My most recent Parish Council activity was to attend a meeting of the Finance committee last Tuesday. As usual the meeting was held in St. Peter's Bier Hall. This recently refurbished building is situated in the grounds of St. Peter's Church, Freshfield.
It will hold about a dozen people comfortably and we have used it every month for at least two years, the other Parish Council committees also use it. The public can attend these meetings but so far as I'm aware no one has yet taken up the opportunity.
Last week I attended a meeting of RuralNet|UK, this organisation is a rural regeneration charity which promotes a living and working countryside and finds new and effective ways to help rural communities improve and strengthen their local economies. It supports agencies working on the ground to alleviate disadvantage, to enable social inclusion and social enterprise. I am a member of the Liverpool Diocese Rural Issues Forum, and was asked to attend as their representative. I was very interested in the contribution made by William Perrin who, with the support of 4IP, has begun a 'talkaboutlocal' project which is to be extended across the country. The project will focus on the development and use of 'blogs' like this and the companion web site to this, 'www.formbyfirst.info'.
Finally, tomorrow I am taking Gill Fell, Chair of the Formby Village Partnership and Dr. Reg Yorke of the Formby Civic Trust to Frodsham. we will be looking at the extensive 'Heritage' scheme in Frodsham, which I would like to replicate here in Formby, but obviously to celebrate our local 'heritage' sites and buildings. We are also taking the opportunity to visit the offices of Frodsham Forward, a locally based Development Trust run by a variety of volunteers, but which drew down a £1.6m grant frm the NWDA when it was formed. It was these funds which helped with the development of the 'Frodsham Heritage' scheme.