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‘Civic Day’ event - Saturday 25th June  2011

School Children’s Art Competition Prizes

'My Formby'

As our main contribution to Civic Day Saturday 25th June. The Formby Civic Society organised a competition open to local schools for art work representing individual children's perception of 'My Formby' a celebration of what makes the place where we live attractive, enjoyable and distinctive’, organised nationally under the auspices of Civic Voice, the successor organisation to the former Civic Trust.

All children in primary schools in Formby were invited to take part in presenting their art-work which could be in any medium. We received 180 entries and the judging of these posed a considerable challenge for the judges. The entries were in three age range categories. These were up to seven years, from 7 to 9 years and 10 to 11 year olds. Many entries focused on the beach and the pinewoods, in which the red squirrels often featured. One picture was of a Natterjack toad that showed detailed and accurate characteristics of this rare creature. The shops in Chapel Lane featured and, perhaps not surprisingly, Sweet Memories drew the attention of several entrants. It was encouraging that the Swimming Pool was also a focus of entries.

Book-token prizes were presented to the winners at the Pool  Tuesday 28th June 2011 by the Civic Society Chairman, Ray Derricott

The best entries went on display at the Formby Pool on Saturday 25th June and Book-token prizes were presented to the winners at the Pool yesterday Tuesday 28th by the Civic Society Chairman, Ray Derricott. In presenting the prizes, Ray Derricott emphasised the major objective of the Formby Civic Society was to maintain Formby as a unified community. He also thanked the children, their head teachers and teachers who encouraged the children to take part.

We thank Sefton CVS for the loan of display panels and the Formby Pool for making space for the event. It actually made an ideal venue. We thank Pritchard’s Bookshop for giving Book Token prizes for the best entries and Mark Ascroft, the pool Chief Executive, who donated a prize for the best perception of the pool itself.

He gave special thanks to Dru Haydon who had made links with the schools, took part in the judging and mounted the exhibition

On the same date members of the Formby Civic Society Art Group also held their Annual Open Air Art Exhibition in Chapel Lane, Formby and this year concentrated on ‘painting local’.

This resulted in many very good local landscape studies.

Digital copies of the children’s winning entries and photos of the display and prize-giving are available  to view by clicking here

or from Tony Bonney

For further information about Civic Day see

 0151 708 9920  or email

From Reg Yorke, Secretary, Formby Civic Society. 01704 872187

Formby Civic Society wins award

Formby Civic Society wins award