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GOOD NEWS - 28th February

Just one of the reasons why we all Love Fleetwood is there is always something to look forward to and several fantastic community events are being planned for later this year and beyond!

We mentioned last week that local creative artist Christian Fenn aka Seca One and his partners have exciting plans for the Town and have already identified spaces on buildings and walls for The Big Heart Mural Project.

This is about transforming communities and spaces using the power of art to address and change social issues. With pieces in place already in locations such as Lord Street and the Strive community cafe, the plan is to create a series of 10 more murals that will not only brighten up their surroundings but also inspire people to be involved and boost local tourism attracting visitors from all over the world.

Of course, such an ambitious vision needs financial support and a Crowdfund Lancashire page has now been launched for the next installation which will in turn, encourage backers for more pieces to be designed and painted. Initially, The Big Heart Mural Project needs to secure 20 supporters pledging as little as £2 each. Everything raised through pledges and by the organiser's efforts is matched by Lancashire County Council.

Also looking for support is 'Flakefest', a FREE music event to be held in the grounds of Flakefleet Primary School.

Back in 2019 around 2,000 members of the community enjoyed the first event and it's always been the plan to bring it back. Anyone who has ever been involved with an event like this will appreciate all the elements that have to be considered ... booking the artists, staging, lighting, sound, security and volunteers, promotion, catering, the loos, parking and much more but with the amazing team at Flakefleet School daring to dream as always, you know it's going to happen!

And there are plenty of other great community events in 2024 including ...

  • Party In The Park - Saturday 4th May in Memorial Park

  • Fleetwood Day - Sunday 5th May in Euston Gardens

  • Fleetwood Carnival - Saturday 15th June

  • Friends of Memorial Park Fun Day - Saturday 13th July

  • Fleetwood Festival of Transport (Tram Sunday) - Sunday 21st July

Keep checking local press, social media and posters in the windows of our new Information Centre for updates on all of these and more.

Wyre Council and their partners are hosting a Funding Roadshow for community groups and organisations ...

Save the date - Wednesday 20th March from 12 noon to 4pm at the North Euston, Fleetwood. More details of the event will be announced by the Community Team at Wyre soon and we'll share how you can reserve your place in next week's bulletin.

We have some drop-in events coming up next month at our Information Centre.

Meet the Fleetwood Social Prescribers

Thursday 14th March, 11am to 1pm

It's Social Prescribing Day 2024 so come along and say hello to the team, find out more about their work and how they can support your health and wellbeing.

West Fleetwood Computer Clinic

Friday 15th March, 11am to 1.30pm

Do you need some help with your digital device? Chat with the knowledgeable volunteers and pick up tips about making the most of the internet.

Dementia Awareness - The Walnut Tree

Friday 22nd March, 11am to 1pm

Share lived-experience of dementia and Alzheimers, the challenges and rewards of caring for somebody with a debilitating condition and advice on local support.

There's no need to book for any of the above drop-in sessions and free refreshments are also available during the events. Partner organisations, charities and voluntary groups working in the Fleetwood community are invited to contact us about holding events at the Information Centre.

We look forward to supporting ideas from the ROC event at The North Euston Hotel this evening - although the headlines may sometimes suggest differently, there is far more Good News than bad coming from the Fleetwood community.

A reminder our next Open Meeting is a week away, on Wednesday 6th March ...

Join us at Emmanuel Church, Mount Road from 6.30pm to 8pm for another inspiring evening as locally-based voluntary groups and organisations update us on their work and share ideas for the future.

We had 30 different speakers at last month's meeting, including many new faces. Our lovely chair of residents Pauline takes it all in her stride and we love hearing from everyone. No need to pre-book, just come along to listen or get involved as you prefer and enjoy a brew.

With the shortest month almost over, the March listings are available from Fleetwood Library and Wyre's Great Outdoors ...

See the links below to view online or pick up printed copies from our Information Centre.

A new event is being planned for International Women's Day next Friday, 8th March.

The volunteers from Behind Closed Doors are hosting a celebration of local women playing a leading role in the community. It's on from 1pm to 2.30pm at Strive Community Cafe, Flakefleet School and our own Karen Boylan will be among those sharing their story.

Keep sending in your GOOD NEWS to share with the community, especially if you've not been included in previous bulletins. Until the next time, take care.




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