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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Get on your bike to help celebrate success

Preston ladies will have the run of Avenham Park this weekend to celebrate the success of women’s cycling. On Sunday, September 23, the park will be transformed into a bike riding haven with a fun and friendly Breeze bike ride kicking off proceedings at 10am, Natalie Justice, Women’s Network Manager for British Cycling, said: “We want every woman out there who has been inspired to bring their bike and family along to Avenham Park and join us for a special Breeze bike ride.” Participants are encouraged to bring a bike, and a helmet to the free event. For further information visit

Next farmers market date

The next Fulwood Farmers Market is due to take place on Saturday. It will be held at Fulwood Methodist Church, Crossroad Centre, Watling Street Road, between 10am and 2pm. The market aims to supporting small producers locally and globally. Refreshments, including lunch, will be available.

Blood giving session

An opportunity to give blood and save a life is available in two sessions today. Between 2pm and 4pm and later between 5pm and 7pm, Preston residents can visit Our Lady and St Edwards Church, Marlborough Drives, Fulwood, Preston to donate. Most people can give blood. If you are in generally good health, age 17 to 65 (if it’s your first time) and weigh at least 50kg (7st 12Ib) you can donate. Call 0300 123 23 23 for info.

New block for student village

The latest phase of a student village has been opened. Cityblock, the student accommodation company, has opened its third block in Lancaster city centre. It opened the 100-room block on Penny Street in the city. The block includes a pair of shops on the city centre high street.

Rescheduled festival date

The Leyland Festival will return to the South Ribble town this weekend. The annual event, which was washed out by wet weather in July, takes place on Worden Park in the town from Saturday. For further details of events at the festival, visit

Olympian to open hotel spa

Olympian Sir Matthew Pinsent will open a luxury spa at a Lancashire hotel.The four-times Olympic gold medallist will open the spa at Stanley House Hotel in Mellor, next Wednesday. It follows the recent opening of 18 new bedrooms.

Joinery fire sparks alert

Fire crews spent more than two hours at a Preston joinery after a fire broke out in the roof. Crews from the city’s station were called to Redman and Bispham in Roebuck Street, Ashton at 7.20pm on Tuesday after smoke was seen coming from the roof by local people. The fire had started from a wood burner and flue in the premises.

Donations call for homeless

A group of teenagers will be collecting items to help the homeless on Preston’s Flag Market on Sunday. The group, including Jade Towers, 16, of Far Lane, Penwortham, has asked people to bring tins, dried fruit and pasta plus toiletries, books and games for Fox Street Community shelter, Preston, from 11am to 2pm.

Council worthies play at the Dukes

A new play satirising local politics is coming to Lancaster Dukes Theatre next month. Manchester’s Northern Broadsides Theatre Company bring A Government inspector takes Gogol’s famous play and transposes the action to Yorkshire for a hilarious comedy. The play, which runs from October 9 to 13, is set in a small Pennine town where a mysterious stranger is mistaken for a government inspector - putting locals in fear. There is a free post show talkback after the opening night performance on October 9. Tickets are £8 to £18.50 on 01524 598500 or