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GOOD NEWS - 11th August

This weekend sees yet another huge event in the Fleetwood calendar ... it's the 10th Fylde Coast Food & Drink Festival at Marine Hall and Gardens.

There's free entry, free parking, free entertainment and of course plenty of delicious food and drink for everyone to enjoy on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August both inside Marine Hall and, with the good weather expected, outside in the Gardens.

There will be lots to try and buy including cakes and coffee, cheese and chutney’s, pies and puddings, wines and beers and lots more including award-winning exhibitors and a range of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options too.

Join in the FREE Picnic Basket Trail Hunt at this years festival, a fun activity for everyone finding the 5 delicious picnic basket items hidden the Hall with a tasty treat for every completed trail sheet!

Also don't miss the FREE theatre performances/workshops of 'Gloria and the Lost Bunny' on Saturday (13th) just across at the Mount Pavilion and Gardens from 10.15am. There's no need to book, just turm up on the day and enjoy the fun!

And if that's not enough ... Healthier Fleetwood will be at the Festival on Sunday (14th) so please come and say hello at our Wellbeing Information stall. You'll find us in the Marine Hall foyer - unless we're off sampling some of the goodies of course!

We're not at the Festival on Saturday, find out more as we present a few suggestions to get out & about, and discover some more of the groups, activities and events in and around Fleetwood during the week ahead.

Saturday 13th August - Afternoon Tea for Breast Cancer Now Jars of Joy and Healthier Fleetwood invite you to an event to raise awareness of and funds for Breast Cancer research. It's at Fleetwood Rugby Club, entry is by donation and there will be tea & coffee, cakes & sandwiches, a prize draw and a Jars of Joy workshop with the wonderful Sparkly Margaret! See the event on Facebook for information.

Sunday 14th August - Fleetwood Indoor & Outdoor Carboot

Before you head off to the Food & Drink Festival, there's time to call into Fleetwood's biggest car boot sale, 2 Navigation Way, off Copse Road. Open from 9am to 2pm and as it suggests, there's tables indoors and out, somewhere to get a hot breakfast and drinks and the venue is dog-friendly. All the information including how to book a table is on Facebook here.

Monday 15th August - Walk & Talk with the Fylde Coast Veterans Community Although this was started to bring together members of the armed forces, their friends and family it is OPEN TO ALL to attend and has become one of the most popular events on the wellbeing calendar, Starting from Marine Hall at 10.30am, the walk heads towards Rossall Observation Tower, then returns for a brew and a chat in one of the cafes on the Promenade.

Tuesday 16th August - Football sessions for 3 - 8 year olds

Fleetwood Town Community Trust provides an opportunity for young boys and girls to begin or enhance their football journey, meet and play with friends, develop skills, improve self-confidence. Sessions held at the Poolfoot complex, Thornton, 5pm-6pm, delivered by FA/UEFA B qualified coaches. > Information on other sessions and bookings

Wednesday 17th August - Dan Worsley at Fleetwood Library Storyteller and author Dan is no stranger to the Fylde Coast. Having spent 15 years as a primary school teacher in Blackpool he began a writing career and his titles include the adventures of teenage hero Eric Appleby. Listen to some of his work and find out more about he gets his ideas in this free session at Fleetwood Library on North Albert Street from 11am to 12 noon.

Thursday 18th August - The Mount Gardening Club

Take part in a range of gardening activities with the Wyre Council volunteers and share an interest in plants, flowers and vegetables. No experience needed, no booking, just turn up for this FREE session between 9.30am and 12 noon. The meeting point is the Lodge building on the Mount Road side of the park.

Friday 19th August - Mini Marine Biologist Come along to Rossall Observation Tower for this FREE fun-packed, interactive workshop to learn more about the creatures of Morecambe Bay and the Irish Sea - from 10.30am to 12 noon. Wear suitable clothing and footwear for going onto the beach. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment. > Full details on The Bay's website here

If you'd like to suggest something for the Seven Ways in Seven Days diary, please contact us no later than the Wednesday of the week before, by email to

Fleetwood Town Community Trust mentioned above are recruiting for several new roles ...

Community Cohesion Coach - to deliver the Youth DIVERT provision supporting young people aged 10-17 years old at risk of offending or re-offending, whilst delivering health & physical activities in the community.

Sports Tutor and Football Coach - who will support students aged 16-18 years old within Fleetwood Town Sports College. The successful candidate will also be expected to coach the students for weekly fixtures.

Casual Sport Coach - to lead on delivering a range of sports and health and wellbeing provision in school and community settings. Delivery will be in line with externally funded projects, such as; Premier League Kicks, TrySport and Premier League Primary Stars.

The Trust is also seeking a new Chief Executive Officer to lead the charity, motivate a diverse team, build relationships, and further develop their reputation locally and nationally. We take this opportunity to wish all the best to Matt Hilton, moving on to new challenges after 10 years in post.

The Bay: A Blueprint For Recovery are also looking for people to join their team for the next 12 months. They have vacancies for trainees to assist the Nature and Wellbeing officers and Community Engagement officers working in Wyre and Morecambe Bay. Job description apply here.

We'd also like to thank Carol for all her hard work as the trainee over the last year, playing her part in delivering a fun and educational program of events using the natural environment to support wellbeing.

It's a call-out for volunteers at the Fleetwood Beach Wheelchairs. Due to their success, this wonderful award-winning charity urgently requires more volunteers to meet and greet visitors and assist with the chairs going out and returning. The shifts are usually just a couple of hours, you are with another volunteer, and there is no heavy lifting or pushing of chairs. Getting involved is incredibly rewarding - you are helping individuals, family and friends create memories that will last a lifetime. To get in touch and find out more please telephone 03000 111 003 / or you can email or call into their Wheelbase at Central Car Park, Saturdays and Sundays 10am - 4pm to speak to the trustees and volunteers.

Last Saturday morning the Fleetwood Promenade parkrun celebrated its fourth anniversary. Around 130 people took part, ranging from experienced runners to those simply enjoying being part of the event and the challenge of completing the course. There was also a collection of food and toiletries on behalf of The Pantry and the equivalent of 5 trolley-fulls was dropped off later in the day, much to the delight of Father Alf. A huge thankyou to everyone who contributed to the donations and to the volunteers for their efforts at the parkrun event every week.

Some events coming up a little further ahead ... starting with Saturday 20th August when Fleetwood Museum and their community partners host a FREE Beach Craft event for all the family. Come along at 11am (by Marine Hall) and help make a unique piece of art on the beach using driftwood stones, shells and more. No need to book, just turn up - please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the beach and children should be accompanied.

Sunday 21st August is the next 'Sunset Walk' with Fleetwood Wellbeing Way. Meeting point is the Rossall Point carpark (opposite the Sea Cadets) at 7.30pm, taking a gentle stroll along the Esplanade to arrive at The Mount for refreshments and to enjoy the sunset view across the bay. All welcome > See the event page on Facebook for more info.

There's more FREE arts & crafts with Wyre Council on Tuesday 23rd August from 10am to 12noon at the outdoor classroom, Wyre Estuary Country Park. This session is a drop off activity for children aged 7-11 and offers easy-to-make crafts, take home what you make. To book your child’s place, telephone 01995 602125 / email

A date for your diary is Friday 9th September from 7pm for the second Fleetwood Suicide Awareness Walk along the Esplanade to Marine Hall.

The event is hosted by a number of community partners and full details will be announced on the Inspired Minds Facebook page this Sunday evening, and in next week's edition of the Good News.

And last but by no means least, we welcome the West Fleetwood Computer Clinic to our Wellbeing & Community Information Centre at Affinity on Friday (19th August) for a FREE drop-in session. If you need help getting connected, using a digital device or keeping your personal data safe - pop in for a chat with the friendly team between 11am and 2pm.

Until the next time, take care ...




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