A round up of news in brief from across Lancashire.
Advice to stop bins freezing
Residents are being advised to prop their wheelie bin lids open to prevent freezing in the cold weather.
Bins can be difficult to empty when lids are frozen shut but a stick under the seal allows the contents to air.
This reduces moisture inside the bin which causes the lids to freeze.
Advice offered on housing
A new weekly housing advice service has opened in Longridge.
The sessions will take place at the Old Station Buildings in Berry Lane from 10am to 12.30pm on Thursdays.
Residents are invited to attend the sessions where a officer will be at hand with a host of advice.
A heritage walk has been set up in Leyland which follows the town’s industrial past.
The 3/4 mile self-guided walk around the town centre is available to download at www.visitleyland.co.uk or by phoning 01772 625441.
Christmas Eve market is open
Shoppers in the Ribble Valley are advised that Clitheroe Market is open on Christmas Eve.
The market will be open on Saturday, December 22, and Monday, December 24, but will be closed on Christmas Day, which is on the usual market day.
The market will also be closed on Thursday, December 27, and New Year’s Day, but will be open on Saturday, December 29.
Normal business will resume on Saturday, January 3, although there will be no further Friday collectors’ markets until March.
Microchip your pooch for free
Dog wardens will be microchipping dogs at St Gregory’s Labour Club car park, Holme Slack Lane, on Saturday, December 15 between 10am and 2pm.
The event is free.
Date is set for next meeting
The next meeting of Leyland Town Centre and St Ambrose PACT takes place at Wrights Fold Community Centre, Bent Lane, Leyland.
It starts at 6pm on January 3.
Collections for town refuges
Presents have been donated to women’s refuges in Chorley and Leyland.
Staff and students at Runshaw Adult College held a variety of fundraising activities, and donated presents to the refuges through a Christmas Wish Tree appeal.
They also held an art sale to raise money for charity Runshaw Gives a Dam.
Changes to bin collections
There will be changes to bin collections for people in Chorley over Christmas.
No collections will take place on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day.
Households whose bins are collected on a Monday will continue as normal.
Party delights elderly people
Youngsters at a Leyland high school held an event for elderly residents.
Students at Wellfield Business and Enterprise College hosted a Christmas party for residents of Jubilee Court and Lower House. Entertainment included games, a raffle and carols from the choir.
Extra day for city’s market
Preston market will be open for an extra day to allow shoppers to stock up for their festive feast.
The market will open on Sunday, December 23 to allow people to buy fresh meat, vegetables and produce in preparation for Christmas Day.
Late night shopping will continue in the city centre until 8pm every Wednesday and Thursday throughout December.
Christmas bin day changes
Residents in Preston who have their recycling collected on Tuesday and Wednesday will have a change to the collection times over the Christmas period.
All households should have received a leaflet outlining the changes.
However if you have not had the information contact 01772 906904.
Learn to make decorations
People can learn how to make their own Christmas decorations from natural materials gathered from Avenham Park, Preston.
The event will take place tomorrow from 1pm to 3pm and costs £2.50 per person. Learn to make cards, wreaths and tree decorations.
Booking is essential. Call 01772 906471.
Band event to support cause
A Leyland band Christmas spectacular will be held on Sunday to raise money for the South Ribble Mayor’s charity fund.
The event will be held at St Mary’s RC Church on Broadfield Drive, Leyland at 7pm. The fund supports St Catherine’s Hospice, North West Air Ambulance and the Prostrate Cancer charity.
Help save lives by giving blood
Blood donor sessions will be held at Our Lady and St Edwards Church on Marlborough Drive, Fulwood, Preston on Thursday December 20.
Session times are from 2pm to 4pm and from 5pm to 7.30pm.
Call 0300 123 23 23 for an appointment.
Anti-social youths priority
A community policing group is set to meet to discuss anti-social behaviour.
Bamber Bridge’s next Police and Community Together (PACT) meeting will take place at Cuerden Methodist Church Community Centre on Station Road at 7pm on January 8. They will discuss local youth nuisance.
Judging for window prize
The Mayor of South Ribble will name the winner of a Christmas window competition.
Coun Colin Clark will arrive at Cafe-d-licious on Hope Terrace, Lostock Hall on Monday before presenting a cheque to the winner of the competition. Judging will take place this week.
Preston Council’s dog welfare service achieved gold status for the second year in the Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF) scheme for 2012 awarded by the RSPCA.
Coun John Swindells said: “Due to the economic situation stray dogs nationally are on the increase but in the last three years Preston has seen a decline. This is down to the team working with other agencies.”
A group which supports ex-members of the the armed forces is to be found a new permanent home.
City councillor David Borrow said the Armed Forces Group is seeking to move out of Preston’s Guild Hall Arcade.
Fire crews were called to a flat fire at Sefton Drive, Lancaster, after a pan caught fire.
Firefighters were called to the property at 11.58am on Tuesday, December 11.
No one was injured in the incident.