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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Warning against sales tactics

Retailers in Lancashire have reported being targeted by a salesman offering to produce a fire safety risk assessment for the premises. The retailers in the Morecambe area who were cold-called were threatened with fines of thousands of pounds if they did not have an assessment in place, and were put under pressure to sign up immediately. Officers from the county council’s trading standards team, police and the fire service have visited retailers and distributed information leaflets. They advised them to say a firm “no” when confronted with high pressure selling tactics.

Last call for art museum show

The Harris Museum and Art Gallery has two places left for the portfolio review sessions tomorrow. The museum is partnering with UCLan’s professor of contemporary art, Lubaina Himid, to help people get an insight into the art world. If you would like to book, call 01772 905404

Workshop helps to lose weight

Change the way you feel and look and get help with what you eat at a nutritional workshop. Learn how to lose weight the healthy way at The Mobility Centre, 28 Friargate, Preston, and at Moor Park High School, Preston, between 1.15pm to 2.30pm on January 29.

LGBT support

Age Concern Central Lancashire’s LGBT support service for the over 50s, Older & Out, will meet at Disability Equality, 103-104 Church Street, PR1 3BS, on February 6 at 6.30pm.

Social group

Meet new people, socialise and try new activities at The Jubilee Group, Park House, Berry Lane, Longridge, on January 23 at 2pm.

Monthly group

A monthly club, The Wednesday Group, will meet on February 2 at Mellor Methodist Church from 2.30pm. Call 01200 453073.

Fairtrade back on at market

The first Fulwood Farmers’ Market with Fairtrade of 2014 will be held on Saturday, January 25, from 10am until 2pm. Fresh local produce from around the area and a selection of fairly traded food and crafts from around the world will be available at Fulwood Methodist Church Crossroads Centre. Lunch is available.

Cancelled date

The planned blood donation session due to be held on January 30 at Our Lady and St Edwards Church, Fulwood, has been cancelled. The next event to be held at the church will be on February 6, between 1.45pm and 3.45pm and 5pm and 7.30pm. Walk-in donors welcome.

Gardening AGM and supper

Chorley And District Gardening Society holds its annual general meeting at 7.30pm on Tuesday at Chorley Cricket Club. A hot pot supper will be served. To find out more, visit

Signing record

Fundraisers can join a charity record-breaking attempt for the most people signing and singing a song on the same day. Sign up at before Friday, January 24.

Hotpot meal

Leyland Band is hosting a quiz night and hotpot supper at Buckshaw Village Community Centre. It is on Saturday, January 25 from 7pm to 11pm.

Houghton market

Hoghton farmer’s market is open this Sunday from 10am to 2pm. Admission is just £1 per car and tours of the tower are also available.

MP elected to join committee

Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris has been elected to the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee. It deals with key matters like fixed term Parliaments and the constitutional role of the judiciary. Mr Morris said: “I am honoured to have been elected to this committee.”