A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire
Bike challenge for cancer fund
People are being asked to join a charity challenge to raise funds for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Unite and Bike Against Cancer 2013 will be held in October next year with Global Adventure Challenges and will take in some of the best sights in Africa. Call 01772 522913.
Stitch a piece of Guild history
The Harris Textile Craft Group will be meeting today to carry out a group project to make a patchwork for the Preston Guild 2012. The group meets once a month on a Tuesday afternoon. Anyone is welcome to drop in and join in between 2pm and 3pm. Call 01772 905414
Help save lives by giving blood
Blood donor sessions will be held at St Mary’s Hall on Cop Lane, Penwortam, on Friday, June 29. Session times are from 2pm to 4pm and from 5pm to 7.30pm. To book an appointment, call 0300 123 23 23.
Taking care at barbecues
Firefighters are reminding people of the dangers posed by cooking and drinking. They are holding community safety days in Fylde. Coun Cheryl Little, Fylde Council’s cabinet member for social wellbeing, said: “There are specific dangers in summer as people drink too much and decide to have a barbecue. There can be disastrous consequences.”
Family fun on the seafront
A fun day on Morecambe seafront will celebrate the Year of Co-operatives. The Co-operative’s north west regional membership team has organised the event on July 1, with music, cookery demonstrations, face painting, rides and amusements. Call 0161 827 6423.
Famed painter put in picture
Historians at the Harris Museum in Preston will discuss one of the most famous paintings in its collection tonight. The museum acquired Puck by Richard Dadd last year. A talk will be held tonight at 7.30pm. Call 01772 903619 to book.
Lessons from Professor
Students and staff at Leyland’s Runshaw College received a visit from broadcasting regular Dr David Cook. Dr Cook is a fellow of Green College, Oxford University. He is a regular broadcaster with the BBC on medical ethics, philosophical and theological matters. He has had his own series, ‘The Cutting Edge’, ‘Unwritten Rules’, and ‘After Virtue’ on Radio 3 and a BBC TV series ‘Decisions’ He gave a lunchtime lecture entitled Medical Advances: Brave New World? Your life in their hands? during his day-long visit to the Langdale Road campus. During the day Dr Cook also worked with science and philopsohy students.
Three-dimensional study for UCLan students
The University of Central Lancashire has expanded its cutting-edge 3D technology teaching after forging links with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. Following hard on the heels of a partnership last year between SCEE and UCLan games development students, the relationship has grown to allow games design students to also use the latest 3D technology in their work. Both first and second year games design students were asked to develop a 3D game idea, a technique used to create the illusion of depth in an image, for home or commercial use or for a cinematic experience. They worked closely with the PlayStation 3D experts.
Peter to star in festive panto
Blue Peter legend Peter Purves is set to star in the pantomime Dick Whittington this Christmas. The 73-year-old New Longton actor will play Alderman Fitzwarren alongside Cerrie Burnell from CBeebies as The Fairy of The Bells at Harpenden Public Halls in Hertfordshire from December 15 to 22.
Pan sets fire in man’s kitchen
Firefighters were called to a flat in Elliott Close in Preston after a man left a cooking pan unattended. Officers attended the home at around 6.45pm on Sunday after a neighbour reported the blaze. The fire destroyed the pan and caused smoke damage to the kitchen and flat.
Comedy show debuts in town
Tickets are on sale for the first Wyrebank comedy gala in Garstang. The event, on Sunday, July 8 at 7pm, will feature three award-winning comedians, Shameless star Clive Cooper, pantomime performer Phil Walker and comedy writer Greg Cook, at Wyrebank Banqueting Suite.
Shoppers’ new market reward
Leyland Market has launched a loyalty card to reward its regular customers. Shoppers will get a stamp on the card every time they make a purchase at the market and be entered into a prize draw once they collect 10 stamps. Coun Phil Smith, South Ribble Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, leisure and healthy communities, launched the card on National Market Day. He said: “The loyalty card scheme is really paying off for both shoppers and traders in Leyland – it’s a great way to encourage and reward people for choosing to continue shopping locally. I’m pleased Leyland Market is now launching its own loyalty card, which I’m sure will help it continue to go from strength to strength.” The Loyal2Leyland scheme is open to all businesses with Leyland. Businesses who want to join should contact Karen Shaw on 01772 625441 or email email@example.com.
Get your running shoes on for charity
Local athletes have been given an unexpected opportunity to take part in this year’s BUPA Great North Run by charity, Galloway’s Society for the Blind. Fundraising manager George Turner said: “In recent years, a number of our guaranteed places have been taken up by employees of one of our supporters. “This year, the lady who normally makes all the arrangements there has gone on maternity leave and no one has replaced her, so we find ourselves in the unusual position of having places available with only a couple of weeks to go to the closing date for entries.” Galloway’s Society for the Blind helps more than 7,000 blind and partially sighted people and needs to raise around £800,000 every year. Anyone interested in taking up one of the places or who would like further information should contact George Turner on 01772 744148 or 07743 825818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MP learns how stay fit at work
A Lancashire politician has taken part in ‘Workout at Work Day.’As part of the day Nigel Evans MP heard how physiotherapy supports people in managing their health. The event, organised by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), was one of a large number of events run by physiotherapists in workplaces across the UK to promote the message that staying fit and active not only helps improve productivity in the workplace, but can also have a positive effect on people’s health and wellbeing. The majority of working days lost to ill-health in the UK are caused by conditions such as back and neck pain, or stress, depression and anxiety. Mr Evans said: “Keeping active is a vital part of staying happy, healthy and in work. “Almost any form of physical activity can provide relief from tension and stress. It was great to get advice on posture, as just correcting the way you stand and sit can have a big impact on remaining healthy.”
Pupils celebrate victory
Pupils from Longton Primary School have celebrated their victory in e-Skills UK’s Make IT Happy 2012 competition. Staff and children were joined by Lorraine Fullbrook MP for South Ribble at an awards ceremony in Parliament. The school won first place for their video submission promoting technology as a tool for healthy living. The school’s year six students learnt to use Scratch, a complex program, to make short animations. Mrs Fullbrook said :“I am absolutely thrilled that Longton Primary students are champions, and it was great to join them in Westminster to celebrate their success. “After a sweeping victory in 2012, our students will be unbeatable next year.”
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