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Shoebox Express Grand Bazaar

This year's Shoebox Express Grand Bazaar will be hosted by Formby Methodist Church on Saturday 13th October 2018 between 10 am and 4 pm.

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Shoebox Express is an independent charity dedicated to making it fun, easy and inexpensive to participate in schemes to make Christmas shoeboxes for needy children in Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

Suitable for all the major Christmas shoebox schemes run in our community, we will have.:

  • FREE tea/coffee/cordials, biscuits and bacon baps served ALL DAY
  • Ready-filled Christmas shoeboxes for you to take away at £5 each
  • Christmas-paper wrapped empty shoeboxes and an amazing selection of school stationery, toiletries, toys, games, hats and sweets at rock-bottom prices to suit every budget.

We hope you will join us for what is a heart-warming experience. If you have children or grandchildren, please bring them along. After all, what could be better than seeing our children get involved in the giving as well as the receiving this Christmas?

More details are available on our website and if you have any questions please email us at

Thank You!


13 Oct 2018 at 10:00am until 13 Oct 2018 at 4:00pm


@ Formby Methodist Church
Elbow Lane
L37 4AF

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Formby beach event to mark Armistice Day

Film-maker Danny Boyle invites you to join with him in marking 100 years since Armistice and the end of the First World War.

On 11 November 2018, communities will gather on beaches across the UK to say goodbye and thank you, to the millions of men and women who left their shores during the war, many never to return.

On selected beaches around the UK, over the course of several hours, a portrait of an individual from the First World War will emerge from the sand. And then, as the tide rises, be washed away as we take a moment to say a collective goodbye.

Poet Carol Ann Duffy has written a poem, especially for the event, to be read by individuals, families and communities on the day. The poem will be available from this website and in the press. You can also get involved in creating artwork in the sand using stencils of portraits at the beaches.



  Armistice Day 100 years on

People in Sefton now have access to primary care services 7 days a week

New services have launched this week to offer a range of routine, pre-bookable, appointments with GPs, practice nurses and medical specialists outside of your surgery's normal hours.

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L to R - Dr Abdul Zubairu, Dr Lindsay McCelland, Ms Nicole Marshall, Mrs Jane Ayres and Mr Paul Ashby, directors of Southport and Formby Health

These new services will increase Sefton residents’ options for booking a non-urgent GP appointment on weekday evenings as well as on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

In addition, people will be able to book appointments with a range of other health care professionals working as part of these teams.

Fiona Taylor, chief officer of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:

"We know that access to appointments can be an issue for some patients, particularly those who have weekday commitments during regular practice opening hours.

“Now, thanks to these two new services, we can improve access to general practice by offering more flexibility and a wider choice of appointment times into the evening and at weekends.

“This isn't just about getting to see a GP when you need to, it's about seeing the right health professional, providing the right care, in the right place at and the right time.”

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have appointed the borough's two GP federations to provide the extended access services.

The two GP federations, Southport and Formby Health and South Sefton Primary Health Care are run by doctors and invite all practices in their local areas to be members. In Southport, the federation already runs a very successful community cardiology service.

Dr Gustavo Berni from South Sefton Primary Health Care and local GP said:

"Being able to book an appointment is something we know can be hard for people to do, especially for those in work when surgeries are open.

"Now, people can book an evening or weekend appointment with the new service through their regular GP practice."

Dr Abdul Zubairu, medical director at Southport and Formby Health Ltd, said:

"We've been doing a lot of work behind the scenes to get ready for these new services.

"Although you may not see your usual GP, be assured the clinician you see will have access to your health records with your consent, so will know all about you and the best way to treat you."

The Southport and Formby service will operate out of the same building as the existing Family Surgery GP Practice at 107 Liverpool Road in Southport.

Litherland Town Hall Health Centre on Hatton Hill Road will be the base in south Sefton.

When and where will appointments be available?

Southport and Formby: Mon to Fri, 5 pm – 8 pm and Sat & Sun, 9 – 12 pm at 107 Liverpool Rd, Birkdale, PR8 4DB

South Sefton: Mon to Fri, 5 pm – 8 pm and Sat & Sun, 10 am – 1 pm at Litherland Town Hall, Hatton Hill Rd, L21 9JL

How will patients access these services?

All patients registered with a Sefton GP will be able to book appointments with their local extended access service via their practice.

Anyone contacting NHS 111 who may be appropriately seen by the extended GP access service will also be offered an appointment by the call handler.

Are there things the new services won’t offer?

These are not ‘list based’ services, so patients cannot register with them as with a regular GP practice. It is therefore not intended to offer all services that you would expect from a traditional GP practice.

While the services will prescribe any medicines that patients’ need as a result of their appointment, they will not be able to issue repeat prescriptions. This remains the responsibility of the GP practice the patient is registered with.


Formby Parish Council Meeting Agenda October 2018

Notice of Meeting

All members of the Council are hereby summoned to attend the next Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council, which will be held at Formby Library, Duke Street, Formby, on Tuesday 2 October 2018, at 7.00pm.

Claire Jenkins

Clerk to Formby Parish Council

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Agenda 1.0 To receive Apologies

2.0 To Receive Declarations of Interest                                           

3.0 Public Forum (the meeting will be adjourned for this item)

4.0 Previous Minutes

4.1 To consider and approve the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on 4 September 2018.

5.0 Matters of Report from Previous Meeting – for information only                                                            

6.0 Planning Applications – Sefton’s weekly list email, also available on Sefton Council’s website.

6.1 To note the current position on Formby Development Sites in Sefton’s Local Plan.

7.0 To discuss and resolve the following:

7.1 To discuss the report commissioned by the Parish Council regarding the Chapel Lane trees and compare with the statement by Sefton’s contractor who was commissioned to prune the trees. And to determine the next steps:

7.1.1 To authorise the recommended works on the 2 trees outside Boots and Cassidy’s to be undertaken as per the report following the climbing inspection.

7.1.2 To authorise for a statement of indemnity by the independent Arboriculturalist to indemnify Sefton for any costs or claims should any part of the tree outside Boots and the tree outside Cassidy’s cause damage to either person or property during the forthcoming winter period.

7.1.3 To agree to on-going maintenance costs associated with the trees outside Boots and Cassidy’s shops.

7.2 To discuss undertaking a petition for a Community Governance Review regarding the proposed merger with Little Altcar.

7.3 To discuss the Rights of Way Creative (Dedication) Agreements and to decide whether to ask SMBC to endorse the 2017 Application for the Modification to the Definitive Map

7.4 To approve the renewal for the office lease for a 3-year term at £3,500 per annum

7.5 To nominate a representative to the Formby business and community partnership

8.0 To authorise Payments (enclosed)

9.0 Chairman’s Report     

10.0 To receive the following reports – enclosed for information only

        Clerk’s report

        General Projects Group minutes

        Environment Group minutes

        Finance Group minutes

11.0 Date of Next Ordinary Meeting– Tuesday 6 November 2018 to be held in the Meeting Room, Formby Library at 7 pm

Members of the press and public are welcome to attend.