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GOOD NEWS - 6th March

We may not have seen the last of the cold weather just yet but the newly planted flower beds across Fleetwood are certainly helping it to feel a lot more like Spring!

It's thanks to all the hard work of the volunteers from Fleetwood In Bloom that the Town is looking so colourful. We love the flowers outside our Information Centre and it's not just along Lord Street ... there's more at Fisherman's Walk, by the Knott End Ferry and working with the pupils, at many of the local schools.

In keeping with the Spring theme, new starts - two great local activities are resuming again this month ...

Wyre Wheels is an inclusive cycling programme in Fleetwood, offering participants the opportunity to ride adapted bicycles including trikes, side-by-sides, hand bikes, quad and wheelchair bikes. There's no booking, just turn up at the Memorial Park Pavilion (next to the cenotaph) on FRIDAYS, 10am - 12.30pm. There is a cost of £4pp.

Fleetwood Beach Wheelchairs is also back and looking forward to a busy year having welcomed their 1,000th visitor in 2023. Volunteers will be on hand at the Wheelbase, by Central Promenade carpark/Cafe to help more people enjoy the beach with their friends and family. There's a fleet of 10 specialist chairs and other equipment to choose from. To find out more call 0300 011 1003 or visit

... and Reece volunteers at the Beach Wheelchairs, he's taking on a 100-mile challenge for the charity.

The aim is to cover the distance this month in his own chair, raising awareness of the service and also hit a target of £500 towards running costs.

A reminder that Friday 8th March is International Women's Day and the volunteers from Behind Closed Doors are holding an event at The Strive Cafe, Flakefleet Primary School to celebrate women who make a difference in the Fleetwood Community. It's from 1pm to 2.30pm with a line-up of local speakers and refreshments are available.

There's a volunteering role available at Fleetwood Gym Junior football club ...

Their Under 13's Wolves side are looking for an assistant coach to work alongside manager Mark at twice-weekly practice sessions and Sunday matches. The Club can offer FA and first aid training and DBS check and you'll be encouraging the young players to enjoy their football in a safe, supportive environment. Telephone Mark on 07768 761271 or for more info

If arts & crafts are more your thing and perhaps the time is right to share your ideas and talent ... there's an opportunity at Fleetwood Market House Studios.

An artist studio/shop will be coming up available on Adelaide Street. It's a ground-floor, wheelchair-accessible space for artists and craft makers only (other terms and conditions do apply). It would suite an artist or group of artists that produce things to sell and make art in the studio. For more information and costs please contact the studio coordinator by email to

Fleetwood Market has a celebration event this weekend, Saturday 9th March ...

To share the venue's history and mark the completion of £3.9m refurbishment works, there's a day of activities including:

  • 11am - 2pm: Just Reminiscing in the gallery space to see old artefacts, objects, and scrapbooks from different decades.

  • 11.45am - 12.15am: A guided tour from a local heritage expert - please meet on Victoria Street opposite the Pocket Park where the tour will begin.

  • 12.30pm - 1pm: Heritage sign making demonstration - Join artist Lisa Wigham to discover traditions of sign painting inspired by hand-lettered signs and posters.

This is a FREE event, no need to book > More details on the Market's Facebook page

The Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB) plans, arranges and monitors the provision and budget for health and care services in the region, including for Healthier Fleetwood.

They are currently looking at care and support for people with moderate frailty, perhaps caused by a fall or an infection. The aim is to reduce the number of people with moderate frailty attending urgent, emergency care or being admitted to hospital, and wherever possible continue to live independently at home.

You can also pick up a printed copy from our Information Centre on Lord Street and these will be passed on to the ICB team.

There's two FREE drop-in events at our Information Centre next week ...

Thursday 14th March is Social Prescribing Day and you can chat with the Fleetwood team from 11am to 1pm. Find out more about their work and how they can help you lead a happier, healthier life.

Friday 15th March - West Fleetwood Computer Clinic. The friendly volunteers will be passing on straightforward advice for your digital device, how to get online, tips on internet safety and more. 11am to 1.30pm.

There's no need to book for the events above, just turn up and connect. Refreshments are available and while you are at the Centre you can browse the dozens of posters for groups, activities and events in the Fleetwood community supporting your health and wellbeing.

Thank you to the Community Team at Wyre Council for passing on details of an online finances course for individuals and community groups.

It's FREE and delivered by The Institute of Accountants and Bookkeepers (IAB) which is a non-profit making organisation. The course includes the following topics ...

  • Setting a budget

  • Personal balance sheets

  • How to understand a payslip

  • How to reduce your cost-of-living expenses

  • Understanding loan repayments

  • Support if struggling financially

  • Trusted useful links/signposting

On completion of the course a certificate will be available for learners and this can support further qualification applications, job interviews or volunteering, housing applications, job centre and benefit services as proof of actively looking for future employment through independent learning.

We'd like to add our congratulations to the volunteers at RNLI Fleetwood in the week the National service celebrated 200 years of life-saving work.

Members of the crew joined some of their colleagues from the Fylde Coast for events in London to mark the occasion. Thank you for all you do.

If you read this bulletin in time, we hope to see you at this evening's (March 6th) Open Meeting at Emmanuel Mount Church from 6.30pm. If it's anything like last month's we're in for a wonderful evening! If you can't make it along, a summary will be sent out as an extra bulletin over the weekend.

We've also been asked to share lots of events and activities for the Easter weekend and school holidays and we'll start these in next week's bulletin.

Keep sending in your GOOD NEWS to share with the community, especially if you've not been included before. we love hearing from you.

Until the next time, take care.




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