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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Paramedic pup pays visit

The North West Air Ambulance’s Paramedic Pup visited Furness Building Society’s Longridge Agency near Preston who are supporting the cause. The Paramedic Pup made the visit to encourage customers to open one of the society’s affinity accounts. Supporters who save in the North West Air Ambulance charity accounts with the Furness help to generate an annual payment to the charity from the building society’s own funds. The Furness makes an annual donation based on the total balances.

Live painting show by artist

An artist will hold a live painting tour in Preston. Bob Barker will come to the Original Art Shop in St George’s Shopping Centre on Saturday. It’s part of the artist’s nationwide tour displaying his new collection called ‘As Time Goes By’, which is a series of nostalgic images about his early life in the North of England. He will be setting up his easel and canvas to give a demonstration of some of the techniques he uses in his work.

Around world with traveller

A keen traveller will present an illustrated talk. Boyd Harris will present‘My travels in the Forbidden Kingdom of the Upper Mustang Valley, Nepal’. It will be held at South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre in Leyland on Saturday from 11am.

Trekkers join in guided walk

Tiny trekkers are being urged to join a guided walk. Rangers will guide people through Yarrow Valley Country Park in Chorley on a walk away from the usual ‘pram friendly’ routes. It will start at 10am, meeting at the visitor centre, off Birkacre Road on Friday.

Clear out your cluttered loft

Rid yourself of unwanted rubbish at a community clear-up day. Households in Buckshaw Village can take advantage of the event on Saturday, December 8 from 10am to 3pm. South Ribble Borough Council has joined forces with Chorley Council and the local community for the clean up.

Volunteer for bird charity

A bird charity is on the lookout for volunteers. The RSPB wants people with a passion for wildlife to join its 2013 volunteer internship programme. The closing date for applications is January 4. For more information visit

Storytime for youngsters

Children will be treated to a storytime session at a Preston museum. Little Hands On will be held at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery on Friday. It is aimed at under-fives and their carers and will take place from 10.30am to 11am.

Christmas crackers

A number of Christmas crackers that have been enjoyed for generations will be shown at The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster ,this month. Beginning with the most Christmassy of ballets, a recorded screening of the Bolshoi Ballet’s version The Nutcracker will be shown on December 16. Other festive favourites lined up are Gremlins on December 21; The Muppet Christmas Carol on December 21 and 22; Die Hard on December 22 and It’s A Wonderful Life on December 24. To book tickets or for information, call The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit

Mayor set to unveil boards

The Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble, Coun Colin Clark and his wife Margaret, will visit Buckshaw Village Community Centre tomorrow morning.

Coun Clark will have coffee at the centre before visiting various sites in the area to unveil heritage information boards.