Formby Mums aim to help break breastfeeding record

Midwives are backing The Big Latch On in Southport this week in support of women who want to breastfeed.

Big-Latch-On-2The Big Latch On is a global event to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding celebrated in 120 countries. Women and children will gather in their own communities to take part with the aim of breaking last year’s breastfeeding record when nearly 18,000 children were fed.

The local event will take place on Friday (Aug 4) at Lakeside Church, Fairway, Southport, PR9 0LA. Registration is between 9.30am and 10 am. A head count will be taken at 10.30am for the official Southport Big Latch On submission.

One mum who will be supporting the event is Laura Corrigan from Formby whose baby, Arthur, was born at Ormskirk hospital on Saturday 22 July, weighing 8lb 9oz.

“I always wanted to breastfeed because I knew it would be good for Arthur. I’m also told it’s a great way to lose weight!”

said Laura

Expressing milk also means that dad, Paul Mason, can help with feeding too.

“The midwives have been fantastic and gave me loads of support, particularly early on when it can be so easy to give up.”

Lesley Fawcett, Infant Feeding Coordinator at the hospital, said:

“Last year’s event was so successful it has been moved to a much larger venue for 2017. It’s great to see mums and babies reaping the benefits of breastfeeding and we look forward to meeting them at the event.”

Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

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 Note: More information about the Big Latch On is available at the Big Latch On web site:

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Global Big Latch On events take place at registered locations around the world, where women gather together to breastfeed and offer peer support to each other. Their friends, family and community join this celebration to promote and support breastfeeding. Volunteers from within the community host each location, hosting a Global Big Latch On event creates a lasting support network for the community.


Residents Share Aspirations For Future of Formby Coast

Residents joined National Trust staff and volunteers at the Gild Hall in Formby on Monday 17 July to share their thoughts and aspirations for the future of the Formby Coast.

image from formbyfirst.typepad.comThe Open Day explored ideas for how this special place can best be cared for and benefit both the people who love it and the wildlife that makes its homes here. The event came as the National Trust continues positive conversations with Sefton Council about the potential transfer of 204 hectares of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols into its care.
 
 

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Lifetime honour for spinal team

More than 100 years of caring for spinal injured patients by three NHS staff was recognised this month with Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Consultant surgeon Bakul Soni, Sister Sandra McCarthy and occupational therapy lead Julie Jones  were honoured at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s ninth annual Pride Awards. Spinal team

The awards came as the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre at Southport hospital prepares to host the prestigious international Guttmann conference on spinal injury care.

 

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Is Formby being overwhelmed by visitors?

The hot weather this weekend has resulted in the usual traffic congestion and full car parks.

Traffic jam

Once more residents lives have been disrupted by overwhelming visitor numbers. They come from all over the region, many travelling long distances in the hope of enjoying a 'day out' at the sea. They are confronted by congested roads, traffic jams and long queues for parking.

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Today and Tomorrow

This weekend looks like it's ideal for a visit to the seaside.

Beach Combing

The Wildlife Trusts - Irish Sea. Our vision is for seas that are productive with thriving wildlife.

There are eight local Wildlife Trusts that surround the Irish Sea.

Together, we are the largest voluntary organisation dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places, across the UK and Isle of Man, in the countryside, in cities and at sea.

But let's leave as you found it, as you'd like to find it. Don't leave any traces of your visit, tread softly on our common land and shore. Think of your children, your grandchildren and their children. We've only got one planet.

 

Enjoy the weekend.

 


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.

 


Civil Enforcement Officers (CEO’s) in Sefton have new Powers

Sefton Council has announced new actions to combat dog fouling and littering.

Civil Enforcement Officer in Sefton are exercising newly acquired powers

The duties and powers of civil enforcement officers and of traffic wardens are now combined with respect to the issuing of fixed penalty notices for additional offences; and for connected purposes.


Dog Dirt 2Civil Enforcement Officers (CEO’s) in Sefton have new powers to tackle dog fouling and littering. 

Many officers can now issue fixed-penalty-notices of up to £75 for anyone caught dropping litter or not picking up their dog’s waste.

This is on top of their ability to issue parking notices. 

The new powers recently came into force and falls within Sefton Council’s 2030 Vision of creating a clean, green and beautiful borough......more

 


The Future for Business is Digital

What will Formby be like in the future?

I don't know about you but it's clear we are living through a period of enormous change and upheaval, not least of it in the world of work and business.

More than 100 business delegates from across Sefton descended on Hugh Baird College to learn more about exciting new developments in the field of digital technologies for small firms. 

The theme for Sefton Economic Forum was ‘The Future for Business is Digital’, and was organised by Sefton Growth Hub, part of the Council’s InvestSefton enterprise and investment service. 

Subjects discussed at the event, included digital technologies as an enabler for small firms, future trends, and the many free applications available online to help businesses improve productivity, save time and reduce costs.

The meeting set out to help existing businesses to confront the challenges of new technologies, but I'm interested in the more local level here in Formby.

We know our local Parish Councils have spent at least 2/3 years on a Neighbourhood Plan and we know that has cost quite a lot of time, consultation and money in the preparation. Are you, like me, wondering when that will be adopted? Are the two local Councils going to agree the way forward?

It seems to me given the time taken so far over preparing the plan, it may no longer be fit for purpose. I think we have a right to expect our local civic leaders to be precisely that, leaders.

I'm fast beginning to think that they have lost their way and in doing do, are failing us all in the community.

What do you think?

  image from www.formby.today

 

 


Statement By Merseyside Councils of Faiths

On behalf of Merseyside Council of Faiths, we wish to express our shock and concern following the atrocities last night at the Manchester Arena.

InterfaithWe remember and offer our condolences to the family and friends of those killed and maimed notably many children and young people. We also rejoice at the generosity and solidarity shown by so many Mancunians and the speedy and effective response of the Emergency Services.
 
Merseyside and Greater Manchester have a long history of faith communities working together to promote equality, social justice, and community harmony. We send our good wishes to all those involved in working for community solidarity in the wake of this atrocity notably to all the faith communities in Manchester notably our sister body the Faith Network for Manchester (FN4M).
 
We send a strong message to all who want to use religion to divide our communities that all the faiths stand together today. There is no place in our society for hatred and violence.
 
We again encourage all people (including gatherings of faith communities, in schools, and of community groups) to use the Universal Prayer of Peace as a sign of our solidarity with all those affected:
 
Lead us from death to Life, from falsehood to Truth.
Lead us from despair to Hope, from fear to Trust.
Lead us from hate to Love, from war to Peace.
Let Peace fill our heart, our world, our universe.
Peace, Salaam, Shalom
 
Dr. Shiv Pande MBE DL and the Revd Dr. Sheryl Anderson (Co-Chairs)