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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Teen assaulted at a taxi rank

A teenager was assaulted at a taxi rank in Clitheroe between midnight and 12.45am on November 24. The offender got out of a taxi on Castle Gate in the town and punched the 16 year old victim, who is from the Skipton area, before walking off. Anyone with information should call police on 101.

Greenbelt views are sought

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is encouraging local groups to make their voices heard on greenbelt protection. She said: “This enquiry is an opportunity for people to have their say on this important debate and offer their ideas on how greenbelt land can be protected.” The deadline for submission is January 31.

Jumble sale for cats

The Preston Branch of Cats Protection will be holding a fundraising jumble sale on Saturday. It will be held at St Leonard’s Church Hall,Marshall’s Brow, Penwortham, near Preston. It will run from 11am until noon. To find out more visit:

Gardening tips

Gardening trainer Sue Jeffries is running a day-long workshop on growing vegetables and fruit at Brinscall Hall, near Chorley on February 7, 10am to 4pm. To book your place email, or phone 01254 831 319.

Meeting date

Preston Council’s planning committee is due to meet next week. Members of the committee are set to meet at 10am on Monday, January 13 at Preston Town Hall.

Closing date for school places

Primary school place applications in Lancashire must be made by January 15. Parents need to submit a form for all children starting school, even if the child already has an older sibling at their preferred school. The easiest way to apply is on the county council’s website.

MP to hold surgery

Preston MP Mark Hendrick will hold a surgery at Ashton Methodist Church on Saturday, January 18. You can see the Labour MP from 11am to 1pm at the venue in Wellington Road, Ashton, Preston. Surgeries are run on a first come, first served basis so there is no need to book.

Bike thief told to pay fine

A man who stole a £500 bicycle from Lancaster Railway Station has been fined £70 by magistrates. Martyn James, 21, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to committing the offence on July 23 last year and was also told to pay a £20 victim surcharge at Lancaster Magistrates’ Court.

Costume event

Visitors to the Harris Museum in Preston can learn about how its textiles are cared for tomorrow. Meet the Costume Champions from 2pm to 4pm is a chance to join in with costume volunteers’ work.

Blood donation

Blood donors are needed at Lea Social Club in Preston next Tuesday. You can give blood in Blackpool Road, Lea, between 1.45pm and 3.45pm or 5pm and 7.30pm.

Fire at takeaway

Firefighters from Chorley were called to a fire at a pizza shop in Runshaw Lane, Euxton, Chorley, on Sunday at 3pm. The fire involved an oven that had turned on via a timer. There was slight smoke damage to the shop.

Caravan blaze

A caravan was destroyed by a fire. Firefighters from Morecambe fire station were called to the blaze at Heysham Bypass, in Heysham, at 7.30pm on Sunday night.

Motorists must slow at schools

Motorists are being encouraged to slow down as they drive past two Chorley primary schools. Lancashire County Council has approved the introduction of a part-time 20mph speed limit for Euxton CE Primary School and Euxton St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.

UClan applies for extension

The University of Central Lancashire has submitted a planning application to Preston City Council for permission to add a single storey extension to its School of Medicine and Dentistry, in Adelphi Street. The extension will form a new entrance.

Car wash asks for planning

A hand car wash and valeting service in London Road, Preston, has applied for retrospective planning permission. The city’s planning committee will consider its change of use from a vehicle hire business.

Missing woman found safe

A woman was found safe and well following a major search operation. The coastguard, the Morecambe RNLI hovercraft, firefighters and police were called to a search on the River Lune in Lancaster on Sunday night. The woman was later located at an address in Lancaster.

First World War then and now

Rosie Cooper has encouraged people to consider applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund to support community projects about the First World War. The fund is making £1m a year available until 2019 as part of a programme for small community grants and the West Lancashire MP is keen that her constituents benefit.

Park hosts farmers market

A date has been set for the next Farmers’ Market at Cuerden Valley Park. The market will be held on Sunday January 26 between 10am and 2pm. The market is held in and around The Barn, Berkeley Drive, Bamber Bridge, with about 25 stalls selling local produce and crafts.

Burns night

A Burn’s Night Celebration will be held at Hoghton Tower on Saturday, January 18. Piper’s tunes will lead guests into the reception room for drinks and canapes before a three-course haggis dinner in the banqueting hall. Visit

Cabinet to meet

South Ribble Council’s cabinet is due to meet tomorrow night. The public meeting will be held at the Civic Centre in West Paddock, Leyland from 5pm.

Mayor attends special lunch

The Mayor of Preston, Coun Veronica Afrin, and the Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Dorothy Gardner, will be among dignitaries from across the region at the annual Luncheon of the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain. It will be held at the Manchester Marriott on Friday.

Plan for a park

Volunteers are needed to create a community nature Park, near the Lune Aqueduct, in Lancaster. Work starts this month and finishes in March. Call 07500 606030 or email

Council meeting

The next meeting of Penwortham Town Council takes place tonight. The meeting will be held at Penwortham Community Centre, Kingsfold Drive, at 7pm.

Give the gift of blood

Help save a life by giving blood. The Blood Service is holding a donor session at Lea Social Club, in Blackpool Road, on January 14. Only four per cent of people give blood, yet many lives are saved each year through donor blood. Call 0300 123 23 23 for more information.

River Ribble ramble for all

A gentle 10-mile river walk, taking in Brockholes Nature Reserve, happens tomorrow. Walkers to meet at Vue Cinema, Capitol Centre, Walton le Dale, at 10am. Admission £1. Call 01772 625625 to book.

Town council holds meeting

Kirkham Town Council will hold its next meeting tonight. Items on the agenda include an update on Rural Splash and a planning application for Mowbreck Lane, Wesham. It starts at 7pm in the Moor Street offices.