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There's a treat in store at 'The Freshfield' - Be in it to win it

The Freshfield Hotel have just introduced a new menu and they're playing a game of 'Hide and Tweet' to mark the occasion.

Be in it to win it! Keep watching out for the 'tweets - the first one's already gone!'


BP Oil application for 24 hour trading license includes food and alcohol.

BP Oil have applied for a new 24 hour license for the sale of alcohol and refreshments at the former Texaco Petrol Station on Liverpool Road.

BP OilNotice is hereby given that BP Oil UK Ltd of Formby SF Connect 53-57 Liverpool Road Formby L37 6BT has applied to Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council for a Grant of a Premise Licence.

The terms of which being as follows:

Hours open to public:
Monday - from 00.00 to 24.00
Tuesday - from 00.00 to 24.00
Wednesday - from 00.00 to 24.00
Thursday - from 00.00 to 24.00
Friday - from 00.00 to 24.00
Saturday - from 00.00 to 24.00
Sunday - from 00.00 to 24.00

Licensable activities:

The sale of alcohol by retail

Monday - from 00.00 to 24.00
Tuesday - from 00.00 to 24.00
Wednesday - from 00.00 to 24.00
Thursday - from 00.00 to 24.00
Friday - from 00.00 to 24.00
Saturday - from 00.00 to 24.00
Sunday - from 00.00 to 24.00

The provision of late night refreshment

Monday - from 23.00 to 05.00
Tuesday - from 23.00 to 05.00
Wednesday - from 23.00 to 05.00
Thursday - from 23.00 to 05.00
Friday - from 23.00 to 05.00
Saturday - from 23.00 to 05.00
Sunday - from 23.00 to 05.00

This application can be inspected in person at the below postal address (weekdays 09.00 to 15.00 by appointment).

Any representations to the application shall be in writing and should be lodged with The Licensing Authority Licensing Unit, Sefton MBC, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle, L20 3NJ, stating the terms of the grounds of the said representation, not later than 18th March 2015.

It is an offence knowingly or recklessly to make a false statement in connection with an application and the maximum fine for which a person is liable on summary conviction for the offence is £5000.

Source: Sefton MBC

Formby First Community Grapevine Launches

The Formby Grapevine is a free service, provided by FormbyFirst, the original, locally focused blog about life in Formby.

The Blog was established in it's present form in May 2007 and is now crammed with a huge number of articles.

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The Grapevine

The Grapevine is a free open forum. You can browse all the content but need to sign up to add your voice to the live on-going conversation that features on The Grapevine.

  • Something to tell the community?
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the Grapevine is the place for you.

Is there something you think needs an airing or sharing then suggest a new forum or add a new category.

So long as you abide by the terms of use,

'treat it and other users with respect,  because no abuse will not be tolerated, see the very short terms of service'

It's all yours - to enjoy.

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Wide Range of Chinese New Year 2015 Celebrations in Liverpool

Culture Liverpool Chinese New Year 2015

From :

The 2015 Kuei Szu year welcomes the eighth animal sign of the Chinese Zodiac – the elegant, artistic and good natured Goat.

The kind hearted Goat tends to be polite, sensitive and compassionate with good manners and a charming nature which means they are often popular with many admirers and friends.

With a tender, polite but sometimes insecure personality, Goats can often shy from confrontation and prefer to absorb themselves with art and nature.

We are blessed that the long history of Liverpool Port ensures that our local city is rich in it's history, it's architectural richness and the liveliness of it's culture.

This weekend there are a number of events open to all to celebrate Chinese New Year 2015.

  • Traditional Han Chinese Culture Show
  • Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Black-e
  • John Collins Fun Fairs
  • Soul Inspired CIC & Soul Inspired Events presents Liverpool SoulFest Launch
  • First Take Augmented Orchestra
  • Taste of China Street Market
  • Traditional Dragon & Lion Street Parade
  • Firecracker Display
  • Chinese New Year VIP Dinner
  • Year of the Goat at Pagoda

Enjoy the Year of the Goat 2015.


Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday?

It's Pancake Day or more accurately it's Shrove Tuesday the day that proceeds Ash Wednesday. In this country it has become traditional to celebrate the day by eating pancakes in order to use up rich ingredients from the pantry such as eggs, milk and sugar before the austere 40 days of Lent.


Traditional pancake served with lemon and sugar

In it's more traditional form the celebration is related to religious traditions. The word Shrove is derived from the word 'shrive' meaning confess. From today many local Formby residents will mark this period as a form of preparation before Easter. The 40 days following this short outburst of plenty will be associated with abstinence, fasting and prayer.

Promises to be a 'Funday' for some on this 'Pancake Day'!

Cycle Racks for Freshfield Station Shops Are Coming Soon

Here's a very pleasing little exchange of question and immediate good news answer for local and visiting cyclists.

Also pleasing to know that local Councillor Denise Dutton has anticipated the question.

Victoria Cafe

Sefton Community Market Has Plans for events in Formby

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According to the latest news published by The Sefton Commmunity Market Company (SCM) they are planning four major events in Formby Village this year.

These include a Spring Farmers Market, a Summer Music Festival, an Autumn Beer & Folk Festival and finally a Winter X'mas Lights Switch-on market.

The details were published on 20th January on the SCM web site, the proposed dates are as follows:

  • Spring Farmers market………… Sunday 19th April 2015
  • Summer Music festival……………Sunday 28th June 2015
  • Autumn Beer & Folk festival…… Sunday 20th September 2015
  • Winter X’mas light switch-on……… Sunday 29th November 2015

Who are SCM and what do they do?

You may be wondering who SCM are, they describe themselves as:

Sefton Community Market (SCM) is a company limited by guarantee, which means it is a 'not for profit organisation'. All profits are reinvested into running community markets and other community schemes.

SCM also assist companies and organisations to organise their own markets, gala's and fate's.

SCM also hires the Stalls and Tables for private functions such as Weddings, Birthdays, Children's Parties etc. Plus it also help organise these events too.

SCM works with Sefton Council, community groups, charities, Police, Fire Service and local businesses in order to run community markets.

If you would like to be the first to hear of new markets we are organising then please register with us using the form on this page. We will then email you with new dates and venues as soon as we agree them

It's clear they intend to work as an umbrella organisation across Sefton Borough. Yesterday they announced the Bootle Market:


What do you think? If you've any comments add them below, select the 'comment' tag, thanks.

How many restaurants can Formby sustain?

The 'Twittersphere' has been busy this week with news of the imminent closure of Haro Restaurant and the opening of M&J's on the by-pass. It raises the question of how many of these places can Formby sustain.

Haro January 2015 Edited VersionHaro occupies a large commercial space to sustain and fixed costs must be a burden. It does suggest that the smaller locally owned food and drink outlets stand a better chance of staying in business.

One such unit is the Left Bank Brasserie, I've always enjoyed both group and small family occasions there, the food is invariably good value and the atmosphere warm and welcoming. Check it out.