A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire
Market makes a comeback
Cuerden Valley’s popular farmers’ market returns this Sunday. The market, which returns after a break during May, has stalls selling locally sourced fresh produce and crafts. The event is held in and around The Barn Visitor Centre on Berkeley Drive, off Shady Lane, Bamber Bridge, from 10am to 2pm.
Jazz band finds new platform
Four musicians were due to arrive at Preston Railway Station this morning to give an impromptu performance on the concourse. Jazz band Brass Jaw were part-way through a whistlestop tour taking in Preston en route to London to promote the Glasgow Jazz Festival.
The next meeting of the Western Parishes Neighbourhood Forum takes place next Thursday. It is at New Longton Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm. Ring Alison Hardman on 01772 625327.
Award for university porter
A university porter who helped shocked students deal with the death of their friend has won a national award. Nino Sibilla, who works at Lancaster University, was honoured with the UK Security Officer of the Year award, for his exemplorary work following the death of student Anuj Bidve, shot dead in Salford. Mark Salisbury, security operations manager for facilities, said he had witnessed numerous occasions where Mr Sibilla had showed deep compassion for students and helped protect them from intrusion.
Call for more volunteers
A leading family support group is on the look out for more volunteers. Home Start Wyre is expanding its home visiting service and needs volunteers to help. Contact Vicky Leah on 01253 700740 for more information about volunteering or support for your family.
Hospice hosts support day
St Catherine’s Hospice is hosting a carer’s information day today. The event runs between 10am and 3pm at the hospice on Lostock Lane, Lostock Hall, near Preston. The aim of the day is for people to find out about support available. Call 01772 629171.
Ramble to mark solstice
A six mile walk taking in a variety of countryside takes place tonight. The Summer Solstice Ramble starts at the Pavilion at Avenham Park at 6pm. The walk is free and participants are advised to wear suitable footwear. Ring 01772 906471.
Olympic family fun day
Police and Salvation Army members have joined forces to host a family fun afternoon to help residents celebrate the 2012 Olympics. The event will take place at the Salvation Army’s office on Harrington Street, on Saturday June 23 between 1pm and 4pm, following the visit of the Olympic torch to Preston. Attractions include a craft stall, climbing wall and a bouncy castle in the sports themed event. PCSO Emma Nixon, of St Georges Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Residents of the area will also get the chance to talk to their neighbourhood policing team and other emergency services including the fire service.”
Farmer to host dairy meeting
A Forton farm will play host to a meeting of dairy farmers from around the North West next week. The meeting, on June 27, is part of the Free Range Dairy Initiative, which is looking at how to improve milk yields. John Carr, from Cleveley House Farm on Millers Brow, will be demonstrating how he is striving to produce more milk from grass.
Judge helps hate campaign
The Recorder of Preston Judge Anthony Russell stars in a series of posters to raise awareness of hate crimes. Preston Racial Equality Council produced the series which bear the words: “Hate Doesn’t Belong Here”.
University to host ‘biggest entertainer on earth’
The Lancashire Science Festival will take place at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston on Saturday June 30. The free event aims to engage people with science in a fun and entertaining way and to encourage young people to consider science, technology, engineering, maths and health as potential careers. Visitors can experience being a doctor for a day, build and explore their own 3D galaxy, see the evolution of life through catchy pop songs and and have a close encounter with Titan the Robot, who is dubbed ‘the biggest entertainer on earth’. The event will take place between 9.30am and 4pm with free parking. For more information, visit: www.lancashiresciencefestival.co.uk
Yummy prize for the finest cakes
If you have a secret cake recipe that everyone loves or are an amateur cook and can whip up a cake that tastes and looks incredible, then The Lancashire Evening Post and Waitrose, Walton-le-Dale want to hear from you! Take a photograph of your cake and then send it to us along with your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org . But hurry, we will be featuring the best entries in the paper very soon and the winning entry will win Waitrose shopping vouchers. For more information call 01772 838 081. (Amateurs only)
Areas sought for clean-up
Areas across Lancaster in need of a spring clean are one step closer to being transformed. As part of its 2012 Street Pride programme Lancaster City Council is looking for people to nominate their area for a clean up. In all 22 areas will be chosen to take part and services provided will include street cleaning, gully emptying, minor highway repairs, weeding and tree pruning. The aim of the project is to give neighbourhoods a boost to smarten up their areas.
Coun David Smith, Lancaster City Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said: “Street Pride is a great way for residents and public agencies to work together, create community spirit and take pride in our district.” Visit: lancaster.gov.uk/streetpride