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The Formby Civic Society (FCS) warmly welcomes you to their website. This has been designed to promote the Formby Civic Society objectives and activities and to make learning about Formby more accessible and appealing to a wider audience. In the following pages you will find information about the Society, Formby's history and keep up to date with the latest news and events within the area.

We hope that this information will be of interest to you.

Registered as a Charity, later affiliated with the Civic Trust, and now Civic Voice, the Society was founded in 1953 to "foster the identity of Formby, safeguard its amenities, develop it cultural activities and encourage local studies". The Society is affiliated with the national body ‘Civic Voice’, the Northwest Association of Civic Trusts and the Merseyside Civic Society.

In helping guard Formby's 'unique identity', from the beginning we have closely monitored local Planning Applications and make representations when necessary, often by personal contact with appropriate Council officers.  Some controversial Planning Applications have required a great deal of effort, time and occasionally organising public meetings.

We assisted with the establishment of our one (Green Lane) Conservation Area, in the early 80's.

We have built up a valuable historical archive and local history library, which are both still being added to through the generosity of local people. In addition a valuable record of Formby's past is provided by a high quality pictorial collection, now digitally scanned, including over 5000 images of cottages, farms, houses and lanes; the Sibley Collection of drawings and watercolours and a considerable collection of documents and maps, much now accessible via the Internet. We also have copies of the Formby Tithe Map and Schedule, (1845), a particularly valuable historical resource. The schedule has also been digitised. Using these assets we have carried out research on the history of many local subjects such as the Formby Lifeboat Station, (The First in Britain), Asparagus Cultivation, early Flying at Freshfield (1910 -12), and ‘Sand-winning’ here in the first half of the 20th Century. We are currently working on the ‘Home Front’ in Formby during the first World War.

In addition we have arranged and presented occasional historical exhibitions or displays such as early flying from Freshfield beach (then officially designated an aerodrome!), 1910 – 1912. We have conducted historical and environmental, research and published several local history books, the latest, ‘Formby, Then and Now’, published by the History press (November 2012).

Duke Street Library holds the unique 'Formby Tapestry', created by founder member, Lilian Rushton, which provides a visual record of Formby's history from the Vikings to the 20th Century. Our collections also include a unique collection of ceramic models of old local cottages here and in full here and an extensive collections of photographs which are available to view  at our Flickr site by clicking here

We have assisted the National Trust in establishing a new Asparagus Heritage Trail, (opening officially this summer) and researched several new Trails for Sefton Coast and Countryside on the Ravenmeols Local Nature Reserve.

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Last updated 21/03/2020 09:28:50

Message to Members

March 2020

Dear Friends,

I thought it best to update you regarding Civic Society proceedings during this strange and unpredictable time. I am sure that there will be no surprises for you!

This will mainly reach members of FCS who have given us an email address – normally we post out some messages and have our in-house system for delivering Newsletters. I have made an executive decision on this – no one will put themselves at risk by going to a Post Office or delivering letters/Newsletters for the Civic Society. We have plenty of members who would do so, but in these circumstances “it ain’t happening”! As soon as we advised it is safe to resume normal working practices, we will do so.

Things have moved very quickly – indeed, we held our March Talk at Ravenmeols with a fine and engaging description of ‘Fort Crosby’ by Alison Burns. When the time is right, Alison has agreed to lead a walking visit of the Fort Crosby site for us. Following that and a message to those present that both of the next monthly meetings would be postponed, I made the decision to cancel the Committee Meeting at Formby Library on Monday 16th. We have an excellent Committee and I always enjoy our meetings from 11.00 to 12.30 every six weeks or so (and we would always welcome further involvement in those meetings!); however, it was becoming clear that business with personal interaction needed to be shut down.

So, the key factors are:

Best wishes to all members, families and friends in this difficult time – and stay safe!!!

John Phillips



Also, we have been made aware of a message by the local Village and Phoenix Taxi Companies and which some of you may find of use. During these uncertain times we would like to assure all our customers that we are staying open and willing to help in any way, whether you need to pop to Tesco for shopping or still need to make a hospital appointment.

There are Special Opening Times for the elderly and vulnerable:

Tesco Mon/Weds/Fri 9-10am,

Iceland Mon-Sat 9-10am Sun 10-11am,

Marks & Spencer - Mon/Thurs 9-10am for the elderly and disabled and Tues/Fri 9-10am for emergency workers and NHS staff  

For those of you who are self- isolating without family members to help, we are offering to shop for a small list of 10 items or less and deliver to your door for the cost of the shopping and the taxi fare. Also we are happy to help with prescription pickups/restaurant or takeaway orders.

Supporting our community wherever we can …..