Formby woman dubbed 'backpacking Bridget Jones'

The Formby woman who swapped weddings for wanderlust after being ditched at the altar is releasing her third book in eight months.

31-year-old Katy Collins hit headlines around the world when, after being dumped before her wedding day, she quit her successful job, sold her house and her car and booked a one-way ticket to south east Asia..... More

A Great Platform for Real Ales

Right next to Freshfield Station you will find the Beer Station, a new micropub that was opened on July 22 by father and son team Ian and Keir in a former newsagents, writes Neville Grundy.

It is a light and airy single-roomed bar with plain white walls exhibiting paintings and prints by local artists which you can buy.

A church in Wallasey provided the bar, which was adapted from the choir stall – you can still see the angel’s heads at each end – and much of the seating in the form of pews and chairs. We found the pub welcoming and were soon chatting away to the licensee and other customers when a friend walked in out of the blue – small world!

The real ales available when we called in were Liverpool Organic Bier Head, Liverpool Organic Cascade and a stout from Formby’s Red Star Brewery, Havana Moon. All were in good nick and, although I am not usually a stout drinker, I did enjoy the Havana Moon. The beers usually come from local breweries and have previously included brews from Melwood, Neptune and Rock The Boat.

A warm welcome awaits inside...... More at

Public welcome at Hospital Trust Board Meeting

Southport HospitalSouthport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust will hold its next board meeting on Wednesday 7th September at 9.30am.

The meeting will be held in the Clinical Education Centre at Southport and Formby District General Hospital.

Members of the public are welcome to observe the meeting. Anyone with a special requirement should contact the Trust in advance on 01704 704783.

The agenda will be available on the Trust website in advance of the meeting. Supporting papers will be made available on the day.

Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
Telephone 01704 704494
Twitter @SONHSTrust


Lock Up Your Bikes

Merseyside Police have recently issued the following notice.

Merseyside Police logo 2Between 10th – 22nd August 15 pedal cycles have been reported stolen in the following locations:

Crowland Street, Lord Street (2), Marine Parade, Derby Road, Promenade, Clifton Road, Church Street, Queens Road, Esplanade (3), Hampton Road, London Street and Seabank Road.

The majority of the above thefts have taken place away from the home, outside supermarkets, shops, work places, leisure facilities and mostly in the Town centre. In the majority of cases the cycles were locked.

Some types of locks can be easily cut off with bolt cutters and the thief will choose to steal a cycle that is the least secure. D type locks are recommended, as a strong lock is required to try and prevent cycles being stolen.

It seems clear to me that the public need to act on this advice, no matter where or for how long you leave your bike, it's still worthwhile using some form of recommended security lock.