GOOD NEWS - 1st September
We start this week with some breaking 'Good News' for local residents ...
Blackpool Transport have confirmed that from the 4th September their No. 74 service will be extended to take in stops along part of the Fleetwood Promenade and improve access to venues including Marine Hall.
This follows discussions at recent Healthier Fleetwood Open Meetings, approaches to Blackpool Transport and the community engagement day when staff met with passengers to hear suggestions and discuss ideas. Leading the way for this have been members of Harmony & Health who of course sing at Marine Hall and Gardens every Tuesday - this new service will be a great help to their members. We understand it will be an hourly service - a full announcement is expected any time now by Blackpool Transport and we offer our thanks to them for listening to and acting on the needs of the community.
Last week we mentioned the focus on cycling and walking to support healthier lifestyles and Fleetwood Town Community Trust's 'Walk & Talk' events are a terrific example of this.
There are 3 escorted weekly events along the Prom on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, open to all as a great way to exercise and socialise. To read more and hear from residents who are benefitting from getting involved - see the Community Trust website here.
And thank you to the group leaders, Emma, Phil and Rick for all their hard work and care which is much appreciated by those taking part in the walks.
We've been delighted to help host weekly Family Arts & Crafts at Fleetwood Library during the school holidays, ending this week with a very busy morning.
The sessions have been regularly attended by 30 - 40 children and adults, enjoying the activities and surroundings, perhaps as an introduction to what libraries offer to their community. Many of the children have also taken on the Summer reading challenge and associated recycling tasks - having fun with their families while learning life-skills.
And we will be working with the team at Fleetwood Library to support their new adult arts & crafts group in the near future ... watch this space!
Dementia is a condition that will affect many of us or a loved one - services and support are available to help cope particularly in the early onset stages.
Tomorrow, Friday 2nd September, we welcome The Peter Lyttle Foundation to the Healthier Fleetwood Wellbeing & Community Information Centre, Affinity Lancashire from 11am to 1pm. Chat with others who have lived experience of dementia and the impact it can have on individuals and their families. There's also the 'Just Reminiscing' collection of artifacts and memorabilia from Wyre Council, staff from North West Ambulance Service will share their news and FREE arts & crafts for all ages.
And on Wednesday 7th September, the Alzheimer's Society host a drop-in advice session at St David's Church Hall, Larkholme Lane from 2.30pm to 4pm. There will be guest speakers and information about local services and support available from dementia advisers. For more information on this event, please contact the local Alzheimer's Society team on 01253 696854. You can also see more advice on the NHS website here.
Including social events, exercise, learning opportunities and more ... here are a few suggestions to get out & about, and try some of the groups, activities and events in and around Fleetwood during the week ahead.
Saturday 3rd September: Lego Club at Fleetwood Library Those brightly coloured, plastic blocks aren't just for children! All ages are very welcome to this weekly session so let your imagination run free and see what you and the group can build. No need to book - to join in the fun, just turn up on the day.
Sunday 4th September: Fleetwood's Indoor & Outdoor Car Boot
The 'Winter' season for the Car Boot start this Sunday until the 1st week in March, opening times are 9am to 2pm. You'll find dozens of stalls to pick up a bargain as well as reasonably-priced drinks and hot food. Dogs are welcome. If you want a pitch call 07935 898624 and you can also contact the organisers and find out more on the Facebook page here.
Monday 5th September: FREE Computer Clinic at Rossall Tavern The guys from the West Fleetwood Computer Clinic will be at Rossall Tavern for their next drop-in session from 7.30pm to 9pm. They can help with your laptops, tablets and smartphones and questions about on-line security and data storage - it's friendly advice without the tech-speak. No need to book! For more information or to contact WFCC see their Facebook page.
Tuesday 6th September: Social Night at Men's Shed Fleetwood
Just one of the many groups and activities the Mens Shed host at their Hub - the former Beehive Centre, on Manor Road. Drop in from 5pm to 8.30pm for banter, a brew and some food. While the focus is of course men's health and wellbeing, the Shedders also support the whole community - men and women. Email email@example.com to contact them.
Wednesday 7th September: Fleetwood Museum Heritage Talk at 2pm Hosted by local historian Dick Gillingham, discover more about 'Tom Gallon Lumb: Entrepreneur' at this month's talk. A voluntary donation of £2 is welcomed and the Museum's Coffee House is open for food and drinks prior to event. For further details of this and other forthcoming events, phone 01253 876621 or visit the Museum website.
Thursday 8th: Just Sing - Community Choir
No auditions required, no need to read music, you just need to love to sing at the Fleetwood Methodist Church weekly session. It's every Thursday from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, £2pp which includes a brew and biscuits. You'll sing along to a wide range of styles - all welcome. The Church hosts a number of other community events - see their Facebook page for more info.
Friday 9th September: Shoresearch with The Bay: A Blueprint for Recovery A fun event for all ages just across the water ... join The Bay team and search for species along the Knott End strandline and improve your ID skills along the way. It's FREE to attend, please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the surroundings and weather. The meeting point is the Knott End car park for 2.30pm with the session expected to end no later than 4pm.
If you'd like to suggest something for the 'Seven Ways in Seven Days' diary, please contact us no later than the Wednesday of the week before, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Two of the local organisations mentioned above are working together on an exciting forthcoming event ...
A major programme of research is being undertaken by Oxford Archeology North looking at late Mesolithic to Bronze Age activity around Poulton-le-Fylde near the site of the A585 improvements.
It's investigating the transition from hunting/gathering communities to farming in the area around 6000 years ago.The Bay: A Blueprint for Recovery are hosting a FREE presentation of the fascinating discoveries at Fleetwood Museum on Saturday 17th September from 11am to 3pm. You'll see and handle the artifacts and learn much more about local history and the technoogy being used to record it.
And this is a good opportunity to remind you of the upcoming annual Heritage Open Days across the UK from 9th to 18th September.
There's plenty of venues in and around Fleetwood to visit - pick up a copy of the What's On guide from many locations around the Town including our Information Centre at Affinity and visit the official Heritage Open Days website here.
Some more details of the Fleetwood Suicide Awareness Walk on Friday 9th September have been confirmed ...
The walk will start with a gathering at the Log Cabin opposite the Sea Cadets base at 7pm, setting off a little later to arrive at Marine Hall Gardens at around 8pm for an illuminated ceremony which will include poetry from Nathan Parker, song from John Banks and words from local residents. Those attending are invited to contribute a message of hope on a special piece of art being created for the event. Free refreshments will be available on the evening kindly supported by local businesses FBK and Morris ices.
The next Healthier Fleetwood Open Meeting on Wednesday 7th September.
As always our thanks to our friends Emmanuel at the Mount Church for hosting the meeting which starts at 6.30pm, usually running to around 8pm. All welcome ... come along to hear what's happening in the community, make suggestions for something new and offer your support. Refreshments are available and we'd love to see you there!
Just to let you know, the 'Good News' will be a little later next week so we can include a round-up of the Open Meeting ... keep checking the many Fleetwood-based social media pages and websites including Visit Fleetwood for local news and events and please do share with friends and family who don't have access to the internet.
Until the next time ... take care.