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New cyclepath near to college

IN a bid to improve cycle routes from the south and east of Preston into the city centre and Cardinal Newman College, Lancashire County Council is looking to change a footway in to a shared use cycle track.

The path affected is 400 metres long, running along Queen Street between London Road and Manchester Road.

Collection nets more than £9K

KIND-HEARTED householders in Longton, Hutton, New Longton, Walmer Bridge and Hoole have donated around £9,000 in a door-to-door collection by Christian Aid.

Organisers have praised the generosity of the residents and estimate the amount could be the largest of all the areas in and around Preston.

WW1 meal cash

COUNTY Councillor Barrie Yates has approved a Local Member Grant of £500 to Samlesbury War Memorial Hall towards a commemorative lunch for the centenary of the First World War.

The event will take place on Sunday, August 3.

Motorway crash

THREE people were taken to hospital after a crash involving two cars on the M61 near Chorley. Emergency services were called at 5.50am yesterday, and traffic was stopped to allow recovery.

Children can craft own raft

USING recyclable materials, children are invited to make a small raft to race down the river at Dingle Brook Park, Todd Lane South, Lostock Hall on Tuesday, July 29.

Runs from 1pm to 3pm, £1 per child. All materials will be provided. Booking and wellies essential. Call 01772 625625.

Bike spraying

PLANS have been launched to change of use of an agricultural storage building at Higher Lickhurst, Oakenclough Road, Goosnargh, Preston, into a motorcycle spraying unit.

Blood donations

BLOOD donor sessions will be held at Our Lady and St Edward’s Church in Marlborough Drive, Fulwood, Preston, on Thursday.

Sports day fun

The Mayor of Preston Coun Nicholas Pomfret will attend the Moor Nook community sports day on Friday in Grange Park from 1pm until 3pm.

Celebrate city’s colourful culture

A COLOURFUL and exciting celebration of Preston’s diverse communities, joining together to share different cultures and highlight what makes Preston Proud will take place on August 30.

The Preston Community Day will be held on the city’s Flag Market between 10am and 3pm.

First World War commemorated

A TREE is to be planted at the Civic Centre, Leyland, in a special ceremony to commemorate 100 years since the beginning of the First World War.

The ceremony on August 4, will include the unveiling of a plaque, reading of poems and lowering of flags to half-mast.

Its starts at 10.45am.

Love craft fair at popular tower

A LOVE Craft Summer Fair will be held at Hoghton Tower this weekend.

Wonderful hand-made products and gifts will be available between 10am and 4pm. Car parking £1. Pedestrians 50p. House open for guided tours 11am to 5pm, Tea room, gardens and gift shop will also be open.

Sale for the cats

CATS Protection will hold a table top sale on July 26.

Cats Protection donated goods and many private stalls selling quality second hand goods will be available between 10am -11.30am at St Mary’s Church hall, Penwortham.

Signs of change at Deepdale

HEARTBEAT, the cardiac charity which has taken over space at the former National Football Museum at Deepdale stadium, Preston, has applied for permission to install a new illuminated sign on the wall of tbe building.

Preston Council’s planning committee will make a final decision in coming weeks.

Terrace plans

PLANS have been submitted to Preston Council to build two terraced houses following the demolition of two vacant lock-up units at 9-11 Church Avenue, Preston.

Tennis sessions on this summer

MATCH sessions for juniors will be held at Lancaster Tennis Club on Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week and then every Saturday until the end of August.

The initiative is aimed at young players seeking experience. For info call Pat Clelland on 01524 311737

Charity bike ride

STAFF, parents and friends of Caton St Paul’s CE Primary School in Lancaster successfully completed a 100 mile cycle challenge and raised more than £4,000 for Unique Kidz and Co.


THE 2376 (Bamber Bridge) Squadron is recruiting air cadets. Children must be 12 or over to get involved. Email

Volunteer drive

THE Preston and District Branch of Samaritans is looking for volunteers to help in a variety of roles. Call 08705 62 72 82.

In the dock

Driving while disqualified

GARY Peter Hamer, 30, of Douglas Street, Ashton, Preston, has been ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and has been disqualified from driving for 11 months by Preston magistrates.

The punishment comes after he pleaded guilty to driving while banned and without insurance.

Grocery theft

GLENN Stacey, 54, of Victory Road, Blackpool, has been fined a total of £90 after pleading guilty to stealing groceries worth £22.96 from B&M Bargains in Lancaster Road, Preston.

Prison escape charges for pair

TWO inmates accused of going on the run from Kirkham Prison have appeared at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

James Hurst, 26, and Anthony Mather, 31, are charged with escaping from the open prison on Saturday. They were remanded in custody to appear at Preston Crown Court on August 13.