Stories of the people, the place and the areas surrounding Formby. Formby is a coastal town with a beautiful beach, fabulous sand dunes, pine woods, red squirrels all managed by the National Trust. The town boasts an attractive village shopping centre where there's much to see, eat and drink. Because of its popularity, parking close to the beach is limited, often full and large queues form by noon at weekends and bank holidays.
Film-maker Danny Boyle invites you to join with him in marking 100 years since Armistice and the end of the First World War.
On 11 November 2018, communities will gather on beaches across the UK to say goodbye and thank you, to the millions of men and women who left their shores during the war, many never to return.
On selected beaches around the UK, over the course of several hours, a portrait of an individual from the First World War will emerge from the sand. And then, as the tide rises, be washed away as we take a moment to say a collective goodbye.
Poet Carol Ann Duffy has written a poem, especially for the event, to be read by individuals, families and communities on the day. The poem will be available from this website and in the press. You can also get involved in creating artwork in the sand using stencils of portraits at the beaches.
Pub-goers will be able to enjoy a selection of beers from independent British craft brewers during a 12 day festival at a Formby pub.
The festival is taking place at The Lifeboat in Three Tuns Lane from Wednesday, October 10 to Sunday, October 21 inclusive.
Each of the brewers is a member of SIBA – the organisation that promotes small independent brewers and their beers.
Among the beers on offer are those brewed exclusively for the festival as well as award-winners.
The beers include Blueberry Classic Bitter (Coach House), Jurassic Dark (Dorset), Jemima's Pitchfork (Glamorgan), Freddy Brewger (Robinsons), Hope & Glory (Brentwood), Hop Twister (Salopian), Big Job (St Austell) and Wheel of Fortune (Castle Rock).
In addition, the pub will serve five UK produced ciders.
The ciders include Toffee Apple (Mr Whitehead's), Legbender (Rich's) and Premium Perry (Broadoak).
All beers and ciders are priced at £1.99 a pint.
Customers will be able to sample any three of the real ales or ciders in special third-of-a-pint glasses for the price of a pint.
Pub manager Ashleigh-Jane Briscoe said:
The festival is the perfect opportunity to showcase the wonderful range of beers from independent British craft brewers.
The National Trust at Formby is asking the community to help further develop ideas for the care of the Formby coast, now and in the future.
Local people are warmly invited to come along to a series of drop-in events to be held throughout September. They will be able to review the feedback received during previous consultation events and contribute to the resulting proposals that are being developed.
Source: NT Formby
Consultation events in 2017 focused on collecting views and suggestions for how the Trust can best care for this unique and rapidly changing stretch of coast, for the benefit of the people who love it and the wildlife that makes its home here.
Topics discussed included
How to balance the need for parking with conservation of the sensitive landscape at Formby,
How to manage traffic on busy days
And the big decisions posed by the encroachment of sand onto the Victoria Road car park.
Discussions also focused on how to create and link habitats for the benefit of rare wildlife including Natterjack Toads and Red Squirrels
And how to improve visitor facilities, which can sometimes struggle to meet demand.
Andrew Brockbank, Countryside Manager for the National Trust at Formby, commented:
“We want to work with our local community to find the best ways to adapt to changing demands on this stretch of coast. The sand dune shoreline is constantly shifting here at Formby and the popularity of the coast brings pressures to both the fragile habitats and facilities.
We want to make better provision for our visitors to have a wonderful time here while showing sensitivity to local needs and demonstrating good conservation. We received a fantastic response to our consultation events held throughout 2017 with many ideas being shared about how to care for this special coastline.
We now need to work more closely together to balance these multiple demands on the coast.”
Fiona Matthews, the Trust’s Community Involvement Officer at Formby, added:
“These September drop-in events are aimed at ‘sense-checking’ the feedback we have received so far and sharing our emerging ideas. The next step after these events will be to develop these basic principles and ideas into detailed proposals, working alongside the community.”
Local people can drop into any of the events to talk to staff, pick up a copy of our proposal booklet and contribute their views.
Saturday 1st September 10-00-14.00
Saturday 8th September 10.00-14.00
Formby Pool Café
Tuesday 11th September 9.00-13.00
Saturday 15th September 9.00-13.00
Formby Market, Chapel Street
Friday 7th September 9.00-16.00
Additional events will also be added over the coming weeks and will be publicised locally and through the National Trust social media feeds. More information about the consultation events to date and the emerging ideas for Formby Point can be found at:
I recently posted a story about an exciting forthcoming event which involves building a cardboard replica of Miller's castle in Bootle.
The work is inspired by the French artist Olivier Grossetête, he writes:
“The work is never perfect or finished, people find their place within it. Perfection is something that’s dead. It’s something that’s not living, it’s not real,” (Grossetête quote from interview on Mashable).
To gain an insight into the proposed event here's a short video from a previous event held at the Terni Festival 2015.