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Rainbow House Summer Ball Raises £16,300

Rainbow House Summer Ball at Formby Hall Golf Resort raised over £16,300

Rainbow House LogoThe Rainbow House Summer Ball held in the Ambassador Suite at Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa on 18th June  raised over £16,300 for the charity.

The annual event was organised by Lisa and Paul Maddison whose daughter Katie attends conductive education at Rainbow House and was at the event. During the evening,  Katie used the parallel bars to show guests what progress she has made with the help of conductive education.

After enjoying a welcome drink on arrival, 200 guests sat down to a three course dinner followed by live entertainment from Marble Eyes and the glamorous Viva Brasil dancers who all gave their time as a donation to the charity. Auction prizes included a Milan moped and two stunning glass sculptures by artist Clare Wright whilst one lucky lady, Karen Macpherson, won a diamond pendant.

Auction and raffle prizes were donated by HSBC, Preston North End Football Club, Model Me, Yaffe, Hatchbag and The Glendower Hotel in Lytham St Annes.

Lisa Maddison said,

“we would like to thank everyone who supported the event, especially
HSBC who contribute prizes, attend the event and match fund, together with all those who
donated prizes for the auction and raffle and took tables.”

Carole Cochrane, Chief Executive, Rainbow House, said

“It was a lovely evening and everyone had a
great time.  Our thanks go to Lisa and Paul Maddison for their hard work in making the event so successful and to all the guests for helping raise such a fantastic amount.”

Story by Pamela Knight


Formby Today : 30 June

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8.30 am

A glimpse into the past

Notice the 'finger post', an older version of a road sign, in the left-hand side of the photograph.


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Health and Wellbeing Event to help those Affected by Cancer

Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre will be holding its seventh ‘Health and Wellbeing event’ on Thursday 30th June and anyone who has been affected by cancer, whether directly or through supporting someone is invited to come along. 

Health and wellbeing event 17 March

The team at the previous Macmillan Health and Wellbeing event

The centre, a joint partnership set up by Macmillan and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is holding the event in partnership with Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre from 1pm – 3.30pm.

On the day, two recently launched activity groups will be promoted which guests will be encouraged to join if they wish. The gardening group meets every Monday morning and Thursday afternoon at Southport Botanic gardens and the new cycling group, run by the Macmillan ‘Move More’ physical activity and wellness co-ordinator from Active Lifestyles, Sefton Council, meets on Monday afternoons at Dunes leisure centre.

There will be lots of other information stalls to visit on the day where people can access support from cancer nurse specialists, support groups, benefits advisors and other key organisations. There will be talks about the emotional effects of cancer and the benefits of physical activity, as well as a healthy eating ‘Mood Food’ stall, mini make-overs from Boots and pampering sessions and hand massages by Sefton OPERA.

Sonia Holdsworth, Macmillan development manager for Cheshire West and Merseyside, said:

“Being more physically active can help people cope with, and recover from, the effects of cancer and its treatment and can also help to prevent the recurrence of some types of cancer. Both the gardening group and the cycling group are great for people’s personal fitness and wellbeing and I’d encourage people to come along and find out more on the day about each of these.
“We saw over 200 people at the last event and we hope to see even more this time, they are always a great success and the more people we can support the better.”  

Dr Graeme Allan, Macmillan GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG cancer clinical lead, said:

“These events are ideal for people to come along and meet others who have had a similar experience. It is always useful to share and the hope is that there may be an activity or group out there that suits an individual’s needs, so you might go away with an idea of what we can help you with. It’s a friendly and informative event and everyone is very welcome.”

Jackie Brunton, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s lead cancer nurse, said:

“We’re delighted to continue to build on the success of previous health and well-being clinics.  The events provide access to the wide range of services available locally in one venue”

The regular Health and Wellbeing event aims to support people in adjusting to life with and beyond cancer by providing information on the wide range of services which are available locally as well as healthy living activities.
Anyone affected by cancer, either recently or in the past, as well as family and friends supporting others are welcome to book onto this free event.

The events are friendly and educational with the opportunity for visitors to chat to cancer nurse specialists, key organisations and support groups. The Macmillan Living Well Centre Singing Group will also be performing on arrival, to welcome people to the event.

The Health and Wellbeing events are free of charge and refreshments are provided, but booking is essential. To book onto the next event please call 0151 288 6893 or email: sfccg.macmillancic@nhs.net .

The last Health and Wellbeing event of the year will be on Thursday 3rd November, 2016, at the same time and venue.

For more information about the work of the Macmillan Information and Support Centre in Southport, please see the website www.southportmacmillancentre.org.uk


Formby Today : 28 June

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Online Shopping Fraud Warning Issued

Merseyside Police Issue a Warning About Online Shopping Fraud.

Local Police are warning residents of the danger of fraud using Online shopping websites.

Merseyside Police logo 2Online shopping websites are being utilised by fraudsters to advertise vehicles for sale which do not exist. After agreeing to purchase the vehicle via email with the fraudsters, buyers then receive emails purporting to be from Amazon Payments and/or Amazon Flexible Payment Service stating that their money will be held in an ‘escrow account’ (a bank account held by a third party, used as a temporary holding account during a transaction between two parties- for a 7 day ‘cooling off’ period).

Once happy with the purchase the email indicates the money will be released to the seller, therefore offering ‘buyer protection’. In reality these emails are fraudulent and do not come from Amazon. The bank accounts are controlled by fraudsters.

Protect yourself

•    Remember that Amazon does not provide an escrow account to purchase items.
•    Meet the seller ‘face to face’ and view the vehicle before parting with any money.
•    Be vigilant of emails that purport to be from genuine companies and check the ‘domain’ name of the email address for any inconsistencies.
•    Check feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller.
•    If the vehicle is below market value consider whether this is an opportunity too good to be true!
•    If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk


Formby Today: 27 June

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Time to raise the Council profile?

Monday 11.00am

Anyone For Tennis?

A new tennis league in Sefton is likely to prove popular with residents of all ages here in Formby.


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Formby First Weekend

Welcome to Formby First 25 - 26 June

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FormbyLive music festival now in it's 8th year

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Formby Live Music Festival 2016

FormbyLive 2016

On Sunday the 26th of June, there will be a full programme of great entertainment from national and local artistes on the Main Stage on Chapel Lane which will be closed to all traffic and on the Pool Stage at Formby Swimming Pool.


Formby's very own music festival in it's 8th year this year promises to be the best ever!  

With the main events taking place this weekend of 24th - 26th June, there will be performances from an enormous variety of artists in venues throughout the Village.

There will be lots of  musical events happening in Formby this weekend.



Formby Today : 24 June

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Friday 24 June 1.50pm

Did you look before you leaped?

There's a wealth of details on the internet about the EU, it's powers, the question of sovereignty and trade deals etc. I was amazed personally how people I know had done little or no research on the issues but were content to rely on assertions made by others.

Ask yourself - can you name all your local Councillors? Yet they have legal powers to put their hands in your pockets. Are they nameless bureaucrats?

I feel very sorry for young people. After working 30+ years in Higher Education the loss of travel, study, cultural and educational exchanges will be very painful.

Do you remember the Brain Drain? Will it start all over again?

Friday 24 June 9.45am

A fascinating and dramatic image

An apt visual metaphor following yesterday's referendum result.


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