When St Annes grandmother Alison Forster set up a Facebook group to bring local women together, she didnâ€™t quite expect the response she got.
She has lived in the area for about a year and decided to start a local social and business networking group â€“ for women to advertise their businesses and products for free, to chat, exchange tips and advice and promote local events taking place.
Word quickly spread and the group â€“ Lytham St Annes And Blackpool Gossip Girls Group â€“ now has more than 8,000 members.
Alison, who has been self-employed most of her working life, said: â€śIt has just grown organically. I am the administrator of the group and I check all posts to make sure there are no problems, but everything has been overwhelmingly positive.
â€śItâ€™s a really empowering group. Everybody is so supportive of each other, helpful and friendly, itâ€™s fantastic. Many friendships have formed already.
â€śI have set up face-to-face business meetings and am planning social meetings. Itâ€™s not all about business, although a lot of local women have found it useful for advertising. People have swapped tips, promoted local events, and we have a day where businesses can give discounts.
â€śOne lady posted asking if anyone could translate something from Dutch and straight away two people were able to help.
â€śI think itâ€™s always nice to see people from different generations chatting too and thereâ€™s always room in life for more friends.â€ť
The group has received rave reviews and positive feedback â€“ including one member commenting: â€śIt has and gives you such a feeling of sisterhood, motivation and positivity.â€ť