A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire
Get prepared for winter weather
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has called on North West home owners to have suitable flood protection measures in place during winter, to avoid costly damage to their home. They recommend flood-proof doors and windows, and non-return drainage valves.
The Big Draw, Get Drawing art event will be held on Saturday at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery from 11am to 3.30pm. The event is open for all ages to attend and booking is not required.
Blood can be donated at Penwortham’s St Mary’s Church Hall tomorrow from 1.45pm to 3.45pm and 5pm to 7.30pm.
Creepy tales of ghosts and witches will be told at the conference centre at Brockholes today from 2pm. Call 01772 872000.
Burlesque night at Preston bar
Burlesque is back at the Continental Bar in Preston on November 1. Crafty Vintage will present “The Looking Glass Burlesque” with a line of artistes from around the UK. The evening will feature dancers, magicians and singers. Tickets £10.
Climbing taster sessions will take place this week until Friday. They will be held at the West View Climbing and Leisure Centre. Contact 01772 796788.
Blood donation sessions will take place today at Our Lady and St Edward’s Church in Fulwood from 1.45pm to 3.45pm and 5pm to 7.30pm.
A tea shop will run at Cuerden Valley Park on Sunday from 11am to 3.30pm. Drinks and snacks to be served in The Barn on Berkeley Drive.
Date set for internet classes
Internet taster sessions for beginners will be held in the Citizenzone bus at St Anthony’s Church car park on Tuesday November 5. The sessions will run from 9.30am until 11.30am and 12.30pm until 2.30pm. For more information call 01772 903417.
Drop off point
The Regus centre in Ashton-on-Ribble is supporting the Christmas shoebox campaign. The firm will be a drop off point from November 1 to 18 on weekdays from 9am to 5pm for Operation Christmas Child.
Find out about a new health and fitness challenge at the Pig and Whistle in Blackpool Road, Preston on Monday at 6.30pm. Call 07846290962.
There will be a Halloween event at Cafe D’licious in Hope Terrace, Lostock Hall today. The fun is on from 2pm and lasts until 5pm.
Free help with Winter heating
People in South Ribble are being urged to check if they are eligible for free home insulation or replacement boilers that could help save them money this winter. To find out if you are eligible call Dyson Energy Services on 0800 0232 756 and quote South Ribble 1.
‘Wicked witches’ will be serving up pumpkin soup at Preston Market today from 11am until 1pm. They will be on Stall 71 next to Strands Black Pudding stall in the Lower Market.
Preston MP Mark Hendrick is holding a surgery at Larches and Savick Community Link in Starrgate Drive on November 9 from 11am to 1pm.
Rubbish fire in woodland
Firefighters were called to a pile of rubbish and tyres that had been set on fire in woodland off Greenthorne Crescent, Ribbleton, Preston, at 1.20pm yesterday. Officers made sure the area was safe before leaving. Nobody was reported as being injured.
Water work woe
A burst pipe caused water to get into the electric cables of a house in Ashton Bank Way, Preston, at 12.30pm yesterday. Firefighters were called to isolate the water and power supply.
Art on show
Longton St Andrew’s Church Hall will be staging an art exhibition on Saturday. The event, from 10am to 4pm, will also offer original works for sale. Refreshments will be available.