Might This Be Of Interest: October 2019

Might This Be Of Interest’ is dedicated to items not strictly Club related, but may be of interest to the Membership. If you have any items that ‘Might This Be Of Interest’ please contact Jack Birley.

There are two items which ‘may be of interest’ to report;


LMI Exhibition – Spanish Flu Event Day, 12 October 2019 

Our friends at the Liverpool Medical Institution (LMI) are holding an exhibition on Saturday 12 October at LMI, it is free to attend and no booking is required. Full details of the event can be found at https://www.lmi.org.uk/spanishfluexhibition.


Mozart’s Requiem – 16 November 2019

In November, Proprietor Mr Lee Ward. will be conducting a concert at the Liverpool Cathedral with both the Liverpool and Metropilitan Cathedral Choirs and the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra. Full details of the concert can be found below.




































The Athenaeum Members Get People’s Project Update










Everton CEO Prof. Denise Barrett-Baxendale and Stadium Development Director Colin Chong were the special guests at The Athenaeum for a question and answer session entitled ‘More Than a Game’.

The event, held in the splendour of The Athenaeum’s library, one of the greatest propriety libraries in the UK, gave members of the 222-year old Liverpool institution an insight into Everton’s plans for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock and how a community-led legacy at Goodison Park could become an exemplar development.

Founded in 1797 The Athenaeum has remained true to its founding principles and the opportunities it provides for members to meet and enjoy the company of friends and acquaintances through a varied events programme. Addressing an influential audience made up of some of the city’s key business and legal minds Denise and Colin explained how a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock will not only provide a platform for the growth of the Club but also have a transformational socio-economic impact on North Liverpool and the wider Liverpool City Region – delivering a £1 billion boost to the economy, the potential for up to 15,000 jobs, bringing 1.5million new visitors to the city and more than £237 million of societal value.

Guests also heard about Everton’s plans to respect and accentuate the maritime heritage of the dock site as well as how the Club plans to build on the life-changing and life-saving work of Everton in the Community to develop a community-led legacy at Goodison Park.

Stadium Development Director Colin Chong said: “We are currently embarking on our second stage public consultation and this has been an extension of that programme. It was a pleasure for Denise and I to be invited to The Athenaeum, such a historic institution in our city to talk to their esteemed members about our plans. The positive feedback we received tonight, echoes what we have heard throughout our consultation period. All the feedback we receive is invaluable to us and will be used in our planning application submissions, which are on track to be submitted before the end of 2019.”

Dr Gaynor Bresnen, President of The Athenaeum, added: “The Athenaeum has been at the centre of debate and decision making in our great city for more than 200 years.  We are delighted to have hosted Everton Football Club this evening and look forward to the positive impact that their Bramley-Moore Dock stadium project will have on the much-needed regeneration of North Liverpool.

The People’s Project second stage public consultation is currently touring the city region and will be visiting Goodison Park on Saturday 17 August and New Brighton on Sunday 18 August. For those unable to attend the roadshow the consultation will remain open until Sunday 25 August. All the consultation materials can be viewed online by visiting www.peoples-project.co.uk/consultation


Might This Be Of Interest: Liverpool Mozart Orchestra

‘Might This Be Of Interest’ is dedicated to items not strictly Club related, but may be of interest to the Membership. If you have any items that ‘Might This Be Of Interest’ please contact Jack Birley.

The below event is not affiliated with the Athenaeum, however, has been organised in conjunction with a Proprietor.

This Saturday, 23rd March, the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra (whose players include Proprietor Mr Howard Rogers) will be performing at the Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University, 17 Shaw Street, L6 1HP.  The concert starts at 7:30pm with a pre-concert talk at 6:45 pm.  The evening is entitled French Influences and will include Sibelius (Pelleas et Melisande), Chopin (Piano Concerto No.2) and Poulenc (Sinfonietta).  Tickets are £15 for adults, £13.50 Senior Citizens, £5.00 17 and over in full-time education and FREE for 16 and under.  Full details at www.livemozart.com

Might This Be Of Interest: Christine’s Marathon Effort!

‘Might This Be Of Interest’ is dedicated to items not strictly Club related, but may be of interest to the Membership. If you have any items that ‘Might This Be Of Interest’ please contact Jack Birley.

In May of this year, Proprietor, Christine Bispham, is taking part in the 2019 MoonWalk, a full moon marathon (26.2 miles) to raise money for the Walk The Walk Breast Cancer Charity.

Full details of Christine’s story and how to donate to this worthy cause can be found here: https://moonwalklondon2019.everydayhero.com/uk/christine-25 

Best of luck Christine!!!

Might This Be Of Interest? : School Governors Wanted

Did you know there is currently a national drive by the National Governor’s Association to recruit skilled governors to our schools?

School governors and trustees make a valuable contribution to children’s education, opportunities and futures.

Being a school governor or trustee is a challenging but hugely rewarding role. It will give you the chance to make a real difference to young people, give something back to your local community and use and develop your skills in a board-level environment. You will also be joining the largest volunteer force in the country: there are over a quarter of a million volunteers governing state funded schools in England.

Schools need governing boards that have a balance and diversity of knowledge, skills and experience to enable it to be effective. Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has repeatedly noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management – including by the governing board.

The National Governor’s Association (www.nga.org.uk) have a simple way of registering an interest in becoming a governor or trustee.

To volunteer as a school governor or trustee sign up with Inspiring Governors (www.inspiringgovernors.org/volunteers). This free online service connects volunteers with schools that need governors or trustees. Once you have created your profile including your skills, preferences and a brief personal statement, you can:

  • View governor/ trustee vacancies in your local area and contact schools that you are interested in
  • Be contacted by schools that are looking for governors/ trustees with particular skills


I have been a proprietor at The Athenaeum for the last 5 years. I am also a chair of governors on two Multi-Academy Boards, chair at a Special School, chair at a large Secondary School all based in Wirral. I have also become a governor at a secondary school in Liverpool.

I am also a National Leaders of Governance and one of 400 in the country. I am trained to review governance structures in schools and Multi-Academy Trusts either as a regular evaluation of their work or as a result of a poor Ofsted outcome. I also offer free support to chairs of governors and I work nationally.

I was delighted to have been awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen for services to education in Wirral.

I would urge Proprietors, or their family members, to consider becoming a governor or a trustee.

I am happy to be contacted if anyone wishes to discuss the role further. My contact details are on my website www.purplegovernance.co.uk


Jane Owens MBE FRSA

LILAC Information Literacy Award, Sponsored by the Athenaeum

Congratulations to Emily Hurt, winner of the 2018 LILAC Information Literacy Award, sponsored by the Athenaeum. Emily was presented the award by Proprietor and former Chairman of our Library, David Brazendale, at LILAC’s Awards Dinner at the Metropolitan Cathedral earlier this year. Both Emily and David can be seen here in a picture from the evening along with the judges to the award. Congratulations once again!

We’re delighted to announce…

We are delighted to announce that the Athenaeum has established four new reciprocal agreements with Club’s within the UK and further afield. We are currently in the process of expanding our reciprocal list for your benefit, if you have any suggestions Club’s we may approach, or cities that our list currently lacks, please contact Jack Birley in the first instance. Full details of our new reciprocal Clubs can be found below;

The Naval Club
38 Hill Street,
Telephone: 0151 207 493 7672
Email: reservation@navalclub.co.uk
Website: http://www.navalclub.co.uk/

The Oriental Club
Stratford House
Stratford Place
Telephone: 0207 629 5126
Email: membership@orientalclub.org.uk
Website: www.orientalclub.org.uk

The Walbrook Club
37A Walbrook
Telephone: 0207 6236100
Email: office@walbrook-club.co.uk
Website: www.walbrook-club.co.uk

The Forest and Stream Club
1800, Chemin Bord -du-Lac
H9S 2E6
Telephone: 514 6317101
Email: info@forestandstream.ca
Website: www.forestandstream.ca


Heritage Open Day – 9th September 2017

‘Step inside Church Alley’s discrete doorway and enter part of Liverpool’s History’.


Founded in 1797 by prominent Liverpool figures, the Athenaeum is one of the oldest private members clubs in the UK. Entry into the enigmatic doorway located on Church Alley is restricted only to its Members -or Proprietors as they are known as they each own one equal share- or attendees of functions help at the premises, however…


On Saturday September 9th 2017 the Athenaeum opens its doors to the public as part of Heritage Open Day. In addition to viewing the magnificent rooms within, including the Newsroom and the spectacular Library, these special tours will offer an insight into the history of the Club, its past members, and the treasures kept within.


Tours of the Club will be commencing at 10:30am, and will run every 30 minutes until 3:00pm. Tours last approximately 30 minutes, and booking is essential.


To book your place, please email Katie Hodson ( katie@theathenaeum.org.uk ) stipulating your name, the amount of tickets required, and your preferred timeslot, alternatively you can call our reception on 0151 709 7770. Don’t delay your booking as we predict demand will outweigh our maximum allocations.