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GOOD NEWS - 2nd November

Westview Community Association has just celebrated 25 years of supporting local residents living in the Chatsworth area, and across Fleetwood.

From the base at 2 Eden Avenue they host a wide range of groups and activities including gardening, arts & crafts, cooking, learning opportunities and themed events for all ages. Westview have also operated an amazing food distribution service for many years, central to the support network during the Covid pandemic and now with cost-of-living pressures.Congratulations to Naomi who's recently been appointed as the Centre Manager, to share and expand the great work of the trustees and volunteers.

In the last week, they have launched a new programme of groups, many for children and young people providing a safe space to meet, learn and have fun! Westview is also offering a 'warm space' to local residents during the upcoming Winter months, somewhere to enjoy a hot drink, activities and the opportunity to meet others and make friends. Sessions are Mondays (11am - 2pm), Tuesdays (9am - 5pm) and also Fridays (1pm - 3pm) ... there's no need to book, just pop in.

For further information on everything happening at Westview Community Association please email, call 01253 870133 or see Facebook.

Congratulations to our own Dr Mark Spencer, as of this week ... Honorary Professor of Health Inequalities at Lancaster University

Mark is one of three newly appointed Honorary Clinical Chairs within the Faculty of Health and Medicine. This recognises Mark's work in the community over many years, highlighting health inequalities, listening to residents and connecting partner organisations to find solutions.

He will support the University in their academic studies and research.

A reminder that the From Nothing To Now photography exhibition opens this weekend and runs throughout the month.

Reflecting the people, places and heritage of Fleetwood the exhibition shares stories, words and images gathered and created by artist Hannah O’Hara as part of a co-commission by Fleetwood HAZ Cultural program and Photoworks. Displays will be at Fleetwood Museum, Fleetwood Library and the Fleetwood Market Gallery, 4th to 28th November - all free to view, please check with the individual venues for their opening hours.

You are also invited to the launch of Fleetwood's Little Book of Hope ...

This wonderful new publication has been compiled by local resident and mental health professional Liz Loftus, poet Nathan Parker and artist Tina Dempsey. It contains thoughts and experiences gathered from community workshops over recent months, and is designed to offer comfort and support in challenging times such as the loss of a loved one. The FREE launch event is on Monday 13th November, 3.30pm to 5.30pm at the North Euston Hotel - all welcome!

Our thanks to Helen and the team at Fleetwood Library for their continuing support.

We've been hosting a weekly drop-in session at the library since the start of Healthier Fleetwood, over seven years ago. We chat with local residents, sharing information on the many events, groups and activities in and around Fleetwood which support health and wellbeing. It's also an opportunity to give advice on setting up new projects - where to find help with funding, venues, promotion and volunteers.

Until the end of the year we will be at the library on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to at least 12noon - usually on the first floor close to the exhibition space. There's no need to book, although you can contact us in advance if you want to be sure to catch us.If we're not there, please do browse the leaflets on display from many of the local voluntary groups and organisations active in the community.

Healthier Fleetwood also works closely with the Fleetwood Primary Care Network social prescribers and residents registered with one of the three local surgeries can receive extra support. We can pass on your contact details if you'd like to know more.

There was a presentation to the winners of the Who Can Grow The Tallest Sunflower competition at the library this week.

Carol Harris clearly has green fingers and a sunny garden, picking up the title for the second year with her 10ft 3inch plant! Runners-up were Jenny & Johnathan Gornall and Charlie Chesher was in third place, everyone receiving trophies and certificates.

Our thanks to Debby and the volunteers at Fleetwood Wellbeing Way for all their hard work organising the competition again this year. Can anyone stop Carol from making it a hat trick of successes in 2024!

As mentioned in a previous bulletin, we will be starting to share news of the all the upcoming Christmas events.

If you'd like your festive fundraisers and fairs mentioned, need volunteers for a good cause or have any Christmas good news to share, please get in touch and we'd be happy to include details in future editions.

There are several Facebook links above, if you're not on the platform and would like more information, please contact Healthier Fleetwood at and we can put you in touch with the group or event organisers.

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Healthier Fleetwood Open Meeting this week, sharing their news and ideas for something new. A summary of the meeting will be sent out as a GOOD NEWS EXTRA over the weekend and the next get-together is on Wednesday 6th December, 6.30pm at Emmanuel Mount Church - all welcome.

If you are attending one of the local fireworks displays - at Highbury Stadium this evening, 2nd November or at Marine Hall Gardens on Sunday 5th - we hope you have fun!

Keep sending in your GOOD NEWS to share with the community.

We look forward to seeing you all soon ... take care.




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