Public welcome at November CCG meeting

Southport and Formby Clinical commissioning group (CCG) in Sefton is encouraging anyone with an interest to go along to their November governing body meetings.

The CCG hold governing body meetings every two months in public, so people can hear them discussing and making decisions about local health services.

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals who make up the committee will discuss a range of issues including the performance of the services they commission, like hospitals and community care.

Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said:

“We invite the public along to this formal meeting to listen to the CCG’s plans. Residents also get the chance to ask any questions they have before the meeting gets underway.”

The NHS Southport and Formby CCG meeting will take place on Wednesday 1 November at the Family Life Centre, Ash St, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6JH, at 1.00pm

Papers will be available here beforehand: www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/about-us/governing-body/governing-body-meetings

Anyone who is interested in attending is asked to call 0151 247 7000 to confirm their attendance.

Note:

NHS Southport and Formby CCG have been responsible for buying or ‘commissioning’ the majority of local health services since 1 April 2013, when primary care trusts were abolished.

NHS Southport and Formby CCG’s membership is made up of 19 GP practices.

You can gain a flavour of the open nature of our local CCG from this video compilation of views and comments following  recent 'Big Chat' events.

 


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


Views wanted on wills review 

Members of the public are being urged to voice their opinions about texts and emails being used as wills at a Law Commission event.

Old-WillSouthport has been chosen as one of just three locations in the country in which to hold a public presentation and discussion as part of a consultation exercise into a proposed overhaul of the law of wills.

Now Claire Hamilton, from Kirwans law firm in Hoghton Street, is calling on residents to attend the meeting and speak out on matters that will affect everyone at some point. She said:

The law in relation to wills is pretty outdated, and the Law Commission, an independent body which helps advise ministers, is trying to change that through a public consultation which runs until November 10.

This is an important move by the Commission, and the fact that they have chosen Southport to host one of its events is testimony to the weight they attach to residents’ views. 

It has long been accepted that more needs to be done to bring will-related laws up to date, as, as it stands, there are concerns that the system could actually be deterring people from creating the vital documents.

According to the organisation, many people are unaware of crucial will-related legalities, such as the fact that when someone gets married, any previous wills are automatically revoked. Claire said:

The proposals that the Commission has put forward are ground-breaking but necessary. People may have read about, for example, the proposal to create a new power allowing the courts to recognise unconventional wills, such as notes, emails and voicemails, which hit the headlines earlier this year.

It has also suggested adding a new mental capacity test – which determines whether or not a person writing a will understands what they are doing - taking into account the modern understanding of conditions like dementia.

Other proposals include lowering the age for making a will from 18 to 16, and a review of the rules protecting those making a will from being unduly influenced by another person.

Claire said:

With an estimated 40% of adults dying each year without a will, it’s clear that something needs to be done, and public feedback is vital if the Law Commission, and the government in turn, are to create a revised set of laws which cater for 21stcentury needs.

The Law Commission event takes place from 3.30-5pm at the Norwood Room, Southport Community Centre, Norwood Road, Southport on October 13, 2017.

To attend, please email Damien Bruneau at damien.bruneau@lawcommission.gsi.gov.uk


Formby Wetherspoon: beer festival 11-22 October

Beers from the UK as well as Australia, USA, South Africa, Sweden and Spain will be available at The Lifeboat in Formby during its beer festival.

Wetherspoon-2017The pub in Three Tuns Lane will be serving a range of beers during the festival, which runs from Wednesday, October 11 to Sunday, October 22 inclusive.

All beers will be priced at £2.39 a pint.

The line-up includes new, seasonal and speciality beers as well as those brewed exclusively for the festival.

There are beers flavoured with pink grapefruit, coffee, chocolate, tobacco and toffee.

The overseas beers are;

  • St Eriks Midnight Sun (St Eriks Brewery, Sweden),
  • Young Henrys Newtowner (Young Henrys Brewery, Australia),
  • Arcadia Autumn Wheat (Arcadia Ales, USA),
  • Cerveza Fort Oatmeal Porter (Cerveza Fort Brewery, Spain)
  • and Zululand Pale Ale (Zululand Brewery, South Africa).

The UK beers include;

  • Chocca Mocca (Cotleigh Brewery),
  • Banana Bread Beer (Charles Wells Brewery),
  • Green Hop Monster (Rudgate Brewery),
  • Dark Side of the Moon (Truman's Brewery),
  • Trojan Horse (Caledonian Brewery)
  • and Steampunk (Vale Brewery).

Customers will be able to sample any three of the real ales in special third-of-a-pint glasses for the price of a pint.

Pub manager Ashleigh-Jane Briscoe said:

We are promising our customers a superb range of beers from overseas which have been brewed especially for the festival, together with some great beers from brewers across the UK.

The festival will be the perfect way for real ale enthusiasts to enjoy a range of excellent beers over 12 days.

Tasting notes on all of the beers will be available in the pub.

 


Hospital hosts first Older People’s Day event

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is hosting its first Older People’s Day on Thursday 5th October with representatives from across the hospital and other organisations on hand to provide advice and information.

Southport Hospital entrance
Image source: Wikimedia

Physiotherapy, rheumatology and frailty are just some of the hospital services on hand throughout the day. Macmillan, Stroke Association and the Alzheimer’s Society will be available too, along with information about dementia, orthopaedics, mental health and many other conditions.

Megan Langley, Medical and Surgical Therapy Team Leader at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said:

Our Older People’s Day is a great way for the public, patients and their families to get information on a range of conditions and available services in one place. We are here to answer any questions you might have or point you in the right direction.

This is our first Older People’s Day but if people find it useful, we’re hoping to make it an annual event.

The event is being held at the Clinical Education Centre at Southport Hospital, from 9 am to 1 pm on Thursday 5th October. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.



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)

Viking-Festival-2a

 

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.

 


Developers of land at Brackenway to hold a public exhibition

Taylor Wimpey is currently preparing an Outline Planning Application on land at Brackenway

Brackenway-Development
Prior to the submission of the planning application, a master plan has been created which highlights some of the items that are being proposed within the scheme.

Key characteristics include:-

  • Up to 286 new dwellings incorporating a range of types and sizes of houses to meet local needs.
  • Provision of on-site affordable housing.
  • Areas of public open space.
  • An area of ecological enhancement to form part of the development.
  • Pedestrian connections onto the existing public right of way along Sixteen Acres Lane.
  • A flood mitigation scheme.
  • Proposed vehicular access from Formby Bypass via a signal controlled junction.

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Invitation to Hospital Trust annual general meeting

Members of the public and Trust staff are invited to the annual general meeting of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust on Wednesday 20th September

Southport&Ormskirk HospitalThe event will be hosted by Trust chair Richard Fraser and attended by members of the Board, including interim Chief Executive Karen Jackson.

There will be presentations by the Director of Nursing and the Director of Finance.

Members of the public will also have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of Board members.

The meeting will be held in the lecture theatre of the Clinical Education Centre at Southport and Formby District General Hospital, starting at 3.30pm. Light refreshments will be available from 3 pm. The event is expected to conclude no later than 5.30pm.

The Trust annual report is available at www.southportandormskirk.nhs.uk under the “how we are performing section”. Alternatively, copies are available upon request from the Trust. Please call the Marketing and Communications Department on 01704 704714.

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

Telephone     01704 704494
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