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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Community centre decision

A decision over the future of Tanteron Community Centre will be made at a meeting this week. The Tanterton Community Centre Action Group has put in a plan to take over the running of the venue. A decision will be made at Preston Council Cabinet on Wednesday.

Charity carol concert

A carol singing event hosted by Rosemere Cancer Foundation will be held at the Radiotherapy Department at the Royal Preston Hospital tomorrow from 7pm until 8pm. For info call 01772 522913.

Get crafty for Christmas

A Christmas decoration making event will be held at the visitor centre at Longton Brickcroft Nature Reserve on December 22.

Stay informed on services

To keep updated about West Lancashire Council’s services if they are affected by winter weather text winter to 88882 for alerts.

Santa to visit vegan fair

A Vegan, Green, Fairtrade, and Human Rights Fair will take place at Roper Hall, Preston on December 21. Between 11am and 5pm 30 stalls will be selling various goods and Santa will be giving out a mountain of free vegan chocolates and sweets. There will also be Vegan speed dating and meeting.

Tree collection

Ribble Valley Council will be collecting Christmas trees for composting from the week beginning Monday, January 6. Trees should be chopped up and placed inside green bins on waste collection week.

Smoke alarm warning

People across Lancashire are being urged to keep festive fires and injuries at their record low levels. During the last three years nearly half of the fire deaths in Lancashire have occurred during a three week period at the end of December and early January. More than 90 per cent of people losing their lives at this time of year are older people living alone with no working smoke alarm. Chief Fire Officer Chris Kenny said: “If you have an older relative, friend or neighbour, please check that they have a working smoke alarm.”

Stretcher boost

Children’s hospitals in the region will benefit from their very own baby stretchers for The Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA). As part of the NHS’s partnership with TCAA, The North West & North Wales Paediatric Transport Service (NWTS) have been provided with their own stretchers. NWTS is a link up between Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

Funding agreed for Heysham

Work will begin in the New Year on the Heysham to M6 Link Road after the government confirmed funding for the scheme. The Department for Transport has finalised its £111m contribution towards the road which will link the Heysham Peninsula to the M6.

Mid-week walk

Brockholes nature reserve will hold a mid-week meander on Wednesday December 18 at 1.30pm. There will be a short guided walk of the reserve. Call 01772 872000.

Hall to re-open

Samlesbury Hall will re-open to the public on Sunday January 12. For the rest of the month, it will offer free entry to the hall except Saturdays.

Blood donation

Blood donor sessions will be held on Friday December 20th at Preston Gujarat Hindu Society cultural centre on South Meadow Lane, Preston.

Cadets to host prevention stall

Preston police cadets will be and on hand at the Indoor Market in Preston on December 23 to offer crime prevention advice. They will be operating a stall and the cadets will also be providing information on the Police cadets scheme and raise money for an adventure weekend away. There’s 48 cadets based in Preston aged from 13 to 18.


Lancaster council has launched a public consultation on its draft parking strategy for the district. The plan was approved by the council’s cabinet in October sand now comments from the public are invited. To view the strategy visit: www.lancaster.gov.uk

Licensing meet

Preston council’s licensing sub committee is due to meet tomorrow. The committee will discuss calls for a Ming Dynasty in Strand Road, Preston to have its license reviewed.

Get your teeth into TV show

The hit TV show Come Dine With Me is about to return for a new series – and you could be the star. The Channel 4 show is looking for Lancashire volunteers to take part. Over five days, five strangers from all walks of life take turns to host the perfect dinner party. The best host wins a £1,000 prize. Shooting takes place in February. Visit cdwm@itv.com.

Bishop’s tour of deaneries done

The Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Rev Julian Henderson, has now visited every area of his diocese since being inaugurated in October. He has visited every Deanery once for a day, and spoken to many parishioners at a special question and answer session. The Bishop has vowed to make longer return visits to each area, during which he will meet every member of the clergy personally.

Fire crews called to chip pan fire

Firefighters were called to a house in St Peters Street, Chorley, in the early hours of Sunday morning after reports of a kitchen fire. Officers used a hose reel on the incident at 4.45am. A chip pan and contents were damaged and there was slight smoke damage to the kitchen. No-one was hurt.

Golf date set

The North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce golf tournament takes place at at the De Vere Village, Blackpool, on June 6.

Blood donations this week

Blood donation sessions are due to be held on Wednesday this week. They will take place at the Masonic Hall Ltd, Ashlar House on Saul Street in Preston. Sessions will run from 10am to 12pm and from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

Cabinet to meet

A cabinet meeting of Preston City Council is due to be held on Wednesday this week at the town hall. It will start at 6pm.

Health walk

A health walk will take place at Cuerden Valley Park on Thursday from 10am to 12pm. Meet at the barn on Berkeley Drive.




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