News in brief - 29/07/14

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No support for cemetery call

AN ONLINE petition calling for CCTV to be installed at Preston Cemetery in Ribbleton failed to get enough signatures.

The petition followed damage being caused to a number of graves and needed 50 signatures to get a response.

Only five people signed it.

Outdoor theatre

A SPECIAL outdoor theatre event will be held at Hoghton Tower on August 7.

Tickets for The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes are availableby calling 0871 2200 260.

Recruitment for fire service

RETAINED firefighters are needed to provide part time cover across 29 Lancashire fire stations, including Garstang, Bamber Bridge, Chorley, Tarleton and Longridge.

Retained firefighters provide on-call cover from home or their place of work so must live within five minutes or in some instances, seven minutes travel time from the station. For information contact:

Bands battle it out in final heat

THE final heat of the Where’s Mavis? Battle of The Bands takes place tonight.

The Blue Waves, Callus, Moseisley and Willowside Park will all compete to make it through to the final at Ships and Giggles, Preston.

Doors open at 8pm with the first band beginning at 8.30pm.

Free entry, drinks from £1.50.

Everyday items explore WW1

EVENTS at Lancashire County Council’s museum and libraries are set to explore the lives of local WW1 families.

The events, running until August 12, will use everyday items such as food and clothing to illustrate the contrast between life today and the hardships of 1914.

For more information on the timetable of events visit

Second chance to see exhibition

A SECOND chance to see Frank Hurley’s photographs of Shackleton’s 1914-16 Imperial Antarctic Expedition, will be on offer at South Ribble Museum & Exhibition Centre, The Old Grammar School, Church Road, Leyland on August 2.

For more information call 01772 422041.

Sporting chance for the disabled

SPORTING Challenge, a project encouraging sports activities for people with learning disabilities in Lancashire, has been given a £600 boost by three County Councillors.

Coun Julie Gibson approved a Local Member Grant of £250, which was matched by Coun Cynthia Dereli. Coun Nikki Hennessy approved a sum of £100.

The group provide activities for 40 people.

Bus fares set to increase

FARES on bus routes subsidised by Lancashire County Council will go up from Sunday following an annual review of ticket prices.

In line with inflation, fares will rise on average by 1.7 per cent with most single fares increasing by 5p for journeys below £4, or 10p for journeys above £4. Weekly ticket prices will stay the same. A number of fares which operate alongside commercial routes will be revised to match. The council provides around 100 local bus service contracts.

Circle dance group back in action

A TWENTY-year-old society has reformed after a short break.

Preston’s Circle Dance group broke off for a summer break but they are set to regroup next Tuesday.

The group meet bi-weekly at Gallaway Hall, Brackenbury Road, Fulwood for a 7pm-9pm dance session on the first and third Tuesday of every month.

For more details call Rosemary Forwest on: 01772793658.