Bike & Go offers fun-seekers cut-price day out this April

Bike and Go with Friends 2Groups of friends looking for an alternative way to see the local sights are being invited to enjoy a half-price day out, courtesy of Bike & Go.

The bike hire scheme, which offers bike hire facilities from 22 participating train stations across the Merseyrail network, is running a special deal for groups of people who want to experience a different kind of sight-seeing trip this spring, with half-price subscription and a ‘rent two, get two free’ offer.

The offer means that those signing up before April 30th, 2019, will pay just £5, rather than the usual £10 subscription fee. In addition, for the duration of the offer period, they will be able to rent out four bikes for the price of two – a saving of £7.60 for each 24-hour period for which the bikes are hired.

Those watching the pennies over the Easter period will be particularly delighted by the deal, with the total price of a new subscription and bike hire for four people working out at just over £3 per person.

And Bike & Go are hoping that locals and visitors to the region alike will use the cost-effective deal to tour the area and take in the sights from a different viewpoint.

Suzanne Grant, Director of Bike & Go said:

“Cycling is a lovely way to get out into the fresh air and socialise with friends, and now that spring is here there’s no better way to see the attractions on offer in the region.

“This April, we want to encourage people to take to two wheels and enjoy the numerous physical and mental health benefits that cycling can bring, while having a great day out in the process. We have adjusted our prices to make the experience accessible to as many people as possible.”

Studies have shown that cycling with friends or a partner boosts cyclists’ pedal power, with Strava’s 2018 Year in Review report revealing that group riders average a 52% increase in mileage compared to those who cycled alone.

It also brings out cyclists’ competitive streak, with a Kansas State University study showing that people who worked out with someone they thought was better than them increased their intensity and time spent exercising by 200%.

Those wishing to take advantage of the offer can head to one of the 22 participating train stations across the Merseyrail network, including Liverpool Central, Moorfields, Aigburth, Southport, Ormskirk and West Kirby. There are also bike hire facilities at Seacombe Ferry Terminal and Leasowe Castle, in addition to a further 49 participating train stations across much of the North West, North East and Yorkshire, East and South East of England, and Scotland.

To hire a Bike & Go bike, users simply need to register their card details online, which they can do via smartphones, tablets, or at home, and pay the annual subscription fee, priced at £5 during the offer period.

To claim the half-price subscription, users should select the ‘Bike 19’ promotion option when completing the online form, and enter promotion code ‘bike’.

They will then receive a user number via email which will allow immediate bike hire – usually charged at just £3.80 per 24 hours up to a maximum of 72 hours - while they wait for their Bike & Go membership card. When hiring the bikes, subscribers should simply ask staff for four bikes instead of two, then cycle off to enjoy a healthy day out with their friends.


Parish Council April Meeting

Formby Library
Formby Parish Council meets at Formby Library tonight for the last meeting before the local elections. This Parish will be dissolved and replaced by re-elected or new members at the May Meeting

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 April 2019 at 7pm
Claire Jenkins
Clerk to Formby Parish Council


1.0 To receive Apologies

2.0 To Receive Declarations of Interest

3.0 There will be no Public Forum at this meeting as the Parish Council are in the period of Purdah (that is
the pre-election period)

4.0 Previous Minutes

4.1 To consider and approve the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on 5 March 2019.

5.0 Matters of Report from Previous Meeting – for information only

5.1 Direction Request to Secretary of State and Sefton Council minute reference 112.2 refers

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

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

7.0 To discuss and resolve the following:

7.1 To consider the Community Fund Application for Formby Floodwatch Group for £500 to purchase dip
monitors for installation at selected areas around Formby to provide monitoring information and develop an
alert procedure.
7.2 To approve the quote for the Bite System to improve the health of the 4 horse chestnut trees on Chapel
Lane at a cost of £440 plus vat. (Environment minutes refer)
7.3 To consider the Community Fund Application for Formby Sports and Social Bowls Club for £1,400 (or
amount to be agreed) to provide fencing following the demolishing of the Royal British Legion Club – this
building formally provided a perimeter wall.
7.4 To undertake a review of the Risk Management Arrangements for the Parish Council

8.0 To authorise Payments (enclosed)

9.0 To receive the following reports – enclosed for information only

Clerk’s report
Environment Minutes
Finance and General Purposes Group minutes

10.0 Date of the Annual Meeting is Tuesday 14 May 2019 to be held in the Meeting Room, Formby Library,
to follow the Annual Parish Meeting to be held at 7pm.

Members of the press and public are welcome to attend

For the agenda complete with sub-committee group meetings see:


Local park run events promote Type 2 diabetes prevention

Running for life
Ahead of Diabetes Prevention Week (1 – 7 April 2019) a GP from Sefton joined Crosby park run alongside representatives from Diabetes UK, to give people the opportunity to determine their own risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Dr Nigel Taylor spoke to runners at the weekly run and even took part in the run himself, where Diabetes UK hosted a stall which offered people the chance to understand their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and what action they can take to reduce it.

Dr Taylor, diabetes lead for NHS South Sefton CCG, said:

“Park run is a great way to get people together to promote a healthy lifestyle which is important factor in preventing Type 2 diabetes. I spoke to many people about how getting regular exercise, by taking part in activities such as this run, to help maintain a healthy weight will significantly reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes which is often linked with obesity.”

“The condition is often preventable and can develop as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle. Millions of people in England are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, with approximately 12 per cent of people in Sefton having been identified as ‘at risk’ of Type 2 diabetes. The condition can have a huge impact on everyday life; you will need change your diet, have regular check-ups and you may have to take medications or tablets. If you do not manage it well you may develop serious complications.”

People with Type 2 diabetes don’t produce enough insulin or the insulin they produce doesn’t work properly. Around 90 per cent of the 3.8 million people diagnosed with diabetes have Type 2. There are almost 1 million more people living with Type 2 diabetes, who don’t know they have it because they haven’t been diagnosed. While other factors like age and ethnicity affect a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, being overweight is the most significant risk factor that can be changed.

Dr Doug Callow, clinical lead for service quality and diabetes for NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:

“There are a number of things you can do to reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Make sure you get a good amount of exercise; aim for 2.5 hours week. This can include time at the gym, a brisk walk or climbing the stairs.

“It is also important that you maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Try to limit the amount of high fat and high sugar foods that you eat, and replace them with healthier snacks. Reducing your alcohol intake, if you drink over the current recommendation of 14 units a week, can also reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.”

The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, ‘Healthier You’, is a free local service for those who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The programme is designed to stop or delay the onset of the disease through a range of personalised lifestyle interventions. These include education on lifestyle choices, advice on how to reduce weight through healthier eating and bespoke physical activity programmes.

There is also support available for people who have already been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Contact your GP for more information.

Clare Howarth, head of the north of England at Diabetes UK, said:

“It’s important that people understand their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and are given the knowledge and resources necessary to help them reduce their risk by eating healthily, moving more and losing weight if necessary.

“Thousands of Type 2 diabetes cases could be prevented if we help people understand their risk and how to reduce it.”

During Diabetes Prevention Week, Diabetes UK will be in attendance at a second park run event taking place on Saturday, 6 April starting at Hesketh Park in Southport park run at 9 am. They will be in attendance to answer any questions you may have and share advice on diabetes prevention.

To find out more about diabetes you can visit the Diabetes UK website at To find out more about the ‘Healthier You’ diabetes prevention programme being delivered in Sefton visit:

To sign up to your nearest park run please visit:


Pinch Punch: First day of the month


In the UK, an April Fool joke is revealed by shouting "April fool!" at the recipient, who becomes the "April fool".

Today is April Fools Day, enjoy the day, though I may be wrong the celebration seems to be much more muted these days.

I still remember the BBC hoax where they broadcast an apparently short but serious story about the spaghetti harvest season. The truth of the story was reinforced by the gravitas of the presenter Richard Dimbleby.

According to Wikipedia:

A study in the 1950s, by folklorists Iona and Peter Opie, found that in the UK, and in countries whose traditions derived from the UK, the joking ceased at midday. This continues to be the current practice with the holiday ceasing at noon, after which time it is no longer acceptable to play jokes. Ergo, a person playing a joke after midday is considered the "April fool" themselves.

In Scotland, April Fools' Day was traditionally called 'Huntigowk Day', although this name has fallen into disuse. The name is a corruption of 'Hunt the Gowk', "gowk" being Scots for a cuckoo or a foolish person; alternative terms in Gaelic would be Là na Gocaireachd, 'gowking day', or Là Ruith na Cuthaige, 'the day of running the cuckoo'.

The traditional prank is to ask someone to deliver a sealed message that supposedly requests help of some sort. In fact, the message reads "Dinna laugh, dinna smile. Hunt the gowk another mile." The recipient, upon reading it, will explain he can only help if he first contacts another person, and sends the victim to this next person with an identical message, with the same result.

In England a "fool" is known by different names around the country, including a "noodle", "gob", "gobby" or "noddy".

What was your favourite April Fool joke that you ever perpetrated?

Public invited to April’s CCG governing bodies meetings

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Members of the public who are interested in hearing more about health across Sefton are invited to attend forthcoming governing body meetings for local clinical commissioning groups (CCG).

NHS Southport and Formby CCG is holding its governing body meeting on Wednesday 3 April andNHS South Sefton CCG holds its meeting the following day, Thursday, 4 April.

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:

“These meetings are held in public so people can stay informed about the work we do. At these meetings members of the public will be able to watch our governing body members make decisions and discuss the work that’s been happening in Sefton over the past months and anything coming up.”

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and acting chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: 

I would encourage you to attend one of our meetings as it’s an excellent way to stay up to date on the work of health commissioners.

“We want to ensure members of the public know what is going on in Sefton and can see how decisions about local health services are made.”

NHS Southport and Formby CCG’s meeting takes place on Wednesday 3 April at the Family Life Centre, Ash St, Southport at 1pm. Papers will be made available here

NHS South Sefton CCG’s meeting will take place on Thursday 4 April at Merton House, Stanley Road in Bootle at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand:

Attendees have the chance to ask questions shortly before the meeting formally starts. To confirm attendance or for more information please call 0151 317 8456.