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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Honours for young trainees

Lancashire’s best young aerospace engineers have been honoured at the North West Aerospace Alliance New Talent Awards. The ceremony, sponsored by companies including BAE Systems and Training 2000, saw best apprentice award going to BAE’s Bradley Hodgeson.

Row over use of stand-ins

The increasing use of unqualified teachers in classrooms was the topic of debate at a leading teaching conference. The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women’s Teachers ,meeting in Bournemouth, criticised a loosening of the rules on who schools can employ to teach children.

Plea to help support farms

The North West’s UKIP MEP is urging shoppers to help farmers by buying locally sourced food. Paul Nuttall said scenes of farmers digging out sheep buried in snow highlighted the plight of local farmers. He said: “Our farmers always need our support, and never more than now.”

Park’s spring clean is today

People are being encouraged to go along to a spring cleaning event at Euston Street Park in Broadgate, Preston today.

The clean up has been organised by the park’s friends group and will run between noon and 2pm

For more information on the group email Clare Cobb on

Fundraiser set to take place

A fundraising evening to raise funds for the North West Air Ambulance will be held at the Foz Lane Sports Club in Leyland on Friday. The event has been organised by Liz Sharkey. There’s a host of events planned, along with a selection of raffle prizes which include train tickers to London, hampers, horse riding lessons and more.

Charity jazz evening date

A jazz night including members of the Philharmonic Orchestra will be held at the Wellington Park Hotel in Leyland at the weekend. The fundraiser will take place Friday from 7pm and tickets cost £10. All proceeds will go to The Legacy Rainbow House. For tickets and any further information call 01704 823276.