The Hadlow Green WI minutes on 5th July 1967 record that “Mr Williams [Hadlow Green WI choir master] had asked Mrs Neal [President] if the Choir could give a recital and also if some of the husbands could attend. It was decided to ask Mr Williams in December and offer him approximately half an hour.” A personal diary records about the event: ‘It was a fine winter’s evening & the suggestion to gather outside Willaston Memorial Hall [where Hadlow Green WI met on the 1st Tuesday of every month] to sing Christmas Carols was much enjoyed by all.’
In 1968, it was reported that about 300 people had attended in not very good weather. (Hadlow Green WI minutes).
People remember that in the 1970’s, there were barrels with fires to stand around and tomato soup was served along with hot dogs and jacket potatoes. The Salvation Army Band would accompany the carols.
For several years, the 1st Willaston Girl Guides set a nativity scene for Carols on the Green. The press cutting below shows Sally Legg dressed as Mary on the donkey, which was led by Ruth Macdonald. Their arrival was met by all the children singing ‘Away in a Manger’.
2013 – The tradition was continued by Willastonhey WI when Hadlow Green WI ceased.
2017 – The 50th anniversary of Carols on the Green was celebrated, accompanied by members of the Birkenhead School Brass Band.
2020 – Sadly there was no Carols on the Green because of the Covid 19 pandemic.
People would meet on the Green and either walk with the hounds or wander up to the Recreation Ground to watch fancy dress football. The Royal Rock Beagles were founded in 1845 in Rock Ferry and for a long time was the oldest beagle pack in the UK.
Many thanks to Janet Leece for these photos of the Royal Rock Beagles on Boxing Day 1968