How’s this for a party idea?
THE editorial in Formby Times regarding ways to make 2012 better (January 3) got me thinking.
As Formby did host the most street parties and celebrations in the borough during the Royal Wedding celebrations in April would it be worth trying to go one better for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee?
We have seen how successful Dickensian Day is each Christmas, with Chapel Lane closed off for the day and hundreds of people flocking to our town to make the most of it.
Surely it would be simple enough to do something similar for a massive street party when the Jubilee rolls along?
Imagine a row of trestle tables stretching as far as the eye can see, festooned in crisp white linen and Union Flag balloons and bunting.
The whole community could get involved to make sure everyone has enough food, drink and entertainment. I would love to see it happen and I’m sure I am not the only one.
O, Christmas tree
I READ with interest the article in Formby Times (January 3) regarding the National Trust’s call for old Christmas trees to help save the sand dunes.
I think this is a marvellous idea and certainly helped ease my conscience over having a ‘real’ tree in my front room this year.
I sometimes worry that uprooting a perfectly good tree from the soil just for people to decorate and keep in their homes for a month at the most is not exactly environmentally friendly but at least this way what comes from the ground is going back again afterwards.
I hope the initiative continues.
Mrs J Smith
DESPITE our slogan ‘A Dog is For Life, Not Just for Christmas’, there will still be some families who found a puppy under the tree on December 25.
It is often rescue centres such as Dogs Trust Merseyside who have to pick up the pieces after the novelty of a new puppy has worn off.
If any readers did receive a puppy as a gift this year we would really like to encourage you to take time to invest in training and caring for your new friend to ensure many happy years together.
We run puppy training courses at many of our Rehoming Centres so do sign up if you are interested or download our new puppy training app ‘You and Your Puppy’.
All of the information about the app, finding your nearest Rehoming Centre and top tips on training the new member of your family is on our website www.dogstrust.org.uk
We wish you all a wonderful New Year!
WHETHER it was Big Society or riot clean ups, there was undoubtedly a spotlight on volunteering during 2011 and, as we enter 2012 with the continued challenge of a difficult economic climate, the need for vital local support and resources continues.
Volunteering in 2012 is not about committing huge amounts of time; it’s about finding the opportunities that suit and inspire you and make a difference to your local area in the process.
Our charity runs the national volunteering database, Do-it.org, where there’s around 1 million opportunities to volunteer with charities across the UK. Our volunteers tell us that, as well as learning new skills, they get a huge sense of achievement from the experience.
I would implore your readers to log onto Do-it and volunteer.