New Website in Beta

Just a brief update.

FormbyOnline ScreenGrabWhen I first started my blog I chose a platform called Ning. It was considered rare amongst 'hyperblogs' but it got spotted by others, in particular by the 'Talk Local' network. But eventually I transferred my affections to Typepad and I've used that as my base since 2006.

But I've rediscovered Ning and my affections for the platform have been reignited. So here's the result, It's a responsive design so it adjusts to suit the users' devices. In the PC or laptop mode, the front page is much richer in links and services. But it still works well in the mobile phone setting.

I'm likely to change the title of the blog from 'formbyfirst'  (Previous) then to 'formbyblog' (Current) and finally, now it will be known as 'formbyonline'.

It will be less personal or entirely focussed on Formby in the future but while retaining that core idea the use of 'articles' will add a wider dimension.

Forums, Polls, and Groups are exciting extensions available on this platform which I've added to the site.

And I'm also hoping that people will become members (for free) and take advantage of running their own blog and contribute articles, forum discussion items and complete the occasional poll.

The original site will still be here but at some point relatively soon I won't update anymore.

New Website Link: Letters from Formby


Enjoy the sun and heat for the weekend’s Southport Air Show – but not to exhaustion

For the thousands of people are expected to line the Sefton coastline this weekend for the Southport Air Show, the message from the local NHS is to enjoy the sun and the heat, but not to exhaustion.




Forecasts are for the high temperatures and clear blue skies for the weekend, with that comes the risk of health conditions like heat exhaustion.  The warm weather can also exacerbate problems for people with things like asthma.

Heat exhaustion is not serious and usually gets better when you cool down. If it turns into heat stroke it needs to be treated as an emergency.

Signs of heat exhaustion include:
• headache
• dizziness and confusion
• loss of appetite and feeling sick
• excessive sweating and pale, clammy skin
• cramps in the arms, legs and stomach
• fast breathing or pulse
• temperature of 38C or above
• intense thirst

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse for NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:


"The Air Show is such a fantastic event and this year’s blue skies are guaranteed to make the views even clearer.

“However it’s not just the planes that’ll be soaring high, so is the temperature, so if we’re out in the sun this weekend we need to be o heat exhaustions.  

“It isn’t actually that serious, and getting into a cool, shaded place, lying down with your feet raised, and drinking plenty of water should help to ease those symptoms.

"If after half-an-hour you're not feeling better, then you should call 999 as you may be showing signs of heat stroke which can be a lot more serious."

It's important that people with asthma have their blue reliever inhaler with them at all times, especially in warm weather as it can be a trigger for the condition.  

Debbie Fagan added: "We're not too sure why heat triggers asthma, but we know that it can.

"If you’ve got a blue inhaler, make sure you've got it with you at all times and you’re keeping it cool because if it gets hot, it won't work as well.  So, avoid leaving it in a car glovebox or on a windowsill.  

"Also, don't forget to use your preventer inhaler if you've been prescribed one."

To keep cool in the hot weather:
• drink plenty of cold drinks, especially when exercising
• take cool baths or showers
• wear light-coloured, loose clothing
• sprinkle water over skin or clothes
• avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm
• avoid excess alcohol
• avoid extreme exercise

Local pharmacists and the free NHS 111 phone service will be able of offer more advice on health concerns as the warm weather continues.

You can also visit NHS Choices –


Formby Live 2018

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Starting Friday night 22nd June, with Live Music in local venues then the action moves into the weekend of 23 & 24 June. 

At Formby Pool, there will two days of family fun activities, including children's rides and BBQ tent and, of course, live music from the Merseycats stage. Meanwhile, in the Village, there will be a stage outside the Chapel Lane surgery from 2 - 6 pm presenting a variety of musical talent from the young and old.

Local venues, Café D'Art and Woodwards will have live music throughout the days from 2 pm 'till late, a Beer tent, BBQ and Prosecco & Gin bar too!

Keep up to up to date on the latest news and schedule of performances by visiting the Formby Live facebook page.

Formby Cricket Team in Action This Weekend

What can be quintessentially more English than a sunny weekend game of cricket.?

Cricket Game

This Saturday Formby CC 1st XI plays Rainhill in the L&DCC Premier League.

Formby will be looking to continue their good form following their rise to the top of the Premier League following their demolition of Rainford last week.

The match starts at 1:00 pm and entry is free. The clubhouse and bar are open all afternoon/evening, and spectators are welcome.

Sunday Rail Travel Disruption

Make a note of this advice from Merseyrail. On Sunday 20 May, the rail service between Formby and Southport will be replaced by a bus service.

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