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Homeless for Christmas?
Posted Friday 8 December 9.30 am
Sefton Council announces help is available.
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.
Is it going to snow in Formby?
Posted Thursday 7 December 10.00 am
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
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.
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.