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GOOD NEWS - 11th May

As the Country celebrated the Coronation of HRH King Charles and HRH Queen Camilla, Fleetwood certainly played its part!

It was fantastic to see the crowds watching the ceremony on a big screen at Marine Hall Gardens, enjoying the live music in the glorious sunshine at Fleetwood Day and supporting the many other community events and street parties over the weekend.

Fleetwood residents and those working in the Town have also attended some of the Royal events ...The Rt Hon Lord Tom McNally, chair of the Fleetwood Trust, was one of the few Peers to be invited to the Coronation ceremony in person on Saturday. This week, on behalf of Healthier Fleetwood and the community, Karen Boylan and Pauline Kennedy attended a Buckingham Palace garden party for the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2022.

And other local residents are great ambassadors for Fleetwood!

You may know the wonderful Linda as a regular on the Fleetwood Town Community Trust 'walk & talk' event, and as a passionate volunteer supporting others to improve their health and wellbeing but she was not always the vibrant and confident person we see now. Linda's story is featured in new campaign to raise awareness of social prescribing and how it's making a difference to thousands of people thanks to the support of link workers like Wendy who works for Fleetwood Primary Care Network.

In the last week, Jane Couch MBE spoke to Granada TV about the challenges she faced when she started her boxing career and also since she retired. Jane now offers her encouragement to young, female boxers and is one of the founders of Fleetwood's 'Chill Lounge', the ladies' friendship and support group.

Some community events coming up this weekend ...

Sunday 14th May, 10am to 2pm - The first Fleetwood Jumble Trail of 2023! Dozens of stalls will be popping up in front gardens and on doorsteps around the Town - it's a great way to declutter, pick up a bargain and meet your neighbours.

The online map of locations taking part in the Jumble Trail will go live, Friday 12th.

Also on Sunday 14th May, 11.30am - A Celebration of Life 'Colour Run'.

In loving memory of Lisa Birtwistle who was a huge loss to the community both in her work as an NHS social prescriber and with her personality and positive outlook. Along the beach from Marine Hall.

Thursday 18th May, 11.00am - 12.15pm

Join the Bay team for Wyre Sea Watch, looking out for whales, dolphins, porpoises and seabirds at the top of Rossall Point Tower with a local expert. Binoculars are provided, no experience needed, you'll learn how to record and submit sightings.

With Mental Health Awareness Week coming up, suggestions for something new to improve your mental and physical wellbeing ...

Walking football is now established as a great activity for wellbeing, did you know there's also Walking Rugby for men aged 50 and over. The FREE sessions are on Tuesday evenings, 6.30pm at Fleetwood Rugby Club, Melbourne Avenue. if you'd like to know more call 07949 504857 or email

Thank you to Malcolm for letting us know Fleetwood & District Choral Society are recruiting new members at the moment. Rehearsals will be on Friday evenings at Trinity Baptist Church on Poulton Road, ahead of a Summer Concert, 30th June. If you are interested in joining the group please visit

There's a new, FREE, gardening group at George Williams House on Broomfield Road, Fleetwood. Prepare pumpkin and other veggie seeds ready for the beds - more activities over the coming weeks. The group meets on Wednesdays, 2pm - 3.30pm. Call Sarah from Fleetwood Town Community Trust on 07709 037505.

There are many coffee mornings and social groups during the week ...

Check out the Friendship the Community Hubs pages on our website and if we haven't listed your activity yet ... please do get in touch and we can add you to the listings.

If you or somebody you know would benefit from joining a new group and meeting new people but needs a little support to take the first steps, Social Prescribing can help. Residents registered with a Fleetwood GP should ask at their surgery, telephone the local team of link workers on 01253 958397 or contact Healthier Fleetwood.

Just a couple of reminders from us of upcoming drop-ins at our Wellbeing & Community Information Centre, Affinity Lancashire ... On Tuesday 16th May, Eric from Dad Matters will be hosting a session for fathers-to-be and fathers of newborns. It's a friendly chat, swapping ideas and practical help from 11.15am to around 12.30pm. Friday 19th May is a busy day! It's the West Fleetwood Computer Clinic - call in for FREE help and advice about your digital device, 11am to 1.30pm AND the Wyre Council 'Just Reminiscing' collection of artifacts designed to spark memories and start conversations, 11am - 1pm Also every Friday as part of our Chatter Cafe, Anne, John and the volunteers from The Walnut Tree will be with us sharing their lived experience of caring for somebody with dementia and other debilitating conditions ... they'd love to see you and offer their support and advice, 11am to 1pm. Until the next time ... take care.




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