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What links Hermione Granger, Mildred Hubble and Sabrina Spellman?

Location: Planter on the corner of Bispham Road and Wennington Road

High Park Project Fact: The future of High Park

The High Park Project is currently funded to work 2019-2024. Our aim is to leave a sustainable legacy of vibrant and supportive community groups that will help to make High Park one of the best places to live in Southport.

We currently have three active community groups that are actively looking for members:

High Park Community Action Group

Friends of High Park’s Green Spaces

High Park Festival Planning Group

If you’d like to get involved with the project please contact 
Joe.mcnulty@brighterliving.org.uk

Did you know?

During World War II Southport suffered 11 attacks from the Luftwaffe. In total seven people were killed and 76 injured during bombing raids, 17 of which were described as serious and 12 houses were demolished, two of which were in Hartwood Road. Another bomb was dropped on Stretton Drive. Other than these two streets, which are on the High Park periphery, High Park came out relatively unscathed.

While World War I did not have the physical impact World War II had on High Park many families saw their sons leave to help with the war effort. There is a record of eight servicemen who lost their lives in the Church of St Simon and St Jude, but there is one notable soldier who survived the war and was awarded the Croix de Guerre, the French medal for bravery. Born in 1883 Jeffery Rimmer lived in 20a High Park Road and had four sisters and one brother and his father was a farm labourer.

On 15th August 1915, Rimmer signed with the King’s (Liverpool) Regiment and just under a year later he was wounded in action in France. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre for an act of heroism in combat with the enemy. A few months later he returned to combat and joined the Labour Corp. The Labour Corp was made up of men who had either been wounded or taken ill while on the front line. Rimmer was discharged from the army on 16th October 1918 and died in 1968 living to the ripe old age of 85.

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