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Enjoy a January sale at The Lifeboat

Pub-goers can enjoy a January Sale at The Lifeboat in Formby.

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Manager Ashleigh-Jane Briscoe is reducing the price of a selection of drinks at the Wetherspoon pub in Three Tuns Lane from Tuesday January 2 until Wednesday January 17 inclusive.

The range of drinks featured in the sale are;

  • a real ale (Sharp's Doom Bar),
  • a craft beer (Shipyard),
  • one lager (Coors Light),
  • two ciders (Strongbow Dark Fruit and Magners),
  • a selection of wines including three from Coldwater Creek (red, white and rose),
  • three spirits; Gordon's gin, Smirnoff vodka, Bacardi rum (inclusive of a mixer),
  • four soft drinks; Sanpellegrino (blood orange and also lemon), Old Jamaica
    Ginger Beer (regular and diet version), Guinness,
  • as well as a Lavazza coffee (including refills).

The sale prices include

  • a pint of Shipyard at £2.29,
  • a pint of Coors Light at £2.49,
  • a glass of Coldwater Creek wine (175ml glass) at £2.60,
  • a pint of Guinness at £2.99,
  • a pint of Magners at £2.39,
  • Gordon's gin (single measure with mixer) at £2.90,
  • Sanpellegrino at 89p
  • and a Lavazza coffee at 99p.

Ashleigh-Jane said :

"Department stores and shops hold their sales in January, so it is the perfect time to have a sale in the pub too.
The range of drinks on sale in the pub is aimed at suiting a wide variety of tastes.
I believe that the January Sale will prove popular with our customers.
As always, staff at the pub will serve customers responsibly."

Wetherspoon will also be reducing the price of rooms at their hotels during the sale period with all rooms priced from £49 per night from January 2 to January 17 inclusive.


Examine your options and think twice before using A&E

NHS 111People are being urged to think twice before using A&E and keep it free for the seriously ill and injured.

Winter is the busiest time of year for NHS hospitals across the country, particularly for accident and emergency departments. Often these patients have multiple health problems, longer stays in hospital and needs substantial support at home to be safely discharged.

“The seriously ill and injured are our priority but we continue seeing patients with minor illnesses and injuries that could be dealt with elsewhere,”

said Chief Operating Officer Therese Patten.

“Cuts, bruises, sprains, coughs and colds are not normally emergencies. They can usually be treated at home with help from a pharmacist, by a GP or in a NHS walk-in centre.
“A&E is for people with medical emergencies, such as heart attacks, strokes, and serious illnesses and injuries.  Patients with conditions like these will always come first, which means less serious cases may wait longer.”

Therese added: 

“We’re fortunate to have a brilliant, dedicated team here at Southport and Ormskirk. That’s why I’m asking: examine your options and keep A&E free for the seriously ill and injured. It could be you or your family who need our team’s help in an emergency one day.”


Pharmacists: They're experts in medicines and use their expertise to advise on common problems, such as coughs, colds, aches and pains, as well as healthy eating and stopping smoking. They can also help you decide whether you need to see a health professional.

Family doctor: A GP or a GP out of hours service will help with injuries or illnesses that won’t go away.

NHS walk-in centres: For people needing urgent help with minor illnesses or injuries no appointment is necessary at a walk-in centre. West Lancashire Health Centre at Ormskirk hospital is open from 8 am to 7.30pm all year round. Skelmersdale NHS Walk-in Centre at The Concourse is open from 8 am to 7.30pm weekdays and from 9 am to 5 pm on weekends.

By phone: NHS 111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It’s fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak with a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you.

Online: Visit NHS Choices or, for NHS services across Sefton, West Lancashire and Liverpool, go to the Examine Your Options website.


Season's Greetings

Posted Saturday 23 December 9.30 am

I doubt I will add any new posts to my blog this side of New Year.

Village cribSeason's Greetings to all of you who regularly read the blog, my thanks to you for your support.

I will still be tweeting over the holiday period on @formbyvillage

Finally, this is the most appropriate image on which to end the year and start the festive break and remind us all of the real story behind the celebration.

Festive Decorations

Posted Friday 22 December 7.00 pm

I've added this as much for the image as the story associated with the Holly.


Shoppers in Southport and Formby help provide sight for Africa

SPECSAVERS in Southport and Formby have thanked customers for donating more than 18,000 of their old, unused glasses this year, as part of a charity campaign to help people in Africa to see more clearly.

GlassesThe Southport store had 14,000 donations during 2017, while Formby was able to donate over 4,000 pairs to the charity.

Founded in 1985, Vision Aid Overseas has been helping some of the poorest people in the world to see properly for more than 30 years. The charity’s mission is to enable people living in poverty to access affordable glasses and eye care.

All the collected glasses are recycled and the money made is used to help provide optical services in developing countries.

Working with Vision Aid Overseas, staff and customers at Specsavers Formby and Specsavers Southport have shown their generosity by bringing a record-number of old glasses to the store for donation over the past year.

Southport store director, Victoria Dunn, says:

‘The campaign this year has been a massive success thanks to our very kind and generous customers bringing in their old glasses. Every single one will make a difference.

‘In a country where opticians’ services are readily available, such as the UK, it is easy to take our vision for granted. In poorer parts of the world where people don’t have access to eye care services, these donations and Vision Aid Overseas can make a significant impact on people’s lives.’

VAO has been Specsavers international eyecare charity since 2008. The group has raised over £600,000 for Zambian eye care including an optometry technologists training course at the Chainama College of Health Sciences in Lusaka, 10 staffed vision centres across Zambia and a national eye care outreach programme.

To make an appointment with Specsavers Southport call 01704 501944 or visit or to book an appointment with the Formby team call 01704 832311 or visit