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Formby Fragments: A Quiz

Formby is an attractive town, it consists of different neighbourhoods, joined by a network of footpaths and open spaces. It has a magnificent beach, woods, a picturesque village centre and some architectural gems.

Here's one such view, where do you think a passer by might spot this?


No prizes just a stimulus to you to get out of your car, get on your bike or take a leisurely stroll and get to really know where you live.

Crown Green Bowls: The Federation Cup

This coming weekend Freshfield Bowling Club will host a Federation of Crown Green Bowls Cup competition. It starts at 2pm on Sunday 26 June. The match involves a game between West Lancs  and Ormskirk V Cannock (Staffs).

The Freshfield Crown green Bowling Club was established in 1894 and is known locally as 'Tin Tabs'. This is because the clubhouse is an old Tin Tabernacle Church. This was it is believed, on the site of the present United Reform Church and the bowling club acquired it when it was no longer needed.

The event has caught the imagination of local players from and around Formby and is likely to be popular. Residents of Formby are welcome to attend the game. If you want to know more about the sport contact the Freshfield Bowling Club in Timms Lane, Freshfield.

Formby Future: Sefton MBC Consults

Sefton MBC will be holding a consultation event on Thursday 16 June at Formby swimming pool. The Core Strategy officers will be available from 2pm to 8pm. The document concerned sets out possible options about how much development should be accommodated in Sefton to 2028.

image from formbyfirst.typepad.com We will be holding drop‐in events across Sefton during the consultation period to give people the opportunity to make comments and discuss issues with the Core Strategy team.


The overall consultation across all of Sefton will be open from Monday 23 May 2011 to Friday 12 August 2011. You can submit your comments:- by email to core.strategy@sefton.gov.uk- in writing to the: Local Planning Team, First Floor, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle, L20 3NJ- or a Core Strategy Options Consultation Response Form.

Café life Formby Style

CoffeeScene1 At the last count, there are seven café and coffee houses in the centre of Formby Village. Two of these are examples of national chain coffee houses, Caffe Nero and Costa Coffee, both with outdoor pavement seating.

The other locally owned and managed coffee houses combine the best traditions of café and restaurants together. These five local businesses each have a unique ‘take’. The modern furnishings of the Gallery and its outdoor seating contrast with the artistic nature of Café D’Art, which has a constantly changing display of paintings and photographs.

The Cafe Des Crepes is as the name suggests a specialist in French style crepes.  Finally, Woodwards and Quo Vadis reach out into Chapel Lane also with outdoor seating and lively eating and drinking spaces indoors. Cafe D'Art, Woodwards and The Gallery are popular places for live music events each weekend.

All of these places are rightly popular and well supported. They each serve their local fans and know you and your preferences. Together they all add to a unique cosmopolitan and lively atmosphere to Formby village, the heart of our town.


Core Strategy Options Consultation

Have your say - Core Strategy Options Consultation

Sefton MBC have produced a paper which sets out possible options about how much development should be accommodated in Sefton to 2028. The paper takes account of the issues identified in the consultation undertaken in 2009, as well as on-going discussions with a wide range of people and organisations, and the findings of technical studies and government guidance. The Options Paper was approved by Planning Committee and Cabinet in February 2011 for consultation purposes. This will take place over 12 weeks between May 23rd and August 12th 2011. Sefton would like to hear your views.
All the details and background papers are available for view on the Sefton MBC web site

A Blend of Old and New

EmmasArtisanBakery2 For those in the know there is a rather hidden Formby treat in the Cloisters between M&S and Savers.

The Tree Tea and Emma’s Artisan Bakery have combined to supply customers who value delicate teas and good honest artisan breads, pastries and cakes.

The tea and coffee is sourced from Taylor’s of Harrogate. Breakfast served daily until 10.30am includes toasted and buttered hot cross buns and other mouth-watering favourites.


Emma’s Artisan Bakery prides itself in producing bread the proper way, the healthy way, using no artificial colours or preservatives.

The breads are hand mixed, shaped and formed and every day they make an array of daily changing breads from traditional organic white loaves to Mediterranean stuffed breads.

Though sounding ‘quaint’ this local enterprise has embraced the new media and their web site is well worth a visit for more details. If you phone before 11.30am, your order is ready for lunchtime.

If you are in the village and have a twitter account, give them a tweep you’re more than likely to get a reply inviting you off the streets for a refreshing tea or coffee accompanied by a freshly baked treat or good honest, filling Pizza slice, Panini or Sandwich.

Formby Parish Council Monthly Meeting

image from formbyfirst.typepad.com Formby Parish Council is meeting again for its usual monthly meeting next Tuesday 7 June. The meeting starts at 7.00pm and is in Formby Library meeting room.

The public are invited to attend and can ask questions, raise new matters for attention or comment on matters before the members at the meeting.

It is an interesting meeting; Roger Pontefract is addressing the Council, during the public forum item on the agenda, about the current public consultation at the Formby Swimming Pool Trust.

There's also a motion before the Council that proposes:

6.1  Resolution proposed by Cllr Talbot:-

 "The GP committee recommends that the application from ATLAS should be supported to the sum of £2000 towards the new community venture in  Formby.  The GP believe that this money should come from the Council and not from the GP's 2011 budget."   

Please attend and make your views known, or add your comments below.