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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Music festival to take place

A music and beer festival is set to take place at the Wheatsheaf pub, in Ashton, this weekend. The festival starts today and runs until Sunday. There will be live music on every night and more than 20 different real ales and ciders.

Next farmers market date

The next Ashton-on-Ribble Farmers’ Market will be held tomorrow. The market will take place at St Michael’s Church, Tulketh Road, between 9am and 1pm. The market supports local producers providing fresh produce. For details call 01772 906045.

Autumn fair set to be held

Wellfield Business and Enterprise College, in Leyland, is holding an autumn fair tomorrow. There will be 30 stalls offering a range of goods and the doors will be open from 11am to 3pm. For more details call 01772 421303.

School choir set for concert

Simeon Wood will perform in a concert of popular light music with the Longton Primary School Choir tomorrow at 7pm. The concert will be held at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Longton. Call 01772 613500.

Association gets nuisance award

New Progress Housing Association has been awarded a nationally recognised accreditation for the way it deals with anti-social behaviour and its commitment to tackling nuisance behaviour in its communities. The Lancashire-based housing association, which manages more than 4,000 homes throughout South Ribble and the surrounding areas, has achieved the prestigious HouseMark ASB accreditation. New Progress is one of just 19 housing associations out of the 1,200 in the UK to have achieved the accreditation. Bernie Keenan, Managing Director of New Progress Housing Association, said: “It is an incredible achievement to have our work recognised by HouseMark. We are extremely proud.”

Upgrade due to town toilets

Public toilets on High Street Car Park in Garstang are due to be upgraded. As a result, the toilets will be closed from October 29 for approximately seven weeks, while work is completed. Alternative facilities are available nearby at Park Hill Road.

Charity to host next open day

Rosemere Cancer Foundation is set to host an open day tomorrow. The open day will run 8am until 5pm at the centre at the Royal Preston Hospital. To attend the open day the charity call 01772 522913 or email

Competition to mark birthday

To celebrate raising £300,000 by its 10th birthday Charity Aid is holding an X Factor contest in Preston on the October 27, November 10 and December 8. To enter into the competition or for any further information email

Health walks are planned

A series of health walks are aiming to get people out of their armchairs and into the beautiful countryside around Morecambe Bay. The Morecambe Bay ‘A Wealth of Wildlife Project’ is working alongside Cumbria University and The Fairfield Association to bring the walks to Lancaster. Call 07717366812 or email for info.

Special event for lost April

A group of Leyland businesswoman are holding a fundraising evening to help the family of missing five-year-old April Jones. The event will be held at Wellington Park in Leyland on November 3 from 7.30pm. The £5 tickets are available from Ivory Bridal in Leyland and other local businesses.

Name that van to win pie treat

Legendary pie-maker Hollands is asking the public for help in naming its 28 delivery vans. They want people to submit the names of their favourite Lancashire character to Winners will receive a special delivery of pies.

Prince’s Trust garden revamp

Young people on a Prince’s Trust initiative have given a primary school garden a make-over. The group, who were on a 12-week programme, helped Brockholes Wood Community Primary School to prepare the garden for planting.

Half term arts at the Dukes

Lancaster’s Dukes Theatre will welcome young people of all ages this half term. Fun workshops run every morning from October 29 to November 2 and family film showings take place each day from 2pm. Children under eight have free drop in themed craft sessions, stories and singalongs in The Dukes café from 11am-1pm. For kids aged eight to 12, creative workshops with professional artists go ahead in the Gallery from 11am to 1pm. Entry is £5 to be booked in advance. For teens, there are film-making and radio production events. For info, call 01524 598500 or see

Extended film cut of The Shining

The Dukes in Lancaster will celebrate Halloween by screening an extended version of The Shining never before released in the UK. The Shining: Extended Cut (15) will be shown on Wednesday October 31 at 8.25pm at the Lancaster cinema. The film stars Jack Nicholson as a disgraced teacher who accepts a job as the winter caretaker at the remote Overlook Hotel. Tickets are priced £5.50 with £4.50 concessions. To book, call 01524 598500 or visit

University appoints new administrative officer

Lancaster University has announced that Nicola Owen will become its new Chief Administrative Officer from January 2013. Nicola who is currently deputy registrar of the University of Warwick, said: “I am really looking forward to joining the community of distinguished staff, excellent students and engaging with Lancaster’s national and international alumni and partners as the university approaches its 50th anniversary. The strong quality of Lancaster’s research and education means that the university is well placed to pursue and achieve its ambitions and I am delighted to have the opportunity to make a contribution to that process.” Professor Mark Smith, vice-chancellor, said: “Nicola has demonstrated that she is a formidable and talented administrative colleague.”

Cancer unit opens doors at annual day

The Rosemere Cancer Foundation, based at the Royal Preston Hospital, will welcome members of the public to its annual open day. The event aims to give people an insight into how the charity is run and where donations are spent. The open day will take place on Sunday and will include a tour of the centre, demonstrations on projects and the chance to meet staff. To attend, call 01772 522913 or e-mail

Parks call to budding artists

Council chiefs are behind a bid to keep youngsters entertained this half term at Preston’s parks. As part of the nationwide Big Draw event, children and adults alike are invited to make a river collage for Avenham Park’s Pavilion. The event takes place on Thursday, October 25 between 1pm and 3pm.

Hands on at Harris centre

Drop into the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, and get stuck in this weekend at a ‘Hands On At The Harris’ event. This Saturday, October 20, come along and have a go at creating art inspired by the latest exhibition, Digital Aesthetic 3 between 1.30pm and 15:30pm. The event is free.

Get stuck in to natural arts

Get creative using mostly natural materials at Preston’s Haslam Park next week. On Wednesday, October 24, create pieces in the style of Andy Goldsworthy, who incidentally studied art in Preston. Between 1pm and 3pm.

Fears raised over yobs

Residents have raised concens over “large numbers” of youths gathering near a store in Withy Grove, Bamber Bridge. Customers at the Morrisons store are being “intimidated” by the yobs, who gather every night at 7pm, neighbours in the area have told police. The issue has been made a priority for officers. It was raised at a PACT meeting.

Half term fun at nature reserve

Spooks and cooks will dominate half-term at Brockholes – with events to keep the whole family entertained. The fun begins with Brockholes’ Autumn Food and Craft Festival on October 27 and 28 11am-4pm. There will be a feast of local produce and suppliers available with stalls including cakes, meats, wines, local beers, crafts, jewellery and photography. Entrance for the festival is free. There will also be a host of Halloween activities taking place throughout the week. For full details of all the reserve’s half term events call 01772 87200.

Volunteer plea to help others

Lancashire County Council is asking people to make a difference to others by giving up some time as a volunteer. Make a Difference Day takes place on Saturday, October 27 and the county council wants people to think about whether they can spare some of their time to help others. County Coun Mike Calvert, cabinet member for adult and community services, said: “Volunteering can be good for you, good for the people around you, and good for the county as a whole.” Visit, e-mail: or call the volunteer hub on 07584 217672.

Nativity play photograph

An article in Wednesday’s Evening Post regarding the arrangements for nativity plays at a school in Chorley featured a photograph of a previous nativity at the school. This was not, as we believed, an event from the previous year, but from around seven years ago. The names of the children on the photograph were not known to us at the time of publication. We apologise for the error and any embarrassment caused.

Have a go at snapping pics

Children aged eight to 13 are being encouraged to try their hand at photography at Brockholes Nature Reserve. The session takes place on Sunday from 2pm to 4pm and the cost is £2 per child.

Get involved with piping day

International Uilleann Pipes Day will be celebrated with a special event at the Harris Museum on Saturday. Five pipers will play short sets and others will be on hand to answer questions from members of the public as part of bid to raise awareness of the instrument. It will run from 12pm-3pm.

Apple day celebrations

Apple Day will be celebrated at Cuerden Valley Park from 11am to 3pm on Sunday. People can sample apples and try their hand at using an apple press to make juice.

Date set for beauty final

The final of the Miss Preston Guild will be held at the Playhouse Theatre on Sunday night. There are more than 20 finalists battling to be crowned the winner.

City road closure warnings

A number of road closures will occur throughout the city centre to accomodate the Guild Marathon, which takes place on Sunday, October 28. Between the hours of 8am and 5pm a number of the roads will be temporarily closed to any motor vehicle or cycle. A document is available to view on the Preston Council website at

Bridge crash affects trains

Trains between Preston and Wigan were halted for a few minutes after a Transit van crashed into a bridge in Standish near Wigan. Northern Rail said two services from Preston suffered a slight delay because they had to go slowly over the affected bridge as part of railway protocol after the incident on Thursday morning, but no further delays were caused.

PACT meeting date is set

The next meeting of the Fishwick PACT (Police and Communities Together) will take place on November 11 at 6pm. It will be held at YMCA, Samuel Street, Preston.

Charity ball to take place

Galloway’s Society for the Blind’s Autumn Ball is set to take place tomorrow night. The fundraising ball will be held at Bartle Hall, Lea. Singing star Stephen Bayliss and DJ Darrel Edwards are among the performers.