GOOD NEWS - July 21st

With temperatures peaking this week, many of us would have taken to the water to cool off but one local resident has something more than a 'dip' planned ...


Adam Diver is an ex-serviceman and member of the vibrant Fylde Coast Armed Forces Veterans community, he is an international-level triathlete representing Great Britain (and Fleetwood of course) and his day-job is a social prescribing link-worker supporting other residents to improve their health and wellbeing.


Tomorrow (Friday 22nd July), Adam will also be taking on the challenge to swim from the mainland at St Bees, Cumbria to the Isle of Man. The 'Big Swim' will be an incredible four six-hour sessions in the water, supported along the way by a crew of fantastic volunteers in kayaks ensuring Adam is safe, and getting all the food and water his body will need every 30 minutes. The feat has never been achieved before and Adam hopes to raise awareness of mental health issues, funds for the Healthier Heroes charity and the group will also be collecting water samples for scientific research.


We add all our best wishes to Adam for calm seas, a safe and successful crossing!


Make a donation to Healthier Heroes at Adam's Go Fund Me page.


if you are looking for something slightly less adventurous to do in the week ahead ...

... a few suggestions to get out & about, make new friends and try some of the groups, activities and events. If you'd like to suggest something for the Seven Ways in Seven Days diary, please contact us no later than the Wednesday of the week before, by email to listening@healthierfleetwood.co.uk


Saturday 23rd July - Armed Forces Breakfast Staying with the theme of support for our servicemen and women, and their families it's the first monthly breakfast at The Steamer public house in Fleetwood from 9am to 11am. The cost is £5.00 for Full English, Toast and Tea/Coffee, entry to the venue is at the rear from the car park. For this month's diary of events (and updates each month) see our website here.


Sunday 24th July - Topstitch Summer Fair

Th North Euston hotel is the venue for this popular event which brings together the best of local crafts, gifts and handmade goodies. The event is from 10am to 4pm, it's FREE entry and there will be over 40 stalls to browse, shop and perhaps inspire you to find your creative side. For information see the Topstitch page on Facebook or email: topstitchfleetwood@gmail.com


Monday 25th July ... Take your pick! Monday is a busy day at Fleetwood Library ... play a fun board game or two from 1pm to 3pm, join the FREE crafting group at 1.30pm or try Active Yoga (5.15pm - 6pm) - please bring your own mat and there is a £3 charge for the yoga session. Fleetwood Social Prescribes are also available 10am to 12 noon for more suggestions of local activities.


Tuesday 26th July - Harmony & Health at Affinity Lancashire

They're back and they're ready to rock! Well, maybe not rock but Harmony & Health will be singing along to some great tunes during their monthly visit to Affinity and you are very welcome to join them. From 1.30pm to 3pm, find them on the corner opposite Katie's Restaurant - in fact grab a coffee or something to eat from any of the Outlets dining venues and enjoy!


Wednesday 27th July - Fleetwood Wellbeing Way Wednesday! Midweek is the perfect time to revive body and soul with the new set of challenges from the Wellbeing Way. They are based on 5 themes: Connect to Others, Be Active, Keep Learning, Take Notice and Give to Others so there's bound to be something for everyone! Follow the Fleetwood Wellbeing Way on Facebook or see the bus stop posters along the Esplanade.


Thursday 28th July - Wyre Sea Watch at Rossall Point Observation Tower

Join The Bay: A Blueprint for Recovery and Lancashire Wildlife Trust to look out to sea for seals, porpoises and dolphins and help collate records for environmental study. There will also be plenty of seabirds and the stunning views to admire from the top deck. To find out more and book a place visit The Bay's page on Facebook or their website here.


Friday 29th July - Healthier Fleetwood Chatter Cafe Call into the YMCA Lofthouse Building on London Street between 10am and 11.30am for a brew and friendly conversation with other local residents, and some of the Healthier Fleetwood and social prescribing teams. It's FREE to attend and you'll also hear about many of the group,activities and events happening in the Community.


Congratulations to Fleetwood Beach Wheelchairs for another award nomination to recognise their amazing work.


The volunteer-led registered charity has been nominated for the BBC Radio Lancashire “Make a Difference” award, celebrating community champions across the County. Now with 10 specially designed chairs and a range of accessories the service can help individuals of all ages and their families spend time together on the beautiful Fleetwood beach, making memories that will last a lifetime.


Tune into BBC Lancashire during Thursday 28th July to hear more, starting with an interview around 8.20am on the Graham Liver Show and our best wishes to Fleetwood Beach Wheelchairs for the ceremony in September.

>Fleetwood Beach Wheelchairs website


Great to see all the photos showing Fleetwood looking fabulous and full of fun over the weekend with thousands of people enjoying the RNLI Open Day and Tram Sunday.


A huge thank you to the organisers and all the volunteers for their time and efforts to put these events on, not just on the day but in the weeks and months of planning.


Thank you also to the staff from Blackpool Transport, and their ambassador Andy Mitchell, who were in Town on Sunday for the Festival and on Monday to share their news, and chat with local residents about their ideas. Among those who went along was Kath Roe, in the centre of the picture here taken at Marine Hall. Kath helped to arrange the Information Day and has been keeping in touch with Blackpool Transport. If you couldn't get along this week, please look out for details of future events. We also now have copies of the current timetables for the #1 and #14 bus services to and from Fleetwood, available to pick up from our Information Centre at Affinity. Call in Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 11am - 3pm to get yours and visit blackpooltransport.com for information on all their services.


And we have leaflets listing the locations across Fleetwood of some of the life-saving defibrillators. Keeping one of the leaflets in your wallet or phone case, could make all the difference in an emergency so please call in and pick up a copy next time your passing.


Thank you to Helen for dropping them in and for all the amazing work she, Gillian and Gilly have done over the last year, raising funds and awareness of the need for more defibs.


With the Summer school holidays starting next week, there's plenty of ways to have fun as a family and enjoy arts, crafts and other activities ...


Fleetwood Museum's popular family craft sessions will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11:30am - 12:30pm and 1:30pm - 2:30pm, for children aged 4-11. Places are FREE but must be pre-booked by calling the museum (01253 876621), and children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. And all Fleetwood residents can also enjoy a free visit to the museum during the summer holidays – just bring proof of address. As well as there's the fun interactives to gallery trails and visitors will also get a chance to see the new displays for this year – including the new and revamped Deep-Sea gallery, and the amazing Fish Queen gown and crown which only went in display in June


We're delighted to be working with Fleetwood Library to host a FREE family arts & crafts sessions, every Wednesday morning in the holidays from 10am to noon. No need to book, just pop in for the activities and have a chat with us about what else is happening in Fleetwood.


Fleetwood Town Community Trust are running sports camps for children aged 5 - 12 years old at three local venues: Carleton Green, Shakespeare Primary and Poolfoot Farm.

There will be a range of activities delivered at each venue, from sports, inclusive team games and arts and crafts - the Poolfoot course is football specific. Book places here, call 01253 208442 or email community@fleetwoodtownfc.com


However you enjoy the next week and the Summer ahead, have fun!


Until the next time, take care.


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