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December 2010 Contents •

Visit Santa at Farmer Parrs

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Editors Letter

Christmas Makeover at DIVA

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Its Christmas! Time again and the weather has already had a visit by Jack Frost and maybe even Mr Snow at some point for another white Christmas. The Fleetwood lights are shining so enjoy the festivities across this great town and support our local shops for all the things you need. Remember not to drink and drive and use one our local taxi companies.

Beat VAT Blackpool Windows

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WIN Cost of MOT Back J.Jacksons

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NEW Breakfast Club Skools Out

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FREE Gaming Vouchers

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Bulk Bags Firewood Wyre Building

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Great Fires & Fleetwood Fireplaces

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Bennetts Opticians Feature

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Shakies Best Fish & Chips

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Best Christmas Dinner

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Tram Sunday 2011

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Where Am I?

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Xmas Kids Corner

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Fleetwood Gym & New Years Dip

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Fleetwood Rotary

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Fleetwood Churches Christmas

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Neighbourhood Policing Team

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What's On in Fleetwood

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Fleetwood Town FC

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Classified Trades & Services

From all the team here at LINK we wish you a Merry Christmas and thank you for your support over the last year, its been a journey! And we leave this year with 7 fantastic local magazines across Wyre & Blackpool. I would also like to thank the distribution team, they do a great job in all weathers and deliver your magazine, so if you see them say thanks and give them a smile. Congratulations LINK-Spotter S Dunne, form Layton who won our where am I competition £50 on its way to you. We are always welcome of any local positive news, events, stories that we share with more homes than any other local media, We are also possible looking for a distributors or two to help deliver the magazines, experience is preferred so please get in touch.

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Bennetts of Fleetwood Want to say a big thank you to all their customers as they celebrate three years of business in the town. Serving the local area, Bennetts are going from strength to strength, with customers old and new who are very happy with their product range and service.

Bennetts offer a personal service, where customers are offered not just a wide product range and competitive prices, but also receive glasses that meet their needs and budget and that fit properly, plus correct the customer’s vision accurately.

“We are thrilled to find that we are being recommended time and time again by David Bennett, an experienced local customers to their family & friends, who love time-served Ophthalmic Technician and our wide range, competitive prices and experienced dispenser, feels that “the personal personal service”, said David. touch they offer” is often missing in today’s Optical mass market, where customers are David and his team, look forward to seeing pushed through the system and persuaded to customers, both old & new and to assisting buy extra pairs and coatings that they don’t them with their Optical needs. need. Working along with David, there is Nicola, Steve and John, all highly experienced Optometrists, and Fel, their friendly & efficient Receptionist and Optical Advisor.

Bennetts of Fleetwood, your local opticians. May we take this opportunity to wish you all and especially our customers a Merry Christmas from all the team David, Nicola, Steve, John & Fel

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Chatties Fish and Chips is a popular takeaway, so named as it resides on Chatsworth Road in Fleetwood. It has a sister takeaway called Shakies also named after its location on Shakespeare Road. No visit to Fleetwood (being a major fishing port) is complete without having a good fish and chip meal. Chatties serves a full range of all the favourites and also offer a selection of kebabs. Its always nice to try out a new chip shop as we have a few to choose from in Fleetwood naturally, so pop down and give Chatties or Shakies and try their delicious fish and chips tonight !

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Shakies Fish and Chips is a popular takeaway, so named as it resides on Shakespeare Road in Fleetwood. It has a sister takeaway called Chatties also named after its location on Chatsworth Road. Shakies can be found opposite The West End pub and has been a chip shop since the 1950s. It's easy to spot with its blue and white signage and no visit to Fleetwood (being a major fishing port) is complete without having a good fish and chip meal. Shakies serve a full range of all the favourites including haddock, plenty of soft drinks and they run a meal deal of medium haddock with chips for just ÂŁ3.75 or ÂŁ4.10 with peas. Open from 11.30-1.30pm and 4.30-9pm Monday-Friday, Saturday 11am-1pm 4.30-8pm and closed on Sundays.

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THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS DINNER As we hit the festive season we look at the latest Christmas dinner trends and explore the best way to cook your turkey, goose or even rabbit this year.

Cider roast turkey (From BBC Good Food Magazine) For the turkey: 4.5 to 6kg turkey, giblets removed and kept 450g stuffing 2 leeks, trimmed and halved 2 carrots, halved 50g butter, softened 300ml dry cider For the gravy: 300ml dry cider 600ml chicken stock 2tbsp quince or redcurrant jelly Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Wash and dry the turkey, removing any feathers. Pull out the giblets and the neck, then set aside. Lift up the skin that covers the neck opening, then stuff the stuffing up and under the skin, securing it tightly underneath with a skewer or two cocktail sticks. Weigh the stuffed turkey. Calculate the cooking time, allowing 40 mins per kg (20 mins per lb). Put the leeks and carrots along the hen it comes to selecting the Christmas roast, turkey is the obvious bottom of a roasting tin in a single layer - this will make a trivet for the turkey to sit on and add flavour to the choice for many, but it seems this gravy. Add the neck to the tin. Sit the turkey on top and year a spirit of adventure is taking hold in the supermarket aisles. Goose coat the breast all over with butter. Pour in the cider, is now fighting turkey for the title of Britain's best-selling cover with foil, then roast according to your timings. bird this Christmas. Although, not to be outshone by its Keep checking the tin - if the vegetables look like they're burning, add a splash of water or cider. At 30 mins feathered friend, the turkey is also seeing unprecedented sales with traditional breeds flying off the before the end of cooking, remove the foil and season generously. shelves.

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In a poll of 2,400 readers, BBC Good Food Magazine found that turkey is still the most popular centre-piece. Meanwhile sales of other seasonal meats are also soaring, with British beef sales up 20%, while gammon is on the rise with one in 10 families tucking into this succulent joint at the dinner table. Here are two recipes assured to keep you on trend this Christmas:

To test that the turkey is ready, pierce the thigh through its thickest part; the juices should run clear. Take the turkey out and leave to rest, covered with a clean tea towel. Leave to rest for up to 1 hour. Now make the gravy. Drain the fat and juices from the tin into a jug, discarding the veg and the neck. Place the tin over a flame, then pour in the cider, scraping up the flavourfilled crusty bits with a wooden spoon. Reduce the cider by half, then strain into a saucepan.

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Vintage Trams, Buses, Commercials, Motorcycles and other Special Interest Vehicles of all types, sizes and descriptions. Other attractions planned for 2011 will be a vintage run from the acclaimed British Commercial Vehicle Museum in Leyland terminating at the Fleetwood rally. A Heritage Tram procession will pass through the town centre with vehicles from the You are cordially invited to be part of Fleetwood Fes- famous Blackpool to Fleetwood line stock. Also there tival of Transport (known as Tram Sunday) which is will be an array of family entertainment with funfair, widely acknowledged to be the most unique, transmusic, shops, stalls and the famous Fleetwood Marport themed, family day out on the scenic sea front of ket. All this in one of the UK's most beautiful seafront the North West of England. settings overlooking the Lake District, complimented by a huge nearby marina and sandy beaches. We are currently preparing for Tram Sunday 2011, an event which as you will be aware brings over We are looking for local businesses to be involved 40,000 people into Fleetwood on the day and is and support the event which we are running as a CIC worth an estimated £1 million to the local economy. Charity. In return you can expect good local and Tram Sunday has been firmly established in the rally national PR exposure and the opportunity to present calendar since 1985 with the event traditionally oryour company and its products to your target audiganised by Fleetwood Transport Festival Ltd, and ence (local people) in the environment of a family fun occupies the main streets of Fleetwood’s historic day-out. Town Centre on a hard standing surface, which forms part of the world’s first electric street tramway. If you would like to enquire about how you can get involved or help with Sponsoring part of Tram Sunday 2011, please contact Mike Sanderson Next year’s event is being organised and run by the (Chairman) on 01253 870890 or Shaun Hartley Fleetwood Chamber of Trade & Commerce and will (Marketing Director) on 07538 044480. Email: be a tremendous fun day with attractions for people info@fleetwoodfestivaloftransport.co.uk of all ages and interests, including Classic Cars, www.fleetwoodfestivaloftransport.co.uk

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If you would like to take part and make this the biggest dip we have held then Sponsor forms are Every year available from Barry Whittaker on Fleetwood Gym 07775928332. The Dip will take have organised a place at 10.30 am at the Boating New Years Day Lake section of the Beach. Dip to help raise money for a nominated Charity. Last year we December sees the start of our had over 50 people do the Dip and Saturday Soccer Skills Club, this is raised £1100 for the Windmill open to children aged 5 -12 and is appeal at Blackpool Vic Hospital. open to children of all football This year we have been asked to ability to come along make friends try and raise money for Brian and learn new skills. The session House Children Hospice. starts at 10 am and only cost £2, it is open to girls as well as boys. Brian House currently provide rest Just bring the down to King bite care for the sister of three of Georges. our players. Summer Atkinson is only four and requires 24 care We are also running a School from her family and now receives soccer club from Monday 20th to overnight rest bite care allowing Thursday 23rd December, this the family a short break for course is £5 per day from 10am till themselves. Staci Atkinson herself 3pm. Giving you some time for that will be taking part in the event to last minute shopping!!!! help raise as much money as we can for this great cause.

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If the weather is cold or wet we have inside facilities For more info ring Steve on 07583140392 or Barry on 07775928332 or see our website www.fleetwoodgym.co.uk Fleetwood Gym would like to take this opportunity to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and hope to see you all New Years Day at the Dip!!!! Regards Barry Whittaker Chairman, Fleetwood Gym Football Club 07775928332

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Fleetwood Rotary Fleetwood Rotary has achieved a first in its membership recruitment. Sandra Foulkes, a retired Head Teacher, has been a member of Fleetwood Rotary for six years and is this year’s President. Her twin sister Carol Pilling, owner of the Flower Shop Poulton road, as also been a member for six years. Sandra’s daughter Caroline Foulkes, Manager at Cooperative Travel Fleetwood, became a member of Fleetwood Rotary this year and Sandra’s husband Derrik , a retired aircraft engineer, has recently joined. Sandra said, “It is a family get together for us each week at Rotary. I would recommend Rotary to any one wishing to put something back into the community.” Carol Pilling said, “Rotary does so much for the community and fund raising worldwide. It is especially nice to keep it in the family.” Caroline Foulkes said, “Rotary goes hand in hand with the Cooperative Travel’s values and principals for community and worldwide support projects.” Derrik said,

“I see Rotary as a wonderful organisation and the ideal forum for myself to give something back to the community.” Photo left to right -------, Sandra Foulkes, Derrik Foulkes, Carol Pilling

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Music Making for Young People with Disabilities Thanks to Aiming High for Disabled Children funding, young people from all across Lancashire with disabilities are invited to take part in a range of free music making activities right across the county. More Music based in Morecambe, working with Lancashire’s Cultural Youth Offer, have recently been awarded further funding from Lancashire County Council to run a programme of positive activities for young people with disabilities. There are a wide range of library venues hosting sessions (including Upholland, Burnley, Chorley, Accrington and Nelson,) as well as taking place at More Music’s home in the West End of Morecambe – The Hothouse. More Music has added Fleetwood and Thornton library to their dates this term and will be continuing work here for the next term. The sessions will run on Saturdays and in school holidays running from now through to March 2011. Sessions are free, but registration is essential. Young people can attend as many or as few sessions as they like. Log onto More Music’s website for more details www.moremusic.org.uk. The details of these sessions can also be found on the Aiming High website through Lancashire County Council. Kerry Kalokoh the project manager said “We are very proud to be running this project again this year and rolling out to more places in the county. It’s a wonderful project that gives young people with disabilities access to first class music making sessions tailored to their needs, that are fun and inclusive. The sessions are also designed to give the parents

or carers a break so support workers will be brought in specifically to meet the needs of the young people in the group. But, if parents or carers want to come along and join in they are more than welcome to attend. The sessions are open to 11-18 year olds with any kind of disability or additional need. If parents or carers have any question, please contact me directly and I will be happy to help.” Stewart Parsons Lancashire County Cultural Youth Offer Project Officer says “The Lancashire Libraries' Cultural Youth Offer blends perfectly with More Music's aims and objectives. This project is a perfect opportunity to create an easy access platform where these shared values can deliver brilliant experiences for young people, and allow disabled young people a wonderful opportunity to make music in the most wonderfully cultural of all venues - a library. It allows libraries to work to their full cultural capacity and allows young people a brilliant time in a library through the power of music. All the young people involved will emerge from the library, hopefully better skilled, and in a better frame of mind and that is what the power of music can afford. More Music' s youth music expertise combined with libraries high quality, easy access venues will showcase the Aiming High project to its best advantage.”
 Workshops will be delivered by a wide variety of artists who deliver lively and fun percussion.

For more information or to book a place contact Alex Zawadzki or Darren Leadsom on 01524 831997 or email kkalokoh@moremusic.org.uk

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community FLEETWOOD CHURCHES TOGETHER Where has this year gone? It’s so hard to believe that it’s now December! I know the shops have been titivated and advertising Christmas gifts since the summer, but, here we are – Advent already. A beautiful period in the Church year, when we take time to contemplate and prepare for the absolute wonder and joy in what is to come – the Joyous Birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ. I know everyone will be very busy, dashing about, buying presents and planning menus, Nevertheless, it is good to take a break now and again, and recharge our batteries. What better way to do that, than by coming along to one of the Church events or Services that will be taking place throughout the whole of the month of December. You will all be made very welcome. Friday 3 December Trinity Methodist Church, Fleetwood Road COFFEE MORNING 10.00am to 12.00noon. Saturday 4 December St. Nicholas Church Rooms, Broadway CHRISTMAS FAIR 11.00am to 2.00pm lots of stalls, games and fun do join us. Saturday 4 December United Reformed Church Hall, Dronsfield Road HOLLY & MISTLETOE CHRISTMAS FAIR 2.00pm. Father Christmas, super raffle, including mini hampers, stalls, delicious food & lots of family fun. Entry only 50p. Come along after St. Nicholas. You can do both on the same day having lunch at whichever you choose. Monday 6 December St. Nicholas Church PATRONAL FESTIVAL MASS 7.30pm all welcome. Saturday 11 December Trinity Baptist Church, Poulton Road CHRISTMAS FAIR- 11.00am to 2.00pm organised by the young people various stalls, Father Christmas, Hot food Hot Dogs & Bacon Butties available. Mmm!! Sounds delicious!! Saturday 11 December St. Peter’s Church, Lord Street CHRISTMAS FAYRE 11.00am to 2.00pm lots of stalls, with chance to snap up the last few presents, Raffles, Bolas, Guess the

What's On Fleetwood Churches weight of a truly scrumptious cake, SANTA in his GROTTO,come along and ask him for what you would like to find in your stocking on Christmas Day tempting cakes and gorgeous freshly made sandwiches, as well as mince pies and a glass of mulled wine if you so desire. Do come and join in the day. Sunday 12 December Trinity Methodist Church, Fleetwood Road CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT 10.45am, all welcome. Sunday 12 December St. Paul’s Church, Darbishire Road SERVICE OF 9 CAROLS AND LESSONS 3.00pm to 4.00pm. Everyone welcome.

Church, Lord Street SERVICE OF CAROLS & LESSONS 3.00pm. Sunday 19 December Trinity Methodist Church, Fleetwood Road CHRISTINGLE SERVICE 4.00pm. Sunday 19 December United Reformed Church, Agnew Road CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT 6.30pm. An enjoyable service of carols & lessons, followed by refreshments with mince pies. Sunday 19 December Trinity Baptist Church CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT 6.30pm.

CAROL SINGING AROUND THE Sunday 12 December Mount Methodist RESIDENTIAL HOMES will be taking Church, Mount Road FLEETWOOD place this year; ROTARY CAROL SERVICE 6.30pm, all most welcome. Monday 6 December 6.45pm at Rossall Hospital, 7.30pm at Sunday 12 December United Reformed Mariners Court Residential Home, and Church, Agnew Road AN 8.15pm at Laidleys Manor. ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON 7.00pm. Come Thursday 9 December and enjoy a delightful evening of music, 6.45pm at Fleetwood Hospital(Manx song & verse. Raffle & refreshments Ward) and 7.30pm at Guys Court available. £ 3.00. Nursing Home. Wednesday 15 December United Reformed Church Hall, Dronsfield Road CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING 10.30am to 12.00noon. “New to You” shop open, bookstall, Christmas Raffle & tombola. Entry 50p to include refreshments. Thursday 16 December St. Nicholas Church Rooms, Broadway COFFEE MORNING 10.00am to 11.15am. Saturday 18 December Mount Methodist Church, Mount Road MESSY CHURCH 10.30am to 12.45pm. Children & grown-ups welcome for puzzles, board-games, messy crafts, songs and hot food. Sunday 19 December Trinity Baptist Church, Poulton Road NATIVITY SERVICE 10.45am. Sunday 19 December Mount Methodist Church, Mount Road CAROL SERVICE 10.45am. Sunday 19 December St. Paul’s Church, Darbishire Road NATIVITY GUEST SERVICE 11.00am to 12.00noon.

Monday 13 December 6.45pm at Fleetwood Hall Care Home and 7.30pm at Abbeyfield Care Home (formerly Ribble Lodge) Wednesday 15 December 6.45pm at Fleetwood Nursing Home and 7.30pm at Fairhaven Nursing Home Friday 17 December 6.45pm at Yachtsman Rest Home and 8.15pm at Milton Lodge Nursing Home Do come and swell the numbers and the joyful sound. DON’T FORGET ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL – Trinity Methodist Church – 16 to 19 December. Admission £1.00adult 50p child. Exhibition open for viewing 16th & 17th 2.00pm to 8.00pm & 18th 11.00am to 4.00pm. There will be stalls and refreshments available. As promised, here are the CHRISTMAS SERVICE TIMES for all Fleetwood Churches. You will be made most welcome at any of these services. We look forward to seeing you.

Sunday 19 December St. Peter’s

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Fleetwood Churches Continued CHRISTMAS EVE 10.00am St. Mary’s Church MORNING MASS 5.00pm St. Nicholas Church CRIB SERVICE and FIRST MASS OF CHRISTMAS 5.30pm St. David’s Church CRIB SERVICE 6.00pm Emmanuel Church FAMILY SERVICE 6.30pm St. Wulstan’s Church MASS 8.00pm preceded by Carols from 7.30pm St. Mary’s Church VIGIL MASS 9.30pm St. David’s Church FIRST COMMUNION OF CHRISTMAS 11.30pm United Reformed Church Sacrament of Holy Communion 11.30pm Trinity Methodist Church COMMUNION 11.30pm Emmanuel Church COMMUNION SERVICE 11.30pm preceded by Carols by candlelight from 11.00pm St. Peter’s Church COMMUNION OF THE NATIVITY 11.40pm to 12.10am St. Paul’s Church CHRISTMAS MIDNIGHT SERVICE 12.00midnight preceded by Carols from 11.30pm St. Wulstan’s Church MASS CHRISTMAS DAY 8.00am St.Nicholas Church SAID MASS 9.00am St.Nicholas Church SUNG MASS 9.00am St. Mary’s Church CHRISTMAS DAY MASS 9.30am St. Edmund’s Church MASS 10.00am to 10.40am St. Paul’s Church CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE 10.30am Mount Methodist Church CHRISTMAS DAY FAMILY SERVICE 10.30am St. Peter’s Church CHRISTMAS DAY COMMUNION 10.45am United Reformed Church CELEBRATION OF OUR SAVIOUR’S BIRTH 10.45am Trinity Baptist Church CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE Clearly, a large number of events and services taking place this month, as well as the regular coffee mornings and other things that are regular activities.Please feel free to join us at any time. You will be most welcome. May I take this opportunity to wish all of Fleetwood a very MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR, from all the Churches Together in Fleetwood. God Bless. Christmas Themed Rossall Parent and Toddler Group Friday 17th December 9.30am – 10.30am In the Rossall Nursery and Infant Hall For more details please contact the Nursery 01253 774228 or www.rossallschool.org.uk Morning Communion Service at 9am on Christmas Day led by Canon Hall at Rossall School. All welcome. For further details please contact Miss Young 01253 774201.

Happy Christmas to you all! Glad tidings I bring yet again with damage and anti social behaviour (ASB) rates still falling dramatically, thanks to the continued hard work of your PCSO’s who have made Fleetwood a much safer place to be. The main thorn in the side of Warren Ward area has had his jail term extended following being convicted of further offences. He had been causing a large proportion of the ASB there but was finally imprisoned a couple of months ago. Since that time we have been able to prove other offences against him, which he had committed prior to being jailed and as a result the Ward will be a more peaceful place this Christmas. In the last month we have dealt with both Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night. The interventions we had in place, through PCSO activities, ensured there was no increase in ASB in Fleetwood over this period. For example PCSO’s and Fire Service staff worked together in the schools to educate children on the dangers and consequences. We altered shift patterns at key times to prevent incidents, notably arresting a key ASB offender very early in the evening on Bonfire Night, which prevented him from getting involved in the bad behaviour he had been planning. We also identified and arrested a man for illegally selling fireworks from the back of his van, which was followed up with searches of his home. We have implemented new shift rotas for all police officers and PCSO’s in Neighbourhood Policing, which now means fifty percent more staff working at peak ASB times. Response officers have also begun a new shift rota and this combined increase in officer availability has allowed us to execute six drug warrants across the town. Most of the information allowing us to do this came from you and from the patrolling PCSO’s. I mentioned last month about a rise in stealing from vehicles across Fleetwood and can now report back that we have made 3 arrests since then and a number of charges have been laid. However it is really important you remain vigilant and not get complacent. With Christmas upon us, we will all be getting additional valuable presents in our homes and cars ready to send off to the North Pole. Keep them all well out of view and take time to review your own security, lock all doors and windows, put lights and radios on timers and use your alarms. Please keep letting us know of your concerns and suspicions, we act on all information you provide. You can contact us at your local PACT meetings, by telephoning or calling in at the police station or, if you prefer, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, you can remain anonymous and may get a reward. Thank you. Sgt David Blight, Fleetwood Neighbourhood Policing Team

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FLEETWOOD TOWN COUNCIL Fleetwood Library MEETINGS LAST TUESDAY OF EACH Events Christmas Carols MONTH, FLEETWOOD LIBRARY 7 PM with Shakespeare School Please note that there is no meeting in Choir. Our concert December. The next meetings are on season continues with pupils from 25th January and 22nd February. Shakespeare School Choir performing Members of the public are very Christmas carols. welcome Enquiries - 01253 773435 Monday 13th: 3.45pm – 4.45pm Fleetwood Local Recycling Centre 12Up Club. A Reading Group for ages Jameson Road, Fleetwood 12 and upwards. Would you like to chat Serving Wyre Recycling needs about the books you've read? Make Open 8am-7pm everyday 362 days a new friends? Keep up with new books? year, excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. Day & New Years Day Tuesday 14th: 2.15pm – 3.15pm www.lancswasteinfo.com Adult Reading Group. Join us for an informal chat over coffee. The book for Fleetwood Market discussion this month is: The Brief From 1st October 2010 9.00 am - 4.30pm Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat. History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier. + every Bank Holiday Monday Thursday 16th: 5.30pm – 6.45pm Fleetwood Tide Times Teresian Players Christmas Dailey updates Pantomime: Cinderella. The Teresian www.tidetimes.org.uk/Fleetwood.html Players will be performing excerpts from their magical Christmas Events at Chatsworth pantomime, Cinderella. Includes a Library 'meet and greet' session with characters from the pantomime, and Ongoing Events special guest, Father Christmas. Every Monday, Knit, Natter and Sew from 2-3pm. Bring any Friday 17th: 10.00am – 11.00am crafts and join in the gossip! Christmas Carols with Chaucer School Refreshments will be provided. Choir. Our concert season concludes with pupils from Chaucer School Every Monday, UK Online from 1.30performing Christmas carols. 4.30pm. An online course with tutor Saturday 18th: 11.00am – 12.30pm back up, to learn the basics of using a Children's Christmas Party. Join us for computer, banking, shopping and job traditional children's party games and a hunting online. Christmas Story Time. Every Tuesday, 1.30-4.30pm. Preparing Monday 20th: 3.45pm – 4.45pm for the Future drop- in sessions. Come Chatterbooks: A reading group for 8 – and produce a world beating CV, learn 11 year olds. The Grinch. All ready for good interview techniques and improve Christmas? You will be with our your job prospects. Christmas survival pack. Bring a box to Every Thursday, Toddler Rhyme Time from 10.30-11.30. Parents and carers bring your toddlers for songs, rhymes and stories. Every Friday, Under Fives Storytime, 2.15-2.45pm.Half an hour of stories and an occasional rhyme. Details for all events are available from: Chatsworth Library, Chatsworth Ave Fleetwood 01253 771601 chatsworth.library@lancashire.gov.uk

decorate to keep your best stuff safe. Baby Bounce and Rhyme. Friday mornings: 11.30am – 12.00pm. Songs, actions, rhymes and a lot of kneebouncing! Toddler Rhyme Time. Wednesday mornings: 10.30am – 11.00am. Join in with fun, action rhymes and enjoy a short story. Story Time. Thursday afternoons: 2.15pm – 2.45pm. Story times for toddlers and pre-school children. Enjoy stories and lots of fun activities.

www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries www.twitter.com/WyreLibraries Opening Hours Monday 9.30am – 5.00pm Tuesday 9.30am – 7.00pm Wednesday 9.30am – 12.30pm Thursday 9.30am – 7.00pm Friday 9.30am – 5.00pm Saturday 9.30am – 4.00pm

YMCA London Street Monday 7-8 martial arts Tuesday 7.30-8.30 step and tone Wednesday 10-11am yoga 2.30-4pm ballroom dancing Thursday 6-7 legs bums and tums 7.30-8.30 street dance Friday, Transition Project 6-8pm 9-13 year olds Saturday Transition Project 10am-12pm 5-9 year old All at the Lofthouse Building London Street 01253 872320 Richard Molyneux Fleetwood Cancer Research Committee are holding their Christmas Coffee Morning at the Trafalgar Restaurant, Fleetwood on Friday 10th December from 10AM-12noon, admission £1. Mince pies will be served. The Christmas Raffle will also be drawn with 1st prize - £100, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £25 and many more prizes. Please come along and support us. Many thanks for your help. Kathy Thompson Tel: 01253 899769 Fleetwood Museum and the North West Film Archive will present a charity Film Evening at the Marine Hall on Tuesday January 11th 2011 at 7.30pm. Old films of Fleetwood and District will be shown and tickets are now available from the Marine Hall Box Office priced £5 each. All profits from the evening will go to Fleetwood Museum Trust to help with the building of a new gallery showing life in Fleetwood during the past 175 years and to the Fleetwood 175 organisers to help with the financing of community events. Thanks Dick Gillingham (MuseumTrustee)

Fleetwood Library and Information Service North Albert Street, Fleetwood FY7 6AJ Tel: 01253 775800 fleetwood.library@lancashire.gov.uk

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community Fleetwood Police Station North Church Street, Fleetwood, FY7 6HN Tel 01253 876611 24hrs a day Enquiry Desk Open 8am-8pm Call 999 in an EMERGENCY ONLY, Fire, Police, Ambulance and Coastguard

Useful Numbers Neighbourhood Watch www.neighbourhoodwatch.net

Manchester Airport 0161 489 3000 UK Passport Advice 0870 521 0410

Connect Young People Centre 01253 751047

TV Licensing 0844 800 6772

Help the Aged 0808 800 6565

Consumer Advice 0845 04 05 06 www.consumerdirect.gov.uk

AGE Concern Shops Fleetwood 45-47 Lord St 01253 770557 Poulton 9 Church St 1253 899087 Bispham 155-157 Red Bank Rd Fire Safety Advice & FREE Home Fire Safety Check 0800 169 1125 Gas Leaks 24hr Service 0800 111 999

Tax Credit Helpline 0845 300 3900 www.hmrc.gov.uk Fair Trading & Consumer Helpline 01253 478395

Mental Health Helpline 0500 639 000 Child Death Helpline 0800 282 986

Wyre District Citezens Advice 01253 308400

Electricity 01772 555995

Cruse bereavement Helpline 0844 477 9400

R.S.P.C.A 01253 873616

Water Burst/No Water 0845 746 2200

Drugs Talk to Frank 0800 776600

P.D.S.A 01253 838585

Alcoholic Anonymous 0845 769 7555

The Rotary Club of Fleetwood 01253 876066

United Utilities 0800 195 4141 Emergency Heating Repairs 0845 074 4002 24hrs

Al-Anon Family Groups 020 7403 0888 www.al-anonuk.org.uk

Coast Guard Services 0151 931 3343 / 0151 931 3341

Childline 0800 1111

Duty Chemist Sundays - Morrisons

N.S.P.C.C Child Protection 0808 800 5000

Fleetwood Hospital 01253 306 000

Parentline Plus 0808 800 2222

Blackpool Victoria 01253 300 000 Rossall Hospital 01253 300 000 NHS Direct 24hrs 0845 4647 www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk Dental Enquiries - Fylde & Wyre 01253 306378 24hrs 7 days Out of Hours Emergency 01253 308105

National Debtline 0808 808 4000 Christians Against Poverty 01253 875958 Missing People 0500 700 700 24hr National Domestic Violence 0808 2000 247 Help Direct 0303 333 1111

Fleetwood Health Centre 01253 771136 Tourist Information 01253 773953 Smoking Cessation 0845 601 2186 Wyre Borough Council 01253 891000 Out of Hours 01253 895116 www.wyrebc.gov.uk Blackpool Council 01253 477477 www.blackpool.gov.uk Fylde Borough Council 01253 658658 www.fylde.gov.uk Regenda Housing 0844 736 0066 Environment Agency 0800 80 70 60 24hrs www.environment-agency.gov.uk

Knott End Ferry 01253 891000 Blackpool Transport Buses & Trams 01253 473000 Stagecoach 01772 886633 National Express 0870 580 8080 National Rail 08457 48 49 50 Highways Agency 0845 50 40 30 Blackpool Airport 01253 343434

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Round Up by Derick Thomas

Jamie Milligan (left) rejoins Fleetwood Town from local side AFC Fylde. The 30-year-old signed an 18-month full-time contract. Milligan left Highbury in the summer due to business commitments

BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER –Festive Fixtures Saturday 18/12/2010 Home Newport County 3.00pm Boxing Day 26/12/2010 Away Darlington 3.00pm Holiday Tuesday 28/12/2010 Home Southport 3.00pm New Years' Day 1/1/2011 Home Darlington 3.00pm Holiday Monday 3/1/2011 Away York City 3.00pm

LOAN NEWS The transfer window is now closed for permanent and loan signings, and will reopen on 1 January. Players who are out of contract and do not have a club, can be signed outside of the transfer window if they were unattached free agents when the previous window closed. The transfer window does not apply to clubs below Blue Square Bet Premier level.

“I’m looking forward to joining Eric on the training pitch and seeing how he works and how it’s different to what we do at Tranmere. Eric had a few hundred appearances at Prenton Park and that’s my aim as well. “It will be good to see how Scott works and push him to see if I can get a game. I know he’s playing well so that will be a challenge to me as well,” said Coughlin. Oldham Athletic loan signing Jon Worthington joins Boundary Park teammate Sean Gregan at Highbury. The midfielder said he is looking forward to being part of the Highbury success story. “I’m want to enjoy playing some football and be involved in what is happening at the club. I’d like to say I will be able to bring some experience and drive in midfield.” Keeper Danny Hurst, sidelined since August with a serious shoulder injury, has returned to training. Hurst was injured in the away draw at Crawley Town and required surgery to repair his damaged shoulder.

“I’m looking to return to full training towards the end of December. My fitness levels are ok but Micky Mellon has allowed four of squad to go out on I can’t test the shoulder loan to gain match fitness and secure regular games. just yet” said Hurst. 8 Ian Craney On loan at Accrington Stanley 13 Simon Grand On loan at Mansfield Town 14 Steve Connors On loan at Droylsden 27 Mark Beesley On loan at Altrincham 28 Craig Dootson (gk) On loan from Harrogate Town until 12/12/10 On loan from Oldham Athletic 29 Sean Gregan 31 John Worthington On loan from Oldham Athletic 32 Andy Coughlin (gk) Work experience from Tranmere Rovers LOAN NEWS

Meanwhile, left-back Junior Brown is looking to return from his troublesome knee injury. “I’m feeling stronger all the time. The work load in training has been increasing in recent weeks and I hope to figure soon. The lft-back slot has been something of a problem this season with injuries and I hope to put a claim on the shirt once I’m fully fit,” said Brown.

Micky Mellon has brought Tranmere Rovers prospect Andy Coughlin, 17, to Highbury as backup to keeper Scott Davies.

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