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Celebrate in style with us this festive season.

Christmas Day Lunch

£75 adults / £45 children ( under 16 )

1.00pm sitting

Live entertainment

Champagne cocktail

Beautiful selection of canapes on arrival

New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner

£65 per person

Includes a glamorous red carpet reception with champagne & canapes followed by a fabulous six course sit down dinner.

Live entertainment throughout the evening as well as all the perfect party props to bring in the new year with a bang and celebrate in style.

For full information on all our festive events, please click here.

To make your booking, please call our team on 01772 598855 or email reception@mfsv.co.uk.

Fans enjoy stadium tours

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AFC Fylde supporters have been enjoying exclusive tours around our new stadium at Mill Farm.

Although we are over three months away from the opening of Bradley’s Sports Bar and five months to our first game, things are really starting to take shape behind the scenes.

The VIP tours, conducted by Club Chairman David Haythornthwaite, saw supporters walk down the players tunnel, see the changing rooms, visit the roof terrace overlooking the rolling Lancashire countryside and much more.

David said: “It was nice to have the opportunity to show existing and potential fans. I think everyone really enjoyed themselves and were pretty amazed by what we are doing.

“We plan to bring them back in about three months’ time so they can see the finished job prior to opening.”

Among the those taking part on the opening tour was Fylde mayor Peter Hardy, a fan for 30 years who is a former Chairman of the supporters’ club.

He said: “It was wonderful to see how the stadium is coming along and, with such marvellous facilities open through the weekend and all year round, it will be such an asset to the whole of Fylde.

“All credit to Mr Haythornthwaite for his vision and it will be a very proud moment when the team kicks off next season in the new stadium.”

It’s Coronation Way!

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AFC Fylde supporters will be taking a walk down memory lane next season after the club finally got the blessing for a new name on the road leading to the stadium at Mill Farm.

Despite unexpected opposition from Wesham Parish Council, the club this week received approval from the Royal Mail and are delighted to announce that the road will be named Coronation Way.

The club enjoyed almost thirty years at their old ground on Coronation Road in Kirkham between 1978-2006 and Chairman David Haythornthwaite was anxious to recognise their former ground in some way at their new home.

David, who became involved with the club 10 years ago, said: “The name was chosen for significant and historic reasons and we are very happy to get it over the line at last. Coronation Road was the original home of Kirkham Town Football Club before they merged with Wesham in 1988 and we were keen, as were the supporters, to maintain links with our past.

“Coronation Road was a hugely successful home for the club during the 30 years we spent there and we enjoyed many title triumphs and cup victories.”

President Dai Davis, who was pivotal in laying the foundations ahead of the club’s rise to its current success, said: “We were relegated in my first season with the club in 1993 and in those early days at Coronation Road we were mainly playing in front of one man and his dog.

“The board and I had a meeting that summer and we decided we could go one of two ways. Did we want to settle for being a Sunday League pub team or did we want to push for success.

“We all decided on the latter and we continued to improve from that day forward.

“Unfortunately, despite numerous meetings with the town council at the time, we were forced to move out of Kirkham in 2006. They were either unable or unwilling to help us find a new ground which when you look back is really sad.

“Therefore, to progress up the football pyramid, we were forced to move to Kellamergh Park in Warton, and although we have enjoyed some wonderful times there, it feels like we are finally coming home.”

Another man who is thrilled with the new name is club stalwart Mick Woods. Mick’s association began in 1959 when he founded the club as Kirkham Town and he has since gone on to be a player, manager and chairman of the team.

Almost 60 years on and Mick is still a big part of the matchday set up at AFC Fylde.

“I never imagined when we were playing on the pitch at Coronation Road that we would be moving to a stadium like Mill Farm,” said Mick. “It’s fantastic. We have had some great players down the years and it’s fitting that we are honouring our past with the new road name.”

The Coasters will move into Mill Farm in the summer for the scheduled opening of the stadium ahead of next season.

At the very heart of the community

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The AFC Fylde Community Foundation was formed in June 2013, when the Director of Community Development Tom Hutton was brought on board to build the community department within the club. This involved creating links with key partnership organisations such as BAE Systems and many more.

The Foundation strives to provide the best level of service to all residents on the Fylde Coast, whilst also creating links between the Foundation and the Football Club.

As ever there has been plenty to shout about recently, including a new initiative with the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire and The Fylde Community Safety Partnership, to help break the cycle of repeat offending in the region.

The Fylde Reintegration and Rehabilitation programme aims to ensure that offenders are provided with the best possible chance to integrate into society by opening the door to new opportunities and dedicated support.

Clive Grunshaw, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire, said: “One of the key priorities of my Police and Crime Plan is to tackle crime and re-offending. That is why I have allocated money from my budget to support local initiatives that aim to tackle these issues at the heart of communities across Lancashire.”

“The Foundation’s dedication to making lives better within the local community means that they are perfectly placed to support the delivery of my Police and Crime plan objectives and I am happy to be able to support the great work they do.”

The Foundation is also working with primary schools across the Fylde Coast to educate more than 700 children about the effects of bullying, with its Sticks and Stones project.

One school which has already benefited from the campaign is Heyhouses Primary School, in Lytham St Anne’s. The anti-bullying project recently visited year 6 pupils to educate them about all aspects of bullying, including coping strategies and restorative approaches.

Cheryl Holland, Y6 teacher at Heyhouses Primary School, said: “We were thrilled to take part in the Sticks and Stones project. It is a great way to prepare our pupils for any challenges they may face when they make such a huge transition to secondary school. Giving pupils the opportunity to express their feelings through art helps them to think about issues laterally and reach conclusions together.”

Kirkham’s streets paved with Mill Farm gold!

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The owners of Mill Farm Sports Village have provided £110k to Fylde Council, which is currently being used to support improvements to Kirkham town centre.

Public realm improvement in the centre of Kirkham has been an ongoing project and previous phases of works have had a significant, beneficial impact on improving the environment within the town centre. The money provided by Mill Farm Sports Village will contribute to Phase 2 of this scheme, which includes general street work, paving and new signage.

Owner of the Mill Farm development, David Haythornthwaite, said: “This funding is part of Mill Farm’s commitment to the local area and part of our planning obligation so we’re pleased to know it will go towards further economic and social improvements to our community.

“Mill Farm Sports Village is already set to rejuvenate the Fylde coast, providing an excellent facility for the local community to enjoy, and to know this £110k will also support further enhancements to the area is great news.”

Councillor Keith Beckett said: “This funding provides us with a much needed resource to help upgrade Kirkham. This type of funding is vital to us with all the cuts at the moment and a lot of the money now has to come from planning applications and such like.

“If we can put this towards a good cause where people can physically see the good work that is going on, then it’s all the more beneficial to the town and everybody else involved.

“We are always keen to improve our town for the local community and funding like this helps us achieve that, so we are very grateful.”

Mill Farm welcomes Springfields Hockey Club

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Springfield Hockey Club chairman Chris Hills admits he cannot wait to move to Mill Farm after the club became the latest member of the sports and leisure complex.

The club, currently based in Preston, offers teams for men, women, boys and girls with a strong focus on youth development. The move to Mill Farm will provide the club with international standard playing facilities and to mark the move the club will be renamed Fylde Hockey Club.

Chris said: “We are very excitedabout the move to Mill Farm. The new clubhouse and social facilities will enhance morale both on and off the pitch which will ultimately lead to a more successful club.

“We have been looking for a home for a while now as we have been somewhat of a nomadic club, moving from place to place. This gives us a new identity, a new name and it should prove an exciting new start for us. We are proud to be part of the Fylde brand name and we see it as a big step forward.

“All the best hockey clubs in the country have a clubhouse alongside the pitch. Hockey is a very social sport – it isn’t just about playing a game and then going home.

“We are also looking to expand our junior section. As a club we currently go into three schools delivering coaching sessions and hopefully with the help of the AFC Fylde Community Foundation we can build on that.”

The club’s Ladies’ first team currently plays in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Conference North, the second tier of English hockey, while the men play in the Barrington Sports North West Hockey League Division 4N.

Owner of the Mill Farm development, David Haythornthwaite, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Springfields Hockey Club to the Fylde family. The partnership made perfect sense as the club shares our commitment to developing young talent and promoting a sense of community spirit.”

“The all-round improvement in facilities both on and off the pitch will take the club to a new level.

“Fylde hockey will become a very important part of helping us build the Fylde brand and as with the football club we are very ambitious.

“Our aim is for both the ladies and men’s team to play at the very highest level of English hockey. There is no reason why, with the right investment that can’t be achieved and I will be doing everything I can to help the club to progress to the next level.”