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What are we all celebrating today?

It won't of escaped most that today's Mother's Day. Though I suspect there are still some frantically looking for the odd bouquet or box of chocolates.

It's one of those annual occasions that have become the subject of increasingly insistent marketing.

According to Wikipedia:

BreweryLaneDaffs2Mother's Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and  mothers in society. It's celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in spring. (e.g., April–May in the northern hemisphere, October in Argentina, but northern hemisphere spring, May, in Australia). It complements Father's Day, a similar celebration honoring fathers.

Mother's Day celebrations began in the United States in the early 20th century; it is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration (originally a celebration of the mother church, not motherhood).

I prefer to celebrate another older version namely, Mothering Sunday.

OldChurchMothering Sunday is a Christian holiday celebrated throughout Europe that falls on the 4th Sunday in Lent. ... During the sixteenth century, people returned to their mother church, the main church or cathedral of the area, for a service held on Laetare Sunday. This was either a large local church, or more often the nearest Cathedral.

Laetare Sunday draws its name from the words of the Introit at Mass read on the fourth Sunday in Lent.

Rejoice, O Jerusalem: and come together all you that love her: rejoice with joy, you that have been in sorrow: that you may exult, and be filled from the breasts of your consolation. Psalm: I rejoiced when they said to me: "we shall go into God's House!

Irrespective of your preferred focus for the celebration this day, let me add, I hope it's a joyful  occasion for you all.

 


Free internet taster sessions

Free internet taster sessions  are taking place across Sefton to help more people get online.

SpringOnlineWeekSefton Council libraries are taking part in 'Spring online week’ from Monday, March 31 to Friday, April 4 as part of a nationwide campaign initiated by Digital Unite.
 
The taster events are aimed at beginners or people with limited computer experience to help discover how the internet could benefit them.

Sessions are free but places are limited and advanced booking is essential.

Dave Ewing, from Sefton Libraries, said:

"It doesn't matter if you've never even touched a computer before or just know a little bit, please come along and give it a go.

"We want people to spend an enjoyable hour or so, learning how computers and the internet could enhance their lives. To have online skills is becoming increasingly important in our society."
 
To book a place, please visit or call your local library.

 


Time for a spring clean and upgrade

FormbyTodayFrontPageToday is a milestone in the life of this blog.
It has been fun since 2006 to publish a variety of stories about Formby.

But times are a-changing, static web sites are being overtaken by the 'dynamic' and the growing importance of being 'mobile' and 'live', needs a response.

'Formby First' is also 'Formby Today'.

I hope this reflects the 'spirit of the age' more closely. There's also an additional web address to complement 'www.formbyfirst.org.uk'.

Typing 'www.formby.today' in the browser address bar takes you here too.

Thus the changes to the banner, slight tweaks in the appearance, the newly launched 'Formby Noticeboard' in partnership with The Guardian Media Group and the continuing success of the companion Twitter account @formbyvillage will, I hope retain your support and readership.

Let me know what you think.