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GOOD NEWS - 26th January

It's a busy edition of the newsletter this week, so make yourself a brew, open the good biscuits (love a custard cream) and enjoy reading about some of the many great things happening in Fleetwood.

There are plenty of events coming up ...

... starting with our CREATIVE VOICE - an afternoon of dance, music and spoken word at Fleetwood Library this Saturday, 28th January. We're looking forward to working with LPM Dance on this series of FREE workshops from 1pm - 4pm to encourage self-expression and to start conversations about health, wellbeing and community. Thank you to those who have booked in advance - places will also be available on the day - just turn up and have fun! (Children are welcome with an adult or guardian.) > More about CREATIVE VOICE on Facebook here

Healthcare professionals, schools, organisations and groups that work with children and young people in Fleetwood are invited to an event focussing on mental health.

As part of Fleetwood's Primary Care Network strategy to tackle children's health inequalities, consultation took place with 250 children and parents in the community. By listening to their voice and understanding the challenges they face the aim is to create a programme of support that children and young people can relate to and benefit from. There's a consultation afternoon taking place on Wednesday 8th February from 1pm to 4pm at The North Euston Hotel including a lunch and workshops. > The last few places are available to book - contact for more information and to attend.

Just announced is an event which will share the many groups and activities in the community combatting isolation.

'Say No To Loneliness' is Tuesday 14th February, 11am - 3pm at Marine Hall. Come along to find out more about what's available, have a chat with organsiers and perhaps try something new!

It's a FREE event and includes an open session with the wonderful Harmony & Health singers from 1.30pm to 3pm. The group is a perfect example of the power of bringing people together and whether you join in or prefer to just listen, you'll soon be smiling! The afternoon is also about hearing suggestions to connect members of the community and breaking down the barriers people face. One event will not resolve all the challenges - this is another step on a long journey. Please come along if you want to know more or encourage somebody you know to attend and improve their health and wellbeing. Full details of 'Say No To Loneliness' are being updated regularly on Facebook here or please contact Healthier Fleetwood for information - inquiries from local groups who wish to attend are very welcome.

Also at Marine Hall is 'Heritage On Your Doorstep' on Saturday 18th February. At this FREE event you can explore 4 exhibition zones of heritage photographs and guest speakers telling the story of Fleetwood, past and present. The programme includes: The tourism boom of the late 19th and early 20th Century; Industry past and present; Speakers Corner with heritage talks throughout the day and Fleetwood Today. PLUS there's a heritage bus running between Marine Hall, Fleetwood Market and Lord Street and live music from local artist Joe Boe.

Looking further ahead to two of Fleetwood's biggest events, dates have been confirmed for ...

  • Fleetwood Carnival will be on Saturday 17th June.

  • This year's Fleetwood Festival of Transport is Sunday 16th July.

... the links will take you through to the event's Facebook pages for more information

Congratulations to three members of Fleetwood Tri Club who will represent Great Britain at the Triathlon World Championships later in the year.

Paul, Richard and Adam will compete in Pontevedra, Spain this September, racing against the top athletes in the sport and proudly flying the flag for Fleetwood!

If you are not quite ready for International competition, maybe the Fleetwood & Cleveleys Lions Club Swimathon is for you!

It's not a race it's for fun and is on Saturday 11th March from 9am to 11pm at the YMCA Fleetwood pool. Put together a team of 6 swimmers, take sponsorship for your chosen cause and keep 50% of everything you raise with 50% going to this year's lead partner N-Vision.

To get involved in the Swimathon please contact the Lions Club by calling 01253 875548 or email

It's nomination time again for the BBC Make A Difference Community Awards.

Our friends at BBC Lancashire would love to hear about your local heroes - the awards are a chance to say thank you to those who go above and beyond to help. The nominations close on 5th March.

And one of those amazing community groups might be Play Inclusion Project.

Their 'Wyre Saturday Club' has received funding from Wyre Council to run a group for children & young people (8-18 years) who have additional needs & disabilities. They will meet every other week at the YMCA Fleetwood to enjoy the swimming pool and an activities room.

There's an inclusive screening of a new Disney animated feature 'Strange World' just down the coast at the Vue Cinema in Cleveleys this Sunday afternoon.

At this screening, the lights are left on low, the sound is turned down and trailers and adverts aren't played. There's also Audio Description, and headphones available for visually impaired customers.

We'll leave you to find out more about the movie itself but to book tickets for Sunday:

There's many more local activities and events for SEND children and familes (Special Educational Needs) on the SENDsation Facebook page here.

Hug In A Bag is a lovely charity that supports and comforts individuals diagnosed with breast cancer.

They work very closely with the team from Blackpool Macmillan Cancer Support at Victoria Hospital and from the new Fleetwood Information Centre. They aim to give each person a “hug” in the form of a bag containing gifts and lots of useful information.

Please call 01253 955710 to contact Macmillan for more information.

Just one more event to mention before we close ... our popular Open Meetings resume again next Wednesday, 1st February, 6.30pm at Emmanuel Mount Church. Please join your host Pauline, local residents, voluntary groups and organisations to share what's happening in the community, hear ideas for something new and as always enjoy plenty of laughter and good conversation. All welcome, there's a hot drink and hopefully some of those custard creams too! Until the next time ... take care.




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