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Charity needs team members

ROSEMERE Cancer Foundation is looking for teams of 21 people to take part in this year’s event at Preston Docks, Riversway.

Boats cost £350 per team and the charity asks for a minimum sponsorship of £500 per team.

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Your chance to give blood

A blood donation session will be held at Preston’s College next week. If you want to donate blood, book an appointment and head to the college’s smaller sports hall, Fulwood Campus, Fulwood, Preston on Wednesday July, 23 from 1.45pm – 3.45pm and 5pm – 7.30pm. Call 0300 123 23 23 to book in.

Unusual plant fair is a first

HOGHTON Tower is hosting its first ever unusual plant fair.

The fair is on Sunday August, 24 and runs from 11am-4pm.

A spokesman said: “Join us at Hoghton Tower’s first unusual plant fair. You’ll find a more diverse range of plants grown by British specialist nurseries who’ll be delighted to share their knowledge.”

Meet officers

THE next police and communities together meeting in Deepdale, Preston, will be held on Wednesday August 6.

It will take place at the Minerva Centre in Lowthorpe Road,from 6.30pm and is a chance for residents to raise any concerns or issues.

Summer show

THE Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Graham Walton, will host a summer concert by the Clayton-le-Woods singers in aid of his charities at the Civic Centre in Leyland on July 24 at 7.30pm.

Police warning on phone scam

FRAUDSTERS claiming to be from Microsoft or high street banks have been targetting the elderly in South Ribble, asking for remote access to their computers, according to police.

Officers are urging residents not to give out personal details as genuine companies would not ask for these details.

Shopping park behaviour worry

POLICE in Walton-le-Dale are investigating reports of anti-social behaviour happening on the car park at the Capitol Centre retail area.

Officers said youngsters have been seen playing football in the area during evenings, and there have also been several speeding cars on the car park after closing time.

Restaurant extension plan

BOSSES at San Marco restaurant in Liverpool Old Road in Much Hoole have applied to build a single-storey extension to the front and side of the existing building.

The extension, to form a bigger entrance lobby and dining area, would be made from rendered blockwork and solar-control glass.

MP surgery

PRESTON MP Mark Hendrick’s next surgery is running slightly later than usual on Saturday, July 19.

The surgery will be held at the Quaker Meeting House, St George’s Road, Deepdale, Preston, from 11.45am to 1pm. No appointment needed.

Equipment cash

LEYLAND Playscheme has received a £500 Local Member Grant from County Councillor Mike Otter, which will go towards the hiring of a mobile climbing wall as well as a bungee trampoline.

Road concerns investigated

POLICE covering the Hutton area of Preston have vowed to investigate a series of road complaints. Residents are concerned about parking on the pavement in Anchor Drive, vehicles speeding in the 20mph zones, and pupils from Hutton Grammar School cycling ‘inappropriately’.

Help needed

THE team that run the Walled Garden in Leyland’s Worden Park are looking for volunteers to help with everyday jobs such as planting, weeding, DIY or painting. For information call 07834480375.

In the dock

Driver banned

JOHN Shannon, 38, of Farringdon Place, Preston was banned from the roads for 18 months by city magistrates after admitting drink-driving.

Woman drunk

KATIE Jane Watkins, 25, of Tennyson Mill Court, Preston was fined £55 after pleading guilty to being drunk and disorderly in Friargate.