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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Carnival to host movie night

The Chorley and District Carnival Committee has organised a drive-in movie theatre night in February. The event will be on Friday, 14 and Saturday, 15. It will be held at Botany Bay, Chorley and ​tickets are £20 per car pre-booked and £25 per car on the night.

Deaf club debate

Chorley Deaf Club will hold a British Sign Language Day from 7pm to 9pm on Tuesday, March 18 at Fosterfield Centre, on Eaves Lane Way, Chorley. Sign language tutors and students will be at the event.

Charity appeal

Marie Curie Cancer Care is looking for people in Chorley to help organise its biggest annual fund-raising campaign, the Great Daffodil Appeal. To get involved, call 01254 855042 or visit

Phone mast gets go-ahead

A 35-metre high telephone mast has been approved by Preston Council’s planners for land at the side of the M55 exit slip road in Garstang Road, Broughton. The mast will replace a similar one being decommissioned on the opposite side of the motorway at Greyrigg Care Home.

Seating plan

South Ribble Council are to consider a retrospective planning application for improvements to the Roebuck Hotel in Worden Lane, Leyland, including an outdoor seating area and red post box.

Showroom bid

Car dealers Bowker BMW have been granted permission to build a 20.6m by 21.6m single storey extension on the west side of their showroom at their Channel Way site in Preston.

‘Selfie’ portraits go on display

Selfies are now so popular they will have their own Making Faces exhibition in Ormskirk’s Chapel Gallery starting on Saturday. The photos, taken by people of themselves on a mobile phone, can be viewed for two months.

Get potty down at the museum

Youngsters can learn pottery skills at Preston’s Harris Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday January 18. Children aged between five and 12 can complete tasks like in Victorian potteries. The free event will take place from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

Cancer meeting

The Preston and District Lymphoma Association support group will be having a lunch on Sunday January 26. If you would like to attend or want to know more about the group call Tracey on 07968 235469.

Panto for funds

A family pantomime of Aladdin will be shown at Preston Playhouse Theatre from Thursday January 23 to Saturday January 25 and it will be in aid of Sir Tom Finney High School in Preston. Tickets are £9 each.

Charity evening

Samlesbury Hall will hold a charity evening on Friday February 21 with Dr Steven Brindle who restored Windsor Castle after the fire in 1992 giving a talk on the restoration. All proceeds will go to to the Samlesbury Hall Roof Fund.

Meeting date for committee

Preston City Council’s crime and disorder committee is due to meet next week. The meeting is scheduled to take place on January 21 at Preston Town Hall. The committee is set to discuss proposed recommendations for a work plan study on the illegal use of vehicles.

Artist classes

Art tutor Terry O’Toole has resumed his classes at Garstang Arts Centre. They run most Mondays throughout the year from 10am to 3pm. Contact Terry on 07969177369.

Photo events

Two events are being held by the Leyland Photographic Society this Saturday at the South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre, a photographic workshop at 10am and a talk at 11am.

Meet city MP to discuss issues

Preston MP Mark Hendrick will next hold a surgery for constituents at Ashton Methodist Church, Wellington Road, Ashton-on-Ribble, from 11am to 1pm on Saturday, January 18. Surgeries are run on a first come-first served basis so there is no need to book an appointment.

Farmhouse plans in place

A farmhouse will be demolished to make way for new homes, if plans are approved by South Ribble Council. The owners of Woodfold Farm in Grange Lane, Hutton, want to build a pair of semi-detached houses in its place. Neighbours have written supporting letters.

Patrols after crossing worry

Concerns have been raised about use of the zebra crossing on Blackbull Lane, Fulwood, Preston, near the junction with Boys Lane. Police in the area have vowed to ensure compliance by motorists and the safe and proper use by pedestrians, after complaints by local residents.

No charges

Police have decided to take no further action against two people arrested on suspicion of throwing missiles at firefighters in Mearley Road, Ribbleton, at 11.15pm on Friday. Local councillors called the attack “mindless violence”.

Office extension

Permission has been granted by South Ribble Council for a two-storey extension at Unit 6 Centurion Industrial Estate in Farington. The extension will be used for extra office space.

Job club meets to share skills

The CAP Job Club will meet this and every Thursday between 10am and 12.30pm at Penworthan Community Centre, Kingsfold Drive, Penwortham. Meet up, exchange skills, share experiences,find opportunities and get the right support to help you return to work. Contact 07542736095.

Charity concert of classical hits

The Wyre Music Group Charity Concert will be held on January 18 in a bid to raise funds for the new project at L’Arche Preston. Popular classics will be performed at English Martyrs’ Church, Garstang Road, Preston from 7.30pm. Tickets priced at £5. Contact 0303 333 111.

Social media help for groups

Social media experts will be on hand to help charities, community groups and residents groups get to grips with social networking at an event on January 21. Between 5.45pm and 7.45pm visit Central Lancashire CVS in the Guild Hall Arcade, Preston, with your questions.

Volunteer hunt

For one day only, charitable organisations are opening their doors for a volunteer treasure hunt. Follow the map and find your Golden Volunteering Experience by downloading one at or call 01772 552850

Free meditation

A free meditation and relaxation session will be held at Intact community centre, Ingol, 49 Whitby Avenue on January 17 between 10am and 11am. Simply turn up or call William on 07742 490766.