Stories of the people, the place and the areas surrounding Formby. Formby is a coastal town with a beautiful beach, fabulous sand dunes, pine woods, red squirrels all managed by the National Trust. The town boasts an attractive village shopping centre where there's much to see, eat and drink. Because of its popularity, parking close to the beach is limited, often full and large queues form by noon at weekends and bank holidays.
Sefton Council has published the following statement about the future of the Chapel Lane trees.
Formby Chapel Lane Trees update
Sefton Council has agreed to let Formby Parish Council carry out pruning works on two dangerous trees set to be removed in Formby.
Last month Sefton Council wrote to the Parish Council asking for them to agree to a number of conditions that could halt the removal works taking place.
Most of these conditions have now been met regarding the two horse chestnut trees situated outside Cassidy’s and Boots in the village.
Despite an independent report carried out for the Parish Council highlighting how both trees are diseased with bleeding canker and the usual way of dealing with this is by felling the trees, the trees will remain for the time being.
At their own cost, the Parish Council is now planning pruning works in the hope of saving the two trees. Sefton Council will continue to monitor the situation of the two trees as the Council has an ongoing duty as a Highway Authority to ensure that the highway is safe.
Sefton Council had scheduled to remove the two diseased horse chestnuts due to the significant health and safety risk these dying trees pose and before they become structurally unstable.
A spokesman for Sefton Council said:
“While we strongly believe both trees pose too much of a risk giving the impending winter weather, we earmarked them to be removed for the safety of our communities.
“However, after ongoing discussions with Formby Parish Council, they have agreed to a number of conditions where they will carry out maintenance work to mitigate the immediate risk and try and save the trees.
“Our priority is and always will be the safety of residents and visitors to Formby and we will continue to monitor this situation.”
This year's Shoebox Express Grand Bazaar will be hosted by Formby Methodist Church on Saturday 13th October 2018 between 10 am and 4 pm.
Shoebox Express is an independent charity dedicated to making it fun, easy and inexpensive to participate in schemes to make Christmas shoeboxes for needy children in Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.
Suitable for all the major Christmas shoebox schemes run in our community, we will have.:
FREE tea/coffee/cordials, biscuits and bacon baps served ALL DAY
Ready-filled Christmas shoeboxes for you to take away at £5 each
Christmas-paper wrapped empty shoeboxes and an amazing selection of school stationery, toiletries, toys, games, hats and sweets at rock-bottom prices to suit every budget.
We hope you will join us for what is a heart-warming experience. If you have children or grandchildren, please bring them along. After all, what could be better than seeing our children get involved in the giving as well as the receiving this Christmas?
More details are available on our website https://shoeboxexpress.org.uk and if you have any questions please email us at email@example.com
13 Oct 2018 at 10:00am until 13 Oct 2018 at 4:00pm
@ Formby Methodist Church Elbow Lane Formby L37 4AF
Film-maker Danny Boyle invites you to join with him in marking 100 years since Armistice and the end of the First World War.
On 11 November 2018, communities will gather on beaches across the UK to say goodbye and thank you, to the millions of men and women who left their shores during the war, many never to return.
On selected beaches around the UK, over the course of several hours, a portrait of an individual from the First World War will emerge from the sand. And then, as the tide rises, be washed away as we take a moment to say a collective goodbye.
Poet Carol Ann Duffy has written a poem, especially for the event, to be read by individuals, families and communities on the day. The poem will be available from this website and in the press. You can also get involved in creating artwork in the sand using stencils of portraits at the beaches.