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GOOD NEWS - 29th June

Loads of Good News to share this week, so let's get started by thanking Helen, Gillian and Gilly from the Wyre & Fylde Community Defibrillator Fundraising team.

The group are marking two years of amazing work that has seen 39 life-saving pieces of equipment installed across Fleetwood, Wyre and Fylde - that's equivalent to 1 about every three weeks since they began! Recent local sites have included two on the Promenade close to Chatsworth Avenue and West Way.

Many cafes, pubs and public venues now have a defib thanks to their regular fundraising activities - coming up is a Quiz Night with the Royal Navy Association at the Cons Club, Fleetwood on 14th July and also please do say hello at their stall for Tram Sunday on 16th July.

Follow the Wyre and Fylde Community Defibrillators Fundraising page on Facebook to keep up to date with all the latest updates from the group.

And there's some FREE defibrillator training taking place in Fleetwood next month ...

It's at Marine Hall on Sunday 23rd July, a choice of sessions: 10.15am - 11.45am and 12.15pm - 1.45pm. To register and for info please email

Would you like to help create Fleetwood's very own trail of signage commemorating the Town's many historic buildings and landmarks?

The Fleetwood Blue Plaque Project is inviting the community to make suggestions for which sites should receive this special recognition. An initial list is available to view online here, you can add your own choices or for more information please visit the Facebook page.

The Fleetwood Blue Plaque Project is led by Fleetwood Civic Society, assisted by the Visit Fylde Coast group, supported by the UK Levelling Up Fund in partnership with Wyre Council.

Congratulations to Reece Slater for success at the Coastal Radio awards ...

Local resident Reece picked up the title of 'Volunteer of the Year' for his dedication at Fleetwood Beach Wheelchairs. Involved from the start of this fabulous charity, he's often found on the Central Promenade with Sonny the dog, chatting to passers-by about the chairs and collecting donations to support the FREE service.

Well done Reece, thoroughly deserved for all you and your fellow volunteers do. If you'd like to know more, please see the Fleetwood Beach Wheelchairs website.

And this is an opportunity to mention applications for the King's Award for Voluntary Service 2024 are OPEN. Equivalent to an MBE, the KAVS is the highest Award given to local voluntary groups in the UK, and they are awarded for life.

Healthier Fleetwood was honoured to win the Queen's Award in 2022 and we'd be happy to pass on our experience of the application process. Support for applications is also available from Wyre Council's Community Team - we can connect you with them.

Congratulations also to John Hartley, just appointed as new CEO at Fleetwood Town Community Trust.

John will be well known to many living and working in Fleetwood and Wyre - his experience and partnership skills from previous roles within the trust will be ideal as they look forward to launching several new initiatives alongside their existing, extensive program of wellbeing support.

Tony Codling, the Community Trust's Armed Forces wellbeing officer has been a driving force behind a new Veterans Community Garden opening this week at Norcross. The space is being designed to provide a beautiful and peaceful retreat for everyone with vibrant flowers, lush greenery and bespoke seating - a perfect place to relax and unwind for Fylde Coast veterans. Best wishes to everyone who has been involved in the project and hope to visit the new garden soon.

Sadly leaving his role is Mark Gilbert, co-ordinator at Fleetwood Youth Hub.

In a little over a year, the facility based in the Fleetwood hospital building has become established as a fantastic asset for the Town, supporting 18 - 24 years olds to find training opportunities, employment and gain life-skills. Thank you Mark for everything you've done and the foundations you have laid for the future.Mark leaves the Youth Hub in good hands - we wish Courtney all the best as she takes on the role of coordinator and we look forward to supporting the team and their great work.

The popular Calico Connect coffee morning has a new venue and day ...

Call in for a brew and activities, to meet other local residents and to chat with volunteers and staff for advice on topics such as benefit claims. Coffee mornings are now Tuesdays, 10am to 12 noon in the Fleetwood hospital building using the Youth Hub entrance, North Albert Street.

There's a new crafting group starting at Fleetwood Library next week ...

From 3rd July, join Alison for FREE card-making, every Monday 10am to 12.30pm. The materials are provided, you'll learn techniques and pick up tips while enjoying friendly conversation. You also get to take away your work each week. There's no need to book, just pop in on the day.

Time to move over Elton John because Harmony & Health are on tour ...

After several 'award-winning' appearances at local galas, you can enjoy and join in with the wonderful community singing group out and about next month - 4th July at Affinity Lancashire from 1.30pm: at the Memorial Park Fun Day, Saturday 8th July, 11.30am; opening the entertainment at Tram Sunday, 16th July, 10am.

Have you dreamed of gliding across the dancefloor like the Strictly stars ...

Mental health charity Tia's Crown is launching Dance Floor Heroes 2024. Learn alongside a professional partner, perform in the world's most beautiful ballroom to a live audience and celebrity judges, maybe take home a glitter ball trophy! For details visit their website or telephone 07562 313609.

Last week we mentioned the success of the Chatty Chef courses at Westview Community Association ... places are available for the next FREE course which is starting in September. You'll learn about cooking healthy meals on a budget and receive a FREE slow cooker appliance at the end of the 6 weeks. For information and to get involved call 01253 870133.

A reminder of the Small Business Market on this Saturday, 1st July.

It's at Fleetwood Methodist Church - pop in from 11am to 3pm to browse and buy from over 25 stalls hosted by amazing, local craftspeople and small businesses plus a prize tombola, music, kids activities and a face painter. If you need help with transport - the no. 14 bus stops nearby.

Joining us tomorrow (30th June) at our Information Centre, Affinity Lancashire are staff from the Lancashire County Council Shared Lives team. Find out more about becoming a paid carer and supporting someone with physical or learning disabilities in your home. You can also read more on the LCC website here.

As it's Friday, our FREE Chatter Cafe is on from 11am - pop in for a cuppa, cake and conversation with other local residents and organisations working in the Town. We're also open on Saturday (1st July) and we welcome Sarah and colleagues from Fleetwood Town Community Trust from 11am to 1pm for FREE pebble painting and to share more about all those activities and groups. You can also talk to Fleetwood-based personal trainer Jules Brooks about her specialist rehab and wellbeing classes. And finally, next Wednesday (5th July) is the next Healthier Fleetwood Open Meeting from 6.30pm in Emmanuel at the Mount Church - all welcome to share new ideas and hear about what's happening in the amazing Fleetwood community. We look forward to seeing you all soon, keep sending in your Good News ... until the next time, take care.




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