Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

Greetings to all of  you who visit and follow this blog my thanks for your support.

I'm unlikely to add any new posts to the blog this side of the New Year. 

image from www.formby.todayHere's an appropriate image on which to end the year and start the festive break and remind us all of the season and the story behind the celebrations.

I'll still be tweeting over the holiday season and you can follow these on this page. 

I will use the following hashtag #formbyxmas

Join in the conversation. Share your celebrations,  send your images, your stories and tales of Christmas and the New Year Holiday season.

Until next year then, au revoir.

Sean Brady 
Editor and Curator of FormbyFirst.org.uk and twitter.com/formbyvillage


Children’s University comes to National Trust Formby

The National Trust at Formby is delighted to be registered as a Learning Destination for the Children's University

NTFormby Childrens University LiveThe Children's University is a nationwide initiative which aims to promote learning outside school hours. The idea is to get kids involved in various activities with their families, sparking a love of learning, whilst having fun in the process!

While the National Trust already has a number of incentives to encourage children to explore the great outdoors, such as '50 things to do before you're 11¾', it is hoped this new partnership will act as a further way to kindle an interest amongst young people in the countryside and coastline. Participants will get stamps in their 'Passport to Learning' as they complete activities.

The scheme is launching in time for the Christmas holidays, with Make a Kite, Hunt for Bugs and Woodland Bingo just some examples of what is on offer.

For more information about the activities available during your visit, please head towards the Membership trailer, open at the weekends and school holidays between 12pm -3pm. On submission of your evidence, it’s here you will also be able to collect your stamp - don’t forget to take your Passport to Learning! Please note that some activities have a charge for materials.

“We are very pleased to be working with the Children’s University to encourage young people to get out and about and discover this special place. We’ll be offering a range of hands-on fun learning activities over the coming months from bug hunting to kite flying – perfect for bringing the family together to work off that Christmas pudding whilst having fun in the great outdoors. We look forward to welcoming you soon.”
Andrew Brockbank, Countryside Manager, National Trust Formby

For more information, visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby/features/childrens-university-at-formby or www.childrensuniversity.co.uk

The National Trust is celebrating 50 years of caring for 210 hectares of land at Formby in 2017. Formby is home to a wealth of rare wildlife including red squirrels and the natterjack toad. It is one of the largest and most important sand dune systems in the UK and is enjoyed by locals and thousands of visitors every year.

The Formby coast is, however, very fragile due to the forces of nature operating here and is the fastest changing coastline in the National Trust’s care. Our aim is to work with our neighbours, partners and those who enjoy this area to care for this special place for the benefit of wildlife and current and future generations.

For more information visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby

Emma Farley
Interim PR & Communications Consultant (North)
National Trust
North Region
Goddards, 27 Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1GG

Mobile: 07901 500565
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

 

 


It's the Winter Solstice

SolsticeThe Winter Solstice is an astronomical phenomenon which marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

For one small moment in time the movement of the earth and the sun in relation to each seems to pause. For one brief moment the sun is neither rising or setting when viewed from the earth.

The term solstice comes from the Latin word solstitium, meaning the Sun stands still. This is because on this day, the Sun reaches its southern-most (or northern-most during the June Solstice) position as seen from the Earth. It seems to stand still at the Tropic of Capricorn (and Tropic of Cancer during the June Solstice) and then reverses its direction.

Here in Formby that astronomical moment is  on Wednesday, 21 December 2016, 10:44 GMT. 

After that until the summer solstice, each day gets longer and each night shorter. I think I've read somewhere it either gets darker or lighter by two minutes each day depending upon the season.

In a scientific terms:

The December Solstice occurs when the Sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.5 degrees. In other words, when the North Pole is tilted furthest – 23.5 degrees – away from the Sun.

For the less scientifically minded it's an occasion of joy and celebration. It's conveniently timed close to Christmas and the celebrations to mark the 'birth of Jesus'. It was also a moment of celebration in Norse times when it was known as Yule and believers in the Scandinavian God Thor burned a Yule log to symbolise the life-giving properties of the returning sun.

Similarly the Romans also celebrated a festival called Saturnalia on December 17 in honour of Saturn, the father of the Gods.

Enjoy this special day knowing that from tomorrow each and every day that follows will get longer until we celebrate the summer solstice.

(Source: http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/december-solstice.html)


Help yours-elf to stay well this winter and use A&E wisely

With Christmas just around the corner, health experts in Southport and Formby are urging local patients to prepare for minor illnesses and to consider how they use 999 and A&E over the festive period for them and their families.

Examine your option compliation LiveAs many prepare to tuck into turkey, celebrate with friends and family or enjoy a festive night out, the health professionals at NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are reminding residents to think before dialling 999 or visiting accident and emergency departments over the bank holidays. They are also reminding them to examine their options should they become ill over the festive period and to prepare for minor illnesses by stocking up on over the counter medication.

The Examine your Options campaign aims to give people information so that they know where to go to in the first instance, to get fast, expert advice when they need it and how to help themselves and their families if they have a common illness or ailment – and help ease the pressure on A&E and 999 services at the same time.

It also reinforces the message that A&E and 999 services are for serious illnesses and life-threatening injuries only.

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair said

“The best advice that I can offer is to be prepared, if you are entitled to a free flu vaccination then make sure you get it, visit your pharmacist to ensure that you have the right at home medication and order your repeat prescriptions through your GP practice well before the bank holiday rush.

It’s also really important to make sure that we look out for not only family and friends, but also for any elderly neighbours as well, those who may struggle to get out of the house this time of the year, to ensure that they have everything that they need.”


With the increasing pressure on emergency services over the busy Christmas and New Year period, we are stressing the importance of ensuring A&E and the 999 number are kept free for genuine medical emergencies.

Dr Caudwell continues:

“It is vital to remember that the ambulance service and A&E should not be used as an alternative to your GP if your surgery is closed. If you or your children require medical assistance outside of normal surgery hours this bank holiday, patients in Southport and Formby have access to a wide range of alternative health services available including GP out-of-hours services and pharmacists who are qualified to offer advice and treat common, everyday illnesses quickly and conveniently.”


Dr Dave Snow, associate medical director for urgent care at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said:

“We are not saying don’t use A&E. We are saying use A&E wisely.

“Many people who arrive at A&E, particularly by ambulance following a 999 call, do need hospital care and will be seen immediately. However, there are others whose care needs could be met just as well by their GP, a pharmacist or by treating the symptoms themselves.

“A&E is for people facing life-threatening and serious emergencies such as serious accidents, breathing problems, heart attacks and strokes. Please keep our staff free for them.”


Feeling Unwell? - Examine Your Options

Across the area there are a range of health services to support people if they feel unwell or have any health concerns. There are services which you may be unfamiliar with, but could be more appropriate and convenient for you depending on your specific issue.

For minor ailments and injuries your best route to recover is likely to be self-care. There are a variety of services that can support you to do this:

Pharmacy Services

Your local pharmacy can offer free, confidential and expert advice on a range of health issues for those who need it. They can help you prepare for many of the common illnesses like coughs and colds.

For your pharmacy opening times over Christmas and New Year please click here www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/pharmacy-opening-times-for-christmas-period

NHS.UK

You can find a wealth of trusted advice about hundreds of health conditions and details of GPs, pharmacies and dentists in your local area by visiting the NHS.uk website: www.nhs.uk. It also includes a symptom checker.

NHS 111

When you need medical help or advice fast, but it is not a 999 emergency, you can also call the NHS 111 service. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from mobiles and landlines.

If you need medical care for illnesses you cannot treat yourself, then your GP should be your next port of call.

Your Local GP

Your GP should be your first point of contact for non-emergency illnesses you can’t treat yourself. Your GP is available from 8.00am to 6.30pm weekdays.

If you don’t have a GP, you can register with your local surgery. If you’re not sure where this is, you can find out at: www.nhs.uk or call 0300 77 77 007.

Patients can also manage their health needs at home using Patient Access which is available on desktop or as a free app where you can arrange appointments, order repeat medications and update your personal details.*

For more information on Patient Access visit: https://patient.emisaccess.co.uk/account/login or watch this video for more information: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRM5YzabvVc

GP Out of Hours Service

If your local surgery is closed, you can still see a GP with the GP out-of-hours service; just call 111 and you can speak to a local GP over the phone or face to face if necessary.

It is very likely that you and your family will be seen and treated more quickly using the out-of-hours service than if you were waiting to see a doctor in A&E, especially at busy times.

For more information please visit www.examineyouroptions.info

*please note that some practices may use a slightly different system to patient access so it is worth asking your GP practice for more information

 


Formby Rotary Club Carol Wagon Monday 5 December

Here's Santa's Itinerary around Formby for Monday Evening.

Formby Xmas Lights 2016 LiveMonday 5th December

Start At Junction Of
Kirklake Road & Sefton Road
At 6.00 pm


Kirklake Road
Edenhurst Drive
Spruce Way
Edenhurst Drive
Greenloons Drive
Foxhill Close
Greenloons Drive
Greenloons Walk
Greenloons Drive
Ashdale Close
Greenloons Drive
Springfield Close
Greenloons Drive
Delph Lane
Wicks Lane
Woodlands Road
Grasmere Road
Derwent Avenue
Coniston Road
Woodlands Road
Tarn Road
Ennerdale Road
Rydal Avenue
Langdale Avenue
Eskdale Drive
Ennerdale Road

End Junction Of Ennerdale Road
& Langdale Avenue

 

 


Christmas Carol Wagon in Formby

Formby Rotary Club Carol Wagon 2016

Friday 2nd December
Start At Junction Of Church Road & Cable Street At 6.00 pm.

Formby Rotary Carol Wagon Itinerary 2016Cable Street
Watchyard Lane
Deansgate Lane
Mounthouse Road
Primrose Close
Mounthouse Road
Longfield
Mounthouse Road
Watchyard Lane
Whitehouse Lane
Whitehouse Avenue
Whitehouse Lane
Kenyons Lane
Bull Cop
Gardner Road
Norris Way
Gardner Road
Devon Farm Way
Gardner Road
Mawdsley Close
Gardner Road
Priesthouse Lane
Priesthouse Close Time Permitting
Priesthouse Lane
Chapelhouse Walk Time Permitting
Priesthouse Lane
End At Junction Of Priesthouse Lane and Church Road

For the complete itinerary follow this link.

 


What's On in Southport at Christmas

Southport this Christmas

Southport What'sAs the festive season gets into full swing, Southport has plenty happening for all of the family.

‘Tis the season for panto, and there is plenty of choice in Southport.

Come and meet Santa!

There will be plenty of opportunity to meet Santa and give him your wish list this Christmas.

Head over to Wayfarers Shopping Arcade throughout December to see the big man himself.

You can also head over to the Christmas themed photo booth at the Southport Market, take your picture and share to their Facebook page.

 


Dream Jar & Christmas Card Workshop

 

Dream Jar & Christmas Card Workshop

Formby Library will be welcoming back local artist, Holly Bushnell, to run creative sessions on Saturday, December 3.

Holly will be showing children how to make their own ‘Dream Jars’ with a half-hour demonstration starting at 10am before the kids get the chance to make their own creations.

The session costs £5 per child and includes all materials provided.

Following on at 12-1:30pm, Holly will be guiding children through another session to design their own Christmas cards. This session will cost £2 per child and includes all materials.Parents can book their child onto either or both sessions subject to availability.

Places are limited so please book in advance by calling Formby Library on 01704 874177 or emailing Formby.library@sefton.gov.uk

Source: sefton.gov.uk

Holly Bushnell at Formby Library Live