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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Bring in New Year with walk

Stride into the New Year and join Rangers on the first of our regular monthly guided rambles. This month’s walk will take in the River Ribble and Preston Junction nature reserve. Meet at the Pavilion on Avenham Park on January 1 at 10am. Walk will continue until 12pm. Call 01772 906471.

Lantern crafts at reserve

Young and old alike are invited to make a willow lantern at Brockholes Nature Reserve off junction 31 off the M6 on December 29 and 30. No need to book, Children must be accompanied by an adult and the workshop will be held between 11am and 3pm. For info call 01772 872000

Occupy your little ones

The very first Little Hands On story time of the year will be held on January 4. Drop into the Harris on Market Stree, Preston and join in the Discover Preston gallery for storytime on Friday, January 4 and on the first Friday of each month thereafter. The group, aimed at under-fives and their carers is from 10.30am until 11am. For information call the Museum on 01772 905414.

Recycle your Christmas tree

Residents can recycle their old Christmas trees at Preston’s Ashton Park on January 6. The trees will be chipped and then used as mulch to help the living trees on the park, as part of the initiative being run by the council. Anyone who wants to recycle can take trees to the Rangers Pavilion between 11am and 3pm.

Work deaths figure is down

The number of people killed at work in Lancashire fell to just five last year, according to latest official figures. Figures released yesterday show the number fell by three deaths compared with 2011. There were also 548 major injuries, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Arts event for youngsters

An indoor arts and craft activity will be held for children. The event will take place at Broadfield Base in Leyland on January 3 between 1.30pm and 3pm. Activities will be for children aged six and over. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Mayor to visit social club

The Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble, Coun Colin Clark and his wife Margaret will join with members and supporters of the Longton Victory Memorial Sports and Social Club in January to celebrate the latest phase of the club’s improve programme. The civic pair will visit the School Lane site on Friday, January 11 at 7.30pm, where they will hear and see of the improvement work.

Start of 2013 with a ramble

A New Year’s Day ramble will take place at the Longton Brickcroft Nature Reserve from 10am on Tuesday. The four mile ramble will cover local field footpaths and costs £1. Those taking part are advised to wear suitable clothing and footwear. There is no need to book, just meet at the reserve. For info call 01772 611497

Services for bus travellers

Bus passengers can pick up a leaflet telling them about services on New Year’s Day. Some bus companies will run a limited service. For details, pick up the leaflet from your local library or go to

Weather warning is in place

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather alert for Cumbria and north Lancashire. The alert is in place from 6pm today until 9am tomorrow. The flood guidance statement is also yellow for both Cumbria and Lancashire today and tomorrow, with minor impacts possible from both river overspill and/or surface water excess. A Met Office spokesman said: “The unsettled pattern will continue through the weekend into early next week and a fresh bout of wet and windy weather is expected to affect both counties later on Sunday and early Monday.”