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GOOD NEWS - 24th April

We've been following the plans for Fleetwood's Big HeArt project and you can now watch a terrific video update on the progress so far.

Christian, the amazing creative artist behind the idea and Jane from Visit Fylde Coast take a walk around the Town looking at some of the work already in place and sites that could be transformed in the future

The designs will not only brighten up the walls and the surroundings, each one will have a social or wellbeing theme and be designed and created in partnership with community groups, including workshops for local residents. Fundraising is underway for the first of 10 proposed pieces of work across Fleetwood

And maybe there's more BIG ideas to come from talented local residents with the launch of the new Crafty Upcycling Hub with Fleetwood Town Community Trust.

It starts next month, Thursday 16th May, 1pm to 3pm in The Pavilion building at Memorial Park and then runs weekly at the same time. Bring your own work or choose one of the upcycling crafts as you chat with others and swap tips and skills. The Hub will also be a collection point taking items of sports clothing and sports shoes to be passed on or even used for upcycling projects.

This is a FREE session, no need to pre-book your places. For more information please call 07709 037505 or email

This month's Fleetwood Beach Care event on Saturday 27th April with The Bay: A Blueprint for Recovery.

Meet by the Central Promenade Cafe, next to Fleetwood Beach Wheelchairs at 10.30am to get involved, You'll be helping to keep the beach clean and tidy for everyone to enjoy, and supporting nature.

Families are welcome, equipment is provided - please wear suitable clothing and footwear.

Congratulations to all the businesses and organisations recognised at the 2024 Coastal Radio Awards ceremony last week.

Sadly not all the Fleetwood-based nominees could pick up a trophy but Fleetwood Fishing Supplies did take the title of Best Small Business. Big shout out to Paula and the team at Coastal for staging such a glittering event in the stunning Blackpool Tower Ballroom and also for their continuing support of the Fylde Coast community.

We have a Dementia Awareness drop-in at our Information Centre this week with the wonderful folks from The Walnut Tree.

Call in from 11am to 1pm on Friday 26th to chat with volunteers Anne & John to share experiences of living with a debilitating condition or caring for a loved one. Find out more about support in the local community, even swap ideas for good books to read - it's an informal and very friendly get-together. Just come along on the day, refreshments are available.

Looking further ahead to other activities and events at our Information Centre ...

Tai Chi is great for improving balance, pain management, supporting brain function and better sleep quality. David leads a weekly class at the YMCA Lofthouse Building and he'll be with us Friday 3rd May, 10.30am to 11.30am for a FREE taster session. You'll learn some warm-up exercises and a few basic moves. You can join in for part or the whole of the hour as you want and there's a cuppa waiting when you finish. David will also share more about joining the Monday group.

Around a year ago partner organisations working in the community launched an initiative, encouraging open and honest conversations about topics such as planning for end-of-life, bereavement and griefing.

Dying Matters Awareness Week is from 6th to 12th May 2024 and staff from MacMillan Cancer Support, the End-of-Life team at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Fleetwood Primary Care Network and other locally-based organisations will be hosting a drop-in at the Healthier Fleetwood Information Centre, Lord Street, Wednesday 8th May, 11am to 2pm. The event is for the general public, healthcare professionals and anyone who would like to know about planning for and the support available at this most difficult of times.

- We'll share more details about the event in next week's bulletin

And also next week look out for a full preview of a fantastic Bank Holiday weekend in Fleetwood including these two FREE, family events ...

A reminder that it's our next Healthier Fleetwood Open Meeting a week today on Wednesday 1st May, 6.30pm at Emmanuel Church. We always hear about a wide and exciting variety of topics at these meetings, new community groups and events, requests for help and much more. Everyone is welcome along - get involved with the conversations or just listen as you prefer.

One subject we will be revisiting is Sign Language and how it can support more people to be part of the conversations and their community.

In the meantime, anyone interested in finding out more about signing, perhaps to support their role within a group, is invited to consider an online training opportunity with Lancashire Adult Learning. There's FREE sessions coming up next month offering more about deaf awareness, the struggles of communicating in a hearing world and introductory phrases in BSL (British Sign Language) with guidance on how to learn more independently. Dates and times are Tuesday 7th May 10am to 11.30am and Wednesday 8th May 6pm to 7.30pm - see the information and booking links on the website here.

These courses are free for anyone living in Lancashire and over the age of 19 years. Places are limited and you do need to register on the site first which can take a few minutes to complete but then you are registered for other courses in the future.

And finally ... sadly it's not been a great season for Fleetwood Town FC so here's to the Cod Army bouncing back in a year's time.

Attention is starting to move to traditional Summer sports and Fleetwood Cricket Club is inviting local youngsters to join for the new season. There's a registration evening on Friday 26th April from 6.30pm at the Club, entrance off Fleetwood Road. The membership fee includes places at outdoor training which starts next week. Fleetwood Cricket Club runs a number of teams for men, women and juniors.

That's stumps for this bulletin. Please keep sending in your GOOD NEWS to share with the community, we love hearing from you.

Until the next time, take care.




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