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A series of talks to help mark the centenary of the end of World War One, remembering the contributions of people from all areas of the small rural community that was Formby at that time.

We will think about the effects on everyday life and on the families who saw loved ones leave home to fight on land and sea or join services at home and abroad in nursing or other forms of support – and we will turn our thoughts to those who had to stay at home to work and carry on life as best they could whilst praying for the safe return of those loved ones.

This was a small community in wartime. Many troops were sent to Formby for training and spent time here in billets and camps. There was a strong local link with the King’s (Liverpool) Regiment, and we will look at that. We will remember how lives changed, the impact of new laws and regulations and the need to preserve food and drink supplies through rationing.

Talks are free to all and most need no previous reservation.


Thursday  8th   November7.30 p.m

Ravenmeols Community Centre, Park Lane, Formby

“Formby Folk in WWI” Tony Pawson and John Phillips

Tuesday 13th November at 2 p.m.

Formby Library – prior reservation required  

“Formby Folk in WWI” Tony Pawson and John Phillips

Tuesday 13th November at 7.30 p.m.                                                                      

Formby Methodist Church, Elbow Lane, Formby

“From Docks and Sand: the King’s Liverpool Regiment in WWI” – Adrian Gregson

Wednesday 14th November at 7.30 p.m.

Formby Methodist Church, Elbow Lane, Formby

“World War I – Some Personal Reflections in Words and Music” - Alastair Gillies


There will be a Book Launch for the Formby Civic Society publication,

“A Community in Wartime: Formby 1914-18”

at Woodwards on Chapel Lane – 6.00 p.m. Monday 12th November

Also, please look out for a forthcoming talk by Alban O’Brien on

“Sassoon: the Poet, the Medal Ribbon and Freshfield”


Freshfield Level Crossing MP Questions Government Minister

Bill Esterson MP has questioned the Minister for Transport about steps taken to improve the safety of the level crossing at Fishermans Path.

Here is the question and the answer as posted on the They Work For You website (Source:

Freshfield level crossing safety question

"What assessment he has made of the need for safety improvements at the Fisherman's Path rail crossing in Formby?"


"Level Crossing safety is a matter for Network Rail, as the primary duty-holder for Britain’s railway infrastructure.

Network Rail have assessed Fisherman’s Path rail crossing in Formby and have implemented a number of safety improvements in the last year, including......."


Macmillan event to focus on wellbeing

People affected by cancer are invited to find out more about the range of support available to them on Thursday 1 November.

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Southport Macmillan team (l-r) Graeme Allan, Bev Hope, Tanya Mulvey, Helen Vernon, Jill Blennarhasset and Julia Fahey

The regular event in Southport takes a slightly different focus this time with the emphasis being on wellbeing and feeling better about yourself despite everything that you are going through.

The Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, a joint partnership set up by Macmillan and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is holding a Health and Wellbeing event in partnership with Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, at the Royal Clifton Hotel in Southport from 2 pm – 4.30pm.

Cancer can cause changes to people’s appearance that can be hard to cope with affecting how they see themselves and how they feel about their body. The centre has asked some of its service users to demonstrate some examples of how people can dress to feel more confident about how they look.

For this event only, they have also invited companies that sell organic cosmetics and wigs to give people an idea of the products that are available. To make the afternoon even more enjoyable there will be a caricaturist and a table magician.

On the day, as always, there will be lots of information stalls for people to visit and you will have the chance to speak with cancer nurse specialists, support groups and other key organisations. Volunteers from Sefton OPERA have also been welcomed back to offer complementary therapies.

Tanya Mulvey, Macmillan Community Navigator Manager at Southport and Formby Macmillan Information & Support Centre said:

“Following feedback from previous events we wanted to try something a little bit different this time.

“From our experience of some of the things we do at the centre like our Boots No7 Pamper sessions, yoga and support groups, people appreciate finding ways to feel good about themselves even when they are going through difficult times. We wanted to try and translate this into a Health & Wellbeing Event that appeals to all ages.”

Sarah McGrath, planned care lead at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:

“This regular event aims to help people affected by cancer as well as their friends and families. We think it’s important to show them the different types of support on hand. This time is slightly different with the focus on wellbeing and appearance to boost confidence and I do hope that it helps those who need that help and support.”

The first 100 people to register before the event will get a goody bag on the day containing some lovely products donated to the centre around the theme of wellbeing.

Anyone affected by cancer, either recently or in the past, as well as family and friends supporting others, are welcome to book onto this free event. It is free of charge and refreshments are provided, but booking is essential. To book onto the next event please call 01704 533024 or email:

For more information about the work of the Macmillan Information and Support Centre on Stanley Street in Southport, please see the website:


Sefton Council: Formby Chapel Lane Trees update

Sefton Council has published the following statement about the future of the Chapel Lane trees.

Chapel Lane Trees Decision

Formby Chapel Lane Trees update

Sefton Council has agreed to let Formby Parish Council carry out pruning works on two dangerous trees set to be removed in Formby.

Last month Sefton Council wrote to the Parish Council asking for them to agree to a number of conditions that could halt the removal works taking place.

Most of these conditions have now been met regarding the two horse chestnut trees situated outside Cassidy’s and Boots in the village.

Despite an independent report carried out for the Parish Council highlighting how both trees are diseased with bleeding canker and the usual way of dealing with this is by felling the trees, the trees will remain for the time being.

At their own cost, the Parish Council is now planning pruning works in the hope of saving the two trees. Sefton Council will continue to monitor the situation of the two trees as the Council has an ongoing duty as a Highway Authority to ensure that the highway is safe.

Sefton Council had scheduled to remove the two diseased horse chestnuts due to the significant health and safety risk these dying trees pose and before they become structurally unstable.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said:

“While we strongly believe both trees pose too much of a risk giving the impending winter weather, we earmarked them to be removed for the safety of our communities.

“However, after ongoing discussions with Formby Parish Council, they have agreed to a number of conditions where they will carry out maintenance work to mitigate the immediate risk and try and save the trees.

“Our priority is and always will be the safety of residents and visitors to Formby and we will continue to monitor this situation.”