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Festive Lights with Fleetwood Town Council!

Festive Lights with Fleetwood Town Council!

Fleetwood Town Council represents local people and runs local projects. Have you seen the street art mural at the shops at Chatsworth Avenue? (Pictured above, photo by Maureen Blair). Find out what’s happening in the town –

Fleetwood Festive Lights Parade

Fleetwood Festive Lights Lantern Parade and Switch On is THE BIG Christmas event in Fleetwood! It’s a BIG weekend of Festive Fun with fun for all the family. Held on Saturday 16 November 2019. Here’s a message from the Festive Lights organisers:

On behalf of the Festive Lights Committee I would like to thank the people of Fleetwood who turned out for this years’ Switch on of the Fleetwood Christmas Lights. The event is getting bigger each year thanks to your support. The atmosphere was incredible with the children so excited waiting for the arrival of Santa.

Fleetwood Festive Lights Parade 2019

The moment finally arrived. The illuminated Western Train tram made it’s way past the (new for this year) illuminated trees at Fisherman’s Walk. Santa stepped down from the tram to huge cheers and climbed into the sleigh kindly loaned by the Rotary Club for the evening and joined for the first time by elf Julie. The Parade got underway with The Carnival Queen and Retinue taking part and the Old Boys Band looking very festive with their decorated instruments. Spectacular surprises took the form of the Willow Groups’ Unicorn with stars. The schools and the crowds adding to the spectacle with their lanterns and glo-sticks.

The procession made its way down Lord Street, passing the wonderfully illuminated Pocket Park and finally arrived at the Marine Gardens where the compere/DJ Adam Discoman had been entertaining all those at the Marine Hall. The Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress of Wyre Cllr. Barry Birch and Collette Birch Wyre Councillors and Fleetwood Town Councillors were welcomed to the event and the concert got underway.

Local girl Nicola Hayton took to the stage to give a beautiful rendition of Mariah Carey’s ”All I Want for Christmas is You”. Then it was the turn of Charles Saer Community Primary School Choir who performed 4 songs to get everyone in a Christmassy mood. Next on stage were the Starmakers of Fleetwood Theatre Group who made their debut with a very energetic song and dance routine.

Finally, the time had come for the lucky school raffle ticket winners to find out which one of them would have their name drawn out by Santa to switch on the Christmas tree lights. That honour went to 4 year old Evelyn Smith of Shakespeare Primary School. The Christmas Concert was brought to a close with all the evenings performers taking to the stage and together with the crowds, joined in a rousing chorus of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”.

Thank you to everyone mentioned above and the following who all contributed to making the event such a huge success:

  • Fleetwood Rotary Club marshals
  • Blackpool and Fylde Police Cadets marshals
  • Blackpool Transport and Road Traffic management
  • Steward Terry Rogers
  • GB Lec
  • Blackpool Illuminations
  • Julia Ann Robinson, Manager Marine Hall, & Techies

Finally.Thank you to the Festive Lights Committee who work tirelessly throughout the year to put together this event to bring some early Christmas cheer to the town. If you would like to become a member of the Festive Lights Committee please come along to meetings. The date and time of the next meeting will be announced on the Festive Lights Facebook page.

Merry Christmas to you all xx

Support Fleetwood Festive Lights

Lighting up Fleetwood each year takes a lot of planning for and fundraising. Find out what’s happening in coming weeks and months to get ready for Christmas by helping the Fleetwood Festive Lights Committee.

Fleetwood Festive Lights Parade 2018

Year on year the Fleetwood Festive Lights Committee try hard to add a little extra twinkle to Fleetwoods Christmas Lights, but to do this they need to raise money.

Fleetwood In Bloom with Fleetwood Town Council

Each year, Fleetwood Town Council supports the Fleetwood In Bloom entry. It’s gone from strength to strength since it got going again in 2014.

Fleetwood In Bloom is an opportunity for the town to show the world what it’s made of! It’s a call for everyone who lives and works in the area to get their green fingers going and make our town look blooming lovely! Good luck to everyone who has taken part this year. The flowers have been planted, the litter’s been picked and the judges have judged. All Fleetwood has to do now is to wait for the verdict!

Litter pickers in Fleetwood for In Bloom
Litter pickers out in Fleetwood for the In Bloom judges

The fishy displays have been made by children from Larkholme, Shakespeare, St Wulstans and St Edmunds, St Marys and Flakefleet Schools. Can you find your fish?

2019 Fleetwood In Bloom display at St Peter's Church
2019 Fleetwood In Bloom display at St Peter’s Church

Brightening up Back Alleys with Fleetwood In Bloom

Fleetwood has so many unloved back alleyways which could be transformed into something pretty amazing. The pictures below show the Fleetwood In Bloom pilot project. Hopefully it will inspire other groups of residents to join in and do the same. When finished the alleyway forms part of Fleetwood’s entry into the Britain in Bloom award. Fingers crossed x

 

Fleetwood Community Competition 2019, for Fleetwood In Bloom

Is your garden worthy of an award? Why not enter it into the community competition to support Fleetwood in Bloom.

Flowering garden border
Flowering garden border

First prize was a £50 garden voucher, with two runners up vouchers of £25 each.

It’s a GOLD for Fleetwood In Bloom!!

Gold for Fleetwood in Bloom in 2018, with Fleetwood Town Council
Gold for Fleetwood in Bloom in 2018

Well done to everyone who took part in Fleetwood in Bloom 2018. The hard work in 2018 was rewarded with a GOLD medal. Well done everybody you work so hard as a team.

Well Done Fleetwood In Bloom!

Fleetwood Town Council were very pleased to announce that they were awarded a silver-gilt medal in the North West Britain in Bloom RHS awards, 2017!

Fleetwood in Bloom Silver Gilt Award for 2017

We’re proud to be in excellent company alongside accolades and distinctions achieved by the Willow Garden Project, Wyre Council, Friends of the Memorial Park and many other community entries that did so well in Fleetwood this year.

The Town Council work in partnership with many of these groups and would like to thank all the councillors, officers, donating businesses and individuals and volunteers who gave up their time, expertise and money to make Fleetwood floral this year. Very well done to everyone. Judging for Fleetwood in Bloom took place on Tuesday 18th July 2017.

Fleetwood in Bloom 2017

Well done to all the volunteers!

Fleetwood Town Council would like to say a Massive Thank You to all the Councillors, Schools and Volunteers who have worked extremely hard to get so many beautiful plants out this year.

Fleetwood in Bloom 2017

There were over 50 planters lining the promenade; 3 boats; 19 tree planters; 20 hanging baskets; Tramway railing troughs; Three tier planters at the ferry and Ash Street – and more besides. Fleetwood looked amazing this summer and your green fingers must be very tired!!

Fleetwood in Bloom 2017

Did you see the beautiful pewter planters at the fishing community memorial? They are brand new for this years entry. You can see lots more photos on the Fleetwood Town Council Facebook page

With many thanks to local businesses for supporting Fleetwood in Bloom

Thank you to everyone who has generously donated to Fleetwood In Bloom, without the support of local businesses and organisations we would find it difficult to deliver projects like In Bloom, and they certainly would not look as colourful!

One of the Fleetwood in Bloom fishing boats

If you’re interested in supporting Fleetwood in Bloom, please contact Dawn Spooner, the Community Development Officer, on 01253 872444 – or email cdo@fleetwoodtowncouncil.org (and please mention that you saw it here!)

Extra Care at Chatsworth

Regenda Homes are building a 72 apartment Extra Care development at the top of Chatsworth. It’s a new development of high quality one and two  apartments to rent, for people aged 55 and over.

Lighthouse View, new extra care development at Chatsworth from Regenda Homes
Lighthouse View, new extra care development at Chatsworth from Regenda Homes

Lighthouse View, new extra care development at Chatsworth from Regenda Homes

Do you Love Fleetwood?

  • Are you proud of your town?
  • Can you dedicate an hour or two a fortnight?
  • Do you want to be part of a litter picking group that will combat the litter issues on our high street?

This new group is launching as part of the Keep Britain Tidy campaign on the 10th and 17th of April, and then the 1st and third Wednesday thereafter. Meet outside the Leftmove estate agents on Lord Street at 10am. You really can make a difference and your town needs your help.

Any questions… Contact Sandra Byrne by email Sandra.byrne@wyre.gov.uk

‘Celebrate Fleetwood Day’

The Town Council are pleased to announce that a grant of £4,500 will fund a new celebration called “Celebrate Fleetwood Day” on Bank Holiday Monday, 6th May.

Fleetwood Town Council award a grant for Fleetwood Day 2019
Fleetwood Town Council award a grant for Fleetwood Day 2019

The Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood Statue Group has been awarded the grant to organise and deliver a community celebration of Heritage, History and Culture.  The Town Council is proud to support the efforts of this group and the cheque was presented to representatives of the group by Cllr Terry Rogers at the Euston Gardens.

“Fleetwood Day”, to be held on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May, will promote Fleetwood to local residents and visitors alike, and celebrate its unique history.

Fleetwood Town Council mark the World War I Centenary

Recycling for Remembrance

Fleetwood Town Council and the community turned 10,000 plastic bottles into a sea of Remembrance for the anniversary of WW1.

Bottle poppies with Fleetwood Town Council

Thank you to the Willow Garden Project and The Memorial Park who supported us in running workshops to make poppies out of plastic bottles. Schools,  community groups and businesses helped to decorate Fleetwood with a sea of poppies to mark the centenary of World War One.

The poppies provided a beautiful display for visitors attending our summer festivals including Fleetwood in Bloom which was judged in July.

Your own Fleetwood Poppy in Remembrance

Donate £1 to have one of the poppies that were made by children, community groups and volunteers.
All the money will be used to buy new plants and flowers for Fleetwood in Bloom 2019.
Poppies are available now – to order yours Tel: 01253 872444 or email cdo@fleetwoodtowncouncil.organd please mention that you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!

Ten Thousand Poppies with Fleetwood Town Council

Have you seen ten thousand poppies all over the streets of Fleetwood? They’re remembering the centenary of the end of World War One. Fleetwood Town Council and other community groups have been helping to mark this historic event.

People have collected empty plastic bottles and carried out craft sessions for months, to make the distinctive red flowers. There are various amazing art installations to remember the fallen at venues all over Fleetwood.

This would not have been possible without the support of our wonderful Willow Garden Project, Larkholme Primary, Flakefleet Primary, Shakespeare Primary, Chaucer Primary, Charles Saer Primary, St Marys RC Primary, Cardinal Allen High School, Fleetwood High; Stanah County Primary; The wonderful Memorial Park Team; and lots of community groups who have made our poppies. You can even see a display at Fleetwood Museum in the Harriet boat shed.

Find out more about 10,000 Poppies in Fleetwood here

On behalf of Fleetwood Town Council, THANK YOU.

Benches in Remembrance

A number of these remembrance benches have arrived in Fleetwood throughout 2018, funded by Fleetwood Town Council.

Remembrance benches from Fleetwood Town Council
Remembrance benches from Fleetwood Town Council

The Town Council would like to commemorate the service to this country by the men of Fleetwood in the Great War 1914 – 1918. With Thanks to Wyre Borough Council for helping place them around the town.

A big thank you to Mr Tony Barnes, who has very kindly been keeping an eye on, and caring for the towns new poppy benches. The reason they are so clean and pristine is down to him. Thank you Tony, you are a star.

The Final Homecoming – 12 November 2018

The Final Homecoming is a Community Parade, to mark the Centenary of the end of the First World War.

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Fleetwood Town Council, Wyre Council and partners organised a mass participation community parade to mark the historic event.

It’s a celebratory event, following the reflection and national significance of Sunday 11 November.

 

Fleetwood Town Council Meetings 2018/19

Fleetwood Town Council

Forthcoming Fleetwood Town Council meetings for 2019.

All meetings, unless otherwise notified, are on Tuesdays and will commence at 7pm in a meeting room at the North Euston Hotel.

  • 29th January 2019
  • 5th March
    Annual Town Meeting AND Full council meeting.
  • 16th April
  • 14th May Annual Parish Meeting (AGM)
  • 25th June
  • 6th August
  • 17th September
  • 29th October
  • 10th December

You’re welcome to attend, so if you’re curious about what goes on in your town why don’t you go along and observe.

Fleetwood Pier – The independent planning consultant report on the Pier site planning application is now loaded on the Fleetwood Town Council website for public viewing – here’s the link.

See Fleetwood Seafront from your armchair, thanks to Fleetwood Town Council

Fleetwood Town Council are playing a significant part in showcasing the wonderful seafront to attract visitors and tourists to the town with a live webcam which they’ve installed at The Mount.

Fleetwood web cam live from The Mount

Watch the Fleetwood Mount webcam at this link

Webcams are very popular at many seaside locations, useful for getting a feel for a place and checking the weather among other things, with residents and visitors logging on to check out the view.

The Town Council funded the installation of a state of the art camera in Fleetwood’s prime seafront position. High on The Mount is delivers superb seafront views, showcasing the Marine Hall and gardens, the leisure complex, views over the promenade and reaching out into Morecambe Bay.

The live images stream into their own website, refreshing and changing position from left to right every few seconds. You can also find the views on the Visit Fylde Coast website, where we direct our readers and promote Fleetwood as the wonderful place to visit which it is.

‘We love Fleetwood’

Cllr Terry Rogers, Chair of Fleetwood Town Council said “Here at the Town Council we get involved with and provide funding towards many different projects which improve facilities for local people and which attract visitors to Fleetwood, which in turn attracts business, investment and prosperity. This webcam is a perfect tool for giving the world a window into Fleetwood. When they can see how nice it is from their armchair at home, why wouldn’t they want to visit?”

Here at Visit Fylde Coast we’re fully paid up members of the ‘I love Fleetwood Club’ as anyone who reads Visit Fleetwood.info will know. We tirelessly work to showcase what a fabulous place it is – to the 330,000 residents of the wider Fylde Coast and much further beyond. Access to this webcam will be such a helpful tool in reinforcing the message that Fleetwood is a great place to visit, and we’re really pleased to be able to work with the Town Council to achieve that.

Fleetwood Town Council, est June 2009, is a non-political council

Councillor Terry Rogers was the second Chairman of the Town Council, taking over the role from first Chairman Cllr Alan Marsh in July 2014. Terry retired in April 2019 and the current Chairman is Mary Stirzaker, Councillor for St Wulstans Ward.

All members actively work for the benefit of the local community and represent the council on various bodies, organisations and committees.

Fleetwood Town Centre
Town Centre, Fleetwood

Fleetwood allotments
Fleetwood allotments

Many varied meetings are attended by councillors each month in order that they keep informed of developments and matters which affect Fleetwood and its residents. At each council meeting, individual councillors’ report on the meetings which they have attended and the progress which has been made on their own current initiatives.  Matters of concern can be raised by the public attending the meetings, or alternatively by contacting one of the ward councillors or the town clerk.

If you would like to get in touch with any of the councillors, you can get all their contact details from the Fleetwood Town Council website .

Information from Fleetwood Town Council

Fleetwood Town Council provides a hub for your questions and concerns, and while some are matters that they themselves can deal with, they can also signpost you to other agencies, Wyre Council and Lancashire County Council for help with your requests.

Fleetwood Town Council

Citizens Advice Bureau

Fleetwood Town Council offices on Poulton Road are also home to a vital local service, the Citizens Advice Bureau. They occupy offices, rent free, to keep this vital service in the heart of the town.

The upstairs rooms provide office and meeting space, plus an interview room. Downstairs is a CAB reception area, and a shared space at the rear of the open office. CAB or Town Council matters can be discussed there in private.

Cllr Terry Rogers, Chairman of the Town Council, explains “It’s vital that the people of Fleetwood know that there is somewhere they can go not just for advice and information about problems in their local area, but also their own domestic problems.

Advice and Advocacy

“The CAB are in need of support and by keeping them into our office we’re ensuring their service continues and also providing a one-stop-shop where you can come for local advice.

Cllr Rogers went on to add “Cllr Bill Barrow has managed a Christian Advocacy Service for several years, now in Fleetwood and run from the Town Council Offices, also incorporating a Veterans Service. This Advocacy Service is about someone being there to speak up for you in a dispute situation – maybe to do with benefits or a court case, hearing or similar – when you’re out of your comfort zone and don’t know how to handle it.”

Bigger than an average Parish Council

Fleetwood Town Council is much bigger than the average Parish Council – over the years since its creation it’s been involved in health, the sea defences, Civic matters. Cllr Rogers wants to see it being the hub and catalyst for everything to do with Fleetwood. Providing funding and support to enable projects to move forward and networking individual groups and people together. With shared knowledge and skills they can achieve more than they each would on their own.

The vision is that the Town Council will have secured Accredited Town and Parish Council status, with the accompanying logo on all paperwork. This quality standard is recognised by external funders and supporters and gives the Council the power to develop more ambitious projects in the future.

Cllr Rogers is full of enthusiasm and ambitious ideas for Fleetwood. The skate park is almost complete, which the people of Fleetwood have contributed to through the precept with a £20,000 contribution made by the Town Council towards the Five for Fleetwood plans.

More about Wyre CAB

The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) aim is to help people and improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives.

Lancashire West CAB works across four local authority areas, including Wyre. They have been helping clients since 2011. People ask about a wide variety of issues – anything and everything from A to Z!

Typically, problems are around welfare benefits, debt, housing and employment. The CAB help people to overcome the problem by advising them about their rights as well as their responsibilities. You can then make an informed choice around the available options. Since late 2014 the CAB has been based at Fleetwood Town Council offices.

You can contact the CAB on 0344 245 1294, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. You can discuss your problem and see what they can do to help. Or visit the website at www.adviceguide.org.uk. There’s a vast amount of information online, printable fact-sheets, letter templates and more.

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