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.

Marathon mum
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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Have your say on Rights of Way Improvement Plan (2018-2028)


Consultation for the Liverpool City Region Rights of Way Improvement Plan is now underway. This is a joint ten year plan prepared by the six Liverpool City Region local authorities and Merseytravel, on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, to improve the local network of public rights of way. 

There are 671 kilometers of rights of way in the Liverpool City Region made up of Footpaths, Bridleways and Byways. Besides their recreational value, rights of way can be a handy way of getting to work, school and amenities and form part of the wider access and transport networks. 

Copies of the plan can be viewed at council one stop shops and public libraries or at www.merseytravel.gov.uk/publicrightsofwaystrategy all comments received before the consultation closes on 29 September 2017 will be considered before the final plan is prepared and published.


Formby locals urged to rediscover love of cycling

A Dutch cyclist is urging people to rediscover the delights of Formby – by bike.

Cycling Formby
Linda van deer HaagLinda van der Haar from bike hire scheme Bike & Go, which operates from participating train stations including Formby, Ainsdale and Southport, says that the varied cycle routes around the area are a gift to those who enjoy cycling – but that even more people could be making the most of them.

The keen cyclist who moved to the region from Amsterdam two years ago, has been particularly impressed by the Asparagus Cycle Route, the Cheshire Lines, and overall flat terrain.

She is now calling for those more used to getting behind the wheel to use Bike Week, which runs until this Sunday, as the perfect opportunity to see their locality from a new perspective.

 


Bike & Go launches Chic Cyclist 2017 competition

Bikeandgo1Newlywed Pippa Middleton, supermodel Kendall Jenner, and actress Blake Lively have all been snapped in chic – but very normal - cycling gear.

And now the country’s leading bike hire scheme Bike & Go is inviting you to do the same.

Bike & Go has launched its annual search to find Britain’s most stylish cyclist. So if you pride yourself on looking as effortlessly chic on your bike as you do off it, then pull out that selfie stick and start snapping.

Whether your cycle chic is jeans and Converse for a casual weekend ride, or heels and a shift dress for an office-ready commute to work, Bike & Go want to see it.

Any gender is eligible to enter, with the winner riding off with £150 worth of Love to Shop vouchers, which can be redeemed at a wide range of UK stores and attractions.
Simply take a selfie, or ask a friend to do it for you, of yourself on your bike in your most stylish cycling outfit and tweet it to @UKBikeandGo using the hashtag #ChicCyclist2017

The winner will be announced via Twitter on Friday, July 7 through the @UKBikeandGo handle.

Rosanna Downes, 31, won last year’s Chic Cyclist competition. She said:

“My partner Tom and I love riding our tandem, so when we got engaged there was no doubt in our minds that it should be a part of our wedding.

“In my winning entry I'm definitely the most chic I've ever looked on a bicycle, though I was amazed to win against some pretty stiff competition. I celebrated with a suitably chic shopping trip. I'd urge anyone considering to submit an entry - it's great fun seeing your pic alongside all the other chic cyclists and you never know, you might just win.”

Cycling enthusiast and Bike & Go’s business manager Linda van der Haar, who has brought her own version of cycle chic from the Netherlands to the UK, said:

“Last year’s Chic Cyclist competition revealed just how many stylish cyclists there are riding around the UK, and we’re hoping that this year we’ll see even more fabulous entrants taking part.

“Cycling isn’t about donning Lycra that clings in all the wrong places – it’s about getting around in a way that provides lots of mental and physical health benefits, and is good for the environment too. Our Chic Cyclist 2017 competition aims to highlight the fact that anyone can jump on a bike – whatever they’re wearing.”

 


Sefton Circular Cycle Route

Sefton Council launches circular cycle route

To mark the launch of a brand new cycle route, the Sefton Active Travel Team is holding a cycling day to encourage more people to get on their bike and explore the borough.

The new Sefton Circular cycle route covers 24 miles, 20 miles of which is traffic free and is officially launched on Sunday, May 21. Cyclists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend and complete all or part of the route. On the day there will be three main starting points: Formby Railway Station, Mecycle Café in Ainsdale and the main hub on the day will be Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre. Here participants will be able to access further information about cycling as well as refreshments throughout the day.

Ride registration will take place at 10am at each of the three start points and ride leaders will be on hand to start you off on the route at 10.30am. Riders will then be free to cycle the route in a clockwise direction at their own pace. The theme of the day is participation, and while participants will be encouraged to cycle all 24 miles, people are also invited to ride just a section. The event will be self-led but all riders will receive a map of the route, including turn by turn directions. There will also be directional markers along the way and cycling marshals will be patrolling the route all day.

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Are you a Cycle Friendly Motorist?

Ask yourself, how much space do I give when I overtake a cyclist? 

If it's less than the width of another car, you can be prosecuted  for driving without due care and attention. 

Cycling safe space

Cycling groups have welcomed the latest Parliamentary Report. 

Parliamentary group reports on cycling and the justice system

The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group's report on cycling and the justice system was published, with fourteen recommendations to reduce danger and ensure justice..... 
There's still a lot to be done by everyone, drivers, cyclists, the Police and Sefton if more of us are to take up cycling regularly. In the meantime, give cyclists more space, we share the roads,  not for racing but to get from point A to point B safely. 
 
 
 

Liverpool City Region Mayoral Election 2017

The inaugural Liverpool City Region mayoral election will be held on 4 May 2017 to elect the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

Tmp_16841-mayoral election-1462919350Subsequent elections will be held May 2020 and then every four years after that. The metro mayor will have control over the whole Liverpool City Region combined authority area which consists of the following local authorities:

The Mayor will work with existing city and borough leaders to take forward the mayor's strategic plan. The metro mayor will have a budget of £900 million over 30 years with powers on education & skills, planning and housing, transport, health and social care.

Combined authorities were introduced in England outside Greater London by the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 to cover areas larger than the existing local authorities but smaller than the regions. Combined authorities are created voluntarily and allow a group of local authorities to pool appropriate responsibility and receive certain delegated functions from central government in order to deliver transport and economic policy more effectively over a wider area.

There are currently six such authorities, with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority established on 1 April 2011, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and three others established in April 2014, and a sixth in April 2016. If more than three candidates stand, the outcome will be determined by the supplementary vote system (SV).

For more visit the Wikipedia page

 


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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