A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire
Family fun this Bank Holiday
Gregson Lane Community Centre will be holding a Bank Holiday Monday family Gala Day on August 27. The day is to raise funds for a new Community Centre for the residents of Gregson Lane and Coupe Green and will start at 11am when the Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble will formally open proceedings.
Put your best foot forward
Dust off the cobwebs and take a breath of fresh air on a health walk taking place on Thursday, August 23.b Eager walkers are called to meet at the flag pole on the main car park at Worden Park, Leyland at 1pm for the free event. For more information call 01772 421491.
Vintage shop is popping up
Shoppers will be able to get their glad rags on for the Guild Vintage Weekend from August 24. St George’s Shopping Centre in partnership with DEBRA, is to open an Aladdin’s cave of vintage fashion ahead of the Guild Vintage Weekend.
Have your say on council’s budget
West Lancashire Council is urging local people and organisations to give views on proposals to make savings and efficiencies and generate income before a consultation closes on September 14. The leader of the council, Coun Ian Grant, said: “The council has to take some difficult choices and we are inviting local residents and organisations to give their views so the council can take their opinions into account before final decisions are made. The council is inviting views on a package of proposals that will total more than £500,000 in 2013-14 and £800,000 the following year. The consultation runs until Friday 14 September and the Council will meet in October to make final decisions.
Sailors’cash for cancer
A group of sailors have raised more than £300 for a cancer charity. Morecambe and Heysham Yacht Club hosted the Tea By the Sea event to raise cash for the Sail-4-Cancer charity. Club commodore Phil Preston said: “This is the first time we have hosted such an event for Sail-4-Cancer. The charity offers opportunities to those living with cancer, a disease that affects not only the diagnosed individual, but has a huge, and often, devastating impact on the whole family.” Coun Sheila Denwood, the Mayor of Lancaster, dropped in to help the club raise £335.
Olympiad art at Harris
A new exhibition will celebrate the role of 45 North West people in the 2012 Olympics. The display, Moments that Matter: Trophy Cups, by artist Lubaina Himid, remembers extraordinary contributions made by ordinary people to the London games. It begins at the Harris from Friday August 31 to Friday October 12. And photos of paintings will be displayed on large banners in empty city centre shop windows from opening day to Sunday September 9. Lubaina Himid, UCLAN Professor of Contemporary Art, said: “Hopefully these important contributions by ordinary but extraordinary people can be acknowledged.”
Soul star to headline city event
Soul legend Dean Parrish will be the star attraction at a Northern Soul night in Preston. The American soul singer will appear at the Preston’s Got Soul event at the 53 Degrees venue on Fylde Road on Friday, September 7. Also on the bill will be Wigan Casino legend Russ Winstanley and sets from Twisted Wheel and Blackpool Mecca’s Brian Rae. Tickets to the event are £12.50 in advance or £15 on the night which gets underway at 8pm. For details, visit www.prestonsgotsoul.co.uk
Author A.J. to receive award
Best-selling author A.J. Hartley’s book Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact has won a young adult novel of the year award. The Southern Independent Bookseller Association will present the Preston-born writer with the accolade at an event next month.
Blood donation sessions held
Blood donation sessions will be held in the sports hall at the GHS Cultural Centre in Preston next week. You can give blood in the Gujarat Hindu Society building in South Meadow Lane from 2pm to 4pm or 5pm to 7.30pm. To book a place call 0300 123 23 23.
Countdown for canal festival
The countdown is on for the Guild Canal Festival. The three days of fun will kick off on Saturday and run throughout the bank holiday weekend on the Lancaster Canal at Haslam Park, Ashton. There will be food, stalls, a funfair and more. Admission to the event is free and it will run from 10am until 5pm each day. Call 01772 906471.
Festival queen in Mayor date
Leyland’s Festival Queen, Laura Elsdon, will meet with the Mayor of South Ribble , Coun Colin Clark this week. Laura, who was named festival queen in June will meet with Coun Clark at the Wellington Park Hotel. They will then go on for lunch at the new Da Vinci Wine Bar and Restaurant.
Next market date now set
Cuerden Farmers’ Market will take place between 10am-2pm on Sunday. It will be held on Berkeley Drive, Bamber Bridge.
Taster session for climbing
Taster climbing sessions are taking place at West View Leisure Centre, Fulwood, this week and next. The sessions will run on Wednesday and Thursday. The session for five to seven year olds is on between 10am-11am and the over eights from 11am-12pm.
Fun planned at village fete
The Walmer Bridge Village Fete takes place on Bank Holiday Monday. The fete will start at 1pm. There will be a dog show, zumba, dance displays, martial arts and tug of war.
Medal heroes are honoured
Olympic medallists Samantha Murray and Jon Schofield will be guests of honour at a civic reception on Saturday. Mayor Coun Ian Sayers will welcome them in Ribble Valley Borough Council Chamber.