Formby Village Weekly Market Starts

Despite misgivings by some of the local traders, the new Village Market appears to be welcomed by most people.

What do you think, are you in favour or not? Is this Formby Parish Council initiative a good idea or not? Add your comments below. 

 

The Good Wool Shop Market Stall 2

The Good Wool Shop

 


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. 

 

 


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.

Test

Red Squirrels Future under the Microscope

There are thought to be about 140,000 red squirrels left in the UK.

Researchers are embarking on a new project aimed at helping to safeguard the future of the red squirrel in the UK.

The Nottingham Trent University study is investigating how red squirrels currently utilise and exploit urban environments – so that this information can be used to help better manage these habitats to their advantage.

via phys.org

Formby residents are accustomed to seeing Red Squirrels out and about in gardens or crossing roads from property to property. It's clear that many of our local Squirrel population have learnt to live with their human neighbours. 

Nonetheless, this research is to be welcomed, the more we learn about the Squirrels, the more likely they are to survive and thrive.  We take their presence for granted rather too much. Their survival is probably  an indicator of our own long term chances.  Research

 


Is Formby Parish Council Changing?

Is Formby Parish Council Changing Direction

FPC notice boardFollowing the recent AGM and the election of a new Conservative Party member, it looks as if changes in direction and policies might be on the way for the Formby Parish Council.

The Results

Elected

PEACE Gemma Michelle
Conservative Party Candidate

Other unsuccessful candidates

Maxwell Simon Peter
Community Action not Party Politics

RICHARDS Carol
Labour Party

WALSH Michael James
Green Party

 

 

 

 

Liverpool Mayoral Election Result - full details

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. 
 
 
 

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

 

 

Ballot Paper 2 Live


Democracy, Diversity and English Devolution

Do you support Electoral Reform?

I do and here's the reasons why

The excitement of the general election aside, it’s important to remember that there are other important elections coming up – ones that have gone largely under the national radar.

As well as important local elections in Scotland, Wales and much of England, the first ‘metro-mayors’ will be elected. Six new city-region mayors will be elected with wide-ranging powers over the local economy, transport – and in Greater Manchester even some parts of the NHS and welfare.

These new institutions represent the greatest change to the governance of England in decades. It is vitally important then, to think about how they will work as democratic institutions. The Electoral Reform Society has hence produced a new report, From City Hall to Citizens' Hall: Democracy, Diversity and English Devolution.

- See more at: http://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/blog/democracy-diversity-and-english-devolution#sthash.whcIK367.dpuf

via www.electoral-reform.org.uk

Electoral Reform

NTFormby and Supporters Celebrate 50th Birthday with a cake

The National Trust celebrated 50 years caring for the coast at Formby this month.

This is how it looked on the day, 12 April 2017.

Cutting the NTFormby Cake
 
Lead Ranger Kate Martin, Visitor Experience Officer Sally Orritt, John Phillips, Formby Civic Society.

 

NTFormby Supporters Cheer
 
Sally Orritt cuts the cake as NT staff, guests and volunteers cheer.




Happy Easter and Bank Holiday Monday

The name "Easter" (and the German name for it: Ostern) comes from Eostre, the ancient name of an Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring.

The name used in some other European countries is derived from the name of the Hebrew festival called the Passover (French: Pâques, Italian: Pasqua, Spanish: Pascua).

The date of Easter changes each year, it's celebrated on the Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox which this year is today 16 April (note that Easter is celebrated on different dates by the Eastern Orthodox churches)

Egg rolling at The White House

Egg rolling at the White House
There are many traditions associated with Easter, for instance, exchanging and eating Easter eggs is a traditional custom in many countries.
 
In the UK before they were replaced by chocolate Easter eggs real eggs were used, in most cases, chicken eggs. The eggs were hard-boiled and dyed in various colours and patterns. The traditionally bright colours represented spring and light. Nowadays not many parents would risk giving a child a hard-boiled egg on Easter Sunday.
 
But, though I've yet to see it in real life, egg rolling could become my favourite.
 
It's an older more traditional game, in which real eggs were rolled against one another or down a hill. The owner of the egg that stayed uncracked the longest won. Even today in the north of England, for example in neighbouring Preston, they still carry out the custom of egg rolling. The YouTube video below shows hollow eggs, wrapped in plastic bags, so as not to lose any of the chocolate as the eggs are rolled down slopes to see which goes furthest.
 
And egg rolling is an annual event at The White House, but due to the lack of a hill, large wooden spoons are used to propel the egg along. Looks like fun.
 
Perhaps this should be a tradition worth reintroducing here in Formby?
 
The YouTube video below shows hollow eggs, sometimes wrapped in plastic bags, so as not to lose any of the chocolate as the eggs are rolled down slopes to see which goes furthest.
 

Enjoy the rest of the Easter Bank Holiday long weekend.