The Redrow Community Fund -
I would like to update you about a project which may prove interesting for you. We made a bid to the Redrow Community Fund for a £500 grant to set up a project called the ‘Formby Folk Community Heritage Project’. Our bid was successful and the funding will be used to bring people of all ages together to better understand their local heritage and to record and make easily available to others the contributions made by so many Formby people – ‘Formby Folk’ – over the past century and more. We will give local people -
We will also create a valuable bank of materials for use by Formby residents so they can themselves be involved and play an active role in remembering and recording the lives and contributions of Formby Folk both in the past and in times nearer to our own. Findings will be placed on the Civic Society website and reported through the local media. This will include the transfer of previously inaccessible maps from the 19th century into a format all of our local people can access, handle and research. It will also involve the creation of materials for activity sessions in discovering local history and people involved,: this will include large reproductions of old photographs for use in presentations as stimulus and starting points for discussion and research; sheets reproduced from national Census returns, pages from old Trade Directories and maps to identify detail from our community in the past.
Meetings commence in October following the final summer programme event.
For the details of the 2019-
Thursday Sept 12th Annual Social Evening at the Cross House 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
September 2019 -
Dr Phil Smith's Wildlife notes for AUGUST 2019 are now live -
plus an updated article on Formby's Black Poplars together with a revised Devil's Hole article click here to view
"The Village that was Formby" by Joan A. Rimmer, a member of the Formby Civic Society.
Photo is the award winning Joan Rimmer with her new edition of “The Village That Was Formby”
Book Launch Copies available at £5 each
"A Community in Wartime -
John Phillips and Tony Pawson
I would just like to add a little more information about the publishing of the new FCS publication, ‘A Community in Wartime: Formby 1914-
“A Community in Wartime: Formby 1914-
You will be able to purchase copies of the book at £5 from Derbyshire’s on Chapel Lane and the Village Newsagent (next door to Specsavers).
We expect the book to also be available from local bookshops very soon and will let you know about this when we have more detail.
We are selling the book at a low price because we want to see as many people in our community buy a copy, and all monies made will be put straight back into Formby Civic Society funds to cover printing and design costs. It is in colour and well illustrated throughout and would make an excellent small Christmas present for friends and family.
For any further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. REGINALD YORKE.
We are sorry to report the death of Dr. Reginald Yorke earlier this year, 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-
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." Please click here for our newsletter tribute.
Latest archive finds
2 articles about formby
Dec 2017 -
It is a 19 page report covering the health issues and population of Formby in 1957. It was prepared by MG Garry Medical Officer of Health (Part Time) and presented to the Chairman and members of the Formby Health and Highways Committee in 1957.
This is a searchable copy, subject to the poor type quality please click here to view
Dec. '17 -
The BBC have kindly given us permission to reproduce the podcast, to listen please click here
BBC Radio 4 ‘Open Country’ Covers the red squirrels and conservation of the sand dunes in Formby. It lasts about 24 minutes and was aired at 3pm on Thursday 7th December. -
Aug '17 Recently discovered a newsletter from 2001 -
RAF Woodvale Historical Interpretive Panel
On Wednesday 7th of December, Reg Yorke was present at Dune Heath for the unveiling of an RAF Woodvale Historical Interpretive Panel. He was joined by members of the Civic Society, Fiona Whitfield of the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside, Officers of RAF Woodvale and Aldon Ferguson, the airfield historian. The Panel bears the wording:
'Lest we forget':-
2nd Blue Plaque for Formby
On Thursday 20th, October 2016, the Civic Society was able to unveil a second Blue Plaque, this one marking the childhood home of one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century, Beryl Bainbridge. Please click here for photos and details
Footprints on the prehistoric Landscape: -
If you have ever seen strange tracks on the Formby foreshore and wondered who or what they belonged to and when they were made -
Last year this popular and informative coffee table book which includes three books -
It’s ongoing success has proved its value to any reader of any age whether long-
This would make a perfect present for any Formby residents.