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

 


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


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.

Formby-Conquest-Art-Group

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.

 


Formby High School Community Talks

Liverpool University in partnership with Formby High School announces next community lecture.

During 2017 Liverpool University and Formby High School introduced an interesting and welcome initiative to start a series of community talks on a range of topics. Already this year, there have been talks on 'An introduction to Shakespeare's World',   'The Archaeology of the Sefton Coast' and 'A brief History of Gravity'.

The University has just announced the next talk, this appears to be of a very high relevance and interest to most of Formby's householders, I suspect tickets will be in high demand and I suggest you book sooner rather than later.

FHS Climate talk November 2017

 

The changing impacts of storms at our coast need to be carefully managed to safeguard communities, assets and infrastructure.

Within the UK shoreline management considers 3-time frames, present-day (0-20 years), medium-term (20-50 years) and long-term (50-100 years).

Understanding of changing flood and erosion hazards at the coast is required to make informed decisions to resource and plan new coastal protection schemes.

This talk will provide information about the processes that shape the coastlines in Liverpool Bay, with a focus on the extreme events that occurred during the winter 2013-2014.

The talk will be presented by Dr. Jennifer Brown


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
 

Sefton's Hole In One


An amazing golf-themed art structure will dominate the Southport skyline ahead of the 146th Open Golf Championship. 

With the Championship soon to tee off, Sefton Council has come up with a fitting way to engage with the local community and the hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to the borough for the event.

The art structure, based at The Atkinson in Southport town centre, will stand over 10 metres tall and five metres wide – covering the entire height of the Atkinson façade – and is inspired by every golfer’s dream; a hole in one. 


Grant Makes a New Splash in Sefton


Swimmers across Sefton are set to benefit from a huge cash injection to improve a number of facilities thanks to grant funding from Sport England.

Following an extensive consultation with over 3,000 people, Sefton Council is now leading the improvements that aim to get more people into the pool.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing, said: “It has been a rigorous process to get this far ensuring we understood what local communities need and we are absolutely thrilled to share the good news about the grant from Sport England in order to complete the changes.

Full details available from mysefton.co.uk


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.”

 


Shop Scene from the Past

I wonder how many of you know what this is? 

Older followers are likely to recognise it first, but I challenge the younger reader to try a guess before reading more. 

Wire cash carrier

It’s a wire cash carrier found in many High Street shops in the 1950's. Recently I found myself remembering a Foster Brothers high street shop in Shirley, Birmingham. 

A men's and boys outfitters only found in the Birmingham City area in the 1950's. Imagine a large High Street shop like Derbyshires in Formby, or Brynes at Freshfield, both characterised by the presence of different departments.

Fosters had a department for shirts, another for 'off the peg' suits, another for socks and so on. As you went to each department, a shop assistant would be available to help  you with the products only available in that section.

The assistant would write out the invoice by hand, take your cash, fold it into the invoice and stuff into a leather pouch. This would be attached to a wire cash carrier, the release mechanism triggered and the pouch would whizz across the shop floor above customers and staff, arriving with a short crashing sound at the cashiers office.

Soon after, the pouch would be returned in a similar manner, the invoice replaced by a receipt acknowledging the transaction. In the meantime the shop assistant would meticulously pack your purchases using a single sheet of brown paper,  securing the whole parcel  with string fastening.

How times have changed, now 'click and collect' is transforming our High Streets beyond recognition.