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GOOD NEWS - 19th October

A huge thank you to everyone who supported our Creative Voice event on Sunday at Marine Hall, Fleetwood.


It was a lovely afternoon filled with local residents sharing their stories through music, arts & crafts, dance, poetry and more ... inspiring others to try something new and see the benefits to their health and wellbeing.All the performers and partners were amazing, Liam was a fantastic MC, thank you to the venue team for all their hard work in advance and on the day ensuring the event ran smoothly and thanks also to volunteer Sam for welcoming visitors with a programme. If you couldn't make it along, don't worry the whole event was recorded and we will share a specially produced video online and on DVD soon.


This is not the end for Creative Voice. We've already had some conversations with partners about future workshops and events ... so watch this space!


Congratulations to the many Fleetwood-based organisations and individuals recognised at this week's Active Wyre Awards.


Tia's Crown who provide support for mental health & wellbeing through dance were winners of the Activating Communities award. They also received Highly Commended for the Health & Wellbeing Award which was won by Fleetwood Town Community Trust. Chaucer were Primary School of the year and the Activating Communities (Individual) Award went to Jules Brooks for the second year in succession. A special mention for the triple success of Fleetwood Gym Amateur Boxing - Club of the Year, Sean McGann (Coach of the Year) and Kelly Stead (Volunteer of the Year).


And congratulations also, to Tony and the Fylde Coast Veterans team.


They picked up two It's Your Community awards from the Royal Horticultural Society at North West In Bloom for their work creating a new wellbeing garden at Norcross and for maintaining the Fylde Memorial Arboretum. The spaces provide support for veterans and a fitting place of remembrance for fallen colleagues.


It's the school half-term holidays next week which means lots of family-friendly events and activities, many with a Halloween theme.


Wizardly Week at Affinity Lancashire is something every day from Monday 23rd to Saturday 28th October including Meet the Hawks & Owls, Magic & Mayhem, the Sorcerer's Stones Trail and a Slime Workshop.


There's FREE craft sessions for children aged 4 - 11 years at Fleetwood Museum on Tuesday 24th & Thursday 26th, two sessions each day, 11am and 1pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult, please book places in advance by calling 01253 876621.


A couple of events coming up with Wyre Council and their partners ... making the most of the coastal location and green spaces of Fleetwood.


Learn more about Local Water safety and Boat Navigation on Wednesday 25th October. This is a talk A talk ran by the RNLI to 'help educate school children on the hazards of play by the seaside' and how boats navigate the water using buoys. It's FREE, no need to book. Meet at the Mount Pavilion for 11am.


Thursday 26th October, 11am to 12noon ... a Community Gardening event. You will help in planting up the flower beds at the Mount Gardens - a great way to get outside, get active and meet new people. Everyone is welcome, there is no need to book, meet at The Lodges, Mount Road side of the gardens.


It's a spooktacular day of pumpkin carving on Saturday 28th October and there's a choice of venues ...


At Fleetwood Market carve out your most devilish design and once finished take your creation with you to display at home. Starting at 10am sessions will be on the hour with the last session beginning at 2pm. ALL materials provided - no need to book! Please ensure you arrive on the hour for each new session to avoid disappointment.


Also on the 28th join the Friends of Memorial Park in the Demonstration Gardens to carve a pumpkin from 11am to 1pm. Additional chargeable activities will be available including face painting, lucky dip, games, glitter tattoos and refreshments. Tramper, wheelchair and pushchair accessible.


Behind Closed Doors are holding a children's Halloween Party on Sunday 29th October 2pm - 4pm at St Wulstans Church Hall (the Green Hut). Tickets are £3pp including food, drinks and the fun & games - please see their Facebook page for more information.


On the 31st, there's a Stay & Play Halloween Party at the appropriately named Enchanted Forest Nursery.

They will be celebrating with lots of exciting Halloween-themed activities, party games, tasty treats and dancing! For info - email the Nursery here.


Fleetwood Town Community Trust are hosting Holiday and Activity Camps for the October half term, from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th October at venues including Shakespeare School and the Poolfoot Farm complex.


Sessions start each day at 9am, until 4pm or 4.30pm for children from the age of 5 years old to 12. There's also a Halloween-themed 'Spooky Friday', encouraging all children to dress up and take part in pumpkin carving and party games. For further information and to book a place, please visit the Trust's website here.


Fleetwood Ladies Rugby Club are looking to set up a new girls' team.


Training sessions are held on Wednesday evenings at Melbourne Avenue and new players are very welcome to come along, have a chat with club officials and find out more about joining. You can also get in touch and follow all the latest news on the Fleetwood RUFC Ladies Facebook page.


Organisations supporting resettlement clients, seeking asylum or refugees, are advised of a careers drop-in event at Fleetwood Library next week.


Staff from Lancashire County Council will be at the library, in the upstairs meeting room, on Wednesday 25th October from 10.30am to 12.30pm. They will offer career advice, pathway planning, 1:1 employment support, help with applications, advice on applying for college or university and CV feedback. There's no need to pre-book, just call in on the day for advice or a general chat, and refreshments will also be available. For further information please contact allanah.hodgkinson@lancashire.gov.uk


WARNING TO ALL GRINCHES .... THE FOLLOWING GOOD NEWS ITEMS CONTAIN REFERENCES TO CHRISTMAS AND HAVING FUN!


There's no escaping it folks, the Festive Season is coming and in what will probably be a regular feature, we'll be sharing news on events, fundraising and more. Please send in details of anything you'd like us to include in future bulletins.


Ahead of their popular Santa's Sleigh runs, Fleetwood Rotary is looking for some more elves this year.


There's a volunteers get-together coming up at Trinity Baptist Church, from 8pm on 15th November. You can find out what is involved and sign on to help. Tea and coffee will be available on the evening.

If you are interested in attending, please email margaretlund@yahoo.com or visit the Fleetwood Rotary page on Facebook.


Plans for this year's FREE Fleetwood Christmas Day Dinner for anyone alone or in need were announced recently and there's now a fund-raising page too.


Local resident Heather, her family and friends set up this community event, now in its third year. In 2022 nearly 100 people enjoyed a traditional meal, the pleasure of each other's company and left with a goodie bag of things to keep them warm over Winter. Offers of help on the day, with food and gift items or with a cash donation towards the costs are greatly appreciated.For more information and to support this wonderful community event please see the Christmas Dinner 2023 page on Facebook or the Just Giving page here.


There are several Facebook links above, if you're not on the platform and would like more information, please contact Healthier Fleetwood at listening@healthierfleetwood.co.uk and we can put you in touch with the group or event organisers.


Keep sending in your GOOD NEWS to share with the community.

We look forward to seeing you all soon ... take care.


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