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School Dinners in Formby set to Rise

School dinner prices across the borough are set to rise by 50p per week.
Unions and campaigners fear take-up rates will tumble, leaving some kids without a healthy meal each day.Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said:

“We know schoolchildren who eat healthy meals get the best out of lessons.“The Government should be investing in school meals, not forcing schools to put up the price. Kids will be robbed of the chance of a decent meal.”

Schools blame food and energy prices and the impact of the new living wage on labour costs.

Source www.southportvisiter.co.uk

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More on Bikes!

Following on from my previous post.

 I simply couldn't resist this image of early bikes from my home town. I love the suspension system built into the wheels of one of them, I wonder whether it worked.

On yer bike: Why you should cycle more

When was the last time you cycled?

In my opinion Formby is an ideal place for cycling. The roads are flat, safe and often shelter a rider from the worst of the prevailing winds.

So why aren't you cycling more often? Have you seen this latest poster from Active Sefton?

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Latest Bike Crime Report

Merseynow: Latest from Merseyside Police

In recent days opportunist bike thieves have struck in Ainsdale and Formby. A Carrera mountain bike was stolen from Pinfold Lane on Wednesday 24th August. On Monday 29th August just after 2pm a Shogun Mountain Bike was taken from outside Formby Cycles. There is CCTV and this matter is under investigation.

Remember even if just popping into a shop to lock your bike. Security industry advice is with a Gold standard lock, best you can afford in ay event. Ideally to a fixed object and better still covered by CCTV.

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Local Councillor Supports Pilot Prescription Scheme

Councillor Katie Page is supporting the Pilot Prescription Scheme.

Local Sefton MBC Councillor for Formby explains her reasons for supporting the Southport and Formby CCG pilot prescription scheme.

Formby woman dubbed 'backpacking Bridget Jones'

The Formby woman who swapped weddings for wanderlust after being ditched at the altar is releasing her third book in eight months.

31-year-old Katy Collins hit headlines around the world when, after being dumped before her wedding day, she quit her successful job, sold her house and her car and booked a one-way ticket to south east Asia..... More

A Great Platform for Real Ales

Right next to Freshfield Station you will find the Beer Station, a new micropub that was opened on July 22 by father and son team Ian and Keir in a former newsagents, writes Neville Grundy.

It is a light and airy single-roomed bar with plain white walls exhibiting paintings and prints by local artists which you can buy.

A church in Wallasey provided the bar, which was adapted from the choir stall – you can still see the angel’s heads at each end – and much of the seating in the form of pews and chairs. We found the pub welcoming and were soon chatting away to the licensee and other customers when a friend walked in out of the blue – small world!

The real ales available when we called in were Liverpool Organic Bier Head, Liverpool Organic Cascade and a stout from Formby’s Red Star Brewery, Havana Moon. All were in good nick and, although I am not usually a stout drinker, I did enjoy the Havana Moon. The beers usually come from local breweries and have previously included brews from Melwood, Neptune and Rock The Boat.

A warm welcome awaits inside...... More at

Public welcome at Hospital Trust Board Meeting

Southport HospitalSouthport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust will hold its next board meeting on Wednesday 7th September at 9.30am.

The meeting will be held in the Clinical Education Centre at Southport and Formby District General Hospital.

Members of the public are welcome to 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