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Get Woolly This October!

Did you know that 5 – 11 October this year is British Wool and Knitting Week?

The Good Wool ShopThere are events and activities planned across the country, but there’s no need to go further than Formby thanks to the Good Wool Shop at Derbyshire’s on Chapel Lane.

Getting in a day early, you could learn Tunisian crochet at an afternoon workshop on Sunday October 4th.  From Monday onwards, check out the new ranges of British wools in stock for the autumn season.  We’re not talking scratchy woollens here: there are luxurious wools from British Blue-faced Leicester and Teeswater sheep, and even home-grown alpaca yarn.  There will be free patterns from British designers written for Wool Week too.

If you’re already into knitting or crochet you can join in with Knit and Natter sessions on Tuesday evening or Thursday afternoon.  If you haven’t yet learnt, just ask about classes run by The Good Wool Shop’s expert tutors.

Friday October 9 is Woolly Hat Day, when you can wear a woolly hat and help raise money for the Mission to Seafarers, or pick up a specially designed pattern for your new winter beanie.

9 October also sees the start of the Coats Crafts Crochet-a-long, and the Good Wool Shop will have not only the patterns but the selected yarn colours available for customers to get started right away.  The crochet-a-long lasts six weeks so that by mid November you can create a fabulous afghan blanket.

All through the week there’s a call to Commit to Knit: the UK Hand Knitting Association is aiming to get 1000 volunteers to sign up to knit an item for one of the charities taking part in its nationwide campaign. 

“So many charities raise valuable funds or can make contributions to those less fortunate thanks to the army of knitters that support them,’ explains Russell Morris, chair of UK Hand Knitting.

“We wanted to take the opportunity this year to celebrate their work and invite more knitters to take part.” 

Good causes which will benefit include premature babies, dementia sufferers, AIDS orphans in South Africa and women recovering from breast cancer surgery.

To find out more about British Wool and Knitting Week, just call The Good Wool Shop on 01704 830465, or call in at Derbyshire’s on Chapel Lane in Formby.  There’s also information on the website www.thegoodwoolshop.co.uk or on Facebook at The Good Wool Shop.

 


Tweet of the Day

Another opportunity to celebrate the creativity and imagination of  young people in Formby.

Creativity 2

Rescue Services In Action On Formby Beach

Here are the details of the emergency as they unfolded on-line, these are a selection of reports posted during the course of the day.

Fire and Rescue


International Journalist Book Signing

Rory OKeefeInternational journalist Rory O'Keeffe (a former Holy Family High School student) will be at The Olde Bookshop, 54 Brow Lane, Formby, from 10.30am-12.30pm this Saturday (3rd October).

He'll be there to sign copies of his latest book  The Toss of a Coin: voices from a modern crisis.

The book is primarily made up of first-person accounts from refugees from across sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, from combatants in the first Libyan Civil War, and people displaced by that conflict, along with some accounts about living in a refugee camp and then a nation devastated by war.

The book closes with analysis of the events in Libya and Tunisia since the 'Arab Spring', which have shaped the North Africa and Mediterranean region and placed it at the centre of the international refugee emergency - the gravest crisis of our age.

To buy a copy of the book, and speak to Rory about his experiences and the wider crisis, just drop by the shop on Saturday morning.

About Rory:

Rory is an international reporter with newspaper and broadcast experience, who lived and worked at Choucha refugee camp, Tunisia, then Sirte, Tripoli and Benghazi, Libya, in the immediate aftermath of the first Libyan Civil War (February-October 2011).

He is an expert on North Africa and the Middle East, including the plight of the refugees in the region, and is available for interview, analysis, opinion and comment on these and related topics.

You can contact him through his representative at Hygge Media, on info@hyggemedia.com, or on 077791227303.

Source: www.roryokeeffe.co.uk

 


Public Invited To Hospital Trust Board Meeting

Public welcome at Trust board meeting

Hospital ViewSouthport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust will hold its next board meeting on Wednesday 7th October at 9am.

The meeting will be held in the Boardroom in Corporate Office at Southport and Formby District General Hospital.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe the meeting. Anyone with a special requirement should contact the Trust in advance on 01704 704783.

The agenda will be available on the Trust website in advance of the meeting. Supporting papers will be made available on the day.

Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone     01704 704494
Email              tonyellis@nhs.net
Web                www.southportandormskirk.nhs.uk
Twitter            @SONHSTrust

 


Latest Roadworks Update

Roadworks and traffic restrictions alert

B5424 Ryeground Lane, Formby, Sefton Council
28 September — 09 October Road closure
Delays likely due to Streetworks
Carriageway Resurfacing 2015 Programme at New Road To Southport Road
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Formby Bridge, Formby, Sefton Council
28 September — 09 October Traffic control (two-way signals)
Delays likely due to Streetworks
Fencing at Formby Bridge
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

B5424 Church Road, Formby, Sefton Council
29 September — 01 October Some carriageway incursion
Delays possible due to Streetworks
Footway Patch Rigid at 58
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Bushbys Lane, Formby, Sefton Council
28 September — 30 September Some carriageway incursion
Delays possible due to Streetworks
'70mm (2x 35mm Layers)Of 10mm Ac Close Bs En13108-1 In Footway' at Junction Of Trap Hill At Tree Formby Sefton Council
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Gores Lane, Formby, Sefton Council
29 September — 01 October Traffic control (give & take)
Delays possible due to Streetworks
'100mm (2 Layers Of 50mm), 10mm Ac Close, Bs En13108-01 In Carriageway' '70mm (2x 35mm Layers)Of 10mm Ac Close Bs En13108-1 In Footway' at Outside 105 Opp114 104 S/O Timms Lane Cottage 47 Formby Sefton Council
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Harington Road, Formby, Sefton Council
29 September — 01 October Some carriageway incursion
Delays possible due to Streetworks
'70mm (2x 35mm Layers)Of 10mm Ac Close Bs En13108-1 In Footway' '100mm (2 Layers Of 50mm), 10mm Ac Close, Bs En13108-01 In Carriageway' 'Single Size Material' at Outside 73 24 12 Formby Sefton Council
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Victoria Road, Formby, Sefton Council
29 September — 01 October Some carriageway incursion
Delays possible due to Streetworks
'70mm (2x 35mm Layers)Of 10mm Ac Close Bs En13108-1 In Footway' 'Record Purposes On Going Works By Scottish Power' at Outside 31a Formby Sefton Council
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Woodlands Road, Formby, Sefton Council
29 September — 01 October Some carriageway incursion
Delays possible due to Streetworks
'70mm (2x 35mm Layers)Of 10mm Ac Close Bs En13108-1 In Footway' at Side Of 2 Ennerdale Road Formby Sefton Council
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Graburn Road, Formby, Sefton Council
28 September — 30 September Some carriageway incursion
Delays unlikely due to Streetworks
'70mm (2x 35mm Layers)Of 10mm Ac Close Bs En13108-1 In Footway' at Outside 11a-11b Formby Sefton Council
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Timms Lane, Formby, Sefton Council
28 September — 30 September Some carriageway incursion
Delays unlikely due to Streetworks
'70mm (2x 35mm Layers)Of 10mm Ac Close Bs En13108-1 In Footway' at Opposite Corner Cottage Opp Bowling Green 9 Formby Sefton Council
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Victoria Road, Formby, Sefton Council
29 September — 01 October Traffic control (give & take)
Delays unlikely due to Streetworks
Install 8m Of 1 Way Poly Duct In Footway,Provide 1 Core Drill(S) Into Jointbox Or Building at Footway Outside 61., Victoria Road
Responsibility: BT
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 
 

Road Works Signage


Is The Village Becoming Cluttered?

Are we in danger of spoiling the centre of the town. The village lies at the heart of our town do we care enough about how it meets our needs, can we improve the high street?

Village View
Is the centre of Formby in need of change and renewal? On the face of it the heart of our town is doing well.

As retail units become available they are fairly rapidly reopened, unlike many other high streets.

The mix of mature trees, broad pavements and café outlets give Formby a welcome social space. But can it be better?

Have a close look at the view of the village. Is the space under threat? 

  • Cafe outdoor seating
  • Flower planters
  • Bike racks
  • Lamp-posts
  • Litter bins
  • Benches
  • A-Boards
  • Shop pavement displays
  • Bollards
  • Poor car parking
  • Traffic light system and railings

Does it matter you might ask, but I sense that gradually we're cluttering up the centre of the village. The number of A-boards has suddenly grown and they litter the pavement. I know there are good economic arguments in their favour but these are acquiring the Terry Wogan 'road cone' label. Too many, constantly increasing and occupying space that ought to be for pedestrians.

The village space is primarily public space shared by one and all, pedestrians as well as retailers. Pedestrians are becoming secondary to the traffic and retail activity.

What do you think? Do you agree with me? Have you any got any suggestions on improvements or are you happy with the ways it is?

Use the comment link below to make your views known. Let's have a debate.