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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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