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Four Candidates Contest Parish Council Election

Voters in Harington Ward, Formby get the chance to elect a new Parish Councillor.

On Thursday 4th May voters in Harington Ward, Formby will be asked to elect a new Parish Councillor after a recent resignation. 

The election is on the same day as the Liverpool City Region Mayoralty election.

The candidates are:

Name of Candidate

Home Address

Description (if any)

Name of Proposer

Reason why no longer nominated*

MAXWELL

Simon Peter

55 Hawksworth Drive, Formby, L37 7EY

Community Action not Party Politics

Bennett Maria

 

PEACE

Gemma Michelle

Flat 1 Kenyons Court,

7 Kenyons Lane, Formby, L37 8BE

Conservative Party Candidate

Dutton Denise

 

RICHARDS

Carol

Asparagus Cottage, St Luke`s Church Rd, Formby, L37 2DF

Labour Party

Page Catherine M

 

WALSH

Michael James

26 Kent Road, Formby, L37 6BQ

Green Party

Lynch Brendan

 

 

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Hospital Trust apologises after procedures postponed

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has apologised to patients whose procedures were postponed after technical issues in its decontamination suite on Tuesday.

Southport and Formby NHS Hospital Engineers were called in to investigate at Southport hospital after a residue was found in a number of operating theatre instrument sets following their sterilisation. The residue does not represent an infection risk but use of the decontamination suite has been suspended as a precaution.

This has led to a shortfall in instrument sets available to the Trust and led to the postponement of planned operations. Instead, priority is being given to patients who need immediate attention.

Sterilisation of Trust instrument sets is being carried out at neighbouring trusts while the local issue is resolved.

Therese Patten, Chief Operating Officer, said:

“I want to apologise to patients who have had their procedure postponed.

“Our priority is always the safe care of our patients and providing a quality service. That’s why we have taken the difficult decision to delay some procedures

“We are working hard to return to normal levels of service as soon as possible.”

The Trust will issue an update on progress in due course.


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

 


St George's Day, William Shakespeare, Sun and Sundials

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He died on 23 April 1616.

William Shakespeare is quintessentially English who is also universally known. As is the case with St George, the Patron Saint of England, who's memory we celebrate annually. 

Shakespeare wrote:

SunDial BaseCarve out dials, quaintly, point by point
Thereby to set the minutes, how they run,
How many make the Hour full, complete,
How many hours bring about the Day.
        King Henry VI. Pt. III. Act II. Sc. 5.

In the last few days we've been blessed by glorious uninterrupted sunny weather and I was looking for an appropriate short story to link these events and Formby together.

This incomplete sundial is in the grounds of St Peter's Church in Freshfield.

It's one of a number of historic items and places registered on the Historic British Listed Buildings list, which is an online database of buildings and structures that are listed as being of special architectural and historic interest.

The details recorded on the list describe it as follows:

FORMBY GREEN LANE (east side)
2/39 Sundial approx. 5.5 m. south of Church of St. Peter G.V. II

Sundial. Probably C18. Stone. Tuscan column with square abacus on cyma moulding. Metal plate; gnomon missing.

(Source: http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/)

And the Gnomon that's missing well that's the part that normally casts a shadow on the dial showing an approximation of the time, they look like this image below, which explains the way they work.

Sundial Gnomon
ASundial Columns a resident of Formby since 1972 I've lost count of the number of times I've passed this column when walking into Formby Village from my house.

I've never noticed it before, which I suppose just illustrates how often I walk or cycle around with my eyes closed to the details of our rich environment.

This is the stone column to look out for.

There's also a very interesting building opposite St Peter's Church, which is not recorded on the British Historic Buildings list.

I think this is a surprising omission. It's an old building and looking at old maps suggests it was a 'Public House'.

Two places serving the 'Spirit' side by side.

 

 


Happy Easter and Bank Holiday Monday

The name "Easter" (and the German name for it: Ostern) comes from Eostre, the ancient name of an Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring.

The name used in some other European countries is derived from the name of the Hebrew festival called the Passover (French: Pâques, Italian: Pasqua, Spanish: Pascua).

The date of Easter changes each year, it's celebrated on the Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox which this year is today 16 April (note that Easter is celebrated on different dates by the Eastern Orthodox churches)

Egg rolling at The White House

Egg rolling at the White House
There are many traditions associated with Easter, for instance, exchanging and eating Easter eggs is a traditional custom in many countries.
 
In the UK before they were replaced by chocolate Easter eggs real eggs were used, in most cases, chicken eggs. The eggs were hard-boiled and dyed in various colours and patterns. The traditionally bright colours represented spring and light. Nowadays not many parents would risk giving a child a hard-boiled egg on Easter Sunday.
 
But, though I've yet to see it in real life, egg rolling could become my favourite.
 
It's an older more traditional game, in which real eggs were rolled against one another or down a hill. The owner of the egg that stayed uncracked the longest won. Even today in the north of England, for example in neighbouring Preston, they still carry out the custom of egg rolling. The YouTube video below shows hollow eggs, wrapped in plastic bags, so as not to lose any of the chocolate as the eggs are rolled down slopes to see which goes furthest.
 
And egg rolling is an annual event at The White House, but due to the lack of a hill, large wooden spoons are used to propel the egg along. Looks like fun.
 
Perhaps this should be a tradition worth reintroducing here in Formby?
 
The YouTube video below shows hollow eggs, sometimes wrapped in plastic bags, so as not to lose any of the chocolate as the eggs are rolled down slopes to see which goes furthest.
 

Enjoy the rest of the Easter Bank Holiday long weekend.


Formby Christians Celebrate the Easter Vigil

Today local  Formby residents, who are Christians celebrate the Easter Vigil.

Easter VigilAlso called the Paschal Vigil or the Great Vigil of Easter, it's a service held in traditional Christian churches as the first official celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus.

Historically, it is during this service that people are baptised and that adult catechumens are received into full communion with the Church.

It is held in the hours of darkness between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Day — most commonly in the evening of Holy Saturday or midnight — and is the first celebration of Easter, days traditionally being considered to begin at sunset.
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_vigil Accessed 29 March 2013)

Enjoy the remainder of the Easter Celebrations and Monday's Bank Holiday.

 


Good Friday Walk of Witness

Today is Good Friday.

Good Friday Tomb
 
A Good Friday Tomb in the grounds of St Peter's Church Formby

Good Friday is a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_friday Accessed on 27 March 2013)

Here in Formby local residents will mark the event with 'The Good Friday Walk of Witness' which finishes at The Pool Gardens.

There will be a presentation through words, music and costume that will recreate the events of Jesus' last hours. From his trial before Pontius Pilate to his death on the cross.


National Trust Formby is 50 years old

The National Trust is celebrating 50 years caring for the coast at Formby.

NTFormby 50 Birthday
The conservation charity has cared for 210 hectares of this special stretch of coast since 12 April 1967, when it was safeguarded through the Neptune Fund, set up specifically to purchase and protect coast around the UK.

The stretch of coast at Formby is an area of great importance for its mobile sand dunes – some of the best in the entire UK - and the wildlife that lives here, including rare Natterjack Toads, sand lizards and red squirrels in the pine woods. It is also much loved by locals and visitors with its stunning views that stretch out towards Wales, the Irish Sea and the Lake District.

Volunteers and staff marked the occasion by blowing out the candles on a 50th birthday cake created by local Formby-based cake designer Lisa Lill, who runs Cake Amour by Lisa and featuring fondant models of the iconic dunes, pine woods and wildlife.

Justin Matthews, Ranger for the National Trust at Formby, commented:

“50 years is a fantastic achievement and we are so proud to reach this milestone. We couldn’t do it without our dedicated staff and volunteers and the support of our local community who work so hard to help care for the coast, managing it and maintaining it for generations to come. We’re looking forward to the next 50 years and hope that everyone will join in the celebrations by coming along to one of our events happening throughout the year or just taking time out to enjoy this special place.”

2017 is particularly significant because it marks Sefton Council’s Year of the Coast. It was also recently announced that the Trust is in conversations with the Council about the possibility of caring for an additional 204 hectares of land, currently managed by Sefton.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said:

“We know how important the coast is and reaching 50 years in Formby is a significant milestone for the National Trust.

With 2017 being the Year of Sefton’s Coast and the positive discussions taking place between National Trust and Sefton Council over the potential transfer of land in Formby, there is so much to celebrate. Here’s to the next 50 years as well!”

Visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby/whats-on for a list of events at the National Trust Formby - exploring everything from wildlife to asparagus and what is living in the rock pools to the prehistoric footprints on the shore.

 (Image source: NTFormby website)