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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Future plans are under the spotlight

Ribble Valley Council proposed capital programme to 2016 will be put under the spotlight at the council’s health and housing meeting, which takes place on Thursday in the Church Street Town Hall.

Talk on Golden Age of Steam

Railway enthusiasts can enjoy a talk about the history of the Preston and Longridge Railway at South Ribble Museum on Saturday. The illustrated talk by David Hindle starts at 11am in Church Road, Leyland. It coincides with an exhibition titled The Golden Age of Steam, compiled by ex museum curator Adrian Lewis.

Choir looking for members

A newly formed choir is looked for members. The Sandpipers need men and women to sing carols, spirituals, classical numbers and Russian folk songs. The group meets on Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at The Old School in Bolton-le-Sands near Lancaster. Call 01772 712033 for more details.

Salon is hit by cooker blaze

A hairdressing salon had to be evacuated during a fire. The blaze broke out in an upstairs kitchen in Jojo, in Penny Street, Lancaster, at around 11am yesterday. A cooker switch had accidentally been knocked on. The kitchen suffered smoke damage but the salon was able to reopen.

Blood donors are needed

Two blood donation sessions will be held at Our Lady and St Edward’s Church in Preston next month. Donors are needed in Marlborough Drive, Fulwood, between either 2pm and 4pm or 5pm and 7.30pm on Thursday, February 7. Call NHS Blood and Transplant on 0300 123 23 23 to book an appointment.

Have you seen any wildlife?

A new magazine is asking residents to keep their eyes peeled when it comes to local wildlife in 2013. Lancashire Walks and Wildlife is collating wildlife sightings from readers across the county for its year list. To find out more visit or call 0161 768 0011.

Cash to boost county sport

Funding of almost £50,000 has been agreed to boost sport in Lancashire. A decision has been taken for Lancashire County Council to allocate £49,000 of funding to the Lancashire Sport Partnership. The cash will mean they can develop Active Lancashire. It has been set up to encourage inactive people to take up sport, and boost clubs and volunteers in the county, as part of a long-term strategy to improve health.

Join rangers for a bird walk

Bird watchers can join park rangers for a walk. A walk will be held at Fishwick Local Nature Reserve, on London Road, on Saturday. People can meet in the car park and join rangers for a walk before making a bird feeder to take home. The walk will cost £1 and will run from 10am to midday.

Art talent in museum show

Local artists will be showing their talent. Preston-based artists have been invited to show paintings, photography, sculpture and textiles as part of the Harris Museum and Art Gallery’s Open Exhibition. It will also feature work by youngsters. It will run from 10am to 5pm, until February 9.

Tickets for fund-raiser on sale now

A charity evening to raise funds for Galloway’s Society For The Blind is being held on Friday, March 8. The fund-raiser will be staged at the Lostock Hall Conservative Club on Brownedge Road, Lostock Hall. It will feature entertainment from On The Level, Irish dancing, bingo and a raffle. Tickets are just £5. They can be bought directly from the Conservative club, Galloway’s Society For The Blind at Howick House, Howick Park Avenue, Penwortham, or by phone on (01772) 744148. Alternatively email

Ambulance governor vote

For the first time, local residents can vote for a council of 20 governors for the North West Ambulance Service, who will work with trust’s bosses on future plans and budget. Voting closes on Monday, January 28. The successful candidates will be announced on Tuesday, January 29.

Floodlight plan at rugby club

Preston Grasshoppers has applied for permission to install new lighting at its Lightfoot Green Lane ground in Fulwood. The proposals are for 16 new floodlights and four 15-metre-high lighting columns. A decision will be made by Preston Council in coming weeks.

Stove behind blaze on barge

Firefighters were called to a fire on a narrow boat in a marina in Park Road, Adlington, Chorley. Officers said a spark from a wood burning stove caused a pile of nearby kindling to catch fire at 3.45pm on Sunday. One man was taken to hospital for checks.

Winners set to be announced

The winners of a competition to pen a poem about Preston North End are set to be revealed before the end of the month. The competition was launched in December and youngsters were encouraged to combine their love for writing with the love they have for their football team. There were three age categories and each winning entry will be published in the PNE match day programme. The competition deadline was January 11. The winners will be announced on January 28.

Housing plan for former pub

Plans have been launched to convert the former Stephensons Arms pub in East Street, Preston, into five flats. Two of the flats would be shared, and the proposals include building a staircase to rear.

New lights for city nightspot

The owners of Reflex nightclub in Church Street, Preston, have applied for listing building consent to install new signs and lights. The signs include an internally-illuminated fascia sign and two illuminated display cases, as well as four floodlights and two down lights.

Caravan blaze

Firefighters were called to a derelict caravan on fire in Mellishaw Lane, Morecambe, just before 8pm on Saturday. Officers said the caravan had been dumped in a lay-by and nobody was injured.

Town Hall not using spy laws

Preston Council says it has not made any requests for surveillance under spying legislation. For the last two months of last year, no requests were made under Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) laws, the audit committee will be told this week.

Work starts on steps damage

A scheme to restore the steps at a Lancashire landmark has got underway. A giant crane has been moved on to the site of the Ashton Memorial, in Lancaster, as part of a £183,000 steps refurbishment scheme. They have been closed for more than a year. The work is expected to be finished by April.

Date for next PACT meeting

The next meeting of Greyfriars and Cadley Police and Communities Together (PACT) is being held on February 7. It will take place at Fulwood Academy, on Black Bull Lane, from 6.30pm. All members of the public can attend.