Where's Your Bike?

Do you own a bike? Is it registered?

If the answer to these questions is yes and no then I recommend the following advice from our local police.

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A recent National Crime Cycle survey showed that over half of the population own a bike. The typical amount spent on bike ranged from £250 - £5000. Bike are typically stored inside the home (34%), in a garage (31%) or in a private shed (22%). Over half of the respondents in the survey have had a bike stolen (57%). Of those, 27% have had two bikes stolen; and 4% had 5 or more bike stolen.

The most common place for bikes to be stolen was outside shops (18%), from private sheds (13%) and outside work (11.5%).

Sergeant Keith Burke from Merseyside Police Community Engagement Unit said

"Registering a bike with a database provider not only reduces instances of cycle theft but it has also enabled hundreds of cyclists to be reunited with their bikes after they had been stolen. Over 800 searches are made on these databases each day by the police, retailers and members of the public, making them an essential tool in the fight against cycle crime."

Consider registering your bike with one of the following providers:

www.bikeregister.com

www.immobilise.com

 


Public welcome at November CCG meeting

Southport and Formby Clinical commissioning group (CCG) in Sefton is encouraging anyone with an interest to go along to their November governing body meetings.

The CCG hold governing body meetings every two months in public, so people can hear them discussing and making decisions about local health services.

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals who make up the committee will discuss a range of issues including the performance of the services they commission, like hospitals and community care.

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

“We invite the public along to this formal meeting to listen to the CCG’s plans. Residents also get the chance to ask any questions they have before the meeting gets underway.”

The NHS Southport and Formby CCG meeting will take place on Wednesday 1 November at the Family Life Centre, Ash St, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6JH, at 1.00pm

Papers will be available here beforehand: www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/about-us/governing-body/governing-body-meetings

Anyone who is interested in attending is asked to call 0151 247 7000 to confirm their attendance.

Note:

NHS Southport and Formby CCG have been responsible for buying or ‘commissioning’ the majority of local health services since 1 April 2013, when primary care trusts were abolished.

NHS Southport and Formby CCG’s membership is made up of 19 GP practices.

You can gain a flavour of the open nature of our local CCG from this video compilation of views and comments following  recent 'Big Chat' events.

 


Hospital League of Friends transforms children’s waiting area

A children’s waiting area at Ormskirk hospital has received a makeover thanks to the  League of Friends.

Waiting areaThe waiting area within the antenatal and gynaecology clinic has new child-friendly furniture, flooring and a mural painted by local artist Gary Scarisbrick. The area allows children to be entertained while their mothers or carers wait for their appointment.

Robin Rootes is a midwife in the clinic and helped design the mural featured on the wall. She said: “The new children’s area has had a complete revamp and it’s made such a difference to the atmosphere in the clinic. The children now have somewhere inviting to play while they wait, which helps their mum or carer relax.

“We couldn’t have done it without the support of the League of Friends.”

Now the area is complete the team are looking to get some new toys for the children to play with as the current ones are a little worn and tired. Any donations of new toys would be gratefully received.

Picture shows Robin Rootes with Dave Halsall from the League of Friends

Email              tonyellis@nhs.net 
Web                www.southportandormskirk.nhs.uk
Twitter            @SONHSTrust

 


Views wanted on wills review 

Members of the public are being urged to voice their opinions about texts and emails being used as wills at a Law Commission event.

Old-WillSouthport has been chosen as one of just three locations in the country in which to hold a public presentation and discussion as part of a consultation exercise into a proposed overhaul of the law of wills.

Now Claire Hamilton, from Kirwans law firm in Hoghton Street, is calling on residents to attend the meeting and speak out on matters that will affect everyone at some point. She said:

The law in relation to wills is pretty outdated, and the Law Commission, an independent body which helps advise ministers, is trying to change that through a public consultation which runs until November 10.

This is an important move by the Commission, and the fact that they have chosen Southport to host one of its events is testimony to the weight they attach to residents’ views. 

It has long been accepted that more needs to be done to bring will-related laws up to date, as, as it stands, there are concerns that the system could actually be deterring people from creating the vital documents.

According to the organisation, many people are unaware of crucial will-related legalities, such as the fact that when someone gets married, any previous wills are automatically revoked. Claire said:

The proposals that the Commission has put forward are ground-breaking but necessary. People may have read about, for example, the proposal to create a new power allowing the courts to recognise unconventional wills, such as notes, emails and voicemails, which hit the headlines earlier this year.

It has also suggested adding a new mental capacity test – which determines whether or not a person writing a will understands what they are doing - taking into account the modern understanding of conditions like dementia.

Other proposals include lowering the age for making a will from 18 to 16, and a review of the rules protecting those making a will from being unduly influenced by another person.

Claire said:

With an estimated 40% of adults dying each year without a will, it’s clear that something needs to be done, and public feedback is vital if the Law Commission, and the government in turn, are to create a revised set of laws which cater for 21stcentury needs.

The Law Commission event takes place from 3.30-5pm at the Norwood Room, Southport Community Centre, Norwood Road, Southport on October 13, 2017.

To attend, please email Damien Bruneau at damien.bruneau@lawcommission.gsi.gov.uk


Formby Wetherspoon: beer festival 11-22 October

Beers from the UK as well as Australia, USA, South Africa, Sweden and Spain will be available at The Lifeboat in Formby during its beer festival.

Wetherspoon-2017The pub in Three Tuns Lane will be serving a range of beers during the festival, which runs from Wednesday, October 11 to Sunday, October 22 inclusive.

All beers will be priced at £2.39 a pint.

The line-up includes new, seasonal and speciality beers as well as those brewed exclusively for the festival.

There are beers flavoured with pink grapefruit, coffee, chocolate, tobacco and toffee.

The overseas beers are;

  • St Eriks Midnight Sun (St Eriks Brewery, Sweden),
  • Young Henrys Newtowner (Young Henrys Brewery, Australia),
  • Arcadia Autumn Wheat (Arcadia Ales, USA),
  • Cerveza Fort Oatmeal Porter (Cerveza Fort Brewery, Spain)
  • and Zululand Pale Ale (Zululand Brewery, South Africa).

The UK beers include;

  • Chocca Mocca (Cotleigh Brewery),
  • Banana Bread Beer (Charles Wells Brewery),
  • Green Hop Monster (Rudgate Brewery),
  • Dark Side of the Moon (Truman's Brewery),
  • Trojan Horse (Caledonian Brewery)
  • and Steampunk (Vale Brewery).

Customers will be able to sample any three of the real ales in special third-of-a-pint glasses for the price of a pint.

Pub manager Ashleigh-Jane Briscoe said:

We are promising our customers a superb range of beers from overseas which have been brewed especially for the festival, together with some great beers from brewers across the UK.

The festival will be the perfect way for real ale enthusiasts to enjoy a range of excellent beers over 12 days.

Tasting notes on all of the beers will be available in the pub.

 


Hospital hosts first Older People’s Day event

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is hosting its first Older People’s Day on Thursday 5th October with representatives from across the hospital and other organisations on hand to provide advice and information.

Southport Hospital entrance
Image source: Wikimedia

Physiotherapy, rheumatology and frailty are just some of the hospital services on hand throughout the day. Macmillan, Stroke Association and the Alzheimer’s Society will be available too, along with information about dementia, orthopaedics, mental health and many other conditions.

Megan Langley, Medical and Surgical Therapy Team Leader at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said:

Our Older People’s Day is a great way for the public, patients and their families to get information on a range of conditions and available services in one place. We are here to answer any questions you might have or point you in the right direction.

This is our first Older People’s Day but if people find it useful, we’re hoping to make it an annual event.

The event is being held at the Clinical Education Centre at Southport Hospital, from 9 am to 1 pm on Thursday 5th October. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.



Formby Conquest Art Group Exhibition

The Formby Conquest Art Group invite you to join them at their forthcoming Exhibition on Saturday 30 September.

Conquest Art Groups are found all over the country, they describe themselves in the following way:

We aim to help people who live with disability or long term illness by providing Conquest Art groups around the country and encouraging many more people to come and join us.  Our group members find fulfillment through joining in, whatever their level of ability and disability, and experience a sense of achievement and satisfaction from exhibiting their artwork.

Everyone is encouraged to create from their imagination, develop their own style and work at their own pace in a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere,   This is important, as a person’s disability can sometimes affect their level of creativity but many who initially doubt their abilities are surprised at the results they achieve.

Using our simple methods, newcomers can soon get that first line or image on the page.  From there they can develop their skills and try new ideas with help from the team volunteers.  For members with particular needs we can provide specialist equipment such as head pointers, scented pens for the visually impaired or specially adjusted easels.

Formby-Conquest-Art-Group

Formby Viking Festival 2017

Formby Viking Festival & Medieval Market Day, Saturday 23rd September 10-5pm
Formby Gild Hall Activity Centre and Grounds

(Admission £1 on the gate)

Viking-Festival-2a

 

Viking living history duo Jarl Herjan (Leo Kolassa)and Forni Hamingja (Tony Higginson) will be back with their Formby Viking Crew on Saturday 23rd at the Gild Hall Activity Centre, off Church Road to participate in this year’s Viking Festival and Medieval Market Day.


Following their recent Viking exploits attending festivals and events across Wales and the North West, they have encouraged other living history groups to come along and join their crew at the upcoming Formby Viking Festival and Market.

Tony Higginson commented

Having been at recent VMM events in Gwerch Castle (Abergele) and at Conwy Castle which attracted huge crowds we did get to meet lots of people and similar groups to ours that have an interest and passion for living history and want to come along to events such as our Festival.

TV Historian and coordinator of Viking and Medieval Markets (VMM) across the region, Mark Olly, has worked alongside Formby Vikings for 5 years in making the event here a success and most popular amongst the stall holders and living history groups that participate.

The Formby Viking Festival may be one of the smaller events we get involved in organising but it is the most popular one that the VMM living history group and traders love to attend as it gets better and better each year

Mark Olly said and added

It’s also the only event I keep being asked about all the time: is there going to be another one? When is it going to take place? That’s why we are already planning to come back in 2018

At this year's Festival, the event will include staunch favourites ‘Talonted Feathers- Birds of Prey’, Shoot a Knight and the authentic Long Ships. In the arena area, combat displays will be featured with several sessions for children to have a go at being a Knight. There will also be storytelling, music arts and Medieval Market Stalls featuring arts crafts and gifts for all.

There will be several exhibitions of Living History activities including Viking games involving demonstrations on how to play Hnefatafl (Viking Chess) with an opportunity to challenge the current World Tafl Champion or former English Champion. On display will also be a new game - ‘The Wall of Asgard’ which has proved to be very popular at other shows especially with prizes are on offer for anyone that can take the challenge and beat the height record and get the best score.

Formby Scouts are providing refreshments.

 


National Trust On Care of Land at Formby Point

An additional 204 hectares of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols in Formby, home to rare wildlife, is now safeguarded thanks to its formal transfer into the care of the National Trust. 

Lifeboat Rd Deeds HandoverThe official transfer documents were signed today, seeing responsibility for its guardianship pass from Sefton Council to the National Trust. As an independent conservation charity, the Trust has already been caring for 210 hectares at Formby for the past 50 years.
 
The transfer means that the land is now protected forever for the enjoyment of the people who love this special place and the benefit of the wildlife that thrives here. Amongst the dunes and pine forests live Sand Lizards, Red Squirrels, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles and Natterjack Toads.
 
Jo Hudson, General Manager for the National Trust, commented:


The land at Formby Point is absolutely exceptional, representing one of the very best mobile sand dune habitats in the entire UK. Its significance is shown by much of the land being designated as a Site of Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area for birds.  We are extremely proud to be taking on the custodianship of this additional land and we cannot think of a more wonderful way to mark the milestone of our 50 years working at Formby.

We have an excellent team of Rangers, staff and volunteers who are dedicated to continuing our current hard work across this broader area. Our aim is to continue to ensure that current and future generations can enjoy everything that makes this place so exceptional.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said:


Residents and visitors to the borough made strong representation through the consultation process for the Sefton 2030 Vision for their desire to access and enjoy all the benefits the Sefton coast has to offer.

We believe through the land transfer it will enable the National Trust to develop a richer visitor experience with our local communities and secure the future of this extraordinary coastline. 

We see this as an amazing opportunity where National Trust can improve and invest on this piece of land for the benefit of our communities, the many visitors to our borough, the local economy and the environment.
 
Working with the National Trust has been very productive and we hope to continue this relationship over the coming years in enhancing further this stretch of our amazing coastline.
 

In addition to the day-to-day management of the portfolio at Formby Point, the National Trust is also starting to look to the future and the next 50 years at Formby. Work has already commenced in talking to people about what they would like to see regarding improvements to access and visitor facilities as well as how to help the rare wildlife to thrive. The Trust will continue to work in close cooperation with neighbours, stakeholders and people who love this particular place to shape up these plans.
 
To find out more about how to get involved with plans, including the opportunity to chat with National Trust staff and volunteers about the care of the Formby Coast at Formby Library on 16 and 23 September, please visit:
 
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby/projects/get-involved---the-future-of-formby-point

 


Formby Parish Council holds Extra Ordinary Meeting

Formby Parish Councillors were summoned to attend an extra ordinary meeting at Formby library this week.

The short agenda reveals some aspects of the issue before them.

Notice of Meeting
All members of the Council are hereby summoned to attend an Extra Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council, which will be held at Formby Library, Duke Street, Formby, on Wednesday 13 September 2017, at 7.00pm.

Claire Jenkins
Clerk to Formby Parish Council

Agenda
1.0 To receive Apologies

2.0 To Receive Declarations of Interest

3.0 Pursuant to section 1(2) of the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960 it is resolved that, because of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted, the public and the press leave the meeting during consideration of whether the FPC wishes to employ legal counsel and to gain an understanding of the financial consequences and the firms involved.

4.0 To resolve whether to employ legal counsel in preparation for a potential Judicial Review

5.0 Date of Next Meeting – Tuesday 3 October 2017 to be held in the Meeting Room, Formby Library at 7pm

Members of the press and public are welcome to attend

By way of comment, in all my years of service as a Parish Councillor for both Little Altcar and Formby Parish Councils, I cannot recall this ever happening before, so I conclude, the matter is serious and potentially expensive. I note that agenda item 3 if agreed, was likely to exclude the public and press. It will be interesting to see if residents ever get to know anything about the subject matter that sparked this extra ordinary meeting and the outcome if any.

Whatever the cause it raises questions about transparency and accountability in Formby's most immediate level of local government.

Watch this space.
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