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New Halloween Or Old Halloween - Which do you prefer?

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. 

 


Formby Halloween 2015

It's almost Halloween. All the usual paraphenalia associated with this popular celebration are on display in shops and pumpkins feature everywhere.

It won't be long before a stream of tiny 'trick or treaters' are knocking on our doors. I'm no different from anyone else so here's my contribution.

GhostbustersI spotted it in the village. It's the seasonal window display at Waterfields Choice, the bakery. It seems to be a fine example of 'entering the spirit' of the occasion. I particularly like the imaginative thought that has enhanced a simple idea. The three examples here in this photograph seem to be an individual ghost with a character of their own. I must say I'd buy one and only reluctantly but inevitably eat it.

Enjoy Halloween, but a note of caution remember some people don't want to be disturbed on the night and are even frightened on some occasions.

Take care of your neighbours.

 


Halloween Celebrations at the Grapes Hotel

The Grapes
The Grapes: Source Wikimedia

The Grapes Hotel in Freshfield is celebrating Halloween and invite you to join them in the fun.

 

From 3pm to 5pm there's a "Halloween Fun Day" specially for the young which is followed by a Halloween DJ Night for adults from 8pm to Midnight. If you're into:

  • Fancy Dress Competitions
  • Face Paint
  • Treat or Treat
  • Hot Dog Fingers
  • Duck Apple
  • Vampire Blood Shots

Then it has to be at The Grapes

 


Chapel Lane Halloween Spookfest

Are you ready for the Chapel Lane Spookfest?

Woodwards', Cafe D'Art and Hop and Horn in the village are all celebrating Halloween and invite to join them in the festivities. There are prizes for the best dressed who turn up.

Chapel Lane Spookfest
Go on, it's time to get your 'freak' on, Formby!

There's Live Music, a kids party followed by a disco for older ghouls and a Halloween Party.

You're spoilt for choice or better still enjoy all of these events in turn.

 


Latest Roadworks and Traffic Restriction Alerts

Roadworks and traffic restrictions alert
 

Traffic restrictions and roadworks starting today or tomorrow.

 
Deansgate Lane, Formby, Sefton Council
28 October — 30 October Traffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Delays likely due to Streetworks
Carriageway Micro Asphalt at Whole Length Of Carriageway
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

B5424 Ryeground Lane, Formby, Sefton Council
28 October — 30 October Some carriageway incursion
Delays possible due to Streetworks
'Uneven Flagged Footway' at Outside 3 Formby Sefton Council
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Deansgate Lane, Formby, Sefton Council
28 October — 30 October Some carriageway incursion
Delays possible due to Streetworks
'Lift And Relay Precast Concrete Flags, Any Module' at Outside 36 Formby Sefton Council
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Paradise Lane, Formby, Sefton Council
29 October — 09 November Some carriageway incursion
Delays possible due to Streetworks
'Removal Of Electricity Supply From Redundant Street Furniture And The Installation Of Supply To Replacement Street Furniture Including The Excavation And Reinstatement Of The Footway' 'Removal Of 5 - 6 Mtr Column' 'Installation Of 5 Mtr Column' Please Collect Materials From Maghull Depot at Column 19, Front Of Numbr 80 Formby
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Paradise Lane, Formby, Sefton Council
29 October — 09 November Some carriageway incursion
Delays possible due to Streetworks
'Removal Of Electricity Supply From Redundant Street Furniture And The Installation Of Supply To Replacement Street Furniture Including The Excavation And Reinstatement Of The Footway' 'Removal Of 5 - 6 Mtr Column' 'Installation Of 5 Mtr Column' Please Collect Materials From Maghull Depot at Column 5, Front Of Number 20 Formby
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Paradise Lane, Formby, Sefton Council
29 October — 09 November Some carriageway incursion
Delays possible due to Streetworks
'Removal Of Electricity Supply From Redundant Street Furniture And The Installation Of Supply To Replacement Street Furniture Including The Excavation And Reinstatement Of The Footway' 'Removal Of 5 - 6 Mtr Column' 'Installation Of 5 Mtr Column' Please Collect Materials From Maghull Depot at Column 4, Front Left Of Number 17 Formby
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Windsor Road, Formby, Sefton Council
29 October — 02 November Traffic control (give & take)
Delays possible due to Streetworks
Open Cut Excavation Required To Replace Existing Assets That Is Causing A Potential Hazard, On Behalf Of United Utilities. In Footway. at Outside Number 49
Responsibility: United Utilities Water
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Ashtons Lane, Formby, Sefton Council
28 October — 30 October Some carriageway incursion
Delays unlikely due to Streetworks
'Lift And Relay Precast Concrete Flags, Any Module' at Side Of 15 Elm Drive Formby Sefton Council
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Cattan Green, Formby, Sefton Council
29 October — 09 November Some carriageway incursion
Delays unlikely due to Streetworks
'Removal Of Electricity Supply From Redundant Street Furniture And The Installation Of Supply To Replacement Street Furniture Including The Excavation And Reinstatement Of The Footway' 'Removal Of 5 - 6 Mtr Column' at Column 2, Outside Number 3/4 Formby Sefton Council
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Cattan Green, Formby, Sefton Council
29 October — 09 November Some carriageway incursion
Delays unlikely due to Streetworks
'Removal Of Electricity Supply From Redundant Street Furniture And The Installation Of Supply To Replacement Street Furniture Including The Excavation And Reinstatement Of The Footway' 'Removal Of 5 - 6 Mtr Column' at Column 1, Outside Number 1 Formby Sefton Council
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Gardner Road, Formby, Sefton Council
29 October — 09 November Some carriageway incursion
Delays unlikely due to Streetworks
'Removal Of Electricity Supply From Redundant Street Furniture And The Installation Of Supply To Replacement Street Furniture Including The Excavation And Reinstatement Of The Footway' 'Removal Of 5 - 6 Mtr Column' at Column 37, Front Right Of Number 82 Formby
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Gardner Road, Formby, Sefton Council
29 October — 09 November Some carriageway incursion
Delays unlikely due to Streetworks
'Removal Of Electricity Supply From Redundant Street Furniture And The Installation Of Supply To Replacement Street Furniture Including The Excavation And Reinstatement Of The Footway' 'Installation Of 6 Mtr Column' 'Removal Of 5 - 6 Mtr Column' at Column 39b, Rear Of Bull Cop (In Entry) Formby
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Gardner Road, Formby, Sefton Council
29 October — 09 November Some carriageway incursion
Delays unlikely due to Streetworks
'Removal Of Electricity Supply From Redundant Street Furniture And The Installation Of Supply To Replacement Street Furniture Including The Excavation And Reinstatement Of The Footway' 'Removal Of 5 - 6 Mtr Column' at Column 40, Outside Number 90/92 Formby Sefton Council
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Grange Lane, Formby, Sefton Council
28 October — 06 November Some carriageway incursion
Delays unlikely due to Streetworks
'Removal Of Electricity Supply From Redundant Street Furniture And The Installation Of Supply To Replacement Street Furniture Including The Excavation And Reinstatement Of The Footway' 'Removal Of 5 - 6 Mtr Column' at Column 4 Outside 10 Formby
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Heatherways, Formby, Sefton Council
29 October — 02 November Some carriageway incursion
Delays unlikely due to Streetworks
Remedial Works Following Defect Inspection - To Rectify Slurry Seal In Footway Alter And Relay 15m Domestic Service Of Which 1m Is In The Public Frommain In Footway In Heatherways at 45
Responsibility: National Grid Gas Plc
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Lendel Close, Formby, Sefton Council
29 October — 09 November Some carriageway incursion
Delays unlikely due to Streetworks
'Removal Of Electricity Supply From Redundant Street Furniture And The Installation Of Supply To Replacement Street Furniture Including The Excavation And Reinstatement Of The Footway' 'Removal Of 5 - 6 Mtr Column' at Column 2, Outside Number 5 Formby Sefton Council
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Lingdales, Formby, Sefton Council
28 October — 30 October Some carriageway incursion
Delays unlikely due to Streetworks
'Granolithic Concrete (Mix 1:6) As Fillet To Edges Of Footway, Average Thickness 65mm (Only To Be Measured When Ordered By The Engineer At Specific Locations)' at Outside 67 Formby Sefton Council
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Mayfield Avenue, Formby, Sefton Council
28 October — 30 October Some carriageway incursion
Delays unlikely due to Streetworks
'Lift And Relay Precast Concrete Flags, Any Module' at Junction Of Mayfield Venue? Formby Sefton Council
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Moss Green, Formby, Sefton Council
29 October — 09 November Some carriageway incursion
Delays unlikely due to Streetworks
'Removal Of Electricity Supply From Redundant Street Furniture And The Installation Of Supply To Replacement Street Furniture Including The Excavation And Reinstatement Of The Footway' 'Removal Of 5 - 6 Mtr Column' at Column 1a Rear Of Number 9 Formby Sefton Council
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Moss Green, Formby, Sefton Council
29 October — 09 November Some carriageway incursion
Delays unlikely due to Streetworks
'Removal Of Electricity Supply From Redundant Street Furniture And The Installation Of Supply To Replacement Street Furniture Including The Excavation And Reinstatement Of The Footway' 'Removal Of 5 - 6 Mtr Column' at Column 6, Front Of Number 15 Formby Sefton Council
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Moss Green, Formby, Sefton Council
29 October — 09 November Some carriageway incursion
Delays unlikely due to Streetworks
'Removal Of Electricity Supply From Redundant Street Furniture And The Installation Of Supply To Replacement Street Furniture Including The Excavation And Reinstatement Of The Footway' 'Removal Of 5 - 6 Mtr Column' at Column 4, Between Number 9 And 10 Formby
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Moss Green, Formby, Sefton Council
29 October — 09 November Some carriageway incursion
Delays unlikely due to Streetworks
'Removal Of Electricity Supply From Redundant Street Furniture And The Installation Of Supply To Replacement Street Furniture Including The Excavation And Reinstatement Of The Footway' 'Removal Of 5 - 6 Mtr Column' at Column 5, Betwen Number 12 & 14 Formby Sefton Council
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Moss Green, Formby, Sefton Council
29 October — 09 November Some carriageway incursion
Delays unlikely due to Streetworks
'Removal Of Electricity Supply From Redundant Street Furniture And The Installation Of Supply To Replacement Street Furniture Including The Excavation And Reinstatement Of The Footway' 'Removal Of 5 - 6 Mtr Column' at Column 2, Between Number 3 &4 Formby
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

New Road, Formby, Sefton Council
29 October — 09 November Some carriageway incursion
Delays unlikely due to Streetworks
'Removal Of Electricity Supply From Redundant Street Furniture And The Installation Of Supply To Replacement Street Furniture Including The Excavation And Reinstatement Of The Footway' 'Removal Of 5 - 6 Mtr Column' at Column 6, Front Of Number 38 Formby
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Norris Way, Formby, Sefton Council
29 October — 09 November Some carriageway incursion
Delays unlikely due to Streetworks
'Removal Of Electricity Supply From Redundant Street Furniture And The Installation Of Supply To Replacement Street Furniture Including The Excavation And Reinstatement Of The Footway' 'Removal Of 5 - 6 Mtr Column' at Column 5, Rear Of Number 9 Formby Sefton Council
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Norris Way, Formby, Sefton Council
29 October — 09 November Some carriageway incursion
Delays unlikely due to Streetworks
'Removal Of Electricity Supply From Redundant Street Furniture And The Installation Of Supply To Replacement Street Furniture Including The Excavation And Reinstatement Of The Footway' 'Removal Of 5 - 6 Mtr Column' at Column 7, Side Of Number 6 Cattan Green Formby Sefton Council
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Orms Way, Formby, Sefton Council
29 October — 09 November Some carriageway incursion
Delays unlikely due to Streetworks
'Removal Of Electricity Supply From Redundant Street Furniture And The Installation Of Supply To Replacement Street Furniture Including The Excavation And Reinstatement Of The Footway' 'Removal Of 5 - 6 Mtr Column' at Column 2 Opposite 1a Formby
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

 

Shaw Crescent, Formby, Sefton Council
28 October — 30 October No carriageway incursion
Delays unlikely due to Streetworks
Works To Rectify Defective Reinstatement In The Verge at Outside 2
Responsibility: SP Energy Networks
EToN status: Planned work about to start
 

Southport Old Road, Formby, Sefton Council
29 October — 02 November Traffic control (give & take)
Delays unlikely due to Streetworks
Carriageway Patching at Sparrowhawk Restaurant
Responsibility: Sefton Council
EToN status: Planned work about to start    

 

Roadworks signs


Marie Curie Needs Help Your This Christmas

Marie Curie are looking for collectors in the Formby area over Christmas time this this year.

Marie Curie LogoYou can help people living with a terminal illness in your community get the care they need over Christmas by getting involved in a Marie Curie Collection. You can now sign up for a collection online and find the collection slot that suits you, making it easier than ever to get involved in the festive fun.

John Booth a collector from Heswall said

“Christmas collections are such great fun. I love getting into the festive spirit with my local community while raising money for Marie Curie”.So get your Santa hats ready and give the gift of time this year, book yourself onto a collection at mariecurie.org.uk/collections.

Contact Antony Jones on 0151 801 1411 or antony.jones@mariecurie.org.uk for any more information.

 


Have a Blast from the past in aid of Marie Curie.

Marie Curie is calling on food fans in the Formby area to hold a retro-inspired dinner party in aid of the charity this November.

image from www.formby.todayRetro food is having a revival and Marie Curie’s new fundraising campaign, ‘Dinner Down Memory Lane’ is about holding a dinner party and recreating your favourite nostalgic food. Recreate time-honoured classics or put a contemporary twist on some old classics like duck a’l orange and prawn cocktail.

The money raised from every dinner party will help Marie Curie provide more free care to people living with a terminal illness and their families.

Volunteers and staff at the Marie Curie Formby Shop launched the new campaign with a ‘Glitz and Glamour’ theme, serving up Black Forest Gateau for a taste of opulence 1980’s style.

Holding a ‘Dinner Down Memory Lane’ is a great alternative to a normal dinner party and by inviting friends to make a donation in return for a dinner with a difference, you’ll be helping Marie Curie Nurses to provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their families.

Shop manager Vicky Hall said:

We’ve been holding ‘Glitz and Glamour’ sale events at the shop for a couple of years now, so it seemed the perfect theme for our launch of Dinner Down Memory Lane too! I’d like to thank all of our volunteers for their fantastic help, and everyone who has made donations towards this years ‘Glitz and Glamour’ sale week. This year’s sale will take place in the shop from Sunday November 1st for, so please do drop in and pick up your very own glitzy bargain!

For more information and to sign up for a free fundraising pack visit: www.mariecurie.org.uk/dinner or call 0800 716 146.

For more information contact Antony Jones on 0151 801 1411 or antony.jones@mariecurie.org.uk.