GOOD NEWS - July 14th

Hello everyone, once again we hope that all's well and you are able to enjoy the current hot and sunny weather in comfort.


With little prospect of rain to spoil their plans, at least event organisers will have one less thing to worry about so let's start with what's happening in the week ahead ...


SEVEN WAYS IN SEVEN DAYS to improve your health and wellbeing

Some suggestions for the week ahead ... ways to get out & about, enjoy Fleetwood and a few of the many groups, activities and events. If you'd like to suggest something for the diary, please contact us no later than Wednesday of the week before. e: listening@healthierfleetwood.co.uk


Saturday 16th July: RNLI Fleetwood Open Day from 11am It's a huge weekend in Fleetwood starting with the return of this event to support the amazing volunteers of the local RNLI team. Includes a sail past of decorated yachts from Fleetwood Marina, lifeboat displays, family entertainment and live music in and around the lifeboat station, all for a great cause. For more information, see the RNLI Fleetwood page on Facebook.


Sunday 17th July: Fleetwood Festival of Transport & Spare Parts Festival

Also making a welcome return is Tram Sunday! As well as the classic and modern vehicles of all types, shapes and sizes, there's the fun of the fair, a live music stage, stalls and displays, and a host of amazing and unique performers ready to entertain the thousands of visitors expected to attend. The event is from 10am until around 4pm - visit see the official website here


Monday 18th July: There's more than books at your local library! After such a busy weekend, we'll all need to relax a little and there's a choice of activities on Mondays at Fleetwood Library. Friendlier Fleetwood host a free Boardgames sessions, 1pm to 3pm and there's also a free Craft Group starting at 1.30pm. A little later, from 5.15pm is the Active Yoga session, £3pp. Call into the Library to find out more or see the Events listing.


Tuesday 19th July: Ladies Walking Football

The new ladies group, The Raving Red Hats are holding their next activity ... it's a fun and friendly game of walking football. Meeting point is the car-park opposite the Sea Cadet base on the Esplanade for a 6.15pm start. Jules Brooks has set up the group for ladies to meet and enjoy activities and social events - The Raving Red Hats on Facebook.


Wednesday 20th July: Armed Forces Veterans' Breakfast Among the many ways that Fleetwood Men's Shed support the local community is hosting the weekly breakfast for Veterans and their families at St David's Hall, Larkholme Lane. Doors open at 10am, food is served from 10.45am. The meal is free or you can make a donation towards the costs and to support other events in the year. Call 07864 065764 for information.


Thursday 21st July: Community Singing Group

Fleetwood Methodist Church on Fleetwood Road (opp Flakefleet School) hosts a weekly session from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. There's no auditions and you don't need to read music, just enjoy singing from a variety of popular styles. First session is free, then £2pp including tea and biscuits. See their page on Facebook or call Katie on 01253 852284 to get involved!


Friday 22nd July: Wellbeing Walk at Wyre Country Park from 2pm A relaxed wellbeing walk led by Neil from The Bay: A Blueprint for Recovery. Explore the Country Park, the largest area of ungrazed salt marsh in the North West and learn about the local nature and the importance of salt marshes. For further information on this event and all the wellbeing activities and groups in Wyre hosted by The Bay, see their website here.


A couple of forthcoming events and groups to mention supporting individuals and their families coping with dementia ...


On Thursday 21st July, it's the monthly Dementia drop-in cafe at Emmanuel at The Mount hall from 10am to 12 noon. Always held on the 3rd Thursday of the month, this is a relaxed social morning for chat and advice. Just call in on the day.


And there's a free 'Singing for Dementia' group starting at Fleetwood Library from 2.30pm on 2nd August then the first Tuesday of the month. Please ask at the Library for further information on this new activity.


We've mentioned the Mens' Shed in the Seven Ways, Seven Days listing above and this week one of it's founders and driving forces announced he was stepping down.


Many of you will know Tony O'Neil, and know how much he has personally done to set up the Mens' Shed. His initial idea to create a safe space where men could meet and support each other has grown to be an integral part of the community and is changing, sometimes even saving lives.Tony has more than earned the opportunity to take a break and put his own health and wellbeing first. The Men's Shed is in good hands with Dave, Rob, Richard and the other trustees and volunteers and will continue to flourish.


Thank you to Tony for your inspiration and hard work, we look forward to you continuing to play a part in the community.


We were delighted that Rob from the Men's Shed was among the party to accept the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, presented to Healthier Fleetwood last week.


Pauline Kennedy received the award from the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs. Christine Kirk DL at a ceremony in County Hall, Preston and spoke on behalf of the network of community groups and residents in Fleetwood we are thrilled to support.


Also present were Dr Mark Spencer, and Debby Swain from the Fleetwood Wellbeing Way and the award is recognising the whole of the community. Mark's passion for Fleetwood and involvement within the NHS ensures Fleetwood is well-known to decision-making organisations, Pauline is a caring and eloquent chair of residents, and our small team of staff love their work.


But the real inspiration has always come from the community itself - your ideas, enthusiasm and desire to make a difference. It is our privilege to play a part in connecting local residents to each other, to the support and services available and to see what can happen when a community starts to take control of their health and wellbeing.


We've opened our new Wellbeing & Community Information Centre at Affinity Lancashire Outlet between Double Two and Moss Bros, opposite Bonmarche.


Inside you can discover many of the community groups and events supporting local residents' health and wellbeing and take away leaflets and guides to read at your leisure. We can also help you get new ideas started, connecting you with the services of our partners in the community - please do call in for a chat.


We never know what we'll hear about and our thanks this week to Mark for calling in.


Did you know that the world-famous Waterloo Bowls Tournament is now being held in Fleetwood and there are places available in the Autumn competition?

You can find out how to enter and much more at waterloobowls.com


Tomorrow, Friday 15th July, we welcome the West Fleetwood Computer Clinic to the Information Centre for their FREE drop-in session. If you need some help with a digital device, getting connected or tips on how to protect your personal data - call in between 11am and 2pm, there's no need to pre-book an appointment.


Please note, our Information Centre will be closed on Tuesday 19th July (open next week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11am - 3pm).


A reminder that the Blackpool Transport Information Bus will be in Fleetwood next week, Monday 18th July, an opportunity to share your ideas and feedback.


The bus will be parked at Affinity Lancashire on Monday from 10am to 12 noon and then at Marine Hall from shortly after noon to around 2pm. Staff will be available to answer questions, share information on the current services and Blackpool Transport's plans for the future. Thank you to Blackpool Transport for holding this engagement event and their recent attendance at our Open Meetings.


It's appropriate to finish on transport. Come and say hello to us at Tram Sunday - our stand will be at the corner of Lord Street and Ash Street - stay safe in the sunshine and have fun!


Until the next time, take care.


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