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Story shorts - 11/02/10

A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire.

Advice for school leavers

Preston College is holding a school leavers advice event on Thursday February 11 from 5.30pm to 8pm at the Fulwood Campus.

It is aimed at year 10 and 11 pupils so they check out what courses are on offer, get advice and experience hands on demonstrations.

Agricultural building plan

A new agricultural building could be constructed in Longton. Plans have been submitted for the building at Marsh Farm, Hall Carr Lane.

Feeding idea

A cattle feeding area could be created at a farm in Samlesbury. Cuerdale Hall Farm in Cuerdale Lane has applied to South Ribble Council for planning permission.

Office homes

An office in a Samlesbury paper mill could be converted into residential accommodation. Plans have been submitted for the change of use at Roach Bridge Paper Mill, Roach Road.

Chance to star in anti-racism film

People who want to take a stand against racism have been invited to appear in a short DVD clip by the Preston and Western Lancashire Racial Equality Council.

The charity wants to show that Lancashire is united against racism and is making a short film featuring local people.

Potential stars can drop into the Harris Library between 2pm and 6pm on February 17. Contact Laura on 01772 885128.

Spotlight on Darwin's theory

A lecture will be held in Preston next week to mark the anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth.

Scientist Sir Patrick Bateson will lead the free talk, The Evolution of Evolutionary Theory, in the University of Central Lancashire's Darwin Lecture Theatre on Wednesday at 7pm. E-mail mjeslea@uclan.ac.uk for a ticket.

Hall hosting snowdrop fun

A Lancashire landmark is welcoming the first signs of Spring with its Snowdrop Sundays.

Bank Hall, Bretherton, will open every Sunday in February from noon to 4pm for one of the best snowdrop displays in the country.

The days are organised by Bank Hall Action Group to raise money for the restoration of the hall.

Entry costs 2.50 for adults and is free for children. Phone 01772 746703 for more information.

Electrical fire in home's loft

Firefighters tackled an electrical fire in the loft of a Preston home.

A crew was called to Endeavour Close, in the docklands area of the city, at 6.58pm on Tuesday, after a smoke alarm was triggered in a home. The fire was caused by an extractor fan.

Half rubbish to be recycled

Almost half of waste in Lancashire should be recycled this year.

The Government has set Lancashire County

Council a target of 43% for rubbish to be recycled, reused or composted in 2009/10.

The target is one of the highest in the country, with only six other authority areas having been given bigger targets.

Service offers sight loss help

Charity Action for Blind People will be offering information and advice in Leyland on Tuesday.

The mobile sight loss information service will be at Leyland Library in Lancastergate from 10am to 4pm.

Staff will be able to offer impartial advice and show off the latest gadgets to improve everyday life.

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