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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Microwave set fire in kitchen

Firfighters were called to a home in Bamber Bridge after an elderly woman left her food in a microwave and it caught fire. The incident happened at Dawson Place in Walton Summit at around 12.20pm yesterday. The blaze, which was out on arrival, caused heat damage to the microwave and smoke damage to a corridor.

Conference on poverty history

A conference on the theme of ‘The Archaeology of Poverty’ will be held at UCLan this month. The event on Saturday, February 23, from 10am to 4pm, has been organised by the Institute of Local and Family History and Lancashire Archaeological Society. To find out more call 01772 893053.

Give child a chance event

Could you give a child a home or a place to stay? Lancashire County Council are holding an adoption information evening for those who would like to find out more. People who have adopted will be at the event on Wednesday at county hall between 6pm and 8pm to share their experiences, and social workers will also be available to answer any questions.

Recycled leftovers are used by green groups

Compost made from food scraps and garden cuttings has been delivered to green-fingered groups in Preston and South Ribble. Holme Slack Gardening Club and St Anthony’s Primary School Gardening Club in Preston will use the delivery to top up vegetable and flower beds in the school grounds. Leyland St Mary’s Technology College and Brindle Road Allotment Association, in South Ribble, will use their compost for a peace garden and create more raised beds.

The groups have received a total of 15 tonnes of compost from a partnership between Lancashire County Council and Global Renewables Lancashire Limited to process the county’s waste and send less to landfill.

Try out your willow skills

A workshop will be held to try out willow craft skills. Meet at the rangers’ pavilion on Moor Park, Garstang Road, on Thursday, February 21. It will take place from 1pm to 3pm and costs £1 per person. Have a go at a variety of shapes and take objects home.

Find out about city cemetery

A guided walk around Preston Cemetery will take place. The walk will take place on Sunday, February 24 from 2pm to 3.30pm. Meet at the cemetery off at the cemetery at the junction of New Hall Lane and Blackpool Road. The event is free.

Gearing up for historic sprint

Entries are now being taken for the 34th Motorcycle Sprint at Hoghton Tower. The race up the tower’s famous eighth of a mile driveway takes place from 10am on Sunday, March 24. Admission for spectators is £10 per adult, children free. For race entries call 07847 136171 or email:

Toddler tunes

Music making sessions for toddlers runs every second Wednesday of the month at Brockholes Nature Reserve in Samlesbury. There is 45 minutes of singing and percussion for youngsters and a chance for parents to meet. Children must be accompanied by an adult, car parking charges apply. Suggested donation £1. Call 01772 872000.

Driving issues

Residents of villages north of Preston have complained to police about driving issues. Officers said an investigation is now ongoing into speeding in Singleton and Weeton villages throughout the day, and anti-social behaviour and driving in Elswick during evenings and weekends.

Join in Earth Walk at park

Children are invited to discover Cuerden Valley Park through all senses as part of an Earth Walk on Thursday, February 21. Aimed at children aged between four and 11-years-old, with a small charge of £2.50, the Earth Walk will set out at 10am from the Barn Visitor Centre in Berkeley Drive, Bamber Bridge, and will end at about 11.30 am. Younger children and prams are also welcome.

Neighbourly nominations

Chorley Community Housing (CCH) is welcoming nominations for its annual Good Neighbour Award. Nominees must live in a CCH property, and the deadline for entries is February 22. For more information call 01257 244 800 or email

Extension idea

The owner of 19 Ilway, Walton-Le-Dale, Preston, has applied for permission for major changes to the building. The proposal is to build a two-storey extension to side and single storey extension to rear. South Ribble Council will make a decision on the plans in coming weeks.

Bicycle thefts

Bike owners in the Preston Docks area are being urged to be vigilant. Neighbourhood police officers have reported an increase in the thefts in the area and have vowed to continue targeting known bike thieves. Officers are also willing to postcode bikes for owners.