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GOOD NEWS - 4th May

Only one place to start this week's bulletin ... with a final run-down of the many ways you can enjoy and celebrate the Coronation Bank Holiday weekend!

Saturday 6th May from 10am to 4pm

Fleetwood Town Council invites you to watch the Coronation Ceremony on a huge screen in Marine Hall Gardens followed by all the fun of the fair. Children's entertainment, FREE gaming bus, mascots and more closing with a mass singalong of the National Anthem. > Fleetwood Town Council Facebook

Sunday 7th May from 10am to 4pm

The North Euston Hotel is holding a Ballroom Bazaar. Call in to browse the stalls with work from local creative artists and items from small businesses. Inquiries for stalls should be made to

Sunday 7th May from 11am to 5.30pm

Celebrate Fleetwood Day is a FREE event to mark the Town's founding and the Coronation weekend. There's live music and entertainment, traditional Punch & Judy, activities and stalls in Euston Gardens opposite the North Euston Hotel. The event MC is Fleetwood's Joe Boe.

Sunday 7th May from 2pm - 6pm

There's a charity Coronation Karaoke in The Steamer, Fleetwood with a raffle, cakes and more! Funds raised on the day will be donated to support 'The Big Swim' challenge and the Healthier Heroes armed forces charity. > More on Facebook here.

Sunday 7th May from 7.45pm

The volunteers of the Fleetwood Wellbeing Way host a Sunset Walk from the Log Cabin, along the Esplanade to arrive at The Mount Pavilion for some refreshments and to watch the sunset.

Monday 8th May from 12 noon to 10pm

It's the Kindness Counts UK Funday at Fleetwood Rugby Club. Something for all the family with rides and stalls plus live music, a quiz, bingo, a raffle and much more to close the weekend in style!

What an amazing line-up! There might be more we haven't heard about and of course, there's the street parties too. Please spread the word about what's on so that as many people as possible can support these wonderful community events.

We've had several visitors to our Wellbeing & Community Information Centre at Affinity Lancashire this week, sharing their passion for an activity or group ...

Thank you to Valerie, an enthusiastic supporter of the Afternoon Tea Dances at the North Euston Hotel. They meet on Mondays and Thursdays, 2pm to 4pm to enjoy the music and dancing in the Ballroom. Sessions are currently £5pp including complimentary refreshments. For more information on the Tea Dances please call Ian on 07941 289240 or the North Euston Hotel on 01253 876525.Valerie also told us that several members of the group will be at Celebrate Fleetwood Day on Sunday, dancing a special Coronation Waltz to the keyboard music of Alan Cookson.

Also part of the line-up on Sunday 7th May is the Fleetwood Old Boys Band. Geoff called in recently to leave a poster and tell us more. The Old Boys Band was originally formed in 1986, marking the 40th anniversary of the Sea Cadets and ever since have regularly appeared at community events and ceremonies.

Practice nights are Wednesdays - new members are very welcome to join! Please see the Fleetwood Old Boys Band page on Facebook or call the Secretary, David on 07824 179600 to find out more.

John is a canoe and kayak instructor with the Outdoor Adventure Group who meet on Fleetwood Boating Lake, Fridays from 6pm to 8pm. There's an open invitation to come along and try the activities for FREE first, it's £5pp after that with a reduction if you join as a member.

Sam from The Prince's Trust is joining us on Tuesday 9th May, 1pm to chat about the course for 16 to 25-year-olds starting later this month based at Fleetwood Community Fire Station. Young people can learn new skills, improve their self-confidence and make friends. For details please email Sam on or call on 07900 268707.

And congratulations to our hosts at Affinity Lancashire for the opening of the new Garden World centre and Poppies Tearoom.

It was fantastic to see the huge numbers of shoppers over the May Day Bank Holiday, enjoying the indoor and outdoor plant and garden supplies shop and the dining area. We haven't tried any of the 48 flavours of ice cream available at Poppies yet but don't worry we will soon! With more exciting plans for the future, it promises to be a great summer at Affinity.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Healthier Fleetwood Open Meeting this week and shared their Good News.

Donations were taken for the Happy Pets Foodbank, which will be open on May 10th in the former Premier shop at Broadwater, junction of Meadow Avenue and Fleetwood Road. Many local businesses including ASDA and SPAR are supporting this great initiative led by local residents, which aims to keep owners and pets together in these challenging times.> Follow the Happy Pets Foodbank on their Facebook page here

Mental Health Awareness Week is coming up from 15th to 21st May and we will be sharing more about the events and support available in next week's bulletin but there's already a lot of good work going on in the community. Would you like to become a youth mental health first aider, learning more about children’s mental health & wellbeing? Liz Loftus of Inspired Minds and the Fleetwood Primary Care Network is running several FREE, 2-day courses in Fleetwood for Fleetwood people - parents with children under 16 years and professionals working in the Town with children. You will understand and be able to spot the signs/triggers, learn practical skills, help to provide comfort to children in distress and much more. Dates are 24th/25th May, 30th/31st May and 7th/8th June, from 9.30am to 3.30pm daily at the Milton Street Family Centre, Fleetwood. Places are limited and will be on a first come first served basis. For information and to book please email or see Inspired Minds on Facebook.

We will have some more exciting Royal news in the next bulletin but whether you are celebrating the Coronation, enjoying the many events or spending time with friends & family, we hope you have a fantastic weekend! Until the next time ... take care.




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