Category: Events

Speaker Meeting – Wayfarers Chorus

Wayfarers Chorus
Wayfarers Chorus

Our first Speaker meeting of 2022 on 08 March was well attended by our members, where we were entertained by a local acapella Chorus – The Wayfarers Chorus.

The acoustics in the meeting room were really good which showed off the chorus’ harmonies very well.

About 20 of the chorus members came to entertain us with a variety of songs, which included the following:

  • Alexander’s Ragtime Band
  • Mary Lou
  • Under the Boardwalk
  • When I’m 64
  • Sweet Gypsy Rose
  • Battle Hymn of the Republic
  • Irish Blessing
  • Georgia
  • In My Life

Please see the Wayfarers website for more information about them.


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Brad Ashton

Zoom meeting Tuesday 8th February at 2:30pm

Brad Ashton
Brad Ashton – Job of a Laughtime

Keynote speaker Brad Ashton will keep SoFA entertained with amazing numerous and humorous back stage stories. He had the pleasure (and sometimes displeasure) of writing TV comedy for Ken Dodd, Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson, Dick Emery, Bruce Forsyth, Frankie Howard, Hylda Baker, David Frost and Bob Monkhouse, amongst others.

Be prepared for some startling revelations!

This Zoom meeting replaces the cancelled February face to face meeting, which is unable to go ahead, due the temporary closure of the Royal Clifton Hotel.

If you are not a member, but would like to attend this Zoom session, any of our events or interested in joining our Association, please complete our Contact Form.

Postponed – TigerMuffin Soaps

Soap Bar

Postponed – TigerMuffin Soaps – Matthew 

Soap Bar

Due to our loss of venue, our preferred alternative location being unavailable, as well as the new variant of the Corona virus, this event is postponed.

Matthew of TigerMuffin Soaps, Formby was to give us an interesting and entertaining talk plus a demonstration of soap making.

This was to been an afternoon talk, our first one of 2022. However, we will be re-scheduling Tigermuffin to a later date.

On their website you can find out more about their family business.

If you are not a member, but would like to attend any of our events or interested in joining our Association, please complete our Contact Form.

Cancelled – Coffee Morning 08 January 2022

Coffee Cup

We were due to hold a coffee morning for you to come and join us for our first event of 2022. Unfortunate due to us losing our venue and the new Covid strain, we have had to cancel this event.  Here you would have had a chance to catch up with friends from SoFA.

Coffee Cup

As we have had to cancel this Coffee Morning we hope to hold another at a future date into replace this one.

If you are not a member, but you  would like to attend or interested in joining our Association, please complete our Contact Form.

For information on the National Trust, please check their website.

Japan, Bowing to Tradition, Zoom talk by Jim Holmes

Japanese Umbrellas - SoFA

Jim Holmes kindly agreed to talk to our society on Tuesday 29th June on the subject of Japan.

Jim is a documentary photographer working on commercial projects and humanitarian interventions around the world.

Over 30 years of travel has taken Jim to some of the most remote and extraordinary places on earth including Japan.

Jim gave a very interesting and informative talk entitled Japan, ‘Bowing to Tradition’. He entertained us with stories from the northern ‘snow country’ to the southern tropical beaches explaining that Japan is a diverse and complicated country. Jim also informed us how Japan has integrated very traditional aspects of it’s culture into modern society.

Jim spoke of micro cars to beer from machines and houses to tatami mats. He explained how Japan is not quite what you imagine, as tradition meets modernism.

We would like to thank Jim for a very interesting and entertaining presentation for the Southport and Formby National Trust Association.

To read more information and view Jim Holmes’ photographs please visit his website here

If you are a member of the National Trust, and would like to join our local Association please complete our contact form

Article supplied by Lois Hughes

Weird and Wonderful Liverpool, Zoom Talk by Ken Pye

Image of Ken Pye
Ken Pye, Weird and Wonderful Liverpool Zoom Talk
Ken Pye from Discover Liverpool

Ken Pye, a historian of all things Liverpudlian, has given several presentations to our Association. His talk, Weird and wonderful Liverpool, on 25th May covered some of the more unusual stories of Liverpool’s past.

Dr Solomon set up a practice in late 18th century Liverpool after purchasing a degree from Edinburgh University. He promoted his remedy ‘Balm of Gilead’ as a cure-all and through astute marketing it became very popular. Dr Solomon became extremely wealthy as a result and, upon his death, was buried in a magnificent tomb which sadly no longer exists. The main ingredient of the Balm was brandy so despite no medical efficacy probably did make people feel better.

The 18th century also saw the establishment of zoos as a form of entertainment and at one point there were seventeen in the Liverpool area. Liverpool Zoological Park survived into the 20th century and in the 1930’s one of it’s star attractions was Micky the chimp. He was used as a goal keeper, a task at which he was very successful. Micky was too successful and people started kicking the ball at him rather than trying to score. Eventually he’d had enough and made his escape. After throwing roof tiles at his pursuers he was finally cornered and shot. Micky’s body was stuffed and exhibited in Lewis’s Dept store until the building was bombed in the blitz. A very sad story.

It was surprising to learn that there are the remains of an Iron Age hill fort under the present city. Its inhabitants, the Brigantes, were fearsome people. Daubed in a blue woad dye they went naked into battle which successfully kept the invading Romans at bay.

An up to date trawl through the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ section of the Liverpool Echo provided some Liverpudlian humour, intended or otherwise. A traffic warden named his daughters Scarlet, Amber and Jade, but perhaps the character of Liverpool was revealed in a funeral announcement. A lady rang to give details of her husband’s funeral. The copy-taker informed her that she had one line left in the notice and after a moments thought the lady said ‘Car for sale, £1000 o.n.o. Apparently she sold the car.

Ken Pye’s light hearted delivery deserves a live audience but even via Zoom he conveys his affection for Liverpool and its inhabitants. A most entertaining talk.

For more interesting weird and wonderful Liverpool tales visit Discover Liverpool

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Article supplied by Richard Hughes