Weekend in Formby

Regularly updated, scroll down for all the stories: last week

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?

 

Formby Beach


Weekend in Formby

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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.

ONS Life expectancyA 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?

https://visual.ons.gov.uk/what-is-my-life-expectancy-and-how-might-it-change/

Christmas is a-coming!

Posted Sunday 3 December 9.30 am

Don't worry you may have missed this opportunity to see Santa, but there's still plenty of time left before Christmas Day

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Love Formby’s shops?

Posted Saturday 2 December 9.30 am

Support Small Business Saturday

Small-Business-Saturday-2Why not rediscover your local shops and do your bit for small businesses across Sefton?

It’s national Small Business Saturday today and it’s a great way to support the independent shops and businesses where you live. Follow the activity on twitter #smallbizsatuk

 

 Visit the Formby Craft Fair

Posted Saturday 2 December  9.30 am


This week in and around Formby

Updated every day, scroll down for earlier stories.

Get your skates on

Posted Friday 1 December 9.30 am 

Enjoy an opportunity to skate, get fit and start to celebrate the run-up to Christmas

Make sure to visit the Formby Fair

 Posted Friday 1 December  9.30 am 

Posted Thursday 30 November 9.30 am

Winter is finally upon us.

Posted 29 November 9.30 am

Formby and Shale Gas

Formby lies within the boundaries of the Government approved Shale Gas exploration zone. Some licences have already been approved and some local hydro phonic surveys carried out.

This is despite the overwhelming lack of support from the public.

Public-Attitudes-to-energy-sources

This from the latest House of Commons Library article about public attitudes.

The Energy and Climate Change Public Attitudes Survey was designed by the government’s British Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) department, was circulated to 2,105 people via a random location quota sampling method and conducted through face-to-face at home interviews.

Statistics show that the public’s favoured alternative energy source is renewables. Renewable energy includes energy from a source that is not depleted when used and is naturally replenished.

https://secondreading.uk/science/public-attitudes-towards-alternative-energy/

 

 Posted Tuesday 28 November 10.00 am 

Make the partnership work.

image from www.formby.todaySefton Council and The National Trust have concluded the land transfer at Formby Point. Over the next 2/3 three years changes will occur. This is the opportunity for a partnership between residents and the Trust together, to plan, to map out and to effect those changes.

Here's part of what the National Trust are saying

The National Trust is starting to develop future plans for how we can care for this special coastline in the coming decades. These plans will affect you and the future generations who come to enjoy this special place.

We aspire to improve access, conservation and facilities along this dynamic and ever changing coastline, loved by many and home to rare wildlife.

We want to involve the many people who love this special place in shaping these plans.

If you’d like to comment on anything, please email talkingformby@nationaltrust.org.uk

(For more read yesterday's blog post http://bit.ly/2Achfsb )

 Posted Monday 27 November 8.00 am 

Lancashire Day Proclamation

When Sefton Borough was brought into being in 1974, Formby was 'moved' from Lancashire into Merseyside, which was a newly inaugurated Metropolitan County Council. Until then, Formby, in common with Liverpool was Lancastrian.

Even today there are many who have never accepted that change, where do your local loyalties lie?

Lancashire-Red-RoseOn this day in 1295 the first elected representatives from Lancashire were called to Westminster by King Edward I to attend what later became known as "The Model Parliament".

The Lancashire Day proclamation is read out by town criers throughout the county on 27th November:

To the people of the city and county palatine of Lancaster

Greetings!

Know ye that this day, November 27th in the year of our Lord Two Thousand and Fourteen, the 63rd year of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Duke of Lancaster, is

Lancashire Day

Know ye also, and rejoice, that by virtue of Her Majesty's County Palatine of Lancaster, the citizens of the Hundreds of Lonsdale, North and South of the Sands, Amounderness, Leyland, Blackburn, Salford and West Derby are forever entitled to style themselves Lancastrians.

Throughout the County Palatine, from the Furness Fells to the River Mersey, from the Irish Sea to the Pennines, this day shall ever mark the peoples' pleasure in that excellent distinction - true Lancastrians, proud of the Red Rose and loyal to our Sovereign Duke.

GOD BLESS LANCASHIRE
AND GOD SAVE THE QUEEN,
DUKE OF LANCASTER.

 Posted Monday 27 November 9.00 am 

Southport Hospital showing signs of strain as winter approaches?


This Weekend

 Posted Sunday 26 November 12.30 pm 

The Village in Winter

This image is proving to be very popular today. It's mine I captured it several years ago after a rather exceptional snowstorm.

 Posted Saturday 25 November 9.30 am 

Formby Christmas Lights Switch-on

On Sunday the village will be full of residents and visitors as they celebrate the annual Christmas lights switch-on.

Xmas-Lights-2017
This is the day when the Formby community gathers together to celebrate the start of the festive season.

Market stalls, children's rides, barbeques and fabulous live entertainment is the order of the day and at 5 pm the crowds gather for the switching on of the Christmas lights in Formby village.

When: 26 Nov 2017 at 12:00pm until 26 Nov 2017 at 7:00pm

Where: Chapel Lane, Formby, Liverpool

 


Hospital highlights HIV testing week and World AIDS Day

A leading sexual health doctor is urging people to ‘know their status’ in the run-up to World AIDS Day which is at the beginning of December.

Know-your-status

The message from the team is to ‘know your status’ and to stay safe. Liz Kay, Dawn Killeen, Dr Zana Ladipo and Wendy Kicks.

According to Dr Zana Ladipo, in the North West, it is estimated that nearly two in a 1,000 have HIV, and in Sefton, it’s one in 1,000.

To highlight World AIDS Day, the staff at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust staged an information and awareness stand outside the outpatient department at Southport hospital during HIV testing week in the run-up to World AIDS Day on Friday, 1 December.

The stand was hosted by staff from the Sefton Sexual Health Service. One of their aims is to dispel myths about HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).

Dr Zana Ladipo, Genitourinary Medicine consultant, from Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said:

“HIV is spread primarily through sex and blood. It is not spread by kissing or sharing cups or cutlery.

“Simply having an HIV test does not affect your insurance. A blood test is all that is needed. The virus can affect anyone regardless of their age, sexuality or ethnicity. HIV is now a chronic condition and patients can expect a normal lifespan.

“The danger with HIV is not having a test and therefore not knowing your status. It is possible to live for years with HIV before getting sick and by this stage, AIDS may develop which is harder to treat. I have been tested and know my status.”

Nationally, it is estimated that more than 101,200 people are living with HIV in the UK and this is increasing. It is believed a quarter of people with the disease are believed to be undiagnosed and therefore unaware of their status.

Also, since 2011 most Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) have been on the rise, especially in people aged 45 and above. Some STIs like Chlamydia may not cause any symptoms. Men simply provide a urine sample and woman can do their own swab.

Testing and treatment for STIs, HIV and genital non-STI related issues are available in Sefton Sexual Health’s community clinics in Maghull, Netherton, the May Logan Centre and Southport Centre for Health and Wellbeing. They also provide a full range of contraceptive methods. The service is ‘confidential’ and open to everyone.

Anyone can contact the clinic on 01704 513 303, and your local clinic and further information can be found using the website https://www.seftonsexualhealth.co.uk/ .