GOOD NEWS - 25th August
Great to hear news of investment coming into Fleetwood and seeing how the projects are progressing. In the last week it was announced that work has been completed on the new fish-processing facility and that the Regenda Group have been granted planning permission for around 100 new, affordable homes.
The specifics of these projects may not please everyone, and a healthy, constructive debate about Fleetwood's future should be encouraged however investment into the Town can only be a good thing. Fleetwood Trust are also continuing to create a community hub at the hospital building with new partners and services joining all the time, and this will be a great source of support in the challenging times ahead.
A good time was had by all at two community events in Fleetwood last weekend.
On Saturday at the Fleetwood Museum 'Beach Craft', all ages worked together to create a huge image of The Mount, complete with the Town crest, made from pebbles, driftwood and other found objects.
Then on Sunday many local residents enjoyed their Sunset Walk along the Fleetwood Wellbeing Way before taking in the glorious views across the bay from The Mount, with some coffee and cake.
A reminder of the Fleetwood Suicide Awareness Walk on Friday 9th September.
You may not think that suicide is an issue that affects you or your family but this event is about bringing the whole community together to show support and compassion, and to make a real difference to those in need.
The walk will start with a gathering at the Log Cabin opposite the Sea Cadets base at 7pm, setting off a little later to arrive at Marine Hall Gardens at around 8pm for an llluminated ceremony and live music. Fleetwood's own fantastic drummer Tommy Couch will be helping to get things started and a lot more details of the event will be shared in next week's Good News.
Fleetwood residents who are also parents and carers are invited to be part of conversations with Lancashire County Council about what makes for a healthy lifestyle.
Amanda Spavin from LCC has been working in and around Fleetwood for several years and has supported many individuals and community groups with advice and access to resources. She's hosting a focus group for parents (and grand-parents) and carers to identify the challenges and suggest opportunities for families.
The session will be on Tuesday 6th September between 1pm and 3pm at The Broadway Rooms at St Nicholas Church, Fleetwood. Around 8 - 10 people is ideal for the group, if there is enough interest, additional sessions can be held on the 8th/9th September.
As a thank you for attending and your contribution, you will also receive a £25 shopping voucher. If you'd like to get involved, please contact Amanda on 07891 434028 or by an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthier Fleetwood is delighted to be working with our friends at the West Fleetwood Computer Clinic and the Fleetwood Youth Hub to offer young people with an interest in tech, an opportunity to learn new skills and gain confidence.
We're helping to set up a new group which will include an understanding and maintenance of laptops, computers and digital devices; software and printing solutions, online security and more. This could be purely for your own pleasure, to add to your CV for future job applications or so you can pass on what you learn to others in the community.
It's for ages 18 to mid 20's at this stage, just a small number of participants to start with and we've already had our first sign-up. If this sounds interesting, please contact us by email to email@example.com and we can tell you more.
And if you need help with your digital device, pop along to the West Fleetwood Computer Clinic's regular drop-in sessions at The Rossall Tavern (upcoming dates are Mondays 5th and 19th September: 7.30pm - 9pm) or at the Healthier Fleetwood Wellbeing & Community Information Centre, Affinity Lancashire (Friday 16th September: 11am - 2pm)
The Fleetwood Youth Hub continue their work supporting local residents aged 18 - 24 years with a series of workshops and drop-ins ...
Thursday 1st September at the Hub, inside the Fleetwood Hospital building on North Albert Street is a FREE Interview Preparation session. You'll pick up great information on how to get ready for and how to handle yourself in an interview, and tips on answering some of those tricky questions you might face. For more about this and all the Fleetwood Youth Hub services, see their Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Including social events, exercise, learning opportunities and more ... here are a few suggestions to get out & about, and try some of the groups, activities and events in and around Fleetwood during the week ahead.
Saturday 27th August: Buck-Fest at The Wyre Light If it's live music you are after, the return of this popular, all-day event is for you! Some of the best local bands and performers on stage at The Wyre Light from 12 noon to 12 midnight, raising funds for Brian House Hospice - there's a suggested minimum donation on the door of £6pp. For the line-up and further information see the Buck-Fest 2022 page on Facebook.
Sunday 28th August: Take a Sunday stroll along the Promenade
The health benefits of walking (and cycling) have been in the National news this week and we have the perfect setting in Fleetwood to enjoy both of these. As well as the Promenade from the Knott End Ferry to the Observation Tower, don't forget the stretch a little further south passing Larkholme Grasslands, recently featured in an article on the Lancs Live website.
Monday 29th August: And there's always time for tea or coffee? Also taking advantage of the surroundings, Friendlier Fleetwood's regular Monday social afternoon from 1pm to 3pm will be at Annie's Cafe, Marine Hall collonades overlooking the gardens - a great spot to just relax and chat for a while. Please contact the lovely Fran to find out more about the group's activities and events - see Friendlier Fleetwood on Facebook.
Tuesday 30th August: Larkholme Community Centre presents ...
... a choice of activities during the day. There's a Coffee and Chat session from 10.30am to 12 noon, all welcome for a friendly hour or so in good company. Things get a little more energetic (but not too much) with Chair-based Exercise from 4.30pm to 5.30pm and then it's Yoga, 6pm to 7pm. Call the Centre on 01253 771086 or follow them on Facebook for more.
Wednesday 31st August: Family Cycle Ride Meet at the Marine Hall for 10am and join the Wyre Council health ride leaders on an easy and sociable 6-mile bike ride which will help improve cycling confidence whilst enjoying this great coastal stretch with spectacular views over Morecambe Bay. Bikes and helmets are also available if you don’t have your own. Call 01995 602125 for info and to book your place.
Thursday 1st September: Spanish language lessons
If you'd like to learn a little Spanish for your next holiday or just for your own enjoyment, pop along to Fleetwood Library on Thursdays, 2pm to 3pm for this FREE beginners course. It's one of the many groups and activities available at the Library every week - view What's On here. "Prueba algo nuevo" which (hopefully) is Spanish for "Try something new!"
Friday 2nd September: Dementia Drop-in Morning Staff and volunteers from organisations working to support people with dementia and their families will be at the Healthier Fleetwood Information Centre, Affinity, 11am - 1pm. Browse Wyre Council 'Just Reminiscing' collecton of artifacts and memorabilia, chat with the Peter Lyttle Foundation about their work and there’s also FREE arts & crafts for all ages.
If you'd like to suggest something for the 'Seven Ways in Seven Days' diary, please contact us no later than the Wednesday of the week before, by email to email@example.com
We end this bulletin with an invitation to our FREE 'Chatter Cafe' at the YMCA Lofthouse Building on London Street, tomorrow (Friday 26th August) from 10am to 11.30am.
These are friendly and relaxed coffee mornings with other local residents, the Healthier Fleetwood team and the social prescribers. Open to all and we'd love to see you there!
Until the next time, take care.