It's Election Day

There are eight candidates standing for Mayor of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

All candidates are listed in alphabetical order below. This is the order in which they will appear on the ballot paper:

Roger Bannister - Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition.
Paul Breen - Get The Coppers Off The Jury.
Tony Caldeira - The Conservative Party.
Carl Cashman - Liberal Democrats.
Tom Crone - Green Party.
Tabitha Morton - Women’s Equality Party.
Steve Rotheram - Labour Party.
Paula Walters - UK Independence Party.

Use your vote. 

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Are you a Cycle Friendly Motorist?

Ask yourself, how much space do I give when I overtake a cyclist? 

If it's less than the width of another car, you can be prosecuted  for driving without due care and attention. 

Cycling safe space

Cycling groups have welcomed the latest Parliamentary Report. 

Parliamentary group reports on cycling and the justice system

The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group's report on cycling and the justice system was published, with fourteen recommendations to reduce danger and ensure justice..... 
There's still a lot to be done by everyone, drivers, cyclists, the Police and Sefton if more of us are to take up cycling regularly. In the meantime, give cyclists more space, we share the roads,  not for racing but to get from point A to point B safely. 

Golfers raise more than £16,000 for hospital children’s unit

Members of Hurlston Hall Golf Club have celebrated raising £16,400 for the Children's Unit at Ormskirk and District Hospital over the past 12 months.

Hurleston Hall Raise money for local hospital

Picture from left to right: Linda Connolly, Alison Wood, Will Oldfield and Tina Hill.

Will Oldfield, the 2016 Club Captain 2016, said:

“It’s a terrific result and I am bursting with pride at the generosity of the club membership.”

The key fundraising activity was held when the club arranged a Longest Day Challenge with 23 golfers playing 72 holes in a day at Hurlston Hall, starting at 4.30am and finishing just before 10pm.

Members and friends supported the event during the day providing refreshments, marshalling and moral support.

Other fundraising activities included a novel “virtual nearest the pin” competition on the 7th hole at Pebble Beach during the Captain's Away Day in July.

Linda Connolly, Assistant Matron for Paediatrics and Neonates, and Tina Hill, Paediatric Practice Development Nurse, received a cheque on behalf of the hospital at a presentation evening from the club captains, Alison Wood and Will Oldfield.

Linda said:

“We were honoured to be chosen as the club’s charity for 2016. Members have worked hard at raising an amazing sum of money and we would like to express our greatest appreciation to everyone. Their fundraising and generosity will be put to good use to benefit the patients who attend the unit.”

Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
Telephone 01704 704494
Twitter @SONHSTrust


Dementia/Older Persons Advice Event

According to the Dementia Action Alliance UK, there is a large scale issue facing us all.

There are 750,000 people living with dementia in the UK now and by 2025 there will be over one million. Dementia is an incurable condition caused by diseases of the brain which over time seriously impairs the ability of someone with dementia to live independently.

Symptoms can include severe memory loss, mood and personality changes and behaviour that challenges others such as serious confusion, agitation and aggression. Many people with dementia also have other medical conditions or develop them during the course of their illness.

If you're concerned about someone or yourself or want to help, this event will be useful.

Formby Library Live 2Formby Library is holding a Dementia Awareness/Older Persons’ Advice Event on Friday January 27, between 10 am-4 pm.

The event is aimed at anyone who would like information, advice or support regarding dementia and there will also be local organisations in attendance to provide general advice and support for older people in the local community.

It is a drop in event so people can simply turn up between 10am-4pm and speak to organisations such as the Alzheimer’s Society, The Formby Project, Sefton Pensioner’s Advocacy Centre and the Affordable Warmth Team.

For further details, please contact Formby Library on 01704 874177 or email

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Ancient Worlds Talk : Dreams & Oracles

Wednesday 5 October 2016
Ancient Worlds Talk
Dreams & Oracles
7:00 pm
The Atkinson, Galleries
£5 / Free for Supporter Members (pay on the door)

This talk will examine the power of prophecy and the secrets of dreams in ancient Egypt. Also how these concepts were used in storytelling. Oracles were consulted for matters of love, life and legality and manuals were written to interpret dreams. As a fundamental part of daily life in ancient Egypt, these practices reveal many of the beliefs of the ancients.

Talk by Jo Backhouse

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Latest Police Bulletin

Here's the latest Merseyside Police bulletin for Formby 

MerseynowliveTackling ASB in the vicinity of Duke Street Park will be the neighbourhood quarterly priority.

We would like to thank these of you who managed to attend the meeting and the numerous Have Your Say online submissions. When we are not doing our core duties we will work with the local community to address the problem.

In recent months this has included many calls in respect of nuisance cyclist and motorbikes and some reported drug dealing and use. We will report back via the newsletter, Police website and Merseynow. I few separate issues were raised in relation to speeding at various locations, poor parking and cycling. We will do what we can about these also. The concerns raised did not come as a surprise as we tend to find that problems are reported as they occur or raised at the community meetings the team does attend.

In an emergency dial 999, none emergency 101. You can also provide information about crime and ASB anonymously to crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. The date for the next meeting has not yet been set. Can you please carry on submitting ideas on the Police website.

Sefton Libraries Have Gone Digital

Sefton Council library service is making it easy to borrow books digitally.

You can now enjoy your favourite e-books and e-audiobooks any time, anywhere with Sefton Library Service's new borrowing service using the BorrowBox app

You can browse, borrow and download a title within the app and reserve multiple titles meaning you can enjoy the world's best authors and your favourite celebrity narrators whenever you like (Source: Sefton eBooks)

Just download the app and borrow EBooks at your convenience.

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Live Blog of Local NHS CCG Board Meeting

Southport and Formby CCG held it's bi-monthly governing body meeting in public, so people could hear them discussing and making decisions about local health services.

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

“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.”