GOOD NEWS - June 30th

The big events are coming thick and fast in Fleetwood at the moment and they don't come any bigger than the Festival of Transport and Spare Parts arts festival which returns on Sunday 17th July.


It’s the UK’s largest FREE family vintage transport and arts event, attracting tens of thousands of visitors. You can expect an amazing day of family fun along Lord Street and the surrounding areas with a funfair, live music and entertainment and of course plenty of classic and unique vehicles!


For everything you need to know about the Fleetwood Festival of Transport: please see the Visit Fleetwood website here.


Spare Parts Arts Festival runs alongside 'Tram Sunday' and this year among all the amazing acts there will be BIG puppets including glowing snails, rainbow mammoths and a hippo on a bike with a very bad toothache!


Volunteers play a huge part in the day ... helping as chaperones for the acts, marshals and stewards as well as taking part in the parade. Left Coast arts are coordinating the volunteers and holding some drop-in sessions ahead of the event for anyone interested.

To find out more about getting involved, contact Abigail on info@leftcoast.org.uk and come and say hello on the day at the Healthier Fleetwood stand near Fisherman's Walk.


Looking further ahead to a couple more events ...


The Fleetwood Folk & Blues FaBWeekend 2022 is Thursday 1st - Tuesday 6th September. This year's festival is celebrating 50 Years of heritage & tradition in Fleetwood with singarounds, acoustic concerts, record fair, craft fair, sessions, mainstage concerts, spoken word stories, song circles, workshops and singing breakfasts plus a camping/campervan site.

For event and camping ticket information see the Festival page on Eventbrite here.


Fleetwood Men's Shed have announced a community event at Marine Hall to mark Mental Health Awareness Day in October.


The Shedders are putting together an inspiring day full of helpful advice, information and resources for everyone. It's on Monday 10th October from 1pm and the schedule will include: talks in the Waterfront Cafe Area; self-care, mindfulness and signposting; an opportunity to talk to others and lots more to help you find the 'Feel Good' factor. More details will be announced in the weeks ahead and you can keep up to date by following the Mens Shed on Facebook.


A reminder that our Wellbeing & Community Information Centre at Affinity Lancashire has relocated but not very far away ... just one door along!


We reopen with a very busy day, tomorrow, Friday 1st July. Call in from 11am - 1pm to browse the Just Reminiscing collection, a fascinating array of memorabilia and artifacts from Wyre Council and decorate a cup and saucer plant pot holder or other items for your garden or kitchen window for yourself or as a lovely gift for a friend. You can meet Anne and Gail from the Peter Lyttle Foundation and find out more about the great work they are doing to support individuals with dementia and their families and have a go at more FREE arts & crafts. The Foundation host a weekly drop-in event from their Fleetwood base on Preston Street.

> See the Peter Lyttle Foundation page on Facebook for more information.

The team behind the recent Time For Tea dementia awareness event will also be available to share their news and plans for the future.


SEVEN WAYS IN SEVEN DAYS!

Some suggestions for the week ahead 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 2nd: Fleetwood Promenade parkrun Start the weekend in a positive fashion by taking part in this popular community event. Starting at 9am from Marine Hall the 5k, flat course heads out to Rossall Observation Tower and back again - run/walk/push at your own pace, children accompanied by an adult and dogs on short leads welcome. Volunteers always appreciated! See the parkrun website here.


Sunday 3rd: Fleetwood Jumble Trail

What's a Jumble Trail? Well it's a cross between a Car Boot sale and a Treasure Hunt! Dozens of local residents have got together to host garage sales and house clearances on Sunday from 10am to 2pm. You'll meet lovely people and grab some bargains as you go round! For more information and the location of the stalls, see Fleetwood Jumble Trail on Facebook.


Monday 4th: Tai Chi at YMCA Lofthouse Building Join experienced tai chi leader Ken from 10.30am - 11.30am for this relaxed session suitable for all. Tai Chi is great for improving balance, pain management, supporting brain function and better sleep quality. The session is open to all members of the community, supported by Macmillan Cancer Support and Fleetwood Primary Care Network. Tel: 07990 130926 for info.


Tuesday 5th: Friendlier Fleetwood Social Afternoon

This lovely group, men and women, meet several times a week for chat over a cuppa, to play board games, for arts and crafts and more. It's 1pm - 3pm, Senior Citizens Hall, Warrenhurst Road by Fisherman's Walk on Tuesdays and this week you can also get a FREE blood pressure test from one of the team from O'Briens. See Friendlier Fleetwood on Facebook for more.


Wednesday 6th: Art for Wellbeing group, Chapter Two bookshop A new monthly activity led by local resident Richard Christy at Chapter Two on North Albert Street by the Library. It's all about having some fun and making new friends while discovering your creative side. Session is 5pm -7pm with a £2pp contribution towards the cost of materials and equipment provided. Tel 07585 672428 for information and to get involved.


Thursday 7th: Fleetwood Folk Club at Strawberry Gardens, Poulton Road

After a successful time at the Mount pub, the Fleetwood Folk Club has a new home, upstairs at the Strawberry Gardens. They meet every Thursday from 8.30pm for songs, music and poetry, all welcome to come along and listen or perform as they wish. Free admission with a charity collection taken.

See the Fleetwood Folk Club page on Facebook for their news.


Friday 8th: Baby Bounce & Rhyme with Story Time, Fleetwood Library Sing, bounce and jingle every Friday morning in the bubbly Baby Bounce session where all the classic nursery rhymes feature. All infants under school age are welcome to join in this lively sing-a-long and stay for the morning story time session. Fleetwood Library and their Friends group present a wide range of events every month: see the current event's listing here.


It's our monthly Open Meeting on Wednesday 6th July and as well as connecting with amazing residents and community groups we have a few extra topics ...


The meeting will start as usual at 6.30pm and beforehand, from 6pm, you can meet members of Wyre Council Community Engagement Team. Find out about some of their health & wellbeing and environmental projects and how you can get involved. We're also hear an update on the partners joining the Community Hub being created by Fleetwood Trust in the Hospital building. Already in place for some time is The Pantry and you can now make a donation to them at our Open Meetings: tinned or boxed foods, and toiletries are greatly appreciated and we'll also be taking in carrier bags that can be reused. There's free refreshments and a warm welcome waiting for everyone at the meetings hosted by local resident Pauline Kennedy - we look forward to seeing you.


Until the next time, take care.


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