News in brief - 02/08/14

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Government workers’ strike

LOCAL Government workers including care workers, librarians, street cleaners, home carers, teaching assistants and refuse workers, have announced plans to take strike action on October 14.

Unions representing 1.3 million local government workers – GMB, UNISON and Unite – have agreed to escalate their dispute over pay with a campaign ahead of a national demonstration on October 18.

Take part in a 10k badger run

A 10K run through the beautiful Cuerden Valley Park will take place next week.

The Badger 10k Run at Cuerden Valley Park will start by leaving the Barn at Berkeley Drive on Thursday August 7 at 7.30pm.

Taking part will cost £6 for attached runners or £7 for unattached.

Enter on the night, or pre-entry at

Call 01772 324436 for info,

Charity night in Geoff’s honour

A CHARITY event is to be held in memory of former pub landlord, Geoff Lambert.

The night in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice is to be held on August 16 at Penwortham Sports and Social Club, Leyland Road at 7pm.

Donations can be given on the night or at

Guild capsule

DON’T forget to bring your Guild 2012 memories to be put in the time capsule for the Guild 2032 at Preston’s Flag Market on August 30.

Builder cements the future

LANCASHIRE-based Persimmon Homes has launched a ‘Young Achievers’ awards programme for its apprentices..

Managing director, Mark Cook, said: “The Young Achievers awards programme aims to reward those youngsters who have got off to a flying start.

New call for flood defences

WEST Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is calling for an update on long-awaited plans to improve flood defences in the area.

She has already met with representatives from DEFRA but said To date efforts to agree the funding for an internal drainage board locally have stalled.

A musical high

LANCASHIRE-born conductor Sir Harrison Birtwistle described as a “national treasure” was today made an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy by Edge Hill University.

He is a leading voice in British music and an international figure in modern music, best known for the opera Punch and Judy, commissioned by Benjamin Britten’s Aldeburgh Festival.

Passenger did not pay her fare

A WOMAN who travelled on a train between Chorley and Horwich without buying a ticket has been granted a 12 month conditional discharge.

Jane Alex Oldham, 20, of Brinscall Street, Chorley, was ordered to pay £4.50 compensation along with £40 costs and a £15 victims surcharge after pleading guilty.

Man stole baby milk formula

A MAN who stole three tubs of baby formula was fined £190.

Marlon Luke Cross, 28, of Sheep Hill Brow, Clayton-le-Woods, pleaded guilty to theft at Chorley magistrates court.

He was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge following the theft of the milk, valued at £25, from Asda.

Man assaulted

A WOMAN has been fined £50 for assaulting a man.

Kathleen Gorman, 52, of Cameron Croft, Chorley must also pay £145 costs and have treatment for alcohol abuse.