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Formby RBL Celebrate 90th Anniversary

On Sunday 22 July Formby Royal British Legion celebrated the 90th anniversary of their formation.

Representatives of the various uniformed services joined members for a service in Holy Trinity Church before parading through the village. On their way back to the British Legion Club house they saluted the Mayor and Mayoress of Sefton, Councillors Kevin and Linda Clusky.



The Village Trees

View of village treesFormby residents will be saddened to see that Sefton MBC are removing trees from the village centre.

The tree's are what have helped to make the village special.

The reason given is 'that the trees are diseased'. Rumours suggest that many of the other trees are also similarly affected.

It raises the question, whether they could be treated and their life extended.

Another Busy Weekend In Formby

In my last two posts I wrote about how Formby is busy at this time of the year with events. This weekend is no exception, there's a lot happening. In no order of importance, here's a list of those events I know about:

  • China Butterfly open their new venture in the heart of the village.  Earlier this week they Tweeted:
    "Sarah@ChinaButterfly ‏ ..Oooh check us out on the front page of the @FormbyTimes this week, all about the opening of our new studio in @FormbyVillageThanks guys :0)"
  • Formby Craft Fair Local Crafters will be offering a wonderful range of quality handmade goods at sensible prices, as well as craft ideas for children. Just in time for the coming schools holidays !
    Stalls will include handmade cards, jewellery, cupcakes and preserves. Crafters will also be selling floral arrangements, soaps, leather, ceramic, knitted and wood crafted items.
    Open from 10.00am - 2.30pm.
    Admission Free.
  • Diabetes Charity Fun Day (Duke Street Park, Formby) 14 & 15 July, all day 
    A family fun weekend on the park featuring Silcocks Fun Fair. All funds raised with go the local Diabetes Charity.
  • Formby Garden Trail On Sunday 15 Beautiful gardens and allotments to view, with lovely plants to buy. A cream tea- courtesy of Formby Waitrose - at the Luncheon Club, Rosemary Lane, Formby. Programme and tickets from Formby Garden Centre, Cable Street; Formby Bookshop in Derbyshires and 873286 or 875132 or on the day in the Luncheon Club, price £5, children free. All proceeds in aid of the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Family Room Appeal, (Charity No. 1052813)

  • Street Games,  at 18.00 hours in Duke Street Park, L37 4AN (Source Sefton MBC website)

  • The Annual Formby Show: The  venue is  St.Jeromes Parish Centre , Geenloons Drive , FORMBY , L37 2LX, 
  • Prehistoric Footprint Walk: Sun, 15 Jul 2012  The walk starts at 1,30pm, meet at the notice boards, opposite the toilets at National Trust, Victoria Road,  Formb
  • Formby Edible Gardens Project This is the first official time that the garden is open, this is a project in which I have a personal interest. Come and meet the smal team involved. For more information follow the link edibleformby.org.uk

I'm hoping to visit all of these events, let's hope the weather is encouraging.


Dancing In The Streets

Well not quite....but FormbyLive Music Festival is well and truly underway. Here's a brief snatch to whet your appetitie. 

The festivals continues tonight, each bar and local Pub will be hosting live music. Tomorrow the focus will be also on the swimming pool. The Merseycats will present a series of live acts. If the last 3 years have been anything to go on, the whole village will be 'Dancing' to the sound of music.


A Busy Weekend in Formby

Weekends in Formby are very busy in July. There are lots of events going on. The biggest and most noticeable is The FormbyLive Music Festival. The organisers describe it as:

Formby's very own music festival, is now in it's 4th year and will be bigger and better than ever before!  With the main events taking place over the weekend of 6th - 8th July, there will be performances from national, and local artists in venues throughout the Village culminating in a full day of music.

On Sunday, 8th of July, there will be a full programme of great entertainment at Formby Pool where The Merseycats will again be putting on a Rock 'n' Roll extravaganza throughout the day.

For all the details vist the web site at http://www.formbylive.co.uk/

There are two events around the theme of Crafts. China Butterfly, already a well established local business are opening their new shop in the heart of the village.

And the second event  is a Craft Fair that's being held in the Luncheon Club, this is the second event of it's kind. The first was extremely popular and successful. Go and have a look.

Finally, but not least today Tony Higginson in Formby Books is hosting local author Jean Sprackland, who will be signing her recent BBC Radio 4 Book of the week.


Sefton MBC Meeting

Sefton MBC are holding a full Council meeting this evening at 6.30pm in Southport Town Hall. It promises to be a significant and probably controversial meeting. The Council will receive a report setting out a projected revenue gap of £43.7m over the next two years. The report which is Item 7 on the agenda points out:

"The revenue gaps for each of the years 2013/14 to 2014/15 are projected at £21.7m and £22.0m respectively. The figures are individual in-year savings targets, assuming the previous year’s target is achieved. The Council needs to take action over the coming months in order for a balanced budget to be agreed for 2013/14. The first of these actions are detailed in the report."

Later in the meeting 4 individual Councillors, who have given notice of motion will ask their elected colleagues to support their proposals. Two contrasting motions illustrate another aspect of Local Government. In a Notice of Motion submitted by Councillor Hubbard, Councillors will be asked:

"The Council notes that:-

1. the centenary of the battle of Festubert will be in 2015;

2. in excess of 150 men from what is now Sefton, died in that battle; and

3. in 1920, Southport "adopted" the village of Festubert, raising money and establishing a cultural visits programme on an annual basis.

The Council calls upon the Mayor to send a letter of friendship to the Mayor of Festubert"

In the final item of the Council agenda in a Notice of Motion submitted by Councillor Dawson, Sefton Council Members will be asked to support this item.

“This Council:

1. Notes the widespread circulation of a report, authored by Cllr Joe Hanson of Liverpool City Council, which has detailed concerns relating to the financial management and past governance of Merseytravel over a number of years, and has prompted criticism from the District Auditor;

2. Welcomes statements from Merseytravel members, councillors of all Parties, of their intention to run their Authority in future in accordance with principles of good governance; and

3. Calls upon the Secretary of State for Transport and the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government to ensure that the matters raised in the 'Hanson Report' and other concerns relating to the governance of Merseytravel in recent years, should be subject of independent investigation.”

Independent observers might expect Council support for the first of these Motions but that the second will be subject to a heated political debate.


The Flight of the Bumble Blower

Just found this on YouTube, thought you'd like to to see it. It's a view of our surrounding landscape from a different perspective.


It's a Microlight flight from West Lancashire Microlight School Nr Formby, Merseyside. Flying first southwards over Crosby and Seatforth Container Base into the mouth of the River Mersey.

(Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVtkh7-FDnw&feature=youtube_gdata)

Formby Parish Council July Meeting

image from formbyfirst.typepad.comFormby Parish Council meets on Tuesday 3 July for it's usual monthly meeting. Members of the public are, as usual invited to attend.

There is a point early in the meeting for residents to ask questions, raise matters of concern or suggest ideas to the Council. At this meeting Councillors will discuss several items, including donating a grant to the organisers of the forthcoming Formby Live Music Festival.

This meeting will be the last for 2 months, Formby Parish Council normally takes a break in August.

The meeting will start at 7pm and takes places in the Formby Library meeting room.