Meet The Fornebei Vikings


Formby Library have invited the ‘Fornebei Herfolk Group’ to politely invade Formby Library’s newly developed garden space for the day.

The invasion takes place on Saturday, May 20 when the Fornebei Vikings will be roaming the library garden from 10am-2pm.

During the day, there will be a bird of prey demonstration, Viking storytelling, game playing, a shield design competition and displays of weaponry, costumes and weaving.

Historian and TV presenter, Mark Olly, will also be there to answer questions about Viking life and culture.

Entry to the event is free of charge and there will be prizes to be won.





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Something for the weekend?

Are you worried about your health?

Do you want to lose weight, start some exercise, it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg? Sefton Council have provided lot's of outdoor Green Gym equipment across the Borough.

And you don't need lessons on using the equipment here's some advice from Sefton on one of the common green Gym machines. The Cross Rider. Enjoy.

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The Football Pools Sign Britain's First £3 Million Footballer As The Ultimate Ringer

Submitted By Paul Garbett | Senior Account Manager | Fast Track | Part of CSM Sport & Entertainment

Britain’s first £3 Million footballer Ian Rush has made a surprise return to football – as The Football Pools brought in the Liverpool legend as the ultimate pub team ringer.

Railway FC Team LiveRush surprised Over 35’s side - Railway Formby Vets FC – by turning out in a five-a-side match to promote the chance to win £3 Million for just £1 on The Football Pools.

30 years ago, Rush became the very first British player to breach the £3 Million mark when he signed for Juventus from Liverpool for £3.2 Million – a British record transfer fee at the time.

And the former Liverpool striker insisted he was delighted to get back on the pitch for his local team, and add Railway Formby to his impressive list of former clubs.

He said:

“Grassroots football is where the game’s heart is, and when The Football Pools asked if I wanted to make a comeback, I was delighted to put my boots back on.

Looking back on my career, the £3 Million British record fee was a significant moment, and I hope the same amount will be even more special for someone playing The Football Pools. The Football Pools is a great Liverpool institution and it’s brilliant to see a real tradition of British football coming back into the public eye.”

And having been presented with a brand new kit for the team, Railway Formby captain Mick Shannon admitted he still couldn’t quite believe he could count a British football legend amongst his teammates.

He said:

Football Shirt Presentation LiveHe’s not a bad player is he? If he keeps working hard he’ll go far here.

In all seriousness though, we had to pick our jaws up off the floor when he turned up. There’s lots of Liverpool fans in the team, so it was incredible to play alongside Ian. I can’t wait to tell my other mates that I’ve played with Ian Rush now and I’d like to say a big thanks to The Football Pools for setting this up and providing the new kits.”

The Football Pools, which was founded and remains based in Liverpool, is celebrating a comeback of its own - with a brand new TV advertising campaign launched at the weekend.

The Pools offers the chance to win a £3Million Top Prize for just £1, and can now be played at WHSmith stores as well as at and via their mobile iOS app.


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Lunchtime knitting offers warm donations to Sefton OPERA

Local health professionals in a lunchtime knitting group have been busy making hats to keep people warm this winter

CCG knitting NHS South Sefton clinical commissioning group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG staff knitted the hats for Sefton Older Persons Enabling Resource and Action (OPERA) to go in to their winter warmer packs.

Sefton OPERA decided to put the packs together following the bad snow a couple of years ago, to give out to the older, more vulnerable people so that they could stay in the safety of their own home and not have to venture out in bad weather.

A selection of goods are provided each year which can include; helpful emergency phone numbers, dried food, tinned food, fresh veg, recipes, blankets, hot water bottles, hand warmers and knitted hats and scarves which are delivered to the vulnerable elderly living on their own.

As well as hats, staff at the CCGs’ also made twiddlemuffs which are specially knitted hand muffs that have items such as buttons, ribbons or textured fabric attached to keep dementia patients who may become agitated busy with their hands. These will be donated separately to the packs by Sefton OPERA to people with dementia in nursing homes across Sefton.

Vikki Martlow, organisational manager at Sefton OPERA said:

We usually give out about 150 packs throughout Sefton to older and vulnerable people and it is through kind donations from people like the CCGs and our ‘In Stitches’ group who also knitted hats that we are able to continue to provide them again this year. I would like to personally thank the CCGs and their staff who are very talented for providing both hats and twiddlemuffs for us. A big thank you to them all.

Tina Ewart, locality manager at the CCGs said:

We really enjoyed knitting the hats and twiddlemuffs during lunchtimes; it was a great opportunity for people to learn a new skill whilst doing something to help the elderly people of Sefton this winter. We are going to continue with the group so that we can be prepared to do the same again next winter.

Sefton OPERA is a charitable voluntary organisation working within the borough of Sefton with older people. The project began in 1999 using complimentary therapies to enhance the wellbeing of the older person. Since the project began, they have worked with over 27,000 people establishing a successful track record.