News in brief - 30/07/14

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Damaged home needs new roof

THE owner of a house badly damaged when its thatched roof was engulfed in flames, has applied to replace it with slates.

Six fire engines were called to Orchard House in Townley Lane, Penwortham, during the blaze in May.

South Ribble Council will decide on permission.

Hot yoga plans

PLANS have been launched to open a ‘hot yoga’ studio in the former Penwortham Snooker Club building, 62-64 Liverpool Road, Penwortham. The proposed opening hours are 6am -11am.

Motorway crash closes all lanes

A WOMAN was treated for minor injuries after crashing her Seat Ibiza on the M6.

Emergency services were called to the northbound carriageway near junction 33 at Galgate at 9am yesterday. No other vehicle was involved.

All lanes were closed to allow vehicle recovery.

Apartment plan for city offices

OFFICES in a city street could be converted into apartments if an application is approved.

Plans were submitted to Preston Council to change the use of first and second floor offices to two apartments.

The prior notification application for change of use relates to a property on Guildhall Street.

Vigil set to be held at Minster

A VIGIL will be held at 8pm on August 4 at Preston Minster to commemorate the start of the First World War.

Following the vigil, led by Father Timothy Lipscomb, a commemorative event will be held at the war memorial.

The people of Preston are invited to attend either of the events, or both.

Car set on fire

A CAR was set on fire just metres from Penwortham Fire Station yesterday.

Crews raced across the road to Talbot Road just before 1am, where the Nissan Almera was alight. Police were called because the fire is believed to be deliberate.

Big drum day

Big Drum Day will return to Astley Park in Chorley on Sunday for its sixth consecutive year. Taking place in the Walled Garden, it will run from 11.30am until 6pm.

Drop in for afternoon tea

BRAIN injury charity Headway will hold a drop-in afternoon tea on August 5.

The Mayor of Penwortham, Councillor Sue Pryn will be in attendance between 1pm and 4pm where visitors can receive advice, have a health and wellbeing check and receive therapeutic massages from the Red Cross.

Craft and information stalls will also be on offer at The Salvation Army, Harrington Street, Preston, PR1 7BN.

Call 01772 789 323 for more information

Set your sights on novel event

WOMEN are invited to try clay pigeon shooting at a Lancashire event hosted by the award-winning Shotgun and Chelsea Bun Club.

The event happens Toplands Farm, Woodplumpton Road, Woodplumpton, Preston, on Sunday between noon and 4pm.

Shale gas video

A VIDEO has been launched by Cuadrilla to provide an insight into environmental impact reports that accompany the company’s planning applications to frack at two shale gas sites in Lancashire.

Dealers are top

CHORLEY Nissan has been named as the carmaker’s UK Vehicle Sales Retailer of the Year for the fifth year in a row following a fine 12 months.

Classic car show

LYTHAM Hall is the stunning setting for a classic car show on Sunday, with a wealth of attractions also including motorbikes, vans and trucks.

Weekend sale for church funds

A TABLE top and ‘new to you’ sale runs at Fulwood Methodist Church Crossroads Centre in Watling Street Road, Fulwood, on Saturday from 9.30am to 1pm.

It costs £10 to hire a table. To book, call 01772 716203.Proceeds towards church funds.

Free chipping

A FREE microchipping session for dogs by representatives from the Dogs Trust, will be held tomorrow at Worden Park Changing Rooms, Worden Lane, Leyland, between 11am and 3pm.

Festive planning

HUTTON Parish Council is looking into organising a Christmas community event with local schools and the Village Hall committee.

Youth nuisance

POLICE in the Deepdale area of Preston are investigating reports of youths congregating and causing nuisance in the Basil Street area.

Enjoy the beat of the drums

CHORLEY’S Astley Park will be filled with noise on Sunday for the sixth annual Big Drum Day.

It will be an Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Cuban festival of percussion, song and dance with some of the UK’s leading samba bands and dancers.

The event runs from 11.30am to 6pm at the park’s Walled Garden.

There will be a drumming workshop at noon for people to have a go themselves.

Tee off with First Citizen

THE Mayor of Chorley, Coun Roy Lees, is organising a charity golf day.

It will be held at Duxbury Park Golf Club in Chorley on Tuesday, September 2.

The event will raise money for his chosen charities - St Catherine’s Hospice, Home-Start Central Lancashire and Help The Homeless Chorley

The day costs £25.

Book by contacting 01257 515151 or

Get on your skateboard

WORK is due to start shortly on a new skate park in Adlington.

Jubilee Recreation Ground will get a state-of-the-art skate park, which has been designed in consultation with young people.

It will be open by the end of October and includes quarter-pipes, ledges, a jumpbox and a 180 degree rollover.