Story shorts - 04/10/11

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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Broadband backing

The Federation of Small Businesses for Lancashire is supporting a bid to bring super fast broadband to all parts of the county. It follows a successful bid by Lancashire County Council secured £10.8m from central government. The council is now looking to secure a further £16.5m of ERDF funding.

Council takes to the streets

Wyre residents are being encouraged to find out more about their council services and how to shape them. Sessions will be during Local Democracy Week, October 10 to 16. On Monday, they will be at Knott End Library, from 10am until 12pm, The Priory, Scorton, from 1pm to 3pm and Visit Garstang Centre on Thursday.

Blood donation session appeal

Blood donor sessions will be held in Preston next week. They will be at the Gujarat Hindu Society, South Meadow Lane, between 2pm and 4pm and 5pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 12. Anyone who wants to donate blood must phone 0300 123 23 23 to make an appointment.

Dance the day away at shops

A shopping centre will play host to Britain’s Got Talent dancer Steven Hall today. Visitors to St George’s Shopping Centre are being invited to take part in auditions to star in a dance video between 11am and 1pm.

Charity given lottery boost

A children’s charity is celebrating after receiving a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund. The Awards for All grant was given to The Legacy Rainbow House, Salt Pit Lane, Mawdesley, near Ormskirk, which helps children with disabilities, brain injuries and life-limiting conditions.

Footie scheme

Morecambe Football Club is taking part in a programme to improve the health and quality of life for older people. The Extra Time project uses football to provide regular sport and social activities for over 55s.

Police meeting

A police and communities together (PACT) meeting will be held for Sharoe Green on October 12 at 7pm. The meeting will be at St Peter’s Primary School, Meadowfield. Issues to be discussed include 20mph zones and a park project.

Hot weather breaks record

Preston set a new record temperature for October with scorching sunshine on Saturday. The Met Office recorded a temperature of 26.9C in Moor Park, 0.2C above the previous record for October which was set on October 10, 1959. A new September record for Preston was also set on Friday at 26.9C.