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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

New app to aid schools

A new software system designed to help education establishments monitor technical equipment more effectively is being launched in Preston next week. Bamber Bridge-based Smart Audit will officially 
unveil the free iSchoolAudit app on Tuesday. The smart audit technology used by iSchool Audit means that a PC, tablet or smart phone can be used to audit and track all of a school’s or college’s IT and tech equipment. It will be at the South Rings Business Park.

Speak about your worries

People feeling down or worried about their own well-being or that of a loved one can call the Lancashire Care mental health helpline. Trained operators can provide a listening ear from Monday to Friday from 7pm to 11pm and on weekends from midday to midnight. Call the freephone helpline on 0500 639 000.

Bid for green project cash

Chorley Community Housing (CCH) is giving tennants the chance to bid for funding of up to £500. The idea is to help fund projects that can help their communities to become cleaner, greener places to live. Nick Halstead, of CCH, said: “This is a great opportunity for residents to take an active part in improving the environment of their own community.” For further information contact Nick on: 01257 244 800 or email: The closing date is January 31.

Concern over rail conductors

No conductors are present on a quarter of journeys on Northern Rail trains, a study has revealed. Research carried out by campaigners TravelWatch NorthWest, based on 100 Northern Rail journeys, revealed the statistic. The report said the lack of ticket checking was “of concern.”

Terry’s classes for new artists

Terry O’ Toole is running painting classes for beginners and improvers at Garstang Arts Centre, Croston Road, Garstang, every Monday. The classes are aimed at anyone who wants to paint in watercolours, acrylics or pastels – or who wants a refresher course. Call Terry on 07969 177369 for details.

Civic guests at production

The Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Colin Clark, will attend The Coppice School’s production of Mary Poppins on Wednesday. He will join with parents at Walton-le-Dale Arts College and High School at 1.15pm.