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Southport and Formby CCG holds it's bi-monthly governing body meetings in public, so people can hear them discussing and making decisions about local health services.

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals who make up the committees will discuss a range of issues including the performance of the services they commission, like hospitals and community care.

Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, says:

“The governing body is a formal meeting and it’s a way for people to find out more about what we’re doing. They can also ask us any questions ahead of the meeting getting underway. The meetings are also a chance for residents to meet some of the doctors and other professionals that make up the governing body and to listen in on the discussions taking place.”


Southport and Formby CCG - CCGs next governing body meeting

The next NHS Southport and Formby CCG meeting will take place on Wednesday 28 September
The meeting will be held at the Family Life Centre, Ash St, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6JH, at 1pm.
Papers will be made available here beforehand.

Southport and Formby ccgClinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Sefton have announced the dates of their next governing body meetings and are encouraging anyone with an interest to go along.

The CCGs’ hold their bi-monthly governing body meetings in public, so people can hear them discussing and making decisions about local health services.

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals who make up the committees will discuss a range of issues including the performance of the services they commission, like hospitals and community care.

'Green exercise’ in England benefits health to the tune of £2.2 billion a year

Researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School and Public Health England analysed data from the world’s largest study on recreational visits to natural places, such as parks, woods and beaches. They estimated that over 8 million adults in England engage in green exercise each week, resulting in over 1.3 billion green exercise visits a year.

Green exercise was defined in the study as nature-based activities of moderate to vigorous intensity and lasting over 30 minutes.

Examples included dog walking, running, horse riding, outdoor swimming and mountain biking. Because physical activity needs to be regular and sustained to benefit health, the team focused on those who reported regularly meeting government guidelines for physical activity (i.e. 5 x 30 minutes each week).

They then worked out what proportion of these people’s weekly physical activity took place in natural settings and estimated the benefits to health associated with their levels of green exercise if sustained across the year.

Dr Mathew White, of the University of Exeter Medical School, is the lead author of the research. He said:

“We’ve known for a long time that regular physical activity is good for health and reduces the burden on health services. We have now worked out approximately how much physical activity regularly takes place in England’s natural environments and how much this benefits adult health across the population. Ultimately these benefits will translate into savings for the NHS, highlighting the need to both maintain and promote our natural environments for exercise and health.”

I'm making strenuous efforts to walk more often and further. I also cycle where I can and when the weather becomes more winter-like I'll take to the exercise bike more frequently.

Use in conjunction with a 'FitBit' and the weighing machine I'm managing my general state of health.

It's always nice when someone greets you with the words 'You're looking well'.

How about you what do you do to keep yourself fit? Tweet me using the HashTag #FitFormby

Are Older Drivers Safer or Not

As a retired Formby resident and still a driver you can imagine this headline caught my attention.

Are older people safe enough to keep driving?

It's certainly the case that the occasional comment in local social media raises this question. On the other hand I can't recall similar comments about younger people. What do you think?

Here's an extract from the full article you can read the whole article here: Read the full version here.

In the Western world, people are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. As everyone ages, there is a desire to stay mobile, and in particular continue to drive in order to maintain their lifestyles. Shops and services are becoming dispersed, moving away from villages and towns to larger urban areas. Connections to lifelong family and friends need to be maintained often through long distance travel.

It’s therefore no surprise that there has been a huge increase in older driving licence holders, and in the number of miles driven by the over-70s.


Charlotte Mendelson Transformed her Patio into a Garden Larder

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to turn your whole garden over to growing vegetables? 

I came across this example when reading the Saturday Guardian newspaper. I hope you enjoy the following extract.  There's a fuller version on the  Newspaper's website and the author has also written a book chronicling the project. 

I grow more than 100 things to eat, including eight or nine types of tomato, five varieties of kale, three kinds of raspberry, various sorrels, 10 kinds of lettuce and a few flowers, all edible

If you are a frustrated enthusiast-in-waiting, with only a tiny growing space, or nothing at all; if other people’s gardens, let alone gardening books, intimidate you; or if your only interest in plants is in eating them, you are not alone.

This is my confession: my comically small town garden, a mere six square metres of urban soil and a few pots, is not a scented idyll of rambling roses, or an elegant, if overstyled, space in which to drink prosecco. It is a larder in which I grow more than 100 things to eat, including, in an ordinary year, eight or nine types of tomato; five varieties of kale; three kinds of raspberry, red and gold; various sorrels; globe, Jerusalem and Chinese artichokes; 10 kinds of lettuce and chicory, and another 10 of Asian greens; seven or eight types of climbing bean, mostly Italian; about 50 herbs and a few flowers, all edible. I make salads with 20 or 30 different leaves; and I harvest, sometimes by the teaspoonful, juneberries, wild strawberries, tame strawberries, blackberries, wineberries, blueberries, loganberries, gooseberries, cherries, grapes, rhubarb, apples, figs, quinces and every conceivable currant.

I love this story of a creative transformation that's both practical and healthy.

The #EdibleFormby project team based at the Formby  Swimming pool also try to show, no matter how small a garden is it can be the source of large numbers of crops.


Southport Air Show - best places to watch the displays and avoid the crowds - Liverpool Echo

The Southport Air Show is celebrating its silver anniversary this year and it’s sure to be a busy event.

Over the weekend there will be displays from The Red Arrows, Blades Aerobatic Display Team and Lancaster, Hurricane, Typhoon, Spitfire and many more at the annual air show. With it being a popular event, traffic and roads are expected to be busier than usual.

However, you can still watch the show without actually being inside of the cordoned off viewing areas.

Here are the top 5 places you can watch the displays while avoiding the crowds

Ainsdale Beach: The Red Arrows fly over Ainsdale Beach en route to the Southport Airshow Ainsdale Beach is a little bit out of the way so it will be sure to miss the rush closer to the Southport Seafront. However, Ainsdale Beach will still provide the coastal views.

The Guelder Rose: This location is right next to the beach and sure to get some great views of the displays. It will be outside of the crowds and as it’s a pub it serves food and drink.

The Ramada Plaza Hotel has a brilliant sun terrace that is perfect to see the displays. It can be found next to the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre.The terrace offers food and drink.

The Victoria Pub is within walking distance of Southport Pier and Boating lakes. Fans looking to see the air show displays will be able to see them from the Beer Garden of this pub.

Marine Lake Cafe will be sure to see Southport Air Show displays. Marine Lake Cafe also has a park for the kids to play.

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Cost of school dinners in Formby set to soar

School dinner prices across the borough are set to rise by 50p per week.
Unions and campaigners fear take-up rates will tumble, leaving some kids without a healthy meal each day.Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said:

“We know schoolchildren who eat healthy meals get the best out of lessons.“The Government should be investing in school meals, not forcing schools to put up the price. Kids will be robbed of the chance of a decent meal.”

Schools blame food and energy prices and the impact of the new living wage on labour costs.