A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire
Electrical fire at presbytery
Firecrews were called to a kitchen fire in a church presbytery.
The blaze broke out in St Wilfrid’s Presbytery in Preston city centre yesterday morning.
The fire, caused by a cooking appliance, left smoke damage.
Three-quarters drink at home
Almost three quarters of young people in Lancashire say they drink at home before heading for a night out.
Research funded by the Lancashire Drug & Alcohol Action Team revealed 73% of respondents in the 21-24 age group stated that they do drink at home before a night out. A database of radio station listeners was canvassed.
Sign up for city painting class
Terry O’Toole’s painting classes for beginners and improvers will be held at St John’s Minster throughout July, August and September.
Call Terry on 07969 177369 for more information.
Cars ‘blocking school gates’
Police are investigating after residents complained parked cars were blocking access to schools.
Concerns have been raised about obstructions outside schools on Holme Slack.
Equality board yearly meeting
Preston and Western Lancashire Racial Equality Council will hold its annual general meeting next Monday. Doors opne from 6.30pm at Preston Town Hall.
Packed list of kids’ days out.
Families can pick up a new guide for tips on how to keep youngsters entertained during the summer holidays.
Lancaster Council has produced a programme, featuring 160 activities at indoor and outdoor venues. Copies can be picked up at Lancaster and Morecambe Town Halls or via 01524 842493.
Planning is on town agenda
Penwortham Town Council is holding its last full meeting tonight before a summer break.
Councillors will meet at the community centre in Kingsfold from 7pm. Items on the agenda include planning applications and news from local police. The next meeting will be September 4.
Football club to get toilets
A football club has been given planning permission for new toilets.
Leyland United wants to put in new men’s and women’s lavatories at the playing fields on Centurion Way, Farington. It also got consent from South Ribble Council for catering facilities.
Dog nuisance is still an issue
Police say nuisance involving dogs around a parade of shops in Preston is still a priority.
Residents in Tanterton are still reporting problems with dogs off their leads around Kidsgrove.
Earlier this year the LEP reported how an elderly woman was bitten by a stray dog.
Shower blaze damages room
Firefighters were called to a home after an electric shower caught fire.
No-one was hurt after the blaze broke out in the bathroom of a terraced home in Swallow Avenue, Penwortham.
The incident, at 9.26pm on Friday, damaged the shower and caused smoke damage to the bathroom and first floor.
Sheep call was a false alarm
Firefighters were called to mud flats between Carnforth and Bolton-le-Sands after it was reported that a sheep had become stuck.
But when firefighters arrived at around 7.58am on Saturday, the animal had managed to free itself.
Crews called to smell of gas
Firefighters were called to a property after neighbours reported a smell of gas.
The incident happened at a home in Lune Drive, Clayton Le Woods.
Neighbours had called 999 to report the smell.
The gas supply was isolated and the property was ventilated.
The incident happened at 1.28pm on Sunday.
Paper machine fire breaks out
A fire broke out in a paper-making machine.
The incident happened at a premises in Middleton Road, Morecambe.
Firefighters were called at 4.19pm on Sunday.
It is believed some paper had become jammed in the machine, causing it to overheat and catch fire.
The blaze caused fire damage to the paper and the machine.
Farmyard fun at family event
Animal attractions and a farmers market will be featured at Goosnargh and Longridge Agricultural Show on Saturday.
The family friendly event, at the Showfield, in Lower Lane, Longridge, includes dog shows and light and heavy horse and pony events.
For more details visit www. glashow.org.uk.
Pint and chat with Lancs MP
David Morris MP met with constituents to have a pint and a chat in Warton.
The event at the George Washington Pub on Saturday was part of the Morecambe and Lunesdale MP’s ‘summer tour’, in which Mr Morris is planning to meet as many constituents as possible in informal settings.
Ladies’ final do at tennis club
Penwortham Lawn Tennis Club will be marking the Wimbledon Ladies’ Final with a social event.
The club will screen the final from 2pm on Saturday, while members can enjoy afternoon tea, cake and scones or play a match of tennis.