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GOOD NEWS - 15th May

This week's bulletin includes some VIPs (very impressed people), upcoming events and of course, lots of Good News for and from the local community ...

On Monday several venues across Fleetwood hosted a visit by Lord Victor Adebowale, Chair of the NHS Confederation, and some of his colleagues. This was a follow-up to the two days Lord Victor spent in the Town last September.

The party wanted to see for themselves how local residents of all ages are making a difference to their community now and playing a part in decisions about the future. After a warm welcome and a delicious coffee in Strive Community Cafe at Flakefleet Primary School there was a get-together with local groups at the Healthier Fleetwood Centre.

The tour finished at The Hub in Fleetwood Hospital with an update on the £1m investment into a new youth facility led by Fleetwood Trust and Fleetwood Town Community Trust - due to open in the Summer.

Visits like these and the hugely positive conversations that take place during them support all the great work happening in Fleetwood. They demonstrate the value of listening to and giving more control to a community. Thank you to Lord Victor, Ruth and Shweb from the NHS Confederation for taking the time to visit - we look forward to seeing you again soon.

One of the groups chatting with Lord Victor was the Fleetwood Town Flyers Walking Football, represented by Steve and Gary.

Appropriately the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week is 'movement' and The Flyers are a great example of the positive benefits physical activity can have on mental health.

There's three sessions a week for men aged 49 and over at The Poolfoot complex, Thornton Cleveleys. It's suitable for all abilities on Wednesdays and Sundays, with a faster paced match on Friday evenings. Games are played in a great spirit and there's a chance to catch up over a post-match cuppa.

Steve, Gary and a third Flyer, Harry have also set up the Talking Men support group. They meet on Thursday evenings at Verona Hall, also in Thornton Cleveleys and it's an opportunity for men to chat in a safe, welcoming environment - sharing anything that's worrying them and something positive they've achieved.

Fleetwood Town Flyers and Talking Men are both supported by Fleetwood Town Community Trust and completing the hat-trick of Good News, there's a FREE Wellbeing & Resilience Course coming up later this month.

It's at Poolfoot on Thursday 30th May from 2pm to 4.30pm, delivered by Neil Sladen from nCompass. The course will suggest strategies for dealing with challenges that men might be facing and will encourage them to talk about their concerns. Places are free and refreshments will be provided during the afternoon.

For information on Talking Men and to reserve places on the Wellbeing Course please contact or phone 01253 208442.

After the disappointing news of the week before, great to hear that new plans are being made for the Fleetwood Festival of Transport, better known as Tram Sunday.

There's a lot to consider and the committee need our support, and a little patience, before they announce more details so please follow the Facebook page or see the official website here to get involved. Thank you to all the volunteers, past and present for their hard work staging this event for Fleetwood.

A couple or other events coming up this week ...

Fleetwood Festive Lights Committee invite you to a 'Day at the Races'. It's on Saturday 18th May at Saturday 18th May at Fleetwood Bowling Club with tickets just £10pp including fish & chips!

The team at Fleetwood Library invites you to a Coffee Morning on Wednesday 22nd May from 10am to 12 noon. It's one of a series of events being held at Lancashire County Council venues to mark 50 years since the authority was formed. Pop in for a cuppa and to discover all the great opportunities at your library.

As well as being Mental Health Awareness week, it's also Dementia Awareness Week until 19th May. Fleetwood Library has an excellent selection of books available to borrow which offer insights into the condition and practical advice for those affected, family and friends.

Call in to browse the selection and ask about ordering other titles.

And the past weekend saw two community events take place, with hundreds of local residents attending and enjoying the sunshine ...

National Fishing Remembrance Day was marked with an event on Sunday, first at the Welcome Home statue and then in Euston Gardens. There was music from Fleetwood Old Boys Band and a service led by Rev George Ayoma with Fleetwood Rotary among the groups attending.

A little further along the beach on the same day, Fleetwood's Colour Run was great fun for all involved. The event is held in loving memory of Lisa Birtwistle and organised by Fleetwood Town Community Trust, Fleetwood Primary Care Network and Healthier Fleetwood.

With so many events in and around Fleetwood, a reminder organisers can access a portable defibrillator.

The equipment can be hired for a day, weekend or longer period from the wonderful volunteers at Wyre & Fylde Community Defibrillators. For more information please email or you can call Gilly on 07710 644425 and Helen on 07533 938281.

This week the duo have been to enjoy the Just Sing! group who meet on Thursday evenings at Fleetwood Methodist Church.

And finally, before we "Shutdown & Update" for another week, it's the West Fleetwood Computer Clinic drop-in at the Healthier Fleetwood Centre on Friday 17th May. The friendly, knowledgeable volunteers will be with us from 11am to around 1.30pm, passing on free advice to get the most from your digital device plus tips on data storage, online security and more.

Please keep sending in your GOOD NEWS to share with the community ... we love hearing from you.

Until the next time, take care.




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