GOOD NEWS - 23rd November
Well, if it hadn't already, Christmas is definitely arriving in style this weekend with events and activities across the town, something for everyone to enjoy!
Saturday & Sunday is FLEETWOOD CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL WEEKEND - Wyre Council, Fleetwood Town Council and their partners working together on a fantastic programme.
Marine Hall hosts a Christmas Fair on both days, 10am to 4pm with loads of amazing gift ideas, festive food & drink, carol singing, fun & games for the children and much more. Admission is FREE.
Healthier Fleetwood will be there on Sunday - please pop in and say hello.
It's the Fleetwood Festive Lights Parade and Switch On Ceremony on Saturday.
Join in with the flameless lantern parade from 5pm starting at Fisherman's Walk, making its way to Marine Hall Gardens for the concert of live entertainment and the switch on itself later in the evening.
And on Sunday 26th November over at The Mount Pavilion and Gardens, it's the first day of Santa's Grotto. The venue will be transformed into a winter wonderland as The Big Man helps to make special Christmas memories. > For dates, times, and tickets see the Facebook event here.
There are many other community events to support this weekend including these Christmas fairs and fundraisers on Saturday 25th November ...
St Nicholas Church, Broadway: 10am to 2pm
St Peter's Church, Lord Street: 10.30am to 1pm
Larkholme Community Centre, Cartmel Avenue: 11am to 1pm
Fleetwood Spiritualist, Church Oak Street: From 2pm
A shout out to local resident Paul Tilling and his family who light up their house at 39 Beach Road, Fleetwood, every year to support Brian House Children's Hospice. For 2023 it's a magical Harry Potter-themed display - the fun starts on Saturday at 3.30pm with the switch on at 4.30pm. Refreshments are available and there's a special guest at this year's event, the Lightening Mcqueen race car.
If we missed your event, please get in touch and let us know the details.
A couple of introductions this week, as we welcome some new additions to the vibrant network or partners working in the Fleetwood community.
Earlier this week we caught up with Michael Edwards, recently appointed as Business Development Manager at Fleetwood Town Community Trust. It was great to hear his thoughts on developing the partnerships already in place within the town and new ideas to support residents and the local economy, now and for generations to come. We look forward to working with Michael and the Trust in the future.
We've not had a chance to meet in person yet but Rachel Glascott is the Wyre hub Community Engagement Officer for The Bay: A Blueprint for Recovery. She's planning events for the upcoming weeks, the first of these is a bulb-planting session next Wednesday, 29th November, from 1pm to 3pm at The Mount Gardens in Fleetwood. You'll be enjoying the fresh air, meeting other local residents and helping to make the area brighter and colourful for Spring. Best wishes to Rachel in her new role - information on this event, how to get involved and more news from The Bay is available on their website here.
The exciting plans for much-needed facilities to support young people in the Fleetwood area, have taken a step forward.
It's been announced that work will start in the New Year on space within the town's former hospital building, North Albert Street. Set to open in June 2024 this will be the latest phase of development towards a community hub delivered by Fleetwood Trust who this week celebrated 5 years since they purchased the property.
Partners including The Pantry (Foodbank), Macmillan Cancer Support, Blackpool & Fylde College, Counselling in the Community, Regenda Homes and Fleetwood Youth Hub now offer services and support from the site.
An update on the Fleetwood Warm Spaces ... for a list of all the venues offering their support to residents for the winter > please see the Healthier Fleetwood website.
We're also working with Wyre Council on a printed leaflet for distribution across the Town by the end of November.
And finally, if you'll forgive us, we return to Christmas again!
Many readers of a certain age will say that 'Merry Christmas Everybody' by Slade is their favourite festive song, it's certainly one of the most-played. Author Malcolm Wyatt will be reading from his latest book 'Wild, Wild, Wild' – A People's History of Slade at Fleetwood Library on Thursday 30th November from 5pm to 7pm including a Q&A session. The event is FREE to attend and by the way, it's 50 years since Merry Christmas Everybody first topped the charts!
There are several Facebook links above, if you're not on social media and would like more information, please contact Healthier Fleetwood at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can put you in touch with the group or event organisers.
Keep sending in your GOOD NEWS to share with the community.
We look forward to seeing you all soon ... take care.