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GOOD NEWS - 31st August

We start this week's GOOD NEWS bulletin with details of a terrific new exhibition of artwork, opening just about now!


'Market Heritage - Creative Celebration' at Fleetwood Market showcases the talent of a small group of Wyre residents over a series of eight workshops. Fleetwood Market with all its colour, history and heritage is a primary source of inspiration. The group worked with Lancashire artist and printmaker J. M. Swarbrick to learn a range of simple but effective printmaking, bookbinding and textile art. Making art in a group setting and shopping in a traditional market both offer something valuable that gives quality of life.


You can check out the exhibition of artwork by local people from 31st August to 30th September, subject to the usual opening days of Fleetwood Market.


There's a new wellbeing group starting at Westview Community Association.The 12-week programme is FREE to attend and will include a wide range of activities: exercise, nutrition tips, healthy snack-making and an opportunity to meet new people over a brew ... supported by Fleetwood Town Community Trust. The 'Bash Hub' is on Mondays from 4th September and runs from 10am to 1pm. For more information or to join email sarah.hall@fleetwoodtownfc.com


How would you like to work in the community while enjoying the benefits of fresh air and the beautiful local surroundings?


The Bay: A Blueprint For Recovery is looking for somebody to join their Wyre-based team delivering nature and environment-focused health and wellbeing sessions. Thank you to Jane for all her hard work over the 18 months or so, best wishes to her for the future.


We had a lovely time last Saturday at the annual Beach Craft event.


Staff and volunteers from Fleetwood Museum, local residents and visitors worked together to recreate the Town's ceremonial Fish Queen, based on a design by Laura Kate Draws for the Fleetwood HAZ Cultural Programme. > Images and drone video on Facebook


And next up from this project is the Fleetwood Photo Booth!

Join creative artist Hannah, Saturday 9th September at Fleetwood Museum - dress up, use heritage props for images to be part of an exhibition later in the year. You can also print out and keep your photos.


There's a couple of sponsored walks coming up in September, raising funds and awareness for community projects.


On Friday 8th September, it's the third Fleetwood Suicide Awareness Walk in memory of those we have lost and supporting those in need. Meet at the Sea Cadet base from 7pm to start at 7.30pm. The group will make it's way to Fleetwood Town's Highbury Stadium for a service of remembrance. Funds raised will assist the local work of Counselling in the Community Charity.


Then on Monday 11th September at 6pm, The Chill Lounge will follow the path of the Fleetwood Wellbeing Way, also starting at the Sea Cadet base, corner of Princes Road and Beach Road. This is supporting Great Arley School, in Thornton Cleveleys. The Chill Lounge is a group for women, they meet twice a week and organise regular events - the walk is open to ALL members of the community.


And with Suicide Prevention Day in September, the Government has launched a new fund to support work within the voluntary sector.


The intention is to encourage the delivery of new activities in the community that can help prevent suicides and to save lives, working in partnership with existing NHS support. Charities and voluntary groups are invited to apply now - the closing date for applications is the 1st October.


A network of Family Hubs is being planned for Wyre and Lancashire.


Locally, there's an event on Tuesday 26th September from 10am to 6pm at the Milton Youth & Community Centre, on Milton Street, Fleetwood and families are invited to come along to find out more and also enjoy a number of activities taking place on the day.More information will be shared nearer the time - partner organisations wishing to be involved by taking a stand should contact kirsty.may@lancashire.gov.uk


At the start of 'Smokefree September' a reminder that help and advice is available from the Lancashire Quit Squad team.


Smokers are much more likely to quit with support than on their own and in our County, they can access free specialist behavioural support, a range of stop-smoking products and also free digital support via the My Quit Route app, all as part of the 12-week program.Contact the service directly by using the Freephone number 0800 328 6297 (Office hours 9am – 5pm, Mon - Fri ), registering online here or accessing the 24/7 stop-smoking support via the My Quit Route app.


MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING CUPDATE ...

As well as the coffee, cake, raffles and more we are delighted Jules Brooks from Fitness 50 will be joining us at the event on Friday 29th September. Jules will be chatting about the specialist classes she hosts including the pre-hab / rebab sessions for people diagnosed with cancer, and general fitness advice.> Healthier Fleetwood Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support on Facebook


The start of the month also means new event listings are available for Fleetwood Library and Wyre's Great Outdoors - click on the blue links to view them online or call in to our Wellbeing & Community Information Centre at Affinity Lancashire for printed copies.


Please note there are some changes to our opening hours next week - the Information Centre is closed on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th September plus Thursday as usual, so we are OPEN on Wednesday 6th and Friday 8th, 11am to 3pm.


Wednesday (6th September) is also the next Healthier Fleetwood Open Meeting - starting at 6.30pm, Emmanuel Church at the Mount. All welcome to share your Good News on community groups, events and more; suggest something new and get support from other local residents to turn your ideas into a reality.


We look forward to seeing you soon ... until the next time, take care.


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