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GOOD NEWS - 21st September

This week a number of visitors have been in Fleetwood to see and hear about the strength of our community and the many inspirational plans for the future.


We have been delighted to welcome Lord Victor Adebowale, Chair of the NHS Confederation and Rebecca Gale, Assistant Director of the Primary Care Network. You may not be familiar with these organisations but both play an important and influential role within the NHS and significantly both recognise the value of opinions, suggestions and contributions from residents and the community to help shape their work.


Tuesday evening was a delight in the soon-to-open Strive cafe at Flakefleet Primary School. Lord Victor and Rebecca joined residents, community leaders, staff from the local NHS providers and other organisations working in the Town. There was time for loads of chat about what's important to a community, how we create hope for the future, and a feel-good sing-along with Harmony & Health!


Busy day on Wednesday ... it was all aboard a chartered bus for a tour of the Town and meet the amazing volunteers at Fleetwood Beach Wheelchairs, Fleetwood Mens' Shed at the Veterans Breakfast, and also the team at Fleetwood Youth Hub based in the hospital building. There was also an opportunity to hear more about Fleetwood Trust's plans for the site.


Also on Wednesday at the former Fleetwood hospital, the 'Re-fit for Purpose' event celebrated how imaginative and responsible design can bring new life to community assets and play an invaluable role in supporting the community.


TV presenter George Clarke was among a panel of architects and industry experts discussing this theme and learning more about some of the exciting projects that are coming to the Fleetwood area which includes work already started on the £1m plus bespoke facilities for young people.


Thank you to everyone involved in the events this week and to the visitors for taking the time to come up to discover what's happening in Fleetwood.


Have you heard of Forest Schools? Based outdoors often using natural spaces in woodlands and parks they are a great way for all ages to enjoy plants and nature while having fun and making friends.


Locally there's a weekly Garden Friends session with Roots to Branches on Fridays 12.30pm - 2pm at Memorial Park. Learn about planting and growing, pick up other skills and it's FREE with the support of Fleetwood Town Community Trust. Starting this Friday (22nd September) and for the next 2 weeks the sessions include activities such as making bird feeders, a seed swap and planting indoor bulbs. > Visit the Roots To Branches website for groups and events.


Local resident Carol Harris definitely has green fingers, she's just been announced as the winner of the Grow The Tallest Sunflower, for the second year running!


Huge thanks to Debby and the team at Fleetwood Wellbeing Way for all their hard work organising the challenge. Trophies will be presented to Carol, the runners-up Jenny and Charlie in the next couple of weeks and we'll share some photos.


There's a new healthy activity session started this week ... Boccia Club.

The inclusive sport is played indoors and is like bowls but with a lighter and easier-to-grip ball making it ideal for those with limited mobility or additional needs. Sessions are held on Tuesdays at St Nicholas's Church Hall from 1pm - 2pm and once again FREE to attend, thanks to Fleetwood Town Community Trust.

For further information on how to get involved please call 01253 208442 or email philip.bowker@fleetwoodtownfc.com


Lancashire Adult Learning have a number of great online health and wellbeing courses coming up this Autumn and places are FREE for local residents.


Topics include ... An Introduction to Meditation; Improve Your Mood; Sleep Well; Managing The Menopause in Life and Work and Man's Life. You need to be aged 19 or over, living in Lancashire and register with the college before booking places - the registration process should take around 5 - 10 minutes to complete.

If you need help, email enrolments@nelsongroup.ac.uk or call 0333 003 1717.


A reminder of the Sunday morning Fleetwood Indoor Outdoor Carboot held every week 9am - 2pm on Navigation Way, close to the Fisherman's Walk Tram stop.


It's a great way to meet your friends and neighbours, browse the stalls and pick up a bargain. Among the traders is Michelle who offers a range of educational, wellbeing and classic books for children. You can grab some breakfast while you shop and well-behaved dogs are welcome at the Carboot too!


MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING CUPDATES ...


We know that many of you look forward to supporting the Macmillan coffee mornings and will be holding your own events for friends, family and work colleagues this year. If you'd like to attend a local community event, here's the ones we know about so far ...


Our friends at Emmanuel Church hold their event on Wednesday 27th September, from 10.30am - 12 noon and on Thursday 28th, Fleetwood Surgery invite you to take a cake in return for a donation and have a go at the raffle.


Choice of venues on Friday 29th ... join Fleetwood Town Community Trust at the Hassra Sports Pavilion, from 10.30am - 12.30pm AND it's fun & fundraising in the Healthier Fleetwood Information Centre at Affinity Lancashire, 10.30am - 1pm.


Whichever event you can support or if you are having your own, have a great day for this fantastic charity.


And finally our best wishes to local residents Adam, Richard and Paul setting off for the Triathlon World Championship Finals as part of the GB team.


The competition takes place in Spain from Sunday and after a challenging training campaign, the guys will be flying the flag for Fleetwood!


We look forward to seeing you all soon ... until the next time, take care.


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