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GOOD NEWS - 23rd September

We start with huge congratulations to Jackie Brunton, lead nurse for the End of Life & Bereavement Care team, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and winner of 'Nurse of the Year' at the recent 'Who Cares Wins' awards on Channel 4.

Jackie will be well known to many in Fleetwood and across the Fylde Coast, she is passionate about involving community in healthcare and works alongside the team from Blackpool Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service as well as many other partner organisations and groups. Watch the full ceremony on Channel here.

A reminder you are all very welcome to join us for the Macmillan Coffee Morning in our Information Centre at Affinity Lancashire, tomorrow (Friday 24th September), from 11am to 1pm.

Thank you to Katie's at Affinity for donating 10% of their sales on the day to Macmillan as well as a tray of delicious cakes for visitors to buy. Any other donations of cakes and tombola prizes are very welcome, we'll be there from 9am to take them in. Thank you.

Also on the box this week …

Flakefleet Primary headteacher Dave McPartlin has been contributing to the BBC’s Bitesize learning resources for some time, on Wednesday he made his ‘live’ debut on CBBC and the iPlayer. > Watch the programme on-line here

With co-presenter Mwaksy, chef Suzie and young gardener George the team unearth the meaning of seasonal eating and inspire viewers to cook in a Harvest-themed episode. As you'd expect from something Dave's involved in, the emphasis is learning while having fun!

Two projects collecting memories and stories of Fleetwood residents, and visitors, launched this week.

One of the themes for memories is "a place special to you" which could be where you first met your partner, your first job, or where you gave birth! You can also get involved at the next workshop, with us at Affinity, on Friday 1st October. Project coordinator Victoria will be available between 11am and 2pm.

After a series of engagement events this week, the first of the ‘Finding Fleetwood’ digital trails will be launched in October with up to 6 more to follow. Each will have a theme such as wellbeing, the arts, heritage and more, with residents helping to compile the content, the use of materials and technology and take on volunteer roles to develop the trails.

If you were at our Open Meeting at the start of the month, you'll recall mention of a new fishing group being set up.

Chris from the Calico Group has gathered together rods and equipment, the first session will be Thursday 30th September, 11am-3pm, the beach closest to the North Euston. A small charge of £3.50 is appreciated to cover the cost of bait but Chris says if you can’t manage this then bait will be provided for free so don’t worry.

There's a Facebook page for more information - see Fleetwood/Blackpool Angling and Wellbeing Group or contact us at Healthier Fleetwood.

Looking further ahead, new dance classes for wellbeing start in October with LPM Dance, organisers of the successful Fleetwood Moves mini-festival this Summer.

Classes start 2.00pm, Thursday 21st October, then weekly at Barbara Jackson's Arts Centre, Farmer Parrs.

These are primarily movement and dance classes to support those living with Parkinson’s but if you feel you’d like to get involved contact Helen Gould on

If you would like further information on any of the activities or events mentioned above please contact us by email to: and we will be delighted to connect you with the organisers.

Until the next time … take care.



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