Lancashire news in brief - 08/10/14

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Your chance to join the debate

YOUNG Lancashire residents are being invited to register to take part in the Government’s Northern Futures project in Lancaster on October 16.

The Open Ideas Day is being held at Lancaster University’s Imagination Lancaster building. It will focus on young peoples’ ideas for economic growth in the north.

A look back in time for BAE

MORE than a century of aviation history was brought alive at BAE Systems in Lancashire.

The Warton site hosted an exhibition which included a pair of its heritage aircraft, a Blackburn B2 and the Avro Anson. More than 1,700 visitors took part in the Heritage Week.

Views sought on borough life

RESIDENTS’ views on everything from rubbish collections to job opportunities and anti-social behaviour are being sought.

Wyre Council is looking to find out what people think about the borough to help shape services in neighbourhoods in its biennial survey, Life In Wyre.

Ghostly event

A GHOST hunt will take place at Chorley’s historic Astley Hall on October 31.

Tickets for the event, which takes place from 8pm to 2am, are £25.

All proceeds will go to charity. Call Ian Wood on 07824 78291 for details.

Opening doors

CLITHEROE Fire Station is holding an open day on Sunday between 11am and 4pm.

All money from the event at the Princess Avenue building will go to the firefighters’ charity.

Fundraising date for cats

A FLEA market in aid of Lancashire Cat Rescue will be held at Barton Village Hall in Garstang Road, on Sunday, October 12 from 9am to 3pm.

Proceeds goes towards providing for the cats and kittens in care. To hire a stall or donate a tombola prize, call Christine on 01772 750263.

New business

PERMISSION has been granted to allow the change of use of Scooter Mart in Victoria Road, Walton-Le-Dale, Preston, from car sales to a hand car wash, including the erection of two canopies.

Park nuisance

ANTI-social behaviour and youth nuisance in Kingsfold Park, Kingsfold Drive, Penwortham, is being investigated by police.

Market date

THE next Hoghton Tower Farmer’s Market will run on Sunday, October 19 from 10am to 2pm, with a range of stalls selling local produce.

Architecture hot shot gives talk

ARCHITECTURE supremo James Shen will host a talk entitled ‘Architecture for the masses’ at the University of Central Lancashire tonight.

James is from the Beijing-based People’s Architecture Office and his talk runs from 6pm – 8pm in Lecture Theatre four in the Foster Building.

Have your say

AIR your views at Preston Labour MP Mark Hendrick’s next surgery.

The MP will host the surgery at Preston Quaker Meeting House from 11am-1pm on October, 18.

Choir’s concert

THE One Voice Choir is holding a concert at St Michael’s Church, Ashton, Preston.

The choir will perform on October, 22 at 7.30 pm.

Sir Ernest talk

MALCOLM Tranter is hosting a talk about Sir Ernest Shackleton’s life at the South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre at 2pm tomorrow.

Dig deep for cancer charities

STALLS selling crafts, jewellery, books and cards will be among the attractions at a charity fundraising event.

It will be held from 2pm to 4pm on Thursday, October 16 at Fairview Community Centre in Adlington.

Money raised will go to Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Efforts to save red squirrels

AN illustrated talk outlining the work done by the Wildlife Trust to conserve red squirrels will be given at Cuerden Valley Park.

The talk, by Brian Ashworth, starts at 7.15pm on Tuesday.

It costs £3 for adults to attend, £2 for members of the park’s Friends group and is free for children.

Mince pies at festive evening

ST GREGORY’S Catholic Primary School in Chorley will get into the festival spirit with a Christmas shopping evening.

There will be mince pies, mulled wine and stalls.

It will be held from 7pm to 9pm on Thursday, November 27 and admission is free.

To book a stall, email

New blood date

THE date of the next blood donation sessions at The Pines Hotel, in Clayton-le-Woods, has changed.

They were due to be held on December 2, but have been moved to the following day, from 1.45pm to 3.45pm and from 5pm to 7.30pm.

Council agenda

MAWDESLEY Parish Council will meet at 7,30pm tonight at Mawdesley Village Hall.

The Bert Moss Endowment Fund, liability for a road near the hall and planning applications will be discussed.

Conversion plan lodged

PLANS have been submitted to convert an agricultural building into a single storey home, including solar panels and a septic tank.

An application was lodged with Preston Council relating to the property in Brabiner Lane, Whittingham.

A statement said: “The proposal responds positively to the context of the site and is sympathetic to the immediate surrounding buildings.”

A decision is due to be made on the application under delegated powers.

Panel meeting

THE next meeting of Preston Council’s environmental scrutiny panel is due to be held on October 23 at 10am at Preston Town Hall.

Slurry ‘lagoon’ is approved

A ‘LAGOON’ containing one million gallons of slurry will be dug on a farm in Samlesbury, after planning permission was granted.

The earth-banked pit measuring a maximum of 57m by 57m - the size of half a football pitch - will be built to the north of Walmsley Fold Farm in Cuerdale Lane.

Farmer John Eastham said it would help the future prosperity of the business.

Tickets on sale for town’s quiz

PENWORTHAM Quiz Night takes place on Thursday, October 30 from 7pm at Penwortham Community Centre in Kingsfold Drive.

Tickets are £5 per person, with no restrictions on team numbers. All the proceeds go to the Mayor of Penwortham’s charities.

Hot pot and curry will be served and guests can take their own drinks.

Call 01772 750533 to book.

Drop in advice session by MP

PRESTON MP Mark Hendrick will next be holding an advice surgery for constituents on Saturday, October 18 at Preston Quaker Meeting House at 189 St George’s Road.

The surgeries are run on a first come-first served basis between 11am and 1pm, with no need to book to book an appointment.

Noise concerns

POLICE in Chorley are investigating reports of noise nusiance in Crompton Walk, Buckshaw Villag on Friday and Saturday nights.

Bullying is put in the spotlight

SCHOOLS across Lancashire are being urged to sign up to this year’s anti-bullying week.

The event, organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and planned for November 17-21 is being supported by Gareth Thomas, the 100-times capped former Wales rugby squad skipper,

Stalwart dies

THE founding member of a popular Lancashire theatre has died.

Connie Kay was for many years a well-known figure in the Lancashire arts world and was key in setting up the now Thwaites Empire Theatre.

Help fund cats

THE Preston Branch of Cats Protection will be holding a jumble sale on Saturday at St Leonard’s Church Hall, Marshall’s Brow, Penwortham. The sale starts at 11am and runs until noon.