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GOOD NEWS - 7th December

This week has seen the launch of Lancashire: County of Song 2024 - a year of celebrating and supporting community singing groups and choirs.


The programme aims to showcase the wide array of singing experiences Lancashire offers and provide essential support including workshops on securing funding and effective marketing.


In our community and nearby we are fortunate to have fantastic groups such as Harmony & Health, Just Sing at Fleetwood Methodist Church, The Dream Team Singers, The Capricorn Singers, Singing for Dementia at Fleetwood Libary, Fleetwood Folk Club and Fleetwood & District Choral Society.


So whether it's purely singing for the joy of it and to support wellbeing, or it's performing concerts and competing, there's something for everyone and we've been speaking to the organisers of Lancashire: County of Song about how they can all be involved.


And it's a good opportunity to mention the Christmas Eve Carols Singalong!


Plans are continuing for this FREE, family-friendly community event being organised by and for local residents. Meeting at Fisherman's Walk on the 24th December the fun starts around 3.30pm, with the singing from 4pm and there will be mulled wine and festive nibbles!


COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS ...

Saturday 9th December: 12.30pm - 3pm

Christmas Fair and Open Day

Enchanted Forest Nursery, Lofthouse Way

Stalls, raffle, hot drinks, festive food & Santa! There's also a chance to view the facilities for families who are interested in their little one joining the nursery.


Sunday 10th December: 10.00am - 12noon

Baby Bank

Skools Out, Fleetwood Road

Pre-loved and new items for babies and toddlers including buggies, prams, chairs, clothing and more! Donations are also very welcome.


Monday 11th December: From 7.30pm

Warm Up With Santa

Queens p.h., Beach Road

Enjoy an evening by the fire including a buffet, mulled wine for adults and a selection box for children, hosted by Fleetwood Rotary. There is a cost for tickets.


Tuesday 12th December: From 7.00pm

Christmas Concert

St Peter's Church, Lord Street

Carleton Community Music host an evening of music & song. There will be a raffle to raise funds for the Mustard Seed Group which provides hot meals for residents.

> Free admission on the door.


Thursday 14th - Saturday 16th December

Christmas Tree Festival

Fleetwood Methodist Church, Fleetwood Road

Walk among the beautifully decorated trees from community groups and businesses - who will win the prize for the best? Also stalls and refreshments.


Throughout December

Fleetwood Wellbeing Way Christmas Trail

The Esplanade, Fleetwood

Look out for the wooden Christmas trees, each with a QR code linked to a different fun and festive challenge or activity - how many will you find?


Bookings are now open for Wyre Council’s popular Holiday Activity and Food Clubs - a programme of free activities for children on benefits-related free school meals.


A range of clubs is being hosted throughout the school holidays by providers across the borough including many in Fleetwood. There’s plenty to enjoy including swimming, arts and crafts, football, boxing, den building and more, plus each child will enjoy a nutritious meal each day.


Join community engagement officer Rachel for a couple of events coming up with The Bay: A Blueprint For Recovery ...


There's an afternoon of Christmas Crafts at Fleetwood Library on Wednesday 13th December, 1pm to 3pm. Materials are provided and you can take away your finished work. On Thursday 14th, also 1pm - 3pm there's an Egg Case Hunt at Rossall Observation Tower. Record your findings to help understand and support the ecology of Morecambe Bay.


Did you ever see the superlambananas in Liverpool or the amazing bees in Manchester? Well, the Fylde Coast is getting its own trail of colourful animals.


Elmer's Big Parade is going to take place in Blackpool next year and Fleetwood will be represented. Affinity Lancashire and Shakespeare School have sponsored elephants to be decorated and displayed to the public, raising funds and awareness for Brian's House Children's Hospice.


Shakespeare School is asking for the ideas and help create a unique design for their Elmer, who arrives this week. There's a chance to see him and make your suggestions after school on Monday 11th.

> Please see Shakespeare page on Facebook or contact the school to get involved.


Thank you to everyone who came along and contributed to a very enjoyable and lively Open Meeting on Wednesday evening.


A full summary of all the groups, activities and events we heard about will be shared in a Good News Extra bulletin over the weekend. With it being so close to the New Year break, traditionally we don't hold a meeting in January so the next one will be on Wednesday 7th February ... and we are delighted to say that the 2024 events will return to Emmanuel Mount Church.

Thank you to our lovely hosts for their continued support and hospitality.


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


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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