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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Register your vote in time

Time is running out to register to vote in the first Police and Crime Commissioner Election. Residents across the county who want to vote by post must do so by 5pm on Wednesday before the election on November 15. For more information call 01772 906908.

Get creative with spiders

A Wild About: Spiders event is set to take place at Brockholes Nature Reserve on Saturday. Hour long drop-in sessions will run between 11am and 3pm and they offer a chance for people of all ages to get creative with the creepy crawlies. The event is free of charge.

Keep an eye on hedgehogs

Bonfire builders are being warned to keep a look-out for hedgehogs ahead of November 5. Lancashire Wildlife Trust advises that bonfires should be built as close to the date as possible and a last-minute check is also good practice.

Olympic medallist hits the right note

Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray traded her epee and laser pistol for an evening gown and piano for a special event. The modern pentathlete, from Clitheroe, performed at a charity concern on BBC Radio 3. The 23-year-old agreed to learn to play piano for the Piano Season so she could perform in a concert for Children in Need. Samantha had to learn the basics of the piano in just six weeks and played in a gala concert broadcast live last night. She has also filmed a Bargain Hunt special.

Search on for music chief

Holy Trinity Church in Hoghton, near Preston, is searching for a new director of music. The job involves playing the manual pipe organ, recruiting new choir members and getting youngsters involved by developing music making with the children. The church is adjacent to Hoghton Tower. Anyone interested in finding out more about the post can call 01772 821213.

Choir hits right note for charity

A group of singers is hoping to raise more than the roof when they take part in a charity concert. They will be performing at the Kirkland and Catterall Memorial Hall on Thursday, November 15 from 7.30pm to raise funds for the Twins Appeal. Tickets (adults £3) are available on 01995 600405.

City welcomes Rebus author

Best-selling author of the Rebus novels, Ian Rankin, is set to visit Preston. He will be giving a talk at County Hall starting at 7pm on December 13. Edinburgh-based Rankin recently received an OBE for his services to literature. For information or tickets call 01772 583444.

Community sings together

A new choir has been set up in Grimsargh with the aim of singing for enjoyment. The Grimsargh Community choir is open to anyone and has recently almost doubled its numbers to 30. It meets once a week, from 8pm to 9pm, at St Michael’s CE School on Preston Road.

Carve pumpkin for Halloween

There will be a chance to carve a pumpkin or make a scarecrow at the WLD Youth and Community Centre in Bamber Bridge from 1pm tomorrow. Call 01772 625625.

Get ready for guided ramble

A free guided ramble run by volunteers will take place at 10am tomorrow morning. Walkers should meet at Nab’s Head, Samlesbury. Call 07808 299720 for more details.

Stove ripped out after fire

A wood-burning stove had to be ripped out of a Lancashire home after a fire. Firefighters had to take out the stove at the home on St James’ Terrace, Samlesbury, after embers began burning away at the mantlepiece and chimmney above it. Crews from Preston station were called to the incident at 6.35pm on Sunday.

Deadline day for police vote

The deadline to register for a postal vote in the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner election is tomorrow. The election takes place on November 15 and the deadline includes residents who want to vote by post, or to cancel a postal vote and attend a polling station.