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GOOD NEWS - March 10th

There has been a fantastic community response to the appeals for items to support Ukrainian refugees ...

The donation centre set up at Affinity Lancashire by Fleetwood Rotary last weekend was so busy they had to close early on one day but with the generosity of the public and the hard work of Rotarians, the first lorry load of donations is on its way via International Aid Trust.

The Tram Weigh shop on North Albert Street, Fleetwood is continuing to take donations, best to check with them first on opening hours and the most suitable items to drop off.

Fleetwood Town Council is collecting First aid/trauma kits. These can be dropped off at the Council office, 122 Poulton Road or you can order online and arrange delivery to that address.

Active Lancashire has been supporting residents' health and wellbeing for several years and is hosting a new multi-sports session in Fleetwood.

It’s on every Wednesday from 1pm at the YMCA Sports Centre, the activities include badminton and table tennis. The session is open to the community, everyone is welcome and it's FREE!

Please contact Tamasin on 07724 656681 or Chris on 07922 511671 for further information.

The Macmillan Cancer Support team do amazing work across the Fylde Coast, working with a number of partners in Fleetwood.

There’s a Tai Chi class Monday mornings from 10.30 to 11.30am at the YMCA Lofthouse Building, and also 'Coffee, Cake & Chat' at Fleetwood Library, the second Thursday of the month, 1pm - 3pm. These are inclusive activities for people dealing with cancer, their family and friends and the whole community.

This week sees the return of the popular 'Wyre Wheels' sessions, on Friday afternoons in Memorial Park.

Starting on Friday 11th March Wyre this is a cycling programme offering participants the opportunity to ride adapted bicycles including trikes, side-by-sides, hand bikes, quad and wheelchair bikes. Sessions run from 10.30am till 1.00pm with the last admission at 12.30pm, there is a fee of £3.50pp. No need to book, just turn up at Memorial Park Pavilion, close to the cenotaph.

Lots of events coming up in and around Fleetwood this month that bring the community together, here's a few to pass on …

Learn all about 'What seeds need to grow’ at a special gardening workshop at The Mount Pavilion on Thursday 17th March from 1pm to 3pm.

Explore the different techniques and requirements needed, craft some compostable pots using items from the home and get hands-on with seed sowing. This is one of a series of FREE workshops to help you make the most of your garden/yard and create wonderful displays to be enjoyed in your home.

> Call Garstang Tourist Information Centre: 01995 602125 to book your place.

Our good friends from the West Fleetwood Computer Clinic will be with us again at Affinity Lancashire on Friday 18th March.

If you need help getting connected to the internet and making the most of your digital devices just call into our Wellbeing & Community Information Centre for a friendly chat between 11am and 2pm. There's no need for an appointment!

There’s a Spring Market at Fleetwood Methodist Church on Saturday 19th March, open from 11am to 3pm.

You’ll find a variety of items including home décor, candles, skincare, food, clothing and other handmade items, and you'll be supporting local makers.

Following on from World Book Day last week, Lancashire Adult Learning is hosting an on-line, family-fun reading event on Wednesday 23rd March.

You will talk about your favourite books, make amazing bookmarks and sock puppets based on the characters, bringing the stories to life.The event is from 4pm to 6pm and all the materials are provided beforehand, even a hot chocolate drink to enjoy!

Visit the Lancashire Adult Learning website for more information and to register for the FREE resource pack or you can call 0333 003 1717.

'Creatival' is a brand new artistic event packed full of performing arts, exciting interactive workshops, live music, entertainment and more on Saturday 26th March from 10am at Fleetwood Market.

Visitors will experience incredible performers, take part in hands-on art and craft workshops and get to enjoy some live music, all completely FREE!

The event begins with artistic workshops, a variety of brilliant interactive acts, including the hilarious Dancing Grannies, Giant Seagulls, Angie Mack, Dan the Hat, Skiband, Jones and Bernard and more! Activities also take place in Cleveleys Plaza.

As part of the plans for celebrating the Platinum Jubilee later in the year, have you heard about the Fleetwood Scarecrow Festival?

In its 5th year, the festival runs from Saturday 28th May to 11th June so get creative and get involved! For the first 40 residents that contact the organisers, there’s a free bin-bag of straw available to make their scarecrow.

And finally, as they say on the news, Fleetwood may be making the news soon ... in Europe!

This week a film crew from French TV station M6 have been in Town looking at how the power of community is supporting and impacting on residents wellbeing. Dr Mark Spencer was interviewed as a working GP and also as an ambassador for Healthier Fleetwood, explaining more about the benefits of getting out and about and trying new activities as a way to combat isolation and improve health. Our thanks to Fleetwood Town Flyers Walking Football Club, who were also filmed at their regular Wednesday session as a great example of social prescribing. The finished documentary is due to be screened on French TV in the summer and the crew will let us know how we can see it this side of the Channel.

Until the next time, take care.



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