Farewell to true stalwart as groups celebrate milestone

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Fleetwood’s West View Community Association and its community centre have celebrated their joint 15th anniversary.

Members of the Association staged a party at Fleetwood Cricket Club to celebrate the milestone.

The group was set up and opened the Eden Avenue centre in 1998 and since then the premises have been a hub for activities on the West View estate.

They include the Dream Scheme, which sees youngsters carry out community-based tasks on the estate in exchange for points which allow for days out.

Another scheme, the now-discontinued Community Change, saw older teenagers take an active lead in the creation of the People’s Park on Martindale Avenue. This park, which features learning areas and sports facilities, has proved a vibrant and popular amenity.

The Association also helped create a smaller park on Eden Avenue which is a quieter and more reflective space.

It also runs a number of courses from the centre, including adult literacy and numeracy courses, and the building plays host to sessions run by the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and the Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Credit Union.

Shaun MacNeill, vice chairman of the West View Community Association said: “Basically we have celebrated 15 years of success here.

“The centre is always busy with a wide variety of activities and has been at the heart of some very successful projects, working closely with others.”

Lynn Mosson, chairman of the Association, said: “It’s brilliant we have reached this milestone and can look back on some real achievements.”

During the celebration evening, residents of West View had a chance to say a fond farewell to a true community champion, Angie Welch, who is retiring.

A celebration of her time in Fleetwood was presented by former colleague Tim Amor, in the form of a This is Your Life episode.

In her role as the projects manager for housing group Regenda in Fleetwood, Angie worked tirelessly to help set up schemes and coordinate funding bids for projects in the town and especially on the West View estate.

She worked on the bid for the People’s Park and more recently helped set up a bid for the return a community fun bus on the estate, which is currently under consideration.

Angie was involved in setting up the very first Dream Scheme, and was also helping finance a family support worker at Fleetwood High School and even Fleetwood’s community bonfire, anti-bullying and healthy eating schemes.

Former colleagues at Wyre Council, Wyre Housing and Regenda gave warm tributes, as did former West View Community Association chairman, David Blower.

He said: “Angie has been a true friend to Fleetwood and West View in particular and it has been a privilege to work alongside her.”

Angie said: “I have made some true friends and thoroughly enjoyed my time in Fleetwood and West View.”