News in brief - 23/07/14

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Playground fire tackled by crew

FIRE crews were called to a city park after rubber matting in a playground was set on fire.

One engine from Preston fire station attended at Ribbleton Park at about 10.30pm on Monday, and firefighters used a hose reel to extinguish the blaze.

Nobody was injured.

Key projects to be identified

WYRE Council’s cabinet is due to consider community projects worth £60,000.

The Shaping Your Neighbourhood scheme was launched to allow communities to be directly involved in improving their neighbourhoods. Over £400,000 has already been allocated to several areas.

Farm market comes to town

CUERDEN Valley Farmers’ Market is taking place on Sunday from 10am to 2pm.

Lots of fresh local food and crafts will be available at the site in and around the Barn, Berkeley Drive, Bamber Bridge.

There will be free parking and a tea shop. Donations go to Cuerden Valley Park Trust.

Getting on track

THE Leeds – Morecambe Community Rail Partnership and Morecambe Town Council want to help form a “Friends of Morecambe Station” group.

If you want to be involved, contact David Croxall at Morecambe Town Council on 01524 422929.

Top apprentices

TWENTY-two BAE Systems Business Administration apprentices, based at Warton and Samlesbury, all achieved distinctions in level 3 Project Management at Runshaw Business Centre, Leyland.

Charity appeals for more help

ST CATHERINE’S Hospice have appealed for people to help them raise funds. The Lostock Hall based charity are fundraising in Longton on Friday, July, 25 and they tweeted for help. They said via @StCatherinesPre: “Can you help with a bucket collection at Booths in Longton this Friday?” Call Emma on: 01772 629171 if you can help between 10am and 1pm and 1pm and 4pm.

Deaf rugby day

ENGLAND Deaf Rugby Union will host a Family Deaf Rugby Day for deaf men and women aged six and upwards at Preston Grasshoppers RFU Club in Fulwood, on August 2. A spokesman said: “In due course it is hoped that PGRFU will become a regional Centre of Excellence for Deaf Rugby.”

Summer bash

THE Mayor of South Ribble Graham Walton will host a summer concert at the Civic Centre, Leyland, tonight.

The Clayton-le-Woods Singers will perform at the charity bash, starting at 7pm.

Bottoms up at beer festival

A BEER festival will be held at Charnock Richard Football Club, near Chorley, this weekend.

There will be real ale, ciders and craft lagers, as well as live entertainment.

It runs from Friday to Sunday at the Charter Lane club and doors open at 1pm.

Unusual plants

HOGHTON Tower is holding its first “unusual plant fair” from 11am to 4pm on Sunday, August 24.

There will be a diverse range of plants on offer and expert advice.

Get on your bike

A BIKE ride through Chorley’s Western Parishes starts at 10am on Sunday at Coppull Community Leisure Centre.

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Parish council

BRINDLE Parish Council holds its next meeting at 7.30pm on Monday, August 11 at the Community Hall, on Water Street, Brindle.

Make-up thief sent to prison

A PROLIFIC shoplifter has been jailed for 16 weeks after stealing makeup from Superdrug to sell to a friend.

Willliam Brown, 37, of Yew Tree Avenue, Grange, pleaded guilty at Preston Magistrates Court and asked for two other thefts to be taking into consideration

Blood session

BLOOD donor sessions will be held at Preston College, St Vincent’s Road, Fulwood from 1.45pm - 3.45pm and 5pm to 7.30pm today.

All blood groups needed and new donors welcome.

Fostering event

COMMUNITY Foster Care will hold an information session at Lancaster Library on August 6, for anyone interested in becoming a foster carer.

Teacher in dock

FORMER QEGS teacher John Mead, 76, of Timbrills Avenue, Sabden, will be sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Friday for historic sexual offences.

New MP surgery date in museum

PRESTON’S Labour MP Mark Hendrick’s next surgery will be in August.

The MP will host the drop-in session at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Market Square, Preston from 3pm-5pm on August 15. For more details see:

Guided ramble

SOUTH Ribble Borough Council is running a guided ramble in Longton, near Preston, today. The two-hour walk starts at 10am at Longton Brickcroft Nature Reserve. For more details call 01772625625

Community day

THE Mayor of Preston Nick Pomfret will attend the Moor Nook Community Sports Day, Grange Park, Preston from 1pm-3pm on Friday, July 25.

Teddy bear day

LANCASTER City Council has invited people to a teddy bear parachute jump at the Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park from 1pm-3pm on August 3.