Wyre Estuary Country Park Open Day

Sunday 22 July, 11am – 4pm
Join us at Wyre Estuary Country Park for a fun day with displays and activities for all the family to enjoy including:

A variety of stalls and wildlife displays
Homeless Hounds fun day
Find out about bees and beekeeping
Exhibitions and family activities with Stanah Squirrels Wildlife Watch Group
Volunteering exhibition – find out how you can get involved
Flyball demonstration
Explore the natural play area
Try the Xplorer orienteering trail – 50p per child

Entry is FREE, individual prices will apply to certain activities.

Dogs on leads are welcome.​

River Road, Stanah, Thornton, FY5 5LR

Fylde Coast NHS commissioners rated ‘good’

People living on the Fylde Coast continue to have NHS services designed and paid for by organisations rated as ‘good’.

For the second year running, both NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) were given the rating in their annual assessment by NHS England.

Both were also rated ‘green’ – the best possible rating – for quality of leadership and finance, maintaining their ratings from last year’s assessment.

Clinical commissioning groups are the NHS organisations which plan and buy health services for their local populations. They receive a set amount of money from the Government each year to pay for services including hospitals and GP surgeries.

Fylde and Wyre CCG received particular praise for its work on clinical priority areas dementia, mental health and cancer, engagement and community involvement, while Blackpool CCG was commended for its relationship with the council and receiving an outstanding rating for dementia services.

Both were praised for the partnership work being undertaken across the Fylde Coast and beyond within both NHS, local authority and other organisations.

Dr Tony Naughton, clinical chief officer at Fylde and Wyre CCG, said: “We only want to commission services that are right for our local population and so we are always keen to work with local people and make sure they are engaged in our work as much as possible.

“I am delighted we have been recognised for this by NHS England and our commitment to community involvement will only get stronger as we work more and more in partnership with other organisations across the Fylde Coast.”

Dr Amanda Doyle, chief clinical officer at Blackpool CCG, said: “We are pleased to have maintained our overall rating and are now keen to work alongside our NHS partners across the Fylde Coast to improve performance in the priority areas highlighted by NHS England.

“Our outstanding rating for the clinical priority area of dementia was testament to the hard work of all our team and now we want to transfer that dedication on to other areas including diabetes, mental health and A&E.”

Free summer activities for children aged 7 to 11

Fylde Council are delighted to be working in partnership once again this summer with Homestart, URPotential, Fylde Foodbank and Blackpool FC Community Trust to deliver another exciting programme of free summer activities for children aged 7 to 11 years old.

Thanks to external funding secured from Progress Housing’s Community Investment Fund and the Lytham Schools Foundation, we are able to build on the success of last year’s pilot and extend the programme across three venues as follows:

Hope Street Pavilion – Mondays; Lower Lane Community Centre – Tuesdays and Thursdays; Walter Avenue Methodist Church – Wednesdays and Fridays

All sessions will be delivered between 9am – 1pm from Monday 30th July to Friday 31st August excluding the summer bank holiday.  These fun filled, interactive sessions will include a range of exciting sporting activities, arts and crafts and cooking tips as well as a tasty, nutritious meal and healthy snacks.  Parental consent will be required to guarantee attendance.

For further information please call Blackpool Football Club Community Trust on 01253 348691.

Your Wyre Summer Stuff 2018 guide!

Looking for things to do with your family this summer? Here’s Wyre Council’s  brand new online Summer Stuff guide!

It’s filled with events organised by us and our partners and ideas for great days out. You’ll find plenty to keep your little ones happy from theatre shows to walks, craft activities, sports and much more.

There’s plenty to do in Wyre this summer. Discover parks, coast and countryside with fun-filled family activities, attractions and much more on offer.

Make waves at Marine Splash water play area in Fleetwood which is an inclusive able or disabled sensory play area near Marine Hall, open from 5th May 2018

Located next to YMCA Fleetwood on the seafront, youngsters will find fountains, water jets, water tunnels and a paddling area to splash through and there’s a cafe with outside decking and picnic areas too.

Opening times are split into two sessions starting at 12noon and 2.30pm. Entry is £2 per child for two hours play, free for children three years and under, and there is no charge for accompanying adults.

The seafront is simply beautiful in Fleetwood, breathtaking views with uninterrupted sandy and shale beaches to play on. Along the seafront there are also some historic Marine Lakes. You can even go ‘crabbing’ to keep the kids entertained for hours. However please treat them delicately and throw them back in.

You can walk or cycle the length of the Fylde Coast along the promenade from Fleetwood on to Cleveleys and to Blackpool should you wish (approximately 11 miles) You could discover the sculptures along the Mythic Coastline, Cleveleys along the way or download a copy of The Wyre Coastline Walk from Fleetwood to Cleveleys. The journey is very flat in the main, with stunning views across the Irish Sea right along its length and don’t forget, for the less able bodied you can hire an all terrain buggy ‘Tramper’ from Rossall Point, Fleetwood

For children who like to explore, Xplorer is a fun outdoor challenge taking place at Fleetwood’s Memorial ParkWyre Estuary Country Park in Thornton and Rossall Point Tower throughout the summer holidays. Aimed at primary and pre-school children, Xplorer is a navigational challenge for the whole family to enjoy and involves a healthy mix of physical activity and decision making.

There is so much to see and do in rural Wyre, walk the picturesque Knott End circular walk and discover the Lowry Statue, take a trip across the water to Fleetwood on the ferry or discover the delights of Garstang and the 4,000 hectares of the Forest of Bowland an Area of Outstanding National Beauty.

There are a number of family orientated events across the borough and for more information take a look here. Don’t forget our programme of free guided walks, which offer the chance to explore Wyre’s coast and countryside on foot and improve your health at the same time.

There’s so many attractions to explore, perfect for some family fun such as animal and farm attractions at Farmer Parrs Animal World and Old Holly Farm or be artistic and creative with activities such as as playing with clay and throwing a pot at Glazey Days in Fleetwood and Pilling Pottery and  at Dots on Pots or arts and crafts at Topstich, Fleetwood, Thornton and whilst there why not visit the historic Marsh Mill for special events where you can see the sails turn or for a tour during the weekends in summer.

For more information you can download the Discover Wyre Visitor Guide Here

Pride Blackpool 2018

Renaissance took the helm of Pride Blackpool back in February after the board of Blackpool Pride Festival stepped down.

Along with community member Callum Gillies, the team at Renaissance set to planning this years event. A huge thank you must go out to the staff and volunteers of Renaissance that put in a huge amount of extra time and effort to make sure the event ran without a hitch. Sponsors such as World Travel Lounge and Arriva Northern and support from smaller organisations and LGB&T Venues in the town helped to fund the event which began on Saturday the 9th of June with the Pride Blackpool Parade.

“The Year of the Woman” was this years theme across the event and our team certainly got into the spirit of things for our entry into the parade. Spreading harm reduction messages and service information while marching down Blackpool’s famous Promenade.

The event was a huge success, welcoming over 4500 people into the main arena and more to the town and fringe events such as The Queen Street Party, where our trustee and local LGB&T Police Officer PC Ian Ashton even got into the spirit of the weekend supporting the event and keeping a watchful eye over everyone’s safety throughout the weekend along with his colleagues from the force.


Free mental health online resource for Wyre residents

The Big White Wall is an online mental health resource that Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group has commissioned, so that anyone over the age of 16 living in Wyre can access it for FREE.

It offers a variety of features for anyone who needs it, they might be suffering from anxiety or depression or just everyday stresses. It’s completely anonymous and the site is monitored by clinically trained ‘Wall Guides’, who are online 24/7.

There’s lots to do once you set up an anonymous account on the website. You can join a ‘talkabout’ alongside fellow members to share and discuss what’s on your mind, gain support and advice. You can do this with the whole community or form your own groups or have one to one chats.

You can take assessments to help you understand more about yourself and join guided support courses with others to learn how to manage everything from depression and anxiety to weight-management and stopping smoking.

You can get creative and ‘make a brick’ to express yourself and your feelings creatively through drawing or by uploading your own images, or you can simply make friends anonymously so you can give and receive support from others like you.

The website is available to use at any time, day or night from a mobile, tablet or desktop.

To set up your anonymous account and start accessing support visit https://www.bigwhitewall.com/

Volunteer to help create a Fitter Fylde Coast

People living across the Fylde coast have been invited to play a key role in an exciting and unique event taking place later this month.
Organisers of the world record attempt – for the most people exercising to a fitness video at Lytham Festival on Saturday 21 July – need to recruit more than 100 volunteer marshals to make sure the event is a success.
The Fylde coast NHS has joined forces with local authorities including Fylde Council, as well as Lytham Festival organisers Cuffe and Taylor, to hold the event to raise awareness of the need to keep fit while also celebrating the NHS’ 70th birthday. A six-minute exercise routine has been choreographed and filmed by Blackpool-based Dancing on Ice star Dan Whiston.
Fylde coast GP Dr Tony Naughton, who has been the driving force behind the event, said: “We need volunteers to make sure we break the record while following the rules set by Guinness World Records.
“This means we need a volunteer for every 50 participants who will watch them to make sure they follow the exercise routine to the best of their ability.
“This is a great opportunity for people across the area to become part of the team and to have a key role in breaking the record. All volunteers will receive a medal and recognition of being part of the attempt.”
All volunteers will need to be on the site at Lytham Green on Sunday 21 July from 8am. Everyone will be finished by noon.
Anyone interested in signing up to be a volunteer is asked to visit www.fitterfyldecoast.nhs.uk/volunteer/ and fill out the form.


Persimmon Community Champions

One-off grants are available for local community organisations and charities that have already secured matched funding for local community initiatives across England, Scotland and Wales.

Current Status
Open for Applications
Maximum value:
£ 1,000

Objectives of Fund

Persimmon Community Champions is a national programme where charities and groups can apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves

The funding is available for local community initiatives across Great Britain.

Previous Success

The following are merely a few of the organisations that have received funding (a full list by month is on the Persimmons Homes website):

  • Alysham St Giles Cricket Club
  • Andover Lipreaders
  • Bradford Disability Football Club
  • Chalfont St Peter Infant School
  • Chernobyl Children Life Line
  • Dover Amateur Radio Club
  • East Pasture Farm
  • Food Cycle
  • Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity
  • Hop Skip and Jump South West
  • Kineton Music Festival
  • Lakelands Hospice
  • Learning Library
  • Men in Sheds Hull
  • Penrith Beekeepers Association
  • Star Dance Academy
  • Taunton Thespians
  • Terrington St Clement Village Hall Fund
  • Tewkesbury Medieval Festival
  • Yardly Gobion Recreation Centre

Value Notes

The total funding pot each year is £750,000.

All Persimmon’s businesses have £2,000 to give away every month (29 regional businesses, plus Persimmon’s head office) which means £60,000 is being donated every month.

The maximum grant available is £1,000.

Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants must have already raised funds themselves.

Who Can Apply

Local community groups and charities in England, Scotland and Wales are eligible to apply.

Any charities or community groups who have previously been unsuccessful in their application are urged to reapply the next month.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is available for local community initiatives.

How To Apply

Applications may be submitted at any time. Persimmon Homes select a winner for each of their regions at the end of every month.

The application form is available to complete online at the Persimmon website.

Useful Links

Youth forum picks up top NHS70 award

A GROUP of inspirational Fylde coast youngsters have won a top honour to mark the NHS’s 70th birthday.

To celebrate the NHS’s big day MPs from around England were encouraged to nominate people or organisations in their constituencies who had
made innovations or provided high quality care.

Paul Maynard MP nominated the Victoria’s Voice Youth Panel run by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and he was delighted to
see they beat off strong national competition to win the Patient and Public Involvement Award.

Victoria’s Voice, run by Rebecca Booth, the Trust’s Paediatric Patient Experience Officer, is a group of young patients at Blackpool Hospital who work in partnership with staff to improve healthcare services for young patients.

They support the training of young doctors, are involved in staff recruitment and develop young person-friendly resources by using their own
experiences to make a positive difference for others like them.

The group was nominated in recognition of its ongoing involvement, making real changes to continuously improve healthcare for children and
young people both locally and nationally.

Mr Maynard said: “It was an honour to nominate the Victoria’s Voice Youth Forum for their outstanding work and I am delighted they have
won this prestigious award.

“For young people to come together and take such an active interest and work together so positively sets a wonderful example and I hope
the contribution they are making for patients in Blackpool will be repeated elsewhere.

“These awards really do represent the best of what is happening in our NHS and for Blackpool to be among the winners is truly testament to our
community. I congratulate all those involved in the Victoria’s Voice forum.”

Wendy Swift, Chief Executive of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is a wonderful achievement for the group
and the Trust and we would like to thank Paul Maynard for nominating them.

“The work Victoria’s Voice does to engage young people to improve the care we give to their peers is outstanding and we would like to thank every
member of the group for their fantastic input.’’

From more than 750 entries submitted over 10 categories, senior experts chose 10 outstanding winners, which “exemplify the best of what the
NHS and its partners do day in, day out”, NHS England said.

Source: Health Matters Issue 170

New Community Theatre Show: Sandgrown Tails

This piece of theatre features an ensemble cast of 16 local players who, through poetry, puppetry and storytelling, retell a selection of well-known tales in surprising, funny and memorable ways.

It lasts around 70-minutes and is suitable for families with children over 7 years.
Tickets cost just £5, there are only 6 shows with a limited number of tickets available for each performance:

Friday 3rd August at 7.30pm
Saturday 4th August at 11.30am, 3pm and 7.30pm
Sunday 5th August at 2pm and 5pm

At: The Attic, Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, FY4 1EZ

BOOK HERE NOW: Please state the date and time of the show you would like to attend in the ‘Order Notes’ box at checkout.
If you have any access needs, please also state this in your order notes.

“We flock like pilgrims
To the jewel of the North
On the road to Mecca Bingo
Our numbers spew forth”

Sandgrown Tails is the first full-scale theatre production by our Community Theatre Company; Th’ESPs. At it’s core, Th’ESP’s is a relaxed, supportive environment for acting, movement, masks, puppetry, script work and games where everyone is given the opportunity to get involved, contribute ideas, and (most importantly) have fun.

Th’ESP’s and Sandgrown Tails has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund, we are grateful for their support and that of the creative community in Blackpool for their contributions to this project.

If you have any questions, please do email us at [email protected] or call Melanie on 07940 502450.