Amazing Prizes in our Community Celebration Raffle!

To support the fund-raising efforts of both St Peter’s Church and Bishop Martin CE Primary School, we are holding a COMMUNITY CELEBRATION RAFFLE as part of the anniversary celebrations from July 5 -9!

The amazing prizes include this print by Bill Zygmant, created especially by Bill for the Anniversary Celebrations and not previously available anywhere!

Tickets only cost £1 each and are available from Thursday June 29 in the following places:

  • The Hub (Simon Peter Centre, St Peter’s Church, Woolton) until Friday July 7
  • The Beatles Shop (31 Mathew Street) until Friday July 7
  • St Peter’s Church Hall – Wednesday July 5 until 2.30pm on Sunday July 9
  • Anniversary Fete, Bishop Martin CE Primary School, Thursday July 6
  • Bishop Martin CE Primary School, Saturday July 8, from 3pm

Thanks to the generosity of individuals and organisations in the local community as well as from around the world, we have some great prizes on offer, including a night’s stay at the Hard Day’s Night Hotel, a signed Jamie Carragher LFC shirt, VIP night at the Cavern Club, Liverpool/Beatles tours, restaurant vouchers, beauty vouchers, limited edition prints and photographs, as well as many other great items!  We are still receiving donations, and so the list is growing!

A signed Jamie Carragher LFC shirt, framed, and complete with a certificate of authenticity, is another of our star prizes!

For a full list of prizes, as well as full terms and conditions, click HERE

The DRAW will take place in public view in St Peter’s Church Hall on Sunday July 9 from 2.30pm.  A full list of winners will be posted in the Church Hall by 4pm on Sunday July 9 and online as soon as possible thereafter.  Those winners who are not present in the Church Hall at the time that the winners are announced will be notified by email or post during the week commencing July 10, 2017.

How about this?  A print of the first photograph taken of the Quarrymen performing in Rosebery St in June 1957, signed by the photographer, Charlie Roberts, and the Quarrymen.

Where it is practical (eg vouchers), prizes will be posted/emailed to absentee winners.  In ALL other cases, it is the responsibility of the winners to collect their prizes from St Peter’s Church (prizes will be stored, free of charge, by St Peter’s Church in the interim).


Another special prize is this floor block from St Peter’s Church Hall (donated by St Peter’s Church)


Want something a bit more unusual?  Then this prize, donated by Zip It Liverpool, might tempt you to buy a ticket (or several tickets!) —  a set of 3 flying ducks (wall art), themed to the winner’s choice!  You could even choose a Coronation Street theme!


Something for the child in us all! A Yellow Submarine (modern) tabletop pinball machine, donated by the Beatles Shop in Mathew Street!

Guided Walking Tours of Woolton Village

Thelma, one of the members of St Peter’s congregation, very often takes friends and visitors on a walking tour of Woolton Village that includes places of interest to Beatles fans as well as sites of more general historic interest.  The tour lasts about 45 minutes and will start and finish at St Peter’s Church.

The tour is FREE but places are limited, and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.  However, if you would like to guarantee a place on a tour then please email us at to reserve your spot.

Meet at the main entrance to the Church (the lych gate) five minutes before the times listed below:

  • Wednesday July 5 – 1.30pm
  • Thursday July 6 – 11.30am
  • Saturday July 8 – 2pm

Sites include “our Eleanor”, Woolton Picture House, the grounds of St Mary’s Church and the interior of St Peter’s Church!

What if …

In eight days’ time, St Peter’s Church and Bishop Martin CE Primary School will open their doors to welcome the world to Woolton village as we prepare to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the day that John Lennon and Paul McCartney met!

But what if that meeting had never taken place?  What if there had been no Beatles?

In his excellent book, Conversations with McCartney (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2015), journalist and author Paul Du Noyer pondered that very question and wrote about a world in which the butterfly had never “flapped its wings” and the “distant mountain” had not “tumbled over.”

As custodians of the legacy of that “fateful” day, we at St Peter’s Church found Paul’s ideas  intriguing and thought-provoking, and we are indebted to Paul for allowing us to share them with you!

Read, enjoy … and imagine!


This extract is reproduced here with the very kind permission of Paul Du Noyer.  Please do not download or reproduce without the expression written permission of Paul Du Noyer.

Conversations With McCartney (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2015) is available from all good booksellers from £9.99.  Click  HERE to buy from Amazon or HERE to buy from Paul McCartney’s official website!

For more information on Paul Du Noyer, visit his website by clicking HERE!

Limited Edition Anniversary T-Shirts

As well as our full range of merchandise, which includes pens, postcards, badges, magnets, mugs, teddy bears, bags, colouring books and posters, we will have a very limited number of special anniversary-themed t-shirts for sale!  There are only 76 of these available in total (adult sizes S-2XL) at £20 each.  They will only be available from the merchandise table in the Church Hall from July 5 -9, and when they’re gone, they’re gone!

Our usual range of t-shirts will also be available!

Happy Birthday Len!

Six months today we will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the day that John met Paul and musical history was made.  Playing with John and the rest of the Quarrymen that day was Len Garry, who today celebrates his 75th birthday!

Happy birthday, Len, from all at St Peter’s and we hope to see you again during the anniversary celebrations!


Len Garry at St Peter’s Church Hall, August 2016