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GOOD NEWS - 23rd March

Hopefully, we have finally seen the last of the cold weather and can look forward to warmer days ahead, so there are quite a few suggestions in this week's Good News for ways to enjoy the Great Outdoors.

We do start with something a few miles outside Fleetwood but always a very popular event - bookings are now open for the Garstang Walking Festival 2023.Taking place from 5th to 14th May, the festival is coordinated by a brilliant volunteer group, the Friends of Garstang Walking Festival, and is supported by staff from Wyre Council. This year there’ll be over 40 walks for all ages and abilities ... it’s the perfect chance to experience the best of springtime in the local countryside.

The team behind the Art & Science Residency at The Mount has a busy few months ahead with a calendar of events and workshops.

Local artists Tina Dempsey & Lisa Wigham have been commissioned by Wyre Council to explore the heritage of The Mount Pavilion & Gardens. Astronomy, geology, poetry, printmaking and painting are just some of the fabulous sessions they have planned. It starts with a session alongside the Mount gardeners on Monday 27th March, preparing the wildflower beds ready for planting in April. Equipment is provided, no need to book - just turn up at the Gate Lodge, on Mount Road opposite London Street at 10am. If you would like to find out more and get involved in the many upcoming opportunities please visit the Art & Science in Residence at the Mount page on Facebook.

Roots to Branches is about reconnecting adults and children with nature, engaging with the environment for learning through fun and safe woodland-based activities.

Starting from Friday 24th March there will be two new sessions in Memorial Park. 'Nature Tots' is a story-based play session for Under 5's from 10.30am to 11.30am and 'Garden Friends' is for adults to get active, learn nature crafts and make friends from 12.30pm to 2pm. Both sessions are FREE for everyone although pre-booking is required. Please see the Roots To Branches website for the Fleetwood events and other locations.

Saturday 25th March is the next Fleetwood Beach Clean with the team from The Bay: Blueprint For Recovery.

As well as keeping the local beach tidy you can log items like 'ghost' fishing gear and contribute to nature's recovery along our coastline. Equipment is provided, please never pick up items by hand. The meeting point is by Marine Hall entrance, 10.30am - the beach clean ends around 12. > Follow all the news from The Bay's Wyre team here

As we send this newsletter, the volunteers from Behind Closed Doors are taking the plunge into the sea off Fleetwood raising funds to support women and families affected by domestic violence. We hope the event goes well and wish all the best to another community group ... ... The ladies from The Chill Lounge are doing a 'sleep out on the beach' on 31st March, fundraising for Fleetwood-based people and charities. You can support them by getting involved, perhaps providing items they might need on the night, and by making a cash donation. Find out more about this event and all the activities from The Chill Lounge by visiting their Facebook page here.

There's an Open Day at the Blackpool & Fylde College's Fleetwood Learning Centre tomorrow (Friday 24th March) from 9am to 3pm. Find out more about the opportunities available including equivalent Level 2 Maths for adults and also the short taster courses with a £50 supermarket shopping voucher at the end.

The Learning Centre is in The Hub, the former Fleetwood Hospital building - use the entrance from Bold Street on the day.

And if you are looking for a career in health and social care, the next Talent4Care programme with the Fylde Coast Health And Social Care Career Academy is starting soon. This is an exciting opportunity for people to gain accredited level 1 qualifications and a guaranteed interview with providers. The next programme starts on Monday 17th April, is 4 days a week (Mon-Thurs), 10am - 2:30pm for 6 weeks. Classes are held in Blackpool but there is a great package of support available: learners with a 90% attendance will be eligible for a bursary (£10 per week) for each of the 6 weeks, help with childcare, and learners who live more than 1.5 miles away are eligible for a bus pass. Places are available for anyone aged 19 years and over. If you are interested please email or telephone 01253 504202.

It's our FREE Creative Voice workshop this Saturday at Fleetwood Library with drop-in sessions at 10am and 12 noon suitable for all ages. We want to see your amazing paintings and sketches of favourites places and things to do in Fleetwood and also use your imagination to create something for the future. All the materials are provided and copies of the finished pieces will be shared after the event.

Looking further ahead, more Easter activities have been announced ...

Thank you as always to our great hosts at Affinity Lancashire, we're looking forward to all the family fun they have coming up. There's an Easter Trail where you’ll have the chance to win a giant Easter Egg, a craft workshop, meet the Flowerpot People, face-painting, enjoy some up-close animal encounters in the petting zoo and meet the amazing birds from Lancashire Hawks and Owls!

There's a FREE, 2-hour Craft Session for children aged 7 to 11 years at the outdoor classroom, Wyre Estuary Country Park on Tuesday 11th April 10am - 12pm. It’s going to be really good fun, the children get to take home whatever they make and it’s a drop-off, so parents can simply bring them to the venue from 9.45am and collect them at 12pm. And finally, a reminder that the clocks go forward an hour on Sunday morning. Enjoy the longer days and until the next time ... take care.




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