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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Mayor attends fundraiser

The Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble, Coun Colin Clark and his wife Margaret will attend a fundraising event on Saturday night. The event, hosted by Grassroots Family Support, will take place at Schools Lane Club, Bamber Bridge at 7.30pm. Grassroots Family Support offers support to families.

Local goods on offer at market

The Ashton on Ribble Famers Market will be held on Saturday. The market will be held at St Michael’s Church in Tulketh Road. There will be local produce on offer at the market, which runs from 9am until 1pm. For information call 01772 906045.

Next meeting date planned The next Bamber Bridge PACT meeting (Police and Communities Together) will be held on December 4. It is set to take place at Cuerden Methodist Church Community Centre, Station Road, Bamber Bridge from 7pm.

Pair stranded on coastline

Two people had to be rescued by firefighters after getting cut off by the tide on a Lancashire beach. Crews from Lancaster fire station were called to Sunderland Point in Morecambe at 9.13pm on Monday. Watch manager Karl Vietoris said they had got caught out by the rising tide while driving to Overton.

‘Zumbathon’ tickets on sale

People can join in a get fit charity event this week. The Zumbathon will take place at Park Hall in Charnock Richard on Friday, in aid of the Prince’s Trust. The event, organised by accountants RSM Tenon, opens at 6pm. Tickets are £12 on the door.

Medieval time in Lancaster

BBC Young Musician winner Adrian Spillett will appear alongside The Fitkin Band, in Lancaster this month. The programme of gypsy and medieval themed music will appear at LICA on November 22. Call 01524 594151

Watch birds at wetland’s festival day

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is hosting the North West Bird Watching Festival on November 24 and 25. The centre will welcome back celebrity Urban Birder, David Lindo, on November 25. There will also be a host of workshops including free beginners and intermediate photography workshops and free identification workshops. And there will be a range of stands offering clothing, holidays, binoculars and second hand books. For further event information and a detailed list of exhibitors visit:

Fear of ‘falling out’ is behind low fines level

Dog-fouling incidents are difficult to punish because people are afraid of reporting their neighbours, enforcement chiefs at a Lancashire Council have admitted. Between October last year and September 2012, Wyre Council chiefs say there has been a “dramatic fall” in the number of dog fouling reports. And during that period just three fixed penalty notices have been handed out for dog fouling. A report to the council’s street cleansing task group said: “The number was low because it was very difficult to catch people ‘in the act’. In addition, neighbours were sometimes reluctant to act as witnesses for fear of falling out with their neighbours.”

Mayor of Garstang laid wreath

In Monday’s Lancashire Evening Post we reported that at Sunday’s Remembrance service in Garstang a wreath was laid by Coun Tom Balmain, ward councillor for Garstang on behalf of the Mayor. We are happy to clarify that the wreath was laid on behalf of the Mayor of Wyre, Coun Don Lawrenson and that the Mayor of Garstang, Sandra Perkins was in attendance to represent the town. She led the parade and laid a wreath.

Reindeers out for the lights switch on

Retailers in Lancaster have decided to bring back Santa’s reindeers as part of the lights switch-on on November 22. They will be on display in Market Square from mid afternoon until 7.30pm. Also taking place will be a Santa Dash in aid of CancerCare.

Civic line up for meet

The Mayors of South Ribble and Preston are set to attend the Annual General Meeting of one of Lancashire’s oldest charities. Galloway’s Society for the Blind is to hold its 144th annual meeting at its Howick House HQ in Penwortham on November 22. Chairman John Ward said: “This year’s meeting takes place during our 145th year which is an amazing record for any organisation, we are especially pleased that the Mayor of South Ribble and the Guild Mayor of Preston are able to attend.” The meeting takes place at 11.30. To assist with catering members are asked to confirm their attendance on 01772 744148.

Date set for Christmas fair

A Christmas fair is set to take place at Samlesbury Hall on Sunday November 25. There promises to be lots of ideas for Christmas gifts and food for the festive season. The fair will be held between 11am and 4pm. To find out more about the fair call 01254 812010 or visit Samlesbury Hall’s website at

Guided ramble to take place

A guided ramble is set to take place in Leyland next week. The free ramble which is led by volunteers will take place at 10am on Wednesday. To take part meet at Moss Side playing fields, Moss Side Way, Leyland. There is no need to book. For info call 07808299720

Tick tock at new workshop

A clock workshop led by Stewart Whillis is set to take place on Saturday morning. The workshop at the South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre will be held between 10.30am and 12.30pm. For any further information about the event call 01772 422041.