Beard and Wonderful; from Quidditch, to Facial Hair, to Bonsai Trees, Merseyside's Home to a Whole World of Appreciation Societies

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Beard and Wonderful; from Quidditch, to Facial Hair, to Bonsai Trees, Merseyside's Home to a Whole World of Appreciation Societies


Byline: LIAM THORP ECHO Reporter liam.thorp@trinitymirror.com @LIAMTHORPECHO

MERSEYSIDE is a weird and wonderful place full of people with a very varied range of interests.

And while large proportions of people spend their social time in the pub, watching football or shopping - there is a whole world of small and obscure societies, pressure groups and community organisations offering causes, activities and social opportunities for every taste.

We have had a look at a range of wacky and wonderful organisations operating in the region that you will more than likely never have heard of - but that could offer | Liverpool Beard Society AKA The Liverbeards Where better to start than facial fuzz? Liverpool's beard and moustache club, The Liverbeards, launched in 2012 as a social group for the city's bearded men, their friends and families.

The group is also behind the annual Beerdfest event - a beard and moustache contest that celebrates the city's best facial hair.

The organisation is a sub-group of 'thatch' - of the British Beard Club.

You can follow the work of the bearded team on twitter @Liverbeards and by searching Liverbeards on Instagram.

| Wirral Bonsai Society Not too much is known about the mysterious Wirral Bonsai Society.

Close to 1,500 people like the group's Facebook page which simply states: "We are a progressive local society trying to promote bonsai.

"We hold monthly meetings and monthly workshops. All pictures are by society members."

And that is pretty much it, the rest of the Facebook page is made up of lots and lots of different pictures of bonsai trees which have been submitted by group members.

Follow the group on twitter @WirralBonsaiSoc, at wirral-bonsai. blogspot.co.uk or on Facebook.

| Wirral Pedestrians This is a pressure group that campaigns on some important issues - but that you may not be aware of.

Chiefly they work for the safety and convenience of pedestrians in Wirral, including "all legitimate users of footways such as walkers, runners, wheelchair users, and mobility scooter users," The group believes that pedestrians should be placed at the centre of transport planning and systems.

One of the big issues the group is looking at at the moment is pavement parking - something the ECHO has been focussing on recently.

To follow the work of the group visit www.wirralpedestrians.org.uk/index.html | Liverpool Gin Appreciation Society This one does what it says on the tin - or tall glass with ice and lemon. …

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