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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Canal poet’s words will help waterways

Lancashire’s waterways are gaining a new voice after the appointment of the first ever Canal Laureate. The Canal & River Trust and the Poetry Society has unveiled Jo Bell as their chosen poet. The appointment is part of a wider partnership between the Canal & River Trust and Arts Council England, which aims to attract more visitors to the waterways while surprising and delighting existing communities through exciting and innovative art projects. In her role as Canal Laureate, Jo will actively engage new and existing audiences through community workshops, performances and blogs. She will write new verse inspired by the canals and rivers and will begin an ‘anthologising’ of the waterways.

Find out more about adoption

People considering adoption are invited to an information evening in Morecambe to find out more. The event will be held at the Old Fire Station, Clark Street, Morecambe, on Tuesday October 16 from 6pm to 8pm with a slide show presentation at 6.15pm. To find out more, call our 0800 0286 349 or visit

Coffee event boosts funds

Pharmacy staff and patients at two MedicX pharmacies in Lancashire took part in Macmillan Cancer’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Everyone enjoyed coffee and cakes and MedicX in Coppull, near Chorley raised more than £134 while MedicX Pharmacy in Chorley raised £50.

Give a pint to help save lives

Blood donor sessions will take place at the Gujarat Hindu Society cultural centre on South Meadow Lane, Preston on Thursday October 25. Session times will be from 2pm to 4pm and from 5pm to 7.30pm. Call 0300 123 23 23.

Film shows health issue

A week-long film festival is taking place at UCLan to highlight the portrayal of mental health in the media. The One in Four Film Festival will take place between October 8 and 12 and show a range of entertaining, yet informative, feature films which explore the effects of mental health on individuals and society at large.

Summerhouse for hospice patients

The Mayor of Preston Councillor Carl Crompton visited St Catherine’s Hospice in Preston to cut the ribbon on the restored hospice summerhouse - originally built as an exhibit for the 1922 Guild Trades Procession. As the city marks another Guild year, supporters – including master carpenter Neville Jones, who carried out the refurbishment – gathered on the hospice lawn for the official unveiling. Neville, 58, who completed the carpentry work over the past 11 months to finish in time for this year’s Preston Guild, said it had been a wonderful experience. He said: “Working on the summerhouse has been thoroughly enjoyable.”

Rural crime prevention day

Residents living in rural areas are being invited to a special event aimed at reducing crime in more remote areas. Neighbourhood police officers have joined up with the NFU and Myerscough College to hold the free event at the Bilsborrow campus on Friday October 12 between 10am – 4pm. There will be free saddle and tack marking on the day and discounted rates for CESAR tagging on tractors, large plant machinery, trailers, ATVs and quad bikes. It can be fully installed on the day for £100 + VAT, a saving of around £49. However, fittings must be booked in advance before Wednesday 10 October via 01932 796 788. Crime prevention advice and demonstrations will be on hand and there will be a chance to sign up to the RuralWatch or FarmWatch schemes, to enable them to get information from the police.

Hotel cleared in fire scare

A Lancashire hotel was evacuated after a smoking fan in a room. Firefighters from Chorley and Bamber Bridge were called to Shaw Hill Golf Club at Clayton-le-Woods, near Chorley, shortly after 9.07pm. They found a room smoke-logged triggering the alarm.

Ladies Night for Katy’s trust

The Katy Holmes Trust is holding a Ladies Night at The Pig and Whistle pub in Blackpool Road, Preston on October 24 at 7.30pm. The night, featuring singer Adam Green, will raise money for the trust, which is searching for a paediatric brain tumour cure. Tickets are £3.

Extension bid in city area

A homeowners in a Preston conservation area wants to knock down part of his property. An application has been submitted to the city’s council to demolish an extension on his home on Watling Street Road, and replace it with a two-storey building.

Children cut out of vehicle

Two children were among people released from a car which crashed into a ditch. Firefighters were called to the incident on Shore Road at Hesketh Bank, near Preston, at 10.20am yesterday morning.

No call out for coastguard

The coastguard received no calls outs during four days of cockling in the River Ribble. A spokesman confirmed it had received no calls to Foulnaze Bank, where cockling took place last week. The bed will reopen again later this month.