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GOOD NEWS - 1st May

As we start a new month there's so much to look forward to in Fleetwood including a huge Bank Holiday weekend of family-friendly events!

It all kicks off with Fleetwood's very own PARTY IN THE PARK, in Memorial Park, on Saturday 4th May from 1pm to 5pm. Organised by the lovely, local residents who put on the Christmas Carol singalong last year it's going to be a great day. Live music from performers including Lucas Williams and Katy Connelly, a mime artist, magician, penalty shoot-out, donkey rides, face-painting, DJ and much more. Sponsorship and prize donations have come from community-spirited local businesses and organisations.

On to Sunday 5th May and it's the return of FLEETWOOD DAY in Euston Gardens from 11am to 5pm.

Traditionally held on May Bank Holiday weekend so it's close to the birth date of Fleetwood's founder, Sir Peter Hesketh, this is about celebrating our great Town. There's a terrific line-up of live music, entertainment, games, stalls and heritage-themed activities to enjoy. Fleetwood's own Mr Joe Boe is your MC presenting artists including the fabulous Fylde Ukulele Band, Chicque and The Cracked. There's a Punch & Judy show, Morris Dancing displays, a gallery of historic photos, a treasure hunt and much more. It's all FREE thanks to the support of Fleetwood Town Council and our local councillors from LCC.

Later on Sunday, the volunteers from the Fleetwood Wellbeing Way host their latest 'Moments at The Mount' event, a sunset walk. Meeting point is the Rossall Tower Car Park opposite Fleetwood Sea Cadets for 7.30pm, setting off at 7.45pm for a short inspirational walk along part of Fleetwood Wellbeing Way. The group will reach The Mount Pavilion around 8.15pm for refreshments and hopefully watch the sun setting over Fleetwood at 8.50pm.

We're also getting close to the launch of the Can You Grow The Tallest Sunflower challenge, with our friends from Fleetwood Wellbeing Way. More about when and where you can pick up your FREE seeds and growing kit will be shared in next week's bulletin.

Affinity Lancashire hosts Artisan Street on Bank Holiday Monday.

Visit around 20 independent stalls and businesses showcasing everything from delicious hot streetfood, sweet treats, crafts, local blooms and unique gifts! There's also a FREE 'Reuse & Recycle' Welly Planting Workshop linked to the Elmer Arts Trail, on from 11am - 4pm.

The 'Affordable Art Mart' is a new project by artist Julie Massam running throughout May, June and July within Fleetwood Market. Julie says, "The Affordable Art Mart is an attempt to introduce original art into the ´grass-roots´of Fleetwood. The work is affordable to make it accessible to as many people as possible. Most of the paintings have been reduced in price by up to 90% so if it´s a bargain you want then this is the place to find it!"

Fleetwood Town Community Trust is recruiting for a key role - manager of their Sports College based at the Poolfoot Complex in Thornton Cleveleys. It's a full-time, salaried position, within the Senior Management Team. The post is responsible for leading both Further and Higher Education programmes at the College, seeking new initiatives which meet local needs and support the Trust's charitable objective.

Rick from Fleetwood Town Community Trust is featured in an incredibly powerful new promotional video.

It shares the story of his life-changing injuries, the support he received and how he gives back to others.

A reminder that if you read this bulletin in time you are very welcome to join the Healthier Fleetwood Open Meeting, this evening, Wednesday 1st May. It's at Emmanuel Church, Mount Road Fleetwood from 6.30pm to around 8pm. All very informal and friendly, and there's no pressure to speak, if you prefer to just listen, that's OK. Local resident Pauline is your host and refreshments are available. If you've not been to a meeting before we'd love to see you and you'll be amazed and inspired about what's happening in Fleetwood! A summary of the meeting will be sent out soon as a GOOD NEWS bulletin.

And there's the chance to try Tai Chi at our Information Centre, Friday 3rd May, from 10.30am to 11.30am.

Experienced instructor David will show you some warm-up exercises, a few basic moves and tell you about his weekly classes. It's FREE to attend, no booking.

More about an event taking place next week ... Advance Care Plan Day

Partners from health and social care, voluntary groups and local residents have been working together to form Fleetwood's 'Compassionate Community'. This is creating an environment for people to talk openly and honestly about subjects such as end-of-life care, grief and bereavement - both the practical and emotional challenges we will face. Across the Country events will be raising awareness of the advice and support available - in Fleetwood the focus will be on the importance of Advance Care Plans.

You may not be familiar with the term but Advance Care Planning should take place before someone becomes ill. It can include conversations and a variety of different tasks based on the person’s stage in life and their unique wishes for the future. Some of the reflective questions someone might ask themself include ... what do you want to happen? what do you not want to happen? who would speak for you if you were unable to? and what do you want to be remembered for?

You can see that these are not easy things to think about or start conversations so trusted local organisations are coming together to offer their help and support. Call into the Healthier Fleetwood Centre on Wednesday 8th May, 11am to 2pm to find out about Advance Care Plans and chat with staff from the partners shown above.

> If you can't attend but would like to know more, please visit or contact us and we can connect you with any of the partners above.

And finally ... the 'Transfer Window' isn't officially open yet but we've made our first signing of the Summer.

Fleetwood resident Reece and his four-legged pal Sunny will be out & about on behalf of Healthier Fleetwood, meeting with some of the amazing local groups and sharing their 'Roving Reports'.

They started last week with a visit to the wonderful Wyre Wednesdays friendship group at The Strawberry Gardens.

We hope to be announcing some more new volunteers to our team soon!

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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