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GOOD NEWS - 21st October

This Saturday (23rd October) is the 100th Fleetwood Promenade parkrun event.

These weekly, timed 5k runs started in 2018, were paused during the pandemic and resumed earlier this year. Up to 120 people regularly take part, setting their own targets and enjoying the atmosphere and the surroundings as they run or walk from Marine Hall to the Rossall Observation Tower and back. The events can only take place thanks to the support of the volunteer marshals and more help is always needed.

Good luck to everyone involved with another event, the forthcoming Market House Studios ‘In House’ exhibition.

After a VIP launch event on Friday the studios will be open from 10am until 4pm on Saturday 23 October and Sunday 24 October, above Fleetwood Market on the Adelaide Street frontage - showcasing the work of 8 talented artists.

And for more creative arts, there’s the 'Inside Out Studio Day' on Saturday 30th October at the former Fleetwood Hospital.

Arts organisation Left Coast and owners of the building, the Fleetwood Trust, present a series of workshops for local residents to enjoy and learn new skills.

These include How To Make A Fabulous Headdress; How to Make Paper Flowers; How To Make Lino Prints and An Introduction to Marbling.

There’s a big day coming up for the Men’s Shed Fleetwood as they reopen their Manor Road headquarters on Monday (25th October) after a major refurbishment.

The new facilities will include a workshop, games room, well-equipped kitchen and meeting spaces offering support and a safe place to talk. It’s been an amazing journey for Tony, Dave and the lads who formed the Men’s Shed and they’ve seen it become a key partner in the community. The opening event includes live entertainment and a ribbon-cutting by Fleetwood Lifeboat Coxswain Tony Cowell at 1pm.

With the Half-Term holidays and Halloween approaching, there’s plenty of family fun to be had in and around Fleetwood.

Follow these links for more information on the selection below - booking is essential for some of these activities.

We’ll also have some ‘drop-in’ crafts for Half Term in our Wellbeing & Community Information Centre at Affinity - open next week Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

A funding opportunity that may be of interest to local partners ...

Groundworks is offering grants of up to £10,000 to voluntary or community organisations, registered charities and not for profit companies on behalf of Comic Relief. This funding can support projects such as: employing seasonal workers to deliver summer activities for young people, tackling inequality issues; creating a community garden to help refugees come together, tackling family isolation and mental health issues; employing support workers to help vulnerable families with young children transition to primary school; a creative arts project to help tackle gender-based violence through workshops and exhibitions.

We started with the parkrun, let’s end on a similar theme ...

5k is probably just a training run for Fleetwood GP, Mark Spencer who completed the recent London Marathon in a very respectable time and in the process has raised nearly £3,000 for his chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.

Until the next time, take care.



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