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Formby Local Elections 2012

Formby residents will be going to the polling stations on Thursday 3 May to vote in the  Sefton MBC local elections.

The candidates for the two wards, Harington and Ravenmeols are listed below in the order as published in the official statement as to persons nominated.

Ravenmeols Ward

The Conservative Party Candidate
UK Independence Party
MAGUIRE Peter Thomas
Labour Party Candidate
WILLIS Richard Graham
Green Party

Harington Ward

UK Independence Party
Liberal Democrat
The Conservative Party Candidate
KILLEN Nina Samantha
Labour Party Candidate

Polling Hours 7am - 10pm

For further information see Sefton MBC website: http://www.sefton.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=11015

British Crown Green Bowling Association Federation (B.C.G.B.A) Cup Game

Freshfield Bowling Club are hosting the British Crown Green Bowling Association Federation (B.C.G.B.A) cup game again this year on Sunday 29 April. Following an invitation last year to host the local round of this prestigious event, Freshfield Bowling Club, will be hosts again.

The competition starts at 2 pm on Sunday 29 April, members of the public can watch for free.

The Clubhouse will be open and drinks available. Freshfield BC is commonly known as Tin Tabs,  a reference to the origins of the club house, formerly a Tin Tabernacle Church and adapted as a clubhouse by the bowling club when it was formed in 1894.

Freshfield BC is renowned for the quality of it’s green and it’s quaint, historial clubhouse. The club has six teams which play in leagues throughout Sefton.


National Childbirth Trust New Group in Formby

NCT1The Southport, Formby & Ormskirk branch of the NCT is teaming up with Freshfield Children's Centre to offer a new group for expectant parents. The informal group, which will start on the 16th May and run for three consecutive Wednesdays from 6.30 until 8.00pm, will offer mums and dads-to-be an opportunity to meet other expectant parents, find out about local services and pick up practical tips on pregnancy and early parenthood.

The group is free and open to all expectant parents and their birthing partners. Refreshments will be provided. Catherine Bartlett, the local Branch Coordinator of the NCT says 'In Formby we are really lucky to have a village centre and we hope that by starting this new group we will help create a local network of parents in Formby who can provide each other with practical and emotional support'

The NCT already runs a Bumps & Babies group on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 1.30-3.00pm.

If anybody would like further information on either group they can e-mail Catherine at sfo.nct@gmail.com.

Public Are Asked To Be Vigilant

The public are asked to be vigilant after theft of hospital vehicle containing contaminated surgical instruments

At around 6pm on Thursday 12 April a van belonging to Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust was stolen from outside a property on Folkstone Road, Southport. The van contained a number of used, contaminated surgical instruments which were being transported to Southport hospital for sterilisation and could potentially pose a health risk if moved or handled.

The instruments were stored inside a large trolley. If any of this equipment is found please do not touch. It should be reported immediately to the local authority or the police for removal.

The van also contained a small number of patient and staff documents which were being transferred between sites in line with Trust procedures. The documents included GP referral letters and five sets of patient case notes. We have contacted all those patients affected.

Geraldine Boocock, Medical Director at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said:

“We are asking the public to be vigilant while this equipment is missing. “The missing equipment contains instruments used for surgery earlier in the day. Anyone who suspects they have seen the equipment should report it immediately. For their own safety, they should not attempt to handle it. “The Health Protection Agency has been notified and we are working closely them.”

Issued by Kimberley Rushton, Senior Communications and Marketing Officer, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Kimberley Rushton Senior Communications and Marketing Officer Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust Tel: 01704 705061 E-Mail: kimberley.rushton@nhs.net Southport and Formby District General Hospital, Town Lane, Kew, Southport PR8 6PN


Formby Emporium's Saturday Market Begins

FormbyEmporium1The Formby Emporium Saturday Market starts Saturday 14th April at 10am

Stalls include

Vintage, jewellery, furniture, antiques, cheesecake, mirrors, art, clothes, gifts, breads, fruit and veg, designer handbags, cup cakes, garden furniture, home interiors, magician, musicians, plaques, scarves, dress agency, specialty teas and ground coffee

Fun weekly market and daily sales of liquidation stock and JW Interiors shop

Ring 07848 696619 for info on taking a stall

Bring the family ... Refreshments all day :)


Bank Holiday Weekend: Nature Intervenes At Formby

Bank Holiday weekend in Formby this year was a quiet affair. It was clear from many pre-holiday tweets a visit to Formby was high on people's agendas. If the weather and nature hadn't intervened the beach was going to be a popular destination. Even if the weather had held, visitors were in for a surprise. This is the view at 12.15 midday on Sunday.

The beach is nowhere to be seen. On any other sunny day you could expect to see crowds of people spread across the beach. This year Easter coincided with a very high spring tide.

National Trust signs were engulfed by the tide.

The continuing erosion of the sand dunes at Formby clearly illustrated. Bricks and mortar from buildings formerly in the dunes revealed by these forces of nature.

Picnics normally consumed on the beach were hastily moved to benches in the woods and for some hours all that people could do was stand and stare and wait for the sea to retreat.

On a positive note Formby suffered less traffic disruption and those that did come were importantly reminded about the force of nature and the effects of oncoming climate change.


Origins of Formby Parish Council

The decision to form a Parish Council for Formby was made at a public meeting on Wednesday 18 April 1894. The resolution was agreed unanimously at a Township meeting held in the Jubilee Hall, now known as Victoria Hall.

The news and details were published in The Liverpool Mercury on Thursday 19 April,


(Source: British Newspaper Archive)

A  short extract from the article in the newspaper is reproduced below.


Mr. Miles, Formby, presided last evening at a township meeting held in the Jubilee Hall, and well attended, to consider the carrying out locally of the Parish Councils Act. It was unanimously agreed, in harmony with an informal resolution passed by the vestry on March 28, that Formby be divided into wards. The report of a committee appointed to draft a scheme of wards division was read. The committee recommended five wards, namely, Ainsdale Ward, 252 occupiers, £3888 rateable value; Freshfield Ward, 131 occupiers, £4723 value; Old Town Ward, 244 occupiers, £6070 value; Duke Street Ward, 317 occupiers, :£6934 value; and RavenMeols Ward, 301 occupiers, £5475 value. The report added that the building in Freshfield would soon bring that ward up to the average numerically and the value was already high.....

Originally it was intended to include Ainsdale as a ward within the Parish Boundary, but residents from Ainsdale indicated they too wanted to form a Parish Council and the meeting agreed to support them in their efforts.

I thought this was an interesting story in the light of the new developments in online newspapers, the forthcoming local elections and finally to challenge the accuracy of the Wikipedia entry about the history of local governance in Formby. Their article implies that Formby was an Urban District Council until 1974. In practice Formby remained a Parish Council for some years after it's original formation in 1894.

Formby Event Features In The Guardian

The Guardian Newspaper has featured one of Formby's traditional Easter events on it's web site. 

Guardian Travel has set up a dedicated online noticeboard to share Easter events across the UK – check it out at easterweekend.n0tice.com.

There's already details of today's Footloose Food Walk in beautiful rural Lancashire, a chance for children to spend the day with Thomas the Tank Engine in Yorkshire and an egg hunt with a difference for adults in Bath – with famously grumpy old man Arthur Smith plus many more.

(Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2012/apr/06/uk-family-holidays-easter-weekend-notice)

The details on the Guardian look  like this:

This follows the development of a new online notice board by the Guardian Media Group. Formbyfirst participated in 'beta' tests some months ago.

The product is now live and I have incorporated it into this blog. The 'Events, Reports and Offers' links in the navigation bar above illustrate it's use.


Good Friday: Walk Of Witness

WalkofWitness1Churches together In Formby, Altcar and Hightown are staging their annual 'Walk of Witness' on Good Friday, this year.

Last year around 800 people walked down the High Street to the grounds of Formby Pool where they joined in a re-enactment of the trial of Jesus.

In answer to a question about this post.

"It starts from various Churches around Formby. For example the St Anne's Parishioners will leave their Church at 10.30am. On the way they will pick up members from St Peter's, The Christian Fellowship and the United Reform Church. I estimate they will arrive in the village around 11.00am ready for the re-enactment."

Formby Parish Council Monthly Meeting

Formby Parish Council will be holding it's usual monthly meeting on Tuesday 3 April. The meeting will start at 7.00pm and is in the Formby Library meeting room.

There is always a point early  in the meeting agenda for members of the public to ask questions and raise issues for the members to consider. Please do attend if you can.

Members will receive an upodate on the status of the recent Portas Town bid activity.