A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire
People can help add some colour to Preston’s Moor Park by taking part in bulb planting on Saturday October 27. It will take place from 1pm to 3pm and anyone interested should meet at the ranger’s pavilion. Call 01772 906471 for details.
Fireworks from the castle roof
Lancaster’s legendary Bonfire Night fireworks will this year be launched from the roof of the city’s ancient Norman castle for the first time ever. The display, which draws thousands to the city, is on Saturday, November 3. Organisers have special permission from the Duchy of Lancaster to use the roof as a firework launchpad.
Band in talent show victory
Winners of a musical talent show at Preston’s 53 Degrees last weekend were York based band Montego Bay. The band won two rounds of internet votes to reach the final where they beat four other groups to take the first prize of a photoshoot, studio time and their own professional music video.
Casino event for kids charity
Barton Grange is the setting for a Black Tie Charity Casino Night tonight in aid of Derian House Children’s Hospice and the Pear Tree Children’s Centre, in Preston. Guests can enjoy loss free gambling plus a raffle and charity auction.
Autumn fair at college venue
Wellfield Business and Enterprise College, in Leyland, is holding an autumn fair on Saturday. There will be 30 stalls offering a range of goods and the doors will be open from 11am to 3pm. For more details telephone 421303.
Cancer charity to open doors
Rosemere Cancer Foundation will welcome people to its annual open day on Sunday. To attend the event at the Rosemere Cancer Centre at Royal Preston Hospital call 01772 522913.
Double, double toil and trouble
Spooky witch events are coming to Samlesbury Hall later this month. The historic venue in Preston New Road will be the setting for ‘Samlesbury Witches’ tours during half term.
Simeon Wood in choir date
Simeon Wood will perform in a concert of popular light music with the Longton Primary School Choir on Saturday at 7pm. The concert will be held at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Longton. Call for 01772 613500 tickets.
Grab tickets 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. Call 01772 744148 or 07743 825818.
Competition to mark birthday
To celebrate raising £300,000 by its 10th birthday Charity Aid is holding an X Factor contest in Preston on the October 27, November 10 and December 8. To enter email Tracy@unitedpress.co.uk.
Cash set aside for DVLA office redundancies
A cash pot of £1.2m has been set aside to pay off workers at a Preston office of the DVLA, it has been revealed. Transport Minister Stephen Hammond said the Government had £33m to cover redundancy payments for staff at 39 DVLA offices across the country. In a parliamentary answer to a question from Preston MP Mark Hendrick, he confirmed £1.2m would be made available for staff at the office on Caxton Road, Fulwood, which is earmarked for closure. Mr Hammond said: “The final costs will not be known until the end of 2013 when we will know which staff will be redeployed and which will be taking redundancy.”