Formby Civic Society has announced the recent death of a leading member of the society. Dr Reginald Yorke and his wife, Barbara were prominent long-serving, active members of the Society for many years. Reg was frequently sought after for his encyclopaedic knowledge of Formby. The heritage boards at either end of the village are the result of a collaborative project by Formby Parish Council and the Civic Society. The Society writes:
Dr. REGINALD YORKE.
We are sorry to report the death of Dr. Reginald Yorke, who for many years was an integral part of Formby Civic Society together with his wife Barbara. It was only until a few years ago that Reg remained an active and determined Chairman of FCS, leading our Society in the introduction of Blue Plaques for Formby and researching and writing high quality materials on Ravenmeols and the 'lost resort' of Formby-by-the-Sea.
He was also a driving force in the establishment of the RAF Interpretive Panel at Wood Vale in 2016. Reg and Barbara collaborated on a number of books that traced the development of Formby, and together they researched and wrote-up the history of the Formby Lifeboat Station, proving it to be the first in the world!
These few words can not do justice to all that Reg Yorke has given to his community and the Society that has worked for the community since its inception in 1953. He will be sadly missed by his many friends and FCS members, but even more so by Barbara and the Yorke family."
Formby Civic Society has a long, significant and distinguished history in the civic life of Formby.
The Society was founded in 1953, 100 years after the coming of the railway to this sleepy and then entirely rural village and 50 years after its inhabitants obtained, (with great difficulty), status as an Urban District Council. Registered as a Charity, later affiliated with the Civic Trust, and now Civic Voice, the Society was founded to "foster the identity of Formby, safeguard its amenities, develop it cultural activities and encourage local studies".
A 60m-high crane will dominate the skyline at Southport hospital on Saturday (24 March)
The crane will be lifting four ready-built modules into place to create an eight-bay extension to the accident and emergency department.
The modules will be lowered and assembled in an internal courtyard and then connected to the main hospital. After fitting out, the extended A&E should start accepting its first patients by the end of April.
Steve Treadgold, Head of Estates and Capital for the Trust, said:
“The crane weighs 96 tonnes and should be quite a sight. We are carrying this work out at a weekend to keep disruption to a minimum.
“Contractors will be setting up from 6am with the work expected to be complete by early afternoon. Traffic marshals will be on hand to direct motorists and visitors as necessary.”
The extension is part of a £1.25m improvement project to create a better caring and working environment for patients and staff.
Further A&E bays will be created in the main hospital building. There will also be upgrades to the main waiting area, toilets for the disabled, the X-ray waiting room and the area for ambulance arrivals.
Therese Patten, Chief Operating Officer, added:
“This building work and investment programme forms part of our commitment to further improve the A&E department for our patients.
“The work will reduce overcrowding at the busiest times, improve the experience of care for patients, particularly their privacy, and provide a better environment for our staff.”
Artist’s impression shows cut-away of the extension set in the courtyard next to A&E.
I came across the following news item by chance as I searched a newspaper archive. It piqued my interest for a number of reasons. I suspect the name of the Chairman will be listed on the old Formby Urban District Council notice board on display in Formby Library.
The story raises a number of questions in my mind. For instance, which of the local Banks was involved? Did the person concerned ever come forward? What was the rate of return and how much did the initial pound accrue? It would be interesting to know more about the motives of the Council. And of course, finally, who was the oldest inhabitant?
Does anyone still living in Formby remember the story? And have they got any answers to the questions above?
The puzzle is gathering interest every day.
Daily Mirror 5th May 1950
When the chairman of the local council opened a new bank at Formby (Lancs) a fortnight ago he opened an account for the oldest inhabitant of the town.
Yesterday, the £1 deposit he made remained in the bank—untouched, unclaimed. For whoever the oldest person is, he or she is also one of the shyest and won't come forward.
New efforts are to be made to find who is entitled to the account.
Until the person is found, the money will just go on collecting interest, said the bank manager.
Leading bike hire scheme Bike & Go, which has bike hire facilities at Formby, Ainsdale and Southport train stations, is celebrating the region’s best ‘off the beaten track’ cycle rides in a new free publication.
Bike & Go’s Quirky Bike Rides Guide is being published to coincide with English Tourism Week, which runs from March 17-25, and has been compiled with the help of cyclists who responded to an appeal by the bike hire scheme for people to submit their favourite alternative routes.
The guide, which can be downloaded free of charge from www.bikeandgo.co.uk from March 17, celebrates the best ‘off the beaten track’ places to cycle across Southport, Liverpool, Wirral and beyond.
Even those without bikes can try out one of the routes in the guide by simply hiring a Bike & Go bike from any of the 21 participating train stations across the region, including Liverpool Central, Moorfields, Aigburth, Ormskirk and West Kirby.
David O’Leary, Director of Bike & Go said:
“English Tourism Week comes at the start of the cycling season, and provides a great opportunity for people to take to two wheels and see their own towns and cities from a brand new perspective.
“I would like to thank the cycling community who have been really keen to get on board with this and help encourage those who rarely use a bike to have some fun with cycling, and we hope that people will enjoy trying out their suggested routes.”
Bike & Go offers bike hire facilities from 70 participating train stations across much of the North West, North East and Yorkshire, East and South East of England, and Scotland.
In 2016 the scheme was praised by a UK division of the travel giant TripAdvisor when it was included in a list of the top seven bicycle hire companies drawn up by its subsidiary rental company Holiday Lettings.
To hire a Bike & Go bike, users simply need to register their card details online, which they can do via smart phones, tablets, or at home, and pay the annual £10 subscription fee. They will then receive a user number via email which will allow immediate bike hire – usually charged at just £3.80 per 24 hours up to a maximum of 72 hours - while they wait for their Bike & Go membership card.
The bike can then be returned to any one of the participating train stations across the country.