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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Award winning loos in area

Nine public toilets in the Fylde area have won gold star rating at the Loo of the Year awards. The Visit England-backed awards looked at cleanliness, location and opening hours across the country. One of award-winning loos is the village centre of Freckleton.

Vehicle parking

John Medcalf of The Bungalow in Poplar Avenue, Longton, has applied for a Lawful Development Certificate to allow the existing use of parking commercial vehicles there.

Road complaint

Complaints have been made to police and council officials about speeding traffic and large HGVs travelling along Wellfield Road, Preston.

Arson trouble

Police in Leyland are investigating anti-social behaviour and arson at the Arts Centre, and children’s Play Area in Worden Park.

Festive farmer’s market in city

A Christmas farmer’s market will be held on Saturday December 21 at St Michael’s Church on the corner of Tulketh Road and Egerton Road in Preston. The market will take place from 9am to 1pm and will feature fresh seasonal produce and Fairtrade goods.

Trees festival

A church will be transformed with more than 25 Christmas trees for an annual festival. The parish of St Oswald, Warton, Carnforth will host the charity event from December 13 until December 28.

Card making

Christmas card making will take place at Preston’s Harris Museum this Saturday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. It is aimed at ages five to 12.

Wintertime walk

A Winter winderland walk will take place at Haslam Park in Preston on Friday December 27 from 1pm to 3pm. Meet at the ranger’s pavilion.

Man hit by car on crossing

A man was taken to hospital after being hit by a car at a zebra crossing. The 25-year-old had a head injury after he was hit on Sharoe Green Lane in Preston at about 4.15pm on Tuesday. He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital by ambulance, and police were investigating.

Alumni on TV

Lancaster University is to field a team of alumni on a Christmas edition of the BBC’s University Challenge. The graduates will compete against the University of Kent on December 21.

Christmas show

South Ribble’s Mayor Coun Dorothy Gardner, will attend St Mary’s Catholic Church in Leyland on Sunday for Leyland Band’s Christmas show.

PACT meeting

The next PACT meeting for the Fishwick area of Preston is at Ribbleton Avenue Community Centre on January 14 at 6pm.

Charity needs gift wrap help

Preston based charity, Galloway’s Society for the Blind, is appealing for people across the city to volunteer and help them with their gift wrapping service in St George’s Shopping Centre this month. For more info contact Angie on 01772 744148.

Hospice service

St Catherine’s Hospice in Lostock Hall, near Preston will host its annual carol service at Leyland Methodist Church on Sunday at 4pm. The Bishop of Blackburn will be guest of honour at the event.

Forum meeting

The next My Neighbourhood Forum meeting for Leyland will take place on Thursday January 16. The forum will take place at the Civic Centre in West Paddock from 7pm until 8pm.