This week's stories

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Homeless for Christmas?

Posted Friday 8 December 9.30 am

Sefton Council announces help is available.

Homelsee

Image source mercyhousing.org https://goo.gl/images/h8hM2Y

If you know or are aware of anyone who is either homeless or sleeping rough this winter, help is at hand.

Vital information designed to help, advise and work with people who have found themselves without a home or sleeping rough on the streets, especially during the harsh cold winter months, is readily available via Sefton Council’s website.

You can contact the Out of Hours service on 0151 934 3555.

Source: http://mysefton.co.uk/2017/12/07/help-for-the-homeless-in-sefton-this-christmas/


 Is it going to snow in Formby?

Posted Thursday 7 December 10.00 am

Brewery Lane Page 037 S00029 Sketch 1970 The Brewery 1960c

Is snow likely this weekend? Whatever the answer to that question, here's a glimpse of an occasion when it did in Brewery Lane.

This image drawn by Muriel Sibley sometime in the 60s  is the property of Formby Civic Society, hence the copyright sign. It's one of many published on the Society's Flickr account. 

In the lower left corner of the image, there are wagon tracks in the snow and those residents who still live in Brewery Lane area will recognise the clear signs of horse manure between the wagon wheel tracks.

It reminds me of the milk wagon deliveries in my childhood and my father shovelling up the horse manure to feed his rhubarb plants!

Still doesn't answer the snow question though, but the portents look promising or threatening depending on your viewpoint.

Flickr source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/formbycivicsociety/4742839061/in/album-72157624253191683/
(Drawn in 1960) Formby Civic Society guardians and repository.


Volunteer your time this Christmas

Posted Wednesday 6 December 9.00 am

Can you give some of your time to help our local Formby Marie Curie collections team?Marie Curie Volunteer Collectors

Take part in one of our collections and raise vital funds for Marie Curie. Just a small amount of your time will make a huge difference to people living with a terminal illness and their families.

Sign Up Here: https://t.campaign.mariecurie.org.uk/webApp/mcc_supporterRegistration


It's World Soil Day

Posted Tuesday 5 December 8.30 am

Why does this matter to us here in Formby?

As a member of the #EdibleFormby project I agree utterly with Franklin D Roosevelt. The improvement the #EdibleFormby project team observed after we enriched our raised growing beds with organic compost was outstanding.
If you look carefully in the Formby Pool landscape you'll find some very serious composting beds, tucked away behind the trees.

What can you do to help?

Join the #EdibleFormby project team, make your own compost with your garden waste and thirdly support The Soil Association.

The UK countryside only has a hundred harvests left in it. We have to save our soils.

Less than one sixth of the land on Earth is suitable for growing crops. But we’ve taken our soil for granted, and now one third of the world’s arable soils are degraded—and 75% of that is severely degraded.

It can take a thousand years for just one centimetre of topsoil to form, and right now we’re losing the equivalent of 30 football pitches of fertile soil every minute.

The Soil Association has outlined seven ways to protect and support our soils:

  • Recycle plant and animal matter for natural fertilisers
  • Improve soil health monitoring nationwide
  • Encourage soil organisms
  • Protect soils from damage with continuous vegetation cover
  • Plant and retain trees on vulnerable and marginal land
  • Reduce soil compaction from livestock and machinery
  • Introduce crop rotations designed to improve soil health

 



Formby Rotary Club Carol Wagon

Posted Monday 4 December 8.00 am

The Father Christmas Carol wagon tour of Formby has started, a sure sign of the approach of Christmas. There'll be many in Formby, young and old alike, looking forward to this annual treat. I too have very fond memories of the sight and sounds of the wagon and the accompanying helpers slowly progressing around the estate where we lived.  Happy days.

Details of the dates and routes are to be found at the Formby Rotary Club site: Father Christmas and his Carol Wagon.

 

Soil


This week in and around Formby

Updated every day, scroll down for earlier stories.

Get your skates on

Posted Friday 1 December 9.30 am 

Enjoy an opportunity to skate, get fit and start to celebrate the run-up to Christmas

Make sure to visit the Formby Fair

 Posted Friday 1 December  9.30 am 

Posted Thursday 30 November 9.30 am

Winter is finally upon us.

Posted 29 November 9.30 am

Formby and Shale Gas

Formby lies within the boundaries of the Government approved Shale Gas exploration zone. Some licences have already been approved and some local hydro phonic surveys carried out.

This is despite the overwhelming lack of support from the public.

Public-Attitudes-to-energy-sources

This from the latest House of Commons Library article about public attitudes.

The Energy and Climate Change Public Attitudes Survey was designed by the government’s British Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) department, was circulated to 2,105 people via a random location quota sampling method and conducted through face-to-face at home interviews.

Statistics show that the public’s favoured alternative energy source is renewables. Renewable energy includes energy from a source that is not depleted when used and is naturally replenished.

https://secondreading.uk/science/public-attitudes-towards-alternative-energy/

 

 Posted Tuesday 28 November 10.00 am 

Make the partnership work.

image from www.formby.todaySefton Council and The National Trust have concluded the land transfer at Formby Point. Over the next 2/3 three years changes will occur. This is the opportunity for a partnership between residents and the Trust together, to plan, to map out and to effect those changes.

Here's part of what the National Trust are saying

The National Trust is starting to develop future plans for how we can care for this special coastline in the coming decades. These plans will affect you and the future generations who come to enjoy this special place.

We aspire to improve access, conservation and facilities along this dynamic and ever changing coastline, loved by many and home to rare wildlife.

We want to involve the many people who love this special place in shaping these plans.

If you’d like to comment on anything, please email talkingformby@nationaltrust.org.uk

(For more read yesterday's blog post http://bit.ly/2Achfsb )

 Posted Monday 27 November 8.00 am 

Lancashire Day Proclamation

When Sefton Borough was brought into being in 1974, Formby was 'moved' from Lancashire into Merseyside, which was a newly inaugurated Metropolitan County Council. Until then, Formby, in common with Liverpool was Lancastrian.

Even today there are many who have never accepted that change, where do your local loyalties lie?

Lancashire-Red-RoseOn this day in 1295 the first elected representatives from Lancashire were called to Westminster by King Edward I to attend what later became known as "The Model Parliament".

The Lancashire Day proclamation is read out by town criers throughout the county on 27th November:

To the people of the city and county palatine of Lancaster

Greetings!

Know ye that this day, November 27th in the year of our Lord Two Thousand and Fourteen, the 63rd year of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Duke of Lancaster, is

Lancashire Day

Know ye also, and rejoice, that by virtue of Her Majesty's County Palatine of Lancaster, the citizens of the Hundreds of Lonsdale, North and South of the Sands, Amounderness, Leyland, Blackburn, Salford and West Derby are forever entitled to style themselves Lancastrians.

Throughout the County Palatine, from the Furness Fells to the River Mersey, from the Irish Sea to the Pennines, this day shall ever mark the peoples' pleasure in that excellent distinction - true Lancastrians, proud of the Red Rose and loyal to our Sovereign Duke.

GOD BLESS LANCASHIRE
AND GOD SAVE THE QUEEN,
DUKE OF LANCASTER.

 Posted Monday 27 November 9.00 am 

Southport Hospital showing signs of strain as winter approaches?