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National Strike Action: Effects on Formby

Due to a planned national public sector strike action today Wednesday, November 30, 2011, most of Sefton Council services will be affected.

Source: Sefton MBC web site

Squirrel Story Trail Installed

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Simon O'Rourke - wood sculptor and illustrator, using chainsaws and other power tools has installed the squirrel story trail at the Deansgate Lane open space.

Well worth a stroll around, healthy, fun and a worthy addition to Formby's landscape.


Coffee Morning

This Morning

In aid of Myasthenia Gravis at The Workshop, Holy Trinity Church, Brows Lane, Formby. Including Tombola, Cakes, cards etc We look forward to seeing you there.

9.00am to 12noon.

Source: http://www.holytrinityformby.co.uk/


The Big Switch On

Last Thursday night the village centre was full of happy Formby residents celebrating the switch on of the Christmas Lights.

The first two photographs outside Caffe Nero show the scene before the lights came on and the second just after. I tried to capture the difference, perhaps not so successfully as I would have liked.

The third photograph captures the spirit of the occasion all the traders were busy, here Broughs the butchers work as a team to meet the demand for burgers and hot dogs.

Finally, the last photograph, one of Santa's little helpers! This photograph reminds us of the volunteers who help to make this a great occasion. I want to thank Peter Dunne in particular who helped start this tradition.





Christmas Lights Switch On 2011: Latest News

This will be in the Village today at 6.30pm - with fun activities for all the family from 5.00pm. Fairground rides are already being set up as this written (1.15pm). Later this afternoon Dune FM are setting up their mobile broadcast unit and the stage on which this festive event is managed.

The number of  visits to this blog already suggest a great deal of local interest. Come and join in the fun.

See you later.

More tomorrow including pictures


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Flooding ePetition

Local farmer Kevin Moores has asked if I would publish the following for him:

Lower Alt with Crossens Draft Flood Risk Strategic Plan
Are you aware that the Environment Agency is seriously considering cutting back vital flood defence pumping operations across Sefton and parts of West Lancashire due to Government cuts?

They have stated that by Spring 2015 the Environment Agency will make a significant change to current practice, by either reducing or stopping Land Drainage work within the catchment.
They are hoping to stop draining excess water and store it on farmland within the catchment area.

Priority areas within the catchment include:

Formby, Lydiate, Maghull, Thornton, Lunt, Aintree Village, Banks, Crosby, Downholland,  Melling, Hightown, Crossens, Rufford
If they succeed with their plans, all homes, businesses, farms, livestock, & crops within their study area will be at increased risk of severe flooding.

This could have far reaching consequences to residents, property and land owners as there could be serious health and pollution implications with regard to standing water, and flooding of sceptic tanks, cesspits and waste water treatment plants. 

Please find the Environment Agency online Consultation Document at: http://bit.ly/rhyYEC 

Please help to force the Government into a u-turn by signing the epetition at:


This is a 'guest blog' entry if you want to add your views either use the comment form below or ask me for a 'guest blog' entry

Coronation Trees and Recreation Spaces

Last week the Television news featured an initiative by the Woodland Trust to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee by planting 300,000 trees. They cited an earlier example of a similar project, one to celebrate King George VI's Coronation.

The introduction to the Royal Record says:

Above all the provisions of playgrounds for children and young people is a good sign of our time....But now, in our modern towns, unless playgrounds are provided, children have no-where to play out-of-doors.

The outcome of the project for Formby was a new recreation ground:

There's no hint in the Record of where this is in modern Formby. I wonder who might know? This new national initiative is occurring just as the Swimming Pool Trust announce their latest ideas for the open space around the pool. Also this week a woodcarver is installing a squirrel story trail on the Deansgate Lane fields.

Squirrel Trail Installation

image from www.treecarving.co.ukSimon O'Rourke - wood sculptor and illustrator, using chainsaws and other power tools is planning to install the squirrel story trail at the Deansgate Lane open space this week.

Simon writes:

I produce fine pieces of artwork using waste timber or standing stumps, using a variety of power tools and hand tools. These works of art range from beautiful ladies in fine hard-woods, to owls and other animals in hardwoods such as Oak or Ash, or softwoods such as Cedar or Pine.

My chainsaw carving exploits have taken me all around the world. I have now competed in chainsaw carving competitions in the USA, Japan, Canada, Holland, Germany, Denmark and the UK, placing highly in many of them.
(Source Simon O'Rourkes Blog: http://www.treecarving.co.uk/)


Weekend Remembrance Services

Remembrance Services will be held this weekend in the village.

On Sunday 13 November.

09.30 St Michael's Altcar
10.45 Hightown War Memorial
11.10 St Steven's Hightown
12.15 Ince Blundell War memorial

15.00 Holy Trinity Church, Formby

16.15 Royal British legion: Wreath Laying Ceremony


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

A Late Harvest

Here's a bit of a mystery. Somewhere right at the heart of the village I came across this sight.


It's obviously an apple but it's not the only apple tree in this area of public space. There are a number of them and other fruit trees too. Do you know where? Answers to me via the email link on this page.

Here's a picture of two of the apples, I won't say I 'scrumped' them because I didn't have to climb over a fence or hedge to pick them. I repeat they are clearly visible in an open public space.


Any suggestions as to the variety they are are both small but sweet edibles.