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GOOD NEWS - 28th September

This week's bulletin starts with some news of our own ... after two and a half fantastic years, the time has come to move away from our Information Centre at Affinity Lancashire Shopping Outlet.


We can't thank enough the team at Affinity and their business partners for the opportunity to use a vacant unit, actually 3 different units since April 2021. We've been able to share what's happening in the community with local residents and visitors alike and welcome many local groups and organisations for drop-in sessions.


When we first moved in it was just a short time after lockdown and a space was very kindly offered to us free of charge. We didn't really know what to do with it and started with just a few posters on the wall but it's a tribute to the strength and passion of the Fleetwood community there's now around 150 on display!


The good news is with the opening of the garden centre and new cafe, a great program of family-fun events and the hard work of all the outlet staff and traders, occupancy at Affinity is almost 100%. A commercial tenant will be moving into our current unit soon and therefore we will be closing from Monday 2nd October.


For the immediate future, Healthier Fleetwood will be back 'on the road' with drop-in events around the Town and we'll be able to catch up with our friends at many of the groups - details of when and where will be shared next time. We are looking at options for a new base in the longer term too ... so watch this space!


While we are sad to leave Affinity, there couldn't be a better way to say goodbye than to host a Macmillan Cancer Support coffee morning.


Julie and Vicky from the Macmillan team at the Fleetwood Hub will be joining us for fun and fundraising between 10.30am and 1pm tomorrow, Friday 29th September.


As well as enjoying a coffee and a cake, there will be a prize tombola and games, and we've had some fabulous handmade cards donated by local residents Janet and Pam - all proceeds to Macmillan. Harmony & Health will be singing just along from the Coffee Morning, fingers crossed for dry weather and here's to a wonderful event for the charity.We'd love to see you tomorrow but if you have your favourite coffee shop at Affinity you can also support Macmillan with donation pots at Katie's, The Coffee Box and Costa.


There are also coffee mornings at Fleetwood Surgery today (Thursday 28th), and tomorrow (Friday) at Mount View Practice 10am to 2.30pm; at the North Euston Hotel from 10am and at the HASSRA Pavilion, Thornton with Fleetwood Town Community Trust, 10.30am to 12.30pm.


And staying with Fleetwood Town Community Trust, they were one of the partners in a great local initiative to detect prostate cancer.


Before a recent Fleetwood Town game over 130 men took a free PSA test in association with Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal supported by Fleetwood Town Flyers Walking Football Club and Fleetwood Town Ladies FC - the cost of the tests covered by Rick Clement, Community Engagement manager, taking on a 24-hour gym challenge.



There's an exciting opportunity to join the team developing a new community hub for Fleetwood in the former hospital building.


Working alongside Charley, CEO at the Fleetwood Trust, the new role will involve admin support/general tasks for approximately 16 hours per week. If you'd like to know more please email charley.wilkinson@fleetwoodtrust.co.uk


After a successful launch event, the Coding Club at Fleetwood Library is now on every Saturday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm.


Suitable for children aged 7 to 16 years, you can learn how to use basic code to make games and have fun. It's a FREE event, just drop in. (Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult).


And it's only just over a week until the Library hosts its annual FREE family arts & crafts event Fun Palaces.


Call in from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 7th October for loads of fun activities and take away your creations. The event is suitable for all ages and we will also be there hosting a table. No need to pre-book.


October's going to be a busy month with many one-off events to mark Libraries Week and Get Online Week - see the full listing on our website here.


Also available now is next month's line-up of activities and events for Wyre's Great Outdoors.


As well as all the program of walk & talks, beach cleans and more there's plenty of ideas for the Half-term holidays. > Download October's What's On Guide


A reminder of the consultation for the future of Fleetwood Seafront.


You can read more about the proposals and suggestions on the Wyre Council website and complete a survey to share your opinions and ideas. > Fleetwood seafront consultation.


The Healthier Fleetwood Open Meetings continue as usual, next month's is on Wednesday 4th October.


Join friends and neighbours at Emmanuel Church, Mount Road from 6.30pm to around 8pm. The evenings are a great way to find out what's happening in the community and how you can get involved. Got an idea for something new ... there's always somebody willing to help you to get it started and we have an enjoyable time chatting over a brew.


If you can't make it along you may want to support another community event.


Fleetwood Methodist Church hosts a small business market on the 4th October from 7pm to 9pm. Over 25 traders will be attending the event and funds raised will help the church and their work.


We hope everyone has a wonderful time at this evening's Quiz Night fundraiser for the Fleetwood Festive Lights - follow all the latest news on their Facebook page.


Thank you for the kind comments we receive each week about these bulletins, rest assured they will continue in the weeks and months ahead. Many others are also sharing the positives from Fleetwood ... there's far more Good News out there than bad!


We look forward to seeing you all soon, wherever it may be ... take care.


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