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GOOD NEWS - 1st December

Once again, the Fleetwood community has come together to support those in need - fundraisers for the Christmas Day Dinner have already passed their initial target! Led by mother, daughter and auntie, Christine, Heather and Gill (and young Isaac too) the kind-hearted group behind this wonderful idea are thrilled with the response so far. The dinner is free and for anyone who might be alone or in need and will be held at St Wulstans and St Edmunds Hall on Christmas Day.

Heather says, "Thank you so much for all the generous donations, we are absolutely blown away by the support we are getting! We are now looking for volunteer drivers on the day to pick up and drop of some of our guests who will struggle to get to us. If you are interested in helping out give me a call or send me a text on 07958 558135." More donations are still greatly appreciated and will really help make the day so special for everyone attending and for those volunteering too.

Community fundraising helps support so many wonderful causes and there's good news for anyone working to reach their targets ... Lancashire County Council has allocated £500,000 per year to the Lancashire Culture & Sport Fund to support community-led ideas for cultural and sporting activities. Organisations could get up to £20,000 to boost projects toward their funding goal.

Parish and Town Councils can take part too, with up to £5,000 available, while individuals with ideas and businesses who want to benefit their community could get £1,500 towards crowdfunding campaigns. With pledges starting at £2, there is also an opportunity for everyone across the county to get involved by supporting projects in their area. The fund launches today and there's two workshops to discuss potential project ideas on 14th December and 12th January 2023.

McGann Boxing & Fitness support local residents of all ages to improve their physical health and also their self-confidence through a range of activities.

After the success of the Summer Camp there's a Christmas Boxing Camp. It's a the YMCA Lofthouse Building on London Street from 19th to 22nd December as part of Wyre Council Holiday Club. Sessions are from 9am to 3pm and will include boxing & other sports; strength & conditioning; nutritional workshops; Panto by Pendle Productions & lots more. Places are free for children aged between 12-16 who are on free school meals and just £20 per day for those who aren’t.

Choose Health have been commissioned by Lancashire County Council, to deliver FREE NHS Health Checks in Lancashire with a focus on workplaces, places of worship and the community.

Even if you are feeling well and healthy, it is worth having your NHS Health Check. The check-up sessions look for signs that you’re at increased risk of: heart disease; stroke; type 2 diabetes; kidney disease and also dementia. Identifying these potential risks early means you can work with health professionals to reduce your risk of developing health problems in the future. These FREE NHS Health Checks are for anyone aged 40 to 70 who has not had a check-up in the last 5 years. They will take about 20 to 30 minutes - you will be asked some simple questions about your family history, and some lifestyle choices; your height, weight, age, sex, and ethnicity will be recorded. Your blood pressure and cholesterol will also be checked. Workplace and community groups are invited to book a visit from the Choose Health team.

A reminder of the Warm Spaces network - the local venues opening their doors to residents during the Winter months for a hot drink, snack, activities and company. You'll see the banners and posters around Town now and the list of all the supporting venues together with the facilities they are offering is being regularly updated on the Healthier Fleetwood website.

The start of a new month so loads of events to enjoy in and around Fleetwood.

The Great Outdoors listing from Wyre Council and their partners includes walks, beach cleans, conservation days and seasonal activities such as Christmas wreath-making workshops. There's also the regular gardening club mornings at The Mount Lodge & Memorial Park, and The Bay: Blueprint For Recovery host a number of FREE events.

It's a busy month at Fleetwood Library!

As well as all the arts and crafts, yoga, adult learning opportunities, baby & kids clubs and more, there's Christmas Decoration making and flower arranging. The library's Dementia Singing Group is so popular it's now on twice a month.

Here's some of the Christmas Fayres and events to support over the next few days, in fact all on Saturday 3rd December ...

St Nicholas Church Fayre, Broadway, Fleetwood 10am to 2pm > More on Facebook Maxi Fitness Fayre, Lofthouse Way, Fleetwood 10am to 3pm > More on Facebook Chill Lounge Table Top Sale, Mens Shed, Manor Rd 11am to 5pm > More on Facebook Sendsation Xmas, Fleetwood Methodist Church 1.30m to 4pm > More on Facebook

On selected dates during December, Santa's Grotto is open at The Mount, Fleetwood > More on Facebook

After a successful first event, the Baby Bank offering prams, car seats, baby baths, Moses baskets, clothes, shoes, bedding and more is back at Skools Inn, 444 Fleetwood Road on Sunday 4th December from 10am to 2pm. > More on Facebook

Some Healthier Fleetwood events coming up ...

Tomorrow, Friday, 2nd December, is the monthly drop-in at our Information Centre, Affinity Lancashire with our friends from The Peter Lyttle Foundation.

Pop in from 11am to 1pm to find out more about the support available for people with dementia and their families, particularly those dealing with early-onset.

And on Fridays you are very welcome to call into the Information Centre for a chat over a cuppa about the many great things happening in the Fleetwood community. Our next Open Meeting is Wednesday 7th December, 6.30pm, Emmanuel at the Mount - doors open a little earlier for a hot drink and to start the conversations.

It's FREE to attend and during the evening you'll hear from many of the amazing local groups and event organisers, find out how to get involved and share your ideas for something new. There will be some seasonal fun, a mince pie and we have visitors joining us from Cumbria who want to hear more about our fabulous Town and community spirit. All very welcome!

For the 1st of December we have launched our Advent Calendar today, celebrating individuals, groups and organisations making a difference in our community. Please check our social media and website each day around 10am to see who's behind the door!

If you need to keep track of important dates next year, FREE copies of our 2023 calendar are available to pick up from the Information Centre. All the Bank Holidays are marked along with the dates for our Open Meetings at Emmanuel Church plus there's somewhere for you to set yourself a challenge for the 12 months ahead.

And finally, look out for a series of beautiful and unique illustrations from creative artist LauraKate that share Fleetwood's heritage.

These were developed in collaboration with Fleetwood residents and students at Cardinal Allen and Fleetwood High School as part of the Fleetwood HAZ Cutural Programme led by Fleetwood Museum. You can take a peek at these on the new screen at Custom House Square across from Fleetwood Market. There will be more to come in the months ahead on the High Street.




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