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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Big night out to help charity

FUNDraisers are offering people a chance to dress up in all their finery and help boost funds for Vine House, the cancer help centre in Preston.

A black tie dinner/cabaret and dance is being held at Haighton Manor Country Hotel, on Friday March 22.

Tickets are £25 each and can be bought by contacting Lady Kate Akroyd on 07811876284 or from Vine House on 01772 793344. They must be pre-booked and paid for by March 12.

Wheelie great idea for teens

Young sports fans are behind a campaign to get a new skate park in Heysham. Teenagers have asked Lancaster Council to investigate using Douglas Park for wheeled sports such as BMX and skating. Residents can share their views by logging on to by March 4.

Ramble your way to health

Walkers can enjoy a guided ramble in Leyland next week. Volunteers will lead a two to three hour walk, starting at Moss Side Playing Fields. The event begins at 10am on February 27. Sturdy footwear is essential. For more information, phone Paul on 01772 625581.

Fitness fans to get in a spin

Fitness fans can test their mettle with a spinning race at Fulwood Leisure Centre. Spinning instructors Altaf, Mark and Val are holding a race day from 8.45am to 10.45am on Sunday. You must have a heart rate monitor to take part.

MP’s backing to musicians

Rosie Cooper has called on musicians and small venues to enter Parliament’s Rock the House 2013 competition before the March 1 deadline. The West Lancashire MP will nominate her favourite entries to the contest, which celebrates up-and-coming artists and live music venues. Judges choose the finalists and the winners will perform at the House of Commons.

Chinese New Year festivities

A Chinese restaurant will be marking the New Year’s celebrations of its motherland next week with a feast of food and entertainment. Tang Authentic Chinese Restaurant, in Fylde Road, is holding a Chinese New Year function with a banquet, Chinese Lion Dance procession and a kung fu performance. To find out more about the evening visit

Donate blood at city college

Blood donors are needed at Preston College next month. You can give blood in the sports hall at the Fulwood campus in St Vincent’s Road on Monday, March 11. Sessions will be held from 2pm to 4pm and from 5pm to 7.30pm. Call NHS Blood and Transplant on 0300 1232323 to book an appointment.

Market day to take place

A Farmer’s Market will be held at Cuerden Valley Park on Sunday. There will be a host of stalls at the monthly event including breads, biscuits and cakes. The market is open between 10am – 2pm and can be found in and around the Barn Visitor Centre, Berkeley Drive, off Shady Lane, Bamber Bridge, PR5 6BY. For more information call 01772 324436.

Four rescued by firefighters

Four people had to be rescued from a lift stuck between floors at a care home in Kingsway Court, Heysham. Crews were called at 4pm on Wednesday to help the group, and used a special key to unlock the mechanism. Nobody was injured in the incident and officers left after a short time.

Crews called to grill pan fire

Firefighters were called to a kitchen fire in Avenham Road, Preston, at 8.30pm on Wednesday. On arrival, officers discovered that a grill plan had set alight and all of the contents had been destroyed. Nobody was injured and the fire was quickly extinguished.

Dance will help homeless dogs

A charity dinner to raise cash for the Homeless Hounds will be held on April 27. The dinner dance will be held at the Chipping & District Memorial Hall from 6.30pm. Entertainment will be provided courtesy of Resh Gee, Edell Marie and the Diamonettes. Tickets are £20 per person and include a three course meal and an evening full of entertainment. To buy tickets or for any further information email