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Coffee Morning 04 September 2021

Coffee Morning

At last, SoFA members were able to meet face to face for the first time in 18 months. Our opening event was a very successful Coffee Morning held at the United Reform Church in Formby.

We were delighted to welcome over 80 SoFA members, and it was a great pleasure to be joined by Justin, one of the Formby National Trust Rangers, as well as Anne, a member of the ‘Meet and Greet’ team at the Formby site.

Justin was able to update our group regarding the projects currently underway at the Formby site, and some of the future projects aimed at improving the woodland areas for the benefit and survival of both flora and fauna.

It was so nice to hear so many people chatting and happy just to be together again. A good time was had by all who attended.

For more information about the Formby site, please click here.

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National Trust Director General Visits Formby

Hilary McGrady
Hilary McGrady
Hilary McGrady

The National Trust Director General, Hilary Mc Grady visited Formby at the end of September 2021 as part of a programme of visits in the area.

During her time at Formby, she was shown aspects of the conservation work being undertaken along the coastal area and discussed future plans.

The visit provided an opportunity for Hilary to discuss with the staff recent cases of anti- social behaviour and its impact.

SoFA members form part of the volunteer group at the site and the Association has funded equipment and tools to improve response and management on the site.

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2021 National Trust Members’ AGM

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For the attention of all National Trust Members – A Message from Mike Innerdale

2021 National Trust Members’ Annual General Meeting

I am delighted to confirm that the 2021 National Trust Members’ Annual General Meeting is being held on Saturday 30 October at the Harrogate Convention Centre.

It is the first time that the AGM has been held outside of Swindon for many years, and a real privilege that it will be held in the North. So, it will be a great opportunity for our local Supporter Groups to attend and I hope you, or any members of your group will be able to join us. We have lots of information about what’s happening around the North region as well as key messages from our national Executive and Trustees.

I will be there on the day, and it would be lovely to see you and hear about your activities and to be able to thank you in person for all that you do in support of our cause.

I would ask that you raise awareness of this important event in the region to members in your Supporter Groups.

The AGM booklet was sent out with the autumn edition of the National Trust Magazine and is also available to read or download at the National Trust website:

Please note that we are asking members to pre-register in order to attend the AGM this year. Details of how to do this are in the booklet.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch, should you have any queries or require any further information.

May I also take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Mike Innerdale

Regional Director – North Region, National Trust

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Restrictions are Relaxed at NT Properties

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Below is a message that SoFA has received from Danielle Albracht, Supporter Group Development Manager, National Trust that restrictions are relaxed at their properties. Here is a link to the list of our local properties.

Dear Supporter Group

I hope this email finds you well. We have tried to keep you updated and informed throughout the pandemic, and in that spirit, I have compiled what I hope will be useful information about changes that came into effect from 19 July 2021, including a note on group size for NTV groups.

Please continue to refer to the National Trust website as further changes to Covid restrictions are announced in each of the nations. There you can read our latest Covid statement and find more information on our coronavirus FAQs page.

General visiting information:

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops, countryside locations and many houses are open. Please check our website for visiting and booking information and visit the property webpage to see which facilities will be open for your visit.

Restrictions vary in England, Wales and Northern Ireland so please follow the latest government guidance for the country you’re visiting.

If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you’ve been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 10 days, please don’t visit.


From 19 July 2021, you’ll no longer need to pre-book your visit to many places in England. For smaller properties where booking has been introduced for guided tours, or to manage visitor numbers for other reasons, booking is still required. Pre-booking is also still required for some places in Wales and Northern Ireland so please check our website before you travel.

During your visit:

Following government guidance, we’ve lifted social distancing rules and other Covid restrictions in England. The safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff remains our top priority. We’ll continue to provide hand sanitiser and stick to our high standards of cleanliness, and face coverings are recommended in enclosed and crowded areas.

For NTV groups:

The previous limit of 30 people for volunteer parties has been lifted in England but remains for the moment in Wales and Northern Ireland. Please be mindful that it is the property’s decision as to when they will bring group volunteers back based on a number of factors including where there have been changes caused by the Reset programme and risk assessments which will be in line with covid-safe working. There may be places where teams are not in a position to restart group volunteering at this time, or they aren’t able to accommodate a larger volunteer party. If this is the case for any of your local properties, we ask for your continued patience. Please get in touch with your local property ranger teams to explore possible volunteering dates.

Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve stuck closely to government and devolved assemblies’ guidelines, and the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers remains our top priority. Thank you for showing others kindness and respect as we move forward into this next phase together.

Best regards,


The Future of Formby

The National Trust are inviting the public to ‘Get Involved In The Future Of Formby’. Below is a message from them, together with a link to their project page.

We know that National Trust Formby is a much-loved nature haven. It’s a habitat for rare wildlife, as well as a place that many people love to visit.

It’s also a unique and constantly-changing coastline. We’re committed to working with nature to restore and protect this special place – and that means putting new plans together as we look to the future.

We have a new proposal for Victoria Road at Formby that includes removing the unsightly rubble from the beach and making some important changes to car parking. We have published these proposals on our website, including a map of the proposed changes that you can download. We want to listen to and involve National Trust members, visitors and local people in our conversations about this conservation work, so we would really welcome your feedback on this proposal. Head to our website to find out more detail, read more about our public consultation events at Formby in recent years, and share your thoughts.

Visit their ‘Future of Formby’ project page by clicking this link. If you would like to know more about SoFA please fill in our contact form.

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Riders in the Surf on Formby Beach (Ian Homewood)

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