A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire
Off The Ball for Platform show
Scottish radio football panel show Off The Ball is on the road and coming to Morecambe Platform next month. Footie mad comics Bob Mills and Ian Stone, of BBC Five Live’s Fighting Talk, join show host Will Buckley to sift through goals, transfers, manager sackings and more. Tickets are £17 on 01524 582803.
Animal artists annual dinner
Tomorrow is the last day that tickets will be on sale for the Association of Animal Artists annual charity dinner. The group hold their yearly celebration on Thursday November 1 at The Villa, Wrea Green. Guest speaker will be acclaimed European artist Pollyanna Pickering. Tickets are £30 on 01253 780734.
Guild mayor to unveil benches
Preston’s Guild Mayor and Mayoress are to formally unveil benches donated by Preston grocers chain, Booths. Coun Carl Crompton and wife Linda lead the ceremony at Deepdale’s Catherine Beckett Centre at 11am.
Construction worth £450m
The construction industry is worth more than £450m to Lancashire, according to Government figures. In 2011, orders worth £456m were received across the county – excluding Blackpool and Blackburn, the Government said.
Decision on off-licence
Police feared plans to allow a convenience store to sell alcohol until 11pm every day would lead to an increase in crime. Bosses at Holme Slack Convenience Store, in Holme Slack Lane, Deepdale, Preston, applied to council bosses for a licence to open and sell booze between 7am and 11pm. But police objected, saying there would be an increase in crime and disorder. But following negotiations, the store agreed to amend the application so that alcohol is instead sold between 8am and 10pm.The application is due to be discussed by a licensing sub-committee on Preston Council today.
Date for blood given session
A blood donation session will be held in Garstang next week. The session is set to take place on Monday at the Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club, PR3 1YE. There will be a chance to give blood between 2pm and 4pm and 5pm and 7.30pm. To make an appointment call 0300 123 23 23
Reminder over road closures
A number of road closures will occur throughout the city centre to accommodate the Guild Marathon on Sunday. Between the hours of 8am and 5pm a number of the roads will be temporarily closed. A document is available to view online at www.preston.gov.uk.
Drawing fun to take place
Youngsters will be able to take part in a mass creative event this week. As part of the nationwide Big Draw event, children are invited to make a river collage for Avenham Park’s Pavilion. It takes place on Thursday from 1pm - 3pm.
Freddie’s new training regime
Former cricket star Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff has revealed the hardships he is enduring to get in shape for his debut boxing match. Andrew, from Ribbleton, Preston, said: “It’s a stark contrast from cricket. You used to stop for sandwiches in cricket but in this you stop to spit a load of blood out of your mouth into a bucket!”
Frackman has reached goal
A campaigner has completed a gruelling walk to Downing Street in a bid to stop shale gas drilling. Gayzer Frackman, 51, part of campaign group Frack Free Fylde, set off from Blackpool on October 5. He delivered a letter to the Prime Minister David Cameron at Downing Street on Saturday.
Give up time to help volunteer
Lancashire County Council has asked people to think about giving up time to help others as a volunteer ahead of Make a Difference Day on Saturday. To find out about the opportunities available visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/volunteer or call the Volunteer Hub on 07584 217672.
Pub launches world beer fest
The Greyfriar pub in Friargate, Preston will launch a 19-day beer festival tonight at 7.30pm. Among the ales on offer at the Wetherspoon pub until November 11 will be overseas beers sourced from Japan, Lithuania, Holland, Australia, Canada and Italy.
Quest comes to historic hall
A ‘Knightmare Quest’ game is coming to Samlesbury Hall next week. The historic venue in Preston New Road will be the setting for a mystery event on Hallows Eve, October 31. The night will offer puzzles to solve, suspects to interrogate and clues to decipher.
Get ready for Halloween fun
Youngsters can get into the Halloween spirit by designing and carving a pumpkin and making a scarecrow in Bamber Bridge on August 31. The fun will start at 1pm at the WLD Youth and Community Centre in Brindle Road. Booking is essential. Call 01772 625625
Meal to raise charity cash
A meal to raise money for the Mayor of South Ribble’s charities is on tonight. Coun Colin Clark will host the fundraiser at Foxholes Restaurant, Runshaw College, Leyland. The money raised will go to St Catherine’s Hospice, North West Air Ambulance and The Prostate Cancer Charity.
Food and craft fair date set
A special food and craft fair is set to take place at Samlesbury Hall on Sunday. The fair will run between 11am and 4pm and combines a delicious display of the county’s finest produce with a range of hand-made arts and crafts. To find out more call 01524 812010.
Snap happy at workshop
A photography workshop is set to take place at the weekend. Hosted by Leyland Photographic Society the workshop will be held at the South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre between 10.30am and 12.30pm. Call 01772 422041
History talk to take place
The next in a series of Guild 2012 history talks will be held on Thursday. Taking place at South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre at 2pm, David Hindle will talk about entertainment in Preston in the 1850s to 1950s. Call 01772 422041.
Police to meet community
The next Bamber Bridge PACT meeting will take place at Cuerden Methodist Church Community Centre, in Station Road on November 6. It will start at 7pm.
Fulwood blood donation date
A blood donation session will be held at Preston College in Fulwood on Friday, November 11. Sessions will be held between 2pm and 4pm and 5pm and 7.30pm.
Time for the Time Warp
A special showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the perfect Halloween treat at Preston’s Vue Cinema. At 8pm on October 31 fans of the cult classic are invited to arrive at the cinema at The Capitol Centre, Preston in outrageous fancy dress and to bring newspapers, torches and rubber gloves, ready to act along to the story and songs. Visit www.myvue.com
Housewives’ fave at lunch
Tickets are still available for the Stanley House Hotel, Mellor, Ladies Who Lunch event on December 14. Great British Bake-Off star and housewive’s favourite Paul Hollywood will speak at the event and attendees will be treated to a two-course lunch. Call 01254 769200.
New home for neglected dog
Thanks to the efforts of Lancashire Evening Post readers, a dog who was used as bait in a dog fight has a new home. Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Precious, has now been reserved to join a new family from the Preston & Disttrict RSPCA branch.
Art goes wild for artist’s naturally creative style
Children and families can learn how to create their own works of art from natural materials in the style of Preston trained artist Andy Goldsworthy. The Wild @ Art session, which runs tomorrow at Preston’s Haslam Park, is all about showing people how to create art from materials found in nature, often using the natural surroundings. The rangers will be working in the style of groundbreaking nature artist Andy Goldsworthy, who studied art in Preston. Those attending are advised to bring a camera to capture any of their pieces which are too large to carry home. The free session runs from 1pm to 3pm at the ranger pavilion.
Halloween do for Swingaroo
Have a swinging Halloween as nostalgic events organisers Swingaroo Vintage Dancehall stage their All Hallows Ball this Friday. The Bootstraps play live and guests will enjoy a night of jump jive and swing dancing. Spooky fancy dress is encouraged and entry is £8, £6 for students or £4 for under 16s. Doors open at 7.30pm at the Masonic Hall in Saul Street, Preston.
Students Rag Week launch
UCLAN Students Union is holding a Rag Launch event this Thursday to recruit volunteers for the annual charity drive. The event, in the Atrium at 53 Degrees, at 6pm, aims to elect a chair, vice chair, events officer, treasurer, raids officer and social secretary to steer the traditional fundraising week’s events.
Scent bottles talk for Harris
The Harris Museum’s unique collections of antique scent bottles is under the spotlight this Thursday. The extensive display, bequeathed by a Mrs French, is the focus of their latest free Collections Talk from 1pm to 1.30pm.