A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire
View register of electors
A list detailing everyone who is eligible to vote in Wyre can now be viewed at the Civic Centre, Breck Road, Poulton. Information on the register has been taken from the annual canvass of electors where every household receives a voter registration form. Anyone not included can apply to be added.
Tickets remain for charity ball
Tickets for Galloway’s Society for the Blind’s Autumn Ball are still available. The ball at Bartle Hall, Lea, takes place on Saturday. Local singing star Stephen Bayliss, DJ Darrel Edwards and close-up magician Jason Rea will be providing the entertainment. Call 01772 744148 or 07743 825818.
Date for next market set
The Ashton-on-Ribble Farmer’s Market will take place this Saturday, October 20. The market will be held at St Michaels Church, Tulketh Road, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston between 9am and 1pm. Call 01772 906045
Centre’s cash boost
An outdoor education centre used by children across Lancashire has announced a £3m development. Lancashire County Council announced Tower Wood education centre, on the banks of Lake Windermere, is to become home to a new accommodation building – allowing thousands of visitors, including school parties and families with disabled children, to stay on site during their visit. Funding for the development has come mainly from Lancashire County Council’s children and young people’s capital fund.
X Factor contest
To celebrate raising £300,000 by its 10th birthday local volunteer fundraising group Charity Aid is holding an X Factor contest in Preston on the October 27, November 10 and December 8. Anyone who wants to enter or find out more information about the event can email Tracy@unitedpress.co.uk with their full name, address, town and phone number. The contest free to enter and there will be a prize to the winner.
New allotment officially opens
Mark Hendrick will officially open the Growing Avenham allotment site in Preston tomorrow. The Preston MP will launch Moving On Lancashire’s Avenham Gardening Project off Hudson Street at around 1.30pm.
Star attraction now sold out
The Halloween attraction Farmageddon has sold out for the fourth year in a row. The ‘scream park’ in Ormskirk, which won Best Visitor Experience at the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2012, runs until November 3.
Ballet showing is en pointe
One of the great romantic ballets of all time, Swan Lake, will be screened at The Dukes, Lancaster this Sunday, October 21. Tickets cost £12/£11 (concessions) and can be booked on 01524 598500
Pearl of a choir in aid of charity
Internationally acclaimed Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir present an evening of traditional Ugandan music, song, dance and drumming at Edge Hills’ Arts Centre this Saturday at 7pm. Tickets are free
Folk concert to raise funds
Folk comedy group Houghton Weavers will be performing at a special charity show in aid of Preston’s RSPCA shelter on Thursday October 18 at Ingol Social Club, Whitby Avenue, Ingol, Preston. Tickets are £15 each, which includes a buffet, and can be obtained from the shelter.
Glam up for cancer support
A fashion show in aid of McMillan Cancer Suppport charity will take place at The Marriott Hotel, Preston on October 23. For more information and to purchase a ticket contact AM1 Hair on 01772 875787.
Council cuts hit public paths say Ramblers
Council cuts to funding on public paths risk the health, wealth and recreation of those in Lancashire, say the Ramblers Association. Lancashire County Council Rights of Way team has lost seven members of staff and has had its budget slashed by over a third, says a new report released by the campaigning body. The report shows the extent of council cuts to rights of way funding as 70% of council cut their budget in the last three years. Of these, 41% slashed their public paths support by over 20% and 11% by more than half. Ramblers campaigns director Nicky Philpott said: “These cuts are worryingly short-sighted.”
Speed demons plague streets
Police are to investigate speeding motorists plaguing two Preston streets. Residents in the Larches Lane, Greavestown Lane and West Park Avenue areas of Larches and Savick. It has been made one of the top priorities for local officers in the area. Anyone who wants to report a crime can call police on 101 or the Crimestoppers helpline on 0800 555 111.
Toaster sparks kitchen fire
Fire crews were called to a kitchen fire caused by a toaster. Firefighters from Fulwood fire station were called to the property at Oxley Road North, Preston on Tuesday afternoon following a call to report a toaster catching fire. Moderate smoke damage to the kitchen and remaining property was reported.
Give blood and save a life
A blood donation session will be held on Thursday, October 18 at Our Lady and St Edwards Church, Malborough Drive, Fulwood, Preston. Two sessions will be held between 2pm and 4pm and 5pm and 7.30pm. If you are in good health, age 17 to 65 and weigh at least 50kg you can donate.
Swan causes false alarm
Fire crews were called out to rescue a swan at Preston docks that proved to be a false alarm. After assesment by the RSPCA discovered the creature merely had a defective wing, the crews left the swan to its own devices.
Last call to vote in election
Time is running out to register to vote in the first Police and Crime Commissioner Election. Residents who want to vote by post must do so by 5pm on 31 October before the election on November 15. By proxy votes must be registered by 31 October, but have until 5pm on 7 November to submit an application. For information contact the 01772 906908.