Story shorts - 23/06/08

A round-up of news in brief from around Lancashire.

Take a peak at Ted's talk

A well-known mountaineer, engineer and inventor is a guest speaker at the University of Central Lancashire tonight.

Ted Atkins, who has scaled Everest several times, will share his memories and promote the Centre for Applied Sports and Exercise Science tonight at 6pm in Harrington Lecture Theatre.

Students will get a chance to quiz Ted on the benefits of a scientific education.

Father and son on show

It's a family affair as a father and son art team take over the stairs of Preston's Harris Museum.

Anthony and Nathan Pendlebury will exhibit a their abstract paintings on the staircase from next Wednesday until September 2. Admission to the museum is free.

Raise funds in the garden

Garden lovers can spend an afternoon visiting some of Longton's prettiest gardens on Sunday.

Light lunches will be served from noon at the Women's Institute in School Lane, with gardens opening from 1pm to 5.30pm. Admission is 3 with children free. Proceeds go to International and African charities.

Time to think in rhyme

Lancashire writers are invited to put pen to paper and write a poem for a regional anthology.

Established poets and beginners can submit work to Forward Press for the chance to be included.

Submit a maximum two poems to: Forward Press Regional Series 2008, Remus House, Coltsfoot Drive, Peterborough PE2 9JX or e-mail to Regional Series 2008 at

poems@forwardpress.co.uk by July 31.

Kitchen damaged in pan fire

An overheated pan caused a fire in a kitchen at a Preston home.

Two fire crews battled to put out the blaze at Ashmoor Street on Sunday which caused smoke damage to the kitchen and three other rooms.

Firefighters were called out at 1.46pm.

MPs to give pensions talk

Two MPs are due to speak in Preston today.

John McDonnell, MP for Hayes & Harlington, and Liverpool West Derby MP Bob Wareing will be speaking at The Salvation Army Community Centre, Harrington Street.

They will be giving a talk on a campaign for a higher, non-means tested state pension on behalf of the British Pensioners and Trade Union Action Association.

The event starts at 1pm.

Free summer school offered

Students planning to go to university this autumn are being offered a chance to go to a free summer school before they make the big move.

The event is being held at Lancaster University next month and is intended to show prospective students what to expect and help build their confidence and skills before the start of term.

The PASSPORT to Higher Education summer school takes place from July 9 to 31. Participants can choose from 10 academic subjects, including business management, law, philosophy and history.

Call 01524 592622 for more details.

Fire response times praised

Firefighters in Lancashire boast one of the country's top response times, new figures show.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service responds to primary fires in an average time of just under seven minutes – the ninth best time in the country.

It is also far better than the England average response time of 7.22 minutes, according to Government figures on all 47 fire services.

The figures measure the time from mobilisation to actual attendance at a fire.

Barbecue at nature centre

A barbecue will be held at a Lancashire wetland reserve tonight.

Martin Mere will play host to the event which aims to teach people about the work of the Wildfowl and Westlands Trust.

Guests will visit the duckery and see eggs hatched in incubators.

Cancelled charity cricket back on

A charity cricket match which was cancelled in April due to bad weather is set to take place tomorrow. The Preston Mayoral X1 will take on a team from Preston Cricket Club at the South Meadow Lane ground from 6.30pm. Admission is free with donations in aid of Cardiac Risk.

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