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Where's Your Bike?

Do you own a bike? Is it registered?

If the answer to these questions is yes and no then I recommend the following advice from our local police.

MerseyNow
A recent National Crime Cycle survey showed that over half of the population own a bike. The typical amount spent on bike ranged from £250 - £5000. Bike are typically stored inside the home (34%), in a garage (31%) or in a private shed (22%). Over half of the respondents in the survey have had a bike stolen (57%). Of those, 27% have had two bikes stolen; and 4% had 5 or more bike stolen.

The most common place for bikes to be stolen was outside shops (18%), from private sheds (13%) and outside work (11.5%).

Sergeant Keith Burke from Merseyside Police Community Engagement Unit said

"Registering a bike with a database provider not only reduces instances of cycle theft but it has also enabled hundreds of cyclists to be reunited with their bikes after they had been stolen. Over 800 searches are made on these databases each day by the police, retailers and members of the public, making them an essential tool in the fight against cycle crime."

Consider registering your bike with one of the following providers:

www.bikeregister.com

www.immobilise.com

 


Public welcome at November CCG meeting

Southport and Formby Clinical commissioning group (CCG) in Sefton is encouraging anyone with an interest to go along to their November governing body meetings.

The CCG hold governing body meetings every two months in public, so people can hear them discussing and making decisions about local health services.

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals who make up the committee will discuss a range of issues including the performance of the services they commission, like hospitals and community care.

Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said:

“We invite the public along to this formal meeting to listen to the CCG’s plans. Residents also get the chance to ask any questions they have before the meeting gets underway.”

The NHS Southport and Formby CCG meeting will take place on Wednesday 1 November at the Family Life Centre, Ash St, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6JH, at 1.00pm

Papers will be available here beforehand: www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/about-us/governing-body/governing-body-meetings

Anyone who is interested in attending is asked to call 0151 247 7000 to confirm their attendance.

Note:

NHS Southport and Formby CCG have been responsible for buying or ‘commissioning’ the majority of local health services since 1 April 2013, when primary care trusts were abolished.

NHS Southport and Formby CCG’s membership is made up of 19 GP practices.

You can gain a flavour of the open nature of our local CCG from this video compilation of views and comments following  recent 'Big Chat' events.

 


Hospital League of Friends transforms children’s waiting area

A children’s waiting area at Ormskirk hospital has received a makeover thanks to the  League of Friends.

Waiting areaThe waiting area within the antenatal and gynaecology clinic has new child-friendly furniture, flooring and a mural painted by local artist Gary Scarisbrick. The area allows children to be entertained while their mothers or carers wait for their appointment.

Robin Rootes is a midwife in the clinic and helped design the mural featured on the wall. She said: “The new children’s area has had a complete revamp and it’s made such a difference to the atmosphere in the clinic. The children now have somewhere inviting to play while they wait, which helps their mum or carer relax.

“We couldn’t have done it without the support of the League of Friends.”

Now the area is complete the team are looking to get some new toys for the children to play with as the current ones are a little worn and tired. Any donations of new toys would be gratefully received.

Picture shows Robin Rootes with Dave Halsall from the League of Friends

Email              tonyellis@nhs.net 
Web                www.southportandormskirk.nhs.uk
Twitter            @SONHSTrust

 


Formby Actress Lands Lead Role

This Christmas, The Black-E Liverpool will transform into an enchanted castle as Liverpool based theatre company Drops of Light CIC present their festive offering for 2017, Beauty & the Beast.

Formby born Tori Hargreaves will play the role of Beauty. 

Tori as the BeautyTori was born and raised in Formby trained in acting at Arts Education School London where she currently resides. She has previously enjoyed success in a number of roles most notably appearing in Bill Kenwright’s Blood Brothers. Tori is delighted to be returning to her native Formby for the festive season


Staged in one of Liverpool’s most iconic arts buildings The Black-E, Great George Street from 6th – 31st December, Beauty and the Beast offers a magical setting for families to enjoy a unique Christmas treat with a reimagining of the classic fairytale. The 350 seat capacity venue will be transformed into an enchanted castle to stage Beauty and the Beast, the first ever pantomime to be staged at TheBlack-E, a venue that has been at the heart of Liverpool’s art scene since the late 1960s.  Not to be missed, Beauty and the Beast promises all-out magic and sparkle in a show that will appeal to families of all ages.


Drops of Light CIC are a community focused theatre production company. Beauty and the Beast will be created through collaboration between professional actors and creatives who will work alongside community groups guiding them through workshops run by a range of industry professionals to create a unique full-scale show. Tickets are on sale now with prices starting at £12 grab yours and treat the whole family.

Tickets are on sale now with prices starting at £12 grab yours and treat the little princes and princesses in your life to a Christmas treat they will treasure.

Tickets
£12 Child
£16 Adult
Available at www.dropsoflightcic.com Discounts available for group bookings. Contact theteam@dropsoflightcic.com

Trailer https://vimeo.com/229615760


Views wanted on wills review 

Members of the public are being urged to voice their opinions about texts and emails being used as wills at a Law Commission event.

Old-WillSouthport has been chosen as one of just three locations in the country in which to hold a public presentation and discussion as part of a consultation exercise into a proposed overhaul of the law of wills.

Now Claire Hamilton, from Kirwans law firm in Hoghton Street, is calling on residents to attend the meeting and speak out on matters that will affect everyone at some point. She said:

The law in relation to wills is pretty outdated, and the Law Commission, an independent body which helps advise ministers, is trying to change that through a public consultation which runs until November 10.

This is an important move by the Commission, and the fact that they have chosen Southport to host one of its events is testimony to the weight they attach to residents’ views. 

It has long been accepted that more needs to be done to bring will-related laws up to date, as, as it stands, there are concerns that the system could actually be deterring people from creating the vital documents.

According to the organisation, many people are unaware of crucial will-related legalities, such as the fact that when someone gets married, any previous wills are automatically revoked. Claire said:

The proposals that the Commission has put forward are ground-breaking but necessary. People may have read about, for example, the proposal to create a new power allowing the courts to recognise unconventional wills, such as notes, emails and voicemails, which hit the headlines earlier this year.

It has also suggested adding a new mental capacity test – which determines whether or not a person writing a will understands what they are doing - taking into account the modern understanding of conditions like dementia.

Other proposals include lowering the age for making a will from 18 to 16, and a review of the rules protecting those making a will from being unduly influenced by another person.

Claire said:

With an estimated 40% of adults dying each year without a will, it’s clear that something needs to be done, and public feedback is vital if the Law Commission, and the government in turn, are to create a revised set of laws which cater for 21stcentury needs.

The Law Commission event takes place from 3.30-5pm at the Norwood Room, Southport Community Centre, Norwood Road, Southport on October 13, 2017.

To attend, please email Damien Bruneau at damien.bruneau@lawcommission.gsi.gov.uk


Formby Wetherspoon: beer festival 11-22 October

Beers from the UK as well as Australia, USA, South Africa, Sweden and Spain will be available at The Lifeboat in Formby during its beer festival.

Wetherspoon-2017The pub in Three Tuns Lane will be serving a range of beers during the festival, which runs from Wednesday, October 11 to Sunday, October 22 inclusive.

All beers will be priced at £2.39 a pint.

The line-up includes new, seasonal and speciality beers as well as those brewed exclusively for the festival.

There are beers flavoured with pink grapefruit, coffee, chocolate, tobacco and toffee.

The overseas beers are;

  • St Eriks Midnight Sun (St Eriks Brewery, Sweden),
  • Young Henrys Newtowner (Young Henrys Brewery, Australia),
  • Arcadia Autumn Wheat (Arcadia Ales, USA),
  • Cerveza Fort Oatmeal Porter (Cerveza Fort Brewery, Spain)
  • and Zululand Pale Ale (Zululand Brewery, South Africa).

The UK beers include;

  • Chocca Mocca (Cotleigh Brewery),
  • Banana Bread Beer (Charles Wells Brewery),
  • Green Hop Monster (Rudgate Brewery),
  • Dark Side of the Moon (Truman's Brewery),
  • Trojan Horse (Caledonian Brewery)
  • and Steampunk (Vale Brewery).

Customers will be able to sample any three of the real ales in special third-of-a-pint glasses for the price of a pint.

Pub manager Ashleigh-Jane Briscoe said:

We are promising our customers a superb range of beers from overseas which have been brewed especially for the festival, together with some great beers from brewers across the UK.

The festival will be the perfect way for real ale enthusiasts to enjoy a range of excellent beers over 12 days.

Tasting notes on all of the beers will be available in the pub.