Story shorts - 20/02/09

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

Christmas event under threat

A Christmas event is under threat unless volunteers agree to help.

Garstang's two-day Victorian Festival has been held in the town for the past 20 years.

A meeting has now been called to discuss the festival's future.

It will be held on Thursday, May 14, at 7pm at the Royal Oak, Garstang.

Anyone wishing to attend should contact Jean Matthew on 01995 604453.

More than 6,600 days lost among probation staff

More than 6,600 days were lost last year to sickness among Lancashire's probation staff.

Figures released by the Ministry of Justice show that a total of 6,615 sick days were taken by staff working for the county's probation service last year, with 37,671 days being lost across the north west.

Editor-in-chief to give talk

Simon Kelner, editor-in-chief at The Independent and a former journalism student at UCLan, will be offering his insight into the newspaper industry when he takes to the stage on Tuesday.

He is giving the final talk of the Harris journalism lecture series at 5pm in Foster lecture theatre. The event is free to the public.

'We will not charge for wheelie bins'A Lancashire council has assured residents there are no plans to charge them for replacement bins.

Wyre Council says even though Fylde Council has decided to introduce a fee of 25, there will be no charge in Wyre. The introduction of a charge in Fylde comes after Preston introduced a similar charge.

Sporting sessions

The next disability multi-sports session takes place next week.

A series of free events will take place until April 6, at the Garstang YMCA Sports Centre in Windsor Road, Garstang, near Preston.

The next event is on Monday from 5pm to 6pm.

For details, call 01253 887209.

Give blood

Blood donors are being asked to offer their services next week with a session at Mill Street community centre in Kirkham, near Preston, on Friday, March 27 between 2pm and 4pm, and again from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

College opens

Myerscough College is to hold an open day on Saturday, April 25, at the campus in Bilsborrow, from 10am to 12.30pm.

Call 01995 642222.

Fell in for a long walk...

The Long Distance Walkers' Association will be holding the 9th annual Barbondale Challenge.

The event consists of either 24 or 14.5 miles around Middleton Fell.

Both walks will start and finish at the village hall at Barbon, near Kirby Lonsdale. The event will take place on Saturday, April 18 and entries close on April 11. Call 01772 729921.

Grandma's charity boost

The grandmother of a girl who suffers from cerebral palsy has raised more than 200 in a street collection in Preston.

Johanna Gallagher, whose two-year-old granddaughter, Chloe, has the condition, raised the cash for the Chloe Charity Appeal.

She said: "I have to thank everyone who donated and the two lads who dressed up as women to help us collect, they did brilliantly."

The effects of redundancy

Have you been laid off or made redundant during the current recession?

How do you feel? How has it impacted your life personally, professionally and emotionally?

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Take a walk

Stay fit by going on a free health walk. The Hurst Grange Park Health Walk will take place on March 24, starting from the park's car park, off Hill Road, in Penwortham, from 1pm.

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