News in brief - 23/08/14

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Village fete will get tails wagging

PET pooches will be doing battle for the title of ‘Best Sausage Catcher’ or ‘Dog With The Waggiest Tail’ at Walmer Bridge Village Fete on Monday.

The popular Bank Holiday event is expected to draw large crowds to the village hall in Gill Lane, with a huge programme of attractions to please the whole family. In addition to the fun dog show, there will be birds of prey, fire eaters, a baby show, a poultry exhibition and a fun fair. Gates open at noon.

Restaurant plan set for pub

A PUB could be converted into a new restaurant if plans are approved.

An application has been lodged to turn the Fox and Grapes in Ribbleton Lane into a cafe/restaurant, and create a first floor flat and an extension.

A statement said the plans would “enhance the character, appearance and environment of the site and its surroundings”.

A decision will be made under delegated powers.

Hockey pitch on agenda

PLANS for a new artificial hockey pitch at a village school will be discussed again at Preston Council’s planning meeting on September 1.

Broughton Business and Enterprise College had applied for the new pitch, but it was stalled after councillors voted to defer their decision at their last meeting.

Delays after M6 crash

MOTORISTS faced delays after a crash involving a car and a caravan at junction 31A of the M6, at about 1.20pm on Friday.

Injuries were “minor”, and a driver was reported for driving without due care.

Panel to meet

PRESTON Council’s communities scrutiny panel is due to meet on September 3.

Councillors will meet in the Town Hall and will discuss the Preston After Hours project.

Blood donation

BLOOD donation sessions will take place at the Masonic Hall Ltd in Ashlar House, Saul Street, Preston on September 12 from 10am to 12pm and from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

Care home plan back on table

PLANS to create a care home for six youngsters will be discussed at Preston Council’s next planning meeting.

A decision was due to take place in August, but was deferred after one resident wasn’t formally notified about the application by the council.

The plans for the home, for people with autistic spectrum disorders or learning difficulties, will now be discussed on September 1.

Pub history on offer at talk

A PUB history expert is holding the last of a series of talks on the subject next month.

Steve Halliwell’s event, entitled ‘The growth of Preston and its associated watering holes’, will take place from 7.30pm on September 4 at the pavilion in Avenham Park, Preston.

Entry costs £2 and you can pay on the door. For more details call 01772 768637 or email

School wants bigger kitchen

A SOUTH Ribble school has applied for planning permission for an extension.

St Oswald’s RC School in Chapel Lane wants to put a single storey extension on an existing kitchen.

The proposals, lodged last week are pending a decision from South Ribble Borough Council.

New house nod

PLANNING permission has been given for a new house on a Penwortham street. South Ribble Council approved the plan for Claytongate Drive.

Schools chief praises efforts

LANCASHIRE County Council’s cabinet member for schools has praised local students on their GCSE efforts.

County Coun Matthew Tomlinson said: “Our students can be justifiably proud of themselves. I’m really impressed by what I’ve seen in our schools since I became cabinet member.”

Police meeting on the internet

PEOPLE living in Coupe Green, Gregson Lane, Samlesbury and Walton-le-Dale will be able to raise concerns or issues with police officers during an online PACT meeting next month.

The online PACT will run from 3pm until 4pm on Tuesday September 2 onthe South Ribble Police Facebook page.

Knock out night to raise funds

A CHARITY night featuring a number of musicians will be held at Parkfield Labour Club in Preston on September 5.

It is in aid of Larches and Savick Boxing gym and star boxer Scott Fitzgerald will be in attendance.

The event runs from 7pm and will also include a raffle in aid of the gym.

Gardening show

SOUTH Ribble’s Mayor, Coun Graham Walton, will officially open a Gardening Society Garden Show in Leyland next week.

It will take place on Saturday from 1,30pm at St Ambrose Church Hall in Moss Lane.

Fire open days

A NUMBER of fire stations across Lancashire will be hosting open days next month for people to find out more about the service. Full details are expected to be released soon.

Man charged with robberies

LEWIS Paul Smith, 24, of Grizedale Crescent, Ribbleton, Preston, will appear at Preston Crown Court next month accused of robbing a phone from one man and robbing a phone and cash from another.

He is also accused of wounding a man in Preston on July 11.

Assault plea

BENJAMIN Eddleston, 21, of Fishmoor Drive, Blackburn, admitted assaulting a Preston woman and was given a 12 month conditional discharge but must pay a £15 surcharge and £100 costs.

Chemical leak was false alarm

FIREFIGHTERS raced to the Spar distribution centre in Fulwood after reports of a hazardous chemical leak.

Crews were despatched to the premises of James Hall and Co in Bluebell Way after traces of ammonia triggered an automatic alert. But it was found to be a false alarm.

Drunk driver is banned for year

A 22-YEAR-OLD man who failed a breath test in Chorley was banned from driving for a year by the town’s magistrates.

Daniel James Barrow, of Hornby Road, Chorley pleaded guilty to the offence in Pall Mall and was also fined £110 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge.

Pedicure kit thief in court

MICHAEL McGarry, 34, of no fixed abode was given a 12 month community order after admitting stealing pedicure machines worth £80 from Boots in Chorley.

Research your family history

LANCASHIRE Family History And Heraldry Society’s Chorley branch will run a course on the basics of family history.

It will be held on Friday evenings from September 19 at Charnock Richard Scout and Guide headquarters.

Call 01257 453087 for more information.

Funding helps school pupils

The Friends of Healey Nab have received funding from Chorley Community Housing for the second year.

They used it for a project involving St James’ School, which saw pupils walking in the countryside and looking for plant samples and bugs.

The money also paid for microscopes.

Cabinet is set for meeting

CHORLEY Council’s executive cabinet will hold its next meeting at 6pm on Thursday.

It takes place in the council chamber at Chorley Town Hall, on Market Street.