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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Date now set for next ramble

A guided ramble is set to take place tomorrow morning. The free ramble, which is run by volunteers, will start at Hoghton Community Centre, of Blackburn Old Road. Those wishing to take part should meet at the community centre for a 10am start. For any further information call 07808299720.

Latest history talk planned

The latest in a series of history talks is set to take place on Saturday. ‘Preston in the 1950s’ by Steven Sartin is the latest in a series of Guild 2012 talks. It will be held at the South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre at 11am. For any further information call 01772 422041.

Get involved in high tide walk

A five mile walk to Longton Marsh to see the high tide coming in is set to take place on Wednesday October 17. There is no need to book and the walk is priced at £1 per person. Call 01772 611497 for info.

Pappys for Chorley

Award winning sketch group Pappy’s come to Chorley Little Theatre this Saturday - but it could be their last visit. The Edinburgh Fringe favourites are bringing their new tour, Last Show Ever, back by popular demand to the Dole Lane venue where they have played several times before. The comedy trio won Edinburgh Award nominations, a Chortle Award and also a Loaded LAFTA Award. They’ve appeared on Channel 4, Radio 4 and BBC3 and enjoyed five smash hit Edinburgh shows, three national tours and two award winning podcasts. So can this really be the end? Tickets are £12 or £10 from Malcolm’s Musicland on 01257 264362.

Get ready for next market

The next Garstang Country Market will take place on Thursday morning. Held at St Thomas’s Church Hall, Church Street, Garstang, the market will run between 10am and 12pm. There will be a host of homemade produce on offer, including cakes, pies, jams, pickles, fruit and veg and plants. There will also be a range of high quality craft products.

Email taster sessions set

A computer tuition session focusing on emailing will be held on Thursday. The session will run from 9.30am until 11.30am at the Acregate Lane Labour Club, Acregate Lane. Early booking for the 
session is essential. For any further information contact Citizenzone on 01772 903417.

Next police meeting set

The next Avenham and Frenchwood PACT meeting (Police and Communities Together) is set to take place tomorrow night. The meeting will be held at St Augustine’s School, St. Austine’s Place, Avenham, Preston at 6pm. It is a chance for people to share any concerns or issues with the police. Visit

Mayor set to attend AGM

The Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble, Coun Colin Clark and his wife Margaret, will attend Home-Start Chorley and South Ribble’s Annual General Meeting tomorrow morning. The meeting will be held at School Lane Club, St Aidan’s Road, Bamber Bridge and it is set to start at 10.45am.

Wild@Art gets parks creative

A session of art using natural materials is to take place in Preston’s Haslam Park in two weeks.Artist Andy Goldsworthy, who studied in Preston, returns to lead the Wild @ Art session on Wednesday October 24. All are welcome to the free event from 1pm to 3pm. Bring a camera to take pictures of your works.

Bands battling at 53 Degrees

Local bands will fight it out this Friday at a talent show final at 53 Degrees. Five finalists in the Captive Music event compete for prizes including a video, studio time and a photo shoot. Doors open at 6.30pm and tickets are £10 in advance from the venue on 01772 893000.

Roy Harper’s son at Grand

The son of rocker Roy Harper plays a show at Clitheroe Grand this Friday. Nick Harper grew up round legends like Keith Moon and Jimmy Page and is now carving a successful career of his own. Tickets are £13 and doors open at 7pm.

Guild meeting to take place

Preston Council’s Guild Committee was set to meet this morning. The meeting was due to be held at 10am at Preston Town Hall. Items on the agenda include an update from the Guild Festival Director and repairs to be carried out on Avenham and Miller Parks.

Ladies night in aid of trust

The Katy Holmes Trust is holding a Ladies Night at The Pig and Whistle pub in Blackpool Road, Preston on October 24 at 7.30pm. The fundraiser, featuring singer Adam Green, will raise money for the trust, which is searching for a paediatric brain tumour cure. Tickets are £3.

Shoe boxers for supporters

Staff at Briggs Shoes in Morecambe are giving out free shoe boxes to anybody participating in Operation Christmas Child. Anybody who needs a box to fill can pick one up from Briggs Shoes in Morecambe, Hotter in Kendal, or the Cleveleys Shoe Co store.

Blood donation session date

Blood donor sessions are set to take place at the Gujarat Hindu Society cultural centre on South Meadow Lane, Preston on Thursday October 25. The sessions will be held from 2pm to 4pm and from 5pm to 7.30pm. For info call 0300 123 23 23.

Staff raise £7k for charity

An intrepid group of walkers from South Ribble Council have raised thousands of pounds for St Catherine’s Hospice by completing a marathon trek. The five-strong team took part in a 64-mile walk in the Lake District, raising more than £7,700 for the hospice. Dave King, Steve Hawkins, Martin Henderson, Mark Gaffney and Lee Moat all gave up their spare time for the walk.

Charity to host an open day

The Rosemere Cancer Foundation is inviting people to find out how they spend the money raised by the public to help cancer patients at their annual open day later this month. The open day will be held on Saturday October 20. It will include displays and presentations from staff.

Latest health walk planned

The next in a series of Health Walks at Cuerden Valley Park is set to take place this week. The walk will be held on Thursday between 10am and 12pm. Walkers will be lead by a Health Walks Leader. Participants should meet at the Barn on Berkeley Drive, Bamber Bridge.