Good Friday Walk of Witness

Today is Good Friday.

Good Friday Tomb
A Good Friday Tomb in the grounds of St Peter's Church Formby

Good Friday is a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover
(Source: Accessed on 27 March 2013)

Here in Formby local residents will mark the event with 'The Good Friday Walk of Witness' which finishes at The Pool Gardens.

There will be a presentation through words, music and costume that will recreate the events of Jesus' last hours. From his trial before Pontius Pilate to his death on the cross.

Formby Parish Council Election May 2017

Following a recent resignation from Formby Parish Council, residents in Harington Ward will have the opportunity to choose a replacement.

Liverpool City Region Election May 2017

A POLL WILL BE TAKEN on Thursday 4 May 2017 between the hours of 7:00 am and 10:00 pm.  

Harington Ward residents will be able to cast two votes, one for the Parish Council election and the other in the Liverpool City Region Mayoral Election.

The Parish Council candidate details are posted below for your information.

Name of Candidate

Home Address

Description (if any)


Simon Peter

55 Hawksworth Drive, Formby, L37 7EY

Community Action not Party Politics


Gemma Michelle

Flat 1 Kenyons Court,

7 Kenyons Lane, Formby, L37 8BE

Conservative Party Candidate



Asparagus Cottage, St Luke`s Church Rd, Formby, L37 2DF

Labour Party


Michael James

26 Kent Road, Formby, L37 6BQ

Green Party

NOTE: You do not need to take a polling card with you in order to vote. Just turn up and give the polling station officers your and address.


NHS Southport & Formby CCG announces next public meeting

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has announced the dates of their next governing body meeting and are encouraging anyone with an interest to go along.

NHS Liverpool Region CCG ProposalThe CCG holds their bi-monthly governing body meetings 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 committees 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:

“The governing body is a formal meeting and it’s a way for people to find out more about what we’re doing. They can also ask us any questions ahead of the meeting getting underway.

The meetings are also a chance for residents to meet some of the doctors and other professionals that make up the governing body and to listen in on the discussions taking place.”

The NHS Southport and Formby CCG meeting will take place on Wednesday 29 March at the Family Life Centre, Ash St, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6JH, at 1pm.

Papers will be made available here beforehand:

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


Formby Beer Festival

Award-winning beers from award-winning breweries across the UK and overseas will be available at The Lifeboat in Formby during a 12-day beer festival.

Lifeboat Inn Beer festival from 22 March 2017
The pub in Three Tuns Lane will be serving a range of beers from Italy, Brazil, Holland and the USA, as well as the UK, during the festival which runs from Wednesday 22 March until Sunday 2 April inclusive.

All beers will be priced at £2.39 a pint.

The overseas beers are;

Back Garden (Bagby Brewing, USA), Mild the Gap (Birrificio MC-77, Italy), Flink (Brouwerij 'T IJ, Holland), Burton Pale Ale (Bodebrown Brewery, Brazil) and Continental IPA (St Louis Brewery, USA).

Each of the overseas brewers has won awards for its beer in its respective country.

The UK beers include; Salopian Lemon Dream (named The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) National Champion Speciality Beer in 2012), Mauldons Blackberry Porter (winner of SIBA East's Champion Speciality Beer in 2016), Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted (voted Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Champion Beer of Britain 2003) and Acorn Darkness (winner of a bronze medal at the 2016 CAMRA Great British Beer Festival).

Several unusual flavours will be present in some of the beers, including blackberries, coffee, lemon and lemongrass.

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 award-winning ales, including some great beers from overseas and many others 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.


Lifeboat Road Drop-In Event

Local people and coastal users are invited to come along and find out more about the potential transfer of land at Formby Point to the National Trust at a special drop-in event on Saturday 18 March at the Lifeboat Road car park from 11am to 3pm.

Formby Point land acquisition by NT

Staff and volunteers from the National Trust and Sefton Council will be on hand to talk to residents and users of the coast at Formby and to answer any questions. Children can get hands-on with free activities and coffee, and ice creams will be available for purchase

The event follows the announcement last week that positive discussions have taken place between the National Trust and Sefton Council over the potential transfer of 204 acres of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols. If agreed, this would mean that the dunes and pine forests would become part of the National Trust’s portfolio. 2017 marks 50 years of the National Trust caring for land at Formby and is also Sefton’s Year of the Coast. The area is of vital importance for its mobile dune habitat and is home to rare wildlife including sand lizards, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles, Natterjack toads and red squirrels. It is also much loved and used by residents and visitors.

Joanne Hudson, General Manager for the National Trust in Central and South Lancashire, said:

"We are excited about the opportunity this transfer would offer to improve visitor facilities and access along the coast, working together with local people to shape plans. We’ve already been talking to people over the past year about what they would like to see improved. So far, we know that they would like more toilets, to buy a cup of coffee and to continue to visit this special place. Our aim is to ensure that this amazing stretch of coast will be protected and can continue to be used and enjoyed by future generations. We hope you will come and talk to us, ask any questions you may have and tell us what you would like to see happen at Formby Point.”

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, added:

“Positive discussions have taken place with National Trust with the view of transferring land to them to develop further and secure the future of this fantastic coastline.

We see this as an amazing opportunity where National Trust can improve and invest on this piece of land for the benefit of our communities and the many visitors to our borough. The drop in session is a perfect opportunity for people to find out more about this exciting development so please come along and feel free to ask any questions. We want to hear peoples’ views to help develop this site for future generations.”

Residents can also discover what makes this stretch of coast, so special on a series of Spring walks and talks throughout April and May. These will provide a chance to explore the local wildlife, including learning more about its rare squirrel and toad residents. For more information, please visit

Any objections or representations to the proposed disposal must be made in writing and addressed to Mr David Street, Assets and Property Manager, Sefton Council, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle, L20 3NJ, no later than March 22, 2017.


Have Your Say on the Sefton Coast Plan

The Sefton Coast Plan is a non-statutory document prepared by Sefton MBC with the support of the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership.

Sefton Coast Plan LiveThe aim of this Plan is to take stock of the pressures and opportunities that affect the people, landscape and economy of the coast and deliver a new vision for the Sefton Coast to 2030 and beyond. There are some very important topics that will have an impact on all of us who live on the coast.

Make your views known.

Summary of Topic Papers

  • Landscape and Nature
  • Access and Recreation
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Regulation and Control
  • Skills, Lifelong Learning and Employment
  • Water Resources
  • The Historic Environment
  • Energy
  • Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management
  • Coastal Change, Climate Change and Adaptation
  • Delivery through Partnership Working

All of the topic documents are available online and are introduced in the following way:

The Sefton Coast is a source of inspiration for an active, inquiring and fun-loving population. The coast makes a huge contribution to the unique character of the borough – exciting and full of surprises, always changing as the winds and tides constantly influence the shape of the coast. Because this is such a special place the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership has developed a draft Plan setting out how we can make the most of the Sefton Coast.

We would like your views on this; both on how you use and value the coast, what you would like to see improved and on the plan itself.

The Plan is supported by a set of topic papers that provide background information. We understand that not everyone will have time to go through these so we have also provided a summary. You can access all these documents from this page........

You can share your views with us by completing the questionnaire or by sending responses to The consultation will end on the 13th of April.


Formby Parish Council March Meeting

Members of the public are invited to the March meeting of Formby Parish Council.

Formby Parish Council meets once a month throughout the year, apart from August. Members of the public are always welcome and activity encouraged to ask questions or raise issues of concern. The meeting is at 7.00pm on Monday 6 March in Formby Library. The agenda is published below.

Notice of Meeting

FPC Logo LiveAll members of the Council are hereby summoned to attend the next ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council, which will be held at Formby Library, Duke Street, Formby, on Tuesday 7 March 2017, at 7.00pm.

Claire Jenkins

Clerk to Formby Parish Council


1.0 To receive Apologies

2.0 To Receive Declarations of Interest

3.0 Public Forum (the meeting will be adjourned for this item)

4.0 To consider and approve the Minutes of the Meeting held on 7 February 2017

5.0 Matters of Report from Previous Meeting – for information only

6.0 Planning Applications – Sefton’s weekly list email, also available on Sefton Council’s website.

7.0 To discuss and resolve the following:

7.1 To purchase a CCTV camera for Duke Street, at a cost of approximately £6000, as part of a long-term strategy for improving security and monitoring of anti-social behaviour (Ref: General Project Group minutes)

7.2 To purchase 2 replacement benches for Alt Road park at an approximate cost of £1000 and to set aside £1000 for the repair and maintenance of benches around Formby, as part of an ongoing programme. (Ref: Environment Group minutes)

7.3 To formally approve the renewal of the lease for the Parish Council office for £3000 per annum (Ref : January Finance Group minutes).

8.0 To authorise Payments (enclosed)

9.0 Chairman’s Report  

10.0 Update on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan

11.0 To receive the following reports – enclosed for information only

            Clerk’s report

            Environment Group minutes

            General Projects Group minutes

            Finance Group minutes

12.0 Date of Next Meeting – Tuesday 4 April 2017 to be held in the Meeting Room, Formby Library at 7pm

Members of the press and public are welcome to attend

The complete agenda and reports are available for download on the FPC website:

Are you interested in Victorian or Edwardian history?

This latest blog story from the Atkinson might be of interest.

Many of us older residents in Formby are likely to harbour family memories of Edwardian times. I still recall my Mum's 'Dolly Peg'. How about you? Have you still got some old bits and pieces of old paperwork lying around?

The Atkinson Live 2

Formby High School - Spring Lectures

A series of free talks at Formby High School with University of Liverpool Continuing Education department.

Formby High Sprinh Lectures LiveContinuing Education often works in partnership with a number of the City of Liverpool’s cultural institutions to provide free talks and workshops throughout the year.

Starting on the 1 March with Dr Kate O'Leary and an Introduction to Shakespeare's World.

Formby High School - Spring Lectures
All talks will take place at Formby High School, Merseyside, L37 3HW

An Introduction to Shakespeare's World
Wednesday 1 March, 7-8pm

Dr Kate O’Leary

This lecture provides an introduction to the study of Shakespeare. We will look at the time in which Shakespeare lived and how politics, religion and other major social changes affected his writing. We will explore the theatres in which he worked, how actors performed on stage, what costumes they wore and what audiences loved to see!

We will also look at the number of plays that Shakespeare wrote and why some are performed more than others. By bringing the world of Shakespeare alive, we will see how important a figure he was, and still is, today.

If you would like to confirm your attendance please click here.

Archaeology on the Sefton Coast
Thursday 30 March, 7-8pm

Dr Rob Philpott

From prehistoric footprints to the lifeboat station, the Sefton coast’s rapidly changing shoreline and shifting dunes have produced a range of finds and sites of interest to archaeologists. Finds show that people have been living and working on and near the coast for thousands of years. This talk will look at some of these recent discoveries and will show how archaeologists record and interpret them.

If you would like to confirm your attendance please click here.

A Brief History of Gravity
Thursday 27 April, 7-8pm

Stephen Hughes

Newton’s law of gravitation successfully accounted for many phenomena in the solar system. Einstein developed an improved theory of gravity called general relativity to overcome the inconsistencies with Newton’s theory. Despite the success of general relativity, the origin of the universe and black holes are not fully explained by this theory. A new theory of gravity is expected to provide the missing details and would be regarded as the ultimate achievement in physics. This lecture explores aspects of these three periods of the history of gravity.

If you would like to confirm your attendance please click here.