GOOD News: 14th July

There’s a great opportunity to get out and about and enjoy two amazing, art events right here in Fleetwood.


If you haven’t already, do visit the former Fleetwood Hospital for the ‘Inside Out’ Exhibition of local residents work created during the pandemic. It’s a fabulous collection of paintings, sketches, photography, sculpture, textiles, crochet and much, much more. The exhibition is on Thursday 15th (1pm – 7pm) and Saturday 17th July (10am – 4pm) via the entrance from Bold Street. It is on the upper floor so access is limited.

> See the Inside Out Exhibition page on Facebook for more information.


And it's a short stroll round to Marine Hall Gardens for the Transported event.


This includes ‘In Memoriam’ a touring artwork by Luke Jerram. The installation of huge flags is a temporary memorial for the public to visit and remember all those we have lost from the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s also a tribute to all the NHS health and care workers who have been risking their lives during the crisis. Transported is free, it's outdoors and it's on from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th July, 10am – 4pm. > More on Facebook here.


Also looking to use the fantastic open spaces of Marine Hall Gardens and the Promenade is a new family-fitness group.


Locally-based fitness coach Craig Broomhead, Adam Diver of the Fleetwood Triathlon Hub and Sean of McGann Boxing have teamed up to launch this great, new wellbeing initiative. Starting from Sunday 8th August at 10am then weekly for the month, they will host a FREE fitness session for residents of all ages to enjoy together.


There’s no need to book, just turn up on the grassed area by Marine Hall steps with suitable clothing and a drink (water or juice that is) and be prepared to have fun while you get fitter!


A rather more gentle gathering is the coffee morning being held by Fleetwood United Reformed Church on Wednesday 21st July.


This is a free event from 10.30 a.m. open to all for refreshments, cake, and fellowship in the Church Hall on Dronsfield Road. Our churches have been incredible during recent months, supporting those in need and whether you are of faith or not, this will be a lovely way to share some time with members of the community.


Our own plans to keep in touch with you have been a little disrupted this week as we’ve had to temporarily close the Wellbeing & Community Information Centre at Affinity Lancashire.


This is due to a member of the team isolating as a close contact of someone testing positive for COVID (although we've all tested negative ourselves) and we hope to reopen on Tuesday 20th July.


We’re also looking at options for resuming our popular Open Meetings but with the COVID situation as it is, we’re not quite there yet so watch this space for a date and venue!


Dates for your diary ... Affinity Lancashire is holding a Wellbeing Week from 8th to 14th August and we are working with them on activities and partners, Harmony & Health and the Fylde Ukulele Network are already signed up. More details soon.


There was a great response when the Vaccine Van was in Fleetwood earlier this month and it’s coming back!


People aged 18 and over can take advantage of walk-in vaccine appointments on Monday 19 July and Friday 30 July. The van will be parked on the car park outside Fleetwood YMCA/Marine Hall and anyone who hasn’t had a vaccine yet is welcome to turn up without an appointment and receive their first or second vaccine between 10am and 4pm.


A reminder that the Local Connections Fund is now open for bids and is ideal for smaller groups who need support to start new projects in the community.


The funding is aimed at bringing people together in safe and secure ways, making people aware of what services are available to reduce loneliness and to build lasting connections.

> Visit the National Lottery Community Fund website for full details


Until the next time … take care.

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