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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Pamper night for charity

A fundraising evening in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice will be held tonight. The Christmas pamper and make-up night will be held at St Teresa’s Social Club in Penwortham and has been organised by Ezeparty. Guests are set to include the Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble, Coun Colin Clark and his wife Margaret.

Music show announced

Simeon Wood will perform in a concert of popular light music with the Longton Primary School Choir on Saturday October 20 at 7pm. The concert will be held at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Longton, PR4 5AA Tickets are £7 or £3 for children. For tickets or info call Cath Greenlees on 01772 613500.

Support meet

The Preston and District Lymphoma Association support group will hold a meeting on Sunday, October 28 from 12pm to 3pm at Preston Grasshoppers on Lightfoot Lane, Fulwood, Preston. For details, call the Lymphoma Association’s freephone helpline on 0808 808 5555 or visit

Young people get involved

Lancashire’s Local Democracy Week begins next week. Among the events in Lancashire will be a young people’s question time in County Hall and fast politics in Hyndburn and Ribble Valley. Information available at

Walkers help to raise money

A group of walkers from South Ribble Council have raised £7,700 for St Catherine’s Hospice, one of the Mayor of South Ribble’s chosen charities. The five-strong team of council staff took part in a 64-mile walk in the Lake Dis scended a series of Lakeland fells up to 2,500ft high.

Free events to help get online

Lancashire libraries are holding free sessions to help people throughout the county get online. From Monday to Sunday, October 15 to 21 events will be held in 30 libraries across Lancashire and in the council’s archives office in Preston.

Financial help for parents

Lancashire County Council has launched a campaign which aims to help parents find out about financial support available to pay for childcare costs. Call the Family Information Service for free on 0800 195 0137 or email between 8am and 5pm.

Charity fashion show at UCLan

Preston based Charity, SEED (Support and Education for Eating Disorders) is hosting the 2012 Charity Fashion Show in celebration of World Mental Health Day on Saturday, October 13. Tickets are priced at £10 each for the event at UCLAN Students Union, Fylde Road, Preston.

Warning over cold call cons

Lancashire residents have been warned to be on their guard after an increase of cold-calling cons. The warning comes following a week of action by Trading Standards and Lancashire Constabulary to raise awareness among those who live in cold-calling hotspots.

Date set for next firework display

This year’s Longton community bonfire and fireworks display will take place on Saturday, November 3. The event, now in its 17th year, is organised by Longton Community Church and promises to be bigger and better than ever before. A spokesman for the event said: “Come along and be warmed by a huge bonfire, amazed by a professional firework display and have some fun with glow sticks for the children.” The bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm and the firework display will start at 7pm. It is completely free of charge.

Date set for PACT meeting

The next Chipping Police and Communities Together (PACT) meeting will take place next week. Held at the British Legion on Townley Road, Longridge on Wednesday, October 17, there will be a chance for residents to share their concerns with the police. The meeting is set to start at 7pm. For further information visit

Orienteering course on offer

A map and compass course will be held during the Forest of Bowland festival tomorrow from 10am to 4pm. Booking is essential for the three-mile course, which costs £20. Call 0845 0530011 for more details.