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November 2010

Formby Remembers

Formby Remembrance Services will be held this week in the village. On Thursday 11th November, Armistice Day will be marked in the following way:

Thursday 11 November, Formby Village War Memorial

10.50 hrs,     March On, The Standards
10.55 hrs,     Address by Hon Chaplain RBL Rev Keith Jones
10.59 hrs,     The Exhortation, President RBL C Goulbourne
11.00 hrs,     The Last Post, 2 Mins Silence
11.02 hrs,     The Reveille
11.05 hrs,     Planting of Crosses
11.20 hrs      March Off, the Standards

11.30 hrs    Our Lady of Compassion Church Formby – Cross Laying Ceremony at the Polish Airmens War Graves.

On Sunday there will be:

A Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service of Commemoration

14.30 hrs, Parade assembles, Whitehouse Lane,
14.40 hrs, Parade “march off”
15.00 hrs, Service, Holy Trinity Church
16.00 hrs, March Past, Formby War emorial
16.15 hrs, Wreath Laying Ceremony, RBL HQ, Garden of Remembrance

Please join me and other residents and show your for support for these important local ceremonies that have been arranged by Formby Royal British Legion.


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Austerity Formby

At the last meeting Formby Parish Councillors received a detailed report about the forthcoming cuts Sefton MBC has been asked to make in it's budget. A figure of £58 million over a four year period has been announced, out of that Sefton MBC has been told it must make £37m of savings in the next year.

According to local press reports:

Local leisure centres, libraries, road maintenance and community and cultural centres ....are among frontline services directly under threat.

It's clear that Formby is likely to be badly affected and in Formby the Library, the Luncheon Club perhaps the Swimming Pool and many other aspects of local services will not escape reductions in funding.

Formby is in for a period of austerity that will impact on the community very harshly. Members of the Parish Council will be considering the local Precept in the next few weeks and their discussions will inevitably be affected by the District Councils deliberations.

What are you views? Please use the comment link below,


Dickensian Day in Formby

I have just received an invitation to attend the next committee meeting of the Dickensian Day team. I have written back immediately accepting their invitation and I look forward to helping in any way I can.

They are an enthusiastic and imaginative team of people with a wonderful track record of previous highly successful and enjoyable days, that have been a highlight in the life of the town and the village in particular.

I made a short video sequence of the 2008 event to try to capture the flavour of the event.


Support your local shops

  • SweetMemories
  • PennyLaneKitchens
  • Fonehouse
  • VanillaShopFront
  • TheVillageDeli
  • PritchardsBooks
PritchardsBooks

 

There are signs that empty shop units as well as existing units are beginning a new lease of life. 'Sweet Memories' has clearly struck a chord with many, at weekends and at school going home time the shop is frequently full. The relatively new 'Handbag' shop has closed but behind the window screens seems to be transforming itself into 'Vanilla, the home and gift shop'.

'fonehouse' and 'Penny Lane Kitchens' have occupied two formerly empty units either side of Pritchards Bookshop.  These are welcome developments and will enhance the local shopping experience in Formby Village.

In the meantime two well established independent local shops continue to delight the eye with striking window displays, The Village Deli is advertising it's Christmas Hamper and Pritchards Books have another forthcoming attractive, enticing Book Signing event on display in pride of place in their shop window.

This story is also on a new blog site: www.formbyblog.org.uk

If you have any views about what the Parish Council could or should be doing to support our local economy, please add a comment below.