Notes from our Open Meeting

Pauline welcomed everyone to the meeting which was being held in the newly refurbished Memorial Hall, Emmanuel at the Mount and invited everyone attending to start the discussions.

Gail mentioned the Wyre Volunteers litter pick group which meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month to keep the Lord Street area tidy. They start from Fish’s at 10am, bin bags and grabbers are provided and anyone is welcome to join in, children too accompanied by an adult.

Jacob and Jamie shared news of some events …. their monthly LGBTQ coffee afternoon is on Saturday 6th July at Fleetwood Library, 12 noon to 2pm, all welcome, just a donation for the refreshments. There’s a Quiz Nite at the Duke of York in Blackpool, Monday 15th July hosted by Jacob and they are planning a Picnic in the Park for the end of the month. Jacob and Jamie have also kindly offered to hold an event to discuss LGBTQ matters and how the wider community can be more welcoming to all individuals – details will be announced.

Michaela announced that Fleetwood Library will be launching their new pop-up cinema and she will be helping with the popcorn and drinks. (We believe the first screening will be  The Greatest Showman on Saturday 27th July but please check with the Library). Michaela had also recently tried the Virtual Reality headsets at the Library with special films about WWII and Dr Who. The headsets will be available again on the 9th & 10th July from 10am to 2pm and you can find out more about one of the films on the BBC website.

Talking of the BBC, a team from their News channel has been in Fleetwood recording interviews with residents who are seeing the benefits to their health by taking part in activities and groups. Reporter Dominic Hughes met with members of the Mens Shed, ANON arts group and the Active Lancashire boxercise group at the YMCA Lofthouse Building. We don’t have a confirmed date for the feature to go on air but will let everyone know nearer the time.

Andrew updated us on the Men’s Shed. The meeting on a Thursday is now at the Red & White bar, Highbury Stadium from 10am to 12 noon with thanks to John from Fleetwood Town Community Trust for setting that up. There’s extra space to move around and chat and also John will run some gentle exercise and sports sessions for the members. The session on Sunday from 9.30am is still at the Pavilion, Memorial Park; there’s the Veteran’s Breakfast at St David’s Hall, Larkholme Lane on Wednesday morning from 10 – 12 noon and the shop is open on Adelaide Street for a bargain or to drop-in and say hello.

Mark spoke about the 3 ‘Cs’ … Connecting, Confidence and Control. All the great work going on in the community has seen residents making more connections, growing in self-confidence and by opening up the discussion further, it’s about residents taking more control too.

The rest of the meeting was a discussion to introduce an event for local residents to suggest what they’d like to see happen to help create a healthier Fleetwood. The free event is on Tuesday evening, 9th July 5pm to 7pm at Emmanuel Church at the Mount.

We won’t come up with all the answers in one evening or reach all members of the community but we hope to find out more about what residents think is important to them, and how we can work together to make a difference.

The first part of the evening will be an opportunity for suggestions and then we’ll start to look at what the priorities are and what can be achieved. Within reason, all suggestions are welcome whether it be setting up a new group, providing a service or something to do with the environment we live in but we don’t want to lead the discussion, it’s your ideas we want to hear.

If the date, time and location of the event isn’t convenient we’ll be looking at more events at different times around Fleetwood in the future to continue the discussion.

If you are a Fleetwood resident and can make it, please bring a friend or family member too, the more opinions the better, and from all ages.

Pauline added that this was a great opportunity for people to help shape the Town for the future and urged everyone to attend. She thanked those present and closed the meeting.

Healthier Fleetwood would like to thank Emmanuel Church for their support and hospitality in hosting our meetings.


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