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GOOD NEWS - 8th December

The Future Fleetwood Partnership Board is made up of people who live and work in the Town, many of them will be well-known to you, all of them are passionate about helping Fleetwood progress and creating opportunities for the community to thrive. A 'Regeneration Framework Report', which outlines proposed projects and interventions being considered to improve the town over the next 20 years, has been published this week. Proposals in the framework include, transforming Fleetwood seafront, developing a new Visitor Centre as part of Fleetwood Museum, extending the town centre tram loop, improving the residential housing offer and town-wide green spaces. Residents are invited and encouraged to read the document and offer their comments.

David McPartlin, Head of Flakefleet Primary School and Chair of the Future Fleetwood Partnership Board says, “We value local residents’ feedback. It is really important to the Board to gain some insight from them to ensure the projects we want to drive forward are aligned with our residents' vision for the future. There are some really exciting proposals in the framework which I am sure people will want to comment on. Ultimately, we are working on creating a brighter future for Fleetwood which will benefit everyone, so we want as many people to contribute their thoughts as possible!”

Also announced this week, Wyre Council’s investment plans for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund have been approved by the government. The council will receive £3.9 million over the next three years as part of the Levelling Up agenda, with communities across the borough benefitting from funded projects which cover themes such as Town centre improvements; arts and culture; visitor economy and more.

And there's more Good News as a ‘one-stop shop’, offering NHS diagnostic tests, scans and checks closer to home is to be opened in Fleetwood next year.

The community diagnostic centre will be based at Fleetwood Health and Wellbeing Centre on Dock Street. It will provide multiple tests away from a hospital site making appointments more convenient for patients while helping to cut the risk of spreading COVID-19. Fewer patient journeys will also mean lower carbon emissions generated.

With excitement building around England's progress in the World Cup, the next generation of players will be watching and dreaming of being a star of the future. Fleetwood Town Community Trust has launched its football boot appeal - taking in donations of boots iand trainers in good condition which will be passed on to youngsters in and around the Town so they can enjoy playing the game. Phil and Emma from the Trust called in to Affinity Lancashire to see General Manager Stewart and leave a collection bin. Donations can also be made at the Poolfoot Farm complex in Thornton. For further information on the boot appeal please contact Emma on 01253 208442 or

Fleetwood Town Community Trust is also hosting a Christmas Festival of Football at Poolfoot for children in school years 1 to 4. It's on Tuesday 20th December from 5pm to 6pm with matches, fun and prizes to be won! Call the number above or email to get involved.

There's an exciting new solo exhibition by international artist Margaret Hughlock on now at the Fleetwood Market House Studio Gallery. Margaret was born in Lancashire and studied textile and fashion design at Bolton College of Art and subsequently developed a very successful career in the fashion, textile and interior design industry.

Her paintings are distinctive for their unique sculptural qualities and additional embossed foil technique, combined with the use of strong acrylic-coloured themes. Subject matter varies from still-life imagery to abstract and figurative works. Margaret now works from her studio on the Wyre estuary, creating sculptural works of art for High Street galleries in UK, Italy and America.

The exhibition is open now at The Market House Studios on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until the 14th January (ex the Christmas and New Year Bank Holidays)

Healthier Fleetwood is hosting a couple of FREE craft sessions in the next week ...

On Tuesday 13th December, join Tina Dempsey for a Gelli Plate Workshop at our Information Centre, Affinity Lancashire from 11am to 2pm. Taking inspiration from the beautiful Mount Gardens and the stunning coastal views, Tina will show you a range of simple processes to make your own Mount-inspired prints. All materials are included, no experience is needed and no need to book in advance - just drop in on the day.

On Wednesday 14th December from 10am to 12noon, Lancashire Adult Learning are coming along to our regular weekly crafting session at Fleetwood Library to support the 2022 Cards For Kindness Christmas campaign. You can design and make cards which will be distributed to residents at local care homes, bringing a little festive cheer. Again there's no need to book ... and as Fleetwood Library is a Warm Hub, there's a hot drink available. The friendly library team can also tell you about their many other groups and activities. A reminder that we welcome visitors to pop into our Information Centre, Affinity to find out what's happening in the community - on Friday mornings, 11am to 1pm, you can also have a chat and a cuppa with one of the Fleetwood Social Prescribers.

There's plenty of pre-Christmas and holiday fun to enjoy ...

Wyre Council has released the Fleetwood festive interactive digital trail - play along and help Nic Clause find his way. There's 5 unique and exciting Augmented Reality experiences to discover, and puzzles to solve to help Nic Clause save Christmas. > Read more and play here

It's the Christmas Market at Fleetwood Spiritualist Church this Saturday, the 10th from 11am to 3pm. Loads of stalls with handmade crafts and gifts, cakes and bakes and a visit from Santa too! See the Church's page on Facebook for more information of the Market and all their news and forthcoming events.

Helping families during these tough times, all tickets for the Marine Hall pantomime, 'Beauty & The Beast' are just £10pp. And for children under 2 years, babes on laps and carers - tickets are FREE! You can call into Marine Hall Box Office, telephone 01253 887693 or visit to book tickets.

Have you seen the amazing Christmas Lights shining at no. 39 Beach Road? Local resident Paul welcomes visitors to come for a look round the annual display and to make a donation to the great work at Brian House Children's Hospice. The lights go on every evening from 4pm - well done to Paul for his all his hard work.

And thanks to the good folks at Fleetwood Rotary, Santa and his sleigh will be out and about across the Town over the next couple of weeks, supporting several good causes in the local community. You can see the full his route and approximate times on our website here.

It was our last Open Meeting of the year this week, as always a great evening sharing news from the wonderful local groups and events in Fleetwood and hearing ideas for something new. Look out for a full summary of the meeting in a 'Good News Extra' bulletin we'll be sending over the weekend.

Until the next time ... take care.




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