News in brief - 27/7/14

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Commission is given support

HEALTH chiefs from across the county have backed Lancashire’s new Fairness Commission. At a recent meeting of the Lancashire Health and Wellbeing Board, representatives from Lancashire County Council, NHS England, local NHS organisations and district councils agreed to support the work of the commission, to reduce inequalities between poor and more affluent areas in Lancashire.

Memorial event held on prom

A SPECIAL memorial service will be held on August 2 for those who died during the two World Wars.

Held by the Morecambe Mission on the Prom, the event, that begins at 7.30pm, will include a film reflecting on the lives of people from World War Two.

For more information, contact

Summer fair to raise funding

PRESTON and District RSPCA will hold a Summer Fair on August 3 to raise much-needed funds.

A Fun Dog Show, free microchipping, Snappy Van Photo Booth, Candy & Cup Cake Cart and stalls will be at the centre at Slack Cottage, Longridge Road between 11am and 4.30pm

Six weeks of summer fun

SIX weeks of Summer Fun for ages 4-12 years begins on July 28 at Fishwick Community Centre, Samuel Street,Preston. £30 a week for full day programmes. Contact 07549 381372 for details

Disability forum

THE first Disability Equality Disability Forum after the summer break will take place at South Ribble Civic Centre on September 4. Call 01772 558863 for more information.

Deadline near

THE deadline to register for Preston’s Lights Out event on August 4 is Monday July 28.

Email your details to or contact 01772 903663.

Service to mark start of the war

PEOPLE in Coppull, near Chorley, are invited to a short service of Commemoration of the 100 years since the start of the First World War to be held at the Memorial Garden, Spendmore Lane, Coppull, on Sunday August 3, at noon.

Contact the clerk to the Parish Council on 01257 470120 to confirm attendance.

Give blood at next session

THE blood donation service will be holding sessions at the Longton VM Sports and Social Club in School Lane, Longton, near Preston on Monday August 4.

Sessions run from 1.45pm to 3.45pm and 5pm until 7.30pm.

To make an appointment call 0300 123 23 23

Organ recitals at city minster

A SERIES of lunchtime organ recitals will be given at Preston Minster this summer by David Scott-Thomas.

Lasting approximately 40 minutes, the series will run on Wednesdays starting at 1pm on August 6 and 20.

Admission is free and there will be a retiring collection.

Council meeting

THE next Penwortham Town Council meeting after the summer will be held on Tuesday September 2.

It takes place at Penwortham Community Centre in Kingsfold Drive, Penwortham, from 7pm and is open to the public.

Charity skydive

PEOPLE can take part in a charity skydive in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice on Saturday September 20.

To find our more call the fundraising team on 01772 629171.

Nightclub’s new app for drinkers

PRESTON nightclub Evoque has launched a new app which allows clubbers to order and pay for their drinks direct from their mobile device.

The X-Press drinks app means people can order drinks from their phone or tablet and pay for them with their PayPal account or bank card.

Meet officers

PEOPLE living in Deepdale in Preston can meet with police officers at a PACT meeting next month.

The meeting is at the Minerva Centre in Lowthorpe Road on August 6 at 6.30pm.

Charity fun day

A FUN day to raise funds for St Catherine’s Hospice will take place The Mill Tavern in Higher Walton, near Preston, on August 16. It starts at noon.

Volunteer call

PEOPLE are being encouraged to volunteer at the walled garden in Worden Park, Leyland, on Sunday from noon until 4pm.

Youth MPs hold meeting

SIX young ‘Parliamentarians’ from Lancashire will be among 400 people at Lancaster University taking part in the annual sitting of the UK Youth Parliament this weekend.

The MYPs will debate the issues to be placed on the Make Your Mark Ballot, which is the biggest youth consultation in Europe.

The event runs until Sunday.

Title for sports campaigner

A WOMAN who worked tirelessly to change women’s sport policy, promote investment and encourage more girls to take part in physical exercise has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Edge Hill University.

Sue Tibballs OBE, the former chief executive of the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF), has been made an honorary Doctor of Science.

All change for city bus stops

THE bus stops outside Primark and the Fishergate Shopping Centre in Preston are set to move as part of the city centre redevelopment.

They will be transferred a few metres down the road to the city railway station.

The changes come into operation on Monday.

School trekkers

TWO groups from Preston’s Christ The King Catholic High School have completed the expedition section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Parliamentarian Kelly sits in

SIX young ‘parliamentarians’ from Lancashire will be among 400 young people at Lancaster University taking part in the annual sitting of the UK Youth Parliament this weekend.

They include Kelly Swaby, from Chorley. The event brings together members of the UK Youth Parliament from across the country. The annual sitting is organised by the British Youth Council.

Service invite to village residents

RESIDENTS in Coppull are invited to join a short service of commemoration of the 100 years since the start of the First World War, and dedication of the soldier, being held at the Memorial Garden, Spendmore Lane, Coppull, on Sunday, August 3, starting at noon.

Peaks challenge

TEN staff at a Chorley firm made £1,321 following a fund-raising initiative.

The workers from the branch of roof truss supplier Pasquill completed a three peaks challenge in 24 hours.

Recycle fun day

FUN activities and demonstrations are on offer at a ‘resourceful recycling’ day.

It’s at Astley Park, Chorley, today, 11am to 3pm.

Pub’s new duo

A VILLAGE pub has new managers.

Karl Eccles and Fiona Williams have moved into the Bay Horse, Heath Charnock.