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The Easter Vigil

This  Saturday local  Formby residents , who are Christians celebrate the Easter Vigil.

PaschelcandleAlso called the Paschal Vigil or the Great Vigil of Easter, it's a service held in traditional Christian churches as the first official celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus. Historically, it is during this service that people are baptised and that adult catechumens are received into full communion with the Church. It is held in the hours of darkness between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Day — most commonly in the evening of Holy Saturday or midnight — and is the first celebration of Easter, days traditionally being considered to begin at sunset.
(Source: Accessed 29 March 2013)

Enjoy the remainder of the Easter Celebrations and Monday's Bank Holiday.


Good Friday in Formby

Today is Good Friday.

Good Friday is a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover
(Source: Accessed on 27 March 2013)

Here in Formby local residents will mark the event with 'The Good Friday Walk of Witness'. It starts at 11.00am from the War Memorial and finishes at The Pool Gardens. There will be a presentation through words, music and costume that will recreate the events of Jesus' last hours. From his trial before Pontius Pilate to his death on the cross.

The speaker will be Canon John Roberts from Liverpool Cathedral.


Maundy Thursday

MaundyPurses2It's Maundy Thursday today, it's also known as Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, Sheer Thursday and Thursday of Mysteries. It's the Christian feast, or holy day, falling on the Thursday before Easter.

It commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Canonical gospels. It's the fifth day of Holy Week, and is preceded by Spy Wednesday and followed by Good Friday.

The Maundy Thursday celebrations in the United Kingdom (also called Royal Maundy) today involve the Monarch,  Queen Elizabeth II since 1952,  offering "alms" to deserving senior citizens, one man and one woman for each year of the sovereign's age. These coins, known as Maundy money or Royal Maundy, are distributed in red and white purses.

(Source: Accessed 27 March 2013)

Local Residents Concerned About Parking Restrictions Impact

A local resident in Formby is urging neighbours to make their views known about some planned parking restrictions in the region of Gorse Way. These have been aproved but residents have until 3rd April to make their views known. In this case the original intentions behind the restrictions may have some unforeseen outcomes.

There is an interesting situation now developing around the Dunes Drive Squirrel Green area after Formby Area Committee on the 10 January 2013 recommended that between April 1 to October 31, Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holidays only, parking will be prohibited 24 hours a day on both sides and full length of Argarmeols Road, Birch Green, Dunes Drive, Gorse Way, Larkhill Lane (East side only), Proctor Road, Squirrel Green.

Local residents had mostly voted in favour of these restrictions in response to the problems occurring a few days in summer by people visiting the nature reserve and parking on the roads outside their residences.

Some residents are now realising that with their driveways having no spare space, any visitors, be they friends or family, visiting at the weekends will have to find alternative roads to park on. With the restrictions covering so many local roads it would seem the roads around the Pinewoods Pub will be their nearest.

This is a distance of 1/3 of a mile for some and of course the restriction applies from April to October and also not just 9am to 5pm. Residents permits are not available.

Two Estate Agents have advised that houses with limited parking could find it more difficult to sell their property and this would usually need to be reflected in the value.
Quite an interesting scenario to have a weekend viewing of your house with the estate agent and prospective buyer having to park up near the Pinewoods Pub and walk for a 1/3 of a mile.

Displacement is another issue. Just which roads are all these cars going to move to and are they going to want the same parking restrictions?.

These Regulations were advertised in the Champion on 13 March 2013 and objections have to be made by 3 April 2013.

Tony Bonney
23 March 2013

Palm Sunday

PalmSundayaIn ancient times, palm branches symbolized goodness and victory. They were often depicted on coins and important buildings. Solomon had palm branches carved into the walls and doors of the temple (1 Kings 6:29). Again at the end of the Bible, people from every nation raise palm branches to honor Jesus (Revelation 7:9).

Palm Sunday commemorates the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-9), when palm branches were placed in his path, before his arrest on Holy Thursday and his crucifixion on Good Friday. It thus marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent.

In the Roman Catholic Church, as well as among many Anglican and Lutheran congregations, palm fronds (or in colder climates some kind of substitutes) are blessed with an aspergillum outside the church building (or in cold climates in the narthex when Easter falls early in the year). A solemn procession also takes place. It may include the normal liturgical procession of clergy and acolytes, the parish choir, or the entire congregation.

(source: accessed 23 March 2013)