Formby pub wins acclaim for the quality and standards of its toilets

A Formby pub has won acclaim for the quality and standards of its toilets ˗ in the Loo of the Year Awards 2017.

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The Lifeboat in Three Tuns Lane has been awarded a platinum star rating by inspectors ˗ the highest award possible.

The awards, celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, are aimed at highlighting and improving standards of 'away from home' toilet provision across the UK.

Loo of the Year Awards inspectors makes unannounced visits to thousands of toilets at sites across the UK, in order to judge them.

All of the toilets are graded from bronze to platinum with unacceptable toilets not graded at all.

The platinum rating is given only to outlets which offer "exceptional toilets."

The toilets are judged against numerous criteria, including décor and maintenance, cleanliness, accessibility, hand washing and drying equipment and overall management.

The Lifeboat, a Wetherspoon pub, is managed by Ashleigh-Jane Briscoe.

Ashleigh-Jane said:

“We are delighted with the award. Staff at the pub ensure the toilets are in first-class condition at all times and it is great that this has been recognised by the inspectors.”

The Loo of the Year Awards 2017 managing director, Mike Bone, said:

“The toilets at The Lifeboat have been designed and fitted out to a very high standard and are both clean and well maintained.

“The pub richly deserves its platinum award – the highest individual award the judges can deliver.”

 


Parking Restrictions proposed for Formby Village

On 10 November Cllr John Fairclough, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member - Locality Services will be asked to give approval for the introduction of Traffic Regulation Orders at various locations in Formby Village.

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He will consider two reports, an extract from one of these is shown below.

Following objections to the introduction of car parking charges on Sumner Road car park, it was agreed with Ward Members and Parish Councillors, that officers would carry out a comprehensive parking survey prior to the introduction of the parking charges. This was done in September 2015.

A second survey was carried out in April 2017, once parking patterns had settled down, in order to establish whether there had been any displacement of parking following the car park charges. In both surveys, special attention was also given to several areas where complaints had already been received, regarding obstructive and dangerous parking.

The purpose of this report is to highlight whether any parking has been displaced, following the introduction of the charges, and to evaluate whether any roads within the study area required additional waiting restrictions.

Results of Surveys

In both surveys, parking surveys were carried out on a Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Any vehicle parked within the study area was noted...... In addition to the location of the parked vehicles, an assessment was made at the time by the surveyor, as to whether the positioning of the vehicles resulted in any obstruction/congestion.

In addition to identifying the location of any on-street parking, the surveyors also quantified the number of vehicles in each of the three car parks.......

As ..... usage of the Sumner Road car park has remained almost at capacity, despite the charges being introduced, and none of the parking has been displaced into surrounding roads.
A number of locations which were initially raised as concerns, still remain a concern and require various waiting restrictions in order to remove the congestion and improve safety.

Proposal

It is proposed, therefore, to introduce a number of waiting restrictions on:-
 Halsall Lane
 Gores Lane
 Lonsdale Road
 Rosemary Lane
 Freshfield Road
 Duke Street

Source  http://modgov.sefton.gov.uk/moderngov/documents/s78803/Appendix%20-%20Briefing%20report%20-Formby%20Village%20-%20proposed%20waiting%20restrictions.pdf

For all the details use the following link: http://modgov.sefton.gov.uk/moderngov/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=51110&Opt=0


Weather Warning: Watch Out For Brian

The Met Office has already issued warnings of very strong winds this weekend.

Sefton Council issued this warning on their Twitter stream on Friday at lunchtime.

Our local Police have also added their advice.

One of the effects of this weather warning is that @TheSeftonCoast have issued this cancellation note.

Take heed of the warnings, batten down your hatches and be safe this weekend.

 


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.

 


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)

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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.