Formby Nativity Musical 2017

Formby Churches Together

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Present

A Nativity Musical

Formby Pool Gardens
Sunday 10 December at 2 pm

Featuring

Make Noise Choir
Our Lady's school choir
Woodlands school choir
Freshfield school choir
St Jerome's school Choir

Free Fun & Entertainment for all the family

 


Isn't it time for electoral reform?

I don't know about you but I think our electoral system is broken.

I have some experience I was a member of 2 political parties at some point in my life,  the Labour party and the Green Party. I was a Councillor for a number of years on Sefton Council and on Formby Parish Council and Little Altcar Parish Council. 

It's time to make long overdue changes and these short extracts from a Parliamentary debate explain why. Here's what the Electoral Reform Society has to say.

The Electoral Reform Society operates on a simple premise - that politics can be better than it is. We campaign for a better democracy.

The Electoral Reform Society is the UK’s leading voice for democratic reform. We work with everyone – from political parties, civil society groups and academics to our own members and supporters and the wider public – to campaign for a better democracy in the UK.

Our vision is a democracy fit for the 21st century, where every voice is heard, every vote is valued equally, and every citizen is empowered to take part.

Last week a group of MPs from across the political spectrum came together in parliament to debate the topic 'To make votes matter, adopt Proportional Representation for UK General Elections'.

Members of Labour, SNP, Green, Plaid Cymru and Liberal Democrat parties all stood up for fair votes. Here are three of the main speeches, but many more MPs made short interventions.

At the Westminster Hall debate on electoral reform. Jonathan Reynolds MP recalled his youth growing up in the North East of England - an area where the government simply didn't need to win votes to stay in power.

After gaining over a million votes in 2015 the Green Party only had one MP elected. Caroline Lucas MP explained the impact of First Past the Post on smaller parties in the UK at the Westminster Hall debate on electoral reform.

Closing up the Westminster Hall debate on making seats match votes, Tommy Sheppard MP pointed out that not one single support of first past the post had argued that seats should not match votes. Instead, they focus on a series of distractions and obfuscations.

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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 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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Formby Parish Council Agendas, Minutes and Documents

Have you ever wondered what Formby Parish Council members do? 

There are 15 elected members of the Council. They serve for 4 years and the whole Council is elected as a block once every four years, although casual vacancies can occur and these are filled either with a by-election or co-option. They meet every month in Formby Library, except during the August break.

Here's a short video on how to read the agendas, minutes and documents.

 

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Formby Mum Completes 100km Ultra Marathon

A FORMBY runner is putting her feet up after pulling off an endurance challenge in aid of Woodlands Primary.

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Abby Sanderson — who has two children at the Formby school — completed a 100km ultramarathon in double-quick time.
She raised £1,346.40 by tackling the gruelling 62-mile Race to the Stones in Wiltshire in just 13 hours, 44 minutes.
 
The money will go towards a new all-weather sports facility at the school for use by pupils and the wider community.
 
Abby said:
"I would like to thank everyone who sponsored me — the money will be put to very good use at the school. The new track will promote a healthy lifestyle and exercise for the children." 
The school is still looking for donations towards the track and it's not too late to help.
 
Search online for "BT My donate Abby Sanderson" or go to Race to the Stones 100K for FOWSA on MyDonate
 

A&E nurse volunteering for six months in Philippines clinic

A nurse has swapped the blue lights of A&E for a summer volunteering with a charity in the Philippines.

Harriet Lawrance
Harriet Lawrance, 24, who is a staff nurse in the emergency department at Southport hospital, is working for the E-CARE Foundation in Benguet, six hours drive north of the capital Manila.

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Sefton Council’s Invest Sefton funding helps local organisations


Council grants are helping firms in Sefton prosper, according to Sefton Council officials after they visited two businesses in the borough to hear all about their thriving ventures.

Both businesses have benefited from Invest Sefton funding, which has helped them to keep their businesses and staff in the borough.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, was joined by officers from Invest Sefton on guided tours of the Sefton Carers Centre, c based in Waterloo and Hybrid Technical Services Ltd, Aintree.

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