News in brief - 19/08/14

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Unusual plant fair at the tower

THE first unusual plant fair set in and around the historic Great Barn at Hoghton Tower takes place this Sunday.

Parking at the tower costs £1 with free admission to the fair and the beautiful historic walled gardens and separate charges applied for guided tours of the house

It is an 11am start.

Garden party

BOTANY Bay, off junction 8 of the M61, is hosting a Great British Garden Party on Monday August 25 from 10am to 4. Lots to do including meet and greet with Spiderman and ‘Frozen’s’ Elsa.

Fairtrade group

THE next meeting of the Chorley Fairtrade Group is to be held on Wednesday August 27 at 5.30pm. For information contact

Date set for forum meeting

SOUTH Ribble Council’s next Western Parishes neighbourhood forum for people living in Longton, New Longton, Much Hoole, Little Hoole will be held on September 1.

It will take place at Longton Methodist Church in Marsh Lane from 7pm.

Meet officers

PEOPLE living in Bamber Bridge, near Preston, can meet with officers at a PACT meeting taking place next month. It will be held at the Morrisons in Withy Grove Road on September 3 from 5pm.

Charity store

AGE Concern Central Lancashire will open a new charity shop in Blackpool Road, Ashton, Preston on Friday night.

Track opening

THE Mayor of South Ribble Coun Graham Walton will officially open a new off-road cycle track in Much Hoole on Saturday morning.

Date confirmed for gala dinner

A VETERANS’ charity is hosting a black and red tie gala dinner on November 7.

Dig In North West will host the event in Grimsargh Village Hall and tickets are priced at £20.

There will be a three course meal, entertainment and an auction. Visit:

Final night of summer fun

THE final event in a summer ‘Park It’ programme aimed at diverting young people from anti-social behaviour will be held on Friday August 29.

It will take place at Moor Park in Preston and is being organised by Preston Sports Forum.

The event is free and offers various activities.

Bark in the park for hospice

Pet pooches will be putting their best paw forward to support St Catherine’s Hospice when the charity hosts its third annual Bark in the Park sponsored dog walk at Worden Park, Leyland, on Saturday September 13.

Registration is £3. Visit or call 01772 629171 to sign up.

Blood donation

PEOPLE can give blood at a donation session next months.

The sessions will be held at The Pines Hotel in Clayton-le-Woods, on September 2 from 1.45pm to 3.45pm or from 5pm until 7.30pm.

Call 0300 123 23 23 to find out more.

Table top sale

A TABLE top sale in aid of Rosemere Cancer Foundation organised by Hoghton WI will be held at Hoghton Village Hall on August 31 from 9am until 2pm. Call Marilyn Gibson on 01254 852364 for details.

Homeless man lands in court

A HOMELESS man found drunk and disorderly and in possession of cannabis on Preston station was fined a total of £215 by magistrates in Preston.

Jon James Holleran, 33, pleaded guilty and was fined £110, with a victim surcharge of £20 and £85 costs.

Clothing stolen

ADELA Ailsa Costello, 31, of Hendon Place, Ashton, Preston, received a six-month community order from city magistrates after pleading guilty to stealing £43 worth of clothing from Primark.

Top class event

SOME of Europe’s leading farriers were among those taking part in the Euro Championships staged at Myerscough College.

Bright bikes

POLICE in Preston launched a clampdown on cycle thefts in the city by spray painting several bikes in fluorescent colours.