GOOD NEWS - May 19th

We start this week by looking forward …


Healthier Fleetwood is delighted to be a member of the new Future Fleetwood Partnership established to drive the development of a Regeneration and Investment Framework for the town and its surrounding area.


This will build on the amazing progress already made in health, wellbeing, and community to look at aspects of day-to-day life such as education and training; job creation and economic development; the High Street; leisure and tourism; digital technology, sustainability and more.


> Please take a few minutes to watch this video which features some inspirational local residents and begins to tell the exciting story.

In the months and years ahead Future Fleetwood will be listening to and working with the whole community and details of the many ways you can get involved will be shared soon.


Together we will make our Town a better place to live, learn, work and visit.

The Future is coming!


Not long now until the extended Bank Holiday weekend to mark the Platinum Jubilee … will you be at the FREE family picnic at Marine Hall Gardens, how are you getting on with your entry for the scarecrow festival?


Among the local activities Wyre Council is hosting Half Term arts and crafts for children aged 7-11 at Wyre Estuary Country Park, Stannah. It’s a free drop-off activity on Tuesday 31st May from 10am to 12noon. Booking is via Garstang TIC 01995 602125 or you can email to garstangtic@wyre.gov.uk.


Fleetwood Beach Wheelchairs continue to make fantastic memories for their visitors and to receive recognition for their work in the community.


The charity has been nominated for two major awards next month ... Visit England Awards For Excellence (Accessible Tourism Award) and Civil Society Charity Awards (Disability category) and we send our best wishes to them. This follows a nomination for the BBC Lancashire 'Make A Difference' award and their recent Highly Commended at the Blue Badge Access For All awards.


There are now 10 specially designed chairs available to use, free of charge, from the Fleetwood Beach Wheelchairs HQ on the Promenade by Central Car-Park.

> See their website or call 03000 111 003 for information and bookings.


Congratulations also to O’Briens Pharmacy who were recognised recently for the support they deliver, including the COVID vaccination clinics.


Aisling and Lisa from the Fylde Coast team attended a reception at St James’s Palace in London to mark the centenary of the National Pharmacy Association and met with HRH Prince Charles.


> You can read more about this on the Blackpool Gazette website


There’s a new Youth Hub open at the Fleetwood Hospital Building, supported by Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Volunteers Service.


The Lighthouse facility is currently open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 9am to 5pm and offers young people somewhere to get careers advice and guidance in partnership with the DWP.


More details of the opportunities available will be shared soon.


Many of the local groups meet during the daytime due to availability of venues and volunteers, two new evening activities have started recently.


Fleetwood Methodist Church on Fleetwood Road close to West View Medical Centre, hosts ‘Take A Break’ on Wednesday evenings, 7.30pm to 9pm.


It’s a social evening of arts and crafts, baking and good company - ALL welcome!


There’s also a new Community Singing Group on Thursday evenings from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Join in with popular songs from a wide range of styles - no auditions required! Your first session is free, there’s a small charge each week after that.


Contact for the singing group is Katie on 01253 852284 or see the Fleetwood Methodist Church page on Facebook for both of these groups.


The West Fleetwood Computer Clinic are with us at the Wellbeing & Community Information Centre, Affinity Lancashire tomorrow, Friday 20th May.


Drop-in between 11am and 2pm for FREE advice on your digital device, help getting connected and for tips on internet security.


We mentioned recently that staff from Fleetwood Town Community Trust have been trained to deliver blood pressure testing ... some of the team will be at Fleetwood Library on Tuesday 24th May between 10am and 12.30pm carrying out checks.


It's FREE to attend, there’s no need to book an appointment, just drop-in and take advantage of this potentially life-saving service.


There’s a FREE, escorted Wellbeing Walk on Thursday 26th May taking in the Larkholme Grasslands area.


Join Neil from The Bay: A Blueprint For Recovery for a pleasant hour or so in the fresh air and taking in the surroundings. The meeting point is the Rossall Hospital carpark, the walk starts at 2pm.


And staying with Larkholme … did you see on social media this week, news of a new music album with that very title?


Singer-songwriter Harrison Rimmer, originally from Fleetwood, has released 10 great tracks on ‘Larkholme’ complete with a line drawing of the neighbourhood from his childhood.


The album is well worth a listen (we’re doing that again as we write) and can be found on Spotify or links from Harrison’s Facebook page.


If you'd like to know more about anything we've shared here, please do contact us and we'd love to hear your 'Good News' and events for future editions.


Until the next time, take care.


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