Stories of the people, the place and the areas surrounding Formby. Formby is a coastal town with a beautiful beach, fabulous sand dunes, pine woods, red squirrels all managed by the National Trust. The town boasts an attractive village shopping centre where there's much to see, eat and drink. Because of its popularity, parking close to the beach is limited, often full and large queues form by noon at weekends and bank holidays.
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What goes around, comes around
Posted Saturday 9 December 10.00 am
Recently I've been tweeting very short fragments of stories about Formby from a past era. I thought you might like a chance to read this one in more detail. The first sentence seems to point to the current debate and division in the present Tory Party over free trade versus regulation.
Then there's a section which all seems to revolve around the issue of devolution and where the idea comes from. I love the reference to the likely impact of local Parish Councils, is the present Formby Council still working on its neighbourhood plan after 5 years?
Finally, the 'allotments' issue, it smacks of paternalism, this landed gentry MP is talking of policies to reduce working class resentment over the loss of land during the 'Clearance' and thus preventing revolution. Are these the 'just about managing' he's talking about, still suffering under a political system which fails to listen and represent their needs?
MR. CURZON, MP. Mr. John Formby. J.P, presided last evening at a well-attended meeting in Jubilee Hall, Formby, addressed by the Hon. G. N. Curzon, MP. for tbe Southport Division, the new Under Secretary for India.
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Something for the weekend?
Posted Sunday 3 December 9.30 am
I thought you might like to see an ONS (Office for National Statistics) life expectancy tool. They made it available on Friday. Given the above average old age population in Formby, this may prove interesting.
A man aged 65 years in the UK can now expect to live, on average, to 85.6 and a woman of the same age to 87.8, new figures reveal. A boy born today could expect to live to 89.5, whilst a girl could expect to live to 92.1.
Use our calculator to find out your life expectancy, your chance of living to 100 and how long you’re likely to need to make your pension pot last.
The illustration I've used is a male aged 55 years old. I'm much older and I was surprised my prediction is for 87. Pleasing though.
How about you, what's your predicted life expectancy?