Formby Festival Returns this Summer

Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming Formby Festival.

Organisers of the three day event, which aims to celebrate the best in entertainment, food and drink say they are planning a festival which will be bigger and better than ever before.

Between July 20th and July 22nd, hundreds of people are expected to descend on Formby Village centre for the festival, with special tribute nights planned to honour both Robbie Williams and Cilla Black on the Friday evening (July 20th).

A spokesperson for the Formby Festival said: “With cuisines and delights from across the globe there’s something to satisfy each person’s taste.

“Are you an artisan enthusiast? With home-made gifts, specialist snacks and much more you won’t be disappointed!

“We have chef demos throughout the Saturday and Sunday with our resident celebrity BBC Fusion Chef of the Year;  Aazam Ahmed with guest chefs as well. Our main stage is jam packed with the finest talent the UK has to offer.

“From Friday night right through to Sunday evening you’ll hear local bands, choral groups and even see performances from TV stars!

“Every year we aim to make Formby Festival even better than the last. We’re excited to announce that we’ll be having a tribute night on Friday.

“This will be a must-see, so make sure you’ve got your tickets.

“The World’s No. 1 Robbie Tribute and The Cilla Show: Step Inside Love, will both perform

“Our Saturday night musical firework and laser display has become a legendary feature of the weekend. You won’t want to miss it!”

For more info visit www.formbyfestival.co.uk.

#CleanerSeas for Sefton

Whether you swim, paddle, or simply enjoy a stroll on one of the Sefton beaches, you can be assured, once again, that the quality of the water is cleaner than at any time in the last 30 years.

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For the second year in a row the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published statistics that reveal that all 31 of the North West’s bathing waters meet the government’s required standards for water quality.

The 2017 classifications of bathing waters in Sefton are;

  • Formby beach has been rated Excellent – the highest, cleanest class;
  • Southport and Ainsdale have been rated Good – generally good water quality.

Full classifications can be found here: www.environment.data.gov.uk/bwq/profiles/

A range of stakeholders have contributed to reducing pollution and improving the regions rivers, lakes and the sea, including the Environment Agency, United Utilities and the local community.

You can continue to help maintain, and improve, these standards by making small changes at home and at the beach:

• Only flush the 3P’s down the toilet – poo, pee and paper. Everything else goes in the bin!
• Pour cooled kitchen fats in the bin, not down the sink – it can cause blockages and sewage to overflow.
• Pick up after your dog and put it in the bin.
• Don’t feed birds at the beach and keep outdoor areas free of food waste.
• Always put litter in the bin or take it home if it’s full.

St Joseph’s Hospice appeals for charity shop volunteers across Sefton

The hospice has a number of stores across Sefton, and are particularly keen to find workers for their Southport and Formby branches.

Volunteering is one of the most valuable ways of supporting the hospice as its shops are a crucial source of income, raising over £100,000 each year.

This money goes directly towards caring for patients at the hospice in Thornton.

Gill Jones, 59, from Maghull, started working at the St Joseph’s Hospice shop, on Westway in Maghull, just four weeks ago.

Gill spent her career working for the family flooring business but, as the business grew, her son took over and she found herself with more time on her hands.

She said: “I still work at our flooring business a few days a week but I was so proud to step back and hand the business over to my son. However, after such a busy career, I found myself bored at home and so I decided to see it as an opportunity to do something else, something rewarding.

“As I had retail experience, I decided to visit the local hospice shop and they were so welcoming from the moment I walked through the door. I just help out one morning a week so it’s not a huge commitment but it is great fun. There’s a real family atmosphere between the volunteers in the shop and with the shop manager Susan.

“I’m very proud to support my local hospice and it keeps me entertained. I have made some lovely new friends too.”

Maggie Linge, 69, from Maghull, and Dorothy Reynolds, 73, from Lydiate, have volunteered at the hospice shop in Maghull since it opened at its previous location on Central Square.

In fact, they have both worked there since it was an Oxfam shop over 30 years ago!

Maggie said: “We both do the same morning shift we always have done. It’s great company when you’re retired. It gets you out and about and doing some good for an important local charity.

“My husband, Keith, passed away seven years ago and working in the shop helped me a lot. It gave me a real purpose to get up and do something positive. The support network was wonderful too.”

Dorothy added: “We have a really close-knit community at the shop which offers friendship and companionship. As shop volunteers, we really feel like we’re contributing to an important local charity.”

If you can spare a little time each week to help, call 0151 932 6046 or email siobhan.clinton@jospice.org.uk.

Green-Fingered Friends of Duke Street Park

A number of garden enthusiasts have been making their mark on the local area.

Eight volunteers have joined forces to create a new Friends of Duke Street Park group in Formby.

 Working together with Sefton Council’s parks and greenspaces service, the group are helping to make improvements to the park and continue the work that was started by the garden volunteers at the park.

In the last 12 months, the popular attraction in Formby has had new trees planted, a multi-use games area installed courtesy of local funding, and a unique wooden carving created on-site. The park has now been nominated for a national Green Flag award which recognises the high-standards of outdoor spaces.

Regular events take place throughout the year, including the Formby Festival in July – a three-day extravaganza of food, music and drink as well things for all the family.

The Friends of Duke Street Park meet monthly at Formby Library and new members are always welcome. In addition, the garden volunteers continue to meet on the first Thursday of each month to look after the rose garden and new volunteers will be given information and support.

For more information on how to get involved please contact parks@sefton.gov.uk or 0151 934 2421.

Fake Goods Operation Ceased Ahead of the Festive Season

Counterfeit goods potentially worth more than £1.7million have been seized following a raid by Sefton Council Trading Standards on industrial premises in the Formby area.

Vast quantities of materials and packaging were seized, capable of producing approximately 2000 Jo Malone candles and 80,000 bottles of One Direction perfume.

It is thought the goods were destined for car boot sales and markets around the country in the lead up to Christmas.

The public is warned to be wary of any potential counterfeit goods as there have been serious safety concerns with candles and perfume in the past.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to disrupt the manufacturing of these goods, especially ahead of the festive period.

“Importantly, this not just about inferior quality merchandise but also about public safety and making sure that the products you purchase are safe.”

To contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service call 03454 040506.

Introducing… Sefton Cancer Support Group

The Sefton Cancer Support Group is a registered charity, based in Formby, which gives support to Cancer Sufferers and their Carers.

The Support Group is available as a resource for information, financial advice, and support. They also offer a social opportunity away from the stress of dealing with cancer, providing aromatherapy and relaxation, acupuncture, chiropody, reflexology, and Reiki to unwind the client and re energise them. They also provide social opportunities for the people recovering from the trauma of cancer, such as day trips or going out for meals.

An after hours helpline is available for those who need a human voice to talk to at night. The number is 01704 876 613 and the call will be answered by a volunteer whenever possible.

To call the main office line, dial 01704 879 352, or you can call into the centre at 1 Duke St, Formby, L37 4AL.  Office hours are 10am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 10am to 1pm on Fridays. You can also email the team at hello@seftoncancersupportgroup.org.uk

For any further information you can visit http://www.seftoncancersupport.org.uk or click here to download a leaflet.