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Trick or treat advice

This is very useful and relevant advice for tonight's Halloween 'trick or treat' activities from Merseyside Police. 

Trick or Treat advice

Trick or Treat can be fun and enjoyable. Here's a few tips on how to stay safe:

  • Agree with your parents or guardian where you can go
  • Set a time for your return
  • Wear light coloured costumes or put reflective tape on them
  • If you wear a mask, make sure you can see properly
  • Always carry a torch or glow stick
  • Never go into a strangers house, even if invited
  • Don't go to a house displaying a 'no trick or treat' sign
  • Don't trick strangers - how would you feel if it was your parents or grandparents?
  • Ask your parents or guardian to check your treats before you eat them
  • Never throw eggs or fireworks at people, houses or other buildings, or animals
  • Don't take expensive mobile phones or ipods out with you

(Source : http://www.merseyside.police.uk/autumn-fun/trick-or-treat-advice/) 

Remember last year 36 were arrested for taking things too far. 


The Origins Of Halloween

PumpkinsHalloween is a contraction of "All Hallows' Evening") and is also known as All Hallows' Eve. It's a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day.

It initiates the triduum of Hallowmas, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows),martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.

According to many scholars, All Hallows' Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain. Other academics maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots. 

Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related "guising" or "trunk-or-treating"), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.

Enjoy your celebrations. But respect your neighbours, some of them just want to be left undisturbed. 


The Hidden History of Formby Village

Recently I've become really interested in our village architecture.

At first glance the buildings are an untidy mixture of Edwardian houses that have transformed into shops and others are examples of contemporary commercial buildings such as Morrisons. 'Not much to write home about', I hear you say, and I would have agreed.

However, it's that very mixture of styles that is worth comment. The village is the equivalent of a three dimensional architectural sketch pad. Drawn up on a series of drawing boards over time the buildings are a living history of styles, materials, uses and imaginative thinking.

NatwestbankNormally we stroll around our village, window shopping, sampling the cafe life, meeting friends and neighbours. Next time raise your gaze, there's another village to be observed at first-floor level.

The Nat West Bank succinctly illustrates my point. The first floor of the building is a classic example. The upper storeys of traditional timber frame buildings were often constructed using a cantilevered protection called a Jetty that brought the upper floors out beyond the lower floor. And half timbering is a term sometimes used for buildings built in the medieval period.

The Nat West Bank Building construction incorporates the older architectural styles and forms to make it a unique treasure in the heart of our village. Pity the Bank authorities don't appear to value it the way it deserves. It needs a good lick of paint and a little more tender care.

I wish our current shop and office building owners were prepared to share more of the history behind their buildings. There's an opportunity to install a small scale very local historical plaque scheme in the village to enhance even more the experience of 'shopping locally'.