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Hospital hosts first Older People’s Day event

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is hosting its first Older People’s Day on Thursday 5th October with representatives from across the hospital and other organisations on hand to provide advice and information.

Southport Hospital entrance
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Physiotherapy, rheumatology and frailty are just some of the hospital services on hand throughout the day. Macmillan, Stroke Association and the Alzheimer’s Society will be available too, along with information about dementia, orthopaedics, mental health and many other conditions.

Megan Langley, Medical and Surgical Therapy Team Leader at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said:

Our Older People’s Day is a great way for the public, patients and their families to get information on a range of conditions and available services in one place. We are here to answer any questions you might have or point you in the right direction.

This is our first Older People’s Day but if people find it useful, we’re hoping to make it an annual event.

The event is being held at the Clinical Education Centre at Southport Hospital, from 9 am to 1 pm on Thursday 5th October. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.



Formby Conquest Art Group Exhibition

The Formby Conquest Art Group invite you to join them at their forthcoming Exhibition on Saturday 30 September.

Conquest Art Groups are found all over the country, they describe themselves in the following way:

We aim to help people who live with disability or long term illness by providing Conquest Art groups around the country and encouraging many more people to come and join us.  Our group members find fulfillment through joining in, whatever their level of ability and disability, and experience a sense of achievement and satisfaction from exhibiting their artwork.

Everyone is encouraged to create from their imagination, develop their own style and work at their own pace in a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere,   This is important, as a person’s disability can sometimes affect their level of creativity but many who initially doubt their abilities are surprised at the results they achieve.

Using our simple methods, newcomers can soon get that first line or image on the page.  From there they can develop their skills and try new ideas with help from the team volunteers.  For members with particular needs we can provide specialist equipment such as head pointers, scented pens for the visually impaired or specially adjusted easels.

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Local teenager shortlisted for NHS apprentice of the year

A 17-year-old from Kirkby has been shortlisted for apprentice of the year in the North West Skills Development Network Informatics Apprentice of the Year awards.

BI-team-webDaniel Curran, who went to Maricourt Catholic High School in Maghull, has been shortlisted for the prestigious award due to the hard work he has displayed throughout his apprenticeship in the business intelligence team at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG.
The award acknowledges and celebrates the outstanding commitment to professional development and occupational progress of informatics apprentices, alongside the contribution and positive difference they make to their workplace.

Talking about his nomination, Daniel said: "In the first year of my apprenticeship I feel that I have developed and matured personally and academically. On a personal

In the first year of my apprenticeship I feel that I have really developed and matured personally and academically. On a personal level I feel I have matured a lot. The apprenticeship role has played a large part in developing my skills and ability to work in a team.

I came straight into work not knowing anyone in the team so I had to take it upon myself to get to know everyone and mould myself into being part of the team. I’d say I’ve also developed my confidence in the workplace which I feel has improved a lot as before I came here I was very shy.

Karl McCluskey, chief strategy and outcomes officer, said: “We are really happy for Daniel. He deserves to be recognised for his work here at the CCGs. While excelling in the technical and academic aspects of his learning, he has also had many professional accomplishments.

His work has been of such a high standard that some of it has been incorporated into our monthly Integrated Performance Report, which is presented to the Governing Body and published on our website.

Myself and the team wish him the best in the awards although getting shortlisted is already a great accomplishment and we are really proud of his achievements.

Daniel has been shortlisted alongside Arron Jones from Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Bethany Egerton at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.

The winner will be announced at the Informatics Connect Conference on Friday 22 September at the Hilton Hotel, Blackpool.

 


Formby Viking Festival 2017

Formby Viking Festival & Medieval Market Day, Saturday 23rd September 10-5pm
Formby Gild Hall Activity Centre and Grounds

(Admission £1 on the gate)

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Viking living history duo Jarl Herjan (Leo Kolassa)and Forni Hamingja (Tony Higginson) will be back with their Formby Viking Crew on Saturday 23rd at the Gild Hall Activity Centre, off Church Road to participate in this year’s Viking Festival and Medieval Market Day.


Following their recent Viking exploits attending festivals and events across Wales and the North West, they have encouraged other living history groups to come along and join their crew at the upcoming Formby Viking Festival and Market.

Tony Higginson commented

Having been at recent VMM events in Gwerch Castle (Abergele) and at Conwy Castle which attracted huge crowds we did get to meet lots of people and similar groups to ours that have an interest and passion for living history and want to come along to events such as our Festival.

TV Historian and coordinator of Viking and Medieval Markets (VMM) across the region, Mark Olly, has worked alongside Formby Vikings for 5 years in making the event here a success and most popular amongst the stall holders and living history groups that participate.

The Formby Viking Festival may be one of the smaller events we get involved in organising but it is the most popular one that the VMM living history group and traders love to attend as it gets better and better each year

Mark Olly said and added

It’s also the only event I keep being asked about all the time: is there going to be another one? When is it going to take place? That’s why we are already planning to come back in 2018

At this year's Festival, the event will include staunch favourites ‘Talonted Feathers- Birds of Prey’, Shoot a Knight and the authentic Long Ships. In the arena area, combat displays will be featured with several sessions for children to have a go at being a Knight. There will also be storytelling, music arts and Medieval Market Stalls featuring arts crafts and gifts for all.

There will be several exhibitions of Living History activities including Viking games involving demonstrations on how to play Hnefatafl (Viking Chess) with an opportunity to challenge the current World Tafl Champion or former English Champion. On display will also be a new game - ‘The Wall of Asgard’ which has proved to be very popular at other shows especially with prizes are on offer for anyone that can take the challenge and beat the height record and get the best score.

Formby Scouts are providing refreshments.

 


National Trust On Care of Land at Formby Point

An additional 204 hectares of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols in Formby, home to rare wildlife, is now safeguarded thanks to its formal transfer into the care of the National Trust. 

Lifeboat Rd Deeds HandoverThe official transfer documents were signed today, seeing responsibility for its guardianship pass from Sefton Council to the National Trust. As an independent conservation charity, the Trust has already been caring for 210 hectares at Formby for the past 50 years.
 
The transfer means that the land is now protected forever for the enjoyment of the people who love this special place and the benefit of the wildlife that thrives here. Amongst the dunes and pine forests live Sand Lizards, Red Squirrels, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles and Natterjack Toads.
 
Jo Hudson, General Manager for the National Trust, commented:


The land at Formby Point is absolutely exceptional, representing one of the very best mobile sand dune habitats in the entire UK. Its significance is shown by much of the land being designated as a Site of Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area for birds.  We are extremely proud to be taking on the custodianship of this additional land and we cannot think of a more wonderful way to mark the milestone of our 50 years working at Formby.

We have an excellent team of Rangers, staff and volunteers who are dedicated to continuing our current hard work across this broader area. Our aim is to continue to ensure that current and future generations can enjoy everything that makes this place so exceptional.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said:


Residents and visitors to the borough made strong representation through the consultation process for the Sefton 2030 Vision for their desire to access and enjoy all the benefits the Sefton coast has to offer.

We believe through the land transfer it will enable the National Trust to develop a richer visitor experience with our local communities and secure the future of this extraordinary coastline. 

We see this as an amazing opportunity where National Trust can improve and invest on this piece of land for the benefit of our communities, the many visitors to our borough, the local economy and the environment.
 
Working with the National Trust has been very productive and we hope to continue this relationship over the coming years in enhancing further this stretch of our amazing coastline.
 

In addition to the day-to-day management of the portfolio at Formby Point, the National Trust is also starting to look to the future and the next 50 years at Formby. Work has already commenced in talking to people about what they would like to see regarding improvements to access and visitor facilities as well as how to help the rare wildlife to thrive. The Trust will continue to work in close cooperation with neighbours, stakeholders and people who love this particular place to shape up these plans.
 
To find out more about how to get involved with plans, including the opportunity to chat with National Trust staff and volunteers about the care of the Formby Coast at Formby Library on 16 and 23 September, please visit:
 
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby/projects/get-involved---the-future-of-formby-point

 


Formby Parish Council holds Extra Ordinary Meeting

Formby Parish Councillors were summoned to attend an extra ordinary meeting at Formby library this week.

The short agenda reveals some aspects of the issue before them.

Notice of Meeting
All members of the Council are hereby summoned to attend an Extra Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council, which will be held at Formby Library, Duke Street, Formby, on Wednesday 13 September 2017, at 7.00pm.

Claire Jenkins
Clerk to Formby Parish Council

Agenda
1.0 To receive Apologies

2.0 To Receive Declarations of Interest

3.0 Pursuant to section 1(2) of the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960 it is resolved that, because of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted, the public and the press leave the meeting during consideration of whether the FPC wishes to employ legal counsel and to gain an understanding of the financial consequences and the firms involved.

4.0 To resolve whether to employ legal counsel in preparation for a potential Judicial Review

5.0 Date of Next Meeting – Tuesday 3 October 2017 to be held in the Meeting Room, Formby Library at 7pm

Members of the press and public are welcome to attend

By way of comment, in all my years of service as a Parish Councillor for both Little Altcar and Formby Parish Councils, I cannot recall this ever happening before, so I conclude, the matter is serious and potentially expensive. I note that agenda item 3 if agreed, was likely to exclude the public and press. It will be interesting to see if residents ever get to know anything about the subject matter that sparked this extra ordinary meeting and the outcome if any.

Whatever the cause it raises questions about transparency and accountability in Formby's most immediate level of local government.

Watch this space.
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Bike & Go offers registered users free bike hire for Cycle to Work Day

A bike hire scheme is offering Formby users free bike rentals to mark Cycle to Work Day

B&G Man on BikeBike & Go, which operates bike hire facilities from train stations around the region including Formby is inviting those already registered to the scheme to enjoy complimentary bike hire all day on Wednesday, September 13, in a bid to make it as easy as possible for everyone to ride to work for a day.

Cycle to Work Day has been gathering pace since its launch in 2013, with a total of 864,239 miles having been cycled so far in the name of the event. Cyclescheme, the team behind it, is now hoping that its fifth event will be bigger and better than ever, and Bike & Go are keen to support them in their quest to encourage more people to take to two wheels.

The benefits of cycling have been well documented, with a report published earlier this year revealing that cycling to work reduces the risk of death from any cause by 41%, the incidence of cancer by 45% and heart disease by 46%.

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Developers of land at Brackenway to hold a public exhibition

Taylor Wimpey is currently preparing an Outline Planning Application on land at Brackenway

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Prior to the submission of the planning application, a master plan has been created which highlights some of the items that are being proposed within the scheme.

Key characteristics include:-

  • Up to 286 new dwellings incorporating a range of types and sizes of houses to meet local needs.
  • Provision of on-site affordable housing.
  • Areas of public open space.
  • An area of ecological enhancement to form part of the development.
  • Pedestrian connections onto the existing public right of way along Sixteen Acres Lane.
  • A flood mitigation scheme.
  • Proposed vehicular access from Formby Bypass via a signal controlled junction.

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