About The Formby Blog

Formby Notice BoardsThis blog started in 2006 and over the years there have been many stories published here. In this the latest iteration I'm experimenting with telling 'serial' stories. I still publish short single topic news items and the headlines appear in the column to the right. But the emphasis is now on writing a multi-part story around a theme over the passage of several days.

I hope you like this new approach, it's a form of 'slow live-blogging', I'm a fan of all things 'slow', food, travel, radio, film and video.

This form also opens up the possibilities for a prolonged conversation between me and the reader. It's a form of an interactive magazine. Let me know what you think. Use the comment link at the foot of the story. 

About me.

I am a retired Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education. I became interested in 'New Media' while I was a student at St Mary's College, Twickenham, where I studied Drama alongside Pete Postlethwaite and others.

I have maintained an interest in 'New Media' throughout my personal and professional life. I like photography, video and audio production, designing websites, local politics and crown green bowling.

I am particularly interested in the development of 'hyperlocal' blog sites. I have a long history of involvement in public affairs. I first stood for election in 1979. I was eventually elected to serve as a ward councillor for Linacre ward, Sefton MBC in 1980. I served until I retired from Sefton in 1987.

For several years afterwards, I was a Green party Member and served very briefly as Co-Chair. I stood for Parliament 3 times since 1979. Then I became a member of Formby Parish Council(2003-2011) and Little Altcar Parish Council(1995-2004 and November 2012 - May 2015). I was Chair of the 10 Parish Councils for Sefton for a number of years and also represented them as a member of Sefton MBC's Local Strategic Partnership.