News in brief - 11/10/14

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Day of action over fracking

A 15ft puppet monster called ‘Mr Frackhead’ will be ‘fracking’ Preston Flag Market today as part of a day of action against fracking.

Local groups including Central Lancashire Friends of the Earth and members of the Frack Free Lancashire alliance will also be joining the even which aims to raise awareness about fracking and its impacts, and will be hosting a stall in the square during the day.

Rural residents to meet police

THE next rural PACT meeting in Whittingham, near Preston, will be held on Wednesday night at Whittingham Sports and Social Club in the old Whittingham Hospital grounds.

The meeting is open to people from Whittingham and the surrounding villages and is meant to be a chance for residents to meet with local policing team and tell them about any concerns. It starts at 8pm.

Mayor to join club members

THE Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Graham Walton, will join with members of the Leyland 41 Club next week for an anniversary event.

Coun Walton will attend Wellington Park Hotel in Burlington Gardens, Leyland on Friday night for the charter night celebrating the formation of the club.

Meet with MP at his surgery

PEOPLE can meet with Preston’s MP Mark Hendrick at his next surgery next week.

It will be held at the Quaker Meeting House in St George’s Road, Preston on Saturday from 11am.

Plans to convert derelict chippy

RESIDENTS could be close to winning a battle to rid their Preston neighbourhood of a derelict chip shop and house.

Plans to renovate the adjoining properties in James Street, Frenchwood and convert them into five flats have gone before the city council.

Locals have been trying for more than two years to get the delapidated end-of-terrace buildings improved.

Student recital

STUDENTS from the acclaimed Chethams School of Music in Manchester will give a lunchtime recital at St George the Martyr Church in George Road, Lune Street, Preston on Friday October 17. Admission is £6 which includes light refreshments.

Seconds out

A TAXI firm’s plans to sell a unit in Murray Street, Preston to a wrestling and boxing club have been submitted to the city council. The planning committee is being asked to approve a change of use.

Chance to play a zombie in film

DO you love horror films?

Have you dreamt of starring in a movie? Want to dress up as a zombie?

A new independent feature film is filming in Preston and wants people of any age, ethnicity or sex to star as background performers.

If you are interested email:

Local poem can bag you a grand

WRITE a poem about Preston or your town to win £1,000 in a free poetry competition.

A United Press spokesman said: “It can even be about something or someone from the poet’s home area.”

The poem must be no more than 25 lines and contain no more than 160 words.

To enter

Frozen film star heading to town

A STAR of hit children’s Disney film Frozen is set to melt hearts at a local supermarket.

Snowman Olaf will be visiting Morrisons Chorley, Brooke Street, Chorley to raise money for the Sue Ryder charity.

Popular character Olaf will be stopping by for photos on October, 18 between 10am and 12pm.

Motorway jam

THE North West Air Ambulance were called into action after a vehicle overturned on the motorway yesterday. Two lanes were closed causing minor delays on the M55 westbound between Junction 3, Kirkham and Junction 4, Blackpool.

Cycling course

SOUTH Ribble Borough Council is hosting a bike maintenance course. The practical cycling session is on Tuesday, October, 14 at 6pm-7.45pm. To book a place call Sue on:01772 625377