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GOOD NEWS - 22nd May

Excitement is building for a big Summer of football, not just the Euros ... it's also the Fleetwood Gym Annual Tournament on the weekend of 8th & 9th June.


Ahead of 144 grassroots football teams competing in various age groups and thousands of spectators attending the event at St George's Fields, the organisers need your help.


They are looking for an amazing local company to sponsor the weekend in return for full promotion across the event and on social media. The cost is £500 which will make a massive contribution to everyone enjoying the best tournament possible.


If you can help in any way please email info@fleetwoodgymjfc.co.uk or see the Facebook page here.


As always, plenty of upcoming community events in and around Fleetwood ...


'Days Gone By' is a display by local artist JP Scott at Fleetwood Market. Using thick black lines for his seascapes he brings out contrast within the work, to convey the atmosphere and weather of the Fylde coast. The paintings are connected to the seaside he lives by and the history his family has with the sea as fishermen, often using this as his inspiration. The exhibition will run until 15th June at The Gallery, Fleetwood Market, entrance is off Adelaide Street - open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 9am - 4.30pm.


It's the NCI Fleetwood Open Day on Saturday 25th May from 10am to 4pm.


Pop along to the Rossall Observation Tower to meet members of the National Coastwatch Fleetwood team, hear about their work keeping us safe on the water and along the beaches, and support them by having a go at the prize tombola or by buying a cake!


A couple of half-term activities coming up at The Mount ...


There is a Creepy Crawly hunt on Wednesday 29th May. You will discover some of the bugs living on The Mount at this free event. It's from 11am to 12noon - meet at the lodges on Mount Road to join the fun!


Thursday 30th May its' a community gardening session. Come along and help replant the flower beds at the rear of The Mount. Everyone is welcome, all ages and there is no need to book - please wear suitable clothing and footwear. The session will run from 10.30am to around noon, the meeting point is again the lodges on Mount Road.


And you can share your thoughts on the restoration of The Mount Pavilion.


The Mount was awarded Heritage Lottery Funding in 2018 and the programme of works is coming to an end. Wyre Council are asking for feedback on how people's knowledge of the park’s history has changed, who is using the site and for what reason.


Plans for Fleetwood's Festival of Transport, Tram Sunday are now back on track and there's a shout-out for volunteers to support the event on Sunday 21st July.


The organisers need a minimum of 40 volunteers for all the shifts on the day. Full training will be given, roles can be matched to skills and experience and you will also get food and drink vouchers to spend at local shops on the day as a thank you. Please note, all the volunteers do need to complete the training before the event.


It's also been confirmed that this year's RNLI FLEETWOOD LIFEBOAT DAY will be on Saturday 27th July.

Save the date for now, details will be shared soon and to keep informed follow the Facebook page here.


It's been busy at the Healthier Fleetwood Information Centre over the last week, with plenty of visitors calling in for the Sunflower growing packs.


Thank you to Fleetwood Wellbeing Way and Fleetwood in Bloom for their support at the launch event and for getting packs out to community groups. Jayne from Fleetwood in Bloom has been working with some of the local schools including the Eco Group at Cardinal Allen and we look forward to seeing how they get on with growing the tallest sunflowers. We have a few packs left to collect but they are going fast!


Next week is our FREE Dementia Awareness drop-in event with volunteers from The Walnut Tree.


It’s friendly and informal, hosted by people with lived-experience and ideal for anyone wanting to know more about the journey ahead for themselves or a loved-one, Call in on Friday 31st May from 11am to around 1pm for a chat and a cuppa. Our Information Centre is at 1-7 Lord Street, opposite St Peter's church.


We've added another signing to the Healthier Fleetwood team ...


Fleetwood resident Mark Bowen will give us some extra cover at our Information Centre and has a wealth of experience and specialist knowledge in a number of sectors. He's been getting to know some of the groups, enjoying the Armed Forces drop-in as he was in the RAF for over 20 years prior to a change in career which took in local government, business development and education.


Mark has particular expertise in securing funding for major projects and also supporting charities and community groups to generate their own income. It's an area that comes up regularly in discussions with partner organisations of all sizes and Mark is kindly volunteering some time to help the Fleetwood community. > Read more about Mark on our website here.


Wyre Council are also hosting a training event to support grassroots groups ...

‘Setting up a Charity/Social Enterprise’ is on Thursday 13th June.


It's at Civic Centre, Poulton, open to any groups or individuals in Wyre and follows the very successful 'Meet the Funders' afternoon in March. The upcoming event includes:


* The key points to consider whether a Charity/Community group or a Social Enterprise is a good option for your project/work.

* Steps to follow to start up your group, including easy/quick options for paperwork.

* Basic principles and rules to follow, the responsibilities of the group once you are up and running.


The training event is from 10am to 3pm with a break for lunch which is provided.

To reserve a place please email janet.grundy@wyre.gov.uk


And finally .... the latest 'Roving Report' from Reece & Sunny is out now!


This week they have been along to the Fleetwood Fire Station hub to meet the members and hear more about the group.


Please keep sending in all your GOOD NEWS to share with the community, we love hearing from you.


Until the next time, take care.



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