This week's stories

Friday 17 November 10.00 am

Formby Choral Society Autumn Concert

7.30pm 18 November Our Lady of Compassion Church Formby

Haydn - Nelson Mass
Zelenka - Missa Beat Purificationes

FCS Autumn Concert 2017An exciting concert - one huge favourite, and one completely unknown!

The Nelson Mass is generally considered to Haydn's greatest choral composition. We will be performing it in the original scoring of trumpets, timpani, organ and strings. Although Haydn subsequently added other wind parts to it, under pressure from a publisher, this scoring is beautiful and exciting.

The Zelenka work has only been performed once before in the UK, and we had to purchase the right to use the scores produced for the Czech choir who have made the only recording. It is a fabulous work!


 Thursday 16 November 12.o5pm 

Not Long Now

Formby Christmas lights depend each year on a great deal of sponsorship and support from many of the local businesses. And the volunteers who contribute their time and enthusiasm into planning the event.

The switch-on is Saturday 26 November at 5.00pm it deserves your support. 

 Wednesday 15 November 9.30 am 

As a follow-up to yesterday's World Diabetes Day 2017 I thought you might like to know about this idea.

 Tuesday 14 November 10.20 am 

Advice from our local NHS on World Diabetes Day 2017

Are you looking for advice and support? here's the latest in this week's video series from our NHS professionals.

 Monday 13 November 4.15 pm 

NHS Southport and Formby CCG is celebrating Self Care week

The CCG is publishing a series of video stories focusing on the ways people can look after their health, as well as some of the schemes and services to help them to do this, by giving them new skills and information about taking better care of their physical and mental wellbeing.

 Monday 10.00 am 13 November 

Are you addicted to the internet?

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Edge Hill University student is investigating Internet Addiction.

The research is being conducted by Georgia Riley, from the Department of Psychology (Her contact details are available on the survey site)

"The research project aims to investigate the relationship between self-esteem, personality and internet addiction. The topic of internet addiction is relatively new and is a growing concern; therefore, it is important to identify the factors associated with excessive internet use. In doing so, this project aims to fill a gap in current research."

For more information and to participate in the research


Formby pub wins acclaim for the quality and standards of its toilets

A Formby pub has won acclaim for the quality and standards of its toilets ˗ in the Loo of the Year Awards 2017.


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The Lifeboat in Three Tuns Lane has been awarded a platinum star rating by inspectors ˗ the highest award possible.

The awards, celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, are aimed at highlighting and improving standards of 'away from home' toilet provision across the UK.

Loo of the Year Awards inspectors makes unannounced visits to thousands of toilets at sites across the UK, in order to judge them.

All of the toilets are graded from bronze to platinum with unacceptable toilets not graded at all.

The platinum rating is given only to outlets which offer "exceptional toilets."

The toilets are judged against numerous criteria, including décor and maintenance, cleanliness, accessibility, hand washing and drying equipment and overall management.

The Lifeboat, a Wetherspoon pub, is managed by Ashleigh-Jane Briscoe.

Ashleigh-Jane said:

“We are delighted with the award. Staff at the pub ensure the toilets are in first-class condition at all times and it is great that this has been recognised by the inspectors.”

The Loo of the Year Awards 2017 managing director, Mike Bone, said:

“The toilets at The Lifeboat have been designed and fitted out to a very high standard and are both clean and well maintained.

“The pub richly deserves its platinum award – the highest individual award the judges can deliver.”