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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
New services have launched this week to offer a range of routine, pre-bookable, appointments with GPs, practice nurses and medical specialists outside of your surgery's normal hours.
L to R - Dr Abdul Zubairu, Dr Lindsay McCelland, Ms Nicole Marshall, Mrs Jane Ayres and Mr Paul Ashby, directors of Southport and Formby Health
These new services will increase Sefton residents’ options for booking a non-urgent GP appointment on weekday evenings as well as on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
In addition, people will be able to book appointments with a range of other health care professionals working as part of these teams.
Fiona Taylor, chief officer of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:
"We know that access to appointments can be an issue for some patients, particularly those who have weekday commitments during regular practice opening hours.
“Now, thanks to these two new services, we can improve access to general practice by offering more flexibility and a wider choice of appointment times into the evening and at weekends.
“This isn't just about getting to see a GP when you need to, it's about seeing the right health professional, providing the right care, in the right place at and the right time.”
NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have appointed the borough's two GP federations to provide the extended access services.
The two GP federations, Southport and Formby Health and South Sefton Primary Health Care are run by doctors and invite all practices in their local areas to be members. In Southport, the federation already runs a very successful community cardiology service.
Dr Gustavo Berni from South Sefton Primary Health Care and local GP said:
"Being able to book an appointment is something we know can be hard for people to do, especially for those in work when surgeries are open.
"Now, people can book an evening or weekend appointment with the new service through their regular GP practice."
Dr Abdul Zubairu, medical director at Southport and Formby Health Ltd, said:
"We've been doing a lot of work behind the scenes to get ready for these new services.
"Although you may not see your usual GP, be assured the clinician you see will have access to your health records with your consent, so will know all about you and the best way to treat you."
The Southport and Formby service will operate out of the same building as the existing Family Surgery GP Practice at 107 Liverpool Road in Southport.
Litherland Town Hall Health Centre on Hatton Hill Road will be the base in south Sefton.
When and where will appointments be available?
Southport and Formby: Mon to Fri, 5 pm – 8 pm and Sat & Sun, 9 – 12 pm at 107 Liverpool Rd, Birkdale, PR8 4DB
South Sefton: Mon to Fri, 5 pm – 8 pm and Sat & Sun, 10 am – 1 pm at Litherland Town Hall, Hatton Hill Rd, L21 9JL
How will patients access these services?
All patients registered with a Sefton GP will be able to book appointments with their local extended access service via their practice.
Anyone contacting NHS 111 who may be appropriately seen by the extended GP access service will also be offered an appointment by the call handler.
Are there things the new services won’t offer?
These are not ‘list based’ services, so patients cannot register with them as with a regular GP practice. It is therefore not intended to offer all services that you would expect from a traditional GP practice.
While the services will prescribe any medicines that patients’ need as a result of their appointment, they will not be able to issue repeat prescriptions. This remains the responsibility of the GP practice the patient is registered with.