Our latest Newsletter …

Hello, we hope you are all enjoying the Summer so far even if the weather is a little unpredictable. Of course there’s always something to do in and around Fleetwood including events at Memorial Park and Fleetwood Market, Beach Cleans and conservation days and family fun. The best way to find out what’s on is to pick up a copy of the Great Outdoors Guide 2019 from many locations around the Town or view a copy on-line using the link.
 
One of the great successes of the last year has been the Fleetwood Promenade parkrun event, held every Saturday morning at 9am along the Central Promenade from Marine Hall to Rossall Observation Tower and back, that’s 5k if you are wondering. The event celebrates its first anniversary this weekend (3 rd August) and is inviting residents and visitors to take part by running, walking, walking the dog, pushing a buggy … even in fancy dress if you want to! Contributions to Fleetwood Food Bank are also welcomed and can be dropped off on the morning – you can read more about the most suitable donations on the Wyre Council website. 1,784 runners have run a total of 23,830km since the event began so if you want to add to those numbers register first on the website, come along and give it a go! 
 
If that sounds a little too energetic but you want to make a difference to the community and the environment there’s an opportunity to join the ‘Love Where You Live’ alleyways project with Wyre Council and its partners. A group of volunteers has already created a fantastic space off Seabank Road and residents have nominated alleyways by Westfield Avenue & Whinfield Avenue, and Warren Street & St. Peter’s Place as the next locations. More information on our website.
 
A couple of other events to point you to next month … Sunday 11 th August is the first ever ‘ Marine Fest’. This free event in Marine Hall Gardens will run between 11am and 4pm is about encouraging local families to be creative and active together. As well as a line-up of local bands live on stage there is a real emphasis on celebrating family participation. Amongst the many activities are craft sessions, big art making, tug of war, circus skills, caricature drawing, and storytelling. It’s all free and children will be able to take home art materials to continue the fun.
 
The following Sunday, 18 th August is the popular Food & Drink Festival at Marine Hall from 10am to 4pm and Healthier Fleetwood will be there. When we’re not enjoying a few of the delicious treats available we’ll bring you up to date on this year’s Young Chef of the Year competition.
 
Congratulations and thank you to the band of volunteers for another excellent Festival of Transport a couple of Sundays ago. Healthier Fleetwood had a space by Fishermans Walk and we were delighted to be joined by Just Good Friends, Lancashire Young Carers and the Fleetwood Breast Friends Group who set up a very popular baby-change facility. In pleasant sunshine it was a very enjoyable day and thanks if you came to say hello.
 
The Fleetwood story continues to be followed by BBC News. Reporter Dominic Hughes and a crew were in Town a few weeks ago interviewing residents to hear how they’ve made a change to their lives, taking more control of their wellbeing. The outcomes are happier, healthier individuals and families, less likely to attend their GP or visit hospital and helping to build a stronger community. We don’t have a date yet when the feature will be on air but will let you know.
 
For any questions or suggestions contact us by email to listening@healthierfleetwood.co.uk. You can also keep up to date with our news and about the many local groups by following us on Facebook and Twitter or come along to any of our free listening events. We’re at Fleetwood Library every Wednesday morning 10am to 12 noon and hold a Chatter Café on the last Friday of the month at YMCA Lofthouse Building 10am to 11.30am and thank you to both venues for their support.
 
Our next Open Meeting is on Wednesday 7 th August, at Emmanuel at The Mount from 6.30pm to around 8.00pm. After a few What’s On announcements it’s all about sharing ideas, making connections and chatting over a cuppa. We’ll also be discussing one of the themes suggested by residents at our last get together. If you are coming along please bring a family member or friend who’s not been before, especially if they would benefit from finding out what’s happening in the community. Listening to your neighbours’ experiences and hearing their personal journey is always a joy and truly inspirational. Our thanks to Emmanuel for hosting many of our events and the work they do in the community.
 
Wherever it is, we look forward to seeing you soon.
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