In and Around Formby 11 - 15 December

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Seasonal Entertainment

Posted Monday 11 December 9.30 am

Following the lead of the 'Nativity: The Musical' performed yesterday on the grounds of Formby Swimming Pool I thought I'd continue the theme of seasonal entertainment.

Here's an example from recent local history. This is an extract from a copy of the Stage, published in January 2000.

Red Riding Hood Southport

Panto Story 2

Stage Thursday 13 January 2000

Duggie Chapman's pantomime at the Southport Theatre starring Keith Harris and his comic creations Orville the duck and Cuddles the monkey is a real winner. The show romps along briskly with lots of good songs, funny jokes and quite spectacular scenery. The plot needs no explanation Red Riding Hood (Nicola Travis) wanders through the wood and meets the Prince (Stuart Davenport) Who in turn dispatches the Wolf, played with great zest by Andrew Vincent.

Veteran panto Dame Ronne Coyles is quite magnificent as Granny Hood, decked out in the most outrageous of costumes and, on several occasions, coming out with some equally outrageous asides.

Linking everything together is the Vegetable Fairy (Sarah Thomas) Glenda from Last of the Summer Wine. Aiding and abetting the principals are Muddles the Jester (Norman Prince), crotchety old Squire Humphrey (Derek Yelding), the Wizard (Stuart Langland) and his assistant Meriina (Jayne Whincup). The latter twosome also contribute a fine illusion act.

The Care Bears will delight audiences and the attractive young ladies from the local Formby School of Dance add to the show's success, as does the well chosen arrangements of musical director Lawrence Knight. A really splendid show for children and adults alike.

Stan Woolley

(Source) The Stage - Thursday 13 January 2000

It caught my eye just because of the usual, annual contributions made to some of these Southport based pantomimes, by Formby School of Dance.

There'll be many families here in Formby whose off-spring have tasted their first, heady and exciting experience of 'live theatre' in local pantomimes.

Happy days.


Weekend in Formby

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What goes around, comes around

Posted Saturday 9 December 10.00 am

Recently I've been tweeting very short fragments of stories about Formby from a past era. I thought you might like a chance to read this one in more detail. The first sentence seems to point to the current debate and division in the present Tory Party over free trade versus regulation.

Then there's a section which all seems to revolve around the issue of devolution and where the idea comes from. I love the reference to the likely impact of local Parish Councils, is the present Formby Council still working on its neighbourhood plan after 5 years?

Finally, the  'allotments' issue, it smacks of paternalism, this landed gentry MP is talking of policies to reduce working class resentment over the loss of land during the 'Clearance' and thus preventing revolution. Are these the 'just about managing' he's talking about, still suffering under a political system which fails to listen and represent their needs?

 

Formby Beach


Weekend in Formby

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Something for the weekend?

Posted Sunday 3 December 9.30 am

I thought you might like to see an ONS (Office for National Statistics) life expectancy tool. They made it available on Friday. Given the above average old age population in Formby, this may prove interesting.

ONS Life expectancyA man aged 65 years in the UK can now expect to live, on average, to 85.6 and a woman of the same age to 87.8, new figures reveal. A boy born today could expect to live to 89.5, whilst a girl could expect to live to 92.1.

Use our calculator to find out your life expectancy, your chance of living to 100 and how long you’re likely to need to make your pension pot last.

The illustration I've used is a male aged 55 years old. I'm much older and I was surprised my prediction is for 87. Pleasing though.

How about you, what's your predicted life expectancy?

https://visual.ons.gov.uk/what-is-my-life-expectancy-and-how-might-it-change/

Christmas is a-coming!

Posted Sunday 3 December 9.30 am

Don't worry you may have missed this opportunity to see Santa, but there's still plenty of time left before Christmas Day

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Love Formby’s shops?

Posted Saturday 2 December 9.30 am

Support Small Business Saturday

Small-Business-Saturday-2Why not rediscover your local shops and do your bit for small businesses across Sefton?

It’s national Small Business Saturday today and it’s a great way to support the independent shops and businesses where you live. Follow the activity on twitter #smallbizsatuk

 

 Visit the Formby Craft Fair

Posted Saturday 2 December  9.30 am


This week in and around Formby

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Get your skates on

Posted Friday 1 December 9.30 am 

Enjoy an opportunity to skate, get fit and start to celebrate the run-up to Christmas

Make sure to visit the Formby Fair

 Posted Friday 1 December  9.30 am 

Posted Thursday 30 November 9.30 am

Winter is finally upon us.

Posted 29 November 9.30 am

Formby and Shale Gas

Formby lies within the boundaries of the Government approved Shale Gas exploration zone. Some licences have already been approved and some local hydro phonic surveys carried out.

This is despite the overwhelming lack of support from the public.

Public-Attitudes-to-energy-sources

This from the latest House of Commons Library article about public attitudes.

The Energy and Climate Change Public Attitudes Survey was designed by the government’s British Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) department, was circulated to 2,105 people via a random location quota sampling method and conducted through face-to-face at home interviews.

Statistics show that the public’s favoured alternative energy source is renewables. Renewable energy includes energy from a source that is not depleted when used and is naturally replenished.

https://secondreading.uk/science/public-attitudes-towards-alternative-energy/

 

 Posted Tuesday 28 November 10.00 am 

Make the partnership work.

image from www.formby.todaySefton Council and The National Trust have concluded the land transfer at Formby Point. Over the next 2/3 three years changes will occur. This is the opportunity for a partnership between residents and the Trust together, to plan, to map out and to effect those changes.

Here's part of what the National Trust are saying

The National Trust is starting to develop future plans for how we can care for this special coastline in the coming decades. These plans will affect you and the future generations who come to enjoy this special place.

We aspire to improve access, conservation and facilities along this dynamic and ever changing coastline, loved by many and home to rare wildlife.

We want to involve the many people who love this special place in shaping these plans.

If you’d like to comment on anything, please email talkingformby@nationaltrust.org.uk

(For more read yesterday's blog post http://bit.ly/2Achfsb )

 Posted Monday 27 November 8.00 am 

Lancashire Day Proclamation

When Sefton Borough was brought into being in 1974, Formby was 'moved' from Lancashire into Merseyside, which was a newly inaugurated Metropolitan County Council. Until then, Formby, in common with Liverpool was Lancastrian.

Even today there are many who have never accepted that change, where do your local loyalties lie?

Lancashire-Red-RoseOn this day in 1295 the first elected representatives from Lancashire were called to Westminster by King Edward I to attend what later became known as "The Model Parliament".

The Lancashire Day proclamation is read out by town criers throughout the county on 27th November:

To the people of the city and county palatine of Lancaster

Greetings!

Know ye that this day, November 27th in the year of our Lord Two Thousand and Fourteen, the 63rd year of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Duke of Lancaster, is

Lancashire Day

Know ye also, and rejoice, that by virtue of Her Majesty's County Palatine of Lancaster, the citizens of the Hundreds of Lonsdale, North and South of the Sands, Amounderness, Leyland, Blackburn, Salford and West Derby are forever entitled to style themselves Lancastrians.

Throughout the County Palatine, from the Furness Fells to the River Mersey, from the Irish Sea to the Pennines, this day shall ever mark the peoples' pleasure in that excellent distinction - true Lancastrians, proud of the Red Rose and loyal to our Sovereign Duke.

GOD BLESS LANCASHIRE
AND GOD SAVE THE QUEEN,
DUKE OF LANCASTER.

 Posted Monday 27 November 9.00 am 

Southport Hospital showing signs of strain as winter approaches?


This Weekend

 Posted Sunday 26 November 12.30 pm 

The Village in Winter

This image is proving to be very popular today. It's mine I captured it several years ago after a rather exceptional snowstorm.

 Posted Saturday 25 November 9.30 am 

Formby Christmas Lights Switch-on

On Sunday the village will be full of residents and visitors as they celebrate the annual Christmas lights switch-on.

Xmas-Lights-2017
This is the day when the Formby community gathers together to celebrate the start of the festive season.

Market stalls, children's rides, barbeques and fabulous live entertainment is the order of the day and at 5 pm the crowds gather for the switching on of the Christmas lights in Formby village.

When: 26 Nov 2017 at 12:00pm until 26 Nov 2017 at 7:00pm

Where: Chapel Lane, Formby, Liverpool