A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire
Community group celebrates 10 year milestone
More than 150 proud families watched as awards were given to young people as art of an event at the Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Club to mark the tenth anniversary of a community group in the city. Preston United Youth Development Programme is involved with many projects from providing school breakfast clubs to educating young people about the dangers of being exploited into joining gangs and getting involved in drugs. Colin Hughes, a board member, said: “Despite this year being challenging with us experiencing severe financial cuts, we have still managed to help realise the potential of many young people.
Marsh bird flying high at Leighton
Marsh harriers, once one of the most threatened bird species in the UK, have been taking their first flights at a beauty spot. The large brown birds of prey fly from as far away as South Africa to breed at Leighton Moss’s large reedbed. There are two males and five females on the reserve this year. Robin Horner, Site Manager at Leighton Moss said “It is always a great moment when the first marsh harriers fledge the nest.”
Protest ahead of meeting
A protest against the controversial gas extraction plans will take place in Preston today. Friends of the Earth has confirmed it will stage a “peaceful protest” outside County Hall ahead of a meeting of Lancashire County Council. A motion calling to stop ‘fracking’ will be debated.
Village’s niche jumble sale
A jumble sale of designer clothes be held in Longton this weekend. The event, which will see designer label clothes on sale, takes place on School Lane from 10am on Saturday.
Trees to go in city centre
Three trees are to be cut down in Preston city centre, The two malus trees and a cherry tree are to be cut down on Fishergate Hill. A number of shrubs will also be trimmed.
Superstore to reopen today
A Preston supermarket will reopen today after major refurbishment work. The branch of Booths on Sharoe Green Lane, Fulwood has been closed since Monday as part of a major overhaul. Chairman Edwin Booth said it was investing in all its store to “bring them up to date.”
Work at city’s railway station
A train company wants to carry out work at Preston’s railway station. Transpennine Express has asked the city’s council for permission to install a pair of condensor units above its train shed at the station. It will learn whether it has received permission within the next three months.
Hotel on board for charity race
Staff from a Preston hotel will be among those taking part in a charity boat race. The workers from the Marriott Hotel in Broughton will make up a team in the annual dragon boat race on the city’s docks. It as part of next weekend’s Riversway Festival.
Village green given boost
Grimsargh Mace store brought together the local community to raise funds to improve the village green. Proprietors Rowan and Mary Harty organised an evening of wine and local cheese tasting, with all the proceeds going to local community initiative Friends of Grimsargh Green (FOGG). A total of £360 was raised at the event which was supported by the local community. The money donated to FOGG will assist volunteers in continuing to improve Grimsargh Village Green. Everyone in the community. Previous money donated to FOGG has been used to refurbish the play area as well as a “trim trail” to help people of all ages stay fit.
Mrs French’s scent bottles
A ‘scent bottle’ tour will be held at Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston today. Visitors can take a tour around some of the novelty scent bottles in Mrs French’s extensive collection in the company of one of the museum’s volunteer researchers. The tour at the museum in Market Square, from 1pm to 1.30pm, is free and no booking is necessary.
Fashion king in visit to store
Renowned designer Jeff Banks will be coming to the Debenhams store in Preston next week. The Welsh fashion supremo will visit the clothing department at the shop in the Fishergate Centre on Wednesday, July 18 to style three men from the charity Cancer Help and also a number of customers.
Classic cars at castle show
A classic car show will be held at Clitheroe Castle on Saturday, July 28. The event, organised by North West Sound Archive, will showcase films on the North West car industry and vintage motors at the castle keep from 11am to 3.30pm.