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History Group Report -  May 2016

Woodvale interpretive panel.

Progress on this has been discussed with Fiona Whitfield and (in writing) with RAF Woodvale historian Aldon Ferguson. The position we are considering for the panel overlooks the southern end of Runway 2, the longest of the three runways. It is quite a long way from the central features of RAF Woodvale such as the control tower but it is a quiet and suitable place to remember the history of the station and its airmen during World War II. Thanks to the Sefton Mayoral Fund we have sufficient funding and are now thinking about details of its design

Beryl Bainbridge blue plaque.

This will be similar to the Thomas Fresh plaque, with quite simple wording,

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Formby Parish Council

Formby Parish Council have kindly offered to meet the cost.

No arrangements have yet been made for the unveiling but it would be nice to have a representative of her family present possibly her Grandson, Documentary filmmaker and Television Director Charlie Russell. Also of course the owner of the property, Mr Paul Steiger and perhaps a literary figure, possibly someone from Liverpool University?

Ravenmeols Trails.

A well-designed brochure has been produced and will be going out to all members with the next newsletter. Four well-designed and illustrated panels have now been placed in key positions. I am now working on a 12,000 word booklet which we hope to have ready for the formal opening to be held during Heritage Open Day, Sunday 11th September. It will be declared open by Baroness Shirley Williams who has already visited the reserve and expressed great interest in its history.

World War I project.

The review of the history of the Formby Home front during World War I has now been put on a very firm base mainly by the Chairman and Tony Pawson, having collated many hundreds of articles from contemporary issues of the Formby Times, preserved on microfilm in Crosby library and computer indexed by Tony Bonney. The Chairman is to give a talk on some of his findings. In parallel with this I have been looking at the history of the main village war memorial and a short article will be in the next newsletter. Unlike many other community memorials it has its own Memorial garden, and it is good to remember that this was saved from being removed some years ago for shopping development by the endeavours of Lillian Rushton a founder member.

Green Lane Conservation Area review.

A comprehensive review of Green Lane Conservation Area is being carried out by Sefton Planning Department and we have been invited to assist. This is something which was discussed some years ago but not proceeded with then because of other pressures. The Planning Department are now taking a more active role than previously. Ray Derricott and I are providing input. Peter Lucas who was involved in the earlier attempted review took lots of photographs and some of these together with lots of old and new ones will feature in a display to be put on in Formby Library for Civic Day Saturday 18thJune and a week or two afterwards.

 Reg Yorke, 24.5.16.

History Secretary FCS History Group.