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GOOD NEWS - 15th June

With all the gloriously hot and sunny weather of late, here's hoping it continues until the weekend for the Fleetwood Carnival Parade.

One of the highlights of the year takes place on Saturday 17th June from 1pm, starting at Marine Hall. The route will follow the promenade to pass the RNLI station and ferry, turning onto Kent Street, North Albert Street then along Lord Street as far as Poulton Street/Poulton Road and Carr Road to return along the Esplanade back to the start.There's also the crowning of the Carnival Queen before the parade, 11am in Marine Hall.

A huge amount of work goes into staging an event like the Carnival - thank you to all the volunteers for their time and hard work over the last few months and on the day.

As it's carnival season, congratulations are due to Harmony & Health singers and Highbury Morris Dancers who both picked up awards for their floats and displays at last week's Thornton Cleveleys Gala. (Apologies if we missed any other Fleetwood winners).

You can see both groups again, and of course many others at Fleetwood Carnival on Saturday.We hope everyone taking part in the parade has a fantastic time on board their colorful decorated floats - please pop along and give them all a cheer!

> For the latest news please see the Official Fleetwood Carnival page on Facebook.

And more congratulations ... this time to pupils at Cardinal Allen High School, winners of the Wyre Beat event at Marine Hall this week.

Wyre Beat is a project coordinated by Wyre Council alongside other authorities including Lancashire Police, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Wyre’s Youth Council and Lancashire County Council's Targeted Youth Support team. The project aims to highlight specific community safety priorities within schools, such as the impacts of anti-social behaviour.Cardinal Allen's performance earned them a £500 prize for the school, donated by local mental health charity Doherty's Destiny.

Would you like to be involved in helping to shape projects and facilities that support well-being and build stronger communities ... here's a couple of opportunities. As the next phase of development within The Hub, the former Fleetwood Hospital building on North Albert Street, planning is now underway for a community cafe - ideas and feedback from residents and people working in Fleetwood is invited.

The space will be designed specifically to make connections between residents, local services, organisations and visitors to our fantastic town. It will be somewhere to meet old friends and make new ones, and also to find out what's happening in Fleetwood and how to get involved. It's about making the new space accessible and valuable to the whole community. Printed copies of a questionnaire are available to pick up from the Healthier Fleetwood Information Centre at Affinity Lancashire or you can request a copy by sending an email to If you'd like to join focus groups to discuss the community cafe further, please add your contact details to the questionnaire. We are often contacted by Universities and professional bodies asking for support with studies into health inequalities and community engagement ... residents are invited to take part in discussions about health & social care services across Fylde.

Workshops are being held in Blackpool from now until September, each about 2 hours and as a 'thank you' there's a payment of £20 per hour plus reimbursement for the cost of your travel to and from the venue. You need to be over 18 years but don't need any specific experience of health or social care.

This research is being led by the University of Liverpool and a number of partners and will be used to influence projects across the whole of the Fylde Coast. > If you'd like to get involved please see the information at the link here.

Wyre Neighbourhood Centres have confirmed their line-up of FREE family fun events for the Summer holidays ...

Fleetwood activities are a Sports Day in Memorial Park on Wednesday 2nd August and a Treasure Hunt and Picnic on the beach on Wednesday 23rd August. There's also events in Poulton, Cleveleys, Staining and across the Fylde Coast. For more details see the Facebook page and book your places online here.

We've been asked to share news of two charity fundraisers coming up ...

Vicky, a work coach at Fleetwood Job Centre, will be taking on the Blackpool to Edinburgh Cycle Challenge in July, supporting the Carers Centre and their work which helps to make a better life for carers, some as young as 5 years old.

You can read more and make a donation through Vicky's Just Giving page here.

Local resident Sharon called in to see us recently, she is organising a family fun day and evening entertainment to raise funds for mental health awareness and support in Fleetwood. For now, make a note in your diary ... Saturday 12th August at Rossall Tavern from midday until late including a Meatloaf tribute!

Full details of the Fun Day will be announced soon. We look forward to helping Sharon and her friends with the event, and good luck (no punctures) to Vicky for her fellow cyclists too.

An update on an event originally planned for this weekend ... the Fleetwood Rugby Club Family Fun Day is now being held on Saturday 5th August. For news of their teams and many wellbeing activities, please visit Fleetwood Rugby Club's Facebook page.

Forthcoming drop-in events at the Healthier Fleetwood Wellbeing & Community Information Centre at Affinity Lancashire ...

Every Friday we host a Chatter Cafe - inviting local residents and community partners into our Information Centre to meet, find out what's happening in Fleetwood and enjoy a brew. We're joined by volunteers from The Walnut Tree, offering advice on living with dementia and other debilitating conditions, and the Fleetwood Social Prescribers.

And tomorrow (Friday 16th June) it's the West Fleetwood Computer Clinic - pop in from 11am to around 1.30pm for FREE tips and advice for your digital device.

On Tuesday 20th June we welcome back the Autism Initiatives Pottery Workshop from 11am to 2pm. You can call in for a chat with the team, perhaps buy a figure or an ornament to paint on the day or take home - glazing and firing is included. It's been great to have this group with us - more workshops on 27th June, 4th/18th and 25th July. See the Autism Initiatives website for more about their work.

We look forward to seeing you all soon, keep sending in your Good News ... until the next time, take care.



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