The rain stopped, the sun came out, so this sunny Sunday afternoon was just right for a cycle ride into the village for a coffee. It certainly brought others, the village was busy, people strolling up and down, window shopping, chatting, clearly enjoying the improvement in the weather.
After my coffee I couldn't resist a homeward bound visit to Formby Cricket Club. My favourite local pub, the Freshie, is closed for renovations. But Formby Cricket Club is a welcome substitute. I arrived at tea.
I've recorded my brief impressions here:
Apologies for the slight distortion in my voice, it seems to be a combination of my phone and Audiboo. I hope, at least, you get a sense of what a sunny Sunday afternoon's cricket at Formby Cricket is like.
These are the personal views of Sean Brady
I have just published my vision for Formby in the year 2020. This is a slightly amended version of a draft I wrote for the Formby Parish Plan. This was subsequently discussed by the members of Formby Parish Council.
The statement is on this page 'Formby 2020'
I have made it available as a contribution to a conversation the Formby community should be having about the future.
On Monday I will be attending 'The Big Chat', a conversation organised by the local NHS, Doctors and Sefton MBC about the future direction of health services in Formby. Meanwhile Sefton MBC is considering ways of making a further £43m cuts.
Please take part in all these discussions.
Formby Area Committee meets on Thursday 21 June at 7pm in the Formby Professional Development Centre, Park Road, Formby.
This is the first meeting of this committee since the Sefton Borough Elections in May. There is a full agenda which includes the following items.
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service have just published the following Press Release:
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Altcar Road, Formby.
Firefighters freed an elderly woman following a car crash.
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called at 10.34am on Tuesday, June 19, to Altcar Road, Formby.
When firefighters arrived they found a woman trapped in the car. They used hydraulic cutting equipment to remove the car door to release the woman. The lady, who was conscious and breathing, was released by 10.50am.
Firefighters also made the vehicle safe. The car had collided with a bollard.
The 78-year-old woman was taken to Southport and Formby District General Hospital. It is understood she was suffering from shock.
An appliance from Formby Community Fire Station attended the call-out.
Just a quick reminder about the Formby Parish Council Meeting tonight. Meetings are normally held on the first Tuesday of the month, but last week's Olympic and Jubilee celebrations led to a postponement.
Instead, Formby Parish Council will be holding it's usual monthly meeting tonight. 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.
Residents of Formby are invited to ' get involved in the future of their health and well-being services'.
Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (SFCCG) and a similar group for south Sefton are leading the local changes to the NHS.
There are two events, residents 'are welcome to register for either event but the one held in the area where they live will be most relevant to them:
These so-called 'Big Chat' events will give people
'the opportunity to find out about the plans and priorities of SFCCG, SSCCG and Sefton Council to improve health and well-being. Residents will also be asked for their views about those plans during the interactive events'.
'Dr Janet Atherton, Director of Public Health for Sefton Council and NHS Sefton, said: “We have begun to determine the priorities we believe will make the most difference to the health and well-being of local people, based on all the evidence we have about people’s health and current health services. Now we want to hear what Sefton residents think about these priorities.'
'“Once they are finalized, these priorities will be used to help shape future health and well-being services for both Sefton Council and local Clinical Commissioning Groups. So, I would encourage people to come along to the Big Chat and get involved.”
Lunch will be provided. To register, please call:
Kelly Jones on 0151 244 3457 or email Kelly.email@example.com'
On a day like today, sometime in the late Neolithic-early Bronze Age, 3500 - 4000 years ago, a young man set out to track his prey a short distance away at Formby Point. There were plenty of tracks to follow, Red Deer, Roe Deer, Wild Boar and commonly Wild Ox or Auroch. Huge beasts up to 6 feet high and 11 feet long.
As he moved, the hunter left his own tracks in the layers of mud lining the gently sloping beach. Coincidently sea levels are the same now as then.
Erosion has revealed these fragile fossil footprints. The hunters varied in age and weight, some tracks suggest deformities, arthritis and long toenails. The distance between footprints suggest moments in the hunt for patience others suggest moments of faster more immediate pursuit of the quarry.
The footprints appear at low tides. They become visible in the original mud as the sea washes away the layers of sand that covered them in the prehistoric period. They only last briefly before new tides wash them away permanently.
Formby has a long history of human settlement. Nowadays it is a typical coastal dormitory town but its name betrays a Viking past. Originally known as Fornebei, it was the'village belonging to Forni'. It is a popular place, well-off according to some, and in the last 40 - 50 years has undergone much development. Nonetheless Formby residents still talk of the village, 'I'm going to the village', they say, 'I'll meet you in the village'. The village is the heart of the town.
It is an example of what Town Planners call, a 'good third place'. This is where Formby informal public life, so essential to good towns and great cities shows itself. Places threatened throughout the country that Mary Portas argues are 'Social Spaces'not just shopping centres.
Of course the sea, the sand dunes, the pinewoods, the Red Squirrel sanctuary all make Formby a hugely popular place to visit. No Scouser worthy of the name hasn't got out of a train at Freshfield railway station and trekked to the beach at least once. Incidentally, Freshfield so-called, because a Mr Fresh imported Liverpool 'night soil' to enrich the Asparagus growing fields.
So, once again a ritual cavalcade echoing an ancient past, the Olympics, is beating its way to Formby's doorstep. Well almost, it bypasses most of Formby and just briefly dips into the South-west portion of the Town. Pity, the village could have been the ideal heart of the Olympic Flame's visit.
Our modern Olympic Flame torch-bearers are Nick Giles and Mary Hayward, he is 'truly a very likeable youth', 'passionate to help others'. A successful U18's English Hockey player, now in the English U21's squad. She is a registered nurse 'with a passion for the care of the elderly', who won 'Nurse of the year (patients choice section in 2009)'. The first will run towards the imposing Cross House Inn, where many residents will wait. Outside the Inn stands a cross in the middle of a roundabout, originally the village green. Village stocks stood here too, now long gone.
Further along Liverpool Road, our runner's footsteps will take them across the boundary of Formby Parish Council into Little Altcar Parish. Ancient boundary points found in every English Town and Village. At the splendid recently renovated Little Altcar Parish signpost, the runners will hand back the torch. The cavalcade will leave and we'll carry away with us our memories of a special day.
The torch-bearer's footsteps will sound but briefly. An echo of the hunters footprints, that still resonate with us today. The hunter's footprints once revealed, are just as short-lived as the brief moment when the Olympic flame passes through the town. I wonder which event remains in the memory longest.
An edited version of this story is also available on The Guardian Newspapers web site in the Olympic Writers Relay Section.