7.30pm 18 November Our Lady of Compassion Church Formby
Haydn - Nelson Mass Zelenka - Missa Beat Purificationes
An exciting concert - one huge favourite, and one completely unknown!
The Nelson Mass is generally considered to Haydn's greatest choral composition. We will be performing it in the original scoring of trumpets, timpani, organ and strings. Although Haydn subsequently added other wind parts to it, under pressure from a publisher, this scoring is beautiful and exciting.
The Zelenka work has only been performed once before in the UK, and we had to purchase the right to use the scores produced for the Czech choir who have made the only recording. It is a fabulous work! (Source: http://formbychoralsociety.org/page38/)
Thursday 16 November 12.o5pm
Not Long Now
Formby Christmas lights depend each year on a great deal of sponsorship and support from many of the local businesses. And the volunteers who contribute their time and enthusiasm into planning the event.
The switch-on is Saturday 26 November at 5.00pm it deserves your support.
Wednesday 15 November 9.30 am
As a follow-up to yesterday's World Diabetes Day 2017 I thought you might like to know about this idea.
NHS Southport and Formby CCG is celebrating Self Care week
The CCG is publishing a series of video stories focusing on the ways people can look after their health, as well as some of the schemes and services to help them to do this, by giving them new skills and information about taking better care of their physical and mental wellbeing.
Monday 10.00 am 13 November
Are you addicted to the internet?
Edge Hill University student is investigating Internet Addiction.
The research is being conducted by Georgia Riley, from the Department of Psychology (Her contact details are available on the survey site)
"The research project aims to investigate the relationship between self-esteem, personality and internet addiction. The topic of internet addiction is relatively new and is a growing concern; therefore, it is important to identify the factors associated with excessive internet use. In doing so, this project aims to fill a gap in current research."
A Two-minute Silence takes place at 11.00 am today.
There will be a short Service at the Formby Village War Memorial to remember the fallen of the two world wars and present-day conflicts around the world.
This is one of the more poignant images reminding us in Formby of the fearful consequences of war. War is often described rightly as the failure of politics - who can forget those wise words 'Jaw Jaw is preferable to War War'.
Graves of Polish Airmen who perished while serving at RAF Woodvale during WW2
Here are the graves of Polish airmen who lost their lives in common with many others from overseas, fighting with us from within this country
"When you go home tell them of us, and say for your tomorrow, we gave our today"
Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918. The date was declared a national holiday in many allied nations and coincides with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day, public holidays.
Both Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday are commemorated formally. In recent years Armistice Day has become increasingly recognised, and many people now attend the 11:00 a.m. ceremony at the Cenotaph in London – an event organised by Royal British Legion, a British charity dedicated to perpetuating the memory of those who served in the First World War and veterans of all subsequent wars involving British and Commonwealth troops. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armistice_Day)
Friday 9 November 9.25 am
Formby War Memorial
The War Memorial in Three Tuns Lane in the centre of Formby village is a Celtic cross on a square plinth and three stepped bases. The memorial contains the names of those who died in the First World War (1914-1918), the Second World War (1939-1945) and Afghanistan (2001-2014) Behind it facing outwards towards the village is a low concave wall.
The cross is inscribed with the names of all 120 who died in the First World War. The cross is also inscribed with the following words.
TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THOSE WHO GAVE UP THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918
ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION UNVEILED BY LIEUT COLONEL JOHN FORMBY DL JP OBE SUNDAY - NOVEMBER 12TH 1922 Wall: 1939 - 1945
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN/ AND IN THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
The wall is inscribed with 69 names who died in World War II.
On the left of the wall, an individual section is inscribed with the name of a serviceman who lost his life in Afghanistan.
S.Swarbrick, 2nd Sept. 06
Flight Lieutenant Steven Swarbrick 120 Squadron Royal Air Force. One of 14 British servicemen killed when a Royal Air Force Nimrod MR2 reconnaissance aircraft accidentally crashed about 12 miles (20 kilometres) west of Kandahar, Afghanistan, on September 2, 2006
On Saturday 11th November Village life will pause for a few minutes to commemorate Armistice Day led by Formby British Legion members.
9 November 9.00 am
The Chindits in Formby
There is a rather nondescript electricity transformer building at the junction a footpath from Proctor Road to Gorse Way, on the Harington Road estate.
Behind a secure iron gate, a small plaque is attached to a wall, largely unnoticed by passers-by it commemorates a so-called unforgotten army. The Chindits who as the 13th Kings Regiment prepared for war in Burma.
I first wrote about this forgotten and largely ignored war memorial in 2009.
"I was photographing the plaque a little while ago, some local residents asked me if I was responsible for it, they went on to tell me that up until about two years ago (2007), an elderly gentleman would lay a wreath on VJ Day. They wondered who he was and what had happened to him because the wreath laying had stopped. I promised I would follow it up, so rather belatedly I told the Formby RBL about it".
The Plaque is shown below:
"13th KINGS REGT WERE STATIONED HERE, BEFORE MOVING TO INDIA IN 1942. THEY MARCHED INTO BURMA IN 1943, WITH BURMESE, GURKHA AND BRITISH UNITS SUPPORTED BY R.A.F. 1st KINGS REGT WERE FLOWN INTO BURMA IN 1944 WITH INDIAN, NIGERIAN, GURKHA & BRITI5H UNITS SUPPORTED BY RAF & USAAF THE CHINDITS MAYANMAR (BURMA) THE BOLDEST MEASURES ARE THE BEST"
According to my research:
"The Chindits, known officially as the Long Range Penetration Groups, were special operations units of the British and Indian armies, which saw action in 1943–1944, during the Burma Campaign of World War II. The creation of British Army Brigadier Orde Charles Wingate, the Chindits were formed for raiding operations against the Imperial Japanese Army, especially long-range penetration: attacking Japanese troops, facilities and lines of communication, deep behind Japanese lines." (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chindits)
I'm always amazed when so little is made of this important part of our local history around the time when we commemorate all those who served in the Armed Services in defence of our nation.
In the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write a now-famous poem called 'In Flanders Fields'. After the First World War, the poppy was adopted as a symbol of Remembrance.
In Flanders fields, the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.